Rock-walled dog house

 Copperopolis, California,  
We recently created a fenced section of our property to keep the dogs in when we are not around. I wanted a dry place for them that stays cool in the summer (it can get up to 44 degrees here)

I started working on a kennel with rock-walls for thermal-mass. It is sort of an experiment.
I am curious how you other hot-climate people keep your dogs cool during summer.


I even did a tiled floor to add to the cooling

Our house is on a platform so the dogs go under there (and squabble with the chickens about the best places). We obviously don't have aircon, but do have a 50W tower fan that they like to lie in front of.
 Copperopolis, California,  
has anyone seen @Andrew Manning around?   ..or am I just disconnected?
looks like his server is down
the last post is 12 hs ago

 Copperopolis, California,  últim editat: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:57:00 -0700  
I just switched from Gnome to KDE Plasma. I have to say I am enjoying it so far.  It took me a while to firgure out how to tweak things but I have it just how I like it.

Gnome was starting to feel a tad on the unintuitive side.

I just left unity a few weeks ago and switched to Gnome 3 which feels quite good so far. Years ago I was using KDE and left it as it felt overengineered and too complex to be stable.
  últim editat: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:28:32 -0700  
Years ago I was using KDE and left it as it felt overengineered and too complex to be stable.

That was exactly my experience. i remember it being a bit over-complicated, which was fun but after a while I did not have the time to play around with it.

I just found a screenshot of my old KDE desktop from 2006:
and Elementary OS from 2011:
Exortion Email

 Copperopolis, California,  
I receieved a funny email today. In the email, there was a threat that I was recorded with my own webcam while watching porn videos.
They also said they hacked my computer and have all of my facebook contacts and they would post the video to all of my Facebook friends if I did not pay them $3000 in bitcoin.

My wife got this email recently, with her Apple ID password.
yikes. i actually got one that said my password is () ... but i always use (.) or (v) or (|)
yikes. i actually got one that said my password is () ... but i always use (.) or (v) or (|)

Yes , thats the weird part! I always use ( ) ... with a blankspace. o_O
Camping Photos

 Copperopolis, California,  
Just went on a camping trip North of Yosemite National Park. There is a large fire burning in Yosemite and you can see the clouds on the horizon that is the smoke


Some more camping photos:

the dog and the fire

@Mike Macgirvin    I know that area well, and have done much camping/hiking around there. I worked at a lodge called Evergreen Lodge for two summers and had plenty of exploring time.

I quickly learned when off-season times were so we could enjoy spots without crowds.
@Waitman Gobble     I take bears seriously when camping very close to Yosemite.   When far enough away from the main park, they are shy and  mostly leave us alone.  I did have to yell at a young one one time when I was cooking breakfast and it came charging in like a...well, like a hungry bear.
Evergreen Lodge

My uncle played jazz there on weekends back in the early 50s. But yeah, Hetch-Hetchy is in a different universe from Yosemite, even though there's only a ridge physically separating them. Probably a bit more crowded now, but back in the 80s you could still pull off the side of the road most anywhere and pitch a tent - even on Memorial Day weekend.
Safest place in the world’ to be online

 Copperopolis, California,  
Funniest article I have read all week.

UK government plans new legislation to tame internet's 'wild west'


New laws will make Britain ‘safest place in the world’ to be online, culture secretary says
its odd they don't already have laws against exploiting children there. who are "the wider children". the fatter ones?
for sure i'm against all the nasty things mentioned but i've raised kids with the internet in existence. its a parents job to keep them safe. this article sounds like bullshit politicians exploiting fear
My favorite article (funny and interesting) this week is this one :

How our beds are dirtier than chimpanzee nests (2018, theguardian)

A new study has revealed that a third of the bacteria in our beds is from our own bodies and may be causing health problems – while chimps’ nests are almost spotless
sounds like bullshit politicians exploiting fear

If there are politicians involved, I think we can safely say that is the case.

 Copperopolis, California,  
In 2012 I built a playhouse out of cob (basically mud and straw) and old scrap-wood. My son played in it for a few years, but for the last year it has only been used by dogs, cats and chickens as a place to get out of the rain.

This past week my daughter found her way to it, so I did some cleaning and painting. She loves it!


Snails and grass. Yum. That would go perfectly with the imaginary blue tea my daughter used to serve in her cubby.
Oh, the cuteness
Funny Competition

 Copperopolis, California,  
These people want to replace Facebook...


We are looking to fund seven purpose-driven teams that want to build a billion-user social network to replace Facebook -- while protecting consumer privacy. We want to invest in replacements that don’t manipulate people and that protect our democracy from bad actors looking to spread misinformation. Join the mailing list to receive regular update...
yeah but if they build something centralised and walled-garden-ish and it gets anything like the number of users facebook has its likely that it would end up having a lot of the same problems.

decentralised and federated is better, it lets people choose

users can more freely move between providers

that would help to  "keep the bastards honest"
(a famous aussie political phrase that was used in an election campaign decades ago - though in this case its not about politicians or political parties)  
Oh brother, now he's resorting to props...
Present and future..
Adam Robertson updated his profile photo

Somthing to disturb your day

 Copperopolis, California,  
Don't even bother asking how I ran across this video. I am still trying to figure out why it even exists.

"Guardians' Inferno" | Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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I have heard (from a Japaese) that D. Hasselhoff is very popular in Japan for his music.
He was very popular for his music in Europe in the Nineties :rolling_eyes:
#nsfp (Not suitable for people.)
Adam Robertson updated his profile photo

Yes. From back in my wild western days.
I think you used that photo back in the redmatrix era and I probably asked the same question before.
Yes, I think you are right. It was at least a couple of years ago since I still had Dreadlocks.
Adam Robertson updated his profile photo

Got contacts in or miraculous eyesight recovery?
just taking photos without glasses for a change.
Every time you change your profile photo it's like a whole persona change, superficially speaking. You've gone from dreadlocked hippie to tech-savvy dad to a special forces operative. Keep us guessing, man.
Food Channel

 Copperopolis, California,  
Do we have a Food Channel?  I just now created one because i could not find one in the directory, but I vaguely remember someone having one...

@Charles Roth MPC
@The Food Network+
We need a not suitable for hungry people filter.
We need a not suitable for hungry people filter.

I suggest #nsfh :laughing:
Do you like sandwiches?

 Copperopolis, California,  últim editat: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:14:34 -0700  
I enjoy sandwiches quite a bit.
Last night I was trying to make baguettes, but they came out slightly flat-ish ( I think I let them rise too long); however, I realized that they were the perfect shape for making sandwiches.

I tried it out with fried aubergine and roasted red-pepper sandwich. It was quite good, especially with the bread slightly toasted.

Now if I can figure out how to make this sort of bread again.

@The Food Network+
This looks delicious 😍
It was quite good!
Wow yummy
Nice Updates in Hubzilla

 Copperopolis, California,  
I am enjoying the updated  "New Network Activity". It seems more intuitive, and less clicks. Great work!
@Hubzilla Support Forum+
Sean Tilley: Semi-Celebrity

 Copperopolis, California,  
Hey, @Sean Tilley    I randomly ran across someone mentioning one of your articles (I follow Richard Gaskin for working in Livecode it was pure randomness to see your article mentioned )

#Fediverse? Oh yes. Good intro to new protocols and systems enabling next-gen...


#Fediverse? Oh yes. Good intro to new protocols and systems enabling next-gen #SocialMedia - Richard Gaskin - Google+
More People trying to do things that hubzilla already has functional and working

 Copperopolis, California,  
Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history


Checking in on how IMAP could help folk throw off Zuck's yoke
A few folks tried this in 2010 and didn't get anywhere. I was very interested at the time because I already had 15+ years as an IMAP developer and had both servers and clients under my belt. The problem is web resources, the same reason why we have an advantage over Diaspora. We can provide access control to your videos and webpages. Other services only secure your conversations. They can also protect attachments theoretically, but when you start sharing videos with a few hundred friends this doesn't scale. Mesaging has its strengths, and the web has its strengths. It doesn't make a lot of sense to serve web resources over IMAP. And the only reason people want to do this is to control privacy. Why not just add privacy to the web?

 Copperopolis, California,  
WhatsApp co-founder joins call to #DeleteFacebook as fallout intensifies


Brian Acton adds his voice to Cambridge Analytica backlash, as US agency said to be investigating social network’s mishandling of data
I saw this today in italian, in a  italian site.
It sounds like some people are deleting their Facebook accounts.
I feel so ahead of the curve now, :-)
GMO Crops

 Copperopolis, California,  
This morning I read an article about the benefits of GMO crops. Reading through the comments section, I see that anyone who does not like the idea of GMO crops is ridiculed. There are also several disparaging comments about Europe banning GMO crops.

I think that perhaps this article is a fluff piece to try and boost the image of Monsanto and Bayer. Particularly at a time when the two are going through a merger (which would then have that company controlling 1/3 or more of the worlds seed production).

How do my European connections feel about GMO, Monsanto and Bayer?

Planting GMOs kills so many bugs that it helps non-GMO crops


Bt corn protects neighboring peppers and green beans, cuts pesticide use.
  últim editat: Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:41:29 -0700  
You may be something similar to what we see when somebody publishes an article on coal mining or nuclear power. The GMO (and closely related big pharma) industries have the same behaviour; in which ginormous sums are paid to keep all public conversations "balanced"; i.e. favourable to industry.

I call them corporate attack dogs. A writer (even a professional writer) doesn't stand a chance against skilled debaters who have been practising for years and have well-researched emotion-laden counterpoints to every point you can muster and backed by hard statistics. Never mind that the statistics and studies were also bought in most cases.

You'll see the same thing occurring in conversations about gun control and anti-fascism; even though the fingers pulling the strings are better hidden in these cases.

Basically you can't really have a reasonable public debate about these topics. You need to pursue your agenda quietly if you aren't on the same side as the corporate attack dogs. They're mean and they bite.
Bt corn, cotton, and soybeans have been engineered to express insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, and they have indeed been successful at controlling the crops' respective pests. They even protect the non-Bt versions of the same crop that must be planted in adjacent fields to help limit the evolution of Bt resistance.

But new work shows that Bt corn also controls pests in other types of crops planted nearby, specifically vegetables. In doing so, it cuts down on the use of pesticides on these crops, as well.

Until Bt resistance evolves, which seems to be a foregone conclusion based on the requirement to plant non-Bt variants nearby precisely to slow this evolutionary trend.

At that point, the bugs will be unstoppable.
I find most arguments to be totally void of nuance. "GMO" is used as a monolithic thing, either all good or all bad. And then there are indirect effects -- like having Round-Up ready crops so you can pour a metric fuck-ton of pesticide on the crops. In that case, I'm more worried about the pesticide than the genetic modification. Is being Round-Up Ready somehow supposed to be equivalent to golden rice? Based on most "arguments" I see, you've got to love or hate both.