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October 1, 2012

One Shade of Gray [Cat]


And yet that one encompasses multitudes, depending on the light and your point of view.

Above, my beloved companion catching forty winks atop the cable box — where it's always warm and toasty — before I get out her can of tuna (StarKist Solid White Albacore — for humans, not the dreck in the cat food department) and dish out a tablespoon for her dinner starter.

Life is good in her world — and mine.

October 1, 2012 at 06:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

6 highly overrated — and successful — things

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• LinkedIn

• Facebook

• Bluetooth

• Organic food

• Kindles with grey screens (early days — sold millions)

• Verizon and Sprint networks — no better or worse than AT&T

October 1, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Muji Solar LED Fold-up USB Mobile Desk Lamp


What's not to like?


I mean, you've got Muji, solar, LED, USB, fold-up, the whole nine yards in one handy pocket-sized device.


I'll take one.

From the website:


This smart and compact light is a fold-up designer desk lamp that can last for four hours when its battery is fully charged, and forms a kind of adjustable zig-zag shape when it is standing up.

When it's not a sunny day or you don't have a source of ambient light you can use a USB port to power the light.

Two brightness settings.

Details and Features:

• Usage time/per charge: 2-4 hours depending on brightness setting

• Solar panel charging time: 6-12 hours in sunny conditions

• USB charging time: 2-3 in sunny—or shady—conditions

• Instructions: Japanese (but easy to use)

• Internal Li-Ion battery 3.7V 300mAh

• Micro USB cable included

• 5.7" x 1.4" x 1"

• Input: DC5V

• 5.3 oz.



October 1, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Easier Said Than Done" — The Essex

It's been one of my all-time top 10 songs ever since I first heard it on AM radio in May of 1963 when I was a ninth grader at Steuben Junior High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

October 1, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

TerraTrike (video)

Looks like fun.

Anybody have one?


October 1, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

A record player that plays slices of wood (video)

"Year ring data is translated into music."


A 2011 piece by Bartholomäus Traubeck.


Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, acrylic glass, veneer.

90 x 50 x 50 cm.

[via Alan Fick]

October 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Drowning in Debt Salt & Pepper Shakers


Designed by Sebastian Errazuriz.




[via The Green Head]

October 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

I choose the iPhone over Android — by Paul Biba


Paul Biba was for years editor of TeleRead, a website devoted to eBooks et alia.

He now freelances and I was fortunate enough to land a world exclusive on how he came to Jesus — read iPhone — while on a solo motorcycle trip across the U.S.

Below, his story.


I choose the iPhone over Android

So — I'm on a solo cross-country motorcycle trip. This is my second one and I've learned the importance of communications in having a safe journey. For that reason I have switched all my equipment to Verizon (iPhone 4/new iPad/Galaxy Nexus) as my trip last year showed huge gaps in AT&T coverage when I was out of metropolitan areas. My contract is up in October and I decided to use the trip to make my final decision — Android or iOS? A while back I purchased — at full price — a Galaxy Nexus phone so I could see what the unadulterated Android experience was like.

However, I started out using the iPhone so Joe [Stirt] and I could fool with our gadgets on an equal basis.  When I broke down 60 miles outside of Roanoke, though, one of the huge deficiencies of the iPhone — the lack of multi-tasking — became evident. It was very hard to find hotels using the Marriott, Hilton, and Holiday Inn apps because they kept logging me out whenever I opened a different one. I later repeated the experience as a test with the Galaxy Nexus and it was a piece of cake. I switched to the Galaxy as my primary phone.

I really liked Android. The Android notification system puts iOS to shame — even after the latest upgrade. I also am a big video person and the larger screen makes watching movies a pleasure compared to the iPhone.  Also, the ability to change batteries meant I didn't have to have a suite of heavy external batteries like I need with the iPhone.  Multitasking was also a big plus.  Further, the Galaxy had LTE and the speed was incredible compared to the iPhone's 3G.  I was very happy and told Joe that I'd probably get one of the new Motorola Razrs when it came out.

Then came the bombshell.

I was in Clinton, OK. A small — very small — town with very poor reception.  One bar, and that flickered on and off.  It was about 5 p.m. and I plugged the Galaxy phone into the charger I usually use.  Suddenly the screen went blank and then a large Android figure appeared — along with a warning not to unplug the phone or disturb it in any other way. At the top and bottom of the screen were the typical callouts in black and white block letters that one sees when a system update is taking place.

Without asking me, the Galaxy had decided to do an operating system upgrade! And it decided to do it in an area with extremely poor signal strength and where the signal was actually fading in and out!

It took over 12 hours — overnight, thank goodness — for the upgrade to be downloaded and installed. During that time I was without phone service. Verizon makes it very easy to switch phones online but I didn't want to do this as I didn't know what that would do to the upgrade if I switched to the iPhone. I could have bricked the Galaxy! The next morning, after the upgrade was complete, I immediately switched to the iPhone and haven't activated the Galaxy since.

Doing a system upgrade without asking the user first is completely unforgivable!! What if the upgrade had started when my broke broke down? I would have been without any service at all. You can imagine the horrendous possibilities.

There are other reasons I will be getting the iPhone 5 [top, being examined by Gray Cat] instead of a newer Android phone but the prime one is that I may have to trust my life to my phone and I can no longer rely on Android to live up to that trust.

October 1, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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