Home computer use: application key aka menu key

Self-tutoring about computer use: the tutor mentions an observation.

This morning I noticed a key between the right Ctrl key and the right Windows key. It has a little arrow pointing among some lines. What is it?

Apparently the key is known as the menu key or application key. It seems to do what right click does.

Source:

gnome.org

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Pain relief: NSAIDs

Self-tutoring about pain relievers: the tutor shares some research.

NSAID: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; eg, aspirin, ibuprofen.

Source:

rxlist.com

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Passage of time: the tutor shares a story

Self-tutoring about changes that evolve: the tutor reflects….

Perhaps fourteen years ago, the City planted a new tree in a local park. Its particular site was interesting, being on a hillside. Metal posts were driven in the ground either side, and from them bungee cords reached out around the tree, to stabilize it.

The children were preschool-aged then, and I took them out for walks almost every day. We frequently visited that tree. Time (seemingly) passed slowly those days, and I often wondered how the tree would fare.

My kids entered school and time sped up. Less often did we visit the tree, which, like my kids, seemed to be prospering. One time we went there, the bungee cords were no longer attached, though the posts remained.

As my children’s lives grew more complicated, and less dependent on me, I visited the tree even less often. When I made them, my visits were brief. Eventually, I noticed, one of the posts started leaning. The tree, by then, was so tall and straight, with such girth, that a newcomer might have wondered about the posts’ function.

In time, I think they removed one post, leaving the other. A few days ago, on a run, I came upon the tree again without noticing either post; I think they took the other one down sometime this summer.

Do you know that tree? It’s a blue spruce.

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Politics: state of the union

Self-tutoring about US politics: the tutor opines….

An article suggests that Americans’ confidence in their country is in decline. The main reason, apparently, is political strife.

When I was a kid, the US was the world champion. Americans seemed confident in the strength of their country. Were they really, or did their portrayal cover a narrower angle?

In my opinion, the gap between rich and poor has always been a great trouble of America’s. Indeed, it seems inseparable from the country’s identity. It extends past comfort to health and well being.

Perhaps America’s problems weren’t discussed in the 80s as now. Maybe the reason was that Americans thought “America is the best in the world – this is as good as a country can get, so we should be grateful, problems and all.” Its military likely was the best, but internally, was irrelevant.

Nowadays, no military threat seems to loom. Americans are good at military matters, but they need to find new strengths. Cooperation is much more difficult to achieve than conflict, as anyone who lives in a household knows.

If Americans don’t feel their country is great anymore, then just as Donald Trump says, they can make it great again. They just need to cooperate towards solving their problems. Will they?

Source:

macleans.ca

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Bird watching: bird in the sprinkler

Self-tutoring about bird lifestyle: the tutor reports an observation.

I recall robins on the lawn during rain, but what about other birds? My gut says I seldom see them.

This morning, after I turned on a sprinkler, I noticed a white crowned sparrow in its range. I wondered if the bird would be surprised by the drips when they touched it, but no. It seemed to be in the sprinkler’s coverage intentionally. The temp is 15C.

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Psychology: denial: when it helps?

Self-tutoring about psychology: the tutor shares a discovery.

Denial can have the function of avoiding acceptance of a threat until your mind has subconsciously prepared you for it. In a healthy person, denial is a shock absorber. Denial is only functional, however, if it’s temporary. A week or a month later, you’re meant to face the truth, however troubling. Nobody said it would be easy.

Source:

mayoclinic.org

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Music: theme songs: Rockford Files

Self-tutoring about 70’s American culture: the tutor recalls….

Sometimes recollections just pop into my head: an example is Rockford Files’ theme song, which is really nice.

Rockford Files had a pretty good run, from ’74 to ’80. Handsome James Garner was Rockford, a PI in LA. Cannell and Huggins created it.

I’m too young to remember much, but I did recognize a couple of scenes that played in the video I watched tonight of its theme song. I remember Rockford Files as a show very special to its fans.

Here’s the theme song on YouTube.

Source:

imdb

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English: august, the adjective

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor recalls….

I remember, decades ago, hearing that august can be an adjective. I’m sure my sister told me so. What does it mean?

august:impressive by way of grace, dignity, or greatness, and earning spontaneous respect due to same.

Source:

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

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English: difference between licence and license?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor brings up an issue he’s thought of for decades.

Licence seems to be a noun, while license, a verb.

Source:

Gilmour, Lorna (editor). Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.

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

Music: “Heroes” by David Bowie

Self-tutoring about popular culture: the tutor mentions an observation connecting David Bowie with Stranger Things.

My family loves Stranger Things: we just finished season 3. Near its end, I heard

“I…I will be King…” “You…you will be Queen….”

Where had I heard those lyrics before? They are from David Bowie’s “Heroes” (1977).

David Bowie died in January, 2016. His reach remains impressive, that his song is played in a popular show, many of its viewers likely being unaware of him.

Source:

songfacts.com

wikipedia

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