November 19th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 04:00pm on 2011-11-19 under , ,
Sat Nov 19 16:00 EST 2011
tags: dvr, mythtv, software
I don't do much coding these days. But I did do a little bit today, implementing something I came up with this week. Occasionally the MythTV stops recording in the middle of a show. (Usually when this happens, all the recordings in progress stop.) Unfortunately, the content listings from the MythTV show the start/end times from the listings, not the time the recording actually stopped. But the file sizes are also given, and incomplete shows have files that are smaller than expected. You have to do some math, figuring in the listed length, but you can have the computer do that for you. So now I have the contents page highlighting the size of any programs that appear to use less than 12MB per minute. Finding them early sometimes lets me catch a rebroadcast. MB/min also lets me guess which shows were from analog signals (not getting any new ones now) and which are HD, and color-code those too. Watching those first frees up more space than the standard-definition digital recordings.
November 16th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 08:04pm on 2011-11-16 under
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 00:04:00 +0000
16 November 2011
Toast sandwich is UK's 'cheapest meal'
Britain's 'cheapest' lunchtime meal was unveiled by scientists on Wednesday - the toast sandwich.
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is reviving the mid-Victorian dish, which, unsurprisingly, consists of two slices of bread around a slice of toast.
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 01:18am on 2011-11-16 under , ,
Wed Nov 16 01:19:33 EST 2011

I trash-picked a couple of items on my way home from work – a smallish wire shelving unit (23" x 13.5" x 30.5" tall), very sturdy; and a set of Sterilite drawers (12.5" x 14.5" x 24" tall), 4 drawers about 6" deep and a 5th drawer on the bottom about a 1' deep. I hope they were trash-pick offerings. They looked too nice to be throwing out, but they were at the curb. There was an uninspiring (to me) framed picture with them that I left behind. I hope it doesn't get rained on. The drawers are similar to (but smaller than) another set I trash picked. Those went to Pennsic and were very useful as tent furniture for storing clothes, and provided something of a raised table surface.

Wed Nov 16 23:14:12 EST 2011

The house I trash-picked the shelves and drawers from last night had another shelf unit out tonight – tall and skinny, sturdy metal, but too styled/wavy for my tastes. Sadly (since it's been raining), the framed picture is still out there too.
November 14th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 08:00pm on 2011-11-14 under , , , , , , , , ,
Mon 2011/Nov/14 20:00

My work hours change tomorrow. I'll be working 10:00-19:00 instead of 14:30-23:00. Our team lead is leaving at the end of the week, and they want me here during the day. One of the part-time people will work from home 19:00-23:00 to cover the shift work I was doing.

This should make my commute home warmer, but there'll be more traffic. But it's still off peak (and still against the flow, anyway).

Stores will still be open when I come home. I'll have options besides the 24-hour chain for groceries. And I'll be able to buy beer/wine/hard cider – the state cuts off sales at midnight, and I rarely leave work on time.

And I won't have to go back to work after choir rehearsal.

On the downside, I'll no longer have the whole morning open for doctor/dentist/blood-drive appointments.

In the summer I could get home before dark. But I'll be commuting at dusk part of the year, and I think that's when it's hardest to see cyclists. It's always dark going home after 23:00, so the changing length of daylight mattered only for the weekends.
This morning the back door was open again. And when I went out to bring in the trash cans, I saw that the van's back doors were open too. I guess she wants to air it out after the weekend. But tools and whatever else she's left in there (to air out) could walk off.

And I noticed that something had torn the plastic trim off the left side of the front bumper. I wonder when/where that happened? [ profile] anniemal's clumsiness is not confined to her own body. She's broken both the external mirrors on my car. And the van's rear bumper has a crease that wasn't there when we bought it.

It's hard to keep nice things around some people....

Tue 2011/Nov/15 05:30

I got home from work very late. The back door was open. (The weather was quite warm – still in the mid 60s – and anniemal obviously wanted the screen door open, and if the screen door is locked, it can't be opened from the outside. I think closing and locking the main door and leaving windows open would have sufficed for fresh air overnight.)

And I had another look at the van's bumper. The left end is caved in. She hit something. Hard.

Tue Nov 15 12:16:58 EST 2011

There's a tent, tarp, and fly on the deck railing. They were there when I got home last night, but I didn't take the time in the dark to figure out what they were. Perhaps they're meant to get rained on to wash them off, because if they stay there much longer they're not going to stay dry. They're probably the reason the van doors were open yesterday afternoon. I expect the tent was quite musty after a summer out under the trees.

I've just put a tarp over the small pile of leaves I raked Sunday. We still have lots of leaves on our maple tree, so I'll wait a bit before I start mulching them.
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 10:14pm on 2011-11-14
14 November 2011 Last updated at 22:14 ET
UK trees' fruit ripening '18 days earlier'
By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News

Britain's native trees are producing ripe fruit, on average, 18 days earlier than a decade ago, probably as a result of climatic shifts, a study reveals.
The story went on to speculate about wildlife running out of food in the winter if fruits ripen earlier and are consumed earlier. Also bird migrations may no longer coincide with the availability of expected foods.

13 November 2011 Last updated at 23:57 ET
Study links Parkinson's disease to industrial solvent
By Neil Bowdler Health reporter, BBC News

An international study has linked an industrial solvent to Parkinson's disease.
Researchers found a six-fold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson's in individuals exposed in the workplace to trichloroethylene (TCE).
The research was based on analysis of 99 pairs of twins selected from US data records.
The study also adjudged exposure to two other solvents, perchloroethylene (PERC) and carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), "tended towards significant risk of developing the disease".
No statistical link was found with the other three solvents examined in the study - toluene, xylene and n-hexane.

In 1997, the US authorities banned [TCE's] use as an anaesthetic, skin disinfectant, grain fumigant and coffee decaffeinating agent, but it is still used as a degreasing agent for metal parts.

Groundwater contamination by TCE is widespread, with studies estimating up to 30% of US drinking water supplies are contaminated with TCE. In Europe, it was reclassified in 2001 as a "category 2" carcinogen, although it is still used in industrial applications.
November 13th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 11:00pm on 2011-11-13 under , , , , ,
Sun 2011/Nov/13 23:00

[ profile] anniemal was gone all weekend. She went to Pennsylvania with her OkCupid buddy to help him take down the campsite he leaves set up all summer.
I had a nice, quiet weekend to myself – mostly watching TV. This weekend's main feature was a marathon of "Chase", a new show last year that didn't get a 2nd season. (It's about a team of Federal Marshalls in Houston led by a cute/hot daredevil blonde.) I had watched the pilot and decided to keep recording it, but didn't get back to watching it until now. One episode was missing, pre-empted by the President after the shootings in Tucson, and another episode lost the first 20 minutes to a sports program that ran late. I find pre-empting shows for breaking news annoying, especially since it's no longer news when I try to watch the show. Why can't they pre-empt their weather channel, and leave the regular programming on, perhaps with a crawling ticker to re-direct the people who want to keep up with the news, and leave the program on for all the DVRs? I wonder how prevalent DVRs and time-shifting are now? I know I'm an extreme case, but do people really watch shows when they are broadcast, and sit through all those commercials? (When I couldn't skip commercials, I spent more time watching PBS.)

And for shows I don't watch until after rerun season, if I had known the first airing was interrupted, I could have set the DVR to re-record those episodes.
November 9th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 10:51pm on 2011-11-09 under , , ,
9 November 2011 Last updated at 22:51 ET
Penn State coach Joe Paterno fired amid abuse scandal
Mr Paterno has been accused of failing to act over alleged child abuse by long-serving assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 03:49:32 +0000

Joe Paterno exit sparks Penn State fans riot

Penn State students have gone on the rampage after Joe Paterno, one of the most famous coaches in American sport, was sacked amid a child abuse scandal.
Scores of police and state troopers, some in riot gear, tried to clear the streets, and some officers used pepper spray to disperse demonstrators.
Witnesses say rocks and bottles were thrown, a lamp-post was knocked over and a news van overturned.
They estimated the crowd approached 5,000 people.
This is just absurd. Ignoring the whole issue of the abuse and sexual assaults, sports should just not be that important. Firing a football coach is not a reason for a riot! Students are supposed to be in college for an education, not for tailgate parties and weekend debauchery. Yes, it's nice if your school's teams win, but is that how you picked your school? You didn't consider which academic departments were outstanding, or whether you and your fellow graduates would leave prepared to contribute to society? Exercise is important, but if a sports program becomes a cost center bringing in millions of dollars, it becomes the tail wagging the dog – colleges and universities should not exist simply to give sports programs legitimacy. The role of sports in these institutions is skewed far beyond the realms of propriety. Maybe it's good for alumni morale and donations, but at what cost?

And getting back to that other issue, someone who's responsible for shaping the character and morals of young men can't ignore that kind of activity going on in his own workplace. And if he does ignore it, it is appropriate for his employer, which also shares that responsibility, to remove him from that position – he's either hypocritical, or showing by example that maybe that kind of behavior is OK.

I wonder how many of the rioters were Catholic? (A radio commentator drew parallels today between Penn State Univ ignoring the alleged abuse and the Catholic Church doing likewise.) I'm not saying it's an issue of religion, but of entrenched institutions, and the power structures within those institutions. A university? A Church? Both are classic institutions with rigid hierarchies.
November 8th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 08:00pm on 2011-11-08 under , , ,
Tue Nov 8 20:00 EST 2011

I voted today. Nothing unusual. No line at the polls mid-day.
I biked (to the polls and) to work. Very nice weather; a bit chilly coming home.
Work was a series of problems, late into the night.
November 5th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 09:15pm on 2011-11-05 under , , ,
Sat Nov 5 18:15:57 EDT

I received a $5 Starbucks gift card in the mail today from the American Red Cross. The enclosed note says they ran out of Ben and Jerry's coupons. I wasn't expecting either, but the latter would have been preferable, since I'm not a coffee drinker. I suppose Starbucks sells something other than coffee, but I am only slightly less reluctant to go into a store that smells of coffee than I am to go to a store that smells of tobacco smoke.

A sticker on the card says I get a free drink on my birthday if I register the card at Too bad the ARC didn't send these out a couple of months ago (i.e. in time for my birthday). I don't even know what a free drink is worth at Starbucks. Is the card good at the Starbucks kiosks in some of the grocery stores? Or do I have to go find a real Starbucks? (I know they're "everywhere", but I don't recall seeing one on my regular commutes. I had to go out of my way for the last coupon the ARC gave me, for Edible Arrangements.)

I am simply not your typical consumer, and the ARC is not winning any points with me by giving me coupons to stores I've never been to that sell things I don't need (and in the case of coffee, things I don't like).
November 3rd, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 10:33pm on 2011-11-03 under , ,
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 02:33:31 +0000
Abuse of painkillers reaches 'epidemic' levels in US
1 November 2011 Last updated at 22:12 ET

Abuse of prescription painkiller have reached "epidemic" levels in the US, a government report says.
Overdoses of pain relievers cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the report has found.
Narcotic painkillers are prescribed to relieve chronic pain but the drugs can be "highly addictive", the report says.
The report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said fatalities caused by narcotic pain relievers have more than tripled in the last 10 years - equivalent to 40 deaths a day.

Last year, a national survey on drug use and health showed that one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 said they had used painkillers for non-medical reasons.
"Almost 5,500 people start to misuse prescription painkillers every day," said Pamela Hyde, administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal body.
The report says enough medicine was prescribed last year to keep every American adult medicated for one month.
Florida was found to have the highest rate of sales of narcotic painkillers per person, almost three times the rate in Illinois, which had the lowest rate.

The report recommends tracking prescriptions more carefully and cracking down on "pill mills" (clinics that prescribe drugs inappropriately) and "doctor shopping" (when patients collect prescriptions from several doctors).
In 2008, almost 15,000 deaths were caused by prescription painkillers, including the death of actor Heath Ledger.
October 31st, 2011
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 02:59am on 2011-10-31 under , , , , , ,
Mon Oct 31 02:59:24 EDT 2011

ComcastApparently Comcast has dropped all the analog channels here from our service. It might have happened a couple of weeks ago and without us noticing, because almost all of what we watch is recorded and viewed later, and almost none of what we record is from analog channels if the content is on multiple channels. (Our standard-definition digital files are half the size of digitized analog broadcasts.) If there were a problem, it might be days or weeks before we noticed it.

ABC Family was probably the only analog signal left that we were recording routinely, and I discovered it was gone when the great movie lineup of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Coraline, and Beetlejuice all failed last Sunday. (There were a lot more stations we used to get as analog signals – A&E, Animal Planet, Cartoon, Comedy, Discovery, Discovery Health, Disney, House & Garden, Learning, NASA, Sci-Fi, SPIKE, TBS, TCM, TNT, Travel, TV ONE – but most vanished some time ago, and more disappeared in April – FX, USA; I don't know when we lost the local-access channels. A lot of what we lost is stuff we never watched.)

One of tonight's recordings picked analog instead of digital, and was all static when I checked it. Then I checked the other analog channels, and they're all gone. Mostly this isn't a problem, as long as the MythTV knows the channels are gone (and now it does). But it does mean the ReplayTV is useless, since all it has is a single analog tuner.

The schedule-listings service still shows the analog channels as active, which is something to wonder about.
And if one big argument for dropping analog channels is that digital channels take less bandwidth, I also have to wonder why the analog channels we lost haven't been getting replaced with digital channels. Is the data space going to faster cable-internet speeds to compete with FIOS?
October 29th, 2011
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 10:27am on 2011-10-29 under , , ,
Sat Oct 29 10:27:13 EDT 2011

Trick or Exterminate woot! T-shirt (by Fablefire)
DECORATE woot! T-shirt (by dooomcat)
I saw Xmas decorations on sale in a grocery store on my way home last night, and I notice a Christmas movie in tomorrow's TV schedule. (And The Nightmare Before Christmas was on last weekend. Hard to say whether that counts.)
October 25th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 04:24pm on 2011-10-25 under ,
25 October 2011 Last updated at 16:24 ET
The last of America's most powerful Cold War-era nuclear bombs - the B53 - has been dismantled in Texas.
Weighing 10,000lb, the B53 was the size of a minivan and said to be 600 times more destructive than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. The bomb was designed to hit targets deep underground, such as bunkers in which military and civilian leaders might be sheltering. Carried by B-52 bombers, the "bunker busters" used five parachutes to land softly on their targets before detonating a nine megaton explosion, in effect simulating an earthquake.
We still have "bunker busters", but the current design is smaller, and burrows into the ground before exploding – same end effect with less fissile material.
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 11:00pm on 2011-10-24 under , ,
Date: 2011/Oct/24 23:00

The Turkish Prime Minister expressed concerns that far more destruction from the earthquake would be found in outlying/remote areas which had lost contact and are difficult to reach. With our modern satellite photo-surveillance, shouldn't we be able to answer that? Within a day or two shouldn't we have new photo data to compare before/after to identify where all the destroyed houses, roads, and bridges are?

This doesn't require military-grade count-the-plates-on-the-picnic-table resolution; we're talking about houses and apartment buildings. And this kind of before/after image comparison can be done by computers. Shouldn't we be able to indentify the areas with extensive damage – where people are likely to have lost their homes – and estimate how many people are in those areas (based on the number of buildings)? So we could/should know where people need tents and bedding and food?

And if the bridges are out or roads are blocked, we'd know those areas would need air drops. This shouldn't take weeks to figure out. Maybe we could even drop some satellite phones and batteries into the areas we don't hear from.
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 03:19am on 2011-10-25 under , ,
This entry is all spoiler, so I'm going to go for white text (on a white background, if you read my journal with my setup) which you can highlight (control-A) if you don't mind getting spoiled. It's probably pointless, since the show didn't come back for a 2nd season, and was nowhere near the magic 100 episodes for reruns in syndication. (And it's pointless on another level, since it's just one of my TV rants.) [Even more pointless when it's not posted for 5 years....]

This last revelation of the last episode is that the First Lady is one of the EBEs (Extra-terrestrial Biological Entities) – suspected earlier, and never thoroughly refuted.

The next-to-last development was "portalling" the EBEs' entire planet to our solar system. They needed a new home because their sun was going supernova. There are 2 billion of them, so they needed to kill some of us to make room. The method they chose, a modified strain of the Spanish Flu from WWI, would probably have killed 95% of the human population, way more than 2 billion. (They found viable a sample in a Siberian grave.) The EBEs are immune.

But if they could move their whole planet to orbit our Sun, why did they need to take over Earth as well? Why couldn't they just stay on their own planet?

And in terms of picking an orbit, why not take the "Earth 2" cue from the comic books, and put their planet in our orbit but 180° away, on the other side of the Sun? We wouldn't even have to know they were there.

And why couldn't they initiate this transfer from their end, avoiding all the conflict and drama of the whole show?

Another revelation was the claim that they were here (on Earth) before we were. How does that fit in with our evolution from the primordial ooze? Our DNA varies from theirs by only 1%. The only plausible explanation for that is that we both evolved from some common ancestor. Two species evolving into something so similar on different planets is too unbelievable. And since there's a fossil record here, they must have evolved here too, and then left. There's something in their belief system/religion that says we can't share this planet; something dreadful (that wasn't shared with the viewers yet) will ensue. (Makes you wonder about humans and Neanderthals.... Evolutionary dead end, or survival of the fitter?) If they had the technology to leave Earth and find another planet (apparently before Humans developed written records), why couldn't they find a 3rd planet before their sun went supernova? (Or moved their planet to another convenient star? If you don't need to find an Earth-like planet, there's
got to be lots of stars to choose from.)

And über-hacker Sean Walker – I will suspend my disbelief that someone can hack into so many secured sites. He's a competitive swimmer, so he's physically fit, but how does he suddenly get to be such a good fighter, beating up people who are bigger than he and/or trained in martial arts? Passion cannot account for that. How does he get to be such a good shot? How does he learn to steal cars? And where does he get his spending money? Most of us could not just drop off the grid and continue to function – no access to bank accounts, (no job, so no money anyway,) can't use cell phones (location tracking) – although his cell phone was still active in France....

The premise of a split-ticket Executive (obviously Dem=Pres, Rep=VP, in this case) – are we to assume that the opponents were both Republicans? I can't see a split Executive happening any time soon. Can you imagine the turmoil if the VP had to step up? The other party suddenly has the veto, and nominates Supreme-Court Justices?
October 24th, 2011
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 03:00am on 2011-10-24 under , ,
Mon Oct 24 03:00 2011

I've been watching "The Event" all weekend (ala marathon). I saw the pilot episode last fall and decided to keep recording it, but I didn't get to watching any more of it until now. It didn't come back for a 2nd season, so I hope the last episode provides a satisfactory conclusion. I've got 2 episodes left to watch, which I may finish up tonight.

I've got more 1-season shows from last year to (perhaps) watch (Breakout Kings, (The Cape,) Chase, Covert Affairs, The Defenders, Fairly Legal, (Harry's Law,) Undercovers). Not all were discontinued, but Comcast drops stations from our cable package, and that has the same effect on what we can watch. (Although I suppose we could keep watching newer episodes on line, but then we get commercials again. Considering how much is around for me to watch without commercials, a show has to be amazingly good for me to put up with ads.)

An advantage of watching these older recordings is that they free up more space when they're deleted than our recent recordings do. We started out with just analog tuners, and they used up 2.2 GB/hr. Most of our recordings now are std-def digital, which uses about 1 GB/hr (varies).

Tue Oct 25 03:19:05 EDT 2011

Just saw the last 2 episodes of "The Event". I guess they thought they were coming back this year, because while many open items were resolved, a huge new one was tossed out, and a lesser one that was never really answered earlier in the season was revealed. Maybe there's a discussion on the web someplace of where the future seasons were going to go....
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 10:32pm on 2011-10-24 under , ,
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:32:15 +0000

2011 United States Army Commemorative Clad CoinI found a "2011 United States Army" commemorative coin in the road on my way to work today. I'm not sure whether it had simply been dropped hard or had been driven over too, but it's in a plastic case and doesn't seem to have been damaged. It says it's a half dollar, but it no doubt sold for way more than that. There was a cardboard and veloured-plastic case nearby, from which it had escaped. It says "Treasury / United States Mint". Like most of the goodies I've found in the road over the years (Uncle-Sam top hat, metal Starbuck's insulated travel mug, dog toys, dog leash), there's little hope of finding its owner.

Half-Dollar Clad Coin – "Service in Peace"
This design represents significant contributions of the U.S. Army during peacetime and features a U.S. Army soldier surveying, two servicemen building a flood wall and a Redstone Army rocket used during early space exploration. Inscriptions are U.S. ARMY, SERVICE IN PEACE, IN GOD WE TRUST, 2011 and LIBERTY.
This design symbolizes the U.S. Army as the first military service to defend the country and its key role in the Nation's internal development. It features an enlisted Continental soldier armed with a musket and 13 stars representing the original Colonies. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FIRST IN SERVICE TO THE NATION, E PLURIBUS UNUM and HALF DOLLAR.
COMPOSITION 8.33% nickel, balance copper
DIAMETER 1.205 inches (±0.002) or 30.61 mm (±0.05)
WEIGHT 11.34 grams (±0.454)
EDGE reeded
MINTAGE LIMIT 750,000 (across all product options)

What I thought was the front is the back. (I guess if it's a president's face, it's the front.)

Public Law 110-450, the "United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008," was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 1, 2008. It authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins in recognition and celebration of the founding of the U.S. Army.

Surcharges in the amount of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin and $5 for each clad coin sold are authorized to be paid to the Army Historical Foundation to support the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Congress authorizes commemorative coins that celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions. Although these coins are legal tender, they are not minted for general circulation. .... Part of the price of these coins is a surcharge that goes to organizations and projects that benefit the community. Since the modern commemorative coin program began in 1982, the United States Mint has raised over $418,000,000 in surcharges to help build new museums, maintain national monuments ..., preserve historical sites ..., support various Olympic programs, and much more.
October 22nd, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 02:55am on 2011-10-22 under , , , , , ,
Sat Oct 22 02:55:31 EDT 2011

SMC 2804WBRP-G Barricade™ g Wireless Broadband Router w/ USB Print ServerWhen I came home tonight, [ profile] anniemal said she didn't think the MythTV had recorded anything tonight, because she hadn't seen the tuner's lights come on. I wondered why she hadn't done anything more definitive like checking to see whether there were any new recordings, but I didn't press it. So I tried running my scripts that generate web pages of the MythTV's contents, and I quickly found that I had no WiFi connection. I checked the router, and saw no lights on. I power-cycled it, and it came up, and I got a connection. And I saw that nothing had been recorded after 14:00. The next question was why. Shouldn't decent software keep logs?

HDHomeRun® Dual ATSC/QAM Digital TV Tuner (by John Clabaugh)
John Clabaugh
I found /var/log/mythtv/mythbackend.log, and started looking through it. All the recording attempts from 14:00 on had entries like "HDHRSH(101B426F-1) Error: Unable to connect to device". The HD HomeRun tuner is on our little internal network – the router. Apparently it stopped working early this afternoon. Anniemal hasn't been on her computer all day(!), so she hadn't noticed the network wasn't working. (Well, she had noticed, but not in a way that she had any clue about.)

So a bunch of things didn't get recorded Friday night. Most will come around again. (One's on again right now, and recording.)
The past 2 nights I've seen cars at the same intersection stopped where they won't get a green light. (I know I've said it before, but I can't understand how so many people don't know how traffic lights work!) Stopping past the sensor isn't a problem during the day, because someone else will certainly pull up behind you. Doesn't happen so quickly after midnight though.
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 10:55pm on 2011-10-22 under , ,
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 02:55:53 +0000

Another way people can change:
19 October 2011 Last updated at 13:05 ET
IQ 'can change in teenage years'
By David Shukman Environment & science correspondent, BBC News

The mental ability of teenagers can improve or decline on a far greater scale than previously thought, according to new research. Until now the assumption has been that intellectual capacity, as measured by IQ, stays quite static during life. But tests conducted on teenagers at an average age of 14 and then repeated when their average age was nearly 18 found improvements - and deterioration.

The findings are published in the journal Nature.

They have implications for how pupils are assessed, and the age at which decisions about their futures are made. The paper suggests that the results could be "encouraging to those whose intellectual potential may improve and… a warning that early achievers may not maintain their potential".

Professor Cathy Price of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London ... said: "We have a tendency to assess children and determine the course of their education relatively early in life. But here we have shown that their intelligence is likely to be still developing. We have to be careful not to write off poorer performers at an early age when in fact their IQ may improve significantly given a few more years."
October 19th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 06:45pm on 2011-10-19 under , ,
Wed Oct 19 18:45 2011

I heard "They Might Be Giants" in the muzak in Safeway (major grocery chain) tonight.
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 03:54pm on 2011-10-19 under
Wed Oct 19 15:54:52 EDT 2011

I gave blood today. The past year I've been donating at the Red Cross Arlington Chapter House, which had monthly drives on Wednesdays (the day I drive, to get to choir rehearsals from work) and is only a couple of blocks off my commute route. Apparently the turnout there wasn't good enough, so I'm looking for a new site.

You're invited.... Give blood.Today I donated at a large church (Westover Baptist) that's not far off my commute. I asked for the latest opening available (since I work late and had today off), and they gave me 13:30 for a drive ending at 14:00. There was no one else there donating when I arrived, although the greeter said they had been very busy during the morning. I felt bad for keeping the whole crew there for just one person (I easily could have been there earlier), but how was I to know? They were very generous with cookies and juice afterward. The phlebotomist decided to use my left arm even though I asked for the right (I try to alternate). I figured if it makes a difference to her, let her do the arm she's more comfortable with. Making her nervous can't help. (They do tend to have less trouble with the right arm, though.)

Hmmm, just realized I didn't get a T-shirt or anything.... ☹
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 12:38pm on 2011-10-19 under ,
Wed Oct 19 12:38:43 EDT 2011

I have the day off today – after working 67 hours last week (and last Monday was a holiday, so it shouldn't even have been a 40-hour week).
October 18th, 2011
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 10:53pm on 2011-10-18 under , , ,
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 02:53:51 +0000

I got a new work cellphone today, a Samsung "Convoy 2" on Verizon, replacing a Nokia on AT&T. This Samsung is slightly larger than the Nokia. (Feels huge.) But it still fits in that case I found in the road one day. (It's a better fit; the Nokia wallowed in it.)

I'm guessing our paging-system problem a while back where only Verizon phones (i.e. only one employee, personal phone) got the pages was a factor in this change. (Somewhere in AT&T land a modem got changed, and their new modem wouldn't talk with our old modem. Once we got some clue what the problem was (which took weeks) we tried a different modem here, and everything worked again. Not that most of us minded not being able to get system pages in the middle of the night....) Maybe pages will get to me faster on Verizon; they certainly haven't been arriving promptly with the current setup. We can have an event that triggers a spurt of alerts, and I can be getting pages one by one, 5 minutes apart, for a couple of hours.

In spite of its relative "bulk", the new cell phone is a win. It is much easier to read the pages on it (bigger screen and better font), and it is much easier to delete the pages (2 keystrokes instead of 5). And maybe it won't do the stupid thing of changing character sequences into emoticons. We'd get pages where some of our host names partially morphed into tongue-stuck-out faces.

I don't like the selection of ring tones. Most of them are songs, and I don't want my phone playing songs to get my attention. (I don't find the songs' titles all that appropriate either. They don't match the music.) There were very few choices that actually are "ring" tones, and even fewer of those that wouldn't be grating and annoying.

I drove to work today because rain was forecast – before 22:00, or after 24:00, or after 02:00, depending on where you checked. It was starting to rain just as I got home, so the rain would have caught me on the bike. (And you don't always know in advance when something's going to keep you late, so things could have been much wetter.)

There was another car waiting at the red light at my corner when I got home. Getting into our carport involves making a right turn at the corner, a U-turn a block away (divided street, so only one possible approach), and then backing into the driveway. After all this the other car was still waiting, apparently too far forward for the sensor to detect. I walked up to the corner and pushed the button for the crossing light, and the driver thanked me profusely. I don't know how long she had been waiting. (There is a statute for defective signals; you are allowed to proceed on red after you've waited a reasonable period, if there's no conflicting traffic. I avail myself of this on the bike almost every night. Although in this case it was a defective driver; I tripped the sensor when I passed my driveway, but I didn't wait at the intersection long enough for the light to turn green.)

Must have been required by law:
A black tag with dark gray printing, inside a black case – they really don't want you to see that. (Says "MADE IN CHINA", what else – but it took me a year to notice it.)
October 17th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 11:17pm on 2011-10-17 under , ,
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 03:17:32 +0000

The summer must be over. I had a nosebleed today. They're one of my harbingers of winter, although this seems terribly early.

Wonderful weather for the bike ride to work; maybe a little cool on the ride home, we'll see.... (I've got long tights and full gloves.)

Chew Bread – yummy
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 01:18pm on 2011-10-17 under ,
Mon Oct 17 13:18:30 EDT 2011
watch from Wal*Mart
My watch finally died.
My wrist watch died sometime over the weekend. Its digital display went blank almost a year ago, but the hands kept working. After it kept running like that for days, and then weeks, I became really curious about how long it would keep going, half running.

The answer – about 340 days. (I wasn't wearing the watch over the weekend, so I don't know when it stopped. 9:49, but I don't know AM or PM or what day.)
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 12:57pm on 2011-10-17 under , ,
On the Arlington Freecycle mailing list:
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:57:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [ArlingtonVAFC] OFFER: 1/3 used Curel itch defense lotion

3/4 left, pick up S Buchanan St
Maybe some of the used lotion is back in the bottle?
October 16th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 04:13pm on 2011-10-16 under , , ,
Sun Oct 16 16:13:23 EDT 2011

I seem to have lost a posting I was making to the [ profile] spamsnark community. I was using Firefox AddOn DeepestSender, and I hit POST before I meant to. The entry was mostly done, so this wasn't a disaster – except that the entry doesn't show up anywhere – not in Spamsnark, nor in my journal, nor in any of my other communities. I'm not going to bother to do it over. It was a pyramid-scheme rant; nothing that you folks shouldn't already know, but I get occasional comments to my rants in Spamsnark that suggest that some people are finding them educational. I am dismayed that people don't all know this stuff, but we all got to where we are by different routes. So I have my occasional rants there.

Firefox AddOn Lazarus, which saves your browser-textbox intput/editing for possible "resurrection" later, apparently doesn't play with Deepest Sender, since Lazarus has got nothing saved from today.
September 24th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 04:17am on 2011-10-12 under , , , ,
Wed Oct 12 04:17:30 EDT 2011

The conversation with my team lead just ended up going that way, but....

Are you religious?
But you do believe in Gods?
But don't you sing in a choir!?
Yes, but it's not a church choir – although it does rehearse at a church.

Posted by Monica Roberts

Transgender Delegates at the DNC
The 2016 DNC Convention in Philadelphia is over and it was a historic and record breaking one. We had a trans contingent of 27 people from across the country that included two superdelegates.

We had Sarah McBride making a historic address Thursday as the first out trans person to speak at any major party convention

Marisa Richmond was not only attending her third consecutive DNC convention, she also made history when she became the first out trans person to hold the position as the DNC convention official timekeeper.

This 2016 Democratic Convention is fading into the history books as we concentrate on the important business of getting our Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton elected to the Oval Office as our first female POTUS, and have as many Democratic senators and congress members join her in DC as possible.   We also are focused on the mission of getting Democrats elected at all levels of government.

However, it's not too early for us in Trans World to start musing about how we are going to exceed the  27 trans folks that came to Philadelphia when the gavel comes down for the start of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Image result for sharron cooks delegate

One thiis we definitely need is more diversity in our trans DNC contingent.   That should always be one of the Prime Directive level missions for us.   Another Prime Directive mission for us should be to have trans federal, state, and local elected officials in our DNC 2020 trans contingent.

As the GOP led attacks on our human rights has made abundantly clear to us, we must have trans people in the committee rooms to write the good laws that affect us and poised to kill the bad ones.

We also need more trans people involved in the DNC and the state and local parties.   I'm proud of Babs Siperstein and Laura Calvo, our two trans superdelegates.  But I want to see more trans people engaged in the Democratic Party apparatus.  

And finally, I not only want more than 27 people in it,  I want geographic diversity at the same time.

Will it happen for us in 2020?  We'll see when they gavel in that 2020 DNC in a host city to be determined.

And FYI DNC, how about holding the 2020 one in Houston?  Tired of the last national party convention that was held here being the odious 1992 one in which Pat Buchanan gave his infamous 'culture war' speech.

October 11th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 12:33am on 2011-10-11 under , , , ,
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 04:33:12 +0000
10 October 2011 Last updated at 20:57 ET
Vitamins linked with higher death risk in older women
By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News

Experts have suspected for some time that supplements may only be beneficial if a person is deficient in a nutrient.
All of the women, in their 50s and 60s, were generally well nourished yet many had decided to take supplements.
Multivitamins, folic acid, vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron in particular appeared to increase mortality risk.
The researchers believe consumers are buying supplements with no evidence that they will provide any benefit.
"Based on existing evidence, we see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements," Dr Jaakko Mursu of the University of Eastern Finland and his research colleagues said.
In the study, iron tablets were strongly linked with a small (2.4%) increased death risk, as were many other supplements. The link with iron was dose-dependent, meaning the more of it the individual took, the higher their risk was.
Conversely, calcium supplements appeared to reduce death risk. However, the researchers say this finding needs more investigation and they do not recommend that people take calcium unless advised to by a doctor in order to treat a deficiency.
They say dietary supplementation has shifted from preventing deficiency to trying to promote wellness and prevent diseases, and caution: "We believe that for all micronutrients, risks are associated with insufficient and too-large intake."
Helen Bond of the British Dietetic Association said ... some took supplements as an insurance policy, wrongly assuming that they could do no harm. "But too much can be toxic and it is easy to inadvertently take more than the recommended daily amount."
UK doctors are being told the antibiotic normally used to treat gonorrhoea is no longer effective because the sexually transmitted disease is now largely resistant to it.
October 10th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 04:19pm on 2011-10-10 under , , , , ,
Mon Oct 10 16:19:01 EDT 2011

It looked like we'd finally get Linux installed on [ profile] anniemal's ThinkPad today, but I can't find the Ubuntu install disk I made back in December. There's been 2 newer releases since then, so it would make sense to download and burn a new disk anyway, but I haven't gotten around to doing that.
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 01:10pm on 2011-10-10 under , ,
Mon Oct 10 13:10:26 EDT 2011

Fun with Hieroglyphs (by The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Metropolitan
Museum of Art
Got a neat FreeCycle pick-up today: "Fun with Hieroglyphs" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a set of 24 rubber stamps of heiroglyphs with a guidebook. Looking on the web, there's a newer edition on the Met's website, but I think it's just a more compact packaging.
I'm thinking I've seen this go by on FreeCycle before, but someone else got it. I wonder whether this is the same one?

[ profile] anniemal pulled an old rice cooker off the shelf that may go on FreeCycle. She thinks she got it as a house-warming gift years ago, she's used it maybe once, and it's mostly been in storage before we moved here. I like the idea of having one around, but to be honest, I cook my rice in the microwave oven. It's got a rice preset that does an excellent job (I just set the quantity, and I don't have to remember any timing details), and we generally don't want to cook rice in the quantity that would justify using the rice cooker.
October 8th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 04:16pm on 2011-10-08 under , , , , , , , , ,
Sat Oct 8 16:16:09 EDT 2011

I've seen very little of [ profile] anniemal all week, but she seems to have been sober the last few days. The subject of Linux came up again, and today she's ameniable to installing it on her ThinkPad. I'm not sure when we'll get to it, but this is a 3-day weekend for me. She's been using Windows long enough that she does now have things on there that she wants to save. I repartitioned her disk before she started using the laptop, so we should be able to install Ubuntu without disturbing Windows (beyond modifying the boot loader).
I've seen a lot of student-driver cars go by today. Is it drivers-ed season?
October 7th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 01:09am on 2011-10-07 under , ,
Fri Oct 7 01:00 EDT 2011

Really very much not the way to get on my good side:
Oh, hey there! Looks like you're not on a Windows PC. You'll need it to run PlayLater. Download and install on your Windows PC to try PlayLater free!
[Link now goes to "playon" streaming video recorder.]
September 23rd, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 12:12pm on 2016-09-23 under
I'm really enjoying the meme that's going round mostly short-form social media where people pick three fictional characters that represent them, or describe themselves using three fictional characters. who I'm not )

So in the end I went with the following:
  • Pippin from LotR, even though he's way more heroic than I am. I've always thought of him as like me, because he's curious and impulsive and loyal, and I do like that all the hobbits are basically ordinary grown-ups who fall into an adventure in order to support their friend Frodo, rather than the destined chosen heroes of many Tolkien imitators or the adolescents of a lot of pre-Tolkien quest stories.

  • Harriet Vane from the Dorothy L Sayers detective series. Perhaps too obvious or too wish fulfilment-y a pick, she's really such a great character and people like me always want to be her. Because she's intelligent and believably intelligent, and she's a middle-aged woman with a somewhat unconventional (for her society) love life. And she's intensely romantic but still retains her identity and independence when she falls in love.

  • Lynne de Lisle Christie from Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle. She's generally competent without being an amazing genius, and she gets into a position where she can use her intelligence through a mix of native ability, hard work and family connections. She's not quite a scientist but definitely intellectually curious. She is a bit naive and impulsive and loves easily and is deeply loyal to those she commits to.

And it's Bi Visibility day but I've basically given up on trying to find any bi characters to pick. Certainly not anyone who's poly in anything like the way I am. Christie is alllllmost bi in that she has a strong romantic friendship with an alien who is mostly female (though the aliens do gender differently from humans, that's a big plot point), and sexual-romantic relationships with men and male-ish aliens.
Music:: Melissa Ferrick: Drive
location: Keele University, Staffordshire, England
Mood:: 'okay' okay
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posted by [personal profile] pauamma in [site community profile] dw_dev at 02:12am on 2016-09-23 under
It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
September 22nd, 2016
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2016-09-22

Posted by Monica Roberts

Image result for houston texans 2016 jj watt
Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season has come and gone, and my fave NFL footballers are still unbeaten and sitting atop the AFC South Division standings.

But tonight the Texans are about to be tested by the team that many people consider them to be modeled after in the New England Patriots.   They are also catching them with Tom Brady sitting out a four game league imposed suspension for Deflategate and his backup in Jimmy Garoppolo being injured.

Can the Texans knock them off in Foxborough and get a leg up in this clash of AFC playoff contenders for the early lead for home field advantage in the AFC playoffs?   We'll see in a few hours.

Speaking of early leads, after two weeks, my campaign to defend my TransGriot NFL prognostication title and repeat as champion is off to a successful start.   Won the first week, and tied with Mr. Watts in Week 2.    

Translation, I have a two game lead, and want to build on that or at least maintain it.   Have 16 more games to pick this week to keep the positive momentum going.

Y'all know the drill.   Team I'm picking will be in BOLD print.   Home team is in CAPS   A link to Mike's picks will be here.

2016 NFL Week 2 Results                                         2016 NFL Season Standings            

TransGriot   11-5                                                        TransGriot    22-10
Mike            11-5                                                        Mike             20-12
Eli                ----                                                          Eli                 ---

Thursday Night Game

Texans over PATRIOTS

Sunday Early Games
Cardinals over BILLS
PANTHERS over Vikings
Broncos over BENGALS
PACKERS over Lions
Ravens over JAGUARS
DOLPHINS over Browns
GIANTS over Washington
Raiders over TITANS

Sunday Afternoon Games 
SEAHAWKS over 49ers
COLTS over Chargers
CHIEFS over Jets
Steelers over EAGLES

Sunday Night Game
COWBOYS over Bears

Monday Night Game
SAINTS over Falcons

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posted by [personal profile] zenlizard at 03:06pm on 2016-09-22 under
Mood:: 'quixotic' quixotic
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 02:40pm on 2016-09-22
There are a few things different about the new tv version of Lethal Weapon, and they're all improvements.

1. Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford feel closer in age than Danny Glover and Mel Gibson ever seemed to be. Danny always felt like he was sort of Mel's inefficient father, trying to keep him in line. That generational vibe is totally gone here.

2. Clayne Crawford's Martin Riggs is hurting bad, mourning his wife, and yes he's crazy -- but he is not Mel's Johnny One-Note in terms of characterization. There were more layers to this guy in the pilot than in the first three Lethal Weapons movies. This can only be good.

3. The cops around them feel real, like guys working for a living who hope to have a good dinner when they get home, and not like movie stars or some kind of elite swat goons.

4. The bromance vibe is working.

I think I'm putting this on my Hulu list.
October 4th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 11:00pm on 2011-10-04 under , , , , , , , ,
Tue Oct 4 23:00 EDT 2011

This was my first day on the bike in 2 weeks. It has rained almost every day since that Monday I got a flat tire, except maybe one of the Wednesdays (when I have to drive anyway), and one other day when I was knackered from long days at work installing OS patches that took far, far longer than expected.

It was beautiful weather going to work, 75°F/23.9°C, and a little chilly, but manageable coming home 55°F/12.8°C. The forecast looks good for Thursday and Friday, too, and maybe this weekend I can finally cut the grass again.

Of course, a long weekend would also be a good opportunity to go to NC.
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 01:08pm on 2011-10-04 under
Tue Oct 4 13:08:23 EDT 2011

Apparently I loaded a pathological web page yesterday. The whole computer was slow.
I restarted Firefox, reloading all the pages, and things were worse.
I rebooted the computer, started Firefox, and reloaded the pages, and Firefox was comatose but the computer was otherwise responsive.
I restarted Firefox again with an older set of saved pages, and it's fine now. I wonder what page(s) caused the problems? Judith beheading Holofernes?
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 02:47am on 2011-10-04 under , , , ,
Tue Oct 4 02:47:41 EDT 2011

One great thing about DVRs (or VCRs, too) is that you can pause a show and chase down (obscure) references. If I had been watching "Private Practice (What Happens Next)" live, I wouldn't have stopped watching the show to look up Judith and Holofernes; I couldn't have even paused it to get the spelling of "Holofernes" from the closed captioning. Now were I a religious person, I might have known the name Holofernes; I actually have heard something of the story of Judith before, but probably without the name of the invader. But thanks to the DVR and the handy Internet, I am a bit more educated than I was before I watched this show.

Graphic painting: Caravaggio's Judith Beheading Holofernes
[To my surprise, I linked to this (also graphic) when I wrote this entry. Or maybe I wanted the first one then too, and the search returns something different 5 years later.]

Wouldn't that make an interesting photo setup where they have those scenes with holes for faces?

I've mentioned not learning anything useful from watching sit-coms. Do you think there'd ever be a reference to Holofernes in a sit-com?
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 02:18am on 2011-10-04 under ,
Tue Oct 4 02:18:49 EDT 2011
Mythbuntu circle logo
I don't know what happened, but the 3 programs the MythTV was recording at 22:00 are all cut around 25-30 minutes. There's still space available to delete, and the server's been up 26 days (so the power didn't go out). The backend has been running since Sep 07.

Also odd, I have no new email. ([04:30] Apparently I didn't remember fetching my email after I got home. I had a lot of unread email that wasn't here when I left for work.)

"The Saint" wasn't recorded Sunday evening because RetroTV has started adding episode titles and descriptions to the listings, and the descriptions have "Templar", but not "Simon Templar", and no longer match the search. But I no longer need to manually add the episode titles to the recordings, and henceforth the MythTV will be able to recognize duplicates.
October 3rd, 2011
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 01:16pm on 2011-10-03 under ,
Mon Oct 3 13:16:13 EDT 2011

I think just now is the first time the furnace has been on this fall. It's 52°F/11.1°C out.
September 30th, 2011
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posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 09:54pm on 2011-09-30 under , , , ,
Fri Sep 30 21:54:00 EDT 2011

Why does the package of dry-roasted peanuts say 34.5 oz (978g), while the same-brand package of honey-roasted says 2 lbs 2.5 oz (978g)?
posted by [personal profile] syntonic_comma at 02:20pm on 2011-09-30 under , , ,
Fri Sep 30 14:50:20 EDT 2011
Mythbuntu TV logo
One of the keywords the MythTV has been searching for in program descriptions is "Binghamton" – the nearest major city to [ profile] anniemal's hometown. Unfortunately, the Retro-TV network is now showing "McHale's Navy", and one of the characters is named "Binghamton". I have the choice of manually blocking it from recording each episode, or deactivating the search. The latter has just won out.

I remember watching the show as a kid. I just don't have the tolerance for sitcoms anymore. I don't learn anything from them – science, history. Perhaps human behavior, but not that of normal humans.
September 29th, 2011
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Thu Sep 29 04:45:39 EDT 2011
Linux Tux w/ MythTV remote
[ profile] anniemal is complaining about not knowing how to work the MythTV, about not having a manual or any documentation. MythTV is open-source software. Everything about it is on the web. And I have pointed her at web pages repeatedly, and she has consistently refused to look at any of them. It's been here more than an year, and she still doesn't know how to tell it to record something, or see what it's going to record, or even look at the TV listings. (Claiming she needs a paper manual is bogus; she never read the ReplayTV manual either.)
Firefox eats Internet Explorer
Now for all I know, she's having some kind of personal war with her web browser. But we were supposed to install Linux on her laptop (which has been here 9-1/2 months), and she refuses to do that either any time I suggest it. And I'm not inclined to help her with Windows problems.



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