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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

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goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 400th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I'm still grooving on the George Clinton album this thread introduced me to last week ("How Late Do U Have 2BB4UR Absent?"), and Prince's role in it. ("Paradigm" and "Bounce To This" are standout tracks.)

And Kat Wright has made it into all my playlists. She's wonderful.

But in my shop the other day, Spotify noticed I had a lot of Hungarian bands in my playlist (from when I lived there), and reminded me of how goddamn fantastic Tankcsapda is!! ("Tank Trap" in Hungarian, and pronounced 'TONK-chop-da')

Basically, the bass player (Laszlo, pronounced "LAHZ-lo") idolizes Lemmy of Motorhead, and made himself a Hungarian version of Motorhead. Over the years he has been the center of the band, and has had some players come and go (like Lemmy), but they have kept the essential power and pure rock-n-roll drive and ethos.

Here's a sample of some Tankcsapda for my fellow metalheads/motorheads/rock-n-rollers:

"Tourist in Heaven":

"I want nothing":

"Every Friday":

"This is the house":

This last one is particularly heart-tugging for Hungarians. Laszlo is the biggest rock star Hungary has (possibly), but he's humble. A chill dude. In this song he literally walks you through his house - "this is the place / the place where I live / it's not luxury / but it is comfortable and home" - and at the end of the song it gets quiet, chill, and ends with the lyric, "this is it. I live here".

Meaning his home. His country. His people. It's pretty touching, honestly.

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'At This Point, 5G is a Bad Joke'

5G is interesting. Guy I work with was in development at Verizon before joining my company. We talk tech a lot, since we are pretty much the only guys in the sales department with a deep technology understanding and experience.

The first half of 2019, the big issue with 5G was trying to get it to transmit through glass. Like office windows.

They could get great signal between two unobstructed transmitters and receivers, but put anything in between them, and the signal dropped to zero.

I'm sure 5G will come out. It'll be great. Wonderful. Capable. The Next Big Thing.

But there is no doubt the marketing is way ahead of the engineering.

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mexican Mocha Scones

One of my favorite local coffee shops (called Resistencia Coffee in South Park) has their specialty mocha which is the chocolate/cayenne/coffee combo, and it's wonderful. Such a great flavor combo!

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just died

My money was on Tom Cotton filling the seat. (There's lots of back-channeling in his camp for either SC or Presidency. Both of which are fucking terrifying.)

Now that Trump has decided to nominate a woman (makes the hand gesture of "female hips" as he says it)... I'm at a total loss. No idea.

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just died

Rhetorical device. "The World According to Mitch."

goobster  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I just got hacked

The hack process is so familiar with my normal everyday usage of MS products...

A coworker click a really simple "Share this!" button in an MS Office 365 product, to share a file with you. Easy, right?

So you click the link and are taken to the web page...

... oh, but first you need to authenticate your login name and password to this OTHER instance of Microsoft Office 365, because it's not federated to the same MS Office 365 instance you are currently logged in to...

... and then once you log in, it loses track of what you were trying to, so you go back to the original link the person sent you in email, click it again, and then you get into the system to download the file they wanted to share with you.

And this is the normal process for sharing a file via Microsoft's oh-so-helpful tools!

You literally go through about 7 different redirect web pages, all lightly branded with MS logos and verbiage, before finally having to re-do the initial action, because MS has redirected you so many times even they don't know what you were originally trying to do.

So you do it again.

Now, a hacker only needs to gain control of ONE of those redirects, duplicate the generic design of a bunch of generic MS pages, and even a savvy user like myself has NO IDEA that the URL changed in mid-redirect to some nefarious nogoodnik's page, and has now stolen your login credentials.

God I hate Microsoft's software...

goobster  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

House painting, gutter work, and siding fixes became MUCH EASIER when I bought one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000CBILQ

Ladder stability. Confidence. Comfort. Accessibility. Fewer times moving the ladder, etc.

Ladder stand-offs are amazing tools that anyone with a ladder should have.

goobster  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

My parents brought home a black lab puppy to surprise me at about 12 or 13 years old. Dad said, "go around the other side of the car and help your mother with the groceries".

The bag in her lap had the puppy in it.

Named her "Christian's Black Magic", and called her "Magic".

Such a great surprise!!

goobster  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's A Properly Inked Linocut? (OC; Printed Bird Series)

I was watching the home renovation show called "Home Town" last night, and the couple decided to do a wallpaper backsplash behind the range. They went to a local artist who did a lino cut tile about 2-feet square, and they hand-printed each of the 2-foot square wallpaper sections.

It turned out lovely (you can see it in the second image in this article under the range hood), and the personality of each piece - inked slightly differently, printed a tiny fraction off from the previous one, etc - really made it lovely and "handmade" looking up close.

In art school I had to sample a dozen different techniques and styles, and lino cut (cheaper than wood) was one of them... and I just couldn't wrap my head around TAKING AWAY material to leave the design intact...

Even if I did 5 or 6 cuts right, the next one I'd be cutting out the line again, rather than cutting AROUND the line I wanted to keep... and toss that one out, too.

The sculptor's mentality of "taking away everything that isn't the piece" is foreign to me. Just can't manage to do it consistently!

But then again, when I tried to play piano I wanted the bass notes to be on the right and the high notes on the left... so maybe I'm just weird. :-)

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 399th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Monophonics, Speedometer, Sharon Jones... they've all been on my playlists for a long time.

But Kat Wright is a new and joyous addition! Showed the song to my wife last night, and she flipped too. "Like Amy Winehouse... and more!"

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I just got hacked

Yeah, our company has been the target of a heavy campaign recently, and the InfoSec dude have their work cut out for them.

The hackers have now started cultivating employees' personal email addresses, and are sending them emails "from our CEO".

Because our company has been working from home since March (and many of us since mid-February), the line between "personal" and "work" has been blurring, so these attacks on people at home are being somewhat effective.

I do not envy our InfoSec team's work right now...

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I just got hacked

THANK YOU! I fixed it.

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

Tonight will help. Going to have dinner with my Dad. And the air might be clearing this weekend, so working outside - masked or not - will be on the table again.

I just went for a drive last night. Drove around West Seattle. Down streets I'd never driven before. Just to get out and about.

Electric car. Windows up. Air in recirculation. So not contributing to the bad air quality, at least...

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

A multimodal app makes a LOT of sense for the European market, where transit systems are mature, expansive, and varied. I wish you all the market-dominating power you can handle!

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

Honestly sounds like normal life stuff, and not COVID-related, really.

You'll figure it all out. There's no formula. You just live and follow the pretty shiny things and see where they lead. (And Tampa is a college town... my niece just moved there for college. You'll find plenty to do.)

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

What a lovely parting gift she gave you...

I have never seen that poem before, and I will now share it with my family. Thank you.

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do not get arrested challenge 2020

Dear lord that is a good read.

It's rare to have a longread be a funnyread, as well. Love me some Aussies...

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do not get arrested challenge 2020

"Ah yes... we call him Little Johnny Droptables..."

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

I know four who have moved to Bremerton, and are LOVING it. It ain't Canada, but they are loving the rejuvenation that is going on over there right now, and the low home prices... everyone has a view that is mind-boggling...

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

You make excellent points, of course. It's a little hard to see the sun when you are under the metaphorical (and actual) cloud layer... :-)

It's the apathy that is most surprising to me. I could be writing/recording music. I could be reading. I could be working on any number of books and screenplays I have in the works. I could continue removing all the old HVAC ducting for our old forced-air heating system we replaced... two years ago.

There's plenty to do, and lots of interesting projects... but lifting a finger is SO HARD...

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Winamp Skin Museum - Interactive

Oh man... 1, 2, 4, and 6 were my WinAmp skinz.

That brings back a LOT of memories!!

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

The armor grows thin... the weak and soft flesh is becoming exposed...

Quarantine has been a breeze for my wife and I. We have a nice home, a nice yard, and live just outside a big city that has all the modern services. (All mod cons, as my British friends would say.)

The Smoke has changed that.

We have been doing a LOT in our yard. Projects. Planting. Building a wall and patio. Enjoying the yard. Getting outside and watching the birds, or sharing a distanced chat with friends under our lovely 100 foot tall Douglas Fir tree that I have named "Doug".

With the air quality index being basically "go outside and die", all of that has come to a screeching halt, and we are left with... the Internet and TV. She can't go skating. I can't work in my shop or on my myriad yard projects.

And we are now way more familiar with what most people have experienced during quarantine. The boredom. The feeling of being trapped.

We knew we had it good.... there was never any question in our minds about that.

But now we are getting an inkling of what our friends have been experiencing since March. And it sucks.

We'd make up new things to do... but are too depressed and basically spend our time opening and closing the fridge or sleeping.

It's depressing. Bleh. I'm completely apathetic about it all. Could do many things. Don't wanna do anything. Bleh.

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

OHMYGODHEISSOADORABLE!!!!

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What color IS the "wine-dark sea", Homer?

Yeah, there are other parallels across linguistics and history, like some cultures not having a word for or concept of zero, but knowing full well when there is an absence of something.

This can even be applied to Shakespeare's penchant for inventing completely new words, and his audience immediately understanding them and adding them to their lexicon... like the new words filled needs nobody had previously addressed.

I like these little surprises. It's fun to see our blind spots illuminated, and then what we choose to do about them once we know they exist.

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

I know 9 families who have moved to Canada in the last 5-7 years. And my wife and I constantly debate doing the same thing.

For people who are looking at retiring in the 2030's, and dying in the 2050's... America looks pretty dire.

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

Except all those 90m people from 12 southern states are going to have to leave their sandy desert home or their underwater home and move to somewhere there is water, food, and services. AKA, north.

That makes everything from Cour d'Alene to Cincinnati a suburb of Chicago. Think of a lateral version of Los Angeles, and I think you'll see the problem.

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Nine years

Always a pleasure reading your comments and posts...

... and fantasizing about living where you are!