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Fryer’s Blog: Things that don’t go together

March 10, 2006

Things that don’t go together: “

No this isn’t the Jay Leno show.’ Icecream_1

Google Video of the Day: A Meditation on the Speed Limit

March 6, 2006

Here’s a video of speeding, not. See my previous post regarding, “Where are we going in such a hurry.”

A Meditation on the Speed Limit: ”

Most people already think speed limits are too slow (except maybe paramedics), especially if you live in an area where the highway speed limit is 55 mph. In Vermont, where I live, it’s 65 (so everyone goes 90). This video is about what happens when a group of people create a pace car blockade and force everyone behind them to drive 55. Suggested by Curtis Carroll. Thanks, Curtis!

Running time: 00:05:00

A Meditation on the Speed Limit

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(Via Google Video of the Day.)

A Meditation on the Speed Limit

IT Conversations.

March 3, 2006

IT Conversations.

I listened to () this morning regarding Calendaring. The subject matter caught my attention, as Calendaring and the web are an area of interest of mine. Here was another case of not being able to listen to the entire podcast. I often have this happen as the conversation begins to wander or the original subject for discussion has lost its focus. In this case the subjec while interesting, I say, wasn’t presented in a listenable fashion. I realize that the title of the provider is “IT Conversations,” and it might be geared more for webheads. In this case I wondered why the girl being interviewed wasn’t speaking english. She used way to much jargon and industry buzz words that unfortunatly the interviewer, never asked a follow up question to get some clarification as to just what the hell she was talking about. Now in come cases he did and in a couple of cases she did also, as a part of the answer to the question asked. Overall however, it was 30+ minutes of GeekSpeak. Podcasters need to, I say, direct their Cast, to a common listener. If your Podcast is one that is a subscription only, for a particular niche market or listener group, then all the buzzwords and jargon related to your business or profession are just fine, given your audience. Otherwise, lets converse with each other in a common voice, as friends and neighbours chatting over the back fence while having coffee or a beer. Using that framework will make podcasts much more listenable.

You Know You’ve Had Too Much Caffeine When…

March 2, 2006

Something to read with your morning cup of coffee.

You Know You’ve Had Too Much Caffeine When…: “

In the style of ‘You might be a redneck if…’ jokes, here’s a batch about caffeine:

You might be a caffeine addict if:

  • Your web page has the Mountain Dew color scheme.
  • You don’t sweat, you percolate.
  • You have to drink some form of caffeinated beverage just to sleep.
  • Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
  • You lick your coffeepot clean.
  • You know from experience caffeine tablets don’t dissolve in cola.
  • Juan Valdez names his donkey after you.
  • You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
  • You get a speeding ticket even when you’re parked
  • You can jump-start your car without cables.
  • You see nothing wrong with using water joe to make the coffee you use to take your no-doze.
  • You want to be cremated just so you can spend eternity in a coffee can.
  • The dishes in your house are all coffee cups.
  • Starbuck’s owns the mortgage on your house.
  • You suck on a used coffee filter and grounds whenever the can runs out of coffee.
  • You have distilled Jolt Cola to make it more potent.
  • A cup of coffee before bed doesn’t keep you from falling asleep anymore.
  • You’ve worn out the handle on your favorite coffee mug.
  • You’ve ever used the airplane’s call button just to get a coffee refill.
  • You dip espresso beans.
  • You slip into a coma if you drink decaf by accident.
  • You’ve given up sex, TV, and all forms of meat for Lent before, but STILL can’t make it 40 days without caffeine.
  • Your birthday is a national holiday in Colombia.
  • You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
  • You go to the doctor because you’re afraid there might be blood in your Mountain Dew stream.
  • You can name the five flavors of JOLT.
  • You need a caffeinated beverage after lunch to avoid being cranky all afternoon.
  • You believe that the coffee bean is a vegetable.
  • You have a website about caffeine.

Post any more you have in the comments.

(Via Energy Fiend.)

You Know You’ve Had Too Much Caffeine When…

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Overheard…

February 28, 2006

“We don’t need any help walking around, looking stupid, we can do that on our own.”

Changes

February 28, 2006

Yes I’ve changed the look of the blog. I wasn’t happy with the look of the body of the blog so we’ve gone to this look. Enjoy.

Where are we going so fast?

February 28, 2006

Where are we going so fast.

I’m a professional driver. This means that I get paid to drive on a daily basis. I’ve driven a cab, Over the road (OTR) which was a money losing proposition, and now I drive a Limousine. One of the plethora of things I notice daily is how many of you other drivers out and about pay little if any attention to the posted speed limit signs. This disregard of the speed limit signs, is apparent on residential streets, city streets, state highways, and of course, the Interstate here, in and around the Greater Denver Metro area. It matters not, what time of day either, as excess speed knows no time of day. The only thing that comes to mind is that people are in a hurry, running late, or maybe just don’t like spending time in the car, so want to get whereever they’re headed and get the trip finished.

Now this is based on my own observations, so your mileage may vary. It’s not just a few miles an hour over the posted speed limit, rather it’s lets see just how fast we can get from point A to B. I often find myself having to speed up in order to keep from being road kill out on the highway, or at least not to be an impediment to the flow of traffic. This means that the majority of traffic is traveling at 10-15 mph., or more over the posted speed limit at least out on the Interstate. In order to keep from getting run over, even at the 10-15 mph. in excess of the posted speed limit, I find myself, still the slowest vehicle out there.

Enforcement of the speed limit is spotty at best, and I’m sure that there are many more important things that our Law Enforcement’s finest, are concerned with than the occasional speeder. I don’t know just what percentage of the local Police are allocated to traffic patrol/control, and I’ll say that I don’t see many, and maybe that’s the way they want it.

I’ve written about this befor, and I’ll again bring out a budget savings option for the parties concerned. This goes for Local, City, State, and Federal budgets, and concerns how you can save what is likely to be hundreds of thousands of dollars on an annual budget. Stop the manufacture of the speed limit signs. Then re-assign those crews, responsible for the maintenance and care of the speed limit signs, to more pressing needs. (You know what they are, so I won’t belabour the point.) The signs are most likely a fixed cost depending on the sign size, and the crews, are a flucuating cost, depending on how often they have to patrol and what amount of time and effort is needed to upkeep the signs.

Is this a perfect solution. Hell, no! Traffic flow is a constant issue regardless the size of the city. There is an entire other issue of traffic infrastructure for another time.

Speeders will be speeders and I suppose that they will always be with us. When I see you out on the highways and byways, I’ll get over in the right lane and let you pass, and I’ll see you at the next blocks, red traffic light. Aren’t you glad you got there first?

Boy injured falling off chairlift

February 28, 2006

This story is one that just screams for action by the Nanny Brigade, and those “do gooders” with way to much time on their hands. I envision, a “Mothers Against Unsafe Chairlifts,” (MAUC), Congressional Hearings on Chairlift Safety, Seatbelts, and the list just keeps on growing.

Boy injured falling off chairlift: “BEAVER CREEK- A boy was injured when he fell off a Colorado ski lift Sunday.”

(Via 9NEWS.com Local Headlines.)

Boy injured falling off chairlift

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Overheard Conversation

February 26, 2006

“He’s a little bit of an idiot, isn’t he.”

West Texas Junior High School Principal Shoots .44 Pistol in Office — Blows Hole in Wall

February 26, 2006

Why is this news? Carrying guns in Texas goes right along with Sweet Tea and Dr. Pepper. There’s nothing to see here, move along.

West Texas Junior High School Principal Shoots .44 Pistol in Office — Blows Hole in Wall: “Luckily nobody was shot.”

(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)

West Texas Junior High School Principal Shoots .44 Pistol in Office — Blows Hole in Wall