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Jan 01 2014

2014: Let the games begin!


I should be back to regular posting tomorrow. But I wanted to drop this post on a low traffic day and thank all you regs for the support, both financially and emotionally, you have provided during the toughest year of my adult life. It would have been far worse without you guys. I’ve been on vacay, in part keeping tabs …

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Dec 21 2013

The system that FTB built


On the project, a decent desktop PC running two monitors built from donated parts, a reg here was kind enough to send me his old Lenovo laptop, which drastically lowered my desperate need for a new system, any system, real soon. I was limping along on old, failing, slow as shit devices. This donated laptop is fast and …

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Dec 17 2013

Eighty years of aerospace history in one shot


I’m busier than a one-winged bee, but had time to snap this shot of the Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, and the Bell X-1 all hanging from the ceiling of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washingfton, DC.

Dec 11 2013

GOP base lashes out at budget deal: An inconvenient poutrage

I’m having PC issues and can’t wait to have a better system, I’ll have an update on that tomorrow. For now, do you have any spare DDR3 RAM, or would you please consider hitting my tip jar above and improving my shitty circumstances. The Republican base doesn’t like the budget worked out by the Republican …

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Dec 05 2013

Nelson Mandela has passed away

  Just crossing all over Twitter and cable news. What an amazing life he led. Not much in the way of details, although news sites were noting increased activity and that his family was at his “deathbed,” earlier this evening South African time.

Dec 05 2013

Tricksy politicians vs NASA

Thanks for the holiday contribs guys (I’m sorry, Christmas contribs, since holidays is a bad word now). I had a little PC malfunction yesterday but it seems to be barely working, now, after messing with it endlessly. Man I’m so sick of being poor, but at least I go to the doc today for what …

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Dec 02 2013

The system that FTB built: One case to house it all

Click image for holiday bleg snail-mail detailsOver the long holiday weekend the collective “we” talked about building a PC for moi. Possibly using Linux and probably around this CPU and this MoBo. It’s kinda fun to scrounge around online or at the local junk store for other parts, it fondles my badly atrophied consumer conditioned …

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Dec 01 2013

Grad student & fellow Texan signs up using Healthcare-dot-gov for pennies


Click the image fore details on the total cost on a Silver Plan when s/he was done …. three cents a month! S/he’s also in the same boat I am: if the diarist makes just a tiny bit less than what s/he estimated for 2014, they will not qualify for a private policy and there …

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Nov 29 2013

Updated: tech PC windows question

Updated: see new thread … so a reader/friend has offered to give me this CPU and this MoBo. Which looks to my unprofessional eye like the start of a system that could exceed my wildest dreams. I have two monitors and a couple of keyboards and mice. What else would I need to assemble the …

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Nov 28 2013

Comet ISON live … may be falling apart!

USTREAM Live Video from NASA and Google Plus Hangout … I’m trying to embed this live video feed but so far no go.

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