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  • jernst 21:37 on June 19, 2016 Permalink  

    Liquid Democracy: True Democracy for the 21st Century — Medium 

    I totally want to see this. https://medium.com/@DomSchiener/liquid-democracy-true-democracy-for-the-21st-century-7c66f5e53b6f

  • jernst 21:29 on June 19, 2016 Permalink  

    Shout-out to son Noah Ernst who set his alarm for 3am this morning to say Happy Father’s Day before I headed out for my insanely early hike. That was unexpected and very sweet.
    I never expect anything for Father’s Day, because I intensely dislike the patriarchic style of demanding respect and thanks — which I think is the intention of putting a day like it on everybody’s calendar. In my mind, respect and thanks have to be earned, and cannot and should never be demanded, which makes me at least twice as happy when I do get an (always unexpected) acknowledgement. Particularly at 3am.

  • jernst 16:53 on June 19, 2016 Permalink  

    So much for the plan. I did get up at 3:00am, I did get to Big Basin by 4:45. I did start hiking at 4:55 (with flashlight for about half an hour until it got bright enough. Note to self: bring compass when hiking in the dark. It’s impossible to keep a sense of direction in the middle of a pitch-black forest). I made good time, until about 2h30min into the hike, when suddenly, there’s a sharp pain in my right foot. I stop, rest, massage, etc. It gets better but as soon as I start hiking again, it hurts again. So I hobble down to Waddell beach, pain getting worse. I figure there’s no way I can hike all 12 miles back to my car again, uphill this time.
    Wonder oh wonder, the end-of-trail bathroom has a pay phone. (The entire region has no AT&T cell coverage regardless of what their map says. I didn’t even bother to bring my cell phone.) It’s about 8:45 in the morning, I call home, my wife picks up, I hear her clearly — and she cannot hear a word I am saying! How am I supposed to get her to pick me up?
    So I try hither and fro, to find another pay phone, but of course there is none. Ranger station only opens in 3 hours, and it’s unclear what they would do for me anyway. So I talk to people on the beach asking whether anybody has cell coverage, but apparently nobody does regardless of carrier. Some people are successful getting some texts through, when I realize that I am not even sure of my wife’s cell number. (The perils of shortcuts.) So that won’t work either, and I’m not sure she would carry her cell on a lazy Sunday morning anyway.
    Finally, I find a surfer dude who is offering to give me a ride into Santa Cruz once he’s done surfing. Saved! Getting into Santa Cruz, he also lends me his cell phone so I can summon my wife for a rescue operation. Thanks!!
    Well, rescue operation succeeded, car retrieved, etc. Foot is better, as long as it does not need to hike in my hiking boots! I think they are the culprit, although I have hiked many times in them without any problems whatsoever. They do feel awfully “flat” and unsupportive of the arch, though. Maybe too old. Time for a new pair.
    Although it was shorter, more painful and involving more cars than expected, It was beautiful anyway.

  • jernst 21:44 on June 18, 2016 Permalink  

    Plan: 3:00a wake up. 4:45 arrive Big Basin, flashlights out, hike. 5:45 sunrise. Then: glorious morning (I hope). Pacific Ocean at Waddell Beach, see you well before noon. Return route to be decided, depending in which shape I’m in. It’s going to be an amazing day…

  • jernst 15:41 on June 17, 2016 Permalink  

    @chase says they “purged” my credit card account (closed 9mo ago) from their systems, and cannot tell me anything about it, including the final statement which I never received. Shows you the danger of not having paper statements. Is this even legal?

  • jernst 14:48 on June 17, 2016 Permalink  

    Health insurer sends me to a URL that ends in …/find-self. Is spiritual health insured, too?

  • jernst 10:49 on June 17, 2016 Permalink  

    @chase cannot find any record of a credit card account I had with them for 2+years, closed 9months ago. What now?

  • jernst 09:54 on June 16, 2016 Permalink  

    Status: shuffling paper. The bits will be wrangled later.

  • jernst 16:16 on June 15, 2016 Permalink  

    Intel x86s hide another CPU that can take over your machine (you can’t audit it) / Boing Boing 

    We’ve been completely f****d all along. A second processor is hiding in your Intel CPU. https://boingboing.net/2016/06/15/intel-x86-processors-ship-with.html

  • jernst 12:16 on June 13, 2016 Permalink  

    From syslog: attempted ssh login, user “sybase”.

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