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Mindless Wandering?

I mentally wander off while looking at the things I like to make, wondering if I can do (make) them better. Kind of a wondering wander I suppose… Ha!

Tool lust is something of which I am well aware. I love well made good working machine tools. I actually, love any tool that works well for creating the tangible items I create. I assume it is a normal desire for any creative person.

That kind of lust does need to be understood and kept within reasonable bounds. How I manage it is a mental exercise. I examine the reasons for the lust (desire) and compare […] Continue reading » Mindless Wandering?

Facebook 2020

I did some heavy editing on Facebook yesterday. Had to dig deeply into the back-end and clear out all the standard settings on advertising preference, privacy, people I don’t want to “follow” (I never chose to follow any of them). I am so tired of Facebook trying to analyze my activities and judge what I want (they want) me to “see”.

I am this close  –> . <– to shutting down Facebook again for at least 6 months, a year, maybe forever…  For now, I can check in, check on my family and (real) friends and check back off in a minute or two, if […] Continue reading » Facebook 2020

In Flanders Fields

It’s Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 Used to be called “Decoration Day” in the USA when I was a kid. It’s a day we honor those who died in war defending the principals of freedom the USA deems important enough to defend to the death.

Sometimes war may be more than just about freedom., but that is another story.

Today is not to argue the reasons, but to honor those who died. 

There are many that serve this nation and face the risk of death. I am one. But today is not about serving. It’s about those who serve and pay the cost with […] Continue reading » In Flanders Fields

Barbarian Tweets

CONAN the Complainer

I am constantly amazed by the lack of language literacy from the people whom represent many of the complainers posting negative user reports and user forum comments. They often struggle to put two words together in a logical sequence. Much like a barbarian tweeting.

But then, one does not need to be literate in English to complain.

Some are obviously struggling with English because it is not their native language. English is definitely tough to master. I don’t fault those who try to communicate in a second language.

What I can see is that many of the poor writers are […] Continue reading » Barbarian Tweets

The Science of Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting requires a knowledge of the why and how of proper behavior or operation. I don’t troubleshoot human problems as their how and why is very complex. I do enjoy troubleshooting things mechanical because machines don’t involve emotion in their operation. At least not yet.

Controls have been my specialty for most of my life. The last part of my working career was managing construction projects involving building (the structural kind) energy management systems and making sure they operated as intended. It required intimate knowledge of the why and how mechanical systems operate.

The ability for humans to operate complex systems (operators) and […] Continue reading » The Science of Troubleshooting