Wanderings

Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science,
the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
- Ray Bradbury
December 30th, 2011

Bee Date

About $600 worth of bees will arrive on April 8th. I am looking forward to getting these installed and I hope to be selling honey a few months later.






December 29th, 2011

Komoona Advertising

I am experimenting with Komoona to try and sell ads on this a couple of sites. I am selling ads on the blog and on www.harptab.com.

I got in trouble with Google because I discuss ads here and had to take Google off the site. I have been looking for another ad provider so I could make money off of the 2,000 or so page views that I get here each day. In the old days I could get $10 for 1,000 views, but the economy is very bad.

Komoona has a unique business model. I set a banner (you can see it in the side bar) and it leads to a place where you can buy a week or a month of ad space on this website. I expect that I could make a few hundred off of my popular sites. This site, with its strong Spec-Fic themes, probably will not make much money, but I expect to make some cash off the harp sites.






December 27th, 2011

How to stop cats pissing on your car

I am going to start working on this and put them all over the house.

How to stop cats pissing on your car, The best cat video ever! – Craig Turner – YouTube.






December 24th, 2011

Merry Christmas

Here’s some pictures of my friend Robert Peloquin. He IS Santa Claus. His white hair and beard and red nose like a cherry are not fake. He is a right jolly old elf.






December 22nd, 2011

The Hobbit movie

I never believed that Lord of the Rings would make a good movie, and I only watched a few minutes of any of them before giving up in disgust. I have always, however, thought that The Hobbit could be cut down into a story that would be right for the silver screen.

The Hobbit is a straight adventure story. The principle story about the dragon Smaug would make for a good action movie. There are a great many parts of the book that could be cut out as needed without hurting the Hobbit experience. The original rambles quite a bit and the movie could actually improve things by focusing just a few good chapters.

Here is a fantasy move that I might actually enjoy if it is done right. The only part of the story that I don’t understand, is who the woman is? Gandalf doesn’t have a love interest in the book.






December 21st, 2011

Cats for Gold and related sites

cats4gold.com/ and www.webuyanycat.com. Check them out.






December 20th, 2011

Playing Sonny Boy’s Help me Number 1 on Amazon

If you search for Blues Harp on Amazon under Kindle Store, my book, Playing Help Me in the Style of Sonny Boy Williamson, II shows up as #1. I am starting to get a few sales for the book and I expect to get more as soon as everyone gets their Kindles for Christmas.
Check it out on Amazon: Search Blues Harp on Amazon Kindle Store






December 20th, 2011

MAST 9 – THE INVASION

MAST 9 – THE INVASION (OFFICIAL VIDEO) – YouTube.

This is dumb – but it’s filmed at Bluefields, an abandoned WWI army training camp in Blauvelt, NY, near where I grew up. Bluefields is really cool and weird, with miles of tunnels and ruined structures. Video is only cool because of Bluefields






December 20th, 2011

Twas the Night Before Sci-Fi

I dug this up from a couple of years ago.

Twas the Night Before Sci-Fi
or
A Visit from St. Forrest

‘Twas the night before Sci-Fi when all through the ship
Not a cyborg was stirring not even a chip.

The blasters were hung by the antimatter drive
In hopes that St. Forrey would help us survive.

The clones were nestled all snug in their vats,
While visions of death rays scampered like rats.

And yeoman in her armor and I in full gear,
Had entered hibernate with a twinge of fear.

When out in the vacuum there arose such a clatter,
I booted up quickly and plugged into the chatter.

Away to the viewport I flew like a flash,
Went to full sensors and readied for crash,

The meteoric dust in a nova’s cosmic rays,
Gave the luster of x-rays to the galactic haze,

When what then resolved to my deep sensor chips,
But a miniature sphere and eight tiny space ships,

With a fearsome old captain on a sacred quest,
I knew in a moment ’twas the famous Forrest.

More rapid than photons his courses they came,
and he transmitted, and signaled, and call them by name;

“Now, Galileo! now, Serenity! now, Dora and Nimbus!
On, Moonbeam! on, Skylark! on, Enterprise and Brutus!

To the top of the C drive, to the tip of the bow,
All warp away! Warp away, warp away Now!

As galactic dust before the solar wind flies
When they meet with a planetoid, leap to the skies;

So up to the control ports, their retros they flew,
With a sphere full of weapons and St. Forrey too.

And then in a nanosecond, I heard from the dock,
A howling and scratching at the main air lock.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
From the turbolift St. Forrey emerged with a bound.

He was wrapped in a force field from his head to his ass,
And his plating was all tarnished with entrails and ash.

A bundle of weapons he had flung over his shoulder,
And he looked like a berserker just starting to smolder.

His eye sockets they glowed with a blood lust of fire!
His fangs were all sharpened, his claws clasped in desire!

His prehensile tail was drawn up like bow,
and the scales on his body were as black as a crow;

The roach of a joint was held tight in his beak,
and the smoke of it encircled his head like freak;

He had a chromed skull and barrel shaped chest,
That wheezed when he breathed like a demon possessed,

He was gnarly and scarred, like an evil dark elf,
And I screamed when I saw him in spite of myself;

A click of his mouse and nod of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the armories; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his blaster aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the turbolift he rose;

He sprang to his sphere, and setting his goal,
And away they all warped through a spacial worm hole,

But I heard him exclaim, ere he tunneled out of sight,
“Happy Sci-Fi to all, and to all a good-night.”

Feel free to alter, mangle, or otherwise repair.
Just remember that you heard it here first.

via Twas the Night Before Sci-Fi | Resources for Science Fiction Writers.






December 20th, 2011

For Your Catsideration

So you think this is funny? Think again.

For Your Catsideration – YouTube.






December 19th, 2011

apostrophizirig

In reading “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins, I discovered the word apostrophizirig. I made note of the word and today I took a moment to find out what it meant.

What I discovered is that this is a scan error. The RIG at the end should be an NG, and the word is apostrophizing, meaning to make or add an apostrophe to a word.

I kind of like apostrophizirig. It has a nice way of rolling off the tongue and it should be a word. It was disspointirig.






December 12th, 2011

Expensive Book

My book on Amazon is available used for $73.75. I am guessing that there is some pricing algorithm gone wild. I’ll sell you the book, signed, for ten bucks, so don’t fall for this.






December 7th, 2011

It was My Idea!!!!

Check the University of Miami School of law and you see the image below. Then look at the main page here.

Somebody ripped off my idea.






December 1st, 2011

1&1 Internet – Office Drive

I signed up for 1&1 Internet Office Drive today. It is a “cloud” drive that lets you store up to 2 gigs on the 1and1 servers.

I have been using 1and1 for hosting for 6 or 7 years now. They are not the fastest or fanciest hosting company, but they are consistent and inexpensive.

I don’t like that they don’t use a more conventional interface to manage their features and I don’t like that some of their tools seem clunky to use.

What I do like is that they are seldom down. Every once in a while I notice that they’ve been out for an hour or so, but usually before I call, the site comes back. I don’t expect 100% up time from anyone, but I do like it when the site comes back quickly after a crash.

I have had other hosts and like them, but when money got tight, I consolidated my websites at 1and1 and have had no reason to regret it.

You may have noticed that 1and1 has been advertising lately. This may be a good thing. They have to keep adding cool features in order to keep ahead of the competition.

Office drive  is part of a productivity suite that comes free when you have a 1and1 account. The tools are by ZOHO, which is a neat little company competing with Google Office apps. What makes 1and1′s productivity suite special is that it comes with 2 gigs of online storage and a program to turn the storage into a virtual drive. My “M:” drive is now on the 1and1 servers.

Office Drive is not free – you have to have a 1and1 hosting account. Their web hosting starts at $5 a month, which is about average for budget hosts. I have a $10 a month business package which allows me to host my 50+ websites with one account.

I am using Office Drive now to store my programming projects and my web development data. I have about a gig of stuff that I am going to offload from my hard disk and share between work and home. There is an android app that lets you access the data from a tablet, but I am still waiting for the right price on a tablet. There is an iPad app that I will install on Justine’s iPad.

So far it has worked for me, but not flawlessly. I am copying large amounts of data onto the drive and it seems slow. It crashed once, reporting that the disk was full, but the error was really that it had lost the connection somehow.

The Web Desk login to control the productivity apps has crashed twice giving me error screens written in German. That’s not good.

Since the product is new, I expect that it will be a little buggy at first. I will see how well it works by exercising it over the next few weeks. If I give up on it, I will let you know.

There is one thing that worries me. The system has a 4 gig limit on bandwidth. If I fill up the 2 gigs of space I might not be able to access it for long because I might use up my bandwidth. I am afraid that my virus scans will hit the disk and cause me to blow the bandwidth. We’ll see.

1&1 Internet.