Intel's Ronler Acres Plant


Silicon Forest

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Parov Stelar - Chambermaid Swing

Parov Stelar - Chambermaid Swing (Doc-Terry's Video Club Mix) HD

I might actually like to go see Parov Stelar. I like them enough that this is third tune of theirs I've posted.

Speedy Part 2

Tractor on German Town Road this morning
I finally broke down and got a smart phone. I got mine from Tracfone for $40 a couple of months ago and I'm paying something like $50 for 3 months of service. I still don't use it very much, but it has come in handy on occasion. What finally convinced me to get it was that smart phones have cameras. After running 3 digital cameras into the ground I needed a replacement so a smart phone seemed to be an expeditious choice. The above photo I snapped this morning through my windshield while we are bowling along at pert near 20 MPH. It's a little grainy, but I cropped this out of a much large image.

And I'm still not totally in tune with the controls. You have to hold the thing by the edges and make sure none of your unintentional fingers are on the glass. Then you have to touch the right spot on the glass, and you have to touch it just the right amount. Too soft or too short or too long and either nothing happens or it wants to sell you an app, of course they don't say 'sell', they want you to 'sign up' for something because it's going to be free. Yeah, free for them to bother me with a bunch of crap I don't want to hear about.

In other news Mr. Dustbury passed away. From his descriptions of his health, it wasn't too much of a surprise. But then I was surprised when I found that he hadn't died of 'natural causes' but violently in an automobile accident.

I feel a little weird about posting the note about Dustbury as a follow on to an unrelated post, but in mind it was a natural segue. Or maybe I'm just a little more baked than usual.


Iaman cooked a curry for dinner last night here. He used prepackaged curry from Trader Joe's. It was pretty good. I've probably had it before, but it didn't make much of an impression. Curry, to my mind, implies spicy, and I've never been much for spicy-hot foods. But this wasn't that spicy at all, just flavorful. In any case, it reminded me of the song Vindaloo by Fat Les because evidently Vindaloo is a curry.

Oklahoma City

USS Oklahoma City SSN-723
WW1 submarines had torpedoes. WW2 submarines had torpedoes. Then we got the atomic bomb, the cold war, ICBM's and somebody got the idea of stuffing ICBM's into submarines, which is how we got the ginormous missile subs. Missile subs carried their missiles in two long rows aft of the sail, control room and crew quarters. And that's where my knowledge stopped until today when this picture pops up on daily timewaster. The USS Oklahoma is a Los Angeles class attack submarine and it carries a dozen Tomahawk missiles in its nose. The Oklahoma was launched in 1985 which just goes to show how outdated my knowledge was.

Seems that paper charts are on the way out:
In early 2007, Oklahoma City became the first submarine certified to exclusively use Digital Nautical Charts (DNCs), using the Voyage Management System (VMS). VMS is part of the Electronic Chart Display and Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) system, which has been under development since 1990. The shift from traditional paper navigation to an all-electronic navigation suite marked the first significant shift in U.S. Navy navigation practices since the introduction of the Global Positioning System (GPS) in the 1990s.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Walking Disaster

The Unlikely Candidates - Novocaine

Lively tune, depressing subject matter. People try, with varying degrees of success, to take care of business, do their chores, fulfill their obligations. Some people are highly motivated and have a high degree of self control and mostly succeed at that. Other people, not so much.

My motivation varies from high to zero, and I really don't know why. Being around other people helps, sometimes. And then there's stuff that catches my eye (or ear) and I will dive into a rabbit hole and not come out for hours. But that only works sometimes. Other times I am a complete slug and can't even be bothered to eat breakfast.

Car Cravings

2019 Hot Wheels Seattle
Iaman sent me this picture and my immediate reaction was that this is a very cool car. I would love to have it. But then I thought about it for a few seconds and I realized that just because a car looks good doesn't mean that the rest of it is any good. For a car to perform its basic function of carrying people from one place to another, the drive train, chassis and operator controls all have to be working. If you are a super-hero, or just an everyday commuter, you want all the little convenience do-dads to be working properly, things like switches, lights, latches, doors and windows. That's why people buy new cars, because they want all that stuff to work. They may not use all of them, but the ones they do use need to work and work reliably.

There is another thing about custom cars that has been bothering me because I don't understand it. Custom cars are almost invariably lowered so they have less ground clearance. I understand it makes them look cool, and I agree. But why? From a practical aspect, it's dumb. You can't go anywhere where there is the least little bump in the pavement. Even modern front-wheel-drive cars that carry the engine cantilevered out in front of the front axle have problems with curbs in parking lots. Used to be you could pull forward until your wheels hit the curb. Now you have to stop a couple of feet short or risk that embarrassing bang when the subframe hits the curb.

Could it be that a lowered car provides the illusion that it is sliding along on a glass smooth surface where there aren't going to be any bumps to disturb your peace of mind?

Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Riddler

An old Riddler Express problem:
Submit a whole number between 1 and 1,000,000,000. I’ll then take all those numbers and find the average submission. Whoever submits the number closest to ⅔ of the mean of all of the submitted numbers wins.
So if we get a bunch of random submissions, then the mean of those guesses would be 500,000,000. 2/3 of that would be 333,333,333. But if enough people use that logic, then that would be the mean and 2/3 of that would be 222,222,222.

Repeatedly taking 2/3 of 500 million looks like this graph, or this equation:

scaled down to make it legible. Anyway, it heads toward zero, so my guess is one.