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It’s Fathers Day and mine recently created something pretty darn poignant regarding the treatment of the U.S. Flag. You should watch it.
There is a lot of lip service about patriotism these days, and very little genuine understanding about America as a people, a nation, a government, or even just a freaking geographic area for that matter. Fortunately we still have a solid foundation that we could pick ourselves back up from and maybe one day- learn to stand tall and be proud of ourselves as Americans for the right reasons. I know we still have a chance because I can still love and publicly criticize America right here within it.
We’ve got a lot of work to do to make this place anything near worthy of how well we market it to ourselves, but in the meantime, we can at least show respect to those who helped build America’s legitimate foundation by doing what my father suggests in this video, just doing the darn housekeeping for crying out loud.
Happy Fathers Day Dad, and Pop and DeeDee, I know they appreciate this video a lot. I think this video is kind of a fitting fathers day gift for them too. I know this little diatribe doesn’t quite fit with the simple purity of your message in the video, but I don’t think you’ll mind me stepping up on my soap box for a minute, you did kind of help teach me about the whole free speech thing and using my brain and whatnot, can’t unring that bell- lol.
God Bless America, and also teach us to share ALL of our blessings with the whole world, like our fathers shared their blessings with us.
[EDIT] Thanks so much to AndrewT81 from Reddit for his reply:
“Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto. The clip is from the end of the cadenza in the first movement.”
I went youtube and found it right away… WOW!!!
[ORIGINAL POST] Can someone please help me identify this very beautiful composition?
I heard it on the radio one night awhile back and recorded this little chunk on a little voice-recorder. Shazam and all the other online music finders I’ve tried have failed and I’d really like to hear the whole piece again. It’s very familiar but I just can’t figure it out for anything. Any help would be appreciated!
I’ve got about a mile-wide grin pasted on my goony mug right now because of this little find. Can’t believe I missed it the first time, but I was just rewatching ‘Revolution’ and only semi-paying attention while doing some other work, and this guy just looked too darn familiar, then it hit me…
Richard Cravens played Professor Alva in The Tesla-Edison Paradox or Free-Energy The Musical (a student film project some idiot wrote). He gave a truly outstanding performance and really helped make the whole thing fun to watch.
I just spotted him in ‘Revolution’ Season 1, Episode 2 (approx 34:00)
Congratulations Richard! Thanks so much for your performance as Alva. Best of luck in everything you do! This guy is the real deal!
“THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!”
I just found out I lost another friend. Brian Charles Folse. I met him in 2000-something when I worked at Franklin Press.
He was the guy that got me started with Linux. I probably wouldn’t ever have gotten off the ground with my first Debian install without him. It was way before the net installs, it was a kernel compiling nightmare and he was totally patient and supportive and I’d have given up without his help. He was a brilliant programmer and a good guy and he was too young for this.
I don’t have a lot to say right now- I’m still pretty upset that he died and that I found out so late.
I’m a very shitty friend and I don’t have that many of them. I never keep in touch with people. I’m just so fucking wrapped up in my own head that I can only be friends with people that are very independent so I don’t worry about them. Because of that I’m pretty distant even from those few people I consider friends. I’m very sorry for that. Anyone who would tolerate me as a friend deserves much better than me as a friend. Fortunately people like Brian have lots of friends besides me.
Sorry Brian. I’m glad I knew you and I called you a friend. I wish we could have worked on building robots or something. I thought it would be great if someday I could start a company with or hire Brian as an engineer and work on something like that. I actually thought that might happen someday.
Thanks for everything Brian. I’ll keep the Folding@Home trilarian team account working for you. Hope that’s something. Goodbye and I hope it’s better where you are.
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I have to post this because I don’t know any other way to get in touch with this tech super-hero to say thanks for his work.
Hey Eirik Taylor, thanks buddy, you’re an inspiration and an outstanding reference.
You gave me a huge head start with the Android code for your BT car. I’d still be struggling with the BT Chat example in the SDK if it weren’t for all well commented code.
His website has a bunch of great projects and his documentation is awesome and he posts all his code.
Thanks again buddy, hope you read this and it makes you feel warm and fuzzy.
I recently received a FUNcube dongle SDR for filling in teaching a class. I don’t know much about HAM radio or SDR but I’ve been wanting to learn and now I have a great toy to motivate me to learn.
It took me awhile to get the thing recognized on Lubuntu. Had to add a rule in udev, also had to get qthid2.2 to update the firmware so I could use qthid3.1. Then had to compile quisk and finally started getting lots and lots of static.
Then I started reading more about HAM radio and found about about IF and OF and got far enough to get some garbled non-static from the local NPR station. Then I took a little video on my phone. Then I uploaded it to youtube, then I typed this. So here it is.
Looking forward to spending lots and lots of time learning and playing with this thing.
Maybe by next post I’ll have decoded some telemetry data from an AMSAT. That would be cool.