Great Place for Dogs in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge has several Dog Friendly areas, the most popular being the Raising Canes Dog Park by the University Lakes.  However it is not a total relaxing experience as I am constantly on guard attempting to breakup fights and fornication. 

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This past weekend I was riding my bike on the Mississippi River Levee towards downtown when I noticed a vast open space that had a couple with their two labs. 

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It is a pretty perfect location because it is blocked in by brush on 3 sides and no easy dog access to the river. 

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As long as the water stays low, this will probably be our weekend destination.  When the river is high, this entire area is underwater. 

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Its hard to beat the view at sunset.

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How to Find your iPhone or iPad for Free

Apple will let you use its MobileMe Service for free to find your iPhone or Ipad though GPS or the Internet if you lose it.  Granted the iPhone or iPad has to be on and connected to the internet.  You should set this up if you have and iPhone or iPad.  It will also let you have your phone send a loud sound if it is missing or wipe all the data off your phone. 

 

Go to Settings –> Mail, Contacts, Calendars

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Chose MobileMe

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Click on Create Free Apple ID

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Fill out some information and Verify your Email Address.

 

Go to http://me.com, log in and find your device.

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Watching TV Your Way

The TV viewing experience is changing, driven by the current generation’s rebellion against authority.   NBC Executives might want us to watch Must See TV on Thursday but I choose only to watch it on Saturday Mornings.  I still want to watch high quality TV, but only when it is convenient for me.  Technology has helped fuel this life style choice.

First was the DVR.  With the ability to record 2 shows at once and save over a 100 hours of footage,  we were no longer chained to our TV’s Schedules.  It is now possible to converse with your unemployed / stoned friends about what happened on PTI yesterday.

Then came the slingbox which let us watch LSU Baseball games on our mobile device while being stuck in traffic.  We were no longer chained to our TVs.

Once Hulu came along, especially Hulu Plus, the need for a Slingbox and Cable itself started to wane.  Thrown in iTunes and NetFlix and the only thing that you can’t due is watch live sporting events in your home*.  Since I watch most sporting events at Bars/The Venue/Friend’s Houses,  this is not a concern for me,  it will be for others.

Now with Roku and Apple TV, we can easily stream our content back onto our TVs. If I want to watch the entire series of Battlestar Galatica, I don’t need to buy / rent DVDS, I can just spool them up on my TV through the Roku’s ability to play Hulu Plus. 

COSTS

Roku = 99.99

Apple TV = 99.99

SlingBox (HBO and Sports) =  179.99

Hulu Plus = 7.99 a Month

So it costs $280 initial costs, plus $9.99 a month for my solution.  However,  you will be saving around $80 a month with this solution so you should start seeing savings during the fourth month.  I did not include the cost of internet in this, because I assume everyone has internet anyway. 

First Year Savings:  $640

Second Year Plus: $960

Tip:  You still need one friend with an extra set box who has a great cable package. 

* You can watch sporting events with the Slingbox but there is around a  10 second delay.  This is a problem when watching the NFC championship and you can  hear the entire city cheer before you see the play. 

How to Speed up ITunes

If you are running ITunes on a windows machine,  it is probably the biggest resource hog.   Here are some tips to speed it up.

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Delete the playlists above.  Delete all Playlists that are in Purple.  It takes ITunes a lot of resources to keep these up to date.  So if you never use them,  get rid of them. 

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Go to the preferences and uncheck everything.  Don’t look for shared libraries.

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Don’t look for Apple TV’s.

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Don’t look for remote speakers.

Get the point,  you don’t want ITunes to look for any of this stuff, it takes up memory.  Uncheck it all. 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is one of the most inspirational stories I have ever read.  It tells the story of William Kamkwamba who lived in Malawi, Africa.  A famine forced his family into starvation and his parents could no longer afford to send the fourteen year old  to  school.  He spent a lot of his time at the Library where he saw a picture of a wind mill.  In three months time he created one.

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Pirate Latitudes

This book was published after Crichton’s death and is about Pirates,  arrrrhhh!

It was okay,  but not that great.  Besides the technical aspects of Crichton’s work,  he is great at creating relatable characters'.  I didn’t relate.  Now reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,  and next will be The Checklist Manifesto

 

Loving the nook, but it does not sync with my place in books with the iphone like the Kindle and their app does. 

My Nook is here

My parents gave me the Nook for Christmas and it has finally arrived. 

 

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CNET Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/e-book-readers/barnes-noble-nook/4505-3508_7-33786175.html?tag=mncol;txt

 

First question I often get is why not a Kindle?  When the kindle first came out,  you could not install the kindle software on a laptop for reading.  You had to buy a kindle to read amazon’s ebooks.  Barnes and Noble allowed you to download the software on your laptop to read books.  So if I were to purchase a kindle,  there are about 20 ebooks that I could not read on it. 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

There are only about 12 magazines for the nook right now, but the book selection is pretty extensive.  It connects to the AT&T network to download books for free and it is built on the android platform so we will probably see some apps come out for it. 

Pretty happy with it. 

Shockey gets shocked

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I had a little incident right before the Saints Super bowl championship.  When I went to plug in an antenna signal booster, the ac adaptor blew up in my hand, numbing my arm,  gave me a blister on my thumb and causing a  huge ringing sound in my head for the next hour.  Lucky for us, we could watch the game without the signal booster. 

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There and Back Again

Were back and the NFC Championship again.  This time, we don’t have to go up and play in 20 degree weather surrounded by hostile fans.  At home, in the dome.  Great things are going to happen to New Orleans regardless if we win or loss this game, but this will help the people of New Orleans feel just a little better.  Douglas Mccollam puts it into words much better then I could ever:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703514404574587904269570732.html

FitBit Update

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How does the sleep tracking work and what will I learn?

It's important that you get a good night's sleep. Recent studies have shown that sleep quality is linked to overall wellness. Have you ever wondered why you still feel tired even though you think you've gotten a full 8 hours of sleep? The Fitbit Tracker will allow to "see" what your body is actually doing at night.


When you get into bed, you slide the Fitbit Tracker onto a wristband that is provided with the Tracker. As you fall in and out of sleep, the Fitbit tracks the movements that your body makes and can tell you how long it took you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up throughout the night and the actual time you were asleep vs the time you were in bed.

Does the Fitbit accurately track calories from cycling/biking?

The Fitbit is optimized for walking, running and general household/lifestyle activities and gives you a good general 24 hour picture of your day. It's not going to be that accurate for things like biking, but the website will allow you to manually log activities, so that an estimated calorie burn for your biking can be included in your daily totals. If you are only doing the biking for an hour or so a day, the Fitbit will give you a good overview of your activities for the other 23 hours. The Fitbit is really for people to get a general sense of their day and get motivation from improvements in their general day to day trends.

http://www.fitbit.com/faq#sleep

Jodix Free Ipod Converter

I have a lot of files in the avi format that I want to watch on my iphone and ipod touch.  Most of these are DVDs that I ripped to my computer.  I need to convert them to an ipod format like mp4.  I had purchased a Xilisoft product to do this but it had expired and was not that great.  Before buying the newest version,  I downloaded Jodix Free Ipod Converter.  Its perfect.  It keeps the audio and video together and takes up few system resources.  It is also free.

How to Survive and Earthquake

Here is an article refuting what Doug Copp say’s: http://www.earthquakecountry.info/dropcoverholdon/Petal_Rejoinder_to_Copp_0906.pdf

 

EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON THE: 'TRIANGLE OF LIFE'


My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced
rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries.

I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.
The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under something.

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them.. This space is what I call the 'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the 'triangles' you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.

TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY

1) Most everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' WHEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSE are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created.. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on The back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different 'moment of frequency' (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads - horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs.. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible - It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of
the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had
been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

Spread the word and save someone's life... The Entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

'We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly'

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul , University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did 'duck and cover,' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we
crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions , relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe , and it was seen in the USA, Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.

FitBit, The Best Gadget of 2010

http://www.fitbit.com/

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You keep this item clipped on you at all times.

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It has an arm band you wear to bed.  You can see that I woke up at 6am and 7am and then went back to bed.

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I enter how much water I drink during the day.  Pretty important since I have started running again. 

 

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Ran 10:30 to 11:30.  It is reflected here. 

Iron a Shirt the Right Way

Nine Tips for Professional Results:
  1. Make sure your iron is hot enough for your fabric but not hotter. A too cool iron will not remove all the wrinkles, and one that is too hot can scorch or otherwise damage your fabric. Delicate fabrics may need to be ironed using a press cloth. A clean white flour-sack dishtowel will work.
  2. Use spray starch for extra crispness, but be aware that a heavily starched shirt may wrinkle more when worn and be uncomfortable as well. Use a light touch with spray starch for best results.
  3. Take your time. Hurrying can cause you to make mistakes.
  4. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. If you accidentally iron in a big wrinkle, lightly spray it with water, wait a minute or so and iron the area again.

  5. Keep the iron moving every few seconds when it’s on the fabric. You don’t want to scorch or burn a hole in your shirt.
  6. Don’t press a shirt that is not clean. Ironing a stain may set it in.
  7. Use the tip of the iron to work around buttons and the placket on the sleeves.
  8. When you’re finished ironing, empty the water from your iron while the iron is hot. This will reduce the moisture that remains in the water compartment. Allow the iron to cool before you put it away.
  9. Keep your ironing board pad clean and in good condition. Damage to the pad may transfer to your garments.

http://www.garmentcare.info/ironing_wrinkles/how_to_iron_a_shirt_like_a_pro.html