I always thought so, but now I have scientific proof.
You see, my wife had the bright idea of trying to identify what was generating heat in our house, to see what we could do to reduce our utility bills. So, to accomplish this, she suggested that I go on eBay and buy a non-contact digital thermometer, so we could see what was generating heat (or leaking it) around our house.
We managed to get one that was only around $15 USD, so we weren’t upset at the price. It arrived the day before yesterday, and we started identifying heat flows.
We confirmed that our bathrooom is the hottest room in the house, at 73F. The front door was 69F. The water heater is 65F – when idle. We haven’t tested it while it’s actively heating water, yet.
So, since the objective was to identify what we could use to passively heat the house during the winter, so we reduce the utility bills as much as we can, I got playful and aimed the thermometer at my wife while she was topless. 99F degrees. The cats – 76F. Me, 86F.
There seems to be no doubt about it – to best control our winter utility bills, my wife needs to be naked any time she’s inside our house. She is the hottest thing in it! LOL!
Before I give you the quote, I should explain that in the video game this comes from, the characters call their world “Thedas”. So, in the quote, every time you read Thedas, you can substitute Earth, and see if you agree that it applies to us.
“There is a danger to the natural order. Legends walked Thedas once, things of might and wonder. Their passing has left us all the lesser.”
“Yes! Is Thedas so full of wonders that we should leave them to die, one by one? Mankind blunders through the world, crushing what it doesn’t understand: elves, dragons, magic… the list is endless. We must slow the tide or be left with nothing more than the mundane. This I know to be true.”
Both of those quotes are verbalized by the character Morrigan, in the game Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA, and most people will sit down at some time today to elaborate meals shared with someone they care about, in celebration of the holiday.
For me, today has special significance because I was recently reminded of someone that I considered a dear friend when I first moved to the St. Louis metro area. It was December, 1994, when we met, and she was one of my superiors at the job I moved there for. No, she was more of a mentor, because we both did the same type of work there. Her name was Francine.
Last Saturday, my wife saw a Facebook post by one of Francine’s relatives, announcing that Francine is dying of cancer. The relative used the phrase “has finally admitted that she is . . . ” which says to me that Francine has been sick for some time. She was expected to die within days, but I’ve heard no update since.
Anyway, this got me to thinking of the many people I knew and liked at that job – and how many of them have died of cancer. Not many have died, but to a person, ALL who have died did so of cancer. What does that say about the place where we worked? Most died while still working there.
So, today I’m giving thanks for the MANY wonderful people who have touched my life over the last 55 years. Some had minor appearances in my story, some inspired whole chapters. They were all special, and I’m forever grateful to have known them. It will be a while, but eventually I will see them again. The great video game of LIFE always respawns with a new character.
Here is another piece of wisdom gleaned from a video game. This was found in the “Rise of the Tomb Raider” game, and was attributed to a disciple of a “prophet”.
“No man has ever told the truth about God, for no man can ever know.
There is more sacred in the heart of a farmer or soldier than in the hearts of lords and emperors.
We are all of us deceived by those that claim to speak on behalf of the creator.
No man speaks for Him, for His voice is the sky, the water, and the flow of the world.”
While I was playing a video game today, the antics of one of the bad guys inspired me to imagine this:
A married couple, Hal and Lucy, had such a string of luck with Lottery winning that they discussed between them the possibility of buying their own country. They had ideas on how to make it a paradise, and a utopia. The discussions became quite detailed, until they ultimately realized that what they were discussing was a Hal-Lucy Nation.
but a whole lifetime for him. I’m talking about our pet cat, Merlin, who joined our family 10 years ago today. You can find our original announcement here:
Sorry I don’t have any update photos to share, but he still doesn’t pose for cameras. He does purr a lot, and he still chases shadows. Now, though, he prefers to chase shadows that we aren’t deliberately making for his amusement.
Today I’m going to share something different. It’s about a movie . . . you can consider it a movie review if you like.
My wife and I started using Netflix just shortly after it launched in the St. Louis area – a very long time ago, it seems. In all of that time, to the best of my knowledge, the rating system has always had 5 stars as the highest rating. To me – and this is my own evaluation – 5 stars would be a rating of “perfect, nothing to improve”. I’ve almost never given such a rating, because we humans very rarely approach perfection at anything we make. To narrow my criteria even further – most of the Netflix listings that I have rated at 5 stars were either a documentary or a drama that was based on real-life events.
So, imagine my surprise at recently rating a comic-book movie with 5 stars. Yes, every review I’ve seen for the movie said it was awesome, but with my view that still only gets 4 stars.
What movie could have nabbed such a rare feat? WONDER WOMAN
I have another quote to share this week. It’s been all over the place – the earliest reference I can find to it is in the 1932 movie “The Mummy” – and it was used again in the updated remake with Tom Cruise last year. In the latter movie, it was attributed as being an Egyptian Prayer of Resurrection, but I can’t find independent confirmation of that.
“Death is but the doorway to new life. We live today, we shall live again. In many forms we shall return.”
Today, I want to share a quote I got from a video game character, which I think needs to be impressed on every person who is intolerant of beliefs that conflict with their own.
“Faith is of the heart, not the head. When the heart is ungoverned by reason, charlatans have powerful tools to deceive.” — Sister Justinia, a non-player character in the video game Dragon Age: Origins.
The prime definition of faith is that it is a belief in something that can’t be proved – so it isn’t a fact. Nobody’s opinion (or faith) is better than anyone else’s, no matter why you choose to place your faith in it. And the beliefs of any religion should never guide governments in passing laws that put other faiths outside of the law.