Friday, November 30, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Geek and the Ice Cream Vending Machine

I'm a geek. I know it. About two years ago we added an ice cream vending maching at one of our New York facitlities. The entire front panel is covered preventing viewing of the inner workings. Our two Washington facilities now have the same machine, but the front face is half exposed. It was geek heaven. I got to see it in action.

There it is. The object of my interest.

First there was a big decision. Would it be a nutty butty or strawberry shortcake ice cream selection. Nutty sundae won.

The money went in, and my selection was made. Up went the cover of a chest freezer? Really, I expected more. I expected hi-tech. I could go to Best Buy and find one of these.

An indexed drive system moved the arm over to my C1 selection and dropped part of the unit down into the bin on the end of a cord.

Mining for goodies

My drumstick emerges from the bin with the help of a little suction.

Ah.... almost within reach

My treat awaits me.

Dante waits for the next customer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's All Fun and Games Until....

I hadn't seen this line of Dog is Good products until I was at the vet last week picking up Eva following surgery. Eva's not very happy since she got the cone.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

It's Time For to Move On!

I received this intrusive piece of junk in the mail from some fake organization called It gave me a "report card" for my voting record. is just a front for Whether my voting record is public knowledge or not, this garbage is intrusive. It appears that has a conservative counterpart in this crappy, sleazy campaign. ALG appears to have decided it is their right to also drag voters records out for all to see. My vote is mine. It's too bad we live in a shadow world of social media cowards who can hide behind a fake organization.

I have already contacted the site. I urge everyone else to do the same. If you have recieved garbage from either of these faceless groups of cowards, fight back. They are intruding on your private world.

SPF 30

I'm used to seeing these as dispensers for hand sanitizer. In the southwest, they serve a much different purpose in a much different climate.