Archive for April, 2013

Blue but not Blue

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Yesterday, I made an urgent trip to the doc, after noticing my fingers, on the arm in the cast, seemed blue and swollen.  When the doc came in (new guy I haven’t seen before), he looks at them and dismisses my concern, saying, “They are bluish, not blue.”  Thanx for the specifics doc.

First Motorcycle Accident

Monday, April 29th, 2013

When local people ask me what happened, and I mention where it happened, they know the why; train tracks at the apex of an S curve are dangerous to bike riders of any motility.

My memories of the moment have a sort of time stretched feel to them, the hand reaching out to catch the fall,even though that’s the worst thing to do, doh doh doh.  As I was getting up and collecting myself, I thought it just a minor setback to the day, perhaps a sprain in the wrist.  I walked to the nearby store, hoping to wait out the pain, or find a ride, but as the adrenaline wore off, I felt worse and worse, until it was clear I needed transport to care now.

A half dozen fire/EMT’s later, and I’m in my first ambulance.

At the hospital, a constant stream of staff, lots of xrays requiring painful contortions, and eventually a half cast splint and some bandages.  One radial head fracture, no ETA on healing time.

Dishonest or ignorant?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

I like the idea behind companies like SideCar and Uber, but the recent blog post by SideCar leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  I get wanting to try and differentiate yourself from the competition, but dishonesty isn’t the way to do it, so the only way this article could be written in good faith, would have been for the author to be completely ignorant of  how the driver side of SideCar works.

While I admit I haven’t been using the service long, it’s very clear that EVERY driver I have used was working an established shift, per their own requirements to sign up as a Driver, as a full-time job.  Some of the drivers were long-time cabbies, trying something new, others were people displaced from a prior career, and looking to use the tools they had available.  None of the drivers have ever been ad-hoc ‘rideshares’ in any sense of a shared destination.  According to the drivers I’ve spoken with, they have to commit to an entire shift, of several hours, so there’s zero chance that any driver could ever limit themselves to only taking clients that correspond to prior driving plans.

 

Tracking

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Going to start tracking how many days a week I manage to ride the muscle bike to work, over the motor bike.  3 so far this week….

Dry weather makes it easier to find the motivation in the morning.

One Man, One String

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Brushy One String shows that a simple instrument is all you need, when you’ve got plenty heart and soul to put into the mix.

Meanwhile in Seattle

Friday, April 19th, 2013

While all the news is focused on Boston, I’ve see the helicopter at Harborview twice this workday, saw an accident blocking the viaduct, and not a word on either in the local press.

No care for oneself?

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

I don’t get  individual business owners, who take so little time to make sure their business can function.  If your entire revenue stream is tied to how many people can book appointments with you, you’d think you’d double check that you actually have a system that works, in place, so people can make those appointments.

 

PAXified

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Despite the best/worst efforts of ShowClix, I was able to get tickets to all 4 days of PAX.  It was a frustrating experience; we were off-site doing charity work at Northwest  Harvest, when the announcement was made.  For some reason, my android phone is incompatible with the ShowClix website, and would completely crash the browser every time I reached the top of the queue, FIVE times.  By the time me and a cow-orker got to the nearest starbucks, with a laptop, and connected to their wifi, we were so far back in the queue, it took almost 2 hours of waiting.  The laptop we were using was about to run out of battery even.

I really hope that the PAX folk go back to the original ticketing group.  How much more could tix possibly cost, to use the services of a reputable and reliable provider who has all their servers online for a major event, rather than intentionally creating overload situations?

Really, the PAX guys need to figure out a way to make the event big enough that everyone who wants to come, can.  Take over all of Seattle Center, like Bumbershoot?

Feeding the hungry, while they bury the Iron Lady

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

In an appropriate twist of fate, I’m off to spend a day volunteering at Northwest Harvest, while half a world away, the rich mourn the death of someone who arguably left a lot of hungry people in her wake.

A Windows Update with restore window functionality?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

OK, that was strange.

When I came into work this morning, my desktop machine was funked up.  No power to USB devices, but flickering network lights, without response to ping or RDP.  Hard-reboot, and see the familiar, windows is configuring updates message, and eventually login.  As the post login process is doing it’s thing, in addition to the expected start-on-login messaging applications, I get a non-maximized about:blank IE window, and Outlook opens.

Odd.