Archive for July, 2013


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I love gadgets especially anything that makes life easier and fun.  I’m always amazed on how entrenched a person possessing a cell phone is in his/her OS selection.


You have your IOS (Apple fans), Android, Blackbury and Windows Phone 7 people, each touting the greatness of their devices.  But many times each group never really knows the benefits or disadvantages for each smartphone OS device.


I was able to study IOS and Windows Phone 7, yes WP7 side-by-side.  I’ve had very little experience with Android and even less with Blackbury.   Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could have a month or so to test each device to see what best fits our lifestyle?


We could read all we want about each OS on the net, but until you live with a device for a while, you truly do not know the strengths of each.


The closest thing that comes close to living with a device is to find your local mobile provider store (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T) and walk in to play with each OS.  That way, you get a general feel.  However it is best to do this when the store is not crowded since you’ll probably want to spend 5-10 minutes with each OS.

The Novel Is Not Dead


There has been talk over the past year or more saying that the “Novel” is dead, specifically Sci-fi.


As along as humanity can think, fiction will not die. Yes there are a plethora of non-fiction out there with compelling stories.


But unless you only want to read about someone’s reality no matter how interesting it may be, there are times when fiction can fill a void.  There are so many examples where fiction has shaped reality.


I can sight Star Wars and Star Trek to name just two worlds where their creator’s vision has pushed our shared realities ahead.


Tri-corders, hypo sprays and gadgets alike have or will soon make their way into our everyday consciousness. If there wasn’t fiction to spark humanity along, it would be a very dull world.


– JackV

Ode to a Duvet Cover

Duvet Covers are the devil’s spawn


There were given to us to frustrate man. And I mean Man. Women seem to have little problem putting on a duvet cover. It must be a genetic thing. You would think that after all these centuries that duvets would have evolved like every other invention. We’ve been to the moon, curried polio, built computers, the atomic bomb. But the duvet has remained the same. Three sided sheets of terror lay there befuddling even the most astute intellect. The duvet is an enigma wrapped around itself inside out.


It took me over 45 minutes to figure this out. I started rolling from the bottom up which created a mess. I walked away for a while then went back. Still nothing. Then I decided to start all over again. This time rolling from the top down. Still it sat there mocking me. I walked away again in frustration. Despite numerous web searches, I could find only one about rolling. But it didn’t make sense, it wasn’t complete.


So I went back into the bedroom, staring at the rolled up tube. It laid their like a smiling baneful log taunting me with its simplicity. I went over and moved it a little. Flipped it around even. And then, like a spark of genius, it unrolled inside itself. I’m not quite sure how, but the cover managed to be inside the duvet. I was shocked. It stood there looking beneficently flat against the bed as if a miracle had just happened. I was stunned.


I managed to saunter back to my computer and jot these instructions down in hopes that my future self (next Friday’s wash day), would find these steps helpful:


1) Place the cover inside out flat on the bed with the opening at the bottom of the bed

2) Place blanket flat on top of the duvet with tags at the bottom

3) Roll from the TOP where the pillows are down to the bottom of the bed

4) Stop at the bottom

5) Find top part of duvet opening (top sheet)

6) Pull it over the rolled up log

7) Start rolling up, back to the top of the bed towards the head board with the blanket

Banking Transaction Limits

I recently received a letter from my bank saying that I have exceeded the transaction limits imposed by federal banking regulations for savings deposits.


Well it seems that if you use online banking and transfer money from Savings to Checking, and do that more than 6 times in a month, that’s a no no.


I called the bank and they said this is a 30 year old federal law. 30 years! That was before the internet was used by ordinary citizens.


They continued to say if I go over the 6 transaction limit 4 times in the year, then my account will be closed. They have no choice since this is a federal law.


Wow, so what happens to your money? They told me it would be rolled over into your Checking account.


What the hell?