Monday, July 31, 2006

Get the Phone-it may be a picture

Getting those small images on your phone are one of the great things about being a parent.  While you sit home, the young people are out doing all sorts of new and interesting activities.  Sometimes, they even manage to get you to give it a try. 

Take my son-in-law, Keith , for example.  You can see him in the picture at a Houston baseball game.  That looks like fun.  Thanks to the phone, I got to share it.  I think I'm going to like these pictures. 

Friday, July 28, 2006

Thomas L. Friedman, the World is Flat

Internet video on demand is one of the wonders of our time.  The Charlie Rose program you can get for free by clicking the link above will give you a chance to hear one of the great thinkers and writers of our day. 

Friedman cuts to the chase.  He shows some of the thought processes used in his book, The World is Flat and explains why energy is the primary problem the United States should have as a national priority.  He outlines many  the good things an energy program could do for education, world leadership and the world economy. 

Friedman is a wonderful speaker.  You don't get that from his book but it comes out in this video.  He loves metaphors.  When he uses one, you get it. 

Google video has wonderful programs like the Charlie Rose show that can't be matched anywhere else.  I recommend you try it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Oregon National Guard to Train UN forces in Mongolia

More than 90 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from the Corvallis- and Eugene-based Bravo Company 2nd Battalion 162nd Infantry will travel to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for three weeks in August.

How strange it is that the Oregon National Guard would be going to Mongolia to train as possible UN peace keepers.  That is certainly not the role I would expect the Guard to be playing.

The Corvallis Gazette Times reports that

The Dentist just isn't what he used to be.

My trip to the dentist was a breeze. What a difference from the days when they might have to hold you in the chair. Where is that hugh needle that used to make you feel so brave?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

History's Surprises - television in 1931

At a garage sale recently, I bought a copy of Reader's Digest for November 1931 for 10 cents.  On page 91 of that issue,  there is an article 'How about Television' condensed from Forbes magazine. 

I was shocked to learn that the USA had 15000 television sets in use that year, 1931.  The article describes video conferencing and video telephones. 

It also goes into the work that Farnsworth and others are were doing.

At that time, stations were broadcasting a 45 line screen but great hopes were held for the future.  Some were trying 500 lines. 

My historical model had television coming in after World War II.  Have to modify that.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Death of a Young Woman

Lynching was used to stop religious discussion in Niger.  The officals seemed to have no great concern.  The victim was labeled as insane but, of course, she could not be identified. 

I have to wonder what the letter she left at the mosque contained.  Who called for her punishment?  

The voice of reason must speak out in these cases.

This is a great injustice and a shame to the country of Niger.

Religion Kills

Religion Kills :

The writer has interesting observations on  Bill Moyers new program, Faith and Reason. 

His comments on proper editing between segments left me somewhat perplexed.  I would like to have some more explaination of what he would require in the way of editing. 

Faith and Reason - with Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers and his wife are interviewed on the Charlie Rose program. 

They are speaking of the necessity of free discussion of religious thought and of the dangers of dogmatic beliefs and believers. 

Their new program on friday nights on NPR interviews great modern thinkers and artists with a view to their spiritual beliefs.

Itunes had podcasts of this program available which I have downloaded.  The video and these podcasts are a great example of how to conduct such a discussion and of some of the questions that might be asked. 

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman discusses teaching and his involvement with the creation of the atomic bomb.  This video shows what a great teacher he is.  It is wonderful to watch.  Feynman shows how knowing the name  of anything is not knowing the thing.

I discover Charlie Rose

Alan Alda and Brian Greene did a great job of discussing the job of intrepreting science for the public.  Alan brought out how important it is to grab the attention of the listener.  He also showed his concern for letting the entertainment value overwhelm the scientific truth. 

The program was free today on


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

I am reading a book by Charley O'Kieffe. The book relates his life in western Nebraska from 18

I am reading a book by Charley O'Kieffe.  The book relates his life in western Nebraska from 1884 to 1898.  This book is one of the thousands of gems that lay buried in the back of old book stores.  I got my copy from an antique store in Bay City, Michigan for three dollars. 
Charlie writes of things that happened to my family during their time in Nebraska.  I really like the book.

Meeting Margarete Hewitt

Today, Candice and I had to take her Blazer over to Old Castle to check on the brakes.  The pedal had been going through the free travel, hitting the braking position and then collapsing about 2 more inches.  That sounded like air in the brake lines or a bad master cylinder.  The mechanic bled the brake lines. 
We are trying the vehicle out to see if that fixes the problem. 

I went from Caro directly to the museum in Bay City.  I trained Margaret Hewitt in the research library.  Margaret is a student at Alma College.  She is studing history and antropology. 


Sunday, July 9, 2006

Becky Piazza's Wedding to Gene Solgate

Yesterday, I sang 'A Household of Faith' at Becky and Gene Solgate's wedding.  The song went very well.  I was pleased since I didn't have that much time to practice. 


This was the first time that I used a computer to play the music for a performance.   I ran Audicity, a music program, to produce the instrumentals. 


We went to the 'Grill on the Green' for the reception. 


Everything was very nice.

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Linda and I in Los Cabos

Dave and Laura were here. We went to Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village. It was great fun. Annabel was there.

I found out how to add pictures to the journal so I tried one of my favorites from Los Cabos.  Sister and I had a great day.