Thursday, December 24, 2009

Avatar is a landmark film

Avatar is a remarkable film. Its also my first 3D movie. The glasses are horn rimmed now. they don't give me headaches and you can walk to the restroom without taking them off. They won't help your image on date night though.

The story is interesting so you will not be bored duing the 240 minutes of the show. The combat scenes are made for the movies. We still have gunners in guntubs and Patton's view of tank warfare is still with us. Oh sure we have neat but lumbering exoskeleton robots but nobody is into Net-centric communications.

This movie is a retelling of the European taking of America. The native scenes remind me of Catlin's paintings. The native charge on insect horses remind me of the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

I like the movie. Don't look here for what combat on one of the new exo-planets might be like though.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

American Samoa and My Wife's Sewing Machine

The Foot to my wife's Singer Sewing Machine arrived today. It came all the way from American Samoa and works just perfectly. I am thrilled. We had gone to a local sewing shop that only had the wrong part with didn't work at all. The net and T N T sewing solved my problem.

I got three feet and a holder for $15 including shipping. The machine is fixed and I am very happy.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"1. Ballad Of The Alamo - Marty Robbins" This haunting melody has alway stuck in my mind since I heard it over forty years ago.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

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This was always one of my favorite songs. I can never know how much movies influenced my view of the world and of morality, but I suspect it is a great deal.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vassar News - Topix

Vassar News - TopixIs the local paper letting you down? Do you miss knowing what is happening in your local community?  Try topix.   I signed in to Vassar’s listings where I found a few things that I didn’t know about local happenings.  I will definitely be back to the topix site in the future.

Vassar News - Topix

Friday, July 24, 2009

Oliver 770 Generator

I got the generator back from the repair shop today. Now to hook it up and pray for the best. It will be so great to have the Oliver 770 back online again.
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NUMMI just the latest in Silicon Valley's long history of manufacturing job losses - San Jose Mercury News

So the plant that I went to for training on the Toyota Production System is in danger  of closing.  I spent a very valuable two week period in this plant in the late 90’s.  Now, it seems, the plant is no longer needed.

NUMMI just the latest in Silicon Valley's long history of manufacturing job losses - San Jose Mercury News

Interior Design Deals

Interior Design Deals
Katy and Bill have a link for shopping on their website. I will have to try this out. It is a new form of web business for me

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Daily Rambles on Fora TV

Culture and Religion in Europe

I really wish I had time to study anything to an ample degree.  This video gives hints of some of the dramatic changes that are happening in Europe.  It gives a structure of thought that could be used with other approaches and introduces me to a writer that is well know but not known to me.



Ian Buruma is well represented on the net and in print.    He spoke well in this discussion with Caryl Phillips on changes in european culture. 

The technical aspects of this video are not well done but it is still worthwhile.



Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rodents Love Engine Wires

Rodents Love Engine Wires

Today, I got a $200 shock when my local GM mechanic pulled the top cover off my 2004 Buick LaSabre 3800 and found a mouse nest and a good bit of wire damage where you would expect nothing. A quick internet check revealed that the world has changed and harness insulation now includes soy oil which the little critters love. This seems to be an extensive problem so check your vehicles. My Buick is driven everyday so don't think that makes you safe.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009


This site has an interview with .  It is a very interesting view of the arrival of a new age. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Daily Rambles

This was a good day.  I got the last of the shingles for the ridge of the garage.  I worked at the library and got to see Pine Ridge.  I plan to do some weed wacking there tomorrow.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Science Illustrated has this interesting picture of a robot like machine that is the pride of its maker and at least fifty years out of date in approach. Does this man have internet access.?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Katy and Bill


One of the best things about social networking like Facebook is the quick views of what is taking place in the lives of those you care about. I just love it. Before Facebook, I probably would have never seen this great picture of daughter, Kate, and her husband Bill.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A New Model for Generating the News

I am sure that there is a need for paid, professional news sources. I don’t see a future for organizations that charge for repeating wire stories on paper. The whole distribution process is in competition with almost free distribution of electronic information that can be audio or video as well as editable and copy-capable. My 3G phone is closer than that awkward paper on the table and gives me access to papers that I never had before.

It is possible that we don’t need paid writers. The USA has so many people who do a great job of writing as an art form or interest. We also have a great number of institutions who distribute well done information for free. That doesn’t cover everything though.

We need something like the wire service that provides the key link between events and written reports of them. This business service needs to be paid by micropayments made to the writer who pays a set fee to the distributing organization. It would be an ebay of reports and ideas. The free market would determine the need for professional, paid writers.

I wrote this in response to a posting on TWO Cents

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Had a good day visiting

Had a good day visiting Sue's cousins , Bruce and Vernon Hayes in Torrence, Califirnia. We went to Rodondo Beach where we visited the Pier.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

FW: storm

We have wind chills of down to 25 below.. The wind is wipping. The snow just started. We are supposed to get up to 5 inches. I am not enjoying this.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A January Trip to the Casino


I am simply not much of a casino person. I see every bet as a potential loss not a gain. I did have fun on the trip though. The people we went with were fun and the day was sunny. I wanted to see what each of these two casinos looked like. Both were very nice. We went to St. Ignace first and then on to Sault Saint Marie. Sault Saint Marie is the bigger of the two.

I found a twenty dollar bill so that made the day.
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