Daily Archives: October 21, 2016

20161016 – Indian Canyons; Bump Into Home Exchange Friends From Australia; Casinos

Sunday – hot and sunny.

Outdoor dining.

Outdoor dining.

Lazy day as the paleo-rockers are swarming for yet another concert this evening. Bald heads with withered pony tales and a surfeit of adipose tissue everywhere. Fortunately this weekend they seem to have turned the volume down so we’re not kept awake by them.

Tootle off down to Starbucks for my caffeine and internet fix.

They’re all there doing there homework, complete with MacBooks and Apple EarPods, even Mum and daughter. I can’t help noticing, probably because I’m nosey, that none of them, from the 8 year old to those in their mid twenties and thirties, use joined up writing. They’re raising generations that have no awareness of the world outside America; they’re not street wise, thanks to being Molly coddled by the yellow bus; they can’t even breath without EarPods and music in their ears; they can’t spell; they can’t even use joined up writing – I wonder how they go on with their signature.

Spend the afternoon deleting and editing 100’s of awesome Joshua Tree pictures.

Boy it’s hot again.

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When the Ruby Tuesday’s where Kevan Finley worked at was shut down, he wasn’t able to find another job in the area – so he continued being a cook at another branch 9 miles away from his home.

The source of America's blobby problem.

The source of America’s blobby problem.

Since Kevan didn’t have a car, however, he had to walk, 6 days a week.

His new co-workers at the restaurant in Mentor, Ohio didn’t find out about his strenuous trek until about three months after he had started working there.

Kevan supposedly has a sunny, cheerful attitude and never complains about his circumstances, so the staff decided to surprise him with the gift that he deserved.

The workers started driving him home while they were secretly raising money through a Go Fund Me campaign to buy the 30-year-old cook a car. In just 17 days, the restaurant raised over $8,000 for the dedicated man.

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Campaign Jokes

Why does Donald Trump prefer E.T. to illegal immigrants? Because E.T. eventually went home!

What do Donald Trump and a baby have in common? They both whine alot!

What’s the difference between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan? If Trump gets Alzheimers his IQ will go up.

Why can’t you compare Donald Trump to cancer? Because sometimes you can get rid of cancer.

What’s the difference between Donald Trump and a sewage plant? Nothing they’re both full of shit!.

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A California Starbucks Experience

For any serious Internet use I have to nip to the local Starbucks, it’s a tough life.

Flowering cactus.

Flowering cactus.

The other day I went in they were showing 3 different coffees ready brewed. “Ah I’m sorry but we only have the Pike Place on. The other two we only brew in the morning”. Well that’s like spreading grease on my surfboard of life. I can’t resist with the comment “Well why don’t you take the other two coffee signs down to avoid confusion?”. He looks at me as If I’m a Dalek from another planet. Stupidity 15 : Common Sense 0.

Never mind I’ll have a pour over. No you won’t because they don’t have the two coffees I choose. Oh well I’ll have to settle for the Pike Place. At this point he exceeds all my expectations and gives it me for free. Obviously he either feels sorry for a poor old deranged Victor or, much less likely, thinks my suggestion has merit.

It was school escape time so there’s a steady torrent of youngsters coming in and ordering exotic and expensive drinks. They all have two things in common. Their drinks have a mountain of cream on top of a calorie and cholesterol special drink, and yes you’ve probably guessed it, they’re all blobbies, waddling their excess adipose tissue in and waddling out again with their next excess pound of adipose clutched in hand.

Today when I went in you’d think they were giving it away. They’re queuing right up to door, and bear in mind this is a slow process and they don’t rush.

Have the same discussion on the 3 coffees advertised as available yet only one. This time it’s a victory, she takes 2 of the adverts down. Stupidity 0 : common sense 15. And to top it all she gives me a very large free coffee. Result.

Monday – hot and sunny.

Lazy morning and then we set off to explore Salton sea an inland sea – I thought they called them lakes.

Disabled dog in supermarket.

Disabled dog in supermarket.

Don’t ever bother. Salton sea beach is the most desolate habitabed place on earth. Just desert and trailers. Must be an Indian reservation it’s so bleak. A basic guide to identify Indian reservation land – “Is it worthless, inhabitable and so desolate that not even an ebola virus would want it”. If the answer to all 3 is a resounding yes, then Uncle Sam probably gave it to the Indians in trade for the paradise they called home. Oh and if it has a giant casino in the middle of nowhere then it’s certainly an Indian reservation. Still at least Uncle SAMs given up on practising eugenics on Indian women.

Never mind says I, aboard my optimistic virtual surfboard, we’ll go down to Salton City. Sounds rather grand. I wonder what the cathedral’s like? It’s the same sprawling desert with a few houses, more up-market than trailers, dotted around. More roads than homes. Oh, and it does have a motel and a cafe. Don’t bother. Why would anyone want to live there. You could turn it into an open prison and they’d all want to escape.

Supermarket and home!

Trump’s Mrs gives an interview. What a tasty piece of eye candy – Trump locker room talk. She comes across as calm, rational, coherent, intelligent and a good speaker. Not a bit like her husband.

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Really struggled today to find anything for my wave of life. Then, like a mote in this giant cosmos, I suddenly saw all these dust motes floating in the sunlight. They danced and hovered, beautiful. Not something we see much of in England, as it requires sunshine. Memo to Wendy, all these motes had come off my hanky, perhaps a change of washing regime is called for?

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Truck of Peace; best part of my day:

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08:30 enjoying coffee and orange juice out on the patio after breakfast. It’s about the only time you can enjoy the weather without ending up wetter than a water hogs arse, it’s hotter than the Devils armpit. We’re treated to a Belagio style water fountain display as they water the golf course – I wonder whether it’s raw sewage water, no doubt improve our immune system as it wafts over to us. My this coffee tastes good.

Well since I’ve given up on Fox and MSNBC at least the crazy repetitive voices have stopped. It’s just the same bile over and over again.

As to the campaigns. Well why bother with policies and solutions when there’s scurrilous scandal to be had. It seems that every American woman over 40 has suddenly remembered she’s been groped or better still raped by Trump over 20 years ago. Mass long term amnesia, yet after all that time they can recall minute details. Does anyone actually believe them? Does anyone actually care? To add fuel to the fire Trump then points out that these women are too ugly to have bothered with. Some of them would certainly scare a rat off a cheesecake.

When in a hole stop digging.

As for Hilary I’m surprised she ever got any work done given the multitude of emails involved. Then there’s all the bribery allegations. She’d need a major accounting firm to keep track of it all. But the media do seem to give her an easier time and ignore some of the hard scandals and lawlessness.

God help the American people. You really couldn’t make it up. It’s like the worse possible horror comedy series – House of Cards on steroids rewritten by Lewis Carol. How do you choose between these two turnips. All you can do is choose the “lesser of two evils”.

Tuesday – hot and sunny.

Bugger the customers who pay your wages!

Bugger the customers who pay your wages!

Drive down to Tahquitz – sounds like the name of southern softie stock broker who was bullied at public school – Canyon. An Indian canyon. Well first signs are not good. Employee parking only near the visitor centre, customers down the hill. $12 each and not much to it. Pass.

Drive down to Indian Canyons – there are more of these places than Starbucks. They’re only $7 for us geriatrics and there’s 3 canyons and a trading store. Splash out.

Have a our grand cox’s pipin picnic and a stroll around Palm canyon. Then go and walk up Andreas Canyon. Wow there’s even a flowing stream here in the desert, rarer than a Taliban girls college.

Andreas Canyon hike.

Andreas Canyon hike.

Call in for a leisurely Starbucks and Internet on the way home.

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Defenders of the French language have always been keen to protect it from the scourge of English infiltration.

Unfortunately, they have lost a key battle. In a move that would have Robespierre rotating in his grave, one of France’s most esteemed universities has announced that it will teach courses in English for the first time.

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Campaign Jokes

Palm Canyon home exchange offering!

Palm Canyon home exchange offering!

Republicans: “Hillary won’t win without blacks, Hispanics, gays or Jews.” Democrats: “Or as we like to call them: Americans”

Why does Hillary want to have sex with Bill Clinton first thing in the morning? She wants to be the first lady.

What do Monica and the Carolina Panthers have in common? They both blew it.

Did you hear about the 11th Commandment Hilary Clinton introduced? Thou shall not expose thy rod to thy staff.

What did Bill Clinton say to Monica Lewinsky? I told you to lick my erection, not wreck my election.

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Bill Maher on Muslim’s – Part 1:

Wednesday – hot and sunny.

Palm canyon.

Palm canyon.

Meet up a Starbucks for a coffee with Rudi and Gaynor, home exchangers from Melbourne. It’s amazing how our paths have crossed. We did a home exchange with them about 5 years ago. As we were travelling through Hong Kong back to England, they were travelling through back to Australia so we met up for dinner – yummy snake. Now they’re just 5 miles down the road on a home exchange in La Quinta.

In the evening we go out for dinner with Rudi and Gaynor. An excellent all you can eat dinner at the local casino and reasonably priced with cheap wine – my sort of place. After dinner we go people watching in the casino. All very entertaining with these giant machines that require you to have an advanced degree in Human Computer Interfaces just to put money in. I give Wendy $0.83 to invest, but she doesn’t bother. Probably because there are no poor people’s money consumption machines.

Palm canyon.

Palm canyon.

The media’s all hyped up for tonight’s final presidential campaign debate. Just 3 weeks to go. Plots, leaks, lies, accusations and slagging one another off. It’s just unbelievable how vile it is. A sad reflection on American society, but you only have to watch the adverts on TV – difficult not to, easier to dodge a incoming asteroid – to realise how uncritical they’re becoming. Your average advert seems to be aimed at an 8 year old who’s had a lobotomy.

Adverts for pharmaceuticals have to be the most diabolical on American TV. 10 seconds telling you how to cure dry skin if you suffer from diabetes and then 2 minutes warning you about all the dire side effects that may well even kill you. Stick with the dry skin.

The most unbelievable product has to be Act tablets for dry mouth. Have they forgot what water is? Then you’ve got Probiotic for kids and dry skin cream for diabetics.

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DeepMind is now capable of teaching itself based on information it already possesses.

Andreas canyon

Andreas canyon

In a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — uses the existing data storage capacity of conventional computers while pairing it with smart AI and a neural net capable of quickly parsing it.

The two examples given by the DeepMind team further clear up the process:
1. After being told about relationships in a family tree, the DNC was able to figure out additional connections on its own all while optimizing its memory to find the information more quickly in future searches.
2. The system was given the basics of the London Underground public transportation system and immediately went to work finding additional routes and the complicated relationship between routes on its own.
Instead of having to learn every possible outcome to find a solution, DeepMind can derive an answer from prior experience, unearthing the answer from its internal memory rather than from outside conditioning and programming.

Depending on the point of view, this could be a serious turn of events for ever-smarter AI that might one day be capable of thinking and learning as humans do.

Or, it might be time to start making plans for survival post-Skynet.

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Mightily appropriate in view of the current pantomine of “Lesser Of Two Evils”.

The End Of America is Near George Carlin ✪ Blow Your Mind ✪

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Palm canyon.

Palm canyon.

Starbucks has an older clientele in the mornings, predominantly Homo-waddlingblobieus ready to gobble and slurp up their daily intake of a spray cream mountain atop their calorie infested beverage – some of these drinks contain more calories than a full meal and represent 25% of recommended daily requirement.