★ I no longer have a standalone blog. I got tired of hosting with DO so that VPS was nuked and the domain has been repurposed.
★ The vodcast project is moving forward nicely. I am using Github Pages to host the pages with the Internet Archive to host the media. Yes, this is doing things in an old-fashioned way but I have no money for this and I am having to bootstrap the hard way.
★ Somehow I got COVID-19. Home isolation lasts until October 21st. I'm not the only member of my family in that boat. I was fully vaccinated with Pfizer way back in April.
★ By November 3rd I will learn if I won the election or not for the Ward 4 council member seat on Ashtabula City Council.
★ No, I do not have hardware eligible for upgrade to Windows 11
★ I've been working on script in a semi-automated fashion downloading weather data from the National Weather Service. Why? That feeds into the vodcast project above where weather breaks have to be produced for the audience.
» Stephen Michael Kellat:
“[...] ★ No, I do not have hardware eligible for upgrade to Windows 11 [...]”
There's a MSWindows 11? I thought they said v10 was "the last one" with "forever upgrades"... meh 😅
I hope you get through COVID quickly!
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♥ Weirdness Is Coming ♥
★ Early voting starts in October. The therapist says I am afraid of winning the election. I think I agree with that assessment.
★ I'm still helping with the livestreaming of services at church. We're using OBS for that. Eventually we'll migrate off the Windows laptop to using Ubuntu.
★ The anti-vaxxer sentiment is rising to extremely scary levels locally.
★ Our county jail is apparently in danger of being shut down. Hopefully we can get the issue passed in November to pay for a new one. If that doesn't pass the value of my home is going to fall through the floor.
★ Things are very messy right now.
★ Supposedly I have a birthday coming up. Am I truly ready to share an Amazon wish list? Time will tell.
★ Unless I can figure out the procurement of an appropriate Raspberry Pi laptop kit perhaps I need to look at this a bit further...
Our state rep had a townhall Tuesday night down at the vo-tech. That did not go so well. The cries of "stop the steal" were very, very confusing considering Donald John Trump won Ohio by a rather overwhelming margin. The anti-vaxxer sentiments and misinformation were also very strong among the crowd. I sounded darn near normal asking a question about whether or not it was possible to get support from the state to secure an AMTRAK stop-over in Ashtabula City. Unfortunately the answer was no.
City Council is planning a work session for the 30th on the homeless question. Apparently the "spirit of the moment" or zeitgeist is to be fairly cruel to the homeless in our notional downtown area. That our business leaders would go down this road is just not something I would have expected. That three purported ministers of the gospel would be involved in such efforts truly bothers me.
Everybody hoped for 2021 to be a better year than 2020. So far it is turning into a second season of the madness with new characters and new plot lines. The disaster in Afghanistan did not need to happen. The situation with the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 did not need to happen. POTUS threatening action by federal authorities against recalcitrant state authorities might help bringing us a sequel to the idiocy from January at the rate we're going.
Campaign? What campaign? I don't know about no stinking campaign...
To grumble a bit
Okay, things have been stupid yet weird in my life. The transmission rate for SARS-CoV-2 has gone up to where we'll move from "Moderate" to "Substantial" on the CDC's metering here in Ashtabula County as of the cutoff tomorrow it appears. Masks will return to being needed as of Sunday with the new provisio that vaccination status will be disregarded. The delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is a nasty bugger.
There's not much I can say in this respect that is positive or happy. People locally are not taking the situation seriously. We have a very small amount of beds in the local intensive care unit so if this takes off and gets bad frankly our county hospital will be overrun after just 20 patients.
I have made the determination that I am not going to conduct door to door canvassing at this time for the municipal campaign. The benefits do not outweigh the risks. I have to choose between using Skype meetings or doing something with Microsoft Teams to hold virtual events. Why not Zoom? That's got enough emotional baggage tied to it in the popular culture that using a different tool might have fewer objections.
According to the board of elections website I apparently have the only contested race in the city right now. That's the current standing at least but there is a chance a replacement candidate could be fielded for the fifth ward here in the city. We shall see.
The question came up again as to why I am not married. The impending birthday in September usually brings this question up each year. The normal answer is that I would much rather marry within the church and there are zero prospects for doing so at any of our particular congregations in Ashtabula County. I would have far better luck in and around one of "The Institutions" but I am not up for relocating at this time. If I lose the election I may look at relocating but that is still quite a long way off.
Beyond all of that mess it does appear that I am slowly but surely heading towards resuming podcasting. I'm looking at how various folks are doing such using static site generators. Right now I'm still building up an experiment plan and don't want to commit fully to a show. This would be a bootstrap effort that would have to build up incrementally, I think. If I could find a general podcast player app for Roku set-top boxes this would much more readily move forward. Yeah, video would be the goal rather than audio.
Lots in motion, I think. Hopefully things don't get too bad with the current wave of SARS-CoV-2 that my local public library (pictured in part) ends up going back to curbside-only. I like being able to visit in-person.
Start of Month Update
In no particular order:
♥ Ashtabula County hasn't crossed the threshold yet to where everybody needs to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. That may happen by week's end, though.
♥ In light of current events with regards to the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 my campaigning is being modified. There will be no door-knocking now. I am going to have to schedule some video chat events once I determine which platform has the best controls for the meeting host to boot people out.
♥ My weight has been fluctuating but was holding this morning at 186 pounds. It is still better than it was while I was working for the federal government but still isn't where it should be.
♥ The fireworks explosions at all hours in my neighborhood have yet to cease.
♥ Work continues on the media project. Will it be a newsletter to be bootstrapped? Will it be a video podcast for the local community? Right now my view of the matter is wavering a bit.
♥ Birdemic still seems fairly prophetic of our crazy times right now.
Okay, So Now What?
Well, I am stuck. Things are not proceeding as well as I might have otherwise have hoped. I spoke at a public event and the local daily newspaper acted as if I was an invisible ghost during the event. If there were any clearer sign that perhaps the race for city council is already lost on my part it would be that one of the writers at the daily newspaper basically acts like I do not exist. Since she covers that city council I am toast.
Of course, with the events in Tennessee that just happened I continue to be horrified at where my country is going. NPR had a scary interview about just how bad thing got here thanks to Facebook. I am still puzzled at the lady who decided the high speed crash was a great idea.
At times I am ready to drop out of the campaign. This area has many needs. Getting one more politician isn't one of them.
The knowledge ecology here is very, very bad. I've been looking at how to bootstrap a new local news operation with no money and keep winding up with few positive ways forward. The community may be beyond hope and lost to QAnon as well as its fellow travelers thanks to FB being the main means of conveying news lately.
There are ways around my conundrum, I think. If I wind up just producing a single leaf news sheet on legal size paper (otherwise known as a "penny press") it would be a start. Content from DVIDS about the Ohio National Guard, the Near Shore Marine Forecast, the Zone Forecast, and maybe a weather map would all be public domain and fill things out easily. I have been fussing over this stuff in this repo: https://code.launchpad.net/~skellat/+git/auto-newspaper
It is late and I really need to sleep. The gas company is coming for a meter inspection...
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“» Stephen Michael Kellat:
“[...] he community may be beyond hope and lost to QAnon as well as its fellow travelers thanks to FB being the main means of conveying news lately. [...]”
Damn, modern society is depressing...”
I'm working in the referenced repo. I had some ideas today at least on making the paper closer to happening by school starting back up.
In no particular order:
➡ I said over on Twitter that the novella collection on Amazon's Kindle platform will be free on July 8th. It is up to three stories now and people can get all three for free with one click on July 8th. I end up getting $0.00 during that day which amuses me in terms of how Amazon has this all structured. Details here: https://twitter.com/writer_smk/status/1412823235763310594
➡ I got a wee bit sick today. That was not fun. The heat is getting to me.
➡ The campaign is barely going. You'd have trouble thinking I was running for anything.
➡ August 13th is the day that chaos is expected to break out from the cultists. Yes, some knucklehead is propounding that they are going to carry out the glorious restoration of their divinely chosen leader to the executive mansion in my nation's capital on that morning. Considering that that person used to be the front man for a pillow factory they aren't just a random crank but rather a crank with some resources.
➡ I gotta work out what the story of Leddis Beauregard Frank happens to be. That would start the ball rolling for the fourth story. Think about the name from a pun context and reduce the middle name to an initial while making the character a southern politico...
"Clear And Present Danger To Our National Security" Watch
"The Terry & Jesse Show" -- https://www.thestationofthecross.com/shows/the-terry-and-jesse-show-on-air/
Claims to be Roman Catholic apologia.
Instead it is COVID-19 anti-vax garbage.
WHY DO PEOPLE ACCEPT THIS? The majority of local radio in my immediate area are purportedly "Christian Radio". These stations are all preaching against taking coronavirus vaccines, are stating that COVID-19 is no big deal and easily survivable by everyone, stating that none of the COVID-19 deaths reported in the media are real, and worse.
That the show also dives into claiming that mental illness is actually demonic possession shows me that we have a problem.
Anybody have money to help liberate the FM band station WMIH from these hucksters? It is here in Ashtabula County. Details about the station here: https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/fmq?call=WMIH
Wrote a blog post!
“Allow for miracles but plan for disasters.”
I tossed that one-liner out there in an interview earlier today. It shows that I’ve been following the news a wee bit. There’s been more going on that directly impacts my situation than I like.
Previously I have mentioned that I participate in Ashtabula County’s broadband task force. That’s an effort by the county government to try to improve economic development by improving part of our local infrastructure. It has been mentined by local public radio stations looking at how we have problems with broadband in my local area as recently as March of this year.
That is why a report from Ars Technica by Jon Brodkin might have been confusing to some folks out there that saw it today. If anything I am still baffled by the situation especially when I learned of it on Wednesday from local media sources. Mr. Brodkin reported that the state legislature is proposing to outlaw municipal broadband in Ohio while also prohibiting the continued operation of municipal broadband efforts like FairlawnGig that already exist. Ohio News Connection/Public News Service also talks about the situation a bit.
Due to the offices of my local state representative and local state senator not being very responsive to any contacts I have not reached out to them. They’re both first-term backbenchers. Nobody in the statehouse press corps has been able to track down who sponsored this particular provision in the omnibus budget bill required to be passed by June 30th to cover the biennium.
What makes this an emotional whipsaw is that just last month legislation for expanding broadband across the state passed the lower house of the General Assembly by a fairly wide margin per reporting on Cleveland.com. That bill, Amended House Bill 2 of the 134th General Assembly, was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine and took effect on May 17th. That bill included a twenty million dollar appropriation that grants to communities could be made out of. Originally two hundred and ten million dollars were in the proposal but most of the money was stripped out with a promise that it would be dealt with in the main state budget. I don’t think anybody expected it to be a firm rejection in the main state budget, though.
We’re allowed to hand money to private entities who have no clear commercial reason to enter some of these communities to provide service. In this county which has a land area half the size of Rhode Island but a population density one-seventh of Rhode Island’s it makes very little commercial sense to build out broadband infrastructure here. Although it is claimed that satellite broadband will make this a non-issue ViaSat doesn’t serve my local area, HughesNet offers expensive yet limited plans that make wireless company hotspot plans seem generous, and Starlink remains in the not-too-distant future for my area.
I do hope that Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted can convince enough state legislators to back off on this plan. Having a single fund of twenty million dollars for making grants to communities across the state for broadband needs will either run out quickly or result in many communities getting token amounts that they cannot effectively use. That entire fund could be used easily trying to wire up just the rural areas in my county that lack broadband, alas.
This is not a pretty situation. Within two weeks it will be resolved one way or another. The state’s operating budget must be passed by June 30th. Thankfully this cannot drag on like thing do in the federal legislature.
Well, this bodes evil
This is a screen cap of the tweet found here: https://twitter.com/JonahDispatch/status/1404263202083442691
Apparently August 15th is the date starting to circulate in the circles of crazy people for when something may go down. I'm not liking this. If the US-Canada border is open before then perhaps my family and I might take a trip to southwest Ontario.
No more of this. This garbage must end. These crazy people are becoming a clear and present danger to our national security.
Looking at August 2021
Apparently David French is getting a twitchy feeling that more violence from Trump supporters is coming. See: https://twitter.com/DavidAFrench/status/1400180342212943873
The chatter about the miraculous reinstatement of Trump to the presidency in August simply baffles me. See: https://archive.is/zwjn0
Then again, there is the coup chatter from Mike Flynn that leads me to think David French is likely right.
I'm looking across the lake and pondering options now.
Wrapping Up May 2021Wrapping up May 2021 in no particular order:
I find weirdness on arXiv
- This looks like a forgotten paper: Jonas Höchst et al., “PIMOD: A Tool for Configuring Single-Board Computer Operating System Images,” ArXiv:2010.07833 [Cs], October 15, 2020, http://arxiv.org/abs/2010.07833.
- Sometimes ideas get thrown out there and they just get overlooked it seems: Yehia Elkhatib et al., “On Using Micro-Clouds to Deliver the Fog,” ArXiv:1703.00375 [Cs], February 6, 2017, http://arxiv.org/abs/1703.00375.
- I sent copies of the novellas to the Internet Archive as donations for Controlled Digital Lending. I wonder if they’ll accept them.
- The third novella remains stuck in proofing.
Health matters are odd
- Plateaus in weight loss are not fun. I’m stuck in the range of 185-190 pounds at a height of 68 inches. That leaves my Body Mass Index in the range of 28.1-28.9. The goal is to get my Body Mass Index to 24.9 or lower which means a minimum target weight of 163 pounds.
- I may be losing my eyesight. I don’t know what is going on but I cannot get scheduled with an ophthalmologist yet. Yes, this bothers me.
matters are rough right now
- I tried to set up a profile on Match. I didn’t realize that Match was more expensive per month than my broadband provider’s Monthly Recurring Charge for service to my house. That effort is being abandoned.
- Local weather has been a roller coaster and that has made outside time rougher
- Campaigning should start in June. I’m just at a loss as to how I’m going to approach it. I’m downloading the precinct maps from here to see where I need to be analyzing things locally: https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/ashtabula/precandpoll.aspx
- Apparently somebody is shooting their mouth off again suggesting that a coup in the United States would be a great idea. I disagree with Gabriel Malor insofar that this is likely coming sooner than 2025. Heck, six months ago the author Rod Dreher wrote these prophetic words: “You watch: this movement is going to end up demanding that Gen. Flynn become the military dictator of America.” With the New York Times calling that particular movement nearly as popular as major religions we have a bit of a problem.
- Some shows being watched…
- Sometimes I find weirdness on arXiv
➡ The new package on CTAN called "codehigh" is not what I thought it might be.
➡ The coffee stains package has finally made it onto CTAN here.
➡ No, I do not intend to put coffee stains in the next novella to go up on Amazon. I don't think their Print On Demand tech could handle it.
➡ I let loose with a Twitter thread discussing why the coronavirus situation in my local area is getting bad. It is a good thing I am fully vaccinated with Pfizer, my parents are fully vaccinated with J&J, and my sisters are fully vaccinated with Moderna.
➡The campaign is barely starting and I am getting creeped out by the actions of the national party. I do not have all that much time to decide if I want to bail out on this.
➡ Work continues helping different family members consolidate their lives so that they can move out of Ashtabula County.
➡ My weight is holding at roughly 185 pounds which puts me at a body mass index of 28.1. The purported median BMI for males in Ohio is 29.4 and for all female Ohioans is 27.4. The purported median BMI for US males is 28.4 while for US females is 26.2. The ultimate target from the GP for a body mass index is 24.9 for me. She figured that would be rough enough to get to rather than worry about anything lower.
➡ I wrote an op-ed and submitted it to an Ohio newspaper not located in Ashtabula County. There is actually a good chance that it may get published in print. If it makes it to that publication's website I will post a link.
➡ Local weather is improving.
➡ I am apparently already a contestant in the Vax-A-Million drawing here in Ohio. This news report about State Representative Powell trying to stop it fails to mention how heavily anti-vaxx she is, though.
➡ That I was pondering once again today "going bush" for an extended period anywhere I could outside the USA should indicate that perhaps things remain rather unwell here in this land.
2021-05-12T23:18:10Z via Dianara CC: Public
Ending The Week
♫ I'm starting to weigh in below 185 pounds now. Ultimately the goal is to get nearer to a healthy Body Mass Index ("BMI"). One of the big risk factors of the pandemic was/is to have a BMI of 30 or higher. Thankfully I am fully vaccinated but that obesity issue presents problems in so many other areas of life that it has to be dealt with to allow for okay living.
♫ I now have an opponent for the general election in November. There is no hurry to start campaigning at the moment.
♫ The school district lost on its operating levy question on Tuesday's ballot. They built up quite a bit of ill will in the community. Doing things like randomly buying buildings so as to shut out charter school operators from entering the area while claiming pretextual reasons for the purchase will most definitely annoy voters. If the district was a high-performing district where students were actually learning and growing then I could perhaps understand such actions. The school district has an over five year streak of utterly failing grades on the state performance reports, though! If they have enough money to waste on buying an empty disused Roman Catholic school building that they then decide to do nothing with after 18 months then the plea of poverty falls flat.
♫ I am trying to figure out why I cannot get Greenstone Digital Library software to run on a Raspberry Pi. That they ship private libraries makes it not very portable outside x86/amd64 contexts in the first instance.
♫ The "Second Reader" is almost done reviewing the third novella.
♫ I have a treadmill now. Opportunities are presented thereby.
To Kick Off May...
★ I have an election to work Tuesday as a pollworker. Typically in the quadrennial election cycle this is the primary/special election with the absolute worst turnout. Democracy still has to happen, though.
★ The Raspberry Pi 4 has been upgraded to the 21.04 version of the Ubuntu flavour that it is running.
★ I am looking at taking one of the older Raspberry Pi units and putting either Windows 10 for IOT or NetBSD on it. Some cross-training needs to be done.
★ I am trying to get back into "digital libraries" work which means fiddling with Greenstone Digital Library software again.
★ The blog at Coyote Works was updated. You can see me mention there the CDC Social Vulnerability Index and how I end up being a bit upset over how poorly my county scores on it. In short we are very highly vulnerable yet our neighboring counties are not.
★ My weight loss progress is currently at the point where my recent weigh-ins are bouncing between 185 and 187 pounds. This is good though there is still more work to be done. It really was not all that long ago when I was working as a civil servant weighing 230-245 pounds. That job was not good for my health. I cannot give thanks enough that I am not in that post any more.
★ I'm finding again that I dislike using an Android phone.
General UpdateIn no particular order:
- I’ve been told to hold off for the time being. The other party’s primary isn’t concluded yet.
- The other party’s candidates are finally doing actual campaign actions. Voter participation in the early voting and absentee balloting is exceptionally light in the ward to the point that there have been a total of two ballots cast in that party’s race.
- I am going to
focus on basically two things.
- First is roads and their pretty bad shape in town. Fixing them would improve public perception of our community, give us better standing in pursuing economic development, and as a practical matter lead to fewer rough rides for ambulance passengers.
- Second is getting a railroad station built somehow so that we can ask AMTRAK to have the Lake Shore Limited make a stop here. The track between Cleveland and Erie is one of the longest runs made by an AMTRAK train without a stop.
- The Ubuntu
realm sees not much of a presence by me.
- I have been relatively busy with face-to-face life.
- There aren’t really places on the ISO Tracker to report testing images in the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
- Life has been
- I’m driving a new-old car after the other one died on me.
- Weight loss work continues.
- COVID-19 basically killed any notion of trying to venture out into dating at the moment but not due to social distancing or other protective measures. It shut things down through making so many people locally go nuts. Have I mentioned the militia and anti-vax types my local area is home to?
- I am making it to church on Sunday mornings
- Writing is
getting done but local publications aren’t buying anything.
- One of the local newspapers is just barely meeting the definition of a “newspaper of general circulation”
- The other paper is a weekly newspaper and only has so much space to print so much content
- Second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is on Monday for me
- Campaigning goes oddly
And we're back...Apparently Identica fell over for a little while and was inaccessible.Then again, nobody reads what I write here so the question becomes whether or not Identica falling over matters beyond a select few people.
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