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Get off my lawn…

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

I think I am having an old man moment…

I have had this card tucked away for years but decided to bring it out and scan it to share with the masses; well not that the masses follow this blog but here it is anyway…

I can’t remember who gave it to me originally but I was in high school at the time. I don’t believe that I was doing anything that would warrant the card being a direct comment to me, more they were just passing the joke along (I hope). I thought it was perfect being in standard business card format so you could pull them out of your wallet and pass them out when the moment struck.

Print off a few and have fun!

Okay, I had written a big long rant here about spoiled, self-entitled kids now-a-days and all that, but I deleted it…

I know my category is Incoherent Text, but I will not subject everyone to it anymore than I do already, also I was getting incoherent even to my own re-reading.

Suffice-it to say: Dang whipper-snappers today…elementary kids with iPhone 5’s out past 11pm, what’s the world coming too?

I guess if I’m going to shake my cane at the kids on my lawn I better see about getting a lawn soon.

Or maybe I will take over a bench at the park and be the crazy old guy who thinks it’s his lawn…Ya, that might work, less yard maintenance involved…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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Nostalgia I guess…

I don’t know why as of late I am having such an interest in NASA projects. It might be the fact that STS-135 was the final mission of the Space Shuttle after 30 years in operation. Maybe it is the fact that the shuttle missions began (first launch April 12, 1981) & ended within the span of my life so far on this earth. But it all seems rather poignant and inspiring at the same time. It is sad in the sense that we have stopped an amazing feat in human engineering and adaptability. One also needs to remember the loss of life during STS-51-L (Challenger) on January 28, 1986, and STS-107 (Columbia) on February 1, 2003. No matter what era of history one looks to, one finds that with all great advancements in science and technology there is usually a human cost associated.

I watched the final launch live online; I even dragged the kids over and kept them interested for the final seconds till liftoff. I must say that I was happy to see the excitement in their eyes as they watched in rapt attention as the Shuttle cleared the tower and powered into the ether. After the launch my one daughter pointed to the screen and said “I want to see that again!” And I can say that we have watched it over again online.

The ISS (International Space Station) orbiting over our heads remains focused on a number of scientific research programs. For the duration of its time in space NASA has turned toRussia’s Soyuz spacecraft and the private sector for support. In some ways this is a deferral of costs as the Shuttle was not the cheap mode of transport as originally hoped ($450 Million per mission on average). Nor did the shuttle reach its expected target of 500 launches.

NASA now intends to focus its efforts and knowledge to reaching farther into space; designing the next generation of engines and spacecraft that will take humankind to Mars and beyond. I still think they should be testing a little closer to home, before sending people off to Mars and I know we have been to the moon already; but the kid in me still thinks a moon base would be cool. NASA also has a number of on earth projects on the go, one of which is taking place a mere 126kms from where I live; once again…cool.

In my small sense of trying to be part of the bigger picture I have gone so far as to buy some NASA patches marking the 30 years of the shuttle program and final launch. What I will do with these is still up in the air (no pun intended…lol). I have thoughts of a framed set-up of patches and photos but for now they sit tucked away with my Apollo patch. I know these items have not traveled to space to return to Earth so their value will not really grow over time but it allows me a chance to own a small piece of history.

Who knows, maybe I can instill the interest of the world & space around us into my kids that they might look to the stars and strive to reach them as well.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Apple in the House…

June 4, 2011 3 comments

The first Apple product in the house has been bought; my DW got a Shuffle last night for her workouts at the gym. All I can say is that I’m not impressed in the least that after plugging it into the USB port it installed software & restarted my computer without any permission screens. Not one pop-up asking permission to install anything to my computer with options of Yes or Cancel. Apple has always been an arrogant/elitist company and they prove it once again.

Sure I bought the product but does that mean I automatically want your crap software on my system? The answer is NO. I would be happy with the product showing up just like any other USB drive that I can drag files too. But, NO, it has to install a bunch of crap to my system, including an icon picture of the dang shuffle in the colour that was bought. Add to the fact that the darn thing launches iTunes every time it gets plugged into the system.

I find iTunes to be one of the most annoying pieces of software I have on the computer. It is slow as hell to load & run and it is continuously in need of updates. That and it keeps trying to install Quick time and some stupid thing called Safari; both programs which I find useless.

This is why I bought an android tablet and not an  iPad 2, cost savings and I get more options and storage availability. From what I have seen from others online Apple is not the perfect company it claims to be, brand new iMac systems with heat sink issues, monitor issues, HDD issues. iPad2’s with screen issues. For what they are charging for their products these things should be as near perfect as they can get. Of course wait a few months and then they will drop the newest version on you and make you wonder why you just bought the last thing, iPhone5 anyone.

Not much Happening…

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I have not posted in a few days so here are a few things that are rattling around in my old mind… 

Kids now a days…

We are currently trying to entice Little Miss A. into her big girl bed, alas so far it is no dice and luckily we have one of our travel cribs here as she will not sleep in her bed. She loves playing on the bed, but as to sleeping in it she has no desire. I think she is feeling a tad out in the open and prefers her crib walls to keep her in place as she rolls over now and then at night. But she best get use to it because the old crib is in pieces and at the storage locker, and her travel crib will have to go back to daycare.

Bringing the Pain…

I am still at the gym on a regular basis and all I can say at the moment is: Leg Workout + Treadmill = OUCH! Tad stiff after all that and my distance on the treadmill over the last two visits are down, not by much but still down.  Strength levels are still going up but as to the body shape and the hope of slimming down in appearance I am not seeing much if any change.

Old vs. New…

I found my old Palm Tungsten E and it still had my old workout program on there so I can record my gym visits and it is pretty easy to customize the program. For all of those out there too young to know what a Palm device is, it was the precursor in my opinion of your iPhones and other smart phones. All touch screen and icon driven too, and it even plays MP3’s. I was in the apple store the other day and was talking to one of the “geniuses” (term used very lightly) and was disappointed to hear that you can only use an SD card on an iPad for photos. not as extended memory. So if I was working on a text document I would have to email it somewhere to save it rather than just save it on the SD card. Really?, you mean my ancient Palm device has something up on the newest and greatest? I can store, music, pics, documents and even applications (which will be run from the SD card) but the new iPad and iTouch devices can’t (not that the iTouch even has an SD card for expansion). Ah well not a big thing, I think I will still be waiting on a number of things to buy mainly due to the fact that once you buy one they turn around and come out with something better. As an example they have a new version of the Kobo E-Reader that I was looking at earlier this year. But as I listened to the sales woman talking to a customer there was no point in buying the newest one either; as according to her there was a number of new items scheduled for release on the next version.

Imagekind…

I have had a number of views at the site, no purchases but that was to be expected. What I didn’t think would be such an issue in today’s technology driven world is the difficulty in finding a local shop that can scan my art into digital format. Taking a picture of a piece is okay but it is far from perfect. best I can find is a local drafting company that can scan a max size of 11X16 at high-resolution. Maybe any new art work or drawings will have to be that size…lol.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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