Monday, October 29, 2012

HMS Bounty Abandoned off Cape Hatteras

I expected all sorts of headlines because of Hurricane Sandy, but here is one I did not expect to wake up to : "HMS Bounty Abandoned".

No, the Bounty did not miraculously rise out of Bounty Bay on Pitcairn Island where Fletcher Christian and other mutineers burned and sank it in 1790.  The HMS Bounty now apparently lost off Hatteras is a replica built for the 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Marlon Brando.

According to its website it was on its way from Connecticut to St. Petersburg, Florida.

I always wanted to visit this ship since I have enjoyed reading about the mutiny.  Even though I have traveled to Florida often, where it was based for many years, I never did.  Ironically, I did cruise Sydney Harbor on the replica built for the Mel Gibson version of the movie when I visited down under in 1996.  That replica is now based in Hong Kong I believe.

Note: In finding links for this post, I discovered one I did not know about: a digitized version of the original Bounty's log from the fateful voyage.

Monday, October 22, 2012

iPhone or Android

In part two of the series on choosing a new cellphone, I wade into the dangerous territory of what is better, the iPhone or an Android phone.

This week's Family Tech column.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Facebook saddens me during election season

Everyone's Facebook stream in the US is now littered with friend's political posts. 

I do not mind original, thoughtful, researched, fair, and coherent political posts even if they are for the party I do not lean towards.  In fact I'd welcome original, thoughtful, researched, fair, and coherent posts about the opposing point-of-view.  How else can I learn, and maybe even shift my position?

Instead, what I mostly see are regurgitation from the propaganda machines on each side.  Posts are too often not sourced at all, or sourced from such a highly partisan site as to be utterly worthless.

Too many political arguments can be blown out of the water with ten seconds of Googling.  That does not make me feel warm and fuzzy about the merits of that person's views.

It saddens me to constantly be reminded to for too many Americans, they regard themselves as Patriots for supporting their party before their country.  And regard those in the other party as traitors, not merely those with an opposing view.

I probably have friends ticked off too by my political posts.

So it occurred to me, we already can choose who sees a Facebook past:  Public, Friends, Friends but not Acquaintances, Custom or a List.

What if we could also tag our Posts: 

  • Major Life Announcement  (marriages, new babies, new jobs)
  • Minor Life Announcement  (Good grades, new car, visitors)
  • Daily Life (what I had for breakfast)
  • Political Rant
  • General Rant
  • I need a Hug

Then for each friend you can chose to see all posts, or hide certain types of posts from your stream.

It might make reading your News Steam a little more enjoyable.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Family Tech: Video Surveillance

There are spy cams everywhere.  Would they help in your home?  Are you being recorded in meetings?

All this in this week's Family Tech column.

Monday, October 1, 2012