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Why your god does not exist June 7, 2015

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I’m amused by people like Glenn Beck saying they have 10,000 pastors willing to die to prevent marriage equality in the U.S.

My response to this was that I’d like to help bring on the deaths of those 10,000 bigoted asshole pastors.

But someone had responded to my post on said article with:

Chuck Hagen: Why does an “All Powerful God” need a Bunch of Lowlifes and Gutter Trash to Fight his Battles for Him???”

Right the fuck on. If their god is so all powerful that they are omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient then why does said god need all the fuckwits to witness for him/her/it?

That is a simple logical connection there. Because in the Bible it is mentioned that their god has all the above listed qualities. Except it isn’t so. I’m reminded of this wit by Epicurus:

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.

Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?

Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?

New Wire Strippers Received June 7, 2015

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So I plunked $20 on a pair of Irwin Wire Strippers.

I had been using a pair similar though not as sharp as  this:

They’re operated by pushing a piece of insulated wire through one of the holes. Spin then pull. Its effective sure but had a nasty habit of nicking the wire.

Just received these about half an hour ago:

These work a little bit differently in that you insert the wire, and squeeze the handles. The two little lugs at the top or left most side of the tool in this view rotate downward as they separate from each other. Takes the insulation right off the wire. I’ve tried it out on 22 gauge and smaller wire already. Works great. Less effort too.

Our Super Saturday June 7, 2015

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It started at 8:00AM. Got all the weekly shopping done by 11:30AM. Reason for that was a friend of mine was getting married. Definitely an awkward for Keyron though. In my case I knew a few people there. Had run across them in my travels through my career and associations.  In fact that’s how I know the groom.

The groom and I both worked at a certain infosec company and knew each u other through the local DefCon group. The groom is someone who I can fully see working for the CIA, NSA and maybe even as one of the Kingpins of the anonymous group.

The ceremony was short, sweet and to the point. This was genuinely a couple that wanted to be married. Just a ‘With this ring I thee Wed’ and that was it. No religious gobbledygook which I for one definitely appreciated.

The groom by the way definitely made the rounds just before the ceremony. Thanked everyone with a handshake too.

We met a couple, the male half of which is involved with musical production, the wife at an arts non profit. One of the more stunning parts of which was the guy admitting he was an alcoholic who has been sober for seventeen days. Keyron offered his congratulations, me on the other hand was like slightly agog at just seventeen days. But then I realized, every journey in life has to begin at some point  In time. So seventeen days is as good as seventeen years.

Had a good time though. It was a nice Saturday. And it gave some ideas for our wedding.

USPS is failing June 4, 2015

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So in a prior post I’d related how a 3 days package took close to 7 days.

Now I haven’t had a problem with things being delivered per se. Items I’ve ordered on Amazon have arrived ahead of Amazon’s predicted date.

However one issue – I ordered a Rigol carrying case for my DS1054z/DS1104z (Split personality, the outside says it’s a DS1054z, but I’ applied the keys to make it a DS1104z). The tracking number for USPS says nothing found, but I received the bag yesterday. I let the vendor know I’d received it. But if I were a little less ethical I wouldn’t have said that it never arrived – and the USPS track is gone.

So USPS is falling down on the job. I blame congress, since those in congress are the assholes that forced USPS to front end fund the retirement and benefits for workers. So as a result USPS is using more temporary employees. And they just don’t give a shit.

Even to how they deliver. The carrying case was in a big box left on the front porch. Other items get left by the back door. No rhyme or reason to it.

Currently Reading: Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide In the Second World War June 2, 2015

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The books is by Paul Kennedy. It walks through the technological changes but not just that but changes in bureaucracy too. For example the inter-service rivalries in the U.S. had to be managed and even a concept like having a headquarters ship had to be developed.

But one thing emerges – the Nazi’s were really sons of bitches, Hitler prime among them. From the U-boats that were dispatched by the allies by using aircraft to the whole Blitzkrieg concept. Germany has a fairly up to snuff military in the 1930’s – and the military units they faced like that of France, Poland and even Russia to a degree all hadn’t progressed sufficiently enough from the technology of World War I. And Germany took advantage of that fact. And the Nazi Germans used some rather devious field maneuvers.

A great example – the Russian T-34 tank. The Russians had actually sent one to the Aberdeen proving grounds in the U.S. for testing. What came back were recommendations to rectify stiff controls, better gun turret, etc. The Aberdeen folks did like the sloped design of the T-34 though. (All images – click to embigen)

That shown above is a T-34-85. The Russians took the recommendations seriously – but it took some time to change over to building the T-34-85 when need for tanks was so high.

Consider – tanks prior looked like these:

And of course today tanks look more like this, An Abrams M1A1 – that baby has a turbine for an engine.


One interesting thing to note. In the U.S. Army – the three man crew of an M1A1 – they rotate duties. Today you might be the commander of the mission, tomorrow you might be gunner, or driver. Keeps everyone sharp. I like that. Hell if I’d had to join the Army I definitely would have gravitated toward tanks.

RIPTA needs to clean and align the magnetic card readers on buses June 2, 2015

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I’ve run into this problem several times and seen other people experience the same thing. It affects both the pass slot and card slot on the what I believe are SPX E-fare boxes.

Having dealt with computers, electronics and software over the years I can tell you that magnetic card read heads get worn down, dirty, and out of alignment fairly often.

So RIPTA needs to put preventative maintenance programs in place – to clean and align and/or replace magnetic reader/writer heads on the alleged SPX E-Fare boxes.

So I note June 2, 2015

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WP-InsightsThat WordPress has brought back Insights. As I said, maybe I’ll have some fun with it. Maybe I won’t. I just thought it would interest them to know about what one could do with a matrix.

I must be in the mood to gripe today June 1, 2015

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First I heard about the fact that Mayor Elorza of Providence, RI wants to put 700 more parking meters in the city – but not Atwells Avenue – oh no, they’ll put them on Broadway and Westminster St. I shot an email to my city councilor, state representative and senator that basically said get the school budget under control and start tagging for quality of life issues like boorish driving. Boorish includes blowing through crosswalks with people in said crosswalk, failure to signal, things like that.

And then I this evening I swiped my 15 ride pass on a RIPTA e-fare box and it worked. Then after I’d sat down I noticed person after person swipe their passes multiple times before the forces aligned and the e-fare box could finally read the card.

So I shot an email to RIPTA telling them they have to maintain the e-fare boxes. Clean and align the read heads for example.

I guess that old saw about the squeaky wheel holds true. If anything it can sometimes stop stupid ideas from getting out of the gate.

More pickling May 31, 2015

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I love doing lactobacillus pickling to make sour dill pickles. Did three quart size jars this time. And instead of just a little black tea, I put who black tea bags in each jar. We’ll see how it goes.

A second batch of dill sour pickles. Better in quart jars. And this time instead of a little bit of black tea, a whole tea bag to each jar.

So far I’ve done cucumbers, bell peppers, and jalapeno peppers. The jalapeno – left the seeds in place on some, remove on others. Oh the flavor of those was awesome.

It’s pretty easy to do. Sterilize jars and lids. Then make a brine – 2 tbsp salt to a quart of water bring it to about 180F.  I cut these mini cukes in halves and through in 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, along with a big dose of fresh dill and a tea bag filled with black tea. Then pour in the brine – leave about 1/4 to 1/2″ of head space. Drop the sealing plates on and loosely tighten the rings.

Let them ferment for about two weeks or so. They’ll be sour, crunchy, and delicious. Just enough salt in the brine too.

More things coming in May 29, 2015

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So today I ordered a case for the Rigol scope. It hit me that the Tek has the cover that goes over everything to keep it nice and safe. And I want the same for my Rigol scope.

Also ordered a function generator kit. That way I can set the scope up properly.

I note it has bnc connectors on the kit – I’ll just tap a wire in and clamp the probe to that. Problem solved.

Then I can use it once I finally build my Pixie QRP 40m kit. Let me translate:

Pixie is the product name.

QRP is a Q-Code for low power operation.

40m is forty meters. The wavelength for the band that runs about 7.0MHz to 7.3MHz. Yes, three tenths of a Megahertz of space. But we hams get through.

Plus the Pixie is a CW radio. CW stands for Continuous Wave where you use a key to turn the signal on and off in the form of Morse Code. Yes – I hold an Extra class amateur radio license and I got my extra when you had to know 20WPM code. Now of course there is no code requirement even for the extra. Ut si!

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