6310 scanning on arch linux

Couldn’t get the scanning subsystems to see the HP OfficeJet 6310 although the printer was visible.

Found this tidbit that said I had to edit /etc/sane.d/dll.conf and uncomment #hpaio.  Yup, that was it.

Flatbed scanner is up and running again.



My Antergos mistakes

[Note – I did this writeup elsewhere and am repurposing here]

Turns out there were three problems with my machine that were causing wifi and OS instability. I’d just moved to Antergos (an arch-based linux distro) after about 20 years on Debian. I made the change Continue reading

Unintended consequenses of open carry

I haven’t seen anyone OC yet and I don’t intend to do so myself anytime soon.  But there has been an unforeseen (to me at least)  repercussion against concealed carry.

I’ve been a member of the Texas 30.06 website for years. People note where they see legal 30.06 postings so CHL folks can avoid them or disarm before entering.  New postings result in email to forum members.

It’s been about 1/week for years for the Dallas area.  Now it’s a deluge since 30.07 postings are there too.  But here’s the side effect:  lots of the new OC probibitions are accompanied by CHL prohibitions.  I think the thinking is “as long as I’ve got to put one big ugly sign up I might as well put up the other one.

I fully support the rights of business owners to post both prohibitions;  I’ll take my money elsewhere.  I guess we will see over time if OC is good / bad / neutral for CHL.



Antergos linux as daily driver

I’d been using vanilla Debian linux for my main workstation for the past few months.   I got some kind of bizarro filesystem corruption a few days ago I couldn’t get myself out of.  Missing superblocks and none of the backup blocks seemed to work.

Luckily I’d moved to a separate /home partition recently so I knew Continue reading

MoaM: on police interrogation

Like many, I am watching Making of a Murderer.  As I watched the interrogation scenes I had a thought I’d like to share:

If you think that LEOs being manipulative, aggressive, and straight up lying during interrogation is corruption or a fluke then you probably haven’t been interrogated before.

It is legal for the cops to lie during your interrogation.  Depending on your state they may even be allowed to Continue reading


My thoughts on a list of banished words.


CBC Quirks and Quirks did an interesting episode on “so”.  Turns out it was used mainly by experts when answering questions from laymen.  The implication was the expert was pivoting to answer a question that was naively reductive or malformed.  Cf. the mu answer.

Now when I hear “so” used to begin an answer it causes me to stop and reflect on the question.


I suspect this is a superficial but ultimately positive response to the Cluetrain Manifesto‘s dictum that “markets are conversations”.  Baby steps.


Understatement commonly used when one needs to point out, discretely, the idiocy of the HPPO (highest paid person’s opinion).


The article says “A word that has expanded from describing someone who may actually have a stake in a situation or problem, now being over-used in business to describe customers and others.”.  (emphasis added)

On what planet is the customer NOT a stakeholder?  The customer is integral to any market transaction.  The customer is not a disposable non-entity.  See Cluetrain Manifesto above.

Price point

Another example of using two words when one will do.”

No.  It may be misused that way by salesdroids but it really means something.  It is a meta-reference to price.

$89.13 is a price.

$145 is a price.

$100 could be a price but is more likely a price point, a psychological reference point with outsized importance.  Related:  why do we care about the 4 minute mile?  Is it fundamentally different than the 3:59 mile, the 4:01 mile, or the 2:48 kilometer?

I don’t take issue with the other words on the list.