So, this is actually pretty impressive

Rummaging in the Debian repositories.
Found an application called QTM which is essentially an application for writing/publishing blog posts “offline” (IE: without having to use the “post to my blog” applet).

This is actually pretty cool, because I genuinely like the minimalism of the interface, and also the fact that I can compose/edit posts in a thorough fashion.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve concluded that approximately 90% of the content on most blogs (and the vast majority of “websites”/social media in general), is fluff. Nobody gives a shit what you had for breakfast 3 days ago.

To be honest, this goes for my own efforts at blogging as well.

I mean, seriously: how many times can I blog about the “geography of religion”, or Karl’s idiocy, or how much my “blood-kin” suck – and still expect it to be at all interesting?

Not as often as you’d think.

Worse yet, the fact that I blog about the above issues doesn’t translate into anything actually chainging, about them:

1. 99% of the global population will still continue to merely ape and parrot their religious “beliefs” and “practices” from others – as opposed to actually bothering to think them through rationally. (Regrettably, Emotional blackmail “works”, far too frequently.)

2. If my “blood”-kin actually gave a shit aboutt my views/values, (or even just about me as a person), they wouldn’t have mistreated me they way they did, in the first place.

3. Same goes for Karl: if he was either willing – or able – to be better, then he would do so – without me complaining about it on the blog.

So, what the hell am I doing, exactly?

Same objections obtain in relation to broader sociopoligical issues: Trump voters are stupid/gullible/racist/xenophobic/sexist etc. – and nothing I post to this blog (or anywhere else) will magically change that.

So, there’s the ironic thing:

I’ve simultaneously figured out how to make the process of “blogging” easier – and also realized that most of what I’ve been “blogging” about was utterly pointless.

On some level, I guess my reasoning with this blog has to do with it being a “cautionary tale”: about the perils of mindlessness and enabling one’s own destroyers.

Thing is: no matter who this blog manages to ‘reacdh”, it will NEVER be those who caused the problems in the first place.

Karl’s *true* motivation behind the “computer museum”:

Karl has been fantasizing about a “computer museum” as long as I’ve known him.

At first I thought that this was merely a particularly flimsy rationalization for compulsive hoarding.   Now, I’m beginning to think his motivations are both more complex, and infinitely uglier:

The story and metaphor of The Dog in the Manger derives from an old Greek fable which has been transmitted in several different versions. Interpreted variously over the centuries, the metaphor is now used to speak of those who spitefully prevent others from having something that they themselves have no use for. Although the story was ascribed to Aesop’s Fables in the 15th century, there is no ancient source that does so.

……..

The short form of the fable as cited by Laura Gibbs is: “There was a dog lying in a manger who did not eat the grain but who nevertheless prevented the horse from being able to eat anything either.”[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dog_in_the_Manger

Where does Karl fit into this?

Well, for starters, he knows that the “computer museum” will never happen (barring a string of outright miraculous events).  His rickety shit-bucket of a jeep is barely drivable, so he cannot even get over to the storage units to sift through the “collection” – even if he wanted to do so.

Karl is stupid, but even he can’t help but recognize the fact that he will never be in a position to do anything with the “collection”.

A sane person would use the (few) good items from the “collection” to generate seed-funding to get him the hell out of that area.  Purportedly, Karl can “just walk into” pretty much any tech-related job – if he could manage to escape Pennsylvania.

Therefore, a sane person would have come to regard the storage-units as a stone around his neck, in that he can neither organize or transport the contents.

At this point, Karl’s motivation amounts to “I can’t do anything with the stuff – but at least I *have* it!!!“.

IN other words, he continues to hoard the stuff NOT because he actually believes that the “computer museum” will ever happen – but merely to prevent anyone else from getting access to the hoard.

If he really gave a shit about “educating people about the history of microcomputers” or suchlike, he could donate the collection to one of several computer museums which actually exist. (Assuming, of course, that any of the stuff is actually good – which is exceedingly unlikely, given Karl’s tendency toward negligence and anti-effort.  (e.g. the rusty tube-tester, the Yaesu Vx-7 which ended up damaged because he “accidentally” forgot to remove the batteries, the boxes of water-damaged textbooks, etc.)

Karl is a half-wit who has most likely managed to damage or destroy the contents of his “collection”.  The worst part is: he would rather do so, than have LEGITIMATE collectors/museums gain access to the hoard.

In principle, Karl’s antics are no different from the following video:

The only real “difference” between Karl’s antics and the above video is: at least the guys in the video had FUN destroying the machine.

Karl’s destruction is by way of mere negligence.

 

The BK “OK Google” ad highlights exactly what features would NEED to be installed – and easily configurable – before I will *ever* get one of these type of devices:

  1. The ability to change the “hot-word” to a word/phrase of my own choosing.
  2. The ability to “train” the device to specifically respond to only specific individuals — especially if there’s any kind of “smart-home” remote activation shit set up.  (Hint: I don’t want some (B)advertising shit-clown creating a campaign based around hijacking my lights, or some shit like that.)
  3. The iron-clad ability to get the device to NOT be “listening” to everything – either for a predefined period of time (IE: “OK Google – go dormant for 2 hours” – or  until such time as a manual key-press/code-sequence is entered.

In other words: a reasonable amount of control over the device itself.

Otherwise: fuck that noise.

 

Sad — I actually *like* Burger King:

http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/12/15277278/google-home-burger-king-whopper-ad-campaign

Essentially, here’s the sequence of events:

  1. Burger King  (or some Don Draper wannabe contracted by them), (clandestinely) edits the Wikipedia entry related to their “Whopper” hamburger, turning it into blatant ad-copy.
  2.  The same “genius” outfit creates a 15-second TV ad designed to trick a “Google Home” device/Android phone in the proximity to a TV playing back the ad, into reading off the aforementioned, corrupted Wikipedia article.
  3. Predictably, this pisses off approximately 100% of those unlucky enough to have their Google/Android device in close proximity to their TV.  Since many of them are tech-savvy, “Early adopter”-types, the proceed to vandalize the shit out of the Wikipedia article – so that it no longer reads like “ad-copy” (and in so doing, render the entire “advertising” campaign utterly nonfunctional, in short order (pun very much intended).
  4. Google (responding to a shitstorm of complaints from the above tech-savvy folks) patches their home device/android phones, to ensure that they no longer respond to the ad.
  5. (hypothetical – but I genuinely hope true): Somewhere, a drunken, weeping “ad-man” sticks a handgun in his mouth, and pulls the trigger – leaving the world just that much cleaner.

I am genuinely glad that people culture-jammed the FUCK out of this gimmicky bullshit, before I stumbled across it.  (Not that I have a goodle speaker-thingy.)

Now I know NOT to put the Google speaker-thingy in proximity to my TV.  (Assuming, of course, I ever get one, or if I do, that I leave it “active” (and presumably listening in on my every move).

“Bad”-vertisers and MARKETARDS can ALL FUCKING swing.

 

I haven’t heard from Karl in several weeks: GOOD.

  1. I haven’t had to sit through 45 minutes (or more) of his incessant whining about how shitty his “lifestyle” is – the endless pawing through boxes of scrap, the fact that his rickety shit-bucket of a jeep is still technically illegal for him to drive (because it is neither inspected nor registered), the fact that he doesn’t “trust” it to run well enough for him to go over to the repeater site (where he used to loiter incessantly), to say nothing of the various storage-units also crammed floor-to-ceiling with un-sorted scrap, etc.
  2. I haven’t had to listen to him yammer incessantly about david Icke, Fritz springmeir, or any of his other inane “paranormal” obsessions – including the “fact” that he has seen an inordinate number of burnt-out license plate lights.
  3. I haven’t had to listen to him whine about the shitiness of his job, how “under-appreciated” he is,  how he could supposedly “be doing so much more”, etc. — when he can’t even manage to sort the garbage cluttering his trailer enough to be able to use the kitchen.

All in all, not having to hear him whine, throw tantrums, and then hang up on me has been a wonderful thing.

Just sayin’.

 

Time For another dip into the pseudo-intellectual chamber-pot that is Karl’s “mind”:

Probably the single best window into the workings of Karl’s “mind” would be his “hideously experimental homepage”.

http://users.digitalindigo.net/techno/

This isn’t so much a “homepage” as an entire site of pages dedicated to….well, you’ll see for yourselves. 🙂

Karl brags about the fact that he “hand-coded” the various pages using a text editor (as opposed to a WYSIWYG editor.)

This would be more impressive, if he had also put even a modicum of thought into ensuring that the site itself wasn’t blindingly ugly.

THIS is the background image, in isolation:

A rundown of the contents:

  1. A color-spiral (most likely screen-capped from some “Euro-Demo” or other)
  2. Some partially-disassembled computers
  3. An Amiga
  4. A TRS-80 Coco 2
  5. some random bread-boarded mess
  6. A kitten

Keep in mind: he didn’t simply post the separate images themselves.  Instead, he as COMBINED THEM INTO A SINGLE, COMPOSITE IMAGE, which is then “tiled”, for use as the background image on the FIRST page confronting visitors to his ugly-ass page.

Now,, (assuming that visitors haven’t simply fled from this hideous, seizure-inducing monstrosity out of hand, we get to what Karl considers to constitute worthwhile “content” for a web-site.

First, we get THIS:

Karl claims to love Max Headroom.

Now, you might be wondering why he is such a fan.  Is it because anything about the show itself makes for worthwhile viewing?

Predictably, no.

Karl’s “reasoning” is as follows:

Max rulez! Partly because, like Techno’s web pages, he was created on an
Amiga computer.”

Um….WRONG:

Notwithstanding the publicity for the character, the real image of Max was not computer-generated. Computing technology in the mid-1980s was not sufficiently advanced for a full-motion, voice-synchronized human head to be practical for a television series. Max’s image was actually that of actor Matt Frewer in latex and foam prosthetic makeup with a fiberglass suit created by Peter Litten and John Humphreys of Coast to Coast Productions in the UK. This was then superimposed over a moving geometric background. Even the background was not created using computer graphics at first; it was a piece of hand-drawn cel animation produced by Rod Lord, who created similar “computer-generated” images for the TV series Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Later, in the United States version, the backgrounds were generated by a Commodore Amiga computer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_%28character%29

In other words (according to Karl’s “reasoning”), the only thing about Max Headroom which actually ‘rulez” is the fact that they generated the background imagery behind a guy in a latex mask, using an Amiga computer – during that latter part of the U.S. run of the show.

Moreover, even when they used an Amiga, it was merely to duplicate the existing cel-animations.

(Sorry, but this strikes me as equivalent to claiming that 1980s TV news “rulez” because they happened to use a “video-toaster” to do the text overlays).

Some other “highlights” of this ugly train-wreck of a “homepage”:

The Psion Series 3c is Techno’s favorite portable computer
(at least until the development of an Amiga laptop)

Techno compares Personal Digital Assistants and Palmtops

One 8-bit microcomputer stands out above the rest:
the TRS-80 Color Computer

The TRS-80 Model 100 is an impressive retro portable computer

Check out Techno’s Microcomputer Museum and Calculator Collection

Techno comments on the PC and the Mac

Techno rants and raves on various topics…

Another product of Techno’s twisted mind: Binary Poetry

 

Now, notice a few things:

  1. Any sane person would place the Psion series 3c stuff as a sub-page in his comparison of “personal digital assistants and palmtops”.
  2. Why the hell is the Color Computer stuff NOT a sub-page of his “computer museum”?
  3. He has a calculator collection.

I’m not going to waste time wading through his inane yip-yap about computers, except to point out that he couldn’t even get the “max Headroom” thing right.  Make of this what you will.

My only major other complaint about this is his use of the term “PeeCee” in reference to what any sane person would probably term either “Wintel” or “x86-architecture”, or suchlike.

(True, I use the term “Micro$oft” occasionally, but that is a genuinely clever “wordplay”, based on the fact that the corporation in question is rapaciously greedy and “gouging”).

The term “PeeCee” is just….what, exactly?

Does he believe that DELIBERATELY ADDING extraneous letters is somehow “pejorative”, in some way?

Are we supposed to think of “seeing” someone “pee?”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urolagnia

At any rate:

After his (poorly-sorted) internal link-farm, the illustrious gentleman goes on to opine thusly:

This page looks best viewed on an Amiga, but supports all browsers (including Lynx, like any worthwhile page). Techno’s pages are not enhanced for Netscrape, and the only sort of Explorer which meets with Techno’s approval comes from Ford.

This page is perpetually under construction…

Last updated: 14 February 2001 (but Techno’s other pages may have been updated more recently)

Brought to you by the mind of Techno and the resources of Digital Indigo Technologies

Ah….where to even begin? (sigh….)

  1. The fact that his “perpetually under-construction” site hasn’t been updated in nearly twenty years?
  2. The fact that the aforementioned Ford Explorer ended up undrivable, langishing in his parents’ back yard — with animals living in it?
  3. Yes Karl, we totally “get” the fact that the Amiga gives you total “Geek-wood”.  You *also* “collect” calculators.

I think the most blatantly idiotic part of the whole site is the Binary Poetry:

1010110,
0011110,
0110111,
1001001.

0101111,
0010111,
1111000,
0110010.

Well, it rhymes, doesn’t it? 🙂

Converting the above from binary to decimal, we get:

 

86
30
55
73

47
23
120
50

http://www.exploringbinary.com/binary-converter/

Answer: No, you pretentious, pseudo-intellectual little shit-nugget, is DOESN”t “rhyme”.

There: I’ve saved you the trouble of having to wade through Karl’s inane, brain-destroying “homepage”.

You’re welcome. 🙂