Nintendo can try but

Nintendo has gotten a number of sites that hosted java versions of their games knocked offline. But where there’s a will there’s a way. Helpdesk guy gave me Jnes – it’s an app that runs on Windows and presents a Java emulator for NES games.

  • The games  I have are:
  • Elevator Action
  • Legend of Zelda II
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Marble Madness
  • Pac Man
  • Q-Bert
  • R.C. Pro Am
  • R.C. Pro Am II
  • Super Mario Brothers and Duckhunt
  • Super Mario Brothers II
  • Super Mario Brothers III
  • Xevious – The Avenger

That’s enough 8 bit games that will keep me happy.

Who knew you could get lab gear so cheap

So someone is getting into perfume making and wants to start distilling scents. So I knew you could use things like distillation and condensing columns along with certain flasks to accomplish Stupid me – I went and google them and the prices were astronomical.

But then it hit me – check on Amazon. Sure enough – a whole distillation kit is a whole $65. A stirrer/heater unit is half the price. So for about $200. Much better than the $500 to $1,000 I was budgeting. Amazon has in fact become the be all to end all place if you’re shopping for esoteric lab gear, electronic parts, etc. It’s amazing, but it’s Amazon.

And it can do double duty – extract scent from certain botanicals and making distilled alcohol from corn mash. Oh this will be great fun.

Banal Evil

So I’ve long studied the culture behind Nazi Germany. I always wondered why more people didn’t rise up and take Hitler and his henchmen down.

But I think I’m coming to an understanding. First – evil is banal. It really is – I’ve seen a number of documentaries with people who lived right next to concentration camps in Germany and they never thought to question those camps.

Plus I know of the studies of certain Psychologists like Milgram and Zimbardo.

Part of it is that the common man in a normal situation looks at something that isn’t right and chooses to ignore it rather than get involved. It’s the downside of our individualistic society. And of course Milgram’s study – and I know certain mental health professionals who believe it was unethical the way he treated those people. I think a  different way and we should be thanking Mr. Milgram for exposing the seamless underbelly of our society. He showed that people are cowed by authority.

So in essence we’re all sheep being lead to the slaughter. Isn’t that a charming thought.

As if I needed yet another reason to hate UPS

So on I’m scrolling through facebook and came across this article on how UPS did nothing to stop general misogyny being directed at a female aircraft mechanic, and more the the point told outright lies against her. Well – Shit Wrapped in Chiffon fits more and more every day. You can read the article here.

UPS of course started as a small regional package delivery company. They should have stayed in that state.

But it gets MUCH worse – if on that linked page you click the Holy S–t tab – the storeis there also show racial and misogynist treatment of workers at UPS. One of the articles even relates how UPS management retaliates. That’s some seriously fucked up shit.

This only cements my preference that things be shipped to me by USPS. But every once in a while you have Shit Wrapped in Chiffon UPS deliver – you cannot avoid it. But UPS needs to be taken down.

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.


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.