Month: March 2013

TMI Thursday Again: You Hairy Beast


Just how hairy are you? Do you desire more or less and where?
I’m pretty hairy. Chest, belly, back, legs, arms. But not as dense as some I’ve seen.

Your friend post’s a pic of you when you were 25, what year is it and what does your hair look like?
I was 25 in 1989. My hair looks sort of like now, a little longer though. And there’s no gray in it. Plus I didn’t have the beard back then.

What do you have to do and how long does it take you to make your hair look the way it does?
I have a hard, fast rule for this. If anything takes more than 30 seconds I want nothing to do with it. So I squirt a little gel in my hands, run it through my hair and we’re good to go. I generally keep my hair short, sort of hate when it gets longer and more unruly. Yeah, wavy/curly hair. When it gets wet it curls right up.

What was the most you ever paid for a haircut?

I think it was $25 and that was almost 15 years ago. When you live with someone who is a licenses stylist it’s kind of pointless to pay.

Do you manscape?
Nope, keep it wild and wooly!

Men with beards are…?
Some can be pretty hot.

What hair on a man affects your libido most?
Give me a nice hairy ass on a guy. Seriously – I like that.

RaspberryPi Founder says programming makes you a better doctor

Go read for yourself.

Now for my comments. He’s right – but I’d clarify a bit as I did on the report I wrote when I was doing program reviews in schools around Rhode Island.

You do not need advanced math to program a computer. You need to know the four basic functions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and perhaps the modulo function.

If you’re not sure what modulo is I’ll explain. It is a function that when given a numerator and denominator will return a remainder.


10 mod 1 = 0

10 mod 2 = 0

10 mod 3 = 1

10 mod 4 = 2

10 mod 5 = 0

10 mod 6 = 4

10 mod 7 = 3

10 mod 8 = 2

10 mod 9 = 1

10 mod 10 = 0

You see the pattern there don’t you.

So knowing the four basics and modulo are all you need.

Then there are a few functions available in several languages that help you out. In BASIC there’s the INT function. It returns the integer value of a variable. E.g. INT(3.14159) will get you 3.

But start programming and you’ll learn about arrays, lists, string manipulation, etc. Go and take the Udacity Intro to Programming course. It’s a seven week program but at the end of it you’ll get a view of how programming works using Python, one of the up and coming languages out there.

And now for some snark:

By 2005, when Upton had completed his studies and was himself interviewing undergraduates at Cambridge, this was no longer the case. If applicants had experience “coding,” this typically amounted to writing some HTML for the web (which isn’t programming), perhaps with a touch of back-end development in a few cases. Upton complained that, since that time, a chunk of the limited 60 weeks total term-time available for an entire undergraduate degree has to go on teaching the basics. Cambridge University, you’ll have realized, has notably short terms.

Now my snarkiness – yep, I’m not a webbie and in fact I consider those who only know HTML and maybe CSS not to be programmers too. I can program in several languages including PERL, Python, PHP, Visual BASIC, and even COBOL! I also understand MySQL and MS-SQL pretty well – enough to tie them to web services etc.

And to this day people are impressed by my mathematical ability. All because I’ve been programming computers since I was 13 years old, which makes it 35 years.

An 80’s retrospective

So my YouTube recommendations sometimes dredge up some interesting stuff:

Fonda Rae – Tuch Me – 1986: 

Sharon Brown – I Specialize in Love – 1982:

T.S. Monk – Bon Bon Vie – 1980:

Unlimited Touch – Searching to Find The One:

Inner Life – I’m Caught Up(IN a One Night Love Affair):

Central Line – Waling Into Sunshine:

And yes, late 70’s but here it is,

First Choice – Love Thang – 1979:

Brooklyn Express – Love Is The Message:

So enjoy. And remember disco and dance before people realized a good portion of it was created and performed by black and gay people or combinations thereof.

An additional 20 questions

This is kind of fun. I got it off Rejected Reality. There’s a pool of 5,000 questions so you know eventually it’ll get interesting.

101. What does happiness/joy feel like physically?
*It’s sort of an electric feeling throughout your body. It’s pretty hard to explain but you don’t experience it too often.  Well maybe I can explain – picture it. Mountain area and a small lake. A house on the banks of that lake, a hammock strung between two trees and a dock just made for sleeping. That’s also a joyous thing.

102. List five things you love starting with the one you love the absolute most.

1. Keyron
2. My computer
3. Time off from work
4. The feeling of accomplishment after tackling a new job, meal, etc.
5. Snuggling under the covers.

103. How many movies have you gone to see this year?
Absolutely zero in 2013. None that really appeal to me to be honest.

104. If you could have 3 wishes…but none of them could be for yourself, what would you wish for?
1. A Congress that actually had “We the People” at heart and not their pimps. (I’m leaving this one unchanged!)
2. Marriage Equality (This one too!)
3. A cure for HIV. Which they’re getting ever so much closer to doing.

105. In what ways do you relax and de-stress when you are really tense?
* Turn on the music, stretch out in my recliner and just close my eyes. It works.

106. How much money would it take to get you to sell your blog address?
* Not going to happen. It’s mine.

107. Have you ever been hunting?
No I haven’t. I’ve shot trap though. That’s kind of fun. 

108. Have you attempted this 5000 question meme in the past?
* No

109. What do you think of cloning?
* I have no issues with it. Nature already does it, else we wouldn’t have twins, trips, etc. And they are making GREAT progress in growing organs outside the body and then being able to transplant the completely compatible organ back into your body. That’s pretty cool!

110. Do you read or watch TV more often?
Music and reading. I can do both at the same time.

111. With all this talk of terrorism going around are you willing to sacrifice rights and freedoms for increased safety?
* No I am not. I haven’t flown for several years because I consider the TSA simply security theater. When I’d have to fly I’d find myself thinking about all the ways you could cause a major terrorist attack INSIDE and airport. It was then I realized how useless TSA really is.

112. What is the punishment you would come up with for Osama Bin Laden if you caught him alive?
* Ground up into little tiny bits.

113. Have you ever named an individual part of your body?
* No

114. Have you ever been on the radio or on TV?
* Yes, did two radio gigs when I was younger. One a music station, one a talk radio station. Great fun.

115. Have you ever won a lottery, or sweepstakes?

No I haven’t.

116. Have you ever won a contest or competition?

Yeah, I’ve won a bunch of stuff like books, circuit boards, etc.

117. Have you ever watched The Joy of Painting show with Bob Ross?
* Hell yes. that show was  fucking hypnotic!

118. Do you know what your grandparents and your great grand parents did for a living?
* Let’s see – my maternal grandfather was in the Navy during WW II, then came back and did twenty years as a police officer. My paternal worked as security director for a retail chain. My grandmother worked for that same chain.

119. Is there anything really interesting in your family history?
* My great grandfather on my mothers, mothers side. He was an engineer who invented and patented a device that let you change out the Jacquard loom on the fly without having to stop the machine.

120. Is there anyone you trust completely?
* Not really – part of it is my exposure to InfoSec.

President Obama says Heightened Scrutiny should be used

In addition to a lot more.

This an historic moment, one I never thought I’d see. But recall President Obama on the campaign trail in 2008 saying and I quote that he would be out ‘fierce advocate’. And I’ll be damned if he hasn’t lived up to it.

Even in the video he makes the case that if they strike down Prop 8 and DOMA – then none of the other bans and amendments should no longer be able to withstand that heightened scrutiny.

It’s remarkable. The Supreme Court despite what they say does not live in a news vacuum. And the Obama Administration has been on our side with this through DOJ, Solicitor General, etc. It’s going to be an interesting spring and I suspect that the gay pride celebrations this year just might be the barn burners if in fact the court rules as I believe they might.

Five on Friday

From Rejected Reality Blog:

  1. What was the most productive thing you have done this week?
    Received, unpacked and configured my new KST V6 220MHz radio. Even wrought a programming quick start and posted here in in the yahoo group for the radio. I also took it apart. I’m going to modify it for a keypad back light.
  2. Enjoying the winter or ready for spring?
    I generally despise winter but even with the big snow event at the beginning of this month we haven’t gotten a whole lot of it and temperatures have been above normal. If this is global warming aka climate change I think I can get used to this.
  3. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
    When I care to be I am an extrovert. But there are times where I just want to be left alone.
  4. Would you rather go without music or television for 1 year?

    Television for sure. Now are we talking the actual physical television or net based video like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, et al.? But a curious thing has started happening in this house. On many occasions the television stays powered off. Either there’s more interest in net based content, or I’m listening to my iTunes library, or Pandora One.

  5. Have you ever been truly scared of someone?
    *Not that I can remember. There’s been anxious but that’s nothing. Truly scared – I can’t really count. I’ve been through enough in life to not be scared of anything. You know that thing be the rock? That would be me.