Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Visualizing a Tragedy

This video visualizes a tragedy. I thought that I could visualize how much was transferred, but I was so so so very wrong.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

MikTeX misses the mark

MikTeX 2.9, a major windows based TeX typesetting suite, missed the mark. Free software is never free; you have to find and fix the problems.

In this case, MikTeX failed to update from A4 paper (European standard) to Letter size paper (US standard). The administration program did not work.

Here's the fix.
1) Find "dvips/config/" in your MikTeX install directory.
2) Move the Letter lines 
@ letterSize 8.5in 11in
@+ ! %%DocumentPaperSizes: Letter

@ letter 8.5in 11in
@+ ! %%DocumentPaperSizes: Letter
@+ %%BeginPaperSize: Letter
@+ letter
@+ %%EndPaperSize
above the A4 lines
@ A4size 594.99bp 841.99bp
@+ ! %%DocumentPaperSizes: a4
@+ %%PaperSize: A4

3) Statup the MikTex Maintenance utility and "Refresh FNDB"

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The secret people

They have given us into the hands of the new unhappy lords,Lords without anger and honour, who dare not carry their swords.They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.And the load of their loveless pity is worse than the ancient wrongs,Their doors are shut in the evenings; and they know no songs.
Portion of "The secret people" by G.K. Chesterton
(Thanks to Daniel Hannan)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Catholic Conscience

This is a recent note that I sent to many Protestant friends about the recent HHS decision to require Catholics to pay for health insurance that covers immoral actions.  I will not abandon God and bow down to the state. Ever.

Dear name
There are times that try souls; you need to be informed about an
attack on Catholics. Please listen to the following Bishop (from
Tulsa) at:
There are 150+ other Bishops in the US with similar statements
( This is a *big* deal.
Catholics are going ballistic; I wanted you to know why. If you wish,
please send to your Christian friends. Maybe they don't like
Catholics, but our liberty in the US lives or dies together.
I apologize for the unsolicited note, pray for us.
My Name

First they came (by Martin Niemoeller)

First they came for the communists,and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant.
Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak out for me.


As seen on at (with spelling corrections). Brilliant!

When we understand this is how it works, 
and not the other way around, 
we'll have found the beginning of a solution to our problems.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

PIPA/SOPA in 1846

In my last communication, I brought to your notice the extraordinary invention of Professor Morse for the transmission of intelligence; its importance in all commercial transactions to those having control of it, and to the government itself, particular in a period of war. I then expressed the opinion that an instrument so powerful for good or for evil could not with safety to the citizens, be permitted to remain in the hands of individuals uncontrolled by law.
U.S. Postmaster General, in his Annual Report of 1846