Indignus Vernula

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Archive for July, 2007

Fake $100 bills… and how to spot them!

Posted by Indignus Vernula on July 24, 2007

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When I read the article on a newspaper, I remembered my own experience as a drive-thru cashier at Burger King. There are even fake $5 bills! At first sight, they look real, but with a closer look, you will know that it is counterfeit money.

The U.S. Secret Service is warning merchants to beware of “high quality” counterfeit bills circulating in Hawaii.

The bills are being distributed by a street gang from Los Angeles called Crips and the Bloods. The same bills are connected to other arrests in the Los Angeles area where more than $4 million worth of bills that turned up. About $150,000 worth of bills were passed in the last week in Hawaii. These bills are scattered all over the islands.

The suspects purchase items and will return it for legitimate cash… Smart huh? Yes, why? Because merchants were fooled that even if they use a counterfeit detector pen, the mark will turn out to brown, this means legal or genuine money.

The bills were printed on a “high quality” printer on paper that is close to the material used for U.S. Currency. They have also sprayed with a chemical so that counterfeit detector pens will not detect or identify these bills.

How to spot a counterfeit bill

How To Spot A Counterfeit Bill (s)

– Look for currency security threads. There should be a 100 USA on the thread. These are made of thin polymer thread that glows RED when you put it under ultra-violet light. Certain bills has different colors, like the one on $5 bills that glows blue. For other bills, there should be a 50 USA, FIVE USA, and so on.
– Genuine currency has blue and red fibers in the paper, not just printed on the paper.
– Look for distinctive and sharp printing in the border, portrait, and the treasury seal.
– Check the watermark by holding the bill up to the light. Real money should have the face of the person in the portrait that can be seen both sides. Some bill may turn out real when you mark with a counterfeit detector pen but when you hold the bill up to the light, the watermark image is different from the one on the portrait. Why? It is because…

Fake $100

– Some bills are real but there are not $100 bills! Some people bleach a $5 bill then reprint it as a $100 bill. That’s why when you feel the paper, it is the same as the other bills.

Ben Franklin as Abe Lincoln as Ben Franklin… FAKE!

– Sometimes, fake bills are shinier than the real ones.
– The color-changing ink at the 100 on the bottom right of the bill. It should change its color when you tilt it in any angles and turns black when viewed in an angle.
Microprinted words that are printed on a specific part of the bill. The words “The United States of America” are printed as a line in the left collar of Ben Franklin’s coat. The USA 100 is repeatedly printed in the bottom left-hand corner of the bill. 🙂 These are so small that it is hard to see even with a magnifier.
– There are also fine lines and concentric lines in the portrait and in the Independence Hall that is difficult to reproduce with standard printers.

So there you have it. Next time you handle a $100 bill, make sure that it is real. Otherwise, report it to the police and give them a description of the person who gave it to you and where it happened. I hope this blog helped you.

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What’s on your drug label?

Posted by Indignus Vernula on July 23, 2007

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I hate taking medicines! So whenever I have to take one, I always take it with water.  I don’t like the taste and the odor of any drugs.  But after reading an article at Reader’s Digest July 2007 issue, I told myself that from now on I’m gonna follow what the label says. With or without water… 😦

Here are some warnings we should follow, from Kelly Shields, PharmD of Raabe College of Pharmacy in Ohio:

Take with a full glass of water
Water helps dilute drugs so that they will not irritate the esophagus or the stomach lining.  Water flushes the pills into the abdomen to disintegrate properly
It can also help you swallow the pill easier 😉

A woman took her osteoporosis pills with just a sip of water even though the sticker said to drink the full glass. After that, she felt a burning in her throat. As it turns out, the pill can get stuck and may damage your esophagus. Uh-oh!

Stay out of the sun
Some drugs increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunburn.  If you usually burn in 20 minutes, it may take only 10 on that drug.

Avoid dairy
You won’t get the right dose because calcium can delay drug absorption.

Take with food
Food boosts absorption and helps reduce nausea.

Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery
Some drugs make you drowsy or dizzy and it slows the reaction time and motor skills.

Still, it is best to keep ourselves healthy.

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Geeky Handbags, and more!

Posted by Indignus Vernula on July 22, 2007

I was searching for geek accessories to go with my canvas bag and Yahoo!  gave me this site.

MIDI Keychain
Keychain made from a female MIDI plug. Great gift for girl electronic musicians!  

MIDI Keychain

Diskette Notepad
Jot down anything you can think of. It is also available in different colors.
 diskette notepad

Diskette Handbag
Carry out your stuff in geek-chic style with a purse made with 12 real floppy disks.

diskette handbag
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Duct Tape Wallet
This Duct Tape Hybrid Bifold wallet is the combination of the raw industrial style of duct tape and the clean, minimal style that will fit in any back pocket.

duct tape wallet

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Circuitboard Coasters

These are cool — you get six neat-looking circuitboard coasters that come packaged in a metal tin with a circuitboard top.

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Odin’s Rage Watch
A watch without hands!   The larger dot represents the hour hand position and the smaller dot for the minute hand position.

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High Voltage Laptop Bag
It makes you look like you have superpowers!  I like this one… 😦

High Voltage Laptop Bag

Check out these items at fractalspin.com.

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From clotheslines to tumble dyers, and to clotheslines again?

Posted by Indignus Vernula on July 16, 2007

The old-fashioned rows of colorful clothing flapping in a sunny breeze are not a common sight anymore.  Tumble dryers have replaced this method.  I remembered my teacher who once said, “The mother of technology is laziness.”  Not at all.  Because another saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” which I believe is true.

Tumble dryers. A French guy named Poncho invented a 1799 version of a “dryer”. Then, on June 7, 1982, George T. Sampson received a US Patent for his version of an improved rack for holding wet clothes near a heat source.  Electric tumble dryers appeared in the 20th century.

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However, energy and environment awareness grow and homeowners are getting “reacquainted” with the clothes line.  We can get many benefits from drying our clothes the “typical” way.  Clothing lasts longer because it’s not frequently banging around inside the dryer. There’s no static grip. Fresh air naturally enhances the clothing, towels, and linens so perfumes are not necessary anymore. Plus the sunshine naturally and gently bleaches and whitens.

Using free solar and wind energy instead of a dryer can prevent the emission of 1,500 pounds of greenhouse gases every year, some experts estimate, while saving a family of four up to $100 a year.

But some places are just too polluted to dry your clothes outside.  Installation of clotheslines in condos or townhouses may be banned by some cities.  Some cities only allow them only in back or side yards.  Clotheslines are easy to install.  You can also buy them at Sephora, home-improvement stores, or over the internet. 

Just some tips to remember for outdoor drying:
– Shake out the clothing before hanging to lessen wrinkles.
– Hang heaviest items at the end of the line to get the most support.
– Hang shirts and tops from the hem or tail so clothespin marks won’t show.
– Put your precious no-press clothing on hangers.
– Hang pants and skirts with their pockets pulled out.
– My mom also add vinegar to the rinsing process. She said that it removes soap residues that sometimes cause stiffness. She also told me that I don’t need to worry about the smell because the odor disappears as the clothing dries.  I never tried it yet…

And some facts to remember:
– Wind and sun’s heat can kill molds, so hang out those moldy items.
– It is perfect for drying rubber mats, rubber-backed rugs, king size linens, or your Welcome doormat.
– King Sun can bleach out some ghostly gray stains.
– It’s sunbathing at the same time.
– It leaves fresh smell on your clothes and linens.

So enjoy your next laundry, and be sure not to expose your signature clothing within your neighbors’ sight… you might not see it again. 🙂

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MS Excel Shortcuts

Posted by Indignus Vernula on July 14, 2007

I’m doing my report on Excel then I got a little bored.  Experimented on some hot keys and look what I discovered…  “Ctrl” shortcut key combinations. 😀

Ctrl +            Removes the border of the selected cell/s.

Ctrl +              Displays Delete Row/Column/Cell dialog box

Ctrl + :             Enters the current time.

Ctrl + ;             Enters the current date.

Ctrl +            Displays Insert dialog box.

Ctrl +             Format Cell dialog box.

Ctrl + 2             Applies/removes bold text.

Ctrl + 3             Applies/removes italic text.

Ctrl + 4             Applies/removes underlined text.

Ctrl + 5             Applies/removes strikethrough text.

Ctrl + 6             I don’t know. 😐

Ctrl +             Displays/hides the standard bar.

Ctrl + 8             I don’t know… something about the outline symbols. This is the prompt when I pressed it: Cannot show outline symbols because no outline exists on the active worksheet. Create an outline? Yes No

Ctrl +             Hides the selected row/s.

Ctrl + 0             Hides the selected column/s.

Ctrl + G             Go To

Ctrl + K             Inserts hyperlink

 I hope it will help you.  Have a good one. 🙂

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