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Lorin Olsen

Lorin Olsen 

Tech-savvy cyclist and bon vivant from the US heartland

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2016-07-21 14:47:50 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Friends,

Let me start with a little background. I was a Ted Cruz supporter during the primary season. And I've been a Constitutional conservative and a Republican since 1980. And after Ted Cruz's speech, I can tell you one thing: Ted Cruz didn't do himself any favors. More importantly, the Donald Trump supporters didn't do any favors for their candidate, either.

They didn't enthusiastically embrace the full-throated endorsement speech from Governor Pence. The Pence speech should have been the hallmark to which all other speeches should have adhered. And the floor supporters should have ignored Ted Cruz and focused upon Trump/Pence. But all they could focus upon was the apparent "sleight" that they had received from Ted Cruz. Yes, Ted was petulant. But that's nothing new. And for some of us, that's why we like him. Instead, the floor... more »

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: 3

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2016-07-31 15:41:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Well 

Latest 50 posts

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2016-08-04 11:36:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

"There's a total lack of transparency. We want to shine a light on the dark corners of the internet..." 

"There's a total lack of transparency. We want to shine a light on the dark corners of the internet..." ___

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2016-07-31 15:41:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Well 

Well ___

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2016-07-31 15:39:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

10 out of 10

10 out of 10___

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2016-07-21 15:14:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

#SadTruth  

#SadTruth  ___

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2016-07-21 14:57:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-21 14:47:50 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Friends,

Let me start with a little background. I was a Ted Cruz supporter during the primary season. And I've been a Constitutional conservative and a Republican since 1980. And after Ted Cruz's speech, I can tell you one thing: Ted Cruz didn't do himself any favors. More importantly, the Donald Trump supporters didn't do any favors for their candidate, either.

They didn't enthusiastically embrace the full-throated endorsement speech from Governor Pence. The Pence speech should have been the hallmark to which all other speeches should have adhered. And the floor supporters should have ignored Ted Cruz and focused upon Trump/Pence. But all they could focus upon was the apparent "sleight" that they had received from Ted Cruz. Yes, Ted was petulant. But that's nothing new. And for some of us, that's why we like him. Instead, the floor... more »

Friends,

Let me start with a little background. I was a Ted Cruz supporter during the primary season. And I've been a Constitutional conservative and a Republican since 1980. And after Ted Cruz's speech, I can tell you one thing: Ted Cruz didn't do himself any favors. More importantly, the Donald Trump supporters didn't do any favors for their candidate, either.

They didn't enthusiastically embrace the full-throated endorsement speech from Governor Pence. The Pence speech should have been the hallmark to which all other speeches should have adhered. And the floor supporters should have ignored Ted Cruz and focused upon Trump/Pence. But all they could focus upon was the apparent "sleight" that they had received from Ted Cruz. Yes, Ted was petulant. But that's nothing new. And for some of us, that's why we like him. Instead, the floor focused upon petulance and a juvenile school team mentality. Folks, this isn't the Beach Boys. We don't have to be true to our school - especially when our school has so fundamentally changed. Do I care about higher education? Yes, I do. Do I don a skirt and grab pom-poms in support of Trump High? I do not.

Bottom line: Ted stumbled. The Trump delegates erupted into pandemonium. No one recognized the real audience: the American people. And I'm sure that the American people were disgusted with what they saw.

P.S.: At this moment, I will not be voting for Donald Trump. And I most certainly will not be voting for Hillary Clinton. I will be voting for principled conservatives up and down the ticket. While some might be hoping for Donald to lose, I just hope for justice. That means, I want Hillary out of the race. The politically motivated members of the Justice Department, the FBI, and the IRS have all proven to us why we need a SMALLER government. I will vote for those candidate that commit to reducing the power of Washington. If no such Presidential candidate arises during the general election, then I will refrain from making a selection on those ballot sections.___

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2016-07-10 13:36:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I figured it out. Ugh.

After a day of meticulously stepping through a rebuild, I now have a fully functional phone. And I figured out the problem. WiFi Calling wasn't working because it was being blocked.

Apparently, my firewall and my privacy manager were both blocking the Phone app (and its system components) from registering on the network and from sending bits across the network. Once I rewrote my firewall rules and my XPrivacy settings, I got everything to work. 

I figured it out. Ugh.

After a day of meticulously stepping through a rebuild, I now have a fully functional phone. And I figured out the problem. WiFi Calling wasn't working because it was being blocked.

Apparently, my firewall and my privacy manager were both blocking the Phone app (and its system components) from registering on the network and from sending bits across the network. Once I rewrote my firewall rules and my XPrivacy settings, I got everything to work. ___

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2016-07-09 00:30:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I was having a number of problems with the new TMo S7E engineering image. But because I had done so much customization on top of it, I didn't know where I introduced the error. So I wiped the phone out and rebuilt it. Now, the big problems are gone. But I have an altogether unfamiliar icon in my notification tray.

Does any one know from where the highlighted icon comes?

#TMoS7EdgeRoot

I was having a number of problems with the new TMo S7E engineering image. But because I had done so much customization on top of it, I didn't know where I introduced the error. So I wiped the phone out and rebuilt it. Now, the big problems are gone. But I have an altogether unfamiliar icon in my notification tray.

Does any one know from where the highlighted icon comes?

#TMoS7EdgeRoot___

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2016-07-07 15:47:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Why Was Tyndale Murdered?

When Tyndale published his English translation of the Bible in 1526, he put himself at extreme risk. "He did this in an era when the English Catholic church had in effect a law that made it a crime punishable by death to translate the Bible into English." If you don't believe that this was a real threat, I need only remind you that in 1519, the Catholic church had murdered a woman and six men for teaching their children English versions of the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed. And that Tyndale (at age 42) was strangled and then burned at the stake for the heresies of translating the Bible into English and questioning the authority of the pope and the established church. The Catholic Church was so set upon ensuring that Tyndale's translation was destroyed that on two separate occasions, they bought as many copiesof ... more »

Why Was Tyndale Murdered?

When Tyndale published his English translation of the Bible in 1526, he put himself at extreme risk. "He did this in an era when the English Catholic church had in effect a law that made it a crime punishable by death to translate the Bible into English." If you don't believe that this was a real threat, I need only remind you that in 1519, the Catholic church had murdered a woman and six men for teaching their children English versions of the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed. And that Tyndale (at age 42) was strangled and then burned at the stake for the heresies of translating the Bible into English and questioning the authority of the pope and the established church. The Catholic Church was so set upon ensuring that Tyndale's translation was destroyed that on two separate occasions, they bought as many copies of the translation as they could and then set them on fire. Yes, book burning was a thing even in England.

Why would Tyndale embark on such a dangerous effort? He highlights this in The Obedience of a Christian Man (available at Amazon @ https://www.amazon.com/Obedience-Christian-Man-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140434771/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467906002&sr=1-1&keywords=the+obedience+of+a+christian+man). You can also download the book in PDF form from a variety of online sources. And I would point you to two articles about the book: one a fantastic summary of Tyndale's polemic (http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/issues/issue-16/from-archives-from-obedience-of-christian-man.html) and the other an article about the polemics between Tyndale and More (https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/pen-and-ink-wars-or-tyndale-vs-more/).

If you want to read why the man felt honor bound to translate the Bible into the vernacular, then I urge you to read his treatise about the necessity of vernacular translations. Only then should we discuss whether translating the Bible into the vernacular is heretical.___

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2016-07-06 16:57:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The AP agrees with the FBI: Secretary Clinton misled the public and investigators.

Her email system is undeniably unlawful. And her attempts to hide that fact are undeniably conscious choices. Was the establishment of the server willful? Of course it was. There is ample evidence of this fact. However, there might be some disagreement about intent among loyal Democrats. However a reasonable citizen would probably consider the willful hiding of a broken vase to be sufficient grounds for judging that a child is acting deceitfully (and intentionally).

Regardless, the statue doesn't even require 'intent' to be proven. In short, this situation is the perfect example of why an investigation by independent counsel is often necessary. And Comey's behavior/decision is grounds for possible sanction.

The AP agrees with the FBI: Secretary Clinton misled the public and investigators.

Her email system is undeniably unlawful. And her attempts to hide that fact are undeniably conscious choices. Was the establishment of the server willful? Of course it was. There is ample evidence of this fact. However, there might be some disagreement about intent among loyal Democrats. However a reasonable citizen would probably consider the willful hiding of a broken vase to be sufficient grounds for judging that a child is acting deceitfully (and intentionally).

Regardless, the statue doesn't even require 'intent' to be proven. In short, this situation is the perfect example of why an investigation by independent counsel is often necessary. And Comey's behavior/decision is grounds for possible sanction.___

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2016-07-05 02:38:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

My grin is broad and implacable.

My grin is broad and implacable.___

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2016-07-04 18:45:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Could it be???

Based upon the most recent information at hand, it looks like the TMobile S7 may finally be rooted. I'm following the thread over on XDA. But this looks really promising.

Could it be???

Based upon the most recent information at hand, it looks like the TMobile S7 may finally be rooted. I'm following the thread over on XDA. But this looks really promising.___

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2016-07-04 13:13:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

So is the National Rifle Association (and citizen-owned firearms) responsible for this one as well?

So is the National Rifle Association (and citizen-owned firearms) responsible for this one as well?___

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2016-06-12 03:53:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-06-08 17:54:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Yes, it's true.

I did get released from DST Systems today. I have no idea whether anyone else from DST Systems will be joining me in the market. I certainly hope not. Unfortunately, I suspect that I am one of many that are in the same situation.

In the meantime, I wanted to let each member of my Capacity and Performance Engineering team (and every friend at DST) know how much of a privilege it has been to work with you. The entire team made a difference. And I am sad that our impact couldn't overcome the real issues that DST Systems must face.

It is my hope and prayer that we will cross paths once again. Until then, may God bless you, your families, and the entire team at DST Systems.

Yes, it's true.

I did get released from DST Systems today. I have no idea whether anyone else from DST Systems will be joining me in the market. I certainly hope not. Unfortunately, I suspect that I am one of many that are in the same situation.

In the meantime, I wanted to let each member of my Capacity and Performance Engineering team (and every friend at DST) know how much of a privilege it has been to work with you. The entire team made a difference. And I am sad that our impact couldn't overcome the real issues that DST Systems must face.

It is my hope and prayer that we will cross paths once again. Until then, may God bless you, your families, and the entire team at DST Systems.___

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2016-05-16 15:01:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

"What do you do if you're a giant corporation devoted to selling people huge, $100/month bundles of TV channels they don't want anymore, but you also have a monopoly on selling high-speed Internet access, which they want very badly?"

My heart breaks for the difficult choices that telcos are forced to make. NOT. Monopolies should not be given the means (and protection) to extend their monopolies.

"What do you do if you're a giant corporation devoted to selling people huge, $100/month bundles of TV channels they don't want anymore, but you also have a monopoly on selling high-speed Internet access, which they want very badly?"

My heart breaks for the difficult choices that telcos are forced to make. NOT. Monopolies should not be given the means (and protection) to extend their monopolies.___

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2016-05-13 11:08:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Judge rules that ACA (a.k.a., Obamacare) was ...unconstitutionally spending money to subsidize health insurers.

Bottom line: Money is being spent w/o Congressional authorization. I'm fairly certain that this will be appealed.



Judge rules that ACA (a.k.a., Obamacare) was ...unconstitutionally spending money to subsidize health insurers.

Bottom line: Money is being spent w/o Congressional authorization. I'm fairly certain that this will be appealed.

___

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2016-05-09 00:40:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Sometimes, I think I'm employed in a tech company simply so I can afford my insatiable tech habit.

Last year, I implemented a PC-based DVR so that my daughter could watch some of her favorite shows if Hulu or Netflix didn't have it. I built it on her desktop using sabnzbd and Sickbeard. And it has worked well for a couple of years.

But now that I'm going to plant new roots with my son, I needed to rebuild some of the infrastructure so that I could still see some of the shows that I wanted to watch. And given my Raspberry Pi addiction, I had to put it onto an RPi.

And that has been easier said than done. Actually, setting up a Rasbian/Debian Wheezy implementation was simple. And downloading the right packages from the right repositories was fairly simple. But after I installed the software, I ran into some challenges setting everything up.
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Sometimes, I think I'm employed in a tech company simply so I can afford my insatiable tech habit.

Last year, I implemented a PC-based DVR so that my daughter could watch some of her favorite shows if Hulu or Netflix didn't have it. I built it on her desktop using sabnzbd and Sickbeard. And it has worked well for a couple of years.

But now that I'm going to plant new roots with my son, I needed to rebuild some of the infrastructure so that I could still see some of the shows that I wanted to watch. And given my Raspberry Pi addiction, I had to put it onto an RPi.

And that has been easier said than done. Actually, setting up a Rasbian/Debian Wheezy implementation was simple. And downloading the right packages from the right repositories was fairly simple. But after I installed the software, I ran into some challenges setting everything up.

The challenges were many. I had permission problems. I had formatting and transcoding issues. And I even ran into a few hardware issues. But after about ten hours (spread over a few days), I've finally gotten the new downloader/PVR built.

Is an RPi capable of doing the job? Well, as you would expect, it is a little slow. But for managing downloads and doing some asynchronous transcoding, it is the best bang-for-the-buck that you can find. And it is a lot of fun to solve puzzles like this.

So if you want a puzzle, this is one that is worth solving. Otherwise, you can buy as machine from an integrator and spend 3x - 5x the money. But as for me and my family, we will save the money.___

2016-05-07 16:41:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

“In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life.” - Jeb Bush

Trump is 0 - 3 in Bush endorsements. I can't wait to see Barbara's views.

“In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life.” - Jeb Bush

Trump is 0 - 3 in Bush endorsements. I can't wait to see Barbara's views.___

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2016-05-07 16:23:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

True in 1974 - true today as well.

#NeverTrump

True in 1974 - true today as well.

#NeverTrump___

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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; 2 +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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