Power Voltage in the US and UK

Electrical outlets in the US and the UK look very different. Those in the UK are much bigger. They seem HUGE to me. They always have 3 prongs and the prongs are much larger. Actually there is another kind of plug in the UK that has two prongs and is always marked “Shaver Only” and…

The Same And Different: Toastmasters Clubs Edinburgh

Like all Toastmasters both the clubs we visited were welcoming and friendly. The Mrs and I love Toastmasters and are already missing our home club. One of the goals we had for our trip was to visit Toastmasters clubs. We accomplished that twice while in Edinburgh. There are 3 public Toastmasters groups that meet in…

After Two Weeks In Scotland

It’s an Adventure. That’s the way I describe our trip to the UK all the time to those who ask why we’re here and to myself. My goal for the trip was to learn what it’s like to live in the UK. It isn’t really a vacation in the sense of seeing the sites, though…

The Year of the UK and Making

Looking back at 2013 I was trying to come up with an ending to the line “2013 was the year of…” While thinking about it I wondered “What will 2014 be the year of? Maybe I should pick a theme.” I’m declaring 2014 The Year of Making and the UK. The UK. Declaring it the…

Cool Easy Under Cabinet Lighting

The other day I was making Bender’s Finger Food for a halloween party we were going to and noticed it was kind of dark on the counter in the kitchen. Our kitchen has quite a bit of light. A big overhead florescent light and 4 in ceiling lights. This works fine most of the time,…

Why I Leased An Office

So I could look down at Abilene. 🙂 For the past year I’ve been doing software consulting from my home office. This has a lot of advantages, but recently I decided I needed to get an office outside of my house. Now that I’m sitting in my new office I thought I’d write a blog…

Ron’s Rules of Gift Giving

I have some pretty strong thoughts on gift giving and I thought I’d written a blog post on it, but I haven’t. (As a funny aside I said the same thing in January of 2011). So here’s my long overdue thoughts on giving gifts. Gifts Need to Have Meaning The best gifts have meaning for…

I’ll Have My Assistant Do That

It sounds pretention every time I say it. It also sounds really cool. I have an assistant. Her name is Kate. She does stuff for me. Things like… – Makes phone calls I don’t want to make. – Research stuff I’m interested in but too lazy or busy to research myself. – Find and book…