Saturday, May 5, 2012

Just when I decided that I should learn more about the amazing Arduino all hell breaks loose. It's typical I have to say. All sorts of side issues come up and take the time and energy that should be spent on totally worthless but fun projects and makes me spend time and energy on serious stuff.  Damn.

Soon and slowly my design for an automated photo turntable will show up here.  I decided that I needed (yea right) a turntable that could hold a small product and while it rotated the Arduino would control not only it but a camera as it revolved.   I should have researched it first as there are a bunch of them out there from a commercial one costing many hundreds of dollars to a Kickstarter project to a really neat one from the British designers oomult.  Mine is not going to be so fancy or laser cut. It's table saw and scroll saw work for sure.

Oh, one more thing.   The fools at Make magazine were looking for Beta testers for projects that are published in the magazine. They opened up applications for a short while and I thought; What the Hell, they might want an old fart seeing that most of these makers seem to be about 12 or 13 years old. Man, was I born too early, there are some amazing stuff these guys and gals are doing.  Oh, yea they accepted me and I even get a t-shirt.  This is going to be fun.    I learned electronics before there were integrated circuits and have had to teach myself a totally different way of thinking about electronics.  These damn kid have an almost intuitive grasp of these concepts where I have to battle away.  Good for them. Punks.

All I need is the lightning bolt for a good selfie.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Suicide Food: Nikol Baking Dish

Pretty funny site I had to submit this picture to.

The good thing is that the BBQ place where I took the picture is now out of business.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Danish BarBQue

This pic was sent to me recently from a friend in Denmark. She was mainly excited about the fact that she could fix a meal outside as they have been having a pretty bad winter.


Now, the grill is pretty cool, but…. those hot dog buns! 


I want to either buy some or at least figure out how to core the center of a baguette.   This will be the only time I will ever adhere to the policy of “Drill, Baby Drill”

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Let's not have a civil discussion, shall we?

Day of Prayer; the wrong kind joining civility statement?

Uncivil for church leader to remove his name from civility statement?

A leader of one of America's largest Christian denominations wants his name removed from a statement calling for a more civil national discourse. Why? Too many of the wrong sort of Christians have signed the statement.

"The problem is the tent that has grown so large on the signatures of this that they are including people who are supportive of gay marriage and abortion rights," explained a spokesman for George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, the nation's second largest Pentecostal group.

This boggles my mind.   Is he saying that he doesn't want a civil discussion because people that don't believe like him can discuss something he doesn't believe in ?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Smartest thing I've seen in quite a while

Normally I don't think a thing about Stock Market analysts.  Mostly because they have proven themselves to be inaccurate and corrupt.  This guy is smart. And funny. And, did I say he is really smart?

What Can the Market Tell Us About Surprise Fed Action?

By Barry Ritholtz - February 19th, 2010, 7:15AM

As noted yesterday and earlier this morning, the surprise Fed discount rate hike has everyone guessing as to the motivations:

• Response to political pressures;

• Proof the Economy is improving;

• Inevitable ending of extraordinary accomodation;

This will be debated for a while, but the US markets will cast its verdict shortly.

Usually, I consider day to day market action nothing but noise. The exceptions come when there is an unexpected action that was not anticipated or discounted by traders.

Hence, there might be some message to be discerned if we: 1) gap down hard, then trade lower all day, closing at lows; b) gap down hard, struggle back near flat; iii) something else entirely.

The caveat is we should be reluctant to read too much into the knee-jerk reactions of millions hyperactive, adrenal-charged traders and increasingly, algo driven boxes.

Algo egos?

Friday, February 12, 2010

If it's cold in the water, just go for a walk.

Pythons in Everglades: Cold snap kills pythons and other invasive species -

Cold snap killed many pythons in Everglades

Pythons, iguanas, non-native fish died in January freeze

Walking catfish
A walking catfish peers out of a tube in it's tank at the headquarters of the non-native
research lab for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
(JOHN L. WHITE, Sun Sentinel / September 27, 2000

Glad that half of the Python population bit it.

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I'm sure you have better things to do.