2017-08-29

Moto: 2001 Yamaha FZ1 Startup After Wiring Harness Replacement


Chasing down some electrical gremlins on my bike I bought a low mileage used wiring harness off of eBay (2005 FZ1 with 1444 miles) for $45 (brand new was $560) and installed it.  I basically stripped off the bodywork and started unplugging the old harness and plugging in the new one.  As I moved towards the front I would pull out the old harness up to the next plugs and rout the new one in.  I was able to do this job without removing anything but the bodywork and lifting the tank.

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2017-08-18

The Davis Experience: Livia Nestrovski and Fred Ferreira Perform at The Cannery Amphitheater



So sorry about the poor lighting, the park lights didn't come on until the very last song.  Beautiful music and the first time I think that anyone has actually performed in our neighborhood's little Amphitheater.

Livia Nestrovski, voice, and Fred Ferreira, electric guitar, have been prominently singled out among the new generation of Brazil’s jazz and experimental artists, participating in projects that highlight them both individually and as a duo.

https://duoliviafred.com



AT (After Trump): Arnold Educates Nazism


I'd take Ahnold at this point.

2017-08-17

Current Events: Rep. John Garamendi Speaks At Davis Unity Rally



Was only able to be there at the beginning of the rally but did shoot a video of Rep. Garamendi's speech for those who are interested in seeing it. I wish I would have gotten Mayor Davis' speech too; his was more to my taste.

This was my first time seeing him speak and felt like a speech that would fit better in the Reagan era. There is very little political risk for him to come out and speak tough against Trump kind of a no-brainer for him to show up. As mentioned the lack of substance was clear; I also didn't like the bungling the MLK quote, and how many times did he need to say "please" to Trump.

2017-08-16

AT (After Trump): Personification of "Unkempt" Attends Trump Press Conference


It is hard enough to understand Trump in the best of circumstances; Let alone with the personification of the word "unkempt" standing awkwardly in the background.

Jesus man... comb your hair, tie your tie correctly and get a suit that fits.

2017-08-15

Current Events: Davis Phoenix Coalition Unity Rally


Davis Phoenix Coalition: Unity Rally


Show support for the people of Charlottesville and demonstrate that Davis will always stand against hate.

*If you are an organization working to end bigotry and violence please bring information to the rally and add your name in the comments to show your support.*

We know the division in our nation is reflected in our community and unity is a tall order, but as an organization that strives to build bridges not walls we are every hopeful and will continue to reach out.

Program:
Emcee Lucas Frerichs Council member city of Davis
Welcome Gloria Partida Co-chair Davis Phoenix Coalition
Tracy Tomasky Co-chair Davis Phoenix Coalition
Speaker Robb Davis Mayor City of Davis
Kate Mellon-Anibaba Statement of Love
Performance Esmeralda Raya
Speaker Anoosh Jorjorian Director Rainbow Families
Hailey, Emma, Elly Student Voices
Rabi Greg Wolfe Bet Haverim
Gary S. May Chancellor UCD
Performance Nathalie Minya

2017-08-14

Music: Repairing Willie Nelson's Trigger


Since I first saw it on an Austin City Limits concert I have been intrigued by Willie Nelson's guitar. Here is a cool video made by the guy charged with maintaining "Trigger."


2017-08-04

MotoGP: Rossi on the Death of Angel Nieto


"For me the incredible of Angel (Nieto) is the amount of power that he have still at 70 years old. I think last week his mother turned 100 years and is still in a good shape. So also for this reason is a great shame. Because he is still a... I remember one time in Ibiza, one night we go out together for dinner; I think maybe 10 years ago or less and after we go at the party. I remember at five o'clock (AM) I was destroyed and I want to go to sleep and Angel said to me, "No, stay here don't go to sleep we have to go in another place!" And I say fuck... he is 65 and is still at the maximum so I think this is the best of Angel."

~Valentino Rossi

2017-07-27

Of Interest: Artificial Intelligence Has No Use For Human Language


This article scares me.

Digital Journal: Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language

BY JAMES WALKER     JUL 21, 2017

An artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook has created its own language. It developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. Researchers shut the system down when they realized the AI was no longer using English. The observations made at Facebook are the latest in a long line of similar cases. In each instance, an AI being monitored by humans has diverged from its training in English to develop its own language. The resulting phrases appear to be nonsensical gibberish to humans but contain semantic meaning when interpreted by AI "agents."

Negotiating in a new language

As Fast Co. Design reports, Facebook's researchers recently noticed its new AI had given up on English. The advanced system is capable of negotiating with other AI agents so it can come to conclusions on how to proceed. The agents began to communicate using phrases that seem unintelligible at first but actually represent the task at hand.

In one exchange illustrated by the company, the two negotiating bots, named Bob and Alice, used their own language to complete their exchange. Bob started by saying "I can i i everything else," to which Alice responded "balls have zero to me to me to me…" The rest of the conversation was formed from variations of these sentences.

While it appears to be nonsense, the repetition of phrases like "i" and "to me" reflect how the AI operates. The researchers believe it shows the two bots working out how many of each item they should take. Bob's later statements, such as "i i can i i i everything else," indicate how it was using language to offer more items to Alice. When interpreted like this, the phrases appear more logical than comparable English phrases like "I'll have three and you have everything else."

English lacks a "reward"

The AI apparently realised that the rich expression of English phrases wasn’t required for the scenario. Modern AIs operate on a "reward" principle where they expect following a sudden course of action to give them a "benefit." In this instance, there was no reward for continuing to use English, so they built a more efficient solution instead.

"Agents will drift off from understandable language and invent code-words for themselves," Fast Co. Design reports Facebook AI researcher Dhruv Batra said. "Like if I say 'the' five times, you interpret that to mean I want five copies of this item. This isn't so different from the way communities of humans create shorthands."

AI developers at other companies have observed a similar use of "shorthands" to simplify communication. At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Elon Musk, an experiment succeeded in letting AI bots learn their own languages.

AI language translates human ones

In a separate case, Google recently improved its Translate service by adding a neural network. The system is now capable of translating much more efficiently, including between language pairs that it hasn’t been explicitly taught. The success rate of the network surprised Google's team. Its researchers found the AI had silently written its own language that's tailored specifically to the task of translating sentences.

If AI-invented languages become widespread, they could pose a problem when developing and adopting neural networks. There's not yet enough evidence to determine whether they present a threat that could enable machines to overrule their operators.

They do make AI development more difficult though as humans cannot understand the overwhelmingly logical nature of the languages. While they appear nonsensical, the results observed by teams such as Google Translate indicate they actually represent the most efficient solution to major problems.


2017-07-25

Real-time Operations: Substation Simulator


The only time I get to play with real control panels in real-time operations is during training on our very cool substation simulator. Otherwise it's all at the click of a mouse anymore.

2017-07-19

Music: Nine Inch Nails - This Isn't The Place


I'd Operate That...



Upper portion:
• TOLERANCE / BIAS
– is set to BIAS
• COMPLEXITY (MANUAL / ADAPTIVE / MAXIMUM)
– is set to ADAPTIVE
• ABSOLUTE /CONDITIONAL
– is set to ABSOLUTE
• D.O.F. (1 – 8)
– is set to 6
• WEAK / STRONG
– is set to STRONG
• PRESENCE
– gauge around the midpoint (3.0 / 44)
– there are four unused inputs
• S.A.S.C.
– reads +007516M
• EVENT INTENSITY
– is set to about a third (01 / -40)

Lower portion:
• BIAS
– is illegible, possibly broken. There is also a screw missing.
• STRUCTURE
– is on
• FUNCTION
– is off
• APPERCEPTION (GRASP / SENSE / OBLIVION)
– is set to max: OBLIVION
• SATISFACTION (INERTIA / STRIVE / SELF DESTRUCT)
– is set to min: INERTIA
• MORALE (INTEGRATE / ISOLATE / DISRUPT)
– is set to mid: ISOLATE
• DISORDER (EVOLVE / STALL / REGRESS)
– is set to max: REGRESS
• SUBMISSION (PINION / RESTRAIN / RELEASE)
– is set to mid: RESTRAIN
• CONTROL
– MONITORING WORLD ARCHIVE (IDLE / CYCLE)
• is set to IDLE
• EVENT ADVANCEMENT
– SHORT TERM RESET (ARCHIVE / DELETE)
- are both inactive
– KDSV TYPE
- reads +07
• DEVIATION
– reads 05122
• EST TERMINATE EVENT
– reads 02022
• ANXIETY
– gauge is around two thirds (18 / .7)
– ADVANCED SELF AWARENESS
- is off
– AMPLIFY CHAOS
- is on
– there are four unused inputs
• ENGAGE
– is off
• SIMULATION ON
– is on
• OFF / MANUAL / ADD VIOLENCE / AUTO
– dial is hovering indecisively between MANUAL / ADD VIOLENCE
• RESET
– is inactive

#NIN #thisisnttheplace #realtimeops #addviolence

AT (After Trump): Kid Rock 2020


If you don't think it can't happen you're not paying attention.

2017-07-12

Real-time Operations: Bobcat Causes Kansas Outage


Now that's something you don't see every day...
#realtimeops


Bobcat Responsible for Kansas Power Outage

A power outage in southwest Kansas was found to be caused by a bobcat.
The Wichita Eagle reports that a crew from Wheatland Electric found the bobcat atop a 35-foot utility pole on Tuesday near Lakin. The animal came into contact with a pair of electrified lines and died immediately.

The line crew had used a bucket truck to take the dead bobcat and evaluate the electrical equipment for any further damage.

Wheatland had contacted the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism office in Pratt once power had been restored.

The department has dispatched a game warden from Deerfield to assess the electrification.




2017-07-11

Real-time Operations: Temperature Restrictions


Finding new and creative ways to let your co-worker know that their planned work is going to be outside of temperature restrictions. #realtimeops #kennyloggins #dangerzone #topgun #weather

2017-07-10

Real-time Operations: Lineman Appreciation Day


The linemen, electricians and techs are the eyes, ears and hands of the system operator in the field. Their experience plays a big role in troubleshooting and making sure that everyone comes home safely. Thanks for everything you do!

#realtimeops #thankalineworker

2017-07-06

The Davis Experience: Mayor Robb Davis


The Mayor of Davis is atypical of what I think of as a Mayor in a good way.

Davis Vanguard: Hate and Hospitality

By Robb Davis

Three Vignettes:

One: A dying village on the edge of the Sahara. We arrive late in the day to assess the nutritional status of children.  The village well is drying up.  They will have to leave soon. They offer us tea.  The village is devoid of animals… except for one chicken.  They ask “Do you eat chicken?” We say “No… please.  We do not eat chicken.”  They slaughter the bird—the last.  We eat with our heads hung low: honored guests feeling the burden of that honor.

Two: A street outside the airport in Islamabad.  My UN flight diverted from Peshawar on my way out of Mazar Esharif.  Ill from the effects of the harsh winter on the steppes leading to Uzbekistan. I am lost, with no idea how to get “home.”  He approaches and offers help.  He takes my hand, hails a taxi, ushers me in, rides with me chatting about the City.  Miles across town—a place I could not have found—he places me on a bus.  Pays the taxi and the bus fare, and tells the bus driver where to drop me in Peshawar.  We hug in parting and never meet again.

Three: A Masjid in Davis, CA.  Children play outside in the Ramadan night.  A car approaches, and tosses sheets of a torn up Qur’an at their feet.  His/her face is not known.  The car is not identified.  The children rush to tell their parents and they shake their heads in sad wonder at the purpose of such an act.

Two Points:

One: I learned of hospitality in places deep within the “Muslim world.”  I could multiply these vignettes by dozens and they would only scratch the surface of how my life was altered as I learned that hospitality is not merely a cup of tea or a meal shared, but rather the opening of one’s heart to the stranger.  I can never be the same for having experienced that kind of hospitality. My only hope is that I can offer the same.

Two: A hate incident is the opposite of hospitality.  It is the closing of a heart.  It is saying: “You are not welcome here.  Your kind has no place here.”  When it occurs we see those at whom it is directed made to feel unwelcome.  We see them doubt their place among us.  We see them shrink back into the shadows.

One Vignette:

We sit behind the masjid after prayers as Ramadan comes to an end. We share a simple meal.  We come together to challenge the hate by acts of mutual hospitality.  I say “You are welcome here” (such a small gesture).  They serve me food.  We are human together. My interlocutors are from Kazakhstan, the Kurdish region of Iraq, Morocco, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the United States.  There is no rush.  There are many smiles.  And as the cool evening flows through us I wonder whether we can all agree to counter the hate via the day to day opening of our hearts; with the quotidian sharing of ourselves; with the dispensing of the kind of hospitality I was blessed to receive over all those years in all those places.

Robb Davis is the Mayor of Davis

2017-07-04

Music: Ben Folds All U Can Eat


On the 4th of July I always tend to think of this Ben Folds Lyric:
God made us number one because he loves us the best

Well he should go bless someone else for a while
Give us a rest


All U Can Eat - Ben Folds

Son, look at all the people in this restaurant
What do you think they weigh?
And out the window to the parking lot
At their SUV's taking all the space

They give no fuck
They talk as loud as they want
They give no fuck
Just as long as there's enough for them

Gonna get on the microphone down at Wal-Mart
Talk about some shit that's been on my mind
Talk of the state of this great nation of ours
People look to your left

Yeah, look to your right
They give no fuck
They buy as much as they want
They give no fuck

Just as long as there's enough for them
Son, look at the people lining up for plastic
Wouldn't you like to see them in the National Geographic?
Squatting bare assed in the dirt eating rice from a bowl

With a towel on their head, and maybe a bone in their nose
See that asshole with the peace sign on his license plate?
Giving me the finger and running me out of his lane
God made us number one because he loves us the best

Well he should go bless someone else for a while
Give us a rest
(They give no)

Yeah, and everyone can see
(They give no)
We've eaten all that we can eat

2017-07-03

Current Events: Happy 4th Of July


This afternoon I thought it would be fun to have "G" make a Fourth of July themed project so I got some paper, red and blue paint and some brushes; put on some traditional "patriotic" music and told her to paint the way the music sounded. Looking at it this evening I found myself liking less and less the genesis of the work. I then spent a while writing in a bit of the famous Carl Sagan passage from "The Pale Blue Dot" onto her artwork. I thought that on a day like tomorrow where we are supposed to be celebrating America's exceptionalism (what's left of it) that we start moving past the pettiness of that concept of U S A and start to see ourselves as one very fortunate human race. Happy 4th everyone. I'll have hell to pay for ruining G's picture tomorrow .

“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand."

Funny: PDL Anti-Crime Dog

Poorly Drawn Lines

That's Bedtime Moron!


2017-07-01

Music: Two New Tunes (The XX and Moog)

 

Here are two new songs that are heavy in the rotation right now:

"I Dare You" by a well established band The XX:



"Parachute (feat. Glenn Cunningham)" By Moog (a co-host on a popular YouTube car show Mighty Car Mods)



If you want to watch the episode of the show that I found the song on you can find it below.

2017-06-11

Music: Counting Crows "Like Teenage Gravity" (Kasey Anderson & The Honkies Cover)


Today in my "on this day" feed on Facebook I shared a (now dead) link to an article Counting Crows: Adam Duritz Talks Underwater Sunshine (similar article from the time):

I've been a fan of Counting Crows since 1991 it's been a while since they released an album so its no surprise that the faded to the background of my musical consciousness. They do have a new album of covers that came out this year (I just realized this). Basically anyone who has downloaded some of their live shows or have seen them live a number of times will not be wowed by these covers. They are pretty much Counting Crows standards. One song that does stand out is "Like Teenage Gravity" by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies' Kasey Anderson. I like the Counting Crows version but it really just makes me want to learn more about the other band. Great song though do a little googling and check out either version you won't be disappointed :-)

June 11, 2012 at 5:05pm



I took my own advice in that post and googled the song and found the above video which is has some great B&W cinematography to it and the song still stands up so I decided to share it.  I hope you like it as well!  For good measure find the original version below.

2017-06-05

Real-time Operations: My "Case of the Mondays"


Me: How's it going?

Person: Another day in paradise.

This is my; "Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays."



And because this made me think of it here is Phil Collins singing "Another Day."

2017-06-03

2016-10-09 Music: New (and Old) Music I'm Enjoying Right Now



1. Perfume Genius - Slip Away
2. Halsey - Eyes Closed
3. Astrid S – Breathe
4. Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
5. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
6. Big Sean - Bounce Back
7. T.I. - I Believe
8. J Cole - High For Hours
9. Lorde - Perfect Places
10. Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles ft. Gucci Mane
11. The Weeknd – Starboy
12. Broken Bells - The High Road
13. Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
14. U2 - Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
15. Judah & The Lion - Suit and Jacket
16. Gavin James – Nervous
17. Rihanna - Higher
18. MS MR - Hurricane
19. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
20. MØ - Drum
21. DJ Mustard, Nicki Minaj, Jeremih - Don't Hurt Me
22. Lana Del Rey – Love
23. Hiromi - Spark

2017-05-24

AT (After Trump): The President Visits The Pope

The New York Times: With Gift and in Conversation, Vatican Presses Trump on Climate Change

"Around 8:20 a.m., under a crystalline blue sky, the president’s motorcade rolled into the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, where ostrich-feather-plumed Swiss Guards saluted as Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, stepped out of an armored limousine.

A few minutes before Mr. Trump’s visit, the pope arrived at the palace in a blue Ford Focus. He stepped out of the car and walked into a side entrance."

Inset caption here...

2017-05-20

AT (After Trump): Mueller & Comey

Image Source: Politico

Politico: What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey


It is as if, after having an unrelated disagreement over movie trivia in a bar, Trump has challenged Usain Bolt to a 100-yard dash or John Cena to a cage match to the death.

2017-05-18

Music: Chris Cornell's Inspiration For "Spoonman"



Been thinking about this song since Chris Cornell's death. Searching the internet I found this very cool interview with Artis the Spoonman – the legendary street musician who jammed with Zappa and inspired Soundgarden.

2017-05-17

AT (After Trump): Where is The Nationalist Trupm?


The New York Times: Erdogan Security Forces Launch ‘Brutal Attack’ on Washington Protesters, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, including his government security forces and several armed individuals, violently charged a group of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence here on Tuesday night in what the police characterized as “a brutal attack.”

Eleven people were injured, including a police officer, and nine were taken to a hospital, the Metropolitan Police chief, Peter Newsham, said at a news conference on Wednesday. Two Secret Service agents were also assaulted in the melee, according to a federal law enforcement official.

The State Department condemned the attack as an assault on free speech and warned Turkey that the action would not be tolerated. “We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms,” said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman.

A group of Republican lawmakers went a step further, calling the episode an “affront to the United States” and calling for Turkey to apologize.

Where is the nationalist Trupm when Erdogan's security detail forget what country they are in and decide to attack protesters exercising their right to assemble and their right to free speech? Maybe offering his "hock colster" to the Turkish leader?

There's an overturned stroller towards the end of the video... nice...

2017-05-15

Me N Mom

It was one month ago today (4/15/17) that my Mom passed away.

The trip home was a blur, too much stuff to square away before I had to return to California. Each night, the moments waiting to fall asleep in the hospital bed that had become my Mother's; invited tears to be stifled. I had to go back to Chicago the day of the funeral (flying out the next morning) so I stopped at her grave on the way out of town and spent some time alone there. It was the only real time that I had the opportunity to feel everything. After a while I thought to take a photo of this very real moment so I would have it to reflect on in the future. She is gone... I am here...

2017-05-10

AT (After Trump): Sitting Congressman Joins Justice Democrats



Rep. Ro Khanna; A Democratic Congressman for California's 17th District (south San Francisco Bay area) joined the Justice Democrat wing of the party.  This marks the first sitting Congressman to join the 3-month old movement. Khanna is one of only six members of Congress who doesn't take campaign contributions from Political Action Committees.

The Justice Democrats are a political action committee was founded on January 23, 2017, by Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk, and former leadership from the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. The organization, formed as a result of the 2016 United States presidential election, has a stated goal of reforming the Democratic Party by running "a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member of Congress and rebuild the [Democratic] party from scratch" starting in the 2018 Congressional midterm elections. The Justice Democrats have been described as attempting to create a left-wing populist movement analogous to the right-wing Tea Party movement.

Add this to the two candidates (thus far) that they will be running in the 2018 primaries and it appears that the group is wasting no time working towards their objectives.

2017-05-09

Real-time Operations: Awww Poor Baby


This subject line is entirely reasonable; But I immediately thought to myself, "sack up softie..."

AT (After Trump): The Resistance Has Begun


The take-over of the Democratic Party has begun!  Justice Democrats have already announced two candidates that will be running in the Democratic primaries to unseat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia (basically a corporate Republican in Democrat's clothing) and absentee Rep. Lacy Clay of Missouri's 1st District.  Watch their videos below, these are not your typical candidates.  They are like you and like me, and they are representative of the communities they will serve.  They will not be taking corporate donations and that means that the campaigning will need to start now and it will need to be strong to overcome these establishment Democrats.  Please share with people that you know all over the country but especially in Missouri and West Virginia and donate to support the new political revolution.  Lets take back our government from the elite minority and return it to the masses where it belongs.

2017-03-29

Moto: Can't Beat The Blue


I like my co-worker's choice in moto, he picked up a 2002 SV650 that looks a lot like my old bike.  My 2001 FZ1 color is almost exactly the same.



My 2002 SV650s back in the day.