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Saturday, January 7th, 2017
3:45 am
how to make a ferret cry
I'm going bonkers looking for items that are simply no longer available
- Jolt cola
- car door edge guards

Ikea drives me mad by discontinuing unique items that are simply not available anywhere else. Or worse, changing it in subtle ways. Their blue GLIS tackle box had adjustable dividers. At $4, it a great alternative to Plano boxes at 1/2 to 1/3 the price. But NOOOOOOOOOO, the new clear ones have NO adjustable partitions.
And to complicate things
- there are other storage containers named "Glis"
- in store only, not available by web or phone
Disappointment is part of the "Ikea Experience"

It's hard to buy plain stationery items like a bottle of ink.

- all the local stationers are gone due to StaplesDepotMaxx.
Even in Manhattan.
Canal Street's "Tunnel Discount Stationers" was the place to go for anything. Max Tunnel was the store cat. Every day I use something I bought there, so I'm reminded of a nice store that's long gone

- all the art/drafting stores are gone
Pearl Paint: 1933 - 2014
Art Brown
Sam Flax

Koenig Art Emporium is not gone but none are near me

3 classic delis around Carnegie Hall are gone
- Wolf's deli
- Stage Deli
- Carnegic Deli

Deli Master's in Queens in gone too. This is the official place to cry about it:
Sunday, January 1st, 2017
12:39 am
Year of Tux the Penguin?
I wonder when Tux the Penguin will be Time magazine's product of the year. Or has that already happened?

A friend commented "this is the year of the Linux Desktop!"

I'm unsure I can count the number of Linux devices I have at home
- Ubuntu on my Dell laptop
- Fedora on my desktop system only because I found that install DVD first
- Raspberry Pi 2 and 3
- Beaglebone black
- Intel Edison and Galileo
- Pocket Chip

My Sony TV seems to have Linux inside based on the upgrade I had to feed it via a USB memory stick.

Unigroup (NYC) and NJ Linux User Group are very active, full of clever folks doing great things and sharing their knowledge.

That's the optimism that keeps me going.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
12:40 am
carbrows and eyes
What's all this with new cars having led "eyebrows" like something out of Monsters Inc. Didn't "Mike's New Car" teach car design engineers that "more anthropomorphic" is NOT necessarily better?

Driving at night is more distracting than ever with all these angry car-eyes in my rear view mirror. So few cars are happy or even contented.

The tail lights of a Cooper Mini looked just like owl eyes: huge red rings around black centers with 2 red (( )) the outer edges. Haunting!
Friday, May 20th, 2016
9:47 pm
Fawlty Fuzzy Memory
A piece of a recent conversation:

see if you can chase down footage of the Feral 1999 (I think) cabin skits.
MelSkunk's cabin did a skit where your character was the villain, to much amewsement

Just thought you'd be amused by being a skit villain.
The recurring punchline was "but Mejeep the evil ferret couldn't remember how
(action) would help his plan, as ferrets have an attention span of exactly five seconds.

Which gave them an excuse to write a skit that was somewhere
between a "fractured fairy tale" and a crack-fic =^.^=. Hilarity ensued.

Hugs and awwwwwwwwwwws, happy I created a silly ferret memory!
The evil ferret skit was full of anime references.

I vaguely remembers my 3 cabin's skits.
One was with my red ferret puppet, plotting something under the secret sofa.
The next year Whiffert was with me, we did a spoof of Cirque do Soleil:
Cirque Souffle, with silly circus acts.
The 3rd year, Bushycat lead with "Das Cabin", some German-trope.
We usually won "most BIZARRE" act"

I found a paper with all the circus acts from the cabin skit "Ciruqe Du Souffle"
(a spoof of Cirque Soleil, using puppets)

[opening music: overture from Barnum the broadway musical]

Yugo the Dancing Bear
[music: carnival fanfare]

The Flying Ferretinis
[music: the Man on the Flying Trapeeze]
(ferret puppets were popular from The Funday Pawpet Show
and puppet shows at furry conventions)

Katz & Dogz
[music: $10,000 pyramid]
(Katz was a popular virtual-pet computer game)

Skunk The Magnificent
[music: 2001/Fanfare for the Common Man]

The Grand Finale
[music: The Elephant Walk]
Friday, February 12th, 2016
11:51 pm
any teddy bear / plush collectors out there?
Are there any teddy bear / plush collector groups or blogs still active?
I am trying to sell some new unused Gund and Boyd bears
but I have fallen out of the scene so I don't know where to reach the right folks.
Monday, February 1st, 2016
11:18 am
standard rant: steal a few million dollars or more and you keep enough even if caught!
If you or I steal something, that's a crime with severe penalties.
But if a corporation steal millions to BILLIONS of dollars,
they keep enough to make it worthwhile EVEN IF CAUGHT!

In Rigged Justice: 2016 How Weak Enforcement Lets Corporate Offenders Off Easy, a 12-page booklet, Senator Elizabeth Warren documents corporations that were caught undertaking grossly fraudulent, highly profitable actions, and were made to pay a trivial fraction of those profits in fines -- fines become a part of the cost of doing business, not a deterrent to criminal behavior.

the document: http://www.warren.senate.gov/files/documents/Rigged_Justice_2016.pdf
Friday, January 29th, 2016
7:02 am
Bob & Ray were right so long ago on the radio
"Bob and Ray" (Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding)
were on the radio for decades with their bizarre improv

Long before Walmart paid starvation wages, they made fun of an imaginary paperclip company:
Bob and Ray "The Great Lakes Paperclip Company" Radio Comedy

Ernie Kovacs satired many things but I do not remember him being that close to reality.
Thursday, December 24th, 2015
10:05 pm
grateful for little things
I'm happy to report that NONE of my neighbors are using that "as seen on TV" lazy-ass laser-light-star projector on their home. When properly done, string lights really accentuate the house's features and make it PRETTY!

Some blocks seem to make it a competition, with each house and front yard looking like a display demo of all the lastest bling-tech. But I don't sense anything really new: most are using the same raindrop-leds and color changing leds as last year. I can't blame them, all those LED lights were a bit of an investment.

So Merry X-mas, Yule, Solstice or whatever you choose to observe, or not observe.

UPDATE: while on the way to the 7-11 for a snack, I saw 2 homes with the red & green laser lights :-0
One was kinda sad: just one string of lights on the handrail and the rather weak laser dots giving the porch a case of the measles. The other house was full of lights on the bare trees and house, so the laser lights supplemented them.
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
10:41 am
silly collections
BoingBoing's random shiny thing of the minute:
World's largest collection of coffee cup lids

That would have been a perfect companion to the Cooper Union's exhibition about coffee cup design/art:

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
4:00 am
MAD magazine was right
Long ago when I was a teen, I discovered MAD magazine.
It was really clever by disguising education as humor & satire,
particularly pointing out how advertising really works.

I see it all the time with words that have become meaningless

"luxury ..." applied to anything better than a cardboard box
"gourmet ..." Everything is gourmet now, even jelly beans
"premium" as in "premium orange juice" some is from concentrate, some is not
"creamery butter" From where else are 'ya gonna get the butter?
"oven baked" how else do you bake things?

So why is there no word for a store with the "OPEN" sign lit when it's clearly closed?

Long ago Rich Hall popularized sniglets:
  1. a neologism
  2. any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary, but should

and to eliminate that other click:
A neologism … is the name for a relatively new or isolated term, word, or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but that has not yet been accepted into mainstream language.

As a computer engineer, I've been surrounded by jargon and terms that have become common language/parlance because computers are so ubiquitous. It's fun being bleeding edge at times, but are we really becoming more descriptive of things?

There's an awesome British comic who has an awesome Homeopathic rant. In particular, he points out be wary of anyone who calls themself a nutritionist dietitian is the legally protected term.
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
3:39 pm
TP-LINK for the IoT
A friend has a TP-Link wireless router outside his bathroom.
Wow, that's quite over specialized: a wifi Toilet Paper Link for the Internet of Toilets?

Archer was once a Radio Shack label/brand. TP link has a rather pretty WiFi router named Archer too
Sunday, March 29th, 2015
4:06 pm
Israeli "makers"
in case you didn't have it tweeted to you already:


Rube Goldberg's Passover Seder
Engineering, Architecture and Planning students at Technion--Israel Institute of Technology are remembering the story of Moses this Passover as only engineers, architects and planners can.

They built a Rube Goldberg machine that aims to do more than pour cereal or mix a cocktail, but to remind us of the Story of Moses. This matzo, tin foil and dominos machine pays homage to Moses in the bulrushes, the burning bush, and plagues upon Egypt. The story takes us through the parting of the red sea and a metaphorical freeing of the slaves, ending with the reveal of a seder plate, a group of symbols which remind us to keep on remembering.

Best. Seder. Ever. (via Haaretz)
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
1:11 am
PIE day!
Ike A Ferret thinks he noze it all
because he's a Tau Bet
(member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society)
TBP is celebrating PIE day 3.14.15
with a video too

Other Pie Day celebrations:
Saturday, February 21st, 2015
10:59 pm
Passover Coke time!
Be on the lookout for CocaCola with the YELLOW cap. That's the Passover Coke with NO CORN SYRUP!

I wish I still worked on Wall St because of all the free concerts at Trinity & St. Luke's churches, and the surviving lunch eateries such as Majestic Pizza on Cortlandt St. I love their spinach calzone since it's a wonderful mixture of spices and cheezes, not just a clump of spinach with Ricotta filling. But they usually add a little sausage for flavor. That's why I like Lent: it's meatless only for Lent.
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
5:01 am
2014: year of the meatheads?
I guess I'll start my 2014 in review now:

I'll dodge things like how I'm doing personally, politics, etc.
but muse on my observations of the economy.

I see an increasing trend for burger joints.
Despite McD and BurgerThing both crying about diminishing sales,
Smash Burger, 5 guys and others are expanding.
So I don't understand why older more-established places
like Bear Rock Cafe and Bob's Big Boy have tanked.
They're the same demographic: the yuppie/road-warrior
who'd otherwise use the free WiFi at StarBucks or Panera.

Regular malls continue their death-spiral with empty stores even now at the peak season.
The Menlo Mall and The Outlet Connection (formerly Jersey Gardens Mall)
have destroyed anything that was unique or enjoyable about them.
All the sculptures have been removed to make space for more overpriced kiosks.
The Outlet Connection removed the kiddie playground so now the kids are literally lying on the floor
and crawling and playing anywhere and everywhere.
The nice comfy living-room style upholstered chairs have been replaced by hard plastic benches.
The food court with colorful lighting and wood decorations is now a sterile environment with harsh white lighting and plain white tables.
It makes for a much more hostile environment.
Even I feel that every inch is for sale, which is NOT the "welcoming" feeling that customers/shoppers ought to feel. But that's the inversion of power: malls exist to deliver people to the stores, not to sell merchandise to customers.

"Outlet Malls" are a lie. They're mostly regular prices, or worse, price fixed by the mfgr now that the Sherman Antitrust Act was essentially nullified. Ya, sometimes there are great buys, but NOT all the time, particularly as stores compete against themselves with web only promotions.

That's another thing that grinds my gears: saturation marketing.
Items are sold only at the promoter's whim. Wanna buy it later? Too bad, so sad, none in the stores.
So much for "the customer is right" or reacting in any way to real customer/market demand.

and so it goes. None of the marketeers need to listen or learn.
They're on their ivory pillars.
Friday, May 30th, 2014
11:36 pm
ferrets of NYC
Thanks to RTR for finding this article about possible ferret legalization in NYC. As "a ferret of New York", I tried to help MetroFerrets make people aware of this unfair ban on ferrets. I'm unsure who really succeeded but it's wonderful news!

De Blasio’s Latest Break With His Predecessors: Ending a Ban on Ferrets

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
3:03 pm
Ferret found a dollar and a sock on the sidewalk.
What amused him the most?
Friday, April 18th, 2014
8:56 pm
Love is in the air?
Dr. Demento may have his smogberry trees

but here the sperm flower is in bloom!

Is this 2013 article true? Has superstorm Sandy diminished the malodorous tree population?


Your Street Probably Smells Like Semen Right Now But It Might Not Next Spring
Juliet Lapidos | April 9th, 2013

More precisely, a Callery Pear, or Pyrus calleryana,
a deciduous tree that's common throughout North America.
It blossoms in early spring and produces beautiful,
five-petaled white flowers that smell like semen.

I said that Callerys are "common": A preposterous understatement.
In Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, which is for horticulturists what the DSM is for psychotherapists, Michael Dirr says that the Bradford Pear a Callery cultivar inhabits "almost every city and town to some degree or another" and warns that "the tree has reached epidemic proportions."

But in the professional literature, euphemisms abound.
Dirr calls the Bradford "malodorous" and leaves it at that.

The tree is known for its distinctive smell which has been said to be similar to a cross between rotting fish and semen.
8:07 am
real Coca-cola
Passover means the elusive yellow-cap 2 liter bottles of Coca Cola are here for a short time: no corn sweetener!
Friday, March 7th, 2014
1:16 am
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