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|Saturday, May 25th, 2013|
|It Couldn't Be Untrue
NPR's Fresh Air
re-ran an interview with Ray Manzarek, including his lengthy reconstruction of how "Light My Fire" was put together; I'd no idea they'd borrowed the chord structure from Coltrane's version of "My Favorite Things." Current Mood: complacent
I swam. Laps + class. Then after my grocery store stop, I came on home. Chores.
I got my music/podcasts organized so that I can easily and quickly load up my swim mp3 player so that it will always have a bit of both. That organization took a bit more effort than it should have. My old Windows desktop no longer reads compact flash cards - either in its built in reader or in usb card readers. It has wonky CD drives, too. It just needs an overhaul. Someday I should send it back to my brother for a 10K mile checkup. It's nearly 10 years old. But, it has a transparent side with green lights inside and I love it. So I want it to live forever.
And there are work arounds. The one I grabbed today was an old external drive that I saved because it has a longer than normal USB cable. It's physically big and capacity small so it's really just a giant ugly thumb drive but because it's silver and big, I can always find it. And that's valuable.
I realized that I also need to clean out the cabinet in the living room. I loaded it up 18 months ago and it needs a redo. I need to pull everything out and start all over. This will be a good while-a-baseball-game-is-on project, but not today.
Or while my favorite Pandora station is on. I recently tried and quickly abandoned Google's All Access. About half of the music/artists I looked up returned a 'never heard of it' response to my search. And you can't add songs/artists to your stations. And I can't replicate my favorite Pandora station because I have no idea how to rebuild it. I gave it the name of aaaaa so that it always pops to the top of an alpha sort but.... aaaaa is not a helpful clue as to how I started the station. It's full of old favorites and some stuff that I've never heard but really enjoy - in other words - the perfect station. I've had it on all morning and enjoyed the heck out of it. Thank you, Pandora.
I made 7 breakfast burritos (9 eggs, the rest of the gueye/swiss mix, the rest of the whipped cream cheese container and the bacon that Chef Anita left last time). YUM! Then I cleaned up the kitchen and cleaned out the litter boxes and took the garbage down to the dumpsters and put the swim player in the car in my swim bag so I won't forget it tomorrow.
Then I came back up here and typed this up and now we're totally caught up! I need to do a bit of online shopping and then I'm going to put my feet up and watch TV and knit bear until it's time for the Mariners to lose their next game.
|Pope Francis’s Recent Statement
This is the one–this translation is from Vatican Radio’s website:
“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
(Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/22/pope_at_mass:_culture_of_encounter_is_the_foundation_of_peace/en1-694445
of the Vatican Radio website.)
I am a nontheist who has a background of 12 years of Catholic school and many years of editing theology. I find theology an interesting intellectual exercise, and because of the power of the Catholic Church, I think that what the pope–any pope–says has social and political significance.
I think a comment made by Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association is worth pointing out: “While humanists have been saying for years that one can be good without a god, hearing this from the leader of the Catholic Church is quite heartening.” There is some debate about what exactly Pope Francis meant in his comments as a whole, but I don’t think there’s the slightest unclarity about this: he said, outright, that atheists can do “good.”
Rev. John Zuhlsdorf, a Catholic priest, wrote: “He was clear that salvation is only through Christ’s Sacrifice. In other words, he is not suggesting – and I think some are taking it this way – that you can be saved, get to heaven, without Christ.” Of course the pope is affirming that the only way to heaven is through Jesus’ redemptive power–that’s a given in Catholic theology. But I don’t think he is saying that one must believe in that redemptive power to get to heaven; I think he is, possibly quite deliberately, avoiding saying that.
|Adventures in Networking (and history)
My Dad got himself a Synology NAS box for backup purposes, and I spent a chunk of time today setting it up.
The major thing that took time to work past was that the insulation that permeates the upper floor is covered in aluminium, and the wireless router that covers this end of the house is sitting on the other side of it from the Synology.
So we made a trip to Maplin, bought some Powerline* kit, a switch and a bunch of network cables, and moved his TV, Sky box, and the NAS over to hardlinks rather than wireless connections. Now it all just works.
The funniest bit was the insert in the switch - switches are ancient technology (particularly this one, which is 10/100MBit, because the Gigabit ethernet switch was larger for the same number of ports), and clearly this one had been sitting on a shelf for a long time. It came with an insert that was advertising BTOpenWorld business internet connections. A shiny new form of internet connection that could, apparently, give speeds of up to _2,000_Kbps, so long as the computer it was plugged into had 32MB of RAM, a 4-speed CD-ROM and either Windows 2000 or an Apple Mac running on PowerPC 601 or equivalent running Mac OS 8.6 or higher...*Sends networking signals over the electrical cables. Incredibly handy if you can't run networking cables absolutely everywhere.
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|Pope Francis's Recent Statement
This is the one--this translation is from Vatican Radio's website:
"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
(Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/22/pope_at_mass:_culture_of_encounter_is_the_foundation_of_peace/en1-694445
of the Vatican Radio website.)
I am a nontheist who has a background of 12 years of Catholic school and many years of editing theology. I find theology an interesting intellectual exercise, and because of the power of the Catholic Church, I think that what the pope--any pope--says has social and political significance.
I think a comment made by Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association is worth pointing out: “While humanists have been saying for years that one can be good without a god, hearing this from the leader of the Catholic Church is quite heartening." There is some debate about what exactly Pope Francis meant in his comments as a whole, but I don't think there's the slightest unclarity about this: he said, outright, that atheists can do "good."
Rev. John Zuhlsdorf, a Catholic priest, wrote: "He was clear that salvation is only through Christ’s Sacrifice. In other words, he is not suggesting – and I think some are taking it this way – that you can be saved, get to heaven, without Christ." Of course the pope is affirming that the only way to heaven is through Jesus' redemptive power--that's a given in Catholic theology. But I don't think he is saying that one must believe in that redemptive power to get to heaven; I think he is, possibly quite deliberately, avoiding saying that.
(Also posted on Facebook and WordPress.)
I'm off to the pool this morning. Today's pool is the one that's on the north end of town - about 20-25 mins from here. There is an aqua exercise class at 8:30 and I plan to get some laps in before and after. I want to test out my new lap skills in a different pool. The pool is kept warmer than my normal one and is just different.
After class, I need to make a grocery stop and that's really all. I have nothing more on the agenda. I might go find breakfast and I might not. I still think it's still luxurious to have the whole day to do just what I damn well please. I honestly hope I never lose that feeling.
|Update, for anyone who still cares
I say that only because I haven't been around here much in quite some time.
Awhile back, the landlords where J office-shared raised the rent on the suite they were in. The upshot was that the other attorneys took a smaller suite and J moved his office home, paying a nominal amount to the other attorneys for the occasional use of their conference room to meet clients. (Many of his clients are personal friends and acquaintances, and he meets them in our living room or their home.) His contact email address and phone remain the same, in case anyone out there needs legal help. (Check out http://www.jhadamslaw.com/
Oldest "kid," B, turned 30. E (29) and P (26) still gainfully employed. R graduated from Hamline University, with a double major in psychology and religion, last weekend. In August, she leaves for Korea, to teach English for 1-2 years.
I am kept suitably busy with editing projects. Something or other hurts a great deal of the time, so it's not worth talking about. (Intelligent design, yeah, right.)
Last night J's mother took us all out to dinner at Hell's Kitchen to celebrate R's graduation. This afternoon we are going to a 90th birthday party for J's aunt. Tomorrow morning we are having brunch with J's mother, sister, and brother-in-law. So, lots of good family times this weekend. (Yes, we are those fortunate people who actually like our relatives.) I am planning to take a day off on Monday, as P does not work, and he, J, and I may go see Star Trek.
R made dinner for us twice this week--shrimp Florentine and chicken enchiladas. She's pretty good at the cooking thing.
You know, the usual.
- Fri, 16:37: today's basket http://t.co/UuCW2vDUIf
- Fri, 16:57: Google is ON IT! Maps today is showing the bridge breakdown that happened less than 24 hours ago. Way to hit that... http://t.co/2dm17jo3NA
- Fri, 17:43: I have seen some boring movies in my day but this one would be the boringest. As +Alan D said, this is not traged... http://t.co/KAN6hwDXhL
- Fri, 18:03: Medgar Evers Pool (Check-in) http://t.co/JzGqHSjKh6
- Fri, 19:18: I finally learned how to roll a burrito. Finally. And now I want to roll up everything I see. My cats should be n... http://t.co/MzcEEQ667P
- Sat, 01:58: The #Mariners didn't lose yesterday ... only because they didn't play. Their luck likely won't hold tonight. Sigh. http://t.co/1Bog9tmltg
- Sat, 02:13: +HGTV needs to give me more Sarah Richadson (and Tommy) - WAY more. Or she needs her own network. http://t.co/B7G1rPeGWl
- Sat, 02:23: Amtrak's heart is in the very right place.... however, this train route is often cancelled due to mud slides. The... http://t.co/6N2a4jKNOE
- Sat, 04:39: Buzz is dead but apparently the burial isn't until July. I just got an email. Interment will be on Google Drive. RIP http://t.co/2Rq4SGt7Mc
|Geek Pride Day
So many things we celebrate on Geek Pride Day
First, of course, it's the Glorious 25th of May
, for all you Discworld
It's also the 36th anniversary of the release of the original, non-Episode IV Star Wars
. We weren't completely
unprepared -- technically, Jaws
was the first "blockbuster" -- but, besides being the coolest thing most of us had ever seen up to that point, Star Wars
was absolutely transformative in how films were both created and marketed. Along with Star Trek
, it can be considered one of the foundations of modern mythology.
And, celebrating another of those foundations, it's Towel Day
, celebrating the life and writings of author Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
. Here's hoping that, someday, we'll all have a proper edition of that mind-bogglingly useful book.
And, on top of all that, it's the birthday of such geek legends as Edward Bulwer-Lytton
(1803), Sir Ian McKellen
(1939), Frank Oz
(1944), Barry Windsor-Smith
(1949), and Stan Sakai
How are you
celebrating Geek Pride Day? I'm at Up In The Aether Con
in Dearborn, MI, where the place has already been going crazy since yesterday morning. Wonderful folks, superb cosplay, Victorian mad science, gorgeous women in corsets, fun fun fun.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1622835.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
|Friday, May 24th, 2013|
|slowly in to the sindow
i ran away
from the circus
time with the therapist
later he said
did i blow it
mom was noncommittal
dad rehearsed his Old stories
and said he'll fight doing a living trust.
ringing a big ass bell in mom's head.
dad's selfishness & lack of reality
raises its head again .
its gonna be fun this weekend
i'm hoping to stay clear of the fray
mom actually started making lunch
because she didn't want what i told her
what she'd get(good girl) but she didn't eat it.
bad girl ...
called up to sing happy birthday
to the brother
what a mess, just crazy
to sleep is devine
good nit all?
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|Saturday, May 25th, 2013|
|Hypnotutu vs Das Blinkenlights - either way, we have the shiny. Oh so very shiny..
So while I've been mucking about with soldering, Happy's been busy writing a library that handles pattern generation for LED strips. And because
he's not at all grumpy really, he shared it with me. Last night we spent some time mucking about with it, because like all things that are logical and rational and straighforward machinery, it didn't work straight out of the box. However..( Persitence pays off, right?Collapse )
Anyway, this library was written for the Mitochondrion, which those of you following along at home will know is a staff - so basically it exists in one linear dimension, and the 2D is created by spinning it. We figured those patterns might look really cool on an existing 2 dimensions, or they might just look like cat vomit. Judge for yourself. Behold, the HypnoTutu!
Note that the cat did not in fact vomit. This is the third video I took, the first two ending as Derpy decided he needed to see if the shiny things were food. Eventually I convinced him to ignore the LEDs, but he still managed to get in the video.
Meanwhile, I had this setup running for 15 minutes or so, and nothing caught fire, nothing crashed and none of the parts were even particularly warm. This is excellent news, in terms of how many LEDs I can have lit at once without spontaneously combusting. Next step - portability!
(and learning how to remember to put in the commas)
|Friday, May 24th, 2013|
|RFG: 05 24 13
Here's tonight's playlist:
Tim Curry - Sweet Transvestite
The Bards - The Leprechaun
Carla Ulbrich - Boy Wonder
TV's Kyle - Your Secret Project
Paul and Storm - If TMBG Were the Ice Cream Man
Abney Park - Neobedouin
Dana Carvey - Choppin Broccoli
TMBG - Spoiler Alert
Insane Ian - Hey There, Hermione
Beth Kinderman and the Player Characters - Mary Sue
Mikey Mason - When You're Gone
Luke Ski - My Name is Not Merv Griffin
Spamalot - His Name is Lancelot
Steve Goodie - Avada Kedavra
Rob Balder - Hoist the Jolly Roget's
InSoc - Free
Tim Curry - I'm Going Home
Tom Smith - 500 Hats
The Bards - The Unicorn Song
The Boobles - Breastman!
Power Salad - Kiwana Wana-Be
The B-52s - Is That You Mo-Dean?
JoCo - Code Monkey
Weird Al - Happy Birthday (Placebo Records Version)
The Bards - A Fairy Story
Dr. Steel - Conspiracy
Smile.dk - Tic Toc
Zorak - Nasty
Hot Waffles- Guitar Comics
Moxy Fruvous - Horseshoes
TV's Kyle - Apple Feast / Shaggy and his Superchair
JoCo - When I'm 25 or 64 Current Mood: melancholy
|Urges, Desires, & Defeat? : The 39 Week 46 Round Up/Update [T39W46RU/U]
for some reason, once the rain started this eve, I had this sudden urge to go for a walk... so I did. Only went less than 2miles out before I turned back, but still...
of course, by the time I returned I was soaked even though the leather jacket I'd thrown on - and probably looked like a wet rat (as usual), but still...
it was worth it... and I came back with this utter feeling that I'd completed something I needed to - a great feeling, that!
( so, yes, I'm writing this in my underwear - I hope you don't mind! )
It's a long weekend where I only have my daughters on Monday - which leaves Satyr's Day, and Tsunday wide open...
so I sent out a message a la facebook/twitter that anyone semi-local who wants t'see the new Star Trek and/or Iron Man t'pick me up and I'll pay/my treat!
I don't get out to theatres very often and the only one within walking distance is a cinema grill that doesn't play first-runs...
not that I wouldn't go there (hells, if no one takes up my offer, I probably will!), but I'd still like t'see either of the aforementioned films :)
they're slightly/temporarily restructuring positions again at work - only because the last restructing didn't work as well as expected
( I admit, starting off behind I've gotten ahead ONLY a little and am only maintaining rather than catching up *sighs*
- which has left other aspects of the job on haitus... not a good thing when people are expecting project completion :( )
nonetheless, hopefully this temp-restructuring will get us back to "ground zero" and we'll gauge what direction(s) from there
I hate being behind and've tried like hell to get ahead on the backlog, but I've admitted "defeat" in the sense of - as already mentioned - maintaining without much furthering
the good thing is I've kept busy - substantially busy! - but sometimes/some days have been so hectic that even *I* was on the verge of stress
( thankfully I'm one of those that doesn't think/work on work outside of work, when I'm home I'm out of workmode nigh-completely :) )
via netflix/hulu:Wrong Turn 4:Bloody Beginnings
- 4th film, and prequel, gives us a tale of 3 deformed patients in a psychiatric hospital who escape in the '70s... and kill.
of course, years later friends heading up into the mountains get lost in a snowstorm and take shelter in the Sanatorium, deciding to explore to wait out the storm.Wrong Turn 5:Bloodlines
- a direct sequel to the prequel, which has the deformed cannibal brothers meeting a serial killer who joins them on a killng spree.
and the timing couldn't be more perfect, as it's the Halloween Mountain Man festival and the local police already have their hands full with the college students.Greetings
- extremely low-budget and bloody awful british film involving a housewarming party where a newly acquired antique table doubles as a ouija board.Are We There Yet?
- a fun li'l film about a guy who likes a girl who has kids, so when she's torn between her job and the kids he offers to get them to her.
along the way all the chaos you can ever imagine for a road trip happens... involving these two kids who dislike him at first sight, but grow to actually like him.Fringe:Season 5
- the final season of this amazing show takes place mostly in a dystopian near-future where earth has been taken over by emotionless future.ownedflix:Inkheart
- a tale of certain people in the world, known as "Silver Tongues," with the ability that whenever they read a story aloud, the story becomes real.
years after a man's wife has gone missing (into a book called Inkheart), his daughter has seemed to inherit the gift and characters from the book want back in/out!Knocked Up
- while it's definitely not Judd Apatow's best film, nor most humerous, nor most enjoyable, etc etc, it's still a fairly funny flick nonetheless.
-thom / thom W sR Rhose
( "you can either live in a large world with small-minded people - or a small world where the people think grand... me, I prefer small & grand!"
( "if people gave the time and money they give to 'their' church to their communities instead, we'd have cleaner, safer, nicer communities...!"
( "we are all inmates in the same asylum, some of us are just better at bribing the guards" / *breathe ... relax ... kill ... rinse ... repeat*
( "Who do I think I am? thom Wolfox sR Rhose, official slaveboy, SchmooGod of the MidWest, and RedKnight of Pattern - amongst other names, why?"
( "In a previous life I was the engine block to a '56 chevy, I lost my heart to a Volkswagen Bus... er, wait - or was that a '57?"
( "I may not be the brightest orange in this bag o'donuts, but I know vasoline when I smell it!" / "Godfuck Me, Jesus!"
)"Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave..."
"Oh, man. I'm sensing something very canadian about this place..."
"It's all true, god's an astronaut, Oz is over the rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live..."
Jax : "yay for you, do you want a cookie or a bozo button?"
|Farmer's Market & the weekend
I stopped at the Minneapolis Farmer's Market on the way to work this morning. (This may become a regular Friday thing.) I picked up four trays of veggies - two of orange & red bell peppers, one of onions, one of zucchini. (Yeah, I know - but they looked really good, and it's been months
since I had any! And we aren't planting them this year.)
Dinner tonight was half the bell peppers and one of the onions - I made fajitas. Sliced it all thin, cooked it with fresh-ground pepper and some cumin, added some chicken (The chicken is pre-cooked - we cook it in large quantities, then cube and freeze in one cup packages), and some lemon juice because it was drying out too much,.iraunink
's comment was that I can do that again. When I do, I'll probably add something with some heat - Penzey's Arizona Dreaming, crushed red pepper, something along those lines, and more cumin than I used tonight.
The other half of the bell peppers is snacks for gaming tomorrow. The zucchini and another of the onions will be turned into dinner on Sunday - garlic & onions in oil for a few minutes, add a can of diced tomatoes w/ liquid, the zucchini, and some chicken, add whatever spices are tempting at the time, and simmer until the zucchini is cooked.This entry was originally posted at http://sraun.dreamwidth.org/1020089.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Friday Squid Blogging: Eating Giant Squid
How does he know this?
Chris Cosentino, the Bay Area’s "Offal Chef" at Incanto in San Francisco and PIGG at Umamicatessen in Los Angeles, opted for the most intimidating choice of all -- giant squid. "When it comes to underutilized fish, I wish the public wasn't so afraid of different shapes and sizes outside of the standard fillet," he said.
"I think the giant squid is a perfect example of an undervalued ocean creature. Everyone isn't afraid of squid but the size and flavor of the giant squid scares people because it has a very intense flavor but it is quite delicious."
I am surprised he has tasted giant squid?
As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
May Arwen always be curled up in your lap and Death and Destruction perch on your shoulders.
|Problem solved and soooo nicely!
Behind my TV, I have a row of electrical outlets with shit sticking out of them. A lot of that shit is of the wart variety (as opposed to the regular plugs like extension cord plugs). The outlets themselves stick out of the walls and Zoey thinks this is her special cat path. Except when she steps on the warts she uplugs shit!
This is what it looks like:
I was constantly having to reset the plugs or even dig the plugs from the floor and plug them back in. So, in my mind, I designed a shelf/walkway to give her a path and save my plugs. I could have built it myself but I don't have a saw and the idea of talking a home depot guy into sawing boards for me .... nah. Plus no other supplies and no place to build and/or paint. So I sent an email to Amy at AmyWorks. I described what I wanted and asked if they could do it and told her I wasn't in a hurry. That was Monday. It was just delivered!!!!
Here's the thing:
And here's the result:
I love it!! And it looks so much nicer than the naked plugs. I'm beside myself with tickled.
My swim was good. Alvin wasn't there and no one knew where his package for me was and I got momentarily pissed and then thought fuckit. I remember what he told me and I can do that for 30 minutes and I did and it was great.
I am on this huge burrito kick. My breakfast burritos are just delicious. I need to get parts tomorrow to make more of them. I even had one for dinner last night. I had had a late lunch and just really wanted a snack. It was perfect.