Electronics & Planes Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

Disruptions: Norelco on Takeoff? Fine. Kindle? No. 

http://nyti.ms/uU4UA9 New York Times Story 

They only seem to be looking at and measuring 1 thing. Volts per meter is a thing to worry about yes, but the devices all put out different frequencies of RF, which can add together in unexpected ways. It’s not a case of 1 Kindle is a problem or 100 Kindles being a problem. It could be 10 Kindles, 15 iPads, 5 Nooks, 3 Kobo Vox’s, 10 iPhones, 15 different kinds of Android Phone, and 10 different makes of Lap Top all on the same plane and all on, could add together and cause a warning light to turn on or not turn on. The office example is  a little off, there is more room between devices (you do not set as close together in a office as a plane), you are not encased in a metal enclosure like a plane. But we all know of someones Computer locking up/crashing/BSOD/Spinning Beach balling, most likely it’s User Error, Bug in the OS, Bug in the program, but maybe it was some one using an RF scanner in his office that interacted with someones laptop? Do not forget that many of these devices also have WiFi and may have 3 or 4 G wireless connections that just add to the possibilities of some interference.  Do I think the interference will cause a plane to fall out of the sky, no. It most likely would cause some small thing to not work correctly, and would not cause a problem for 9999 out of 10000 flights. I like living, I can go hours with out turning on my electronics, What is the problem with turning your stuff off for once you are on the runway and say 10 to 15 minutes there after?

Why turn every thing off? it saves the crew from having to look at each device. If it is not a Life Support item (pacemaker, hearing aide….) Turn it off, is you game of Words With Friends worth your life? It sure as hell is not worth mine. 

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Clearwater Beach Ratepayers Association Sunday, Sep 11 2011 

It’s been a busy week both at my day job and with my work with the Clearwater Beach Ratepayers Association.

I have been working with the Clearwater Beach Ratepayers Association for a number of years in various forms. Helping BBQ the lunch for the Annual Fun Day (Saturday of the Labour Day Weekend). Then I moved over to help one of my oldest friends with the kid’s games. I ended up in running the Prize Table supervising the picking of the prizes and handing out the Ribbons to the kids.

Started attending the Annual General Meetings and then some of the executive meetings to help with the planing for the Fun Day. Ended up being asked to run for Secretary at the 2009, and I was elected. Who’d a thunk it… LOL.

This year the current VP for the Association stepped down after 17 years of very active service. I was asked to run for VP for the 2012 executive. Yet again I was elected… unfortunately no one ran for Secretary, so I am still keeping most of that job but getting a lot of help from others on the board.

The Executive have been moving forward with a number of things over the last few years to serve our members better.

  1. We have put the AGM and the Fun Day on the same day and attendance for the AGM has gone up
  2. Working to try to have the postal box’s replaced. The current ones are very rusty and poorly placed (We are dealing with Canada Post it may be a while)
  3. Joining FOCA
  4. FaceBook page (Launched in September 2009)
  5. Insurance for the Association to cover our various meetings, events and the executive
  6. A Blog to get information out to our members who do not use FaceBook and place where we can refer new member to. (Approved on Sept 3 launching September 2011, currently in beta) http://clearwaterbeachontario.blogspot.com/
  7. Group emails to the membership for urgent matters/reminders

Living in Montreal, does mean that getting back to the Beach for meetings is a bit of a pain, but it means I get to see a lot of old friends and new friends too. Working with the association helps me keep connection to our cottage where I have been going since I was born. Keeping in contact with those I have known since I was born or they were born. All in all the members of the Clearwater Beach Ratepayers Association are a great group of people that I enjoy being around.

Part of my involvement is paying it back to the Association, for the many Fun Day’s when I was young on the beach.

Volunteer it is a great way to get in touch with your community. An it might be good for me too.

Volunteering for the Right Reasons Might Help You Live Longer http://lifehac.kr/q65W79

Freedom of the Press in Quebec? Sunday, Aug 28 2011 

Found this editorial in the Toronto Sun
Corrupting journalists
Quebec’s communications minister has come up with a conceited, self-important, cockeyed plan http://bit.ly/qlrk8o

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My thoughts are that is at best a slippery slope. My gut tells me real bad idea, real bad.

How far would this license idea go? Would blogging “news” if you are not a licensed Journalist get you in trouble?

Better access to Quebec Government information if you are licensed? What happened to the ability of citizens to get information from the government on their own?

All the information should be released/available to everyone, from the person who only consumes the information, to the person who’s blog is read but 1 or 2, to the reporter with 10’s or 100’s of thousands of readers, to the TV reporter with millions of watchers. Not just a licensed few

Sent a link to it, to Jeff Jarvis http://buzzmachine.com  via Twitter. His response  “@TJCS63 dangerous and wrong” . I thank Jeff for taking the time to read it and reply to me.

Various levels of government seem to be reluctant to fully answer question on various issues. From the stage of the road infrastructure across Quebec, to accusation of corruption in the construction sector in Montreal. Is licensing  part of a plan to further restrict our access to information about the government?  Well I hope not, but given that this is being floated when there is a push for more information from the government…

I am not going to along with the anti CBC slant at the end of the article. I think this is just part of the over all Quebec Government “We need to control (fill in the blank) mentality.

This idea scares me more that Quebec Separation Talk.

Strange that I have not seen anything in Quebec papers about this….

Wasting Power In The Summer Saturday, Aug 20 2011 

Dear Store Owners, when you leave your front door open and I can feel the rush of cool air 20ft away at the curb, you might be wasting power.

I ended up walking along St Catherine from Atwater to St Laurent today. There had to be at least 20 Stores that had their front doors fully opened and were leaving them open, while they had the AC cranked to Ice Age setting. I am walking along at the curb about 15 or 20 feet away and could feel the COLD AIR.

This is a waste of energy by the store. What is going through their minds?

End Rant

FaceBook Vs Twitter Vs Google+ Vs My Space Vs Plurk Vs …….. Saturday, Aug 13 2011 

Since the launch of Google Plus I have been hearing is it the FaceBook Killer or is it the Twitter Killer. For the last few years I have been hearing My Space is dead.  Not sure that I agree with any of these.

I will list the Social Media sites I use regularly and what I use them for.

FaceBook:

Finding old school friends, old work friends and seeing what they have been up too and keeping up with them. Seeing what current friends are up too. Keeping up with some of my social media friends who have retreated to being FaceBook only for various reasons. Keeping up a FaceBook page for the Clearwater Beach Ratepayers Association. Playing social cooperative games with the friends listed above. Having my own page so old and current friends can find me. It’s a place where I can quickly post some of the things going on in my life. The persons home page does allow for a lot of information on them if you have friended them. In many cases if I am not already a friend I can not tell if this is the person I knew back in High School or not. If I am not 95% or more sure that it is the person I know, I do not send a request. It’s about 30% games which counts as social, 50% keeping up with friends, 15% getting/sharing news, and 5% Birthday reminders. Using it lots over the course of a day.

Twitter:

I follow some of my other social media friends on Twitter but for the most part it is 80 % getting or sharing Tech news or talking about the Tech news/issues, 15% getting or sharing non-tech news,  and 5% real social interatcion with “friends”. I am following 802 and have 285 followers as I write this in mid August 2011. I can not really follow my Twitter stream, I look in at snapshots of it from time to time and respond, post, retweet… from time to time. Very diffcult to have a real 1 to 1 converstion or to have a group exchange on twitter. The persons “home” page does not allow for much information on them. Post a lot over the course of a day. Use Flipboard to read my stream more than I use any twitter client or the site. Not seeing Pics in the tweets is not so good. The 140 limit can be a pain at times.

Google Plus:

I follow some of my other social media friends on G+  but for the most part it is 70% getting news or sharing news or talking about the news/issues and 30% real social interatcion with “friends”. The personal page has more info on it, but at this time I am not trying to figure out if I went to school with you. Just got the games tab today, other than Angry Birds none of the games grab me. I play Angry Birds on all my Apple devices so do not see me playing AB on G+  other than to  see how well it plays. Comments staying with the original post is a good idea, it allows for some conversation. Need the ability to collapse the comments some how to clean up the stream. Looking forward to seeing what Google does with G+. Check in a number of times durning the course of a day. The ability to see photos as part of the post is great. Not sure what the upper limit on a post size is. Real Name vs Handle/Other Name is an issue that Google needs to address. I like to use TJCS63 as it is unique, google it. If you Google Terry Sanderson, if I am doing well I might make the 2nd page result. Many Tech reporters/pundits use nickname/handle to make finding them easier.

My Space:

Following a some music acts (groups and/or singers) and festivals. I check in once every couple of weeks. I am hopping for a revamp of this site and some new user. Still where I can find more information on less main stream acts. Still there are a lot of users on the site. Is it viable, do not know as I do not have the finance numbers, but I am guessing it is in trouble.

Plurk:

This is my goto social media site. The site is can look a little weird, but that is part of the charm. I love the time line set up I can go back to the start of my Plurking. I love the way you can see the post, and the number of responses to a post but you do not see the responses to a pose unless you open the post. Posts you have not read are easy to find. You can have thumbnail photo in your post that can clicked on to increase the size. For me it’s about 85% social interaction and 15% getting and sharing news. The personal “home” page does not have much info but I am not looking to connect to old school friends here. Every friend on Plurk I was met via Social Media (mostly on Plurk), and have gone on to meet some of the In Real Life as weird as that sounds. I hope to meet many more Plurkers over time as I travel and they travel. I have Plurk friends on around the world, missing only Antarctica and South America. I leave my Plurk timeline up and running in a browser tab at home as long as my computer is on. I got more real local information on the Arab Spring from Plurk than any other source. A friend was in one of the counties and was keeping us up to date , and relaying information for other countries too.  I have meet a lot of interesting people on Plurk. Over the last year a number of friends have left Plurk to focus more on FaceBook or Twitter or G+. I understand why have moved and do my best to keep in touch with them. For me the interaction on Plurk is something that I enjoy. I hope Plurk keeps going and more join it.

LinkedIn:

I use it mostly to keep up with former coworkers and or customers/suppliers. I check in once a week, unless I get a direct message. Some do not show much information on their “home” page so it is hard to tell if it is there “Bob Smith” I worked dealt with at company “X” 20 years ago. Again if I am not 95% or better sure that it is the person I knew I do not try to link.

identi.ca:

A Canadian based open source project. I use it 95% getting/sharing news 5% social. It use to be where the Plurkers went when Plurk was down. I am in and out with this site. I Post do a quick check to see what has been posted in the last little bit and leave.

Soup.Io

I use it more an aggregation site than a social site but, my page is set up to pull from a number of my social sites. I use it to follow someone who use to be on Plurk but moved to Soup.Io and Twitter. She posts some amazing images some are NSFW.

Flickr:

It’s a photo site you say… yes but it is also social too. I am guilty of not posting as much as I should. But I love looking at my friends work. My friends range from some one I worked with 15 years ago to Plurk friends (Don W., Rantz/Charles and Allan S. are 3  who I met via Plurk who Photo’s rock) to those who saw one of my photo’s on the Flickr stream and like them to those who’s photo’s I saw and loved. I also follow a number of Pro Photographers too. I need to spend more time on my Photography.

foursquare:

I play around on foursquare, you can find me there as TJCS63

WordPress:

Your are and  reading it…. I stopped bloging for a while for a number of reasons. I have decided that I still need a long form way to express myself. So I am back on WordPress.

There are links to most of my social sites above, not sure how well they will all work.

Right now G+ has the focus of the those who are on the Bleeding Edge Of Tech, so it is growing quickly. It growing quicker that any other social site before for a number of reasons, one of them is we know what a social site is now and like using them.

Is G+ going to kill FaceBook or Twitter? Maybe, but right now it kind of sit’s between them for my use cases. To me it is an other tool to connect to friends with and to learn thing via and to share things via.  It is posable  that all three can be viable businesses. I hope so as the each currently scratch a different itch for me.

The end result may be FaceBook is the home for Non Tech’s, G+ for Tech’s, Twitter for firing you thoughts out to the world. It will be interesting to see how this plays out of the next few months/years….

I try out most new social sites if for no other reason than to grab my handle TJCS63 and/or Terry Sanderson. This is so if I like the site I can be me on it or if the site takes off later I can come back and  still have one of my handles.

Then one down side to being on this many sites it that there are a number of friends who are also on many of these sites and I worry about over loading them some times. Do they really want to see the more or less the same post  from me on 4 or 5 sites? Sorry but while there is some over lap there is not that much.

Sunday, Aug 7 2011 

Time to get back to bloging on a blog. Finding topics that I can not cover on Twitter/FaceBook/Google+ so have come back to a blog. My target is at least a weekly post.

Le Mondial de la bière Montreal 2010 Tuesday, Jun 1 2010 

The 2010 edition of Mondial de la bière starts tomorrow.  For full information please click on the link Mondial de la bière This is the 17th edition and will the 3rd one I have attended. The current plan is to go Thursday evening with some friends from work. I might also go on Saturday too, but not yet sure.

Hope to see some of you there too.

Plans and Wishes for 2010 Monday, Jan 25 2010 

Missed a number of my Plans for last year! Will try harder in 2010

Wishes

My Mother get through the year with out any medical issues. Lost my Dad in 2009 and I know Mom has not been the same since.

The Economy Picks Up

To Do’s

Update this Blog at least once a week (vacation time excepted)

Lose weight. At this point not going to tell you what the start weight is or what the target is.

Start the 100 push up program, start date early February

Eat More Healthy and Local (Go to the Atwater or Jean Talon Markets at least every other week is my target)

Bike a lot more than last year ( This is should be easy I did not bike in 2009)

Take a lot more photo’s and post them

Plans

Visit Ottawa in the March

Go to the Spring Cottage Life Show in Toronto at the end of March

Attend Mondial de la Biere Montreal 2010 in June

Attend the Clearwater Beach Annual Fun Day and General Meeting in September

Stuff I want to get

50 mm lens for my D40

500 GB external drive for my Mac Mini

Thinking about getting what ever it is Apple will introduce next week (yes I am a fan boy)

Not Yet Ready With My 2010 Plans Sunday, Jan 17 2010 

Had planed to have my 2010 plan done for this weekend but kept falling asleep @ 7 PM all week. Hope to be finished for next weekend

A Look Back At 2009 Sunday, Jan 10 2010 

2009 was not a good year for me due to My Fathers death on October 5 2009. I am working on a post for his passing but it is not easy post to write.

Up to that point it had been a good year.

I did not accomplish many of my plans for 2009, oh well there is always 2010!

Made 2 day trip to Quebec City , one in April and one in September, Love Old Quebec City. Posted a number of photo’s on my flickr page.

Day trip to Kingston in August, spent most of the day at Old Fort Henry. Want to go back and spent some more time on some detailed photo’s

My list of those who past on in 2009

January:

Pat Hingle, 84. Tony-nominated stage actor; Commissioner Gordon in Batman movies. Jan. 3.

Patrick McGoohan, 80. Emmy-winning actor; star of TV classic The Prisoner. Jan. 13.

Ricardo Montalban, 88. Actor in splashy MGM musicals; Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island. Jan. 14.

Billy Powell, 56. Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player. Jan. 28.

February:

Dewey Martin, 68. Drummer with influential band Buffalo Springfield. Feb. 1.

James Whitmore, 87. Many-faceted actor; did one-man shows on Harry Truman, Will Rogers. Feb. 6.

Estelle Bennett, 67. One of Ronnettes, ’60s girl group (Be My Baby). Feb. 11.

Philip Jose Farmer, 91. Celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer. Feb. 25.

March:

Ron Silver, 62. Actor. March 15.

Natasha Richardson, 45. Gifted heiress to British acting royalty and wife of Liam Neeson. March 18.

Dan Seals, 61. Half of duo England Dan and John Ford ColeyMarch 25.

April:

Marilyn Chambers, 56. She helped bring adult films into mainstream with Behind the Green Door. April 12.

Ken Annakin, 94. Directed World War II epics Battle of the Bulge, The Longest Day. April 22.

Bea Arthur, 86. Her sharp delivery propelled Maude, The Golden Girls; won Tony for Mame. April 25.

May:

Dom DeLuise, 75. Portly actor with offbeat style. May 4.

Mickey Carroll, 89. One of last surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. May 7.

June:

David Carradine, 72. Actor. June 4.

Ed McMahon, 86. Ebullient Tonight show sidekick who bolstered Johnny Carson. June 23.

Farrah Fawcett, 62. 1970s sex symbol, star of Charlie’s Angels. June 25.

Fred Travalena, 66. Las Vegas impressionist. June 28.

July:

Karl Malden, 97. Oscar-winning actor; a star despite his plain looks. July 1.

Walter Cronkite, 92. Premier TV anchorman of the networks’ golden age. July 17.

August:

John Hughes, 59. Writer-director of smash youth-oriented comedies (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone). Aug. 6.

Les Paul, 94. Guitar virtuoso; invented solid-body electric guitar, multitrack recording. Aug. 13..

September:

Larry Gelbart, 81. Slyly witty writer for stage and screen (Tootsie, M*A*S*H). Sept. 11.

Patrick Swayze, 57. Dancer turned movie superstar for Dirty Dancing, Ghost. Sept. 14.

Henry Gibson, 73. Comic character actor; recited offbeat poetry on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Sept. 14.

Mary Travers, 72. One-third of hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Sept. 16.

October:

Charles John Sanderson, 81. My Dad

Al Martino, 82. Singer (Spanish Eyes); played the Frank Sinatra-type role in The Godfather. Oct. 13.

Lou Albano, 76. Pro wrestler; appeared in Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun video. Oct. 14.

Soupy Sales, 83. Rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on thousands of pies to the face. Oct. 22.

Lou Jacobi, 95. Actor who excelled in comic, dramatic roles (Arthur). Oct. 23.

November:

Edward Woodward, 79. British actor. Nov. 16.

December:

Richard Todd, 90. Acclaimed British actor (The Longest Day). Dec. 3.

Roy E. Disney, 79. Nephew of Walt Disney; exerted strong behind-the-scenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. Dec. 16.

Brittany Murphy, 32. Actress, voice of Luanne Platter on King of the Hill. Dec. 20.

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