Pearl’s Blog: Complete Editorial List & Summary

I published the first editorial (Madness & Opportunity) to my blog back on April 28, 2017.  As of June 16, 2019, the number of editorials I have written is now up to 78.

While my blog contains a fairly wide variety of posts on different subjects, my editorials have provided a much needed outlet, not just for my writing, but also for my sanity.

This is, or I should say, will eventually be, a comprehensive list of all of my editorials, in reverse order from the date of the most recent one published.  I have also included a brief summary of the subject of each editorial, along with a link to each actual post.

If you are relatively new to this blog, this list should allow you to more quickly scan through all previous editorials to see if there are any that perhaps might be of interest to you.

Editorial List and Summary - Headings

079           7/1/19      Some Thoughts on the Supreme Court’s Gerrymandering Decision, and About the First Democratic Debates

Pretty self-explanatory by that heading.

https://pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/079-some-thoughts-on-the-supreme-courts-gerrymandering-decision-and-about-the-first-democratic-debates-an-editorial/?fbclid=IwAR1YKiI6_C8gJcaC00XUul8qpta0kVa8nI4lA-K3XpOhtniBUdj0-8wdLL4

 

078       06/16/19    Let Me Know When the Jail Sentence Starts

This editorial speaks specifically to the outright violations of the Hatch Act by Kellyanne Conway but also talks about the incredibly slow moving process for beginning the obstruction witnesses by the House.

https://pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/078-let-me-know-when-the-jail-sentence-starts-an-editorial/

 

077     05/10/19    Trump Corrupts Again … But Tiger Allows Him to Do It

While I have been a Tiger Woods fan since before he turned pro, even though he finally won the recent Masters, I was and am incredibly disappointed that he accepted the Medal of Freedom from Trump.

https://pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/077-trump-corrupts-again-but-tiger-allows-him-to-do-it-an-editorial/

 

076     04/21/19     Don’t Be Afraid of Impeachment Hearings – Just Don’t Do It First Thing

This is a discussion of whether or not impeachment hearings should be started.  This post includes a link to the full Mueller Report.

https://wordpress.com/post/pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/5175

 

075     4/21/19      Romney is Self Serving Once Again

This editorial reacts to Mitt Romney’s statement that while he was pleased that the Mueller report supposedly found no criminal wrongdoing by the President, he was personally “sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection”.

https://pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/075-romney-self-serving-once-again/

 

074     4/17/19      Ignore the Hype, Just Please Watch This Interview with Pete Buttigieg

This post includes a link to Pete Buttigieg’s first interview with Rachel Maddow.  It provides, I believe, a very good introduction to this very compelling candidate for the Presidency.

https://pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/074-ignore-the-hype-just-watch-this-inverview-with-pete-buttigieg-an-editorial/

 

001     4/17/17     Madness & Opportunity

This was my first published editorial written a few months after the tumultuous 2016 election.  In it, I try to make some sense out of what happened.  I explore possible reasons why otherwise intelligent people may have decided that they had no option better than voting for Trump.  I also try to find at least some  possible silver linings in his election.

https://pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/in-my-humble-opinion/

TIME TRAVELLERS NEVER DIE by Jack McDevitt (A BOOK REVIEW)

Book Title

  • Time Traveler’s Never Die

Author

  • McDevitt, Jack

Original Publication Date

  • 2009

Main Characters

  • Adrian Shelborne, Dave Dryden, Michael Shelborne

 

Roger’s Review

Although this is the only one of Jack McDevitt’s books I have read, I believe that it is the only one that specifically relates to time travel.  However, his writing has been compared to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke so I would assume that science and/or fiction constitutes a major part of writing.

I discovered this book during my research and subsequent listing of books relating to one of my favorite subjects – Time Travel.  A complete list of the over 200 books I have currently identified, written by over 100 different authors, can be found elsewhere on this blog.  They can be found in two areas of the flyout menus located near the top of the left sidebar on the blog Home Page.

  • All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Book & Movie Reviews
  • Literature > Time Travel

I have included information about other blog posts I have made, and their location, in a section at the end of this post entitled … More about Time Travel Here on This Blog

 

Plot Synopsis

Adrian Shelborne’s brilliant physicist of a father, Michael, disappears without any notification or indication of what might have happened to him.  Some time later, Adrian receives an envelope which contains a message from his father as well as a key to a safe deposit box.   His father’s lawyer tells Adrian that Michael’s instruction to him was that in the event of Michael’s disappearance, he should give the envelope to Adrian.

Book Review - Time Travellers Never Die - Book CoverThe note in the envelope tells Adrian that there are three items in the mailbox that Adrian should tell no one about, and that Adrian should immediately get them and destroy them upon receipt of this letter.  Adrian goes to the rental box and retrieves three items that look something like game consoles.  He has no idea what they are but is certainly intrigued.

After a bit of internal debate, Adrian decides to see what some of the buttons on the console do.  He accidentally ends up sending himself from Philadelphia to a remote part of western Pennsylvania … and also a few hours later than what the watch he is wearing still shows.  He calls his friend Dave Dryden who comes to pick him up and bring him back to Philadelphia.

Not really understanding at first what just happened, Adrian comes to the realization that his father invented some kind of time travelling devices.  He travels back in time to when he last saw his father.  After watching himself leave that meeting with his father, Adrian speaks with his father who immediately understands what just happened.  He tells Adrian that he plans to use the device to go back in time, but he does not specify where or when he is headed.  Adrian tells his father that he has not been seen since this night and that something must have gone wrong.  Nevertheless, Michael tells Adrian that he is headed back in time.

When Adrian returns to the present, he realizes that he must somehow go back in time and determine what happened to his father.  He enlists the aid and confidence of his friend Dave, and they initially go back to when Gallileo Gallelei was in his declining years, thinking that might be one of the places his father might go.

The rest of the story has both Adrian and Dave, sometimes together, sometimes separately, going both back and forward in time to try and find Michael Shelborne.  In one travel, Dave ends up being beaten and arrested along with other civil rights’ marchers on the Edmund Pettis bridge when they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama in 1965.  However, the march ended abruptly on the Edmund Pettis bridge, and to this day is known as “Bloody Sunday” – a pivotal event in the American Civil Rights movement.

 

A Few Observations

What you quickly learn after reading a few books on time travel is that almost every author’s take on what time travel would actually look like is often very different.  Not only are the machines they use to allow travel through time wonderfully diverse (from a DeLorean to a wardrobe closet, and everything in between) but each author’s take is different on how their time traveler treats their personal responsibility when travelling through time.

What I mean by that is that some time travelers are simply obsessed by some goal that they have – to find or to save a loved one, or to try and prevent some particular event from occurring.  They really have no consideration for the rippling effects that their actions might have.  They just want to try and achieve their goal.

In other writer’s hands, their time traveler is obsessed, and often frightened, by the enormous responsibility that this ability places on the traveler.  They are often consumed by what the potential present day effects might be of any actions that they may take, either intentionally or not, while in the past.  Ray Bradbury’s  A Sound of Thunder  is perhaps one of the first to really explore what has come to be popularly known as this “Butterfly Effect”.

In this book, McDevitt’s time travelers at first represent two, distinct views on what time travel means.  On the one hand, Adrian certainly wants to find his father but he is also always aware of the potential effects that their actions might have.  On the other hand, Dave has a much more emotional reaction to time travel.  He looks at the possibilities of what might be able to be accomplished.  But he also reacts much more emotionally when, as happens when he marches with the civil rights’ protesters on Bloody Sunday, he realizes how truly terribly unjust some past events really were, and how little ability he has to have any real effect on those events.

If you are a fan of time travel stories, as am I, I believe that you will be intrigued by McDevitt’s venture into this genre.

 

More About Time Travel Here on This Blog

As mentioned previously, elsewhere on my personal blog, I will be maintaining alphabetical lists, by author and title, of books I have either read, or of which I am aware, which involve time travel in some fashion.

These will be living, growing lists going forward.  I am fairly confident that my initial lists include most of the best known novels about time travel, and quite a few lesser known ones as well.  But I am under no illusion that I have identified them all.

If you check the lists and don’t see a book about time travel that you know of, please do let me know and I would be happy to add it to my list.  Just email the book title and the author’s name to  rkoehler1952@gmail.com .

I have posted blogs with three versions of this Time Travel book list.  You can find all of them by selecting flyout menus from near the top of the left sidebar on the Home Page of my blog – pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com.

  • An alphabetical list of Time Travel books by
    • All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Book Lists > Books Relating to Time Travel (Alphabetical by Author)
  • An alphabetical list of Time Travel books by book title.
    • All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Book Lists > Books Relating to Time Travel (Alphabetical by Book Title)
  • An alphabetical list of Time Travel books including plot synopses.
    • All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Books > AN ALPHABETICAL LIST BY TITLE OF OVER 200 BOOKS RELATING TO TIME TRAVEL (INCL. A PLOT SYNOPSIS)

The third of those three posts mentioned may include a brief synopsis of each book so that you may decide whether or not the author’s particular take on time travel is something in which you may be interested.  I certainly don’t expect you to be interested in all of these books just because they deal with time travel in some way.

  • I certainly have my own preferences and these synopses enable me to sort through and find books that appeal to my specific areas of interest.
  • One thing I have found interesting in my research, and which I try to include in this list, are how books often cross-reference with other books in the genre.
  • For example, when researching the classic book, The Time Machine by the grandfather of Time Travel books, H.G. Wells, I discovered that there were a number of other excellent books not only relating to Time Travel, but also some relating specifically to the world created by Wells.
  • The foremost of those is a book titled The Time Ships, and written by Stephen Baxter. That is a sequel to the original Time Machine, authorized by the Wells estate, of which I had been previously unaware.
  • I have also discovered that there were sequels written, also of which I was not aware, to other Time Travel books I have enjoyed reading in the past.

If I am aware of, or may have discovered during research, some tidbits of information about the book, or about the author, I will include those in my posts as well.

If no synopsis is included, then I am still in the process of researching it.  If there is a more lengthy plot description, or even a link to a full review on my blog, such as this one, it is very likely because I have personally read the book.

If I include a full description of the book, including spoilers, I will clearly precede that description with the following icon … Spoiler Alert

More posts I have written about Time Travel may also be found by selecting the flyout menus in the top left sidebar on the Home Page of my personal blog.

  • All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Books > time travel book and movie reviews
    • These posts include often lengthy reviews of both books that I have read, and movies that I have seen, relating to Time Travel.
  • All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Books > time travel movies
    • These posts include reviews specifically for just movies that I have seen, either in theaters, or on DVD, relating to Time Travel.
  • Literature > Time Travel
    • These posts include reviews specifically for just books that I have read relating to Time Travel.

QUICK QUIPS: JUST ANOTHER “UP YOURS” MOMENT FROM TRUMP

“Don’t meddle in the election.”  (Yuk, yuk)

 

It’s NOT that he doesn’t get it.  He absolutely DOES.

It’s also NOT that he doesn’t care.  He absolutely DOES.

It’s what helped put him where he is, so why would he ever want to stop anything from being able to help him win re-election?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-with-a-smile-tells-putin-dont-meddle-in-the-election-11561701089

Put that together with this and you don’t need any more evidence that he knows exactly what happened, and what will attempt to happen again, and is absolutely happy about it.

“I think you might want to listen.”

“ I think I’d take it.”

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-election-interference-dirt-fbi-abc-news-interview-latest-a8956401.html

 

Ads against his re-election just continue to write themselves.  But it’s not about the ads.  It’s completely about getting out the vote.

If people vote in big numbers, the hideous buffoon will be history.

If not, the next four years will be a living Hell – WAY more than the past three years have been.

078 – “LET ME KNOW WHEN THE JAIL SENTENCE STARTS.”  (An Editorial)

Be careful what you wish for, Kellyanne.

 

That kind of “in-your-face”, “bite me” sentiment recently voiced by Kellyanne Conway pretty much sums up the Trump administration’s attitude toward virtually everything.  The news just really doesn’t change much at all.  The only real question is what in the Hell is taking so long for the courts to rule on motions to force documents to be turned over?

You would think that this stuff ought to be fast tracked.  What are the courts waiting for?  It’s not like there is much legal gray area that is being debated.  Further delays only serve to encourage the complete obfuscation that has been the response of Trump.

I am generally supportive of Nancy Pelosi.  She definitely knows how to get under Trump’s skin, and how to stare him down.  But her resistance to opening an impeachment inquiry is not doing the Democrats any favors.  There is more than enough information out there to justify opening the inquiry.  If that will provide any more leverage into getting people like McGahn to testify, or to getting at Trump’s tax returns, then why not go for it at speed?

Of course, it should NOT result in Articles of Impeachment being sent to the Senate to be voted upon.  When Trump said that crap about no one caring if he shot someone in the street, we did not understand at the time that the Republican Senate would be first in line not to care.  Even if some really further damning revelation somehow surfaced, they would still not give a damn.  So don’t ever let them have the chance to vote.

078 - Same Old, Same Old - ButterfieldBut put these people in front of PUBLIC hearings so at least it can put a face and a voice to the incredibly dishonest, despicable and unethical, even if perhaps not downright illegal, ongoing behavior of Trump and virtually everyone associated with him.  Then, once the story is told in public, just censure his ass and leave it for the voters to decide next November.

But the Democrats have to demonstrate some cojones as well.  It has now been over five months since they took over the House and still nothing concrete has been accomplished as regards holding Trump accountable.  Their threats and holding out hope that Trump and the Trumplings will somehow come to their senses has just been an incredible waste of valuable time.

I have to say that includes Joe Biden’s “pie in the sky” proclamation that somehow the Republicans will come to their senses once Trump is out of office.

 

Oh really, Joe?  How’d that work out for you and Barack?

 

I’m not a particular fan of Uncle Joe, anyway.  But that clueless misreading of the state of the Republican Party is completely disqualifying of him as our next President as far as I’m concerned.  I really do hope that someone calls him out on that one in the upcoming first debates.

I do find myself looking forward to these first Democratic debates.  I clearly also understand that they could very well turn out to be extremely disappointing.  With 10 candidates each night, and only 2 hours, that does not provide a lot of opportunity, if any, for much back and forth.  It will be interesting to see how each candidate attempts to maximize his or her brief time in the spotlight.  I’ll be especially curious to see how Harris and Buttigieg use their time.

I wonder whether candidates will use that time to attack each other or to attack Trump?  Particularly with the publicity around Netflix’s upcoming miniseries on the events of the Central Park 5, it would seem that subject is ripe to be exploited.

 

Someone should use the national stage to call out Trump right now to explain why he STILL has not acknowledged how wrong he was to call for those five black men’s execution, even now well after DNA evidence proved their innocence and another man was convicted for that crime.

 

Wanna bet that Trump won’t put his foot squarely into his mouth during his assuredly self-serving response to that challenge?

 

We are definitely in an extremely black hole of a news cycle – has been for the past five months and promises to be for some more months to come unless someone … ANYONE … demonstrates some of those cojones I mentioned earlier.

How about starting with you, Don McGahn?  

  • Your old boss just said that you committed a federal crime by lying to the Special Counsel? When are you going to stop covering for that disloyal, lying piece of garbage?

Or how about you, Robert Mueller?

  • Maybe you feel that you are above the personal attacks. But two years of your work has been constantly trashed and egregiously mischaracterized by both Trump and by his lackeys in what’s left of your once beloved Justice Department.
  • Do you just suppose that you owe it to the Justice Department that you once knew to speak up on its behalf?

Or how about the members of the Democratic House?

  • Enough with the posturing already.  Do something concrete.  A good start would be subpoenaing Robert Mueller to testify in public … immediately … regardless of whether he wants to do it or not.

 

I would at least fully expect Mueller to respect Congress’s subpoena authority, even if no one else will.

 

HOME WI-FI SPEAKER COMPARISON

I’d like to share some research I’ve done on how to play music outside of your home.

As people who know me are generally aware, I have a lot of accumulated music on MP3’s on my computer, much of which was accumulated way back in the old days of Napster & LimeWireHome Wi-Fi Speaker Comparison - Napster and LimeWireA significant portion of it is music from the late 60’s and early 70’s which is when I really began to have a lot of interest in music.  I can mainly thank Robert Koehler for that introduction to music, as well as for more than a few hours spent listening to the weekly “1 + 40 Super Hit Survey” radio show on an Eau Claire Wisconsin radio station – WEAQ-AM, I believe.

TV themes, mostly from the 60’s and 70s’s, were also then, and still are, a particular area of interest for me and most of those original TV themes could only be found on Napster or LimeWire.  You couldn’t purchase them even if you wanted.  I now have over 150 of them – everything from Ruff & Ready (my favorite 50’s & 60’s Saturday morning cartoon) to The Twilight Zone, The Mod Squad, The Invaders and The Outer Limits (I still am a big sci-fi fan), to later shows like St Elsewhere and ER, Cheers, Hawaii Five O and The Incredible Hulk. Joe Harnell’s beautiful piano theme from The Incredible Hulk is one of my all-time favorites and can be found elsewhere on this blog or simply by using the link below.

https://pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/the-lonely-man-theme/

I’ve created many mixed CD’s and then jump drives over the years which we play in our cars while driving.  Around the house, I have played my music typically by connecting a speaker either directly to my computer or by using wireless Bluetooth speakers.  That usually requires moving my computer, especially if I wanted to play the music outside of the house.  I either had to move the computer outside or move it as close as I could to where the Bluetooth speaker is located in order to be able to get a reliable enough Bluetooth signal. It has worked, but it is definitely not the most convenient, and the signal range is very limited.

Our home wi-fi signal is strong enough to reach out well beyond the walls of our home so I researched methods to play music from our wi-fi network instead of via Bluetooth.  If successful, which I believed it would be, that would solve both the problem of always having to move the computer and also the limited signal reach outside of our home.  It would also not require any special wiring – just the ability to plug a speaker into an outside outlet.  What I learned is that there are definitely more advantages as well.

What I determined is that there appear to be two, main competitors (at least two that are widely available) in the non-Bluetooth speaker market.  They are Bose and Sonos.  Sonos in particular is really big into both wireless and wi-fi speaker technology.  They are also, for the most part, quite high end and pricey.

Bose & Sonos

I looked at the low end speakers for both companies.  I found that both are carried by Best Buy, but that Bose is also carried by Walmart.  Obviously, either one is also widely accessible via Amazon but I wanted to actually purchase one and test it out before I made my final decision.  It is still easier to return something to a brick & mortar store than it is to do so for an internet purchase.

Both Bose and Sonos have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers.  I first did a feature comparison of each company’s entry wi-fi unit – the Bose Soundtouch 10 and the Sonos Play1.  As I mentioned earlier, Sonos is generally high priced but their entry wi-fi speaker was on sale as was the Bose speaker – both selling for $149.

The features of the two are quite similar, although not exactly the same.  After comparing features, I decided to try out the Bose Soundtouch 10.  Here is an internet article which compares the features of each.  If your home wi-fi signal is not as strong outside of your home, Sonos, among others, offers a wi-fi signal booster to increase the strength and range of your wi-fi signal.

https://www.leadsrating.com/audio-system/audio-system-comparisons/sonos-play1-vs-bose-soundtouch-10/

Both Bose & Sonos have free Apple, android and PC apps that can be downloaded to your computer or smart phone.  Home Wi-Fi Speaker Comparison - Bose SoundTouch Logo I am using the Bose app and, since I am pleased with it, I never did try and use the Sonos app.

The way the Bose app works, and I would assume that the Sonos app is likely similar, is that you have to have the MP3 files you want to access loaded onto your PC – either that or you will need to have your USB device, which contains the MP3’s, connected to your PC whenever you want to play music.

You can use the Bose app itself to create playlists from your MP3 collection.  If you do that, you will need to use the Bose app to do all of the setup, organization and manipulation of the MP3’s.  However, you can also setup and organize your MP3’s using the free iTunes music app.  I found the Bose app to be not nearly as user friendly or flexible as iTunes so I have used iTunes to organize my MP3’s and to create playlists.

Once you have done that, you can then open the Bose app and control all your music from either your computer or from your iPhone.  iPhone control while outside is a particularly convenient feature, especially for adjusting the volume when necessary.

Home Wi-Fi Speaker Comparison - Soundtouch screen shots

I now have a Bose Soundtouch 10 speaker mounted on a shelf underneath the roof which covers our outside patio.  While not completely weatherproof, the Bose speaker is advertised as weather “resistant” so it should do well as long as it is not exposed to direct precipitation.  While there is no separate treble or bass control on the base speaker, the music quality is very good and sufficiently rich.

We can now leave the computers where they are.  As long as the computer is powered on, the Bose app can access all of the iTunes music.

One additional feature which I had considered, but ultimately decided that we did not need, was the ability to have a second speaker defined in the Bose app.  You could then position that speaker in an entirely separate location, and play either the same or different music on that speaker as compared to what is being played on the other speaker.  I believe that the Sonos app has that capability as well.

So far, so good.  We are very pleased with the quality and the ease of use of our new speaker and the related app.