Snow in San Antonio

sasnowIt has been a VERY long time since we have experienced snow in San Antonio.  The last time there was even a trace of snow on the ground was 1985.  That was 32 years ago.

Snow in San Antonio is a very special event. There are 30 year old adults here who have lived their whole lives without ever having seen what snow looks like.

It wasn’t much.  The official measurement was 1.9 inches.  It wasn’t even enough to cover the grass under the trees.  I enjoyed it though.  My favorite thing is to go out and sit in the hot tub as the snow gently falls.  I had to go to Colorado 10 years ago to do that.

The local news has been broadcasting continuously since 6:00 with hardly any commercial breaks showing the radar, talking about it and showing pictures that citizens have sent it.   I kind of like it.  It’s almost like a city-wide party experience.  I could hear children outside playing in the snow up and down the street.  It is likely to be their first and last ever snow.

It’s 10:00 pm now and the snow has stopped and is being melted by light rain.  There’s pretty much zero chance of there being any left in the morning.  This event could only have been made better by continuing through the night so I could have a Snow Day.  The temperature is just barely above freezing and it is unlikely for there to even have ice on the bridges tomorrow.  Bummer.  I might call in sick anyway.  I was already planning to do that before the snow started falling.

 

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Windows 10 – The Dumbening

wndwstnWith each forced release of Windows 10, the operating system is slowly becoming dumber.  Maybe that’s good since the masses who use it are mostly dumb.  Maybe it is a good match.

The problem is that they are slowly phasing out all the tools that administrators use to make modifications.  The ubiquitous Control Panel is almost impossible to find if you don’t search for it.  The Printer control panel is also hiding.  So many important tools are fading out and will soon be gone with the wind(ows).

Yes, there are big fonted, dumbed-down, push button and switch-like alternatives but where are all the options we need?  Gone or hidden so deep you will need a shovel to find them.  Fortunately the registry and the group policy editor are still there for power admins.

Personally, I don’t like it.  Yes, it’s partially because the old way was perfect and the new way is…dumb.  I feel like we are losing control of Windows.  Soon it will be like Apple’s OS.  Few options:  “You’ll eat what’s on your plate and like it!”

Linux is still out there but it will never replace Windows no matter how dumb Windows gets.  Go watch the movie, “Idiocracy.”  That’s where we are going really quickly.

 

Hell is other people’s music

bdmskHave you noticed that no matter where you go these days, they are playing music at you?

It’s on the horrible commercials that I am fortunate enough to be able to skip.  You go out for lunch and it’s blaring in your ear.  It’s in the elevator, the lobby, the restroom.  I HATE IT!

Now they just finished installing a music system in the office that I spend 8 hours a day in.  At least I have access to the volume knob. What a colossal waste of money!  It costs $100s of dollars a month to subscribe to a music service in an office building when a radio costs nothing.  I should probably invest in these musak companies.  They really have the public brainwashed into thinking they need such an overpriced service.

My ears need rest.  It’s like some kind of electronic harassment that nobody cares about except me.  If I want to hear music then I will listen to some good music.  Don’t force me to listen to your crappy shit.  As a musician, I know how to appreciate music and I know what sucks.  Your music sucks.

As we get older, and new music comes along, it is inevitable that it will be weird and horrible.  It happened to our parents and it will happen to us.   It IS happening to us.  Today’s pop music is…. Well… Indescribable.   I can best put it as unintelligent, corporate, computer generated, soulless, repetitive and annoying.   I’m beginning to think they do it on purpose just to piss people off.   I guess that was the point of Rock & Roll in the first place back in the early days.  To be rebellious for the sake of rebelliousness.

I think Homer said it best.

I just want quiet.  Is that really too much to ask?  Make the world a better place and keep your music to yourself.

All The Regular People

Today was a beautiful warm and sunny November day in San Antonio.  I had nothing I really needed to do so it seemed like it was a good time to go get some exercise and meet people.

I loaded my bicycle into my car and took it a few miles down the road to a nice greenbelt area that the city has created for walking and riding.  There are always plenty of people there.  I was wearing only my little short shorts so I could feel the wonderful sun on my skin.  I rode down the way for 3.25 miles passing a large number of people who ignored me completely.

If you were a girl and you saw a nice looking white guy riding a bicycle in short shorts and no shirt, wouldn’t you be attracted enough to at least notice?  I’m dumbfounded.  These regular people are total idiots.

No wonder I am destined to be lonely.  Regular people can’t see those of us who are truly special.  We resonate at a much higher frequency that seems to be out of the range of their vision.  I may be up in the infrared region of the spectrum.  That explains why I’m so HOT!

It’s really tough living amongst them.  You really have to fight to be seen.  It tires me out.  It takes more energy than I have just to become visible.  I’m exhausted.  I think I should just settle down and stick to my own plane of existence.  It is so much easier.

Well.  If nothing else, I got in 6.5 miles of exercise today.  That’s something.  Good to help keep my lonely heart beating a little longer.

 

Prius brake actuator luck out!

prusbrkactrMy wonderful good luck has helped me out yet again.

The other day a bunch of indicator lights lit up on the dashboard of my 2008 Prius.  I stopped at Advance Auto and they, always being so wonderfully helpful, scanned my OBD and the results indicated that I need to replace my Brake Actuator.

I planned on replacing it myself with a used part since a new one would cost $1200.  I found one on eBay for $189 so I bought it.  It arrived and I got psyched up to work on it but further research indicated that it was HIGHLY unrecommended that it be done at home.  Special tools are needed to complete the installation.  Bummer!  I psyched myself to pay $2300 for a new one plus installation.  I guess I can sell the part again on eBay and get a little money back.

My luck kicked in when I did further searching and found that Toyota has a special extended service warranty on the part that is good until December 30th this year.  Only a month away!  YES!!!   I printed out the Toyota Memo and took it to the shop.  Sure enough, it was covered.  They took the car and gave me a loaner.  They even had the part in stock.  I should be getting it back today if not tomorrow.  No cost.   Damn sweet!

I bought a lottery ticket but my luck doesn’t seem to extend to the lottery for some reason.  Only 1 number.  Oh well.  I saved $2300!  That’s like winning the lottery anyway.

 

 

Power Outage

pwrotgI woke up this morning and all was well (as it could be for having to get up and go to work.)  As I was walking down the stairs the light went out.  Damn.  Burned out bulb.  I got downstairs and saw that the battery light was on as I turned off the alarm system.  Hmmm.   It was then that I noticed that the power was out.

I made a bowl of cereal and wondered about it.  After eating I grabbed a little hand cranked radio to see if maybe the EMP was finally here.   The usual interminable crap was blaring.  Music and stupid talk about some messed up relationship.  Nobody cared about the power outage.  Guess it’s not the EMP.  I’ll have to go to work.

I went out to the garage and opened the door manually, pulled the car out and closed the door.  How crude!

As I looked around, I noticed that it was another one of those tiny outages that affects only my block.  The people across the street had their lights on.   This micro-outage seems to happen every once in a while.  I wonder what the deal is.

Please Reply!!!

ysnoNothing annoys me more than not getting responses to my emails.  I don’t know if it is a societal thing or people are just assholes.  Maybe both.

There was a time, when you asked a question, that you got an answer.  Now people just ignore you.  Even businesses where you are prospective customers.

I guess there are ways to be obnoxious about it until you get a response.  Maybe that is necessary today.   You just can’t seem to get people’s attention anymore.  Technology is the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.

As far as email goes, maybe adding, “Response Requested” or “Awaiting your reply” will help.  I kind of like to go with a passive-aggressive option.  If I don’t get a response, I send the exact same email again in a few days and repeat until something happens.

I am thinking on Yes/No questions I might include the above YES and NO Graphic to try to make it easier for the weak-minded.

What do you think?