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Pinball in South Carolina is against the law if you’re under 18. Guess what else…

Some of these laws are enough to make you want to punch a wall.

A North Carolina woman was charged for sheltering and protecting dogs from a bad storm.

There are other outrageous laws like these…

John Stossel makes a good case for not making a case over simple things.

from his full article HERE

“Everyone has this idea from ‘Schoolhouse Rock’,” says Mangual, “that a law gets made in a particular way (but) that’s not how it works in practice. At the federal level, 98% of criminal laws are not passed by elected representatives. They are created by unelected bureaucrats who don’t have to answer to anyone.”

Established businesses manipulate those bureaucrats into passing rules that squash new competition.”

Good grief. You can’t make this stuff up.

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She Speaks on TV- Carolina Girl wins State Wrestling Championship

This was a North Carolina state championship tournament.

Heaven Fitch is a junior at Uwharrie High School ( near Albemarle, NC) and she just became the first girl to win an individual state wrestling title on Feb. 23.

To do it, she beat all male wrestlers.

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Does this Corona beard chart apply to the common cold too?

This interesting method of cupping the face away from germ/virus blowback is getting traction. It’s from the CDC.

It also speaks to other mass cultural habits that have happened over centuries brought on by sickness, war, movements, and general common practice.

Makes sense that a man’s face is a basic germ trap especially when it’s germ bait as in a deep, textured, filthy, oily, humid beard.

Wonder what the lab coat folks say about this one? Common sense prevails but I’m pretty sure the lab coat folks will add some scientific sounding words for credibility.

Also makes sense that the common cold would be stopped in it’s evil tracks by a closer shave.

Now for the hands. Carolina Musings will plan a big hand washing post for later.

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Finally- instant guitar, no kidding. Chord Buddy.

Marty Schwartz is my favorite guitar guy so I picked him to show how the Chord Buddy works

He didn’t invent it but Marty shows how it works better than anyone I’ve sen.

The Chord Buddy turns a guitar into an autoharp. It is an ingenious device that clamps on the neck and suddenly all you have to do is strum and press a button to make a chord.

image Lorri Lang

The buttons are logical so the sequence plays a pattern that makes many songs.

Like C F G chords. You can play all day with these chords. Almost any folk song, most country songs, a lot of rock and pop.

That means you’re playing TODAY.

As you get the hang of strumming and feeling as one with your instrument ( don’t laugh- it needs to happen) you can gradually replace the Chord Buddy with your own fingering.

This is a fantastic way to start playing guitar.

It allows you to feel the joy of music and that is 95% of learning to lay. When you can feel it deep down you fall in love with it and that keeps you playing.

I have seen a hundred people walk away from guitar because it is not easy to stick with it, to trudge through the hours and hours of grueling work to get to your happy place of playing and feeling accomplished.

That is super important. As a guitar teacher I think it is at the top.

This will help you get there quickly.

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Why a bandana WILL work as a Coronavirus mask.

Turns out the heavy duty surgical mask works really well

and the others but do help some and SOME is enough if that’s all you’ve got.

The Southern Research Institute, Birmingham, Alabama did a study of facemasks using

a bandana,

a regular squarish layered drugstore mask,

a round one that looks a bit like a coffee filter

and the N95 surgical version.

The N95 worked 95% and the others 35%. Big difference.

But– wait a minute. Ask yourself some obvious questions.

Do they really know everything about this?

Would you rather get a small dose or a full dose of poison?

If you have allergies that make being sick worse, would you rather also

skip the pollen that causes allergies using a bandana? Of course you would!

This study involved dust storm conditions and aeresol spray so the actual environments are not daily life on the street or subway. But they did create harsh wind and spray to get these findings.

DON’T RISK IT! Make a mask if you have to. Wear a mask.

And think about it. double thickness, close, tight edges are better.

Figure 5 is the good one.

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Remember when watermelons were full of seeds? What happened?

A few decades ago this tasty treat was full of seeds. Big dark slippery seeds. When you cut open a watermelon you expected a lot of seeds. Today most of the seeds are gone. What happened?

This seedless thing started in about 1990.

If you think about it, the purpose of a plant is produce seeds so it can reproduce. So what gives with these seedless melons?

Turns out they are kinda like mules. Sexless plants.

Watermelon plants are Diploid. They, like us, have 2 sets of chromosomes. Packages of DNA – instructions for life.

Seedless watermelons are Triploid. They have 3 sets of chromosomes. The odd number (3) makes them sexless, so they are sterile and cannot produce other melons. This happens by mating a diploid male with a Tetraploid female ( 4 sets of chromosomes.)

This process requires adding a chemical that creates the desired effect. It takes a lot of effort to get the desired seedless watermelons. They are actually fooling Mother Nature in a way. Seedless are smaller and said to be sweeter.

Worth it? You decide.

I love a regular old watermelon. I’ll deal with the seeds.

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What’s your personal story plot line? There are Seven.

Every story has one of these plot lines.

See if you can think of a movie or book that matches one of the following-

Monster looming

Tragedy

Comedy

Voyage and return ( stranger in a strange land)

Quest

Rags to Riches

Rebirth

It’s hard to UN see these once you know they are a thing.

Here are a few examples of how they work.

Monster – A hurricane or the Coronavirus

Tragedy- Loss such as the death of a child or loved one – Kobe and his daughter

Comedy- ( clarity from chaos ) Doesn’t have to be funny. Forensic Files.

Voyage and return- Lonely Planet, Survivor shows

Quest- Superbowl, sports, Indiana Jones

Rags to Riches- Most Country Music stars such as Dolly Parton

Rebirth- Before and after weight loss, fitness, religious conversions, addiction recovery

Why does this matter?

Intelligence has a lot to do with pattern recognition. These patterns reveal how people react in various situations.

Do you know someone who tends to post tragic news on their social media?

That’s the Tragedy plot line.

That person might not be following a Tragedy plot in daily life but these clues will help you understand what they are about.

Of course they could well be living a Tragedy plot.

Most people I know live by one of these plots in their daily lives.

A songwriter in Nashville has a Quest to get a hit.

A friend is overcoming addiction via Rebirth getting a fresh start.

A friend is over seas on a Voyage and will return in a year or so after learning new customs and teaching others.

and so on…

What’s your story?

My personal plot is Comedy.

For example – I spend a lot of time figuring out how things work.

Finding clarity from chaos.

And I have a very active sense of humor which is a way of pointing out clear rational conclusions from what might look like chaos. Much like a standup comic does.

The news media has a very strong bias toward a looming Monster.

Some force of evil out there coming to get us is usually a big story in the news. Right now it’s the Coronavirus.

Identifying a plot line doesn’t mean it’s not true or a real thing.

But once you see these and get use to identifying them, it becomes something fascinating to look for.

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I recall my early days in Country Music radio hearing so many of the artists telling a very similar Rags to Riches story.

They all seemed to have a narrative that included

being raised on a poor farm,

getting a big break,

having a hit,

making money,

and like Dottie West, getting a fountain filled with Coca Cola.

Or the Elvis story.

See the pattern?

Interesting that Johnny Cash seemed to have a plot line of Rebirth after his Rags to Riches story.

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When you figure out your personal plot line. You can enjoy it or change it.

A friend of mine has a Tragedy plot line. I hope it gets changed soon so they can start to enjoy life more.