Biodiesel in kids movie ‘Unaccompanied Minors’

| March 31, 2008

My daughter mentioned the movie “Unaccompanied Minors” last week and said, “Dad you’ll love it.” She refused to tell me anymore about it, but was anxious to here my reaction. So I added it to the top of our “one at a time” Blockbuster Online subscription and it arrived in time for movie night. Although […]

Earthhour … will you be participating?

| March 30, 2008

Since this is a politically hot topic, I’m just going to only briefly mention Earthhour. It is a publicity event taking place around the globe Sunday which aims to draw attention to the environment and climate change issue. Not everyone is on the same “global warming” page as to the cause, but the majority of […]

Cute Babies Do’s and Don’t labels

| March 29, 2008

I’m too tired to type much of anything, so will just include a “baby label” and link to a list of Do’s and Don’t with Babies. Here are a few more labels

Sugarsync Backup and online Sync service

| March 28, 2008

About a week ago, Sharpcast introduced SugarSync, their new automated Internet backup and synchronization service which allows computer users to backup directories online and also sync multiple devices. (ie. laptop, office computer, home computer) The convenience of keeping 10 plus gigabytes of data safely backed to a server and available on multiple computers ‘might’ be […]

Great White Shark following Kayak poster

| March 27, 2008

This is an older photo that was published in African Geographic in December 2006, but I saw it framed on an office wall and thought it was pretty cool. Can you imagine Kayaking and being tailed by an interested Great White Shark? (by the way … its real — click photo for larger scan or […]

Shuttle Endeavour returns safely to Florida

| March 26, 2008

The space shuttle Endeavour was picked up on infrared camera gliding back to earth on Wednesday evening at the Kennedy Space Center after an ambitious an successful mission to the International Space Station. The crew spent 16 days on 5 space walks and installing the first part of the Japanese Kibo laboratory, as well as […]

YouTube improving video quality

| March 26, 2008

Earlier this month I noticed that the online video sharing giant YouTube was improving the quality streams for some of its content. (it is about time) They have started by offering an extra link at the bottom of some videos offering higher quality streams. Another technique to try is by adding a bit of code […]

TV series Jericho ends tonight on CBS

| March 25, 2008

Of the two television programs I watch, one will end tonight: Jericho. The final episode will conclude at 10PM eastern time to a outraged fan base. Last year the show was cancelled, but when fans united to petition CBS for its return, executive gave it a second breath. (link) Unfortunately, the number of viewers were […]

Apple Safari Browser for Windows

| March 24, 2008

Now that Apple’s excellent Safari 3.1 Browser for the PC is out of beta, I figured it was time to give it a try … and its fast — faster than IE and Firefox in my quick look at surfing through sites. Apple’s promotional graphics seem to show the same thing too. (below) I’m not […]

Senator John McCain: His life

| March 22, 2008

The Republican Party snagged me in asking for support ($$$) for John McCain’s upcoming Presidential run. Although I side-stepped the campaign donation, I did say that I would encourage others to learn more about him. To start with, I’m including a “timeline” history of John McCain below. He and his fatherand his grandfather, served the […]

Microsoft Vista SP1 update went slow, but well

| March 21, 2008

After work today I opted to download the large 434MB SP1 stand-a-lone update installer. The download went swiftly since the broadband connection I was connected to was a bit faster than dial-up. (Beware … if you dial up and the download, it could take 17 hours — click highlighted to see full image) Most using […]

Obama, McCain and more about Hulu

| March 20, 2008

A few days ago I included a post about, an Internet based TV/Movie site, which serves up exceptionally high quality video for those with high speed connections. (previous post) Each time I visit I find even more interesting segments, including a news clip from FoxNews tailored for Hulu. Since I had mentioned Presidential hopeful […]

Barack Obama Speech forwarded by Gene

| March 20, 2008

I was chastised by one of my friends who supports Senator Barack Obama who suggested that I relied only on news sound bites. He asked if I would “archive” the entire 37 minute speech delivered in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008? He forwarded to me so I’ll include it even though I suspect it is […]

Obama, his Rev. Wright and fed fund rate cut

| March 19, 2008

Newsy couple of items from the last feel days — from politics to the economy. Here’s are the two biggies for March 2008. First, the big news has been the offensive remarks associated with Democratic candidate for President, Barack Obama. The anti-American and racial messages from his long time pastor and friend, Rev. Jeremiah Wright […]

Rain, Rain … go away

| March 18, 2008

It’s wet outside … but I suppose it is better than more snow? When our dog no longer has a place to do her business because the ground is so saturated, we’ve had too much rain! (Palm Treo 700p photo) 🙂 EDIT: Tinkering with a Twitter script in the right sidebar tonight. I’m sure the […]

Gasoline v. Diesel spread continues to widen

| March 18, 2008

Wow … an 83 cents per gallon spread between unleaded regular gasoline and ultra low sulfur diesel. I ran out to Krogers (grocery store) last night and noticed the fuel prices again … as we all have been noticing lately. This 83 cents per gallon spread even starts make the diesel vehicle fuel economy benefit […] – the best TV/Movies on the Internet

| March 17, 2008

A friend of mine asked me where he could find television content streamed on his notebook computer when he was away from home, and I joked “get a Slingbox.” After thinking, I mentioned that most networks air their recent episodes online (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) and that I tried a service call Joost which I […]

The buzzards are back, but not on the radio

| March 16, 2008

Having lived in the Cleveland Ohio area for 13 years, and about 5 or so miles from Hinckley Ohio, I know what the “Turkey Vulture” means to this area … especially on March 15th. Each year the annual return of the buzzards to Buzzard Roost (State Rd. & West Drive – see map) in the […]

Sentimental reading: RIP William F. Buckley, Jr.

| March 15, 2008

When I heard about the passing of renown conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. on February 27th 2008, I started to reminisce about the impact he had on my life. I am able to put a finger on a few people who have played a significant role in developing my personality, my interests, my views and […]

Ikea opens in West Chester, Ohio

| March 13, 2008

A few months ago mention the name Ikea would have meant very little to me. After an Ikea Store grand opening in my area today (North of Cincinnati), it is difficult to ‘not’ know about this Swedish company. For those of you living under the same rock I must have been under, this is very […]

Gas, Oil and frustration are all higher today

| March 12, 2008

Speculators traded crude oil up to an all time high of $109 per barrel Tuesday morning while fuel stations in SW Ohio bumped gasoline prices up 20 to 25 cents per gallon. Most local stations in my area are matching each other at $3.45 per gallon for unleaded regular gasoline; this seems to have caught […]

2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI on Motorweek

| March 11, 2008

The large 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI SUV equipped with the 3.0 Liter diesel was reviewed on the PBS program Motorweek this past weekend. I took a test drive back in August (here) and was impressed with this expensive and large vehicle. It certainly benefits from the diesel powerplant which will be upgraded with Urea injection […]

How about something to brighten the day?

| March 10, 2008

Will we see a Democratic Convention like 1968?

| March 9, 2008

As reflected in my recent blog posts, I’ve been drawn into the Presidential primaries and battle for the nomination. Thankfully for the Republicans, the bickering is over and McCain now only has to raise money and have his appearances reported. (a challenge perhaps?) For Clinton and Obama the end is not quite so clear, and […]

Campaign Pro Karl Rove concludes …

| March 8, 2008

Last night Bill O’Reilly, of the O’Reilly Factor, had former Bush advisor Karl Rove on his television program to discuss campaign strategies. Rove concluded that although last Tuesday was a win for Senator Hillary Clinton, she will need to win 58 percent of the remaining delegates whereas Senator Barack Obama needs only 42 percent. That’s […]

Friday Tech Tip: AnswerTips

| March 7, 2008

If you have a website or a blog, try the script from called AnswerTips. The script allows for the display of small bubbles of information triggered by double-clicking any word on an AnswerTips-enabled page. Try double-clicking desultory since that’s still the most common question emailed to me. 😉 Want to try it on your […]

Politics and the middle east “powder kegs”

| March 7, 2008

Well I’ve gone a bit to political lately as I look back on the last several days of topics, but then that’s been the news in the U.S. this week. Unfortunately as I look beyond our borders, politics and events are even worse, so one more day on this topic. The middle east is a […]

President Bush speaks on renewable fuels

| March 6, 2008

As crude oil hit $103.98 per barrel today, President Bush spoke at the 2008 Washington International Renewable Energy Conference. Although he stressed ethanol and pointed out that the federal government has invested more than $12 billion to research, develop and promotion of alternative energy, he did mention biodiesel in a positive light. (link) Biodiesel is […]

Election news: McCain clinches GOP nomination

| March 5, 2008

On Tuesday Republicans selected their nominee for President and as expected Senator John McCain took the prize. With Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island voters selecting McCain over Mike Huckabee, the magic delegate number of 1191 has been reached. For the Democrats, the picture is much less clear. The states have resulted in a much […]

Primaries in TX, OH, RI and VT today

| March 4, 2008

Although there are local elections and issues on the ballot here in Ohio, the biggest attention is the selection of a Republican and Democrat candidate that will run for President in November. In the “delegate rich states” of Texas and Ohio, Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama have gone head to head in aggressive […]

Geneva Auto Show: The VW Golf Diesel Hybrid

| March 4, 2008

I’m slow in mentioning Volkswagen’s Geneva Auto Show announcement of a Diesel/Hybrid hatchback. I’ve been waiting for a more definitive news from Volkswagen and how North America fits in to their plan. Nevertheless, enough time has passed that I should a least say something … and I’ll say what most TDI owners are thinking, “what has taken a company so long to […] vs. leasing a new vehicle

| March 3, 2008

Leasing a car is a popular option when shopping for a new car and it makes sense in some situations. In fact as prices of new cars rise, so do the number of people opting for leasing since the initial monthly outlay is generally lower. According to Motorweek, over 17 million Americans are now in […]

VW Sharan BlueMotion at Geneva Auto Show

| March 2, 2008

The Geneva Auto Show will have another new clean diesel vehicle which would probably appeal to families here in the U.S. — the Volkswagen Sharan BlueMotion. Unfortunately it is headed to the UK later this year with no indication that it is coming to North America. The turbo diesel powered Sharan offers an impressively low […]

Securing data on your computer with Truecrypt

| March 1, 2008

I read a Washington Post story regarding border security measures which allows for searching hard-drives of someone’s computer entering the United States. Its a sensible approach to border security, but what will they find if someone wants to protect their data? Is there a way to still secure information? John Sawyer from the University of Florida IT security […]

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.
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