Entries Tagged as 'Technology'

Book Review: The Check By Clair Wm. Harmony

Print Length: 251 pages
Publication Date: April 27, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Imagine you open your bank statement online and see $100,000 more in your account than the $1,000 you thought you had. Imagine checks rolling in to the point that you now have $500 Million and still it rolls in. And at the same time someone is sending checks out to needy recipients with a note that says “for your cancer treatment” and you didn’t know you had cancer…yet.

Where is the money coming from? Who is doing this to you? And why are all kinds of thugs after you?

The Check” is a good story, about using computer technology and data mining to siphon funds from bank accounts of drug dealers, criminals, and corrupt government officials (is that redundant?).

I have some nits with the editing, but who finds a manuscript without a few typos? I liked the book, and if Harmony has another book in him, I would give it a go.

This is a Noisy Book

This is a Noisy Book

The Oracle Philon: A Colton Banyon Mystery (Kindle Edition)
This is a noisy book. I’ll tell you why in a moment and why I gave the book three stars. First, combine ancient artifacts with weather (Something is happening to the weather. Catastrophic events are occurring all over the world). and archeology and you’ve hooked me. The author didn’t disappoint. It’s a good adventure yarn, buy it is noisy and frankly the author should go back and edit the book. I counted 78 times the author used “screamed” and 27 times the author used the verb “yelled.” It’s ok if the verbs are used when you need to talk loudly amidst multiple hand-held automatic weapons firing, but even in polite conversation! If the characters are talking loudly, try shriek, screech, howl, shout, bellow, bawl, cry out, call out, yelp, squeal, wail, squawk; holler etc. I don’t believe people should raise their voices 105 times in a book.
Would I read another Gerald J. Kubicki book? Not without doing a word search.


The Difference Between a Good Analyst and a Great Analyst

I came across this piece from Quandl and it got me thinking about about politics and experts and analysts. Quandl is a data site that offers information on thousands of stocks, with historical data going back decades and futures data to help you forecast trends. They created this graphic to help novice analysts get ahead in the industry.
the Difference Between a Good and a Great Analyst

I love to talk politics. My dad and I conversed and analysed and argued about the Vietnam War and every other thing that was worth discussing. Sometimes they were heated. College was a disappointment. I thought there were would be more conversations in depth much like the ones between dad and me. Sadly, that only occurred in the classroom … infrequently. In my adult life, once in a while there is a conversation I look back on with fondness. Those conversations  with new friends or in depth conversations over a fine dinner. Today, it is hard to have conversations when each participant is holding on to biases and attaching their ego to those opinions.

I want to have conversations with great analysts.

When I was a broker, I made the most money for my clients when I could analyse the facts, and draw conclusions from those facts that were outside the norm. If you saw The Big Short you saw great analysts reach conclusions that were farseeing. The consequences of their conclusions were far reaching.made them huge piles of money.

It is one thing to develop a story about the future of Germany or Cuba if you are a citizen, another thing altogether to draw the conclusion that being Jewish in Germany is existential; it is another thing to be Cuban and realize that the door to Spain is the only escape and it will close soon.

To stand in a place and observe that a country that spends more than it takes in and builds up debt to the point that they can barely pay the interest is a good analyst. To be a great analyst it takes courage to conclude that this cannot stand and it’s time to leave.

Great analysts tell stories that are believable and motivate others to take action. Strive to become a great analyst.

Truck Drivers Going the Way of Buggy Whips

This is a game changer:

Mover Mike Hit 2,000,000

After an incredible June, Mover Mike hit 2,000,000 page views. I have been blogging since 2004 and it is nice to see that more people are finding this blog. Sometimes, I have considered quitting, thinking why bother, no one reads me. However, conservative fiscally, Libertarian socially, this blog joins many others who don’t like the path the U.S. is on.

No longer can we discuss things rationally and heatedly.  Now it seems the play book says to ignore the message, savage the messenger. We are seeing that currently with Trump and we read that Hillary hasn’t answered the press questions in two weeks. AND…more and more people are considering leaving the country.

Mexico”sends” their unemployed to the U.S.. How long will 93,000,000 unemployed and under employed wait to move south? How long will the drought stricken  in the south west wait to move? What happens when the U.S. becomes like Greece and can’t feed the 43,000,000 on EBT?

Stay tuned, dear reader. I hope to cover it and provide some answers. Thanks for reading Mover Mike

Equipment Telematics

 equipment telematics

Slowly, clipboards are giving way to tablets and smart phones as more construction companies adopt equipment telematics. (Copyright: ndoeljindoel / 123RF Stock Photo)

Modern construction equipment and machinery now includes advanced technology for optimizing safety, efficiency and more; It’s called equipment telematics, and by using it you can remotely track information about your equipment.

The information you collect using equipment telematics helps improve machine utilization, reduces fuel and energy consumption, and even lessens the need for frequent maintenance and lengthy repair schedules.

James White has more about the new machine to machine wireless technology for construction.

Mark Goldes

Back in 2008, I wrote about Mark Goldes and his search for Zero Point Energy. He thought he was close, but no! According to SFGATE, he has had some successes, such as a  technology called the UltraConductor, which purports to be capable of conducting electricity at room temperature with no resistance, thus vastly improving fuel efficiency.  Now he thinks he is close,within a few months, he says, to a breakthrough that could revolutionize where people get fuel.

Catch up to Mark Goldes. Is he the guy from Atlas Shrugged who invents a motor?

What Causes Death Valley’s Sliding Stones to Move?

On August 27, 2014, a group of (very patient) researchers aided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NASA and others announced they had solved the mystery (of the sliding stones). Richard D. Norris and his cousin James M. Norris said the motion comes from very thin windowpane ice that sometimes covers the dry lake bed. When the ice begins to melt in late morning sun, it may break up under light winds. Floating ice panels may then push the rocks, causing them to move and leave tracks in the desert floor. The journal PLOS ONE published their study.

Contuinue reading at Earth Sky…

I’ll Never Come Home Empty-Handed Again!

Now why didn’t they have something like this when I was dating so many years ago? The device could tell me her temperature, hot or cold; married or single, height, weight, what kind of car impresses her, favorite drink, movie, music. I never would have gone home empty-handed.

Scientists Grow Penises…

Yes, that’s the headline on Drudge: Scientists grow penises… I immediately wondered if they did so on purpose or was this a side effect of some experiment gone wrong? Were there men who experienced this phenomenon or both males and females? Where did these penises appear? On the face like acne? On the arms like sunburn? Or like hair on a woolly leg?
Turns out that scientists have managed to grow penises in the lab. The organs would be used to help men who have suffered a serious injury to the region, had surgery for cancer or are suffering from a congenital abnormality. Well, my congratulations to the scientists, who say the penises will be ready in about five years. The article also says that they have managed to grow vaginas and have implanted four. It’s an amazing world. No picture of a penis or vagina was provided with this article.

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