Sun, Dec. 2, 2018 – nice day

57F, only 77%RH, and sunny.

Maybe I’ll get the rest of the Christmas decor up today.

And do some of the cleanup in the driveway, yard, and patio.

Or not.

n

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35 Responses to Sun, Dec. 2, 2018 – nice day

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    Looks like Mexico’s new Presidente is either a liar or suicidal. If he acts on his words, he’s signed his death warrant, especially now that assassination is back on the table of world politics….

    ” Mexico’s first leftist president in seven decades vows to see off ‘rapacious’ elite as he is sworn in at inauguration ceremony in front of tens of thousands

    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 65, vowed to profoundly transform Latin America’s second-biggest economy and to end corruption in the government at the ceremony in Mexico City.”

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Here’s a nice head fake– https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6450887/Employers-share-five-buzzwords-want-CV-words-cut-now.html

    If you’re hiring, you can now safely skip any resume’ that has these five words in it:

    Adaptability
    Analytical thinking
    Proactive approach
    Empathy
    Resilience

    It’s always been my belief that your resume’/CV is for AFTER you have a foot in the door, not as a way to OPEN the door. I don’t think I know a single person working in anything more than entry level, who got hired blind off a resume’. I’d bet that most people get ‘poached’ (or approached) thru an existing relationship. Almost every really successful person I know has gone this route.

    n

  3. SteveF says:

    AMLO’s statement was incorrectly translated from Mexican to American. What his native-language speakers heard was “the cost of keeping the government off your backs is going up”.

    (Full disclosure: I don’t follow Mexican politics or events closely, mainly out of massive lack of interest, so I don’t know that for certain. However, I suspect kleptocracies around the world have that idiom in common.)

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Heard from my 9yo in my living room– “Ahhh, the monkey got a fire cracker!”

    I think I’m going to work in the garage for a while……

    n

  5. Ray Thompson says:

    The first broadcast with the new cameras went OK with a few hiccups. The auto level setting on the cameras is too high because of the darker background. Found a setting on the cameras that have to be adjusted. I really wish I had the controllers but too many other issues.

    The lower third graphics were all borked. They stretch across the entire screen (16×9) but we are only using the central portion. Graphics worked fine at 4×3, not so at 16×9. Thus each graphic will have be adjusted. Needs to fit 4×3, will look odd on 16×9. Not much can be done about that issue.

    The picture-in-picture that is being used for the scriptures was all messed up. Changing the switcher from SD to HD loses all the settings and the PIP cannot be restored from the backups. This required going back through and tediously adjusting the position, crop, and margins. Needs to fit 4×3 and will have uncovered space on the left and right for the 16×9 that is being used for the stream.

    Back focus on the cameras is still not fully correct. Need to do some fine tuning and it is very sensitive.

    I am not happy with the auto white balance on the cameras. I need to find a setting to manually adjust. Don’t know where it is as the AUTO switch on the camera controls both light levels and white balance. Will need to do some digging.

    The signal is being down converted from HD to SD for the live TV broadcast. Quality seems quite good, better then before, even though standard definition.

    Lots of complaints from people about the problems. I had to explain we just got the equipment installed and are still tweaking the settings. Be patient. Couple of people said I should have it all set before services. Jerks.

    Choir complained about the stage monitors. Not clear enough. Well duh. It is being converted from 16×9 HD to 4×3 SD, then converted from VGA to composite RF, then sent to the TV’s on channel 3 through a splitter and stretched. That was not my setup and is left over from in the past. I don’t like it and need to change. That will happen when we swap out the projectors. Until then, get used to it and clean your glasses folks.

  6. SteveF says:

    “Ahhh, the monkey got a fire cracker!”

    Unless “The Monkey” is your in-family nickname for the other kid, it’s probably nothing to worry about. Probably.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    “converted from 16×9 HD to 4×3 SD, then converted from VGA to composite RF, then sent to the TV’s on channel 3 through a splitter and stretched.”

    Holy cow, why not just carve it into clay tablets???

    Seriously though, it sounds like things went very well considering, and you should be proud of even getting to where you are. It’s a gut remodel, and they’re complaining that the old light switch plates don’t match the new wallpaper….

    I’d bet money that the majority haven’t got the slightest clue what it takes to get the images on the screens, as their home TV just works when they turn it on…

    Keep plugging away, you’ll get there.

    n

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ steve, monkey is the one that said it. Turns out, they’re watching one of the Pirates movies with mom… but on the list of things I never thought I’d hear, it’s pretty high.

    n

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    Can anyone tell me in one sentence or less why “Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas” are about half of the news for the last two days?

    n

  10. JLP says:

    why “Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas” are about half of the news

    That’s the “Circuses” part of “Bread and Circuses” for the masses. Keep ’em occupied.

    Now back to your question “Does LSD work on horses?” from yesterday. Probably. During the 60s and 70s LSD experiments were done on many animals by some very dubious researchers (see John Lilly and his work with dolphins). All the animals tested had some sort of effect. I believe LSD binds up with some receptors found in pretty much everything with a brain.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    It’s always been my belief that your resume’/CV is for AFTER you have a foot in the door, not as a way to OPEN the door. I don’t think I know a single person working in anything more than entry level, who got hired blind off a resume’. I’d bet that most people get ‘poached’ (or approached) thru an existing relationship. Almost every really successful person I know has gone this route.

    I have my current job because a recruiter saw my resume on a job board. My management wasn’t thrilled about hiring me, but they needed the skillset.

    The biggest problem I’ve had restarting my career is that I don’t lie or “adjust” my resume to make a recruiter happy. I speak from experienence when I say that the nationality dominating the tech industry as of late does not have a problem with dishonesty regarding their experience or job skills — in that culture lying comes as easily as breathing.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    If I had the talent and was a provocateur I’d release a parody video of Billy Joel’s Only the Good Die Young, only instead of all the Catholic lyrics, it would be Islamic….

    Come out Ayesha, don’t let me wait
    You Is-lam-ic girls start much too late
    Aw but sooner or later I’ll make it my fate
    Oh I might as well be the one

    Well, they showed you a prophet, told you to pray
    I built you a harem and locked you away
    Aw, but they never told you the price that I paid
    To buy me a little fun
    Only the good die young
    That’s what I said
    Only the good die young
    Only the good die young

    You might have heard I run with a fundamentalist crowd
    We ain’t too pretty but we sure are proud
    We might be leering a bit too long
    Aw but that never hurt no one

    So come on Ayesha show me a sign
    Show me an ankle and I’ll let you jump up the line
    The dark colored burka you’re hiding behind
    Never lets in the sun
    Darlin’ only the good die young
    Woah
    I tell ya
    Only the good die young
    Only the good die young

    You got a nice white dress and a party on your 9th birthday
    I’ve held off ’til now
    But I paid as much for you as for two cows,
    But Ayesha they didn’t give you quite enough information
    You couldn’t count to three
    When you were thinking of your pregnancy
    (Oh woah woah)

    They say there’re virgins in heaven for those who will wait
    Some say it’s better but I say it ain’t
    I’d rather lie with you now, than leave it to fate,
    The sinners are much more fun
    You know that only the good die young
    I tell ya
    Only the good die young
    Only the good die young

    Well your mother told you all that I could give you was an in-fec-tion
    Aw she never cared for me
    But did she ever say a prayer for me? oh woah woah

    Come out come out come out Ayesha and don’t make me wait
    You Is-lam-ic girls start much too late
    Oh sooner or later it comes down to fate
    I paid for my good fun

    You know that only the good die young
    I’m telling you baby
    You know that only the good die young
    Only the good die young
    Only the good
    Only the good die young

    But of course then I’d be subject to a fatwa and banned from youtube…..

    n

    (so wth can’t I get out of my chair and get busy on all the stuff I need to do today?)

  13. brad says:

    It’s unusual, but it happens. About 10 years ago, I went from self-employed to a job. I didn’t have any relevant contacts, and was hired off my CV.

    Connentions are more common, but sometimes people find themselves in an odd situation…

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    @jlp, well then, we’ll know that antifa are serious when they load up a garden sprayer for the mounted police…

    n

  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ brad, was there a third party involved like Greg?

    @Greg, I’d argue that it was the recruiter that got you in front of HR, your actual resume’ would never have come to their attention. Recruiters have the motivation to seek out prospects, actual hiring companies perversely don’t as they are inundated with prospects.

    It’s interesting to hear that they do sometimes work though.

    n

  16. SteveF says:

    Can anyone tell me in one sentence or less why “Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas” are about half of the news for the last two days?

    Because you get most of your news from Daily Mail.

    re resumes vs contacts, almost all of my jobs and contracts have been through people seeing my resume online or me seeing their Help Wanted listing and sending a resume. Furthermore, most of the contracts and the one job I got through contacts turned out badly — I didn’t get paid on the contracts, the job was calamitously bad, or the like.

  17. brad says:

    @Nick: no, no third party. I hadn’t tried the headhunter route yet. It was strange, but being basically a mom’n’pop development shop, I didn’t have any contacts in the software world – only in my target market, which wasn’t helpful.

    Took a lot of CVs sent out, but it eventually worked…

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Because you get most of your news from Daily Mail.”

    but even for them, it’s a lot. Who are these two? (since I’m too lazy to google, and that wouldn’t give me any context anyway.)

    n

  19. paul says:

    A computer question I was asked: What effect on SSD life does a swap file have?

    The little bit I have read makes me think “not much”. Just the fact that WD gives a 5 year warranty tells me they aren’t concerned.

    What Windows is doing with its basic sized (equals RAM) swap file is a puzzle to me. But on this box with 6GB RAM, the most I have seen being used in Task Manager is 4GB.

    6GB isn’t a small amount but on a quarter full 1TB drive? It’s not much at all.

  20. lynn says:

    I’d bet money that the majority haven’t got the slightest clue what it takes to get the images on the screens, as their home TV just works when they turn it on…

    There is a big, big difference between content consumers and content providers. The effort is usually 10X to 100X more for content providers.

  21. paul says:

    Can anyone tell me in one sentence or less why “Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas” are about half of the news for the last two days?

    She’s 36 and Miss Universe or some such from India. He’s 26 and with his brothers had a band that was a knock off of the Back Street Boys. They had a big wedding.

    Ok, three sentences. I could have used more commas I suppose.

    So…. some kid married an old lady.

    Well, when I was 26 anyone 36 was old.

  22. lynn says:

    It’s unusual, but it happens. About 10 years ago, I went from self-employed to a job. I didn’t have any relevant contacts, and was hired off my CV.

    Isn’t LinkedIn the modern equivalent of the resume ? Or is that just a boasting place ?
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lynn-mcguire-0737a930

    BTW, I hired the guy last week using a Craigslist employment ad. He emailed his resume to the office manager. After several evaluations, he met the need.

  23. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, how many applications did you get in total? What sorting criteria did you use?

    @paul, thanks, they’re good looking, and obviously A or B listers, but I had no idea who they were or why anyone would care.

    One of my good friends is indian from the UK, living in the US. He looked like a sultan in his wedding outfit. Seriously cool. His wife looked like a princess, and had about 100 (not actually, but alot) female attendants from his family. (she’s a white girl from the US) Lots of pageantry involved, and he’s neither rich nor famous.

    n

  24. lynn says:

    @lynn, how many applications did you get in total? What sorting criteria did you use?

    Five. All appeared to be from Craigslist. None from our newspaper ad, our website ad, or our church wanted mailing list ad.

    We made them send in email introducing our software to the office manager and she rated them. She took the top three candidates and had them cold call one of my partners. All they knew was his name and phone number. He ranked them. The office manager and I personally interviewed the top two. One was a standout.

  25. Nick Flandrey says:

    I used to maintain my resume’ online with a portfolio of pictures of the projects I worked on. First built the page in ’91… I do have an up to date listing on LinkedIn that I can refer people to if needed.

    I used to say the my resume’ got me a lot of work, but the truth is that the contacts got me the work, the resume’ just made it easier to take the chance on me. I don’t think I ever got an offer that wasn’t thru a contact or referral. And I’ve been doing project based work since the early 90s.

    n

  26. Greg Norton says:

    A computer question I was asked: What effect on SSD life does a swap file have?

    The little bit I have read makes me think “not much”. Just the fact that WD gives a 5 year warranty tells me they aren’t concerned.

    SSDs used to be inappropriate for swap, but from what I understand, it is okay now.

    I always put 8 GB of swap on a Linux box for general purpose use.

    As for Windows, I stopped worrying about the swap file size once hard drive space got cheap. Utilities used to be available to optimize the size of the swap, but I haven’t used one in a decade.

  27. Greg Norton says:

    @Greg, I’d argue that it was the recruiter that got you in front of HR, your actual resume’ would never have come to their attention. Recruiters have the motivation to seek out prospects, actual hiring companies perversely don’t as they are inundated with prospects.

    The company’s internal recruiting was pretty screwed up at the beginning of the year, when they hired me. Since then, they got tired of the external firms’ games, fired the local HR in Austin, and hired an internal recruiter.

  28. paul says:

    Suddenly, well, ok, over this past Summer, a few trees decided to grow enough that I can’t see the Jeep in the boat shed from the house.

    I need to remove or trim up a cedar tree and that will clear the view.

    The annoying part is that I have the electric powerhead for the weed eater and pole saw. And every dang time, “oh, it’s just a couple of branches” that suddenly become a few pickups full of brush, /then/ I remember the electric stuff. I need the exercise. It’s the “you dummy” moment that bothers me. Then again, stringing out extension cords and messing with the generator if too far from an outlet is a pain in the you know.

  29. paul says:

    As for Windows, I stopped worrying about the swap file size once hard drive space got cheap.

    I remember paying $800 for an 800 MB drive. That was in the “mighty 486/66” that had about the same amount of money spent for RAM. 1993?

    It stung when the drive let out the magic smoke one day.

    Amazon has a WD Blue SSD 250 GB drove for $54 and free shipping. For that kind of money, I really don’t care what a swap file does to the SSD’s life span just as long as when the SSD lets out the magic smoke it doesn’t zap my motherboard.

  30. Nick Flandrey says:

    @paul, I use my dewalt 18v sawzall with a special pruning blade. It works great. I rarely get out the chainsaw, for soft and fresh wood up to 4 or 5 inches.

    I’ve got the Black and Decker extendible pole saw, with their 20v battery packs. It works pretty well for stuff you can’t reach from the ground. You do need a bunch of batteries though.

    I still use my pruning saw on the pole, and the lopper for anything I can though. It works well for anything but oak or pecan bigger than 3″.

    n

  31. Greg Norton says:

    Amazon has a WD Blue SSD 250 GB drove for $54 and free shipping. For that kind of money, I really don’t care what a swap file does to the SSD’s life span just as long as when the SSD lets out the magic smoke it doesn’t zap my motherboard.

    I’ve never had a hard drive fry a motherboard, SSD or spinning platter.

    If that happened to you, I’m guessing that you had a motherboard from ~ 2007 when a lot of bad electronics were produced with counterfeit power caps.

  32. lynn says:

    Suddenly, well, ok, over this past Summer, a few trees decided to grow enough that I can’t see the Jeep in the boat shed from the house.

    I blame all the excess CO2 in the atmosphere. The corn fields near the office grew extra tall extra early this year.

  33. Nick Flandrey says:

    We’re getting beautiful fall color on the trees, due to the early freeze.

    It’s like New England on some streets…

    n

  34. lynn says:

    We’re getting beautiful fall color on the trees, due to the early freeze.

    It’s like New England on some streets…

    It’s like New England in my pool …

  35. Greg Norton says:

    We’re getting beautiful fall color on the trees, due to the early freeze.

    It’s like New England on some streets…

    Our neighborhood in Round Rock has a lot of mature trees. The fallen leaves accumulating in the streets reminds me of Vantucky — like up there, the clueless Californian transplants here assume that someone will come along and take care of the mess.

    At least in Vantucky (Vancouver, WA for those of you who are new here), they were right. The city paid for one pass by a street sweeper every Fall … eventually.

    Side note — Did Texas law change re: license plates. I see a lot of repeat CA tags running around on my commute this Fall, and I thought that those had to be swapped out by the 30 day mark.

    I know the car transport services bring high end vehicles out from CA so tech execs don’t have to bother with rental cars, but the vehicles with the CA plates are the usual West Coast commuter rides — Accords, Camrys, Subarus of various kinds.

    (Stevens Creek Honda license plate frames are always vehicles you want to give a wide berth.)

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