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  • Hulu.com here we come

    Posted on August 29th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    We bought a Dell Optiplex 3.4 GHz machine used off of eBay and a VGA to S-Video converter from Sewell.  Today I installed everything needed to stream video to the HDTV and hooked up the HS Internet.  We got to try it out and it worked real well.  It was so good that we watched old programs for several hours – Fringe & SG-1 mostly.

    The video is fed to the TV via S-Video from the Sewell VGA to S-Video converter.  Audio comes from the PC and is fed to the audio amp.  It is a bit of set up required but once this is done the video streams very nicely to the TV.

    The ultimate goal of this exersize is to terminate the cable TV service.  It is just to expensive for what we get out of it.

  • Court orders girl to public school

    Posted on August 27th, 2009 cwmoore No comments


    A Christian homeschool girl in New Hampshire has been ordered into government-run public school for having “sincerely held” religious beliefs. POLL: What freedom is being denied?

  • Preparing: Leave for boat

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    I am preparing to leave for the boat.  SAM has had it for a while but I still have the desire and like living in the small space where everything has to be neatened up immediately after messing it up.  A boat like ours requires neatness.  It also requires everything to be put back in the same place.  While small by house standards, a boat has many place to put “things” and most assurdly they will get lost.  Even when you put them in exactly the correct place they still get lost.

    In a few weeks the season will be over and the winter gales will commence.  There will be time enough to live inside the box we call home.  The weekend was great as Andy & Vera were here with Kristen and even Jessica came home for the occasion.  Great times.  Oh yes, Martha was here too and I enjoy talking with her.  We will go down to see her this winter in Florida: Probably twice – once before Christmas and once after.  However, we need to be back to prepare the boat for the next season by at least mid-February.

  • Peace Pilgrim – a legacy

    Posted on August 24th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    Her pilgrimage spanned almost three decades beginning January 1, 1953, in Pasadena, California. The Korean War was in progress. She continued walking for 28 years, spanning the American involvement in the Vietnam War and beyond. Peace Pilgrim was a frequent speaker at churches, universities, and local and national radio and television.

    In order for the world to become peaceful, people must become more peaceful. Among mature people war would not be a problem – it would be impossible. In their immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war. However, people can mature just as children grow up. Yes, our institutions and our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better leaders and set up better institutions. It always comes back to the thing so many of us wish to avoid: working to improve ourselves.

    Expressing her ideas about peace, she referred to herself only as “Peace Pilgrim.” Peace Pilgrim’s only possessions were the clothes on her back and the few items she carried in the pockets of her blue tunic which read “Peace Pilgrim” on the front and “25,000 Miles on foot for peace” on the back. She had no organizational backing, carried no money, and would not even ask for food or shelter. When she began her pilgrimage she had taken a vow to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.”

    On July 7, 1981, while being driven to a speaking engagement near Knox, Indiana, Peace Pilgrim was killed in an automobile accident. At the time of her death, she was crossing the United States for the seventh time. After her death, she was cremated, and her ashes were interred in a family plot near Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.

  • KANQ airport

    Posted on August 22nd, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    I went out to the airport this morning and Walt was there.  Walt is on the aviation board and we discussed the airport and a few other related subjects.  I think KANQ is on the come back after many years of neglect and decline.  Everone involved has to learn to play nice with each other and this will improve the environment 100%.  As a guy who spent a good deal of time at the airport over the past 40 years it does my heart good to see the positive change.  Who knows, I might even buy another airplane.

  • Facebook posts

    Posted on August 21st, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    I just posted a few pictures of the end of our August cruise.  These were in the camera and I had to down load them.  Then I decided to post them to FB.

  • Inactivity

    Posted on August 21st, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    For me this has been a pretty laid back day.  Up at 0830 and eat breakfast.  I then set the trap for the Chippers, did some email and Facebook and it was almost time for lunch.  SAM wanted to go to Hamilton to get a sandwich at the Upper Crust so we did.  I got mine without Mayo but did eat the forbidden bread (with I am sure Soy content).

    After lunch I putts around at the computer and sent a few more emails, took a nap and took all the recyclables into Angola to the recycle center.  All the while SAM is busy getting ready for tomorrow.  I called Brandon to see if he wanted to come Sunday and he said yes.  He leaves Monday for the Airforce – 6 year enlistment.  I am sure he will come back as a man and the world will never seem the same to him.

    All-in-all I would say this has been a relaxed day so far.  What will the night bring?

  • In PL now

    Posted on August 20th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    Just arrived back at the ranch.  Rain guage said 4.5 inches of rain in since last Saturday.  That is a lot of rain.  The yards have never turned brown this year and are beautifully green.

    It rained all morning at the boat and SAM was at a “Taste of Saugatuck” function this morning in the rain.  Since there is very little open parking I dropped at a spot downtown.  Later when I was summoned by cell, I made a pick up run.  By then the rain had stopped and the sun was peaking out.  Weather was good for the trip home.

    We expect the A. Moore family this weekend, with Martha P.  and daughter J. Moore as well.  They want to kayak but I do not know if there is that much time in the weekend budget?  Ann is hosting the event.   With all that rain the rivers should be running well.

  • Muggy & WArm

    Posted on August 19th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    Today was supposed to be a sailing day but instead we waited for pumpout & for a tech to fix the fuel vent line that I cut off so I could see if the line was plugged again. It is all done now and I am glad.

    Barometric pressure is falling and some CB’s are sliding along the occluded front stretching through southern IL,IN,OH. Bad weather tonight for sure.

    No one on board is much inspired today. Too hot & muggy. We leave for tomorrow for about 5 days to PL.

  • Slow blogging

    Posted on August 18th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    I have been experiencing slow blog access lately. It appears to be the ISP. We will remain active on the situation so please be patient. That applies to myself also!