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May 2005

Tuesday, 31 May 2005

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. I certainly did.

I spent the weekend at Cascade Peaks campground on the Cowlitz River near Randle, WA. I was there with a bunch of other teardrop trailer owners for the 7th annual Spring Fling. Four days of camping fun, and the weather mostly cooperated with us.

While I was there I had a conversation with a teacher from a Washington school about the Gates Foundation and their support of public schools. As I suspected the Gates Foundation grants are not nearly so philanthropic as they appear. They come with many strings that allow the Foundation to control the educational process. I wonder what big Corporation that would benefit?

The teacher told me the Foundation mandates that each student is required to join one of four 'houses', and to remain in that house for their high school career. This could be good in one way, in that the student will always have the same teachers and the teachers are allowed to learn more about, and respond to, the student's shortcomings. But the student is only allowed to take courses that are tailored for that house. So if a student in house A develops an interest in photography and that course is designated for house B, the student can't take the course. Talk about stifling the intellectual process. Talk about Every Kid Left Behind. School systems: my advice is to get your 'free' donations elsewhere.


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Thursday, 26 May 2005

Update: I have added pictures of the new galley to my teardrop trailer section.

I got my teardrop trailer back from the cabinet maker, and I am a really happy camper:

This journal will have no updates until next Tuesday. I hope everyone has a nice Memorial Day weekend.


Oxymorons of the Day:


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Wednesday, 25 May 2005

Update: I have posted pictures of the Lost in the 50's car show in Sandpoint, Idaho, on my teardrop trailer page.

I'm getting ready for this weekend. Not much else is happening.


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Tuesday, 24 May 2005

Last week my clothes dryer stopped spinning. I figured it was a broken belt, and last night I found out that was true. I also found out I had no chance of replacing the belt myself, since I would have to almost completely disassemble the dryer to replace the belt. I guess I will have to take it to a repair place to get the belt replaced. Oh, well - 20 years isn't a bad life for a dryer belt.

I found a source for some brass tags to mark dutch ovens. Country Lock and Key, a local locksmith, had a bunch of them. Unfortunately they also charged me 50 cents a tag. I could have gotten them on the Net, but with shipping I would have paid almost that much anyway.

I am getting ready for another teardrop gathering. My trailer will be back from the cabinet makers just in time for the trip. I am making the inevitable list that I need for every trip I take. Hard to keep track of everything otherwise.


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Monday, 23 May 2005

I reconsidered going back to SuSE Linux 9.2, and instead installed 9.3 from scratch. It installed fine, except for the fact I no longer have audacity for editing sound files. I can now use the USB ports, so the problem with that was introduced by upgrading instead of reinstalling.

The icing on the cake is that I backed up everything in my home directory so I could start from scratch, and I forgot to back up my email history. So I no longer have any of those emails. Major bad thing. There was registration information in there, passwords, etc.

So I have instituted a backup regimen. Right now it is to CD-RW, but I plan to do it to DVD+RW in the future.


I recorded 8 or 10 cassettes onto CD over the weekend. Lots of work to do there, as I have quite a few cassettes. I will have to check closely to be sure I don't already have the cassette on CD, though. I almost made a CD of Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits, when I already had it on CD. That's easy to do when you have 1,420 CDs.


I am posting a dutch oven chili recipe I found. It is really great, and I will be eating it all this week.


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Friday, 20 May 2005

SuSE has struck out this time. I was recording cassettes onto CD last night and accidentally recorded two songs into the same track. No biggie, I figured I could load up Audacity and split the songs up.

So I looked for Audacity, which I haven't looked at since I 'upgraded' to SuSE 9.3. Audacity isn't there. SuSE 9.3 upgrade removed it. Strike Two. (Strike one was yesterday).

So I decided I could put the track on my pen drive, then load up Windows 2k and use CoolEdit to edit the track. So I plugged in the pen drive. No automount! I rebooted with the pen drive installed. No mount! SuSE 9.3 has broken the automounting of USB devices. Strike Three, you're out.

There's a lot more that I don't like about SuSE 9.3, but this is the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. I am reinstalling SuSE 9.2 on my workstation and on my server.


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Thursday, 19 May 2005

A co-worker asked me yesterday if I had the capability of recording cassettes onto CD. I never even thought about that before, but I do have that capability. I set it up and recorded a radio play of 'Lifeboat' onto CD. So now I am going to record the cassettes my co-worker wants onto CD, then go through the cassettes I have and record them. The upgrade battle never ends, does it?

I used a Linux program called Krecord to create the .wav files from the cassette. There is one caveat on using that program: It records everything coming out of your sound card, so if you have sound effects turned on for your KDE desktop, you should turn them off before using Krecord. Otherwise, they will get recorded along with the cassette contents.


A friend at work pointed me to a Firefox plug-in called Aardvark. When you right-click on a web page in Firefox and activate Aardvark, you can mouse over various items on the page and you will be shown how those items are constructed. It can show you what style sheet elements affect the item. I used it yesterday to isolate and properly display a hyperlink that was almost un-viewable on http://www.iedos.org/. A nifty tool for web site designers and maintainers. Thanks, Sean.


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Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Update: The Inland Empire Dutch Oven Society [link=http://www.iedos.org/]web site[/link] is up and running. It will be a place to talk about dutch oven cooking, trade recipes and learn the ins and outs of dutch oven cooking. You are all invited to come look, ask questions and even join the web site.


As many of you know, I am a big fan of SuSE Linux. I now have the 9.3 Professional version, and I am not as happy with it as I could be. I tried to load it on an older HP machine, and had nothing but trouble with the video. The video is one of those built-in Intel things, which uses main memory. SuSE's graphical installer came up as just colors - as if the sync was way too high. The text installer worked ok, but then the machine booted up into KDE and the same problem happened. I finally used sax2 to configure the video, but at an unacceptably low resolution.

I think I will put Mepis back on that machine.


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Tuesday, 17 May 2005

I tried to record a dual layer DVD last night - again. It stopped recording after 5% - again. I have blown 30 bucks on trying to record a dual layer DVD. I have tried both DVD-R and DVD+R. I give up.


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Monday, 16 May 2005

I had one of those weekends where really good things happen and are balanced out by really bad things happening. For instance, I found 100 DVD+R disks at OfficeMax for 29 bucks, but my Betamax recorder bellied up, so I have no need for the disks. I picked up a 17" LCD monitor for my dad's Dell at Costco for 249.00, but the Dell's PS/2 ports aren't working reliably.

To top things off, it was laundry day yesterday, and my 20 year-old dryer is on the blink. So I have clothes that are still not dry from yesterday, as it is raining and stuff takes a long time to dry.

On the other hand, the latest North Idaho Linux User Group meeting was on Saturday, and that was a good meeting. I had a really good time there.


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Friday, 13 May 2005

If you're superstitious, stay home. Happy Friday the 13th, triskaidekaphobics.


I read Robert Bruce Thompson's web log every morning. he was reading a book which was talking about the top 100 rock and roll tunes, which got him thinking about his top 100, which got me thinking about that. Here is my list - not top 100, but my time is limited. This is in no particular order, except number one is number 1:

  1. The Road to Hell - Chris Rea
  2. Spider and The Fly - Rolling Stones
  3. Gloria - Them
  4. House of The Rising Sun (long version) - The Animals
  5. Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac
  6. LaGrange - ZZ Top
  7. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
  8. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
  9. Mercedes Benz - Janis Joplin
  10. Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
  11. Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
  12. Don't Ya Feel My Leg - Maria Muldaur
  13. Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
  14. Michelle - The Beatles
  15. Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
  16. Don't Try to Lay no Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock 'n Roll - Long John Baldry
  17. We Will Rock You/We are The Champions - Queen
  18. The Raven - Alan Parsons Project
  19. Rednecks - Randy Newman
  20. Don't Think Twice, It's Allright - Bob Dylan
  21. Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
  22. Rocks on The Road - Jethro Tull
  23. Bouree - Jethro Tull
  24. Songs From the Wood - Jethro Tull
  25. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
  26. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  27. Paradise By The Dashboard Light - Meatloaf
  28. Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
  29. Sweet Home Chicago - The Blues Brothers
  30. Another Brick in The Wall - Pink Floyd
  31. Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
  32. Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
  33. Woodstock - Joni Mitchell
  34. Short People - Randy Newman
  35. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash
  36. Talkin' Candy Bar Blues - Peter, Paul and Mary
  37. Still Got The Blues - Gary Moore
  38. Classical Gas - Mason Williams
  39. White Bird - It's A Beautiful Day
  40. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
  41. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
  42. Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs
  43. 25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago
  44. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood
  45. With a Little from My Friends - Joe Cocker
  46. The Green Manalishi - Fleetwood Mac
  47. Soul Sacrifice - Santana
  48. We Dont' We Get Drunk - Jimmy Buffet
  49. Suzie Q - Creedance Clearwater Revival
  50. Cover of The Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
  51. Mull Of Kintyre - Paul McCartney
  52. Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
  53. Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
  54. Hocus Pocus - Focus
  55. Don't Touch Me There - The Tubes
  56. Town Without Pity - Gene Pitney
  57. I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends - Richie Havens
  58. Dedicated To The One I Love - Linda Ronstadt
  59. Merlin the Magician - Rick Wakeman

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Thursday, 12 May 2005

I'm going to try digging up a copy of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shearer. I want to reread it to get a better idea of what's in store for our country in the near future.


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Wednesday, 11 May 2005

Please tell me how George the W differs from George the III:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

With the passage of the National ID law, the above document means more now than it ever did before. It is our duty as citizens of this country to oppose such egregious actions by our own government.

Congratulations, U.S. House and Senate, you have just turned those citizens who are not brain-dead into implacable enemies.

Congress passes Gestapo ID legislation

Senate approves electronic ID card bill

FAQ: How Real ID will affect you

No Real Debate for Real ID

Senator Slams New Driver's License Rules


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Tuesday, 10 May 2005

I went through my Beta video collection last night, to see what needed backing up and what didn't. Some of the movies really need to be preserved. One I couldn't preserve is The Great Race. That movie was the first movie I ever saw twice, when it was in the theater. I thought it was the funniest movie ever. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are hilarious.

It's too bad my copy of The Great Race has a huge noise bar running through it. I guess I will have to break down and get it on DVD.


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Monday, 9 May 2005

Update: I put a slide show up using the pictures from the Dutch Oven Workshop in Rathdrum, Idaho on April 30, 2005. Enjoy looking at the food we got to eat.


I haven't had any luck with the new satellite receiver and dish. I thinks it's because of where I (temporarily) mounted the dish. I will try a different location and see if that helps.

I finally hooked up my remaining (sort of) working Betamax recorder and started backing Beta videos up to DVD. I did Hardware Wars and Star Trek V yesterday. Many more to do.

I have printed up 10 bash reference booklets, and will be handing them out at the North Idaho Linux User Group meeting on Saturday.


This is extremely important; please read this for your own safety and freedom: Papers, Please!


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Friday, 6 May 2005

This web site is now being hosted by a new host. I still have some things to clean up, but it should be mostly working.

Please let me know if you find something that doesn't work, so I can fix it.


My free to air satellite receiver and dish finally showed up last night. I spent the night assembling the dish. It's bigger than the DirecTV dish.

I will be testing out the system this weekend. Should be interesting to see what's out there being pumped to earth as unecrypted signals.


As I told you yesterday: FAQ: How Real ID will affect you. How's it feel to have your liberty yanked away from you? All in the name of 'security'.

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759


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Thursday, 5 May 2005

Welcome to the fascist state: Congress set to impose ID card rules. How is this different from a National ID? Answer: it isn't different. Personal freedom? A thing of the past.

I didn't vote for these clowns. If you did, you deserve what you get. Too bad it's at the expense of others such as me.


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Wednesday, 4 May 2005

You know, I always thought the government existed to provide services for us that we can't provide for ourselves. Not any more. Since 2000, government exists to promote business interests and to control our lives by taking away our constitutional rights.

Intellectual property blacklists, attacks on the third branch of government, 6 forms of ID for a driver's license, bankruptcy 'reform', the inability to take pictures of public places, let's see your ID - 'national security', not to mention public airports. I could go on and on. But I won't, becuase you all know what government's about now. And it doesn't help that the president's attitude is not "the buck stops here", but "it's not my buck!"


I have picked up the iedos.org domain. I will be creating a web site there for the Inland Empire Dutch Oven Society. The domain is up and running, but there is currently no content.

I hope to create a forum for dutch oven aficionados, where they can chat, trade recipes, learn the latest news, and more.

I will be using e107 and MySQL to power the web site, just like my other sites, including this one.


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Tuesday, 3 May 2005

I will be moving this web site and Rimrock Software to a different web host shortly. So if there is an interruption in service, you will know why.

The new web host allows multiple domains in one account, and I plan to have at least four running. So no more "10 dollars a month for each new domain" crap.


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Monday, 2 May 2005

I worked for Key Tronic Corporation in Spokane, WA, for 11 years, from 1984 to 1995. I enjoyed the job and working with most of the managers, including the founder of the company, Lew Zirkle.

Lew passed away on Saturday morning, at about 10:30. He had been in poor health for several years, but it is still kind of a shock. Employees and former employess will miss him. My condolences go out to his wife, Betty, and the rest of his family.


I have written about 1/2 of the manual I am doing for a program I wrote at work. I hope to finish the manual today.

I had a great time at the Inland Empire Dutch Oven Society Cookout in Rathdrum. The people are really nice and the food was great. I will be posting pictures in the next few days.


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