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Mar 24

Fielding Bible Volume III by John Dewan & Ben Jedlovec

Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Reviews, Sports, Technical

fb3The Fielding Bible Volume III is a fascinating book of the subtleties of playing defense in Major League Baseball.

I had read their first volume and I was excited to read their third. I was not disappointed.

John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec have unveiled another wonderful guide for baseball stat-geeks.

Dewan and Jedlovec included new studies on crucial aspects of fielding, including defensive positioning, the Ted Williams shift, bunts, double plays, outfielder arms and catcher defense.

Their statistical analysis – building on the work began by stat-godfather Bill James – has significantly increased our understanding of the benefits of a good defensive player and the consequences of playing a poor defensive player.

Nov 26

iFunBox Rescued My Data

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 in How To, Technical

I have an unlocked iPhone 3GS running IOS 4.1 because a year ago it’s all I could get working with my carrier T-Mobile. 

I took some great footage of a Bela Fleck concert and I didn’t know how to get the 2.6 GB file off of my phone.

I looked for help.

The best help was in a Lifehacker article “The Best Desktop File Explorer For iPhone” in which they suggested we use the FREE iFunBox program to upload and download freely from our iDevices.

Note: iFunBox has both a Windows and a Mac version.

Nov 3

Scotty The Scientist

Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Education, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Technical, Values

I’m turning 50 this week.

I’m not yet fifty — it’s just seven days away — but I thought I’d lead you through my journey, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two that will help you on your journey.

I Love Science

As far back as I can remember I’ve loved science.

Scotty the Scientist they called me.  My curiosity has reigned big in my life since I was little. 

Excursus – Let me express my thanks to my sister Kristie for all the great digital pictures of me she’s providing this week.  Thanks Kristie!

Nov 18

Nook to Android Tablet my Prize

Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Just For Laughs, Reviews, Technical, Values

My Nook Color to Android Tablet Challenge has been the third time I completed the task.

My mission was to bless my dad with the same options to expand his Nook Color’s power as I was enjoying. The bonus was that I was able to offer you, mysilentscream readers, the secrets to my success.

As I finish this week I’m left with a desire to share four truths about completing a project. I’ve been blessed with many good role models, high expectations and caring support, but with that in mind I know that when I take on a challenge I still have to do the work.

Nov 17

Nook to Android Tablet my Procedure

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 in How To, Technical

The past two days I explained that I wanted to to maximize the capabilities of my new Nook Color [NC] without altering its original state.  I explained both my plans and my preparation in detail.  Today I’ll explain exactly how I converted my NC into an Android Tablet.

NOTE: I completed this process using a computer running Windows 7.
My walkthrough requires you to have access to a wireless internet.

Walkthrough:

1. Insert the micro SD card into either an SD card reader or adapter and insert it into your computer.

2.  Download the generic-sdcard-v1.3.img and unzip the file.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1000957

Nov 16

Nook to Android Tablet my Preparation

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in How To, Technical, Values

Yesterday I wrote about my determination to maximize the capabilities of my new Nook Color [NC]. Commenter Angi of peepsarecool complained about the cliffhanger.  Sorry about that everyone.  As I replied, “Would it help if it’s a tale of woe, angst, fear, failure and ultimately success?  It’s like many classic novels.”  =D

Thanks for reading, and now back to our tale of woe and Nook.

Since I was unwilling and a bit timid about the possibility of turning my gift into garbage I read extensively about the ways to mod a NC by booting the Android Operating system from an SD memory card.

Nov 15

Nook to Android Tablet my Plans

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in How To, Technical, Values

My wife Amy and I love to read.  In the Spring I bought Amy a Kindle book reader.  Amy didn’t need a touch screen, so the Kindle with a 6″ display with a non-glare screen and great battery life was perfect for her.  She loves it.

Amy read on her Kindle outside in the backyard all Spring, Summer and Fall while enjoying the garden without any inconvenient glare.

A couple years ago I found a great deal on an Android phone.  I thought I would like it’s touch-screen.  I liked a touch-screen even more than I thought I would.  Frankly, I’m not certain I can easily ever have a phone without a touch screen again.

Jul 21

Fascinated By Flies

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 in Intellectual, Spiritual, Technical

What’s surprised you this week?

Last Saturday I read that a Nevada state law was approved which will allow people to own and operate driverless cars. A driverless car is a vehicle equipped with an autopilot system, which is capable of driving from one point to another without input from a human operator.

The proposed advantages include:
* to avoid accidents
* increase safety by eliminating driver error.
* increasing roadway capacity by reducing the distances between cars
* reduce congestion by efficiently controlling the flow of traffic
* relieving vehicle occupants from driving and navigating chores, so allowing them to concentrate on other tasks like talking on the phone or texting or to rest during their journeys.

Feb 25

Firefox Extensions 2 of 2

Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in How To, Technical

Yesterday I extolled the virtues of six of my favorite Firefox Extensions.  Here are are seven more.

Evernote Web Clipper – While creating curriculum or planning ahead for an unwritten article or an as-yet unplanned message I save nuggets I read online with Evernote.  Evernote Web Clipper let me copy and save the article I want.

Extended Copy Menu – My apologies to the author of Extended Copy Menu, but I really only use it for the “Copy As Plain Text” option, but I love it.

Feb 23

Firefox Extensions, pt 1 of 2

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 in How To, Technical

I love that you can modify Firefox to serve your unique needs by adding search engines, themes, and extensions.

Extensions

1-Click YouTube Video Downloader – I like to save & play my favorite videos on my computer.

1 Password – Some of you only use one or two passwords, not me. I use 1Password to keep track of them on Macs. I primarily use free programs, but like 1 Password so much it’s one of the few programs I am willing to spend money on. Use a Windows computer? See RoboForm.  Technically 1 Password and Roboform are both toolbars but I think of them as extensions of my browser’s productivity.  So there!