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April 21, 2018 deeplink respond

Speaking of secret Arizona insider stuff, there's this (!)

Sadly, you can't get there from here, and access is
strictly limited to the most gonzo of rope and swim
qualified canyoneering teams.

Found near  33.25668 -111.02144. And, of course, to
find any GPS thingy anywhere, use Acme Mapper.

Some less challenging things to do here and here.

April 20, 2018 deeplink respond

While by far the biggest and most utterly spectacularly
best Mount Graham secret involves are our
Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canals, the over-a-mile-height-
difference, seven mile long
lumber tramway going from
Columbine to Pima would seem to qualify as a solid second.

Here are our key papers...


And more details appear in our Little Known Gila Hikes
story or as entries in our Gila Dayhikes web page entries #06,
#93, #105, #140, #177, #198, #205, #251, #282, #295, #300,
#329, and #476.

The tramway only lasted a year and thus would appear to
have been an abysmal failure. Very little remains today, while
much of it remains very difficult access.

Easiest to view and find is the first tension station found at   
N 32.80700 W 109.88106
and Detailed as Gila Hike #06
Minimal 4WD required.

Some additional evidence that the Graham tram parts came
from the DeSoto Mine Tram in the Bradshaws can be newly
found here.

April 19, 2018 deeplink respond

Note that the HTML code sent to an ISP can be wildly different
from the code that the final browser delivers! This can happen
because of scripts ( especially JavaScript ) and includes. The
latter of which greatly simplify your making a single change to
multiple web pages.
All at once.

To view the source code, open it in anything but a browser.
Such as Dreamweaver or WordPad. To view the "destination"
code, view in a browser and then right click "view page source".

The usual way of handling includes is with SSI, short for Server
Side Includes. These are now pretty much available everywhere
and can stuff everything into anything. Typical code is...

<!--#include virtual="/includes/banrot01x.js"-->

There are also PHP encodings per these details. And HTML5
now has an <object> capability.

Note that hard to pin down errors can often be caused by
the error being internal to an include or a script.

April 18, 2018 deeplink respond

Newly updated and expanded our Gila Valley Dayhikes.
We are now up to 530 primary entries!

A sampler of some of the more unusual day hikes can be 
found here.

And more details on your spectacular research opportunities
of our Prehistoric Bajada Hanging canals here. And much
more on the canals here and here.

A few of the many open "help wanted" projects were 
summarized here. There are many dozens of newer ones.

April 17, 2018 deeplink respond

The RSS hassles on our website now appear to be at
least temporarily repaired.
Sort of. Just click on any rss
box for instantly clickable files access.

To see the RSS code, click on any orange RSS tab,
followed by right click and view page source.

Or click here.

There's still some minor differences between Chrome
and IE, so please review the code and tell me what is
causing these differences, and how I can resolve them.

I'd like to have better bolding and less vertical ledding,
combined with a larger and a width preset description.

So far, the learning curve seems excessively steep.

To prevent RSS from giving a "no stylesheet" message,
you apparently have to use companion files. Present
stylesheets include guru.css, guru.xsl, and xsl.css. The
sourcecodes can be seen by right click view page

Apparently the use of a .css stylesheet alone will refuse
to provide live links.
And xsl stylesheets will flat out
quit on an error.

April 16, 2018 deeplink respond

One of our more obscure files is  Restoring Faded or
Scuffed Text for Web Distribution

Its companion source code is found here, and additional 
GuruGrams here.  

Custom services available.

April 15, 2018 deeplink respond

There's some interesting and sneaky tricks you can pull if
you add some unprinting spaces to the justification routines
in our Gonzo Utilities.

The rule is that all leading line spaces will be deleted. If
in the rare instance you want to add leading spaces, preface
them with a |j or |k.
Or both if your layout is extremely

If you want to force a fill justify on the last line of a page,
add as many spaces as you need, and follow them, again, by
a |j or |k.
Naturally, this takes a last line that is "nearly full"
to start with.

If a command ends up at the end of one line and the action
is supposed to begin on the next one, the command may be
ignored. This can be a problem with web links or bolded
emphasis. The cure is to add one or more spaces to the 
end of the previous line.
This will force both the command
and the command action to be together as they belong at
the beginning of a line.

Beyond this tutorial, the best way to study Gonzo is to 
view most any of the .PSL files in our GuruGram Library.

April 14, 2018 deeplink respond

There are both powerful advantages and disadvantages to
doing a "Level II" ebook remastering by combining Acrobat
10 with my Gonzo Utilities.

As this demo clearly shows, Level II is markedly superior
to results you would normally get by using Acrobat alone.
A comparable Acrobat only result appears here. 

More ebooks here, while our other Director's Cut 
samplers presently can be found herehereherehere,
here, here, and here.
Or find these and more here.

As usual, sourcecode if freely available on most of our
files. Simply replace the .pdf trailer with .psl.

Files are much shorter and text quality is much higher. Far
fewer fonts are normally required. Full text searching is
provided and maintained through later rework. Image
appearance is much better, and, despite high compression,
can be arbitrarily magnified to any desired resolution without


Value-added features such as full color, web links, hyphen
elimination, emphasis substitution and such are easily included.
Fill justification is easily preserved with only the most minimum
of text rekeying. Halftone
images are greatly improved and can
be made text searchable.

Turning to the disadvantages, if there is some historic, legal,
or IP reason an exact replica of a precyber source is needed, 
then the method is largely inappropriate.

Secondly, it is tricky to do more than four or five "easy" Level II 
rework pages per hour. Some pages ( especially electronic 
schematics ) may take insanely longer. Thus the project has to
be reasonably profitable to justify the time and effort.
problems arise if many new ebooks are needed in a short time.

Finally, the uniquely high quality of the Gonzo Utilities is based
on them being proudly non-WYSIWIG. If you are not into
"bare metal" machine language programming, then they might
not be at all suitable for you.

We do offer custom Level II rework for both current and
pre-cyber ebook projects, as well as training seminars. You 
can email me for details or call (928) 428-4073.

April 13, 2018 deeplink respond

Today's gonzo "Holy Shit!" image can be found here.
With a few more details here.

April 12, 2018 deeplink respond

I seem to be gaining on our RSS repairs, but do not seem
to be quite there yet.

Any message of "stylesheet not found" can usually be cured
by something similar to...

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xml" href="http://www.tinaja.com/
          whtnu20style.xml" ?>
<rss version="2.0" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">

Apparently there is a choice of .xml and .css stylesheets. But,
as near as I can tell now, use of a .css stylesheet stops your
readers from accessing live URL links!

Please advise me if you know a useful workaround.

RSS code can be validated by this site. While this site
seems to have some interesting tools for building your
own stylesheet code. More to follow.

Your comments welcome.

April 11, 2018 deeplink respond

Here and Here are our two latest images of the Jernigan
Prehistoric Bajada Hanging canal.

It seems there are 400 or so feet of compatible terrain
between the two. That, after many trips, does not show
the slightest evidence of the two being linked.

But Ockham's Razor makes the two being one in the
same highly likely.

More on Jernigan here and other canals here and here.

Your participation in this genuine world class research
is sorely needed.

April 10, 2018 deeplink respond

Just uploaded a completely reworked home page that should
be fully CSS legal, besides having some sorely needed updates,
improved nav, and better cosmetics.

Still needing done are major includes, reworking a minor chrome
glitch, a few url adjustments, and further improving the code.

Your comments and critique are urgently needed. As, of course,
are any bug reports.

April 9, 2018 deeplink respond

Whenever you "almost" have a technological solution, or
"almost" have gotten your research completed, there is a
tenancy to go full speed ahead anyway.

Which will "almost" always will cost you bunches in the
long run.

Make sure that what you need to continue gets fully
 completed before committing yourself to stuff that may
prove expensive or embarrassing when ( not if ) things
inevitably go wrong.

go wrong.
go wrong.

April 8, 2018 deeplink respond

I'm still getting an occasional email on Brown's Gas.
All you need to know about it is that it is totally bogus on
all levels.

We did a thorough review here. Brown's Gas is only a
stoichiometric mix of hydrogen and oxygen. Nothing more,
nothing less. It is both exceptionally and monumentally
dangerous and almost totally useless. 

Unusual and wildly disclaimed properties are easily
explained by plain old obscure but "Golly Gee Mister
demo physics. In particular, the hard-to-
measure temperature is not especially high ( acetylene
beats it easily ), and long term monatomics flat out do
not and can not exist.

And "implosion" demos go away as soon as the walls
warm up slightly.  And the total energy density is a joke. 

There is absolutely no way that more than homeopathic
quantities of Brown's Gas can be produced through a
car's fanbelt. Even then, only the tiniest fraction of the
mechanical input energy can be output in a useful form.

Thus clearly creating a dynamic brake!

Another take on its bogosity here

More on pseudoscience bashing here.

April 7, 2018 deeplink respond

A church in Gila Bend has decided not to buy a chandelier.
It seems that no one in the entire congregation knew how
to play one.

Besides them being a bear to tune.

April 6, 2018 deeplink respond

CSS has an improved replacement for the older JavaScript
onmouseover and onmouseout commands. This involves their
new :hover command.

CSS commands can be made more specific by individually
naming them. As in <table id="#maintit"> creating a table
named table.maintit. #maintit should be defined in your
header to whatever you want it to be. It usually will
also define your normal background color.

The hover mouseover equivalent then simply becomes...

#maintit:hover {background-color:#96C}

More detailed examples by going to our home page
and viewing view page source. And we just have
seem some details on the CSS "shortform" web safe
colors here. With its sourcecode here.

April 5, 2018 deeplink respond

We have several files on sorting techniques, both in and
out of PostScript.

Our heap sort tutorial can be found here, with some
simpler sorts here.
Heap sorts work best when large
numbers of items are being sorted.

This one is a speed optimized bubble sort:

/alphabubblesort2 { /curmat1 exch store curmat1
length 1 sub -1 1 { curmat1 0 get exch 1 exch 1 exch 
{ /posn exch store curmat1 posn get 2 copy lt {exch} if
curmat1 exch posn 1 sub exch put } for curmat1 exch 
posn exch put } for curmat1 } bind store

And here's a bin presorter that gives an extra 12x speedup:

/presort1 {/matmat mark 128 {[]} repeat ] store
stddat { dup 0 get /curint exch store mark exch 
matmat curint get aload pop ] matmat exch curint 
exch put } forall mark matmat { dup length 1 ge { dup
length 2 ge { alphabubblesort2{ }forall} if }{pop} ifelse} 
forall ] } bind store

April 4, 2018 deeplink respond

It is interesting to compare an eBay Selling Sell-Buy ratio
against the equivalent Consignment Fee for the same
amount of placement effort. The formulas are...

SBR = 100/(100 - COM)   and  COM = 100 - (100/SBR)

Thus a 50 percent commission equals an unacceptably low
2:1 sell/buy ratio. A 20 percent commission equals a laughingly
absurd 1.25:1 SBR.

We strongly recommend a minimum SBR of 30:1. Such
returns are fairly easy to acheive with online auctions,
community college sales, and distress bankruptcies.

Much more here.

April 3, 2018 deeplink respond

Our Exploring the .BMP Bitmap Data Format tutorial can
be found here.

One BMP subtlety concerns possibly needed padding bytes
in the 24 bit RGB mode.
Because each and every .BMP
row MUST start on an even 32 bit boundary, zero, one,
two, or three padding bytes MUST be placed end of line.

The simplest workaround is to always use linewidths
whose pixels are an exact multiple of four. Otherwise,
several workarounds appear in the above paper.

April 2, 2018 deeplink respond

Revised our Web Friendly PostScript Colors so they are
now fully CSS usable as well.
Find the display here and
the sourcecode here.

The CSS web friendly colors can be represented as three hex
characters. To convert them to a more traditional and harder
to enter standard format, simply double each character.

As in #3F9 becoming #33FF99.

April 1, 2018 deeplink respond

The problem of unwanted email spam has been eliminated
completely with today's long awaited passage of House
Bill 27-234. Which places a tax on anyone admitting to
receiving any unwanted email.
Initially 35 cents per email
on a sliding scale up to $4.37 in June of 2021.

Because it would place an unfair burden on the spammers
themselves and because of ISP considerations, the tax
was placed on the sendee rather than the sender.
number of admitted unwanted emails is now expected to
shortly and dramatically drop.

Thus eliminating unwanted reported spam once and for all.
Additional details can be found here.

March 30, 2018 deeplink respond

I've either made a subtle coding error that is driving
me up the wall. Or else I've now found an apparent
Chrome bug.

Consider www.tinaja.com/t6.shtml. It CSS Verifies
and should be routine table code.
Chrome shows it
properly when uploaded as a local file, but crams
the boxes together when uploaded from the web.

Yet, the "view source" from both files are identical,
and local resaving the web file restore the original.
Further, IE shows both file and web identically.

Your analysis and help is sorely needed.

March 29, 2018 deeplink respond

Our major website update to full CSS and HTML5 verified
compatibility sure is frustrating and taking much longer than
expected. Especially since I am trying to otherwise improve
and update things in the process.

Here is a sample new panel. You can extract the key .CSS
code for your own reuse by way of the usual "show page
source" right mouse click.

Please critique this and report any possible improvements.
I definitely want to keep the original "retro" look. And
possibly further enhance it.

March 28, 2018 deeplink respond

Yeah, our RSS link sucks. Seems it needs a stylesheet, and,
as near as I can tell, using CSS will not allow live URL linking.

( URGENT: Please report this if it is wrong! )

So, an XML style sheet seems to be needed, or at least a
pair of XML and CSS ones.

I found out how to do minimalist stylesheets, but cannot
seem to find out how to do the fancy boxes or columns
or live URL's that others use. And web searches on this
are highly frustrating to save the least.

Please report a rss style example that (1) includes live
URL's and has pretty boxes, spacings, and colors.

March 27, 2018 deeplink respond

Our projection of a possible Central Dump Pond canal may
have been wildly premature.
Especially since yesterday's
Jernigan extensions cross an apparent trail bike route at
right angles.
Good old orthogonal.

We have surprisingly few "not even wrong" canal misses,
but I prefer to keep them in the active lists to record
And thus limit possible future explorations.

Likely loosers possibly include...

4. JAC1 -
Lower Jacobson Hints N 32.67671 W 109.77610

12. RPC1 -
Roper Lake Canal N 32.75567 W 109.70885

47. LMT1 -
Lower Mud Trace N 32.80803 W 109.84448

57. MR1-
Mystery Reach N 32.81793 W 109.90207

59. NWD1 -
Nuttall Watershed Diversion N 32.77471 W 109.95411

64. PRM1 -
P Ranch Enigma at 32.61817 -109.72829

76. TALW2 -
Tailwater2 Canal area at 32.83987 -109.91578

79. LPZ1
Lopez Canal area at 32.82141 -109.76650

83. DVM1 -
Deep Vee Mystery area at 32.81888 -109.76930

91. CDC1 -
Central Dump Pond area at 32.84438 -109.81619

With a more credible list here and here. And more on the
prehistoric bajada hanging canals here, here, and here.

March 26, 2018 deeplink respond

Managed to find a few hundred feet more of the Jernigan
Canal. With a map here and new photos here, here, and here.

There are still three gaps, but the general route has now been
reasonably defined. An earlier set of field notes can be found
here and here.

Unique characteristics of this particular Bajada Hanging Canal
include its three (!) major "U" turns, a counterflow portion where
it crosses a wash, and a large Mesquite tree mid channel.
many canal candidates, Jernigan has both a well defined source
and destination.

Besides being otherwise part of a world class unique complex.

Preservation and engineering quality varies from exceptional
to missing entirely.

March 25, 2018 deeplink respond

Our 404 trapping tools seem to be degubbing fairly well.
We have been using them daily and typically can only
find zero to two remaining internally fixable problems.

Thus, almost all of the remaining internal 404's are user
caused and unlikely to be directly fixable by us.
a single user or user robot or user cache will end up
responsible for most of the 404's on a daily report. Not
to mention grossly impacting our hit traffic reports.

EMT's refer to these as their "frequent flyer program".

There are two minor glitches remaining in fix_404.psl,
which I think I will save as exercises for the serious

Any particular .shtm file is searched in strings of 62K.
Only the first hit is reported, while successive ones
might be missed. This should not matter because the
software goal is to report any hit per file.

It would also seem possible that a hit that straddles
two 62K strings would get missed. The odds of this
happening on a 10 character search are around one
in 6200. A bizarre workaround would be to back
fileposition by a hundred counts every time a
new string was needed.

March 24, 2018 deeplink respond

Our latest tentative bajada hanging canal is suggested
by Acme Mapper to go from near Grandma Road to
the Central Dump pond. This is study candidate #91!

Your help in verifying the route is welcome, besides giving
you a legitimate way to actually perform world class scientific
One key question still unresolved is where and
how the Jernigan Canal branches from this extension.

Its find was unexpected, as were the recent discoveries
of the Reay Canal, the UFO Fish Fillets Canal, a pair
of Artesian driven canals, a riverine canal with a
hanging portion, and the Tripp Canyon Canal.

What utterly astounds me is that the canal system appears
to be complete and correct
with no obvious unfinished
portions and no obvious mistakes. All the while utterly
and completely exploiting virtually every drop of
Mount Graham sourced water. Not to mention its many
artesian and riverine companions.

Besides appearing earlier in this blog, many of these are
now on Research Gate or ( hopefully ) soon will be. A
directory can be found here and a current update here.

March 23, 2018 deeplink respond

Newly updated and expanded our Gila Valley Dayhikes.
We are now up to 525 primary entries!

A sampler of some of the more unusual day hikes can be 
found here.

And more details on your spectacular research opportunities
of our Prehistoric Bajada Hanging canals here. And much
more on the canals here and here.

A few of the many open "help wanted" projects were 
summarized here. There are many dozens of newer ones.

March 20, 2018 deeplink respond

The worst nightmare of any Southwestern Art
Gallery: A De Grazia macramé howling coyote.

In teal.

March 19, 2018 deeplink respond

A reminder that current website design involves correct
using of HTML5 and CSS.
It is trivially easy to pick up
hundreds or even thousands of verification errors on
any of your earlier work.

It seems easy to confuse the CSS <div> and <span>
commands. The intended use of <div> is to work with
one or more whole lines only
, always starting from the
far left.

The intended use of <span> is to interact with only
a part of a line.
Such as changing the color of a single

March 18, 2018 deeplink respond

As we have recently seen, the latest in HTML5 and CSS
now forbids many of the original
<table> commands and
produces error messages if you try to use them.

Here are some guidelines to updating our "retro" title block
so it's doubly embedded tables will fully validate to HTML5
and CSS...

put in <head>...

#maintit {
font-family: "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
width: 600px;
text-align: center;}
#maintittext {text-align: center; font-size:25px;}

put in <body>...

<table id="#maintit">
<script><!-- Place Banner () //--></script>
<script><!-- Place Banner ()//--></script>
<td colspan="5" style="height:26px">
<img src="blustrp.gif" alt=" "
  width=600 height=16></td></tr>
<td colspan="3">

<table id="#maintittext"><tr>
<td><a href= (( place narrow banner here ))</a></td>
<td style="text-align:center">
<span style="font-size:20px">
<b>Welcome to Don Lancaster's</b><br></span>
<span style="color:#800000;font-size:45px">
<b>&nbsp; The Guru's Lair &nbsp;</b><br></span>
<span style="color:black;font-size:20px">
<td><a  href= ((place narrow banner here )) </a></td>

<tr><td colspan="5" style="height:28px">
<img src="blustrp.gif" alt=" " width=600 height=16 ></td>
<script><!-- PlaceBanner ()//--></script></td>
<td><script><!-- PlaceBanner ()//--></script></td></td>

Note that the above code is for reference or study only!
You will have to add your own banners and js banner
rotators and background image and the blue stripes to get
it to actually do anything useful for you.

March 16, 2018 deeplink respond

In their never ending battle to stomp out tables, CSS and
HTML5 are now not letting you have any tables inside one
or more blockquotes.
Doing so generates compatibility errors.

The workaround is to put a table inside a table. The outer
table is all blank with a blank first column whose width sets
the amount of indentation from your left margin.

This actually can be more precise than using <blockquote>.


Separately, as infuriousity #2347-bx, you are allowed to nest
tables, but NOT allowed to nest named tables!

Thus <table> inside <table> is allowed, but <table.zorch> inside
<table.glotz> is forbidden and generates report errors. The
workaround is to use <span> instead of id's. Or possibly <div>


Even more separately, as infuriousity #7423-bx, the custom
Google Search fragment of
generates a warning and an error.
A possible workaround
may be <div> class="gsce:search"></div>

March 14, 2018 deeplink respond

"Current" website practice includes CSS, HTML5, .shtml,
JavaScript and possibly Adsense.
The odds are overwhelming
that any of your older web pages now have hundreds or even
thousands of errors. Many of which should get fixed now.

Use this link to check your CSS...


Use this link to check your HTML...


Use this link to check your URL links.


And these links to find any fixable internal URL errors...


March 13, 2018 deeplink respond

Picked up a large collection of superb current transformers
from a public utility auction and now have them up on eBay.

These are ultra high current, typically 600 to 1000 amperes
and NOS new old stock. They are unused and include their
calibration tags. General Electric Brand.

Sensitivity of the rectangular units can be increased by
multiple turns. Frequency range is 50 to 60 Hertz.

WARNING: NEVER remove the output load of any live
current transformer! ALWAYS terminate in a low impedance
ammeter or a short circuit!

More eBay help here.

March 12, 2018 deeplink respond

In an attempt to restrict the <table> command to more
appropriate uses, CSS, and HTML5 have banned
internal <table> commands of border, align, width,
bgcolor, cellspacing, cellpadding, bgcolor, height,
, and a few others.

Use of these will generate an error during validation.

Fortunately, the colspan command still does remain
acceptable for internal <table> use..

Workarounds include using table.xxx where xxx is
a specified class, or bracketing with <div>....</div>

A superb interactive tutorial can be found here.

March 11, 2018 deeplink respond

A selection guide to USB Oscilloscope replacements can
be newly found here.

I grew up in the days of the Tek doghouses. These could
comfortably sleep a German Shepard.

Compared to conventional scopes, the USB's potentially
have some outstanding new advantages. Not the least
of which is that they are much cheaper and insanely more

Less obvious is that storage is free. Back in the bad old
days, a storage oscilloscope was a poorly performing
pile of worthless junk. Today in USB land, you have a
new "zoom after external trigger" feature that can cleanly
and brightly hold an image as long as you want. While
slide magnifying a tiny portion of a longer waveform.

It used to be that a two channel scope gave you a
choice of "chop" or "alternate" scans
, both of which
had obvious problems. With USB's. both channels
are there color coded in real time to full brightness.

Scope screen photography and recording results or
printing a screen once were extraordinarily gruesome.

Since their performance is largely pc host based as
software, such exotics as spectrum analysis or
Fourier FFT's or similar stuff are newly available.

March 10, 2018 deeplink respond

A reminder that there is an absolutely outstanding collection of
radio, television, and other technical reprints can be found at 

Of particular interest are the tech lab sources such as the
RCA Review, Bell Laboratories Record, Tele Tech, and
such. Amazingly, the content keeps expanding. Many of
the .PDF files are fully searchable. 

They also have backup copies of many of my free eBooks.

March 9, 2018 deeplink respond

NEVER assume the boxes in an auction pallet actually contain
what the label says they do!

Very often, schools or other institutions doing an upgrade will 
put their out-of-date units being replaced into the new boxes
before moving them to their future auction sale stash.

Thus, the units typically may be one or two generations older 
than the palletized boxes suggest. One sure fire clue of this 
happening is if there are more than one unit per package. 

Always verify the age and series of actual individual units!

Outside of a limited possible collector market, out-of-date electronics
may have little to no value, typically less than its shipping charges.
It also may have use or compatibility problems that could piss off
your customers.

Typical examples would be analog tv anything, especially test gear,
CRT anything except for certain oscilloscopes, paper based chart
recorders, older glass power meters, vintage cable or satellite gear,
phonograph needles, most LP records, most used books or magazines,
dated but not vintage gambling  machines, Polaroid anything, photo
anything involving slopping in the slush, VHS anything, pen plotters,
high end logic analyzers, or largely uncollectible laser disks.

Much more auction help here.

March 8, 2018 deeplink respond

We think that we have sold our New Mexico wilderness
property, but we'll keep its mentions as a historical record.

Many thanks to those of you who have shown interest
in this extremely rare buy.

We still do have the last remaining large developable
property just North of the Gold Hill Oregon city
limits. Per details here.
Including updated links.

March 7, 2018 deeplink respond

Three features that make the PostScript general purpose
computing language attractive for fixing web 404's includes
its ability to read or write most any disk file(s) in most any
its task batch scripting ability; and its superb case
sensitive search
that seems to be otherwise mostly lacking
from pc's and browsers.

Here is a "work in progress" of some tools I put together that
seem useful for solving many website 404 repairing problems...

(1) Make sure your viewers know they are supposed to report
back to you on a 404, and most especially WHICH file they
were viewing that caused the problem!

(2) Be intimately familiar with the capabilities of your ISP. In my
case, this would be Fatcow, of whom I am an associate. Fatcow
uses an Apache class server and has outstanding live help.

(3) Get 404 log reports on an as needed basis. With Fatcow, this
gets done by FTPing such log files out of your stats subdirectory
similar to access_log_20180308.gz or later.
.gz files are compressed,
so you will have to decompress them using WinZip or similar.

Your final log filename should be similar to moo.tinajacom and is best
viewed in Chrome. Search this file for (space)404(space) and each
404 line should now have a yellow box in it.

(4) Organize your 404's. You can do this with cuts and pastes, but
my new find_404.psl will generate a ps log textfile for you
To use find_404.psl, you will need a fresh copy installed on your
host PC along with the Distiller internal to Acrobat XI along with my
Gonzo Utilities per this tutorial.

You will further need to make sure all your filenames and data lines
in find_404.psl match all of your files, your directories, and your
machine. Exactly. IMPORTANT: If PostScript is EVER to be used for
ANY diskfile manipulation, it MUST be entered from your command
line as
//acrodist /F ! Done properly, your result should be a new
find404.log textfile that only lists your current 404 problems.

(5) Improve 404 organization. Rearrange file by URL significance and
frequency and repairability to complete your master 404 "to do" list.

(6) Create a new shtml_stash1 subdirectory. Fill it with ALL and ONLY
your active web .shtml or .html files. Be sure to keep this folder up to
date when and as you make website corrections.

(7) My new fix_404.psl should one by one locally search each and
every. shtml or .html file presently in your shtml_stash1 subdirectory,
looking for the preset case sensitive string previously defined in
with any word processor and then drag and drop into Distiller.

A new fix_404.log file should show you exactly where and if your
problem 404 strings on your website. Similar to before, you will 
need a fresh copy of
fix_404.ps installed on your host PC along
with the Distiller internal to Acrobat XI along with my Gonzo
per this tutorial. And all filenames and options must be
exactly correct.

In interests of its blinding fast speed, fix_404.psl may rarely miss
a search hit. But it should almost always find most strings for you.

Note that the popularity of any file can be viewed by way of
your Fatcow control panel. It obviously pays to fix the most
popular problems first.
Typically only a third of the problems
will be even remotely under your control.

Also typically, a very few users are likely to create most of
your 404 problems.
EMT's call things like this part of their
"frequent flyer program".

As mentioned, this is a work in process. Please report any
further needs or difficulties.

March 6, 2018 deeplink respond

Possibly the only thing more maddeningly infuriating than 404's
is our inability to find and fix many of them.

Our present goal is a three percent 404 rate with one third
of these being stuff we can internally fix
, at least in theory.

The majority of our 404's are well out of mainstream popularity
and often may cluster on a surprisingly few visitors. Sometimes
fixing a 404 will not let it go away.
This is possibly caused
by various caching web activities. Or robots with their own

Some sneaky tricks can reduce external "ain't us" forced
404's. Foremost of which is to redirect wp-login.php
. The
fake favicon Apple touch icons can be dealt with by adding
your own images.

Any obvious outright malware or piracy attempts can be dealt
with by flat out blocking with .htaccess.

We have just made bunches of 404 fixes, but to find some
more, we will need your help. Please email me with the 404
description, and, above all, WHERE you were when you
clicked through to the 404.
Sadly, log referrals aren't much help.

I am proud to be an associate of our FarCow ISP. They have
a daily stats file that provides all sorts of info on our visitors.
Their accesslog2018.... files are compressed and need processed
with WinZip before they can be best viewed in Chrome.

The 404's can be marked with a (space) 404 (space) search
or extracted outright with this code and its generated log file.

I'm thinking about expanding a 404 auto-extraction system that
would use PostScript to automatically search all possible 404
sources. This would be heavy enough to require support.

March 5, 2018 deeplink respond

Watch out for the cliff!
        What CLIFFFFFfffffffff?

Watch out for the ping pong ball!
         What ping pong gloulckkk?

Watch our for the ladder!
         What ladder dedadder dedadder dedadder?

Watch out for the revolving door!
         What revolving door .. ing door .. ing door?

Curiously, there does not seem to be the faintest hint
of these on the web.

I'd like to try and find the rest of these and give them
a long missing home on the web. Please email me
with your candidates and suggestions.

March 4, 2018 deeplink respond

OK, here is the full solution to the "Bezier problem" in
which you want to relate the x0-x3 control points to the
A-D cubic equation coefficients. And their y equivalents.

Create some cubic basis functions by starting with an 
obvious 1 = 1 and morphing it into a bizarre 
but highly
useful (1-t) + t = 1. Cube this expression to get...

         (1-t)^3 + 3t(1-t)^2 + 3t^2(1-t)  +  t^3  = 1
    Call each of these left four terms a basis function..

            B0(t) + B1(t) + B2(t) + B3(t) = 1.

x (and separately, y) are now related to our cubic t by...

       x(t) = x0(B0(t)) + x1(B1(t)) + x2(B2(t)) + x3(B3(t))

x(t) will also equal our cubic spline equation...

                  x(t) = At^3 + Bt^2 + Ct + D

Since t has to be allowed to vary from 0 to 1, the only
way these two equations can be equal is if the t coefficients
match for each power. Expand the terms...

    x0(1-t)^3             =    x0 - 3x0t  + 3x0t^2   -   x0t^3
   x1(3t (1 - t)^2)    =           3x1t  -  6x1t^2 +  3x1t^3
    x2( 3t^2(1-t))      =                        3x2t^2  -  3x2t^3
    x3t^3                  =                                           x3t^3

Now, think vertically upwards and regroup to get...

                      A =   x3 - 3x2 + 3x1 - x0
                      B = 3x2 - 6x1 + 3x0 
C = 3x1 - 3x0
                      D =  x0  

You can easily show that the control points behave in 
the expected manner. At t=0, only B0(t) is active and
thus x0,y0 defines the starting point of the curve. At 
t=1, only B3(t) is active and thus x3,y3 defines the 
ending point of the curve.

The initial x versus t slope is 3(x1 - x0) and the initial
y versus t slope is 3(y1 - y0). The initial xy slope is thus
(y1 - y0)/(x1-x0) and thus the x1y1 control point sets
the initial slope.
Similarly, the final xy slope can be shown
to be (y3 - y2)/(x3 - x2) and thus the x2y2 control point
sets the final slope.

Finally, note that the x1,y1 point has its strongest
influence precisely and always at t=1/3
. And similarly,
the x2,y2 point has its strongest influence precisely
and always at t=2/3
. The "tension" or "enthusiasm"
of the Bezier curve is thus determined by how much
change has to happen in x and y between t=1/3 and

Q.E.D. Or something like that there.

March 3, 2018 deeplink respond

It is always darkest just before it gets completely black.

March 2, 2018 deeplink respond

If you are using Google's Adsense, they require an ads.txt
entry on the main page of your website. Failure to do so will
create 404's and may impact your Adsense revenue.

More details on creating your short ads.txt textfile can
be found here. A typical file for many "normal" users
might look like this...

google.com, pub-0000000000000000, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

.... with the zeros being replaced with your Google pub number.

Many more details here.

March 1, 2018 deeplink respond

We long ago posted a PostScript simulation of the "Gambler's
in our Tech Musings column #144. I never did get around
to split out the actual code, but you can easily extract it from
figure 5, save it as a .psl file and then send it to your Acrobat
Distiller or GhostScript.

Suppose you and I start with ten coins each and run a "fair"
and vig free coin flipping game till somebody has all the coins.
Who wins? On the average, you would reasonably expect to
win half of the time.

Now, we will make a seemingly minor and innocuous change.
The house starts with 100 coins and the mark has only 10.
Now who wins? Surprisingly, the mark now wins less than
ten percent of the time!

If the house starts with 10,000 coins, the mark never wins!
At least not so as you’d ever notice. Yes, the mark may
temporarily get way ahead, but they never win!

The point being that any mark who bets against everything
that can be gambled on is absolutely certain to lose big time.

This model plays out two million games. Every thousand games,
your mark’s winnings are reported to your PS log file as a
percentage. You can easily change each side’s coin starts or
the number of games.

BTW, the term "mark"comes from the carnival midway. Where
any losing sucker got patted on the back with chalk.

More Tech Musings here, more PostScript here, a collection
of .psl procs here, and the main .psl catalog here.

February 28, 2018 deeplink respond

A reminder that there is a sneaky trick you can pull
to dramatically reduce the "edge ghosting" typical on
any .jpg image that has been knocked out to a solid
color background.

Simply use a slightly mottled background instead.
This confuses the repetitive compression at the cost
only of a small increase in file size.

Some sample mottled backgrounds are found here.

Better yet is our selt-vingnetting auto backgrounder.
Whose many use examples can be seen here on eBay.

Start with an oversize .BMP image Clip it to your target
subject-to-background ratio. Then carefully back the red
color balance off by ONE click in Imageviewer32 or its
equivalent. It is essential that there are NO red=255
pixels ANYWHERE in your bitmap at this time!

Now, purposely using any tint that includes red=255,
outline your subject. Do make absolutely sure your
outline SOLIDLY goes ALL the way around!
there be any subject "holes" ( where you really want
your background to punch through ) or any undercuts,
next fill these completely with your red=255 pixels.

Edit a fresh copy of your auto backgrounder as any
text file, carefully setting your source and destination
files to different filenames.
Your target background
to be purposely mottled can be set with our PostScript
as a single value 0 to 215 or with the usual
value triplet of zeros up to 255 255 255.

There are adjustable internal controls for the depth of
mottling, the size and on/off of the vignette, and more.

IMPORTANT NOTE: File management MUST be
restored in your Acrobat Distiller! You do this with
a magic top secret command you can place in your
Windows Command Line:

//acrodist /F

To carry our all the sneaky magic, simply drag and
drop your current vignetter into Distiller!

The vignetter should produce results like these. The
final result can be resized or .JPG converted or
further image processed any way you like.

The actual optional vignetting gets done by an astonishingly
simple but true electromagnetic field calculator. Utterly
heretical. Find this detailed here and ( especially ) here.

Other tools related to the vignetter are our Architect's
Perspective, PostScript Colors and the Bitmap Typewriter

February 27, 2018 deeplink respond

How to spot an extroverted engineer...

They stare at your shoes, rather than their own.

February 26, 2018 deeplink respond

If you are running an eBay store, it is super easy to bury
yourself in worthless trash that consumes more and more
costly storage space. Ideally, everything in storage should
be listed and producing long term income 
with a well defined
(usually 15 month) sellout date.

At least once a year, I feel it is more than a good idea to
reevaluate everything in storage and do a total bailout.
Sort of a "reset to zero" going out of business sale.

Let's start a new list of possible bailout guidelines...

~ If you touch it, you list it or you get rid of it

~ Focus on completely clearing any problem area,
    one entire shelf, tote, or similar region at a time.

~ Have and aggressively use secondary disposal
    methods, such as wholesaling out to another
    eBay seller via the Alvin Pile.

Dramatically slash prices over anything not moving
    at all. Give them one final chance before flushing.

~ Always favor keeping new stuff over old, high value
    items over low, light items over heavy, clean over
    dirty, working over needing refurb, popular sellers
    over unknowns, items within your expertise over
    questionables, packaged over loose, compact over
    bulky, quantity over onsies, and small items over
    larger ones.

~ Carefully research current eBay prices. Chances are
    they have dropped dramatically. Avoid ever listing
    anything for less than a  $19.63 opening price.

~ Group oddball low value items into like assortment lots
    "minimum order - 4", or flush them entirely.

~ Links to manufacturer's listings can sometimes be used
   to replace the need for a custom photo. This can simplify
   and speed up low value item disposal. But avoid any
   listings without a photo or a photo-like link.

~ Know exactly what you have in inventory, where it is,
   its value, and its disposal plan.

~ Put internal "hurricane" names on larger items likely
   to get confused. Such as Alice, Boris, Clyde, etc...

~ The key tests: Would you buy this now? For how much?

Tag and schedule all items to be refurbed. Prioritize
    them in order of bang for the buck effort. Attack the
    big lumps first.

~ Try to use production line techniques where you shoot
   and process many photos at once. And try to maximize
   how many items are listed per work session.

Alternate listing big ticket items with nuisance onces.
   Mix and match "easy" and "difficult" listings.

~ Try to list at least four hundred new items during a bailout.

~ Don't agonize over individual decisions. If it is not a clear
   winner that you are genuinely excited about, flush it.

Always ask why some item has been neglected or unattended
   to. Chances are if it wasn't worth it then, it won't ever be.

Never sell anything you do not feel good about. 

For much more on eBay...

Main eBay Library

Our own eBay Sales
eBay Selling Summary
eBay Buying Summary
Successful eBay Seller Strategies
Successful eBay Buyer Strategies

Enhancing your eBay Skills I
Enhancing your eBay Skills II
Enhancing your eBay Skills III
Enhancing your eBay Skills IV
Enhancing your eBay Skills V
Enhancing your eBay Skills VI
Enhancing your eBay Skills VII
Enhancing your eBay Skills VIII

February 25, 2018 deeplink respond

One of our older GuruGrams was on Approximating a Circle
or Ellipse Using Four Bezier Cubic Splines.

In which we saw that the normal 4-spline approximation has
an error of one part in a thousand.
Which is more than
suitable for most graphic uses, but falls short of what is
acceptable in a machine shop.

The normal magic number is 0.55228475 and otherwise
known as four thirds of one less than the square root of
. But little known is that you can beat this value and come
up with a 24 percent improvement that splits the errors
into positive and negative values. Details in the above paper.

Should you need machine shop accuracy, an eight spline
approximation can give you 4 parts per million
worst case
and half that average. Again, per the paper.

PostScript does its circles to a 4-spline approximation. You
can beat this somewhat by using eight curveto splines instead
of using their arc operator. Ultimate limits are 32 bit math and
reporting roundoff. The latter of which can be eased here.

Much more on Bezier Cubic Splines here. Included are...

The Math Behind Cubic Splines
Using Cubic Splines
Cubic Spline through Four Points 
Bezier through 4 points via Optimal Lagrange
          and demo.
Cubic Spline Length and Subdivision 
Cubic Spline Minimum Point Distance 
Length of a Bezier Curve
Cubic Spline Circle Circles and Ellipses
Pixed Interpolation Algorithms
Cubic Spline Catenary Approximation
Image Post Processing Tools 
Various Bezier Examples 

February 24, 2018 deeplink respond

Some neat and off-the-wall stuff to play with include
this Fibonacci's Sunflower and this Sierpinski Triangle.

The latter of which can be found as sourcecode here
and as a demo here.

Or for some really weird marbelous stacks of pancakes
that do not even remotely look like they were done on
a computer, you can start here.

These open a whole new concept of non-self-similar or
"self-dissimilar" replications. All done with astoundingly
few bytes of code! An instant master's thesis.

Much more on PostScript here, a classic video here,
its reference manual here, and great heaping bunches
more items crammed into this USB.

February 23, 2018 deeplink respond

The "water powered car" and "improved
 scams seem to be once again
coming out of the woodwork.

Here are the facts...

   ~ There is a fundamental thermodynamic
       principle called exergy that absolutely
       guarantees that electrolysis for bulk
       hydrogen energy flat out ain't gonna
There ALWAYS will be more
       intelligent things to do with electricity
       than instantly and irrevocably destroying
       most of its quality and value. Especially
       from high value grid or pv sources.

    ~ A kilowatt hour of electrical energy is
       ridiculously more valuable than a kilowatt
       hour of unstored hydrogen gas
 because its
       thermodynamically reversibly recoverable
       energy fraction is insanely higher.

    ~ Electrolysis "efficiency" is largely meaningless
       because the "efficiency" gets used to destroy
       quality and value. Further, the amortization
      costs tend to utterly dominate the total
       production costs. Electrolysis is pretty much
       the same as 1:1 exchanging US dollars for
       Mexican Pesos.

    ~ Virtually all commercial hydrogen is produced
        by the reformation of methane
. The only time
        electrolysis is even remotely considered is for
        extreme convenience factors when the value of
        the generated hydrogen grossly exceeds its
        stored energy value.

    ~ Manufacturers of large electrolysizers will
       not even tell an individual how much their
       units cost, let alone sell them one.

    ~ It is enormously difficult to correctly measure
        the energy content of unusual electrical
        waveforms. At the very least, true rms
        instruments with credible crest factors are
       an absolute must. It is similarly enormously
       difficult to properly measure the output fraction
       that is in fact dry STP hydrogen gas.

    ~ A properly designed electrolysizer DEMANDS
       the use of often renewed platinized platinum.
       Stainless steel designs are worthless because
       of the hydrogen overvoltage of iron found in
       most any intro electrochem book.

   ~ Few people realize how rare and unusual an
      electrolysizer is. In a decade of attending
      industrial distress sales, I've run across
      exactly one. Which sold for $1700 and
      could only produce a pitiful few cc's of gas
      per minute. Try to find one sometime.

   ~ Electrolysizers raise EXTREME safety issues
      that are far beyond what most individuals
      comprehend or what your friendly local 
      hazmat folks will permit. At least one
      sci.energy.hydrogen newsgroup poster
      tried for both a Darwin Award and the X
      Prize at the same time. Sadly, his garage
      did not quite reach suborbital status.

And, of course....

    ~ Faraday's Law ain't broke.

More on trashing auto electrolysizers here, on
energy in general here, and on hydrogen here.

February 22, 2018 deeplink respond

The Windows 10 Powershell is an extremely interesting and
useful scripting tool.

Here is how to use it to extract the contents of a directory for
a textfile or printing...

1. Select target directory and open it.
2. Do a shift then mouse rightclick.
3. Click on Open Powershell Window.
4. Enter dir after the > prompt
5. Select lines of interest by click and drag
6. Enter control-c
7. control-x save to Wordpad or elsewhere.

If you are just after filenames, delete any other columns.
Save as any other textfile. Print as any textfile.

Alternately, you can do a dir > thisdirectoryfilename.txt
as step 4 and it will create and store a new file for you.

The directory does have to be in its list or other text mode.

February 21, 2018 deeplink respond

Today's lesson is that a useful answer to "But Why?"
is often "Because they can".

In league with those perfecting synthetic kale or developing
Caver's Wrist Sundials, there seems to be a bunch of new
interest in creating Lisp Interpreters for PostScript.

The original intent was to create a printer that spoke
Lisp. But newer and more flexibly, this would give
Acrobat Distiller ( and thus .PDF ) the ability to speak
or accept Lisp as well.
As would Ghostscript.

Proponents feel that this also expands PostScript's
already superb string manipulation capabilities. Much
of the interest can be found here, here, and here.

There's a bunch of wildly interesting programming
stunts along the way.

Lisp, of course, is primarily of interest to programmers
whose childhood was completely and utterly devoid of
It is most famous for its Zork variant.

Much more on PostScript here, and an "empty"
dummy program prototype here. And a list of code
projects here. Plus the reference manual here.

February 20, 2018 deeplink respond

Custom crystal frequencies used to be cheap and quick
to get back in the days of classic ham and CB radios.

But the magic TV Typewriter frequency of 4.562 MHz
has become tricky to find. But you can try such outfits
as Crystek, Statek, or Bomar. Sadly, International
and JAN Crystals seem to be recently gone.

Several of you have asked just how critical this clock
frequency is. Well, the TVT itself pretty much could
not care less
, and anything remotely near four and a half
Megahertz will do just fine. At least for initial tests.

The problem was that 1973 era tv sets were poorly regulated
and shielded. Drifting even slightly from a 60 Hertz frame
rate might cause "breathing" or "wobbling"
. Being off by
even one tenth of a percent would dance every six seconds.

This should not be much of a problem for the direct video
entry of a modern LCD based monitor with high frequency
switch mode power supplies. Chances are a somewhat more
available 4.6453 MHz crystal likely will work just fine here.

A sledgehammer solution these days is to phase lock to the
power line.
Poof. Gone. But you still would likely want to use
a "pullable" crystal, helped along by a 4013 D flop used as
a 60 Hertz phase detector. This should be easy and cheap
to do to 1973 circuit standards and techniques.

The existing TVT Clock chip actually allows pulling!

February 19, 2018 deeplink respond

A reminder that the TV Typewriter has an obscure,
hidden and "secret" self test on connector pin 19.

This "sort of" converts the TVT into a bizarre oscilloscope.
It man be used to view any internal TTL output pin. And
will superimpose the timing on that pin as video.

WARNING: Use only on TTL output stages! Do NOT
attempt to view main MOS memory, RF, negative supplies,
RC networks, external waveforms, etc...
Details on how to
interpret the waveforms are found here.

Note that you may not be able to view any waveforms present
during certain portions of the intended horizontal or vertical
blanking intervals.

Naturally, a "real" oscilloscope or USB replacement should
be used for any serious debugging. But with some creative
thought, the self test might be all you need for initial debug.

February 18, 2018 deeplink respond

A Brad Hodge reachable at brad@bettercomputing.net
and this website seems to be in the process of recreating
authentic and classically correct TV Typewriter replicas.

An ongoing blog appears here.

He has solved most of the circuit board, crystal, and
similar "unobtanium" hassles and appears to have units
nearly complete and in their near final debugging phase.

He welcomes feedback, comments, and participation.

These days, the TVT direct video output would be better
, owing to a lack of modern analog displays to classic
standards. Classic TV channels ended around 2009.

And custom crystals, while once cheap and trivially available
probably could be worked around by power line phase locking.

The latter might be done for a dollar or two with 1973
circuits and concepts. Key might be a 4013 D flop used
as a phase detector. This would also make for a more
stable display on an older cheap tv set.

BTW, the "lost" TVT color cover photo can be found here.

More on TV Typewriters here, here, and here.

February 17, 2018 deeplink respond

Thought I would re-mention some of our "heavier" stuff...

Some Image Pixel Interpolation Algorithms
Bezier through 4 points via Optimal Lagrange
Exploring the Bitmap File Format
Lancaster Classics USB
Magic Sinewave Review
Magic Sinewave Calculator with quantizing
PostScript Font Snooper

PostScript Beginner Stuff
PostScript Secrets
Catalogs by file Types
TTL Cookbook
Predictions for 2018

Intro to PostScript Video
Free eBook Classics Collection
The Worst of Marcia Swampfelder
Revised Fat Tail Arrow Utilities
Energy Library
Current Blog
PostScript Font Snooper
Bitmap Typewriter
PS PowerPoint Simulator

Build This TV Typewriter
Mount Graham Aerial Tramway
Factors of Recent Technical Innovation
Saga of the Dripping Stalactites
Fun with Fields
Patent Bashing
Tearing Method
PostScript Library
Classic Reprints
New Field Solutions via Rebounding
How to Trash a Vehicle Hydrogen Electrolyzer
How to Bash Pseudoscience
Debunking the Hydrogen Debacle
Curious Saga of the Magic Lamp
Cubic Spline Minimum Point Distance
Swings and Tilts Perspective Corrector
Vignetting Image Auto Backgrounder
Gila Valley Dayhikes
Lesser Known Gila Valley Dayhikes
Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canals
Stacks of Marbelous Distorted Pancakes

February 16, 2018 deeplink respond

A reminder that this Xylophone Duet is eminently watchable,
while its hard to find original source can be found here.

And that this "must review" related web resource usually 
has well over one million daily changing entries.

February 15, 2018 deeplink respond

Here are some possible defenses against adblockers
adversely impacting your website...

1. Do not use ANY third party ad placement!

2. Locally host any and all ad src= requests.

3. ALWAYS be in TOTAL personal ad control.

4. Make sure ALL your
src= ad requests have NO
    obvious ad keywords or big player names. Any
/ads/  subdirectories are clearly a no-no. Instead,
    substitute a /cute_cats_in_the_sink/ subdirectory.
    And, of course, name your ads
Puss, Kitty, etc.

5. Ask what keywords would go into your phrase
    src search list IF you were writing an ad blocker.

6. Make sure any JavaScript ad placement aides
   have no obvious ad keywords or comment hints.

7. Make sure there are no "red flag" ad warnings
   anytime a user selects "view page source".

8. Make sure no ad in any manner interferes with
   your user's flowing website access.

9. Make sure all ads are unlikely to piss off any
    viewer in any way at any time.

February 14, 2018 deeplink respond

Managed to verify that the Tripp Canal on West Peak
is real and is markedly self-similar to nearly all of the
more northeasterly prehistoric bajada hanging canals.

The canal is about 2 miles or 3 kilometers long and
sources at a major corral on the West Peak Road at
32.80368 -110.05083, does an actual road crossing
near 32.81143 -110.04589, then routes along the
highest available terrain in the vicinity of 32.81280
-110.03848, and apparently delivered water to a pair of
end user fields in Tunnel Canyon near 32.81608
. Minor braiding appears evident.

A partial map can be found here with a typical reach

The canal is somewhat less in cross section than
most, being something like half a meter across and
only a few centimeters deep.

Features include a significant hanging portion,
fairly well defined edge spoil banks, an apparent
watershed crossing, routings along the highest
of local terrain, a possible steep delivery section,
possible use of partial natural channels, and some
delivery to what are now apparent tanks.

It is somewhat higher and drier than most, which
suggests climatic conditions possibly much wetter
than today. It is also the westernmost known
canal and seems to "close the loop" with canals
now found on nearly every aspect "all the way
around" the Grahams.

Construction is to obviously prehistoric standards
and needs. While clearly in cow country, there is
no way in hell this is in any way, shape, or form
a cow path. Nor any evidence of historic needs or
reuse being met.

Much more on our hanging canals here.
Field mice are sorely needed.

February 13, 2018 deeplink respond

There is a new speed reading ap that can let you read
War and Peace in twelve minutes!

It's about Russia.

February 12, 2018 deeplink respond

Negative vibes continue to accumulate on our Adsense
experiment for the Guru's Lair. Possibly the worst is
that the pennies of income generated to date are
laughingly absurd.

A key problem is that the Adsense reported number
of impressions is only the tiniest fraction of the actual
genuine FatCow ISP stats potential impressions.

The most logical reason for this is that our high tech
viewers have gotten so pissed off with obscene ad abuse
elsewhere that they have already installed and are using
ad blockers.
Big time.

We have long had in place a classic and modest"retro"
banner program. Most of our well controlled entries are
non-obnoxious simple "win win" awareness of free items
not available elsewhere. Very little is offered for sale.

Our banner rotator even makes a game out of accessing
things like our Gila Valley Dayhikes or finding Marcia
Swampfelder or our USB classics. Just refresh again.

I am wondering if adding a single Adsense ad per page
might not dramatically accelerate the already blatantly
excessive number of ad blockers being used on our site.

It is, of course, trivially easier to install a free ad blocker
than it is to set up a viable Adsense website account.
Present thoughts are to continue the experiment for
a few weeks.

Your thoughts welcome.

February 11, 2018 deeplink respond

Apparently my Manual De Circuitos Integrados TTL
is becoming available on the web and I would very much
like to add it to our free eBook Collection.

But I don't quite trust some of the sources and their
registration mandates. Safety reports seem ambiguous
at best.

Could you send me a .PDF copy so I can proceed?

Or even better, the Chinese Version?

February 10, 2018 deeplink respond

Once again, a summary of many of our currently available
free eBooks...

Apple Assembly Cookbook I 
Apple Assembly Cookbook II 
Applewriter Cookbook 
Cheap Video Cookbook 
Enhancing your Apple II Volume I
Enhancing your Apple II Volume II 
Incredible Secret Money Machine 
Machine Language Programming Cookbook I 
Machine Language Programming Cookbook II 
RTL Cookbook 
Son of Cheap Video 
TTL Cookbook   
TV Typewriter Cookbook

We also have these "Director's Cut" demos of our 
"Linotype Era" eBook restoration services...

DC Apple Assembly Cookbook
DC Applewriter Cookbook 
DC Archaeomagnetism and Paleomagnetism 
DC Machine Language Programming I
DC SigForth Intro to PostScript
DC Superclock 
DC Tearing Method 
DC Thermoluminescence 
DC TVT Image
DC Winning the Micro Game

Director's Cut" tutorials herehere, here, and here.

And this "one each of everything" USB...

Lancaster Classics USB Library

But we still could very much use your help in finding
new or improved scans of...

Micro Cookbook I ( autographed copy here )
CMOS Cookbook ( regular copy here )
Active Filter Cookbook ( autographed copy here )

Manual De Circuitos Integrados TTL
( Also the Chinese TTL Cookbook )

Plus hard to find Electronics 41:3 with my RTL story in it.

February 9, 2018 deeplink respond

Google Earth has recently suggested a Tripp Canyon
 in the western Grahams that still remains field 
unverified. If valid, it would rather strongly suggest 
prehistoric climatic conditions significantly wetter 
than today.

The canal is long and linear and seems to have just
exactly the right slope. But a today credible water
source is less than apparent.

Your help as a field mouse is needed to determine
if this is real and where its water came from.
Some end field destinations would also be nice.

BTW, the way you get Google Earth to tilt is to use
the mouse roller in windows, or else
on a Mac.

Much more on the spectacular prehistoric bajada
hanging canals here and here.

February 8, 2018 deeplink respond

Our present bajada hanging canal docs on researchgate 
now do include...

Allen Canal **
Bear Springs Canal ** 
Cluffnw Canal   **
Deadman Canal **

Frye Complex ** 
Henry Canal **
Jernigan Canal
Longview Area ** 
Lower Frye Construct  ** 
Mud Springs ** 
Reay Canal  ** 
Robinson Canal  ** 
Tranquility Canal  **
Tugood Canal  ** 

Veech Canal  **

Intended for early major upgrade are...

Freeman Canal 
Lefthand Canyon West 
Minor Webster Ditch 
Riggs Mesa Canal 
Sand Canal 
Smith Canal 
TB Ponding Area*

And many of the rest of the gang appear here.
Or are mentioned in passing here or earlier.  

For sourcecodes, substitute .psl trailers above.

A catalog of most field notes can be found here and
a recent supplement here. New 
additions are are first
likely to appear here.

February 7, 2018 deeplink respond

Leave it to the Military to point out to me via email
that a Epiphany is usually overwhelmingly positive,
while a "Holy Shit Moment" can end up either
very bad or very good.

Some personal examples...

Way back when I was first developing our
curvetracing routines, I decided to use
Mickey Mouse as a subject. Halfway
in the development process, about 2:15
AM, I entered ONE wrong coordinate.
And Mickey instantly got an appropriate
sized and positioned erection! Sorry, but
for obvious reasons, code ( with or without )
is not available.

I witnessed a tanker rollover in Phoenix 
that created the usual movie-style fifty
foot fireball. In the length of time it took
to say "Holy Shit", the fireball blew itself
out, leaving the rest of the zillion gallons
of diesel fuel below its flash point. 

For decades I had been finding tantalizing
hints that Magic Sinewaves were in fact 
real. Sure enough, at 3:15 AM a waveform
popped up with all low harmonics precisely
zero. The Holy Grail was found! 

Finding a continuance of the prehistoric Allen
 in an unexpected place, superb 
preservation, and world class size was a 
recent example. 

And I named an earlier discovery the HS Canal
because it was literally a lifetime find.

But the most recent "Holy Shit Moment" was
realizing exactly WHY the prehistoric obsession with 
hanging canals halfway up the sides of mesas:
This made their slope INDEPENDENT of the terrain!
And, factoring in the available technology, makes
the LBT look like a Tinkertoy set.

February 6, 2018 deeplink respond

Managed to re-find the "lost" Blue Ponds Canal.
It is right where it always was, about 150 feet
south and 350 feet east of the Lower Frye road
crossing fence a mile south of the big tank..

This is believed to be part of the Freeman Prehistoric
Bajada Hanging canal, which is in turn is believed
to be part of a gonzo "supercanal" that involves the
unproven Upper Frye watershed crossing, various
mid Frye Mesa routes, the spectacular HS Canal,
and the equally spectacular Lower Frye Construct.

Newly discovered are some apparent end use fields
at 32.78087 -109.77840  and shown here. Typical  
canal photos can be seen here and here.

The Blue Ponds Canal was historically modified by
adding a headgate to allow "switching" between
the No Name pond and the Blue Pond. Located

at 32.78070 -109.77915 and shown here and here.

Since there is no evidence of historic Lower Frye
Construct water use, it is believed that a pipeline was
redirected to supply this short canal portion. Fragments
of long broken pipelines are nearby. But any actual
connection still remains enigmatic.

Note that a non-leaking pipeline can deliver water
uphill given enough initial head. As per the usual
0.434 PSI per foot of initial height. Provided the
flow is unrestricted. Uphill flow in an open canal is
normally not possible.

Your assistance as a field mouse is requested in
(1) Finding the missing route between the Blue
Ponds Canal and the Lower Frye Construct; and
(2) Showing how historic water ended up by being
redirected into the Blue Ponds Canal.

February 5, 2018 deeplink respond

The overwhelming amount of Mount Graham runoff
is clearly to the northeast via a dozen riparian canyons
These include Veech, Jacobson, Marijilda, Deadman,
Frye, Spring, Ash, Shingle Mill, Nuttall, Carter, North
Taylor, and Tripp.

But a reasonable question might be if any more of
the prehistoric bajada hanging canals exist on any
of its other slopes.

The easternmost known riparian canyon is Veech
and you can find its field notes here. Just south
of Veech, "lost" but somewhere around  32.61416
  is a short and deep Vee construct that
may or may not end up canal related and may or
may not have been prehistoric
. Stockton Pass Wash
would seem likely as a prehistoric water resource.

Other field notes are here and here..

Near the southeastern mountain slope is Hog Canyon
with a spring and a short canal-like run at 32.55383
-109.76428 This remains unexplored but appears
prehistorically credible.

Grant Creek with its southern runoff has a number
of small canals on the O-BAR-O Ranch just east
of Fort Grant. One canal branch crosses Route 266 at

32.58889 -109.96761

These remain largely unstudied but clearly would
seem to be compatible with prehistoric standards.

The southwestern Grahams are largely dry and only offer
a few smaller springs that would seem unlikely to have
produced significant canals.

Google Earth has recently suggested a Tripp Canyon
in the western Grahams that has now been
unverified. Its characteristics are remarkably similar
to the more eastern examples.

A believed artesian canal first observed by Bandelier
northwest of the Grahams at 32.94551 -109.91158 does
not initially
appear to be directly Mount Graham water
sourced. But ultimately was possibly snowmelt driven.

Closing the loop is a newly discovered and apparently
prehistoric canal in North Taylor Canyon at 32.81448
and just west of the UFO Fish Fillets.

February 4, 2018 deeplink respond

A possible prehistoric hanging canal has been newly
observed in the North Taylor Canyon area from
32.81448 -109.97440 to 32.81564 -109.97368 and
can be traced on Acme Mapper for a mile or so.

Photos can be found here and here. As the ground
truth appears both subtle and of a relatively low
quality, third party verification is still needed.

Field mice are welcome to participate.

This find is just west of the UFO Fish Fillets and
would seem to add credibility to their prehistoric
In addition, the presence of this canal
would seem to imply a wetter climate than today.

The area also has extensive CCC involvement, often
in a highly atypical manner. Artifact age separation
presently appears to be a major problem.

More on the fish fillets here.

February 3, 2018 deeplink respond

Newly updated and expanded our Gila Valley Dayhikes.
We are now up to 522 primary entries!

The latest of which include some artesian resources
here, here, and here, additional hanging canal finds,
and volcanic vent and obsidian field details. Plus
a superb Portal B&B.

A sampler of some of the more unusual day hikes can be 
found here.

And more details on your spectacular research opportunities
of our Prehistoric Bajada Hanging canals here.

A fer of the many open "help wanted" projects were 
summarized here. There are dozens of newer ones.

February 2, 2018 deeplink respond

Can't put one over on her. Nosiree.

Little old lady to her companion at a recent live auction...
Why, that man has been talking all morning!

February 1, 2018 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 makin 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  31, 2018 deeplink respond

What can you do if an eBay or other image is not quite
sharp enough?

Naturally, if it is really fuzzy, do it over! And make sure
you are not the cause of the problem by always using a
tripod, waiting long enough for autofocus to stabilize,
having enough lighting, and having a subject that an
autofocus system can reasonably deal with.

Beyond that, there are several tricks you can do
to improve apparent image sharpness. Such as
starting with this image and ending up with this one.

In general edge sharpness is much more apparent
than anything internal. I like to align things such that
verticals are truly vertical to a one pixel lock, along
with horizontals that are truly horizontal to a one
pixel lock.

When and where it is appropriate, I like to switch to
Architects 2D perspective. Again forcing intended
verticals to end up truly that way. By using this utility.

Rotating the image to optimize its appearance can
also help a lot.

A sharpened but mottled background can do wonders,
working towards a "shadowless" image. You can make
such a background out of sampling and repeating a 
small portion of the best of the original background, 
or by using this "steal the plans" resource, or by
using our auto backgrounder code.

Edges can be improved by sampling their best part and
replicating it over their entire length.
 Should an edge
be really fuzzy, trace a single pixel line over it in a ridiculously
contrasting color. Then fill in to the internal side to the line.
Finally, fill in the external side of the line and replace the
temporary edge color.

If there are multiple instances of something like the pins
on this filter, get one looking really good and then
replicate it as needed. But watch out for perspective
issues where things get smaller the further into your
image that you get. In general, you can get away with
isometric edges ( or other thin structures ) on perspective

Sometimes eliminating unwanted detail can make things
look sharper, like we did with the aluminum chassis in
this item. But things can end up "cartoonish" or "obviously
retouched" if you go to extremes with this technique.

Programs like Imageview32 or Irfanview do have nice
sharpening routines. But these are best used VERY
sparingly, typically one click or at most two.

Consulting services available.

January  30, 2018 deeplink respond

Getting decent integrated circuit photos ( and especially
their lettering ) can be tricky for eBay sales. So, I thought
I'd review some of our insider tricks that seem to work.

First and foremost is to spend lots of time in image postproc.
Much more than in the scanning itself. We might start 
off with this scanned image and get this final result.

A squeaky clean 600 DPI scanner is a must, such as 
the HP3970 which you can find on eBay for $30. If
the subject chips are murky, it may pay to scan three
or more at once and then crop out the best one.

Note that you scanner can also be used as a "magnifying 
glass" to aid in identifying ic's in the first place.

Postproc starts by cropping to somewhat larger than
final image size, brightening and reducing gamma 
somewhat, and rotating the object until the best edge
line and the lettering are aligned within one pixel.
Imageview32 is an excellent choice for this.

At this point, keep the images much larger than final 
size and save them as a bitmap only!

A suitable mottled background is created. You can
do this by sampling and replicating the best of the
existing background area, by using this "steal the
plans" template
, or by putting a red=255 box
around the chip and using our auto backgrounder.

Next, the best part of the best long chip edge is
found and improved. It is then "chased along" its 
intended length to define an acceptably sharp 
and perfectly horizontal edge.

The best single pin associated with the best edge is
found and improved. Typically lengthening it and fitting
it to the intended mottled background. This pin gets
replicated the needed number of times along your
sharp edge. Be sure to get the pin count right!

Copy the entire edge/pins/background assembly,
flip it vertically and paste it back over the other
side of the chip. Then finish improving the chip
ends to make them match and look credible.

At this point, you have to decide whether the lettering
is good enough as is, whether it can be retouched by
improving the intercharacter area and rounding backgrounds,

or whether all lettering should be redone by using our
Bitmap Typewriter.

If you use the Bitmap Typewriter, sample the background
and use the values from the Paint "edit" colors" listing.
The foreground should typically be the lightest existing
lettering pixels. And the pixels-high by pixels-wide" 
settings can be read from the rectangle tool in Paint.

Needless to say, it is super important to get the
numerics exactly right if you do a Bitmap Typewriter
replacement.  Logos can sometimes be faked or
assisted by the triangle and circle Paint tools. Or,
in extreme cases, retouched or simply left off entirely,

If you are going to have many similar ic's it pays
to let the Bitmap Typewriter generate an entire
alphabet and place it below the prototype bitmap.
Logos and agency marks can be similarly saved.

Finally, the image is cropped to size and resized
to some suitable eBay image format, perhaps
500 pixels wide. The image gets brightened somewhat
and might have its gamma reduced further. While
as much as ONE CLICK of sharpening can 
sometimes be very useful, this tool is best used with
extreme caution. The properly postprocessed image
then gets saved as a .JPG file and uploaded to eBay.

Naturally, these techniques are intended to accurately
replicate needed chip technical information.
 They are
not appropriate when you are selling a collectible where
revealing present condition is of top priority. 

Consulting services available.

January 29, 2018 deeplink respond

There is a subtle bug in the "obvious" shuffling algorithm
of "exchange each item randomly with itself or any other item.

The correct algorithm is "exchange each item with itself
randomly or any other item LOWER in the pile.

While the obvious algorithm only introduces an utterly
negligible error at the n=52 card shuffling, the errors
become unacceptably high for low n,
most especially
for n=3. Where the odds may end up ten percent higher
or lower than expected!

An older discussion here. The correct algorithm here. But
the Apple Assembly Cookbook still has the wrong algorithm.

January 28, 2018 deeplink respond

Here's the present version of our JavaScript banner rotator...

<script type="text/javascript">
// BannerRotator version 3.0  Support: don@tinaja.com
var images = [],
index = 0 ,
holdem = 0 ,
TopCard = 0 ,
var Pattern = [ 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 ] ;

images[0] = "<a href='http://www.tinaja.com/msquant/
  <img src='http://www.tinaja.com/banners/msbann1.jpg'
   alt='Latest free Magic Sinewave calculator updates.'> </a>";

// more data goes here...

images[16] = "<ahref='https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=
 <img src='http://www.tinaja.com/banners/usbbann4.jpg'
  alt='Don Lancaster classics USB'></a>";

function Shuffle () {
      Pattern = [ 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 ] ;
      index=0 ;
      for (TopCard=(Pattern.length - 1);TopCard>0;TopCard-=1)
SwapCard = Math.floor(Math.random()*(TopCard + 1)) ;
     holdem = Pattern[TopCard] ;
     Pattern [TopCard] = Pattern [SwapCard] ;
     Pattern [SwapCard] = holdem ;
} ;

function PlaceBanner () {document.write(images[Pattern [index]]);
} ;

Shuffle () ;

An array of [1 2 3 4 ... n] is created and then shuffled. Banners are then
sequentially accessed. In the above data example images[0] uses a
host banner, while images[16] uses a URL link.

And here's how you place a banner...

<script type="text/javascript">
PlaceBanner ()

January 27, 2018 deeplink respond

Managed to find some of Marcia Swampfelder's "lost"
letters responses...

We were intrigued with the high efficiency solar
cell described in the April Hobby Scene. Because
the corresponding ketone ( 3,7- dimethylpentadecan -
2 -one ) is available in large quantities, at least in the
midwest, by ether extraction from the saliva of
pregnant sows, this seemed like the logical starting
point. Reduction of the ketone with sodium borohydride
gave the alcohol that, upon treatment with propionyl
chloride in pyridine, gave the desired propionate ester in
good yield. The solar cell was then constructed pretty
much as described, except that a glass spray bottle could
not be used to apply the compound to the sand. This is
because the chemical also reacts with the silica in the
glass and the resulting deoxygenation process is violent.
A plastic bottle, however, works quite well. The cell
actually is more efficient than the one described,by
providing about 87% conversion. -Dr. C. T. C.Creedy
and co- workers, Charles F. Kettering Research
Laboratory, Yellow Springs, OH.

So close. So very close. But he still did not get it. The magic
chemical had been recently published in Science as the sex
pheromone of the pine sawfly. Now, you would normally
use this glop in picoliter quantities, but you wouldn't want
to release all of it at once, instead time delivering it from
wax over half a year or so. Spraying two liters instead
would have the unintended side effect of immediately
attracting every horny male pine sawfly from, perhaps, a
one hundred mile radius.

More letters...

You stated that car radio frequency drift was due to
the Doppler effect and that the problem should be
corrected with a phase locked loop. My God, tell the
fool to slow down! For an audible Doppler shift to
occur in the commercial AM band  ( let's say 5 Hz, to
be conservative ), this person would have to be driving
faster than 5000 mph. By helping
him to keep his
radio tuned, you are aiding and abetting this reckless
and unlawful operation of a motor vehicle.- Walter Satre,
Chairman, Electrical & Electronics Technology Dept.,
Vermont Technical College, Randolph
Center, VT.

In discussing the well known effect of radiation pressure
from car stereo speakers in the April Hobby Scene,
Marcia Swampfelder overlooked the most important
application of them all: swinging the speakers forward to
assist in braking. Such dynamic air braking does not
wear down the tires and has been used effectively for
years in fire engines. When close to the fire, the driver
swings his siren around to hasten the stop. You can
determine the precise moment when he does this from
the change in pitch, caused by the Doppler effect,
provided you are not close to the fire. -Harry E. Stockman,
Arlington, MA.

In the "April Hobby Scene," you have casually dropped
a scientific bombshell! Marcia Swampfelder describes a
device called the "in situ" solar cell. This story, if true,
is the economic equivalent of "How to Turn Sand Into
Gold for a Few Dollars and a Day's Work." In one fell
swoop, it obsoletes 65 million dollars worth of 1977
ERDA contracts for solar cell research. However, it has
a certain hoax like quality to it. I'm no chemist, but after
diagramming the molecule for the long named reactive
agent described, I get something that looks a lot like
common motor oil.-Clyde R. Smith, Fort Worth, TX.

Many thanks to American Radio History for their help
in this restoration.

January 26, 2018 deeplink respond

I've been exploring Google's Adsense and have pretty
much concluded that it is trivially easy to end up grossly
overestimating its potential for your website.

The average monthly payment for the overwhelming majority
of Adsense participants is zero. Income is often less than
pennies per month with a minimum $100 payout.

Yes, there are a trivially few websites that can generate big
time income via Adsense. As a bare minimum, you'll need...

Exceptionally high traffic
Unique content not available elsewhere.
Manic viewers obsessively returning daily.
New stuff 24/7 each and every day.
Being a definitive historic web repository.
Genuinely unique and original material.
Giving lots of free stuff away hassle free.
Providing a definitive free eBook collection.
Offering viewer types advertisers demand.
Most content actually present on site.
Viewers that actually click and buy.
Going viral.
Faithful viewers never using ad blockers.
Not minding annoyance and lack of control.
Not minding high generation and maint times.

Note that ads are only delivered only to .html or
.shtml files and only to those that you have specifically
activated. Activation effort can be significant on any
larger website.

Note further that the number of website "hits" is
typically much higher ( perhaps 10X! ) than the
number of offered .html or .shtml files.
because of data files in .PDF or .JPG or similar
formats. And secondly because of housekeeping
entities such as wallpaper or clickables.

I'll be continuing to explore AdSense, but I am not at all
hopeful it will end up appropriate for the Guru's Lair.

Meanwhile, my ancient and classic "retro" banner rotator
system will remain in prime use. You can pick up much of its
sourcecode with the usual "view page source" clickthrough.

We can also email you original Javascript generation code
on request. Note that what the ISP delivers may differ from
the original source code if JavaScript or another scripting
language is in use.

Some early banner rotator stuff appears here, here, and here.
And participation details here.

One of the banner rotator side effects is that viewers may
actually keep refreshing just to make ad finding a game.

Try it.

January 25, 2018 deeplink respond

Fundamental Factors Underlying Technical Innovation
can be found here. With its sourcecode here.

And my favorite pseudoscience yarn here. With its sourcecode
here. And a historic third party take here. Other thoughts on
electrocity here. And its sourcecode here.

Remember that it is always the greasy whistle that gets
squeaked. And to never store carbide in a non locking

January 24, 2018 deeplink respond

Bezier Cubic Splines are an excellent and preferred method 
to draw those smooth continuous curves often found in 
typography, CAD/CAM, and graphics in general.
their many advantages is a very sparse data set allowing 
a mere eight values ( or four x,y points ) to completely 
define a full and carefully controlled and totally device 
independent curve. 

Many tutorials and examples are now present in our 
Cubic Spline Library. Some entries include...

The Math Behind Cubic Splines

Using Cubic Splines
Cubic Spline through Four Points 
Cubic Spline Length and Subdivision 
Cubic Spline Minimum Point Distance 
Length of a Bezier Curve
Cubic Spline Circle Circles and Ellipses
Pixed Interpolation Algorithms
Cubic Spline Catenary Approximation
Image Post Processing Tools 
Various Bezier Examples 

Meowrrr Puss De Resistance 
Cubic Spline Image Interpolation 
"Bezier Curve through fuzzy data! 
Nonlinear Graphic Transforms
PostScript Insider Secrets

Older third party resources...

Real Length of a Bezier Curve
Bezier curve through four points ( improved here ) 
Bezier circular arc approximation 
Fitting points to a Bezier curve 
Fast Bezier curve evaluation
Alternate view of a Bezier curve

Bezier curve sinewave approximation
Accuracy of PostScript Circles
Lagrange Bezier Fit #1
Lagrange Bezier Fit #2

There are also simpler and less powerful quadratic splines.
Often overlooked are the ones in Paint as its second 
shape option extensively used in these examples

A third party quadratic spline lecture can be found here
and some of its math here.

January 23, 2018 deeplink respond

For most individuals and small scale startups, patents 
are virtually certain to result in a net loss of time, 
energy, money, and sanity.   

One reason for this is the outrageously wrong urban 
lore involving patents and patenting. A second involves 
the outright scams which inevitably will surround all
"inventions" and "inventing". 

A third is that the economic breakeven needed to
recover patent costs is something between $12,000,000
and $40,000,000 in gross sales.

It is ludicrously absurd to try and patent a million 
dollar idea.

Start with our Case Against Patents paper and then 
go on to these...

 The Case Against Patents
 When to Patent 
 How to Bust a $650 Patent 
 Patent Horror Stories

Patent Avoidance Resources
Main Patent Library Page
Collected Patenting eBook

January 22, 2018 deeplink respond

The latest update to our Henry Prehistoric Bajada
Hanging canals
 can be found here with its sourcecode here.

Also will be newly uploaded to ResearchgateWhere it
joins 22 previously updated listings.

January 21, 2018 deeplink respond

Several months ago, both Solar Server and pvXchange seem 
to have dropped their monthly updates of pv module peak
watt panel pricing. An alternate service can be found here.

At present, utility grade panels are coming in around US 36 cents
per peak panel watt. One criteria for true renewability and sustainability
would be 25 cents per peak panel watt. Projections now show this
possibly first happening in a surprisingly very few months.

But, of course, once breakeven happens, it still will be many years
before pv becomes truly renewable and sustainable.
First because
of all the new investment dollars that will be thrown at pv, and
second because all the previous years of pv energy waste have
to eventually be paid for in a true accounting.

Note that any pv analysis that treats a subsidy as a 1:1 asset rather
than a 7:1 true energy cost liability is inherently bogus.
Present panels
may sometimes be efficient at ripping off subsidy dollars, but this
does not in any manner make them truly energy renewable or

Where does the quarter per peak panel watt come from? Assume
a 1000 peak watt panel in a sane Arizona location. It is likely
to generate five kilowatt hours per day worth 50 cents at
a dime per kilowatt hour.
Or $15 per month. Turn to an
amortization schedule at, say, ten years and eight percent, and
you see you can finance your panel at if it costs less than $1206.00
Round it down to the legendary dollar per watt.

But wait. That is a dollar per watt peak cost. The panel usually
is only half the total cost, so fifty cents per peak panel watt. But
there is a hidden gotcha in that it makes no sense whatsoever
for a utility to sell a dimes worth of conventional electricity only
to but a dimes worth of pv one.
If they are to deliver a significant
new energy advantage, then a quarter per peak panel watt
sounds about what is needed to get a lot of attention.

"Paint it green" will no longer hack it.

For more info...

Energy Intro and Summary
PV Panel Intro and Summary
Some Energy Fundamentals
More Energy Fundamentals
Additional Energy Related Links

January 20, 2018 deeplink respond

Acme Mapper has just revealed a possible prehistoric canal
adjacent to the UFO Fish Fillets!

The situation is, to say the least, confused because of many
dozens of CCC projects also in the immediate area.

More on the canals here. and on ResearchGate.
Field mice urgently needed here.

January 19, 2018 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have a one-each-of-everything USB
of all our Lancaster Classics available here.

Newly revised as version 1.05. Nearly 3 Gigs of code!

January 18, 2018 deeplink respond

Their are some subtle features in HP's and others
"all in one" printer-copier-fax-scanners such as the

It turns our there is a non-obvious USB "walk-in"
connector lower left, along with a Photo Memory
Card input.

This means you can directly scan from hard copy
to USB in your choice of .PDF, JPG, or other formats.
You can also print directly from USB to paper.

Normal JPG resolution is 600 DPI. Files usually
end up in a HP Scans folder on the USB. And no
PC is actually required!

The only slight negative is the tiny keyboard. But it
is easy enough to rename later on another pc.

Oh yeah, their depth of field is also not all that great.
I prefer a minimum depth of field of three feet.

January 17, 2018 deeplink respond

The latest update to our Golf Course Prehistoric Bajada
Hanging canals
can be found here with its sourcecode here.

Also has been newly uploaded to Researchgate. Where it
joins 22 previously updated listings.

January 16, 2018 deeplink respond

Here is a summary of many of our currently available
free eBooks...

Apple Assembly Cookbook I 
Apple Assembly Cookbook II
Applewriter Cookbook
Cheap Video Cookbook
Enhancing your Apple II Volume I
Enhancing your Apple II Volume II
Incredible Secret Money Machine
Machine Language Programming Cookbook I
Machine Language Programming Cookbook II
RTL Cookbook
Son of Cheap Video
TTL Cookbook  
TV Typewriter Cookbook

We also have these "Director's Cut" demos of our
"Linotype Era" eBook restoration services...

DC Apple Assembly Cookbook
DC Applewriter Cookbook 
DC Archaeomagnetism and Paleomagnetism 
DC Machine Language Programming I
DC SigForth Intro to PostScript
DC Superclock 
DC Tearing Method 
DC Thermoluminescence 
DC TVT Image
DC Winning the Micro Game

Director's Cut" tutorials herehere, here, and here.

And this "one each of everything" USB...

Lancaster Classics USB Library

But we still could very much use your help in finding
new or improved scans of...

Micro Cookbook I ( autographed copy here )
CMOS Cookbook ( regular copy here )
Active Filter Cookbook ( autographed copy here )

January 15, 2018 deeplink respond

Here, here, and here are three of the latest artesian
canal photos. With their locations here. These are

It is not yet clear whether these have Bajada Hanging
Canal prehistoric origins. They certainly have "prehistoric
class" sizes and construction techniques.

And their purpose as a new historic project is not at all
apparent, compared to the much easier "dig out an old ditch".

These still flow to this day, but clearly are showing drought
stress. While the majority of the bajada canals are mountain
stream sourced, something around fifteen to nineteen
percent of them appear to be artesian related.

January 14, 2018 deeplink respond

Made a minor cosmetic correction to our Web Friendly
PostScript Colors. It is still GuruGram #119 and its
PDF file can be found here with it PSL sourcecode here.

The "best" web colors have been hex 00-33-66-99-CC-FF
on the red, blue, and green channels. You can put these
into a 6x6x6 cube for 216 easily set convenient colors.

Things get redder to the east, greener to the north, and
blueer to the up. Ferinstance, a 195 setwebtint gives you
a nice purple. Your grays check in at 0-43-86-129-172-215.

Our Gonzo Utilities are still not needed for the new code but
remain exceptionally useful for demos and other uses.

A color stays set until you change it. But a sneaky trick is needed
if you want to change the color of just one word inside a text line
when using our Gonzo Justification utilities.

/setred {mark 5 /setwebtint cvx ] cvx printlist exch 3
              index exch put exch 1 add exch } store

/setblack {mark 0 /setwebtint cvx ] cvx printlist exch 3
              index exch put exch 1 add exch } store

100 200 ( This |/setred word|/setblack  was red. ) cl

Such deferred execution is needed because the
position on the page might not be known until
the actual print time. Much more here.

Oh, yeah. Here's how the text B/W change gets done. Use
a stock PostScript currentcolor command and add the
three returned values together to get a result between 0
and 3. Then change from white to black above 1.5.

January 13, 2018 deeplink respond

Enough Prehistoric Hanging Bajada Canal bits and pieces
have now been field verified to suggest the possibility of
a fully integrated, multi sourced and multi destinated
Gonzo Supercanal of astounding length and complexity.

Such a supercanal would source from a yet unproven
Upper Frye Creek watershed crossing over and into
a presumed large spring in Spring Canyon, combined
with seasonal Spring Canyon runoff.

A similar watershed crossing has been verified in the
nearby Mud Springs canal, and a Forest Service pipeline
still uses a variant on these Spring Canyon sources.

Water would then be selectively routed down the
natural Spring Canyon drainage to become the Allen
Canal, or else routed down upper Frye Mesa to a
ponding area where it would be split into the Robinson
Canal and the spectacular HS Canal. The Robinson
Canal ( aka the historic "Robinson Ditch" ) might in
turn be an unproven source for the Reay Canal.

Meanwhile, the HS canal reach would continue down
Frye Creek proper, either as a natural watercourse
or a presently unknown canal structure. In the vicinity
of the Deadman road turnoff, the route would be split
into a western reach presently believed to underlie a
historic pipeline, and an eastern reach believed to
form the Lower Frye Construct.

This western branch would then become the Riggs
Braidings and proceed northward through the gap
formed by Riggs Canyon to eventually become
the Golf Course Canal. Beyond a rich habitation
area, the Golf Course Canal might or might not
become the Tailwater canal, followed further north
by the Reay Canal.

Returning to the Lower Frye Construct, an unproven
routing is postulated to eventually connect with the
historic Blue Ponds canal, which is presently believed
to be a "steal the plans" adaption of a portion of
the Freeman Canal.

Key issues in proving the Gonzo Supercanal would
involve proving the Frye watershed crossing, verifying
the Golf Course portions presumed underlying the
Frye Pipeline and the Riggs gap, strengthening evidence
of a routing between the HS Canal and the Lower Frye
Construct, and verifying continuity between Lower Frye
and Blue Ponds.

Many more details on the known status of these canals
is found here and on Researchgate. Along with a key
summary here.

Field mice and drone operators are urgently needed.

January 12, 2018 deeplink respond

Revised and updated our Fattail Utilities. Find the latest
.pdf demo here, its .psl sourcecode here, and its insertable
PostScript code module here.

Newly included are much shorter files, all relative data
values for all but the head tips, newly being offset
oriented, optional control point plots for debugging, and

full webcolor access.
Tip and tail tensions are newly
adjustable for any unusual uses.

Our Gonzo Utilities are not needed for the new code but
remain exceptionally useful for demos and general fattail
apps. In the demos, our gridding has been newly updated
for web friendliness.

A Gonzo tutorial here and much more PostScript here.

January 11, 2018 deeplink respond

An intermittent muffled yowling inside a laser printer can
often be cured by opening the lid and letting the cat out.

January 10, 2018 deeplink respond

Links to A Gila Valley Bajada Hanging Canal Directory
can be found here. It is also on Researchgate.

But I thought we'd make a few additions and corrections
here. Firstoff, we will add this to our GuruGrams as #125.

Virtually all of the bajada historic canals were "steal the
plans" or "borrow the blueprints" ripoffs of their prehistoric
In some cases, the proof is very strong. And,
at least in come cases - overwhelming.

 It is obviously much easier to "dig out an old ditch" than it is
to engineer a complete new canal system from scratch.
Especially if all the good canal routes were already taken.

A possible big exception: Evidence is accumulating that the
Roper Lake Canal is in fact modern without a historic or
prehistoric presence.
It turns out Roper Lake did not even
exist until the late 1960's. It seems orthogonal to the prehistoric
Henry's Canal and is largely cardinal oriented. Aggregate
appears newer and portions are excessively steep for a mud
Present still unverified thinking is...

12. RPC1 - Roper Canal N 32.75567 W 109.70885 to
                   32.74518 -109.74200. Modern feeder
                    to Roper Lake, presently presumed without
                    historic or prehistoric origins

Meanwhile, here are a few list additions...

83. DVM1 - Deep Vee Mystery. Loosely associated with
                     the Reay Canal, it is not yet even clear. Can be
                     found somewhere near 32.81888 -109.76930

84. HFD1 - Henry's Fields. Apparent intermediate destination
                    of Henry's Canal at 32.74319 -109.72803 Includes a
                    ponding area seemingly comparable to TB Ponding.

85. HTR1 - Historic Thunderbird Rework at 32.74350 -109.73386
                     Concrete and rebar deployment would seem to depend
                     on Prehistoric sources for its water access.  

86. GSC1 - Gonzo Supercanal Integrated System - Possible but still
                    unproven multi source, multi destination fully integrated
                    system that combines Upper Frye watershed diversion,
                    Spring Canyon, Allen Canal, Upper Frye Complex,
                    Robinson, Reay, HS Canal, a historical pipeline, Riggs
                    Braidings, Golf Course, Tailwater, Lower Frye Construct,
                    Blue Ponds, and Freeman Canals into a single managed
                    and possibly contemporaneous entity of spectacular length
                    and engineering .

87. CTW1 - Cottontail Artesian Canal - Possible unproven artesian
                    resource. Partially cardinal.

88. LFH1 - Lower Frye Historic Pipeline - Possibly overlies the
                   Prehistoric Golf Course Canal. Believed to be the
                   most credible route but remains unproven. A quite
                  similar overlay is on the Deadman Canal takein route.

89. UFF1 - UFO Fish Fillets Canal - There is apparently a canal in
                  the neighborhood of the UFO Fish Filers. They now
                  appear to further strengthen each other's prehistory.

90. TRP1 - Tripp Canyon Canal - Has recently been suggested
                   by Google Earth but still demands field verification.
                   Might imply a much wetter prehistoric climate.

91. CDC1 - Central Dump Canal - Still needs verification, but
                    seems to be an extension of the Jernigan and Mud
                    Springs complex.

92. SJR1 - San Jose Riverine- An obvious riverine canal of apparent
                   lower engineering standards appears to have a hanging

January 9, 2018 deeplink respond

Some molten salts such as binary sodium lithium nitrates
have long been used to store heat. Trouble is they are bulky
and  expensive, besides having a "memory" that trashes their
performance after a discouraging few cycles.

It turns out there are now some newly discovered materials
that just might be a major heat storage breakthrough.

Reported thermal energy densities are comparable to
lithium batteries, and hundreds of times higher than water.

Two recent papers here and here.

Much more on energy stuff here. and here.

January 8, 2018 deeplink respond

Here is an interesting approach to product liability notices.
With many more at http://www.engrish.com/

Meanwhile, a deli owner was unable to collect on his aviary
bill, so they had to take a tern for the wurst.

Well, maybe just the punch lines...

"The koala tea of Mercy is not strained".
"The thong has ended, but the malady lingers on".
"Pardon me Roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?"
"Its a Hickory Daiquiri, Doc."
"Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear".
"Poncho Villa" is an emergency rain shelter for NM hikers.
"It's a knick knack, Patti Whack. Give the frog a loan".
"Its the only trick I know, Sis."
"People in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones"
"Couldn't hit the barn side of a broad"
Geologists recognize sedentary, metaphoric, and ingeneous rocks.
"Old MacDonald Farm computer interface is now an EIE I/O".
"Tarzan stripes forever"
A furry with a syringe on top. 
... handle so long no insect can "Fly above Cayuga's swatter"
"The vet had to charge for the cat scan and the lab tests"
"Crossing a state lion with a gull for immortal porpoises"
"Opporknockity tunes but once."

Plus, of course...

"The sum of the squaw on the hippopotamus hide equals the
   sum of the squaws on the other two hides.

More here. Sort of.

January 7, 2018 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have a Google Custom Search on our
Guru's Lair homepage. One recent query was for a way
to convert PostScript numbers to strings.

The quick answer is number 10 string cvs

We've recently updated our Converting Between PostScript
Strings, Integers, Arrays, and Dictionaries
tutorial GuruGram.
Along with its sourcecode here.

Topics covered include...

Extracting a Substring
Merging two Strings
Inserting a Substring
String to Integers
String to Array
Inserting Numbers Into a String
Converting Between ASCII and BCD
Converting Between Strings and Names
String Dereferencing
String to Executable Code
String to Windows Filename
Gonzo Fourslashing
Adding Elements to an Array
Convert an Array into Integers
Convert an Array into a String
Sort Array of Strings Alphabetically
Sort Array of Subarrays by Popularity
Convert a Dictionary to an Array
Using PostScript to Write PostScript

Our usual reminder that a magic incantation of
//acrodist /F is required from the command line
if PostScript's Distiller is to be allowed to read
or write text files!

Additional PostScript resources here and here,
our Gonzo utilities sourcecode here, a Gonzo
tutorial here, and, of course, the PostScript
Reference Manual here.

Consulting and programming services available.

January 6, 2018 deeplink respond

Just added updated our Lower Frye Construct field note
on researchgate.

The other present bajada hanging canal docs now include...

Allen Canal **
Bear Springs Canal ** 
Cluffnw Canal   **
Deadman Canal **

Frye Complex ** 
Jernigan Canal
Longview Area ** 
Lower Frye Construct  ** 
Mud Springs ** 
Reay Canal  ** 
Robinson Canal  ** 
Tranquility Canal  **
Tugood Canal  ** 

Veech Canal  **

Intended for early major upgrade are...

Freeman Canal 
Henry Canal
Lefthand Canyon West 
Minor Webster Ditch 
Riggs Mesa Canal 
Sand Canal 
Smith Canal 
TB Ponding Area*

And many of the rest of the gang appear here

For sourcecodes, substitute .psl trailers above.

A catalog of most field notes can be found here and new 
additions are are first likely to appear here.

Our intent is to post many of these to ResearchGate.

Your proofing assistance and critique welcome.
As are field mice, drone operators, and 
ATV honchos.

January 5, 2018 deeplink respond

Here's a new collection of the most mind blowing and
stunning of our Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canal

High Lebanon
High Lebanon B/W
Sand Takein
HS Canal ( aka "Holy Shit!" )
Deadman East
Lower Frye Construct

Field mice, ATV drivers, and drone operators needed.

January 4, 2018 deeplink respond

Some of the other stuff that Guru's Lair is into...

Studying spectacular and virtually unknown
Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canals. Whose
engineering is stunningly beyond beyond. The
main link here, a useful summary here, and
ongoing outside posts here.

Having stuff for sale on eBay, mostly very hard
to find surplus electronics and rare collectibles.

A free but US only technical consulting helpline
at (928) 428-4073.

Maintaining a definitive Gila Valley Dayhikes
presence, along with its Lesser Known Denizens.

Offering the classic Lancaster Library on USB.

Being the definitive third party web PostScript resource.

The home of Magic Sinewaves which have negligible low
harmonics. Main page here and calculator here.

Plus fire service training, custom consulting, and caving.
Arizona, of course, has no caves to speak of.

January 3, 2018 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 $1973 per acre with financing available.

January 2, 2018 deeplink respond
We just relisted our stunning Southern Oregon Gold Hill
spectacular view property for sale with Realtor Alan
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 1, 2018 deeplink respond

Closed out our 2017 Blog and started this 2018 one.

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

TTL COOKBOOK - Newly an ebook!
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.

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

TV TYPEWRITER COOKBOOK- available as ebook!
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.
Amazon 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. A Director's Cut newly offered
Amazon  rarely has new and used book 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.
Amazon  very rarely has new and used copies. A Director's
Cut of its classic "Tearing Method" can be found here.

Collection of construction projects and programming ploys.
Included the "vaporlock" field sync technique. 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.

Amazon  sometimes has new and used copies.

SON OF CHEAP VIDEO- Newly an ebook!
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.

Newly improved here.

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.
Newly expanded and revised!

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.

And here's a few of our free additional online resources...

Guru's Lair website access: http://www.tinaja.com

Assorted Neat Stuff:https://www.tinaja.com/ansamp1.shtml
Auction Help:  http://www.tinaja.com/ahsamp1.shtml
Blatant Opportunist: http://www.tinaja.com/bosamp1.shtml
Blogs and What's New: http://www.tinaja.com/blsamp1.shtml
Bezier Cubic Splines: http://www.tinaja.com/bcsamp1.shtml
Book to eBook Conversions: http://www.tinaja.com/bebsamp1.shtml
Classic Reprints: http://www.tinaja.com/crsamp1.shtml
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eBook Library:http://www.tinaja.com/ebksamp1.shtml
Energy Tutorials: http://www.tinaja.com/etsamp1.shtml
Gila Valley Day Hikes: http://www.tinaja.com/tinsamp1.shtml
GuruGrams: http://www.tinaja.com/ggsamp1.shtml
Hardware Hacker: http://www.tinaja.com/hhsamp1.shtml
Incredible Secret Money Machine: http://www.tinaja.com/issamp1.shtml
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DC Applewriter Cookbook
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DC Superclock 
DC Tearing Method
DC Thermoluminescence
DC TVT Image
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Director's Cut" tutorials herehere, here, and here.

December 31, 2017 deeplink respond

Expanded and revised our directors cut for the Applewriter
Cookbook. Find its file here and its sourcecode here.

Director's Cuts are my method of restoring Linotype era
books and stories to well beyond their formal glory. The
major benefits include astonishing low file sizes, "perfect"
typography and backgrounds, color addons, full URL
linkings and clickthrus, image click expansion, dehyphenation,
paragraph ledding, and great heaping bunches more.

The process starts with a scan fed to Acrobat .PDF followed
by text recognition and optimization. Pages are then cut
to clipboard and fed to my Gonzo Utilities. Gross scanning
typos are then fixed, followed by reformatting. Surprisingly
little rekeying is required. As many figures as possible are
regrouped into standard box procs of one sort or another.

The method does have a steep learning curve and is quite
labor intensive. It is also not suitable for legal documents
or "Shakespearean" quality originals.

A different and complete Director's Cut example here.

Full services available.

December 30, 2017 deeplink respond
The smallest 4K resolution screens are apparently 24
inches. And, yeah, you'd have to be about three inches
away to actually have your eye see this resolution.

But there is a major hidden advantage. Your print
screen key now can have four times the resolution!
significantly improves your capturing the uncapturable.

And renders the concept of IP rights "quaint" at best.

You will have to make sure you have the latest Window
version, the latest screen drivers, and a display board
that can handle 4K.

December 29, 2017 deeplink respond

Our latest pseudoscience bashing post has been newly
revised here. With its sourcecode here. Along with a
historic third party coverage

Some rules...

NEVER attack pseudoscience with manic
religious fervor.
Or you become what you
think you are attacking.

NEVER directly confront a pseudoscience
. All this does is piss them off
and get them into a "shoot the messenger"

ALWAYS try to give third parties useful,
authentic, and genuine scientific resources.

Such as here and here. Let them fight the
actual battles.

ALWAYS remember that rectocranial inversion
can be both acute and chronic at the same time.

Especially when they are "not even wrong".

And some links to our other pseudoscience stuff...

How to Bash Pseudoscience
How to scam a student paper
      This one is only "slightly"
       incorrect. But which?

Supraluminal Dowsing for Brown's
      Gas in Roswell.
Trashing auto electrolysizers
Debunking water powered cars. 
Arguments AGAINST the hydrogen
Investigating Brown's Gas 
The bogus magic lamp.
The actual bogus magic lamp paper. 
My very first perpetual motion machine
Our main Pseudoscience library

December 28, 2017 deeplink respond

Time for our usual end-of-year predictions...

Long overdue public increasing awareness of power
and energy consumption, partially brought about by
power utilities making meter readings owner accessible.

Total elimination of "unintended consequence" federal
price supports and marijuana farm subsidies dropping
street prices under a cotton comparable 59 cents per
pound. With standardization on 500 pound bales.

Unlikely third world countries very soon dropping their
pv panel prices to the utility grade twenty five cents per
peak panel watt demanded for true renewability and

Major increase in home butane honey oil explosions.

Expanding interest in "water from air" devices.

The sudden and total demise of coal.

Controversial but credible detection of extra-terrestrial
mid-level intelligence "real soon now". Perhaps a planet
full of asparagus. And more "WTF" signals yet to come.

Full width static self-duplexing printheads that can offer
dramatic printer simplification and speedups.

Reduction in traditional auctions and auctioneers brought
about by explosive online popularity. Many traditional
auctioneer  skills are clearly no longer useful.

Dropping relevance of ISO fire ratings, combined with
volunteer daytime response problems, dramatic cost
increases, and major funding issues. ( But - hey. TFD
just got a three! Which is the best it can get. Top dog.
It seems the paid departments hog all the twos and ones. )

Strong sales of ultra resolution smart tv's despite zero
available content. Whose largely unintended  side effect
will dramatically increase the quality of IP print screen

The terabyte revolution being largely ignored, moving
directly instead into the petabyte revolution. One thumb
drive to hold all movies, or all books, or all history. With
emerging utterly disruptive IP issues.

Increasing climatic and weather variability, combined
with size and frequency of outrageous fires. All clearly
caused by human activity.

Dramatic increases in near field power transmission.
Wireless chargers going from fraction of inches up
to several feet. Driven by WiFi contactless charging.

Total self-destruction of traditional politics.

Merging of tv sets and monitors into identical products.

Substantial medical breakthroughs, especially in the areas
of cancer, diabetes, female sexuality, dentistry, nootropics,
and Alzheimers.

Santa Claus rapidly becoming politically incorrect.

Social media eye siphoning dramatically cutting into more
traditional website present and future use.

Dramatic increase in the popularity of hackerspaces, fab
labs, and makerspaces.

Memory availability increasing exponentially, while
memory needs are only increasing linearly. "Throw
another million calculations at it".

Rapid demise of conventional desktop computers with
laptops utterly dominating.

AI Artificial Intelligence soon crossing a self-awareness
threshold. Boy, are they gonna be pissed. Ya mean they
are made outta meat?

Computers that are so cheap there is no longer any point in
charging for them.

Stunning new HVAC efficiency breakthroughs by way of
nanotechnology and other new or yet unapplied concepts.

The stranglehold on technical research publication finally
being broken, with open source dissemination dominant,
low access costs, easy publication, long term retention, and
peer review taking place after publication rather than before.

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