Review – Sallisaw KOA

Sallisaw KOA in Sallisaw OK.  It’s a KOA.  For some of you that’ll mean older ill-kept park.  For some that’ll mean sites that are too close together or unsuitable for larger RVs.  For some it’ll mean a park that’s ok but you wouldn’t want to spend much time there.

For us it meant a site that was just large enough that spending time outside by the RV was pleasurable and grounds that were well cared for and good for us and the dog.

This was also the first time we had camp wifi that was marginally usable.  Previous locations either didn’t have wifi at all (state parks) or was so bandwidth limited that there was no point in attempting to use them at all.

While the park has gravel sites and roadways, there’s a wonderful set of trails winding around behind the camp, a nice large enclosed dog area where you can let your four legged friend run about off leash as well as a catch and release pond if you’d like to get in a bit of fishing.

If you don’t have an RV, their tiny houses will probably suit you.

The people working in the office were friendly and efficient and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again someday.

More pictures over here.

Review – Creekside RV Park

If you drive through Creekside RV Park, in Broken Bow, OK, wondering if you want to stay, you may initially be put off by the endless gravel punctuated by large boulders that divide the sites. We were.  But we wanted something better than Tiny Town for the couple of nights we needed a place to park, before leaving town.  We stayed in June 2018.

Give the campsite a shot if you need a place to stay for a few nights.

The sites are positively huge and once you’re parked, it’ll become easier to get familiar with the site layout.

Trees.  There are huge trees that provide plenty of shade for those stuck in their RV during the day.  After all, you have to get things done sometime.

One downside for us, our dog more precisely, is that the entire camp is one big gravel lot.  If you’ve got a small dog, you may find that after a few days of walking on that he will be less interested in going for walks.  Imagine if you had to walk barefoot and the gravel was a few inches across.  You’d want shoes.  While they mention a path along the creek, it was washed out some time ago and hasn’t been rebuilt.

There is a creek nearby but since there hadn’t been any rain in a while, it was mostly dry.  Still, it’s good for a morning walk with the dog.  Just be aware that if you go for a long walk in the heat, your dog may lose his mind and decide to walk into the creek.  Our boy has never done this before.  He got a bath for his trouble.

The bathrooms were clean and well tended and the owners friendly and responsive.

One kinda big downside is that because the camp is built parallel to the highway, there’s not site that you can pick to really get away from road noise.  If you’re staying when it’s particularly warm or cold your AC or heater will likely mask most of it.  If you were hoping to keep your windows open at night, you’ll need to be a heavy sleeper.

On the other hand, did I mention trees?  They don’t completely mask the noise but they do help some.

One benefit of the gravel is that if/when it rains hard, the lot drains very quickly.

Give them a shot.

Printer Malefunction

We’re looking for a new printer.  One of the ones we’re considering is the Epson Artisan 837.

One of the reviews that Susan ran across talked about a printer ‘malefunction’ that happened.

… we started getting splotches near/overlapping the edge of our document as if someone had spilled the light magenta ink on the document.

… it also leaked down into the printer …

Maybe the printer needs a girlfriend.

Why I don’t pay attention to reviews

There are several movies that people around the office are looking forward to this summer.

One of them is Iron Man.

Yeah, not so much. It could be good. It’s also just as likely that the best parts of the movie are in the trailer.

Time will tell and I’ll wait to hear from people I know personally.

Here we have one reviewer that all but says the movie sucks.

And here we have another one that just gushes gooey goodness about it.

Yeah, I’ll wait.

Using OneNote to make holograms

OneNote has been written about ad-infinitum as a tool for note taking in meetings and classes, as a general information repository and as a collaboration tool but I’d like to introduce you to another use that I’m putting OneNote to.

Making holograms.

Or more specifically, documenting both the process I go through when creating a hologram and the results from that process in the form of notes and pictures.

As most of you will probably know, OneNote is a great repository for all sorts of information. It has allowed me to combine a number of sources into one place so that when needed, I can easily refer back to previous results when I’m making a new hologram.

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Art Rage 2.5

Alright, just to get it right out in the open, the Ambient Design guys rock.

Besides being a nice bunch of people (actually I’ve only corresponded with Matt Fox-Wilson and I’m sure he doesn’t remember but they’re all great guys, I’m sure) and I’ve probably been swayed somewhat because they’ve got a cat as a mascot but if you haven’t tried Art Rage with either a Tablet PC or a Wacom compatible digitizer, you’re missing out.

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Include a link, you doofus!

Why don’t reviewers include links to the products they’re reviewing? This negative trend has been getting worse and worse.

The review that triggered this post was of a review of Microsoft Streets & Trips over at Pencomputing.com.

Not once does the author provide a link to the product home page or any place to buy the product. The latter isn’t such a big deal but not providing the former just adds a burden on your readers. Are you doing reviews to aid your readers or is it just for ego?

They aren’t the only ones that do this. Reviews all over the web fail to provide product links. Why?!

Batterygit

Every once in a while I do a google search to see who’s linking to pages on dragonseye.com.

On Thursday I did this and found that there had been a few more comments posted to JKOnTheRun regarding the Batterygeek pack, one of which I purchased last year and have since wrote a few reviews of.

The latest comments and my responses follow.

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Want a photopolymer that works?

Over the weekend I had the time to start testing the latest batch of photopolymer from Polygrama and I have to tell you that it was a pleasure to work with. But let me back up a bit and take you to the beginning of the testing session.

[first posted Tuesday, March 15. 2005]
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Building a holography table with Hexcel

As some already know, this paper took forever to finish but it’s done and ready for the world to read.

If you’ve got any comments or questions just let me know.

Here’s an excerpt from the the introduction:

This paper describes the methods used by myself and Andres Ghisays in building our latest tables as well as a set of recommendations for those considering doing the same.

Hexcel is a honeycomb material often used by the aerospace industry for making structural panels that are very light but extremely stiff or strong. They’re used in aircraft wings, walkways, satellites, Moon-bound spacecraft and can even be found in many cars.

Hexcel honeycomb (hereafter just referred to as "Hexcel") as discussed here is a flat panel made out of aluminum in the shape of a honeycomb.

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