First North Carolina picture…


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The entire Andersen clan (missing two members) got together in June in North Carolina. Family is in the end a journey in the sand with no beginning and end.

Actually its mostly because I finally transferred the pictures. The move process is taking more time than projected and expected. I got some great pictures of the boys – with a great background to boot so I am going to post those on Flickr or Photo bucket, haven’t decided which ones I will post yet.

Water is an important part of life for me. I love going to the Ocean. It’s the really huge advantage of moving to the coast right now is that we can head over for a long weekend on the beach. Dylan loves the beach as well, we took him to Virginia Beach with us earlier this spring – he was in heaven. He didn’t eat dog food for two days.

Its been hot lately. Not the kind of hot you say oh well and move on. The kind of hot that melts things to the ground and you wonder if you can actually move while you are outside. It has shorted the last three walks we’ve taken because well, even Dylan can’t take the heat.

Anyway – time to stop talking and start cleaning.

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Podcasts and flying time…


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The new podcasts are here! Finally I got the July, June and May 2013 podcasts posted. It took me that long to find all the stuff I needed to do the podcast. At least they are up. The long promised Fred and Ed story however remains well, somewhere n a filing cabinet in my brain.

We added an entry to our attic yesterday. It isn’t done but it looks very nice. We closed off the drop door in the garage so that we could simply walk into the attic. We had them in Indiana in both Jackie and the Boys rooms and frankly it was always nice. This one is huge compared to the ones we had in Indiana. Tall enough that you could stand up in it and walk around a bit. The previous owners left us a couple of metal shelves so all in all it’s a score!

The three move in projects are now done. Its time to start on the longer term projects. I am debating a bar in the pool table area. I have a lot of bar ware but other than the occasion beer I don’t drink very often anymore.

Perhaps I will store the barware and move on.

I got my desk to 70% and my office to 50% yesterday but we didn’t go on a walk. With all the construction, work and visits (Dish) we ended up running out of time. Well we could have gone, we did have one window but the thunderstorm filled that. Dylan is many things but he doesn’t not like thunderstorms.

Dylan has been with us for over a year now, although I can’t remember when he wasn’t with us. I have actually been in my new job for two years now. We are coming up on our second anniversary of our move to Maryland as well (August 15th 2013 we moved in, we arrived in Maryland on the 13th of August).

Time seems to fly sometimes.

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what will become of the baubles of today?


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The great change in both manufacturing and innovation is now well underway. The Pebble Watch, a product of the new age of both innovation and manufacturing has exceptional fit and finish. Part of that is the reality of the growing 3d printing world. 3d printers let you prototype things quickly but also let you build custom parts out of plastic that once took hours to shape. Now its simply minutes to shape and print.

Where does the great brave new world lead? Are we finally at the place where we can build the airplane while we are flying it? (by the way, one of the dumbest examples of poor planning ever. While interesting in the broadest sense why would you get on the unfinished plane unless you knew you could land it?).

I believe the future will be self-healing technology. If a component is broken the technology will simply move around the broken piece. Healing itself as it were until the broken piece can be replaced. (I am not a futurist, just someone who on occasion postulates what may be).

One of the components of self-healing that I suspect will be a game changer is the concept of universal power. Be it wireless (power broadcast from a single source and consumed by devices) or wired I think that the next thing that has to happen is all these different device changing standards have to go by by. 1 single USB charging standard would be nice. Once that is established (hopefully soon) then one power plug for TV’s, laptops and desktops (we are close on desktops today). Today you have to have multiple power adapters for different devices and frankly it is slowing down innovation.

Time to get rolling on a Friday.

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Missing family….


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My Grandfather died in 1996. They say you get over things and in the end you do, but sometimes you wake up in the morning and you think about what was.

My grandparents lived on a small lake in Wisconsin. A tiny hamlet called Cambridge. It is around 25 miles South of Madison WI. During the summer I would go visit my grandparents sometimes staying after my parents left for a month or more. I fished, golfed and hung out with my grandparents. There is an interesting dichotomy between parents and grandparents. Grandparents are more laid back – because they aren’t there everyday. They do also provide a much needed break from the reality of your parents.

My grandmother was a former comptroller. She told the stories of when she and my grandfather met and she was still able to work. After she got married she was told she wasn’t allowed to work. Until her employer realized that she in fact was one of the few people who knew how the entire system worked. She was a very smart person.

My Grandmother died in 1992. While I would say for many years my grandfather was the person I most looked up to in the world, my grandmother was pretty amazing. She got me hooked on jeopardy. I still remember the first time I answered more of the questions in a category than she did. It was a watershed moment for me.

Anyway today for some reason is one of those memory days.

I guess I am missing family today. My folks are still around but they are 11 long hours away by car (or 3 by plane) and my sisters both live near my parents. I guess I will just have to look at old family gathering pictures to get my fix.

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Its not my fault–I was responding to an email–#RIPWINP8


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I got a great comment/email yesterday from an old friend. “Pal,” he started off. We have been friends since college and started out as pal because neither of us is good with names. (remembering them). So its been pal ever since. “what is up with this #RIPWINP8 thing. You were the biggest advocate of that phone for a long time.”

Yes. I was.

No longer.

So my friend looked on Indiegogo and Kickstarter only to find, in the end that I was right. Software projects specific for WINP8 that could in effect be ported quickly if in fact they caught on. He said “all that proves is it’s a slow market.”

I asked him “how can the company that once dominated the market now have a slow starting project.” How many a development paradigm that is know by thousands of developers be behind a paradigm that forces you towards 99 cent applications? The average PocketPC application was around 9 dollars. The average Android or iPhone app is around a dollar (maybe a little over). There are more than 1000 free games in the iTunes store along.

In best sense of disclosure the new Windows Phones from Nokia look nice. But looks don’t get my job done. I need the power of the applications in the Google Play and iTunes stores. I need to be able to get things done. But I need to get them done at the lowest possible cost and easily. Simple.

I know, I said on my other blog no more #RIPWINP8 blogs. That’s why I moved it over here.

In the end my friend said “if you could only buy stock in one phone OS company which one would it be?” Yes I argued that you can’t buy stock in MS or Apple as Phone OS companies or Google for that matter as a Phone OS companies. He said pretend so I did.

Google.

That was the answer. The one phone company that I am sure will be here in 10 years in its current form or fairly close. Apple comes in a close second. There isn’t a third company to buy in my opinion.

#RIPWINP8

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Kickstarter and stuff…


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I was checking on Kickstarter and Indiegogo yesterday. Interesting application built for public safety they say although I wonder in the end if it wouldn’t be more beneficial to those who are avoiding the law.

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It shows you all the camera’s that are known to be in your area. I could see that being used by people trying to avoid cameras and then of course under the auspicious of the wonderful patriot act the government could put up more hidden camera’s nobody knows about and the vicious cycle continues. It is however an interesting mix of information (camera’s) and social (have you seen any).

I could also see it helping innocent people – defense attorney’s signing up in droves to help their innocent clients – my client was said to be here at this time. Please note that according to this traffic time he was there at that time. That could be worth having the application and to know when you are being watched. I wonder in the end what behavior is generated when you know you are being watched. Its said that human’s aren’t really interesting until they become a mob.

There are a number of other projects that interest me on Kickstarter/Indiegogo right now. I thought I would share the categories:

  • Musical devices: (guitar strings and piano keyboards are my personal favs)
  • Power devices: (who doesn’t need more battery life)
  • iPhone and Android Add-ons (Geiger counter anyone?)

The saddest thing in all of this is that there are 4 projects devoted to Windows Phone on Kickstarter (and about 10 currently for iPhone) all 4 Windows Phone projects are well, software. You can easily port software from one platform to another (easy being a relative term).

Once there were mighty dinosaurs who roamed the earth they were huge, large ponderous and heavy. They did not change when the mobile climate changed. Sure they have slimmed down and now are smaller with great cameras, but it is if not too late, then ever oh so close. #RIPWINP8

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Sim Walk…a new game from Rigor Games…


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I might need that cable again.

That particular line has served me well over the years. I have, in fact, needed that cable again several times. But I also wonder now if that is also why I have 10 pounds of crap stuck in a 5 pound bag that is my office.

Still haven’t found the missing items.

We had a great walk yesterday, the boys and I. we talked about new video games that were coming this fall that they were excited about. I remember the days when I was as passionate about a new release of a game. “Dr J vs Larry Bird” was the first game I was addicted to. It was a horrible game by today’s standards but in the end it was a great game for the time. Then I was hooked on two simulation games. Sim Earth and Playmaker Football. There was another football game before Playmaker where you input your play and it showed up as text on the screen (what happened next) but I don’t recall what that one was called back then.

I hear Sim Earth is coming back.

Games are great distractions but also something that allows you to create and mold things. Creativity is an important part of everyone’s lives. its just one of the first things we shut off.

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if only I could find the missing items…


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Anger is a child.

Nurtured it will be respectful, but allowed to run free and it will consume everything in its path.

4 bags of trash yesterday alone from the office space. I am still looking for a missing box with three things in it, that is becoming frustrating but I am making progress. I don’t allow myself to look for the missing items until I make progress in the rest of the space.

Third competitor in the wearable computer space. Recon has a new offering that actually looks more interesting than the Google Glass and Vuzix M100 projects. It is more focused on people who are outdoors, combining a GPS and a wearable computer with memory. It also is built into a sun glasses case which looks cool. But you never know.

I did manage to hang up all the stuff from my old office. The stuff I was missing the past year and a half.

#RIPWINP8 is growing on twitter although not as fast as I thought it would. Oh well. I guess I am not a trender.

Painted the walls with idea paint in the basement yesterday – it looks really good. Now we have a reasonable amout of whiteboard space for ideas and thoughts. Years ago (when we lived in Indiana) I used to listen to conference calls and doodle on the whiteboard – now I can again, easily.

If only I can find the missing items…

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Noah’s Properties of Maryland–stay away from them


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A good friend of mine who practices law in Washington State did email about my issues with Noah’s Properties. He pointed out that in most US states the laws are written to protect landlords rather than tenants. The reason? Landlords have more money and tend to support politicians that support them. Ergo laws are written in their favor at the state level.

Oh well.

My windmill is as much customer service as anything. I suspect at this point had Noah’s even once acted as though we were their customer rather than a bother, this would be moot.

As it is, I am not letting go of this bone.

Introduced the boys to Pho last night. They are now huge fans. And to think we had to institute try night 12 years ago to get all three of them to eat anything other than bread and American cheese.

Try Night Rules:

  • Per week one child gets to pick a kind of food they want to try.
  • Everyone must eat whatever is prepared. They don’t have to eat a huge serving but they have to eat what is made.

In the end those two rules worked, the kids started to try new things and now we can do Sushi, Pho, Chinese, Italian or for that matter Thai, or in the end virtually any kind of cuisine.

Sometimes rules work.

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Noah’s epic failure


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We were excited two years ago to be moving into a new house (even more excited two years later to move out, but that is well the basis of this story). We moved in to a nice neighborhood and after 18 years of home ownership we decided to not buy a house right away in Maryland. We instead leased a house as I said in a nice neighborhood from a company that specailized in lease management.

We moved in, and once the movers had gotten all the boxes moved around and placed we unpacked. The first night in the new house (we had been in hotels for two weeks by then) was awesome but at 3 o’clock in the morning I woke up to a loud noise. I wandered around the house to find that noise.

It was the refrigerator. Leaking water and making a loud racket. We reported it to the landlord. They sent someone about 5 or so day’s later. The last time we heard the refrig making noise? May 17th 2013. That was the first night we spent in our new home. Yes. the refrig, though patched and worked on 8 times, was never fixed. PS Noah’s – we saved the kitchen floor for you, by mopping up the extra water from the frig every day for 18 months.

In the end we moved on. Two weeks into leasing the house the dishwasher broke. This time it took them 8 days to get someone out to the house. It would be 3 months before the dishwasher worked, again. It would break three more times during our lease. Each time days went between reporting the problem and having the problem even acknowledged.

Each time the repair person left he would mutter, you need a new refrig, you need a new dishwasher. Nothing ever came of that. Don’t even get me started on the epic failure that was the two garage door openers that NEVER WORKED. The garage doors worked 1/2 the time. The rest of the time you had to get out of the car go into the garage and manually close the doors.

Sadly we loved living in the Kentland’s and would have continued living there. We would and will however never deal with Noah’s properties again. They are without a doubt a horrible company.

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