Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tail of Two Turkeys

Obama's first presidential thanksgiving was about "others."

Trump's first presidential thanksgiving was about "self." A $4,000,000 (four million dollar) trip to Florida is a good start. Taxpayers pay full fare for Trump, his entire family, and secret service to stay at a property that Trump "owns."

President Donald Trump is germophobic. He calls handshakes “barbaric,” and is afraid of catching “all sort of things” from contact with others.

He was thrilled when Florida restaurant inspectors visiting Mar-a-Lago’s kitchens reportedly found fish that hadn’t been properly treated for potential parasites, raw meat stored at too high temperatures, and coolers that weren’t in working order. The inspectors were concerned that guests could catch "all sorts of things" from these improperly stored foods. Those three violations were deemed high-priority violations that could cause illness.

As a man who eats his steak extremely well-done, Trump’s probably not into the idea of risky meat, either.

The inspectors found a total of 13 violations during that visit, shortly before Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was a guest.

The greasy spoon at Mar-a-Lago hasn’t always been so filthy: The club’s unsanitary violation count jumped from just two in 2015 to 11 in 2016.

The president of the United States blasted companies for hiring immigrants over American workers.

Trump recently won permission from the U.S. Labor Department to hire 70 cooks, maids and servers to work at Mar-a-Lago for the tourist season. That's six more than Trump hired last winter. He's contributing to an influx of 2,159 immigrant workers for the temporary jobs in Palm Beach County.

Taxpayers pay for EVERYTHING - full fare!

Don't worry, Trump doesn't pay.

YOU PAY - Suckers!

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Epileptic Messiah

The epileptic messiah is dead. Thank whatever gods may be that reason, not superstition, prevails - at least for the moment.

He thought he was Jesus (he held himself in very high regard and collected a "cult following" - kinda like Donald Trump).

In the summer of 1968, at the height of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll era, Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson welcomed into his orbit an unknown and peculiar long-haired rocker who sang wildly and talked mystically.

“This is Charlie,” Wilson told friends. “He is the wizard, man. He is a gas.”

“As long as I live,” Wilson told Rolling Stone, “I’ll never talk about that.”

Charles Manson was one of the most famous "murderers" in American history. Known for his insanity, ties to Hollywood, and ability to "charm others" into following his orders.

But WHAT is at work here? WHAT was the very foundation on which evil thrived? BELIEF

Manson believed that he was the new Messiah. And so did most of his followers.

So what, you might ask, does epilepsy, LSD, and the Messiah have to do with any of this insanity?

Seeing 'God' may be caused by epilepsy: Scans taken during religious experience reveal how neurons light up in those who experience the divine.

Mystics claim to experience visions and trance-like states they say come directly from God. Temporal lobe epilepsy has become famous for causing religious experiences.

Not all religious people are sick. Not all epileptics are religious. But the link is well established that many epileptics experience "god."

Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran only recently discovered the case of split-brain patients with one hemisphere without a belief in a god, and the other with a belief in a god.

9 Facts About Charles Manson and the Manson Family

Aug 20, 2003 Henry Hayes, a Baptist minister, was found guilty Tuesday of killing his 7-year-old daughter and his wife in their South Los Angeles home four years ago.

Former Texas Pastor Matt Baker Convicted in Wife's 2006 Murder. Jul 8, 2010

Just saying... Be careful who your "friends" are...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pig in a Blanket

England’s largest bakery chain, Greggs, unveiled its first-ever Advent calendar. But there’s something porky about it. It’s a nativity scene featuring the three wise men kneeling around a manger with an ersatz baby Jesus. In his place, Greggs has put a “pig in a blanket.”

This has upset 'Christians,' who say Greggs is a “sick” place full of “cowards” for portraying the Son of God as a non-kosher pastry.

The U.K. Evangelical Alliance claims the whole thing is a gimmick “to sell baked goods.”

But Greggs at least regrets trying to be funny about baby Jesus. “We’re really sorry to have caused any offense, this was never our intention,” the company said in a statement.

But Greggs can at least take credit for inspiring some clever Twitter jokes:

Greggs recently opened 20 new shops, including 11 franchised units in transport locations but closed 28 existing shops, giving a total of 1,663 shops.

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Christmas ham recipes for bone-in ham, spiral ham, and more with unique glazes.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"Compact and Lightweight"

When I was still in high school, SONY created the PV-100 (Pro Video), a 2" Helical Scan Video Recorder.

Without a digital TBC, it was used only by colleges and universities.

In 1964, a (hetrodyne) color version was introduced. Just 10 years later, that 2" helical technology landed in the first broadcast-quality 2850 3/4" U-Matic (I had 3 at KPIX and a Datatron 5050).

Fast forward almost 10 more years and I am teaching the BVH-2000 (which effectively killed the quads). The BVH-2000 had an internal TBC, SMPTE Time-code Generator/Reader, and frame-accurate edit system (and more).

The audio quality and video quality beat every other machine on the market! There were still frame record versions (BVH-2500) and a version with PCM Audio!

2 or 3 years later, the BVH-3000 with a Dolby SR audio option was released - at a lower price than the 2K. THAT machine almost killed Ampex in the TV industry (which countered with the VPR-80)! Mark taught the 3000. I know very little about it. I moved on to become Digital recording SMA (subject matter authority). We donated around $5,000,000 worth of hardware to Napa Valley Community College (Telecommunications) so they could train QA people for Sony and Engineers for CBS and NBC (Turner, PBS, and so on...)

Dan was THE BetaCam Pro in San Jose (best ever)! Then he bailed and went to Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Lucasfilm's studio. Was it the money, the fame, or Star Wars?

Dan's first-year (required) student studio project...

"Compact and Lightweight" was the objective at Sony!

The last machine I taught was the first Digital Videotape Recorder. Street price? $140,000!

So, the CHALLENGE! A nano ITX computer in a case smaller than a paperback book!

Assembling the Nano-ITX Computer System: 1) The power switch does not line up with the cutout in the case unless you shim the PCB.

2) The shim can be held on the standoff with a spot of fingernail polish.

3) Attach the PCB to the standoffs with the screws provided and “spot” the screws with fingernail polish to secure them.

4) The WiFi (SMA) cables must go around the Motherboard on the right (when observed from the back of the unit). BTW it has an AMD 64 bit dual-core APU!

5) An Intel WiFi Module and an Intel mSATA SSD work best.

6) Back of case:

7) Front of Case:

8) First Boot-Up (using VGA monitor):

9) Load the OS (LUBUNTU AMD 64) - a free, fast, and furious OS!

10) Finished!

"Compact and Lightweight" (and smaller than a paperback book - yet more than twice as fast as a Celeron 3050 dual core running Win 10).

Friday, November 10, 2017

2 faced Trump in 3 faced China

This week in Beijing, President Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping stressed good relations, insisting they want to work together…

"I look forward to many years of success and friendship, working together to solve not only our problems but world problems, and problems of great danger and security," Trump told Xi during meetings Thursday in the Chinese capital.

Trump himself said the current trade relationship is "a very unfair and one-sided one" that winds up stealing jobs from Americans.

Yet there is no evidence that China will open up its markets in a substantial way or refrain from what Americans call cyber espionage and intellectual property theft from U.S. companies.

Then there's the nature of the modern Chinese government.

Xi Jinping has consolidated his power over the Chinese government in ways not seen since the days of Chairman Mao.

The U.S.-China relationship is a complex one, and has to be managed carefully – and the current American president prides himself on being a maverick.

Trump sang the praises of Xi and China during his visit to Beijing, but in the past he has criticized them over trade. During his presidential campaign, Trump said Chinese trade policies "rape our country."

China, meanwhile, has criticized Trump for bellicose comments…

"Trump's style is erratic," "…his style is not exactly what you would choose for complex international bargaining."