Auto-Fill

sadly-the-inventor-of-predictive-text-has-died-his-funfair-will-be-hello-on-sundial-65753For the PeeMan, “Auto-fill” is an old term with a weird new meaning. The PeeMan has been auto-filling Pee bottles with his autofiller machine for decades, but now discovers it has nothing to do with Pee bottles at all! This is, to say the very least, troubling and even more so when you understand how the PeeMan discovered this new definition.

A few days ago, the PeeMan received a very interesting text. Now, as you can imagine, it is not unusual for the PeeMan to receive unusual texts and emails. For some reason, writing about Pee gets the creativity “flowing” so to speak. This text, however, was way different than the usual. It began with:

“I ate the woman”

Well, that caused the PeeMan to pause and then warily continue to read. To his relief, the rest of the text did not have any more menu items and it did not seem to having anything at all to do with main course. So how was the PeeMan to respond to such a communique?  Now the PeeMan’s better half has been encouraging the PeeMan to be more sensitive and diplomatic in his communications because she feels his direct style is not always the best way to go.

So the PeeMan carefully typed into his flip-phone this response:

“Just checking, did you really eat the woman?”

…and the PeeMan waited patiently for the response and within a few minutes, this appeared on his phone:

“HaHaHa, – Auto-Fill – I meant to say: The woman I was talking to.”

OK, now the PeeMan was getting really confused – what in the world did this woman have to do with the PeeMan’s filling machine?? When confused, The PeeMan often finds that a visit to the interplanetary storehouse of all knowledge can be helpful. So the PeeMan Googled “auto-fill.”

After reading the various entries, the PeeMan discovered that “auto-fill” is a feature on many smart phones with one of the highly-touted attributes being something called “predictive text.

Ok, now we were getting somewhere! But it soon was apparent that it was not anywhere the PeeMan would EVER go! “Predictive text” means that the brilliant, tiny brain in your smart phone predicts what you really want to text based upon the letters or word parts you start typing.

So when my friend started texting “The woman…”– the phone-brain took over and said to itself “I know what she wants to say” and instantly triggered the “auto-fill”, commandeered the key board and changed it all to “I ate the woman…”

Brilliant! How could anyone live without a phone feature like “auto-fill?”  The PeeMan is going to try.

Does PredatorPee® Really Work? – What the Scientists Say.

science-teacherOver the past 30+ years of our PredatorPee® business life, one of the most frequently asked questions is “does it work?”  It is an understandable question. After all, for decades we have been conditioned to think that man-made chemicals are the only solution for pest control. The idea that natural wild animal urine could work prevent deer damage, get rid of skunks, solve rat problems etc. was just plain weird!

So after PredatorPee® introduced predator urine into the marketplace as pest control product in 1986, researchers around the world started looking into how and why PredatorPee® worked.  What they found in research was the same as what we found in practice, PredatorPee® takes nature’s predator/prey instincts and puts them to work for us to repel pests in our homes, yards, gardens and farms. Here are some excerpts:

 

“Introduction of bobcat urine appeared to have significant effect on their preference in first two trials. The data consisted of the total trial investigations of reaction towards the predator’s urine. When bobcat’s urine was introduced in the maze, mice went straight to the left side where no odour was present. This allowed me to assume that they do recognize possible danger. The data showed 100% refusal to go right where the urine was located.”

The effects of Bobcat urine on the behavior of Mice ,
Karina Chechilnitskaya, Alverno College, Wisconsin

 

“The mean level of damage recorded for apple tree stems treated with undiluted bobcat urine was significantly lower than for any other treatment group. Mean damage to seedlings treated with urine was significantly less than the damage to control seedlings. For woodchucks, undiluted urine resulted in reductions in gnawing of 84-96%…”

National Wildlife Research Center Repellents

Conference 1995

 

ScienceDaily (Apr. 27, 2008) — Many animal species detect and avoid predators by smell, but this ability has largely been ignored in the study of birds, since it was traditionally thought that they did not make use of this sense. However, it has now been discovered that birds are not only capable of discerning their enemies through chemical signals, but that they also alter their behaviour depending on the perceived level of risk of predation.

 

“Predator urines act as powerful repellents against many species of mammalian herbivores.Consequently, they have considerable potential as a tool in reducing damage to agricultural crops.”

National Wildlife Research Center Repellents

Conference 1995

 

“Undiluted red fox urine was more effective at deterring browsing by snowshoe hares than were single compounds or simple mixtures derived from the urine”

Sullivan and Crump 1986.

 

 

“Meadow voles spent significantly less time on the half of the trial arena treated with bobcat urine….A traditional explanation for aversion of prey to areas treated with predator scent is that it is an adaptive behavioral response to reduce the risk of predation by minimizing activity in an area known to be frequented by a predator. The majority of prey species tested to date respond to predator urine in ways that are most easily explained as antipredator strategies…”

National Wildlife Research Center Repellents

Conference 1995

“The Talkeetna moose seem more fearful than other Alaskan moose …. a finding strengthened when Berger, using a pitching arm honed by college baseball, starts hurling snowballs loaded with wolf urine and bear scat. He observes that moose familiar with predators flee from the odors….”

The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World Joel Berger
University of Chicago Press, 2008.

 

“Feeding by deer on corn treated with coyote urine was significantly reduced.”

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Professor Stanley Ries,
Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University

Thoughts from the PeeMan: Work

Excerpt from “Thoughts for my Daughters” written for Erica, Laura and Emma

workMan is made to work and you all know that work of all kinds has been a mark of my life. But like in all things, work can be more than it should be.  I have watched all of you wrestle with the role of work in your life and I am sure the struggle continues.  You all have been told by someone along the way that you demonstrate a strong work ethic. I have worked hard for many reasons over the years, some of those reasons good, some of them bad and some of them out of shear terror of not being able to provide for my family. But there often have been times, when I have worked harder because I was trusting in God less. Don’t work by yourself, but work with God in all that you do.

Thoughts from the PeeMan: Opportunity

Excerpts from the book “Thoughts for my Daughters” written by The PeeMan for his daughters Erica, Laura and Emma – for more information read Thoughts from the PeeMan

Ready, Shoot, Aim!

opportunity-clipart-k13012583Embrace opportunities and go after them with full expectation of success. If it is not a good opportunity it will show its true colors soon, then you can stop, knowing you gave it a shot. An opportunity is like a flower seed, if see it as only what it is now,  you will cast it away without a thought. But if you see it for what it can be become, you do everything to help it grow. When God places an opportunity in front of us, its pretty exciting to see what he wants us to learn from it. It could be lessons of success or lessons of failure – but lessons from God, none-the-less.

 

 

Thoughts from the PeeMan: Problems

excerpt from “Thoughts for My Daughters” written for Erica, Laura and Emma

(refer to previous post Thoughts from the PeeMan for more explanation)

Problems:

problem-solution-road-sign-illustra-eps-vector_k12452682You’ve heard me say it in different ways, but always try to face any problem with clarity of thought. Of course, at first your vision is muddied by pain, emotion, fear, frustration and all the other emotions that tag along with problems. Push through all that until you can ask yourself what you know and what you don’t know about the problem, and break it down into its smallest components– remembering all the while that God is with you all the way. That is why problems are often opportunities in disguise. Seek God’s wisdom, apply the gifts and talents he has given you and act on each small piece of the problem.  The solution will build from those pieces.

Thoughts from the PeeMan

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The PeeMan has been told by those who know about things like this, that it is important to have a never-ending flow of good fresh content on your blog. The PeeMan is told people really like that. Even though he can’t quite figure out why people like it, the PeeMan is not going to argue about it. It seems to be settled science in the age of social media.  So over the weeks ahead, the PeeMan is going to share with you excerpts of a book he wrote in 2015 entitled “Thoughts For My Daughters”. The PeeMan has  daughters: Erica, Laura and Emma – and all have played key rolls in building, growing and operating the Pee business!  As you will see, the PeeMan’s thoughts and observations are heavily influenced by his Christian faith… so you can’t say he didn’t warn you! Here are some of the topics that the PeeMan will be covering:

Opportunity, Anxiety, Over-Thinking, Church Attendance, Pain, Communication, Patriotism, Planning, Confidence, Problems, Conflict, Question Inflection, Reaction To Others, Disagreements, Risk, End of Knowledge, Second Guessing, Failure, Self Employment, Faith, Self-Management, Fun & Humor, Giving, Solutions, Goals, Strength, Invest-Divest, Stupidity, Leadership, Success, Listening, Teaching, Tolerance, Love, Trust, Maps, Understanding Scripture, Money, Wisdom, Words, Nature, Work, World View, Nehemiah Method, Worry

Spiders Creeping You Out? Finally A Natural Solution.

multi-spider-silhouette-backgroundSpiders – you either automatically think of Charlotte’s Web and appreciate their beauty and their innate ability to create intricate webs or your mind flashes to scenes from Arachnaphobia and you run away screaming in disgust. There really is no neutral ground. If you are in the first category, then this article is not for you. You go enjoy the dark corners filled with webs, the gigantic arachnids living under your deck or dock and the occasional eight legged arthropod that wants to join you in the shower.

For the rest of you(and me), living in fear of the next unexpected spider encounter in your home or outside recreational area, there is finally a solution. What I love about this particular product is that it is natural, safe for use around pets and only needs to be applied weekly. NEW SpiderGuard from the makers of PredatorPee is one of the additions in our new line of insect products. And no, they are not urine products, so no fear about making your kitchen smell like a bobcat or wolf marked its territory.

The unique formula in SpiderGuard takes advantage of the special bristles spiders have on their legs that allow them to smell and “taste.” They just don’t like it and they want to get far away!

SpiderGuard is an all-natural, effective way to get rid of spiders for good. Just spray the areas where you don’t want them once a week until your spider problem is gone. This all-natural spider repellent spray is safe for use inside and outside and will not harm pets. You can use SpiderGuard in attics, basements, sheds, decks, spider-guarddocks, boats, RVs, bathrooms and anywhere else you don’t want spiders.

I took some with me camping recently at Peaks Kenny State Park and sprayed it underneath the wooden picnic table. I enjoyed a week free from daddy long legs crawling on me during supper. Plus, unlike some of our other products, it smells great too. Try some out, you won’t be disappointed.  100% PeeMan Approved!