Monday, July 17, 2017

Pot Prohibition

“Using a drug to put your brain in an altered state is not recreation. That is self-destructive behavior and escapism.”

Reading books, video games, music, or movies spring to mind as common forms of recreational escapism. Pretty sure when you are experiencing them, your brain state is altered. What about roller coasters and water slides? Outlaw those too?

What about emotions in general? Why not forbid weddings or death? Certainly that would prevent changing brain states and even some self destructive behavior.

I don't use marijuana. When exposed to it as a young man it put me to sleep in minutes every time. Even so, I find this kind of intolerance for how other people want to live their lives offensive. Who the hell is Scott Chipman to try to tell me or anyone else how we should live our lives?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ubuntu Brightness By Command Line

user@laptop:~$ ls /sys/class/backlight/
user@laptop:~$ cat /sys/class/backlight/*/brightness 
user@laptop:~$ cat /sys/class/backlight/*/max_brightness 
user@laptop:~$ sudo su -c "echo 7 > /sys/class/backlight/*/brightness"
user@laptop:~$ cat /sys/class/backlight/*/brightness 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Linux Search PDFs

Thanks Stack Overflow.
find /path -name '*.pdf' -exec sh -c 'pdftotext "{}" - | grep --with-filename --label="{}" --color "your pattern"' \;

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday: Blizzard flight woes peak; 8,000 cancellations since Sunday

My expectations were about a World of Warcraft story where Blizzard angered a ton of customers when I opened this link. Turns out, no.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Stadium Sales Tax Surplus Refund

I appreciate the intentions behind Mayor Schmitt and others who think some of the money should go to a new baseball stadium and outdoor events center downtown. That sort of thing can make a positive impact on the surrounding areas and I totally understand why the Broadway stakeholders are pushing for this!

I very much appreciate the straight forward and politically shrewd proposal from Alder Vander Leest where he proposes splitting the refund equally between each parcel bill equally. Slum lords aside, it is even a little bit progressive but it's a one time thing.

Aldler Moore has a very good idea that will definitely help people in a very meaningful way with his idea of assisting folks with lead service lines for water. Though, I wonder if block grant couldn't be used for that with a zero percent lean on the home or some other one time mechanism.

When I heard that this money was coming to the municipalities, I immediately thought it should go toward phasing out of special assessments for street resurfacing and reconstruction. The current system is absurdly stupid and arbitrarily unfair. The baseball stadium will have an ongoing impact but this-- this would be a serious improvement and a shift toward fairness for all landowners in the city that would never end.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Presidential Politics and Process

It's presidential campaign season and, as always, the commercials and the candidate talking points will drive everyone nuts. It's all about positioning for votes and very little about genuinely communicating with the voters. So where do I go when it comes to following national elections you may ask? This will be my third cycle skimming both and Election Projection. The former is run by a liberal, the latter by a conservative. Both have keen political minds, strong political views, and interesting insights.