Archive for November 2014

Network Television is Irrelevant

Last night I was a little surprised that the first hit I found for the Obama speech was NPR but I pressed on. Today I read that none of the big networks, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX carried the speech. Of course, it makes sense they’d all pass on the presidential speech since it’s sweeps month, there’s a lot of very important fiction that needs watching this month.

It is now official, network television is now irrelevant.

It’s been said that the revolution will not be televised. I didn’t think this would be the reason why.

Prius C Review

A friend asked if Megan and I liked the Prius C we bought a few months ago. It’s a 2012 Prius C Model 2. Here’s the review I gave her.

 

“Bill” at Toyota of Berkeley sold it to us. He was “pretty good”. Of course it’s his job to say that every car we test drove was the best. The folks at Oakland Honda near Macarthur BART were insane (in a bad way). Some lady in the Honda Fremont Auto Mall was also awful. The used car consignment place… Buggy Bank in Berkeley was good but they’ve got a limited selection, and all used.

The Prius C is a great city car, pretty good highway car, a little noisy on the highway, 50+mpg highway (my record so far is 86mpg in a 10 mile stretch), 50+mpg city. It feels zippy (the honda fit 2009-2014 is sluggish get and gets mediocre MPG but the 2015 is zippy and gets better MPG).

The Mazda 3 just about crosses over into “sportscar” territory while being similar.

I squeezed 3 full size guys with 2 folded bikes in the car with no problem (that kind of amazed me)

The honda fit has fantastic views of the road, it’s like driving in a glass car. The Prius C has “very good” views of the road. I found the regular prius to have dangerous blind spots where the “A” pillar is. But your experience will probably be different because you are a much different height.

It’s little bit more expensive than the Fit but since Toyotas (and Hondas) keep their value so well, it wasn’t a stretch. We liked the interior design of the Prius a little more than the Fit. Our 2012 Prius C with 30k miles was about $18k, $19k after taxes etc..

There’s a couple models, the 1, 2, 3, and 4 with different options. I recall thinking “don’t get a 1”, I think it is lacking cruise control. Our “2” is good. I think the “3” has keyless ignition which would have been sweet but it’s like a $2,000 jump in price. And I wouldn’t bother with the navigation package since your phone is probably better than it (though I haven’t tested the prius navigation)

Obama’s Speech On Immigration

Obama’s Speech on Immigration tonight is pretty important. Watch it.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/20/365561535/watch-president-obamas-speech-on-immigration

Workshop Weekend Invitation!

Registration for December’s Oakland Workshop Weekend is now open!

Join us on December 6 & 7 to solder, sing, make ice cream, learn about mechanisms, program in JavaScript, Python, Clojure, or visually, remotely control an Arduino and more. At Workshop Weekend, a flat $40 admission gets you as many workshops as you can handle!

Register online by Wednesday, November 19 and save $10 with code EARLYBIRD1795.Select your workshops at http://workshopweekend.net/catalog

For families coming to Workshop Weekend together, we’re keeping our $10 discount for all parent admissions with the purchase of two or more admissions for children (under 18). Sign up on the same account and the discount will be automatically applied.

We have 30 workshops to choose from at this Workshop Weekend — a few old favorites are coming back alongside a number of new electronics, papercraft, and wearables workshops — and more! Join us for:

Register and select workshops online at http://workshopweekend.net/catalog

I hope we’ll see you in December!

Cheers,
J.D., Gil, and the team at Workshop Weekend

How to Delete a Printer That Keeps Coming Back in Windows 7

I had a printer configuration problem so I had to delete and then reinstall my printer. The trouble was, I would delete the printer and then it would magically come back.

 

This solved my problem:

look in this folder:

C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS

Is it empty?

If not delete everything in the folder

Restart your computer

 

Help Find a Place for the Greatest Show on Earth

http://archive.srl.org/2014/10/29/now-hiring/

SRL is looking for a location scout. This is a paid position.

Job description:

To locate a suitable site for a large scale SRL machine performance
in the bay area, (NOT San Francisco, as we’re banned from ever
performing there by the SFFD).

To get permission to use the site from the owners.

To procure the required permits for a show.

Prior production experience a must.

Please contact Mark Pauline Director of SRL markp [at] srl [dot] org for details.