On Ink, Powder, and Faith

On Ink, Powder, and Faith

Rolf Nelson shares a few thoughts at MOTW. After starting with exactly how complicated a simple-sounding question like "what is the best gun/ammo/etc to buy" can be, he digresses to the less than obvious complexities of fountain pens, for people who've only written with cheaply available ball-pojnt or gel pens... (and yes, ball point, at least technical pens, also can be a rabbit hole unto themselves): And yet, when we turn to a new thing, we often ask the “how complicated can it be?” idiot inquiry ourselves. “Fountain pen. Ink. Paper. What could possibly go wrong? I mean,…

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Video Roundup

Video Roundup

First, the silver tongue of the Razorfist, pointing out all of the ways we were supposed to have been knee deep in WW3 by now: Secondly - I can't recommend listening to the Lawstream for everyone, and hearing transcripts are boring as hell, but there is something almost surreal when you do cartoon voices for the different lawyers. The Lemonfuhrer's dry, lungless gasp, and the bit where he has a lawyer voiced as slowpoke Rodriguez (a la speedy Gonzalez) questioning another voiced as Kermit the Frog is worth more than a few laughs, as well as showing exactly why the…

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Miscellaney

Miscellaney

It would be easy to turn this into the all-Sabaton, all the time channel, but they don't release stuff quite that often. That said, while I am still not a fan of the growl/scream vocals, this cover of "82'd All The Way" is actually pretty good. I like the effect of mixing the lady's voice with the guy with the more 80's metal voice. For what it's worth, 82nd is vying with "Devil Dogs" as my favorite song on the album. Oddly, the first track here, just like on The Last Stand, is my least favorite, and the second…

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

Looking Forward, Looking Back

It's been an interesting year. Some of it has been personal matters I won't dredge out here. Some of it is also work related, and changing how that's gone about in a way that, in the long run, should make things better. All in all, after dealing with various family losses and one elder with dementia, it's been a year of retrenching and getting things sorted. But mostly, it's that, having achieved my first goal - to post consistently, I deliberately backed off, and it definitely shows. There's also no point in promising "I'll post more." - I'll simply have…

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Miscellaney

Miscellaney

To crib a general concept from a far more prolific blogger, there are a number of items that pop up that just don't deserve a full writeup on their own, but may still be interesting, or deserve a line or two. First, courtesy of Men of the West, a nifty video on instant vs delayed gratification, and how small choices and differences, consistently iterated over time, add up to huge differences down the road. If you haven't guessed just from the trailer, don't Watch-men. Author Peter Grant brings an AirBNB scam to our attention. Pretty sure they don't want news…

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Scary Halloween

Scary Halloween

As much as I appreciate the simplicty of ghost compared to working in Wordpress, when it comes tim e for updates it is.... anything but. Especially if you haven't been keeping up with the incrementals. It also doen't do a graceful job of updating dependencies. So. Before I get into the sordid details, a bit of fun.... Also a scary story courtesy of Brian Neimeier's Kairos site. Well worth the read. I may have mentioned in the past that some of the experiences I've had in the past lean me toward believing such tales. Patches of woods that felt wrong…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

This is a week that perfectly fits under "improved user expereience," aka "it's a feature, not a bug." I cannot go into details, but the short version is that the week was supposed to start with a server migration, and then go on from there. As it turned out, the week was the server migration, struggling to find time to get other things that needed to be done while assisting the people actually responsible for said migration in troubleshooting, etc. Filed under things that did not work - the mysterious ability of the new server to access SMBv2/3 shares.…

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