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More rumination on driving July 6, 2014

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Never fails. The more I drive lately the more I see idiotic on road behavior.

Another favorite of mine is the moron who gets at the head of the left lane and they do UNDER the speed limit. I have this strong resistance to passing on the right but they make me want to do so, cut out in front of them and stop dead. Then when they lay on the horn walk up to the car, break the window and haul the driver out and beat them into a bloody pulp. I mean really, who died and made you boss?

Another one that grinds my gears – overt fear of cops. Look, its a numbers game. Holiday weekend and cops are going to be out.

But having worked with many a cop in my career I found a few things out. For example – from East Greenwich to Newport we say three cars pulled over by State Troopers. Now here’s the thing – they usually go out in groups of four cruisers. So 3/4ths are busy with stops, that means one rover. Not much to fear there. And if you’re going to speed, just remember to keep a slightly faster vehicle ahead of you. That’ll take care of the rover.

Then we’re in Newport and this cop on a bike is on the sidewalk. We’re parked in a spot where technically speaking you’re not supposed to be parked. Cop walks toward the car, my friend is freaking out. I’m just like don’t sweat it. But my friend decides to pull off before the cop gets there. Nothing happened. We find a legitimate parking space a bit further up. As we’re walking back the cop on foot is a bicycle cop and he’s just standing beside his bike on the sidewalk. I gave him a sort of derisive look as we walked by.

Now I’m going to talk about stupid road layout. Going from RI-138 West to Route 1 North is a cluster fuck. Cannot handle the traffic at all. Either they need to extend the exit lane by a few thousand feet, or maybe block off the right lane of Route 1 to fix this.

Once you get through the shit and onto Route 1 to the RI-4 connection is an ugly slog.

But once you’re on RI-4 there’s those two lights you have to go through before you hit highway proper. I say bury the intersections and take the fucking lights out. Traffic would be immensely improved.

Perhaps the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority should honor MBTA passes July 3, 2014

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So I learned today that RIPTA now goes into Massachusetts. Only as far as South Attleboro Station which is right across the line from Pawtucket, RI.

So that made me think. Since I’m shelling $330 a month for an MBTA commuter pass that gets me unlimited rides on the commuter rail, subways and MBTA buses then why doesn’t RIPTA honor that pass too?

I mean the MBTA has partnered with all sorts of systems in MA, why not RI? I want to see super-regional transit systems in place.

Anti-Abortion Protests get bold in Boston July 1, 2014

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So it has begun. 

But I have to say this. Every photo I’ve seen of anti-abortion protesters, in every single one the folks are in their 70′s and 80′s and then the ones who aren’t are people that nobody would want to fuck in the first place. 

And based on those “sincerely” held religious beliefs – my belief as an atheist is that feeding Christians to lions is perfectly acceptable. 

I mean really – where did the majority on the decision get off saying you could discriminate against women and their reproductive health? 

But there is hope – you see Justice Scalia isn’t a young man. He dies in the next year or so and we get to tilt the court to the more liberal side. But until that time – kick a religious bigot in the shins. It’s your right under your “sincere” beliefs. 

Dick moves on the part of employers June 30, 2014

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So I’ve been on the job, this makes week 4. I got paid at last – for ONE FUCKING week of work. They hold two weeks. Dicks! 

Oh and the place uses Sharepoint. Its Microsoft’s retarded version of Concurrent Versioning or CVS. For instance, you upload a bunch of files and then get complaints because others can’t see them. Turns out that you have to set properties and then check them all in. That’s retarded. 

The New Job June 27, 2014

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So I just completed my third week at the new job. I’ve got access to a few servers and such. 

But here’s the thing. I was poking through /var/log/auth.log – it’s where every login/logout gets recorded. I first brought it up in vi and paged through and noted a lot of root activity. Some of it sudo, some of it direct root. Then I got out of vi and piped the file through grep looking for just my user id. A few of those. Ok. 

Then I did grep -v ‘username’ /var/log/auth.log|awk ‘{print $11}’

I’ll walk you through what the hell that is all doing. 

The first part that says grep -v ‘username’ – that sets up the exclusion. 

The /var/log/auth.log is the path to the file. 

Then there’s the | or pipe character. One of the cooler things about Unix/Linux is you can pipe output from one utility directly into another. So in this case I shot it to awk and used the print function to extract the 11th field of text after whitespace. That’s the user ID. 

And I noted it all came back root. So then I piped it to wc -l which wc stands for word count. Yep – all root logins, several hundred of them in fact. 

So other than root I’m the only person logging into these servers. Interesting. 

Driving Offensively June 22, 2014

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So I know, I know. You’re taught to drive defensively. But this post is about the offensive driving I’ve seen just this weekend in and about the Warwick, East Greenwich, North Kingstown and Newport areas.

The first offense was at a commercial drag in NK. I’m in the left lane and this jerk with a pickup  truck pulls in from the left he swings INTO MY LANE! Asshole!

And please – I’ve posted before on how speed limits are set artificially low in order to increase traffic violation revenue. For example, I’m old enough to remember prior to the energy crisis the speed limit on I-95 through Rhode Island was 70MPH. Now it’s 50 or 55MPH until you get down around exit 10 or so and then rises to 65MPH. But here’s the thing, try doing the legal limit. Try not getting run over. Try. Because that highway moves at 70-80MPH now.

So it hit me today – instead of setting the maximum speed limit for a highway why not set a minimum of say 80MPH in the left lane.

That’s the other thing – get the fuck out of the left lane if you’re gonna do the speed limit. As I do more highway driving I find a certain aggressive behavior emerging on my part. When I come upon an ass wipe in the left lane I had once tried flashing the beams. People in RI don’t know what that means. So I do what you’d naturally do. No, not pass on the right. I get right on your fucking bumper. And big surprise, people in RI move right when you do that now. Yay!

And while I’m on the high horse – maybe we need to revise drivers education and the manuals. Because it’s pretty obvious the jig is up regards speeding. The cars we have today are much tighter than cars of old. They’ve got traction control, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and direct port electronic fuel injection. Cars have oomph again.

And lets face it – I know that going from 70MPH to 0MPH in the space of a few seconds will make your insides leap outside. But it’s a risk you take. And I figure maybe I’m not so much an offensive driver, I tend to leave long distances between me and other cars on a normal basis, I signal lane changes, etc. But I am an aggressive  s well head up north of 85MPH because the end would come much faster at that speed.

So maybe I’m not so much an offensive driver, I tend to leave long distances between me and other cars on a normal basis, I signal lane changes, etc. But I am an aggressive driver as evidenced above.

But one blew my mind earlier. I was coming down Division Road in East Greenwich and come upon a stop sign. I actually come to a complete stop. Jerk face behind me flashes his beams at me. Yo fucker – you’re lucky. I’d take the lights out of your car and shove them up your ass. Every time the power goes out all you have to do is bend over.

A New Dining Experience in Providence June 21, 2014

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Not a new restaurant per se but new to me. The Red Fez. It’s in downtown Providence sort of sits right across from District Court otherwise known as he Garrahy building. When you enter there is a restaurant on the ground floor, but you can ascend the stairs and you’re immediately greeted by an elks head at the top of the stairs. The place is all done up in red too – the bar is lit up in red, it’s interesting. And there are tables and booths upstairs too. Sort of cool. 

I had the chorico/beef mix burger with cheddar and bacon. It’s all pretty much standard fare but well seasoned and cooked. We all sort of noshed on burgers, fries, mac and cheese, etc.

And one of us got way too drunk to the point of what appeared to be alcohol poisoning and me getting slightly vomited upon in the car. Oops. Luckily I can handle puke. And I had to tell the driver to stop the car – upon which the party who blew the cookies proceeded to have a rather disgusting sounding puke out on the street. 

And this morning that party was barely functional. I had suggested that a liter of water, some pain reliever and caffeine may be in order. Still too early to tell if the party will survive. 

Now to the music in the place. Some of it had a punk sound to it which I liked. Much of it was simple thrashing shit. But not nearly as abhorrent as say techno. 

Ion Torrent Proton Semiconductor Sequencer June 16, 2014

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So today I got a rare treat. I got to touch one of these:

Ion-Torrent-Proton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah – that part at the end of the subject – it’s a genetic sequencing machine. Way too cool. They’re about the size of say an older HP LaserJet 5si.

The reason I had to touch them today was to get the correct serial numbers off them. Only way to do is is to go into the config menu and it displays there. It’s a totally graphical interface too, very slick! But it’s not just the machine in the image, there’s some computing horsepower behind it.

A bug found in Ford’s Sync June 16, 2014

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So I had my Samsung SGH-T599N synchronized via bluetooth to my friends Ford. When we left the car I took the phone with me and then when I came back re-sync’d it. Problem was – it locks out all the controls when you do that. 

I looked and you can in fact update the Sync software on the car. I’ll have to apply the update to my friends car and see if that fixes the bug I found. 

Thoughts on driving June 15, 2014

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So lately I’ve been driving from Warwick/East Greenwich, RI to Newport RI. That involves getting on RI-4 South, then Route 1 South and RI-138 East. 

My thoughts on RI-4 are who the hell builds a highway and then puts two crossroads with signals on said highway. Christ on a stick, make over or under passes for those roads and stop the horse shit. Because from about the Rte. 401 link on I-4 right to the spot where it says ‘No more numbered exits” you know you’re in the shit because of those god damned traffic lights. 

Now – where RI-4 ends and dumps in U.S. 1 there are clear signs that the right lane ends. But morons stay in the right lane until the very last moment and then look at you like you’re the one with six eyes because you wouldn’t let them merge. Oh well, should have paid attention there ass wipe. 

But my favorite is what I now refer to as a Twatmobile. In essence it’s a mini-van almost invariably driven by women, hence the Twat part. I know, I know, I’m going to get tagged as a misogynist but fuck it. 

Back to the story – RI-138 both ways is two lanes. Now I have this strict thing – if you’re in the left lane you’d better be going above the posted speed limit. And here’s a fun video that explains the true danger isn’t speeding, but the change of speed.

So anyhow invariably it’s always a Twatmobile in the left fucking lane doing 30MPH! Ut si. I do the polite and European thing – I flash the high beams. It’s my way of saying “Get the fuck out of the way!”.  When they don’t move and there is a break in right lane I’ll be sure to move right, speed up, pass the Twatmobile and cut it off, well in my fantasies. I just hit the gas and go. 

I can still recall back in drivers education they taught defensive driving. I believe in offensive driving. :) 

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