Two Way Communication

The Inspiration Shots

iPhoneOgraphy – 31 Aug 2016 (Day 244/366)

A walkie-talkie (more formally known as a handheld transceiver, or HT) is a hand-held, portable, two-way radio transceiver. Its development during the Second World War has been variously credited to Donald L. Hings, radio engineer Alfred J. Gross, and engineering teams at Motorola. First used for infantry, similar designs were created for field artillery and tank units, and after the war, walkie-talkies spread to public safety and eventually commercial and jobsite work.

A walkie-talkie is a half-duplex communication device; only one radio on the channel can transmit at a time, although any number can listen. The transceiver is normally in receive mode; when the user wants to talk they press a “push-to-talk” (PTT) button that turns off the receiver and turns on the transmitter. Typical walkie-talkies resemble a telephone handset, possibly slightly larger but still a single unit, with an antenna mounted on…

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A State of Confusion

Ann's Corner

Newsflash: WordPress shifts the stats button……WHY?

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How do I know I’m really focused on my stats?
Well, this morning my index finger goes for bottom button on the menu to check what’s new in stats. Who’s been reading what, where, and how many?
However, the powers that be at WordPress, in their infinite “wisdom”, and perhaps just to confuse us, have suddenly moved that button from the BOTTOM of the menu to the very TOP. My finger isn’t yet aware of this new change, so it automatically goes to the bottom button, and presses that, which brings now brings up……..what? Choices of WordPress plans? What did they do with my stats?????

The button at the top of the menu used to say view site. Now that is in SECOND place. How confusing is that? I liked the view site button at the top, where it belonged. Top…

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The 185 Year Old Men

Windows into History

St Bartholomew's Hospital St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where John Abernethy was a surgeon.

Snippets 77.  John Abernethy (1764-1831) was the author of one of the earliest popular books on medical science, published in 1809. It was not long before other authors began to hang on his coat-tails, and in 1830 Common Sense or the Abernethian Code of Health and Longevity was published anonymously. It was not the first such example, but is notable for the inclusion of an interesting list of long-lived people, some of which might seem a little hard to believe today.

Isabel Walker, a Scotch woman, died at 112, without much severity of regimen; but she was distinguished by a placidity of temper, and possessed that happy medium state of habit, neither lean nor corpulent, favourable to long life.

Peter Garden, a Scotchman, died aged 131; his stature was tall, and his employment agriculture, which he continued to his death…

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Young people and democracy: a troubled relationship?

Pertinent Problems

If you’re 16 in the UK, you can drop out of school, get a job, pay taxes, and even join the army. Yet, in spite of all of this, you cannot vote. Governments with the ability to send people to war, change the rate of tax and change the laws to which we are all subject are not directly accountable to you. They have no democratic obligation to listen to you, nor do they have to worry about you voting them out office in the immediate future.

In the wake of a referendum which has condemned young people (the vast majority of whom wished to remain) to a future outside of the EU, it is important now more than ever before that the voices of 16-18-year-olds are heard. Many feel that there’s only one real and meaningful way that this can be addressed – giving them the ability to vote…

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