Wednesday, 3 September 2014

By on September 3rd, 2014 in science kits

10:10 – About all I do this time of year is make up chemical solutions, bottle chemicals, make up subassemblies, and pack and ship science kits. That’s what I’m doing today, and with any luck I’ll have all outstanding orders shipped this afternoon.

6 Comments and discussion on "Wednesday, 3 September 2014"

  1. SteveF says:

    OFD, here’s another source of history podcasts: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. They’re not as good as Lars Brownworth’s podcasts, but that’s praising with faint damns. Warning: they’re long, 1.5 to 4 hours each.

    Carlin also has discussion of current events, “Common Sense”, available from the same site. So far I’m not as impressed, as it sounds like he’s just talking about a topic for an hour without a script and (I’m guessing) with just a few bullet points, bringing in historical comparisons and other current events, usually with a point to be made but with lots of unfinished sentences, digressions, and repeats of earlier points. The information is interesting, but listening to the talk is very annoying to me. If you like the Strategy Page podcasts, you’ll likely like this, and contrary-wise.

  2. OFD says:

    Thanks for da link, Mr. SteveF; will be checking it out, in between listening to James Earl Jones read the KJV, OT in the AM, NT in the PM. With interruptions by Southern rock anthologies, Gil Scott-Heron, and the early Dead.

    And right now, ol’ OFD is gonna SSH hisself off to the Land of Nod….

  3. SteveF says:

    I’ve listened to some more of Carlin’s “Common Sense” podcasts, and am bumping my evaluation up a notch. Today’s weren’t as scattered as the earlier podcasts I’d listened to; I guess it was just luck that a random selection previously gave all rather scattered and today gave all pretty straightforward.

  4. OFD says:

    I’ll get around to hooking up all this stuff in the new vehicle next week if I’m not frigging drained at the end of every day; got enough energy now to drive home, take the dawg out, feed him and the cats, and that’s as much as I’ve been able to handle. One-man IT shop for 200 peeps in a factory will do that to ya, even if you’re 20, let alone three times that.

    Between the podcasts and Sirius XM I should be good, plus the emergency services scanner.

  5. SteveF says:

    I go through a lot of podcasts and audio books. At least six hours a day at my butt-in-seat contract place, largely to drown out ambient noise. Our group is currently in an “open plan” “work” area, which has all of the disadvantages of cubicles and all the noise of a completely open floor. It’s sort of like a productive environment. (On the plus side, the project is completely pointless, making more efficient a formerly paper-based system which shouldn’t be done in the first place. No, this was not what I signed up for. I was supposed to be working on better tracking of epidemics and other outbreaks, but on the day I started this project needed people more desperately, so here I am.) (This project needed people because they were running short; they’ve had almost 50% personnel turnover in 3 1/2 months. Most of the people who left voluntarily couldn’t stand the calamitously bad management. Not coincidentally, I had a phone interview this evening for another gig.)

    On long trips I listen to podcasts with headphones. My car is too old to have a built-in MP3 player or even a jack to plug my player into the car. And it doesn’t seem worthwhile to upgrade the stereo in an aging minivan. Amusingly, it’s against the law in NY to listen to music on headphones while driving, but it’s required to use headphones when talking on the phone while driving. Further demonstration, as if any were needed, that legislators and regulators are mostly dumbasses.

  6. OFD says:

    Not only dumbasses but criminally dumbass. If only we knew how many of their “projects,” “innovations,” “novelties,” and “improvements” actually caused great harm to people, never themselves, of course…

    I doubt many will catch on here but I use those words deliberately, as they were used mockingly many times by Dean Jonathan Swift and other 18th-C literati about such nonsense. I also use them as a sarcastic memorial to what happened to the church I was baptized and confirmed in long ago. Dean Swift was an ordained minister in that church, in Dublin, matter of fact.

    Once again, OFD to the land of Nod…I get about ten minutes of reading in and then fade right out…

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