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ESA ExoMars Probe Landing
Watch European Space Agency's ExoMars Arrival at the Red Planet on Watch a series of live ESA TV webcasts from the ESOC mission control centre, Darmstadt, Germany. (1) 16 October 14:30-15:20 GMT / 16:30-17:20 CEST -- Separation of Schiaparelli lander from the TGO orbiter (2) 19 October Part 1 15:44-16:59 GMT / 17:44-18:59 CEST & Part 2 18:25-20:03 GMT / 20:25-22:03 CEST -- Landing of Schiaparelli and TGO enters orbit around Mars ...
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Snow Day 
Python, ERIC, and Shrimp Scampi

Woo-hoo! Yesterday, we had our first real snow of the year, and the high winds were blowing the snow across the roads here. The schools were closed, so the kids got to stay home too. It wasn't really a good idea to go anywhere, so I fired up a pot of coffee yesterday morning, and got to work on building my new software development desktop...

Just now finished the install of ERIC 6 which is a Python editor and Dev tool on my Vista server. In the process installed Python 3.4, as well as QT which is an App development package, and PyQT which is a Python toolset for QT. Finally, I installed ERIC which is the actual editor, and had that all finished yesterday, however it took until today to get it all running right because the Python install did not automatically add itself to the Windows cmd.exe Directory Path.

I ended up manually doing this after spending some time troubleshooting online why my install wasn't working. Not sure why anyone would create a Python MSI installer for Windows that doesn't automatically add a path environmental variable so that Windows recognizes the Python install.

I fixed this. It works now, and now can actually create new Windows apps, Web apps, Android Apps, and iOs Apps with my new Python Development Kit!  Yay!

Since I was home, and Saliese had to work, I went ahead and cooked dinner as well, on the menu one of our favorites, Garlic Shrimp Scampi with Lemon Parmesan Angel Hair Pasta and salads.

A good snow day! Looking forward to getting one or two more this year!
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Travel Map

Okay so.... the Fun thing for today (Monday)  is the travel and residence map, ...color coded, of course.

Green is places I have lived or resided for more than six months
Blue is places that have been visited often, with some extended stays included. Orange is places traveled to on business, or vacation.
Red are states I have never visited. Might have been in an airport, or drove through them...

You can make your own map right here:
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Model T Homecoming
Saturday, June 6th, 2015

I just happened to get a text from a friend of mine, who noted there was a Model-T car show in progress yesterday. Also just happened to have a camera handy and went to check it out.

Turned out the show was sponsored by the Model T Ford Club of America, as well as the Model T Club of Greater St. Louis. Just about everyone in Indiana with a Model A or Model T showed up, and quite a few folks from Michigan and Illinois too. There were so many Model A's and Model T's  that the shiny new 1930's model autos were on display only in the side streets and alleys.

Check it Out!

There was a huge flea market for spare parts setup, and the announcer said you could probably buy your own Model T for somewhere around $5,000 and then slowly fix it up over time!

If you are interested in learning more, here is the contact information provided to me by the show sponsors;

Model T Ford Club of America
Barbara Klehfoth
Business Manager
P.O. Box 126, Centerville, IN 47330-0126
119 West Main Street, Centerville, IN 47330-1226
(765) 855-5248

Here's to some true vintage automobiles!
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So, my morning appointment cancelled, with no computers to repair or check, and no pc or device tutoring to do, I went ahead and made good use of my free time with... Breakfast!

Homemade Hash Browns, and Eggs Sunny Side-up, with Toast.

Perfectly cooked, and tasting yummy. Probably a good thing my clients don't cancel often. Every now and again is perfectly ok though, in my book!
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RPG Update

The only thing better than getting together and playing a great game of the Star Wars RPG on a lazy Sunday morning, would be having Emperor Palpatine unexpectedly show up in order to tempt you to turn to the Dark Side.

Which is exactly what happened yesterday morning! Took the boy over to Indianapolis ComicCon to do a bit of shopping and star gazing. We were minding our own business and browsing the dealer area when a rather large contingent of Imperial Stromtroopers from the 501st Imperial Legion rolled through the main hall clearing the area ahead of them. In the very middle of the group was the dark emperor himself.

As they rolled right by us, on the way to the autograph booth I said to the boy. "Look, there's the Emperor, is your chance to turn to the dark side, and swear your loyalty to the emperor himself."

Look on the Boys face as Emperor Palpatine with his personal bodyguard strolled by; Priceless! ...and naturally I didn't have my camera handy for this. The 501st had a bodyguard in place for the Emperor the entire weekend!

This year, a fun and good show! Went on a Saturday field trip taking a group of Cosplayer's from my club for the day, as this is their favorite annual event. Then on Sunday, I returned with just my son. Ray Park a.k.a Darth Maul also attended and was signing autographs this year as well, so it was a Star Wars gathering of the Dark Side! Here's a few photos in an album to share from our day.

1. Entrance Hall

2.  Star Wars, Darth Maul and Jedi

3. The boy with Rey. There were plenty of Reys, and a few Finns present this year, this charming young lady stood out above the rest because she was English, and had the perfect accent as well.

4. Yes this is Daenarys Targaryn, Belle, and Tinkerbell from Disney, and of course, Cerci Lannister graciously posing for me.

5. Grey Delisle and the boy. Grey is well known for her character Daphne from Scooby-Doo and Vicky  from  Nickelodeons' Fairy Oddparents. She also has many movie credits including Last Airbender and Power Puff Girls, and Transformers. Gorgeous and smart too, and she reminds me a great deal of Tanith Lee , and she put the boy in his place quick when he got a bit snarky.

6.  Can't have a ComicCon without including Mario!

7. Indiana Jones & Dad. One of our special guests this year was Jonathon Rhys-Davies from Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings.

8. The Punisher

9. Deadpool

10. Master Roshi from DragonballZ

11. Spiderman ...and he has Captain Americas' shield!

12. Super Steve from Minecraft and a very charming Catwoman!

13. Not sure what anime this is, but these Cosplayer's did such a tremendously great job detailing their costumes, I wanted to get the picture of their work and presentation.

14. Power Rangers Unite!

15.  ...of course Edward Scissorhand
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Christmas 3.0

Twas the Night Before Christmas,
And all through the House,
Tiny creatures were stirring,
Looking for the Mouse,
The Holiday Stockings were Hung,
Everywhere without Care,
With high hopes that Saint Nick,
Would soon be There,

The Children were nestled all snug in their Beds,
While visions of Iphones, and Chromepads, danced in their Heads,
With Mamma in her Nightie, and me by Computer's Light,
We had just settled down for the long winter Night,

When out in the yard their arose such a Clatter,
I Sprang from my Man-cave to see what was the Matter,
Away to the Garage, I flew before Dawn,
And opened the Door, and lit up the Lawn, 

The Full Moon on the Global Warming Rains,
Gave the luster of Miami Beach, to these Hoosier Plains,
When what to my wondering eyes did Appear,
A pimped out Sleigh, with eight flying Reindeer,
For just a moment I thought I had too much Beer,
But that driver was so very Lively, and Quick,
I knew at that moment it was really St. Nick! 

More rapid than Indy Cars, them Reindeer they Came,
and He Whistled, and he Sang, and he called them by Name,
“Now Dasher! Now Prancer! Now Dancer and Vixen!
Onward, Comet! On Cupid, Go Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the Roof, land near the Chimney for Show,
Now Dash Away, Dash Away, Dash Away, Go!”

So right up on the Housetop, them Reindeer did Fly,
They Control Crash-Landed Way up on High,
With a sleigh full of toys, and Saint Nicholas Too,
He didn't even curse, I'll bet that amazed You!

And then in a twinkle I heard on the roof,
The Prancing and Pawing of each little hoof
They were as good as the Dancers,
In Dancing with the Stars,
Them amazing Reindeer,
That were faster than Indy Race Cars,

As I lifted my head, and was Spinning Around,
Down the Chimney, St. Nick came with a Bound,
He was dressed all in fur, and bright flashing lights,
He was covered in Bling from his head to his Feet,
You'd think he was going to a Tech Meet-and-greet,
He carried Consoles, Controllers, and Cheats,
A Bundle of Toys hung on his Back,
with PC's, and laptops, and AI's that could Hack,

His Eyes how they twinkled, His Dimples How Merry,
His smile full of Mischief, He smoked a pipe of Red Cherry,
The Coders Beard on his chin was very Long, 
He made few mistakes, and was not often Wrong,
His beard was also White as the Snow,
With his coding skills so Pristine, he really earned the Dough,

The Stump of the Pipe he held in his Teeth, 
The Smoke, It circled his head like a Wreathe,
He had a broad face, and a big round Belly,
That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of Jelly,

He was Chubby and Plump, A Right Jolly old Geek,
He loved Basic, C, PHP, and even SQL,
He also liked making Games, and even Prequels,

I Laughed out Loud when I saw him that Night,
For in that moment I knew the World was Alright, 
With a Wink of his Eye, and a Slight Twist of his Head,
He let me know that I had nothing to Dread,

He spoke not a Word, but went straight to his Work,
He really Polished and Tested that Code,
He added many Easter Eggs, then a new Perk,
He even added a few network Nodes,
and a special function just for the Clerk,

He filled all the Stockings, Put presents under the Tree,
Then set down the electronics with Care, and great Glee,
Then laying a finger on the side of his Nose,
Right back up the Chimney he Rose,

He Sprang to his Sleigh, Gave his team a new Song,
And while they began singing about being back before too Long,
With a new upgrade, of course, of that very Song,
I heard him exclaim before they flew out of Sight,

“A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!”
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Sunday Afternoon
Ride at the Three Bar C stables

Not in the man cave sitting at the computer (until now of course!)
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Ready for some Sunday Fun?

Who here enjoys a good prank now and again? These driving instructors have no idea they are conducting a driving test for the Malaysian Professional Motorsports Women's Driving Champion.
Oh! those poor instructors!! - Mark Drysdale - Google+
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My turn to cook tonight!
On the Menu

Garlic Shrimp Scampi
Garlic Bread
Parmesan Fettuccine
Mediterannean Mozarella Salad

Kind of looked like this! Tasted even better than it looked!
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Bagels & Coffee
Sunday Brunch

Because, you know... Sunday... bagels... coffee!  Of course it is best when you make your own bagels like this. A good day, with a perfect batch of dough, and baked to a light golden brown. Served with real butter, and creamed cheese.

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Father, Husband, Inventor, Investor, Teacher
Tech Guy, Employed for many years with the Department of Defense (NavCal Labs, Kay & Associates) and at various Fortune 500 Tech companies including HP, Apple, Terradyne, and Ford Aerospace... From about the mid-90's on I changed my work style and focused on entrepreneurial and startup companies like MedSim (Ultrasound Education). These days I tend to work for startups, as a consultant for individuals, and as a consultant for smaller growing companies while also providing tech support, tech programs, and workshops for non-profit corporations and schools part-time.  Former U.S. Army calibration specialist (35H) 

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Pretty good at fixing electronics, great at fixing personal computers and wide area networks, I also enjoy teaching about science, technology, engineering and math. Hosted and chaired one of the first Distance Education courses (1993). Designed an original Ion Thrust Engine (2009) for use in spacecraft, Designed an original green Electromagnetic Power Generator (1983) that provides electricity using no fuel, that does not pollute the atmosphere, or environment. Designed the first Time Abacus (2005), to teach people how to manually calculate fixed time intervals.
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