Obituary: Davy Jones dies of a heart attack at age 66

| February 29, 2012

  Although I count myself as “too young” to have enjoyed The Monkees when they made their 1966 debut, I do remember visiting my older cousin’s house (obviously female) and seeing a Davy Jones poster on her wall. His heart attack came way too soon with all the medical advancements available nowadays (1945 – 2012). […]

Do you file a customs declaration form after space travel?

| February 29, 2012

Hmm … I’ve never given much thought to filling out a U.S. Customs form when returning from space??? I found this one from the little trip by Apollo 11 in 1969 humorous (form below). Probably should have included “Bock” by name.

Happy 5th Twitter Birthday to me

| February 29, 2012

Just noticed this when cleaning out my inbox … 5 years on Twitter. Wow … it doesn’t seem as if RichC has been posting tweets that long until you see over 5000 of them! Hmm, but it looks like MyDesultoryBlog on Twitter is still a youngster?

What does NASCAR, Tide and Twitter all have in common?

| February 28, 2012

All highlighted at the Daytona 500 of course! In an odd turn of events, Sunday’s rain delayed big race was delayed further due to more rain for the Monday afternoon start, but eventually got underway Monday evening, much to the dismay of my wife (she would have preferred something other then watching cars turning left […]

Archive: History of aviation video

| February 28, 2012

My EAA friend Steve posted this aviation history video to his site and I wanted to share and archive it on my site too. Probably should make a copy in case it disappears from YouTube …hmm?

The Dow moves above 13,000, but closes 0.1% down instead

| February 27, 2012

The Dow once again inches past the 13,000 market, but somehow can’t quite close above this psychological level.

Gas prices, car rentals and the economy of traveling by car

| February 26, 2012

Katelyn and Taylor back in 1991 preparing for a road trip While planning a couple upcoming trips after the recent jump in gasoline prices (over $3.50 and rising), I reflected on the “good ol’ days” when we would hop in the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser station wagon and take off on long trips at what seemed […]

Who designs KitchenAid appliances – engineers or accountants?

| February 25, 2012

While cleaning out our KitchenAid refrigerator and freezer on Saturday, I wondered “what were the design engineers thinking” when they used corrosive fittings? For all the years companies have been designing and building ice makers which operate in moisture prone environments, one would think someone might have suggested spending a few more pennies on stainless […]

Archiving sailboat bottom paint information for Encore

| February 25, 2012

Ahh …  love that full flavored and steaming cup of coffee on a Saturday morning. While sifting through my pile of magazines and deciding what to toss and what to keep, I’ve clipped a few items I want to keep … but am just not sure how to archive them? Sometimes I still toss stuff […]

A couple interesting Type 2 Volkswagen van ideas

| February 24, 2012

A Volkswagen diesel friend of mine and I tweeted a few messages back and forth yesterday after we noticed this interesting AT-AT Walker Microbus. He of course has a real VW van (1979) as well as a few ideas for a playhouse for his kids (below). Even though I’m not really all that geeky (at […]

Jeb Corliss still has something to learn from flying squirrels

| February 23, 2012

Here’s a flying wingsuit jump that didn’t go as planned; the January 120mph collision with a mountain cliff isn’t something many adrenalin junkies survive to talk about. (broken legs and a 5 weeks in the hospital)

With tax uncertainty, how do we plan for retirement?

| February 22, 2012

The tax season is upon us and many take this opportunity to take account of our retirement strategy (at least those who are thinking ahead). Years ago … in the days of the company pension, confidence in Social Security and Medicare and the assumption that one would retire at 65 after a lifetime career with […]

Financial markets flirt with the psychological 13,000 mark

| February 21, 2012

I watched the Dow break the 13000 mark a couple of times today, but unfortunately for bulls, it didn’t hold; the Dow closed up just .13% at 12966. Looking back a few years, the Dow last traded at the 13000 level in May 2008 and was heading down from its historic high of 14198 in […]

When college age kids socially get the approval of parents

| February 20, 2012

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the primary reasons I don’t post or visit my Facebook account very often is because it is the domain of my kids and their friends. I’m sure I would not have wanted a nosy parent watching everything I said and did … so I didn’t focus on it as […]

Just archiving a doodle while holding on the phone

| February 20, 2012

Who doesn’t spend their time on hold doodling whatever is on their mind? Today I found myself contemplating Mark’s comments this weekend regarding forgoing the Kingston davits I posted on the other day and considering a custom  for Encore and our existing Zodiac … as well as the eventual AB inflatable. I started to think […]

VW will start selling Golf plug-in hybrid in 2015

| February 19, 2012

There must be a reason automakers are not pairing hybrids or plug-in electric vehicles with diesel engines … for the life of me I can’t figure it out. The coupling on paper seems to be a perfect combination … especially for a company like e GM with the “Volt” type of EV/Hybrid technology. Volkswagen will […]

Even thinking about sailboat projects is getting costly

| February 19, 2012

After trying a few do-it-yourself repairs on our old Zodiac, I gave up last week and took it to Gator at Lifeline Marine. He did the same soap check and visual inspection with me there, but couldn’t find the air leak either … although he did comment on the aging fabric, sun damage and many […]

My early voting Super Tuesday primary ballot has arrived

| February 18, 2012

Not knowing my travel schedule when it comes to voting on Super Tuesday, March 6th … I’ve opted for an absentee ballot this year. With Rick Santorum polling strong in Michigan and nationally, it looks like our Ohio primary election vote might be more important than usual this year? I didn’t give it too much […]

Tech Friday–about.me … adding yet another landing page

| February 17, 2012

As the years go by I find myself forgetting which of the links and information sites I’ve signed up for … and I’m probably not alone. Anyway, if you are online at all, it might be helpful to have a personal landing page, especially if you’re not interested in your own URL and web server […]

Time to wake up with the world’s largest rope swing

| February 17, 2012

Pinterest – is it worth using another social kind of site?

| February 16, 2012

How much is too much social networking … and how will they all make money? Traffic to the website—which lets users create online scrapbooks to share images of projects or coveted products—has grown tenfold over the past six months. In January, the number of visitors on Pinterest.com was almost a third of that on Twitter.com. […]

Nickel and dime style increases continue at Sprint

| February 16, 2012

Although I’ve stayed with Sprint for mobile service for over a decade, I’m constantly irritated with their tweaking. Just when I was starting to calm down from the last couple go-arounds over a discount structure and then AirRave billing, the monthly invoice increased again. Not by much mind you, but enough to increase my bill […]

Has natural gas hit a bottom. If so, how to invest?

| February 15, 2012

Besides trading in an out of the depressed Natural Gas market in the past month, I’ve been pondering how to “eventually” capitalize on what I see as a bottom in the commodity price for NG and a possible upside down the road. How far down the road, who knows?  

Happy Valentine’s Day

| February 14, 2012

Once again we are faced with the dreaded Saint Valentine’s Day … well “dreaded” for those of us men who fall short in the thoughtfulness category, or end up buying the cheesy and over-marketed box of chocolates, flowers or — gulp — jewelry. Thankfully I have a wife who isn’t all that difficult to please […]

Could a magnetic highway charge a car more than it uses?

| February 14, 2012

For years automotive postulaters have envisioned a car being charged by embedded coils in the highway, but a comment in an article attributed to one researcher at Stanford sounds a little far fetched … maybe even stretching the laws of physics? Stanford researchers say they can develop what’s essentially an electric highway that one of […]

Getting a mention on CNBC can sometimes move up a stock

| February 13, 2012

Every once in a while those interviewed on widely watched financial television channels have an opportunity to mention individual stocks … not a big deal when the companies are larger. Unfortunately mentioning a couple lessor known companies can move the prices. Today CNBC’s Bill Griffeth on his Closing Bell segment interviewed an analyst from Oppenheimer […]

Having a last minute Magical moment before heading home

| February 12, 2012

Although we had a relaxing week “on the boat” … we opted to spend our last day in Orlando and visiting the Epcot center and dinner at the California Grill atop Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Hotel (thanks Gary!)

Enjoying the day sailing and looking for sun on the beach

| February 9, 2012

Just archiving a few photos from our wind blown day on the beach Wednesday and rough day sailing on Thursday – winds were a bit strong from the NE and 4-6 foot waves not all that much fun. Cloudy mornings – sunny early afternoon turning back into overcast and clouds later. We had a good […]

The 2013 VW Beetle TDI debutes in Chicago

| February 9, 2012

The expected Volkswagen Beetle TDI made its appearance at the Chicago Auto Show Wednesday all squished down and sporty looking. It is to be offered as a 2013 model and will have the 2.0 liter diesel. The new model will be offered with the manual six-speed transmission or the VW six-speed DSG automatic and will […]

Another day with Encore and unfortunately more rain

| February 8, 2012

As for sun and sailing, we did head out in the morning … but between the rain and the associated wind gusts with every batch of wet weather we gave up “the fun” and headed back to our home port. We did visit the fuel dock to both pump out and top of our fuel […]

Another rainy day in paradise on Encore

| February 7, 2012

All is good so far as some R & R goes, but the drizzle and rain has been with us for the past 48 hours. I’m looking at the forecast and current radar (Encore’s radar photo on the right) and it looks like less rain with isolated thunderstorms tomorrow. We’ll see. While the girls watched […]

A few days aboard Encore with my wife and daughter

| February 6, 2012

It is great to be vacationing with Brenda and my daughter on Encore over Superbowl weekend. We’re having a good time despite a few rain showers, but we used the drizzle as an excuse to help with the deck washing. One of the highlights was a visit from “Mr. Manatee” who enjoyed the fresh water […]

Terrific win by the NY Giants in Superbowl 46

| February 5, 2012

Although I’m not claiming to be a New York Giants fan, I’m definitely not a New England Patriots fan … so enjoyed the 21 to 17 win by the Giants. A great game for the NFL fans and one of the better Superbowl I can remember. Congrats to all for a great game right down […]

What does it really take to create jobs in America?

| February 4, 2012

Fred Smith, CEO of Fedex, spoke on Thursday this past week and simplified his thoughts on turning around the economy and creating jobs. He supplied a chart which doesn’t necessarily clear up the “chicken or the egg” discussion associated with which comes first, but his chart does show that capital investment and private sector employment […]

Tech Friday: A couple Gmail tricks and a Thunderbird update

| February 3, 2012

I’ve been using Gmail for years and recently found a hidden gem for filtering email. It works particularly well for me while using the Mozilla client Thunderbird, although is equally useful with any other client or the Google’s web client (BTW the upgrade to 10.0 was pushed out this past week).  Without getting overly detailed […]

Comedians are having too much fun with the GOP primaries

| February 2, 2012

Got to love the humor of Jon Stewart, even if he show his bias and plays to his left leaning audience. For the fun of it I figure President Obama deserved a little bit of face time too and added (photoshopped) the little Al Green comparison … perhaps it is not as effective as the […]

Is FB – Facebook – ready to go public?

| February 2, 2012

Yup … FB .. that’s the stock exchange symbol for Facebook; the biggest IPO of the year, or past few years. This will be the largest web-based company to have an initial public offering since GOOG went public (believe it or not, GM in 2010 was the overall largest). It will instantly turn Mr. Zuckerberg […]

From Predator Drones to Swarms of Nano Quadrotors

| February 1, 2012

Hmm … and Dylan thought that the “times were changing” back in the 1960s. Can you imagine where this technology is going when it comes to “nano” or “not so nano” quadrotors and their military or CIA use? Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin (mp3)

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.