Welcome 2012

3 01 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

So, has anyone else made resolutions? I prefer to set goals for the year. Here are a few of mine. If you have any you want to share, please do so.

  • Get rid of the rest of the books. 

I’ve gotten my book collection down to a manageable level but I still have far too many. My goal is to have only one bookshelf full by the end of the year. I have a digital copy of every single book I possible could have and have stored copies on a hard drive so my Kindle isn’t overloaded. As it is, if I live to be 150 I will never get through all the new books I have yet to read….and that is if I stop today. Oh well, I can think of worse problems to have.

  • Improve my health.

I know I’m a geek but running through Azaroth and killing Orcs does NOT equal a fitness program. I need to actually step away from the computer (shudder) every now and then and actually venture outside. I actually live in a really cool place. I’m not out on my porch for 5 minutes before I see other humans actually walking around. Kids play, pets roam. The last place I lived I never ever saw that. In 20 years I never saw kids playing outside. Spooky. Anyway, my goal is to get in a walk at least every other day. Outside. I’ll take my phone. LOL. Me without technology is NOT pretty.

  • Go to church more often

Bet you didn’t see THAT coming, did you? Yes, the resident Techno-Geek, holder of advance science degrees is a Christian. It’s okay; I’m Catholic. That means I’m from the branch that believes in Evolution, Medicine and all of the other advantages of the 21 century. I’m also a firm believer that a healthy spiritual life is as important as a healthy body and education. It’s all about balance my friends.

  • Read more books

Again, it’s about balance. A little less time sitting in front of the computer screen and a little more time sitting and…oh, wait. Anyway, reading on my Kindle is a good break from the instant communication world of the Internet. Oh, heck, who am I kidding? I just need to get some of the books read so I can buy more.

Well that’s it for now. See you all soon!


The Energy Detective

5 08 2009

Did you know that most households pay thousands of dollars a year for electricity? Yes, thousands! The Energy Detective (TED) can help you save 10-20% on your electric bill – hundreds of dollars – and the more you save, the more you help your neighbors, the community, and protect the environment.

Steinway & Sons Model C Music System

29 11 2008

Steinway Music System Delivers for Audiophiles Who Have It All! Music nuts lust after spatial sound: output so precise you can pinpoint each instrument’s location in the recording hall. Well, the room-size Model C isn’t just spatial, it’s intergalactic. We dare you to listen to this integrated CD player, amplifier, and speaker symphony without jumping up to conduct. While most speakers are sealed boxes, Steinway’s engineers left these open, replicating the resonance of live instruments. And unlike other systems, which convert the audio signal from digital to analog in the amp — many sound-distorting circuits and wires away from the speakers — the C is digital from source to driver. What comes out is as close as you can get to what went in; in fact, it’s so pure that experts can discern a violin’s make and country of origin. The only weak link in this six-figure aural experience might be your musical taste. So lose the Coldplay, moneybags

Ultra Cool Entertainment Center Lighting

8 11 2008

Full color Spectrum solid-state lighting system. Ideal for accent lighting and ambient lighting for confined areas. Produce any color of light at a push of a button. Six pre-programmed patterns and a music mode. Safe low-voltage no heat energy efficient and 50000-hour life. Expandable up to 6 total light bars (HTB15)Retail package Includes 2 light bars controller 6-outlet hub mounting kit and power supply15″ light bars
Excellent product!! very easy to install and set up. the only down fall is the remote is wired, but you can get use to it. the lighting system just takes a little bit to get use to and once you do it is smooth sailing. Very good product and an even better price!!!
Get yous at Amazon.

Background Music For Your Life

19 10 2008

Does your life seem dull and uninteresting compared to the drama and action of movies and television? Here at ThinkGeek Labs™ we’ve examined this phenomenon carefully. With the bevy of reality TV shows and humdrum movies we quickly decided that what people do in real life is NOT significantly less exciting than what fictional characters on the screen experience… but for some reason, real life just SEEMS much more boring. However, after days of extensive highly-scientific double blind testing we were able to discover the difference… Background Music! Your real life experiences just don’t have the needed dramatic soundtrack to back them up. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, walking your dog or chatting up that cute girl in chemistry class you need the appropriate music and sound effects to enhance the experience. Fortunately we’ve developed the solution for this irritating life boredom problem with the Personal Soundtrack T-Shirt.

This amazing new wearable audio solution features a working speaker embedded into the front of the shirt. When you push the appropriate button on the pocketable remote you get music or sound effects appropriate for any situation. Check out the chart below to see the extensive list of built in sounds and suggestions on using them for dramatic punctuation in your everyday life.

After wearing and using the Personal Soundtrack T-Shirt for one week our test subjects reported that their lives were 143% more exciting than without the shirt… plus they got more dates and their friends commented on how much cooler they were. When we tried to take the shirts back after the testing period we were overwhelmed by the sound of melancholy background music and crying.

New In-Wall Home Theater Speakers

28 08 2008

Ok, my tech post for the day goes out with a nod to the in-wall home theater speakers I recently purchased from The Speaker Store for my home theater system. These are incredible! I was watching Independence Day (again) and could literally FEEL every explosion with these. Not only that the sound of something as simple as a pin dropping was crisp and clear. It’s amazing the difference a good set of speakers can make in your movie watching experience. I also really got a kick out of listening to all the pops and sizzles of my favorite Food Network shows. It sounds like they are in the room cooking for me.

I’m a minimalist (ok, I just don’t like dusting stuff!) and these speakers being mounted in the wall makes a great deal of difference in the way the room looks. Like the sound, the room now looks crisp and clean. Of course they have the traditional wall mount and bookshelf speakers too, all being great. I just really liked the in-wall version. A lot!

106 MPG AIR-CAR to be a Reality!!!!!

9 08 2008

This is as High-Tech as it gets people!
You’ve heard of hybrids, electric cars and vehicles that can run on vegetable oil. But of all the contenders in the quest to produce the ultimate fuel-efficient car, this could be the first one to let you say, “fill it up with air.”

That’s the idea behind the compressed air car, which backers say could achieve a fuel economy of 106 miles per gallon.

Plenty of skepticism exists, but with many Americans trying to escape sticker shock at the gas pump, the concept is generating buzz.

The technology has been the focus of MDI, a European company founded in 1991 by a French inventor and former race car engineer.

New York-based Zero Pollution Motors is the first firm to obtain a license from MDI to produce the cars in the United States, pledging to deliver the first models in 2010 at a price tag of less than $18,000.

The concept is similar to how a locomotive works, except compressed air — not steam — moves the engine’s pistons, said Shiva Vencat, vice president of MDI and CEO of Zero Pollution Motors.

Gas still plays a role

The six-seater planned for the U.S. market would be able to reach speeds of more than 90 mph and have a range of more than 800 miles thanks to a dual energy engine, Vencat said.

The design calls for one or more tanks of compressed air under the car’s floor, as well as a tank holding at least 8 gallons of fuel.

Whether the engine uses just air or both air and fuel would depend on how fast the car is going. It would run purely on compressed air at speeds less than 35 mph, Vencat said.

Since the car could only go a short distance when using just air, fuel is needed to get the full range, he explained.

“Above 35 mph, there is an external combustion system, which is basically a heater that uses a little bit of gasoline or biofuel or ethanol or vegetable oil that will heat the air,” Vencat said.

“Heating the air increases its volume, and by increasing its volume, it increases [the car’s] range. That’s why with one gallon of gasoline or its equivalent we are able to make over 100 mpg.”

Vencat said an on-board compressor would refill the air tank while the car is running, or owners could refill it by plugging it into a power outlet for four hours.

Is it for real?

Experts aren’t sure Americans will be zipping around in air cars and getting 106 mpg, or more than twice the fuel economy of hybrid-electric vehicles such as the Toyota Prius.

It is possible to power a car with compressed air, but the mileage claim is “at the edge of possibility,” said John Callister, director of the Harvey Kinzelberg Entrepreneurship in Engineering program at Cornell University’s College of Engineering.

He noted that such dramatic fuel efficiency is associated with tiny experimental cars, not bigger mainstream ones.

“No one’s really proven a six-seater passenger car [can get] any better than 75 miles to the gallon. So this would represent a big step forward,” Callister said.

“They would have to prove that before they can throw rocks at the Prius.”

Another expert expressed concern about the amount of energy it would take to generate the required air pressure: 4,500 pounds per square inch, or more than 120 times the pressure inside the tires of a typical four-door sedan.

“That is above what you normally find even in an industrial setting,” said William Bulpitt, senior research engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Strategic Energy Institute.

“That takes quite a compressor to do. … It takes horsepower to compress the air up to that pressure.”

If you count that energy, it’s hard to believe the car would be that much more efficient than an electric vehicle, Callister said.

India shows interest

The compressed air car will get a chance to prove itself next year when it competes for the Automotive X Prize. The multimillion-dollar award will go to the team that “can win a stage race for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 mpg equivalent fuel economy,” according to the X Prize Foundation.

The air-car concept has also drawn the interest of Tata Motors, India’s largest automaker. The company announced an agreement with MDI last year to further develop and refine the technology.

However, the cars have yet to hit the streets in India or anywhere else.

“The project is under progress. We do not yet have any timeframe for launch,” said Debasis Ray, the head of corporate communications for Tata Motors.

Only prototypes exist at this point, Vencat said.

Light design

The body of the car planned for the United States would be built with fiberglass and injected foam. The chassis, composed of aluminum rods, would be glued together, not welded.

The design allows the car to be as light as possible, Vencat said.

For anyone who has doubts about its safety, he insisted computer simulations show that the vehicle would pass crash tests and meet all U.S. safety standards.

“Do you think somebody would actually put millions of dollars into making a car that will not pass safety regulations? There’s no point in doing that,” Vencat said.

Callister pointed out that there haven’t been any lightweight, 100-plus mpg cars to pass crash tests but said it could be done through a “very clever design” of a lightweight frame.

A good prototype could dispel many of the doubts about the compressed air car, he added.

“I don’t think we should discount this advance if it happens,” Callister said.