Month: October 2012

Movies: The Avengers

If you’ve read prior posts you more than likely know that I think the genres such as vampires, werewolves, zombies and comic based movies has been done to death. In essence Hollywood almost always reaches for the lowest hanging fruit.

This movie featured Loki as the sole antagonist or super villain. He is opposed by his brother Thor, Captain America, Dr. Banner/The Hulk, Tony Stark/Iron Man,.

The main static seems to be internal between Tony Stark and just about everyone.

The best action is in the latter half of the movie. The one stand out is when Hulk starts slamming Loki into the concrete. While this is going on, Loki makes mention that he is a god. When Hulk finishes thrashing Loki, he then walks away and says “Puny god”.

Priceless!

It’s TMI Thursday Again

Though I’m not really keeping up with the weekly sequence. Some of them don’t apply to me at all so I refuse to participate in those.

However occasionally there are questions where my frame of reference matches the question set and I can honestly answer without having to make it up:

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
1. What kind of smart phone do you have?

I have a Samsung SCH-R910 – it’s almost two years old and I still love my Android phone.

2. Necessity, accessory or my right arm?

Necessity. Music, books, video, all can be viewed on this phone. I barely use the voice functionality of it though. Either text me or email me.

3. Top three favorite apps?

TuneIn, Kindle, and HopStop.

4. How much do you use your smart phone for calling, texting and data (email, games, movies)?

Calling is virtually nil. Text a fair amount, email a fair amount. Don’t really play games on it though. Now data – for video, music, a lot. Also have a number of reference apps on there like ElectroDroid, Mixology and Epicurious. Oh and Blacklist – it allows me to block callers that I choose.

5. Phone sex? Sextxting? Hookup apps?

None at all, well, Keyron and I do a little bit of sexting.

6. Has your smart phone replaced your camera?

Yes it has. If you look at my Facebook and Flickr page almost all my photos are now mobile uploads. And it hasn’t just replaced my camera but it’s getting to the point where it’s replacing the laptop. I find it amusing that I can hold something in my hand that has more computing power than my first few computers combined.

Bonus
It’s 3 am. Who do you call?

Pedestrian Safety – Providence actually ranks #4 worst

This study reports on the issues of complete streets and pedestrian safety.

I walk around a lot. The main road I live right near is pretty well marked out. There are numerous crosswalks and several signals. Plus it has bike lanes in each direction and parking.

But there are roads in Providence that are dicey enough that I can see why we’re ranked where we are.

But most of the city has sidewalks and crosswalks. It’s drive education here. The one time I was almost mowed down was by an off duty uniformed cop. I was in the crosswalk, he was speeding. I gave him a “What the fuck!” and notice Sergeant stripes on his uniform. I should have gotten his badge number and turned the fucker in.

Why I think Huffington post is going downhill

It started when they sold out to AOL.

Now it’s nothing but sports blurbs and cross linking. I liked the old Huffington Post when they actually analyzed the news. Now it’s just quick buck stuff.

***Update*** – so I refreshed the HuffPo feed – and I note almost all the sports pieces have disappeared. I wonder if someone at AOL read this post and realized what a cluster fuck the site had become.

RI Division of Taxation must be a mess

So a while back I had gotten a notice that I owed $1,700 in tax to the state of Rhode Island. I figured fine, I’ll just let them yank a couple years returns of $700 to $800 and pay the remainder.

Now I filed my 2010 taxes and was owed close to $900. But get this they didn’t apply it against my owed tax. And they didn’t refund it either. Plus, one other tactic the state uses is to snatch your federal return. But I got a full federal return.

Based on this I begin to smell something extremely rotten. Because you see if even the IRS isn’t collecting back tax for RI now, it means RI’s system has some very serious problems.

Today I get a letter in the mail about RI’s Tax Amnesty and how I can pay $438 less and settle the matter.

I have some words for Division of Taxation. Two words to be precise, FUCK YOU. You don’t what you are doing.

My license is valid for four years – and as far as registrations go I don’t own a car. There is also a high probability that I will leave this crooked little state within that four years.

Perhaps I’ll just hire an attorney and sue the state. That would be fun.

But better yet – if I leave the state entirely. I’ll build my little real estate empire here and then I can live ANYWHERE I want. At the 24 unit mark I don’t have to work a full time job anymore. And we start moving into the lower levels of “fuck you” money at approximately twice that. And my goal – when this is all done at a minimum 100 units, maybe 150. I really want to build this.

Radio waves – they’re all around us

Have you ever stopped to think of the impact that men like Tesla and Marconi as well as the numerous scientists and engineers at places like Bell Labs have placed on our day to day lives?

Let’s start with the computer. It uses WiFi which tends to live in the 2.4GHz 12.5cm band.

Then there’s my cell phone whose 4G LTE connection is around 1.8GHz or the 16cm band.

There’s my amateur radio handheld – it operates on the 6m, 2m, 1.25m and 70cm bands but can received a whole lot in between.

There’s the Wii which also connects via WiFi.

Then there is the broadcast radio bands, FM spans 88MHz to 108MHz, AM band spans 550kHz to about 1,600Khz. In wave length the center frequencies of those bands would be 3.1m for FM, and AM which is around 280m.

Then there’s terrestrial television. That runs between 470MHz and 698MHz. Believe it or not digital TV is tighter in bandwidth than the old analog televisions.

Then there is all the FRS and GMRS radio, plus any military frequency allocations, aircraft and marine allocations.

There’s a whole lot of radio frequency energy floating around there.

And all of it is due to men like Tesla, Marconi and the plethora of scientists and engineers at the likes of Bell Labs in the 20th century, and now at companies like Intel and AMD today.