Joe's Life


News from Joe's Life
April 2017

  • This fascinating fractal zoom of the Mandelbrot set may cause eye strain or headaches.  You have been warned:

  • I encountered a new word, "performant".  Animadversor at had this to say about it:

      There's not really anything inherently wrong with performant; its formation is regular enough and it seems to convey a meaning that no other single word conveys.  If that is enough for you, then go ahead.  But you ought to know that the word will be ill-regarded by many, who will consider it a pseudo-learned, affected, vulgar and pointless novelty.  Of course, perhaps they are wrong about this, but even if so, they may well be people whose good opinion of your language is important to you.

      answered Mar 31 '13 at 6:52


April 2016

  • I made a new project, Fix Thin Clients.
  • I took my picture off of the pages and replaced the old banner with a simple box.  The reason was twofold: One, I'm tired of having my picture on the pages, and, two, the new banner is stretchable.  This allows the text line length with to be adjusted.  Sorry it has taken me so long to make this change. Before it may have been hard to read the long lines.
  • This is the best news.  I've been a radio controlled model airplane builder and flyer for nearly forty years.  Now I'm an aviator!

      "Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I'm excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation."

        The above is from this webpage.

January 2016
    What happens to a dream deferred?
    Does it dry up
    Like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore --
    And then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over --
    Like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags
    Like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?
        -- Langston Hughes
December 2015
  • Click here to listen on YouTube:

      Run Rudolph Run

      Out of all the reindeer you know you're the mastermind
      Run, run Rudolph, Randalph's not too far behind
      Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
      Randalph he can hurry, he can take the freeway down
      And away went Rudolph a whizzing like a merry-go-round

      Said Santa to a boy child "What have you been longing for?"
      "All I want for Christmas is a Rock and Roll electric guitar"
      And away went Rudolph a whizzing like a shooting star

      Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
      Can't you make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
      And away went Rudolph a whizzing like a merry-go-round

      Said Santa to a girl child "What would you like most to get?"
      "I want a little baby doll that can cry, scream and wet"
      And away went Rudolph a whizzing like a Saber jet


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      Lyrics © ST. NICHOLAS MUSIC INC.

    Christmassy, huh?  Many artists recorded this song, but I like Chuck Berry's the best.  I found these lyrics at
October 2015
  • I wrote some tools to enable me to use rsync to maintain this site.  Formerly I used lftp which was tragically, dramatically slow.  I used the new tools to make a bunch of revisions to this site.
March 2015
    There once was a barber named Ware
    Who was sadly allergic to hair.
    When customers called,
    Unless they were bald,
    He would sneeze them right out of the chair.
    --- Ogden Nash

January 2013 August 2012
  • I added some links.

August 2011
  • I put a few new links in my computing links page.  If you want to see them, search on "sed", and you will get the old and new links about "sed".

  • I upgraded to Slackware 13.37.  (Here's a link to the Slackware website.)

  • I've been building a little, on my Curtis Robin.

  • I've even been flying my Wanderer occasionally.

March 2011
  • I've been staying busy, but not by working on this website!  I've posted a few new links and a few new pictures.

  • Here's what I have been doing:

    • I integrated a Linux box into our home entertainment area.  Now we can watch TV, internet movies, or DVDs.

    • I upgraded my rsync-based backup system with some software improvements plus two new, one-terabyte hard drives in USB enclosures.

    • I migrated my daily computing to Slackware 13.1.  I've had it on my box for a long time, but had to work out some details.

    • Another detail was my e-mail software.  I had been using kmail, but it doesn't work well in Slackware 13.1.  So I migrated to Thunderbird (which works great!).

    • I bought an MP3 player and learned how to use it.  I wrote some tools to manage putting songs on it.

    • I downloaded and installed the new Adobe Reader 9.  Ah, progress.  New data formats require new software.  The good news is that it was free!

    • I made some improvements to my Fvwm2 desktop.  Mainly, I made a bunch of new MiniButtons to make it easier to invoke my commonly used apps.

    • I discovered that "links -g" works great in my new Slackware 13.1.  Is this because I'm using a different video driver?

    • I learned how to better use USB sound devices, and I managed to get my old PPA 6channel USB sound adapter to work (after about three years of trying).

July 2010
  • It has been a full year since my last entry.  I made a few revisions to this site in the links area.  Looks like I've also made some revisions to my picture pages.

December 2008
  • I've made a little progress on this website.

  • I've been working on a website that lives on my camera's flash memory stick.  That may sound a bit odd.  It is another of my humble inventions.  It helps me to organize, view and share the pictures that I take..

November 2008
  • OK, the website is shaping up a little.  I've been adding pictures, and there is a page of links.  You may have noticed that this site replaces my previous website.

October 2008
  • Ya, hi.  Joe here.  Hope you like the website.

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