Music Monday: Not my taste, but definitely Bluegrass talent

| April 19, 2021

This past weekend I saw what looked like an amateur musician in a college dorm or apartment video roll across my Twitter feed and thought, “this young man has talent.” It reminded me of a post from 2014 when Jacob Tolliver sat down at a piano in a Portsmouth, Ohio hardware store. This kind of […]

How do you dice and onion? Let’s check with Lifehacker.

| April 18, 2021

Is there a better way to “dice” and onion? The Lifehacker “Hack or Wack” crew gave the UK tipster’s method a try … and I’ll probably do the same even though they concluded it was “wack.” Still, there might be a couple modifications that could keep the onion flat on the cutting board and still […]

Experimenting with a Magnetohydrodynamic Drive demo

| April 13, 2021

You can take the boy out of school, but you can’t take school (and learning) out of the boy ( or older man at this point). Over the weekend, I was talking to Brenda about how I’ve been following the NASA feed (tweet below) and waiting for the helicopter to take flight on Mars. The […]

Music Monday: Sheryl Crow and NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts

| April 12, 2021

Stumbled across a pre-COVID19 lockdown NPRMusic Tiny Desk Concert on YouTube when watching another video from an automotive friend of mine … and since I like Sheryl Crow “music” … I figured it would be an easy fill for Music Monday. Her “Soak Up The Sun” hit from 2002 was included a couple years ago, […]

Music Monday: Paul Simon (and Art Garfunkel) – Kodachrome

| April 5, 2021

Last week on Music Monday the subject was Kodachrome and how an automotive social networking site that archives slides and one of Cripple Creek, Colorado that triggered a musical memory for me. After mentioning it to Brenda, she asked, “What is Kodachrome?” It never occurred to me those unfamiliar with film photography would not know […]

Weddings and Nice Weather indicates Spring 2021 has arrived

| March 23, 2021

Besides what has become an annual photo of one of our lilac bushes pushing out buds, this past weekend was the first weekend of spring. Besides the new growth and greening lawn, we celebrated with our neighbors of 25 years, Pam and Jim by attending  their son’s wedding in Cincinnati. It was a beautiful wedding […]

Music Monday: More Than a Feeling – Boston 1976

| March 22, 2021

For this week’s Music Monday, mentioning the band Boston and their debut album of the same name triggers memories. Fond thoughts aside, the title song “More Than a Feeling,” is long overdue music for MyDesultoryBlog. It is definitely on the top-ten list for both Brenda and me and triggers memories of our youth … particularly […]

Music Monday: North of the U.S. border with The Guess Who

| March 15, 2021

You might be forgiven not to know that the 1970 song “American Woman” (and album) was by a Canadian rock band … The Guess Who. According to Wikipedia, the Winnipeg, Manitoba garage band “originated as Chad Allan and the Reflections in 1962, and adopted the name The Guess Who in 1965.” Since they performed “before […]

Happy Birthday Annalyn. Thinking about my granddaughter.

| March 4, 2021

Annalyn putting on her Frozen (the Disney movie) Birthday dress last weekend EDIT 3/5/2021

Music Monday: Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show video. Yikes!

| March 1, 2021

There are some 1970s songs that I’ve listened to and heard again and again over the years, but never really given much thought to what the band might have looked like performing on stage?  Dr. Hook (& the Medicine Show) happens to be one of them … and I didn’t follow  the group or know […]

Opinion: We need an all of the above energy plan in the U.S.

| February 25, 2021

As an advocate of renewable energy, be it biofuels, hydro, solar, wind, etc for decades, I don’t understand why Americans can’t come together on a united “all inclusive” energy plan? I know a few anti-solar/wind energy types, but usually they are just pushing back against the extremist wanting to do away with all fossil fuels […]

Music Monday: The Marshall Tucker Band – “Can’t You See”

| February 22, 2021

The Marshall Tucker Band was one of my favorite groups in the 1970s and I mentioned them before. I was a big fan of modern country music as it inched towards what we know as southern rock. It really made inroads into popular music in the 1970s and had staying power unlike the trendy stuff […]

Winter weather for mid-February 2021. More snow.

| February 15, 2021

Click here for ani-gif above for full 25 second iPhone slow-motion video The icy sleet on top of our existing snow and pre-cleared roads has made travel dangerous this Monday afternoon in southwest Ohio. Thankfully for President’s Day Brenda and I are home (although it was by chance and not planned) and are able to […]

The pitfalls of Zoom meetings: “I am not a cat” #humor

| February 12, 2021

It was the Zoom video that nearly broke the Internet this past week and it made me smile enough to save the mp4 video to my blog. Very funny. 😊  

What do you know about the Tennis Racket Theorem?

| February 11, 2021

After reading about the Dzhanibekov Effect and seeing a demonstration, I just had to know more. The tennis racket theorem or intermediate axis theorem is a result in classical mechanics describing the movement of a rigid body with three distinct principal moments of inertia. It is also dubbed the Dzhanibekov effect, after Russian cosmonaut Vladimir […]

Music Monday: Gilligan’s Island theme mashed with Led Zeppelin

| February 8, 2021

For those who grew up on one of my favorite TV shows, Gilligan’s Island … and in later years listened to the music of Led Zeppelin … here’s an interesting YouTube video for this week’s Music Monday. On a more depressing note, I was sad to hear America’s favorite “girl next door” actress Dawn Wells […]

Woodworking ideas: Workshop dust collection improvements

| January 30, 2021

My basement woodworking shop is a dust-making mess in our house, but there isn’t much I can do about it now other than to improve how I collect and filter and keep dust from gravitating into the furnaces cold air returns and upstairs. In our previous house in Hudson Ohio, I was fortunate to have […]

Music Monday: Lexington Lab Band does 1971 Chicago song

| January 25, 2021

A few years ago (2013 and 2014), I mentioned that a talented classmate of mine from high school in Sidney performs regularly with the Lexington Lab Band. They play music that I enjoy and so will include a new video for Music Monday this week, but if you like their music be sure to check […]

Music Monday: Early Pure Prairie League and Vince Gill

| January 18, 2021

I’ve always enjoyed the Ohio-founded group called Pure Prairie League and most of their albums, as well as the other groups from their era who blended popular rock with the country music sound (including NGDB). For Music Monday this week, I’ll included a couple song with the great Vince Gill just as he was getting […]

The 2020 Election, the Georgia Runoff and changing America

| January 7, 2021

For red, white and blue flag waving, National Anthem honoring, military respecting patriots … who believed in the traditional values that founded this country … January 6, 2021 was a tough day. The election in Georgia for control of the U.S. Senate, the last line of defense for Republicans, went to the two Democrats Raphael […]

Filler #video: We don’t have groomed hedges, but ..

| January 3, 2021

Looking at the tool for tools sake, but also the technique is nice!

A cigar box for sewing clips and NE Ohio drugstore memories

| January 2, 2021

Adam Savage, from Mythbusters claim-to-fame, has been regularly posting a few of his shop ideas online. A few months ago he triggered me into improving my portable Sailrite Sewing machine set-up (well my wife’s sewing machine that I use .. cough, cough). Anyway, a few weeks after he built his table for his impressive Sailrite […]

The Great Conjunction: Saturn and Jupiter align on Dec 21st

| December 20, 2020

For those who enjoy astronomy, space exploration or just looking at the night sky, an event know as Saturn and Jupiter’s Great Conjunction is happening on December 21st (although look in the southern sky shortly after sunset  any night this month). A “conjunction” is an event that happens every 20 years for these two planets […]

What’s “The greatest threat to life on Earth” – according to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking #video

| December 9, 2020

No … not a pandemic (like Covid19) … or 45 years of Global Warming … or the current adopted term – Climate Change – according to Green New Deal Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or environmental activist Greta Thunberg  … but an asteroid concluded the late Stephen Hawking. Also, there’s some real history, not a political ideology, […]

It feels like winter, but those pesky Stink Bugs are still here?

| December 8, 2020

One of the irritations in using motion sensing security cameras (ani gif from previous post) at our house is that no matter how much I tweak the settings, they still detect motion and even declare “person detected” when it comes to movement. The biggest offender is slightly older Canary cam that I have set up […]

Missing sailing but appreciating a Cape Horn installation video

| December 6, 2020

Sometime the best part of keeping a daily blog is that provides a place to archive tidbits for future reference. The Sailing Uma “gear review” tagged YouTube clip on their channel has a fantastic installation video for the Cape Horn Wind Vane self-steering gear that I might need when taking apart ours for repair. Currently […]

Archiving pre-sale Zillow photos of Mom and DadC’s house #TBT

| December 3, 2020

As a ‘still listed’ page owner according to my Zillow update emails of my parents house listing in Sidney, Ohio, I realized that it will not be long before those pages and photos disappear. I likely still have the original photos on a compact flash drive card (who can still read those), but probably won’t […]

As the holidays approach, mini-dictators flex their power

| November 23, 2020

One of the more disturbing trends during the COVID19COVID19 pandemic has been the infringement on personal liberty by politicians in the country.Thankfully we are closing in on a vaccine, but the heavy-handed restrictions that may have been tolerated during the initial outbreak, aren’t being received well by those who are trying to keep food on the […]

Ideas: medal holding chop saw fence and tapering rod stock

| November 22, 2020

Just adding a couple of idea photos for a future metalworking project, or adaptable to woodworking as well. First, clamp a couple of scrap pieces of wood in a metal cutting chopsaw or miter saw to cut small sizes and keep in place (might rig something on my handheld bandsaw for better control and thinner […]

Creatively painting tools and testing a new relay for the Packard

| November 21, 2020

Personally I don’t want my tools looking like this, but I do admire the effort and creative talent it takes to do this. It does remind me of my grandfather who always painted the handles of his tools bright red .. I still have a couple of them. Also the new relay arrived for the […]

It would be easy to get hooked on the EV classic MGB Restomod

| November 21, 2020

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Apple Mac announcement event this past week along with some fun babysitting Annalyn and Ellerie in Perrysburg, Ohio

| November 14, 2020

This was a big week for Apple who started their business selling computers. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 40 years, you know what a Macintosh computer is and just how important they are in living in the age of technology. Cellphones and tablets may have surpassed the personal computer for […]

If it were not a video, this golf shot would not be believed

| November 11, 2020

This golf shot has been making its way around the “Interweb”and news/sports TV channels and highlight rolls this week. As of today, Twitter alone has over 20 million views. I’ll add it here for a few more. Impressive!

Music Monday: Gerry Rafferty and working on cars memory

| November 9, 2020

The music of the late Gerry Rafferty hasn’t appeared on Music Monday and I’m disappointed not to have yet included him in my heavily 70’s mix of musicians. Having to pick one song out for today’s listening is a challenge, but “Days Gone Down” (Night Owl) is a good one since it triggers a memory […]

Following up on replacing the BMW X5 35d diesel fuel cap

| November 8, 2020

Although I’m embarrassed to admit forgetting to put the diesel fuel cap back on my 2010 MW X5 35d during the last fill-up, replacing it was far less painful than I had imagined … both in price ($11.70 total), finding one that fit correctly and in the few seconds it to to pop back in […]

Picked a warm sunny day for the Packard Hawk to come home

| November 7, 2020

After a long time in a repair shop, I brought the 1958 Packard Hawk back from some transmission repair work. It came back very dusty, but I didn’t notice any damage to the paint or body (yet). The entire process from initial quote to final bill and slowness was a bit disconcerting.  It was not […]

Reminder to myself: We need a new trash can. #video

| October 20, 2020

Just a “beary” interesting video that is making its way around social media. The bear is a big one, but I’m more impressed with the trash can!

Music Monday: “Upside Down” and “Broken” with Jack Johnson

| October 19, 2020

While I was only going to mention the album recording of “Upside Down,” I happend to see the official .mp4 video online and figured it was even better than just listening, so here it is for Music Monday! 😊 Whenever I’m in Florida, I always enjoy listening to Radio Margaritaville. Some Jack Johnson music was […]

Tidbits: Just a simple Band-Aid bandaging tip for a finger joint

| October 18, 2020

About half the time I need to cover a cut with a Band-Aid, it is on a finger. Often right where the joint flexes and then even the better stretchy bandages bunch, unstick and come off. Here’s a tip for covering the finger when dealing with a joint … and it works for the tip […]

Friday Filler: Probably the cutest thing you will see this week

| October 16, 2020

Watch what happens when this “magic hat” is put on a baby duckling …

Another Jimmy Buffett 2020 stay-at-home video memory

| September 14, 2020

In keeping up with archiving the Jimmy Buffett COVID19 “stay-at-home” series of recording during the summer of 2020, here’s another old one … although to me, I remember it like yesterday. “The Wino and I Know“ was the first song on side B of his 1974 Living and Dying in 3/4 Time album.

Few photos of vintage racing match this Nigel Corner image #TBT

| September 10, 2020

Nine lives, fate, stroke of luck, divine intervention? Here’s a Throwback Thursday #TBT shocker. One never knows just how “forgetting to put on a safety belt” could be seen as the smartest thing someone would do when racing. On September 17, 2000 it would give racer Nigel Corner another day on this earth. After seeing […]

Archive: Brenda’s flowers, busy working bees and babysitting

| September 9, 2020

It is a late day of posting a few photos and memories from babysitting on Tuesday. I drove up to Perrysburg on Labor Day and enjoyed a few hours with Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie together, then the next day, it was just the granddaughters and me. What a wonderful couple of girls … they […]

The trajectory of a bullet thru pipes is shocking! YouTube #video

| September 8, 2020

It is disturbing that someone actually tried this, but “for science” (cough, cough) … the result is eye-opening. I don’t think I’ll ever look into the end of pipes when working plumbing projects again. 😮

Music Monday: I Heard It Through The Grapevine – CCR (1970)

| September 7, 2020

Everybody knows it and everybody has “[I]Heard It Through The Grapevine” (at least the 1968 single version by Marvin Gaye)… but not everybody has listened to the full 11 minutes of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s interpretation from their 1970 album, Cosmo’s Factory. Of course neither were the the first to record the Motown Records song … […]

A summer thunderstorm may be a Hurricane Laura precursor

| August 27, 2020

As the Gulf of Mexico coast of Louisiana and Texas prepare for Hurricane Laura (as well as areas well inland), we got a taste of the kind of rain that might also be headed our way as this tropical weather works its way north. A strong thunderstorm swept through our area on Wednesday night this […]

Would you feel safe swimming with an Orca Pod? #video

| August 26, 2020

Just a filler video that I found eye-opening since my wife Brenda is a openwater, correction … shoreline swimmer. 😮

The Democrats had their 2020 virtual convention last week and the Republicans started their virtual convention this week

| August 25, 2020

To sum up the nomination process for the November 3rd 2020 presidential election in a short paragraph is foolhardy, but that doesn’t prevent me from opining on the week long telethons. I expected both parties to come out with their vision for America and to at least give the leader-to-be’s vision, plans and goals? Unfortunately […]

Music Monday: Under Pressure – Queen, plus some humor

| August 24, 2020

Oh how the simplest humor can trigger a music flashback, at least for me! I’m not sure everyone’s brain operates like this, but the song Under Pressure from 1981/82 by Queen, and the late great David Bowie, is the first thing that came to mind when seeing the above image. Feeling Under Pressure? Perhaps you […]

A weekend Brenda birthday photo and Jimmy Buffett video

| August 18, 2020

We are really enjoying the time we have to stay around home this summer amidst Coronavirus concerns … although Brenda has never stopped going to work … she works in an “essential business” — pharmacy.  We certainly enjoyed having Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie to our house for a mini-vacation for several days earlier this […]

Archive: Stay around home 2020 mini-vacation family photos

| August 11, 2020

With our family in town last week, it was a busy time. We enjoyed several outings, good food and plenty of pool time. Annalyn has really grown to enjoy swimming and playing in the yard. She loves the swing (Bompa needs to work on a bigger one) and riding the bike with training wheels to […]

Music Monday: “The Captain And The Kid” – Jimmy Buffett

| August 3, 2020

It is not like I haven’t included Jimmy Buffett on a Music Monday before, but this video is unique in that it was recorded last month as part of a Facebook interview (as part whole #StayAtHome but still keeping busy during the Coronavirus shutdowns). No matter your COVID19 thoughts, listening to Jimmy Buffett singing his […]

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance launched successfully today

| July 30, 2020

The NASA liftoff of Perseverance (7/30/2020) was a great sight this morning as was hearing that the new new rover “phoned home” an hour later. Those who grew up with the space program are fondly remembering the race to the moon days as well as the excitement in man probing space. This trip to Mars […]

We all have the same name for this #video: “Hand Of God”

| July 27, 2020

… or maybe the hand of the Michelin Man (photo) if you are not a person of faith. 😉

MLB players fan the flames with more anti-patriotic symbolism

| July 24, 2020

It’s an uncomfortable time to be a freedom-loving and patriotic American who misses old days of going about day to day business without wearing a facemask or triggering someone by “wearing” something with the wrong message. Heaven forbid a social media unaware person thinks (well, says out loud)  “All Lives Matter” rather than only certain […]

Tech Friday: Amazon’s AI notifications needs improvement

| July 3, 2020

As often as I gripe about ordering from Amazon or more to the point, complain about their delivery and updating, one would think I would opt for another online ecommerce portal? Unfortunately there aren’t better options or more dependable deliveries. This past week a small order came a day early, yet the app notification that […]

Music Monday: Bread – Baby I’m-a Want You plus concert video

| June 29, 2020

After mentioning and listening to my friend’s “vinyl” version of Bread’s album Baby I’m-a Want You last week when visiting, I thought why not a sampling for Music Monday? So here’s the cover song from the 1972 album and a sampling of just how mellow SOME music in the 1970s could be. Brenda and I […]

What are we hearing as the 2020 presidential election nears?

| June 14, 2020

Ok … I’ve decided that most of the outrage (see 1, 2 & 3) in our country happening is politically motivated and it is being fanned and fueled by political operatives and left-wing ideologues as we approach the 2020 election. Considering we’ve been through racial outrage before, the latest looks to me to be a […]

We had a great time with the family last weekend

| June 9, 2020

Today’s blog update is really just to archive a couple grandkid photos from this past weekend. We see our family enough not to have to post something every time we get together, but those with grandchildren know how fast babies grow from week to week and month to month. I’ll start the post with a […]

Music Monday: Van Morrison – Ballerina/Move On Up #video

| June 8, 2020

If you are like me, or a friend who commented on my including a bit more from Van Morrison for Music Monday a couple weeks ago, hearing even a little more music from him is not a problem. Below is a great 10 minute set Ballerina/Move On Up in a live appearance from the Hollywood […]

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