Why I quit all social media.

I hit the “dislike” button on social media

Recently I closed all my social media accounts. There are many reasons why I did this:

  • I am not (currently) trying to make money from the internet. So, I get no benefit from attracting an audience on social media.
  • I have my own websites to publish whatever I wish, and don’t need social media to express myself.

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WSOP Online Poker in NV: No Fun, No Money

I play using the uber-hipster, totally original screenname “chrissalmon”

Since I live at Lake Tahoe (South Shore), I was hoping to find a place to play poker that didn’t require me to drive to Reno. Harvey’s Hotel and Casino here in Stateline has a poker room, but it’s only got the same 6 or 8 guys in it every night, who all know each other.  When you walk up you the table to play, you definitely feel like a combination outsider and meat being examined before put in the grinder.  Plus, you’re obviously in someone else’s social club when you’re at their table, the conversation detours around you as things and people you know nothing about are discussed.  Don’t get me wrong – they’re polite and nice and all!  But you just know that, well – you just don’t belong there.  They’ve turned to room into their little social club and strangers who swing by to play are there to help pay for their club.

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The first piece of new music in years.

Here’s a piece of music that is basically just a percussion framework to build on.  I’ve gotten WAY into Kpop lately and it has been super inspirational!  So I’ve decided to get back into regular music practice and composing.  This is my first little bit of music, it’s not much, in fact I don’t like parts of the bass line very much, but it’s a work in progress.

Don’t Believe Everyone Complaining About Twitter Harassment

There’s a strange Twitter scam being played on the public by some celebrities.  I’ve seen it 3 times in the last few years.  Only famous people do it, because only they would benefit from it.  I’ll tell you what I personally witnessed.  The first person I saw do this is a well-known pornstar, so let’s just call her that, because I don’t want to use any of these people’s real names.  I’m not trying to make a public splash with this, or get into a personal fight with anyone.  I just want other Twitter users to know this goes on.
So I was following Pornstar because I was a fan of hers before this.  This was when I first started using Twitter all the time, which was only a couple years ago.  Reading her tweets, she often got into fights with people harassing her.  Calling her names,

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Today’s recipe – shredded chicken Tex-Mex

Todays recipe is my easy version of shredded chicken Tex-Mex style.  My son and I are going to ski and lift weights all week so I’m making a big batch of it.

Boneless, skinless frozen chicken breast

Start with boneless, skinless chicken breast, boil in water with a bit of salt until just cooked (white) all through.

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Creating a Python workspace in MacOS Sierra v.10.12.6

Making yourself a workspace on your Mac to start writing Python code doesn’t even seem necessary at first glance, since Python comes with MacOS X. It’s true that Python does come preinstalled on a Mac. But, that install turns out to be rather useless for coding in Python. Apple may not keep the runtime environment up to date, but when they do upgrade the OS, the upgrade may wipe out all the site packages you’ve added to the preinstalled version of Python. Also, adding third party libraries to the system version of Python is a repetitive pain of telling your Mac it’s OK every time and making sure all permissions end up in correct mode. Furthermore, at the current time (August, 2017) there are two versions of Python in heavy use, 2.7 and 3.6. Python v.3.6 is not backward compatible with code written for 2.7 – which is a lot of code! And Python v.2.7 will not run all code written for 3.6 – also a lot of code, and the current and growing version. As you dig into creating your Python coding environment properly for you Mac, you find out that you’ll need to have 3 (at minimum) versions of Python running. The system version, the 2.7 version, and the 3.6 version – and that these need to be kept isolated from one another so libraries and packages for one don’t mix in and corrupt those for another. The system version needs to be left alone, exactly as any apps or system software that might need it expects it to be. Libraries and packages and environment for 2.7 and for 3.6 are incompatible and require isolation from each other. System wide sharing of one Python environment is not possible.
The folks writing documentation and instruction for Python users have a fuzzy consensus for the basics of what a solution for this looks like. It involves installing Xcode, an Apple IDE that has some tools you need; Homebrew, a third party package manager; using that to install fresh new copies of Python v.2.7 and v.3.6; pip, a Python package manager that comes with Python 3.6 as pip3 but a different version, pip2 needs manual install for Python 2.7; virtualenv, a tool to create virtual environments that are like separate shells that can’t see inside each other for the two Python versions you’ll be coding in; virtualenvwrapper which is an ease-of-use wrapper around virtualenv; pyenv, which is like a new version of virtualenv that comes with Python3. Along the way of installing these different pieces of software you’ll be making changes to your .bash_profile with additions to the PATH environmental variable, add a new environmental variable called WORKON_HOME and you’ll initialize virtualenvwrapper and pyenv. You’ll make a directory to hold your virtual environments called ~/.virtualenvs and you’ll create and activate a couple of virtual environments. Once that’s done you’ll go inside each these virtual environments and add whatever tools and libraries and packages you want for your Python programming convenience and needs. And that brings up a flaw you will run into – you can’t really run IDLE, the sort of basic, no frills free IDE that many use for writing Python, from within these virtual environments. IDLE wants a different version of Tkint, the tcl/tk language and libraries than what comes included in the Python installation packages, where it’s hard-coded. Outside the virtual environments you can install the correct version, but IDLE can’t see outside the virtual shell and won’t see it. You can’t install it inside the virtual environment, for reasons I’m frankly not very clear on, I just know it didn’t work by any of the usual methods when I tried, and many others have brought up this issue. You can add a flag (—system-site-packages) to virtualenv to make outside packages visible when you make a new virtual environment, but I didn’t like that. I don’t like IDLE very much either, so rather than spend time figuring out why it doesn’t run without complaining about Tkint, I just downloaded a different, nicer IDE called PyCharm which runs just fine – you just give each project the path to the Python version inside the virtual environment you want for that project, and everything’s copacetic.

I did not go into great detail in this article, no step-by-step “now type this and press enter” type stuff. I feel that would be very redundant, since there are several such scripted installation how-to’s already published – I used some of them myself. But for the convenience of cst’s readers and website visitors, I bookmarked the sites I went to as I was figuring all this out – here they are:

Add Color to the Terminal in Mac OS X

Installing Python 2 And Python 3 Alongside Each Other On Apple Mac Os X With Virtualenv And Virtualenvwrapper | Joe Bergantine | Designer

add python 2.7 to path mac – Google Search

osx – How to setup python path for 2.7 on mac? – Stack Overflow

sitecustomize.py and usercustomize.py mechanisms – Google Search

site – Site-wide configuration – Python Module of the Week

Python Imports — Reference Pages 0.2 documentation

Installing Python 2 on Mac OS X — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python

osx – Add to python path mac os x – Stack Overflow

4. Using Python on a Macintosh — Python 2.7.13 documentation

mac os x software update – Google Search

Check and Install Mac OS X Software Updates from the Terminal

running python 2.7 and 3.6 on mac os x – Google Search

osx – Switch between python 2.7 and python 3.5 on Mac OS X – Stack Overflow

Homebrew — The missing package manager for macOS

Installation — Homebrew

osx – Installing Python 2.7 and 3.6 Side by Side on Mac – Stack Overflow

Installing Python 2 And Python 3 Alongside Each Other On Apple Mac Os X With Virtualenv And Virtualenvwrapper | Joe Bergantine | Designer

Installing Python 2 And Python 3 Alongside Each Other On Apple Mac Os X With Virtualenv And Virtualenvwrapper | Joe Bergantine | Designer

Install Python3 on OS X, virtualenv & virtualenvwrapper

Install Python 2.7, virtualenv and virtualenvwrapper on OS X

Command Reference — virtualenvwrapper 4.7.3.dev12 documentation

28.3. venv — Creation of virtual environments — Python 3.4.7rc1 documentation

How do I edit $PATH (.bash_profile) on OSX? – Stack Overflow

Hathaway

How to Add a New Path to PATH at Command Line the Right Way

Add Color to the Terminal in Mac OS X

bash – Setting PATH environmental variables in OSX permanently – Stack Overflow

Report and test regarding cst.net website rebirth.

I’ve put in a lot of time on this website over the last 3 days, thought it might not look like it just yet. But behind the pages at the front a lot is going on, and I am very, very happy with the progress I’ve made on it. This post should be copied over to my social media accounts, cross posted over there. So this is a test to see if that is working. I am also testing a contact form.

Unfortunately I bought a little visual editor for wordpress that sounded good, the demo was good, but after a few hours everything it had touched stated turning to shit. I went through it’s code and the code it produced for hours cleaning it up by hand, I would think I had fixed it, then soon back to garbage. Searching on the internet showed that this was once a well known and popular piece of software, selling over 100,000 units in the last 8 years, but it’s gone straight to hell for the last year. TONS of people are having the same problems that I experienced, and there is no fixing it. Apparently the original author has skipped and is not where to be found. To make it worse, I bought a bunch of add-ons and extensions to it when it was working so well at first, thinking it was going to be my new favorite website production tool. But no, it was just me getting ripped off by the computer industry – AGAIN. It’s unbelievable how much of this kind of thing goes on in the computer business, it really and truly is. Can you imagine buying a car, but it’s so shitty that you have to put it in the garage and install upgrades and add-ons and such to it every few months?? That they sold you a car so insecure that if you don’t take it in and let them switch out all the locks and security every few weeks, someone will just drive off in it one night? No one would put up with that from auto manufacturers. Yet that is EXACTLY what customers have grown to EXPECT from the computer business! We just bow our heads in shame because we know inside, even if we try to hide from it, that we are letting them rip us off and abuse us in return for giving them huge amounts of our money. We all know it’s wrong! But we have to have a computer and a smartphone, so we submit to the abuse like a beaten slave scared to say a word. We’re beyond not standing up for ourselves and meekly accepting what the tech industry does to us.. no, WE are the ones who are scared we might make them angry if we put up a fight about it! What if they cut our cell phone service off?!?

It’s gotten ridiculous around here.