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April 9, 2018

Driver-less /Hands Free Vehicles Editorial

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 6:49 pm
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When I was driving for Uber driver-less cars was the subject of 50% of the conversations and out of that 50%, 80% would not use a driver-less car.  So its been discussed and this is our opinion.

A driver-less car is basically totally controlled by a “CPU” with special software, and the software is probably as complicated as we have ever seen.  Then the software controls a bunch of gadgets like gas pedal, brakes, and just about every other component that it takes to drive the car. Being an “EX” software developer that has written software for over 5 decades and some very complicated (Not like this) we can safely say “There is  no way in hell that this software can completely be tested.  The basic routines probably yes, but the little used routines probably got over-looked or not all the conceivable possibilities that can happen while driving a car are included.”

Just think about how many software AP’s, operating systems, etc. you use that have been around for years and they still get errors?  An error in a driver-less car could mean injury or worse to the passenger. The “CPU” may not know what to do on an error or might use the wrong routine to attempt a solution.

Juts think you might be in the back seat, rock & roll blasting the audio system, enjoying the ride going down 101 South and unknown to you there there is a car chase and the car being chased in Northbound in your lane , about a mile away in your lane, and coming head-on toward you at about 90 MPH.  So in less than a minute the two of you will meet.  You see the other cars going in your direction moving off to the left and right to avoid the oncoming car and then you see it about a 1/4 mile away, coming fast.  You notice the “CPU” has not done anything except flash a warning on the overhead message center that it’s having a problem that it does not know what to do.  Comforting huh?  You thought about jumping in the front seat and take control, but it’s to late.  You can only hope that the car coming at you is going to veer around you but at the last second you see that driver is looking back at the chasing police cars, not at you and “BOOM!”.

You might survive, but if you find yourself floating about a hundred feet over the crash site and you look down and see the driver-less car in about a million and one pieces, and notice there are angels on each side of you guiding upwards, then you probably did not make it.  We you get to the Pearly Gates you see a huge sign, “Driver-less Car victims go to the right and follow the arrows to the processing center.  Everyone else come right in, your party has started.”  When you get to the “Processing Center” you find out that because you died in the hands of a computer/software they did not know you were coming and on their books you had another 80 years to live.  So now they are scrambling for somewhere to put you and because of the outer thousands of souls in your line, it turns out that the Devil is taking the overflow in holding for 30 days and then you will be processed.

So we are taking a humorous look at this, but think about it.  When you get in or use a driver-less car, you have no idea how it functions or what you need to do if it malfunctions.  When you get in that car you are now a “Test Rat” and you are paying to be a “Test at”.  If you have ever driven you know that things come up that even surprised you.  The “chases” example above actually happened to us in Southern California in the mid eighties and the stolen car was a truck driven by a young kid.  When we saw the helicopter, we moved along with everyone else to the side of the road.  The driver-less cars stayed in their lanes. (There were none).

There is another worry is these vehicles use a electronic (GPS) map,  and the map might be wrong.  Example is when I was driving for Uber I was taking three students from Menlo College to China Town and when we were getting close, we came to a stop light.  The “map” said “Go straight a mile and then turn left.”  I showed this to the passengers because looking out the front window we saw that the road went about 1/2 mile and there was a six foot hight brick wall completely across the street blocking all traffic.  You have to ask yourself, “Would a driver-less car noticed?” Of course, the speed limit was only 35 MPH so a minimum of damage would have been done, but hopefully when the car got near it would do a U-Turn and continue on another way.  BUT you being a “Test Rat” don’t know for sure do you?

The only time this soul would get in a driver-less car is if a confirmed report has a comet coming toward Earth and a confirmed report that the comet is going to destroy the Earth, we would take driver-less car to the nearest bar and get really, really drunk. (If we made it that far).

We have nothing else to report and we thank you all for stopping by.  God bless all of you and have a great week,  We think the POTUS should be the first one to use a driver-less car to prove they are safe.

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March 13, 2018

Weber Grill – “Have Fun With It” Commercial

Filed under: Consumer,TV Commercials — alaboutnothing @ 1:00 am
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This is one of our favorite commercials from 2012.  Listen and enjoy.  No toe tapping allowed.


We have nothing else to report so we will be dancing right out of here.

March 11, 2018

Gun Control – Gun Control Laws – Post from 11/09/2017


We rarely post something not on the positive side but we could not sit here and not say anything about all those innocent victims of shootings starting with way back with Sandy Hook.  Nothing has been said much over the last ninety days and today I turn on the TV and see that the GOP is more interested in getting a phony tax bill passed than GUN CONTROL laws.  So I want to show you why the GOP is not and will not go up against the NRA.  Below is a list of the top 10 Senate and House members that receive donations from the NRA.  The list comes from the NY Times and we invite you to go Google and get the entire list.  Most GOP members get donations and about a handful of DMS.  You will be amazed.  Now its not against the law to accept donations, but if you look at the amounts you will see why they (GOP)  don’t want to risk losing the huge amounts.

The first line on list is the member name and State.  The next line is what they said when the shooting event took place.  The third is the NRA Amount they have received.  The comments see to be a template for each time a shooting happens.

Senate Top 10  

1.  John McCain   Ariz.

“Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.”

$7,740,521 FROM THE N.R.A.

2.  Richard Burr   N.C.

“My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.”

$6,986,620 FROM THE N.R.A.

3.  Roy Blunt     Mo.

“Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack.”

$4,551,146  FROM THE N.R.A.

4.  Thom Tillis    N.C.

“Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas.”

$4,418,012   FROM THE N.R.A.

5.  Cory Gardner   Co.

“My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night.”

$3,879,064  FROM THE N.R.A.

6.  Marco Rubio Fla.

“I’m praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting.”

$3,303,355  FROM THE N.R.A.

7.  Joni Ernst     Iowa

“My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence.”

$3,124,273  FROM THE N.R.A.

8. Rob Portman  Ohio

“Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.”

$3,061,941  FROM THE N.R.A.

9.  Todd Young  Ind.

“We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns.”

$2,896,732  FROM THE N.R.A.

10.  Bill Cassidy            La.

“Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families.”

$2,861,047  FROM THE N.R.A.

House  Top 10

1.  French Hill    Ark.

“Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. […] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror.”

$1,089,477  FROM THE N.R.A.

2.  Ken Buck     Co.

“I’m praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las Vegas last night. Our country must stand together in support of the families of the victims and the community.”

$800,544  FROM THE N.R.A.

3.  David Young Iowa

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends of the horrific and evil tragedy in Las Vegas.”

$707,662  FROM THE N.R.A.

4.  Mike Simpson   Idaho

“Though no words can heal our hurt, and no explanation will ever feel sufficient, I pray that all involved may find comfort as we process this devastating tragedy.”

$385,731  FROM THE N.R.A.

5. Greg Gianforte           Mont.

No statement released.

$344,630  FROM THE N.R.A.

6.  Don Young   Alaska

“Anne and I are praying for all those involved or impacted by this heinous act of violence.”

$245,720  FROM THE N.R.A.

7. Lloyd Smucker  Pa.

“Horrific act of violence in Las Vegas. Cindy and I pray for the victims, their families, and the first responders.”

$221,736  FROM THE N.R.A.

8.  Bruce Poliquin          Maine

“My thoughts are with all those effected in the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas. The nation is with you.”

$201,398  FROM THE N.R.A.

9.  Pete Sessions  Tex.

“My deepest sympathies are with all who were harmed by this horrific tragedy.”

$158,111  FROM THE N.R.A.

10.  Barbara Comstock   Va.

“I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.”

$137,232  FROM THE N.R.A.

There are numerous articles posted on the web.  We go the above list from the NY Times, but this is the shot list. Just about every GOP Senator and House member gets NRA donations. A few Democrats.  Go to GOOGLE and search “NRA GOP DONATIONS”.  Then sort trough the hundreds of links.

We have nothing to add except to say to the folks out there “Call your state rep and tell him or her that you want gun control not phony tax plans.” To all the victims we are praying for the families and all concerned.

March 10, 2018

Nabisco OREO Cookie Packaging Tribute

We are dedicating this post to all the people who came up with the new cookie packaging that opens on top and re-seals.  These people hopefully received a HUGE bonus from Nabisco.  We cookie junkies can hardly tell you how much we appreciate this packaging because it saves hours of time.  No more opening the package and removing a “tray” of cookies, then putting it back and hoping it will not go stale.  Actually they never go stale if they are within 30 feet of me.  A simple “Lift” and there they are just waiting for us to enjoy these delicious cookies.  Then if there are any left in the package simple close the flap and its sealed.  Can’t get much easier than that!

We see others also have the package, but because we eat mainly Original Oreo’s Chocolate Sandwich just about every day our focus is with them.  Only 160 calories per 3 cookies. (This is the first time we ever read this).  On the back of the package is a little saying “Carry Love in your heart and Oreo Cookies everywhere else”!  There is also a bunch of really small print about Nutrition but we don’t want to take time to read, after all, we are going to eat them anyway.

We have nothing to else to report except now that we are taking about Oreo’s we are running out to get more and milk too.

February 13, 2018

Shingles Virus NEW Vaccine

We went for our quarterly check-up today and we were informed that even though we received the Shingles Vaccine four years ago, it’s highly recommended by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all adults 50 and older receive the new two-shot vaccine of Shingrix.  My doctor said the old vaccine has been she agrees with the Disease Control dudes and that the new vaccine is significantly more effective.  In my words, the other vaccine is no good and we had better get the new one A.S.A.P.  If you have ever had shingles you know you don’t want it again.  We had a mild case on the left side of our forehead and it felt like someone was sticking ice picks in our skull and the medication was unbelievably expensive.

We suggest you all call or contact your doctor for any information.

We wonder if the is a shot for over watching the Olympic Curling?

We have nothing else to add except we are watching Shaun White do his last run for the gold.

SHAUN WHITE WINS THE GOLD !!!!!!!     USA  USA  USA  USA  USA !!!!!

January 30, 2018

Ruffles have R-R-Ridges – Taste Review

With the super bowl looming in the next few week we figured we needed junk food practice to prepare for that weekend.  Since we are HUGE fans of Tiger Woods and have been for his entire career, and he was making a come back at the Farmers Tournament we would use that week end for a junk food test.  We like to buy the lunch bag size so that way when we test each flavor we don’t waste a large bag on a not so good flavor.  When it comes to Ruffles chips however we like the original flavor and as it happens when we were scooping the bags into our cart a “Cheddar &  Sour Cream” flavor got mixed in with the originals.

When the tournament started on Thursday (Yes folks golf tournaments usually start on Thursday) we were eating chips like a starving alligator.  When we go to the chips we noticed the “Cheddar & Sour Cream” bag and we hesitated.  “UT OH!” we thought, “Could these be any good? We like the original Gold Fish and the Cheddar Gold Fish are pretty good.  Maybe these are too?”  So we opened the bag and grabbed a handful of chips and in the mouth then went.  Edited response – “OMG these are terrible!  Gag-gag-gag-spit-gag-&*)(#@!-##%%-gag-gag-puke-gag-gag-they trying to kill us?-gag-gag-UGH-I will NEVER eat another bag of these!-gag-spit-spit-spit.” It went on for several minutes but we did not want to bore you.  The only thing that got the taste out of out mouth was original Ruffles dipped in mild salsa. It was so bad that we missed the first five holes of the golf tournament. Lucky this was a test run because we probably would have missed an entire quarter of the super bowl.

Hey Frito-Lay what the hell were you guys thinking when you created “Cheddar & Sour Cream” flavor Ruffles?  The only people we can think of that would like this disgusting flavor are Trump supporters. (The flavor fits the candidate).  Were you cutting back on the taste testers and slid this through and on to the market?  YUCK!  The thought is still etched in our mind.

So folks, if your thinking about trying this Ruffles flavor be sure to have a barrel of salsa handy and maybe a few puke buckets for those people who have intense taste buds.

We have nothing else to report except to thank Erin-Cassidy Hawk for coming through again on a cure for the crazies. (LOL). We hope all of you out there is cyber-land have a safe and awesome super bowl with your friends and have some “Cheddar & Sour Cream” Ruffles servings set aside for those so called friends that crash your party.

December 31, 2017

Happy New Year 2018 from the AlAboutNothing Team

The team at AAN wishes everyone out there in cyberland a very Happy New Year 2018 and since the Mayan prediction was wrong and the world did not end on December 21st, 2012 and we were moving right along and then a bunch of dumb asses elected the biggest dumb ass of them all as POTUS and set us back 100 years.

Something we do annually is a “New Year wish” list, but instead of listing of several items, we poll all the team members for one line.  We then submit all the answers and then take a vote.  The winner this year comes from a slogan used in years gone by and it is:

Follow your dream!  Let NOTHING get in your way.

We have nothing else to add except once again, Happy New Year and stay safe.  We also want to thank everyone for visiting this site and we send blessings out to all.

For those on dating sites that have not met the person they are chatting with – NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFO or SEND CASH even if you think you know them, BECAUSE YOU DON’T.

^^^If the above comment saves you any financial loss please donate to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital

December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017 From the AAN Team

Filed under: Consumer,General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 12:34 am
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The AAN Team sends out our seasons greetings to everyone out there in cyberland.

We do believe in the saying that some may consider a cliché, but we do believe that “Give and you will receive back may times over.”

We have nothing to add except to ask you to keep the thought “Peace on earth and good will to man.”  Many blessing go out to all of you and especially to the men and women serving this country in foreign lands,  If it wasn’t for them, we might not have the freedom to celebrate like we do.

December 21, 2017

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open File…..

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 2:12 pm
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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open File by Nat King Cole <Click

On of our all time favorite Christmas songs…click and enjoy

We have nothing else right now. Merry Christmas to all!

November 26, 2017

Start Monday Morning with most Popular Meditation

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Thanks to everyone who liked the meditations we post and this one was by far and away the most popular.  Its the early morning short and powerful “start your day” meditation and after a four day holiday where a zillion turkeys were devoured and 20 million gallons of gravy were poured over 100 million pounds of mashed potatoes or spilled on the rug, where 6.5 pounds of string beans were eaten by kids who’s parents go by the “Just three bite” Rule, and where the biggest turkey in The United States of America is the Moron POTUS, who after the official count lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

So lets start this week and every morning with this meditation. When I wake up every morning the first thing I do is push the start button to play this meditation nd start my day with it.

Start your morning with this link

 We have nothing to add except American Airlines still sucks and we decided not to fly which is a good thing mainly because we were so contagious with fever that it probably would have spread through the air recycling system ruining the holiday for several passengers who would have been innocent by-standers.  After four straight days in bed and daily Reiki sessions were feeling pretty good.  Thanks to all the well wishes who sent all the cards and emails.  God Bless all of our followers and all of our soon to be followers, we plan to make this coming year interesting.

 

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