General Discussion, Sunday, October 28, 2018

Babbage Difference Engine

This photograph of an early analog computing machine was taken in 1949 at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, which is today the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

When Charles Babbage created the first type of computer, no-one could have realized how later computers would influence the world. Even when the first microcomputers were sold in the 1970s, few saw how powerful and wide-ranging they would become. The pace of computer development took most people by surprise It enabled more efficient communication and databases. Through the internet, computers have been used to reduce the distance of communication.


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112 Responses to General Discussion, Sunday, October 28, 2018

  1. Lucille says:

    May your day be a joyous one…

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  2. Lucille says:

    Glider flying ‘Windmills Of Your Mind’ film ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ 1968

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  3. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Morning Everyone….. Water for Tea is ready. The Coffee is dripping…….Nye is in the kitchen…….

    Liked by 8 people

  4. NC Nana says:

    Good morning all,

    May your day be filled with many blessings.

    I can hardly wait for the sun to come up some more. The fall color started in earnest 2 days ago. It may be in full display today.

    It Is Well // Her Heart Sings (Silo Singing):

    Wintley Phipps – It Is Well With My Soul:

    History behind It Is Well With My Soul Dr David Jeremiah:

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

    Liked by 8 people

  6. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
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    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
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    Mornin’ NC Nana! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Beautiful)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Lemon Scones with Vanilla Lemon Glaze

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  7. Morning Everyone!

    So I didn’t get to post my Caturday post, so here it is:

    The Kitten and the Falling Leaves

    by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

    That way look, my infant, lo!
    What a pretty baby-show!
    See the kitten on the wall,
    sporting with the leaves that fall.
    Withered leaves – one – two and three
    from the lofty elder tree.
    Though the calm and frosty air,
    of this morning bright and fair.
    Eddying round and round they sink,
    softly, slowly; one might think.
    From the motions that are made,
    every little leaf conveyed
    Sylph or Faery hither tending,
    to this lower world descending.
    Each invisible and mute,
    in his wavering parachute.

    But the Kitten, how she starts,
    crouches, stretches, paws, and darts!
    First at one, and then its fellow,
    just as light and just as yellow.
    There are many now – now one,
    now they stop and there are none:
    What intenseness of desire,
    in her upward eye of fire!
    With a tiger-leap half-way,
    now she meets the coming prey.
    lets it go as fast, and then;
    Has it in her power again.
    Now she works with three or four,
    like an Indian conjuror;
    quick as he in feats of art,
    far beyond in joy of heart.
    Where her antics played in the eye,
    of a thousand standers-by,
    clapping hands with shout and stare,
    what would little Tabby care!
    For the plaudits of the crowd?
    Over happy to be proud,
    over wealthy in the treasure
    of her exceeding pleasure!


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  8. Today’s illustration is by Stockton Mulford of a father, son, & happy dog preparing to hunt. Perhaps they’re huntng that lovely elk on the last magazine cover posted. I thought the dog reminded me of Tucker. (Sorry I have not had the time to fix the edges. ;-} )

    Have to run, very busy at least until election day!

    Have a great day everyone! πŸ™‚

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  9. That Babbage calculating machine is really pretty, and pretty amazing!

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  10. Menagerie says:

    Good Sunday morning all.

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  11. stella says:

    Personal rant. Don’t buy a cheap sofa.

    Several years ago I bought a beautiful dark brown leather sofa. Really nice LOOKING. After a while, the thin ‘leather’ began to develop small holes, then larger holes … THEN the straps holding up the cushions began to sag badly. The sofa seating surface is now held together with dark brown duct tape, and covered with a dark brown (good quality) sofa cover that has pretty good gripping capability, and doesn’t slip TOO much! Also have added foam where the sagging is worst, and added a full length foam pad that is ‘upholstered’ with another of the sofa covers.

    I recently ordered a new dark brown sofa – this time covered in a good quality cloth – from La-Z-Boy. It cost quite a bit more than the cheapo couch, but I got it on sale, so it isn’t as expensive as it might have been. Good warranty. Also got 5-yr pet warranty (stains, rips – got a 1/2 off discount on that).

    Don’t be like me!

    I could get my new sofa before Thanksgiving, or shortly after.

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  12. stella says:

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    • NC Nana says:

      Good afternoon Stella,

      I had to stop at the Walmart on the way home this afternoon. A Black family with a lot of children in the SUV crossed in front of me as I was walking toward the store door.

      There was a light bar on the hood with the lights on which first attracted my attention because it was the middle of the afternoon on a bright clear day. Next I heard the children yelling hi, hello, good afternoon and they were all waving. I thought they were just having a fun family afternoon after church. I smiled and waved back.

      Had I known what their placards were saying I would have been smiling, waving and jumping up and down.

      Plastered all over the back of the SUV were Trump/Pence/MAGA yard signs. They probably had to put them back there to keep them from blowing off.

      After seeing your post I wondered if they were part of the #WalkAway movement.

      To fully appreciate the courage of this family you need to know our county is majority black. It has a higher drug, prostitution, and murder rate than the combined 3 neighboring counties. This week a brother of one of the members of the church was beaten senseless and robbed in his home – – so a home invasion. (The brothers are white and very old. I don’t know anything about the thugs.) Please keep this brave MAGA family and the beaten and robbed brother in your prayers.

      Anyway, Hallelujah for the #WalkAway movement. What courage some of these people have. For others the new party affiliation may just be reflection of how they have been voting anyway.

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  13. auscitizenmom says:

    Starfckr, from next door on the Ground Report thread posted this. I think it is too good not to share here.

    ‘David Frum, of all people, had a great quote, highlighted by Andrew Sullivan in a piece in New York Magazine today. β€œIF LIBERALS INSIST THAT ONLY FASCISTS WILL DEFEND BORDERS, THEN VOTERS WILL HIRE FASCISTS TO DO THE JOB LIBERALS WILL NOT DO.”’

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  14. NC Nana says:

    One of the uplifting hymn’s we sang this morning:

    Since Jesus Came Into My Heart [Live]


    What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
    Since Jesus came into my heart;
    I have light in my soul for which long I have sought,
    Since Jesus came into my heart.

    Since Jesus came into my heart,
    Since Jesus came into my heart;
    Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll,
    Since Jesus came into my heart.

    I have ceased from my wand’ring and going astray,
    Since Jesus came into my heart;
    And my sins which were many are all washed away,
    Since Jesus came into my heart.

    I’m possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure,
    Since Jesus came into my heart;
    And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure,
    Since Jesus came into my heart.

    There’s a light in the valley of death now for me,
    Since Jesus came into my heart;
    And the gates of the City beyond I can see,
    Since Jesus came into my heart.

    I shall go there to dwell in that City I know,
    Since Jesus came into my heart;
    And I’m happy, so happy as onward I go,
    Since Jesus came into my heart.

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  15. Lucille says:

    From WND (World Net Daily)…I didn’t watch the video and won’t link the article. Who needs such filth placed in the memory bank! However, it should be noted for those who order from that service…


    A couple of quotes from the article:

    Think pre-pubescent sexual erotica of all kinds.

    One critic calls it β€œpure evil.” Another suggests β€œanimated kiddie porn.” Another says the purpose of the show is to normalize pedophilia, groom children abuse for predators and break down any final remaining taboos that still might exist in American society.

    The show also dedicated an entire episode to tax-funded abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood was thrilled.


    I’m sure that pedophilic-sex traffickers are “thrilled”, too, for the big assist in their exploitation of children.


  16. lovely says:

    Kanye West designed T-shirts urging black people to leave Democratic Party in a β€˜Blexit’

    #Walkaway #BLexit #GoldenAge

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  17. Lucille says:

    Didn’t see that anyone posted this hilarious episode yet…

    β€œRed November – The Frogleg Election Spectacular”

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    Darn. It is the first cool night and I have had the windows open for the first time since summer hit, about March, because the humidity is down. But, now that the sun has gone down, I guess somebody figures it is time to light up the fireplace and the smoke is billowing through my apt. I am going to have to close up and turn on the air conditioner fan to filter the smoke out. 😦 {sigh}

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  19. stella says:

    Smart money is on Republicans keeping control of House, betting site odds say

    Think a blue wave is coming in the midterm election that will sweep out Republicans and usher in a Democratically-controlled Congress?

    Don’t bet on it, gamblers on at least one online betting site are saying.

    The odds on MyBookie favor Republicans maintaining hold of their majority, even as political forecaster Nate Silver says there is an 84.9 percent chance of a Democratic victory.

    As of Sunday, the odds of the GOP keeping the House are at -140. That means you would need to bet $140 on the Republicans to win $100 if they stay in the majority. The Democrats are at +110, meaning a $100 bet would win you $110 if the Democrats manage to wrest control of the House.

    The site also has the Republicans favored to hold the White House in the 2020 presidential election. The GOP is at -170 in that race, compared to +130 for the Democrats.

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  20. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  21. auscitizenmom says:

    Prayer for Justice Kavanaugh:
    “After watching her husband rip into pro-death senators who used Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in attempts to derail the appointment of her husband to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ashley is asking all people of faith to unite in praying Psalm 40, which reads:”


    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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