Sunday, October 25, 2009

KeelyNet website down, why?

KeelyNet Downtime Notice - 10/23-10/26

drivecrashThanks to all those who wrote inquiring what is the problem with KeelyNet not coming up.

Sorry for KeelyNet not being there.

We had a massive crash which has resulted in us moving to another host.

I am working to repopulate the basics so at least the news updates can be ongoing and as time goes on, more pieces of KeelyNet will come back.

Thank you for your patience and your visit.

Please do check in again in a day or two and you'll see everything is coming back to normal,...whatever that is...

- Jerry Decker / KeelyNet

Meantime, you can check out my three blogs and the Vanguard Sciences products website;

KeelyNet Blog

Odd Factoids


Vanguard Sciences

so you can buy something to help pay for all this....jajaja!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

And on the Value of Cats

"The first couple of cats, which were carried to Cuyaba, sold for a pound of gold. There was a plague of rats in the settlement, and they were purchased as a speculation, which proved an excellent one.

Their first kittens produced thirty oitavas each; the next generation were worth twenty; and the price gradually fell, as the inhabitants were stocked with these beautiful and useful creatures.

Montenegro presented to the elder Almagro the first cat which was brought to South America, and was rewarded for it with six hundred pesos."

CUYABA, or Cutaba, it the capital of the inland state of Matto Grosso, Brazil, about 972 m. N.W. of Rio de Janeiro, on the Cuyaba river.

"In Brazil, the weight of gold and precious stones is estimated in oitavas, an oitava being 1/8 ounce, and 128 oitavas going to the pound. The oitava, which corresponds in weight to 17 1/2 carats (sometimes given at 18), is subdivided into thirty-two vintems.

Sometimes, however, the carat-grain is used as a subdivision of the oitava. Since carat-grains are equal to one carat, one oitava is equal to 70 (or 72) grains."

The modern real is subdivided into 100 centavos. The exchange rate as of October 16th, 2009 is approximately BRL 1.71 to USD 1.00.

Quantity vs. Value

You should know that one escudo is worth 100 centavos which is approximately $1USD.

Odd Factoids"When emeralds were first discovered in America, a Spaniard carried one to a lapidary in Italy, and asked him what it was worth; he was told a hundred escudos; he produced a second, which was larger, and that was valued at three hundred.

Overjoyed at this, he took the lapidary to his lodging, and showed him a chest full; but the Italian seeing so many, damped his joy by saying, "Aha! Ha! Senor, so many! These are worth one escudo.""

So as more were shown to him, the estimated price went from $100 up to $300, then with the chest back down to $1.

Cursed as a Strange Attractor

It just fascinates me how I can go somewhere, intent on an errand, business or something relatively important to me, that I complete it in a timely manner, to be blocked by social clots of people or mechanical clots of vehicles.

I always blame it on strange attractors defined as;

Odd Factoids"An attractor is a set to which a dynamical system evolves after a long enough time. That is, points that get close enough to the attractor remain close even if slightly disturbed. Geometrically, an attractor can be a point, a curve, a manifold, or even a complicated set with a fractal structure known as a strange attractor. Describing the attractors of chaotic dynamical systems has been one of the achievements of chaos theory."

I look out and see the street is empty and totally quiet or drive onto a street where no one is around and no traffic. But the minute I step out there or begin to drive on that street, it's like an explosion of people and/or traffic.

Same thing for people blocking the road by standing or walking in the street, or vehicles parked in the street or double parked close to a correctly parked vehicle, so that it's difficult and dangerous for anyone else to pass.

People will stand on the sidewalk doing nothing, but the minute I get close, they decide to bolt into the street. They didn't see me and were looking straight ahead or in the opposite direction, forcing me to stop or slow to let them pass.

It's very annoying but I think a characteristic of the people of Mexico. All the years I lived in Texas and in all my travels, I have experienced the 'strange attractor' everywhere but nowhere have I seen people stand around for long periods and only decide to cross when someone is in process.

In an ideal world, INERTIA vehicle is bigger, heavier and faster than you, so with more inertia, if it comes to an accident, you lose.

There should be some way to phase conjugate and cancel or at the very least, attenuate the human strange attractor phenomenon.

A Beautiful, Elegant and Exact Quote

"The place of the material world in the Universe is that of an exquisitely beautiful precipitate or varied cloud-work in the Universal Aether, determined by geometrical necessity."

Professor John G. MacVicar 1870