Lifestyle: morning baking: cornbread

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions a breakfast food he enjoys.

Lately I’ve been thinking that I’ve forgotten about a recipe I used to make.

Last night I realized cornbread was it. I’ve made it, but not often enough. I love it, so I decided last night to make it this morning, which I did.

In my experience, the recipe I use cooks in the time it says, but maybe a bit earlier. I love a recipe that’s done on time, or before.

Source:

allrecipes.com

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

Botany: senecio/brachyglottis ‘sunshine’

Self-tutoring about botany: the tutor IDs a plant.

I’ve long known an evergreen bush with silvery leaves. Its yellow flowers have 13 petals, which I find surprising. It’s around a metre tall, but spreads outwards rather than gaining height. What is it?

Apparently it’s a brachyglottis (aka senecio), perhaps the ‘sunshine’ variety.

Source:

bbc.co.uk

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

Windows: the .tmp file, part 0

Self-tutoring about Windows 7: the tutor mentions a curious experience.

Recently I had to send a few files to someone. No problem – just zip the directory and attach it to an email.

Checking the directory’s contents, I noticed a .tmp file among them. I didn’t want to include the .tmp file in the zip, and wondered–was it safe to delete it?

Apparently, deleting a .tmp file while Windows is running is not recommended. So instead, I created a new directory, then copied all the files I wanted to it. Next, I zipped the new directory and attached it to an email. The receiver didn’t complain about the contents, so to my knowledge, it worked fine.

I’ll follow up: there’s more to tell relating to the .tmp file on this computer.

Source:

support.microsoft.com

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

Lifestyle: the left hand

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions a change he’s made.

My right hand seems tired of using the mouse, so I’ve been using key combinations more. When I still need the mouse, I more often use it left-handed.

“Why is the mouse always on the other side of the desk these days?” someone asked me recently. I was happy to hear the question, because it means I’ve changed to left-handed mouse usage. Truly, it’s been easier than I expected.

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

Botany: small bedstraw

Self-tutoring about botany: the tutor identifies bedstraw.

A really satisfying identification happens when you notice a plant, see it often, then finally ID it.

Small bedstraw, for me, is the latest such plant. I’ve noticed it a couple of years now, but couldn’t begin to classify it with other familiar plants. I just got lucky, seeing it while thumbing through the guide.

Bedstraw is quite distinctive, since its leaves come in opposed groups of 4 to 6. It tends to climb over other plants. Its fruits are small and come in twos.

Source:

Pojar, Jim and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of Coastal British Columbia. Vancouver: BC Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Publishing, 1994.

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

English: what does excise (tax) mean?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor notices a word and finally checks it.

An excise is a tax levied on the sale or production of an item. An event has to happen for an excise to be due.

Source:

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

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

Windows 7: sound recorder

Self-tutoring about Windows 7: the tutor brings up the on-board sound recorder.

Today I went to make an audio recording and thought I’d use the Windows 7 sound recorder, which I recall using years ago. Yet, when I keyed it in the Search/Run box, it didn’t appear.

I keyed, in Google, “Windows 7 sound recorder missing.” From the looks of it, I wasn’t the first: I clicked a link and discovered, in such a case, to key

c:\windows\system32\soundrecorder.exe

in the Run box. I did so, and the sound recorder appeared, and worked.

Source:

answers.microsoft.com

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

English: is spelling relatable?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions a discovery.

Typing an article, I keyed relatable, but the checker doesn’t like it. Am I wrong?

I found relatable in the dictionary.

Curious, eh?

Source: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield, Merriam-Webster, 2004.

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

Music: Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser”

Self-tutoring about music: the tutor reflects on a hit he recalls from childhood.

“Lonesome Loser” came out in ’79, according to the sources I’ve found. I recall its arrival around then, though wouldn’t be surprised if it was earlier.

Back when you either had to have the record, or else luck in and hear it on the radio, music seemed more unified than now. “Everyone” knew what was popular, because the “main” radio station(s) played the new stuff, plus hits from a few years back.

Even back then, some hits were obviously more relatable to kids, such as “Video Killed the Radio Star”, others more to adults, such as “Lonesome Loser”.

“Lonesome Loser”, despite its love theme I couldn’t grasp at age nine, was catchy enough that I liked it from the start. It sounded like a country song to me, so is perhaps among those that brought country music mainstream. Its official genre, however, seems to be rock.

“Lonesome Loser” isn’t just catchy, though, because it also has strong lyrics that are easy to discern. The “Lonesome Loser” keeps putting up his heart seeking true love, never giving up….

Most of us certainly know a “Lonesome Loser” (or indeed recognize ourselves in the lyrics), and often they’re (or we’re) a lovable character. Perhaps the darker message behind the fun party sound of “Lonesome Loser” is that being lovable won’t earn you love.

Source:

www.discogs.com

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

Design: what is chartreuse?

Self-tutoring about design: the tutor reminds himself what colour chartreuse is.


The background of this paragraph is chartreuse.

Source:

developer.mozilla.org

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