Zlug! Good it has not quite been. Yesterday was a nightmare of the Army kind: long periods of boredom punctuated with brief intense bursts of abject terror. The traffic was lighter but only served to make the schmucks and ferds more obvious. To paraphrase Yoda:
“Forceful the stupidity in that one is.”
was the mantra of navigating Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill yesterday. Especially the parking lots. Evidently the concept of lanes, much less one way lanes, is alien to the minds of pre-Thanksgiving shoppers.
I shall not be issuing this day or tomorrow to engage in shopping. But I shall be thankful that I have and am doing my shopping almost entirely on-line. Let the guys in uniforms do the driving.
It was also a stressful night (and yet into the day) of dripping. The browser tells me it is 19 degF in Greater Metropolitan Arab; my aft porct wireless thermometer tells me it is 24 degF, which was what the forecast from the weather beavers in Huntsville proclaimed. Either is too d*** little heat for this Old Retired, Flatulent Physicist, not that one ever retires from being a physicist unless one is brain whacked – physically. Most of my colleagues, the ones not physicists, would agree physicists as a class are whacked mentally.
The preparation for the drippage entailed attention to the weather beavers who prattled on about their individual station’s “weather app. Intriguingly, in some cases, only iPhone apps are offered which leads me to wonder whether all of their audience is Apple slaves, Android users don’t care about weather, or they don’t care about Android users. The latter seems strange since Androidites outnumber Appletonians by about four to one last I checked.
But the thing that disturbed me most, as I was futzing with the myriad flows, was their claim that “the app is free.” Clearly this is a blatant prevarication bounded by abject stupidity and criminal misrepresentation. This leads me to SCP’s Conjecture number leventy-leven:
“No App is FREE!”
The demonstration of this is rather trivial but since it is the feast of leftovers, I shall indulge folks whose digestive systems have preempted their mental energy budget. Simply put no transfer of funds may be necessary to download the app but it does entail time and effort on the user’s part and that costs. Also it takes time and money to install, set-up, and run the app. And it takes ditto to access the weather beaver’s data and to assess it in context. Hence, there may be no direct cost but there are substantial indirect costs that cannot be neglected.
And Qadgop begs me to remind that their is amortization and wear–and-tear on the hardware. I believe Qadgop has plans to do wear-and-tear on the dinosaur descendant later today.
I am informed by colleagues that today is not only the great Amerikan holiday, but in accidental coincidence of religionist zeal is also the initiation of Chanukah. So we may celebrate not only christianist fanatic but also jewish celebration. Hence the feast of leftovers, sufficient for a week or so and not just one night. And if one fries the dinosaur descendant unsafely there will be a great oil lighting.
Live Long and Prosper. But eschew the Stupids.