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Mountain Man

Gerald Keep – 10/25/2018 Sometimes I look at the rolling ridges of Tennessee and take pride in my mountain heritage. But my childhood memories were not of these soft green hills, but of the higher, jagged teeth of the exposed formations out West. My ancestors homesteaded in what is now Rocky Mountain National Park. I … Continue reading

Our Chosen Adventure: Adoption

Our Chosen Adventure: Adoption Gerald T. Keep, 8/23/2018 It wasn’t hard for me to come to terms with the idea of never leaving a copy of my genes behind as my legacy to the world. I mean, I am not some prize bull or pedigree dog whose claim to fame is their genetic profile. I … Continue reading

How Best to Change (Back) the Climate

Dr. G. Keep, July 2018 87% of our CO2 emissions are from burning fossil fuels. The knee-jerk reaction is to switch to solar power, or renewable fuels (but these are just solar power with a biological delivery mechanism). Unfortunately, our CO2 creation is 2-3x what all the plant and marine life on Earth is currently … Continue reading

If These Walls Could Talk – Our Garden Shed

This short-short story was accepted by the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange for inclusion in their monthly radio show, this month’s theme being “If these walls could talk”.  Hope you enjoy. We four walls are a team, holding up this tin roof, but we were not always so. One of us used to be a garage door. … Continue reading

New Abstract, July 2018

After stepping away awhile, even I found my old abstract unreadable. Here is a much clearer version of what my book is about. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New Abstract, July 2018 Two insights from quantum statistical thermodynamics allow new interpretations of observations in Astronomy: Firstly, that entropy demands that the electrons’ wave functions in monatomic hydrogen will populate … Continue reading

Cats vs. Dogs, or Mavericks? Observations on human social models.

In reading “The Horse” by Wendy Williams, she points out that very, very few of the animal species in the world could truly be domesticated by mankind, notably dogs, cats, and horses. This is because these animals were adapted to very special ecological niches that required a social behavior. Mankind did not so much change … Continue reading

The Proactive Buyer’s Pledge

This is a push-back against the barrage of marketing that has been beating down on us.  I’m suggesting somebody should start a list of people who pledge NEVER to respond to aggressive marketing contacts (phone, email, etc.) and to only buy from companies to whom they reached out themselves.  It’s sort of like a do-not-call list … Continue reading

Abstract – A New Paradigm in Physics

A modern quantum physics perspective is applied to the interpretations given to foundation experiments from the early 1900’s; in many cases they fall short. An alternative set of self-consistent explanations that better fits our modern understanding of wave mechanics is presented Light, being an electromagnetic wave, interacts with (in fact is carried by) every atomic … Continue reading

What’s With All These Credit Card Calls?

If you run a small business you probably get 1-2 calls per day from companies that want to provide you credit card processing services. Obviously there is money behind it, if the sharks are circling like this, but really, what’s going on? I’ve been on and off the road for the last 6 months representing … Continue reading

The Big Wobble

For this to make sense, you need to see something best demonstrated with a racket-like object — pingpong paddle or such.  However, a paperback book with the pages rubber-banded shut will work.  Spin it like a record on a turn-table and it does what you expect.  Spin it around the handle (or the long axis … Continue reading

Historic Appendix – Timeline of Interest

The latest installment for my book…. Historic Appendix This list of scientific advances since 1800 is meant to give more insight into how recently in human history we developed the foundations for understanding quantum mechanics. A few historic references are thrown in for perspective. For more detail, I heartily recommend Dr. Asimov’s “Chronology of Science … Continue reading

Section 14 – Cold Fusion and Prometheus

Pons and Fleischmann brought us the concept of cold fusion, wherein two deuterium atoms (each having one proton and one neutron in the nucleus) trapped inside a special metal crystal lattice might be squeezed at a pinch-point and encouraged to merge into a helium atom (having two protons and two neutrons).  This would be a cheap and safe … Continue reading

Section 13 – Mass, Gravity, and FTL Effects

So we’ve explored the idea that a neutron is an energetic oscillator that is potentially coupled to the other nucleotides around it, if just one of them is excited into becoming a hydrogen atom, sharing the excitation energy that is the electronic wave function.  It is strongly coupled to those close enough to be in the … Continue reading

Section 12 – Proton-proton interactions, or so it seems

So, why should there be a proton-proton repulsion, mechanically speaking?  Both particles are considered to have wave functions that chop off at nuclear distances, so at long distance, their wave functions don’t interact.  By what spooky “force at a distance” (historic paraphrase) could an electrostatic repulsion occur between them? The key here is to look again … Continue reading

Section 11 – New World View Summary – And another problem uncovered

So, let’s summarize the concepts explored in this work so far, from the bottom up.  I will italicize the parts that conventional physicists may have a problem with. 1. Neutrons are the smallest stable particle (on a chemist’s scale).  They have a magnetic moment, so have spinning charges, but the symmetry of the wave functions is such … Continue reading

Section 10 – Sharing Electrons – How Protons and Neutrons Interact

Okay, so what happens when you put identical harmonic oscillators next to each other?  If you’ve followed through the chapters, you know.  They share the excitation energy, resulting in lower Gibbs free energy, more stability, and a release of energy into the random universe, allowing entropy to increase. So if a hydrogen atom (aka proton-electron … Continue reading

Section 9 – Proton Wave Functions – Electrons as a Side Effect

In the previous chapter we touched on the idea that mass is a vibration along the positive-negative charge dimension. It is fun to speculate on just what the collapsed wave function of a neutron would look like that appears to have no outside charge, yet has angular momentum and mass.  I admit that the details are … Continue reading

Section 8 – Hydrogen as an Excited State of a Neutron

This chapter title says it all.  I want you to think of a proton-electron pair (aka hydrogen atom) as the excited state of a neutron. Both sub-atomic reactions are possible and observed, p+ plus e- => n, and n => p+ plus e-.  Both reactions have book-keeping problems with angular momentum, so have virtual particles called neutrinos absorbed … Continue reading

Section 7 – Overlapping Wave Functions – Mass and its Basis Set

Now that we’ve disposed of the ether question for light waves, we have to face the same question as regards the waves that make up matter.  To do that right you’re going to have to dig deeper into modern physics than I’m comfortable with, and maybe the answers involve quarks and maybe they don’t.  I’m … Continue reading

Section 6 – How Light Moves – Coupled Oscillators

The historic debate about whether there is such a thing as the “ether” cuts at the question of whether there is a medium through which light travels.  The assumption there is that light, an electromagnetic wave phenomenon, exists independently of the stuff that is being polarized.  This was discussed in the earlier chapter touching on the … Continue reading

Section 5 – Red Shift-iness – Expanding Universe?

Hubble was an astronomer, honored by having the massive orbital telescope named after him. He is most famous for discovering the “Hubble Red-Shift”.  He established the distance to other galaxies by looking at known start types and using observed intensity to calculate how far away they must be.  The interesting thing is that he notice that the spectrum … Continue reading

Section 4 – The Nature of Light – Looking for an Ether Wind?

One of the great controversies in history, back when we were still grappling with relativity, was the question “if light is a wave, what is the medium?”  Whatever this medium was, it was given the name the “ether”.  People tried to figure out what the ether was, and thought it would be the canvas on … Continue reading

Section 3 – How Big Is an Atom? – Wave-Particle Duality

Which came first, the Auto or the Atom?  This sensationalist heading from a grad-school poster I put together made a point that the legitimate debate about whether atoms really existed is very young in our culture. The original idea that there might be a point where you can’t divide matter any further came from the … Continue reading

Section 1 – Relative to What – Faster than Light?

Einstein published five landmark papers in a single year, 1905, now called his “Miracle Year” (see book of that title).  This swiss patent clerk burst onto the stage in a discontinuous way that later caused conspiracy theorists to speculate that he was fronting someone else’s work, specifically a woman scientist that could get no “street … Continue reading

Section 2 – Problems with Gravity – Unified Field Theory

The “Greats” of Quantum Mechanics struggled to find a “Universal” Field Theory.  This means one set of equations that explains both electrical fields and gravity at the same time.  They seem to be totally independent of each other, which flies in the face of the elegance of most physical phenomena.  Everything else fits together so … Continue reading

MOI Labs Shutting Down

It is with a heavy heart, but a bit of relief, that I’m letting you all know that MOI Labs, Inc. will be shutting down at the end of 2015. We appreciated the opportunity to bring the community our green technology products, but we never had the resources to really develop the market; sales never … Continue reading

Tricities Green Drinks presentation Oct. 28th, 2015

Green Drinks is a national organization that gets people together each month over drinks to talk about Green developments in the community.  Kyle Meister runs the Tricities chapter, and he is rotating us through each town.  Last month was in Johnson City. This month, I will be presenting an overview of the various Green Technology … Continue reading

SLS vs. Soap

I write this not as a health expert, but as a concerned business owner trying to make green choices. SLS or Sodium Laurel Sulfate is an alternative to soap (or detergent), and is found in many, many products that most people use.  It is in Dawn dishwashing soap and most shampoos.  Now, there is some … Continue reading

Tesla’s Nightmare

Okay, so imagine we collect solar energy on the bright side of the planet and, lacking adequate battery technology, we wire it to the dark side of the planet for their use too.  This continues as the Earth turns, with huge amounts of electrical current going round and round the equator daily.  Do this on massive … Continue reading

About our name

Missing Octave Insights, Inc, is an S-corporation based in Jonesborough TN.  Our latest mission is to facilitiate community-based green enterprises in this area.  We hope you will become a part of it. But first, some history.  I was brought up believing that I was born with special gifts (as we all are) and that if I did … Continue reading

Welcome to www.MissingOctave.com

If you went to http://www.MissingOctave.com and found yourself here, and you wonder why, read on. The history of our website evolution has been a prime example of planned obsolescence.  I began using Frontpage and a domain hosted on Yahoo.com to create the original http://www.MissingOctave.com website.  It has copies of our resumes, discussion of our scientific developments, photos … Continue reading

Earth Day – April 22 or the March Equinox

We celebrate Earth Day as if Mother Earth was a person, sometimes called Gaia, worth recognizing. This analogy between the interconnected ecosystems of the Earth and person is actually a pretty good one. We have many internal systems in dynamic equilibrium, that is to say, held in place between a balance of forces. We get … Continue reading

New twist on an old card game

Something for the heavy dark of winter. You all know the card game, “War”, I suppose.  Split the deck, simultaneously flip two cards, winner takes them both and puts them on the bottom of their half of the deck.  Whoever ends up with all the cards wins.  In the event of a tie, you do a … Continue reading

Arithmetic, Population, and Energy

This talk by Dr. Al Bartlett is both a lesson in simple consequences of growth rates, and a discussion of historic consumption of resources such as petroleum, coal, and space.  It’s an hour and a quarter, but it kept me riveted.  It is clear that humankind’s situation is far worse than we’ve been led to believe by … Continue reading

Appropriate Religious Response to Climate Change

A quote: “Climate change is the gravest danger facing humanity today. We are already experiencing its effects — rising sea levels, catastrophic storms, species extinction — but the potential effects of climate change are even more devastating. And while climate change affects all of us, its consequences will be felt most profoundly by the most … Continue reading

Our Herbal Irritant

Here at MOI Labs, we’re trying to find better, greener alternatives to the way things are done now.  One biggie is the use of very strong herbicides, some persistant and get into your garden compost, some that kill bees and other beneficial insects. There is a recipe floating around the internet, which is mostly vinegar, … Continue reading

Environmental Crisis

Scientists and the media have been batting around all kinds of doomsday scenarios from global warming to asteroid strikes.  Let me throw out another one that I haven’t heard people focus on.  I first threw this idea out in my book “People of the Red Tide”, a middle-shool work of fiction about an environmentally concerned whale, … Continue reading

Coping with Toilet Paper

As a child I was told to take 3 squares of TP and fold them over parallel, so that they overlapped perfectly.  This would be the right amount to get the job done, without breaking, and not waste excess.  In the golden age of consumption, that worked well. Fast forward 50 years.  Now, while I … Continue reading

Cleaning Clues

This piece of literature was worked up for our Green Technology cleaning and floor care product line. ——– Cleaning Clues Here we talk about everything from soap bubbles to brighter whites.  Just a start to get you thinking about what the different cleaners do. Soap and pH The earliest soaps were made by breaking up … Continue reading

Doc McConnell CD’s

Bit of a commercial update here — sorry ’bout that. At one time I was helping the McConnells by putting their complete story-telling CD collection on Amazon.  For the last 2 years or so, stock was down — out of print — and I was too busy trying to start a business — so I … Continue reading