Time Change

Got up early this morning to let the dog out.  I looked at the clock on my little weather station and quickly realized it wasn’t as early as I thought; the clock was an hour off.  I’m still not sure what happened, but I wondered if the government shutdown might have led to problems with the clock sync signal these device use.

I have to admit, I don’t really know much about how this works.  A quick Google shows that it uses a radio signal called WWV.  From Wiki:

WWV is a shortwave (also known as “high frequency” (HF)) radio station, located near Fort Collins, Colorado. It is best known for its continuous time signal broadcasts begun in 1945, and is also used to establish official U.S. government frequency standards, with transmitters operating on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz.[1] WWV is operated by U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the oversight of its Time and Frequency Division, which is part of NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory based in Gaithersburg, Maryland.[2]

WWV was first established in 1919 by the Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., and has been described as the oldest continuously-operating radio station in the United States.[3] In 1931 it relocated to the first of three suburban Maryland sites, before moving to its current location near Fort Collins in 1966. WWV shares this site with longwave (also known as “low frequency” (LF)) station WWVB, which transmits carrier and time code (no voice) at 60 kHz.

Google also turns up recent stories about proposed budget cuts that could shut down WWV and a similar stationing Hawaii, WWVH.  From the Voice of America (learning English page — hey, why not!):

US Timekeeping Stations Might Go Silent

Costco is selling a 27-pound tub of mac and cheese that lasts 20 years

My wife mentioned this to me today.  Found an article on it on Business Insider Nordic.  Turns out CostCo is sold out, but you can get it on Amazon, too.

Costco is selling a 27-pound tub of mac and cheese that lasts 20 years

  • Costco is selling a giant tub of macaroni and cheese for $89.99.
  • The nearly 27-pound tub contains 180 servings and can last for 20 years.
  • Customers reviewing the tub on Costco’s website say that despite its long shelf life, it tastes delicious.

 

Bulldogs

There was the recent altercation between mascots (UGA vs Bevo) and it made me half remember something I read about bulldogs.  Turns out they were bred specifically for attacking bulls, hence the name.  Maybe Bevo knew what he was doing after all.

The designation “bull” was applied because of the dog’s use in the sport of bull baiting. This entailed the setting of dogs (after placing wagers on each dog) onto a tethered bull. The dog that grabbed the bull by the nose and pinned it to the ground would be the victor. It was common for a bull to maim or kill several dogs at such an event, either by goring, tossing, or trampling. Over the centuries, dogs used for bull-baiting developed the stocky bodies and massive heads and jaws that typify the breed as well as a ferocious and savage temperament. Bull-baiting, along with bear-baiting, reached the peak of its popularity in England in the early 1800s until they were both made illegal by the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835.

 

What is Your Data Worth?

Had a thought over the holidays.  Facebook has 2 – 2.5 billion users.  Every year Facebook makes about $14 billion per quarter in revenues.  Some rough numbers, but it seems your data is worth about $30 per year, at least to Facebook.

Now all things aren’t equal and some users are going to be worth more to advertisers than others.  I am guessing it could be 2x or more.  So maybe my value (or more precisely the value of my posts) to Facebook is worth, let’s say, $100 a year.   I wonder if Facebook would allow people to pay some similar fee to keep their data more private. I mean, it shouldn’t matter to them, right?

 

UGA vs Bevo

Mascot madness: Huge longhorn steer charges at bulldog before US college football game (VIDEO)I liked the RT (Russia Today) reporting on the Uga vs Bevo confrontation at the beginning of the Sugar Bowl.  Oh, Horns won 28 – 21.

Mascot madness: Huge longhorn steer charges at bulldog before US college football game (VIDEO)

There was chaos ahead of the Sugar Bowl American college football game between Texas and Georgia when Texas mascot Bevo – a giant longhorn steer – charged at Georgia talisman Uga the bulldog.
Bystanders were forced to scarper in fear as Bevo broke free from his somewhat flimsy enclosure and charged towards Uga.
Despite being massively outweighed, Uga managed to dodge the giant steer before handlers managed to get Bevo back under control – much to the relief of those nearby.