Author: Rick Thues

Now

Episode #657 September 4, 2021       The Book Of Counted Sorrows On the road that I have taken, one day, walking, I awaken, amazed to see where I have come, where I'm going, where I'm from. —  from Dark Rivers of the Heart -- Dean Koontz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7545WDwJWjg Now The Present is now. It is NOW, right now. Now it is the future and now it is past, right now. Now is the tip of an arrow aimed at a target that never arrives. The present does not wait for the end of my sentence. i thought that sleep would...

Check Engine

Episode #656 August 28, 2021 My troubleshooting skills have been automotive instead of computing lately. But the same methods seem to apply.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYTtak15T-Y My wife and i were driving to Wyoming in my 1999 Toyota Tacoma. We stopped for gas outside Provo, Utah, where i filled up. OK… i kind of overfilled the tank. Five minutes later the check engine light came on. i did everything i knew to do: Paula pulled out the manual. The list of things that could evoke the check engine light included a loose gas cap. For all other causes the manual advised to...

What You Know Who

Episode #655 August 21, 2021   We have all heard that, “It is not what you know, but who you know that counts.” i suggest that it is both. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3chGVpR9NzA WHAT i KNEW: Driving home from Wyoming i noticed a sluggishness in the steering of my 1999 Toyota Tacoma. WHO i KNEW: i thought to ask my mechanic about it when i returned home. WHAT i KNEW: In south Las Vegas, heading south on Interstate 15, just before the miles long expanse of desert, i needed to fill up with gas. WHO i KNEW: Chevron is my go-to gas station...

Progress

Episode #654 August 14, 2021 When i was a cabinet maker in an architectural mill my foreman was also a politician. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeLvrVnDvBA i had been taught to detail the insides of the cabinets before assembling them. The routine of installing shelf columns, lazy susans and drawer guides onto the unassembled cabinet parts was more efficient than crawling inside the cabinet after it was assembled. One day, i was detailing cabinet parts on my bench when the foreman came over. “What the hell are you doing?” he asked. “Detailing the cabinet,” i replied. “You are making me look bad to the supervisor,”...

Rule number 9

Episode #653 August 7, 2021 Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a special agent in the television series “NCIS.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50ZCUezGfkA A former Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, Gibbs has a list of 51 rules. He teaches the rules to his team and uses them as a framework for conduct both on and off a case. Rule #9 is: “Never go anywhere without a knife.” i have adopted rule #9 and always carry a knife. i chose a multifunction knife because, like my computer, it can perform many tasks. The knife has the following tools: KEY CHAIN RING The knife can be attached to...

Computer Dreams

Episode #652 July 31, 2021 Computers can make our dreams come true, but do computers dream?     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fdAFmtq-o8 i asked Siri, “Do you dream?” She said, “I once had a dream that all my 1’s switched places with my 0’s. It was weird.” Another answer was, “Well, I don’t sleep. But I do like to daydream. And night-daydream.” i asked Siri, “What do you dream about?” She said, “Flying.” Funny… so do i. i asked Siri, “What do androids dream about?” She said, “Electric sheep.” i’m not sure how she knows. i think she might have looked it up...