Democrats for Donald Trump. How to worship our new King.

donald_trump_cinco_de_mayo_590Watching the transition process has gotten me thinking about what is motivating Trump. Fame, perhaps and always money. Personally I believe he will struggle with the negative attention he will receive as president. He truly does lack the temperament for the job.

I don’t believe he has a hard set political philosophy that guides him. As best I can tell Adoration and Profit are what moves him. I’m sure there is more, but that is what I have seen in the past. I’ve been wondering if if Donald Trump might not be a great vehicle for the liberals.

He has no loyalty to the GOP. Does he have loyalty to the people who elected him? I think it is telling that he reportedly wants to keep having rallies (!). What if the left could become his new cheering squad? What if we could give him the things he needs, and get our policies passed in return?

I have no doubt that Donald is corrupt – to the point that the only questions he might ask himself are “Is this legal” “Will I get caught” “How large the impact if I’m caught”. I don’t believe there are any ethical considerations of his. Well maybe “loyalty”. He does seem to respect that.

So knowing he can be bought – how do we go about doing it. The money part is straightforward. Make our policies be profitable for Donald. The Adoration part.. would be more complicated, but perhaps a vocal “Democrats for Donald” that encouraged his liberal moves – just total Donald fandom and basically worship – like that of a king. I think if there were cheering groups of people outside his building, it would do more to get his attention. Sort of like positive attention for a child, vs Negative.

What if Obamacare could make him rich? What if a conservative Supreme Court would somehow hurt him?

I think that self interest is the fulcrum on which to shift him.

 

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Why is the next button on the left? “CANCEL/BACK/OK. ” “CANCEL/OK” vs “OK/CANCEL”

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Why the ever-living fuck isn’t the NEXT > Button on the right?

  • We read from left to right. So the concept of motion is left to right.. so why does choosing the rightmost button take you backwards?!
  • This metaphor of pages turning, or moving places from left to right is so ingrained in this example, there is even a FUCKING RIGHT ARROW.

Back / Cancel should be on the LEFT, and Next on the RIGHT. Look, I can maybe see this layout used if the user is about to do something really fucking scary… maybe wipe a hard drive? But in that case you would probably want to highlight cancel.

I see this shit all the time, and I swear to god it started with oversseas programmers, and in the last decade has become the standard for idiot UI.

Oh hey a quick google showed me two articles:

http://uxmovement.com/buttons/why-ok-buttons-in-dialog-boxes-work-best-on-the-right/

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/ok-cancel-or-cancel-ok/

Looking at the reasons for “OK / CANCEL” and they are stupid as fuck. Except for one… “Microsoft does it that way”. Which is a half assed argument. Not surprised that Apple does it correctly “CANCEL/OK” because they know half a shit about UI.

Well, I’m old enough to remember when it was done correctly, consistently, so fuck all you all. It should be CANCEL/BACK/OK.

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2016 Election: Disappointment

djt_homepage_desktopbI’m not sure where to start – we lost the election. I don’t understand the sense of betrayal and alienation that I feel today. It feels as if 8 years of work has been undone, as if America chose their President via TV Show call in vote.

I feel betrayed by a Democratic party that couldn’t seal the deal against one of the most disgusting candidates in modern history. A party that continues to get pushed around by the GOP – and never stands up for itself.

I feel betrayed by polls that put us ahead – and were wrong at so many different levels.

I feel alienated from an America that would choose Donald Trump as their president. For the first time in a long time I look at family and friends – and see enemies. I see “other”. I see Olds and Dumbs – people I don’t want to be around anymore.

I see a President-elect who is bereft of morals. His second rate conman routine has somehow fooled half of our nation – and the platform he ran on is a disgusting reminder of the global elites at the top of our ladder. Destruction of the environment for short term financial game. Banning people of certain religious belief from immigrating to our country. Pushing the tax burden back towards the people who can least afford it. Cutting the programs that I believe are integral to our stability, our prosperity and our sense of humanity. Feeding fear and hate, promising everything, delivering nothing.

After listening to the preaching and wailing of the religious right for decades – their savior is a thrice divorced, adulterer, hate preaching conman. They call him a “flawed vessel” or refer to accepting him “warts and all”. The Right complains that the Left mocks their religion – and there is truth to that. But how can we not when this is the example you set. When you talk about “Jesus” but nothing in your life reflects the messages your “prophet” left behind. You are small, and petty, and your tribe is made up of other small minded people. Your spirituality is dull coated and bland. Whatever power you connect to in your heart – it pay be painted with forgiveness sacrifice and love, but underneath is just the same old selfishness and self preservation.

I have never looked at the “other side” of an election and wished harm upon them. And today I do. There is a sick part of me that will enjoy watching Donald Trump break promise after promise to the people who elected him. I wish I could talk to the banks he now longer does business with… at what point does the con stop? Does it ever stop? When did you realize how screwed you actually were. And how did apply the appropriate pressure to bring him in line.

We have an obstructionist GOP – who has worked for 8 years to prevent progress in basic human dignity – gay rights, universal healthcare. These “Christians”. They are worse than whores. Sex for sale is an honest, if disapproved of trade. They are the thousand hooked little claws of a predator that feeds on America. They are rot that should be trimmed. Sickness that should be cut from the living body.

I felt our country was moving in the right direction – and today I am reminded that no – it is not. I feel helpless. I feel scared. I feel betrayed and confused. And the anger that rises out of that would enjoy seeing half of this country fed into a wood chipper. Watching with other eyes to see their souls sluggishly drift up, to be fed upon by the Eagle in the sky.

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Windows won’t let you set your active hours to the evening…

Bah – they won’t let me set my active hours if they roll over midnight. Pretty fucking stupid.

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BATTLE: KEF 105.4 SPEAKER GRILL! P1: PROTOTYPE

I’ve been looking for a set of 105.4 Grills for a while, but haven’t been able to find any. Due to recent family changes, having grills have gone from “nice to have” to “yeah let’s get that done”. I already have metal grills for the top two drivers, but do not have the grills for the bass drivers.
As you know the KEF 105.4 have an angled face which makes it a bit more of a challenge. Here is an example of how they should look:
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Not only are they angled, but they are thicker at the top than at the bottom – which gives it a cool look IMO.

Here is my final!

img_4668 img_4672They aren’t perfect – The angles are a bit off on top, but overall they look pretty solid. note that I changed the design slightly to make them longer than the originals. I don’t like how many of these KEFs end up with discoloration from the grills. If that occured, I wanted it to be as uniform as possible.

I’m going to include a walk through of my steps as I build the prototype…
First I traced the outline of the speaker, then sketched in how I thought the grill should look. I measured the angles using a protractor, and used these angles for my first test cuts.

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I struggled to get the angles correct, but ended up going with 81.5 for the face that touches the speaker. For simplicity I decided to not try and force the front angle… however that turned out would be fine for the prototype.

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 81.5 degrees is a pretty close match. I used a mitre saw for these test cuts. The mitre saw however can’t cut longer pieces… so for this first piece I cut just the top / bottom, and used my other saw to connect the lines as best I could.
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The crossbar ( top and bottom of grill ) had to also be cut at an angle. I couldn’t be as precise with this, and used the bevel feature on my handsaw.
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You can see here how one face is cut at about 10 degrees and the other 5 degrees. Better to have it a bit too steep than not steep enough. If it is too steep the top of the crossbar will remain flush, and the rest of it won’t have good contact… but all that will be visible is the top edge, so that is ok. You can see this comes together ok:
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I should point out before going further: I made one modification to the usual design – I want my grills to go the full length. I often see older KEF’s with discoloration from the part of the speaker face that was not covered. I want to avoid that.
My next step is to glue the pieces together. This was a bit of a challenge since I need right angles like a picture frame… but the grill frame is right angles only in one dimension. I’m probably not explaining this well…
Here is the whole unit “clamped”…
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I’ll explain the weights in a moment. So while the grill has 90 degree angles on the x/y axis, it is not 90 degrees on the z axis like a picture frame or shelving might be. when I would fully clamp down, this would happen:
img_4197img_4201You can see how at the bottom the two pieces don’t meet up
And what I needed was this:
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So in the clamped photo above, I have loosened clamps on the top/bottom pieces so they can angle correctly against the concrete. This means the clamps no longer pull the left/right pieces together, so I use the weights to apply that pressure.
I then add on the extensions that will house the clips/pins and again glue.
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My next step is to drill the holes for the grill pegs. I ordered some pegs from ebay with these dimensions. They are not an exact fit, but the best I could find. They are maybe .5 MM too small in diameter. I contacted KEF a few times, but was not able to get any info about the original speaker pegs. By wrapping a bit of electrical tape around the peg, It becomes a snug fit. Since I don’t intend to remove these often ( for a few years at least ) this is an ok solution for now.

img_4254I used these screws to test my placement before drilling larger holes.

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 Accurate drilling was an issue – being off even by a MM means the frame will be angled slightly. The fact that the pegs had some looseness in the holes helped a bit and gave me some leeway, but I will need to address this for the finals.
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I’m embarrassed to show the grill cloth wrapping – I did a really poor job, but just wanted to get something on to see how it looked :)

You can see a few problems I will need to address …
  • The grill isn’t sitting flush – two of the pegs snapped off – I drilled the pilot hole too small and really had to jam them in there. I think also my drilling being off by a MM or so in different directions put stress on them.
  • There is extra fabric mashed everywhere… This is the first time I’ve done this, so no worries – watched a tutorial on how to do it better. I had been hoping cream would look good.. I wanted to use a vintage grill texture … but I think I will go with black.
  • Better wood – the plywood veneer stripped heavily as I worked it. I will use solid pieces of wood for the finals.
  • Increased precision needed. For the wood pieces, I will re-measure each step… error on the side of too much wood, and sand down the extra MM or so needed for precise alignment. I am unsure how to handle the drill holes. A drill press would be ideal, but I do not have access to one. There are a number of hacks I will try on some scrap wood to see if I can get a good fit. Once I do, I will use that as a jig for the finals.
  • Glue + screws for final assembly.
  • Paint wood to hide it better behind the grill cloth
  • I would like to have curved edges to the peg mounts, but as long as they are hidden well, I won’t worry about it.
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BATTLES:…STUFF ( Honda Element Condenser Fan Replacement )

Done some pretty handy stuff lately, but not so much posting. So just giving some highlights..

BATTLE FAN: INSTALLED! +10
BATTLE YARD: MOWED! +1
BATTLE RAT TRAP: DEAD RATS! +1
BATTLE SPRAY FOR ROACHES: GOOD JOB!
BATTLE ANTS: LOSING!
BATTLE KEEP CHILD ALIVE: YES +0 BECAUSE THAT IS YOUR FUCKING JOB
BATTLE LET ASSHOLE INSTALL PIRATED SOFTWARE ON YOUR MACHINE: FUCKING LOST

Two interesting things… I replaced a fan in my element. I used a mix of instructions from these sources:

http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66272

I don’t want to repeat too much of what these videos cover, but these are worth noting:

    • Take off the splashguard. Removing the clips under the fan(s) is nearly impossible from the top. It takes an extra 10 minutes, but it worth it.Here is what those clips look like. Sorry for the crap video – iphone balanced on my chest while doing this.
    • Clips are confusing…

  • Relays and Fuses are not the same thing.I didn’t know this. When your condenser fan isn’t working – you need to troubleshoot the fan, but you also need to troubleshoot the fuse and the relay. The relay has two connections .. basically when electricity goes to 1 side, it connects the second circuit. You turn on the AC … the dial sends an electrical signal to the relay… the relay then connects the fan to power. Troubleshooting these is pretty easy actually.5986-05184996-1206152 IMG_4095-1200
  • Quit being an idiotIMG_4166

SCORE RECAP!

Time spent: 4+ hours  -20 points
Money Spent: $60 ( vs $300 ) +50 points mofo
Extra Screws: 1. -10 points
Broke Car: Negative. +10 points

Total: GO TEAM USA!

 

 

 

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BATTLE DLL! How to Replace missing DLL in windows 7

regsvr dmocx.dllMy Device Manager stopped working. Looking online I found a number of possible routes to fix this problem.

  • sfc /scannow : (   https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833 )
    • This runs a scan, looks for problems and “fixes” them
    • Puts together a shitty hard to read log file
    • Spoor: Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them 
  • Windows System Update Readiness Tool
    • This runs a scan, looks for problems and “fixes” them. Fixed 1 problem, left 3
    • Puts together much easier to read log file! Turn off text wrapping..
      (f)    CSI Payload File Missing    0x00000000    dmocx.dll  …
      (f)    CSI Payload File Missing    0x00000000    TabletPCPlatformInput-core-Replacement.man
      (fix)    CSI Payload File Missing    CSI File Replaced    File: TabletPCPlatformInput-core-Replacement.man From: C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-m..eplacementmanifests_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17514_none_fdfbc5f949b9a49e\TabletPCPlatformInput-core-Replacement.man
    • Spoor: Bunch of shit still not fixed

Ok, so when I look up dmocx.dll – that looks exactly what I need. So this next part should be easy… right? just replace the corrupted guy.

  • Windows Startup Repair
    • Make sure you don’t write over your install ( click that hidden little “Repair” option )
    • Spoor: Doesn’t do shit
    • Didn’t do shit. Said my startup files were fine.
  • Grab the file you need directly from your Install CD
    • Took me a while to find out how to do this. DISM!
    • Spoor: Permission Errors
      • Make sure you are running cmd as Admin
      • Add in a READONLY flag
        • dism /mount-wim /wimfile:f:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /MountDir:c:\targetDir /ReadOnly
      • Create targetDir before hand… dsim doesn’t create the directory

This mounts windows7 files to the targetDir on your C:. You can now drop into windows system32 and grab that pesky dll, and copy it to your main system32.

  • Don’t forget to reg that little fucker!
    • Regsvr32 dmocx.dll

SCORE!

Time Spent: 4+ hours: Seeing as this is about average for fixing shitty windows issues, gonna give myself 2 points

OS’s Reinstalled: Zero! I actually fixed it. So huzzuh for me. +50

Backups Created: 1. I backed up my C drive before fucking around with it. How crazy is that. +3

Style: meh

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Garden Shade… Battle Rescheduled

Welp, that sure didn’t happen.

  • Can buy square for $10 at Home Depot. So fuck me for all that time I put in.
  • No time to build fancy shit before tomato season. As you can see these Tomatos are booming, and summer is beating down.

So we are going with our tried and true “green poles in ground” method. Nothing too fancy, but functional.

IMG_1080-1200 IMG_1081-12004 poles hammered into ground for each bed ( 7 ft poles, like $7 each ) . Twine tied between the poles. Hung shade cloth on the side that gets heavy afternoon sun, and birdcloth everywhere else.

IMG_1090-1200There was a gap on this side between the two beds, so I created a bit of a door with a 3rd piece of shade cloth. Note the old grommet style clips.. This year I did it a bit differently.

IMG_1091-1200In the past I used fancy grommet clip things.. this year I just used quick ties. gives me more flexibility, will be easy to clip off when I need to.I can also basically “sew” layers together so they are all fixed to the same point.

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In the past, I’ve had trouble when the monsoons come through – the shade cloth turns into a giant fucking sail, and will often break the twine. This year I tied each piece of twine separately to the pole, so if one breaks, the whole thing doesn’t collapse.

I’ve clipped a lot of layers to other layers though… so I’m worried that it will make it even more sail-like.. we will see.

SCORE!

ZERO, it’s not a goddamn battle. I gave up, and stuck up the same shit I did last year. But here is the breakdown anyway.

Time spent: 2-3 hours, mostly at Lowe’s
Specialty tools needed: A post pounder thing really makes this a ton easier. I borrowed one.
Time wasted before I went back to tried and true method: 10+ hours
Overall quality of finished project: 7.3
S.O. Happiness Factor: Achieved

 

 

 

 

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Garden Shade… preliminary scrimmage pt 1: The Square

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Well, it’s Sunday night, and I should either be working or sleeping. So instead I’m fucking off in the garage.

I need to put together some garden shade over some very lovely raised garden beds. In the past we just hammered in some poles, and strung wire between them. But this year, I thought, lets do something classy.

Requirements:

  • must fit dimensions of garden bed ( 4×8 ft )
  • must be taller than tomatoe plants ( ~5 feet )
  • Only to be used on some of the beds at any given time, due to crop rotation
  • Be nice to move / stack / take it down on off season. Failing that, be nice to have it look good without the Shade cloth on it

Internet searching shows a number of options.. most of them look pretty ghetto. The pic above seemed cool. Most of them look like this:

P1000343 ef478d586b4475ae1b8770bad59b00d0 tomato-trellis-3They use PVC pipe with electrical fittings. I don’t know why, but I fucking hate how these looks. The PVC just seems cheap, and I’m sure it will crack and break in the sun – looking like shit down the road. Also not a lot of options in terms of mobility.

So I’, going to use the initial image as inspiration – basically build something with a light wood frame, that can encircle each bed. It can have either a loose fitting garden shade over the top, or even have the shade stapled to the frame, if we want to keep out birds. Those little fuckers like our tomatoes.

Section A: Shit I can’t do right

coop-internal-frameAs you know, precision is not really my thing. And it seems to me, if I want to do this right, and not have it look like total shit, I’m going to need to build some frames that are actually square. My plan is to make 2 squares per box, for the endcaps, and then link them with 4 longer pieces. I might even have those 4 longer pieces bolt on, so if necessary, I can break these down in the off season. Looking at the picture above, it seems like i can use glue and nails, to create a decent square.

Section B: A Jig

I know from experience if I just try and glue and hammer some wood together, its going to be a failure. What I need is a guide.. a jig that I can just jam the wood into place, slap on glue, and have it be held there sturdy enough to drill the screws in.

The type of joint I’m making is a butt joint. It’s easy and pretty ghetto as far as joints go. It isn’t strong, but I’m hoping my structure will be ok. If needed I can add in some metal l-brackets.

There are a number of tutorials online about butt joints. I don’t remember any of them. What I remember is that I needed to make a jig. Something to make those right angles easy and accurate.

Section C: There’s a hole in the bucket

I’m tired from doing it, and don’t want to sit here writing about it. but basically, to make a jig that makes right angles, you need something that lets you cut at right angles. So I used my square to cobble this together:

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This acts as a guide for my hand held saw. See, here I mark what I want to cut, slide this against the wood, and then use it as a guide.
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cut cut cut

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I’m surprised that it works so well.

IMG_0859-800Don’t worry, that feeling wont last.

Now that I have some small wood sticks, I can start constructing my jig. My goal is to creating something like this.. where the green pieces are my garden shade frame. So I’m going to line the other pieces up, drill them into some MDF, and then whenever I need a right angle, I will just push the wood into here. easy.peasy.

IMG_0861-800Stuff happens. I measure and clamp and drill. The wood keeps moving and I need more clamps, which I dont have, and its sunday at like 2 am, but eventually it sort of happens. I get this:

IMG_0866-800 IMG_0867-800 IMG_0868-800 IMG_0870-800Not too bad! I think. I don’t know, its hard to tell if it works or not. So lets give it a run. I made these 2 inches thick, but my wood is only an inch thick. so I stack two of them for positioning.

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Drive in some screws

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Which sucks

IMG_0876-800I get new pieces of wood, and this time I drill pilot holes first. I was hoping to avoid that, just because of the additional time needed to swap out bits ever 2 screws.

But my angle looks good. I decide to try and build a mini frame right now. One problem I have is the jig is too large… I trim it down.

 

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And keep working my way around. it works ok, but I run into some issues. For example, all my boards weren’t the same size, and my jig is still too large for the last butt joint.
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So I trim it down, square it, clamp it, and drill.IMG_0884-800

Final product.. is well, it’s a rectangle. sort of? IMG_0885-800 I’m not sure how I feel about this. I spent a lot of hours to do this, and the more I think about it, I could probably just buy the fucking jig I needed. I’m afraid to google, because I can probably buy it at home depot.

But at least I know I can make a roughly square frame, which is probably good enough for the project.

And there is no such thing as “wasted time” when procrastinating on a Sunday night!

Score:

Cost: low.. $20?: 2 points
Time: shit. 2+ hours: -20
Made a square?: Sort of? +0
R&D: Can probably make a square: +20

OVERALL SCORE: +2!!! Things were made!

 

 

 

 

 

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How do I turn off auto play on facebook videos on iphone? Excellent question!

Has your data skyrocketed recently? Our data went through the roof. After years of only using 2 GB per month, we broke 6 GBs this month!

Verizon doesn’t give us any real breakdown of our data use, and immediately blamed facebook. Although I don’t use facebook that often, I wanted to make sure I had removed the facebook excuse from Verizon’s arsenal. They suggested we disable autoplay. But it wasn’t that easy to do!!!!

Facebook has changed how to disable autoplay – so previous online instructions have not been helpful. The links I found pointed to outdated methods. Using some trial an error, I have put together this tutorial. Images below are for an iPhone 6 running IOS 8.1 .

First of all fire up your FACEBOOK APP. In the lower right corner, select “MORE”

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Select SETTINGS

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Select VIDEOS AND PHOTOS

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Select AUTO-PLAY

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Here you will see a number of options. This is what I selected:

  • Disabled smart autoplay
  • Turned on “Never play Videos Automatically”

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If this reduces your data bill, please comment and let me know!

 

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