Emergency Preparedness ~ Zello Walkie Talkie

If you are possibly in the path of Hurricane Irma, I recommend the Zello Walkie Talkie App. It was a godsend for many in Texas during Hurricane Harvey.  I am tuned into the Hurricane Irma Channel. It has very interesting listening–helpful & useful too.

Android App ~ iPhone/iPad App

Best to all…

Blog ~ WordPress.com rolls out Google Translate Widget, 11/25

A new blog feature thanks to WordPress.com.

Find mine on the right sidebar just above my last 10 articles published. Use the Google Translate Widget to select any of 92 languages you want to read this blog in. Enjoy.



Celebration ~ Birthday–My 70th, 12/17/2015

I posted this a moment ago on my Facebook Page…

What a day this has been and you have made it really special with your many birthday greetings and wishes. I thank each of you. I am blessed to be at the front end of this, my 7th decade. I look forward to the days, weeks, months, and years to come and knowing that we will share much of that time together. Thanks for your interest in the things I do and looking at them here, on my blog, and at Flickr. Joy is knowing you are communicating with others. Be blessed and take care. –jim

Thanks to all of you who come by here [or the reader] to see what is going on, check the archives, etc. I am blessed to be able to communicate with so many of you. I look forward to our continued time together…

iPhone 4 ~ now with iOS 4.1

IMG_0121 I upgraded my iPhone beginning at 1:18 p.m. EDT. To my knowledge, the update became available today, 09/08, at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Now I have what Apple CEO, Steve Jobs announced last week. The Telegraph of the United Kingdom has a good read on the iOS 4.1 features. My big wait is for HDR.

The High Dynamic Range feature is used simply by opening the iPhone camera app as before. There is a button, top-center, to turn HDR on. In settings, you have the option to keep or discard the normal photo.

They, if you elect to keep, are saved to the camera roll. Your HDR photograph will be second, or to the right of the normal photo.   There is also a watermark on the upper right of the photo, identifying it as an HDR picture.

The game center will be a new app icon on your home page. Mine now resides in my Games Folder.

That is it. I have not had any problems. I’ve taken one HDR photo. I’m now off for more. I hope this notification gets someone their upgrade faster than they may have gotten it otherwise.

Rafael Giraldo, the next chapter…

Vodpod videos no longer available.

From Rafael:

Schoolteacher Who Biked Across America to Display Photos of Journey

Where: Nova Southeastern University is holding a free panel discussion featuring Giraldo at the Don Taft University Center at the main campus in Davie.
When: The discussion is open to the public. It is this Thursday, October 8th at 7 p.m. in the Don Taft University Center, third floor, room PVA 309.
Who: Panelists include Giraldo, Timothy Dixon, professor of history and legal studies at NSU, Daniel Markarian, NSU program professor for social studies, and Tim Petraitis, a U.S. history teacher at Cypress Bay High School.

Tony Fins, editorial page editor at the Sun-Sentinel, will moderate the panel. It will be an informal coffee table-style discussion, which will feature an exchange of dialogue between the panelists.

Additional information at: Sun Sentinel and/or Nova Southeastern University

Sun Sentinel article: In his words: Rafael Giraldo’s bike journey across the U.S.

Rafael Giraldo

Congratulation Rafael,

I see the panel will happen this Thursday. That is good. I trust it will go well. I see you have reorganized your TOD pictures. The best…

Warm regards,


Garmin Forums

Garmin Forums

The forums are closed (read only) except for MotionBased FAQs and General Troubleshooting.  Please login to the Garmin Forums using your myGarmin login.

Garmin Connect continues to improve [my migration remain slow—Garmin Watch]. Well, to go along with GC, Garmin’s new forums are active. See Garmin’s MB announcement to the right.

TrikeBldr [Bruce’s] Report

The report we have been waiting for from Bruce [Trikebldr] on his interaction with Mr. Giraldo [now making hast to Marshfield, Missouri]. You are thorough and detailed in your reporting. THANKS Bruce!

Jim (and all),

Tour of Discovery - Day 57 068 First, I just want to say that these last three days have been an adventure for me, as well as inspirational to have met Rafael. It would take too much room to tell you all the background into his life that I have learned in this short time. Besides, it will all be in his book(s) that will come from this adventure, so I don’t want to spoil it for those who buy it.

Second, I just read the discussions on BROL this morning for the first time about Rafael’s journey, and I am quite flattered, and humbled by the comments made about me, BUT, I also want to point out that this all about Mr. Giraldo’s many facetted trek across our homeland, not about me and my brief "play day" with new friends! All of this was within a Tour of Discovery - Day 57 075 150 mile radius of home, and is what I would have been doing anyway, so it’s not a big deal to me! It IS a big deal for me to have met Rafael, however! And, thanks to everyone on BROL, the Catrike forum and the TrikeDoctor forum for all the kind words! Very humbling indeed! Oh, and Sierra says I behaved very well the whole three days!

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