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The only thing scarier than a propeller, is a propeller at night. I was just reading about this poor gal in Texaas that walked into a prop. It brought back a lot of memories of working around turboprops in the dark. Man I hate those things.
I think this shot from Navy.mil does a good job of making it clear why. They are hard to see in the light, and pretty much invisible in the dark. The noise is loud enough that it’s not so easy to identify just where it is coming from. That adds up to a rather dangerous environment, and I’m guessing this young lady in Texas may not have been used to running around airplanes in the dark. I do wonder why the pilot didn’t keep her inside until the prop had come to a complete stop. I imagine he or she may be wondering the same thing right now.
Hooked up a Wacom Intuos 3 graphics tablet to my Fedora 15 box today. That’s it. Everything just worked. Sort of like when I was on the shared drive from the office server on Friday. No messing about with Samba – no issues – just worked. I love living in the future.
I have been so busy I haven’t played with App Inventor in a long time. Yesterday I read an interesting article about MIT taking over the project. That got me wanting to get things set up again and see where it was at.
It was frustrating because I couldn’t get my phone to connect to the software. I was googling and wracking my brain to figure out the issue. I tried on multiple machines with multiple OS’s. After many hours a very simple solution to my problems finally crept into my brain. I went home, got another USB cable and all my problems went away. Annoying but I’m glad I got it figured out.
On a related note, the App Inventor software is run from the browser. One piece, the “Blocks Editor” is written in Java. So the browser downloads a jnlp file and it needs to be run. I was using Chrome. But when I told it to auto-open the file after downloading it wouldn’t give me a choice in what program did the opening. It was using the open-jdk (which the docs say not to use) and I couldn’t figure out how to get it to let me switch to the Oracle jdk. So I went to running it from Firefox, where I had no problem setting this up correctly. There is a lot I really like about Chrome, but when I want to get stuff done, I inevitably end up back on Firefox
I was at Baumax yesterday buying some things. One item I picked up was a plug to attach to a lamp I want to use here. The issue is I can’t figure out how I’m supposed to connect the wires to the plug. The posts that come out of the plug and go into an outlet are solid. There’s no immediately obvious way (to me) to connect the wires to those posts. Images below – click on them for larger.
It’s an old song, sung a lot of ways by a lot of people. I tend to prefer the Johnny Cash version the best, but that’s no surprise. One verse really stands out.
Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man
But as sure as God made black and white
What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light
It’s not a popular position today but I do believe that much like there are physical laws at work in our universe there are also moral or spiritual laws as well. I believe that whenever anyone seeks to find the truth about life, that when they do it will be in line with these laws. Of course I also think a lot of people could save quite a bit of time by reading the Bible and getting a jump start on discovering what these truths are. All that to say that this portion of the song is based on scripture and is, I believe, something that can be depended on as much as gravity or the fact that 2+2=4.
For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.
This video is supposed to be funny but it’s actually pretty good documentation of how I spent a good chunk of my morning. Ingrid’s laptop was overheating and needed to be cleaned out. I pretty much had to completely disassemble it as shown in the song. I didn’t have to do some things they have in there, but did have to do some they don’t show. Pretty poor engineering.