Anniversary: 50 years ago we landed on the moon – July 20, 1969

Posted By on July 20, 2019

1280px-NASA-Apollo8-Dec24-EarthriseAs has been highly celebrated and reported in every form of media this week (and mention in not just one, but two earlier blog posts), today is the 50th anniversary of the landing a man on the moon. It was the historic Apollo 11 eight-day mission to the moon and back with the goal of landing and setting foot onto the surface of the moon (actually 6-1/2 hours after the landing and officially July 21st). The Space Race goal was set in 1961 by President Kennedy in a historic speech to Congress. He said “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”  

PHOTO above: Earthrise, taken on December 24, 1968, by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders

  Neil Armstrong – Apollo 11 “One small step…” (mp3) | 7/21/1969

Although I couldn’t possibly remember any of Kennedy’s speeches or appearances as they happened (2 years old in 1961), I was likely in the room with the radio (or maybe TV). What I do remember is the attention my teachers placed on science and math a few years later when I was in school. We all had a vested interest in the space race with the Soviet Union and saw their possible dominance in space as a threat to democracy. Eight years later, as I sat with my339971main_pg63_as11-40-5878_full family at 10 years old watching Walter Cronkite cover the week long “mission to the moon” event, I couldn’t help but feel a part of something big. Most of us admire the desire to reach further and challenge ourselves … or as the fictional Captain Kirk put it, “to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before!”

NASA was charged with accomplishing this daunting task of manned space flight to the moon which started with Mercury (one astronaut), continued with Gemini (two- astronauts) and concluded with Apollo (three-astronauts). The crew of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong (see First Man), Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collin became the first to actually land –the Eagle has landed — and set foot on the moon —that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind … and as they say,the rest is history.”

Tech Friday: Photo manipulation is disturbing and creepy #faceapp

Posted By on July 19, 2019

Disturbing and “creepy” (as Katelyn messaged) … although I don’t mind looking a bit younger. 😉   Photoshop in the old days was fun to play around with, but nowadays, video and photo manipulation is beginning to frighten me. Taylor sent me this age-changing photo from our weekend at Put-In-Bay using FaceApp.


Although there is a more serious concern:

FaceApp, the controversial app which uses AI to age user photos, has become the viral story of the month. Yesterday, July 17, there was a highly-charged debate as to whether the app posed a privacy threat, as covered by Thomas Brewster for Forbes. And the answer is fairly simple: “No, FaceApp isn’t taking photos of your face and taking them back to Russia for some nefarious project. At least that’s what current evidence suggests.”

Driven by celebrities, it has been difficult to escape the viral craze of the St. Petersburg app this week. Now, a day later, concerns have apparently shifted from privacy to national security—with the news headlines set to be dominated by the potential legal issues around an app that has now captured more than 150 million faces, after Chuck Schumer, the leading Democratic senator, called on the U.S. FBI and FTC to launch an investigation.

MORE at Forbes

Archive: Condo1718 electrical updates and mirror thoughts

Posted By on July 18, 2019


I’m archiving the last few photos from my iPhone from this past weekend updates to Condo master bathroom. I finished what I was able to do without an extra set of hands and will do the rest the next time Brenda is in Florida with me (it is hard to set a toilet with a wax ring/mounting bolts all alone). With the plumbing finished and vanities set and caulked (posted yesterday) … the switches and plugs were next on the list. Previously I had moved the wall razor/hairdryer plug so as to be able to fit the planned corner mirrors (layout photo below/right for height and width above the faucet).


One of my favorite appliance items in this older condo is the bathroom heater/exhaust vent made by NuTone. Besides the superior quality of the "older" versions of the NuTone products (and Broan/NuTone products), which are repairable unlike newer plastic versions, there is a "name-sake history" with the RalphPatriciaCorbett_CCMcompany’s founder J. Ralph Corbett. NuTone was a hometown Cincinnati-based company, and once the "largest American producer of home electrical products (starting with a simple door chime).

Ralph and Patricia Corbett were perhaps the best known philanthropists in Cincinnati. With their Corbett Foundation, they benefited many local arts venues, including Music Hall, the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Riverbend Music Center and Northern Kentucky University.


The condo master bathroom is slowly coming together

Posted By on July 17, 2019


Finished up the vanities in the master bathroom at the condo this past weekend and all went well in putting in 5 new valves and 2 drains. I shocked even myself in that all “went as planned.” Unfortunately the struggle began when mounting the polymer rather than wood molding across the back to top off the bead board and create a clean edge against the less than perfect back wall. The photo above shows the creative clamping when using adhesive rather than damaging the molding with nails. It actually looked pretty good “until” I started to add a bead of silicone caulking to fill the tiny gap and prevent any water/dirt from the marble sink tops and behind the wall. For some reason the 1 year old silicone would not bead smoothly and balled up … it was nearly impossible to clean back off and reapply new. Oh, well … I guess this proves I’m still an amateur?


The exterior painting project that has been completed on a few of the other buildings has started while I was in Florida and unfortunately that meant that I had to keep the hurricane shutters down and park my car in a different lot. Oh well, at least I was able to supervise a little bit.


Archiving a “before painting” photo below with the windows all taped with plastic.

Fifty years ago NASA launched Apollo 11 in our race to land a man on the moon in the 1960s

Posted By on July 16, 2019

In the space race with the Soviet Union (USSR) during the 1960s, the United States “rocketed” ahead on July 16, 1969 as NASA sent the three men of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into space at 9:32AM EST.

The Apollo command module and Lunar Module (LM) sat atop the huge 363-feet tall Saturn V rocket which weighed in at 6.5 MILLION pounds. I sat mesmerized in front of our small flickering, round-cornered, Zenith TV as a 10-year-old with my mom, grandmother and brother (dad was at work), just as I did for the moon landing four days later. It was an amazing time to grow up.


Why not just stick with American Standard, Delta or Moen?

Posted By on July 15, 2019

My wife does not appreciate the common everyday American branded sinks, vanities or faucets … and wanted something a little more unique for the Condo master bathroom (sort of like the other bathroom update last yearsee photo at bottom of post). I really didn’t think that much about it until realizing that not all plumbing overseas is to the same standard as in America … but it is working.


Not that it is bad, just different. By taking my time and slowly fitting and double checking the flexible fittings, rubber o-rings and special gaskets for the waterfall faucet and push-pop drains, I was able to get both new vanities and sinks working  I took a seasoned plumber’s advice though and added putty and Teflon tape to the downpipe gasket and nut. Smart move …  all is working and no leaks for all 5 new valves and two new drains (converted from one sink/vanity to two). I’ll post and update the condo master bathroom remodeling later this week.

This is the guest bathroom done with the kitchen that I finished in 2018,
hopefully the master bath will turn out as nice this year?

Music Monday: A one hit wonder – Oh, Oh, Oh It’s Magic

Posted By on July 15, 2019

Heard this one-hit-wonder this past week and thought it would make a great addition for Music Monday. The once Bay City Roller members, David Paton and Billy Lyall, formed the group Pilot in 1973 and in 1975 “Magic” hit the charts.

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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