Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Don't Worry The Big Camera Still Works Fine

Deb trying to make the day last longer!

Just Returned From A Couple Of Dives

One giant stride into the blue... look down at my camera and see a strange pattern on the screen. Yup, flooded the underwater enclosure with salt water and sent the camera to heaven! I dunked the already soaked camera in fresh water and wiped everything off. The patient is currently resting in the sun and is hopefully drying out. I am going to wait until tomorrow afternoon and see if a miracle happens. I'm not holding my breath, but it sure would be nice if the camera came back.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Haleakala National Park

There Are A Ton Of Sea Turtles Around Maui

It's Always Something...

We may have to start warning the world when we go on vacation because there is always something exciting following us!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Picasa 3.5

Now with face recognition! You will be amazed!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Friggen Flys!

Sometimes you just have to say ENOUGH!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Cats

Two used to fit on a mouse pad.

Now, one pretty much takes up the whole desk.

How To: Rip Your Music Like a Pro

Friday, September 18, 2009


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Maybe I've Been Holding Out On You...

Here are my latest software picks for the PC.

Lightbox Plus Image Editor

  • All operations in 48-bits (16-bit-per-channel), supporting working with 48-bit files
  • RAW Support
  • Very fast and fluid controls. Most core routines written in machine-level code for speed. Not Web-Based, so it stays fast and powerful
  • Advanced and user-controlled auto balancing functions.
  • New "Smart Contrast" technology that brings the most out of your pictures
  • Red-Eye Remover with face-detection technology for easy-use, with "guaranteed red-eye removal" process.
  • Smart-Fill Light technology to fill in shadows while keeping your image looking real.
  • Easy user interface and Interactive help throughout to help you use the very powerful image processing engine
  • Remove Color Casts with our new Gray Point algorithms to bring out the most of your image and to get rid of those underlying color casts that can make your picture seem murky. Our Remove Color Cast function can show you where there is a color cast that isn't obvious, but still affecting your image.
  • you can also print, crop, resize, rotate, and undo/redo, and all of the other amenities.


With Foto-Mosaik-Edda you can create mosaic-pictures, which are composed of many small pictures (tiles), from your own photos.

The single pictures will be analysed and copied into one or more databases. You can use your holiday photos, pictures of the last family celebration or even take over whole picture-CDs into the database.

A simple to use wizard will guide you through the program and will turn the creation of your own photo-mosaic into a piece of cake. Amaze others with this extraordinary effect.

Just try it!

Ultimate Windows Tweaker v 2.0

Ultimate Windows Tweaker v 2.0 is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application to customize your Windows to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, and more secure with just a few mouse clicks. The tweaker detects whether you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista installed and accordingly offers you the relevant tweaks only.

Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from "Windows Add or Remove Programs" control panel applet.

Revo Uninstaller is a much faster and more powerful alternative to "Windows Add or Remove Programs" applet!

With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo Uninstaller analyzes an application's data before uninstall and scans after you uninstall an application. After the program's regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over on your computer. Even if you have a broken installation, Revo Uninstaller scans for an application's data on your hard disk drives and in the Windows registry and shows all found files, folders and registry keys so you can delete them.

With its unique "Hunter mode", Revo Uninstaller offers you some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful methods for uninstalling software. You can use it to manage your installed and/or running software programs.


ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:

  • Read - Read a disc to an image file
  • Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc
  • Write - Write an image file to a disc
  • Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct
  • Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing

ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.

It can burn Audio CD's from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM - including AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA and WV.

You can use it to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.

It supports Unicode folder/file names, so you shouldn't run in to any problems if you're using an international character set.

ImgBurn supports all the Windows OS's - Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and 7 (including all the 64-bit versions). If you use Wine, it should also run on Linux and other x86-based Unixes.

It's a very flexible application with several advanced features that are often lacking in other tools, especially when it comes to burning DVD Video discs. It supports all the latest drives without the need for updates (including booktype / bitsetting / advanced settings on many of the major ones - i.e. BenQ, LiteOn, LG, NEC, Plextor, Samsung, Sony).

There is an image queue system for when you're burning several images (which you can automatically share between multiple drives if you have more than one) and an easy-to-use layer break selection screen for double layer DVD Video jobs. The Automatic Write Speed feature allows you store your favourite burn speed settings on a per 'Media ID' basis, right down to a drive by drive level. Data captured during the burn (write speed, buffer levels etc) can be displayed / analysed using DVDInfoPro.

Whilst ImgBurn is designed to work perfectly straight out of the box, advanced users will appreciate just how configurable it is.

Oh and let's not forget the best thing about it.... it's 100% FREE ;-)


Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

Google Earth 5.1 Released... It's Really Fast!

The Camper Bike!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dotting The "I"

During Script Ohio, Ohio State University sousaphone player Frank Cosenza hits the ESPN cameraman with instrument. View action at 2:45 and view slow motion replay at 3:16.

Almost There

Note the two utility covers in the far right corner and how the bed ends just past them.

We have added four more birch trees that have been carefully placed to make the neighbors house disappear!

Adding More Trees

Working on making the last glimpse of anything but nature go away! This screen of trees should do the trick.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Holy Crap!

I walked up to one of our trees and this monster was rising up to the branches! With a body the size of a nickle this spider is huge! I know there are people out there who may be able to identify this thing?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009