Managing with the pain

For the last few weeks I have been dealing with more pain than usual… due to a bicycle accident. Still lugging my body around, making to and from work is doable, running errands is doable, but only after a certain time–that time is getting over the pain.

It went from waking up every other day to every day with pains and it’s starting to slow some of my projects down. While I refuse to give up on them, it’s definitely taking a toll for which I’m not sure how much of a toll.

But we all know laying around too much may and can be a bad thing, so that I will not do!–I will keep on taking this stupid medication and hopefully… things will heal as expected.

If I seem secluded, I am! I am grumpy! I am hurting!

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Present moment in progress!

They’re finally here! The Unusual Buddha stickers, “Caution: Present moment in progress”

If you’re curious about meditation, which I partake in, and would like some guidance The Unusual Buddha’s website is a great place to start. A few blog posts to help you get the gist and 1 on 1 classes are also offered. I really, really need to get to reading his book. No, this is not a sponsored post, just showing some love!

The quality of these stickers exceeded my expectations. I figure, you know, it’s just a sticker feeling like plastic–it’ll do its job, “to stick.” Nope, I am sure these will last for quite awhile.

I put one on my ebike.

Great stuff!

https://theunusualbuddha.com/ – YouTube, Posdcasts, etc

I feel I write more when I stick to myself… kinda

What a title, not usually my norm, however it does state my exact thought.

Cat on keyboard

What I deal with while computing

While some people crave and thrive on social environments, I tend not to… not because I hate people, but because it takes a lot of mental energy (which eventually leads to being physically draining) to mingle. While I do enjoy being in social situations, connecting with new people and learning new things about existing people, at the end of the day it sometimes leads to an exhausting decompressing state.

A craved decompression–where I can be alone with select people, movies, music or just plain ol’ surfing the web … or doing nothing at all but looking at a wall and pondering all things in life.

Yellow River Roll

Yellow River Roll (last week’s lunch)

Today, or in this past week I have felt a shift. I feel as if I’m able to start writing/recording more often while maintaining social interaction and it not feeling overwhelming. Ironically someone has offered help in editing footage, publishing and syndication–I tell you, this will relieve some of the stress of worrying about the after stuff. Just maybe I will be able to focus on more of what I currently consider to be “the fun.”

Shifting from work at home to not work at home

2020 was an interesting time for workplaces. Many people were (are they still?) flocking to work at home jobs, filling in many areas people thought couldn’t be accomplished. A lot of people realized how easy, and not easy it is to work from your own home and this lead me to get out of it.

For several years I worked in general support, tech support and “home security” which lead me to become easily exhausted with “people.” When you’re handling thirty-to-fifty calls per day you’ll be done with the phone at the end of the day. I kept separate headsets for this reason, 1 for customers, 1 for personal – and I never let the personal one hear a customer voice as to not “taint” the headset.

Tips for working at home

It is not easy, but I’ve did it for years and want to let people know just in case you’re wondering.

  1. Your family will never be quiet enough
    1. This means you need to have a quiet place, live by yourself or have the capacity to soundproof the room you’re in.
    2. Get a “busy” light for your door. Jabra sells them and… you can pretty much DIY.
  2. Do not cheap out on hardware.
    1. I highly recommend commercial headsets, Jabra being one (no, I’m not sponsored)
    2. PC Parts?–Buy 2 of everything.
    3. Mechanical keyboard, NOT membrane.
    4. Have a backup modem/router.
  3. Separate the space
    1. IF you have the room, one space (room) should be for work and the other for not work, ever.
    2. This means have separate computers, separate chairs, etc.
  4. Put a sign on your front door stating do not knock, send a text.

There is less luxury working from home

There, I said it. If your employer is a typical slave driver they will expect and demand more from you because you are home. Installing invasive software onto your computer (this is why you should have separate computers), monitoring you more than normal and hounding you just for having Internet issues.

Conduent was a company I worked at for a very short while which insisted looking in at your home office (via webcam). Sure, they sent you an iMac to work, but it did in fact come with many, many strings. And, getting it back to them was just as tedious as I thought it’d be–being threatened with a “legal team” because I refused to tote it across town to the nearest UPS drop-off – No, I am not carrying an iMac cross town. I explained to the assets person I do not have that type of transportation. Essentially, they were making pay to have it sent back, no… no, thank you, but no. The other terrible experience with this company is how disorganized it truly was–this person did not have access to my address at all, nor was I submitting it through email.

Support.com Inc, another infamous company known for their fraudulent software and not paying their employees made a habit of targeting low cost areas. This was because they could underpay the employees, get the most work out of them, and I mean overload them with many, many tasks and never work with them on raises. I knew a guy who had been there for three years and never received any raises. They truly expected you to simply quit so they could bring in the next warm body.

On-top of the odd workplace at Support.com, they put in a “reimbursement” on your cheque, but that meant nothing when you were still paid peanuts. So while you were employed by them, they expected you to pay for all the hardware out of pocket. I expect this type of deal as a contractor, not as an employee.

Both of these companies …were interesting, to put it politely.

It’s good to get out

Coming back to the social interaction bit, it is a good change to be slightly interactive with people throughout the day. The desk life treated me well and maybe one day I’ll go back to it, but for now I am content in expanding my skill sets outside of the computers and keeping it only as a hobby (and some side work).

Thinking more on it, I believe “getting out” as helped bring me back to writing and recording. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve released a podcast episode or have put out a full, (not random) random post such as this one. Come on, I’m even doing small movie reviews…what’s gotten into me!

I hope you have a good day and thank you for reading! Feel free to email me if you want, [email protected]

TL;DR: I’ll be publishing more often.

“Infinity Chamber” (it’s free)

If you’re into low-key thrillers, this may be for you.

A guy finds himself in prison guarded by artificial intelligence. The plan?–escape (what else?)

Available for free:

 

“Robot and Frank” (It’s free)

Released in 2012 yet still feeling like a 2021 movie, Robot and Frank surely hit all the right angles. From emotional pull to outright standard behavior of a “robot.”

Poor Frank couldn’t be trusted in good faith by his community due to his shoplifting habits, but his latest gift (the robot) will soon make things interesting.

Available for free:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1990314/

Lifecast: Impromptu Piano

Tai Lopez caught up: “Curb Your Self-Help Guru”

Posted from a chatter.

I called Tai a fancy talker.

Full debate below.

Capitalization Rate = Net Operating Income / Current Market Value — Investopedia

The speculation around Tai Lopez

It’s already been rumored and Internet researchers (for lack of a better term) have allegedly exposed Tai Lopez in the past. “The cars he claims to own are leased,” or simply not his. The house is not his either, etc. Here’s a breakdown video:

00:54 Specific video production as in Here in My Garage lamborghini
04:18 The mechanism is done like when he mentions his mentors
05:14 Tai Lopez anticipates where the viewers’ mind is at
05:42 Tai Lopez utilizes a real disqualifier in his products
07:24 Tai Lopez repeats the call to action multiple times

And this next one, I’m not sure if it counts as a “confession,” but it’s interesting to speculate if it is scripted or not. Which I’d assume it isn’t (hope it isn’t). I link this one to post a balance.

Lengthier debate:

A West Virginia area Shelter-in-place lifted: Chemical Plant Explosion

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A shelter-in-place order has been lifted, nearly four and a half hours after an explosion at the Chemours plant along W. Dupont Ave. in Belle.

The shelter in place was lifted about 2:30 Wednesday morning.

Rt. 60 has reopened between Campbells Creek and the Chelyan Bridge.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said three people were transported to the hospital, while a fourth person took himself to seek treatment. Two of the people transported were from inside the plant. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time. — WSAZ

Seems this neck of the woods is plagued with tragedy. Here’s another incident:

(2014) WV Gov. Declares State Of Emergency For Nine Counties After Chemical Leak

According to a news release, the leak happened at Freedom Industries in Charleston. The leaked product is 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, which is used in the froth flotation process of coal washing and preparation.

The chemical is believed to have leaked into the Elk River.

West Virginia American Water believes the material is hazardous, but is not lethal in it’s current form.

FEMA has been contacted to bring clean water into the area.

Officials describe the smell as something similar to liquorice.

There is no estimated time when this will be repaired, according to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The State of Emergency will be in place until Department of Health and Human Reasources, Department of Environmental Protection and West Virginia American Water determine the water is safe. — WOUB

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Elk_River_chemical_spill

Hope you’re safe, West Virginians!

 

Hack, hack, hack: HACK THE PLANET!

Article via chatter in #development. https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/29/supreme-court-van-buren-hacking/

“If there are potential criminal (and civil) consequences for violating a computerized system’s usage policy, that would empower the owners of such systems to prohibit bona fide security research and to silence researchers from disclosing any vulnerabilities they find in those systems,” said Pfefferkorn. “Even inadvertently coloring outside the lines of a set of bug bounty rules could expose a researcher to liability.” — Tech Crunch

I’m slightly confused at how it got this far. Mainly because I guess I – and – others I know have ignored it and the companies welcoming it have ignored it. I suppose this is the beauty of US “hacking” laws and what companies and individuals can agree on.

I could say, “you can hack my network from afar for pen testing purposes,” and it’d be legal because persmission was given. Not to mention the fact of you using “my” home network, I can see whatever you do – and if one were to consider this a privacy invasion they should use all available tools to shield their activity.

But we also have to understand tampering, even in the slightest or in its fullest shouldn’t constitute an “arrest” simply because we can fall on “who was a victim of this,” and if there were no victim(s) then there are clearly zero crimes. However, you’d wanna take into consideration just what was seen during that access, trade secrets, unreleased IP, etc, it’s all questionable and relative, but… I never, ever want hacking to be considered bad.

Because it’s not all bad. It’s easy to tell who was malicious and who was not. …… with that being said, I guess the court ruling on it may help clarify and update the language to reflect today’s society regarding electronics/technology and hacking.

Washington Post: In a possible first, San Francisco charges an officer with homicide over fatal on-duty shooting

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/11/24/san-francisco-police-homicide-charge/

November 24, 2020 at 5:12 p.m. EST
A former police officer was charged with manslaughter by the San Francisco district attorney’s office Monday, three years after he fatally shot Kita O’Neil during an alleged carjacking incident.

 

District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that his office had filed homicide charges against former San Francisco Police Department officer Christopher Samayoa, a decision that appears to be the city’s first homicide prosecution against a law enforcement officer who has killed someone while on duty.

 

Samayoa faces charges of voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, assault with a semiautomatic weapon, assault by a police officer and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, the district attorney’s office said Monday.

Boudin, a liberal former public defender, was elected last year on a platform of criminal justice reform and promised a tougher stance on law enforcement accountability.