My Trekpod tripod staff came with rubber feet on the tips, well that’s nice for hardwood floors or carpet but not so great for wilderness or rough concrete. So I took 3 stainless bolts and ground the heads off of them.
A guy at Woodtech named Dave makes these from scrap lumber. I think they are both cool and eerie at the same time.
Thankfully it was not an expensive blade.
This thing is really making me drool. It’s a modular smartphone. And both the idea and the look of the thing are awesome.
Not sure what to do about this really. I got some nice rollerblade chair wheels for my desk chair, then moved someplace with carpet rather than hardwood floors. I decided to protect the carpet with a chair mat but only 3 months later the direct pressure of the rollerblade wheels is destroying the chair mat.
Seems like Kokopelli Wineries in Chandler, AZ and their wines are no more. (Their phone number and website are defunct) I really loved their “Sweet Lucy” red. Oh well.
Anyone know if this has a modern-day equivalent? I would love to get involved with it.
You’re broken, you have issues, you have pain. Yes, I understand that, we all do.
You’re uncertain, and scared, anxious and worried. Yes, we all are.
You want the pain to go away, you want to feel confident, you want to stand tall. Yes, you and me both.
You want help. Yes, so do I.
And somehow the fates of the universe brought you to my side.
And I can offer my hand, and my kind words, or my tough love.
To help you stand back up and keep walking towards your goal.
I can help you up when you trip, but I can’t carry you to the end of the challenge, i’m not strong enough.
I can fix the car to get you back in the race, but I can’t drive it for you, I don’t have the patience.
I can draw you a map and put it in your hand, but I can’t make you follow it, I don’t have the energy.
I can pull you back from the brink, but I can’t drag you down the steps from the top of the tower, I don’t have the time.
I can make you smile, but I cannot paint a smile on your face forever, I don’t have the skill.
You are my sidekick, my partner, my friend, my playmate, my accomplice, my evil twin.
But you are not my burden to bear. You are not my duty to serve. You are not my clay to mold and shape.
I will not force you to change, I will not demand that you find happiness, I will not tell you what to be.
But I will offer my help, my kindness, my doggedness alongside your own efforts to reach your own ends.
But I cannot, and will not, do it alone.
So, I went down to a temp agency today to sign up. They had a myriad of forms to be completed of course. One in particular caught my eye.
It was the opt-out form for their “binding arbitration” agreement. While I could (And had to) turn in the agreement to allow binding arbitration to be used in the event of a dispute on the spot the opt-out form had to be faxed or emailed to a specific department.
I challenge this. It appears quite clear it is a way to make sure recruits end up forced into binding arbitration if there is an issue. Very few will actually follow up and send in the opt-out form. (I took a photo of mine and mailed it while waiting for the interview)
I suppose it’s just one more example of corporate USA complicating things in the hope it will gain them an edge.
So, somehow I ended up on a mailing list for the Washington Times. Which is odd because I do not recall ever signing up for such a thing, and checking my back emails shows no signup confirmation.
The ad is titled: “Why is THIS Bible verse changing atheists’ minds?”
Now, maybe i’m asking a lot, but I don’t expect media outlets that I might be interested in readon news on to thump the bible. It’s apparently from this nutjob company called “Health Revelations” that claims there is a cure for cancer hidden in the bible.
And after a lengthy sales pitch explaining how you can cure your cancer it asks you to claim your “free gifts” by of course signing up to pay them money: “1-Year Subscription (12 issues) for just $74.00″
Now I know the Times is just looking for advertising revenue, but it strikes me as poor judgment when their ads are more likely to stop people from reading their site than to get them clicks and more readers. This is what I expect from Faux (Fox) News, not “real” news sources.
I’m finding that some people want to come here to critique my views, attitudes, etc. And yet there is no way for me to return the favor towards them. (IE. Trolls) Those people are now banned from posting here. Have a nice day.
Someone broke into my car today and stole my custom homemade picnic bag. Such a bummer, I’ll have to build a new one.
Thankfully they ignored the tools, the ipod touch in the console, the stereo, etc. I figured a minivan would be a low-value target for such things.
Oh well, right?
So, recently Colleen (My father’s wife) commented here on a post I made over a year ago.
Somehow she thinks that she can complain about me being dramatic and negative all the time. What does she think this will accomplish exactly?
Obviously she is under the impression that i’m wrong, she is right, and that her being insulting to me is the way to change my mind.
Furthermore when I called her and asked what else she wanted to bitch about she did not want to talk to me. So the impersonal attitude of posts and emails is just fine to be insulting in but she can’t dare deal with someone on the phone.
But anyway what I really want to say is why I will never trust anything she says ever again. Because of family.
She believed her son, without any doubts over me. End of story.
Her family matters more to her than her husband’s family. Fine, terrific, but it kind of makes her conservative attitude that “family matters” really mean “some family matters”. And that I am not one of the family that matters.
So now we have all-out-war. Why? Because that’s what Colleen wants. Why else dredge up a post from a year ago and make a drama-filled comment on it?
I don’t want to fight with her. Nor do I want to fight with my father, but he never wants to actually talk to me anyway. He just lets Colleen talk for him. I find this a real shame. However my father has also showed me this behavior. He mentioned once that he believed a friend rather than believe me, his own son.
How am I supposed to take that? It’s been made clear to me that they do not value what I have to say if what they hear from anyone else they trust disagrees with it.
So, i’m done trying. They have made it clear there is no point in trying. They do not want to be logical with me, they just want to believe what they want to believe. They want to remind me over and over how I do not live up to their expectations and desires, well, tough shit.
Why do I fight? Because in the end I thought family meant something. And I fought to try to get them to understand that I am my own person and I am allowed to be my own person and that I have the right to be accepoted for that.
But little by little I am reminded that I am not their family.
Recently I applied for an opening I found on Craigslist. I received the following reply:
“Thank you for your interest in this position. It would appear yours skills are above the stated entry level for this position. We will keep your resume on file should any positions befitting of your skills open in the near future.”
I consistently hear from conservative minded folks that “There is always work out there if you want it bad enough, you just have to swallow your pride”. Well fucking guess what, sometimes there isn’t, even if you do swallow your pride.
What I also think is funny is this came from the “QA Manager” and contains a spelling error.
Rough day at work, then the bus driver closes the door on me when I try to get on the bus. Time to go home and relax.
Carrie: “I don’t know what this is, but I’ll eat it.”
So we are all aware that when we use our bank accounts there are multiple types and layers of security.
When we login to them online that is one secure portal. Often with multiple passwords, verification questions, pictures we choose to make sure it is us, etc. And when we use the cards and the bank takes or stores that information it is another layer. Unfortunately I cannot tell you how secure that one is or what methods they use because, well, they don’t tell us.
But increasingly it seems that back end is less secure than we think. The recent Target mess showed how the point of sale terminals can be hacked. And just today the replacement card I got after that compromise was itself somehow compromised.
Someone tried to run a large transaction at a drug store 2800 miles away. While this transaction failed due to some level of security the bank was still unable to tell me if the attempted transaction was via Credit Card signature or PIN code.
Let’s think about this a second. So we are relying on their security, which does not record the simplest of details of an attempted transaction.
I don’t know about you, but this worries me far more than having my card compromised.
This is one of those mornings when it is somewhat less enjoyable to live in Seattle. The thermometer read 26f when I headed out the door.
Good day to go out to eat with Velma. Everyone else is watching the stupor bowl.
I saw this on my way to work this morning, figured it was worth taking a picture of.
So this quote was mentioned to me recently:
“It is understandable that the perspectives of men and women on safety are so different–men and women live in different worlds…at core, men are afraid women will laugh at them, while at core, women are afraid men will kill them.”
– Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
And it struck me, this is true. And it shows that this issue is relative, not universal. This is something that is based on culture, change your nation or region and you change your culture. Levels of violence in Iceland for example are radically different than those in the USA.
I can’t fix the level of violence in the USA unfortunately, but I can decide to run from it.
Let me start by saying I like giving gifts. I also tend to like receiving gifts. But I dislike gifts given that have no real “meaning”.
Case in point, this gift today from the temp agency that I work with. It was a leather portfolio. With the company name embossed in HUGE ugly letters on the front. (I dislike such corporate advertising, but I digress)
Why did they give me this? I am guessing because I make them money, without them doing much of anything. Which to me is the wrong reason to give gifts.
Perhaps it’s just me. But even “obligatory” gifts should only be given when someone is doing meaningful work in my opinion.
Snowed last night. Thankfully it is above freezing out so the roads are not iced. Looks pretty.
I walked past this Weiner Mobile on the way to work. Didn’t think these things existed anymore.
Just… Wow… I have no good words to describe this.
I heard about this on NPR recently. It is a free chat app for android and ios that offers extremely powerful encryption and other security functions.
Nico Sell, co-founder of Wickr told Cnet recently that the FBI had approached them and asked for a backdoor. They said no.”
Now I’m not a tin-foil-hat-wearing nut, but I think security is something we should just “have”, not something we should have to think about.
I thought this looked cool so I took a photo with my new tablet
So today is the last day for states to submit proposals to Boeing to get them to bring their new 777X proram to their state.
Each state is stumbling over itself and the other states to throw money, perks, tax cuts, etc at Boeing. In the end who loses? The US worker.
The states should not be allowed to screw over each other this way, it is not good competition, it is bad competition.
Even the US government considered Mandela a terrorist until 2008. He was jailed for 27 years for acts of terrorism.
I’m not poking sticks at good or bad here, just saying that perhaps we should be careful how we view labels.
One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
So I ordered the new Nexus 7 2013 edition today from Amazon. And while I have prime I saw at the checkout “get it today for an extra $3.99″. Hrrm, yeah, hard choice.
So I did it, ordered at 10am and got it at 4pm. Pretty sweet.
So I have had a free account with dyndns.com (now dyn.com) which was once a paid account in 2005. As some of you are aware they started requiring that people login every 30 days to maintain their free accounts.
This does not sit well with me, why? Because it’s flatly stupid. If you want to migrate your free users to being paid users you try the carrot approach first. If that fails THEN you try the stick approach.
The heavy stick approach lost them my repeat business. Rather than submit to their demands I figured out how to update Comcast’s dynamic IP at my house onto my Dreamhost hosted domains myself. This means I do not need them at all anymore, too bad, so sad.
I wonder how many other people have jumped ship.
So, some of you might know that things are looking rather decent for me at the moment.
I have a steady job at Amazon (Cheers!) and my private life is trucking along decently (Cheers again!)
Now I just need to figure out how to handle no time and money after a long stretch of time and no money. Hrrm…
So Android is “supposedly” open source.
And in general that is true. But I found this article: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/3/ that shows that Google really controls Android much more than I realized.
As the article states:
While it might not be an official requirement, being granted a Google apps license will go a whole lot easier if you join the Open Handset Alliance. The OHA is a group of companies committed to Android—Google’s Android—and members are contractually prohibited from building non-Google approved devices. That’s right, joining the OHA requires a company to sign its life away and promise to not build a device that runs a competing Android fork.
Acer was bit by this requirement when it tried to build devices that ran Alibaba’s Aliyun OS in China. Aliyun is an Android fork, and when Google got wind of it, Acer was told to shut the project down or lose its access to Google apps. Google even made a public blog post about it:
While Android remains free for anyone to use as they would like, only Android compatible devices benefit from the full Android ecosystem. By joining the Open Handset Alliance, each member contributes to and builds one Android platform—not a bunch of incompatible versions.
This makes life extremely difficult for the only company brazen enough to sell an Android fork in the west: Amazon. Since the Kindle OS counts as an incompatible version of Android, no major OEM is allowed to produce the Kindle Fire for Amazon. So when Amazon goes shopping for a manufacturer for its next tablet, it has to immediately cross Acer, Asus, Dell, Foxconn, Fujitsu, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, NEC, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, and ZTE off the list. Currently, Amazon contracts Kindle manufacturing out to Quanta Computer, a company primarily known for making laptops. Amazon probably doesn’t have many other choices.
While I use and enjoy Android this is rather disconcerting to learn. I suppose time will tell how this all plays out.
Do not try to have a conversation about physics with someone that calls Stephen Hawking, “some damned cripple”.
So a long-time friend of mine has published his first book on Amazon. I’ll give him a shameless plug here.
It’s kind of odd to look around my apartment and see all the things that I don’t need. Or all the things connected to a pastime I do not indulge in anymore.
I guess I need to take a shovel to the place and do a purge. I also need to reevaluate my list of enjoyments. Kind of funny how the “what” matters much less now and the “who”, “where”, “when” and “why” are critical. I think that might violate some law of US materialism, but I think I can live with that.
I realized recently that I was using my “powers” of solving problems or fixing things to try to make up for my lack of social skills. Which tends to go over relatively well, especially when people need their computer fixed. But the outlay of materials, time and money on projects where the interest is minor and the fulfillment is unlikely has been one of my major failures.
Interesting, so interesting.
Some of you near to me have noticed that I am actually *GASP* happy lately. Yes, things for me have changed in drastic ways. I found a group of people that I enjoy being around. And I have gotten myself involved in a torrid love affair.
I guess for now I am staying in Seattle. Time will tell, but it is looking more likely.
In other news my father and his wife have decided that now is the time to try and inflict their world views on me again. (I suppose this happened because USAA tried to contact them on my behalf and ask them to sign up for insurance so I could) It’s actually kind of funny how they think they matter to me anymore. I did not get to choose my family, but I now get to choose who I want to care about, they would do well to learn that.
Sunny outside today, I think I’ll go for a walk and play Ingress for awhile.
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