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Matters, Musings and Mysteries. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I get commissions for purchases made through certain links.)

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Monster Bug on the Sidewalk

Monster Bug on the Sidewalk

My sister and I were in Greensboro, North Carolina yesterday and on our way out of a Sweet Frog frozen yogurt place, there was a huge black bug on its back, right next to the front door on the sidewalk. The twitching beetle had large mandibles that looked like pincers (some might call them pinchers). It was our first time seeing a bug like that out in the real world (some might call the "real world" a highly advanced holographic computer simulation). Here's a picture of the beetle:  
Bought Shiny Pinball Balls From Amazon

Bought Shiny Pinball Balls From Amazon

(As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I get commissions for purchases made through certain links.)   I've been planning on making a computer pinball game since around 1985. First it was going to be on the VIC-20, then the Commodore 64, then the Amiga 500, and now the Atari 2600. Maybe this time I'll really do it with some help:   atariage.com/forums/topic/270373-realistic-pinball-physics-on-the-atari-2600/   Anyway, I've been wanting to own a re
Amazon: Ordered a Set and Only Got One Item

Amazon: Ordered a Set and Only Got One Item

I ordered a set of 5 items from Amazon and only one item was in the box. I couldn't figure out how tell Amazon that they sent one item instead of five items and that I wanted the other four. All they provided were return options. I posted my problem in my status update and Razzie.P had the answer. Here is an adapted version of what was posted:     I did that and opened up a chat window with a bot. As you would expect, the bot was no help, so I asked it to let me chat with a huma
Weird Staged Ellen Video

Weird Staged Ellen Video

Have you seen this weird staged Ellen video from March 27, 2020?   youtu.be/RA9EgZvOnVo     For those who don't want to watch the short video, Portia de Rossi is cooking food in the kitchen and Ellen tries to keep Portia in view the whole time as she shows some LEGO Architecture sets. Ellen shows us the Great Wall of China and Dubai sets first, then she says "Oh my God, look at that one" while picking up the Trafalgar Square box. The last one Ellen shows us is 
Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Remember, if phones suddenly have limited functionality and the Internet stops working for everyone starting sometime between March 30, 2020 and April 10, 2020, it will probably only last 3 days. Don't worry. Don't panic. It may not even happen, but if it does, you can be a calming influence for your family, friends, and any freaked out neighbors. Just tell them to stay home and play cards or board games or enjoy other activities that might help them deal with their social media withdrawal sympt
Games to Avoid

Games to Avoid

Warning!   Some modern video games might cause you to theorize about all of the possible ways your enemies could be conspiring against you. Do not play those games if you want to avoid thinking like a conspiracy theorist! We all know that conspiracy theorists are the worst people in the world! It's a fact! Google it!   You might also want to avoid chess. Thinking ahead more than one move could lead to thinking like a conspiracy theorist. If you want to fit in and be normal li
Emergency Alert System Test Was Unreadable

Emergency Alert System Test Was Unreadable

While watching TV on March 25, 2020, an Emergency Alert System Test came on during the commercials and it had white text scrolling inside of a light green bar. We couldn't read the text. Whoever is in charge of that might want to take a look at this page: Readability and Backgrounds.   Here's what it looked like:       Here is a closer view of the white text in the light green bar:       They better change that to black on light green
Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree (View-Master Miniature Scenes)

Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree (View-Master Miniature Scenes)

(As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I get commissions for purchases made through certain links.)   I had a gray-ish View-Master (Sawyers Model G) in the late 1960s. It looked like the images below from #ad Amazon:       My View-Master had no imperfections between my eyes and the images. The view was completely clear. I don't remember what happened to that View-Master. I or my mother might have eventually given it away, thinking I wa

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Wham-O Magic Window Toy

Wham-O Magic Window Toy

I saw a Magic Window when I was sitting in a small waiting room around 1973 or 1974 and thought it was kind of fun, so I eventually got one. It wasn't the greatest toy in the world, but it was fun to mess with once in a while. It was like playing with ocean waves. It was a stress relieving toy where the only purpose was to make patterns (similar to the Space Fidgit).   It took me until 2005 to find the name of it. I remembered that it seemed to have blue and white 'sand' inside of a cl

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Space Fidgit Toy (Rub Back of Disc to Create Colorful Patterns)

Space Fidgit Toy (Rub Back of Disc to Create Colorful Patterns)

I had a Space Fidgit in the early 1970s (1973 or 1974) when I lived in Illinois. It was a thin disc with weird goo inside that was affected by the heat and pressure of your finger. You could make interesting patterns by rubbing or smearing your finger on the back of it. If it was sold today, they'd call it a stress relieving fidget or an anti-anxiety toy. You might want to check out a semi-similar stress relief toy called the Wham-O Magic Window.   The image below is courtesy of timewa

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Interview With the Director of "8 Days"

Interview With the Director of "8 Days"

A similar thing happened to the director's sister:     The full interview was yanked off YouTube. Here's a few minutes of it:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tq53IQ9EA         Movie trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFhJAMUW6WA     You can buy the movie from #ad Amazon.com. Tip Jar As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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Best Free Online PDF to ODT Converter

Best Free Online PDF to ODT Converter

Of the free online PDF to ODT converters that I have tried, this one seems to be the best: https://convertio.co/pdf-odt/ If you know of a better one, please post it. I tried aconvert.com, file-converter-online.com, online2pdf.com, online-convert.com, and zamzar.com. The only one in that list that wasn't total garbage was online2pdf.com, but it wasn't as good as convertio.co. The results from convertio.co aren't perfect, but it's very close to the original PDF. I've only had t

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Skee-Ball "Golf"

Skee-Ball "Golf"

Blog post last updated on: 2019y_06m_25d_1317t In my Protection for Bad Home Putters blog entry, I described my little home miniature golf setup. We had to put it away when we lived in an apartment, but now that we're in a house again, we got it back out. We were saving up money to have a guy mow our yard, but he never found the time, so I had to do it. My sister said we could spend some of the money on something fun and while we were out shopping the other day, we stumbled upon an off

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TV Movie About Ape Rights (1970s)

TV Movie About Ape Rights (1970s)

I saw a made for TV movie or miniseries in the mid 1970s about an ape that had to go to court to try to win his or her rights to do something. I don't remember if it was supposed to be a chimp or a gorilla, but it was clearly a small human in a weird-looking ape costume. (The person in charge of the ape had to take him or her to court.) I must be using the wrong words when Googling. I can't find one mention of it. Does anyone remember seeing it or is anyone better at Googling? I'd like to k

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Got a new computer from Best Buy (2019)

Got a new computer from Best Buy (2019)

After my Windows 7 computer died in March of 2015, I got a Hewlett-Packard Windows 8.1 computer from Walmart: atariage.com/forums/topic/236241-array0-degraded-intel-rapid-storage-technology/ [HP Pavilion 500-223w Desktop PC with Intel Core i3-4130 Processor, 8GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 8.1] Avast screwed up my computer in May of 2018 and the PC magically healed itself, but it never quite acted right after that. I guess my free Avast subscription must have expired or som

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How to Get Rid of Spiders and Ants

How to Get Rid of Spiders and Ants

Ortho Home Defense MAX Insect Killer Granules is sprinkled around the outside of the house and around any storage buildings.   Ortho Home Defense Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter with Comfort Wand is used in the house, basement, and attic. Read the instructions. Reapply as needed. Use at your own risk. Goodbye spiders, ants, and more.   Tip Jar As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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Human Trafficking Prevention (The White Hats Are Winning)

Human Trafficking Prevention (The White Hats Are Winning)

You'd think this would be a huge story in the mainstream news: The war between the white hats and the black hats has been going on for a long time, but the white hats are finally winning. It seems a disgusting man in the big chair has agreed to work with the white hats. For decades, most men who sat in that big chair have worked for the black hats, so this is good news.   The Fiji Water Girl was supposedly a message from the white hats to the black hats that human trafficking, S

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The Mandela Effect: Home Alone

The Mandela Effect has been blamed on misremembering/confabulation and that's true when it comes to a lot of the stupid stuff you'll find out there. But there are instances where it seems like something has really changed. Some people say that we live in a holographic universe (that could have glitches or could be hacked by interdimensional aliens). Others say that each person can slip in and out of slightly different realities depending on the vibration that the person gives off based on his or

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Get rid of most diabetic neuropathy pain in the toes by using your tongue?

I tried a Cinnabon original roll for the first time on Saturday night (Dec 22, 2018) from a mall and I was puking off and on all day Sunday (Dec 23, 2018). I was also very irritable not long after eating it, so it probably contains soy. I didn't like the flavor anyway, so I won't be missing anything by avoiding Cinnabon the rest of my life. I was dizzy and my whole body ached. I had fever-like symptoms and couldn't get much sleep thanks to the short dreams where I was eating fatty foods that m

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Tips

Taming the White Arabian Horse the Easy Way When you Google the best horse in RDR2, people say that the white Arabian horse is the best one and they'll tell you where it is and that you need to reach chapter 2 before riding to the spot. I was playing around in chapter 2 for a while before riding all the way there, but there was no horse in the area. I went back to camp, looking for a little mission that I didn't do yet and I remembered that I had been avoiding a hunting mission with Hosea sinc

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If you hate slow motion walking, don't buy Red Dead Redemption 2 (or just avoid chapter 4)

My sister bought Red Dead Redemption 2 for me as an early Christmas present since I have to keep spending so much time in bed and the game was pretty good until I got to chapter 4. You already had to walk painfully slow in camp, but chapter 4 is when there are many spots where you have to walk really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really slow for various reasons and there doesn't seem to be a way to skip it. I don't understand why it seems like just about ever

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The Greensboro Science Center and Their Unhealthy Air

I went to the Greensboro Science Center on June 26, 2018 and barely got past the penguins (into the next room with the jellyfish) when I got a horrible tickle in my throat from the crappy air. I drank some water, but the real relief only happened after leaving the building. They're in desperate need of some air cleaners or negative ion generators or both (all in one). Areas around some of the animals just don't smell funny, they feel funny in your throat and lungs. The fish/reptile sections seem

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ET's Favorite Candy (1980s Reese's Pieces Pillow)

My sister got this misprinted pillow in 1986: Here's the text version: IT's Favorite Candy Reese's pieces NATURAL PEANUT FLAVOR . . . IN A CANDY SHELL MY FAVORITE CANDY TOO! I don't know when it was made, but I do know that American Foam Latex Corp. made it. The pillow is roughly 10 inches by 22 inches. It seems to be about 2 inches thick, but it was probably thicker than that in the 1980s before time and storage smooshed it. By 1986, my family was shopping at Big Lots once in a whi

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The Adventures of Gallbladder Boy

My gallbladder was removed on January 11, 2018. Below are some of the things that I remember. I'll update it if anything else comes back to me or my sister reminds me of something. After checking in and paying a lady, It didn't take too long in the waiting room before my name was called and I was taken to a small room with a curtain on the front. A lady told me to take off my clothing and stuff it into a little plastic bag. The thing they wanted me to wear was kind of hard to get on by myself.

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