Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A month ago, new Pope Francis made some interesting
about capitalism and the overemphasis on money and financial success.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
After expressing concern about
X10 devices no longer being
produced, new devices are now
reappearing in stock.
Friday, March 1, 2013
I have updated my website to display better on mobile devices, like cellphones and tablets.
Friday, February 1, 2013
For the past several months some of my X10-controlled lights have been randomly turning on. I have only recently had time to research
this, and after days of unplugging devices and turning off circuit breakers, I found that my Lenox heaters were the cause of the random
behavior. They were producing enough electrical interference to trigger X10 devices to turn on. I installed an
X10 filter on the heater and it has fixed the problem.
This certainly shook my confidence in continuing with X10, and with X10 production
fading, I would love to have a flexible, affordable alternative, though I am
not sure one exists currently.
Monday, January 21, 2013
As a history buff, I was aware of the secret code phrase used to
signal the start of the attack on
Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941. The secret code was "Niitaka-Yama Nobore
12 08" (original Japanese, movie
rendition), meaning "Climb Mount Niitaka". ("12 08" indicated December 8, Japan time, which was December 7, Hawaii time.) In 1941,
Mount Niitaka was the highest mountain in the Japanese empire, higher than Mount Fuji. (It
is the current-day Taiwanese Yushan mountain.)
I assumed Mount Niitaka was chosen because it was the highest Japanese-controlled mountain, but today I learned that Niitaka means "new
high mountain", so "Climb Mount Niitaka" literally means "Climb the New High Mountain", the "new high mountain" being the United States.