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Let the roads roil, let the spice spoil

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Heinlein wrote a story entitled “The roads must roll,” in Dune the saying was “the spice must flow,” and in our life its the oil which must move around the world. Who would have thought  when in 1914 T.E.Lawrence was the middle man was the middleman for a deal between the Arabs and the England and France. In return for fighting the Turks who were aligned with Germany the west would designate the Arab Peninsula as a land for the Arabs.

During the war various kinds of vehicles were increasingly  used, the fuel to operate them was oil, by the end of the war  vehicles were a part of the wester world and a major source of oil was in the Arab Peninsula and England and France reneged on the deal.

Sidney Reilly, Ace of Spies, played a role in this fiasco by convincing England that oil was the key to the future and the famous story of how impersonating a Catholic priest  he interrupted negotiations between the Rothchilds and the Arabs to close out the deal for England.

And so look what we have today…

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August 23rd, 2014 at 9:07 am

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My way even if you do not please

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It seems like things get worse and worse and then more worse. Outside and inside this country is being challenged and so many people looking for ways to turn the situation into something they can personally benefit from, even when its at the expense of others, this country  and their own personal integrity. There seems to be no commonweal, no common cause, just a bunch of “successful people” all competing in the interest of their personal careers and for many there is no personal integrity. They do not care the damage they cause.

When I was an undergraduate  in the 1960s I majored in Sociology and social work. During the senior year I had a semester of out field placement.  In my experience many of the “professionals” I worked under did not have the “correct perspective,” whatever that may mean (the meaning is not important for this story)  and my instructor agreed with me on this matter. My “position” created difficulties and the professionals I worked under felt threatened and the whole situation did not work well.

I got good grades and when I got a B for the field work I went in to discuss this with the instructor. He mentioned the problems that had developed and when I said that I had been right and he had agreed me during the field work, his reply was (my paraphrase) “its not Steve being right that is important, its enabling the best  to happen for the client, and that while I was right, I was still not able to act effectively in the interest of the client. Being right is not an excuse.”

The instructor’s  name was Lee Sentor (spelling?) and its something I have remembered all my life. I don’t know that I have lived up to it but I never forgot it.

Right now in my country it seems so many, too many, are busy acting in their own career interest at the expense of a better country and a better world.

There will be no “heaven or utopia on Earth,” there may or not be a “God”  but very few, and only the mentally sick, would imagine that “God” would  support, much less even want, the kind of cruel inhuman behavior done in the name of “God”  we see in the middle east.

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August 22nd, 2014 at 11:19 am

Zero won

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I did the stupid thing, I did not back up for about 1.8-6 months on important files—an important external hard drive died. I also had other unplanned expensives.

Still “unplanned” is not quite the correct word. For long term planning  I think out about 1 year, 2 years, three years and five years depending on the range of scheduled major obligations and try to make some monthly adjustments in saving.

So I went out and bought a hard drive, set it up, copied over data. and searched the net for information. I bought some soft ware, it did not work and now I am waiting to see if I will send it to a specialized place that will give it special attention and are more expensive.

I did not know whether the software I purchased and ran on the drive will affect any chances for more intensive recovery techniques.

Meanwhile  I have been finding what I had backed up and copying it onto a new hard drive. the above ShadoWeaver rug used this shado image/

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August 20th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

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Studs and tireds

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The tire on on our cars was too worn, you could see the steel. We do not drive it much and I would junk it except I have a reason not too if it will pass smog but it needs a new tire as it unsafe to drive. Intending to purchase a used tire I went to take the old tire off and three of the lug studs broke off.

Its not a repair job I like to do , but I want to keep the cost to a minimum so I bought three new studs and lug nuts and put them in. I got OEMs  instead of going to the dealer which would have been better as the little difference in quality added a few hours onto the job. I did put the studs in the freezer for awhile before doing it and as it was a very hot day I figured the studs would slip right in. When I did it before with the MItsubishi parts they did just as slick as you please, but the OEMs were not quite the same quality on the part that begins the seat.

Fortunately on this car one does not have to take everything off, just the wheel and the brake, not the brake line, so you need something to hold it up as the brake line was not made to carry that much weight. Then in the back is a hole in the thin plate which enables one to install one stud, then move the wheel and install the next one, but there is not a lot of room to function back there. Where the manufacturer quality stud slipped right in, and the part that seats is angled just a little but enough so you can put it in place and then put the lug nut on and seat it. The OEMs did not have that little attention to detail and I had to reach around in a tiny space and  using my 4 lb hammer convince it to seat enough that Icould pull into place with the lug nut.

Here are a couple more ShadoWeaver virtual rugs:

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The image used for the above pattern

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August 7th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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Too off us

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And the image used for this above ShadoWeaver virtual rug:

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And  take a moment to remember the greatest rock and roll song ever:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

 

“Imagine” by John Lennon

Written by Steve

August 5th, 2014 at 11:20 pm