Octopus, Oculus, and Ochre #socs #JusJoJan

Let’s start with a song: Ringo Starr’s “Octopus’s Garden.”

The first thing that occurred to me when I saw the prompt was octal, i.e. base 8 that was used on computers before we went to hexadecimal, i.e. base 16. But I can hear you yawn already, so I won’t.

(I’m writing this at 3:30 on Friday afternoon for release Saturday morning at 7:00, yet I can stll hear you yawn. That’s some kind of psychic, huh?)

I also thought of the Oculus Rift, which I’ve heard about but hadn’t the slightest clue what it was. I looked it up, and learned that it’s a virtual-reality headset, and that Oculus VR is a division of Facebook. That’s all I needed to learn about it: it’s owned by Facebook, ergo it’s evil and must be destroyed.

I know, I’m not being fair, but if I want to live in an alternate reality, I’ll read a book.

Finally, there’s this, a limerick attributed to Edward Lear that I read years ago and it’s stayed with me…


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. During January, it’s also part of Just Jot It January.

And now a word from Smucker’s strawberry preserves. With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good!

That’s our favorite commercial, by the way.

15 thoughts on “Octopus, Oculus, and Ochre #socs #JusJoJan

  1. Octal … not so much yawn as right over my head since I do not understand anything about computers except where the on button is :). Nice peppy song by Ringo. I prefer to take my escape by reading a book as well. Happy Saturday!!

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    1. Back in grammar school, they taught us about using different bases besides ten. I never saw the point of it until I started working with computers.

      “Octopus’s Garden” was on Abbey Road. That’s a great album, but hard to listen to because it was their last album (Let It Be came out after it, but it was recorded about a year earlier) and they were fighting with each other. Still, it was some of their most inspired music.

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        1. Sounds good. We don’t shop at Trader Joe’s that often, but they have good tamales. In the last ten years, we’ve had Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Sprouts open within a block of one another, and they’re all doing well, though we still do most of our shopping at Kroger and Publix…

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          1. Sprouts and Whole Foods are here too but not as close to my house so I tend to go to the neighborhood markets most often. We have Ralphs which carries Kroger. I think they are owned by Kroger.

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  2. We love exploring different bases here at our house (what would you expect with two computer geeks and their kid). Our son’s introduction to it actually came through Schoolhouse Rock:

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    1. “Schoolhouse Rock” was a great source of knowledge on a whole bunch of subjects. We were all in high school when they came out, and there was still a thing or two we learned from them. I think if they had made that video today, they’d probably do it with base 16 (hexadecimal) because of the close connection with computer stuff. On the other hand, most kids today would find a free app that does base 16 calculations, thus depriving oif the joys of learning to add D4E2C1 and D0C3C8 by hand (1A5A689, I’m pretty sure)…

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    1. Jam or preserves are great; jelly, not so much (at least on toast). I’m playing “Abbey Road” as we speak… “Let It Be” was recorded a year or so before “Abbey Road.” A friend of mine got his hands on a bootleg of “Let It Be” that had all the songs on it, as well as a lot of the background chatter and other interesting historical elements, and this was before anyone had even heard about “Abbey Road.”

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