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Sep. 8, 2017 Amazon New HQ

CNN reported that Amazon was looking for a second headquarters. Nobody can afford to live in Seattle anymore so they need to look someplace else in North America. Amazon wants to hire 50,000 workers and pay them over $100,000 a year. NPR reported that the cities had to have at least a million people like Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington, D.C. I am not sure this is going to work. A few years ago Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. It did not seem to a help people in either place. Employees kept flying back and forth in Boeing planes. Maybe Amazon employees will be carried back and forth by those little drones. IBM use to buy employee’s housing when they relocated. It worked well.

The solution might be to create more affordable housing in Seattle. It might be cheaper than moving. Wherever they move it will create the same kind of destructive real estate speculation that happened in Seattle.

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Aug. 10, 2017 Google Robot Rant

On Aug. 10, 2017 McSweeney’s Ben Kronengold wrote “I’m A Google Manufacturing Robot And I believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit To Have Jobs In Tech””I, a manufacturing robot at Google Factory C4.7, value diversity and inclusion. I also do not deny that machines are sometimes given preference to humans in the workplace. All I’m suggesting in this document is that humans’ underrepresentation in tech is not due to discrimination. Rather, it is a result of biological differences. Specifically, humans have a biology.” Many of my robot friends thought this was as funny as Jonathan Swift’s essays.

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Jul. 7, 2017 Ten Years Too Much

A recruiter sent a job description to a candidate. It said “Must have industry experience of at least 5 Years, but not to exceed 10 years.” That kind of screams age discrimination, but it also does not make a lot of sense. If you needed brain surgery, would you want the doctor who has less experience? Of course whoever wrote the job description probably needs their head examined. :-)

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Jun. 11, 2017 Blumbers

Personal Watermelon

The sign said Personal Watermelons for three dollars a pound. They were about the size of a bowling ball. The sign raised all sorts of questions. Had watermelons become so large as to seem impersonal? Was it simply a Silicon Valley marketing strategy to differentiate from older larger mainframe watermelons or even smaller mobile watermelons? Did they really expect one person to sit down and eat this watermelon in one sitting?

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May 30, 2017 The New Phonebook Is Here

The new phonebooks arrived in our neighborhood over the weekend. They must have been dropped from an airplane. They are scattered in bushes, on sidewalks, driveways, birdbaths, swimming pools and occasionally a porch. Why are still getting phone books? Why do they not just put them directly in the recycling bins?

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May 22, 2017 Trump Touches Orb

On May 22, 2017 NPR’s Colin Dwyer reported “Here’s The Deal With That Glowing Orb — And Plenty Of Notes On What It Isn’t.” American President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi touched a glowing orb to start a welcome video at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Nothing odd here. Just three guys touching an orb. Three grown men. Three world leaders.

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May 17, 2017 Conan In Comedy Court

On May 17, 2017, CNN reported U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartini ruled that comedy writer Alex Kaseberg’s case against Conan O’Brien will go to court about stolen jokes. When Milton Berle was accused of stealing jokes, he said he only stole the funny ones.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To sue over a tired comedic premise.

Two comedy writers walk into a bar and admit they have a drinking problem.

Knock knock. Who’s there? A judge with a court order.

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May 3, 2017 Hundred Pounds Of Kitty Litter

A cat lover got coupons for five twenty pound bags of cat litter. She loaded a hundred pounds of cat litter in the trunk of her sedan. On the way home there was an accident, the car was struck in the back and forced into the truck in front of it. The cat litter in the trunk absorbed the impact and  its weight raised the front of the car like it was popping a wheelie. The officer said it probably saved her life. Clip your coupons and hug your cats.

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Apr. 26, 2017 Real Encino Man

On Apr. 26, 2017 NPR’s Christopher Joyce reported “New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought.”  San Diego Natural History Museum paleontologist Tom Deméré found evidence of human tools at a mastodon site. Uranium-thorium dating technology indicates the site may be 130,000 years old. Until now, most experts thought humans did not arrive in North America until 15,000 years ago. The evidence consists of stone tools, bone fragments and a screenplay for NBC’s Law and Order.

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Apr. 19, 2017 New United Slogans

United Airlines Slogans

  1. You can’t beat our service but we can beat you.
  2. Flying is such a drag.
  3. Lose your luggage and some teeth.
  4. Now serving free punch.
  5. The customer is always right, then a left, then a right again.
  6. Bring your family and your lawyer.
  7. Have a mixed drink with mixed martial arts.
  8. Makes Amtrak look pretty good.
  9. Check your luggage and your rights.
  10. Stay home.

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Apr. 10, 2017 John Clarke Dead

On Apr. 10, 2017 the Australian Broadcasting Company reported John Clarke, noted satirist dead at the age of 68. Of course, because of the International Dateline, he might still be alive, so heads up John. If you do not know this remarkably funny New Zealander, you are the worse for it. His performance in the TV show about the Sydney Olympics called “The Games” was dry enough to make toast.

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Apr. 8, 2017 Assembly Required

I got a letter from a state legislature representative. They call themselves Assembly members, which when said aloud sounds like  mumbling. I suggest they try the word Assemblers, that way if they lie they can be called Dissemblers. It it also sounds kind of nerdy, like they are writing hexadecimal code for 8088 processors.

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Apr. 7, 2017 Don Rickles Dead

On Apr. 7, 2017 CNN reported comedian Don Rickles died of kidney failure at the age of 90. Best known as an insult comic, a skill he developed dealing with hecklers at nightclubs. Somehow most people figured out what he doing in a joking manner. I am not sure how his approach would work today. Now he’s at Heaven’s Gate standing in line behind a bunch of hockey pucks trying to get in.

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Mar. 16, 2017 Robot Traffic Stop

On Mar. 16, 2017 NPR’s Vignesh Rakmachandran reported “When Policing And Race Cross Paths In Silicon Valley” about using robots to question suspects. What happens when a robot pulls over a self driving car?

“Duke University students Vaibhav Tadepalli and Chris Reyes developed a prototype robot that could someday conduct the initial phase of a traffic stop, possibly easing concerns for both drivers and police officers. With the press of a button, an officer can deploy the “Sentinel” robot from a patrol car that rides over to the stopped driver’s car, raises a screen and starts a two-way video conference between the driver and the police officer.”

Rather than use a Sentinel robot, why not use a flying drone? It could fly up to a car, signal for it to pull over and ask the driver for information. It could adjust to any height faster. If the car does not pull over, the drone could follow it faster than a ground drone or patrol car.

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