Sunday, December 31, 2006
While driving about 10 minutes later I started seeing a vertical line in the eastern sky with a color spectrum. It was not much of an arc since the water in the atmosphere must have been raining in that small section of sky.
So long 2006 may things get better in 2007.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
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We enjoyed trying to get it going down the stairs.
Monday, December 25, 2006
A few things I try to do each Christmas besides spend a lot of time with family and attend religious services is read the story "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. I have a book with 4 of his stories published by Gramercy Press in 1982. I keep the ribbon on page 531 to mark where the Christmas Carol begins. Surprisingly, it is a somewhat short story ending on page 585.
I also try to watch a version of Christmas Carol on DVD. There are three that I have: Scrooge from 1951 starring Alastair Sim, A Christmas Carol from 1984 starring George C. Scott, and A Christmas Carol from 1999 starring Patrick Stewart.
We also try to watch Bill Murray in Scrooged who has some great lines in the comedy adaptation.
I also try to watch It's A Wonderful Life.
I wish everyone a happy Christmas and a safe new year. As Tiny Tim says at the end, "God Bless Us, Every One!"
Sunday, December 24, 2006
The gadget that caught me eye though was the USB missile launcher from thinkgeek.com. It reminds me of a Hawk anti-aircraft missile battery used by the military. Apparently, you can use the computer to aim the battery and fire it. I guess if someone enters your work area, you can unleash a foam missile barrage to drive them off.
I went to the Think Geek website and they also have the USB rocket launcher which has larger range than the missle launcher and the laser guided missile launcher to help improve targeting accuracy. What an arms race they have going!
Friday, December 22, 2006
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
They recommend the following for storing in your vehicle:
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Warm clothing
- Small can of waterproof matches
- high calorie food
- fully charged cell phone
- container of sand or cat litter
- booster cables
- flashlight with extra batteries
- water container
- tow rope
- first aid kit
- tool kit
I am wondering if there is a product that people in the car in Oregon could have used to help air searchers see their vehicle better. Maybe a flashing LED or strobe that can be powered from a solar charger. I looked on the web and there seems to be some products out there using electronics that stand out. Maybe cars should carry an emergency dynamo for charging cell phones and batteries.
Small airplanes carry some sort of beacon device that goes off when they crash or something like this. Maybe cars can have this too. Of course, cars can with the Onstar system and maybe this a reason to get such a system that goes off when the car is in an accident or stranded.
Monday, December 11, 2006
This blog entry lists some interesting medical software sites:
This site has some computer security links:
This site has a variety of different circuit designs:
This site is the ultimate boot CD
Links to explore about the NBC show Heroes
Saturday, December 09, 2006
I try to carry 1 or 2 flashlights in the car. Usually, a D cell or AA cell Maglite. Other things I have:
- tire gauge
- manual air pump
- philips screwdriver
- expired cell phone with charger (still works with 911 calls)
- fire extinguisher
- first aid kit
- quarters and other change
- phone book
- sometimes a floor jack that can lift 2.25 tons
- small shovel if chance of snow
- 5 gallon bucket of sand in case of snow (more buckets for weight)
- blankets in case of snow
- bottled water (at least 3 bottles if snow)
- saline for contacts
- window reflector to keep sun out in summer when parked
- canned tuna or fruit & can opener
- sometimes in the winter, a candle in a sealed jar
- thermometer to check vent air temperature
I think the things I use most are the air pump and tire gauge. I try to keep the tire pressure correct for better gas mileage and tire wear. I have helped a number of people with tire issues because of it.
The one thing I might add is an empty gasoline container. A couple of tools to add would be a cresent wrench and some adjustable pliers.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I sometimes try some things mentioned, like go the speed limit after coming out of congested area instead of pacing with cars around me who drive 70+ mph and then end up hitting their brakes 2 miles down the road where another congested area has formed. You have to fight the herd mentality and realize that you are just wasting energy trying to get to the end of the next line really fast.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
So as the siren of the night sky calls... for now I will avoid that opportunity to get sick.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
I began harvesting the watermelons last week. A picture shows the wheel barrel with some melons. The two striped melons are Crimson Sweet and weighed about 10 lbs each. The three solid green melons are Mountain Hoosier and they weighed about 8 lbs a piece. The smaller melons with the whitish haze on them weigh between 2.5-7 lbs a piece and those are Sugar Baby melons.
I also picked on the Charleston Gray Melons and it came in at 19.8 lbs.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
It is a Sugar Baby that only weighs 3 lbs so it is pretty small. The vine was dead so I picked the melon. There are about 6 Sugar Babies left, 3 Mountain Hoosier, 6 Charleston Grey, 2 Crimson Sweet, and 4 Rattlesnake.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
More information can be found about it at: http://www.vintageindiana.com/
I visited about 11 different winery tables and probably sampled 14 different wines. When you enter the park and you have an adult tasting ticket ($17 if purchased early) you are given a wine glass. You present the wine glass at the winery table and tell them which wine you would like to taste. They pour a sample usually to the line at the bottom of the glass that might fill it 1/8 of the way up. After you taste that you can ask for more samples. If you find a wine you like you can purchase it at the tent. If you want to buy a lot, you can have them send it to a wine pick up tent and they will box it so you can get it to your vehicle easier.
My favorite wine was the Catawba from French Lick Winery. Usually the Red wines from wineries which I think are made from Concord grapes are what I like to sample. Fruity wines like blackberry and cherry are also some I like to sample.
The weather was nice with partly cloudy skies and a nice breeze. The park has a lot of old large trees that make it nice to sit under the shade and listen to the bands that play at the main stage while drinking wine and eating cheese/sausage/fruit.
Here are some pictures I took of the event:
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
As I drove back I aimed my digital camera toward the sky and set it in movie mode. It captured a pretty neat video that maybe I will post on YouTube if I can find some editing software.
The drive back had quite a sky show. I just wish I could have caught more of it on video.
Here are a few frames from that movie:
Also he has a neat story about his impressions of the ride:
One last thing, next year I need to bring my camera!!!
A couple of things I need to remember for next year: 1) Put on sun block. My arms are reddish looking though they do not hurt. 2) Get a second water bottle for the bicycle. I had to stop and refill my bottle during the ride. 3) Fix my trip computer so I can tell my distance and speed. 4) Do not get their so early if they start the ride at 11 am or ride around some before starts.
When the Mayor Abramson open the event with some remarks, he said it is hard to please everyone. Last year people wanted a later start so they could get the kids ready to start and this year people are saying why are we not starting. I think a compromise would be to have a staggered start. Let the faster, more seasoned riders start first at an earlier time. Maybe 15-30 minutes later let a moderate paced group start. Last let a slower, more relaxed pace group start. This would let the police close the roads off at intervals so the traffic does not build on some roads for long periods of time.
I thought the traffic control people did an excellent job this year. Also the EMS and police were patrolling the route helping people who had wrecks or were suffering from heat issues. We did see something kind of interesting. A car stopped because a cyclist collided with it. Apparently, the driver stopped a stop sign and the cyclist behind him ram the car thinking he would go through the sign. Stop signs are the bane of cyclists since you lose that forward momentum.
All and all a nice day but being out in that sun was draining.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
The main discovery is that Voyager 2 while about 2 billion closer to Sun than Voyager 1 is encountering the edge of the solar system. Since the power generator will maybe last till 2020, the spacecraft will still be sending data when they might reach interstellar space. I find this intriguing because these craft along with some of the NASA Pioneer probes (and maybe some Russian spacecraft) could one day be the only remains of life on Earth.
According to the entry for Earth on Wikipedia, the Sun will become a red dwarf in 5 billion years. The increased radiation should wipe out most life on Earth at this time. As the sun cools that will be it for our solar system. More about this can be found at the link below:
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
We would hear a bird moving in the pipe on Saturday mornings in the upstairs bathroom. So I went into the attic and found that the 3 foot flexible pipe contained dead grass and twine. I tried to block the pipe with mesh but the bird pushed through it. So we got a ladder and installed a bird/rodent cage over top the outer flaps. The cage can be obtained from Home Depot for about $10.
We were out this evening digging a sidewalk that will go around the side of the house and I heard a bird fluttering near the house next door. It looked like a starling with a plastic wrapper in its mouth. It was trying to get into the flap but could not after 3 attempts. The fourth attempt it took its talons and grabbed onto the bottom of the frame and swung up using its beak to pop open one of the flaps. It got the flap open and squeezed into the hole but lost the plastic wrapper. I wish I could have caught this with the camera.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
So I looked for the Moonrush book I found that there was show call The Space Show. You can download MP3s and listen to them later.
I found this show from Starizona called Let's Talk Stars. The show is hosted by astronomers Dave and Wendee Levy.
Monday, February 06, 2006
The Nissan NX-1600 puts out 110 degree F air when the vent is selected for lowest air flow rate, front vents, and full heat. If the flow selector is set to front and floor vents the temperature on the front vent is 80 degrees F. If the defrost vent is selected, the front vent goes to 60 degrees F. The vent is also set to allow fresh air in so that makes the air cooler. The outside air was in the 30s when the measurements were made.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I was able to go out and get some pictures of the moon tonight. The temperature is much warmer than when I was out last collecting pictures. There was quite a bit more light and the camera seemed saturated at times.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
I found this site selling solar energy equipment.
This website is quite a gem. It talks about incentive programs in Kentucky encouraging the use of solar water heaters and power generation. Starting this year federal energy tax credits are in place. This site has quite a lot of information about solar water heating. After reading some of this information, I definitely will consider installing a system. It would be tricky to get plumbing from the roof to the hot water heater with the house already finished though.
Friday, January 06, 2006
This site has lots of airline plane pictures.
This site has lots of airplane news.
Monday, January 02, 2006
Here is a picture of the storm heading in. Since temperatures were in the 70s F, the cold front created quite an energetic storm.
After the storm, the sun came out and with evening storms that means a possibility of a rainbow. A double rainbow appeared as rain was continuing to fall. Very neat.
Close up of a rainbow. If I had a wide angle lens, the entire rainbow would appear in the image. It made a complete arc from visible horizon to horizon.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
I also thought what would different print look like under the computer microscope. So I cut out samples to view from the Louisville Courier Journal, Wall Street Journal, and a HP Photosmart 2610 inkjet. Here are the images I generated.
The image on the left is the Courier Journal (CJ) s character magnified 60 times.
The image on the right is the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) s character magnified 60 times
Comparing the two, the CJ s is darker and has more ink spots or smudges. The fonts are different and of different sizes so an exact comparison is difficult.
Image on left is CJ dot magnified x200. There looks to be a blue fiber in the paper, I wonder if this means it is recycled paper?
WSJ dot magnified x200 times. Their press looks to be using less ink than the CJ press.
Image on the left is dot made by HP Photosmart 2610 printer. Not sure dpi setting when page was printed. A few stray black dots also font seems to produce square dots instead of round ones. Paper quality was much better than that of the newspapers shown in earlier images.