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Twenty years ago today, the Jupiter II was launched towards alpha Centauri. Shortly after launch it went off course and encountered a meteor storm. It's fate after that is still unknown.

Lost were pilot Major Don Weest, Dr John Robinson, his wife Dr. Maureen Robinson, their children Judy, Penny and Will.

Speculation as to the cause of the course deviation had led to several theories. One that seems most probable in light of certain records recovered by scholars after the fall of several European governments suggest that the most likely is that Dr. Zachary Smith, now known to have been an enemy agent had been trying to sabotage the ship and had somehow remained aboard when it launched.
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I slept thru much of Coming Out day. But here's a quick sketch...

Bi (ever since I knew about sex).

Somewhat poly.

Switch (but prefer sub though I can be a "service top" for many things and a real top for a few.

Bi-gendered or genderfluid. I present male most of the time just because it's less effort (fewer spoons). Would like to present female more but after all these decades of having to present male for protective coloration, there are so many things to unlearn as well as things to learn.

But ever since I knew the anatomical differences I wanted to switch back and forth. Had some rather detailed fantasies about different sorts of "cycles". Also tried the tape bit when I was in my early teens but couldn't get it to work. :-)

Probably neurovariant, possibly Aspergers or the like.

PTSD, social phobia social anxiety disordedr, all going back to when I was a kid, but getting worse in my later teens.

Hopefully, I'm a lovable mess.
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Once again they are talking about "mental illness" as a reason for mass attacks.

The sad truth is that in many cases the only difference from a "normal" person is that they think doing that sort of thing is a good idea.

And the current case looks to be going that way to a greater extent than other caases I recall.

We *do* need to restore the funding for mental health that has been getting chopped away over the past few decades.

But it's *not* going to have much of an effect on atrocities like this one. But trumpeting this sort of thing *will* further demonize folks with mental health problems. Even though they are not any more likely than anyone else to commit such crimes. Heck, most are *less* likely.

The sad truth is that it's not "insanity" involved. These people usually have prefectly reasonable and logical *to them* for doing these crimes.

Either they have problems with logically reasoning (including adhering to beliefs that are not logically justifiable) or they used "proper" logical reasoning, but started from premises that are different from those of most folks.

*Neither* of those constitutes mental illness. The first describes a lot of religions, though most don't lead to this.

The second is again similar to some features of some religions. But since their "premises" (axioms if you want to get technical) are things that *by definition* are not subject to logical proof (rather they are thing things you start with as "givens" *to* prove things) they also are not a mental illness.

Sometimes they may be things that can be checked out *scientifically* to prove or disprove. Other times they cannot be determined to be fact or not.

So we have two problems. One is that people don't know how to use logic and evaluate arguments and evidence (and politicians and advertisers would really rather that they *can't*). That *can* be solved by education, but it'd upset a *lot* of groups.

The second one? Alas, it amounts to telling people what they should/shouldn't believe. and is fraught with all sorts of problems.

and, of course, there are a lot of social factors as well, but those are an even bigger can of worms.
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Here are a couple pics. (Remember I've cut about an inch off the top)

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I'm not going to go into the pros or cons of guns, gun control, possible mental illness and all of that. Too soon and not the time.

I'm just going to note something from various news reports and give a few important safety tips.

They keep mentioning various things people hid behind. They erroneously referred to it as "taking cover. Alas, in many cases it wasn't.

Knowing the difference between cover and concealment can save your life in a mass shooting.

Concealment is something that prevents you from being *seen*. In many situations this will help some. But if the shooter is just doing spray and pray, or otherwise not really aiming, concealment is of limited use. And it often gives a false sense of safety.

*Cover* on the other hand is something that will *stop bullets*. If you are behind cover, you are safe as long as the shooter doesn't move to a position where he can shoot past it.

In spite of what you see on TV, cars are generally not cover. Especially against a rifle. The engine block will stop bullets, the tires *might*, The rest of the car? Nope.

Bushes are most definitely not cover. Food carts are probably not. Food *trucks* may be. Bleachers might be, but I wouldn't count on them.

Large planters are cover. Between the wood or concrete and all the dirt they should stop any reasonable bullets.

If you are in the open and there's nothing near run for cover. But unless there are a lot of other people, don't run in a straight line. zig-zag to the right and left, and try not to use a pattern. This won't help with a spray and pray shooter, but it will with one who is picking out targets.

In a huge crowd, there isn't room to run. or to dodge. So just try to make your way out and resist the urger to push people over or trample them.

If you can stay calm enough, try to herd kids and smaller folks ahead of you. And try to keep them calm too.

If you find soime concealment, remember that it won't stop bullets, but may make it less likely for you to get picked as a target. Use it to get farther away from the shooter and towards actual cover.

If you want move from one bit of cover or concealment to another try to move in a way that won't catch the shooter's eye. Ditching brightly colored jackets or hats is a good idea.

If shots are hitting near you, wait until the shooters aim moves on (if you can), then you can try a slow crawl (not recommended unless you have practice) or make a quick dash to the next bit of cover.

No guarantees, but these sorts of things may make the difference.

Of course, inside a building things get messier. :-(
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They had some mystery veggies at the food box Saturday in the produce drop.

Some root veggie almost as big as an eggplant, smooth skinned and a sort of orange/red color (definitely orange outside, but more red under artificial lights). and the "scar" where they cut off the leaves/stalk is bigger than a quarter. And shaped kinda like a giant strawberry (a sort of fat teardrop)

No idea what it is, but I figure I can figure out *something* to do with it.

For now, I'm gonna assume it's something like a turnip and try frying or boiling chunks with something else.

Well, I cut off a small slice and nibbled a bit. Didn't taste bad but decided it probably wasn't something I wanted to eat raw.

Also, the inside is definitely orange with a weird spiral pattern.

This morning, I cut up some more and tossed the chunks in with my ramen.

Tasting it cooked, it tastes a lot like carrot.

But who ever heard of a carrot 4" wide and 5" tall? And it wasn't a fluke because there were a *dozen* of them.

[eta] After eating more of it, the flavor is sort of a cross between carrot and turnip.
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Fay is over for TV night, and I'd quoted something from a story I was reading. It mentioned cheerleaders to which she responded with:

Fay: a goth cheerleader
me: a goth cheer squad
[various comments about school mascot possibilities]
fay: the Raccoon City Revenants
Me: Edgar Allan Poe HS Ravens

We also noted that Gothic Lolita fashions would actually work with cheer stuff because of the short skirts.

Hmmm... maybe twirling parasols instead of pompoms?
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The "pup" in the comics below is Florence a Bowman's Wolf (uplifted wolf species). She's as intelligent as a human.
(after thursday the above will get the wrong strip, try

I agree with Chris's dad. Especially given that it's a mobility device *with communications*. Killing the comms when there's a fault in the drive system is an *insanely* stupid decision.

What stupid design decisions have *you* had to deal with?
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I got this one of the Traveller RPG Mailing List.

A long time ago one of the odder (but fun) members designed the PMPP (Pelvic Mounted Plasma Projector). Which this villian's weapon resembles *way* too much.

I don't want to think about recoil effects...
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Got my flu shot the other day while I was at the pharmacy for something else.

You have to fill out a form with a bunch medical info and some personal.

I noticed one change from last year's form.

For Sex, it now had Male Female and Other.


Linux help

Sep. 15th, 2017 05:10 am
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I'm most familiar with Kubuntu, but I want to install Linux on a couple of older boxes that max out at 2 gig of RAM.

Any suggestions on what I should use?
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since the great disaster.

Nobody ever figured out what caused the runaway chain reaction in the waste dump on Lunar Farside. But it drove the Moon out of orbit.

Here on Earth the quakes and tidal changes had people's attention.

But now that we've recovered, we have to wonder at the fate of the people on Moonbase alpa.

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See comments on second cartoon. But please, don't pile on, from previous experience it'll take careful arguing to *possibly* make a change in his position. Pushing hard will translate int "I'm being persecuted" which helps nobody.

Ok, let's start out simple. People *do* have the legal right to wear whatever they want subject to laws regarding indecent exposure/public indecency.

So. Women can legally wear "mens" clothing. That's been established for most of a century.

Men can legally wear "womens" clothing. that hasn't been established quite as long in some places, but it's still been legal for decades.

This is *settled* law. Not something that is likely to change no matter how loud folks protest.

Now consider the question of bathrooms. Under the law people *do* have the right to use public bathrooms (and that includes the non-employee bathrooms in businesses and schools, etc). Again, very much settled law.

So, If you have someone cross-dressed (be it a woman in mens clothes, a Female-to-Male transsexual,, a male cross-dresser, or a Male-to-Female transsexual) which bathroom do they use?
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I had to repair Windoze on one of my machines because several things weren't working right.

I used a key finder to get the product key because I didn't want to pull the box out from its cubbyhole on the desk. But when all was said and done, I got a "windows needs to be activated" message.

I knew it probably wouldn't work, but I tried the online activation. No surprise, it didn't work (hasn't worked for many years, I forget how long). So I went to choice 2, calling the toll free number.

I had to read the 9 groups of 6-digit numbers to the automated system, and thankfully it was mostly ok with my voice. Then it told me my copy couldn't be activated.

So I shut things down, moved a bunch of stuff and pulled out the computer the read the product key sticker. Sure enough, it was different. Which meant that the number the key finder had given me was an OEM "volume" key which had likely been compromised at some time.

I wrote it down and put everything back. Then when I got back to the activation screen, I did something it said noty to do unless asked to do by a tech. I clicked on the "change product key" button. I figured it was worth trying rather than taking an hour or more to do another "repair" installation.

It gave me a different set of 9 6-digit numbers. I wasn't so lucky with the voice recognition this tiome. When it offered the "if you have a smart phone" option, I decided top try it even though I don't have one. I was hoping that the text message it would send me would let me reply with the string of numbers. No such luck. But it did give me a link to "click" on. since I *don't* have a smart phone, I couldn't click on it. But since I had another system that was working just fine. I carefully copied all those numbers, and switched to that system.

then I typed in the link. It got me a usable screen and I entered the numbers. It gave me an activation code, which I dutifully wrote down. Switching back to the system that needed activation, I entered them. They were accepted. *Yay*.

I hope this "trick" will be useful to other folks who have a phone that can get text messages and have a second computer near the one that needs to be activated
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If not, here's a link...

I've been reading Wapsi Square from the beginning and I just hit something that trumps that...
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Graffiti from Pompeii

Warning, not terribly worksafe (duh!)

Food stuff

Aug. 30th, 2017 05:20 am
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Various interesting things involving food in the last week or so.

To start with, I had trouble with a large jar of green olives with pimentos I got cheap off the clearance Rack. Even with rubber gloves I couldn't the lid to move. I sat there glaring at it and decided to try something weird.

I took a small screwdriver ( about 4.5"/11 cm) and stabbed it through the middle of the lid. Jar opened with no problem after that. This is now on my list of ways to deal with stubborn jar lids. :-)

Oh yeah, I slapped a hunk of duct tape over the hole. If that sounds icky to you, you can always transfer the contents to another container.

I've also been clearing out the freezer some. I've been getting frozen meats from the food boxes faster than I've been using them up. I'm working on thinning the herd.
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You've no doubt seen the various graphics/signs that have a warning symbol and the text "Do not look into laser with remaining eye!"

Well, I had a thought. And I'm just evil enough to do it.

Print one out, and add another copy of the warning to the bottom of the sign... in Braille.

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