Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

February 29th, that day that only comes once every four years. I have often thought it would be cool to have Feb 29th as a birthday. I don't know anyone whose birthday is Feb 29, but I had a friend who had a son who was born on Feb 29.

There's a nice article about it here:

For leapers, Feb 29 birthdays well worth the wait

Celebrants say joys outweigh complications

I also saw an article entitled "Wipe February 29th from the Calendar" but I didn't read it. It is a stupid idea.

I don't know a lot about the different types of calendars, I think there is one calendar where they add a week to the calendar every several years.

We have leap year because it takes slightly more than 365 days for the Earth to orbit the sun.

I'm up early this morning. Last night I had a dream about music, everyone had to play it perfectly. I did some upgrades to my Linux computer and I am getting ready to make coffee. I was thinking I'd go back to sleep but I guess not.

Enjoy your leap day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ha Ha Ha Ho Ho Ho

To all you cruel people who said I should mow the yard yesterday - HA! It rained. So I went to run some errands and it got sunny so I went to the beach!
Now it's raining again, hard. We need the rain bad too.
These are pics of a Pelican from the beach yesterday, although in my brain yesterday I was thinking penguin instead of pelican.
I'm drinking coffee from my new Pura Vida Coffee mug!
I feel good this morning because it's raining real nice. I hope it rains like this all day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Playing It By Ear

Monday morning again. I remember last Monday, I feel a lot better than I did then.
I worked all weekend, sound job, recording a convention. So today I'm ready for a day off. But if I have to go move the dish to the other satellite, I supposed I will go move the dish.
But, for the most part, I'm playing today by ear.
I need to go to the bank, I need to go to the post office, hopefully to pick up my present from my In-Laws which was sent last year as a Christmas Present. I predict it will be a coffee cup. I could mow the yard, but I doubt that will happen.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

2 Sleeps and The Myth of 8-Hour Sleep

Since I've been talking about sleep a lot lately, I found this on Neatorama, I thought it was very cool and definitely applies to me. I like the idea, kind of like a reverse siesta!

Did you get your 8 hours of shuteye last night or did you spend the better part of the night wondering why conventional wisdom says you need 8 hours of sleep?

Stephanie Hegarty over at BBC News Magazine explores the concept of the eight-hour sleep, which is actually not how humans have been sleeping, historically speaking:

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks.

His book At Day's Close: Night in Times Past, published four years later, unearths more than 500 references to a segmented sleeping pattern - in diaries, court records, medical books and literature, from Homer's Odyssey to an anthropological account of modern tribes in Nigeria.

Much like the experience of Wehr's subjects, these references describe a first sleep which began about two hours after dusk, followed by waking period of one or two hours and then a second sleep.

"It's not just the number of references - it is the way they refer to it, as if it was common knowledge," Ekirch says.

During this waking period people were quite active. They often got up, went to the toilet or smoked tobacco and some even visited neighbours. Most people stayed in bed, read, wrote and often prayed. Countless prayer manuals from the late 15th Century offered special prayers for the hours in between sleeps. [...]

Ekirch found that references to the first and second sleep started to disappear during the late 17th Century. This started among the urban upper classes in northern Europe and over the course of the next 200 years filtered down to the rest of Western society.

By the 1920s the idea of a first and second sleep had receded entirely from our social consciousness.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wish I could do it every night

Last night was a normal night, an hours sleep here, and hour there. Getting up walking around, go lay on the couch for a while. That's what it's like every night. Night before last was extremely rare. I'm not going to say once a year, less than that.
I'm not complaining. It was a great thing to enjoy, sleeping like that. Wish I could do it every night.

I'm getting pretty tired of this dish crap. I think I've proved my point. But they want to try again today. I wasn't planning on going out there today, I have another job starting about noon. Here's a pic from yesterday, me in the dish adjusting the polarity.I will probably be heading out there again in a few minutes. Trying to keep a good attitude and keep up a cooperative front.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I Slept!

Last night we went to bed about 9:30, I looked at the clock and thought "I'll be up by 10:15". But I didn't wake up at all all night. Except once about 4 to go pee, I slept all night, and the wife beat me up and I didn't hear or feel a thing. What woke me up was the dawgs, one on a foot and one on an elbow. I got up, jumped in the pool, walked the dogs and am now drinking a cuppa excellent coffee.

Today is The Wifes birthday! I got her a perfume and a Hello Kitty stuffed animal. Very dangerous for a dude to buy perfume.

After the past few days, I am pretty sure we need to move the dish to the other satellite. But no, the radio guy says he's been talking to the satellite guy and the satellite guy says we should have a stronger signal than we did on the old satellite. I feel like saying show me the data. My data says the opposite. But I don't want to get cocky. I'm still afraid that somehow I make a mistake and I'll feel like a fool. SO I'll be out there again today Trying to get a lock on that weak ass satellite. Really, I know nothing.

Wish me luck, and please go tell the Wife

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I came here a half hour ago to post. I've been looking at Facebook and drinking coffee. All I hear are complaints about how messed up Facebook is getting. You hear me complain about Blogger. Is it human nature, to always notice the flaws in things? I remember hearing a psychology used in Israeli prisons. The prisoners are complaining they want new chairs, so the prison takes away their mattresses. In a few days, they give the mattresses back and nobody complains about the chairs anymore. To me, something seems fundamentally wrong with society. Something subtle, easy to fix, but nobody knows what it is....

People complain about things, and when somebody changes it, they complain about the change and reminisce about how good it was before the idiots screwed it up. I'm guilty too.

To answer yesterdays questions, it looks like I can move the dish to AMC 1, a different satellite. But I need a new LNB, the part that receives the signal from the reflector of the dish. But, the greater minds are hashing it out now, about how to resolve the problem.
AMC 1 Footprint

Monday, February 20, 2012

I wasn't going to say anything

I've been having such a hard time with this satellite dish. I quit talking about it, I was going crazy. I couldn't get the signal to lock on. Then I found out that there is no signal. We are not in the footprint of the signal from the satellite.
The little red tick in the pic above shows where the satellite is, as it orbits over the equator, the earth turns, and makes the satellite always stay above the same spot on Earths surface. The pictures above and below show the areas where the satellite transmits it's signal. It is called the 'footprint'. As you can see in the pic below, Cayman is not in the footprint.
I've been kicking myself in the ass. Calling myself incompetent. Losing sleep. Growing zits. Thinking God is punishing me. Worrying about the customer wanting money back. Putting myself through hell.

Monday has it bad

Mondays have it bad, Mondays have a bad reputation as being a day filled with apprehension and dread of the upcoming week. I'm feeling that way now, I just want this week behind me and next weekend to start. In the book, The Caine Mutiny, Caines father tells his son: "Wasted hours ruin a life, whether at the beginning or the end, but they're more noticeable at the end." That is very true. And it bugs me when I wish a week of my life away. But still, I sure am looking forward to the weekend!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Word Verification

Sometime last week (or this one) Blogger changed their word verification program. I remember when they started the old one, back in 2005, you can see my old post about it HERE. When IT came out, it was bad, but Blogger eventually sorted it out so it was usable..

Now this new one is worse than anything. As a rule, I can never read the word in the "'blob". Below are some examples, taken from my comments on your blogs!
Is 1890 a word? Are either a word?

What's that first letter? A small B off in the white? Is that three "f's"? Sorry I "asked"

This one, you can see I got wrong, but Blogger accepted it anyway!

This one has a comma at the end, do I put that in? And WTF is over that 'e' in the second word? Is that called a freekin Tilda?? Don't I need a Spanish keyboard for a tilda??!!

How can I prove I'm not a robot by typing words that aren't words and using keys that I don't have on my keyboard? C'mon Blogger.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Glad It's Friday

It's been a rough week.

Some Cayman Beach pictures for you.
Kayaks for rent

Yacht named Luna

This is not a beach pic, but we haven't seen Headphones the Rooster since we got back from Costa Rica. Hope he shows up again.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Freakin Week Is Almost Over

Some blogger mentioned hump day yesterday, I had no idea. I thought every day this week was like... Monday. Now it's Thursday. The week flew by. Still no luck with the satellite dish. I found that the receiver manufacturer has the wrong information in the installation sheet, like the frequency. They have a frequency listed that does not exist on any satellite. THAT would make it hard to find a signal, soooo I'm off early to try it again.....
Third Time's the Charm? Don't bet on it!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Today WILL Be Better

I hope.
I had problems yesterday and hopefully got them sorted. Today I'm starting where I wanted to start yesterday.
Also the last of the equipment arrived yesterday so this new radio station will be ready to go on the air soon.

Not much time to post today, gotta run.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Big Day

Remember that satellite dish from before vacation? Well, it's on the pole, cables run, receiver received, and today is the day to point at the satellite. This dish is so huge I need a helper. This will be the first CayTronics employee! It is sometimes inexplicably difficult to find the satellite, and I hope this is not the case today.
More Costa Rica Pictures:
A Squirrel

The In-Laws Neighbors

The Costa Rican Moon, AKA La Luna.

Monday, February 13, 2012


It's Monday, I got a lot to do today. But the hardest thing is just to get going. I'm not going to say much today.
Just that I don't think too many people say the pics of the house and grocery store that I posted yesterday, I think people stopped after the audio post. I may start doing more audio posts, but I can't get rid of the annoying blank spaces.
Last night I had a dream that I was going to buy something and it was a really good deal but I can't remember what it was I was going to buy.
Below are some pics from Costa Rica of the inside of my Mother In Laws church. I didn't attend services, but I went in after to see and take some pictures.
Have a good day everybody!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Test Post, Audio Again

Superstar Of Air Guitar-Jessie Christopher Band

house and grocery store

We got home last night, it was sad to leave, but good to be home. I have a couple years worth of Costa Rica pictures to show you, but I'll show you just a few.
Blue House next to the...

...Green Grocery Store

This is a guy I met in the park, I call him The Ice Cream Man, because he was giving away ice cream cones!

Today is unpack and relax and laundry. Tomorrow is back to work...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

On Our WAY!

We're on our way back to Grand Cayman, Home Sweet Home! The alarm went off at 3:30 AM and we're leaving for the airport soon. Good Bye Costa Rica!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Back From The Beach

Today is our last day in Costa Rica, 24 hours and we'll be at the airport, waiting to head home. This trip went suddenly from: "We just got here" to: "It's almost time to leave", with nothing in between. I'm already looking forward to the next visit.

Yesterday we got back from the beach, near Ario, on the Pacific. It is a fantastic place. Below are a few pictures:


My Shell Collection.

The Beach

Reflection On A Wet Beach

The Wifes Parents, The Wife, and me.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Elton John

The concert last night was really good. I give it a 3.75 out of a 5. He played a little too much mellow stuff, but the sound quality was excellent.
It was cold, and it rained a little. Our seats were at the back of the floor, instead of on the side as we thought, but we could see pretty good. We were all very tired when we got home!
Today is a big Bar-B-Que for all my wifes friends to come over and see her.

Sorry for not commenting on your blogs, I'll catch up when I get home!

Friday, February 03, 2012

This morning we're going into town till about noon
Wait a minute, a swarm of parakeets is going over, gonna see if I can get a pic. Too late, (Parakeets come in flocks, not swarms, I know)
We'll have lunch at Taco Bell! We didn't even see a Taco Bell in the US.
Then hang out this afternoon, concert tonight.
Couple pics from yesterday, randomly selected.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

First Day In Costa Rica

We made it last night Ok. Not much problems, an hour late leaving Miami but no biggie. We had a nice shopping day yesterday. I got some new shoes and a new SD card for my camera, my old one was broken in half, I had fixed it with epoxy. (Thank you miniature/microminiature electronic repair course!) It was working fine, but I wanted a new High Speed card that video would write to fast enough. If you go back and look at a video post of rain I took some time ago, you can see "jumps", that's because the card could not accept the data from the camera fast enough and loses some data. I shouldn't have that problem with my new Sony HD capable SD card.

Flying from Miami to Costa Rica, I saw Grand Cayman from the air. I tried to get some pictures, but dangit, I can't maneuver a round my camera controls quick enough. This is my best shot:
You can see the hammerhead of West Bay on the left, I can't explain the blurring around George Town.

It is nice and cool here. Like the perfect weather. Sleeping was good last night under heavy blankets. Today we have nothing on the schedule, pick some strawberries, and that's about it. Tomorrow night is the Elton John concert! I think we are all excited about that! I predict the first song will be Benny and the Jets. My Father-In-Law said it was the first time he bought concert tickets online. That's another thing that's worsened with time, I remember the good 'ol days, when you had to go to the ticket outlet early to be there when tickets went on sale to get really good seats. That was a party in itself and a lot of fun. I remember the thrill of having good seats and all your friends were admiring you because of your dedication and the anticipation of what a great time you were going to have at the concert. I remember being with our great floor seats up close before the show, and we could look around the arena and see my friends up there in the nosebleeds, and my other friends over there, and that group over there... And reversely, being in the nosebleeds and seeing my friends down there on or near the front row. Because we all knew where each other were sitting. Those were good times!

We have good seats up close on the side for tomorrow.

Internet access is new and improved at the In-Laws house, and I predict no problems posting from here. While we were in the USA yesterday, there was no internet as usual, unless you wanted to pay $10 an hour at the airport.

Anyway, have a good day! Tomorrow is Friday!
Concert Day!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

At the airport

On our way to Costa Rica! My first "road post"!