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Lorin Olsen

Lorin Olsen 

Tech-savvy cyclist and bon vivant from the US heartland

Occupation: Tech savant and bon vivant (DST Systems Inc.)

Location: Elgin, IL

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2016-05-04 02:32:53 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

With Donald Trump's victory in the Indiana primary, his securing of the GOP nomination is all but guaranteed. And as such, the death of the modern Republican Party is upon us.

Some pundits will try to argue that the GOP can survive a Trump nomination and his enormous eventual defeat in November. They make arguments of the long history of the Republicans in persevering and eventually recovering from momentous political disasters.

I believe this time is somewhat different.

Most reshares: 1

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2016-05-04 12:42:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

"Those who subscribe to the idea
(of #NeverTrump) are saying that Trump is a dangerous, unpredictable man whose aspirations don't align with conservatism."

Most plusones: 5

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2016-03-09 16:10:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

#Truth   #NeverTrump  

From the New York Daily News...

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2016-05-04 13:17:39 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

#NeverTrump #NeverClinton

"Those who subscribe to the idea
(of #NeverTrump) are saying that Trump is a dangerous, unpredictable man whose aspirations don't align with conservatism."___#NeverTrump #NeverClinton

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2016-05-04 12:42:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

"Those who subscribe to the idea
(of #NeverTrump) are saying that Trump is a dangerous, unpredictable man whose aspirations don't align with conservatism."

"Those who subscribe to the idea
(of #NeverTrump) are saying that Trump is a dangerous, unpredictable man whose aspirations don't align with conservatism."___

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2016-05-04 12:32:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I've moved from denial to anger.

I've lost my faith in the GOP. I've lost my faith in my fellow Americans. Is it time to embrace President Camacho? And will President Camacho be a self-absorbed reality show star or a self-absorbed and embittered cuckquean?

I have no idea how long I will reside in this stage of grief.

#NeverTrump

I've moved from denial to anger.

I've lost my faith in the GOP. I've lost my faith in my fellow Americans. Is it time to embrace President Camacho? And will President Camacho be a self-absorbed reality show star or a self-absorbed and embittered cuckquean?

I have no idea how long I will reside in this stage of grief.

#NeverTrump___

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2016-05-04 02:32:53 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

#NeverTrump

With Donald Trump's victory in the Indiana primary, his securing of the GOP nomination is all but guaranteed. And as such, the death of the modern Republican Party is upon us.

Some pundits will try to argue that the GOP can survive a Trump nomination and his enormous eventual defeat in November. They make arguments of the long history of the Republicans in persevering and eventually recovering from momentous political disasters.

I believe this time is somewhat different.___#NeverTrump

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2016-05-04 02:31:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

#NeverTrump

Echoing my blog post...___#NeverTrump

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2016-05-02 02:23:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I'm building an always-on download box, and it is both cool and cryptic.

My son and I may very well become roommates - if the winds blow right. So I'm doing some final tweaks on the network here before I pull up the nets to move downstream.

One of the key pieces of cleanup is to build a TV downloader. There are lots of tutorials on how to build these tools. And if you have a PC, the process is quite simple. But I wanted to build it on a Raspberry Pi. So I've spent a bunch of hours this weekend building a Raspbian Jessie image and getting all the tools I need from a variety of repos. I got most of it done last night.

But as is always the case, I always learn something new whenever I do these kinds of projects. And today was no exception. WIth a new system, I decided to build the TV/downloader using Sickrage and SABnzbd. I won't go into... more »

I'm building an always-on download box, and it is both cool and cryptic.

My son and I may very well become roommates - if the winds blow right. So I'm doing some final tweaks on the network here before I pull up the nets to move downstream.

One of the key pieces of cleanup is to build a TV downloader. There are lots of tutorials on how to build these tools. And if you have a PC, the process is quite simple. But I wanted to build it on a Raspberry Pi. So I've spent a bunch of hours this weekend building a Raspbian Jessie image and getting all the tools I need from a variety of repos. I got most of it done last night.

But as is always the case, I always learn something new whenever I do these kinds of projects. And today was no exception. WIth a new system, I decided to build the TV/downloader using Sickrage and SABnzbd. I won't go into great deal concerning the build choices and all of the software versions. But as of this afternoon, I was stumped on a couple of items.

After loading all the apps, I fired up the device and began configuring it. And everything went well. But when I fired up a sample download, I ran into what appeared to be Linux permission problems. And if you've ever worked with Unix or Linux, you know how these kinds of challenges get solved: lots of patience, lots of time-consuming research, and a fair bit of luck.

Basically, the system would download all the pieces. But when SABnzbd went to assemble the pieces, I got what appeared to be a permissions error. So I looked online and found that lots of people had similar problems. I tried a bunch of proposed fixes to no avail. So I brought out the hammer: I switched to running the apps under root.

Unfortunately, that didn't work either. I could access the remote NAS device. But it still couldn't save the file. Since I could do all that I needed w/o root, I switched back to running under a user account.

As I wanted to rule out LAN issues, I tried to store the files on the sdcard of the Pi. Voila. Success. So the problem had something to do with the filesystem - or so I thought.

And then it dawned on me. I wonder if the problem was not the sending system or the receiving system but how the app encoded the filenames. I switched to using my NAS devices while pointing to some different names (without blanks and special characters). This was successful. So someplace between the app designer, the coder, the tester, and the user, we had a problem that needed to be solved.

I haven't logged the bug yet (though I will). But by changing the folder path (and omitting blanks), I got the test file downloaded. And I'm viewing it now. BTW, the sample file was chosen for a reason: I had a cryptic problem with little or no background. There are lots of symbols and not a lot of backstory. So my quest today is very much like the quest of Blindspot: to piece together clues and to solve a mystery.

And, as usual, I had a boatload of fun along the way!

On to Game of Thrones! ___

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2016-04-27 15:36:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

What happened to the Grand Old Party?

First, McCain.  Then Romney. And now Trump.  What happened to the Grand Old Party?    And you could easily argue that the party hasn't been the same since Ronald Reagan left office.  

So what to do?

We could always build a new cadre of candidates who could rebuild the party from the ground up.  And that might be worth the effort.  But we would basically be building a new Republican Party.  

But why not?  

So let's tease this out a bit...

Do these look like good steps to follow when forming a new political party?  And is there anyone else in the #NeverTrump  movement (or the original Tea Party movement) that wants to pursue this path?  Or should we just wait and hope for the next election.    

What happened to the Grand Old Party?

First, McCain.  Then Romney. And now Trump.  What happened to the Grand Old Party?    And you could easily argue that the party hasn't been the same since Ronald Reagan left office.  

So what to do?

We could always build a new cadre of candidates who could rebuild the party from the ground up.  And that might be worth the effort.  But we would basically be building a new Republican Party.  

But why not?  

So let's tease this out a bit...

Do these look like good steps to follow when forming a new political party?  And is there anyone else in the #NeverTrump  movement (or the original Tea Party movement) that wants to pursue this path?  Or should we just wait and hope for the next election.    ___

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2016-04-27 13:26:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Bizarro World indeed!

Bizarro World indeed!___

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2016-04-26 17:09:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

The bright flash occurs because when sperm enters and egg it triggers calcium to increase which releases zinc from the egg. As the zinc shoots out, it binds to small molecules which emit a fluorescence which can be picked up my camera microscopes.___And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

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2016-04-25 00:48:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

First, GoT. Now the new companion for the Doctor. What a great ribbon for the weekend.

First, GoT. Now the new companion for the Doctor. What a great ribbon for the weekend.___

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2016-04-25 00:00:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

You shouldn't have to care about wireless spectrum and WiFi channels, right?

WRONG. And the higher the frequency, the better the performance, right? Also WRONG.

Yesterday, I replaced an AP designed over four years ago with a router based upon a two-year old design. So what could happen in that time?

Well, quite a bit. Four years ago, wireless engineers were buzzing about 802.11n (a recent WiFi standard). The tablet that I now use was designed back then. So it featured exploitation of the then emerging 802.11n standard. When the tablet was designed, it could use UNII-1 channels. If you remember anything from physics or engineering, you probably remember that higher frequencies require higher amounts of power to operate. So using the lower frequency channels made perfect sense for a battery-constrained tablet.

But since then, much of the... more »

You shouldn't have to care about wireless spectrum and WiFi channels, right?

WRONG. And the higher the frequency, the better the performance, right? Also WRONG.

Yesterday, I replaced an AP designed over four years ago with a router based upon a two-year old design. So what could happen in that time?

Well, quite a bit. Four years ago, wireless engineers were buzzing about 802.11n (a recent WiFi standard). The tablet that I now use was designed back then. So it featured exploitation of the then emerging 802.11n standard. When the tablet was designed, it could use UNII-1 channels. If you remember anything from physics or engineering, you probably remember that higher frequencies require higher amounts of power to operate. So using the lower frequency channels made perfect sense for a battery-constrained tablet.

But since then, much of the research and engineering has gone into UNII-3 channels. These require more power. But batteries are getting much better. So today, current cell phones probably feature support for both the low bands and the high bands of the 5 GHz public range.

So why should I care?

Well, when I deployed the secondary router, it's default channel configuration was the higher band UNII-3 channels (i.e., the default was channel 153). So my tablet couldn't see the new wireless router. After scratching my head for a bit, I realized that changing the channel of the router to use a lower band (e.g., UNII-1 channel 44). Once I made the switch, all of the 5GHz devices (including my tablet) could use the new, secondary router.

Hooray for science.

Higher frequencies require more power but they can transmit more data. But an even bigger hooray has to go to the use of the Internet as a repository for history and for obscure tidbits of knowledge. It took me mere moments to nail down the problem. Then I stood upon the shoulders of a number of authors to resolve a problem. Hooray for a method that ensures that knowledge will be available to anyone - including our progeny. Bravo!___

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2016-04-24 22:44:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Truth from a bygone era...

Sola Fide,
Sola Scriptura,
Solus Christus,
Sola Gratia, and
Soli Deo Gloria

SOME REFLECTIONS ON SOLA FIDE The term Sola Fide, or faith alone, is one that was at the forefront of the Protestant Reformation.  Even today, this term is one that drives a wedge between Protestants and Catholics.  The term itself can be defined as the…___Truth from a bygone era...

Sola Fide,
Sola Scriptura,
Solus Christus,
Sola Gratia, and
Soli Deo Gloria

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2016-04-24 19:02:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

That moment when you realize the walls can't stop you - cuz you found your escape by another means.

That moment when you realize the walls can't stop you - cuz you found your escape by another means.___

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2016-04-24 14:50:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Simple? Not so much!

I had a problem. Actually, there were a couple of problems to solve. First, I wanted to implement a few services - like a custom DNS. But the ISP (AT&T) would not allow any configuration changes to their customer premise router. And then I started to see some suspicious wireless traffic. Bottom line: I needed to put a router behind the AT&T residential gateway.

This graphic (from the folks at Stack Overflow), outlines the simple solution that I implemented. But, of course, it wasn't so simple.

1. I had to reconfigure the AT&T residential gateway. And AT&T really makes that difficult. I had to put the new router behind the gateway. It made sense to put the secondary WiFi array where the previous access point had been located. So I had to reconnect most of the systems to either the original network or the secondary... more »

Simple? Not so much!

I had a problem. Actually, there were a couple of problems to solve. First, I wanted to implement a few services - like a custom DNS. But the ISP (AT&T) would not allow any configuration changes to their customer premise router. And then I started to see some suspicious wireless traffic. Bottom line: I needed to put a router behind the AT&T residential gateway.

This graphic (from the folks at Stack Overflow), outlines the simple solution that I implemented. But, of course, it wasn't so simple.

1. I had to reconfigure the AT&T residential gateway. And AT&T really makes that difficult. I had to put the new router behind the gateway. It made sense to put the secondary WiFi array where the previous access point had been located. So I had to reconnect most of the systems to either the original network or the secondary network behind the wireless router.

2. Once the secondary router was in place, I had to find the residential gateway options that would allow a router-behind-router configuration. They do exist. And you can use them without voiding the agreement that you have with AT&T. There are plenty of guides on the Internet. But if you can't find one, just message me and I'll send you a couple of links.

3. Once the residential gateway was configured, it was back to the secondary wireless router for some tweaking. Basically, you set your router as if your original network was the Internet.

4. I installed the Pi that I had set up as a DNS black hole (i.e., an ad-blocking DNS).

5. I went around to every connected device, reconnected it to its new home, and then reconfigured everything that needed to be changed (e.g., gateway addresses, DNS settings, etc).

All of this took a couple of hours - including research. But as is always the case, there had to be a hiccup. And there was.

Now that we had two networks, and now that we had moved all of the devices around, I had to start testing everything. And while testing did reveal some device configuration changes (like my phone), things were working out fantastically - until I tested Plex (i.e., the media streaming solution that I had implemented).

Overall, Plex worked well. I had placed the main PMS sever on the client network (in order to reduce latency). And everything operated nominally. Streaming was working to all desktops and all phones and all tablets. I was feeling good - until I test the XBox.

Since the XBox is in the basement next to the DSL endpoint (i.e., the residential gateway), it made far more sense to have that device on the original network. That is especially true as the XBox doesn't like double-NAT. Truth told, it really doesn't like any NAT. But if I had put it on the client access network, then it would have broken all online gaming (until I could re-configure it). So the XBox went on the original network - along with most other servers/services - with the notable exception of Plex.

In this configuration, the XBox couldn't see or access the PMS server. But I figured that I could get to that today. In the meantime, I was informed that there was going to be a Doctor Who watch party - on the big screen connected to the XBox. I knew I couldn't repair all of the XBox stuff that quickly. So I swapped the sdcard on one of the Pi systems. I connected it to the customer access network. Fortunately, everything worked as planned. Unfortunately, 1080p streams don't like 802.11 b/g/n connections. So there was a little stutter in parts of the streams that were viewed. But there was a short-term fix.

While the Doctor Who party raged on, I did my research for this morning. And as I suspected, I needed to poke some holes through the secondary router and set up some port-forwarding rules. I did this last night - assuming that there would be more to do today. And as usual, I was rewarded with the knowledge that there was more to do.

While I could poke a hole and communicate with the PMS server, I had to make sure that the PMS server info was sent out. Fortunately, the wizards at Plex figured out how to store server address and metadata info on their Plex.tv service. So all I had to do was ensure that both server and client were logged into a Plexpass account. Once done, everything worked.

So after a few hours spread out over two days, I finally have an infrastructure that will bypass the limitations of the AT&T policies which lock down their routers. And the system is far more secure than it was before. Finally, ad blocking is enabled for all wireless users. This means that no one has to use their data plans simply to download ad content.

And for those that think I'm cheating the system, I'm not. Why should I pay to have someone stream bytes of data that i don't want. Just today, 8.5% of content streamed to client devices (on this network) is ad content. And some days, it goes as high as 25%. ISP's should not charge me for content I don't want. If they want to force feed me ads to make their revenue targets, then don't double-dip and make me pay for it!___

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2016-04-24 01:25:18 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-22 19:22:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The face of the new GOP.

#NeverTrump  

The face of the new GOP.

#NeverTrump  ___

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2016-04-21 16:48:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

And there went the evangelical vote that might have supported him.

By answering the question on LGBT bathrooms in North Carolina, Trump may have just lost Indiana.  BTW, how hard would it have been to say that there is nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government the right to regulate bathroom usage?  This is a state issue - not a federal issue.

And there went the evangelical vote that might have supported him.

By answering the question on LGBT bathrooms in North Carolina, Trump may have just lost Indiana.  BTW, how hard would it have been to say that there is nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government the right to regulate bathroom usage?  This is a state issue - not a federal issue.___

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2016-04-20 14:06:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Ted Cruz was right about New York values!

New York certainly doesn't value the state of our union.  If NY really wants Trump v Clinton, then let that be their next gubernatorial incarnation of Wrestlemania.  I thought that I had seen it all.  I was wrong.  If this plays out the way that it most probably will, then our next President is going to make President Obama look positively humble.  

Ted Cruz was right about New York values!

New York certainly doesn't value the state of our union.  If NY really wants Trump v Clinton, then let that be their next gubernatorial incarnation of Wrestlemania.  I thought that I had seen it all.  I was wrong.  If this plays out the way that it most probably will, then our next President is going to make President Obama look positively humble.  ___

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2016-04-17 20:12:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Enter the Pihole...

OK. A pie hole is a synonym for a mouth (see https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/piehole#English). But it is also the name of a tool that can help cleanse your entire house of Internet ads. Basically, it's an ad "black hole" running on a Raspberry Pi. So this is a $35 ad blocker that you can use throughout your home. It will work with any and all connected devices. So it is quite versatile.

Is it for everyone? Hmmm. I say yes. But most folks say I'm a fast follower. It isn't hard to set one up - but it is not out-of-the-box simple either. It is a great first Pi project. You can learn about the Raspberry Pi, learn about the Internet, and get rid of all the detestable malware masquerading as advertisements. This kind of thing should run as an add-on for most residential routers/gateways. But know that the hardware vendors and... more »

Enter the Pihole...

OK. A pie hole is a synonym for a mouth (see https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/piehole#English). But it is also the name of a tool that can help cleanse your entire house of Internet ads. Basically, it's an ad "black hole" running on a Raspberry Pi. So this is a $35 ad blocker that you can use throughout your home. It will work with any and all connected devices. So it is quite versatile.

Is it for everyone? Hmmm. I say yes. But most folks say I'm a fast follower. It isn't hard to set one up - but it is not out-of-the-box simple either. It is a great first Pi project. You can learn about the Raspberry Pi, learn about the Internet, and get rid of all the detestable malware masquerading as advertisements. This kind of thing should run as an add-on for most residential routers/gateways. But know that the hardware vendors and carriers won't include this as they have collateral deals with ad providing networks. And ads do keep costs down.

I wish that there was a happy medium. Unfortunately, the scales are tipped against the consumer. So if you are tired of being someone else's link bait, think about disabling some ads and seeing if it makes your Internet experience any better.___

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2016-04-16 16:40:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Priceless!

Priceless!___

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2016-04-16 15:10:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

It's a grey and damp Saturday. With apartment hunting and mattress shopping deferred, it's time to tech it up a bit.

- No ROM flashing on my S7 yet. The bootloader is still locked. No thanks to Sammy or T-mo. Next buy will be a Nexus on a carrier that is honest about its disdain for customers.

So 'm focusing on building a functional system without root.

- I'm using Package Disabler Pro to turn off as much of the carrier boat as I can.
- I'm using Block This as my ad proxy. I used to depend upon a root tool (or an Xposed module). And there are a couple of non-root tools. But most only work by proxying WiFi through a local app. So I'm trying a hosted blocker. I am a little worried about this. I think I trust the current providers. But what happens when they get purchased by a less scrupulous service provider? We'll see if/when that... more »

It's a grey and damp Saturday. With apartment hunting and mattress shopping deferred, it's time to tech it up a bit.

- No ROM flashing on my S7 yet. The bootloader is still locked. No thanks to Sammy or T-mo. Next buy will be a Nexus on a carrier that is honest about its disdain for customers.

So 'm focusing on building a functional system without root.

- I'm using Package Disabler Pro to turn off as much of the carrier boat as I can.
- I'm using Block This as my ad proxy. I used to depend upon a root tool (or an Xposed module). And there are a couple of non-root tools. But most only work by proxying WiFi through a local app. So I'm trying a hosted blocker. I am a little worried about this. I think I trust the current providers. But what happens when they get purchased by a less scrupulous service provider? We'll see if/when that happens.
- I'm still having trouble with Good. I had hoped that operating without root might resolve those problems. Nope. Can't wait for the eventual implementation of ActiveSync.
- Once again, I've adopted my sdcard. On Samsung stock ROM's, the manufacturer decided I didn't want the Android 6.0 feature. I disagree. But w/o root, you have to do some Android debugging gymnastics. Now that I've tried it both ways, I will be sticking with adoptable storage.

Once I got all of this completed, I decided to implement Musixmatch. I really do love seeing the lyrics of the music that I'm streaming.

Today may not have gone the way that I had originally hoped, but I've gotten some real value from my tech meanderings.___

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2016-04-16 14:03:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Engage!

This obvious #BluesBrothers reference is totally worth the share___Engage!

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2016-04-13 14:16:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The United States armed forces: keeping America great - now and into the future.

Weapons
#usnavy   #usszumwalt  #destoryer___The United States armed forces: keeping America great - now and into the future.

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2016-04-12 16:33:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

While the Kepler space telescope has been brought back from hibernation (see http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/11/11408620/nasa-kepler-telescope-emergency-mode-stable), the James Webb Space Telescope is also meeting test milestones on its way to launch (and operation).

While the Kepler space telescope has been brought back from hibernation (see http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/11/11408620/nasa-kepler-telescope-emergency-mode-stable), the James Webb Space Telescope is also meeting test milestones on its way to launch (and operation).___

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2016-04-11 15:33:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Trump couldn't organize a win in Colorado.  And I guess he has problems with "get-out-the-vote" efforts in his own family.

Two of Donald Trump's own children won't be voting for him in the New York primary. --> http://on.nbc10.com/jzK73pv___Trump couldn't organize a win in Colorado.  And I guess he has problems with "get-out-the-vote" efforts in his own family.

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2016-04-11 15:02:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I'm amazed at the ignorance on display within the Trump glitterati.  

Candidates are chosen by political parties.  They have never been chosen by popular election.  Caucuses and primaries are supposed to reflect popular sentiment among "registered' party members.  But that does not mean that the nomination of a party-supported candidate is left solely to the popular vote of citizens - many of whom aren't even members of the political party in question.

That said, Trump wants to support democracy when it suits him.  And he wants to support autocratic paternalism when it suits him.  And he wants to support outright pandering when it suits him.  

And what we have seen is simple  - and meaningful.  Mr. Trump never did the due diligence of putting together a good team.  And he certainly never bothered to look at the rules that have been in effectfor years... more »

___I'm amazed at the ignorance on display within the Trump glitterati.  

Candidates are chosen by political parties.  They have never been chosen by popular election.  Caucuses and primaries are supposed to reflect popular sentiment among "registered' party members.  But that does not mean that the nomination of a party-supported candidate is left solely to the popular vote of citizens - many of whom aren't even members of the political party in question.

That said, Trump wants to support democracy when it suits him.  And he wants to support autocratic paternalism when it suits him.  And he wants to support outright pandering when it suits him.  

And what we have seen is simple  - and meaningful.  Mr. Trump never did the due diligence of putting together a good team.  And he certainly never bothered to look at the rules that have been in effect for years.  So when he gets skunked by an organized opponent, he resorts to tantrums and demands for "equality".  

Folks, this guy thinks that he deserves to be President.  So anything that would indicate his lack of preparedness must be criticized as "unfair" and "anti-Democratic".  Well, Trump is wrong.  He agreed to play by the rules.  He chose not to read the rules or even hire someone that would read them for him.  

Let him go away and sulk like the child that he is.


#NeverTrump

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2016-04-11 14:48:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

According to some policy-minded pseudo-scientists, the latest climate accord will have little impact on our planet.  

By 2100, scientists estimate that the latest multi-trillion dollar wealth transfer will affect temperatures in positively historic ways: 0.05 degrees Celsius (0.09 degrees Fahrenheit) over 85 years.  That sure sounds like a government program.

According to some policy-minded pseudo-scientists, the latest climate accord will have little impact on our planet.  

By 2100, scientists estimate that the latest multi-trillion dollar wealth transfer will affect temperatures in positively historic ways: 0.05 degrees Celsius (0.09 degrees Fahrenheit) over 85 years.  That sure sounds like a government program.___

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2016-04-10 16:05:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Who would have figured that having a talented and disciplined team could make a difference??? Certainly, the Donald doesn't understand that. He has been a team of one. Kudos to Sen. Cruz and his superior team.

___Who would have figured that having a talented and disciplined team could make a difference??? Certainly, the Donald doesn't understand that. He has been a team of one. Kudos to Sen. Cruz and his superior team.

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2016-04-10 04:10:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

David Tenant and Sophia Myles = Magnificent

I've been re-watching the first season of Doctor Who with David Tenant. And I just saw this gem again. The writers should be commended for such a wonderful character study. Here's hoping that we will see Myles again.

David Tenant and Sophia Myles = Magnificent

I've been re-watching the first season of Doctor Who with David Tenant. And I just saw this gem again. The writers should be commended for such a wonderful character study. Here's hoping that we will see Myles again.___

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2016-04-08 13:33:22 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

So what does this new Joy of Love statement mean?

Full disclosure: I am not a Roman Catholic.  But I am an evangelical Christian.  Consequently, I care about how my Lord is represented in the world at large.  And at this moment, the message I am seeing is that the body of Christ is confused and may be adrift.  Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput even said that recent papal instructions concerning love and family life are creating confusion and that "Confusion is of the devil.''  

So what does this mean for believers?  

My recommendation is for all Catholics and all Christians to read their Bible.  The word of God is infallible.  If you want to know God's intent, then ask God Himself.  He will be faithful and true and answer your questions.  

If you cannot find clarity in the Scriptures or from the throne of graceitself, t... more »

So what does this new Joy of Love statement mean?

Full disclosure: I am not a Roman Catholic.  But I am an evangelical Christian.  Consequently, I care about how my Lord is represented in the world at large.  And at this moment, the message I am seeing is that the body of Christ is confused and may be adrift.  Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput even said that recent papal instructions concerning love and family life are creating confusion and that "Confusion is of the devil.''  

So what does this mean for believers?  

My recommendation is for all Catholics and all Christians to read their Bible.  The word of God is infallible.  If you want to know God's intent, then ask God Himself.  He will be faithful and true and answer your questions.  

If you cannot find clarity in the Scriptures or from the throne of grace itself, then ask your circle of counselors (those whom you trust) to provide advice/guidance.  For some of you, that circle will be among G+ friends.  For others, it will be your local church / parish.  But in you quest for clarity, expect to hear voices that support God and voices that create confusion.  And I agree with the archbishop: confusion is from the devil. ___

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2016-04-05 04:02:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I have been waiting for The Waiting to record and release Mysteriet. The wait started in 2012. And over the past few days, I've seen Brad Olsen's posts about the recording session. I am so very excited as this band altered my trajectory in the same way that Keith Green and his lyrics affected me. I pray that all who hear this album will be both blessed and challenged to give their utmost for His highest.

And until the new album is released, let's all put our hands in the air as we praise the one who is without an equal. There is none like Him, save those whom He has recreated.


I have been waiting for The Waiting to record and release Mysteriet. The wait started in 2012. And over the past few days, I've seen Brad Olsen's posts about the recording session. I am so very excited as this band altered my trajectory in the same way that Keith Green and his lyrics affected me. I pray that all who hear this album will be both blessed and challenged to give their utmost for His highest.

And until the new album is released, let's all put our hands in the air as we praise the one who is without an equal. There is none like Him, save those whom He has recreated.
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2016-03-31 18:34:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Want!

Nope and Noper! ___Want!

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2016-03-19 14:40:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

This is certainly uncommon - if not unprecedented.

Speaker Ryan following through on GOP leadership's plan to work with an agenda  that does not depend upon who wins the Presidential primary or general.___This is certainly uncommon - if not unprecedented.

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2016-03-19 14:36:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Check out @kylenabecker's Tweet: https://twitter.com/kylenabecker/status/711169742883651584?s=09

Check out @kylenabecker's Tweet: https://twitter.com/kylenabecker/status/711169742883651584?s=09___

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2016-03-17 20:32:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The news is getting better...

The coders at Samsung worked hard to make sure that root would not be made available to eager S7 and S7 Edge owners. But a couple of days ago, the coders at XDA (and jcadduono, in particular) have gotten TWRP to install on the S7 and the S7 Edge. Based upon everything that Samsung did, I must assume that the developers found a vulnerability through which they could inject root.

According to jcadduono:

We've already got TWRP ready for the Qualcomm variants of the S7 and S7 Edge.

See our kernel branch here: https://github.com/jcadduono/nethunter_kernel_heroqlte/tree/twrp-6.0
S7 device tree: https://github.com/jcadduono/android_device_samsung_heroqlte
S7 Edge device tree: https://github.com/jcadduono/android_device_samsung_hero2qlte

All we need is John Legere's engineers to get that secure... more »

The news is getting better...

The coders at Samsung worked hard to make sure that root would not be made available to eager S7 and S7 Edge owners. But a couple of days ago, the coders at XDA (and jcadduono, in particular) have gotten TWRP to install on the S7 and the S7 Edge. Based upon everything that Samsung did, I must assume that the developers found a vulnerability through which they could inject root.

According to jcadduono:

We've already got TWRP ready for the Qualcomm variants of the S7 and S7 Edge.

See our kernel branch here: https://github.com/jcadduono/nethunter_kernel_heroqlte/tree/twrp-6.0
S7 device tree: https://github.com/jcadduono/android_device_samsung_heroqlte
S7 Edge device tree: https://github.com/jcadduono/android_device_samsung_hero2qlte

All we need is John Legere's engineers to get that secure flash & signature verification (for boot/recovery) in the bootloader disabled!

So...it's rooted - in the future. :)

Bottom line: Root may be generally available very shortly. I've got my fingers crossed that we can find a root exploit that won't trip Knox - though I won't hold my breath. ___

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2016-03-17 17:36:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I can't think of a better argument for supporting Ted. #NeverTrump

Boehner - proof that spray tan causes insanity?
Does this foreshadow the kind of crazy that would befall a Trump presidency?___I can't think of a better argument for supporting Ted. #NeverTrump

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2016-03-15 13:52:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

This is a fascinating article. Full disclosure: I am ordained in the Southern Baptist Convention. I don't think that my ordination is relevant to all political decisions. Nevertheless, I provided that background before I unloaded.

Christians should vote for the person that God leads them to support. This implies that believers are seeking the Lord's will as they routinely commune with their creator. If you are not in a good relationship with Him, don't expect a clear calling on how you should vote. Put first things first: get right with God. Then ask Him how you can be used to make this country an instrument of His will. Finally, ask Him who you should support.

For me, the calculus is relatively simple: 1) Should our leader be a person who strives to be consistent with God's heart? 2) Which candidate currently leads by example; who is following after God's... more »

This is a fascinating article. Full disclosure: I am ordained in the Southern Baptist Convention. I don't think that my ordination is relevant to all political decisions. Nevertheless, I provided that background before I unloaded.

Christians should vote for the person that God leads them to support. This implies that believers are seeking the Lord's will as they routinely commune with their creator. If you are not in a good relationship with Him, don't expect a clear calling on how you should vote. Put first things first: get right with God. Then ask Him how you can be used to make this country an instrument of His will. Finally, ask Him who you should support.

For me, the calculus is relatively simple: 1) Should our leader be a person who strives to be consistent with God's heart? 2) Which candidate currently leads by example; who is following after God's heart? When I ask these questions, I believe that the Lord would remind you that all have siined. But those who recognize their inadequacy and insufficiency will be blessed.

Is Donald Trump a man after God's own heart? Hardly. Does Donald even recognize the difference between himself and God? I would answer the same: hardly. I believe that God led me to select someone other than Mr. Trump. Indeed, I voted for Ted Cruz.

For me, the real question isn't who evangelicals want. Evangelicals must ask God who He wants us to support and what kind of support we should offer that person.

https://www.yahoo.com/digest/20160315/evangelicals-accuse-fellow-believers-abandoning-faith-support-trump-00947222___

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2016-03-13 22:33:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Though I fight until I'm exhausted, please don't let go.

Though I fight until I'm exhausted, please don't let go.___

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2016-03-13 21:11:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I wept as I read this.

I never liked Richard Simmons. Indeed, he kinda creeper me out. But as I read this article, I recognized something I've seen way too often: a young man who was desperate for his Dad's approval.

I pray that I have been - and will continue to be - a positive role model for both my son and all of my daughters. And at this moment, I'm praying for a man that I've never met. I pray that my heavenly Father will speak to Richard's heart. And I pray that God will sing over his troubled life.

I wept as I read this.

I never liked Richard Simmons. Indeed, he kinda creeper me out. But as I read this article, I recognized something I've seen way too often: a young man who was desperate for his Dad's approval.

I pray that I have been - and will continue to be - a positive role model for both my son and all of my daughters. And at this moment, I'm praying for a man that I've never met. I pray that my heavenly Father will speak to Richard's heart. And I pray that God will sing over his troubled life.___

2016-03-13 20:45:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I'm rolling back to KC <sigh>. Let me go home (to Elgin).

It's rainy and dreary on the train. I'll be losing signal soon. But I prepared by downloading lots of music. With the Beach Boys harmonizing in my ears, the miles are just a bit more bearable, my beloved. 

I'm rolling back to KC <sigh>. Let me go home (to Elgin).

It's rainy and dreary on the train. I'll be losing signal soon. But I prepared by downloading lots of music. With the Beach Boys harmonizing in my ears, the miles are just a bit more bearable, my beloved. ___

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2016-03-12 15:57:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

At least there is s workaround.

The minions at Samsung seem to think that we aren't adult enough to use adoptable storage. I can appreciate their concerns. I'm sure that they don't want the bad press (or the support headaches) when someone inserts a lslow SD card. But they could give us the option in a special utility. Unfortunately, they didn't give us that choice.

But ROM modders are experts at asserting authority over their device. MoDaCo (Elie hacker extraordinaire) found a way to format your sdcard as internal storage. And all it takes is adb (the Android debugger). Details can be found in the attached link.

With this minor tweak, I solved one of my biggest frustrations encountered while using the Samsung stock firmware. Thanks, Paul O'Brien.

At least there is s workaround.

The minions at Samsung seem to think that we aren't adult enough to use adoptable storage. I can appreciate their concerns. I'm sure that they don't want the bad press (or the support headaches) when someone inserts a lslow SD card. But they could give us the option in a special utility. Unfortunately, they didn't give us that choice.

But ROM modders are experts at asserting authority over their device. MoDaCo (Elie hacker extraordinaire) found a way to format your sdcard as internal storage. And all it takes is adb (the Android debugger). Details can be found in the attached link.

With this minor tweak, I solved one of my biggest frustrations encountered while using the Samsung stock firmware. Thanks, Paul O'Brien.___

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2016-03-12 03:25:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

I'm loving my new phone.

Cindy and I picked up new phones today. I got a new Samsung Galaxy S7. I won't bore you with a long review. But here is the short version: WOW!

I love the new Edge apps. They are fantastic. And the phone hardware is just outstanding. I love the screen. I love the camera - despite its limited CCD. I can tolerate the sound reproduction.

But know phone is perfect. And on the S7, I really dislike how the SD card has been crippled On the stock firmware, the SD card cannot be adopted as internal storage. It isn't a deal breaker. But it is disheartening.

But setting aside peculiarities like this, I am thrilled with the purchase.



I'm loving my new phone.

Cindy and I picked up new phones today. I got a new Samsung Galaxy S7. I won't bore you with a long review. But here is the short version: WOW!

I love the new Edge apps. They are fantastic. And the phone hardware is just outstanding. I love the screen. I love the camera - despite its limited CCD. I can tolerate the sound reproduction.

But know phone is perfect. And on the S7, I really dislike how the SD card has been crippled On the stock firmware, the SD card cannot be adopted as internal storage. It isn't a deal breaker. But it is disheartening.

But setting aside peculiarities like this, I am thrilled with the purchase.

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2016-03-09 16:10:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

#Truth   #NeverTrump  

From the New York Daily News...

#Truth   #NeverTrump  

From the New York Daily News...___

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2016-03-09 14:07:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The only way to stop Trump now is to rally behind Ted Cruz.

#NeverTrump

The only way to stop Trump now is to rally behind Ted Cruz.

#NeverTrump___

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2016-03-07 21:33:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Global warming (or climate change) is politics wrapped in flimsy statistics.

If you omit data, you can bend the trend.  Regression is such an interesting tool.  By selecting the write sample, you can change conclusions. 

Global warming (or climate change) is politics wrapped in flimsy statistics.

If you omit data, you can bend the trend.  Regression is such an interesting tool.  By selecting the write sample, you can change conclusions. ___

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2016-03-06 23:52:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Nope. I didn't melt the but off.

But I did spend way too much time removing an old seat. I first tried simply unscrewing the bolt. When that didn't, I broke out the penetrating oil. That released the but/bolt on the right side. But the left side was a different story. It took an hour of soaking in oil, fifteen minutes of wiggling and twisting to get a gap wide enough, and finally about twenty minutes of gingerly using a hack saw to cut the bolt off. But patience (finally) paid off.

Now to affix the new seat and replace the flush valve!

Nope. I didn't melt the but off.

But I did spend way too much time removing an old seat. I first tried simply unscrewing the bolt. When that didn't, I broke out the penetrating oil. That released the but/bolt on the right side. But the left side was a different story. It took an hour of soaking in oil, fifteen minutes of wiggling and twisting to get a gap wide enough, and finally about twenty minutes of gingerly using a hack saw to cut the bolt off. But patience (finally) paid off.

Now to affix the new seat and replace the flush valve!___

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