Windows 7: creating restore point

Self-tutoring about home computer use: the tutor mentions a great video about how to create a restore point in Windows 7.

A great presentation is entertaining just by itself, regardless of how interested you are in the topic.

Lately this computer’s been running so well I thought I’d make a restore point. But, how? I found this video about it.

I followed the steps he mentions to create a restore point.

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

English: homonyms: knead and need

Tutoring English, homonyms are a favourite curiosity. The tutor mentions the pair knead and need.

knead: to mash a mix of flour, water, sugar, and yeast into dough ready to rise.

need: to require

Source:

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

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

Botany: American elm

Self tutoring about tree identification: the tutor mentions a find.

From afar, I noticed a tree last spring that I couldn’t easily identify. As so often happens, it’s on private property, so I can’t get close to it.

The tree sits in a yard near one of the local high schools. I’ve decided it’s an elm, most likely an American elm.

Back in the Valley, we had elm trees. The ones I remember were all much older (and taller) than this one. Moreover, I didn’t expect an elm out here. Of course, because of the mild climate, a tree identifier in this region should be open to many possibilities….

The tree has pointed, elliptical leaves that hang from long, thin, drooping branches that posture like a fountain. Its bark is light grey, almost oatmeal-coloured, and arranged in flat ridges. Some of the intervening grooves approach diamond shape rather than being straight. They’re not so pronounced as on a black locust.

I’ve never noticed flowers, but American elm flowers might be easy to miss from a distance.

The tree’s trunk might be a foot across. I’ll give enthusiasts an extra hint: it’s near the northern high school.

Source:

missouribotanicalgarden.org

Brockman, Frank and Rebecca Merrilees. North American Trees: A Guide to Field Identification. Racine: Western Publishing Company, 1968.

Little, Elbert L., Susan Rayfield and Olivia Buehl. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees, western region. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.

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Baking: how to know when dough is sufficiently kneaded

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor mentions a question he hadn’t thought about.

I have heard and read that kneading dough takes around 8-10 minutes. I’ve always just done so.

Yet, is there a way to know when you’ve kneaded the dough enough? Apparently, yes: if the dough springs back up after you press it down, and it resists tearing by spreading thinner as you pull it apart, then it’s kneaded.

Source:

YouTube: King Arthur Flour

redstaryeast.com

tasteofhome.com

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Exercise: maximum heart rate

Self-tutoring about exercise: the tutor entertains a long-wondered question.

The idea of “maximum” heart rate is well known to many who exercise. Some machines suggest it and you often hear the rule of thumb that it’s (220 – your age). Yet, what happens if you exceed it?

I often have exceeded my max heart rate. Today I looked up the issue and found that, to a healthy heart, damage from exercise is unlikely.

Source:

sportsdoctor.com

mayoclinic.org

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

English: vial and phial

Tutoring English, questions can linger for years before the answer is sought.

I’ve long heard of phial, but didn’t know for sure. Yet, its meaning matches vial: a small bottle, perhaps for medicine.

Source:

Gilmour, Lorna, Editor. Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2006.

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

English: approbation

Tutoring English, you might often see words you can’t recall. The tutor mentions approbation.

approbation: good feelings, positive response

Source:

Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2005.

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

English: concision

Tutoring English, you might encounter a new word anytime. The tutor mentions concision.

concision: conciseness

Source:

dictionary.com

Gilmour, Lorna. Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2006.

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

Gardening: does tilling the soil bother earthworms?

Self-tutoring about gardening: the tutor wonders about breaking up the soil.

Whenever I turn the soil with a shovel in one of the garden plots, the earthworms seem disturbed – some even get cut in two (Sorry!). Yet, tilling the soil is a tradition. Is it really good?

Recent reading I’ve done suggests that hand tilling – hoeing – might be okay, but mechanized tilling might be less so. Apparently such thorough disturbance of the soil can disrupt its galleries of moisture and air pockets, along with the micro-organisms that thrive in them. Earthworms, as well as other invertebrates we might not even imagine but who are important participants in soil, can perhaps be menaced by mechanized tilling.

Roto-tilling initially, to create a new garden patch, might be recommended, but perhaps not afterwards.

One correspondent comments that, to an established garden, the less disruption to its soil, the better.

Source:

bigblogofgardening.com

plantea.com

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

Lifestyle: YouTube listening: Mysterious WV

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions another YouTube channel he likes.

Back in my post from May 14, I mention listening to Bob Gymlan’s channel on YouTube. Here’s another one I like: Mysterious WV.

The cases I’ve watched centre around unsolved murders or disappearances. Their style might be yesteryear, but their content is interesting. They include geography about each case, which I like. The no-nonsense delivery is refreshing.

Source:

Mysterious WV

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