Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself. -old Apache saying

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NatureVision TV

On a recent airplane flight, I discovered "NatureVision TV". It's wonderful and a little reminiscent of the "slow TV" movement coming out of Norway.

NatureVision simply puts beautiful pictures to soothing music. It's also a little reminiscent of "Soylent Green" where people get to spend their last hours viewing beautiful pictures of a long-lost nature. Kinda weird, but nice.

You can find NatureVision TV on some airplanes, on Sling TV, on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime and others.

Here's a preview:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chong Lincoln ad

How is it that this Tommy Chong spoof of the Lincoln ad series was released over two years ago and I didn't see it?! Spooky.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

reap what you sow

Will Republicans keep pushing this crap? I don't recall any outpouring of sympathy at the several attacks upon liberals, abortion providers, etc, in days past.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Resistance

It's becoming more and more obvious that any thinking person needs to be among the resistance to the Agent Orange asshole currently occupying the White House.

Thursday, June 8, 2017


They say that Stand Up Paddle Boarding was invented in Hawaii by a bunch of surfers that hung out around the north shore of O'ahu. What a coincidence! We're renting a house on the north shore of O'ahu for a week, right down the beach from where the guys who "wrote the book" on Stand Up Paddle Boarding invented it. Or that's the legend. Hawaii is full of legends.

PaddleTV, huh? Well, of course.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


As long as I'm on the topic of new tech, the site Techlicious does regular reviews of all things technology, including, as in this one, a rating of different tech systems of picture storage. You can join their daily newsletter. I'm already using two of the top sites.

The Best Photo Sharing Sites
Digital cameras and smartphones mean that most of us have a ton of photos scattered everywhere from phones and computer hard drives to Facebook and Instagram profiles.
But what happens when you switch phones, upgrade computers, or simply want to search all your photos at once?
Uploading pictures to a photo sharing site is a simple way to answer all those questions—and the services offer lots of other benefits, as well. You can organize large photo collections, make it easier for friends and family to contribute to shared albums and ensure your pictures stay with you no matter what device they came from.
There are four main criteria to think about when picking the best site for your needs:
1. Cost of storage. First, you need to figure out how much memory you’ll need. This is largely determined by where most of your pictures are coming from. Smartphone photos can range from 500KB to 2MB in size, while photos from point-and-shoot cameras are usually 1-5MB, depending on the megapixel-count of the camera. Choose lower storage limits at first; you can always pay for more when you need it.
2. Automatic photo sync. If you take a lot of photos, a service that syncs images automatically via a smartphone app or folder on your desktop can take the hassle out of backing up.
3. Privacy. Do you want complete control over who can see your pictures? Family albums, for instance, might benefit from a site that keeps albums password protected.
4. Full-size upload and download. If you want to back-up a collection or print your photos, find a service that allows full-resolution uploads and downloads. Some services downsize photos for quicker uploads.
Below are our favorite sites and their best features.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


The site TechRadar often has some great info if you are shopping for some kind of tech.  Still prepping for Hawaii, and I think that a GoPro Hero5 Black might be just the ticket.

The 10 best GoPro and action cameras in 2017

They're small, they're simple, and they're tough.

Action cameras are unlike any other kind of camera. They're designed to be attached to helmets, surfboards, cars and other objects, and they're small, tough and simple to operate, with a lens that captures the world in high-definition video and in a wide-angle fish-eye perspective.

Their small size and dramatic POV ('point of view') footage has made them popular with extreme sports participants, who capture their adventures by attaching cameras to themselves or their equipment. They're also used by TV production companies where using a regular video camera would be impossible.

GoPro is the market leader with its iconic box-shaped Hero cameras, but action cams also come in a 'bullet' style, like the iON Air Pro. There's lots of choice now, and you shouldn't just buy on brand – think about what you want from an action camera and how you plan to use it.

If you're helmet-mounting, then a bullet cam will probably be the best choice. For a chest mount a box design will be more stable. And when it comes to features, do you really need Wi-Fi, 4K, GPS or even a screen? These all bump up the price, and while they are invaluable in some situations, you can still get great footage without them.

Monday, June 5, 2017


Tides4Fishing lists tides and other weather info for quite a few spots in the Northern (and Western) Hemispheres of this beautiful blue globe at this link. Sure wish they had an app. Tides Near Me is a good app for local tides, but not much else.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

final farewell

Another massive mothballed ship, this one the USS Independence aircraft carrier, was towed past South Padre Island on its was to dismantling at the Brownsville Ship Channel. The size of these things is amazing.

from the Port Isabel-South Padre Island Press


Hundreds of people gathered on the rocks of the jetties at Isla Blanca Park Thursday afternoon, June 1st, to say their final farewells to the USS Independence, a Forrestal class aircraft carrier with nearly four decades of service in the American Navy fleet. 

“I just wanted to see it,” said Pete Rico, who traveled with his wife all the way from Tulsa, Oklahoma just for the occasion. “(It was) a 14 hour drive,” he said. Rico served aboard the Indy from 1965 to 1968, he said. 

Though he was somewhat sad to see that the ship will be dismantled, he understood why it will be. “It needs to be recycled. The taxpayers have been paying the storage fees up in Bremerton, Washington where it came from,” he said. After waiting on the jetties for six hours, Rico stood with his back to the water as his wife took a photograph of him holding a sign in the Independence’s honor. 

“We served with a lot of people. I think there was 175,000 crewman that served on it, both officers and enlisted people, over the 38 years that it was on active duty,” Rico said. 

Seeing a ship that could comfortably hold the same number of people as a small town was definitely a spectacle for another Navy veteran, Brownsville resident Doug Nelson. “It’s just amazing, especially these big aircraft carriers that are so large that my little guy, we had 100 people, and these had 5,000 of them,” he said. Nelson served aboard the USS Lowe, a radar picket ship, in 1972, he said. Asked why he came to see the Independence off, he replied simply, “It’s a Navy thing.” 

Another Independence vet, James Ory, traveled from San Antonio to say goodbye to the old girl. “Came to see my boat for the last time. This is her last port of call,” he said. “It’s sentimental. Never going to see it again,” Ory said. 

He previously saw the ship in Bremerton, Washington, where it was held in storage until the government decided what its final fate would be. But it wasn’t just Navy veterans who came to say goodbye. La Grulla resident and Army veteran Juan Antonio Garcia, and his wife Isabel, sat in camp chairs facing the calm ship channel waters. The couple are currently staying at Isla Blanca Park for the summer. 

“Es un orgullo verlo ya por última vez y ya no vamos oírlo. Ya no se va volver a ver,” Garcia said. 

“It’s a proud moment to see it for the last time, and we won’t hear of it again. It will not be seen again,” he said. He likened attending the Independence’s arrival as attending the funeral of a loved one. He came to pay his respects, he said. 

“Es como cuando acompañas un difunto al cemeterio. Eso se trata aquí, ahorita,” he said. “It’s like when you accompany a deceased loved one to the cemetery. That’s what’s happening here, right now.” 

Ory said he was happy to see so many people turn out for the farewell voyage. “I’m glad there’s a lot of people here. All up and down here, there’s a lot of old Indy shipmates and everybody has a different story,” he said. “I really hope nobody forgets her; she was a great ship, the last of her kind,” Ory said.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

dry drowning

Wow, no idea. As if drowning in water wasn't bad enough, how about dry drowning or secondary drowning?

Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning: What to Know?
If you're like most parents, you probably figure once your child is done swimming or playing in the water, his risk of drowning is over. But "dry" and "secondary" drowning can happen hours after he's toweled off and moved on to other things. There are steps you can take to keep your child safe.
These types of drownings can happen when your child breathes water into his lungs. Sometimes that happens when he struggles while swimming. But it can be a result of something as simple as getting water in his mouth or getting dunked.
It can happen to adults, but it's more common in kids because of their small size, says Raymond Pitetti, MD, associate medical director of the emergency department at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
With dry drowning, water never reaches the lungs. Instead, breathing in water causes your child's vocal cords to spasm and close up after he's already left the pool, ocean, or lake. That shuts off his airways, making it hard to breathe.
Secondary drowning happens a little bit differently. Your child's airways open up, letting water into his lungs, where it builds up, causing a condition called pulmonary edema. The result is the same: trouble breathing.
Symptoms of dry drowning usually happen right after any incident in the water. Secondary drowning generally starts later, within 1-24 hours of the incident, Pitetti says.