Lifestyle: yellowjackets

Self-tutoring about yellowjacket lifestyle: the tutor tells news.

A few weeks ago a yellowjacket apparently got stranded behind the front window. It eventually came to rest inside the top of its arch. As time passed, another joined it.

I hadn’t seen those yellowjackets move for weeks; today, I wondered about them. “Should I remove them? They must be dead,” I thought.

Just now I noticed they’ve both left their perch of many weeks and are walking around.

Cheers, yellowjackets:)

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Music: Eddie Money, Part 3: “Walk on Water”

Self-tutoring about the “Money Man”: the tutor discovers “Walk on Water.”

Continuing about Eddie Money: In my research, I’ve encountered songs of his I never knew. One is “Walk on Water”, from Nothing to Lose (1988).

I’ve mentioned that Eddie Money’s hits are each unique. To my knowledge, “Walk on Water” is his only one with “na na na” important in its lyrics. It hearkens back to Byran Adams’ “Cuts Like a Knife.”

When I listened to “Walk on Water,” I recognized its catchy “na na na …” chorus. I’ve heard it on the radio, unaware whose it was. To me, Eddie Money is such an artist: numerous of his hits are often played, but I don’t know they’re his. Until a few days ago, I wasn’t aware “Baby Hold On” was his, either.

“Walk on Water’s” lyrics easily match an oft-reported situation. The errant boy, trying to convince a girl he’s good enough, is a resounding theme in 80s songs.

Eddie Money, to my knowledge, wasn’t a glam-rock style of artist. Yet, “Walk on Water”, especially with its guitar solo, could have been a glam-rock song. Eddie Money’s voice broadcasts working-class, however; moreover, in “Walk on Water’s” video, his band maintains the working-class image.

For me, “Walk on Water” is a great discovery, 31 years (OMG…that long ago????) after its release. But when you research the Money Man, you find treasure that ages well.


Google search: Eddie Money hits

YouTube: EddieMoneyVevo: Walk on Water

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Music: Eddie Money, part 2

Self-tutoring about music and history: the tutor continues about Eddie Money.

I recall a DJ introducing a song: “Next up, we’ve got the Money Man…Eddie Money with ‘Take Me Home Tonight'”. Eddie Money was ubiquitous on working people’s radio stations in the 80s and 90s. His hits had staying power, and each was unique.

Reviewing some of Eddie’s hits on YouTube, I realized my favourite is “Endless Nights,” from his album Can’t Hold Back (1986). Therein, Eddie epitomizes the helpless romantic, waiting for a call.

I get the impression that Eddie Money was a musician first, but he was a deadly lyricist as well:

there won’t be a reason…
just a well rehearsed explanation

-Eddie Money, “Endless Nights”

“Endless Nights” is a history lesson in 80s music. At the start is the keyboard (I assume) with the short phrasing, so common then. In the middle, the guitar recalls ZZTop (“Rough Boy”). The bass support is subtle.

When “Endless Nights” came out, I heard it all the time. I continued to recognize it as the decades stretched. Like so many of Eddie Money’s hits, people would keep playing it as if it were new.

I’ve got even more to say about the “Money Man”…I will follow up:)


Google search: eddie money hits

YouTube: Endless Nights

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Music: Eddie Money, part 1

Self-tutoring about music and history: the tutor recalls Eddie Money’s presence in the 70s and beyond.

I guess Eddie Money passed on September 13, at age 70.

I recall Money’s music from the 70s and 80s. On the radio in the 90s, he’d be there. His hits “Baby Hold On” (1977) and “Two Tickets to Paradise” (1977) are perennial, along with many others from him.

I heard “Two Tickets to Paradise” so often in the early ’80s, I’m surprised it was from ’77. Perhaps it got so much play, then, because it sounds like an early-’80s song.

“Baby Hold On,” to me, is a song that doesn’t identify with any particular style or era. It’s a standalone hit, recognizable by its fast pace and Money’s distinct voice.

I have more to say about Eddie Money’s presence in music, so will follow up.


Google search: eddie money hits

Baby Hold On: YouTube

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Cooking: how I prepare squash

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor shares a technique and a memory.

I mention squash in yesterday’s post. How do I cook it?

We ate squash often when I was a kid in the Maritimes. I think my father used halve it, or quarter it if it was big, then scoop out the seeds. Then he’d coat the inside with butter and brown sugar. My wife says to bake it at are 350F for 40 minutes. That’s what I’ve been doing.

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Cooking: squash that looks like a pumpkin

Self-tutoring about cooking and gardening: the tutor identifies a squash.

About a week ago, at a grocery store, I noticed a bin containing various squashes. I love squash, so gravitated towards it. “Do the kids eat squash?” I asked my wife.

“Not necessarily. But pick some anyway.”

I settled on three. One looks like a perfectly-shaped miniature pumpkin, deep red-orange, and very wide and squat. What is it?

Perhaps it’s a rouge vif d’Étampes.


Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Calculator use: when adding isn’t associative(?)

Tutoring math, curiosities can arise. The tutor mentions a calculator one.

In front of me are two reliable scientific calculators from different manufacturers. Both give the following results:

2+1exp20-1exp20 = 0



1exp20 means scientific notation: 1×1020.

How can the two statements above lead to different answers?

Theoretically both equal 2, but the first one gives 0 for a practical reason. 1exp20 means 1 with 20 zeros behind it, or 100 000 000 000 000 000 000. 2 is so tiny in comparison that
2 + 1exp20 ≈ 1exp20. From that premise,

With 2+(1exp20-1exp20), however, 1exp20-1exp20 is evaluated first, to exactly 0. 2+0 results, giving 2.


Bryant, Randal E. and David R. O’Hallaron. Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective, 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2016.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Web design: Color considerations

Self-tutoring about web design: the tutor reads a fact too surprising not to share.

Recently, an email arrived from Max Chekalov of DesignAdvisor. As I understand, DesignAdvisor researches the web design market to inform companies which web designers might best suit their needs.

Max mentioned he’d noticed some of my content online, and asked me if I’d be interested to look at an article at DesignAdvisor about color and the psychology of web shoppers.

The article is packed with information. One tantalizing example:

For 84.7% of consumers, color is the main reason for buying a particular product.

-Raj Vardhman, designadvisor

I looked at a few other articles on DesignAdvisor’s blogroll as well. From what I’ve seen, if I were a F/T web designer, they’d be top of my reading list.

Great to hear from you, Max!


Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Internet documentaries: ColdFusion: “Enron – the Biggest Fraud in History”

Self-tutoring about history: the tutor finds a documentary, by ColdFusion, about Enron.

The Enron story loomed large in 2000 and 2001. During summer 2000, Enron reached its peak value of around $70B. December 2001 it filed for bankruptcy.

The ColdFusion documentary is engaging and easy to follow.


youtube: ColdFusion

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Vocabulary: beeves

Tutoring English, surprises arise. The tutor mentions beeves.

Beeves is plural of beef. It can refer to presented beef dinners or standing animals.

I first read “beeves” in Shelby Foote’s The Civil War. I believe he was referring to cattle captured during a raid.


Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: Red River to Appomattox. New York: Random House, 1974.

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