Tuesday, March 27, 2007

US Attorney Scandal Tops News Stories

Let's see. It is ok for key people to testify as long as they do it in secret, there is no record of the "conversation", and they are not under any oath to tell the truth. I think that about sums it up. What happened to government of the people, by the people and FOR the people?

The Scent of Scandal Makes Gonzales the Big Story | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Weather Bonk

Weather Bonk
is a really comprehensive real time weather site. It uses a Google Map application to display real time information along with webcams for the area and other information including local traffic, some climatic info such as monthly averages, forecasts, etc. The site is easy to navigate and customize to your individual location. I highly recommend Weather Bonk. There is even a Weather Bonk forum which you can view by clicking here.

DailyLit: Read books by email.

Well, you know me. I like to try new things. This is actually working quite well for me. I wanted to read one of Corey Doctorow's books and while browsing his web site, http://www.craphound.com/ , I ran across the fact that his books are available from this site as little readable chunks sent daily by email. Since Corey had adopted this method as one of his publication media I decided to give it a try. You know what? It works beautifully. It is astonishingly simple. You can suspend the daily email with a single click on a link in each email chunk or you can grab as many additional chunks as you might want. I am reading Corey's "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom." It is entertaining but one of those sci fi stories with a lot of jargon in it. Even so, the terminology has meaning and depth so it is fun.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Innovations by Truckers Save Energy

Interesting innovations by truckers for saving energy. How much of this will transfer over to the RV industry? We have been using auxiliary generators when stopped for years but some of the features in this article are very worthwhile reading:

NYT Article on Truck Noise Reduction — OpenPlans

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tranquility Cove

We have spent a couple of weeks, I think, here in South Carolina at Tranquility Cove. I say, I think, because time begins to blur from a structured day by day, calendar based, set of activities to a movement through time based more on sunrise and sunset and family events. It has been 70 degrees in the day and 40 something degrees at night. Our furnace takes the chill off each morning as we listen to the honking of Canada Geese in the cove. It has been an interesting and pleasant visit in spite of having to attend the funeral of one of my dad's sisters, Betty.

Betty lived a life of public service working for the Public Health Department here in South Carolina in her home town, Sumter. She was a plain spoken person always saying exactly what was on her mind. She and her husband, Bunk, relaxed in their off work times by fishing in the Wateree Swamp. Her daughter Emily attended to her needs faithfully right up to the very end. Her son John gave a wonderful tribute to her at the memorial church service. Betty was an icon in the family and will be missed by all.

We will get underway tomorrow morning, March 12th for our trip home. We have reservations at a highly rated campground, Flamingo Lake RV Resort, in North Jacksonville. Interestingly, when I called for the reservation the owners knew an acquaintance in West Palm Beach who lives full time in their large motorhome at a local RV resort. The owners of Flamingo Lake used to run the resort that our friend Herb lives in. It is a small world. Especially when you narrow it down to RV'ers. One can always seem to find a connection to someone else.

That is all the news that is fit to print for now.