Well. And I really mean well!

Right, so, I ordered this thing from this place in northern Minnesota today. A bit before noon, local time. Apparently the ‘free shipping’ when you order something expensive enough is overnight delivery, which is cool. It’s a single board computer (SBC.) And a couple hours after I ordered it was in the shippers hands, crossed into Canada, and was on a plane out of Winnipeg. Expected to be delivered tomorrow, before noon.

Meanwhile, the SBC I purchased from North Vancouver? still have not heard from them four business days later.


I ordered a Raspberry Pi kit. I was supposed to hear from them within 3 business days. Today is the 5th business day, 7th day since ordering.

Serious grumbling is in order.

Unknown public domain books…

Back in the first half of the 20th century getting a copyright required filing for it with the U.S. Library of Congress. A simple form filed would result in a 28-year copyright term. And, at the end of that term you could file again for a second 28-year term.

But in practice very few books or stories were worth the time filling out the renewal form, especially those short stories published in magazines and various pulp-fiction titles. Continue reading “Unknown public domain books…”


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I do not know why I appreciate it, but it sure is cool when someone much more knowledgeable than me says what I have been thinking about a topic.

Plasma mobile[O D] does seem to work better [than Phosh(D S)] but doesn’t run as well on slow devices