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29th-Jun-2030 12:45 pm - Future Post
I thought I'd add this future post, so it will always be at the top of my list as I've seen several people do. Feel free to use this as a place to send me general comments not related to my other posts posts, or request that I post some kind of information.  Also, now I'm adding links people may want to be able to reference quickly.

Persistent information:

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Just in case the world goes to hell:

( Comments will be screened, but I reserve the right to cut and paste them into a current dated entry of my own to start a topic unless you request otherwise. )
27th-Aug-2016 12:36 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Just finished running cat6 between my server and my computer room (opposite ends of the building) The garage ceiling looks like it's been eaten by large mice, but the wire works great.
15th-Aug-2016 05:30 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Ok, whatever deity has decide to pick on my mom's household tech, it's personal now. She doesn't deserve to have to replace a washer, dryer, hot water heater, AND furnace in the same month. Please see me (and the cat) outside by the bicycle rack, because we're going to have this out.
14th-Aug-2016 12:30 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Finally a maker-box, time to sign up!
13th-Aug-2016 02:49 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Time for a really warm shower and a bottle of Crystal Pepsi, ice cold..
4th-Aug-2016 03:15 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Why cant I own things with regular parts? I mean, it would be great to go to the hardware store with a bad valve and them have parts for it. Maybe I can turn my water back on soon.
29th-Jul-2016 10:39 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Yeah, I could see that
28th-Jul-2016 12:18 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I don't know if folks are aware of Bring Me That, it's like GrubHub but they have a lot more restaurants because they call the order in directly to the restaurant. I've had really good luck with them. http://ift.tt/2azaCoC - Use code f15ce9 and both of us will save $2. Not advertising them because of that though, I'm sharing because I really like them, and don't know if other people know about their service.
28th-Jul-2016 11:34 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Anyone know any reputable electricians who service Round Lake Beach? I need to add a 240v outlet for my dryer, and a 20a plug for my UPS.
26th-Jul-2016 10:19 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
There's the wire! Let there be Internet!!!
26th-Jul-2016 10:13 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Oh now I see my problem I forgot to hook up the invisible wire
26th-Jul-2016 10:09 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Gah, the one cable jack I want to use, is disconnected, and I can't figure out where.... there WILL be internet tonight one way or another
26th-Jul-2016 02:28 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I see all these kids sneaking around the neighborhood at 9 and 10 at night, they're easy to see, their shirts are lit up by the phones they're playing Pokemon on. I feel like driving by and high-fiving all of them.
26th-Jul-2016 09:35 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Anyone free on Saturday morning to help me load a bedroom set into a Uhaul, getting one passed on to me.
25th-Jul-2016 01:02 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I wish my neighbor paid for faster internet, or maybe they're just too far away.
25th-Jul-2016 12:55 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Day 2 at the Strange Attractor. Bought some essentials at Home Depot, got a Nest too. Cut and whittled a dowel to fit my closet so i have a rod to hang coats on. Just now fixed the non-working faucet diverter (the old one needed Dremel convincing to come off.) so I could take a good shower. Whee, home ownership.
23rd-Jul-2016 10:55 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
First night sleeping in my house. Almost feeling cold for the first time this summer... love central air!!!!!!!!
23rd-Jul-2016 08:17 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Wow, that was a tough day of moving, and I'm not done yet. Anyone free tomorrow later afternoon or next weekend to help me move more furniture? I think I'm going to have to extend my lease another month at the apartment to get it all done.
23rd-Jul-2016 10:15 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Kitties deployed
22nd-Jul-2016 07:06 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Yes, he's sleeping like this and snoring...
19th-Jul-2016 10:52 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
News report said that "Donald trump has claimed the mantle" .... I thought "Good, he can go live with the mole-men then." but unfortunately they weren't talking about layers of the Earth's crust.
18th-Jul-2016 08:34 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Will anyone be available this weekend on the 23rd or 24th to help me move stuff to my new place? I should have a good deal packed, and then the rest will be the next weekend, but I'd like to get the big furniture over this weekend.
17th-Jul-2016 05:46 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
hould be packing, I'm going to in a little bit, but this cold has just sucked all the energy out of me, even though I feel much better than I did Friday. Anyone who might want to drop by for moral support while I pack would be awesome, if anyone wants to help pack that would be cool too, but just not being here alone would help with my motivation.
16th-Jul-2016 04:43 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Level 5 .... yes me too.
15th-Jul-2016 12:12 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Testing cross-post please ignore.
15th-Jul-2016 12:12 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
My new place, home. It's nickname, is The Strange Attractor. (Inspired by Nomad calling his place the Event Horizon)
13th-Jul-2016 02:29 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
My new place, home. It's nickname, is The Strange Attractor. (Inspired by Nomad calling his place the Event Horizon)
12th-Jul-2016 11:25 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
That tool less time than expected. I have a house, more details later when I am not in a hot car in the middle of a parking lot
9th-Jul-2016 06:27 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Dear jerk driving the Lexus on 83. By the look on your face you understood, but just in case, that little ditty we were blasting out at the stoplight was by Dennis Leary, it's called Asshole.
9th-Jul-2016 01:31 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Officially, closing n Tuesday, the 12th. They tracked down the electrician who did the GFI replacement finally. I even offered to call him myself.
6th-Jul-2016 02:49 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Thunder and lightning! Back to bed, love these nights!
29th-Jun-2016 01:46 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Bank's website now says the closing estimate is on the 8th apparently.
29th-Jun-2016 08:22 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Still haven't heard from the bank if closing is for sure tomorrow or not. It's sooooo close!
26th-Jun-2016 12:14 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Just trying to find out where the token goes...
24th-Jun-2016 06:27 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Having a blast at Crossings Con!!!
23rd-Jun-2016 07:48 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
So last night I was going to "magic up" the kittie's pillows by putting a tiny dab of catnip oil on each of their pillows. The vial spilled, where I sleep, and now I'm absolutely coated in catnip smell (the vial I spilled was the equivalent of 2-3 acres of catnip concentrated to oil). I'm going to a con about fictional wizard's, maybe I'll attract a few cats to join us.
18th-Jun-2016 11:04 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
1000ft of Cat6 cable, and 25 wall-jacks acquired. Now all I need to do is close on the house. Muahahahaha.
6th-Jun-2016 09:13 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Such beautiful light and all I had to photograph was an automotive repair shop and a Burger King. Oh well, I liked the light.
6th-Jun-2016 12:07 am - Strange Attactor
I think I came across a name for my house today, inspired by Nomad's "Event Horizon" I will call mine "The Strange Attractor" ... it seems more than oddly fitting. Now to finish all the mortgage higgilypiggly and it will be mine. Only time now.
I know a few people only follow me on LJ, I wish I had a way to cross-post from G+ to FB and LJ but I haven't figured it out yet.

Anyway house plans are moving forward, should be closing on June 30th. Plenty of room to host parties, and maybe even a fire pit of some kind outdoors as well.
4th-May-2016 06:35 pm(no subject)
So, project "get a house" is moving forward, I did adulting today to prequalify for a mortgage, and was approved by the two places I went at good enough rates I don't know if I'll apply elsewhere. I have apparently adulted well enough the loan officer complimented me on my adulting, so that felt good.
3rd-Feb-2015 10:12 pm - Time Travel
So, I went to see a time travel movie tonight (Project Almanac) and a question after the movie got me thinking.

What would time travel really be like?

Let's leave how the machine works, motion of the Earth, power requirements, etc out of this. Instead let's focus on just the mechanics of time travel backwards.

Our time traveler, Bob has the ability to jump back in time 1 minute. He decides "I'm going to kill myself 1 minute ago, with a big knife" and jumps back in time. At the moment he jumps, a bubble of indeterminate time exists from when the machine was activated back one minute to it's destination. Indeterminate because for a path to exist through that bubble it has to have an outcome that forms a stable loop.

Obviously the path of going back, and killing himself, immediately erases itself, if he's dead he can't go back to kill himself. That loop isn't possible. It's almost a quantum state of the whole universe (or range of the possible ripples between endpoints most likely) that doesn't exist until the outcome is observed.

Now, If he goes back and doesn't fatally stab himself, the past him can jump back and attempt to stab himself again, if the injury is similar, it creates a loop where bob gets stabbed, and goes back to do the stabbing, emerging from the 1 minute loop stabbed. This could collapse to a stable path, and a known outcome.

I think of that bubble of time between endpoints as kind of this fuzzy lint-ball of the universe considering all possible outcomes simultaneously, until one doesn't erase itself, and continues past the point at which the jump started. Once a stable loop forms, that's the timeline that happened.

Jump 10 min and there are more possibilities and a bigger reach of effect. 1 day, even bigger, your whole life, a million years, even bigger, yet the timeline that emerges past the initial jump is the timeline that happens, it's the collapsed wave of the entire universe iterating through all possibilities until a stable state is found.

Is that just making sense in my head, or does that seem feasible?
21st-Jan-2014 08:59 am - Happy Birthday!!!
May foxes with bows, and nothing else rain on your head all day.
25th-Mar-2013 09:21 am(no subject)
furry cat
We had a work outing to a Brunswick Zone on Friday, and a coworker got some pictures of me in my new coat having fun with the Terminator game.

1st-Feb-2013 11:34 am - Ratha's Creature graphic novel
furry cat
This is one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid. It's about an intelligent cat who is a bit different, and how that difference isolates her, and later saves her tribe of cats. (don't want to give any spoilers). It's really a fantastic read. Not only pitch in on this kickstarter, but pick up the original book for your kids (or yourself, I still enjoy reading it as an adult).

28th-Jan-2013 04:26 pm - Odd Dreams
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I had this odd dream, that I was Neo from the matrix, but somehow everyone had forgotten I existed, so I went around trying to remind folks who I was, but nobody had any idea who I was. Even if I came back later, they didn't remember I had been there before.

What is this, Matrix meets Dr Who?

I didn't even eat anything interesting before bed, just apple pancakes and iced tea.
26th-Jan-2013 09:03 am - Return to LJ and Ratha Graphic Novel!
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Originally posted by rathacat at Return to LJ and Ratha Graphic Novel!
Hi everyone,

I'm back on LJ after being away for too long. I've been on other sites, such as Facebook, Google+, Deviant Art, Fur Affinity and others, but I've missed the LJ commuity. FurtherConfusion (FurCon) is also here, and I've been on-staff as Science Track Lead since 2010. Many furry fans and Ratha series readers are on LJ, and I've decided to check in and post on a regular basis.

What I've been up to in this last year is realizing a long-held dream: adapting Ratha's Creature,the First Book of the Named, as a graphic novel. More info below:

Ratha Graphic Novel Kickstarter Page Now Live

by Clare Bell

The Ratha Graphic Novel project continues to bound along its trail, jumping into 2013 with new announcements and accomplishments.
I am very proud to report that the Kickstarter page is now live at :


Please help us realize the dream of a Ratha's Creature Graphic Novel by pledging on Kickstarter. You can also spread the word by sharing it on your social networks and blogs.

The artists ( Dani Long, Lew Lashmit, Tod Wills), Sheila Ruth, and I have been intensely involved in creating the various parts of this very critical portion of the project. These include the Kickstarter page text, a wonderful video, a striking sample character (Thakur) reference sheet, and an amazing sample graphic novel page, lettered and fully inked and colored. Every time I see this, I am knocked clean off my paws by the skill and dedication that everyone has showed in creating it!

This reinforces my belief that working with artists drawn from the Ratha fan community is working out well, far beyond our hopes. The unusual synergy and community I mentioned before continues to flourish, nurturing not only the participants but the spirit of the project. I hope this creative luminescence shines through via the Kickstarter page, encouraging interest, support and backing.

Our decision to choose three artists who could complement and back each other up has already shown that it was a wise choice. When one or more of the artists did experience a problem or disruption, another was immediately able to step in, minimizing delays, and smoothing out bumps in the trail.
This has given the project an unusual resilience and durability.

This ability was not confined just to the art. Everyone on the team jumped in with suggestions and ideas for the video, music, storyboards, the creation process and many other aspects. Before I release this latest announcement, I will be posting my draft on the Basecamp whiteboard site we use, expecting that it will be mercilessly and lovingly pummeled into a much better version.

I believe now more than ever that a team assembled in this manner, challenged and encouraged in the way we all have done, can grow an amazing maturity and strength that can bring it through adversity and complete high-quality work. This philosophy reaches out to the best in all involved. We are not only blazing a trail for developing the graphic novel itself, but for seeking the best possible way to mold and grow an alliance between exceptionally creative individuals. Again, I don't know of any other graphic novel that has been done in quite the same way (though, admittedly, there may be some).

Here is a list of the team's accomplishments so far, as drawn (and slightly modified) from Sheila's text on the Kickstarter page.

Clare Bell has completely mapped out the story into rough storyboards.We put out a call for art submissions, and selected the art team.
The entire team has begun collaborating, with an amazing synergy, using Basecamp as our online collaboration/project management tool.
The art team has been discussing big cat biology, prehistoric flora and fauna, California geography, characters, layout of the clan ground, and art techniques.
The team has made significant progress on developing character reference sheets.
Art tests to fine tune the techniques have been successful.
The team has done successful test runs of panel art created using our planned collaboration process, and based on the rough storyboards created by Clare.

Please visit the Kickstarter page and let us now what you think of it. We're pretty proud of it, and we hope you will enjoy what you see.
I also hope that the project catches the eye of an animation film company. I believe that the character designs are simple but striking enough to adapt well to 2 or 3D animation.
I will also be making more of an effort to post these progress updates on various sites every week at least (daily if possible), so keep watching!


Info and Publicity links:

furry cat
Have you ever noticed, some of the craziest ideas come while you're taking a shower? Why is that, is it relaxation from the warm water, or the white-ish noise of the water falling stimulating a vast host of neurons into action, cascading through the brain dislodging various ideas. Anyways, here's a strange one from tonight, normally I forget to post them.

What if by warming an object up, we were not actually adding energy, but time. That is an object, or specifically it's particles do things at a certain rate, we only percieve it as happening faster (like a chemical reaction when the reagents are heated) or slower (the decreasing flexibility of rubber as it cools) because it has more time than us. A particle has a natural frequency, and bounces around, when it holds less time it's slow, bounces around less as we percieve it from our average-time, and therefore reacts less (because it experiences less on it's trip through the average-time we are in. Heat it up, and over the same average-time it bounces more, and experiences far more opportunity to react. That would take constant forces like gravity that affect things equally at different energy levels out of the flow of time completely, or put them in a timeframe where they experience so much time that the effect on an object with more time or less time is neglegable.

Head hurts, time for bed. Sleep well, dream oddly!
6th-Nov-2012 03:28 pm(no subject)
Dear spammers,

I regret to inform you, I have LJ IM setup, I find out about your spam within seconds. And, honestly, my friends are too smart to fall for "buy some happy pills" and "I want Ugg Boots" (Which I think is German for Ugly Boats or something :P ) spam that doesn't even have coherent sentences. So, please stop taking a dump over all of my comments.

30th-Sep-2012 01:18 pm(no subject)
For the first time in ages, I actually have a website at http://www.cattech.org/, redesigned and using a new system I've been working on the last week or so.
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