jc blog - tales of a modern-day nomadic hunter-gatherer

Follow jcomeau_ictx on Twitter This is the weblog of Intrepid Wanderer. You never know what you might find here; graphic descriptions of bodily functions, computer programming secrets, proselytizing for the antichrist, miscellaneous ranting and kvetching, valuable information on living off the land... if you don't share my rather weird interests you may want to try slashdot instead.

You can consider my Del.icio.us links an extension to my blog, as are my LifeTango goals and my other to-do items. My to-buy list is also public, but only for sharing any useful ideas that might be there; I'm not requesting charity, neither do I offer it.

You can find me easily in google searches, as jcomeau, jcomeau_ictx, or jcomeauictx. There are lots of other jcomeaus, but AFAIK I'm the only jcomeau_ictx out there so far.

If you want to comment on anything you see here, try the new Facebook comments, reachable by clicking the "[comment]" link at the end of each post. If for some reason that isn't working, go ahead and email me, jc.unternet.net. You know what to do with the first dot. Make the 'subject' line something reasonably intelligent-looking or it goes plunk! into the spambasket unread.

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2021-08-28-0325Z

Check out my new banner ad. The whole artwork Luis sent me would have been more appealing, but I couldn't figure out how to incorporate it into the page. It's my affiliate link, I get 10% of your purchase from Best Damn Kratom. [comment]

2021-08-27-1539Z

New Mandela effect for me: a second towel in the upstairs bathroom. Never saw one before. I'm not even sure there was a 2nd rack. This is weird. [comment]

2021-08-22-0011Z

Upgraded to Bullseye today, but lost wifi. Same problem as before, because the upgrade put a new firmware-6.bin file in /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA9377/hw1.0/. Renamed the old .disabled file to .disabled.old, and renamed firmware-6.bin to firmware.bin.disabled. Rebooted and I'm back online! [comment]

2021-08-14-1919Z

Back problems are getting more frequent and lasting longer each episode. Bad sign. [comment]

2021-08-10-2322Z

Just irrigated both ears. Got a huge blob out of the left ear, and a much smaller one from the right. The sun hadn't appreciably warmed the water, so I walked back up the stairs from the deck like a drunk, having partially lost my sense of balance. That can be fun, though, for the short time it lasts. [comment]

2021-08-04-0444Z

OK, so people keep posting these inflated covid-19 vaccine death counts on Facebook, and tonight I found out the source is openvaers.com. It's showing, at this moment, 11,940 deaths from covid-19 vaccines. Meanwhile a search at the CDC shows 4605. I downloaded the "All Years Data" zipfile, 320.27 MB, unzipped it, and after some trial-and-error, got the same 4605 number. I also noticed some files prefixed by NonDomestic, added those into the mix, and got 6317. Still nowhere close to 11,940. Here's my current Makefile:

SHELL := /bin/bash
VAERSDOWNLOAD := $(HOME)/Downloads/AllVAERSDataCSVS
YEARS := 202*
NONDOMESTIC := $(VAERSDOWNLOAD)/NonDomesticVAERS
VAXDBS := $(wildcard $(VAERSDOWNLOAD)/$(YEARS)*VAX.csv) $(NONDOMESTIC)VAX.csv
DEATHDBS := $(wildcard $(VAERSDOWNLOAD)/$(YEARS)*SYMPTOMS.csv) \
	 $(NONDOMESTIC)SYMPTOMS.csv
export
all: covid_deaths
env:
	$@
$(VAERSDOWNLOAD): $(VAERSDOWNLOAD).zip
	mkdir $@
	cd $@
	unzip $<
vaxes.txt: $(VAXDBS) Makefile
	grep -ah COVID19 $(VAXDBS) | cut -d, -f1 | sort > $@
deaths.txt: $(DEATHDBS) Makefile
	grep -ah ,Death, $(DEATHDBS) | cut -d, -f1 | sort > $@
covid_deaths: vaxes.txt deaths.txt
	comm -1 -2 $+ | wc

Anybody know the folks behind openvaers? I'd like to know their methodology. [comment]

2021-08-01-0250Z

Went to Friedman's today with my old propane canister, and was able to swap it for a new Blue Rhino!

My back hasn't hurt for several days now. I tweaked it a little lifting the kayak off the trailer at the start of our camping trip, but it healed in a few hours.

I still have some discomfort in my upper gum, right next to my left nostril, a holdover from that tooth pain I had at Pinnacles. Doesn't worry me much yet. [comment]

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