No, you're as sane as you ever were. I forgot how much fun the trolls are ... NOT!
I'm trying to keep them at Runboard, and maybe they'll forget about here.
Unfortunately, I had to make the forums at the Whoosh Runboard private as well. So if anyone wants to read the story trains there, they'll have to register an account and ask me to add them to the member list. I created a board there for requests:
Although, Merryland and The House of Whoosher are only added to there. Not that often though. And no one here would have to post on that Enrollment Center forum to get added to the member list. They could make a request on this forum.
Who cares about sanity, Katina. What I want to know is if you're still as handsome as you ever were. Just popping in for a quick hello. My Internet is out for the time being. Yes, yes...Hubs was "fixing" something yesterday and took down the wireless connection. On my phone now. I hate touch screens. Those itty bitty little blocks you're supposed to lightly hit with your much, much larger fingertips. Pfft! Took me the better part of a half hour just to log in. Later sweet taters.
AMAZING BACKGROUND OF A FAMOUS ACTRESS or HOW PIANOS HELPED MAY WAY FOR WIRELESS PHONES
Long, but interesting.........................
In 1933, a beautiful, young Austrian woman took off her clothes for a movie director. She ran through the woods ... naked. She swam in a lake ... naked. Pushing well beyond the social norms of the period, the movie also featured a simulated orgasm.
The most popular movie in 1933 was King Kong. But everyone in Hollywood was talking about that scandalous movie with the gorgeous, young Austrian woman.
Louis B. Mayer, of the giant studio MGM, said she was the most beautiful woman in the world. The film was banned practically everywhere ... which of course made it even more popular and valuable. Mussolini reportedly refused to sell his copy at any price.
The star of the film, called Ecstasy, was Hedwig Kiesler. She said the secret of her beauty was "to stand there and look stupid." In reality, Kiesler was anything but stupid. She was a genius. She'd grown up as the only child of a prominent Jewish banker. She was a math prodigy. She excelled at science. As she grew older, she became ruthless, using all the power her body and mind gave her.
Between the sexual roles she played, her tremendous beauty, and the power of her intellect, Kiesler would confound the men in her life ... including her six husbands, two of the most ruthless dictators of the 20th century, and one of the greatest movie producers in history.
Her beauty made her rich for a time. She is said to have made -- and spent -- $30 million in her life. But her greatest accomplishment resulted from her intellect ...And her invention continues to shape the world we live in today.
You see, this young Austrian starlet would take one of the most valuable technologies ever developed right from under Hitler's nose. After fleeing to America, she not only became a major Hollywood star ... her name sits on one of the most important patents ever granted by the U.S. Patent Office.
Today, when you use your cell phone or, over the next few years, as you experience super-fast wireless Internet access (via something called "long-term evolution" or LTE" technology), you'll be using an extension of the technology a 20- year-old actress first conceived while sitting at dinner with Hitler.
At the time she made Ecstasy, Kiesler was married to one of the richest men in Austria. Friedrich Mandl was Austria 's leading arms maker. His firm would become a key supplier to the Nazis.
Mandl used his beautiful young wife as a showpiece at important business dinners with representatives of the Austrian, Italian, and German fascist forces. One of Mandl's favorite topics at these gatherings -- which included meals with Hitler and Mussolini -- was the technology surrounding radio-controlled missiles and torpedoes.
Wireless weapons offered far greater ranges than the wire-controlled alternatives that prevailed at the time. Kiesler sat through these dinners "looking stupid," while absorbing everything she heard ...
As a Jew, Kiesler hated the Nazis. She abhorred her husband's business ambitions. Mandl responded to his willful wife by imprisoning her in his castle, Schloss Schwarzenau. In 1937, she managed to escape. She drugged her maid, snuck out of the castle wearing the maid's clothes, and sold her jewelry to finance a trip to London.
(She got out just in time. In 1938, Germany annexed Austria. The Nazis seized Mandl's factory. He was half Jewish. Mandl fled to Brazil. Later, he became an advisor to Argentina's iconic populist president, Juan Peron.)
In London, Kiesler arranged a meeting with Louis B. Mayer. She signed a long-term contract with him, becoming one of MGM's biggest stars. She appeared in more than 20 films. She was a co-star to Clark Gable, Judy Garland, and even Bob Hope. Each of her first seven MGM movies was a blockbuster.
But Kiesler cared far more about fighting the Nazis than about making movies. At the height of her fame, in 1942, she developed a new kind of communications system, optimized for sending coded messages that couldn't be "jammed."
She was building a system that would allow torpedoes and guided bombs to always reach their targets. She was building a system to kill Nazis.
By the 1940s, both the Nazis and the Allied forces were using the kind of single-frequency radio-controlled technology Kiesler's ex-husband had been peddling. The drawback of this technology was that the enemy could find the appropriate frequency and "jam" or intercept the signal, thereby interfering with the missile's intended path.
Kiesler's key innovation was to "change the channel." It was a way of encoding a message across a broad area of the wireless spectrum. If one part of the spectrum was jammed, the message would still get through on one of the other frequencies being used. The problem was, she could not figure out how to synchronize the frequency changes on both the receiver and the transmitter. To solve the problem, she turned to perhaps the world's first techno-musician, -George Anthiel. Anthiel was an acquaintance of Kiesler who achieved some notoriety for creating intricate musical compositions. He synchronized his melodies across twelve player pianos, producing stereophonic sounds no one had ever heard before. Kiesler incorporated Anthiel's technology for synchronizing his player pianos. Then, she was able to synchronize the frequency changes between a weapon's receiver and its transmitter.
On August 11, 1942, U.S. Patent No. 2,292,387 was granted to Antheil and "Hedy Kiesler Markey," which was Kiesler's married name at the time.
Most of you won't recognize the name Kiesler. And no one would remember the name Hedy Markey. But it's a fair bet than anyone reading this newsletter of a certain age will remember one of the great beauties of Hollywood 's golden age -- Hedy Lamarr. That's the name Louis B. Mayer gave to his prize actress. That's the name his movie company made famous.
Meanwhile, almost no one knows Hedwig Kiesler -- aka Hedy Lamarr -- was one of the great pioneers of wireless communications. Her technology was developed by the U.S. Navy, which has used it ever since.
You're probably using Lamarr's technology, too. Her patent sits at the foundation of "spread spectrum technology," which you use every day when you log on to a wi- fi network or make calls with your Bluetooth-enabled phone. It lies at the heart of the massive investments being made right now in so-called fourth-generation "LTE" wireless technology. This next generation of cell phones and cell towers will provide tremendous increases to wireless network speed and quality, by spreading wireless signals across the entire available spectrum. This kind of encoding is only possible using the kind of frequency switching that Hedwig Kiesler invented.
HA! I remember when the ads pertained to the topic that was being discussed in whatever particular thread you happened to be in. Gabbin, Scrappy, and I would type random words just to see what kind of ad would pop up.
Nearly all sites are there to make $$, but ads are getting overly intrusive. Pop over, under, during, and increasingly, sites are loading ads before loading content. Every so often an ad has a problem and fails to load which delays the content you are looking for beyond reasonable limits.
So was I. She's been sitting the grandkids while our SIL is in hospital for an operation. Daughter and SIL should be back home today, so I'm expecting my wife home in approximately 2 hours 57 minutes and 13 seconds ... not that I'm counting or anything.
User Notes huh, must remember to thank Mini-Mia for letting me know about this field.
I did it again today, Spock, and I thought of your wife. I stumped my toe on a concrete parking block/stopper again. Thankfully, it was on the very end, and my foot rolled around the edge without tripping me up.
Exactly. Why do you think I'm so good at staying on my feet, even when one foot gets hung up? Practice. I've had plenty of practice since childhood. And that's why my Dad kept telling me to not try to stop my fall, but to roll with it ... like the stunt guys in the movies. (And like drunks in car accidents, who usually stay limp when being tossed about in the car.) Bracing yourself against the impact is how you break bones.
And now that I say that, I'm gonna break something for the first time just to prove I ain't so clever.
We were on a tour of Croatia and went to a church up in the hills. The immediate surroundings of the church had obviously been carved out of native rock and, in some places, not carved very well. I went to step down a step and wasn't looking at my feet but at something I wanted to take a picture of. The "step" was convex, i.e., bowed out where it should have had a flat vertical surface. My foot followed the curve and my leg crumpled under me.
I had a large format Canon Digital SLR camera around my neck, so stood to lose not only all future pictures but a fairly hefty sum of cash as well if it were damaged.
As I was falling, all I could think of was protecting the camera. I rolled to my back and slapped down on the ground with my free hand. My right was cradling the camera to my chest.
After I fell, everyone came rushing over to see if I was OK. All I remember saying was, "The camera's OK!"
User Notes huh, must remember to thank Mini-Mia for letting me know about this field.