How is htop better than top on Linux?

You gotta be kidding me. As a twenty-year veteran of Linux as my only OS, I had no idea about what htop and top were until you asked, and then I just did a simple Google search because I couldn’t stand being asked a question about Linux that I didn’t know the answer to.

“Htop is a free (GPL) ncurses-based process viewer for Linux. It is similar to top, but allows you to scroll vertically and horizontally, so you can see all the processes running on the system, along with their full command lines.”

I’ll have to try htop now. Never have, never needed to. Your question makes me need to.

If NASA says that we simply cannot go any further than low Earth orbit, which is 0-1,243 miles high above Earth, then how could we have led mankind to the Moon since it is about 228,841 miles away from the Earth?

Oh you flat earth people never give up. NASA doesn’t say nothing can go above low Earth orbit. We just launched a satellite that is now way above low Earth orbit.

To orbit Earth there has to be very little atmospheric drag. Even at 250 miles, way higher than Mount Everest where the air is already very thin, there is still, although slight, some drag by the sparsely populated air molecules at that altitude. That’s where the ISS is orbiting. Every once in awhile the ISS needs a boost to stay up there because it tends, over a long period of time, to slow down due to the atmospheric drag. That’s why it’s called low Earth orbit.

We do, however, have many, many objects that are much higher than low Earth orbit. This includes the new GOES satellite that was just launched the other day and placed in geostationary orbit 22,236 miles above Earth. That’s where your Dish Network, DirectTV and Sirius/XM Radio satellites are as well. Here is a photo taken of Earth from that altitude, where you can clearly see the earth is spherical.

Too Many Commas

This sentence, has too many commas, that I like to put in my sentences, so do many other people.

We really need to learn that commas are not to be used for a pause, like we tend to do. For that we need a dash, because a comma is not required. These sentences, are not to be exempt.

As stated by the Grammarly website: “Of all the punctuation marks in English, this one is perhaps the most abused and misused. And it’s no wonder. There are lots of rules about comma usage, and often the factors that determine whether you should use one are quite subtle. But fear not! Below, you’ll find guidance for the trickiest comma questions”

We know our universe is 13 billion years old and contains over 2 trillion galaxies full of billions of stars each, so why is the idea of alien life still greeted with ridicule?

Not ridicule exactly, but needing proof of which we have none.

To date, not even a fossil of a microbe of alien life has ever been found. We do not have any proof that life exists anywhere else other than Earth, although we really would like to have that proof and it’s likely that life does exist elsewhere.

Proof that life evolved elsewhere than Earth would also be proof that science is right and religion is wrong, but we don’t have the proof. Maybe one day we’ll be able to make up for the fact that Galileo was imprisoned by the Church.

Did Tesla really say that the Earth was flat?

Who knows. Whether he said it or not (probably not), the Earth is still a sphere.

You can go on quoting and quoting, but you never quote people who have asserted since the days of Galileo that the earth is not flat. Why? Because no matter what anyone says, you won’t listen to anyone who says the earth isn’t flat.

Musings Plus Dot Com

I once said to my wife
That she’s full of strife
For that I was punched
and my nose became bunched.

I read this to her
and she said it befer:
“You’ve said that alot
and away you did trot.”

As she bunched up a fist
This line ends with “list”
And I ducked to be missed
But behold I was kissed.

I love my dear wife
And she’s not full of strife.
The best friend of mine
Is really quite fine.

And although I wanted to post this on she said, “NO WAY!”

Boonton High School and John Hill Elementary School in New Jersey

When I first went to the Boonton Kindergarten, my mother had to drag me the whole way. That was 1958. My mom dropped me off and after some time, I looked around, sneaked out and went home. I didn’t like school. I just wanted to play all the time.

Boonton, New Jersey, has a kindergarten school, an elementary school called John Hill and a high school called Boonton High with a sports team called The Boonton Bombers. I was a member of the bombers wrestling team (undefeated in my weight class). The football team is well known in those parts.

I never heard of “middle school.” We just called that Junior High and it was part of Boonton Elementary.

John Hill Elementary School in Boonton New Jersey. This building used to be Boonton High School.

Back in those days the John Hill elementary school was in what is now the old building part of Boonton High, and Boonton High was in what is now John Hill Elementary. Eventually, Boonton Elementary and Boonton High switched buildings and they expanded the old building of the new Boonton High to make – well – Boonton High School.

The old part of what is now Boonton High used to be John Hill Elementary School, and it’s where I had my very first tooth checkup. We had to line up and a dentist opened our mouths and stuck in a little mirror and said some encrypting stuff about each tooth to some secretary who wrote it all down and put it in our school record, and for the record, I never had a cavity in my life except a few years ago when one of my original wisdom teeth had to be removed here in Amarillo, Texas.

This is the old part of Boonton High School which used to be John Hill School (elementary). Attached and behind this building (just visible on the extreme right of the photo) is the addition where many classes are taught.

While I was still young and in elementary school, they moved us out of that building and into what is now John Hill School (pictured above). The old building where we came from became the new Boonton High, and they built a big extension to accommodate the needed space. The image on the left is the original building that used to be John Hill and is now Boonton High.

Now I’m writing all this from Amarillo, Texas.

I graduated from Boonton High in 1971 and did not attend my own graduation for reasons I don’t remember, but it was in protest of something or other. The Vietnam War days were the days of protests, you know. To date, to my great misfortune, I have never been to a high school reunion, although many of my former classmates are friends of mine on Facebook or Twitter.

Vietnam War Era

During the 1970’s we had a draft, or involuntary inscription into the U.S. military. I had a high draft number and did not have to go into the military, for which I was thankful at the time because the prospect of being shot at and killed was not very appealing.

That being said, I was a rebel in the opposite direction of my brothers. I didn’t want to compete with them, I wanted to be different from them.

Because my two older brothers became (as my father called it) radicalized – they became progressive democrats and one of them even became a communist for awhile – I decided to go a different route and thought of myself as a conservative anti-communist person who wrote an article about it in the school newspaper. In fact, I was a “conservative” for most of my life but eventually switched over to a progressive democrat who hates Donald Trump and loves Barak Obama. I now profess to be an active voting, gun-owning “Texan” (because I now live in Texas) who is anti-NRA and a registered member of the Democratic Party.

My dad built this house with the help of my two older brothers. It’s on Boyd Street in Boonton, NJ. Altogether, by hard labor alone, he built 5 homes including the one I grew up in. This is not the one I grew up in, but I did hammer some of the nails and smoothed the concrete in the basement.

I’m a long way from Boonton and my mother eventually sold the house. I’ve got nowhere to go there, sadly. I miss Boonton.

However, in Boonton our Boyd family has made a permanent mark. There’s a street called Boyd Street. My father built this house (pictured right) on Boyd Street.

He also built four other houses, three on Reservoir Drive and two on Boyd Street.

I did go to college but put no effort in it and dropped out quickly. I majored in physics and a minor in psychology. I married twice and have a fine son named Christopher.

I’ve probably told you too much about myself, but I also wanted to tell you about Boonton High and John Hill School. If any of this seems important to you then “like” this article below!