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I think a lot of people are disconnected from very basic things.

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

I was just watching a news report about blizzard conditions out East where a motorist who was talking about driving conditions described visibility as being “pitch white.  When has pitch ever been white?

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Who could have a problem with this?

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

I was thinking about the English carnival game of Aunt Sally and thought about a version played by the townswomen in the Canadian village where I grew up:  They would throw a rolling pin with the goal of knocking a hardhat off an effigy representing their drunken husband.  I wonder how many variants are played around the world.

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Handy dandy.

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment

I was in a shopping mall today and noticed a lingerie store right beside a maternity clothing store.  I wonder how often a visit to one results in a visit to the other.

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Reminiscing.TMI?

November 1, 2013 Leave a comment

I was at a party tonight and talking with a fellow about our respective sleep deprivation induced psychosis experiences.  His were from drug use and seem MUCH more extreme than my work related incidents.

I was thinking about my recollections of the incidents:  Bugs crawling on everything, things moving in my peripheral vision that I couldn’t catch, conversations with people I knew that turned out not to be real, conspiracies involving unseen enemies, notions of demonic possession and other lovely things.

My recollections of these incidents seem unbelievable and have a foggy, surreal, or even cartoonish quality but I think they made sense at the time because I experienced these things with a fatigued and psychotic mind but now recall these events and consider them from the perspective of a sane man.

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Your view of the big picture is largely a matter of perspective.

November 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Product names have been obscured to protect the innocent….from the litigious.

Tonight I dropped into a local company’s Halloween party that was being held on their factory property. 

There was a big bonfire and when one floor worker asked another if there was a rake handy to tend the fire, the answer he got was, “I don’t know about rakes.  We make ***** here.”  I thought about the bigger picture and why they were in business and suggested that maybe they were in the business of SELLING ***** and making them was just another activity that supported that goal; really no more or less critical than other supportive tasks like keeping the computers in the office running well.

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Honest Jargon

November 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Today I was wiring up a rather compact power distribution panel for a generator.  A couple spots are tight enough that you have to pay attention to which direction the locks on your tie wraps point. 

While fussing about how to route wiring I thought about horology.  When additional features are added to a watch movement they’re called complications and it seems to me that it best describes what an additional feature is….from the maker’s point of view. 

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