EU is wondering if daylight savings time is really necessary…me too

I for one am excited that this topic is at least on someone’s radar. It’s been one of my pet peeves for a long time. Perhaps if the EU does away with daylight savings time, the US will follow suit or at least discuss. BTW I sent a tweet to the President on this, but he has yet to respond. I guess he’s busy…

European Commission polls citizens on need for daylight saving time

The EU is asking its citizens if it should continue to enforce its daylight saving time (DST) rules, which require people to adjust their clocks twice a year. The public consultation on the biannual changes — which see the clocks go back an hour on the last Sunday in March and forward on the last Sunday in October — is available as an online questionnaire until August 16.

Uncovered hidden messages in walls

I guess it comes from my fascination with time travel that I find stuff like this so interesting. It’s kind of like burying a time capsule, but I suppose more likely to be found. I have a chance to do this myself as I’m adding some build-in cabinets in the room I use as an office. I’m sure someday someone will ask, “why are their kitchen cabinets in the living room!” LOL

Couple Finds 23-Year-Old Hidden Message From Previous Owners While Renovating House, And It’s Hilarious

New Sod Lawn Care in Colorado

I just moved to Colorado Springs and have a brand-new sodded lawn. Obviously, I wanted to make sure I cared for it properly. My research found that the basic steps are: you water the heck out of it the first two weeks; dry it out and mow; cut back the watering the third week; and cut back again during the forth week. Of course, there’s a lot more to the process, so I put together a detailed document based on information I found. I thought others may benefit from it, so I’m posting it here. Lawn Care in Colorado

LA Trip: Big Bear Spartan Race and Mountains

Well, it’s been a while since my last post…been busy relocating to Colorado Springs! Took a short trip right after the move to LA to be with my daughter, Taylor. She was out there to help with the Spartan Race in Big Bear, conveniently, right near my home in Lake Arrowhead. I was totally unprepared mentally and camera gear-wise, but managed to get a few decent shots of the athletes. There were some low clouds which resulted in some spectacular views of the mountains peaking through along Hwy 18. Didn’t have my wide-angle lens, so I had to make do with what I had. Taylor and I drove down the mountain and visited with my Mom and Dad as well. Fun trip, but way too short!

There’s a new pug in town…actually two.

On our way back from the Block Creek B&B, we had to stop at Blackbird Antiques in Comfort, TX to visit Karen Frias, the owner, and her pugs. She always has interesting antiques, home decor, bedding and other treasures. Sadly her original pugs, Molly, Hudson and Eddie, have all passed on, but there’s a new generation now: Matilda and Dexter. Read more

The Rolls SL33B – An awesome compressor/limiter for PC audio!

I’ve found that online video is REALLY inconsistent in terms of audio volume, particularly advertisements that are inserted into streaming programs. I knew I needed some sort of compressor/limiter to automatically reduce loud sounds and amplify quieter sounds, creating a more uniform volume level overall. I had hoped to find a simple software solution, but was surprised that nothing good really exists. Switching my search to a hardware solution, I stumbled upon the Rolls SL33B Stereo Program Limiter.

The SL33B is designed specifically for consumer-level equipment and keeps things simple with only two controls. One control sets the threshold, that is, the level at which the signal will be processed. The other is Makeup Gain which controls the volume after the signal is processed–basically an output volume control.

The SL33B has both RCA and 1/8″ input/output connectors so it’s perfect for a PC set-up. It’s housed in a small but rugged metal box and requires a typical AC adapter. It would also be quite suitable for a TV *if* you used external amplification/speakers and not the TV’s built-in speakers.

I love this little gem for its simplicity in connections and controls. It’s also great for movies which often have audio levels all over the place. The only thing I wish it had was a bypass switch for listening to music, since you typically don’t want to mess with the dynamic range of music. However, since I don’t typically listen to music on my PC, this is not a deal breaker. So far, the SL33B has really been the answer to my prayers!