Quick time-lapse attempt to photograph Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted By on August 22, 2017

For the good photos check in with NASA (above) or a professional photographer who travels to the optimal locations and spends more than 5 minutes taping a welding filter to his camera … for a less than perfect “time-lapse” solar eclipse attempt, check my photos below. It was at least fun to mark the occasion; maybe I’ll give it another try in 2024?

Sun and moon eclipse photos aside, the real treat was a NASA photographer catching the International Space Station passing in front of the sun while in partial eclipse (below) ... how cool is that?

Ready to check out the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse?

Posted By on August 21, 2017

The last time our continent had a total solar eclipse was 1991 and so getting a chance to view 2017’s is a rare opportunity. Not everybody will be traveling to the “belted area” across the country, but most will have a chance to see a partial eclipse.

According to NASA, “an estimated 500 million people will be able to observe the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, in partial or total form: 391 million in the U.S., 35 million in Canada, and 119 million in Mexico (plus Central America and parts of South America and northwestern Europe).”

For those of us in and around Cincinnati, but still on Eastern Standard Time, get ready to check out the sky in the mid-afternoon. Below is the NASA map projecting the Total Solar Eclipse as it passes from west to east — NOTE: Bowling Green KY and Nashville TN along I-65 look like pretty good spots.

If you end up with cloud cover or miss the opportunity to view, there is another total eclipse opportunity in the U.S. in 2024 depending on where you live.

Chastised for not updating on grandparenthood

Posted By on August 20, 2017

AnnalynLittlePineaple170813Dar Jones, an out of state friend of ours regularly checks my blog and mentioned that I’ve been lax in my grand-parenting duties in updating photos of my granddaughter Annalynat least as a new grandfather. Personal items and photos are likely the only items of interest to her on my blog (HA!) Since I don’t seem to have a problem sharing the occasional photo or two, and because it might have been a couple weeks (??), here are a couple more photos of our “cute little pineapple!”

Nearly everyday my wonderful daughter Katelyn and her husband Drew will send an email or a text message with another great photo, so I sure feel connected — FaceTime and video chatting are great too … had a fun talk on Friday night watching Drew dip Annalyn’s feet in the pool! So cute. Sad thought to realized that this was something not available for generations of grandparents (and military parents) who lived apart (sorry mom and dad).
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Since I regularly do a Music Monday post, maybe I should adopt a day of the week just for Annalyn? Hm, that might be a little too much … maybe once a month???

Without further ado, here are a couple more recent photos for the blog archive


Archive – How Much Do You Need to Retire?

Posted By on August 20, 2017

Snipped parts and archived a TDAmeritrade educational article …

Americans used to count on a pension plus Social Security to get them through those “golden years.” These days, people change jobs more often, rely on dual incomes, and manage their own retirement funds through defined contribution plans. By most estimates, you’ll need between 60% and 100% of your final working years’ income to maintain your lifestyle after retiring.

Saving Is the Key Component of Retirement Income

The accompanying pie chart shows the importance of saving now toward a retirement fund. Not only are Social Security benefits less significant, but also the sums are diminishing and the age at which you can begin to receive benefits is higher. (more…)

The Ford $F stock trade is working again

Posted By on August 19, 2017

Although the news of late on the political front has been challenging (Trump Admin, Barcelona, Charlottesville, North Korea) the savvy investor/trader can use these moments to put the "risk capital" part of their portfolio to good use. Most who trade have plenty of horror stories where their trades have gone terribly wrong, but usually the good trades keep them attentive to logical decision-making and winning trades.


Last week I was in and out of Ford ($F) since I’ve been focusing on dividend stocks in recent years. The company have been beaten up for good reason, but the brand is strong and the future in a growing economy F-day-180818should be strong enough to keep above average dividends flowing. The question lives on is whether they can keep enough investors holding their declining stock? Personally I don’t mind holding a stock that has been beaten up so as long as the economy is strong and the company earning can pay the dividend … so picking up shares to hold, or to sell for a quick profit, makes for a logical trade.

Friday morning I added back the shares (at $10.50 this time) that I sold on Monday and will likely sell the extra shares again if $F quickly rebounds to $11 or beyond next week (I’m still holding long-term invested shares at a dollar-cost-average under $11 and expecting a better future for Ford … or waiting for something like the below).


Archive: How 11 million VW TDI diesels cheated emission tests

Posted By on August 18, 2017

Archiving the New York Times article that offers an explanation for those who are still wondering what Volkswagen DieselGate was all about.


The software sensed when the car was being tested and then activated equipment that reduced emissions, United States officials said. But the software turned the equipment down during regular driving, increasing emissions far above legal limits, most likely to save fuel or to improve the car’s torque and acceleration.

The software was modified to adjust components such as catalytic converters or valves used to recycle some of the exhaust gasses. The components are meant to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that can cause emphysema, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.



Which Cars Were Affected?


Remembering one of my early jobs after seeing a Tweet #TBT

Posted By on August 17, 2017

Earlier this week, I had a Throwback Thursday moment when reading my Twitter feed. A reporter commented on @PortageNotebook PortageNotebooks2017and the logo/icon was a dead giveaway for the spin-off company where I once worked. The Akron, Ohio based Portage Newspaper Supply was the purchasing arm for Knight Ridder Newspapers and I was part of the sales team. One of their proprietary products was a ubiquitous "Reporter’s Notebook." When I left in 1986 to start Consolidated Printing and Publishing Co, the now independent company must have sold the rights to some of their products to others.

After a private conversation with the now Bedford, Ohio (Cleveland) PortageNotebooks company, I learned that they purchased the business from a company in Connecticut. Small world, but the pen and paper "reporter notebook" seems to be making a rebound!

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.