Learning Things

When I was first learning Spanish I agonized over the rules for "por vs. para", "ser vs. estar" and a few others. I was afraid to speak because I might make "a stupid mistake". Eventually I got over it. The end result is that I can comfortably converse in mediocre Spanish which has significantly improved my quality of life. Now, if we are a car mechanic [...]

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Our 1960s “Intercom”

I'm a ham radio operator (WA6SWR among other calls). I got my licens in,  I think, 1961. While I had HF radios, VHF is what always interested me. While some people got [...]

Getting Organized with Trello

Ages ago I was organized on an imitation Palm Pilot. (I forget the brand but it was basically a cheap clone.) Well, we have all moved beyond that. The other important buzzword [...]

Python and Flask

I have a project that needs a small internal web site. It's only going to be about a dozen pages, mostly static. There will be a few forms and one page that displays dynamic [...]

Why Block Facebook?

Some time ago I decided I no longer wanted Facebook in my life. By that, I both no longer wanted to participate and I no longer wanted Mark Zuckerberg profiting from my life. [...]

More on my PV “UPS”

The system has been working great so this post is a bit more on the details and a bit more about how it works. The photo is of the Samlex EVO-2224 inverter/charger which is [...]

Keybase

I have been playing with keybase and find it useful. If you are a Linux person, it is worth taking a look at now. If you use Windoze I suggest you wait a while as the Windoze [...]

PV-powered UPS

Well, that's sorta what it is. Here are the pieces I started with: Four 280W PV panels left over from another project A Bed and Breakfast that needs some reliable power [...]

Why Are Images Appearing Twice?

The short answer is, "no idea". But, I will figure it out. This is a theme I have never used. It is supposed to be HTML5 and CSS3 compliant. Maybe it is but something is [...]

When You Have a Long Day …

Back before I started working for myself, I had a few "corporate" jobs. Some times I would leave work in the hopes that I would not have to make any more decisions until the [...]

Entertainment for Grandma

I don't remember when grandma got her TV but I would guess around 1960. I would sometimes go to her house with my mother but I never remember seeing the TV turned on. Besides [...]