Monday, September 28, 2015

Laundry Swim

It was time to do some laundry so I made a swim while waiting for the machines.  I threw my mask and snorkel the length of the pool to the shallow end and tossed my "dryer" coins and other odds and ends into well over a fathom of water.  Upon diving in, I noticed that the water was chilly.  Too late, I had to retrieve my belongings and so I made a few dives and actively swam to keep warm.

Meanwhile, I chatted with Bob, the handyman who was working on the pool-filter enclosure.  A couple of young men walked over to Bob, asking about work that he had for them.  As this was occurring, Shelby, a woman who is built like a brick house, walked downstairs to pick up a package from the office.  Of course, I  had to watch to be certain that she did not trip and hurt herself.  I noticed that Bob and friends had also stopped talking and were on the same mission as I.

It is Fall

I want to go swimming and it looks decidedly gloomy outside.  Today, we have two fewer minutes of daylight than night.

Indian Mars Mission

I have somehow overlooked the Indian Space Operation that sent an orbiter to the planet Mars.  Happy anniversary!

India's historic first mission to Mars celebrates one year in orbit


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lunar Eclipse Continued

The clouds parted and I was able to make satisfactory observations of the eclipse.  Here are some pictures.  Mostly, to show the difficulty with the cloud cover as I made no interesting images of the eclipse directly.

8:28 PM CDT

8:36 PM CDT

8:45 PM CDT

9:31 PM CDT 

9:39 PM CDT 

Lunar Eclipse Occulted

I went out to observe the lunar eclipse but there was heavy cloud cover moving in from the North.  I was able to glimpse the earth's shadow partially covering the full-moon's face before the clouds totally covered the display. I will go outside in a few minutes and see if things are clearing up any.

Sunday Swim

I went for a swim this afternoon.  I was worried that the water might be too cold as the day has been overcast and the air temperature never passed 79 degrees F.  I need not have worried.  The water was fine and I swam until my fingertips started wrinkling.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet

I ran across an interesting idea for growing potatoes.  After digging around, I found an article that fairly explains everything quite well.

You can find the interesting bits and tips here:

How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet

Observation Conditions for Bloodmoon

It looks bad.  If I am lucky, I will be able to see the eclipse tonight tomorrow night.  However, the forecast calls for overcast and thunderstorms.

Friday, September 25, 2015

IT Secrets

Hey now.  “the reason the IT guy knows more about computers than you is because he’s better at Google than you are.”

12 Secrets of Your Company's IT People

Happy Birthday Aunt Athalie!

Uncle Harold was in town for an appointment at the VA and as it was Aunt Athalie's birthday, we had lunch at Guidry's Reef.

Blood Moon

"The moon will enter Earth’s much darker umbral shadow at 1:07 a.m. on Sept. 28 by Greenwich, or Universal time, which is 9:07 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Eastern time zone, 8:07 p.m. Central time, 7:07 p.m. Mountain time and 6:07 p.m. Pacific time (before moonrise). Sixty-four minutes later, the moon is entirely within the shadow, and sails on within it for 72 minutes until it begins to find its way out at the lower left (southeastern) edge."  

Sunday's 'Supermoon' Total Lunar Eclipse: When and Where to See It

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Advertisement Blocking Software

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For Dead Ends

In Your Face

Human Culture

I believe that human culture is voluntary.  Certainly, if you are at odds with the culture which you find yourself in, you will, at best, be considered an oddball, and at worst, tortured and put to death.

There are many races of man and there are many cultures thereof.  The most successful culture of man in the world to date has arisen from the white English-speaking race.

When I say white, I mean derived from the British Isles.

The system of governance introduced by this culture has created the world that we live in.  This culture has produced a system that has raised the human race beyond the bounds of poverty never seen before by mankind.

No Clock

I look and it is not there.  Terry Zenner presented me with a wall-clock.  Whatever.  It has stopped working.  Do clocks die?

History Rhymes

As I watch the invasion of Europe and the United States, I am reminded of this atrocity.   There are those who would conflate the two but they are wrong.  Nations and good neighbors are built by fences that keep undesirables out.  Kilns and camps keep are meant to deal with the undesirables within.

Dear Papa

Practice what you preach, tear down this wall.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Islam and Oktoberfest

I am fairly certain that this will not end well, either way it goes.

IT BEGINS: Muslim demands Munich end ‘anti-Islamic’ Oktoberfest

Good Swim

The pool was nice today.  I had no trouble seeing underwater at eight feet.  I was worried that it might have been too cool due to the weather but all was well and comfortable.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Computer Arcana

There is not a whole lot of difference in computer wizardry and the other arcana.  I create images and then I invoke them.

Here, I have started up two virtual machines, which I created earlier, to do my bidding.

Funerals and Queer Weddings

I called my buddy D. just to say hello.  He was not available but returned the call when he could.  He was returning from a funeral for C.'s mother, trailing D. and T.  After shooting the breeze, he asked me about my woman and I told him that I dumped her two weeks ago.  His woman was not with him as she was at a wedding for two queers.  I am with D., I would rather attend the funeral.


1 Si linguis hominum loquar, et angelorum, caritatem autem non habeam, factus sum velut æs sonans, aut cymbalum tinniens.
2 Et si habuero prophetiam, et noverim mysteria omnia, et omnem scientiam: et si habuero omnem fidem ita ut montes transferam, caritatem autem non habuero, nihil sum.
3 Et si distribuero in cibos pauperum omnes facultates meas, et si tradidero corpus meum ita ut ardeam, caritatem autem non habuero, nihil mihi prodest.

4 Caritas patiens est, benigna est. Caritas non æmulatur, non agit perperam, non inflatur,
5 non est ambitiosa, non quærit quæ sua sunt, non irritatur, non cogitat malum,
6 non gaudet super iniquitate, congaudet autem veritati:
7 omnia suffert, omnia credit, omnia sperat, omnia sustinet.

8 Caritas numquam excidit: sive prophetiæ evacuabuntur, sive linguæ cessabunt, sive scientia destruetur.
9 Ex parte enim cognoscimus, et ex parte prophetamus.
10 Cum autem venerit quod perfectum est, evacuabitur quod ex parte est.
11 Cum essem parvulus, loquebar ut parvulus, cogitabam ut parvulus. Quando autem factus sum vir, evacuavi quæ erant parvuli.
12 Videmus nunc per speculum in ænigmate: tunc autem facie ad faciem. Nunc cognosco ex parte: tunc autem cognoscam sicut et cognitus sum.
13 Nunc autem manent fides, spes, caritas, tria hæc: major autem horum est caritas.

Batteries and Coconut Oil Continued

It was a nice ride.  I eyed some blackberry canes that looked promising.  The mouse liked the new batteries.  Unfortunately, the clock did not.  I will try to repair the clock.

Batteries and Coconut Oil

I find myself glancing at my wall-clock for the time of day and it never changes because the clock needs a new battery.  I reach for my mouse to control the computer cursor and it escapes my grasp because I moved it out of reach.  It too needs new batteries.  I have a pile of AAA batteries but both devices require AA batteries; I know just where to get them, the Dollar Tree.  It is near Walmart,  where I purchase my coconut oil.  So, I will go for a ride this afternoon.

President Urkel

I would like to see him host a Muhammadan leader and have the same sort of dissidents over to greet him.  Of course, it will never happen.

"In a stunning show of political indecorum, Obama has invited a series of individuals who publicly flout Catholic teaching, including a pro-abortion religious sister, a transgender woman and the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, along with at least two Catholic gay activists."

White House Invites Several Opponents of Catholic Teaching to Greet Pope Francis

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pro Tip

I ran across this, it adds a bit of humor to a morbid situation.

"Pro Tip: if you’re using a line that sounds like it could be dialogue out of The Silence of the Lambs, you might want to consider if perhaps, you might be working for the bad guys."


Fire Ride

Now that is something that you do not see every day.

Video at the link:

This Wildfire Escape Video Is a Drive Through Hell on Earth


Sarbanes-Oxley and Bureaucratic Abuse

I believe that we are suffering under a burgeoning bureaucratic tyranny.  The default under which we should live and for which our government is constituted is liberty.  If you want do do something that is not inherently immoral or evil, there should be no question as to whether the law allows it.

“The idea that you have to create a record of where you’ve gone or open all your cupboards all the time and leave your front door unlocked and available for law enforcement inspection at any time is not the country we have established for ourselves more than 200 years ago.”

You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History

Black Betty

Monday, September 14, 2015

Opalized Fossils

I find this rather fascinating.  I would like to have a specimen.

Opalised fossils

This fellow started me on the path to discovering that such fossils even existed.

'Lightning Claw' dinosaur identified in Australia

No Crabbing Today

I was about to rig up to try and catch some blue crabs this morning when I remembered that I had promised Audio Video Innovators that I would help them this morning.  I will have to try another day.  At least I put in about 12 miles riding today.

I have a shoulder roast in the slow cooker.  I have used this particular recipe twice already but with chuck roast.  Oh, each roast was three to four pounds.

Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

Servings 3-4
Units US

    2 lbs chuck roast
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil bacon fat
    3 potatoes, sliced
    2 carrots, chopped
    2 celery ribs, chopped
    2 onions, sliced
    2 tablespoons ketchup
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 (10 ounce) cream of mushroom soup
    3/4 cup water
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Cut vegetables and place in crock in the following order: carrots, celery, onion and potatoes. Sprinkle with salt.
    Brown roast in vegetable oil and place on top of vegetables in crock pot. (More salt may be sprinkled on roast.).
    In a small bowl mix cream of mushroom soup, ketchup, worcestershire sauce and water. Pour over roast.
    Cover with crock pot lid and cook 1 hour on high and 4 hours on low. Serve over rice.

I take the roast out when it is done, cut it into bite-size pieces and then mix it back into the pot.

Cold Morning and Java Script

I did not get out of bed until six this morning, it was too darn cold.  At this very moment, it is 57 degrees F. outside.  After a hot shower and some hot coffee, I feel decently warm again.

When I first tried to post this morning, I could not find the usual sign-in link and when I tried going direct to Blogger, the page remained blank after I signed in using Google.  After poking around a bit, I remembered that I had disabled javascript for my web browser.  After I enabled it, all worked as usual.  So, my computer and I both needed a shot of java to get the day going.

Monday Morning

Good morning everyone.  Here is a bit of nostalgia for you.

Remember, you are not completely dressed until you put on a smile.

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Janet picked me up and so I visited Uncle Red at the Heart Hospital.  They will keep him another night but he seems to be doing well enough.  I pray that they can repair the trouble or at least enough of it for him to recover well,

After I had lunch, I went swimming for just over an hour.  The water was cool at first but the full sun overhead kept it from feeling too cool.

Short Ride

I rode to visit Aunt Dot's grave.  I took a route that led through the back of the graveyard.  I took a picture and sent it to Janet and Uncle Red.  Uncle Red had cemented the angel onto the plaque.  Afterwards, I stopped by Champagnes grocery in order to purchase coffee.

Saturday Morning

I am up at five am this morning.  Yesterday was a wash, it rained and rained and rained.  I am glad that no rain is forecast for today.  I'll go visit the graveyard and say hello to Aunt Dot.  After that I'll call Janet and check on Uncle Red.  Perhaps I will ride the Shunick Loop this morning.

Here is the route.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mad Woman

This is simply crazy.

Caught On Video: Woman Bizarrely Abandons Car Before It Drifts Into Oncoming Traffic

Uncle Red

Prayers for my Uncle "Red" Miller who is in the Heart Hospital today for some work on his heart.

Obama Bob

President Obama's Baghdad Bob just will not play along.

"Two senior analysts at CENTCOM signed a written complaint sent to the Defense Department inspector general in July alleging that the reports, some of which were briefed to President Obama, portrayed the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are. The reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim."

Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Rainy Afternoon

I am glad that I managed to get my biking and swimming in this morning.  It is pouring rain outside right now.

Bike Ride Atakapa-Ishak Trail

I went for a bike ride this morning and decided to ride Phase I of the Atakapas-Ishak Trail.  Here is a record of the ride.
From CycloMeter App
The trail starts out at Downtown Lafayette, LA where you can visit the 9/11 memorial.

As you head down the trail, you will notice that it is well marked with street signs and road signs.
Atakapas-Ishak Trail Sign
Atakapas-Ishak Road Sign

 On University Avenue, you will cross the Vermilion River. From the bridge, you can see the Beaver Park Boat Landing.
Beaver Park Boat Landing

Beaver Park Boat Landing
Beaver Park Retention Pond

 The trail passes through Beaver Park, which has the aforementioned boat landing and a retention pond.

Trail Under Highway
Trail Under Highway

The trail leads along the Vermilion River under the bridge serving Highway 90 near the Lafayette Regional Airport.

After you cross under the highway, you will see the Bayou Vermilion District where you are cautioned not to feed the alligators.
You have been cautioned.
 Next, you will see Vermilionville.  There is a $10 fee to visit the grounds.

Nearby, you come to The Acadian Cultural Center.  This is the end of Phase I of the Atakapas-Ishak trail.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


They replaced the sand filter for the pool yesterday.  The whole thing appears to be a sphere about three feet in diameter.  This morning, the pool man was vacuuming up any sand that had found its way into the pool.  He also treated the pool.

It is still too cloudy for me.  Even wearing a mask, I became disoriented and ran into the side of the pool.  The poolsides are white and the water haze is a similar color.  Diving and finding items in eight feet of water was more difficult because of the haze.  Hopefully, by tomorrow, it will all get drawn up or precipitate out.

Invasion of Europe

Invasion of Europe

“If Europe does not seal its borders, what is to stop the Islamic world and Third World from coming and repopulating the continent with their own kind, as the shrinking native populations of Europe die out?”

I am certain that is what this is all about.  This will not end well.
Click for more: Muslim Refugees Chant “Allahu Akbar,” “F**k You,” Attack Citizens, Throw Feces

Monday, September 7, 2015

Seat of the Pants Flying

I think that this is something that I could have fun doing.

"A drone enthusiast has built a home-made helicopter from the parts of 54 unmanned aerial vehicles and posted footage of his test flight online."

Article and video here.


Revealed: How George W. Bush Saved Georgia From Russia

Contrast the actions of President Bush to President Obama.  Currently, we basically have President Urkel.

"According to Shashkin, the reasons “Tbilisi was not taken by storm” were thanks to the “Georgian army, international support and specific steps by the US” which “stopped Russia.”
Read about it here.

 [edit] HT:

Smart Man Problems

Here is an article that I found interesting.  All seven points are spot on.
Click it: 7 surprising downsides of being extremely intelligent

Coconut Oil Biscuits

I decided make scratch-biscuits.  However, instead of butter, I used coconut oil.  Other than that, I used a basic biscuit recipe.

They tasted fine but turned out a little denser and more crumbly than normal(Note to self, halve the amount of salt).

I believe that they were more crumbly because I used a one-to-one substitution of oil for butter.  I will try it again one day but I will use about 20% less oil.

Here is what they looked like.

Picture Scanning

I am digitizing some pictures that I brought from my mother's house.  To digitize the pictures, I first connect to my loki4550 machine with X over SSH from my loki machine running Fedora.  After I make the connection, using an xterm, I launch xsane which then scans the images from an HP Officejet Pro L7580

The actual scanning process goes something like this. I place the images on the scanner bed, acquire a preview, select and mark the individual pictures for batch scanning and then start the batch scan; repeat for next batch.  Here is a screenshot:

Early Start

I am up early this morning.  I am on my second cup of coffee.  In order to make my coffee, I use an Aeropress.  I will typically make a double-shot espresso that I add hot water to and therein emulsify a tablespoon of coconut oil.

I am also cooking a couple of pounds of pinto beans that my Uncle Harold gave me.  I fast-soaked them and will not cook them with a couple of chopped onions.  After that, I will mash them up, cooking them some more with some saved smoked bacon fat and minced garlic.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Moon Over Earth

This is more amazing than I have words for.

Hush or the Devil Will Kill Us All

If after fourteen years, Islamic Jihassholes can intimidate an American University, the war is not won, it is lost.

"The event was canceled for fear of a terrorist attack against the institution."

Seriously!?  In the United States of America?  Almost fourteen years to the day since those Islamic assholes attacked us here on our own soil?

Click it:

I Serve Notice, Bite My Cookie

It seems that the "European Union" has something to say about the platform on which I write and how it affects their people,  To wit:

"European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent.

As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to explain Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies, including use of Google Analytics and AdSense cookies.

You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you. Learn more about this notice and your responsibilities."

I hereby do confirm that I am aware of this notice.  However, I hereby give notice to anyone who views my site that you are wholly responsible for the actions of your own mind and machine while viewing my pages.  If you do not care for these terms, then go away.  If you care to pursue me, regardless, you have hereby been warned.

“Marxist” and “Progressive.”

I like to read what Sarah Hoyt writes.  I enjoy some of her books and some of her blog.  Here, she simply does it well.

[edit] "Since we started dismissing the classics as “Dead white men” the only thing that was left with which to gain the status of literary work was what had replaced the classics in colleges: allusions to Marx and to the various Marxist sub-theories. And increasingly, in the last fifteen years or so, faddish progressive crazes, whether they be for “post binary gender” or misandry.""

Oops, edit, forgot HT:

Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue, is handy.  I used it to fix a shoe stud and it holds well.  You need to hold it until it sets.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Culture Panic

I see that some students disagree with the necessity of cultural diversity indoctrination in their own backyard.  Culture is a matter of choice.  When you attend college/university, you will likely meet men and women from cultures other than your own.  If your culture is the host, then the guests should learn to swim in your culture, and vice versa.


Kernel Panic

I wanted to watch a movie and so I booted up loki, a live-USB image running Fedora 21.  Considering the bandwidth, I figured that I would not use WiFi and so plugged an ethernet cable into the Targus device that runs my speakers, after all it was there and I never used it.  After three kernel-panics, I realized why I never used it.  So, I plugged the cable directly into my Sony machine that loki was running and preceded to my movie.

I Am Back

After an eight month hiatus, I am back to blogging.