Slithering and Squelching on

By: ycd0108 , 4:26 AM GMT on May 03, 2014

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All windows are installed - no weather seal nor trim yet - that will come.
Kinda windy tonight (for them weather boneheads).
I don't know: maybe 12 degrees celcius
Whatever, it''s Spring!
The door is a week or so out and cutting the opening in the concrete is slated for Tuesday.

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126. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:01 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
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125. ycd0108
2:13 AM GMT on June 26, 2014
I don't expect this to relate to how we should deal with the Terminator but it is fun:
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124. ycd0108
12:43 AM GMT on June 26, 2014
Hi Bogon:
Sometimes I wish there was a robot to replace me.
Spent most of today hole-sawing and cleaning the old drain in our well used cast iron claw foot bathtub. I'm pretty sure this connection was old when I installed it in the house in 1976. The ancient thin brass pipes had simply eroded to nothing and the only replacement I could find for those fittings was $260 from Pennsylvania. The tub cost 25$ used back then so I scrounged about in my higgledy-piggledy storage shelves and found an ABS drain system I had purchased the last time the brass wore thin. That time I soldered the brass rather than face a day or two like today.
'Course the key words: Medecins sans Frontieres and Liberia caught my eye since I worked there with them but the key word: Ebola rang the bell:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hot_Zone
Gonna go and check out Ray Kurzweil now.
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123. Bogon
8:50 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
Quoting 122. ycd0108:
So far no one has built a decent gardener nor an handyman so you and I won't be out of work for a while yet.

Ha, ha. Job security! Keep up the good work, ycd. :oD

Man, I hope the Doctors Without Frontiers can keep that ebola bottled up. That stuff is scary.

I'm not sure I need Stephen Hawking to tell me about the dangers of AI. Arnold Schwarzenegger did okay with that. Ray Kurzweil has been talking about the Singularity for years. "Any day now..."
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122. ycd0108
12:49 AM GMT on June 24, 2014
Magnitude 7.9 earthquake near the Alutian Islands tsunami warning still in effect.
Ylee:
That is certainly a concern. One SciFi short story proposed that there would be a melding of human and artificial intelligence and to some extent that has happened.
If someone had shown me the SamGal in the mid eighties I would have had a similar reaction:
"Naw, can't happen."
BriarCraft:
Good to see your comment. I got busy and then got sick while squelching so I spent most of the time here just reading the blogs and rarely commenting. For some reason I can't upload photos from the SamGal any more so I slacked off on that too.
Autonomous killing machines are a scary thought but in a way such things have been used since WW 11 and highly developed ever since. What was the V-1 "Flying Bomb" is now the Cruise Missile.
So far no one has built a decent gardener nor an handyman so you and I won't be out of work for a while yet.
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121. BriarCraft
8:56 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Hey there, YCD, you still slithering and squelching?

I come by to say Hi and maybe see a photo or two of what you've been up to lately, but instead you're talking about Hal in 2001, Dr. Strangelove, and Terminator. Okay, I can get with the program...

That series of Terminator movies might not be so far-fetched, what with talk about intelligent, self-directed drones that are being developed on the theory that they will be better at picking targets that distant humans with remote controls. I heard mention of that on TV the other night and I don't think I was watching a sci-fi movie. Sending an AI space ship out to explore is one thing, but I hope not to live long enough to be pulled over by an AI cop for speeding.
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120. Ylee
8:32 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Read Hawking's take on AI; I'd like to think that we wouldn't accidentally(or on purpose) create something that'll look at us, and decide that we're not needed, nor wanted. You'd think that this stuff is too sci-fi, but if you showed my great-grandfather(who passed away in 1918) a Sangal, he may have considered it magic, and the work of the Devil.
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119. ycd0108
2:09 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Here's hoping that "the darkest hour is before the dawn":
http://www.startribune.com/world/263965781.html
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118. ycd0108
1:54 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Probably I too will stay with the old methods for a while yet.
I have no way to link articles like this:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/elon-musk-stephen-ha wking-sound-alarm-about-robots-artificial-intellig ence-1.2681806
on the SamGal.
The pocket device mainly comes in handy when I'm travelling but lately the desktop refuses to recognize the SamGal to upload photos.
Maybe the old desktop is feeling jilted what with Tloml spending most of her computer time on the Toshiba and me chatting away at my pocket.
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117. Bogon
12:48 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
In that case, I look forward to further conversation.

Except that on my end you'll be looking at a transcription.
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116. ycd0108
2:02 AM GMT on June 20, 2014
Bogon:
Hey! I'm just learnin' how to walk here.
For a first try I'm proud of me and SamGal.
'Course it's still much more predictable (for me) what will show up here when I use the keyboard and the desktop where I can renovate my comments.
I dunno though - watched an analysis of the final scene of "2001" last night - if Capt. Dave had access to Voice-to-text who knows what we would know about that obelisk?
Edit:
I aspire to "borderline" in everything I do but SamGal is fairly consistent - what you say is what you post.
I'm amazed.
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115. Bogon
1:38 AM GMT on June 20, 2014
Does the Samgal do voice recognition?

If so, I would have to say that the end-to-end process could still do with a bit of fine tuning. Either the device is a bit wonky, or you are borderline incoherent after your dinner beverage. I don't really know which way to bet at this point. :o)
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114. ycd0108
1:35 AM GMT on June 20, 2014
Oh my!
I was browsing clearlakemike's blog and sandiquiz mentioned you could post voice to text. I tried it on the SamGal and that's where #113 came from.
No wonder I could not do it for all these years I've carried Samgal in my pocket - way too easy.
Dunno if this breakthrough will make me a more prolific poster or not.
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113. ycd0108
1:17 AM GMT on June 20, 2014
if this works
I'm just wondering how things registers my voice
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112. ycd0108
10:43 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Which could be a problem given the muddy and choppy adverse seas we are facing.
On the positive side the M.V. "BalderDash" fired up just fine and shift is good.
A swarm of bees dropped in and are busy cleaning out their new (to them) digs - we have lost a number of swarms and this is certainly a first:
THE BEES CAME BACK!
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111. Bogon
10:08 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Ylee, I think you may have put your finger on the source of our problems: there's nobody at the helm!
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110. ycd0108
5:41 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Bogon:
I would have been in my late teens when that movie came to town. Seems to me I enjoyed it the first time and still enjoy the trailers I found. Kubrick made some of my favorite movies. Just checked a list of his stuff and there are quite a few I haven't watched yet.
Ylee:
Good question.
Years ago I started the "Apathy Party" but of course nobody attended any rallies nor voted.
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109. Ylee
4:27 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
What's funny is that Monbiot's mourning the death of the Liberal, while conservative pundits are mourning the Death of the Republican party.

If all the parties are dead, who's left? :' )
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108. Bogon
4:30 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
I vaguely remember feeling aghast at the ending of Dr. Strangelove when I went to see it as a kid with my mom.

It's one of my favorite movies now.
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107. ycd0108
4:39 AM GMT on June 18, 2014
Bogon:
One experience got to me:
Late '70s I'm guessing:
I was hired to seal up some old casement windows on a rental in town.
Young single Mom with a couple of children. She was active in Anti-Nuke stuff and I was trying to stop the wind from rattling the loose panes of the rotten windows.
Can't remember the exact words but the actuality stayed with me - I had young daughters at home listening to our moaning and groaning.
What she said (more or less) was that she had to curtail what she and her activist friends said in the kid's hearing because the children would have nightmares about what they heard. I came home and stopped amplifying the situation.
I still do that for my grandkids. The daughters are now about 40 now so what they notice is worse than anything I bother with.
I'm just hoping Monbiot's intititive takes
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106. Bogon
1:57 AM GMT on June 18, 2014
You know, ycd, sometimes I forget just how awful were the futures that some folks envisioned. Compared to the worst of those our present circumstances could indeed be regarded as hope fulfilled. :o)
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105. ycd0108
1:39 AM GMT on June 18, 2014
Bogon:
Way back then I had to back away from discussions bringing up endless reams of awful events and futures. Seems to me the main concern was that some Dr. Strangelove was likely to push a button somewhere and the whole arsenal would automatically launch causing retaliation with similar sledge hammer technology.
We have come some way from that "brink" but it seems that 30% of Canadians are still ready to risk a pipeline/tanker system in the hope that they get "jobs":
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/no rthern-gateway-pipeline-approved-b-c-reacts-1.2672 279
In a way the Obama button idea should be more used.
'Course it would irritate me but there are worse words to repeat.
Let's go with hopedy.
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104. Bogon
8:08 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
That was a good read.

I take it to mean that the environmental movement has come full circle, and we're back where we started forty years ago. Meanwhile the natural world has, of course, degraded considerably, though I suppose it's fair to say that it's "slightly-less-shitty... than-[it]-would-otherwise-have-been".

Sorry, ycd, I wish I could do better, but forty years is a long time.

Reminds me of a funny campaign button somebody sent my wife. It has a picture of our president on it, and there is a button to push. When you push the button a recording plays: "My name is Barack Obama, and I bring you hope. Hope, hope, hope, hope, hopedy-hope hope hope!"
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103. ycd0108
3:39 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
Good read:
http://www.monbiot.com/2014/06/16/an-ounce-of-hop e-is-worth-a-ton-of-despair/
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102. ycd0108
3:27 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
Mornin' Tony:
Years ago I had a long spirited (in more ways than one) argument with a Dutch nurse about which way the sun came up and what time it should be wherever one found themselves.
I did fairly well in the argument (according to me) but on sober reflection I had the whole phenomenon backwards.
I'm also watching 'Bloggers' Early Development and Progress" in myself and others on here.
Must admit that sometimes I'm actually relieved when my blog falls off the bottom of the index page.
But we keep coming back, eh?
You and Abby have a good walk too.
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101. plapman
3:54 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Good day YCD.
I guess the Hat could be east if you took the long way around.
Since I've joined the UW blogs I've dropped in on 2 other members. Grandmanan and Inkogkneetoe. The latter has since left the blogs.
Enjoy your day.
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100. ycd0108
7:52 PM GMT on June 15, 2014
This poem has little to do with me (though somewhere back there a greatgrandfather was Irish):
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An Irish Airman Forsees His Death



I KNOW that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My county is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.
William Butler Yeats
I just enjoy Yeats.
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99. ycd0108
2:44 PM GMT on June 15, 2014
Mornin' Bogon:
"Looking out my window"
And appreciating what I see there is actually quite challenging and satisfying.
If the Yard Bunnies are too close to the garden I go out with the Tippmann A-5 paintball gun:
http://www.tippmann.com/c/a-5-paintball-marker
and try to scare them away.
I don't think I have ever hit one but now and then they jump up in the air before they run back to the hedges under a sloppy barrage of plastic balls.
That's my preferred version of an all out shooting war.
If modern antagonists would put down the Kalashnikov (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AK-47) and use the Tippmann instead (with appropriate eye protection) the world would be a better place.
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98. Bogon
2:09 PM GMT on June 15, 2014
Happy Father's Day, ycd.

I had to laugh about your Big Life on Sunday morning. Been there, done that. :o)
Here's hoping your ambition grows for Sunday afternoon!
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97. ycd0108
4:12 AM GMT on June 15, 2014
Apparently we do (or will) - daughters are coming out early tomorrow.
Some kinda special breakfast .
I'm gettin' too old for this stuff:
Sunday morning I get up, have a pee and look out the window. That's about it.
Guess I'll try to behave for one more year.
You have a good Fathers' Day too!
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96. Ylee
3:48 AM GMT on June 15, 2014
Don't know if you guys celebrate father's Day or not, but I wish you a good one, anyway!
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95. ycd0108
4:16 AM GMT on June 12, 2014
Ylee:
All I need to do at this juncture is get that boat back in the water. Now that the drive is coupled there are a few moves :
lift cylinders, hydraulic hoses and pump connections
cooling water and exhaust bellows secured
Torque all loosened bolts
Dunno how many times I've done this - so far I have not sunk a boat.
Came close when I hit an island once or twice but the boats just bounced off and brought me back to the dock.
So far so good.
"think you'll be able to take the Tractorus off his hands?"
All I need to do is get that dang boat in the water and the Tractorous has it's own bay.
Kinda fitting 'cause the tractorus laid the fill in for that bay about 10 years ago.
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94. Ylee
1:51 AM GMT on June 12, 2014
Very Good! That's why machinists can afford shiny new tractors! ;' )

The Max 25 is indeed a handy machine; think you'll be able to take the Tractorus off his hands?
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93. ycd0108
1:06 AM GMT on June 12, 2014
Splined in!
My Machinist comes with eyes and senses I do not have.
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92. ycd0108
7:57 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
Got to drive the new buggy about - real smooth and safe (relatively).
I did not get a photo but Mahindra USA has lots on their website This model is Mahindra Max 25 with front end loader and backhoe for now. It will very likely get a mower deck and a bushwhacker attachment soon.
This is the machinist that built the lil' white buggy (C/W backhoe and front end loader) I borrowed over the years and posted photos here.
Bet you can't guess what my 67th birthday present will be.
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91. ycd0108
3:17 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
Mornin' Ylee:
Shush! That's one of the things I'm avoiding mentioning.
Finally broke down and called my machinist requesting an home visit. He's taking delivery of a new tractor today so maybe I'll just go over there and take some photos.
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90. Ylee
2:05 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
How's the boat coming along?
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89. ycd0108
4:15 AM GMT on June 11, 2014
Disney's first version of "Black Hole" was likable in very simple terms:
the sets were kinda hokey and the final moments (after passage through the Hole) were somewhat hopeful - soothing music and angel-like folks ambling about.
If I ever do need to pass through one of these things I want to be at the wheel of a '51 International Pickup.
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88. Bogon
8:06 PM GMT on June 10, 2014
Is that why you like the movie Black Hole?
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87. ycd0108
7:50 PM GMT on June 10, 2014
Ylee:
http://www.monbiot.com/2014/06/10/the-values-ratc het/
Sounds like the brits have forgotten any alternatives to "business as usual" as well.
'Course so have the rest of government parties worldwide.
Still not up to dredging up any cheerful news (or just making it up) but I will refrain from mentioning the wretched stuff I have dredged up.
Tony:
The picture of the mired pickup was all too familiar to me:
My first pickup was a '51 International hand-me-down from Dad when he got a '64 Chev.
One night I drove it into an unmarked hole in the town street. It was dark at the time and I don't remember any warning barricades but local Public Works had dug that hole.
Can't remember how we got the truck out of the hole but the "Cornbinder" was indestructible.
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86. plapman
9:59 PM GMT on June 09, 2014
Good day YCD.
The lowest cost isn't always effective.
I can imagine what the astronauts feel like sitting on a rocket built at the lowest cost.
Have a good one.
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85. Ylee
7:28 PM GMT on June 09, 2014
Just thought I'd leave a Monbiot link. Apparently, the Brits have never heard of no-till farming.....
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84. ycd0108
5:11 AM GMT on June 08, 2014
Oh my Ylee;
Went on to watch things that should not be posted here (no, it ain't porn - international political history I'd say).
Blows yer mind and sure looks to me like it is true.
You have a good shift and I might arise tomorrow morning to say hello on your blog.
For now i'm headed for a pillow
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83. Ylee
4:21 AM GMT on June 08, 2014
Work's internet filter blocked the link for some reason, but at least your link works! :' )
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82. ycd0108
4:01 AM GMT on June 08, 2014
Don't know if this will work but it is worth watching:

People and Power - The Long Arm of the Dictator by aljazeeraenglish
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81. ycd0108
3:40 AM GMT on June 07, 2014
Must be somewhat better, I found this:
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80. ycd0108
2:28 AM GMT on June 06, 2014
Ylee:
My plan is feel a bit better than I did today.
I tried to find something upbeat in the news, this is the best I could do:
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/06/02/Petro-Divest ment-Movement/
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79. Ylee
2:04 AM GMT on June 06, 2014
I'm sure she's happy she found you, too! :' )

Anything planned for this weekend?
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78. ycd0108
3:24 AM GMT on June 04, 2014
#76 Bogon:
I wondered Who? too - maybe some bonehead took out a pole or maybe BCHydro works on the lines at that time.
Brought in my buddy from Quebec to try to seat the outdrive - usually the damn thing slips right in - today was mostly spent trying to line up the old motor spline with the new gimbal bearing.
No joy at this point - lots of things have to be just right to make the leg bolt up.
No, I don't feel up to working on the boat!
Coughing and using the "Farmer's Handkerchief" quite often gets me through.
#77 Ylee:
I don't take Tloml at her word anymore.
When we first met I went to visit and there was this guy in an housecoat bothering about in the shared kitchen.
I thought:
"Well, that's over - move on to look for another lady."
A month or so later she found me on campus and asked why I had not been around.
I said : "I thought Paul was your man."
She said: "Paul is gay!"
I never know who is gay or not (don't really care) - just happy she found me.
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77. Ylee
3:18 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
I'm sure your missus meant what she said when she said it! If she's like my wife, a couple of days later, not so much!

RV's can be handy some times, can't they?
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76. Bogon
2:12 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Who-who? Who turned out the lights?
I guess if you're going to have a power outage, four in the morning is a pretty good time.

Do you feel up to working on the boat?
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