Pintastic NE 2019 The Big Finish

Sunday is the "extra" day of Pintastic NE added a few years into the event. By Sunday morning only one vendor remained and their machines with them, the extra ball lounge was closed and the machines moved into the freeplay room to make up for those who had left. Nevertheless there were dozens of machine … Continue reading Pintastic NE 2019 The Big Finish

Pintastic NE 2019 Wonka Wonka Wonka

Every year at Pintastic there are a group of people who are well known in the Pinball industry but pretty much unknown to the rest of the world. Usually these folks are game designers or artists or manufacturs of games or parts such as Marc Mandeltort whose company makes parts for machines dating back to … Continue reading Pintastic NE 2019 Wonka Wonka Wonka

Pintastic NE 2019 Early Videos

While the rest of the political blogging world was focusing on the 2nd Democrat debate I was spending my time more productively by attending my 5th annual Pintastic NE being held once again at the Sturbirdge Host Hotel in Sturbridge MA. And of course a Any event with DaTechGuy at it means views and interviews … Continue reading Pintastic NE 2019 Early Videos

The Midwest’s wildflower spring of 2019

Bloodroot By John Ruberry It's been an unusual 2019 weather-wise, here in the Chicago area and the rest of the Midwest. The coldest temperatures in over thirty years. by way of the polar vortex, struck my base in Morton Grove at the end of January. In mid-April the second heaviest snowfall ever recorded in the … Continue reading The Midwest’s wildflower spring of 2019

In appreciation of the Fabulous Poodles band

By John Ruberry One pleasant advantage of music in the streaming era is that with little expense I can tap into my favorite artists from my youth. If you are a recording artist, unfortunately, the big money isn't there for you. For $9.99 a month I enjoy unlimited downloads from Apple Music. However, if I … Continue reading In appreciation of the Fabulous Poodles band

Your #pointandlaugh of the Day: Nesrine Malik at the Guardian

Today we being a new semi-regular feature at DaTechGuyblog where we single out a statement or argument so crazy that the only thing to do is point at it and laugh. Today's Point and laugh argument comes from Nesrine Malik at the Guardian who deprived of the ability to use an actual racist attack against … Continue reading Your #pointandlaugh of the Day: Nesrine Malik at the Guardian

Non Tweets Under the Fedora Feb 1st: Ocasio-Cortez Spilling the Beans, Dave Weigel, A Million Candidates, An Out of Date Scam & Gibson Outduels Johnson

There have been a lot of comparisons between Alexandra Ocasio Cortez and Donald Trump but as I read about the plans to primary Cortez from the left it seems that her real crime as far as Democrats are concerned is really meaning what she says, sort of like Trump. Don't get me wrong the Deep … Continue reading Non Tweets Under the Fedora Feb 1st: Ocasio-Cortez Spilling the Beans, Dave Weigel, A Million Candidates, An Out of Date Scam & Gibson Outduels Johnson

Non Tweets 1/30 Andrew Sullivan’s Covington Irony, SOTU, Guns #1, Guns #2 & SABLE Washington opens with a win

The irony of reading Andrew Sullivan denouncing the racism of the black Hebrews and attacks of the media on the Covington kids on the receiving end of it reminds one that the fellow who coined the phrase "Christionist" and spent years going after Sarah Palin is not lost on me. But I can't help but … Continue reading Non Tweets 1/30 Andrew Sullivan’s Covington Irony, SOTU, Guns #1, Guns #2 & SABLE Washington opens with a win

Non Tweets 1/22/19 Brady IS Mongo, Bad Calls in NO, What March for Life? Covington Virtue & Sable’s back

I had to work on Sunday so I didn't get to watch Tom Brady do what Tom Brady does (and the "It's not every day your team gets to the championship game." argument doesn't work in NE these days. But when I saw during breaks that Brady kept driving down the field all I could … Continue reading Non Tweets 1/22/19 Brady IS Mongo, Bad Calls in NO, What March for Life? Covington Virtue & Sable’s back

Greetings of the Season

An oldie but a goodie: here's a palate cleanser for the second or third or fourth day of Christmas for you. A tip o' the cap to the New Hampshire House Clerk, whose link to this video made Christmas week even more fun for me. And if by some chance this is your first exposure … Continue reading Greetings of the Season

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Our Penultimate entry in our Mannheim Steamroller Octave for Christmas is one of my favorite Carols God Rest You Merry Gentlemen. I'm not a big concert guy as a rule but when I attend as I've said before I like to watch the individual performances, which can be difficult while filming with a hand-held camera … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 1 Carol of the Bells

My 14 straight days of work since black Friday finally ended on Thursday of last week and on Saturday my wife and I went to the colonial theater in Boston with my oldest to see Mannheim Steamroller, the original Christmas touring band. It was a very nice time. Given the attempts to turn this year's … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 1 Carol of the Bells

Troll-Feeding and You

by baldilocks I was just thinking about trolls; rather fondly, in fact. There are very few on my Facebook page, because I run a tight ship there. I don't want my parents, nieces and nephews rushing in to defend me when some imbecile insults me, so, while my page is set for anyone to read, … Continue reading Troll-Feeding and You

My first race in eight years just might offer a lesson for you

By John Ruberry "Get up off your arses men Don't let 'em think you're getting lazy Get up out of your easy chairs We gotta lot to do out there, well ain't we." The Kinks, "Get Up." My Sunday post here is a bit late because this morning I ran a race--my first one since … Continue reading My first race in eight years just might offer a lesson for you

A Conversation in the Kavanaugh Home Circa January 2018

Mrs. Kavanaugh: Brett I'm getting sick and tired of all this clutter, you've been promising me you'd get this stuff cleaned out for ages. Brett Kavanaugh: I know dear but these are all mementos of my school days. Mrs. Kavanaugh: Mementos? It's just a bunch of papers. You don't need them for anything Brett Kavanaugh: … Continue reading A Conversation in the Kavanaugh Home Circa January 2018