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February 24, 2017 deeplink respond

Magic Sinewaves are ongoing research into a class of
math functions that appear to have the ability to very
much improve the efficiency and harmonic structure
of digitally derived power sinewaves of interest for
industrial motor controls, electric cars, and pv
synchronous inverters.

They are capable of forcing any number of harmonics
to zero theoretical values and to astonishingly low
real world ones.
Some do so with an absolute
minimum of energy robbing switching transitions.
Others trade a few extra transitions for full and
true three phase compatibility.

Full details appear here, an early historic timeline
here, apps here, an executive guide here, an intro
here, the three phase scoop here, inside techie stuff
here and here, an astonishingly fast online calculator
here that newly includes quantizing abilities.

All research to date in the twenty year history of
magic sinewaves has been original, unique, vetted, and
sole sourced.
A second highly qualified mathematical
specialist has been recently added to our consulting,
IP, and seminar services.

February 23, 2017 deeplink respond

What seems like a stunning new development in passive
cooling just appeared in
Science for February 9, 2017.

This is a moderately priced plastic film with a remarkable
pair of properties - It strongly reflects high temperature
radiation and moderately radiates low temperature energy.

With a net passive and "free" cooling of anything it happens
to be covering! Up to an apparent EIGHTEEN DEGRES F!

Yeah, this does sound a tad Keeylenetish. But it appears
to be both genuinely real and beyond highly significant. 

More on Science Magazine here.
Slashdot input here.
More on energy topics here and here.

February 22, 2017 deeplink respond

We looked at several ways to extend battery life
way back here and here and in Hardware Hacker #52
found as part of here.

A newly available commercial product was announced
here. Based on a snap-on low cost switchmode voltage
converter that converts a battery as low as 0.6 volts
into a full 1.5 volts under load.

More details here.

These may be cost effective at four for ten dollars,
but I predict the actual long time performance on
typical real world devices will likely fall far short of
the eight times performance improvement claimed.

The efficiency of the upconverter under extremes
must also be allowed for. As must the continuous exciting
current. And the capabilities of very small inductors.

I'd also question whether chemical corrosion
issues might get worse as the case excessively thins.

I'd also predict that certain loads and use patterns
could clearly cause negative time results.
displeasing certain customers would appear to
come with the territory.

I'm still wondering what happens when you feed
brief high current pulses back into a battery in an
attempt to reverse polarization. I have a hunch
that feedback of ten percent of the battery energy
will significantly improve life.
But likely not
enough to be economically worthwhile.

February 21, 2017 deeplink respond

Several of you have asked for more docs on the
coal debacle.

Try here, here, here, and here.

It is interesting to note that the costs of many
energy options are significantly increasing.

One exception is pv, which is dramatically decreasing,
following something like a Moore's Law curve.

There's still a 2:1 price gap between today and
eventual true net energy sustainability and
renewability, but the eventual outcome is not
the least in doubt.

More here and here.

February 20, 2017 deeplink respond

If you gotta do something, you gotta do it.

It does not matter in the least if it is an utterly
unprofitable time, energy, and money wasting

If you gotta do something, you gotta do it.

If you gotta do something, you gotta do it.

The question came up whether our eBay
image postproc also works on animals.
As in before and after.

All done with plain old Paint and Imageviewer32.

February 19, 2017 deeplink respond

Amazingly, the new Adobe TypeKit works just fine
with plain old Paint.

Sadly, it does not seem to work at all with myBitmap
. For the same reason it does not seem to
be Distiller compatible - A present utter lack of
compatibility with proper full PostScript filenames.

Much more on Postscript here, and a new "empty"
code example here.

February 18, 2017 deeplink respond

PV Panel pricing figures are newly in for January
and are apparently continuing their free fall.

The best peak panel watt is now forty cents,
which is within a dime and a nickel of the quarter
needed to eventually produce genuine subsidy
free net renewability and sustainability.

Unfornutaely, as potential net energy breakeven
gets approached, zillions of long term investment
dollars will be thrown at pv, dramatically setting
back any eventual breakeven and net energy
production. As needed to make up for the previous
net energy sink debacle.

I'd guess this might add eight years to net energy

But there are no doubts whatsoever that pv will
continue to decline in prive as does virtually all
learning curve electronics, compared to sharply
increasing prices of competive energy alternatives.

Coal, of course, is dead. Poof. Gone. Bye bye.

Much more on energy here and pv in particular

February 17, 2017 deeplink respond

eBay does not want you to put identical listings on
your store and a current auction. An obvious
question is how you can game the system.

It appears that only the title is scanned for
But it would also seem that paying
attention to the sell similar comand could also
give them a clue for closer scrutiny. So one
defense might be to use a non similar sell similar.

Their algorithm seems fairly sophisticated as
interchanging a word or two still generates a
warning and rejection
. Possibly a certain
quantity of word matches independent of
position trips a trigger.

Do you have any suggestions here?

February 16, 2017 deeplink respond

The plot thickens until it clots.

The Sand Canal is turning into an extremely interesting one.
It is long, easliy reached and explored, mostly excellently
preserved, has at least two significant hanging portions,
and is even a possible restoration candidate. Besides
including at least a sampler of most features on most other
prehistoric hanging bajada canals.

But a real mystery is emerging that does not make
any sense to me at all.

It turns out somebody apparently recently dumped
a pile ( present count six ) of purchased store bought
canal bits and pieces along the canal route in utterly
unexplicable locations. With no sign of them ever
being wet or the canal presently recently functioning.

Two of these are terra cotta pipes purportedly flowing
in and out of sand wash itself. One is a railroad tie
size wooden barricade damming the west branch.
Another is a huge concrete pipe drug near but not
on the canal at the west-east fork. And a pair of
precast concrete tiny headgates with metal slides.
At a point where a western diversion seems to make
no sense whatsoever.

The question is why. If it was the start of something,
it seemed to me to be enormously poorly thought out.

Possibly it is some sort of play for a state land permit.
Otherwise, the creators did not seem to me to have
the faintest clue what an irrigation ditch was supposed
to do.

The new hardware could have been installed by
two individuals and a mule on a Tuesday afternoon.
But, if bought new, the costs would have been
several hundred dollars. A not inconsequential
cost by Pima outback standards.

No particular changes seem to have been actually
made to the canal itself. The chosen items also
seem to display a remarkable lack of self-similarity.

It is not clear to me how it could be kiddy play or
an investment scam. The nature of the store
bought products in the Pima outback would seem
to suggest a 1920's or much later date.

While the CCC has proven themselves very good
at stupid, this does not seem to at all match their
usual handiwork. There is evidence elsewhere of
CCC willful destruction of prehistoric artifacts.

It would seem unlikely this could be an attempt
at discrediting the true prehistoric age of the
canal, possibly for Antiquities Act related
reasons. I'll note in passing that mature
Mesquite and Cacti lie mid channel and that
some 75 highly similar and strongly dated
prehistoric bajada canal portions do exist
elsewhere nearby.

Any thoughts on why this is confounding a perfectly
good and very significant prehistoric water project?

February 15, 2017 deeplink respond

Zero Defects certainly is a laudable goal,
but getting there with real world customers
can be tricky at best. Chances are that you
will be blindsided where you least expect it.

Some strategies towards "have no unhappy
customers" include...

   ~ Throroughly researching your products.
   ~ Carefully understating descriptions
   ~ Giving 15 day inspection priveleges. 
   ~ Promptly offering (often full) refunds.
   ~ Protecting yourself with 30:1 sell/buy ratios.
   ~ Giving immediate tracking info.
   ~ Shipping as quickly as possible
   ~ Avoiding problem categories.
   ~ Keeping most product weights fairly low
   ~ Linking listings to additional info
   ~ Never skimping on proper packaging
   ~ Carfeully clean and/or refurb before shipping
   ~ Prompt refund as the ONLY adjustment.
   ~ Spell out all known defects or problems
   ~ Never selling anything customer unsuitable
   ~ Recognizing that adjustments are expected
   ~ Keeping terms less than 10 words maximum
   ~ Avoid humor for it WILL be misunderstood
   ~ Never worrying about the feedback sideshow
   ~ Verify good product is in stock before listing..
   ~ Keeping all shipping charges revenue neutral
   ~ Try to be available 24/7
   ~ Never saying anything nasty in emails.
   ~ Flushing anyone who nickel and dimes you
   ~ No good deed goes unpunished
   ~ Testing electrical items for main functionality
   ~ Never try to be a penpal
   ~ Block ALL refunded buyers regardless of fault
   ~ Respond facutally & unemotionally to feedback
   ~ Absolutely no foreign bidders or shipment.

February 14, 2017 deeplink respond

Sincerity is everything.

Once you have that faked, all else follows.

February 13, 2017 deeplink respond

Just added a new banner for our Don Lancaster's USB
Classic Reprints
to most of our Guru's Lair pages.

The odds of it appearing are one in four, so you might
have to refresh a time or two to get it to show up.

There are four upper slots and four lower ones on most
pages. The sixteen available banners rotate through
these. Fancy code to guarantee continually changing
screen views and positions first appeared here and here.

You can view the current included JavaScript code by
right clicking on view page source.

The secret is a string (abcdefghijklm), one letter of
which represents a banner of given artwork, link, and
alt text values.

On each page view, the secret string gets randomized
by a deck shuffling ( such as idflmbhjaecgk ) detailed
here. The crucial algorithm is to swap any location
with a random choice of itself or a letter to the right.

February 12, 2017 deeplink respond

We looked at the Mitututyo DIGIMATIC measurement
coding way back here.

They have just republished their own official interface doc.
Starts on page 33.

February 11, 2017 deeplink respond

A third party modern color organ can be found here
which was somewhat based on my Psychedelia I.

The design is mostly digital, and features AGC,
four channels, high color quality efficient LED's,
and no obvious RFI issues. It also has a
microphone input and is amazingly compact.

If I were to tamper with the circuit, I think I
would seek out a log audio response to
improve perceived visual dynamic range.

Higher power could be gotten by an output
"amplifier" based on a trailing edge phase
control. The latter to reduce potential rfi.

These days it might be more interesting to apply
advanced harmonic tracking signal processing
to produce filtering by instrument rather than
by frequency.

Static displays can quickly become boring, so
it might also be interesting to use a HDTV
display in which instruments to patterns were
time sequence randomized.

Most of my earlier color organs can be found
here and here.

February 10, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder on two of the more subtle Dreamweaver

The properties panel that tends to
vanish without a trace can easily
be restored by a <ctrl> F3

The hidden spell checker is activated
by <shift> F7

February 9, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a simple and easy "empty" PostScript as Language
file that is the quickest for you to get started...


% Title here
% =======
% Author and date
% Function
% Details
% ======

% Gonzo utilities of are presently NOT
% built in for immediate use. This adds 90K to the file size. A tutorial
% can be found at

% If, instead, Gonzo is to be run as a diskfile for the much shorter code here,
% Distiller MUST be run from the command line as this or similar
% "C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Acrobat 11.0/Acrobat/acrodist.exe" /F run

% Projects at

% =======

% Modify to use disk based Gonzo.
(C:/Users/Don/Desktop/Ghost/gonzo.psl) run % use internal

100 200 10 setgrid    % draw a 20x20 green box example
20 20 showgrid



The file can be found here with its output here.

February 8, 2017 deeplink respond

We looked at pixel interpolation techniques here,
cubic splines here, and PostScript here.

It turns out there is another scheme to create
smooth transitions between adjacent pixels that
is called Smoothstep. But after playing with it
for a few days, it seems to me to be more different
than it is useful.

And certainly much slower and far more complex
than using a cubic spline in a one dimensional context.

Smoothstep is a "playing with high order polynomials"
method that attempts to smooth a higher resolution
step between two adjacent single dimension pixels
in a single color plane. It forces zero first and
sometimes higher derivatives at both ends and  always
also routes through half amplitude at half distance.

Included are...

- 2x^3 + 3x^2
  6x^5 - 15x^4 + 10x^3
-20x^7 + 70x^6 - 84x^5 + 34x^4
  70x^9 - 315x^8 + 540x^7 - 420x^6 +120x^5

        ... plus as many uglier cousins as you can stand.

This plot and this sourcecode shows how the shapes can
compare to plain old cubic splines.
It turns out the third
order smoothstep is absolutely identical to a cubic spline
whose tension settings are 0.333, 0 and 0.667, 1.

And that the higher order smoothsteps progressively
differ ( but largely trivially ) from spline x tensions of
0.5 and 0.61 and 0.694, etc...

A spline tension of 1.0 sets the maximum limit of
monotonic smoothing. For comparisons, magnify
your .PDF file to 6400%.

More math stuff here.

February 7, 2017 deeplink respond

Vanished with hardly a trace.

Back in the early TV Typewriter days, there were no
viable microprocessors and the only cheap memory was
long shift registers. And dozens of different possible ways
were approaching to try and double or ( gulp ) even
triple the resolution of slide rules. Hopefully at nearly
their speed. Or otherwise do such horrendous math tasks
as multiplication, division, sines, cosines, logs, or even
fancier stuff.

One such method was called the binary rate multiplier,
which has largely disappeared from so much as most
web mentions. Yet the rate multiplier was a superb
candidate for all sorts of pre-computer calculators.

What you had was a circuit that accepted some input
pulses and a binary word. The binary word set what
percentage of the input pulses made it to the output,
thus giving a potent and fast multiplication scheme.

If you have some pulses, you can integrate them with
a digital counter. And integrate twice and negate, and
you end up with a sine and cosine calculator. Similar
tricks could multiply, divide, do logs, and most of the
other slide rule stuff.

TI has a quarter each pair of small rate multiplier in
CMOS as their eight bit  CD4527B or or CD4089B
but nobody seems to care.

And only this patent and this abstract seems to remain
web available  on what then was its incredible potential.

At the least, this should be a sure fire winner for a
student paper. Other winners ( and one loser ) here.

And great heaping bunches more classic papers here.

February 6, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that most ISP's ( such as Fat Cow ) make
available logfile performance summaries. But every
once in a while you may want to access your full
underlying log files.

This can be handy to pin down unusual traffic, to
resolve piracy and/or malware, to do odd statistical analysis,
to track real time monitor viralosity, to monitor long term
performance trends, or to pick up more referral details.

A typical report might be called access_log_20170209.gz.
and it might be in a stats directory. FTP transfer a copy of
this to your local computer in a suitable subdirectory.

This is a .gz compressed file and you will need a preloaded
copy of a suitable decompressor. WinZip would seem to 
be a good choice. WARNING: Make sure you go to
the "real" WinZip site and not on one of the many
malware alternatives!

Drag and drop your local access log copy into WinZip.
It should create a new plaintext file for you named 
something like moo.tinajacom or similar. You can
now inspect or modify it using most any text
processor . My Gonzo Utilities are especially superb 
for this sort of thing.

February 5, 2017 deeplink respond

Did you manage to find the Easter egg in our PostScript
Font Snooper?

February 4, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to field verify a portion of the Sand Canal near
its "halfway" fence line...,-109.93663&z=18

As with the Deadman Canal and elsewhere, the canal here
traverses the HIGHEST possible available terrain. (!) Strongly
suggesting an intentional goal of maximizing the potential
range and optimizing downslope constructs
. It would also
seem highly unlikely that a natural wash would ever select a
consistently similar high ground route.

The canal is shallow at the fence but deepens downstream to
a cut of nearly a meter. There do not seem to be spoil piles
and the canal here seems significantly wider than downstream
Sand portions. Adding to the potential credibility of the possible
largely unproven lower western fork.

As is typical, no associated artifacts were noted, but a pair of
potsherds was in the area but not in direct association.
The sherds were distinct, having a reddish brown slip on
one side and a highly granular"fuzzy" surface on the other.

Several barrel cacti were noted at or near mid channel.
Discrediting enigmatic historical rework from its actual use.

The canal here remains quite distinct but not very photogenic
No further evidence of historic rework was noted. Here are
three images...

SAND15.JPG - Looking east from the "center" fence.
SAND16.JPG - Somewhat further east from the "center" fence.
SAND17.JPG - Looking west from the "center" fence

February 3, 2017 deeplink respond

A very obnoxious and obscene parrot gets put in a freezer
for punishment. On release, parrot profusely apologizes
for errant past behavior and asks....

"May I please inquire what the chicken did?"

February 2, 2017 deeplink respond

And while it certainly is not a scam or pseudoscience,
Lockheed's new Perforene graphene filtration method
announcement does seem rather premature and
perhaps very much media overhyped.

This is basically a sheet full of small holes, possibly
down to one micron in size. With only moderate
energy, water can be forced through the holes
in the usual reverse osmosis manner, blocking
salt ions and desalinating seawater.

This does seem to be a fundamental improvement
in desalination, but energy requirements were apparently
initially understated, the films are apparently delicate,
and scaling to real world apps has yet to be done.

More on energy issues here.

February 1, 2017 deeplink respond

Um, It seems that a major broadcast network just got
sucked into what seems to me to clearly be a wildly
improbable free energy scam.

Driving home the apparent fact that some people will
do anything to save the environment -- except take
a science course.

FIFTEEN of the more fundamental reasons why hydrogen
is NEVER going to be a significant energy source can
be found here. Iffen the right one don't get ya, the left
one will.

My very favorite #7 is the fact that there is more hydrogen
in a gallon of gasoline than there is in a gallon of liquid
Mole fractions and all that there.

More on hydrogen here. On energy here. And on bashing
pseudoscience here.

January 31, 2017 deeplink respond

How can you tell a prehistoric canal from a wash or a trail?
Here are a group of the typical indicators...

January 30, 2017 deeplink respond

Did you know that Paul McCartney had a group
before Wings?

January 29, 2017 deeplink respond

Another "missing" 500 feet of the Sand Canal has likely
been located, but it seems to have suffered some major
flood damage.

The Acme Mapper portion looks valid centered on..,-109.92696&z=19&t=H

and would appear to be the most reasonable way to connect
known validated canal portions. But ground truth only
reveals occasional hints of unnaturally depressed terrain
where the presumed canal route should be.

More on our bajada hanging canals here. Your help in
exploration is welcome.

January 28, 2017 deeplink respond

After some extensive archival rework, rearrangement,
and improvement of our Guru's Lair website. we can 
now offer USB Thumb Drive copies of our Lancaster Classics

This includes some 8000+ files spread over more than 2 Gigs
of tight code, along with nearly a thousand open source and
fully unlocked source code documents. All fully searchable in 
one place at one time.

Included are reprints of the TV Typewriter, the RTL Cookbook,
the Incredible Secret Money Machine, much of the Hanging 
Bajada Canals
, and, of course, The Worst of Marcia Swampfelder.

You can contact us directly or view our eBay listing to pick
up a personal copy.

January 27, 2017 deeplink respond

The latest version of our PostScript font snooper can
be found here. Simply send it to Distiller to generate a
displayed list of most of your available system fonts.
Along with their exact and correct true PostScript font

Plus flags that show you which fonts can be embedded
by Distiller and which force its substitution of faux fonts.

A sample of somebody else's results can be found here,
and a processing log here.

Lately, I've been a big fan of algorithms that "throw
another million calculations at it." The snooper simply
attempts to find each and every font in its directory,
throwing them up to see which stick to the ceiling.

It makes extensive use of my Gonzo Utilities, a tutorial
of which can be found here.

Please email me with any further entries in the master
font list.

January 26, 2017 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 

More detailed and more obscure trips can be found

Please email me with anything I missed or that needs 
further updating.

January 25, 2017 deeplink respond

New ideas are just like pancakes or children.
You should always throw the first one away.

January 24, 2017 deeplink respond

Overheard some alternate energy enthusiasts who
were lavishly praising Sterling engines as the
ultimate solution to low delta-t energy recovery.

It quickly became obvious that they did not have
the faintest clue of the underlying thermodynamics
or economics.

To date, the Sterling engine has been one of the
largest and most monumental engineering ratholes
of all times. Here is why...

    Carnot Matters -- There is a fundamental and
     unavoidable law of thermodynamics that says
     the best possible efficiency of any heat engine
     is proportional to the absolute temperature
     delta fraction. Thus your best possible efficiency
     a 20 degree rise at 70 degree F room temperature 
     would be 20/(459+70) = 3.8 percent. And no
     real world system can be even this good. 

    Efficiency Matters --As efficiency goes down,
    the size and complexity of the energy recovery
    device will disproportionately increase in a 
    hyperbolic or worse manner for a given set of
    recovery values. Which is why absolutely free
    pv solar panels of less than six percent efficiency
    are totally commercially useless. 

    Amortization Matters -- If your energy recovery
    device is producing an average of two cents worth
    of electricity per day and your total cost of ownership
    is three cents per day, you have a gasoline destroying
    net energy sink. The longer you run it, the more
    gasoline you destroy

   Gotchas Matter -- A Sterling engine needs a
    special part called a regenerator. Regenerators
    have to be long and thin and short and fat.
    They also have to be very good conductors of
    heat and outstanding insulators. Extreme
    engineering compromise is needed and nobody
    has come up with a good regeneration solution
    to date.

Much more in our Energy Fundamentals tutorial.

January 23, 2017 deeplink respond

Added some more font candidates to our PostScript Font
Snooper, with the code here, a log example here, and
a sample of somebody's elses' fonts here.

We are now up to 1763 fonts in the report, the majority
of which are Distiller Faux.

The program finds the correct PS font spellings for you as
well as identifying Distiller Faux substitutions.

Simply send the sourcecode to Distiller to generate your
own report. Your help in filling in the blanks in the font
data base is needed

What is surprising here is that I only bought two fonts years
ago and was given another one for review. All of the other
fonts were installed on my machine by the forces that be.

For the record, my two favorite fonts are Stone and Review.

And that I recently told you this alternate method of finding
and building zillions of unexpected fonts, all totally legal.

And this second supplemental method.

January 22, 2017 deeplink respond

Adobe's Typekit only sort of works with Wordpad. Yes,
you can use the new fonts and yes you can print them.

But Acrobat cannot use Rich Text format without
going through Word first, so any attempt to convert
a Wordpad document into PDF will result in one
small default fount rather than your intended ones.

The Typekit does work quite well with Acrobat's PDF
watermarking. I still have not found any way to make it
Distiller compatible, which seems to me to completely
eliminate any Typekit use from all PostScript-as-
language apps.

BTW, to find out which PDF fonts have been faux substituted,
view your log files or else use File-->properties --> fonts

January 21, 2017 deeplink respond

The ancient oriental art of tai wun on consists of getting totally
snockered, but always doing so in a professional and fully
workmanlike manner. 

January 20, 2017 deeplink respond

Or, for two ancient and completely off the wall methods
of picking great heaping up bunches of new fonts ( as
unexpected as they are fully legal ), try this or this.

January 19, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's another revision of our PostScript font name snooper.
Just send this file to Acrobat Distiller and it should give you
a nearly complete list of all your available fonts, their
appearances, their exact PostScript filenames, and the exact
appearance of any faux substitutions that your Distiller may
decide to make.

Because this uses our "throw another million calculations at it"
stunts, the processing time may be fifteen minutes or so. The
process works by throwing a nearly complete list of all known PS
Filenames at the problem and seeing which stick to the ceiling.

Here is a 1700 font sample from a Windows 10 machine. You,
of course, will have to run your own program for useful results.

Your help in adding more exact PostScript filenames is needed.

January 18, 2017 deeplink respond

Reworked our Architects Perspective, Vignetting
Backgrounder, and our Bitmap Typewriter so
they work well with Distiller Cloud DC and now
include internal Gonzo Utility partial downloads.

The Architects Perspective code takes an ordinary
.BMP bitmap and makes all intended vertical lines
truly so.
Change the filenames and send it to distiller.

The Vignetting Backgrounder knocks out any background
marked by red=255 borders and optionally adds a
vignetting border that uses an amazingly sophisticated
full fields solution. Change the filenames and send it to
. Colors are selected from here.

The Bitmap Typewriter allows dramatic improvement of
small text lettering. Change values at the end of the program,
send to Distiller, then copy and paste to your bitmap.

All three are enormously useful for eBay images.

January 17, 2017 deeplink respond

Then there was the agnostic dyslexic insomniac

...stayed up all night wondering if there was a dog.

January 16, 2017 deeplink respond

Apparently Windows 10 can accept directory names that
have forward slashes or reverse slashes in them.
even a highly unrecommended mix of the two.

This can raise issues with PostScript. I mistakenly for
years and years assumed that the forward slash was
a reserved character since PS uses it to identify the
start of any name string. But it turns our that the
forward slash is only reserved when used as the
first character in a name.

You are apparently allowed to have forward slashes in
any PostScript string in any but the first character position.

The reverse slash, though, is always reserved for special PS
characters. If you want one reverse slash in a string, you
have to use a double reverse slash.
And, in the truly
bizarre and totally unneeded, if you want a reverse slash
in a gonzo justification string, you have to use four of them

Some other PostScript string, integer, array, and dictionary
manipulations can be found here.

January 15, 2017 deeplink respond

The latest PV pricing stats for December are in and
show a stunning decrease of 14.6% from last year
to a record low of 41 cents per utility grade peak
panel watt.

The goal here is the required 25 cents per peak panel
watt needed for true and subsidy free pv long term
renewability and sustainability.

Being off by 2.4 percent since November translates
to a possible projected yearly drop of 28.8 percent.
While that ain't gonna happen, net energy renewability
and sustainability now appears likely "fairly soon now".

And we already have several bids at one quarter the
cost needed for long term energy breakeven. With
the math here and here.

Meanwhile, hundreds of unused locomotives are
being stashed on empty sidings because nobody
wants coal anymore.
Some similar predictions here.

January 14, 2017 deeplink respond

A preliminary test tells me that the /F flag in distiller
still works in the cloud DC version.
Thankfully and

Versions of Acrobat Distiller since Acrobat 8.2 arrive
preset with most disk file access prohibited. To turn
access back on, you have to set a /F flag via run
in the
Windows command line. Like so...

"C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Acrobat DC/
Acrobat/acrodist.exe" /F

         ... only all in one line.

Accessing disk files lets you run our Gonzo Utilities
with a few bytes of code, rather than adding the 80K+
bytes to each and every program needed to internalize

As in...

(C:/Users/don/Desktop/Ghost/gonzo.psl) run

Gonzo utilities here, tutorial here, and lots of simple
projects here. And intermediate stuff here.

And accessing disk files is absolutely essential for
tasks that use PostScript as language to manipulate

These include our Architects Perspective, the Self
Vignetting Backgrounder
, and the Bitmap Typewriter,

January 13, 2017 deeplink respond

Adobe is having a big sale on their cloud computing products
at $30 per month total. This includes Dreamweaver, Acrobat,
Illustrator, their font Typekit, cloud storage, and lots more.

Apparently the offer is only good until January 31.

This seems like a very good deal. Two problems I have
found so far is that their Typekit fonts do not seem to be
Distiller compatible
. And it was not immediately obvious
to me how to link some ancient valid fonts in a strange
file to Illustrator.

January 12, 2017 deeplink respond

As near as I can tell, there seems to be a major big time
bug in Adobe's Typekit cloud font service in that
it seems
to not work at all with Acrobat Distiller!
Thus excluding
these thousands of interesting high end fonts from
pretty near all Postscript-as-language applications!

This despite Distiller being a valid and crucial part of
cloud based Acrobat XI. The key dilemma would appear
to be telling Distiller the exact names and locations of the
synced fonts
without raising major IP issues.

But their entire typekit would seem utterly and totally
useless to me without Distiller access.

Meanwhile, a reminder that we have this tool, this
underlying font list
from a different machine,
and this
to provide you with a list of most, if not all,
fonts from most sources that are available to you.

Just send the snooper to Distiller to generate the list.
Since it works by rejecting many thousands of fonts
processing time may take ten to fifteen minutes.

Sadly, most of these will get faux substituted by Distiller,
creating minor to unacceptable font "vibes" differences.
But but many hundreds may be fully embeddable without
mods, depending on your machine resources.

January 11, 2017 deeplink respond

We also have a unique five acres for sale in an extremely remote
( think survivalist ) area immediately adjacent to the East Fork 
of the Gila River and nearly surrounded by New Mexico's
Gila Wilderness.

3 074 074 248 118 District-02N Section 11 Township 13 S Range 
13W PT NH 4.7Acres

Here is a topo. And here is the survey plot.
And here is an approximate combined overlay. 

Topo can be panned or unzoomed for more area info. 

Taxes are currently $2.79 per year.
Access is by foot or horse only over National Forest land.   

You can email me for more details on this stunningly unusual 
opportunity. Asking $4500 per acre with financing available.

January 10, 2017 deeplink respond

We just relisted our stunning Southern Oregon Gold Hill spectacular
view property for sale with Realtor Alan Frazier at 541-601-7677.

Asking $9900 per acre. This is the last remaining large developable
property immediately adjacent to the northern Gold Hill city limits.

We have recently secured a new full access easement for
these 20 acres.
Power and cable on the property. We are
working closely with a professional land use planner and
fully expect Jackson County homesite approval.

Legal description is T36 R3W S16 Tax Lot 400.

Very attractive financing is available. Mid-size city
amenities are twelve minutes away at Medford. The
property borders directly  on the town of Gold Hill.
The Rogue River is very close; beaches and mountains
are an hour away.

Here's a brand new group of photos...

You can click expand these. Then click again.

This steep to sloping parcel is immediately adjacent to the Gold
city limits and offers absolutely outstanding views. It is in one
of the most in-demand rural areas in the country, and has really great
access both to recreation and to midsize city resources. Plus superb
climate, low crime, and good schools.

Here is a map. Property is the green rectangle "pointed to" by
Thirteenth Street.

Appraisal details can be made available to you  under NDA by
contacting us or else by phoning
(928) 428-4073.

This is the last remaining undeveloped large view parcel immediately
north of Gold Hill. You can click here for an aerial photo and flyby.

Additional older photos here. More info here and here.

January 9, 2017 deeplink respond

Closed out our whtnu16.shtml blog and started a new
whtnu17.shtml one.

Earlier blogs remain available by clicking on "?new?" on the
home page

A reminder that we have separately extracted bajada hanging
relevant material material to these files...

blog excerpts09.shtml

January 8, 2017 deeplink respond

The Sand bajada hanging canal is number SEVENTY FIVE
on our list of study candidates. It is extremely interesting
and fairly easy to explore. But, as with previous canals,
it presently is raising far more questions than it resolved.

I could use your help in the following...

Fill in the blanks between N 32.83001 W 109.92742
and N 32.83093 W 109.92610.

Visit the fork at N 32.83453 W 109.92705 to try and
determine whether its feeder is in fact prehistoric.

Try to determine the intent and purpose of the three
apparently imponderable historic interventions at
N 32.82628 109.92605, at N 32.83096 W 109.93308,
and at N 32.83120 W 109.92570.

Verify that the fence crossing at N 32.82135
W 109.93778
is in fact a significant Sand Canal

Verify that the-acme Mapper plot at N 32.81909
W 109.94159
is in fact a significant Sand Canal

Verify that the Acme Mapper plot at N 32.81307
W 109.94579
is in fact a significant Carter Canal routing.

Attempt to prove that the Sand Canal and the Carter
Canal are one in the same.

See if a Carter Canal hanging portion exists at N 32.81258
W 109.94703
and is photogenic.

Determine if Gila Longfin Dace or other fish survive in and
N 32.81244 W 109.94766

January 7, 2017 deeplink respond

Microsizing and micropositioning can become crucial problems
when printing pages full of small labels or doing other step
and repeat projects.

First and foremost, always be sure to use the same printer for
the same project
. And always use the same printer driver and
make sure that driver does not have any weird scalings active.

Add a small target to your code at what is supposed to be the
0,0 lower left corner. Possibly an adjustment such as an
-0.11 inch -0.16 inch translate may be needed to convince the
intended code, the label sheet, the printer, and the printer
driver to all agree on exactly where 0,0 is.

Some label sources will provide you with templates that are
sheets of paper with preprinted label locations on them.

Another ploy that can be very useful: Temporarily remove the
four corner labels from the label sheet. Print to ordinary paper
and register the modified label sheet in front of the paper.
Hold the pair up to a bright light source or the sun. You then check
the intended alignment of your messages.

If you want a bled color background on each label, be sure
to "overscan" enough that all labels in all positions to
not show any annoying white edges.

One way to verify that your h and v counts are correct is to
remove a fifth label from an odd position on the left side
and a sixth label from a strange position from the bottom.

January 6, 2017 deeplink respond

Sourcecode for a new simplified step-and-repeat label
printer can be found  here. With a sample printout here.

The full Gonzo PostScript code gets towed along
internally, so all you have to do is edit your file in
Wordpad or wherever, and send it to Acrobat


Here's the crucial part of the new PostScript code...

/simplifiedstepandrepeat { horstart vertstart translate
     numvert { save
          numhoriz { repeatproc
                             inchoriz 0 translate } repeat
                       restore 0 incvert translate
                     } repeat
                         } store

Gonzo utilities here, tutorial here, and lots of simple
projects here.
And intermediate stuff here.

January 5, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a link to an "adequate supply" of Pittsburgh Streetcar Photos

WARNING: Attempting to view all of these in one session will result
in yunz guys pronouncing "beer" as "airn".
Or making a mill outta a
chopaam sammitch and Olde Frothingslosh Pale Stale Ale in Sliberty.

Fortunately, in regards to this matter, a desert rat like me is immune.
Skooze me while I redd up the website.

January 4, 2017 deeplink respond

A midget fortune teller broke out of jail.

Leaving a small medium at large.

January 3, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a few of our published books and related items...

Well over a million copies in print. Should be
available at Amazon and technical bookstores.

A very few autographed copies are still available
from Guru's Lair and eBay.

Status unknown. Likely very hard to find.

Not even sure anymore which Asian language it was
released in. Status unknown. Likely extinct.

Approaching a million copies in print. Autographed
copies available from Guru's Lair and eBay.
Also should be available from Amazon

THE defining reference for the field. Still in print.
Autographed copies available from Guru's Lair and eBay.
Also should be available from Amazon.

Good old number one. Currently available as a free
from Guru's Lair. Amazon
usually has new
and used copies.

The opening shot fired in the personal computer
revolution.. Currently available as a free eBook from
Guru's Lair. Amazon
usually has new and used copies.
The TV Typewriter story by itself here.

Find out how I make money. Send $6.95 to...
Currently available as a free eBook from Guru's Lair.
usually has new and used copies.

Currently available as Volume I and Volume II of
a pair of free eBooks from Guru's Lair. A sample
Restoration Demo is also available. Amazon 
new and used copies.

When combined with Volume II, ends up surprisingly
applicable to the very latest of microcomputer fundamentals.
A very few autographed copies are still available from
Guru's Lair and eBay.
Amazon rarely has new and used

Currently available as a retitled Volume I and Volume II of
a pair of free eBooks from Guru's Lair. A sample Restoration
is also available. Amazon  sometimes has new and
used copies.

Insider secrets of the best Apple II word processor.  Out
of print and hard to find. Your funding requested for this
secondary candidate for eBook restoration
. Amazon 
rarely has new and used copies

Rare Call A.P.P.L.E book was a disassembly script that
possibly could be re-excerpted from the AppleWriter Cookbook.
Status unknown. Not sure I still even have a copy.

Book and circular slide rule calculator exclusively for ultra fringe
Apple II machine language programmers. Produced and typeset
largely on a Diablo 630 Daisywheel! Amazon  rarely has new
and used copies.

Collection of construction projects and programming ploys.
Included the "tearing method" of program disassembly.
A prime eBook candidate with your funding welcome.
Amazon  very rarely has new and used copies.

Collection of construction projects and programming ploys.
Included the "vaporlock" field sync technique. A prime
eBook candidate with your funding welcome. Amazon 
sometimes has new and used copies.

Sneaky "Gee whiz" tricks to add ultra low cost video displays
to KIM-1 and similar low end microcomputer trainers.
intermediate eBook candidate with your funding welcome.
Amazon  sometimes has new and used copies.

Supplement to the Cheap Video Cookbook covering ultra
low cost video displays. A secondary
eBook candidate with
funding welcome. Amazon  sometimes has new and
used copies, some at outrageous prices.

Collection of IC data from the TTL Cookbook. Exceptionally
rare and possibly extinct. No eBook plans at present.

Collection of IC data from the CMOS Cookbook. Exceptionally
rare and possibly extinct. No eBook plans at present.

Reprints from Don's Midnight Engineering columns. Once
Book-on-Demand published. Now freely available online as
individual columns.

The entire concept of low end BOD  publishing largely died
stillborn, owing to the utterly overwhelming advantages of
web distribution. Combined with sanely priced binding
systems and and trimmers never getting available online here.

A three year editorial stint for the Central Arizona Grotto.
Very low priority eBoo
k plans at present.

Reprints from Don's Computer Shopper columns. Once
Book-on-Demand published. Now freely available online
as compilations here, here, and here.

Reprints from Don's Hardware Hacker columns. Once
Book-on-Demand published. Now freely available online
as compilations here, here, here, and here.

A collection of "where to go to get stuff" monthly columns
from Nuts & Volts magazine. Early compilations can be found
found here and here with individual columns available here.

One of the first ever developments of low cost analog circuits
to be used for hobby electronics projects. Free copy here.

Can be found here. Good old 3,149,561. And drove home the
utter ludicrosity of the US patent system for virtually all
individuals and small scale startups.

Once Book-on-Demand published compilation of my anti
patent diatribes. Also freely available online as individual

Many hundreds of highly obscure neat places to go and
things  to do in and around the Gila Valley.
With the main
free  directory here and images of some of the more obscure
candidates here.

Newly discovered obscure math tricks that allow dramatic
low harmonic suppression of digitally generated power
sinewaves for pv panels, power controls, and similar apps.
Find the magic calculator here and lots of support here.

I am very much into disproving such ludicrosities as free
energy, alien abductions, much of cold fusion,antigravity,
"not even wrong"
labwork, perpetual motion, or
outright scams. Find the
main resource here and my
special hell reserved for hydrogen here

I very strongly feel that Powerpoint is mesmerizingly awful,
so I wrote my own PostScript emulator that complete blows
it away on all counts. A tutorial here and examples here.

Reprints from Don's Computer Shopper columns. Once
Book-on-Demand published. Now freely available online
as a compilation here.

Started out as a flashcard lecture of the underappreciated
wonders of the general purpose PostScript programming
language. Now available as a free web resource.

A compendium of projects from our beginning PostScript
community college programming class.

Custom routines that give you exceptional Postscript-as-language
typography, schematics, and great heaping bunches of related stuff.
Find the code here, use guidelines here, and lots of apps here.

Being summarized here, here, and here.

At the time, there was a YouTube size limit , so this had to be
split into freely available Part one and Part Two

Marcia tended to do my April Fools columns for a number of
years in Popular Electronics and Modern Electronics. The
secrets of how she did the tapioca pudding scene in the cross
genre Godzilla versus the Night  Nurses film classic remains
under strict NDA. A revised and updated free online copy of
Marcia's finest work appears here.

And our very newest...

A USB crammed full of some
8000+ files spread
over more than 2 Gigs of tight code, along with nearly
a thousand open source and fully unlocked source code
documents. Classics through current. Available from
Guru's Lair and eBay.

Published versions of our ongoing projects, papers, and
such have largely been replaced by the GuruGrams on our
Guru's Lair website. Announcements on their availability
can usually be found here and on our similar earlier and
later blogs.

A work in progress. See the latest info and updates here.

January 2, 2017 deeplink respond

After some extensive archival rework, rearrangement,
and improvement of our Guru's Lair website. we can
now offer USB Thumb Drive copies of our Lancaster Classics

This includes some 8000+ files spread over more than 2 Gigs
of tight code, along with nearly a thousand open source and
fully unlocked source code documents. All fully unsearchable in
one place at one time.

Included are reprints of the TV Typewriter, the RTL Cookbook,
the Incredible Secret Money Machine, much of the Hanging
Bajada Canals
, and, of course, The Worst of Marcia Swampfelder.

You can contact us directly or view our eBay listing to pick
up a personal copy.

January 1, 2017 deeplink respond

Guru's Lair website access:

Assorted Neat Stuff:
Auction Help:
Blatant Opportunist:
Blogs and What's New:
Bezier Cubic Splines:
Book to eBook Conversions:
Classic Reprints:
eBay Secrets:
eBook Library:
Energy Tutorials:
Gila Valley Day Hikes:
Hardware Hacker:
Incredible Secret Money Machine:
Latest Additions: 
Libraries by Subject:
Magic Sinewaves:
Marbelous Stacks of Pancakes:
Math Stuff:
The Case Against Patents:
PostScript Resources:
Powerpoint Emulations:
Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canals:
Pseudoscience Bashing:
Recommended Books:
Resource Bin:
Santa Claus Machines:
Service Pages:
Site Sampler:
Tech Musings:
Technical Library Directory:
Tinaja Questing:
Video Tutorials:

Main Libraries:

Abeja Shelf:
Acrobat PDF Shelf:
Adept Sliders ( sorry sold out ):
Ask the Guru Older Shelf:
Auction and Assistance Shelf:
Banner Advertisers Shelf: 
Bargains and Surplus Shelf:
Blatant Opportunist Shelf:
Book Access Shelf:
Book on Demand Shelf:
Captain Video Shelf:
Consultants Network:
Cubic Spline Shelf:
Custom Auction Help:
eBay Live Auction Shelf:
eBook Shelf :
Electrical Engineering Shelf:
Flutterwumper Shelf:
Fonts and Images Shelf:
Gila Valley Dayhikes Shelf:
Guru Archive (older) Shelf:
GuruGram Shelf:
Golly Gee Mister Science Shelf:
Hardware Hacker Shelf:
Image PostProc Shelf:
Incredible Secret Money Machine Shelf:
Infopack Shelf:
"Its a Gas" Hydrogen Shelf:
Magic Sinewaves Shelf: 
Magic Sinewave Older Archive: 
Math Stuff Shelf:
Navicube Shelf:
Patent Avoidance Shelf:
Pick a Peck of PICS Shelf: 
PostScript Shelf:
Pseudoscience Bashing Shelf:
Resource Bin Shelf:
Santa Claus Machine Shelf:
Synergetics Library:
Tech Musings Shelf:
Third Party Shelf:
Tinaja Questing Shelf:
Webmastering Shelf: 
Web Links ( outdated ) Shelf:
Wavelets Shelf:

December 31, 2016 deeplink respond

Here is the first supplement to our PostScript Font
Merge it with the internal and external
existing PostScript font name lists and resend the
snooper to Acrobat XI...

/FontlistbyPSname [ %= fonts not yet ps name resolved.



% /Fixedsys
% /Fixedsys-Regular


% /Malgun
% /Malgun-Regular
% /MalgunGothic
% /MalgunGothicRegular
% /MalgunGothicSemilight
% /MalgunGothicBold


% /MicrosoftJhengHeiUI
% /MicrosoftJhengHei-UI
% /MicrosoftYaHei
% /MicrosoftYaHeiUI
% /MicrosoftYaHei-UI
% /NSimSun-Regular
% /SmallFont-Regular


% /System-Bold
% /Terminal
% /Terminal-Regular
% /Terminal-Bold
% /YuGothic-Light
% /YuGothicUL


] store

These files seem embeddable without faux font substitution.

There are obviously bunches of correct PostScript
filenames not yet in the directories. Please email me with
your additions and corrections.

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