Are you surprised when I touch the dwarf inside?
What do you need to know about particle physics? Stuff is made of molecules. Molecules are made of atoms. Each atoms is made of a heavy nucleus of one or more protons and usually some neutrons with a cloud of lightweight electrons orbiting around it. The electrons are believed to be elementary particles called leptons, but the protons and neutrons are each made of quarks, which are believed to be elementary particles like leptons. Protons and neutron are called baryons because they are heavy, and every proton or neutron contains three individual quarks. There are six different quarks, but protons and neutrons are made of two different quarks, the up and down quarks. Quarks always exist in combinations of two (for mesons) or three (for baryons), are held together by gluons, and can form many unusual particles, most of which live a short time. Neutrinos are even lighter than electrons, and they frequently travel through the entire Earth without interacting with anything. The bosons carry forces. For example, photons are bosons. Photons include light waves, radio waves, X-rays, and gamma rays, and they can behave as both particle and wave. Electric charge and magnetic fields are carried by virtual photons. Another intersting fact is that at a subatomic scale, the universe may have more dimensions.
This is my first Orange Pi Lite, a $12 computer. After looking at dozens of alternatives, I chose this one for testing because it has the right connectors and a low price. While having similar capabilities as others, it has two regular USB ports, so you don't need to buy a hub to connect things like a keyboard, mouse, or gamepad. It has a normal HDMI port so it hooks up to the TV without having to buy anything extra.
I also bought the official power supply and case for a few dollars more to avoid problems, but I had to fix a bad solder joint in the power supply. It will boot now that the power supply is fixed, but the wifi is not yet working. I'm accustomed to encountering hurdles when setting up Debian. I'm planning to try more command lines to connect. Or I might need firmware. Otherwise, I'll try running another operating system on the Orange Pi Lite.
When you add shipping, a keyboard with touchpad, and other accesories, the price can end up many times higher than the original $12, but I'm able to get very low prices. Stay tuned to see what I'm up to.
I try to avoid ageist websites. I've never put any of my software on github (though Google and Bing are continually putting it in my search results) because github is ageist. Github is supposed to be a website for hosting software projects, but its rules don't permit those under 13 years of age to register. I started programming at around age 10 on a TRS-80 Model 100, so I wouldn't have been allowed to use github. I complained to github years ago about their ageist rules, and they claimed their reason was to comply with United States law, specifically COPPA. COPPA does not state that anyone under 13 cannot contribute code, it only says that a website must get parental permission before gathering information about minors. Github doesn't care about kids' rights enough to do that simple task. If it were a law like SOPA that interfered with piracy, the internet would be going nuts in protest, but no one cares about the rights of minors - not even minors care. Still, I'm not going to accept ageism any more than racism or sexism. When a twelve-year-old is not allowed to contribute code, that is contrary to liberty. Houston, we have a problem, for those in need of an erroneous cliché. Note that Bitbucket hasn't discriminated against anyone based on age in the last decade to my knowledge, and the federal government hasn't shut them down.
For years, I've sought a place to host a blog. Blogger and Blogspot are owned by Google, and I've seen Google censor/remove many blogs, spy on people, and engage in many other bad behaviors, so I don't use Blogger or Blogspot. I've also seen WordPress, Tumblr, and Nibblebit censor many blogs. They might not censor my blog if I avoid controversial matters, but I'm not going to give them my content to help them generate advertising revenue after they've censored all of my favorite blogs, and I'm not going to endorse their services by using them publicly. It's hard to find a decent blog hosting service that anyone has ever heard of, so I've decided to host my blog myself. Google might refuse to index it as they've refused to index my website in the past without explanation (or they might even still claim my site is harmful, which is very pathetic of them), but you can still find this website if you know how. Just bookmark it (Ctrl+D) or type the address into the address bar (Ctrl+L) if you don't know how to bypass Google.
I've used a few social media websites, but I don't think people are getting to know the real me on them. I used Facebook as a tool to complain about businesses that deserve it, and I hoped to keep in touch with old friends, but I'm not sure what to talk about with most of them, and it would probably be better to meet in person. I occasionally posted something on Facebook that seemed important or interesting, but not much about my personal life, my views, or my hopes and dreams. Google Plus was mostly for complaining about Google and goofing around. So maybe this blog will help people to better understand the real me. Probably not, though.
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