March 5, 2014
commentary, geek, Personal
cell phone, communications satellite, hoverboard, I live in the future, jimmiejoe, SpaceCadet
A few minutes ago, I was sitting in my living room, holding a little piece of plastic and metal to my ear, no wires connecting me to any plugs on the walls, talking to a friend in Virginia as he drove down a highway. Space Cadet JimmieJoe was jumping up and down in my head again, amazed.
When I was 12, the Space Cadet often daydreamed about the future. There were spaceships and incredible computers. Meals would be selected on a screen, and be magically transported to the table by a conveyor. Communication anywhere on the planet would be simple, quick, and complete with video. Super sonic jets would whisk you to anyplace on Earth in a short time, and, of course, flying cars would be everywhere. Think – “The Jetsons”.
Well, the future is here, but it looks a bit different than Space Cadet JimmieJoe imagined.
February 10, 2014
Curiosity rover, dune running on Mars, Mars, Mars rovers, NASA
February 10,2014. Mars. Unbelievably freaking cool.
The JPL source page, here.
January 31, 2014
Curiosity, Mars, Mars rovers, NASA, science, space science, space travel
Pictures like this just enthrall me. This is a real place. On another planet.
December 29, 2013
drone training, Fresno, friant dam, video drone, visalia
Important first steps in training your very own drone.
October 4, 2013
9-1-1, geek, Personal
911 dispatch, dispatch, tulare, tulare county sheriff, visalia
10-4-2013 Tulare County Sheriff’s Dispatch, Channel 1, south end of Tulare County.
October 2, 2013
blooper, city on the edge of forever, edith keeler, fallout shelter sign, Kirk, McCoy, Spock, star trek
Ok, fellow Star Trek fans, here’s a mission for you. Can you spot the technical error in this screen capture from the ST: TOS episode “City on the edge of forever”? If you’ll recall, the story involves Kirk, Spock, and McCoy travelling to 1930 New York City by way of the Guardian of Forever. First aired April 6, 1967, our intrepid heroes must right McCoy’s interference in history in order to restore the timeline, and save the world from being conquered by the Nazis.
Well, I’m sure the sharp eyed among you have noticed the More
September 3, 2013
fluorescent bulbs, incandescent bulbs, lighting effects, mystery of the ages, security camera, video camera
This is a picture of an interesting mystery.
Well, it’s interesting to me, and it’s my blog, so I’m going to babble a bit about it. (This is the “your mileage may vary” part of the ‘Wit, Wisdom, and Whimsy’ subtitle.)
The scene is my driveway, the view from a cheap security camera. The mystery presented itself tonight, when the light bulb in the fixture overlooking the vehicles burned out.
The dead bulb (so much for the 15 year life expectancy!) was one of the newer, power-saving fluorescent contraptions that screw into a regular light socket. It “burns” about 20 watts of electricity, and is supposed to produce an amount of light the equivalent of a 100 watt incandescent bulb. Here’s where the mystery presents itself.
The image with the fluorescent bulb was dimmer than with the incandescent bulb I replaced it with.
A frosted incandescent bulb of only 60 watts.
The second part of the mystery is even more odd. If you walk outside and take a look yourself, the driveway is noticeably darker with the 60 watt bulb than with the brighter power-saver.
Except to the camera.
I’m getting a brighter image with a 60 watt incandescent bulb than with a fluorescent with the “equivalent” lumens of a 100 watt bulb.
So now I’m wondering… why does the camera see with less acuity under the brighter fluorescent light, and better under the dimmer incandescent? A mystery for the ages.
(If you know the answer, just keep it to yourself. That would ruin the whole “mystery for the ages” thing, and throw off the “Wisdom” part of this blog. Thanks.)
August 17, 2013
fiction, geek, Humor, Personal
Dr. Who, madman in a blue box, tardis
The strangest thing happened earlier today. He tells me we weren’t gone long at all. It seems like it was, to me, though. Did you miss me?
June 29, 2013
commentary, geek, Humor
heat, jimmiejoe, kc6yru, nosy neighbor, visalia, webcam
Back in December I was forced to evict a relative from my home. Long story, but after six months of legal actions and $500, he was gone. I set up a webcam in a bedroom window to keep an eye on things, since he tried several times to come back.
Today, I had a visitor check out the camera close up.
Maybe he wasn’t being nosy, but rather was looking for a way to get inside and cool off, as it was 106 degrees outside! Poor guy… keep a-knockin’, but you can’t come in! Sorry!