Archive for May, 2014

Meenie strung

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

New strings on the Meenie this evening.  What a chore, removing old strings, cleaning, putting on new strings and trimming, tuning (several times).  And for what, harmonics so dominant that you can hardly hear the base notes.  But it’s done, and I won’t have to do it again for a while.


I like dead strings…..  But I can’t leave them on forever.  So I suffer new strings until I can tame them with a lot of banging.  The Meenie is just too resonant.



Indian plate

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

modo, of course.



Blessed rain and falling trees

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am

Had about 4.6 inches of rain in the last couple of days, much needed in these drought years.  However, it soaked the ground enough that a leaning soapberry tree broke its tap root and started falling over this morning.  It is falling progressively in small increments, reminiscent of the ash tree in Montgomery during an ice storm.  Roots are coming up out of the ground as it drops by degrees, crushing the small greenhouse just outside the back door.



Pant pant, owww.

Posted on Sunday, May 25th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

The body is not being cooperative.  My back is tender where it plagued me for 12 years.  Not a good sign.


I’m also short of breath when I move around.  I had this back when the edema was bothering me, which is probably the main thing that prompted me to go off the meds.


Because of this, I’m missing out on a local party just outside of town.  I would have enjoyed meeting local musicians.  But as it is, I’ll sit here and tough it out.


I need to do laundry.  I am wearing my last pair of clean pants.  Ugh!


Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I’ve had no internet for the last two days.  Not a lot of fun.  Took the time to work in modo.


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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 9:00 am

I get very little spam, maybe three a week at most, because of the way I run my mail.  I protect my inner circle address with diligence and stern warnings when I give it to people I know.  To buffer this, I have several public addresses, all but one being a forwarding address to the one that isn’t.  And that one is heavily filtered (31 at present count) against annoying sites that require registration and then bombard with regular emails.  If I wanted their email, I’d request being on their mailing list.  Thing is, I don’t want it, so I filter it away to the trash before I ever see signs that it existed.


But a little still gets through, not many, but a few.  And these are site hijacking spammers, they move in, grab control of an email account, send out tons of email, addresses acquired by bots, then move on to another victim’s email account.  This makes filtering impossible.  Most of what I get is phishing, and most of it is Russian.  I very seldom get Nigerian and that ilk of fund transfer bait.  Some of it is terrible spelling, an obvious attempt by someone whose native language is not English.  Some of them use a spell checker.


What they all lack is a sense of verbal protocol.  They design html letters to look authentic, but a simple reading makes it obvious that the author has never received a legal or corporate email.  First lacking is the header, the return address block that every business letter has.  From that point, the letter is always too sparse, getting to the point and then quitting.  Authentic business emails have had lawyers review their email forms, being sure that they contain all the pertinent disclaimers, etc.  These phishing attempts have none of these.


Some contain Windows executables, mostly things like “court appearance” documents. Being on a Mac, I know that no legal letter contains an executable.  Macs, tables, phones, and more don’t use them, and this is known to legit businesses and government offices.


In all, these attempts are laughably lame.  They try to fool the American public, which is so immersed in legalese that it can spot a fake a mile away.  I have a rating system on how lame these emails are.  The most annoying thing is that you can’t reply to these emails and tell them that they are lame.  The only avenue available is when the emails include a web site with a form to fill out.  Those can be accessed by proxy and a well protected browser without giving away any pertinent info.


They must be catching a few bottom feeders who can’t tell the difference, or they wouldn’t be going to all that trouble of setting up a scheme, hijacking accounts, etc.  But by and large, they just don’t get it, because they’re not Americans.  All that tech savvy and no cultural awareness.  Lame.

Thin Film

Posted on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Working with one of the new shader nodes in modo 8, thin film.  This is a surface shader that adds an iridescent sheen of color to a transparent material.  This is an even sheen.  A varying sheen, like a soap bubble can be made by mapping (image or procedural) the thickness of the film (an angstrom shift, in theory).


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Rainy day

Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

So much for plans.  It started raining last night, and it has been stop and go, some pretty heavy, ever since.  Flowers love it.



Summer commeth

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Eating potato salad in celebration of the coming of summer.  Barring a storm system, the highs will top 85°F until at least September.  No more heavy clothing.  Yeah!


On the downside, mosquitoes and DEET.  Booo!


Truck got inspected, easy pass.  Not that it wouldn’t have passed in a tough station, but this was a quick once over, bare minimum, in and out.  So all is well.  Still well in the black, even with rent for storage next week.  The Lone Star card makes a big difference, both in food available and finances.  I even got a new set of heads for the Norelco, big difference the sharp blades make.


One final issue, signing up at the local clinic.  I’m holding my own for the most part, but I want to see improvement.  So it’s time to resume medication.  Everything else is covered at the moment.  No deadlines to meet.  Time to get moving on that.