24 August 2010

Technology in the National Parks Leads People into Trouble

There was an article in the Times a few days ago about how people rely on technology too much in National Parks and get themselves into trouble.  Part of it, I think, is that when people use the technology, they discard common sense.
When I hike, even in a park with some mobile phone service (Shenandoah), I don't rely on it to get me out of trouble.  I don't hike alone and I expect that I should be prepared to not be able to get help immediately via cell phone if there is an accident.  Someone who hikes in a park out west and expects to have mobile phone service is asking for trouble.  Someone who decides to record himself as he gets close to a bison is asking for even more trouble. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/science/earth/22parks.html is the link.

21 August 2010

Useful iPod Touch/iPhone App to Find Out When Trains are Coming

I've played around with an iPod Touch/iPhone App which lets you know when the next D.C. Metro train is coming.  It's free at:

15 August 2010

Spinach and Parmesan Cheese Omelette

I've cooked an omelet using this recipe from the Times a couple of times over the past few week and it's come out well.  It's easy to make, and doesn't require ingredients that I don't already have in the kitchen.  I cheat and use frozen spinach.  I'll bet fresh spinach would taste better.

14 August 2010

Dave Matthews Band on NPR

I was surprised this morning to hear Ants Marching on Weekend Edition.  Turns out, DMB recently came out with a new album.  You can see the story and listen to audio from it here: