Picturesque from Acqualia for the Mac

| July 28, 2007

I’m not sure how much I’ll be using another image manipulation program written for the Apple Macintosh computer platform, but Picturesque from Acqualia is an impressive $20 program. Its set of image enhancement features allows one to quickly drag and drop Photoshop-like features to images. I’ve found it very easy to use, but it is […]

We enjoyed the show … Jeff Dunham

| July 27, 2007

Five of us went to the Jeff Dunham comedy show last night and it was terrific. I highly recommend it if you enjoy laughing. The place was packed which surprised me for a Thursday night in Newport Kentucky — the Funnybone on the levee. Jeff Dunham, Achmed the Suicide Bomber, Peanut, the Jose Jalapeňo (’on […]

Stocks: ‘BUY’ trigger reached for RAD

| July 26, 2007

Those who know my daily routine see me nosing around in the stock market — sort of a hobby. Yes it is a relatively risky business, but if managed wisely one’s investments can mature at a significantly better rate than many ‘pay for’ advice organizations in selecting mutual funds, bonds, CDs, etc. Before talking ‘stocks, […]

Sonex introduces an electric drive airplane

| July 25, 2007

It’s an interesting concept … building an all-electric experimental airplane. This year at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh Wisconsin, Sonex Aircraft LLC (the folks behind the set of plans I’m using to build my experimental airplane – N43SX reserved) are introducing an electric power driven experimental plane. In a press release, preparing for the unveiling […]

VIDEO: More info on “Born on a Blue Day”

| July 24, 2007

In January I mentioned reading Daniel Tammet’s book “Born on a Blue Day,” and a follow-up post about a 60-Minutes TV broadcast. I was intrigued to learn a little bit about how this relatively normal autistic savant thinks. In Daniel’s book, he tries to explain how he sees numbers and the challenges he faced growing […]

Ford improves their Hybrid Escape SUV

| July 23, 2007

The Ford Escape SUV has been a popular vehicle from the Ford Motor Company for several years now and with fuel prices rising the hybrid version stands to gain considerably. The current Hybrid Escape model is considered ‘so-so’ … but the new 2008 model is moving closer to what most hybrid buyers want. Both the […]

RallyVW Golf TDI tops previous Pike’s Peak time

| July 22, 2007

Along with the three Volkswagen V-10 Touareg diesels, Jon Hamilton and his RallyVW team climbed to the clouds again this year at Pike’s Peak. (course map) His unofficial 14:03 time is a record for him and a tribute to the kind of power that can come from our little 1.9L turbocharged diesels. (particularly in skilled […]

Get ready for “7”

| July 21, 2007

About a decade and a half ago I remember “Big Bang” or OS 7 and it was a big change for Apple Macintosh users, but this particular “7” is from a different player — Microsoft. Although Microsoft has only recently released its Vista operating system, it looks as if the software giant is wasting little […]

Jeff Dunham and his friends are in Cincinnati

| July 20, 2007

I purchased four tickets last night to the Cincinnati Funnybone comedy club to see my favorite ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham. Dunham and his cast of puppets are in town attending a puppeteer convention this week and will be performing next week and weekend in Newport, Kentucky (just over the Ohio River). For those never seeing Mr. […]

More positive accolades for Volkswagen’s EOS

| July 19, 2007

Frank Giovinazzi, Publisher of Car Buyer’s Notebook produced a short YouTube review about the summer fun AND four season Volkswagen EOS. The EOS was Motorweek’s Convertible of the Year for 2007 and Autobytel’s best convertible under $75,000 — its the only retractable hardtop convertible with a panoramic sunroof.

Waiting for my next ‘diesel’ vehicle

| July 19, 2007

The July 13, 2007 Businessweek offered a special report that showcased 10 diesel vehicles along with an article on The Coming of Clean Diesels. Not all models shown are available in the U.S. just yet, but these clean diesels might be something to look forward to. The luxury models from Cadillac, light trucks from Chrysler, […]

A big Akron Ohio fish story

| July 18, 2007

Its one thing to find a frozen boa constrictor in Ohio, but another to catch a live 4 to 5 foot alligator! (cellphone photo | see WKYC) Sixth grader Robert Pendleton Jr. had a “cool fishing experience” as the 14 year old described it. The boy was fishing with his 10 year old brother at […]

Sunoco Renewable’s B-20 at $2.99 this week

| July 18, 2007

Stopped to fill up at the Sunoco Renewable station off exit 151 on I-71 this week on my way to Cleveland. Noticed that the prices were up a bit from recent trips (B-20 @ $2.99) where my local West Chester, Ohio Meijer ULSD D-2 was $2.76. I’d like to see prices a little more competitive; […]

www.CruisingWorld.com/donna

| July 17, 2007

Glancing through my August 2007 issue of Cruising World magazine, I recognized the “Shoreline” photo as solo-circumnavigating sailor Donna Lange. Long time readers will recall the many posts made in my blog and might enjoy seeing one last photo celebrating as she heads into her home port of call, Bristol Rhode Island. (larger image) The […]

Job frustrations? Maybe a career change?

| July 16, 2007

A friend of mine sent me this video clip … I can’t imagine doing this for a living?

Ohio gives biofuel retailers a tax credit

| July 15, 2007

There is positive news for advocates for Ohio biofuels; fuel retailers who sell E85 Ethanol and B20 Biodiesel will receive a 15 cents per gallon tax credit in 2008 and 13 cents in 2009. The credits go to the retailer of the biofuel. I’ll include a press release from the Ohio Soybean Growers Association signed […]

New Greek Restaurant opens today

| July 14, 2007

A new friend, Konstantine Karvelas and his wife Maria opened their restaurant today. (article in the Pulse Journal) We were anxious to try the food and experience the service … my daughter is working there … and both were very good. 🙂

‘Catch a wave’ … even if you’re a dolphin

| July 13, 2007

Can’t help but include a great surfing photo … click to enjoy the larger photo or Daily Mail article: Many visitors to Australia have two particular things on their ‘to do’ list – go surfing and swim with dolphins. It seems the dolphins like to do exactly the same. As this astonishing picture shows, this […]

VIDEO: “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell

| July 13, 2007

I’ve written previously about a book I’ve just finished reading and wanted to include a more recent interview available on the Internet. His thoughts on the fatal decision that cost the lives of his SEAL team are shared as well as a few of his personal ‘opinions’ regarding the War on Terror. The book Lone […]

Chinese WIGs could ‘take-off’

| July 12, 2007

What’s a WIG one might ask? Well it a “Wing-In-Ground” flying boat sort of aircraft that is being developed to skim a few feet above the surface of water in China. The aircraft mention in a MSNBC Technology and Science article is said to be as safe as ships yet five or six times as […]

Steve Marbury and Starbury athletic gear

| July 11, 2007

I was really impressed with an interview I heard this week with Steve Marbury and hope that his mission to to “not be a role model, but to be a goal model” for kids is successful. His project to get quality ‘star’ supported gear to kids is about the best thing to come from an […]

Baseball, Hotdogs, Applepie and Biodiesel

| July 10, 2007

Biodiesel continues to make inroads in the U.S. Here’s a link between America’s pastime and this clean domestic alternative fuel: Fox Sports will run its broadcasting equipment on B-20 in tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star game. Well done Fox Sports!

Weedwacker to Outboard motor conversion

| July 10, 2007

I don’t need another ‘gadget’ project since my plate is already full and progress on all my existing projects is moving slowly … but here’s something pretty cool. I subscribe to a dinghy email list that has been discussing an interesting weedwacker to outboard motor conversion that uses a standard run-of-the-mill 2 or 4-cycle string […]

EAA Chapter 284 talks Corvair engines

| July 8, 2007

Our EAA Chapter 284 was fortunate to have Gary Collins present his experiences in converting a Corvair engine for experimental aircraft use. Many aviation conversions have been done before, as they have with air cooled Volkswagen engines, but Gary’s personal notes and observation made for an exceptional source of information. He provide us with and […]

Lucky 7s and “a message in a bottle”

| July 7, 2007

July 7, 2007 = 07/07/07 = 7.7.07: There are 38,000 wedding in the U.S. today; its the biggest day for wedding we’ve ever seen in the U.S. — let’s hope all those getting married will be “lucky.” (or preferably “blessed”) This number is well over double the popular June wedding days and is probably taxing […]

Sonex Experimental Aircraft going ‘green’

| July 6, 2007

Friends that know me might wonder if I’m still building an airplane in my garage — the answer is ‘yes’ (I’m still working s-l-o-w-l-y) and ‘no.’ (haven’t complete anything on the Sonex this summer, but have been working on the MGB) The plans that I’ve purchased to build from are produced by Sonex Aircraft out […]

I didn’t know a Prius could do 100 mph?

| July 5, 2007

I know my TDI will ‘zoom-zoom-zoom’ (sorry Mazda), but I didn’t know that a hybrid Toyota Prius was capable of 100 miles per hour? Now I do, thanks to the 24-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore, who was arrested for drug possession on Wednesday after he was stopped traveling about 100 mph in […]

A little history on Independence Day

| July 4, 2007

David Johnson’s short piece does a pretty good job of filling in some missing details pertaining to America’s Independence Day. I needed a refresher. America celebrates July 4 as Independence Day because it was on July 4, 1776, that members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the final draft of the Declaration […]

Moe Witschard Photography, Bozeman, Montana

| July 3, 2007

Oh I know there are plenty of great photographers and gorgeous portfolio sites available on the Internet, but Moe Witschard’s work impressed me enough to mention him. I’m planning on in including a print in my office someday … but which one?

A Volkswagen TDI Van and the A-Team

| July 2, 2007

A bit of immaturity to start off the month of July and the lazy couple of days preceding the 4th of July Wednesday holiday. (Its really a week I should have scheduled a vacation, but then again about half of America will probably be doing that?) Remember the television series the A-Team? Here’s a little […]

Are you Addicted to Blogs?

| July 1, 2007

This means little unless you find yourself regularly reading blogs or posting on them for yourself … in addition to adding content on other blogs. I thought I would include this quiz link just for fun. Check out the “quiz” at Mingle2: How Addicted to Blogging Are You? 74%How Addicted to Blogging Are You? Like […]

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.