The Eureka Moment

There is a legend about Archimedes being asked to uncover a fraud that was being perpetrated against the Greek tyrant King Hieron II of Syracuse.  The king suspected that a goldsmith was cheating him when he ordered a solid gold crown, thinking that it was partly made of silver, so the local tyrant contracted the ancient Greek polymath Archimedes to detect any fraud in the manufacture of this golden crown.  Archimedes accepted the challenge, but he didn’t have any idea how he was going to resolve this, till he came up with Archimedes’ Principle.

Archimedes’ Principle says that when a body is partially or completely immersed in a liquid, the buoyant force acting on it is equal to the weight of the displaced liquid and it acts in the upward direction at the center of gravity of the displaced liquid.  This is the basis of why things float on water and such weight measurements can be used to determine the average density of irregular objects, and also to estimate body fat in people.  There is a story which says that Archimedes discovered the law of buoyancy while he was taking a bath, realizing that the water that ran over equaled in volume the submerged part of his body.  As he leaped out of the tub more water splashed on the floor, and he was so excited that he didn’t even stop to grab a towel, dashing out of his house running through the streets naked to announce his discovery, but in reality, he did further experiments.

Water has a specific gravity of 1, and the densities of all other materials are relative to that of water.  Gold has a higher density than silver, which results in gold objects feeling like they are heavier than silver.  Archimedes took two pieces of pure gold and two of pure silver that had identical weights to the weight of the king’s crown.  He then successively immersed the gold, the silver, and the crown in a container filled to the brim with water and measured the volume of water that overflowed with each material.  He found that the crown displaced more water than the gold but less than the silver, thereby proving that the crown contained some other metal which was less dense than gold.  The goldsmith had to make the crown larger when he substituted silver for some of the gold, so that it would weigh the same as a pure gold crown.  However, the silver-gold crown took up more space in the bowl and made the water rise higher.

Written FOWC with Fandango – Buoyant.

Not A Sure Bet

Twenty horses will line up in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby today and the overall favorite is the number 14 horse Essential Quality, who is going off at 2:1 odds.  He won his last five races and he is certainly the one to beat.  There are some other contenders, but most of the horses running today are long shots, but hey that is where you can pick up some money, as the greater the odds, the better the payoff, but of course you have to win to get paid.  The number 15 horse Rock Your World has odds of 5-1, and the number 1 horse Known Agenda has odds of 6-1, number 9 Hot Rod Charlie is going off at 8-1 and for number 17 Highly Motivated the odds are set at 10-1.  A Sure Bet would allow you to benefit from the differences found between odds set by the bookmakers, but the only sure bet is not to make a bet.

Written FOWC with Fandango – Sure.

Research Methods

I take my writing seriously and that is why I use observations to plan my posts.  I acquire information and try to perceive what the data is telling me, and dependent on that, I decide what and how I will write.  I try to ensure that my writing is factual, accurate, sufficiently detailed and interesting enough to hold my reader’s attention.  I sort of understand Benford’s Law, which analyzes the frequency of the first digit in a set of numbers, but I have never gotten that detailed in my analysis and I don’t see how it would be able to help me.  If I get too technical by going off the deep end, I know that all of my readers will disappear, even if what I am writing about is interesting to me.  This is why I try to hold my focus on the issue on hand.

It is easy for me to lose focus while I am writing, as my research can pull me in many different directions.  Most of the time I suffer a momentary lapse, before I get back on track, but sometimes it feels like I have completely lost my way.  I find that distractions can actually help me come back to reality, like when one of my cats comes along and wants to rub her scent on me and I end up petting them and after a few minutes, my concentration usually returns.  Sometimes I pick out something to write about and I am not able to find anything about it and if I still want to stay with this topic, then I have to apply an unusual type of thinking.  I don’t mind being unusual and when I drive down this path, I find that it becomes more rewarding to me, as since I was not able to find anything, that means that I am not just regurgitating old information that many others have used before.

Written FOWC with Fandango – Focus.

Just Plain Great

I’m late, I don’t want to debate
I guess I should capitulate
Sometimes I just can’t relate
All we seem to do is hate
I will give it to you straight
Record this while I dictate
If I could only get a date
With that cutie named Kate
I heard she is dating Nate
That guy from Kuwait
I should probably cut some weight
And not eat all the food on my plate
My ideas are innate and they make me irate
I can’t conjugate, concentrate, or translate
All I do is conflate, collate and dilate
I am in such a state, it does not equate
Put me in a crate and lock the gate
Get me on the interstate and ship me as freight
I will await my fate to become great
If I get a clean slate, then I can skate

Written FOWC with Fandango – Capitulate.

Every Vulva Is Unique

Some women don’t have to spread the outer lips Labia majora on their vulva with their fingers to see their inner lips Labia minora, and that is perfectly normal.  These lips are sometimes called the vaginal lips and there is no standard measurement for the size of the labia minora as they often come in many different sizes.  The inner labia can be the same length or longer than the outer labia and they may even dangle down an inch or two and as long as you are not experiencing any pain, don’t worry as all of this is normal, although many women get a complex about this.

Men have private parts that hang out and women are lucky as most people don’t intensely inspect or scrutinize their lady bits all that much and everyone loves a vertical smile.  Your labia minora are the thinner, inside lips which start below the clitoris and they are either visible or not depending on the way your vulva looks and on any variations that you have.  Vaginal lips are often described as being asymmetrical, curved, prominent, puffy, small, thin, closed, open or visible.  Visible lips have been described as looking like a flower bud that is ready to bloom.  Next week we will discuss the hymen and make sure you stay tuned for when we uncover the g-spot.

Written FOWC with Fandango – Lips.

My Underwear Froze to a Clothesline

Psychobilly is a fusion genre of rock music that mixes elements of punk rock, rockabilly, and other genres.  It is one of several subgenres of rockabilly which also include thrashabilly, punkabilly, surfabilly and gothabilly.  Norman Carl Odam (born September 5, 1947, in Lubbock, Texas), known professionally as the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, is an outsider performer who is considered one of the pioneers of the genre that came to be known as psychobilly in the 1960s.  His love of Westerns and fascination with space travel inspired him to adopt his moniker of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy when he was a teenager in the early 60s.  No one knows what’s going to happen when the Legendary Stardust Cowboy takes the stage.  He is likely to come out decked in a cowboy hat with boots, spurs, leather chaps, and a jean jacket carrying a bugle and shooting off a pistol filled with blanks.  He may ride a stick horse around stage and he’ll probably strip down to his underwear, but he never plays the same show twice.

His fans call him “The Ledge” and he will always begin, and probably finish, every one of his performances with his famous song ‘Paralyzed’, which is wild, and mostly unintelligible, like a scattered mess of free jazz and proto-psychobilly over which The Ledge screams, hoots, and howls while blowing his bugle.  ‘Paralyzed’ has been acknowledged as one of the worst songs ever recorded and at the same time, it is also considered to be a masterpiece of outsider art.  David Bowie created the character of Ziggy Stardust based on the Legendary Stardust Cowboy

Written FOWC with Fandango – Underwear.

The WordPress Motley Crew

I have always thought of WordPress as being a Community, because once I joined up on April 23, 2017, I have felt that I was welcomed here.  Out of the 3,078 posts that I have written here, I think only one of them has no likes and no comments, which makes me feel good, not the no like and no comments part, but that most of my other posts were recognized by someone.  I made friends with this guy named Sight and he helped me get figure out how things worked here and he also introduced me to Fandango.  In the beginning I enjoyed participating in the Daily Post competition which was the only game in town at the time and everyone wrote in it.  I would read all of the other submissions for the prompt word and I found other writers that I liked and along the way, several people started following me.

Eventually I discovered Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt which was hosted by Yves and then there was more writing for me to get involved with.  I also wrote some poetry, essays and rants and then I came up with this thing that I called The Letter Game, which is kind of complicated to explain, but basically it started out with a letter and you had to make a complete sentence made up of words that only contained that letter.  Something like what is shown below.
Alisha Adams answered allegations about angry adult android abdominal accomplishments.
Buddy’s bloody blisters ballooned beyond biting Betty.
Chicana Clark can cook canned chili concoctions containing chocolate candy.
Don’t dictate doing dirty dancing.
Every elephant eventually expects empty experiences.
Frozen French fries form fantastic facts.
Gay girl gangster giraffes get great g-string garments.
Heather hasn’t had his help harpooning Haitians.
Iggy Iguana inspected ice-cream inside igloos.
Jill jacked Jordan’s Johnson.
Kinky Karla kept kissing Kansas karaoke kangaroos.
Leaping lizards liked licking luscious lollipops.
Mickey Mouse must make more money marketing memorabilia.
Obese Oprah obviously omitted occurrences of obscene octopus orgasms.
I started this in June of 2017, but I was forced to end it because I got too many idiotic responses.

I found another challenge run by Sandy of Flip Flops Every day called Manic Monday which has long since disappeared, but it was a music challenge and I really enjoyed it.  The next challenge that I found was One-Liner Wednesday and I have been writing in that ever since July 25, 2017.  A flood of challenges popped up after that, Friday Fictioneers, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, twittering Tale, Thursday Photo Prompt, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Sunday Photo Fiction, Fandango’s Storytime, Jina S. Bazzar Short Story Contest, Bikurgurl 100 Word Wednesday.  On August 27, 2017 I discovered Helen Vahdati’s Song Lyric Sunday and I have been writing in that ever since.  When Helen Vahdati got sick, I volunteered to take over this challenge and I have been the host since January 6, 2019.  I found the Marquessa Matthews Challenge and I started writing in the September Challenge which was hosted by Suzanne McClendon and I found the Sammi Cox Week End Writing prompt.  I stumbled onto Reena’s Exploration Challenge and then I found Wordle.  I discovered the Saturday Mix, the Secret Keeper Weekly Prompt, Tale Weaver, First Line Friday and the MM Music prompt which was hosted by Mandibelle16 and since Apr 19, 2019 I have taken over as the host.

I wrote in Linda Hill’s jusjojan prompts since 2018.  I discovered NEKNEERAJ’s MM Photo Prompt and then the April A to Z challenge in 2018.  I also participated in the Randomness Inked Scribbling the Unspoken Let it Bleed Weekly Prompt and around this time I started combining multiple prompts into the same post.  The Daily Post closed up shop in the end of May 2018, but all of these new exciting challenged sprung up to take its place like FOWC, Time To Write, The Three Things Challenge, Tales From the Mind of Kristian, Daily Addictions, Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt, Ragtag Community, Scotts Daily Prompt, Swimmers NCP and Word of the Day Challenge Prompt.  Bloggers and prompt challenges come and go, but I have met many people here that I consider to be my friends and it sure is one motley crew.

Written FOWC with Fandango – Crew.

Music on the Bar Room Floor

Robert Hunter wrote the lyrics for ‘Fire on the Mountain’ at Mickey Hart’s ranch in heated inspiration as the surrounding hills blazed and the fire approached the recording studio where the Grateful Dead were working.  I have read that if you are being raped, that it is better to scream “Fire” than it is to scream “Rape”, because fire is deemed to be a more serious threat and that would improve your chances on getting people to react.  California has its share of mountains and it always seems to have fires, so saying “Fire on the mountain” is something that you would scream in a panic, and it should create a sense of urgency.  I have no idea what this song is actually about, but I thought I would try and have some fun with it today.

The lyrics start off with, “Long distance runner”, which makes me think about a marathon, which is a race that I have never participated in before.  The idea for the modern marathon was inspired by the legend of an ancient Greek messenger who raced from the site of Marathon to Athens, with the news of an important Greek victory over an invading army of Persians in 490 B.C.  After reaching his destination and making his announcement, the exhausted messenger collapsed and died.  So, I guess back in the day people had the job of delivering the news, which doesn’t sound like such a bad job, except that part where they die, but it seems like this runner is just standing around.  People start telling him to do his job, but this runner may have been partying too much as it says that he is, “playing cold music on the bar room floor.”  Did the people want him to stop playing ‘Baby Its Cold Outside’ because they think it is sexist, like I said this song is challenging, so let’s move on and say that this guy is not fit to have the position as the runner especially because he is “Drowned in your laughter and dead to the core”.

The next line explains better what is going on in this song, “There’s a dragon with matches that’s loose on the town”.  From what I understand dragons are capable of breathing fire, so why would a dragon need matches?  When I Googled “dragon with matches”, I found a place in Northern California that is a farm for growing weed which is run by a deadhead, no big surprise there, but I am willing to bet that the song came first.  I think this song is about getting people to react to a dangerous situation, as we can’t all just stand around and watch, somebody has to do something.  During the Grateful Dead’s heyday, the media generally depicted Deadheads as lazy, unwashed throwbacks to the 60’s who used illegal drugs, dressed unconventionally, and valued collective experiences more than material success.  The news coverage was always more negative than positive.  Most of the Deadheads that I knew were successful, well-groomed, law-abiding citizens rather than unemployed, lazy, drug-users as they were depicted in the press, but still their concerts drew out some real spacers.

I think that Hunter may have been trying to communicate with these wastoids, the burnouts that didn’t have any semblance of a life and were never going to be any thing but a loser.  He states that this guy is on fire, but he is so oblivious, that he doesn’t feel the heat.  Playing concerts was always a challenge for the Grateful Dead, because there was so much distraction about them, and if their fans took drugs, they felt that was their own personal issue.  The only qualification for being a Deadhead is loving the music, but some of their newer fans just didn’t get it and they thought it was all about drugs and they were taking that to the extreme, which became very annoying.  I think I have made my point, so on that note, I will stop here, but for me the music has never stopped.

Long distance runner, what you standing there for?
Get up, get off, get out of the door
You’re playing cold music on the bar room floor
Drowned in your laughter and dead to the core
There’s a dragon with matches that’s loose on the town
Take a whole pail of water just to cool him down

Chorus
Fire, fire on the mountain
Fire, fire on the mountain
Fire, fire on the mountain
Fire, fire on the mountain

Almost ablaze, still you don’t feel the heat
It takes all you got just to stay on the beat
You say it’s a living, we all gotta eat
But you’re here alone, there’s no one to compete
If mercy’s in business, I wish it for you
More than just ashes when your dreams come true

[chorus]

Baby’s in scarlet, her shackles in gray
If loves to love she’s got it salted away
Out of the rat trap and under the wire
Out of the frying pan and into the fire
Put it down heavy, strip it down lean
Got to lay it down dirty and play it back clean

[chorus]

Fireman, fireman, call off your dog
This isn’t a blaze, it’s just a hog in the log
Cut up in sections, squirming alive
Lost to the world on that fifty-cent jive
There’s a fire on the mountain, running around
What doesn’t go up can never come down

[chorus]

Long distance runner, what you holding out for
Caught in slow motion in a dash to the door
The flame from your stage has now spread to the floor

You gave all you had, why you want to give more?
The more that you give, the more it will take
To the thin line beyond which you really can’t fake

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Note and for Ragtag Community – Music.

Myriad of Alerts

Last year I shut off my automatic renewal option on my WordPress account, because they took funds out of my account about 3 weeks before my WordPress Premium Plan was going to expire, and I mean, what was their big hurry all about.  My plan is set to expire in 29 days, but I won’t let that happen, because I love being a part of the WordPress community.  It seems like they are in a hurry again, as I got my third email today alerting me to the fact that my account was going to expire.  I guess everyone needs money these days, but besides sending me email, they have fixed these alerts to my Comments page and my Posts page with the following banner placed at the top of both of these pages.  “Your Premium plan expires on April 22, 2021.  Renew now to continue enjoying features such as increased storage space, access to expert support, and automatic removal of WordPress.com ads.”

I am disturbed by their behavior, so I decided to send an email back to them which is shown below.

I would love to renew my subscription today, just to get you to stop from being such pests about this.
I have no idea what makes you behave like this.
I do have a concern about the Classic Editor which I use to create my posts, as I log in as the administrator of my account.
I keep hearing rumors that you will be shutting down the Classic Editor and forcing everyone to use the dreaded new Block Editor.
Please get back to me, so I can decide on whether or not I will be renewing my subscription, which is still a month away from running out.

Jim Adams

They wrote back to me already, but it may have been an automated response and they thanked me for my patience and said that they would be in touch with me soon!  I will be patient, but I wish that they would also try doing that.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Myriad.

One Last Shag Before We Break Up

Breakup sex is thought to be hot and confusing at the same time, but some say it is really great, however they may not be considering what happens after.  Maybe you left some of your property behind at their place and you really don’t want to see them again, but you would like to hold them in your arms one more time to temporally relieve your loneliness during this painful time.  If the sex turns out to be really bad, confirming that there are no sparks left, that could help you bring closure to this relationship.  It shouldn’t be great and it feels a little bit wrong being together again, but that naughtiness just makes it hotter, however eventually it ends and you are lying there naked, feeling uncomfortable and wondering why you just had sex with someone who doesn’t want to have a relationship with you.  The whole point of breaking up is to move on and having breakup sex, prohibits you from doing that, as the healing process never begins and you end up feeling ashamed because you are still being used by your ex.  Breakup sex becomes a temporary, emotional bandage that creates the illusion that you still share a connection and maybe this is why individuals agree to participate in this after their relationship fell apart.

Seeing Fandango’s prompt today, I wondered, “What is the upside to having breakup sex?”  Can having sex one last time be about celebrating everything that was good in your relationship?   It is very possible that your relationship ended because of emotional reasons, not sexual ones, so this could be that last connection that you share together and it may help you feel something that was really amazing for the time that you were together.  One partner may still want to have sex to show their ex how great they were together and let them know what they will be missing out on.  Having sex can be a beautiful, connected ending and if you know before it starts that this will truly be the last time before you put your clothes back on and go your separate ways, then maybe it does have an upside, which brings us to today’s song.

Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin wrote ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ which was recorded by Bonnie Raitt on her 1991 Luck Of The Draw album.  The song charted #18 in the US and Mojo magazine ranked it as #8 on its 100 Greatest Songs of All Time list.  Reid got the idea for this song after reading a newspaper article about a guy who got drunk and shot up his girlfriend’s car.  When the judge sentenced him and asked him what he had learned, the guy said, “You can’t make a woman love you if she don’t.”  The judge was probably expecting him to say something like, “I shouldn’t be shooting at stuff just because I’m angry.”  In this song a woman knows that her man has lost interest and she just would like to spend one more night with him before moving on with her life.  Instead of lying to herself or trying to work things out, she confronts the reality and seeks closure with that final night together.  In the morning, she’ll be on her way.

Turn down the lights
Turn down the bed
Turn down these voices inside my head
Lay down with me
Tell me no lies
Just hold me close, don’t patronize
Don’t patronize me

‘Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I’ll feel the power
But you won’t, no you won’t
‘Cause I can’t make you love me, if you don’t

I’ll close my eyes, then I won’t see
The love you don’t feel when you’re holding me
Morning will come and I’ll do what’s right
Just give me till then to give up this fight
And I will give up this fight

‘Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I’ll feel the power
But you won’t, no you won’t
‘Cause I can’t make you love me, if you don’t

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Upside.