Random Access Memories

March 26, 2015

Flight 9525 and security or freedom

by @ 6:27 am. Filed under Personal, Politics

So, we have learned this morning that the copilot of this flight intentionally crashed it.

Which would not have been possible if he had not been able to completely lock the pilot out of the cockpit.

Which is something that was enabled after 9/11.

So, do you feel safer now? I sure don’t.

March 25, 2015

Printer is fixed

by @ 7:21 am. Filed under Personal

Had to rebuild the hot end from scratch, but it seems fine now. Hoorah!

March 10, 2015

Dead printer

by @ 8:25 pm. Filed under Personal

Looks like my printer is dead for a week while I order some new fuses. At which time I can try to figure out what is broken on it that keeps blowing fuses.

After begging for some help online it looks like it’s going to cost me $170 to fix it. Not having a good week here….

March 9, 2015

I think a line must be drawn in the sand

by @ 10:31 pm. Filed under Business, Personal, Technology

When I get ready to move again one of my top priorities will be high speed internet.

And by that I mean faster than Comcast or Centurylink DSL. Something TRULY high speed.


by @ 5:41 pm. Filed under Personal

I am tempted to move close to my office and just use their wifi.

Internet speed at my office.

February 25, 2015

An interesting thing

by @ 12:27 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

This is one plank of wood twisted like a corkscrew. Amazingly tight for how heavy it is.

February 24, 2015

“When you lose your ego, you win. It really is that simple.” – Shannon L. Alder

by @ 9:42 am. Filed under Personal, Quotes

February 23, 2015

Strategic Planning Meeting

by @ 4:05 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

So, this is our yearly “Strategic Planning” meeting at the Wood Technology Center.

February 19, 2015

Spikes for a Trekpod

by @ 9:39 am. Filed under Uncategorized

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.

February 17, 2015

Bard stone from FFXIV

by @ 8:00 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Printed in PLA on a Rostock Max.

February 14, 2015

Faces from wood

by @ 8:45 am. Filed under Personal

A guy at Woodtech named Dave makes these from scrap lumber. I think they are both cool and eerie at the same time.


Not one of the better ways to start the day

by @ 8:32 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Dropped my cellphone this morning. I guess it could be worse tho, it still works.

February 13, 2015

Looks like the gas pump did something bad.

by @ 11:21 am. Filed under Uncategorized

When I went to get gas the other day I noticed the LCD screen was totally shattered. Looks like someone didn’t like gas prices going up again, heh.

February 9, 2015

What happens when you drop a sawblade

by @ 6:45 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Thankfully it was not an expensive blade.

Project Ara

by @ 6:12 pm. Filed under Personal

This thing is really making me drool. It’s a modular smartphone. And both the idea and the look of the thing are awesome.


February 8, 2015

Rollerblade chair wheels vs chair mat on carpet

by @ 6:56 pm. Filed under Personal

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.

January 19, 2015

Too bad…

by @ 4:54 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

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.

Never thought I would see something like this again

by @ 12:53 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

December 28, 2014

Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving

by @ 5:06 pm. Filed under Business, Personal, Politics

Anyone know if this has a modern-day equivalent? I would love to get involved with it.

December 9, 2014

I don’t want to leave you behind, but I will to protect myself

by @ 10:43 pm. Filed under Personal

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.

October 23, 2014

On binding arbitration

by @ 2:11 pm. Filed under Business, Personal

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.

September 30, 2014

Unimpressed by the Washington Times

by @ 11:21 am. Filed under Business, Media, News, Personal, Politics, Religion

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.

September 4, 2014

Ok, i’ve had enough.

by @ 12:04 pm. Filed under Personal, Politics, Religion, Server Admin

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.

July 21, 2014

Just a little light repair work on the van.

by @ 3:00 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

July 20, 2014

Such a great day

by @ 3:25 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

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?

July 6, 2014

Ok, let’s get this out there and get it over with.

by @ 11:07 am. Filed under Personal

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.

May 23, 2014

On overqualification

by @ 4:56 pm. Filed under Business, Personal, Politics, Technology

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.

May 1, 2014


by @ 6:50 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Trailer hitch lock vs cement curb. No contest.

March 30, 2014

I don’t know what this is, but I kind of want one.

by @ 5:14 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

March 18, 2014

What a day

by @ 3:57 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

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.

March 10, 2014

Overheard in the office this morning

by @ 7:06 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Carrie: “I don’t know what this is, but I’ll eat it.”

March 3, 2014

Front end Vs. back end security

by @ 8:59 am. Filed under Business, Personal, Technology

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.

February 8, 2014

It is looking a tad white out there

by @ 10:54 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

February 5, 2014


by @ 7:18 am. Filed under Uncategorized

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.

February 2, 2014


by @ 4:34 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Good day to go out to eat with Velma. Everyone else is watching the stupor bowl.

January 4, 2014


by @ 9:41 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

My first homemade LEGO bricks.

January 1, 2014

Hoorah, I found them!

by @ 10:38 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Was hoping I still had the old LEGO bricks around.

December 27, 2013

Rainbow web

by @ 4:14 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

I saw this on my way to work this morning, figured it was worth taking a picture of.

December 25, 2013

A solid signal that my desire to leave the USA is justified.

by @ 7:25 am. Filed under Personal

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.

December 23, 2013

Gifts that get given for the wrong reasons

by @ 9:15 am. Filed under Uncategorized

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.

December 20, 2013

Suddenly, everything went white.

by @ 7:28 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Snowed last night. Thankfully it is above freezing out so the roads are not iced. Looks pretty.

December 13, 2013

Not something you see every day.

by @ 9:38 am. Filed under Uncategorized

I walked past this Weiner Mobile on the way to work. Didn’t think these things existed anymore.

December 11, 2013

Stained glass at the Neptune theater.

by @ 7:37 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Just… Wow… I have no good words to describe this.

December 10, 2013

Wickr, for those times when you really do not want anyone to hear you

by @ 10:13 am. Filed under Personal

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.

December 9, 2013

The frozen fountain at my office

by @ 3:43 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

I thought this looked cool so I took a photo with my new tablet

Perhaps it’s time to do away with the power of the US States.

by @ 10:14 am. Filed under Personal

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.

December 7, 2013

And we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. Who also happens to have been a terrorist.

by @ 5:14 pm. Filed under Personal

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.

November 21, 2013

Same day shipping, for $3.99

by @ 5:32 pm. Filed under Personal

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. :)

November 13, 2013

Goodbye Dyndns!

by @ 3:45 pm. Filed under Personal

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.

November 12, 2013

My current world

by @ 8:48 am. Filed under Personal

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…

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