Open Range (movie) Thoughts

I’m watching Open Range for the fourth or fifth time and it’s a really good movie.  Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall and Annette Bening.  Interesting treatment of the Open Range controversy and just a good cowboy film.


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?

TV / Cable remotes stink

I know, I know I’m a snobbish software type but could we really come up with a better designed type of interaction with the TV / cable system than a remote control (clicker) that doesn’t work unless it’s the right phase of the moon and you don’t want to do any thing like choose a movie.  I press and press the button and the cursor doesn’t move and suddenly the clicks catch up and it moves past where you wanted to go.

Yes, I understand, I’m late to the party of having cable ( last 2 or 3 years) and as a result have little tolerance for a system so antiquated and illogical.  I’ve read the manual, tried patience, throwing thr remote across the room and I still can’t get where I want to go.

I’d go as far as saying this is one stressor that built to have influenced the election much like comment like “Let them ear cake” for enter revolution.



Thank you and Merry Christmas!

I just want to say Thank you all who have made this Christmas so very filled with joy.
Thanks, Janet, for the wonderful cookies, Laurie and Carl for the delicious Godiva chocolates and the wonderful people from Saint Anne’s and Saint Zepheran’s churches in Wayland for the delicious turkey dinner. Today has shown how thoughtful the average person in America is.

We’re drowning in junk: data and stuff

Okay, many of us are aware of how everything we touch becomes junk and that we’re making more of it.  I was unaware  that space is becoming a dangerous junk yard.  But in the past few days I became aware of data junk.  It led me to start thinking about the problem of the many pieces of data we generate.

Let me give you an example:  Trying to be a good patient, I signed up for a medication reminder on the American Heart Association to text me reminders on my cell phone. Great idea!  But websites change things, some things are added, some removed but the data and often the servers remain so I get medication reminders for drugs I’m no longer taking.  There’s no way to delete the reminders.

You fill out a login to get to a web site, where does the data go? How long does it get retained? Is it still correct?  Is it erroneous to begin with? Where does it go?  Is it covered by privacy laws?  How does the company handle, protect data, what do they do if the data is stolen?

And sadly, ethical companies take their data responsibilities seriously and regularly back up and archive the data over and over again. So what happens when that data is accessed illegally and permeates the data space and becomes fact?

One example I’ve suffered from recently is visiting nurse agencies.  Because, I’ve been in pain for a long time and can’t take most pain medications, moving me around causes me pain and I sometimes yell.  VNAs do not like patients like me and make notes of what a difficult patient I am.  Some how new VNAs get to look at these files without my permission and so signing on a new VNA is really difficult and they insinuate their way into my medical records at a local ER.

I’ve even gotten print ads for conditions that were transient and not really an active condition.

So beware junk data is growing and will affect you.


Why do colleges make it so hard to get info on their programs?

I’m an adult, if I want information from the college, I’ll pick up the phone.  Using sales and marketing may help small schools bottom line but it makes me feel sold and I want a degree to mean something.  I’ve been a live teacher as well as an online teacher. Do those in charge think this strengthen the education?   I think just adding people who are ill suited for a program demeans the program.  I’ve been really happy with foreign colleges because the grade means something.

I’m really old now.

I’m really old now. I’ve worked with new technology, new paradigm, etc but I have finally come up against something I can’t figure out.
I bought a voice recorder so I could make notes and write articles.

Okay, I open the package and I immediately look for the documentation and the problems and concerns begin there.

What do you usually have to with almost everything? You have to set the date or recharge the battery. Well, shockingly the documentation does not say how.