Ann Vole

Morality play

Morality is fine if it is about your own behavior but as soon as it is someone else who you think is immoral, you are using the same plot of every situation where mass killing has occurred. The three-act play plot of the story is as follows: 1) some group of people is declared to be immoral 2) attempts are made to prevent these people from spreading their ideas or practices 3) due to the failure of their attempts to change these people, they feel it is morally acceptable to harm, deport, kill, etc these people. If you think someone is being immoral... you are already an actor in the movie that ends in genocide or the like. I was going to use the Nazis as an example but I think what I wrote is clear enough that I don't have to show that your attempts to control someone else is exactly what the Germans did before or during the Nazi regimen.

Ann Vole

Thermal bridging includes screws

The industry standard for attaching insulation to the outside of a wall is to use screws. Granted, the single point type thermal bridges are less of a problem than things like "girts" but the forces on the screws are greater making non-metal ones difficult to impossible. One option is to make walls that are only held to the building by extending the floor plywood or similarly attached plywood to hold otherwise separate walls for holding the siding or furring strips for the siding. There is something called the "Larson truss" which is basically a less-strong truss by making it out of small pieces of plywood or OSB rather than a continuous piece... it only needs to hold on the siding and maybe the weight of the insulation (but blown-in stuff usually has no incentive to move other than by gravity on the bottom). I want to try and hang a separate wall from the rafters to eliminate all thermal bridging as long as I can glue the insulation to the furring strips or insulated studs like the T-stud brand of new insulated stud company product. Thermal bridging is not the only consideration... I want the additional wall of insulation to move independent to the building so it remains air-tight after an earthquake or foundation shifting or tornado. Cost is also a consideration because those long screws are not cheap.

Ann Vole

New first steps for deep energy retrofit

The most "dangerous" things for trying to keep the air-tight status of your walls is the "penetrations" of the walls and roof for utilities-type things. Typical buildings have the majority of the electrical inside the walls and floors and ceilings... all of that has to go. If you are taking a long time to retrofit and especially if you are living in the building while renovating, you need electricity. You will also appreciate a fully functional bathroom. There are lots of ways to eliminate almost all penetrations by plumbing such as air-entry units that eliminate plumbing stacks. The problem is these things may not be accepted by building inspectors or local building codes or the plumber hired. If you start with the plumbing and electrical as a complete rebuild and have everything inside the expected inside wall surface or air-tight floor and ceiling membranes, you can have everything ready to use during construction and you know all penetrations you cannot avoid as they are already in place. The next step is opening the walls and removing the old obsolete electrical and plumbing which you know for sure is disconnected. Removing potentially dangerous things like asbestos and rodent stuff is also not going to contaminate the insides of your electrical conduit and boxes and the plumbing (because it is all air-tight and new and can be covered as needed). This is my latest plan... setting out conduit and wire chases to install a new electrical system at the point where the new inside non-load-bearing wall will be located eventually. Then I can do the plumbing systems including electrical things that interact with the plumbing (water heaters, pumps, detectors, solar thermal systems). Then finally, the new electrical and thermal heat systems are available for HVAC stuff (but will be under-sized because the walls are not made efficient yet... but something). One last benefit is if you are changing window and door placement prior to air-tight goal efforts, you don't have to worry about existing plumbing and electrical being in the way of changes. Wire chases in baseboards is a good idea as it eliminates a lot of potential air leakage through the wall. Concrete work, if needed, is far easier with running water available.

Ann Vole

Old Facebook repost (bipolar mixed meds)

one website says only three medications treat both bipolar's manic and depressive states. I feel I might need to return to medications but need to keep the dose as low as possible to not mess with my intestinal health as bad intestinal health results in chronic pain problems. The three include lithium which I know works for bipolar but is rather harsh to the intestinal system. The Wikipedia article for the other two are in the comments

Ann Vole

lots of secrets

A lot of things have happened to me this week that can basically be described as government overreach. It is not going to break me but I also don't really want anyone to know about these troubles with government-appointed officials and contracts. Eliminating my goals in life for a few years and just being a boring stay-at-home extremely poor person is the only fate available to me. At least I got back on Facebook for entertainment but I may have to eliminate the internet for saving money. Like a lot of poor people, free internet access at public libraries is the cheap option. Calling the police or fire is going to mean finding someone with a cellphone... or one of those pay-as-you-go "burner" phones that I never use but store beside the fire extinguisher.

Ann Vole

Facebook event horizon

I think I figured out why Facebook is booting me... I have been making events in two Facebook groups for the same event for about two years now... I think two months ago they said one copy was against their standards but refused to show the post then (so I had no clue what post was a problem) then last month they booted me for a whole month due to "spam" about the time I made those events for last month. This month they just marked both the event data and the event image as spam for both groups (and booted me for "suspicious activity"). If this is the case, I am far less leery of doing ANYTHING on Facebook. I reported "something's broken" with "events" and detailed how these events are made in the two groups and marked as spam and if it happens again, our organization will have to make event notifications on a different platform.

Ann Vole

binary trinity of freedoms

In the construction industry (and other industries too) you have the saying "fast, cheap, good... you can only pick two" I think there is a similar choice of three conflicting things in the area of freedom. Freedom is not safe but with laws and rights, we gain some safety in trade for some freedom. But put in the model of a binary trinity we can say "freedom, safety, governance... pick two". Of course you should always strive for getting all three at once but too much safety and you lose something, too much rights and governance and you lose something, too much freedom and something's got to give. I want to give my rodents more freedom but of course their cages are for their safety so I am trying to design a governance system to give them limited freedom with the cost of some safety. One of the key selling points of Islamic states is safety but of course you have no freedom and now some people are protesting the loss of safety (re Iran's accidental plane downing) but something has to give... either they lose the governance and get freedom and safety or they keep the governance and lose more of the scant freedom they have gained lately in favor of safety. I am constantly running into governance messing with my freedom but here in Canada, almost all that governance is in place to give me safety.

Ann Vole

Rodent tracking roving artificial intelligence

I probably posted this stuff earlier in this blog but there may be subtle changes in plans over the last few years. Two land animals have been tested for a relatively complex verbal language with confirmed results. They were both burrowing communal rodents who are active in the day and have a wide variety of predators visible in a flat landscape. The warning calls contained the equivalent to nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs within a single call and for one of these two animal types, unique calls were formed for potential dangers they have never seen before that were very similar in unrelated groups suggesting that these units of information can be combined to describe things that do not have an existing call for. These two animal groups are Richardson ground squirrels located in Alberta and 3 species of prairie dogs found in the southern parts of USA. My city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada has a lot of wild Richardson Ground Squirrels as persistent pests and they are legal to keep as pets here. Canada has banned the import of prairie dogs and my province has banned the ownership of prairie dogs to protect the unique subspecies of prairie dogs in this province that have been genetically distinct from USA prairie dogs of the same species for about 20 thousand years due to a minor mountain range along the USA's northern border (North Dakota to Montana). In South America is a smaller rodent group of species called degus who live a lot like ground squirrels but genetically very unrelated (closer to porcupines and guinea pigs and even the rabbit order or mammals than the squirrel-like rodent group that has prairie dogs and ground squirrels). One species of degu is popular in the pet trade and has a very wide variety of vocalizations and the ability to learn and imitate the sounds of other rodents. They also retain their instincts to use a wide variety of warning calls in spite of their use as lab animals for 3 decades prior to 3 more decades as pets. Degus are 5 times smaller than ground squirrels so 5 times cheaper to care for. My plan is to make doors and food dispensers and other interactive robotics that the degus will operate with vocalizations using computers to hear the sounds, interpretative analysis of them, and operate the equipment accordingly (open doors, dispense foods). The secondary goal is to provide a better life for the individuals by allowing more freedom of movement while preventing certain individuals from meeting to limit breeding and prevent fighting. Monitoring the individuals for weight, food consumption, level of activity, sleep schedule, water consumption and many other things will also find, isolate, and inform humans of their change in health automatically. This will require the identity of each individual but there are problems, including cost, for all the identification methods that change the individual (attach something, tattoos, notches cut out of ears or feet). I figured weight would be the best identification method that does not make physical changes to their body. This would also measure how much they eat, pee, poop, and lose in hair loss or dehydration. The problem is trying to connect the weight of someone going through a tunnel to the potential individuals in the areas on each side of that weigh tunnel. If I create a unique copy of an artificial intelligence computer program for each individual, that program can physically move with the animal through data connections between individual computers that control these physical robotics (like doors, weigh tunnels, food dispensers, poop and pee gathering and weighing mechanisms below floor grills, air monitoring, movement sensors). These computers will also need audio transducers like piezoelectric units that can work as both a microphone and a speaker and well into the ultrasonic range. Most computer operating systems are not effective for audio recording or live music creation due to working on interrupts... the processor does a task until some other part of the computer needs the processor to do something and sends the processor an interrupt signal so the processor can stop what it is doing and deal with the interrupt. When you are dealing with live sound processing, you can't stop the processes or you mess up the sound signal. You can do parallel processing though if the change in processing threads is extremely regular and the processor is running fast enough that each thread can get enough processing to do the jobs needed to keep up with the changes in the sound wave it is processing. This means each computer needs an audio-friendly operating system. Moving programs around from computer to computer will be best be accomplished by housing the program in a virtual operating system. These physical computers will also need their operating system to host these virtual operating systems to give them access to their microphones and attached robotics and information storage systems. This is my programming challenge involving operating systems, audio processing in the ultrasonic range, voice recognition software bent to deal with communication methods that are not based on consonants and vowels like human speech.

Ann Vole

Malware is kicking me off Facebook

I have always thought my tablet has some sort of data-logging malware but I tried several rootkit detectors and malware detectors and they did not find anything. Facebook has booted me because they say suspicious activity is happening. In trying to recover the account, they gave me the option to choose previous comments but they want me to choose 4 and only three were definitely mine. I went back and chose that option again but this time only 2 were mine. When asking for access codes, Facebook emailed the same code twice so that is very suspicious Later it sent a different code twice. I had to reboot the tablet because the buttons on the track ball (replaces a traditional computer mouse) only worked on some places and not others. This is one of many indicators of malware. The emailed stuff suggests I am also dealing with a spoofed Facebook website too. Obviously LiveJournal is too unused to be of interest to spoof website hackers but as you might guess, I am not going to be on Facebook for a bit longer until I figure out how to clean my tablet of all malware or buy/build a new computer for home use. Hopefully my facebook account is actually locked down by the real Facebook and not going to be used for bad stuff.

Ann Vole

Facebook return

They let me back on but I don't trust the platform any more. Of course Facebook is a horrible blog format even as a page so I will continue to blog here for the time being and try to figure out photo/video hosting options for what I blog here (LJ has no options for more memory than a few dozen photos). I have a problem with any of the long list of blog platforms either controlled by Facebook and Google or by communist countries like China. LJ may be owned by Russians but is still hosted from California... I trust Russians way more than China. The problems with image hosting and video hosting are connected with advertising to children that had YouTube making huge payouts. I would rather have the videos hosted somewhere with less controversy about content and who, like Facebook, often kick people off with no explanation or options to appeal their boot.