Wisconsin, grandparents and memories of cooking…


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7700 slides scanned so far.

10800 of dad’s/grandpa Andersen’s pictures captured digitally.

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HO Andersen. My father’s father. My grandfather. Served in the infantry in World War 1. Worked as a cobbler in Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin. head of the Andersen family in the Dells.

He passed the copper kettle to my dad.

My dad passed the copper kettle to me. Soon it will be Luke’s.

Oldest male child has had that Kettle in our family since the 1840’s.

Mom said “he was such a kind man.” I’ve found in scanning all the pictures he took that he came to visit my parents and I a number of times when I was little. He came to Michigan, Iowa, Bloomington and Chicago to see us. He took lots of pictures of all of us. I remember making trips to Wisconsin when we moved to Indiana. 7 long hours in the car. Dad didn’t believe in AC or radios in cars. Until we bought the blue machine (Mercury Station Wagon in 1969) we didn’t have AC. I remember mom bundling us up for a trip to Wisconsin for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was so cold in the car that Lynne and I were buried under blankets in the back seat. It was an old white sedan. We also flew one time to Milwaukee airport where Grandpa Johnson and Grandma Johnson picked us up. We also rode one time on the mighty Monon railroad all the way to ether Chicago or Milwaukee.

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My father’s parents – Grandpa died in 1972 while we were in Thailand. Grandma lived until the mid-2000’s. She was considerably younger than Grandpa was.

Grandma Andersen didn’t introduce me to the Danish Pastry Kringle but she always had it in the house. She used to send us two or three Kringle around Christmas time each year.

My grandmother Johnston was a phenomenal cook. I remember the lavish feasts she made for Thanksgiving. Sitting in the dining room that was connected to the living room, the lake in the huge bay window at the far end of the room. My grandmother Johnston made blueberry pies that were so good I didn’t have birthday cakes until I was 17 or 18. I always asked for a birthday pie. I haven’t found one as good as my grandmother’s but I keep trying. Grandpa Ray and Grandma had a great system. Grandpa did most of the day to day cooking. But when  feast was required Grandma took over. I remember how proud I was when she kicked my mom out of the kitchen but let me stay and help.

Grandmother Andersen didn’t cook but she had dogs. I loved to hang out with her dogs. I used to think it was strange – she fed them canned green beans. When I was old enough that I could cook, I ended up cooking when we were at Grandma Andersen’s house. II I didn’t cook – Lynne did. Like I said Grandma didn’t cook much.

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Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects I think are really interesting…


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I’ve been doing my favorite Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaign posts for almost a year now. It’s a fun blog because it matches my personal love of the concepts of innovation with actual innovative implementations of ideas and concepts.

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The first project is EMOSpark 2.0. I’ve mentioned this once before it is an intriguing in the home automation and home ai space. There are a number of projects in the space and these are the type of projects you have to be really careful about. Not that this particular project is one to worry about but in general I’ve found home automation projects are between 8-12 months late on average. The functionality and concept of EMOSpark makes it worth the wait but just a warning.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/emospark-2-0-a-i-home-console-for-your-tv/x/3230074

A home network/parameter project that I really like is WEDG. It gives you the chance to have secure email that is secured on a system you own. I really like the capabilities of this product. I love the blurb below about the product. I would argue that the real naming of the product should be as a personal cloud not a private cloud but overall an impressive product.

Wedge is your private cloud:

WEDG is off-cloud which means your data doesn’t sit in a vulnerable data centre. It’s at home or in the office where you know it’s safe from threats we’ve learned about recently. The WEDG comes with all the conveniences we’ve become used to and then some!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wedg-the-personal-cloud-you-ve-been-waiting-for/x/3230074

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This next one is the 3rd Campaign I’ve backed for inXus a startup that is as they say connecting the world to your computer. They have built a series of connectors that allow you to create inputs for your computer – touch, pressure, temperature that can be mapped and graphed on the PC in question. It’s a USB connection and this is their campaign for their newest modules.

For teachers out there – this is a must have solution for introductory science education!!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/54060271/easytouch-turn-your-world-into-a-touch-sensor

This next campaign like EMOSpark above is in that home automation category. Although MaxmyTV is more of an ultimate smart tv box that will enable more potential from your telelvision. Hard to compare the two in that they are effectively different. MaxMyTV is closer to some of the HDMI devices that appeared about a year ago or so (the Chromecast being the big on). My new permanent caution for home automation projects is they tend to be late. This one may also be late in delivering – but it has great potential.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maxmytv/maxmytv-home-automation-and-social-media-overlay-o

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A picture and the new Apple Macintosh OS shameless review


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I wasn’t going to post pictures today but then I found this one. It was taken by my grandfather Andersen I suspect somewhere near the Dells. The date on the photo was 1966. Lynne is to the right of dad and I am right behind dad in the white coat.

I love the camera dad had.

Anyway today’s blog derailed by a picture I found was instead an initial thinking/review of the new Apple Macintosh OS. Code named Yosemite, and frankly that is a fitting code name based on what I’ve seen in the 8 or so days I’ve been using it.

The OS is just pretty. The images and icons just look good. There is something to be said for beauty. Windows 8.1 is extremely functional and the new Apple OS is also functional but frankly on a large monitor it is just nice to look at.

I was a Macintosh guy for many years. Starting with the first computer I bought (pre-Macintosh it was an Apple IIC). I loved the look and feel of the Macintosh and used my Macintosh for everything. Today I use a PC more for creativity but I am slowly but surely moving the Macintosh back into the rotation.

What I like:

  • just beautiful
  • upgrade was time consuming but no hiccups
  • Complete upgrade but all my settings were preserved
  • All my applications work on the new OS – no problem.

What I don’t like

  • so far – nothing

I use my iPad for most of my creative small project now. From 3d scanning to jotting down a quick image file for an architecture document or a quick sharable whiteboard session the iPad is my first choice. I use office for most document and blog creation – that I can use on any platform (iPhone, iPad, windows computer and Macintosh.

I am hoping that Microsoft pays attention with windows 10 and makes the upgrade smarter. Don’t tell me I can’t upgrade simply place applications that don’t work well into compatibility mode. The Apple experience is so much kinder than the Microsoft experience today. The hilarious thing is overall you can upgrade office at any time – no issue. Enough Microsoft bashing…

The reality of this upgrade – simple and easy. My Macintosh is roughly 18 months old. I use it every weekend and now more often during the week. This blog was created on the Macintosh. Overall moving from a PC only office to considering other platforms hasn’t been difficult. I use many more platforms today and understand the value of that platform much more now than I ever did.

If you are running the older Macintosh OS – upgrade. It is worth it!

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Wandering down memory lane…


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Another picture from the past of my little sister. She is probably 8 or so in this picture. Figure this is around 1977 or so. This is the family room (wood paneled) in our hours in Sycamore Knolls. I recognize the photograph of my grandfather in the background that my father took. We had them on the walls. Mom and dad both loved having art work on the walls.

I vaguely remember the banjo weather gauge as well as the picture right above Barb’s head. This is either her birthday or Christmas. So the timeline is December or January.

The teak cubes in the background were something that mom had made in Thailand. She borrowed the design from one of the famous Danish designers. She says “I just copied them” but frankly just copying them would have created something different. In the end they were her design. Like the Copper Kettle that has been in our family for more than 100 years the cubes will always be a

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part of our family and family lore.

Phoebe a little older as you can see the white hairs on her muzzle. She was the most regal dog and loved everyone in the family. I’ve talked about her special relationship with Barb and with mom. The only reason she wasn’t on the couch was that she was too big to fit. She sat on the couch with us, but seldom laid on the couch. I wish she could have lived to teach the Labradors that laying on the couch takes up a lot of space that humans could use.

This is also in the living room of the house in Sycamore knolls. I remember the couch and the throw blankets very fondly. That end of the house had baseboard heat and was a little colder than the rest of the house. But that end of the house had the TV so that was where we were cold or not.

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This last picture is probably connected to the first one. Its Christmas morning Lynne is on the right and that is me on the left of the picture.

We had identical hair back then.  (just kidding Lynne) The image is reversed in that behind Lynne was the 1/2 bathroom that was also converted into a darkroom (and expanded into the garage).

Next to this room in the house was the garage door, a door to the deck and the add on to the house that the previous owners had put on. That room was my mothers sewing room. Next to that was my father’s home office with the principal desk crammed into it. He had a larger study on Dunstan Drive with more bookshelves. In later houses he had larger offices again. But for this house the office and sewing room were small.

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A shard of poetry


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The shard of poetry

on a vase

sitting on the shelf

near

the pickled eggs

and by a box of cereal

just a shard

I turned it in my hands

but found no more

just a feeling there was more

but there was no more

just the vase

with the fragment

painted on

as though an afterthought

I am done with the vase

and then the verse added

but never completed.

empty.

quiet.

spent.

leaning against the pickled eggs

as though

too much alcohol

too much fun

unfinished.

 

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The way it was…and for a night was again…


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The quest to keep my office cleaner now than the one I had in Indiana is still somewhat working. I have a couple of areas I need to remove some stuff. After cleaning out my dad’s office – I don’t want to leave those that follow me with a project. I am trying to purge old technology as quickly as I can.

I was a technologist long before I moved into the field of technology consulting.

But in being a technology consultant I end up with a lot more technology things. I have devices that support one or two activities that I use monthly but don’t use every day. If only there was a way to do utility pricing for gadgets. Pick up your gadget the one day you need it. Return it the next day and pay 1/30th the cost of the gadget because you and 29 other people are also using that gadget.

Of course the reality of buying a gadget is more the convenience of having the gadget versus the reality of going somewhere picking it up and then using it.

That said there are a few you can’t live without. Yesterday I made it halfway through the 8.1 update for my iPhone when the iPhone lost connection to AT&T. Today I have to call AT&T and figure out why. That should be a nice long conversation.

Last night the kids and I watched Ghostbusters. Jakki had never seen the movie and the boys and I wanted to share one of the great comedies with her. It was fun just the four of us hanging out like the old days. Its been a long time since we were just able to sit, relax and having fun together. This year has been a roller coaster emotionally and sometimes the toll that takes on you isn’t something you notice until you have a chance to do something you haven’t been able to do for awhile.

Now we just have to move a ton of wood (well a cord). Its in the driveway and we need to move it behind the fence so that its ready for the winter. We should probably also move around the summer tools and bring out the winter tools from the shed. I suspect we will do that next weekend. I am deeply afraid that when I move the snow blower to the garage it will snow. Last year it died in February. I got it fixed in early march and it snowed two more times after it was fixed. Its some kind of cursed snow attracting device.

For those interested I posted a new IASA Blog which should be available on Monday afternoon. I also posted a new safegov blog that is available now http://www.safegov.org I am on the front page.

New podcasts going up today and of course my two daily blogs will be posted by 10 am.

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Pictures don’t always equal memories but these do…


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Somewhere in Indiana roughly 1971-3 time range. Dad loved to go on hikes. We spent many weekends walking around the various parks and area’s near Bloomington Indiana.

This could be one of 100 different locations.

Barb is pretty little – so it has to be around the early 1970s. Either ‘71 or ‘73 as we were in Bangkok late ‘71 to early ‘73.

So in the end it’s a mystery. It was located in a box called Indiana3. There were also homecoming and fourth of July pictures in the box.

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This picture comes from Disneyland. We were there in the mid-1970’s. Mom took Lynne and Barb while dad and I wandered off to ride some of the rides that had longer lines. I really wanted to ride the Pirates of the Caribbean. I don’t think dad did. But he went with me.

We also went to universal studios on that trip. We got to see how the animated/used special effects to make the 6 million dollar man run.

I found out later that Lee Majors played football for Indiana University. Made me like him even more. I loved the 6 million dollar man.

That was a great trip.

Having been to both I can honestly say the charm of Disneyland was better. My sister and I spent a week with my grandparents for spring break when I was in college. She and I did spend some time at Epcot. We loved that.

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Mom and Barb playing in the snow in Cambridge Wisconsin.

I miss that lake house.

 

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