Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Invisible On Switch Cadillac CUE Infotainment System

Cadillac CUE Infotainment System - 

World's Worst On Switch

The goofy thing about the Caddilac CUE radio is that the ON button has NO LABEL until it is turned on. So there is no way to turn it on other than hitting every random styled button or reading the manual.

You see that 1/0 button to the left of the volume at the lower left? It's only lit when the radio is turned on.

Now assuming it's turned on, can you figure out where the heater temperature and fan controls are? Normallly, you're looking for a dial, or maybe an up down arrow. The controls are there, but styled so they don't look like control butttons.  The heater temp arrows are at the left and right "smile" corners, the fan speed are on either side of the off button, which is in the middle of the smile.

Live Demo

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Make Christmas Mailing Labels With Microsoft Outlook and Word

Make Christmas Mailing Labels With Microsoft Outlook and Word

Mailing Labels

Start mail merge
What type of document? Labels
Use the current document
30 per page avery 5160
Select Recipients
From Outlook
Holiday 2010
Address Block
[] no company name
Update Labels
Finish & Merge
Print Documents
From 1 to 60

Friday, December 6, 2013

How chopsticks were invented

see http://gizmodo.com/how-chopsticks-were-invented-1476244067

the chopstick killed the knife

, people began cutting their food into tiny pieces so it would cook faster.
The bite sized morsels rendered table knives obsolete, as there was very little left to cut. However, they were now perfect for eating with chopsticks, which were also made from cheap materials and easily made. Thus, a trend was born.
The table knife's decline in popularity in these regions at this time can also be attributed to the teachings of Confucius, who was a vegetarian. He believed that knives weren't appropriate to eat with. As Confucius supposedly said,
The honourable and upright man keeps well away from both the slaughterhouse and the kitchen. And he allows no knives on his table.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Minneapolis St Paul Twin Cities Driving Tour MNLIFE

Minneapolis St Paul Twin Cities Driving Tour MNLIFE

Relatives are in  town and want to know what they can see in Minneapolis and St Paul.

So here is one tour from Rochester, MN

St Paul Minnesota State Capitol Building

by A. Hu

 75 Constitution Ave St. Paul, MN
Yeah, another state capitol with a dome ....
just down the road is the 

St Paul Cathedral

Cathedral of Saint Paul 239 Selby Avenue Saint PaulMN 55102.
from http://twashere.com/st-paul/
Which is a really, really big catholic cathedral, dominated by a dome that covers almost the entire main building.

Science Museum of Minnesota 

 120 W. Kellogg Boulevard
A big science museum that overlooks the river from the back, just at the edge of downtown

Science Museum of Minnesota

Peanuts Statues

75 W. 5th St. St Paul

from http://www.magazineusa.com/us/cityguide/show.aspx?state=mn&unit=stpaul&doc=16&dsc=Peanuts_Sculptures

Peanuts Sculptures

A permanent tribute to Charles M. Schulz is located in Landmark Plaza Park, where his famous characters are immortalized with permanent bronze statues of Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Sally and Linus, Lucy and Schroeder and Peppermint Patty and Marcie.

Schmidt Brewing Company, 882 7th Street West, Saint Paul, Minnesota

You can take the freeway out of town to get to Minneapolis, but if you take the local roads, you'll drive by  this impressive fossil of a beer factory which they're still trying to figure out what they are going to do with it. There is a giant beer bottle on the street corner.


Originally Christopher Stahlmann's Cave Brewery, this was the home of the Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company until 1990 when it closed in a leveraged buyout. It reopened in 1991 under new ownership as the Minnesota Brewing Company. The brewery experienced a brief period of success, adding the Gopher State Ethanol plant in 2000 to produce ethanol for the fuel industry. Odor and noise related to the conversion of thousands of tons of corn into ethanol was causing a backlash in the West End neighborhood around the St. Paul plant. In 2002, the brewery operations were closed, and the Grain Belt recipe and labels were sold to the Schell Brewery in New Ulm. The ethanol plant remained open for another 2 years before shutting down in 2004. However, despite changes in ownership and cease in operation, the Schmidt Brewery, remembered well by it's red blinking sign and famous slogan The Brew that Grew with the Great Northwest, remains an icon within St. Paul's West End neighborhood.

by A.Hu

Giant Beer Bottle

Mill Ruins Park 

130 Portland Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

This is the big waterfall on the Mississipi river which was the site of a big mill center where water wheels directly drove mill machinery before electrical generators.  Now you just get a great view of the river and the stone bridge.



Gold Medal Flour A. Hu

Stone Bridge, Falls on Missisippi

Spoon Bridge and Cherry

credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/timwilson/1361651/lightbox/

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The park Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is an 11 acre (45,000 m²) park in MinneapolisMinnesota, in the United States.[1] It is located near theWalker Art Center, which operates it in coordination with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. It is one of the largest urban sculpture gardensin the country, with 40 permanent art installations and several other temporary pieces that are moved in and out periodically.[2][3]

The park is also in proximity to Loring Park and the Basilica of Saint Mary. It was once connected to Loring Park, but the construction of Interstate 94in the 1960s split the area into two parts.[4][5]

One of the Sculpture Garden paths with Spoonbridge and Cherry in the background

The centerpiece of the garden is the Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985–1988) water sculpture designed by husband and wife Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.[9] The grounds also include the Cowles Conservatory, which has more flora and sculpture inside, such as Frank Gehry's Standing Glass Fish. Apedestrian bridge, the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge (1987), designed by Siah Armajani now crosses I-94, once again connecting the sculpture garden to Loring Park.[10]

Walker Art Center

Basilica of Saint Mary (Minneapolis)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Basilica of Saint Mary is a Roman Catholic minor basilica located on its own city block alongHennepin Avenue between th & 17th Streets in downtown MinneapolisMinnesota. It was the first basilica established in the United States. The Basilica of Saint Mary is the co-cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis[2] and is one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the country.[cita

Target Field

550 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403

This is at the northern edge of the city, a very new baseball stadium, no covered roof feature.

Exterior of Target Field, including a view of the commuter platform at Target Field station.

Mary Tyler Moore Statue 

. 8th St S & Nicollet Mall Downtown

This is probably the coolest thing on Nicolette Mall and the downtown in terms of kitsch.

Do you happen to live in one of the cities where an iconic TV character is memorialized in a landmark? Are you wondering what the heck we’re talking about here?
TV Land, that fabulous television network that plays reruns of some our greatest American classic sitcoms and other TV classics has been placing statues throughout the United States honoring our favorite fictitious characters. Take a look at some great photographs we found:
The Mary Tyler Moore Statue

Photo by meetminneapolis

Photo by mhartford

IDS Center Crystal Court

80 South 8th St # 650  Minneapolis, MN 55402

Most of the downtown buildings are interconnected with skyways. The most impressive atrium is the Crystal Court which has a massive flag hanging from it, and connects to a few other fun places

Wells Fargo Museum and Real Stage Coach

Wells Fargo was bought out by a bank nobody heard of in Minneapolis, which decided to promote the whole stage coach thing.

Downtown Minneapolis

or sixth and marquette 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

On the Skyway level of the Cesar Pelli designed tower, Wells Fargo presents its Midwestern heritage, a Concord Coach, mining and milling along the Mississippi, the vintage Town Bank, and Northwestern National Bank's Weatherball.
There is a full-sized actual stagecoach on the first floor bank branch, not just a  picture on a wall. Sign says it seats 9 inside, and 9 people clinging to the luggage on top. Lock box is under driver seat which is why other guy on top rides "shotgun", and the big yellow lever is the parking brake, which still works that way on most cars with a center brake lever. 

US Bank Center and City Hall

200 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN

Everybody drives by the City Hall, but few people see it from inside the US Bank center:

City Hall from US Bank Center by A. Hu

Metrodome Mall of America Field

 900 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Day 158: Mall of America Field


With everyone getting new stadiums, the Vikings got the next best thing: their old stadium renamed.
Mall of America Field, the stadium formerly known as The Metrodome, now has the field to themselves and no longer has to share with the Minnesota Twins. Of course, Mall of America Field, along with the name change, is also getting some much-needed renovations to keep up with the times and the demand. The Minnesota Momentum initiative is a grass-roots effort to revamp the Vikings program in an effort to keep it strong and keep in in Minnesota. Get the skinny on that program at their website.

Minneapolis St Paul Twin Cities Driving Tour MNLIFE Arthur Fiddler 1400 views 11/2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

First Chinese-American woman to fly for military died in fiery crash


CBS NEWS/ October 28, 2013, 8:20 PM

First Chinese-American woman to fly for military died in fiery crash

Hazel Ying Lee reviews her performance after a session in a Link trainer
Hazel Ying Lee reviews her performance after a session in a Link trainer / U.S. AIR FORCE
Readers at CBSNews.com were asked to nominate their heroes for Veterans Day. If you know a hero, whether for conduct during a war or after, submit the details here

Hazel Ying Lee received her pilot's license the very year she took her first flight. She was that passionate about flying.
A little more than a decade later, she died doing what she loved. The first Chinese-American woman to fly for the military, she was killed as she ferried a fighter plane from New York to Montana during World War II.
(continued at link)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Bach Double Violin Concerto MIT Symphony May 1981

Bach, Concerto in d minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043

MIT Symphony Orchestra (MITSO)

Neal Stulberg, guest conductor

Arthur Hu and David McCall, violins

Recorded live at Kresge Auditorium, May 9, 1981

CD available at the Lewis Music Library

Jump to: I. Vivace

Jump to: II. Largo ma non tanto

Jump to: III. Allegro


Bach, Concerto in d minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043

Brahms, Academic Festival Overture MIT 1987

Brahms, Academic Festival Overture MIT Symphony Orchestra (MITSO) David Epstein, conductor Recorded live at Kresge Auditorium, December 5, 1987 CD available at the Lewis Music Library

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Loud Boiling Test Tubes Hymn

Earth and All Stars 
By Herbert F. Brokering
Classrooms and labs, 
Loud boiling test tubes 
Sing to the Lord a new song! 
Athletes and band, 
Loud cheering people 
Sing to the Lord a new song! 

Yes, we should be able to find God in all creation, but "loud boiling test tubes" is just dopey.

  1. Sacred Songs Gone Wrong? You Decide - Beliefnet.com


    The good, the bad, and the cloying. ... Forward into battle see His banners go! Problem: Though subsequent verses ... Loud boiling test tubes. Sing to the Lord a ...

  2. Lionel Deimel's Web Log: New Verses for a Bad Hymn


    Apr 20, 2010 - Classrooms and labs, loud boiling testtubes [sic], ... Weeping, be gone; sorrow, be silent; ... Since our church is on a major university campus, the "athlete and band, loud boiling test tubes" line is perfect for our surroundings ...

  3. Faith and Theology: The stupidest hymn ever written


    Mar 13, 2009 - Classrooms and labs, loud boiling test tubes... The defence that "there have always been bad hymns" seems to me rather beside the point.

    The stupidest hymn ever written

    In the previous post, I mentioned that hymn-writing has not declined: hymns have always been mainly bad; the selection of a very small number of highlights for our modern hymnbooks simply creates the misleading impression that earlier generations were better, more profound songwriters.

    If you need any proof, Steve Holmes posts these amazing verses from the 18th century – this hymn probably deserves the title of the stupidest thing ever written (seriously, you could never find a contemporary hymn even remotely as stupid as this). It’s a stirring anti-Muslim tirade, written for the worship and edification of the saints:

    The smoke of the infernal cave,
    Which half the Christian world o’erspread,
    Disperse, Thou heavenly Light, and save
    The souls by that Impostor led,
    That Arab-chief, as Satan bold,
    Who quite destroy’d Thy Asian fold.

    O might the blood of sprinkling cry
    For those who spurn the sprinkled blood!
    Assert Thy glorious Deity,
    Stretch out Thine arm, Thou Triune God
    The Unitarian fiend expel,
    And chase his doctrine back to hell.

    Try singing it to the tune of “When I Survey Thy Wondrous Cross.” It’s very moving: I always get goosebumps when I sing the line about the “Unitarian fiend.” So who do you think wrote this liturgical gem? Why, it was Charles Wesley himself – the greatest hymn-writer who ever lived! As Steve observes, Charles Wesley published about 6,000 hymns – today, we still sing perhaps 20 of them. What happened to the other 5980? They were sung for a while (like our own contemporary ditties), then mercifully forgotten.

    Steve also posts this little beauty, penned by a Baptist hymn-writer in 1696 – come on, lift your hands to the Lord and sing it with me now (to the tune of “Crown Him with Many Crowns”):

    All mixtures, Lord, in Doctrine
    And Practice thou dost hate;
    Ourselves therefore with wicked men
    Let’s not associate!

    And John Stackhouse wants to complain about Chris Tomlin? Seriously? To accuse Tomlin of writing lyrics “considerably stupider than [those of] our much less educated Christian forebears”? Crikey, the man might as well be Shakespeare compared to these creative efforts of our esteemed “forebears”.

    The moral of the story? That (for reasons difficult to fathom) the church of Jesus Christ can survive and preserve its witness even in spite of all the hymns and hymn-writers and hymnals – perhaps even in spite of all the worship CDs and worship leaders and worship committees. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
oel hunter • 5 years ago − Lutherans shall not be outdone here! Two verses from Earth and All Stars: Engines and steel, loud pounding hammers, sing to the Lord a new song! Limestone and beams, loud building workers, sing to the Lord a new song! Refrain Classrooms and labs, loud boiling test tubes, sing to the Lord a new song! Athlete and band, loud cheering people, sing to the Lord a new song! Yes, that's "loud boiling test tubes." Sing that one, sucka.

Personally, my money is on "God of Earth and Outer Space" as one of the worst hymns ever.

Here's a sample verse:

God of earth and outer space,
God of love and God of grace,
Bless the astronauts who fly,
As they soar beyond the sky.
Fling the spacecraft through the air,
Let man know your presence there.

Another favourite line:

As man walks in outerspace,
Teach him how to walk in grace.