Out With My iPhone…

Out With My iPhone…

Out with my iPhone,
Snap went the shot,
Whosh that’s the email,
Here’s what I got.

illustration shot
I needed an illustration for my report, but wasn’t finding anything suitable. Not with my reports systems 1700 illustrations nor with my associations 80 albums full.

You gotta love your iPhone capability.


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DISCLAIMER: Not Responsible For Readers Who Buy Larger TV From Reading This Article.

WARNING: Your TV may be too small! (Or too far away!)

Disclaimer: Not responsible for readers who buy larger TV from reading this article.

The local power utility here in the Montreal area puts out a monthly newsletter, to all it’s billing clientele, that encourages good electrical habits and recommends energy saving measures, as well as promoting energy star rated appliances.

In one of the recent newsletters they discuss the relative size of TV screens. Basically the bigger the screen the more energy it uses. And that’s about what you’d expect.


However they go on to give you a formula to calculate the optimum size relative to the distance it’s normally viewed from. This is where it gest interesting.

The formula is; Viewing distance (D) divided by 2.5 equals the recommended size (S).

So D/2.5=S , or  S=D/2.5

That would mean for example; If you normally sat 8 feet away then you divide 8 feet (96 inches) by 2.5 and the screen size should be 38”.

You can apply the formula to any location or usage, and use any system of measure; feet, inches, meters, centimeters, etc..  TV’s are normally measured on thediagonal of the screen.

So you can also input the screen size and determine the correct distance to place furniture. S= D/2.5 . A little application of high school algebra converts this to; D = 2.5 S.  or  S (size) times 2.5 = the viewing distance.

This means, for example, that a 30 inch screen should be viewed from 75 inches away (on average).  That’s only 6′ 3″.


Now this is where the world appears to split in two.

There are two camps; The (S) size group and the (D) decorator group.

(S) Group: Those who determine the TV is nor big enough and want to buy a larger unit. This group seems to have more men and teenagers.

(D) Group: The second group interprets this as reason to rearrange the furniture, redecorate or even relocate the TV. There is a greater number of women in this camp.

SO which group are you in?     Is your TV too small?    Or is it too far away?


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The Free Pool – A True Story And A Cautionary Tale.


The Free Pool – A True Story And A Cautionary Tale.

This true tale was brought to mind by a photo I saw in Charles Buell’s recent blog: Summer time—time to jump in the Pool!

His pool shot (photo) reminded me of a local incident.

Married friends of mine had kids and bought a house in a near by commuter city. The price was right, etc, etc.

Come spring they discovered a 15′ deflated pool in the tall grass of the back yard. My friend , a fairly handy guy took weeks of spare time checking it out, reassembling it and making sure all the equipment was present and working. (This had been an above ground pool.)

On the Saturday that it was all ready to go, they started filling. And just in time as it was approaching the end of June and it was getting hot.

But it was slow going. They only had the one garden hose to fill it.

By noon it was only 2/3rds full so they gathered up their kids (2) and 6 of their friends who had been playing in the yard waiting for the pool to be ready and took them off to MacDonald’s for lunch and left the pool slowly filling.

There certainly was no danger of it over flowing and they took their time with the kids to keep them entertained.

Then they went back home to see how close it was to full.


It was gone! They couldn’t see it as they drove up the street!

They got there. Parts were strewn all over the yard. The children’s toy were washed up against the fence and house. The basement windows were smashed in and the basement was flooded.

The pool had burst. The kids , to say the least were dismayed.

The parents looked at each other.

They were both white as a sheet.

They were both professional ambulance drivers.

They knew how lucky they were (the children were not in that yard when the pool burst).

They didn’t open the van doors. They just drove the visiting children home, brought their kids to her mothers, before coming back to start the clean up.



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