Are 7-8% annual returns a thing of the past?

| July 31, 2012

This morning on CNBC there was a discussion about the long term changes that investors and savers are looking at without the growth potential of the past. We are in a new high debt world and the workforce is growing far slower than in the past. Robert Arnott discussed the expected returns we’ve all been […]

Looks more and more like “flying” pilots are becoming obsolete

| July 31, 2012

Unmanned, but then who’s looking out the “faux” window? Remember the ‘UFO’ that motorists spotted along D.C. highways back in June? The saucer-shaped object caused a stir in the area prompting many to call 911 and to post photos on Twitter. We later learned the mysterious object was an experimental, unmanned aircraft called an X-47B.

Archive: Adding a few updated Sonex photos

| July 31, 2012

  With the slow economy and the associated weak income/high expenses related issues … combined with my lack of aviation motivation in recent  years, it only makes sense to show my Sonex project to interested builders. After cleaning up the shop a little bit, I picked up a potential buyer, Dennis, and his friend Tom […]

Making Your Own Insect Repellant

| July 30, 2012

With a recent 2012 report that we have a case of West Nile Virus close to home here in Ohio, this “how-to make insect repellant” post from The Boat Galley is timely. Check out the full article here or some of the article below. Store the mix in a dark plastic bottle so it won’t […]

Capitalism is good, so why is it getting such a bad rap?

| July 29, 2012

When did Americans become so critical of free enterprise and capitalism? Either they have been blinded by those who have socialist philosophical views or they have seen “free market capitalism” turn to “crony capitalism” in recent years. … capitalism is the best thing that has ever happened to the material condition of the human race. […]

Florida Store Clerk’s Beating, Robbery Caught On Tape

| July 28, 2012

Remind me again why a trained law abiding citizens shouldn’t have the right to have a concealed carry weapon and defend themselves? SEFFNER, Florida — The beating was brutal; 71-year-old Hasimbhai Indawala was punched over and over again in the face and head, but that isn’t the way the robbery ended. It all started at […]

Why Facebook stock at $23/share is still “currently” over-priced

| July 27, 2012

I spend a few hours each day focused on trading and inventing and have been regularly asked about my opinion on buying Facebook stock. My reply has often been that it is a great company and is one of the leaders (if not “thee” leader) in social networking, but Mr. Zuckerberg and Company hasn’t figured […]

Closing comments on CNBC’s Squawkbox from Peter Fisher

| July 27, 2012

Peter Fisher, the head of Blackrock Global‘s fixed income, made a few observations this morning regarding economic slowness worldwide. One of the important conclusions that I’ve been hearing from experienced voices is that the U.S. is the safest bet when securing capital and inching out returns. In other words, investors globally move to the security […]

BPAs – bisphenol A: Should we be concerned?

| July 26, 2012

I’ve been slow adjust to monitor the plastic containers, cookware and dishware and in particular the polycarbonate #7 plastics, but am a bit more conscious to put my water in a stainless steel thermos … but I do pour from a “plastic” Brita pitcher. Hmm? On that note, it is tough to know when to […]

Video: How many baby bears fit in a dumpster?

| July 25, 2012

No more dumpster diving for the baby bears … *Video: dumpster diving

This is one lobster that could feed the entire family

| July 25, 2012

I’m getting hungry just looking at him … pass the butter please! New England Aquarium, Emily Bauernfeind/Associated Press – This photo released by the New England Aquarium, in Boston Tuesday, July 24, 2012, shows a 21-pound lobster caught July 14 off Cape Cod, and donated to the aquarium where it will be displayed after a […]

Advice: Laugh a little more each day for your own health

| July 24, 2012

If laughing helps a person live a long and healthy life, my friend Jeff will easily make it to a healthy 100 years! Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress […]

Are automaker’s stock prices forecasting a double-dip recession?

| July 23, 2012

I’ve noticed that Americans have been buying a few more new cars this year and that after a few lean years car manufacturers “were” starting to feel the recession ending. Now that sounds like good news, eh? (below: first half 2012 sales increase or decrease based on a new car sales price … all up […]

Visiting parents and tinkering with MBG timing and carb

| July 22, 2012

It was nice to spend Saturday at home after traveling this past week although I did enjoy Thursday evening with Brenda’s mom and dad and then Friday evening with my mom at the rehab/nursing facility. Mom is improving a little bit … emphasis on “little.” Hopefully we are turning the corner? Surprisingly I actually do […]

A few thoughts on the senseless killing in Aurora Colorado

| July 21, 2012

As I contemplated the senseless killing early Friday morning at a theatre in Aurora Colorado, I wondered just what I should focus on. I thought maybe the much maligned second amendment right of a citizen to own a firearm or perhaps the possible influence of movies … but neither more restrictive gun control or a […]

Ohio Visits, Offices Hint at Campaigns’ Strategies – Washington Wire – WSJ

| July 20, 2012

Washington Wire By Dante Chinni Come January, either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will likely be president, but win or lose it looks like both men will be quite familiar with the highways and tarmacs of Ohio. Given their recent travel schedules, it almost seems that the president and presumptive Republican nominee should apply for […]

Politician in Washington DC have lost all common sense

| July 19, 2012

When someone who suggests they are a “social liberal” like Barry Sternlicht (Chairman and CEO Starwood Capital Group) mentions that he is concerned regarding the direction the U.S. and Europe are going when it comes to business, capitalism and taxes … it is time to listen. Some excellent commentary comes after the Verizon comments — […]

Liberty Township Ohio lightning takes another home

| July 18, 2012

Yikes … another lightning strike and fire too close to home (below is an out the window Palm Pre video on my way home tonight). *Video: fire near four bridges, liberty township, ohio This make the second house fire due to lightning in the last couple months in an area within walking distance from our […]

The shape of things to come, in aviation anyway

| July 18, 2012

   Do you ever wonder what aircraft of the future will look like? Well according to a CNET post from Edwards Airforce Base and the Dryden Flight Research Center, the X-48 “flying wing” inspired prototype could look something like the next generation aircraft … or are we closing in on spaceplanes? (click images for slightly […]

Links and more links: Do we really need more government?

| July 17, 2012

Said tongue in cheek, just to be clear … Without big government, individuals and their businesses couldn’t build anything, according to President Obama. I suspect if he had his way we’d even have more government funded federal programs and bureaucratic agencies to oversee innovative and productivity. (Wake up America … take a look at how […]

My father-in-law and his old John Deere bulldozer

| July 17, 2012

I enjoyed a little back and forth reminiscing this morning on Twitter with a friend of mine who shared a photo of his dad on his old 1951 Ford 8N. It brought back a few memories of my Ford 800 (searching for an old pre-digital photo) when we lived in Hudson, Ohio … and before […]

Brush your teeth by chewing on Rolly

| July 17, 2012

Hmm … I kind of like this new Rolly product. I wonder if it will take off? Designed for those times when you’ve just had a meal but can’t sneak away to brush your teeth, the Rolly is a small rubber disc covered in 276 spiky bristles that promises to be as effective at cleaning […]

Maybe we’d all be better working for the government?

| July 16, 2012

Is this really President Obama’s thinking, or is he just pandering to his base and continuing his campaign to divide the country? At some point, he is going to offend every American who pays income taxes (50%?) … and cause even more businesses to close their doors or move elsewhere (a charge he is attempting […]

Sea of Cortez fisherman lands a 20 ft Great White Shark

| July 16, 2012

This may not be a current story (April 2012), but this weekend I read about a fisherman hauling home a gigantic 20 foot, 2000 pound Great While Shark. The large fish was a chore to bring in and was found dead tangled in his nets in the Sea of Cortez near Guaymas Mexico. This hefty […]

The “quote-unquote, outdated notion of two parents”

| July 16, 2012

WSJ This Morning Podcast (MP3 Snippet) – “outdated notion of two parents” Every once in a while there is a morning when I wake to read, or in this case half-listen to the news and think, “I must have over-slept … by a couple generations!” The WSJ This Morning podcast (MP3) relayed an article that […]

I say Ponzi Scheme, WSJ blog says “high-yield hara-kiri”

| July 15, 2012

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering higher returns than other investments, in the form […]

Looks like a 4-cylinder BMW diesel is coming to the U.S.

| July 14, 2012

Rumors have yet to be confirmed, but believe to be factual, that BMW will be adding a single or twin turbo 4-cylinder to their offering in North America next year. The 2.0L most likely will be offered in the 3-series which currently is available with a 6-cylinder diesel … a nice driving car by the […]

Tech Friday: Surprising real data browser speed comparison

| July 13, 2012

This comparison is not scientific since it only compares data pulled from Google Analytics and 25,000 MyDesultoryBlog visits, but it did surprise me. I expected to see Chrome a bit faster, but not Internet Explorer. Sadly the one time favored Mozilla Firefox is now a chubby porker and slow to load pages.

The music of Buffalo Springfield and triggered memories

| July 12, 2012

Hot summer evenings and old music seem to go together, at least for me. This evening, while listening to my Jackson Browne Pandora station, I thought about Buffalo Springfield, a group which started careers for several talented artists and groups in the late 60s and has a few memorable songs as well (Stephen Stills, Dewey […]

Google pulled firearms from their shopping search

| July 12, 2012

Google, an avid supporter of the 1st amendment, has decided they are NOT so supportive of the 2nd amendment … as I figured out after a few days of recent search failures for what Google classifies as “non-family safe” products — in this case, firearms.

A Short History of Congress’s Power to Tax

| July 11, 2012

For those wondering about the government’s Constitutional power to tax as it relates to “Obamacare,” here’s an excellent history lesson OpEd. In 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins was fretting about finding a constitutional basis for the Social Security Act. Supreme Court Justice Harlan Fiske Stone advised her, “The taxing power, my dear, the taxing […]

Texas takes the top spot for business in CNBC’s ranking

| July 10, 2012

A down day for the markets after slowing earning from big companies like Cummins and Alcoa … but it was the day CNBC announces the top states for business. Of course it is no surprise that Texas was the top state for the 3rd time in 6 years. The other states to make the top […]

Blame our dysfunctional government in Washington DC

| July 10, 2012

Unless politicians “create an environment” that encourages risking capital and investing in American businesses, it will continue to be a struggle to grow our economy. I’m seeing more cities and counties running out of tax revenue and many more will be forced to declare bankruptcy unless thing change soon. Out of work and financially stressed […]

Great White Shark photos are always blog-worthy

| July 9, 2012

Shark photos trigger the most reposts on my blog and also the most hits … so with the heat of summer and the recent U.S. based “heat of the summer” beach sitings, it is only appropriate to include a great photo. Erupting out of the sea with its jaws open the monstrous creature can be […]

Do teachers (and taxpayers) understand total compensation?

| July 9, 2012

I’ve struggled with the “teachers are underpaid” debate arguing that we are often talking apples and oranges when comparing teachers, school district employees and management level administrators to the private sector. Those working in small businesses, corporations and the self-employed entrepreneurs make up the states private workforce and their taxes pay public sector and school […]

House and yard chores, as well as painting wicker furniture

| July 7, 2012

Oh it has been hot … way too hot to work out in the yard … but with the mid-week July 4th holiday and quirky work schedule, it seemed like a good time to spend some hours on home and yard chores. Taylor and his buddy Michael have been contracted (they need the money) to […]

Power – Diesel – Water/Methanol Injection Kit

| July 6, 2012

Hmm … would be interesting to try this on a VW TDI diesel? Diesel engines are the perfect recipients of mild engine modifications. They are considerably robust—generally much more so than gasoline engines. Without going into a diesel history lesson, this is what led to the diesel mod craze in the first decade of the […]

In The Summertime–remembering a “one hit wonder”

| July 6, 2012

I heard the song “In The Summertime” and was catapulted back a few years to 1970s and Ray Dorset’s one big hit … well actually the group Mungo Jerry’s one big hit. You’ve probably heard the song, remember the moonshine jug (or apple cider jug), the unique “chi-chi”  bluegrass sounds, but may not remember the […]

Map and Online atlas reading. Contemplating border towns

| July 6, 2012

After reading a little more about finding the dead pilots and Turkish military jet in the Mediterranean Sea that was shot down in Syrian airspace, I was curious where this occurred and started searching on Google Maps, etc. Eventually I ran across a few border towns along the Syrian and Israel line and eventually noticed […]

Roughing it in the great outdoors

| July 5, 2012

This kind of luxury “tent” camping that would even be the envy of the late Muammar Gaddafi (known to travel with his tent). SmartMoney magazine published a short article detailing how camping would even be attractive to one’s better half. Getting Fancy Now: Camping Resort Prefer to Leave the tent-pitching to the pros? At a […]

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.