Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tardigrades, Verizon and the Usual

Did you all go look up tardigrades?  If not, then you should.  They're amazing animals.  From wikipedia we learn the following.
Tardigrades are the most resilient animal known: they can survive extreme conditions that would be rapidly fatal to nearly all other known life forms. They can withstand temperature ranges from 1 K (−458 °F; −272 °C) (close to absolute zero) to about 420 K (300 °F; 150 °C), pressures about six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for more than 30 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce.
They're about one millimeter in size.


Yesterday was an extremely aggravating day, we started looking at the new data plans from Verizon.  Verizon is just the spawn of Satan.  The data plans used to be S,M,L or XL.  We were on the XL plan which gave us 22 gig of data which was accessible by the two phones and the mifi hotspot.  THEN Verizon went to 2,4,8 gig plans or "unlimited" data.  Unlimited is so misleading.  High points of the unlimited data are as follows:
  • The phones get unlimited data, up until 22 gig then they get throttled.
  • The mifi hotspot can have 10 gig of data for the laptops at 4G speeds, then it's throttled to 3G speeds
  • The two phones can each tether 10 gig of data for the laptops at 4G speeds, then they're throttled to 3G speeds 
  • Oh yes, and the $10 discount for autopay - you have to let them bill your debit card or checking account directly.  They don't want to pay the credit card fee.  I am so sure I will give the evil empire my bank routing number!
So, you no longer have the nice big pool of data, you get little pools of data for each device.  It's just such a pisser, I hate this new plan.  We have had very little luck using the phones as hot spots for the laptops.  Given the number of videos that websites are forcing on the consumers, 10 gig of data won't last very long.

In other news, there has been hiking and biking.  We saw deer the other day in the Tucson Mountains.

Politics, as usual, are making us crazy.  The Russians are deploying land based cruise missiles,  their planes are buzzing US ships, a spy ship is parked off of Connecticut and all that man can do is talk about his electoral college numbers.  There has been zero response to these provocative actions.  Has that man said one thing about the damage in California due to flooding, or storm damage in the South East?  No, too busy playing golf in Florida.  It's going to be very interesting to see what comes of the investigation into Flynn and what did the president know and when did he know it.

WTF Just Happened Today is having a fund drive.  It's costing him money out of pocket to host the website and pay for Mail Chimp; not to mention the six hours a day he puts in to the site, in addition to his day job.  If you like what he's doing, slip him a few dollars would ya?


  1. I did look up tardigrades. Very interesting creatures!

  2. I love your political commentaries. There's just something about the way you state things that makes me laugh -- even though the subject matter is obviously no laughing matter. I said to Barry tonight: "I am pretty sure no other new President has even mentioned his electoral college victory the following FEBRUARY." And he thinks he had the largest margin ever??? How can he be so misinformed about something that is obviously very much on his mind -- instead of worried about all the myriad things he should be worrying about, as you so eloquently point out.

    As for Verizon, we don't have smart phones so are sticking with our $100/mo 16 Gb XL data plan on our Mifi. It's more expensive than the new so-called "unlimited" $80 plan, but we don't have to worry about data throttling when we hit 10 Gb every month. The new plans do zippo for people like us.