Fix for some Windows 7 compatibility problems

I hated Vista and actually downgraded two computers from Vista to XP. Windows 7 is a huge improvement, and I am in the process of migrating all my computers to this new operating system. As I reinstall old programs, especially those I use for astronomy and astrophotography, I find that some of them do not […]

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Trick to move off-screen windows back on screen

I have multiple monitors on my various computers. If I open and save applications with one monitor configuration, and then change the monitor configuration, or move that application to a computer with a different monitor configuration, I have a problem when I try to open that application again. The window in which it opens is […]

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The Vertical Wine Tasting at Stone Hill Winery

In a horizontal wine tasting, you sample different types of wines from different grapes, possibly from different wineries and from different years. You are sampling a shotgun variety of sometimes wildly varying textures, aromas and flavors in the hopes of uncovering a gem among rocks. In a vertical tasting, you sample the same wine from […]

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How to Nap by Maxwell and Schrodinger

Schrodinger points out that when you nap style doesn’t count. Comfort is everything. His white moustache is showing. Schrodinger illustrates sleeping position #8, nose to nose with a friend. In this case, our friend Rachel. Schrödinger shows that if you can’t find a friend to sleep with, a brother will do. This is documented proof […]

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Screen Capture for an iPhone

There is a simple way of taking a snap shot picture of whatever is currently displayed on the iPhone screen. It is described in the iPhone help files under the camera. To record the screen, press the top off-on button at the same time as the home button, the round depression at the bottom center […]

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Stories in Pictures for April 2010

The storm season began with thunderstorms building over the plains of Kansas. April is here with flowers in bloom in downtown Kansas City I bet you’re thinking, “How is it possible for this kid to have such great aim?” In this one of the many fountains in the “City of Fountains”, Kansas City, the water […]

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Maxwell and Schrodinger at 2 Years Old in 2003

Since we kept our two cats as inside only cats, I felt sorry for them not having a chance to learn to hunt. So, I bought a live mouse for them to practice with. I don’t think they had a clue what to do with it. Goldfish, on the other hand, were more interesting. I […]

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“We Broke It, Now We Own It!”

In the summer of 2009, we caught five raccoons over a period of about a month using a live trap. I would shove the trap and raccoon in the back on my car, drive it two miles and across a freeway to a lake with acres of wilderness and release it. These were five fewer […]

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University Astronomy 101 in Your Pocket

Now that you have discovered how much you love astronomy, do you regret not paying attention in your college classes, or kick yourself for not even taking an Astronomy class when you had the chance? It’s not too late. In fact, you can listen and view Astronomy 101 classes from some of the top universities […]

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A Perspective from Picasso

Picasso was on a long train ride, on one of those trains that has seats facing each other. Across from him sat a man who recognized him, but said nothing for a good 30 minutes, and then began mumbling to himself, “don’t like it. ….can’t understand it….shouldn’t be allowed…” After a few of these comments, […]

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Life Is Too Short To Drink Cheap Wine

For 35 years, I’ve occasionally drunk wine. For most of this time, I didn’t have much of a discriminating pallet, even with a few casual wine tasting classes and visits to wineries. And then I had a chance to sample a glass of Silver Oak Cabernet. This was a $70 bottle of wine. After this […]

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The Best BBQ Chicken in the World

The best BBQ chicken in the world is “beer in the butt” chicken. I heard about this way of cooking chicken on a grill many years ago, tried it and was hooked. Apparently, I am not the only one. I did a Google search and found more than 16,000,000 entries for beer in the butt […]

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