Stephen Michael Kellat alpacaherder@identi.ca

The Southern Shore of Lake Erie (Ohio Section)

Purported Fiction Author. Lapsed Podcaster. Amateur Radio Operator (General Class). Ubuntu Member. TeX User Group Member. Once & Future Comrade Academician. Basic Trained ICS Staffer. Occasional Domestic Missionary. Information Specialist.

  • What could go wrong?

    2020-10-22T04:01:26Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    From the Worlds of Gerry Anderson there is a new offering called First Action Bureau...


    Details are available here: https://www.firstactionbureau.com/episode/first-action-bureau-spy-fi-full-cast-audio-drama-from-the-worlds-of-gerry-anderson

  • It Is Getting Bad

    2020-10-07T04:13:28Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Coronavirus issues are getting out of control again. Wastewater monitoring results will hopefully be posted Wednesday. We finally got baseline numbers for Ashtabula City as of last week. People can track our data here and just click on Ashtabula's dot to see the update in our local Wednesday afternoon: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/wastewater


    President Trump is trying very hard to be El Caudillo. It isn't helping our country.

  • I Don't Feel Reassured

    2020-09-29T02:28:17Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    People locally think the pandemic is over.

    We went up in risk alert level yet far too many local residents in my county are actually starting to just ignore mask rules and the like.  They say they just want to get things over with.  They feel that if they ignore the precautions, get infected as soon as possible, get past the infection, and then the whole pandemic will be done for them.

    This is a dangerous situation to live in at times.
  • Well...

    2020-09-17T15:02:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    This is a very stupid line from the e-mail: "We also forgot to notify distributions who might ship our software."


    Treating Ubuntu in the e-mail as if it doesn't exist as anything separate from Debian is a nice touch too.


    Your attached image seems to imply the e-mail comes from someone else, from a very unrelated organization, while this person only forwarded it 😅

    JanKusanagi at 2020-09-17T17:22:05Z

  • Experimentation

    2020-09-16T15:28:12Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    So I learned something horrible. In light of the QAnon crazies and worse on Facebook they've implemented new policies on the backend by stealth. Essentially it makes it nearly impossible to build any sort of grassroots campaign there. If you want somebody to like and share a post it will get mangled now. That's great for arresting the development of conspiracy theories. That's not so great for people like me that write independently and try to put stuff out there. It wouldn't matter if I used Amazon or a more freedom-loving outlet as quite a bit is going down the memory hole.


    As we start heading into the autumn we'll be heading into a weird time of nothing actually new being on TV. Hollywood and Vancouver let alone Made In Georgia are still having production problems. I wasn't kidding several months ago when I told newsletter subscribers that the future of TV in the near term may well be animation. So far that is proving to be the most resilient genre when it comes to the continuing coronavirus crisis. We may see a revival of supermarionation too such as with Nebula-75.


    As for books and the like? You wouldn't know it from social media but apparently I have written a novelette or two. The drumbeat of the election and the social discord it creates is just drowning out so much in the country today. Even when somebody tries to create a bit of escapism it gets a bit somebody when it becomes impossible to tell anybody it actually exists.



    There might not be much "new" on TV this fall, but there are trillions of TV series that most people can't have possibly watched. Now's their chance 😅

    JanKusanagi at 2020-09-16T15:53:52Z

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  • I Should Not Be This Excited

    2020-09-05T10:41:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public, Stephen Sekula, Stephen Sekula CC: Followers

    The mass testing event on Monday was voluntary and 135 people were tested.  Of that number 7 were positive.  That gives a positivity rate above the state average but it is on par with neighboring Pennsylvania.

    the test event was profiled to run 500 tests, though.  We had insufficient participation in my view.

    Details: https://www.starbeacon.com/news/local_news/results-come-back-from-pop-up-covid-19-testing-in-ashtabula/article_d9ce34a5-2c38-539c-9365-ef2a3b1462f0.html
  • 75th out of 88

    2020-09-02T03:56:44Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    We're not doing too terribly bad in terms of avoiding virulence.  We're in the bottom quarter of Ohio's 88 counties.
  • Draw the wrong conclusions

    2020-08-31T01:04:58Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    See: https://fox8.com/news/coronavirus/new-cdc-report-shows-94-of-covid-19-deaths-in-us-had-underlying-medical-conditions/?fbclid=IwAR2WaeMjzAnYAfLp5vZErtrD51YTNSWujQwDppfRXzdbe0AivsDNhrITPcg

    Who doesn’t have an underlying health condition in the USA right now?  People that “recover” from the coronavirus don’t resume full function far too often.  Until we get this under better control we are underplaying the dangers in the worst way.

    There are fates worse than death...

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  • Untangling From Ancient Public Webmail

    2020-08-27T20:23:52Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Do you realize how hard it is to untangle yourself from an ancient at yahoo dot com e-mail account especially if you've used it quite a bit and don't remember where all you've used the address?


    I'm finding that out at the moment.

  • Yes Virginia, Our Leaders Have Gone Quite Mad

    2020-08-24T23:20:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public, Stephen Sekula, Stephen Sekula CC: Followers

    See http://archive.is/GIAWp

    This is getting very, very stupid
  • You Don't Say

    2020-08-18T12:24:44Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public, Stephen Sekula, Stephen Sekula CC: Followers

    https://www.starbeacon.com/news/coronavirus/young-people-driving-up-ashtabulas-covid-19-numbers/arti...


    "As of Monday, the Ashtabula City Health Department reported a total of 102 positive cases of the novel coronavirus."


    That puts 1 in 6 cases in the city alone out of the county's total cases.  Of course we also have the county's population center so that would do it too.  Previously the flares were at the prison in Conneaut, Saybrook Landing nursing home, and a nursing home in Geneva.

    "Council President John Roskovics said young people tend to congregate and have parties, and although more and more young people are coming down with the virus, the elderly are suffering the most severe symptoms and outcomes, according to the CDC."


    Mr. Roskovics forgets Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome-Children.  There is no adult counterpart found to it still.  The strange cases of myocarditis that keep popping up are confounding researchers who are not finding sufficient correlations at least in reports we're hearing about so far in Ohio.

    "Timonere urged citizens to watch Gov. Mike DeWine’s press conference, slated for 2 p.m. [Tuesday]. DeWine is expected to announce guidelines for high school sports."

    It is not good when the elected chief executive, despite bearing the title "City Manager" under our goofy city charter, apparently got a heads up warning about today's press conference.  This may be bad.


    If we could ever go out and collect signatures on initiative petitions again I so want to get the title of the elected chief executive changed.  Moving it to "Mayor" would be simple and sensible.  There would be plenty of avenues for mischief, though...

  • Boom

    2020-08-18T02:38:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    UNC Chapel Hill crashes and burns.

    ”Wine With DeWine” may be tense on Tuesday.  Things are not going well logistics-wise at The Ohio State University.  We have a patchwork of plans across the University System of Ohio.
  • Over Four Thousand Words Written

    2020-08-17T04:36:00Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    The novella is taking shape.  I have a bit over four thousand words written.  The story is progressing nicely.  With luck I will have something ready for review this week and may get it up on Amazon's KDP later this week.
  • Idiots

    2020-08-15T20:32:22Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I grow weary of this out of local yokels.

    Welcome to the Human Race 😎

    JanKusanagi at 2020-08-15T21:52:52Z

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    » JanKusanagi:

    “Welcome to the Human Race 😎”

    The problem is they're very likely leaving the Human Race of their own volition. Seinfeld had the catchphrase of "Serenity Now!" but they're going for "Oblivion Now!" apparently...

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-08-16T03:32:02Z

  • Bad News For Texas

    2020-08-12T22:16:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public, Stephen Sekula, Stephen Sekula CC: Followers

  • Things Are Already Going Poorly?

    2020-08-10T21:18:56Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public, Stephen Sekula, Stephen Sekula CC: Followers

    In-person instruction is looking to be an increasingly stupid idea.  They had just gotten back to campus!


  • Weirdness

    2020-08-10T01:10:21Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    This is why we are still at Yellow Alert in Ashtabula County.  If you look at the big scoreboard most but not all Yellow Alert counties score horribly on the Ohio Opportunity Index.  People try more often to flee here rather than stay even when there isn't a pandemic...

  • The Yellow

    2020-08-09T20:49:39Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    The goal for us is to remain in the Yellow Alert stage that we have this whole time.  If we advance suddenly to another stage there will be consequences for our county.
  • The Bad Scoreboard

    2020-08-09T19:17:43Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    When Ashtabula County hits this scoreboard we are very screwed