Fed fund rate change at 2:15PM

| April 30, 2008

The Federal reserve is expected to make a 1/4 point move lower today … many believe this will be the last and that this indication will be mentions. Anything but an expected move will certainly make markets swing wildly so it could be time to hold on. Inflation is a growing problem as we try […]

EAA Experimenter & Sport Aviation archives

| April 30, 2008

What’s better than a home library of original EAA (Experimental Aviation Association) newsletters and magazines for checking out past articles and tidbits for homebuilders? All the past issues available online with a browse and search feature. Wow!

Earthrace is off and ahead of schedule

| April 29, 2008

Earthrace, the biodiesel powered circumnavigating spacecraft speedboat is off and running ahead of world record time as they beginning their second attempt around the world. The unique boat left Spain and is crossing the Atlantic Ocean traveling on “beautiful and flat” seas at 24 knots. This is pretty good time for a fully fueled boat […]

Home Improvements: Landscaping and Blacktop

| April 28, 2008

My back is sore and my muscles ach as this past weekend was spent working in the yard … well really in just part of the yard. I’ve been reworking the landscaping as the ‘new porch’ is slowly coming together — this past weekend was the small pond and opening up the pool. (too many […]

Hometime touch up drywall tip

| April 27, 2008

I’ve been focused on multiple home repair and improvement projects this spring and am always looking for a quick way to make a repair and keep the mess to a minimum. I generally use the “empty box” under the repair technique when cutting or drilling drywall, but Dean Johnson from PBS’s Hometime suggested a sheet […]

First fatal U.S. shark attack in three years

| April 25, 2008

A shocking day for those who love the oceans and beaches along the U.S. coasts as the first fatal shark attack in 3 years happened in an area rarely seeing sharks. Dave Martin, a 66 year old tri-athlete training veterinarian from San Diego, was swimming with a group of 9 at 7:30 AM about 150 […]

Crazy “Rice” hoarding Americans

| April 25, 2008

Who is to blame … Costco, Sam’sClub/Walmart, the media or just crazy Americans thinking they’ll be left ‘rice-less.’ (as if rice is a daily necessity for most American?) While their may be a worldwide concern that the primary source of nutrition for many is in short supply, that is not true in the United States. […]

Questionable corporate Volkswagen decisions

| April 24, 2008

First … Volkswagen Group of America announced that they would be shortening their bumper to bumper warranty to 3 years or 36,000 miles for all 2009 models. 🙁 Second … they will be offering free maintenance for VW models for three years or 36,000 miles. 🙂 Third … the much ballyhooed and timely Golf TDI […]

Oil $119.90 / Clinton wins PA primary

| April 23, 2008

Groan … with a bunch more miles to drive yet this week, gasoline made the usual Tuesday move up again. This time it went about 25 cents at most retail stations in Ohio — on average about $3.59/gallon for unleaded regular gasoline after the move. No doubt price increases have something to do with U.S. […]

Earth Day 2008

| April 22, 2008

Its interesting to see what Google comes up with for their logo designs … today’s is for Earth Day, but it looks more like an ad for the History Channel’s “Life after People” documentary.

USAF retires the F-117 Nighthawk tomorrow

| April 21, 2008

The USAF officially retires the F-117 Nighthawk on April 22, 2008 with the final 4 planes making their last flights. The stealth fighter began its service in 1981 as a first of its kind aircraft that could eliminate several targets on one mission. It night flying stealthiness proved its worth in operation “Just Cause” in […]

Photoshop Express: Online photo editing

| April 20, 2008

Adobe has introduced their new online photo editing and sharing tool called Adobe Photoshop Express. Its is not even close to the full version of Photoshop, but it is not a bad first attempt at a online photo site with pretty good editing control. I’ve used Preloadr for Flickr photos a few times and appreciate […]

VW Bug interview ad touts “clean diesel”

| April 19, 2008

I’m not sure its effective … but its one of the first Volkswagen ‘clean diesel’ marketing ads I’ve seen on TV this year.

John Edwards just wants a ‘jetski,’ or two …

| April 18, 2008

Although you won’t find me supporting Senator John Edwards, he made a comedy appearance last night on the Colbert Report — very funny. Besides John Edwards (in his segment “Ed Words”), Senator Hillary Clinton made an in person visits along with Barrack Obama by video screen.

Google earnings surprise financial markets

| April 18, 2008

Google Inc. (GOOG) surprised many last night as they release better than expected earning. In pre-market trading, GOOG is up over 18% … that’s $84/ share to over $530. This kind of over night move just added $2.07 Billion dollars of wealth to co-founder Larry Page and $2.03 Billion to Sergey Brin‘s portfolio.

Sailboat racing on ESPN2

| April 17, 2008

Its been a while since watching yachting on television, but I enjoyed ESPN2’s coverage of the Acura Miami Grand Prix. If you like sailboat racing, set your TIVO and ‘vote’ for more! See additional footage at Jobson Sailing.

Intel offers positive guidance after weak quarter

| April 16, 2008

As someone who holds entirely too many share of Intel (INTC), I’ve been dreading the anticipated news of a bad quarter from Intel. They at least should offset the weak quarter with a positive outlook. Wednesday pre-open electronic trading has INTC at 22.45 Up 1.54 (7.36%) as of 7:52AM ET. Intel Corp. posted a 12% […]

Rocket Racing League coming to Airventure

| April 15, 2008

The Rocket Racing League plans to exhibit their rocket powered racing planes for the first time at EAA Airventure this summer on August 1st and 2nd in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Granger Whitelaw, a co-founder and the CEO of Rocket Racing League, indicated that they still need to firm up sponsorships and media deals before expanding the […]

Airline news: Delta/Northwest announcement?

| April 14, 2008

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. may unveil their long-delayed merger announcement on Tuesday. As airlines struggle with high fuel prices and a softening economy, they are all looking for ways to control costs and salvage markets. If the merger goes through, it would […]

Thoughts on health and germs …

| April 14, 2008

A couple months ago I posted “Would you like a lemon with your water?” and have personally decided that it is something I can do without. Since my daughter, who is in medical school, was home this past week on spring break, the “Lemon story” came up when we were out to eat.We had a […]

Good video on growing algae for fuel

| April 13, 2008

I’ve posted a few times before about different renewable oil crops used produce biofuels and have concluded that the most promising is algae grown to product biodiesel. (here’s an excellent PDF document) The desert cement pond approach has been my thinking all along, although several innovative companies are working on even better ideas. The efficiency […]

Sun ‘n Fun and a diesel LSA

| April 13, 2008

IndUS Aviation has flown a two-stroke diesel Thorpedo DP concept airplane from Dallas to Lakeland, Florida for Sun ‘n Fun. This new diesel powered light sport aircraft (LSA) has a unique a three-cylinder, liquid cooled, turbocharged diesel engine installed in an inverted mount. The Thorpedo DP will be the first diesel LSA and is said […]

SMAC and limited wifi connect times

| April 12, 2008

I noticed that the free wifi spot that I occasionally frequent over lunch is restricting connect times to 30 minutes. It is understandable, but will probably for me to change my lunch stop (personally speaking 60 minutes would have been more appropriate). Interestingly a friend of mine who regularly connects at Panera Bread has come […]

Amazon’s TextBuyIt shopping service

| April 11, 2008

I’m on a text messaging roll … three posts in a row … but this one is a good one — très cool. Amazon.com launched a new service this week which allows looking up pricing from their site from your text messaging enabled cell phone — TextBuyIt. Picture this … you head into you local […]

Nationwide text messaging alert system

| April 11, 2008

In keeping with the text messaging theme, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) by 2010 is preparing a nationwide text messaging alert system that will be used for three primary purposes. First it would be a message from the President of the United States to warn of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The second would […]

SMS SPAM text messages are increasing

| April 10, 2008

Even though sending unsolicited commercial text messages on cell phones is illegal, SMS spam is increasingly finding its way to your cell phone. I have been ignoring the occasional beep during the day and just delete them as is so common with computer based email. Unfortunately the problem is growing just as they did on […]

Flickr now does ‘short’ video too

| April 9, 2008

Besides photo sharing, Flickr now offers ‘pro’ users (paying) the ability to upload short video clips limited to 90 seconds. While this limit is hardly competitive to other video sites, it does offer a place to offload those short cellphone video clips. In a quick test, I uploaded a one minute clip of my son’s […]

Gasoline prices are rising again

| April 9, 2008

Like clockwork, the gas station in our my area (Cincinnati, OH) moved the gas price up in concert again. The $3.13 per gallon that “I should have filled up with” on Monday was back up to $3.35 by Tuesday afternoon. It will probably go even higher according to the U.S. Government Energy Department. Estimates suggest […]

Porch project gets some redwood trim

| April 8, 2008

In a test to see if the Palm Treo photo to blog still works, I’ll post the last addition to the new porch … a redwood surround fit for the hot tub. So far it looks nice but we will need to come up with a finish for redwood. Any expert suggestions? EDIT: Didn’t post […]

Charlton Heston; Alzheimer’s blood test

| April 7, 2008

I was sad to hear of the passing of Charlton Heston (84) this past weekend, but the last few years of his life did bring to light (as it did with President Reagan) the struggle nearly 5 million Americans face — Alzheimer’s Disease. Heston, due to his notoriety, drew attention to the disease (2002 article) […]

Rugby season 2008 begins with a win

| April 6, 2008

Posting a day late, but I told my son I would get photos of his Sunday afternoon Rugby match posted over lunch today. What a beautiful weekend in Cincinnati … and a great facility at Moeller High School! (I was told it was only the second game on their new turf) Besides the ‘rug burns,’ […]

Will Hybrid cars become the norm?

| April 5, 2008

Over the next few years, there will be an increase in ‘light’ hybrid vehicles similar to the Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, especially from General Motors (see Chevrolet Fuel Solutions). From what is in the press, GM in particular intends on meeting new economy standards with smaller engines and a small electric motor and battery. […]

Boeing tests small hydrogen fuel cell airplane

| April 4, 2008

There is an interesting article in MSNBC’s online Environment section where Boeing’s experimental aircraft researchers have flown a manned hydrogen fuel cell powered airplane. According to the article, Boeing Chief Technology Officer John Tracy told reporters that the fuel cell breakthrough is “full of promises for a greener future. Boeing recognizes that pollution represents a […]

Pondering the future for Palm Treos

| April 3, 2008

Those of us using Palm Treos (and Centros) are curious as to what’s next in the Treo lineup … and Andrew from the Treonauts blog posted an interesting illustration. He speculates that there is a significant Apple influence at Palm and points to the latest hires from that innovative company. I’m not sure what this […]

Earthrace delays start until mid-April

| April 2, 2008

The radical looking biodiesel powered circumnavigating boat has delayed their start in going for a record run around the world by two week (see last years blog entries). The re-start was to take place at the end of last month, but according to Captain Pete Bethune the biodiesel supply planned for their stop in Portugal […]

Social Network Investing with UpDown.com

| April 2, 2008

As the online social networking trend continues to grow, there seems to be a site for every interest. If you enjoy trading and investing UpDown.com has a smooth running site that might even pay you for your participation. First, if your portfolio beats the S&P 500, you’ll earn monthy monetary rewards. Second, if you are […]

Google docs online, now offline too

| April 1, 2008

Google Docs , the online Microsoft Office or Open Office substitute, is systematically rolling out the offline component for documents. The popular Internet based ‘free’ collaborating software and document storage solution has now answering the problem of what to do when traveling away from an Internet connection … use Google Docs Offline. To use Google […]

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.