Fall – Cricket Chirp

cricketThe other morning, Sunday before Labor Day, I think, I was in awake rather early and heard the delightful chirp of a cricket.  Actually at first I was not quite sure what I was hearing, but as I sought out the sound and got closer it dawned on my sleeping awareness that it was indeed a cricket.  Really not anything to get excited about, except that I have always associated the chirp of crickets with the onset of fall – which is my favorite time of year.

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IT House Cleaning

Old Computer Equipment

Old Computer Equipment

I have been working in the Information Technology field in some regard or another for just about 25 years.  My current employment has been for just about eight years.  It is amazing the amount of old technology that accumulates in such a short window of time.  IT folks, myself included, are notorious for saving this cable and that electronic gizmo because we never know when we might need it.  From time to time a clean out is needed… Continue reading

Observations: Sports

Discus Throw in BronzeThis morning I have had sports on my mind as I was sipping my coffee and eventually having my breakfast. Those moments are long past, but that is what is still on my mind and hence what I am going to blog about. In the past I have done a section called observations – where I have made short observations about a variety of topics, that typically are not a full blog entry in and of their own right. I am returning to that format today in regards to sports.

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Make Once, Sell Many

One to ManyI had an epiphany just a little while ago about what I have been doing wrong on all the little side business ventures I have gotten myself involved with over the years, with the exception of my farming adventures. I tend to get focused on production types of items, that require a good deal of input, usually my time, to complete the item. And in the end, I have just that, one item that is good to be sold. What most business ventures need to be truly successful though is a product, good, or service that you make once and sell it many times.

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600+ Posts Celebration

fireworksA quick celebration is in order.  Actually I suppose that there are several that are in order when I get down to it.  The first, and perhaps biggest of them being that that sometime in the past week the post counter rolled over the 600 mark.  That is a pretty good milestone.  In addition, another mark of importance is having gotten back into the swing of things with the blog.  It is nice to see somewhat daily posts for the last little bit.  Also of note is that the category re-organization is coming along nicely (though right at this instance, there may be a slight hiccup with the menu on the front pages).  Lastly, while doing some of this organization I also noted that the while the first blog post was in 2007, things really got rolling in January of 2008 meaning this blog has been around for a whopping five and a half years or so. Continue reading

Observing Sports

Coppersown

Not my usual kind of thing, but there has been a LOT happening in the sporting world of late and I thought I would weigh in on some of it in one of my observing style posts of old, where in I just hit several somewhat connected topics under one post.  I think I am hitting almost all of it below – yep, I got college basketball, the Hall of Fame balloting for Cooperstown, college football, the NHL lockout being resolved, and a rant about fishing at the collegiate level.  I guess that does leave out NASCAR and horseracing, but if any of the above are your interest you are in look and if none are appealing check back later, as I am sure I will have something else in a few days.

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Fine Wine, Cheap Vino, & Taste Perception

Wine SplashScience has finally answered a question for me that I have had for years.  As I am sure is know, I occasionally like a decent tasting wine, especially that is not at the extreme in dry, but just the same I am not overly fond of one that is really sweet either.  What I have not been able to figure out though is the seemingly overpriced wines that I often run into.  At one time, I had the mistaken thought the more expense clearly the better the wine, especially as the wine ratings tended to always go with the more expensive varieties.  Today, science confirms, that for most people a cheaper vintage will do just fine.

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