Stephen Michael Kellat email@example.com
Amateur Radio Operator (General Class). Basic Trained ICS Staffer. Lapsed Podcaster. Former GS-8 Bureaucrat. Occasional Domestic Missionary. Information Specialist. An oddity in the Stone-Campbell world. Ubuntu Member. TeX User Group Member. Comrade Academician in hiding.
Oh my word...
I resigned from the Internal Revenue Service on October 2, 2019. My health was failing at the time and I am still working on corrective measures. In looking at POLITICO I wound up seeing some shocking news tonight. Apparently all work sites are being evacuated: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/30/irs-orders-office-evacuation-affecting-most-agency-employees-155502
It is a good thing I abandoned ship when I did. I don't think I could have managed if I were still aboard now. Hopefully there is still somebody staffing the reconsideration branch in Boyers at OPM so we can get that medical paperwork straightened out yet...
This is not fun...
Yeah, I am stuck inside.
The TV receiver is still working as the captured frame is showing.
I wrote a blog post about the perilous situation I am in tech-wise out here in rural America. I mustn't break anything. I might not be able to fix anything for some time.
None of my family are sick from COVID-19. The constant bombardment of PSAs about the disease are driving me batty. I may start cranking up J.P. Sousa music and if I run out of that I am either going to find bagpipe music on Spotify or the choir of the Red Army on Spotify for as long as connectivity lasts. Broadband service is collapsing worse here than seen in major metros so Spotify may go away soon enough.
I need to conduct antenna repairs ASAP. I may be having to fire up radio equipment for mediumwave DX-ing. Rural infrastructure is being deemed expendable by the big companies as of late.
Yes, I was able to get in to the lab at University Health Hospital System's Ashtabula Health Center today. They drew blood for a renal panel test as well as an HbA1C test. My general practitioner should have the results by the end of the day. As far as I am aware my appointment is apparently still on for Monday.
I am only 38. Mom is 64 and had her appointment with the same doc canceled on her. How did I triage higher?
Well, what could possibly go wrong? A global crash couldn't possibly have disastrous consequences that could wreck everything...
Gold, H. (2020, March 19). Netflix urged to slow down streaming to stop the internet from breaking. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/tech/netflix-internet-overload-eu/index.html
Waging CommerceThe novella is now available in multiple places (Amazon & Leanpub). See http://coyote.works/posts/WagingCommerce20200302/ for details.
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What could go wrong?
I used the novel class in LaTeX to typeset a novella. The fonts used were Domitian and Public Sans. After family looked over the galley I uploaded to CreateSpace. It took a little bit of manual work but I got the LaTeX manuscript converted over into something the KDP platform would accept to make available for purchase for Kindle users.
Both are stuck in Manual Review for up to 72 hours before they might go on sale. Since there is no exclusivity I may go ahead and put a rendering up on leanpub if/when the mass market offerings on Amazon are cleared to go. There should be no worry about DRM on the Kindle side as Baen Books forced Amazon to create a "No DRM" setting for books offered on Kindle when their materials were first made available there as ebooks. I set "No DRM" on my ebook version of the novella.
What is the novella? It is an alternate history story that wanders into science fiction slightly. @Stephen Sekula might appreciate me trying to keep it within the grasp of the current tech base although a small amount of hand-wavium was injected. I ended up borrowing the Baen "designated victim" for the story and had fun with that.
I have some waiting to do...again...
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What could go wrong with this plan? That is a dangerous question. From: http://coyote.works/posts/ServiceLaunch20200211/ --
There was a push for Erie Looking Productions to return to producing at least general programming. Now that I am no longer a federal civil servant the restrictions that held me back for six years from doing so are off. The problem is that the current studio space suffered physical damage. The audio equipment and the recording computer are fine and secured but the physical space is not usable. We don’t have a fallback space at this time nor do we have the economic means to procure one. Repairs to the physical space were supposed to be done this month but I have not heard much about the status of that lately.
I am also dealing with some long-term recovery from some surgery that was done. While I can talk to people it can sound slightly garbled at times. The last check-in at the doctor’s office didn’t show me breaking any speed records to be able to move ahead in matters so I am stuck with “slow and steady” for the time being. That is going to possibly not be fixed properly until some point in April.
While I know the folks behind the Ubuntu Podcast are planning to return to air shortly I will instead be taking a different path. The current hotness appears to be launching your own newsletter such as this technology one. Since podcasting is not feasible at the moment the reformatting of content to a strictly textual form seem like the simplest way forward for now.
I could operate an announce-only mailman list on a minimal Ubuntu 19.10 droplet on Digital Ocean. However, my current economic circumstances have instead pushed me over to trying to utilize tinyletter.com instead. To quote the 13th & 21st US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, in an apt manner: “As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
The newsletter is entitled “The Interim Edgewood Stratagem”. Release frequency should be once weekly but I haven’t settled a firm day yet but it would likely be out on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday each week. We’ll see how it develops. I am pretty sure we are not initially going to dive into unknown unknowns if we can help it.
Twice a month there is the chance that the text of my sermon presented on Sunday morning at the nursing home may be presented that week. Initially the first release would be in fact the text of my sermon from Sunday. That is planned to go out later in the day on February 12th.
The first regular essay would go out during the week of February 16th. In that essay I want to get to would be to talk about a bit of an unresolved mystery case involving a Pacific island nation suffering an Internet blackout. Style-wise this wouldn’t be Darknet Diaries but rather something a bit different. After the Pacific jaunt would hopefully be an essay on the changing business regulation climate in the US that may not help folks in the open source world who “hang their own shingle” to work as independent contractors. Once through that we would see where stories go. I do know I do not want to talk about the presidential primary campaigns if at all possible as nothing productive comes out of worrying about them while other craziness is in play.
You can sign up at the subscribe page for free. Support is welcomed though not required through avenues such as Liberapay. If you just want to drop in a quarter via PayPal or maybe just two cents that is doable as well. The shopping wishlist for replacement gear also still exists as I watch equipment fail and otherwise decay.
This is an adventure that I am nervous about starting. Once upon a time I was a working journalist who was routinely published in print, no less. The media landscape isn’t the same these days but this will likely feel like getting back on a bicycle to ride again after a long time away.
To quote a commercial that aired quite a bit a few years ago: “Let me tell you a story…”
New Blog Post!
Whereupon I mention a misadventure in moving the Erie Looking Productions homepage off its droplet over to GitHub Pages hosting as well as my science fiction novella getting rejected...
So, we're back?
Related work: Kellat, S. M. (2020, January 28). A Disappearance. Coyote Works. http://coyote.works/posts/DentyDents20200128/
Beware falling anvils, comrades. I don't like when this site makes extended disappearances. I'm most certainly not visible in the Mastodon/Pleroma/GNU Social/whatever realms nowadays. If I am present on Twitter then that presence can't be acknowledged at this time. If Identica takes an extended nap you should look for me on the Coyote Works blog. It runs ikiwiki and so far hasn't gone kablooey on me.
Then again, much like a tree falling in a forest with nobody around I feel pretty sure nobody will see this post let alone the blog.
I hadn't forgotten
Things are still being added to the citations database...
Allard, S. (2020, January 3). Tony George’s Vindictive Council Reduction Initiatives Heading to 2020 Ballot. Cleveland Scene. https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/01/03/tony-georges-vindictive-council-reduction-initiatives-heading-to-2020-ballot
Australia fires: Pacific leaders reach out with offers of support. (2020, January 7). RNZ. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/406818/australia-fires-pacific-leaders-reach-out-with-offers-of-support
CNMI at risk of measles outbreak—Health official. (2020, January 8). RNZ. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/406924/cnmi-at-risk-of-measles-outbreak-health-official
Eastman, L. (2020, January 7). Australia’s Apocalyptic Fires Caused by Bad Land Management and Arsonists, Not “Climate Change.” Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion. https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/australias-apocalyptic-fires-caused-by-bad-land-management-and-arsonists-not-climate-change/
Fedschun, T. (2020, January 8). Puerto Rico earthquake, power outage spurs state of emergency, many sleep outside amid “uncertainty.” Fox News. https://www.foxnews.com/us/puerto-rico-earthquake-state-of-emergency-sleep-outside-electricity-outage-aftershock
France warns Britain a US trade deal may not be so easy. (2020, January 8). RNZ. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/406886/france-warns-britain-a-us-trade-deal-may-not-be-so-easy
Glasman, M. (2020, January 8). How Trump handed victory to Qasem Soleimani. UnHerd. https://unherd.com/2020/01/how-trump-handed-victory-to-qasem-soleimani/
Hayward, S. (2020, January 6). Trump’s Sin: Conducting Foreign Policy Without Permission. Power Line. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/01/trumps-sin-conducting-foreign-policy-without-permission.php
Hinderaker, J. (2020, January 7). Treasonous, Or Just Stupid? Power Line. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/01/treasonous-or-just-stupid.php
Jacobson, W. A. (2020, January 7). Iran launches missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq. Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion. https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/iran-launches-missile-attacks-on-u-s-bases-in-iraq/
Kalder, D. (2020, January 8). Russia’s brief encounter with the sexual revolution. UnHerd. https://unherd.com/2020/01/russias-brief-encounter-with-the-sexual-revolution/
LaChance, M. (2020a, January 7). Outstanding Student Loan Portfolio Has Now Topped $1.5 Trillion Dollars. Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion. https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/outstanding-student-loan-portfolio-has-now-topped-1-5-trillion-dollars/
LaChance, M. (2020b, January 7). UC Berkeley Facing Lawsuit Over Mandatory Diversity Statements in Hiring. Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion. https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/uc-berkeley-facing-lawsuit-over-mandatory-diversity-statements-in-hiring/
List of United States over-the-air television networks. (2019). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_United_States_over-the-air_television_networks&oldid=929719258
Locke, K. (2020, January 8). NZ’s response to Soleimani assassination is shamefully timid. RNZ. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/406919/keith-locke-nz-s-response-to-soleimani-assassination-is-shamefully-timid
Matthews, S. (2020, January 7). Nikki Haley: Democrat Leaders Are the Only People “Mourning the Loss of Soleimani.” Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion. https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/nikki-haley-democrat-leaders-are-the-only-people-mourning-the-loss-of-soleimani/
Measles confirmation in PNG’s capital “deeply concerning.” (2020, January 8). RNZ. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/406928/measles-confirmation-in-png-s-capital-deeply-concerning
Miles, F. (2020, January 8). Massive NASA rocket part to be ferried up Mississippi River on barge. Fox News. https://www.foxnews.com/science/nasa-rocket-part-ferried-mississippi-river
Mirengoff, P. (2020, January 7). On impeachment, McConnell has a plan, and the votes. Power Line. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/01/on-impeachment-mcconnell-has-a-plan-and-the-votes.php
Night-flying drone squadrons baffle rural US West. (2020, January 2). BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50977310
Notopoulos, K. (2019, December 28). The Old Internet Died And We Watched And Did Nothing. BuzzFeed News. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katienotopoulos/how-we-killed-the-old-internet
Osburn, M. (2020, January 8). Texas Church Shooting Minister Won’t Speak With Mainstream Media. The Federalist. https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/08/in-wake-of-texas-church-shooting-minister-declines-to-speak-with-mainstream-media/
Parke, C. (2020, January 7). California law loophole leads to car theft crisis that leaves tourists in the crosshairs. Fox News. https://www.foxnews.com/auto/california-law-leads-to-car-theft-crisis
Perry, T. S. (2019, December 17). Is it Time for the U.S. Government to Drag Tech Jobs out of Silicon Valley and Into the Heartland? - IEEE Spectrum. IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News. https://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/at-work/innovation/is-it-time-for-the-us-government-to-drag-tech-jobs-out-of-silicon-valley-and-into-the-heartland
Puerto Rico hit by 6.4-magnitude earthquake. (2020, January 8). RNZ. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/406895/puerto-rico-hit-by-6-point-4-magnitude-earthquake
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Vincent, M., & Walsh, M. (2019, December 16). “Australian soft power”: A look back at how the ABC once ruled the Asia Pacific’s airwaves. ABC News. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-16/abc-celebrating-80-years-of-international-broadcasting/11783252
So I wrote about that incident in Fort WorthYeah, I have a blog post up. The thing to consider is that until Easter this year I almost always presided over communion at West Avenue Church of Christ. There’s no formal plan in place for such events at West Avenue. That being said, I’m pretty sure I know what to do.
At This Point What Difference Does It Make?Van Drew of New Jersey, Peterson of Colorado, and Golden of Maine voted against impeaching. Gabbard refuses to vote in the matter. The ultimately stupid part is NO MANAGERS WERE APPOINTED ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE. They adopted articles and went home for the night. The Senate waited around on the House for managers to march in to present articles. With luck they’re going to interrupt consideration of appropriations in the Senate tomorrow to present the articles.
The stupid idea I’ve heard of hanging onto the articles in the House and severely delaying their being walked over to the Senate serves no practical purpose. A time of “scorched earth” is coming. We need to get this idiocy in DC concluded promptly.
So, I am mostly aliveI had major surgery Friday of the oral sort. Recovery has begun. Dentures top & bottom are coming.
I am only 38.
This is part of the physical toll paid from the stress of working for Uncle Sam. I don’t work at Treasury any longer. Technically I am employed nowhere at all and boast no income to speak of. Medicaid is not fun to deal with.
i have to move forward, persevere, and get my health in order if I want to be able to do more than merely survive day by day. Mere survival is quite dreary. Living fully is much better.
Law Profs Argue The Wealth Tax
A vacancy is set to arise in my city ward councilor's position due to his being elevated to one of the two at-large positions.
The city charter specifies that the county central committee of the party of the last occupant of the office gets to choose the replacement.
That would be the Republicans.
Why yes, of course I threw my name in for consideration! The dude has under two years left on his term. There is CHAOS to be prevented...
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