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Hike the Upper Salmonberry River Trail

Hike the Upper Salmonberry River Trail

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Hike through unique, abandoned train track scenery, tunnels, and trestles just outside of Timber, Oregon. The trailhead GPS Grid Coordinates are 45°42′16.26″N 123°24′40.58″W.

To get to the trailhead (Located in the Tillamook State Forest) from Portland Oregon, take US 26 west for 36 miles to the Timber Junction and then turn left onto Timber Road. Drive 3 miles to the town of Timber and turn right onto Cochran Road. The pavement will end in a half mile. You’ll pass Reeher’s Camp at 5.5 miles; stay left just after that, then go right at a junction at 6.6 miles. At 9.6 miles, go left onto another unsigned road, then at 9.7 take the far-left road at a three-way intersection. Park at 0.1 mile ahead, just before the road crosses the train tracks. There are no facilities on site and there is no trailhead fee required.

More details here.

Syrian Lingerie

Syrian Lingerie

I’m on vacation and decided to spent some time catching up on my travel magazines. I saw an interesting piece on traveling in Syria – and learned something new – “The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place you’d probably never expect: Syria”. And when they say outrageous, they really mean it.

Since it’s slightly not safe for work, I’ll include a link to an Amazon book on it. Or Google ‘Syrian Lingerie’ which has some page samples when you’re in an appropriate location.

Portland woman gets snake stuck in her earlobe

Portland woman gets snake stuck in her earlobe

Yet another reason for your 17-year old goth kid to not to get gauge piercings and a ball python at the same time.

Bart was hanging out on her shoulders when Glawe thought he started attacking her head. “I like froze instantly,” she told CNN. The snake wasn’t attacking but “pythons just like hiding in holes.”
She tried to get him out by herself but couldn’t. So she said the fire department came. The fire department was unable to remove BART so instead, Glawe said she went to the emergency room, where doctors numbed her ear and lubed her and Bart up and were able to get the snake out of the hole.

http://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2017/02/portland_woman_gets_snake_stuc.html

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By Teenager Ho Fan

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By Teenager Ho Fan

Ho Fan was a teenager when he moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong in the 1950’s. He started taking street photography when everyone else was taking studio shots. He developed them in the family bathtub.

His results are astounding and humbling. He has a better eye than 9/10th of current professional photographers. His work has been published in 2 separate books – one in its 5th edition.

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

Google Home Vs Amazon Echo

Google Home Vs Amazon Echo

There were predictions that we would soon have intelligent agents in our home. This is a comparison and I’d say they’re pretty much there.

They’ve got ordering things down, playing music, etc. But a few items are still missing involve doing slightly more complex tasks for you:

  • Find then schedule best flights for you based on criteria you specify (price, stops, dates, etc)
  • Tell it to make calls to your doctor’s office/auto shop/etc to make appointments and check on the status of repairs/etc and report back.
  • Find and buy the best tickets for a show – scouring craigslist, ebay, ticketmaster, etc. for best prices/seats/etc.
  • Find out about a topic and summarize it from a few sources (not just google) – giving you verbal decision trees (automobiles are broken down by commercial vs passenger, trucks vs cars vs motorcycles, etc – which would you like to learn more about?)
  • Law – Is X legal in my state/local?
  • Tell you when appliances are finished (laundry is done, etc)

Perhaps there’s an opportunity here for services to work with these companies – especially in the case of law/etc. You could opt to talk to a real person in which case it would call the local office and you could continue more detailed discussion for a fee.

And as I have stated before, here’s another example of how AI and machine learning are removing a whole class of white-collar jobs. I predict professional assistants will always be necissary for some situations, but a lot of them are about to be replaced in version 2.0 of these devices.

Leaving space

Leaving space

“Always leave a little room in your life for when what you’re waiting for arrives – or you’ll miss it.”

When we are overly busy and constantly running, it squeezes everything else out except the needs of the immediate. When this becomes chronic, we wake up years later to realize the deeper things that give us meaning have passed us by. The test to see if you have any extra room in your life is if there is time to be curious and try/learn new things or build relationships with new people.

Google Analytics plugin upgrade error brings down entire wordpress website

Google Analytics plugin upgrade error brings down entire wordpress website

Perhaps you just upgraded your Google Analytics plugin on WordPress, and then anytime anyone tries to load your site, they’re greeted with one of the following errors:
Fatal error: Can’t use function return value in write context in /home2/gkmoney/public_html/wp-content/plugins/googleanalytics/class/Ga_Admin.php on line 106
or
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM in wp-content/plugins/googleanalytics/class/Ga_Admin.php on line 480
What’s great is that you can no longer even get to your WordPress Admin page to disable the plugin. Meanwhile, your site is completely down.

Solution:

Use FTP or your hosting control panel and delete the directory:

<wordpress root>/wp-content/plugins/googleanalytics/

After that, WordPress should load normally for the published and admin pages

 

Followup:

Report your errors/look for other solutions here:
https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/googleanalytics

Here’s another thread with help on the problem:
https://wordpress.org/support/topic/causing-fatal-error-after-updating/

Malbolge

Malbolge

The Malbolge is the 8th / second deepest circle of Hell in Dante’s Inferno. It’s also a programming language that recently appeared in the TV show Elementary:

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For Dante, Malbolge was a funneled pit with 10 different ditches that contained the different people guilty of fraud: seducers, fraudulent lenders, forgers, alchemists, sowers of discord, perjurers, impersonators, false counselors, and the like.

Malbolge is also a programming language designed by Ben Olmstead in 1998 to be a nearly impossible language to use. It takes previous ridiculous languages like Brainfuck and the like, and then combines the ideas with base 3 arithmetic, self-altering code, encryption, and other esoteric computer science topics.

It turns out the code above is actually valid, and prints “Hello World”.

Reminds me of these guys. After years of seeing people horribly butcher computers, they decided to make sure everything appearing on screen was valid and correct.