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2013 [Jan. 1st, 2013|08:59 am]
Happy New Year!
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(no subject) [Oct. 23rd, 2012|09:35 pm]
I'm not understanding why this is happening. LiveJournal when viewed in Firefox on Ubunutu will open everything in a new tab. Post to journal - new tab. View Friends page - another new tab. It only does it in Firefox on Ubunutu. Seems to work fine in Chrome and in anything on Windows.

I've looked at the html briefly and I don't see any reason for it to do this. It isn't firefox as far as I can tell, because the weird behavior is confined to just LJ.

Anyway it is most annoying.
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Just a thought on the presidential election [Oct. 10th, 2012|06:38 am]
If Obama is re-elected, we can all rejoice b/c Romney was defeated and can hope the R's finally learn that they need to start nominating pro-freedom candidates. If Romney wins, we can all rejoice because Obama was defeated and can hope that Obamacare will be repealed.

Either way we can be happy.
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Question about social networks? [Aug. 18th, 2012|08:20 am]
Here's a question for folks. Those of you who are on multiple "social networks," do you post exactly the same content to each or is it significantly different?

For me, Facebook gets a few things I don't mind being public (have yet to figure out their sharing options). Since their droid app is way better than G+ most activity away from home gets there too. I'll also get caught up in the stupid little memes and share dumb images with trite bits of "wisdom."

G+ gets a lot more of my thoughtful posts as well as more complaints about how annoying technology is. Since their app really sucks it gets nothing when all I have is my phone. Some personal stuff gets here but of course that's only shared with the relevant circle.

LiveJournal while I do copy a lot from G+, still gets most of my personal stuff. I fully understand the privacy options and don't have to worry about sharing content with those who I know wouldn't care. Plus those who are left there I know can be trusted, will give me their honest opinions, and won't de-friend me b/c of a political or religious disagreement (facebook seem particularly bad about that).
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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2012|09:03 am]
Ok Why is it when I click on "Friends" or "Journal" or any of the menu items at the top of my LJ page, it opens a new tab? I'm looking at the HTML and I don't see a reason for it.
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protopage bait-n-switch [Aug. 9th, 2012|11:16 am]
So apparently protopage isn't all it is cracked up to be.  I've been wondering how they make money.  Apparently after a month they will plaster ads all over your page and then demand money to remove them.  

Now I have no problem with them using ads to support the site or charging a fee to get an ad-free edition (I'm still a huge fan of LiveJournal which does something similar).  I don't even use an ad blocker b/c I think without ad supported sites most of the content on the Internet would become unavailable.  

However I do have a serious problem with protopage not being upfront about this.  Nowhere in their documentation does it say you get a one month trial of the ad-free version then moved to the ad supported version. It is strikes me as a bit like a bait-n-switch tactic and is not acceptable.  

I guess when my month is done, I'll move over to some other igoogle alternative.  I'm already looking at setting up my.yahoo.com

#protopage #igoogle #MyYahoo #netvibes 
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Ozone hole? [Jul. 24th, 2012|08:30 pm]
What happened to the hole in the ozone layer? It just occurred to me that it has been years since I've heard anything about it.
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LJ account expiring [Jan. 11th, 2012|03:21 pm]
Ok so my paid LJ account is about to expire. I do recall how annoying it was to have ads on the site. It's only $25/yr and is well worth it to get rid of the ads. However I'm not really on here much any more. Unless G+ and Facebook become a lot more annoying, I don't see me being on here enough to worry about it.

It's been fun LJ.
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Happy Bill of Rights Day [Dec. 15th, 2011|09:10 am]
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/today-is-bill-of-rights-day/

It’s a disturbing snapshot, to be sure, but not one the Framers of the Constitution would have found altogether surprising. They would sometimes refer to written constitutions as mere “parchment barriers,” or what we call “paper tigers.” They nevertheless concluded that having a written constitution was better than having nothing at all.

The key point is this: A free society does not just “happen.” It has to be deliberately created and deliberately maintained. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
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(no subject) [Jun. 16th, 2011|08:50 am]
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I really wish php had something like perl's "use strict"

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Navigation in the Tron Car [Jun. 7th, 2011|10:37 pm]
So I finally worked out how to get turn by turn directions in the car. There are two ways (and like a good libertarian I'm going to choose a third option):

The First way is with Microsoft SYNC. The other way is with the Droid.

What MS SYNC does is makes a phone call on your phone to some automated system. You speak your destination and then it downloads the route to the car. The call ends and the car somehow magically knows where you are and gives you directions. If you wander off route, it will make another call to download a revised route.

It works well enough. The nice little computer voice cuts in over the radio and tells you when to turn. As long as you stay on route there's nothing really to complain about. The route it chose wasn't what I would have chosen and was slightly different from google maps, but it got you there.

What I really don't like is the need for the phone calls to a remote system. I'm pretty sure one day MS is going to end the service and everyone is going to be screwed. Also it is entirely dependent on voice recognition which I've had problems with such systems in the past. It didn't have any problems with me on the test so maybe not a valid worry.

If you go off route it isn't so great. By time the phone call is placed and new directions are downloaded you could have just turned around. Once I even passed the new route's first turn before the download was complete. That caused some horrible flashbacks to my VZNavigator days.

Also the other problem is every time it calls,you obviously can't be using your phone. That's something I'm doing a lot more in the car of now that the Bluetooth is working.

The other way: Directions from the Droid.

Use the navigation feature from the Droid. In order to get it on the car speakers, you have to turn on the "Bluetooth audio stream." Unfortunately this means you can't use the radio for anything else. Long periods of silence with a sudden "Turn Left at Thingamabob St"

While I do prefer the directions and the voice from the Droid, the lack of use of the radio makes this an unacceptable solution. I'm also not clear how it affects making and receiving calls. It seemed to get confused and not ring or let me pick up. Further testing is needed. Maybe when I have some mp3s on the Droid I'll try this option again.

Not being a huge fan of either, I suggest one of two other options. 1) Buy the car with the built-in GPS Navigation. It works and doesn't require a phone just updates once in a while. Only drawback is that it didn't come with the hybrid model. 2) get a stand alone GPS and use that. That worked extremely well on this past weekend's road trip. You still have to have another device in the car, but there's plenty of ports for it.
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(no subject) [May. 16th, 2011|05:39 pm]
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so the dealership is giving me a loaner b/c they can't have the one here that I'm getting until wed.

so far they keep saying I haven't signed anything to legally obligated me to buy.  hopefully that's the case.

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(no subject) [Mar. 2nd, 2011|11:00 pm]
Dear LiveJournal,

While there are some innovations you should steal from facebook, stupid games like farmville are not one of them.

Sincerely,

-A paying LJ user.
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Writer's Block: Give it away now [Feb. 13th, 2011|01:50 am]
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What do you do with presents you receive and don't want? Do you donate, regift, or return?


Regift.

What is so horribly wrong with doing that? I put the gift to good use by making sure the right person gets it. Everyone is happy.
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Bacon Ice Cream [Jan. 25th, 2011|10:29 pm]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon_ice_cream

I think I need to try this.
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2011|09:06 am]
Someone please explain to me why blackjack was dropped from gnome-games?
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(no subject) [Jan. 10th, 2011|09:36 am]
Really who do I complain to about work having the A/C turned on full blast? They're doing their best to make it the same temperature as outside.
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How to write good code [Jan. 7th, 2011|08:17 am]
http://xkcd.com/844/



Yep that sums it up pretty nicely.
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Warrantless cell phone search gets a green light in California [Jan. 6th, 2011|09:54 am]
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/01/warrantless-cell-phone-search-gets-a-green-light-in-california.ars

Really what 4th amendment is the California supreme court reading? Obviously not the one that says:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
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(no subject) [Dec. 28th, 2010|09:16 am]
Stolen from jwz

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[LJ2ME (http://www.xfyre.com/sw/lj2me.html)] The guy who is always walking is dog whenev [Dec. 15th, 2010|12:21 am]
Yep you guesed it he's walking his dog at midnight in 17 degree weather.
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Why? [Dec. 14th, 2010|10:45 pm]
Why does the heat always goes out on the coldest night of the year?!?
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(no subject) [Dec. 13th, 2010|09:48 am]
Today's xkcd is awesome.

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Payplay link for Paul Henick [Dec. 7th, 2010|06:54 am]
Paypal link is now up:
http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/showthread.php?83848-**-Legal-Defense-fund-for-Skidmark-**
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Legal Defense Fund for Paul Henick [Dec. 4th, 2010|05:53 pm]
The full story of the outrage and where to send the checks:

http://edsfiles.us/paul/
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[LJ2ME (http://www.xfyre.com/sw/lj2me.html)] gotta love it [Nov. 23rd, 2010|06:33 pm]
I love these commercials that say buy our drug BTW taking our pill has an increased risk of death from the disease it is suppose to treat.
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http://community.livejournal.com/libertarianism/2790001.html [Nov. 21st, 2010|08:10 am]
Child Strip Searched by TSA. Not figuratively - Literally.

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The Real Job Starts Now [Nov. 4th, 2010|10:58 am]
Good advice to the newly elected Congress from David Boaz

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/the-real-job-starts-now/

His advice:

* Get serious about spending
* Start rolling back the health care overhaul
* Stop the looming tax increase
* Take a hard look at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
* Take a similar hard look at the war on drugs
* Stand up to the special interests
* Avoid social issues like gay marriage
* Respect the Constitution
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Prop 19, Employment at Will, and Social Peace [Nov. 4th, 2010|08:19 am]
An interesting interpretation of why Prop 19 died. I hope he's right.

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/prop-19-employment-at-will-and-social-peace/

Prop 19 failed also because it overreached. One feature attempted to protect the “rights” of employees who get fired or disciplined for using marijuana, including a provision that employers could only discipline marijuana use that “actually impairs job performance.” That is a much higher bar than required by current policy.
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"safety" measures that don't' increase safety. [Nov. 2nd, 2010|10:56 am]
A good article:

http://www.cracked.com/article_18775_5-popular-safety-measures-that-dont-make-you-any-safer.html?wa_user1=4&wa_user2=Weird+World&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended
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Richmond Zombie Walk [Oct. 29th, 2010|11:31 pm]
http://richmondzombiewalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/2010_poster.jpg
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I really wish Candyland had been more like this: [Oct. 29th, 2010|06:23 pm]
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All-in-one PCs? [Oct. 27th, 2010|09:07 am]
I'm looking on newegg for a new monitor and have decided I might as well just upgrade my computer. newegg has a category "all-in-one PC" which looks interesting. Instead of having a monitor and a tower everything somehow fits neatly into the monitor.

I'm wondering if this is a good idea or not. They seem a lot cheaper than buying a traditional computer. I suspect they're a lot like a laptop and can't easily be upgraded or worked on (OTOH, I don't usually do that).

Thoughts?
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We need something like this in Richmond. [Oct. 22nd, 2010|09:59 pm]
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164287540248944
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Why does this remind me of Comcast... [Oct. 15th, 2010|09:00 am]
http://xkcd.com/806/
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That was loud [Oct. 14th, 2010|07:16 am]
That was the loudest bit of thunder I've ever heard. I thought something just exploded in the front yard.

I took a brief look outside and there is a smoke smell mixed in with the rain smell. However I don't see anything burning.
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Richmond Folk Festival Pictures [Oct. 12th, 2010|05:13 pm]
http://leonard-harris.com/pix/gallery/gallery2/v/20101010folkfestival/
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Feels so good [Oct. 10th, 2010|06:44 pm]
I haz the Internets.
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Canned Bacon [Oct. 8th, 2010|01:05 pm]
Wow my canned bacon arrived.

There's a lot in that little can. More than even I can eat.
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Need Bacon [Oct. 1st, 2010|07:20 am]
Need Bacon NOW!

After looking at http://olegvolk.livejournal.com/880657.html you'll want bacon too.
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(no subject) [Sep. 26th, 2010|08:44 am]
Last few hours here at the cabin and it starts to rain. I like rain normally, but it is even more awesome here.
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(no subject) [Sep. 25th, 2010|11:32 am]
elbow is a little more swollen and discolored today.
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Road to Serfdom [Sep. 22nd, 2010|01:04 pm]
I really wish I had read Road to Serfdom earlier. The further I read in it, the more I realize it clarifies and extends a lot of the views I already have. I would have been better able to defend my positions.

I'm about half way through it. The first few chapters were rather dry, but it improves greatly after that.
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(no subject) [Sep. 22nd, 2010|09:17 am]
Happy First Day of Fall
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[LJ2ME (http://www.xfyre.com/sw/lj2me.html)] [Sep. 20th, 2010|03:01 pm]
I shoulda got those stupid hiking poles my coworker kept telling me to get
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(no subject) [Sep. 19th, 2010|10:19 pm]
If every campground and every night was like it is here, I might for once consider sleeping in a tent.
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Floppy Disks! [Sep. 12th, 2010|12:38 am]
http://www.floppydisk.com/
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[LJ2ME (http://www.xfyre.com/sw/lj2me.html)] Argh! Floppies! [Sep. 11th, 2010|05:27 pm]
I thought I had long ago transfered all my floppy disks to other media. I just found a stash of them. Now if I just had somthing that could read them.
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(no subject) [Sep. 9th, 2010|12:15 pm]
I was just reminded that CFL bulb I got at the Shad Planking three years ago died. It had a 5 year guarantee so now I've got to find the box it came in and complain loudly that I was lied to.

OTOH I'm actually shocked it lasted this long. Usually the CFLs go out in less than 6 months.
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I had chicken nugets for lunch [Sep. 7th, 2010|02:32 pm]
I think I'm going to be sick now.

http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2010/09/chicken-nuggets-anyone.html
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