Keeping an eye on Hurricane Ian this week

Posted By on September 26, 2022


If you live in the southeastern US, you are likely watching Hurricane Ian this week. The likely path of this strengthening storm will bring it ashore somewhere on the western coast or panhandle of Florida, but the heavy rain and wind will be felt well inland.


Music Monday: “I’m No Angel” – Gregg Allman in 1987

Posted By on September 26, 2022

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The relatively new way to stow bags in airline overhead bins

Posted By on September 25, 2022

JezBagFinding enough overhead bin space for carry-on luggage is a problem for a lot of travelers who dislike checking bags, waiting at the carousel … or even worse, dealing with lost luggage.

More and more airlines have or are updating their overhead bins to accommodate more carry-on luggage, but travelers have been slow to catch on to putting their bags on their sides rather than flat – often because the bag don’t look as if they will fit.

The taco analogy only goes so far, but I personally think the “stow your bags like a book” makes a little more sense … but then again, most books are taller than deep???

Check out the WSJ article on the subject: WSJDropDownBins

Squeezing everything into a carry-on bag is challenging enough. All that work goes out the window if there isn’t enough room for your bag in the overhead bin.

Airlines and airplane manufacturers have invested vast sums designing bins that fit more bags. But they’re running into a problem: Some passengers can’t figure out how to use them. Flight attendants are spending extra time rearranging bags before departure and repeatedly making announcements about how to stow them correctly. 

A growing number of planes have larger, drop-down bins, which fit one to two more bags each and reduce the number of gate-checked bags. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have them on more than 80% of their planes excluding regional jets and United Airlines says the majority of its fleet will have them by 2025. Southwest Airlines, a major holdout, will join the club next year. American says it has seen a 30% decline in gate-checked bags since introducing the bigger bins.

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Who knew? Prairie dogs use the Bernoulli’s principle

Posted By on September 24, 2022

Prairie_Dog_WasIn order to ensure sufficient oxygen within their burrow, prairie dogs use the Bernoulli’s principle. One of the entrances is built with a raised mound of dirt, while the other is not. This determines different wind velocities and different pressures. (Massimo – @Rainmaker1973)


Bernoulli flow and viscous entrainment were identified by the researchers as the processes acting on the crater mound. These create a higher velocity flow at v1, and so negative pressure gradient from one end, which draws fresher external air right through the structure.




Tech Friday: A Versa 2 smartwatch and setting up Fitbit Pay

Posted By on September 23, 2022


It has taken me a while, but after updating my Fitbit Versa smartwatch a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t be happier with the “at the time” difficult decision. Once before, my original was replaced under warranty (free) but with the same Versa (1) smartwatch which really did serve me well. Lesson: Watches and gadgets do not last forever … and I sense we’ll Versa2Replacement220824soon be seeing this with battery powered cars too … GULP! 

This go-around, I’m giving Fitbit Pay a try since it is supported on the “new to me” Versa 2 smartwatch – it was not available on the original Fitbit Versa. For the record, having struggled whether to switch to an Apple Watch or not, a watch with 4+ day battery life for half the price won out for now … even though it would be nice to have a watch fully integrated with other Apple devices.


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A few years ago, Taylor moved to Williston, ND #TBT

Posted By on September 22, 2022

A lot has happened in 9 short yearsbut it has been NINE years! Where does the time go?


While cleaning out a few miscellaneous files and moving RTB_WilliamsCty40719a few photos off my iMac’s upgraded SSHD and to cloud storage only, I noticed a few of my son Taylor after his move to Williston, ND. It was a challenging move for him, but both a great first career position and confidence building opportunity. So for a Throwback Thursday #TBT memory during my visit in September 2013 to help him settle in, here’s one of Taylor with Lake Sakakawea in the background (mostly positive memories (our trip 9 months later in 2014), but it is much better to have him back in Ohio).

Who doesn’t love an illusion that messes with your mind?

Posted By on September 21, 2022

The triangle with the missing block … explained (below the break).


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