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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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    ATX Bench power supply build


    And the short-circuit protection works like a *charm* (don't ask, just...don't ask).
    Posted 08-14-2015 at 02:17 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Soldering Station...check!

    Yeah, I enjoy it more as a hobby than I did when it was work.
    Posted 07-29-2015 at 10:28 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    Obnoxious attitudes always come with the territory, because of my looks and lifestyle. Funniest thing is to see a a short mans disease mentality, trying to look down on me, while craning his neck to look up at me.

    I seen some of that at a posh restaurant my youngest boy treated us to. He is a metro yuppie type. Does very well in life. Better than I. We blew their minds when the valet service pulled up in his cherry 1962 Cadillac
    2 door lowrider
    . Probably making some assumptions go up in smoke.

    I know all the young girls on a Friday night at the bar started gazing like they wanted to go for a ride with us. But we had my 2 year old grand daughter and my wife as dates already.

    On your original post. I see a lot of human beings of this and earlier generation in certain environments
    with a sense of entitlement. In a stressful situation or environment. They will be the 1st to fall by the way side with the "but what about me!!!!" mindset.

    I withdrew from the world by raising my boys on the Mexican border and putting them in a school in the country in a small town instead of a inner city high school. I raised them to be independent and to self assured in their skill set as a human being. Nothing given freely with out effort given 1st.

    Seems my system bore good fruit.

    My boy used the same system when buying his house in Austin. Picking a neighborhood figuring in where his
    daughter will go to school and how the neighborhood kids are also. I have no worries about my offspring surviving in the world to come. My grand daughter is part cossack and filipino. With blond hair.

    She is gonna be a heart breaker. And we all know. Women run things though we guys like to think we do.
    Posted 07-29-2015 at 09:55 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Soldering Station...check!

    I "learned" to solder at a very young age by watching my Dad repair electronics and build various things. I remember very vividly him building an electric motor when I was around 6 years old...he took it outside to the car and hooked it up to the battery of the car. I can still hear the sparking and whizzing sound it made when it sprung to life.

    No professional soldering here, just hobby stuff...but it's still fun all the same.
    Posted 07-29-2015 at 08:57 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Soldering Station...check!

    I've been doing quite a bit of soldering over the last couple of years. All through-hole stuff, mostly add-ons in kit form for my Raspberry Pis. I first learned how to solder as an apprentice (electrical) instrument maker, many decades ago. Bigger stuff then than now, but the same techniques apply. I haven't got a variable temperature soldering-station, just an Antec 25W iron.
    Posted 07-29-2015 at 08:39 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    Ahh, Austin. The part of Texas that isn't like...Texas. Austin is a fun and dare I say "hip" place, but it was a bit much for my liking. You may thoroughly enjoy it if you do move there, but I found the prevailing attitudes a bit obnoxious.

    After living in Seattle this long, I suspect that my return to visit family in Texas is going to feel something like being placed in a kryptonite box. I hope not, but that is only hope.
    Posted 07-29-2015 at 02:01 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    Ingrates are fun to watch when blowing a fuse. At least for me.
    Especially because I like to tease.

    Might be moving to Austin (Hill country) later this year maybe.
    Wetter there. Still hot but bohemian residents there.
    Not border bandidos like I am used to. Out here in the desert.
    Dead armadillos line the road outside of Austin though sometimes.

    When my Dad was stationed in Wichita Kansas. The Indian gang I ran with in Oaklawn were not all that "civilized". But that was long ago. Kansas might have become more civilized since then.
    I remember it was cold cold cold there in the winter there.

    Something that is now my kryptonite.
    Posted 07-28-2015 at 03:27 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 07-28-2015 at 03:31 PM by rokytnji
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    Fair point.

    At least in Kansas I never hit a horse skeleton in the left lane of a two lane highway (apparently no one had used the left lane for quite a while because cars are so few and far between west of San Antonio...I'm the only dumbass out there using the left lane, I guess). When you are so far out in the sticks that you can't even find a country music station, you're in the middle of nowhere.

    Thankfully Kansas was more civilized than that =)
    Posted 07-23-2015 at 06:27 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    So..... Kansas is kind of like Texas?
    Posted 07-23-2015 at 05:27 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    1. Sausage is one of those things that requires implicit trust, this is true. You either make it yourself because you trust no one, or you stick your fingers in your ears and sing "I can't hear you blah blah blah" at the top of your lungs while someone is talking about making sausage, and you implicitly trust their judgment and just buy it from them...which, oddly, requires that you trust them *more* than your typical transaction.

    2. I drove through Kansas many years ago. I swear we were on the road for 6 days total, 9 of which were in Kansas. In other words: I see you guys planted a tree to go with that other tree you have. I don't mean to push, but when McDonald's signs are three feet off the ground and you can see them halfway across the state...really, I've never been scared of the sky like I was in Kansas. It seemed so...*close*.
    Posted 07-22-2015 at 05:34 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 07-22-2015 at 05:37 PM by rocket357
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    1. I don't think I want to to make sausage from scratch. My delicate sensibilities insist I trust the retailer.

    2. I can't complain. Kansas is generally beautiful. Not too hot (usually). Not too cold (ever). And way sunnier than Ohio.
    Posted 07-22-2015 at 05:21 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    1. You could always produce the item yourself, from raw materials gathered/mined/forged yourself. Not very efficient, but the requirement of trust goes down considerably. But I agree, if you purchase from someone else, there is a level of trust required that you cannot work around.

    2. What won me over is the magic windows they have here. You open them up and the inside of your apartment/house/condo/whatever *cools off*. I joked about selling the magic windows in Texas. They would sell.
    Posted 07-22-2015 at 05:09 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    1. There is still an element of trust in the transaction: from the price of each item and that each item is as is labeled (ie not half sawdust), to the subtotal and to the calculated tax. Yes, you can do the latter yourself, but the first is based solely on trust (backed up with repercussions to the retailer if trust is misplaced).

    2. That's funny. I would miss the sun. I don't mind heat, even with humidity, but grey days drag me down. 'Course I'm in an over-air-conditioned, windowless room....
    Posted 07-22-2015 at 01:58 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    1. Ahh but you can pay in cash, as that is still an option (albeit considerably more inconvenient).

    2. It was quite hilarious. The first summer here when it got "up to" 85 degrees, a cashier asked my son (5 at the time) if he liked the heat. He excitedly said "Oh, yes, it's AWESOME!" She must've thought he had lost his mind. I have grown fond of the cool, damp, grey...I don't know how I lived in South Texas as long as I did =)
    Posted 07-22-2015 at 01:18 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    1. I do think that when you engage in a financial transaction part of the agreement is that retailer will take steps to prevent unauthorized use of your credit card. That's true whether you are shopping at Piggly Wiggly where the clerk kept the carbons or Caveat emptor can only take a shopper so far.

    2. How could you possibly adapt to the weather shift from Texas to Washington? I would think the shock might kill a person.
    Posted 07-22-2015 at 10:11 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    This is something I've been meaning to put into words for a while.

    There was a particular exchange that *reminded* me to write it up, but there isn't a single exchange that I wrote about.
    Posted 07-21-2015 at 07:26 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

    I'm curious. What interchange prompted this? It must have been good.
    Posted 07-21-2015 at 10:22 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Smokeping and Slipknot

    I think that's how I got to Kansas.
    Posted 07-16-2015 at 01:49 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Smokeping and Slipknot

    I jokingly told my wife I was considering a job in another state.

    Won't be making that mistake again (anytime soon)...
    Posted 07-13-2015 at 07:23 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Smokeping and Slipknot

    I've lived so long in the Midwest I don't think I could live in the South again.
    Posted 07-13-2015 at 04:43 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline


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