What a Surprise! He turned the wheel and the inside didn't move!
I was a backseat driver yesterday and was just amazed when I saw our friend driving the car. He wasn't shocked, it was ordinary for him, but for me, well, that was another story. All my life of riding and driving in cars told me that when the steering wheel turned, everything in the middle turned as well.
The center mounted controls don't move - Great thinking! The buttons that you depend upon are always in the same place.
Take a look
Citroën C5 Saloon shown below
Turning in a residential area
Driving on the Open Road
Are Nothing and Zero the Same Thing?
Do you remember the ubiquitous number line that inhabited the walls of your math class in school?
It may have looked something like this:
Zero in the middle and 2 series of numbers going left and right from the center. I find it really interesting that as students we simply watched, listened, and learned about numbers from our teacher, parents, culture, and society. We were young, unaware of different ways of thinking that may have come before our generation. The concept of Zero was so simple: it exists between numbers on the left and numbers on the right.
That bliss of understanding helped me through the years of math classes, there seemed to be an unwritten agreement that this 'Line' was the ultimate presentation of numbers. We learned that any two numbers could be represented as a fraction, the top number was called the numerator, and the bottom number was the denominator.
As shown is the typical fraction.
But one day, a student asked a question to our teacher, "Why can't you represent a fraction with a Zero in the denominator (sometimes called 'dividing by zero')?"
The teacher's answer was a bit harsh, straight forward, and authoritative: "You can't divide by Zero because it is not defined!"
That was it, no explanation, no sympathy for an inquisitive student. Done!
Years later, this subject was reapproached from a different perspective and there is a much simpler and intuitive answer that the teacher could have provided:
"It's because Zero is NOT A NUMBER"
Little did the Math Teacher realize what a great opportunity for 'getting off task' this question provided.
The gradual acceptance of Zero and its subsequent use spanned the globe: Ancient Mayan, Eqyptian, China, India, Persia, Greco-Roman, and finally in the 12th century to European mathematics.
The mystery of Zero includes religion, history, practicality, positional numbering systems, and disputes and discussions of how to represent NOTHING, which in times past, had a god-like, invisible quality. (And when god was involved you had some very polarized opinions!)
So if you are not overloaded on math at this point, I suggest you continue with the audio podcast link below.
Enjoy the Podcast!
An ancient Chinese description of Zero as a blank, an empty or nothing, in their counting rods system.
Following are some internet links to articles on this topic of Zero.
Keep in mind that these scholars have perhaps not had the opportunity to listen to this podcast. It seems they quickly place Zero into the number system as a number without regard to its 'nothingness'. :)
The History of Zero, by the Yale Center
The Origin of Zero, by Scientific American
“Zero, The Biography of a Dangerous Idea”, by Charles Seife, Book Available at Amazon
Representations of Numbers, Encyclopedia of Mathematics
0 (Number), Wikipedia
"Numbers Song in French" Written and performed by A.J. Jenkins - Audio Segment used in Podcast
Get ready to visit these great European Cities with Allison as our guide.
Recently Allison visited our home on an adventure to see and travel Europe. In her travels she visited many cities, used various forms of transportation, slept in homes and hostels.
We wanted to share her experiences as a seasoned Couch Surfer and traveler. Get set for great insights into this valuable and inexpensive way to travel and meet friends.
Listen to the Podcast Below
The following is from the CouchSurfing Website:
"100,000 Cities Worldwide
With Couchsurfing, you can stay with locals in every country on earth.Travel like a local, stay in someone’s home and experience the world in a way money can’t buy."
Click here to learn more about how you can surf the world!
Listen to this Couch Surfing Traveler by clicking the audio file below.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" asked the Teacher
In this podcast you will discover that the Teacher was not prepared for the answers from his students. As he asks the above question to his graduating class it seems that they are from the future, discussing what they are doing as if they have been out of school for a long time.
Enjoy the fun, amazement, and hope for the future that these students bring to all of us.
Gregor is working as a community organizer. Ever since his formal schooling he has understood that the world in which we live IS our space suit, all life support systems are HERE. His discussion reveals his passionate nature towards the ecosystem.
Samira is active in repairing biomes all over the planet, terrestrial as well as aquatic. She learned early that being a Guest and at the same time the Owner, being a Participant and the Director is how we should be living each day. She helps us understand that symbiosis means 'Living Together' - a good lesson for us all.
Juan has been working in international labor relations since the time he finished his political science courses in college. After some time in field study, and having worked in Switzerland for a world wide organization that is striving for better relations, he has become active in assisting local organizations in realizing that all of us have more in common than we are different. Taking in one hand the energy of one viewpoint and in the other hand an opposing view, he carefully balances differing opinions, bettering the world around us.
Yeung has always wanted to be a mother and to care for her children in open, honest, patient manner. She understands that her role model is essential to the well being of her children. Yeung also realizes that when she or her children are ill at times, that symptoms are best to catch quickly.
She shares her understanding of our 'mother earth' and the symptoms that are so apparent: elevated temperature, clogged waterways, lungs that are filled with particulates, and the loss of radiation protection from the diminished sun screen held high above our heads.
She concluded that the warning lights are on and her children must quickly respond to save their 'mother ship' that Gregor clearly described.
Click the Audio File below to hear this podcast.
Oh no, another solution! What's the problem?
I’ve been doing some thinking and wanted to take a moment to share some observations. These are best described in a chart and then discussed with words. Here is the chart of what I think is happening in a qualitative fashion.
Let’s examine at the Green Line
This article has been provided in PDF for your use below
Lloyd Hubbard Clark served in the United States Coast Guard during WWII. Since childhood he has been surrounded with the sea, fallen into the sea, eaten food from the sea, navigated large and small ships on the ocean, and has had amazing adventures on the water.
As we joined him in his home in Southold, NY he shared some of his humorous memories.
Sincerely, Virtual Saguaro
Enjoy the pictures and podcast below
List of References for further reading about the
United States Coast Guard Cutter Storis
PDF File Describing the History of the Storis
Although this link declares the Storis to be decommissioned in 2007
Another reference to the Storis and her upgrades over the years
Click on the Audio Link below to listen to this Podcast
More than 20 years had passed since the time Axel was financially forced to sell his beloved Martin D28s Guitar. But one day...
Axel Girnus has been playing the guitar for a very long time. At an early age the guitar fit into his hands and life in a comforting and creative manner. Playing gigs, teaching lessons, working in music shops, and even making some life changing decisions when his country called upon his services.
Listen in to his story below, hear him play a few licks, and find out what happened to his wonderful Martin D28s. Entertaining, fascinating, and such a great person.
Virtual Saguaro :)
Martin Guitar History Fact:
"With the tremendous interest in acoustic guitars in the early 1970s (which coincided exactly with the new "soft-rock" era of James Taylor, Loggins & Messina, and Seals & Crofts), the Martin company increased production to an unprecedented rate. As a comparison, in 1961 the company made 507 D-28s; in 1971 the total was 5,466. The company offered five different Dreadnoughts (as well as numerous smaller-sized guitars) to a market that seemed to grow every month."
You might be saying to yourself, "What is a Dreadnought?"
It is both a description of a guitar that has square shoulders and bottom made popular by the Martin Company AND the British Battleship of 1906, the HMS Dreadnought. Martin Dreadnought guitars are also known as "D-size" guitars, or, colloquially among musicians, as "dreads." Martin Dreadnought guitars have model numbers consisting of "D-" followed by a number, such as "D-18" and "D-45".
Click here to go to a Wikipedia article for more information on this innovative and widely copied guitar design.
Axel and his other 2 colleagues are available to assist with any musical product or information on practically any musical subject. Norfried (owner) and Christian make up the dynamic and talented personnel working at MusikBaum. German (of course), English and who knows how many other languages they know. Drop by and tell them you heard the podcast!
Great Video describing MusikBaum's Shop in Bad Godesburg, Germany
Just a few pictures of their shop. Many rooms of equipment and supplies!
Click to Listen to the podcast - 'Axel's Guitar Returns to Say Hello'
What does a Football Team in Wales and a History Professor in Germany have in Common?
Tim is an amazing individual, loving sport from a young age, growing up in Wales, UK. Leeds United was THE discussion in his town and country and working with another individual he wrote 2 books on the history of 2 great footballers. Gary Sprake and Alan Curtis are the famous athletes of this generation that are highlighted in his two books.
Listen in to this enjoyable podcast below to learn how Tim and his co-author, Stuart Sprake, wrote 2 books on famous footballers of the 1970's.
Be sure to put your 'Welsh" ears on.
Tim's two books are available in various formats on Amazon
Curt: The Alan Curtiss Story
Careless Hands: The Forgotten Truth of Gary Sprake
Leeds United Badge when Gary Sprake played (1971)
Link to all of Leeds United's badges
During Alan Curtis's football career, Leeds United had changed their Badge from a Smiley Face to this 45° rotated version. (1976)
Listen to Tim Johnson Interview/Podcast Below:
Take a closer look at the cities and locations mentioned in the podcast
Have you ever imagined yourself living in a fortress surrounded by moats, steep walls, guarded by outposts and fortified with farms, water, and supplies in case of a seige?
Well, maybe the castle part but skip the siege!
The Romantic Road as it is called, is based loosely on an old Roman route. Post WWII Germany was desperate to rebuild a tourism industry and decided to make route this into a destination. It’s not hard to see the reason for the popularity - it combines historic cities, medieval walled towns, rolling countryside, forests and ends at the foothills of the Alps with the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. There is a bike path along the whole route that meanders away from the main highways through fields, forests, country roads, and pathways.
So listen in, look at photos, take a first hand tour of this area from our travel perspective.
First of All, this is an enormous wind turbine in Southern Germany. This country is utilizing many solar and wind solutions for its electric needs.
To gauge how big this is:
1) Find the TINY blip in this picture inside the red circle
2) Say to yourself, "OMG that is tall"
(Photo was taken about 1/4 mile away in order to get this huge tower in the picture - located in Bavaria between Uffenheim and Rothenburg along the bike journey)
Watch the the rolling hills and hear the cowbells in this video!
The podcast audio file below is a summary of each day's travel and adventures.
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Enormous wind turbine. Note the very first small bump to the left of the tower, that is Ann on her bike!
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