Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

wthr nbc channel 13 in Indianapolis

I was contacted today by Jude Redfield a meteorologist at wthr nbc channel 13 in Indianapolis. He/they want to display my Web Cam at times of interesting weather. If you can't wait, see it now at:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It is held annually during both spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

1942 April 18

1942 – World War II: Sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet carried out the Doolittle Raid, the first Allied attack on the Japanese home islands.

The Doolittle Raid, 18 April 1942, was the first air raid by the United States to strike a Japanese home island (Honshū) during World War II. It demonstrated that Japan itself was vulnerable to Allied air attack and provided an expedient means for U.S. retaliation for Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December, 1941. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle. Doolittle would later recount in his autobiography that the raid was intended to cause the Japanese to doubt their leadership and to raise American morale:
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

14 April 1912 Titanic Sinks

On the night of 14 April 1912, during her maiden voyage, Titanic hit an iceberg and sank two hours and forty minutes later, early on 15 April 1912. The sinking resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people, making it one of the most deadly peacetime maritime disasters in history. The high casualty rate was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship did not carry enough lifeboats for everyone aboard. The ship had a total lifeboat capacity of 1,178 people even though her maximum capacity was 3,547 people. A disproportionate number of men died also, due to the women-and-children-first protocol that was followed.
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ham Radio RCARC

As some of you know I have been a licensed Ham Radio Operator for the best part of 40 years. Many changes have accrued in this wonderful hobby over these years. Once it took a room full of refrigerator sized radios that glowed in the dark from the red hot filaments in the vacuum tubes. Now I can hold a cigarette pack sized radio and talk for miles using a solid state repeater system atop towers that seem to scape the clouds. Over the weekend the Ripley County Amateur Radio Club (RCARC) that I am a proud member of, remodeled it's repeater system located at the Career Center in Versailles, Indiana. This revamp produced a much extended coverage area. It has amazed me what a newly formed group of 30 or so people can achieve for themselves and our community. In time of disaster such as tornado, floods, earthquake, or attack this repeater system can maintain communication when others systems fail or are overloaded. I have posted a few photos of the system and images taken from the antenna perch of 275 foot high above the Career Center.
See the RCARC's web page at
If you have a radio scanner you may listen to the day to day conversations on 441.775 Mhz.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Just who is Jack Schitt anyway?

Many people are at a loss for a response when someone says, "You don't know Jack
Schitt." Now you can handle the situation.
Jack is the only son of Awe Schitt and O. Schitt. Awe Schitt, the fertilizer
magnate, married O. Schitt, the owner of Kneedeep N. Schitt Inc.
In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt, and the deeply religious couple
produced 6 children: Holie Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Giva Schitt, Bull Schitt, and
the twins: Deap Schitt and Dip Schitt. Against her parent's wishes, Deap Schitt
married Dumb Schitt, a high school drop out.
After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced. Noe Schitt later
married Mr. Sherlock, and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to
keep her previous name. She was then known as "Noe Schitt-Sherlock."
Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt and they produced a nervous son, Chicken Schitt.
Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt were inseparable throughout childhood and
subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony. The wedding
announcement in the newspaper announced the "Schitt-Happens" wedding.
The Schitt-Happens children were: Dawg, Byrd, and Hoarse. Bull Schitt, the
prodigal son, left home to tour the world. He recently returned from Italy with
his new bride, Pisa Schitt.
So now when someone says, "You don't know Jack Schitt," you can correct them

Thursday, April 09, 2009

In the News

Boeing 737 takes maiden flight

Apr. 9th 1967 – The first Boeing 737 took its maiden flight, eventually becoming the most ordered and produced commercial passenger jet airliner in the world.
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Assert in LSP Error

I've been having a minor problem when I try to watch something on Youtube. A little box pops up titled Assert in LSP with the following in the box:

g_socket_data lockup==0
Abort retry Ignore
Any solutions? Do I need to do anything? Each time try one of the options, it keeps popping up, or if I go to another video, it does the same thing. Thanks Ken

The problem is related to Google Desktop (and or Lotus Notes). Uninstall Google Desktop and see if it goes away. I think you can get along very well without Google Desktop.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Cherry Trees Versailles Indiana 2009

This year again I have posted a few photos of the cherry trees that have been planted in Versailles, Indiana. They could be more in bloom in a few days but frost is predicted over the next few days. I thought I had better get the photos before the freezing weather gets here. I hope you like them.
See Larger photos of the trees here

Friday, April 03, 2009

Happy Birthday Cell Phones

Apr. 3, 1973 – On a New York City street, Motorola researcher Martin Cooper made the first public call on a handheld mobile phone.

A mobile phone (also called cellphone or handphone, including wireless phone, cell phone, cellular phone, cellular telephone or cell telephone) is a long-range, electronic device used for mobile voice or data communication over a network of specialized base stations known as cell sites. In addition to the standard voice function of a mobile phone, telephone, current mobile phones may support many additional services, and accessories, such as SMS for text messaging, email, packet switching for access to the Internet, gaming, Bluetooth, infrared, camera with video recorder and MMS for sending and receiving photos and video, MP3 player, radio and GPS. Most current mobile phones connect to a cellular network of base stations (cell sites), which is in turn interconnected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) (the exception is satellite phones).
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Thursday, April 02, 2009

IE 8 browser

Should I update to IE 8 now that its out of beta ?

There's no doubt that IE 8 is a much better browser than IE 7. Nevertheless, it's still inferior to Firefox and other alternatives. As to whether you should upgrade to IE 8 now or later, my advice is to use Firefox instead of either version.
If you must use Internet Explorer, I suggest you wait at least a month — two months would be better — before upgrading to IE 8. If you're still using IE 6, however, install version 7 right away, for the sake of your security as well as for the added performance.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

April Fools' Day

April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day, although not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbours, or sending them on fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, the jokes only last until noon: like UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". Elsewhere, such as in Ireland, France, and the USA, the jokes last all day.
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