Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Well, maybe not that light, but my new iPad Air is so thin and light you really need a case or cover to hold onto it. The purchase was easy peasy, and the set up involved no hooking up to a computer and going to iTunes. So I'm ready to go.
Yesterday while emptying out the car I stupidly tried to carry too many things into the house including my iPad. While standing on the grass next to the sidewalk, the iPad slid right onto the ground and of course, not onto the grass but the sidewalk. I knew by the sound, it landed screen first and the cover fell off, that the glass screen was probably broken. I've taken such care of the iPad and this just made me sick.
It still works, but when swiping across the screen little pieces of glass can be felt, frankly, there is little hope of fixing it so I have two choices. 1. Take it to the Apple store and for 250 get a replacement of the same iPad which in this case is the iPad 3. Or, 2. Get a new one of the latest generation, in this case the iPad Air.
I use this device so much I am leaning toward getting the latest edition, but it comes at a very bad time of year to be spending money on myself.
While doing the morning walk around campus this morning, Sharalyn and I noticed something buzzing in the sky. What in the world is that? We debated the possibility that it might be a small drone being used by a police department to track someone. Imaginations gone wild.
Then as we walked down the steps to Luther Tower we saw a man who is here for the annual theological symposium working with this...thing. He had on a pair of unusual goggles and was looking to the side and down, not up at the machine or the small laptop he had in front of him. So we just had to stop and ask what this was.
Turns out it is a very sophisticated flying quad. Quad meaning there were propellers on four sides. It was filled with tech pieces including two cameras, one on the nose and one for high def on top. He was filming the campus from above and had been doing it for the past two days.
He said it took him two years to build and the parts came from all over the world. He uses it back home in Nebraska in conjunction with the local sheriff's office as a means of finding marijuana in the middle of corn fields or meth labs hidden in rural areas. He also works with realtors in making videos of farms for sale.
So we weren't totally wrong in calling it a drone. But it was the coolest thing we've seen in a long time.
He's hoping his video of the seminary from above can eventually go up on the school's website.
Maybe I shouldn't have downloaded the new Apple operating system ios 7 right before I went to bed. I was reading so many updates from friends who had done this and were wowed by it that I jumped in before getting a bit more information about what was in store.
The new system's background is very plain and edit buttons are in a very light colored and thin font. The traditional icons have changed color and even the apps behind them look different. For example, the memo pad is no longer yellow but white. Hard to get used to.
Even Safari has changed in how you go about surfing.
They've added a passcode lock which requires you to come up with a 4 digit number to keep your iphone protected. The issue I had last night was that the passcode lock number was required to open the iphone even after it went to sleep after a minute or two. Very frustrating. This morning I experimented around settings until I found a way to stop that.
I do like the new camera and its editing tools. Frankly although I'm not ready to download this to my iPad, my first reaction is that this is much more suited to the iPad than the iPhone.
Here's a lengthy and rather involved review of the 7.0
WTOP out of DC has a story on the continuing replacement of traditional incandescent stoplight lights with LED lights in Maryland. That state is about 93 percent finished with the project and what makes LED stoplights attractive are their brightness and energy saving qualities.
Here's an interesting fact about LED stoplights many don't realize until they're in place. A characteristic of LEDs is the fact that they stay cool as opposed to the old incandescents which run warm. That is where the energy savings come from, cool lights do not use as much energy as warm ones. But during winter snows the cool lights do not melt the snow and ice from the stoplights as the warm ones always do, often causing backups at intersections because the lights are not visible.
Clayton has had the LED stoplights for a few years now and while at a meeting the other night, this issue was mentioned, an aspect of LEDs no one foresaw. Not a major thing because snow is not a constant in either St. Louis or Maryland but something that state should be prepared for.
Of course in the years between Clayton's lights and the new Maryland lights, some tweeking may have been done to solve this problem.
Yesterday the pastor began his sermon with a short description of his experience with a new app called Sleep Time which is supposed to measure how you sleep and how efficient your sleep is. So of course I had to download it when I got home and try it last night.
It's a free app which requires you to keep the program open and place the phone face down on the mattress under or behind your pillow. Then it works away measuring how deeply you sleep- if you wake up, REM sleep, light sleep etc. It also wakes you up with an alarm when it sees you are entering into a light morning sleep.
And yes, it did wake me up, earlier than I'd like. Supposedly it wakes you at an optimum time so you feel refreshed. Hmmm 4:30 didn't feel all that good to me. In any event my effiency was rated at 85 percent.
I'll try this again to see if the percent will go up. Just knowing that phone was on the bed and watching me sleep kept me from falling asleep-when you have to fall asleep it's hard to do.
Thanks to our daughter I found an app for the iPhone that keeps track of the steps I take every day. All you have to do is have the phone with you, either in a pocket, hand or purse and it counts your steps. Many fitness experts are now recommending walking 10,000 steps each day and until I found this app, it was impossible to determine if I was anywhere near than many.
Called Moves, this app is free with a very simple interface. What's interesting is that uses a daily timeline approach and when you're not walking it measures the time you've been still or even in a car. When you're driving it considers that 'transport'. It also lets you know where you were walking.
However, I did trick it on Sunday while driving around in the golf cart. Moves considered that biking. I'd recommend this app to anyone who wants to know how much they walk each day. Just remember to keep the phone with you, I've missed some big chuncks of steps by leaving it behind.
You hear all kinds of stories when you're at a large convention and pay more attention when it's in your own city. Here is something which shocked me, delegates who wanted wireless access while in the hall had to pay 79.95. I really doubt that anyone paid anything like that at the last connvention in Houston. Although, I'd guess this price is a block price for several days stay.
Large downtown hotels always seem to be the ones charging for wireless while the smaller ones offer it for free. But it's never anywhere near 80 dollars. Best advice I have for smart phone people, get the added personal hotspot, your very own wireless network. Or, sit next to someone who has it.
Apple is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its app store and will be offering many of its most popular paid apps for free all week. So get shopping Apple iPhone users.
ABC tech writers seem to love Barefoot World Atlas which normally costs 4.99 but is free this week. "Sure, there have been other globe type apps (see Google Earth and Maps), but Barefoot World Atlas packs more information and is even more eye pleasing. The graphic-rich 3-D globe can be spun around and auto populates with 3-D buildings or characters associated with different regions or countries. You can then pinch in on areas and take a deeper look."
And if you like DJ-ing, Traktor DJ for iPad, normally 19.99 is now free. As is How to Cook Everything, one of the most popular cooking apps.
And, Over...an app that allows you to add text to photos. Many many more including popular games.