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Dirk Collins
Father, Husband, Inventor, Investor, Teacher
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2017 Eclipse

Taken @ 2:26 EST in Richmond, Indiana using a Kodak Pixpro AZ401 along with a polarized filter provided courtesy of NASA.


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First Day of School for Nick and Lauren. Both in High School now. Lauren a Junior and Nick a Freshman.



(In Progress)
The Man Who Listens to Horses by Monty Roberts
HTML5, The Missing Manual by Matthew McDonald
Analog Science Fiction & Fact - Sci-Fi Anthology Periodical
A Heritage of Stars by Clifford D. Simak
Enchanted Pilgrimage by Clifford D. Simak
Mindjammer by Sarah Newton

Recently Finished (last 30 days or so...)
The Human Division by John Scalzi
Linux Pro Magazine July 2017 Issue
Cemetary World by Clifford D. Simak

These are all printed books. I read many articles online as well, however don't keep track of them.

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2017 Summer Vacation
Ocean Lakes Campground, Myrtle Beach
June 26th - July 1st, 2017

This year for summer vacation we hooked up the camper and drove on down to South Carolina to spend a week on the beach at Myrtle Beach. The warm summer and Atlantic Ocean is good for our spirits, and we enjoyed a week of swimming, snorkeling, shell collecting, and fine dining on the Carolina Coast! Our culinary highlights included dinner at Captain Benjamin's Calabash Seafood, Villa Romana, and of course, Medieval Times, where we watched the tournaments & jousting, and fed the kids Roast Dragon! Always like camping right on the beach!

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Summer Book Festival

Today was a beautiful day! Took the time to go down to Cincinnati, and stopped by my favorite bookstore, Joseph-Beth on Edwards Road in Hyde Park. It is a true bookstore with a very deep selection of great books, and of course I pillaged and hurt my credit card just a bit... Here are my picks for the day!

Myrtle Beach & South Carolina's Grand Strand - Explorer's Guide
Because we are getting ready to take a vacation, and their will be a few new places to explore that we will learn about, ...before we get there, ...with this coffee table travel guide.

The Chicago Manual of Style
This has been on my want list for a very long time. The definitive guide to writing, for writers, editors, and publishers alike.

The Man Who Listens to Horses, the Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer
Don't you want to learn how to take a wild, high-strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade the horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in thirty minute? Monty Roberts reveals his unforgettable story and his exceptional insight into non-verbal communication, with an understanding that this easily applies to human relationships as well.

Stephen King | On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft
In his own words;
This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit. Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do-- not why it works when it is good, not why it doesn't when it is bad. I figured the shorter the book the less the bullshit.

I picked this up, because he is one of the pre-eminent horror fiction writers of our time, and he probably does know a thing or two, about how to write a good story. I'll let you know if this is so, after I have had a chance to read this.

The Human Division - by John Scalzi
Sci-fi. It is like air for me, If I'm buying books, I have to pick up at least one Sci-Fi Book.

Also picked up a few periodicals;

Linux Pro , June 2017 Issue
Linux is pretty much my operating system of choice these days. Anything that will make me better at using, repairing, or maintaining, or administering Linux systems is worth my time, plus there is a great article in this issue on how to expand Amazon Alexa options for all Android users, and hacking Alexa, really any Android Voice Recognition System, to make it better for Android is something I'm very motivated to learn more about.

Modern Trader Issue 353
Financial Journalism for Fund Managers. I'm having a good year with my ETF investments. Saw a very interesting article on how to use a Cycle Projection Oscillator , which is a technical tool that uses a complex algorithm to filter multiple cycles from historical data, then combines them to give a graphical representation of their predictive behavior. This looks like something useful for picking just the right time to buy and sell my ETFs. I suppose it could be used for stocks, bonds, and mutual funds as well. I'm going to build a real-live model to determine how good the predictive qualities of this algorithm is.

There is also another really good article on identifying ETFs that shadow other ETFs pricewise, and in how to find these shadow ETFs to recognize opportunities to create profitable spread trades.

Blue Water Sailing, Gear & Equipment Guide
An annual special issue. This because there is a bluewater sailboat, most likely a 42' or larger ocean-going catamaran in my near future, and I want to be prepared. All the latest gear & equipment for deepwater sailboats and some great articles on new renewable energy onboard power systems for marine vessels. The automobile industry isn't the only Industry with some new renewable energy options, and this guide lists some of the latest and greatest equipment that is worthwhile to have on an open water boat.

Finally, last but not least, another Sci-Fi book, a tabletop role-playing game book by Sarah Newton, called Mindjammer . More Sci-Fi to stretch my imagination! Huzzah!

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Geeks Weekend Update

Beautiful day out today! 82 degrees and sunny, that's 29C for everyone else!

Spent about ten hours doing yard work. Built a hobby horse because this huge tree branch from The Great Elm Tree fell down in my backyard. Dragged it off my driveway, then set it up on the hobby horse and cut it into firewood size chunks with a hand saw. Mowed. Trimmed the bushes and evergreens. Finished by blowing the winter leaf litter and detritus out of the garage and cleaning that some (lots left to do... haven't touched the garage since last summer). Home is looking good though!

So... yard also good until June! ...and then off to the fun super geek stuff. Between all day yesterday, and after sunset today, managed to finish Chapter One of my new book MariaDB Essentials. At this rate I'll have it finished before the end of the month, because I'm getting ready to either setup or improve at least four web sites. Improving my knowledge of Linux, MariaDB, MySQL, and HTML5 is going to help me automate many of the website functions, and add some unique and attractive features to each of these web sites for guests.

Best wishes for Mother's Day. My gift today was a good looking home! Oh, and a home made Mediterranean Salad with Stuffed Grape Leaves for dinner yesterday.

#MariaDB #MySQL #SpringCleaning #MediterraneanDinner

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Spacex CRS-10 Launch

A very good morning! The Falcon-9 flew perfectly this morning delivering the CRS-10 mission payload into orbit. The First Stage landed successfully at an open pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Congratulations +SpaceX Good to see you flying high!
LIFTOFF! The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 9:39 a.m. EST, and the Dragon cargo vehicle is on orbit heading to the International Space Station with an arrival scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22. It will deliver science and supplies to the crew living and working on station. Follow along at:

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Cat Warming in Winter
Internet Cat image of this Morning.
Internet Katze Bild für diesen Morgen

 Having my morning coffee in the office and getting ready for the day, and Ari sets down next to me to shake off the chill.

+Dorian Hunter 

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Crystal Springs Manatee Dive
27 May 2016

One of the last of my summer vacation expeditions filmed using the Midlands XTC-280 GoPro clone. This concludes a short series of posts that cover much of the last year, as I was very busy throughout the year with work (only took one week of vacation) and am only now catching up on sharing some of the better family events here on G+

Many blessings for a happy and prosperous New Years for all of you in 2017!

Looking forward to making 2017 better (much better) than 2016!

A shout out to a few of my online friends whom I know would enjoy this, and I'll close with links to my posts from earlier this week.

Happy New Years!

Cayman Island Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Summer Vacation 2016

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Cayman Island Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Back during summer vacation we spent some time here. I'd like to share some photos with you, showing just how committed the local people are who live on Cayman Islands are to preserving the sea habitat in the Caribbean including all of the sea life, Turtles, Sharks, Fish, and more!

We totally contributed to supporting this and this was money well spent, and also Summer Vacation!
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