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 I was interested in finding something or exploring the thought, chances are I am not alone.  If it took me effort to get it figured out, it would most likely require effort for someone else.  Sometimes I write a paper on these so I can share it with people.  Sometimes the papers are written because I know I will forget if I don't write it down.  Some of these papers are listed here.  They are not related, just a few of the papers I think people might find useful.

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.  Your eyes may tell you something very different.  Imagine trying to get a brighter light for your work area to meet local codes.  Imagine getting that new light installed and having the light meter tell you it is brighter and now meets local codes for a good work space.  Now imagine your eyes tell you the new light is dimmer and you hate working in there since your eyes have to stain.  This is not as uncommon as you might think.  There is a real explanation for it.

BluuBull Stove

The BluuBull stove is a stove design I came up with for backpacking.  I used it for a few years and liked it.  There were no moving parts or seals to go bad.  It burned denatured alcohol and burned quite clean.  It was light weight, compact ad never failed.  However when the Jet Boil Stove came on the scene I ended up putting the BluuBull Stove on the shelf.  :(  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 filter / purifier for backpacking or other outdoor activities, you might find this an interesting read.  This paper may help you understand a bit more about the water filter process and what is being filtered out of the water.  There are more details here than on the average manufacture's web sites.  Take a look gain some insight about virus' bacteria, heavy metal, pesticides ect in the water you "Think" is clean because it is in the great outdoors.