dangerousmeta!, the original new mexican miscellany, offering eclectic linkage since 1999.

New site URL: dangerousmeta.rocks

A Squarespace site. Tired of wrangling CMSs, for now. Besides, I want to play with their Developer features, and this is a good time. Plus all their social integration is pretty well ironed out, plug and play.

So, all future posts will be at: dangerousmeta.rocks.

I will be putting RSS buttons in the footer, but for now there’s a post detailing where they *should* be.

Adieu, DM! Long live, DM!

10/16/16 • 05:41 PM • PersonalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Looks like the EE1 install is finally at saturation.

I’m looking into starting a new blog presence elsewhere, leaving this up (but no commenting, etc.) until I pull usable backups. New domain coming soon (I have to leave dangerousmeta.com pointed here, otherwise the whole thing breaks). Stay tuned. Just the birthday present I needed! A busted weblog!

10/16/16 • 03:57 PM • HistoryPersonalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A question for regulars.

How often do you delve in my archives? I ask the question, because they score well in searches, but are not exactly lively. I’m tempted to move it all to a PDF ... which would free me to start afresh in another CMS, clean-slate. PDF would be searchable, of course. And mostly text, so it’d be small [well, smaller than other options]. Just thinkering out loud again.

10/15/16 • 11:39 AM • PersonalWeblogs • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PVC: Shure SM58 microphone celebrates its 50th anniversary.

How many I’ve wired up over the years. Huzzah!

10/15/16 • 11:24 AM • HardwareHistoryMotion GraphicsPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Upgraded to 100GB of Google storage.

My 15GB free gigs were at 94%. Interestingly, speed of email deliveries has immediately gone up (checking frequency is better), as has Gmail website rendering. Just an independent observation. 100GB is ~$2/month.

10/14/16 • 09:59 AM • GoogleInternetPersonal • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: New Jersey Transit, a Cautionary Tale of Neglect.

In the 1990s, New Jersey Transit was riding high. Its ridership was increasing, and its trains were new and running on time.” Who comes up with this stuff? Um ... NO. Not new. Not running on time. I stopped commuting in the mid-‘90’s. Overcrowded, miserable. It was better at the turn from ‘80’s to ‘90’s. The tracks were always in terrible shape. The bridges around Newark, an embarrassment. The concrete ties would shatter if the Amtraks went too fast, so they had a speed limit. The wooden ties, you could pull the spikes out with your bare hands. Some had probably been there since the turn of the last century. NJ Transit *always* needed a ‘sugar daddy’. Christie pulled it away, in good Republican fashion, and now you’ve got people dead. This isn’t hard to figure out.

10/13/16 • 06:16 PM • HistoryPersonalPoliticsTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Editor’s note: This site may disappear at any moment.

I’m afraid my CMS is starting to betray overdue signs of overuse and age. I wake up in the morning, the sidebar is gone. Today, the header was gone. A new “publish story” command seems to return it all to normalcy. But these little errors are piling up. I need to schedule in either an upgrade, or a switchover to another CMS/service [like I have time for this right now]. What form that’ll take, I have no idea. But it’s getting dicey on this end. So if I disappear, it’s not forever ... it’s just a momentary glitch. @dangerousmeta on Twitter to find out what’s going on - if I’m dead in the water, I’ll be using that more frequently.

10/13/16 • 09:56 AM • PersonalWeblogs • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: Alternate-Day Fasting - A Beginner’s Guide.


10/12/16 • 12:21 PM • HealthPersonalPhysical FitnessScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Oh and yes, I did watch the debate. Or ‘game show’, as I like to think of it.

Hillary still doesn’t have a strong enough comeback for the ACA price increases. She’s most vulnerable there.

Donald, on certain subjects, was just all over the place. He started off pretty focused - bang on about the problems of the ACA’s costs, yet no real coherent fixes - and ended up a mess afterwards. I felt like I was watching an orange marmalade danish exploding on my kitchen table.

My bugbear, the ACA. I’m looking at a near-$7k deductible, $45-75 copays AFTER deductible for doctor visits (full price before), for the cost of a freakin’ mortgage (over $1k) for the two of us. And that’s the second cheapest offered right now, before the November increases.

I will not continue to pay for the [former] uninsured to have good free coverage, when I’m checking Youtube to fix my own health issues. It costs so much, I have no extra income to pay for the actual doctor visits. Unless I dip into retirement - or go bankrupt, live off the dole and get it all for free. There seems to be an economic range, a spot between subsidies and being comfortably middle-class, where folks like myself end up in tax and health care cost hell.

This is not about selfishness, or conservative/liberal ideology. It’s about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The ACA is violating all of that, here in NM. It feels like an old-fashioned shakedown, courtesy of the US government. It’s wrong.

Also, Kaiser (who gets quoted all the time in healthcare analysis articles) is FULL OF BS. I have a friend in Rhode Island who’s facing huge increases, and Kaiser claims RI is going DOWN 14%. Press, do your duty. Follow up on this, hard. We’re being fed bullbananas on the actual increases in costs.

10/10/16 • 11:17 AM • HealthPersonalPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Deadline tonight.

Links will be thin - as if they haven’t been! Sorry for the circumstance. That time of year!

10/10/16 • 11:02 AM • PersonalSanta Fe LocalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


Deadline on the 10th.

10/04/16 • 11:57 AM • Personal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

This photo went to ‘Popular’ on 500px in seven minutes.


  Coyote Creek, beaver-dammed pond. by Garret Vreeland on 500px.com  


10/03/16 • 11:27 AM • PersonalPhotographySocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

This image is proving popular on Flickr.


As frequent reader Jeremiah said on FB, “Puzzle shot.” And indeed, I may make this into a puzzle for some folks. From the drive up to northern NM over the weekend.

10/03/16 • 11:26 AM • PersonalPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AuthorityNutrition: The 14 Most Common Signs of Gluten Intolerance.

Of note. In spite of the GF hatred and the belief that gluten intolerance is a myth - read the footnoted studies. Gluten affects many of us, negatively. What you choose to call it, I don’t give a darn. But keep our GF options available, please. Just reduce the sugar content, will ya?

09/29/16 • 09:07 AM • HealthPersonalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Complex: Enjoy Earth While It Lasts - Atmospheric Carbon Levels Pass the Point of No Return.

Clickbait. But.

I was just thinking last night about a sci-fi concept. What if our existence is the result of seeding comets with genetic material designed to reduce the number of habitable planets in the universe in order to preserve a galactic status quo? That we are Von Neumann machines designed to destroy ecosystems? That we can never evolve beyond our destructive behavior?

Maybe that’s why we’ve not detected other species via SETI.

Then again, if we do become self aware, who might show up?

Good story. One day I might write it. @ME.

09/29/16 • 08:42 AM • EnvironmentalPersonalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

“Mark All Read.”

I give up with the aggregator. I’ll just start from scratch and wait. Ya gotta give in sometimes, people.

09/28/16 • 11:39 AM • PersonalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Busy, busy, busy.

I’ll get to you soon, I promise. Trump seems to have come off that debate performance as Bush did against Gore. Never doubt that the idiotic choice can win. Question is, what are the left-wingers of the Democratic Party willing to do? They’re the ones who organize on the ground. Better shelf your Sanders-bitterness and get moving, kids. The world’s about to friggin’ end.

09/28/16 • 11:06 AM • PersonalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


This will reflect my lack of free time to blog:

There WAS no debate. One person was professional, the other was unqualified, underprepared and overcooked. Stewing in his own juice and boiling over to hiss on the stove.

Spin? Sorry, not playing. Trump was never a serious candidate in the first place. Past time for the media to stop giving him free publicity. He belongs in the ENTERTAINMENT section, not the POLITICS section.

America has only one choice. You know who she is. You may not like her, you may have longstanding biases (legitimate or not). But she’s the only one qualified to handle the job. Register, pull the lever, let’s move on with our lives. Enough of this circus.

09/27/16 • 11:06 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPersonalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Santa Fe Concorso ...

... shot, downloaded, backed up. Doing a third backup (Time Machine), just because. Three days of nonstop really physical shooting activity. Between all the fitness work I put in, along with a well-focused choice of rentals ... I call this a total success. And I never call things successes. I’m really happy with how things came out, how my body and mind stood up to the challenge. Images will trickle through as I begin the post-processing effort.

09/26/16 • 08:15 AM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: A teacher stepped on an American flag during a free speech lesson.

Interesting. In fifth grade, during a school play, I tripped over a cast iron prop and fell on my face, taking the American Flag with me. My schoolmates continued to badger me for ‘ruining’ a flag for about a month. “You’re going to JAIL!” I remember the earnest fifth grade conversations over whether floorboards were ‘ground.’ Teacher was an ex-Marine, Guadalcanal. He didn’t bat an eye, so I didn’t.

09/23/16 • 09:25 AM • ChildhoodHistoryPersonalPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Macworld: How to better organize your classical music in iTunes 12.5.

FYI. If you have the time to do such extra work.

09/21/16 • 08:14 AM • AppleMusicPersonalSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: Casein Protein Is Way Underrated.

Interesting. I may try it out for overnight or post-workout.

09/16/16 • 04:54 PM • FoodHealthPersonal • (7) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

So, the outage today.

Four hours. They changed from MySQL to a MariaDB install at the host. I’m surprised - EE1’s behaving. I was expecting to have to go into full triage mode. Thank goodness I don’t!

09/16/16 • 04:45 PM • PersonalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Gmail access goes down for several hours, prompting panic.

It’s been delivering inconsistently for me since Sunday. But my account’s so old, I figure the server is in a defunct warehouse’s locked-up john.

09/14/16 • 06:11 PM • GoogleInternetPersonalSoftware • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FishbowlNY: Town & Country Celebrates Rich Ladies.

Vreeland was also asked why she was a Swan, and well, god bless her lack of self-awareness.” Name check. The husband of Diana Vreeland is descended from Michiel Jansen Vreeland’s first son. I am descended from the third son. Yet if you compare physical features, the browline seems to be a strong genetic component in the male line.

09/14/16 • 09:34 AM • EntertainmentGeneralPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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