First attempt at spaghetti

Here’s a pic of my first attempt at making spaghetti sauce from scratch. In order to make it with low salt for Caitlin, I had to do it myself.
I’m attempting to post from the iPhone while I watch Caitlin, we’ll see how it turns out.

Switched phones

Just called AT&T to switch my iPhone for my blackberry as my primary phone. It was an easy process where I switched the sim cards and the rep switched the data plans. Now if you call my cell number it’ll go to the iPhone. Overall a painless experience.

Energy Independence

powerI’m really happy to see all the work that has gone into getting conservation into people’s minds when they go through their day. Everyone is now talking about electric cars and plugin hybrids. In the long run though, I’m not nearly as interested in energy conservation as I am in new renewable energy sources.
I don’t really want to use compact fluorescent light bulbs everywhere, although the new LED lights look great. I’d rather be able to have a great home lighting setup with more light bulbs than you can count and leave it on all day. I want to be able to have my garage datacenter with 5 full racks of servers humming along all day and not have to worry what the power bill will be or the impact on the environment.
I’d really like to have the core of my home electrical system be a pluggable switching system where many different types of energy generation and storage systems could be plugged into. Something that would allow for remote monitoring and charting of energy generation and usage and handle balancing swings between energy sources. The local Frys outlet is now selling solar panels and wind turbines which I’d love to be able to try out and play with. Or to be able to experiment with different types of energy storage solutions.
Everyone has come to the realization that there isn’t going to be a silver bullet when it comes to getting off of oil and coal. Energy independence is going to be built off of hundreds of technologies and we’ve got to lower the cost of trying out new ones.

Filoli in the game

Was just watching the movie “the game” with Michael Douglas on TiVo. AMC played it a couple days ago.
What I found interesting is that douglas’s character, who is supposed to be a wealthy businessman from San francisco is living in the filoli house which is a historic house/park. We’ve often taken family there when they’ve visited to see the amazing gardens.

If it's not a single on iTunes or Amazon then it doesn't exist

There’s an article on Techdirt discussing the motivation of some musicians for not putting their albums up on iTunes. My personal experience is that if it’s not on Amazon or iTunes then it simply doesn’t exist. My family’s entire music infrastructure has been based on the ipod and apple tv. If I can’t purchase singles that will be easily playable on these devices, then I don’t want it.

Great new author

Stumbled across a new author, John Scalzi,  when perusing recommendations on my Kindle. I made the mistake of reading his second book first, but it didn’t ruin anything to read it that way. Since I started reading his books I haven’t been able to stop. I’ve raced through 5 books and am just about to start his just released latest book Zoe’s Tale.
Scalzi has created a universe a bit into the future where humans have moved out into the Galaxy and found that it’s a very crowded place. All of the books have quite a bit of action, but also some plain good old sci-fi. My idea of good sci-fi is when it’s used to test out new ideas and the story is a dry run to see how they would work. The best sci-fi has a good story to go with the good ideas.
I also love his sense of humor, think Heinlein’s Starship Troopers with a touch of Monty Python satire. The book “The Android’s Dream” deals with the interplanetary fallout of a disgruntled diplomat killing a visiting alien ambassador with his flatulence. For the first bit of the book you’ll be wondering where this could possibly be going, but the second half is well worth your patience.

ABC's Wipeout wiped out

Watched a few minutes of the new show tonight. Looks like the producers were going for some sort of mix of MXC and Ninja Warrior. It missed on every count. Was not funny at all. The challenges just weren’t that challenging. I predict a very quick demise for this show. Had to watch a little MXC afterwards to get a few real laughs.

Hello Baby

While watching the first two episodes of the HBO John Adams series tonight I felt my daughter kick for the first time. It’s still early, so it was a subtle movement. But it was definitely exciting.