Here’s an odd concept that popped up while I was waking up a few morning’s back:

I wondered if there has even been a study to see if there is a correlation between what is on a person’s nightstand and how their health works out long term?

When you think about it, that might be a very useful bit of research.  How many little things are there that could be hints about our future that we just leave laying around, right?

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Heck of a notion, so I took an inventory of what’s on the nightstands in our bedroom.  Mind you, this is for people who are well into Social Security, so your results may differ…

George’s Side

Benadryl, Tums, asthma inhaler, eye drops, glass of water, phone, digital alarm clock.

Elaine’s Side

6 books, glass of water, face cream, Astroglide,  flashlight, collagen pills.  (I said we’re aging, not old or dead yet…)

Hmmm…what are some of the inferences here?

Well, George needs to watch what he eats and drinks a bit closer because although the Tums don’t get used often, it might be an indicator.

The inhaler is a long-time condition (since birth) and the eye drops shows that I am actively working to make sure my dry eye condition doesn’t get worse.

The water suggests that G keeps hydrated while the phone and the clock indicate this side of the bed is likely to have the highest blood pressure readings.

Elaine’s side of the bed says she likes to read, is conscious of her appearance, while the couple is still (ahem) active, and she is conscious of her vitamins and supplements.

Since Elaine doesn’t have a clock, we can assume she gets up when she damn well feels like it, and she likes to have multiple news idea sources going at the same time.

Articles at the bedside come and go with some frequency.  Sometimes, Elaine will bring in a Echo Dot to listen to something.  Other times, I will have a shortwave radio on my side of the bed.

When we have an “elevated threat level” then my side of the bed will have a head-mounted Gen-3 night vision scope and a pistol or two out.  Big flashlight, too, depending on weather and odds of power failing…

Kleenex comes and goes – but we seldom get colds due to great nutrition…

Which circles around to the point:

Has anyone ever done such a study to find out what people keep at hand?  I don’t know as I have ever heard of such of thing, but surely it would make sense.

When we look at magazines and see absolutely pristine nightstands the question always comes up:  “Who are these people?”

Tell your doctor?  If you find a study – or have other oddities on your nightstand – might be interesting to learn about.  Or not…

We’ve Been Fingerprinted!

I always worry about computer security.  When we travel, I always have to take my computer with me (so I can write and keep up on comments and such).

While my password is so complex (upper, lower case, numbers, and incomprehensible gibberish characters) I get tired of having to use my brain for logging in which I could be using it for work.

So $35 later, here comes a Mini USB Fingerprint Reader for Windows 10 Hello, PQI My Lockey 360° Touch Speedy Matching Multi Biometric fido Security Key.

I put it in – Windows Hello rolled it into play with no issues – and now when I want to log on to any of my computers, all I have to do is touch the little USB whizzy and thar-you-be.

It’s really quite cool.

As we have been predicting for years, the next big moves in computers will be projectable display glasses (which will allow a virtual overlay over “reality out there” which will be a fun merge – and the whole thing will become seamless with biometric logons (done!) and things like Nuance Professional – the grown-up of what was once DragoonSpeak.

Toss in the faster web speeds thanks to AMP technology and the like (Yes, UrbanSurvival is partially AMP enabled now) and you have a pretty cool universe of possibilities.

If we could just focus on something other than Trump’s gaffe’s du jour and move on to inventing new cool things…

Fourth of July: Stats and Haps

Markets will be open Monday.  The New York Stock Exchange will close at 1 PM Eastern, though.

If you are “overs the river and through the woods-ing” don’t forget that probably 20 percent of all drivers will have had something to drink before getting behind the wheel.  So watch out for the other guy.

And like being a parent isn’t bothersome enough, remind the wee  ones who drive that “Nine of the 10 deadliest days for youth on U.S. highways fall between May and August.” 

Not that they’ll listen.

Still, It’s a fact that people actually do understand statistics at some level.  Where they run into the ditch is thinking the rules don’t apply to them.

Monday and Tuesday morning, UrbanSurvival will likely be shorter than usual.  I don’t mind doing the work, mind you.  But I look at it as something that could be related to readership size.

On a regular day maybe 20,000 people will drop by here, so I write a word for every ten people – which is where the 2,000 word total of the Coping and news sections comes from.

Since the readership on the 3rd will be about 7,000 people, then 700 words might be justified before we roll into complete overkill.  And since only 4,000 or so will read Tuesday the 4th, 400 words is a reasonable number.

I mean as much as our readers can be considered “reasonable.”  Gifted would be more like it.

Our Gunpowder Quiz

See if you can make some trivia points off this stuff:

  1. What are the ingredients of gunpowder?  (Charcoal, sulfur, and potassium nitrate).
  2. When and where was gunpowder invented?  (9th century in China).
  3. OK, wise-ass, what dynasty was that?  (Song Dynasty, I think, but it could have been the Tune Dynasty…no, that’s lame humor, but it is what it is…)
  4. And who was the central figure of Gunpowder Plot of 1605?  Why none others than Guy Fawkes, or so we hear Anonymously.

And do, pray tell, explain what this has to do with tomorrow’s report for subscribers?

Oh….uh….just EVERYTHING.

You see, tomorrow we speak of AmRev2 and what’s to come…

Write when you get rich,