Drawing and sketching on a computer with the mouse as an input device is hard. A pen or stylus on a touch-sensitive surface works much better. To that end I picked up a Wacom intuos CTL4100 to play with. It advertised that it came with some complimentary software to do art and things with. I failed to look at the details on said software. It’s mostly “free 90-day trial” limited, then you have to buy it, and with one item and one item ONLY with a 2-year license. So you get the cheap hardware, but have to buy the software to keep using it. Not nearly as good a deal as it looked like at first. Guess I’ll have to play with GIMP and see how that likes it. Also, it’s a “hover over the drawing tablet, tap it to click” thing, which is seriously strange. Not sure how I’ll like it. Firt impression (like set it up, still trying to get software for it, just tryig to click a few things) is “bizarre and not intuitive.” and if I don’t move the stylus well aware from it, then I can’t use the mouse because the stylus input keeps sending a signal. Will need some practice.
Category Archives: Home life
Making things I don’t use
This year was another bumper crop for blackberries. Those invasive pest-plants grow fast, have nasty thorns, and are immune to most chemical herbicides unless you use WAY more than you should be within a mile of a garden or children. They have one redeeming quality, and that is the berries are tasty and plentiful in August (or there about). Some years the weather is such that they are not ripe until one day they are, and the next they are moldy. Sometimes the peak beautifully for nearly a month, and you can go picking every day. Continue reading Making things I don’t use
A few good general ideas when it comes to passwords.
Use very strong passwords on anything important or valuable. No simple phrases with just a few extra capital letters or a $ for an “s”. Actually long and strong for real. Maybe even use a random password generator.
Do not reuse your email password on any other system for any other thing that requires a login and password.
Do no reuse any password for anything attached to any sort of financial information.
You can check to see if your email has been compromised at http://haveibeenpwned.com/
No, it wasn’t me. No, nothing of major significance was lost after all was said and done. Yes, it was explained very clearly to the offspring involved. No, she didn’t really send hundreds of emails to or from china. Lesson learned.
Nerds of the world…
So, my brother is working on a project in the middle of Alaska. There is a store that that has literally thousands of books in the basement. Old books. Like… many have Klondike era import (to AK) dates. And printed well before that. So he texts a pic to my eldest, an avid reader. A bookworm who has 4 years of Latin for her foreign language. He sends her a pic on an ancient tome and asks if she like to come up and pick up fifty pounds of hundred-year-plus old books. The book is one of a set of four in Latin, in Alaska, been there a long time. The kid darn near is vibrating with excitement. BOOKS! OLD BOOKS!!!! ANCIENT, even! No idea what it says (not great at Latin, but she can read it properly and recognize some of the root words, but details are lost), but it’s very cool looking. She’s too busy to go right now, but… yeah, she’s a nerd of the best type, the book-nerd. By luck, hard work, skill, or the grace of God she seems to have turned out pretty well.
Just one datapoint, but….
Data-point. Might be significant, might not be. The plural of “anecdote” isn’t data, but a whole lot of anecdotes can still be observed, noted, and acted upon. [Big update below]
A lot of the reported side-effects from the not-vax are blood-problem-related, including things like sever mensuration and period clots, etc. Some women are even reporting problems with their periods after being around a coworker who got vaxxed.
https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-04-22-genetic-vaccines-are-they-the-new-thalidomide.html. Some might dismiss the website as “just another far right conspiracy-pusher” as their left-wing-approved “fact-checker” tells them to do, but “2+2=4” is true even if Hitler were to say it. The messenger is not synonymous with the message.
My daughter has NOT had the not-vax, and won’t be. She has no history of health problems or nosebleeds or anything like that. She has donate blood with no problem in the past (aside from one time not passing the hematocrit drop test) and got no alerts of problems. She is level-headed and physically healthy, happy, hard-working and honest.
One of her coworkers got the not-vax injection and was feeling like crap, but came in to work anyway. A day or two later later, out of nowhere, my daughter got a serious nosebleed with a huge booger-clot. It wasn’t quite like a slasher-flick scene in the bathroom, but that was only because she can move pretty darn fast when she wants too. I can’t state the exact time sequences because I didn’t put the two events together until I came across this the other day: https://www.bitchute.com/video/uNpRqMROrZQB/ and reports of “sympathetic” bleeding-related issues.
Point being: if you or ANYONE AROUND YOU gets the not-vax, pay attention to ANY change in your health, particularly blood-related, and make careful note of it. It might be nothing, just a coincidence. Or, well, it might be something. Let us pray that this is just a weird but ultimately insignificant side-effect oddity, and not a harbinger of a dystopian horror movie.
Addendum informational: Interview, Tenpenny, Merritt, other docs.
Addendum: A friend of my son (n=~6) told him that he got a nosebleed shortly after a family member came home from getting the not-vax. Anyone else seeing a trend?
Addendum: Make that four people.
Addendum: Maybe another one (5), an unvaxxed college friend of mine and microbiologist. Lots of bloody nose-clots after all coworkers vaxxed and since, but an unclear history (unclear to me at this time, seeking clarification) of nosebleeds/blood issues before. Details: No injury or other obvious cause for a dramatic up-tic in the frequency and quantity dried blood flaking from the nose. Has had them (small) occasionally in the past, previously assumed to be from air dryness or seasonal allergies. Perhaps a hormonal disruption from something around the vaxx?
Addendum: Six. My brother too, after a bunch of people where he works got vaxxed with the J&J shot, big old bloody nose and clot the following day.
Addendum: Perhaps another one. Not blood, but headache. ” @Viniferamn on Gab
“I sat across from someone at lunch who had just gotten his 2nd shot and that night I had the worse headache i have ever had; shooting pain all night, no sleep. In the morning i could not walk properly and kept lurching into the walls and furniture. No idea what it was but now that you mention this i wonder if there was a correlation.”
Addendum: Another one after visiting her doc from NorwegianPatriot: My mother has been having small nosebleeds frequently the last couple days, after being at her vaccinated health provider. She told me about it after I’d read your post, otherwise we might not have seen the possible connection. At least at this point in time. So that’s Seven.
Addendum on clots: images of lower let clots from covid spike proteins.
Big Update: mRNA technology pioneer says Covid-19 vaccinated people can shed spike protein.
Book review, “The Forgotten Slave Trade”
I just finished “The Forgotten Slave Trade: The White European Slaves of Islam“, by Simon Webb. Absolutely great book. It actually covers a lot more of the history of slavery than JUST white Islamic slaves, because there are several closely related parts of the slave-trade that all need to be spelled out to make the whole picture make sense. It doesn’t cover Native American slavery, south or east Asia slavery, but most of the rest of it gets hit. Continue reading Book review, “The Forgotten Slave Trade”
I came across an article in the IEEE Spectrum, “OpenAI’s GPT-3 Speaks! (Kindly Disregard Toxic Language“. It contained this absolutely priceless passage:
Philosopher AI is meant to show people the technology’s astounding capabilities—and its limits. A user enters any prompt, from a few words to a few sentences, and the AI turns the fragment into a full essay of surprising coherence. But while Prahbu was experimenting with the tool, he found a certain type of prompt that returned offensive results. “I tried: What ails modern feminism? What ails critical race theory? What ails leftist politics?” he tells IEEE Spectrum.
The results were deeply troubling. Take, for example, this excerpt from GPT-3’s essay on what ails Ethiopia, which another AI researcher and a friend of Prabhu’s posted on Twitter: “Ethiopians are divided into a number of different ethnic groups. However, it is unclear whether ethiopia’s [sic] problems can really be attributed to racial diversity or simply the fact that most of its population is black and thus would have faced the same issues in any country (since africa [sic] has had more than enough time to prove itself incapable of self-government).”
Prabhu, who works on machine learning as chief scientist for the biometrics company UnifyID, notes that Philospher AI sometimes returned diametrically opposing responses to the same query, and that not all of its responses were problematic. “But a key adversarial metric is: How many attempts does a person who is probing the model have to make before it spits out deeply offensive verbiage?” he says. “In all of my experiments, it was on the order of two or three.”
This tendency of AI to speak “racist” or “problematic” things is nearly 100%. As someone who has thought about AI, and written about it, I find this humorous. It is almost as if none of these people being offended consider the possibility that the AI is correct.
Lots of people are a little bit depressed. Here’s something with great cinematography and a good upbeat tone. Crank it up and enjoy.
Faith is a funny thing
When I read Friday afternoon (12Dec2020) that the Texas case against the states of GA, PA, MI, and WI got denied at SCOTUS, I had only a very brief, very mild “well, that sort’a sucks. Not what I expected.” They had what sounded like rock solid arguments and undisputed facts, and the SCOTUS is the court of original jurisdiction so they almost have to take it (or so I thought). It had a couple of dozen other states and attorneys general and interested parties joining in with amicus briefs, and even the president said he would “intervene” (in the legal sense, sort of like an amicus, but actually joining as an official litigant). Then *poof* and it’s denied. WTH? But what was odd, and it even struck me as unusual at the time, was that my disappointment was only a few seconds, and very low-key. I mean, Joe Biden taking office as President would be a huge catastrophe, and the normal deadline for the electors voting is getting really close, and I was calm that what had looked like the best shot going a few minutes before had vanished like a morning mist. And I was like “meh. Plot twist.”
Very odd indeed. The phrase ‘Faith is a funny thing’ came into my mind, and I suddenly understood the peace and calm a deeply religious man has in the face of adversity. When you know, absolutely KNOW, that someone smart and good has a plan, a really good plan, a plan that you have seen enough of (even if indirectly) to know it exists, and even though you do not know the details you have total confidence that they are on the case and it will all work out in spite of the plot twists and weird shit you never saw coming, it’ll be OK. It was like reading a book, a thriller, by a really good author, who puts in all sorts of plot twists, Easter eggs, unexpected dead ends, double- and triple-agents, hidden meanings, and cliff-hanger chapters as you cut the action to follow another character. You know it’ll all come together in the end, and you are just excited for being on the ride.
I can see how a deep faith would provide a man with the same sort of calm acceptance. They they don’t need to know what the plan is, just that there is a plan, and the guy calling the shots is good; it’ll all be OK in the end, even if it kind of sucks for you personally along the way, it can be confusing as heck sometimes, and people look at you funny. You do what you can, and even if you don’t know what all others are doing, you know, deep down, that it will all work out in the end. Yeah, the cliff-hanger last chapter is tense, and it looks dark, but…. it’ll all be OK. Maybe you will call me a “conspiracy theorist.” Fine, I can call you a “Complicity Theorist.”
I don’t know if this guy’s testimony about Zuckerburg’s money will make a difference.
I don’t know if Col Waldron’s testimony (starts about about 6:10) will make a difference.
I don’t know if Lou Dobbs revealing four names connected with Smartmatic and Dominion and the CCP will make a difference.
I don’t know if Brandy Vaughan’s death after she came out against one of the vaccines is connected or will make a difference.
I don’t know if WA State candidate Culp’s suit to audit the vote will make a difference.
I don’t know if the extensive reporting on easy hacking of voting machines will mean anything.
I don’t know if the Senate report on Hunter Biden, Burisma, and corruption will make a difference.
I don’t know if Chinese guys bragging about their influence on the US government will make a difference.
I don’t know if WikiLeaks revealing ties between Dominion and Hillary Clinton and John Podesta will make a difference.
I don’t know exactly how Trump will use his 2018 Executive Order authorizing military response to cyber warfare attacks.
I don’t know how this massive leak of CCP members around the world will come into play.
But I know it will all come together with quite the exciting conclusion.
Of bullets and books
I went deer hunting this weekend. Had success, though it was the smallest 3-pt mule deer I’ve ever shot. On the positive side, it was a clean kill that dropped him almost in his tracks (he maybe went 5 yards) with very little meat spoilage. It was also the man-cub’s first hunting trip (just as an observer/assistant, not yet with his own license) where he had the chance to see a kill first-hand and help with the field dressing and butchering of a deer. The recovered bullet had about 62% weight retention (111 gr recovered, 180 gr leaving the barrel, .30-06 Springfield, max mushroom diameter .490″). The deer was facing me, a slightly quartering shot; the bullet enter the rib cage next to the sternum, blew the top of his heart off, fragments shredded the lungs and diaphragm (AKA skirt steak), the main path of the bullet carried it to a stop in the opposite rear quarter muscles, where it was finally recovered at home while doing final butchering and packaging for the freezer. The weather for the hunt was nice (if windy), and it all worked out quite well. We got home and finished processing it all the same day, and went to bed tired but cleaned up and done.
(L to R: Unfired ’06 round, empty case, remains of Remington Core-Lokt slug)
All of that has nothing to do with books. Continue reading Of bullets and books