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Crossing the Line to the Other Side!

Approaching Finish Line
Photo by (© 2002) Steve Patt
How to make spreadsheets in a Linux terminal
by Adrien Brochard, Xmodulo, May 6, 2014.

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger
by LinuxBSDos, May 2, 2014.

KNIGHT: Recovering the meaning of marriage
by Robert Knight, The Washington Times,
Apr. 4, 2014.

A Hilariously Harsh Guide to Millennials in the Workplace – And a Millennial’s Response to It
by Emily Hulsey, IJReview, Feb 7, 2014.

DHS “Constitution Free” Zones Inside US Ignored By Media
by Anthony Gucciardi, Infowars, Aug, 6, 2013.
me:Try this on me & there will be a lawsuit!

25+ examples of Linux find command – search files from command line
by Silver Moon, Binary Tides, Aug. 12, 2013.

Taking the Retirement Leap
Photo by (©) The Principal Financial Group
Iris (in my pasture)
“Iris”  by (© 2014) me. 
Mockingbird mocking my cat!
“Mockingbird mocking my cat!”  by (© 2014) me. 
I Can See Clearly Now“, by (© 1972) Johnny Nash
posted byRealityShifts. via You Tube

<<<< “School’s Out” (From “Live at Montreux 2005”)
by (© 1972) Alice Cooper; posted byEagle Rock. via You Tube

Still more Audacious Hackery, and Photography

Dual instances of Audacious
Muting commercials while listening to music!…
BOOYAH!  I now have my Rush Fix BACK!  I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh on our wonderful local AM/FM radio station WBAP, which I lovingly refer to as “Bubba-BAP”.  All was well until they decided to move their FM broadcast to some new-fangled “HD-radio” channel that will require me to buy a new radio in order to get – SCREW THAT!  I could go BACKWARDS in technology and get it on AM, but AM has gotten much too staticy around here of late with people using arc-welders, etc. – Screw that too!  I USED to be able to stream it with Audacious while concurrently running a second instance of Audacious streaming my music and pause-toggle between the two during commercials (using my awesomely-cool HACK) that will mute only the radio instance while continuing to stream (to the bit bucket) allowing resumption post-break, (about five minutes later).  This was well and good until WBAP javascripted, encrypted, and cookied up their site to no longer stream except via their site on your browser through their super locked-down proprietary special snowflake media player (which grabs and monopolizes the sound-card preventing you from muting it only there, so you can’t listen to something else.  Pausing it will only let you pick up where you left off – at the beginning of the commercial break) – SCREW THAT!  I decided that’s it, I’m going to find another way to do this!  I won’t bore you with the gory details of the trial and error I went through to get this to work again, but will simply tell you what does work.  I ended up going to IHeartRadio.com and found WBAP at: http://www.iheart.com/live/5350/.  I unsuccessfully tried searching the page source for a streaming link, so I installed a Firefox addon called “Media Stealer”, which I used to tell me the available media URLs (after I clicked the “Listen Live” button) and ultimately ended up with “http://8273.live.streamtheworld.com/WBAPAMAAC?terminalid=152”! This I plugged into my old WBAP script and it works like a dream!  See my bash script below:

#(RE)SET UP A FIFO (NOTE) - I RUN THIS UNDER A SEPARATE, LOW-PRIVILEGED USER ("browser"):

sudo rm -f /tmp/fifo.wav
sudo su -c "mkfifo /tmp/fifo.wav" browser

#NOTE BELOW THE "n" OPTION WHICH OPENS A 2ND (NEW) INSTANCE OF AUDACIOUS
#SO YOU CAN HAVE ANOTHER ONE ALREADY RUNNING PLAYING YOUR MUSIC DURING COMMERCIAL BREAKS!
#THE "P" OPTION CAUSES BUTTON TO MUTE ONLY;
#THE "q" OPTION TURNS OFF EQUALIZER (IT'S TALK RADIO):

sudo /usr/bin/nice -n -5 su -c "cat /tmp/fifo.wav | audacious -nPq file://-.wav &" browser
sleep 1
sudo su -c "mplayer -idle -slave -msglevel all=-1 -af volume=13 -nojoystick -nolirc \
http://8273.live.streamtheworld.com/WBAPAMAAC?terminalid=152 -vc null -vo null -ao \
pcm:waveheader:file=/tmp/fifo.wav &" browser

In other news, I had the opportunity to go to a shooting range for a “guys day out” last Saturday with some fellow guy friends from Church and try my hand as shooting some pistols and other guns that I’d never shot before!  It was a new and rewarding experience for me.  The weather was perfect and, of course, I also got to shoot my camera some too (photos were portraits of friends so, not posting publicly)!  I must say that I’m a bit more accurate with my camera than with a pistol, but hey, I’ve had a lot more practice with the former!

This week’s been typical Texas weather.  I captured these two sunsets Thursday evening while out walking in shorts on a nice 75° evening after work, knowing that that was the last chance to do that for the next week.  These clouds were a gathering line of storms ahead of a Canadian cold front that, within the next three hours, brought nearly two inches of rain and took the temperature down into the 30s, from which it has not risen above, nor has the sun peaked out since!  Winter’s officially here now, so I’m sitting here inside with nothing better to do than to actually write a new post!

Gathering Winter Storm
“Gathering Winter Storm” – by (© 2013) me.
Sunset on Autumn
“Sunset on Autumn” – by (© 2013) me.
Moon caught in the Rocks
“Moon caught in the rocks” – by (© 2013) me.
Fibromyalgia solved; A pathology, not in the mind
by Paul Mountjoy, Washington Times, Oct. 17, 2013.

Using TrueCrypt on Linux and Windows
by Doug Vitale (blog) Nov. 18, 2013.

10 basic examples of linux netstat command
by Silver Moon, BinaryTides, Nov 12, 2013.

Pytube – A Python Based, Command Line Tool To Download Youtube Videos
by Himanshu Arora, MyLinuxBook, Sep. 20, 2013.

Top 5 Video Editors for Ubuntu/Linux
by Manuel Jose, Tech Drive-in, Sep. 22, 2013.

Shell In A Box — A Web-Based SSH Terminal to Access Remote Linux Servers;  by Ravi Saive, Tecmint, Oct. 2, 2013.

10 Lesser Known Linux Commands – Part 2
by Avishek Kumar, Tecmint, Oct. 30, 2013.

8 Ways To Mount SMBfs (SAMBA FILE SYSTEM) In Linux
by Surendra Kumar Anne, The Linux Juggernaut, Sep. 8, 2009.

How to compile the Linux kernel on Debian or Ubuntu
by Dan Nanni, Xmodulo, Aug. 23, 2012.

What is a good HEX editor on Linux?
by Dan Nanni, XModulo, Sep. 30, 2013.

Switching Monitor Profiles
by Kyle Rankin, Linux Journal, Oct. 24, 2013.

Aggies make good showing against #1 Alabama, and More


Image courtesy (© 2013) USA Today Sports.
I watched an awesome game between 2 top SEC teams Saturday afternoon, both of which played their best and hardest and neither let up until the final whistle.  The favorite played slightly better and prevailed.  Obviously I would’ve preferred one more play or two had worked in our favor, or maybe a couple more minutes of time; but Congratulations to the Alabama ‘Tide and Great game, effort, and character to my Fightin’ Texas Aggies, who have nothing to be ashamed of for feel bad about.  BUT: We do need to work a bit on that defense, and Coach, how could you NOT see that play-action pass coming?!  And for all the Johnny haters out there, He played with poise and class letting his play do all his talking!

‘Bama fans marvel at Aggie hospitality: Texas A&M is the anti-LSU, fans say
by Carol Robinson, Al.com, September 13, 2013.
me:That’s one thing that prides me most a/b Texas A&M.  We may not always win on the field, but our fans, students and alumni are always winners!


ScienceCasts: The Harvest Moon“, by ScienceAtNASA.
 
 

Scientists Discover Quadruple Helix: Four Strand DNA In Human Cells
by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution, July 17, 2013.
 
 

X-Rays Show the Hidden Tech Behind Iconic Luxury Items
by Liz Stinson, Wired, Sep. 6, 2013.
 

 
 
Behold, the Moon as you’ve never seen it before
by Robert T. Gonzalez, IO9, Sep. 16, 2013.
 
 

Could this “immortal” jellyfish unlock the secret to human life extension?
by George Dvorsky, IO9, Nov. 29, 2012.
 
 

This frog got WAY too close to last week’s NASA rocket launch!
by Robert T. Gonzalez, IO9, Sep. 12, 2013.

Stuff from the Labor Day Stack

Hankus
My dog Hank being cute;  by (©) me.


 
Today’s Quote:  “When you are a professional student living at home with Mommy and Daddy, it’s easy to be a liberal.  You merely have to grow a beard and pontificate on the greed of the one-per centers, expertly employing the otherwise useless skills you acquired at an elite Ivy League school.  But once you have to apply for your own loans, pay your own insurance, taxes and the rest, you realize that your best chance to live in security and provide for your loved ones is to support the fiscally responsible agenda of conservatives.”

“It’s really easy to deny your religious upbringing and march for women’s “rights” to ensure your easy access to contraception and abortion, should you ever decide to enter into relations with the beastly male gender.  But it’s hard to support infanticide once you’ve actually done the deed and felt the heartbeat of your child and seen him on an ultrasound image; and it’s harder still to believe there is no God when you gaze at the face of your firstborn, filled with love and awe at this gift of perfect innocence and purity.”

From:  “Growing Up
by Lisa Fabrizio, American Spectator, Aug. 29, 2013.


 

image courtesy, (© 2013) Texas A&M University, Aug. 31, 2013.
WHOOP!  Aggies Beat Rice 52-31 in Kyle Field Opener!
 
Hankus
How Consciousness Works
by Robert T. Gonzalez, IO9, Aug. 22, 2013.
Sunday afternoon, I went for a walk with my wife about 5 miles from where we live.  Midway through, the sky suddenly and totally opened up on us with fifteen minutes of non-stopped horizontal rain.  We were both completely soaked!  Got back to the house, completely dry (there)¡ Fortunately my new Pentax camera is WATERSEALED – YESSSS!!!

Haven’t done much else noteworthy this weekend, but take this photo of my dog Hank sitting in his hole in the back yard.  I’ve tried to get this shot a couple of times lately only to have him jump out when he saw me get up to go get my camera.


 
Fishing at the park
Fishing at Holland Lake Park;  by (©) me. 


 
Today’s Hero:  Soldier who “sucked at being a civilian” earns Medal of Honor
by Jason Sickles, Yahoo News, Aug. 25, 2013.

NYC Engineer Wants to Help Homeless Man With Software Coding Classes
by Joanna Stern, Yahoo News, Aug. 23, 2013.

Rust-Oleum NeverWet, Superhydrophobic Coating That Makes Everyday Materials Repel Liquid
by EDW Lynch, Laughing Squid, June 24, 2013.

[German] Police [Gestapo?] Storm Homeschool Class, Take Children by Force
by Bob Unruh, WND, Aug. 30, 2013.
me:This is why it’s so important to for all Americans to be educated and educate themselves on our nation’s Constitution and founding principles!


 
downtown Athens by wildstar84, on Flickr
Downtown Athens, Texas;  by (©) me.

Crazy Week but Productive Saturday

The Time Tunnel – Inside Irwin Allens


The Weirdest-Looking Time Machines in All Science Fiction
Story by Vincze Miklós, IO9, Aug. 21, 2013.
me:Wow! I’d forgotten the name of this show (“Time Tunnel”, circa 1966-1967), but I clearly remember this awesome set and seeing trailers for it all the time back when I was a kid!

Things have been somewhat crazy around here of late.  Last Tuesday night we had some welcome rain but along with it a very unwelcome clap of thunder (lightning) that seems to have knocked out our internet service along with an electrical circuit out in the tool shed.  Needless to say, it was Friday before I could get the internet guy to come out and replace our radio/antenna (that is up on our roof) that was less than three years old.  The internet guys told us when they scheduled the appointment that they would charge us for a service call and either charge us $200 for a new radio or we could sign a two year contract with them.  Talk about having one over a barrel!

I have always been happy with our broadband Internet service, that we’ve had for over eight years or so, except for the fact that they only offer 1Mbps service for $50 and the (few) other choices in our area offer much better.  Of course our guyz claim that their speed is more accurate and consistant than the cable or satelite guys (which I am actually prone to believe based on my own experience using other peoples’ broadband services).  But still, come on, ONE Mbps=$50?!  So, I decided to shop around a bit whilst waiting and really didn’t find any other offers that wow’d me.  I also discussed my concerns with the incumbent provider who promised that the new radio would mean faster internet.  They came out and replaced the radio and, sure enough, we now have 5.9Mbps internet for no more moneys$!  I did sign up for the “protection racket plan” though for an extra $10 a month since we didn’t have much luck with the last radio and we do have lots of lightning up here on our hill, but hey, it’s worth it to me to get the higher speed and not to have to worry about replacing a $285 radio+service call again!  (This is now our 3rd radio/antenna in the eight plus years we’ve had this service).


My desk and homemade extender table, by (© 2013) me.

Image courtesy CreativePro.
I spent Saturday wearing my electrician’s hat.  As I mentioned earlier, we lost a circuit out in the shed and I’d already checked and none of the breakers were tripped.  There’s a panel in the shed that powers it along with the barn, and the barn had power.  Anyway, to make a long story short, It took me half a day with a volt meter, opening three panels, pulling several breakers, and two trips to Homer (Doh!) Depot to find and fix the issue by replacing two defective circuit breaker switches!  Whilst at it, I also wired a new, much needed wall outlet in the barn.

<<<  I also got some stain matched for my desk extension table I actually built over a year ago that was just bare wood, and stained it since I already had it out for the internet guy!  It sits in the corner up against my desk providing some much-needed space (since my computer, docking station and monitor take up most of my desk).  It also covers up the power strip and the tangle of wires supporting all my electronic equipment.

God Bless Texas, by Wayne Allyn Root, Personal Liberty, Aug. 22, 2013.

I also had to get S’s truck worked on during the brief three days that S. was in town between semesters.  This was due to an Engine-check light being on and it requiring inspection in October and the fact that the enviro-whackos have succeeded in getting the feds to impose California’s silly air-polution restrictions on metropolitan areas in Texas by requiring annual emmissions inspections that will fail you if have anything coming out of your tailpipe but pixie dust and unicorn farts, or if you have anything amiss that causes the Engine-check light to stay on.  Since S. will not be here again between now and October except for a weekend or two, it behooved me to get to the bottom of the light now and, $500 later, it’s now running like new, as required!


H311 YEAH, Can’t Wait – BTHO Rice!  #WHOOP!  #GIG ‘EM!
Your Full 2013 Fightin Texas Aggie Football Schedule Here!

Inside The Weird Texas Tradition of Enormous Homecoming Corsages; by Jenna Sauers, Jezebel, Dec. 6, 2012.

Linux Containers: Part 5, Creating Your Own VPN
by Eric Hansen, Linux.org, Aug 13, 2013.

Most “Honey” From Grocery Stores Is Not Actually Honey
by Justin Gardener, REALfarmacy.com.

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