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Relating to holidays, events, vacations, short trips or maybe just big get-togethers.

Written By: Gary on April 1, 2012 No Comment

Trust no one!!


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Written By: Gary on July 4, 2011 3 Comments

I love fireworks! I hate waiting for them, but I love the show itself! This is a sequence I animated from the show that I saw last night.

If you’re viewing it on a devices that won’t show the animation, it’s probably really boring looking!

This is another U.S. holiday that I’m sure more people forget what it’s for. It’s not the 4th of July, it’s Independence Day, it’s for celebrating our freedom!

Written By: Gary on May 29, 2011 No Comment

Lots of little things to do.

I’ve gotten two 8+ hours of sleep this weekend! Usually I get 11-14 on Friday and then nothing good on Saturday. If I can do this again, I’ll be up early for the sunny day tomorrow and maybe be on track for the rest of the week!

  • Go out to breakfast. Why? Because I never do… Done: Big Boy buffet, a little disappointing, but they had great dessert!
  • Bike ride: Not sure where though. All the Hines Drive entrances are closed from flooding and I’m sure even more so today. Done: I couldn’t really go as far as I wanted, I parked at HFCC and biked over to Hines Drive but the police made me leave…
  • sunwithclouds.pngBut the weather reports are so conflicting on if it’s going to be nicer this morning or early afternoon. Result: It was nicer than it was supposed to be for longer than it was supposed to be!
  • Clean my house (more).
  • Home Depot to replace one of my room darkening blinds, it’s in pretty bad shape. Done: And I even hung it.
  • Dry cleaners to drop off two things to get fixed: a shirt that had a piece of tape (or something) stuck to the back and a belt loop on one of my better pairs of jeans. Done: Dropped off at the Wash Haus which has the best customer service.
  • Costco: I need a bunch of stuff, but the other stuff takes priority. I can do it after work on Tuesday if I don’t do it today (I assume they are closed Memorial Day). Done:
  • Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series BBC Warner

  • Watch Doctor Who Confidential (the making of). I want to see what everyone was thinking about the bomb they dropped on us at the end. Done: Not a lot of insight, but it makes me the that it (I’m avoiding spoilers) has only been since the beginning of the season (and not longer).
  • Watch Doctor Who again. Now that I know the ending, and I’ll have seen the making of, I’m ready to pay more attention. Done: Caught a few things I hadn’t before, understood a bunch of things that I caught before but didn’t understand the implications. Enjoyed it again!
  • Kick myself some more that I never realized that Amy has been wearing the same plaid shirt all season (see Doctor Who above). Done: Duh!!!
  • Coca-Cola is on-sale at Kroger, 4 for $10. I really need some cans and bottles! Done: Actually decided to go back get even more.
  • Maybe:

  • Set up that scanner that I keep meaning to set up. But that just sounds like a distraction from cleaning.
  • Tomorrow:

  • Dearborn parade in the morning.
  • Bike and blade multiple times for the rest of the day. Not sure where. I can’t imagine Hines Drive will be any more open then.
  • Written By: Gary on February 14, 2011 No Comment

    Continuing the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I have a few “romantic” cartoons for you…

    This is from indexed.
    They do a chart, graph or Venn diagram every day.

    You’ll need to click this one, it’s got a few more frames to it…
    This is from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
    Yes, it’s a little strange but not as cynical as this one.

    Have a great one!!!

    Written By: Gary on February 14, 2011 2 Comments

    Have a great Valentine’s Day everyone. You might not be with someone, but there’s still someone out there looking for you.

    Beach Couple Ylang Ylang
    A couple in love on their honeymoon…*

    At least I’m hoping there’s still someone out there looking for me…

    * I have no idea if they’re on a honeymoon, but it’s what I choose to imagine for today!

    Written By: Gary on December 28, 2010 No Comment

    Just a quick pan of the upper falls in Montezuma. I’m thinking they’re about 40+ feet, but looking how tiny the people at the top looks I want to say it’s taller. Next trip I’m bringing a ball of string to drop over the edge and then I’m just measuring it…

    The thumbnails is small but the video is bigger or you can watch in a larger window.

    FYI, The guy at the end of the video (above) is standing right at the top of the lower falls (130 feet is).

    Actually, the (video) is of the second falls, right above these falls is another pool with some 20 foot falls.


    This was just a quick update since I haven’t done much of an update lately…

    Written By: Gary on December 25, 2010 No Comment

    In Montezuma, Christmas at the beach is like any other day, it’s Pura Vida! Which means “pure life”…

    You can watch this in HD.

    I’m off to Christmas Dinner at Cafe Organico and will be listening to Aelias while I’m there…

    Written By: Gary on December 24, 2010 One Comment

    Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I was down by the ocean this evening and the colors in the sky were looking great and I shot some video so I’m sharing my Christmas Eve with all of you…

    It’s even prettier in HD.

    Sadly, Montezuma is on the wrong side of the peninsula so this is all that I can see from here. But I still think the colors looked excellent tonight!

    Written By: Gary on December 19, 2010 One Comment

    It was the extended family Christmas celebration today, there were 20 people or so there. Most of my aunts, uncles, cousins and cousins kids were there. Just a lot of food, hanging out, playing Apples to Apples, hide and seek and all sorts of other stuff. It was great seeing everyone and it was at my Mom’s house (she hasn’t had the extended Christmas for years!) so that made it even better.

    As I was unloading the chairs and stuff from my car, my iPhone reminded me of something else Christmas-ish.


    So I hopped back into my car and drove over to Greenfield Village to catch the Christmas Fireworks! It’s only 3 miles from my house, so it was just a quick trip.


    They do a big old fashioned Christmas evening, if you’ve never been you need to go, and they end it with fireworks so I just drove nearby to a place where I could see them. They do it about six or seven times per season, they’re still doing it through the 27th of this month (but they sell out, so don’t wait).

    Written By: Gary on November 25, 2010 No Comment

    Everyone’s definition of family differs and so do the types of things they’re thankful for. I’m thankful that I’m healthy, employed and have friends & family that care about me.


    From Joy of Tech.

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    Written By: Gary on November 7, 2010 One Comment

    So “What do you think of holiday wish lists – tacky or useful? Do you make one for anyone? For whom if so? What is on your wish list this year?” is this week’s Friday Question.

    I’ve always been hard to buy for, so I like the Amazon wish lists. It gives people some idea of what I want. They don’t have to buy off of it, but don’t act you have no idea what to get me when I’ve got a list of items from $10-$1000 :)

    This is my wish list: a few books, Blu-Rays, a bike rack, a camera lens and a few other things. Feel free to shop for me *.

    There is always concerts and such too, but it’s hard to surprise me with those kinds of things since you need to make sure I’m available (or didn’t already buy tickets). Plus, I’d rather be surprised.

    On the other hand, do not tell me what to buy for you or some other family member. You can suggest something, but if I say yes, please don’t tell someone else the same item. Point me to a wish list if you like, but it’s my option. Although I do like it when children tell me what they’d like, especially if they don’t tell anyone else…

    * The wish lists also have the option for someone you don’t know to buy you an item and have it shipped to you even if the sender doesn’t know your mailing address. Although, I’ve never received anything that way before.

    Written By: Gary on April 25, 2010 No Comment

    So when I went to the launch of the Space Shuttle a few weeks ago it was pretty strange. The launch was at 6:21am but my parking placard (permit) said to be there by midnight. So there was a lot of time to kill before the launch. I had causeway tickets, but the (shuttle) buses don’t even start running until 3:30 am.

    The visitor’s center was crazy place. It’s just like if you went there in the daytime and everything is open: IMAX, gift shop, the “rides”, just about everything (not the bus tours around the space center). Excepts it’s dark and people are sleeping on the lawn and on benches and wherever (made me think of refugees).

    Here’s the direct link and it’s also in HD.

    It was just an interesting experience to be there for. I’m sure the video doesn’t share the experience properly. I didn’t get any footage of the people on the lawns, if I find some I’ll add them to the post.

    Here’s a clip that I shot a minute later on the way to the car; I guess I was pretty excited when I got there, duh?!?

    FYI, tickets for STS-132 go on sale in the morning at 8:45a ET on Monday, April 26, 2010. The causeway will be gone a few minutes after 9, I bet the visitor’s center will be gone by 9:30 (I think they’re about $65 and $40 each).

    Written By: Gary on April 4, 2010 No Comment

    So this is my Easter dinner and I’m pretty excited about it. We haven’t had McRib sandwiches in Michigan for the longest time. I heard rumors of them in Florida but we couldn’t find them anywhere we looked when I was here last summer.


    I heard these were in the Orlando area and I didn’t even have to hunt for one. Teresa called around for me and found this one in Daytona Beach. My McRib has no pickles on it (yuck!) and it’s awesome!

    Written By: Gary on December 31, 2009 No Comment

    I hope everyone has a great 2010!

    Next year I’m hoping for a few things:

  • An Apple Tablet of some sorts.
  • A trip (or 3) to Costa Rica – It’s only been 8 months but it seems like years.
  • Better blogging – I really plan to post better/often next year.
  • More snow – We haven’t really gotten any this winter and do enjoy how it looks.
  • Tethering from AT&T for the iPhone.
  • I don’t think we’re getting:

  • World Peace.
  • A better economy – But at least it keeps my adjustable rate mortgage down.
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    Written By: Gary on December 24, 2009 One Comment

    Have a nice Christmas everyone!!

    • Be nice
    • Be thankful
    • Be good

    And drive safe if you’re heading out anywhere!

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    Written By: Gary on December 20, 2009 No Comment

    I’ve got a little more information on the next two Doctor Who specials than when I mentioned it a few days ago.

    dwlogo.pngI spotted on the BBC America site that the End of Time part one will be on Saturday, December 26, 2009. Only a day after it shows in the UK. Part two will be on Saturday, Jan 2, 2010.

    I’m assuming this fits with my guess that part 2 will be on the BCC on January first, although I guess the BBC could be showing it earlier than that.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, the image is of the new Doctor Who logo.

    FYI, Amazon already has Doctor Who: The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2 DVD or Blu-Ray available for pre-order. Although I can’t figure out why the Blu-Ray is $1.50 cheaper than regular DVD…

    Written By: Gary on December 18, 2009 No Comment

    Only seven more days until the Christmas Doctor Who special The End of Time. This is the first of a two-part episode which would be the last episodes starring David Tennant. I’m assuming since that part two will be on New Year’s day (they keep saying he’ll be The Doctor until 2010). You can watch the first 3 minutes of the The End of Time here.


    While it’s the “Christmas Special” it’s not as special as usual since we didn’t get a 13 episode season this year with a special to hold us off until the next year, we only got a few specials for the whole year. But it is special as it marks the end of David Tennant’s reign as The Doctor. It’s assumed he’ll be dying and regenerate as the new doctor. I’ll miss his character, but maybe in a few years I’ll mix the stories up and not remember who was The Doctor in some of the earlier episodes…

    I also assume they’ll be a plethora of guest stars on the episode. To get everyone to fit in as a guest star I’m assuming it’ll take place a few years ago but I’m still not sure how that’d get Rose, Martha, Donna and The Master to fit in; although I’d guess the Master could have shown up here before Rose disappeared into the other parallel Earth, but from the preview it makes me think The Master regenerated after season three (Martha) so I’m just guessing.

    More wallpapers and images can be found here, remember the BBC won’t show video or audio outside the UK.

    I’m not sure when BBC America will be showing these two episodes. Traditionally the BBC has aired them weeks first, but I’m not sure why it matters these days.

    Next season, starting sometime next year, will start a new doctor and a new companion. Next year will be also be directed (and written) by Steven Moffat, I’m kind of excited about that. I’ve been a fan of Steven Moffat who has done a few doctor who episodes. He also wrote the Jekyll miniseries on the BBC a year or two ago which was pretty interesting. He also wrote the Coupling series (which got old after the first few seasons). I can’t wait to see what different direction he takes the new younger doctor and his new companion in.

    Written By: Gary on November 21, 2009 No Comment

    Yes, I know I’m a little late to be pointing out Halloween costumes, but I thought this was awesome.


    She went out as “low resolution”! Looks great too!

    Found at KindaCarSick

    Written By: Gary on September 19, 2009 No Comment

    200Px-Talk Like A Pirate DayToday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!!!

    If you’re not sure how, here’s how to talk like a pirate.

    Here’s the direct link.

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    Written By: Gary on March 27, 2009 No Comment

    wwf.pngSo for one hour on March 28, 2009 at 8.30pm the WWF and Earth Hour US wants you to turn off your lights for one hour starting at 8:30 pm, it doesn’t appear to matter what time zone you’re in, just 8:30 your time.

    google-black-homepage.pngBut they appear to have certain cities on their lists that they’ve teamed up with, but they still want everyone to do it. Last year, even Google turned their home page black.

    Written By: Gary on March 14, 2009 One Comment

    It’s March 14th (3/14) and its 1:59 AM. So that makes it 3.1415926 right now. At 26 seconds and some change it will equal PI exactly…

    3.141592653987 is all that I know in my head. It’s not accurate enough for space missions or time travel but it’s more than enough for every day use. I think I used to know it for a few more digits but that’s faded away with lots of more important stuff I’m sure.

    I like this animated image since it illustrates P relatively well as being 3.14(etc) rolls of the wheel.


    Images from the PI WIkiPedia page.

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    Written By: Gary on March 3, 2009 One Comment

    We don’t get another Square Root Day for another 7 years, so be sure to celebrate wisely.

    Square Root Day

    Today is 3/3/09 and 3 x 3 = 9 or more accurately (for today) the square root of 9 is 3. And the beauty of it is that it’s 3/3/09 no matter if you do day/month/year or month/day/year so it works for people all over the world…

    Written By: Gary on February 14, 2009 No Comment

    Here’s a Valentine for all of you!


    A Sierpinski fractal Triangle diagram but with hearts (from xkcd). It’s cute if you ‘get it’.

    Written By: Gary on January 20, 2009 No Comment

    Obama-inauguration-speech, originally uploaded by abde.

    I like this word cloud of President Obama’s inauguration speech that someone put together. Here’s a larger version of the cloud and a copy of the speech (I think this is who did the word cloud).

    There’s also one for Obama’s Victory Speech.

    FYI, the whole Inauguration Speech is available in HD.

    Written By: Gary on January 1, 2009 One Comment

    Happy New Year!!!


    Have a great 2009 everyone!!!

    Written By: Gary on December 24, 2008 No Comment

    So I only thought the Santa Radar Tracker was only semi-interesting. But I brought it up for my cousins kids when I was over there tonight and they went nuts over it (from little kids to a sixth grader). They kept running in to check out where he was in the world. The fact that they give you a countdown to the next update even made it more enticing.

    They’ve got photos from various sites around the world and some locations have a video such as this one from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (which includes some very mild educational bullet points in the audio).


    Here’s the direct link to NORAD Tracks Santa – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (and there is a High quality link on that page).

    Here’s a little background at the Google Lat Long Blog about the Santa Tracker (and the regular Google Blog).

    UPDATE: At 11:11 PM he made it to the United States. I like the video from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

    Written By: Gary on December 24, 2008 No Comment

    tree2008.JPGEveryone, please travel safe during the holiday festivities! In Michigan the roads are awful but be careful no matter how the roads are (especially if you’re drinking while celebrating).

    Be thankful that you get to spend time with your family and friends. It’s a time to be nice (so don’t fight with your family about stupid things)!

    And if you’re in a place that has snow, don’t forget to go for a ride and look at the Christmas lights!




    Written By: Gary on December 21, 2008 No Comment

    I swear that I eat more candy and desserts more the last two weeks of December than I do the rest of the year. Plus it’s usually mixed with a few drinks. Not a good mix for my stomach any time of the year let alone the holidays.

    On the other hand it’s really nice to see friends and family!!!

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    Written By: Gary on November 27, 2008 No Comment

    While my life has been pretty cRaZy this past year it’s been awesome lately. I’m very happy with most parts of my life and I am looking forward to the future. It’s looking very promising with lots of things to be thankful for :)

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

    On this holiday note, I have no idea what I’m having for dinner today. Probably not turkey since there doesn’t seem to be any in this part of the country :)

    Written By: Gary on November 2, 2008 4 Comments

    The video shows it all.

    Here’s the original Detroit Fox video. Or try here.

    Shouldn’t this be illegal since she’s buying votes?

    Written By: Gary on October 23, 2008 2 Comments

    Candy CornSo I was thinking about Halloween and Candy Corn and here we are, with a new Halloween theme on my blog.

    I got the background tile from Fortune City.

    Written By: Gary on August 15, 2008 No Comment

    I knew Costa Rica didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day that we celebrate in the U.S. but I didn’t know why. It’s celebrated on Assumption Day the day when the Virgin Mary (Jesus’s Mother) was “was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”. Antwerp (Belgium) also celebrates Mother’s Day on on August 15th which falls on a Friday this year.

    Written By: Gary on June 29, 2008 One Comment

    Picture 3-1So my favorite place in London (England) for discount theatre tickets is TKTS half-price ticktes located in Leicester Square, it’s sort of in the park so you can’t miss it.

    I discovered they list the available tickets on-line so that’s a bonus for next trip, no reason to rush down for tickets if there isn’t anything you like!

    They are opening a second location in the Brent Cross Shopping Centre officially on June 29, 2008 but since I’m not there I can’t go check it out (that’s today!). I think they carry the same tickets at both locations.

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