Random Thoughts

Just a few random things to share.

Sometimes I get interested in something and find it took a little effort to understand what I needed / wanted to know. If it took me effort to get it figured out, it would most likely require effort for someone else.  Sometimes I write something up about it to share with others and sometimes it is written up so I can refer to it later and not need to repeat the same effort to understand it again.  The information her is not related in any way and is just a collection of a few random things.

Fractional Reserve Banking System

Understanding how the Fractional Reserve Banking System worked at the base level interested me after watching Zeitgeist the movie and addendum.  After looking up some information on it I found the concept was fairly simple yet deceiving at the same time.  Some of the inherent negative aspects of the system are not understood by most people.

Light Meter versus the Human Eye

A light meter can say a new light is brighter than the old one but to your eyes, the light appears dimmer and is more difficult to work in. Imagine trying to get a brighter light for your work area to meet local codes.  Now imagine getting that new light installed, having the light meter tell you the new light is brighter meeting local codes but your eyes see the light as dimmer, and is more difficult to work in due to eye strain.  This is not as uncommon as you might think.  There is a real explanation for this.

BluuBull Stove

The BluuBull stove is my version of the classic alcohol stove for backpacking.  I used it for a few years and liked it.  There were no moving parts or seals to go bad, burned very clean using denatured alcohol, was light weight, compact and never failed.  However, started using the Jet Boil Stove.  These archived pages show what it is, how to use it and a few other details.  The pages also describe in great detail how to make your own if you so choose.  Enjoy.

Water Treatment Thoughts

If you are looking to purchase a water treatment system for outdoor activities this may be a helpful read regarding the water treatment process.  Gain some insight about virus' bacteria, heavy metal, pesticide, etc. and information on various treatment methods.