Depressing

The cool people from my generation ended up doing a disproportionate amount of the work of defining contemporary popular culture, but, if Kavanaugh is anything to go by, the worst assholes of my generation will get to do an even more disproportionate amount of the work of defining contemporary political culture.

Me and all my friends back in the late seventies and early eighties knew plenty of jerks like Kavanaugh, and the thought that even one of them might end up on the Supreme Court is, well, disheartening (to put it mildly).

Alas, there are lots of Kavanaughs (and their enablers) running things these days.

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Nikon D700 CHA (CHR) error fix I figured out

I bought a (well) used D700 off eBay recently. The original seller reported frustration with CF Card errors, which probably saved me $150 on the price.

The camera, once I got it, seemed OK, but was having a lot of problems writing to the CF cards reliably. Sometimes there’d be a ‘CHA’ error that would clear with an off-on cycle, but other times the camera would fail to see any of the previously taken pictures after the restart.

Other times the error manifested as weird characters on the drive; several times the camera formatted the drive with the name “NIKKN D700”, a few times it said “NIKON D300.” I saw some pics with the extension “.NAF” (instead of “.NEF”). Some cards appeared to ‘lose’ 4.3 Gigs of space to, well, nothing.

The Internet said that formatting the card using the camera’s Format feature was important, but I was trying that (without real success). Other people said older SanDisk cards were problematic, so I ordered a Lexar card as suggested.

I didn’t pay the extra $4 for overnight, so I had some time to try other things, and I hit something that worked.

Nikon CF cards use the MS-DOS(FAT32) format, and I played with formatting them on my Mac, but that didn’t help (even after re-formatting them on the camera). It then occurred to me that the camera might only be doing a ‘light’ format. To force the camera into doing a deeper format, I used the Mac to put an ExFAT format on the cards.

When I pop those in to the camera, the camera doesn’t even try to read them, it just reports “For” (for Format). Running a Format on the card resulted in a card that worked fine.

Perfectly fine. Even the oldest SanDisks I have work fine.

Result.

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Hitchcock knew from scary pedophiles, apparently

7 (Though at the time he was still a church-going Catholic, Hitchcock's attitude may be illustrated by this anecdote.) Driving through a Swiss city one day, Hitchcock suddenly pointed out of the car window and said, "That is the most frightening thing I have ever seen." His companion was surprised to see nothing more alarming than a priest in conversation with a little boy, his hand on the child's shoulder. "Run little boy," cried Hitchcock, leaning out of the car. "Run for your life!"

From the Alfred Hitchcock section of
“The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes”

From the Alfred Hitchcock section of “The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes”

7 (Though at the time he was still a church-going Catholic, Hitchcock’s attitude may be illustrated by this anecdote.)
Driving through a Swiss city one day, Hitchcock suddenly pointed out of the car window and said, “That is the most frightening thing I have ever seen.” His companion was surprised to see nothing more alarming than a priest in conversation with a little boy, his hand on the child’s shoulder. “Run little boy,” cried Hitchcock, leaning out of the car. “Run for your life!”

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Remember your federal ABCDs

(Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions and Departments)

All of the four are being damaged by the current administration’s willful vandalism. It is important to try and reduce the damage as it is being done, which is right now, and it will be important to try and restore the functions of the ABCDs after this administration is gone.

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Snowy


It snowed yesterday

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Snow

Snowy

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The heater came on for a bit this a.m.

Winter begins.

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NYT Crossword dad-jokes

NYT Crossword dad-jokes

Um, ha ha?

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Simon Cowell is invited, by me, to go to hell

Please never watch another episode of “America’s Got Talent” this year.

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Scottie Nell Hughes is a horrible person.

I had no idea she was so terrible, what as I have never watched much cable news.

She was invited on to the first hour of The Diane Rehm show this a.m., but I don’t know why; it was supposed to be about journalism, and she demonstrated that she’s no journalist.

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