Typos vs speed and efficiency for emails, messaging and blogs

Posted By on July 15, 2018

Like most who spend their days using smartphones, tablets and computer devices, I’m prone to making typos along with various written communication mistakes. If you’ve read my blog a few times, you will undoubtedly notice mistakes, even if you have an untrained eye — that is because I rarely proofread.


I’ve been criticized by everyone from my wife to annoyed professionals who believe if something is "published to the public," it should be as mistake free as possible. I agree, that would be nice.  I’ve debated this over the years with close friends and wonder if I should spend a little more time proofreading blog posts … as well as the quick email communication or text messaging in order to pass along information (more recently social network Tweets). After giving it a little effort, I end up with the conclusion that so long as the "intended thought" is efficiently communicated, I’m not going to waste additional time to reread or rewrite. Still, I hate being criticized and know is show a lack of professionalism (and laziness) when I should be spending a few extra minutes reviewing and correcting typos and at leas a few of the grammatical errors.

Is there is a right or wrong protocol for personal personal written communication? If it is to spend more time proofing than writing, I would likely not post as often? Some, like me argue that "communicating" is the "art of conveying information" and so long as it is clearly understood, the act is successful. Other like my wife say that it is a poor reflection on my professionalism and role as a "semi editor" when it comes to work my company publishes. Hm, she sounds correct too. As for business communication, I do put a little more effort into correcting writing, even if I still personally find it hard to devote the time on something glanced at once or twice if I’m lucky.

I tend to fall back on the original purpose of journaling — my "private paper journal" was started to make me more comfortable with earlyjournals70s80s"communicating through writing." The paper journal (40 years ago) has long given way to a daily "blog" but the writing still serves my initial purpose — write something down daily … a thought, idea, rambling letter or anything … and it will make you a better written communicator. For me, having to proofread my desultory thoughts or even Tweets, would mean spending time rereading or rewriting … and this would defeat the purpose (and reduce my ambition to write/type.) If I spent more time each day reviewing, it would become a chore and would be too easy to stop. So for those who tell me "you make too many mistakes," I’ll make a blanket apology and let you know that your critique was heard … and I will continue to try to improve.

An impressive look at planet Jupiter this week #space

Posted By on July 14, 2018

Jupiter_iPhone7plus_190710It was a great week of skywatching in our backyard in Cincinnati this week. The sun magnificently lit up planets, especially Saturn and Jupiter while Mars, Venus (the brightest) and Mercury (doubtful) remained a bit low in the sky while I was out viewing. I was purposely out for Mars, but it will have to wait for another night. "Mars is rapidly approaches Earth at an average rate of 210,000 miles per day. It nearly doubles in brightness through July and by month’s end will be at its biggest and brightest for the next 17 years." – LINK

I don’t recall ever being able to see Jupiter (photo left) so clearly with the naked eye or to ever be able to have it show up well on an iPhone photo (click photo for larger view)?

Here are also a previous posts: 
1) iPhone7plus photo of the moon,
2) a Supermoon photo when in Florida and
3) the Lumix time-lapse of the Solar Eclipse in 2017.

Tech Friday: Time for an Apple iOS 11.4.1 security update

Posted By on July 13, 2018

AppleiOS11.4.1update180710Apple has been updating their iOS iPhone and iPad mobile operating system regularly and they seem to take far longer than in the old days (a couple years ago – HAHA). This latest update will not be appreciated by law enforcement who often want to gain access to data on a suspects phone. This recent iOS 11.4.1 release is not the iOS 12 most are anxious about, but just a small update with a security feature called USB Restricted Mode.

From The Verge:

Apple has added protections against the USB devices being used by law enforcement and private companies that connect over Lightning to crack an iPhone’s passcode and evade Apple’s usual encryption safeguards.

If you go to Settings and check under Face ID (or Touch ID) & Passcode, you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. By default, the switch is off. This means that once your iPhone or iPad has been locked for over an hour straight, iOS will no longer allow USB accessories to connect to the device — shutting out cracking tools like GrayKey as a result. If you’ve got accessories that you want to continue working after your iPhone has been sitting locked for awhile, you can toggle the option on to remove the hour limit.

Apple’s wording is a bit confusing. You should leave the toggle disabled if you want your iPhone to be most secure.


Looking back at to our early years of sailing Brenich #TBT

Posted By on July 12, 2018

BrenichBatPutInBay1985While adding a photo to a post about Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn on Put In Bay earlier this week, I had a few more from our pre-kid days that might make for a good Throwback Thursday #TBT post. So here are a couple more sailing on Lake Erie from 1985 aboard Brenich our Baba 30.

BrenichKelleysCovePorthole1985A couple are from the north cove on Kelley’s Island, a couple from Put In Bay and a few more below sailing to and from.


Gender, asperations, family, careers and encouraging girls

Posted By on July 11, 2018

When it comes to encouraging girls, I’ve been very progressive (unfortunately a label stolen by the political left … so perhaps "contemporary" is a better word) about equality between the sexes.


I accepted Brenda as an equal from day one, even before we were married and that carried through to decision making well after – I’ve been ahead of the equality curve (patting my own back). Whether it was our household decisions or supporting career aspirations, I’ve tried to use logic when having an opinion; often the best career opportunities were in her direction and so we went in that direction a few times. That is not to say it was easy or that we didn’t disagree, MariaBartiromoGirlPowerbut we worked together as equals to overcome obstacles without the traditional "head of household" authoritarian component. There have been times she as had to give and those where I’ve had to give, especially felt where a career decisions required sacrifice. In the end, I hope my two children see this "give and take" and can use the lesson in their own families.

Speaking of families and gender, I also did my best not limit my daughter or to put artificial limitations on her ambitions or interests growing up. Katelyn and I exchanged text messages earlier this week and I realized I used the word "pushing" when discuss Annalyn and early pre-school. I should have used the word "encouraging" since I remember when she was little and "sponging up everything." It spawned the comment from my wife that it is important that the unseen or "covert pushing" (that word again) or parents subconsciously limiting children is not sensed … especially if a daughter already has reservations due to society repeatedly saying "there is a male bias" (which in my opinion creates self-doubt and that is part of the equality issue). Thankfully in my case, Katelyn has a "strong mother" to overcome many of the stereotypical problems for maturing girls. She set her goals high, is now a respected pediatrician, a great wife and "encouraging" mom (not pushing at all- wink).

I thought about this a little more after seeing a photo tweeted by Maria Bartiromo, a favorite Fox Business host, with a  tagline, "girl power" just before she interviewed another glass ceiling breaking female and great example for girls … NYSE President Stacey Cunningham.

Déjà vu for me, as my kids enjoyed the Lake Erie islands

Posted By on July 10, 2018

KatelynDrewAnnalyn_180708Now that Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn are in Perrysburg and not Wayzata, they are enjoying some of what Lake Erie’s western basin has to offer. Katelyn’s pediatrician partner has a cottage up on Put In Bay and she has entertained her med school girlfriends there a couple weekends ago and just return from a weekend with Drew and Annalyn there — also it was her office summer gathering (???). So nice … and the weather was perfect.


Katelyn forwarded several MMS photos from their buzzing around in a golf cart (Drew’s pre-Tesla Model 3, although he claims it was gas so didn’t count). They also had a very nice professional photo taken (above) which she shared on Facebook as well. Very nice!


I say déjà vu because Brenda and I had one of our first "bigger dates" on Put In Bay back when we were in college at Ohio Northern University and of course we sailed there when we were first married with Brenich out of Vermilion and Huron Ohio (pre-kids – photos above). It was a bit more party atmosphere but it is hard to ignore the in and around Perry’s Monument (above).

Part of NOAA Lake Erie Chart 14830 – Western Basin

We instead regularly anchored in the north cove of Kelley’s Island … a place our kids will remember staying at a bed and breakfast with my side of the family for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. A great time (a couple photos from 2007 below).


Music Monday: “Rumours” was the best album of 1977

Posted By on July 9, 2018

It may only be my music taste … or due to heading of to the music listening college days … but the Fleetwood Mac album "Rumours" album was probably the best of 1977 — FleetwoodMacRumoursI still think every cut was excellent.

While cooling off in the pool this weekend after outdoor chores (and some sunburn), RichCPoolFalling180708

… and streaming SiriusXM "The Bridge" station out back, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed Fleetwood Mac especially after hearing Stevie Nicks (mentioned before) comment between songs that "every time she gets in a limo she has the driver to put on The Bridge because it plays all her favorite songs from the artists she admires and grew up with, etc." I get it … and her vocals with Fleetwood Mac are a big part of it!

Fleetwood Mac — Rumours released February 4, 1977

Second Hand News
Silver Springs (Rumours Outtake)
The Chain
Never Going Back Again
You Make Loving Fun
Don’t Stop
I Don’t Want to Know
Go Your Own Way
Oh Daddy
Songbird (Rumours Outtake)
Gold Dust Woman


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.