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Working the controls of an excavator is a little like flying a helicopter in that it requires the use of both hands independently, as well as your feet. I say that having never flown a helicopter, and having been in an excavator for all of five minutes, but it is definitely more like flying a helicopter than driving a car. When do I get to crush something?

These are the thoughts I’m having in the climate-controlled cab of a 26-ton Komatsu PC210LC-10 idling in a north Texas pasture while Jason Nibbe speaks calmly into my headset via two-way radio. Prior to handing me the keys to this bright yellow beast, Nibbe asked me and another client to watch a brief instructional video demonstrating the basics of operating this excavator, as well as the bulldozer and wheel loader that we would be driving later. Nibbe says I am to ignore the two ­pedals—each of which is paired to one of the machine’s ­independent steel treads—and focus on my hands.
     — Josh Dean, At this amusement park, drive the heavy machinery you loved as a kid
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Style the link

I figured this one out. It's obvious in retrospect, but cool none-the-less.

You can drop style codes into the link definition.

So a plain vanilla link can have some style. BusyCal becomes BusyCal

This is what the code looks like.

<A style="font-weight: 700; font-style: italic" HREF="http://www.busymac.com/busycal/index.html" target="blank">BusyCal</a>

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Blockquote fix

The searchbox default placement on Pagan Vigil looked pretty decent, but on Technopagan Yearnings just looked off.

I experimented (while avoiding the article due on PV), and a blockquote with a text-align centered it.

It looks pretty good now.
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Search boxes

This one ended up being a hack too.

First I was experimenting with Google search. That created a problem, Google likes to track ALL your information ALL the time. I didn't want to link my on site "Search this site" with my YouTube account or my Google Voice account.

But it turned out that Joe Workman had a stack called DuckDuckSearch that worked with DuckDuckGo. And if you don't know why that's a good idea, just check out their privacy policy.

It turned out that even with Joe Workman's own Houdini, I couldn't get the search bar into the sidebar where I wanted it. And since it would open to a new search page, the sidebar location worked better.

So I opened up the search page. I selected "Show Page Source" in Safari. I scolled down to find the stack code. I copy pasted it in a new document. Then I copy-pasted that into the sidebar.

Only it screwed up my page. On the very next line were the four close div codes. That was easy enough to fix.

This works after a fashion, but there is no doubt it is a hack. It's not perfect, the search box is not centered, and I have not done an SEO on the sites yet.

There is a better long term search solution called RapidSearchPro. But it requires at least PHP 5.6, preferably PHP 7. MacHighway doesn't have that yet.

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Calendar strip

I have three calendars I use for most of my pagan stuff. My Wyrd calendar covers general pagan stuff, my Lore calendar covers my specific practice, and my Sky calendar covers astronomical events and the weather. At one pont I was looking at publishing these on Technopagan Yearnings. It's diffictult to combine multiple calendars reliably. So I decided it made more sense to copy/paste that would include the things for the posting date.

So here's a sample.


pagan festival season       waxing gibbous moon       ※ Summergate - High Holiday


Here's what the code looks like.

<div style="text-align:center; font-family: Times; color:#0A4F00; font-style: italic;">≠ pagan festival season &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; waxing gibbous moon &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ※ Summergate - High Holiday</div>

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Google Voice app

The last few revisions have been slowing down the app.

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Cleaner quote boxes

I went through and cleaned some things up

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Whoops!

I was looking for ways to make the entry titles on Pagan Vigil "pop!"

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Fonts on my blogs

They aren't the perfect ones

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Fruity

If I'm eating alone in the morning, I usually do cereal.

I use fresh berries if they are available and frozen ones if they are not. The secret is to put the berries in first, just enough to cover the bottom of the bowl.

I zap the frozen ones in the microwave for about a minute.

Then put in the cereal.
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Calendar versus alarm

There are no notes in the alarm.

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Slowly

David Kronstein fell in love with the capture of high-speed video while a teenager watching Mythbusters. He wanted one of those expensive cameras so bad and thought he had a shot at one in 2006 when an Olympus i-Speed 2 started at a bid of $150 on eBay.

When the bidding surpassed his college budget, Kronstein said, “Screw it, I’ll build one.”

Ten years later, he not only built the camera, he is making it available to average consumers at a tenth of the usual price. (High-speed cameras used in laboratories and TV production studios average around $25,000.)
     — David Pieirni, Affordable slow-mo camera lets you stop a speeding bullet
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Another reason to be careful of the Internet of Things

The best defense would be for everything online to run only secure software, so botnets couldn’t be created in the first place. This isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Internet of things devices are not designed with security in mind and often have no way of being patched. The things that have become part of Mirai botnets, for example, will be vulnerable until their owners throw them away. Botnets will get larger and more powerful simply because the number of vulnerable devices will go up by orders of magnitude over the next few years.
     — Bruce Schneier, Botnets of Things
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The caregiver and the iPhone

Besides the battery, the most important upgrade was the Touch ID.

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Star Trek phone accessories

Other than the Star Trek look, I'm not sure what these do better than my Motorola H720.

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Two more projects

I always start a project by designing a logo.

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Printed skull

3D-printed skull implant gives 7-year-old his life back

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Ads moving content

Annoying your potiential customer is not going to get you more money.

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“Rotary Cell Phone Prototype”

There's no practical use for this.

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Not the usual customer

That's been hard for me to accept.

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Cable gripe resolved

It's been several months and my new cable company is much more reliable than the previous one

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“No matter what, Apple loses.”

”How Apple could have avoided much of the controversy”

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Attractive solar tiles

”Why Tesla’s new solar roof tiles and home battery are such a big deal”

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Badges

They aren't the perfect ones

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Changing

That was simple enough.

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They did it

Apple has finally separated Siri’s “listening behavior” from it’s “speaking behavior."

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