2017-07-15_SRT_WH-IMG_1941 by Joe Bustillos

On Knowing What Other People Are Thinking

In an exchange that began with a conservative friend fretting over CNN’s obvious obsession with bringing down tRumph he commented, turns out accidentally, that in view of the scandals he’d blame Melania for leaving tRumph. That didn’t make sense so I commented: You’d blame Melania if she left Trump? That doesn’t seem to make sense. She should “stand by here man” while he has multiple … Continue reading On Knowing What Other People Are Thinking

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Why Aren’t We Fixing This

Why Aren’t We Fixing This? If this problem wasn’t presenting as a political thing, what would we be doing to fix it and why aren’t we doing that now? I don’t give a damn how you feel about guns, or mental health, or the NRA, or Citizens United, or illegal aliens, or DJT, or the second amendment… the United States of American has a problem … Continue reading Why Aren’t We Fixing This

Tools to Fix Broken Audio Port

Dealing with Broken Tech-Ed Stuff (Again)

As I’ve said before, nothing tests the reliability and toughness of equipment (and people) like being subjected to the daily use by 4- to 11-year-olds. It gives new (literal) meaning to the words “wear and tear.” Thus, my hearty group of learners have vanquished with almost no effort over a dozen styluses that were designed to be used by the military. More recently they have … Continue reading Dealing with Broken Tech-Ed Stuff (Again)

No Bored Mexican Kids

Sometimes You Just Need to Wear Your Cowboy Hat

I was very disappointed that I couldn’t get mom’s Echo Show to work and surprised to discover that I couldn’t call her using the Alexa app on my iPad. That it only works from my iPhone. Damn. Very disappointed. After several attempts we resorted to just talking over the phone. Damn. But in the rambling conversation she said something about how when she babysat the … Continue reading Sometimes You Just Need to Wear Your Cowboy Hat

We’re Back… Second Half of the School Year Adjustments

Back when the Washington Redskins were winning Super Bowls (circa 1991), one was always wise to be aware of coach Joe Gibbs’ incredible halftime readjustments where they’d take what they learned in the first half and crush the opposing team in the second half. Now that the first half of the school year has passed I wish that I could say my break was spent … Continue reading We’re Back… Second Half of the School Year Adjustments

1098-CorrinCampbell” by U.S. Army, https://flic.kr/p/8pqUYz

Daily Random Sh*t: The Cost of Being Self-Aware in this “Donald Moment”

Daily Random Sh*t: The Cost of Being Self-Aware in this Donald Moment A friend lamented: I wake up every day feeling like an unredeemable pile of sub-human garbage knowing that nothing I can do will ever change it… meanwhile.. we got a guy who can barely form coherent sentences claiming to be a genuis. Thinking he’s great when his words and actions point to him … Continue reading Daily Random Sh*t: The Cost of Being Self-Aware in this “Donald Moment”

Adios AIM: Tool to Create Constructive Virtual Presence

Adios AIM: Tool to Create Constructive Virtual Presence AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) silently ceased to exist on December 15th, and most of the tech pundits I heard appeared to either be happy to see it go or spoke of the service with low regard. I mark this passing from a different set of experiences. When I got my Master’s degree online in 2002 and later … Continue reading Adios AIM: Tool to Create Constructive Virtual Presence

LEGO EV3 Gotham Noir by Joe Bustillos

Daily Random Sh*t: Photoshop Beginner: Removing the Background

Daily Random Shit: Photoshop Beginner: Removing the Background Last night I learned how to erase the background of my LEGO EV3 image using Photoshop CC 2018. At first I watched a video on YouTube (below), but the differences between the version used in the video (CS6) and my version, while getting me used to using layers, was too confusing to be followed. So, I went … Continue reading Daily Random Sh*t: Photoshop Beginner: Removing the Background