Saturday, April 22, 2017

Uncle Meat

Speaking of Facebook notifications, I learned yesterday, that April 21 was the 48th anniversary of the release of The Mothers of Invention's fifth LP, (Zappa's sixth) Uncle Meat.

Although I was a fan of the Mothers, it was only recently that I listened to the entire album. When Uncle Meat was released, I had copies of Freak-Out!, Absolutely Free and We're Only In It For The Money. As far as I can recall, I had only heard portions of the LP that an acquaintance of mine owned. The little I heard at the time did not convince me to run out and get a copy for myself.

That's my loss, of course.

Listening to the LP today (thanks to Spotify) I understand that the work was ahead of its time. I could not appreciate the LP at the time. There are many today that still cannot appreciate Uncle Meat, but after years of listening to Zappa, Edgard Varèse, and Igor Stravinsky, I can say, although it's hardly Easy Listening, I do easy listening to Uncle Meat .

Scheduled Brownout for Tomorrow

The photo accompanying this post is of a press release from Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative (NORECO II) informing us of a scheduled power outage coming tomorrow, Sunday, April 23, 2017. The text of the press release was posted onto Facebook and follows below:


NORECO II regrets to inform you that there will be a scheduled power service interruption

Date of Interruption : April 23, 2017 (Sunday)

Time : 7:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Areas Affected :
Part of Tandayag, Amlan
Entire area of San Jose, Sibulan, Dumaguete City, Valencia, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita and Siaton

(Pulantubig, Bagacay, Dauin and Siaton substations will be

REASON : NGCP will de-energize its Amlan-Siaton 69kV transmission line which conveys power to our Pulantubig, Bagacay, Dauin and Siaton substations to conduct the following activities:
1. Replacement of parallel groove clamps to wedge type connectors at str. # 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 24, 32, 43, 45, 48, 49, 57, 58, and 59;
2. APMS of Amlan-Siaton 69kV transmission line HVE’s and
3. Replacement of line PT phase-B and C.

(This is a re-scheduling of the canceled power service interruption last February 19, 2017)

All works may be finished ahead of time and power may be restored earlier than scheduled, so please consider the lines always energized. Member-customer-owners in the affected areas are advised to take the necessary precautions.

NORECO II apologizes for this inconvenience.

Thank you.

More Strange Behavior from Google Maps

In one of yesterday's posts, [Google Maps' Strange Behavior] I posted a number of screen shots of the number of individual places Google Maps which had credited me for having photographed. The numbers ranged from 619 - down to 613 - up to 630 and back to 619, without my having added (or deleted) any photos after 619 was reached. At the end of that post, I wrote that I believed the final total of 619 to be the correct number.

Later, yesterday afternoon, I uploaded a photo for a motorcycle dealer located near St. Paul Univ. - Wheeltek. I was given credit for that photo, putting the total at 620. I did not, however take a screen shot of that total.

When I awoke this morning, I went to the Google Maps website and discovered that I am now being credited with having uploaded photos for 632 places. I have no explanation as to why 12 additional places were credited last night while I slept.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Patrol Boat Outpost

As I mentioned in an earlier post, while on my morning walk today, I took a detour in search of the AA Prawn Hatchery. I was unable to locate the elusive hatchery and speculated in the earlier post, that it may been an invisible hatchery in much the same way as Biringan City is believed by some to be an invisible city in Samar province.

Not having located the prawn hatchery, I could not photograph it. I did, however, come upon an outpost for a patrol boat. Not only was I able to photograph the outpost, but I managed to get a photo of the patrol boat as well.

Google Maps' Strange Behavior

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had recently added two new locations to Google Maps. Not only have I added locations recently, but I've uploaded new photos of preexisting locations to the website as well.

Being a "Local Guide" for Google Maps, I get "points" for each individual place that I photograph. Earlier this week, I had taken photos of seven different locations. A screen shot of my "points" prior to my uploading these new photos showed that I had 612 places with photos. After uploading the seven, Google increased that number to 619. Naturally, 612 plus 7 equals 619.

Later the same day, I went back to the website where upon it said I had only 613 places with photos. No explanation.

At a later point, I went back and found Google Maps had given me points for 630 places with photos. Still, no explanation.


Now, today the number is back to 619, which is probably the correct total.

I'm not making money off this - it's not like Google adsense. I don't get anything for these photo points. However, even though this is just a hobby for me, I would like to see an accurate count. Is that too much to ask?