Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Change That Password
12:11 am edt
I was trying to post to my website on Tuesday evening, but
I had problems with my login.
After all these years, I needed to change my password.
I wonder what prompted that. What it really random?
Monday, October 28, 2019
Long Wharf Water
11:54 pm edt
Should we be concerned
that Long Wharf in Boston had some water from the so-called astronomical high tide?
It was one of those King Tides. They showed the graphics on the weather, but there was water
on their outdoor cafes.
Boston water front and the Seaport District have such low sea level. A huge tide could have a major impact and cause
Water in a business is never good for the bottom line.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
11:35 pm edt
According to a news report, more than 250 people have been
killed while taking selfies since 2011. Many of them put themselves at great risk to get their photo.
A woman was recently given a lifetime ban by a major cruise line for climbing on top of an outside
rail to get one.
It was a very foolish thing to do, but at least she lived
to take her punishment.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
No Signal To The Box
11:41 pm edt
I got home late this evening to find out that my cable box isn't working. I have no idea what happened.
I hope Comcast didn't disconnect me in error. That has happened
before, but not for a few years.
At the last minute, I tried using an older remote. Everything is fine now.
Friday, October 25, 2019
Hold The Labels
11:49 pm edt
I belong to three environmental groups and end up getting
way too much junk mail from other organizations who got my name.
Today, I received a very interesting survey about trees, but I passed on doing it.
They even sent me address labels.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Can Never Buy Enough Computer
11:43 pm edt
I bought my first computer in August of 1999 with
my first Gateway for $1,619. Adjusted to inflation the price spiraled to $2,452.
It was a lot of money back then. I bought extra RAM because you could never have enough.
There was talk back then that
a cell phone would become a computer. It sounded like a great idea.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Dangerous Parking Lots
11:31 pm edt
Some people drive too fast in parking lots. They are in
such a hurry with their own agenda.
try to watch for every car. They start up and move so fast.
Just get out of their way.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
11:40 pm edt
I deleted the Uber app on my cell phone to free up more
memory. It only gave me another 253MB, but I have a real problem with the long range storage on it.
The device is maxed out. I had to delete or shut down many apps to keep it running.
The memory on this phone was once the best, but not now.
The newest devices on the market will eventually become obsolete.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Stupid Car Alarms
11:31 pm edt
I hate to hear car alarms, but one went off for several minutes tonight. I never looked out the window to see what
It's always a false alarm. Does anyone ever dial 911 when they hear one?
Sunday, October 20, 2019
11:28 pm edt
I keep a log of how many miles I drive weekly. I've done
it for many years. It allows for a lot of interesting observations.
Any type of road trip can add on miles. It balances out in the end, as I drive around 14,000 miles per year.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
11:37 pm edt
I will never understand
why I have so much dust in my apartment. I can never keep up with it.
It's important to always keep cleaning.
I will never be done. There is always so much more to do.
Friday, October 18, 2019
11:36 pm edt
I get a lot of unsolicited things from charities. The list is long with calendars, address labels, note pads and
so many other things.
Today's mail included a map of America with the Interstate Highway
System and most routes.
Upon review, it missed almost all of the routes that bypass major
cities. My Local Rt 495 was not included.
This map ended up in my recycled paper. It's not relevant.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:49 pm edt
I bought a new battery for my cell phone the other day.
It had reached a point where it was draining too fast and taking too long to recharge.
The previous one lasted two years. That's a long time in the life of electronic devices.
The bigger issue is the lack of memory available in my device. I may need to uninstall a few
apps to free up space.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
The No Storm
11:40 pm edt
We are facing another
predicted heavy storm tonight again for the second time in two weeks. Nothing seems to really happen.
How much will the wind blow later tonight? Will it rain as much as they say?
We shall see. Could be another big hype by the weather people who get more than their 15 minutes
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Grinding It Out
11:40 pm edt
I live on a hill in
a neighborhood with many large old houses. One owner recently cut down five trees on his property. It has created some views
we never had before.
It must have cost a small fortune to do the work with all
the heavy equipment they had there. Grinding down the stumps makes it look so much better.
Monday, October 14, 2019
11:59 pm edt
I bought a cast iron
griddle today. It's a great product made in USA.
Cast iron is such a great cookware and will last forever if treated properly.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Hold The Sugar
6:17 pm edt
I have not eaten desserts for many years. Most of them are
far from being good for you. Many contain way too much sugar.
Someone shared their apple pie recipe on Facebook. They used a half cup of sugar among other things. This
is way too much to make the pie have any nutritional value.
People love their sweets, but you will never find a doctor who recommends having more of them.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
11:42 pm edt
was horrible to see the building under construction collapse in New Orleans. Sections of the 18 story Hard Rock Cafe pancaked
in the classic pattern.
Something really went wrong here. I am always amazed at
how concrete and rebar make up so many tall structures. There seems to be a lot of less steel framework.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Don't Pick Up Strangers
11:43 pm edt
You never see anyone hitchhiking anymore, but I saw one
tonight while driving on a dark state highway in New Hampshire.
It made me think of when I did this when I was at UMass. I can't believe I actually did it, but so many others
took their chances on the road.
wonder where this guy was headed. I assume someone picked him up eventually.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:38 pm edt
Computer issues can
take up a lot of time to resolve. They can happen very suddenly as it did today.
After a virus scan and a restart, I still needed to go into my settings to resolve the issue.
I was trying to printed from a trusted website, but the font size changed on all my apps.
It took 30 minutes to find the resolution. It could have been a lot more.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
The Average Commute
11:05 pm edt
The news had a story
about workers with long commutes. Some are excessive, but they do what they need to do.
They said the average commute is 27 minutes. I'm not sure what data they used, but that's about the
amount of time I needed when I did it until the end of 2008.
There is a lot more traffic now. It can get pretty crazy at any moment.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
City Driving 2019
11:35 pm edt
I was driving in Cambridge and Boston recently. There are
so many more bike lanes now. Cars and riders are so close to each other. So many pedestrians.
I can't imagine driverless cars operating in this scenario. There are so many things to pay attention
Monday, October 7, 2019
11:37 pm edt
Every year, there is
a story in the news about over-sized holiday displays and how they impact the neighborhood.
A story tonight showed a Halloween display with lights and all sorts of inflatable objects. It has
created a traffic problem for those living on the street.
Communities need to set some type of limits of what is acceptable. Large displays are nice, but what about
the rights of those who must deal with all the noise and traffic?
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Those ATM Fees
7:37 pm edt
Banks continue to charge high fees for using an ATM outside
of their network. Nobody ever wants to pay a fee to get access to their money.
According to a recent report, the average charge for going outside of the network was $4.72. I can understand
charging one dollar, but this is crazy.
who use small local banks are setting themselves up for a huge shock when the time comes.
Friday, October 4, 2019
2:23 pm edt
Getting to Cape Cod is always a hassle for drivers. The
traffic jams at the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges are legendary. Studies have been done over the years to address traffic congestion.
The US Army Corps of Engineers who own and maintain the 84 year old spans has recommended that they
be replaced at a cost of $1.5 billion.
this ever happen? Nothing is funded at this point. The estimated cost is for today. If they ever get built, who knows what
the final price will be?
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Three Signs of The Season
11:47 pm edt
It's only October 3rd
and I have three firsts for the season.
It was a cold and raw today with light rain when I ran.
The 50 degree temperature made me made wear a winter hat over my ears for the first time. I finally wore long pants for my
workout at the gym.
Turning the heat on tonight says a lot about where we are
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Do They Crash More?
1:32 pm edt
A World War II vintage B-17 airplane crashed at Bradley
Airport today in Connecticut. There are fatalities from the flight that reported an issue five minutes after takeoff. It had
ten paid passengers on it.
Do vintage planes have a higher crash rate than other private
aircraft? It certainly makes the news when it happens because someone is usually killed.
The people who were involved probably never thought their day would end up like this.
I'm not sure if this is the safest
thing to do. I once had a chance to take a flight on a vintage open cockpit biplane, but I turned it down.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
No Doctor For Them
6:27 pm edt
I was talking with someone
the other day who has not been to the doctor's in 20 years. They are turning 50 soon, an age when people should pay attention
to their body.
When I asked for their reason, they said the doctors and
insurance companies are in a conspiracy to take advantage of patients through unnecessary tests and appointments.
If they really feel that way, nobody is going to convince them otherwise.