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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Road Apples, #136

New Header...The picture is of downtown Boston, circa August 2012.

Rental Cars...Traveling on business is seldom glamorous, but one thing that can really make it stink (literally) is a smelly rental car.  New car smell?  Well maybe in the car was parked in a garage at Phillip Morris, at least as far as the 2013 Hyundai Sonata I recently rented.  To be a bit more direct, I had to spend 6 hours driving a rental car that smelled like an ashtray.

Not A Good Sign...that is when you head to your company's headquarters and it is surrounded by SWAT team members toting machine guns. For the record I took the side door into the building.

Blogfest 2013...I'm unfortunately going to miss the April 2013 edition of Blogfest, although I do wish the other bloggers and assorted politicos of NEPA well.  My plans for the weekend include visiting with my sister, something I haven't done in far too long of a time, so I'll have to take a rain-check on Rooney's this time around.

Windows 8...I had briefly toyed with the thought of upgrading at least one of my computers to Windows 8.  I thought better of it.  Apparently so have many others (link HERE).  Software is supposed to make your life easier, not harder, a lesson that I think Microsoft is learning the hard way.  Tech companies have a tendency to want to tell their customers what they want...sometimes it works (Apple at times)...most of the time it doesn't.

Speaking of Tech...I briefly toyed with the thought of buying myself a "smart watch" as a birthday present.  Then I considered what such watches actually do, and I pondered if I need to actually be even more connected that I already am.  The collective answer?  No.

What I'm Currently Reading...Gordon Livingston's "The Thing You Think You Cannot Do", a book about fear and courage, something very timely given recent events in Boston.  In fact I'd recommend just about anything Dr. Livingston has written.  In the audio book department, I'm currently working my way through "Happier" by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD.

St Dunstan's, Blue where I went to church this past Sunday.  I'm amazed at how friendly people can be at a small church.  It was truly welcoming.  I can't help but think about the fact that over the years I was a member of two different churches in South Scranton and never once felt all that welcome.

Dear Comcast...I am not interested in purchasing your home security services.  Not ever.  Never.  No chance.  Nada.  Nope.

Defiance...I caught the series premier of Defiance on Syfy this past Monday night.  Good show.  I hope it survives.  There really isn't any good new series programming when it comes to SciFi these days (with apologies to fans of Dr Who, which really is an animal in and of itself).

NRA...The National Rifle Association is about as concerned with our second amendment rights as tobacco companies are concerned with smoker's health.  They remind me of the days when tobacco companies (not so) secretly funded so-called "smokers rights" groups.  Anyway, in point of fact I have no problem with folks owning guns.  I do have a problem with the notion though that the second amendment rights shouldn't be subject to limits yet other constitutionally guaranteed rights are (you can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater; reading material is restricted, public gatherings are subject to permitting and approval processes, etc.).

Best Quote...that I've seen in a while:
"The truth will set you free, but not until it is finished with you." - David Foster Wallace

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