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computers circa 1970

Given the choice between kill (people I did not know and certainly did not hate) or be killed in the jungles of Vietnam, I enlisted in the US Air Force. In retrospect, I helped with a lot of killing, but I didn’t mean nuthin’ by it. I spent the working part of my 4-year enlistment as a computer operator, and most of that running an RCA 301. Computer operators read the lights, and wrote our instructions to the lights. Milly was the master I learned from, and I ended up exceeding her. I was a geek before geeks were invented. This miraculous machine that could process data at light speed had gen-u-ine Core Storage of 17K – 17,000 bits of […]

trying to be like a duck

My hands so very tired … I must reduce my demands on them. I continue to be grateful for the most useful one semester class Sonoma State University sold to me: “Stress Management”. In times like these I often benefit greatly from laying flat on my back, telling tense body parts to “let go”, and getting my mind into the zone. “Why?”, you might ask. Our rental became our future home a couple months ago. Our stable lives got real busy. I canceled my ham licensing study group and the trombone lessons I was giving. Those commitments, I had to admit to myself, were just too much. The abandoned, unlicensed pair of non-functioning cars and dilapidated trailer are out of […]

I’m baaack

Moving my home and office is taking its toll on my postings here. Today my computer in the new studio finally knows how to log on to my website … one of only 20 billion items on my ToDo list. Meanwhile: The geoengineers got caught with visual chemtrails in the hurricane as it approached Texas and ample evidence of HAARP directing hurricanes in the Atlantic. Online videos keep improving their coverage of the media production that was the car crashing into the crowd near the protest event. Extraordinary wild fire activity globally warms western USofA and other countries around the world spuming record levels of toxic pollutants into our air. A bunch of ignorant people unemployed by deliberate economic and […]

in recovery

Maybe. We spent the last month cleaning up after renters squatters. We have chosen to move from our lovely cabin on the river to the expansive homestead they vacated. We are coming down home stretch on that phase. Though a lot of stuff still needs to be cleared out, there is starting to be room for our household. We have construction contractors well along in some changes to better suit the homestead to us. It is still a construction zone, and will be for a while. Yet moving in there and out of here has begun with trickles. Yesterday I got the phone moved and Internet up… a smokin’-fast, unlimited-data cable connection after years of metered, intermittently-good, satellite. Meanwhile, my […]

HACKED

Idahliberty has been infected. I am working to fix that, and prevent future abuse. It will be spotty until then. Please be patient. I have been operating five websites for a long time, more than that at times, and three of them for over a decade. I have had exactly ONE paid advertisement in all that time. All other expenses have been out of my pocket. Bad actors recently infected one or more of them. Costs of removing the infection and preventing future pollutants could exceed costs of hosting. This particular community service hobby is threatening to take more time and/or money than I care to afford. I am dropping maintenance and expense of two of them immediately. I apologize […]

silver lining

We gave A LOT to the next two generations in our family. They did to our offerings what they have done to every opportunity in their lives … threw it in the garbage. After recovering from the kick in the teeth, we find ourselves choosing between our manufactured home in a gorgeous trailer park location on the Bitterroot River and ten acres with a full-sized, full-basement home, south-facing slope, year-round creek and many forward-thinking neighbors. No contest. The first week after their abrupt, rude, inconsiderate departure was the black cloud. The month of August was cleaning up a mess left by typical tenants. (I still never want to be a landlord … and particularly as I am reminded of what […]

cabin for sale

Conner Cabin from the bridgeWe spent over four years making this perfect for the two of us, but it is a bit snug with my Mom here too. We are moving to more appropriate housing and leaving our lovely riverside home behind. Major remodeling along with addition of the adjacent lot to our lease transformed this river-front home into a real find. I apologize for this, but i tracked down the problem with photos not displaying properly at this site to a change in the publishing software. I must change the way I handle graphics to accommodate that, but I am busy making our new home habitable for us. Meanwhile, you can view this article WITH photos at the link […]

happy birthday

A couple years ago I was banging on the edge of 220 pounds. It did not hang well on my frame. Worse, I was on a trajectory of continuing to grow in weight and girth. My entire wardrobe was threatening to explode, forcing a shift top and bottom to XXL. NO! I refused to expand my clothing size, … and to continue to grow into the new me. My wife was hugely instrumental in turning that around. The carbohydrates have been minimal ever since. Pasta, pizza, and all forms of bread are very limited in my diet. Dropping from 219 to 199 came gradually, but with relative ease. Just under 200 pounds I plateaued. As last winter’s cool weather set […]