Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Chicago area is under a winter storm warning for tonight and tomorrow. It was relatively warm today (mid-30s) and some of our snow on the ground was melting. However, rain began this afternoon and temperatures are dropping. The rain is just now beginning to change to snow and the area is suppose to receive between 2 and 7 inches of snow.
That's not the worst of it.
On Sunday the temps will drop even more and the wind will be howling. I heard the wind speed will be close to 50 miles per hour. The Bears play the Patriots at Soldier Field and so that game will be fun to watch. As the week begins, the high temperature will be in single digits.
Only five more months to May!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We have had an interesting weather morning. High winds were forecasted to begin overnight and, sure enough, winds were howling when I got up this morning. Then, around 7:10 a.m., I saw a Twitter post announcing a tornado warning for Elburn, Illinois which is about 8-10 miles southwest of my home. Almost immediately, Kevin and I heard tornado sirens going off. We woke my mom up and Kevin went turned on the basement lights. Then the sirens blasted the "all clear" signal so we did not go out. I took my cell phone onto the deck and recorded the clouds as they went by overhead. You can really hear the wind gusts! The news is hyping this as the worst storm in 70 years. Already there have been wind gusts of up to 70 mph recorded in Tazewell County, south of us. This is suppose to go on through Wednesday.
I posted an earlier video showing a large tree blocking the road east of Plato Center, Illinois which is a small town a couple miles west of my home.
Can't wait to see how the rest of the day goes!!!
We are having a significant storm this morning and high winds are expected to continue Tuesday through Wednesday. There was already a tornado warning in Elburn. This tree was knocked down east of Plato Center blocking Russell Road. I came upon after dropping Kevin off at school.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
These two photos were taken from a nearly identical location on my deck. The photos are of housing vacant lots immediately south of my house. The "winter" photo was taken February 22 and the "summer" photo was taken July 22 -- five months apart. It's currently 90° outside with high humidity and the "winter" photo looks oddly refreshing to me. Quite a contrast!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I have to admit to taking some perverse enjoyment when the first garbage day after a major holiday comes around. The Fourth of July this year was officially observed on Monday, July 5th. In Elgin, as in most communities, city offices were closed and city services curtailed. That means that anyone whose garbage is normally picked up on Monday had their garbage picked up on Tuesday and everyone else was backed up a day.
Our normal garbage day is Thursday and -- "Ta-Da" -- most of my neighbors forgot and had their garbage outside ready to be picked up this morning! Guess I'll wait until tomorrow!
This is why I use Twitter for late-breaking news. Someone with the Twitter name "Paul_Mar" just posted the following: "Late breaking news! Sources claim [LeBron James] may go to the Cavs or the Knicks or the Bulls or the Heat!"
You can't get that kind of insight anywhere else! If you're on Twitter too, you can follow me at: http://www.twitter.com/sscornelius.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Here's some video from the 1984 season showing Walter Payton running what we now refer to as the "Wildcat" formation. RB Payton lines up at the QB position and either runs out of the formation or drops back to pass. The drive, while promising, ends with an interception.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
As I write this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen more than 200 points on news that consumer confidence "unexpectedly" plunged. Confidence was expected to be lower, but "they" did not think it would be this low. Also, the past few weeks have seen spikes in weekly jobless claims even though "they" thought it would be lower.
Just who are "they"?
"They" must be a group of influential economists or market makers who gather together in some bunker and make predictions about the monthly economic reports. It seems like "they" are way, way overconfident. I wonder if "they" do this to make money on the market when it goes lower. That's the only reason I can see for "they" to make such silly predictions. Anyone who is out there looking for a job or trying to qualify for a loan or just keeping their heads above water will realize our economy is in serious trouble. Instead of building false expectations, "they" should spend time with real people to better understand what is going on and to come up with a solution to this mess!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I have used Blogger since 2004. Hard to believe it has been that long! I chose the Blogger platform initially because of its ease-of-us and the fact that it supported custom themes. In fact, it was the themes that first drew me to Blogger.
Since then, theme support has been non-existent and other blogging platforms (most notably WordPress) have added to the variety of themes offered.
Today, I logged into Blogger and discovered and wide variety of new themes that were offered. I was hesitant at first to change my theme, but I changed it to this theme and the change was very, very easy. As easy, in fact, as Posterous is to change their themes.
I like the change and think it has reinvigorated my blog!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Amazing photo taken by Cassini of Saturn's moon Rhea. The smaller moon below it is Epimetheus. It appears smaller because the distance between each other is the approximate distance between Earth and our moon. Cassini was about 750,000 miles from Rhea when the photo was taken -- and Epimetheus was 990,000 miles away from Cassini.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
- I have a number of Twitter user lists. I displayed three or four lists. I left the computer for a couple of hours and, upon my return, I reopened Seesmic and they were all missing. I had to go in and redisplay them. This happens in the original Seesmic Desktop and Seesmic for Windows. Very annoying!
- Even though I have a large monitor, screen space is at a premium and the left menu column takes up a lot of space. Previous versions of Seesmic allowed you to minimize the column. It would be appreciated here too. Auto or manual resizing of columns would be appreciated too.
- The plugin directory doesn't work, but I assume it's because it's not the final release.
- No support yet for Ping.fm, but they say it's coming. Makes sense as Seesmic owns Ping.fm.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
This afternoon I finally took the plunge and bought an iPhone 3G S. We switched over from our T-Mobile family plan and joined my wife (and her iPhone) on a family plan at AT&T. I've been spending part of the day loading apps onto the phone and syncing it with iTunes. So far I've played with the Facebook, Tweetdeck and Yahoo! fantasy baseball apps. Looking forward to downloading more apps including one from Gibson that will let me tune my guitar. Still trying to decide between Foursquare and Gowalla.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Most college football teams held their annual spring game (scrimmages) the last two weeks. Nebraska held their game last Saturday and drew nearly 78,000 fans. The largest crowd to see a spring game was defending national champion Alabama with over 91,000.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
I went grocery shopping today. Because of traffic, I parked near the opposite entrance to the store that I usually use and proceeded to shop in the opposite direction. At a minimum, I go to this store on a weekly basis so I know it inside and out.
Or so I thought!
By shopping "backwards," I managed to forget where most of the items on my list were located and it probably took me an extra 5 minutes or so to finish my shopping.
How about you? Have you ever shopped "backwards"?
Another beautiful, yet somber, photo from stuckincustoms.
I have been here twice. The first time was in the early '60s with my parents and then Lisa and I spent most of the day here in the late '90s. Very beautiful, awe-inspiring place!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
The 2010 Masters Tournament is over and the main storyline dealt with the appearance of Tiger Woods in the tournament. As we all know, Mr. Woods is involved in a sex scandal and has been allegedly undergoing treatment for sexual addiction. More recently, someone named Jesse James (not the famous outlaw) announced an addiction to sex after found that he had been cheating on his actress-wife Sandra Bullock. The first I ever heard of sexual addiction was when former professional baseball player Wade Boggs announced he was a sexual addict. The announcement was made after it was discovered that he had been often accompanied on road trips with a woman who was not his wife!
Apparently sexual addiction is the province of wealthy men, professional athletes and celebrities and is only evident after their philandering is made public. Medical researchers are yet to discover evidence of this "disease" in truck drivers, welders, market research analysts and other males of more modest income levels.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
With the recent news from Apple that iPhone OS 4.0 will be released this summer, I am giving very serious consideration to getting one. I have a 2+ year-old Motorola RAZR 2 from T-Mobile and it no longer is practical for what I want to do with my cell phone. I was hoping to get the Nexus One, but Google has made it difficult for existing T-Mobile customers to obtain one (I have a family plan). My wife bought an iPhone around Christmas and loves it. Now that Twitter has announced the purchase of iPhone app Tweetie, I'm more than ready to get an iPhone. My wife has experienced no problems with AT&T's coverage (we live in the Chicago area) so network performance is not a concern.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Is anyone experiencing problems with Firefox? I have the newest version (3.6), and have had nothing but problems with it. It's slow to boot up, slow to load and it's hung on me a couple of times. I have heard from others that there have been problems with it. Too bad. It was a great browser when first introduced, but Chrome has become my browser-of-choice...for the time being.
President Obama recently responded to Sarah Palin's criticism about his nuclear policy. “I really have no response,” he told ABC News. “Because last I checked, Sarah Palin’s not much of an expert on nuclear issues.”
A video has now surfaced (they always do!) in which Candidate Obama admitted in 2008 to not fully understanding America's nuclear policy.
I'm testing out a new Chrome extension. It's ScribeFire and it's a blogging platform previously available as a Firefox extension. The Alpha version is now available for Google Chrome. More information is available here and you can download and install the extension from here.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I don't understand why we continue to have problems with our "allies" in getting Iran to open up about their nuclear plans. Apparently Russia and China are insisting that we back off stronger measures in dealing with Iran. I thought that with our president bowing and apologizing to everyone, we would have more cooperation.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
From the NASA website:
Dunes of sand-sized materials have been trapped on the floors of many Martian craters. This is one example, from a crater in Noachis Terra, west of the giant Hellas impact basin. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this view on Dec. 28, 2009.
The dunes here are linear, thought to be due to shifting wind directions. In places, each dune is remarkably similar to adjacent dunes, including a reddish (or dust colored) band on northeast-facing slopes. Large angular boulders litter the floor between dunes.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
- There are 100 The Vast episodes posted.
- The blog site has over 1,000 site views.
- Out of the 100 episodes, Henry only appears in nine of them.
- Currently, there are only three major adventures.
- Roundy is one-foot tall.
- The background pictures actually changed facial expression in December 13 and December 27.
- The most-viewed episode of The Vast is October 5 with about 191 views.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Here's another Flickr favorite -- this time from Flickr user Laura Travels.
Although I lived in Arizona for a couple of years, I never did make it up to Sedona in the wintertime. Wish I had!