A collection of things to help reinforce the need to quit smoking…

  • Family picture
  • Pictures of the kids
  • Side-effects
    • Filthy black lung
    • Yellow teeth
    • Burn holes in clothes
    • The smell
  • Diseases
    • Cancer
    • Emphysema
    • Heart / Lung disease
    • Etc.
  • How much it costs over a week / month / year
  • How much time is wasted and taken away from doing other things, like being with family
  • Affirmation… “I am a non-smoker”
  • I want to live to see…
    • Kids graduations
    • Weddings
    • Grand-kids
    • Retirement
  • Craving remedies
    • Gum
    • Life-savers
    • Push-ups
    • Clove sticks
    • Meditation
    • Prayer

Other ideas?

Place all of these items in a box that’s about the same size and shape as a pack of cigarettes and keep it in your pocket.




From a knowledgeable source…

Vitamin D3 – 2000 IU per day with food. Avoid taking with multivitamin (some thoughts that Vitamin A interferes with absorption).

Lovaza (prescription Omega 3 fatty acid) – 1g / day with food or OTC omega 3 fatty acids. Read the back of the label and be mindful how many capsules you have to take to get 1000mg of omega 3 fatty acids (usually 3).

L Methylfolate Calcium (generic for Deplin) – 15mg for depression, 7.5mg for patients with anticonvulsants or for memory or pain issues. Comes in 5mg, 10mg and 15mg strengths. 10mg is especially good for patients with ADD.

Methylated Sublingual B12 – Good for memory and pain with the L Methylfolate.


An inquiry to a blog post I did about my grandfather’s company, Barton Instruments, prompted me to look for some more information written about him. In doing so I found this article…

The career of Mr. William Barton Jones is a record of determination, achievement and a meteoric rise to positions of importance.  Mr. Jones is the President and a major stockholder of Barton Instrument Corporation, located in Monterey Park, which is one of the nation’s most successful industrial instrument firms with international sales and reputation.

Early preparation for this career was obtained in two leading technical schools of the United States.  Mr. Jones studied for two years at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California; and then transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where in 1923 he received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Mr. Jones began his working career as an engineer with the Southern California Edison Company and then C. F. Braun Company of Alhambra.  After two years of employment working for others, Mr. Jones reached the decision to become an entrepreneur—a decision which persisted through many years of trials and struggles.

The history of the Barton Instrument Corporation dates back to 1925 when Mr. Jones entered the partnership of Hanson, Jones & Morey to develop and sell forced air transformer coolers.  This partnership was succeeded by the firm of Morey, Jones & Lovell, Inc., which in 1930 became known as Morey & Jones, Ltd.  Mr. Jones was the treasurer of this business arrangement until 1935 when he became president.

During the Depression years, the organization attempted to make and market a number of products other than transformer coolers.  However, the product line that carried through the years was differential pressure measuring instruments.  The first instrument, a simple, single glass tube manometer for measuring water flow to cooling towers, was followed by many designs and models.

In all, 148 product designs were undertaken from 1925 to 1942.  Culminating these years of engineering effort, in 1943 Mr. Jones invented a “rupture-proof” dual-bellows instrument that brought a completely new concept to the field of differential pressure measurement.

In 1945 Mr. Jones merged Morey & Jones, Ltd. into a partnership with John K. Lyon and William E. Palmer that went by the name of the Barton Instrument Company.  Then in 1946 Mr. Jones bought out his partners and operated Barton Instrument Company as a sole proprietorship until 1949 when the present business was incorporated.

In addition to heading the Barton Instrument Corporation, Mr. Jones is active in management and is a director of three other firms:  Barton Europe, N.V. (the European subsidiary of Barton Instrument Corporation with headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands), Barton Sales Company of California, and a Los Angeles investment firm, the Coypass Land Company.

Mr. Jones is the only son of Reginald H. Jones and Grace (Cole) Jones.  He was born January 25, 1901, in Hollywood, California.  He went to Selma Avenue Grade School in Hollywood and graduated from Hollywood High School.

On June 13, 1935, Mr. Jones married the former Miss Gladys Estelle Hayes.  Their son, Arthur Kenyon Jones, married Joan Crook and they gave Mr. Jones three grandchildren:  Michel, Kimberly and Bradley Cole.  Their daughter, Judith, is a student at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Mrs. Jones is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.  Locally, she is a member of the Pasadena Symphony Association, the Art Alliance of the Pasadena Art Museum, and the Pasadena Philharmonic Committee.

The State of California has recognized Mr. Jones as a registered mechanical engineer since 1948.  He is an active member of the American Rocket Society, the Southern California Meter Association, the Economic Round Table of Los Angeles, and serves on the Board of Affiliates for Claremont Men’s College.  In 1961 the Instrument Society of America bestowed the honor of “Fellow” to Mr. Jones in recognition of his contributions and service to the industry.  Long an active member of ISA, Mr. Jones recently served as a member of the Finance Committee.  He has been a director of the Merchants and Manufacturers Association of Los Angeles for the past three years.

Socially Mr. Jones is a member of the Valley Hunt Club of Pasadena and the University Club of Los Angeles.  He is a former member of the Bachelors of Los Angeles, an alumni member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and an active member of the M.I.T. Club of Southern California.  Based on personal experience, Mr. Jones is a firm advocate of the private enterprise system and actively supports and participates in many movements aimed at protecting this system, individual freedom and constitutional government.

From the sound of it this article was written in the early 1960’s, evidenced by it placing his daughter, Judith, as currently in school at USC.

I really enjoy coming across stuff like this. The original article can be found here.


A friend recently asked me what I thought of this video, so here it is…

I chalk this up under ‘sensationalist’ journalism… purposefully controversial and/or misleading, for the sake of getting eyeballs. And there is absolutely nothing new here. Mentioning Win8 as ‘the biggest hype since the Zune’ is obviously wrong and poking fun. So not exactly a credible start. Plus, CNet is commonly regarded as a bunch of Apple Fanboys, so you can guarantee a bias.

  1. Not enough Apps in the Store – Dumb. Apps are continually being added and improved. Plus you can still run whatever Windows programs you ran before. And saying “The Mac store has more programs than Windows”, just wrong when you consider all the desktop apps.
  2. You don’t have a touch screen – The guy even says you don’t need one to use Win8, so, duh. But if you buy a tablet, laptop or all-in-one today, chances are it’s a touch screen. As far as the desktop, touch screens are available and becoming more common.
  3. Windows 7 is great – Uh, yeah, it is. So since it’s great we shouldn’t upgrade to something even greater? Dumb.
  4. The learning curve – Ok, this one is a legitimate issue, but it’s no reason to stay away from it. This is the future. Get over it.
  5. Wait to upgrade until after the new OS matures – an antiquated pov. OS’s today are updated frequently. There is no more waiting a year or more for some big ‘service pack’.

There you have it. That’s what I think.

Winking smile


An electric trials bike, called Gas Gas? Interesting. But oooh… something powerful enough that I could ride? Oooh. This might be a nice compliment to the little electric Razor bikes we have for the kids. :-) Maybe with this I could finally learn how to do a wheelie.

If you like the irony of a motorcycle maker named “Gas Gas” building an electric trials bike, then you may also appreciate video of said bike celebrating silence in Spain’s Valle del Silencio (Valley of Silence).

Gas Gas goes electric for Silence Project [w/VIDEO]


Since joining Google in 2010, we have been creating editing magic in Google products while continuing to keep Picnik awesome. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things. Picnik will be closing on April 19, 2012.

Oh, bummer! I always thought Picnik was so cool, and even used it from time to time when I had an image already online that I wanted to edit quickly. It was a very innovative service back when it launched in 2007.

I’m curious to see what becomes of it once it’s been fully sucked in to Google+. It would be a shame if they limited it, or made it so you can only edit photos that you’ve put on Google+.

Picnik Blog » Blog Archive » Official Announcement: Picnik is closing


I haven’t read the whole article, but this Gizmodo coverage offers some good snippets. I’m sure speculation over what really happens inside Apple is good fodder for urban legend. I see visions of Jobs sitting on a throne as droves of UI designers present their work, only to be flogged and ridiculed for not doing something that aligned with his vision.

Here is a good one…

According to a participant in the meeting, Jobs walked in, clad in his trademark black mock turtleneck and blue jeans, clasped his hands together and asked a simple question: “Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?” Having received a satisfactory answer, he continued, “So why the fuck doesn’t it do that?”

For the next half-hour Jobs berated the group. “You’ve tarnished Apple’s reputation,” he told them. “You should hate each other for having let each other down.”

Sounds like a fun place to work. Ok, so the boss is a little tough. But working there for say, the past 10 years, as it’s success has quickly climbed, I’m sure wouldn’t been pretty amazing. I mean, what’s not to like? Aside from the great benefits, the sky rocketing stock price, the successful after successful product launch, being the envy of the tech industry, how bad could it be?

Another good snippet…

The whole company is basically built on that sort of clear accountability. They even have a term so everyone knows who’s responsible for what: ‘DRI’ which stands for “Directly Responsible Individual”.

DRIs? I thought everything there had to go through Jobs. So, isn’t he really the only DRI? Makes you wonder about the balance of empowerment vs. oversight. If he claims to appoint other DRIs, why does it seem Jobs gets credit for everything? Don’t the DRIs deserve some recognition? Perhaps you never hear about them because they don’t exist… unless something goes wrong, then Jobs has someone to rip in to. Convenient.

On Gizmodo: Fortune’s “Inside Apple” Shows Apple’s Inner Workings



After really enjoying our dirt bikes for a few years, last summer we decided to invest more in our new hobby and took a leap in getting something the whole family would enjoy… a camper trailer!

We shopped around for a few months, and finally decided on a used 2007 Redline 230FSE Toy Hauler. It was big enough to hold the toys (and then some), plus sleep the whole family (and then some), and had some nice comforts.

One important factor was finding something that we could actually tow. I wasn’t going to go buy a new vehicle with a big tow capacity, so I was limited by what my 2003 Expedition 5.4 Triton could handle… 8900 lbs. (weight distributed). The trailer’s Dry Weight is 5,505 lbs., so as long as I didn’t max out the cargo and fill up the water tanks, the truck could handle it (though just barely). The trailer’s Gross Weight is 9,995 lbs.

Here is what the floor plan looks like:




And the promotional blurb:

Rear Ramp Door to 8 Ft. 11 In. Toy Parking Space, Queen Loft or Opt. Queen Electric Bunks, 2 Sofa Sleepers w/Table Between, Refrig./Pantry, 3 Burner Range, Wardrobe, Double Kitchen Sink, Tub/Shower, Lav., Front Queen Bed w/Nightstand, Pass-Thru Storage, Flip-Up TV Shelf & Much More

It’s been sitting covered in storage now for 6 months. We can hardly wait to take it out again. Hopefully Mother Nature will be kind this summer and give us lots of sunny weekends.

For more info on the trailer, here is a page a specs I put together: 2007-Redline-230FSE.doc

And a .pdf I found from Fleetwood on the Redline series: 2007_RL_sp.pdf


Ah shucks, it does sadden me so to see Apple get in trouble… over anything really. It’s kind of a nice relief to see something negative associated with them, since their name usually goes along with nothing more than glowing product reviews, astounding financial reports, and “gee, aren’t they awesome” blog articles.

An excerpt from the article:

Much of the concern about the iPhone and iPad tracking stems from the fact the computers are logging users’ physical coordinates without users knowing it — and that that information is then stored in an unencrypted form that would be easy for a hacker or a suspicious spouse or a law enforcement officer to find without a warrant.

Ok, I know I’m being super petty and showing blatant jealousy over the usual glow Apple gets. But hey, I’m one of the underdogs. Aren’t we entitled to a little jealousy, and the occasional satisfying smirk when the big guy gets a thorn?

Apple slammed over iPhone, iPad location tracking – Yahoo! News



I’ve never been a huge Ducati fan. Well, I always admired them for their power and aggressive design, but since I’m not much of a crotch rocket guy, I never gave them much thought.

This changed though recently after visiting a local Ducati dealership (I was there ordering a part for my Yamaha WR250R). I came upon a brand new Multistrada 1200 S, and wow, it stopped me in my tracks.

I stood there staring at it, and suddenly it occurred to me… Holy crap this bike is beautiful! It resonates with that wanna-be touring bike enthusiast suppressed inside of me. It looks powerful and aggressive, yet comfortable and refined. It’s a beautiful merging of art and machine.

Until I saw this bike, I always lusted for the BMW F 800 GS. Now I have a new object of desire. Just what I needed. At $20K, I don’t think I’ll have one of these to call my own any time soon.

Ducati Endurobikes


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