Right, right oops oh well


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My Kickstarter pebble watch is now nearly destroyed. I’ve managed through two falls and exposure to well I guess “Scott” damage it to the point where it isn’t cool looking anymore. The funny thing is it still works perfectly. Its just damaged to the point where I really can’t wear it to work anymore.

I am cleaning out some final technology things this week. So far I have managed to fill the craft room table. I also have a bunch out in the garage that I need to get into the back of the car and out of the house. The new Sonos has made many of my speakers useless and frankly there really isn’t a market for speakers that are 20 years old no matter how good they were when you got them.

I also need to find the power base for the family radio’s – we use them as communication devices while at amusement parks to keep tabs on everyone. They are drained to the point of not really working anymore.

My new favorite Indiegogo project is http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3dsimo-the-next-generation-of-3d-pens/x/3230074 the world of 3d printing is intriguing. The ability to doodle what you are trying to print – priceless.

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Someone has to clean out the woodstove…


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What a fantastic day. We all pitched in to make Thanksgiving dinner. The meal was amazing. Afterwards Jackie brought out the Cards Against Humanity game and we played for nearly 2 hours. That is a very addictive game. It reminded me of the old days heading up to Wisconsin and playing Pit in the living room of my Grandparents house at the lake. That tore 40 years off my memories!

We then watched the movie RIPD. It was, well not bad. It wasn’t good, but it didn’t put me to sleep. Then we watched the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special. At which point everyone was exhausted and went to bed.

Today I am proud to say that no one is our house is out for Black Friday. It’s a holiday tradition in our house not to participate in that event.

Time to get rolling. After a long day of burning wood someone has to clean out the woodstove.

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Happy Thanksgiving–and you can’t teach a turnip to fly


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First off Happy Thanksgiving to all. the day began at 5:40 with making stuffing with Luke. He then stuffed the bird we named Baxter. Baxter went into the oven and I came down to blog. After blogging is caught up/done we are going to make a mincemeat pie to go with the traditional pumpkin pie.

The menu:

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Green bean casserole
  • Mincemeat pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Mashed Potatoes

Each of the boys is helping with various parts of the meal which makes it a little easier.  Jackie found something in her stuff (yes she is still unpacking) that my dad had sent me. A copy of the article I wrote for Hoosier Science teacher in 1990. I was deeply concerned about the computer that at the time was in my classroom (I later used a variety of means to modify that). The computer was literally a 2000 dollar flash card reader.

Today we have a bigger dilemma. The people who need the technology that is available, don’t get the technology because frankly our schools don’t have money to spend on technology. The reason I bring this up is that I wrote the same line in 1990. It makes me sad that the world has changed so much and educators still struggle with technology woes.

In the end I guess it is well, sad. But you can’t teach a turnip to fly…

Back to cooking!

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On the trail of what, where and why…


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The art of conversation.

I carry on a one sided conversation called a blog every morning. I get responses to some of them later in the day and then continue the conversation the next morning.

It is the blogging process for me.

I dump the things inside my head out into the wild.

It is part of the what and how of me as a writer. The why of my writing comes from my childhood perched in front of a Royal typewriter and consuming my own thoughts like scotch. Some of them were much better aged than the rest.

We walked in the storm yesterday. Everything was fine (Dylan was a little wet) until we came around behind the grocery store. Suddenly there was a puddle about a foot deep (or at least it felt like that) and all three of us ended up with wet feet. I hate wet feet when it is cold. I don’t mind water in any form except in my shoes when it is cold. Boy was it cold water. So we picked up the pace and headed for home at a faster clip all three of us with freezing feet. Dylan just looked at us as we stepped in the water. He had walked up onto the hill and avoided the deep puddle.

“um guys, there is a pool of water” I suspect he would have said had be been gifted for a moment with speech. Instead he just looked at us as we hopped around for a second complaining about cold feet.

Sometimes a one way conversation is a good thing.

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Tablet conversation…


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I am a huge fan of gadgets. For many of my readers this is not news. Recently I’ve been playing around with a work provided tablet (Samsung) and my iPad. The Samsung I got via work is the smaller tablet so we are not doing screen comparisons.

First and foremost connecting to your television from your tablet is very nice. I love the ability via Samsung to connect directly to my TV. I am also enjoying playing with the Chromecast application.

The iPad can connect to the TV puts its more of a push (view content on the device) rather than a share. Although with the Apple TV you can push pull to any television. The iPad can also leverage the Chromecast.

The two application stores continue to improve and both are exceptional. Google Play is much better now than it was 6 months ago. The Apple store has been exceptional since day one.

Great about the Samsung:

  • MicroSD support gives you a lot more storage. Up to 96 gig total.
  • Size – it fits my hand easily
  • Great Screen

Great about the ipad

  • iPads are now up to 128 gig which is amazing – I need every single gig
  • Expandable via external devices.
  • Great Screen

Overall both devices are excellent. I find myself using the tablet more and more and the pc less and less. Although I still do my taxes on my pc.

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Sort of , kind of vacation


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I was going to take today, tomorrow and Wednesday off. Instead I am taking half days for all three days, and then the whole day Friday. I guess in the end that is ok. I can still relax and get some of the things done that I haven’t gotten done which is why I needed a vacation day. Still a long weekend will be nice.

Barb cooked thanksgiving last year. This year it is me. Luke helped last year and is helping this year as well. He has become a pretty good cook. Actually so have Nick and Jackie. They are all willing to take on challenges and find different ways to make things.

Tomorrow I am playing with setting up an interactive system using eBeam, the projector and the iPad. Its an idea I’ve had for awhile for a software solution that I have talked to a couple of folks about. So far we haven’t put it on Kickstarter but we have talked about doing that. Who knows maybe we will over the holidays.

I also need to get four blogs put together for the other external blogs I am writing for. For some reason I am struggling right now to come up with topics. It’s a form of writers block I am quite sure.

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From in to out of a day


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Inside of a day.

Soup on the stove bubbling.

The fire warm, outside air cold a good combination. IU on the TV. Well until the first half ended. After that it was another game, a game where I didn’t care who won or lost. The boys were upstairs doing the Dr. Who thing – meshed in the mythos of a television show that stretches back 50 years.

Friday wasn’t a good day. Everywhere reminders that what had happened 50 years ago was still real. I saw my father cry that day it is the only memory I have of November 22, 1963. Barb remembers more but she was 3 years older than me so was 5 rather than the 2 nearly 3 that I was. To be honest I remember the death of Bobby Kennedy much more. The train slowly making its way across the country. It is a scar like 11/22/1983 and 9/11/2001 as well as the loss of Apollo 1, Challenger and other space disasters. Those days come with sadness attached to them, waking you in the morning with a sense of dread and slowly filling the day with that dread.

Soup still bubbling and Dr. Who done now. We head out for a walk. Dylan loves this part of the day he has been ready for the walk since noon and it is now 4 pm. Barb heads out for Thanksgiving feast shopping and the boys and I begin the walk around the neighborhood. The boys are silent on the topic of the show Dr. Who and instead we converse on the concepts of why walks.

Soup still bubbling on the stove, now that gorgeous deep purple of Cuban Black Bean soup. The smell fills the house and wipes away the memories of the day before. Cornbread baking in the oven adds its gentle flavor to the air and then we eat.

Outside of a day.

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