One bad apple spoils the whole bunch and sometimes more…


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I love music. For most of my life I have listened to two types of music. Rock and Classical. Although the type of rock and roll I like is now called classical rock so I have to be careful about what I in the end call the music I love. Predominantly Neil Young and various classical artists.

As a teenager I loved listening to Dr. Demento, sadly yes when he was originally live on the air. Twisted bizarre songs that stay with you for years. I like playing music on a keyboard and am struggling to learn guitar.

I did, many years ago love to listen to music. I actually watched the Osmond and Jackson cartoons on Sunday morning. The Osmond’s because of one song. Bad Apple.

“One Bad Apple don’t spoil the whole bunch girl.”

After many years I can honestly say, that is not true.  One bad apple can make a whole mess of not only the bunch that apple is in but every other bunch. One bad apple can ruin everything.

Sure one doesn’t mean all are rotten. But it also means that all have the stench of rotten on them.

One bad apple can make a lot of people uncomfortable.

I was thinking back to all the different anti-patterns and patterns I’ve posted trying to see if there was in fact a bad apple pattern or a bad apple anti-pattern. It sadly depends on the dynamics of the particular group rather than the specific person. Any pattern or anti-pattern at the wrong place and time can create the bad apple problem.

Oh well. Another childhood illusion shattered. One bad apple does spoil the bunch.

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Kickstarter and Indiegogo project blog…


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As promised I am doing my monthly Kickstarter and Indiegogo reviews. This month my two favorite projects are both unique and frankly extremely interesting.

My Kickstarter Project:

The first is an open framework for instrumentation. Called red pitaya and launched on Kickstarter about five days ago.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/652945597/red-pitaya-open-instruments-for-everyone?ref=email 

Technologies yesterday available only to research labs and industry turn your iPhone, tablet or PC into an amazing instrument.

It’s a very interesting project more so from the environment they are attempting to create. A virtual world of connected sensors using an open source backend. Very similar to a number of educational devices on the market, but launching this as an open source project.

My Indiegogo Project:

Canary is a single device that contains an HD video camera and multiple sensors that track everything from motion, temperature and air quality to vibration, sound, and activity to help keep you, your family and your home safe.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/canary-the-first-smart-home-security-device-for-everyone

For those of you who are still arguing my #RIPWINP8 statement – please note this canary device is controlled from your mobile device (generic mobile device) those devices are defined by the free software, which you can download for iOS and for Android. Humm.

Anyway, a home observation platform that also does temperature, air quality and motion sensor/siren for inside your home. With night vision you don’t have to climb downstairs in the middle of the night to see who is there. They call Canary a home security device I would instead call it more of a peace of mind device.

Overall the quality of projects continues to go up. I’ve noticed there have been a number of smart watches – I love watches! Which I find intriguing.

Anyway, time to get rolling!

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RIPD, missed The Heat, missed.


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I got a great email from a friend yesterday. He said “Windows Phone 8 isn’t dead, its just taking a break from the market.” he then ended the email with the line from Friends “we were on a break!” in relation to the fact that neither Apple or Google are “taking a break.” ROFL pal!

Made great progress on the basement yesterday. I hired the boys to organize wires for me. They accomplished quite a bit, then we were all going to a family movie. The boys wanted to see RIPD. The girls wanted to see The Heat. Dylan on the other hand doesn’t like thunderstorms so he hopped in the car with us and I didn’t see either movie. I hung out with the dogs all afternoon and everyone else saw a movie. Really didn’t bother me that much. I like hanging out with the dogs.

The critics say R.I.P.D is a horrible movie. Of course the boys liked it. They love the explosion of insanity that is video games. I am proud to say however, they have their own opinions and they stick to them. As a parent you can’t hope for much more than that.

Great family weekend! Now if only the thunderstorms would end. Dylan really doesn’t like those much.

We did get him a dog bed. Of all the places he wants to sleep, he wants his bed under my desk. He now has a cave within a cave I guess.

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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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