Archive for the ‘wonderments’ Category

It Goes Both Ways

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

I’m always amazed at the things other people don’t know, that I take for granted.  Like how to catch a fly through indecision (if you bring two hands at a fly from opposite sides, at equal distances as you bring them together, the fly will not be able to decide which way to flee, and sit still, until you’ve completely surrounded him and then, whee, you have a fly in your hands).  But then again, there are things I learn every day, that other people have probably known all along.  As long as I can remember, getting in a fresh tub, no matter how warm the water, has always meant a momentary chill when I lay back on the parts of the tub outside the water.  Then the other day, I thought to take my wash cloth and just drizzle some of the warm bath water along the top of the back of the tub, and poof, no more cold moment.  It’s one of those things in retrospect, I can’t imagine more people don’t already do it, kind of things.

Seattle Restaurant biz-temperature falling?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

While Seattle seems to be going through a huge boom in construction, it is not clear that all this growth is benefiting existing restaurants. Recently, one of my favorite restaurants majorly annoyed me with a desperation move, that turned out to have not matter, the shop having shuttered in the last week anyways. Today, I get an email from another local restaurant bemoaning a significant loss in visitors, and offering an apology for a recent menu change, and a promise to return to the old ways, so “please come back”….weird to see such candor from a business.

But more curiously, I wonder at just how things are for the average restaurant in Seattle these days. I suspect that while the number of potential new customers has gone up, so has the number of new alternatives to be tried, leading to several places finding themselves ignored for prior success, while the crowds move from new to newer.

Special Bacon

Friday, April 25th, 2014

There is a concept, called a Bacon Number, that is the number of jumps it takes to link an actor between themselves and Kevin Bacon.  But what do you call it, if all the linking actors are also named Kevin?

It only occurs to me to wonder, because I get special privs, sorta, at a certain event, through a chain of 3 Mikes.

Just a thought

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Say you were a huge, top of the pile company.  But you aren’t about to rest on laurels, and the has-beens and wannabes are out there.

“Please don’t poach our ‘best’ talent.  Please don’t offer them huge early exit bonuses.  Please don’t let hire their own buddies with similar sweetheart deals that work out better if they get ‘fired’ a couple months in, which conveniently just happens to happen.  Please don’t let one of our minions take full control of your company, drive it into the ground, get paid off to get lost, and let her…um, or him, yeah, come back to us, with your cash in hand, and more of our stock that just went through the roof at the announcement of your bankruptcy.  Please, don’t do that.”

Couldn’t possibly explain certain tech company goings on, maybe?

League of Legends color commentary

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

I’m watching the 2014 NA LCS Spring Split -Semi-Final on twitch, and amused at how incomprehensible most of the color commentary is, as someone who has never really played the game.  It’s kind of like watching football as a kid, but the names are funnier.


“Bunny Foo Foo is on the run, but he doesn’t make it”

Forza 5 asphalt bug

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Lately, I’ve been racking up the big bucks on Forza 5, by racing around the Indy loop. I set the drivatars to unbeatable ( and yet they all slam on the brakes before every banked turn ), turn the laps up to 20, and jump in the best car for the job (oddly enough, not the most expensive car available, but pretty close…any of the indy cars will do). It takes about 15 minutes for the race to run finish, and very rarely, I’ve seen a bug, where, and this is the part that the programmer and tester in me finds interesting, a piece of the track won’t get rendered, and displays as a flat black square. When it happens, I can see the black square approaching from the distance, and I’ve never seen one get re-rendered before I run over it, nor ever one fail prior-rendering once it’s made it into view.

It’s not a track it down kind of obsession, just a curiosity. Did they see it in pre-release testing, or is it a side effect of the real world that they weren’t able to recreate in-house? Is it caused by network congestion, local machine inadequacy, or some other unconsidered factor?

People used up all their crazy I guess

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Checking the Seattle 911 log this morning, and I see surprisingly few calls over night, with not a single assault response.  I guess everybody got all their craziness out on NYE, and are still recovering.

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Uber vs Sidecar

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Sidecar convinced me to try the e-dispatch world of nota-taxi’s, with a free party.  Uber convinced me to give them a try, eventually, by offering puppies.  Even though I didn’t manage to get a puppy, I still had downloaded the app, and when Sidecar let me down, again, I gave Uber a try.  And they worked.  A little more expensive, but even in a single transaction, I got a much higher sense of reliability and professionalism…but I’ve Sidecar’d successfully several times, and wasn’t going to give up on them yet.  But tonight, even though they said a driver was only 5 mins away, they also said no one way available.  Uber had half dozen people nearby, and the chosen one was there promptly.

There are some similarities between the two service.  They are generally not as knowledgeable about addresses as a real taxi, but they are more amenable to personal driving directions.  I’ve gotten free water, and or candy out of drivers from bother services, but neither one is more likely to offer it than the other…the premium version, .Uber Black is like a proper towncar service–they get out and open the back door for you kind of things.  And not much more than the regular level of service.

Pricing is up front with Sidecar, and you can give tips over and above the system generated price…I think you can even say you want to pay less, but I’ve never felt that was needed.  Uber, you have to go through extra steps to get a fare quote, and then you still have to tell the driver where you want to go.

I suspect I will continue to use them in the order their applications appear on my phone.

Forget the name

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Imagine there was someone in your life you wanted to forget.
Imagine having finally gotten to the point where the memories, while not faded, aren’t in the forefront of your mind anymore.
Imagine starting a new job where the name you tried to forget is on your screen a thousand times a day.
Eventually you notice.