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The (Temporary) Home Office


The (Temporary) Home Office
Notebook Batteries

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My room lacks a TV, so I moved into the living room – of course, no one but me is around since the family is out in Texas moving my brother into TAMU.

Things aren’t always what they seem to be…
Notebook Batteries

Image by Ed Yourdon
About a week before this picture was taken, I saw this same woman with her two suitcases (who could forget such a lime-green suitcase) sitting in almost the same spot here in Verdi Square at 72nd Street & Broadway, reading a book or working on a crossword puzzle; click here to see the picture.

At the time, I thought she was a slightly confused, but peacefully content, tourist; now it seems that my first impression was mistaken…

And, in fact, it’s best not to leap to any conclusions: three weeks later, on August 18th, I saw this same woman (apparently wearing the same shoes and slacks) sitting wide-awake and writing busily in a notebook, on a park bench in Riverside Park, some 5 blocks north and 3 blocks west of here (click here to see it).

Note: this photo was published in an Aug 22, 2009 "Poverty in America" blog article titled "1 in 5 Americans Are Poor." It was also published in a Nov 17, 2009 blog titled "Payday Loans and Bankruptcy in Canada: No Clear Correlation."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in an Apr 10, 2010 blog titled "Mind Blowing American Wealth Disparity: The Bottom 50% Have Comparatively Nothing." It was also published in an undated (Sep 2010) blog titled "109th Street, part 3." And it was published in a Nov 22, 2010 blog titled "Prepare Yourself If You Go Abroad." It was also published in a Dec 27, 2010 blog titled "Are there any private lenders that give student loans after bankruptcy?"

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a blig titled "Covington Cash." It was also published in an undated (late Apr 2011) blog titled "Private Student Loans Set to Stage a Major Comeback."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a May 24, 2012 blog titled "Author Archives: admin."


This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Travel Guide: Desktopia
Notebook Batteries

Image by Derek Mueller

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Home Hitachi Tools – Hitachi 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill Kit


Home Hitachi Tools – Hitachi 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill Kit

I just wanted to tell everyone how much I like the Hitachi Cordless 14.4-volt Driver Drill Kit with Flashlight. I purchased mine several years ago and use it all the time. That is a testimony to its’ rugged construction and durability. I am retired now from working in a Diesel Repair Body Shop, now I have my own Carpentry Shop and I purchased that Home Hitachi Tool because of the lightweight (3.3 lbs), well balanced, ergonomic, fatigue reducing design with little vibration. Although most of my tools were pneumatic and heavy there are many tight places that those tools would not fit.

The flexibility of this Hitachi Cordless 14.4-volt Driver Drill Kit with Flashlight made that chore easy. The 3/8″ key-less chuck is also very handy for quick changing of the bits, making less unnecessary ups and downs for bits to do the job more efficiently. Another great feature is the 22-position clutch you can set for exactly the correct screw depth to be sure you won’t damage the part or wood product.

The Hitachi Cordless 14.4-volt Driver Drill Kit with Flashlight has a class-leading 230 in/lbs torque.

Its’ two-speed transmission has an easy to use one-touch speed knob for tougher jobs that require more torque from 0-350 or 0-1050 rpm. The Batteries seem to last along time, of course the harder the job the sooner it runs down but I’m quite please with the amount of work I can get done before I have to change out the battery.

The Flashlight that comes with this kit proved also to be a great addition to my tool chest. It has several positions the light can be set to make the angle of light just right.

This Home Hitachi Tool kit comes with 2-1.4 Ah Batteries and Quick Charger, 1-Driver Bit, 7-pc Bit set and Carrying Case.

I highly recommend this Home Hitachi Tool for home or business.

Leroy Leff is a good resource to ask about the Hitachi 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill Kit.

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Turn small home UPS into giant UPS


This is me turning a cheap “Ultra” UPS with I believe 7AH capacity, good for maybe 3 minutes of power, into a huge battery reserve. I put 2 80AH Nautilus deep cycle marine batteries on this thing and test it. I’m estimating it will give me at least 2 hours of uptime on my machine with no power supplied. All that was used were the 2 80AH deep cycle batteries, about 18 feet of 10 gauge stranded copper wire, a few wire caps, electrical tape, a wrench, wire cutters and a dremel just for making the hole in the plastic.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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The Notebook – Feels Like Home


My second Notebook video, just for fun, because I love the song by Chantal Kreviazuk.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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