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I’m Gonna Wait ‘Til The Midnight Hour

I did, too. Not really intentionally – I had other things to do, plus I had to find the owner of this site and get a password so I could get back on and maybe even update some.


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Another Seven Words


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Keeping on

Yeah, trying to stay with it.

I’m writing, just not publishing overly much. Trying to figger the best way (read: the easiest way for a lazy guy like me) to publish. I’m thinking two things there…

One, I’ve been using EverNote a lot; it works well for general writing as well as notes, it’s very flexible – with the ability to add clips from web sites, pics you take, vids you take, sounds you record, scribbles you draw, and more – and it is accessible from any digital device you have, so I can look at, edit, and add content from my desktop, laptop, tablet and phone.

Two, what little “publishing” I’ve been doing has been on some forums (as noted in a preceding entry here), and it seems pretty clear from what I read on those that social networking tools like TwitFace and related ones are really the way to go in today’s publishing. I still want to do some “dead tree” stuff, but TwitFace and similar look like the right things to do as far as optoelectromagnetic media go.

More later.

Well, I did say “more later”, yeah? So, here’s more. I didn’t quite get finished with what I was writing about, above.

So, those two things – EverNote and TwitFacePlus – lead me to conclude that, for the OEM (OptoElectroMag) Media, I want to find a way (or group of ways) which I can use to write in one or more (I’m leaning toward EverNote) of them and have the material somehow automagically copied to all (or at least, most) of the others.

There are at least two methods that I’ve seen which look promising and should bear more examination: Zapier and IFTT. Both work on the fairly simple principle of Event -> Response. When something happens (e.g., new EverNote published) then some action takes place (e.g., copy note to Facebook, copy note summary to Twitter, copy note to blog). Fairly straightforward stuff, but f course I’ll have to define what the events and responses are, and probably need some help getting the code written and tested.

However, now that I think about it some more, EverNote has some “share” capability, so it may be that its sharing can be a triggering event, too… This might be more fun than I thought it would be.

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Back Again

Yeah, Miz Long keeps telling me I need to write. She’s probably correct. No, she is correct – I do.

About the only place I’ve been writing much at all the last year or so has been on a couple of web sites dealing with Texas football. And when I say “Texas”, I mean The University. Never mind, you either get it or you don’t, and I don’t care one way or another.

So… uhhh… back again, writing again. As before, I’ll be writing in several places, and this time I’ve got a partner who’s going to be helping me, a guy I’ve known quite a while, who’s at least somewhat knowledgeable about using computers and distributing stuff using them. He’s just retired from a whole lot of computer shit, and he’s getting into publishing… and of all the gin joints in the world, he walks into mine. I’m going to call him by his nom de plume, Boli – short for Bolivar T. Shagnasty.

I’ve got a “thing” I’ve been working with and working on for several years, as “thing” that deals with cutting way, way down on verbosity, as a means to trying to get ideas across in a more accessible fashion. You can tell from what I’ve written here so far that I’m not practicing the thing right this instant. But I have a good bit of stuff that is written using the thing. Boli’s read most of it, and he’s convinced me that we should publish it. Actually, he’s been pinging on me to do this, and I’m finally convinced that we can.

Neither of us has much of an inclination to deal with the so-called Social Media, but it’s a near-certainty that doing that is exactly what is needed to get the thing out in public view… so that’s what we’re going to do. I reckon we’ll start with the bigguns, which I call TwitFace, and follow up as quickly as we can with Reddit, Pinterest, LinkedIn and others.

Any road, it’s coming, and it’ll be sooner rather than later (whatever that means).


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Jupiter Hit by Giant Asteroid 9/11

From Evernote:

Jupiter Hit by Giant Asteroid 9/11

Clipped from:

Jupiter Hit by Giant Asteroid Yesterday

Eddie Wrenn
Mail Online
Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:00 CDT

What a moment: Jupiter was struck by an asteroid yesterday, as confirmed by this image and a separate eye-witness

  • Jupiter was hit during the day yesterday – but it apparently went unobserved from Earth
  • …except for one astronomer, Dan Petersen, who saw the flash with his own eyes
  • When Petersen reported the sighting on a web forum, amateur astronomer George Hall checked his overnight footage

This is the moment Jupiter was struck by a mighty meteorite yesterday – and our only record of it is this image, captured by a lone webcam chugging away in the early hours of the morning.

As the people of Earth carried out their lives unawares, it seems our gas giant neighbour took a forceful blow to the side at about 11.35am GMT yesterday.

Amateur astronomer George Hall, from Dallas, captured the flash on video at 5:35am CET – but he only went to check his footage after hearing online that another astronomer, watching the planet with his own eyes, saw the huge explosion bloom out of Jupiter in the blink of an eye.

Now astronomers are waiting for the planet to swing back round – to see if Jupiter has been scarred by the impact.

If it has, a black smudge is likely to appear on the ‘clouds’ of the planet, a distinctive mark to go alongside the Red Spot – Jupiter’s giant storm.

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the sandusky trial

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the sandusky trial

just gone to the jury, what i’m reading. i want to reiterate my prediction – i think earlier to you, but not during the trial… i think it hangs, mistrial declared, jerry walks while waiting for state to decide whether to re-try … and is suicided. don ‘t think they can stand a new trial, but somewhat less than they can stand a mis-trial followed by tragedy, with "not prove " hung all over it. we’ll see.


22 jun 2012 1302cdt

pretty quick… they have a (set of?) verdicts (ver-true dict-say) but won’t announce until 1400 EDT – an hour from now.

thiought of another scenario – guilty, but free on appeal… and dies mysteriously. case closed. really doubt he walks, but in downtown PedState College it’s always possible.

you know how slimy you feel, just from reading it and seeing vidbites – imagine how these poor fucking jurors must feel? how fast would YOU want this over?

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Shell Shock – George Carlin

I don’t like words that hide the truth. I don’t like words that conceal reality. I don’t like euphemisms, or euphemistic language. And American English is loaded with euphemisms. ‘Cause Americans have a lot of trouble dealing with reality. Americans have trouble facing the truth, so they invent the kind of a soft language to protest themselves from it, and it gets worse with every generation. For some reason, it just keeps getting worse. I’ll give you an example of that.

There’s a condition in combat. Most people know about it. It’s when a fighting person’s nervous system has been stressed to its absolute peak and maximum. Can’t take anymore input. The nervous system has either snapped or is about to snap. In the first world war, that condition was called shell shock. Simple, honest, direct language. Two syllables, shell shock. Almost sounds like the guns themselves. That was seventy years ago (TRUE WHEN GEORGE SAID IT).

Then a whole generation went by and the second world war came along and very same combat condition was called battle fatigue. Four syllables now. Takes a little longer to say. Doesn’t seem to hurt as much. Fatigue is a nicer word than shock. Shell shock! Battle fatigue.

Then we had the war in Korea, 1950. Madison avenue was riding high by that time, and the very same combat condition was called operational exhaustion. Hey, were up to eight syllables now! And the humanity has been squeezed completely out of the phrase. It’s totally sterile now. Operational exhaustion. Sounds like something that might happen to your car.

Then of course, came the war in Viet Nam, which has only been over for about sixteen or seventeen years (TRUE DITTO), and thanks to the lies and deceits surrounding that war, I guess it’s no surprise that the very same condition was called post-traumatic stress disorder. Still eight syllables, but we’ve added a hyphen! And the pain is completely buried under jargon. Post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ll bet you if we’d of still been calling it shell shock, some of those Viet Nam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time. I’ll betcha. I’ll betcha.

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