Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dry point test run

I have wanted to do some more dry point prints. I was looking at some of the older artist and they did a lot of postage stamp prints. I thought I would be able to pull off smaller prints at home with a make shift press. So far not so bad, I will keep tweaking the way I press the images, or get lucky and find a small book press somewhere. Here is a few shots of my first test run plus the original art.


A doodle/sketch I did during Geology seemed like a good image for a test run.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Looking out the window I saw these two squirrel's warming them selves on the neighbor's shed roof.

A few seconds later I saw them cleaning each other, pretty fun to watch them just lounging. Usually they are running around like manics grabbing walnuts and escaping from being lunch for some animal.


Just doodling on my scratch paper.
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Over thinking the Problem

I have an LED lamp that I purchased from Target, but; where the power block connected was a bit wonky. The Light would flicker on and off, unless you had it in just the right spot. Well the right spot was getting harder to establish. I had been on the hunt for a new power block, but; the specs were odd. Finally it occurred to me just cut out the connection and hardwire the power block. This worked great after I cut them out. I soldered the power block wires together with the lamp wires insulted the wires and then I was done. The lamp can now be moved with out shorting out, why it took me three months to get here I am not sure. I will blame it on algebra.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

This is fun and cool for me

We had dinner with my Mom and Neil tonight. We were supposed to bring some images of Mom's quilts with us that my wife took. We got caught up in talking and forgot them when went over. So instead of driving back and forth again we took another route : )

The images were copied to a usb drive(orginally to be taken to Mom's). So using scp to copy the images form the USB drive to the home/dog cam/zoneminder server. In the router running DD-WRT a port was opened up to allow FTP traffic through. Using Logmein to Login into Mom's Windows 7 box, to open up an explorer window. In the address bar type the FTP address and drag and drop the images to her desktop. Log out close the port and rm the files from the server and done!

That is cool and fun for me : )  Below are the quilts, I like the orange one best.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Updating my Debian Server

My Debian server(Dog Cam) was still running Debian Lenny, and I was having permission issues with Zoneminder. I had read a few post that stated updating to a newer version of Zoneminder solved the issues I was experiencing. So I thought I would  take care of two things at once. By updating Debian from Lenny to Squeeze this would also update Zoneminder. And that did the trick, motion detection in Zoneminder now works.

Here is what I did to update
I opened terminal and ran a text editor:

#nano /etc/apt/sources.list

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.6 _Lenny_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20100905-11:24]/ lenny main

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.6 _Lenny_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20100905-11:24]/ lenny main

deb lenny-backports main contrib non-free

deb unstable main contrib non-free

deb lenny main contrib non-free
deb-src lenny main contrib non-free
# volatile sources
deb lenny/volatile main
deb-src lenny/volatile main
deb lenny/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src lenny/updates main contrib non-free

I replaced the all instances of lenny with squeeze. I had to also update the volatile sources from

deb lenny/volatile main
deb-src lenny/volatile main


deb squeeze-updates main contrib
deb-src squeeze-updates main contrib

This what the updated sources.list looks like:

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.6 _Lenny_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20100905-11:24]/ lenny main

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.6 _Lenny_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20100905-11:24]/ lenny main

deb squeeze-backports main contrib non-free

deb unstable main contrib non-free

deb squeeze main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze main contrib non-free
# squeeze release replacement mirrors for volatile sources
deb squeeze-updates main contrib
deb-src squeeze-updates main contrib
deb squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

Sunday, March 20, 2011

3 Projects done

I was able to get three projects wrapped or finished this weekend. The garage was in desperate need of cleaning up and shuffling of winter equipment into storage and summer stuff out. Now all I need to do is take my Mom's porch swing over to her house and sell the Homaco 2-Post Relay Rack that I have in there.

I finally finished electric outlet to the attic, I had been dragging my feet to finish that one. But now it is done so no more dragging the extension chord down to run the fan.

Last but not least I flashed my router with DD-Wrt firmware, well worth it. A favorite feature  is being able to assign static ip address from the router by mac address. Instead of having to set a static address on each device, this will be a time saver. The factory firmware seemed to be dropping wifi connections a lot.  I was restarting wireless on devices, because it was not communicating correctly even though it was connected. That problem is gone it also seems like my signal strength is better. There are many more reasons which I will go into later.

Recycled batteries, lightbulbs and ink cartridge

We had stock piled s few burnt out CFL's old cell phone, laptop and photo batteries. We also had a few alkaline batteries, I wanted to dispose of them in the correct way. I found that Home Depot will take old CFL's as well as batteries from power tools. Our local parks have a drop off at the 2nd Street Market they accept all household batteries. They have a box at the West end of the building for the batteries. Then I took the old ink cartridges to Office Depot. If you have one of there buyer cards, they will give you some points/credits than can be redeemed later in the store. Overall it was painless I needed ink from Office Depot so it was on the way, Home Depot is around the corner from Office Depot. We shop at the 2nd Street Market, I was able to take the batteries when we were shopping. I am glad they have made this convenient, it made it much simpler for me. That is is always a plus. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

1/4 done 3/4 math classes to go

OK, passed my algebra final with a 80% that's means I passed the class with a B. Now I feel like I need to practice algebra while I am off this week. I purchased my new math book .As you can see it is just an access code and all of the material is online . The crazy part is I still will have to attend a class . I will be interested to see how the class is setup .
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ENT Rip Off

We wonder why our health care system is so askew. I went to an ENT on the recommendation of my regular Doctor. I sat down with the ENT for 20 minutes he spent three minutes looking up my nose not with a flash light or anything we think of as technology. What he used was tech back in the 1800's maybe. Then he told me what I already new that I have a severe deviated septum. He explained what the surgery would be like and how long it would take. I then spent five minutes with his assistant who scheduled my surgery. So I paid my ten dollar co-pay and left, well then my insurance company would not pay for anything until we gave them prove of marriage. We did that and then my wife's job paid the insurance company late so we were technically terminated until the payment was caught up. In all of that I saw what the ENT charged 444.00 USD holy f@$k really. For twenty minutes, we still may be on the line to pay that. That just pisses me off, my regular Dr. gave me a shot of steroids for my nasal congestion, did blood work, a full physical, a tetanus shot and took a biopsy of a suspect spot. All of this over two visits for maybe 500 USD that feels fair. The ENT seems like a rip off, I am not sure what all of the answers but I believe things like this are part of the problem.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Good News? please

I just want to turn on the local news for once and be disgusted because all they  do is talk about is nice things. I know things happen and it is important to report some of this information. At some point it just becomes drivel and takes the meaning away from things when they really do matter. We are all in a panic about the next worst thing, even the happiest people I know are like this. They do not even recognize it, when the first thing they say to me or others is did you hear about bad thing x . No I did not, and before you tell me is it relevant to my life. Next are you going to be upset when I get agitated about whatever the bad news it is. If you answer No to the first and Yes to the second than maybe keep it to yourself. Or do not feel empowered to try to calm me down, that just makes it worse. We all seem to be purveyors in horror and bad news, really think about the last conversation you started. Was it about something happy or fun, or was it about something terrible about your job, the state, country or another country. If you started with a negative maybe start with a positive and as a side note make people aware of a situation. If you have no constructive ideas stirring the pot at work or home is just being dramatic. And you are making other peoples lives harder. They already no what sucks at work or home or even around the world. I want to be informed about things around me but I wish news casters and people would tell me the facts and then be quiet. I do not care about your opinion or speculation, if I want either of those I will seek them out from a professional or academic in the related field. I do not want them from some one who has been near something a dozen times. That does not make you an expert. how many of have we been in a car and can not even change our own oil. I am near a car every day it does not make me a professional mechanic.  I can tell you my opinion about other drives about traffic and even road conditions Since I am not an expert, each of these are subjective based solely on my own personal bias.  I am guilty of some of things I need to work on what I lead off with in a conversation. It weighs heavy on other people i want to tell them good news. I want to hear good news something exciting to you. Your passion your hobbies, what drives you. Horror and drams gets ratings, my life is not based on what the Neilsen family thinks so ratings don't matter.  tell me about your new socks and how much you love them. I might tell you about how a leading / effects rsync when I do backups, if it excites me or you that is good.You should want to hear that from people even if you are not sure what they mean but they are passionate. If you have a flat I want to hear from so we can fix it and help you move on with your day to something you are passionate about.

Friday, March 11, 2011

My new Music player:Android HTC Incredible

We have a phone service with Verizon and we were do a free phone. So I purchased the HTC Incredible to use mostly as a Music Player. The Music player I bought a Sansa Fuze+ the GUI is to clunky when dealing with a large music collection. It did not a have a search option or folder navigation. It was also very picky about ID3 tag format, all of this made it work to use. The HTC has been the opposite it runs smoothy I had my pick of music applications in the Android Market. I choose Songbird,
  1. I am familar with the Songbird
  2. it supports ogg vorbis
  3. it has a search function 
  4. it also scrolls easliy
  5. not picky about ID3 tags
The only things I could see as a problem are

  1. Songbird does not have folder view
  2. if you have a DRM encumbered Music collection there are no options for playing these files. That has to do with who sold you the Music and not Android. Microsoft and Apple could easily port itunes or a player that plays DRMed wma's. That just have a financial interest in you using their devices.
This is why I recommend people to stop buying Music through itunes or the Microsoft equivalent or anyone who sells digital files with DRM. Amazon Music does not use a DRM scheme nor does Jamendo is another way to check out small artist for free or a small donation.

The HTC has been stellar, I do not use it as a phone the $30 dollar ransom that Verizon wants for their data package is a rip off. I am sure as soon as I would add Verizon into the mix it will take the HTC from a 5 Star to 3. As a Music player and a WIFI device it has been great. I can check my email while listening to music that is all I need more actually. I will post later about a few of the applications I am using that I really like.


 I finished my 4th Math test I did not do as well as I thought I would. I got a 79% on the test I am running a 87% I am not happy with this. When I compare it to the course average of 52% I guess I should be happy.  I have the Final next week so we will see how I do on that, I generally bomb test so.... I figured out I need to get a 72% or greater to get a B,  42% or better is a C. I will be disappointed with a C but I guess better find a way to make it OK. : p

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Letter I sent to my Senators and Representative

Dear Sir
America Invents Act looks like a mistake  to me. Because of this reason alone, making the patent system a first-to-file system rather than the current first-to-invent system. This strips the control of the invention out the hands of the inventor. It will give control to those who can file quickly and efficiently but may have never invented a single thing, similar to Patent trolls. I would expect to see the patent office inundated with patent disputes because of this Act. Between this and COICA, it really seems from where I am standing. All of the control is being channeled to well established companies and away from the garage/internet inventors and small business. Small business keeps paying higher taxes and has to pay to play schemes of the bigger companies. This seems like one more burden to make small business and home inventors less viable. One other problem I see with this instead of inventors sharing their findings(which might help another project) they will be inclined to hide their finding until they can file. I just think this like COICA will do nothing less then to stifle creativity and make us all behave like a bunch of greedy little piggies.
Steve Burdine

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Busy creating doing math and burning up braincells

Been busy with school have got in to a creative bend recently so the art is pouring out. It is always an odd thing the way creativity waxes and wanes for me .  I have two new paintings I am working on

I also been toying with making electronic things but nothing had come to me until the other day. I heard a podcast talking about making a bristle bot. I did not have an old tooth brush that fit the bill. So I made it out of card board, wire and old vibration motor from a cell phone.

I have also been getting my bike ready for riding season. My tires had worn flat in the back and I was sick of my bullhorn handle bars. I just installed new tires and bars I have to wrap the bars yet then I am ready to go!

Math is going well I am maintaining a high B average. Keep my fingers crossed and we will see how it goes. I have four more quarters of math to go before I am done. Three quarters of algebra to take business math.