Interesting things I saw today 5/13/10

First it was some guys standing around in the parking lot. All messing with their phones. Hey! Let’s go outside and talk! But not to each other!

Later I watched Chip checking out the mice in the weep hole. No really! There’s something in there!

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Do you know this driver? 2/26/2010

Here’s another cellphone idiot I saw on Friday evening. Unfortunately the traffic never stopped long enough for me to get his license plate.

I did make a fascinating discovery. If you take a picture of someone using their phone while driving and they see you doing it, they will from that point on stay behind you so you can’t do it again. This sounds like a great way to clear the road so I can get home quicker.

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Bad customer support

I had to reinstall our answering machine software recently and had mis-placed the registration key which would unlock features I’d paid for long ago. Features such as being able to record messages longer than 15 seconds. Bleh.

Hoping that the authoring company would help me out, I wrote them asking for the key based on the registration confirmation email I did have.

Instead of helping out an existing customer they decided to try to basically extort more money out of me.

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Slow down!

So I’m on my way to meet my sister for lunch. It’s my birthday and I’m headed down the freeway access road at about 60.

I see a motorcycle cop just as I’m passing some other cars and as he hits me with his radar.

Yeah, I broke my own rule. Ok, it’s more of a guideline. The guideline states that “thou shalt go no faster than the herd. Unless you think you can get away with it.” I hadn’t even been thinking of that at the time.

So he pulls out behind me and like a good street citizen I pull off onto a side street.

Right behind another motocycle cop that had bagged another car. It seems I drove right into an actual speed trap.

The cop takes my license and insurance card and goes away for a bit. While I’m waiting, I notice that the tail light on the other car looks familiar (the car is mostly blocked by the cop-cycle). Hey, it’s another Mini. What is this, Bag a Mini Day?

I do wish I’d had my camera with me. Would have made a funny picture.

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The TSA sucks A$$


A little over a week ago I flew from DFW to Phoenix and on the way through the security line at DFW the dude at the flashlight kiosk (you know, the guy who shines the UV light at your license expecting to find nothing in particular) made a point of telling people that they didn’t need to take their liquids out of their carry-on bags to run through the scanner.

Silly me, I’d already done that and had my baggie of contraband already in my laptop bag where it’s easy to throw into the grey bin.

No big deal, at least I could leave it there.

I made a point of not assuming the Phoenix security would behave the same and had the baggie out when going back to DFW and as expected they didn’t mention being able to leave it in my carry-on bag.

On the other hand, I had to head out to Orlando this morning and since I was leaving out of the same damn terminal as when I was going to Phoenix I thought I’d be able to leave my baggie in my carry-on.


There was a TSA guy wandering up and down the line reminding all the Mickey-heads that they had to take their liquids out and put them in the bin.

Make up your damn minds!

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It’s alive! Again

The controller software is fully functional again and I can get back to making holograms while continuing to upgrade the hardware and software.

Shown to the left is the board hooked up to two shutters and a light sensor. The lit LED is showing that the light sensor is seeing enough light to activate the input channel.

I’m now going to start the process of opening a sourceforge account and getting the controller software set up under an open-source license.

After I clean my office. It’s a disaster (again).

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