Saturday, August 1, 2020

Walking the Census in 2020

I started doing Census questions door to door in the past week.

July 2020, United States of America.

I took an oath to keep all personal information confidential, for life. What follows in this post are my notes and comments about the "business process" of using current technology to accomplish the count as has been done for centuries (well two-ish).

I am assigned cases each day, with the goal being to ask the standard questions and collect as many answers as possible. We are issued a digital device that is a common smartphone with certain apps installed and nearly everything else disabled. There is a case list, with an associated map app. There's another common map app, which works to get from point A to point B only. Then it's back to the Census apps.

The biggest ouch I've encountered is not being able to start a survey from a mapped location; I need to return to the case list and open from there. If the place I'm looking for isn't in the top few visible, the device seems to spin for a while. In some cases, I can't get to the place I am next to. Disconcerting?

I've tried different combinations of driving and walking. There's a small incentive to drive because I get mileage reimbursement, so small as not to matter yet. If I get cases further away, I'll get better mileage overall. One of the days I was able to walk the entire route. Not much progress because of rain, heat and humidity.

Knowing the way cul-de-sacs and streets are numbered is handier than using standard map apps, as their focus is A to B but I'm doing a circuit trying to find a shady spot to park if possible and not interfering with any local driving patterns. Or pedestrians. Or cyclists.

I can't sort the list of cases as presented. It's speculation to think there is a method to that madness or if its just the way it works.

The GPS probably doesn't drain the battery as much as the apps do, in my understanding about power consumption levels. Because I spent a few minutes for one collection while in bright sunlight, it seemed the display became too dim to work with.

For obvious reasons (they should be right?) no pictures in this post. I hesitated to even use the camera, given the commitment to privacy protection. To prevent some data leakage, I've turned off location on my personal phone. I usually do anyway unless I need directions or want to take a geo-tagged picture.

Once in a while, the character of Harry the Mailman from Lucifers Hammer comes to mind.

https://www.jerrypournelle.com/sciencefiction/2020/05/13/the-lost-end-to-lucifers-hammer/


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Stay Home Stay Safe COVID-19 Music Poll

Music Poll!

Date Subject Link Results
07/01/20


06/30/20


06/29/20


06/28/20


06/27/20 NO POLL -

06/26/20 sofia https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1276493637325594627?s=20 no votes
06/25/20 latin duo https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1276141060125835266?s=20 bomberos
06/24/20 fito https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1275760352177926152?s=20 tie
06/23/20 malpais https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1275403654762201088?s=20 no
06/22/20 sole https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1275059842944811008?s=20 no
06/21/20 silvio r https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1274682333367500802?s=20 descartes
06/20/20 gato https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1274331858134872064?s=20 no
06/19/20 mary black https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1273949883351867392?s=20 looking back
06/18/20 sade https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1273591405357805571?s=20 tie
06/17/20 reggae https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1273227499024121864?s=20 cash/zappa
06/16/20 tosh https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1272878656927531012?s=20 tie
06/15/20 marley https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1272513869408284679?s=20 tie
06/14/20 marley https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1272149803976318977?s=20 tie
06/13/20 marley https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1271789451627433989?s=20 tie
06/12/20 marley https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1271411298941755393?s=20 get up stand up
06/11/20 king https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1271051880119009282?s=20 riding
06/10/20 CCR https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1270690888117878784?s=20 unknown
06/09/20 road tunes https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1270325791113560064?s=20 CCR+
06/08/20 Phil-tom https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1269970652372615173?s=20 tom
06/07/20 paxton https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1269606424105058305?s=20 tie
06/06/20 pete seeger https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1269245383751933959?s=20 tie
06/05/20 joan baez https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1268875701039640577?s=20 like
06/04/20 ? https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1268533868077948928?s=20 no
06/03/20 qms https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1268153686733324291?s=20 tie
06/02/20 santana https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1267801476946112513?s=20 smooth
06/01/20 ja https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1267437486080475137?s=20 tie
05/31/20 dnb https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1267065375323234305?s=20 tie
05/30/20 rod stewart https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1266709921908867072?s=20 maggie
05/29/20 joe cocker https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1266363240243757056?s=20 you are
05/28/20 tull https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1265983684043313155?s=20 aqualung
05/27/20 depeche https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1265630961510776832?s=20 kicks
05/26/20 depeche https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1265255500838572032?s=20 tie
05/25/20 depeche https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1264896059320475649?s=20 everything
05/24/20 lips https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1264535413441605632?s=20 yoshimi
05/23/20 drive in https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1264163310984998912?s=20 lobby
05/22/20 r thompson https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1263803870473605120?s=20 mock tudor
05/21/20 art scape https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1263436242278060037?s=20 leon
05/20/20 dire straits https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1263095670069747712?s=20 phil
05/19/20 dire straits https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1262721039496339456?s=20 money
05/18/20 ta dream https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1262368693406830592?s=20 mars polaris
05/17/20 kraftwerk https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1262015163105976320?s=20 t e express
05/16/20 ice cream https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1261649518405263361?s=20 tie
05/15/20 abbie https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1261287346940583938?s=20 who?
05/14/20 cowboy junkies https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1260912712047091712?s=20 tie
05/13/20 feat https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1260538097982267392?s=20 tie
05/12/20 supertramp https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1260179379600134146?s=20 b’fast
05/11/20 REM https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1259832321219452930?s=20 tie
05/10/20 Piano-organ https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1259462557838032898?s=20 piano
05/09/20 Dolly-linda-emmy lou https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1259108064642375682?s=20 rondstat
05/08/20 misc https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1258731639917641730?s=20 oleta
05/07/20 flute https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1258379519020367875?s=20 mozart
05/06/20 flute https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1258019952356974593?s=20 yes
05/05/20 james brown https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1257648733996699649?s=20 tie
05/04/20 black xmas https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1257292552312696833?s=20 tie
05/03/20 huey lewis https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1256949384815824904?s=20 te bomb
05/02/20 joni https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1256585553899855873?s=20 tie
05/01/20 misc https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1256192826418835457?s=20 joni
04/30/20 firesign https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1255839704471212034?s=20 tie
04/29/20 al https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1255462701058469890?s=20 tie
04/28/20 xpn https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1255111911647186945?s=20 xpn
04/27/20 native american https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1254745980018266113?s=20 hovia
04/26/20 women https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1254398230349127681?s=20 tie
04/25/20 german synth https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1254044961106001928?s=20 kraftwerk
04/24/20 OTR https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1253660843998314496?s=20 marlowe
04/23/20 pop https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1253293919883886598?s=20 sara vaughan
04/22/20 latin https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1252945515370741762?s=20 marc anthony
04/21/20 Billy-laura https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1252581024170749955?s=20 laura
04/20/20 jazz https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1252204762868703233?s=20 tie
04/19/20 live/can https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1251852086238732289?s=20 can
04/18/20 Dead https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1251486975317757954?s=20 tie
04/17/20 folk https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1251172272263630852?s=20 other
04/16/20 prine https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1250768732349247488?s=20 wolf trap
04/15/20 prine https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1250418870558621696?s=20 plant a little garden
04/14/20 prine duets https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1250030729955868672?s=20 melba
04/13/20 prine https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1249685158204243976?s=20 when I get to heaven
04/12/20 prine https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1249322849212432385?s=20 tie
04/11/20 prine https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1248944483158368257?s=20 space monkey
04/10/20 prine https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1248590937665740802?s=20 tie
04/09/20 prine https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1248221198837780480?s=20 tie
04/08/20 NO POLL JOHN PRINE DIES FROM COVID-!9

04/07/20 india https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1247520500617601025?s=20 rahman
04/06/20 Bowie-clapton-simon-palmer https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1247130620670640129?s=20 clapton
04/05/20 NO POLL -

04/04/20 jazz https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1246436857707147264?s=20 sonny rollins
04/03/20 zappa https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1246072103792713728?s=20 best band
04/02/20 springsteen https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1245688618858971136?s=20 darkness
04/01/20 Parker-mingis-duke-coltrane https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1245320830151688192?s=20 parker
03/31/20 Winehouse-chick-et al https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1244963675309572098?s=20 winehouse
03/30/20 NO POLL PRINE HOSPITALIZED https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1244601331450609665?s=20
03/29/20 Bette-madonna-norah-phoebe https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1244249145608744960?s=20 madonna
03/28/20 Chrissie-dolly-janis-grace https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1243901503435354112?s=20 chrissie
03/27/20 Raitt-baez https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1243508676142534657?s=20 tie
03/26/20 Annie-iris-joni-laurie https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1243142572853334016?s=20 Annie
03/25/20 Merchant-jones https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1242802008488316928?s=20 jones
03/24/20 Boz-leo https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1242443052544856072?s=20 Boz
03/23/20 floyd/lips https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1242068494688169985?s=20 floyd
03/22/20 Phish-willie https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1241728293554065412?s=20 willie
03/21/20 Clapton-bruce-allman-traffic https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1241341244099514368?s=20 Allman
03/20/20 Avalanches https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1240977791014838272?s=20 Since
03/19/20 CCR https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1240618556372418560?s=20 CCR+
03/18/20 CSNY-etc https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1240244283267067905?s=20 CSNY
03/17/20 REM-tull-dan-dire https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1239889736975683590?s=20 REM
03/16/20 Dead https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1239506426059513856?s=20 tie
03/15/20 Dead-Stones-Wait-Prine https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1239155008492445698?s=20 Dead
03/14/20 Library-Stream https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1238813316665008131?s=20 Library
03/13/20 Station https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1238433479181905921?s=20 kcsm
03/12/20 new wave-punk https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1238067626267598850?s=20 New wave
03/11/20 Clash-jazz https://twitter.com/jspath55/status/1237724417519689729?s=20 Clash

Friday, April 10, 2020

Parked my bike sideways instead of head-on. Normally 2 or 3 bikes for 2 racks, so no other rider cared. Wanted the frame to be locked to the rack with the short Kryptonite lock instead of a chain and padlock.
General Services didn't like it.



The paper size is 8.0 inches by 10.5 inches. This size was standard US government from Herbert Hoover through 1980. Straight Dope board.






I wrote to my elected representatives; wish I had carbon copies of those.




Fill out the form and get legit. This page was probably created on a standard office paper size (8.5x11 inches) copier.