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Vehicles Should Have a Volume Limit

2015 November 25
by Craig Tisinger

I have a long overdue complaint. I am sick and tired of hearing ridiculously loud cars on the road. I live near a relatively busy four-lane street. During heavy traffic hours, I am bombarded with the sound of a few extremely loud cars. During the milder months, I often like to open my windows. I am disturbed by the frequent sound — not of the overall traffic — but by the one car that is louder than fifty others combined.

As much as I am generally opposed to the addition of any additional traffic laws, I think that something needs to be done about this noise pollution nuisance.

I propose that it should be deemed illegal for a non-commercial vehicle to exceed a set volume limit. From now on, an audio test should be included as part of an annual vehicle inspection. I don’t know precisely what the limit should be. I’ll leave that to someone else to decide.

Large commercial vehicles such as buses and dump trucks can be exempt from such volume regulations. I have no problem with that. After all, they are massive machines. My issue is with the average citizen who modifies their muffler on their Honda Civic to intentionally blast as much noise as possible. Why do people do this? Do they think it impresses other drivers or something? It doesn’t. Those people (probably teenagers) are idiots. It is utterly obnoxious and it needs to stop.

The elephant in the room is the primary offender of outrageously loud machines -– motorcycles! There is absolutely no reason that a machine built to propel the weight of a single human being should make so much damn noise. When I am driving alongside a motorcycle, I am barely able to hear myself think over the roar of their deliberately loud engine. This needs to end. It is not right that a single individual is allowed to disrupt the lives of everyone around them for their own ego. I don’t care if I offend die-hard bikers with these remarks. Loud motorcycle engines need to be outlawed. Period.

I don’t know what else to add to this. You get my gist. The time has come for something to be done about this noise polluting atrocity. I am surprised that this issue has not already been addressed. Transportation needs to be silenced. End of story.

My Second Worst Meal Ever

2015 November 21
by Craig Tisinger

This week, I had the second worst meal that I’ve ever eaten. No kidding.

I say second worst; because the number one worst meal I have ever had the dissatisfaction of eating was a god-awful nasty hotdog at Goodberrys that I bought many years ago. I wrote about that on this blog way back when. You can read about that here if you dare.

The cafeteria at my office has a refrigerator with prepared foods that you can microwave. I try my best to avoid such desperate measures, but one morning this week I was very hungry when I got to work. I was craving a hot breakfast sandwich. I decided to visit the refrigerated goods. That turned out to be a big mistake.

There were virtually no breakfast foods to choose from, and I was forced to settle for a spicy chicken, bacon and Swiss jalapeno cheese bagel. It was beyond revolting. I do not like spicy foods to begin with, but I was quite desperate. What I experienced was absolutely disgusting.

I nuked the bagel. The odor emanating from the microwave was very potent. I should have known I was in trouble from the get-go. The bacon had the floppy consistency of a paper-thin white strip of rubber. The chicken was extremely chewy, and beyond overly seasoned.

I was only able to eat a third of it before tossing it in the trash. My mouth and tongue were in flames from the extreme jalapeno spices. I couldn’t taste anything beyond salt and fire.

That morning, I made a vow to never eat a prepared sandwich from the cafeteria fridge again. It was that bad. No matter how hungry I may be, I can’t bring myself to experience such an atrocity again. Absolutely disgusting!

I took a picture of the package, which I have posted below. If you ever run across this bagel, please avoid it at all costs! You have been warned.

Bad bagel

My Feedback Read On The GOG Podcast

2015 October 17
by Craig Tisinger

I listen to the Grumpy Old Geeks podcast. I’ve been a subscriber for several months. Last week I decided to write Brian and Jason some listener feedback. To my surprise, they read my email on the show this week! It is on episode 132 during the “comment of the week” section. Awesome! Thanks guys!

I cut the clip of them reading my email: gog.mp3

Fly By Night Computer Schools

2015 September 19
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by Craig Tisinger

I do a scan of the radio dial on my drive to work every morning. Most of the time I’m only hearing a bunch of commercials. I practically hear the same ones every day.

There are two computer schools that advertise regularly. I can’t quite determine if they are actual schools or simply some type of online course. It’s not a good sign that I’ve heard these commercials so many times, yet I still don’t know exactly what they are offering. The advertisements sound a little shady to me. They all sound like the empty promise of a get rich quick scheme.

One of these “schools” said that they had a student who enrolled in July and was already working in IT in August. Oh, come on. I don’t believe that. Another ad said a student was hired in the IT department of a large company only four months after being enrolled. That also sounds rather dubious. I doubt that any IT manger has even heard of these shady schools.

The ads don’t mention any specific course material. They’re very generic. There is no jargon spoken. It’s as if they are directing the ads at people who don’t even know how to use a computer, let alone program one. This is not an actual quote, but it’s as if they’re saying, “Hey, people who work in computers make good money, don’t you want to do that too?”

I’m not going to name the schools or point you to their websites because I don’t want to give them any publicity. I haven’t looked into them or visited their sites. I don’t care to. I’m basing my opinion solely on what I hear in the radio commercials. What I hear just sounds a little fishy.

If these schools were in strong demand and enrollment was high, they wouldn’t have to advertise on the radio every morning.

Beep Goes the Microwave

2015 July 30
by Craig Tisinger

I despise the beeping sound of a microwave. My microwave at home beeps at least three times when the time runs out to announce that it has finished cooking. The units in my office cafeteria beep four or more times. I don’t know the precise count offhand, but trust me, when there are a row of microwaves, it can become highly obnoxious at lunchtime.

There needs to be an option to disable the beeps entirely, much like most dryers allow you to disable the buzzer that signals when the clothes are dry. (For the record, I hate that buzzer too.)

Most of the time, I simply use my microwave to reheat a cup of coffee or something small like that. Reheating coffee takes less than 20 seconds. Does the microwave really need to beep three times to let me know that 20 seconds have passed? How far away could I possibly have gone that I need to be reminded that I just heated a cup of coffee? Seriously. The majority of the time, I open the door before the time expires so that I don’t have to endure the sound of the beeps.

I have an idea for a better, smarter microwave. The number beeps should correspond with the amount of time the microwave was running. If a frozen dinner has been in there for 7 minutes, then by all means, go ahead and beep three times. Chances are that I will have left the room by the end of those 7 minutes. However, if the total cook time was less than a minute, it should beep only one time, if at all. I still would like to have the option of disabling it entirely.

While I’m on the topic, why does it have to be a beep at all? Why not add a voice announcement that says it’s done? Perhaps they could program different options in there, or perhaps, let me record my own.

Does this obnoxious beeping bother anyone other than me? I’d think there would be more of a movement to do something about it, but the general population seems to be pretty content to simply put up with it. Oh well!

Audio: Fast Food Made From Scratch Homemade Biscuits

2015 July 18
by Craig Tisinger