Eccolo World Traveler Flexi Journal

I have been using this journal at work.

It is a brown faux leather 8×10 with 256 lined ivory pages. It is manufactured by Eccolo,  and distributed by Eccolo LTD, Brooklyn, NY. It is sized nominally 20 x 25 centimeters / 8 x 10 inches on the outside and 19 x 24.5 centimeters / 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches on the inside.

I got it at office Depot for $13.99 plus tax. That is pricey, considering one could buy a common, 100 page, composition book for 99 cents plus tax. Why would you select this notebook?

Eccolo book1


Looks would suggest that it is higher quality than a lab notebook or composition book.

The writing surface is a little more matte compared to a composition book. The pages are less bright shiny white, more of an eggshell or ivory. It is more pleasant to write on than the school paper.

I prefer the binding to lay flat, like a spiral notebook when taking notes. I dislike fighting with the binding to keep the book open or flat. I will not buy another one of these.

I used some different writing instruments to show what they look like. The paper works well for pencil writing, which is what I do most.

Eccolo book2

Electric Spider

It seemed like a good idea at the time, right? This spider had woven itself a web in the Don’t walk sign. I wonder how many bugs blundered into that?



Autumn Leaves Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

It happens so quickly here. Brace yourselves, Winter is coming.

Here today gone tomorrow

Autumn Leaves blown away


And my favorite neighborhood colorful tree is cleared out too.


More Team Motivational posters




We all did this, it seemed ripe to parody



Add your Xamarin App to Crashlytics

Here are the steps that I followed
1.) In the Xamarin Studio , go to the touch container and add the Crashlytics API key in the Build -> Crash reporting section. Build and run that app. The evidence suggests that is enough to get data sent to Crashlytics. I saw that it knew about older versions of the app I had built and ran weeks ago with the API key already in.
2.) Go to Xcode and create a new project with the same name as the Xamarin project, com.{company}.{appname}. (You probably need to have that profile downloaded.) I did it in Swift by the way with no issues.
3.) Go to com and go to settings -> Apps (or
4.) You will get an app to download and run. The app walks through the steps of adding
A.) A build phase run script
B.) Code to the application main Crashlytics.startWithAPIKey(“nnnn”)
5.) Run your Xcode version of the app

The Crashlytics web page popped up immediately.


Twin Cities Speedway in Blaine (Lost Twin Cities)

As I was being brought to work from the dealer repair shop, the driver told me he used to race at the old Twin Cities Speedway, which was located in Blaine. He mentioned it was off County Road J near I35W.  It was a dirt track oval and there also was a nearby drag strip.

A look at the online map for that area is not too revealing

Twin Cities Speedway location

A look at the 1967 USGS map for the New Brighton, Minnesota Quadrangle shows that there is a small square of Blaine that has intruded into Mounds View.

Twin Cities Speedway map



The 1997 USGS map shows the current street configuration in that area, as well as some of the buildings.

1997 Twin Cities Speedway


The Aerial views show the current buildings. It is possible to match the buildings with the map layout, but there is not much to see.




Twin Cities Speedway Aerial Today


Trees and fields have filled in the area. In this picture, the Medtronic CRDM Mounds View campus can be seen. It was built upon the old Mounds View City Nine Hole Golf Course that was called “The Bridges”.

Twin Cities Race Course


A further look on the USGS New Brighton Quadrangle shows a landing strip just east on the other side of I35W. Presumably it was made obsolete by the nearby Blaine / Anoka County Airport.

More about the Twin Cities Speedway


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