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Posts published in May 2005

Blue LED’s

I don’t understand what all the fuss is about with people these days…. I’ve hacked on just about everything in our house that had any LED’s in them and replaced them all with Blue ones… Actually a lot of things that didn’t have any before now do… Even my new truck has been hacked… replaced all the dash lights, they used to be some funky little bulb, but each has been replaced with ultrabright blue LED’s… EVERYTHING should be blue!!!!!

Here’s an excerpt from an article on Wired

A rare sight only five years ago, blue LEDs now seem to be everywhere: on laptops, DVD players, air ionizers and even toothbrushes. And they have some consumers seeing red.
Product reviews on sites like are peppered with complaints about dazzling blue LEDs.

While red and green LEDs have been available for decades, blue LEDs only became practical in the 1990s. Novelty value has helped make them a popular choice in modern product design.

“Research has shown us that consumers prefer blue LEDs over other colors because it’s a relatively new color and hence makes the product more unique,” said Pamela McCracken, a spokeswoman for Logitech, which uses blue LEDs in several products, including speakers and webcams. “Consumers also feel blue LEDs provide a more high-tech look, and associate the blue LED with high-end products.”

“Blue LEDs had, and maybe still have, that appeal of looking great on a store shelf,” said Brandon Eash, an electrical engineer at Design Continuum, a product design house with offices in Boston, Italy and South Korea.

“They sure looked cool when they were first out,” wrote Norman Li, a technology enthusiast from Chicago, in an e-mail. After buying a PC case in May 2004, Li recalled, “I was actually impressed…. The blue light lit up the entire room.” But by the time he bought his third product with an intense blue indicator, he’d had enough, and taped a piece of cardboard over it.

Blue LEDs really are brighter than their old-fashioned red and green counterparts. Barney O’Meara, vice president of Canadian LED manufacturer The Fox Group, said blue LEDs have at least 20 times the luminous intensity of old-fashioned red and green indicators. O’Meara said his company has developed technology to manufacture low-intensity blue LEDs.

“Blue tends to cause more discomfort and disability glare than other, longer wavelengths,” said Dr. David Sliney, an expert on the harmful effects of bright light sources at the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine in Maryland.

I’ve even sourced out a supplied via eBay where I can get them for under $.10 each, shipped direct from Japan, China, somewhere…. takes about two weeks but sure beats RipOff Shack’s $3 a pop deal by a long ways. I order a few hundred at a time just so I never run out 🙂

More concealed carry classes for WI

Dear fellow gun owner:

Now that Governor Pawlenty has signed Minnesota’s new concealed carry bill
into law, non-resident permits are available once again.

Gene German is also once again conducting classes for the non-resident
permits here in Wisconsin. As he and other instructors have done in the
past, Gene is reducing his fee so that his students can contribute $50 to
our political action comittee, the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Movement

Last year our political action committee was able to give some $16,000 to
pro-concealed carry candidates, thanks largely to the contributions from
concealed carry class students. The 2006 elections will require even more
dollars than that: the maximum political action committee contribution to a
governor’s campaign is over $42,000, and we hope to raise that much or more.

So, get training for a non-resident permit, and help promote gun rights in
Wisconsin at the same time!

Details from Gene are below.

The Wisconsin Concealed Carry Association


A law so nice, we passed it twice! I am very happy to announce the return of
training for the Minnesota Permit to Carry a Pistol class after we worked
very hard to re-enact the law. An activist judge overturned it due to the
manner the law was passed in 2003 and rather than wait years for litigation
to end, we convinced the Minnesota legislature to re-enacted it.

A One day class has been scheduled on June 10th at the Deerfield Pistol and
Archery Range, 43 N Main Street, Deerfield.

Please let me know if you want to attend and I’ll get you registered.
Pre-registration is required. Just email me your name, home address, phone
number and email address. You can pay your $100 tuition through PayPal. My
PayPal email address is . If you do not have a free
PayPal account, it is very easy to set one up at and it is a
secure site or you can mail your tuition check to: Gene German, 5925 Eureka
Road, Shorewood, MN 55331. The $50 donation to WCCM is a separate check
which I will collect from you in class.

This is a self defense course and women are welcome.

Class size is limited to 15 students and classroom training will begin at
9am. The class itself is about six hours long. A shooting exercise will
follow which consists of firing a total of 30 rounds, 15 at 15 feet and 15
at 21 feet, these are timed exercises as well and are shot from a standing
stance of your choice. If you are using a semi-automatic you will need at
least two magazines and six is best if you have them. Speed loaders are fine
for revolvers if you have them, but you really don’t need to buy them if you
don’t own any. The shooting exercises will take about 3-5 minutes per
student. If you do not have a weapon to use for shooting qualification, you
may use one of my weapons. You will need to buy a box of .380ACP ball ammo.
This course is not a basic pistol course so you should have some basic
handgun training before you attend this course.

This permit is a five year non-resident permit and is valid to carry a
weapon in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri,
Montana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah. You can apply to any sheriff in
Minnesota as a non-resident. I will provide everything you will need to
submit your application to a sheriff. Minnesota sheriffs can (and do) charge
up to $100 for processing permit applications. You need to present your
application in person usually during normal weekday business hours.
Minnesota law requires all sheriffs to issue permits to those who are
qualified and to accept my signed certificate that you have completed the
required training. The law does not permit a sheriff from asking you
anything more than what you are required to provide (your completed written
application, a copy of your training certificate, a copy of the front and
back of your drivers license, and a check for up to $100).

This training also satisfies the requirements for a Florida non-resident
permit. With your Minnesota and Florida non-resident permits you can legally
carry in 23 states.

Thank you for helping to make a difference in Wisconsin. Since Wisconsin
does not have a CCW law, I can not tell you that this training will satisfy
what may be required in Wisconsin in the future, if training will be
required at all. I have made my thoughts known to Senator Zien, however it
is up to him and the legislature to make these decisions. The more gun
friendly and veto proof the legislature is, the more likely a bill will
become a law with such ideas included. That’s why I am trying to raise
$50,000 to help WCCM support gun friendly candidates. Wisconsin citizens
need education concerning carrying and using lethal force. It is the only
way correct opinions will be formed about this issue. Here are several
comments I have received from my graduates.

Gene, thanks a million for your fascinating course on Saturday. It was one
of the most interesting days I’ve ever spent. As you said, I’m sure it will
prove to have been a life changing experience. God speed in your quest.

Gene, Just a short note to thank you again for a most enjoyable and
informative class last Sunday.
The information was extremely relevant and presented in a cogent and
entertaining manner.
I have recommended the class to friends and co-workers.


I just wanted to thank you again for coming to B.R.Falls and putting on an
excellent class. You can be assured that I will continue to help educate the
general public on the facts of Carry/Conceal. Keep up the GOOD WORK!!!!!

Hi, Gene!

I wanted to thank you again for your time and effort with the Wisconsin
Concealed Carry Movement. Your class yesterday was extremely informative
and yes, you succeeded in getting me to think twice as to whether or not
carrying concealed is something I’m going to want to take on.

I’m pretty sure I will, however, there is going to be a LOT more thought put
into it.

Hi Gene,

In reference to last Saturday’s (May 8th, 2004) Permit to Carry course. Let
me take this opportunity to thank you for a very enjoyable day. I was able
to learn a lot of things that were unknown to me as a private citizen. This
course is probably one of the best I have ever encountered. With you
teaching, you are able to put all the information into layman’s terms rather
than it being to technical for me to understand.

I would highly recommend this course to everyone, even if they were not
seeking a Conceal and Carry permit. I think that if the gun control
organizations would attend a course like this, it could open their eyes.

In the end I may or may not get a conceal and carry permit. But NOW—– I
have the option of choosing what I do.

Thanks again Gene, and I hope you reach your goal by Nov..

Hi Gene
Thanks for coming to Gillett For the hand gun class. I came away with a
much better understanding of the responsibilities a person takes on when he
decides to carry a hand gun in public. like you said this should be just the
beginning of my education on concealed carry. Thanks again for getting me
off on the right foot.

I am proud of my students who to date have contributed over $11,000 to the
WCCM. Please tell your friends and family about this opportunity to take
action along with your fellow Wisconsin citizens who are working to make
Concealed Carry a reality in Wisconsin.


Gene German

A great one!

A kid comes home from school with a writing assignment. He asks his father for help. “Dad, can you tell me the difference between potential and reality?”
His father looks up, thoughtfully, and then says, “I’ll demonstrate. Go ask your mother if she would sleep with Robert Redford for a million dollars. Then go ask your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars. Then come back and tell me what you’ve learned.”

The kid is puzzled, but decides to ask his mother. “Mom, if someone gave you a million dollars, would you sleep with Robert Redford?”

“Don’t tell your father, but yes, I would.”

He then goes to his sister’s room. “Sis, if someone gave you a million dollars, would you sleep with Brad Pitt?”

She replies, “Omigod! Definitely!”

The kid goes back to his father. “Dad, I think I’ve figured it out. Potentially, we are sitting on two million bucks, but in reality, we are living with two sluts.”

Careful after you rub it.

Another Funny passed on to me that I’d not heard yet….

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. As he sits, the waitress comes over and asks for their orders.
The man says, “I’ll have a hamburger, fries and a coke,” and turns to the ostrich, “What’s yours?”
“I’ll have the same,” says the ostrich.
A short time later the waitress returns with the order. “That will be $6.40 please,” and the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.
The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, “I’ll have a hamburger, fries and a coke,” and the ostrich says, “I’ll have the same.”
Once again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change.
This becomes a routine until late one evening, the two enter again.
“The usual?” asks the waitress. “No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and salad,” says the man. “Same for me,” says the ostrich. A short time later the waitress comes with the order and says, “That will be $12.62.” Once again the man pulls exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.
The waitress can’t hold back her curiosity any longer.
“Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change out of your pocket every time?”
“Well,” says the man, “several years ago I was cleaning the attic and I found an old lamp. When I rubbed it a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes.
My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.”
“That’s brilliant!” says the waitress. “Most people would wish for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!”
“That’s right. Whether it’s a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there,” says the man.
The waitress asks, “One other thing, sir, what’s with the ostrich?”
The man sighs, pauses, and answers, “My second wish was for a tall chick with long legs who agrees with everything I say.”

First round of the season

First round of golf for the season yesterday…. with one trip to the driving range the day prior as a warm up, lets just say I’m glad it was a scramble… collectively we turned in a -1 for the round. It only took me the first three holes to figure out that I never did learn how to swing my driver, tossed it right back into the bag and stayed with my trusty 3 wood for the rest of the round. It’s the only wood I’ve managed to keep under control (most of the time) and I get about 200 yards out of her. I see many trips to the driving range in my immediate future.

Damn the Scot’s for creating such a stupid, but addictive game. Chasing a little white ball for miles hitting it with a stick, every time you find it, hit it again…. Only managed to lose 3 balls the whole round, with 2 dropped in the water on a mislabeled Par 3 hole. Card said 153, only noticing the plate in the ground that said 187 after splashing two. Go figger, at least I can blame the card for those.

Hey, even a bad day golfing is ALWAYS better than a good day working right?

Nest week I’m going to order 6 dozen balls from and have they proudly printed with “This ball donated to you by Dave’s Ramblings Blog”. Just for fun… Besides, they carry my favorite ball custom printed for $5/dozen cheaper than I can get them off the shelf!

Overheard from a friend….

Students in an advanced biology class were taking a mid term.
The last question was “Name seven advantages of mothers milk” worth 70 points or none at all. One student, who had also partied the night before, was hard put to think of seven advantages. He finally wrote:

1. It is a perfect formula for the child.
2. It provides immunity against several diseases.
3. It is always available as needed.
4. It is always at the right temperature.
5. It is inexpensive.
6. It bonds the child to the mother, and vice versa.

And then, the student was stuck! Finally, just before the bell (indicating the end of the test) rang, he wrote . . .
7. It comes in such cute containers.

He got an “A”.

New addition to our reef

After setting on a long waiting list Angel finally got her Sailfin Tang. She’s just plain gorgeous, thought I’d share a good close up picture.

sailfin tang

and here’s a shot of her in our tank, don’t let the picture fool you about the size of things, the sailfin is a little over halfway full grown, about 8 inches long now and will get to be over a foot long. This tank is a whopping 6 feet long (180 gallon).

180 gallon reef tank

And yes, we are completely out of our minds… but we love it. Next tank will have to be 300+ gallons 🙂

Wasted electrons.

Just some rambling for the WTF file.

To think my typing skills are lousy, often times I think faster than I type, or vice versa and get some weird stuff… generally it’s close enough to figure out what it should be.

A spam email I just recieved…. thought I am really not sure what on earth it’s about…
But hey if you can sort it out and want I left the email address at the end live, maybe the spam bots will find it and start returning the wasted electrons back to this jerk… mean while it’s time to tell Sendmail to reject any mail from that domain…

I’ve just about had it with all the crud generating from the .ru domains… About 3 more spams from blacklisting the whole top level domain name.

You live in we need are an agent in your city.
I have an offer for you.
I am the representative of the International Charitable Foundation “Trust” company. At this moment`we’re developing our activity on the te rritory of the USA. Our
company is the leader of the Latvian IT market. And we are working
out software. Banking system of the USA let us working out of
operations except for admitting bank accounts that is why we would
like to find the representatives in each state. We would like to
suggest you to make a treaty with our company to admit bank accounts
and become our representative your task is to accept bank cheques
from our clients and se nd money to our accounts. Your commissions
will compile 10 from the sum of the transaction. It compiles $40.000
per month. We will pay all the expenses on taxes and certificate. If
you are interested in our proposal, send your address, full name and
we will send you certificates and the copy of the treaty. Hope for
the cooperation. If you agree with that,please answer to e-mail below.
We will send weblink to you,
the reference on our web site. Thank you.

E-mail John Magust

Evil Dictator…

These things are a great waste of time and electrons 🙂 Evil dictator dominating the world…. I can handle that.

Evil Test


Dead guys, don’t touch the driver

A great funny passed on from a friend;

A passenger in a taxi tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. For a few moments everything was silent in the cab, then the driver said, Please, don’t ever do that again. You scared the
daylights out of me.” The passenger, who was also frightened, apologized and said he didn’t realize that a tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much, to which the driver replied, “I’m sorry, it’s really not your fault at all. Today is my first day driving a cab. I have been driving a hearse for the last 25 years.