Family Heirloom or Junk?


I have a water pitcher and basin that I find rather ugly, other than the nice skin color “crackling” on the bottom.  A “trader” apparently brought it back from Indonesia when we lived in Australia (about 1966).   It seems to be made in a popular pottery town of Burslem, England, based on the mark on the bottom that says: “The ... Read More »

My Favorite Backup Tool


If you are “living digital”, you MUST be constantly concerned about the backups of your digital assets. About a year ago, I installed SpiderOak on my laptop, and now use it for my primary backup. They had a free trial up to 2 gigabytes, and I liked how it worked. You simply tell it which directories on your disk you ... Read More »

When Your Google Calendar Software Let’s You Down…


My next BizTalk contract won’t be in Richmond, Virginia, thanks to Google Calendar! I use Google Calendar everyday, and until now, it has always alerted me to my events and meetings.  Today, I missed a phone interview because I actually change the google event from blue to red to make it “more important”.  My private calendar is red, and my ... Read More »

Which Two Would You Pick?


There’s an old joke: Consider these three characteristics: 1) rich, 2) good-looking, and 3) emotionally stable.  Now, you can only pick two of the three. I just watched a video from “The Elevation Group”.  The speaker, Paul Haarman, asked someone to list their assets.  People always list things like savings, checking, real-estate, gold/silver, etc…  Then he asks, what about your ... Read More »

Modern Renaissance Man


Do you see an uncanny physical resemblance between these two scientists?  The one on the left, is of course, Isaac Newton.  Among other things, he is known for creating calculus (independently along with Liebniz), but not telling anyone about it for 30 years (because no one asked).  He changed modern physics as most of us know it today; his theories ... Read More »

Avro’s Flight Simulator (X-Plane)


Is it my new home video game?  Not quite, this is the flight simulator for the CF105 Avero Arrow project (described in my last blog). It runs X-Plane, which allows engineers to fully simulate any aircraft, with a lot of programming and configuration. I’m sure they will accept you as a volunteer if you want to contribute some C language ... Read More »

The CF-105 Avro Arrow


In Calgary, Alberta, a group of volunteers gathers every Tuesday night in a private hanger to build a build a 2/3 scale piloted replica of the CF-105 Avro Arrow (within the limits of Canadian recreational aircraft legislation). The original Arrow was one, if not “the”, most advanced aircraft in its day.  However, its cancellation was announced on 20 February 1959. ... Read More »

A Bad WebSite Landlord


Some of them internet marketing courses talk about websites as though they are real estate; and compare having many small sites to having many rental properties. This is a good analogy, but like rental properties, web sites can get “run down”.  A few years ago, I created quite a few sites for SEO and marketing purposes, and I left them ... Read More »

Sunday Brunch at Thomson’s in the Calgary Hyatt


I had an excellent buffet lunch today at Thomson’s in the Calgary Hyatt.  It was a nice walk from my hotel, on a quiet Easter Sunday. It’s still within the 8 days of Passover, so I was delighted to find several good dishes that were free of leaven, wheat, barley, oats…  They even had a flour-less chocolate tort (makes me ... Read More »

New Job in Calgary


I flew to Calgary this week for a new job, helping a government agency to convert from the IDMS on the mainframe to a Microsoft environment.  For now, I’m staying about two blocks from the office (left modern building shown in photo), but probably after a 5-8 weeks, I’ll be working from home in Texas, with occasional travel back to ... Read More »