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It has taken me five months to find the time to edit and post last year's (2012) Christmas Lights to music.

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I own a HP LaserJet 3500 color printer. One of my biggest irritations with with HP printers is the so-called smart chips built into the toner cartridges. When a toner cartridge costs $150.00 I want to use it until it runs out of toner or the print quality declines to where it is no longer acceptable. Unfortunately, HP's smart chip cartridges don't give you those options.

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This blog post is rather long but if you take the time to read it, you'll learn about a real problem in how climate (and many social issues) is measured and presented to the public in the form of graphs. My intent here is not to say that all graphs are wrong but rather to show how most graphs in the media and Internet are misleading because of statistical mistakes (or intentional "cherry picking") that is easy to spot if you simply look at the timeline. As we work our way through, I want to share some interesting factoids about our planet's climate system that you may find rather amazing.

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I kind of made a commitment to self to not blog on real technical subjects but this was too cool to pass up. I heard that there was a recent study on temperature reconstruction for the past 2000 years completed by Dr. Ljugzvist in 2009 and updated in 2010.

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I've been putting this recipe off for quite awhile. The problem is meatloaf is my most favorite dish ever. But vegan meatloaf? I played with the thought that with some of the experience I've developed, I could pull it off with some resemblance of the dish I used to love so much. So I finally got up the gumption and give it a try.

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First and foremost, congratulations Barney and Sam!

This video set consists of 11 high definition videos arranged in the same order and title as they appear in the chapters in the wedding DVD I edited and presented to the bride and groom and immediate family...

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Everyone who knows me knows that my concept of creativity always involves technology - knobs, bells, miles of wires, computers, circuit boards and lights - lots of lights. They also know that each year I put on a Christmas music to lights show with each year having a different theme. This year's theme is "Dancing Christmas Trees"...
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The 2011 Christmas season is just about here. Most people start preparing for Christmas just after Thanksgiving. This year, I started preparing in August! And let me tell you, I've been busy getting ready for this year's Christmas since then...
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It was time for our annual pilgrimage out to the desert West of Las Vegas to view the Leonid meteor shower. Every November 17 brings one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. Most years bring between 20 to 40 meteors per hour (a normal night's meteorite count ranges around 11 per hour). However, occasionally the Leonids can produce spectacular meteor storms with several thousand meteorites per hour...
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I just added a new mouth watering recipe for Spaghetti alla Bolognese to the Vegan Recipes section of our site. If you're in the mood for a meaty Italian favorite (without meat of course), give it a try.
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A Change of Venue

May 29, 2011

When I first started my web site, it was intended mostly to keep family - spread to all four corners of the country - up to date with what my wife and I are up to. Being somewhat passionate about science and politics, I broached these subjects in many of my posts. Interspersed with such posts, I indeed wrote about personal experiences...
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Even a small tear in a tent can become problematic when camping. It can let in rain, bugs, and worse, grow larger to the extent the tent is no longer useable. Fortunately, repairing a tear is actually easier than most people would imagine and the tools to make a repair are easy to pack and use in the field. Basically, there are only four relatively inexpensive items you need to create a tent repair kit...
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With camping season here, I decided to do something I've been wanting to do for some time - write about my outdoor experiences. This is the first of what I hope to be many camping experience, equipment review, and how to blogs related to the outdoors.

I spent several weeks looking for and researching portable propane powered camp ovens as I wanted to add the capability of baking to my camp kitchen. There's nothing more tasty than fresh baked cinnamon rolls with fresh brewed coffee in the morning when camping. I was hoping to find something compact yet functional...
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I've been a member of several Rottweiler on-line forums for some time. One of the most common questions I see asked on the forums is "how do I get my puppy to stop biting and challenging me?" I smile when I read such posts because the person asking the question has never raised a Rottweiler before and thinks their dog is going to grow up to be vicious. While the first may be true - the person hasn't raised a Rottweiler before - the puppy isn't going to grow up to be vicious. The puppy is being a normal healthy puppy....
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Robotic Surgery

July 15, 2010

It has been a few months since I last blogged. Back in March I blogged about an antibiotic that nearly killed me. In that blog I mentioned that my PSA levels went up and I was being treated for a prostate infection. Following a number of months of taking antibiotics, my PSA level kept going in the wrong direction. To make a long story short, a second biopsy was done and found cancer....
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A Little Joy

March 25, 2010

Since loosing Sissy to cancer, we've been looking for a reputable breeder within driving distance in search for our next "little girl." We've researched quite a few breeders and their breeding lineage. We finally located a breeder in Arizona that has an impressive litter of pups. We got the pick of the litter. Meet Joy...
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Some six months ago, I had a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test come back indicating possible cancer. Immediately, I had flashbacks to 10 years ago when my life turned into a nightmare over one of these tests. To make a long story short, back then I was advised by my doctor to sign up for a cancer research program at John Hopkins as it seemed I had an aggressive form of cancer...
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Goodbye To A Loving Friend

February 27, 2010

This morning my wife and I had to say goodbye to Sissy, our beautiful and devoted rottweiler. She was our adventure companion and a loving member of our family.
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This is one of my earlier outdoor life pieces that I wrote for the international edition of the Land Rover Monthly (LRM) magazine. This story covers a Land Rover Rendezvous in Death Valley, California - an event that attracted Land Rover enthusiasts from around the world...
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