TS Gustav taking aim at Gulf Coast

| August 28, 2008

Currently a tropical storm packing peak winds of 60 knots, Gustav the killer storm in the Caribbean looks to be taking aim at the Gulf Coast of the United States. Cities like New Orleans are not taking chances and are getting early information and preparations in place. The predictions are for Gustav to strengthen and […]

Busy week and missing blogging …

| August 27, 2008

I’m hoping its the fact that too many things are going on right now, but I’ve not found time to do much more on the Internet than answer a few emails. After moving my son (photo right – moved his stuff to the ninth floor! Ugh!) and daughter to college, visiting my father-in-law for his […]

Archiving: Photo from Brenda’s August 2008 Birthday

| August 26, 2008

I’ve used this photo for the last couple years but knew it was from a birthday celebration at my parents house in August of 2008 … so since I’ve updated the “ABOUT” page on 6/2011, I’m archiving the older photo in the year it was taken. I still like it …

Weekend trip to college and beyond …

| August 24, 2008

We spent Friday and the weekend moving kids to college and tacked on a day celebrating my father-in-laws 83rd birthday in western New York. All in all was successful trip but it was a long weekend. While returning we stopped to fill up at the Mt. Gilead renewable fuel Sunoco station on I-71 (exit 151 […]

Fly-in, Airshow and Pancake Breakfast

| August 23, 2008

As mentioned earlier, there is a great country airshow in Waynesville Ohio this upcoming weekend. (Red Stewart Airfield) Also for those camping out under the stars or just flying (or driving) to the airport on Sunday morning our EAA Chapter (284) will be fixing a pancake breakfast.

Tech Friday: Jott.com out of Beta

| August 22, 2008

I’ve commented on the handy free service called Jott before, and am giving their new Twitter Jott Link a try — not that I spend much time using Twitter. After two years in Beta, Jott.com has move to an advertiser and pay-for-services model. As more and more subscription based Internet components arrive, I’ve become less […]

TDIFest may have VW Sportwagen TDI after all?

| August 21, 2008

North Carolina TDIClub member “coolbreeze” may bring his new 2009 Volkswagen Sportwagen TDI to the TDIFest over Labor Day weekend – thread. If he does, it will be the first one most of us will have seen. Crossing my fingers that you can make it Bruce!

Goodbye to friends …

| August 20, 2008

My son had an end of summer cookout and bonfire (sorry for the lack of focus above) this week for he and his good friends head off to college this fall; most will be parting ways and heading in different directions. As a parent, its been great to know my sons core group of friends, […]

Racing around the world in an Eggbeater

| August 19, 2008

Another circumnavigation record falls … this time its a trip around the world in a “whirlybird.” Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik set a new world record for the fastest trip around the world in a helicopter. They circumnavigated the globe from LaGuardia Airport crossing the Atlantic, traversing 20 countries, 12 time zones and 49 states […]

China v. Germany: Who builds more VWs?

| August 19, 2008

Automotive sales and production worldwide has slowed a bit this year as economies slow, but the production of Volkswagen vehicles in China continues to grow. According to Automotive News, sales are up 23.2% for vehicles build in the communist country, with over one-half million vehicles produced. This number move very close to VW’s production in […]

Tropical Storm Fay hits U.S. after killing at least five in the Caribbean

| August 18, 2008

Fay, currently designated a tropical storm, drenched the Florida Keys on Monday. The rains flooded roads and created a handful of possible tornadoes as it moved north according to emergency management officials. Whil The storm killed at least five people in the Caribbean according to news reports, but there were no reports of injuries or […]

Nice day but too much to do …

| August 18, 2008

I really wanted to take off early today and head home to just lounge in the pool, but the pile of work to be done is not getting smaller. The summer is getting away from me and don’t see much slowing down before September.

Lots of “8s” for the 8.8.08 Olympics and Phelps

| August 17, 2008

Once again TV in our house was tuned in to watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Saturday night. We were anxious to see Michael Phelps swim again — and swim he did. This time Phelps did it with his American teammates — Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen and Jason Lezak — in the Men’s 4 x […]

Zipcars.com — ahead of their time?

| August 16, 2008

Using a Zipcar might be an attractive option for some urban-ites, particularly if their city has decent mass transit and a Zipcar.com footprint. I know a few, very few, people who live in larger metro areas and have learned to live without owning a car — although as a Midwestern suburban and rural oriented person […]

Pastor Rick Warren on “Forgiveness and Trust”

| August 15, 2008

Rick Warren, famous for his book “The Purpose Driven Life” and as pastor at Saddleback Church, was interviewed on Friday about political figures like Sen. John Edwards who recent affair was exposed. His comments on Forgiveness and Trust were excellent (below). Warren will also be moderating a “Civic Forum” with guests Senator John McCain and […]

Phelps continues his collection of gold medals

| August 15, 2008

Yet another gold medal for Michael Phelps — number six for 2008 Beijing Olympics (Friday in China, Thursday night in the U.S.). Phelps currently looks unstoppable as his win in the Men’s 200 meter individual medley set another world record: 1 minute 54.23 seconds. Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh finished second in 1:56.52 to collect his third […]

Coin art: an odd Euro story

| August 14, 2008

Read this story this past week and thought it was interesting … although odd. I wonder if we’ll start seeing this kind of ‘artwork’ on this side of the pond?

Gold Metal 10 & 11: Michael Phelps is impressive

| August 13, 2008

Aquaman Michael Phelps is now greatest Olympic gold metal winner of all times — 11 Golds with 3 more swimming events to go in Being. It is hard to believe that at age 23, he is only 3 victories from breaking Mark Spitz’s single-Games record of seven golds, set in the Munich pool in 1972. […]

Annual Red Stewart Airshow, 8/30/2008

| August 12, 2008

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Gmail down for 2 hours Monday Afternoon

| August 11, 2008

Let’s hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. Quite a few people are now hooked on Gmail as their primary email address.

Politics: Be the first to know

| August 11, 2008

Although I’m not planning to send my mobile phone number to the Barack Obama for President campaign, I thought this was an interesting way to broadcast the Vice Presidential running mate campaign choice announcement. Technology is changing the way we keep abreast the latest information. Be the First to Know Barack is about to choose […]

Mouthy French swimmers ‘eat crow’

| August 11, 2008

We have once again spent our evening watching NBC’s coverage of the Olympics from Beijing China. For a second night we’ve watch the impressive Michael Phelps swim, although this time as a team of four U.S. men battled the favored French 4x 100M relay swimmers. The American team had a little extra inspiration preceding Sunday […]

Watching the Olympics 2008, Beijing, China

| August 10, 2008

Instead of renting a movie, we watched swimming (and some beach volleyball) coming from China Saturday night here, Sunday morning there. My wife being a swimmer has been looking forward to rooting for Michael Phelps, so without objection I sat politely to watch his impressive performance … as did President Bush, although he in person. […]

Conserve fuel, inflate your tires

| August 9, 2008

A little local political humor in hopes to drum up business … 😀 “Asked at a St. Louis town hall last week how people could contribute to the effort to conserve fuel, Obama said that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels could make a difference. Republicans have seized on the comment to […]

Sen. McCain and Straight Talk Express drive by

| August 8, 2008

Senator John McCain was speaking in the neighborhood next door at 7 PM Thursday night (Four Bridges in Liberty Township, OH), so when they headed out we all made fools of ourselves and waved as the Straight Talk Express bus as it drove by our back driveway … pretty cool to have someone running for […]

The Palm Centro — a Timex® like cellphone

| August 7, 2008

Here’s a great cellphone story that was published over at the more national Palm blog, but it actually comes from my neck of the woods. The customer email praises the durability of the Centro, which reflects politively on at least one of Palms’ designs; both my wife and daughter should feel good to have such […]

Volkswagen considers roadster again

| August 6, 2008

Although Volkswagen fans have been tempted with thoughts of a two place VW roadster before, we are once again seeing the plans and a prototype being resurrected. Autoweek put out a few details that have me wondering if I really want to put any more money into my MGB. According to the article, “VW chairman […]

No “tinyurl.com” at Panera Bread WiFi

| August 6, 2008

Hmm … I stumble upon this irritation today while having lunch at Panera Bread. In the past it has been a enjoyable lunch stop when on the road in different cities as I can check and respond to emails, etc. Unfortunately it has been getting more and more difficult to access what you want, when […]

Commentary on Volkswagen’s new small SUV

| August 6, 2008

Volkswagen’s 2009 small SUV, the Tiguan, hasn’t exactly taken North America by storm, but at least VW finally has a vehicle to compete with Honda’s CRV and Toyota’s Rav4. I wouldn’t say that Volkswagen has struck out with the Tiguan, but in my opinion they have at least two strikes against them. After owning a […]

Ishmael Beah’s book now in paperback

| August 5, 2008

Just a quick mention that a book I recently finished reading and have highlighted in the sidebar, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solder,” goes on sale in paperback today. Along with this release, the 26 year old Ishmael Beah has made a couple of appearances on ABC television. (ABC’s Good Morning America […]

Editorial: “Akers’ story shows true America”

| August 5, 2008

Although I don’t watch reality TV programming including “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” or even read our local papers’ opinion letters, my daughter thought enough of the letter to the editor below to mention it to me. I’m unsure if it was the political content or the fact that her roommate is from Poland, but it […]

ElectraFlyer C “quietly wows” Oshkosh crowd

| August 4, 2008

Yet another aviation post from Airventure 2008. This one unique in that the crowd was able to see but hardly here the electric-powered experimental ElectraFlyer C piloted by Joe Bennis. He made 3 passes over the main air show runway to the smile of Electric Aircraft Corporation president Randall Fishman. The specifications are pretty impressive […]

Space X stumbles yet again to get into space

| August 3, 2008

A the private company Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (Space X) funded by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, failed for a third time to launch into space. The Falcon 1 launch on Saturday evening was from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean was carrying three small satellites including one for the Department of Defense. While watching the […]

Typing trademark and copyright symbols

| August 2, 2008

I wanted to archive a couple keyboard shortcuts pertaining to trademarks and copyright symbols when keyboarding at the computer. Not many people outside the printing and publishing world know about keystroke combinations that can be used for special symbols. (Note: If you are using a reduced keyboard –ie. a notebook computer without a separate numeric […]

No more DSL, ISP is now cable

| August 1, 2008

So far so good. Switched to Time Warner Roadrunner broadband and everything is running a bit better than Cincinnati Bell Zoomtown DSL.

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.