Making Sure Your Products Are Up to Specs

December 8th, 2016

As an executive in a manufacturing facility involved in building rotating machines, I can tell you there is no room for error. These are enormous devices used in heavy industrial facilities and it’s absolutely imperative they meet measurement specs, by using vibration transducers, down to the millimeter. If you don’t use a this device, an improperly calibrated rotater can destroy expensive machines as well as damage the factory. In many cases, a rotating machine that isn’t up to code can kill a worker.

I’m only talking about this situation because the owners of our plant decided to cut costs by putting out a contract overseas for a batch of rotating machines. The savings looked great on the books, but there is a troubling trend of playing fast and loose with the measurements in other places. Inspection of said devices overseas is also a problem in that it is virtually non-existent. They just ship the stuff and let the chips fall where they may. This isn’t a problem with clothing or toys perhaps, but as stated above it’s a recipe for disaster when it comes to industrial equipment.

What is scary is that they almost slipped through inspection because no one thought anything more than a cursory examination would suffice to prove these pieces were up to snuff. It was only by accident the problem was discovered. The measurements were off by about two centimeters, surely enough to cause a massive disaster that might have killed people or caused millions of dollars in damages. Fortunately we had reliable vibration transducers on hand to machine the parts to fix the issues. You simply can’t skimp on safety and if not for these transducers, I think the consequences would have been devastating. At the very least make sure you’ve got the equipment to make sure disaster does not follow.


An Unforgettable Gift for the Guests

December 8th, 2016

As a way to thank all of our friends and family for coming to our wedding, my wife and I decided to get the guests something. We wanted to get something beyond the normal wedding favors that people usually give, like those miniature bubble blowing bottles. My wife really loves to grow plants, so she came up wit the idea of giving everyone seed paper wedding favors. The seed papers can be planted and will easily grow into beautiful flowers that can be enjoyed by anyone. I wasn’t aware that such a thing existed, but I was fully on board with the idea.

The great thing about the seed papers is that they can be customized with anything. My wife and I picked out a lovely design for the paper and ordered enough to cover all of the guests. Some of our friends had their own ideas as to what design should be used on the seed papers, but my wife and I stuck to our own choice. Although we appreciated their input, we wanted to do things our way. Continue reading »


You Can Get Your Apple Device Fixed While You Wait

December 8th, 2016

I was using my phone outside and was trying to hold it to my ear using my shoulder. It slipped and hit the sidewalk. The screen was cracked pretty bad. It fell face down on a small rock. There was not a scratch on the housing as the screen took the full impact. You could not see anything or do anything. My wife and I drove over to a Richmond iPhone repair place. They fix your iPhones and iPads right there. It takes about an hour for most repairs. They were really busy when we went over, and we told them we would be back after we went to see a movie we wanted to see. Continue reading »


Change Your Cars Performance Settings Yourself

October 17th, 2016

I do a lot of work on my own cars. It has been getting harder and harder to do that since the early 1980s. We have had emission standards develop since then, and pretty much everything is controlled by software and servos. One of our cars even has the technology to parallel park itself. I am not a mechanic by profession, but I have been working on cars since I was a kid. I bought an OBD II scanner to be able to check all of the on-board diagnostics and control the electronic control units in the cars. I especially like to use it on my modern muscle car to tweak performance.

Before, you had to go out and buy the chipsets you wanted to increase performance. Continue reading »


Looking for a New Smartphone

October 17th, 2016

I have decided that I am going to get a new phone for Christmas, but of course that is not so simple of a task. Everyone says that they have the best phone and obviously there are a lot of choices that I could make. Of course I would have seriously considered the Samsung Tab 7, but obviously I can not choose that any longer and it sets on fire spontaneously for reasons that they can not explain. So the best option might be unlocking factory iphone, but I really think that they are overpriced by a significant margin. I really think that their phones are quite good, but that they are not worth twice as much as other phones that work nearly as well. Continue reading »


An Espresso Machine for the Women’s Ministry

October 14th, 2016

The women’s ministry at our church really goes all out to help people in our community. We meet once a week so we can do this. Three of the nights we meet every month are part of whatever outreach we are doing at that particular moment in time. The other night is used for us. We meet at the church and plan for our next month’s worth of activities. One of the things brought up last month was the need for a Capresso espresso machine. This might seem silly, but we were spending a small fortune before these meetings by buying espressos at the local shops.

While we do want to support local businesses, it was getting quite expensive to do this. Continue reading »


Getting Internet Fame Now Makes People Wonder Who Will Marry Elsy

October 12th, 2016

The slang for “Elsy” is a girl who seems nice and even shy when you first meet, then she is like a wild animal after you get to know her. Of course, that does not describe the Elsy I am talking about. It is interesting how these terms come to be and how they spread on the Internet. The girl I know of named Elsy seems to be a regular girl who is enjoying a bit of Internet fame. She is now on the radar of more fans who are now wondering who will marry Elsy. Male and female fans both want to know what type of man she will pick and who he is.

I think it is amazing how the Internet has allowed people to reach star status that is equal or even exceeds the star status of some of the Hollywood elite. Continue reading »


Getting Set Up for Business

October 2nd, 2016

It is going to be an easy thing for me to do, but I have started to work out the details for figuring out the way to pay a staff for the business. It is sort of an impromptu deal at the moment, because I am not going to be paying people in a traditional way or working in a traditional way. In fact most of the people will not be full time employees for me. A pay stub maker is supposed to help me with one of the issues, but that is not really all that important to me. In fact I am not going to issue traditional pay checks, there is not any need for it and there is no purpose in going through the trouble of it. Continue reading »


Pricing for Foam Flor Underlayment

September 11th, 2016

I am taking on the biggest DYI project of my life, and I hope that I will be able to do a good job. I am going to be installing hardwood floors in a large section of my house, and it is something that I do not have much experience with. But I have been gathering information and watching shows on it for a couple months now. I think that I have learned enough to give it a try, and I currently need to buy foam underlayment to use to place underneath the wood that I am going to put down the floors.

The foam is going to serve a few purposes, and namely it is going to serve as a bit of padding to protect the wood of the hardwood floors somewhat. Continue reading »


Tutorial for Robot Structural Analysis Software

September 2nd, 2016

I am going to have to learn how to use this Robot Structural Analysis software for my job, and I am quite new to it, having never seen it before. I have heard of it in the past, but this is the first time that I’ve opened the interface. It is a bit confusing and non-intuitive. But I guess that can be overcome. I need to find a robot structural analysis tutorial though that I can use to help to learn how to use this software more quickly. It will be important that I am able to master the software in a fairly short period of time.

While I am not going to be expected to use the software right away, since it was just installed on everyone’s computer in my department today. I will be expected to make use of it probably within a month, if not sooner. So the sooner I can learn how to use this proficiently, the better. I really wish that they would provide us with some training, if they are going to expect us to learn how to use new software, but from the way it sounds, there isn’t really anyone in the company that has experience with this software.

Rather, the reason the company purchased a license for it, and decided to make some of its engineers learn to use it, is because someone higher up in the company viewed a demo for it, and decided that the software capabilities made it worthwhile to invest in and use for the company. I agree with that, because it does seem to be a pretty powerful software suite for modeling and structural design. But at the same time, I am kind of frustrate with having to learn how to use software I am currently unfamiliar with.


Listening to Music on a Saturday Night

August 23rd, 2016

I am not the type of person who likes to go out with a lot of friends and have a good time. I do much better with smaller crowds. I would rather stay at home and have a few friends over instead of going to a club and listening to music all night long. Don’t get me wrong, because I love music. It is just that I don’t love crowds at all. I don’t really need to go out and listen to music anyway when I can go to a site like Krafta when I am on my computer.

This site has so many great songs on it, and I am able to go there and download them. Continue reading »


Modern Avionics Make Flight Much Easier and Safer

August 14th, 2016

I got my pilot’s license years ago. Then I got certified to fly by instruments. That was when I got interested in owning an aircraft with modern ADS-B, sometimes noted as ADSB, equipment. Avionics is an incredible field of technology. I can fly in zero visibility and still know where I am at. With high-end instrumentation, planes can pretty much fly themselves. Now being an old-school kind of pilot who also learned a bit about bush flying in the Arctic, I like to fly by the seat of my pants. However, I also enjoy having backup avionics that will help me when things get really rough. Plus, it is nice to be able to fly in bad weather and at night without undue risks.

My son has a UAV. Most people call it a drone. Anyway, it is kind of a toy but a lot more too. Continue reading »


Spent All Day Looking for an Important File

July 23rd, 2016

It is a really good thing that I had this file backed up, because my computer crashed while I was playing a game and the file got corrupted for some reason. Of course I had been working on this term paper for a couple of months and I had been backing it up on a metal USB flash drive. So it was not that big of a deal, or at least that was what I thought at first. Instead it turned into a rather long and tedious ordeal, because I really could not figure out what had happened to the flash drive. I spent all day working on trying to find it. In fact I cleaned up my room and searched every square inch of the place. Continue reading »


We Should Have Hired an Exterminator to Inspect Our House Before We Bought It

June 22nd, 2016

First it was ants. Then it was mice. Then we had these big spiders. It was one thing after another. When I started seeing those silvery bugs in the kitchen sink in the morning, I went to a site that gave me information about getting rid of pest problems. The prior owner of the home must have hired an exterminator and cleaners to rid the house of any signs of bugs and pests before we bought the place. We did not think to include a professional exterminator in the house inspection before we bought it. We should have. Our inspector only looked for termite damage and stuff like that. Plus, a lot of critters are seasonal. We did not have the ant problem until the spring, and we did not get the mice until the next fall.

We hired a professional extermination company to come out and rid our home of all the pests. I wanted a company that would keep the safety of us, our children and our pets in mind when clearing our house. It has been many months, and we no longer have any signs of the pests. Continue reading »


The Real Struggles As an Artist

November 16th, 2015

With so much music now available on the web it has become more and more important to be able to protect every track that a musician creates. I know about this first hand as I had the unfortunate experience of a company taking some of my music right from my Soundcloud account in order to use it for some kind of advertising campaign on Twitter. It was awful! It took me forever to get my royalties from them and soon after I quickly found the top music licensing companies on the web and signed up with a company that I felt would help protect me from those that would prey on an independent artist like myself.

It might cost me a fair amount of money every year but as long as I continue earning an income from my music I really have no other choice but to protect myself. Continue reading »


My Floors Look Like They Are Brand New Again

October 22nd, 2015

I have always had linoleum in the small rentals that I lived in. So, I was elated when I moved into a new home that I purchased and found wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the house, minus the kitchen and bathroom. It felt like such a luxury to me. But I soon realized that I would need help with keeping it look nice with the help of stains. After a recent party I had, I found myself on where I was desperate to learn how to get alcohol out of the carpeting as well as food stains.

When I was young, I did not think much about how the carpeting in my parent’s home was kept clean. My mom handled everything. I knew that she did spot cleaning at times, but I certain never paid attention to what she was using. I know that she kept the floor vacuumed often because she said that helped it to last longer. Continue reading »


Pay for Content and Twitch

August 14th, 2015

Recently I’ve had to switch over to Twitch from YouTube due to several of my videos being taken down thanks to YT’s automated take down services. It’s rather absurd that they automate everything, even down to the challenging the take down orders instead of having a team of individuals that are paid to analyze each and every case. Yes, it would be a lot of work but in all fairness it’s what the community currently needs until we find a happy balance between creators and entertainers/streamers like myself. A friend suggested that I buy twitch followers to help increase exposure to my new channel.

I both like this idea and dislike the idea. Continue reading »


Get Your Very Own Limo

August 8th, 2015

If you are like so many other people, you may have dreamed from time to time about being wealthy and owning your own private limo. Man oh man! Just imagine the fun it would be carting your family and friends around in your very own limousine from The truth is that your dream may not be as far out of reach as you may think, if you are truly serious about owning your very own limo. This is because with the economy in the shape that it is in, more limousine services then ever before are looking to unload extra stock. Continue reading »


San Francisco Artist Alliance Provides Numerous Opportunities for Local Artists, Aficionados and Amateurs Alike

July 31st, 2012

KCW World Heavyweight ChampionshipAfter our move to California, I quickly joined the San Francisco Artist Alliance when I was looking not only for show and gallery space, but for a way to share my interest in batik with local children and other community members. I had never entertained the thought of becoming a teacher of any sort and had no real desire to start that career now, even on a part-time basis, but without a teaching degree and certificate, my opportunities for going into actual schools to teach my craft were limited at best.

Most simply, batik is the art of using wax on fabric to create negative design space before dyeing the fabric. After the fabric has been dyed and dried, the wax is then removed using a combination of scraping and heat. Batik-treated fabrics can then be turned into beautiful clothing, various soft home décor pieces and very often, are frame-mounted and hung as gorgeous works of art.

Joining the Artist Alliance has given me the ability to set up a steady schedule of classes for everyone in the community to enjoy. I have been invited to several schools in the district as a guest lecturer and to demonstrate my art to the children. The younger kids enjoy scraping out designs and pictures on fabric I have already covered in wax, while my older students are able to handle the hot wax and apply it directly to the fabric themselves. The best part, however, especially when teaching those new to the art, is their amazement when they see the fabric after it has been dyed. It is often very difficult to see the beauty created when working with light-colored wax on white muslin so I keep projects small, that can then be dyed in class, for children to be able to see their results quickly. Once they see what they created, almost blindly on their wax-covered “canvas,” they are always eager to try bigger and more complex projects.

The Artist Alliance is a great resource for those new to the area to find interesting gallery and performing art venues, as well as locating classes and workshops for real hands-on experiences in many different mediums.


The Powerful Affect Photography Has on Our Understanding of History

July 31st, 2012

Early European Exploration Here is a World map that defines all the ...The camera and the photos that it creates have definitely changed the way that we interact with the world, and the way the world interacts with itself. In the millenniums before the camera was invented, the only way that an individual could explain events that were going on around him was by either using a medium like a pencil, or ink, or paint to try to capture what he saw with his own eyes. A person could also use words to try to take the images that were being processed by his mind and then record them in a way that other individuals could understand.

While history is replete with individuals who were able to use these mediums in order to document important events in world history, recording things in this way has a very clear and obvious flaw. The number one defect being that the way that either the artist or the writer recorded history often would be subject to their perception of the events that they were viewing.

The camera and photography really helps to remove this subjectivity, because a camera and its lens is not going to capture events based on the way that the individual operating the camera perceives them. Continue reading »

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