Friday, June 27, 2014

Decision Analysis - Part 1 - MPG versus gas price

Gas mileage comparo for my daily commute:

Seems the VW turbo diesel is still in the lead.

Next I will factor in price difference and cost per year.

Car options are:

Diesel: VW passat, VW jetta

Gas: Mazda 3

Electric: Ford Fusion Energi

and base comparison is the VW eos using premium gas (Andy)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Still Rocking the 1st Generation iPad

Why is that? Because it just works for most of the things I want and need to do with it. Of course I am missing having a camera on this model as you know I like to blog with photos. Yeah, I could blog from my cell phone but don't really like the one I have.

There may soon come time to upgrade my tablet device, particularly in that this one can't be updated to the new OS. Until then, this is my device.

Enjoy the gear you have.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

1st Post of 2014 - On Walden Pond

So here is a New Year's resolution for 2014. Post more to my blog than I have over the past several years. I shall try.

Do other's feel that days and weeks are moving way too quickly? Not only to accomplish things and create happiness but even to keep up with the essentials.

I may need to turn to Henry David Thoreau to get some perspective and ideas for slowing down the pace of life. Would it be just wrong to read "Walden" on my Kindle as I am riding the train and subway in my 4-hour work commute? Seems like the perfect anachronism. Wait, doesn't that mean "out of time?" What about out of place and time?

Any recommendations?

Enjoy a new day.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Basecamp from 37 Signals vs Project Director from Mindjet

I am going to do an evaluation comparing Basecamp collaboration tool versus the new offering from Mindjet called Project Director. I like the simplicity of Basecamp and have been a user for more than five years but I also like the ability to mindmap in a group setting that MindManager has allowed me equally as long.

Mindmapping is also the basis for the planning approach I have developed called Visual Project Planning Method (VPPM) and that is not well supported in Basecamp since it is more task based rather than project plan based. MindManager's integration with MS Project and other MS applications is also a plus.

I will provide more direct evaluation results in an update to this post. If anyone has something to offer related to this topic please post a response or send a direct email.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Poor Sport or Bad Loser

I was playing online chess on the train commute this morning. A good game matched against an opponent only two points separating our ranking. We were into the end game and I managed to get a queen against his remaining rook. I then trapped his rook and was ready to finish him off with my queen and king to his lone king.

Rather than take his next move he offered me a draw three times. Since I had the advantage to win I declined each time. Rather than move (I would have been able to check mate in 3-4 moves) he let the time run out. I was awarded the win based on time but this seems like an approach of a poor sport.

He could have resigned or played for a stale mate draw but to offer a draw when you are behind is insulting.

Seems online games see more of that due to anonymity. Any thoughts?

Friday, June 21, 2013

So long

As in so long between posts. Not so long as in goodbye. January to June. Not that nothing has happened but way too much occurs all the time.

The brief stay at a cabin on a frozen lake in February comes to mind. I need another getaway. Thinking about a driving vacation in a camper van or small RV. Need to do some research for vehicles and route and destinations.

Enjoy whatever getaway comes your way.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


This is a test. Not a quiz or exam kind of test. An action to check if something works. My blogger app for Droid in this case. This is only a test.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Boys and Burgers

The Cheeseburger Cheeseburger 16 ounce burger challenge accepted and won.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Should have taken photo

Of Thanksgiving turkey gravy that was perfect color (for a brown). And it taste good too.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dad and son making pizzas

At wolf den outing for cub scouts. Had cooking lesson from instructors from Mercer County Community College. Learned about five tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and unami.

Papa Johns better watch out.