Friday, September 27, 2013

Collision Avoidance Systems

After spending 20 years in the 'insurance industry' as a Safety/Loss Control Engineer. This type of technology would not even be possible if it was not for development of the semiconductor and high speed processors. The other major component is the development of digital sensors that will automatically apply the brakes when these systems are activated.

Please remember that before this technology was developed, in the US it was not unusual for 'insurance safety professionals' to say that it was generally accepted that for a Million hours of driving, there would be One Death. ( This sounds heartless. )

What does the future hold ? 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Conscious Capitalism  by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

My 'latest' read !

I have heard so much about this book I decided to check this out of the library.  This is listed as a "NEW" book.  It was published in 2013. From the 'inside cover'....

"...We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free-enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had.  But we can aspire to something even greater." -From the Conscious Capitalism Credo

Here is a link to the website:

More information to follow.

Monday, September 23, 2013

10,000 Hours

The title of this comes from the book, titled "Liars & Outliers: Enabling Trust that Society Needs to Thrive".

One of the 'very first' Scout law is that a Scout is "Trustworthy".  Do I think that most boys in America know what being Trustworthy means ?  I think that some Adults don't understand the word, Trust !  

More information on my personal beliefs of the 12 Scout Laws in the future.

I may try to read this book from my local library using Safari Online Book service.  This is NOT the browsing software that Apple Computers use, but it is an online reading service that allows me to read science and technology books from my local library at no charge.

McKinley Elementary School Burlingame, California 100 year Celebration

I was part of the McKinley Elementary School Centennial Celebration.  

This Elementary School is part of the Burlingame School District in San Mateo County.  The students from this elementary school district will attend Burlingame High School, or one of three high schools in San Mateo, California.

I was performing with the  Westbay Community Band.  This is a  'all' volunteer Community Band that is made up of members who enjoy playing symphonic music.  There are currently approximately 66 members of this group.  The sound of a 66 member band is "tremendous" !  

What instrument do I play ? (jokingly I respond by saying that I they let me play the "radio"....)
I really am the timpani, and bass drum player.
 Westbay Community Band Concert
McKinley Elementary School 9/22/13

Sunday, September 15, 2013


The most important feature of ANY blog or website is the font.  These fonts can make or break what the viewer perceives. 

One of my favorite ways to change the look of photos, is to change the Fonts.

Check this link:

Veteran Rock Truckee, Ca

Saturday, September 14, 2013

High Volume Low Pressure-HVLP

High Volume Low Pressure is a term that I learned back in 1970's.  This was first used on a large scale in "industrial ventilation" designs.  They used this basic principle in an effect to save energy. Local Exhaust Ventilation to save energy when gasoline was $ 0.25 per gallon. 

HVLP technology is now used in spray guns used for finishing wood.

Photo # 1
Lodgepole Pine
Tahoe Donner


Wednesday, September 4, 2013