Author: Jack

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

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

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

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

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).

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: 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.

English: concision

Tutoring English, you might encounter a new word anytime. The tutor mentions concision. concision: conciseness Source: Gilmour, Lorna. Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2006.

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

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