Thursday, July 30, 2015

Knitting is in my DNA

I made this DNA cap and reading mitts for a friend who is heading off to graduate school.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Real Life Takedown?

Reality imitates fiction? Yesterday's action might turn out to be chillingly close to the scenario portrayed in my novel, TAKEDOWN.

A post from KYLOBBIST at Investor Village:

"All the afternoon, everyone was having hard time following the party line on the NYSE breakdown. CNBC was reporting that NYSE did a software update, which caused the glitch.

I find it unlikely the NYSE, with top of the line IT folks, would schedule a software upgrade for the middle of the trading day.

So conversation turned to the Norse Attack Map. It tracks cyber assaults from other countries. This shows a coordinated attack to a data center in St. Louis owned by the NYSE.

Anyhoo, theorists claiming US officials and NYSE officials did not want to admit this on a day like today with the markets already tanking hard, and admit the attack was from China. I love the intrigue of it all."

FWIW you can see it here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Will This Car Last another 85 Years?

We spied this electric car at a public charging station in Florence, Italy. Check out the registration on the window -- valid until 2100.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

For Readers Under Age 40

These are phone booths. In Venice.

The Astroturfing of Venice

So, we just finished a three week trip to Italy. That's what you do when you retire. You travel to places you've dreamed about, only to find out the gondola ride is vaguely reminiscent of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride you took at Disney World.

Then there are the true mysteries of life in an exotic culture. We were staying in an airbnb flat just a couple blocks from the Grand Canal. Very nice, great location, but there was a lot of construction going on in the area. One day we woke up to find workers nailing astroturf to the side of a building (see photo below). This led to endless speculation about why . . . my best theory was lack of dog parks and creation of a "doggy defecation" station at the corner where two lanes intersect.

Can anyone tell me why, oh why, would anyone put astroturf on the side of a building this way?