We Only Have A Few Seconds To Live

8 04 2011
We Only Have A Few Seconds To Live

We Only Have A Few Seconds To Live

We only have a few seconds to live!

We really, truly, only live a few seconds every day.  In the presence or our present we consciously deal with what is in front of us, anticipate the next moment of life, and subconsciously process and react to what just occurred.  The change is constant.

Thoughts trigger emotions which ripple through our bodies.  Our bodies generate actions and reactions.

Scientists and philosophers contemplate and test how much control individuals truly have over their destiny.  Do we have choice or free will?  Are we producers or simply products?  Are we creators or creation?  Do we matter or are we simply of matter? Are we genetic soup or master chefs?  Is our inner intelligence intelligent or is it meaningless mental echo sloshing around in the tides of environment?

The answer is….yes.  Is the riddle solved?  It is within each individual.  Our ability is to be the master or the slave, the victim or the victor, the action or reaction, the live or the living dead.  Our future is determined by the accumulation of our collective now moments.  To Be or Not To Be.  I am not.  Perhaps I am.  I am.  The past, present and future melt into one as we chose to live.

Whenever we make the choice to capture the moment and make a choice instead of reacting out of environmental conditions or habit, we influence ourselves drastically.  When captured enough, an explosion of permanence takes hold.  Consistent choice cements character.

There are those in science and academia who state as revival gospel truth that we are victims of our ancestors and can’t do a thing about it.  On the contrary, some experimenters have discovered and are uncovering details that what we think and do affects our DNA directly and indirectly.

A young poet, William Earnest Henley in 1875 wrote his famous words titled Invictus. He penned this short poem in his hospital bed after having his leg amputated.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Am I the Captain?  I am!


Michael Jonathan McIver

18 02 2010

Sadness is today.

I never knew that tears could leave an acidic irritation on skin until today.  They slightly sting as the continual channel burns.

I found out just before noon today that my kid brother, Michael Jonathan McIver left his family living in the flesh to join his family that has already passed on.  To anyone that knows him, they would tell you that his heart was large, warm and soft for many people and things.

I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time with him recently.  I was helping him with things I could and was thrilled to help.

I thank God that I was able to tell him I loved him and was able to give him several hugs.  It’s just not enough though.

Why?  I start to ask and stop myself.  Even if I get the answers, it doesn’t bring him back to me.  I miss my brother.

I love you Michael, always have and always will.

In Memory of Michael McIver

We love you Michael.

How to Recondition a Motorcycle Lead Acid Battery

19 12 2009

A couple months ago, my Real MacGyver kicked in.

My motorcycle battery was dead.  It was 2 years old but I didn’t want to buy a new battery.  My wife says I’m a cheap bastard – with love.

I did my homework.  The information following is general and should be done with gloves, eye protection, adult supervision etc.

Clean off the external of the battery so when you take off the acid tank cover, nothing will fall in.  Cleanliness is next to Godliness right?

Balance the acid level out among all the lead/acid cells to around 60-75% full.  There must be sufficient room to add the cleaning/recharging liquid. I carefully tipped the battery and poured out excess from full cells into a clean glass bowl.  Do not use plastic just to be sure.

I then took my clean turkey baster and evened out the low battery cells with the full ones.

Next I took the distilled water and boiled it to 150 degrees with the Epsom salts in.  For a small motorcycle battery I made excess – 1 pint of distilled water with 2 1/2 tablespoons of Epsom salts (5 tablespoons for a quart if you’re doing a large battery).  My wife was scared to let me use the kitchen thermometer thinking my concoction would hurt her thermometer but I reminded her that I rubbed her feet in Epsom salts – “Oh, I guess it’ll be alright”.  Us Real Macgyvers scare our wives sometimes.  That’s why the TV MacGyver was single.

Fill the cells to the level line with the nice hot liquid and seal them up.

Now, I didn’t have a battery trickle charger except for the car size.  Don’t use that large of a charger on the small battery unless you want to some nice sparks and trip the charger.

If you don’t have a charger like I didn’t, jump start the cycle and drive it for at least 15 minutes to let those hot Magnesium Sulfate ions scub the lead plates clean.

I drove it to work and after work it started right up and has been working great for a couple months.  This should last for a while.  I understand you can do this up to 5 times.  I may test a method beyond this that would theoretically let you have your battery for a very long time, until the lead plates dissolve or the terminals or housing fail.  For now, there’s a cheap way to get up to 5 times more value out of your battery.

Items needed:

  • Battery to be reconditioned
  • Clean ventilated working area
  • Large glass bowel
  • Distilled water
  • Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts – cheap at grocery or pharmacy)
  • Clean stainless pan to boil with
  • Liquid thermometer – any kind that reads accurately at 150 degrees
  • Turkey baster or some liquid injector
  • Goggles and gloves

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Focus Pocus!

1 11 2008

McIver, the true spelling!

I love the show MacGuyver but I laughed really hard at the last goofy portrayal of MacGuyver on SNL’s MacGruber and his lethal lack of focus.  Watch this video on NBC’s site and laugh your head off then come back.  The first two are the best.

Are you as easily distracted and impulsive as I am?  To tell you the truth I love so many things about so many things that focus is the biggest challenge in life.

For example, I love music and play the cello but love the guitar and drums and pretty much any musical instrument.  Throughout my life I have focused the most time and effort on the cello and I still play pretty well.

Over the next few months I will post some of the things I have been focusing on.  I’ve started a business with a few fantastic guys.  One is a successful computer programmer and businessman, another is a great IT professional and businessman, the other is a Merlin like wizard of a programmer with some tricks up his sleeve that will be ready in a few months to a couple years – really can’t quantify when that delivery will take place.  I am confident that one of the projects will change the way we use computers.

I’ve also been researching alternative energy for years and am doing some experimenting.  Not going to show anything yet until the tests are done.

The other item is having a chlorine free pool or spa.  I have some video of my little fishies in my pool since October 15th.  I haven’t fed them anything except bread which they don’t seem to care for.  They are apparently surviving on bugs and debris that make there way into the pool.  My test of no chlorine started in May and made it through the hot summer OK.  I’ll tell more about that later.  Got to go and do some tech support.


14 10 2008

OK, this is my very first blog ever so take it easy on me.  I have stepped out of my discomfort zone and am going to let it all hang out.

I have no idea where this is going but it’s going to be about what I thing is the most amazing stuff in the universe.  Should I talk about this, should I talk about that?  I’m just not sure where this is going but here it goes.

My favorite t-shirt right now is a simple solid bright green tee that says:




That’s the end of the T-shirt.

It cracked me up when I was at the Goodwill store (don’t tell anyone I go there).  I grabbed it.  At first I thought it meant that I procrastinated.  After wearing it for fun for a month or so, I realized the true meaning …. There are no reasons to procrastinate.  I am living right now, doing exactly what I want to do.  I am free to do or not do anything that I so choose of the available options.  I also realize that my choices are limited to the limitations I have allowed to be placed upon by myself or others.

I’ll be posting items from time to time that I find enriching, amazing, funny or otherwise worthwhile.  I’m not going to broadcast this blog for a while except for the tag.  I want to see if anyone finds me at all.

My last name is McIver.  It was common to shorten the Mac Iver to Mc Iver with the little c raised.  Now McIver is the common spelling.  I often get asked if my name is the name like on the TV show “MacGuyver”.  I reply that I’m the real thing.  The actor, Richard Dean Anderson, who I think is absolutely fantastic, doesn’t know how to really do very many technical, scientific or mechanical things whereas I am very interested and adept at many of these things.

I would love to be much much more proficient as time goes on and perhaps I’ll share some of my findings and doings here.  I really am interested in the cutting edge or stuff on the verge of becoming viable for our species.  I really believe that if more people were of a single minded nature to share and build rather than hoard and destroy our collective intelligence would be raised to unimagined heights.

If you’re reading this then you’ve found my site.  Please feel free to comment on what you would like to have me share or dig up.  My wife tells me that I know more things about more things than anyone she has ever met.  I am easily attracted to other items of interest which causes me to delve in to far too many areas for the normal situation so I am definitely not normal.  I’m just learning how to use this blog.  Be back soon.

Greg McIver

© 2008 Gregory McIver

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