Return of the R.U.D.I. project.

A few years ago I was helping out with a scifi convention and wanted to make a robot as a mascot.  I tried to learn programming arduino boards to do it.  Tried as hard as I could but couldn’t get the board programmed to work.  I scraped the project and gave some of the parts away.  Years later I was looking on Instructables and found out about the EZ-Robot Developer Kit.  So I ordered the kit and am going back to creating R.U.D.I. again.  Bring him to EerieCon
in Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY area to entertain the guests.  Will keep you posted.

P.S. R.U.D.I. stands for Rudimentary Utility Droid Intelligence.

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Bigger and Better Things?

On Friday February 19, 2016 I quit my job at Paychex and am going to start a new job on Monday February 22, 2016.  I am excited to start a new job and nervous also.  Paychex was a good company to work for and I had a job doing support for an online time tracking program called Time and Labor Online.  The problem with that was it wasn’t in Information Technology and more of account management with billing and cancellation we had to perform.

I am going into a I.T. position where I will be supporting network print services.  The position is a step up from my former one and the pay is 21% better.  This is the kind of job I was looking to get when I graduated college and that has me nervous.  The reason why is back in 1999 a year after I graduated from RIT with a BS in I.T.  I had this nice paying job starting out in a company’s IT department.  I had hopes and dreams of a future, but after 6 weeks I was fired.  I was a poor performer at my job because of my A.D.D. and my inexperience.   I now have good meds, experience and maturity, but it still a nagging feeling that I might not have it after 6 weeks.  I hope for the best and preparing for the worst.  I will keep you posted.

#BernieHasAPosse

I was watching the Iowa Caucus and it was a nail biter.  I am a Bernie Sanders support and he had no superpac support or rich donors and trailed behind Hillary Clinton by 4/10 of a percent.  I would love if he won, but the presidential race isn’t a sprint but a marathon, and Bernie and Hillary broke from the pack.  He is on her heels and may over take the lead during Super Tuesday.  Only concern is accusation of Hillary changing the vote to her favor.  Bernie is a fighter and so is his posse and we will make sure this election is fair.  Because if it goes unchallenged then it is Florida in 2000 all over again where Al Gore decided to concede the election then staying in for the end and could of won.  The corruption in the US is getting worse.  This has to stop.  That’s why Bernie Has a Posse.

Floatball: Future Sport

When I was in Jr High(1985-87) I remember this Foot Locker commercial during the Superbowl.  (Superbowl Ad)  It showed this futuristic sport with players are flying and trying to get a ball into a goal that was the size of the ball.  Some players had an arm cannon to launch the ball why others had a scoop on one hand to catch and throw the ball.  This kinda stuck with me, and inspired me to create a future sport that was in zero-gee called Pargon.  The more I looked into weightlessness it has evolved over time to be Floatball.
The rules were taken from Team Handball/Water Polo and goes as follows.  The playing area is an enclosed space that is 20-30m wide by 15-20m deep by 2.5-3m high (Partly based on water polo pool), so there is no out of bounds.  There were poles placed throughout the “field” so players can change direction.  Goals where in the end walls 2.5 meters wide and meter high with bars along the opening for the goalie to hold on to.  There is 7 players to a side: 1 goalie and 6 field players (i.e. water polo and team handball).   Playing time was divided into 4 quarters of 8 minutes.  Goals are worth 1 point. 
Game would start with the ball in the center with one player for each team would do a jump ball/face off where one would push off the floor with another player off the ceiling.  Penalties would be spearing where a player would charge head or shoulder first into another player.  Holding onto another player and an push off where you would launch yourself off another player.

Not so crazy idea for a eSports League

I was in the shower and was thinking about the eSports league and how to take the format and make it more doable.  Then roller derby came into mind where a lot of local leagues came into being and then there were bouts between them as the sport progressed into travel teams.  So I am thinking maybe best to start small and make it a local amateur eSports league.  If it catches on in other cities then maybe we can have a travel league.

Crazy Idea for an eSports League

I have been looking into eSports leagues and they run a lot like NASCAR or PGA where teams would show up at a tournament and face off.  I was thinking of changing that to reflect something more like NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB where cities would have team and would have home and away games in one-on-one match ups.  Go through a regular season round robin racking up wins and loses, and then the top teams would go through a single elimination playoff for the championship.  Just think of the names of the teams for their respective city.  (a.k.a. Boston Bulldogs, New York Crossfire, Detroit Hot Rods, or the Los Angeles Spitfires?)   The more I think about it the more complicated it would get with what games will be used, regulations on equipment, venue and players.  Plus I don’t have a bank roll start it or investors to do it.

Culture (cult) Shaping the new corporate management fad

Where I work we have something called culture (more like cult) shaping.  To describe it there is a link here: Senn Delaney.  I find the whole thing to be new age-y with the mood elevator which is a list of moods that was organized in a scale; kinda like a volume control on a radio.  I find that to be wrong and the fallacy of the power of positive thinking.  It if you think of only the positive and all the negative will go away.  Only thing is the bad things don’t go away, and come back to bite you.  Worst of it all is that it is forced from above making it a dictatorship.  Wishful thinking.

Poetry

Back in college my lit teacher asked us to write a poem about Sunday.  I never wrote one so I thought I would give it a shot.  I found that I have a knack for it.  Having A.D.D. they were short and can get creative with the words.  So here was 2 poems I wrote.

Phantom Mistake

Yes I have the time

To waste it in this line

Waiting for Episode 1

The Phantom Menace

I am one of those

Die hard fans

Obsessive to the bone

No doubt about it

Sometimes I give people the creeps

They can’t believe I camped out here for weeks

They think I should pack it up

But I’m not giving up

Am I just a crazed fan?

Or am I just nuts?

I went to my seat

To see it on the screen

Then Jar-Jar Binks came out

And that was dumb

Then came Anakin

I was petrified like a mannequin

The movie I was wait for

is a piece of shit

Sometimes I think Lucas is a creep

I think I should get up off my seat

It all keeps adding up

This movie really sucks

Am I just a crazed fan?

Or am I just nuts?

Gasping at this tripe

So I believed the hype

Sometimes I give myself the creeps

I can’t believe I can I camped out here for week

I think you should pack it up

It’s not worth you 8 bucks.

Am I just a crazy fan?

Or am I nuts?

I am a Radical Geek

Do you know who I am?….I am a radical geek!

You think being a radical makes me a long haired hippy freak?

I nothing like that because I am a geek.

Think I am a fan of Star Trek or some sci fi creatures?

I am not some fan that stays on the bleachers!

Because I am hitting the bricks; I am hitting the books.

Trying to find knowledge in every dark corner and nook.

I might be in workshops working on my machines.

Or in the labs trying to cure diseases that hit the scene.

So when you see me don’t put me down or make fun.

Because I hacked your phone with ease and I am not done.

I know your bank password and all your friends.

So by nice to me or it will be your end!

Losing Weight and Fat Shaming

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Starting in 2012 I was 255 lbs.  I had a gym membership, and was going 5 times a week, but the weight wasn’t coming off, so I heard some co-workers talking about an app called MyFitnessPal.  I downloaded the app and started counting calories recording what I ate.  I am now 210 lbs and trying to get back to 195 lbs.  I love the weight I lost, and trust me I don’t want it found.  I feel great and have more energy, but the problem is you look at heavy people and you think if they lost weight they would look and feel better.  Then I think back to when I was that heavy and how I would feel about if someone did that to me.  So the moral is; if you lose weight great but don’t belittle people who are still fat.

I was a bad hacker! Not!

When I was 21 and my last year of college at Alfred State College (alfredstate.edu) I was on always on the computer exploring the then emerging Internet.  Back in 1994-95 there wasn’t a GUI to navigate around but command line.  They had a basic menu system to get to applications.  There was one flaw in it.  The first page at the bottom had 2 options: 7. Logout, 8. Exit to DOS.  Both of them would go to a command prompt and nothing else.  Some students didn’t know the difference.  So if they didn’t logout I would go to N:\ drive (personal storage) and run the old DOS command attrib +h *.*.  This would hide all their files and then I would put a file in there called readme.now as a PSA about the dangers of not logging out properly signed the Ghost in the Machine.  There was a guy I knew that talked to the college’s networking people, and said they have been having people reporting my antics, and didn’t know who it was to stop it.  I was trying to keep a straight face when he told me this.  He said wasn’t going to tell if I knew.  I told him I did it.  He kinda expected it was me or my friend Jim.  If anyone reading this was a victim of my antics I want to say I am sorry.