It may not be a Volvo, but the PodRide is pretty cool

Posted By on August 24, 2016

Just another ingenious Indiegogo project attempting to raise capital through crowdfunding. We probably don’t need them in the states, but it would be a great option for Minneapolis bike riding … just thinking about my daughter and son-in-law! 

Appreciating the Summer of 2016 before it is gone

Posted By on August 23, 2016

August 2016 clouds from in the pool

While “looking up” and relaxing in the pool on a near perfect August 2016 weekend, the clear blue sky and beautiful white clouds had me appreciating life. If I would not have just posted the Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides, Now(aka: Clouds), I would have included it with these photos … oh, why not: MP3 LINK. What a gorgeous sky!

*** An aside, I decided to include abnormally large photos (click) since they were cropped iPhone5s panoramic photos … yes, just playing with a tech gadget.

August 2016 clouds from in the pool

Looking up at the clouds and lyrics to Both Sides, Now below …

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Keeping an eye on tropical disturbances

Posted By on August 22, 2016

How much more government can small business take?

Posted By on August 22, 2016

I wish politicians would listen to managers and owners of small businesses. In a Maria Bartiromo interview with  Metro Applebee’s CEO Zane Tankel, his frustration at the challenges being force down the throats of business in the U.S. is apparent (about 2 min into the interview). It is understandable why starting a business and hiring employees is so risky and has become even more difficult this past decade and in the advent of Obamacare.

It was challenging enough doing it back in the 1980 and 90s and I’m thankfully not to be starting a new business today. For the sake of our country, we really need to make owning and running companies easier in order to encourage job creations, entrepreneurship and expand our countries tax base (not to mention getting citizens off of government entitlements).

Generator woes, beating the rain and EAA Chapter 284’s TDFI

Posted By on August 21, 2016

ATeam_John_Hannibal_SmithAs John “Hannibal” Smith (the late George Peppard) from the A-Team would say,I love it when a plan comes together.”

RichCMowing2016As was the case when I had acres of grass to to mow into a rain filled weekend schedule — it is great when “plans come together.” I was able to squeak in and finish the front lawn on Friday night before a downpour and had the morning and early afternoon on Saturday to do the rear acres, around the pool and trimming before the rains came again.

GeneracSE5000 Generatorwindings

The timing ended up being perfect as I finished just as the rain came and that still gave me time to take apart the back-up generator was overheated and not putting out appropriate power. I was hoping to be able to salvage and rebuilt the windings above in our 20 year old Generac, but it is not supported because one division no longer supports or owners the “Generac Portable Products, LLC” division. Hm … I did find the part (maybe) but it is priced nearly the same a  new generator!

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Digital photography: Shooting in RAW, TIFF or JPG?

Posted By on August 20, 2016

An aside … I spent my formative years engrossed in photography, back before it was digital and when "souping" film in a darkroom. Nowadays 90% of what I take is on a smartphone due to the simplicity and recent improvements in quality. Still, the best photographic images come from a quality lens and large sensor in the hands of a photographer who knows how to marry creativity and composition to the science of capturing light digitally. Part of that science is how to "save" the image after taking a photo … so here’s little advice from a professional in Melbourne Australia and shared on Mel365.com.

digital-slr-camera-backPhoto from our Western Mediterranean cruise in 2009

The question: How do you know when to use RAW, TIFF or JPG if you are taking more than smartphone pics?

Here’s how to get better photos out of your expensive DSLR and editing setup.

Levels of brightness
JPG is a 8-bit file which stores up to 256 levels of brightness. RAW is a 12-bit file, which stores up to 4096 levels of intensity. These are typically the two formats you are offered to save on a camera. What a difference!! In case you do some post processing, like HDR, raw format is the way to go, no question about.

Otherwise, just use JPG, easier. But remember once you have saved in JPG, you lost over 3800 levels of intensity that you could use in future, maybe in two years time, when you decide to start doing some post-processing, even things as easy as White Balance. As a long term solution I always suggest to go for RAW.

File compression
The JPG file is stored in compressed format and you will loose information. Just think about the over 3800 levels of intensity lost as a start, than lots of details, and …… The positive side is that your file may be a fifth in size compared to RAW.

So, if you have a small memory card or you are travelling and you don’t have too much memory left, than switch to JPG. My suggestion is just to upgrade to a bigger memory, nowadays it is so cheap, compared with the information you loose when shooting JPG.

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Who are these Minion characters?

Posted By on August 19, 2016

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I really don’t know who these Minion characters are, but admire the phenomenon and their “cuteness.” Frankly I’ve haven’t actually seen the movie … or is it movies plural by now? Anyway, seeing them creatively showing up on a corner at our local Delhi Garden Center puts me in a good mood — and that is worth something!

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.