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Old 12-14-2018, 05:23 PM   #1816
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https://www.aol.com/article/news/201...aste/23618528/

Painting with ewaste.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 02:52 AM   #1817
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Short Story: Mr. Raju - The most lonely man in Quebec.

Mr. Raju is like an old clock radio that only picks up few radio stations, very hard to tune and also
needs to be banged on the right side to start it. So, naturally all avoided him as he made folks
feel sucky and down in a few minutes. Mr. Raju also is not working, no one wanted his skills and expertise
that are out of touch with time, all this made him feel very lonely and empty. So he had to come
up with a plan to chat with people. He met a widow from Australia on the internet, she taught him how
to read bus and time tables of remote places to overcome loneliness. However, Mr. Raju decided he can do better than that.

Mr. Raju started dumpster diving in Montreal downtown where he lived. The first time it was a bit strange but then
he quickly picked it up. He collected many used items from frying pans to old computer parts.
He will keep a few of them in his bag and walk around. If he saw any can collectors, or anyone
else seeming needy on the road, he will walk up to them and offer one of his special used gifts.
Now if the subject refuses the gift, he will have at least 25 reasons why his gift will be useful
and brighten the day of the subject. If the subject still refuses the gift, then Mr. Raju will bring out
another gift from his bag and try to get subject to accept this at least. Now who can fight with a person
that gives gifts ?!! Excepting these are gifts that folks prefer to avoid.

Imagine you were a manager or an engineer walking to catch the metro, Mr. Raju was familiar with you,
he walks up to you, gives you a used rusty frying pain, convinces you that you need it. You are in a rush
can't argue, so you decide to take the heavy frying pan to make Mr. Raju happy. Then you carry it
along with you, in the metro and to work. You can't hide this thing as it is big. A young educated man,
carrying an old rusty used frying pan looks super odd to the metro riders and professional workers.
They wonder what's up with this guy suddenly. Hence, Mr. Raju created some odd waves in
Montreal downtown this way.

The rule of dumpster diving is that the more ickyness you can handle, the more stuff you will find.
Mr. Raju met a former nursing assistant called Francene, she was tired out from work, even burned out
and hence started collecting cans. She was very efficient at it, friendly, smiled and sincere. She felt
very sorry for Mr. Raju. During his dumpster diving efforts, whenever he came across a broken condom
or something else that disturbed him, he went to chat with Francene and she gave him about 30 to 45
minutes of therapy and wisdom. Mr. Raju deeply appreciated this support. Francene didn't expect
anything else in return and said she was just glad to help others in need.

The can collectors proposed to Mr. Raju that they will teach him how to collect cans and then
recycle them for cash, this way he can earn some money for living. The folks on the streets
of Montreal downtown will also be left in peace without having to deal with getting
surprising but odd gifts suddenly. However, Mr. Raju was very pleased with his new activity
as it generated nice chats and so refused their offer. He continued to collect the objects
that he liked and gift them. Soon the Can collectors started avoiding Mr. Raju as he was cutting
into their can collection time. Whenever they saw him, they will just nod their head and move on fast.

Pretty soon the word spread among all can collectors and others on street often in Montreal Downtown
about the gifts of Mr. Raju, they are concluded that all the chalice and the tabernacle in Quebec
are simply no match for the great Mr. Raju. They reflected and coined a new phrase for him as
The Sunshine, Joy and Santa Claus of Montreal Downtown.

There was a shelter or refuge downtown that helped the needy. Mr. Raju used his Dumpster Diving skills to
fill up their stock room until he was told that they have no more space and was told to stop. He also donated used books that were discarded by local library to this shelter, the clients were happy to get reading materials.


Mr. Raju wanted peace with the can collectors. So whenever he saw cans in a dumpster or
elsewhere, he immediately told this to a can collector he came across, this person collected
the cans and was very glad. In return, this person will tell Mr. Raju if there is a dumpster with
anything Mr. Raju would be interested in. This mutual relationship worked very well and they all
lived happily ever after.
 
Old 12-16-2018, 05:32 AM   #1818
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Here is an Indian SciFi movie about robotics and AI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enthiran

This movie basically is predicting how things will be in future.
Hence, it helps to be closer to natural things and old computers to deal with the future shock.

Edited to add:
http://listverse.com/2018/04/13/10-i...is-collapsing/
This thread indicates present trends that are real, as this progresses it makes all the
more sense for AI/robotics to move in and fill the void.

Last edited by rvijay; 12-16-2018 at 05:38 AM.
 
Old 12-16-2018, 05:51 AM   #1819
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Was Amiga a computer ahead of its time:
https://slashdot.org/story/18/12/15/...ad-of-its-time

As an aside, did my 4th abstract oil painting today of 14"x18", took about an hour again. Can expect to dry around
mid Jan. 2019 at the latest.
 
Old 12-16-2018, 07:01 AM   #1820
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Here are some interesting links towards the end about the needy and bottom heap of life. It doesn't take much and a string of bad lucks can easily land one in such a situation. If some or many folks you know ostracize you and you feel lonely, then simply cling to Jesus. You will be shown a special path where you can serve others. If this happens then, it really helps to be good with Linux and old computer. Observe and learn efficiently from other volunteers etc., on how to help.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/in...131627074.html

https://truthout.org/articles/feel-g...mbling-society

https://www.theguardian.com/society/...-to-30-percent

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...a-opioids.html

Jesus Loves You. God Bless You.
 
Old 12-16-2018, 11:50 AM   #1821
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https://www.theguardian.com/society/...e-survey-finds

This is so sad to read about. Loneliness is like a plague today, so much porn on net but it is all producing deep emptiness
and societal divide along with other things. Best to have an old PC and focus on communal activities, get together, volunteer, sports, arts, go out to events and festivals etc., Have to make an effort to go out and meet others. Loneliness is the real deal, don't let it get to you and if it has done so already then put in your best efforts to overcome it.
 
Old 12-17-2018, 05:48 AM   #1822
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I enjoyed quirky for a long time and now it is being discontinued. Wowww, times are changing fast indeed.
http://bkhome.org/quirky/index.html
 
Old 12-17-2018, 08:11 AM   #1823
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Short Story: Mr. Raju, bag of popcorn and linux community meeting.

Mr. Raju has consistent bad luck in his life. This has made him go to the bottom heap of the food chain
basically forcing him to make peace with his bad luck and poverty. This he has done as best as possible,
finding peace in art and birds. However, there are times when his bad luck really tanks as in this story.

Mr. Raju was going out for a meeting on linux and old computers to serve the needy. In this regard
he was going to meet a prominent member of a local non profit organization that is a well known local
figure. Mr. Raju was walking to the meeting, when he saw a bag of half empty popcorn in a small garden
in font of an apartment complex. It was a cold and dark winter day. Mr. Raju is environmentally friendly.
He thought how nice it will be if the wild pigeons can feast on this pop corn. So he reached out behind
the bag and turned it upside down, all the pop corn insides spilled on the ground. However, Mr. Raju
didn't check behind the bag, there was dog poop behind it and it got quite a bit on his right glove.
Now, Mr. Raju couldn't believe he suddenly got dog poop on his right glove, this is incredible, so he touched
his right glove with his left glove and immediately some of the dog poop jumped to his left glove.
Mr. Raju's nose felt itchy, so he rubbed his nose and now some dog poop got on his nose as well.

Mr. Raju suddenly remembered that he is late for his vital meeting at local coffee shop. So he brushed his
gloves on pavement as best as possible and rushed to the meeting. The prominent member Ms. Diane
was very glad to see him, she rushed in to touch his hands and squeezed his gloves, then it was hot
insides, so she rubbed her hands on her face, chest and side body rapidly for some relief from the itchy
feeling insides the hot coffee shop. Mr. Raju didn't expect things to turn out this way, suddenly he was
in shock and sick, so he sat down and looked at the ground, feeling pale. Ms. Diane asked him, oh my
Mr. Raju suddenly you are looking so pale and sick, can I get you a coffee or something, did I do anything
wrong ? Mr. Raju was spell bound and couldn't speak.

End of Short Story.
 
Old 12-17-2018, 10:23 AM   #1824
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Interesting no smart phone use for a year contest
https://bgr.com/2018/12/13/vitaminwa...ne-for-a-year/

They say if you can get on net, it is likely a smart phone. This is even tho I have no such phone and only
use very old PC. So I will not even try for that.
 
Old 12-20-2018, 01:06 PM   #1825
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Pocho the Crocodile who had a very nice human friend:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocho_%28crocodile%29
https://www.animalsaustralia.org/fea...croc-story.php

The Man Who Swims With Crocodiles - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7fZZUfvx0s

This story is so real, far from the virtual world that most of us live in these days.This man had a priceless
experience.

Other similar heartwarming stories:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-new...tween-13749062
 
Old 12-21-2018, 05:30 PM   #1826
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Another OS good for older PCs:
https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Q...ish-85748.html
 
Old 12-22-2018, 05:34 AM   #1827
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I have been running Q4OS on an old HP laptop (with a dead battery, so using like a mini desktop) for the last year. I am using to enter this post. It is not minimal, but does make good use of resources.
 
Old 12-28-2018, 08:49 AM   #1828
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Sermon: In One Hour Everything is Going to Change by David Wilkerson
http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/m....php?lid=15853
Above is one of my favorite sermons that I have listened to several times in the past.

The article below indicates a scenario like that in future:
http://endoftheamericandream.com/arc...es-for-5-years

Makes me rethink my priorities, will my old computer with linux on it save me when such a big event happens ?
 
Old 01-16-2019, 11:46 AM   #1829
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It looks like I may be going offline. The last update to Debian broke X:

https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugr...cgi?bug=822523

as did restoring the image of a Devuan clone and upgrading to ASCII. I had been having this problem on Arch-based distros (Hyperbola and Parabola) since a few months before a personal crisis last September.

It's difficult to explain and even harder for people to offer help. The next thing that made sense was to put the drive in an enclosure, open it with an old Debian install that still works, and look for xorg.conf to edit as described here: https://blog.lobraun.de/2017/10/31/xorg-configure-no/ but I found folders but no file. The information I relied on once upon a 2004-2016 simply isn't there any more.

It happens regardless of which one of my Thinkpads I use. I have librebooted X60 tablet plural, librebooted X200 and T400, and factory BIOS on an X60 and a T61.

Uruk, downstream from Ubuntu 18.04, still works.

I am essentially unemployable, with or without internet, and am not a fan of corporate surveillance capitalism. Rivjay mentioned elsewhere that people sometimes say goodbye and this seemed like as appropriate a place as any to do so.

I will not be purchasing a cell phone.
 
Old 01-16-2019, 12:40 PM   #1830
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Maybe try OpenBSD, it is Canadian, doesn't have to obey American laws.
 
  


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