Tech Friday: Apple Mac OS Catalina desktop window tip

Posted By on July 10, 2020

As an Apple Macintosh user for nearly forever, I learned a new tip from a Verge article this past month that has not been widely talked about. It happened to come up when I was offering advice on how I rotate through and set up about 5-7 desktops and the second monitor Parallels Window side of my iMac. I have the habit of setting the open window sizes manually and customizing how I use the display desk space.

What I did not know about a new  MacOS Catalina was that open windows no longer just rotate between hidden, full screen or “set size,” but can be automatically resized and set to  “tile to” left or right of screen by hovering and not clicking the green “full screen” button at the top left of the open window. An extra is even the ability to move that open window to a second attached monitor if one is used. Great small tip for Macintosh users.

A happy Taylor after updating his apartment’s kitchen #TBT

Posted By on July 9, 2020

TaylorKitchenTable200707TaylorAptKitchen200707While smiling and thinking about my “now domesticated son ” (HA!) after seeing a couple photos Taylor proudly sent me after updated his kitchen apartment, I realized he is now closer to middle age than living in “just out of college” bachelor pad. The pre-COVID19 days of “always going out” have adjusted to “being comfortable at home.” It is enjoyable seeing him take pleasure in creating an attractive space to live – and keeping it clean too. And like he said, I spend most of my time sitting in the kitchen now.


So to make this a true Throwback Thursday #TBT post, I’m adding a photo from his Williston, North Dakota apartment in 2013 (above) and another one from 5 years ago in 2015 (shocker!) when he took a new job as Clermont County’s Planner and moved back to Cincinnati (below). wpid-Photo-20150520225928738

The longest serving US military rifle – the Coconut Rifle

Posted By on July 8, 2020

The “Coconut Rifle” … known to most as the Colt ArmaLite AR-15 (SN 000106) … the original for what is now the longest primary service weapon in our country’s military history. The originals firearms (20 of them) were manufactured by Colt in 1959. One of them #106 was involved in a July 4th 1960 “Watermelon Demonstration” for some ‘pentagon brass” at the sales and marketing company, Cooper Macdonald Corp’s annual yearly cookout at gathering at the farm. As they say, the rest is history when it impressed Gen. Curtiss LeMay enough for the U.S. Air Force to order 8,500. That started infamous “Black Rifle’s” rise to popularity. In war, the M16 start service in 1964 in Vietnam and has become the backbone rifle for US Armed Forces ever since (and the semi-automatic AR-15 variants in private use).


When it came time in the day to shoot this new rifle some watermelons were placed at approximately 50, 75 and 100 yards. General LeMay fired at and destroyed two of the watermelons. The General was very impressed with the results and noted there was one target remaining. When he was asked if he wanted to shoot the last watermelon or just go down and eat it, General LeMay sighted in on the lone melon and replied, "Let’s eat the son of a bitch!" It was in the middle of a field, eating watermelon where the discussion arose about an 8,500-unit order for the Air Force. It was at that point that Colt ArmaLite #106 became the rifle that made the M16 weapon system happen. [LINK]

As for the “Coconut Rifle” nickname, the sales demos travelled around the world and spent a little time being demonstrated in tropical places (like South Vietnam) where “coconuts” were used as targets as a way to show the lethality of the rifle.


A well traveled rumor also has Lifetime NRA member President John F Kennedy firing the same rifle “from the deck of his grandfather’s yacht, the Honey Fitz.” Never really documented undisputably but written about in gun publications regularly.

The US M16 family is the longest serving rifle in American history, and its civilian semi-automatic-only variant is the top-selling rifle in America today. It all started with watermelons and coconuts.

Serial number 106 sold to a private collector at a James Julia auction in October 2011 for more than $100,000. (Image courtesy of James D. Julia) [LINK]

Well so much for a smooth reopening in Ohio #COVID19

Posted By on July 7, 2020

See a few more details leading up to this from Gov Mike Dewine on this post.

Archive: Just a couple family photos from the 4th of July

Posted By on July 7, 2020

FireplacePorch200704Archiving a few leftover 4th of July weekend family photos, but really, my phone/camera was not all that handy since I spent most of the weekend in swim trunks. Still we had a great couple of days relaxing with Taylor and Meganand Brenda did not have to work!

Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie stayed at home in Perrysburg and entertained cousin Justin, Katie and their two kids as a semi-halfway stop from Western New to Minneapolis. We enjoyed a FaceTime call with all of them on Sunday; they had a great time together (and always do). Annalyn was so sad when they left that she was in tears.  It looks like the second-cousin bond with Evan and Madelyn has been solidified!



Music Monday: “Superstar” made popular by the Carpenters, but ..

Posted By on July 6, 2020

Superstar_album_coverWhen picking a song to highlight for Music Monday, it is often the “what I didn’t know” that seems the most interesting. For anyone who grew up with music from the 1970s, songs by the Carpenters  was on almost every radio station you could tune.  When it came to music that was accepted by nearly every generation of listeners (previous posts 1 and 2), their music was loved or comfortably tolerated. Of all the mellow music groups, Karen and Richard Carpenter were probably near the top.

  Superstar – Carpenters | 1971

One of their big hits was “Superstar”in 1971 … but what I didn’t know was that it was released two years earlier in 1969 by one of the songwriters – Bonnie Bramlett – and her group Delaney & Bonnie was performing and recording a lot of music. Interestingly  I don’t recall listening to them, even though they performed with A LOT of well known friends and even toured with Eric Clapton (including Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, King Curtis, and Eric Clapton.).

  Superstar – Bonnie Bramlett (co-songwriter and musician)


Carpenter bee traps, a box joint finger jig and birdhouse ideas

Posted By on July 5, 2020

While I should be finishing up out taxes and figuring out how to pay what we owe … I instead found myself thinking about our BluebirdFlyinggranddaughters coming down later this summer and my promise to “build something for mommy” in the workshop (we made daddy a car when Annalyn stayed a week over Christmas last year).

Another request from Katelyn was for a Carpenter Bee trapCarpenterBeeTrapDiagramwhich both of us need! So I semi have that figured out … but Annalyn and I have been talking about building “the birds” (video) a house too. I’ve been working on a custom version that incorporates a new finger box joint jig to use with some ratty pine boards (wish I had a planner like my friend Mark!) … AND a roof utilizing 6061 aluminum leftover from building airplane parts. Who knows what will come of this idea?

The jig is a simplified version of a sled finger box joint jig, but instead uses the standard table saw miter guide that came with the saw. I rarely use it anymore now that I have a full size crosscut sled and my favorite lightweight MicroJig dovetail clamp incorporated miter sled. Basically this simple finger-pegged board can be created for any sized finger joint, but in my case opted for a dado stack that should make strong boxes for the base of the birdhouse. I’ve semi-sketched out and sized the birdhouse for bluebirds, but that sized is pretty standard for a lot of songbirds. More to come on this Bompa and Annalyn project as it progresses … for now, I at least have the box joint jig to attach to my table saw’s stock miter gauge.


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.
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!