Archive for May, 2007


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Life Stuff

You Are An ENTP

The Visionary,
You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression.You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything.Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off.

You’re very clever, but not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.

You would make a great entrpreneur, marketing executive, or actor.

What’s Your Personality Type?


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Solar Power


Well, they’re are almost here. The shipment arrived at its first location. My 8 Kyocera KC-130 solar panels are sitting pretty with another 30 that belong to someone else. Soon. I keep telling myself they will be here soon. My dent in the power crisis has begun.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Humor, Just plain weird


A manager of a fast food restaurant ended up in the hospital with gunshot wounds after a dispute over some chili sauce. Investigators said a man asked for 10 packs of chili sauce at the Wendy’s drive-thru in Miami Gardens. The worker told the man that he was only allowed to give out three packets of sauce. The employee eventually gave in, but the enraged man still wanted to speak to a manager.But talking was the last thing the man ended up doing.”When I get to the door, I didn’t have a chance to talk to him. The next thing I know he was shooting at me,” said Renel Frage, the victim.Frage was hit in the arm. He is expected to fully recover. The shooter fled with a female passenger and his sauce.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Just plain weird

A man trying to pay a fee using $2 bills was arrested, handcuffed and taken to jail after clerks at a Best Buy store questioned the currency’s legitimacy and called police. According to an account in the Baltimore Sun, 57-year-old Mike Bolesta was shocked to find himself taken to the Baltimore County lockup in Cockeysville, Md., where he was handcuffed to a pole for three hours while the U.S. Secret Service was called to weigh in on the case.

Bolesta explained what happened when he presented the bills to the cashier at Best Buy Feb. 20.

“She looked at the $2 bills and told me, ‘I don’t have to take these if I don’t want to.’ I said, ‘If you don’t, I’m leaving. I’ve tried to pay my bill twice. You don’t want these bills, you can sue me.’ So she took the money – like she’s doing me a favor.”

Bolesta says the cashier marked each bill with a pen. Other store employees began to gather, a few of them asking, “Are these real?”

“Of course they are,” Bolesta said. “They’re legal tender.”

According to the Sun report, the police arrest report noted one employee noticed some smearing of ink on the bills. That’s when the cops were called. One officer reportedly noticed the bills ran in sequential order.

Said Bolesta: “I told them, ‘I’m a tour operator. I’ve got thousands of these bills. I get them from my bank. You got a problem, call the bank.’ I’m sitting there in a chair. The store’s full of people watching this. All of a sudden, he’s standing me up and handcuffing me behind my back, telling me, ‘We have to do this until we get it straightened out.’

“Meanwhile, everybody’s looking at me. I’ve lived here 18 years. I’m hoping my kids don’t walk in and see this. And I’m saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this. I’m paying with legal American money.'”

Bolesta was taken to the lockup, where he sat handcuffed to a pole and in leg irons while the Secret Service was called.

“At this point,” he says, “I’m a mass murderer.”

Secret Service agent Leigh Turner eventually arrived and declared the bills legitimate, adding, according to the police report, “Sometimes ink on money can smear.”


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Humor, Tech


Linux fans didn’t exactly get the publicity they were hoping for at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, when the so-called “Linux car” they had sponsored proved to be the first in the race to crash, ultimately causing it to finish dead last. The car was the result of the Tux 500 campaign, which raised enough money to put the familiar Tux mascot front and center on Chastain Motorsports’ #77 car in the hope that it’d raise the profile of the OS. Faring considerably better in the publicity department was Joost, which sponsored the car that wound up finishing a respectable seventh. Maybe next time the Linux folks should work on making the whole car open source.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Life Stuff

As mentioned Here

There are too many imponderables to tell whether this theoretical argument is what really counts in practice. So, Katkar and Reiley put the theory to the test by simply selling 50 matched pairs of collectible Pokemon cards, half with an open reserve price and half with a secret reserve price of the same level. Their conclusion, contrary to the theoretic argument, is that secret reserve prices are counterproductive. Far from stimulating interest, they seem to put bidders off, perhaps out of fear that a secret reserve is secret because it is far too high. Not wishing to waste their time, many of them just click “back” on their browsers and find somewhere else to bid.

Interesting to see. I’ve always hated unlisted reserve auctions anyway, guess I was not alone.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Solar Power, Tech


I just ordered 8 of these for my solar power project here at the house. More info on that project can be found here

Kyocera KC130 Specifications
General characteristics:
  The Kyocera KC-130 is a multi crystal solar electric panel with 36 cells. It is
laminated with glass in an aluminum frame. 4″ x 4″ junction box with conduit knockouts and terminal strips on back. Suitable for
all applications in all climates.
Electrical Characteristics:
  Power Rating (Watts) 130
  Current at rated power (amps) 7.39
  Voltage at rated power (volts) 17.6
  Short circuit current (amps) 8.02
  Open circuit voltage (volts) 21.9
Physical Characteristics:
  Length 56.1″ 1425 mm
  Width 25.7″ 652 mm
  Depth (including junction box) GT: 1.4″, TM:2″  
  Weight 26.2 pounds 11.9 kg
  Warranty 20 Years


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Life Stuff

Much to the chagrin on the US Mint, 40,000 US Quarters were modified by the Franklin Mint with a Silver Surfer image on one side. 800 per state entering circulation this weekend. They should end up being rare. They are already up to at least 60$ each as of Sat night –  Ebay link

Silver Surfer Quarter


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Humor

Yes, I have a MacBook Pro now, but still, I fear the cult-of-mac.  I saw this and its just how I feel.

Need I say more


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Rants

So, just when you thought the corp world couldnt possibly hurt me any more, CBS goes and cancells Jericho. Perhaps my most favorite show. The Nielsen rating cant be wrong, or could they? No idea what the show Jericho is? You watch to much American Idol, and you’ve done real tv a great injustice.

Thanks to the power of the internet,CBS hears our voiceand thousands of people ship them literally TONS of nuts in protest. Nuts Online! Is one of the gathering points. Its a terrible fight, as the networks are just plain stupid when it comes to listeing to their customers. But we can hope.