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Technology – Google Local Guides

Posted in Blogging, Fun Stuff, Internet with tags , , , , , on 2015/11/16 by rmolby

While at work something caught my eye and I ended up signing up for Google Local Guides, a program that rewards you for helping Google improve their Google Maps information.

I don’t know what yo expect from the program, but ti looks to be quite simple.

Short term, I will update location pictures with either more up-to-date version or more details, but as I gain experience, I will try to provide useful information about the location I am updating, and as I gain experience, I will post about it here.

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Google Doodles for 15 Nov

Posted in Blogging, Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Holiday, Internet, Misc, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2013/11/15 by rmolby

2013 – Romania

Emil Racoviță's 145th Birthday

Emil Racoviță’s 145th Birthday

Emil Racoviță (Romanian pronunciation: [eˈmil ˈrakovit͡sə]; also spelled Racovitza; 15 November 1868 – 17 November 1947) was a Romanian biologist, zoologist, speleologist, explorer of Antarctica and the first biologist in the world to study the arctic life.

Together with Grigore Antipa, he was one of the most noted promoters of natural sciences in Romania. Racoviță was the first Romanian to have gone on a scientific research expedition to the Antarctic, more than 100 years ago, as well as an influential professor, scholar and researcher. (WikiPedia)

2012-2001 – none

2009 – Japan

Shichi-go-san 2000

Shichi-go-san 2000

Shichi-Go-San (七五三?, lit. “Seven-Five-Three”) is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend. (WikiPedia)

1999-1998 – none

Later I will research some historical facts later to fill in the missing years.

Horoscope – 2013.01.06

Posted in Blogging, Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Health, Spirituality, Wordpress with tags on 2013/01/06 by rmolby

CANCER Jan, 06, 2013

Chaos isn’t necessarily a bad thing, Moonchild. Chaos is defined as a place of great disorder or confusion. Your life may seem that way right now, but that’s probably because everything hasn’t yet fallen into place. There has been some upheaval in your life recently, and the dust hasn’t settled – even though it may have been awhile. The reason for this is that you may not believe it will – or can – settle down. You may fear that things will never be as you envisioned them, due to a fearful mood. But overwhelmingly positive change is imminent. Something wonderful has the power to settle everything into place so that the life you’ve imagined can begin to take root. Remain hopeful and positive.

I can definitely relate to the chaos part. While recovering from my kidney stone health issue, I am getting a chance here and there to sit back and look at the world go by.

We are living in crazy times, in a crazy civilization, where a crazy planet is throwing crazy curve-balls our way.

I don’t know what to make of the horoscope other than to keep sitting back and letting life go by so I can watch and observe, hopefully I can see a glimmer of the “wonderful.”

Ramblings for 2012.11.25

Posted in Blogging, Economy, Misc, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on 2012/11/25 by rmolby
The front and base of the iPhone 3GS.

The front and base of the iPhone 3GS. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alright,

first of all, I’m glad we got through the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday without any incidents in our immediate and extended family (as far as we have heard as of this morning).

Next, I tried out the iPhone version of the WordPress.com mobile app, and I’m both impressed and disappointed  Let me address the disappointed part first.

As I detailed in my previous post I was out of town and wanting to make a blog post, so I tried out the current version of the iPhone WordPress.com blog CMS app. I worked great for doing some basic posting and I may not be totally impressed with it because I was operating on the AT&T Edge network out in the boonies, where part of our extended family lives.

That said, the biggest issue for me is being able to create or look up the related content links and references I usually include in my posts. Also, adding pictures or logos provided or linked by WordPress.com seemed to be lacking/missing/not obvious.

Now, on to the good part(s), I like the app and hope the Android version is just as good or better. The app will allow me to create more posts and I can always edit them later for layout and additional content. I like the fact that I can now post anywhere, any time, as long as I have at least Edge Network access. I’m sure as I use the app and get more familiar with it, I will find many other things I like about it and maybe even figure out how to overcome some of the issues I listed above.

Overall, I will give this app a 4.5 star rating when I get time to write a review.

Next, on Black Friday. The only thing I am interested in for the November holiday period is to replace my aging and under-classed (in performance  iPhone 3GS with an Android device. Currently I am contemplating the Samsung Galaxy SII (GS2 for short) because for Cyber Monday AT&T will be offering it for a penny with a 2 year contract!

I like the penny part, not so much the contract, though. But, the two phones I really would like to have, are the Samsung Galaxy Note II (G-Note2) or the Samsung Galaxy SIII (GS3). Either are too expensive and I cannot afford to shell out that much money for a device that will be out of date in only 3-4 months.

With a ROM update to Jelly Bean Android OS, the GS2 should serve me well for the next two years, and maybe if I get a bonus or something over the next few months, I can just buy a unlocked G-Note2 when they become available on the surplus market for a reasonable price.

Now, back to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday issues. I really hate all the sheeple that crowd to the retailers to “get a deal” just to get a sale deal, not because they “need or really, really, really want a device” bad, but just to get the savings or deal, because it’s not really a deal, if you shop around throughout the year, you can get just as good or better deals. I have passed up almost two years of upgrade deals and pushed my iPhone 3GS to it’s operating limit and it is starting to not work correctly due to its age and lower performance specifications.

So, for all you sheeple out there, wake the F%^& up and don’t fall for all the hype. It’s really only there for them to sell the older stock of products, and the new stock of items at still profitable levels. They are luring you in to bolster their profit margin, and to reduce their older inventory, so when it comes time to report to the IRS, they don’t have to report stocked inventory which is more expensive than to report profit, which they can offset with tax credits and tax shelters.

You are playing into their hands at your expense. Don’t. If you are like me and have a 3+ year old device that is reaching end-of-life, go for it. But don’t hesitate to check your carrier/vendor for deal throughout the year. Like many carriers, when they get a new flagship model, the older ones are reduce in price or put on sale usually the same day or week. Those are the true deals, because you can get what used to be the flagship, top of the line model, and still very capable device for a much lower price than someone paid for just a few days prior to the release of the new model.

Alright, enough ranting. Ya’ll have a good day/week/remaining year.

Ramblings for 2012.09.07

Posted in Blogging, Misc with tags , , on 2012/09/07 by rmolby

Well, today I spent the morning mowing the back and front lawn. I had to bag some of it because it was too tall in spots. By the time I got done it was approaching 95 degrees Fahrenheit, about 5 degrees above my thermal limit, so now I am tired, worn, and am getting a heat exhaustion head ache.

Despite this, I will try to make a few posts this weekend.

I think I will try to post a couple more M:TG cards, and talk about Bitcoin and Litecoin. Maybe a few other things will come to me. Stay tuned.

While you wait for me next post on the Friday, why don’t you visit this site and earn some free BitCents, and if you feel my blog is worth it, donate a little of it to my blog.

Bitcoin QR code for Friday

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LiteCoin QR code for Friday

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Ramblings for 2012.08.02

Posted in Blogging, Misc with tags , , , , , on 2012/08/02 by rmolby

Alright, I’m still finding my way on my blog. I don’t have a consistent way of using the post heading, but I’m slowly getting there. If it is a major category, such as Magic: The Gathering then I will put something like “MTG-” or similar at the beginning of the subject/title.

In addition, I will start using the 24 hour clock, also known as military time, and the date in Year/Month/Day format. These are all things I have to do at work and is also something most people outside of the USA are used to, so only my fellow American may have to adjust a little.

Alright, what else.

Oh yeah, what stinking hot weather we are having. Yesterday we recorded 113F (62.8C). That is just absolutely crazy. I am so ready to move to coastal Pacific North West or northern Idaho!

If anyone knows of someone that needs a Microsoft Network Administrator in the Seattle area, or in Coeur d’Alene or Sandpoint Idaho, please contact me. If it pays $65-80k in Idaho and more than $80K Seattle I’m interested.

Currently I don’t have a degree. I only have my A+ certification, although I am slowly trying to study for my MCITP certification.

I’m pretty good with administering MS Server 2008 R2 and SQL 2008 in a specialized department of the DoT, the FAA in specific. Anyway, I would love to find a place to work up north where it rarely breaks over 90F!

Anyway, my car overheated on the way to work from lunch and again from work to home, and my body is trying to recover, so I’m falling asleep as I’m  working on this.

I also swapped out the thermostat and gasket, which didnt fix the problem, so I drained the cooling system and refilled it with streight water, so all I gotta do this evening is add the radiator flush and run it, drain and flush it again with water twice and then drain the system completely and put fresh coolant in it.

I don’t think I’ll get all of it done tonight, but hopefully I can get the flush all out and let it sit overnight with only water in it, drain and fill in the morning and maybe still go to work.

 

Not much new (NMN)

Posted in Blogging, Misc, Wordpress on 2012/05/16 by rmolby

Well, I’m back from my trip to Atlantic City. It went well for the most part.

I’m too tired to write more right now, but want to make a quick post to let everyone know I’m still alive.

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