william.scherk

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  1. Does this remind anyone of the psychological lore surrounding Uncanny Valley?  

    This Twitter account did not note the provenance. I'll see if I can find a better reference and the stories that go with this -- should it not be the result of some advanced CGI or other fudging video edits.

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      william.scherk

      It's an actual robot from the UK's Engineered Arts. YouTube Channel home page: https://www.youtube.com/c/EngineeredArtsLtd/featured; Website: https://www.engineeredarts.co.uk.

      Spoiler

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  2. Major flooding in our area of the world ...

    sumasLakeABBY.jfif

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      william.scherk

      We are getting news of a massive rescue effort for livestock. Abbotsford and our agricultural city are hugely important for the BC dairy and egg industries.  Devastated.

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  3. Measurement Omission round one

    Graphic plotting of location data

    Plats, cadastral maps, land survey systems

    surreyPlatSurvey.png

    Consider addresses on a mile grid.

    Avenues run east-west

    Streets run north-south.

    Start a address numbering system

    The corner of 0 Avenue and 0 Street

    On 0 Avenue, addresses increase by increments

    The first block of Zero Avenue addresses runs from 1 up to 100. 

    "You are here" on the 0-100 block of Zero Avenue.

    Now go ten miles north and twenty miles east

    Now select a good corner property.

    Record the address

    Record the intersection of X Street and X Avenue.

    Record a precise latitude and longitude of the corner.

    Spell it out:

    5998 264 St

    49.110817, -122.492586

     

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      william.scherk

      Bonfire symbols as markers on a township-scale map -- a way to record and display individual "happenings" to the limits of precision!

      Within a six mile by six mile grid, plot a hundred or so "bonfires" in a random pattern.

      Record the individual events with Google Maps "My Maps" or Acme Mapper session markers. Keep a list of each event as a latitude/longitute position.

      ...

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  4. Measurement Omission round one

    Graphic plotting of location data

    Plats, cadastral maps, land survey systems

    surreyPlatSurvey.png

    Consider addresses on a mile grid.

    Avenues run east-west

    Streets run north-south.

    Start a address numbering system

    The corner of 0 Avenue and 0 Street

    On 0 Avenue, addresses increase by increments

    The first block of Zero Avenue addresses runs from 1 up to 100. 

    "You are here" on the 0-100 block of Zero Avenue.

    Now go ten miles north and twenty miles east

    Now select a good corner property.

    Record the address

    Record the intersection of X Street and X Avenue.

    Record a precise latitude and longitude of the corner.

    Spell it out:

    5998 264 St

    49.110817, -122.492586

     

    1. william.scherk

      william.scherk

      Peter wrote:

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      I had to look Lulu Island up on Wikipedia. I am still trying to figure out the rest. Peter

      I missed this earlier (which is the nice part of OL 'Status' posts, they just just drip down the main page unnoticed for the most part). 

      I was having a bit of a brainstorm, Peter, so I don't expect anyone to follow the suggested steps -- I am still puzzling over how to present a useful argument using Grid Coordinates. I am trying to use mapping and address conventions as a way to think about how earthquake swarms can appear to be all going off at the exact same points (in two dimensional/left-right+top-bottom) as the grid pattern that set off the thread.

      There are many conventions of mapping that use a kind of grid coordinate system. Most of these are familiar to Americans of the Great Plains, and to Canadians of the Prairie provinces.  They are known as Homestead Survey Systems or Township sytems.  A brief bit from a history of Surrey BC says it better than I can:

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      The basis of this was the township; a block six miles by six miles containing 36 sections. Each section was one mile by one mile and contained 640 acres. Each section in turn was divided into quarter sections each containing 160 acres. It was the quarter section parcels that were available for Surrey Homesteaders to preempt. The land could be held as a homestead as long as it was improved. The lines dividing the sections became the grid pattern for Surrey's arterial road system.

      Zooming ahead, the homestead grid in Surrey had no numbers until after 1957.  Before that all roads had names, no numbers, and with post-war suburban growth, the lack of a rational address system was getting in the way of mail, fire, and other emergency services. ("We got a fire out here on Jonston's Farm off Hjorth Road in Happy Valley").

      Here's a very simplified depiction of what resulted:

      streetschematic.gif

      So, starting out west in Delta is a mythical Zero Street. At the USA/Canadian border another street, actually called Zero Avenue.  This pattern extends all the way to the last of the flatlands on the south of the Fraser River -- almost all the way to Hope, BC.

      So, it is possible to have two adjoining properties with long addresses, something like this:

      • 8090-8121 210 Street         [lat/long:  49.149526, -122.639881]
      • 21098-21000 80B Avenue  [lat/long:  49.149248, -122.639483]

      Link to such a corner (Google Maps).

      Anyway, this is not a finished thought. It will continue to drip down the All Activities page until I get to the central point!


       

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  5. Our cold miserable spring lasted seven days and nine hours, and the onset of early summer brought out confused fruit tree blossoms along with first open buds. 

    Exercizing out on the trails parallel to the Vedder River, Chilliwack's beauty can calm the savage beast, even folks from Yarrow.  Mountains to the west, to the east, to the north and to the south.

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    This place has horses, donkeys, two mules, llamas and alpacas ...

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    Chilliwack in the past year opened up room for 'taco trucks' and alcohol consumption in the most popular city park. There were six wagons of good stuff on the trail yesterday. Here are two.  I discovered a new drink -- espresso with tonic over ice. Who knew?

    20210416_145749.jpg

    1. william.scherk

      william.scherk

      Spare a thought for the residents of New British Arizonalberta, who are celebrating a weather milestone. I betcha wish you hadn't whinged about spring.

      The image purports to portray the 2 metre temperature anomaly. Full rotating globe with varied atmospheric measurement depictions: Climate Reanalyzer

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      I testify to the truth of the bright red blob. 

       

  6. Our Pal in Alberta and the Puppy ...

    puppySteve.jpg

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      william.scherk

      WSS ... posting a screen-shot of the bottom of page 17 of the Correspondence and Coherence topic, logged in as william.scherk:

      MERLIN-CC-PAGEbottom.png

      This was posted using the Brave browser ... you can clearly see the 'Quote' button and a place to click "Reply to this topic."

      I will next log in as merjet and post a reply here -- showing the screen-shot of the same bottom of the 17th page of comments under the Correspondence and Coherence topic.  

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  7. Our Pal in Alberta and the Puppy ...

    puppySteve.jpg

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      william.scherk

      This is William posting a snapshot of Merlin's 'Logged in Page' ...

      merjetOnlineOLsnap_1.png

      "Mom, I got the job. Now what do I do?"

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  8. Our Pal in Alberta and the Puppy ...

    puppySteve.jpg

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      william.scherk

      That's Jules Troy ...

      Merlin Jetton, I have just taken control of your Objectivist Living account. 

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  9. This story on Jovan Hutton Pulitzer at the Conservative Daily News site is dated March 18, and makes for entertaining reading. It's very liberal with extensive quotes and evocative analogies. Whether you suspect he has a streak of fabulism or not. 

    How History, Homer and Physics, Forever Changed Voting and Politics

     

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      william.scherk

      Audio (text-to-speech) rendering you can play on the web or download:

      pulitzerCDN-readAloud.png

       

  10. "Unironically" does the heavy lifting (should show a Matt Binder tweet):

    And from another keyhole, recently added to my aggregation page "My Favourite League of Q-Watchers":

     

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      william.scherk

      Tonight HBO premieres episodes 3 and 4, leaving time for a "white hat" view of the so-called documentary series. Ron Watkins, via a fresh 8kun posting.

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      https://www.buzzsprout.com/1249451/8182523-mymaria777-063-into-the-storm-with-ron-watkins

  11. I'm not dead! No, I don't need the cart ..I think I'll take a walk

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      william.scherk

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      William,

      With all the censorship by big tech and all the craziness by Dem politicians and all the calls for eliminating Trump supporters from society, are you enjoying the coming of the socialist utopia in the USA.

      In the industry, that is known as a "Loaded Question."

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      Use your eyes. And try to take the core-story glasses off.

      I detect a 'core-story' side track.  "Trump can do no wrong" is a helluva drug.

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      If you can manage that, even for as moment, that's what the start of socialist and communist utopias look like.

      I live in British Columbia.  The "start of the socialist and communist utopia" began here in 1972.  A few hiccups along the way.

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      However, this is America. They did their surprise attack. Now lets see if they can sustain it. btw - Did I mention it? This is America. They probably forgot what that means.

      "They" did their surprise attack. Trump can do no wrong. Ever. He is Dear Leader. Dissent is punished.

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      Enjoy this show.

      Michael

      It's a horrifying "show" ... all the folks I know here are shocked and saddened by what happened on January 6 2021.

      Defend the President to the end. It gives life meaning.

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  13. This comes as a surprise to almost no one, I expect.

     

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      william.scherk

      I got a final snapshot of President Trump's account. 

      finalTrumpTweets.jpg

       

      I wonder if the several existing Trump Twitter archives will have been able to copy the three tweets before they were flagged, before the plug was pulled. 

      I have a niggle of a doubt that public records will have been retained of each Trump account tweet at the White House (one can download one's own Twitter existence, albeit in a huge database file).

      In any case, the President can use the "official" account of the Presidency until the iffy day comes when he can't.

      He is in charge.

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  14. This comes as a surprise to almost no one, I expect.

     

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      william.scherk

      From NPR ... a report that President Trump's Twitter account has been suspended.

       

       

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  15. NTD has a pro-Trump slant.  This live feed may have commercial breaks:

    🔴 LIVE: Joint session of Congress counts Electoral College votes (Jan. 6) | NTD - YouTube

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      william.scherk

      One of the NTD commentators suggested that the people who forced their way into the Capitold may be Antifa, "We just don't know at this moment."

      Bullshit.

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  16. NTD has a pro-Trump slant.  This live feed may have commercial breaks:

    🔴 LIVE: Joint session of Congress counts Electoral College votes (Jan. 6) | NTD - YouTube

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      william.scherk

      The NTD stream is now useless; they are playing recorded interviews from within the Capitol and from the earlier rally. Not one mention of the fucking shit show in Congress.

       

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  17. NTD has a pro-Trump slant.  This live feed may have commercial breaks:

    🔴 LIVE: Joint session of Congress counts Electoral College votes (Jan. 6) | NTD - YouTube

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      william.scherk

      False flag? Guns are drawn in the chamber:

      theyAreInTheChamber.jpg

       

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  18. NTD has a pro-Trump slant.  This live feed may have commercial breaks:

    🔴 LIVE: Joint session of Congress counts Electoral College votes (Jan. 6) | NTD - YouTube

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      william.scherk

      So, crowds of patriotic protesters are inside the Capitol?  Gas-masks in Congress, work suspended. What is going on?

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  19. NTD has a pro-Trump slant.  This live feed may have commercial breaks:

    🔴 LIVE: Joint session of Congress counts Electoral College votes (Jan. 6) | NTD - YouTube

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      william.scherk

      President Trump tweeted this minutes ago:

       

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  20. Here's a couple of videos of interest to Electoral College process mavens ... the first is a brief on the 1960 Presidential Election in Hawaii, and the second is a brief on Contingent Elections. Both from YouTube account Wiki4All.

    (57) 1960 United States Presidential Election In Hawaii - YouTube

    (57) Contingent Election - YouTube

    One fun thing from the Hawaii 1960 video is a couple of snapshots of historic paperwork -- including the "certificates" all banged up with signatures and seals. 

     

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      william.scherk

      A page at the National Archives gives some further background on the Action Day of December 23, 2020. This is the fourth Wednesday in December this year. I've abridged on section and the highlights and emphasis is mind.  National Archive page: Presidential Elections & Vacancies | National Archives

      natArchv-December23-Certification.jpg
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  21. I was curious about what happened during the 2017 Joint Session of Congress Electoral Vote counting process, which formulaic phrases were used. I cut a CSPAN excerpt to highlight the disposition of an objection. This is but one objection made. Others came -- four times from another California representative, from Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington state and from Arizona. And again from California.

    (2) WSS Memorial Gardens on Twitter: "January 6, 2017. During the counting of Electoral College votes, an objection from a Representative. See Biden deal with it ... https://t.co/0QWDu8F1bM" / Twitter

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      william.scherk

      I cannot vouch for any of the part that screams in yellow. Caveat lector.

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  22. I was curious about what happened during the 2017 Joint Session of Congress Electoral Vote counting process, which formulaic phrases were used. I cut a CSPAN excerpt to highlight the disposition of an objection. This is but one objection made. Others came -- four times from another California representative, from Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington state and from Arizona. And again from California.

    (2) WSS Memorial Gardens on Twitter: "January 6, 2017. During the counting of Electoral College votes, an objection from a Representative. See Biden deal with it ... https://t.co/0QWDu8F1bM" / Twitter

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      william.scherk

      More moves.

      Links at DonaldJTrump.com

      [added, from the page link above:]

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      “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., President Trump’s campaign committee, today filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the US. Supreme Court to reverse a trio of Pennsylvania Supreme Court cases which illegally changed Pennsylvania’s mail balloting law immediately before and after the 2020 presidential election in violation of Article II of the United States Constitution and Bush v. Gore

      [...]

      “The petition seeks all appropriate remedies, including vacating the appointment of electors committed to Joseph Biden and allowing the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select their replacements. The Campaign also moved for expedited consideration, asking the Supreme Court to order responses by December 23 and a reply by December 24 to allow the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before Congress meets on January 6 to consider the votes of the electoral college.”

      - Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Trump

      Click here to read the Campaign's Petition.
      Click here to read the Campaign's Motion.

       

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