Month: January 2015

RIPTA a Rant One of Many

So this evening I got to the stop for the 27/28 bus lines at 5:30PM on the dot. No 27 bus to be found. So I figured I’d wait as the 5:40PM I’d catch the 28 bus – both run down Broadway until Olneyville where they split off, the 27 towards Manton Avenue, the 28 toward Hartford Avenue.

The 28 bus as I said was supposed to be that at 5:40PM and in fact often gets in at around 5:35PM. But tonight, just because traffic was light it got in at 5:43PM. Yeah, you read that right, light traffic and the bus was late anyway. How the fuck does that happen?

Now I know RIPTA is planning to enable GPS tracking on buses but get this – they won’t put it up on the web, oh no. You’ll have to go to a kiosk in downtown Providence to see that. I’m tempted to hack it.

This is why I prefer the MBTA Subway lines. They’re pretty much on time most of the time. Oh and they do make every stop but my commute from South Station to Central Square Cambridge is at a max 13 minutes, but more frequently 10 or 11 minutes. Zip, zoom go. Well, maybe not – it’s a 4.3 mile car ride, about 3 miles train wise. Which would mean the average speed of the Red Line is 16.36MPH, or 26KPH for my metrically oriented friends. But that train seems to go a lot faster. I’ve got to turn on Google Maps someday and have it calc the true speed between two stations. Because those trains are moving at way faster than 16.36MPH/26KPH. They crank more like 35MPH to 50MPH or 56.3KPH to 80.5KPH. It’s the time at the station stops that eats it up and reduces it. But still I like it much more than a bus.

2014 Holiday of Saturnalia, Christmas, Solstice, Kwanzaa and Festivus

Not sure how this escaped my posting but I completely forgot to do a holiday post.

The trip down went well and the trip back was cool – we went US 17 to US 13, to US 113 to US 1 up until New Jersey. Then skipped onto I-95 for the rest of the way. The ride through connecticut seemed interminable. And we avoided the shit in Virginia and Maryland. I’ll use that route from now on.

Anyhow gifts – the 42″ LED TV was a big hit with the mother in law. She’d been without since the old CRT based TV she had shit the bed and displayed a solid green line across the middle. I know what causes that – the circuit controlling the yoke must have popped a capacitor, and the gun was minus the red gun – likely burned out in the CRT. But she went on and on how she liked the new TV. It’s a really sleek LG unit.

The nephew got a new U.S. Open winter coat, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack with hood and masks, and two more TMNT figures, one of Splinter, the other of Michelangelo Elf. He’s six years old and full of energy and he took a shine to his uncle Tony, even though I am a white guy.

The nieces each got the Webster spelling corrector – something I’m told they needed. They’re nine years old now and maturing rapidly both in mental attitude and body. I guess it’s true that puberty for girls starts at 9 these days.

Christmas day was a time of raucous joy. Everybody was in the spirit. And I made a batch of the cheddar cheese shortbread biscuits. Those were a big hit.

The Interview – not too bad

So as you may be aware the movie The Interview is making it’s rounds on the web. You can watch it here for free or catch it on YouTube for $5.99.

I cannot understand why Sony didn’t just release the movie. It’s pretty funny. A bit heavy on the ass play but hey, it’s James Franco and Seth Rogen so you’d expect that kind of stuff.

The part where Skylark gets Kim Jong Un to cry and then shit his pants is priceless. And then when Skylark finally does Kim Jon Un in with a salvo from a tank – it’s priceless too.

Pondering the Rose Bowl and Providence, RI Gay Pride parades

So I’ve ruminated on this before. Look at the Rose Bowl parade – the floats in particular. Or the Disney Main Street Electrical Parade since RI’s Gay Pride parade is held at night.

I learned long ago how to put together a float. Lots of chicken wire, tissue and spray paint and you can create some pretty cool shit. And with what I know of LED’s, EL wire etc. lighting shit up isn’t a problem with judiciously place Cree LED’s.

I know, I know. I should get involved. But been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I think enforced viewing of the above parades should be the precursor for any parade. And maybe just maybe I should get involved with RI Pride – but like I said done it and got the t-shirt. Now I can sit on the sidelines and bitch.

And more – the corporate side. I know Northwestern Mutual has a float that is bedecked with flowers and shooting fireworks. Meanwhile in RI at Gay Pride, CVS, Blue Cross, and other corporate sponsors send a bunch of people in t-shirts with company logos and a banner out front. Come the fuck on – a little imagination if you will. It’s not like the corporate side doesn’t have the dough necessary to build a kick ass float. They just lack the motivation and the imagination to make kick ass floats.

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