Bizarre twist of fate

Not even Law and Order would attempt to capture this mess…This is an unbelievable twist of fate!!!

At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, AAFS President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story:

On March 23, 1994 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-storey building intending to commit suicide.

He left a note to the effect indicating his despondency. As he fell past the ninth floor his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly.

Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.

“Ordinarily,” Dr Mills continued, “Someone who sets out to commit suicide and ultimately succeeds, even though the mechanism might not be what he intended, is still defined as committing suicide.” That Mr. Opus was shot on the way to certain death, but probably would not have been successful because of the safety net, caused the medical examiner to feel that he had a homicide on his hands.

In the room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun. The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger he completely missed his wife and the pellets went through the window striking Mr. Opus.

When one intends to kill subject “A” but kills subject “B” in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject “B.”

When confronted with the murder charge the old man and his wife were both adamant and both said that they thought the shotgun was not loaded.

The old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her. Therefore the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded.

The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple’s son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the fatal accident.

It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son’s financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother.

Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the murder even though he didn’t actually pull the trigger. The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.

Now comes the exquisite twist.
Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald Opus. He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother’s murder. This led him to jump off the
ten-storey building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window. The son had actually murdered himself so the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.

A true story from Associated Press, Reported by Kurt Westervelt

Tornado in Battle Ground?

What a blast!  It got real noise outside at our house today.  We had an unusual amount of thunder and lightening accompanied by a heavy burst of 3/8″ diameter hail that came on really fast.  The wind was strong and gusty.

About an hour later, after things had calmed down, we heard on the news that a small tornado had struck about 10 blocks South of us.  The police blocked off the roads because too many curious looky loos where trying to drive by with their cells phone waving in the air taking pictures.  The news stations way over hyped the story that prompted emails and phone calls from our friends and relatives.

Don’t worry.  Battle Ground is still hear.  Damage was small and we are OK.

Tricky Berry Bushes

Have you ever been irritated by a berry bush that is turned the wrong way when you try to plant it?  You have to put it down somewhere nearby, then rotate it, then pick it up and put it down where you want it.  Right?

Happily, there is a fix for this that is not a complete cure but a lot easier.  Grab a berry bush out of the store so that you can plant it.  If it is turned the wrong way, drop it on a berry bush that is turned the correct way, it will fly back to the store.  Now go back to the store and grab the berry bush again.  This time it will be turned the correct way.  If you want more, they will most likely be turned the correct way too.  This is a lot faster than the “Plant and rotate” method.  Try it!

Over stuffing your Hay Day barn

There are a few ways to over pack your Hay Day barn so that it contains more than it normally holds.

  1.  Fill the barn, then go to the fish pond and start catching fish.  All of the fish that you catch using lures will be added to the contents of the barn even though it is already full.
  2. Fill the barn, then go to the town and start collecting gifts.  Any gift that you collect will be added to the contents of the barn even if it is already full.

None of this is a big deal, but it helps sometimes.

Hay Day Train

You can use the Hay Day train to pick up customers for your town from other players towns.  When you visit a town, don’t forget to pick up the chest floating on the beach.  The BIG advantage to picking up people for your town is that when they arrive, they only want ONE thing.  That means you can fully serve them in one turn.  This is important if you play in the “Derby” because your task will depend on the number of people that you fully serve.  When you assign people to the various shops, give the train customers top priority so that they can be fully served.  Customers that are fully served give you a special gift that you will love to get.

Hay Day Purchase Strategy

What should I buy next?  The question looms big in the mind of any Hay Day addict.  Here is my opinion for what it is worth.

You need room to build and develop your farm so your first improvements should be to the general area and your first purchases should go toward, farm plots,  productive animals and machines.

As the game develops, you are presented with the options of rebuilding the dock, repairing the row boat, fixing up the train track that lead to the town, and fixing up the neighborhood building.  Of these, I think that the row boat and the train are the most important.  Adding more fishing areas is expensive but it leads rewards that are paid in diamonds as you catch new kinds of fish.  Serving people in the town brings immediate awards too.  Servicing the riverboat is more difficult and pays low wages but higher experience points and vouchers.  Decisions, decisions, and all so important.

I chose to concentrate on fully developing my fishing area and my town building.  When I need fish, I can really get them fast along with a full load of ducks and lobster.  I upgraded my tackle box so that I can hold enough stuff to quickly fulfil any special fishing task.  This is very handy for the derby and for fishing season.

In the town, I fully upgraded all my building so each holds 6 people.  The more you serve, the more rewards you earn.  Of course you must also upgrade the total number of people that your town will hold or it will do no good.

The train and station is less important and should be upgraded last.  It becomes more important later on.


Addicted to Hay Day?

chickenAddicted to Hay Day?  Come here to ask your questions and post your ideas.  If we pool our knowledge, maybe we can gain the victory over those wily cows and sneaky chickens.

Fast Catch

I think this is a record for me.  I set out three traps in my next door neighbor’s yard to catch a new mole that recently started his campaign of tunneling terror.  ONE hour later, I was walking by and notice one trap was tripped.  I looked again as saw that two were actually tripped.  “Wow!  I got him!”, I thought.  I pulled the traps and there was no mole.  He had escaped two traps.  A sly fellow indeed.

I reset the traps and went my way.  About THREE hours later, my neighbor’s son in law came to visit and I went over to warn him of the traps.  He wanted to see them so we sauntered over to where they were set.  To my surprise, one was tripped.  I pulled it out and there was a big mole freshly caught and still squirming.  I had to whack him with my shovel to end his struggle.  Ewww.


What Works Like?

“I can’t find the start button.”  “What happened to Outlook Express.”  “Why can’t I get into my email acccount.”  “Where are my photographs.”  AAACCCKKKK!!!

Calm down.  Xubuntu is new to you and it is a little different, but give it a try and get used to its features and soon you will like it better than Windows.  Here is short list of things that you use instead of what you used to use in Windows.

Start Button – Use the “Whisker Menu.”  Click the tiny mouse that is located in the upper left corner of the screen.

Windows Explorer – I was cripple at first with out this.  Now I dislike it and favor the alternative.  The built in file browser called “Thunar” is awesome.  It is faster, simpler, and just plain better.  Just click on the “Home” icon and you will find it.

Outlook Express – Gee, do people still use that?   Well if you do, you should use “ThunderBird.”  If it is not already installed, install it using the Ubuntu Software Center.  Thunderbird looks and works similar to OEx but it is way better.

Photoshop – and other such like things.  Use “Gwen View” for light weight work, use “Gimp” for all powerful heavy weight work.

Microsoft Word – Use LibreOffice Writer.  You will like it better, its free, and it works with all your old documents.  AbiWord is preinstalled and is a light weight word processor.

Excel – Use Gnumeric for typical spreadsheets, if you need more power use LibreOffice Calc.  Gnumeric is pre-installed.

Windows Movie Maker – I like to use “Shotwell” or “Kden Live.”  Shotwell is a little buggy so save your work often.  Kden is stable but more complicated with way too many features.

Windows Media Player – There are gobs of choices.  I like VLC player.

Itunes – If you are an Itunes lover, then there is no substitute that will make you happy.  “Rhythmbox” works well with the IPod.  “Clementine” is cross platform and very elegant. Either is a good choice.

Internet Explorer – believe me you are better off without it.  “Firefox” comes pre-installed.  Use it, Love it, Don’t turn back.

Screensaver – Sorry, there is not a quick and easy photo screen saver for Linux.  There are plenty of slide shows etc etc, but you have to start them.

Gmail – and such like.  Use Firefox and go to the usual email web site like you usually do.  For example,  Log in with your user name and password.  It should work the same.  Hope you remembered your password.

Picassa – This actually work real well on Linux but setting it up is an advanced technique.  You should first spend some time with “Gwen View” or some other native Linux program and see if that will do…. if not, learn to install Picassa.

If you have some other program that you need to find out about, ask a question in the comments.  I’ll see what I can find out.



Things to Add to Xubuntu 14.04

Xubuntu is great right out of the box, but there are some things that you can add to it to make it a little nicer.  Here is the list of my favorites.  To add things, you will be using the “Ubuntu Software Center.”  Find it in the menu system and click on it.  You can browse for things as you wish, or enter part of the name into the search box.  Don’t go hog wild installing stuff.  Take a hard look at the popularity of the item and the rating.  If an App is both popular and highly rated it is probably good.  If a program is already installed you will see a green check by its name.  When you click on an App you can then read about it, check its ratings, install it, or uninstall it.  Some of the programs below have similar things already install in Xubuntu but these are better.

LibreOffice – This is a must.  It is a full featured substitute for Windows Office. It has a word processor, data base, spread sheet and more.  You can install all or part.  It also reads Windows documents.

Rhythmbox – Itunes does NOT work with Linux.  Don’t waste your time.  Use Rhythmbox or Clementine.  The work better and with a little patience you will learn how to manage your Ipod without Itunes.

Gwen View – Install Gwen View and use it to view and manipulate photographs.

VLC Media Player – You use this fine program to play all kinds of media

Cherry Tree – Use this to store all kinds of important information in a free form database.  It is fast and easy and seems reliable.

Lucky Backup – This program will take a little experimenting to learn how to use it.  It is not really hard but you do have to think about it.  It is a very powerful backup program.  It works fully automatically (once you set it) or manually.  You never even notice it working.  Its awesome.

Shutter – This is an awesome screen snapshot program.  It runs in the background and when you hit a hot key (I use ~) it take a screen snapshot according to the method that you choose.

KeepassX – This is a handy password keeper.  Put all your user names and pass words in this handy file and they are stored in a safe encrypted file that you can backup.  You DO have to remember the password that you establish for the use of this program.

Simple Image Reducer –  If you take a lot of photos and want to reduce them in size really fast, this program is tops.  Not many options but it works great.

Audex – My current favorite for ripping CD’s

That’s enough for now.  Concentrate on getting used to the system.