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Saturday, October 21 2017


If you get 'Not Enough Data' in Ampache.

Try modifying your Mysqld Installation.

I had to add the following to this config file:/etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf.


Wednesday, October 18 2017

Fresnel Lens on Ebay

Was looking for a large Fresnel lens on the cheap and couldn't find it. So I settled on the small ones.

Next day in the right bar suggestions the one below appears. The secret for looking for Fresnel lens is not to use the word Fresnel.

Monday, October 16 2017

Heavy Beam Compass

Looks like a compass that wouldn't lift off very easily. I always mess-up circle drawing for projects.

"Foreasy Marking Center Finder Tool Woodworking Precision Marking Gauge Scribers"

Friday, October 6 2017


First not everything is documented and what is, changes frequently so examples won't work. I like to think of it in layers. There is basic spreadsheet functionality that you can do in cells, then there is basic what you manage through macros and that can manipulate cells and forms at a higher level.The MRI appears necessary to figure out what the object methods are this week. After installation, it will be under the tools->add-ons menu.

Saturday, September 30 2017

Soviet FOD Mitigation

Screens for main inlet and vents on the wings:

Thursday, September 28 2017

Suggestion for Christmas

Sunday, September 17 2017

JsTree with CSS Sprite Types as a Class

The key thing is the "!important" keyword to overload the CSS precedence.

Types Initialization:

                       'types' : { 
                           'FOLDER' : {
                               'icon' : 'folderIcon'
                           'ROOT' : {
                               'icon' : 'rootIcon'
                           'default' : {
                               'icon' : 'folderIcon'


               .rootIcon {
                   background-image: url(../_img/icon-grid-clr-16x16.jpg) !important;
                   background-position: -8px -16px !important;
               .folderIcon {
                   background-image: url(../_img/icon-grid-clr-16x16.jpg) !important;
                   background-position: -8px 0px !important;


               .on('load_node.jstree', function (e,data) {

Thursday, August 31 2017

Cheap Plastic Barrels in Oregon

Wednesday, August 30 2017

Interesting War Story

Wednesday, August 16 2017

Lawn Darts

Yes, you can still buy them.

make them.

What caused the restrictions.

Jeff Dunham demonstrating.

Tuesday, August 15 2017

Tethering Tidbits

Monday, August 14 2017

Upgrading Postgresql 9.4 to 9.5

Here's the command to upgrade it. Took me too long to figure it out, so I thought I'd share.

postgres@hostname:~$ /usr/lib/postgresql/9.5/bin/pg_upgrade -b /usr/lib/postgresql/9.4/bin -B /usr/lib/postgresql/9.5/bin -d /var/lib/postgresql/9.4/main/ -D /var/lib/postgresql/9.5/main/ -o "-c config_file=/etc/postgresql/9.4/main/postgresql.conf" -O "-c config_file=/etc/postgresql/9.5/main/postgresql.conf"

Sunday, August 13 2017

Wooden Blocks for a Vice

I never thought of embedding magnets into a wooden block so they'd stay put in a vice.

Friday, August 11 2017

Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Airline Scheduling


Thursday, August 10 2017

Stabilizing a Raft

I wish I'd thought of that as a kid, but I don't think the cheap raft I had would handle the weight.

Wednesday, August 9 2017

Third Ghostbusters Movie?

I was always curious why they didn't, apparently Bill Murray was the hold out.

H/T to:

Tuesday, August 8 2017

Scrooge McDuck Tax

Yes it is from 2014, but still interesting.

H/T Film Theorist

Monday, August 7 2017

Old Portable Military Computers

Friday, August 4 2017

Level 2 Versus Level 3 Holster

Never understood the appeal of plastic holsters and this explains the extra features.

Wednesday, August 2 2017

Awesome Handheld Printer

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