Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Introducing Bengal cat to a new kitten for first time
Check out this video on YouTube:
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
What to do if you get in an accident.
Today I interviewed with a police officer over an accident that happened in March where someone rear ended me and then took off. The license plate number that I was able to recall at the time of the accident might not have been valid according to the police. If you get in an accident, the first thing you should do is use your camera phone to take pictures.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Re: Capitalism at its finest. Black Thursday sale at Wal-Mart. 45 minutes in the checkout line.
>Let me guess you went for the $98 42 in flat screen tv???
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
From: Trout, Larry
At 11:20 I planned on joining you at 11:30, but have been too busy at my and others cubes.
From: Coffey, John
Next week then. We had a big discussion about the newly discovered distant galaxy, origin of the universe, and the possibility of parallel evolution. My theory is that life on other worlds would evolve into familiar patterns. We also talked about science fiction stories and the possibility of mechanical life prevailing.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Announcing a new chess club: Sugar House Chess Club
Friday, September 27, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
The Fall of Hyperion
Monday, September 16, 2013
Quick note on studying chess tactics
Lately I have been studying tactics pretty heavy. I am most likely averaging at least an hour a day, although much of that time has been on the weekend.
I have been mostly focused on the chess tactics trainer because Josh said that he made it to 2000. On the iPhone, after much effort I made it up to the 2025. I am still in the 1900’s on the iPad but working on it.
I find that my head is swimming with tactics, especially the kinds of positions where you would not suspect that a tactic existed. I dream about tactics, which is a good thing. My goal here is to get to 2100 at tactics within months, and maybe 2200 at tactics in a year or two.
I find that if I focus on one thing, that I can make big advances in that one thing before moving onto something else. For example, I was way behind on my goals on the tactics on my website, but after days of repetition I was somewhat surprised to make my goals.
I have seen some improvement in my results and my rating.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
re: Long Days of Summer chess tournament in American Fork Utah.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
I wanted to thank you again for the chess instruction you gave me back
in June. Your insights were extremely useful, and pointed me in the
direction I needed to go to improve my chess skills and understanding
the game. I followed your advice and ordered the two books you
recommended, specifically Bobby Fischer teaches Chess has been of
great help. I've also been studying tactics off of your website, not
as often as I'd like, but as often as possible.
I wanted to verify that you'll be at the coffee shop tomorrow night as
I have a few things I plan to leave at the counter for you to thank
you for your time. It was great to meet you.
Friday, July 12, 2013
RE: Amazon Prime?
I have Amazon Prime because they discounted it down to $59 late last year.
The video selection is so bad that I don’t use it.
I just signed up for Netflix streaming.
The free 2 day shipping is nice. It makes buy from Amazon more often.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Re: Tournaments this Saturday
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Re: Grand Prix Report – Game-in-Sixty
It doesn't take much to interfere with my concentration. Cheerleaders would do it. :-)
On May 5, 2013, at 3:48 PM, Allan Branaman wrote:
Date: May 5, 2013, 11:34:38 AM MDT
1 John COFFEY 67.67
2 David VASQUEZ 59.17
3 Randy ZUMBRUNNEN 31.5
4 Petro GRETCHANEI 30.2
5 Alex GUSTAFSSON 27.87
6 Eric HON 26.67
7 José GARCIA 25
8 Enriqué ARCE-LARRETA 21.5
9 Kayden TROFF 21
10 Charles RASMUSSEN 19.17
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Chess players at the farewell party for Bulgaria-LDS-mission-bound Alex Gustafsson (Center with glasses.). To the right of him is 2500 rated International Master Kayden Troff. Wasatch mountain range in the background.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Fwd: How To: Replace a 27" iMac (Late 2009) Power Supply
I am not very experienced with this kind of stuff.
Begin forwarded message:
Date: April 14, 2013, 6:53:01 PM MDT
Subject: How To: Replace a 27" iMac (Late 2009) Power Supply
I have ordered all the parts and tools and they are on the way. I can
do this on my own, I think, but I wonder if you have any interest in
helping out? I only ask because you are more experienced than me.
Check out this video on YouTube:
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
My House was burglarized.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Dave Wendel's obituary
One of my friends at work died on Monday …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
What happened to me today.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Across the Sea of Suns. Furious Gulf.
These two books in the Gregory Benford Galactic Center series, especially Furious Gulf, feel to me like masterpieces in fiction. Benford writes “hard” science fiction that is heavy in physics and science, some of which is a little fantastic and hard to believe, but it makes for great stories. His idea that the galaxy would be dominated by mechanical life forms intolerant of biological life has a convincing feel to it. These books are a wild ride that stretch the imagination as to what is possible. I especially enjoyed listening to them on Audible, because the performance of the readers gives the stories extra flavor.
Monday, February 25, 2013
RE: flu vaccine was effective in only 56 percent of people who got the shot
Had a cold late last week and felt pretty bad, but it seems not as bad now.
From: Trout, Larry R
This was unusually low, and was probably pulled down by a 27% average for those above 65.
In one strain, it was about 50% on the general population, but only 9% for the above 65 crowd.
Usually these are about 40% effective >65, and 60% in the general population.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Slow Caffeine withdrawal
According to what I saw on the internet, here are the caffeine amounts for certain teas …
English Breakfast: 50mg
Black Tea: 40mg
Green Tea: 20 Mg
I suspect that these numbers could be inaccurate, because I sometimes have seen numbers that were higher.
Regardless, I think that it is still valid to use these numbers as a guide. It is easy to see how I could use this to slowly decrease my caffeine intake …
Day 1: I ingested 120 mg caffeine.
Day 2: I ingested 100 mg caffeine.
Day 3: I ingested 90 mg caffeine.
My plan is to continue going down in increments of 10 where possible. When I get down to 40 I might stay there a few days before going down to 20.
Monday, January 14, 2013
SF book that I loved
Actually I listened to it on Audible…
Across the Sea of Suns
by Gregory Benford.
Fwd: It's Cold
By Andrew Adams
SALT LAKE CITY — It's not just extremely cold out there, it's bordering on historic. It's so cold you can pour water on the ground outside and it freezes in about 20 seconds.
Some of the temperatures in Utah overnight are similar to what you'd expect in Minnesota:
-25 in Bryce Canyon
-21 at Kimball Junction outside of Park City
Salt Lake City International Airport recorded temperatures below 0 overnight. The last time that happened was on Jan. 22, 2008 when it was -2 degrees.
Monday, Salt Lake's forecast high is 13 degrees. The last time the maximum temperature for the day was below 14 was more than 22 years ago -- Dec. 30, 1990.'
'Extreme cold hinders crews fighting house fires'