Archive: Apr 2019

Easter

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Easter

The Holiday that never seems to have the same date or even month. I was recently asked why is Easter so late this year. So to get the best answer possible I did some research on the Holiday. It all has to do with the moon. Below is some interesting information leading to this decision of just when Easter will fall each year.

Astronomical vs. Ecclesiastical Dates

In years in which the church’s March equinox and Paschal Full Moon dates do not coincide with the astronomical dates of these events, confusion about the date of Easter can arise. In 2019, for example, the March equinox in the Western Hemisphere happened on Wednesday, March 20, while the first Full Moon in spring was on Thursday, March 21 in many time zones. If the church followed the timing of these astronomical events, Easter would have been celebrated on March 24, the Sunday after the Full Moon on March 21.

However, the Full Moon date in March specified by the church’s lunar calendar, also called the ecclesiastical Full Moon, was March 20, 2019—one day before the ecclesiastical date of the March equinox, March 21. For that reason, the Easter date 2019 is based on the nextecclesiastical Full Moon, which is on April 18. This is why Easter 2019 falls on April 21.

Easter Traditions

When dyeing most Easter eggs we tend to use vinegar because that’s what the instructions tell us to do. Some of us will look for dye that doesn’t require vinegar because we can’t stand the smell. Some of us will avoid the mess all together and not dye eggs, and others will use the stickers or crayon method. Which ever you decide becomes a family tradition that gets passed down from generation to generation. And each year it brings up memories and makes you think of all the good times you have had with your family.

Cleaning Tip: Vinegar is not just for dyeing those eggs. You can also use it for cleaning. Vinegar’s acidity is what makes it such a good cleaner. Because vinegar is so acidic, it can counteract some icky buildups. It can dissolve away soap scum, brines left by hard water, and glue left behind by stickers. … A paste of vinegar and baking soda can dissolve set red wine stains.

National Flash Drive Day

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Did you know?

National Flash Drive Day on April 5 commemorates the date inventors filed their patent for the first USB Flash Disk. Their invention revolutionized the way we store and manage digital data!

As information flowed from our fingertips, the flash drive became the go-to storage device. Called by many names, the USB (universal serial bus) drive makes digital data more accessible than ever before. Today, we effortlessly store photos, transfer files and upload gigabytes. Not only that, but flash drives contribute to making the world a better place.

Making a Difference

By stretching budgets and services, these super functional devices make virtual classrooms possible. They provide access to information to parts of the world many of us take for granted. In third world and oppressed countries, flash drives go where the information superhighway cannot. Despite being classics to a majority of the population, books considered contraband become windows to the world around them. Comparatively, movies and radio recordings provide the same information to people in underdeveloped countries. In homeless communities, flash drives keep people connected by giving them access photos and a resumé; these items may be a lifeline of hope.

Tuck a few bytes into your pocket and celebrate National Flash Drive Day with a few new ways to appreciate the USB drive.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Whether you save pictures or back up files, consider how versatile the thumb drive is. Play a retro game or if you have extra devices, donate them to a good cause. Charities across the country deliver your donations to schools, homeless shelters, and nations in need.  Use #FlashDriveDay to join the excitement and spread the word about National Flash Drive Day.

 

Here’s a Tip: We talked about cleaning up your technology a few weeks ago. Go buy a couple flash drives (you can get some really cute ones these days) and download all those photos from your computer to one, then all your business files to another. Not only will this allow you to clean up your computer and free up all that space to make it run faster it will also give you that much needed back up that you love to have. While going through which items to remove from your computer to a flash drive you may come across some things you will no longer need ever. Go ahead and get rid of those items. Cleaning your computer can be very rewarding. If you aren’t good at this type of thing don’t be afraid to seek help.