Digging For Fire

December 21, 2014

Digging For Fire

Collecting blog and social media posts in one place, after the fact, is something I have been wanting to do for a while.  I have a WordPress install on  stable offsite hosting  and I have from time to time  grabbed bits and pieces of my posts from older places to hang there.  Today it got a little work done and all in all I am happy. 

Since 2000 the methods of posting have been…well it is decidedly an archaeological  sign o' the times. …Blogger was first then I ran a Blosxom install on my own server then back to Blogger a few years latter. All of those posts got exported and imported with out much of a hitch. Then Social Media slouched towards Bethlehem and things got less simple. My FaceBook posts are mostly stored in  zip file  but an easy way to properly get those into a unified state is not  on my list of things I want to deal with. I recently found a WordPress script that imports GooglePlus posts from my public feed and that worked a charm, it bulk hoovered my old posts like a champ.  If it can keep the sync going so much the better. 

Some links work, some do not. My Flickr account is long since closed so you will be spared the family photos. Posts to other sites, like Orkut and Wave and whatever the flavor of the day was, are not included.  It is fun to go back and see which sites I posted about are still alive and kicking.  It is also  fun to see when my posting tools started to include a spell checker.

For now though there is  a nice set of posts covering 2000 onward, all the way from the end of my bachelor days to marriage to kids to divorce to kids to whatever comes next. 

Train keeps a rollin….. 

A Notebook Of Ideas (2000- )

Ritualistic

December 20, 2014

Ritualistic

Some like to watch, some like to listen. Of the two I find the storytelling  magic of listening a bit more powerfull, even more so when you can hear the story grow over time. 
One example of this is what has now become yet another ritual of the season, Jean Shepherd's Christmas Story The Movie. Bob love it  it has brought leg lamps and double dog dares to the masses. But if you want to get at the Campbellian thing itself then you have to get closer to the source material. 
So fire up your media player of choice and  listen to  this

https://archive.org/download/JeanShepherdholidays2/1964_12_26_limelight_Early_BB_Gun_Strory.mp3

and then 
https://archive.org/download/JeanShepherdholidays2/1967_12_25_Red_Ryder.mp3

and then
https://archive.org/download/JeanShepherdholidays2/1972_12_25_Red_Ryder.mp3

And then if you like Jean Shepherd and want to get a little bit of him a few times every week subscribe to  http://feeds.feedburner.com/Shep-a-day  where I have set up an automated podcast feed of Shep radio broadcast  that happened on that day. 

DIY Christmas Crackers

December 18, 2014
DIY Christmas Crackers

DIY Christmas Crackers

Have you ever wondered how to make christmas crackers? Pathe explains how you can do it and in the 1

Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea – Computerphi…: http://youtu.be/w3_0x6oaDmI

December 18, 2014
Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea – Computerphi…: http://youtu.be/w3_0x6oaDmI

Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea – Computerphi…: http://youtu.be/w3_0x6oaDmI

Voting is centuries old, why can’t we move with the times and use our phones, tablets and computers?

Team America: World Police (6/10) Movie CLIP – I’m So Ronery (2004) HD

December 18, 2014
Team America: World Police (6/10) Movie CLIP – I’m So Ronery (2004) HD

Team America: World Police Movie Clip – watch all clips http://j.mp/z7D0yG click to subscribe http:/

Decidedly entering RAW territory. Did Sony use this hack as an excuse to bail on The Interveiw? Did …

December 18, 2014
Decidedly entering RAW territory. Did Sony use this hack as an excuse to bail on The Interveiw? Did …

Decidedly entering RAW territory. Did Sony use this hack as an excuse to bail on The Interveiw? Did China kick in the door and then let others go play? Is this a plot to finaly release the long shelved Ernest Goes To Mecca? And what is the mystery payload set to go wide on the 25th? The story continues to unfold so hang tight.

Today Sony canceled the premiere of “The Interview” and its entire Christmas-Day release of the movie because of fears that terrorists might attack theaters showing the film. The actions show just how much power the attackers behind the Sony hack have amassed in a short time. But who exactly are they? 1 The New York…

“You could start any number of punk bands (or Tumblrs) named after cryptography terms like ‘hard-core…

December 15, 2014

"You could start any number of punk bands (or Tumblrs) named after cryptography terms like 'hard-core predicate', 'trapdoor function', ' or 'impossible differential cryptanalysis'. And of course, I haven't even mentioned the one term that surpasses all of these. That term is 'zero knowledge'."
http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2014/11/zero-knowledge-proofs-illustrated-primer.html?m=1

Linksys twice, real name No Gimmicks Guess who’s back back again Time to figure out best practices from…

December 15, 2014
Linksys twice, real name No Gimmicks
Guess who’s back back again
Time to figure out best practices from…

Linksys twice, real name No Gimmicks
Guess who's back back again
Time to figure out best practices from the best… and yes that is an old 12db omni and an old BEFW11S4  as it was the only device in the house that I had the proper cables and connectors to get that  thing humming.
Still not sure if this is going to have back haul to the intertubes(r)(tm) or be more of a local content librarybox/anyfesto thing. I would love to get it hooked into the greater ptp net though…so yea. Early days with lots of questions….and since the PTP is going to be  doing the meetings on Hangouts I might just get it off the ground sooner than not. 
 http://personaltelco.com
#ptp   +Keegan Quinn 

Yep, its on.

December 14, 2014
Yep, its on.

Yep, its on.

After 50 something years I still think “What do I want to be when I grow up?” …and then I see things…

December 13, 2014
After 50 something years I still think “What do I want to be when I grow up?” …and then I see things…

After 50 something years I still think "What do I want to be when I grow up?" …and then I see things like this and think…fuck yeah….

Tribute to The Decline of Western Civilization Recorded live at The Casbah in San Diego, CA on Jan.

The Reasons For The Season….if you have  the ability to comprehend history as going back further than…

December 12, 2014
The Reasons For The Season….if you have  the ability to comprehend history as going back further than…

The Reasons For The Season….if you have  the ability to comprehend history as going back further than 50 years those Reasons  are a heck of a lot more interesting… And yes the real Reason For The Seasons….Axial Tilt

Thought Glass explores origins and behaviors while blending physical images with computer graphics.

23 days left to build better chess players here at South Lakewood Elementary. 

December 12, 2014
23 days left to build better chess players here at South Lakewood Elementary. 

23 days left to build better chess players here at South Lakewood Elementary. 

Building Tomorrows Chess Players Today.

A lot has changed in the year, a lot has not. Who has a good api? #minetest  

December 12, 2014
A lot has changed in the year, a lot has not. Who has a good api? #minetest  

A lot has changed in the year, a lot has not. Who has a good api? #minetest  

Merry Christmas everyone! Parody of Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry Animation by Ciaran: http://www.yo

I am a sucker for a good Rumpole tale. In these Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West star as the younger…

December 12, 2014

I am a sucker for a good Rumpole tale. In these Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West star as the younger and elder Rumpole.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p9l1s

Keep on buying these things and the corps will keep making them. Defective By Design. ( Tabs as DRM …

December 11, 2014
Keep on buying these things and the corps will keep making them.
Defective By Design.
( Tabs as DRM …

Keep on buying these things and the corps will keep making them.
Defective By Design.
( Tabs as DRM reminds me of using a hole puncher to get double your storage on 5.25 floppies. )

The latest Keurig 2.0 arrived with more than just a welcoming scent of coffee; it also came loaded with security measures to stop you using cheap coffee pods. While other manufacturers have already cracked the code, you can actually hack the machine yourself–and all you need is scissors and tape.

Because……words. “The letter, sent by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, was written after a Nov…

December 11, 2014
Because……words.
“The letter, sent by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, was written after a Nov…

Because……words.
"The letter, sent by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, was written after a Nov. 10 New York Times article referred to Sen. James Inhofe as “a prominent skeptic of climate change.” The group argues that “denier” and “skeptic” have been conflated by the media, and do not mean the same thing."

“Journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science”

Raman’s Nobel Prize (and walking stick) – Periodic Table of Videos

December 10, 2014
Raman’s Nobel Prize (and walking stick) – Periodic Table of Videos

The Professor shares some treasures from the life of great scientist and 1930 Nobel Prize winner, CV

Tackling Enigma (Battle of the Bombes) – Computerphile

December 9, 2014
Tackling Enigma (Battle of the Bombes) – Computerphile

Just how did the team at Bletchley Park tackle the problem of decoding Enigma? In Part Two of our se

“…. pointed out that a large portion of ads are “viewed” only by robots,” Yep, that will keep Skynet…

December 8, 2014

"…. pointed out that a large portion of ads are “viewed” only by robots," Yep, that will keep Skynet busy. It is nice to know my ad blockers are doing their part. #humansneednotapply

…Google announced that 56.1% of ads served on the internet are never even “in view”—defined as being on screen for one second or more. That’s a huge number of “impressions” that cost money for advertisers, but are as pointless as a

Welcome to Life: the singularity, ruined by lawyers

December 8, 2014
Welcome to Life: the singularity, ruined by lawyers

http://tomscott.com – Or: what you see when you die. If you liked this, you may also enjoy two novel

A Brief History of Homestar Runner

December 6, 2014
A Brief History of Homestar Runner

In a collaborative video Hank and Ryder introduce you (or re-familiarize you) with the majesty of Ho

Butterfly Cluster (M6) – Deep Sky Videos

December 5, 2014
Butterfly Cluster (M6) – Deep Sky Videos

Messier 6 – The Butterfly Cluster. Discussed by Professor Mike Merrifield from the University of Not

Puke Piles, Digestion Points, Packing It Down….so much right about this game. 

December 5, 2014
Puke Piles, Digestion Points, Packing It Down….so much right about this game. 

Puke Piles, Digestion Points, Packing It Down….so much right about this game. 

Creepy Treat Combat, a new collectible card game from Double Fine Productions! Check it out at: http