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MBTA Commuter Appreciation Day April 24, 2015

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Or as I call it their Mea Culpa for a few months of services that were slow as shit running down a wall and at times didnt even run at all.

And what was going on – on the commute home both yesterday and today I noticed an inordinately high number of kids on the train. Not something you see all the time. Was it bring your son/daughter to work Thursday and Friday or something? I can understand why I didn’t get the memo – the fantasy of having kids is vastly overruled by the old frontal cortex that chimes in about how expensive a kid can be and all the attendant grief that ensues.

Anyhow back on topic – the Commuter Appreciation Day. The nice part was the flow at South Station. Much better when they leave the gates open. In fact that got me to thinking, where does the command for the gates to stay open come from? And it is it possible to say hack into that system from my phone and well you get the idea right?

Something I’ve noticed on YouTube comments April 22, 2015

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Whenever you talk about positive economics say food stamps for instance, or a federal minimum wage of $14-$15 per hour injecting more money into the economy it’s inevitable you get an ad hominem attack directed at you.

The most recent said I was retarded. My response was “And by resorting to ad hominem you prove that you are the mentally challenged party.”

I wonder if the nitwit will reply?

Slightly hellish commutes and the reason for them (MBTA Commuter and Red Line) April 21, 2015

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So this evening I get to Central square and the next train isn’t for another ten minutes. What the fuck? Get to South Station with seven minutes to spare, or so I thought. The 4:08PM commuter from Boston to Wickford Junction didn’t leave until 4:23PM.

It pulled into Providence at 5:45PM. But the beautiful part – for once the RIPTA #27 bus was on schedule.

Now why does this happen, particularly to the MBTA commuter side? Its because the signalling and switching on the tracks is in serious need of replacement/improvement. Of course those objects don’t belong to the MBTA – they belong to Amtrak, the same Amtrak where Congress refuses to inject money.

Meanwhile in Japan they’re testing out a Magnetic Levitation train that does 313MPH. I would love to lobby congress to fund something like that that starts in Boston, stops at Providence, Hartford, NYC and DC. Build it right above the current track right of way. You realize – at 313MPH Boston and Providence become bedroom communities for NYC because a ride into the city is about 40 minutes at MagLev speeds.

So to start I’m tagging my federal elected congress critters on this post. Maybe, just maybe that will get their attention.

Part of dinner tonight – roast beets April 19, 2015

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I love roasted beets. Particularly with an acidic quality. Found a recipe that requires peeling the beets and chopping them into big pieces, then adding salt, pepper and thyme along with olive oil and toss to coat. Into a 400F oven 35 to 40 minutes. When they come out add vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice – just a few tablespoons of each.

Of course the recipe calls for raspberry vinegar which I’m fresh out of at the moment. I guess I can use either cider vinegar or balsamic. I’m leaning toward the cider vinegar.

Now the fresh squeezed Orange Juice – I have some from Market Basket. Yippee!

Michigan Judge says the state has no obligation to educate kids April 14, 2015

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This is crazy. I wonder if the judge even thought about the potential consequences of his ruling.

I’ll explain a bit.

If you don’t educate the kids then they have no prospects for employment beyond subsistence and poverty wage jobs.

Now I’ve long known the desire of the moneyed class is to create of us serfs. But what they don’t realize is that some of those serfs – they occasionally rebel.

The other thing is we’ll see rates of property crime go up. I’m sure the rich will just love the raids on their castles.

And one other little thing – the U.S. is armed to the teeth. Do you think some groups are going to sit silently by and let the rich just get away with what is essentially the murder of the economy?

And don’t the rich bastards understand that they made their money on the backs of those serfs. So for example when everyone is poor who will be able to afford the homes, cars, electronics, food, etc. ? Nobody – and what good will all that money do for the rich then? It will become a diminishing pool over time.

And it sort of surprises me the Geek Group in Grand Rapids didn’t lobby this one. I mean prime of their mission is education.

Currently Reading: Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage April 11, 2015

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So I picked up Barney Frank’s book “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage”. I’m only 20 or so pages into the book so far but I can already say that Barney Frank has had a remarkable career.

I’d actually rank Frank up there with Ted Kennedy – a lion of the House. I’ve seen videos of Frank and he has an iron wit. My favorite is when he chides a woman. Oh hell – here’s the video:

Yeah. I’ve never met him – which is odd but I deal mostly in local politics.

I am LOVING Amazon Prime April 11, 2015

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Well worth the money. For example the two day shipping on pretty much everything is REALLY nice.

I ordered a 10,000mAh external battery pack for charging the phone on the go. I ran my phone off it for five hours today and the battery gauge still hasn’t dropped below 100% on the external battery. Got to me in two days.

But what I really love is Amazon Music. Initially I had about 35 tracks in there, mostly Jodeci’s new disc and some Marcus Johnson tracks. But then I discovered I can go into the store, sort by genre and then check off the Prime box. All of it included with my Prime subscription and I’m now at 112 tracks and climbing.

Haven’t really watched much on the video side though.

I just get a little worried sometimes about the Amazon effect. It’s to the point that even personal care products are more easily obtained on Amazon than in the brick and mortars around me.

Sick again April 11, 2015

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Second time in nine months. This is much easier than the first time – that one had me without a voice for a few days.

But this one seems to be confined to sinus and throat. No lung involvement which is typical for me. And it’s not enough to knock me down. So that’s good.

The symptoms are strange though – the itchy soft palate is more allergy than anything else. I’m taking the 180mg of Fexofenadine but maybe I’m becoming resistant to that.

The congestion does do one thing though. It deepens the hell out of my voice. I normally have a fairly deep voice but it enhances the effect. Dose me with a little Sulfur Hexafluoride and well – I’d just be knocking em’ dead in the streets with my voice.

Ted Cruz thinks we want to take away his religious liberty April 10, 2015

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Well – as far as I’m concerned he’s right about me. I dont’ want to take it away from the religious bigots, I just wish they’d just shut their fucking mouths. Really – I’m getting tired of the shit the Repugs are pushing lately.

And then there’s that bigot pizza parlor who says they’d serve gay customers but wouldn’t make pizzas for a gay wedding. Yeah right. First off what gay couple would serve pizza at their wedding? I mean seafood, the standard chicken and beef etc. but pizza? You must be joking.

Your religious liberty offends me. And i have the right to tell you to go get fucked.

Wherein Volkswagen gets it wrong April 8, 2015

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So I really like the VW Golf. All I’ve driven so far is the TSi but I want a TDI. They’re reasonable sized, hatchback and get pretty damned good gas mileage. For example I drove from Providence, RI to Cambridge, MA and back today. The gas needle barely used 1/4 tank. That’s pretty fucking good.

However there is one thing that Volkswagen did that makes my blood boil a little bit. The only charging connector on the car is for an iPhone or iPod. Nothing like saying “fuck you” to more than half the universe of mobile devices and fail to put a USB port on the car. What is even more irksome is that iPhones and iPod’s and even iPads come with connector cables that have a USB plug on one end. What the ever loving hell were Volkswagen engineers thinking?

I’m the handy type and I’m pretty sure at least two pins on that connector are +5V and ground. So I’d cut the fucking iPod connector off and wire my own god damned USB connector on.


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