The Morning Text 10/04/16

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

 Welcome to The Morning Text!

Fun Fact: Why do we vote on Tuesdays? Well in 1845 when Election Day was established, many of the American people were farmers. These farmers of course lived far away from the city with only horse drawn vehicles to travel. It took many farmers a full day of travel to get to the county seat in order to vote. So the US saw it appropriate that the biblical sabbath be respected, a day of travel be given to all citizens and still allow the farmers to get back for Farmers Market day (held on Wednesdays). This is why we vote on a Tuesday every year.

Okay can I complain for a minute? The election. I’m not going to tell you which of the two I prefer because in all honesty, I prefer neither. And I won’t be attempting to sway your vote in any direction. I’m simply going to shoot down a few naysayers. I will be voting third party. I overheard someone yesterday say, “A third party vote is a wasted vote.” I’m sick and tired of people saying that. The three most American things one could possibly do are vote, protest and drunkenly eat a hotdog at a NASCAR event whilst sporting American flag Chubbies. One of the greatest ideals that the US has upheld for centuries is the fact that it’s citizens have a say in who leads the country. How insensitive would one have to be to tell a fellow citizen that their vote will mean nothing. Which brings me to my next point.

Yes, the libertarian and green parties have absolutely no chance of winning. So why, in an election in which we must choose the lesser of two evils, would someone not take up arms against the greater evil with everyone else? I’m glad you asked. It’s because we shouldn’t have to choose between two evils. Voting is about choosing your favorite candidate, not choosing which candidate will kill us slower. For those that are voting third party, it’s no longer about winning or losing, that ship has sailed. It’s about making a statement. It’s about sending a message to the country saying, “Our polarized political system is not enough to meet our needs and I refuse to vote for the two people that the government says are my only options.” It’s about demanding change. We are using our vote as a voice by which we can convey an ideal that we think is more important than choosing between the lesser of two evils.

It also makes me mad that the third party candidates don’t even have the same opportunities to be heard that the chosen republican and democrats have. And I’m not talking advertising or rally funds. I’m referring to the debates, even the primary debates. 

A USA Today poll conducted August 26th of this year shows that 76% of citizens believe that third party candidates should be allowed to participate in the debates, and yet are not put on the stand. This is because The Commission on Presidential Debates makes the rules of the game. The Commission is co-headed by the former president of the National Republican Committee, Frank Fahrenkopf, and former Clinton Press Secretary Michael D McCurry, an active leader of the National Democratic Committee. So of course they want to keep a third party candidate off the ticket, it would take away their voters. That being said, if a third party candidate averages 15% in the primary polls then the Committee is legally required to let the additional candidate participate. Unfortunately, the third party candidates did not make the cut this election. Most likely due to the fact that they didn’t get the publicity from the primaries because they weren’t allowed to participate in those either. The whole electoral system is unfairly programmed to shutout other opinions, and it’s not fair to the American people. Long ago, we saw more diversity with our candidates and parties. There was the Federalist Party, the Democratic-republican party, The Whig Party, The Liberty Party, The Free Soil Party, The American Party, The Republican Party, The Liberal Republican Party, The Populist party, I could go all day. These outsider parties actually had a chance and WON! Granted, most of these political platforms are horribly outdated. What I’m saying is that the turn of each power from party to party came with a certain amount of growth that made the nation what it is today. Unfortunately, The Committee has figured out a way to fix that.

Anyway, I’m sorry I got off track. A vote for a third party is not a wasted vote. A vote is also a voice and anyone that tries to tell you that you’re doing the country a disservice by voting third party clearly doesn’t understand the importance of the right.

Challenge of the Day: if you’re not registered, GO REGISTER TO VOTE. Come back to me and tell me if you’re registered or not, or if you did it today. Seriously, just google “register to vote,” and you can do it in under 2 minutes online. There’s even a way to register via text message.

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons
Sources:

http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/why-do-we-vote-on-a-tuesday-in-november

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.usatoday.com/story/89710228/?client=safari

http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=commission-leadership

https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/political-parties-throughout-american-history-1792-2012

The Morning Text 10/3

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.

Not-So-Fun-Fact: unsafe water kills 200 children an hour. Approximately 75% of our earth is covered in water, and of that 75%, 97% is salty or otherwise undrinkable.

I hold an advanced scuba certification with NAUI. It’s been a while since I’ve gone diving, but I sure do love it. In scuba there is something called “inert gas narcosis” or more commonly “nitrogen narcosis.” At great partial depths, the gases that we breathe from our tank which is mostly nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide, become narcotic (in a sense). According to most people, narcosis can best be described as a state that produces a feeling similar to being “pleasantly drunk.” The first gas in our tanks that become narcotic is nitrogen, which is why it’s called nitrogen sickness. An affected person may become dizzy and receive an impaired sense of direction and vision. His or her motor skills may be slowed or otherwise handicapped. In addition, the diver will feel silly and have a difficult time making sense of his environment. To clarify, it’s not like the diver crosses a line underwater and suddenly becomes dangerously drunk (narced in scuba lingo). Instead, many divers follow the “martini rule.” As a general rule of thumb, the martini rule suggests that it’s like drinking one martini for every 30-60 feet you go down. Most divers experience true narcosis around 100 feet, some more experienced divers can sometimes go to 140 before seeing the affects. That being said, my former NAUI instructor, former Navy SEAL doesn’t see the affects until after 220 feet (mind you, recreational diving stops at 200). The deeper you go, the more intense it gets. I’ve been down 117 feet once in my life and I don’t recall feeling narced. 

Now don’t think, “oh wow that sounds fun,” because it’s actually very dangerous. Narced divers have been known to make fatal mistakes while executing the dive, leave their groups and swim until they’re out of air, or even worse, completely remove their regulator and try to breathe in the water. Rather than being drunk, i think it’s as if you’ve been given a ton of pain pills or too many benzos (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin etc) and then handed a very dangerous situation in which you could lose your life. 

Challenge of the Day: use the word “narced.” It can be used in any way you want, as long as it makes sense. Come back to me with a story in how you used it!

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.
Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons

Sources: 

http://scuba.about.com/od/divemedicinesafety/p/Nitrogen-Narcosis-And-Scuba-Diving-What-Is-Narcosis-And-How-Does-It-Feel.htm

The Morning Text 9/30

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.
The Morning Text website is set up! You you will begin receiving the link instead of a long text on Monday (I don’t write The Morning Text on weekends). Thank you for being patient.
Today is your first feature! Today’s The Morning Text was written by Ben Peinhardt, an exceptionally intelligent engineering student at UAH who also happens to be my best friend. Here it is:

I was asked to write a morning text about something I considered myself fairly knowledgable in. I of course came to the conclusion that I know very little about most things. So I took a new approach, asking myself, “What should a morning text be about?” The answer? The morning itself. We’ll begin with just a few interesting facts about one of my favorite luxuries (and in my and many peoples opinion, required), coffee. 

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on the planet just after oil. The United States, France, and Germany consume 65% of all that coffee. The average American worker spends $1092 on coffee each year. In 2011, the average price of an espresso based drink was only $2.45 (Yes Starbucks was, is and continues to rip you off). The coffee “beans” are actually pits from coffee cherries. Finally, according to several studies most men say coffee helps them work while most women say it helps them relax. 

Now for a very interesting comparison, let’s discuss the differences between night people and morning people (respectively referred to as owls and larks in scientific studies on the subject). Several prominent schools and scientists have published studies on the attributes of these two groups. I have compiled a list of such attributes so that you do not need to read through all the numbers. Night owls have larger incomes on average. They also perform higher on tests of vocational knowledge, general math, and reading comprehension, although not by much. Night owls do score significantly higher on tests of working memory and processing speed. These results held up even when tests were given in the morning. Sexually speaking, Larks and Owls are equally as active overall, however Owls report having more overall sexual partners and are more prone to infidelity. Owls are more prone to bad habits such as smoking and drinking. Larks score better on tests of personality and ability to work with others, coming out as more persistent, cooperative, agreeable, conscientious, and proactive. Larks also, do in fact, procrastinate less. They also report happier overall. Just goes to show that even though Owls get to smoke, drink, and have several sexual partners, it just can’t make them as happy as waking up early. 

I’ll part with one more contrast between Larks and Owls. Based on a study of 16 MLB players conducted over 7500 innings, Owls are better at baseball. When playing in their preferred times, Owls scored a remarkable 30 points higher on average (306 compared to .267). 

I hope you enjoyed this morning text as much as your overpriced coffee whether you are drinking it at 7am or 10am, and let me extend a big thank you to Caleb for letting me share these oh so fun facts!

Sources: positivemed.com, fastcodesign.com
Challenge of the Day: if you drink coffee, try a new coffee shop. It could be really good! If you don’t drink coffee… I don’t know, do a push-up today. Come back to me with the experience!
That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

 

Have a wonderful day.
Written by Ben Peinhardt

Edited by Caleb Gibbons (So it’s basically unedited)

The Morning Text 9/28

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!L

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.
If you are still receiving this newsletter in many parts, rest at ease that you will begin receiving a link instead before the end of the week.
I apologize in advance, this one is extra long.
This fun fact is courtesy of my mother. There are vampire moths! They will go up to humans “drill” into their skin and drink the blood! 
For those of you who don’t know, Catherine recently got a job here in Birmingham as a bridal stylist while she goes to school. Upon applying for the job, she was offered an interview. As she was rather nervous, she asked me to help her prepare for her interview (I’ve been through a few more than she has). So I began giving her tips and ideas to use in her interview. We had mock interviews where I asked classic hard-to-answer questions and she had to formulate an appropriate response. Finally, the day of the interview arrives. I excitedly wait for a response only to receive a text that read, “apparently it’s a group interview, all applicants are being interviewed together.” My first reaction is, “That’s a horrible idea! An interviewer is supposed to help provide a sense of belonging for the interviewee within the company; and yet the first memory they have with a figure of authority at this company is negative and forever associated with the intensity and and fear that accompany competitive, esteem-destroying group interviews like this.” Before I even get off a shot at the management style Cat replies, “The interviewer says it’s so that they can see how we effectively socialize.” After that statement I try to give the company the benefit of the doubt. An hour later, Cat informs me that she was offered a second interview scheduled two days from then. She prepares more for this one. Upon entering the second interview she is offered the job within thirty minutes. On her way out she passes one of the other original interviewees. As Cat reaches for the door handle she hears the manger behind her, “Oh we don’t need to see you anymore, we’ve chosen our candidate.” Can we talk about how wrong that is? This woman spent so much time preparing for this interview, and they wouldn’t even let her try. In my opinion, that’s poor management. Anyway, on with the story. On Catherine’s first day of training, she is introduced to “The Board.” The Board is an employee sales tracker publicly displayed in the break room. This wouldn’t bug me if it wasn’t for the fact that certain “at risk employees” are shamed for their failures on this board. You see, if the stylists don’t meet the rather ambitious quota for that month they’re at risk of being fired, and this is not only prominently displayed as a shaming tactic for her colleagues to see, but it’s also a constant reminder that her job is at risk. That’s the inspiration for today’s Morning Text.
Alright, who can tell me who Jack Welch is? Yes, the young woman in the back. That’s right, he is an author and a businessman. Jack Welch is the former CEO of General Electrics that helped turn it into the multi billion dollar business that it is today. Now, who can tell me about Steven Covey? No one? How disappointing. He is a highly renowned developmental psychologist, entrepreneur and author. He wrote one of the greatest motivational books of all time, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. What do the two individuals have to do with one another? Absolutely nothing. The two men are of completely different trades. However, I often use the two examples when discussing management styles. 

First: Steven Covey

As a developmental psychologist, Covey argues that with the proper mentorship and hard work, any human can be capable of doing great things. He spent is life teaching, motivating, guiding and helping people reach their full potentials. He studied and met with many successful people of different trades to eventually compile 7 essential habits that they all possessed in a book that teaches readers to improve themselves daily. One of his beliefs was that people almost always do better work when they feel valued, challenged and capable of advancement.

Second: Jack Welch

The former CEO was known for ruling with an iron fist. He made many a grown man cry, fired a ludicrous amount of people quarterly and became a billionaire because of his genius business tactic. While the author of the best seller Jack, Straight From the Gut was a successful business man, his management style was terrifying. He had an employee rating system that evenly divided and labeled all employees as A’s, B’s and C’s. A’s were employees that always went above and beyond, B’s were employees that did their job faithfully, and C’s were employees that either occasionally fell or sat below the bar. Employers were required to meet a quota of fired employees before every hiring season. C’s were fired without a second thought and even many B’s were fired. Welch would then look at the next set of resumes upon the following hiring season and hire people based on their resumes alone. Then, after a short season, he would label all employees as A’s, B’s and C’s again and repeat the same number. The company would then repeat the same termination process, firing some of the original B’s and A’s that shouldn’t have been labeled as such but they were because employers had a quota to fill. In theory, this business formula would work well, but two things bothered me. One, this was made public that the employees were being labeled. This in turn destroyed teamwork amongst peers and instead inspired cut throats competition. Your new partner Samantha was no longer your teammate, instead she was your enemy. Second, those are people! Those C’s could have been growing young adults that had never held a job before and needed to learn, those B’s could have been aspiring A’s that thrived at their job but struggled with group presentations. These people had families and dreams. You don’t treat people like that. 
Steven Covey would have instead had employers work and help their employees to grow by addressing shortfalls and suggesting improvements. Of course it would be done within reason, a poor work ethic is a poor work ethic. But I feel that most people can change. Welch, however, is basically Trump in The Apprentice. I’m not saying “be Steven Covey” or “avoid Jack Welch qualities.” Most management styles will fall somewhere in between these two examples. But I would like to challenge you to always help people grow and learn before you fire them.
Challenge of the Day: Identify the “Jack Welch” in someone. Look at people throughout your day and find someone that is more likely to fire someone than work with them. Come back to me with your discovery!
That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me. 

Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons

Edited by Catherine Peinhardt

The Morning Text 9/27

An Educational Newsletter 

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.
If you are still receiving this newsletter in many parts, rest at ease that you will begin receiving a link instead before the end of the week.
Fun Fact (curtesy of Catherine): “Bees job interviews are dance auditions!” She said with a mouthful of cookies and ice cream. It’s true! They wiggle their abdomen to recruit and communicate with other workers!
Do me a favor, go to the calendar in your phone and look at September of 1752. Notice anything strange? That’s right, eleven days are missing. This is because England was far behind the rest of the world due to their outdated calendar (punintentional). For over a thousand years, the world used the Julian Calendar. The Julian Calendar measured a year as 365 days and 6 hours long. The average length of a year is 365 days, 5 hours and 49 minutes. Those eleven minutes might not seem like much, but over the course of 1300 years, the world would fall quite far behind. Pope Gregory XIII noticed this issue when planning for Easter, so he he released a Papal Bull (decree of the leader of the Catholic Church) that anyone under the Church’s domain would be required to skip days to make up the difference and switch to the new and improved Gregorian Calendar. The benefits? The Julian Calendar fell behind by one day every 128 years, where as the Gregorian Calendar falls behind by one day every 3,226 years! Many countries immediately made the switch (France being the first) but it took the majority of Europe nearly fifty years to switch! All did it except for England (those stubborn Brits). It wasn’t until 1752 that England and North America made the switch. Although they eventually did it, the damage had been done over the years. England and North America had to skip eleven days in September in order to catch up with the rest of the world. Isn’t that fascinating‽ 
To push this a little further, a calendar adopted in 1923 by the Eastern Orthodox Church is far more accurate than our Gregorian Calendar. This calendar is called the New Julian Calendar, also known as the Milanković Calendar. Instead of losing a day every 3,226 years, the New Julian loses one day every 31,250 years (2 seconds per year). That’s ten times more accurate than our current Gregorian Calendar. One might wonder why we still use the Gregorian Calendar when a better, more accurate model is available. In truth, it wouldn’t make much of a difference to us. One day every 3,226 years is pretty accurate; and although we might avoid some confusion a few thousand years from now by switching, getting everyone on board with the switch would be a nightmare. I mean, it took the British nearly 200 years to make the change the LAST time we switched. But who knows? Maybe eventually we’ll make the switch.
Challenge of the Day: give me a fun Fact! Text me anything that I might find remotely interesting! I look forward to hearing from you.
That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons

Edited by Catherine Peinhardt

The Morning Text 9/26

An Educational Newsletter 

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.

Updates: As you may have noticed, I did not send a newsletter on 09/25/16. I’ve decided that I will take Sunday off weekly to give you guys a break. I will also begin featuring guest writers at least once a week. I figured another person’s ranting might be an interesting switch occasionally. Finally, I will be opening a blog and saving a PDF version of The Morning Text to that blog so that the recipients of The Morning Text will instead receive a URL every morning that will take them to the internet PDF.

I’d like to announce our winner of last week’s participation! Kendall Klumpp took the gold last week with almost an essay response every day! Although she had some fierce competition, she provided some fascinating insight and recommendations that helped me better The Morning Text every day. Keep in mind participants can’t win two weeks in a row.

Today’s topic we all should have learned in middle school, but I’m rehashing the concept today due to the recent successful experiments this year. As we found in the Manhattan project, we are capable of converting matter into energy. Methods of nuclear energy combustion create immense levels of energy that we humans have been trying to efficiently harness for many years. The two most well-known methods of nuclear energy production are Fission and Fusion. Fission is what powers an atomic bomb, like the ones the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Nuclear fission is achieved by the spontaneously splitting the atoms of heavy radioactive isotope elements (uranium, californium, plutonium etc.). Fission is more commonly seen in other instances, but that’s a concept for another day.

On the other hand, we have nuclear Fusion which is what powers a hydrogen bomb. To put the power of nuclear fusion into perspective, our sun is one ongoing fusion explosion. Fusion is achieved by colliding the nuclei of light elements into one another. Fusion takes tons of heat and pressure to occur. For decades, many laboratories have relentlessly attempted to discover a method by which we can efficiently harness the power of nuclear fusion. Unfortunately, the circumstances we must create to achieve nuclear fusion take so much energy that we barely have a return on investment after nuclear fusion is achieved. That being said, we have seen propitious results from recent experiments. For example, in February of 2014, we managed to harness more free energy than it took us to create it. Granted, it wasn’t a huge amount, but it was a breakthrough that shook the world and boggled the minds scientists. It helped many people realize that fusion was a viable option for the foreseeable future. In fact, many experts now believe that we will soon create methods so efficient that even cold fusion will be achieved within the next thirty years. Now, what is cold fusion? The dictionary definition reads “a hypothetical form of nuclear fusion postulated to occur at relatively low temperatures and pressures, as at room temperature and at one atmosphere.” Meaning that we could conduct nuclear fusion without raising the temperature or pressure at all. As I stated previously, nuclear combustion is achieved by the conversion of matter into energy. To give you an idea, the less efficient of the two is fission. By inputting seven to eight electron volts (eV), nuclear fission can be achieved which creates a whopping 200 million eV. By comparison, dynamite barely creates a few eV per event. Fusion is even more powerful than this.
That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

Have a wonderful day.
Written by Caleb Gibbons

No editor again, my apologies

The Morning Text 9/24

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.
This coming week I will be sending an internet PDF link instead so that you don’t receive it in massive texts. Also, I didn’t have an editor today so don’t judge me too hard.

Fun Fact: All the matter that makes up the human race could fit in a sugar cube. Atoms are 99.9% empty space. As Tom Stoppard explained. “Make a fist, and if your fist is as big as the nucleus of an atom, then the atom is as big as St Paul’s, and if it happens to be a hydrogen atom, then it has a single electron flitting about like a moth in an empty cathedral.” So if you took away all that space and packed everything that makes you, me and everyone else then we could comfortable fit into the same size as a sugar cube.

As many of you know, Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Facebook (not the social media website, but the company that created it), has its hands in many markets, most of which are technology advancement focused. The market of which I would like to discuss today is their solar flight. On July 22nd of this year, Facebook launched a completely self-sufficient unmanned airplane. The company’s goal with this aircraft is not to transport people or items, rather it is to connect the world. The aircraft, named Aquila, will connect the entire world (as always has been Facebook’s greatest goal) via the internet. In remote areas where the internet is unavailable, these long-term flyers will provide internet access from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet using laser communications and millimeter wave systems. 60,000 feet! Mind you, the average commercial airplane flies at 39,000 feet! Aquila is so hyper-efficient that it can fly for THREE MONTHS without landing. As the top of the aircraft is lined with solar panels, the airplane charges itself during the day and uses that stored energy overnight. In addition, Facebook doesn’t plan on stopping here with Aquila. They intend on creating an aircraft so efficient that it never has to land. Could you imagine a world in which internet access is available wherever you go? This means no need for cell towers, Wi-Fi, hotspots etc. all because a few ultralight aircrafts are flying nonstop above our heads. In addition to Facebook’s very recent feat, bowing currently holds patents on a solar plane design that is capable of flight without landing and it is also built primarily for communication. Solar power has come a long way in the last decade. In fact, I intend on joining the movement and investing in solar panels myself one day.

The average market available solar panel is 11%-15% efficient. Meaning at least 11% of the light that hits it is converted into electricity. However, the company First Solar claims to have created a solar panel capable of 22.1% efficiency using which is supposed to hit the market soon, and even more impressive is the company SunPower which holds the world record for having the most efficient rooftop solar panel with an efficiency rate of 24.1%! Even with low-efficiency rates like 11%, solar panels can pay themselves off in less than 10 years and in twenty years save you over $30,000. As the world tries to move in the direction of more renewable energy sources, the US federal government offers a 30% tax credit on your solar panels (including installation), and some states even offer more tax credit in addition to that. To top it off, solar panels dramatically increase the value of your home. We will soon witness a complete shift in energy which will hopefully push us toward a better tomorrow.

In case you were wondering, which I know you weren’t, I work as a data specialist at a specialty infusion pharmacy. Don’t think for a second that it sounds cool, because it’s not. I sit around and monitor patient data all day. Now look back at those few sentences and tell me which word was used incorrectly. Did you find it? Data. The plural form of data is actually “datum.” As a data specialist, I monitor patient datum, not data. According to Steven Pinker, a renowned linguist at Harvard, data is one of the most misused English words. And this is the word of the day, “datum.” Use it and tell me.

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

 Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons

The Morning Text 9/23

 An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things like: a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original MORNING text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text until the trial is complete and the official starts. So, without further ado I give you The Morning Text.

 

If you did not receive The Morning Text from the previous days or if you received this one in multiple parts, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to address them.
I would also like to give a shoutout to my wonderful girlfriend Catherine. She edits all of these texts. God knows I have creativity, but only in the form of run-on sentences apparently. She will also write a newsletter once a week to you guys! Look forward to that!
Fun Fact: 74 years ago today, the Manhattan project commenced under the direction of US General Leslie Groves with an aim to deliver an atomic bomb.
So here’s a secret: I am a nerd. I know, I know, huge surprise. Try to stay in your seats. So part of my nerd status comes from the fact that I love comics. Not necessarily collecting the comic books, but I love studying up and following the Marvel and DC universes. When it comes to villains, I love the darkness that DC can cast on its characters. On the flip side, I love Marvel superheroes with their indomitable wills despite their lowly origins and tortured pasts. I know that hardcore nerds complain about the inaccuracy of the movie adaptation from the original comics; however, in my opinion, they’ve done an excellent job at intriguing audiences by bringing these comic book stories to life. In fact, I have very few complaints about the layout of the recent movies. That being said, I get frustrated with one part of both the comics and movies. In the Marvel universe, Loki is depicted as Thor’s confused little brother. Whereas in fact, Loki is the one to bring all sorrow at the end of the world. Marvel fans are raging about the new Thor Ragnarok which features the blonde Asgardian and the Hulk against his brother Loki. Although I love Marvel’s adaptation, I feel like more people should know the true myth of Ragnarok.
For those of you that do not know, I love mythology of all sorts. In fact, I have written and am currently writing books in which mythology is heavily embedded. Needless to say, I’m excited to rant on this topic. First I will set the Norse mythology scene: 

There are many races that exist in Norse Mythology; however, the most important ones are the Giants, the gods, the dwarves and mankind. The Giants came first, then came the gods who betrayed the Giants, the dwarves arrive and then the gods create man. Odin is the king of the Gods, Thor (son of Odin) is the most powerful and Loki (brother of Odin, but not by blood) is the god of mischief and lies. Throughout many stories, Loki becomes hated by all the gods because he wrongs them in some way or another. However long before he becomes hated, Loki marries one of the few fair giantess and with her has three horrifying children: Hella, a half-black half-white ugly figure that is cast down to be queen of the underworld by Odin, the venomous serpent Jörmungandr which is so large that it circles the world with its tail stuck in its mouth, and Fenrir the wolf. Hella looks over the slaves eternal punishment in Hell, and when they aren’t being tortured they are busy building a ship for the return of the God of mischief (but we’ll get to that later). The serpent is stuck chewing it’s own tail all it’s days. And Fenrir (the most dangerous of the bunch) is bound by an unbreakable dwarfish chain. After Loki tricks the blind god, Hod, into killing his own brother, Baldr the most beloved of the gods, Loki is then tied up in a deep hole atop a mountain. He is left lying on three sharp rocks while a viper drips burning venom on his face. His sweet wife Sigyn, however, holds a bowl to catch the poison before it hits his face; but when the bowl fills and she must empty it Loki takes the venom to the face. When Sigyn is gone Loki roars in pain and anger causing smoke to billow from the mountain, which is their explanation for volcanoes. The day Loki returns and takes revenge on the world is called Ragnarok.
According to myth, Hella will complete the ship for her father to sail on Asgard and wage war against his fellow gods. The serpent Jörmungand will release its tail to attack the world and while stopping it Thor will be killed. Finally, Fenrir will break free of its chain and attack the gods but Odin will break his jaw at the cost of being killed. The world will wash over with water and all will be killed save a few gods and two humans. When the water clears, the earth will appear anew and the two humans will repopulate the earth. (Sound familiar? That’s because almost every major religion or mythological belief system includes a world flood. Just a fun fact) And there begins the start of the new world. So when you watch Thor Ragnarok, remember the original myth.
Challenge of the Day:

Identify something in your daily life that is a reference to or has origins from mythology, be it roman, Greek, Norse, Egyptian etc. I promise you’ll see at least ten, even if you don’t pick up on it. Get back to me with what you’ve found! Participation points are being counted and it’s neck and neck!
That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

 

Have a wonderful day.

 

 

Caleb

The Morning Text 9/22

09/22/2016 

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things like: a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original MORNING text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text until the trial is complete and the official starts. So, without further ado I give you The Morning Text.

 

If you did not receive The Morning Text from the two previous days or if you received this one in multiple parts, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to address them.

 

I suppose I had better begin with a pick up line… Hey why is Peter Pan always flying? Because he NeverLands! Okay, done with that.

 

In the science and Tech world! For those of you that enjoyed “The Martian,” you’ll enjoy this! Both SpaceX and NASA have announced their plans to put humans on Mars. Starting 2018, SpaceX will be launching unmanned next generation Dragon capsules to Mars, every two years! The first mission will be called “Red Dragon.” They have announced that they plan to put humans on Mars by 2024.

NASA has announced that they will be sending astronauts to Mars by the mid 2030’s. They will first send astronauts to a chosen asteroid as a test run and opportunity to gather data needed for the Mars missions. There are already satellites and rovers orbiting the red planet, sending radiation data from the surface back to earth as preparation. NASA just began a 5th mock Mars mission. This mission is being executed with a group of individuals for a year under an active volcano in Hawaii. 

Granted, most space exploration companies (save Star Trek) rarely make their posted deadlines, but think about it. For the first time in known history, mankind will become an interplanetary species and it’s only a few decades away.

 

On a stellar note, there have been quite a few stars that have been showing rather strange behavior. A star named KIC 8462852 has reportedly had unusual drop in light that was too substantial to be caused by a dust cloud or another planet crossing in front of it. One of the more fun theories is that the star is surrounded by Dyson Sphere. Named after the mathematician and physicist Freeman Dyson, the Dyson Sphere is a spherical megastructure built around a star that harvests its energy. This theory suggests that the dimming of KIC 8462852 (nicknamed Tabby’s Star) indicates a sign of alien life. To be fair, astronomer Bradley Straefer argues that it’s due to a change in space observing technology. However, despite this theory being more probable, it is far less interesting, so I’m hoping that he’s just being paid by the government to say that.

 

Your word of the day is “Exosolar” meaning that it is out of our solar system. Both a scientific and slang use of this word is entirely acceptable. Let me know if and how you use it! 

 

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

 

Have a wonderful day.

 

 

Caleb

 

The Morning Text 9/21

09/21/2016
GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text. It’s where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to, give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things like: a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person, at the end of the week the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every issue of The Morning Text until the trial is complete. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.
Because so many people had trouble receiving yesterday’s, I decided to send it as a jpg. This simply means that if you can’t receive images, you’re screwed. But come on, what are we, cavemen? Also, if you either did not receive yesterday’s The Morning Text, or received a broken copy of the newsletter and would like to receive it, I will send it in jpg form upon request.
Before I begin on today’s content, I would like to talk about yesterday’s The Morning Text. Someone had pointed out to me that Darwin primarily worked with finches. I should have clarified. This is true, he studied 13 types of finches and used that data to formulate his theory of evolution. However, The Blue footed booby was what inspired the thought. I should have clarified.

Another person mentioned that Darwin wasn’t even the person to coin the term “Survival of the fittest;” the rather ambiguous phrase was instead originally said by Herbert Spencer in reference to Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Being born in 1996, I find myself right at the turning point between the Y-Generation (millennial) and Z-Generation. In truth, I love being on the end of the millennial generation. It’s quite an exciting time. We have witnessed an incredible shift in sustainable energy, technological advancement, communication, social justice along with many other related paradigms. For the first time since the 1960’s, youngsters (like myself) are choosing to receive less education by not going to college and/or advancing to grad school. This, of course, is most likely due to the fact that tuition, cost of living and interest rates have skyrocketed since the 1980’s. In addition to less education, studies show that, due to the economy, Millennials are choosing to rent more often than buy. Other than that, studies of social behavior indicate that we are a rather unpredictable generation. One of the only things the overwhelming majority of Millenials have in common is the fact that they are obsessed with nostalgia. Which brings me to my next point.
Can we talk about the fact that Nelly owes the IRS 2.4 million dollars? That’s right, the IRS and state Revenue Department has issued a Tax Lien against Nelly for a ludicrous sum of money. A Tax Lien is essentially a taxation bill that freezes all of the recipients assets, putting those assets at risk of being seized. In Nelly’s case, right down to his “Grillz.” It’s the government’s way of going “We are going to make sure we get our money.” Nelly is most likely feeling the heat considering he hasn’t dropped a full-length project since 2013. Now, don’t think for two seconds that I care about that. What bewilders me is how the public is trying to save him. Spin Humorously has calculated that Nelly’s “It’s Hot in Herre” would have to be played at least 287,176,547 times to save him from his substantial debt. So what does our celebrity obsessed generation do? Play the song on repeat causing a stream surge of nearly 300%. Now before you go, “what a great idea, I should join,” hear me out. I have many two major disagreements:
1) The IRS only issues out Tax Liens if they haven’t gotten their money for a few years, be it 3, 5, 7 or more. Meaning that Nelly has either committed tax evasion, or tax neglect (meaning he simply hasn’t filed his taxes for a few years). The movement, consisting mainly of millenials, is trying to cover Nelly’s tax evasion/neglect to protect his “stuff” when his money would have been used by the government to help pay for things like welfare, humanitarian aide, troop support or, if he didn’t want to pay taxes, Charity! The movement even has a hashtag adorably named #SaveNelly. 
2) The money generated from the 287,176,547 streams of “Hot in Herre” would be newly attained money, meaning that he would also be taxed on the newly attained money which in turn would add to the tax debt that he originally neglected.
To be fair, Nelly has said that he’s working with the IRS and the State Revenue Department to address the issue. That doesn’t change the fact, however, that he has potentially neglected his taxes for up to a decade. Now from here he could pay it or get a tax attorney to either fight it, or negotiate for more time or a decreased sum. The most likely case is that he’ll argue for a lesser sum and probably get it. Of course, only time will tell. At least we can all learn something from Nelly. The importance of learning how to do your taxes and getting them done on time.
The Challenge of the Day

Instead of a word of the day, I’m giving you a challenge. Bring up a conversation regarding taxes with someone. Maybe teach them about Tax Lien, or talk about Tax evasion, or even Nelly’s specific situation. Come back to me with a report on this and you’ll be rewarded with participation points!
That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

Have a wonderful day!
Caleb