Wanderings

Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science,
the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
- Ray Bradbury
May 24th, 2014

Rainbow over the Mall

Yesterday when I got off the bus at the mall, there was an incredible rainbow. My ancient android phone was off, but I was able to get it booted and took a picture before it faded all the way. The phone was on “video” and I thought that I was taking a still photo.

By the time I got it switched to still, the rainbow wasn’t as impressive.






May 24th, 2014

Chicks go for a walk with Mama Bev

They are a about a week old. You can’t keep them confined, and Bev takes them all over the yard. The falther, Archie (Copper Marin, is watching.

Bev was broody and a few weeks ago we gave her some eggs. The eggs were from Veronica (Copper Marin), Gigi (Creve Couer), Daisy (buff orpington), and Thelma (easter egger). Not sure, but it loos like we lucked out with three hens and only one rooster, but I can’t really tell.

They all look like their Copper Marin dad, but only the true marin chick has feathered feet. The buff oprington cross is brown but much darker than a true Buff Orpington chicken.






April 12th, 2014

Testing a new gadget

I bought a “black box” that records your driving. Some day it might save me being sued or help me beat a traffic ticket. I am still experimenting, but here is a sample of the output. I have to aim it better. That’s an RAH book on tape as the audio track.






March 17th, 2014

Jefferson Starship

Larry scored free tickets to the Jefferson Starship concert at Tarrytown Music Hall.

Paul Kantner (age 75) and David Freidberg (age 73) were the only original band members on stage. Their singing was pretty good, but they needed cheat sheets for the lyrics and they looked very old. All in all it was sad. The music was not very good, except for a young guitarist doing a personal interpretation of Jorma.

Here is a shot taken from the stage – I’ve highlighted two idiots who you might know.






March 11th, 2014

Spring Chickens

The chicks arrived. It took about 23 hours to get here from Cleveland.

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March 8th, 2014

Everything But the Oink

Konstantine Paradias produced an audio version of my story.

He did a good job.






March 8th, 2014

Chicks

If you are interested in day old chicks, our order arrives Monday or Tuesday. We had to order 15 which is the minimum, but we only need 5 or 6.

If you are interested in a few chicks and know how to keep them warm and feed and water them, then we are selling the extras.

Barred Rock, Buff Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, Buff Stars and Australorps. Mix and match.






February 13th, 2014

Too Much Snow

So far around 10 inches. I went out and shoveled a little at 6 inches and took some pics. I just shoveled the walk again. The plows have not been through in hours. This will keep up until dark so I expect another 4 or 5 inches.










February 9th, 2014

Fixed my touchpad

I replaced the keyboard an touch pad on my Dell Inspiron. It failed a few weeks ago. The touch pad would not move the mouse pointer anymore and the mouse button would click randomly.
I recently changed the power brick, and then this happened so I invested the $19.95 in a new front panel for the PC. I had to take out 1,000 screws, but I got it working again, with only a few screws left over.
Here’s a closeup of the old touch pad. I wore¬† a hole in it, and the finish is gone from the buttons. I use this thing to death.
touchpad






February 3rd, 2014

I have not been around much lately

I am sorry that that there have been so few blog posts lately.

1) I have been working at a new job. My monitor is exposed and people walk behind me all the time. I can’t goof off (as much) on this job as I have been accustomed to.
2) I have had some health issues that have preoccupied me. I am back to 100% now, but still I have lost some motivation to self-actualize. Some things seem trivial compared to a fight for your life.
3) I have not really had too much to say.

To catch up, here is some news.

My old friend from Central Nyack Noel Fenton died. Noel lived around the corner from me. We grew up together and played lots of basketball and other games. After high school Noel got married and divorced and lived in Suffern, about 10 miles away and I rarely saw him. I am saddened that I will never see him again and that I had not spoken with him in so long.

Another old friend Jeff Williams had a heart transplant. Jeff lived around another corner in Central Nyack and is a year or two younger than I am. I’ve known Jeff since he was a little kid. I have not heard anything about him, and I hope he is well. Jeff was very sick. Jeff, Larry and I went to see Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter last year, and Jeff had a bad episode and had to go to the hospital. He’s needed a new heart for a while

Another friend, Bob Rucker, had a heart transplant and he is doing great.

I moved some websites to DigitalOcean.com which is a whole new experience for me. You get a small virtual computer on the cloud and have to install all the software and configure it. I still can’t get everything to work right. I don’t know if I can keep it up, but I will keep trying. If it works, CThreePO.com will go next. I’ve already moved some small sites and WestNyackHoney.com. It is much cheaper than 1and1, but not so easy.

I opened the bee hives yesterday and two hives are dead and two are very strong. I have three packages of bees coming in the Spring, and if the two hives remain strong, I will buy queens and split them. There’s about 80 pounds of honey in the dead hives, which translates to about $600 if I bottle it. Some will be used to start the new bees coming at the end of March. The rest I’ll bottle.

It’s snowing like crazy and my office is empty, so I can blog without anyone taking notice. Looks like about 6 inches out there. I will be leaving soon.

My oven died and we have been eating Chinese Food. New oven comes Wednesday during an ice storm. I need to get Larry to help me load it up in the truck to take to the scrap yard. “White” goods go for about $25 which will pay for our lunch, even though it is more work than taking advantage of the free cart away service that the oven store offers.

My laptop computer has lost its mousing ability and is useless. I bought a replacement touch pad and will try to install it soon.

Justine changed jobs and says that she is sending her old computer to me. Her company is buying here a new one. I am looking forward to it – its easier than fixing my old one.

I changed the theme on a few websites. Blogseye.com now has a “responsive” web page layout based on the “BoilerPlate” framework, so that it displays nicely on web pages as well as mobile devices. I will switch over all my sites eventually. Soon you will be able to read this blog on your cell. I will be getting rid of the dark background, I think, and moving the left panel to the right. It takes hours to build and then check, but I am getting better at it. You should see it soon.

I have not been riding the bus, but it is because I have been taking too much time in the morning. It is hard to get going since my operation. I took the bus twice last week. I took the car today because I was late again, but I wanted to be able to leave early if the snow was still bad.

Walter, the rooster, is not doing well. I don’t think that he is long for this world. Egg production is down to about 6 a day. Erica ordered new chickens for this Spring, but she won’t let me eat the old ones. Once you name a chicken you can’t eat it. They can live 10 years or longer so we will have chickens that don’t lay eggs, as pets, long into our retirement.

We had a cord of wood delivered. It is Ash wood and very light. It burns faster than oak or maple, but keeps the house warm. It requires more trips to the wood pile and you have to fill the wood stove more often. I have lots of maple from the tree that fell in the back, but it is too big to split. A neighbor’s house is for sale and there is an old log splitter in their backyard that I’d like to buy. I keep forgetting to contact them and make on offer on the splitter, if it works.

That’s the stuff that I would have been blogging about, so now you know. I’ve save you the trouble of having to read all of those posts. 90% of you you will not have even made it this far.






January 23rd, 2014

Larry’s Ray Guns

My brother sent me these ray guns. They are in eBay auctions. He thought that they would be good for the blog, and he was right. They go for quite a bit of money so I won’t be buying them.







January 15th, 2014

My laptop dies

This is the third laptop that I’ve owned that i wore out the touchpad. I’ve ordered a new touchpad, but I am not lucky when it comes to taking tech apart.
I’m typing this using an iPad, which is why it is short. I find the touch keypad difficult.






January 11th, 2014

My Potato Project; The Importance of “Organic”

Wonderful






January 3rd, 2014

200 MB of Free Mobile Data for Life

I saw the ad for free mobile for life from t-mobile. If it is for free it is for me. I have a few odd mobile devices including a couple of iPads that I have inherited, but I refuse to pay outrageous data fees to read my email on the bus.

The T-Mobile plan is 200MB which is a tiny amount. You can’t watch youtube videos, but you can read a couple of thousand emails. You can use google maps if you need to, or watch an ebay auction on the road. I like that it is for free.

I had lots of trouble with the cards. I put the first into a Chinese Galaxy S3 clone with two sim sockets. One socket I used for voice and the other one I put in the t-mobile card for data. I had to call customer service to get it going. It works OK now, but the phone is not that great and is very memory bound. I can read my email on the bus, now.

I put the other sim in an old iPad 2. It refused to activate and I spent two hours on the phone with T-Mobile playing ring around the rosey with operators to get it going, but now the iPad has 200mb of free data per month. It took 8 transfers to get the sim to work right.

From what I see, the free data for life activation is full of bugs and the forums are full of complaints. You can’t fix it yourself and you have to spend time on the phone with the operators to repair things.

If you have an older device get yourself a t-mobile sim card from the link below and activate it. It is probably worth the trouble.

200 MB of Free Mobile Data.