Someone asked what software project Dave Winer is now working on. I don’t know of any way to search who asked that. The answer was discussed by Dave on Scripting News yesterday, complete with a video demo of the feature he’s been working on: Likes for any site on the open web.

I have written two long postings about my life as a blogger, as well as 16 new postings about 🇹🇭 Thailand, all written with my two favorite blogging systems by Dave Winer. My original plan was to let Dave see them first, but it can sometimes take a while to get his attention.

On Friday Dave wrote: “What’s been uncovered in this scandal is how little is created with all the millions of dollars of funding … . at all the media labs everywhere. Moral of the story … . money isn’t what creates new media, individuals with a vision who persevere do.”

I just subscribed to Dave Winer’s new blogging-sent-by-email service. The sign up was in yesterday’s posting on Scripting News. Earlier he had mentioned that his blogging had originally grown out of a daily email he sent out to subscribers at the dawn of Internet blogging.

I was reading Scripting News and stumbled onto Dave’s description of how Old School works, the blogging system he wrote just for himself. This may be the bulk of his documentation for the software, ‘cause it’s just for his own use!

Jean hasn’t posted in well over a week and one of her last comments was about how the pain in her knee had gotten worse. Have you heard from her @manton? I hope she’s okay. 🏥

I agree with Seth on this:

It’s possible to connect with people without endorsing their worst actions. In fact, the best way to undo negative actions may be to engage with people to persuade them that there’s a different way forward.

I listened to a long interview of Andrew Yang and liked him a lot. He is plain spoken, not like a politician & what he says makes sense. We already followed his advice to move to higher ground back in 2017, from 59 feet ASL to 676 feet ASL with a MUCH nicer way of life.

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More Great Buys, This Time at an Estate Sale --

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We’re gradually upgrading things at our forever US home. I think it was @bradenslen who first alerted me to the fact that most new TV’s these days are “smart” TV’s. Smart as in hooked to the Internet to make it easy to spy on you 24/7, many with built-in apps, such as Alexa, Siri and such. Clever naming by the spy industry. I certainly didn’t want one of those.

I immediately thought, “Time to buy up some pre-Smart TV’s while they’re still available and maybe cheap.” I can’t remember ever buying a new TV. I was gonna look for ads on Craig’s list. Instead, we went to two successive estate sales nearby. The first had a nice TV on in the living room for $45. These sales are always full price on Saturday and 25% to 50% off on Sunday. I decided I’d get the TV on Sunday, if still available. It wasn’t. It sold on Saturday while we were still upstairs getting a nice $8 box fan. No problem.

A week or two later there was another estate sale. This one had a TV in the den/TV room, but they had disconnected the cable service, so it was off. Cosmetically it looked nice and new for $60, a Sylvania 26” LCD TV with three HDMI inputs, but the remote was missing. I didn’t want it for that high price, so we decided to come back on Sunday at 1 pm, when the price would drop to $30, more like it. We got there a few minutes before 1:00 and were surprised to find a looooong line in the back yard of people waiting to get in. They were letting four people in at a time, very gradually. We stood in a pretty hot sun for a while, my wife wanting to go home again after a few minutes. No, I wanted to wait a while, mainly because they also had three really nice Shure and Electro-Voice microphones which would be good with my ham radios. I was pretty sure the TV would be gone, but I thought I might still be able to grab the microphones.

We got in after a long 40 mins. in the heat. I checked the mics first and was shocked to see that two were already gone. But the E-V Model 664 was still there, a 1960’s classic, perfect for my vintage 60’s AM ham transmitters, now $24 including a tall stand. The mics alone are plentiful on eBay for $75-$100. Okay, that made the wait worth it to me.

I had my wife watch the mic while I went to check on the TV. I was sure it would be gone. But it was not!! Maybe the fact that the quality of its picture couldn’t be seen was enough to scare people off. And of course everyone has a TV and mostly much larger ones than this little 26” model, maybe even smart ones! I turned it on and could see it run through channel setup, I saw the options section with menu and all that. What the hell, for $30 it was worth taking a chance on it. They threw in a brand new universal remote in shrink wrap, we paid and headed home.

Yesterday I called AT&T to get them to walk me through getting it working with their U-Verse box and remote. It took about 30 mins and a manual reset of the TV, but then it came alive with all features working and the U-Verse remote does everything, the original remote not needed. It turns out the picture on it is FANTASTIC, perfect for a bedroom TV. Hey, not bad for $30! I got that little rush from confirming that I had found a great deal.

We had been using an H-P flat panel monitor, not a TV, before, so we had no control over the volume on it. That monitor will now go to my ham station to be used with my H-P Win 10 laptop for easy real time logging of contacts. Life is good!

X-rays negative. Used it normally for 2+ mos. 2nd x-rays. Ooops, the bone is cracked! Nurse: “Broken bones heal in 9-12 wks. Don’t lift more than 5 lbs.” I was lifting that & more, as not broken! Remember? So 6 mos to heal.
Photo by Kyndall Ramirez

Great thrift store find from yesterday: Sony ICF-36 4 Band portable radio in brand new condition, $7.00. It has nice sound with a 4” speaker and lots of volume! Now rocking to music on the local college FM station a mile away. A great way to see what kids like these days.