Oh boy…have we got a lot to talk about this morning.  Let’s start with some feedback on the recent piece I did about “past life experience information” which some of our readers were kind enough to share. 

If you are wondering why I am sharing this as a “technical note” there is a dman fine reasoin for it:  There is an increasing body of work that is pointing to something actually being “there” with regard to data from Near Death Experiences, or NDEs as they are called.

No, the idea didn’t end when the credits rolled on the movie “Flatliners.”

Not even hardly.

Check out this reader story and you’ll see what I mean:

I’ve thought about your past life theories before. I’ve seen kids who possess incredible musical skills at an age that simply seems impossible, and is evidence of what you propose would be very cool – carrying skills forth through multiple lives.

I had an experience a few weeks ago that I’m intrigued by.

I woke up one morning after a particularly vivid dream that had me getting ready to leave home, because I was in the Navy and had just learned would ship out in two weeks.

I had the feeling it was World War II, but had no feeling one way or another as to my rank. All I remember clearly was that I had been assigned to the USS Belle Isle.

Now, I have never in my life heard of such a ship, but was very clear as to the spelling. Yes, my family’s business is Navy related, in San Diego, but even asking my father, could come up with no memory or association with a USS Belle Isle.

Did my research, and found that there WAS a USS Belle Isle. She was an Auxiliary ship in the Pacific during the war, Decommissioned in 1960, and sunk off the coast of San Diego as a target, by the Destroyer USS Morton. I was born in 1959.

I know, not your normal past-life story. I wasn’t Douglas MacArthur, or a courageous Corsair pilot in Pappy Boyington’s Black Sheep Squadron. Just some swabbie or junior officer on a repair ship. :-)

Who knows? Probably not a swabbie, since as friends know, I’m about as mechanical as…well, a guy whose not at all mechanical….”

Sure enough, there is a whole entry on the ship on Wikipedia.,.

Belle Isle was assigned to Service Division (ServDiv) 104, Service Squadron (ServRon) 10, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and, by 7 October, was at Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands making repairs for ships of the Pacific Fleet.

She served at Okinawa until heading for Japan early in December. The ship arrived at Wakayama on 15 December and began repair duties for the occupation forces. That assignment lasted until she departed Japan on 31 March 1946 and headed back to the United States.

So, yes it’s a real ship – a real – or whatever – experience, and one more anecdote to ponder as we try to sort through the evidence on NDEs.

Tons of these – along with research notes and technical readings may be found on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation website over at http://www.nderf.org.

If you want to get a glimpse of what happens after life?   Might be a good place to begin the research and no, they don’t have a toll, tariff, or pass a collection plate.

Remote Viewing Calls “Incoming!”

I don’t know how much stock to put in a remote viewing report from our .mil affairs correspondent warhammer, but for this August alert to rise on his radar is, in itself interesting:

We’re half way through August and here’s an insane July 2016 YouTube video from Farsight for an August 2016 event  – an “incoming, very fast object that smells of acrid burning metallic with sizzling hot temps and  a buffering shock/blast wave of air pressure or hot plasma vapor.”  The object eventually impacts the planet.  The seer is Dick Allgire and his viewing lasts around 50 minutes (but the video is longer):


Hard to tell if he’s describing an asteroid, a man-made object or something else.  But Allgire calls it symmetrically kinetic energy – it gives off a loud, concussive boom and is moving at supersonic speeds. 

I don’t think this is an ICBM.  I get the impression Allgire could be viewing a reentering spacecraft that is breaking up on reentry, or more likely a nickel-iron meteor that is breaking apart on entry into Earth’s atmosphere.  Allgire seems to confirm this with his view of the object coming from up above the atmosphere tangentially and at a tremendously fast speed and the impression of “pieces raining down with associated impact sounds.” 

I guess we’ll know in around two weeks or so if Mr. Allgire actually was on to something!

On the other hand, there may be little – or nothing – to it.  Still, RV;ing does have some creds, though we are wondering what ever happened to the dire events Ed Dames had been forecasting a few years back – that was going to come following an emergency evacuation of the ISS…which, check me on this, and pour me more bean, hasn’t happened yet.

Hank and the SuperHyperdyne Receiver

Much more tangible?   Ham radio bud Hank out in Hawaii made the mistake of sending me a CD with a fascinating article about a kind of radio receiver called the SuperHyperdyne.

Now everyone with basic electronics knows how a regenerative receiver works.  And most people with a science bent can tell you at least vaguely what a super-heterodyne receiver is.

But a superhyperdyne?

In a nutshell, that means a class of ultra (hyper) regenerative receivers that is quieter than the normal super-het…and which is more adept at tuning that the sloppy (and prone to distortion) generative receive.

All of this came from a fellow who was named William Rhodes.

And the reason HE matters is because why?

Well, we see all these electric car buffs and shade tree mechanics out there and many of them have been tinkering around with electrolytic cells driven by 12 auto and truck wiring to make “Brown’s gas” to add to the mileage performance of an ICE (internal combustion engine).

But here’s the shocker:  William Rhodes, late of Phoenix, is actually the guy with the first patent on the oxy-hydrogen gas.

He used it in a hydroxy welder!

And this gets us to an outfit called Empire Hydrogen which is doing some breakthrough work in hydrogen.-oxygen supplementation of petrol ICEs.  And it’s on their website over here that you will read about the 1952 electrolyzer to produce hydroxy gas that was pioneered by who?

Why William Rhodes, of course!

Although some have attempted to be apologists for the “Brown’s Gas” rather than more properly I think calling it Rhodes’ Gas, the discussion over here is worth reading.

All of which has what to do with the superhyperdyne receiver?

Well, nothing, except that its inventor is of high creds with us and Hank, put me down for $20 bucks worth of parts.  I want serial #002 when you start prototyping these for the ham bands…

A Technical Review

Of the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, Computer Keyboard Wireless, Desktop Keyboard which runs about $63 and you will want the mating mouse for the system…(Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse, Large Mouse, Computer Wireless Mouse):

This would be a FIVE STAR product EXCEPT that when it arrived, both of the 1.6 V NiMH batteries were dead.
Since I’m a do-it-yourselfer and famous blogger, I couldn’t let this slow me down.  So I took a gamble on the notion that about the only thing that could go wrong would be dead batteries – and when NiMH batteries are dead, I have seen equipment get into a “won’t charge and won’t boot mode…”

What to do?

Well, one choice would be to return product.  Even with Amazon’s generous return policy though, this would cost me time off task and waiting for a new keyboard.  Besides, I was pretty sure the batteries could be jumped back to life.

So – and this is NOT A RECOMMENDATION YOU DO THIS – (It’s only for crazy effers like me) I pulled out the two batteries and checked them with the Handy-Dandy Fluke meter (which Amzn carries, BTW).  Deader than a politician’s promises after elections.  Deader than the rain forests.  Deader than the Coral Reefs…sea life off Japan…well, you get the idea.
So then I fired up the lab-grade power supply and pump in 1.9 volts at 0.31 amps for about 3-minutes per battery.
Measured each on the Fluke:  1.2 volts each.

Reinstalled in the Keyboard.

Presto!!!!  Works.

Ordered a fresh set of 3100 mAhr AA;s from Amazon…

I will do some reliability testing.  This is my second Logitech K800.  I have a few vision issues (20/25 after 4 surgeries, lol)_ so I really like the lighted keys.  As stated this would be a 5 star – hell TEN STAR product with the right batteries.
So that’s what I’m doing with it.

YMMV but I have been going through MSFT 3000 keyboards about every six to 12 months – I wear out the keys and I like to be able to see then because I write all the time and sometimes in dim light I like to see where the keys are because sometimes I swear they get up and move around on their own.

No more.  K800 Rules – after you get the “no user serviceable batteries” dialed in to your mission profile.

Now, was this the most useful review EVER, or what?

You are totally on your own if you tear open the keyboard and toss in two of the Xit XT4AABT 4 AA Rechargeable NiMH Batteries 3100mAH (Black) which will set you back $8 bucks or so (*assuming you have Prime, right?).

I actually ordered two packs of the batteries and a charger as I have some other AA problems that big 3.1 amp hour AAs will solve nicely.


Where’s the coffee… I’m amped now.  Gimme a screwdriver and an oscilloscope lead…I’m ready to boogie now…and I can see the backlit keys as I write on…

Write when you get rich,