Day 49 the one where I catch up and watch some basketball

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2018: Day 49 the one where I catch up and watch some basketball
Word count 127,160 + 3,013 or 130,173 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Here we go again. Day 49 is here. This post is really just a snapshot of the day and a few thoughts that happened in that window. Things could have been a little more interesting I guess along the way. Tomorrow we are supposed to see snow here. That should be interesting. It should be interesting one day at a time.

Today was the day that I finished listening to that audiobook of Dune (1965) from Google Play Books. Immediately after it finished I purchased the second book in the Dune series. It was published back in 1969. That was long before my years. Audiobooks are fun to listen to at night and I think Google Play Books is trying to train me to keep buying them. My subscription to unlimited audio should keep me perpetually supplied with music to fill the hour before I fall asleep. That is the way of things and probably will continue to be the way of things.

The University of West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team is visiting Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. I’m hoping the University of Kansas Jayhawks are ready to play today. The team is 20-6 overall and 9-4 in conference. That means that every game down the stretch here counts. It is worth noting at the moment that evey with all my cleaning I was not able to locate my glasses. They appear to be lost to the ages. Somebody else somewhere probably found them and wondered who was missing a pair of glasses. That somebody missing the glasses in this case is me. Generally I have not lost sunglasses or glasses. This is really the first time ever or in a very long time that glasses have gone missing.

Streaming ESPN today is made possible via a one month subscription that i setup using YouTube TV. My Google Pixel 2 XL is streaming YouTube TV to my Chromecast Ultra. It was pretty easy to set up. However, I had to reboot both the Chromecast and my phone to make the connection work. Overall the video quality seems to be pretty good tonight. ESPN broadcasters have tuned the color balance pretty well. Bob Huggins has a theory that this style of play can help a team of ten beat any team that plays 5-6 players. It seems like an interesting strategy of full court pressing, platoon substitutions, and strangely lethargic offensive schemes. Deploying a relentless full court press is going to contribute to people wanting to rest on the offensive end, but hey what do I know about basketball.

Topic 1: Still running behind

It is very early in the morning. My favorite donut shop is not open yet. No pods have been inserted in the Nespresso Expert machine today. Things are running a little bit behind schedule. Yesterday I started to get back on track. That happens one session of typing at a time. I am still mildly amused by my stunning hypothesis that removing the holodeck as a plot device would have improved Star Trek The Next Generation as a television show. That is a pivotal assertion about improvement and the process of reflection. Instead of trying to solve real problems facing the world my mind instead focuses on ways to improve a television show that last produced a new episode in 1994. It would be easy to say that is the razors edge. That some things are harder than others, but focuses in on real problems vs. pondering things that happened 20 years ago should be easier. That is not the razors edge of quandary.

It seems that a lot of my focus has been on trying to reduce the number of subscription based services that I pay for each month. That is one of those things that over time always seems to increase a little bit at a time. Things just creep on to the list.

Most things that come into my focus are one time purchases. An audiobook, Android app, or even a donut. This morning nobody will try to sell me a weekly donut subscription. Obviously, the people would be nearly powerless to stop the rise of weekly donut subscriptions. Instead of newspapers the best in epic donut deliver would bring joy it millions. That is not how thing will go. The store will open here in a few minutes. I will park outside the strip mall. Only the donut store will be open. I’ll walk in as they are putting the donuts out on the racks for sale today. The regular employee already knows that I want a twist donut and some donut holes, but asks how many donuts I will want. Picking the right box, bag, or tray is very important in dispensing donuts. No offers for a subscription or even a customer loyalty card will be discussed. Before i know it I’ll be back on my way to the house to continue writing these words for you. Probably the words that will appear in the next paragraph or potentially we will even have a topic change.

Today may be the day we figure out how to access the internet version of the SiriusXM radio stations. I’m going to cancel out my music streaming subscriptions and just use that if that is a possible way to go. For the most part in the car I only listen to four stations: Pearl Jam radio, Lithium, Octane, and CNN. That is pretty much my use case for subscribing to satellite radio. Before the fall of Mike & Mike on ESPN they were a regular part of my rotation. Now that they are long since gone and the magic has faded that channel does not receive my attention. To be honest, I even find it annoying to have to listen to the ESPN announcers during Kansas basketball games at this point. I would gladly pay extra for a yearly subscription that just showed me the games with the local announcers. Even the away broadcast would partisan broadcasters would be more authentic and true to the sport. What we get now is derivative and highly disjointed broadcasts by sportscasters who have no authentic point of view or connection to the game on the court. Most of the time they are more interested in banter and crosstalk with their broadcasting partner than the action events of the game.

Topic 2: Oh Starbucks

Today I wanted a twist donut and a flat white coffee. It was easy enough to get the twist donut. Waiting till 6:30 AM when the donut shop opened was the only challenge. A person in front of my me was having a very indecisive moment. That is interesting and apart from the way I approach things. I knew the exact combination of donuts that would be purchased before even leaving the house. Donuts for the most part are a well defined list of permutations that are commonly sold. Spending 5 minutes watching somebody labor over the decision of what 12 donuts to get was not how I wanted to spend my time. You can imagine some moments of quiet reflection followed. Getting the flat white coffee from Starbucks was easy enough. They focus on making it easy to get coffee from them. I cannot make this flat white drink at home. Maybe someday I will get one of those devices that makes the foam.

The folks at Nespresso call the machine they sell that makes foam the Aeroccino4. It is noted on the website as, “…the new Nespresso milk frother, even more versatile and convenient than its predecessors.” As a product it looks nice enough. The design aesthetics are solid. People seem to use it to make all sorts of froth or foam. It apparently could make beverages using a variety of milk products. We have so many types of milk these days. You can now buy almond, coconut, and a wide variety of things labeled as milk at the store. I’m not sure which one of them will one day become a part of my coffee routine, but it is possible that one of them will at some point. I know that drinking espresso is probably here to stay.

Walking into the Starbucks was cold and somewhat dark. It was early in the morning. During the course of waiting for my drinks I looked over at somebody who was reading near the corner. They had a very large red book. It was seriously huge. It was not a textbook, but it was maybe 900 pages of something. My mind raced trying to recognize the book. The book was about the size of the hardback version of Bill Clinton’s My Life (2004). It was red and the pages appeared to have a much smaller font. The reader in the corner had the book about 14 inches away from their face. I wanted to ask what they were reading and strike up a conversation, but I hesitated. They did not look friendly or break eye contact from the book when I approached. That is a mystery that will continue. Perhaps in my mind I will just pretend that they were reading Walden by Thoreau (1854) and move on.

Topic 3: Writing books and other monographs

It was one of those moments where my mind raced and I thought about all the different types of books and or monographs I could be writing. Sometimes these blog posts start to feel like errata. Maybe they are just pages being added to a biography one day at a time. In the back of my mind this whole time I have known that I should be spending my time writing epic tomes of intellectual banter. I know. I know. Seriously, I am writing about needing to write more academic or publishable works. That makes sense if you think about it for a minute. Part of what I am doing now is writing every day. That effort is about sharpening my skills and engaging in a degree of inquiry. The things we do to strive forward and get better matter. I know that sitting down and writing the next great American novel by chance is unlikely. I could sit down and churn out moderately useful applied artificial intelligence books, but what would that really contribute.

Yeah I just spent about 15 minutes thinking about that. Then Best Buy corporate sent me an email with a $5 reward coupon. Oddly, I stopped thinking about the nature of life, the universe, and the contributions I could make to this one. Instead I was focusing in on what strange bobble and treasure I should purchase. These commercials of dogs aging make me sad. Peppercorn teh dog is 12 years old. That pretty much means that every day is a gift and I should enjoy it. None of that changes my perception of the last 12 years, but sometimes I do spend a few more moments reassuring the dog. Those moments should probably be co-opted to also focus on how to write the next great American novel. Strangely enough all I can think about is what Best Buy might have to offer.

Topic 4: Time to clean the basement

To make room for bringing home more nonsense from Best Buy it may be time to clean up the basement. All nonsense at one point or another lives in the basement. That is sort of the way of things. It was suggested at some point during the last week that I should sell off all my old technology in tubs in the basement on eBay. That is something that is probably a good idea. It is unlikely that I need so many tubs of random cables and really old technology. I pretty much have kept everything from my first generation wireless router to the stuff I am actively using today. It probably did not all need to be put in tubs and kept in the basement, but sometimes I apparently hoard old technology. That last sentence was problematic. I pretty much always hoard old technology and sports trading cards. Those are the two things I appear to hoard. If a pile of hoarded stuff tipped over on me, then it was probably either old technology or sports trading cards. My sports cards are all safely categorized and stored in stronger and stronger boxes. They are pretty low risk to tip over. That means any hoarding avalanche will probably be from old technology. I guess selling it now on eBay to prevent that crushing defeat would be a good strategy.

Topic 5: Today’s thumbnail and some thoughts on RJ45 Cat7

Ok so I upgraded my home network to ethernet RJ45 category 7 cables. I’m not entirely sure why my network needed to be upgraded. My modem needed to be connected to three devices. Upgraded cables for 3 devices seemed like a reasonable undertaking. The patch cables I had been using came from various sources. It seemed like a good idea to upgrade the cables. These new cables are capable of transmitting data at up to 10 gigabits per second. My internet speed is way way slower than that. So the thumbnail for today’s blog post is is of the back of my ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual Band Gigabit Router. I ordered it back 2014 and it works just fine. Ok —- well it worked just fine. It got hot or something and it had to be reset. At the moment, it works reasonably well. Right now it is connected to my modem via RJ45 Cat7 cable. Right now an episode of Star Trek Discovery (Season 1 Episode 12) is streaming to my Xbox One S using that wireless router and 3 feet of Cat7 cable connected to my modem.

Topic 6: Rounding out the day

Right now I’m closing in on a writing session that will contribute to 3,000 words for 2 days in a row. That last week was rough. Writing did not happen at a reasonable clip. These last two days have been better. I have been getting back into the habit of learning and writing. A certain amount of introspection is necessary to understand the world around us. That assumes that the world around us does not change constantly and incessantly. Learning how to move forward and adapting to change has a certain cost to it. That is where I have ended up. I have ended up wondering about just what it will take to right the ship and push things forward. We can all make contributions to moving things forward. Pushing things forward inch by inch toward a perfect possible future.

Instead of taking that thought to the logical conclusion I’m wondering about what i’m going to do with the $10 in reward coupon from Best Buy. We will probably end up buying a movie for the kids or maybe some Pokemon cards. My needs or wants do not include anything at Best Buy. My writing is covered by this ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P or my Storm Stryker custom built computer. That one sports a sweet i7 core processor. I spent a few minutes looking at the i9 processors. They are very expensive. It seems like getting a sweet i9 processor and a bunch of DDR4 ram is going to be an expensive proposition. The motherboards are about the same price as they have always been. It seems like these new i9 cores are more expensive. The last build that I put together back in 2016 was expensive, but not as expensive as it would be now to build the same type of cutting edge system.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

P.S. This last little burst of writing should be a breath of fresh air. Writing two consecutive days of 3,000 words has sparked some deeper thoughts. It took about 50 days of sustained high intensity writing to begin to start to dig into some deeper topics. Getting all the weaker words out was the price of admission. We will see what starts to happen in day 50, but I’m guessing the inquiry will get deeper and deeper. This has to be more about knocking on the sky and hearing the sound of what is possible. It has to be about figuring out what separates us from the perfect possible future and breaking down those barriers and obstacles. This whole writing endeavor is about the journey and process behind that journey. Writing every day at this pace has changed my thoughts. It has changed my writing pattern in a few ways, but they might not be lasting. By the end of the 365 day journey I’m sure the changes to my writing patterns will pretty much be permanent. I’m going to keep going and keep writing. This journey is far from over. You will get to enjoy where the path takes things from day to day.

This last paragraph for the day will be rounding out 3,000 words. It will be closing the door on this blog post and it will allow me to move on to the next post. Today is another day where I am working from behind to get back to a point of being ahead of my writing schedule. Each day brings a new step in the journey. It advances things and helps me better understand the world around me. Plus all of that fun will be powered by the new Cat7 cables that are the backbone of my home network. I’m not sure that is really going to add any speed or anything, but it sure seemed exciting at the time. It seems like the speed of routing and cables is getting way faster than internet speeds. At some point, the internet speeds being sold have to go up. The demands of 4K streams are much larger than what most folks get as internet. The upload speeds demanded by 4K are probably more than what some of the pipes we have today can support.

I’m very curious to see where are bandwidth demands end up taking us. Something is going to have to give here shortly in the world of internet distribution.

Day 48 the one with some 1394 video imports and a few thoughts on mining

2018: Day 48 the one with some 1394 video imports and a few thoughts on mining
Word count 124,155 + 3,005 or 127,160 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

…and things are back to the 3,000 word per day pace. At least for today. Perhaps it will also be the case for tomorrow…

Relaxing this morning is not really happening. My Nespresso Expert machine worked well enough to brew two shots of espresso. A banana was on the counter. It is now gone. I’m sipping the espresso shots and exporting videos from the Sony DCR-TRV140 camcorder using that 1394 firewire card that arrived. Most of the 31 tapes are not exported. I’m not entirely sure what was on the tapes. The export process is pretty simple. I plugged in the camcorder to a power outlet and flipped the switch to VCR mode. It is amazing to be using something called VCR mode again. That is a blast from the past that is happening in the here and now. Sony has some Handycam “import from tape” wizard that pops up now. That thing has a basic, “Import from the beginning of the tape function.” About every hour depending on how much content is on the tape I get a pop up alert to drop in the next tape.

After each tape ejects I drop in another tape and click the import button again. The process is probably going to eat up less than 31 hours. Some of the tapes only have a few minutes of content on them vs. a full hour. I’ll be able to tell exactly how much content was exported by looking at the total amount of data in the folder. One hour of content represents about 12 gigabytes of AVI file. You can imagine with the size of the directory and that piece of knowledge it should be pretty easy to figure out exactly how many minutes were on the tapes. Figuring out what that content actually include may take a little bit longer. Watching video for content is a real time activity that cannot be solved by equation. Maybe Google has some type of advanced image processing that can tag it all, but that is not really going to help me at the moment.

My entire buffer of content for this blogging journey is completely gone. I was working a day ahead before this week started. Now things have returned to a more real time daily blogging effort. This morning my espresso shots are done. Earlier instead of sitting down to write I assembled the new vacuum cleaner. Our old one was not working very well anymore. Maybe four year is all you get out of one of the less expensive vacuums. The new one was on some type of lighting deal. The packaging for it claims it includes some type of one pass technology that will make cleaning easier and less effort. That seemed exciting. Between our two dogs the carpets need to be vacuumed on a regular schedule. You can imagine that both dogs contribute to that probably. Probably on a relatively equal basis. Captain Pickles and Peppercorn are now about the same size. Puppies grow at a pretty amazing pace.

Topic 1: The ceiling fan

In just a few minutes I’m going to get the ladder and balance our ceiling fan. We only have one in the entire hours so it is pretty easy to refer to it as the ceiling fan. My next adventure will be to collapse all the cardboard and take it to the recycling center. Balancing the ceiling fan will be interesting. It is pretty heavy and just slightly unlevel. That means every once in awhile it catches a certain level of vibration and becomes noisy enough to upset my sleeping schedule. Fixing that should have been more of a priority, but it had to wait until this weekend. The leveling exercise did not go as planned. I used some Pledge and cleaned the blades and tried to use a level to get it as balanced as possible. At some point a wedge or a counter balance will be needed to get this fan 100% level. Well being absolutely level might not be possible. It will take some type of structural intervention to get the bubble perfectly between the two lines on the level.

After thinking about it for a little bit I probably could have leveled the extension pole that runs from the ceiling to the fan. Trying to figure out how to level the base motor of the fan was misguided. That will be easy enough to fix shortly. I can work toward leveling the fan here shortly. My mission to clean up the bedroom is almost complete. It is a good step along the way to removing clutter. I cleaned out my random change and things draw. That was fun. It had over $100.00 in change in it. I would not have guessed that much change was hanging out in that draw.

Topic 2: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton

A new vinyl record arrived yesterday. It was released on February 16, 2018. The record is titled, “Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.” The vinyl record itself is a gorgeous blue color. It really does look very good and I’m glad to add it to my collection. I actually thought it was a failed pressing when I pulled it out of the slever. The groovers were not as apparent or deep as I was expecting for a blues record of this vintage. The recording should have had a lot more high and low vs. a highly stable groove pattern. Maybe it was the deep blue vinyl that made it appear like a misfire. When the needle lowered down and the recorded popped and hissed I heard the sounds of British blues. This album was originally recorded back in 1966 and it was remastered for release on vinyl this year. Yesterday and today are the first times I have ever listened to this album from start to finish.

Topic 3: My NiceHash mining excavator

I’m not entirely sure if this is normal or not, but my NiceHash Miner v2.0.1.10 beta software launches an excavator.ese application. That thing just jumps around all day. It mines equihash for awhile, then jumps to Nist5, NeoScrypt, Lyra2REv2, DaggerHashimoto , and Blake2s. Seriously, it just jumps in and out of mining different algorithms every few minutes. I really have no idea how or why it gets assignments from NiceHash, but my assessment is that they are nearly random and somewhat erratic. That is probably a reflection of who is buying mining power in terms of hashrate using the NiceHash ecosystem. During this mining adventure I have setup and mined some TurtleCoin. Outside of that mining adventure I have really just just sold the mining power of my NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics cards to NiceHash. I’m not sure if that is good or bad. I have made over 1% of a bitcoin doing that. It certainly remains an interesting thing to do with my spare graphics card power.

I have elected to allow NiceHash to mine 15 different algorithms: Keccak, Nist5, NeoScrypt, Lyra2Rev2, DaggerHashimoto, DaggerHashimoto/Decred, DaggerHashimoto/Pascal, DaggerHashimoto/Sia, Decred, CrytoNight, Lbry, Equihah, Pascal, Sia, and Blake2s. It really does not mine all those algorithms based on my observations. It mostly just jumps around between the ones mentioned above. I would say the majority of the time it is mining Equihash. That is probably what people are buying hashing power to extract the most. I hope it makes them happy and they are enjoying. Selling my hashing power is not very exciting. It just sort of runs on my computer and makes a lot of excess heat in my office. During the winter that is not that big of a deal. I put the computer right next to the window and have it setup to exhaust the heat literally at the window. That help keep my office from getting all that hot.

Topic 4: Trying new food

Given that my vegetarian diet over the last year has changed what i eat. I figured now would be as good a time as any to branch out and try some different types of food. One of the of the world that has not really inspired any epicurean adventures for me is the Indian subcontinent. Today for example I was sampling a couple of different items. One of my favorite dishes is from a restaurant called the Yak and the Yeti. They make a wonderful sweet potato masala. According to the menu that is a dish composed of, “sweet potatoes cooked in a tomato cream sauce spiced with Masala curry.” That is really the extent of previous adventures. I know that dish makes me happy and it tastes pretty darn good. Today I was branching out and trying to figure out some other things to try. That is sort of the spice of life. Trying new things is an important part of the process. I mean you could just eat the same things every day and go about the same routine every day. That is not really something that I want to do.

Ok —- I thought about that for a few moments and wondered if I could just eat something like Soylent for every meal. I had considered ording 2.3 pounds of the Soylent Cacao meal replacement powder. That might be an interesting way to replace my breakfasts. That just might be an interesting way to go about changing up my diet. I’m not entirely sure how my body will tolerate Soylent. The only reason that I have never given it a try was due in part to fear of digestive discomfort. Maybe I’ll give it a try and see how it goes. It looks like the premixed bottles are pretty expensive compared to the powder. Working toward really digging into the world of Soylent seems like something that should be done by mixing together my own beverages. Well I guess they are meal replacements vs. beverages, but it should be interesting. A tub of Soylent powder will be arriving on Tuesday.

Topic 5: Star Trek Voyager

Today for some reason it seemed like a good idea to just watch some episodes of Star Trek Voyager. At the moment, I’m streaming episode 6 through the TiVo Roamio box. It seems to be working well enough. It seemed like a good idea to maybe get one of the Google WiFi systems to setup a mesh network in the house. I just fast forwarded to Season 4 when Seven of Nine shows up. I’m not sure this series really needed any episodes before Scorpion. The episodes of Star Trek Discovery on CBS streaming are nothing like Voyager. One of the things that I do really enjoy about Discovery is the lack of any nonsense related to the holodeck. I think that Star Trek The Next Generation would have benefited greatly from never having a holodeck installed on the USS Enterprise. That one plot change would have greatly improved the show. A ton of the writing related to the holodeck produced a ton of nonsensical writing and strange underdeveloped plot devices.

Topic 6: Rounding out the night

Naptime may last for another hour or so. That is good news. Today is the day that I need to get back on track with my 3,000 word per day writing goal. At the start of this post my journey was at 124,155 words. It took 47 days to write that many words. That means that I’m keeping a writing pace of about 2,641.59 words per day. This being the 48th day in my writing journey I should be rounding out 144,000 words. You may have noticed that I am now running about 19,845 words behind schedule. That is a daunting amount of words. This last week weas not very good for my overall writing productivity. If you were to divide 1,000,000 words by 365 days, then you would quickly learn that writing a little bit more than 2,739.72 words per day would help you reach that very lofty goal. My overall words per day average is still pretty close to the yearly target.

The best thing to do at this point is to stop worrying about past performance. At this point, I just need to ensure that I’m staying over the 3,000 word per day threshold. That will help generate a little bit of buffer. A buffer is very important to help prevent failure from weeks like last one. Things just did not go all that well this week. My need to write did not help push me toward writing enough words to meet my writing goal. It is good to have goals. Writing 3,000 words per day is a decent writing goal. It is something that I have been able to do more often than not throughout this year, but it is still hard to achieve. This paragraph right here right now is going to push this blog post up over 2,000 words. That is a good start for the day. Given that things are real time that means sometimes between no and about 6 hours when this blog post gives live over 1,000 words need to be written.

Maybe I should select a picture and write 1,000 words about it. That would be one way to move forward. I watched the first to webisodes from the new Stargate Origins series. It was exciting to see new Stargate, but at the same time the series was a little bit questionable. We will see where things end up going and what ends up happening with that show. They could have made a lot more Stargate television by exploring things beyond just Stargate SG-1. Everybody in the house is asleep right now. Peppercorn the dog is 12 years old and enjoys naps. At the moment Peppercorn is just napping by one of our living room chairs. We could upgrade to a projector I guess or maybe at some point we will let Costco sell us a sweet sweet 4K television. This Sony Bravia we have is getting pretty old. It is a refurbished model and it was shipped to Colorado Springs from Japan. It arrived at the airport in a crate from customer service and the warranty program. It has been a pretty good television. We have gotten a number of years of usage from it.

Getting a 4K television is something that will happen.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Getting back on track today is going to be about writing 3,000 words today between breakfast and dinner. After dinner, I need to focus in on writing a post for tomorrow and try to build back up my 24 hour blog buffer. Getting back ahead of schedule is something that needs to happen. Before this year I used to just write blog posts and publish them. That is how things worked for years. It worked well enough and it was about publishing real time. At this pace of writing staying a little bit ahead of things is a good way to help push things forward. At least that way if something was written and rejected I could keep pushing forward.

Writing for fun and adventure is one way to go about it. Writing to think about the future and beginning to breakdown the complex nature of the intersection of technology and modernity is another way. This journey is about taking on and looking at things in different ways. Some of my time has been spent thinking about quality of life and how to move forward. It has been spent thinking about what things are important and why they are important. Those types of questions are good questions. That is what digging deep and writing 1,000,000 words is all about.

This afternoon I’m getting ready to watch the Jayhawks play basketball. That should be a fun time this afternoon. This blog post should be complete by the time the game is on. Working toward writing 6,000 words per day is something that is probably going to happen, but it is interesting. The prose may feel a little bit disjointed. I have been writing a little bit and doing a little bit of work all day. That type of effort happens on the weekend. Any time where I can sit down and write it is pretty easy to move forward. I spent some time yesterday thinking about the future and what things I really want to do and accomplish. That is an interesting line of thought. It was hard to sit down and think about all the choices that occured to reach right now.

My writing methods used to be very closely aligned to my style of functional journaling. For the most part my writing was edited down to just the main bullet points and that is how I ended up going about things. That worked out for years. It was the main method of my writing. It was a series of new thoughts and ideas. This style of writing long form prose is a lot different. It does not seem to be a bad idea, but even after 40 days it had not become a solid part of my routine. I need to round out about another 150 words to hit 3,000 for this post and move on to the next batch of 3,000 words for the day. It seems like eeking out the last 500 words in this post was the hardest part. Maybe as things started to funnel from start to finish the lens of the words contained in this post constrained the end based on the promise of the beginning.

It is also possible that writing the last part was a little bit harder after nap time ended. You can imagine that writing within a state of extreme chaos is harder. It could be that my efforts to figure out how to close out the day are actually hurting my efforts to write at the moment. All I can see is the end and that is no way to spark a beginning. Sometimes it is easier to pick a direction when you have every path open in front of you.

Day 47 the one where my power supply finally shipped

2018: Day 47 the one where my power supply finally shipped
Word count 123,0382 + 1,117 or 124,155 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Today was one of those quirky days. That new 1394 firewire card arrived today. A different FedEx driver delivered it today. This drive did not wave at me. The packaging for it was intense. The box was almost popping open from all these green airpods inside of it. The card itself was nothing to write home about. Or in this case to describe in painstaking detail. It was your standard 1394 firewire 2 port PCI express card. Installation was a breeze. I crawled under my desk and slid the side panel off my Storm Stryker case. My entire mining rig had to be powered down to accomplish this task. Both of my GTX 1060 cards were offline for about 30 minutes. Installing the PCI express card and anchoring it with a thumbscrew was pretty easy.

Windows 10 immediately picked up the card, prepared the hardware, and it was ready to go. Apparently, I had placed the original firewire cable in the case with my Sony DCR-TRV140 camcorder. It was a smart move to put the wire in the case. I’m not sure why it seemed like a good idea, but I searched Amazon for that model. It turns out that 6 different sellers are still making used versions of this product available to consumers for over $100.00. Some refurbished models are selling for over $200.00. I’m not entirely sure that the old Sony will be able to offload all 31 tapes that I have. Everything worked out straight away. That Sony software that I downloaded the other day detached the camcorder via the firewire and was ready to do a 1 click import of the entire tape.

I was able to import 4 whole tapes today. They appear to hold about 1 hour of content per tape. The Sony software rewinds the tape and then imports until it hits 10 seconds of blank tape. The first four tapes were pretty easy to export. I just dropped them into the camcorder and hit import. My export drive can hold about 2 terabytes worth of video. Each tape needs about 12 gigabytes of space to offload. That means that if all 31 tapes have content on them this could eat up about 372 gigabytes of space. Overall that won’t be a problem. For some reason the software imports the files as some type of AVI file. The saddest part of the whole endeavor is just how small the video looks on my 4K monitor.

At the time, I remember thinking that camcorder recorded pretty decent video. That seems like so long ago now. This content appears to be standard definition video. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with the video beyond offloading it to a storage drive vs. leaving it to inevitably suffer from magnetic degreditation. Some of the tapes are over 10 years old. Keep in mind this thing recorded at a resolution of 720 x 480 and was first available on Amazon April 1, 2002. That was a long time ago. Pretty soon it will be 16 years ago. It is fairly amazing that the tapes are still working and that the device is able to just keep on going. The folks at the Sony Corporation in 2002 were not messing around when it came to building with quality. I’m not sure my Google Pixel 2 XL could survive and still be working 16 years after the release date.

We have seen some huge changes in technology in that time. The first two tapes that exported were of some Iron Chef type home competitions. I had forgotten that we used to challenge other teams and have home chef edition of Iron Chef. That really was a thing. People challenged other people to culinary competitions. Of all the things that happened during my college years that seems to be one of the more endearing escapades. I’m very curious to see what sort of things are on the 31 tapes. It is entirely possible that not all the tapes are capable of playing in the Sony DCR-TRV140 camcorder. It pretty much only plays Digital8 tapes. I know that my original camcorder was purely analog and used small tapes. The model number has long since disappeared from my memory. It has been years since I even thought about thinking about that device.

Topic 1: My power supply shipped

Waiting on that backordered 1000w Corsair power supply had been painful. The website indicated that the device shipped in about 1 to 2 weeks. That seemed ok. I was willing to wait it out. After two full weeks passed, I gave up on waiting and started searching out other options. Today was the day that a Corsair 850 watt power supply was in stock. I elected to cancel my backorder power supply order and just have the one that was in stock shipped. That means that today was the day that my power supply finally shipped. You might be wondering why 850 watts did not seem like enough. My Corsair 740 case build would support 2 to 3 graphics cards. Some of the new cards seem to require more than 250 watts. I’m hopeful that the new NVIDIA VOLTA artificial intelligence architecture will require less power. A ton of rumors online are suggesting that this new NVIDIA GPU architecture will be more powerful and require less power. That would be a ridiculous thing to write except for the fact that the Pascal architecture changed the game a couple years ago.

I’m kind of curious if the power supply will have the right cable for the older micro ATX motherboard that is hanging out in what I’m calling The Borg Cube case. It will probably work out well enough and things should be ok. Now that the power supply is on the way it seemed like a good idea to start picking the right operating system. A few linux distributions exist that are focused on cryptocurrency mining. I could go with my prefered Ubuntu Studio distribution or maybe load up an operating system preloaded with cryptocurrency mining software. Neither of my computers are really built for mining. They are just setup to support 2 to 3 graphics cards for deep learning and Tensorflow. The whole mining thing as it stands right now might be a fad that will pass. Blockchain technology however is probably going to stand the test of time. Some of the use cases are really pretty good.

Topic 2: Reflection

My interest in watching really old video tapes is about reflection on an earlier time. Sometimes looking back is easier than looking forward. It is one of those things that is going to take a lot of time to watch so many videos.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 46 the one with Valentine’s Day and a Firewire card

dog and firewire card

2018: Day 46 the one with Valentine’s Day and a Firewire card
Word count 122,014 + 1,024 or 123,038 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Things have not gotten back to normal. It is 7:33 PM and I’m finally sitting down to write. Now would be the time to make some progress. You would think this whole writing thing would be like turning on or off a water spout. Sometimes it does not work that way. Other times it works exactly in that way. Today is one of those days that just might turn out ok. My back is still very stiff today for some reason. It probably has to do with the amount of sitting still I’m doing all day. These last couple of days have not been good in terms of achieving my Fitbit exercise goals. Walking at my walking desk could have helped fix that problem. Nothing really stopped me from using my walking desk. Really the only thing that stopped me was my own lack of action.

That is one of those things that you sit and think about. You think about just how many problems a lack of action can cause. Maybe you work on rationalizing all the risks that inaction avoids. You can start to think about all the possible problems or issues that were avoided by sitting in that same old office chair all day. Sure walking on a treadmill does not solve the world’s problems, but a little exercise might help spark the idea that does. Ok —- it will probably take more than one epic idea to solve all the world’s problems. I watched the entire first season of the short lived television show Limitless (2015) on Netflix. Some of the episodes were ok. I pretty much understand how it got cancelled at this point. Even some cameos from Bradley Cooper could not save the plot from breaking down.

My search for a power supply unit (PSU) for my new computer build continues. I read a ton of forums blaming miners from the PSU shortage. That probably has something to do with it. From what I can tell everything over 850 watts is sold out or on backorder. Speculators have bought up a ton of them and are reselling them above retail prices. Based on my computer interests and willingness to wait for retail pricing my entire Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 – High Airflow ATX Cube Case build is just on hold. Everything is assembled and ready to go. All of that is pending the arrival of one power supply unit. It is on backorder. It might show up sometime soon or it might just stay on backorder forever.

At the moment I’m wondering about using a PCI riser to add extra cards to that build that does not even have a power supply. I mean the case looks good. It seems really nice so far. It has a ton of configuration options. At this moment it is probably closer to being a coffee table than an actual computer given the lack of a working power supply. I’m wondering when the electronics companies that build computer parts will catch up with the appetites for cryptocurrency miners. It appears that all the high end graphics cards and power supplies are just sold out. All the other parts that I want seem to be in stock. The higher end parts outside of those two categories seem to be available.

The new Corsair case seems to be working out pretty well. I have opened it up about three times now to add parts and mess with the cables. I’m still thinking that it will be running Ubuntu Studio as an operating system. Back in 2016 I build a computer and bought a new version of Windows 10 at the time. I have another copy of Windows 7 that was upgraded to Windows 10 somewhere in my office. Finding that is going to be interesting. My new build will be my first computer build without an optical drive. Dropping Ubuntu Studio on a USB stick using Rufus should be easy enough. I’ll get that computer up and running. I checked and the monitor on my desk has two inputs. Without a KVM switch I should be able to run my backup keyboard and mouse and use the extra graphics port on the monitor to get things setup.

Maybe I could use the bluetooth mouse and keyboard to make it really convenient. Those will not work for setup, but it could be the way to go in a pinch when remote desktop is not working. My desk does not really have enough room for a 3rd keyboard. I have plenty of room for mice, but they are not very big to begin with. This configuration is going to end up being very interesting. I’m pretty sure it

Topic 1: My 12th NiceHash miner payment

My cryptocurrency mining adventure continues. This time around with a 12th payment from NiceHash. It seems like the payments have stabilized at around a little more than 0.001 BTC every 3 days. You can imagine that equates to earning about 1% BTC per 10 payments that require 3 days of mining. That means that every 30 days this whole endeavor is resulting in a mining yield of 1% of a bitcoin. That seems reasonable. For some reason it appears that my mining efforts have been shrinking payment after payment. That has to do with a couple different factors. First, I turned down the power to the cards to help control the heat. Second, I had a few crashes that reduced the mining yield.

NiceHash wallet payments in reverse order:

12. 2018-02-15 Mining payment → 0.00102799 BTC
11. 2018-02-12 Mining payment → 0.00102953 BTC
10. 2018-02-09 Mining payment → 0.00102322 BTC
9. 2018-02-06 Mining payment → 0.00101337 BTC
8. 2018-02-03 Mining payment → 0.00135065 BTC
7. 2018-01-30 Mining payment → 0.00102840 BTC
6. 2018-01-27 Mining payment → 0.00120973 BTC
5. 2018-01-24 Mining payment → 0.00125795 BTC
4. 2018-01-21 Mining payment → 0.00133244 BTC
3. 2018-01-18 Mining payment → 0.00119401 BTC
2. 2018-01-15 Mining payment → 0.00105970 BTC
1. 2018-01-13 Mining payment → 0.00118327 BTC

Topic 2: Rounding things out

It felt weird only having one topic tonight. I thought maybe dropping this topic in might help round things out. I’m hoping to get back to my normal writing routine later tonight. These short 1,000 word posts are not really pushing things forward.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 45 the one with some basketball and some thoughts

2018: Day 45 the one with some basketball and some thoughts
Word count 120,984 + 1,030 or 122,014 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Today was a very very busy day. That last sentence has the word very in it twice to help emphasis just how very very busy a day it was. You probably get the point. Things started off slow this week. Yesterday was the shortest blog post of the year. That is better than missing a post, but it is not a very good way to keep my average word count per day above 3,000 for the year. You can imagine that I’m going to have to make up some ground. Exactly how that is going to happen is somewhat elusive at this point. Seriously it is starting to get a little bit problematic. Maybe it will work itself out with some hard work and dedication. I was going to live blog the Kansas Jayhawks basketball game against the Iowa State Cyclones tonight. For some reason that just was not in the cards tonight. That entire live blogging project failed out miserably. It was one of those days where from the time I woke up until about 5 minutes ago no writing was going to happen.

Those moments are hard. When you are wholesale occupied by things and cannot get to the respite of the keyboard. So many thoughts came and went. I think some of them were useful, but they are not gone completely. They are just temporarily lost until they show up again. That is how it goes sometimes. Even moments of greatness can go unrecorded. That is the challenge of this whole writing endeavor. You have to figure out a way to take the very best parts of things and explain them within a string of words. It has convey all the power of the moment without any beyond imagination. That last sentence should have been striking. Beyond imagination. Putting those two words together as a construct implies a limit to the possibilities of imagination. A limited imagination really does limit possibility.

Imagination opens doors to worlds beyond our limits. A certain power exists in that. Within the confines of my mind I can close my eyes and zero everything out to a moment of pure calm. Within that moment a certain power also exists. From that purely tabula rasa moment anything can happen. At peace in the moment I can think about the future and what will happen. Beyond plotting and scheming the future is a road that comes into focus one step at a time. That is one way of looking at things. I’m sure plenty of other perspectives exist. They are not really of interest to me at the moment.

I’m pretty well worn out today. That might mean that two days in a row my word count might suffer. You may very well have to suffer through another subpar effort. Sometimes they say muddling through can be a science. In this case it is just a part of the journey and that is how it works. Things have highs and lows. Understanding that takes time and a little bit of perspective. Today was a day that started off with a lot of promise. The weather seemed decent. Things could have worked out well enough.

Topic 1: That power supply will arrive someday

My new Corsair power supply is on backorder. The website indicated that the power supply usually ships 1 to 2 weeks. That is interesting as always. My new computer case is ready to go. It is just waiting on that power supply to show up. It has not shipped. I’m not entirely sure it every will ship. Corsair is the brand of power supply that I purchase. I’m not going to buy one that does not meet my future needs. It seems that all of the best power supplies are sold out these days. Back in 2016 I picked all the parts and bought a computer with ease. These days things are not that easy. It seems like computer parts are getting harder and harder to come by even via online sources. Someday that power supply will arrive.

Topic 2: Getting a new KVM switch

Somewhere in the basement is an older keyboard video mouse (KVM) switch. My new computer build will need access to the monitor, keyboard, and mouse on my desk. My Corsair 740 air case will have a power supply at some point. At that point I will need to plug in peripherals. The case will need to be setup. My goal from before was to setup the computer case and just remote into the desktop as necessary. Maybe it would be easier to setup a solid KVM switch and just remote into the box when necessary. Having a solid new computer setup should make it easy to mine some cryptocurrency on my second computer box. That would make it easier to increase my hashing power. That tiny little micro-atx motherboard cannot support 3 graphics cards for mining. I’m looking for a motherboard that can support a 3 graphics card setup.

Topic 3: Writing about the journey not the process

Writing an endless string of banal prose lacks purpose. This epic writing effort has to be about the journey and not the process. To that end my level of action must increase. We tend to write about what we know and knowing more will tend to hep in the process of writing more. Sitting in a state of pure inaction will inevitably box in the writer. Yesterday happened in part due to a lack of time. Some of it could have been overcome by not letting barriers and obstacles like a lack of time get in my way. Maybe I could have broken done 30 minutes into 5 minute sprints and just tried to generate as much prose a possible. Maybe a good writing sprint would have happened. That is one of those things that falls into the camp of something that could have happened. It did not happen. In reality my interest in going to sleep based on being tired trumped my need to write.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 44 the one that did not meet expectations

2018: Day 44 the one that did not meet expectations
Word count 120,320 + 664 or 120,984 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Things are starting way later in the day than planned. It is 8:00 PM and my time to write draws short. Yesterday’s post fell short and the post for today is probably going to be on the shorter side. Some weeks are tougher than others and this one is a hard one. Grinding a few posts out on some rough days should be easier. At the moment my only course of action is to go into pure stream of conscious writing mode and hope for the best. I’m already pretty tired this post is going to be more or less pure instinct. Hammering the keys is how this night is going to end. Sleep will probably happen right after a last minute blaze of keystrokes.

Maybe it would be a good idea to write about cryptocurrency mining for the next 30 minutes, but that is not really the direction this one is going. My thoughts tonight are circling the nature of expectations. Without question my expectations for myself are rather high. Even the idea that I would thinking writing 1,000,000 words in the same year is possible tells you something about my self-confidence. That is one of those set the challenge and live up to it kind of moments. No matter what happens I’m on pace to have a big year. A year that helps define things. That journey is what is being captured each day in more detail than in years past.

Blog posts were meant to be reach in chronological order. That is the nature of how the software is developed and how the content is delivered. Maybe that is just one of those things. I would be highly surprised if somebody who ended up here after a few internet searches just kept reading from that point forward. A vast swatch of the posts that are stored here go undisturbed day after day. That is really one of those things that begs the question if nobody is going to read them why do I leave that legacy content online. The answer is pretty simple. Sometimes I search through it looking for something.

A weighty tome of my collective works would be millions of words long. It would be a massively heavy pile of papers to pick up. I would really wonder how or why somebody would try to read that entire thing from start to finish. Maybe parts of it could be broken up into a collection by topic or theme. Trying to read it from start to finish as an autobiographical sketch might be a little much. That is what makes this year different. That is what makes 2018 such a big year. Every one of these posts starts off with a greerint to the reader. The very first post in the series for this year calls out where things are going and why they are headed that way. This grand chautauqua into the nature of quality in our lives and within the foundations of society has been strung together in daily snapshots.

Even that first look at things tonight only strung together 500 words. That is not enough to round out a 3,000 word cut at life, the universe, and quality. Everybody is now asleep. I’m going to switch from listening to a very heavy rock titled digital station to that Dune (1965) audiobook from Google Play Books. The application has indicated that I’m 67% complete with only 6 hours and 52 minutes left. That is interesting enough at the moment. A fair amount of the book is rather offensive. I wonder exactly how it was received 53 years ago at the time of publication. That was a long time ago. Our very social fabric is much different today than it was 53 years ago. Our very rapid pace of technological advances have been ramping up in amazing ways.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 43 the one where I got my 11th NiceHash mining payment

Some Denver Snow

2018: Day 43 the one where I got my 11th NiceHash mining payment
Word count 118,196 + 2,124 or 120,320 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Writing just wrapped up on the day 42 blog post. That was just in time to start this writing session. My level of writing today will need to be kicked up a notch. That should be easy enough. Back in 2015 I switched out my keyboards to the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard model 4000 for business. It was a decent switch. These natural ergonomic keyboards work really well. I have not had any problems with them at anytime during the last three years. For the most part I really do appreciate the comfort and build of the keyboards. I’m not an expert in ergonomics, but they really are very comfortable keyboards for extended writing sessions.

It feels like this year has been one long extended writing session. Things are just getting started. The places we will go will be amazing. That is the promise writing brings. It is a road that can take you anywhere. Imagination is a powerful and amazing thing. Tonight is going to be a wild writing night. I’m watching both kids and they have no interest in watching the Olympics. That pretty much means it is time to turn on Frozen (2013) and hope for the best. Toddler logic is a strange and unpredictable thing. That seems to be what is going on right now. We will see how it goes.

Topic 1: A real vignette

I think maybe the start of this blog post was a false start at a vignette. That probably means that right now we should roll the dice again and see if some better prose is forthcoming. It is a rather simple test to conduct. I’m just going to start writing here and see where it leads. Yesterday was a day of plans and that did not work out all that well. Today is a day of action. A day of striving forward on the path toward figuring things out. The nature of our economic condition is a state of perpetual spending and cost. It is hard to figure out a steady state within our very modern economy that does not require some type of spending. That state sparks the question at all times of what next. Within that question a ton of branches exist and that is where it all starts.

Maybe starting out with some economic questions about the nature of things is not the right way to open the door today. It might be easier to sit back and listen some music from The Doors. You might have guessed that my go to standard of Warren Zevon tracks is not appropriate for deep thoughts about the economy. Warren’s view on things may tend to stack the deck in one direction. That could be interesting or it could just be a path to wickedly mercurial false start. It could be that thought was pure hyperbole. Maybe I just wanted to work Warren Zevon into this post. That just might be the case.

Oh yeah —- I figured out my 1394 fire card problem today. You can imagine my surprise after opening the Lian Li case to pull out my trusty 1394 firewire card that I had completely forgotten about only to learn it would not work. That old motherboard features traditional PCI cards. My newer motherboard only has video card and PCI express slots. I stared at it for a minute or two and frowned at it. None of that helped. The configurations did not match. Physically the 1394 firewire card in my possession would not match and fit the motherboard slot. It was a deflating moment. I think in the back of my mind this is something that already was known, but I was ignoring it in favor of a false hope. That meant it was time to make a decision. I was either going to buy an adapter that could connect a 1394 cable to a USB port or get a new PCI express firewire card.

It seemed more certain to go the firewire card route vs trying to mess around with cable adapters. Ordering the card online was pretty easy. It seemed like a bad idea to drive around looking for a legacy firewire card from a big box store. Sadly it seems that the shipping process will be delaying my adventure into figuring out what exactly is on the 31 tapes for about a week. It could be worse I guess. Each of those tapes may be full of memories or they may just be tapes that have given way to the inevitable decay of magnetic storage. I’m hopeful that some of them contain some interesting footage or at least something that reminds me of my college years.

Topic 2: Wondering about wonder

Visualization can take you a long way. At the start of this endeavor I visualized all 1,000,000 words printed in a coffee table format with gilded edges. Like the complete works of William Shakespeare only in prose form and limited to one story about the last year. I guess it is really nothing like the complete works of Shakespeare. That was a pretty poor analogy. I’ll try to do better I guess. Anyway —- I visualized the final product as a printed manuscript on my coffee table. I don’t actually own a coffee table. Maybe I visualized it on my dream coffee table. We did see a coffee table at American Furniture Warehouse that we almost purchased. I’ll visualize it on that imaginary table for now. That seems like a better idea than just visualizing it sitting in the middle of the room on the floor for no reason. I mean Peppercorn the dog would leave it alone, but that sounds exactly like the type of thing that Captain Pickles would chew on. Now I am visualizing an entire years worth of writing being chewed on by our dog.

You get the point nonetheless. The idea of visualizing the finished product is an important part of the journey. Any journey with a map has a beginning and an end. You know where you are going and how you are going to get from the start to the finish. That is also true about this writing journey we are on this year. I started to think about where things are going and what will happen along the way. A lot of thinking and exploring is going to happen in the next 300 days. That is for sure. 2018 is shaping up to be a very productive year. Even if I just figure out what was on all those tapes I will have accomplished something. That Sony software I downloaded should help me export the content. I’m sure most of it is not in HD. intellectually I’m already preparing for the disappointment of stand definition video. It is like a pop up box on my 4K monitor. A small little window into the past that lacks enough pixels to be awesome.

Topic 3: Things are getting quiet around the house

Everybody is getting ready for bed. Even the dogs are starting to wind down for the night. I’m getting ready to settle in to a couple hours of writing before bed. I’m not exactly sure what topic will recieve my attention, but it will probably be technology related. That seems to be a common theme across a lot of this blog posts. My attention over the last year has been devoted to the exploration of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks. You can see hours of content on YouTube about that journey. I’m still planning to bring the live stream back this month. I might even do a couple throwbacks to the Nelscast format. It could happen.

Topic 4: I got my 11th NiceHash wallet payment

Mining cryptocurrency is an adventure. All of the market swings have happened and I’m betting they will happen again. I’m watching the countdown for my 100 day mining adventure. Right now the big mining adventure has 58 days left. I’m guessing that the end of this whole mining adventure the outcome will be about $300.00 worth of BTC. It took me about 30 days to mine 1% of a bitcoin. That means that at the end of the 100 day mining adventure all my efforts using NiceHash mining software should yield about 3% of a bitcoin. That may not seem like a lot of mining, but it is a reasonable amount of mining for 2 graphics cards.

NiceHash wallet payments in reverse order:

11. 2018-02-12 Mining payment → 0.00102953 BTC
10. 2018-02-09 Mining payment → 0.00102322 BTC
9. 2018-02-06 Mining payment → 0.00101337 BTC
8. 2018-02-03 Mining payment → 0.00135065 BTC
7. 2018-01-30 Mining payment → 0.00102840 BTC
6. 2018-01-27 Mining payment → 0.00120973 BTC
5. 2018-01-24 Mining payment → 0.00125795 BTC
4. 2018-01-21 Mining payment → 0.00133244 BTC
3. 2018-01-18 Mining payment → 0.00119401 BTC
2. 2018-01-15 Mining payment → 0.00105970 BTC
1. 2018-01-13 Mining payment → 0.00118327 BTC

You may have noticed that during this adventure I have been reporting the payment process and have recently removed the time of the payment. That level of detail was probably not required to communicate the pace of payment. Maybe it would be better to show how many hours between each payment, but I think give you a list with the dates shows that pattern to anybody that is interested. For me the process is for better or worse to document the whole cryptocurrency mining adventure and talk about what it took to keep the computer up and running for 100 days.

Seriously, it is a process to monitor the temperatures and the reboots to see if the NiceHash Miner software v2.0.1.10 beta has stopped running. When the software stops running the mining stops happening. You can imagine that every bit of time the miner is offline reduces the overall profitability of the equation. This run at mining is set to span 100 days and that means being offline for a day is going to slow things down and give a false accounting of what is possible within the window.

Topic 5: Living without cable television

I’ll admit that it has been over a week now since any content from the Curse of Oak Island has some my way. I did breakdown and catch up on Top Chef using the YouTube TV streaming service. Otherwise I have been ok so far without messing around with surfing channels on my cable television box. Maybe this will increase my usage of Netflix. We will see how that goes. The amount of content on Netflix has shrunk a lot from what I remember. It seems like the corporate focus on original content has take over the content library for them. That pretty much means that I may have to spend more time on YouTube. It is easy to find content on YouTube. I follow a number of very active creators that produce all sorts of content. That is a pretty much never ending string of distractions. I had tried to watch the Limitless television series again on Netflix and that did not turn out very well. The first few episodes were ok. After episode 5 the series just seems to start falling apart.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

P.S. This week is going to be a challenging week in terms of time to write. For the most part I am not going to have any morning writing time this week. Things are going to have to happen in the evening. Only having one key writing session per day is going to require me to focus and get things done in an expedient fashion. My theory at the moment is that I’m going to have to break my evening writing sessions up into 3 sprints of 1,000 words. It will be key to pick 3 really good topics to help me push things forward. That is a good recipe for knocking these things out. We will see if it is a recipe that I can manage to execute in a reliable way.

As we settle into day 43 I just need to pick a direction and go. Picking that direction has been a real problem so far this year. My typical stream of consciousness style writing is good for about 1,500 words per day. To create this volume of long form prose I’m going to need to pick a topic and start generating more content around that. I need a tentpole media property to focus the efforts of my blog on building toward something of value. That focus needs to be related to a specific topic.

Somehow the search for a 1394 firewire card has create a tremendous amount of clutter on my desk. Things were going so well in terms of keeping my office clean. I’m not sure what happened exactly, but it appears that everything that was on the floor is now on my desk. That is a problem. I do not even have enough room to set down breakfast.

Day 42 the one with some Xbox One S fan noise

Xbox One S noise cancelling

2018: Day 42 the one with some Xbox One S fan noise
Word count 115,180 + 3,016 or 118,196 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

This was supposed to be an ode to Douglas Adams post full of witty and insightful prose. That just did not happen today. I could not muster the energy necessary to take this writing session to the next level. Sure the best intentions were present and the will to write and the time were available. That spark that takes something ordinary and makes it extraordinary did not happen in a meaningful way. That might sound like an indictment of the 3,000 words that were written today. I’m pretty direct in my self-criticism and today that is just where we ended up. I should have done better, but my best was just not happening. That is going to happen from time to time during the long march to writing 3,000 words every day for a year. Investing all this time and energy into writing 1,000,000 words in the same year is going to have its ups and down. I guess the plan now is to try to avoid as many down moments as possible by striving forward.

Today should be a day of answers. That is entirely possible. It could happen. Sometimes you have to ask the ultimate question. I mean life, the universe, and well everything can be complex. Sometimes the right question makes all the difference. Not only does the right question matter, but also the answer probably matters as well. If the answer is of no consequence, then the question itself may well lack merit. By the use of the phrasing may well I’m saying it pretty much does lack merit. Yeah all those questions that that tie up thought without any real consequence are probably irrelevant and at worst somewhat destructive from our goal to strive forward to the best perfect possible future we can muster.

I’m going to write for a few minutes here as CBS is broadcasting the University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball game against the Baylor University Bears. At the end of this little spurt of writing upstairs I’m going to plug my Bose Qc35 headphones in to charge. They keep beeping at me and I assume that they are hey don’t forget to charge me beeps. The Bose COnnect application says that my headphones are at 40% charge. I guess that means they do not need to be charged at the moment. They hold a charge for wireless use of about 20 hours. I do not end up charging them very often. My use case for them typically involves about an hour a night of listening to some type of audio before falling asleep. Recently that has been an audiobook, but usually it some type of album.

The Jayhawks are not really demonstrating the type of game play that is associated with being ranked #10 in the nation at the moment. They appear to have only scored about 11 points in the first 10 minutes. That is not a recipe for success. Working toward a scoring pace that averages 40 points per game is not going to be very successful. Coach Bill Self is probably not enjoying this first half of basketball. This first half is not really the best example of Jayhawk basketball. This would have been a good game to have Svi at full speed. That ice pack Svi was rocking today was a little bit concerning. All of these commercials for Taco Bell’s $1 nacho fries are strangely needy. They are not really compelling me to run out and buy fries to dip in cheese.

Yesterday we had that freezing fog. Today it is just snowing and well snowing a little bit more. My Google weather application says it is going to snow until around 6 PM. That means we are going to be getting snow for the next five hours or so. That should work out just fine. We are not planning on leaving the house today. The weather outside is just frightful and that is a recipe for staying indoors. This game is going and going. The second half is well under way. For some reason I’m not really producing very many words doing the game. It could be that the poor performance from the Jayhawks is just sucking the air out of the room. Oh that game did not end well either. We will see what happens in the next few games. Coach Bill Self is going to have to make some adjustments to get things going again.

Topic 1: Managing Xbox One S noise

Last week I went online and found a pack of 6 acoustic noise cancelling tiles. They are about a square foot in size. Our television stand has three racks in the middle and sets of drawers on either side. My Microsoft Xbox One S has started making the most annoying fan noise. It sits on the top shelf just under the television and it makes a clicking noise. I am seriously disappointed in the quality control and part selection from the Microsoft team that built and designed this Xbox One S. Installing a quiet fan would have cost them a little bit and saved millions of people the annoyinging savage clicking sounds of a fan that just fails basic design tests. To combat that noise it seemed like a good idea to install the noise canceling tiles using an adhesive above the TiVo Roamio and the Xbox One S. Each of the panels was pretty easy to install. The liquid nails adhesive held the form tiles in place. Two and about a half of a tile are sitting on the top. I cut one of the leftover tiles in half and just slid the halves against the sides. Overall the solution has reduced most of the noise from leaving the shelf.

The fan became a really big problem when listening to the Olympics and other sports where they do not have any music in the background and it is mostly just people talking or background noise. When the volume drops off the sound of that Xbox One S fan just jumps out and annoys people in the room. I’m not sure how many people take the route of installing acoustic noise canceling tiles to combat Xbox One S noise pollution. That is probably the best and most accurate way of describing the fan noise. It is just plain and simple noise pollution that Microsoft elected to create in people’s homes. You can take a look at the thumbnail for today’s blog post. It includes my Xbox One S and some soundproofing acoustic studio foam wedge style panels. That is where things ended up and they are working so far. The amount of noise being spread throughout the room has been reduced. That was the goal. The goal has been achieved. You can tell the device still has plenty of room to exhaust heat.

I really do hope that Microsoft team figures out how to put together a better hardware build for the next generation. My best advice would be to hold some product forms and make sure you write on the whiteboard in very clear and bold letters that the next generation will have an ultra whisper quiet fan. That should be design consideration number one. A fan that will prevent the device from overheating and can deliver that functionality while being near silent. That is really not that much to ask. My entire computer case makes less noise and has a lot more fans.

Topic 2: Upgrading to USB 3.0

Tonight was the night that my backup computer “The Borg Cube” was upgraded to full USB 3.0 technology. The Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 High Airflow ATX Cube Case has been working out pretty well. I mean it looks good and all the parts fit well. Tonight I dropped in a PCI express card capable of supporting 2 external USB 3.0 ports and that card was able to connect the 2 front I/O Panel USB 3.0 ports. Connecting the I/O panel USB ports required a 19 pin usb 3.0 internal connector. That PCI express card was really the only way to add that functionality to my older motherboard that is hanging out in the case. I really wanted to have access to front facing USB 3.0 ports. That makes it really easy to plug things into the case.

Both of my computer builds feature USB 3.0 ports. That was something that I wanted to have on the devices. My Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone and my older Google Pixel XL smartphones both use USB Type-C connections. That would be the logical way to take my build. It was not the direction I decided to go. Getting the front ports on the Corsair 740 working was my primary goal of adding the ports. I was really disappointed when I realized that the older motherboard did not have the right pin connection for the case I/O panel USB ports.

Topic 3: New hard drives and other computer parts

It seems like the price of hard drives has dropped a ton. These 3.5 inch drives in my Newegg search have gotten so cheap compared to where they used to be. The Corsair 740 case can support 3 drives of the 3.5 inch size on the hidden power supply side. It would be pretty easy to setup 3 small 1 terabyte 3.5 inch drives in a RAID 3 configuration. The case can also support 4 of the 2.5 inch size drives. Those drives are always interesting. I’m not entirely sure it would be necessary to have 7 hard drives installed within my current case. That much storage is probably not required for this build, but it would be possible. The motherboard would support about 6 SATA drives and the power supply that I ordered would have no problem with that amount of storage.

At some point in the future I plan to buy a new motherboard, CPU, memory, and a Corsair CPU water cooler to install in the case. Right now my favorite motherboards are made by ASUS. Over the last several years I have either gone with ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards. Both have worked out well enough. My preference at the moment would be to acquire the ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel motherboard. It looks pretty good and meets all my needs. That board supports an 8th Gen Intel Core Processor. That would lock me into buying an Intel core i7 processor. We will see if my interests shift to getting an Intel i9 processor box setup.

Topic 4: Rounding out the day

Welcome to the next day. That happened.

Today started off with a banana and a lungo pull of espresso. That should have been enough to kick off the day and get things going. Today was not that day. It took about 30 minutes to settle into the day and get things done in this very sentence. For some reason, I’m operating about 1,000 words behind and pushing forward each day. We will probably be watching some Olympics coverage today. The TiVo has been trained to record Olympic coverage. Without using any streaming that means that we just have to record a bunch of coverage and watch it when we want.

Ok —- I finally broke down and started watching Top Chef on YouTube TV. Right now Season 15 episode 9 “Bronco Brouhaha” is playing on my Storm Stryker custom built computer rig. It is not playing in 4K. The content on this one actually tops out at 720p (which YouTube has labeled as HD, but I’m not buying that). It looks like as we watch those last few Kansas Basketball games that will be on ESPN this year we will be paying for one month of YouTube TV. That means streaming content to one of my Chromecast devices when necessary.

It turns out the only show on television that I could not go without watching was Top Chef. Oddly enough that show is in its 15th season and still going on Bravo. We will see how that goes. I may have to turn it off. This Top Chef episode is not fueling my writing endeavors. The drama of this quickfire has pulled me in as a viewer. It is a show of details that you have to really watch to catch. They do not talk through everything that you are seeing. You really have to watch to see what folks are doing and presenting as food.

We ended up getting about four to five inches of snow outside the house. It was enough to get us to really stay home and enjoy the day inside. It does appear that YouTube TV does have commercials. I’m watching the same ones over and over again during the commercial breaks for this episode of Top Chef. That is going to keep happening I guess for the next 30 days. After that this whole end to cable television will really be an end I guess. So many choices for streaming exist that any content that really jumps out can be purchased.

Ok —- Those folks from Purple who made the seat cushion I’m using right now almost sold me a pillow. I have been pretty happy with my, “The Ultimate Purple No-Pressure Seat Cushion.” I use it every day it works well enough. I keep seeing advertisements for the Purple pillow. Those advertisements did get me to go look at the pillow online. It looks nice enough. It cost a little more than I want to pay for a pillow. That is a matter of personal preference.

Topic 5: Tackling the Firewire problem

I crawled under my desk and checked the back of my computer to see if any 1394 firewire ports existed. It was already pretty certain before I crawled under the desk that no 1394 firewire ports were attached to this computer. A few quick searches for 1394 firewire to USB adapter turned up a couple options. I’m going to roll out my Lian Li cube case here in a few minutes and check to see if a Firewire card is hiding. I’m pretty sure that at least one if not two cards are hanging around in my office somewhere.

After climbing up on my stepladder and grabbing the old camcorder bag I was able to figure out exactly what model had been purchased. It was a Sony digital video camera recorder model number DCR-TRV140. It was made in Japan. I have had it for a number of years. I guess two problems are rumbling around in my head right now related to this camcorder. First, will the device itself plug in and work properly. Second, will any of the tapes still be in working condition after this many years. We will find out here shortly assuming that I find the long lost firewire card.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

P.S. I’m like two hours into my day and things are just starting to get rolling. It took a little bit to get things started today. It could be that Captain Pickles was very wild today. Puppies being puppies you know. At some point, I’m going to need to jump up above the fold here and write one more topic to get this post up to a total of 3,000 words for the day. That our you are in for a very long postscript today. It could happen and that could the way this ends up rounding out the night.

YouTube TV just took me down a Top Chef rabbit hole. I have been watching the last few episodes and catching up. I’m going to try to figure out the firewire card problem here shortly this afternoon. I’m not sure exactly how many of the 31 tapes can be offloaded, but that is really what I am curious about at the moment. In this time that I should be looking forward to think about what is possible and what I can do I’m focusing on looking back. Even the fact that I went out to the internet archive Wayback Machine is a strong indicator that something is happening. My interest in being reflective is growing. It is possible that writing over 100,000 words this year has given me the opportunity to really think about things at a deeper level.

Part of this journey will include some reflective thought, but the core of the journey has to be focused on looking forward and thinking about what could be. It is about looking toward that perfect possible future and striving toward it. This inquiry into quality takes time. It will keep doing. Making it to day 42 took a certain amount of effort. It is really starting to set in that making to 365 days is going to be a battle. That is the part of the process that I want to truly avoid. It should be hard to write this many words, but the process cannot be a battle for an entire year. I have figure out how to make it a part of my routine and allow it be more of a writing process vs. a writing battle. I’m not the first person to realize that a battle with the page is the quickest way to active writers block. Fighting the blank page is a battle that never really works out well. You have to embrace the blank page and work with it and avoid working against it. That is the foundational recipe of truly writing for the sake of writing.

This Tervis tumbler came from the cabinet. It holds about 16 ounces and was Made in America and has a lifetime warranty. After grabbing the tumbler from the cabinet it was a short trip to the refrigerator. I made a snap decision to go with cubs instead of crushed ice. It took about 30 seconds to fill the tumbler about 2/3 full of ice. That was enough to have it ready for a beverage. That is what happened just before I sat down to write these words. This last little bit of content to push this blog post up over 3,000 words for the day. That was what needed to happen to make sure things do not fall behind.

Day 41 the one with some deep thoughts about conversation

Denver winter snow

2018: Day 41 the one with some deep thoughts about conversation
Word count 112,174 + 3,006 or 115,180 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Tomorrow will be day 42 of this journey. I guess that means it should be more epic and answer a lot more questions than the first 41 posts. However, at this point in time, my mind is absolutely clear. This is one of those times that we could go in any direction. A world of perfect possible futures exists. We strive toward reshaping this world to be close to that image of what we consider the perfect possible future. This morning my breakfast was unsatisfying. It was one of those things that happens from time to time. A couple hours into the day it seemed like a good idea to have a Protein & Greens smoothie. Those protein juice smoothies are pretty good. A few days per week that is my breakfast. It has worked out well enough. Maybe I should figure out a better breakfast routine. That might help me strive toward a perfect possible future breakfast. The rest is more complex. Maybe instead of dealing with perfection I’ll focus on some simple goals for next week.

Next week my goal is going to be to spend more time on my walking desk. In the basement I have a treadmill with a board across the front that is big enough to hold my work laptop. This setup allows me to walk at a pretty slow speed and keep using the laptop. That seems like an easy goal to achieve, but sometimes it is not all that easy. My goal for tonight is simple enough. I’m going to listen to this Dune (1965) audiobook from Google Play Books and write for the sake of writing. That book was written 53 years ago by Frank Herbert and I’m pretty sure some of the language would be different today. Now that I’m taking the time to listen to the audiobook and not speedreading like I usually do I have had time to think about all the language in detail. Some of it is a little cringe worthy. These words are just going to be based on whatever blinks into my mind tonight. About three times since using Play Books I have had to force close the application and restart the audiobook. For some reason the audio just started to stutter a little bit and basically failed.

My plan for this weekend is pretty simple. I don’t really want to do anything. It should be a weekend of peace and quiet. That should be pretty decent. This weekend is a good one to watch coverage of the winter Olympics. We are pretty much going to just watch whatever Olympic coverage ends up on NBC. I did not set the TiVo Roamio to record the Olympics, but NBC should have coverage all weekend. Next month my cable television bill will be around $150 cheaper. That will be exciting. My viewing habits have changed a ton in the last week. Instead of just passively listening to CNN on my computer that channel has moved to my car that has SiriusXM satellite radio. Now i thought they were two different companies, but apparently the service I thought was XM satellite radio is SiriusXM satellite radio. Anyway, semantics about company ownership aside —- I’m now listening to more CNN while driving around and listening to more music at home instead of watching CNN.

Neither of those things really boosted or lowered my productivity. For the most part I require some kind of background noise to go about my day. It is a very rare moment that everything stops and we have absolute quiet in the house or just around me in general. Thanks to our new puppy Captain Pickles it is even more rare. I know pickles is about 8 months old now and that conventional wisdom only considered a dog a puppy for like the first year or so. According to the puppy age calculator from the folks at Pedigree if Captain Pickles is a large dog then puppy food is on the menu for about the first 2 years. Maybe that is how it works for food and I suppose the folks at Pedigree are dog food experts, but I imagined at about a year they stop having many purely wild puppy behaviors.

Topic 1: Mining 1% of a bitcoin

Well my Coinbase account now has 1% of a bitcoin. The cryptocurrency mining struggle is real. The market value goes up and down rapidly. My mining journey from Monday January 1, 2018 to Wednesday April 11, 2018 continues. My mining rig is comprised of 2 graphics cards based on designs from NVIDIA GTX 1060 configurations. My account at the moment has 0.0116 BTC. That equates to about $103.11 USD. Overall my cryptocurrency mining efforts are making good progress toward paying off my my GTX 1060 graphics cards. It took 10 NiceHash wallet payments to be able to transfer enough BTC to Coinbase to hit 1% of a bitcoin. That does not seem like a huge amount of mining, but it is a reasonable amount of progress. Those payments happened between January 13, 2018 and February 9, 2018. That means that about every 30 days my mining rig generates 1% of a bitcoin in value. The value of that bitcoin will go up and down like a roller coaster if this last month is an indicator of future performance. I believe that the cryptocurrency market will continue to be volatile.

NiceHash wallet payments in reverse order:

10. 2018-02-09 03:48:05 Mining payment → 0.00102322 BTC
9. 2018-02-06 06:30:13 Mining payment → 0.00101337 BTC
8. 2018-02-03 05:50:10 Mining payment → 0.00135065 BTC
7. 2018-01-30 04:28:59 Mining payment → 0.00102840 BTC
6. 2018-01-27 04:51:21 Mining payment → 0.00120973 BTC
5. 2018-01-24 04:25:25 Mining payment → 0.00125795 BTC
4. 2018-01-21 05:32:06 Mining payment → 0.00133244 BTC
3. 2018-01-18 04:27:55 Mining payment → 0.00119401 BTC
2. 2018-01-15 04:30:34 Mining payment → 0.00105970 BTC
1. 2018-01-13 04:51:00 Mining payment → 0.00118327 BTC

Topic 2: Let’s talk about trying to write after giving blood

Last night I just wanted to go to bed. This is the first time this year during my 3,000 words per day journey that I have given blood and tried to write 3,000 words afterward. I could sit down and pen words. It was not a question of cognitive functioning it was a question of that spark that generates awesome original engaging and fabulous prose. It was not happening. Maybe it has nothing to do with giving blood and coffee is the true spice of writing. On days that I give blood my coffee intake is curtailed to like 2 cups. I know that is a normal level of coffee. Maybe it really was the coffee that is year to be determined, but something happened. In about 56 days when I am eligible to give blood again I’m going to have to ensure that all the words for the day happen before that appointment. It seems like after that appointment I just did not have the energy to write 3,000 words. That is a lesson learned and I’ll keep track of it for the rest of the year.

I talking about giving blood because it is a part of my routine, but not necessarily as a public service announcement that giving blood is a good idea and helps people. It does help people and it is a good idea, but you make your own choices about what you want to do.

Topic 3: Long form prose

You may have noticed that I have a strong preference for writing long form prose. Instead of thinking with an internal monologue I have developed a preference to slowing down and thinking in written form while typing. Sometimes that ends up being a very natural type of action that follows an almost rhythmic sustained typing effort. Those are the good days when the prose flows and things work out well. My pure internal monologue or thoughts race around and all day. Like a ripple in a pond my thoughts branch out across possibilities and I always try to calculate what will happen next. Thinking within the dimension of time and where things are now is something that consumes a large part of my day. In general, I have found it relaxing to sit down and engage in an hour a day of pure stream of consciousness writing sessions. Some of those yield blog posts and they for years. I’m not going to write decades, because that word choice while accurate makes me sad.

The fact that my stream of consciousness writing sessions have morphed into blog in a box type of efforts is interesting to say the least. It is one of those things that happened gradually. This blog is based on a pure functional journal style of writing. That is my style of writing in a nutshell. My prose is very functional vs. purely theoretical. My research is mostly applied vs. purely theoretical maybe that is a shortcoming in my nature or just the way I go about things, but it is for the most part very consistent. Over the last few years my writing style has been very consistent and I think has been improving one day at a time. Maybe all my efforts were building up to having this one big year of writing output. Focusing in on producing 1,000,000 words about my journey (life & times) in 2018 has changed that writing a little bit.

Instead of being supremely world economic I’m focusing on really flushing things out to explain and debate in detail. That is good in some ways. Instead of just plainly saying what it is I’m working to elaborate on that position and advance my argument in different ways. Saying what you want to say and saying it in a way that is engaging and thoughtful adds a certain degree of depth to the prose. In the past a lot of my prose was more focused on moving through a number of topics with a degree of breath vs. depth that exposed the limits of brevity in communication.

We as a society are dangerously pulling on the last strings of those limits. The very limits of brevity in communication are in some ways tearing down our interpersonal and intergenerational communication. Imagine for a moment that the greatest thinker of our time was walking down the street and wanted to strike up a conversation with a strange. Most of the time that stranger would say hello exchange pleasantries and never move beyond having a surface level conversation. Our routines allow us to pass by the thinker and move on without a second thought. We spend a lot less time debating and engaging in actual conversation. This is not an argument about social media or the internet. Those are gated platforms of a digital divide that separates us into bubbles of our own selection. This set of arguments is just about the nature of in person conversation and the limits we impose on it. This could be an argument about the power of self-censorship and how ignoring or engaging the thinker in a thoughtful conversation would be limited or engaging. The proposition of the conversation with the thinker is about the opportunity to have the most insightful and informing conversation possible. It is about the opportunities to connect with others that are missed and the reasons that happens.

Instead of engaging in conversation online and on social networks I just tend to want to write at the end and beginning of the day. During those windows of the day I have very little interest in engaging in conversations. With a little bit of hubris it would be easy to assume that I have become the thinker incarnate and breakdown the social contract of conversation to a singular form of prose. That would be beyond the pale of ridiculous indulgence. The thinker is a construct based around the perfect conversation. Outside of that I could strive to engage actively in the road toward inquiry and strive toward being an active and free thinker. That would be a more reasonable presumption.

Topic 4: Keeping up with the stream of words

Writing at a pace of 3,000 words per day every day and publishing them in blog form is about keeping up with the stream of words. My thoughts are plentiful enough to generate 3,000 words per day. It is the actual act of sitting down and writing that takes planning and opportunity. Sure things like that are about making choices and that is really what this whole journey and inquiry into the values of quality is all about. The choices we make inherently influence our path toward quality. That might seem a little overly straightforward, but hey it is snowed last night and it is still 6:00 AM. I have only had one cup of coffee and a wonderful breakfast that included a banana. Today was one of those days where John Paul announced that it was time to wake up at 5:000 AM. The day started a little early for all of us and strangely enough NBC is not really broadcasting any Olympic coverage until this afternoon. You can imagine my shock and surprise that the channel does not go all in on coverage and broadcasting recaps of events wall to wall. I think right now they are broadcasting some paid advertisement. Based on the amount they paid for the right to broadcast the Olympics you think they would want to just get people to tune in to the NBC channel for 2 weeks continuously. Wait I’m presuming television executives are rational actors… they did cancel Firefly and pretty much any other show I have enjoyed.

Topic 5: Today’s winter wonderland thumbnail

Two shots of espresso were just made using my Nespresso Expert machine. Those shots of espresso are resting in an Italian glass cup with a metal handle that reaches around the base for stability. These espresso pods made a thick crema on the top of the rich and decadent shots. That was enough inspiration to convince me to open the door to the cold outside world and reach out with my Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone camera and snap a picture. That picture of a light snow dusting is the thumbnail today. The sidewalk, street and years are covered with just enough snow to remind you it is winter. The chill in the air reminds you of just how cold it can get in Colorado. Last night I thought we might see one of the stranger things in nature the phenomenon of freezing fog. This manifests itself in wonderful crystal like coverings on trees and other things. The water droplets in fog basicly freeze on contact with surfaces and produce some interesting phenomenon.

Some of my best photographs are of tree branches with ice on them. That happened back in Kansas a lot more than it does here in Colorado. You can search for images of freezing fog and see what I’m talking about. It is very interesting and at time very beautiful. It is also very dangerous as you can imagine. A ton of ice arriving very quickly and in some cases being almost invisible on the sidewalks and roads is a recipe for problems. You have to be vigilant. I asked Google Photos to search through my more than 10,000 photos for “freezing fog” it found a bunch of photographs and a bunch of videos. I would have to say that more than half of them are really examples of freezing fog. You can tell because the branches on the trees are sagging from the weight of the ice attached to them. Machine learning has come a long way and it is amazing that I can just search my collection of photographs. Oddly enough a search for “tree ice” produced a number of different photographs. It seems like the machine learning algorithm over at Google considers freezing fog and tree ice to be two different conditions.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Today was one of those days that required a recovery of my word count due to problems from a previous day. At this point my 24 hour buffer is almost gone. Working ahead was supposed to give me a little bit of time to edit and clean up my blog posts. That does not appear to be happening. We are well over 100,000 words this year. Even editing the 3,000 words from the previous day feels like a struggle. That really is a metaphor for how we strive forward everyday into the new day without letting the weight of history remind us of where we were and where we are going. That context of how we got the momentum that propels us forward can be informative, but for the most part we feel empowered in the moment by the fire that feeds our interest and passions at the time. We are creatures of the moment. In the brilliant and beautiful now we make choices. Each new moment brings the opportunity for another choice. That is how things work and how it goes. The reasons why and the consequences of those choices seem to fall away.

My hope is that now that we are approaching 42 consecutive days of writing we can venture deeper into the philosophical questions of our time. All of my mental power needs to be focused on answering the most difficult questions of our time instead of debating the nature of what would make the best breakfast possible. That split in some ways explains the nature of the inquiry into the the intersection of technology and modernity. We have a tidal wave of technological change in our time and we focus in on the smallest details instead of the bigger picture. Taking that step back and really thinking about the nature of technology and society involves moving forward from John Locke and thinking about social contracts to thinking about the social fabric that exists today and how it binds and holds us together. We are in some ways beyond the foundational social contract described by Locke. So many foundations have been established that entrench the contact to the point that we can really only debate the nature of the social fabric that binds us together. Maybe that is a point that deserves some later consideration.

Stay tuned for tomorrow and the 42nd blog post in this journey…

Day 40 the one where the winter Olympics started

Sony camcorder

2018: Day 40 the one where the winter Olympics started
Word count 109,148 + 3,026 or 112,174 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Tonight the Olympics started. The over the air broadcast from NBC has been pretty good. Tonight I did need to move the TERK indoor antenna from next to the television to the DVD rack. Our television is sitting on a nice stand we picked up when we moved to this house. The DVD rack sits in an alcove on the far external wall. At the moment the TERK indoor antenna is sitting on top of the DVD rack and it appears to be working well. That is good news given the amount of NBC Olympic coverage we are about to watch over the next two weeks. Part of cutting the cord and ending our monthly cable television subscription was knowing that the Olympics would be mostly broadcast on NBC.

My writing plan for today is pretty straight forward. I’m going to write a vignette for the next 30 minutes and then move into essays related to some thoughts on my sports trading card collection, a post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows, recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned, and all the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder. Those four topics together should provide enough content to to yield over 4,000 words for tonight. You can imagine that right now this post already has 4 topics listed below. That means that the framework for my writing endeavors already exists. Now the real quick will be how much effort it will take to execute the plan.

Writing my vignette tonight should help ground me. Getting grounded into the habit of writing takes some time and is rewarding. This week has been very interesting. Solving the problems of the world is worth a significant amount of time. We only have so much time to devote to important manners. That pretty much means that we have to figure out where we want to spend our limited time. Trying to solve some of the worlds problems might be a worthwhile use of that limited time, but getting the motivation to strive on requires a little bit of foundation. Setting up that very foundation takes a lot of education and experience. Some of the problems we face are very complex and very challenging. At the same time, it is entirely possible that a simple view of things could end up solving some of the challenges. True understanding of a matter allows people to explaining highly complex topics in simple terms.

I’m about 30% done with my Dune (1965) audiobook from Google Play Books. Tonight could be one of those nights that continues on for awhile. Writing 4,000 words might just be the cause of that late night. I did not start writing early enough today. Part of my writing routine involves a solid morning and evening writing session. This morning was spent trying to catch up with the word count from yesterday. Chasing words had been an important of the day. At some point, you just have to give up on the previous blog post and move on in a journey that lasts an entire year. Writing at a certain speed helps move things along. Tonight is one of those nights that a certain amount of writing speed could be useful. That pretty much means that I need to think in written form and allow that to be translated to the page via my keyboard.

Tonight we watched some mogul skiing and some ice skating. All of the coverage from NBC was pretty decent. The announcers managed to explain things. They spent more time talking than they should have given the amount of spots content they have. They should try to move to a 90% awesome winter Olympic event coverage and only 10% talking heads. To be honest NBC could have people talking on screen sitting in chairs without the winter Olympics. Talking heads seem to flock to television. The winter Olympics only show up every 4 years. This year they showed up in South Korea. So far it seems like the winter Olympics in South Korea will be pretty good.

Topic 1: Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection

All of my sports cards are sitting in some Rubbermaid ActionPacker lockable storage boxes. To be exact they are sitting in a collection of three Rubbermaid boxes. The ActionPacker line is pretty solid. They have held up really well over the years. To the best of my knowledge these boxes will keep my sports trading cards save from weather, bugs, and flooding. These are my thoughts on my sports trading card collection. Some of my cards are encapsulated and graded. Those cards are primarily George Brett cards. Over the last few years, I have been buying up a ton of graded George Brett cards.

My sports trading card collection started out with a bunch of 1981 Topps football cards. My Joe Montana rookie card from that collection is sitting on my desk. It is in pretty rough shape. If it was professional graded by Beckett, then I would imagine it would be a 4 or maybe a 3 out of 10. The rest of the those cards were put into plastic sleeves several years ago. They were inherited and were the start of my collection. The next batches of cards are from 1987 to 1989. They are a collection of baseball cards. My collection from 1987 to around 1995 was primarily baseball cards. It was not until after 1995 that my interest in football cards really started. In the last few years my card collection has shifted to mostly football card packs and graded George Brett cards.

Topic 2: A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows

This one is just going to be about my topi five favorite science fiction television shows. Maybe later I will dig deep and make a true top 10 list. As always this list is just a reflection of this moment in time.

1. Firefly (2002)
2. Farscape (1999)
3. Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda (1999)
4. Battlestar Galactica (2004)
5. Dr. Who 10th Doctor (2005)

Oh dear —- None of the Star Trek shows made it into my current top 10 science fiction show list. It also appears that I have narrowed the list from 1999 to 2005. The reason that Star Trek The Next Generation got left out of the top 5 is that it has so many episodes that when I rewatch them do not hold my attention anymore. Maybe it is entirely the fault of Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher). However, I’m willing to admit that the Wesley Crusher factor is not the only reason. I’m pretty sure Star Trek The Next Generation would be number 6 on my list. You will have to stay tuned to find out what ends up on my top 10 list.

This topic thing is not really yielding huge epic essays on the these topics. All of this should have gone better based on my outlining and planning. Maybe my setup broke down at the point that I did not outline each one of these sub topics into at least 5 parts to generate essay like long form prose. At the moment they seem to be getting a paragraph or two of coverage and that is not going to be enough to leg this post out to 4,000 words like a broken bat infield single. That was a baseball reference. You are welcome for that. You can probably expect more baseball analogies and folksy stories within the blog. That is coming. It is just one of those things that you can expect to start to see as things dig deeper throughout the course of the year.

Topic 3: Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned

I’m pretty sure all of my equipment has been Sony. After looking through some of my tapes and equipment it looks like original Sony camcorder is gone. It has probably been a couple years since I could even remember exactly what it looks like. I still have 2 tapes from it. They may or may not be working tapes. Maybe that is something that I can purchase on eBay. Even if I managed to get a device that could play the tapes getting the content offloaded to my computer would be a challenge. I kind of remember plugging the device into my television and not really having a method to really edit the video.

My next two camcorders are sitting on a shelf in my office. I’ll dig into the exact models and such later on. At the moment, I would need to get the step ladder to be able to reach them and that is probably not happening until after coffee round two occurs. One of them is standard definition and the other is high definition. All of the tapes from the two of those Sony camcorders are sitting in a binder that was designed to hold tapes. This is one of the few times that I purchased the correct holder and they have all been in the correct holder for years. I really mean years. Some of those tapes are just so old now. I’m starting to wonder if the magnetic values are starting to give up the ghost.

To the best of my knowledge I never really recorded video journals on the tapes. Some of them have audio of me talking about things like a narrator, but none of that is all that useful. I’m wondering why that one Sony camcorder is missing. Maybe it broke and got thrown away. I really have no memory of it since college. It could have gotten put in some box and is long since gone. The only reason I’m thinking about it is because I’m wondering where the tapes that might have been in the case for it went. I know 2 of them are in my current binder. That binder is sitting right in front of me at the moment. It does not have a brand on it. It is one of those black nylon looking binders that people put CDs in and this one holds tapes. This thing has about 30 tapes. I counted them again it contains 31 tapes that include a variety of content. Apparently the side that i thought was the front was the back and it is a Case Logic case. It even has that little light bulb with lines coming out of logo on it. All the tapes in this little binder appear to be 8mm video cassette tapes. Some of them are from movies I started to direct and gave up on. The next Clerks is not hiding in this binder. My skills as a video director or cinematographer are still highly suspect.

My Friday night project is going to be related to figuring out how to get a Firewire cable setup and exporting content from my newest Sony camcorder. I have one terabyte of storage space ready for all of this video. I’m even willing to stop my NiceHash Miner v.2.0.1.10 beta software for a few minutes to install a new pci card. I think this motherboard only has pci express slots open. That could be a problem. One second I’m going to to check on the one Firewire card I found in my old Lian Li cube style case. Ok —- so I made an error on this one. The last Sony HandyCam I purchased was an HD AVCHD 4.0 Mega Pixel model that recorded on an internal Hard Drive. It has an HDMI out and a tiny little HDMI cable in it. It also has one of those usb outputs that will probably let me access the files on it with ease.

Well this model HDR-SR10 digital HD video camera recorder that was made in Japan by the Sony Corporation is charging. The one thing that I am really reliable about is putting the cords for camcorders back in their travel cases. That problem has to do with what a pain it was to get new cables back in the day. Their were expensive and you had to go to multiple places or custom order proprietary cables. I’ll let this thing charge for about 30 minutes and offload any content that is on it. I can probably even ghost the drive to figure out if any recently deleted content is hiding. It is all video files that should be possible. This computer does have PowerDirector 15 installed. I’ll probably use that to manage the content or exports if necessary.

I just turned that Sony HDR-SR10 on using while it was charging. It defaulted back to January 1, 2008. It has a touchscreen. That was fun. It has 29 video clips on it. I wonder if Sony still has the software for it on the website. Those 29 video clips contain my last trip to Hawaii and Cancun. The one series has a lot of content from a wedding. The Sony website pointed me to a free software called PlayMemories Home Installer. We will see how that one works you today. Right now the software is working on importing 13.8 gigabytes of video content to one of my backup drives. It looks like this could take awhile. Based on this new research it appears that I only have one camcorder that can play actual tapes in the house. That is probably going to be problematic. Out of the 31 tapes that camcorder may only be able to offload one type.

Topic 4: All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder

My first Sony Camcorder was epic. It was full of promise. At the time I had no idea that the standard definition content it recorded would not stand up to the test of time. I thought it made fantastic files. I would record things and watch them on the television again. That was basically how it worked. These little tapes had a label with the date and what was on them and that was pretty much it. I knew how to edit VHS tape content using a deck, but this was different. I basically had to offload the content from the Camcorder like clips to a VCR. Stiching things together was the extent of my video editing skills. That all changed when things could be imported to the computer. Throughout my college experience those tapes pretty much languished. That is probably why only a couple of them exist. I know at one point a stack of them existed. That camcorder never really sent me down the right path. Maybe it was a lack of technical skill on my part. My ability to capture epic video has never really been one of my core competencies.

Topic 5: The illegal ivory poaching in Zimbabwe

Someday our 3D printing technology will become very advanced. People are already working on methods that would allow a 3D printing of bone. Maybe a material called hyperelastic bone will replace the market for ivory. It is entirely possible that 3D printing could introduce something new and better to the market. Really any advances in technology that help make elephants less valuable for ivory is a step forward. My knowledge about elephants is limited. The ones I have seen at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Denver Zoo seemed aware enough of their surroundings. I have seen them interact with people. Advances in technology could solve a variety of problems. I’m not exactly certain of a policy solution to the ivory problem. My first thought would be based on supporting policy framework devoted to permanently restrict all import and export of ivory. My second thought would be on a personal level to avoid purchasing, owning, or participating in anything related to ivory.

Topic 6: A few thoughts about today’s thumbnail

My Google Pixel 2 XL was just hanging out this morning. I picked up that phone and snapped a photo of my Sony HandyCam HDR-SR10 and that Case Logic binder. It is not the best photo that I have ever taken. It is however the thumbnail that is attached to the post for today. You can enjoy it and muse that my desk was at least clean enough to take that photograph. That means that the process of getting things in order and removing clutter is working. That is awesome.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Today is one of those days where I was not able to get everything done. That is always a frustrating moment in time. My strong preference is to work real time and to have everything done from my to do list. Figuring out how to avoid having a to do list is about more than just maintaining a stop doing list. Today I had some time to think about that while giving blood. Every 56 days I have been giving blood for the last half year. It is not something that I normally spend all that much time writing about, but it is something that I do to make a contribution. At some point they will figure out how to make synthetic blood, but that has not happened as of yet.

My goal for the day was to write 4,000 words. That just did not happen. I guess things are going to work out well enough at 3,000 words. Tomorrow will have to be the day to help catch up and move things forward. This last little bit of writing effort felt a little bit forced. Maybe I’m tired. That is a bad sign given that I still need to write another 4,000 words today or tomorrow morning. That might happen tonight. It is Friday after all. It is a night where I can write as late as I want and just deal with the consequences tomorrow. It is going to be interesting. Maybe I’ll be able to finish a good chunk of my Dune audio book tonight. That would be a fun way to just finish things out tonight. This last very long sentence should push the blog post over 3,000 words for the night. It did not push things over the edge it came up about 10 words short. That is fine, but now is the time to stop writing in this Google Doc and move over to the next one.