Tashi ... R.I.P.
?/?/84 -- 3/19/01
Health -- (Health Care can be hazardous to your health)
Business -- (No Macintosh too large or small, Perfesser Bear can fix 'em all)
Philosophy -- (Why do we do what we do?)
Drug Education -- (Why do we do things that stupid?)
Science and Computer Lab -- (Mad Science, Gizmology, Mackery)
Metal Shop -- (Low-Tech Stuff, 1924 vintage)
Home Economics -- (Cooking, Gardening, Domestic Animals)
Recess -- (Fun and Games, and "none of the above")
History -- (some Northern New Mexico, some techno)
Study Hall & Library -- (Reference materials)
Music -- (hath charmth to thoothe the thavage beatht)
Religion -- (Your karma ran over my dogma)
Sports -- (Atlanta Braves? When did they leave Boston?)
English -- (The language with the most mojo, and the most chaotic)
Detention -- (stay after class and clean the erasers, or vice versa)
Extra-Curricular Activities -- (and maybe a kick in the virtual reality data pants).
Artsyness: "Nerd Defending a Starr case" by Pablum Picasso
Harris Coulter tells us to beware of vaccines, particularly DPT. Food for thought.
More food for thought: I have heard it alleged that AIDS came from a bad batch of polio vaccine.
And in an unrelated episode of this soap opera, some basic advice:
eat good stuff like rye, oats, olive oil, green things (including arugula).
Pesto is a good way to get your veggies; we do lots of it at my house.
And of course eating your veggies is a good way to maintain the health of your colon.
Click here to read more about that. Click here to read about your semicolon.
Just what are you eating anyway? Read the label.
If it says monosodium glutamate, consider not eating it.
MSG, as it's also called, is not food. Too much of it is poison.
For some people, any at all is poison.
The Four Food Groups of Hacking:
Presto Computers, the "Mac Whisperer" of Taos.
I also sell accessories and gizmos and cables and batteries etc. etc.
I stock internal backup batteries for all desktop Mac.
If your machine thinks the date is 1/1/1904 (older Macs) or 8/27/1956,
you need one of them batteries. Gimme a call.
A PowerBook can have the same problem; Those batteries I special order.
SEE ME FOR RAM UPGRADES ... my price includes installation.
What is stability these days? Having a permanent e-mail address? Food for thought.
Motto of the week: "VENI VIDI VELCRO"
"I came, I saw, I stuck around"
Drop me a line at email@example.com with your ideas for this section.
Meanwhile, here's one: MaŅana
(or Manana if your browser
makes different assumptions about character sets) --
it doesn't mean "tomorrow"; it means "not today".
Food for thought: a list of ponderables
Position paper on the fiasco of drug education
and more discussion on the subject on the main(line) drug page
And a review by Roger Ebert of a movie about the drug business --
here's the header and first paragraph:
TRAFFIC / **** (R)
January 5, 2001
Robert Wakefield: Michael Douglas
Javier Rodriguez: Benicio Del Toro
Montel Gordon: Don Cheadle
Ray Castro: Luis Guzman
Caroline Wakefield: Erika Christensen
Arnie Metzger: Dennis Quaid
Helena Ayala: Catherine Zeta-Jones
USA Films presents a film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Stephen
Gaghan. Running time: 147 minutes. Rated R (for pervasive drug content, strong
language, scenes of violence and sexuality).
BY ROGER EBERT
Our laws against illegal drugs function as a price support system for the criminal drug industry. They do not stop drugs. Despite billions of dollars spent and a toll of death, addiction, crime, corruption and lives wasted in prison, it is possible today for anyone who wants drugs to get them. "For someone my age," says a high school student in the new film "Traffic," "it's a lot easier to get drugs than it is to get alcohol." ...
Repairing Power Packs for StyleWriters (original and Portable)
Confused about the names people use for their PowerBooks?
Names that don't appear on them anywhere? Help is on the way: PowerBook Names
A few words about oil
A curious page about combination invention ideas
A whole page about Color Codes
I'm not sure where this one goes, but what the heck, try it here:
Gizmology for the Road Worrier
Math as Art: the Mandelbrot Set.
A few words about attachments.
Label city: affixing and removing labels.
Geek city: the vi command summary.
If you're having trouble connecting with your new whizbang
superfast modem, maybe you have a crappy phone line.
Might work at 9600 bps. Here is a minimal compendium of
modem init strings to force modems to 9600.
If you can't get anything at all out of the modem, maybe this crib sheet will help:
Mac Modem Cable Pinouts
If that doesn't help, maybe it's dead.
Do you have lightning and surge protection on the power line AND the phone line?
Both Mad Science and Gizmology require parts.
Here's an old list of parts vendors.
(Maybe it should be in the History listings since it's so old.)
I still have the all-time favorite, the
List of All Known Coaxial Cables
-- all the RG cables anyway.
New gizmo: check FedEx tracking info without having to go to their site first and load their main page -- download this little page and run it locally on your machine: FedEx Tracker
Netscape users on a Mac: option-click on the link to save it directly to your hard disk, or hold down the button on the link to get the popup menu and save it from there. Or you can actually load the page and do a Save As... and select "Source" from the menu popup button that probably starts out saying "Text".
(Short sleeve shirts and bow ties only, please)
Heat Treatment of Steel
Bursting and Working Pressures of Steel Pipe
Standard Wire Nails and Spikes
I don't know if this goes here, but anyway it's Mr. Nice Guy's Divorce
I know this is what you've all been waiting for:
The main history page
A listing of Where Things Used to be in Taos
Some little bits of the history of La Plaza Telecommunity FoundationLa Plaza Telecommunity Foundation
Columbus Ferguson II's recollections of his grandfather's stories
of his life and times in Valdez, New Mexico, in the 19th Century:
"The Man From Valdez"
Techno history: stories of some standards processes: Standards Soap Operas.
Frank Zappa -- a cool guy.
I've finally come up with something to put here.
Ever wonder why English spelling is so chaotic?
There is something you can do. Join the Punctuation Liberation Front
And you might consider matters of Style worth pondering.
Here's some poetry for you to depreciate:
My PGP public key is here in the cloak room,
The Sayings of Chairman W
Lions Club of Taos
Lions Club of Kathmandu Universal
The Museum of Taste
High Valley Amateur Radio Club
Various ham radio stuff
New Calendar for Y2K
The Eric Conspiracy Secret Laboratory
Beverly Hillbillies Updated
The Seven Wonders of Taos
That address once again: firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Bear Albrecht)