Crazy Like A Fox?

General — Jeff Eske on January 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

It’s highly unlikely, but maybe Trump and his cronies know exactly what they’re doing here.  Maybe they are banking on the travel ban and other extreme measures making the U.S. more vulnerable to attack.  By making groups more hostile towards the U.S., it strengthens their argument that we need to tighten things down more.  It’s kind of like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

As things seem to get more and more dangerous for the U.S. and its citizens, the administration will insist that the only way to address it is through more military spending and more Orwellian oversight.  They’ll scare U.S. citizens into agreeing to letting Big Brother take care of them.

I personally think that the ban is “anti-American” seeing as how welcoming immigrants is how the country was built.  I think it does nothing but makes us more vulnerable.

Excellent RSS News Reader – GreatNews

General,Web Stuff — Jeff Eske on July 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

I’ve been using a fantastic RSS news reader for a while now and decided I should mention it.  I have a number of sites that I like to track and have been trying for some time to find a news reader that does what I’d like it to.  I’ve tried several to-date, and for one reason or another, they just haven’t panned out.  To this point, GreatNews is the best reader that I’ve found.  It’s fast and compact and does everything that I need.  And, just so you know, I’m not being compensated, etc. for posting this.  I just simply really like this program.

I’m not going to go into detail about how to use it, etc., since that’s available other places.   What I am going to tell you about is the one, totally unexpected feature that I found by accident – I can scroll my way through ALL of my feeds without stopping.  Basically, to go from page to page of articles, as well as from one folder/category to the next, all I have to do is “scroll down”.  As it jumps from page to page and section to section, it sets all of the previous articles to a “read” status. What this means for me is that I can start at the top of my news feeds and simply scroll and scroll and scroll, ’til I’m through all of them.  It seems like a really basic feature, but man is it handy.  And speedy.

Another nice thing about this reader is that it’s “portable”.  You can actually run it from a USB drive, no problem.  Just drag the GreatNews folder to your USB drive and you’re good-to-go.  One problem that I ran into when running from the USB though, was that the cleanup wizard seemed to hang sometimes.  When run from a local drive, the cleanup wizard works quickly, with no problem.  This could just be a function of the old, crappy USB drive that I’m running it from.

Anyway, if you still use an RSS reader and are looking for a fast, compact one, I’d recommend that you try out GreatNews.

Jeff

My Hobby is Post-Apocalyptic Doomsday Gold

General — Jeff Eske on March 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

It appears that, according to National Geographics “Doomsday Preppers” infographic (see the graphic and a link to the site below), my leatherworking hobby would put me in the top 10 Most Valuable Professions. You have to look pretty hard to find it (HINT: As far down and to the right as you can go).

Would You Survive Doomsday? An Infographic – Nat Geo TV Blogs

Infographic from National Geographic

Infographic from National Geographic

Dogbert Ergonomic Consulting Co. on Standing Desks

General — Jeff Eske on February 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

Dilbert 2013-02-27

Dogbert got it right.  It’s not that complicated.  Over a year and a half in and still standing.

Jeff Eske

Homemade Leather iPhone Case

General — Jeff Eske on February 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm

When I got my iPhone 4s for work, I needed to get some type of case for it.  What I started out with, was a basic case from Incipio.  The case worked great, but after a while, I realized that I needed a case that could actually carry some ID cards as well.  There are doors, as well as parking lot access gates here at work that require a swipe card for access.  I originally just carried the cards in my fancy homemade leather wallet, but that meant that I had to pull my wallet out every time.

Rather than buying an iPhone case that included a card pocket, I decided to make one.  I had already made a watch band and a wallet, so why not a phone case?  The band and the wallet were both hand-stitched, since the leather was pretty thick, but phone case leather was thin enough that I decided to give my old (OLD) Singer a run at it.  It worked perfectly.  Now, I can keep my work-related access cards together with my work-related phone.  It will comfortably hold the phone, plus a couple plastic cards and a business card or two.

Jeff Eske

iPhone case with the iPhone and cars in it.

iPhone case with the iPhone and cards in it.

 

iPhone case empty.

iPhone case empty.

 

Homemade Leather Wallet

General — Jeff Eske on February 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm

As you can probably tell from the pictures below, I’ve been using my handmade leather wallet for a while now.  I originally decided to make a new one, just to see if I could.  For years now, I’ve carried around a tri-fold wallet that would just continue collect stuff – receipts, ATM slips, business cards, you name it.  I decided that I wanted to move to a smaller wallet, to hopefully keep me from ending up with such a brick in my pocket.  So far, it’s worked pretty well.  I’m now forced to clean it out more often, which has helped to keep it smaller.  If/when I remake it, I’m probably going to make the bill area a little thicker. As you can also tell from the pictures, it’s time to clean it out again…

Jeff Eske

 

Empty wallet.  As you can see, it's taken on the shape of all the "stuff" that it carries...

Empty wallet. As you can see, it’s taken on the shape of all the “stuff” that it carries…

 

The back of the wallet.  As you can see, it's taking on a nice patina.

The back of the wallet. As you can see, it’s taking on a nice patina.

 

The wallet, fully loaded.

The wallet, fully loaded, from the top.

 

Top View - Empty

Top View – Empty

Android Watch with Homemade Leather Band

General — Jeff Eske on February 6, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I received an Android Octopus (Octopuz?) watch for Christmas 2011.  I absolutely love the watch, but decided that I didn’t really like the rubber warch band that it came with.  For a while, I wore it with a cheap steel bracelet that I picked up years ago, but that just didn’t really look right on it.  Finally, I decided that I needed to do something about it, once and for all.   I’ve been messing around doing some leather work for a while now, so decided to make a leather band for it.  I cannibalized the original rubber band for the buckle and strap hold-down, so it’s still branded like it belongs on the watch.  I really like it this way.  To me, the band makes it seem semi-formal, not as casual as it originally was.

Jeff Eske

Stock image of Octopus with rubber strap.

Stock image of Octopus with rubber strap (courtesy of Amazon.com)

 

Watch with the new band.

Watch with the new band.

 

Watch with the band stretched out.

Watch with the band stretched out.

 

Android Buckle closeup

Android Buckle closeup

 

Data-hungry Verizon Phone

General — Jeff Eske on January 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm

WOW.  I just switched to a basic phone, a Samsung Intensity III,  with Verizon 4 days ago and MAN it must be data-hungry.  I went in today to look at my account, and it said that I had used 247 terabytes of my 75Mb plan.   Called Verizon and they said that it was a bug on their end.  I certainly hope so, because I don’t think that I can afford to be 246,999,999,925Mb over…  I did the calculations, and as far as I can tell, my phone has been going through over 49Gb of data every minute since I got it without the battery even dropping one bar.

Talk about great battery life – and data throughput.

Jeff Eske

iPotty – WTF??

General,Health and Fitness — Jeff Eske on January 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

As if kids aren’t already exposed to too much media…

iPotty-iPad-Potty4

The iPotty: Toddler Potty That Comes With Built-In Stand For iPad – Ingenious or Ridiculous? | Inhabitots

No chance of fecal contamination of devices here.

Jeff Eske

Of Mice and Coffee

General — Jeff Eske on November 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I’ve found what, for me, has been a handy little tidbit of information.  I’ve found that coffee is a VERY effective mouse bait.  Yep, good ‘ol coffee.  A couple of years ago, I had a mouse break (chew) into one of my kitchen cupboards and ransack the place.  One of the main things it attacked?  My tea and instant coffee bags.  Little bugger!  Well, I fortified the cupboard and set traps in the kitchen, using peanut butter as bait.  I’ve used peanut butter for a long time, and that seemed to do the trick, but didn’t seem as effective as it should be.

The mouse problem went away and I didn’t think any more of it.  Then, last winter, we had a mouse problem at work.  What did they pillage in my desk?  My coffee and tea again!  THAT got me thinking.  The next time I had a need to catch a mouse, I set a trap with my standard peanut butter, BUT I sprinkled a little Dunkin’ Donuts Cinnamon Spice ground coffee on the peanut butter also.  Well, that made ALL the difference!

Mice seem to like coffee as much as some humans.  I’m sure the aroma probably helps draw them to their doom also.  Whatever the case, the only way I bait my mouse traps now is with BOTH peanut butter and coffee.

As long as they don’t get the coffee and then get away.  Imagine the damage that a jacked-up, caffeinated mouse could do…

Jeff

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