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Rove and Plato

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Rove and Plato

Karl Rove meets Plato

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July 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

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Live Bear Cam

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Watch exclusive LIVE footage from Alaska’s Brooks River in Katmai National Park. Every year over a hundred Brown Bears descend on a mile long stretch of Brooks River to feast on the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world.



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July 25, 2012 at 2:29 am

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It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything here, I’ve almost forgotten about this place. I have a few other websites and blogs and twitters and a book of faces, of course, and I mainly just use this space to hold onto my brand, my screen name “St3v3piper,” and as a place to keep these few old keep-sake posts, digital memories, and all. I love the WordPress software and hosting system, and use it elsewhere whenever I can, but I mostly blog on the other platform, and build my own websites on my own hosting for other purposes. So consider this a long-winded set-up for a list of links, oldest thing on the net, that. :^D

My Homepage: www.StevePiper.net

is the root of my web live. I’ve tweaked it out a little bit to there may be a reason to visit, other than finding my favorite links there. If you tweet, there’s my Random Tweet Generator, that’s filled with what may be jokes. You can tweet them as is, or edit them to your needs first. Then, for the eye-candy-aholics in all of us, there’s also a Random Meme Generator, that presents a randomly-selected graphic meme–LOLcats, inspirational, thought-provoking, political, more. The trick with my “Random Generators” page is every time you reload the page, it serves up a fresh random tweet and a fresh meme. And there’s lots, plus I add new one’s almost every day. I have to admit, I love the meme format. It is particularly well-suited to today’s face-paced, high-demand lifestyle. The random meme is also easily shared to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, with a single click.

I have a few blogs, and they are:

My Personal Blog

My Poetry Blog

My Computing Blog

My Hot Rod and Motorcycle Pictures Blog

My Twitter

Y’all remember that it’s dangerous out there on the Internet all alone at night, so that’s another reason to drop on by one of my places! Well, that, and I need the advertising revenue! ROTFL »^.,.^« ttfn!

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June 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Stop Laser Weapons Now

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When we created nuclear weapons, we created the means to destroy all life on Earth. I think all people, even the developers, regret that aspect of the technology. I wonder if they had it to do over, with the understanding we have now, what would happen? And what if the public at the time, both allied and axis, had understood atomic weapons before hundreds of thousands died? How things might have been different…

We now stand at a similar crossroads in history. For many years we have developed and now are about to deploy laser and other directed-energy weapons (DEWs) for military use. The R & D efforts and approximate maturities of such weapons is a matter of public common knowledge, having been widely reported on for many years by reliable conventional media. While “we” the public don’t know exactly what’s under development, we do know it “is” being developed. We also know that this is a profoundly powerful technology, and we should know that there have to be significant ramifications and issues regarding the use or very existence of such weapons.

I think we all understand that a laser is light–highly concentrated, highly focused. And we all know that light travels really, really fast, and it continues to travel pretty much forever and ever. It may spread and thus significantly diminish in intensity, but theoretically, continues to travel until stopped by solid matter of some sort.

Pretty much any conventional light, even high-powered spotlights, don’t convey enough real energy to travel far in the atmosphere. Plus, they are wide-focus (if you please) compared to lasers, meaning the beam is much wider to start, and therefore spreads significantly as it travels outward from the source.

My point is simple: lasers suitable for destroying military targets will necessarily be of such highly-compounded power, and focused so tightly, that a beam fired into space could very well travel some enormous distance carrying still enough energy to damage life, technologies, ecosystems, of which we can’t conceive. Our DEW misfires could very conceivably interfere with chemical and physical processes that we do know, and we know many more similarly exist now in places we’re long yet to discover.

In cartoon form: someone fires a military-strength laser into space. It travels 1000 years, then encounters some planet lush with a fragile, single-cell, algae-type organism. In an instant, we stun and kill all the organisms on one side of the plant. A world-wide famine ensues, with those primitive thinking creatures at the food chain top hit hardest. They then spend the next 2000 years developing the technology to hunt down and destroy whatever planet and species responsible.

This sounds purposefully silly, but to make a point: we need to have a world-wide moratorium on all Directed Energy Weapons and a thorough discussion before anyone proceeds to deploy these weapons.

I hope this doesn’t sound like a paranoid kook, or too far-fetched to believe possible. I used to write missile, radar and satellite software, and I kind of know just a little about lasers as a side interest. I sincerely think that this may be the most important issue of our time.

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January 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy Hacked on Facebook

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Think you have a great Facebook password? Let’s hope so!

The website of French daily 20 Minutes reports that the president’s Official facebook page had been hacked Sunday evening (1/23/2010). The intruder posted a bogus message from Sarkozy announcing he had decided not to run for re-election in 2012. President Sarkozy said the announcement was “a little hasty,” as he has not yet decided whether to seek a second term.

President Sarkozy took the incident in stride, saying it had happened “perhaps to remind me that no system is infallible.” He jokingly used the opportunity to poke fun at the many spelling and punctuation mistakes in the fake message.

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Now folks, we have to think the president of France has some pretty good computer security people on staff, but it looks like they need to provide the president much better password policies, and the assistance to follow them.

If you’re not sure about your online passwords, here are several excellent references that will ensure your accounts are more secure than the President of France’s!

University of Chicago: Safe Computing

Wikipedia: Password policy

The Simplest Security: A Guide To Better Password Practices

Create strong passwords

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January 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

“Imagine there’s no heaven…No hell below us” –John Lennon

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Imagine there’s no heaven or hell. Whether of not an afterlife exists, and–if so–its nature, is a commom thread of inquiry, debate, even contention.

If we consider nearly any religion’s, culture’s or group’s beliefs about heaven or hell, we find one single thing they all have in common: whatever it is, it is forever — eternal — extending from the present (or before) to the “end of time.”

So maybe heaven and hell are actually the same place–Eternity. Whether or not you believe we’ll have some sort or spiritual or physical body, we will at least have memory and conscisousness. If we have to spend forever knowing, and thinking and facing every last little thing we did while on earth, it could be either Heaven or Hell.

To ensure it’s our Heaven, we must find a way to fully reconcile our life here and now with what we know is simply right. We must achieve a clear conscious in order to enter Eternity. And to “be” Eternal, we must perfect at least one godly trait: Patience.

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January 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

Family Photos — Hot Rod Show

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Here’s Jon & Roland with the cars and people of the Lonestar Roundoup Custom Car and Hot Rod Show this past April 2010.

For many more great pictures of Hot Rods, please visit HotRodPix.us.

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November 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm