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The Holiday Weekend April 6, 2015

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So to kick it off my father died on Good Friday. No real grief on my part because I haven’t spoken to him in years. Not to mention he was firmly in that Italian thing called dead to me category. I’d just had enough of his shit over the years.

And then it was the usual Saturday go shopping day and I noticed it was super crazy.

And Sunday it was visit a friend in Newport.

Easter Dinner was a Kale and Beet salad. Oh you don’t know flavorful if you haven’t tried one. Working a lot more fish and vegetable into the diet. And trying against a tide of carbohydrates to limit them. It’s harder than you think.

Since everyone is posting reading lists April 5, 2015

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I note that bubbling around the web are the reading lists for Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Some convergence – for example I have read the entirety of the Biblical text. It’s an eye opening experience let me tell you. It’s where you discover terms like translation error, copy error, editorial error etc.

But here’s my list:

Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”. Talks about what happens when you stratify a soceity.

John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like Me”. A white southerner decides to take drugs to darken his skin to have the black experience. Quite eye opening.

George Orwell’s “1984”. Scary shit there.

Ira Levin’s “A Kiss Before Dying”.

Lysistrata

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

A lot of that list above was inspired by the high school I attended. You could say that they were just a little subversive there.

Would it be wrong of me April 4, 2015

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If I sent flowers with the motto “Avis in infernum vetus mater miseri irrumator”. It translates to “Roast in hell you miserable old mother fucker”.  To my fathers funeral? I doubt many would be able to translate the Latin into English.

The better angel says not to do it. But the evil angel is saying do it, in fact bribe whoever is doing the gravestone to engrave it there. Not many people would get the Latin bit. Some archaeologist in the future might chuckle at it.

I won’t do it, but fantasizing about it has it’s humorous element.

What the hell! April 4, 2015

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I’ve noticed a trend in the deaths of Italian-Americans. They tend to die on significant holidays.

I’ll offer two bits of empirical evidence.

1) My paternal grandmother died on Christmas day of 2005.

2) My father dies on Good Friday of 2015.

Plus in the past I had an in-law die on wedding day or very close to it.

I’m trying to think, what would be a good day for me to kick the old bucket. I get to choose from Memorial Day, 4th of July, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving. I’m thinking Thanksgiving because having a birthday in later November means it sometimes falls on Thanksgiving day. So to die on Thanksgiving day – yeah that’s when I’ll go.

Got the news – My father died April 3, 2015

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Oh well – he’s been dead to me for years. I broke off contact with him over some shit on facebook and just the generally shitty way he treated me over the years.

So I got the news tonight that he died today. No tears were shed. In fact I’d long wished it was my father that died and not my mother. She died way too young. But my father survived to go through two more wives and finally his number was up.

Can’t say there was much love lost between he and I. He was a criminal, I worked in the state’s top law enforcement office. Of course I always knew my maternal grandfather harbored some hard feelings toward my father. Found out when dear grandad died that grandad had been a Providence Police officer for 20+ years and knew my fathers criminal acts.

But it’s over. The one regret if you could  call it that is I wish I had gotten his genetic sequence done. If only to rub the fact that he was part Ashkenazi in his face. Ah well. I know I have some of that same ancestry and I’m almost certain it came from his side of the family.

Nobody listens to me April 3, 2015

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So when I started working where I work I recommended a cart for keyboard, monitor etc.  Because servers are spread out through the room.

I was told and you’ll love this, that a cart would be too expensive and we couldn’t get one.  So I went over to Micro Center and got a 4 port KVM switch. That solved the swapping cables issue on one rack.

Well recently our 300TB storage array is in the low 90% utilization range. Which means we’re running out of space. It’s spread among two large disk cabinets. Well, the solution is to add one more disk cabinet.

So I got in the computer room today and the other two IT people are putting together a cart, or crash cart as we call it. So I asked how much did that cost? Well – couple hundred bucks.

The reason – because the keyboard and monitor are sitting in the server rack in the space where they want to put the new disk cabinet.

Ut si! I’ve completely stopped offering advice. Why bother when they won’t listen?

Something I realized about RIPTA April 3, 2015

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It seems when the weather is wet/snowy RIPTA tends to run earlier than it’s scheduled time. For example I caught the #27 bus leaving Berth Victor(V) today at 5:29PM. It’s not supposed to do so until 5:30PM.

And the #28 which comes at 5:40 sometimes gets there at 5:35PM. But not this evening, no, 5:42 on the dot.

Meanwhile when the sun is shining and traffic is light RIPTA is CONSISTENTLY late.

And in recent news a RIPTA bus killed a nine year old girl. The police investigation says the bus driver isn’t liable. Apparently the girl ran out in the street, and the bus was moving UNDER the speed limit. It just takes time to bring a 12 ton vehicle to a complete stop.

Considering buying a car April 2, 2015

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I’ve sort of settled on what I want. A Volkswagen Golf. I’ll probably pick a used car up.

But I’m a bit torn – I can get a mid 2000’s GTI or TDI for a tad under $6K. The GTI because it moves, the TDI because they get 52MPG which would mean I’d fill up maybe once every 3 weeks. Of course the D in TDI means Diesel.

And most of the TDI’s I see are manual 5 speeds. I’m cool with that as I know how to drive a car with a manual transmission. And I know what to look for on Volkswagen and cars in general. But I also picked up an inexpensive ODB-II/EODB reader. Because the name of the game in used cars is negotiation. That $6K could be $4.5K because it may need a clutch or timing belt or both.

And I have to say I do like driving a Golf. I’ve always been one for smaller and fuel efficient vehicles. Sort of frugal that way. Plus I know it’s better for the environment if a car gets higher MPG. And better for the wallet overall.

So I guess I’m no so torn – the TDI it’ll probably be.

Want four hours of Brazilian and Afro Jazz? April 2, 2015

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You gotta listen to this. I love it.

One of the musical genres I love is Jazz. Mostly upbeat but even some of the old stuff. And the video above exemplifies what I like.

Truthspew’s Guide to Escalator Etiquette April 2, 2015

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So as a rail commuter from Providence RI  to Boston to Cambridge MA I’ve seen some assholish behavior when it comes to escalators. For example – if the escalator is wide enough static traffic to the right, dynamic traffic to the left.

But you always get some static dolt who stand there like a dope on the left side.

And let me define – static equals not moving just standing there. Dynamic means walking up the stairs.

And today at Providence station you had a whole knot of dolts standing on the left side. What the ever loving fuck! But one guy I see regularly on the train – he’s a big guy. He just pushed his way through. How I wish I had the height and mass to do that.

So the rule – if you’re not going to climb up the stairway stay to the right! Or halten sie nach rechts if you prefer German. If you’re going to walk keep left. See, it’s simple. It’s just like driving – slower traffic to the right, faster traffic on the left.

But it explains the shitty drivers in RI too. I mean I got my license here too but I don’t do the stupid shit I see people do all the time.

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