Tuesday, November 29, 2016

what genius ??

In the spirit of moving on (on from what you wonder? check this previous post) I have this for you to ponder today.

An interactive, internet connected, photo taking, music playing, gas pump. Oh it does deliver gas to your tank too. Did anyone EVER ask for this?





has a tablet attached for interaction


I saw a story about this in a Chicago Tribune newsletter recently. It’s a BP (someday no one will remember what the company’s initials stood for) trial. They placed one in a gas station nearby, so I drove over and gave it a try. I find gadgets both interesting and stupid. My initial take on this puts it into the stupid category. However, my track record of opinions on gadgets is not great. I remember saying more than a decade ago, “who needs a camera in a phone?”.

I bought some gas and listened to a little music. Of course this is outside at a gas station so others also listened to my music selection. You are asked to select a music genre. The prompts are all given in a recorded voice. It also offers a trivia game and photo taking. I declined both of those offers.

The music streaming service, Pandora (which I have used for years) is a partner in this. I assume they are the source of the songs played.

Only one pump was equipped with the gadget. I don’t think a gas station could have more than two since the different songs would compete with each other. I’m not sure why BP would want you to spend more time at the pump. During my visit the gas station was not busy. If it was I could imagine drivers waiting to get to the pump being annoyed by this distraction.

One other thought was the songs in their playlist. As I mentioned, you just pick a genre not an individual song.

“Fire” by Jimi Hendrix would be a good one for pumping gas. As his blazing guitar riffs away, he sang:

I have only one burning desire
Let me stand next to your fire

The best song match would be “Classical Gas”.



Do you agree? (oh one more thing - I seriously doubt anyone would care about this gadget pump on a freezing winter day)



Saturday, November 19, 2016

I’m startled

I really don’t understand why but I seem to get startled more now than ever. Often jumpy but I can’t jump worth a damn, just dead on my feet.

Oh, one more thought on “jump”. I have an aversion to the idea of “jump to it.”

We have a granddaughter (just turned 5) who gets a great thrill from surprising papa. A couple of weeks ago she was visiting here. I had gone upstairs to use the bathroom. I’m not sure how long she waited outside the door in the dark hallway. She truly shocked me when I opened the door. There has been times when I acted shocked but that time it was real and I think she knew it.

Just a short post today. Enjoy this clip of a guy with very strong reactions to surprise.




Monday, November 14, 2016

good luck Donald

I started to write my reaction to this election but then reminded myself that I don’t really cover politics much here on my blog. I wondered what to write and decided just to not bother. You might have read my past rants about all the election garbage spread around fakebook. I rationalized to myself that those fakebook rants would apply to both sides of our political divide. I’m not trying to hide that I like President Obama and thought Hillary Clinton would have made a better president than Donald. This blog is a fun thing for me and I’m not out to sway anyone’s political views. Nor do I want to argue about that on this blog.

Election night renewed my dislike of polling and the electoral college. I’m hoping that Donald does NOT keep his campaign promises. We don’t need his crappy ideas.

I wish him good luck in running our big government.


Other recent events:

a table set for the missing veterans


Veteran's Day

I had my free Veteran's Day lunch with one of our daughters at a Texas Roadhouse. Very nice. The local veterans group set up a table for the MIA/POW's. It was a good reminder that too many veterans never returned and are still unaccounted for.



Supermoon - when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.

Did you take a glance at the supermoon over the weekend? It did seem brighter. It’s hard to measure any difference with your eyes when there is just dark sky around it. Also if your eye has something in it like a big pizza pie. I would rather eat pizza than remove it from my eye. Of course as happens to many, my eyes are often bigger than my stomach.






Plenty of food references in this song. You’ll sing Vita Bella - since this election I just can’t sing life is beautiful yet. That election pizza has given me a long spell of heartburn.

A great songwriter Leonard Cohen passed on:

SNL and Kate McKinnon nailed it with their Leonard Cohen tribute combined with a remark about the election. Just in case you are not an SNL fan, Kate McKinnon has played Hillary Clinton during the campaign.


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