I’ve heard about a trip my parents took around the US before I was born. I have seen pictures from the trip, and heard stories of things that happened. My father died in 2016 and my mother died in 2019. As my sister and I have gone through things, we come across items that bring up questions. This map is one I wish I’d been able to have conversations over.
Western United States
Central United States
One of the fascinating things with the map is that it is from 1964. The US Interstate Highway system was not complete at the time.
The Interstate System
Recently going through my parents old house documentation we came across this lawn sprinkler installation guide. I especially like the illustrations with Mr. Rain “Chet”.
This was all in a folder labeled Permanent Home Improvements Carrolton Texas. We moved out of this house in 1976. I’m quite happy that so much of my hording of history is purely digital, though it’s not filed as well as my parents paper files.
There was also a full color glossy brochure for Buckner 1972 Lawn and Garden Sprinkler Equipment
I know that to some extent I’m yelling at the cloud. I’ve mostly seen this feature on new Toyotas, but I also recently saw it on a new BMW.
The CHMSL flashing feature seems to happen when a person first applies the brakes after a period of not using them. It blinks the lamp three times before leaving them on constantly. This feature might be useful when traveling at highway speeds and it’s been a long time since the person has put their foot on the brake, but when traveling in city traffic it seems that the light is just strobing constantly. With modern LEDs there is no warm up time, so it’s like a red strobe light is going off at eye level.
The last update I found on Wikipedia said that the lights were generally not permitted to flash, with a couple of linked rulings from 2010.
My searching for details found various forum questions and answers, including how to add blinkers as after market options, but no details as to where the rules may have changed, or if it’ll be a new requirement going forward.
I certainly hope that it’s a temporary trend that goes away.
I recently bought some cereal and the back of the box struck me as fairly odd.
I was initially thinking that the really odd part was simply the expressions on the kids faces and how much joy or fear they seemed to be expressing. I’m not a morning person and I rarely express much joy while eating my breakfast cereal.
Because I know that I find looking at old consumer goods interesting just a few short years after they seemed normal, I decided I needed to scan a copy of the box. After I was looking at the pictures just now, I realized that the image could be titled Colon-Blow and seems to be something I might not want to be eating.
I found the receipt for the first PC my father bought this last weekend. They are in the process of significant downsizing, and while I don’t want to uselessly clutter up my own space with things that were in their garage, having a PC in my home for my final years of high school affected my entire life.
How much did you pay for your first PC and enough software to make it useful?
My father paid $6512.45 in 1983.
This was for a 64k PC running DOS 2.0, a word processor, and a printer.
MicroAge Computer Store IBM PC Invoice Page 1
MicroAge Computer Store IBM PC Invoice Page 2
The Hayes 1200bps Smart Modem alone cost $699.00.
This machine had two 360k floppy drives. I ran a bulletin board system that booted and ran from one floppy drive, and stored files available for download on the second drive.A box of 10 360k floppy disks cost $50.
The printer adapter was not built into the machine and had to be purchased separately for $150. One extravagance he purchased was the microbuffer for $349 that went in-line between the computer and printer, allowing the computer to send more of its print job to the microbuffer and the microbuffer would feed the printer at the speed it could accept it. This was long before anyone would think about using multitasking in a home computer, or even think that printing might be a separate task.
I find it interesting that gizmodo is complaining about skeuomorphism again, but this time saying that it’s a good thing.
I’ve always liked skeuomorphism. I like the look of the new apple watch. I won’t be getting one because I believe that a watch needs to be able to go at least a week without requiring a charge to be useful.
I really haven’t liked the increase in expected percentage being given as a tip. The entire reason to use a percentage to begin with is that it gets proportionally larger as the underlying value gets larger.
I came across an article sharing much of my sentiment, and followed it to a second article that had lots more information about the practice of tipping, so I thought I’d share them here.