Saturday, September 30, 2023

Sports on TV

I think sports are about to be in a tough spot. Fewer networks want to pay out large sums. 

I just read an article that baseball and the ballys network are about to part ways (Ballys used to be Fox sports regional networks before Disney bought out the Fox name; and recently ballys sports declared bankruptcy)

They have no real solutions for what to do about baseball and probably will go back to the model of the teams negotiating for local broadcast rights and losing out on thousands of games making money in a non regional sense. Though they would still be streamed through MLB TV or whatever. 

And the bigger problem is that means less revenue. And less revenue sharing. 

Surely it will affect other sports as well. 

Then there's the Disney/espn problem. Cord cutting hurts. 

Disney made about $4 per subscriber on cable. With no ability to opt out it was a cash cow. Now it's a problem. 

Disney is considering a bunch of options. One is to provide a standalone streaming service for all espn content. And they suggested the price might be around $24 per month. 

Worth it? 🤷🏼‍♂️

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Bitchin Dave's Newsletter - September 26


September 26, 2023

Insights, news, ramblings, and other serious nonsense from Dave 
Dave’s Musings
In the early days of the pandemic, when we were asked to stay home, I decided that I could get a little fresh air and exercise daily by taking my bike out and going for a ride. And in the almost 3 and half years since, I still go out almost every day for a ride.

Its a great way to start my morning. I spent an hour or two riding around, clearing my head, and going anywhere from 5-10 miles on the bike. Sometimes I stop at a park, sometimes for coffee.

But the best part is, its time away from the computer. Its truly "me time," and I relish it. I'd like to encourage you to find time for yourself, offline, too.

NASA had an ambitious mission to land a craft on an asteroid, take a sample of the asteroid, and then return the sample to Earth for further study.

This past weekend, the sample landed in the desert in Utah and will be studied in the coming months. Its exciting and interesting.

Asteroid return

But there is more to this story... Queen (the band) guitarist Brian May was involved in the program - he's an astrophysicist after all - and was an integral part of the plan to bring home the rock.

Brian May story

Photo from ABC News

There's a group of academics who suggests that we have been mis-interpreting Newton's first law.

Of course, Newton wrote in Latin, and we have translated it into many different languages.

In short, their belief is that QUATENUS should be translated as "insofar" instead of "unless" which would mean that Newton understood that everything would affect the motion.

Lex I: Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in directum, nisi quatenus a viribus impressis cogitur statum illum mutare

Which has been translated commonly as:

Every body perseveres in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed thereon.

As a quick aside: bear this in mind when reading something that has been translated. Some words may not be "correct" or might have a slightly different meaning than what was intended.

Scientific American Article

Brightline (a privately held company) debuted high speed rail between Miami and Orlando this week.

You may recall that this was originally intended to get passengers easily between South Florida and Disney World, but was modified to go to Orlando International Airport...and from there you are on your own.

The cost is around $160 round trip per person, and will take close to three and a half hours (nearly the same as driving).

I'm not quite seeing the value proposition - but I'm willing to let it play out for a while, and I may even want to try it out sometime myself.

There's an odd story about a fictitious company that somehow managed to get into the airplane parts market.

They sold parts that had forged paperwork (that looked "correct"), but which weren't OEM and didn't pass the standard checks.

And after taking in large sums of money, the company has disappeared. But these parts were sold to most airlines around the world, and were installed in many aircraft. They're being removed, but it did pose a public risk.

You can read the whole story here:

Phony airline parts

One Little Spark … 

… for your imagination

Private schools in Florida are doing their part to ensure the teaching of black history is not lost, as it is in public schools.

Eric Smaw of Rollins college is glad to see it, “If we inadvertently or intentionally make the mistake of telling them that some of the most egregious and immoral acts that we participated in had good outcomes, then they might see those acts as less egregious, less immoral." 

The principal of Monarch Learning Academy in Orlando, Marguerite McNeill, said “I don’t know what the fear of knowledge, I don’t understand fear of knowledge. I have more of a fear of lack of knowledge, right?” 

Monarch - and others - teach the AP African American History that is now not allowed in Florida public schools.  And they take field trips to places like Alabama, so students can see first hand what has happened in our past.

Rather than thinking it makes some people uncomfortable, and literally whitewashing history.

We need a lot more of this kind of leadership in the world.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Soarin challenge

I felt the need to return my player to first place. Why? Just because. 

And along the way, I noticed several times that my player, and the others in the top 10, had points taken away. 

For reasons I can't explain. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Bitchin Dave's Newsletter - September 19


September 19, 2023

Insights, news, ramblings, and other serious nonsense from Dave 
Dave’s Musings
One thing that drives me crazy is conspiracy theories. Looking at it from a distance, you might realize that large scale ones - like the Kennedy assassination or faking the moon landing - would require a ridiculous amount of planning and coordination. And they would also require that too many people would know, and would be willing to keep that secret. It's just not reasonable to have a conspiracy like that. And add in any technology that would have been required, and it's a task that would be easier to NOT fake.

And then you have the smaller scale ones in recent times that come from a "crazy uncle" that maybe seem like a possibility for a moment. At least until you stop and think about how crazy they really sound. Someone was running a child sex trafficking ring out a pizza shop? A senator has been replaced by a duplicate (like in the movie "Dave" where the president was replaced)?

But then they get parroted many times over, and suddenly they gain some traction. Its amazing (not in a good way) what the internet can do in terms of sucking people in and giving them just enough to support a belief or bias that they have.

As always, I remind you to consider carefully what you read and its source.


One of the great things about science overall is the notion that we create theories to explain the world (and universe) around us, but are willing to accept that new evidence may challenge these theories.

We had a theory about the universe and how it expands. Along came the Hubble Space Telescope, and it suggested a different answer. Scientists called the difference the "Hubble tension" ... the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope would hopefully show something that matched with the original theory.

Except that it confirmed what Hubble showed, and now there's a cosmological problem of sorts.

And while its a relatively minor argument, and scientists disagree, they all are aware that we may have a new accepted theory of how this all works.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced that they are working on Wireless Energy Transmission, using high energy lasers.

Of course the intended purpose is for ensuring the military can be powered anywhere in the world. But even so, the concept is intriguing and may be an enormous breakthrough.

A lesser-known nugget: Nikola Tesla proposed the idea of wireless energy transmission nearly 100 years ago. He even tested the theory and started to build a tower to provide energy to an area in New Jersey. (but that's a story for another day)

Intriguingly - and not to sound like a conspiracy theorist - all of his notes and records for everything he was working on (a "death ray" among them) were confiscated by the FBI upon his death.

Interesting Engineering - DARPA

More about Tesla

There's a bear in Disney World!

Although guests are used to seeing Henry, Big Al, Liver Lips, Wendell and the rest of the Country Bears in Frontierland, this was different.

A real life black bear was spotted near the Magic Kingdom, although it was incorrectly reported that it was in the park. I mean why would they let him in without a ticket?

He was in a backstage area near (what was) Splash Mountain. So as a precaution, some areas of the park were closed until he could be safely removed and relocated to the Forest in Ocala.

As far as I know, its the first time this has ever happened in Disney World. Which may suggest that habitats are changing for bears as they wander further away. Just a little something to consider.

I was reading that Starbucks - with its global coffee chain accounting for more locations than any other store - wants to do away with single use cups and lids.

An admirable goal, to be sure. But the question is how? They've been testing out compostable lids in some places.

And they have plenty of ideas for the cups: making them compostable, forming a cup sharing program, washing cups, and offering an opportunity for customers to bring their own cup.

To me, the one thing that would really work with customers is to engage them with an incentive. Bring a cup, return a cup. or otherwise contribute, and get a discount. Financial incentives and making people feel a part of something seems obvious.

Its worth keeping an eye on because of their reach - and the amount of waste that is produced because of them. What they do will be replicated by others.

One Little Spark … 

… for your imagination

Last week Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, spoke about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which happened 60 years ago in Birmingham, Alabama.  

She spoke of confronting race and race issues, even though they may be uncomfortable.  Or perhaps because they are uncomfortable.

“I know that atrocities like the one we are memorializing today are difficult to remember and relive, But I also know that it is dangerous to forget them.” 

Dave’s latest video

Jimmy Carter turns 99 on October 1st. I'd like to point you to a video I did about a visit to Disney World on his 54th birthday.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Feeling melancholy

The CEO of the company I used to work for got this "nice write up" in a trade journal. It was about his bold decision making during the pandemic. How he made all these plans to keep business going (and grow it!). And how he looked after his employees so they wouldn't be layoffs. 

And for his effort, he was awarded compensation in the $50 million range last year. Because he was great and the company made so much money!

And of course, I was simply shown the door because there had to be some cost cutting. I didn't even get the proverbial "gold watch." No fanfare, just return your computer and slink into the night.  

It's easy to pin it on my old boss - but it's never that simple. I was a good performer and had just finished a major project. She had to get multiple levels of approval to release me. And even the CEO has to have been aware of whatever number of employees that were, in fact, released. 

Gotta get rid of 500 employees to make up that number of dollars you received in compensation. 

It's sad. And very insulting. 

And I take a very different view of the article. 

Thanks for nothing, pal. 

The great Cornholio!

Saw this posted somewhere. It's hilarious. Except for the billboard that was in the foreground needed to be for TP for his bunghole. So I fixed it. 

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Jimmy Carter is turning 99

 Jimmy Carters birthday is on October 1st 

You can send a virtual greeting as part of a birthday mosaic by visiting this site:

I did mine, which you can see here:

Why a Disney picture. He visited Disney world on his birthday while he was serving as president!  You can view that story here:

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Florida's Brightline Train Is Officially Launching In September

Ummmm. Starting at $79 one way, to get from the Brightline station near Ft. Lauderdale airport to Orlando airport?

One would have to also pay to park at Ft Lauderdale (or take a ride share), and then still get from the Orlando airport to whatever destination via public transit, or a ride share.

Back of the envelope here:
$80 for the ticket + $30 to get to the Brightline + $30 to get to destination.

And then the reverse. That's $140 x 2.

$280 for an individual to go to Orlando and home.

What of time?

They say it's about 2.5 hours to get between the airports. Plus transit to the airport. Plus transit from. So probably 3.5 hours door to door.

Which is the same as driving.

I fail to see the value proposition.

Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Bitchin Dave's Newsletter - September 12


September 12, 2023

Insights, news, ramblings, and other serious nonsense from Dave 
Dave’s Musings
As I navigate through a professional career change, I am reminded of a quote from Mark Twain that you may find valuable as well: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you did not do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Take personal stock of where you are in life and explore, dream, and discover!


What is believed to be an asteroid collided with Jupiter a couple of weeks ago.

And an amateur astronomer happened to capture an image of it in real time.

It is worth a look!

Asteroid impact

MIT has developed a cooling system that uses no electricity, and provides 300% better cooling than a similar evaporative cooling system.

Its still in a development stage, but the solution could provide a low cost solution to large portions of the world that are experience extreme heat.

Disney made some big announcements related to Disney World at the D23 event last week.

In short, Disney is planning to invest $10s of billions into the Florida theme parks, in spite of the nonsense with Florida's governor.

The plan is update some rides and attractions, to further incorporate Intellectual Property, and to enhance guest experiences.

While so far the details are about relatively small changes, I look forward to seeing how this evolve.

Science continues to find solutions to problems. Here's an article about a "Win-Win for Climate"

In short, scientists ground up silicate rock and applied it to a field, and saw a reduction in CO2 production from the plants, which otherwise would have wound up in the atmosphere.

As I've noted before, simple solutions are sometimes the best ones, and are easy to overlook at times.

One Little Spark … 

… for your imagination

New York City is having a bit of an immigration problem. There are a large number  mostly legal immigrants (primarily from Venezuela), at least some of whom were bussed to NY from other states that are essentially stirring the anti-immigrant pot.

Some blowhard politicians are trying to frame it as a "border crisis," which is not accurate.  Most of these immigrants did not cross through the southern border.  Meanwhile, the media doesn't quite know how to cover it.  

And what you get is a lot of bluster from the mayor and governor of NY, governors from other states, and the white house.

Its a complicated and nuanced problem that can't be solved by people just pointing fingers.  In fact, this is long-standing problem (dating back to the early 20th century) with immigrants coming over on ships and reaching NY, and going through Ellis Island.

If you've never studied what happened there, I highly recommend a visit or you can start with a little light reading:

In a sense, what you are seeing is history repeating itself.  Large numbers of immigrants have arrived in NY and no one knows what, exactly, should be done with them - and whether immigration laws should change.

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Data privacy, as it relates to cars is a topic that doesn't get much attention. I've made a short video on the topic.

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