Tuesday, November 29, 2011

LED Juggling balls

The AstroBrite pictured above
Price: ~$8
Batteries: Uses a 2016 cell battery, ~20 hours
  • Bright colored LED Bean Ball – Green LED
  • Push button switch for easy on/off
  • Battery run time: 20 hours
  • Two long life, replaceable 3V Lithium 2016 coin-cell batteries included
  • Diameter: 2.8" (71.12 mm)
  • Weight: 4.48 oz. (127.01 g)

Zeekio LED Stage Balls
Price: ~$8
85 g weight
Replaceable batteries: 3x LR44 or AG13 type
2.7" diameter

Boing Ball
Price: ~$6
Small Boing Ball is 2" diameter.
Large Boing Ball is 2 3/4" diameter.
3 light modes (constant color, slow phase and fast phase) and 7 colors -- pushbutton
I think I heard a youtube video say 3x AAA batteries 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Feeling good

Silly huh, how it can be, how sensitive the balancing board is atop the pyramid.
Nah, crazy hug, wiggle kiss. Broken belly drop the abyss.
A coin purse falls without a shuffle, a wind blows in between the hustle,
A keyboard clicks, and clacks away, the spacebar punctuating, every day
A billowing basket of cream timbuktus... a swallow sings of fallen dews
A chilly brim, of the cast not thrown, to the stars in the seas sown
A pillow in crevice, a rock in head, a willow weeps in the yucks bread.
The philly in ravenclaw, the pilloux in flambert... how can it ever be hurt
A uneasy tummy waits for the worst, the warm fouz absorb the blurt
Now over, turning and treacherous... where once stood the friend, glad smiling, glad riling the fellow instead learned...

112258    588.780704    xx.165.68.xxx    TCP    [TCP Dup ACK 112246#4] 41829 > ssh [ACK] Seq=67889 Ack=47520289 Win=12240 Len=0 TSV=1505778 TSER=243094585 SLE=47523169 SRE=47530369

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Another section "randomly" snagged from the main article:
The democratic ideal--to which even the most conservative college trustees usually give lip service--means government of, by and for the people. It means power in the hands of the people. Our schools, however, remain less suited to this ideal than to an authoritarian society; they are more effective in teaching obedience than in fostering freedom Our textbooks may teach one kind of political system but the method by which our schools operate teaches another And the method wins out over the textbooks overwhelmingly. A more substantial degree of democracy will become likely only when we understand that political freedom is not merely a constitutional matter; it's also a state of mind, which can be either nurtured or blighted in school
 I might decide to read the article sometime into the youtubes.  But then again... I may decide on a different path.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Everyone is an artist. It's how we live that determines if our art is showcased in walmart, the side of a dumpster or the gallery.
In fact, as long as a heavy preponderance of a nation's citizens are "good students" and are in some way rewarded for their performance, then dissenters and radical thinkers are no threat and can be permitted to express their opinions relatively unmolested. In the United States, free expression, to the extent that we have it, is a luxury commodity made available by the high standard of living and by the efficient functioning of such disguised forms of repression as schooling.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/lucid-security/Release.gpg Something wicked happened resolving 'security.ubuntu.com:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

Fix'd thanks to: this post.
I had the same error on a new install. It looked like a DNS issue. So I configured my network connection to use OpenDNS directly, rather than via my router. That seems to have solved the problem.

Right-click network icon, select "edit connections"
Select the connection you are using at the moment.
Click "edit"
Select the "IPv4 settings" tab
Set method to "Automatic (DHCP) addresses only"
Then input "," into the DNS servers box

Exit, reset the network connection and retry "apt-get update"

Weird that my ISPs DNS doesn't resolve some of the addresses now :/

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


(08:15:32 PM) uberscientist: ok going to strong arm this into submission
(08:15:42 PM) uberscientist: and going to easily make it feel good
(08:15:50 PM) uberscientist: too good to be bad anymore
(08:15:56 PM) uberscientist: yeyeye

Monday, November 7, 2011

The One Hundred Percent

The remarkable speech on "money" from the movie "Network":

You have meddled with the primary forces of nature, Mr Beale, and I won't have it! Is that clear?

You think you merely stopped a business deal. That is not the case. The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow, tide and gravity. It is ecological balance.

You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no Third Worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems. One vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-varied, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rands, rubles, pounds and shekels.

It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic, and sub-atomic and galactic structure of things today.

And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature. And you will atone.

Am I getting through to you, Mr Beale?

You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.

What do you think the Russians talk about in their Councils of State? Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, mini-max solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do.

We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bye-laws of of business. The world is a business, Mr Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime.

And our children will live, Mr Beale, to see that ... perfect ... world in which there is no war nor famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company for whom all men will work to serve a common profit. In which all men will hold a share of stock.

All necessities provided. All anxieties tranquilized. All boredom amused.


Are you mad at me for loving the robots?

Or are you mad at me for not loving the robots?

Dead now, aged 24. Was the "life experiment" worth it? How do we quantify the results? Remove the chip from my head recording my internal chemical yogas?
The levels and combinations of serotonin, dopamine and endorphins that correlate to a state of consciousness?
Cut up my 60 frames per second life and create a spectrum analysis of perceived "good times","bad times" and the "rest"?

Initial conditions were set. Results followed.

Breaking away from your previous self, life, the forces, languages, technology that have formed you (...and you it.)

Are you mad that I'm talking about our experiment on the internet? This damned experiment, and I feel you wiggle in my guts... is it joy or agony?

I know. We came together in the womb, and I've had you all along, and you've had me. But that's a load of shit, just like the rest of the dogma being crammed in my head about what is going on.

Just experiencing non-euclidean geometry gives you the ability to make an artificial intelligence that surpasses any entity that currently resides on Earth (including yourself). So check yourself before you make everything again, once more a failure of a joke that has been told one two many times.

The body keeps wriggling after the stab wounds. The essence vital has taken its leave... robots...

To die at 27

I am going to die at the young age of 27 years old.

That means I have about 3 years to live, probably closer to 2.

Unless of course, the eternality of the universe is revealed for a split-second-forever in December 2012, which cures my lifedeath disease and I can get beyond the "miracle" of the jizzing copies of myself, loving, hating, eating and shitting cycle[s].

State my assumptions:
1. The universe as I per sieve it behaves in totality hydromechanically -- of course this is a metaphor, which is the universe of itself.

2. I am going to die at age 27..

3. There is no assumption 3...

False Apophenic Connections:
1. 3 to the 3rd is 27 (The Holy Trinity contained within itself)

2. Letters in the Illuminated English Alphabet == 27

3. Everything comes in threes (unless it's fives of course)

4. 2+7 = 9, Yesod, the base, flow of eternal cosmic energy

5. 2 in binary is 010, 7 in binary is 111 -- the outer digits change, the inner "oneness" remains. "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated"

That Being said!

Everything is True, and YOU NEED TO GET A JOB. Make it snappy barista, I've got things to do, I only have 2 years left to live anyway.

You ask me what my five year plan is as some sort of sick joke? Ha. I'll burn in hell for that one, good job. Where can you get real cigarettes made from real screaming, pleading, begging people anyway? Ah, it's all just a delusion anyway.
And you ask me why I focus on the darkness? With my previous lives emancipated from their hiding places in the folds of my brain meat... I see... THE BLACK MEAT AT THE END OF YOUR HOOK DRAGGING THE BLEEDING WORDS FROM MY TONGUE. I mean, you know, rainbows are cool, its all colors. It's not your fault at all, you're nothing but an innocent guilty pleasure.

I drink the Pepsi(R) and cum inside the empty can.

The Coca-Cola faction is not going to be happy about that. Mac versus PC, Red versus Blue! I'm cumming inside, and sending it off the the recycling plant to make more illusions. That's how it's always been, that's how we conservatives like it.

An unsatisfactory kiss. You finding nothing more to drink from this hell bound face and leave me. I kiss Maya in form of sheet and pillow, still nothing but going through the motions.

The flames below me are dying out, the eternal keepers distracted by their chasing of abstractions carved with metaphors out of boundries between one another.
I see. I judge. Humanity.
They speak of their "faith being restored in humanity" --  smells like ouroborus shit if you ask me. Sort of like the Sesame Street "Believe in yourself" message.
But the message isn't important, what's important is that while I was growing up they had a screen playing sounds and images.
What's important is you're reading this on a screen, programmed, controlled both by flaw and divine guidance.

Flaw is just a concatenation and abbreviation of Fundemental and Law.

"One owes discretion to oneself at some point" -- someone I read recently thought Freud said that at some point, but I also found it here in this GREAT LIVEJOURNAL POST.

Keep it foolish

Don't VistaPrint -- Beware

tl;dr: Your address is going to start getting paper spam, aka mailers from VistaPrint and other companies like Stamps.com

I ordered some business cards from VistaPrint, they were "OK" -- my dad got some of the free ones too... great great.

I am not complaining about the quality (which is OK...) I'm complaining about them sending PAPER to my address that I did not ask for. And giving my address to "other" internet retailers (like stamps.com)
I just got a package from them with a CD in it (can you take me back to AOL years please?!)

This really pisses me off.

To get off the physical mailing list you HAVE TO WRITE THEM A SPECIFIC LETTER (without malicious chemical/biological agents)

So. If you need business cards, might as well do them locally. Even if it costs a few extra dollars then their mailers won't "cost" as much to send to your address.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Craigslist phone # skimming bots?

I posted an ad recently which I recieved a prompt response from "NickBlackwell85@yahoo.com" that only had this in the message body:

** Avoid:  wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info:  http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

What's your number?


To which I responded:
I can give you a call/text, what's your number? (just to make sure this isn't a # harvesting bot)
And have not yet received a response.

Just a heads up!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Educational Links

Tonight, I feel like sharing some of my favorite, most enlightening links to videos and ideas that have helped me gain a better idea of "WIGO" (What Is Going On -- to borrow a General Semantics term).

(Thanks to Quora) Fourier Transforms:
Linux Assembly (just reference, I'm a complete noob):
Suffix those links Coding Philosophy:
More to come later.  This wasn't the best list, but it will have to do for now.