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Is anyone in the Trump camp not a criminal???



 

Attn MeWe Users


Today, MeWe added an ID verification program for celebrities and such, like Twitter has. George Takei is the first verified user.

https://mewe.com/page/5cb622d8584726281fb66d95



 

Sorted List of Favorite Albums


What's your list?
albums bands music
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Only one Deep Purple album? /me feelin's iz nao hurt :/ (lolololol :-)

I am arbitrarily adding "Made In Japan ~ Deep Purple" to your list, @Phil Landmeier (ᚠ). 😀🎸🥁🎶

Lmao. That's fine. Feel free. I'd like to see everyone's list. I may find something I've missed.

That is a great album, by the way. Cannot deny.



 
@Shelenn Ayres

I think I've found a little bug in the Friendica web interface. I'm not sure where to report it.

Running Firefox on Linux here. It appears that the thumbs up/down indicators are not updating properly. Here's what happens.

If I click thumbs up, the display goes gray for a moment, then the thumbs up turns blue, as it should. If I click the thumbs up again, which should toggle it off, the display grays for a moment but the icon remains blue. You can click again and again and it remains blue. You can click thumbs down and the same thing happens. You can have both thumbs up and down showing blue.

A bit of experimentation manually refreshing the display shows that the click detection and server behavior is correct. The second click actually does toggle it off at the server. It's just the browser display code that's not updating the color.

@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) And this time it did the same to me, when I liked/disliked your last comment!

Whew. Okay. We've confirmed that I'm not crazy. Haha.

I'm sure it's a simple bug in the Javascript code of the page. If you refresh the browser, it displays correctly.

Hmm. I just noticed that my display here of my comment that you both liked and disliked, indicates that you both liked and disliked it.

Therefore, I must retract my statement that the server is okay. It's not. For this to appear on my machine, the server must have both states true as well. Here's a screenshot where my machine is showing that you both liked and disliked the comment.
Image/Photo

Liking and disliking comments... what a concept.

sigh

Ambivalence. Or, maybe schizophrenia.

It looks pretty funny, though.



 
Gmail's spam filter used to work really well. It seems they're losing the plot. More and more things that are not spam, including things like deposit verifications from my bank and other important stuff is getting tossed into the spam pile.

Maybe artificial intelligence is now a clumsy toddler.

It's clumsy all right. Hahaha.



 
What we have here is a sicko who gets his jollies scaring the shit out of people by pointing guns at them. What's more, he's such a chicken shit that he doesn't do it to ordinary citizens because there might be consequences. Instead he chooses helpless, bewildered, exhausted immigrants because he thinks he can do it without consequences.

Pick on someone your own age, they say. Well, I am. I'd love to meet this guy out on the sidewalk right now. Just him and me, no cops, no interference.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/20/us/border-militia-arrests/index.html



 

(reacting to headline only) So far efforts to do this have been pushed back. I have to say Musk's launch of the Tesla was the most creative run-around of the stigma against the visual pollution - while still generating hours of brand publicity.



 
Ahh, the so-called perversity of the universe strikes again. A long-planned and eagerly anticipated purchase arrived today -- just as I'm leaving for work. So, it will remain in its cardboard box a while longer. Hahahaha.

Well, look at the bright side... it wasn't stolen off your porch while you were at work. ;)



 

These guys are smokin' hot.


Unbelievable Version of Walkin' Blues Joanna Connor Band @ Carty BBQ in Norwood



 
Some thoughts...

I can't remember if it was a podcast or an article, but Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Press) had some interesting comments about improving government. He said one of the problems is time lag between a perceived problem, legislation, enforcement, and then people finding ways to work around a law or game the system (or game it in the way the legislation is written). One of his suggestions is that laws incorporate more allowances for feedback mechanisms. If X is the goal, the law will change once X is accomplished, rather than continuing to invest money counterproductively. I'm not sure I found the exact piece, but if you Google "Tim O'Reilly government feedback loops" you will see various related articles.

Interesting idea. It reminds me of something Reagan said, which is true: that the closest thing to eternal life is a government agency.

There's a name for this perverse principle but I can't think of it. So, let's say there's a problem that needs solving. You create an agency to solve it. However, somewhere along the line, the agency realizes that if they solve the problem the need for their existence disappears. The agency's goal then changes from solving the problem to self-perpetuation. The problem never actually gets solved and the agency hangs around forever.

I feel like some non-profits are that way. Poverty is a condition that's relative, once you move beyond basic nutrition and housing. But basic nutrition is a challenge because food science has invented food that's attractive or cheap but not nutritious. But yeah - it depends on the issue.



 
There's an odd sort of pain in deleting old blog posts that are either no longer relevant or obsolete, or are based on a news article that has been removed from the Internet. :-(

Genealogy got me in the habit of checking (and actively saving to) Wayback.

The only downside to Wayback is that all of the archived content for an extant site disappears if the site changes its robots.txt (I assume by excluding archive.org?). If the whole site is gone, you're golden. If they are still there but just pulled down one item for whatever reason, the archive might disappear at some point.

I've been backing up the backups at archive.is to keep that from happening, but I think they may be another arm of archive.org. It's a screen shot though, done by user demand, so I don't think it can get wiped by the site owner.

archive.is will preserve a google cached page, too. (knocks on forehead) I haven't found any page yet that it refused to do. Some come out looking like 💩, but they get saved.

Well, I'm not sure about their policy on robots.txt anymore. I have no facts, just hearsay. It used to be true that the IA respected robots.txt, but I hear they've quit that. If it's publicly visible, it gets archived. But again, I have no concrete facts on this.

@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) Just off the top of my head, WaPo currently has no URLs on Wayback, and they can't be added "manually". Not sure if that's a function of robots.txt or not. NYT has some sort of scam where the page allllllllmost loads on Wayback, then disappears with an error message.

I wish I could remember the site, but I personally ran into a situation where a site disappeared off of Wayback when it had definitely been there before, and IA was kind of mealy-mouthed about how it happened. I had to figure out for myself that robots.txt was involved. I don't even remember what the clue was. Can't blame IA for not wanting that to be common knowledge -- it's an instant Memory Hole.



 
I just learned that Jimmy Wilsey died back in December. :-(

Requiescat in Pace.



 

An adventure story.


Gradually cleaning up and organizing my blogs. It's a lot of work to move from one blogging platform to a new one. I'm using the opportunity to organize, tag, categorize, adjust photos, on and on.

One of the larger and more popular things on the main blog is now fixed up. It's a collection of ten posts covering a ten day voyage from Florida to Guatemala on a 60-foot steel trawler, with photos and stories. If you like adventure stories with photos, an index to the collection of posts is here: https://shuttersparks.net/journal-of-voyage/



 
From Donald Trump's latest email about Democrats to his supporters: "Now headed into 2020, we have to remind them that this is your country, not theirs."

What the actual fuck?

Yeah. Pretty breathtaking, don't you think? Whew.

Like most idiots (even me, sometimes), his vocal cords and mouth work much faster than his brain.



 

Attn Hams. W5LFL, Owen Garriott SK


Below is a special bulletin from the ARRL. An important figure in the history of amateur radio is dead.

SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX004
ARLX004 Amateur Radio in Space Pioneer Astronaut Owen Garriott,
W5LFL (SK)

ZCZC AX04
QST de W1AW
Special Bulletin 4 ARLX004
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT April 17, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB SPCL ARL ARLX004
ARLX004 Amateur Radio in Space Pioneer Astronaut Owen Garriott,
W5LFL (SK)

The US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make
contacts from space - Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL - died April 15 at his
home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Garriott's ham radio
activity ushered in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in
space, first as SAREX - the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment, and
later as ARISS - Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.

"Owen Garriott was a good friend and an incredible astronaut,"
fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin tweeted. "I have a great sadness as I
learn of his passing today. Godspeed Owen."

An Oklahoma native, G... show more
amateur radio ham radio W5LFL



 
Hah. Well, that's the first time in ten years I've seen my hosting provider, 1and1.com / Ionos go belly up. Something broke.

Aaaand, it's back up. Sorry about that. What a lousy coincidence, that just when I post a link to the blog, the server crashes.



 
I've added sharing buttons to my blog, including buttons for Diaspora and MeWe.

https://shuttersparks.net/



 
Hmm. So we know there was a room, and there was a period of time. So Trump knows about the room, and what went on during a certain period of time, but he wasn't in the room at that period of time. We also know that he would be embarrassed if "the tape" showed up, but there is no tape.

Well then, everything's fine. Makes perfect sense.

Also contradicting earlier statements that 'he knows all about surveillance' and that there was 'no possible way' he could have been taped/recorded.



 
Here are some cool and difficult to take photos of the shuttle transiting the sun. To pull this off this feat, you have to know the orbital elements and sun position to calculate exactly where you must be on the earth and at what moment. The whole event lasts 0.8 seconds, during which time you must take all your photos.

In this case the event is extra cool because you can see the shuttle and the Hubble telescope orbiting side by side.



 

A couple photos from Guatemala


I lived in Guatemala for years. Here are couple of photos that may interest those interested in nature.