SolarCity Install Today

My SolarCity install is today. I’m going to do a live blog so this article is going to change. It’s 10:40 am and I got a call saying they will be here in 10 minutes. They were scheduled for noon so they get a +1 for being more than on time. They did call 90 minutes ago asking me if they can come early. So far so good.

Very cool watch. But many reports of bad battery life. Makes me want to own a watch again. But maybe not yet. In my opinion a watch should go 3 days of normal use without needing to be charged. Also – in my opinion – there should be a mechanical charging mechanism so that as you walk, jog, move your arms, or vibrations for driving a car should help charge the battery much like a shake flashlight works. Also should have a bedside charging dock that doubles as a night clock/alarm clock.

One also has to keep in mind that, like cell phones, after the first few upgrades the product usually gets better. So missing functionality will get better over time. The battery life might be improved somewhat after a software update too. And optional bands will come to the market. On the other hand there seems to be a trend these days to make things worse with upgrades and Motorola has done that as well. I own a RAZR M cell phone and had to do a lot of work to uninstall KitKat 4.4.2 and go back to Jelly Bean because their upgrade broke so much stuff. But that’s another article.



Wind-blown sand still uncovers sun-bleached bones of men and mules dead for centuries along New Mexico’s Jornado del Muerte, the waterless hell where Spaniards died traveling between Santa Fe and Chihuahua. Few large areas in the United States can match its barren, flat desolation.

Near the center of this vast expanse lies man’s first great insult against the earth – – Trinity Site.

OK – maybe I’m too stupid to run YouTube but I have an Android cell phone and ChromeCast. I play video A and it works fine. I plave video B and when video B is over it starts playing video A again. I swipe it away to stop it. Then I play video C and after it finishes it plays video B again and then video A.

All I want is for it to play the video and quit. How do I make the damn thing QUIT DOING THAT?

Hip American Gothic

Looking at couples over the first nine years of marriage, the study found:

• More frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives (two-to-three times per month or more often) predicted less frequent intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration by husbands.

• Husbands’ marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV perpetration by wives.

The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills.

You know the next step: a reference to net neutrality proponents being akin to Nazis and Hitler. I wonder how much the Kochs and the rest have invested in ISPs and related that would lose money if net neutrality was enacted? Nah, that’s crazy talk!

A mysterious conservative group with strong ties to the Koch brothers has been bombarding inboxes with emails filled with disinformation and fearmongering in an attempt to start a “grassroots” campaign to kill net neutrality—at one point suggesting that “Marxists” think that preserving net neutrality is a good idea.

The emails, which come with subject lines like “Stop Obama’s federal Internet takeover,” come from American Commitment, an organization that is nonprofit in name only and has been called out time and time again by journalists and transparency organizations for obscuring where it gets its funding.

In an email I received, American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that reclassifying the internet as a public utility is the “first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether” and says that the FCC is plotting a “federal Internet takeover,” a move that “sounds more like a story coming out of China or Russia.”

Here’s a link to the petition.

He posted it to YouTube. It speaks for itself.

Just at a time when Microsoft screwed up Windows by coming out with Windows 8 and 8.1 which suck and suck a little less respectively, and ending support of XP; it created a window of opportunity for Linux to make it’s move into the mainstream. So what did they do? KDE and GNOME copied Microsoft to come out with new versions that really suck. In fact Linux has gone backward more than Windows in that generally Linux users want more functionality, not less.

Think about it. When you have an operating system that’s FREE and you can’t compete against an expensive operating system that sucks, what does that tell you? The Linux desktop was far better 10 years ago than it is today.

The one distribution that I like that I tested is Mint Linux. Mint agrees with me that GNOME 3 sucks and has forked GNOME 2 to create the MATE desktop. I brought it up in a VirtualBox and it’s the first time I installed a Linux distro where everything works.

It seems that stupid is the new smart these days. It’s like everything is getting worse. A lot of application software is worse. Internet is worse. Web browsers like Firefox getting worse. Yahoo email getting worse. Hotmail and – worse.

Maybe it was a mistake to let stupid people have computers?



I’m not a fan of the name Mars, god of war. I think if Elon Musk builds a rocket that reaches Mars that we should rename the planet to Elon. I think Elon is a much friendlier name than Mars. And when a person who just decides he wants to colonize a planet builds a rocket company and makes it happen, he deserves to have the planet renamed after him.

The meme starts here. Spread the word! Planet Elon.


Alanna Petroff

Move over Sarah Palin. Get out of the way Fox News. The new moron is Alanna Petroff – of CNN Money – who is sounding the alarm. Old people are bad for the economy. Everyone should die young to protect investors. Watch out for the plague of super aged countries. She even has a map showing where these evil countries are and how it’s spreading!

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Open discussion – what do you think?


Here’s a presentation I (Marc Perkel) did at the Humanists Community in Palo Alto on July 27, 2014. The only definition of God that makes sense is if God is a personification of Reality the same way Uncle Sam is a personification of the United States government. If my God is really Reality itself then  my God is bigger than your God.

My God (Reality) created the Universe. My God is omnipresent. My God speaks to us through evidence, and my God says the same thing to everyone. Are you worshiping the wrong God? Are Christians really the Atheists because they turn their back on the real God – Reality?


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