Dec 29, 2010

Join in and ask friends to join too! - Frosty Fenders 2010

Hey There, I've been learning a little more about the facebook Group Interface, and how facebook has it setup for the open groups.  It's fairly easy to ask others to join, and they don't have to join if they don't want to, but it makes a lot of sense if someone they know invites them to a group. First they know someone in the group, and the other person doing the inviting is the "expert" about what the group is about. :)

There's an explanation of what the group is about over on the group page... but basically it's just voting on the trucks with the most outrageous snow / ice covering them for this winter.... There's already some really cool pictures in there to check out. - The picture with the most votes wins the contest. The Winner will Get a Little Digital Award (picture) from me, and a Hat.

Here's the link..

The Art of making it happen, and Lee Iacocca

Day 263, 2010

Again, I was doing some thinking. Again. It might not mean much. But thinking back, there was a man that earned many peoples respect back in the past, and he took a large car company from broke or bankrupt to profitable years ago.  Lee Iacocca. One of his quotes was:

The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.
- Lee Iacocca

So, I guess one could say that just blogging about a topic is a start. It's writing it down. You can move on from there. Other's can see it, and comment on it. It also helps to have a blog that will be around to view later.

I've pretty much decided to abandon my Posterous Blogs, and move things to Blogger or WordPress, but for now, I think that Blogger will suit most of my needs just fine. I've already setup to point Blogger.  And I've thought about adding short audio clips to this blog, so it would have some podcasts also.  Blogger will allow for other elements in the sidebar that Posterous won't. Blogger has been around for some time, and with all of the extra little widgets that connect blogs to each other, it shouldn't be to much of a problem.  True WordPress would do more, but I think that I can "get er done" with Blogger. I might do a post about what I see the differences are between Posterous, Blogger, and WordPress in the future. 

I'm not able to blog to multiple blogs and keep them updated at any kind of a decent rate, due to my pursuit of life, liberty, and a pay check. So, will be the main site, and I'll re-post geeky related ones over on when I have one that fits for over there. 

I hope everyone is having a great Holiday....

Dec 28, 2010

If true evolution existed...

Don't you think that human nature would evolve the quickest?
That we would have animals that talked? Or cooked?


Posting from the phone...

Testing to see if an audio voice note will post directly from my
phone... Its not an mp3, but in amr format so we'll see how this turns
out. Haha. @thenose100

Dec 27, 2010

Moving to

I will be abandoning my Posterous Blogs for Blogger. Right now points to the blog that I will be keeping updated instead of the posterous site(s). also In any event, Posterous is fine but has its limits due to its simplicity. I've just got to get the blogger address in my phone so I can do updates to that blog, via email like I'm doing right now. :) @thenose100

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Dec 22, 2010

Dear Blog, Day 356 of 2010: Bra Hats?

Image Courtesy of Johnny Madden on

As I sit down to write this, that cat has done her thing. Which reminded me. Why does cat poop smell like burnt rubber? Or Vice Versa, as the later came first?  Maybe I ought to send a message to the Michelin Man and ask him?  

With the weird work hours, I can't seem to get my brain to function very smoothly in the evenings. Today it seems apparent that getting up at 4 am was agreeable, as my alarm was set for 5 am. But I woke up at 4 wide awake. Yesterday the alarm was set for 2:20 am. That was way to early.  Thus the Mush brain last night, all it was good for was light conversation and some TV.  In any case, I was  warned that today will start with a short run, with the possibility of another one tacked on when I'm done with the first. The second run, would take at lest 9 hrs. But that might wrap up my week due to the holiday. 

I did try to humor a friend yesterday with a text message asking him to ask to try on some bras as hats at the drug store he was going to for some pills.  He's having some serious surgery done, and I'm worried.  I fight my worries with humor. Sometimes at inappropriate times.  But really, what's the best time for humor? When you're expecting a laugh?  That's one of the reasons that I don't care for a lot of Hollywood's movies and sitcoms.  If they have predictable humor. If I can see the joke coming at me, it's not usually funny. AND some of the crap they try to pass off as humor just isn't funny. Granted, Comedy isn't always easy to do.  When I'm asked to be funny, I can't be. Maybe its the same way when writing a script? 

Soo... I missed the Lunar eclipse. It also fell on winter solstice.  And that brings me back around to the holiday season, and  get me to wondering. Why do Christians still continue to Celebrate Christ's Birth on a Pagan holiday?  If you know it's the wrong day, why continue the process? Why not move it to a Spring Event, as that's when he was born?  So, this begs the question. Does admittedly doing something wrong, and continuing  to do the wrong thing in the name of a tradition make it right?  And yes, I will be doing come gift giving, and Celebrating the tradition of Christmas. Why? Well, its something we've always done.  But it always makes me wonder...  Are we doing the right thing? And, if not, How would you "Fix It"?   I just chalk it up as one of those goofy things that we do. 

Gotta go! :) 

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Dec 20, 2010

Dear Blog, Day 354 2010, Western Union, 1937

Hey there, I was chatting with my mom talking about old things, and getting caught up, and she mentioned that she had a old Telegram that her Dad had send his dad, announcing her birth.  Cool, eh?  Back in those days, Western Union was the state of the art in communication. This telegram was sent from Flint, MI to Turner, MI about 100 miles.  No, I got a Photo copy of the original, and have edited it to look what I think it might look like. Maybe one day, I can do a real scan of it. :-)

I love old things like this, the old radios, the smell of a transformer burning dust off of it...

Do you have any old images of your family and it's history scanned and shared?

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Dec 18, 2010

Dear Blog Day 352 2010 - The Big Road and a NuT - Wigglestick

I used to blog on a site called Journalspace. My Blog was called "The Big Road and a NuT".  Back in 2003, when I was blog hunting, and trying to see what it was that I was missing, I did some Blog hopping and site testing, etc.  Blogger,, Myspace, etc...

I wasn't on Twitter, facebook, or a few of the other social network sites, and didn't see the point at the time.  I do think that I had setup an account on some or most all sites, looked around and decided some looked more like a business site, others looked like there were kids just doing their thing, and showing off the musical groups that they liked. Others looked ok, but no one was connected. No Community.  Blogger Didn't have a sense of community, nor did a few of the other sites.  But I still liked Blogger, and still do.

Journalspace did. I've met a few friends there, and we've stayed in contact over the years, even with the demise and re-birth of Journalspace.  I did back up some of my blog postings from there, but where I put the backup. I'm not so sure. :-[       I was kind of hoping to find the file, and to grab parts of it and share them. But also to do a re-view of what I might have been saying, as that's always kind of interesting to see what you said 5 years ago.

I was looking at some of the photo's that I had on Photobucket, as that's where I used to save most all of my files, and ran across this one.


I had the idea that if I posted a few weird images of things that didn't really exist on T-Shirts, that maybe I could raise some money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  I got so far as getting a Domain Name (seems someone is squatting on the current version of it now,  Meh!)  But I didn't take the time to do anything else with it. Didn't know how to promote it, or a site or anything like that.

I was feeling a bit bummed due to there's so many things that I've thought about, and not acted on. Ideas that are dormant.  There's only so much time in the day.  Even a Metric Clock won't change that.  :-P    If  I ever get to the "work at home" state of things, maybe I'll be able to work on some other ideas a little more.  Right now, all of that is just a dream.  And I'm trying to learn my way around the blogosphere a little bit better.  Maybe one day, I'll actually make enough money from AdSense to purchase a cup of coffee. 

What kinds of things have you started that you've not finished?  I've started lots things that I've forgotten about.  But here is a list of a few things of mine. I'd like to know what kinds of things you'd like to invent or create if you had the time.  Who knows, maybe we can merge some ideas?

Randy's short list forgotten things to make or do...

A Decade Car: A car manufactured to stay basically the same for 10 years, that is easily modified. I'd like to sit down with some ideas and hash them out, and at least make some kind of prototype out of wood, play dough, or Lego's.

An Open Source Coffee Shop:  A Learning place for open source ideas, geared for learning. Sort of a Mash Up of a Sylvan Learning Center, Make Magazine and Panera Bread...

So? Again, What would you like to see done, or do? =-O

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Dec 17, 2010

Dear Blog Day 251, 2010 - A Metric Clock or Calendar?

Yea, I know. I didn't talk to you yesterday Dear Blog. - I got caught up doing some PDF stuff from the Google Reader to Open Office, and the images don't get save locally when you do that.  Pain in the ass to edit a file that has 50 or so entries with 10 or more images per blog post.  :-(

Maybe someone has an idea for this? =-O  

Ok, on to what I was thinking earlier today.

A Metric Clock. 24 hrs would be replaced by 10 hrs.  I knew I wasn't the only one who had thought of this.. There's a Wiki on it. LOL.

A Metric Calendar. 

10 months.  We get rid of February and August.  Those months sorta suck anyway. 36 day months, alternated with 37 day months, with every 4 years with an extra day at the end of the first or last month of the year.  There's no getting rid of a Calender creeping up on ya, if yo don't do that extra day every 4 years.

10 day weeks. With 3 day weekends.

The names for the days of the weeks are up for grabs.

But I was thinking...  Onesday, Twosday, Threesdady, etc.. :-\

Oh my, look what I found! There is a French Version already created.. Wow. =-O

Ok, well, gotta go, I'm beat.  I've got a chauffeur showing up to ferry me around a bit.  I figure that 500+ miles today was enough, along with two deliveries.

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Dec 15, 2010

Dear Blog Day 349, 2010 A Hurried post..

Dear Blog. Sorry I've ignored you for the last couple of days. I've been busy with work. Getting up at 1 am can drain a person's sense of timing etc.  And well, quite honestly I forgot about you.  Food, Shower, and a few moments in front of the TV with my wife seems to be more important.

Today is the second day in a row, I woke up a couple moments early.  I'm listening to the Latest Juiced Penguin, drinking some coffee as I write this. - I need to get a #VFTC done. I got the pictures on the computer from the BlackBerry.  I'll try to get them up today.

Well, the alarm just went off, Time to hit the road.

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Dec 13, 2010

Dear Blog, Day 347, 2010 - Woke up early. Awake, Can't Sleep

Have you Ever Woke up 2 hrs early?  Can't get back to sleep? You have an idea gnawing at the insides of your skull? Yea, that's where I am. The idea was for someone else's blog. Sent the email off to them.  But sending off the email has gotten rid of the brain itch. 
No, I've not gotten the site up.  I have the domain, but haven't hosted it yet. (have you ever done that? Bought a domain name, and then do absolutely nothing with it? I bought some time ago, and I'm not even sure who I used to do it. 

Anyway, now I need to get my act together for getting down the road.. it's a snowy day where I am in Ohio... 

Posted via Email to RandyNose.Posterous / TruckerPocketMoney
@thenose100 on Twitter and

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Dec 12, 2010

Dear Blog, Week 50 2010. I've decided to try an experiment.

I've decided to experiment around a bit. 
I keep reading some highly visible and successful bloggers are doing to keep peeps interested in their blogs. I seem to find a few common threads of thought. 

1: Be Interesting
2: Be Very Interesting and Talk of share something of value
3: Be yourself
4: You don't need to Steal content. - Comment with your own views and opinions. 
5: Don't forget to be interesting. 
6: Find your Niche 
7: Start a Conversation, Don't be Preachy. (oh man, that might be a bit hard for me, not to be soap boxy, hah hah)

Well. All I know how to do is be me. But a Blog "All About Me" Isn't going to be interesting. It's the Thoughts, the Ideas the visions of how I'd like some thing to be, the inventions that aren't yet invented THOSE are the areas that I need to concentrate on when I blog. I think.  I use to do a Podcast Called Randomized Radio, and I had a good 30-40 (from the stats) listeners. I stopped doing it, maybe I ought to bring it back again. I just need to find a good method for doing it.  

Maybe I ought to do a "Dear Blog" Series for a few weeks. I also think that I'm going to move my Posterous Account over to RandyNose.Com, and that will be run on a WordPress Blog, simply due to the fact that WordPress is a standard that almost ALL of the highly successful bloggers seem to use. I still like the dead simplicity of Posterous, and the Solidness of Blogger, as I've used them both, but WordPress seems to be the Cadillac standard. I'll stick with the tried and true for this. 

What I'm thinking for the layout of the Blogs.  And I'm fishing for your input here, by the way. = Top Blog, everything get's posted there. 

PimpingThePenguin = Linux Geek and Open Source Articles get re-posted there.
TruckerPocketmoney = Tips for Truckers to save a buck, DIY Vehicle type stuff, Reposted on it.
RandomizedRadio, and all of it's doings will be rolled over to

So, What are your ideas? 
Would some of you like more RandomizedRadio Podcasts?
More Goofy Blog Posts from me?  - And I don't know what I mean by that, other then maybe attempts at humor on my part.

Comments Please! 

@thenose100 on Twitter and | | | Originally written in Gmail. 

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Dec 11, 2010

How and why Did you get into trucking?

How and why Did you get into trucking?

Posted by Randy on December 11, 2010


I want to make sure that I’m able to post to this site via email. – That way, if I’m out and about, I can easily post something here from my phone.  But While I’m here, Making a message…  I’m still struggling with ideas for blogging, or how to focus my efforts.  I want this blog to be about how truckers can save a buck or two,  or even make one or two. If I can find coupons or other deals that are good, I’ll post and link to them also.   I’ve been doing a lot of reading over on ProBlogger, JohnChow, and BlogTyrant, trying to figure out how to create a more engaging blog.  Time will tell if I do or don’t. I do know that with the trucking gig, that weekly posts are about as often as I can get one out.  Also, I think that I’m going to stop promoting my Posterous Account as much, and work on this blog more.

Truth be told, I started this “whole trucking thing” as a temporary gig to stay employed almost 12 years ago. – Trucking’s been good to me, I’ve met quite a few good people.  But it’s not really my first love. I’m a geek. I truly am.

Ok So here’s my question to you. How did you get involved with trucking?

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Dec 10, 2010

Wikileaks, Cables, and what's bothering me the most about it...

I'm not a reporter, I'm just a guy. I see and get involved with the information around me just as anyone else.  Yes, we have a DATA OVERLOAD today, and we'll continue to have Data Overload with our ability to use the web, etc.  But this thing with Wikileaks I find a bit scary. Not that Wikileaks might expose some name of a spy. Granted, I don't want to see people put into harms way. An information war isn't always clear, trying to go back and figure out who's done what to who for why how many years ago etc, I can't keep up with it all.  BUT.. Here's my take on things... 

Wikileaks was left alone, when it "exposed" Army or Military Secrets.
Wikileaks WAS gone after when the Politicians asses  were exposed. 

Two wrongs don't make a right.

How can a US Government official make a call to a web hosting provider and get them to pull the plug?  Shut down a bank account? - 

And how does this affect you? 

What if it were you they (The US Government) was pissed at? 
How would you want things handled? 
Would you be able to defend yourself if they cut off your ability to speak?

I'm against the censorship and the way that the US is conducting its self. 

And to that end, I encourage others to change their icon to support the freedom of ideas, and speech.  

@thenose100 on Twitter and

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@Tachoblog #VFTC A Summery of my picked pics for this week...

These are rather cruddy pics, but it seem my phone (BlackBerry) doesn't do so well with the slightest motion when it's dark. (Maybe it's keeping the exposure longer due to the need of light?)  In any case, these two shots were taking going north on 55th Street in Cleveland, Oh. Wed Night Cleveland got dumped on with 6 inches of snow (Lake effect?) during rush hour, the plows weren't able to keep up with it.

This is on the freeway just bit before the 55th Street exit... 
I think. Or it could be Akron a night before. LOL. =-O

In any case, it took me 2 hrs to go 15 miles. One of our other drivers said it took him 5 hours to go 15 miles....

I dunno, I'm always amazed at how traffic jams up when it does, and how rude everyone gets, and how it exacerbates the problem. I'm no angel, and I've done the same rude thing, only due to the fact that if I didn't I wouldn't have gotten anywhere.

For Example.  The Grid Locking of intersections. - I tried to leave room for the other traffic to get across the intersections in the snowy bumper to bumper traffic, but cars were pulling in front of me, and filling up that "space" so, I quit leaving it there for a few blocks.

Another pet peeve. - People that don't know that they need to stop at a stoplight when it's dead.
You need to treat it like a 4 way stop. But way to many people don't.

I sent in a trio of pictures from this Lancaster, NY Customer a few weeks back. Back when there wasn't snow. See if you can go back and find them. - But you'll have to browse through TachoBlog to find them.. (Ha HA! See G, I'm getting people to BROWSE your blog now. Ok, I'm trying...) 

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Dec 2, 2010

@TachoBlog #VFTC Pics on this blog post...

As I was headed South yesterday (Yes, in the near freezing rain)  (11-30-10) on I-71 near Jeffersonville, Oh, I noticed this truck with some FUD on it. I really think something gets lost in the Translation. FUD is short for Fear Uncertainty and Doubt, and I don't want any of that when it comes to a hot-dog.

FWIW: I found John's Blog and he has a better explanation about the FUD truck, and BIMBO too. Funny Mexican Brand Names that just don't make it past the universal translation barrier. 

And here's another shot, in about the same area on I-71, but a day later.  It's trying to get Frosty on My Fenders. But it didn't happen. 

Also on I-71, but I think I took this on Monday. I The Trucks Logo just make me think that he had a whole lot of BlueTooth to go around. I'm thinking he's hording it. (Real BlueTooth Logo Here)



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Nov 28, 2010

We will we will TUX you

I think that it's pretty obvious, that this needs to be sung to
We Will Rock you, and We Are the Champions... 

Billy got a toy make a big tech noise
Typing on the screen gonna make a big O.S. some day
You got no security in place
You big disgrace
Virus' popping up all over the place

We will we will TUX you
We will we will TUX you

Stevie was a young man hard man
Typing on your screen and cheating fools who'll pay
You've got no drive space 
You big disgrace
Wavin your apples all over the place

We will we will TUX you
We will we will TUX you

Buddy screwing us was always your plan
Dealing with locked up blue screens all day

You got no disk space
You big disgrace
Somebody better format you out of this place

We will we will TUX you
We will we will TUX you


I searched for truth -
and found it on line -
I found open source
And didn't pay a dime -
Found Slax and Mandrake
I've found Ubuntu
I've had my share of malware on disk space -
And Linux has come through 

We are the penguins - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -
We are the penguins -
We are the penguins
No time for losers
'Cause we are the penguins - of the world -

Too soon to take a bow
The future calls -
There's work to do and hardware to be discovered and everything that goes with that. 
Linux given to all -

The internet never closes
source for all to peruse -
consider it our challenge before the whole human race -
And we ain't gonna lose -

We are the penguins - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -
We are the penguins -
We are the penguins
No time for losers
'Cause we are the penguins - of the world -


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Sep 17, 2010

Scam Alert... Craig's List Job Posting

While looking for work on Craig's List, I got sucked into a scam...
It seemed odd that they'd want my Credit Report for a Job Interview...

I really don't have time for this, and have other things I need to attend to. But I feel that I must post a scam if I run into it.

I Goggled the companies name, and got 0 hits. That's odd!
Nothing for ELD Property Management, but mentioned an ELL Property Management

So, I checked out their URL..
If you think you're dealing with a scamer site check their URLS Age here:

Seems they've also gone by ELL Property Management.
On Craig's List - Cleveland, OH
They posted this... Note the lack of a space 'NeededImmediate'


Technical Support NeededImmediate Start (Cleveland)

Date: 2010-09-15, 3:14AM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

We are looking for best-in-class client-side support people to support our growing presence.
They will offer quality hands-on technical support to internal customers through all available channels while exceeding their expectations at every chance.

The successful Technician will be extremely client focused and motivated by team success. You will require a keen eye for recognizing inefficiency and take the initiative to simplify processes for their customers. You will not be afraid to relentlessly escalate and consistently higher the standards for talent and client service. You will be innovative, energetic, and able to adapt to new processes and procedures quickly while dealing with a high volume of requests. You will be dedicated, flexible, and have demonstrated the ability to maintain high levels of productivity whilst working alone.

- Formal training, classwork and/or degree is preferred.
- Strong communication and business skills are necessary to ensure a high level of client satisfaction.

Location: Cleveland
Compensation: $18 per hour
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
PostingID: 1954798859

You get an email from
Agnes Lafever
That looks like this...


Hello Randy,

Thank you for your interest and your recent resume submission. My name is Agnes and
I am the Human Resource Manager that is in charge of the hiring process for our company
ELD Property Management. I've look over your application and due to the high amount of
replies that we've gotten regarding our recent classifieds posting, I wanted to contact
you as soon as possible and see if you would be interested in setting up an interview with us.

Before I continue let me tell you some background information about ELD Property Management:
We are an established Rental Company that was founded back in 1984 and we've grown immensely
since then. Unlike other rental companies, we hope to foster a fun yet efficient environment
for our employees since we have the firm belief that if we provide our employees with a
welcoming work atmosphere we will see an increased return in productivity. Candidates should
consider themselves self-starters and be able to work efficiently with minimum supervision. Other
skills like great interaction with employees of all levels of the firm, strong communication
skills, organization skills etc. are also valued very highly.

Our company aims to build a strong bond with its employees and therefore we offer benefits
packages for you and your family plus we thrive to pay our employees a higher hourly wage than
any of our competitors. We will be discussing compensation and benefits a little bit more in
detail during our interview when we are in a more private environment instead of public emails.

Now due to our policies I will not be able to schedule an interview with you until you have
filled out one of our online applications which can be found on our company website.
Please visit and fill out our short application so we can move on
with the interview process. Each applicant is required to have a personal application code
in order to fill the application.

Your code is: QaPGDFYFZYC

Since we have received such a high number of replies to our job posting I will only be able to
hold your application on my desk for 1-2 days more so please do not wait too long to fill out
our online application! I will contact you as soon as I receive your online application!

Now if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
Hoping to see you here for an interview soon,

Human Resource Manager
ELD Property Management


If you go to their site, they say that you'll need a credit report for the job interview... Sorry, but that's not needed, In my book...

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Jul 10, 2010

Is there a way to create a viable Business Model installing and supporting Desktop Ubuntu?

It's no secret that I love Linux. I like using it, I like finding new things about it, and that I'd like to know that more people are using it. Comfortably, Reliably, and with support.  And It's not a secret that I like Ubuntu.  But how do I find the people that WANT it, how do people know that they might WANT it. - I had a chance to talk to my Landlady, a smart and intelligent person, but she's not into being a geek. My Wife's not a Geek either.  Both of these lady's want to be able to use their computers, and then get on with their lives. The landlady is accustomed to the MS stuff, and that she needed to purchase MS Office products in order to do things. Her daughters school has Microsoft Office products on their machines, so, like many parents, she felt compelled to get a product (spend money) to create PowerPoint presentations. 

Here's what I'm thinking. And if you're reading this, I'd like your input and suggestions. I'm thinking Craigslist. Putting and ad up in Craigslist that I'll install Ubuntu one someone's machine. I'll get it tweak and setup proper, import their settings, if need be, and / or set the machine up to dual boot if they'd like. 

Q: What to charge? 

Q: What levels to charge for the time? 

Q: Get them hooked up with the paid Ubuntu Support site? 

Q: How much time would the average install take? - Provide links for tutorial videos?

Currently, I'm making my money as a trucker. Not a geek riddled world, or at least, not my end of it, being behind the wheel.  I'd like that to change, but maybe that can and will change with time. If it's meant to be. 

I don't know what my daily schedule is the night before most of the time. - That makes my life...  interesting.  I can request certain times and days for things, ahead of time, but that's not always do-able. 

In any case, thanks for your time, and input.


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The Space Review: Astrospies....

While “Astrospies” offered some new insights into and images of the MOL project, the program was not without some errors. (credit: USAF) Astrospies, corrected by Dwayne A. Day Monday, April 14, 2008 Over the years, PBS’s Nova program has produced some excellent space documentaries. Two of the best focused on the Mars exploration rovers. In February of this year Nova aired a program titled “Astrospies”, focusing on the United States Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) and the Soviet Almaz program (see “All along the watchtower”, The Space Review, February 11, 2008). MOL and Almaz were military space stations intended to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance of the Earth. MOL was canceled before it ever had the chance to fly, but Almaz flew several times before the Soviets ended the program. The documentary is available on DVD for anybody who missed it and a transcript can be found here.

-This is just old school cool...

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Jul 5, 2010

6 Real Sci-Fi Gadgets: The Future... Today! | ITworld

June 28, 2010, 08:30 AM — — 

Science Fiction sometimes comes up with remarkable ideas for devices which would make our lives easier. Or, at the very least, much cooler. Until we get a faster than light drive or a light saber, the following will have to do. Read on, and enjoy the future of fantasy today.

Universal Translator

The one big gotcha about visiting an alien race (Dr. Hawking's concerns notwithstanding) is the language barrier. In the Star Wars universe, communication is done the old fashioned way: learn the language. With Star Trek and Doctor Who, universal translator devices are what will get you talking. Here on Earth in the 21st century, Voxtec has created the Phraselator, a hand-held device used by the U.S. military that translates 40 different languages. None of them Klingon. Yet.

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Linux School: Today’s Lesson: Getting started with Linux | ITworld

Linux School: Today’s Lesson: Getting started with Linux

Source: ITworld

Have you ever been tempted by desktop Linux's security and stability, but you didn't know where to begin? You don't have to be some kind of technical wizard who chants "awk, grep, sed" at a shell command prompt to run Linux these days. Which Linux is right for you and what's the best way to get acquainted? This guide will help.

Hmmm This looks worthy of more study...

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Jun 28, 2010

Disabling Synaptics Touchpad with Ubuntu 10.04 at Andrew Ferrier

Disabling Synaptics Touchpad with Ubuntu 10.04

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I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my Thinkpad T61 and set about disabling the touchpad, which I always find irritating. There seemed to be lots of guides to this, including this one, but none of them seemed to work for me. Eventually I figured some fairly simple steps which did work:

  1. Install two packages if they aren’t already installed (gpointing-device-settings is the more modern version of gsynaptics and will uninstall it if it’s installed):
    sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics gpointing-device-settings
  2. Start gpointing-device-settings from the command line and select “Touchpad off”, as shown here:
  3. Exit the tool and reboot.

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June 4th, 2010 at 7:22 am

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  1. I simply use Fn+F8 after startup to disable the trackpad – Sometimes I like to enable it for other people using it, and thats easy with Fn+F8

    Of course I have to do this for every reboot, but thats only about twice a month :)

    Anton Piatek

    4 Jun 10 at 08:06:22

  2. Fair enough. I’d never even noticed that shortcut was there!


    4 Jun 10 at 08:06:02

  3. Actually it wasn’t on my T43p, but is on my W500, so it was new at some point though I have no idea when

    Anton Piatek

    5 Jun 10 at 16:06:14

  4. Actually, I found that I didn’t have to even reboot, and it worked well. Thanks!

    Also, on my Toshiba A-135, I tried to use an extented fn key combo, and couldn’t find one. :(

    Randy Noseworthy

    28 Jun 10 at 21:06:07

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I'm going to have to add this to my list of things to do to Linux Mint 9 (or Ubuntu 10.04)

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Jun 27, 2010

Replies to: #RSSTQ No. 14: What's more manly a bath-wash fragrance? Tangerine, Peach, or Lavender?

Thanks to all that joined in this weeks RSSTQ, I'll try to get these out in a more timely manner... 


@lostnbronx, well...i hate to winge, but it's the man who makes the manliness, not the scent.

@mrsxoke  Lavender has a more musky scent of the three. I would go that way....

From FaceBook 

Lonnie Carbaugh  No other choices? I guess I'll go with the Tangerine.

Claudio Miranda  That's a tough one Randy. I'll go with lavender because it takes a REAL man to pull off a soft smell and still be manly. :-p

Chad Nelson Prefer gl5 [Editor's note: Gear Oil?] myself.

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Jun 25, 2010

Roger L. Simon » Al Gore jumps twenty-five sharks

Al Gore jumps twenty-five sharks

June 25, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

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Is it “Cap and Trade” or “Cap and Rough Trade”?

Will Al Gore now be the butt of more jokes than anyone who ever lived?

Well, not quite, but it was always easy enough to make fun of Al — that blowhard who claimed to invent the Internet and that his marriage inspired Love Story. But no one could have anticipated his never-to-be-forgotten June of 2010, a month that would give even the strongest of us a migraine for life. And everything seemed to be going so well for him in May with the announcement of his purchase of a nine-million dollar ocean front home in Montecito.

Well, that place may have had a carbon footprint the size of Indiana, but we’re used to the hypocrisy of the supposedly green-minded. It comes with the territory.

But then came June. First the end of the “Love Story-ed” marriage with Tipper, then the putative affair with Laurie David and now this — sexual assault allegations. (That last appeared in the National Enquirer — as we know, a newspaper with one of the greatest track records for accuracy of any publication in our country. I’m serious. If not for them, John Edwards might be vice-president right now. Think about that. And, NE is backed up by police reports, etc.)

Whoa … Forget the migraines. Think seppuku.

But what does this all mean in the real world? Al Gore has already made a mockery of the Academy Awards and the Nobel Peace Prize, not that these organizations’ voters didn’t make a mockery of themselves and not that the latter wasn’t already a self-parody of monumental Orwellian proportions.

But all this emerges at the very moment that our “progressive” (talk about Orwellian constructs!) administration is about to proffer another round of energy legislation predicated on the anthropogenic global warming concepts promulgated by one Al Gore. This legislation will be voted on by several hundred people, few of whom — other than a handful of doctors — have any scientific training whatsoever.

You would think, though, that since so many of them are lawyers, they would be aware of that hoariest of Roman legal principles — Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus (You lie about one thing, you lie about all). That might give them pause that they have relied on propagandistic drivel like An Inconvenient Truth (how ironic that title now!) as a source of scientific knowledge. This is a film — already discredited in a British court — now revealed to have been produced by a man who is just a general all around creep or worse.

Would any honest person trust him? Isn’t it time to go to different, more credible, sources? Why not, say, invite MIT’s Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science, Richard Lindzen, to testify on the subject — a real scientist, also one who is not currently employed by a government or UN program and therefore not deriving his income from the Global Warming Machine. (As a convenience, they can find plenty of Dr. Lindzen on PJTV.)

I know. Our representatives will have to pay attention. This is difficult stuff. And their lack of background, maybe even inability to understand what Lindzen is saying, may show. But that’s a risk they’ll have to take if they’re the slightest bit interested in the truth (not the supposedly “inconvenient” kind).

This would all be one of the greatest black comedies, surpassing even Dr. Strangelove. Only it’s for real. Some people — notably many in authority — still do think AGW is “settled science” and they do so, largely, because they were inspired by Al Gore.

Well, until now.

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Courage -- Hazelden | How Do I Cope with Losing My Job?

How Do I Cope with Losing My Job?

Someone said, "When you fall down, look around. You may discover something you couldn't see when you were standing up."

Indeed, crisis can create opportunity. If we can avoid negative thinking, we may find opportunities when we're jobless that we wouldn't have found otherwise. A positive attitude and commitment can bring unexpected results.

What is commitment? David McNally said, "It is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down." In Late Bloomers, Brendan Gill lists numerous examples of people who started and developed lucrative careers after age sixty-five.

Many people have been successful when the odds were against them. I think of the philanthropist who helped me through medical school. He sweated bullets whenever he had to sign a check, which was a laborious task for him. When this man had emigrated from Russia in 1920, he sought employment and applied for a job as caretaker of a small synagogue. He was turned down because he could not sign his name, and this would be necessary if he were to receive deliveries.

So he found work with a man who collected scrap metal and rags, and eventually was able to get his own horse and wagon. A clever businessman, he was soon able to buy a few properties.  He survived the Great Depression and made some very successful investments. When I met him in 1950, he was a very wealthy philanthropist.

This man helped pay my medical school tuition. His secretary would write the check, and with great effort, he would sign it. He smiled and said, "Good thing I don't know how to write. If I could have signed my name, I would have become a caretaker of a synagogue and could not help you with your medical school."

Sometimes we may miss an opportunity because our minds are set on doing things a certain way and we resist change. In fact, there is scientific evidence showing that when a person is forced to change a fundamental belief or opinion, the brain undergoes a series of nervous sensations equivalent to torture. It has been said, 'The toughest thing to change is our approach to change. Expect change; it is inevitable. Your decision is to decide whether it is to be by consent or coercion.' Do you have some valuable ideas, but lack the confidence to try them? Don't be afraid. Remember, a baseball player who has a .300 average makes millions, but he hits safely only three times out of ten!

Excerpted from Without a Job, Who Am I? by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.

Without A Job Who Am I?

Without a Job, Who Am I? 
Rebuilding Your Self When You've Lost Your Job, Home, or Life Savings
Softcover, 156 pp.

Whether you are out of work or money, or are afraid of ending up there, Without a Job, Who Am I? offers a system of support to help you stay motivated and persevere, as well as develop and sustain lasting values and a solid sense of identity no matter what your material circumstances happen to be.

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Jun 24, 2010

What's up with Cat food? Why Tuna, Beef, and Turkey?... Cat Food Question. #RSSTQ #Humor

Seriously. What's up with Tuna Cat food, or even Swordfish? Heck, any sea food for that matter.  It's not like my cat's going to go out and attach a great albacore tuna, and bring it home. Nor is she going to get the better of a Cow.  It's not like you've ever seen a heard of cats gang up and attach a bull is it?  Imagine a dozen or more cats stalking a bull cow, and then they all jump on it's back, swiping their extended little kitten claws at the mammoth.  Maybe one might get lucky and hit the jugular. It might take a week for that cow to drain but even two or three little pin sized holes won't slow that beast down. So then, why Beef flavored cat food? It's can you imagine the

Where's the Rat, Cockatoo, Goldfish, Mouse, Squirrel, and Finch flavored cat foods? 

Just some food for thought... 

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#RSSTQ No. 14: What's more manly a bath-wash fragrance? Tangerine, Peach, or Lavender?

So, Tell me, what do you think is a more manly fragrance? :P 

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Edith Shain, Nurse in Iconic WWII Times Square Kiss Photo, Dies at Age 91

I don't know about you, but I certainly recall seeing this picture when it came to VJ day. I think back that it's been 65 years since the end of World War II. I look at the hope and the vitality that followed. And wish we had that hope and vitality today as a nation.

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Jun 23, 2010

Giving Gwibber another shot, It's multiple choice for multiple streams and it's IMAGE stream are...

not matched by anything else. - Choqok is great also, but it added quite a few more KDE elements to my GNOME desktop that didn't need to be there.  PINO is nice, but single stream, and only one Instance. TwitTux is ok, but hasn't been updated since sometime in 2009. 

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Jun 20, 2010

Happy with my Ubuntu...

Happy with my Ubuntu..

Well I don't know but my computer won't load right
I got the feeling that something ain't right
It's so bloated with crap I don't think that it's fair
and I'm wondering how I'll get it up the stairs
PC Clones to the left of me,
Mac Jokers to the right, here I am
Happy as a clam with my Ubuntu.

Yes, I'm happy with my Linux Ubuntu
And I'm wondering what what it can do?
Its so hard to keep this smile from my face,
No virus's sneaking into my geek space
PC Clones to the left of me,
Apple Jokers to the right, here I am
Happy as a clam with my Ubuntu.

The Registry started out as nothing
But bloated with their plans
And the programs they all were a crawlin,
Blue screens of death make you say,
Please.... Please....

FLOSS can make some sense of it all,
DRM makes no sense at all,
When your programs crash to the floor,
'Cause I don't think that I can take anymore
Clones to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
Here I am, happy with my Ubuntu.

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Jun 16, 2010

I guess my Netflix disk isn't getting here today. As the mail man dropped this off..

As the mail man dropped this off..  - Hmm... ok, the front of an evelope, I guess it's better then wondering what happened to it.  Rest In Peace, Transformers DVD. (yea, I think someone snagged it)... 

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Jun 14, 2010

The Bizarre Cathedral - 73

Latest from the Bizarre Cathedral.

This work is covered by a Creative commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence.

Other languages

Thanks to the hard work of others, The Bizarre Cathedral is now also available in the following languages (links below go to external sites):

  • Greek — thanks to Eleftherios Kosmas
  • Czech — thanks to Kainashi
  • Italian — thanks to GL-Como (Gruppo Linux Como).

you may have to wait for the latest strip to be translated. If you are translating the strips into other languages and would like a link here, please get in touch as below.

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Jun 10, 2010

#vftv @tachoblog - Views from Wed the 9th, Headed down to Medina, OH

A Bit foggy, and drizzly on the way there...

Exit 222 off of I-71

Medina, OH is also the Home of ROOT Candles, here I am going past their factory.
Sometimes you can smell the fragrances as they make them.

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Jun 4, 2010



Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 235 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I excluded all but the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislation's responsibility to determine how he votes.


Don't you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O'Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits.

The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.

O'neill is the speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetos it, they can pass it over his veto.


It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can't think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it's because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation" or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

This article was taken from the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper


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Jun 1, 2010

Richard Querin Demanded a Pic of hash brown casserole, Linc caught Red (hat) handed

Ahh, I see, it would seem that Linc from the Linux Link Tech Show is trying to get himself some hasbrown casserole...

That man has good taste!

I tried to post this via an Email to Ping, and I've not seen it post, so.. There might be a dupe of this... 

Ok, just in case someone was wondering what it was that I used?  

2 bags of hasbrowns,  I don't know what size they were, I just snagged them, one didn't look like it would be enough
I bag (14 oz, I think) of Mexican Style shredded cheese, Cheddar might have been better
2 cans of Cream of chicken Soup.  
A few Dashes of milk, maybe 2/3 rds of of an empty soup can's worth.
I'd suggest some onion, and some butter with this mess, and or a different flavor of cream of- soup, Cream of Celery sounds like another good choice. 

mixed all of this stuff up in the dish.. Baked for 30 mins covered,  10 mins uncovered with a handful of topping cheese on it.

If you want a recipe that's looks a little better then mine....  Try this one..  I'm going to give it a little more

Now that Richard has encouraged me to stay up latter then I needed to be... LOL... ok ok, that's not fair. He didn't hold my hands to the keyboard.. 


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May 24, 2010

Think Different, I mean Different! Open Source, Linux... Inspired by MacHEADS... lol

I watched MacHEADS this afternoon, (yea, I don't have a DVD player, and I streamed it to the Wii, it's not a perfect world, LOL).   It's nice to see people have an obsession or be fans of something that's geeky. True, I'm not a Mac fan, but in the history of  Personal Computers, the Mac has played it's part, and in many ways, I'm glad it did.  They upped the ante for Microsoft to create a more usable interface for it's users.  I didn't take to Win 3.x right off, and fought using that danged mouse, but it seemed to be kinda pretty compared to the C:\ prompt. :)  

I recall bouncing around on my C:\ Prompt for my BBS with QFiler (a lot like Norton commander), and using PKZip to help clean up some disk space, and as a sysop that seemed to be the best formula for getting things done. I'd have a simple text editor in Qfiler to edit the BBS config files... and while I'm digressing, BBS's or the good ones, could be used as dos shell in many ways...  

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Linux Mint 9 - Part 3

Over the past week, I've installed the following to make my desktop more complete:

Xsane:  The simple scanner just doesn't do it for me, won't re-number the images auto-magically or if it does, I didn't see or know how. To me thats a simple "must have" feature.  One Scanner utility looks like you're viewing the guts of C3P0 (Star Wars Episode 1) and the other one seems to be overly plain Jane.  

K3B:  While Rhythmbox will rip the CD's etc, K3B seems to do it faster... ? I don't know why.

Had to make use of the NDIS wrapper that comes with Mint, as the wireless card on my laptop died on me, - But I only had an old PCIMCI card to use, and it's chip set isn't Linux friendly, so I had to use some from windows.

I can't think of much else at the moment..  

I'll attach a snapshot of my desktop, as I've not done added 1 image to this rundown of stuff that I've done... 

Tags: Linux Mint 9, 

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