Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Desert Snakes

I have been telling my neighbors that they do not have to worry about rattlesnakes in the desert this time of the year as they are hibernating in their underground dens. Then, I get this photo from my friend, Terry, who said they came across this monster yesterday while riding in the desert...


Well, I guess I can always get a job with the Fake News Network.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Earp Falls

I took advantage of today's nice weather by taking a leisurely Sunday drive to Earp Falls on the California side of the Colorado River...

Crossed the Parker Dam into California

Enjoyed the view on the way to the falls

Arrived at the falls

Avoided the road hazards on the way home

All in all, a nice day exploring off-highway.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hobo Graveyard

Franconia, AZ is a derelict railroad siding stop that was formerly the site of a section house for the Santa Fe Railroad. Today, all that is left are the concrete foundations, a couple of grave sites and a whole bunch of rusty cans. I had heard there were a number of hobo graves here but these were the only ones I was able to find...



I did, however, come across a couple of modern day hobos...

My neighbors, Jim & Diana

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Pizza Ordering Shoes

What do you give the man/woman/in-transition (no gender bias here) in your life who has everything? How about a pair of shoes that order pizza...


Using Bluetooth technology, you simply pair-up your shoes with the Pizza Hut app on your smartphone and then press a button on the shoes to automatically order your pizza and have it delivered to your door. All that is needed now is for a beer company to develop a similar product.

Regrettably, this is where I have to apologize for getting your hopes up. This was a promotional program developed by Pizza Hut for "March Madness" and a limited edition of only 64 pairs of shoes were made. Guess we are back to buying generic gift cards for friends and family.

Here is the iJustine video that made me aware of the promotion...


Sunday, January 07, 2018

Blockchain

"Blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”

I first heard the word "Blockchain" when it was invented back in 2008 by an unknown person(s) known by the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto, for the digital cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. In recent years, I have been reading more and more about how this technology has the potential to change the digital world as we know it. However, I had no idea as to how it would work or what it could be used for.

Lately, I have been watching YouTube videos from the TED Talks channel which quote "shares the best ideas from the TED Conference with the world, for free: trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses, all giving the talk of their lives in 18 minutes". The video that prompted this post is titled "How the blockchain is changing money and business" by Don Tapscott. In my opinion, it is easy to understand and a great introduction to the technology and its potential.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

How to reply to spam

Just in case you are on the east coast and are experiencing Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth about global warming, here are a couple of videos regarding spam emails that may give you some ideas on how to entertain yourself while trapped indoors...