Statistics on the price of crude oil

| July 31, 2008

Crude oil has declined from the highs earlier this month, but jumped back up yesterday on tensions over comments from Israel and an unexpected decline in gasoline and crude oil inventories. Traders pushed oil prices up on Wednesday several dollars per barrel — in historic terms, the move was one of the top ten. CNBC […]

Do I want the Tivo HD with Lifetime Service?

| July 31, 2008

As a Tivo fan, I’ve been “oh so tempted” to upgrade to the HD model and the lifetime service plan. Initially, they discontinued offering the “lifetime subscription” when they launch the first Series3 HD recorder. As time went on they introduced the smaller HD unit and tempted existing customers with “for a limited time” the […]

Filming scene for J8ded Pilot in Cincinnati

| July 30, 2008

Vine Street in Cincinnati will be closed on Wednesday night (8/30) around Fountain Square for an action sequence of television pilot. The “yet to be picked up pilot” called “J8ded” is being pitched to a major television network, according to films director and producer Michael Daemon. The $10 million dollar production by Foxalpha Films will […]

Rocket Racing excites crowd at Airventure

| July 30, 2008

I mentioned the Rocket Racing League earlier this year; here’s a follow up from their appearance at Airventure in Oshkosh Wisconsin this week: The Rocket Racing League (RRL) unveiled its competition racing aircraft Tuesday in a single-ship demonstration to open Tuesday’s afternoon air show. This marked the first public flight of these aircraft, which were […]

More on White Knight Two …

| July 29, 2008

From yesterday’s post, here’s a bit more news from EAA Airventure: White Knight Two Oshkosh bound By James Wynbrandt The day after unveiling White Knight Two in Mojave, California, Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and Sir Richard Branson and Will Whitehorn of Virgin Galactic came to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 and pledged to bring the […]

Virgin Galactic shows off their “mother ship”

| July 28, 2008

Obviously timed to the first day of Oshkosh Wisconsin’s AirventureRichard Branson’s Virgin Galactic opened their Mojave Desert hanger for a media announcement today which gave a peak at what their aerospace engineers have been working on — previous posts here and here. The spaceship which is designed to launch their spaceship to the 62 mile […]

What’s with these dirty birds?

| July 27, 2008

I just finished cleaning a bunch of bird excrement off my white garage door and I even brought out the power washer to blast off some ‘Gorilla Glued‘ on droppings … then about 48 hours later: SPLAT. Click for larger image How do they angle their dropping to hit our garage door and not even […]

New Kubota ZD326s diesel ‘zero-turn’ mower

| July 26, 2008

After 23 years of mowing with our sturdy John Deere diesel tractor mower, we have finally succumb to the “keep up with the Jones” pressure of a new zero-turn style mower. The neighbor ladies referred to my wife as “the turtle” while mowing with the old slowpoke John Deere, even though it has continued to […]

Cellphone warnings again — with Video!

| July 25, 2008

Just when I thought I might not have time to post something on Friday, in comes an email from a friend with a video link too interesting to pass on (embedded below). The timely video clip ties to a new concern in the news this week over the dangers of cellphones. One such article was […]

Buy new VW TDI, get $1,300 federal tax credit

| July 24, 2008

The IRS has made the new 2009 40+ mpg ‘clean diesel’ Volkswagen Jetta TDI eligible for a federal tax credit, just as many hybrid vehicles have been in the past. The new VW TDI qualifies based on the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle income tax credit *. What this means for buyers of a […]

Crude Oil and Gasoline down this week

| July 24, 2008

Crude closed at $124.44 a barrel on Wednesday and off more than 15% from its intraday high of $147.27 on July 11. Wholesale gasoline was also down 3.6% to $3.0344 a gallon. A government report showing a larger domestic supply of gasoline, a lower demand for fuel and stronger U.S. dollar have all contributed to […]

Hurricane Dolly Cat 2 and coming ashore

| July 23, 2008

Hurricane Dolly is coming ashore with category 2 strength as winds are peaking at 85 mph this Wednesday morning. Brownville Texas and points north will sustain the most wind and rain, but the wind field (below) will stretch into Mexico as well as north further up the Texas coast.

Our hawk family, clouds and relaxing evening

| July 22, 2008

As has been the norm lately, I’ve have spent a few quiet evening at home just sitting quietly and looking out over the backyard. Tonight I watched as the storm clouds began to pile up to our south and west. (no rain for us though) Its also been enjoyable to watch a pair of hawks […]

TS Dolly taking aim at Mex/Tex border

| July 21, 2008

It looks as if 2008 first big tropical storm (possibly a hurricane) is headed for the border area of Mexico and Texas. It is currently ripe to strengthen and is moving northwest in the western Caribbean. Current strength is for 45 mph peak winds while at sea, and projected winds of 80 mph at landfall.

Dayton Airshow special exhibit

| July 21, 2008

I’ve enjoyed my weekend with family while my EAA chapter cohorts volunteered to work at the Dayton Air Show. The event had near perfect weather, although the heat had to be almost unbearable. Thanks to those who gave their time and flew their experimental planes to the EAA hanger at the show. On Sunday though, […]

Out of the routine and a big beetle

| July 20, 2008

If it seems as if I’ve been loafing this summer … I have … sort of. I’ve been busy enjoying the nice 90 degree days outside and have been reluctant to post daily with any significant effort. Perhaps its the longer daylight and nice evenings or maybe its just laziness? Nevertheless, I promise to get […]

Last years fuel prices — big change

| July 19, 2008

WARNING — Last year’s photo While looking at a post from last year, I notice that I was complaining that the B-20 ($2.99) was selling at almost 25 cents more than regular diesel our local Meijer store sells ($2.76). My daughter filled up with ULSD and paid $4.89 this week. (for the math challenged, that’s […]

Wholesale refined fuel prices move lower

| July 18, 2008

Now that wholesale prices for refined fuels are retreating a bit from their speculator driven lofty levels, I’ve been asked by a few people when this change is going to be felt at the retail level? My best guess would be soon … but then I’m wrong more than I’m right these days. Gasbuddy.com reports: […]

Compress Air Cars: 800 miles on a fill-up?

| July 16, 2008

I heard about the compress air powered vehicles for a while now, but never really gave much thought to how long an air tank could last? I’ve always assumed that like my air compressor and tools I power with it, that the tank is heavy and needs to be constantly running to keep the air […]

My daughter’s VW TDI reaches first milestone

| July 15, 2008

Although this is by no means a challenging milestone for Volkswagen diesel cars, it is a personal milestone for my daughter. Her first car, a 2001 VW Jetta TDI, has been treating her well for 100,000 miles now and she sent me an early morning photo from her Palm Treo Centro as it hit 100K. […]

Test drove the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

| July 14, 2008

The dealer demo TDIs have been slow to arrive to Cincinnati area dealerships, but today did get a chance to head over to Fairfield VW and test drive the new 2009 Jetta ‘clean diesel.’ Its basically the same body (A5) that has been part of the VW Jetta line up for a couple of years […]

English 101: What’s wrong with this sentence?

| July 13, 2008

I enjoy reading books and certain authors for different reasons — for example, I not only enjoy William F. Buckley’s sailing memoirs because of the sailing content, but because use of the English language is impressive. That said — oh, and I’m not an English major (obviously) — this particular sentence from a book I […]

Coming in low at Wright Patterson Airforce Base

| July 11, 2008

Interesting to see just how low these large C-141 U.S. Air Force planes come in; this was through the windshield photo was zoomed at about 200mm as the large transport plane lazily flew over I-70/I-675 near Dayton Ohio. (Wright Patterson Air Force Base) I didn’t know it was right overhead until it appear in my […]

Enjoying the back porch and fireplace

| July 11, 2008

Nice evening. It was good to be home from traveling Thursday night in time to spend a little time with my kids and their friends. I took a swim, ate Chinese for dinner and had a fire in the fireplace — even roasted a few marshmallows (above). It was a great way to spend a […]

Light pollution is significant in much of Ohio

| July 10, 2008

Light pollution is the name given for the “excess or obtrusive light created by humans.” It is noticeable particularly in urban areas and has expanded to suburban American over the past 50 years. My son and I were talking about this recently after he returned from Young Life camp in Rockbridge, Virginia. His comment was […]

Click and Clack “As The Wrench Turns”

| July 9, 2008

For quite a few years National Public Radio has aired an entertainment ‘automotive related’ call-in program call CarTalk. It is being spun into an animated PBS TV show call “As The Wrench Turns.” The program will feature the zany brothers known as Click and Clack in a variety of “politically charged” situations. A quick viewing […]

Travel tips to speed up TSA Airport Security

| July 8, 2008

Although I don’t travel as often by air as in the past, I have come across a few tips that make going through airport security less painful. First, if you can afford it and need to fly often, consider FlyClear. (check to see if the airports you use are covered) At last read, the “pass” […]

Not much ambition to speak of …

| July 6, 2008

I’ve ‘wonderfully wasted’ the Fourth of July weekend relaxing around the house, although I did take the time to paint the kitchen and do a few repairs; nothing too strenuous I might add. Our dog Tootsie did the same, as the warm weather has turned her from a rambunctious ‘herding’ dog to a ‘backporch potato’ […]

GoodCleanDieselFun.com and the TDIFest OH8

| July 5, 2008

www.goodcleandieselfun.com The new Volkswagen TDI diesels are beginning to show up around the U.S. and orders are being taken at dealerships now for the 2009 models. I’ll also mention that a good place to talk diesel would be the 2008 TDIFest in Mason, Ohio over Labor Day weekend (Registration info and Conference Hotel info).

Happy Fourth of July, painting and cellphones

| July 4, 2008

Sort of rainy here in Cincinnati today, but my wife is working and I’ve got chores around the house to do anyway. I’m going to prep for painting the kitchen ceiling this afternoon. (We had a water leak from upstairs last week. I patched and primed … it just needs the final painting) This has […]

Oil almost to record high of $146/barrel

| July 3, 2008

Oil is up again nearing $146/ barrel due to declining U.S. inventories and escalating concerns over the possibilty over conflict with Iran. The Saudi’s oil minister made comments that they would not be boosting production also added to the rise in price. With continued weakness in the U.S. dollar and concern that the European Central […]

Donna Lange on the cover of Ocean Navigator

| July 2, 2008

Click for larger or largest image I just noticed that my friend Donna Lange (see previous posts) was pictured on the cover of Ocean Navigator Magazine last month. The photo was taken as she was heading into Bristol, Rhode Island after completing a solo circumnavigation aboard her small 28 foot sailboat ‘Inspired Insanity’ in the […]

Revetec: a better internal combustion engine

| July 1, 2008

Click for large image of engine Every once in a while, an engineering idea comes along that offers an idea which improves on current ideas, one such idea is being worked on by an Australian company called Revetec. They have created an improved internal combustion engine that is smaller, lighter and cheaper to manufacture than […]

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.