Not-so-smart Smart Phones

A security firm has released their “Dirty Dozen” smart phones that pose the greatest security risks to their owners: http://bit.ly/vaid1L. Why should you care? Given what people use our smart phones for these days, a security hole in your smart phone is as risky as a security hole in your computer. We bank, we shop, we email, we even store lists of our passwords, all on the little phone in.. Read More

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Snowstorm Casualties

This poor little Smart Car! A tree in Manhattan fell down during the early snowfall this weekend and crushed it like a little bug. And what a lovely tree – it’s a shame when the city streets lose a big old tree like this one. Here it is closer up with the tree still crushing it, and sprawling away to block the whole street. You can see all the leaves.. Read More

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Kitchen Renovation

This winter Gordon and I renovated our country kitchen. When we bought the house the kitchen looked like this: All we did was paint, hardware, tile and countertops, but the improvement is astronomical. Well, we did a little more than just that. We knocked down that silly little gingerbreading above the sink. We took down the gauzy curtain. We painted the cabinets inside and out, a nice sunny goldenrod. We.. Read More

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Axe Man 2 – the video

So here’s the video of Ritchie and Randy pulling the tree out of the stream. Ritchie’s up on the back of the truck, working the mechanical arm, and Randy’s on the chainsaw. At this point, Ritchie’s already picked up the tree and rotated it to allow Randy to cut off a branch, 15′ long by about 1.5′ diameter. In this second video, Ritchie is loading the three logs onto the.. Read More

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Axe Man

We lost a gorgeous, healthy 80′ oak tree to the winter storms this year. It fell from the cliff overlooking our stream, toppling over the stream and bringing down about ten smaller, younger trees as it fell. Gordon and I cleared the top 40′ or so that extended past the tree line into our yard, and that took us two weeks and 4 runs to the chipping yard (no fireplace.. Read More

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