Gear Head Tuesday – Sweet ’62 Stude

'56 Packard Man

Gear Head

Readers’ Car Series
Hat Tip to Gordon K. for today’s car!

62-lark-left-front“I purchased this car in un-restored , original condition at the York Studebaker swap meet in about 1990. It then had 29,000 actual miles, and was residing in Fairfield, PA about 8 miles east of the Chambersburg, PA dealership from which it was sold.

The car was originally sold to an elderly couple in St. Thomas, Pa. which is about 8 miles west of the same dealership. The original owners used the car sparingly as they were in their 80’s when the car was purchased. The gentleman from whom I purchased the car had cancer, and was only selling the car because he was uncertain as to his outcome, and did not want to burden his wife with the need to sell the car if his cancer took his life.

The dealership, A-1 motors in Chambersburg, PA is,I believe…

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Motivation Mondays: A QUESTION Of BALANCE

Mirth and Motivation

“Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” Maxwell Maltz

Motivation Mondays: A QUESTION of BALANCE - How do we create it in our lives? Motivation Mondays: A QUESTION of BALANCE – How do we create it in our lives?

You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them. Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.’ He paused, considering what he had just said. ‘Yes’, he repeated. ‘In the end, it’s all a question of balance.” Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
I don’t like the word ‘balance.’ To me, that somehow conjures up conflict between work and family… as long as we think of these things as conflicting, we will never have happiness. True happiness comes from integration… of work, family, self, community. Padmasree Warrior
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to…

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On a Special Local Kid

A Frank Angle

As I have noted on the last two mural posts, Resa (@ Graffiti Lux and Murals) is sponsoring her own Kid’s month. Although she has mainly featured murals, the idea just came to me that Cincinnati is home to a very special kid and has turned into a local celebrity during her short life.

She was born prematurely on January 24th and has required special care ever since. As a matter of fact, her care team is attempting to do something that has never been done.

Meet Fiona, the baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo. She was born 6 weeks early at 25 pounds (11.4 kg) and 29 pounds (13.1 kg) underweight.

Photo by Cincinnati Zoo

Her special care has involved being on oxygen, receiving a special milk, and more. Besides, baby hippos nurse underwater. Keep in mind that the zoo is flying blind on this because raising a…

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New York City: a brief history: 1600-2017


Note: I use present-day names. Within each decade, things are not necessarily in chronological order. 

Manhattan circa 1600, looking north.

1600: Population: 1,000?

Wall Street in 1660 – when it still had a wall. And when Water Street was still on the water. North-east is up.

1700: Population: 5,000.

  • 1700s: 42% of households have slaves.
  • 1710s: slave uprising, African Burial Ground now in use.
  • 1720s:
  • 1730s:
  • 1740s:

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A List of Private and Secure Email Services

Privacy Blog

NOTE: This is an update to an article I published several months ago. I have added a couple of new encrypted email services to the list. If you know of other such services that should be added to this list, please post a comment below.

“Free” email services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail come at a high price: your privacy. The fine print lets them search every message you send and receive for profit‐generating keywords. They even keep their own copies of your deleted messages and your attachments. Furthermore, your emails can pass through servers all over the world as plain-text messages, where they’re vulnerable to hackers and mass‐surveillance programs.

The governmental spying on citizens’ private email messages has been a problem for years. However, the problem has gained a lot more publicity in recent months. We now know that various US government agencies and presumably the United Kingdom’s GCHQ…

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FAQs about Siberian Huskies

A Girl and Her Husky

Through being active on social media and by just taking my dogs out in public a lot, I get asked lots of questions about huskies from curious dog lovers and from people interested in the breed. I wanted to create a post to address the most common questions I hear about my favorite breed!

1. Are huskies related to wolves?fullsizerender-1Huskies are not any closer related to wolves than Shih Tzus or Chow Chows. If you are familiar with Siberian Huskies and Wolves, you will know that they do not look very much alike. Huskies and similar looking dogs are often used on TV, movies, and other media to represent wolves, which creates the misconception that they look very similar (i.e. a husky will look similar a “wolf” you saw on TV, but the “wolf” on TV was not a real wolf.) Siberian Huskies are part of a group of…

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Best VPNs of 2017

Internet Security Tips And Tricks

 The 10 Best 24/7 VPN service providers for security – 2017 edition


If you want to improve your privacy and security when you are surfing internet, using VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is the most effective method. VPN is a network technology, which links the private network to internet using encryption methods. It is generally used by government agencies, organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens to facilitate easy access of remote user( A remote user is a user who is operating a hardware device or accessing software from an off-site location ) to secured private networks.

In comparison to private networks, VPN is not only economizing and  adaptable, but it also provide VPN users to sustain their anonymity and protect themselves from being  intermeddle. A VPN can be used to access the sites which is not accessible, it hide your browsing activity from the hidden eyes on public Wi-Fi. Therefore…

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Bridge Monitoring System using Wireless Sensor Network

Zx Lee

It’s been a long time since I last work on any hobby project and update on my blog. Recently, I completed a mini project together with two of my friends. So I am going to take this opportunity to share the project that we have made, we named it the Bridge Monitoring System (BMS) using Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). We are required to design an embedded system that is related with disaster management, either mitigation, preparedness, response or rehabilitation. To give you a high level overview of this project, basically we created three sensor nodes that acquire sensor measurement and transmit to central hub through wireless network. The sensor network works in a many-to-one fashion and data processing is done on the central hub. All the sensor measurement from each node is also displayed on the Host PC for user interface. Therefore, in this article, I am going to walk through some…

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