February 28, 2010

So It's Gloomy - There Are Still Pictures

The local pond is at a very high water mark because of all the rain over the last few days.



There is a water outlet running under the road.  This is the other side where the water is pouring out.  (video tomorrow if I can get it uploaded)



Someone was busy though.  Not only do they have usual boy/girl garden kitsch, but they added a snowman.  It's nearly time for them to put it away until next year.  It would look a bit odd in the middle of summer I think... but I may be wrong about that in the eyes of a real garden statue collector.



Ahem... You are here!



 A new machine has arrived in the local field. 



It's a super sized saw.  Who knew they'd cut up all those logs we saw last week right there in the field!



There are no cut logs though so they are being taken away I guess.  Interesting.



The leaning tree. 

Someone lost a flower pot.



And last of all, some local kids got ambitious and built an igloo.  I took this pic last week but the igloo remained in the same general condition when I walked by today.

I'm amazed it's still standing after all the rain.  These kids might consider a career in the building industry.  Just think what they could do with something that doesn't melt.



That's it for now.  Morning will be here way too soon. 


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February 27, 2010

Patchy Patchy

This last week there were a couple of major security patches released.  This is big and important so please read on and check your software! 

Both of these are from Adobe. First there is the flash player.  If you use a browser, you have a flash player.  Go HERE.  It's Adobe's page that automatically checks the version of flash in your browser.

The most up to date and secure version is 10.0.45.2  - this page shows you in a little box near the top of the text what version you have.

If your version is not up to that number, then on that same page in the text click on the Player Download Center link.  It takes you to the page where you click on the "Agree and Install Now" and follow the directions to update the flash player.

If you use more than one browser, do it for each browser on your system.  If you are using Windows do Internet Explorer even if you never use it for anything other than getting microsoft updates. 

Next if you have Adobe Reader on your computer, open it click on the Help menu item and then on the Check for Updates item.  If it needs to be updated, it will do so. 

Now, if you have a Mac - you don't need Adobe since Preview does an excellent job reading PDF's.  But if you're on Windows you may want to consider downloading the free version of Foxit.  I just downloaded it for my Windows machine and made it the default PDF viewer.  Less problems with security than Adobe has. 

Are we having fun yet?  Now get patching.

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February 26, 2010

Back Yard In Winter

Let's see if this works. It's short and unremarkable. My first attempt at video.


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And More Stuff

Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain....

Guess what.  It's raining outside.  It started when the snow stopped and it has continued.  I just heard a tree fall out in the woods behind the house.  Scary sound at this time of night.

No sun scheduled for the next few days if the weather prediction is right.  



Ah sun.  I miss it.

Other people have been busy too. 



A sudden influx of logs in a local field.  Don't know where they came from, but there they are. Looks like a picture of my daily life lately - all jammed together and lots of stuff.

So we  need a rock picture. 



Ah - that's better.  Maybe more tomorrow.  Or maybe even a little vid if I can get it uploaded.  We shall see.

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February 24, 2010

Some This and That

We got about 6 inches of snow last night.  Heavy wet snow.  (I'm not officially tired of winter crap - not only that but I'm tired and can't even post correctly - the "not" wasn't supposed to be there.).  Now it's raining.

Schizo forecast:

This Afternoon: Rain before 2pm, then snow between 2pm and 4pm, then rain after 4pm. High near 36. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.


The auger belt is slipping on the snow blower.  How annoying. 

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Saw another tweet today lamenting the lack of internet access speed/supposed relatively high cost of internet access in the US as compared to "other countries". 

I always see these claims being made, yet I never see any actual data to support the claims.  

- Who measured the speed?  Is there hard evidence to support the claim? (unlike the faked climate numbers...)
- Where?  In a lab? In homes? In offices?
- Is this speed accessible to the general public everywhere?
- Did it include the countryside or only the cities? 
- Does the government subsidize cost? (this would mean you pay higher taxes and maybe even make the cost for access greater than US private cost) 
- What is the relative size of these countries compared to the US?

There are many more questions, but let's leave it at that.  I get very tired of seeing these sensational claims with nothing to back them up.
 
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Body scanners - coming to an airport near you.

O'Hare Airport will receive its first "full-body scanner" next week in Terminal One...


One?  For O'Hare?  The airport that handles the highest number of passengers in the country? 

My advice: Get to the airport way early - like several days in advance. And be prepared for spectacular failure as I'm quite sure this will work just as well as any other government project.

If you're worried about the total body scan...

The TSA says full-body images are viewed in a walled-off location and are not visible to the public.


So only those highly vetted TSA agents can see you naked.  I feel so much better. 

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Now back to work.  Been rather busy the last few days.

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February 23, 2010

How to Blow The Biggest Commercial Opportunity Ever

Swiffer really missed it.  They should have exclusively sponsored Olympic Curling.   Just think - they might even have gotten into selling curling swiffs.  Better than regular brooms... Swiffer gives curling a whole new meandering.

Just watch HERE.

Heh.  Or would that be Eh?

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February 21, 2010

Ah The End of the Weekend

Well, it's late Sunday night again.  We had a pretty fun weekend watching the Olympics and walking around.  It's over all too soon.  BTW - can I just say that Team USA hockey is most excellent.  Thank you for letting me get that out.

I have lots of pictures and I even have a little bit of video from our walks.  I haven't had time to do much more than load stuff to the computer.  I'm amazed I can hold the camera so steady when I'm filming handheld... although it is only for short segments. 

Anyhow. Here's a few things we walked past.  More will follow later.



Gotta love yard art.



Nice car, but I want to know where the horses are... that's the barn they lived in, now they're gone.  Hopefully they will return. 



This dog is just too cute for words.  Even barks with that doll in the mouth. Cracks me up.



Every 10 years they clear some trees from this donated land.  Guess it's time (the sign said it was last cleared in 2000).  Lots of cutting has been going on.



Here's a tree still standing.  I like it against the blue sky.

That's all I have the energy to post tonight.  Hopefully more tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

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February 18, 2010

It's the Light

Last night my husband and I went out for sushi (yum!).  When we got back home, he saw the really fun snow peaks.  He told me to get my camera and take some pics.

Of course I don't use flash for these things.  It was about 8:30pm - totally dark except for the lights by the garage doors. 



Looks cool - so to speak.  The ISO was on auto and of course moved itself to the highest ISO it could manage 3200 ,  Even so the shutter speed was still only 1/13 - very very slow. I'm surprised I could hold it still enough to get anything worth seeing.

This morning I went back out and took nearly the same picture - I would've waited until afternoon for sunlight, but it was warm enough to melt off most of this today. 



No real contrast in the shade of morning - but you can see the vast difference.  The ISO ended up at 400 (because of the shade) but the shutter speed was a respectable 1/320. 

Gotta love the differences light makes in a picture.

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February 17, 2010

Random Pictures

I've been meaning to post a picture of this.  Made by Yabu's lovely wife, it hangs in my living room window. 



It's hard to take a picture of a stained glass object in a window.  Especially when there's so much "stuff" in the background.  I finally managed to get one I liked.  Thanks Yabu!  It's great.

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The other day when we were walking, we met yet another dog (there are LOTS of dogs around here).  Love the look.



This dog never makes a sound as we walk by, just quietly watches us from his yard. 

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Last of all... this was a flower last summer.  It wasn't covered by the snow and the sun was just hitting it the other evening.  




That's all for tonight.  I had to snow blow the driveway earlier and I'm beat.  Not as much as I expected, maybe 5-6 inches of white, but it sure is heavy down by the street.  Whew.

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February 16, 2010

Notes on the Games

So I sat down tonight from 10pm to 11pm Eastern time - prime time.  To see exactly what we're getting for tuning in to the Olympics.

I have to say taking notes on this stuff is about as boring as it gets.  Really.  Therefore, I'm going to spew them out exactly as I wrote them - below the fold so you can skip them if you like.  I was even generous and skipped the earlier hours where we were regaled by a travelogue about Polar Bears (did you know they were endangered in "some places"?  thank you Bob Costas for that interesting bit of folklore).  BTW - Bob Costas is the only guy I know who can take a winning moment and make everyone feel bad... it's a gift.  Instead of congratulating the winner and leaving it at that - he has to then pull in those who didn't win first and finish up by asking something along the lines of "wow - don't you think they feel terrible?" 

We also miss the 5 different interviews with Bode Miller who apparently didn't live up to NBC's expectations in the last Olympics and they are therefore going to ask him about 100 more times if he has a different outlook this time around and did he clean up his act.  

We enter the hour at the end of the 10th repetition of the Gold medal win for Alexandre Bilodeau - the Canadian gold medal winner, repeating yet again his "story".  I was okay with it the first time, but it's worn way way too thin. Okay I know he has a disabled brother, I know he skied for him, I'm good with that, can we move on now?

Mind you, it's not his fault and I'm glad for him that he won the medal - he deserved it, but how many times do we have to hear about it in the course of the first 2 hours of broadcast after we're on to other events?

Oh well... read on if you are so inclined.

more...

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