Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to the Start

My son has just changed his job and will be transitioning from working at Burger-King
to a job at Chipotle Restaurant.

One thing I have learned is that all "Fast Food" restaurants are not the same. I'm liking this chain as much as I like their burritos.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bluegrass is for the birds (literally)

Market Basket Boycott

Market Basket  store in Rindge, NH 

The boycott is being held in protest of the firing of  Arthur T Demoulas by the board of directors


Empty shelves and layoffs

Mostly empty parking lot, meanwhile just a short distance away the Hannaford Grocery store was packed with cars

The only traffic were cars driving by and honking their support

"M" is for might-happen, since Artie Demoulas has a made an offer to buy the entire company from his cousins.
That offer is being considered by the board.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hyperlapse video stabilization


If I finally get around to sky diving and owned a Go-Pro I would totally get this software.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday to my blog

They grow up so quickly. Back in 2007 I decided to launch a blog as a personal soapbox. A place where I could share silly and serious videos, commentary on the human condition and political stuff (mostly satire).

This was in contrast to my other blog which mostly features photography and local events. Thanks to Google for providing these tools. I make a few dollars doing this when folks use the Amazon links on the page. I made an attempt to enlarge my audience by writing for examiner.com which paid me about a penny a click. The downside of this was it was a lot of work for what amounted to be $7 a month. And they stopped paying me unless I kept adding articles. The Amazon Link is much more profitable, a few dollars instead of pennies. Thanks to everyone that spends time viewing the blogs and my website

A look back:

August 8, 2007 Post

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Digger Wasp

I've noticed these wasps every year on my Gooseneck Loosestrife plants.
They are quite large (.8 to 1.4 inches) and commonly known as great black wasp

Sphex pensylvanicus
Apparently they can sting so I intend to be wary when photographing them

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This is my final notice... if only it was true

Damn phone robo-call scum that call me every freaking day. Rachel, Heather and all the other recordings.

Voicemail from (406) 878-2601  

"This is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus so press one now to take advantage of this today."

We have the NSA that can monitor EVERY phone call made by American Citizens and apparently most of Europe, but they can't stop this harassment. They have a facility in Utah that can store an Exabyte of data. I'm sure in that database  Rachel and her ilk reside. Catch them and throw them in a cell. Give us their phone number so we can call them at dinnertime.

I've done it all, pressed 9 and talked to someone in some boiler room in some backwater hell-hole in some country. All I ask is stop calling! Recorded them, swore at them, blew the air horn... did it all.

Don't bother trying to get removed, all that does is show that your phone number is active.

Everyone I know gets these calls. Here is an idea, charge everyone an extra penny to make a call. I'll pay that willingly, but I bet that hurts those who are calling you right now. Is that your phone ringing?

Most calls are spoofed, this one is not in service.

I've filed a complaint with the FCC today we'll see what happens.

This is your FINAL offer, you can lower your interest charges



Saturday, August 2, 2014

I'm Blinky and I just want be your friend

Vacation Voice Mail

Nice to know that when I was on vacation that the robo-callers left me these messages.



“Goal again this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus so press one now to take advantage of this today." “Eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number one on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number three to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day.”

 “stack(?) your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number one on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number three to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day.”

 “Goal again this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus so press one now to take advantage of this today.” “One percent. Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number one on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number three to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day.”

 “Your eligibility expires shortly so please consider this your final notice. Please press the number one on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate or press the number three to discontinue further notices. Thank you. Have a great day. Goodbye.”