Thursday, 24 March 2016

07:14 – We’re working around the house today. There’s a lot remaining to be done in the lab area. We moved our generator from the garage to the lab area yesterday, and picked up some concrete blocks and pressure-treated lumber at Blevins that we’ll use to build a firewood rack. I’m not sure we’ll get to that today, but it needs to be done soon. We got enough components for a rack large enough to hold a face cord. Once we get that one set up and some wood delivered, we’ll probably add another one or two racks. I’d like to have at least a full cord in place before autumn. And I definitely want to get things setup as soon as possible so that we can use our generator to power the well pump and pressure tank.

I wasted a lot of time trying to get our Brother 3070 color laser printer working. The best explanation I have for the problem is that that USB port on the printer seems to be only partially functional. Linux sees the printer and thinks it’s available, but print jobs sent to it simply disappear without printing. The printer also has an Ethernet interface, so I may set it up as a network printer, but for now I’m using our older Brother 5250-DN laser.




45 thoughts on “Thursday, 24 March 2016”

  1. “The printer also has an Ethernet interface…”

    Have you tried the wireless function yet?

    Overcast with a light wintry mix, probably freezing rain/sleet right now. Supposed to head down to the vets group thing in three hours and then pick up Mrs. OFD. If I do, I’ll probably take old Route 7 down about a third of the way and avoid the high ridge above the town here, I-89, that is an icy roller coaster at times like this. Or wife may call and tell me to bag it.

  2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/12201592/Allison-Pearson-why-stay-in-the-EU-when-its-capital-is-also-the-capital-of-jihadism-in-Europe.html

    “Next time you hear the Prime Minister say that Britain must remain in the EU for the sake of our security please think of Brussels. The de facto capital of the European Union is also the capital of jihadism in Europe.”

    I think Brussels will soon be majority mooslem. Do the Brits and the rest of Europe want that for their capital?

  3. No.

    Belgium is lost. I don’t see how it can be saved now. That is a very pivotal foothold for the musloid Greater Caliphate in Europe. The police and armed forces had a chance to root out the nest of vipers there and let it slide. Now they shall reap the whirlwind. Let that be a lesson to us all.

  4. Is this the direction we are heading? Pretty soon, you will not even be able to say whatever words SJW declare insensitive. Jerry Rivers has already proclaimed “homosexual” is forbidden. You must say “gay”. You’ll be tried and sent to jail, after a severe beating by the SJW cops. Excuse me while I wipe my butt with the 1A

    An Australian blogger has been sentenced by a Singapore court to 10 months in prison after being found guilty of breaching the city-state’s laws against speech that instigates racial and religious discord.

    Ai Takagi, a 23-year-old Australian of Japanese descent, published posts in 2014 on the now shut-down Real Singapore website that were intended to “provoke unwarranted hatred against foreigners in Singapore,” Judge Salina Ishak said.

  5. I read this article on Trump the other day. What a bunch of pussies. Murka’s finest coming out of college these days.

    Students at Emory University claim they were frightened and ‘in pain’ after someone wrote ‘Trump 2016′ in chalk around campus.

    Officials at the Atlanta school, which has an enrollment of more than 14,000, were forced to act after the youngsters claimed their ‘safe space’ was violated when the messages of ‘hate’ appeared on sidewalks and buildings.

    One student even said she ‘feared for her life’ as she thought a ‘KKK rally’ was going on, while others were scared a mass shooting was going to take place and wouldn’t walk alone.

    Jim Wagner, president of the 19th century establishment, wrote Tuesday that the students viewed the scrawling as intimidation, and they voiced ‘genuine concern and pain’ as a result.

  6. Yeah, we need a bloodletting. I can’t believe the sh!t coming out of colleges today, but I guess that’s partly down to “everyone needs to go to college” BS, partly down to colleges need butts in the seats to make money, and partly the everyone is a special snowflake routine.

    I know I’m getting old and crotchety, and every generation thinks the kids are pussies, but holy cow. Frightened of chalk marks.

    nick

  7. The colleges and universities were getting going pretty good on this shit back when I was in grad skool during 1989-93 in MA and NJ. It’s now gone full-bore Maoist and soon a kid or faculty member who says “homosexual” for example or is found reading an article on Trump, will be marched around the campus in a dunce cap and jeered by the neo-Jacobin mobs. And the administrators cave in immediately, of course, because they want the money.

    OFD’s recommendations:

    1.) Stop sending our kids to these places; they’re simply re-ed concentration camps for the Maoists. School ’em at home and at libraries and over the innernet. Or find the last remnant half-dozen or dozen colleges that have avoided all this crap and send them there.

    2.) Stop sending your kids to enlist in the armed forces; they’re now going the same way, with the additional hazard of being maimed or killed on some stupid foreign adventure clusterfuck.

  8. And the Marines now have mandatory “sensitivity” training for males after females are allowed into combat positions.

    Male Marine: “We’re going in to kill all those ragheads.”

    Female Marine: “You said kill and ragheads. I’m going to tell the JAG officer on you.”

  9. Male Marine: “Say, you look kinda hot when you’re mad at me.”

    Female Marine: “Really? Let’s get it on, Tiger!”

    Next day female marine files rape charges.

    Or finds out she’s pregnant and thus not fit for combat duty, a regular and common situation on Navy ships for a while now.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  10. WRT Emory “students?” — I hear one of the Emory “students?” stepped on a crack and broke his mother’s back 😉

    BTW I happen to like pussy and pussies (cats) so let’s think of another word for these ignorant idiots at Emory. I’m open to suggestions.

    Did any of you see all the pictures of Obuttwad dancing the Tango?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3507001/Maybe-advice-Barack-Obama-ignores-calls-come-home-wake-Brussels-attack-President-Michelle-attend-glitzy-state-dinner-Buenos-Aires.html
    I could swear I see a hard-on. Moochell is in the background dancing, keeping on eye on her “man”.

    So here is the challenge, a word to describe the Emory “students?” and Obuttwad.

    More great pictures on the Internet, Ted’s “wife” and Donald’s wife.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-shared-an-unflattering-picture-of-ted-cruzs-wife-2016-3
    I’ll take the beauty queen who actually has a brain to the entitled bitch as First Lady any day (BTW, any of the rest of you see a resemblance between Cankles and Ted’s “wife”).

  11. and partly the everyone is a special snowflake routine

    It starts early at home these days. The little cretins are carted to the ER anytime they get a sniffle. The little cretins are all given a trophy for playing any sports (even if they sit on the bench) as you cannot make them feel inferior. Mothers who are training their children to be wusses, jump all over school administrators because someone looked badly at their child. Give their child the finger and you will be sent to alternative school, possibly expelled. Zero tolerance gone horribly wrong. Show up at school with a fish hook in your truck and you get suspended for three days for having a sharp object. Everyone is offended at everyone so everyone gets punished.

    It is insane the lifeless, spineless, self-centered wussies that are being created today. College only makes it worse.

  12. I happen to like pussy and pussies (cats) so let’s think of another word for these ignorant idiots at Emory. I’m open to suggestions.

    What’s wrong with “assmunching imbeciles”?

    And if anyone like ass munching, just keep it to yourself, thank you very much.

  13. The little cretins are all given a trophy for playing any sports

    Not quite true, that I’ve seen. The little cretins normally got ribbons after every game. Trophies would cost too much. There’s some hope, though. Most of the kids didn’t value those unearned ribbons at all, and threw them away with the empty juice boxes they also received after every game.

    Stir the puddin.

    Eeeeeeek! That’s a rape joke! That’s a rape joke! Eeeeeeek! I need a safe space!

  14. Not quite true, that I’ve seen. The little cretins normally got ribbons after every game.

    The leagues with which I have had dealings do the trophies at the end of the year. Have not yet seen the ribbons.

  15. “Who’s Afraid of Donald Trump?”
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/141605245101/whos-afraid-of-donald-trump

    “A Donald Trump presidency might offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fire the government of the United States.”

    “Whatever that means.”

    Do you more of the same (Obola -> Hillary) or do you want to roll the dice?

    I am fairly sure that Hillary is going to supercharge the muslim resettlement program into the USA and grab our guns.

    I can see some blond haired bimbo showing up on your porch with a federal officer. “Mr. Joe Blow, it says here that you served in the military. We are here to inventory your guns and ammo due to your potential instability and danger to your neighbors.”.

  16. My 6 yo did swim team last summer, and they did indeed give a ribbon to everyone in each race.

    While my MIL was here last week she commented on the ribbons, and daughter said ‘they aren’t important because everyone gets one.’ Might be because she doesn’t understand the values of the different colors, might already be a cynic :-p

    nick

  17. Belgium is lost. I don’t see how it can be saved now. That is a very pivotal foothold for the musloid Greater Caliphate in Europe. The police and armed forces had a chance to root out the nest of vipers there and let it slide. Now they shall reap the whirlwind. Let that be a lesson to us all.

    Brussels is not lost if they use extreme measures. Unfortunately, I do not think that the general populace is willing to use extreme measures. Continuously reminds me of this oddly prophetic book that I thought was preposterous when I read it back in 2004:
    http://www.amazon.com/Caliphate-Tom-Kratman/dp/1439133425/

    Muslims have proven in the middle east that they cannot live with any other faiths or nationalities once they reach 20% of the population. Many of the European countries are heading in this direction.

    BTW, Trump wants to get out of NATO. I back this. NATO is going down and maybe our getting out will get their attention. We need to get out of this fight. And, not criticize their methodologies in solving their problems.

  18. “Muslims have proven in the middle east that they cannot live with any other faiths or nationalities…”

    Oh, it goes further than that, you have to be the “right kind” of moooslem and you cannot be black. There is no room in the mosque of traditional islam for any reformed Muslim who has assimilated into the culture of the country they are living in.

  19. “Rediscovering the Campus-Style Family Home”
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/rediscovering-the-campus-style-family-home-1458827889

    “To go from the living room to the master suite of their home on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, Hans and Julia Krebs walk to a different building.”

    “Their bedroom is separated from the main house by a book-lined indoor walkway. Another walkway leads to a third building, which houses the kitchen and dining area, as well as a suite for Ms. Krebs’s mother, a frequent visitor. The garage is in a fourth building. What ties it all together: white, modern facades and black, gabled roofs.”

    I have seen nirvana!

    “With his wife, a 65-year-old health care lawyer, Mr. Krebs spent $1.5 million to build the four-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot home, which also includes a boathouse and a farm-equipment building.”

    Whoa! $300/ft2, that is not going to happen. I spent $190/ft2 on my gameroom and bath/utility room addition and felt I way overspent on that 455 ft2 of space. I still love it though, I just wish that I could have added 1,000 ft2 instead.

  20. and they did indeed give a ribbon to everyone in each race

    I have not been involved in youth sports in my area for several years and maybe the times have changed and I am out of touch. They may indeed be giving ribbons to everyone who participates.

    I found men would whistle at me as if my body were their property

    Those were car horns warning you to move your fat ass out of the way.

    What ties it all together: white, modern facades and black, gabled roofs.

    Wonder who cleans all the windows? Probably some wetbacks that are here illegally.

    That house is seriously huge. My wife and I have 3400 sqft and are giving serious thought to downsizing to a rancher (no stairs) and less than 2Ksqft.

    Hmm, I wonder if I could buy about five of those tiny houses, interconnect them with tunnels and be considered an architectural genius? My wife could go the far end when she is pissed off at me and I could stay on my end with the computer and TV.

  21. That house is seriously huge. My wife and I have 3400 sqft and are giving serious thought to downsizing to a rancher (no stairs) and less than 2Ksqft.

    I’ve got my 28 year old severely disabled daughter living with us. We have given her a buffer area trying to give her some quiet space for her constant migraines.

    Hmm, I wonder if I could buy about five of those tiny houses, interconnect them with tunnels and be considered an architectural genius? My wife could go the far end when she is pissed off at me and I could stay on my end with the computer and TV.

    Dude, you get my madness! I like this statement from the article, “Mr. Selzer, a 70-year-old radiologist, says the isolation of the bedroom, located at the end of its own wing, is an advantage. “You could have a brass band going on in the main part of the house and we wouldn’t hear it,” he says.”.

    The wife has been sneaking into the new mancave while I am not home and working from there using http://www.gotomypc.com into her office pc and watching General Hospital on my new tv. I have caught her several times now! So, we need a better label for the new room than the gameroom or the mancave.

  22. What about a deadlock on the door?

    You are not married, are you? Besides that, the new utility room is on the other side of the new gameroom. The wife is kind enough to wash my clothes and hang them up. The new gameroom is behind the master suite and is entered through a former window (now door).
    https://www.winsim.com/gameroom.pdf

  23. Wow, way too much aggression and violence and anger and hate here today. I feel like I need to get a trigger warning anytime I log in here now; I’m off to my safe space now where I will curl into the fetal position and whimper and sob for a while.

    Meanwhile, I’ve had to listen to pro-Bern chatter from Princess and 87-year-old MIL over the past 24 hours and I finally got wife back here but we have not brought up politics or I’d hear another bit of that chatter. They all think Trump is the reincarnation of Mussolini, I guess, which shows us what media they consume daily, if not hourly. I maintain that Trump is not nearly as smart as Il Duce or as iron-willed. He’ll cave to the usual suspects once he gets in, if he does get in.

    Before that, a 90-minute vets group meeting where we discussed the War Between the States, our childhood beatings and ass-whippings at the hands of various adults, and the current political carnival/freak show. Our lone jarhead calls himself the token liberal; I don’t think any of them get yet just how far right OFD actually is. But it went well; only one horror story and we haven’t had the desert vets for a while so no crises to deal with.

    Gotta go get Princess at the border tomorrow AM, bring her to her car here, and then I gotta hit the SS office down in Burlap to get a replacement SS card. After that I might hit the 6PM Good Friday Latin service.

    We had light snow up here today and freezing rain down in tropical Burlap.

  24. Meanwhile, I’ve had to listen to pro-Bern chatter from Princess and 87-year-old MIL over the past 24 hours and I finally got wife back here but we have not brought up politics or I’d hear another bit of that chatter. They all think Trump is the reincarnation of Mussolini, I guess, which shows us what media they consume daily, if not hourly. I maintain that Trump is not nearly as smart as Il Duce or as iron-willed. He’ll cave to the usual suspects once he gets in, if he does get in.

    Wow, you are amazingly tolerant. Have you ever mentioned that Bernie spent his honeymoon in Moscow? Have you mentioned that Bernie has never held a real job? Have you mentioned that Bernie is the only member of Congress who is not a multimillionaire (meaning that he is either stupid or else too honest to take the bribes)?

    I maintain Trump is not a gun grabber. He may also, repeat may, shutdown the flood of muslims into the USA. I figure everything else is fair game. Maybe, just maybe:
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/141605245101/whos-afraid-of-donald-trump

    “A Donald Trump presidency might offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fire the government of the United States.”

    “Whatever that means.”

  25. “Have you ever mentioned that Bernie spent his honeymoon in Moscow? Have you mentioned that Bernie has never held a real job? Have you mentioned that Bernie is the only member of Congress who is not a multimillionaire (meaning that he is either stupid or else too honest to take the bribes)?”

    Yes, yes, yes. I’ve mentioned all of that and what my listeners do is shut down their hearing and get angry about it. They don’t wanna hear it. That’s been my experience for a very long time with liberals and Dems and RINOs. And they all voted repeatedly for Larry Klinton and Barack Hussein Soetero. Even when I mention how much I hate the Bush crime family and think of Reagan as an amiable dunce it makes zero difference to them; they’re like, “well yeah…” While thinking that I’m still effed up for not believing the same neo-Marxist hogwash they’ve got permanently engraved on their brains.

    It’s been a hard road for ol’ OFD; married to a longtime Irish-Murkan Dem liberal wife, with ditto for the MIL and a SJW-prog daughter. They all think I’m a mad-dog fascist nutball, but at least wife is coming around on some issues, due to my malign and baleful influence. And she’s OK with the guns.

    Wife asked me if I was voting for Trump and I told her AGAIN, fuck no, I don’t vote in any elections above the local town level here and haven’t in many years. I hate all the bastards and also told the other vets I believe they’re all evil and I will never vote for evil or its enabling by political figures, several of whom seem to indicate by their behavior over the years that they may occasionally be possessed by evil spirits. I believe that emphatically about historical figures like Koba the Dread, for instance, and Hitler. Close reading of decent biographies by people who knew them personally led me to this.

    Local and state communities are the way to go; forget Mordor and Babylon and all their works and get some relationships going in meatspace. There are growing positive signs that genuine conservatives and libertarians and Christians are making progress in this regard, with their schools and charities and local security, all across the country, just not so much in Cambridge or Berkeley or Manhattan.

    “Hopefully those dead terrorists in Brussels are getting their 72 virgins now…”

    Hopefully 72 virgin but rabid wolverines and/or mountain gorillas.

    As for Belgium, the authorities KNEW where the cauldron of hate and death was foaming out of control and did nothing. Now they shall reap the whirlwind. Likewise in other Euro cities, including Londonistan. Au revoir, what used to be “brave little Belgium.”

    Lucky for us that sorta thing can never happen here.

  26. “You are not married, are you?”

    No. And as my late mum said “You don’t understand women.”

    She said that in 2001. She’d bought a new dress for my nephew’s wedding in 1998. In 2001 my neice was getting married and mum mentioned that she was getting a new dress for the occasion. I knew (because mum had mentioned to me) that she’d only worn the 1998 dress once since that wedding, so I asked why she didn’t just wear that one.

    The phone went silent for a few seconds, then mum said “You don’t understand women”, and left it at that.

    Years later I mentioned this story to my sister, she said that mum had told her at the time, and they’d had a quiet chuckle together at how stupid and ignorant men are. Then mum partially excused me on the basis that my father would have said the same thing.

    (I have a considerable amount of clothing that is old enough to vote. Twice.)

  27. “Hopefully 72 virgin but rabid wolverines and/or mountain gorillas. ”

    Or, to quote Mark 9:44: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

  28. “she’d only worn the 1998 dress once since that wedding, so I asked why she didn’t just wear that one.”

    Thankfully, my wife isn’t one of those. She mostly wears jeans and t-shirts, just like I do. She does have some fancier clothes, but clothes and shoes and stuff just aren’t a priority in her life. Probably one of the reasons I picked her – I still have horrible memories of this one woman I dated, who had to tell me the story behind everything, including the particular purse she chose to carry on that particular date. Blech… The top of her poodle’s head was pink from all the lipstick she wore. Double-blech for the toy poodle, triple-bleck for lipstick (and make-up) applied with a trowel.

    But I still don’t understand women, as my wife would surely agree, just for different reasons.

    On the political front: I check in on a couple of US media sites regularly (like slate.com – be sure to have your ad-blocker on), just for grins. It’s amazing how hard they are working against Trump. Possibly not even really deliberate, but rather because of the innate bias built into their collective worldview. Every event involving him is presented the most anti-Trump bias possible, and there are always several stories featuring him. Today’s headlines:

    – Attacking Heidi Cruz is the succmiest thing Trump has done

    – The Myth of the Trump Democrat

    – Introducing the Trump apocalypse

    – The mysogyny of Trump

    – What tactics can Trump employ to get his wall?

    – “Vote Trump, get dumped” campaign asks women to stage a sex strike

    – and on, and on, and on…

    All of which is actually great for Trump. He is completely dominating the conversation, even on the most left-wing sites.

    However, the unconscious level of bias is just astounding. Truly, these people live in an echo chamber. Of all professions, you would think journalists would make at least a token effort to peek out at the rest of the world?

  29. One of the ladies in the family is constantly buying new stuff and taking not-quite-new stuff to St Vinnies. She’s on a great salary but I still wonder why, as she sometimes cries poor.

    Reminds me of a character in one of Tom Clancy’s novels. She was wondering to herself what to wear to work one morning and chose a certain outfit. It was a year old, but she figured that nobody would know. The secretaries would know, but who cares about them…

    I guess I look at women’s fashion from a male point of view. A few years ago any woman with a pretense of being fashionable bared her midrift. Now shorts are in. It’s early autumn here, so I expect the shorts only have one more month.

  30. @miles, because I’ve been watching Daily Mail Online as one of my news sources, I’ve gotten more pop culture, fashion, gossip, entertainment, and viral web news than ever before in my life.

    There are a TON of articles cattily taking about so and so ‘recycling’ an outfit, or wearing it twice. Even garments meant for repeat wear (outer coats) vs high fashion ball gowns get the snotty story. The royals get it, even when it obviously costs the people (and the reporter) money. So I’m not surprised (although saddened a bit) that ordinary folks are getting some of the attitude too.

    I have replaced most of my clothes in the last couple of years. It’s HOT in TX. I’m getting older, and less tolerant of the heat. The high tech fabrics really do make a difference. I don’t think they’re worth the money asked, so I only buy them on sale, or in a thrift store. It’s very common to find unworn, tags still on, clima-cool adidas golf shirts, or Bole’ golf shirts for <$8. T shirts are a bit less common, but if you don't mind colors other than black, they are out there. Men have it easier from a fashion standpoint, but I'd still recommend updating your wardrobe 🙂

    nick

  31. I have a weird problem with my HP printer occasionally going unresponsive even though Linux still sees it as connected to the USB.

    My solution is to plug the printer USB cable into my Windows 7 Professional laptop, print a test page for the printer, and then plug the cable back into the Linux box. I don’t know why that works, but it does the trick even when cycling the printer’s power doesn’t.

  32. It’s because Bill Gates reached his cold, dead hands up from the grave to make sure every living human pays the friggin Microsoft Tax.

    What’s that you say? Bill Gates isn’t dead yet? Well then, someone ought to fix that, oughtn’t they?

  33. “Bill Gates isn’t dead yet? Well then, someone ought to fix that, oughtn’t they?”

    Plug him into a Linux machine (I’m guessing what part might easily fit into a USB port) and then reboot.

  34. I worked for that telephone company with the Death Star logo for a decade. When the iPhone first came out and beta firmware would sometimes brick the phones we used to test our app, the most reliable method to unbrick the hardware was to upload previous firmware using iTunes on a junked PC running Windows XP.

  35. Makes me wonder if Windows inside a VM would do the same trick. You know, for those who don’t have Windows machines.

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