To those who know the wolf:
Thanks go to Angie!
Every year I figure that the holidays bring a little bit more peace and joy to the world, if not just for a few more minutes than we typically see throughout the year. Goodwill, giving, and the holiday spirit.
But when you click on the story link below, you’ll know that the dastardly gremlins are out there and they continue to rampage with total disregard of our simple pleasures and treasured moments.
Have they no shame?
Thanks go to Carol for putting this together with me years ago! Over 7,000 views! (Do you remember what channelOHAB stands for?)
The harvest moon is the first full moon that occurs after the autumnal equinox. This year, the autumnal equinox falls on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. This would make the harvest moon this year the full moon that occurs on September 29th and 30th.
Besides being the first full moon after the equinox, the harvest moon gets its name for another reason. Not all full moons are created equal. Much like the sun, the moon will rise and fall each day. However, the moon does this with a much larger variability than the sun does. Whereas the sun’s rise and set is at most a couple minutes different from one day to the next, the moon rises on average 50 minutes later each day than the previous day.
Unlike other full moons, it just so happens that the harvest moon’s rise corresponds with sunset more closely then at any other time during the year. This means that just as night falls, the full moon begins to rise above the horizon in all it’s glory. It’s called the harvest moon then because it provides ample light for farmers to bring in the harvest well after the sun sets.
Thanks to James Dickey
Visitors attend a musical light show Saturday at Tokyo Station ahead of the building’s grand reopening Oct. 1. Forty-six projectors shone historical images on the exterior of the heritage site, which has been restored to its original 1914 design.
21 Balançoires takes over a newly open space in front of Université du Québec à Montréal’s Science Faculty. Together with Luc-Alain Giraldeau, an animal behaviour professor from the faculty, they explored the topic of cooperation which states that together we achieve better things than separately.
The result is a giant collective instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation. The project stimulates ownership of the new space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.
The Consumer Electronics Show comes to Vegas every year, and next year it will be there January 10-13th, 2012.
I won’t be attending but do like to keep up on what gadgets are on the horizon.
(For tablet users, here is the virtual CES PreShow Planner)
Accenture‘s senior executive with the consulting firm’s consumer electronics practice, thinks these are 5 trends to watch at CES 2012:
Scientists at the Swiss-based Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) led by Bradley Nelson are developing tiny, electromagnetically controlled microrobots that can move to a target location in the eye and remain there for months, releasing drugs. Read on…
Which Pop-Up Should You NOT Ignore?:
With all the crapware, spyware, malware and ignoreware (I just made that up) most of my clients really don’t know what to “update” when something pops up or whether to ignore it.
Here’s what you DO NEED TO UPDATE when it pops up: Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader (I prefer the 9.x version), Java, Microsoft Updates and your antivirus. (Make sure it is your antivirus and not a FAKE antivirus)
By keeping update to date and patched, you will be one step ahead of Trojans, viruses and I’m Out of Production anxiety.·
HTTPS is More Secure:
You wouldn’t write your username and passwords on a postcard and mail it for the world to see, so why are you doing it online? Every time you log in to any service that uses a plain HTTP connection that’s essentially what you’re doing.
There is a better way, the secure version of HTTP—HTTPS. That extra “S” in the URL means your connection is secure and it’s much harder for anyone else to see what you’re doing. Read on…
Yes, it’s time for my quarterly rant about which phone I need to get. Oh, I do so need a new phone. Why? Because the HTC Touch Pro 2 is requiring more reboots than usual, doesn’t have any decent apps and frankly, is antiquated. (Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz processor dated around 2006?, ROM: 512 MB, RAM: 288 MB)
With the next generation Snapdragon mobile chipset in the works from Qualcomm, blazing fast Krait, it’s time to hand me down my HTC Touch Pro 2.
So I got to thinking about chipsets, and what is being used in the just released or about to be release phones, such as Sprint’s HTC ARRIVE. Although the HTC ARRIVE is my next generation Touch Pro 2, it isn’t by any means the next generation chipset. It has a Qualcomm® QSD8650 - 1 GHz processor. So does the Kyocera Echo that has dual screens and yet to be released.
The first chipsets in the Snapdragon family were the QSD8650 and the QSD8250, available since the fourth quarter of 2008. Huh? A 3 year old processor? Here’s a Wiki of the Snapdragon progression.
Geez, that means Verizon is more than likely going to use an antiquated processor and I just have to keep looking for the phone that meets my the hardware and software needs. How about the Droid Bionic? How does it compare to the Thunderbolt? Do I really want an Android phone? Guess we’ll wait another 3 months and report back.
Computers as Invisible as the Air
Hewlett-Packard scientists said they had begun commercializing a Lilliputian switch that is a simpler — and potentially smaller — alternative to the transistor that has been the Valley’s basic building block for the last half-century.
That means the number of 1’s and 0’s that can be stored on each microchip could continue to increase at an accelerating rate. Read on…
Take the Stairs
“Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do? See the results here:
Attackers can use rootkits and botnets to access and modify personal information, attack other computers and commit other crimes, all while remaining undetected. Read on…
I’ve done my share of Monopoly back in the day. Picking out the Top Hat as my player piece because the dog, horseman and car long since disappeared. With a gaggle of sisters and brother, any rainy day would find us inside, fighting or playing. And playing would typically be cards or board games.
Monopoly gave us the real world experience of buying, selling and handling (fake) money and real estate. Haggling, arguing and learning the fine art of negotiation, was what we also learned from Monoply. There is even an old Chance card…the “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE” card in my wallet, that I’ve carried around for over 20 years. Good times…
And now Hasbro shows off a preview of the newest version, called Monopoly Live, at this week’s Toy Fair in New York. (Click Here to check out the video) It is the classic Monopoly board on the outside, with the familiar railroads like the B.& O. and the development of property. But in the center, instead of dice and Chance and Community Chest cards, an infrared tower with a speaker issues instructions, keeps track of money and makes sure players adhere to the rules. The all-knowing tower even watches over advancing the proper number of spaces.
To move forward on the new Monopoly board, players cover their game piece with their hands, (seriously! no dice!) and the tower announces how many spaces the player can move. Players also hold their hands over decals to buy or sell properties, insert “bank cards” into slots to check their accounts, and send a plastic car (A PLASTIC CAR!) moving around a track to win money or other advantages (only when the tower instructs them to, of course).
Listen to some “computer” tell you what to do…don’t use your imagination or your own smarts. Have fun with that kids!