Saturday, February 14, 2015

Five Ways of Robbing Me of Money for my Blogging Efforts

These are interesting to look at:

  • Flipcard: available at

  • Mosaic: available at

  • Sidebar: available at

  • Snapshot: available at

  • Timeslide: available at

  • Flipcard

    But as far as I know my AdSense account gets no love when people view these things.  So unless I'm mistaken don't spend a lot of time looking at these please.  I am in this for the money.

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Something About this Photo Seems Fishy

    During the Knightly News broadcast that aired on Monday, August 11, 2014, a brief report aired on humpback whales being spotted just off the coast of Rockaway Beach.  Here is the full video.  Here is a screen cap from that report:
    The full video is only 27 seconds long

    This article published in The Guardian on Sunday, August 10, 2014, the day before the Knightly News piece, covers the same topic and provides more details about the origin of the whale photo used in both reports.  

    Based on The Guardian article, I was able to find the source of the photo used in both the Knightly News broadcast and the article from The Guardian.  

    My beef (or, salt-beef to keep up the pirate theme) with the Knightly News regarding their coverage is that it implies the photo taken near Rockaway Beach of the humpback whale with the Empire State Building in the background was taken very recently when, in fact, it was published online in September of last year.  I shared this with a few people last night.  One person replied that it appears the staff of the Knightly News got "lazy".

    Time to finish this with a sea chantey
    Please forgive rhythm, meter and rhyme
    Showed my work around and consensus be
    The Knightly News staff must'a got “lazy”
    Implying photo taken recently
    Internet research allows one to see
    Whale pic taken in 2013!

    The Knightly News staff must'a got “lazy”
    Dare you to sing this at 30 Rock-ee
    The Knightly News staff must'a got “lazy”
    Something, something really smart aleckly

    TL;DR: I make the argument that a major television news broadcast may be misleading viewers.

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Video to Consume

    Here is a video from YouTube that relates to cybersquatting:

    Here is the link to the page on the BBC site where there is a five minute long video on cybersquatting that I can't easily embed in this page.

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Perhaps in the Summer We Will All Be Happy Again

    In the meantime, we can all hold out hope for a better future.  In order to prepare, here are some of the things I'm looking forward to doing when the weather and my situation improve.

    Entertainment List – Summer
    • Read by the pool or on the beach
    • Swim
    • Grilling
    • Running
    • Biking
    • Drink iced tea instead of coffee (OK, in addition to coffee)
    • Internet use
    Entertainment List - Current
    • Gold Rush, season four continues to impress me although some of the original 

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    Rooftop Gardens

    Recently, I did some reading on the topic of rooftop gardens.  The following is a list of some of the suitable places to install a rooftop garden:
    • Houses, of course
    • sheds
    • garden offices
    • studios
    • garages
    • houses
    • bicycle sheds
    Here are some of the herbs that the books I have read on this topic suggest planting on a rooftop garden:
    • Thyme
    • Chives
    • Oregano
    • Rosemary

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Batch File Creation Using the Dewey Decimal System

    I wrote a batch command designed to create ten folders: one for each of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System.  Inside of each of these ten folders resides one hundred folders that correspond to each of the sub groups of the dewey decimal system. 

    Basically, the code consists of a big long series of make directory commands that look like the following:
    md 000Generalities
    md 000Generalities\000Generalities
    md 000Generalities\001Knowledge
    md 900_GeographyAndHistory\999Extraterrestrialworlds
    I realize there might be a more elegant way to accomplish the same thing using -p but what is done is done.

    I thanks to the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for publishing the entire Dewey Decimal System's structure online here.

    Friday, December 6, 2013

    Windows Tip - Create Lots of Files Fast

    Credit goes to TechHead74 at this location for the following tip, which allowed me to quickly create a large number of folders.

    Hi everyone! So I did find an answer to my question. I used the format that Steve provided for a while until I recently found a much better and easier way to do this. Below is an example. You can change it for your own purposes later.

    1.) Create a root folder in which you want your other folders to appear.
    2.) Open Notepad.
    3.) Save your blank Notepad document as dir.bat.  Exactly like that (minus the period at the end of bat, of course).
    4.) Within the dir.bat document, write the following:

    md test1
    md test2
    md test3
    md C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop

    5.) Save and then close the dir.bat file.
    6.) Go to Start -> Run.
    7.) From the Run screen, browse for the dir.bat file and select open. In this example I would find it at C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop.
    8.) Select OK. A command window may flash on the screen momentarily. That's okay.
    9.) Go to the C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop. Your newly created files will be there.

    - you can replace the test1 files with the names of the files you want to create
    - to create file names with spaces put them in quotation marks. For example "md test 4"
    - if your file folder has a name with spaces in it, put quotation marks around it. For example, md "C:\Users\jane doe\Desktop"
    - to create a sub folder put a slash there. For example, md test3/graphics.
    - double clicking the file is the same as running the file. If you want to edit the file right click the file and select edit.

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Global Warming

    Let's Print Lies!

    The Wall Street Journal slipped farther away from credibility when they went to press with this nonsense about Global Warming.

    Thankfully, at least one writer bothered to look up the qualifications of the 16 scientists in question who are not climate scientist and published this rebuttal piece.

    There Must be an Easier Way to Get Ice

    As if Global Warming wasn't doing enough damage, a guy in Chile was found with five tons of ice stolen from a glacier in the back of his truck according to this article.

    Saturday, September 14, 2013

    Her Smile

    Perhaps this drawing of the girl who sometimes makes me coffee will soften the blow of needing to get your gadget and technology related news from one of the other approximately 9,000 news outlets that cover these topics:

    Teal and pink energy lines and pupils not quite as bright in IRL