Category Archives: Life

Rant about stuck up people

What a wonderful time I had the other day on the island. As the sun was about to set I heard the hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo of a Great Horned Owl. I ended up finding a huge asian snail sitting on the beach, and I decided to take some pictures of it that also highlighted my hitch-hikers thumb.

It’s times like this that I am so grateful for, to be free of the rat-race of life most have to endure on a day to day basis.

I realize of course, that for some it is by necessity and not choice that they work full-time, and so I don’t fault anyone for it. But as for me, I choose to “think different”. Yes, it means no GS this or GS that but thats just fine with me. I have worked my share of jobs over the past decade to know exactly what it is that I don’t want to do.

I mention that because a few years ago I was hanging out with friend and some folks he knew, it was annoying for them to talk about the GS level they were on and they had these beaming smiles as they said it…..

And then it was my turn….so Anthony, what do you do for a living?

It was indeed an awkward moment. I paused and said that I was unemployed and got the condescending response….

“Oh, that’s too bad”.

It wasn’t even just the tone of her voice it was the look I got it was like oh, look at him isn’t he so pitiful. All I was trying to do was to spend time with some new people. To not be a part of an exclusive clique.

Talk about lowered expectations. Do you think I ever hung out with those boogie people again? No I didn’t! If one measures success by the size of ones paycheck, then I’m just not a part of that club.

Nosireebob!!!

They turned out to be someone that I used to know….somebody.

Anyway you keep on runnin’ out of my life if you subscribe to that foolishness, cause guess what? While you’re at work, waiting and waiting as the minutes/hours pass by I am actually doing something I enjoy….Like going for walks, enjoying nature, or spending time with my mother and sister, you see those are things that bring me joy not no fancy cars or diamond rings which are not forever by the way.

I have been teased before for not attending a four year college……but I am glad I didn’t. I don’t have that level of debt to be concerned about, nor do I want it. As a result I have a measure of freedom many dream of but never get.

I mean, what’s the point of making lots of money, if you have virtually no time to enjoy it. Mo’ money really does equal mo’ problems when you think of it. As a result a simple life in my opinion is the way to go.

Of course, I have no qualms with hard work. I respect a person that works to make an honest living. I just don’t like those that have some cushy job that they got because of their parents. In fact, I feel sorry for them because they are spoiled brats and the truth is that the joke is indeed on them.

it’s just a shame they don’t see it that way.

Kolibri OS: A diminutive surprise

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One thing that is pretty widely known about hummingbirds is that they are very, very fast. They are also very, very lightweight. I recall one time watching in horror as one flew into a glass window and plummeted three stories to the ground.

I was sure that it was going to be a goner and yet somehow, someway, some shape, some form it was still alive. In fact, its heart was still beating at what appeared to be a million miles a second. I remember its beautiful plumage and just being rather concerned about its future. More about that here.

Despite this being several years ago the scene plays like reed that were wound around my head.

It is as the result of the above characteristics that the Kolibri operating system is so very, very well named. I was to find this out for myself just a few minutes ago, when I loaded it up into VirtualBox and gave it 512 MB of RAM to work with. In fact the download for it was only 14 and a half MB, rather than the hundreds of Megabytes that I was used to with Linux and way more when obtaining Windows. Even Puppy Linux was a little more than 100 MB for comparison.

I digress!!!

Instantaneously I was greeted with the desktop and I promise that it was NOT “just my imagination”.

Once again!!!

The first thing I did was use a program called “tinypad” and boy, did it live up to it’s name. Then I played “snake”. If that game brings up ancient memories then that would make sense because I was playing a version of that game way back in 1995 on a Packard Bell.

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If you look at the left side of the screen and you go there with your mouse you are presented with different options, one of them being the familiar terminal. Something that caught my attention that I really wasn’t expecting was an IRC chat client.

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I guess I should have known better!!

Looking at the bottom right corner you will see several games such as the aforementioned “snake” and “checkers”. I was wondering where the rest of the games were and all I had to do was scroll down and more were visible. Going to the lower left side was familiar looking menu, this was what I was looking for in the first place, but I’m not gonna be a brat about it.

In the games section I was very, very surprised to see the bounteous bounty of games for an operating system of such a diminutive size. Yes, most of them will likely be familiar to you and will not have the 3d graphics that kids have been spoiled with now but they are still pretty cool just the same.

Whew this has ended up being quite an interesting look at Kolibri OS but I am getting tired so you’ll have to check me out the next time I decide to write about it.

A great new snack

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Ya know I have found that it really pays to be open to new experiences as it allows for some truly wonderful surprises.

A prime example of that was what I was able to enjoy last Saturday. I was in Whole Foods and saw something that I wasn’t very sure about but decided I would try it anyway.

snappeacrisps2You know how many times what is good FOR you Doesn’t taste GOOD?  Well, thankfully this was NOT one of those times.  While it wasn’t the same as the beloved PB crisps of my childhood. This snack is a lot better for me.

As if!!!

The flavor is quite mild, reminiscent of olive oil and there is a nice satisfying crunch when you bite into the pods.

It was so good, so good that I decided to try it again when I was at a Trader Joes.  The snap pea crisps there tasted the same as those of Whole Foods (not a surprise at all).  Just a different name and slightly cheaper in price.

 

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I really like that it’s neither too sweet or overly salty look at the back of the package.

innerpeas2So there you go, hopefully you’ll find some inner peas as well.

Anthony rants about Air-conditioning

This post has been months in the making.  Something that has been on my mind for a long time that I think is absolutely retarded.

What is the deal with the Air-conditioning being on in a library when its only 73 degrees F or 23 degrees C outside.

Its not even hot outside!!!!

Is this an isolated incident?  Noooo. Not at all!  This summer in Washington DC has been pretty weak as far as summers go.  And yet people are so desperate to make it cold everywhere i go, whether its at the library, on the bus in stores, practically everywhere.

Seriously.  I understand that being outside on a 90 degree day can be extremely uncomfortable especially when you are wearing a full suit for example.  The sun just seems to beam down on you with an intensity that is nothing to be reckoned with. So it is quite understandable that you don’t want to be covered in sweat as that feels absolutely disgusting.  Yet, rather than adapting business attire to the local climate, which is in this case Humid Subtropical, we try to shoehorn clothing that was designed with a much cooler climate in mind.

Intelligent I think not!!!

Washington DC like many cities in various latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere gets hot in the Summer. It just does.  Thats the long and the short of it, and while I understand that one doesn’t want to be hot, I feel as though the term “Air-conditioning” or the shortened form AC is a misnomer.  Why do I say so?  Well for one thing, everywhere I have been that has the AC on isn’t merely cooler than the outside temperature which would make perfect sense, the problem is that its cold.

Do you seriously mean to tell me in 2014 that we cannot have a better way of regulating our temperature?  I seriously doubt it.

So please, people give me a break and stop the nonsense already.  Besides I hear that Greenland is nice this time of year. Not to mention plenty of space to stretch out in as well. :)

 

 

Childhood memories and Persimmons in DC Part 2

 

Please forgive the picture quality

Please forgive the picture quality

Remember when I said that I had a surprise for you?  Well look above and you can see exactly what it is.  Just last week I was out for a walk and came across two familiar Persimmon trees.  Not really all that surprising at all.  But what I saw on the trees was something that made my jaw drop.

Ripe fruit in September!!!

But i thought they only fruited in the wintertime I exclaimed, but there they were, those beautiful orbs of sheer goodness.  An intensely sweet flavor that is even better when still warm from the sun.

Some kind of wonderful!!!

One of the trees kind of had a lean to it, not because of a bounteous bounty of fruit on its branches but just a lean.  I just hope that it doesn’t mean that  the tree is on the way down any time soon.

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That would be a real bummer!!

Once upon a time, a bit over a decade ago  I knew of a lone persimmon tree in Hyattsville, MD in Heurich park, it just stood in the middle of the grass.  Unfortunately not long afterward the tree was gone it had likely fallen in a storm. I was curious if its seeds would indeed be fertile since there wasn’t another Persimmon tree in the general vicinity.

Goodness I miss that tree

That tree was quite interesting as it appeared to be the only one of its kind, good thing it wasn’t because there was one or two more trees not very far from it next to Nicholas Orem Middle School. I distinctly remember seeing fruit on the trees only in the wintertime.  I hope that those trees are still there as recent construction may have destroyed them so I will have to check it out and see if they still remain.

So now it makes sense that I would quite surprised to see the ripe persimmons in September.  It made me curious as to whether or not there will still be fruit on the same trees in December 2013 to January of 2014.  Also, will it be both trees bearing fruit at that time or just one like I saw last year.

Time will tell, apparently.

 

 

Childhood memories and Persimmons in DC

persimmontagI have been interested in native edible plants ever since I came across the book “Stalking the Wild Asparagus” by Euell Gibbons.  This would have been around the year 1995 which means I would have been about eleven years old at the time. Two of the plants that I recall from that book are the Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) and the Pawpaw (Asimina triloba).

You could say this was all because of my mother, who took me to various libraries when I was a child and so  I was able to explore a world far beyond anywhere i could get to physically.  This was a time before the Internet became a ubiquitous part of everyday life and folks actually read books.  Literal books in which you actually have to literally turn the page to get to the next thought.  It was a tactile thing.  As a result from a very early age I loved to read and it was one of my favorite things to do. Those books in turn motivated me to explore the outdoors near my home and over years I have learned so much from that.  The curious child that grew into the curious adult. I have been able to learn things that the vast majority of my peers just don’t and it’s given me an appreciation for the natural world that again sadly, most people I come in contact with just don’t have so for that.

Thanks MOM!!!!

In fact, it still is although now I find myself reading from my laptop or iPad screen than an actual book.  I am always amazed at how much things change but yet they stay the same at the same time.

What a wonderful life!!!

So anyway, last week I decided to visit the National Arboretum of Washington DC.  This was a place I loved to come to years ago when I moved to N.E. DC.  I would spend hours there sometimes with friends and sometimes by myself.   I recall walking down the street to Heart Pond and looking at all the beautiful Koi that was in the water.  I also remember seeing a Northern Water Snake.  It was in one of the few tributaries of the Anacostia to survive to modern times called Hickey Run.  I promise it wasn’t a romantic walk that ended with a kiss by the way it was just me enjoying a nice long walk…..

All by myself!!!

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Anyway I came across a truly magnificent Persimmon tree (diospyros virginianum).  I could easily recognize it from its rather knobby bark. Unfortunately it seemed to be leaning like the tower of Pisa which I hope doesn’t spell a quick demise for it.

That would be quite sad 😦

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What I saw next you’ll just have to wait and see, but it was quite surprising.

 

 

 

Apple, Apple, Apple!!

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LOL!!!

All day long I have been hearing Apple this, Apple that and it was enough to make me sick.  I would have actually listened to/watched the presentation today but was not in a location that would make that feasible.  As a result, I will pretty much regurgitate what I have learned.

#1  iPhone 6 is doing things that Android phones have being doing for years.  Most notable to me is screen size.

#2  Apples into watches. Now since when do you purposely wear fruit on your arm?  Naw seriously, who wears watches on there arm? Yes, I know fitness enthusiasts will jump for joy.  Also there are hose who wish they were fit but were hungry so they peeled a grape will love them but arent there already plenty of devices that do that?

#3  iCloud.  Apparently we need the sunny days to chase the clouds away.  Granted, so many celebrities having naked pics of themselves says a lot about them personally.  It also makes the point that cloud storage in general is not the panacea when it comes to places to put your stuff

Just sayin’!!!

I am pretty sure the Apple market-share took a dip but with the new stuff coming out which I will likely talk about tomorrow it will surge in popularity as more Appleheads wait in line for something like the sheeple that they are.

Oh, well my shameless talk about Apple’s new stuff is over for now.  But I am likely gonna do another one tomorrow.