Tom Haws

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

LDS Church Growth and Attrition 1977 to 2013

According to this graph I prepared for Wikipedia, LDS official membership growth rate, while the lowest it has been since the 1930's, is currently about double the world population growth rate.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Traditional Pinto Bean Preparation

This is a long-process method that maximizes the nutritional benefit of beans and minimizes energy use, labor, and vigilance.  The finished product is refrigerated beans that keep for well over a week.

How Science Works

Because we are intelligent, we can test our traditions and new ideas by doing science.  "Doing science" is the way we improve our understanding of reality by testing our ideas and discarding the ones we find are false.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My typical "usually vegan" diet 2014

Ninety percent of the time all I eat is smoothies; beans, rice, and potatoes with veggies; and oats with raisins.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ubuntu Linux User Account Parental Time Limit Control

For years I was using the very nice timekpr script to meter out time allotments and schedules to my kids' accounts on our Ubuntu computers.  And I wrote here how to get timekpr working in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric (timekpr development was already more or less abandoned by then).  But I'm now on Ubuntu 13.10.  And despite my best efforts, I could not get the timekpr admin panel to load.  So I found kidtimer!

Disable Ubuntu guest account

Open a terminal with CTRL+ALT+T

Type sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

The /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf file will open in the gedit editor.  If necessary, add a section heading:
[SeatDefaults]

Add this at the end of the [SeatDefaults] section:
allow-guest=false

Save the file and close gedit.

Restart the computer.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The World Is Not Getting Worse and Worse

 I will be expanding this list of good news about the world we live in.
  • "Between 1993 and 2010, domestic violence among adult women in the United States has gone down by 64%." Ester Soler. http://www.ted.com/talks/esta_soler_how_we_turned_the_tide_on_domestic_violence_hint_the_polaroid_helped.html 01:45
  • "Cigarette smoking has continued to decline among adults, from 42 percent in 1965 to 18 percent in 2012." http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/surgeon-general-report-links-more-diseases-health-problems-to-smoking-tobacco/2014/01/16/c0552c90-7eb5-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html
  • "The abortion rate among American women declined to its lowest level in more than three decades in 2011, according to a new report released Monday that is widely considered the country’s most definitive examination of abortion trends." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/us/abortions-declining-in-us-study-finds.html?_r=0

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Re-imagining the Corporation Back to the Public Good

Corporation ownership in its current incarnation is subverting naturally responsible human behavior and the natural limitations on human desire.  We therefore see corporations growing at a cancerous pace and scope.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

AutoCAD Fillet Trims Segment In The Wrong Direction

I've been using AutoCAD since 1992, over 20 years.  This morning I was stumped for a while because while trying to use the Fillet command to create a simple rectangle with lines, the Fillet command was trimming instead of keeping the side of the line I was selecting.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Free and natural hemorrhoid cure and prevention ideas list

My posts on hemorrhoid healing have received tons of excellent comments, and the information is getting a little overwhelming and scattered.  So I am distilling here all the best elements of a lifestyle that cures and prevents hemorrhoids.

Add a JQuery DatePicker and limit it to show only the dates you specify

I needed to help users avoid mistakes by limiting the dates available to them in the calendar that appears when the JQuery datepicker is used.  Here's what I did.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Restless legs, phytates, and the industrial age

Plants protect their seeds (their babies) from being digested (killed) by making them toxic with phytates (phytic acid), enzyme inhibitors, etc.  Some animals thwart these protections with multiple stomachs, etc.  Humans have for thousands of years thwarted these protections with elaborate food preparation schemes called recipes.  Who needs four stomachs when you have the mind of a scientist?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Second clean dentist visit: my gum disease is cured!

I visited the dentist for my semi-annual checkup and cleaning a week ago.  He charged me only for a regular cleaning, not a periodontal cleaning, and he said my gums looked great!  My routine for the past two years has simply been to swish vigorously with water after every snack and meal and to clean my teeth with sonic brush and waterpik and occasionally a germicide before every nightly fast.  See my posts about gum disease for more details.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A hardware store DIY deep well hand pump shopping trip

Based on three videos at Youtube (Peters, agua:yaku, and a "prepper"), I decide to go to the hardware store and see what kind of a hand pump I could come up with quickly and easily with ease and speed of assembly being more important than cost. I was surprised at how quickly I ended up with a pump lying in front of me on the floor of the store.

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