Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sheryl Sanderg came out today to say that Facebook has a "responsibility to protect your data, and if they can't they don't deserve to serve you. Which is confusing because who are they "protecting your data from"? Their whole business model is to sell your data. How else do you think they make money?

Seriously - the balls of these people.....

And she finally pops up.

Normally taxes take me a month of Sundays, but I owe this year and Mr S. and I decided to to accelerate the grieving process  So far I've sailed through shock and bargaining and I'm half way through acceptance.

So.... kinda nothing has been funny or interesting or cool. It's been nothing but taxes for the last week. And I know that is not a satisfying reason for me falling off the planet, but I debated on whether I should just be one of those bloggers that disappears and then pops up like nothing happened. But I'm guessing my long time readers are sort of used to this.  Once or twice a year the blog comes to a halt and we all get to guess if I'm ever coming back.

Blogging can be a real grind sometimes. Every day you wake up trying to find something interesting to blog about, and some days it's just not there. Sometimes that turns into a week.

Friday, March 16, 2018

I could make a million excuses..... just stay with me and I think it will be worth it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This is sort of curious.

"Google and LG are set to present an 18-megapixel 4.3-inch OLED headset display with 1443 ppi and a higher refresh rate of 120Hz during the Display Week 2018 trade show in late May. The display will have a wide field of view and high acuity. The advanced program for the expo was spotted by Android Police via OLED-Info." Source.

I've been to this conference a ton of times. Google has never been there before. Or any other conference I've ever attended because they are Google. Just like you never see Apple show up at any conference except an Apple conference. It just doesn't happen. Now I've been to Google conferences - but they are Google only events. Like when they were releasing "Glass" I went to one of those. So it's kinda interesting to see them do this.  And sort of strange. Google is so big - they don't need ANYBODY.

And yes I will be there again this year, so it will be interesting to see this. Maybe I'm wrong on VR. I still don't think people like to wear glasses. And it's going to need a really interesting product for people to want to put up with them.

But hey - maybe higher resolution displays are finally coming.

Monday, March 12, 2018

My little time bomb is back on pink drink.

So I'm back to trying to get shots of her with pink lipstick. She's fine. But since she has non symptomatic E. Cuniculi I have to medicate any bout of sneezing. I got her tested as a baby and not as a result of her being ill. So I just have to watch her closer.

She loves pink drink though, and most of her muzzle just comes out blurry. I think that is a shot of her tongue.

Heart shaped palm.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's all I got.

When I stop writing, it's really hard for me to start back up. It's just hard to find the words. I've sort of been in a funk. A technology drought. But I'm trying to get a couple of projects done anyway.

I'm not one of those people that likes "the process" of woodworking. Wood has it own rules and you just can't rush it. Which is not really my style. I was telling Mr S. - I don't know why guys leave their wives to do woodworking. It seems like wood is bitchier than wives. Mr S. turns to me and with out a beat says - wood is more patient. I should have said - yes, but wood is less forgiving.

We are basically building a cheap bbq stand that tries to not look like a cheap bbq stand. You can't believe what people try to charge you for even the cheapest stand. Some of them can be like a grand! It's ridiculous.

But now I'm in some Festool cult just because I wanted to cut a circle in melamine. If you know anything about Festool, I'm sure you will know what I mean. I think Scientology would be less expensive.

Cutting a test hole in 3/4 inch melermine.

Now the real hole.

I'm about half done. But at least you get an update....

Thursday, March 08, 2018

How come guys never want a flying boat?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

I swear when Bitcoin gets into the 12,000 dollar range I start rooting for it. Mostly because I think when a stock loses half it's value - it's more likely to go to zero than regain that 50%. Momentum is an amazing force.

Autonomous drones.

On a scale from 0 -10 how freaked out does this make you? Zero being not freaked out at all.

They are marketing this as a selfie drone, but I think they should call it an outdoor companion. If I do a lot of extreme sports I want people to know how I died. And really - if it can follow you - it could be trained to understand that if you stopped for too long it might need to go get help. I mean, if we are fantasizing about stuff.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Today I'm just feeling like those WeWork incubator guys were mad geniuses. Who could have predicted that people would pay for a ~cubicle~ and give you an equity stake in their company? These things have been out there for years now and what are they working on?! Seriously.

There is a huge disparity in the form of new products coming into the economy vs. the amount of giant buildings those WeWork guys are putting up.

Mad geniuses I tell you.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Ya gotta give him props.

Today Mr S and I needed to dispose of a sofa. You pretty much can't get charities to take them anymore, so we decided to use chop it up instead of taking it to the dump.

I've done this once before but Mr S. wanted to watch videos to see how hard it was. That's when he landed on this guy's video - and there is just something I love about a "can do spirit". His choice of tools?  A bread knife, hand saw, a rolling pin and some beer.

Of course it did take him all day - but the guy actually did it!

My attempt was not as fun as I chose a sawzall, and it only took about an hour. And I didn't chose any beer because really - you can't lose any fingers with a bread knife and a rolling pin. You can lose more than a finger with a sawzall and beer.

Everything except the arm rests are in my trash bin. You can't believe how compactly they chop up. And it always fun to destroy something without having to have a plan to rebuild it.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

She thinks this is bullshit.

The front ones came right off. She was NOT having that. Escuse the blue tape. I'm building a mantel.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Rich bunny problems.

Litter boxes are not made for bunnies - they are made for cats and bunnies have completely different needs. Well... let me rephrase that. Bunny owners have different needs. We need bunnies not to eat their boxes, and boxes made for cats give no effs about that. Cats won't eat anything. Just as an aside - they have started making litter boxes for dogs now too. Which is odd.

So when my last order of litter boxes came a week ago - it all of a sudden created a crisis at the snarkolepsy household. You see - the company made the most minor of changes to the box on the left. Basically flaring this lip just a tiny bit more. But it took my girl exactly 30 seconds to notice that and start chewing.

We realized at that point they were phasing the old design out and set to the internet to buy as many of the old type as we could before they were all gone. We even stopped by three local stores. We managed to get the last 5 on the face of the planet. Petco literally looked through their whole supply chain and found us 5.

2 came from Virginia,  1 is coming from Oklahoma and 2 from Kansas. That is comedy. I'm not sure that is the cheapest way to get litter boxes. But it will give us the better part of half a year to find a suitable replacement or a hopeful redesign. But this is the stupid stuff that we have to go through every year or two when they redesign a litter box to please bunnies. It really eats up way more time than you'd expect and it's ridiculous.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

No ones' pubes were on fire after Obamas steel tariffs.

"Call that protectionist if you want to, I say it is smart policy and one of the most pro-business things President Obama has done since taking office." -Jim Cramer

The second aspect, Cramer said, was that the Chinese government was propping up its steelmakers with cheap loans from state owned banks. Thus, Chinese companies continued to produce steel though there wasn't as much demand in China, and instead dumped it around the world at unprofitable prices. This caused the entire globe to be flooded with cheap steel. These impacts were toxic to the earnings of steelmakers in the United States.

"A major game changer came forward about a month and a half ago when the Obama administration attempted to stop the flood of cheap Chinese steel. In early February, Congress passed the new customs and trade enforcement bill, which gave the president authority to take action against China's dumping of state-subsidized goods. 
On March 1, the commerce department announced it would add import duties on cold-rolled steel from seven countries, including China. 
"Call that protectionist if you want to, I say it is smart policy and one of the most pro-business things President Obama has done since taking office," Cramer said."


And Obamas tariffs were 266%. Not the measly 30% Trump wants. I'm just a little on my last nerve when it comes to phony outrage right now. And those tariffs didn't manage to create inflation.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

It could have been a snow day.

It's been more than a handful of years since we've gotten so much snow on the mountain. Usually this is the kind of thing that you only see right when you get up because it melts pretty fast. But it must have been blizzarding up there because so far the snow has lasted all day.

Apparently my deck has the worst possible view but I didn't have my truck today so I could't pull off the roads willy nilly and take pictures. It looks like the snow line got pretty low. If it weren't during the week you'd be getting snowman pictures right now because I would have driven up there.

Two weeks ago it hadn't even gotten cold enough to kill my tomato plants from last year. So I quickly took about a half dozen cuttings and put them in water.  In a normal year you could never over winter them that long because they would get too leggy.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Maybe just pictures for a while.

Sometimes my ADD grinds my brain to a halt. There are tons of words in there - I just have a hard time getting them out and I just kinda shut down.

So - basically I get a crazy kind of writers block. And after it gets to about three days it becomes hard to blog. Nothing seems worth being interesting enough to be "the thing" that breaks the blockade.

The more you know...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I'm betting you all won't think this is as funny as I do.

Maybe I'm wrong and they will kill us all. but I doubt it.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CNBC is sad our socialist future is slipping away.

They are pounding the "technology is going to destroy all of our jobs"  drum again. And they are doing it in the creepiest possible way.  I guess they don't really have anything to write about today so they are churning out these articles again.

Billionaire Richard Branson: A.I. is going to eliminate jobs and free cash handouts will be necessary.

Facebook co-founder Hughes: The digital economy is 'going to continue to destroy' jobs in America.

*U.S. workers who make less than $50,000 per year should get a government stipend of $500 per month, says Chris Hughes.

*"As long as you're working for your country, your country takes care of you," says Hughes, an advocate for a basic income. (emphasis mine)

*The wealthy 1 percent should pay for the program, he says.

Soooooooo.... these guys aren't really just giving this money away? People will somehow have to work for the government? Good to know! This is some communism level shit.

I will believe that A.I. and robots are a real threat when the real world can get the simple stuff right. Like automatic toilets or sinks. We were all on the automatic toilet bandwagon. Right? And now I've noticed tons of places have started ripping them out and replacing them with old toilets. And I've grown so accustomed to the automatic ones that I don't want to touch the handles now. So frankly, I just kick them with my foot. I'm sure that makes me look like some sort of asshole but it's the truth.

Just because a robot or A.I. ~can~ take a job, doesn't mean it will do so well enough to replace old timey stuff.

I guess Zuck is sort of looking like a bag of shit right now so they are bringing in new blood to keep this meme going.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Spent the day putting up Christmas lights because we are getting our first hard freeze. I'm sure the neighbors are like - what the hell - that's more lights than they put up for Christmas.

Now next year I'm going to have to decorate my bougainvillea.