Monday, February 20, 2023

Personal Advice from Bonnie & Clyde


Warren Beatty & Fay Dunaway 

Toward the end of the movie, Bonnie asks Clyde something to the effect, "If you had life to do over, what would you do differently?" 

I expected Clyde to say that he'd be a banker, or a lawyer. But instead, he gave me the key to personal anonymity when he answered: "I wouldn't pull jobs in my home state. Then I wouldn't be wanted there."

I've tried quite successfully NOT to do guerrilla warfare in my home state, a fact emphasized dramatically this Saturday. I went to the baptism of a little girl in my Sunday School class. One of the other attendees currently works remotely at Oracle, and told the group the he didn't believe me when I said I'd worked as Larry Ellison's one-man ad agency from 1984 through 1990. He thought I was just just another Utah BS artist. Then he Googled "Rick Bennett at Oracle" and found Christopher Lochhead's article (read it here), and saw I kind of understated my…ah…life of crime.

Moral of the story? If you want to teach a Sunday School class of impressionable youth, and then get invited to their baptisms, DON'T PULL JOBS IN YOUR HOME STATE.


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

CONSPIRACY? A Hydrogen Economy Threatens The Battery EV Infrastructure

The UK Register story (read it here) amplifies how vested interests are "putting in the fix" to kill research into producing hydrogen as an alternative energy source. But read between the lines:

One of the big problems with hydrogen as a green fuel is that it is not green under current production methods. Nearly all industrial hydrogen gas is extracted from natural gas, a process which requires energy, usually from fossil fuels, and one which produces further greenhouse gasses as a byproduct. While the prospect of electrolyzing hydrogen from water using renewable energy is appealing, the approach has yet to be scaled.

What a bunch of unadulterated crap. The politicians are being well and truly bought off by the battery investors. There is too much capital invested to watch it thrown away. Give me a Tesla solar-panel roof on my home and a hydrogen compressor to pack cracked water into hydrogen and oxygen, and I'll get a cheap retrofit for my internal combustion engine. How's that for scale, you paid-off politicians? 

Monday, November 14, 2022

European Union Makes Good Case For Cyberprivateering


The UK Register makes a good case for letting the hounds of hell loose on Russia (read the story here). Too bad they didn't go far enough. Check out my legal justification for cyberprivateering (read it here). 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Windows, The Most Hacked System On The Planet


The UK Register (read the story here) reports once again that Microsoft's Windows has had vulnerabilities that have been exploited by The Bad Guys. Oh, but here's a fix now that the cows are out of the barn door. Once again, POWER SHELL left a crack in the door.

Hell, I only used air-gapped Windows systems, one of which runs my CompuTrainer bicycle exercise system.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

How I Saved My Old Dog's Life


If you're reading this, you probably spend a lot of time on your computer, and your constant companion is probably a dog or a cat. So listen up.

A month ago, my nearly 16-year-old dog Chenoa lost the use of her hind legs, and my vet said X-rays showed a herniated disk in her spine. She yelped in pain as she tried to walk, and I faced putting her down to end her misery. So I called my sports chiropractor (a few thousand miles a year on my bike made him my personal lifesaver) and asked if he'd had any success with animals. Surprisingly, he had. With both dogs and cats! 

Since Utah is only one of five states that allow chiropractors to work on animals without direct supervision of a vet, I took her in. He did miracles. Chenoa walked immediately. In four subsequent visits, she's again behaving like a little puppy, running around and going for half-mile walks with me. Turns out, this breed (a Bichon-Shih Tzu mix) is prone to late-life spine problems. 

I don't know how much longer I'll have my little buddy, but I thank both my supportive vet and a gifted chiro for adding to my time with Chenoa. So if you have an aging companion with similar problems, see if your vet will recommend a chiropractor. My own vet, realizing that she was likely at the end of her life, said, "It couldn't hurt."

I'll let you know how long we've extended my little dog's life.

Taman Shud.