If you’ve been around my blog or Facebook page you know my family and I are big fans of racing. Especially Nascar racing.
Nascar fans are a unique group of people. We’re not at all like the stereotypes the media in all it’s forms tries to paint us as. Our range of fans spans way beyond the boundaries of North America as a whole. It touches every part of the world and if some of these critics would go to a race and meet the people, they would learn that.
We’re not all uneducated southern rednecks either. You’ll find people from all walks of life at a race rooting for their favorite driver. Doctors, professors, lawyers, computer professionals, construction engineers and everything in between.
We’re a family; sometimes a dysfunctional family, but still a family. We may not like the same drivers, we may diss on your favorite driver. But at the end of a race, you won’t find any of us beating up or shooting another fan because they happen to like the driver who crashed our guy out of the race. We come together like no other sport does when tragedy strikes in our midst. It’s a phenomenon that has been discussed and written about by sports reporters for decades. Continue reading →
If you’re Scottish, don’t get too excited at the title. It’s an elementary school thing. Their mascot is a grizzly bear. There is no bloodshed in the Grizzly Games. Well almost none, turns out the top of a two liter soda bottle is pretty hard if it hits you in the eye after being nailed by a 2nd grader with a Frisbee.
I volunteered for this today. Which, in this case, meant that I was working the Frisbee toss. Kids lined up to chuck foam Frisbees at a two liter soda bottle standing on top of a long PVC pole. And thanks to the weather for the last few days, instead of only one grade, all of them came out. All nine hundred kids, all day long.
Speaking of weather, it definitely cooperated. It’s been cold here since the end of February. But not today. No, today it’s pushing 90. My bald spot took so much radiation today, that I may have superpowers now. I know that, like the rest of my old body, it super hurts.
And speaking of pain. My brain had an interesting internal conversation with some muscle groups in my shoulders. It went like this: Continue reading →
Well no, actually there isn’t. There’s an app for everything under the sun, but you won’t find an app that helps you manage your Sprint cell phone account. Why?!
Actually, there’s an easy answer for that, because they don’t have one and they don’t really need one. I was surprised how many people ask this question, but how few simple answers there seem to be about the topic. So here’s the answer and how to access your Sprint account, see your usage, pay your bill on your phone and more.
If you have a smart phone, you have access to Sprint.com. Consequently you’ll have access to your account through the mobile version of their website.
If you don’t already have access to your account through the Sprint website, set one up the next time you’re in front of a computer. It’s simply easier to do it online, than on your phone.
Once you’ve set up your account, access the browser on your phone and type in sprint.com. Your phone’s browser will automatically take you to the mobile version of the website. Log In and you’ll be able to access your account, see your bill, pay your bill, view your usage, even shop and buy accessories. It’s that easy. Continue reading →
Recently we had an opportunity to watch the Antares Rocket launch from Wallops Island in Virginia. We needed to know the exact direction from our viewing position and Evil forgot his nautical compass. Well there’s an app for that! There are a lot of apps for that. Be careful though, some only display information in their home creators language. I found many for Chinese and Japanese that don’t have options to translate to English. Not all compass apps are accurate, so read the reviews others have left. I downloaded three apps and checked them out. Here’s what I found.
CompassbyCatch.com- ☆☆☆☆☆ Works great on my Galaxy Nexus. We put this app up against my husbands nautical compass when we got home and it’s matched up in accuracy perfectly. It’s great whether you’re standing still in your backyard for star gazing, or on the move in the car driving down the road. I really like it. The free version has several themes that can be used, and there are more you can purchase. Frankly I’m a big fan of the wood/antique look one which is part of the free version. – The only thing I’d like to see added is for the latitude and longitude to be displayed under the address that’s displayed at the top of the screen. That’s very helpful when you’re star gazing.
Smart CompassbySmart Tools Co. – ☆☆☆ If you have Samsung Nexus anything, don’t bother. In its current state as of 04/2013 its erratic and not as accurate as Compass. It has some nice features, but it also has some that are rather annoying. Although you may turn the phone into portrait or landscape mode, the heading is fixed. I don’t want to read sideways. For me, it was kind of useless.
Tiny CompassbyNikolay Ananiev- ☆☆☆☆ No frills! Accurate within 10 feet. It lacks information that is provided by Compass by Catch. But if you’re looking for nothing but a compass where you can derive other information on your own, this would be the app for you. I like a little frill, so I wasn’t impressed with this one. But for what it is, it’s good.
Update: Screen Saver Apps
Photo Slides(Photo Frame) bySoftick Ltd.- ☆☆☆☆☆☆ – Yes, that’s 6 stars..I like it that much! In a recent update Softick has provided an option to display the status bar of your phone while the screen saver is running. I really like this, because some of my alerts for news or weather don’t take over the phone, they display as an icon in the status bar. So I really like this update…especially since it’s one I suggested!
A Nascar race on dirt has not been seen for 40 years. The last time Nascar saw a dirt track was September 30, 1970 in Raleigh, N.C. Richard Petty won the Home State 200 at the one-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway. But that’s about to change on July 24, 2013!
Nascar announced on April 09, 2013 the format for this historic race. Unlike asphalt or concrete, dirt tracks have long held a different format to racing events. And that will be the case with this inaugural event. Anyone familiar with dirt track racing will recognize the heat sessions to qualify for the main event at the end of the evening. And that’s basically what’s happening at Eldora. Continue reading →
I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, ever since the 80′s. I watched every episode that Tom Baker did, I must say I miss K-9. The other night while watching the latest one on BBC America (shut up you Brits out there, no spoilers!), his new companion was asked, “Where do you want to go?”
The Queen paused the TV and put that question to me. Her answer was to go see Saturn’s rings up close. And the Prince had the same idea and to go to Titan. It would be pretty interesting to see a hydrocarbon lake.
Here is my idea. I would like to go to Earth, a thousand or two years in the future. I would like to find out what information that all of us collectively know now that is so wrong that in a thousand years it will be laughable. Consider this: it was a simple fact two thousand years ago that the sky was a bowl shaped cover over the world and that the sun was a hole in it through which the heavens shined down. A thousand years ago the Earth was flat and it was well known that anyone going to the edge could fall off.
To everyone of the time, these were simply facts, known to be true and without doubt. I am positive that there are things that we commonly know now that in another thousand years will be just like those other facts: so wrong that even school children will be awed that anyone would have even thought it.
The little head says that number two on the Tardis itinerary would be a trip to meet Caligula, cause he knew how to party.
Kepler 47 from Space.com
What I said was:
It may sound trivial, but I want to see the rings of Saturn up close. Then I want to visit a planet that has 2 suns and watch the sun rise.
If you like train pictures, we’ve got a new place here on Evil Wordsmith for you. We’ve been visiting our local historic train depot for nearly 10 years now. It’s a great place to sit at the picnic tables, have some pop corn chicken and family time.
Over the years we’ve taken our share of pictures of the CSX Freight trains and the Amtrak Passenger trains that run through this little historic town of Ashland Virginia. We’ve met some really nice folk who live in the area and like to watch trains as much as we do. And we’ve met some travelers who have come here to sit by the tracks and take their own pictures and video.
A few weeks ago we met a guy from New Hampshire who was running down i95 to South Carolina. His name was Joe and he told us he specifically makes a stop for the night here in Ashland so he can watch the trains roll by and take some pictures. During out little visit he said we should put our pictures up on Evil’s blog because there are a lot of folk out there who simply love train pictures. So we picked our favorites so far and posted them here in our new section Trains!
We hope Joe finds his way to our site one day. And sees our tribute to the CSX east coast line in Virginia. Thanks Joe for the suggestion.
We love trains, but we’re certainly not die-hard enthusiasts. We meet all kinds of train fans on our little excursions. Some folks are retired employees of CSX or other train companies. Folks who know a lot more about trains than we do. We’ve learned a lot from these folks too. Did you know that rail transportation has been around since the 1st century?
We met some interesting guys on our recent trip to Ashland to watch the trains. They too were taking pictures.