Friday Fives

1. What was that cool thing/brand that everyone wanted when you were growing up, but now you’d get laughed at for having?
Canned tamales. Everyone, simply everyone was eating them as a child but no, alas, I am the only one.

2. What website do you no longer go to, but was once a favorite?
Talking Points Memo. I read it a lot during the early days of the Bush administration but I have wandered off and now simply play in traffic.

3. What food did you love as a child but hate it now?
Farm fresh cream (the consistency of really thick yogurt) ladled over Cap’n Crunch cereal. I don’t think that sweet rich concoction could ever be eaten today without putting me in a cardiac/diabetic stroke.

4. What’s a scam that people throw money at without knowing it’s stupid?
Where to start – megachurches, psychics, MAGA.

5. Pigs have sprouted wings and can now fly. How does this affect life as we know it?
A flying pig would change the food-esphere as we know it – Pigs would be revered and bacon and ribs, pork roast would be mere whims of the past, spoken about it in whispers.

Friday Fives

1. If you were an alien visiting Earth where would you visit first
Wow, I get to play a role of an alien visiting Earth! Cool. Where would I go? From space, there are all these areas of large densities of light – visiting one of those, perhaps one of the densely populated areas in Asia, probably South Korea which looked at from space is very lit up.

2. How would you get here and how long would it take?
Well, I am an alien in space – I suppose I can now invent whatever kind of transportation conveyance that I want – I would fly down in a UFO that looks mysteriously a lot like the flying car used on the Jetsons.

3. What would you do or say when you got here?
I would attempt to understand the reason for all of the glowing orbs.

4. What would be your best judgment about Earth and what would be your worst judgment about Earth?
We tend to ignore the ocean. There is only so much land – but these creatures exist above all this water. What is down there that is so scary.

5. What would you look like?
See the picture above.

The Friday Fives

1. What do you feel like you’re missing out on?
I generally have a pretty good life and don’t feel like I am missing much. There are parts of the social sphere that I don’t understand and may be missing things. Recently I went down to the area behind Union Station in Denver, the RINO area and I think I missed this – that area is unrecognizable. I think I missed the message that seems to have been sent to nearly everyone in the country to move to Denver about three years ago. The growth I get, but what is feeding it, I think I am missing out on that.

2. What are some interesting life hacks for saving money?
Cook at home and take your lunch to work based on leftovers – you will save a fortune. Cooking is so easy and keeping a pantry of staples so you can just reach in and start cooking is easy too.

3. What’s the worst purchase you ever made?
The eight-track tape player I bought last year? Kidding aside, I can’t think of any major big purchase things. Things I buy that I find I don’t want or perhaps even regret I tend to give to my sister or my parents as hand me downs – usually techy stuff.

4. What’s the best purchase you ever made?
My 2008 Hyundai. Going on 11 years old – all paid for and runs like a dream with low miles still on it. Love that thing.

5. What products/services are extremely overpriced but we pay for anyway?
Apple products. Like Bose, they are mostly marketing. My laptop runs Linux and works and looks so much like an Apple Air you could be fooled if it weren’t for the branding. The Android operating system has matured to such a point that there is nothing an iPhone can do that an Android can’t.

Friday Fives

1. Do you remember the first time you used a computer?
Yes, 1979, it was the fall of my junior year in high school. Our math teacher, Mr. Tonso had set up a series of networked IBM computers using BASIC and attached to a dot matrix printer with those all to familiar years later, 7″ floppy disks to save documents and manage the operating system. Pretty ahead of the times stuff and a great learning experience.

2. Do you remember the first time you used the internet?
It was in college after my time in the army, using an AOL startup disk and cruising along on the nascent web through AOL in 1988.

3. Do you remember the first time you used a word processor?
Yes, it was in the army, using the Wang word processor. (See the picture above to look at my Wang.)

4. Do you remember the first time you used a spreadsheet?
That would be at my first major job after college at the newspaper in Craig using Excel on a Macintosh to build out a chart for some dates and locations of hunting season stuff.

5. what is the next big thing in computers/telecom/technology?
They keep saying that laptops are going away, that phones are going away and the cloud providers like Amazon and Google are obsessed with voice search and “listening in on your needs” to offer their perceived solutions to issues. But I think the rubberband may bounce back to self rather then cloud and a return to owning data is a backlash I would like to see, but perhaps that genie is already out of the bottle. What’s nex? I think something like Google glass and/or a Star Trek like communicator that can read texts, send texts, mobilize social media and communicate with others. That is possibly closer than we think to becoming a reality.

Friday Fives

Friday Potpourri

1. What would you tell people you did for a living if you won the lottery?
Vice president of Imagination

2. What are your best ways to shut down a conversation?
“Was that your fart? Jesus, man!”

3. What is a feature on a newer car that you never realized you were missing out on because you didn’t have it before?
Heated steering wheels. Wow – it comes from the future for today.

4. What is a cruel name to pick for your children?
Something from the medieval period or 18th-century literature. My son: D’artanian. My daughter: Broomhilda.

5 What is the worst gift you’ve ever received?
One year for Christmas the parents gave my sister tires. That was pretty bad. My grandmother always gave me underwear.