Forgot to archive my 2020 Father’s Day conversation #TBT

Posted By on June 25, 2020

FathersDayFacetime200621Our family went in different directions for Father’s Day this year, but I enjoyed the text messages, ‘last year memory photo’ and FaceTime singing by Annalyn. She sang a great Happy Father’s Day song to the tune of "Happy Birthday to you" … that was very appreciated and enjoyable.

Ellerie tried to talk and she gazed at the iPad screen the whole time … I’m not sure if it was just because it was a "video screen" or my funny face?

The call from Katelyn and Drew after their weekend with the Oostras in Michigan was just what I needed to top off my day … as was the photo from Put-In-Bay last year (photo below – and making it a Throwback Thursday #TBT link). What great memories my whole family has had up at Lake Erie.

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Taylor was off backpacking to the Smokey Mountains with this buddy Mike … and from his photos … looks to have had a great time. So many similar memories we share … I did the same thing when single and then with my buddy Jeff after Brenda and I were married. We even took Brenda and the kids on a couple of our hikes and eventually moving up from tent to cabin. Good times and memories (link to photo of kids on the tailgate of our 1994 Toyota 4-Runner)!

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US Debt clock, Unfunded Liabilities and Debt to GDP ratio

Posted By on June 24, 2020

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By now we all have heard and know about the TRILLIONS we have borrowed and continue to borrow as a nation in deep debt, but few are willing to make any changes to the status quo before this house of cards comes tumbling down. What we don’t really thing about quite as much are the "unfunded liabilities." They make the debt and deficit issue look manageable.

The big unfunded liabilities are federal liabilities are for those of us looking forward to Social Security ($21T unfunded) and Medicare ($32T unfunded). One doubts these will ever be correctly funded, but will come to a head when cuts are forced on recipients or changes to what younger people are taxed or the age they can receive. Everyone knows that "means testing" is going to be a given as some point.

The argument continues to be made that so as long as the US has a growing GDP, we can continue to print and borrow … but even a closer look at those numbers is telling (below). This irresponsible "living" can’t continue … let alone adding any of the proposals by Democrats campaigning for the November 2020 election (Green New Deal, Free college, etc).

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A new Weber grill, some assembly and Father’s Day grill brush

Posted By on June 23, 2020

WeberSpiritS-315_productimaWe replaced our rusting “hand-me-down” rebuilt grill from 2016 (thanks Jeff) this year with a new natural gas Weber Spirit S-315 stainless steel grill set up. So far it is a great grill and perfectly sized for our family. For those looking at it, be sure you know that there is some assembly involved if ordering online (photo below).

The new grill came in just in time for the family a couple weekends ago and Taylor and Megan’s visit last weekend. Brenda and I have already used the Weber few time on our own for our expensive but exceptionally tasty Omaha Steaks. The new grill is much hotter that the old cheap burners in the Charbroil (had to replace them every two years). 

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I did add the Weber-branded cover and specially sized grease dripping pans with this but haven’t really ever had a good brush for the grates. Not to worry … Brenda gave me a new fancy grill brush for Father’s Day. Thanks dear!

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To Do List: On my list of projects is to rework the ugly grill area off of the back kitchen porch. I go back and forth with how big a deal to make it. From a simple clean up and new pad area … to a tie in with an updated patio and stainless steel hood (which is why it continues to remain on the list).

Music Monday: An hour with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Posted By on June 22, 2020

CSNY_2020While backing up and updating one of my servers last week, I noticed an hour long recording saved on another data server, but I never used it or mentioned in a Music Monday post.

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    .. “Hey David”

Some of this Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recording was obviously live and studio based and was likely released in the 1970s on vinyl?  At this moment I’m guessing since I have not spent any time tracking it down the details … instead I’m just listening and enjoying. Likely, most readers won’t get to the end of the CSNY archived audio mp3  … but still might appreciate the “mic on” 1-minute segment with David Crosby working on his voice.
 

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Have I mentioned before how much I enjoy good harmony?  LINK   😉

Happy Father’s Day 2020 to a great dad and son-in-law, Drew

Posted By on June 21, 2020

AnnalynDinosaursTailOnly my granddaughter Annalyn and I (and those who watch us playing) really understand the “bubble” photo that I sent her earlier this week. The two of us have a few toys that will likely remain in our “memories” … at least my memory (she is only three). I do miss her when we are not together, but love the messages and enjoyment we have when we get together.

Of course the reason for this post is a Happy Father’s Day to Drew. He’s the next generation in line for after-shave lotions and handmade gifts as soon as Annalyn and Ellerie are old enough to continue that tradition. This year, and  many more to come, Katelyn helped out a bit with a fantastic wall photo gift. Love it!

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Happy Father’s Day 2020 Drew!

A long winded reader answer with a bit of my Internet history

Posted By on June 20, 2020

A couple weeks ago I shared an old automotive link from MyDesultoryBlog.com on Twitter and one of my automotive buddies sent me a private message asking about the name of my blog (now nearly 7000 posts). The conversation had me contemplate the early decisions and thoughts .. or lack of thought .. zip_01when all of this web-stuff was just getting started.

For me the “archiving” (therefore myarchive.us) process started because I needed to save files for my printing customers after preparing typesetting and art all in one place. We could save the desktop publishing files safely so jobs could be re-plated and reprinted. We started using ,“small by today’s standards,” external hard drives, 5-1/4” and 3-1/2” floppy disks and eventually Zip DrivesSyQuest carts and the Apple SuperDrive. Like VHS tapes, I have boxes of them without a computer capable of reading the disks, let alone format of the files. Things were changing rapidly back in the late 1980s and early 90s. AOLDialUpScreen

As the Internet came to life, saving compress files online became possible. Using commercial services was cost prohibited and even leased server space was costly .. but in the mid-to-late 1990s competition started to drive the cost down and it looked like there might be a way to even marketNetscapeScreenshot this “archiving” service and make my CPPNET.com client files available online … and digital PDF versions for their customers.

Over time our Consolidated Printing and Publishing Co started to do a little more than just archive the “printed” products on line, but could actually build and host our client’s website. We really should have been much more aggressive, but my conservative business nature of “profitability” clouded the risk-taking side of growing the business even if taking losses. Who knew the Amazon nonprofitable “bookstore” online model would be so successful? (on the other hand, A LOT of upstart DOT.com companies failed doing that?)

Back to the domain names: Obviously in the early days of the InterNET, the brilliance of using the Consolidated Printing and Publishing initials …  CPP … blogmyarchive_waybackmachine2005with NET from Internet became our lame domain name – CPPNET.com. One would have thought that I would have been much brighter considering I was registering bushels of domains for people in the early days (and still do it). Thankfully the squatting practice paid off well on several of the domains I registered, held and sold. A few required legal assistance since we were bridging new ground with trademarks, etc. I still think the advice to price a domain at about what the legal cost for a company to fight was sound … thanks again to intellectual property and trademarking attorney Conrad Pitts.

Less descriptive domains were more difficult to challenges so the rush was on to grab the ones that looked popular ‘in the day’ … i- and e- this and my- that in front of a descriptive word were fairly popular. In 2003, the rise of a social network site call MySpace.com elevated the stature of My- whatever … hence setting up our servers which housed “my” customers “archive” files. It is still used for files today, although not the way it was in years past. When I started my blog on that server in 2005, it started as just another “subdomain” space on myarchive.us …first blog.myarchive.us and then richc.myarchive.us. (See web.archive.org Wayback Machine image above)

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As the next decades began, it was looking like I was posting daily and that this blog thing might continue.  Subdomains are fine, but this now needed its own name. I realized unlike most “topical” blogs of the day, my personal blog wasn’t exactly on only one topic … it was “desultory” … and so the MyDesultoryBlog.com name stuck.  I registered it in 2011 and moved the WordPress CMS site own smaller server … while keeping most of the linked data scattered across several archived servers (a big headache … to solve someday).

Obviously, this was FAR more explanation that any reasonable person desires to know!

TechFriday: Blog housekeeping and a WordPress 5.4.2 update

Posted By on June 19, 2020

Way too often those who maintain their own web servers and computers grit their teeth and cringe when it is time to update and upgrade. A month or so Wordpress5.4.2ago I replaced one of my servers (the one this blog is on) and suffered through the anxiety of getting everything working again. I generally follow the principleif it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but once everything is up-to-date, am a proponent of trying to keep it that way until something won’t update or work correctly.

This week before getting too busy, I opted toapt-get Linux Ubuntu 18. 04.4 with a few packages and security updates … then back up data and update WordPress to version 5.4.2. All is well … I think.

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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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