Celebrating fifty years of Star Trek music

For my belated birthday gift, my wife bought tickets to the Star Trek Ultimate Voyage Tour. We attended the concert at the Old National Center in Indianapolis on Friday, March 18. The event featured music from fifty years of the Star Trek, spanning both the TV series and movies.  The scores were performed by a […]

Automatic for the people

Vehicles manufactured after 1996 have an OBD-II (on-board diagnostic) port. Wikipedia has a great explanation about the connector. The port, usually found near the steering wheel, is used by mechanics to diagnose car trouble. In addition to troubleshooting, many consumers use the OBD-II port to tune their vehicle’s performance and keep track of teenage drivers. I’ve […]

Binge watch: Survivors

If you are looking for something to binge watch on Netflix, I recommend Survivors, a 2008 BBC TV series. Both Seasons 1 and 2 are available and short enough to conquer on a wintry weekend. Also available on DVD. The series is about survivors of a flu pandemic which kills most of the world’s population. […]

Blogging versus Social Media

I realize posts on this blog are few and far between, but I make no apologies. For one, I reach a larger audience with my social media efforts. You can follow me on Twitter (@indygadgetguy), Instagram (indygadgetguy) and Flickr. Blogs serve their purpose, and for years I led blogging efforts for local media. Even back […]

Belated thoughts on the Federal government shutdown

The government shutdown cost America $24 billion dollars. Let’s put that in perspective. NASA’s annual budget is about $18 billion. Besides the political grandstanding over the issue, I was deeply bothered by the disrespect shown towards Federal government workers. One member of the House of Representatives berated a National Park ranger for following orders to […]

Meeting Major Mancheck

  In two weeks, I’ll be attending a NASA Social at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The event is a two-day affair featuring the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission What is Landsat? It is “the longest running enterprise for acquisition of satellite imagery of Earth,” states Wikipedia, and a joint effort between NASA and USGS. It was […]

Fun on craigslist

Whenever I post something for sale on Craigslist, I always get the usual scammer. A person — that  can barely write — wants to send me a certified check and then have someone pick the item up. Sometimes, they even ask me to ship it. Of course, they are always out of the country. Riiiiiiiight. […]