What A Way To LiveAfter reviewing the crap at http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-unload-about-white-house-leakers-reince-priebus-and-steve-bannon I do believe that it is fair to say that the current administration is going downhill. As a civil servant, frankly I am getting increasingly disturbed that the White House is sounding like a den of mobsters. Bailing out is a bit hard right now as any available work would involve me taking a 50-70% cut in pay. I am going to have to think about this harder or raise money for a project. With there being no enacted budget for FY2018 and the deadline approaching soon, the precipice looms again.
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And now for something completely different...We have been discussing the need for weight loss on my part at recent medical appointments. Neither the medical provider nor I have any objection to the notion. Some basics do hold me back from pursuing it right now. Hypothyroidism plus deficiencies in Vitamins D & B12 are not getting corrected even though action is prescribed and complied with. The 'extreme' commuting for my job does not help either. Predicate steps have to be resolved before that higher level matter can be pursued, it seems.
Reacting Rather Than Being ProactiveI am still on-duty with the service. Strangely enough, things are just messy. We do not know if we will have furlough. We do not know if we are going to be funded in the new fiscal year for our positions. The President is still a bit of a loose warhead so we can still get weird orders yet. The local job market is also distressed. Not only is the future uncertain, it is unknown. Each coming day is going to be a new adventure. I will be still playing defense rather than going on offense.
ComputationOperationally matters continue in Ashtabula. I am still without a traditional amd64-style main computer. The Rpi2 board is acting as the main board with a parasite RPiB handling other functions. Other matters are being handled by my iPad on a stand with a bluetooth keyboard. In general this seems to be survivable. Eventually I would be minded to replace the amd64-style main computer.
ProblemsNavierStokes has a problem?
>> Nathan Willis:
“I pinged him on Twitter a few hours ago; no reply. At some point it gets worrying.”
I was offline working, then making dinner. I guess I should have a neural implant. Anyway, you should all notice your streams clearing up of this post. I am cleaning up my feed with a command line tool.
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WoofWell, today was odd. The probies were being given ad hoc ratings of record. Some probies were fired. This is a normal predicate step to getting Release/Recall statements. Either we still have no idea what is going on and are merely getting ready OR furlough is coming...
Failure 2Work is still horrible. I am on my way to being an NCO at the rate I am going. I do not want to be an NCO but want to flee the job. My health is taking a hit with the strain as of late. The number of functionally illiterate people to have to help is a bit larger than you might suspect.
Failure 1The Outernet board appears to be dying again. For something meant to go to Africa, it seems to not handle being set up in my detached garage in 80-90 degree Fahrenheit weather that well. I will be investigating in the morning. ASTROCONTROL did as many data dumps as possible during the available uptime.
ASTROCONTROLYes, I still have the problem of lacking a normal main computer. I'm sitting at an RPi2 running Ubuntu MATE composing this. The actual implementation of p is on the parasite RPi B+ that is hooked over a serial connection and draws its power from the RPi2. I'm watching the airgapped RPi B+ known as AstroControl do its dance gathering data from the Outernet board over the Wi-Fi bridge. The Outernet board, a C.H.I.P. board, is actually located in the garage. I will have a few tarballs to explode to review the take to start putting things together data-wise, I suppose.
Ministerial NoteThe Domestic Mission Field Activity at West Avenue Church of Christ is something I take actions under. Despite the hyper-bureaucratic name, it is our missions work. Currently we are doing outreach at a local nursing home called Saybrook Landing. The Activity provides church services there twice a month. It is probably some of the biggest contact the participating residents have with the outside world when we get to come in and minister to them. It is also a shoestring field op.
Where Are My Pseudo-Camelids To Herd?I am herding a few boards now. The C.H.I.P. for the Outernet rig is out in the garage. Multiple Raspberry Pi models are running in the office (MATEY, PARASITE, and ASTROCONTROL). There is a Raspberry Pi Zero that I have yet to deploy. There is an Arduino loose in the house plus an Ethernet board for it that needs deployment too. The bad thing is that with all this tech at home I pretty much keep my mouth shut about tech at work, don't say a word, and get out of the way of agency IT. When you end up running the Windows For Warships variant of Windows 7 on almost all your desktop computers and were on XP still during the special pay-for-support period...you don't get involved in that mess.
Heading Into The New Week...Charter/Spectrum is dying out here. Multiple television channels are not coming in. I can't reach Quitter.se. I've got ASTROCONTROL online to check the take from the Outernet board and am putting it on the internal lighttpd-based server for viewing since the Outernet board doesn't sustain connections well. Northeast Ohio shouldn't be so challenged as to broadband connectivity...
Firing Comey, Finding Today, Future Planning, And YouWhy yes, I am a federal civil servant. Thanks for not asking. As the program chair in the Emergency Management Planning program at Lakeland did ask me this lately, I should mention what future career plans may be. Heck, with the sudden firing of a bureau chief over in one of the other executive departments tonight things remain tense in the executive branch. It is always useful to plan. In my case I am trying to stand up the Domestic Mission Field Activity at my church. Beyond the typical missionary works you might expect of such a body, the Activity is also intended to act as a Voluntary Agency for the purposes of Emergency/Disaster Management. Churches typically help in disasters, after all, in the USA context. People generally forget that the Salvation Army is a paramilitary Christian organization of folks who are not quite mainstream Methodists, after all. Folks who might want to contribute financially to creating the startup seed for having such a help base rooted in northeast Ohio where it might be deployable to other areas can write to Elmer Ford & Hays Wood, West Avenue Church of Christ, 5901 West Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004. The USA has been lucky to have ducked so many hurricane seasons lately that we are overdue to get hit and congregations within my tradition generally engage in ad hoc support whenever that happens. Building a base for the future for response would be a work that could be called good, I suppose. The metaphorical Sword Of The State has been very heavy to bear as of late in my current job and I want to lay it down some day.
Crashed the Outernet board again...So, here is what I did. The Outernet board runs software built with Buildroot. Nothing wrong with that necessarily. Busybox plus Dropbear plus, for reasons unknown to me, VSFTPD. I still have systems problems so using Transmit for iOS will NOT connect to Dropbear on the Outernet box for SFTP. It will connect for FTP, though. I do have SSH access to the Outernet board so I used Cathode for iOS to have a Strong Bad-like SSH session. I used tar to create a tarball of all the downloaded files so I could review them off the board. The board is being kept isolated from the main house network so that it is only receiving the satellite field. I had to do some jiggery-pokery on the board to create the tarball with the flags cvnpJ (n is for seekable archive, p is for preserving permissions) before I got to f and then the filename. I successfully used FTP to get the file off the board. Then the board crashed for unknown reasons. It is a bit late for me to head out to the garage to see what happened. I'm probably going to have to reflash the board yet again. This thing does not rate well in my eyes at all.
Falling BackWell, I have yet to complete triage on the laptop that seemingly died. Currently I am down to the RPi 2 being my main almost-desktop computer running Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 with an RPi as a parasite slave to it. The slaved RPi B+ has a GPIO serial connection so I can access it via screen as well as via ssh. Most of my long-form writing is taking place via iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard while the iPad is on a stand. I am having to brush up on how to use mutt as that will be the easiest way to access e-mail from either RPi at the moment when I am not using the iPad device. I do have an Android-based mobile phone-type device but that has serious limitations. Eventually triage this weekend will help me determine what route I can take in restoring things or otherwise taking action