Ann Vole

The next biggest viable social media

Wikipedia on social networking sites listed by number of users, I have reached Flicker, MySpace, and DeviantArt... All three I have accounts already made. I guess I will start posting on these sites to at least find active people who already know me.

Ann Vole

Bluray died

My bluray player just died I think. It only shows a black screen and the TV is confused as to format size (so it guesses and displays what it is displaying at) but is not saying "no signal". When I reboot the bluray, I get the full color initial "Smart TV technology" screen that shows before the system actually boots up but then goes back to the black screen and confused TV (displaying pixel size). Due to the boot screen, I have to assume the cable is fine (along with the TV not saying "no signal"). Due to health problems, I cannot take recyclable items in for the return deposit so I may not have enough to by a new one before the end of the month. I could get a cheap player but I really like the netflix and youtube and internet radio apps I had on this player. Since this is likely a software problem rather than a hardware problem, I will look for a way to reset the system.

EDIT: got home and it is working normal

Ann Vole

Internet Explorer doesn't work for LJ

I tried using Internet Explorer, one of three browsers available on the public library computers, to post to LJ. Viewing posts worked but trying to post just gave me a completely blank screen for the page results. Looks like I will be using Firefox as at least it mostly works (accepting a word suggestion or spelling correction gives me the suggested word with the already-typed letters included in front). I had a minor throat irritation for 3 months so I got doctor-prescribed antibiotics for it including one that is inhaled. This has sent it into overdrive for irritation so I have taken a lot of pain killers to suppress the urge to cough (and once I start coughing, I can't stop). I took the bus to the library as I don't trust my driving with all this pain killer in my bloodstream. I think I better head home though because the pain killers are starting to wear off and I need more. 

Ann Vole

Why we cant have nice things

Theft and the threat of theft is the greatest inhibation to advancement. Threats of death are definitely the worst thing for personal freedom but as long as your equipment and supplies and location remain available, you can provide products and services. My latest ideas and inventions are better fences and locks and uncutable anchors to reduce the constant theft and trespassers who are obviously looking for stuff to steal and security items (locks and chains) to cut with ever-bigger bolt cutters and battery-operated diamond-blade side cutters. Today I tried Chrome browser and there is no spell check and the keyboard is defaulted to French so I get È and è instead of quotation and apostrophy marks. The library only has three browsers available so tomorrow I will try Internet Explorer for LJ blogging (Firefox was what I used yesterday and was way better than Chrome that I am using now)

Ann Vole

Earthquake-proof air-tight passive-house level retrofit

I have an idea that is becoming more and more solid as the best option for renovating houses in Saskatchewan to be energy-self-sufficient with low tech means. Earthquakes are of a low likelihood but if they do happen, they will be strong. Tornadoes and plow winds on the other hand are very common. The whole city is sitting on 100-200 meters of clay which will likely turn liquid in an earthquake. I wish to store heat for a few months under the basement floor. The frost line is a good 6 feet below ground and may be lower in the future and tree roots cause a lot of foundation movement if they get under the foundation to dry out the clay then to direct rain water right to the dry parts when rains happen. Because of all these things, I have ideas on how to make a foundation that will drop 15-20 feet (4-6 meters) below the ground level to make a boat-like bottom to deal with soft soil and self-leveling systems to deal with uneven soil movements and ground isolation for an earthquake event then finally weight distribution and anchoring to deal with lift forces in strong winds. The problem is the movement of the house during an earthquake might damage the air-tight systems mounted on the outside of the house. For the cheapest renovations, it is best to just add insulation and air-tight layers to the outside of the structure part of the house and the inside of the house can remain untouched. I figure if this outer wall is a continuous beam from rafters to foundation footing, it does not need to be attached to the house itself except at the roof. If this beam system is designed for a specific level of deflection, the extra air when the house shifts in the direction of this wall during an earthquake can puff out the wall. The slightly shorter wall due to the bend can be compensated with the soffit part of the added wall angling downward. When the house moves away, the outer wall can deflect inward instead and again, the shorter bent wall compensated with the new soffit angle. I will have to build models and test them. A Canadian project made "sip" panels (SIP = Structural Insulated Panels) using mineral wool bats instead of foam insulation and attached inside and outside surfaces of the sip with I-joists. I figure I can use this method but maybe with a T-stud style beam instead of the engineered wood I-joists. Each panel will go as one piece from soffit to foundation base and be allowed to deflect a set amount and bend askew by that same amount to deal with house movement during an earthquake without losing air-sealing efforts between adjacent panels.

Ann Vole

Opinions? I've got them

I realized that my diverse Facebook friends would not agree with my political and religious stances so I made everything opinion-free. When blogging, I have no concern with offending anyone... read it if you want or don't read it if you don't agree. I keep hearing propaganda against false assumptions of what people think the ideologies I subscribe to stand for. Because of this, labels are dangerous and misleading because people will think I am connecting with the ideologies that were put down in the propaganda they chose to believe. This will be very freeing but also a bit lonely. Interacting with people on Facebook is so much fun and deals with the inability to meet with people in person (due to my disabilities). Next step is to figure out how to make art that shows house construction details and do that on public library computers. I figure I have to quit using my tablet at home if I want any hope of fixing the screen as the screen is separating from the base a little each day and the cracked parts are getting more strangely angled. This leaves library or trying to use the default browser app in the Samsung bluray player (the keyboard works with the dongle). 

Ann Vole

Might as well stay with LJ

Still banned from Facebook ("try later" it says so I have no clue on time range or what constitutes "spam") so I will quit trying... Maybe try in a week then in a month. I need to pick a browser though as this one (Firefox) has a broken word completion system.

Ann Vole

Facebook is no longer available

Looks like Facebook has decided to no longer allow people to use their platform without a cellphone number. It says I have abused their platform with spam which doesn't seem correct and all my other accounts on Facebook seem locked down unless I add a cellphone number. I looked at the competition for social media and chose Instagram for a new account and was surprised that their whole platform is designed for cellphone use only... but there are ways to get the Chrome web browser to work like a cellphone to use it. I don't like that concept as it might go the same as Facebook and require a cellphone. Note that there is a long list of reasons I have decided to quit using cellphones so I will only use platforms that do not need a mobile number. Facebook and indeed, all social media platforms, are only a form of entertainment for me so I don't want to go through all the effort to set up a presence with followers and followed only to have the platform suddenly becoming unavailable without options to correct that situation. Due to new forms of pain, I may end up only using the computer strapped into a kneel-style chair. This will mean I will change from cursor use to keyboard use where blogging becomes less painful than the likes and shares buttons on Facebook was. Time to develop my idea of a number-based language for single-hand typing with about 1/5 the key strokes to say the same things 

Ann Vole

Still alive

Someone posted a link to a LJ post of theirs with an interesting title but it required a log-in to read it... I logged in and found the person is on my LJ friends but the linked content was not available. I have to assume the person deleted it. I still have not gotten around to starting blogging again and thus I still might use LJ for blogging as opposed to finding a new platform (or use my Blogger account with a handful of very old posts to test it with my smart phone in about 2004). 

Ann Vole

hello, was it me you're looking for?

LiveJournal is now owned by a Russian company but for now, I think it is still one of the best blogging platforms. I have some equipment to set up to be able to type lots and fast while laying in bed. The computer and browser part of that equipment will not be normal either so until then, I will not know if LiveJournal will still be easy to use or if some other blogging platform will work better for me.