Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
I have not been updating this blog on a regular basis. I could blame it on getting lazy. Social media has drained many hours from my critical thinking and reflections. I am going to add this blog to my iPhone and iPad apps. This may make it easier for me to post.
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
For some reason, I have not posted to this blog in a long time. No excuses, just haven’t. Maybe it was the fact that I typed in blakej in the URL window of my Safari browser and the URL to this blog was suggested that brought me back. Maybe it was the Tech Gods telling me to get back to basics. For some unknown reason, something lead me here.
I have never considered myself a writer. Putting words on a page is hard work for me. My thinking bounces from one idea to another and then wonders. I have never mastered the skills of writing blasted in my brain by countless and nameless teachers of yesterday. I write, just like I talk and that almost never produces marketable results. More often than not, my writing ends up closer to rants than raves. Is this not a reason to write? Blogs are not necessarily masterpieces.
Time does fly, when your having fun. Yesterday evening, my wife and I attended a wedding of the daughter of fellow educators. I taught in the same science department as the mother of the bride, and father of the bride taught in the health and physical education department. They seemed to have been handling the stress of the joyous event. I have seen both of them stressed to the maximum dealing with reluctant and defiant students, jubilant sports events, and shared coffee and donuts at a many a faculty meeting. I know when they are putting on a face and when they are really letting it all out. I knew the mother of the bride was comfortable when I looked at her feet and she had on her Rainbow sandals at the wedding reception. The father of the bride never broke out his coaches shoes or hunting boots, so he was stressing. I know what they are going through because as a father, I have been in his shoes and still the words fail me.
While attending the wedding, I was able to chat with a few friends that my busy life keeps getting in the way of seeing. We discussed our battle with our weight, and how things are changing in the world. No politics, just general stuff. It was a time to smile and dance and celebrate. I we did just that and like good school teachers, arrived home in time to watch the news.
I know no one but spambots will read this post, and I don’t blame them. It’s not much to read. It’s December, and I have a slight cold and I am too fat and old to worry about much.
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
Sunrise: 5:59, sunset 8:26 – 14 hours and 27 minutes of daylight
The earliest humans knew that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shifted in a regular way throughout the year.
They built monuments, such as Stonehenge, to follow the sun’s yearly progress.
Today, we know that the solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis, and its motion in orbit around the sun.
Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees, Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly.
At the June solstice, Earth is positioned in its orbit so that the North Pole is leaning 23-and-a-half degrees toward the sun. As seen from Earth, the sun is directly overhead at noon 23-and-a-half degrees north of the equator, at an imaginary line encircling the globe known as the Tropic of Cancer. This is as far north as the sun ever gets.
All locations north of the equator have day lengths greater than 12 hours at the June solstice. Meanwhile, all locations south of the equator have day lengths less than 12 hours
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Yesterday’s severe weather here in Columbus and Bladen County almost created a tornado. Almost all the needed conditions lined up to scare the tar out of most of us. Damage to some homes, vehicles, out building, trees, and power lines was not as bad as it could have been. No injuries is a good sign.
I spent several hours shooting and editing video and have come to the conclusion that I need to delete some stuff of this hard drive. Also, I discovered that the using the Flip camcorder, model F260, is not exactly what is needed for shooting good video. I am not using the Flip for my next video. It is time to pull out the Panasonic mini DV camcorder and tripod. It takes less time for me to pull video off the DV camcorder into iMovie than downloading clips from the Flip’s flash memory. The next video project will be Father’s Day at the lake
I am experimenting with including movies from Google Earth Pro into my video projects. So far, it is very impressive and easy to use. When this current video project is ready, I will post it online and discuss the procedure.
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Well, tomorrow is the last day of spring break. I am looking forward to Monday. Not sure what the day will bring, but I have a long list of tasks already.
Saturday, October 25th, 2008
Here I sit- with a mug of hot coffee, a bowl of instant oatmeal, and a MacBook I affectionately call my “plastic pig”. I want one of those new aluminum MacBooks. I have not taken time to post a blog post in so long, that I am considering deleting this blog. I keep looking for a way to integrate my BlackBerry with my blogging, but I have not gotten my head around it. Since buying my BlackBerry, my blogging has basically stopped. I confess- Hello, my name is John and I am a CrackBerry. I am addicted.
Well, it is time to head out to the gym for my “old man” walk on the treadmill and some weight lifting.
Have a nice day!