Category Archive: Observations

Jan 11 2013

The iPad Experience

I was surprised this year when I received a new iPad for my birthday from my parents. Since they live 2000 miles away, I decided to document the opening of my present for them. No documentation is complete without photos and proper vignetting. Before getting into the opening of the gift, I also thought I …

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Jan 09 2013

Why Buy an iPad Instead of a Nexus

Why purchase an iPad (4th generation) instead of a different tablet like the Google Nexus 10? I have researched and answered this question for many, other than myself, over the past year. As a computer technology enthusiast (i.e., the geek in the family), I often am asked these sorts of technical questions; which I thoroughly enjoy researching and …

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Oct 29 2012

Trees Swaying in the Breeze

A video I took while the trees swayed in the wind from Hurricane Sandy.

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Oct 29 2012

Audio Book Defeats Paper

I recently just finished listening to the audio book of Richard Hammond’s Or Is That Just Me? It is a humorous book expertly narrated by its author. Richard Hammond’s books are a prime example of why audio books can be better than their paper counterparts. With Hamster narrating, the listener is rewarded with the wonderful humor …

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Oct 25 2012

Albert Einstein: An in depth history of the world’s greatest mind

I recently just finished listening to the audio book of Walter Isaacson’s Einstein: His Life and Universe. It is a wonderful book. I have been interested in Albert Einstein since I was a youth. I remember vividly writing book reports and papers on him while in grade school. Even with a modest background and understanding of …

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Aug 27 2012

Rules of the Lab

Saw this on Facebook, decided to preserve it forever. Rules of the Lab If an experiment works, something has gone wrong. When you don’t know what you’re doing, do it neatly. Experiments must be reproducible, they should fail the same way each time. First draw your curves, then plot your data. Experience is directly proportional to …

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Aug 15 2012

You Know You Are A Pennsylvanian

Talking Pennsylvanian (This is for all you non-Pennsylvanians, so you can understand us better.) Remember: Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian! About Pennsylvanians: You’ve never referred to Philadelphia as anything but “Philly” and New Jersey has always been “Jersey”. You refer to Pennsylvania as “PA” (pronounced Pee-ay). How many other states do that? “You guys” …

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Jul 20 2012

Can’t Get Jawbone Into Pairing Mode

I was having a lot of difficulty getting my Jawbone II into pairing mode. I finally ended up carefully removing the outer plastic shield. It popped off without breaking anything and then I was able to easily press BOTH the noise shield button AND the talk button. With the plastic cover off, I was able …

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May 30 2012

Good Quality Laser Printers at Wal-Mart

I have been seriously thinking about buying an inexpensive black and white laser printer for home office use. The main reason being that most of my printing is black and white, and ink cartridges for my HP Photosmart Premium (C309a) all-in-one are $23.00 each and don’t seem to last very long. I end up spending …

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Mar 14 2012

Happy Pi Day

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