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Fail to disbelieve. Please.

I'm really not into the "privilege" wars (see footnote #1), however... reposted from Facebook, because LiveJournal is more appropriate for long-form content.

I am so completely sick of people replying to a well-written article by someone expressing themselves about how insults, attacks, and closeminded judgement of them have wounded them by jumping up and telling the world (1) they've never experienced it and (2) that it must not be real because of that.

That you have not experienced it does not mean that someone else has not. That you have not experienced it likely means that through gender, race, sex, class, money, or location it has either never been applied to you, or those very same privileges have allowed you to feel safe enough to discard or ignore the threat.
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euphoric after an awesome night of Hockey

First stop was Bay Area Hockey Repair to get my blades sharpened. The guy working there was both bored and knew a lot about skate fitting. He was able to diagnose what was hurting my right foot, and punch out the boot in just the right place to relieve pressure there. My skates felt perfect tonight.

Then I had 90 minutes of Gretsky practice time. Given that we *never* have late Gretsky hours, I figured it would be packed. Thanks to the Sharks game on TV (I assume) only kids showed up, so we had about 25 people total on the ice and I was the old man by two decades.

First I had some really fast kids show me and push me through some tight 8-turns, pivot and shoot practice which I really suck at but they were really helpful and friendly. Then I ran into Dane, this really talented player from Canada who had given me help before. He approached me and asked if I wanted help! Hell, yeah.

So I got 60+ minutes of intensive training. He'd spend about 10 minutes on one thing then shift me to something else. He even picked on things I had given up on, like omg I can do a slapshot now.

Gah. I only stopped for one 2 minute break, so it was 90 minutes intensive on the ice. Much harder than a game. I was completely wrecked by the time it was over. Absolutely, totally, acid in my mouth, hands won't stop shaking wrecked.

But it was awesome. I feel completely euphoric. I had the friendliest, most helpful people around me all night. And I learned so much more than I ever expected to learn.

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The changing nature of my business.

This year my income as a writer almost matched my consulting income. Although neither are appreciable sums, it represents a distinct shift in my non-dayjob efforts of which I am both proud, and deeply interested in developing further.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2016/04/the-changing-nature-of-my-business/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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Learning Puppet 4

Learning Puppet 4: A Guide to Configuration Management and Automation

The final, professionally edited book is now available for online reading at Safari Books

Offline versions can be found at:

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You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2016/03/learning-puppet-4-is-now-available/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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eBook Reader selection guide

Would you like to upgrade your ereader, or give an ebook reader to a friend? This post you’ll find suggestions and advice on ebook format, digital rights management, and improved night reading.

Book Format

If you aren’t sure about the recipient’s favorite way to read ebooks, give them an ereader that will read ePub books. This standard format is supported on every platform by dozens of e-reading applications. A book published in the ePub standard format will be available no matter what happens in the marketplace, or whether they shift to a different reading platform in the future. Furthermore, there are numerous easy ways to convert an ePub book to be read on Kindle readers.

A book based on the proprietary Kindle format can be converted to other formats, but the process isn’t easy and the results are less than ideal. However, if you know absolutely that the user has and prefers an Amazon Kindle, then you can gift them either format. They have already accepted the technology risk associated with the Kindle format.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

If a book is protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) it may be difficult to read on other platforms. If possible, purchase a book without DRM protection.

If the publisher of the book insists on DRM protection, your choice of platform could become important. Apple and Amazon books with DRM cannot be read on any third-party device or application.

In contrast, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and many other stores sell book with the standardized Adobe ADEPT DRM technology that third-party ereaders can properly decode and display on any platform.

LED versus e-ink

For the choice of reading device, the only significant criteria I have found is the choice of LED screens versus e-ink screens. Some people have a difficult time reading LED screens for a long period. Other people (myself included) can comfortably read LED screens for any length of time. If you want to gift someone with a new or upgraded reading device, try to learn how they feel about reading on LED screens.

The following readers provide front-lit displays that don’t shine light directly into your eyes:

  • $99 on sale: The Nook Glowlight Plus is a dedicated e-reading device. This device can display any book in ePub format, ensuring upgrade protection and allowing purchase from many book vendors.
  • $99 on sale: Kindle Paperwhite can only display Kindle-format books.
  • $119: Kobo Glow HD is a dedicated reading device which uses Kobo’s reading software.
  • €119: inkBook Obsidian is a full featured Android e-ink device which can utilize any Android reading app, including Kindle and Nook apps.

There is a wide variety of devices with LED screens, so you can pick any one which meets your needs. I recommend that you acquire and use blue light filters at night to prevent the well-documented effects of reduced serotonin generation.


This was originally posted at http://www.jorhett.com/2015/12/ebook-reader-selection-guide/. You are welcome to reply at Interactions in Real Time or here.

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As Christmas is close, Winter Solstice is closer, and Hanukkah is already upon us, some of you may be looking for ways to give books to people that don’t involve shopping malls or overnight shipping. Give an eBook! Every year it has gotten easier and easier to send eBooks as gifts. Here are my short and easy instructions, with links to detailed explanations for each vendor.
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I’ve been driving an EV car all week. Fun! Now I don’t tend think much of stock car stereos. Often when I bought a new car, replacing the stock radio was something I did on the way home before the car even got to my house. But I was, frankly, blown away with how good the stereo in the Chevy Spark EV was. HD FM radio? Check. Tightly integrated Sirius radio? Check. Bluetooth audio streaming? Check. Best display for interacting with my iPod I’ve ever seen. How, like, I would keep this!

When Chevy told me that the navigation system in the car worked with an app on my phone, I was very excited. “Someone finally got the right idea!” No more horrible built in Navigation. No more multi-hundred dollar map updates. I was so happy, I had such high hopes. I immediately downloaded the BringGo application and…

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You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2015/06/bringgo-review-right-idea-worst-possible-implementation/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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Learning Puppet 4

Learning Puppet 4: A Guide to Configuration Management and Automation

This book teaches you how to use Puppet 4 for configuration management and automation. If you are an experienced DevOps engineer, this book covers in detail the changes and improvements in Puppet 4 and how to make best use of them.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2015/04/learning-puppet-4-early-release-is-now-available/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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+1 and an assist!

No goals were scored against us while I was on the ice tonight. That would net me a +0, the thing which I was happy to have a few weeks back.

Tonight we ran the puck into the opposite zone. I passed cleanly to someone, who took a shot. Deflected by the goalie. The opposing left winger got to the puck first and railed it behind the net. Henry and their right winger collided trying to get the puck; it bounced a few feet away from them. I snagged it, glanced around and found our right winger standing clear in the slot. I passed cleanly to him, he shot on goal. It rebounded off the goalie's pads towards me. It could have been my first goal, but Henry got to the puck quicker and tossed it in the net before the goalie could get over to our side.

Would have been nice to get the goal, but it was first assist AFAIK and also my first +1 game so I'm happy with this.

We won the game 3:1 which ain't bad either ;)

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So the last two weeks have provided for the first time some positive news on the hockey front. First I did some careful investigation and tuning with the manager of our local Hockey Giant store, and we figured out where all my pain is coming from. On my left foot I have a nerve running over the top of the bony protrusion in my ankle. On my right foot, the nerve lies lower and is protected from pressure. We successfully cut away some of the tongue and used silicon pads to protect the nerve. For the first time I skated with no pain. (meant to write this part a week or so back)

So I did some testing and moving things around and got positive and negative results and was able to confirm that the silicon pad doesn't prevent the tongue from sliding down and doubling up there like we hoped, but the silicon pad falls inside the tongue and protects the nerve. As long as the pad stays in place, I can skate with little pain.

In fact, I've been able to stop tying my skates super tight once the pad is protecting the nerve, and let the skate move around a little more. This was guaranteed pain in the past, but it's fine as long as the pad stays in place. I'm skating better and more confidently now. It's been a huge relief to stop thinking about pain, and avoiding thereof, and just think about skating.

I still can't skate well without KT Tape to support me, although I did figure out that I can apply a long strip across the lower back nerves myself, and this provides enough support. So at least I'm self-sufficient now.

Finally, the Knights broke our losing streak Sunday by defeating the Piranhas, who beat us soundly back in November. Not only did we win, but it was my first game where I didn't go further negative on my +/-! Granted, a positive (being on the ice when a goal was scored) or scoring a goal myself would be even better, but it's my first game were I didn't go negative so I'm happy with it.

This is apparently a best season so far for the Knights, and we have secured a spot in the playoffs!

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