Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fourth Of July Special Posting.

Well folks, we had a pretty wonderful Fourth Of July though I didn't get too many pictures. Guess my shutter finger needs a short rest. But it was a nice family-centered event and we celebrated America's Birthday in Florida style.

Sweet 16 For Leslie:

Well, here’s a few pics for a little Sweet 16 party

we threw for our lovely neighbor Leslie. It was just us, Leslie and her friend Sharly but it was a nice little shindig. And she absolutely loves the aquamarine pendant (her birthstone) that I got her from Quartzsite, AZ.

NeatImage: This is some neat photo restoration software. Well I gave NeatImage a try (recommended by my friend Ted Marcus (one of his webpages) and color me impressed. I've only tried it once so far but I'm impressed with the quality improvement. I've included

Raw Scanned Negative (size-reduced for Web):

After Basic Photoshop color restoration & some brush work:

After processing with NeatImage:

OK the improvements may be a little hard to see here but on my screen, the NeatImage difference is noticeable. Gotta try this on my other 110 scans.

Otto Graham Jersey

Well after several purchases of Cleveland Browns jerseys with then-current player nam

es and numbers, only to have to retire them when that player was traded, I decided to go retro-throwback. This time I purchased a white #14, Otto Graham jersey (Otto Graham Hall Of Fame Browns quarterback from 1946 to 1955). This way the jersey will never be rendered “obsolete” due to any trade or anything.

Now to find the Brown version of this jersey which doesn’t seem to be available at this time.

COMING SOON: A Special Salute to a Korean War Veteran. I’m working on it.

Cursed Sirius…now charging for on-line listening.

When I first got Sirius satellite radio, they offered a listen-online feature to all paid subscribers. You could use your laptop or desktop computer as a Sirius receiver. I found this rather useful at times, especially during on-the-job layovers where I had WiFi access (in hotel rooms, or at restaurants).

That was all well & dandy until last year when Sirius announced it was replacing their 64 kb online service with a “CD-quality” service running at 128 kbps. And as you probably guessed, they are now charging for what was once a free service ($2.99 per month according to Sirius). But you could still use the old service free for the next year if you went ahead and did early renewal, which I did.

That one-year service expired some time ago this year. So I did look into the $2.99 per month service. That’s where Sirius gets a little greedy, you have to pay a lump-sum payment for about two years worth of this service instead of simply buying it month-by-month. Figuring that I wouldn’t get enough use to justify this expense, I did not purchase this service.

Isn’t that typical now, online companies looking to charge for what was once a free to paid subscribers.

Dirty rotten skunks.

Those annoying changes in atmospheric pressure.

One of the more annoying aspects of land-based travel across the country is the effect of atmospheric pressure on some of your belongings. Like for example when you go up into the higher elevations (nearly 9000 feet in some cases), the change in the atmosphere does some funny things. Like the effect it had on my can of shaving gel, forcing the gel out of its container and all over the inside of my shaving bag.

UPDATE: The Lawn Mower makes a Idiot of me again.

Well folks, I thought I had the lawn-mower working quite nicely. But my wife informed me that once again she could not get the lawn mower started. So I had Steve Witt take a look.

Turns out I had a screw loose (in the mower, not where one might think). The new pickup coil worked its way loose and got damaged against the flywheel. You guess it, we had to buy another new coil and I let Steve install this one. Oh sheesh.

Well Bruce’s Small Engine Repair in Merritt Island is happy, I had to buy another part from them.

OK, I found the recip\e for Monte Cristos.

At last, after tasting those delicious Monte Cristo’s the NASA cafeteria made, I found a good recipie on-line (at for making those delicious sandwiches. I’ll give it a shot for this Fourth Of July.

UPDATE: Yes I did make those Monte Cristos for the Fourth. They turned out quite well, not bad for my first attempt at Monte Cristos.

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