Dog walkers: Don't forget this important bit of info this summer.



Welcome to WA7QZR-Dot-Org

This page in particular is the generally boring home page of Mike McCarrey, who has been declared to be, as of June 26, 2013, by the United States Supreme Court, officially, a bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobe. Yes, I'm a Sojourner in a world that daily becomes more and more unrecognizable; indeed, a Stranger in a Strange Land.
So, Gentle Reader, when you stumble upon things here that you don't agree with; things that upset you and make you mad, remember: you have been warned.
Okay, I'm also, among other things, a recumbent human-powered vehicle (HPV) builder, a Dispensational Christian, a Constitutionalist, a dog whisperer, a Kenworth K100 truck afficinato, railroad history & HO train buff, and a ham radio operator, call sign: WA7QZR. Located in Spokane, WA., U.S.A. The photo above is me, before the accident.
And now for some things which are completely different ...

Meet Serenity



The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views... which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.

--Doctor Who, "Face of Evil"


That being said ... This is your jumping-off point to learn about me, and the things I'm interested in, believe in, and am involved in.
For starters, here's a whole site concerned with what I believe and why;
Here's my Blog; (everyone needs a blog, dont'chya think?)
Here's information about the recumbent bikes and trikes I build from time to time; and,
Here's some information about how I'm involved in dog rehabilitation.

For those of you who have been around a little, some may remember that I have a Palace chatroom server; two of them, actually. Because of my firewalling, (which I may modify so Instapalace will work), you have to use a Palace client program to participate (your room images and props will download via http on port 9990, however. It's quite a bit faster that waiting for the Palace server to do it.), but these days, the client is free and it even works on Linux using the Wine system. There's a Linux client called "linpal"; I've tried it, but it doesn't work all that well. My first server, Palace Gallifrey, is located at:

palace.wa7qzr.org:9997

Palace Gallifrey is basically just as it was back in Sept., 2006, when the server it ran on went wherever servers go when their hard drives start making that awful noise and the blue smoke escapes from some of the components. The theme is still Doctor WHO, but it's "Classic" Doctor WHO. There's nothing with the new series but, my first Doctors were all classics from the '60s & '70s. There are some web site and email links that still refer to my old domain, dalek.org, but I'm fixing that stuff as I find it.

The second server is called "The House Church", and is intended for dispensational Christians who, due to the lack of dispensational home assemblies of Christians, would like to exchange words and ideas with each other. That's in addition to exploring an old Victorian mansion that can't seem to stay configured in any one particular fashion. You can connect to this palace at:

palace.wa7qzr.org:9998

Try them out, if you get the chance. You never know. You might catch me there.

Note: The addresses for the two Palace servers will be changing soon as I've managed to get local servers with public, routable IPs established here.


UPDATE: Since acquiring some public IPs, the server will be moved to new hardware with addresses are public IP addresses because it's too much of a hassle anymore to deal with the plethora of people trying to get rich off selling namespace in the DNS, and the security is a lot easier to implement and maintain. So, if I manage to get my domain, wa7qzr.org, established with Network Solutions, I'll have a real name you can remember, instead of a bunch of numbers that only a computer could love. Just hang in there

ANOTHER UPDATE: Today, having sorted out the complexities of my VLAN configuration, you, Dear Reader, can enjoy the Palace servers mentioned above by substituting the IP-addresses for "palace.wa7qzr.org" in your "Connect" "Palace Server Address" dialog box. Use port "9997" for Palace Gallifrey, and port "9998" for The House Church. I will be stopping the other servers because they simply load down an already very busy computer far more than I really like.

Speaking of Ham Radio (was I?!?), I really haven't had much opportunity to do much in that area of late. As you can see, I've got a lot of irons in the fire, which means I've a lot of cattle to brand (don't ask me what that means to me). I am working on a project that will leave me with a nice ham shack in my garage. I've a stairway to build, but I need to use pieces from one that I intend to remove from the house, to make room for replacing the floor that was once occupied by the staircase. So, working on the shack has some prerequisites that have yet to be accomplished.

If you remember me from the good old days of "dalek.org", you'll recall my mirror of the old On-Line Guitar Archive (Olga) that contained a collection of USENET guitar chord postings, my Lynne Margulies shrine site, the "E-Space" site, dedicated to the Palace Gallifey graphical chat server I ran (and am running again), as well as a site like this page that sort-of filled-in all the spaces of my humble existence (which makes it quite clear that I'm nobody special); well, all those things are coming back in one form or another.

The way I figure, since I started using things sites like Facebook and Twitter, I was just giving my best away and losing control of what might become of it. Now that I have reestablished my own Internet presence, I can stop using things like Facebook and Twitter, keeping my postings to my own servers and domain name.

I'm noticing that, when viewing this VLAN from my local network, things can get a little lagged (bogged down, slow, etc.). It could be that I need to build a firewall server/router with more horsepower (64-bit PCI buss, really fast P4 class, big RAM, etc.), or that my T1-speed DSL needs to be upgraded. Maybe I'm doing something that I shouldn't. I do know that when I run Lynx from a remote server shell account, the web pages are served with screaming speed. Palace seems to run pretty well, even from the local LAN. Well, I'll sort it out. It's just a "thing", after all.

I'm also going to be messing around with CSS formatting. This page, while containing a lot of interesting material, will, as far as it's appearance is concerned, will be like a sandbox of sorts. So, having given you all a bunch of useless information to read and for me to reformat in various ways, while remaining mostly text, for he benefit of any browser, let's move on down the page.

Here's a rant I wrote about Spokane's continual corruption-based economic and political issues. Several great old photos too.

It snows here in Spokane, and sometimes the "leaders" of Spokane can't even manage to plow the streets in a sensible manner.

Here's my rant about a Linux distro that I thought was going to be the best thing under the sun. Read on and see what I discovered by playing with Mageia-2.

"About You"
(Me, that is),
from
Facebook

Although I am a born-again Christian, a member of the One Body, there's still a part of me that finds it impossible to suffer fools.

People, no matter their age or relation, who choose wilful ignorance and superficiality over the animating struggle to achieve noble goals and Liberty really get up my nose, too. Years of suffering with Tinnitus haven't helped matters either. That's my basic sin-nature but I mention it in the interest of full disclosure.

Things I Like: I do enjoy a few things. I like building electronic gadgets and running my HO model trains, controlled by my IMSAI-8080 computer running an operating system and controller programs I wrote myself. I like working on and playing an assortment of musical instruments: woodwinds, brass, stringed, percussion, piano and organ. I used to like snow & water skiing but now, since the "Xtreme Idiot crowd" has taken over those past times, making them too dangerous, now I roller blade wearing Land Rollers. I get a kick out of my jumping stilts (yeah, I said "jumping stilts" - but I don't do flips, jump 8-foot fences. or run 20-mph - I just like occasionally drawing vain, useless attention to myself by seeing groups of people looking up to me, (especially when there are people in the group who used to look down on me). I like taking relaxing rides on my home made recumbent trike, and I really like getting away from it all by taking road trips in my 1978 Kenworth K100, big truck to RV conversion, Serenity! Mostly, I like being left alone. I especially like it when Progressive politicians and their bureaucratic lap-dog toadies leave me alone.

Facebook Gripes: There are a couple for starters. First, you may have noticed, there are no longer entries for music, movies & TV shows. There used to be but, all the thumbnails either changed or disappeared and, in the case of the music, there were links to "examples" of the artist's work. The Internet is already pushing the bandwidth limits. The last thing needed is mouse-overs that stream audio & video. You took something that one could use to tell people a lot about yourself and turned it into a marketing tool. Is money all you can think about? Sheesh!

The second thing is, If I indicated that I liked a group, say, for example, "The Strawberry Alarm Clock", I am referring to the group of young musicians from the 1960s who wrote and performed "Incense and Peppermints", not a group of unknowns who have nothing in common with that group, save for the name. The "Strawberry Alarm Clock" I liked doesn't exist any more and I'm not interested in being force-fed the latest news about their auto tuner-backed usurpers.

Internet Gripes. Because I'm obsessive about some things, this symbol --> "#" is a POUND sign, as in #50. It is the same as saying 50-pounds. Hash is something you eat; with or without a fried egg on top. Additionally, the "!" exclamation point is usually said as BANG. So, do it right. It's #Poundtag. Leave the !hash (Bang-hash) on your dinner plate. Still, I'm not perfect. I've called this thing "~" a "tiddle" instead of a "tilde" for years. This, $ is the sixth letter in the name "Micro$oft". This: * is "splat". Here's "^", the caret, which has little flavour while the carrot is yummy. My favourite oxymoron is that while I can't stand change, I hate the way things are. More to come ;-)

Social Gripes. "People", and I use the word loosely, between the ages of 13 and 25, I have little, if any, use for. My experience, horribly unpleasant it has been, with people, (you know who you are,) of that age group has taught me that, generally, they could all have been, at one time or another, abducted by aliens and replaced by "pod people", ala "The Body Snatchers", or voluntarily given themselves over to demonic control in order to have their carnal desires satisfied, or they may be found suffering from some heretofore unidentified form of mass mental illness. I just don't know any more. Dressing usually in some variation and combination of "Grunge," "Goth," and "Hip-Hop" styles, (when, that is, the girls are not dressing like strumpets on street-corners hawking their wares - just look at what they post here on Facebook if you don't believe me), they physically mutilate themselves with tattoos and various piercings, both boys and girls wear enough make-up to cause a raccoon to question it's own identity. They butcher and dye their hair in such a manner as to cause their appearance to move closer to that of a school of Guppies than human beings. They seem to have discarded all sense of personal dignity and self-respect. They've dug into some sinister bag of the most wicked tricks possible and pulled out everything that could possibly offend my sensibilities and then, they proceed to flaunt those very things in my face. And, of course, it's only to be expected, that I'm the bad guy because I don't accept and openly embrace their sensuality and perverse ways. Well, my absence from their lives is their loss, not mine. because what they bring to the conversation isn't worth listening to.


A Little History For You

Because you were screwed out of it in school


What with all the political chaos brought about by Barak Obama and his Progressive friends, it's a good idea to develop an understanding of how it was supposed to be.

Thomas Paine: The American Crisis.
Documents of the Great Republic.
The Federalist Papers.
The anti-Federalist Papers.

Keep going ... You're almost there!


Things I Want to Buy, Things I Have to Sell or Trade

There's nothing on my plate right now, so how about some famous and not-so-famous quotes.

"... for love shall cover the multitude of sins." I Peter, 4:8

"Si vis pacem para bellum" (If you want peace prepare for war)

Publius Flavius, Vegetius Renatus: De Re Militari, 4th Century A.D.

"He who dares not offend cannot be honest." -Thomas Paine

"... My lord, what will be the outcome of these events? Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand." Daniel 12:8-10

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect,whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. And whatyou learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things. And the God of peace will be with you." The Apostle Paul writing to the Philippians, Chapter4, verses 8-9.

"All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

"μολὼν λαβέ" (Come and take them). King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army's demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae.

"Sic semper tyrannis" (Thus always to tyrants) Marcus Junius Brutus

"The farther we stray from the rock of unchanging spiritual principles, the easier it is to get swept away by clever appeals to our feelings -- including the need to prove to others that we are tolerant. Increasingly, that means tolerant of corruption or, in some cases, outright evil." David Kupelian, "The Marketing of Evil"


The best things ... are old things.


Here's a little thingy I'm trying out, just for fun.




Read about the ongoing PingWar.

Have you ever bought something on eBay, from someone who calls themselves a "recycler"? Here's my rant about my three experiences with eBay "recyclers" and just what I think of that practice.

I'm also working on building up and expanding the dog rehabilitation section, which will document, not only my rehabilitation of two of the American Eskimo dogs rescued from the puppy mill in Kennewick, WA., about May, 2009, but other doggy work I've done. It's just something to read, not a solicitation for business because, quite honestly, I suck at running my own business.

Lastly, I've implemented GeoIP blocking on my firewall. If you can't access this site, that's why, but then again, if you can't access this site, you can't even see this. Please disregard the above all you foreigners who can't see this in the first place.