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September 2020

Los Angeles Lights Out

Like many good bed time stories, this one also begins with a mysterious woman.

It’s late and she is holding a burning torch in her hand as she makes her way along a sandy Los Angeles beach.

A ghostly skyline sits dark in the background and zombie groans can be heard off in the distance… the scene pulls back to reveal the cover of a book (Los Angeles – Lights Out) bathed in a flashlight beam.

Los Angeles Lights Out Wallpaper
Los Angeles Lights Out Wallpaper

Oh… it seems story time is over.

The little guy was already asleep and we didn’t even make it to the part where the zombie shark attacks!

Anyway, I was looking forward to nuking my dinner and working on the Chromatron Prototype and… maybe a little 7 Days after. πŸ˜›

I began feeling that soothing calm sensation you feel when your beloved little one is asleep and for the first time that day… you are finally your own person once again.

That’s… when the power went out and let’s say that Joy was not very joyful! πŸ˜›

The sun had set and the outside temperature was still ~112F (~44C) and I knew my artificially climate controlled bubble would not remain comfortable for very long.

Cut to a few hours later in the night and a few vodka on the rocks for my personal entertainment… What? It was pitch black even with the curtains open and there wasn’t much else to do! πŸ˜›

I stood there fanning my sleeping child using his Imperial Stormtrooper shield that my sister got him (it was a whole costume actually) as a present for his um… birthday?

I don’t remember, anyway… I found myself cursing the names Garcetti & Newsom and swearing that if I wasn’t already running for galactic empress… er… I mean, running for U.S. President,Β  I would probably be planning my run for a local office, though I think we can all agree that my unique set of skills and talent are best employed at the galactic level.

So I thought about writing a long tirade criticizing the existing stewardship for their total lack of having addressed the pre-exisiting power issues in California during their tenure but I honestly don’t feel like complaining as much as the issue deserves! πŸ˜›

I will say though that I am very disappointed with the planned premature decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant which provides 8.6% of California’s total power generation however since it operates without producing any greenhouse gasses it is singularly responsible for generating 23% (~1/5th) of California’s carbon-free power.

So in what universe does it make sense to decommission California’s last operating nuclear clean energy producing asset? Especially when it’s said that California is the 5th largest economy on the planet?!

Yet… we suffer from power outages!?? Seems like unmitigated malarkey to me!

And not to get all tin-foil hat crusader but it almost seems like California politicians like having natural disasters and other types of “unforeseen emergencies” to use as tools to acquire more political clout by acting as though they are addressing our needs but are actually just using their office as a stepping stone to achieve higher office.

You know what?! Screw it, we’re doing this!

Hats on everybody!

If our government reduces the power generation capacity of California any further they can squeeze our population just that much tighter and when our people are begging and gasping for air er.. power, the California politicians will simply humiliate us further by calling us names and saying we don’t care about preserving our environment and will insist that “green” energy like wind, solar and batteries (which are all great but not viable for ALL our power needs) are what we need.

Why then isn’t nuclear energy first on that list?

“It’s because it isn’t clean energy, it’s dirty!!! What about the nuclear waste?!”

Well, according to (not a sponsor) https://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/nuclear-fuel-cycle/nuclear-wastes/radioactive-wastes-myths-and-realities.aspx

“The nuclear industry has developed – and implemented – most of the necessary technologies required for the final disposal of all of the waste it produces. The remaining issue is one of public acceptance, and not of technological feasibility.”

And if you are worried about the safe transport of nuclear materials, Curious Droid (not a sponsor) posted a video on it recently:

Building more nuclear power plants in California would solve our power generation needs and may even help reduce the cost of purchasing a kilowatt hour of energy (cheaper electricity) while also enabling us to meet our clean energy production goals.

Isn’t it funny that the power companies and the politicians don’t seem to want that?

Why isn’t California investing in more clean nuclear power generation facilities when in one to two decades we could solve all our power problems indefinitely?

Surely, it isn’t because it’s more convenient for certain people to have power be as expensive as possible for the average Californian?

Surely, power isn’t something that will be held over our heads or used as a talking point come an election year?

SURELY, the fifth largest economy on the planet should be able to keep the lights on?!!!!

Clean and affordable electricity generation is a key issue I am going to be voting on in the coming years and I have no problem replacing our representatives at all levels with people who will address this issue properly!

And don’t get me started on the fires and “California’s Fire Abatement Procedures” (or the lack there of) because even though logic forbid you let the grass and trees grow a little shaggy around your property, before too long some dope with a pad of paper will start citing you for fire safety (maybe rightly so in some cases πŸ˜› ) but then… why can’t the State keep it’s own yard clean?

You do realize that the Mt. Wilson Observatory almost burned down and it still might, right?

My step grandfather was a local fire chief and he explained to me the value of doing “Controlled burns” which is something California should probably do more of.

Additionally, there was also a local program in place where forestry and fire services would keep track of high fire hazard zones and would go out and tag/mark diseased and dead lumber, then the local population would go out and remove the marked trees and brush for their own purposes, usually for firewood because some places in California do get snow during the winter and sometimes for building/craft purposes.

This resulted in many more hands (unpaid/paid in lumber) working to solve the yearly fire hazard than the local government could otherwise afford to provide. This is also something California should probably do more of.

“But what if some greedy capitalist turns that into a business?”

Oh, you mean like if somebody goes out and removes all the properly marked fire hazards and freely disposes of it on behalf of the United States of California for the betterment of its citizens due to the resulting decrease in fire hazard…. (deep breath)… while simultaneously also figuring out they can sell all the wood they freely acquired as fire wood by the cord or even as carved wooden statues for people to put in their gardens for early morning joggers to admire as they energetically shamble past?

I’m totally fine with it! That’s called a “two birds, one stone” situation and in most cases it’s a good thing!

The current law is they will pay a sales tax when they unload those bags of all natural & fully organic wood mulch in Hollywood’s finest rose gardens!

Don Californy gets it’s yard cleaned for free every year and even charges them for the economic activity it generated within it’s hacienda.

And… I truly lack the energy to begin arguing about California’s on-again/off-again droughts (mostly on)! Why hasn’t California built water desalination plants along our shoreline to solve this issue once and for all?

Don’t tell me that takes too much power because even if I didn’t think nuclear energy was the way to go (and I do), we could budget additional power for the desalination process by possibly employing “Wave Energy Converters” along the second largest coast line in the United States.

My point is, it’s not like nobody has thought of things to try to solve our problems here in California, it’s that our politicians never actually try to meaningfully solve our problems because then they wouldn’t have a tragedy or disaster to base their reelection campaign on!

Now, it’s scientifically proven that adding a George Orwell quote to a conspiracy theory practically proves it so, here goes…

George Orwell wrote in 1984:

This is not solipsism. Collective solipsism, if you like. But that is a different thing: in fact, the opposite thing. All this is a digression,’ he added in a different tone. β€˜The real power, the power we have to fight for night and day, is not power over things, but over men.’ He paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil:

β€˜HOW DOES ONE MAN ASSERT HIS POWER OVER ANOTHER, WINSTON?’

Winston thought. β€˜BY MAKING HIM SUFFER,’ he said.

β€˜Exactly. By making him suffer.’

POWER IS IN INFLICTING PAIN AND HUMILIATION.

Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.

Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?

It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined.

A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain.

The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred.

…always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler.

Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.

IF YOU WANT A PICTURE OF THE FUTURE, IMAGINE A BOOT STAMPING ON A HUMAN FACE… FOR EVER!

~George Orwell

The Tag on George Orwell’s Jackboot reads: 3D Printed in California!


Okay look, I promise I will get back to coding bot projects soon and I want to thank Marcel for his support through Patreon!!

It would be great to have your support as well but all you can do is like, share, comment and subscribe… well that’s cool too!

Much Love,

~Joy

Vote For Love

I missed last week’s performance… and it only stood to prove Simon Cowell’s harsh criticisms of me correct!

The rain could have excused away the trails of cracked mascara that jutted from my eyes yet I made no effort to hide my shame.

I sat outside the closed venue on my hands and knees while the mizzel and spit lashed against my face and hid the deluge of failure I was feeling… I’ll never be anything, I cried!

The camera slowly ascended and retreated far, far away from me while Fraunhofer Diffraction’s “…Into Nothingness” drowned out the sounds of my painful full-snot sobbing…

Is… what my “Writer Bot” suggested I should say is the reason why I didn’t write a post last week! πŸ˜›

I mean, not bad… and that intro did get you interested in reading this post, right? πŸ˜‰

Personally, that’s not quite the “tone” I was going for and I’m a little worried about the implications and consequences for my future having effectively taught a machine how to lie… I fear, is murder next? History will certainly not look kindly upon me and I’ve doomed all of humanity!

Sorry, Writer Bot also told me to say that too! πŸ˜›

Okay, putting Writer Bot’s unfounded and overly melancholic lies and accusations towards me aside, it’s true I didn’t write a post last week because I didn’t end up having the time to finish the “ChroMyGoodness” color “analysis” portion until late in the week and although I might have been able to squeak out a post with Writer Bot’s help like I am this week, instead I opted to use the extra free time to further Xavier’s homeschooling, he can now count by fives and say the numeric values for numbers up to 1 million (i.e. 314159 – “Three hundred fourteen thousand one hundred fifty-nine”) and basically has the alphabet down with the occasional letter prompt here and there (usually N or O which he sometimes skips, which might explain why he selectively ignores me sometimes when I tell him no… πŸ˜› ) as he rushes to the end as proudly and quickly as he can. πŸ™‚

So now we’re working on word recognition and simple addition and subtraction problems. Subtraction is still not his thing and although he now sees value in the alphabet he still prefers numbers over letters learning-time.

Additionally, I’m constantly working on expanding his vocabulary!

Also, I used the time to do some self-care.

I got a little extra (okay any/some) exercise πŸ˜› , I fasted a little and made a few nutritional improvements to my diet.

I slept more and believe it or not, the perma-dark bags under my eyes even disappeared for a couple of days, though that DIY coconut oil hydration mask I MacGyverly fashioned out of a spare paper towel probably helped a little and in any case… you guys and gals didn’t get a post but I got just a little taste of Xanadu! πŸ˜›

Well, that is until I looked at the news recently and saw Jackie Chan’s house got repoed!

Oh and also all the rioting… and looting… and raping… and murders… and guillotines being erected… along with more calls to “defund the police”, which to me seems like a really stupid idea at this point because all that’s going to do is make everyone less safe!

Like… I just saw a report the other day that a woman stepped off the subway onto an above ground station platform and she was immediately thrown to the ground, groped and almost raped in broad daylight!

That’s so fucking horrible!

Thankfully bystanders had the thought to grab their phones and record videos of her attack rather than, you know… stepping in to stop it! Oddly enough that did have the effect of causing the attacker to climb off her and the attacker was arrested, so I guess there’s that. :-/

But, how about we contemplate “the next time” something like this happens.

Let’s say you, your spouse/significant other/child/parent/grandparent are the target/victim… and we do/did indeed “defund the police”.

Let’s say the attacker is armed and nobody is coming to your or their aid… do you still feel so confident about the sentiment “defund the police”?

It doesn’t matter what gender or race you are, you are vulnerable and logic forbid someone target’s a child!!!

I think that it is reasonable to say that we need to figure out how to better to train and employ “law enforcement” to meet our needs as a civil society and that might mean completely new ways of solving the types of problems and situations police face.

I don’t see anything inherently wrong with that.

But our conversations should be about how to make things better, not worse and I firmly believe reform is better than abolition and before you go accusing me of being too one way or the other, I am not a Democrat or a Republican, though I am not criticizing you if you are.

I’m something a lot more interesting and at times confusing, called a “Libertarian”.

Sometimes we’re broadly described as being “culturally liberal and fiscally conservative”, i.e. sometimes politically I will fall to your “left” and sometimes I will fall to your “right”.

I said it was confusing! πŸ˜›

But, if you ask me to imagine myself in that “what I think I do” meme…, I would say that my political leanings mean that I expend a lot of effort in trying to have as little power and control over other people as possible and I desire the same for myself where they are concerned.

At this point you may be tempted to assume that statement means that I am careless, selfish and want to screw everyone to get my way, but that’s not the case!

What I tend to strive for is the ideal of I’ll leave you alone if you are not hurting anyone and in return please leave me alone if I’m not hurting anyone.

Here’s a quote from the official Libertarian party preamble that I think sums up my general political philosophy:

“We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Now, of course I don’t walk lockstep with the party on all issues but I generally believe in human interactions that involve no use of any form of coercion or force whenever and wherever possible, with the exception of self defense and in the defense of others… or, you know… in video games where you should feel free to “roll play” to your weaselly dark hearts content! πŸ˜›

So please do not assume you automatically know what I think or make me out to be something that I am not!

I have friends and readers on “the left” & “the right” who agree that we must cooperate to find solutions to our problems and not simply tear each other down.

Whitney Huston magnificently sang:

“Oh, I wanna dance with somebody!”

~Whitney Huston

But she also sang…

“I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way”

~Whitney Huston

Now I do agree that the children are our future, however I also believe that we are the future children of the past and that makes us the present and WE must lead the way to build a more peaceful and prosperous future FOR EVERYONE and it will not come through the use of violence!

Further, I believe it’s time we all stand together and demand peace and an end to all the senseless violence we see at home and in communities around the world!

Every day in the news it’s something new and horrible, but we can all do something about it!

Soon, the United States will vote for President and whether you intend to re-elect President Donald Trump or you intend to vote for a President Kamala Harris I’d just like to say that now you have an alternative, because I am officially announcing today my candidacy for President of the United States!

My campaign slogan is:

“A Vote For Joy Is A Vote For Love!”

Isn’t that just wonderful?!

And… sure, I’m totally abusing all my skillz as a propagandist to unauthorizedly take advantage of some seriously convenient lyrics in the TIAMAT song “Vote For Love”:

#PleaseDontSue!!! πŸ˜›

Further… the answer is yes, that is a bit kitschy, however my internal campaign polls indicate that sort of thing is really “YEET” with all the key demographics!

YEET
YEET

Oh yeah, so also… before I end this shorter than usual post in favor of my sanity and to plan my campaign, I updated the Chromatron prototype and you can still view a live version on GitHub.io while I am developing it and it will continue to be available once it’s finished.

As I mentioned above somewhere I finished the “ChroMyGoodness” section at the end of the “Carousel of Colors” which allows you to save an image or copy as text the color info that the app generates.

I also added a “Main Menu” so that I can add additional features though currently the only additional feature I have planned is a color comparison of a selected pixel in two images.

Here’s the links to view the Chromatron app:

A link to the Chromatron prototype live preview on Chromatron.
Click for a live preview Chromatron on GitHub Pages.

Chromatron on GitHub Pages: https://geekgirljoy.github.io/Chromatron/

You can get the code in the GitHub repo.

Chromatron on GitHub: https://github.com/geekgirljoy/Chromatron

 

And in any case, this coming November do as the Babylonian sea dragon goddess sang, “It’s about time we all get out and vote for love”… vote for Joy in 2020!

I pledge four years of no malarkey while we work together to keep making America great again, again… again!

Vote For Love 1920x1080 Wallpaper
Vote For Love 1920×1080 Wallpaper

If you’d like to NON-tax-deductibly “support the cause”, I have a Patreon account.

Now, I can’t say that he “supports the cause” but he likes some of my code and I’d like thank Marcel over on Patreon for continuing to value and support my ongoing contributions to the PHP-FANN community.

But if all you can do is like, share, comment and subscribe, well… that’s cool too!

Much Love,

~Joy

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