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?

September 23, 2014


By Tim | September 23, 2014 | Tags: General |

Dawn springs marvelously upon autumn trees,
   birds erupting in exuberant song.
Dusk sets softly upon them,
   the birds and the trees.
Through shushing leaves,
   and melodies sweet,
autumn arms bid all to sleep.
Rest now, it seems to say,
   I’ll wake you when the morning dawns.

~ Me ~

September 22, 2014

IOS8 Apps Crashing On You?

By Tim | September 22, 2014 | Tags: Tech |

Are your IOS8 apps crashing on you?

When I first installed IOS8, my iPad 2 ran like a three-legged dog. I didn’t want to, but I wiped and restored the device. It’s running better, but app crashes are the norm.

I hope Apple is happy, because I certainly am not.

Update 9/24/14 21:20 I’m worried about Apple. Apple just can’t seem to do anything right these days. Today’s iOS 8.0.1 fiasco isn’t helping the situation—at all.