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Forgot to take my Metformin last night

Taken 05/03/2016 with USB webcam

Taken 05/03/2016 with USB webcam

 I forgot to take my Metformin last night and my glucose reading was 147 this morning. That is before eating anything.

I am using a Android app now for my glucose readings.  I am using Diabetes:M and I see now that you can get a Diabetes:M License for $8.50 to remove adverting.
I sold my Nvidia Shield K-1 tablet to my son for $200.00 and I miss it.  It is a great tablet.  I hate to just turn around and buy another one of them.  He got the tablet for $200.00 with a 64 GB SD card and a $25.00 case for it.
I had to move the Diabetes:M app to my new cell phone.
My new cell phone is the BLU Life One X.  

Storm in Fort Worth

Storm in Fort Worth 04/26/2016

Storm in Fort Worth 04/26/2016

We had a storm in the Dallas and Fort Worth area tonight.  We lost power for about 45 minutes.  I got to turn on all the LED lights that I have around here.  Pretty neat to have lights now.. In the old days I would have to try and find a flashlight or a candle.
I got lots of lights now.
Hilary was worrying about saving the outdoor cats.  We all made it.


A Wishy-Washy Dill Pickel

 I am not sure what made me think of this.. But when I was in grade school (Catholic) a nun called me a “Wishy-Washy Dill Pickel.”  I had followed some other kid I guess and did what he did or did not stop him or something.
 I wonder how that sister came up with that.
I guess she just took one look at Jimmy Howard and decided that I was a wishy-washy dill picket

I been called worst over the years.

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day Flag created by John McConnell. The Ecology Flag was also used.

Earth Day Flag created by John McConnell. The Ecology Flag was also used.


Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network[1] and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.[2]

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries.[3][4] This signing satisfies a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work.[5] While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.[6][7] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Sears and Kmart Stores Closures

 On Thursday, Sears Holdings Corp announced it would close 68 Kmart and 10 Sears stores this summer. No Oregon or Washington stores are on the list.

According to a news release, the closure of unprofitable stores comes after the company took a hard look at its store portfolio.  See: The Oregonian 

You can see the full list at the link above.  There are three Texas KMarts on the list.  There are no Sears stories in Texas on the list.
I never shop at Sears.  We shop at Walmart and I get a lot of stuff from Amazon.
I get two or three items a day from Amazon but most of those are free items to review.
Buying online is so much better. Hell here in the Dallas and Fort Worth area we can get one day free delivery from Amazon on many items!

If you are a young person I would not recommend you work for KMart or Sears.  

Catch the signal of e-st@r-II CubeSat

Catch the signal of e-st@r-II CubeSat

Catch the signal of e-st@r-II CubeSat

The CubeSat Team of Politecnico di Torino invite the amateur radio community to participate in a competition to receive the 437.485 MHz signal from their new satellite e-st@r-II which launches April 22, 2016.

The CubeSat Team is a student team of Politecnico di Torino involved in the design and development of small platforms for scientific missions and for testing new technologies. We are guys enthralled by space activities. Undergraduate and graduate students work together with researchers and professors to create a real hands-on experience.

“SPACE IN A CUBE: MISSIONS OF THE FUTURE” is our motto! We believe that small satellites can contribute to a broad set of science goals and space based services. Our CubeSat missions aim at conceiving new scenarios and technologies to serve the scientific community while educating students in the challenging field of aerospace engineering.

Our first CubeSat, e-st@r-I, was launched into orbit on February 2012, and the second satellite, e-st@r-II, will be launched next week: the Soyuz launch ST-A VS14 is scheduled on April 22, 2016, at exactly 09:02:13 p.m UT, from the European Kourou spaceport in South Americahttp://www.arianespace.com/mission/ariane-flight-vs14/

To celebrate this date, we invite the radio-ham community to support the e-st@r-II mission: participate in the contest to listen out for our CubeSat from orbit!

We have prizes for the first to receive the e-st@r-II signal and for the one who will provide us with the higher number of packets received in the first month in orbit!

All details of the competition can be found at our official webpage:

Follow the daily updates on our Facebook page.

Thank you in advance for your help in collecting TLM packets….. and break a leg!

Website: http://areeweb.polito.it/cubesat-team/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CubeSatTeam
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CubeSatTeam

e-st@r-II frequency: 437.485 MHz CW and 1200 bps AFSK AX.25

CubeSats to launch from Kourou

More Security Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

I have said for years and years that more security officers are killed each year than police officers.   I never looked for stats because I knew it would be hard to find the stats.
 I knew from experience … I worked with officers … I came into work and their blood was on the ground.
I also knew because I would read or see a news story were a law enforcement officer had been killed and he was working “off duty” as a security officer.  But it was clear it was counted as a peace officer death and not the death of a guard.
Also I knew that if a company employees a security officer and he is killed that company is not going to want to make the information public.  It would hurt their business.
I saw that at a Catholic hospital.  I was working days at the time and John worked second shift.  He came in to work and we had a few minutes to talk in the office.  He joked about how I did not know how to shine my shoes.  He gave me a shoe shine in the office.  Seven hours later he was shot in the parking lot. He was killed.  He did manage to shoot the guy that shot him.
The hospital told John’s family that they were going to put up a plaque on the wall of the hospital to honor him.  That was in about 1975.  St. Joseph Hospital has not put the plaque up yet!

See:  Wikipedia – Security Guard

See:  More Security Officers than Police Officers Killed on Duty

Why are more security officers killed than police officers.  There are many reasons.  One is that there are more security officers than police officers.  Also security officers are placed in harms way.  They are on the spot and guarding sites.  They also often have to take action without delay.  I often had to subdue someone by myself.  More than one time I had someone down and in handcuffs and could see out the window that the responding police officer was parked and waiting for a second police officer to meet him to back him up.  And then they came in.. In fact one time I had been punched in the mouth and had the subject down and I could see out a small window from the floor where I had the guy down and a officer pulled up… He waited… Then a second officer pulled up a little bit later and then.. they waited for the paddy wagon officer to show up!  

You  know it is not a contest … between police officers and guards to see how many die in the line of duty.  The goal is for the number to be zero.
But we do need real stats.  We need to know.
Then you can make some decisions.  You can try and see why is this happening and what can be done about it.

I worked 30 years hospital security.  I worked longer than that security however… I worked a few years as a contract guard.  I also had my own private patrol service for a year.
There are very few times I had any complaint about the police.  Even the three officers waiting outside in the ER drive.  I had no complaint about.  They did the smart thing.

I am retired now.. By the way I was a small town reserve police officer for years.  I have seen things from both sides.

Even the death of one police officer or security officer or citizen is one death too many.

Oh how many officers were killed in 2012?  In 2012 112 security officers and 72 police officers.  But you have to understand that the stats for police officers would be very correct but the stats for security officers would be low.  

First-Ever D-STAR Satellite to Launch in April


The first-ever satellite to carry a D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio) Amateur Radio payload into space is expected to launch on April 22 from Guiana. The OUFTI-1 (Orbital Utility For Telecommunication Innovations)CubeSat is one of three CubeSats developed by student teams under the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office “Fly Your Satellite!” program, which is aimed at training the next generation of aerospace professionals. The satellites arrived in South America on March 25, followed by the student teams a few days later.

On March 30 the students pulled the so-called “Remove Before Flight” pins and successfully verified that their CubeSats were ready for launch before replacing the access ports on the P-POD, which will secure the CubeSats prior to and during launch and then will release them into orbit. The next time the students will have contact with their respective CubeSats will be through their spacecraft’s communication link, once the CubeSats have been deployed into orbit. Once thermal-optical tape has been applied to the P-POD to shield the CubeSats from extreme thermal radiation during the launch phase, the P-POD will be integrated with the Soyuz launch vehicle.

Constructed by students at the University of Liege in Belgium (ULg), OUFTI-1 will be the first satellite to carry an Amateur Radio D-STAR transponder. Developed by the Japan Amateur Radio League, D-STAR enables the simultaneous transmission of voice and digital data as well as call sign-based roaming via the Internet. “The OUFTI-1 D-STAR repeater will be available either as a direct communication repeater between two users, and as an extension of the ULg D-STAR repeater,” explains the article “D-STAR digital amateur communications in space with OUFTI-1 CubeSat” by Jonathan Pisane, ON7JPD; Amandine Denis, ON4EYA, and Jacques Verly, ON9CWD, all of ULg. The CubeSat’s frequencies are 145.950 MHz (FSK AX.25 and D-STAR down, with an uplink at 435.045 MHz. OUFTI-1 will carry a CW beacon transmitting on 145.980 MHz.

The other two CubeSats are from Italy and Denmark. The CubeSat e-st@r-II from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, will demonstrate an attitude control system using measurements of Earth’s magnetic field. It will transmit CW and 1.2 k AFSK on 437.485 MHz. AAUSAT4 from the University of Aalborg, Denmark, will operate an automated ocean vessel identification system. It will transmit on 437.425 MHz.


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