In this issue:
Good News |
Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
1. Good News
Daylight Squandering Time is over with. Yippee!|
How does it feel to have that extra hour of daylight that should not have been
squandered in the first place? Think of the energy savings, too. Those of you
who live in sane parts of the country (e.g., Arizona) relative to this very,
very bad public policy are spared this stupidity. The rest of us suffer the jet
lag effects of clock changes plus the loss of an hour daylight each morning for
most of the year.
Now would be a good time to write to your misrepresentative in CONgress and
propose a novel concept: Daylight SAVINGS Time. To keep with the federal govt's
tradition of naming everything in a way that connotes the opposite of what it
does, they could call it Daylight Squandering Time because it will save an hour
of daylight each year. What we do is move the clocks back an hour.
But instead of inflicting three weeks of jet lag twice a year (with the
corresponding spikes in automobile accidents and industrial injuries--facts you
can easily look up), we just leave the clocks alone. This would give you TWO
additional hours of daylight in the summer instead of providing daylight when
you are already in bed and forcing you to turn lights on in the AM.
Granted, doing something that actually benefits the peasants or the country
is anathema to CONgress. But that doesn't mean we should remain silent. Tell
those morons to end this stupidity, rather than screw up our clocks this coming
2. Product Highlight
Take pictures with your sunglasses. Even in the bright sun of the Swiss Alps,
the polarized lenses of the
Ectaco iTRAVL Sunglasses allow you to take pictures of anything using a
wireless remote, store it in the sunglasses, and transfer via USB to your PC
after the trip.
James Bond and Sidney Bristow, move over.
These sell for $99, but you will get a $20 rebate simply by replying to your
receipt (which the shopping cart e-mails to you) and asking for it.
So, your price is $79.
Sounds like a great idea for holiday giving, does it not?
3. Brainpower tip
A hermetic motor is one that is completely sealed. You have such a motor in your
home air conditioning system. A plant that made such motors had huge problems
with downtime and was not getting product out the door in a timely manner. This
caused all kinds of problems with key customers.|
The average time between when
critical equipment went down and when a maintenance tech arrived was about three
days. Then it took another day to fix because the responding tech typically was
the wrong one for that particular problem and rather than admit that, he'd flail
Four months after hiring a certain manager over plant maintenance, a tech
showed up in less than three minutes and the average downtime was less than an
hour. Any time a tech found something unfamiliar, he was rewarded for asking for
help. No embarrassment, but praise.
But to go from three days to 30 minutes? How did this manager make such a
genius breakthrough? This manager sorted out what really mattered and then
figured out how to apply limited resources to what most mattered. To the
exclusion of the unimportant.
The previous mode was to try to do all work better and faster, and juggle every
possible ball in the air. But that didn't make a difference in terms of high
value product going out the door. So all that effort was pretty much pointless.
This manager previously taken manufacturing from low performance to high
performance, so already had a system for doing it again. He knew what had to be
done, because he asked the production managers to tell him what products were
the most important to keep making. Once he had that information, he proceeded on
The results were stunning, as noted previously. Do you think the results made
this manager look smart? You betcha. And all the way into the executive suites
in the corporate offices. Now, you may be wondering how I know about this
particular case. I was the manager who made the changes.
You can apply this same principle to just about any endeavor. Focus on what
matters. Do not be distracted, derailed, or deterred by side issues, non-issues,
crybabies, low priorities, or anything else. What matters is what matters.
Everything else is just a diversion of limited resources.
When you figure out what to do and proceed strategically, you are then
applying brains instead of brawn to a problem.
4. Finance tip
|End of the CFL?|
with a reason to use CFL at all is increasingly hard to do. Why? For commercial
and industrial, it typically makes more sense to upgrade the whole lighting
scheme than to do a partial job ala CFLs.
In residential applications, the CFL typically isn’t on for a long enough
time to recoup the energy wasted in turning it on versus just running the
incandescent it replaces. And its extremely low power factor (typically around
50%) affects other connected loads. Light quality, or lack thereof, is another
Those who believe the CFL is just a bad idea for the home can now point to:
Highly publicized mercury contamination cases.Dimmer incompatibility.Dramatic explosions.
However, the LED lamp is quite a different story. It lacks all of these
drawbacks of the CFL, though it’s midway between the CFL and incandescent in
power factor. If you break it, the EPA won’t force you to seal your home in
For the typical home, however, the solution to lighting-based energy waste
isn't new technology. It's the habit of turning lights off when you leave the
Some energy-wasting behaviors to put a lid on:
- Standing there with the door open, when a door to door sales person
calls on you. Solution: Invite the person in, or go outside. If
neither is acceptable, just holler through the door that you are not
- Standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open, or worse,
walking off while it's left open. This scenario is as common in today's
movies as the one where the driver of a car is engrossed in a conversation
and is looking at the passenger instead of the road. Solution: Know
what you're getting, then get it and close the door.
- Running the tap to get hot water, when cold water will do. Solution:
Plan your hot water usage similar to planning your car trips. Or just use
- Taking hot, steamy showers. Another movie madness thing. The water
should be warm enough that you're not chilled. But if does not need to be
hot. That not only wastes energy, it dries out your skin.
- Leaving the television on. Many households have the brainwashing
machine on all the time. Not only does this waste energy, but it exposes the
human mind to a non-stop barrage of brainwashing. Solution: Eliminate
the brainwashing machine, outright. Not only do you save money, you protect
I've listed only a few things, here. In most households, these aren't done.
Replacing incandescent lamps with CFLs will not reduce electrical consumption in
the typical household. But following the steps I've just outlined will reduce it
5. Security tip
|Dumpster diving is quite the rage, these days:
- Under the illegal antiPatriot Act, any govt agent can raid your trash
and sell the info, steal your identity, or use the info against you.
- Non-government criminals often comb the trash, picking up key bits of
security information such as names, addresses, account numbers, and anything
that might reveal a password.
- People can learn quite a bit about you, and use it against you, simply
by monitoring your trash and building a data file on you.
What can you do?
Buy a high quality shredder and use it. The one at right is ideal.
And it's on sale now:
|What kinds of things should you shred? Pretty much
anything that has any info about you, if you toss it out. This includes, but is
not limited to:|
- Bank statements.
- Cash advance checks (the kind c/c companies send out; another person can
start using these if you just toss them in the trash, and you are on the
hook for the funds).
- Church bulletins (they contain info about people who know you).
- Credit card applications, even if you never fill them out.
- Diaries and journals (disassemble, then shred).
- Drivers license, when expired (huge, huge security risk to just toss
this photo ID).
- Insurance papers.
- Mailing labels.
- Medical records of any sort.
- Packing slips from items you have delivered.
Pay stubs, regardless of age (they can start a trail).
- Personal letters.
- Phone bills.
- Photos of you, family members, or friends.
- Receipts of any kind (scan and save, then shred).
- Tax records.
- Utility statements.
- Work-related information.
What you don't need to shred:
- Generic sales letters.
- Political ads.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Did you know that the typical prescription medication for osteoporosis actually
causes osteoporosis? If you know someone on medication for osteoporosis,
that person is very likely undergoing an exacerbation of the disease and its
Why is this?
The idea behind these drugs was they'd suppress the body's enzyme that breaks
bone down. You see, your body maintains bone by breaking it down and then
building it back up.
The problem with this approach is when the break down enzyme isn't present,
the body doesn't produce the build enzyme. So you get a net loss of bone.
Why is this allowed?
People who believe in the Easter Bunny might also believe that, by some
stretch of the imagination, the FDA protects us by regulating food and
drugs. That simply does not happen. There is far too much money at stake.
These harmful, bone-destroying drugs will continue to be on the market for
the foreseeable future.
What should you do?
First, ask the doctor exactly how the drug works. You probably won't get
a factual answer, but write it down anyhow. The doctor typically knows only
what propaganda the drug rep has spewed. Ask the doctor to provide positive
confirmation that this drug does not suppress the body's bone dissolving
enzyme. Any drug that does this causes further osteoporosis. Yes, actually
causes it. And your doctor is probably completely without a clue that this
is the case. Ask for a drug that does not do this, and get written
confirmation before putting it into your body.
Next, look at controllable causes of osteoporosis. There are two primary
- Lack of testosterone-boosting exercise. To fix this problem, do
weight-bearing exercise like squats or, if you are physically weak,
walking up stairs or very steep hills.
- Hostile diet. Ingesting ANY corn syrup or fruit juices causes
endocrine modification that is very pro bone loss.
Reduce grains to be a very small part of your diet. Eliminate table
sugar, sweetened beverages (including artificial sweeteners), and sweet corn
(sugar content is outrageous). Limit wheat-based products to very small
www.supplecity.com, you'll find plenty of informative, authoritative
articles on maintaining a lean, strong physique. It has nothing to
do with long workouts or impossible to maintain diets. In fact:
- The best workouts are short and intense.
- A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction
than the typical American diet.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. When it comes to
stealing (or simply wasting) your money, members of CONgress don't bat
8. Thought for the Day
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when
it's free. -- P.J. O'Rourke|
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