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Random Topics / Re: Weather in your Area
« on: July 02, 2018, 01:15:19 AM »
Livingston, TX. Saturday night. 90F. Humidity was down. It was past midnight. I was stumbling drunk and looking for a tree. On the way back to the fire, and I look down to notice THIS thing was right beneath me.
They say it was a rat snake. 5 feet in length.
THAT night - to me - it was a king cobra!
I didn't think my fat ass could run that fast anymore... 😃

Rat snakes are ok, unless you got chickens etc. They can be mean but no venom. And,as name implies, kill ok in my book. Until such killed some cool Mexican Wood Whistling eggs and duckkings in my big trees. Sucked. But nature is as it is. A weird aside: how can an armadillio get up on a deck! At least five steps up or an old kid twisting slide on the high slide?  But did on neighbors! I know they can jump n run but why climb stairs to a deck?

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:38:49 AM »
You got it.  Of all the possible explanations, reading it off a rock in his hat is probably the least persuasive, but I'd probably feel differently if I'd been raised Mormon.  Being of an essentially conservative temperament, I take the first option without apology.

That sect I mentiioned earlier is interesting. John the Baptist is "their man" but historical times where they say ok with other stuff to survive, likely. I also like the peacock types and all who keep stuff secret. In those lands of crazy violence! Druze also and the Lebanese Christian militia types. I like militias.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:14:27 PM »
Like the Vikings' navigation stone?

Consider, there was plenty of Albert Pike text available, so...not such a reach after all...
“Such sunstones could have helped the Vikings in their navigation from Norway to America, as the magnetic compass had yet to be introduced in Europe,” Guy said. A crystal measuring 3cm on each side would have been large enough to work, he added.

Politics / Rattlesnake Revenge
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:23:48 PM »
"A Caldwell County construction worker was charged with deadly conduct and criminal trespass of a habitation after accusations that he bit the rattle off a rattlesnake, such as on these western diamondbacks, and then hid the silenced snake in his neighbor’s home. TAMIR KALIFA FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN"


"During a search of the house, handwritten notes were found that point "toward observance of some definite spiritual or mystical practices by the whole family," police said in a statement."Coincidentally, these notes have strong similarity with the manner in which the mouths, eyes etc of the deceased were tied and taped," the statement said. It didn't elaborate."

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:12:47 PM »
They are Christian in many of the same senses the early Gnostics were.  It's funny how those ideas keep coming back.  That they should come back in pioneer America, mixed up with an elaborate pseudo-history of the Indians, is truly astonishing.

Back when everybody was discovering the gnostic gospels I had occasion to point out that, if one was looking for a gnostic church, one need look no further than the LDS.  That did not go over well.
"Messenger of Death" (1988) was on the free antenna movie channel a week or so ago. I rewatched. Some interesting Mormon themes and as reviews say: "Mediocre but passable , but it will appeal to Charles Bronson fans."
ps: here is an interesting group:

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: July 01, 2018, 01:34:43 PM »
Like a movie.
PARIS    A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder made an audacious escape from prison Sunday after several heavily armed men landed a helicopter in a courtyard, freed him from a visiting room and carried him away.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:15:12 PM »
Yes, 21st, GS meant to insult Mormons by asserting that they are not (in the main) actually Christian.
True, but they are good at prepping, health, and intelligence agency, official or private, work!

Random Topics / Re: The Soccer thread
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:07:23 PM »
How much vodka is going to be swilled today in Russia?  That was epic.

Technology / Re: _LINUX_
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:38:47 AM »
What color do you want the LEDs in the case to be?

Something not on visible spectrum, out sourced to a Tawainese compamy but manufactures in mainland factory town owned through shell-companies by the PLA. Just to ensure security and good mfging.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:32:36 AM »
Protestants were originally people that left the Catholic church.  The amount of baggage they drug with them varied. Lutherans kept child baptism and vestments for example. Anabaptists were probably the closest thing to the orginal churches.

The old testament was included because that is the prelude to Jesus’ incarnation. None of it woukd have context without the Old Testament.

The reasons that most protestant’s have trouble with Catholicism is primarily because the priesthood has placed themselves as intercessors between God and Man. Add in the idolatry, statuary that was basically loot given to the Catholic church when he declared the Holy Roman Empire.  These statues started out as pagan gods.  Other non-biblical issues are of lesser importance. Like Immaculate Conception, purgatory, limbo, praying to saints, keeping of relics, and lighting of candles (among other indulgences).   Protestants also do not believe the host and wine become the body and blood of Christ. The Catholic church incorporates customs from indigenous peoples in order to be accepted throughout the world.

This is way more information than I needed to provide to be ordained in the Church of the Latter Day Dude.

ECLA and Missouri Synod, etc  believe Eucharist.

Technology / Re: _LINUX_
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:26:59 AM »
Moved from the Windoze 10 thread:

Take a look here:

My take on your situation would be if it's working for you, stick with what you have, unless there's a particular problem you're trying to fix. More and more, the newer distributions are dropping support for legacy systems (like your Dell.) Your system  will be good for another year.

If you want to give it a go, what you need to do is upgrade the kernel.  it will keep all your data, but if you are going to try this, back up your system first.
Here's what I would do: Download a copy of LM-18, it should be a live disc - last time I checked, it was.
 Burn it to DVD, (Brasero should be installed with LM)
Shut down your computer, pop the DVD into the player and re-boot it .
If it doesn't boot from the DVD - your regular operating system (Mint 17.3) starts instead, you'll need to enter the bios.
(   "set bios to boot from dvd"  )
Make sure that your dvd player boots before the HDD (hard-drive)
Save and exit (usually F10.)
It will now automatically boot from the DVD.
Test it out on your system. Run all the programs you normally do. See if you can connect and stream, check your email, etc., etc., etc..
If you don't run into any glitches, you should be able to upgrade.
I found a nice little tutorial for you that works both from the command line, and graphically.
It was last updated: December 20, 2016, so it should support all desktop managers by now. (You made a back up right ?)

Okay, the link is here:

You will need a solid network connection to do this. If you're on Wifi and the connection drops on you, you could get corrupted files, although apt is pretty good about reconnecting and picking up where it left off.
The last 2 paragraphs of step 4 are important. Make sure to follow them.

In step 7, it shows a screenshot of the Linux Mint Pakage Configuration - blue backgroud, grey info-box with red header writing and black text, and the 'Yes' selection highlighted in red.
To select the highlighted red yes, just hit your enter key. To move to the 'No', use the keyboard arrows, or the tab key.
This is a keyboard only driven output box, so a mouse won't work - maybe on the new distros it does, but in my experience on distros that are older, mice don't work to select.

That's about the only sticky part I see in the tutorial

Thanks. You Da Man.  Appreciate details and opinion. I'm gonna dance with who brung me and stick with my setup, for now. When my ship comes in I'm gonna ask you to set up my system! Full on air-gapped, Fradday caged, off-grid, quauntum logic, with backups...seriously.

Technology / Re: Convert Cassette Tapes to MP3
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:01:32 AM »
I understand. I've still got a few tapes with funeral services and memorial stuff on them that I didn't convert, but probably should.

Yeah. Got a bug for some reason and recorded "old folks" and family reunions or when in the hospital or just on property. When I got a tape recorder and thought the coolest thing. Could record radio, friends, and stuff and be "reporter"

. Now gonna convert but I sound dumb kid. But some good stuff on others, that I didnt realize good history. Random old guy talking, cut me off, when I wanted details,about   Normandy or relative on a Jap prison ship that WE bombed[/size]

Technology / Re: Convert Cassette Tapes to MP3
« on: June 30, 2018, 11:43:48 PM »
You can cut tracks using Audacity and yes, your tape player will run at normal speed and recording will happen in real time.

Thank you. I'll try it out. In some ways, sorta, don't wanna listen (hear me young and dead folks I miss) and thought outsource but, then again, don't wanna lose them in mailing or some scam. But want to archive.

Random Topics / Re: Things That Annoy You
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:46:48 PM »
In 1982 I walked out the side door of SAC/HQs to see some old fat guy dowsing the lawn by the entrance to the visitors theater. Some SPs were hanging back in their squad car. I asked him what he was doing. He had to run some sprinkler lines and had won the contract to install them, but he didn’t have a top secret clearance so he couldn’t see the plans for all of the utilities that crisscrossed over the SAC underground. He was dowsing to make sure he wouldn’t cut into anything with his trencher.  I just had to shake my head.
;D :-\   Well (see my pun?) according to reports Mrs.Reagen liked Astrology and Billary and Michelle's mom were into witchcraft of various types. So, who knows? Certainly it would be easier to install sprinkle lines, or just coax or fiber-optics, if places like the Pentagon could be "levitated," as was tried. That is bizarre though. Though also good as I could see that a basic security breach would be for "those people," cleaners, lawn guys, sprinkler repair, HVAC maintenance, etc. One of the "best" thieving schemes here a while back I had to admit was good. Basic. But Mexicans bring a trailer and "do" a lawn, homeowner not home, some go around back and break in, steal stuff, nobody realizes because "just some lawn guys working on neighbors lawn." Nobody minds. Also there was, more brazen, moving truck schemes, in an area where neighbors don't know each other, everyone working, lots of real estate flipping, etc. Pull up and "move out" house. Nobody the wiser until you come home from work and your stuff is gone!!

Technology / Convert Cassette Tapes to MP3
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:32:25 PM »
What is easiest, best way. I have an old laptop running Linux Mint and have Audacity but never used via a "line in". Is that program the easiest way, assuming I figure that out? Or is there a better program? Want to get some old cassettes into MP3. Audio not music. Not  forgotten Art, sadly, but some family interviews from old folks decades ago. They are not stereo and I figure I'm not going to try to adjust audio etc but would like, if easy, to have 'tracks' not the whole tape on one file. But could live with it. I also figure that the tape player (one player) would have to play at normal speed?

Technology / Re: Switch from Windows 10
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:03:27 PM »
Uno mas to get you started.

(The good info is about 1/2 the way down the page)
This is a total non-tech guy question. I get "news" from Linux about new versions. Right now I'm running on an old Dell laptop Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa. All seems to run well. I don't mess with lots of command line stuff and only use for stuff like radio shows, BG, personal email, sometimes movies. Not for work or finance or anything secure. Not sure if I should or need to upgrade. BUT if one does to latest versions does it entail a whole new computer (that is wiping out everything) or does going to a newer version of Mint etc keep the files you got and just update the Linux OS? (Again, I dont know much about computers or Linux but used because old laptop faster and system stable.)

Random Topics / Re: CEO was in town today
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:57:48 PM »
Watching a Doris Day movie.......   Pillow Talk    Ick.  Which is why I'm on here.
Especially when you know what is up with Rock Hudson.  ;)   Though "party lines" were crazy for those that didn't know. I recall going to Missouri and hearing other people talking on phone and was like WTF, though we didn't have that expression then, seriously didn't understand the idea. Very confusing, until it was explained. And even then I was suspect and incredulous.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:53:42 PM »
Whoopie, we REALLY don't want to be in your behind or vagina.   ::)

But her boyfriend Ted Danson, like everyone, was hilarious in black-face.

Random Topics / Re: Things That Annoy You
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:49:50 PM »

But if system is "off" would dowsing work? I guess there would be humidity still in the lines? Or I should turn all on. Then off and then dowse? But then yard would be wet and rods, birch or the make-shift hanger, would be detecting water everywhere? I'm thinking a sage-cleansed pendulum or some candle-work beforehand next time....

Random Topics / Re: CEO was in town today
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:44:43 PM »
At this point I'm kind of sorry that I said anything and added to the kerfuffle.

However, to answer the question.  No. She is not Asian.
Never apologize, it is a sign of weakness. Kidding, but at least here at BG. I was totally thinking it was an Oriental executive of Cantonese or, maybe, Formosan descent. They are like that sometimes. I think had to hustle a lot to get ahead and so need to be tougher and more controlling. Credit to them, just a comment. But, oddly, one outside of meetings, over dinner admitted a lot of BS, in my opinion, about the Zodiac (they have their own version of Astrology.) I was amazed that she was serious and frigging discussing not signing a contract (which is hard enough for them) due to some Zodiac stuff, she was on my side and wanted the deal but the "luck" or some crap.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:39:57 PM »
Great question, mr. a.  Looks like the murals were inside the planes, in the lounge sections that were located in first class only.  I noticed that they didn't mention that on the postcard.
Of course not! Interesting, looks like awesome way to travel. It is interesting how we seem to be racing to the bottom in many ways. Air travel, as an example. Yes, in First or Business, especially on international flights, you get awesome service, beds, electronics, cute stewardesses, etc but especially on Asian or Arabic airlines. But not the social aspect as those days. Walk-up bar, couches, lounges, smoking, ---murals. Now they don't like even you walking (which actually medically is GOOD) or hanging out in the galley with stewardesses etc!

Random Topics / Re: CEO was in town today
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:30:15 PM »
Would it be over the top to tell us if the CEO is of Asian descent?
That is my call and await the answer. Though I'm not saying "descent," whatever that means, but actually Oriental. I'm thinking Cantonese (HK) or, maybe, Formosan, not a US "Asian-American." Just due to tech, NC, and ways.

Random Topics / Re: Things That Annoy You
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:26:30 PM »
Stupid stuff like swearing that I bought black mulch a few weeks ago and it was "the sun" and "it is not wet" that made it look less dark and then going to HD and buying a shitload to do some other beds and stuff in yard and realize that, obviously, I had bought brown previously and so contrast is bad. So now gotta go back and buy some more black and spread over the brown and try to match.

Also sprinkler systems. Frustrating to adjust, city gives 'warnings' (so far) that water gets into street, and the people buried them only a few inches deep? WTF? Broke a line "fixing" a broken head Ihad to dig up due to some pick-ax aim. Haha. But, in my defense, tree roots had covered both sprinkler rotor and the line(s) and rock all around and, I wasn't sure where/how lines went and they didn't make sense.

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: June 30, 2018, 08:56:11 PM »
Grew up by there, been jumped in Parkchester, chased through Parkchester projects, it's a massive shit hole. Moving from ghetto projects to Yorktown heights just doesn't happen, would love to see an account of that.
"Geez," as Norry might say, glad you escaped.
Likely an Obama-like situation with various and sundry mysterious "benefactors" responsible for "moving on up." Also interesting to note from the article that the Washington Post Amazon News called it middle-class. Simply because, aside from a few areas up there and in certain parts Cali,the areas around DC are some of the most wealthiest. Due to government graft and the associated "jobs,"- that cut across both Parties. Example, I know someone who just retired and bought a nice estate in horse country in VA who was a lawyer for a big "contractor" based in N.Va but "operates" all over, so stereotype would say Republican "wants wars etc," but is a big Democrat. The DC system, or swamp, or deep state, as some call it is large and both Parties, for the most part, and it protects, and rewards, its own.

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: June 30, 2018, 08:22:19 PM »
Latest Democratic heroine, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is, as usual, just the typical rich-girl turned leftist....

Around the age of five, Alexandria’s architect father Sergio Ocasio moved the family from the “planned community” of Parkchester in the Bronx to a home in Yorktown Heights, a wealthy suburb in Westchester County. The New York Times describes her childhood home as “a modest two-bedroom house on a quiet street.” In a 1999 profile of the area, when Ocasio-Cortez would have been ten years old, the Times lauded Yorktown Heights’ “diversity of housing in a scenic setting” – complete with two golf courses.
The paper quoted Linda Cooper, the town supervisor, describing Yorktown as ”a folksy area where people can come, kick off their shoes, wander around, sit in a cafe, listen to a concert in the park, or go to the theater.
Westchester County – which the Washington Post, in a glowing profile on Ocasio-Cortez, describes as only “middle class” – ranks #8 in the nation for the counties with the “highest average incomes among the wealthiest one percent of residents.” According to the Economic Policy Institute, the county’s average annual income of the top one percent is a staggering $4,326,049.
Yorktown Heights, specifically, offers a sharp contrast from Bronx living. According to, the town’s population is 81 percent white, and median household income is $96,413nearly double the average for both New York state and the nation, according to data from 2010-2014.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: June 30, 2018, 08:05:08 PM »

It's hard to tell by looking but this is a TWA ad in postcard form.  While some of the description on the back has been worn away, there is enough remaining info to deduce the postcard's message.  At first glance I thought it was an advert for a certain type of dress design.  I'm fairly sure there are clothing ads in postcard form though I haven't seen any yet.

Each plane will have a distinctive mural? Where? I can see TWA promoting various "exotic" cities to help promote air travel with post cards and murals but it is not clear to me where the murals would be? At airports? Not on the plane, like airlines do today with 'themed' paint jobs? on the bulkheads, at the terminals?

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: June 30, 2018, 07:50:39 PM »

I wonder how the Golem would fare against Die Glocke, which, supposedly, was developed near the Czech border and so near the Golem's stomping grounds!

Technology / Re: X-Ploits
« on: June 30, 2018, 07:37:36 PM »
Android users, RowHammer is back.
I like that they want me to open up a .pdf to read about more details.  ;)

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert
« on: June 30, 2018, 07:33:26 PM »
Troy Landry is now on the hunt for the Chupacabra.
I misread that as "Tom Landry" and did a double-take....

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