May 1, 2015

Will Manny Pacquiao Pull-off a “Duran” on Floyd Mayweather?

By Tim | May 1, 2015 | Tags: Sports |

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to square off in Las Vegas Saturday night and echos of Roberto Duran’s 1980 upset victory over Sugar Ray are ringing.

The odds are stacked against Manny going into Saturdays fight and I can’t help but hear Pat Benatar singing “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.”

Honestly, I believe it’s going to be Mayweather all the way, but there’s something, just something like a splinter in my mind that won’t stop bugging me…

Good luck guys, and like UFC’s John McCarthy always says, “Let’s get it on!”

February 25, 2015

Microsoft’s OneDrive Appears to be Down

By Tim | February 25, 2015 | Tags: Tech |

Microsoft’s OneDrive service appears to be down. Does anyone have confirmation?

A quick ping showed a 100% packet loss.

At 14:05 EST the service is up again. No idea what just happened.

February 15, 2015

Netanyahu, Abdullah II In The News

By Tim | February 15, 2015 | Tags: , Middle East, Terrorism |

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has issued a call to European Jews to come home amid escalating terror attacks. The regathering of Jews into the Holy Land is a Biblical sign of the times.

Jordan’s king has roared to life, vowing to crush ISIS.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II is assuming the mantle of Middle East leadership, a role apparently vacated by the United States. Abdullah’s father, Hussein bin Talal, was an honorable man. Abdullah will hopefully follow in his footsteps.

The nations are plunging into turmoil; the seas and waves are roaring; and the Middle East is quickly becoming a “cup of trembling” to many nations.

Keep praying.

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.


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…

Update 3/5/2015 For the most part, Apple’s last update seems to have fixed my problem. Still the occasional problem, but nothing like before. I’m a much happier camper now, so to speak.