Wednesday, September 28, 2011



A bolt is a fastener which is made of varying materials such as stainless steel, bronze, brass, plastic or nylon.

Many steel fasteners are electro-plated with zinc for better corrosion resistance. Fasteners that have been zinc plated have a shiny silver or golden appearance referred to as clear or yellow zinc respectively. They are fairly corrosion resistant but will rust if the coating is destroyed or if exposed to a marine environment.There are also Hot Dip Galvanizing and Chrome coatings for fasteners using a similar process as zinc coating.

The strength of a bolt is graded by markings or numbers on it's head.

This hex head bolt with 3 raidal markings is Grade 5 Medium Carbon Steel, Quenched and Tempered

 Bolts come in different sizes and shapes. Some are angled, u-shaped, etc.

A bolt is also a mechanism to ock something such as a box or a door. The most common type of bolt to lock a door is called a deadbolt. 


Bolt: a sudden dash, run, flight, or escape.

This is my favorite description of the word bolt, because it is an action. When I hear the word bolt I think of athleticism.  I am an athlete and I enjoy anything that includes activity and movement.

 Usain Bolt from Jamaica bolts



Monday, September 19, 2011


Cloak is one of those somewhat dark words. It has two primary meanings both related to a central meaning which is "to cover". One meaning refers to clothing, while the other has dark secretive connotations attached to it.

Beginning with the clothing...

Cloak: a wraplike outer garment fastened at the throat and falling straight from the shoulders.
 In full evening dress in the Western countries, ladies and gentlemen frequently use the cloak as a fashion statement, or to protect the fine fabrics of eveningwear from the elements, especially where a coat would crush; or hide; the garment. Opera cloaks are made of quality materials such as wool or cashmere, velvet and satin.

Let's move on the the darker more secretive side of cloak...

Cloak: something that covers or conceals; disguise; pretense: He conducts his affairs under a cloak of secrecy.

"It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
- Albert Einstein  

 Nik Kershaw - Cloak and Dagger (1984)


Monday, September 12, 2011


I've been thinking about this post for the past two days (ever since Flip mentioned it in the post on the word "Island"). I attempted to start something on Saturday but came up with nothing. I again thought about it on Sunday but still nothing. Maybe I was afraid or maybe I felt I didn't have enough time to get my thoughts out full fleshed.

Here, I am am Monday morning and from the time I woke up I was thinking about "nothing". I got on to the computer with the intention of writing this post of "nothing". Oddly enough this thinking about "nothing" must have somehow crawled into my subconscious because I just really could not come up with anything, I had nothing. I usually take a few minutes to surf the net before I get down to blogging. But this morning it ended up being a good 40 minutes give or take. I was on wikipedia, amazon, google, you name it I was there. I was everywhere but here. My mind was full of mindless nothingness. And that's when it came to me. I would introduce this topic with a short presentation of the nothingness I was experiencing.I guess you can say I was a "Blank Frank".

I wonder what is more harrowing... nothing itself or the awareness of nothing? Nothingness can be a wonderful state of mind clearing - which never really hurt anyone. Or maybe nothing is that good feeling of complacency. Than comes that awareness of nothing which is the real wake up call. You're left staring at an expression of nothingness. This awareness can hurt. It's brutal sometimes. but it's that shock to the system that gets me motivated. So, here I am writing about nothing.

Nothing: Amounting to nothing, as in offering no prospects for satisfaction (wow, this description is pretty bleak).

Nothing: In no respect or degree; not at all: It was nothing like that.

Nothing: Nonexistence; nothingness

I hope you enjoyed this talk about nothing. I really did and really it was nothing.


Saturday, September 3, 2011


We've all heard the famous quote: "No man is an island". This quote comes from a poem written by Jon Donne, who was a poet, satirist, lawyer, and priest. He did most of his writing in the late 1500's to early 1600's. The general meaning of the poem is that human beings do not thrive when isolated from others.

No man is an island, entire of itself
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
if a clod be washed away by the sea, 
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, 
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee. 

-- John Donne
Island: A tract of land completely surrounded by water, and not large enough to be  
called a continent. 
Hawaii is a state in the United States comprised of 6 separate islands. 

 Honolulu is one of the most popular resort cities in Hawaii which is located on the 
island of Oahu.
Island: A raised platform with a counter or other work surface on top situated in the 
middle area of a room especially a kitchen, so as to permit access from all sides.  

Island: A low concrete platform for gasoline pumps at an automotive service station. 
David Gilmour (from Pink Floyd) - On An Island (1976) 


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