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The Secret to Wordly Wise, part E

October 26, 2011

We just figured out an approach that minimizes the misery of doing the dreaded part E of the Wordly Wise chapters.

  • Make a checklist of all 15 of the week’s words.
  • Check off all words that appear in the questions.
  • Whenever answering a question where one of the week’s words does not appear in the question, pick one of the unchecked words to include in the answer.
  • After using an unchecked word, make sure to check it off.

bluetooth speakers, no go

August 23, 2011

Here is my problem:

  • Samsung Intercept
  • Froyo (Android 2.2)
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Logitech Z515 wireless speakers

Cannot get this combination to work, driving speakers from cell phone with Bluetooth. Phone pairs with the speakers, but will not connect. Hints?


problems connecting to wireless router

August 9, 2010

My Linux box (Fedora 13) seems to be able to see a bunch of SSID’s but cannot connect to my wireless router. Connection attempt times out and I am prompted for the correct WEP key. Then the connection times out and I am prompted…

This problem actually comes and goes, different kernels, different times, sometimes reboot solves it sometimes not.

This seems to be a common problem, but the solutions you find on the web are all over the place. Right now I am suspecting that it has to do with the signal strength, but it is odd that it can always see the router in a scan.

Now there’s a good attitude

April 23, 2010

I think of myself as 18 years old, so you know; I am only surprised when I look in the mirror, now. As far as I am concerned I am 18 and very promising.

— Stephen Sondheim, Fresh Air, April, 2010, age 80

food tips

April 13, 2010
  • eat sitting down at a table
    • no TV
    • no reading
    • no computer
    • music OK
  • eat slowly
    • put fork down between bites
    • chew before swallowing
  • sensible portions
  • no seconds, but…
  • if still hungry after plate cleaned: 10 minutes trick
    • set a timer for 10 minutes
    • do not eat until time is up
  • plan meals and snacks
    • know approximately when you are going to eat next
    • know approximately what you are going to eat next
  • do not allow yourself to get crazy hungry
    • snacks are OK to prevent this
  • put food out of sight
    • and therefore out of mind

installing tweetdeck: FAIL

January 24, 2010

Tried installing tweetdeck on Fedora 11. No go when prompted for root password:

This application requires administrative rights to run
Please enter root Password:
LANG=en_US.UTF-8: Command not found.

No clue as to why.


January 23, 2010

The House Republican leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, said Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Obama were ignoring the message of the Massachusetts election. “They are still scheming and scrambling to find a way to pass their government takeover of health care,” Mr. Boehner said. And he warned, “If they jam it through, I think they are going to face a firestorm from the American public.”

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

Setting side rearview mirrors

September 8, 2009


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that there are 630,000 Lane Change/Merge crashes with 225 fatalities annually. The agency also found that about 60 percent of drivers involved in LCM crashes did not see the other vehicle, and about 30 percent of drivers misjudged the position or speed of the other vehicle. Although every LCM crash cannot be blamed on blind zones, blind zones are involved in every lane change/merge maneuver.

A vehicle is in your blind zone when you cannot see it with your inside mirror or peripheral vision. In order for you to safely change lanes, you must turn and look into the blind zones. You can also turn the two outside mirrors outward to look into the sides of your vehicle. This would create four smaller blind zones that would not be large enough to hide a vehicle.

Changing the mirror setting has five major advantages:

  • Turning to look into the blind zones is no longer necessary.
  • Only a brief glance in the mirror is required to view a blind zone, as opposed to the longer time required when turning your head. At highway speeds, turning takes your eyes off the road for about 100 feet.
  • Glancing at the mirror leaves the forward scene in your peripheral view, while turning your head completely eliminates the forward view.
  • The blind zones can be easily included in your visual scanning.
  • At night, glare from the outside mirrors is virtually eliminated. The reason for this is that a following car’s headlamps are not visible until a car moves into the blind zone, and at that point, the high intensity portion of the headlamp’s beam does not hit the mirror.

When the mirrors are used in this manner, it is referred to as the “Blindzone/Glare Elimination Setting” or “BGE Setting.” This new setting does take time to get used to, but it enhances driving safety and comfort.

twitter frustrations

August 16, 2009

Tried to live tweet the pga championship today. What a tournament! But twitter was not accepting my tweets. Tried clearing my “cookies” as they suggested; that worked for exactly one tweet. So tried tweeting my frustation, but of course that did not work. Decided to start a blog instead.

What I really resent is the time wasted.

So there is the genesis story of this blog.