Tsunami: Before and After

I came across some dramatic satellite photos, with before and after shots, that provide stark evidence of the destruction caused by the recent Asian tsunami. At first, things don’t look so bad, but starting about 1/3 of the way through the series one suddenly realizes that there was more destruction over a larger area than … Read more

Managing MP3 Files Using MediaRage

I spent some time today managing my digital music collection, adding tags such as artist, album, date and so on. I have a variety of mp3s of live concert recordings. As such, I get no help from the online CD information services like CDDB and freedb as they are only aware of commercial releases. Adding … Read more

MarsEdit Test Post; Driving on Icy Roads

I’ve tried a number of blog editors, such as Ecto and a couple of others, and none offered enough value for me to switch away from typing posts directly into the standard MovableType textentry form. Occasionally, I’ll edit using BbEdit, but that’s rare. I’ve been hearing enough about MarsEdit, a new blog editor from the … Read more

Friday Glowrocks Blogging

Hey, I’ve seen Friday Orchid Blogging as well as the now prototypical Friday Cat Blogging, so I’m adding Friday Glowrocks Blogging, a new, occasional feature of this site featuring images from my collection of fluorescent minerals. Glowrocks is a term I coined for referring to minerals that fluoresce under ultraviolet (UV) lighting. This week’s entry … Read more

Lindsborg Weather Blog

At the risk of turning this into a Lindsborg weather blog, today we’ll take a look at the beauty that results after the cold rain and snow we’ve had the past couple of days. It was miserable out (it took Sheryl twice as long as normal to get to Salina for Adelia’s surgery), but like … Read more

Healthy Living

and good genes … Sheryl took her 89 year old aunt up to Salina for eye surgery today. During the course of the pre-op discussion it came out that Adelia had only been in the hospital one other time in her whole life! That was for an illness, so today was her first ever surgical … Read more

The Ultimate Sacrifice?

The president remarked, regarding the the difficulties that political life imposes on a politician’s family, “It’s the ultimate sacrifice, really”. Speaking to a gathering of newly elected members of congress, he continued, “sacrifice your privacy; it’s a sacrifice of time with your kids.” The stunning lack of insensitivity embodied in the above remark can only … Read more

Site Updated

In (almost) less time than it takes to write about it, I’ve updated the site to the latest version of MovableType, 3.14. This version offers little in terms of new visible functionality, but behind the scenes major improvements have been made in how MT responds to and manages comment spam. In particular, unnecessary site rebuilds … Read more

Russian Tea Cakes

When I was younger my grandmother made these cookies around Christmas time, and they remain one of my favorite childhood holiday memories. Now I usually make them sometime during the holiday season, and this year was no exception. Russian Tea Cakes 1 C butter, softened 1/2 C powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 1/4 C … Read more