Capesize / capsize

I just read the Financial Times article Rates for shipping charters rebound and came across the term "capesize" for very large container ships.

That is close enough to "capsize" to be broken, especially since the term comes from the need for such ships to pass Cape Horn because they cannot pass the Suez Canal (although for low draft vessels it is possible now). The WikiPedia article says of Cape Horn "... the waters around the cape are particularly hazardous, owing to strong winds, large waves, strong currents and icebergs; these dangers have made it notorious as a sailors' graveyard."


Smart Beep "Blind Date" Commercial

I came across this a while back and I'm a little ashamed to admit it still makes me laugh.

I hope you enjoy it too...


Dickinson Family Favorite Sloppy Joe Recipe

Yum! This is one of my all-time favorites.

  • 2 lb. hamburger
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion, chopped (or dried minced onions to taste, say 2-4 Tbsp.)
  • 12 oz catsup
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar

In skillet, cook hamburger with 1 cup water and seasonings until meat starts to turn color. Drain grease. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour, or longer. A croc pot works great for the final phase.

— Alice Crandall


Blog moved to Blogger.com!

The move to wordpress.com didn't quite get me what I wanted. So, I've moved everything to blogger.com now. I just finished moving all the Gregor's Word of the Week entries over by hand (ouch).


“Parking Lot Protocol”

There are rules for keeping safe in a parking lot, especially when one is a small child. So, when I taught my children to stay together, stay near an adult, hold hands, not run, watch for cars, not walk to close to cars, and so on, I called it the “Parking Lot Protocol”. Now all I have to do when we are about to enter the parking lot and I want to get them focussed on safety I just call out “Parking Lot Protocol” and everybody knows what to do.

Debugging Backwards in Time


The “I Love You Light”

I like having the porch light left on for me when I'm coming home late from work or a trip out of town, or even just some time out with the guys. Its more convenient, but even more: I feel loved because someone was thinking I would need it when I got home. So, I've taken to calling it the “I Love You Light” and the family has picked up on it.


The “Music Truck”

When my kids were very little, I always referred to the Ice Cream Truck as the ”Music Truck“ so they would not associate it with ice cream. It worked for only a short time, but now we still call it that.


Blog moved to WordPress.com

I got tired of having to do the upgrades to new patch releases on my web hosting provider (or, more often, having this on my TODO list for way too long), so I exported and re-imported my articles and comments and moved to Finite at WordPress.com.

I had to retrieve and re-import all my graphics files (yuck!), but at least there were only a few.

I also had to re-create my blogroll.

Along the way, I disabled Google AdSense.


The Four ‘F’s of Biology are…

… Feeding, Fighting, Fleeing and… Reproduction.


Jean-Marc Fellous and Michael A. Arbib (2005). Who Needs Emotions? The Brain Meets the Robot. See page 355: “Karl Pribram (1960) has quipped that the limbic system is responsible for the ‘four Fs:’ Feeding, Fighting, Fleeing, and Reproduction”.

Pribram, Karl H. (1960). A review of theory in physiological psychology. Annual Review of Psychology, 11, 1-40. See pages 11 and 13.