Bind a Spektrum DX6i to a Blade 200 QX Quadcopter

      A lot of the Blade multi-rotors are RTF, or Ready To Fly, like the Blade 180 QX. The 200 QX however is a BNF, or Bind and Fly which means you will need to get a remote to fly your new 200 QX Quadcopter. For this I chose the Spektrum DX6i. It’s … Read more

Veteran’s Day

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the … Read more

The end starts tomorrow……

Tomorrow I start the last leg of my journey home to Portland from the miserable armpit that is Bradford, PA. Okay, well maybe that’s a little harsh, but seriously – I’m happy as hell to be leaving that town for the final and last time in the next few weeks with all my stuff, and … Read more

Big brands go mobile – even if they don’t know why

smart phone

The list of brands out there with an app has a lot of girth to it, and is growing faster than a snotty little girl who just ate the 3 course dinner piece of gum. Unfortunately, not all of them are doing something unique, usable, or even all that interesting, and ends up being another … Read more

Film is fun again with the Sprocket Rocket

Several months ago I received an email from Lomo going on about this mysterious new camera they were coming out with soon, and being the consummate consumer and photo geek that I am, I decided to take the bait. After a few days of waiting, the official announcement was made about the Lomo Sprocket Rocket … Read more

13 states, 1 guy, an iPod and 5 minutes and 48 seconds of video

So I had this crazy idea a while ago that when I made my journey to the left side of the country that I wanted to make a time-lapse video of my trip. The first thing was to find a camera. Now, mind you, I already have three digital cameras, and the two point and … Read more

3 months of .NET, PHP and a new job in Portland.

Has it really been 3 months? Yeah, I guess it has; almost. It’s been crazy, really crazy. I have been busier at work than I have in almost 2 years, which in this case was long overdue and much needed. I’ve been spending my days converting a custom .NET site to run on the WordPress … Read more

What has your helmet done for you lately?

How often do you reflect upon things you have done in your past and wonder why you did them? How many times within those musings do you come up with a solid reason? Almost never? Cool, join the club. I’ve had a two-wheeled love affair with bikes since the day my Dad sent me down … Read more

Rally to Restore Sanity

Old Glory at the Rally

I’ve never been one to join causes, or attend rallies of any nature, but this one stood out to me for a number of reasons. Being so close to D.C., and having extended family there, the reasons to go outweighed the reasons to not. I like Jon Stewart, besides being extremely funny, his intelligent, his … Read more

The art within the craft

What makes something art? Anyone who has ever been around artists, or is an artist has had this discussion at least once. What is the difference been an artist and a craftsman? This conversation has a tendency to become very pedantic, and often times makes the one arguing for art come across as a pompous, self-important … Read more

Apple’s Magic Trackpad: Not Magic, just good

I’ve been living with this thing on my desk for a couple of weeks now, and I think I like it. I bought the Apple Magic Trackpad because I like how the interaction on all my ‘i’ devices works. I love my iPad and use it all the time at home and at work, so … Read more

Merge multiple columns into a new column in Excel

I was asked today to help out a colleague with merging 3 columns in an Excel spreadsheet into a single column for better formatting into a mailing address. Seems simple enough, right? So I thought. So I headed downstairs engulfed fully in the assumption that this would take just a couple of minutes, and that … Read more

Return from the 3rd level of malware hell

There are days, that the interwebs suck dynamically placed, interactive Donkey Balls. Yesterday, was one of those days. Come to find out at some point on Friday, Flogging English was, for lack of a better word, hacked. Two JavaScript files had some malicious code embedded in them that tried to do something well…. malicious. What? … Read more

Using the iPad for business

Since the iPad was announced, and subsequently launched, there has been a lot of talk about the viability of the platform, the fact that it doesn’t support Flash, and that it will likely take a huge chunk of business away from the mobile gaming companies. While all true, like any mobile device, businesses should be … Read more

Apple could learn a thing or two from Microsoft

Apple takes a lot of heat from it’s developers for its processes and rules regarding iPhone application development mainly because of poor decisions, lack of communication and the simple fact that they don’t embrace their developers. This is further emphasized in section 3.3.1 the new version of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement which developers … Read more

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