This article lists five Colorado ghost towns. They also state that Colorado has 1,500 ghost towns, but only 640 remain (whatever that means).

“Cookie dough is the sushi of desserts” ~ Cookie Monster. (As heard on this video.)

This website has a nice pictorial of nine scenic places to visit in Colorado that most people don’t know about. This particular photo reminds me of Alaska.

This Fast Company article suggests that, for a variety of reasons, the second coming of solar power is upon us.

You know you’re both old and lazy when a good “gift to self” is a vacuum cleaner that runs by itself. ;)

I’ve been looking at investing in oil/energy companies, including Exxon (XOM) and Chevron (CVX), and to do so I have to try to read things like this. (IMHO, someone at Oppenheimer needs to take a course in “clear writing,” as a few of those sentences sound like double-speak at best.)

NBC has a pictorial with a few photos of the Dalton Highway, including this frozen outhouse. I drove it back in August, 2007, and several of the photos bring back memories.

According to this article on, NASA scientists may have accidentally created a warp field. As they state in the article, “When lasers were fired through the EmDrive’s resonance chamber, it measured significant variances and, more importantly, found that some of the beams appeared to travel faster than the speed of light.” However, it’s possible that the effect that was seen was due to atmospheric heating, so the test now needs to be performed in a vacuum. (For the details, there’s a long Q&A thread running at

Without looking things up I don’t know when this changed, but ... to refer to a built-in Android color with the android:drawable XML tag, use code like this:

I don’t know how you spend your mornings, but these days I spend 40 minutes each morning administering intravenous medicine to myself via a PICC Line that has been inserted/installed in my arm and chest. You can read about the whole experience here if you’d like.

I’ve been looking into dividend-paying stocks recently, and I came across Procter & Gamble (PG). I’ve been wondering what their problems are, and then I just read this information, where the two highlights are information that’s new to me.

Just saw this in my inbox from Seeking Alpha: a) 22% of hybrid and electric car owners making a trade-in this year opted to go for a SUV, according to data from; b) the mark stood at 18.8% a year ago and 11.9% three years ago; c) the rate at which hybrid and EV car owners bought another green car fell below 50%; d) connects the dots to conclude that the level of gas prices in the U.S. was a primary factor in the trade-in trend; e) the break-even point for higher-priced EVs lengthens as gas prices fall; f) automobile industry analysts think the trend could snap back just as quick with an energy market shock.

I’ve been looking for a “real world” speed test comparison between an Apple iPhone 6 and a Samsung Galaxy S6, and this video shows the best test I’ve found so far:

My Google Nexus 9 running Android 5.0 is pretty fast at all things except for a) the occasional lag, and b) occasional slow browsing, so this test doesn’t work 100% for me. My side-by-side speed tests would be email, Twitter, Flipboard, browsing, and maybe a few others. Of course those are all third-party apps, but you have to assume that the developers on each platform are doing the best they can, and it’s also the “real world.”

An “Earth gatha,” from this collection of gathas from Thich Nhat Hanh.

Happy Earth Day! Go on out and plant a tree, ’cause there is no Planet B. :)

A Siberian Husky appears to be drinking someone’s drink through a straw, because that’s the sort of thing they do. Photo from the Free Spirit Siberian Rescue page on Facebook.

Kris Bryant and Addison Russell have now both joined the Chicago Cubs (April 21, 2015).

Per this re/code article, Google Play paid developers over $7B for their Android apps in the last 12 months.

A funny “down on the farm” ad/video featuring Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant:

In sad news, the Motherlode Lodge burned down in Hatcher Pass, Alaska. I used to drive past it 5-10 times each summer, and I always thought that if I had enough money I would have liked to re-open it. A little story and video is here on