Cavalcade of Mammals

Links for March 2021

Thousands of starlings fly together to make an enormous bird. by Gage Li
This amazing photograph (still from a video) was taken by James Crombie in Ireland. It shows a murmuration of thousands of starlings acting like a single giant creature to confuse predators.
The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family by Dr. Seuss
35M Americans have health insurance due to Obamacare. 12M directly on ACA plans, 14M due to the Medicaid expansion, a couple million young adults on their parents plans, and 10M covered due to the employer mandate.
Assemblies of putative SARS-CoV2-spike-encoding mRNA sequences for vaccines BNT-162b2 and mRNA-1273
College students are falling in love with white supremacy. Rep. Paul Gosar is helping. by Talia Lavin
Abraham Lincoln (1860-02-27): Cooper Union Address
“The sum of the whole is, that of our thirty-nine fathers who framed the original Constitution, twenty-one—a clear majority of the whole—certainly understood that no proper division of local from federal authority, nor any part of the Constitution, forbade the Federal Government to control slavery in the federal territories; while all the rest probably had the same understanding. Such, unquestionably, was the understanding of our fathers who framed the original Constitution; and the text affirms that they understood the question “better than we.””

“Now, and here, let me guard a little against being misunderstood. I do not mean to say we are bound to follow implicitly in whatever our fathers did. To do so, would be to discard all the lights of current experience—to reject all progress—all improvement. What I do say is, that if we would supplant the opinions and policy of our fathers in any case, we should do so upon evidence so conclusive, and argument so clear, that even their great authority, fairly considered and weighed, cannot stand; and most surely not in a case whereof we ourselves declare they understood the question better than we.”

“If any man at this day sincerely believes that a proper division of local from federal authority, or any part of the Constitution, forbids the Federal Government to control as to slavery in the federal territories, he is right to say so, and to enforce his position by all truthful evidence and fair argument which he can. But he has no right to mislead others, who have less access to history, and less leisure to study it, into the false belief that “our fathers who framed the Government under which we live” were of the same opinion—thus substituting falsehood and deception for truthful evidence and fair argument.”


Time, an XKCD comic, time-lapse video
When the Electric Car Is King, Less Energy Is More by Liam Denning and Elaine He

Strict firearm laws reduce gun deaths: here’s the evidence by Nick Evershed

Links for February 2021

The Real Origins of the Religious Right: They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation. by RANDALL BALMER
Pro-Trump Rioters Tear Down American Flag, Replace it With Trump Flag at U.S. Capitol Building. by Morgan Smith and Virginia Chamlee
Amid the Wildfires: Mike Davis’s forecast for the left. by Micah Uetricht
City of Quartz (1990). Los Angeles’s history, politics, culture, architecture, policing, immigration
Late Victorian Holocausts (200). About famines that swept India, China, and Brazil from 1870 to 1914, resulting in tens of millions of deaths.
Freedom from the Market by Mike Konczal.
Remakes the American debate about freedom, draws on examples from their own, largely forgotten history.
What Do We Do About John James Audubon? The founding father of American birding soared on the wings of white privilege. The birding community and organizations that bear his name must grapple with this racist legacy to create a more just, inclusive world. by J. Drew Lanham
‘I Miss My Mom’: Children Of QAnon Believers Are Desperately Trying To Deradicalize Their Own Parents: Here’s what it’s like to lose the person who raised you to a far-right cult. by Jesselyn Cook
Cities Spend Millions On Police Misconduct Every Year. Here’s Why It’s So Difficult to Hold Departments Accountable. by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Laura Bronner and Damini Sharma

Links for January 2021

Reverse Engineering the source code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine by Bert Hubert
Trump’s Alleged Involvement with the KKK. Newspaper clips obtained by VICE suggest the Republican frontrunner’s father may have worn the robe and hood of a Klansman in 1927. by Mike Pearl
Dover Pictorial Archive and related, at the Internet Archive
U.S. Capitol Clean-up: Hear from a few employees about the incredible effort they and their teams put forward in the aftermath of the Capitol breach on January 6, 2021. by aoc staff
Excess mortality from COVID-19 in the US so far: 400,000 people, or 1:650, data
It All Began With Russia: Donald Trump’s 4 Great Betrayals of the Nation: The scandal set the stage for the horrors that followed. by David Corn
Large bitcoin payments to right-wing activists a month before Capitol riot linked to foreign account. by Jenna McLaughlin
Trump officials actively lobbied to deny states money for vaccine rollout last fall. by Nicholas Florko


Voronoi diagram blue

Make a dish based on Voronoi diagrams. Made an Inkscape extension (jim_voronoi.py) that does recursive Voronoi diagrams with optional Lloyd’s relaxation. Seed point layouts can be random or normally distributed from the edge, center, or two or more foci arranged about half way between the center and edge.

Plan is to make a nonogram outline, and do two levels of Voronoi regions. The first level is normally distributed at the edge, the second level is randomly distributed and has one round of Lloyd’s relaxation. Try several layouts, pick one that looks appealing.


Make the main color opaque blue. Cut with a tile saw, clean up on the grinder. Print out the design on two pages, tape together, and match pieces to the design to check while grinding.

Cut a base glass of 3mm transparent, place over the design, glue the tiles in place. Place paper over the glass leaving the main lines uncovered, use Bullseye True Blue Transparent power. Add Glastac glue to fix in place, remove excess, clean up. Mix Glastic Gel glue with powder, add to edge to give a border. Let dry overnight. Clean up some more, use vacuum to remove excess powder.

Mask main lines with blue tape, add Bullseye Aquamarine Blue Transparent powder to fill in secondary lines. Add Glastac glue to fix in place, clean up excess, and let dry. In places, the powder compressed when the glue was added–add more powder of both colors to fill remaining gaps, let dry, clean up. For detail clean up, hold the vacuum close by and scrap off excess powder / glue.

Fuse on ceramic paper:
400F, 1 hr
1000F, 2 hr
1250F, 1 hr
1250F, 30 min
1465F, 1 hr
1465F, 30 min
960F, 1 hr
960F, 30 min
700F, 75 min
let cool.



Links for December 2020

Facial recognition to tag photos:
Shotwell, digiKam imgSeek Galapix
face_recognition

Aging Is Reversible—at Least in Human Cells and Live Mice: Changes to gene activity that occur with age can be turned back, a new study shows by Karen Weintraub
“In living mice they activated the four genes (known as “Yamanaka factors,” for researcher Shinya Yamanaka, the Nobelist who discovered their combined potential in 2006). This approach rejuvenated damaged muscles and the pancreas in a middle-aged mouse, and extended by 30 percent the life span of a mouse with a genetic mutation responsible for Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome.”

“A damn stupid thing to do”—the origins of C. Today, C may be a lingua franca among programmers. This is its (abridged) history.
by Richard Jensen

Bodycam Video Shows ‘Mob Mentality’ Of Boston Police Who Responded To George Floyd Protests, Lawyer Says by Eoin Higgins

What happened to the Colorado Republican Party? Out of power in a changing state, the GOP is in soul-searching mode. by Conrad Swanson


Samsung CLCP-415NW firmware fix

I found an online vendor selling cracked firmware that ignores the page counter chip and resets the internal page count to zero. The package came with a firmware image (V4.00.01.41) matched to the version installed, and download_0.bat, upgrade.prn, and usbprns2.exe

I ran into trouble–the firmware update wouldn’t take, it stalled when installing the image. So I downloaded the Samsung firmware updater, planning to replace the official image with my image (by changing the filename and putting it where the updater expected it. But the updater first updated the firmware on me (to V4.00.01.49), and then it wouldn’t use my cracked firmware because the cracked firmware was now an earlier version.

I finally got the firmware replaced.

Turn the printer on. Don’t hold down the orange “X” when turning it on, but press the orange “X” button immediately after starting it. The display jumps right away to “Wait Image”.

Now run download_0.bat and drop the firmware on usbprns2.exe. Now the firmware updated, then the printer reset. Worked!

Also note from the service manual:
‘Entering Tech Mode • Press “Menu > Back > Left > Right > OK > Stop” on the control panel continuously.
The Tech Mode menu has an ‘F/W Upgrade’ option, but using it I couldn’t upgrade the firmware.



Links for November 2020


This weird fruit is native to North America and an ‘ecological anachronism’ by Tracy Hadden Loh
Maclura pomifera / Osage orange / hedge apple
5 Common Edible Summertime Berries in the Chesapeake
Soul-Warming Fruit: Hard to find and tricky to eat, the persimmon is deeply connected to rustic holiday food traditions. Head for fields and woodlands—and look up! by Tracey Crehan Gerlach

Squiggles and Squares Kids activity sheets–follow the overlapping lines
Harbor Freight parody at Cool Tools


Links for October 2020

The 8th wonder of the world by Josh Dzieza
Big Business and its Bottomless Bootlickers by Nathan J. Robinson and Rob Larson.
Review of Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero by Tyler Cowen. TL;DR, he’s a gormless hack.

Liberals Are Losing the Journalism Wars: As major media outlets erect paywalls, conservative publishers are flooding the country with free right-wing propaganda paid for by Republicans. by Alex Pareene

Rallies Are the Core of Trump’s Campaign, and a Font of Lies and Misinformation: A recent rally in Wisconsin was typical. In 90 minutes, President Trump made 131 false or inaccurate statements. by Linda Qiu and Michael D. Shear

Links for September 2020

The Alt-Right Playbook: The Death of a Euphemism

Raspberry Pi MPEG-2 license key
Patch for MPEG-2, VC-1 license

Eee PC 1008HA (Seashell) drivers

How to cheat a coin flip

Reason and Persuasion: Three Dialogues By Plato: Euthyphro, Meno, Republic Book, 4th edition by John Holbo (Author), Plato (Author), Belle Waring (Translator).
Three complete Plato dialogues – Euthyphro, Meno, Republic Book I – in a fresh English translation, with extensive commentary and original illustrations. “Reason and Persuasion” is suitable as an introductory textbook or for more advanced students of Plato and philosophy.

How to Unlock Android Phone If Forgot Password, Pattern Lock, or Broken Screen

Prohibition worked better than you think

‘At Least During the Internment …’ Are Words I Thought I’d Never Utter: I was sent to a camp at just 5 years old — but even then, they didn’t separate children from families. by George Takei

Don’t Believe What They Tell You About The Left. Try reading our books and talking to us instead of listening to what YouTube loudmouths say we think… by Nathan J. Robinson

Punchcutting at the Atelier Press & Letterfoundry

It’s Coming From Inside the House by David Austin Walsh

Conservatives are desperate to absolve the 1 percent.
by Ryan Cooper

The Last of Its Kind: The biologist David Sischo has a tragic assignment: keeping vigil over a species’ sole survivor, then marking its extinction in real time. by Ed Yong

I’m an American who’s lived in Europe for 10 years — and I don’t miss these 5 aspects of American culture at all. by Jessica Stillman

Have we all underrated the humble pencil? by Tim Harford
Thoreau’s family made its money by manufacturing high-quality pencils.

The boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life. by Sharon Begley
Precision medicine–ARAF tested in zebrafish to confim function.

Pro DSLRs Compared

“Who Rises to the Top? Early Indicators”, pdf
A follow-up of subjects scoring above 180 IQ in Terman’s genetic studies of genius
“Although there are numerous studies of gifted students, there have been no studies following up the very high IQ students into adulthood. Using the Terman files, 26 subjects with scores above 180 IQ were compared with 26 randomly selected subjects from Terman’s sample. Findings were generally that the extra IQ points made little difference and that extremely high IQ does not seem to indicate “genius” in the commonly understood sense of the word.”

Books You Should Read: Exact Constraint: Machine Design Using Kinematic Principles
Exact Constraint: Machine Design Using Kinematic Principles” by Douglass L. Blandin

Dinosaur necklace $20
Dino ring $20

Dan Gelbart shop video series: High precision air bearing CNC lathe and grinder (vid)

Forty-three new women came forward to describe assault and harassment by Trump. Newspapers ignored them.


Quantum computing for the very curious. by Andy Matuschak and Michael Nielsen

Andre Norton Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Mens Messenger Bag 15.6 Inch Waterproof Vintage Genuine Leather Waxed Canvas, $50

Everything you wanted to know about money-laundering but were afraid to ask
Foundations of the #MoneyLaundry – A Twitter Seminar thread by CZEdwards
A case study in a vertically integrated #MoneyLaundry by CZEdwards
REITs: Who has cash? Money Laundries.
by CZEdwards

Gunnerkrigg Court webcomic

A Complete List of Important Natural Language Processing Frameworks you should Know (NLP Infographic)

How To Pretend That You Are Smart: There is a difference between assertion and argument, but a lot of highly credentialed people do not notice when they’re just stating their prejudices rather than proving anything. by Nathan J. Robinson

Tiny MS DOS program called “Memories”. This program has a size of 256 bytes and won the “PC 256 byte” competition of the demoscene event “Revision” in 2020

NASA is offering Space Program ‘Artifacts’ and ‘Special Items’ for use or display in your science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themed program. Free / nominal cost for schools.

The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus.
Nitrogen fixing, endophytes.

How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation: Meet 1883’s most absurd language guide. by Tucker Leighty-Phillips
About English as She Is Spoke by Pedro Carolino

Spurious Correlations

The men behind QAnon: Experts and researchers said the key to “Q” is hiding in plain sight. by Chris Francescani
They figured out the guys behind Qanon, a couple of white supremacists: James Arthur Watkins, his son, Ronald Watkins.

Sediments settle much faster in an angled container
Boycott Effect, discovered by Arthur Edwin Boycott in 1920.