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another lightweight scooter

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I like the simplistic design and the use of stainless steel. It looks good as far as simple scooters go. It appears to be well-sized for adults. I think that it's quite suitable for going through indoor conventions, though there isn't any place for collecting stuff. You know, the freebies you get at conventions.

I can see that is has almost no storage capacity (no place to put your stuff). Also, the "Y" configuration does not fold. The video shows it to be a bit awkward because it is an adult-sized frame. As with almost all compact scooters, I suspect there will be an "ouch" when going over bumps.

Merry Christmas

I know, we are still in Advent. But Christmas is so close!

My job has been good to me. But it has kept me very busy. As I try to catch up with life next week, I may not have the time to post, so I'm posting now to wish everyone a most wonderful Christmas season. May you have more hope. May you have something to look forward to. May your loved ones be close by, and safe. And most of all, may you grow ever closer to God.

Merry Christmas.

flat Olaf

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Made my own Olaf for now. He's flat and fragile. But he looks happy anyways.

mobility scooter

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Looks like this might be an improvement on the TravelScoot: the Supa Scoota
I will have to wait for time to test this product. I typically will not purchase a first-generation of any technology. I applaud those who do, because their money is what funds product improvements.

I'm an Olaf fan

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I just watched the movie "Frozen" last week or so. My favorite character is Olaf. I think I'm in love. I'll have to keep an eye out for a REALLY GOOD action figure of this little guy. A quick browse through Amazon tells me that this could be difficult to find. is one

cardboard deer head trophy

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

One of my co-workers has a cardboard deer head trophy, medium and small sizes. It is very good looking.

So I found it online. There are other trophy head designs available such as moose, rhino, giraffe, elephant, and more; some in different colors. The store also has these handsome rhinos:

little speaker

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Have you heard of the 808 CANZ portable speaker? It can be had for around $30. Check it out at Amazon. I'm not saying it's the best thing around, just that for the price, this little baby is satisfactory for toting around. You might find it at your local Sam's Club, Walmart, or Office Depot.
I also ran across reviews of the Logitech Ultimate Ears (UE) Mini Boom speaker. Seems like a good product. Pricing around $100. I'm just not willing to shell out that much, but if you are, check out the reviews for the Mini Boom.

need some feet?

Saturday, July 12, 2014


If you are into 3D printing, then you probably already know about Shapeways. You can get the litte feet here.

toy car

From the MOMAStore. I like it. Normally $30USD.

paper space shuttle

From the MOMAStore. You can get it here. $24USD

you can be whatever you want to be

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"You can be whatever you want to be." I'm sure you've heard it a bunch of times. It's not really true, is it? You can try your heart out, but it may not be the best use of your time and effort if you're no good at it.

Be what God intended for you to be. For those who would rather not put it that way, then here is another way to say it. Discover your gifts, find what you're good at and what you enjoy doing. What are you passionate about? Develop those gifts. Because you are gifted in that way, for the same effort, you will be better at it than one who is not gifted in that way. In other words, you will have a greater return for your efforts.

Now if you are exceptionally gifted and society does not have a nice little niche for you, then you may just have to carve out a niche for yourself. But until you have the resources to carve that niche, you may have to work at something you're not so passionate about. That's OK. If God intended a path for you, walk in faith and you will get to your destination.

Please don't just "be whatever you want to be."  Be what God intends you to be.

intrinsic value

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Depending on which way I take to go home, I sometimes pass the large Planned Parenthood building.

There is a Catholic church on the left, then shortly after, the Planned Parenthood on the right, and during these several days: a bit further and there's a billboard on the left with the message "He is Risen!" advertising a Christian radio station.

On this particular day, my mind stayed on the thought of abortion as I pass through that corridor. I was reminded of a sermon by Joel Osteen of Lakewood Churh on what I will call "intrinsic value." I will summarize the idea here, but I assure you that his presentation was much better. As an example, he asked if he were to take a $20 bill (or some such money) out to the parking lot, throw it on the ground and stomp on it and get it dirty, how much is it worth? Would you still want it? What if he were to then crumple it up and get it all wrinkled, what is it worth? What if that bill went through the laundry became all faded? What if it had a small piece of the corner torn off? In fact, what if it were torn to several pieces and then were carefully taped back together? (or like some bills I once received as change: What if it reeked of cigarette smoke?)

The point is that the value of the $20 bill is backed by the US Treasury and it holds it value regardless of what it looks like (within limits, of course). We humans have a value that is backed by God. Regardless of how beat up we may be, our value does not diminish. The same value holds for that child in the womb.

In the story of Jonah, God raised a gourd plant that shaded Jonah for a day but then the plant died. Without the plant to shade him, Jonah then suffered from the scorching heat. God made the following point with Jonah:
But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry over the gourd plant?” Jonah answered, “I have a right to be angry—angry enough to die.”

Then the LORD said, “You are concerned over the gourd plant which cost you no effort and which you did not grow; it came up in one night and in one night it perished. And should I not be concerned over the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot know their right hand from their left, not to mention all the animals?”
We may have people, pets, plants, and so forth whom we love and care much about. But so much greater--"beyond our imagination and understanding" greater-- is God's love and concern for every one of His children. I believe that we wound Him when we harm each other; we wound Him when we have abortions.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

I received an inquiry from Lisa asking whether I am still blogging.

I am a lazy blogger. More absent than not. I've thought of you often ... it just never made it to the blog. Happy Easter to all. On the spiritual side, I've been sleep walking. So far I've not missed Sunday Mass. If I've missed any Holy Days of obligation, I am not aware.

For Lent, there was an opportunity to volunteer and I did one outing where we went and built a ramp so the homeowner can get in/out of the house. For some, stair steps are a physical barrier. We volunteers didn't finish the ramp but we did help much. The ramp builder ( more than likely finished it by the end of the day. It was fun.

I planted a tree but slogging through its roots to examine its root structure, I ended up removing practically all of its roots because they were deformed from the start. Cutting roots at the point before it got deformed left a mere 4 inches or so of woody root. Needless to say, I now have a very dead-looking tree planted for all to see. I don't know if it will recover. Please pray for my tree. It was beautiful, full of newly sprouted fresh green leaves when I purchased it for a pretty penny. Now it isn't so beautiful. Just another ordinary folk with an ordinary struggle. Life can be hilarious.


Monday, March 10, 2014

How many inches are in a foot? One dozen!
How many months are in a year? One dozen!

...move along now, there's nothing to see here

random thought

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Dear Lord, when people see me, may they be inspired to be holy ...

... not ...


Mary with infant Jesus

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I received this invitation from a friend Religious in the Phillipines. Here in the USA, the images of Mary and infant Jesus are of a European flavor. This image here gives a different perspective that I thought you might enjoy.

17th century music at Mass

At our parish, we are held hostage to 17th century (or some such ancient) music during Mass. It doesn't matter which Mass I attend, the format is the same and the music is the same. At least it all sounds the same to me; it's probably all in Latin. The congregation is invited to participate for the gathering hymn and the recessional hymn; although they're in English, usually it's a selection that we're unfamiliar with. When we're invited to join for the communion hymn, if it happens it's after the mind-numbing motet and whatever Latin selection, and communion is just about over. At that point we pretty much just have the attitude of "why bother;" most of the time, it's another unfamiliar selection anyways. We've been trained not to participate in the music. And when we have visitors, I hope that they're not put-off by the music. While I don't apologize for the music, I do encourage new Catholics to visit other parishes, lest they leave the faith altogether.

Since the music is of the same format during all Masses at this parish. I have no choice as member but to endure it; a penance during Mass.

The saddest Mass I've attended at this parish was when they did it in Gregorian Chant. Most people were confused. The congregation was generally unable to participate, even on the responses. It was a very quiet Mass.