attempt at Cheez-Its, settles for sodie

I visited the vending machine, the giant snack-dispensing machine in the laundromat that implores you to feed it money, but only selectively dispenses what one may request.

The soda machine is a bit more consistent. Want a Dr Pepper? You get a Dr Pepper. Want a Diet Pepsi? You might get a Diet Pepsi - or a Diet Coke. Vending machine man makes no differentiation between the two.

So, I feed a quarter into the snack vending machine. It (the quarter) goes straight to the change dispenser tray. It is not accepted. So, I take two paces to the right, and I go for a soda. I select a Dr Pepper. Receive Dr Pepper. Feel happy.

I am w/o Cheez-Its, but I am richer for it, because soda has caffeine. I am listening to the go-to playlist I always listen to. Jamming to Tiger Army.

So this is another one of those caffeine entries, which I am fine with :)

I watched a segment from ABC, or NBC, or PBS, or something earlier. Steve Jobs speaking of...computers. It's where he first made the "bicycle of the mind - or, bicycle for humanity" analogy, which he was quoting a piece of The Scientific American (a magazine) which compared speeds between different animals and also humans. A human on a bike "won" the speed test - a human on-foot "lost". And he (Jobs) felt that computers propelled man forward, and leveraged humanity's intelligence. Which he was/is right.

Sort of apprapo that he used the "competing animals" analogy to describe the scenario, though. Because computer science is very much so in that line of thinking in some ways - Us against Nature. Not that it has ever been this way in a deliberate way, it's just that humans have always "created technology", and have figured out how to leverage technology, and though this runs counter-intuitively in conjunction with nature, some do not see it this way. And the very purpose we make advancements in technology, at all, is likely "lost" on people. Not that people take issue with Computer Science (I don't take issue with it), and obviously the conveniences of it all are good, but since the whole thing (advancements in consumer technology, proliferation of capable computers, as well as the Internet) has taken a long, arduous, and gradual road to getting where we're at, in 2022, it (the question of "why", or "what's the point") becomes sort of a moot question.

Anyway, no over-arching themes here. I'd like for the snack machine to leverage some of that CS tech to drop a bag of chips from a shelf, though.


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