Monthly Archives: February 2012

Social Sites

I was listening to NPR today and they had a story about a social media site I’d never heard of. It’s called Pinterest. The site is an online scrapbook / bulletin board, and it’s one of the fastest growing websites in history: 10 million unique visitors last month!

Here are two NPR stories about it: Story 1 and Story 2.

The sign-in is an invite, which attests to it’s popularity. I signed up and we’ll see how long it takes to get invited… :-)

There’s another one out there called Posterous Spaces. I was able to sign-up for this one. I’ll master these sites and incorporate them into the blog. Join! Get your username now.

Update: Pinterest sent the invite in one day!

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I’ve been trying to treat some matching winter cracks on my thumbs by wrapping them in cream and bandages. I’m fighting off and conquering some other major cracks on my hands this winter, but thumbs are tough…

Cream, bandages and thumbs don’t mix when you’re trying to survive in a snow covered cabin. You need your hands for so many things. I’ve come to believe that thumbs are our most important appendage…

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I know you think I’ve been doing nothing but grabbing other peoples content lately. The truth is, I’ve been creating a new app which is now ready to deploy.

It’s a Directions app that takes a From and To City and shows you how to get there. My ultimate goal is to show the current weather from City to City…

So, introducing my new app: CityToCity.

Update: I’ve got the Lat/Lon of each point, and places to put good stuff. Weather next!

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Ski Bum

I totally plagiarized this article from the 2/23/2012 Teton Valley News. If Ken sees this and wants me to take it down, I will, so read fast! :-) I am including a link though, to our wonderful local paper, and this content is the copyrighted property of Ken Levy.

Karen’s a friend and I wanted everyone to see how cool she is! Read the article by column, left to right, then drop down below the black line to read the rest.

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Note From Rod

My buddy Rod is feeling depressed and he sent me this email:

Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, “Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land.”

Nearly 75 years ago, when Welfare was introduced, Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land.”

Today, Congress has stolen our shovels, taxed our asses, raised the price of Camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!

I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, multiple wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc… I called a Suicide Hotline. I had to press 1 for English.

I was connected to a call center in Pakistan and when I told them I was suicidal, they got excited and asked if I could drive a truck…

We are really in trouble!

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The Perfect Answer

I found this very interesting question and answer today online:

Does it cost more to turn lights on and off then it does to just leave them on?

No, this is quite false. I suspect this is a distortion of the idea that turning lights on and off stresses them and shortens their lives, but the power used is a nearly linear function of operating time.

For an incandescent lamp, there is a very brief high current impulse when they’re first turned on, but this doesn’t remotely justify leaving them turned on — it stresses filament lamps, but doesn’t require very much power.

I speak as a NASA engineer who designed the power supplies for the Space Shuttle lights. For that mission, because of limited available power, we had to research this exact issue, and concluded that the lights should only be turned on when in use.

The guy that answered the question is Paul Lutus and he was the perfect person to do so.

He also has this great quote:

“The secret to using modern social media is not locating people who actually have a particular answer, but filtering out all the people who think they have the answer”.

I also relate to him: we’ve both developed applications in Assembly language!

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Horse Drawn Cart

I was in Victor today, waiting a few minutes before picking up my Community School kids, when I spotted a dog harassing a horse drawn cart coming up behind me. I thought the cart driver was going to shoot the dog as it was keeping him from proceeding up the road.

I rolled my window down and took this shot as they finally passed by.

And this picture seems to imply that the dog was his…


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Combo Toy

I was playing with Piper tonight and her three main toys got tangled up. My neurological damage prohibited me from untangling them, so I just created one toy.

She likes it!

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Clean Again

Our washing machine has been broken for some time now and the dryer was old. Laundromats really suck and clothes management has been interesting.

The new washer/dryer has arrived and it’s sweet! Here they are in their virgin state, but the washer is working as I type.

Update: I’ve been doing laundry all evening and these devices are amazing! Computer controlled washing and drying to perfection. This technology has come a long way…

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I was coming into the base this morning and spotted a lot of horses along 5th Avenue. Horses stretched all the way to the back forty and I don’t see any food source…

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