Current Blips

Cache dump of very brief thoughts, ideas, and recommendations.

2019-12-04: To all Apple product users, whether happy or not, you need to check out a post on ZDNet titled Why I may dump Apple in 2020, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes. An easy read excellently laying out all the valid reasons for such a move, which I totally agree with, but I just can’t see myself improving my digital life by jumping to the alternative platforms. Although the financial considerations are very enticing.

2019-12-04: It was indeed a glorious Thanksgiving holiday that lasted four days. I ate like a maniac, breaking as many doctor advisories as possible. The bourbon and Jameson flowed all too often, making for merry times. Paid the price recovering on the fifth day, as I will again, next year.

2019-11-04: There is a new gallery posted at RuCyrious.com featuring art by Josan Gonzalez. The theme is The Future is Now and presents a vision of the artist’s view of where technology is taking us.

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Quotes

These are some of the quotes and quips I have collected over the years. I hope some are new to you. Not all reflect my beliefs on the topic. Some may get a chuckle…

Our current form of Capitalism has no concept of right and wrong. It only recognizes what is profitable and what you can get away with. And when you have the Government, the Media, the Military, and the Police on your payroll, you can get away with pretty much anything.
– Modern American Proverb

“I don’t believe in magic” the young boy said. The old man smiled. “You will when you see her.”
– Atticus

Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking. They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to accept their situation.
– George Carlin

Remember, Ginger Rodgers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.
– Source unknown

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.
– H.L. Mencken

If someone points at your black clothes and asks you whose funeral it is, a look around the room and a casual “haven’t decided yet” is always a good response.
– Source unknown

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
– Source unknown

How do we stop racism? Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man, and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.
– Morgan Freeman

If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.
– Mark Twain

There will never be any more people older then me than there are right now.
– Source unknown

Sure, Kill Bill’s a violent movie. But it’s a Tarantino movie. You don’t go to see Metallica and ask the fuckers to turn the music down.
– Quentin Tarantino

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
– Maya Angelou

You are a big country. You are the kindest country in the world. You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab.
– Robin Williams, on Canada

Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down. Stay up.
– Source unknown

The worst thing is watching someone drown and not being able to convince them that they can save themselves by just standing up.
– Source unknown

People who use a lot of swear words tend to be more honest and trust worthy, human behavioral studies suggest.
– Source unknown

The defeat of democracy and the end of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.
– Thomas Jefferson

When the past calls let it go to voice mail. It has nothing new to say.
– Mandy Hale

People are created to be loved. Things are created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.
– Source unknown

A Hobby: Fountain Pens

Since my high school years (a very long time ago), I’ve always liked writing with fountain pens. In the last 10 to 15 years that interest grew more serious and I started purchasing pens off the web, upgrading a step up from the fountain pens I had been buying off the rack at the local drugstore for $5 to $15. The latter were usually not sturdy enough to carry around like a ball point, and often not reliable enough to be sure they would write every time without some prodding. They also made a much larger mess on your person when they leaked or dumped their ink without warning due to a bump or jostle.

The Lamy CP1
The Lamy CP1

The pen pictured above is my latest purchase, a Lamy CP1, with a steel fine nib. The term “fine” defines the relative width of the line it draws on the paper and is not a hard and fast measurement, as it can vary from brand to brand. This purchase was influenced by my experience with the 4 Lamy pens I already own. The Lamy brand was among my first purchases on the web and stood out from other brands in its price range as being the most reliable (write first time, every time), most durable (take a licking and keep on ticking), and easiest to write with. These 4 Lamy’s are all Safari models of various colors, with sturdy ABS plastic bodies except for one, a Safari Al-Star which has a light aluminum body. All are fixed with medium nibs, writing a thicker line than the fine.

The CP1 has a very slim metal barrel and a slightly textured finish. For me, it is a very comfortable pen to write with most likely due to the small circumference of the body and the smoothness of the nib. It shipped dry and as soon as I plugged in the cartridge it came with, it wrote immediately – no prodding or waiting for it to be ready. And it has been writing immediately every day since. I usually keep about 4 pens inked, and at least one of them has always been a Lamy. This pen will always be inked, so other Lamy’s will get a rest. From the feel of it I’m confident the CP1 will be as reliable and durable as the Lamy Safari models.



Sheaffer Prelude Black Matte
Sheaffer Prelude Black Matte

My most prized purchase is a Sheaffer Prelude (above), Black Matte with 22k gold plated trim and a steel two tone fine nib. This buy was influenced by a gifted Prelude I received years earlier. It was the best writer I had, meaning most reliable and sturdiest for daily carry and use, and was just easy to write with. The Black Matte lives up to that assessment, being a daily writer for me, staying inked all the time. Unfortunately, the first prelude was damaged by some idiot (me) dropping it onto a hard surface with the cap off – and of course it hit nib first. I want to get it fixed but it would probably cost more than just replacing it.

This is a hobby of mine. It’s fun and I usually make about 1 purchase a year. I have a small collection, around 15 pens, and I try to get almost all of them in use at least once a year, rotating them in and out of service.

Whatever I’ve learned about fountain pens comes from a very longtime, good friend of mine. If you have interest in fountain pens I strongly suggest you visit his web presence at The Fountain Pen Quest. You’ll find very detailed reviews of many different pens, ink, and writing papers, as well as a long list of links to more information on topic.

Idiots I Paid To Be In My Home

Close friends have heard this true story before but it’s one of my life favorites. As part of a condo refurb, it was time for the flooring guys to come in, a three man crew – a boss and two idiots.  Here’s a conversation that took place mainly between BOSS and IDIOT#1, from separate rooms, yelling at each other. IDIOT#2 does his best to support IDIOT#1.

IDIOT#1:  EDDIE! YOU BOUGHT THE WRONG SANDPAPER FOR THE SANDER!  IT DOESN’T FIT!
IDIOT#2:  He does this shit all the time, man.

(IDIOT#1 struggles with the sander and sandpaper, the sander in his lap and still plugged in, for 20 seconds.)

IDIOT#1:  EDDIE!  EDDIE!  YOU BOUGHT THE WRONG SANDPAPER FOR THE SANDER! YOU GOTTA GO OUT AND BUY THE RIGHT STUFF!
IDIOT#2:  He’s gonna make this your fault, man.  You know it.
BOSS:  NO, I DID NOT.  IT’S THE RIGHT GODDAMN SANDPAPER!

(IDIOT#1 still struggles with the sandpaper, with IDIOT#2 watching him.)

IDIOT#2:  That’s the wrong paper, man.  Try and make it fit.  You know he’s gonna make this your fault, man.
IDIOT#1:  EDDIE!  EDDIE!
BOSS:  JESUS H CHRIST!!

(BOSS, red-faced, storms into the room, grabs the sandpaper from IDIOT#1, turns it 90 degrees, hands it back to IDIOT#1, and quickly storms out.)

IDIOT#1:  EDDIE!  WOW!  IT FITS OK NOW!  THANKS!
IDIOT#2:  I told you, man.  I told you.  He made it your fault.

IDIOT#1 and IDIOT#2 went on to more mayhem.  Next day I washed some dishes and found the garbage disposal was not working.  When a friend pulled the disposal out, we found it was completely seized with the glue compound they used before laying down the new floor.

IDIOT#1 and IDIOT#2 had cleaned off their tools in our kitchen sink.