Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Cool Gear- Dash
When I first saw this GPS unit, I thought I was ugly, expensive and I did not even give it another thought.
Then it was released and I paid a little more attention. You see the Dash, only on sale at Amazon for now, is not just a normal GPS. This little baby has a “always on” connection through a cell radio built right into this thing. What this means is that unlike the normal navigation device this thing can send AND receive info… huh.
So what does that mean?
Say you want to look up a restaurant; you can search for say “Chinese” it can look up restaurants in the area without an address. It will find the restaurant, look up the address and then maybe even show you the menu… pretty cool trick.
Also imagine 20 or 30 or 100 of these out in your city. Imagine that you can benefit because the unit 5 miles ahead of you slows to a crawl updates the database and you get re-routed immediately, missing the traffic slowdown entirely and seamlessly.
That is the promise and according to the “beta-testers” this form of swam mentality traffic updates in conjunction with the traditional data makes a far better, faster, and more complete picture of what is going on around you.
So what’s the problem?
Call me paranoid, but I am not so hip on the whole always on data link. It really means that they can track me all the time. I have nothing to hide mind you but hell what if the data uplink starts reporting to the police that I speed. Or went the wrong way on a one way street?
So for now I am on the fence, with great technology comes great responsibility. I have great hopes for this little device as the possibilities are staggering. But also the potential for misuse is just as awesome.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
These are 100% solid wood, 90% mortise and tennon jointery with only 4
screws in each table. I cheated with the screws to save time otherwise
just like their larger brothers in the master bedroom.
I have several more projects lined up.
Monday, March 24, 2008
air. It makes these weird crinkly snow banks that make walking a crunchy experience.
Here you see the snow bank with Tanner peeking her way in to the camera lens.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
First Day Of Spring Today- But Tomorow...
Winter Storm Watch
/O.EXA.KDTX.WS.A.0007.080321T1800Z- 080322T0800Z/ WASHTENAW- INCLUDING THE CITY OF...ANN ARBOR 205 PM EDT THU MAR 20 2008
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DETROIT/PONTIAC HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.
SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 8 INCHES IS POSSIBLE BETWEEN ABOUT 2 PM FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND 4 AM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF AND ENDING BY SUNRISE SATURDAY MORNING.
Check out my brothers studio.
Serving The Ann Arbor and
Sony Bookshelf Speakers
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I ordered this inexpensive pair of speakers of my office where my current speakers were so old the small woofers desintigrated into dust. I hope this will make a big difference in the sound.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Kitty the Lord of the Jungle
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Ivo From Czech Republic
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Is that a crane in your backyard?
Monday, March 10, 2008
An open letter to Prickly Pear restaurant, Ann Arbor, its patrons, et al.
To Whom It May Concern:
While no person can argue that dinner should be a relaxing enjoyable event… last Saturday night 3/8/08 was one of the worst dining experiences I have EVER had in
The problem is the place is not big to begin with, and when you place people in seats and they refuse to acknowledge others are waiting for tables it is not just rude it is inexcusable. The offending people fall into two categories, one only slightly more loathsome than the next.
First there are the people who have no clue. Sure you have a table, so after that nothing else matters right. I know you are done, you have been nursing that water for 30 min and your leftover box was on the table before were got here. You really have not clue do you. Your particularly pensive server is practically plowing a path in the plywood pacing back and forth asking over and over if there is anything more they can get you pathetic prick. Your particular pedantic pontifications don’t matter, please give someone else a chance to eat, and let your poor server please turn more than one possible table you pustulant boil on the posterior of society. People are waiting outside in the cold, wake up you putz.
The second and more pathetic type is the people are who do know they are holding up everyone but don’t care. The have never pondered past their particular post. You are not special, you are positively pedestrian. I know you probably went to U of M and you are an
So all I can say is: Prickly pear proved positive a pocket of pompous people packing a particular premises could turn a pleasantly pedestrian plan into a perturbing purgatory of preposterous proportions. Thanks people, you suck.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Today, in the freezing cold and I mean freezing, I was invited to go pheasant hunting up in Brown City MI.
Here is a quick shot or a bird in flight, and a shot of me and Ron and his dog “Rocky”. I am the Ninja Hunter. There were 6 of us with two fields to hunt and we had excellent luck despite the high winds (temp was 20 deg Celsius, felt like “6”) that did not keep the dogs from picking up a scent or two…
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
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Monday, March 03, 2008
Update on the Shop
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Mortise & Tenon
It seems like I finally got caught up on a couple of things.
I started the plane for the first time in a long time and took a quick flight. I also got some time in the shop to work on a long list of projects.
Here are some legs and rails for the some night stands for the downstairs bedroom. Hard to believe this pile of wood will be come two beautiful tables… and soon. You can clearly see here the mortise & tenon joinery.
Barb got her new Vue today, and it is pretty cool. Here is a quick shot complete with my finger in the photo.
I was going to post an "out with the old and in with the new photo" with her old van but she got all sentimental about the old van and felt bad for the vehicle she was getting rid of.