Hello Everybody!

Welcome to e-olio. This is a new experiment for me. In the past I’ve built several single-purpose sites…

  • Computer Knowledge with tutorials and general information (a bit stale right now),
  • Tom’s Domain, a personal website,
  • FILext, a collection of file extensions and programs that use them — since sold to Uniblue,
  • and MissionTour.org, a virtual tour of the California missions envisioned by Blessed Junipero Serra.
    (This is the site I’m currently working on the most.)

So, why a new site? I’m always trying to learn different things. A site full of miscellaneous information allows me to do that. On one page I can put affiliate link information and on another some math formula and yet another a clever video I may have seen. There is little limit to the possibilities (subject to a “G” rating).

Why “olio”? No reason other than it’s a word I discovered a long time ago in another life writing newsletters and now I find it in crossword puzzles. It means a miscellaneous collection and so fits quite nicely here. Just don’t confuse it with oleo which is margarine (fake butter).Smile

The site may be sparse for a little while as I have many projects and irons in the fire but a little bit at a time things will start to appear.

Have fun.

Tom (DaBoss)

Test Aesop Page

An Old Man met Death and asked for a reprieve. Death said no as he had given the Old Man many hints about what was coming to him.

Be prepared. One never knows when Death will show up.

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Daily Macro 01-03-2014

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…to see these and more each day. Thank you.

Daily Macro 01-02-2014 New Something Coming

This is the daily macro photo for January 2nd 2014. Can you guess what it is? (You can click on the image to see a larger version in a lightbox.)


Hint: The photo is a budding situation.

Click here to see what it is.

Daily Macro 01-01-2014 New Year Related

This is the daily macro photo for January 1st 2014. Can you guess what it is? (You can click on the image to see a larger version in a lightbox.)

2014-01-01 Macro Image

Hint: The photo is related to the date.

Click here to see what it is.


42 is a movie about the late 1940s in America when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. It is set for release on Friday April 12th, 2013; one week from now. I strongly recommend seeing the movie as it is excellent.

In the classic “who you know” situation, a group of people in the community where I live were invited to a pre-release screening of the movie arranged by the mother of the president of Legendary studios, the producer of the movie. I was fortunate to be part of the group.
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Solve Some Sudoku Puzzles

We’ve covered some of the basic methods of solving Sudoku puzzles on other pages here. Now it’s time to practice some. Thanks to a program named Magnum Opus, that is possible here.
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University Village at Thousand Oaks (UVTO) residents have put together a book describing their experiences during the Great Depression and World War II. It consists of 50 true stories and carries the title: “Tales of Challenge and Courage.” The book is available for sale exclusively through the CreateSpace store. The book is sold at production cost plus shipping and when you get to the CreateSpace store page that cost will be shown.

UVTO Resident Book Cover
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Solving Sudoku Part 5

We’re almost at the end of this series of posts now. Here’s where we left off…

Two more rows.

We just filled in the two marked rows and now need to move to the rest of the puzzle. [Read more…]

Solving Sudoku Part 4

Last post we left the puzzle looking like this…

Where we stand now.

Where would go next? [Read more…]

Solving Sudoku Part 3

We left off last time finishing all the horizontal and vertical gimmies in the puzzle. These are the numbers that it takes little effort to find. Remember the technique (check rows and columns of containers for duplicates and then see if the remaining container has a unique position for the number in question) as you will use it throughout the puzzle solution. Every number you put into the puzzle should trigger another gimmie search  in both the horizontal and vertical directions for the container in question.

OK, now where to we go? [Read more…]