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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

My #meetHubski interview is here.

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I gotta wonder about how he gets this stuff done. That took him, what?, an hour to paint? On the wall of a JAIL. On a busy 4-lane road?

Is there a fake road crew working and blocking the road? Creating a distraction so people don't notice Banksy painting on the wall?

There HAS to be more to his work than what we see... the planning and execution are the things that really interest me about his work...

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: WHO investigators to scrap interim report on probe of COVID-19 origins

"The investigators arrived for a four week investigation, and spent the first two weeks in quarantine..."

(Note: The release of the report has been delayed. Not scrapped.)

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

WOOHOO! Congratulations, Elizabeth!! I'm excited for you.

My suggestion is to make a note of everything you do. I personally use workflowy.com which is a browser-based outliner tool. I simply enter the date and day of the week, and then leave that browser window open all day. Every time I do something, I make a note of it. At the end of the day, I transfer the To Do items to tomorrow's list, and collapse today.

At the end of the week, I open up all 5 of the days and read through everything I did that week.

It takes no time to enter things.

It takes 5 minutes to review at the end of the week.

But the FEELING OF ACCOMPLISHMENT I get from it is incredibly invigorating.

I've complained on Hubski a lot about how "easy" my job is, and how "little" I do, and how I feel like I might be a free-loader and not worth my salary... so I always feel like I am on the edge of being fired.

When I started doing this SUPER simple logging process, I suddenly realized how much I do, how important it is to the company and my co-workers, and have learned to properly value myself, my skills, and the role I play at my company.

So that's my suggestion. Keep a daily log of everything you do. Just for yourself. It helped me a lot.

goobster  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

Yeah, I work from home and she's looking for SOMETHING to do... and I'd love to guide her on how to train the dog up to be like my dog was when she and I met originally...

And yeah... get a dog now, and it lives for as long as my last dog (15 years), then I'll be retiring (yeah right!) about the time this dog passes, as well.... hmmm....

goobster  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

When my lovely old dog passed away in June, my wife and I were shattered. But we have continued plugging along and everything was going well.

Until about two weeks ago, or so.

Now it is almost daily that we have some sort of sad-moments-of-recollection/missing her together. It's especially bad for my wife, since she has literally nothing to do right now.

It May Be Time To Get A New Dog.

There is a LOT of fear about getting a new dog. Our old girl was one of those special ones that was good with everyone - kids, cats, squirrels, dogs, whatever - completely voice-trained, vibrantly healthy, and self-sufficient.

A new dog will need training. And walks. And could have hidden health issues. And and and... we are both in our 50's, and slowing down, and thinking a puppy is too much work... but many people give up "adult/older" dogs because there are behavior problems with them... so are we getting a problem animal? We both have a lot of training and education in dogs, but ... are some dogs unredeemable?

I dunno.

My wife sent me an email last night at 3:AM with photos of a little lab puppy that is available nearby ... she's a real cutie...

I was on holiday in Scotland with my wife, brother, and sister-in-law in March 2020. We tried to go to the Edradour Distillery and Urqhardt Castle (Loch Ness) on the same day, and both had been closed for COVID. But we were expecting that.

It was when we came home that it really hit me. Heathrow > JFK > SeaTac airports. Each airport had COMPLETELY DIFFERENT protocols for handling people, and none of them made much medical sense.

THAT was when I knew we were fucked, and our governments were going to fuck the whole thing up for everyone.

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 423rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Wow... I haven't listened to them in a LOOOOONG time! This track is great.

Man... Viva! La Woman was in my CD player constantly, the year it came out. Really bent my brain at that time...

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: For rent: the penthouse atop Smith Tower

Got to attend (briefly) a wine tasting there, when the family hosted a private little shindig for Pioneer Square luminaries.

Place was unreal. Never been anywhere like that, before or since.

Outstanding. What an interesting read!

And I think I love your mom. What an amazing gift to give her daughter! "Hey! Smart people! You need to talk to my girl here, because I can't understand what she's saying!" Legend.

goobster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: About Veephro

And it's funny they have NO IDEA of the powerful filtering tools we have on this site, that allow us to mute them FOREVER as soon as they post...

goobster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mars2020 descent footage

Fantastic! I'm so jealous of your work...

I was at Ames Research Center back when they had planes, in the mid-1990's. I was originally a SysAdmin for their Macs and UNIX boxes (having come directly from Apple tech support), and then worked on a team that was tasked with creating multimedia for NASA. So using Macromedia Director to make CDs and LaserDiscs, setting up some of the very first web sites on the WWW, and developing K-12 science training materials around various projects at NASA.

One of the main projects we had was a self-based training, on CD, that taught our scientists "Publishing On The Web". It was a tool to help them understand how to set up set of static web pages and share their data/research with their colleagues around the world. Because, everyone was printing out thousands of pages of papers, shipping them via DHL for Flying Tigers to 9 other researchers elsewhere in the world, and spending thousands of dollars on shipping fees. I won the "NASA Software Product of the Year" award for that one, actually.

Good times. I loved it there.

(Found the article on the award here, on page 5 of this PDF: https://history.arc.nasa.gov/Astrogram/Astrogram_1998_03_06.pdf )

goobster  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mars2020 descent footage

Ok ... you can't just leave a sentence like that and saunter away! :-)

Wanna tell us more...?

goobster  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The road to electric is filled with tiny cars

For American cities to embrace tiny cars like this, it seems like there would first need to be a revolution in parking, and then a complete reworking of all of our roads. Our infrastructure is in such a terrible state that we rely on the suspensions and footprint of our vehicles to compensate for the condition of our road joints, potholes, etc.

I think speed would be an issue, too. In China you generally move short distances at slow speeds, if you are using personal transportation. If the trip is more than 10 minutes, you take the train. (At least that's how my American friend in China tells it... I've never been there...)

American cities make a whacking great load of money on enforcing inane parking laws and regulations. For example, if I ride my motorcycle into town, I have to try and take up an ENTIRE car parking place, and pay for the entire thing. If I fit my bike into an otherwise unusable nook, or at the end of a row of cars where there is space between the last car and the corner, I get a car-sized parking ticket.

I think American roads and regulations would need to be MUCH different if we were to see an influx of tiny cars. I think it is far more probable to expect Home Depot to have a rental fleet, than it is for Americans to have tiny cars....

goobster  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Dare Mighty Things"

I love that scientists get a chance to be geeky and clever and their "silliness" is supported by their administrators. Science should be fun.

goobster  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 24, 2021

Ever since my parents and sister got vaccinated, my stress level has gone down dramatically. I knew I was stressed about them and COVID, but I don't think I really realized how stressed I was.

I'm also switching into Project Mode again around the house. Now that we get brief breaks of sunshine, I'm looking at my tools and wanted to tear into stuff... installing a pocket door for the downstairs bedroom... resurfacing the deck and building a new railing... finishing laying the pavers for the patio... tilling up the front yard and getting it ready for planter boxes...

Gettin' itchy...

goobster  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 24, 2021

Well now you know one of the first things you can do at your new job: help them improve the hiring process so it isn't so stupid.

Even just a 1-page document that defines the steps and the timeline within which each step should be completed, will help keep these things on track and give your next co-worker a better experience.

goobster  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mars Helicopter

I'm here for it. All of it.

Just hope the explosives don't damage the poor bugger before it can get up off the ground....

Thanks for bringing up your experiences, too.

Everyone that starts a volunteer-run organization, or who heavily uses volunteers, loves the idea so much. But then humans get involved and bring the whole thing to a grinding halt in petty bickering.

There's something to learn there, but not many organizations have figured it out yet.

goobster  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 422nd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Ok. Here's a new band that is really doing fascinating stuff for me: Dry Cleaning (bandcamp link)

Start off with the Magic of Meghan live. About Meghan Markle becoming a royal, and how inspiring that is.

My old Budapest bandmates are spread all over the world now, but we have an email thread going back several years where we share music we are currently listening to, and Dry Cleaning kinda has all of us in love with them right now.

goobster  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mars2020 descent footage

I watched live, and I watch every one of these videos when they come up in my feeds. (This is the best one so far, KB, thanks for surfacing it!)

And every single time I get choked up watching it happen.

Is it just me? Is it just because I worked at NASA? Or do other people have this reaction as well?

Shittiest job in the world done by a bunch of nice people who only want the best for kids, and then get shit on by useless parents.

I've run dozens of volunteer organizations, and know first hand that getting someone to volunteer is the finest way to drive a person from the community forever. You work your ass off - in your spare time - to try and address the problems you can reach, and get nothing but hate from the community. Made up bullshit. Misinterpretations of actions. Lies. Political bullshit. Whatever. Eventually you will discover the community you loved and wanted to help is actually a collection of complete fucktards who don't deserve even a moment of your attention or time.

No matter what the organization does, the people who step up to do the real work will be lambasted and demonized until they leave.

Every single time.

goobster  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 422nd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Re-listening to Daft Punk's Homework today in its entirety.


It is so much a part of my DNA at this point, after listening to it regularly since 1997, that it is hard to remember how different this was back when it came out. Changed music forever.

Good work, boys.

goobster  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Biden opens 2 week window for sole proprietors and small biz (


Title was originally "Biden opens 2 week window for sole proprietors and small biz (<20 people) to apply for PPP loans".

Title got truncated at the left bracket.

goobster  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Citibank just got a $500 million lesson in the importance of UI design

< wide eyed emoji >

goobster  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Daft Punk Break Up After 28 Years

I'm happy for them. They have killed it... absolutely killed it... what...? Seven times?

At some point you want to break out of that golden shell you've built for yourself, and do Something Different. I'm happy they have had the success they have had. I am happy for the music they have created. And I'm happy that they are calling it quits on their own terms.

Maybe someday I'll be lucky enough to get to quit something epic! :-)

goobster  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Daft Punk Break Up After 28 Years


That'd be a relief. I'd appreciate them all putting themselves on the list voluntarily, instead of having to do the research myself and building that list by hand.

goobster  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Wilkins_Coffee