Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Another Big Change; At Work

Big day at work today. Looks like a lot of things are changing all at once. The biggest thing about this, for me, is that I'm going to be working with a larger team.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Watch Out! Child Playing in the Street! No, A Speed Device

Via PhysOrg.com [0], The City of West Vancouver, Canada, has unveiled the latest technology to get drivers to slow down.  A photo-realistic image of a little girl grabbing a ball, that is stretched long and flat to give the optical illusion that she is real, when viewed from a distance.  (Image from CTV, after the break.)

This particular experiment has been installed near a primary school, and only be in place for a week, and there are special signs and extra patrols in the area during this period.  Yet, the very idea of putting something like this in place, and effectively desensitizing drivers along that road to the sight of a child picking up a ball in the road, deeply annoys me.  It would seem that if there's even a chance that someone might teach themselves to ignore what they see, that that this is a bad idea.

In reality, after the week long installation, the observations of driver behavior over this week, it seems, could be used to determine if they are going to start installing images like this in more places.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Getting Rid Of Old Technology

Today, I gave away a second phonograph player that I own.  I've owned two phonograph players for at least 15 years.  Neither of them are "DJ units", just standard home units manufactured in '87 and '91.  The one I gave away isn't as good as the other one, but I had bought it myself.  The better one, that I still use, was given to me.  But one day, maybe I would need the other unit.  Since it hasn't been used for 13 years, perhaps I was just taking up space with a maybe.  Or maybe I was just waiting until I found someone who would actually use it.  So, I do feel good about that part.

I have a few more things to get rid of.  I have a tendency of stacking old technology, even after it's useless.  Often, even if it's broken.  Just a few weeks ago, I sent a stack of ISA (computer expansion cards that have not been used since the mid 1990s) cards to recycle.  I have more stuff like this that I need to get rid of.  Also (strangely) I have two brand-new, never used speakers that I also want to get rid of.  It's hard to let stuff like this go.  I might need it someday.  Someday.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

St. Paul Sink Hole

There was a sink-hole in St. Paul this-morning.

Ever since I heard this story about a woman who fell through a grate in Manhattan, I've been worried about sidewalk grates.  I just can't function if I have to worry about whole sidewalks, too!

Someone I know sent me a PDF file that had some pictures.  This is a really huge hole.  When I first heard about it, I was thinking man-hole cover size, not SUV size.  Anyway, check out the PDF.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Big Change

I just got off the phone with my girlfriend, J.  It was one of those marathon chats that go on and on, but we didn't really say much.  It's Labor day today, so we chatted about that.  I mentioned that I saw a tree on Friday that had half it's leaves brown already.  Fall is closing in early.  She mentioned some of the things she is doing where she is.

We've been in a long distance relationship for some time, and these chats are the meat of what has kept our love alive.  Most people who would bother reading this already know that I have something that I'm deeply looking forward to.

This coming Friday, my girlfriend will move in with me.  This is something that I'm deeply excited about.  There are a few things that make me nervous about this, but mostly, I'm excited.

I still have things to do to prepare, and I have not done them yet.  I'll get to them soon.  Boxing up my summer clothes for storage is high on the importance list now that it's cold out.  I moved completely out of the "big" closet, into the small one (to make room for J), but there's only room for one season worth of clothes in the small closet.  I need to get some storage bins.

Instead, I'm blogging.  Enough of that!  I think I need to go see if Target is open today.  Later.

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Start

This is my new blog space.  My old blog is still available, but due to some account changes with Google, I chose to move my blog around to a new Google user-id.

[Update]:
Ha!  Technically, I just figured out how to import my old blog into this one.  So, now everything is all in one place.