This is a screenshot of the middle of Texas, with Dallas-Fort Worth at the top, San Antonio at lower left, and Houston at lower right. My city barely shows up at this level of zoom. (Click image to see full-size screenshot.) So there’s a noise map now, if you need a temporary-but-fun diversion from other[…]
Note the “I don’t care” response after I pointed out the quote was fake. As I said in my previous entry: If someone else posts fake news, I’ll let them know. This hasn’t won me many friends, but I’m not in life to have a bunch of friends who share fake news. It just so[…]
If you’ve been keeping up, Daylight Saving Time is one of my pet peeves. We began the farce again early this morning. One reason we keep doing it is because governments are loathe to undo anything they’ve done, no matter how silly it later turns out to be. Another reason, I suspect, is that media[…]
This entry was originally published Dec. 31, 2013, but has been updated several times since then. The updates are here at the top, marked as such. UPDATE, 2014.05.31: It seems that Twitter conversation fixed the problem. We received only one call from HFS after that, the next day I think, and then they stopped for[…]
In various photography forums, I regularly see this old saw bandied about: “Your shutter speed controls the ambient-light exposure, while your aperture controls the flash exposure on your subject.” (Quoted from this page.) For me, the whole “shutter speed for ambient, aperture for flash” axiom has a few major problems.
For all the well-meaning cousins, siblings, friends, co-workers, and strangers over the years who’ve insisted that I “have to” buy a Mac or an iPhone or an iPad, this is for you: Why I Won’t Buy iAnything This why I won’t buy them. It has nothing to do with you buying them if you like.[…]
If you live in a small town like the one I called home in Oklahoma for nine years, bureaucracy really isn’t an issue, though local officials try really hard to degrease the wheels of progress. If you need to know something, you can ask the mayor when you see him in church on Sunday, or[…]
As far back as I can remember, members of my family have been correcting Trivial Pursuit (and other trivia games’) answers. Other families probably do this too. Occasionally, there would be an answer that just didn’t sound right, or one that a member of our family simply knew to be untrue. In the old days,[…]
(Disclaimer: When I started using the term “Imaginary Time” several years ago to refer to Daylight Saving Time, I had no idea it was a term related to quantum mechanics, with an entirely different meaning. So I offer my apologies to any quantum mechanics folks who might be reading this *.) The way we measure[…]
I first learned about WordPress post revisions when I began wondering why my blog entries aren’t consecutive numbers. For example, this entry is numbered “1599” — something that WordPress does automatically. But the previous entry was “1576”. Shouldn’t this one be 1577? No, because WordPress uses the in-between numbers to save “post revisions”. That means[…]
I already own a home on a tiny little property. I like it. I plan to live here at least until it’s paid off. But, like many people, I enjoy browsing through the “Free! Take One!” home sales magazines you’ll often find stacked in corners of supermarkets. You can always dream of buying that well-appointed,[…]
One of my many pet peeves is shortened words. Well, words or phrases that are shortened poorly. For example, cellular telephone has been shortened to cell in the U.S. Fortunately, many people actually say phone, which is much better. Why? Phone already means telephone. Cell, on the other hand, never meant telephone. It referred to[…]
It’s always bugged me when a reporter (either in print, on the web, or on TV) uses himself or his/her news organization in the story — except for the rare case where it’s actually part of the story. And of course, when I actually got a job as a reporter, I learned it’s generally a[…]
Two decades ago, I was ahead of the times, even among my own generation. Now it appears I’m way behind. Though it was a conscious decision, it sometimes feels like the wrong decision. Discuss:
Two weeks ago, I mentioned the kinds of photography blogs I don’t like to read, and listed two specifically that I do like. Now I’m retracting part of that statement.
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to the origin of the phrase “Indian giver”. Wikipedia says it arose from the white man’s misunderstanding of Native American trading practices. Other sites of reference point to the Native practice of demanding a gift be returned if the recipient later dishonored the gift. Still[…]
It really bugs me when people make blanket statements about a region of the country (or part of the world) that not only is inaccurate, but shows that they’ve never been there — or worse, weren’t paying attention when they were there.
I’m getting tired of Google. No, I’m not the type of person who moves on to the next website simply because it’s there. I don’t follow trends or fads and I never have — even as a teenager. I like to find something that works for me and stick with it. Call me old-fashioned. That’s[…]
“Smart phone” users are starting to be more annoying than Facebook users. (Why I’m not on Facebook.) Perhaps the most annoying characteristic of a Facebook user (at least the ones I know) is that they can’t comprehend why the rest of us aren’t part of it — and of course they ignore the fact that[…]
I’m often irritated by poor grammar and spelling on the internet (and elsewhere), but lately what bugs me even more are the random “rules” bandied about by the grammar police. If you and a friend are playing Monopoly and disagree on the rules, you can always check the list of rules included with the game.[…]