Trying to keep a sense of humor about the upcoming election

Posted By on October 23, 2016

It has NOT been an enjoyable campaign season … a very long year and a half! Citizens of voting age in the United States (see Twiitter comment below) voluntarily head to the polls to decide who they want or more appropriately DON’T want genballot2016as their president for the next 4 years. I doubt I’m alone in holding my nose when filling out my ballot … but tried to have a sense of humor by teasing a friend while hovering over the Green Party candidate (photo). I’m voting absentee this year as I was suppose to be traveling,  but had something even more exciting than the election coming up that made changes to my travel schedule! (stay tuned as I’ll "reveal" that excitement in November)
As a very frustrated conservative voter, I’d generally not do much more than joke about voting for a third party candidate … but this year won’t fault those considering it (so as long as they realize who they are really helping to get elected?) Frankly, if the Libertarians could have gained enough ground, this would have been the year to have challenged our current two party dominated election. It is really too bad Gary Johnson was cornered out of the presidential debates and made a couple gaffes that were the only things to get him any press coverage — besides his openness to legalizing drugs and marijuana use. Looking at both Johnson and Welds’ records as governors, I don’t think they governed as nutty as the media portrays them.

Something to think about below (my Tweet as moderator Chris Wallace closed the 3rd presidential debate on 10/19/2016):


Election year burnout relief: The Cubs vs Indians World Series

Posted By on October 23, 2016

The Indians will host Games 1 and 2 as well as Games 6 and 7 (if necessary), as a result of the American League’s victory in the All-Star Game this past July. Games 3, 4 and 5 will be played at Wrigley Field.

The official schedule for the 2016 World Series (all times Eastern):

Game 1: (Cleveland) Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. on FOX

Game 2: (Cleveland) Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. on FOX

Game 3: (Chicago) Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. on FOX

Game 4: (Chicago) Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. on FOX

Game 5*: (Chicago) Sunday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. on FOX

Game 6*: (Cleveland) Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. on FOX

Game 7*: (Cleveland) Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. on FOX

*If necessary

Changing a cabin air filter in an older Honda Odyssey minivan

Posted By on October 22, 2016

Katelyn2014NissanJuke_insidMy daughter took her "leased" Juke into the Nissan dealership in Minnesota for a $25 oil change and while it was in the service bay, the service department recommended she do a few additional maintenance items totaling $1200 … "but we can do it all today for a flat $1000" (don’t you just love it when automotive service departments see $$$ when they see a young lady … and you wonder why car dealers get such a bad reputation). Thankfully she gave me a phone call and will have her Drew look up a couple How-To YouTube videos, pick up couple filters online and change them himself.

HondaOdyssey_cuthereThat reminds me … our Honda Odyssey needs a cabin air filter!


One of the questionable design idiosyncrasies of our 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan is to have purposely blocked the access door for the cabin air filter with structural plastic  … I can only assume it was engineered for better support behind the glove compartment? A sure way to know if the filter has ever been replaced is when you realize the support is still in tack! Someone … my dadHondaOdyssey_stopsobviously never fell it was important to change the cabin air filter … so after 15 years, I suspect that is is overdue.
After picking up the correct filter (online for me), is to remove the glovebox. A couple tabs can be push into the box cavity from the sides. Next, remove the 2 small bolts under the box holding the hinges in place.


The glovebox drops out and offers an open view of the air handling components behind. Be sure not to lose the small clips that are used for the hinges … they can drop into the plastic that surrounds the footwell (don’t ask how I know this).





Denial of Services impacting Internet access for much of the U.S.

Posted By on October 21, 2016

Twitter status above illustrating second attack shutting down services.

The cyber threat continues … as  a second wave cripples some of the biggest domain names through Dyn (Manchester, NH), a company that provide DNS services for connecting domain names to IP addresses. Dyn said it had resolved one attack, which disrupted operations for about two hours, but disclosed a second attack a few hours later that was causing further disruptions.

Homeland Security last week issued a warning about a powerful new approach for blocking access to websites – hackers infecting routers, printers, smart TVs and other connected devices with malware that turns them into "bot" armies that overwhelm website servers in distributed denial of service attacks.

Yahoo Finance

As of this post at 2PM EST on 10/21 … Dyn is still limping along under the deluge. Level3 map after first attack early Friday morning below:


TechFriday: Tim Berners Lee — The Double Slash

Posted By on October 21, 2016



Given what Sir Tim did for all of us when he developed HTML and created the World Wide Web, he’s got a fair amount of credit in the bank. If he did have any major regrets about the web, we wouldn’t find it too difficult to forgive him, but his mea culpa relates to only two characters, the ‘//’ at the beginning of every web address. “Really, if you think about it, it doesn’t need the //. I could have designed it not to have the //,” he said, according to Business Insider.

Creativity knows no bounds. Is Upcycling gaining momentum?

Posted By on October 20, 2016


How about hanging chairs on the walk (not so you can sweep the floors), but for added storage and clothes hanging space? You’ll probably not see me doing that, but you might catch me working on this kind of project … at least for my workshop or garage! (See newspip)


Congratulations 2016 MLB ALCS Champs: Cleveland Indians

Posted By on October 20, 2016

ALCSGame5BoxScore161019It was a great series for the Cleveland Indians and #believeland fans. After only a moment of doubt (last night), the team effort by the Indians made both the series against the Boston Red Sox (3-0) and the championship series against a power hitting bunch from Toronto … the BlueJays (4-1).

Tuesday afternoon’s 4th win for the Indians was in pitching dominance style as the BlueJays were kept from scoring … ziltch, notta, nothing!  Andrew Miller, Cleveland’s closer, was a shoe-in for the MVP … and well deserved. He was absolutely outstanding.

Now Cleveland will face the National League champs … either the Dodgers or the Cubs. I’m guessing that the majority of Major League Baseball fans are secretly rooting for Chicago? A Cubs/Indians World Series would be fantastic.

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  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.