Finchie needs to speak.

From the Daily Mirror

So after the past few weeks of shite that’s been floating around on Facebook iv tried to stay out of it.

But I can’t, not anymore. Finchie needs to speak.

MY OPEN LETTER TO ISIS

What’s the craic lads! I don’t think we have officially met. Finchie here from Ireland, we are that non aggravating, laid back post English island to the west of the bulls***.

So how’s yourself? Been busy I hope. I see from the shallow media outlets and “copy paste” fear posting on social media that ye have been up to your neck in it the past few months. Good for you!

Sorry to be bothering ye boys while ye are busy planning the world’s biggest burning man festival in the name of Alan, (or what ever he’s called) but something has come to our attention to past few days that we need to have a quick “chat” about it.

What’s this I hear about ye adding us to a list of countries called “The Global Coalition” in some mad 80’s themed propaganda video? Ah lads come on will ya, shtep down from 3 legged horse now for a second and rewind the cassette cuz I think ye got it wrong.

First of all, lads were only here for the craic! We have been through too much sh**e hawking over the past couple of thousand years to be goin all “rouge and sh**” and joining in fights we clearly don’t want to be part of

“It’s like when a fisht fight breaks out in primary school between Vince and Iano Kelly. Most of us just watch, shout a bit and kick a bin to make noise or whatever, but we don’t bother getting involved (well Vince is English so any sly opportunity for a shneaky kick to the shins and were all over it) we couldn’t be a***d with the hole thing, we’re simply too laid back.

Now keeping that in mind let me let you in on a few tips if you do decide to come over here and pi** in our cornflakes.

Don’t judge us on the actions of the lads across the pond. We don’t like that craic. I get that ye have yer fight an all, but dont drag us into it, we don’t give a left b****ck for Alan and what he tells ye to do.
Sharon’s law, (or whatever it is) won’t work here. I know a Sharon, and she’s a c***. We don’t like her either.

Don’t bomb our sh**. We just finished building it back after breaking free from the very enemy you also have on your hit list. (if you want tho you can destroy leitrim, absolute sh**ehole lads I’m not joking)

We have more than one army. 1 official army (actually went training in north cork recently to prepare for your arrival. And yes north cork is exactly like Damascus, especially fermoy on a Friday night).

We also have a few non official, highly secretive, multi talented armies all with the same name (you get used to it after a while) who hate each other but have one very important thing in common…all mad b****rds. Let that sink in

By the way the unofficial armies are all trained in guerrilla warfare. Meaning your f***ed. Like actually f***ed. Unless you want to buy weapons, then some of them will turn a blind eye to “the cause” and sell ya a few AKs while you visit.

Don’t even think about blowing up Leo Burdocks!!! Consider this your harshest warning!

If any single pub is damaged during your short stay here, we will consider this an act of war!!! And we praise to our God Arthur, we will strike down on you with great vengeance and furious anger on those who attempt to destroy our drinking patterns during a time of crises!.

On a final note, remember these and you should be fine:

1. Offies close at ten

2. Don’t leave the immersion on

3. PM me for Bono’s address

4. Don’t bomb sh** when the toy show is on

5. Start with leitrim

6. If your looking for virgins you won’t find any on Harcourt street

7. Get a Tesco clubcard. Trust me.

8. If you want to blow up a stadium, go to dalymount please.

9. Go to a water protest, they don’t judge you for where your from, just if you pay or not.

10. Finally, if asked for change, eyes down and keep F***ing walking!

So ISIS its good to meet you. Do yourself a favour and us, stay where you are. You don’t want to come here, were not bothered with the issues you have.

But if you do, we will beat the sh** out of all of you using mammies wooden spoon, kilkenny hurlers and the bouncers from the copper faced Jack’s.

Yours unintentionally

Finchie and the rest of Ireland

My bottom line, wait on 4K and HDR TVs

I looked at upgrading our Home Theater.  We have a Windows 7 machine that we use as a HTPC and a jukebox.  Mickeysoft has pretty much abandoned Windows Media Center, so our doing OTA recording on this machine looks dicey in the near future.  TV has a line going through it.  Sound is fantastic, bought, it takes up a lot of room.  We got rid of DIRECTV and set up a laptop to stream Netflix and play movies.  I did this so as not to interfere with the  HTPC recording.  Disk, arm contention and all that jazz.  We love streaming. We are seeing some great movies with the Netflix DVD plan.  I miss maybe 3 or 4 shoes that I don’t get, but it’s more than offset by being able to watch Kimmy, Evil (House of Cards) and a zillion other things.

So I go to look at TVs.  4K TVs are the rage.  We set Netflix Windows 10 app to play at High Quality, up to 3GB per hour in data.

Comcast has capped data usage at 1 terabyte per month in 20 states or so, so I am using that as my monthly budget.  I have seen articles that say they will offer data beyond the cap at an extra $50 a month, but, Comcast is the last company I want to give more money to.  3 GB per hour or 333 hours to use a terabyte of data.  A high estimate of our streaming usage is 5 days a week, 4 hours or 20 a week or 80 hours a month.  80 hours of Netflix at High is 80 x 3 or 240gb or around 1/4 of the cap.  So cap wise, we look okay.

To stream 4k, they say you need a good internet connection.  Our speeds are not bad.  We stream at high quality, Dolby 5.1 and our current TV is 1080i, or half the bandwidth of 1080p.  We when we first start streaming a show, the quality is not so good.  Okay, they use a lot of compression in streaming, and they do a lot of tricks to conserve bandwidth.  I think of it like this, they do not paint all the pixels in the background for the first bit of viewing, until they figure out how to paint them on the screen correctly for this particular show.  On our TV, it only paints half the pixels of HD 1080p, and the quality at the beginning is low.  HDR basically quadruples that.  I have heard mention of HDR streaming is crap.  I goggled “tips for streaming 4K”.  I was not impressed with what I saw.  Pretty much useless drivel.  So it’s June in 2017, streaming 4K does not look like a real possibility.  There is another technology called HDR that has promise to increase video quality, however, in both cases 4K and HDR, the content available with these technologies is low.  I doubt many OTA broadcast stations will offer any 4k soon.  I would be surprised to see even 1080p in the near future.

(see http://www.liveproductionblog.com/why-are-there-no-1080p-tv-channels/)

My bottom line, if you a cord cutter, wait on 4K and HDR.

FYI, I get a little confused when I see YouTube saying look at this 4K (Ultra HD) content, which they scale down and show on my PC at 480i. The videos are nice, but, I know I am watching 480i.  I think they should say, your equipment can’t handle the 4K

 

 

 

 

June 8, 2017 Annie would have been 100

Annie Doherty was a remarkable women. A formidable woman.  A kind, caring and thoughtful woman.  She did not follow fashion, she set it.  In this photo, taken in August of 2016, she is 99 years and 2 months old.  It was taken the day after she fired her last physical therapist.  She called me down, and said “let’s go”.  I thought she just wanted to sit outside.  She had not walked to the park this year.  So she walks from her house down to Doherty Park, a pretty impressive feat for a 99 year old.

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IMHO, she did this to prove to us that she did not need “no stinkin physical therapist”.

Annie had wonderful care from lots of people, and some visiting nurses came to the house. That was WONDERFUL. We will always be so very grateful for their care.

From time to time, she had physical therapy. The Annie Grannie was, for the most part of sweet little old lady. However, she did abuse her physical therapists. Her last physical therapist spent time trying to establish a rapport with her. She came 5 times and really tried to make a connection with her. Well, at 99, the Annie Grannie could still bend down and touch her toes. She kept moving every day.  She would do exercises — she just did not like to be told to do exercises.  I was in the room when on that fateful day, when, after quite a bit of conversational stroking, the therapist asks “Can you try and raise your arm over your head for me?  The Annie Grannie’s response — “Just what are you here for, anyway“.


A couple of the last pictures taken of her are below.  She often asked, when is the lord going to take me?  She was ready for her journey.

We celebrate and miss her every day.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard, “Hold on, wait a minute”.

Watch the superstar do her knee bends on Google Photos https://goo.gl/photos/LGCG9AdEWDUhYK7w9


MBTA Bus Tracking

When I use Nextbus or T tracker, I occasionally do not see feeds for going downtown, from Sullivan Station.  The 93 route has a regular route and once an hour, they alter the route to go through the Navy Yard.  During the day, the bus terminates the downtown run at Devonshire St @ Milk St. During the evening, the Bus ends and start from Haymarket.

I did this page to track stops, routes and look up stops:

http://garyjohnsoninfo.info/mbta/mbtaajax.php

it allows you to enter in stop_ids and routes

it logs the results to my server

it is easy to use to track the results for your bus, or your app

The source is on https://github.com/gmg   My Personal Repository – under dir mbta


I am keeping a log of a few of the anomalies here: https://garyjohnson53.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/mbta-glitches/

Example:

The results consistently only show a very limited timeframe, for example if a trip starts in less than 10 minutes, or no results at all yet the bus runs every 20 minutes or so.

MBTA

Under certain circumstances, the MBTA-realtime API does not show bus predictions greater than 30 minutes.

We’re looking into why there are fewer predictions generated than expected. This combined with the 30-minute limit could cause no predictions to be returned, or predictions on only one of the route variations.

Me

The mbta computer system is big, and sometimes when you ask it something, it is not ready to answer, completely.

What do you do?  If I get no results, try again, pretty soon, the system will answer.

If you’re trying to plan to take a bus, what do you trust, the schedule, or the feed?

 

MBTA Glitches


I have moved the log to a csv file

2017:05:21,15:35:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,29,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:35:00,93,Inbound,2847,Bunker Hill St @ Clarken Ct,0,3:20 pm from Sullivan Station – Lower Busway to Devonshire St @ Milk St,Downtown
2017:05:21,15:35:59,,update at 03:35:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:36:00,93,Inbound,2847,Bunker Hill St @ Clarken Ct,0,3:20 pm from Sullivan Station – Lower Busway to Devonshire St @ Milk St,Downtown
2017:05:21,15:36:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,30,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:36:59,,update at 03:36:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:36:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:36:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,29,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:37:59,,update at 03:37:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:37:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:37:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,28,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:38:59,,update at 03:38:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:38:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:38:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,27,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:40:00,,update at 03:40:00 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:40:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:40:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,26,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:41:00,,update at 03:41:00 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:41:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:41:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,25,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:42:00,,update at 03:42:00 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:42:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:42:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,24,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:43:00,,update at 03:43:00 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:43:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,23,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:43:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:43:59,,update at 03:43:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:44:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:44:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,22,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:44:59,,update at 03:44:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:44:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,22,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:44:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:45:59,,update at 03:45:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:46:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,21,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:46:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:46:59,,update at 03:46:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:47:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:47:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,20,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:47:59,,update at 03:47:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:48:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:48:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,19,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:48:59,,update at 03:48:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:49:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:49:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,18,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:49:59,,update at 03:49:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:49:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:49:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,18,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:50:59,,update at 03:50:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:51:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,18,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:51:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:51:59,,update at 03:51:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:51:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:51:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,16,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:52:59,,update at 03:52:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:52:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:52:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,15,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:53:59,,update at 03:53:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:54:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:54:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,14,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:54:59,,update at 03:54:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:54:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:54:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,13,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:55:59,,update at 03:55:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:55:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:55:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,12,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:56:59,,update at 03:56:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:57:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,12,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:57:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:57:59,,update at 03:57:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:57:59,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:57:59,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St @ N Mead St,11,3:45 pm from Devonshire St @ Milk St to Sullivan Station – Upper Busway,Sullivan
2017:05:21,15:58:59,,update at 03:58:59 PM ,,,,
2017:05:21,15:59:00,,,2847 no results for this stop,-1,,
2017:05:21,15:59:00,93,Outbound,2865,Bunker Hill St


[2017/05/18 01:08:37] update at 1:08 PM
[2017/05/18 01:08:37] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 01:09:37] update at 1:09 PM
[2017/05/18 01:09:37] no results for 2847

[2017/05/18 01:45:38] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 01:46:38] update at 1:46 PM
[2017/05/18 01:46:38] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 01:47:37] update at 1:47 PM
[2017/05/18 01:47:37] no results for 2847

[2017/05/18 03:35:37] no results for 2865
[2017/05/18 03:35:37] no results for 2847

Bus at 0 – no such Bus- Nextbus
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There was a bus at 1:51, neither NextBus or the realtime.mbta.com had it.
screenshot from my Nexus 5x
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Examples of when there were no results for clarken court 2847, update every minute
2017/05/18 11:25:38] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 11:26:37] update at 11:26 AM
[2017/05/18 11:26:37] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 11:27:37] update at 11:27 AM
[2017/05/18 11:27:37] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 11:28:37] update at 11:28 AM
[2017/05/18 11:28:37] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 11:29:37] update at 11:29 AM
[2017/05/18 11:29:38] no results for 2847


no result for realtime when > 30

[2017/05/18 01:45:38] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 01:46:38] update at 1:46 PM
[2017/05/18 01:46:38] no results for 2847
[2017/05/18 01:47:37] update at 1:47 PM
[2017/05/18 01:47:37] no results for 2847

at 1:46

We Should All Be Feminists

We teach girls shame. “Close your legs. Cover yourself.” We make them feel as though being born female they’re already guilty of something. And so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up — and this is the worst thing we do to girls — they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form.
—  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists by way of Tumblr