Nine eyes are watching you

Maybe a little creepy but it is not my fault. For nearly a decade now, Google has been making street-level maps. You may have seen their little cars poking around. They have nine cameras and are called “Nine Eyes.” This Tumblr feed collects some of the odd sites the nine eyes have stumbled upon. While board in the new lockdown, take a gander. The trip will take hours. Oh, the humanity – this is like some sort of meta-participatory photojournalism created by an algorithm and its unintended consequences.

Friday Fives

Reddit Round-Up:

1. Imagine having a reverse Yelp where we rate customers on their attitudes, manners, and how well they tip. What review would you leave?

I am not sure I am on the correct path with this one, however, if I were to receive ratings on a reverse Yelp from service industry folks, I would get high marks – I am generous tipper, almost never complain about service and am not loud and unruly.

2. A galactic genie suddenly granted 1 wish to the people of Earth. No one knew a wish was going to be granted, the wish was selected by everyone’s inner desire, and majority wins. What wish ends up getting granted?

A gigantic rollback of nature before the time fo global warming.

3. What fact is ignored generously?

See above – global warming.

4. If you had a Teleportation power, what one place in the world would you immediately go?

In the COVID -19 era, it would be Greenland. Look at that map. Virtually no viral spread. Granted nearly no one lives there but still.

5. Which books should everyone read once in their life?
I am a broken record about this but I will continue to shout it at the tops of the trees:


It deserves its reputation as the Great American Novel.

The Friday Fives

Junk drawer

Go ahead and head to your junk drawer. Don’t clean… just observe. Now its time to answer some tough questions… so get your affairs in order.

<strong>1. Is it in the kitchen? If not, where? If so, anywhere you would move it if strarting over?</strong>

No. There is no room in the kitchen for a junk drawer. I have junk drawer in my bedroom and I think Julie has one too. Really, the whole junk drawer concept falls apart at The Farm due an incredible lack of cohesive organization. The kitchen and living areas generally has it’s shit together but my bedroom is about as neat and tiddy as a 16 year-old boys without the trash and leftover pizza boxes and fast food wrappers.

<strong>2. Do you have any CR2032’s in there? Before you google it, just know you need some, stat. Everything small runs on them. Including your sister.</strong>

Yep. And a few other sizes to fit in various remotes and other devices like my glucometer and self-stick remote control and the car stereo’s remote. I put one in something in the kitchen the other day.

<strong>3. What’s your favorite thing in there?</strong>

Probably my “iFixIT” tool kit built to fix techy kind of things.<strong>4. What’s the dumbest thing?</strong>Way too much old used tech things like cords that go to nothing and old, old Nextel phones. Useless.

<strong>5. Let’s say I were breaking in, what would I they steal?</strong>

Steal out of the junk drawer? Well the whole thing is basically a craft storage unit with plastic drawers on wheels. The robber can just wheel that thing right out the door.

What’s this deadpool?

Hey folks, the year is quickly coming to a close and it is time to get those dead pool candidate lists together.

The 19th year of this fine event is just around the corner. Start making your list of names now and take part in this wholesome past-time that lasts the whole year.

Submit 11 names of folks that will die in 2020.

What is it we are talking about?

A celebrity dead pool for the year 2020.

(Please feel free to forward to whomever you think might also want to play.)
The first ten count, the 11th is an alternate.

Submit directly to [ and/or]

On Jan 1, 2021 the winner is announced.

The Rules:

Any deaths must be recorded by an Associated Press biography or an announcement from

All entries must be received by 12/31/19 at midnight. In the event
that a name on your list dies between 12/31/19 midnight and 1/01/20
12:01 the alternate name on your list moves on to the list.  (Late submissions through January will be accepted, however only 8 names and no alternative will count.)

Points are awarded for the following:

Age of the dead (oldest- least points * youngest -most points.):
Oldest 4 points
Youngest 6 points
Active deaths
First corpse – 4 points
Last corpse – 5 points
Most names on the list – 18 points per list.
Suicide – 10 points
Under 65 – 4 points
Under 55 – 4 points (in addition to the under 65 points awarded.)
(The MJ clause)
If you personally kill a celebrity to increase your point-scoring,
you are disqualified.
(The Schiavo Clause.)
No points for any deaths whose only act of dying made them famous. This means the oldest man or woman alive won’t get points. It also means that a famous illness to an otherwise stranger, resulting in death wouldn’t count as a celebrity dead pool death.
(Can’t Get Crap Together Rule)
Late submissions through January will be accepted, however only 8 names count.


Where to find names:  (click on the standings link and get some ideas for those who didn’t pass this year )   The dead people server – look up to see if someone is still alive.     Celebrity Death Beeper – sign up for an email alert when a celebrity passes.

The Friday Fives

A look back at the decade

1. Now that the 2010s decade is ending, which trends are the most regrettable?

Those ridiculous electric scooters that plague central downtown. Somone ought to remind their riders that the bus will always win. That and Trumpism. The world is too interconnected and complicated to fall back into isolationism and nationalism and hate.

2. What was the best song of the decade?

Probably anything by ______. (Shit, I’ve got nothing. I don’t listen to a lot of current music.). These guys seem to like this Craig Finn song and after giving it a listen, I could get down with this.

3. What was the best innovation of the decade?

Ubiquitous streaming and 4G technology. Next up, Star Trek transporters.

4. What trend from the decade has made the world better?

We have generally made cancer treatable and in many cases tied to early detection, cureable. Same with HepC, and AIDs. We are living longer and have a higher quality of life than ever before. These are all good things.

5. What was the best thing you read in the last 10 years?

Books 1 and 2 of The Expanse. I highly recommend.