Technology use to be fun and now is kind of boring.

I remember getting my first computer. A run down little 386 that only worked every other day. That computer gave me my first leap into the tech world. I broke it on a regular basis and I became adept at fixing it. I wasn’t on the Internet back then but it was fun to tinker around with my computer. by the time I upgraded to the 486 and got my first modem I was comfortable upgrading components knowing what different chips on the board did and how to get in and edit my BIOS. I reinstalled and hacked my OS on a regular basis and made a steady move into the realm of power user. As time went on I eventually found myself in the GNU/Linux community and I was hacking those config files and writing a little code.

What made all of this so fun and interesting? Learning how it worked and being able to apply that knowledge. This is all changing today. What the heck components are in my phone and how can I swap them out? No friggen idea I can’t even figure out how to open it. The internet has just become a bunch of webpages that are basically all the same. No one is even interested with contributing much to the internet anymore. We just have ton of users with no innovators. My computers are so cheap now they are practically throw away I wouldn’t even bother upgrading them.

It seems the industry has what they want now. A bunch of users who will just buy the next thing and never make or control anything of their own. It’s fine I suppose in a way but it has sucked a lot of the fun out of technology.

 

 

Tech stuff annoying me at the moment.

Alienware X51 preinstalled with ubuntu with no ubuntu support :(

So I was pretty excited when Alienware announced they were going to release a desktop with ubuntu preinstalled. Being excited by using Steam for games and wanting to support the idea of linux preinstalled I foolishly bought one. Sure it works okay but they used their own proprietary hack of ubuntu to get all of the hardware to work. So it pretty much only works with the version they preloaded for you. Now linux comes out with a new version every six months so I was a little annoyed at first. But I can understand an OEM wanting to stick to the LTS releases. So I was excited for 14.04… I was thinking yay first new release for my Alienware. Lo and behold a day or so before the release I received an update that removed my PC from the update cycle. There has been no announcement that Alienware has any intention of support 14.04 so I am stuck back in the stone age with 12.04

Pogoplug works on linux kinda sorta not really

So I like pogoplug. I think it’s an interesting device and I have had some pretty good luck with it. Pogoplug did eventually put out a binary for linux that was an utter pain in the ass to implement but hey it worked. It allowed me to mount my pogoplug drive natively. Well I soon discovered that my so called backups that I was making to my drive didn’t really work and were becoming corrupted yikes!!! Also not to long after this pogoplug pulled down the binaries from there website never to be seen again. now the only official way to access your drive is through the web interface… lame!

But it wasn’t all bad news soon we had SSH access!! oh happy days linux does SSH awesome. Soon to find out there is no sftp support which is what every backup software uses… I can transfer files with scp but ths is really lame. This device has some interesting use cases it’s really sad that it is such an utter pain in my ass.

 

Working on my meditation Altar

wpid-IMAG0056.jpgI have been working on this meditation altar now for about 5 – 6 years. I always think I am going to stain it to finish it but I keep finding things to add. I have been Adding Ash Birch And Willow Symbols to it from the lessons I am working on. Strange that over the years this little altar has basically been the center piece in my practice.

Thoughts on being more positive.

I have a tendency to be pretty negative. Today I was thinking on why being positive is more beneficial and why it is actually not being unrealistic but actually more realistic. Often when I am being negative it is because I am trying to anticipate outcomes and plan accordingly. Unfortunately I don’t always have all the information so I tend to put words into peoples mouth or heads and assume the worst. Sure this might be a safe approach but it basically leads me down a path where I don’t trust anyone. So basically I am overreacting and creating negative circumstances for myself based on what is either not true or partially true but ultimately out of my control.

Reality most of the time in most moments nothing really bad is happening. Things actually tend to be peaceful outside of my head where I am thinking up what bad things could happen. So it is not realistic to focus on bad things happening when nothing bad around me is actually happening. Even if bad things eventually happen I can cross that bridge when I get to it.

Another aspect is control. I only have control over me and a limited number of things which I influence. So it makes no sense to needlessly worry about things I can’t change. What I can change is by doing things which are positive for myself and improve my life.  What I can change what others might do that might make life suck now and then. However If I create enough good causes for myself and have enough positive motivations in my life I can walk through any of those negative things without devastating impact.

I am sure I can’t be positive all the time but definitely more than I am now.

use it or you’ll loose it.

Taking up the book Mathematical Astronomy this weekend. I went through some of the preliminary exercises. After working on it for a while I was astounded at how much I have forgotten. It’s kind of sad that as a former Physics Major I am struggling with simple Geometry and Mathematics. So here I sit at lesson one and instead of moving on to lesson two I am diving into The basics of using radians and calculating angles all over again. Should have stuck as a physics major and this would be cake by now.

Why I have chosen to blog over other social media AKA the death of the internet.

I have recently found that I am not really engaged into the internet anymore. I go to about two websites a day maybe a few more and basically scroll though them and then close them out. Facebook might be the worst of them. People just literally repost other peoples crap all day. Sometimes people post just what they ate for breakfast. Bottom line there is no real discussion happening most of the time.

Reddit I find is a little better. People post interesting stuff and then the comments are pretty colorful and often I have fun debating or just commenting back and forth. But Reddit fails me in the sense that it’s not really social I can’t just post my random thoughts on there and I don’t really know anyone.

This is where I hope wordpress is going to save me. I can post my thoughts long form. Any of my friends/family who actually care what I am talking about can read something more than just Hey I had waffles for breakfast. They can comment back if they want or just read and at least know what I am up to. I can cross post automatically to facebook with no effort. I also like the idea of posting this stuff out to the wide internet. It’s a bit more fun than the walled garden of facebook. I can post a blog post on reddit if I really want the options are so much wider. If the website theming gets boring I can switch it up. I hope some people will join me on wordpress or other blogs. I think it could be a much more rewarding prospect over all than facebooking all day. Maybe I could actually get to read some interestng posts.

No Good Documentaries anymore!!

So I sat down thinking that I would watch a good documentary. I tend to like the historical or science type. I am a bit more slanted to ancient history than more modern history. I tend to watch just about anything on Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egypt etc. So I start browsing my roku. Literally everything is either Ancient Aliens, Conspiracy something or other, or Some crap about food. Dude what the heck is going on? Reality TV isn’t bad enough now we have to have a bunch of trash documentaries on top of it? There are multiple history channels, TLC and discovery and the only thing on them is crap. Some people arguing, or making duck calls or some other bullshit. How about having some real information in your documentaries? I do occasionally want to learn something interesting when I turn the TV on.  So I browsed for a while and eventually just gave up and went on to browsing the internet and reading a book.

Stuff I found online 3-15-14

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists

The worst part about this link is that you know there is nothing the government or anyone is going to do about it. I am sure even if there is a way to prove it 100%. The Elites would just be like “yeah I am just going to hold on to this honey pot and see what happens”

http://www.wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_-school-bully-concerns-15463.shtml

It’s good to know being in school still sucks as bad as I remember.

The Mysteries of a misaligned Netwonian

pondering the mystery

pondering the mystery

 

So it Began about a year ago. The idea of damn that objective mirror really needs a good cleaning, might as well clean the secondary while we are at it. I carefully deconstructed my baby and gently cleaned the optics with my optics kit. Gingerly making sure that nothing would get scratched. Only deionized water and the softest cotton for my precious mirrors.

Reassembly went smooth I felt a rush, a sense of accomplishment as I screwed everything back together. Then click I turned on my laser collimator ready to line her up. “hmm I thought something isn’t right?” “ahh its just the secondary isn’t centered. I quickly pulled out the laser and with my collimating cap made sure I was dead center as I could by eye. back on target I put the laser in and then began dialing in to the sweet spot. Once there I made a quick glance down the tube and to my surprise….. no where near the center of the mirror.

So here I am a year later with no clue how to resolve this… my baby slowly collecting dust. Will I ever fix it? Who knows.

 

3-13-14 Shit I found on the internet that you should like

here is the stuff on reddit today I found good for a laugh..

lol awww dead bunny

damn you forced perspective!!!

Shut up and love me

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