Monday, April 21, 2014

Ignore This Post

I have to post pictures here in order to use them on another site that doesn't store photo data.  I'm trying to explain how you can laminate studs together to support beams, but my descriptions were lacking.  They asked for sketch-ups---they get photos.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


    A friend of mine is studying psychology.  He was talking to me about an assignment where he was supposed to identify a modern manifestation of a classic mental disease process and provide a case history.
    I recommended writing the parallels of chronic internet trolls and psychopathic behavior.  I had the perfect case to study, too---some guy who goes by 'Eddie1278'.  I was first introduced to Eddie on a design/owner builder forum I frequent .  I was encouraging someone to take on their own electrical work, and made the point that it was one of the easiest stages of construction.  Eddie, who is some sort of electrician, took exception to this and after multiple, very kind (I thought) attempts to turn his expertise into something positive, got himself banned.
   This student did an online search and informs me he's been banned from quite a few forums around the 'net.  He was able to identify a pattern----first throwing out some point of authority statement, then picking fights with whoever challenges, quickly calls them a troll, then gets banned.

   There are personality traits that 'trolls' have in common---but first, we should define 'troll'.  This from Wikipedia:   " In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtrl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally[3][4] or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[5] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion"
    So back to the personality traits.  It was kind of fun to read these then go back to the trolled discussion to see this personality come out--- Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).

    Here's what I don't know.  Does the internet provide an outlet for these people, and it blows off steam for them?  Or does it just feed trolls so their self importance manifests in daily living? 

    If Ted Kaczinski had internet access, would he have had a place to blow off steam from his tiny cabin  alone in the woods off the grid so he wouldn't have sent off mail bombs?

     I'm guessing internet trolls habitually check search engines for their own names.  If so, 'Eddie1278' might read this....Unfortunately trolls are not capable of knowing they are trolls.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Back To The Project

I sort of backburnered this for awhile, but no more excuses. I got the next tier done for the slipforms for the underground laundry room at the cabin. I had to carry 40 sacks of premix down in there then mix it and use a bucket to pour it in the forms. I had two days to do it but AnnaMarie said if I got it all done in one day we could have a date the next. Great incentive!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Warmest Spot In The Nation

      Patrick's mountain bike team has paired up with some riders from Brawley.  They come up and ride in our mountains in the summer when it's too hot.  Now that it's winter, it's nice to drive an hour down the hill to where it's 45 degrees warmer.  You pay for it by riding in loose sand.
     I'm a little sore today.  We rode 15 miles through these little washes.   Patrick is more sore after failing to properly negotiate a 36" drop....He's got an awesome tire impact scar across his face.  Years of gymnastics training paid off, he rolled through the crash pretty gracefully.  Of course I made him go back and do it successfully as soon as he shook it off.

We rode up to this old concrete bunker that used to be a radar mount.  This is where the Blue Angels do their training, and it's an active bombing range just to the south.  Pretty fun day.

Most of the nation is in a cold snap right now.  It's 78 degrees here today.  The mountain in the background is La Cienega in Mexico.