March 15, 2017

life

Posted in human nature, parenting, philosophy, stuff I think about at 8:45 am by weiszguy

Life: the slow process of realizing your parents were right about most things.

September 3, 2015

OneNote vs. Evernote

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 10:28 am by weiszguy

I’m trying to decide if I like OneNote or Evernote better.
Evernote has the advantage of not being a Microsoft product.
OneNote has the advantage of being a Microsoft product.

July 19, 2014

list of books

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 7:15 pm by weiszguy

I’ve been keeping a list of books I’ve read for ten years now. That’s pretty crazy, and makes me feel old!

The list is linked at the right, in case you’re feeling bored. Looking over the list, I can remember where I was and what was going on in life at the point when I read each one. Well, most of them. Some I don’t even know what they are.

I recommend keeping a list like this. In ten years you’ll be glad you did.

April 27, 2011

finally, we have a birth certificate

Posted in politics, presidents, stuff I think about tagged , at 6:32 pm by weiszguy

We finally have a birth certificate!  Hopefully this whole thing will just go away now.  This was a pretty smart move by Team Obama: since the issue has been laid to rest, it won’t be an issue in the 2012 election, nobody will be able to attack Obama on that front, and there will be one less insufferable talking point to suffer through.

But there could be a much more strategic move at play here.  Could this be an effort by Team Obama to strengthen Team Trump, since Trump would be an easier foe to vanquish than Mitt Rominy or Tim Pawlenty?  Trump is already strutting his stuff.  He’s the guy who forced Obama’s hand!  He’s our hero!  But Obama knows (and I think we all know) that a Trump candidacy would be a joke.  When it comes down to the wire, who among us is going to vote for Trump over Obama?  Trump is like Ross Perot and Ron Paul – has some great ideas, but nobody will vote for him.

On the other hand, why can’t we force all candidates to show us their birth certificates?  Seriously.  The US Constitution makes two demands on any candidate for President: he must be 35 years of age, and he must be a natural-born citizen. See Article II, Section 1.  Why, in the past 222 years, has no one ever thought to check up on these candidates?  It is completely reasonable to have the Federal Election Commission certify each candidate for president.  The FEC can attest to the candidate’s age, and to his having been born in this country.  Then we would never have to go through this again.

Is there any chance this birth certificate could be a fake?

February 16, 2011

evernote in dropbox

Posted in stuff I think about, technology tagged , , at 8:37 pm by weiszguy

Would there be any benefit to putting your Evernote database in your Dropbox folder?

At first glance, maybe. If your Evernote database was in your Dropbox folder, then your Evernote database would be automatically synced across all your computing devices.

At second glance, no. Evernote itself is a syncing tool. Any device that you have Evernote installed on will automatically be synced with all your other computers. Thus, putting Evernote in Dropbox is an unnecessary redundancy.

At third glance, yes. The free version of Evernote imposes a 60 MB per month upload limit. This means you may have month left at the end of your uploads. To get around this, store your Evernote database in your Dropbox folder, and make your Evernote notebooks “local”. Local notebooks are not synced with Evernote, and don’t count against your upload limit, but since they’re in Dropbox, they’ll be synced with all your devices anyway.

February 14, 2011

kindleboards

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 7:48 am by weiszguy

If you read www.kindleboards.com, like I do, you’ve probably noticed several large sections of ads at the top of the page that push the content way down the page, and sometime even completely off the page. I got annoyed. So I wrote a script to remove just the middle section of ads. Find it at http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/96735 Just push the “Install” button.

January 31, 2011

create your own extended warranty

Posted in budget, investing, saving, stuff I think about tagged at 7:32 pm by weiszguy

Extended warranties are almost always a bad idea.  An extended warranty is the protection plan offered to you when you buy some gadget or other.  Relative to the cost of the gadget, the extended warranty is pretty expensive, and you almost never get the opportunity to take advantage of it.

In other words, your gadget almost never breaks in the period of time covered by the extended warranty.  It may break early on, due to a manufacturing defect, in which case the plain vanilla warranty that comes standard will cover the repair.  Or it may break due to old age, which will be after the extended warranty period is expired.  Result?  You gave the company a bunch more of your money and didn’t get anything for it.

The problem is, declining the extended warranty makes you nervous.  What if it does break during the extended period?  Won’t you be upset you didn’t buy the warrant?

Try this.  Next time you are offered an extended warranty, ask what the cost is, but then decline the plan.  When you get home, take that amount of money and set it aside in your own “extended warranty” fund.  Do this every time you are offered a plan.  Eventually that fund will be really big, because you won’t ever need it.  You’ll save yourself the expense, you’ll earn interest, and if you ever do have a covered accident, you’ll have plenty of money to just buy yourself a new one.  Beauty, eh?

January 25, 2011

old search engines never die

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 8:26 pm by weiszguy

Back in the early (pre-Google) days of the internet there were many, many, MANY, search engines vying for your searches. One of these, Yahoo!, has succeeded (at least so far). But when’s the last time you heard of AltaVista, Excite, Hotbot, Lycos, or MyWay? Guess what? They’re still there!

Why are they still there? Is it for nostalgic purposes? Somebody just can’t bear to pull the plug on a bit of internet history? Is it possible these engines are still making money? Surely not.

Why didn’t they succeed? They weren’t properly capitalized? They were too confusing? Not a cool enough name?

January 16, 2011

what would you do if

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 9:49 pm by weiszguy

… you found $1 million dollars in a duffel bag?

… you lost 30 pounds?

… you lost 100 pounds?

… a meteor fell on your dog?

… you hiccupped for three days straight?

… you could play the piano well?

… you had a successful book published?

… you still had money in the bank at the end of the month?

… you knew the answers to everything?

January 12, 2011

CCMD meeting report

Posted in newspaper, stuff I think about tagged , at 7:25 pm by weiszguy

Here is a report of the CCMD meeting I attended last night.  This report will appear in the January 19, 2011, edition of the Greenhorn Valley View.

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At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Colorado City Metropolitan District, held on January 11, 2011, the board passed Resolution 1-2011, designating posting places within the district and county.  By law, all public boards and committees must give public notice of their meetings.  The Colorado City Metropolitan District will post official notices of all meetings in 2011 at the office of the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder, at the CCMD Administration Building, at the Rec Center in Colorado City, at the Post Office in Colorado City, and on the CCMD website at http://www.coloradocitymetro.us/

Also at the meeting, the board rescinded its lease of the Community Center to R&L Airgun Supply.  The board had previously approved the lease to R&L, but since that time, R&L has discovered that it is unable to move into the facility due to zoning restrictions. (http://www.rlairgunsupply.com/)

The board discussed reinstating the Golf Course Advisory Board.  The board needs this committee of golf course advocates to make suggestions for improvements to the golf course, run events to raise funds for the golf course, suggest policies and fees, and volunteer time for getting things done at the golf course.  The board is considering starting up the Golf Course Advisory Board with representative members from the different golf associations, and one at-large member.

The next meeting of the CCMD Board of Directors will be at 6:00pm, on January 25, 2011, at the CCMD Administration Building.

January 10, 2011

snow day

Posted in stuff I think about tagged at 6:40 am by weiszguy

Snow day!  You know what that means, don’t you?

It means I’ll be going to work just like every other day!

I noticed long ago that snow days were more about an extra day off for teachers and students than about the snow.

UPDATE: I couldn’t make it very far down my road today.  Had to turn around and come back. I take back all those horrible things I said about teachers and students.

January 8, 2011

decapitated christmas tree

Posted in stuff I think about tagged at 9:56 pm by weiszguy

We decided this would be the last year for our Christmas tree.  We’ve had it for several years, and my parents had it for several years before that.

It’s supposed to be a pre-lit tree, but when we set it up this year, several of the bulbs were out.  I tried all the usual troubleshooting options, of course, but the tree didn’t respond favorably.

I’m sitting beside it now.  We took the top third of the tree and threw it in the trash.  (Throwing it out little by little over a month means we don’t have to pay extra for trash hauling.)  Of the remaining two-thirds, a couple entire strings of lights are out.  It’s a sad, helpless tree.

But… we get to have a new tree next year.  We’ll probably get a real tree for a change, or maybe even a live tree that we can plant in the yard when the season is over.

January 7, 2011

why?

Posted in stuff I think about tagged at 9:55 pm by weiszguy

A young man in our church ended his life yesterday.  The pain and hurt among his family and friends is so real you can touch it.  As bad as the pain is, however, the one thing we all want to know, and that we will never be able to know, is Why?

It’s seriously aggravating.  We would love to have known why so that we could help him.  We would love to know why so that we can help others in similar situations.  But now what?  The deed is done, a life is lost, and the lessons remain unlearned.  And there’s nothing we can do about it.

January 6, 2011

leg cramp

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , , at 5:32 am by weiszguy

Summer mornings in Kentucky are cold.  However hot it might get during the day, you’re going to want a little something to keep you warm in the early hours.

The swimming pool at E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park stayed busy all day during the summer, so the swim team had to practice at 6 am.  They would have started earlier if the sun had allowed.

With the seeds still in my eyes, I dove in to begin the warm-up laps.  But this particular morning, my leg objected.  The muscle cramp absolutely forbid that I should swim one stroke more.

The coach made me get out of the water and lay on a deck chair, while two of the female staff massaged my leg.  In all the years since that day, I have never had a better work out.

I was reminded of this story by a leg cramp at 4:45 this morning.

January 5, 2011

women laughing alone with salad

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , , at 8:25 pm by weiszguy

What is it about women and salad?

http://thehairpin.com/2011/01/women-laughing-alone-with-salad/

Can salad have this same kind of effect on men, too?  I better stay away from it, just in case.

October 28, 2010

The 1960s was not a pivotal decade

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 6:58 pm by weiszguy

It’s getting a little old.  Why do we keep hearing about the “Pivotal 1960s“, the “Counterculture of the 1960s“, or the “turbulent 60s“?  Why do we worship the 1960s?

Yes, the 60s offed the Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King Jr. Yes, there was that little struggle in Southeast Asia. Yes, we went to the moon. But so what? Is that any more “pivotal” than any other decade? Has anything “turbulent” happened in this decade? The September 11 terrorist attacks and the election of the first black US president spring immediately to mind. But nobody calls the 2000s turbulent.

Is there nothing countercultural about Lady Gaga, Eminem, or Madonna?

Come to think of it, has there ever been a decade that wasn’t turbulent? In the 1970s we had Watergate. In the 1980s we had the beginning of the digital revolution. How about the 1940s – can anybody think of anything pivotal from that decade? How about the 1860s? The 1770s?

The 1960s were no different from any other decade. The only reason we look back in awe at the 1960s is because the people from that generation, the baby-boomers, write about it in hushed tones. They grew up then, and so they think the world began with them. They think they changed everything. The world was monochrome and monotonous before they arrived, but – praise God – they did arrive.

The fact is, turbulent times have always been with us, and they will always be with us.  There is nothing new under the sun.  Boomers, I love you, but you can have your 60s back. We don’t want ’em.

May 11, 2010

a man of principles

Posted in gambling, stuff I think about tagged , , at 6:38 pm by weiszguy

Some principles must not be violated, ever, for any reason.  Others are more like guidelines, really:

Facing high unemployment and the aftermath of a $3.2 billion state-budget shortfall, Ohioans voted to allow casinos in November. Gov. Ted Strickland dropped his longtime opposition to video lottery machines, proposing to add them to racetracks to generate new tax revenue.

“If I had not been confronted with these difficult circumstances, I would have obviously opposed expanding gambling in Ohio,” says Mr. Strickland.

Obviously.

February 11, 2010

some annoying keyboard shortcuts

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , , , , , at 7:39 pm by weiszguy

I’m a big fan of keyboard shortcuts.  Keeping my hands on the keyboard and off the mouse is what I’m all about.  But there have been a couple lately that really annoy me.

In Google Reader, “j” means next item.  I get really used to “j”-ing through my feeds.  But in Thunderbird, “j” means junk.  I hit “j” and my email disappears!

In Gmail, “a” means reply all.  In Thunderbird, “a” means archive.  Again, my email disappears.

In Firefox, “Ctrl-T” opens a new tab.  In Notepad++, “Ctrl-N” gives you a new tab.  In Firefox, “Ctrl-N” opens a new window.  I always have to pause for minute and think about which application I’m in.

In Firefox and Chrome, “Ctrl-L” places the cursor in the address bar.  In IE6, which I’m required to use at work, “Ctrl-L” opens an Open dialog.  Really? Who opens a browser, and then wants to open a file from in there?  In IE6, it’s the “F6” key to get to the address bar.

I wonder if it would be too much to ask to create an International Keyboard Shortcut Compliance body?

October 14, 2009

the end of the office

Posted in stuff I think about tagged at 9:30 pm by weiszguy

I just finished The Office wedding episode.  What a colossal disappointment.  A failure of astronomical proportions.  What should have been the most exciting episode in the entire series, was instead very likely the worst.  Instead of great Office humor, we were treated to a smorgasbord of junior high toilet and sex jokes – and not even funny ones.

To say nothing of the near-constant, not even subliminal, message that sex is and should be free and easy between complete strangers.  Please.

Good bye, Office.

September 26, 2009

Why I love Colorado

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 7:26 am by weiszguy

whyIloveCO

May 16, 2009

wolframalpha

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , , at 6:31 am by weiszguy

Google has a built in calculator, so if you search for “2+2” in Google, it will solve the math problem for you, rather than give you a bunch of websites that have “2+2” on them.  That’s a pretty cool feature.  But Google has some problems when it comes to queries like “800 PSI converted to MPa”

I just ran into a new “fact engine” that is absolutely amazing.  When I ran the above PSI query at www.wolframalpha.com, I got exactly what I was looking for.  It even shows me the interpretation of my query, so I can be sure it’s thinking the same thing I’m thinking.

Play around with wolframalpha for a while.  It has promise to be exactly the tool I need in many situations.

May 15, 2009

cheers

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 8:00 pm by weiszguy

I’m finally done.  It took four years, but I did it.  I endured mountains of scorn heaped upon me by people who are dear to me, and now it’s finished.

Tonight, I said goodbye to Sam, Norm, Cliff, Carla, Rebecca and Woody.  Tonight, I finished the last episode of Cheers.  My life is complete; I can die happy.

January 31, 2009

super bowl parties rock

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 6:42 pm by weiszguy

I think there should be a Super Bowl every month.  We did a lot of cleaning today to get ready for the party tomorrow, and you know what?  We have a really nice house under all that clutter.  I mean, I really like our house.  I had no idea it was this nice.  Come on over tomorrow and I’ll show you what I mean.

So If we could have a Super Bowl every month, I bet our house would stay nice.

January 22, 2009

don’t be so tight

Posted in giving, money, politics, stuff I think about tagged , , at 11:28 am by weiszguy

Here’s an article from Arthur Brooks about giving patterns among people across the political spectrum

People who said they were “very conservative” gave 4.5% of their income to charity, on average; “conservatives” gave 3.6%; “moderates” gave 3%; “liberals” gave 1.5%; and “very liberal” folks gave 1.2%.

The central point of this article is that conservatives give more of their income to charity than liberals do.  But although I’m proud that conservatives outgive liberals in general, I’m still a little appalled by the low numbers.  The most generous group in this survey still only gives 4.5% of their income.  There’s no reason this number shouldn’t be twice as big.  10% is not just a conveniently round number that happens to be espoused by most religions, it’s a significantly large enough portion of your income that you’ll probably have to give something up in order to give that much.  You’re telling the charity you’re concerned enough about their mission to delay a little of your own gratification.  Giving 10% is a stretching exercise that will help you focus on needs outside of yourself, help you learn satisfaction with what you have, and chip away at the greedy portions of your heart and soul.

Economists measure the “income elasticity of giving” to predict how much people change their giving in response to a particular percentage change in their income. It turns out the response in 2008 was dramatically different for left and right. For instance, a 10% decrease in family income for a conservative was associated with a 10% decrease in giving. The same income decrease for a liberal family led to a 16% giving drop. In other words, if this relationship continues to hold, the recession will almost certainly exacerbate the giving differences between left and right.

It stands to reason that when your income goes down, your giving (as a dollar amount) should also go down.  But giving a proportionately smaller amount of money just because you’re making less just sounds greedy.  Being generous and giving profusely doesn’t seem like an option to me. As human beings, we have a moral obligation to help those around us.  There is absolutely nothing to be gained by holding on to every last dime, except possibly some temporary material comforts and the smug satisfaction of an overly inflated bank account.

November 10, 2008

euphemisms for excretion

Posted in stuff I think about tagged at 8:01 pm by weiszguy

Because it’s funny, that’s why.

  • pay a bill
  • see a man about a horse
  • pinch a loaf
  • cast a ballot
  • take a load off
  • take a crap [Ed. wouldn’t you rather leave one?]
  • lay an egg
  • take a dump
  • push beyond the great divide
  • complete the digestive cycle

Share your own…

June 26, 2008

in which the author discusses his feelings about his dog

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 5:43 pm by weiszguy

I hate him.

June 5, 2008

star wars inconsistencies

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , , at 8:38 pm by weiszguy

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I was thinking about Star Wars.  There are a number of inconsistencies in the plot line.  The one that bugs me the most is this:

In Episode IV, Ben tells Luke “Darth Vader… betrayed and murdered your father.”

In Episode VI, Ben tells Luke his father BECAME Darth Vader, and then justifies his lie unconvincingly with, “what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.”

I’m really sorry, Ben, but what you told Luke was most decidedly NOT true.  There is a huge difference between murder and switching religions, and point of view has absolutely nothing to do with it.

If I was Luke, I’d probably begin to wonder how good the force can really be if it allows a mentor to blantantly lie, and then just shrug it off like it was no big deal.

May 22, 2008

what ozone?

Posted in global warming, politics, stuff I think about tagged , , at 12:51 pm by weiszguy

Bumper sticker on the back of a GMC Yukon in a local parking lot:

screw the ozone layer

April 1, 2008

martian plan

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , , at 7:59 am by weiszguy

Virgin and Google are going to Mars.  Classic.

http://www.google.com/virgle/index.html

February 21, 2008

patience is a virtue

Posted in stuff I think about at 7:13 am by weiszguy

Read my newspaper column for February 20 on MoneyColumn.

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