Saturday, February 29, 2020
See You In 2024
11:14 pm est
It's February 29th and we won't
see this date again for another four years.
That's how it is with the Gregorian Calendar and Pope Gregory XIII.
People born on this date always have a special birthday.
Friday, February 28, 2020
11:38 pm est
So much has happened
in 2020 as we approach the end of February in a leap year.
Where will be in thirty days from now with the corona virus? Nobody really knows.
There is so much information out there, for better or worse.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Prone To Flooding
3:52 pm est
Some real estate deals seem too good to be true. There is
usually some catch like the the story of the island off the coast of Wildwood, NJ.
The uninhabited 19 acres is on the market for $200,000. It has great views, but one major issue.
The highest point is only three feet above seal level and parts often disappear at high tide.
Before a developer can even think of building, they would need to go through a lengthy permit process
to raise the level of the island.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Ice Break 2020
12:50 pm est
We hear the same story
every year about people walking out on thin ice and falling through. It often involves someone who let their dog run free
onto the ice before they needed to be rescued.
People should not even think of venturing out on ice if the temperature is above 32 degrees. It's very difficult
to convince people of that.
Rolling Off The Deck
11:14 pm est
Freak accidents happen all the time, but can have dire consequences.
The news had a story of two women who drowned in their car after it rolled off the deck of a ferry
The driver apparently did not put the car in "park"
or might have stepped on the gas pedal. Their car was at the front of the ferry which only had a fabric as a barrier.
There will probably be a lawsuit, but it can never bring the victims back to life.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Can't Label It
1:14 pm est
My Fitbit stopped working
after only two months of use. The company sent me a new one after my efforts with customer service.
It took over two weeks before they finally mailed it. They made a big deal of a shipping label for
sending the old one back, but never sent it.
I will wait a few days before contacting them.
Just Glide In
11:37 pm est
There was a story in the news of a paraglider who crashed into some utility lines in California.
He was stranded
in the wires for over three hours before getting a complicated rescue by the fire department.
It's great to see that it worked out for him.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Wind Not Needed
5:09 pm est
Wind turbines always
seem to have controversy around them. The Plymouth Board of Health has ordered three of them removed from private land after
numerous complaints from neighbors.
were saying the 500 foot tall turbines were noisy and caused their homes to vibrate. They also cited potential health concerns.
They were a source of complaints since their installation in 2016.
Just Bag It
11:13 pm est
The elimination of single-use
plastic bags has not been without its challenges.
There is a sudden shortage of paper bags in America. Manufacturers cannot keep up with the demand.
New York City will be forced to bring its ban along slowly because of the demand for paper bags.
One major producer of them said it would need to devote 52% of their North American production capacity
in order to supply New York City with the four billion bags needed to replace plastic.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Too Many Floors
11:24 pm est
Land is so valuable in New York City. Developers want to
put as much building as possible on their land area.
It seems hard to believe that a building under construction could have some floors removed because of the
height restriction in the neighborhood.
is a hard story to follow. How could things get to a point where deconstruction is a possibility?
Monday, February 17, 2020
Same Story In 2021
11:09 pm est
Every year we hear stories of people crashing through thin
ice. They venture out there for whatever reason.
The news had a nice story tonight of a successful rescue of four people who went into a cold pond while trying
to help someone.
It will never change. There will be another story next year.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Built In Ten Days
4:05 pm est
can be constructed in less time and usually at a cheaper cost.
China showed the world how to do it when they built a 1,000 bed hospital in just ten days.
The critical need arose from the coronavirus epidemic.
It went up so fast and already has patients.
11:59 pm est
Nobody wants to do a
bad job in whatever they do. I think people believe that and try to do their best.
It just doesn't work out in some cases.
Friday, February 14, 2020
The Machine Won't Take Breaks
12:54 pm est
When customers go to
casinos they want to have it all, including making a profit. Many venues entice players with free drinks of any type.
Encore Boston has received negative feedback because of the amount of time it takes to get
drinks to customers. I experienced it myself when I asked for hot tea during a recent trip.
The casino has been given approval from the Gaming Commission to replace 29 bartenders with
drink making machines. This will not effect employees who have face to face contact with the public. No jobs will be lost
according to sources.
We are living in a world where some jobs are trending
towards automation. The process can be done cheaper and more efficiently than hiring employees.
How far will this go in the future? That is very difficult to determine due to changes in
technology that happen so quickly.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
No Straight Answers
4:31 pm est
The proposal to straighten
the Mass Turnpike in Allston and its impact on Soldiers Field Road leaves much to be desired.
Construction could take up to ten years and cost over $15 billion. Train service along the Framingham
line would also be impacted.
Without an exact timeframe and cost, a project like this
one will just spiral out of control.
11:59 pm est
In the end, it doesn't
matter between groups. There is only so much we can do to change things.
People have very strong opinions about what they believe.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
11:49 pm est
It remains to be seen
what will happen with all of the final vote totals in New Hampshire tonight. It will present a lot of possibilities.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Ice To Go
11:48 pm est
We are seeing more rooftop
skating rinks in high end buildings. The ice problem is solved with the use of Swiss-made polymer panels that mimic ice very
well. It's hard to tell the difference.
It's more practical to install and needs less maintenance than the real stuff. You never need to be concerned
about the temperature.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
They Work Cheap
11:58 pm est
Japan has the
first robot bartender who costs $82,000 to maintain annually. That will be drastically reduced in years ahead.
It seems like the right time to outsource this job. It will not be easy and might take years.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Too Many Notices
11:55 pm est
College student loan
debt is a big issue in America. Monthly statements become part of their life.
The news has a story of one who got their statement and another 55,000 that showed up in 79 USPS mail
Nobody could explain why this happened. One notice
Friday, February 7, 2020
No Wear To Go
4:05 pm est
Every state legislature
has bills that never get voted on. They get held up in committees or die on their own.
New Hampshire, the "Live free or die" state held a public hearing on a bill that would
mandate the wearing of helmets by motorcycle riders and passengers.
It seems like they go through this annually, but never gets voted on. It's easy to make an argument in the
helmet's favor, but nothing is going to change.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Leaving For Earth
11:56 pm est
American astronaut Christina
Koch will return to Earth Thursday, along with two others, after spending 328 days aboard the International Space Station.
Her time is a record for women.
will land in Kazakhstan on a Russian spacecraft. They face many challenges after that much time in a zero gravity environment.
The biggest issue will be the effect on their body. It must be quite a feeling to go through that.
Their results will certainly be helpful for future space
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Homes With Rooms
11:34 pm est
The greater Boston area
has a shortage of affordable housing. That has been well documented. Rents are constantly being driven higher by the demand.
A recent study has shown that less than 40% of homes with three bedrooms have children living there.
A lot of potential housing is going unused, but what is the solution? You can't force people to sell
or make them take in boarders.
Monday, February 3, 2020
A Time To Clean
1:25 pm est
I bought my laser printer
back in 2006. I have paid for it a few times with the amount spent on the four cartridges.
I had a printing problem today. The cartridges had plenty of ink, but there is alway a concern about
their expiration date because they will stop working.
The problem was resolved when I clicked the menu option to clean the cartridge heads. It's printing normal
now, but eventually the expiration dates will be an issue.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
They Are Too Smart
4:06 pm est
When it comes to cell
phones, there seems to be an app for almost anything. Sometimes, they can outsmart us.
I had a call on my voice mail yesterday to confirm a doctor's appointment. I was told to press 1
to confirm, but couldn't get to the keyboard to do it.
If there was a way to do it, I have no idea. I spent too much time on it. It will be easier to call the office
Saturday, February 1, 2020
The High Price of Trash
2:08 pm est
Boston is a great example
of the changes in the recycling process from when it first started.
Back in 2011, they made a $5 profit for each ton of material. It was working very well until China stopped
taking the stuff because of the contaminants mixed in.
It's now costing the city $6 million annually to get someone to take it locally. Most cities and towns across
America have the same problem. A lot of it ends up in a landfill or incinerator.
We can all agree that it's important to recycle, but it won't happen if the cost keeps increasing.