Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Our accountant told us last year that we really didn't need to worry about asking for a tax reassessment, it will happen without any action on our part. Hmmm?
A little googling and I find that this "letter" is not from the Government but a private company "offering a service". Turns out I can ask the assessor to reassess without any cost to me. In fact, our house is included in the current plan to reassess, it is automatically being reassessed (no fee). If we are not happy then we can request a review for the 2009 tax bill between July 2nd and September 15th.
We should expect a letter from the County Tax Assessor in June or July. :)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Does iPhone appear frozen or stuck? Press and hold the Home button for at least 6 seconds to close a frozen application. Then...
Restart the iPhone. To turn it off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears. Slide your finger across the slider to turn off iPhone. [[A preventative measure is to power down the iPhone weekly just to make sure all the misbehaving apps get shut down and the memory freed.]] To turn iPhone on, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears. If that fails...
Reset the iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least 10 seconds. [[Both buttons have to be presses simultaneously, video gaming skills required. Ten seconds is the minimum, you may need to hold it for 30, 45 or longer.]] During this time, a red "power off" slider may appear and the screen may go black, but do not release Sleep/Wake and Home buttons until the Apple logo appears. If that fails...
[[Jason @ AppleStore Walnut Creek suggested allowing the battery to run down once a week to improve performance and life span. Also, power down the iPhone weekly or whenever it is acting funny.]]
Last Resort; Restore Software, it may be scrambled.
- Sync (backup) iPhone
- iTunes to "Restore" the iPhone
- Select "Setup as a new phone" (do not restore from backup, backup includes the munged data)
- Sync iPhone
I suggested to Sharon that we add some crushed red pepper flakes, she vetoed it. Later Sharon went online to look up baked ziti sopranos and found out that Carmela Soprano's recipe was published. Turns out her secret for great baked ziti is the addition of crushed red peppers. Next time :)
Tasted great, rich without being heavy. Served with garlic bread and squash. Even better on subsequent days (like my chili, in this case I don't consider it left-overs).
Next time we want to try using "store bought" sauces so we can prepare it in a hour instead of three. But I suspect that the homemade tomato sauce is very important to the final fresh/light experience. It might help if we get everything ready before cooking the pasta so that the dish can be assembled "wet" to minimize the unclumping job.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
If Dr. House would run his samples through my machine it would seriously shorten most of the story lines.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I want to do a really cool, visually interesting, colorful and complex quilt as a wall hanging. We intend to use it to block the light from the front yard on the rare occasions when we want to watch TV during the day. The view is priceless and I don't want to shut it off with curtains.
Here are the ideas so far on how to accomplish the objective of art and occasional window covering.
- Two panels that hang beside the window, mounted on a stiff board such that they can be set on the window sill to block the light. No curtain rods, just hanging "pictures" that we take off the hooks and place in the window (perhaps hang on hooks over the window).
- One large piece that is pulled up as celling art most of the time.
- One piece hanging from a bar across the top that is normally mounted away from the wall in front of the TV (covering the TV) but may be taken down and placed over the window for privacy or watching movies. This is the foo foo "we don't watch television" attitude option what will be a total pain every time you want to sit down for a game or movie.
- The curtain model, a two piece quilt on a rod that runs all the way to the wall. When open the quilt will be covering the walls beside the window. When closed the wall is exposed and the window covered. So the quilt doesn't gather when open, stays flat for viewing, kind of like the big meat locker doors that are pushed to the side.