I need to relax


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I did another demo with the Vernier labquest product. This time it was simply to show off data collection and frankly it is an amazing tool. I can’t say enough about a toolkit that let’s you build your science and measurement solutions around it. I wonder if they will ever sell the service to data centers as a measurement solution ongoing.

I should probably add some sensors to my collection great product!

I have been playing Madden 13. It reminds me now of my favorite football game from the past (Playmaker Football) that I was addicted to for years. The coolest thing about Madden now is that you can play as the great players of the past. I can’t say how much fun it is for me to play with Walter Payton on my team. He remains my all time favorite player. (playing as Joe Montana is also fun).

Looking forward to a long weekend – I need to relax.

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Brave new world of devices…


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Interesting product – I am playing with the new 3m personal video camera and projector. Between that and the airstash card I am curious about the upcoming reality of personal electronics.

I am a gadget geek. My children, wife and mother all say the gadget part is redundant. But for this argument let us suffice it to say I am a gadget geek. The airstash is interesting to me – partly because I have a lot of apps on my iPhone and it buys me additional storage.  Ios devices using the airstacsh software can connect to the wi-fi enabled USB key. Laptops can use the USB device for storage. It means you can easily and effectively carry your presentations on the usb card and present with the IPAD without having the presentation on your IPad. It uses SD cards (which over the years I have collected like candy – you can’t really get rid of them) so you can have multiple data sources with you. It is a well designed solution – I am very impressed with the quality and capabilities of the device.

The personal project space is one that interested me a lot as a consultant – but now has become even more interesting. The ability to quickly and easily share a video has amazing potential. You don’t have to put the tape in or connect the camera you simply point the camera at the wall and you can review a video presentation.

Oh brave new world to have devices such as this in it.

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Walking and technology…


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Do pedometers help you work out? I read in the Washington Post that in fact they don’t really help except as motivators. I would agree with that although as a motivator they really do help. I find myself walking a little extra and taking the stairs a little more often to get the maximum number of steps in every week so from a motivation perspective it really is working.

The new fitbit (which I shockingly highly recommend) also tracks how many stairs you climb in a day. I find it fascinating the overall number collected when you consider it (I do suspect their steps to miles conversion system isn’t as good as it should be – normally 10,000 steps equals loosely 5 miles I’ve noticed the fitbit system actually counts that as 12 to 13 miles).

The value proposition however of the Garmin sports watches is that in addition you can also view your walk in a mapping package (Google maps or Bing maps) which is very useful. I have been playing with the actual walking path I’ve been taking recently to shake things up a bit but also because its fun to explore new places. Having the route laid out on Google maps let’s me actually figure out how to extend or (when needed at times) shorten my walk.

Technology is a wonderful as you walk along in your personal stereo or telephone bubble listening to the music you want to hear knowing that you are where you wanted to be when you laid the trail out. Simply amazing…

So in the end I agree with the writer from the Post – the pedometer isn’t a great exercise tracking tool per se, but it is a great motivational device. Now I have to go to work and climb some stairs…

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The room is quiet, now…


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Seriously

the word echoes in the chamber

the walls recoiling in fear

as the wallpaper

lapped the word off the floor

making a horrible sound

like sucking

but more sinister as if a sound

just a sound

could be or have or

function as an emotional response to

the silence that

followed the word

seriously

it came back echoing off the far wall and

bouncing around the room now

faster

accelerating to avoid the wallpaper

avoiding the arms

that reached and grabbed

the sucking noise

overwhelming the word

as it in bouncing once

to often

faded to the silence

from which

it had sprung

making us question

was it ever there?

 

Sandler Boggs

 

Blog notes/stats

2.3 million steps so far – on the quest to 3 million.

2300 blog posts – new goal is 2500. I will at the current rate make that in roughly 100 or so days.

What I want in a car…


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The concept of upgrades.

When I was 26 years old (newly married the first time) I had a car I loved. It was a diesel ford escort. It could go three weeks between fill-ups even driving 200 miles a week. I loved that car but it was a stick shift and my wife (at that time) couldn’t drive stick. The reality was (that I found out later) she couldn’t drive at all but that was a different issue.

We traded that car for a family sedan. Then 15 months later we separated and later divorced but I was stuck with that car. I in fact kept that car into my next marriage and even moved with it from Bloomington Indiana to Cincinnati Ohio. We traded it in Ohio for a car that better fit our new lifestyle (a convertible). (I bear no ill will against my ex-wife we were both young and it just wasn’t right for either of us at that time or probably any other time).

The convertible was my wife’s car (well it was our car but I only got to drive it when it was cold, snowing or raining). That was fine with me as we also had the greatest car of all time a Subaru Station wagon.

We’ve had a number of cars since then (that was 21 years ago when we moved to Ohio).  I have moved on as far as my favorite car (its now the Mini-Cooper). The reason for this post however was thinking about the cars we’ve bought over the years. The things that we’ve added as the must haves in the past ten years makes for an interesting list so, in that spirit here is the list of must have’s we use when buying a car now (for us).

  1. Satellite radio
  2. Heated Seats
  3. 5 or more airbags
  4. 5 star safety rating
  5. Rear Seat Entertainment (although this one which once was number one is now number 5 and sliding)
  6. Enough room for everyone to sit, although comfort now is an issue.

There are a couple of things that have fallen off the list – CD player is one of them. Interesting how your list changes over the years. I suspect 21 years ago we were simply looking for a car we could afford.

So to anyone reading – what is your car must-have list like now?

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whoo hooo


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I am trapped in a series of literary quotes and I cannot get out. Please send help!

From the time I was 13 years old I have wanted to be a writer. I don’t know why I just started feeling that and it never went away. The thinking creation process of writing has always intrigued me.

I love quotes because of that. I have over the years stored quotes for the various things that come up in life. A few of them I have blogged as Sandler Boggs because they fit so perfectly but I couldn’t use them as a quote because no one had said them yet. Someone has to come up with the pity statements that leap from greeting cards to common vernacular.

The other side of being a writer is that language is your tool. As such you (ok I) can be a stickler for the meanings of words.

We went to the Pacifica Grill Saturday night. In every city Barb and I have lived we have always had a favorite Chinese restaurant. It is kind of a tradition of ours that we have a favorite place close by. In fact I think the only time we didn’t really have a favorite was when we lived in Maineville Ohio. But I was working two jobs then and poor Barb was pregnant with “the bean.” We had one in Western Hills, we had one in Mount Airy, we had one in Greenwood and now I think we have one in Maryland.

Not sure why that was relevant to share, but too late now.

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Fall back–but not into the stove cause it might still be hot!


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We  went to a “Murder Mystery” event last night. You get dinner, desert and a chance to solve a mystery. It was held at the mansion which is the old farm house that sits in the center of the old farm that became the Kentlands. The event was a lot of fun, watching as people struggled to figure out who committed the horrible crime.

The acting was pretty good. But mostly it was fun to get out and be an adult for an evening.

12 blogs away from 1000 – that means somewhere around the 18th of November.

1.6 million fitbit steps. Over halfway to my goal of 3 million steps. Considering I started using the device on June 17th, and lost 3 weeks (because I lost the device when we moved) its amazing to me. Now that I know how many steps I am taking, I find ways to add steps to my day.

Jackie and I are going to go take pictures this afternoon. She got a new digital camera (Nikon) and I upgraded my Canon. She stayed away from the Canon cameras – she liked the automation of the Nikon.

Then if my walk is early enough the boys, Jackie and I are going to see the Tower Heist. It looks like an amzing movie.

Last but not least I forgot to set the clocks back this morning, so I was up at 5 am making coffee. Oh well.

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