Thursday, March 19, 2015


Had a funny dream about trolling cartoonists

Had some stupid funny dream just before I woke up today. Somehow I managed to meet a pair of cartoonists living in some apartment in the building where I was staying. They did some mediocre cartoon where I saw an episode or two. And even got to visit them one day. But for some reason or other, I managed to sneak back to their apartment and get in their bathroom while one of the guys was away. The one guy didn't care so much, under whatever pretense I had made up. And there was some random note stuck on their bathroom mirror. So I managed to write on it and started trolling them about how awful their cartoon was in a writing style mimicing that of one of the characters. And then the other guy came back and got annoyed that I was in the bathroom too long, so I managed to skedaddle out of there. And was laughing while going down the hallway, and then the alarm clock woke me up.

Not sure why I had that dream, but at least it was fun(ny).

Friday, January 16, 2015


Just had a 3-way CFL blow out on me

Darn thing exploded after flickering a bit. Well, not quite, but something internal to the socket definitely did. Sent out one or two good size sparks while it happened too, but at least they didn't land on anything. Makes me wonder if something like that could cause a fire in the right situation, as most people do leave lights on unattended and stuff.

Glass and most of the bulb looks ok (nothing broken or indicative of physical damage), but the plastic on the base is discolored from white in the middle and was fairly hot when I removed it.

Bulb info on the socket:
GE 3-way 26W

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


A weird but fun dream

I awakened from a dream this morning that was fun but unusual. Was in this neat rocky desert with some concert going on, and was able to fly around. It was Phish of all things, and the drumset being used was red with "success" written on the bass drum. Also odd was some Mythbuster people in the distant desert messing around. But then there was something about beating the clock in time to wake up, and the dream being erased. So I escaped by flying upwards, but it turned out the sky was a ceiling. So a ceiling panel was broken through and running inside of the roof of some complex. All this time, there were these two people acting as dream police trying to get me. Managed to shove them off, escaping downward. Part of this big building complex was this dark and dreary (film noir style?) world I went back out of. Then found my way into another part of this building complex that was more like a regular office, and then escaped out the front before those two could catch up again. Then I woke up.

Didn't make much sense, but it seemed damn fun at the time. Better than the mundane stuff I do day to day in real life. Dream had more of a sense of adventure to it.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


A thought on anapolar dark matter

It sounds a bit like aether or phlogiston, but if anapolar dark matter is a thing, then wouldn't it be possible to exploit the hysteresis effect as part of a reaction drive?

This is really cool though, because if dark matter is spread out and doesn't normally interact with regular matter, exploiting hysteresis on the anapolar moment would give a lot of free reaction mass you wouldn't have to carry with you. You create a specific field to exploit the predicted geometry of the fermion, and then like an electric motor you get pushback via the field in accordance with Newton's 3rd Law. In other words, if this can be used for space travel, things would get a whole lot easier.

Friday, August 01, 2014


New Buddha has too much yang

Some say many sages arrive in interesting times. And many would say these are interesting times. Different sages follow different paths, and some are such klutzes they just flail about and forgot where the path is. So to be honest the advice of a random internet person doesn't mean much.

However it is rumored there is a new Buddha and that he is unbalanced. Chance has given him a great tool with the supposed power, but the tool controls him such that he is no more than a tool. (The wisdom isn't there yet.) However this unbalance is likely not much more than having an already strong yang and being raised in a culture dominated by the yang energy. It can be fixed to some extent if such is desired.

This new Buddha needs to go where there is a strong yin presence, and balance shall follow. Vietnam seems to be the place for this, but China or Japan if not even the west may be alternatives (but with their particular problems or excessive distractions.) If he arrives there, his teacher will seek him out and SHE will give him her wisdom. She will be somewhat small in stature, but large in spirit. Demanding and not a pushover. Even hard and difficult to deal with on the surface, but for good reasons. The tasks at hand will be unfamiliar and difficult to somebody mostly sheltered, but the new Buddha will learn the proper value of yin and achieve balance if this is given about a year.

Unfortunately no names or anything that specific, and yes I'll admit it sounds like a trope. But some things just are. The person is one that seems unlikely, but can run things like a machine. The people there respect her for this.

Of course I know not how I'd know this if anything. This rambling thought came to me, so I simply felt like relaying it. No more useful than any other fool's errand. A good lama might see some truth in this advice. A great lama might drag their successor by their ear and make sure they get taught the lesson they deserve for the greater good.

Yep, I suck at explaining or even making stuff up. But it's entertaining at least.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


LinuxMultiMediaStudio by Sti2nd: LMMS video tutorials

Got an honorable mention on another blog, which is kind of neat. :)

But other than my tuts, I'm usually mediocre in regards to LMMS. If there's anyone to listen to who uses LMMS, look up this guy on soundcloud: 


Dunno where he came from... Um ok, Finland... Or so he claims. But dang, he's good at putting together the dramatic and epic orchestral film-score type music. And he claims to do it all with LMMS and some soundfonts or VSTis.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


VLC Update worth it

If you're still using VLC 2.0.6, it's worth updating to 2.0.7. Primarily because the icecast detection appears to be fixed in this version. (Still not fast, but eventually it does update.) Dunno what they did in the 2.0.6 release, but I could never get the Icecast radio or most of the other indexed streaming stuff to work.

Only one thing seems to be missing from the streaming indexes, and that's some way to filter and also do stuff like list by bitrate. (Don't really want less than 128kbps, and would like anything over 160.)

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