Month: March 2013

Hey MetroPCS – your 1X CDMA network is still on Standard Time, not daylight time

So I have a Samsung SCH-R910 4G Android phone on MetroPCS. The network time on it is correct in fact the computer, cable box and phone all have the same time.

Keyron has an LG 1X CDMA phone from MetroPCS. The time on it is exactly one hour behind. Seems MetroPCS’s 1X CDMA network didn’t get the time update.

Now this is interesting. I’ve called 611 and notified them. Send a not to, and I’m posting it here. I understand that in corporate America today sometimes you have to shame them into fixing things. I’ve been through that with Cox Communications before. Fix the NTP settings on your 1X network guys!


TMI Thursday Once Again: Happy Saint Paddy’s Day

Attribution time: I got this off Rejected Reality who got it from Just a Jeep Guy.  And occasionally it might come in via Patently Queer .That out of the way:


  1. Do you have any Irish in you? Would you like some?
    *Yeah, my ancestry is predominantly Italian and the other half is comprise of predominantly Irish and Mohawk.
  2. Do you wear green on the day?
    * Not necessarily. However because I have hazel eyes that slide more toward pale green – when I do wear green my eyes stand out.
  3. Green beer is…
    * Just a marketing trick. Besides, the things I like to drink can’t be easily colored in green. Things like Newcastle Brown Ale, Guinness, etc.
  4. Irish coffee is…
    * What’s the one where you add Bailey’s to it, tasty and toasty!
  5. Have you worn a kilt?
    * Cannot say that I have. And being we’re still in the waning days of winter here it’d be mighty breezy.
  6. Have you gone to the NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
    * Ain’t never been there, they tell me it’s nice. Seriously though, really don’t care to go for that. NYC is much more fun at gay pride.
  7. St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland with a stick. How would you handle snakes?
    * Turn them into boots of course.


I’m not 100% Irish. Would you kiss me?
* Absolutely!

So it’ll be Pope Francis I. Perhaps we should call him Pope Frank.

Very interesting they chose both a pope from South America, Argentina to be precise and one who is a Jesuit.

Now here’s an interesting view – Jesuits tend to be highly educated. Hence former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was a chemistry teacher so he’s sort of rooted in the sciences.

But he’s another old fart pope. He’ll get maybe 10 years if he’s lucky and if we’re lucky maybe he’ll kick the bucket sooner than later.

But we might get a surprise. Like I said, he’s a Jesuit and a lot of Jesuits are actually more atheist than religious too.

Oddly Prophetic Music

Here’s one from 1985. Now computers in 1985 were very rudimentary 8 bit machines. Graphics might be 4 color, and AOL was just a twinkle.

So with the introduction out of way, here’s Zapp with Computer Love:


Making Spotify tolerable

One annoying thing about Spotify is the fucking ads. They don’t happen often but when they do they break the groove so to speak.

So I downloaded Blockify. It detects the ads and mutes them. I love it.

Sunday Stealing

Oh this should be fun, and as usual this was stolen from Rejected Reality who stole it from someone else:

  1. Be honest, who texted you last?
    * My phone is in the other room charging right now but my last text was from Keyron.
  2. Do you sleep with the bedroom door open or closed?
    * Door is closed lest the cat annoy the hell out of me when I’m trying to sleep. Other cats were fine, slept with me. This cat, she wants to be ALL OVER the bed. So as a result she’s not allowed in the bedroom.
  3. Do you drink tea?
    * I tend to like the darker brews though Keyron is getting me to drink more green tea. I kind of look at green tea as unfinished tea.
  4. Do you have plans for tomorrow?
    * Lunch with a head hunter. This should be fun.  Now this is the difference between a headhunter based here in RI and one based in MA. The ones around Boston are business pros all the way. And I appreciate that as another business professional myself.
  5. What’s worse: dry skin or chapped lips?
    * Chapped Lips… puts a crimp in kissing and fellatio.
  6. Would you be surprised if Facebook started charging?
    * Well, they already want to charge you to promote a post so I’d say we’re not far from the day when they will start a monthly subscription charge. At which point you’ll see Facebook hit the dustbin of the Internet and Google+ take over.
  7. Would you rather go to Canada or California on vacation?
    * No real draw to California to be honest. I have been told Toronto is cool, so to Montreal. And I’ve been to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
  8. How many social media sites are you registered with?
    * See the sidebar –> Just flickr at the moment. However I have a Facebook, Google+, and I used to have a MySpace account. Plus I’m active on IRC when I remember to launch mIRC and logon to freenode. 
  9. Are you wearing jeans, shorts, sweatpants or pajama pants?
    * A pair of jeans, socks, and a long sleave light shirt.
  10. So, what if you changed lives for one day with the last person you texted?
    * I’d get to grow my hair out in an afro! How cool would that be!
  11. Last person you told a secret to?
    * Nobody – don’t really have any secrets.
  12. What are you listening to at the moment?
    * Raphael Saadiq – Oh Girl
  13. Where was the last place you fell asleep other than your bed?
    * On the recliner of course. This sucker goes nearly horizontal so I’ve been caught snoozing, laptop in my lap, cat curled up behind the laptop and both of us snoring away!
  14. Is there someone that you believe you will always be attached to?
    * Yes
  15. Are you going to any concerts this year?
    * Not that I’ve planned.
  16. Do you believe in Karma?
    * Sort of as there have been a number of people that wronged me that ended up in a very bad place after doing so, so yeah. In fact my last curse upon my father is coming through in spades. I told him I hope he dies a lonely old man. And he likely will as wife #3 just divorced his ass.

Ok, I love Spotify

So I’d tried to download it before and the downloaded file was corrupted. But I recently tried again and I got it to work on my machine.

I love that it draws in my iTunes library, that I can listen to tracks without spending coin, and even add some into my library. Fun! I wonder how long before the recording industry is going to try and shut it down.

Dinner the other night

So I happened by Trader Joe’s and got two frozen Albacore Tuna steaks. I used a little bit of olive oil on them then seasoned with some salt and garlic powder. Then rubbed a little olive oil in the roasting pan and put it into a 425F oven for 10 minutes, flipping it at the mid way mark.

But what really rocked on this fish, something I adopted from Foodwishes on YouTube, was the sauce.

Ingredients for about 4 portions:
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
2 tbsps chopped walnuts
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

You would not believe how WELL this works with fish. The walnuts, when cooked in the butter are so sweet. It’s amazing. So try it out. I’m pretty sure you’ll like it. Oh and the fresh tarragon, I just used dried and it came out fine. You may have to adjust the amount as dried is a little more pungent.

Saturday 9: Midnight Train to Georgia

Saturday 9 from Rejected Reality:

  1. Have you ever been to the Atlanta?
    * No I haven’t. A friend lives in the Stone Mountain area and keeps begging me to come down there. But I have this aversion to cities spread out. I like vertical cities.
  2. Do you enjoy traveling by train?
    * Yes, I’ve taken the MBCR/MBTA commuter rail into Boston from Providence on many occasions. It’s not a bad ride.
  3. “Midnight Train to Georgia” is Sam Winters’ signature number at the karaoke bar. What’s your go-to song when you take the mic?
    * Only time I ever take the mic is as DJ/Announcer. I can’t sing.
  4. Do you drink tea?
    * Tea – mostly the darker brews.
  5. What’s the most recent thing you purchased for your home?
    * My KST V6 220MHz handheld transceiver.
  6. Are there dishes in your kitchen sink right now?
    * Nope – sink and counters are bereft of dishes.
  7. Have you ever been fingerprinted?
    * Yes I have – when I went to work for the State Attorney General’s office.
  8. What was the last check you wrote?
    * In this day of automatic bill pay, I write one check each month, and that is for my rent.
  9. What color are your eyes?
    * Hazel though a little more green.


How I think RI will get marriage equality

I see that the RI Senate committee may take this up on the 11th. But I suspect as they have done over time, is to table the bill.

I’m following the Prop 8 trial and one thing floated about is the so called 8 State solution. In essence the states that allow civil unions and domestic partnerships.

And guess what state is in that group. Yes, Rhode Island. So our Senate here in RI will do the chickenshit thing and just table it.

I’ve long said it would be via judiciary relief and not by act of our legislators. Most of them with the house now firmly excluded, so I’m looking at the senate, are still religious fundamentalists who are at the beck and call of the Bishop.