Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Here in South East Indiana the snow has covered the ground for weeks now. The birds are struggling to find enough food. Help them out by putting out feed. Most retail stores and farm feed stores sell wild bird seeds. I put out feed all Winter, but it is very important when the ground is covered with snow. Save your table scraps and put it out on the ground near the base of a tree or bush. Crows love table scraps but so do stray cats and dogs, They must eat to.
Read more Do a search for feeding birds
Saturday, December 25, 2010
66000+ lights synchronized to Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards of Winter using 144 channels of Light-O-Rama.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
You may want to bookmark it for next year. Happy Holidays to all.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
If for some crazy reason you have been reading this blog you would know I have been experimenting with wind and solar power. Here is a report that may help you decide if you want to go off grid. I have found that here in southeast Indiana the wind just does not blow at a speed fast enough to produce the power to do little more than trickle charge the batteries. The 750 watt inverter draws more than the turbine will keep up with and with a 15 watt lightbulb attached it will run down the battery very quickly. The solar panels I used put out 4 amps in bright sunlight. Solar is a better choice for this part of the state. Even with overcast skies they will produce 1 amp. My panels are ground mounted, and this may be a better location than on your roof, why, It snows and completely blocks out the sun. You can sweep the snow off and not risk falling off the roof. The combination of solar and wind that I have will run a few lights or some small appliances with 5 very heavy duty 12 volt batteries. I can run my Ham radio station for an extended time tho. I bought all it took to get this monster up and running at used prices. I cut the cost at every point I could and scrounged everything I could, still it was very expensive to construct. I find it to be a great conversation piece and a fun thing to experiment with, but practical its not. By the time the system saved you enough to pay for itself all would be worn out. Buy your watts from Duke or REMC or move to where the wind speeds are grater and the sun shines most of the time. One good note is I have 5 batteries fully charged if the grid falls off....... its been fun.
It was cloudy and overcast over most of the U.S., but you can see the photos of it in this article from Wikimedia.
The December 2010 lunar eclipse occurred from 5:27 to 11:06 UTC (1:27 to 6:06 EST) on December 21, coinciding with the date of the December solstice. It was visible in its entirety as a total lunar eclipse in North and South America.
Read everything you ever wanted to know about it.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Ripley Computer Service
Compaq CQ6-109WM Laptop PC - New in box never opened $399.00
* Intel Celeron 900 processor
2.2GHz, 800MHz Front Side Bus, 1M cache
* 2GB system memory
Gives you the options for surfing, video conferencing, documents, basic photo editing and simple computer tasks
* 250GB SATA hard drive
Store 166,000 photos, 71,000 songs or 131 hours of HD video and more
* SuperMulti double-layer DVD burner
Watch DVD movies on your computer; read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats
* 10/100 Ethernet; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
Connect to a broadband modem or a wired broadband router with wired Ethernet, or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n wireless connection built into your PC
* 15.6" diagonal HP Brightview LED widescreen display
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with up to 1309MB total available graphics memory
* Integrated microphone
* 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x VGA port, 1 x headphone/speaker/line-out jack, 1 x microphone jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port
* 6-cell lithium-ion battery
* Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Install Microsoft Security Essentials: Most commercial security suites are overblown and tend to bog down the systems on which they're installed. MSE (download site) is small, fast, and free — definitely worth trying in place of competing suites.
Don't forget to un-install the virus program you have now before installing this one.
Friday, December 17, 2010
I was stationed at Ft. Ord, Ca. in the late 60s and when I was discharged I travailed to Oakland, Ca. to board a flight home. At the airport a hippy looking fellow walked up and said," How many babies have you killed", then spit in my face. I felt lower than a worm under ground. I am so glad most people are standing up for our servicemen now. If you see a soldier, shake his/her hand, buy his lunch, or just say thank you. Watch this video it will make you feel good.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Everyone has heard the words "Battle of the Bulge", but how much do we really know about what took place? I know you are pressed for time, we all are, but please take just a few minutes to read a few paragraphs of this article. You may want to bookmark it and read more later. Its a piece of history that changed the world.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Walter Winchell WWII News Feb. 25th 1945I guess you have to be an old geezer like me to remember radio in the late 40s. This was before our family had our first TV. Walter Winchell had a very fast pace news broadcast that aired every evening. I was always intrigued by the opening of the show. Walter would start with,"Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea". There was CW (morse code) sounding just before headline of the story. I realize most reading this blog will not remember or care who Walter Winchell is or was, but he was a piece of history and that is for sure.
Here an audio file of his newscast
Read more from Louis Lapides blog
In researching my brothers Normandy landing, one of the interesting things found was this boat manufactured by Higgins. Without this specialized landing craft the placement of troops would have been much worse. My brother, Jim, made it off a boat like this and beyond the beach. He was killed the next day by a grenade fired by a German rifle. Delford Cox from Holton was on the same boat and survived the war. Both hero in my eyes. ........ Jack
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
WY9L Delbert Felix named Indiana Amateur of the year with N8SOJ Rob Schlotterbeck, KB9KJO Jack Wilker, and WB9OTX Jack Demaree placing with-in the top ten. All are members of the Ripley County Amateur Radio Club. I was the first looser.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Read More or Click here to See a Rare Color Film of Pearl Harbor attack
Below is a video of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Pearl Harbor Address
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Flight 19 was the designation of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared on 5 December 1945 during a United States Navy-authorized overwater navigation training flight from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The assignment was called "Navigation problem No. 1", a combination of bombing and navigation, which other flights had or were scheduled to undertake that day.
All 14 airmen on the flight were lost, as were all 13 crew members of a PBM Mariner flying boat assumed to have exploded in mid-air while searching for the flight. Navy investigators could not determine the cause for the loss of Flight 19 but said the aircraft may have become disoriented and ditched in rough seas after running out of fuel.
Argosy magazine published an account of the incident using elements first described in American Legion Magazine. Subsequently, writers on the paranormal such as Charles Berlitz and Richard Winer used these sources and their own research to associate the incident with the Bermuda Triangle. The flight also features in the 1977 science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.