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Things to do today and in the next few weeks to keep your family and your neighbors safe in bad weather.

1. Check that you have smoke detectors with fresh batteries in your bedrooms.  If you needs to buy them use Amazon or your local hardware or even some larger pharmacies.

2.  Get a plug-in Carbon Monoxide detector.  Sometimes you can combine them.  I personally like to allow multiple failure points (it’s the QA person in me).

3.  If you are planning on staying in you home for more than 5 years have a whole house generator installed.  With mine, the power goes down and within minutes, generator boots on and power is back on.  When power comes back, power switches, generator switches off and we’re back on the grid.

Plans

You have to have plans if you have children, pets or special circumstances like disability.

if you are disabled but can get out of bed by yourself into wheel chair, keep the chair at the ready otherwise keep the lift plugged in when storm warnings first start, have your caretaker position the lift sling under you and the lift next to you.  It usually takes about 10 minutes to get you in a chair or on a stretcher.

Other things to do:

-Get a chair or stretcher per special needs (try eBay.com for cheaper prices, you can also try councils on aging or centers for indepent livings.

-Ramps or doors expanded (in Boston area, try boston orthopedic & respiratory equipment (https://www.bostonorthoresp.com).

More to come. . . .

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Anyone remember boarding houses?

When I was a kid, I remember that people in transition used to live in boarding houses.  I’ve just read that a large percentage of Millenials still live at home.  It seems to me that boarding houses could allow them to move out without going into debt.  What do you, gentle reader, do you think?

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5 questions about self driving cars to think about

5 things I hate about self-driving cars:

1. Why would you want one?
2. How frightening is it going to drive in the Boston area
3. Are safeguards really going to exist on them or is it going to take a heap of deaths and crashes and redesign to actually make them safe
4. Why are spending all this money on these cars and roads when we could use lowering the fossil foot print we’re doing by using public transportation? Shouldn’t we count in job loss, insurance cost, deaths, etc and whether it’s worth it?
5. Do you really want software engineers to make ethical decisions?