Kill A Watt EZ P4460 – Hair drier Results

Hair Drier that I used for my Kill A Watt postI had intended to let the Kill A Watt have a little more time with my hair dryer but I was having such gargantuan issues with my DSL today that I decided to turn off my whole computer system (UPS, Router, Modem, the works). Since this is such a rare event and, since I wanted to measure the computer system’s consumption, I figured I might as well go ahead and attach the Kill A Watt device to the computer now.

First, after a week with the hair dryer I see that I’ve only consumed .09 kilowatt hours (or about as much power as turning on a 60 watt lightbulb and leaving it lit for 90 minutes across an elapsed time of an entire week). This was surprising given that it’s such a high energy consumer. It’s rated to consume 1600 Watts but the Kill A Watt showed only 1398 Watts being consumed. So I suppose it’s a little “greener” than I thought 🙂

I suppose this shouldn’t surprise me greatly as I really don’t use the hair dryer for very long. Just enough to try to make my part somewhat stable.

Posted under On the Home Front, Tech Stuff

This post was written by Marc
on September 30, 2008 at 10:20 pm


Three Dollar Cafe Jr. Fries – Excellent Plus!

French FriesBeefeater fries are among the most difficult to do right. They’re either too cooked (burned) or limp and soul-less. But the Three Dollar Cafe Jr. (located on Old Milton Parkway about 1 1/2 miles East of Northpoint Parkway) always gets them right.

Notwithstanding the fact that their Wings (boneless wings for me thank you) are excellent too. But when I get a hankering for absolutely, consistently great fries. This is where I go.

Posted under French Fries, Gastronomy, Opinions

This post was written by Marc
on September 26, 2008 at 8:19 am

11-Year-Old Girl Assembles Rifle In Record Time

I *so* don’t have a problem with this. A skill is a skill and most folks today couldn’t do this with a “Field stripping for dummies” manual sitting right there on the table in front of them.

I do think that her date for senior prom better think twice before standing her up… 🙂

Posted under Amusing

This post was written by Marc
on September 24, 2008 at 10:30 pm

No Gas here in Marietta (and my DSL service is terrible)

Went out for a late lunch, frustrated that my DSL is acting up (got a call into bellsouth and a bunch of logs showing it dropping like a rock throughout the morning) and decided to compound things by trying to get some gas as well.

I finally found some at the 6th station I passed, decided I’d get lunch and then eat it while waiting in line. But then I spotted another, bigger station (BP) that was doing brisk business.

No matter that they ran out of regular gas (at all the pumps) when I was about 2 gallons in, I was able to switch to their “silver” gas and finish up. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this won’t be abusive to my nearly 12 year old Odyssey…

At least I’ll be able to get to work tomorrow.

Posted under General, Tech Stuff

This post was written by Marc
on September 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm

A few more updates on this blog

I’ve done a bit more tweaking, such as adding the somewhat more informative pagination at the bottom of this page (rather than just telling you “previous entries” you can see what’s actually in store for you).

I’ve also added a little “Comments” link to the entries so you can see if there are any comments associated with a blog posting from either the main page or from a search.

I’ve updated the site to allow folks to post without registering on the site. I don’t like having to register to post on other folks’ sites so why inflict that on you guys? I had to lock things down for a while as I was trying to move to a new SPAM protector. Everything is in place now so hopefully those spammers will be kept at bay.

I’ve added a lot more relevance to the widgets on the sidebars. Generally the top ones on either side should be germane to whether you’re reading a post, searching or just scanning the main page.

I’ve updated the feeds on the lower right sidebar so you can subscribe to the main posts only, any comments or just my flickr photo postings. Chose one or all!

You’ll also notice that posts now sport a “# views” item near the
bottom. This will look weird for a while since it has to start counting
from zero but I’m sure it will be relevant in a couple of months.

Oh, and I’ve also added an wishlist widget in case you all feel like buying me stuff  🙂   Just check out my “about” page.

Posted under Tech Stuff, WordPress

This post was written by Marc
on September 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Anxiety-detecting machines could spot terrorists

While this is pretty cool technology the reality is that technology doesn’t solve problems. It is only a tool that must be wielded along with an arsenal of other tools that include judgment, common sense and thorough training.

I believe that there is a huge part of our culture today that craves the “simple solution”. Apparently anything complicated is deemed beyond the ken of your average person and certainly well beyond the abilities of the TSA if the anecdotes coming from airports across the country are to be believed.

The same drive that has folks flocking to churches and believing that everything you need to know is accommodated in one, not particularly easy to read (and poorly translated) book combined with an increasing emphasis on multitasking (read: being scatterbrained) leads us to look for solutions to our problems that do not involve actually having to think or reason, but just follow rules (or beeping screens in the case of the machine above).

Posted under Opinions

This post was written by Marc
on September 22, 2008 at 12:59 am

It’s the End of the World as we Know it

A rip-off of this YouTube video (Japanese, I think) with some captions added in, a Pink Floyd soundtrack dubbed over and the size of the asteroid stated as being 5 times larger, it is still *very* cool and very humbling to watch.

Given that they’ve taken such liberties with the original I can’t say that I trust the statements they make but it’s food for thought nonetheless.

It’s this kind of event that we hedge ourselves against when we finally manage to establish a presence off-world.

Posted under Science, Very Cool

This post was written by Marc
on September 20, 2008 at 11:38 pm