Category Archives: Rants

Short and sweet rants on my favorite science topics


Keeping house and yard together is a full time job, add to that my total addiction to pieces and puzzles (mosaic, quilts, stained glass, patterns etc)… and my daughter’s house and yard… all of which is falling into ruins… ha ha… but that’s oK, entropy and rebirth are part of life.

I just put my fingers on my new “pause” button, a polymer clay refrigerator magnet, and acknowledge my mortality haha.,… how funny that that piece of refrigerator art makes a difference…. i should be more intellectual and go pray, or meditate, or touch a reliqious mandala, or finger a japa mala, or kiss a talisman, or fondle worry beads…. OK now i have to look up the history of beads…… get this… “The word bead derives from the old Anglo-Saxon word “bede” (prayer). ” ha ha ha ha ha — i would never have guessed.

There is science behind this… amen.

Lycoris squamigera: how fast does the flower spike grow?

This lily (which i may wrongly call and august lily, but is well known as a surprise lily, naked lady, resurrection lily, but still confused with an amaryllis belladonna plant) Lycoris squamigera is one of my favorites.  Early spring dense foliage, which dies back (and helps keep weeds out of the flower bed) and then the spike and flower tip come up rapidly at the end of july (at least here in cincinnati it seems to be the end of july).  I was curious about how fast the spike grew (which seemed very fast) and searched but in the many posts did NOT FIND a single reference to any measurements.  So here is a quick and dirty estimate.

Measuring 5 stalks (not a big sample) crudely with a yardstick, at a 14 hour interval (most of it overnight) the plants can grow about one inch in 5 hours.  Also, just a casual observance, the taller the spike the faster the growth, which makes sense, because there are more cells dividing in a larger spike pushing it up faster.

I will post more measurements if i have time… LOL.

Come on Kroger – that wasn’t an orange you sold me.

Come on Kroger – that wasn’t an orange you sold me.  NOT FUNNY.  This naval orange was as big as a softball (really bigger) hard as a rock, the orange skin was nicely died an even orange but was so tough it was nigh impossible to peel. The inside fruit had no flavor and the segments did not separate.  Conclusion. Your produce managers grew up in a food desert, no concept of what fruit tastes like, but only willing to make money passing off hard woody long storage dyed fruit as something that we are supposed to eat.

You say to me…. what gives you the right to judge fruit. I will tell you.  I grew up in southern california with orange, lime, lemon trees in the back yard, loquat, pomegranate and apricots by the jillions in the neighborhood kid’s yard that we shared on a regular basis while enjoying the sun and outdoor games.  Frequent trips to the orchards eating cherries right off the tree, and avocados as nice and as ripe as any i have found in the store.

Kroger may be the biggest grocer in the world, but it has become the largest “fake food” grocer as well.  Shame on you.

BTW the last seed(less) watermellon you sold me was also a piece of unripe hard bitter junk.  Does a corporation have a moral commitment to its consumers.  I think so, you obviously do not.  Bad on you Kroger.

Alternative facts: a tourist activity?

when the republican congressman said today that the invasion of the capital was simply ordinary tourist activity…this came to mind. Probably nothing new…  (the comment about a visit to the white house was made by Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga)

With a lot that
I don’t understand or don’t see..
It may be a revelation that
Simply ignoring the reality of people
Being there may not be
A symptom but an idea worth
Trying. Some people might be there
Occupying space and yet have
No purpose to improve their
Tiny fraction of the universe.
With all the remaining room it
Is possible to lithely slip around
Them and hope the small
Waves you make fail to startle
Them into activity. It apparently
Takes a lifetime or more to
Get that hallucinations can be
Be ghosts or monsters or
Can create
non-entities when it becomes
Being able to not-see is a clever
And useful way to have the room to
Shake free of a reality that expects
you to fit among
shockingly unpleasant
characters when it stretches
your inherency less to
have them go away.

RLB 05/14/2021

New owners of CorelDRAW

April 26 2021

Its only your customers you lose when you cause crashes in earlier versions of CorelDRAW with your NOT VERY ARTISTIC AND HIGHLY IRRITATING incessant adds for updates.  Shame on you, I will never buy another CorelDRAW product.  It was even back at version 3 a wonderful program that tried to be compatible with everything else. Now it just about profit.  So sad.

May 17 2021

Why would any corporation antagonize its customers…. those who have purchased this product a half a dozen times since its very inception. I will never buy a subscription, and never purchase another product from CorelDRAW.  Everytime you pop that add up (which all instructions i can find to stop it not working) i have to close all my files and exit corelDRAW.  Its like you want to destroy the reputation of a good company that was eagerly compatible with the nut-case contemporary programs that refused to do anything to encourage inter-compatibility.  You just suck now.

You stupid ducks….. what a bad business model, i hope you crash and burn. Quit with the invasive adds that crash the program. 5-28*2021 I will never purchase another product from you.

06-0102021  dimwits…..  why do you do this stuff

06-10-2021, one more time…..  do you really think this add and crash program stuff will get you more business?

06-15-2021 i reiterate, when profit destroys your customer base…  you lose.  Likened unto Kroger who pushes unhealthy and earth damaging products and packaging…  killing its customers. Corporate CorelDRAW, you had a good product, then ruined it with popups.

07-25-2021.. you jerks…  CorelDRAW popups which I have not been able to remove, occur on my work computer and home computer with a regularity that is so annoying, and useless as i will never purchase another CorelDRAW version.  Everytime it pops up I lose some function in the program and end up having to close all my work and restart the program.  Is this a good business model…. i dont think so.  shame on you CorelDRAW new owners.  It happens all the time, i get tired of making noise about it.

8-5-2021  u a**es.  the more you crash my coreldraw with your popups, the more i will never buy another product of yours. you destroyed a really good company and product with your greed.

11-2-2021 – Jerks
JERKS again, i get tired of your adds, this one is particularly nauseating. Is this what the ideal woman looks like to a white male supremecist? ugly, self indulgent, mean, abusive?  This would appeal likely to those who now run this corporation, otherwise how would it be an add (which by the way forced me to close and reopen CorelDRAW). three thumbs down to the new owners of CorelDRAW.

I might debate “the humble”…. LOL

And King Nebuchadnezzar states the purpose of the Ishtar Gates:

Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, the pious prince appointed by the will of Marduk, the highest priestly prince, beloved of Nabu, of prudent deliberation, who has learnt to embrace wisdom, who fathomed Their (Marduk and Nabu) godly being and pays reverence to their Majesty, the untiring Governor, who always has at heart the care of the cult of Esagila and Ezida and is constantly concerned with the well being of Babylon and Borsippa, the wise, the humble, the caretaker of Esagila and Ezida, the first born son of Nabopolassar, the King of Babylon, am I.

but here is just one tiny daisy out of this wonderful mosaic wall that he commissioned