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Left Handed Flying (finally)

A weird thing happened recently in my flying: I got comfortable flying left-handed. I started flying gliders as a teenager back in Michigan and have always had the stick in my right hand and used my left hand for things … Continue reading

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Today’s lame sales pitch…

I’m going to paste the full text of an email message that recently landed in my inbox and unfortunately wasn’t tagged as spam. But I won’t paste it in one blob, I’ll do it piece by piece so it is … Continue reading

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My First Helicopter Lesson

Back on November 16th (last Sunday), we headed up to Auburn airport so that I could use the gift certificate for a 1 hour helicopter lesson that Kathleen got me for my birthday earlier this year. The plan was to … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking

Last night I made our favorite black bean & green chili chicken soup for the first time in about a year. It’s the one recipe that always makes me pull out the cast iron pot instead of a cheap lightweight … Continue reading

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Smart Appliances? I think not…

There’s been a lot of talk lately about adding various “smarts” to our everyday durable goods: things like refrigerators, cars, TVs, dishwashers, etc. You know, the kind of things you only buy every 10-15 years or when they’ve become too … Continue reading

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The Broken Permissions Model in Android Apps as Illustrated by Facebook

A couple days ago I was informed that the Facebook app on my Samsung Galaxy S3 wanted to update. But it needed me to agree to some additional permissions for the app. I clicked the button to see what they … Continue reading

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Additions to a Fresh Windows 7 Installation

I recently found myself shuffling computers around a bit.  And since it’s useful to have a functional Windows box on hand, I installed Windows 7 on an older desktop in my office.  (Installing from an original Win7 DVD was entertaining–the … Continue reading

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C-130 Taking a run at the Rim Fire

Shot from the Pine Mountain Lake Marina earlier today (August 22nd). The next photo is a picture of a plume that blew up east of Pine Mountain Lake Airport.

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Coursera on-line classes and the future of learning…

Ten years from now a “college education” is going to look radically different from when I went to school. And I think that’s a good thing, especially when you consider the skyrocketing costs of “higher education” and the miserable job … Continue reading

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iPad and Wireless Keyboard

In the last year or so, I’ve been working to reduce my computer inventory so that I spend less time administering things and more time actually using them. As part of that, Kathleen and I recently got new iPads (the … Continue reading

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