A coastal Hawaii hike for the bucket-list

Posted By on May 6, 2016

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The Kalalau Trail hike along the Na Pali Coast on the northern most Hawaiian island of Kauai is a hike to add to the bucket list. Having seen the beauty “mostly” from the air for the short couple of days we were there, I see this  as a  must return island. Just reading about the Five Best Hiking Trails in Kauai Hawaii makes me want to start planning a trip again. Just beautiful. (http://richc.us/hike-kauai)

Book: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Posted By on May 5, 2016

TJ and the Tripoli PiratesA good friend of mine loaned me his copy of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger yesterday and as someone who enjoys learning about history, I can’t wait to read this book.

At a time when four Muslim nations routinely captured American merchant ships along the North African Barbary coast holding sailor as slaves and demanding ransom, this is a story building a U.S. Navy and sending Marines capable of blockaging Tripoli and launching the Barbary Wars of the early 1800s. According to the preface, Kilmeade and Yaeger focus on the Marines who inspired the hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battle in the air, on land and sea.” (more…)

Tiny iPhone details you may not have noticed

Posted By on May 3, 2016

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Noticed a short video on TechInsider website demonstrated a few of the Apple design details that make an iPhone an iPhone. Some I knew and paid attention to, other I hardly noticed.  Good stuff.

http://richc.us/tiny-iTips

Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz diesels can last a long time

Posted By on May 2, 2016

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From the Christian perspective, I have mixed thoughts on using the "Think eternal" line for a 1963 classic Volkswagen Beetle cover on Hagerty Classic car magazine. It is of course a Peope’s Car with a l-o-n-g and beloved history by VW enthusiasts, but the word "eternal" when it comes to "earthly material things" can be a sensitive choice when it comes to evangelical Christians … although probably for only the thinnest skinned? Most who desire to spread the Gospel MBRollingOver211K_160501will probably use this as a discipleship opportunity … still a controversial choice for the Hagerty cover.

On the topic of "long lasting" (I’m not going to say "eternal") … after a full fluid and 4 different filter changes last week, turned the odometer 211,000 miles on my way to continue the clearing out of my mom and dad’s house in preparation to sell. I love this old 1982 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel as it chugs along year after year after calling it a birthday gift to me in 2013.

How many other cars built in the 1970s or early 1980s can still be "daily drivers?" Unlike most cars being built today, it was rare to see cars of that era going much over 200K … let alone not turn into a pile of rust!

A lot of great blog posts on War History Online

Posted By on May 1, 2016

Flyboys_JamesBradleyI recall thinking a bit more about the barbarism of the Empire of Japan during (and prior) to World War II when I read the book Flyboys by James Bradley a few years back. When it came out in 2003, I remembered thinking about just how tainted public secondary and higher had become in regards to teaching history. So many have forgotten or purposely glossed over the atrocities of our enemies and the heroism of our armed forces. I fear that as the philosopher George Santayana penned, "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

It was interesting to read a War History Online blog post by Colin Fraser reminding us of just how courageous the young men of the Greatest Generation were in their bloody push across the Pacific. It might be a good conversation starter from one generation to another to see just how much of of the full history is being taught.

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In September 1944, the USS Finback submarine surfaced a few miles off the coast of Chichi Jima, an island some 700 miles South of Tokyo. It’s periscope had popped above the water and spotted the man they were there to save. He, however, first thought the sub was a hallucination.

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Pumpy Umpy the rabbit and the Cuppycake song

Posted By on April 30, 2016

You would think an over 17 million viewed video on YouTube with a Pumpy Umpy reference would be something I would have watched before … nope … but now I have. So much for knowing about Amy Castle or the Cuppycake song.

Buy Apple (AAPL) and hold it for the long haul

Posted By on April 29, 2016

It has been a rough couple of days for Apple ($AAPL) shareholders as growth this past quarter was elusive. Most blame the global economy, and in particular China, for the weak quarterly numbers. It does remind me of late 2012 and 2013 when analysts questioned whether management had lost their way. The same is happening today in “questioning whether innovation has stagnated” … I would not bet against Apple.

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While iPhone sales continues to dominate Apple’s growth, there are still a few future bright spots which hold potential for innovation, at least in my imagination: the Media Center/TV, automotive interface (or an actual car?) and robotics. In my opinion, they all need the Apple touch. Personally, I think there is still plenty of room for innovation and growth … and I’m not even touching on using their hoard of cash to make acquisitions.

Growth aside, Apple’s PE is a low 10-11 and they now have a 2% dividend (and rising). This all looks pretty good if you care to transition from growth to value stocks at some point. As Carl Icahn exits his positions, there will sure to be others seeing $AAPL as a good buy … if not for growth, then as a value play. Personally I think Apple still has upside growth potential like no other blue chip. My thought is to buy in the low 90s, collect the 2% dividend while CDs, bonds and money market interest pay almost zero and I doubt you’ll be disappointed down the road. (but then Icahn disagrees – watch the Thursday CNBC interview below)

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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.