January 14, 2015

Guided Tour of NC Waterfalls Is The Way To Go

By Tim | January 14, 2015 | Tags: Northern America |

During summer 2014, we took a guided waterfalls tour led by Adam DeWitte, Director of Education, Pisgah Field School. Adam led us to several beautiful falls near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, with one of them being fantastically serene.

The stream of that particular falls flows across a flat rock which you can easily walk out on. Months later, I can still imagine someone sitting there in well placed chair amid stream, perhaps reading Robert Frost, absorbing the sounds and pleasant energy of that special place.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~ The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost ~

If you have actually done that, I envy you…

A guided tour is definitely the way to go. Your guide drives you to each location and shares information about each falls that really enriches the experience. You can book your tour with Adam by visiting the Pisgah Field School website.

The 8 Cardinal Virtues of George Washington Carver

By Tim | January 14, 2015 | Tags: General |

In a thank you note penned during 1922, George Washington Carver advised his students to possess these 8 Cardinal Virtues:

  • Be clean both inside and outside.
  • Who neither looks up to the rich or down on the poor.
  • Who loses, if needs be, without squealing.
  • Who wins without bragging.
  • Who is always considerate of women, children and old people.
  • Who is too brave to lie.
  • Who is too generous to cheat.
  • Who takes his share of the world and lets other people have theirs.

America needs more men like George Carver.

source: nps.gov

December 15, 2014

USPS Working Hard to Please This Christmas

By Tim | December 15, 2014 | Tags: Northern America |

USPS is working extra hard to please its customers this Christmas.

I checked Amazon for a package and saw that it was marked “delivered.” My first thought was that the package had been delivered to the wrong address and I would never see it again; a real bummer. But I checked the mailbox anyway and yes, USPS did a Sunday delivery for me. Thank you USPS!

December 11, 2014

Angular Cheilitis Help

By Tim | December 11, 2014 | Tags: Health |

Looking for help with Angular Cheilitis? Me too.

I made an appointment with a doctor about my case. Total waste of time and money. He told me it seemed that I was following the suggested protocols. Nothing was working though.

Then I stumbled upon a comment that suggested a problem with an ingredient in tartar control toothpaste and another advising that Curad Silver Solution Antimicrobial Gel helped.

I discontinued the toothpaste that I was using that contained the suspect ingredient and began treating the area with the silver gel I found at Harris Teeter. I saw quick results and I am so happy.

I don’t know which course of action cleared the Angular Cheilitis but I suspect the silver gel helped the most; it’s just a guess though.

Anyway, relief at last!

December 1, 2014

Steve Spangler Hot Sale—Jump on it Now

By Tim | December 1, 2014 | Tags: General |

Steve Spangler is running a hot 25% off and free shipping sale today! Jump on this hot deal now at SteveSpanglerScience.

October 23, 2014

King Action Sports Performing Sick Stunts At NC Fair

By Tim | October 23, 2014 | Tags: Northern America |

King Action Sports was busy performing some sick stunts at the NC State Fair today.

Their stunt show is a favorite for us; we make sure to catch a performance each year.

Here are three photos I snapped (apologies for the images, should have used the iPhone):

bmx upside down

bmx upside down

fmx superman

fmx superman

fmx upside down

fmx upside down

October 17, 2014

OS X Yosemite WiFi Problems

By Tim | October 17, 2014 | Tags: Tech |

After upgrading to Yosemite 10.10 from Mavericks, wifi problems are bugging me to death on my MacBook Air.

Wifi doesn’t show a disconnect, but a disconnect is occurring intermittantly.  Applications using an internet connection are stalling, waiting for a reconnect (Messages, Safari, Chrome, Gmail, etc.).

Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

Looks like a good thread going on at Apple Discussions

Update 10/22/2014: I performed a “safe boot” on my mac tonight as described by Topher Kessler at MacIssues. I’ll let you know how that affects the wifi disconnect problem.

It appears that the safe boot didn’t correct the wifi dropout problem. Here’s another news article about the problem which Apple isn’t discussing.

Update 10/30/2014: I successfully performed a procedure described in step 1 at OSX Daily. I’ll let you know if this resolves the wifi problem I’ve been talking about.

Update 10/31/2014: I’m still experiencing the wifi problem. Sigh.

Update 11/04/2014 I changed my wifi MTU setting from 1500 to 1453. I haven’t noticed any negative effects of the change. I’ll let you know if it stabilizes my wifi connection.

Update 11/08/2014 I’m still experiencing the wifi problem. Another idea anyone?

Update 11/17/2014 Apple has released Yosemite update 10.10.1 that it says improves Wi-Fi reliability. Go to the App store and download this important update. Here is a link to the Knowledge Base article: Yosemite 10.10.1 knowledge base article

I’ve installed the update and will post later about its effect on the wifi problems I have been experiencing.

Update 11/24/2014 Wi-Fi is still dropping, but it doesn’t seem as bad as it was. Oh well, sigh…

October 16, 2014

2014 Great Shakeout

By Tim | October 16, 2014 | Tags: General |

We are primed and ready for the 2014 Great Shakeout that is set for 10:16 am EST 10/16/2014!

October 9, 2014

The BeanBoozled® Challenge

By Tim | October 9, 2014 | Tags: General |

I finally did it; I took the BeanBoozled® Challenge.

My child had pleaded for the BeanBoozled kit for quite a while so I finally ordered it from Amazon.

We played three rounds. My first jelly bean was baby wipe flavor, not too bad. I can’t remember the second one, but I distinctly remember the third—it was rotten egg.

It wasn’t so bad at first so I tried to finish eating it. But the more I chewed the worse it got. I had to spit it out before I got sick. It was really awful.

We had a great time playing the game and had some great laughs. Unfortunately, there are plenty of awful flavors left to try— like Canned Dog Food…

September 26, 2014

Google Voice Transcription, a Mood Enhancer?

By Tim | September 26, 2014 | Tags: General |

Google voice transcription, a mood enhancer? Well, sometimes.

Google tries really hard to transcribe voice, and most of the time it works well. But sometimes we get funny results like this one today:

“What You Mean. I see estimate, hey dad it’s only she’s got that I told him I wanna be. It is the principal long. Today is Friday, September 25th. 2004 thing we got a lot of things going on this Saturday 1st all addiction, ingestation contest will be held in a couple of data for that which is the students at 11:30 AM, the not here so will be hosting the food and the cultural boys intake of mole fixable at Richard cheap Aqua couple…”

I laughed a little after reading it, and that’s a good way to end a day of terrible news isn’t?