A tale of two thugs.

Smith ran down the dark street as fast as his legs could carry him. His body pleaded with him to stop and rest but he was too terrified. He briefly looked behind him and saw the source of his fear, the two armed thugs in full pursuit and closing in fast. He had to think of a quick exit out of this situation and possible demise.

Up ahead he saw a dark alley approaching fast. Smith wasted no time making a quick turn down the alley, hoping the thugs didn’t see him while hoping for a detour to safety. To his horror, there was a dead end ahead, leaving no way out but back on the street he had been so desperate to escape from in the first place. He could hear approaching footsteps as the thugs came closer and closer.

Wait a minute, Smith thought. I’m dreaming. I can get out of here easily.

He reached out with his hand and made a pulling motion as if to open some invisible door. Beyond the invisible door was his bedroom in his waking world, the same bedroom where he awoke from sleep every morning. Smiling, Smith walked towards his bedroom and feeling safe at last, collapsed on his bed for a snooze.

The two thugs stood silently in the alley, not believing what they had just seen. Smith had seemingly disappeared into thin air, but the thugs saw something else that further piqued their interest. The invisible door was still open, allowing them to peek into the strange world beyond. Slowly the thugs walked past the door and into the bedroom where Smith was snoozing. There they both stood at the foot of the bed, watching him sleep. Smiling, one thug turned to the other.

“Let’s get him.”

Kilometers made easy.

I recently came across this page with some  formulas for converting miles to kilometers. There is one that’s simple enough to do in your head:

Divide the number of miles by five and subtract that from the original. Then double the resulting number.

So I started by converting some of the speed limits from around town:

mph km/h
40 64
45 72
65 104
70 112

That’s when I noticed something interesting. When you add 5 to the miles per hour being converted, its metric equivalent goes up by 8. In other words, whenever a speed in miles per hour is a multiple of 5, its corresponding kilometers per hour will be a multiple of 8. Mind blowing or what. It’s then that a pattern begins to form and all of a sudden, understanding kilometers becomes less intimidating.

mph km/h
5 8
10 16
15 24
20 32
25 40
30 48
35 56
40 64
45 72
50 80

And so the pattern continues towards an easier way to understand the metric system.

Phone scam alert.

I recently received a scary-sounding voicemail that went something like this:

Hello. I’m calling in regards to an urgent matter and confirm the delivery of documents. This is time sensitive and extremely important. Please call the following number immediately (number removed). Once again, the number is (number removed). Thank you.

I looked up the referenced phone number and found this site where its users reported that this message reeks of a scam. I found it a bit odd myself as the caller left no contact information other than the phone number. The identities of the caller and the company shall forever remain a mystery although their intentions are anything but beneficial. This message can be safely disregarded and deleted.

Connecting your LG TV to your wireless network.

I recently acquired an LG Smart TV that helped bring my living room into the new century with its amazing picture quality and all its bells and whistles. However, I hit a small snag when I tried to connect it to my wireless network. After entering my password, the TV would stay connected for about a minute before it dropped and forgot its connection. I tried to research this issue online and tried implementing a few of the suggested solutions I found, including disabling my wireless security and creating an LG account for it to save my settings, but nothing seemed to work.

What finally fixed the problem for me was simply resetting my modem/router’s Wi-Fi password to the default password, which is printed on the side of the modem. I was previously using a generated 63-character long mess of letters, numbers and characters to try making my wireless network as secure as possible. All my other wireless devices worked despite the complicated password, so I don’t know why the TV couldn’t stay connected. That’s the least of my worries, though, for my TV finally the works as intended.