Category Archives: rant

This one is for my friends and people who don’t know they are my friends yet

It took me three tries to type that headline because my forearm stuck to the chair. Anywho URL:
and Kimchi Cuddles

I had a hard time getting the URL to share this, and I have been wanting to share it since last week. This is slightly out of the ordinary for this blog but I have linked over in the side bar.

It never rains but it pours is a pretty good description of what’s going on

Mrs. the Poet did a number on the stove this week. She was using the self cleaning option and set the timer for 3 hours, because she wanted a CLEAN!! oven. Well, the stove started throwing a F-2 code and beeping, continuously so we had to throw the breaker to get it to quit beeping. The repairman says the stove is so old he can’t get repair parts for it anymore, and the code is for the oven control module because you’re not supposed to run the self clean more than 2 hours because it overheats the control module and can even melt the solder joints. I thought it would be a good idea to pass that along to you guys: Leaving your oven on clean for more than 2 hours can result in a dead stove.

The opening for the stove in the countertop is 297/8” wide meaning we can’t just buy a stove without measuring it, or making a go-no go gauge and making sure it fits with that. The cabinet below the countertop is exactly 30″, so if push came to shove we could strip the formica off the edges of the countertop and go with that, and maybe just slap some paint over the bare wood and call it good. That one I’m leaving up to Mrs. the Poet because the kitchen is her domain. So far I have looked at more than 50 stoves from various manufacturers and it looks like we will need to go to the store and measure before we buy, because some are 30″ “class” and some give exact measurements after the 30″ class…

In other news I’m getting hand cramps again, which is usually an indication I’m not getting enough electrolytes in my hydration or supplements, but I can’t figure out the one I’m missing because I have my salty snacks, for sodium, and yogurt for potassium, but I’m not having the yogurt every day like I used to, so maybe that’s it.

Also, I may have to change how much overhang I have on the track nose to leave room for the engine and radiator, basically figure out where the engine and radiator go and mount the nose as far back as it will fit and just “deal with it”.

And this just in the AC was putting out an error code and it cost $250 to fix it. It was a clogged drain, and the tool from Harbor Freight costs $18 plus tax to fix it but now we know what that code means and that the drain is susceptible to clogging. infinitescreaming.gif pretty much sums up this week.

Now how was this supposed to work, again?

We here at Casa de El Poeta have been living frugally and staying within our means for so long we no longer have a credit score. Our FICO is a literal 0 (zero). So, one of the things that was suggested was to open a store account like at NFM, and since our couch was made about the same time as I got killed it’s not in any better shape than I am. So we went to NFM to get a couch and open an account. We have the couch, but we paid cash, again.

I even tried to get one of those sky-high interest rate credit cards offered through PayPal and got denied. And I think this rant is about played out. I complained and I don’t see any satisfactory way to conclude this except to say we tried to establish credit, but didn’t.

The plants have given me a bloody nose

Well for a little while, and my nose still hurts more than 8 hours later. Basically what happened is my nose was itchy and irritated and I kept rubbing it absent-mindedly until it bled, and now my nose is still itchy and irritated, but also sore and bleeds if I touch it wrong. I don’t know what I did to the plants, but I’m sorry so could they please leave me alone? I missed game, and all the races on TV because of my nose and the rest of my face being tender, itchy, and slightly bruised.

And that’s it, nothing new to report here aside from the allergy report.

Ow, just fracking ow!

Oh, one more thing. If someone actually made it my preferred tire for the Sprint-T is 255/25-r15, in both a sticky slick and a 200 treadwear rating treaded street tire. That would cover just about all the series I want to run. In old money that would be a 20-10x15r on a 15″X10″ wheel.

Going back to my roots for a post

Longtime readers will know this blog was originally started as a bike safety news amalgamation site, but I had to stop because of all the blood and gore and stupidity. Well, I manage to avoid most of the blood and gore these days, but the stupid, teh stoopid it burns us.

Seriously, the people in charge of keeping cyclists from getting hit on a national scale have proposed a national helmet law. But the other national body charged with safe streets says they’re full of donkey dust not in those specific words, but politely.

And as I have pointed out in this blog in the distant past (4 or 5 years ago?) even if bike helmets were made that prevented 100% of head injury in wrecks with motor vehicles, most cyclists would still die anyway from massive blunt force trauma to the torso or legs. In my wreck if I wasn’t dead for 2-4 minutes and my heart was still pumping I would have bled out from the massive holes in my legs, because as soon as they revived me I started gushing blood from my leg. And as I have discovered I’m basically a superhero without a supervillain to face, so my experience is way off the end of the bell curve on both the severity of that wreck, and on surviving it. Seriously how many times can you count on the cyclist getting hit having such resistance to blunt force trauma. “Nah, it’ll be OK, he’s basically Superman.” Seriously THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE.

So fight helmet laws in your city and state, and most definitely fight a national helmet law.

We now return you to the usual nonsense this blog posts these days.

Why do they continue this useless killing?

And this petition recently came out Badger cull petition that shows that despite protests and a flashy video (above) that even included guitar riffs officially from Queen guitarist Brian May there has been no evidence that even suggests the culls have been effective at their stated objective of stopping Bovine TB, with areas getting culls having no lower level of TB infections than areas without culls.

Now, I’m not a tree-hugger, and I know that unless I want to be ripped to shreds I should avoid hugging badgers, but still killing thousands of animals to no more effect than providing a momentary kill thrill to the hunters hired to shoot them is a total waste of money. And wasting money hurts my Scots/Jewish soul, from both sides. So sign the petition, and maybe this time something will come from it, because the one attached to the video in 2013 sure didn’t do Jacques Schitt about it the next year.

Well as they say that’s my two pence on the subject.

OK I sent the last gig back

If that last doc was a test to see if I would quit, I failed it. It was worse than trying to figure out a “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle with most of the letters missing from one word, because it was all of the letters missing from most of the words. And the most annoying part is the unknown words were in a different language so I couldn’t even try substituting words with the correct number of letters.

I did tell the client that the reason I didn’t finish the job was what they gave me was basically impossible to complete. I sent the doc back with all the blank Unicode boxes replaced with / or – and told them that this was what they sent to me when I got it, long strings of unreadable characters with a few words of English, and said I was cleanup, not a translator. I never learned whatever language they wrote the document in, and their translation program was terrible for what they were trying to do. I suggested either expanding the dictionary in the translation program, or just using a translation program that knew more words and idioms. If they take my advice I might still get some money from the gig when they get a better translation program, because I really don’t want to lose this gig. I might even make enough money to pay taxes next year if the gig works out.

Also I really hate not being up to a challenge, I hate to lose at something like this.

I was going to do an April Fools post

but changed my mind. After yesterday’s almost stream of consciousness post of almost 1K words about the Sprint-T I was considering a mock diatribe against bicycles, but considering the almost 8 year history of bicycle advocacy in this blog that would be about as believable as a Presidential Promise.

Basically there was nothing I could post that would work as an April Fools post, because to be effective a good AF joke has to be believable, as in “Is this a joke, or actual (news, sports, whatever, content)”. And because this blog has wandered in so many directions since departing from bicycle wrecks and advocacy it would be very hard to put something up I hadn’t already treated seriously. About the only thing I haven’t mentioned at length is my love of anime and manga. That’s just an offshoot of webcomics, which I have a plethora of links for in the sidebar.

So there’s no joke here, just me. Enjoy the day and be careful, because the difference between a good April Fools joke and disinformation is practically nil.

Internet down for the laptop, but not the phone

For some reason I can’t get to any pages on my laptop, but using the same access with the phone works perfectly. That means I’m back to hunting and pecking on a screen instead of touch typing on a keyboard. It’s an odd thing, running connection diagnostics doesn’t always get the same error, but it’s consistently either the DNS or Google Services. I know the DNS is Frontier, but who’s responsible for Google Services? If you ask me it’s a dirty trick to force me to buy another computer.

So is there a full size keyboard that plugs into an Android phone?

Unmedicated ramblings, list of jobs unlikely to be replaced by robots

I was musing about jobs not likely to be replaced by robots while waiting for the brain to shut down and let me sleep.

First off, robots can theoretically do almost any job as good as or better than humans. But I believe that some jobs will still continue to be done by humans because the people paying will want the job done by humans, not because humans will do the job any better physically but because there is an emotional response to the job that many people will seek out. One job that will quickly go by the wayside is boardroom executives, the only people who want humans to do that job are the ones getting paid to do it. Shareholders will want the robots to do it for essentially free. Basically this is a job that doesn’t need to exist that will go away in an AI-enabled society.

It is my hypothesis that eventually the only jobs that will still exist will be ones that require physical touch on another human being. Doctors will get replaced but I’m betting therapists will continue to exist. There was much ado about sex workers being replaced by robots, which will happen to some extent, but I see that job continuing as a human job because for a lot of people that is where they get actual human interaction with another person. I can totally see some people doing the job because they want to be with other people. The fact that sex bots will be a thing takes a lot of the danger out of the job. Another job that will continue will be massage techs. Robots might be able to do a better technical massage, but there will always be the people who are there because there is another person in the room interacting with them. In fact I foresee jobs for people to just sit and talk to people one-on-one, as a remedy to our impersonal “connected” society.

So, with the only jobs being some kind of companionship for short periods of time, where will the money come from to pay them, and to buy all the robot-made merch? If robots are doing all the work, who will have the money to buy things? One suggestion has been Universal Basic Income, based on a tax of roboticized industries so that people can buy the stuff the industries make. Because otherwise when everybody goes AI the economy goes straight in the toilet. And I have no idea what to do about that without UBI, but even the 1% will go broke when everything goes AI.

And Martin Truex Jr. just won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. Good for you Martin.