Our Little Ball

Sitting here on our little ball, a tiny speck around we go. Orbiting the sun is falling to, missing it and around we sail.

Still we sit, never gone far. Looking out at all the stars. Figured much about all that’s there. Smart peeps we seem to be.

We look to see if there are others. Haven’t found anything but still we hope. Not a fossil of a microbe has been found. Is that’s all there is? We really hope not.

Will our military save us from alien invasions?

Definitely not. They will be completely incapable.

Knowledge of the speed of light, however, will save you.

Light speed cannot be exceeded in a vacuum no matter what. In fact, for aliens and Earthlings alike it would take thousands of years just to travel to our nearest star system. To travel from distant stars to ours would take thousands or millions of years, as it would take us to travel to them.

Fortunately, there will be no alien invasions. In fact, we may or may not know of any alien civilizations out there. So far we have discovered none.

Which Linux Distro is Best?

Archlinux is best, but difficult. It’s what I run.

I didn’t install it with the Arch Wiki. I used YouTube videos. It worked, and I’m inside Arch writing this article. I’ve been using Arch for awhile now. I like it.

I’ve used ’em all. Mint, Antergos, Manjaro, Ubuntu (all the flavors), Zorin, everything else you can read about on DistroWatch.com. I first started before the turn of the century in the late 1990’s.

Eventually, I managed to install Archlinux by watching YouTube videos on my phone, and that’s what I’ve been using for the last year and a half.

The next step would be Linux from Scratch, which I don’t think I’m interested in trying. It definitely should not be tried by someone who is not thoroughly advanced in Linux.

If you don’t know Linux, or don’t like command line interfaces, then the recommended Linux Distro would be – I just hate to say this – Ubuntu or Manjaro.

Just my opinion.

What do you think would happen if the entire internet would just suddenly resets itself and all the data vanishes?

When I was born, and when I grew up, there was no Internet at all. We had cars, and even (eventually) color TV. We had landlines, albeit party lines (you had to share your phone number with an unknown partner).

We sent a man to the moon.

It would be idyllic if shutting down the Internet would just revert to the good ol’ days.

Unfortunately, that would not be the case. Now days we’ve become so dependent on the Internet in so many ways, shutting it down would be catastrophic and lead to a total financial and political collapse.

Why not Switch from WordPress.com to GoDaddy

I hosted this website on WordPress.com for 2 years, but then because of pricing concerns, I switched to GoDaddy.com where I already had a hosting plan to save some money. I now think that was a mistake. Here’s why.

I had more traffic on WordPress.com. I have less traffic on GoDaddy.com. And before you go off on me, no I do not receive any benefits for this post from either WordPress.com or GoDaddy.

Many visitors are unaware who hosts your site, but WordPress.com users like to visit and like sites posted by other WordPress.com visitors. Once you make the switch to another WordPress provider, like GoDaddy, that won’t happen anymore. One of my faithful fans who “liked” almost every article I posted on this domain no longer does so because it’s no longer available on the wordpress app.

I’m paying less and posting less now that I’m hosting this site on GoDaddy. ;(

Another important reason is spam comments from pseudo users. With wordpress.com I didn’t have much problem. Now I have to weed through hundreds of such comments and delete them one by one!

Driving with Uber and Lyft

I’ve been driving with Uber and Lyft lately, and frankly, although Amarillo, Texas, is a small town, last month I made about $1,900 before expenses. Expenses included car maintenance, gas, bottled water for passengers, etc.

I’ve also met some very interesting people along the road. More to come.

Best phone?

Well, the best phone is a matter of opinion. I just upgraded my Google Pixel 2XL 64MB to a Google Pixel 3XL 128MB.

It’ll be here soon. It helps me earn money. Always has the latest version of Android, unlimited picture storage, best camera phone on the market, works with any carrier, and is cool looking.

Be happy for me!

Would you want to die on Mars (just not on impact)?

Woah. What an interesting question with far reaching repercussions!

Built into this simple question are numerous assumptions!

For example, would I want to go to Mars, and the answer to that is no.

Would I want to die on Mars? No. I don’t want to die at all, but when I do it will be on Terra.

Would I travel to Mars? No. I think we should go back to the Moon and colonize that before we even think of going to Mars.

Will we ever colonize Mars? I don’t think so. I think people will walk on Mars and do experiments, but I do not think Mars will ever be populated by humans.