Category Archives: Day to Day

An afternoon in Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry and Skydeck edition: The Chicago MOSI is excellent, and very large. The main attraction for us was the U-505, a German U-boat captured in WWII, and the only ship captured by the US Navy in … Continue reading

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Lake House Fun

An old dog with deteriorating rear legs gets to keep playing in the lake with the help of a doggie life vest:  

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A little hike

Look who came to visit us from FL! If you are going to hike at Hanging Rock State Park in July, its definitely a good idea to go for a swim in the lake afterwards.

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Wool Sower Gall

Nature’s classroom is right outside our door (in this case, practically in the front yard).  On one of our regular evening walks through the woods, Kevin spotted the curious white, fuzzy growth in the picture below on a small branch … Continue reading

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Birds in the Wood Stove

File this under: Home Ownership Problems I Did Not Anticipate As of last Friday, for the fourth time this season, a bird has flown/fallen down our chimney and gotten stuck in our wood stove. Yes, really. Each time the bird … Continue reading

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Last snow of the season? and Links

Not much posting around these parts lately. First, its supposedly spring, but we are getting some awfully late season snow flurries. Its not sticking today, so here are some prettier pics with a sunset, and some deer visible from my … Continue reading

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First snow of the season

Therefore, snow pictures:

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2017 Moto Eclipse

Naturally, we took a small trip on the motos to go watch the much hyped 2017 solar eclipse. Kevin’s extended family own houses in the north Georgia mountains that just happened to be right in the path of totality. Not … Continue reading

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Horses in the Snow

I love watching when the neighbor’s horses are first let out after it snows. They seem to delight in it as much as dogs or kids:) It also reminds me that action photography is hard; all that galloping, bucking, rearing, … Continue reading

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Snow Day

First snow of the season! (Remember, click on the photos to see them full size).

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Happy New Year 2017! (and House 2.0 update)

Happy New Year! Obviously, our new house is not complete by the start of 2017. (Its ok, I promise). The latest estimate is that we’ll be able to get the CO in mid-February. After that, there will be many punch-list … Continue reading

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We Need More Automation Engineering Degrees

I think its hard to overstate the rising importance of automation today. Automation in manufacturing has been having an impact on society for a long time now, but in recent years, the pace of technological progress has been accelerating, which … Continue reading

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I hate Microsoft and Windows 10, Part 2

At the end of last year, I bought a new laptop.  It came with windows 10. I tried to work with it as a Win 10 machine, but had nothing but problems. After many hours (days) of my time, I … Continue reading

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It’s not all sunshine and rainbows

While this is just a personal blog, since it’s on the internet, I don’t usually use it like one would an actual personal journal. I typically reserve this space for a few highlights I’d like to share with family and … Continue reading

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Industrial parts as cheese shop

If Monty Python sold industrial equipment: (But instead this is real life!) The set up for today’s work related shenanigans – Went to the manufacturer’s website. Quickly found the exact part number and accessory part numbers needed. Added the parts … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2016, and a PSA

Ok, fine, 10 days in, and no “traditional” year end wrap up post and outlook for the new year, or fun pics. We’re hard at work here at casa de AmyTracker. 2015 was another good year for us, and we … Continue reading

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Comic of the Day

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Woodsons Mill

Back in October, we took advantage of a beautiful sunny day to ride up to Woodson’s Mill in VA, a historic, working grist mill with two waterwheels. We talked to the owners about various technical approaches for converting this micro … Continue reading

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Technology is Hard OK?

This is our life right now: also this: P.S. xkcd is the best. P.P.S. – When I previewed this post, I nearly fell over with laughter…see the title of this post. Then notice the top image running over into the … Continue reading

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Horse pics of the day

“I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine.”  – It turns out that horses apply that expression literally. Who knew. (Probably people who know more about horses than I do). I feel bad that the flies must be bothering them, … Continue reading

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A little camping trip

Avoid this intense heat by going up into the mountains! Pretty fun for a first camping trip and visit to the mountains for this Florida boy; campfire and hot dogs and smores, a hiking trip the next day with family, … Continue reading

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River Rats

It must be summer; look at this crew out for a little paddle on the river.

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Citizenfour

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin I would modify that quote to say the illusion of safety. If you haven’t seen the documentary Citizenfour, you … Continue reading

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Spring

One of our dogwood trees is really putting on a show these last couple of weeks:

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Relatives in the news

How neat. Congrats Jean! Jean Ippolito is the 2015 recipient of the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award, given annually by the Community Roundtable of Brandon. http://tbo.com/brandon/woman-lauded-for-her-charity-efforts-20150318/

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