Month: October 2014

The Kindle Fire HD6

So I bought a Kindle FIre HD6. There were two reasons for this. First I wanted something easier to read than the small cell phone screen. Second is that it allowed me to delete the Kindle app from my phone thereby freeing up space to say use the gallery to upload pictures. So it was my cell phone that drove the purchase.

So far I like it, Has all the apps, is Android based and I have yet to jack it into the computer to poke around. It’s the ad supported model – so when you turn on the screen it’ll have say an ad for HBO, or some stupid vendor. I can tolerate that as when you unlock it the ads disappear.

The one gripe – on the phone when reading if you went horizontal there was a way to keep the text in landscape format. No such feature that I can find on the Fire HD6 does that. So I have to ding Amazon for that one.

A nice dining experience – Nordic Lodge Charlestown, RI

So this evening Keyron and I went to the Nordic Lounge in Charlestown, RI.

Nordic Lodge Map

As you can see from the map it’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere. But it has an interesting story. The family that founded it was originally from Brooklyn, NY. In the 1960’s they looked in that area and loved the water views. Hence was born the Nordic Lodge. It’s 30 some miles from Providence but well worth it. And it quite literally is best accessed via GPS. The woods are in fact lovely, dark and deep and I have promises to keep. In fact upon entering the property you’re greeted by two pyres burning away, quite awesome to behold.

It’s $91 per person but let me tell you – you can choose from all sorts of seafood including lobster, shrimp, scallops, oysters, crawdads, etc. All sorts of veggies like pickled beets, stuffed cherry peppers, artichoke heart and red pepper, etc. But they have something for everyone. You won’t leave without a stuffed belly.

For the $91 I consumed roughly 3lbs of lobster meat, had some fried scallops, some nicely done hush puppies, and a nice filet mignon done truly medium which I love. And then some chocolate coated cherries, chocolate coated strawberries, a very rich brownie, and I know I’m leaving out a few other things. There’s even breaded chicken if you want and all sorts of salads. Definitely got my $91 worth I’ll tell you. Total time about 1.5 hours.

Service for a buffet was impeccable. Drinks were kept refreshed at all time, lobster bibs and pliers supplied, table waste bowl emptied frequently, and even hot towelettes at the end.  I’d highly recommend the place. Just be prepared for sharp curves and a place where high beams are a must.

For the most part

People are stupid. I mean really stupid.

For example on my commute home part of my route takes me through Providence Place Mall, then across the sky-bridge to the Westin and then out from there to the Convention Center which is currently a bus hub.

It never fails, invariably I tend to keep right. It must be the driver in me. But when you get to the doors at the Westin end of the sky-bridge – there are always dolts coming in on the RIGHT side.

And today I was in a hurry to get to a certain destination. So when the door clotted up on the right I loudly said “Are people that fucking stupid?”

As I’ve said before when I get inconvenienced the mouth starts. But it’s little things like this that pull back the curtain on humanity and it isn’t a pretty picture. A vast majority are simply dolts plain and simple. And many of them are dolts that vote. You see where I’m going here don’t you?

Another Sunday Stealing – on a Sunday even

Who were you with yesterday?

That would be Keyron. 

What woke you up this morning?

Nothing – I just pop awake at 5AM every day. This is what happens when you commute.

Where are you?

In my home office at home.

Is tomorrow going to be a good day?

Yep – I got the day off for Columbus Day.
What’s on your mind RIGHT NOW?

That I don’t have to go to work tomorrow. If old Columbus is good for anything it’s the time off.
Do you listen to music every day?

Yes in fact I do. It’s a survival tactic on public transit. In fact were it not so I’d be one unhappy camper.

Are you a fast typer?

Very fast. Everywhere I’ve worked someone has said to me that I fly on the keyboard. And I do, last time I checked I was up at about 90WPM.

Whats your favorite type of soda?

Black Cherry!

Have you ever won an award?

Not that I’m aware of but I did win a book once.

Are you listening to music right now?

Yep, got Pandora streaming in the background.

How long ’till your birthday?

42 days. Hey, that’s the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

Do you use ebay to buy or sell?

Not so much anymore. I was both buying and selling on there.

 Who makes you mad?

Stupid people.

 What do you do when you’re mad?

I curse a lot – and I get pretty loud.

Do certain songs make you cry?


 Are you usually a happy person?

Yes I am.
 What makes you the happiest?

Time away from work.
 Do you believe in yourself?

Of course I do.

Yet another week where the MBTA Commuter has lead in it’s ass

So this past week  was interesting. The train coming into Providence has been consistently late by a few minutes. Ok that I can almost accept.

But then it’s equipment problems – for two days in a row. Same problem, same train. This time I got off the train at Back Bay, hopped on the Orange Line toward Oak Grove, got off at Downtown Crossing and then hopped on the Red Line toward Central Square, my stop. It’s good to know that the both the Orange and Green lines intercept the Red Line, one at Downtown Crossing, the other at Park Street. So in essence from Back Bay you either come up, then down again to the Orange line, or you exit the building, walk down to Copley and get on the Green Line.

Still it’s annoying. I’m almost ready to spend $378 for an Amtrak pass and just buy the $70 subway pass from MBTA. At least the Red Line for all it’s faults, namely the 015 and 016 series cars that are rickety buckets, it runs ON TIME.

But the MBTA has to maintain it’s commuter trains a little better. In fact if they really want to serve the Providence Line it’s time to consider electric power cars versus the diesel hybrid engines they use. Of course it will require buying whole new train sets too. But the last time the MBTA bought new passenger cars for the Providence Line was in 2005. You can tell – if you head toward the front of the car and look up and to your left the manufacture plate is RIGHT THERE. It lists the locations the car was manufactured, the year and the serial number of the car. There are still some cars from the late 1980’s on the line.

PBS The Roosevelts

PBS is re-running it’s documentary on the Roosevelt family today. They’re mostly on the Teddy Roosevelt era. And it hit me – this is circa 1904.

The U.S. then was a VASTLY different place 110 years ago than it is now.

Think for a moment – the automobile or at least a major mass production of such didn’t exist yet. That would be another four years.

Electrification throughout the U.S. wasn’t even a glimmer at that point. And in fact our electric infrastructure of today still dates back to that time.

Telephony was still connected by an operator and not in all areas or as ubiquitous as it is today. In fact all the communication technology we have today owes its existence to the conquering of noise. Recall too that Lee De Forest‘s  “audion” didn’t happen until two years later. And the first transcontinental telephone call didn’t happen until 1915. Now of course we can call around the globe from the palm of our hand with no wires.

And commercial radio didn’t yet exist in 1904. It was the newspapers and telegraphs that ruled the day. That and oil lamps, coal heating, etc.

But let’s go further – no hot water heaters in the homes. Cold showers! Which btw aren’t too bad. But still warm water is comfortable. So is central heating.

Better for the more tropical areas of the U.S. home air conditioning didn’t yet exist.

Food must have been interesting, we’d have had no exposure to mangoes, kiwis, or the fare plethora of fruits we take for granted today.

And the average life span in the early part of the 20th century was 46.2 for men, 49.1 for women. In that parlance I should be dead by now. But I’m not – advances in medicine, dental care and improvements in food safety are to thank. Even Penicillin – the overused antibiotic didn’t exist in 1904!  And vaccinations were pretty uncommon then too. You’d die from diphtheria, measles, scarlet fever aka strep throat.

So the fact that life spans are now into the 70’s and 80’s is quite the achievement for public health.

That’s just a century worth of progress. And now we’re in the early part of the 21st century. Where will it go from here?

Sorry I haven’t been visiting

Blogs that is. My machine had a hard disk crash and so I lost all my RSS feeds etc. The machine is up and running again but I’ve not had a chance to restore all the data to it. I did manage to snap an SSD in place of the electro-mechanical drive that had failed. Much faster! And I did get a network crossover cable to be able to move files off the old computer to the recent restored one.

Just not enough time – my schedule has been full!