First iPad Reviews Are In – Apple iPad

| March 31, 2010

Gizmodo posts a few first look iPad review snippets from the “pro” technology gadget reviewers. Do you want an iPad?

Federalism and the expanding United States government

| March 31, 2010

The federal government after the Civil War expanded in both its size and influence over states and individuals. The United States did this to regulate industry as businesses grew to encompass several states. The concern over securing civil rights for all citizens as well as  providing some social services continued by Washington D.C. as the […]

Some think it’s “cool” to wear a Che Guevara image

| March 31, 2010

I hope high school and college age generations realize how just stupid and unpatriotic it is to wear images of Che Guevara. If you care about your freedom and liberty … and democracy in the world, think twice about the message you are sending prior to buying or wearing his image. Che Guevara is not […]

My nephew and is wife had a girl

| March 30, 2010

My sister-in-law Lynda sent a photo and announcement from Minneapolis … a beautiful girl. Congratulations Justin and Keity on the birth of their first child: Madelyn Joy Howard born at 6:14 CST on March 30, 2010, 6 lbs 12 oz.  19.5 inches. Now the real work begins … marriage was the easy part!

Stanford and Volkswagen continue to develop smarter cars

| March 30, 2010

Following their 2005 DARPA research, Stanford University has continued to work with Volkswagen in pushing the envelope wish computer controlled automobiles (previous post). In a FoxNews story on computer controlled racing cars and Pike’s Peak,  I recalled the success VWs have had on this mountain climb in the past (Touareg TDIs and RallyTDI).

Speeding up the hands of time with the barrel of a pen

| March 29, 2010

I had trouble finding the little half-notch with the adjusting crown on my son’s new watch (the one that forwards just the date), so I improvised and used a soft rubber barrel of an old pen on my cordless drill to speed up the hands of time. Surprisingly it worked great. So  for the fun […]

Enjoying a home project on Palm Sunday afternoon

| March 28, 2010

I’ve been tinkering in the workshop this  afternoon and hopefully my wife will be pleased that I finally finished recovering a couple chairs. They’re not antiques or anything special, but the 1952 classic petite dinning room outfit will look a bit nicer when and if my daughter or son need them for their first home. […]

Cash for Appliances – limited window of opportunity

| March 28, 2010

We’ve been thinking about replacing our humble (less than functional) dishwasher for a couple years now and the latest government giveaway stimulus program is just the push we needed. There is a small window of opportunity and a limited number of dollars available for each state to stimulate consumers to upgrade their existing appliances with […]

Video: Humorous YouTube “Car 4 Sale” idea

| March 27, 2010

I’ve been pondering how we will eventually sell my wife’s 1998 Toyota RAV4 with a quarter million miles? I think this might work!  😀

More debt for you, me and definitely our kids

| March 26, 2010

After heated debate over the cost of a trillion dollar health care bill, the numbers for President Obama’s budget and deficit spending projection just got worse. It looks as if the deficit and debt is 1.2 trillion worse than a few months ago … that’s 1.2 TRILLION with a “T.” According to WSJ economist Steve […]

Tech Friday: VOIP service using landline phones thru NetTalk

| March 26, 2010

I’ve waited a few weeks in order to fairly judge the NetTalk phone service and it’s associated smallish hardware device which promises “Unlimited Local and Long Distance Calling in the US and Canada.” The VOIP service is similar to other marketed services and devices that transform broadband Internet connections into something that resembles traditional landline […]

Listening, reading and pondering the Health Care Reform law

| March 25, 2010

I’ve been spending a bit of time on the road this week (who parks like this? – image right) which finds me listening to the non-stop news and talk radio programs discussing health care reform; the Senate bill was passed by the House and signed by President Obama earlier this week.  Even after a year […]

My Desultory Blog Statistics: What gets read most?

| March 24, 2010

The topics posted here are far from the recommended ‘single subject focused’ blogs written to purposely attract readers, yet despite this lack of professional focus, the site still gets read. My Desultory Blog manages to generate close to 10,000 unique IP accesses each month and 10 GB of data transferred. One of the most surprising […]

Live newsroom background headshake made me chuckle

| March 23, 2010

Captured a snippet of video (no audio) of the television with my Palm Pre’s camcorder app on a FoxNews broadcast tonight; one has to wonder just what producers are thinking when they use the live “animated” newsroom as the background. 🙂 [flv:FN_backgroundheadshake100323.flv 485 350]

Narcissism Epidemic Spreads Among College Students

| March 23, 2010

Interesting … Narcissism Epidemic Spreads Among College Students A generation of Americans could enter the workforce with an unfounded sense of entitlement. Are you spending too much time in front of the mirror? According to a new study, American students are growing more narcissistic (link to video). THE GIST: Data shows a significant increase in […]

Ohio markets of Cincinnati and Cleveland to get Sprint 4G

| March 23, 2010

Sprint announced the additional markets it has planned for it’s 4G WiMAX expansion. They include the Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Cleveland along with Pittsburgh PA. (Press release below)

Leo Laporte offering a few thoughts on Palm

| March 23, 2010

As  Palm Inc continues to suffer on Wall Street, some technology experts are wondering if this company is nearing the end?  TWIT guru Leo Laporte commented a few minutes before his call in program this  past weekend and pondered if there was  any chance of  an acquisition — perhaps a company needing Palm’s webOS.   […]

BMW to provide engines for police-vehicle startup in Indiana

| March 22, 2010

Might just have to run over to Indiana and see what they are like — no, I’m not planning a personal “high speed” test! 🙂 BMW to provide engines for police-vehicle startup in Indiana David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau Washington — BMW AG will provide diesel engines and powertrain systems to Carbon Motors […]

WhasSUP? How about Stand Up Paddling Surfing

| March 22, 2010

Great to know there is hope for me in getting up on the board yet! Thanks for the inspiration John Zapotocky (at 91, he’s probably the oldest SUP surfer in the world) Personal note: Due to my dealing with Menieres disease in the late 1990s necessitating endolympatic sac decompression surgery, my stability and balance has […]

You can only ignore the will of the people for so long …

| March 22, 2010

As the the Democrat’s health care bill passes under less than optimum circumstances, tempers and emotions flare in both congress and between citizens of our nation. My representative, the Honorable John Boehner, lead the Republican minority in a valiant fight, in this case speaking for the majority of people across our nation (video below).  Unfortunately […]

LiveBlogging: Vote on HR Resolution to Health Care

| March 21, 2010

As I check on the partisan vote to pass a bill that will bureaucratic Health Care in America this Sunday evening, the Democrats have both passed the rules (at 2PM) and recently the “resolution.” Every Republican voted against and 224 Democrats were for the  “resolution.” Personally I believe that the  224 number is the 216 […]

Reducing stress while monitoring health care votes

| March 21, 2010

While watching news from Washington DC this Sunday afternoon over the unpopular heath care legislation being voted on by congress, my wife has found a good way –“her way” — to reduce stress: she burns things (Palm Pre video snippet below). This genetic activity will only mean something to those who know her and her […]

Oil Pressure problem causes emergency landing

| March 20, 2010

Waiting for details on this … (article below) EDIT 3/21/2010: The plane was built by Kevin Kinney. It was a Zenith 601XL with a Jabiru 3300 engine. It received it Airworthiness certificate August 28, 2009. Kevin is a member of EAA Chapter 174 in Cincinnati.

Palm stock continues down another 30% today on heavy volume

| March 19, 2010

Palm, Inc.(NasdaqGS: PALM) After Hours: 3.97 -0.03 (-0.81%) 7:59pm ET Last Trade: 4.0025 Trade Time: 4:00pm ET Change: 1.6475 (29.16%) Prev Close: 5.65

Blind to the lack of cost control in current health care legislation

| March 19, 2010

Personal Opinion post: I’m attempting to be understanding of those with different political philosophies than myself as they relate to reforming health care. That said, I can’t imagine those who support progressive social and economic re-engineering of our nation even stomaching the shenanigans currently going on in Washington DC? At times like these, it may […]

Soyuz space capsule bring two from ISS safely back to earth

| March 18, 2010

Check out the great photo of a Russian space craft returning to earth this morning (click for larger). The two returning, one American and one Russian, have spent 5 months at the International space station and used the Soyuz TMA-16 capsule for their return ride; they landed in Kazakhstan as planned and coordinated by Russian […]

Pete Bethune fighting for his freedom and The Cove

| March 18, 2010

A few long time blog readers remember my blogging and supporting Earthrace her captain publicizing renewable fuels in a record breaking trip(s) around the world a couple years ago. More recently Captain Pete Bethune and his renamed vessel, Ady Gil, became part of an anti-poaching marine wildlife conservation organization called Sea Shepherd – see previous […]

Long lunch streaming video, checking email and news

| March 17, 2010

Enjoyed a TWiT broadcast by streaming Security Now over a late lunch while catching up on my email today. The weather is starting to feel like we are turning the corner and closing in on spring; sunny and near 60 degrees today. The news of the day seems to be focused on the house Democratic […]

Will new legislation really improve our nation’s banks?

| March 16, 2010

I don’t want to be too critical about the ‘difficult for me to understand’ banking reform legislation, but after hearing comments on a WSJ podcast (below), the politically one-sided rush to reform does leave me concerned; it sure would be nice to have bi-partisan support for a banking oversight bill.

Book: Going Rogue by Sarah Palin

| March 13, 2010

Since we’ve had rain for a couple of days while on vacation, I picked up a book off the coffee table and started reading it here at the condo … before finishing the other ones I brought along I might as well add. It’s a book I’ve been curious about, but not willing to buy […]

The weather just won’t cooperate so we took a roadtrip

| March 12, 2010

Since the weather has been wet and windy here in Florida, we decided to take a road trip north from Delray Beach towards Fort Pierce.  Our plan was to putter along and check on a couple sailboats. We opted to drive the A-1-A route along the shore and stopped at several of the pull-offs along […]

Dakar 2010: VW Turbo Diesel Touaregs Finish 1-2-3

| March 12, 2010

It’s hard to do much better than grab 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at what many consider to be the toughest race on the planet: The Dakar Rally. This impressive and resounding victory marks another important step on the road to dispelling the myths that still linger around what TDI clean diesel technology can do. […]

Fuel prices: A sign of an economic recovery?

| March 11, 2010

One of the noticeable economic signs for average Americans that our economy might be in recovery is the rise of fuel prices. An article in this mornings Wall Street Journal stated that “Gasoline prices are throttling toward $3 a gallon”  and that “gasoline futures have rallied 21% since hitting a low in February to close […]

Murphy’s Law and Sprint Palm Pre tethering to NAS

| March 10, 2010

Murphy’s Law enacted itself today while I was enjoying continued R & R; a work related issue came up requiring me to access information with my computer. Unfortunately this was  information that I didn’t properly back up during my recently Windows 7 reformat and updated notebook computer. I of course have a backup, but it […]

Escaping paying attention to real life for a few more days

| March 9, 2010

While I do enjoy a routine that includes focusing what’s going on in the world, it’s nice to escape and check out for a few days. After a perfect ‘beach Monday,’ our day Tuesday was cloudy and smattered with sprinkles, although temps were in the 70’s. We spent the morning hiding from the rain, but […]

Great day to be at the beach

| March 8, 2010

We’re enjoying a relaxing spring day listening to the wind and waves in the Florida sunshine. It is a welcome change from the 2009 – 2010 winter that seemed to have lasted long enough, at least in our corner of Ohio. Hopefully we will return in a couple days feeling regenerated … I’m sensing my batteries […]

Irritating day of travel, but better with tasty Key Lime Pie

| March 7, 2010

We had a slow start to the day after a frustrating delayed flight out of Cincinnati — we were switched to a smaller plane. I was sardined into the just in front of the lavatory seat behind two babies (with full diapers) and a 3-4 year old (really a very good kid). Thankfully things got […]

New Facebook app for webOS has been updated and improved

| March 6, 2010

I’m a couple days late in commenting on the newly released Facebook application for the Palm webOS smartphones, but wanted to mention that it has been significantly improved. If you are a Facebook user, or even a newbie, the enhancements available for the Pre and Pixi make the popular social networking site almost worth using. […]

Takers vs. Makers: Are we on the Road to Serfdom?

| March 5, 2010

The current Obama philosophy of social and economic justice continues with an attempt to move forward with expanding government, even as polls show Americans objecting to the existing health care bills. The concern for many of us is that we are becoming a nation of ‘takers.’ Current progressive Democrats are moving in a direction that […]

This day in Aviation History – airships.net

| March 4, 2010

March 4 is the anniversary of the first flight of the airship Hindenburg, which is better know for the 1937 German Zeppelin disaster at Lakehurst Naval Air Station New Jersey. Aviation contact Dan from airships.net (Twitter: @airships) emailed some information about the website which includes sections of special interest for pilots, such as flight procedures, flight instruments […]

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.