It doesn't take much to make me happy, but then it doesn't take much to annoy me either.


07 APR 2018 - Okay, lots of stuff happening both at work, home, and out in the ever crazy world out there.

At home I put together a sound system that I've been wanting for years. This is a dedicated audio system (no video or home entertainment aspirations) that's in my bedroom right now. Very nice system - more about it here.

At work, life is always busy. My skills in MES, SAP, and manufacturing processes continue to grow. This is a nice challenge, but let's just say it's nice to leave work at work. Maybe more about that later, but not now.

And in the crazy world we still have a number of hot topics that, while seeming so urgent and important, are yet always replaced by something else more urgent and more important. But here's a short take on what's happening now:

  • Trump is still president and people are still divided about that.
  • Stocks are going thru the wild gyrations only a day trader would love. This is primarily due to China trade negotiations, which are interesting because they hold so many IOUs from the US. What are we gonna do? This reminds me of something I read a while back - when you borrow $100,000 from a bank, they pretty much own you. But when you borrow $100,000,000 from a bank you kind of own them (in other words, who has the money?).
  • A porn star who was involved with Trump years ago is still trying to cash in on her moment of fame. I think that moment passed with her 60 Minutes interview when everyone yawned afterward. But porn stars are supposed to know how to work it, and that's what Stormy is doing.
  • California housing crisis continues to worsen, or get better, depending on whether you own a home. A huge side-effect is the growing homeless population, which if anecdotal observations are accurate, has surged in the past few years. It's not good and there doesn't appear to be an easy solution.
  • Facebook has been busted for doing the obvious. I have to ask, who did not know they were selling user information? But there appears to be a greater desire to somehow control Facebook now that some of that data may have helped Trump win the election. From the moment I realized they purposely designed their GUI to confuse users, I stopped trusting Facebook. I login once a year from a browser to see what's up (usually not much) and absolutely do not install any of their software on any device I own. Eff 'em.

I think that's about enough for now. Despite all the histrionics, time moves on and God is still good. Amen.




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