Archive for September, 2014

Get Efficient Already! (Part 2)

OK, after a one blog interruption, we’re back to how to be more efficient. One loose end to tie up from part 1 — when you are prioritizing, be sure to remember that certain sites roll over/reset at certain times of the day in your time zone. For me, that would be SFI at 1 AM ET or OJOOO (a pay to click that I am looking into) at 5 PM ET. Make sure you have all the facts when planning your schedule.

Now that we have our schedule set, guess what. Life will get in the way sometimes. You get that unavoidable phone call….your favorite team is on tv (better yet, you want to go see them live)…..your child isn’t feeling well. Anything…..everything….it all seems to go wrong. Guess what….that’s okay. When this happen, simply take care of the matter and when you back in “work” mode, adjust your schedule.

There’s no way you can do 12 hours of work in 2 or 3 hours (just an example)…but that’s okay. Take your highest priority items that you can do in the rest of your day and get to work. You’ll quickly discover that not only can you “fight fires” but you can still do good, productive work, if for no other reason, because you’re glad the fire is out and you’re proud of yourself for being a great fire fighter.

Didn’t know you were so good huh? I did. Have a great day!

Winter… OH NO!!

Yes it is true… Winter is fast approaching… and according to this article sooner than you think…

SO who cares you say?  Weeeell..  I live in Michigan.  I got blasted last year.  I care!

Read this article.  Get prepared.  Be Aware.  We started our wood pile in the basement today and will replace all the fire bricks this week.  We are looking for ways to save energy by using some solar lighting out in the Hen house and the front yard.  I may even see it there is solar Christmas lights.  I bet there are.



If you have never actively prepared for the approach of winter, you may want to start doing so this year.  The National Weather Service models are predicting a 99% chance that this coming winter will start sooner and be harsher than any we have seen, possibly in this century.  Weather science experts are saying the sheer amount of snow we can expect could be 10 to 50 times what the normal amount is for the area that you live in.  The northeast and midwest states will be the hardest hit,( This is Me) but the expected harsh winter weather will affect the entire continental United States.

This type of severe weather goes far beyond mere inconvenience, it is life threatening.  The amount of snow expected will shut down major cities and doubtless cause lengthy power outages.  The combination of no heat and probable food shortages is a recipe for disaster.  The time to prepare for this is now, as the weather could turn as soon as the beginning of October.

What should you do?  How can you protect your family from the hazards that this winter will present?  Prepare for it now!  Better you should start stocking up for the upcoming emergency now than try to run out and buy what you need when the snow is knee deep and everyone else is also trying to do the same thing.  Prices will be inflated, shelves may be empty, people could panic and you could be hurt or worse if you are caught out in those conditions.

What should you start stocking up on? Some of these things I am sure you probably know, but others you may not think of.  Start with the basics.

Heat – if you lose power and your heat does not work without it, the first thing you will need is an alternative source of heat.  Mr Heater portable propane powered heater was my choice.  Whichever heater you decide on, make sure that it is approved for indoor use, and even then you may want to slightly crack a window.  Make sure to buy a lot of propane tanks, so you do not run out.  Never NEVER use outdoor BBQ grills, kerosene heaters, or any other type of heater that is for outdoor use only.  You can be overcome by fumes from them.

Heavy Clothing – the best would be snowsuits such as what you wear for skiing or winter hiking, but you can also use thermal underwear, wool socks and insulated boots and parka.  Don’t forget the hat and gloves.  You may also want to invest in some hand warmers.

Food – when a food shortage hits, and it will when the delivery trucks cannot get to the stores, the first thing to go is the staples.  Milk, bread, eggs and such will be gone almost immediately.   To avoid this situation, buy good quality powdered milk and store it in a cool dry place.  I don’t trust the cardboard containers they come in so I store mine in two liter soda bottles with tightly screwed on caps.  Kept moisture free, powdered milk stays good for 2 to 10 years, so don’t be afraid to buy a lot.  Loaves of bread should also be on your list.  Bread can be frozen with no major damage to it, and if you lose power, you can always keep it outside where it will stay frozen.  Eggs can also be frozen, not in their shell, but first crack and beat them and then pour them into ice cube trays. ( Iuse muffin tins.  Works better)When they are frozen, pop them out and put them in freezer bags. ( got 6 dozen so far) Can goods, pasta, rice, beans are all things that you can stock up on that will last a long time.  How much food to store will be determined by how many people in your household.  Don’t forget to also buy the means to cook your food.  A small propane stove is best, but you can use an outdoor grill if you want to cook outside, but beware, the smell of cooking food may bring unwanted guests for dinner!

Radio – a portable radio that runs on batteries is essential to keep up on what is going on outside your home.  Battery operated or solar chargers for your cellphone, tablet or laptop is also a good idea.  Being able to communicate with others during a weather emergency is important. ( yup got 2)

Light – stocking up on candles, flashlights and batteries is a good idea, but if you have a lengthy power outage, oil lamps are a much better and cheaper choice.  They give off more light and burn a very long time on very little oil.  You can buy oil lamps(about $10) a Walmart along with lamp oil ($6) and extra wicks.($2) (I Have this part well covered)

It may seem a bit overwhelming, but the better you prepare, the safer and happier you will feel.  But remember, it is much better not to tell anyone about the preparations you have made for the coming winter, or  you may find desperate people showing up on your doorstep when their food runs out and their houses have no heat.

More on all of this later,



Sagan, Warhol and other zillions

Since the beginning of CTP teams approximately -2/3 (minus two thirds) Friedman ago our team hanged on the third place in this competition (with exception of two second and one 1st place). To the untrained eye it would seem as if our team got so comfortable being in the 3rd place that we don’t plan to move anywhere from it. In reality we were constantly moving forward beard-second per mouse click. However, exact gazillion of mickeys needed to get us to the first place may never be known.

We are the first team that earned fraction of sagan XP in a week in this competition, which must have boosted our fame by at least couple of kilowarhols.

Where to now? Our plan is to maintain this position for the Friedman and 1/3rd and earn at least firkin sagan of XP more.

For those of you that are still wondering how we managed to get to the fraction of sagan, our team is willing to share that info at a rate of approximately 1/24 dirac.

If you need help with units and measurements used here go to:

1410867659 Epoch Time – (CC-BY-SA)

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