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In a Pickle


Welp, look who won a pickle ball set at a work function today. Kewl.

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Testing Image Posting


I am tweaking code and how my image uploads appear here. Previous to the change text appeared at the bottom of each image. I didn't like the aesthetics of that so I am (hopefully) altering the behavior so that the body of text appears at the top instead.

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Planet Muh-Oh


It looks like the signage at Transit Road Planet Fitness has been taken down and replaced with a cheap banner. I am not sure what this means but I hope it isn't that this location is shutting down. It's a gas-saver being on the way home from work.

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Stromboli N' Punch for Lunch


Nothing special going on. I am wearing steal-tip toe caps all day because I haven't yet garnered the focus to lace up my actual work shoes. And I am having this vendor supplied stromboli and fruit punch - for lunch.

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Not A Willy-Neely Death


Jordan Neely wasn't killed on purpose.

To those who picked that up someplace (I'm looking at you mayonnaise media), if they honestly believe that, I guess I get their angst.

But, if they're ignoring the fact that an honest effort was made to quell an ambiguous threat that went horribly wrong with an ill-advised chokehold, then I can't have sympathy for the intellectual void that would settle someone on anger toward the marine.  Such an intellect just wants to be angry and any headline will do.

What I am is sad for the man who died, for there not being a culture and a system that would have intercepted him through help or containment, and for the marine who at this point I more reasonably believe was just looking to help in a situation that was contextually threatening and chaotic.  Enough to compel him.

I don't think that the marine reached out to stop a man from insinuating threats alone, as that would make no sense.  He probably had reason to believe that some actual physical attack was imminent. He may have miscalculated that probability (though based on the dead man's police record, probably not) but that's not on him -- a mix of people would interpret the situation differently given the dead man's behavior.

A tragedy for both parties and any collective anger needs to be directed at every reason that guy was walking around freely, particularly given his past. Those reasons, whatever they are, are the deficit -- not the marine who unwisely got involved the way that he did.

As an aside, have you noticed that every single media house that publishes on about this story fails to land on this most direct and innocuous angle?  That's because $$$.  The rationale coverage appealing to reasonable people is not profitable.

It would make so much more sense for Elon Musk to label for-profit media entity Twitter accounts than non-profit ones for this very reason.  

  By Dave for Personal Blog.

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Fist Bumping QSL.NET - Whoever That Guy Is


Image of bad guy on porch.

For maybe 20 years now the site operator of QSL.NET has kept my "Calling All Citizens" and "Openness" campaign alive. 

Or at least the ghost of it. 

Occasionally when doing modern day searches on artifacts of my campaign I am inevitably led back to his early style website.

The website operator has preserved key content of the old openness.org website (the domain of which I sold to Intel a few years ago - because $$$).  The operator has done this outside the somewhat constrained overhead of its other archive as might be found on the wayback machine. 

I would add that he seems to have done so perfectly.  He seems to have filtered out a lot of my own nonsense of the day and targeted just the meat and potatoes of the matter.

Beyond all that content, the QSL's author appears to have a superior sense of and commitment to indexing.  The main landing page contains scores of links to many now-dead, but just as many still-alive, websites and blogs all related to public safety communication and other websites of the period, some of which are devoted to the merits of keeping police and fire calls in the clear. 

I don't know if he continues to add and curate his index today but his adherence to the principle of a flat noise-free web that simply provides information and indeed spreads it is just another point of admiration.  Even if done accidentally in this era of the commercialized web it's a sobering illustration of the open web's authentic utility.

The website's creator keeps his actual name off the site almost entirely.  The one reference to it (which I will not spell out here to respect his apparent sensitivity to being stamped online) is in the form of a picture of a certification he received with his name on it.  Aside from that it seems he wants a healthy porch between himself and the rest of the world.

It's long overdue and frankly, not by much in terms of dollars.  But whoever you are good sir, thank you for allowing my donation tip. 

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Wait A Minute


Image of bad guy on porch.

Oh come on, not again.

This story is looking for a guilty party but acknowledges that without video, the initial investigators couldn't determine one.  

To me though, it sure reads like it's the homeowner. Something is off about a guy who spots a car that turns into his driveway and for some weird reason, immediately insists that it "leave".  

Why?  People turn into driveways all the time by accident and while one certainly doesn't want anyone "camping out" after, it's a bit strange to be so concerned that you have to send out your kid to "tell them to leave".  I mean, wait a few minutes right?

Something up with that guy.

But, okay, the actual story -- the reason it's circulating -- is because apparently the entire thing was never given to the DA to determine what might happen next.  The report was scribbled down and then the local department just shrugged on.

Strange all the way around.

  By Dave for Personal Blog.

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BuffScan Content Moving


While I am not hosting a buffscan.com on a new host, I am nonetheless forwarding explicit visitors to the domain to its own slightly-different-than-the-one-that-lands-you-to-these-words URL.  From now on, BuffScan content will now be effectively at its own website.

  By Dave for for BuffScan.

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The Fritter of Twitter is Planned


Okay Mr. Musk, very funny. 

The Twitter logo is now a dog (at least when viewed from the website). 

If the entire product did not now feel enough like a one-man whim project put together by some amatuer hack with too much time on his hands (cough), this certainly fixed that. 

I'm putting my theory of managed decomposition out there now with respect to Twitter.  This latest stunt clinches the theory -- in my own completely rational head at least.

Elon is working with other interests to destroy Twitter, and the reason has nothing to do with money and everything to do with social control.  At some level, I postulate, Elon agreed to be the spoiler of Twitter by agreeing to purchase it or somehow otherwise come into control, then pelting it with unwise decisions to a long-term strategy of chasing people off it.

But why would he and the "other mysterious others" want that?

Well, why did anyone want to destroy the regular World Wide Web?  A unified publishing platform to the planet where anyone crazy enough to post their nutty theories (cough), expose corruption, expose injustice, etc., etc., was too much for the status quo to bear.  Promoting a migration to capitalistic-fueled social media platforms might have been the first trick to make people believe creating their own websites was too hard and too pointless, to kill the web, but there were other tactics.  Oh, I just know it.  

Unexpectedly, Twitter became just as bad as the open web.  Too many people consolidated on it and found it to be a powerful broadcasting tool that was every bit as scary as the open web.  The source of social movements, thought leaders, and even dangerous influencing of elections.

So, the same trick that destroyed the web for similar things is being applied recursively to Twitter.  Chase people off, dilute the population, and encourage more fragmentation of the online populace.

Fragmentation means that it becomes too much work for people to discover and track a meaningful voice, and works to maintain the status quo in the process.  The media stays in charge and the power of the digital age, contained.

Who knows how anyone might have convinced Elon to participate in this -- maybe with the promise of lucrative government contracts and grants or something.  But trust me, however crazy you may find this assertion of mine, the truth lies closer to it than you may want to believe!

  By Dave for Personal Blog.

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Saturday Night Live - My Way


Here's how I'm spending tonight. Ears to the scanners (well one of them if you take note of the power indicators) while I prep up a major change to the BuffScan persona. Not to mention also working on this express image feature that sort of works like a private Instagram. The two projects go hand in hand.

  By Dave for for BuffScan.

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