Month: May 2016

Let the holiday traffic begin

So we had to jet down to Trader Joe’s again today. This entails going down I-95 southbound. Traffic in all lanes slowed to a stop just after Exit 14. Now when we’d left Providence I noted a RI State Trooper flying down the left lane, lights flashing and siren blaring.

When we finally get near the airport Exit 13 we see where he was going, two car accident, both cars in the ditch.

Then a bit further down the road  right near  exit 12B another except this time three cars involved, Warwick PD, fire engine and rescue are there.

So with the gawk factor you were sunk between Exits 14 and 12. It went from dead stop to 20MPH.

That’s when it hit me, I’ll be happy when the preponderance of autonomous vehicles are on the road. Why? Because the car won’t gawk at accidents and we can actually raise speed limits on highways as computers are much faster than we are at being able to sense traffic and conditions and take action.

Plus by it’s very nature it means fewer cops.

 

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Oh my – the boss is no more

So we got a cryptic meeting with the CEO and HR person this morning.The meeting was set for  1PM-2PM. Then postponed to 1:15PM.

We all (Dev and I.T.) file into the room. So it’s there they tell us the boss is departing the company as of beginning of June. My help desk guy and I had all we could do to keep from smiling at that news.

Later in the day I met with the boss – told him all the things I couldn’t say when he was my direct supervisor. He thanked me for much of what I told him. Even asked if I’d be a reference and I said sure.

I did tell him we knew the gig was up when he sent a LinkedIn request to the help desk guy. Was complemented by the other systems guy on our powers of good hunches and intuition were formidable.

Now the thing is I have this creeping feeling I’m responsible. I sand bagged the boss a couple of times.

Reading: A Twofer

So I bought two more books to keep the commute bearable. I did finish the Velvet Rage and the Electronics for Inventors books. But I needed something more in the physics community so I got two books, one on Paul Dirac and the other on Erwin Schrodinger. It’s only logical as I did read on about James Clerk Maxwell and a couple of books about and one by Richard Feynman.

The first of the new books is titled “The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom” by Graham Farmelo. The book now rips into Dirac’s father. It’s fun to read.

The other book is titled “Erwin Schrodinger And the Quantum Revolution” by John Gribbin.

I mean there were three high school classes that had a dramatic impact on me, Physics, Electronics, and Computers. And I’ve read all sorts of books about the history of computers, electronics, and even now Physics because a lot of physics went into shaping the electronics world.