Category Archives: General

Know Your Masters

I suspect that most Africans who were being sold into slavery and sent to the New World realized almost immediately that they were being traded as products. This is a radical difference from what we see with social media. Too few users of social media realize that they and their every action on social media are products and that they are being encouraged to perform (and are indeed performing) for the benefit of the owners of big data empires. And people who contend that what they get on their side of their Faustian contract with social media companies is worth it either don’t value themselves sufficiently as individuals possessing agency … Continue reading

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No More Help in Sharing to Social Media Company Platforms

I just removed the Facebook share icon from all my blog postings. I have no desire to have anything connected with social media companies on a webpage or blog article that I control. If you must share somewhere, however, it is easy. Just click on the title of the article that you want to share, thereby bringing up just that article in your browser, and then grab the URL for that article in the URL field of your browser. You can then share it anywhere. Knock yourself out, but I am no longer placing icons of social media companies on my blog or any other content that I control.

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30 Years Plus Two Days Ago Today

The time was 1988, just before the Internet happened to us. Numerous people already had computers of sorts, but nobody was incessantly connected to and talking with (and at) everybody else. And certainly few could have foreseen the arrival of social media and other aspects of the Internet that would be brought to us by technology and the never-ending quest for wealth. The place was a lodge in Snoqualmie, at which I was attending a gathering of the American Translators Association in connection with the conference they were holding in Seattle. After breakfast, we gathered in a room and were greeted by the sight of a US Navy color guard … Continue reading

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And Now the Slide Rule Collection Database is Almost There

I combined the 26 “surplus” specimens with the 253 specimens in the collection proper and fleshed out the many missing or incorrect fields in my FilemakerPro slide rule database, resulting in the superset of “just” 279 slide rules sitting in boxes under a table in my office. I still have yet to catalog my large stock of slide rule parts, located in green boxes shown in the upper right of the photo. That will need to wait for a day when I have more time. I wonder when that day will come.

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Real “Snail” Mail from a Totally Incompetent Chinese Bottomfeeder

About once a week we receive an offer to do translations from a totally clueless Chinese bottomfeeding agent calling itself CCJK. I don’t think we’ve gotten two emails consecutively using the same sender name. They all appear to be sent from gmail accounts (thereby effectively screaming “nonsubstantial”), although the company apparently has a domain. Perhaps the people sending these are clueless freelancers this bucketshop uses to drum up business. Not so much marching by me to that drumbeat, I am afraid. Anyway,  here is the note and some comments (not made to the snail, of course, because he/she/it would surely not understand them). Dear friend, I am not and will … Continue reading

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Problems Are Not Issues!

Although this is not a uniquely BBC problem, BBC is often guilty of causing problems with “issue.” Listening to the BBC coverage of the recent escape from the rocket that had a booster failure, the announcer on the video says calmly that there has been a booster “issue.” Has the word problem finally been outlawed in favor of the euphemism issue? I am sure that there are numerous people reading this (if there are indeed numerous people reading this) who grew up in the world after the senseless transition from problem to issue afflicted the English language as it is spoken and written by otherwise intelligent people. Knock it off, … Continue reading

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More Slide Rules into the Database

After updating my Filemaker Pro database of my slide rule collection to properly catalog my collection of 253 slide rules, I went through another both of “surplus” slide rules and cataloged the 26 specimens in that box. That brings the collection overall to 279 specimens. The surplus slide rules are listed separately.

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Even Freer Yet

In searching around the web for information about myself, I encountered an orphaned Twitter account that I had not once used. I made it as an experiment and never tweeted one tweet. It turns out, however, that it was not as easy to delete as I thought. For a few email exchanges, I pretended to believe that the messages from Twitter Support were from human beings (albeit perhaps in Mumbai), but they were singly unhelpful, merely repeating the same sad news that to delete the account I would need to have and use the email account I used when I made the account. Alas, that email account was made at … Continue reading

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Slide Rule Collection Update

In addition to walking over 10,000 steps yesterday (the first time in N days, where N is too high an integer), I completed a two-day period of taking an inventory of my slide rule collection (don’t laugh; well, ok, laugh). By culling my collection of over 450 slide rules last year, I got the number down to just 253 slide rules that I really “need” in my collection, all stored in boxes with box numbers and specimen numbers that are listed in a FilemakerPro database, thereby making my next inventory easier. And (of course) I have yet another box of slide rules that are outside the collection and that I … Continue reading

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Further Steps to Shrink my Cyberfootprint

I am in the process of deleting some accounts to services that potentially do more harm than good. For example, I am and will continue to be a heavy users of my Kindle, but I deleted Goodreads just now. I read a lot but I don’t need to boast of what I read and specifically what I read is none of anyone’s business, unless of course I chat them up about it over a beer. And Amazon already sends me a sufficient number of ads for books I don’t want to read. This account deletion process is extremely painless with some companies. With others, I suspect they want me to … Continue reading

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