Greg Grossmeier

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  • 2015-02-28T03:21:08Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Well, I took a pill today that the doctor said would really help me. Guess what it did? I had an 8 hour migraine, one of the worst in a long time. I'm actually out hiding in the rv from the noise of a 3 year old. :( #notthebestfridaynight
  • 2015-02-27T14:29:46Z via AndStatus To: Public

    When I picked up the rv from the shop yesterday (rode my bike there), the owner asked if it was my home. My response was potentially an accidental foreshadow: "not yet."

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  • 2015-02-26T22:58:13Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers


    I'm getting sick and tired of finding interesting podcasts that are only available to subscribe to on iTunes or Stitcher or whatever other fucking middle man that wants to sell your ears to ads.

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    OT: should I stop writing "premium video"? I get a kick out of its use in rationalizing EME, but I guess nobody else is laughing, mostly for not getting the reference. But of course I mostly write for my own enjoyment. Maybe that is an answer.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-02-27T00:52:45Z

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    Can you provide any examples?  It's almost always possible to track down a bare RSS feed somewhere.

    You can't really call something a podcast otherwise.

    Benjamin Cook at 2015-02-27T02:16:14Z

    You remember where the word Podcast comes from, right?

    "The word is a neologism and portmanteau derived from "broadcast" and "pod" from the success of the iPod, as audio podcasts are often listened to on portable media players." -

    And I know about working around stupid feeds, but the only places the audio for this particular podcast is hosted is on either iTunes or Sticher. If you have figured out how to get a real RSS feed of the audio files from either of those, let me know.

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-02-27T04:51:49Z

    there used to be a itunes to rss url converter I recall from back in the day. after all itunes, stitcher, et am have to get their feeds from somewhere

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  • 2015-02-26T17:58:38Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    RV is at the shop.

    TIL: Mechanic slang: "doghouse". You know those really short nosed vans where the engine is deep into the cab? That center console that you have to remove to get to the engine is referred to as 'the doghouse'.

  • 2015-02-25T16:51:25Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    RV update for yesterday/this morning:

    • Mechanic appt for tomorrow morning. Same mechanic that Joe (previous owner) used, which is good.
    • Bought tire covers to hopefully extend their life.
  • 2015-02-24T22:43:57Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    RV Update for today:

    • Smog check: Failure :(

    A leak in the passenger side manifold. Everything else is fine (and would pass otherwise) just the leak is before the engine's sensors so it legally has to be fixed before it can pass "smog check".

  • 2015-02-23T17:19:35Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    RV progress for the past weekend:


    • Drinking water hose
    • Y-valve (for water spigot/bib so I can have drinking water and an extra hose for cleaning the sewer pipe)
    • Pressure regulator valve
    • Clear sewer pipe elbow (to tell when the black water tank is clean)

    Free things from Joe:

    • 50ft (I think) 30 amp extension cord
    • extra sky light covers


    • More caulking, emptied my first tube
    • Used expanding foam to fill a gap under the sink, and some random other places I saw while I was underneath
    • Fixed the stereo power connection
    • Washed the removable bed cover
    • Vacuumed all other cushions

    Joe's the guy I bought the RV from, aka my neighbor (who unfortunately is moving away).

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-02-23T19:09:04Z

  • 2015-02-16T04:19:21Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I really need to take pictures of the RV before I start doing things to it....

    I have a cold (since Saturday morning) so I've been really lazy/slow this weekend, which meant it was great to just dink around with the RV (putting some basic supplies like towels, silverware, hangers, pillows, blankets/quilts, etc in there).

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  • 2015-02-13T18:27:27Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Now begins the life of being an RV owner. Just moved it into our driveway.

    (Still need insurance and registration done, but those are those annoying legal technicalities.)

  • 2015-02-12T03:46:28Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Bought the RV. Pictures etc later

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  • 2015-02-11T04:41:37Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I bet I know people who know solar power on here...

    What should I look for in a solar panel? Portable-ish one as it'll be for my (yet to actually purchase) RV.

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    Do you already know what you want to power with it? Is it to keep a phone charged, or do you want to power other devices?

    In my experience solar powered power banks are basically useless (they aren't able to fully recharge their small battery even in a day of full sun); at a minimum you'll want to look into a panel that is at least a quarter of square meter big (they sell a number of these that are foldable and/or have handles for portability).

    If I remember correctly, polycrystalline panels are less efficient overall than monocrystalline ones, *but* they work a bit better under non-ideal conditions such as cloudy weather or wrong orientation, which IMHO is a huge plus for a portable solution. I can't really find a reliable source for this, so it's something that probably requires some research.

    As joeyh mentioned, solar panel aging is not a big issue, as long as you keep it in mind and overestimate your requirements a bit; batteries however are a different matter and will require changing every few years,.

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2015-02-11T16:13:01Z

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    I built a small 12 volt emergency backup power generator a while ago. You can read the gory details here:

    It was more of an experiment than anything else. This provides enough power to charge cell phones and portable LED lamps.

    This is what I can tell you of that experience:

    Get the largest wattage that you can get. I made this mistake with mine. I purchased a 13 Watt panel. It works well, but the wattage will dictate size of the battery. The rule of thumb is that you cannot use a battery Amp/Hr larger than 1.5 of the amount of watts. In other words, with 13 watts, the battery cannot be more than 25 Amp/Hr. If you get a 100 Watt, then you can have a 150-200 AmpHour battery (this is a boat/camper size battery).

    Battery must be deep cycle batteries. Be mindful while buying them. The small ones are the ones used for alarm systems and the large ones are the marine type. There are "solar power" specialized ones. I do not know, but I am using a small deep cycle one for a scooter and it works fine.

    Get a controller to make your life easier and do not burn your battery.

    Good luck!

    Luis at 2015-02-11T19:01:52Z

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    For perspective, the old panels here generated 32 amp-hours on this sunny winter day. At noon, 70 watts were being produced. (These panels were originally rated at 256 watts; they might have generated 128 watts 15 years ago.)

    The 32 amp-hrs is ample for my laptop for a day. I could stretch this windfall for a week if I needed to. As it is, tomorrow should be fairly sunny too, and the charge controller has nearly topped off the batteries full, so I am running some hard drives on the inverter and blasting hundreds of GB of data around.

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  • 2015-02-05T04:11:54Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I could watch so many Juice Rap News'.

    Seriously, so well produced. Watched two this morning before work :)

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  • 2015-02-04T16:21:47Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Last night I checked out my neighbor's RV (1997-ish Class C Lindy, looks like this). Going to take it for a test drive today.

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    My "wtf..." comment was when I clicked on it and ghostery warned me it was redirecting me to adultfriendfinder. But now, every time I click/reload I see the RV.


    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-02-05T00:22:02Z

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    maybe globalrvdealer guys use some ad program that is set to show redirects single time using cookies or something.
    thankfully I wasn't all wrong! I was losing my sanity about how I got there, checked all my feeds. Ghostery is a must use, I had it disabled.

    testbeta at 2015-02-05T18:34:27Z

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  • 2015-02-02T01:26:08Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Say what you will about the super bowl, but this half time show (I'm eating a slice of pizza while out wandering around) is.... insane. Also, University of Phoenix stadium?
    Well, the pizza place gave me my meal for free. That's pretty cool.

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-02-02T01:48:48Z

  • 2015-02-02T00:10:27Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Something profound.

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  • 2015-01-31T02:22:37Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Having parks be sunrise to sunset really limiting in the winter. Heck, it's limiting all the time; I like to watch sunsets, which means going *until* sunset and then the wonderful dusk time. This is part of why people buy land. Or camp. Or hunt. Being outside, in nature, at night is amazing.

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    @cmhobbs But we know how to keep common spaces useful for all; it's not a free for all as the misguided side of the libertarians try to say. That was a cheap jab, but unfortunately the best way I could explain it.

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-01-31T04:54:26Z

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    I think you nailed it.

    cmhobbs at 2015-01-31T05:02:45Z

    "Before sunrise" is such an awesome movie, though.

    Lars Wirzenius at 2015-01-31T19:12:35Z

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    Oh, the Before Midnight dinner scene..!

    joeyh at 2015-01-31T19:35:19Z

  • 2015-01-30T17:35:44Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Something I haven't been able to find information on: Potential negative effects of sleeping with earplugs.

    I used Google Scholar (I know..) and all the results are either shitty "how to sleep better" throw away pieces or a few studies on helping patients in ERs/ICUs sleep better.

    My thinking: Your brain isn't just off when you sleep; it is processing a ton and experiencing dreams and all that good stuff. It even still hears the outside world and incorporates that into your dreams (at least, maybe even others "places").

    Is background noise helpful to the brain in dream-state? Is total-ish silence?

    The answer is probably "we don't know" given the fact we know so very little about the brain.

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    I'd be more worried about ear-sweat and other build-up. Your ears need ventilation or they can get infections or other bad stuff. I know whenever I use earplugs I get a lot of wax build-up. Neil Peart had an ear infection because of too much use of in-ear monitors and motor-bike ear plugs.
    That said if you can't get to sleep any other way it might be worth the risk.

    Craig Maloney at 2015-01-30T17:44:04Z

    True! In a recent physical I was told "you have some wax build up pretty far down, not bad, but you might want to have it taken care of next time. Don't do it yourself because you'll just push it deeper."

    I've sadly become addicted to sleeping with earplugs. I don't like it. I never had to before.

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-01-30T18:14:40Z

    I've got tinnitus and find a little background noise helps even things out. Earplugs would probably be counterproductive for me :)

    Brion Vibber at 2015-01-30T18:18:20Z

  • 2015-01-28T03:32:39Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    It was a great WMF All Hands and then MediaWiki Developer Summit. My team is awesome and full of great people. Getting together in person and having a chance to really talk is amazing. Distributed teams are great things, especially when you get to be in the same place for a couple times a year.

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  • 2015-01-28T02:47:34Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Just passed a Chase Private Client office. Aren't all clients private?
    Perhaps some more so than others?

    Jason Self at 2015-01-28T04:23:46Z