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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Weather Camera on Marietta Square

I've put up a weather camera on the Marietta Square, Check it out
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Live Weather Marietta PA, About Marietta PA
The Marietta Traveler


It's finally all melting, but one nice pic for the blog.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tree lighting

Santa showed up and lit the town Christmas tree!

Vanished story is up

My friend got a good write up. I got a tiny mention.

This photo is from my recent trip to NYC. The foreground has the new
high line park.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Watching the pour reminds me of our industrial revolution and how far we have come.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Ah, what a fine piece of squid! Bubes brewery.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Sometimes I feel like I'm living in the olden days here in town. Old
house, old people and old ideals. Old problems. I wish I knew the

Monday, November 09, 2009

A Penny A Word: The marketplace for content online

In a quest to expand the content in some of my websites, I discovered the online marketplace for writers. Freelancers, many overseas, looking to make some money online find that writing articles for mere pennies is a quick fix. Publishers of sites, like me, that need content to fill out some websites pay for someone to write vast quantities of content. Here's my experience. Round 1: Ten 500 word articles for $50. The somewhat randomly selected author quickly turned over the assigned topics. My first reaction was: ugh. horrible. Poorly written. Obviously non native English, and somewhat useless content wise. I put it up online anyway and basically forgot about it for years. 2 years later, total profit: $100. Pretty good investment actually, though somewhat slow turn over. I might have spent my time better writing the articles myself, if only I didn't hate writing assignments. The most surprising statistic: they are the highest paying per CPM pages of all my sites! They pay 3 times per page view as other sites, but with little traffic. Round 2: Today I'm bringing in a few better writers, and hopefully they will get better placement. 2 years down the road, the marketplace has improved. I also have some deserted sites that need more content. Obviously, I'm hoping that the article writing project will scale up from the pennies a day volume it currently produces. So, would you write for a penny a word? Talk is cheap and online content is even cheaper.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Election day ; election results!

After a long day of hitting the polls and trolling for votes, it
looks like it has paid off. I'm just waiting on final results.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Halloween 2009

Fun costumes and good times. More pics on my fb account.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall colors and the coming cold

The last splash of color befor the bland coldness of winter descends
upon us. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Riverfront park trail head

Today l went to the ribbon cutting for the new rivertrail path down to Marietta. It winds down the shoreline for a few miles and includes a new bridge over a small stream. Hopefully, more connections will be made soon.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Invasion of the body snatchers.

That's sort of what I thought of with this alien like growth on my
poor birch tree. Orangish bulbs and an orange powder that gets on you
when you touch it. My arborist tells me it is cedar apple rust due
to a nearby junior tree.

New photo posts

I'm going to try to start posting more blogs with real pic from my
phone or camera. This snap is from Columbia. I was driving while
taking it which is very bad.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Twitter Image Editing

Edit and post images directly to twitter. tumblr image hosting from lunapic lets you easily link your edited images with your tweets. Check out the photo mosaic tool as well!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Photo + Twitter ID = Cool Mosaic

Lunapic added a cool set of mosaic feature today. You can create a mosaic of your friends in a few clicks. You can use the LunaPic facebook app, or the twitter version right one the lunapic site. Upload a picture first, then type in your twitter id. It'll pull in all the profile icons of your twitter friends and create a cool mosaic!
Create a Twitter Mosaic


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Seach for Evan Ratliff

Wired magazine has a writer on the run. The search for Evan Ratliff is on and I'm tracking leads. Let me know if you have any clues or follow me on twitter

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fresh Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerablities..

I've updated my Banking security page with some new details on current security vulnerabilities and dumb security mistakes that top banking sites make. Included in this list is a 3 year old session bug in HSBC and XSS bugs in ING Direct and US Bank. It's really hard to believe that sites that must spend millions on security don't handle some of the most basic (and old) online security bugs.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Google Adsense out of control

This is very bad news on the advertising front. I've noticed in the past few weeks some of the most annoying audio ads with bells and whistles (literally) and revving car engines and all sorts of sounds. This was happening on some of the most reliable and non obtrusive ad sites like 'digg' and 'fark'. The reason for this is simple: The utter failure of Google to control their advertisers.

What what once a staple of "non annoying" ads, Google's Adsense program, has slowly decended into the pit of annoying, "auto play audio" ads and maybe worse. First they started as just a text ad program, then they moved to images, then to click to play video and rich media ads, and finally to third party, unvalidated, wild west style ads. While they attempt to keep the publishers in charge with "Advertiser Reviewing", the tools they offer are less than adequate to even identify which advertiser is problematic.

I hope that Google will fix this problem or they will be losing a lot more publishers. They need to let publishers have finer grain control of what is permissible, and they need to strictly enforce ALL ads going through the network. If not, what is auto play audio today, will be rouge sypware installs and pc hijacking tomorrow.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Audio Doppler analysis

The Doppler effect can be used to measure the speed of a passing vehicle. I've seen reports of the police using this system instead of radar, as it's undetectable from the vehicle. Here is a pic of the FFT analysis of a passing train:
Notice the shift in the lines where the train passes by.

iPhone apps

With my current favorite toy, the iphone, I've been seeing a lot of potential for great scientific applications with the combination of hardware embeded on board.

1. The accelerometer: This can be used measure movements of the phone. Graphing out or drawing these movements could have some very neat applications in 3d design and provide a quick view of moving objects.

2. The microphone: Lots of possibilities with audio processing and analysis. The guitar tuner is a great app already in the app store. Other possibilities could include Doppler analysis to track high speed objects.

3. The camera: like the wiimote, this has a uv capable imaging camera that could be used to track moving objects and specialized imagery. Adding things like live visual processing and shape analysis could be very interesting.


The Multitouch Whiteboard Wii Hack

Johnny Lee has an impressive set of 'hacks' based on the standard Wimote. I've tried several of these and they are indeed quite impressive. See for yourself.

He was also written up in the New York Times about his sharing of invention ideas.

Since I've enjoyed his posts so much, and have had an overflow of ideas lately, I thought I'd start sharing some.

[ed note: This blog is switching from a promotional and sporadic news about David and his site to be a more of an outlet on creative ideas, inventions and observations in technology. This post is the inspiration for the change. I'm also looking for other contributers, so please email me if interested.]

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Reject Comcast Digital

With the upcoming transition to digital broadcast, many people mistakenly believe that they need to switch to digital cable from Comcast. You also probably don't have to buy a new tv. Here are some quick reasons why you should NOT switch to Comcast digital:
  1. Price is higher. While intro offers may make it seem like a deal, they usually will jack up the price later on.
  2. Slower! Channel changing on my digital comcast box is SLOWER than switching channels via my regular TV channel changer
  3. Picture quality. I haven't noticed a difference between regular tv and digital tv. I doubt you will either.
  4. Big Brother Fears. With digital, it's a lot easier for them to monitor your viewing habits.
  5. You don't need it. Really. The whole broadcast switch to digital next year has no effect on cable.
  6. Compatibility. The digital box doesn't play well with other devices like tivo, and the comcast dvr is no replacement for tivo.
  7. Extra equipment. Did I mention it requires an extra box, extra remote, extra power, extra added monthly expense, and it's one more thing in your house that can (and probably will) break.
In short, reject Comcast digital and you will simplify your life, save money and maybe get some more time away from the TV to have some real fun.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

#1 in google for: Photo Editor

Thanks to all the sites that help my site (Mytheme photo editor, aka lunapic) become the number one site for searches on "photo editor", "photo editing" and "picture editor". My site out ranks what many consider better (yet harder to use) online and desktop photo editing programs. I continue to receive lots of emails every day, keep them coming: "At work and I needed something fast. Your's was the third online editor I tried. Love it and will keep coming back." "I LOVE IT" "I would just like to say, I love your photo animator. I just found it and it's awesome.'

A Smaller Footprint details how you can create a smaller environmental footprint on this planet. It's only just begun, so stay tuned.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Get Rich Slowly

Get Rich Slowly is a good new blog I ran across. They seem to incorporate many of same ideas I try to tell people about money management and investing. They pointed me to a great list of financial resource links including the very important High Yield Online Savings accounts. They also have a good review of "The Secret" with it's Law of Attraction, along with frugal tips for managing life. Take a look.

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