Sunday, March 15, 2009

rant on programs

my keyboard is failing badly, so you'll not see many capitaliations or any of the letter's you see missing in the word 'capitaliation'.

there are some great programs out there that are cheap, if not free. It doesn't matter which operating system (OS) you have. they are there. free linux versions are so integrated into the OS and user culture that it is the norm.

in xp, one of the places to go is... Google. Search for free software. Find places like... (nope, not tellin' ya. you should already know and if you don't you dang better learn. That goes for the rest of you too. if you want to be taken seriously, you need to be competent when it comes to computer usage and data retrieval. other data exchanges are what you might call optional, but getting computer savvy is something you just decide to do and never-stop-doing.

(what about the cap's, you ask? well, I started using the right side of the keyboard recently. now i'm just being la y. ( the letter 'xee' still isn't working, though))

anyway, many people around me fail to reali(xee)e that being curious about new things that will make computer life easier for them is all they need to do to make it happen. This goes so for many aren't even willing to take into consideration they might like whatever's being shared with them.

i will sight 2 examples:

1. Launchy - A small software program, also called a utility, that allows you to not have to click all the time. Whenever you're around a computer guy/superuser/computer expert/computer technician/hacker oh no! you probably see screens pop up & disappear a lot. it's like things just appear at their bidding. They touch the keyboard a little bit from time to time '...and these weird things happen!'

Well guess what, they're using keyboard shortcuts. So, i've shown people all around me about a free (open source) program called, of all things, Launchy. I shouted it from the rooftops as being the next best thing since the invention of the mouse! i don't think even one out of 5 of the people even showed any interest.

so, what I think is, that i just discovered a NPG finder. For those of you who don't yet know what a npg is and are asking you yourself what it is are exactly the person I am talking about. Google should always be a keystroke away. You would've already hit the ctrl+t keys to pull up a new tab, then typed npg. it would've/should've/could've had it give the answer on the google results page. (6 keys in a magic combination, whooo!) Then you hit a n incredible thing called the backspace key to get back to this serendipitously insulting page.

don't mind me, i'm just frustrated with other's lack of inttrigue in what I consider helpful to them. Don't get me wrong, i have some people around me who actually do adopt, or at least listen when i have a idea, revelation or rant. just ask 'em, it's not easy! (e.g. having to read this sociologically cultural suicide blog like this)

notice how i didn't even give you the website for Launchy? exactly. Google. it should be second nature in 2009 for anyone/everyone/you.

2. chrome, the new browser.

Monday, February 16, 2009

rant on the plant

"Lima beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites".

From: World's Healthiest Foods

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rant On The Plant - Found: THE CURE FOR CANCER

I found the cure!

So, below is my attempt to share it with you without telling you what it is, due to fear of character assassination.


What if you discovered the cure for cancer?

I'm talkin' about the real deal here, a FAST EASY CURE for most all kinds of cancer quickly and completely.

---------No Chemo---------
---------No Radiation---------

What would you pay for it?

What if it worked starting the first day?
What if there were no negative side effects?
What if it was free?

What if it had been used for thousands of years, but is considered cultural taboo because of generations of a greed based propaganda campaign?

How would you feel? What if hardly anyone new about it and those who heard about it rejected it without even looking into it at all? What would you do if you knew the one thing that would kill cancer in it's tracks, no one was selling it and you couldn't get it from your doctor?

Well, I've found it and here it is:


Rant On The Plant

I'm thinking about plants these days. All kinds of plants. All kinds of thoughts about food, nutrition, energy, health, history, environmental & political issues and finally discoveries.

That's way too much for this early in the morning. So, what I'm going to do is commit ROTP (Rant On The Plant) to all issues plant related. This will definitely open things up a bit.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Centuries of dedicated use backs up chamomile's credibility as a cure-all for menstrual cramps, insomnia, skin irritations, and stomachaches.

You know how a box of herbal tea is $3-$4? It's much less expensive to buy it in bulk. How much you ask? When you buy it in bulk, you get 20 times as much for the same price!

It's the main ingredient in all of the sleepy-time teas. I like to drink it when I can't sleep, am feeling uptight or just want to relax.

The following is from the article, 'Make Your Own Chamomile Tea' by Alan Hayes.

Chamomile tea has a light, apple-like taste and is rich in calcium. It is a time-honoured remedy to soothe gastrointestinal disorders, to relieve menstrual pain, to calm the nerves, and to help prevent migraine headaches. A cup of chamomile tea at night is said to induce sound natural sleep and calm an overactive brain. It is an ideal drink at study time or when under stress, and students and tired business people will benefit from a cup of chamomile tea at the end of a day.

Because of its low toxicity, chamomile is especially suitable for children. It will soothe skin disorders such as acne, burns, stings, and rashes, and is excellent for conjunctivitis, infants' teething problems, rheumatism and neuralgia. To ease rheumatism and other aches and pains massage the affected spot with a blend of 25 ml of soy oil and two drops each of chamomile and rosemary oils.

To make it, all you have to do is steep 2-3 teaspoons in a cup of hot water.

That's it.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rant On The Plant

What if there was a medicine that cured cancer, reversed aging and protected you from the common cold & flu? Would you be curious?

What if i told you it had no side effects? Would you be interested?

What if I told you it was an inexpensive, over-the-counter caffeinated (or not) drink that came in many flavors? Would you consider taking it?

Well, believe it or not, tea is that medicine. Drink five cups a day and you will reap all the benefits above. I drink three 16oz., two teabag, cups. You can even use it on your skin (there are creams out now). Oh, it comes in pill form too.

If you are one of the people that say, "I just don't like tea", listen up. There are hundreds of ways to 'take your tea'. I drink mine with milk (both black and green). You can mix it with sweetener, juice, or any other beverage. You can drink it hot or cold. You can cook with it and even take it in pill form!

Historically, it's been said that green tea is much healthier than black. However, scientists are finding out that black tea is just as good and in some ways better. Dang! So, the billions of people drinking it aren't so awfully misguided after all?

I am currently reading the book, 'Green Tea Health Benefits and Applications '.

It's a $150 book, but you might be able to find an electronic copy if you're resourceful enough.

You know the term, 'My poop doesn't stink'? One of the most startling things I've learned so far is that drinking green or black tea (get ready...) is that it reduces the odor of of bowel movements and gas by 50% by reducing the ammonia and sulfates through reducing bad bacteria in your gut.

Here's one of the Amazon reviews (by Paul T. Wegener):
Dr. Yukihiko Hara was the first to purify green tea catechins on a larger scale. As Director of the Food Research Laboratories at Mitsui Norin Co, he and his colleagues worked in their extra time to purify these compounds and make them available in the late 1980's. The methods they developed are used today to purify the green tea extracts available from pills to shampoo. This book reports on their scientific efforts exploring the activity of the catechins and reviews the work of others in the field. It is clearly written in layman's language with many illustrations.
Key areas covered include where catechins come from and how they are purified, anti-oxidant and radical scavenging in food products and animals. Their tests, mostly in animals of the anti-bacterial action, the anti-viral action and the anti-cancer action, are reported in the next few chapters. Each chapter describes the experiments in sufficient detail so you can evaluate the meaning of the effect. There are further chapters on health effects in humans, including fat reduction and improved bowel function, help for diabetes and also hypertension, backed up by straightforward experiments. He ends with a general discussion of trends in the field.
Much of this work was done by Dr. Hara's group and close collaborators, so the original papers were published in Japanese; for many experiments this book is the only way to read about them in English. Green Tea Catechins are now studied around the world, but the quantities needed originated in this lab and he has supplied the catechins other scientists have used for most of that work. Mitsui Norin purified the catechins sold at Sigma Chemicals until this last year.
Currently Dr. Hara's group has a collaborative research effort with the US National Cancer Institute to test the anti-cancer effects of green tea catechins in people with precancerous lesions. The book provides the background one needs to appreciate this effort and gives the history of the science leading up to the NCI trials in a convenient way.
Dr. John Weisburger, the distinguished research scientist from the American Health Foundation, has written a helpful foreword.

Tea is easy. Tea is great for you. Tea is cheap. So, do yourself a favor and spend 30 days trying tea in a myriad of ways to find your preferred method of taking this miracle medicine.

Stay tuned for the next episode of 'Rant on The Plant'

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Idea of the Day

OK, no one said I was going to have only one idea per day, so get off it!

Idea: Video games (add-ons for existing games) that contain quests/tasks/training on real world educational material.

I see so much time and effort being put into games like WoW, where people are 'training' or 'questing' on things that are limited to the game environment. What if you had to navigate a particular quest that helped you learn vocabulary for your economics class or that taught you how to use a CNC machine or taught you how to really cook something in the kitchen.

Studies have shown (sorry, no references) that people's learning performance and retention are better during play. It's just not for kids. If we enjoy what we're doing, we do it better.

It seems to me that this is a realitively untapped market.

-Charlie out.