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Middle of March Meandering

In no particular order:

  • I finally got the Trade Name Registration certificate notification from the Ohio Secretary of State as well as the EIN issuance from the Internal Revenue Service today. Later on this week I need to go open a business bank account. Erie Looking Productions will need to grow and my current "day job" looks increasingly like it is in a bad position.

    • If people think the current chaos in the House of Commons at Westminster is bad, the federal government in the USA is set for yet another budget crisis plus a debt crisis in September. It is time to exit the insanity.

    • A "story treatment" was given to somebody to make a storyboard. Getting shown at the Dam Short Film Festival would be nice. F/LOSS tools would be used for production.

      • Eventually I intend to try Ubuntu Server installations to the three idle Raspberry Pi 3B+ boards. The ultimate goal there is for being able to offload video transcoding.

      • A subject matter has been selected that could easily be presented at somewhere like LibrePlanet or CCC. Until I leave my current job, I can't go to those events. Trying to inject awareness of certain networking-related matters into the mainstream is what I'm limited to at this time.

    • The definition on file is "Media Arts Production". That doesn't limit me to making podcasts and other digital works. Making print materials in LaTeX is something I keep trying to increase my proficiency with.

  • The HDHomeRun receivers are still operating in the hazardous environment of the detached garage. This is good. Eventually a PVR computer will be mated up outside.

  • Radio reception has been horrible. Then again, sunspots are kinda missing too. Any SDR efforts are going to have to wait. I really want to get WEFAX reception up, if possible.

  • Is it time for me to set up a MediaGoblin instance?

Tags: ubuntu. 18th March 2019

Today's Zotero Log Dump

These are recent examples of items captured to my Zotero database of things that have caught my attention for reading.

Arnett, K. (2019, March 6). It’s Time We Talk About Librarians and Money. Retrieved March 9, 2019, from
Chelsea Manning jailed for defying court. (2019, March 8). Retrieved from
Commander Tom Clarity, U.S. Navy. (2019, March 8). Netflix and Don’t Chill: What the Navy Can Learn From the Fyre Festival. Retrieved March 9, 2019, from
Dream Center. (2019). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from
Ellsworth, B., & Armas, M. (2019, March 10). Nerves fray, tempers flare as Venezuela blackout hits fourth day. Reuters. Retrieved from
Fuzzy Slippers. (2019, March 8). Over 100 Congressional Democrats Vote To Lower Voting Age to 16. Retrieved March 9, 2019, from
Kreighbaum, A. (2019, March 8). With possible Friday closure looming, Argosy scrambles to find buyer. Retrieved March 10, 2019, from
LaChance, M. (2019a, March 8). Students Protest President of Liberty U. for Saying His Granddaughter Will be Raised as a Girl. Retrieved March 9, 2019, from
LaChance, M. (2019b, March 9). Transgender Prof Claims Excluding Men from Women’s Sports is Like Excluding Black Women. Retrieved March 9, 2019, from
LaChance, M. (2019c, March 10). Argosy University at Brink of Shutting Down. Retrieved March 10, 2019, from
Lee, D. (2019, March 9). Family angry as dying man is delivered test results—via robot. Retrieved March 9, 2019, from
Mano, D. K. (2019, March 9). The Body Baroque. Retrieved March 9, 2019, from
Raymond, E. S. (2019, March 8). Declarative is greater than imperative. Retrieved March 9, 2019, from
Russia considers “unplugging” from internet. (2019, February 12). Retrieved March 10, 2019, from
Russia internet freedom: Thousands protest against cyber-security bill. (2019, March 11). Retrieved March 10, 2019, from
Russia laws ban “disrespect” of government and “fake news.” (2019, March 8). Retrieved March 10, 2019, from
“We need help”: Anger mounts as Venezuela’s worst-ever blackout enters day 4. (2019, March 10). Retrieved March 10, 2019, from
Tags: reading. 10th March 2019


One of the big things that ends up bothering me is that we lack the capability to do great things. There was apparently a documentary this weekend about Apollo 11 in very limited distribution. If I had known about it, I would have sought one of the four hundred screens it was shown on.

Going to the moon, showing bravery, conquering frontiers and the like are matters traditionally associated with greatness. Ensuring healthcare benefits comes off as something merely bureaucratic. Which one takes more effort? Which one has the longer term pay off?

I want to reach for the stars. Currently there is no way I could ever join the Astronaut Corps. I want things to move forward in my lifetime to where I don't have to train as hard as John Glenn to get to the Moon or beyond. It is time to move beyond science fiction to science fact.

Far too much of the basic science is already done. The will to act is missing. In trying to create a comfortable life on Earth, are we creating a comfortable cocoon to fade away in? Having health care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as amended is not a major accomplishment in my life. Being able to live and even more importantly dream is far more important.

That is perhaps why I don't fit correctly.

Tags: blather. 10th March 2019

Wonderful Ironies

This will be added to the blog file. It may be a while until it actually gets to the server, though. Sometimes household infrastructure can defeat me.

The cable modem in the house is dead. Yes, the equipment we lease from Charter Spectrum is not functional after I pushed the WPS button for the first time to try to hook up a separate piece of recalcitrant equipment. I'm frankly baffled by this.

What sticks in my craw is that there won't be a technician available until Monday. Since I have to travel to Cleveland on Monday on very important business, I have to postpone the technician's visit to that afternoon based upon their available times. This does not amuse me.

HughesNet is an insanely expensive option. Then again, I would be getting equivalent throughput! I cannot justify the cost right now to pay more than half of my monthly mortgage payment for such satellite Internet service. There are no competing providers in the community as local DSL provider Windstream has trundled off to bankruptcy seeking a major restructuring of its business. There are no "Wireless ISP" vendors in the area and the closest Internet Exchange Point is roughly 80 miles away in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The amount of expensive backhaul that that would require would make going into business with my own WISP an impractical proposition. As you might expect, I review that option every so often.

I still have a sermon to write. Fortunately the working printer in the house can still be addressed by USB cable. Fortunately I use LaTeX2e in a local software installation rather than relying on something cloud-based. Fortunately I have lots and lots of actual books on-hand. I can survive this.

Tags: ubuntu. 10th March 2019

Things Being Read

These are recent examples of items captured to my Zotero database of things that have caught my attention for reading.

ABC Radio Australia. (n.d.). Tonga’s internet outage highlights Pacific’s vulnerability [MP3]. Retrieved from
Achamrah, N., Colange, G., Delay, J., Rimbert, A., Folope, V., Petit, A., … Coëffier, M. (2018). Comparison of body composition assessment by DXA and BIA according to the body mass index: A retrospective study on 3655 measures. PLOS ONE, 13(7), e0200465.
American Samoa bandwidth capacity to increase. (2017, October 6). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
American Samoans excited about Hawaiki cable. (2018, April 20). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Armas, M., & Buitrago, D. (2019, March 10). Venezuela’s Guaido calls for massive protest as blackout drags on. Reuters. Retrieved from
Avgousti, A., Papaioannou, G., & Gouveia, F. R. (2019). Content Dissemination from Small-scale Museum and Archival Collections: Community Reusable Semantic Metadata Content Models for Digital Humanities. The Code4Lib Journal, (43). Retrieved from
Bate, A. (2019, March 6). Handheld text-based adventure gaming with Quest Smith. Retrieved March 7, 2019, from
Blackmon, S. J. (2018). MOOC Makers: Professors’ Experiences with Developing and Delivering MOOCs. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(4), 76–91. Retrieved from
Brodkin, J. (2019, January 25). Undersea cable damage wipes out most Internet access in Tonga islands. Retrieved February 8, 2019, from
Chastain, M. (2019, March 4). Greenpeace Co-Founder Rips Ocasio-Cortez Over Green New Deal: “You Don’t Have a Plan…You Would Bring Mass Death.” Retrieved March 5, 2019, from
Dayabandara, M., Hanwella, R., Ratnatunga, S., Seneviratne, S., Suraweera, C., & de Silva, V. A. (2017). Antipsychotic-associated weight gain: management strategies and impact on treatment adherence. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 13, 2231–2241.
Goldschmidt, D. (2019, March 8). 16 cases of mumps have been reported at Temple University. Retrieved March 10, 2019, from
Hawaiki cable lands in American Samoa. (2018, April 24). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Huber, B., Shin, H. V., Russell, B., Wang, O., & Mysore, G. J. (2019). B-Script: Transcript-based B-roll Video Editing with Recommendations. ArXiv:1902.11216 [Cs].
Hulman, A., Ibsen, D. B., Laursen, A. S. D., & Dahm, C. C. (2019). Body mass index trajectories preceding first report of poor self-rated health: A longitudinal case-control analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. PLOS ONE, 14(2), e0212862.
Huo, S., Scialli, A. R., McGarvey, S., Hill, E., Tügertimur, B., Hogenmiller, A., … Fugh-Berman, A. (2016). Treatment of Men for “Low Testosterone”: A Systematic Review. PLOS ONE, 11(9), e0162480.
Ibrahim, L., Duncan, W., Luckenbaugh, D. A., Yuan, P., Machado-Vieira, R., & Zarate, C. A. (2011). Rapid antidepressant changes with sleep deprivation in major depressive disorder are associated with changes in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF): a pilot study. Brain Research Bulletin, 86(1–2), 129–133.
Internet cable down in Tonga. (2019, January 22). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Livanos-Propst, A. (2019). Developing Weeding Protocols for Born Digital Collections. The Code4Lib Journal, (43). Retrieved from
Marshall Islands rules out relocation in climate fight. (2019, March 4). Retrieved March 4, 2019, from
Morgan, D. (2019, March 8). Don’t expect details from Mueller probe: senior U.S. Republican. Reuters. Retrieved from
Radio New Zealand. (n.d.-a). Indefinite wait for Tonga’s international links to be restored [MP3]. Retrieved from
Radio New Zealand. (n.d.-b). Tongans seek answers for major comms outage [MP3]. Retrieved from
Restivo, M. R., McKinnon, M. C., Frey, B. N., Hall, G. B., Syed, W., & Taylor, V. H. (2017). The impact of obesity on neuropsychological functioning in adults with and without major depressive disorder. PLOS ONE, 12(5), e0176898.
Rizk, M., Lalanne, C., Berthoz, S., Kern, L., Group, E., & Godart, N. (2015). Problematic Exercise in Anorexia Nervosa: Testing Potential Risk Factors against Different Definitions. PLOS ONE, 10(11), e0143352.
Salvi, V., Grua, I., Cerveri, G., Mencacci, C., & Barone-Adesi, F. (2017). The risk of new-onset diabetes in antidepressant users – A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLOS ONE, 12(7), e0182088.
Samoan senior officials charged over misuse of public assets. (2019, March 4). Retrieved March 4, 2019, from
Schneider, C. (2018). 1916: the blog : a book of humor.
Schutte, S. (2019, February 9). The Internet of a Bygone Era. Retrieved February 11, 2019, from
Smith, H. (2019, March 6). Australia’s Rising Suicide Rate Sparks Calls For National Target To Reduce Deaths. Retrieved March 7, 2019, from
Starosielski, N. (2019, January 26). In our Wi-Fi world, the internet still depends on undersea cables. Retrieved February 8, 2019, from
Stewart, I. (2019, January 23). Outage forces Tongan govt to restrict internet. Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Tahana, J. (2019, February 2). Internet back at full strength in Tonga after 2 week blackout. Retrieved February 2, 2019, from
Thaler, A., Geuss, M. N., Mölbert, S. C., Giel, K. E., Streuber, S., Romero, J., … Mohler, B. J. (2018). Body size estimation of self and others in females varying in BMI. PLOS ONE, 13(2), e0192152.
Third deep-sea cable now open to traffic. (2018, July 21). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Tiku, N. (2019, February 16). The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet. Wired. Retrieved from
Tonga cable break located, repair ship being loaded. (2019, January 26). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Tonga had assurances cable almost failproof - Senituli. (2019, January 29). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Tonga turns to satellite to re-connect. (2019, January 22). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Tonga utility striving to lift capacity after cable cut. (2019, January 25). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
Tongans urged to stop using social media. (2019, January 28). Retrieved February 3, 2019, from
VanOpdorp, D. (2019, January 23). Tonga may cut off social media until internet is fixed. Retrieved February 8, 2019, from
Victor, D. (2019, February 1). Could You Last 11 Days Without the Internet? Tonga Finds Out the Hard Way. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Tags: reading. 9th March 2019

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