Monthly Archive: February 2010

Ham’ing it up, KJ6FQN style 1

Ham’ing it up, KJ6FQN style

As I have previously noted, on last Friday I passed the test for Amateur Radio Technician level. Ever since then I’ve been eagerly awaiting my new callsign. The Volunteer Examiners said it would take about a week to a week and a half, but that didn’t stop me from logging into the FCC every 6 hours or so to see if it was up yet. A very frustrating wait… until...

Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 1

Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

I went into this film knowing nothing more than it was based on a book and by the title had some affiliation with Greek Mythology, a topic on which I did quite a bit of reading in my youth (and yes that means I also watched Hercules and Xena – minor sidenote Lucy Lawless is doing an amazing job in Spartacus). This will be rife with spoilers, so if you...

Thank you Apple for cleaning up the AppStore 0

Thank you Apple for cleaning up the AppStore

# of Apps removed from App Store by AppShopper.com In case you haven’t heard, Apple recently decided to ban most “sexy” applications from the iTunes app store, nearly 6,000 in total. In brief, they removed anything that had any implied sexuality up to anything showing skin at all. CNN Money put forth the theory that they are doing this because of the upcoming iPad release (ah, the biggest flop we...

Driving Tax vs Gas Tax 2

Driving Tax vs Gas Tax

This post was inspired by: an article from the Washington Post. Currently we pay a tax on each gallon of gasoline we buy. Part of it is Federal, part State, and possibly even a local part (don’t know anywhere like this, but it is a possibility I suppose). As we move toward more fuel efficient vehicles (be they motorcycles, hybrids, or whatnot), the amount of tax money is decreasing. Obviously,...

Jon & John – Now with 100% more Ham 0

Jon & John – Now with 100% more Ham

A long time ago, when I was but a wee little chibi, still in middle school, I was interested in Ham Radio. I checked out the book to study, even when to a local convention type thing (well I convinced my father to take me, then proceeded to key up the radios that were out for sale and annoy people in general (Editor’s note – it’s kind of his thing))....