Saturday, August 19, 2017

If You Have Not Yet Made Plans for the Eclipse in the Boise Area

Bogus Basin.  You will have an awesome photo of the darkness meeting the light looking south.  If I could be in two places at once on eclipse day, I would be there too.

I Knew It: the Eclipse is Racist

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.
See, we are showing our white supremacy by keeping black people away from the best show in the universe.   David Thompson calls this essay "excruciatingly woke."  There are many verbs that could follow excruciatingly with equal value.

Of course, she is a beneficiary of white privilege:
Harvard Law Professor.  Hence, the famous William F. Buckley quote: 

I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/williamfb400600.html

The comments at Instapundit are painfully funny:
She didn't jump the shark, she pole vaulted over it. 
Hater Creator plotted racist otbits from the get-go. Somebody up there doesn't like you. 
Okay, in the contest to inject race into any subject, making the eclipse racist is the current winner.
Another sign that, despite herculean efforts by the left, we have still not reached peak stupid.

The Sun is so white hot that is racist.  There are only a few black sunspots.  All the blackness is segregated into these tiny areas.   What do you expect?  And the number of sunspots is in decline.  I blame Trump!

And RedState comments:
Libby Taard: I'm so pissed at the sun and moon I'm going to go out and topple some statues.Robustoman: "Alice. When you finish that bottle of wine, I need a 1000 word think-piece on the solar eclipse and race relations." - Editor, The AtlanticRobert Kirby: Congratulations on pioneering a new idiocy: identity astronomy.This eclipse is on the wrong side of history.

PhotoStitching Software

I complained a while back about how much I missed the panorama software HP used to include with their cameras, and how none of the free equivalent worked well, or were hard to master.  I discovered that Canon includes PhotoStitch.  I just needed to download it.  Still not sure that I have mastered it:
I used the images that I used Hugin for in May to see if the results were similar.


Yup.

Where is the "My Documents" Folder Actually Stored in Windows 7?

It is not under C:\Users\clayton\Documents.  There is a C:\Users\clayton\My Documents folder, but it is empty.  Nor do subfolders of it appear when I search C: from Windows Explorer.

According to Windows Explorer, Libraries->Documents->My Documents
Documents has a folder teaching which it claims is in C:\users\Clayton\Documents.  This folder contains many others.  In the command shell, C:\users\Clayton\Documents\teaching contains only one folder.

If I open C:\users\clayton in Windows Explorer, it shows My Documents folder, but in the command shell, it is not there.  I know that My Documents actually points to C:\Users\clayton\Documents, but why cannot I see the folders there in the command shell?

Curiously, folders that appear in C:\Users\clayton\Documents through the command shell have a clearly visible folder icon, while the missing ones have a faded folder icon.

My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos are all where you would expect them.

Backup Storage

I mentioned a while back that my 1TB external USB hard drive had failed.  I am now backing up to my 4TB external hard drive.  I had some weird hiccup with last night's Windows 7 security upgrade and suddenly became terrified of losing everything.  I currently have my wife's PC backing up to a spare 1TB external drive.

While searching for another 4 TB drive, I noticed for just a bit more money, WD 4TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage - NAS, so Ethernet instead of USB.  This lets me backup both PCs through the network.  and access my files remotely as well.  I assume that Gigabit Ethernet will beat USB 3.0 on speed.  Anyone think of a reason not to go this way?

Operation Chokepoint Strangled

If you missed it, the Obama Administration had the FDIC pressure banks into terminating the accounts of "high-risk businesses," which meant payday lenders and firearms dealers.

Now, I do not have any love for the payday lenders who charge amazing interest on very short-term loans.  Often the people taking out these loans go from deep financial crisis to deeper because of these loans.  But these businesses are lawful and for some people, these may be an alternative to failing to pay the rent or electric bill.

Firearms dealers are not by any stretch of the imagination in a similar category.  This was just Obama using his power to injure small businesses that his owners find distasteful.  Here's the letter from DOJ to Congress announcing the end of Chokepoint.  Hat Tip NRA/ILA.