Wednesday, May 04, 2016

iCloud is complete crap for me; Photos a gratuitous downgrade downgrade

Getting messages my iCloud is full, forcing me into my iCloud screen.

My iCloud screen is broken, asks me my password, logs me in for a second, then greys out again.

Eventually called support - after I convinced them of all this, which wasn't easy, they asked me to use the manage page under Preferences:Internet, which looks identical but works correctly.

Finally managed to get Photos to stop spamming my iCloud account, which I ONLY use to back up my iPhone, having a TB of cloud storage through Google (not set up yet... another story) through this alternate interface.

Discover I also have some Pages docs through that interface. But opening through Pages shows my iCloud "drive" as empty. So I don't have any idea what these Pages files are. (Actually I know what some of them are as I made a poster on my old computer and accidentally stored it on iCloud).

Will try it on the computer that made the images.

Everything seems to be set up to extract a monthly fee from people who use the camera on their iPhone. And it's broken in at least two places for me.

Finally, for some weird reason, the Mail app (which I do not use) says the phone has something for it, and then allows me only to get into the broken iCloud affordance. I really hope that one doesn't come back.

I can now dump photos into Photos, and a bit of a Google search shows me that I can delete everything from the phone using Image Capture. So my next backup should be of a reasonable size.

Photos has all the features of iPhoto except the basic Photoshop ones I actually use. Halfheartedly searching for how to get my favorite old version of iPhoto running, which wasn't even the most current one.

Note that all these problems may have started when Apple insisted I change my iCloud password. I kept old password but uppercased a couple of chars. Conceivable to me that this match/mismatch is triggering bugs. But now I'm totally gunshy about iCloud, just want it to back up my phone and otherwise go away.

Experience so far with setting up pretty new mac has been disappointing.

My promise to self to set up backups before installing anything so I can revert to a clean system has failed. It just broke by itself... No advice from Apple on fix.

It all feels so Microsofty.

Friday, December 18, 2015

FIghting Fire with Fire

Radical intolerant Islam is not the same thing as Islam, in just the same way as radical intolerant Christianity is not Christianity. The battle is between terrorism and tolerance, between violence and peace, within each culture. It's amazingly symmetrical between Christians and Muslims, where the most dangerous people pick a few passages out of an ancient book and represent them as key to their holy war. As someone without roots in either Christianity or Islam living in Texas, guess which bunch of extremists I find myself more afraid of on a day to day basis? Angry people who take ancient books too seriously are dangerous. That's surely true. But it really doesn't matter much which book they are worked up about. The way to fight them is not by mistreating all their distant relatives just because of their culture and background. My grandfather ended up in Hitler's gas chambers because of thinking like this. When you think of "Muslims" as the enemy you are no better than someone who thinks of "Jews'" or "Christians" as the enemy. All of us have good sensible people and terrible, evil people among us. The question is which tendency we want to celebrate. When you buy into an enemy extremist's view of what their culture is about, you are doing them a huge favor. Is that really what you want? The way to fight extreme intolerance is with extreme tolerance. "Fighting fire with fire" actually is not the strategy of most fire departments.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

mt's vegan wheat-free low fat cornbread recipe

mt's vegan wheat-free low fat cornbread recipe

I'm very pleased with this recipe and now make it regularly.
0) prepare flax
grind golden flax seeds in coffee grinder to a fine powder

1) liquid ingredients
  • bring 6 Tbsp water to a boil & reduce heat
  • add 2 Tbsp ground flax, whisk for 2 or 3 minutes until a paste forms
  • add 2 Cups unsweetened soy milk 
  • add 2 tsp maple syrup
  • whisk until roughly mixed (won't blend perfectly)

2) prep
  • spray or lightly grease a 9" square glass casserole with oil 
  • preheat oven to 450 F

3) dry ingredients
in mixing bowl combine thoroughly
  • 1 1/3 Cups cornmeal
  • 2/3 Cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
try to avoid lumps in oat flour
4) bake
  • add liquids to dry
  • pour into casserole
  • bake for 23 minutes

NOTE: after 12 minutes baking, it's nice to spray oil over top surface - this prevents grittiness

5) don't eat yet
  • let cool 5 minutes
  • run a knife around edge of bread to separate from dish

6) eat warm
(or next day split horizontally & toasted in toaster-oven)
  • adding Nature's Balance avocado butter is nice nut not so low fat
  • or regular butter is not so bad but not so vegan
  • if you're feeling indulgent, a little extra maple syrup or honey

7) don't keep more than a day or so without freezing

South Carolina Flood vs the Amazon River

I calculated the water falling on South Carolina, ballparking it as an average depth of 0.25 meters falling over 2 days. 

It works out to 0.11 Sverdrups, which is a bit over half the discharge of the Amazon, but greater than any other river, about seven times the discharge of the Mississippi or St. Lawrence.

The atmospheric flux must have been much higher.

SC area 83e3 km2 = 83 e9 m^2
depth of flood = 0.25 m  
total water = 20e9 m3 
time = 2 days 
10e9 m3 /day
= 115740 m3 / s

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spinning Tornados

Adopting Andrew Sullivan's methodology I point you to interesting stuff elsewhere.

There's a huge kerfuffle about attributing severe weather in Alabama to climate forcing. Kevin Trenberth and Peter Gleick come out strongly in favor of "this is the sort of thing"-ism.

It is irresponsible not to mention climate change.The environment in which all of these storms and the tornadoes are occurring has changed from human influences
David Appel, who gets far too little credit as a pioneer of climate blogging, is, perhaps surprisingly, appalled.
You don't have to look very far to disprove this -- in fact, you don't even have to look farther than the Drudge Report, which today links to this story:
5 P.M. UPDATE: Hundreds treated at DCH
"The loss of life is the greatest from an outbreak of U.S. tornadoes since April 1974, when 329 people were killed by a storm that swept across 13 Southern and Midwestern states."
When are activists going to learn that they will never make their case by falsifying the science, and that, in fact, they only harm their cause when they do so? You cannot draw conclusions about climate based on weather. You can only do it via long-term (decadal or more) statistics.

Please tattoo this on your foreheads, so you don't ruin this for those of us trying to communicate actual, real science, with all its inconvenient unknowns and uncertainties.
Judith Curry, who has many good links, is somewhat more predictably appalled.

I think that we are seeing another instance of excessive attention to "attribution" in a statistical sense. The climate is changing with increasing rapidity. Some of the changes will be anticipated, some not. We shouldn't presume that changes will be locally monotonic. They won't be. Under the circumstances, we'll get extraordinary runs of just-the-sort-of-awfulness-we-get-around-here in various places as the system wobbles about. I mean, what did you expect?

On that basis, +1 Trenberth

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Almost Didn't Cut My Hair

Summer's basically here already, and long hair in Texas summer is something to avoid.

But that sort of motivates me not to bother cutting my hair in spring, knowing that I'll be chopping it all off in summer.

But I was tired of my wife's snooty hairdresser, and went into this new place, a chain popping up around town that has a sort of a funky Southwest, Freebirds burritos kind of a vibe if you know what I mean.

I was looking particularly gnarly, unshaven, scraggly, sandwich sauce on my shirt, when I walked in. I woke up with this headache. The haircut I had been longing for was the only useful thing I could think of to do with myself besides spilling a sandwich on me.

I took one look at the the tattooed young barberess and said "don't restrain yourself. Make me look like a Republican". She blinked for a second, then said "oh, sure, you want the Uptighty Whitey." I said I reckoned that I did, "The Uptighty Whitey is just exactly the thing" I allowed.

She said "I'll have you lookin' like Dan Quayle in no time," and I sort of shrugged. Haven't laid eyes on the fellow in years, but he was always kind of good looking that I remember. Unstressed fellow. Golfer. You know.

About three quarters of the way through it I allowed as how it was working. "I am trying to think of a small country to invade" I told her.

As a first timer I got a delicious shampoo, head massage, hot towel on the face and shoulder massage for free, normally $3 extra. Floyd's, the barber shop is called. But it's nothing like Mayberry. Good haircut too, for a UyWy. I recommend the place.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Southern Cogitation Words

Reckon: Think; "I reckon I've got me the fannest pickup in these parts"

Think: Believe; "I hardly think she'll be comin back here anytam soon"

Believe: Intend; "I believe I'll have me another one o themmair biscuits"

Friday, February 18, 2011

Crumpets and Tea

Your search - "crumpets and tea" "boys from lcc" - did not match any documents.

hrmph. What kind of internet is that? It's time somebody fixed that.

Crumpets and tea.
Crumpets and tea.
We are the boys from LCC.
We're not rough.
We're not tough.
But boy, are we sexy!

Used by opposing schools to taunt us, generally just before we obliterated them.