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That job interview I wrote about July 26, 2015

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I got the feedback – they all loved/liked me. So now it’s negotiating what position I’m going in as. It was originally a SysAdmin job but because I have managed an I.T. staff before they want to talk to me about moving into a management role.

That would be cool. My management style is team builder. I love doing that.

Reading: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt July 23, 2015

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I’m currently reading the book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. It details what big business and society has done to various peoples and areas in the U.S.

I’m on the chapter now that talks about the coal mining in West Virginia, Kentucky and the like. You  get a strong powerless vibe from the stories he tells.

But I can tell you – mechanized mining requires, wait for it, the internal combustion engine. And if you want to stop mountain top mining you have to get mechanically creative. It can be as simple as dumping a gallon or two of corn syrup in the fuel tank, or what i term creative re-wiring. Disconnect sensors, starters, steal batteries etc. If it’s a gasoline powered vehicle rewire the spark plugs. Switch em’ up some.

Do any of that and you’ll disable the vehicle for a good part of a day. Do it repeatedly – switch up targets to make it difficult.

The rich and big business want to fuck with us, I say we fuck with them. Put it this way – the rich think they’re immune from anything we might do. I think they are sorely mistaken. Just watch the movie The Jackal to get my gist. All it takes is a rifle, a scope and good ammo.

But the other parts of the book so far detail the genocide against the Native Americans and how the government shits all over the Native Americans to this day. Being that I’ve got a few percent Mohawk that one makes my blood boil just a bit.

Then there’s Camden, NJ – a hollowed out manufacturing town.

And now as I mentioned earlier I’m on the chapter about coal mining. One little blurb that emerges in this chapter is that we’ve got maybe 20 years of coal left to mine. After that – done. And then consider half of U.S. electric power comes from coal. It’s scary.

Interesting job interview July 21, 2015

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So the place I’m working – the contract runs out end of August. So I have been going to interviews.

This one was pretty good – I jibe with the people – in fact their Developer, Help Desk and current System Admin I had a really good rapport with. And the place is growing like crazy – they’re up to 180 people so far.

It’s in Quincy, MA. The commute would be a tad easier than the commute I have now. So there’s that. Plus I’m strongly considering moving into MA.

I’ll know more on Thursday.

WaterFire Providence 07-18-2015 July 19, 2015

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So went to WaterFire this evening. We headed out a bit after nine o’clock this evening. It was PACKED. You could barely get through. But we have dogged persistence. We pushed our way through when necessary. Almost body checked a few people myself. How can I explain, I know you see me. If you don’t move you’re gonna feel me.

We walked nearly the entirety of the event and finally found a spot to sit and watch the fire and do running commentary on the music choices. There were a couple where I suspected we might hear Swing Low Sweet Chariot, or maybe the theme from the Godfather.

They did have some living garoyles and statuary though. All part of a group called Ten31 productions. I’m thinking when he and I get married I’d like to have a couple pyres and gargoyles present. Nah, I’m just kidding but the pyres would be interesting.

Here they are doing a performance. It’s pretty cool.

Movies: Chappie July 17, 2015

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Ok, so I know I’m behind the curve and the movie may not appeal to everyone.

But it’s cool. The plot of the story is the police start using humanoid robots for law enforcement. They have shells that are impervious to bullets etc. But they can’t tolerate say an RPG or similar. So unit 22 is about to be sent to be crushed.

But the lead programmer on the robots – he creates an artificial intelligence and uploads it to the unit 22 robot.

The story is all about Unit 22 or Chappie learning about his world. In the process the robot figures out how to transfer consciousness from robot to PS4, to USB stick, and finally human to robot.

Enjoyable two hours.

RIPTA wants to go back to a zoned system in Rhode Island July 15, 2015

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RIPTA in case you were wondering is the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. They run the bus system here in Rhode Island.

Now well over a decade ago they went from a zoned system to a one state, one rate system.

And with the budget crunch right now – they want to go BACK to a zoned system.

I’ll describe why that’s stupid.

It will unnecessarily complicate fare products. I’ll use as an example the product of theirs that I use most, the 15 ride pass. How would that work under a zoned system?

Not to mention it’ll also cause major problems as they won’t necessarily publish that there are zones that well.

Of course many years ago legislators tied RIPTA’s fortunes to the a few cents on the gasoline tax. But people are buying less gasoline with more fuel efficient vehicles. So RIPTA’s budget takes the hit.

It’s a delicate balance. But maybe as I’ve stated in the past they should just merge in with the MBTA. Because the MBTA – they charge the communities they serve. Yeah. And it’s not like there’s not precedent since RIPTA now sends buses to the South Attleboro train stop in MASSACHUSETTS.

But then I contend I’m paying $330 a month for an MBTA pass – it should work on RIPTA.

Did it – ordered an infrared capable camera and dvr July 10, 2015

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So I ordered a color camera with infrared capability along with and extended cable and a digital video recorder. Less than $150 for the kit.

I’m going to hang it so it looks on the side of the building. I’m gonna catch me some taggers. Then I’m just going to spool the video onto a USB stick and hand it to the cops and tell them do their job. I almost want to put up a sign that says “Smile! You’re on camera!”

I’m sort of applying the 21st century version of broken windows theory here. Because even thought the Providence Graffiti Task Force painted over the tags – it’ll keep happening. And when I move out of here it all comes with me. The DVR is capable of handling up to 8 channels. So that’s good.

And I don’t think it’ll take long to nab the little miscreant tagger(s). And if the police don’t want to help I’ll just post the videos on YouTube, Facebook, and here. I figure someone might know said miscreants and I can pay them a visit.

Investigating USPS July 6, 2015

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So I notice every time we ship something like a package to North Carolina – it always routes through the Greensboro, NC 27495 office.

So I did a little poking around. Checked USPS web site and it says the zip code 27495 doesn’t exist. Then it hit me – there are certain zip codes that only route to what are called Sectional Sort Facilities. For example here in Providence the main post office is 02904 – that’s the first automated post office in the country btw. But it has the code 02940 assigned to it too – that’s for the sectional side. So 27495 is the Greensboro, NC Section Sort Facility. Another – Boston is 02100 Sectional Sort Facility.

So then I went to google and plugged in the 27495 zip code. I got this:

https://www.google.com/maps/views/view/113041228723107672355/gphoto/5778120750246026802?gl=us

It’s at

3701 Wendover Ave W

Greensboro, NC 27495

This is the facility that held a package for near 4 days back around mothers day which meant 7 total days in transit. If you looked at the track it almost appeared the post office shut down for the weekend.

But better the google results let you write a review of the post office. The reviews that people have written so far haven’t been flattering. So i reviewed and and told of the saga of mother’s day.

USPS is getting somewhat better July 6, 2015

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So two 3 Day Priority package  that left Providence, RI on Friday July 3, destined for two different cities in North Carolina took only 4 days to deliver.

Perhaps it’s because I count the day I dropped it at the post office as a shipment day. I certainly should as the local Post Office did its job.

Here’s the proof – it’s identical for both packages:

July 3, 2015 , 9:59 pm

Departed USPS Facility

PROVIDENCE, RI 02904
July 3, 2015 , 8:47 pm

Arrived at USPS Origin Facility

PROVIDENCE, RI 02904
July 3, 2015 , 7:32 pm

Accepted at USPS Origin Sort Facility

PROVIDENCE, RI 02909
July 3, 2015

Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS


And wonder of wonders on the 4th of July the Greensboro, NC post office – the one I said shut down for Mother’s Day, it processed receipt of the package at 11:52PM. Which of course meant they won’t process shit on Sunday and it went out to the local post offices today.

USPS needs to get on the ball.

Where we’re heading as a society (Happy 4th of July) July 4, 2015

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So Spo-Reflections had posted this 4th of July reflection.

It got me to thinking – the paroxysm we’re seeing in society is interesting. A lot of white people see it as them becoming the minority which is actually true. However some like myself see it as an enrichment of the culture. Exposure to ideas, people, foods from different cultures is fascinating.

But i can speak to where the entire world is heading. I can make a few predictions that may or may not bode well for humanity but we need to be flexible and adapt.

The Internal Combustion engine is going to be a museum piece very soon. The price of long range (200 miles or more) electric cars is falling down. Both Chevrolet and Tesla are about to roll out sub $30K cars of that type.

Incumbent electricity providers – they’re also going to be hurt badly. If you’re invested in public utilities I say get the hell out now. Solar and wind along with storage capacity improvements. I mean with the price pew kW of solar dropping like a rock, and Tesla selling a home battery back for a reasonable price the days of the incumbent energy provider are gone. Plus if you can charge your electric car via your solar powered home – the arguments of the idiots who say electric cars produce carbon dioxide by using the commercial power grid. Ha ha!

Manufacturing has already changed – first it was exporting manufacturing capability to  former third world countries like China and India. But robotics are taking over everyplace. Go and watch how car uni-body’s are formed. It starts off as sheet steel, parts get stamped out, racked and then assembled and welded by robots. And it gets even worse – the engine cores are just steel or aluminum billets milled into engine blocks by CNC machines – essentially robots under computer control. And the robotics is moving to other industries – electronics for example – the circuit boards in your computer – all the parts were places on the board by robotics and it was soldered together in a robotic system. Human hands likely assembled gross parts of a desktop or laptop but even that is changing.

3D printing is interesting too. It’s essentially moving manufacturing into the peoples hands. And to date they’ve made metal parts, human bladders, and they’re learning how to do vascularized tissue too.

Artificial intelligence is another thing. IBM has their Watson and Debater products. People may fear an AI but here’s the thing. We’ve all seen prophetic movies like Colossus: The Forbin Project and War Games. But the IBM platforms are about the size of a pizza box. And as long as we don’t let them control their power connections we’re good. But even if they do control the power – they’re small enough to destroy with a large ax.

Medicine is also undergoing dramatic change right now. What with some of the genetically engineered immunotherapy and the regeneration of tissue coming to the forefront we’re about to see human lifespans increase again. Then add that DARPA is working on two projects right now, the first a way to put the metabolism into a twilight state – where you’re neither dead nor alive but metabolic degradation wouldn’t happen. Upshot of this – a soldier need not bleed out in the field. Instead of having minutes to repair damage you get hours. The second project is a robotic surgical pod. At first they say it’ll be a telepresence pod but they fully expect a fully autonomous surgical robot in the very near future.  What happens when this tech is on all rescue squads?

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