Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bidding a sad farewell to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

From ring to ring, you have entertained. From generation to generation, you have brought families together. You have invited us in to witness and be a part of the Greatest Show on Earth.
But, you have also become one of America's great tragedies. After nearly a century and a half in business, doing what you do best, you will vacate your place in the entertainment space.
There will be other circuses. But there will never be another Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
(And please note that where I live, in Manatee County, FL, the circus closure means significant layoffs, because this is where it's headquartered.)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Donald Trump is wiretapping my home

I live in a (mostly) over 55 trailer park in Florida. For some reason, Donald Trump has recently been bugging
my little hou
se trailer.   

You may scoff, but I have the same amount of proof Trump has that Obama has bugged Trump Tower. What do you think I should do?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Carla Shroder: On Farming and Linux: Video Interview

Carla Schroder sometimes describes herself as an “Ace Linux guru,” which is as good a way to tell you who she is as any — at least in the Linux context. She’s written so much, in so many places, that it’s easier to give you a single Google link to her work than to list a whole stack of articles, plus three O’Reilly books. The single article I’ll point you to on its own is one Schroder wrote for in July, 2016, titled I’ve Been Linuxing Since Before You Were Born. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Trump’s history of corruption is mind-boggling. So why is Clinton supposedly the corrupt one?

In the heat of a presidential campaign, you’d think that a story about one party’s nominee giving a large contribution to a state attorney general who promptly shut down an inquiry into that nominee’s scam “university” would be enormous news. But we continue to hear almost nothing about what happened between Donald Trump and Florida attorney general Pam Bondi. READ THE REST

Saturday, August 13, 2016


We have too many people. I know, cutting population will wreak havoc on the "always must grow" capitalist mantra, but so it goes. Make no mistake about it... human population *will* be cut, either through our own actions or because of a disaster of some sort. What kind of disaster? I have no idea, but this is a harsh universe, and one is sure to come along sooner or later. If you don't believe me, ask any dinosaur.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How FOSS Influences All Aspects of Our Culture

“Paul Jones,” according to the University of North Carolina, “is the director of ibiblio, a contributor-run, digital library of public domain and creative commons media in the Office of Information Technology Service at UNC. He is also a clinical professor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science.” He’s also been known to write erotic poetry, but we didn’t discuss that in this interview — which isn’t so much an “interview” in the traditional sense as it is a 24 minute soliloquy by professor “call me Paul” Jones on the nature of free/libre and open source software (FLOSS; his preferred term) and its relationship with other forms of human intellectual endeavor ranging from academic research to folk music. (Read the Rest; Watch the Video.)

Sunday, March 6, 2016


My trike headrest has been drawing a lot of notice, curiosity, and even admiration. This is its story...

My trike headrest didn't start life as a headrest, but as a solution to the chronic recumbent bike & trike, "How do I mount taillights?" problem. I have a mesh seat so I needed clamps that didn't go all the way around the frame tubes, and I found them. Yay!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Every recumbent Trike Needs a Walking Cane

Maybe not every one, but mine does. I recently spent a couple of weeks in Manatee Memorial Hospital after a bit of congestive heart failure (which is what killed James Brown and damn near got me). They didn't exactly release me, either. It was more of  medical parole. They wanted to send me to a rehab joint, but I whined that I wouldn't have the equipment there I needed to do video work, and I'd sleep better in my own bed, and so on, until we came to a compromise: I could go home, but they'd send a nurse and a home health care worker over twice a week to make sure I wasn't driving, was doing my physical therapy (but not too much of it), and generally being a Good Little Patient. They even gave me a walker so I could limp around like an invalid. Which... hmm... I guess I am.

I still have my recumbent trike, though, and while I hardly have any balance it doesn't take any to ride -- until I get someplace where I might want to dismount and walk around, for which I need at least a cane, which I had slung on the rear cargo rack, a totally inconvenient location. It was the (bike-riding) physical therapist who suggested the side-of-the-mesh-seat mounting point. It's working out really well, Cheryl. Thank you!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Boycotting the Lily-White Oscars

Will and Jada Smith aren't going. Neither are (wife) Debbie and I. But the person whose boycott would be meaningful is Chris Rock, and he hasn't pulled out. Yet. Read the rest here.