Tech Friday: i-Device Wallpapers .. the Bompa edition

Posted By on May 29, 2020

Although my computer monitor(s) still have relatively generic “paper airplanewallpapers, I regularly update both my iPhone and iPad. Annalyn_iPhoneWallpaper200521Long gone are the days of sailboat pictures and Palm Pre wallpapers … and here to stay are the grandchildren wallpapers for the foreseeable future (who knows, I may have to get MacBook Air like Taylor just did if a 3rd grandchild comes along?)


And … now is as good a time as any to post a photo from Memorial Day 2020.


If the end of bread is not called the heel, then what do you call it?

Posted By on May 28, 2020

What do you call the two pieces of bread that bookend all of the slices?

Every once in a while, a quirky story gets me thinking and talking to those around me. I once though everyone called the ends of a loaf of bread the “heels.” LoafOfBreadUnbeknownst to me, even my wife had a different term .. “the ends.”

An informal online survey back in 2018 collected responses from people around the world and they relayed their terms, most I expected they inherited from their families. The result was that most called it the “heel” (36.7%, including Norwegians using the term “skalk” – translated to heel). That term was followed by 27.6% who called it the “end” (or the end piece or the end slice”). If as before we look to  Scandinavian countries, they might call it the “endeskiver” (translated to end washer or end disk). 

The third most popular is the “butt” or the loaf which makes up 20% of those who responded. And since with still have a few responses unaccounted for … even a small percentage call it “the crust” like almost everyone from Wales. Don’t they know “crust” is just the outside of the entire loaf?

Still there were a few more names:

Czechoslovakians call it "patka" .. which translates to "flap" or "strap" in English and the Scottish had quite a few name: the "doorstep," the "outsider," or the "knobby."

And since more people agreed that the worst part of the loaf is the heel, end or butt, it might be understandable why a few try reverse psychology. “Oh, the ends are the best part of the loaf … they “the tasty boys.”  Huh?

A list of some anti-end-of-slice terms included "trash," "garbage," "the ugly slice," "the nasty slice," "Satanspawn," and "Piece Of S— That No One Likes."

A few called it "the dog’s bread" or "duck bread" because they felt it was not fit for human consumption and thus fed it to animals. 


Do not fall for text messaging scams targeting senior citizens

Posted By on May 27, 2020

Acknowledge scammers and you become a “live mark.”

TMediScamMay2020here’s no way around it, living with smarphones and computers makes life easier and more difficult at the same time. Scammers are busy targeting all of us and seem particularly interested in taking advantage of senior citizens and those often least experience with technology.


A perfect example is a text message that has been going around for at least a year. This one always seems to be “Alex’  … but is modified for your state, etc. I’m unsure if they send to random numbers or try to only target those of a certain age (hey, I’m still a few years away) but likely have only the goal of finding a “live mark” for their unscrupulous plans. The best advice is to delete, block and ignore. There was a time I reported this to the FTC and their National Do Not Call Registry … but it seemed to me to be a waste of time. Until there aren’t any marks –There’s a sucker born every minute” – or are teeth and serious repercussions to deter the practices, this will continue.

As I’ve said before, a strong deterrent decreases criminal and bad behavior … even if it doesn’t eliminate. Having no deterrent is just putting out the welcome mat . This applies across the board be it felonies or misdemeanors, cybercrime or illegals coming into our country, petty theft or speeding – most people calculate the risk vs reward and act accordingly. 


Later and more work than usual in opening the pool this year

Posted By on May 26, 2020


It is never as easy as expected? I’m accustom to opening the pool each season now that I’ve been doing it for 20+ years in Cincinnati and another 5 or so in Hudson before that. Each season it should get easier, right? Nope. PoolRebuildingPump200524There always something … and the job is MUCH more challenging to do by myself as my age inches ever higher (Brenda says it is all in my mind … then asks if my life insurance policy is paid up – kidding, she’s only thinking that!)


Anyway this year again … the spring rain added some silt and extra worms to the pool. On top of that, the pool pump that was making noise last year, corroded enough to freeze up (corrosion above – new motor above left). Thankfully, I have learned a few things over the years and knew those motor bearing would eventually need to be rebuilt again, so I planned ahead and purchase a new pump motor last year. Smart.

Still the removal and rebuilding of the pump motor cut into my already long day of opening the pool. Thankfully by the end of the long day, the pump is now running smoothly, the first layer of silt sucked out and cover is folded (I’ll wait for Taylor to help move it up on the storage shelf – although I’m not sure why I put it up high???)

Also reworked the electrical and added some clean wire and crimped terminals.

Thinking about the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day

Posted By on May 25, 2020

MemorialDay2020We should probably come up with a better way to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country than a day off work, grilling out and giving momentary lip service?

As I sat on the front porch on Sunday (something I don’t often do), I looked at the half staff flag and did think a little more deeply than usual.

Unfortunately like too many, I rarely take Memorial Day as solemnly as I should. When we really think about it, our liberty came and continues to come at a very high cost. Someone fought and too many died so that we could enjoy freedom and security in America.  I’m sure I’m not along in all too often taking that for granted?

It boggled the mind just how many times men have had to fight to preserve our way of life, yet never came home to see what they have preserved.

Out and about, yardwork, flowers and more rain

Posted By on May 24, 2020

It has been a slow start to getting our yard in shape. By now we usually have the pool open and flowers planned, but for some reason (probably rain) we are not ready for summer.


Thankfully though, Saturday was nice most of the day. I waited as long as possible to add a few brown stripes to the backyard (not quite this bad) and beat the rain (still don’t have the fuel pump I ordered from Amazon for the Kubota, but gravity still works if I keep the tank full). Brenda and opted to venture out with about the entire county after following the last 8 weeks or so of stay at home orders (COVID19). Besides eating in a restaurant for the first time in a while, we also picked up some flowers in a local nursery. It was very busy … about half and half with masks?


On returning home, I continued to let the grass dry and worked on our pool decking "half-moon" area and then planted the wave petunias .. they seem to do well in that area. Brenda’s transplanted pots from last year are blooming too and we’ll need to get them in the ground soon. All in all it was a good day of work … until the washout again. More rain. Ugh.


Woodworking: Table Saw Clutter – a place for push sticks

Posted By on May 23, 2020

TableSawShelf200516The workshop runs smother when there is “a place for everything and everything is in its place”  … to quote the printer and publisher Benjamin Franklin. On the other hand, perhaps the British are not fond of a “revolutionary” like Ben and prefer to credit Samuel Smiles, Mrs Isabella Beeton or John Hacket, Bishop of Lichfield? (link) Yes, I’m off topic with idioms … again.

If you are like me, one of the areas of a woodworking workshop that can get overly cluttered is the top of the table saw fence (or side table for that matter). I would stick everything from thin strips, hold down blocks, pencils, an aluminum yardstick, a sawdust brush and several sizes of push sticks there. I had had enough and didn’t like bending down UNDER the saw to pull a push stick or brush off of a hook either. I was usually just when I needed it most … while the saw was running – yes, a dangerous habit.

So … I decided to cut and bend a piece of leftover aluminum from my airplane building days into a shallow box/shelf right at hand height level. Here I now keep a brush and a few regularly used push sticks … although I now often use the MicroJig 3D Pushblock (top right of above photo). This anti-slip Grr-Ripper (click for image) is pricey compared to simple homemade scrap wood push sticks, but well worth it if it saves a finger or two (put one on your “want list”… you’ll thank me someday).


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  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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