Evolving Digital Social media

So they sold Tumblr to Yahoo for 1.1 Billion Dollars. One has to wonder if Yahoo, CEO Marissa Mayer, knows what she is  doing. Tumblr brought in about $13 Million. last year, at that rate it will take about 77 years to pay for itself. Tumblr doesn’t have any advertisement revenue and its users like it that way. http://staff.tumblr.com/post/50902268806/news http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/yahoo-buys-tumblr-social-network-service-11-billion/story?id=19215310#.UZuzr6KG14k http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/technology/yahoo-to-buy-tumblr-for-1-1-billion.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Getting on a Drill Platform

West Freedom in Trinidad

View of the West Freedom From the Hilton.

My recent trip to Trinidad proved interesting, but getting on and off the platform might have been the most exciting part. This rig was parked out in the bay only about 3 or 4 miles out. Although I could actually see it from my room. It was a half hour drive to get from the hotel to the waterfront.  The roads are windy and traffic is horrendous.

Once we arrived and parked the car we had to wait for the pilot boat to arrive. The pier we were at is pretty typical of of most municipal waterfronts anywhere, with many commercial and sport fishing boats docked beam to beam. The pilot boat arrived and took us near where the service boat was hanging out near the platform

Backed into the rig.

Backed into the rig.

We boarded by  climbing up a rope ladder. This was a big boat maybe 200 feet long. They then backed this thing up into rig

The next part is the exiting part.   They lower this net cage device and put our bags and stuff inside the netting and on the floor.  We are then told to step on the outside and hang on tight.  The crane operators are experts and smoothly guide us up across and to a gentle landing. All I know is that I had a death grip on that thing for the whole ride. While I was very grateful when the whole thing was over It dawned on me that if I were to ever get off this platform I would have to do it again.

Those are my bags.

Those are my bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things That Matter

Brockton, Massachusetts has always been been a home and haven for criminals, illegal aliens and drug dealers.  Even the police department has been known to get in the cocaine habit. Brockton and Homeland security in their current war on crime have gone after The Foxy Lady, a strip club. They are accused of having counterfeit NFL and Major League Baseball paraphernalia.

Brockton cops and Homeland Security raided a strip club authorities say was peddling fake Red Sox and Patriots gear in exchange for lap dances and seized the counterfeit goods — part of a growing problem that one expert says is not necessarily a victimless crime.

 

Employees at the Foxy Lady Brockton were wearing some of the knock-off sports teams shirts when investigators showed up for the strip club sweep Friday afternoon and found about $10,000 worth of counterfeit gear, said Brockton police Lt. Paul Bonanca.

 

“We seized various boxes of sports shirts,” Bonanca said. “The same jerseys sometimes sell for $200 at the store.”

It just seems as though Homeland Security and The Brockton police could be better spending their time cleaning up the streets of  Drug peddlers illegal aliens and terrorist. Protecting the financial interest of millionaire sportsclub owners shouldn’t be a major priority.  Then again if they really did cleanup Brockton of criminals and drug dealers Brockton wouldn’t be the same Brockton.

Duck Dynasty Travesty

Where do draw the line? We watch different entertainment media to see how different people live, see and view the world around them. Duck Dynasty provides us a peak into a world that many of us don’t  normally get to see up close and personal. An extended family of articulate Rednecks. I don’t know if the show is popular because folks find it outrageous or if it’s because they identify with a certain lifestyle. What we do know is that it is the most popular series ever on Cable TV.  We know that people watch the show because they are presented with an extended family that are God Fearing and live a Southern Country life that looks like fun.  The show is successful because the family is real, as well as their uncompromising faith.

Phil Robertson had a rant . “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

He didn’t  advise that anyone should take action action against them just that he thought they were wrong. A&E fired him anyway.

My sweet daughter Lawanna I think said it well on her Facebook page..

I’d be the first to stand up for your right to love someone that is the same sex. Marry them I don’t care. However I don’t feel freedom of speech is a fair trade off. This man did not use a derogatory name or statement. He was stating his religious beliefs. Agree or disagree let him be. If he was spouting Muslim beliefs, he’d been applauded. He didn’t even say what he did on the show. America the land of the free as long as you are and believe what the politically correct bastards with sticks up their asses agree.

And Even Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Had something to say about the treatment of Phil Robertson:

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal criticized the suspension of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson by network A&E.

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended,” said Jindal in a prepared statement.

None  of us know how this is going to end, but I am pretty sure that A&E isn’t going to end up looking good in this mess.They have captured a demographic in America and stand to lose it because of their mismanagement, because they don’t know how to handle it.

 

Thoughts on the NFL Ad Ban

The censorous  bastards of the  NFL are at it again. They found it to offensively violent for NFL football fans. After viewing the ad its hard to understand why this is banned and caveman crushing dinosaurs are permitted.

Maybe there is an explanation, as offered by The Gun Nut. David E. Petzal in his Field and Stream article.

After the rejection, Daniel Defense offered to replace the logo—a gun—with a slogan, but the NFL said sorry, no way, again.

It’s possible that this is nothing more than hypocrisy. But the real reason, I think, is that the NFL is trying to protect its investments. The oversized guy who crashes his $150,000 custom SUV into a house and breaks down the door with his fists to strangle the family inside may be someone’s number one draft pick, and all those millions his team spent on him would go right down the drain if some terrified homeowner shot him in self-defense.

And we can’t have that now, can we?  It’s…un-American.

Makes sense to me.

Radio Free Galveston

I  changed the Tagline of the blog to today. from “Observations of a Yankee Living in Galveston”  to “Radio Free Galveston”.  The old Tagline was lame and didn’t reflect about what the blog is really about.  The new one in three small words defines  the things I want to post about, and combine to make a tribute to an  effective free press operation.

The new Tagline suggest:

Radio. Is my newest interest and I am  fascinated by different aspects of Amateur radio.

Postings of Galveston news , happenings and politics. Now that the newspaper the Galveston Daily News has turned in a shadow of itself and the website has been buried behind a paywall, There aren’t aren’t as many choices as there used to be.

Free as in freemen (women too) there will always be free people and those who wish to take those freedoms away.

 

In My Email inbox

First I want to apologize for the liberal use of the F word…
In 2008 sometime I had to register on an Obamian Campaign site to see some garbage that the campain was spewing. While I gave them a legitimate Email Address I didn’t give the site my real name.  That was more than 5 years ago. I stilll get regular emails from leftist organizations.  Including OFA .. This one is from the Democratic headquarters.

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Fuck Obama –

I know your inbox is getting flooded with emails today (sorry!). Here’s why:

Right now, the Republicans are effectively attempting to reverse the results of the 2012 elections. If President Obama refuses to block his own health care reform law and enact the Romney-Ryan agenda, the Republicans are threatening to shut down the government — or worse, cause a global financial crisis by defaulting on our debt.

What the Republicans are trying to do to President Obama right now is unprecedented. We need to have an unprecedented response.

Name: Fuck Obama And Aal That He Stands For
Supporter record: 11761871
Suggested Support: $3.00

Tomorrow night is the biggest fundraising deadline of the year. That’s why we’re hoping to raise a record-breaking $2.2 million to show Boehner that grassroots Democrats are standing together — stronger than ever — behind President Obama’s second-term agenda.

The only way we’ll get there is if another 25,000 supporters step up in the next 24 hours. So we have to ask, Fuck Obama — can you chip in $3?

24 HOURS LEFT: Donate $3 or more today and your donation will be TRIPLE-MATCHED.

We know we’re asking a lot. Hitting the $2.2 million mark would set a new record for online grassroots donations in a non-election year.

But if we’re going to stop Republicans’ attempt to hijack President Obama’s second-term agenda, we need to throw everything we have at this.

Can we count on you?

http://dccc.org/24-HOURS-LEFT

Thanks.

Democratic Headquarters

 

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I think I’ll pass.  I just wish i didn’t get the typo on “All” when I registered.

Colorado Recall

Yesterday the Voters in Colorado Senate Districts 3 and 11 voted to fire their State Senators.  Most pundits today will say this is about Guns and the Second Amendment. While this is a victory for those of us who favor our right to keep and bear arms. Senators Morse and Giron voted with their party elitist  and against what their constituents wanted. They sold out the voters  to please Democratic fundraisers and Billionaire NYC Mayor Bloomberg..

Colorado was in a heated battle to add more restrictive gun laws including limiting magazine sizes. and evil black guns.  The thing is that both these senators yielded to the pressure of their party  while it was real clear that that the people who voted for them felt much differently. The victory last night was for the voter and democracy even more so than for the gun owner, Last night the voter got the last word and that is how it should be.

Who is Watching

Just because your paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.  .The headlines have made us even more aware that the government is they are spying on us. And scholars such as law professor  Glenn Harlan Reynolds, the Instapundit warns us of the Ham

Locking it up and making things secure

Locking it up and making things secure

Sandwich Nation: Due Process where everything is a crime. We know they are watching yet we act as though we are helpless to do anything about it.  Talking to an accountant or discussing income that the government believes should be reported could cause us to to be looked at a little more closely.  Could a trail of emails with a TEA party group cause us to get audited. Its not only the Government  but our email providers might be looking in and selling or using this information to target us for spam or what ever.

We can lock down some of our activities. And one such tool is PGP and GPG.  and using such tools such as enigma can lock down emails by making sure that our received emails are sent by the person who claims they sent it.. PGP encryption and signing isn’t anything new.  I found some of my old public keys on old keyservers dating back to 1997 and was invented by Phil Zimmerman at around 1991.

Its not so simple to set up. a workable encryption system. I set up using GPA which is part of the free GPG4Win suite.  This is used to create the keys, publish them to key servers and  encrypt files  I have been using Thunderbird for ages, what is needed is the plugin for to tie it all together. Enigma is the plugin that ties it all together

Below is my public key, use it if you want to send me an encrypted message and/or signed message.   I’m curious to find out if .there is any  increased interest in security after the NSA and IRS scandals.  Me ??? I just want to be prepared just in case.

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New Computer Build

Windows_logo_and_wordmark_-_2012.svgMy trusty little Intel Atom based desktop died a couple weeks ago.  This was a an Ubuntu based system was very inexpensive and yet functional.  I replaced it with a new modern Dell.  Its $600 price tag was double what my Ubuntu based Atom board costs, and came with Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system. I  need to have a functional Windows system these days, unfortunately I haven’t figured out how to configure the system as a dual booter. So for now I’m stuck in the Windows 8 ecology.  I can’t say that I’m impressed with Windows 8 the apps and the convoluted way one must do things,  but the whole Idea of an operating is to run the programs we need to use.

I’ve been downloading and configuring the different program and applications I will need and want to use. I find it kinda surprising how short my list is of essential programs that I have installed.

 Google Chrome

I have been using Chrome since the beggining.  What is pretty kewl is that the apps follow the user in a new installation, as well as ones favorites and book marks.  Eventually I’ll install Firefox but for now Chrome is good enough to do what needs to be done.  The nice thing about Chrome though is that the apps I’ve been using automatically got installed.  Some of these Apps are Tweetdeck and Barcode reader

Thunderbird

Thunderbird is the default email reader for most people these days.  I’m amazed at how fast it is to set up and configure. The program prompts the user for email addresses passwords and IMAP or  POP3.  for most configuration login and mail download is automagilcly done.  Those who are still checking their email via a web brouser might reconcider and check out Thunderbird.

 Olympus Viewer 3

Linux and Windows Vista had pretty good import utilities.  Windows 8 though calls up an app when you plug in a camera into the USB port. The problem with Windows 8 apps is that they don’t use the desktop, so practical multitasking is not accessible.   I’ve previously avoided OEM supplied downloaders, and they were not available for Linux based systems anyway. The new Viewer 3 does a pretty good job and allows some touch up editing.  The program uploads and organizes images just fine. While I installed mine from the supplied CD, it is available online from the Olympus site and I suspect it might work from any camera or flash media.

Arduino

I have a couple of Arduino devices, including the Arduino Mega 2560. The new versions of Arduino Programmer.have a real Windows install routine The Arduino is a great development tool for students and professionals alike.  Arduino is an inexpensive and easy way to develop both software and hardware solutions to control or measure or interface with just about anything.

LibreOffice

I don’t have a preference or do I even know what the differences are between OpenOffice.Org and LibreOffice. As far as I am concerned they are pretty much equivilent.  Libre Office is now at version 4.0 and is my gotto for any document creation and editing.  A great Office suite and more than adequate for anything I’m likely to need at my home office.

Microsoft Online Office 365

 This is both a cloud and an application suite.  We moved to this at the office and it came with 5 installations per user so I was able to install everything at home on my desktop.  Suite has a bunch of parts, all which tends to encourage collaboration. The online stuff is hosted by Sharepoint.and is where all the collaboration magic is going to happen.Outlook is available with all of its normal parts, such as tasks and calendars.  Also available are messaging and a newsgroup type functions, blogs and website building tools.   Outlook is pretty good and is pretty much full function the rest of the Office applications is pretty much a neutered version of the real thing.  but is capable of of opening and creating  most documents.

Office 2013 comes to the package and is quickly installed from on line.   Microsofts cloud storage application. Skydrive Pro, the cloud storage app and resoursource is what ties the desktop apps with the online cloud apps. As long as one stores and accesses the Skydrive everything is synced.

This is all rent software and the desktop stuff only runs on Windows 8 or newer OS or Apple OS10 10.3  and better is supported. Vista and XP users are out of luck,  . While my installation is a corporate version . There is a home edition available.  With a licence for up to 5 machines it might not be a bad deal for some home offices with multiple machines and users.

Python 3.3 and 2.7

Python is a programming language. Its today’s BASIC. The nice part about python is that it is cross platform, and it is an interpretive language no compiler required. Its great for writing scripts and even serves as a self documenting calculator I mostly use 2.x because the syntax is a little different for 3.x .  Its a great install for someone who wishes to learn objective orientated programming or create some quick and dirty utilities.

Some stuff I haven’t installed yet but I know I will is Firefox. and Adobe Reader. While some might claim the PC is dead there is still a lot that can be done on a  home desktop. If it is a Windows machine.