Metaverse

Many people use their cellphones to access the internet, so it should not come as a surprise that a metaverse phone is going to exist someday. This metaverse will become mobile with a next-generation device which combines the security of a crypto hardware wallet with a smartphone’s usability to provide a highly secure cryptographic gadget. Moving the metaverse from desktops to mobile phones will make it more cost effective for people to access it. Some people believe that smart glasses will be the key to unlocking the Metaverse, where you access virtual reality worlds through advanced glasses or contact lenses. I read that Apple plans to replace the iPhone with AR glasses within the next ten years, so Fandango will probably be one of the first bloggers to be using this new technology.

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I keep on hearing that a 3D, immersive world is coming and that it will be here soon.  This metaverse will supposedly mirror the real world.  This anticipated future iteration of the internet will allow interactions to take place among humans and automated entities through Augmented reality (AR), Virtual reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Extended Reality (XR).  The new internet will still have everything that we love about it, but now it will be a life transforming experience.  Certain aspects of the metaverse currently exist, although the metaverse doesn’t exist yet, but people are working very hard on its creation.  When it is ready in about five to ten years from now, or some experts feel that it won’t be ready till 2040, we will be able to access and coexist live within a digital universe filled with augmented and virtual reality and interact with all sorts of environments using persistent…

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Multiple Prompts

Most of my posts are responses to prompts and the few that aren’t are my posts for the challenges that I host. By responding to prompts, you create a bond with the other bloggers here on WordPress and I think it is fun. I try to read what the other bloggers came up with when they respond to the same prompts which I did. It can also be very challenging, as you need to read the prompt and then analyze it, to see how you can fit it into your post. Sometimes the story will come to you quickly and you can write an immediate response, but other times you may struggle, not knowing just how you are going to use this particular prompt. I feel that writing prompts are great ways to spark my imagination and get me writing about a particular topic. Being able to respond to multiple prompts in the same post is an important skill, but by doing this, it will also make it more difficult for your writing.

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Writing a single post to respond to multiple prompts is very common here on WordPress, and I equate it to killing two birds with one stone.  I have never seen anyone write about this topic before, so I figured that I would add my thoughts on this today.  There are several writing challenges here that use more than one word as the prompt, like the Three Things Challenge that was started by Theresa the Haunted Wordsmith who left WordPress and became The Word Cubby.  This prompt gives you three unrelated words to use, and you make up a story or a poem that puts them all together.  Paula at Light Motifs II took over as the host of this challenge after Theresa left and she passed it on to Di of pensitivity101 who has been hosting this for much longer than anyone else.  The other challenges that are similar to…

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Hosting a Blog Challenge

I like a good challenge as I have always thought that I am well versed in many topics and whatever it is that I don’t know, I am able to do research on that. I am not saying that I am an expert on anything, but I think I can get by on most topics. Obstacles are a normal part of life and if I can tackle a difficult challenge, I will feel better for having had the experience. I think that blogging challenges are the life-giving force for bloggers, and we can never have too many of them. I usually stick to the same ones every week, but the prompt has a lot to do with which ones I decide to participate in.

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Many bloggers will agree that the interaction that takes place between them and the other bloggers is the most satisfying part of blogging.  The best way to establish interaction between your blog and the other bloggers is to create a challenge but hosting this challenge may at times feel more like a burden than it does a blessing.  You need an idea that you think will take off and then you have to choose a theme and figure out the details of how your challenge will work.  Some bloggers are here to do their own thing and they will ignore all the challenges, but if you find the right challenge for you, this can also be a rewarding part of blogging.  I guess the most popular challenge here on WordPress is the one-word challenge, where you are given a prompt word and then you need to use this prompt word…

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Importance of Loyalty

Loyalty is an important trait to have in any in relationships, be it romantic, friendship, business, or otherwise. Loyalty will help you to feel more secure about your partner, and it will also lead to better communication and a deeper bond between you. Loyalty sets the base and foundation for every human-to-human interaction. Both people in a relationship need to show and prove their loyalty individually and collectively. A genuine relationship is built with loving deeds, and it is not created by words.

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Most people will not like it if their significant other cheats on them, or if somebody betrays them, or is disloyal, or is treacherous.  People who make commitments should honor them, so if you take someone for better or worse and say that you will stay with them till death makes you part, then you should keep your word.  Loyalty is a virtue, and it can be one of the most important qualities to have in a companion.  You can always hope for the good times, but you should always be prepared for the bad, so that you can stand beside your companion through the thick and the thin.  Loyalty is a critically important ingredient and without this type of dedication respect and trust will never flourish.  Loyalty can be given as an allegiance to a government, institution, religion, cause, product, or a person, but this is something that can’t…

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To the Moon, Alice

Human beings will soon be walking on the moon again, as NASA should be launching an uncrewed spacecraft, that is part of the Artemis I mission, which should happen tomorrow. It will orbit the moon and then return to Earth after about a month and a half. If everything goes as planned, a future mission could land astronauts on the moon in 2025. One of the reasons that is driving NASA to get astronauts back to the moon is because we want to land on Mars. In the Artemis missions, NASA is especially interested in studying ice in lunar craters. Depending on how long it’s been there, the ice and its characteristics could provide a history of the solar system. The ice could also be used to establish permanent bases on the moon, if it can be turned into drinking water, oxygen or spacecraft fuel.

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It is thought that launching a rocket from the lunar surface will be the best way to get to Mars, which is more habitable than the Moon.  If we can establish a lunar colony, this will reduce the amount of fuel that a spacecraft has to carry.  Since our Moon has a much weaker gravity than Earth, being less massive and also because it has no air, this allows rockets to take off much easier.  When a rocket needs less fuel, that leaves more room for other equipment which we want to take to Mars.  Rockets require about 5x less energy to lift off from the Moon’s surface rather than from Earth’s.  Between 1976 and 1990, no moon missions were carried out by any nation.  The US has landed on or orbited the moon on 30 different missions and the USSR comes in next with 23, followed by China with 7…

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Dealing With Climate Change

As long as humans keep pumping greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere, the world will keep getting warmer. Climate simulation models suggest that, regardless of human intervention, the oceans will keep fueling global warming, and sea levels will continue to rise over the next 100 years. This will be the result of thermal inertia, where water takes longer to cool down than air does, so warmed-up oceans will go on dissipating their heat even if industrial emissions are checked. Some scientists argue that the loss of Arctic Sea ice is one of the most sudden and likely tipping points. There is something called the point of no return where any number of cutbacks on greenhouse gas emissions will save us from potentially catastrophic global warming and climate scientists feel that we are getting awfully close to this.

The Paris Agreement which is sometimes called the Paris climate accord is supposed to provide a durable framework guiding the global effort for decades to come. It marks the beginning of a shift towards a net-zero emissions world. Implementation of the Agreement is also essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Agreement includes commitments from all countries to reduce their emissions and work together to adapt to the impacts of climate change, along with calling on countries to strengthen their commitments over time. The main goal is to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.

Oil is one of the most valuable commodities in the world and most of the countries that have a lot of oil are run by dictators, like Venezuela, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. With the exception of Canada and the U.S., the oil rich countries are dictatorships or false democracies that are often subjected to artificial elections where the outcome always comes out in favor of the current “democratically” elected dictator. Having control of the oil helps authoritarian governments stay in power, because they can use it to buy off their citizens. By maintaining exclusive control over a resource that the rest of the world desperately needs, these dictators are able to do what ever they want. Dictators that reign in countries which are rich in oil tend to stay in office longer, because it can be dangerous to mess with them. If they have trouble with a journalist like Jamal Khashoggi, they can just wave a magic wand and have all of their troubles disappear.

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President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act IRA ten day ago on August 16, 2022.  This will reserve $369 billion for climate and clean energy investments, making the IRA the largest, most ambitious climate legislation that Congress has ever passed.  It is thought this will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 2030 to be 40% below the 2005 levels where it peaked at just below 6,000 million tonnes (another term for metric ton) of CO2 (MtCO2).  Before 2005, US carbon emissions were marching upwards year after year, with little sign of slowing down.  After this point, they started declining dropping down to 5, 981 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 representing a 7 percent decrease since 1990 and a 20 percent decrease since 2005.

CO2 accounts for about 76 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.  Since the middle of the 20th century, annual emissions from burning fossil fuels…

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Head in the Clouds

When I was in High School, I never had any idea about what I wanted to do with my life.  The internet started in the 1960s, but I was totally unaware of it till I got my first computer in 1991, which was 20 years after I graduated.  When I was in High School, I used a slide rule in math class, because those hand-held calculators were not a thing yet.  Televisions continued to use vacuum tubes through the 1960s and early 1970s, even after the invention of transistors, but eventually printed circuits took over everything.  After graduating High School, I bounced around going from one meaningless job to the next and then I matriculated to study Electrical Engineering Technology.  I learned about electronic devices, and I took a course in Fortran, which I hated.

I got my first job after my Associates degree working as a draftsperson and eventually, I learned CAD Computer-aided design, which I thought was pretty cool.  I eventually went back for my Batchelor’s degree where I studied Cobalt and Pascal computer programming.  The problem with this was that the programs were created on punch cards that had to be fed into a compiler and it seemed so antiquated to me.  While working as a control system electrical engineer the trend back then was for relay logic to be replaced with PLCs Programmable Logic Controllers.  The PLCs would communicate with HMIs Human Machine Interfaces, so I had to learn how to program both of these devices.  My first home computer had the Windows 3.0 operating system in it which ran on top of MS-DOS.  I learned DOS pretty well and I used to write batch files to start programs from a menu that I created on my computer.

I never had an Xbox, or a Nintendo but I did play games on my computer and the first game that I played was Gorilla where these apes would be battling it out atop skyscrapers throwing exploding bananas at each other to try and destroy the other.  Each player would have to key in the angle and velocity which the banana was being flung at and I thought this was fun.  Next, I got hooked on Duke Nukem, which also ran on MS-DOS.  I guess that game that interested me the most was Doom, as I couldn’t pull myself away from that.  I remember my wife getting up out of bed to see me at the computer around 3 in the morning and telling me that I had to turn the game off because I had to get up for work in another 3 hours and I would tell that I would, as soon as I finished the next level.  I guess the game that I played the most is FreeCell and I still play it.

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Cloud and Edge Computing

Moore’s law (an observation made by Gordon Moore in 1965) predicts that the number of discrete elements on a square-inch silicon integrated circuit will double every two years. While it’s not exactly a direct relationship, you can interpret that to mean that computers will double in processing power every two years and this has been said to be the greatest technological prediction of the last half-century. That means in the years between 2010 and 2050, computer processing power will double 20 times if Moore’s law holds true. Moore’s prediction has fueled many of today’s breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and it has given machine-learning techniques the ability to chew through massive amounts of data to find answers.

There is breaking news where Apple is warning of serious security flaw for iPhones, iPads and Macs that allows hackers to access devices. Apple’s explanation of the vulnerability means a hacker could get “full admin access” to the device. That would allow intruders to impersonate the device’s owner and subsequently run any software in their name.

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When the internet was in its infancy the word ‘cloud’ was used as a metaphor to describe how the complex telephone networks connected. This makes sense since the only way to connect was with a telephone modem and all of the telephone wires were up in the air at that time.  Now, many people and organizations refer to it as ‘THE cloud’ but it’s not a single entity, and it doesn’t exist in just the one place.  Cloud is a model of computing where servers, networks, storage, development tools, and even applications (apps) are enabled through the internet.  Cloud computing is believed to have been invented by Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider an American Psychologist and Computer Scientist in the 1960s with his work on ARPANET (Advanced Research Project Agency Network) to connect people and data from anywhere at any time.  This project was trying to develop a technology that allowed…

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Wireless Speakers for Smartphone Playlists

Mobile technology lets us use our cell phones for many other things besides making calls and sending texts and music streaming has becoming a norm. Using a smartphone to stream music continues to become more popular. People love listening to their music on their smartphones and many people save their playlists on their device for offline playback. We pretty much have the ability to listen to anything, from anywhere. Most smartphones have not improved their sound quality, packing in just a single speaker, or allowing you to employ an earpiece, resulting in a sound that is often tinny and uneven, though at least has a stereo effect. Most listeners feel that audio is at the heart of the mobile experience and better smartphone speaker quality matters to them because they want something that they can play loud without distorting the sound. Smartphone manufactures like to boast about their devices’ big screens and their quality cameras, but they usually overlook sound quality, and this is where wireless speakers come into play.

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97% of Americans own some kind of a cellphone with 85% having a smartphone.  Fans are enjoying more music today than ever before, and people listen to music on their smartphones as much as they do on the radio.  People are spending an hour and a half of their time listening to music every day and many of them are using their phones to listen, but the audio quality is poor, so people are purchasing wireless speakers that integrate with their phones to get better sound.  These WiFi or Bluetooth speakers are portable and once they are connected to your home network you will be able to leave the room with your smartphone without stopping the music.  You simply connect multiple speakers in different rooms to each other via WiFi and an app on your smartphone.  People are taking their tunes with them where ever they go, using water-resistant speakers that feature a rechargeable…

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Bricks as Energy Storage Devices

I am looking for your thoughts on whether you think that Climate Change is a real thing, or if you think that we should be moving away from using fossil fuels toward some cleaner type of energy. I think it is nice that dinosaurs that died millions of years ago formed the energy sources that we are using today, but what if there was a better way? Let me know if you are using any clean renewable energy sources like solar power, wind power or if you think that we should all abandon the Earth and start over someplace else.  I would like you to write about the efforts that you are employing to save the planet.

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Bricks date back to 7000 BC, which makes them one of the oldest known building materials.  They were discovered in southern Turkey at the site of an ancient settlement around the city of Jericho.  The main ingredient of bricks is clay, a group of surface minerals that arise from the weathering of igneous rocks.  Conventional red bricks contain hematite which contains ferric ions that is safe to handle and affordable.  The three little pigs chose to build houses, so they could hide from the big bad wolf.  The third little pig wanted a house that was warm and strong, so he decided to build his house out of bricks.  Bricks are used to build houses because they are durable, and they provide good insulation from heat and cold.  Brick is a clean natural material that doesn’t impact on the environment.  Bricks are fired at temperatures so high that organic materials…

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