Ray Bradbury and Modern Life

I just read an interesting article about the digital house of the future. This quote from the article, “You wake up in the morning and use the bathroom, your toilet takes a quick health check-up and emails the results to your doctor.” reminds me of a science fiction short story I read a long time … Read more

Amazon Warning

UPDATE: On February 4th, we received a check for the full amount in dispute.  It was a bit of a pyrrhic victory considering how much time it took to get resolved, but in the end Amazon did the right thing. UPDATE: Amazon contacted me to tell me the check would be returned and that to be … Read more

Toyota Highlander Heater Control Head Repair

I got a call today regarding the repair of the heater in our 2003 Toyota Highlander. They wanted $850 dollars to get things working again; almost $700 of that was for the "heater control head."  Background: we've had problems for years where the heater would come on, full blast, and would only turn off when … Read more

8 Cores Good

Software that can utilize all 8 cores, even better!

Rice Paddy Art 2009

It’s time for this year’s installment of Rice Paddy Art. The crop art is created by strategically arranging and growing different colors of rice plants and the results are impressive! Thanks to Pink Tentacle for the original story, which includes many more photos. You can also visit the original Japanese blog, からぽねやみの絵日記 and see much … Read more

Cardinal & Oriole

As Sheryl put it, it was a Mother’s Day gift from nature when the cardinal and oriole posed for me late Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t as good as the return of our apparently lost for good cockatiel, Ginger, would have been, (she flew off a few days ago and hasn’t been seen since), but we’ve … Read more


40 years ago today the world got a first hand look at how small our home is compared to the vastness of space. Earthrise was taken by astronaut William Anders on board Apollo 8 as it circled the moon on Christmas Eve, 1968. Isn’t she beautiful?

Pink Paisley Telecaster

I fell in love with this guitar when I first saw it a few months ago, and when circumstances worked out, it became my birthday present today. It’s a Fender Pink Paisley Telecaster, 1968 Reissue, Crafted in Japan instrument and is nearly as high in quality as American made Fenders. It tuned up very nicely, … Read more

3 Things That Make Me Happy

It’s been a stress-filled day (month) and while (finally) taking a break this evening I read Wil’s very apt words of wisdom: I remembered something someone said to me many, many years ago. I forget the precise wording, but the suggestion was to take a moment every day to identify three different things that I … Read more

Friday Flickr Fun

Saw this and it’s easy and fun, so here you go: It works like this: if you use Flickr, go to the sixth page of your photostream and pick the sixth picture there, then post it to your blog. The photo below is of one of the water lilies at Tower Grove Park in St. … Read more