Sunday, August 31, 2008

Story about Buffalo

This is a video from Al Jazeera English that shows an interesting view of Buffalo, NY and the current economic conditions.

It is both pessimistic and optimistic in parts. It by no means includes all the positive things.

I personally found it to be interesting.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Nice Sunday

Nothing really of note for today. Just a nice day.

I did spend some time in the gardening business. Cut the grass, got rid of some weeds, trimmed the hedges (they had really grown with the rain we have had), and cleaned up after myself.

This is sort of a blah period for my flowers - no roses flowering, no lilacs, no daylilies, not much of interest at all. I am involved in some rather intense negotiations with my daughter to remedy this situation but that is for next year's growing season. What I do have growing is really looking very healthy though.

Seeing I was being so ambitious today and my little 1 gal gas can was empty I decided to take a walk and get it filled. I usually get a whole cutting season out of one can and had not filled it since last summer. Gas is about $3.95 right now so I figured I would get away sort of cheap (market enthusiasts always say to buy low and sell high).

Whoops! $4.53 with only a little spillage. That lawnmower better really cut the grass good at that price.

Today was really what it is billed as: a day of rest. We all really need them every now and then.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

DSL and Weather

My DSL connection has been great. I really do get incredibly fast downloads. YouTube is wonderful. No problems with music or anything else. You should see how fast large photos display.

Part of the reason is the fact I have a fast processor and a lot of memory.

All of this makes it even more frustrating when we get a good downpour when I am right in the middle of something. I can almost tell how hard it is raining by how much the internet connection slows down. I can actually lose my server connection when the first clap of thunder hits.

--- Not all the time, but enough to get aggravated. I have lost some surveys. You cannot reenter some of them so a long, interesting session can be lost.

I have checked the phone line and there is no loss of dial tone. I have tried speed tests, although this is sort of difficult when you keep getting the message that the server cannot be found.

I tried Google --- dsl and weather --- 3,770,000 hits. I am not alone.

It does not seem to harm phone service significantly but the moisture can wreak havoc with the dsl if there are old components or less than good connections in the phone network. It comes back when things dry out.

Some people suggest checking out your home wiring. Others say to keep bugging the phone company until the problem is resolved.

I hope people with cable or fiber connections do not have this problem. It is a shame that such a great system should have a 'fly in the ointment' like this. I would imagine that someone, somewhere is working on it. It sure surprised me.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Two by Patti Page - in the 50s

I don't know how I got on this old music kick but these are songs from my high school years that I still like.

The first is "Allegany Moon" from 1956



This is "Old Cape Cod"

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dusty Springfield sings "I Only Want To Be With You"

I was rummaging through videos and was thinking about how much I liked this one way back when...

Interesting years - school, army, work - finished the decade by getting married.

She was a pretty attractive singer for a guy in his 20s.

She had quite a career.

She kept recording until diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and died in 1999.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Cruisin' Buffalo, NY

This is just a video made while driving around parts of the city.
I just came across it and it seemed interesting.