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I found this article, “Confessions of a Car Dealer Service Manager” interesting:
Q: What’s the smartest thing you can buy from the dealer?
A: A brand-name extended service contract. So if you’re buying a Ford, get a Ford contract. If it’s a Toyota, buy the Toyota contract. The opposite is also true. Never buy the extended service contract that’s generically offered through the dealer but isn’t backed by the brand of car they sell.
Also, take your car in on Monday morning, early, never Friday afternoon!
I host kennelson.com on the Amazon Cloud. Usually that means very fast, reliable, scalable service. But not from Thursday til this morning. Amazon Cloud service in our zone was hosed up and it brought down most of the websites I run.
Following recovery by Amazon, which took WAY too long and they shall be hearing from me, I found the KenNelson.com database tables corrupt, which is why readers saw a “nothing to see here” message from the WordPress system that powers this site.
Fortunately, my excellent colleague, Kevin, took time this Easter to sort out the corruption and fix it. Thanks!
As more and more applications migrate to the cloud, the reduced points of failure should cause concern. I hope Amazon, which I’ve found to be a pretty responsive and thoughtful vendor, realizes the power they increasingly have to ruin most of our days.
In may ways the cloud seems a metaphor for the financial consolidation that ended up ruining our decade. Hope that doesn’t happen, but it will if we don’t take care.
I haven’t been blogging lately… I’m traveling.
Currently I’m in Charlotte, NC. We picked up this beauty yesterday and we are going to head back west with it later today.
Once back in Utah, this 1960 Ford Starliner will donate its good glass, trim and hood and other components to two Ford Starliner’s being rebuilt in my father-in-laws old Ford laboratory.
And yes… Gas is getting expensive.
I’m going to be slow blogging for a bit because of a few reasons.
The first is that I can find literally nothing in the political or economic arenas to be positive about. Problems that face us continue to be acerbated not addressed. With one life to live, I’m not that interested in documenting the decline, nor in stressing myself peeing in the wind about it.
Oh, I’ll vote and support the Tea Party and other such nonsense. But it won’t matter.
Put another way, I’ve come to the conclusion that we are ruined and that nothing short of complete structural change will help. With that change will come unprecedented governmental violence. Note I said GOVERNMENT. Them doing it to us. I sense that a depressing and deadly end to our republic isn’t too far off. And, since I can’t prevent it, I’ll just try and make due. And frankly… I won’t miss it. It hasn’t been something to be particularly proud of for much of my adult life.
The second is that I’m busy at work, very busy, as I try, probably in vain, to prepare my family and friends/co-workers for the coming dying throes of our governmental monstrosity.
I hope I’m wrong. But what do you think? Is the Tea Party is rearranging the deck chairs? Are they going after the systemic causes? I think not. Thus, if the Tea Party is the best we got, it ain’t enough and the end isn’t going to be pretty.
Since I do not wish to write doom all the time, I’ll limit my blogging to occasional tidbits and reviews of things that do impress me.
I found this piece, by Mordechai (Moti) Ben-Ari, at the Weizmann Institute in Israel to be pretty much on target. His topic… “Non-Myths About Programming”.
The non-myths… like Programming is Boring (it can be), or You Work in front of a computer (who doesn’t) are, indeed, non-myths. He points out that most professions have their issues, and their rewards.
If you want to be a programmer… give it a read.
Not sure who made this, but web site developers, Graphics Artists, Photographers, Virus Removing Gurus, and others with hard to acquire skills and equipment will understand why this chart is useful. It answers the question “Should I do this work for free"?” Click the image to see it bigger.
I do free work all the time, mainly for neighbors, relatives and organizations I support. But… I also decline “opportunities” frequently as well.
BTW: F-bomb alert. I didn’t notice til I read all the nodes on the chart. Sorry.
Update: Source: http://jessicahische.com/ (good job!)
FYI… lest you go around thinking Sarah Palin put crosshairs on Congress people, this is the map her PAC created:
This is a survey location symbol:
Note how the lines extend BEYOND the circle. It is used to indicate a spot on a map.
This is a scope crosshair, in which the reticles cannot extend BEYOND the perimeter of the scope.
I don’t mind having survey symbols identifying states we want political change in. Do you?
For that matter, I don’t mind crosshairs for the same intent, unless the rest of the message is a call to violent action.
The media should understand that if they react in a particular political way as a result of murder, they will spur on more violence. I doubt they care.
A British study linking autism to childhood vaccinations, and long used by those who oppose vaccinations, has been retracted as an “elaborate fraud”.
An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.
Bad science. It affects us all the time. Light bulbs banned in California. Predictions of global warming, when it is more likely to get cold. Owls that aren’t native, nor endangered, stop logging. We are inundated with cause based science, where the cause is either financial benefit of the scientists, or some meta political goal.
So how do you spot bad science? It is surprisingly easy. I see it all the time as I read newspaper accounts of new studies, or even in scientific papers I peruse out of interest. Here are some guidelines:
Put simply… unless it is pure numbers and physical laws, you probably can’t trust it.
So am I saying most science is bad? Well… yes, I guess I am. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it, as the good stuff has immense value. But we definitely shouldn’t be comfortable, or quick, to allocate lives and treasure based on most science.
Note: The 4 Hour Body book has an excellent Appendix on identifying bad science.
My Mom left me a voice mail talking about a Fox News article about “top” 71 people that had died in 2010. I can’t find it. Maybe she can put in comments. But I did search for it and instead I found that, helpfully, the WikiPedia keeps track of this as well.
The oldest I found is Hugues Cuenod, a Swiss tenor opera singer who died at 108 years.
Best wishes for a 2011 where Wikipedia does not track you.
Productive… You will be.
I don’t mean to brag, but I’m an unusually productive fellow. I don’t have a “4 hour” plan for you, but I do have some simple advice that may help you if you have productivity problems. Some of it was learned in the Army, some by watching other productive people, and a lot by the school of relatively hard knocks.
There… the secrets of the hyper-productive. Also known as how I earn a good living, having fun doing it, have very little stress, and lots of time to enjoy my family and other interests.
Now YOU can be productive too.
About 45 percent think government is a threat to personal liberty. Only 3 percent of those polled said the government did not need major reform.
More at Commentary Magazine.
Well, sure, 97% of people can be wrong. Happens all the time, square earth, sun revolves around earth, so forth. But in this case… they are right, and I suspect the 3% of miscreants who think not misread the question.
* If Wal-Mart were a country, it would be China’s sixth largest export market.
* If the American diabetes treatment industry were its own country, it would be the 45th largest economy in the world.
Other “if you were a country” factoids at: