Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, March 20, 2018

  • For work-related issues, I had to travel to the Dallas Federal Building. I’ve been there twice before over the span of five years, but can never remember how to get there so I relied on navigation. I found a decent parking spot, walked into the building, went through security and had my laptop x-rayed, walked into the elevator, and when I noticed the elevator didn’t have a button for the eleventh floor, I realized I was in the wrong building. Despite inputting the correct street address on Google Maps, it kept directing me to the county courts building.
  • I parked in front of a meter. I had change, but I couldn’t find a place to insert coins on the meter, so I had to pay for parking by downloading an app. As I was doing so, a young adult male started to smash one of those green rental bikes with a brick. Another man confronted him about it, and it appears the bike didn’t accept the dollar he paid to rent it so he was trying to get his dollar back or something. It was an interesting confrontation. The bike smasher didn’t seem mad or upset he was being called out, and the man calling him out didn’t seem intimidated by a man with a brick in his hand.
  • GIF – Penguins can jump better than I thought.
  • IBM just unveiled the ‘world’s smallest computer’
    • The computer is 1mm x 1mm, smaller than a grain of fancy salt, and apparently costs less than ten cents to manufacture
    • IBM claims the computer has the power of an x86 chip from 1990. That puts it exactly on the edge of enough power to run the original Doom (the original README.TXT for Doom says a 386 processor and 4MB of RAM is the minimum).
  • I’m a big fan of mine
  • Masterpiece Rental: My Life in the ‘American Gothic’ House
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