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June 2005

Thursday, 30 June 2005

Another holiday coming up. I will be offline until next Tuesday. Have a happy 4th.


In case you didn't read it here yesterday, the pictures from the First International Teardrop Gathering have been posted.


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Wednesday PM - Minden Pictures

I have added pictures of the International Teardrop Gathering to the Teardrop Trailer section. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Wednesday, 29 June 2005

I have downsized the pictures from the teardrop gathering I just got back from. I still have to make thumbnails, and since there are 138 pictures, it is taking a while to do that. The pictures will be up as soon as possible.


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Tuesday, 28 June 2005

I will be posting pictures from the First International Teardrop Gathering in the next couple of days. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, despite the very hot temperatures.


Showing simian tendencies:


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Monday, 27 June 2005

I'm back in Hayden Lake, after the two day drive from Minden, Nebraska. No car problems, no teardrop problems, no problems at all. Very smooth trip.

I'd like to thank Merv and Carolyn Peterson, who I haven't seen in 20 years, for allowing me to camp in their driveway in Hardin, Montana, last night. I really enjoyed our visit, guys. I'm sorry I left before you guys got up this morning.

Well, back to work for three days, then 4th of July fun at Carnation, Washington.

Friday, 24 June 2005

What a day. I am worn out. I started at 5 am, making bread dough. We had our workshop at 8:30 and I cooked herbed rolls that were a big hit. So was the workshop.

I went around and photographed all the trailers and by the time I was done, I was done....

But I made beef stroganoff for the potluck and that was a huge hit, too. Now I'm gonna check my gmail and go get some well deserved rest. Another potluck tomorrow night...

Thursday, 23 June 2005

This day is flying by. I had the oil changed in my car, then spent the rest of the day talking to teardroppers, and helping set up their canopies. Most of the Washington State crowd showed up today.

The dutch oven workshop we will be doing is tomorrow morning. I made up 100 pamphlets, but I don't think I made enough. There will be 140 trailers here. Whoa. And I will be taking pictures on Saturday (too much going on tomorrow). Lots of fun, so far.

Wednesday, 22 June 2005

I am now in Minden, Nebraska, with a bunch of crazy teardroppers. It's about 90 degrees and windy, but the company is great.

The Gathering hasn't started yet, but I've already met some people I have only talked to on the Net. This should be a lot of fun.

It took me 11 hours to get here from Buffalo, Wyoming.

Tuesday, 21 June 2005

I guess I will not be out of touch as much as I thought.

After 11.5 hours of driving, greetings from beautiful Buffalo, Wyoming. The mosquitos are in bloom, it's 90 degrees and overcast. Not a bad day, actually.

I went through some thunderstorms in Montana. It was about 90 degrees for the whole trip so far.

Monday, 20 June 2005

This may be my last entry until June 28. I will be on vacation until then, and may not have an interface to the Internet. I will take plenty of pictures, though, and will post them here when I get a chance.


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Friday, 17 June 2005

The wireless guy never showed up, so I don't know if I can get a wireless broadband connection. I will try them again in a week and a half.


I am going to try to do garlic herb dinner rolls tonight. I will have to do them in a dutch oven inside my stove oven, as it is supposed to rain all day today.

If they turn out ok, I will do them for the dutch oven workshop next Friday.


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Thursday, 16 June 2005

I went over to J & R Electronics last night, because I saw in the phonebook they have Internet access. I figured since they sold satellite dishes, that they also sold DirecWay dishes. Nope. They sell a wireless service. They have a dish on top of Rathdrum Mountain, so if I have line of sight to that mountain, I can get broadband access from my house!

They will do a survey of my house today. If I do have access to their service, it would cost 270 bucks to set up and 40 bucks a month for access. Since my current access is 12 bucks, and my current DirecTV is 39 bucks, if I cancel both of those, I can have true broadband access without any increase in my monthly bills.

I could cancel DirecTV and replace it with Free To Air. I still haven't had time to set up that dish properly, but I have a post and some concrete with which to mount the dish. I will do that after the 4th of July. Too much happening before then to allow me to do it sooner.


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Wednesday, 15 June 2005

I am planning to update my hours/minutes/seconds calculator from Java using swing components to Java using GTK. I will then be able to compile the source to a binary using the gcj compiler. That will produce a program that is more easily installed on Linux boxes. It will no longer require a Java intrepreter.

I am also looking for more ideas on programs to write. Help me out if you have any ideas you want translated to substance.


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Tuesday, 14 June 2005

I looked into my problem with non-loading Linux programs last night. I couldn't get the evolution email program to load, which is one app I can't do without. It still wouldn't load.

It was obvious that my installation of Free Pascal and Lazarus caused this problem. The first thing I did was remove those programs. No change.

Next, I ran the SuSE repair facility off the DVD. It went through all the filesystems and all the installed packages and detected three programs that were damaged. I told it to repair the damage, but it couldn't do it.

So, I ended up reinstalling the operating system. This is a first for me. I have never had a program install in Linux cause enough damage to require a Microsoft-like remedy. I guess there's a first time for everything.

After I reinstalled everything, I had to go through and do some other installs. I reinstalled lame, yaz, and tellico. I also redid my modem configuration, which SuSE doesn't recognize in its install.

Bottom line is, everything is back to normal. And this time I didn't lose all my email.


When something important comes up, I add a new news section for it. I have added a section called 'Downinggate', as I consider this to be the current Administration's definitive Watergate.


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Monday, 13 June 2005

We had a good North Idaho Linux User Group meeting on Saturday. The attendance was low, but we learned a bit and I got a chance to add software to my mom's computer. I have settled on Mepis Linux for that machine. The synaptic program makes software installation dead easy, and that distro has everything my mom needs for everyday use.

The Mexican Spoon Bread turned out ok, and everyone who tried it at the NILUG meeting liked it. But I think I will do a different dish for the dutch oven workshop in Minden, NE.


I will be looking at development environments for Linux again. I used Lazarus last night, and it works just like Borland's Delphi. That is entirely acceptable to me. There was a problem, however. I could no longer run some other programs after I used Lazarus. That's just weird. I will look into that tonight.

Rick Schaeffer called me last night to tell me he was looking at an IDE called x-develop. It's for C# and Mono development. Not my favorite combination. I would look at that, but the x-develop IDE costs bucks - a couple hundred, at least. I'm not into commercial software too much anymore, so I'm not sure if I will give x-develop a go or not.


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Friday, 10 June 2005

I made a wind screen for dutch ovens out of my old license plates last night. It's going to work pretty well. I'm taking it to the dutch oven workshop at the end of the month, so people can see you don't need to have fancy equipment to do dutch oven cooking.

I will be making Mexican Spoon Bread tomorrow morning, as a test to see if it comes out ok. I will be doing that recipe at the workshop if it works ok.

I hope the folks at the North Idaho Linux User group meeting will like the bread, because I can't eat it all myself. It will be my contribution to the meeting tomorrow afternoon.


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Thursday, 9 June 2005

Update: I have added an article titled Getting Ready for the Dutch Oven Workshop at Minden, Nebraska. You'll have to guess what the article is about.


I have had a great deal of difficulty getting iso images off the Internet lately. The iso images are often 700 megs, and it seems like errors just creep into the download process.

The latest image I tried to download was Knoppix version 3.9. It downloaded fine, but when I got it home and ran an md5 check on it, the checksum was wrong.

I have downloaded the Knoppix iso image again, this time using an ftp client. We will see tonight if I got a good download.


This is the booklet Jack Jacobson and I will be handing out at the Dutch Oven Workshop in Minden, Nebraska on Jun 23. I have printed 100 copies of it in various flourescent shades.


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Wednesday, 8 June 2005

I can't believe I actually purchased a cassette of 'Himself' by Gilbert O'Sullivan. It is probably as bad as the album done by P.F. Sloan of his own songs. And I just put 'Himself' on a CD! No accounting for taste, I suppose.

I have run into several more cassettes that are wound too tight. They are definitely worth saving, but I'm not sure I can do that. I doubt very much if that particular music has been published on CD, either. Well, I will just continue through the cassettes I have and make a pile of the ones I can't play. Then try to get them to play when I don't have any more to record on CD.


"It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties which make the defense of our nation worthwhile." --Earl Warren, jurist (1891-1974)

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." --Thomas Jefferson, to Archibald Stewart, 1791

"Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders... The Goliath of totalitarianism will be brought down by the David of the microchip." --Ronald Reagan

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." --Ronald Reagan

"Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe." --Edmund Burke

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." --Louis Brandeis


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Tuesday, 7 June 2005

The article "Don't Just Stand There...Go Yell At Somebody" pretty much says it all when it comes to the state of Microsoft and Linux in the world. If I could find a local store that actually knows what Linux is, much less sells and supports it, I would be a very happy camper.


I used Linux to copy another cassette over to audio CD last night. Eli and the Thirteenth Confession is now immortalized in plastic.

I have a set of five cassettes that cover all of Scott Joplin's music, and I tried to back up the first of those last night. That tape is wound so tight, it will no longer play. I may have to perform major surgery to get it to play.

I've done that before. First, you disassemble a quality blank cassette (one that screws together) and remove the empty tape from it. Then, you disassemble the tape that's wound too tight. This usually involves attacking it with an Xacto knife, since they are normally just glued together with some kind of molecular bonding glue.

Then you remove the tape from that cassette body and install it into the quality body and reassemble that tape. If you fail at any point, just remember that the tape was unplayable in the first place.


This was just too good to put in the news section, where it will get lost: Quotes from the The American Taliban


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Monday, 6 June 2005

Why are some web sites in love with popup ads? I can't see the attraction. When I go to the Coeur d'Alene Press web site, I do not want to see a popup ad for NetFlix. Same for Dilbert, Alley Oop and many others.

I use Firefox for my web browser, but the marketing creeps have figured out a way around Firefox's popup blocking. The only thing I have found I can do is send the sites an email telling them exactly why I will no longer visit the site, and then remove that site from my bookmarks. Drastic but necessary.


I got quite a bit done over the weekend, but in terms of number of items done, it was very little. I finished the dutch oven beginners manual and produced 100 saddle-stapled copies of the booklet. It looks pretty good. Now I can concentrate on getting some of the other items on my list done.


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Friday, 3 June 2005

I have a list of things to do over the weekend. I hope I can get at least some of them done. I am working on rekeying a dutch oven beginners manual and cookbook. That will take a while, as it is 24 pages long. My car goes in for an oil change on Saturday, and I need to get an 8 foot 4x4 and some concrete to build a mount for my Free-To_Air satellite dish. Then there are the small things, like fixing the dryer, writing an article for a teardrop trailer newsletter, updating my resumé with classes I have taken and general house maintenance and cleanup.

I will be taking my teardrop trailer over to Blackwell Island on Coeur d'Alene Lake this evening. Someone from California has just picked up their new Hunter Shadow, and they want to see my cabinets and talk about teardrops. Sounds good to me.


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Thursday, 2 June 2005

When an employee borrows money from his company without the company's knowledge, that is called theft and is a crime.

When a company takes money from their employees' pension fund without permission, that is called illegal and is a crime.

When the government takes money from their citizens' pension fund to use as general income, that is called good governance. How is it any different from the former two crimes?

Want to fix Social Security? Tell Congress to stop stealing from us and pay off their worthless I.O.U.s.


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Wednesday, 1 June 2005

I have added pictures from the 7th Northwest Spring Fling teardrop trailer gathering to the web site. I hope the pictures convey some of the fun we had at the gathering.


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