Direct Marketing 3D Fish Tank Accessories

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I have an idea for a direct marketing product.  Take a regular accessory for fish tanks, A piece of coral, a plastic plant, even a treasure chest.  Split the item down the middle vertically. Attach magnets along the split and cover it with felt.  Attach the two together, one inside the glass, and the other outside the tank.  It could be marketed as a way to make your 2D fish tank pop out into the real world!  instead of a boring flat surface, you can now make your fish tank part of your world!  Enhance the beauty of your fish tank while giving your pets a place to live!  Place this simple accessory on your tank and both you and your fish can enjoy the hard work that you put into creating a work of art!.  It also doubles as a handy fish tank cleaner!

Sell them in assorted sets of 5-10 pieces.  include a plant, a coral, a chest and some other items.  The package would probably cost $10.   After the pitch,  double the offer and give free shipping (extra S&H on the free set)

The Electromagnetic Pulse

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Electromagnetic pulses, or EMPs, are energy bursts that can disrupt electronic equipment, but how do they do it? The answer is in the design of modern electronics. Admiral Hyman Rickover famously carried an 11 inch piece of wire with him that he would show to people to represent the need to make computers smaller. That’s the distance that an electron can travel in one nanosecond. When measured against the intricate circuitry of a microprocessor, 11 inches isn’t that far. In order to make more efficient processors, the circuits have to shrink so that electrons can travel a little farther in that nanosecond. Since computer clocks work at those time frames, that physically limits the amount of information that can travel through the processor during a given clock cycle.

As processor manufacturers have made their products smaller to mitigate this physical limitation, the tiny wires inside them have become closer and closer together. Today, processors are built with miniscule distances between wires to maximize the density of circuits that can be fit onto a processor die. 25 nanometers isn’t an unusual gap between wires in modern processors.

An EMP floods a processor with loose electrons that bridge those small gaps and cause short circuits. It’s the same principle that causes a short circuit in a lamp cord, just at a smaller scale. Since processors aren’t designed to ground those short circuits like your home fuse box, the wires inside become fused and the processor becomes useless.  Even the simplest devices in our society use microcircuitry to improve their efficiency, making almost every device we carry vulnerable to an EMP.

Weighin! The app

Hello Friends!  I would like to announce my new smartphone app, Weighin!  Compatible with Iphone, android, and blackberry, this new app will let you manage your weight loss program minute by minute!  Simply place your smartphone, touchscreen up, on the ground in front of you and step on it while Weighin! is running.  If you don’t see a reading at first, bounce up and down to calibrate your smartphone.  follow the QR link below for purchasing instructions and more information!

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New Computer

Here’s what the old computer looks like.  I built it about 4 years ago for $400.  I bought the slimline case, but a full height video card, so I never could put the top cover on.  I feel kind of bad replacing it, where’s the cat going to sleep?

Here’s the new computer… 500 Watts of LED powered goodness.  It took three tries to buy it over at Newegg.com.  not their fault, I haven’t used the credit card since June, so it got denied twice before I figured out that I had to order a new card.  each time, the computer got a little bit better than the last one.  I started out with a prudent, low budjet gaming machine.  By the time I was pulling out another card, I was up to a mainstream gaming machine.  It’s not alienware, but Burnout Paradise runs flawlessly on it.  I’m grinning with nerdly glee 🙂

Gigabyte Motherboard, Nvidia 9800GT video card, 4GB RAM, 3.0GHZ Intel processor, Raidmax case/power supply

The Racketeer Nickel

In 1883, the US Mint changed the design of the nickel. Charles Barber created the new design. In its first year, there was no mention of the denomination except the Roman V. Since this new nickel looked very similar to the $5 gold coin, some people gold plated their nickels and tried to pass them off as $5.

 

Here’s what a plated nickel looks like. Just think, the last person to spend this coin was ripping someone off. The Mint changed the design mid year to add “cents” to the back of the coin. This coin’s quality grade is judged by the legibility of “Liberty” in Lady Liberty’s headband. The definition of her hair and facial features are important, too. My racketeer nickel is actually a higher grade than my regular 1883 nickel. Neither one is worth too much, $30 for the gold one if I find an overly enthusiastic collector (that’s how I got it). 1885 is the rare year. I like the 1883 racketeer nickel, though. It has more personality than the others.

The US Mint has some for sale. Josh Tatum was the most famous Racketeer. Here’s what Coinfacts has to say about the racketeer nickel.

Bumper Stickers

I saw a bumper sticker years ago that said “BE ALERT! America needs more Lerts” Maybe we’re trying to impart some wisdom to our fellow drivers… scare them off… insult them, it’s all out there on a bumper sticker somewhere. An abridged personal manifesto displayed for the world to see.

Valkyrie was talking about bumper stickers on her blog, which got me thinking.  Here’s what my stickers mean… I have license plate holders on both ends (New York State uses two plates) Buffalo Bills on the back, Philadelphia Eagles on the front. From Right to Left, I have: An American Flag, The sticker from the animal shelter I volunteer at, RTFM (Read The F*cking Manual), A computer power button, and Evolve with a peace symbol for an O.

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Road to Canandaigua

I went to the Historic Car Show in Canandaigua, NY. the show had about 50 cars in it. the cars ranged from a 1987 Jaguar XJ6 to a 1915 Model T, to the Datsun/Nissan Z series. Meticulous maintenance was on display at every step. It’s obvious that each car represents a serious investment by its owner. I had several interesting conversations with car owners. Each person has a different story, a different historical perspective.

We start at the beginning. This Model T is in terrific shape. Imagine 90 years of use. Of all the cars at the show, this one answers the question “But will it still be here 100 years from now?” Indeed, he drove it to the show. A solar panel on the back charges a battery that powers the starter motor…

A purist might say that he should crank start the car, but I like the technological symmetry. The Model T represents the beginning of the Twentieth Century like no other car. Solar energy represents the end of the twentieth century quite nicely, I think.  This was one of my favorite cars in the show.

Here’s my other favorite car at the show.   Yes, the first time I heard of one was in the Back to the Future movies, but that’s not why I like the car.  I like the Delorean for the same reason I like the Tucker.  They’re both cool looking cars with innovative designs.

 

I think they give Delorean owners tickets if they don’t carry a model of the movie car around with them at all times.  Rich has a nice car, I had fun talking with him.

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