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I Feel Ashamed

May 5, 2010


This morning while getting ready for work it became alarmingly apparent to me that I needed to get my hair cut. I had no other after work plans so I figured “sure, why not?” As six o clock drew near I had a revelation… KFC is within walking distance of Astor Place where I get my hair cut. I declared right then and there (in my head) that I would try the Double Down tonight.

Fast forward… work is done, hair is cut, it’s go time. This isn’t really a review of the Double Down per se so much as it is a retelling of my KFC experience.

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The Street? (no) The Avenue? (still not right) The ROAD!

October 9, 2009

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Here’s a little back story on how I got to this book.  My friend Chris and I were talking about movies coming up we’d like to see and he mentioned seeing a trailer for “The Road.”  You can view the trailer HERE.  The trailer looks pretty damn good, I can say that I’m genuinely excited to see it.  So probably a few months go by from when I saw the trailer until I decided to pick up the book to read.  I had just finished reading Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” which was an amazing book, highly recommend it, and I decided to pick up “The Road” afterwards in anticipation of the movie.  I will tell you now that this is one of the most poorly written books I have ever read in my life.  I mean really, I don’t know how this guy has written so many award winning books.  Actually I’m assuming they win awards I don’t know for sure, at least two of his books have been made into movies, No Country For Old Men being the other one that I’m aware of.  The writing style of this book is something akin to a 3rd grader dumping his thoughts out onto a piece of paper for a book report, and then going back over it with a thesaurus and changing every possible word they can to something that sounds intelligent and will likely not be known by a person of above average intelligence (which I consider myself to be.)  My favorite thing to say about this book when people ask me about is that “The author should be charged with reckless use of a thesaurus in an attempt to sound intelligent and magnanimous.”

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It’s a Brave New World

May 13, 2008

“I’m aliterate… I choose not to read.”  For many years, this has been my mantra.  Said so often, in jest, but also in truth.  When I was in high school, I loved to read.  Freshman year through Junior, you’d be hard pressed to find me in the halls without some Dungeons & Dragons book in tow.  My Senior year came along and something changed… and for the life of me I can’t tell you what.  The final book in a quintet I had been reading for the past 2 years had finally been released, and I was ambivalent about it.  Yes, I wanted some closure, and yet, it was a labor to go to the store and pick up the book that I had pre-purchased so long ago.  Even more so to read the damn thing.

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I Welcome Our Robot Overlords

March 6, 2008

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So I’ve been having a lot of people ask me about my Roomba since having posted the video you see below this post.  Everyone wants to know, “How do you like it?”  Well I gotta say, I love it.

I got my Roomba about a year ago from http://www.woot.com.   Great site btw.  So I brought my Roomba home and of course had to let him loose.  I refer to my Roomba as a him, even though I tend to give inanimate objects female names, I figure calling a robot that cleans my floor a girl is a little demeaning.  His name is Dinky, because he dinks around the apartment and cleans.

Overall I’ve been really happy with my Roomba.  One thing to note is that I have a black rug in the middle of my living room.  A feature on the Roomba that is cool is that it has cliff sensors so it can tell if it’s about to fall down the stairs.  Well the problem I had was that when Dinky would get onto the rug, he would start freaking out.  Looked like he was having a seizure, backing up and moving forward rapidly all the while still moving slowly backwards.  Did a quick search online and found that this happens on black carpeting because the cliff sensors think it’s about to fall and since it’s black everywhere, he just freaks the fuck out.  I was able to solve this by taping over the cliff sensors.  This works for me because I don’t have any drops to have to worry about.

So once this problem was solved it’s been smooth sailing.  I turn Dinky loose a couple times a week and he does a really good job.  When he’s done cleaning, he just heads back to his base station and charges.

Recently I’ve been having a problem with the spot cleaning function.   What it is supposed to do is the Roomba is supposed to slowly go in circles in a 3 foot radius from it’s start point and then back again.  For some reason, just recently, he’ll get about a foot and a half and then just radically change directions.  He doesn’t do it all the time but enough to be annoying.

In Dinky’s defense, I don’t really clean him out as often as I probably should.  And by clean him out I mean take apart the rollers and clean the sensors.   I highly recommend one of these to anyone who is interested.

And for those nay sayers who think that robots will revolt and enslave us I have this to say…  I for one welcome our new robot overlords and hope that I can serve them proudly.  I treat Dinky really well in hopes that someday when he does become self aware, he will remember I treated him kindly and be cool with me.