Drudge Interview

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Drudge Report.  Run from an apartment, website never redesigned, HTML edited by hand, three man operation, yet it gets 2 million unique visitors per day and drives more news traffic than Facebook or Twitter…

Here’s a rare press conference speech and Q&A session by the reclusive Matt Drudge from 1998.

Free Terabyte of Storage on Flickr

flickr_usageGood news for the cheap photographers, Yahoo! wants back in the photography sharing game.  Flickr has redesigned their website  and is now offering 1TB of Free photo storage to anyone.  You can see on my grandfathered Pro account I have only used 0.035TB up in 2 years!  To give you an idea of how many photos you can store….

  • Android Phone Camera (8 megapixel) = 400,000 photos.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3 (12 megapixel) = 300,000 photos.
  • Nikon D3100 (14.2 megapixel) = 245,000 photos.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i (18 megapixel) = 200,000 photos.

(Obviously if you’re shooting in RAW you won’t be getting that many pictures).

Tip: Grab an Eye-Fi card ($28 on Amazon) to automatically upload pictures when your camera is near your Wireless router.  On your Android phone use Flickr Uploader to automatically upload pictures as you take them (you can set it to only upload when you’re on Wi-Fi).

 

Mossberg 500 Shotgun

Mossberg 500 Shotgun on my desk

 

Kris Firing Mossberg 500 Shotgun
Kris actually hit some targets!

In January I picked up a Mossberg 500 and finally got a chance to shoot it this weekend.  Dave & Melody (and their puppy) came along and showed us a great shooting spot not too far out of town.  This was Kris’s first time firing a gun and she did very well, even hitting the targets!  We also got to try some of Dave’s guns, including a Taurus .40.

Reloading
Anyway, the Mossberg 500 performed well, it’s a great multi-purpose shotgun and can be used for home defense or hunting anything from small fowl to moose.   A few observations / thoughts:

  • The two most popular pump-action shotguns are the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870.  They are both great guns, I went for the Mossberg because of the ambidextrous tang safety (I’m left handed).
  • 12-gauge is very versatile and you can get shells for just about any purpose from bird-shot for waterfowl to refiled slugs for Moose hunting.
  • I wanted a pump-action because they’re extremely reliable (and also a lot cheaper) compared to semi-automatics.  The action can be worked very quickly.
  • It’s designed to work under harsh conditions; built with loose tolerances like an AK-47, it will fire in just about any condition even if it gets dirty and wet.
  • Magazine holds 5 shells and can drop a sixth round directly into the chamber.  Mossberg also sells tactical models with a shorter barrel and extended magazine that holds 7 or 8 shells but that more than doubles the price in the current market.
  • The kick isn’t bad with #7 target shells, but both Kris and I had sore shoulders after going through 40 rounds.  If I was only going to target-shoot all day I’d probably go for a 20 gauge, but I think 12 gauge is the best for an all-purpose gun.

 

Perspective on Gun Deaths

 

Here is an estimated breakdown of how people will die in the United States this year.
Ways People Die Chart
  • Death by a person controlling a gun: 31,000
  • Death by Car Accident: 32,000
  • Death by Suicide: 38,000
  • Death by Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,000
  • Death by Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,000
  • Death by Diabetes: 69,000
  • Death by Alzheimer’s: 83,000
  • Death by Accidents: 121,00
  • Death by Stroke: 129,000
  • Death by Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,000
  • Death by Cancer: 575,000
  • Death by Heart disease: 598,000
  • Death by a person choosing to abort her baby: 1,212,000
(Not included in these stats is the number of people saved by guns and cars, also, it’s possible to die of many other causes that I didn’t list.).
Sources:

Christian Homeschooling Parents in Danger of Deportation: You Can Help

My readers from California will spot the irony in this…

Over 73,000 Signers Support German Homeschooling Parents in Danger of Deportation

Romeike Family
Christian family seeking asylum; Obama wants to deport

Here’s a German family, the Romeikes, that believe in homeschooling their children but in Germany that means jail-time and their children will probably be taken away.  So, they came to the United States, the land of Freedom, seeking asylum.

After all, raising your own children is a fundamental right, right?  Well, not according to our leader: Obama Admin Wants to Deport Christian Home School Family

Home School Legal Defense Association has setup a petition on the White House website…

If you believe raising your own children is a right, then sign the petition.  It doesn’t guaranty a favorable response, but 100,000 signatures does mean the Obama Administration will respond.  Currently it was 84,144 (as of April 8, 2013) and needs another 15,856 by April 18th.

Sign the petition at the link below.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Immediate Action Requested for Romeikes—Grant Permanent Legal Status to Persecuted German Homeschool Family

Fat Head

Just finished watching Fat Head (watch for free below, via Hulu).

A few takeaways:

  • The food pyramids are based on a congressional committee, not scientific research.
  • Eating according to the food pyramid (low fat, high grains) will kill you.
  • Whole grain bread will cause your blood sugar to spike more than eating raw sugar.
  • Eating a lot of grains will increase your insulin resistance making you fat and giving you diabetes.
  • Cancer rates have increased after stuff that was supposed to replace saturated fat (e.g. margarine, canola oil, etc. became a part of our diets).
  • Eating high fat goods is good for you.
  • Skim milk could be making kids dumb in school.
  • School buses and long days at school are making kids fat, not McDonalds.
  • Chain fast food restaurants are targeted because they can be sued for money.
  • There is no indication that high cholesterol is related to heart disease.
  • Obesity death statistics included all deaths of obese people (not just deaths caused by obesity).
  • Scientists that challenge the current recommendations lose their research funding.

Ben’s Android App Picks

Updated 10/30/2011

Finance
Great improvements for Financial apps this year, most decent banks and brokerages have rolled out mobile deposit allowing you to deposit checks by merely taking pictures of them.


Schwab Deposit Check
Schwab Mobile – Mobile (camera) deposits, trading, transfers.

Fidelity Investments  – Mobile (camera) deposits, billpay, trading (supports trailing stop loss trades), market news, transfers.

(Both Schwab and Fidelity have a $10,000 daily mobile deposit limit, a lot better than J.P. Morgan Chase’s $1,000 limit which makes their mobile deposit app useless).

ING DIRECT – Billpay, transfers, P2P payments.

HP 12 C
Andro12C – This is the best HP 12c emulator for Android that I’ve come across.  The HP 12c is now 30 years old, and also happens to be my favorite financial calculator.  I use it to calculate interest on loans, mortgages, investments, depreciation schedules, etc.

QuickRegister – Record cash transactions then export QIF file into Quicken.

Reading
This has been a good year for Bible apps, YouVersion’s Bible app continues to improve and offer more free translations.  Also we also saw the introduction of Logos Bible Software, which links your commentaries and books with scripture references.

Logos Bible Study App
Logos Bible Software – The best Bible Study app.  It can do word studies, translation comparisons, but where it really shines is if you own one of the Logos Base Packages it will synchronize with your library so you have access to any commentary, hymnal, book that you own are licensed to access, and can run a Passage Guide which will pull up every commentary entry related to that passage.  Logos did a good job.

Bible (YouVersion) – Best free Bible reading app.  It can read to you, most popular Bible translations are free (including  NIV, ESV, NLT, NKJV, AMP, NASB, CEV, NET, WEB, NCV, TNIV, HCSB, as well as translations in foreign languages).  For publishers that allow it the Bibles can be downloaded for offline use.  I’m not interested in the social stuff so I haven’t tried it but it also does social interaction during a service (I guess you can comment and ask questions to other people with the app at the same event) with YouVersion Live, and also has hooks into Facebook, and Twitter.

Kindle (Amazon) – Can’t go wrong with Amazon’s Kindle App.  Free classics (G.K. Chesterton, Lewis Carroll, etc.)

Weather
Most weather apps could still use some improvements, typically what people want to know is what it’s going to do and when… and most require too many taps to get there.  One weather app did it right… but what I’d still like to see is what will today be compared to yesterday so I’d know to prepare for a warmer or colder day.

AIX Weather Widget

Aix Weather Widget – Quick weather view of the next 24 hours.

Calendar
Business Calendar – ($4.99, I got it for free from the Amazon App Store) – Much better than the stock calendar, especially since the month view can show text entries instead of colored blocks.

Utilities

Handy Calc
HandyCalc – The most powerful calculator.  Graphic calculater, currency converter, unit of measure conversions, fraction calculations, formula solving.

Communication
Google Voice – Transcribes your voicemail, intercepts dialer to make outgoing calls as your Google Voice number, free text messaging.

Gmail – Native Gmail App

Flickr – Finally, a flickr app!

Organization

Evernote
Evernote -Note taking app (syncs with Evernote on your computer).

Music
Amazon MP3 – Stream music from your Amazon library.

Pandora – Calm Eli down with music.

Shopping
Amazon Store – Scan barcodes to see if Amazon beats the price (they usually do).

Amazon App Store – One fee paid app per day.  Some are even good.

News

Drudge Report
Drudge Report – Can’t do wrong with Matt Drudge..

The Wal Stree Journal Mobile – Read stuff that doesn’t make the socialist news.

Business
Call Accounting Lite – Export phone calls logs to CSV (great for tracking how much time you spend on the phone with clients).

Other apps

Parcels – Track packages from just about any carrier.

Google Maps – Turn by turn GPS Navigation

My Tracks – Track your walks and bike rides using your GPS.  Shows you statistics like your average moving speed and elevation change.

Technology Geek Apps

Wifi Analyzer
Wifi Analyzer – Find out what W-Fi channels will get the least interference.

APG – PGP encryption for Android

KeePassDroid – Implementation of KeePass for the Android

Tasker ($6.49) – What is there that this app can’t do?  I use it mostly for location based actions.  Walk into church and my phone goes to silent mode, if I have a meeting scheduled at work phone goes to vibrate during that meeting.

CSipSimple – The best SIP client for the Android.  It’s sort of like Skype in that you can make phone calls over the internet but unlike Skype, you’re not locked into any particular provider (like email).  It’s pretty useless since I’m the only one who has it.

GrooVe IP – Make VoIP to POTS through Google Voice/Chat for free.