Month: January 2012

Roommate horror stories

So one of my friends on Facebook pointed us to Gawker’s Worlds Worst Roommate forum.

I’m reading the stories and just shaking my head. First of all mental illness appears to be rampant in the U.S. I’ve been reading for the last hour and a half, laughing at some of it and horrified by a lot of it.

My roommate story is tame by comparison. First we have to get the obvious facts out of the way.

  • I am in fact gay
  • I was 23 years old at the time
  • I had wanted to live in Providence again
  • Roommate was another gay man, in his early 30’s
  • So an opportunity arose. A fried of mine who was also gay had told me that another guy in the building was looking for a roommate. Fine, I figured I’d save a little money.

    It worked out well. I worked full time days and he was wait staff so he’d be gone most nights. But on the weekends, and that started Thursday for him, he had a new trick every night.

    One of the funny ones is the night he pops in rather early with a new trick. He goes to introduce the trick to me and I’m like “Hey Brian, how are you?” to the trick. Roommate had a funny look on his face. You see, Brian and I had met a couple years before.

    The apartment had the living room, kitchen and roommates bedroom on the first floor, I had the loft with the skylight. That was nice.

    But as I said earlier about the new trick every night thing? Well one morning I wake up to this young guy creeping into my bed and he stars sucking on my cock.

    Now let me explain. The fun of it is gone if it’s THAT easy. And secondly sloppy seconds isn’t generally my thing. So I had to explain that to the kid.

    And the fact he’d been with my roommate earlier, that just heightened the tackiness factor.

    Ah, back in the day when I was young, cute and had the barrier even then where I could tune a lot out. They might have thought I didn’t notice but they just went about it the wrong way so they’d never know.

    It went fairly well. But I noticed

    Politics: Romney will get Florida

    I’m predicting it and as I’ve said before I strongly suspect he’ll get the party nomination.

    You can follow along here if you like.

    And if you look, note the counties that went or are going for Gingrich. I’ve spent some time in Florida myself, mostly around Marion and Volusia areas. I note the ares that Gingrich carries are the redneck parts of northern Florida. Doesn’t surprise me.

    So I wonder who Romney will chose as his running mate. Perhaps he will go outside and choose Glenn Beck. Ha! Doubt it, he may choose Gingrich. Wouldn’t that be a fun campaign to watch as it crashes into the ground.


    So Romney did capture Florida with 46.7% of the vote.

    Geeky fun with pistachios

    So this evening I decided to have some pistachio nuts. We got a 1.5lb bag of them so I measured out one full cup (8oz fluid volume) of them. I weighed the measuring cup first and then pressed the tare weight function on the scale to zero it out and proceeded to fill with pistachios.

    Total weight of one cup of pistachios in my case was 3.5 ounces.

    I ate the pistachios and then saved the empty shells and weighed those. It comes out to 1.5 ounces.That leaves 2.5 ounces of pistachio.

    So doing the math, 1.5 divided by 3.5 yields 0.42857142857142857142857142857143 (Dig the repeating sequence there!) which I rounded up to 0.43 or 43%, which is also the last two digits of the decimal portion. 

    So 43% of the weight of pistachios is their inedible shell. The bag we got was 24oz total which yields 10.3oz of shells, 13.7oz of edible meats.

    And here is the other thing. The pistachios are also sold in a 10oz. bag. In that case the yield of pistachio meats is only 5.7oz!


    The technological convergence

    It’s also referred to as as the Singularity in certain circles. It is coming faster than you think.

    I was pondering this the other night. It started with thinking about one of DARPA’s projects, a pod that is about the size of a refrigerator and can be easily transported. That pod would have a robotic surgical suite. Now here is where it gets interesting. I read the above in a book titled:

    The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs [Hardcover]

    Michael Belfiore

    Now the interesting part. The book mentions that either telepresence would be used or the pods would be autonomous.

    Now we’re all aware of an IBM creation called Watson. We saw Watson first playing Jeopardy. But he’s now being used for research in business and medicine.

    Then of course there are the autonomous automobiles. If you hadn’t noticed they’re coming closer and closer, the only real impediment is the law  but the law is showing signs of catching up.

    And then there is the X-47C (Yes, it was a B last time) which is an autonomous drone that the military is testing now.

    Now add this all up and I can make a prediction. I can see the end of surgeons in the near future. How can a human surgeon compete with a machine that can reference the entirety of medical knowledge and then act upon it? So there would be a nice little convergence. Think about the ramifications.

    Lets say for example you’re suffering a cardiac event. A robotic physician would hookup the test leads, and monitor your heart, administer drugs without room for error. And if surgery is necessary it can perform it without cracking your chest completely open.

    It is going to be an interesting future indeed.


    The Muppets slam Fox News

    I don’t think any words are necessary here. It started with Fox saying the newest Muppet movie brainwashes kids against corporations. So Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are here to tell us about Fox News:

    The Bigots need new material

    I say that because for every story I’ve read where some idiot legislator has denied existence of AIDS, or gay people, or any such blathering the main element never changes.

    It is as I’ve mentioned before animus based on emotivism. So I have pretty much tuned them out. They aren’t worth mentioning by name anymore, with perhaps a couple of exceptions.

    Why Willard Mitt Romney should not be President

    Despite his whole Mr. Nice routine, you may want to read this article. The scary part:

    They held monthly “Fireside testimonies” — Sacrament meetings at which each member testified to his belief that he lived in Heaven before being born on Earth, that he became mortal in order to usher in the latter days, and that he recognized Joseph Smith as the prophet, the Book of Mormon as the word of God, and the Mormon church as the one true faith.

    I do not want someone who believes we are in the latter days to be the President. Catholics and Christians are one thing, but Mormon is a bit too extreme for my tastes. They believe in some seriously screwball shit, like for instance believing they lived in Heaven and became mortal to usher in the latter days?? Yikes!

    Another interesting block of text from the article:

    “We were taught that America is the Promised Land,” he said in an interview.”The Mormons are the Chosen People. And the time is now for a Mormon leader to usher in the second coming of Christ and install the political Kingdom of God in Washington, D.C.”

    The Chosen people eh? I believe there is another group who might have a point of contention with that.

    And I do not believe there will be a second coming. The historical record really doesn’t make note of Jesus of Nazareth, or Yeshua Ben Joseph as he was probably known. The only real record is the Bible and we know how wrong that one can be.

    So with all of this in mind, I do not want to see Romney as our President. It would be the downfall of the U.S.

    And his first name is Willard? Does anyone else remember this:

    And more interesting, in 1971 it was produced by Cox Business whose service I am using now to post this message.

    Equipment: Dove in and got a deep frier

    It only holds 1 liter of oil but is sufficient for say fried chicken, deep fried broccoli, even zucchini flower!

    It has a maximum temperature of 375F which is right about where you want to fry anyhow.

    A former colleague warned me though. He said that if I were to get a deep fryer, I’d fry everything for the first month. But I seriously doubt I’ll do that. It will however be nice for certain things as I referred to above.

    And I have a big jug of peanut oil. Sorry all you folks with peanut allergies. You cannot eat anything fried at my place and you might want to avoid Five Guys because they do their fries in peanut oil too.

    It cost a total of $18 plus tax. With tax it comes out to $19.26. Not bad.

    Ridicule is the only tool we’re left

    I was rather bemused by this post titled “I was Neville Longbottom” on Box Turtle Bulletin. I’ve heard this attitude locally on how we shouldn’t call them bigots, we shouldn’t make fun of them.

    And it irks me. These bigots have done everything they can to suppress our civil rights over time, doing such things as spouting the ridiculous “Homosexuals aren’t born that way”, or that we are pedophiles, practice bestiality, or any number of other ridiculous statements.

    My particular favorite is Maggie Gallagher. And as information has filtered down I came up with the following:

    Her weight explains why he’s married to someone that if of Indian origin, for we know of their reverence for the cow!

    Nothing wrong with it. She wants to tell me I’m a second class citizen because of an immutable characteristic, I’m going to call her on something that she could potentially control. Plain and simple.

    Could a moon base be a probable event

    I’m sure everyone by now has heard Newt Gingrich’s plan to establish a moon base by the year 2020. Well, not so much a plan.

    I’d love for this to happen but I understand the realities of it and I doubt it will happen by 2020, at least not if it’s just the United States doing it.

    But click here to read the article and watch the video.

    In it they make a good point. To sell this in congress there will have to be relevance in every state.

    I counter that the Apollo program did have activity in EVERY state as well as having a public/private collaboration. My uncle was an engineer at EG&G and helped design seals used in the Apollo spacecraft. That was here in Rhode Island!

    So we could make a manned base on the moon. But I say lets spend the money on what Dr. DeGrasse-Tyson mentions, Science, Technlogy, Engineering and Math programs. Lets train the scientists and engineers for the remainder of the 21st century. Because what they might come up with could change the game considerably once they get out into the field.