Sunday, June 23, 2013

A dirty job but someone has to do it

Next time you are asked to change a diaper or clean up some cat vomit, take a second and realize that there are some really nasty jobs. Wonder how Mike Rowe would handle this one?

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I get odors in special places

That's why I always spray with Aspray

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Free Edward Snowden Petition? Excuse me?

It's true, 107,207 folks have petitioned the Obama Adminstration to:

Pardon Edward Snowden

This is petition text:
"Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs."

How embarrassing for the petition signers. They  side with a guy who ran away first to China (a place that doesn't spy on it's citizens) then ran away to Russia (another place that doesn't spy on it's citizens). I suppose he will eventually show up in North Korea like Dennis Rodman.
Am I the only one that sees the irony?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fathers Day BBQ

My family and kids are going to prepare a BBQ dinner for me today. The weather is perfect. I plan to sit by the river and watch for ospreys or anything else I may spot.

Naturally the beverage of choice will be something with a complex flavor. I know folks that make beer, they make great beer. It never lasts more than a few days before being consumed.

Karl could be a spokesman for this brew


Of course it is always a challenge to find a way to OPEN a bottle or CAN of beer. Being guys (or gals), we need to be a bit creative.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bumblehive - More than George Orwell could have every imagined

"Defending our Nation. Securing The Citizens"

The Good Old Days

The NSA is constructing a massive data center in Utah code-named Bumblehive. The amount of computing power and storage of this facility is staggering. When I started working in the computer industry in the early 1970s disk capacity was measured in kilobytes. We had magnetic core memory boards which looked like fine tapestry. As I remember they were capable of holding a few thousand bits of data.

It was long before Kilobytes became Megabytes, Megabytes became Terabytes, Terabytes became Gigabytes, Gigabytes became Terabytes. My current PC has 1.35 Terabyte of storage with 612 Gigabyte of free space. It holds thousands of photos, programs, documents and  music files.

Technology advanced,  Terabytes became Petabytes, Petabytes became Exabytes. This data center will have storage measured in Zettabytes. That is a decimal number 10 to the 24th power. Of course tied to this storage will be a massive super computer. I can only imagine it becoming self aware at some point in my lifetime, just like HAL or Colossus: The Forbin Project.

I'm okay with this to some degree. After all I'm publishing this on Google's Blogger platform. Google already knows everything about me and has my photos, home address and credit card information. I like Google, they promised to do no evil. I hope my government will do the same.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt

You've got the words to change a nation but you're biting your tongue 
You've spent a life time stuck in silence afraid you'll say something wrong 
If no one ever hears it how we gonna learn your song 
So come on ,come on Come on, come on 

You've got a heart as loud as lions 
So why let your voice be tamed? 
Baby we're a little different there's no need to be ashamed 
You've got the light to fight the shadows so stop hiding it away 
Come on, Come on

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