Sunday, August 04, 2019

A Centering Meditation (or prayer)

A Centering Meditation (or prayer)

  • Choose a word or phrase. (Peace. Patience. Forgiveness. Grace. Joy. Insight. Your call.)
  •  Speak the word or phrase 
  • Close your eyes and breathe 
  • Breathe in on a 4 count
  • Hold for 4 seconds
  • Breathe out for 4 seconds
    (circular breathing)
  • Repeat word or phrase.
  • Repeat for a while.
  • On the last repetition, repeat the word or phrase intentionally.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Red Internet (WAN) light stuck on your Asus RT-AC68U?

Do you have the new Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 mesh WiFi Router, but it suddenly stopped connecting to your cable modem or WAN Ethernet connection?  And the red center LED is stuck on RED, even after power cycling the router, unplugging the router and everything else you're supposed to do?  Well, if you are, you've been through the manual, the FAQ and the website and found nothing.

After a brief call to tech support - who, surprisingly was open at 9PM on a weeknight - he diagnosed the problem as the router had lost it's configuration.  Not sure why or how, although we'd had several storms the previous week; perhaps a combination of power changes and static just confused the poor thing. 

So, what's the solution to no WAN / no Internet on your Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 router?  Pretty straight forward.  First, unplug everything from it - your USB drives, the WAN Ethernet cable, everything but the power. 

Now that everything is unplugged get a pen, pencil or paperclip and press and hold the 'reset' button -- that's the unlabled button on the diagrams, directly above the power input and power button on the left side of the image above.  Hold it for a full 15 second count. 

That flashes the Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 router back to factory state and creates two unlocked WiFi networks.  Connect to either of the unlocked networks with your tablet, phone or PC.  You'll be prompted to set up a username, password, network name and network password.  Apply those settings, plug in the WAN Ethernet cable again and you'll be back on the air!  

Unfortunately it also wipes any customization you've made for time limits by device, NAT translations, mesh networking etc, so you will have to spend a bit of time re-configuring that, but you're back on the air with your wireless internet!

Hope this helps someone else who has a red light on their Asus RT-AC68U router WAN port for the Internet!

- Will England

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Spontaneous Day Trips That Are Less Than 3 Hours Away From Kansas City

Stolen from 'Narcity', whatever that is.  But some great ideas in this article!  Removed the non-kid friendly, overly imaged bits .  RoadTrip!

Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

Distance: 1 h 55 mins (126 miles)

This is a great place for a day, er, night trip. There are actually several places throughout the state to get a clear view of the Milky Way, but this is one of the closer areas. The Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area is perhaps the best spot with the lowest light pollution for miles.

Dunlap, Kansas

Distance: 1 h 58 mins (119 miles)
An eerie Kansas destination.Dunlap is one of many Kansas ghost towns. Once a thriving town in the early 1900s, it soon became victim to the Great Depression and most residents and businesses were forced to leave in search of a more promising life elsewhere. The current population is around 80, so most of the town's buildings are deteriorating. If you enjoy urban exploration, this should be a top destination on your list.

Wild Animal Safari

Distance: 2 h 49 mins (174 miles)
Get up close and personal with some wild animals as you drive through five miles of man-made safari land. Many of the animals will even walk right up to your car, adorably harassing you for attention and food. Just watch out for those alpacas and llamas; they will happily spit on your face if they think you're shady - or just because they can... How can something so cute be so evil?

Missouri Town 1855

Distance: 35 mins (25.1 miles)
Step back into the mid-19th century at Missouri Town 1855, where the workers are actors dressed up in character and the entire town is set up to replicate life during that time. It's a truly eye-opening adventure, and you'll surely leave thankful for all the comforts we have available to us today.

Coronado Heights Castle

(closed due to ground damage)


Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Distance: 2 h 38 mins (152 miles)
This state park is home to the Europen-style Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins. Besides the physical ruins, the story behind how the castle came to be and it's unhappy ending is interesting alone. I don't want to spoil it for you, so I'll let you figure it out during your trip here... Don't you dare Google it either, you cheater. While the castle may be the main attraction, there are other things to check out here, like a bright blue spring and awesome rock formations.

Topeka, Kansas

As the capital city of Kansas, you know Topeka will have some pretty amazing things to see and do. There's the zoo, discovery center, TruckhengeEquality House, and Evel Knievel Museum, to name a few. Click here to see a larger list of attractions in the city.   (And Bobo's Drive In!)


St. Joseph, Missouri

If you enjoy a good museum day, a short drive to St. Joseph would certainly be in order. There are three unique museums to visit, Glore Psychiatric Museum, showcasing the evolution of mental illness treatment at the State Lunatic Asylum No. 2; Jesse James Home Museum, showcasing the legacy of the notorious famed outlaw; and The Pony Express National Historic Trail and Museum, pretty obviously showcasing the fastest mail service in the Old West.


Baldwin City Train Depot

Eat, drink, and enjoy the Midwest countryside via train. The Train Depot and trains are modeled in a classic 1940s style for an authentic old-fashion feel. Plus, they offer three-hour dinner tours through the scenic countryside. Occasionally, the company hosts events like wine tastings, murder mysteries, and special holiday runs, just to name a few!



Mushroom Rock State Park

Distance: 3 h (201 miles)

Pushing the limits of our three-hour criteria (depending on how fast you drive, of course), Mushroom Rock State Park in Kansas is a must-see for any nature lover out there. If you haven't guessed from the photos, the park was named for the curiously shaped rock formations, much resembling a mushroom. It has been enjoyed by humans for centuries.

Lawrence Free Kansas

Why not get away from the city by visiting another one? Lawrence is full of great shops, a fantastic state park, and the must-see Museum of Odd. Actually, that's barely scratching the surface of attractions here, so click this link and plan your much-needed outing.



Grand Falls

Distance: 2 h 32 mins (153 miles)

Located in Joplin, Missouri, is perhaps one of the most incredible sights in close proximity to Kansas City. Grand Falls is one of the top tourist spots in the entire city, and rightfully so. Cascading off a 163-ft.-wide ledge, the falls are a great area in the creek for swimming, fishing, and Insta photos. The city wouldn't be complete without its very own oddity, so after you spend the day sightseeing and touring, be sure to investigate the mysterious Ozark Spooklight.


Konza Prairie

Distance: 1 h 51 mins (123 miles)


If you love natural picturesque beauty, you will thoroughly enjoy a trip to the Konza Prairie Biological Station. It consists of 3,487 hectares (that's 8616.5 acres) preserving a native tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas. Herds of wild buffalo, white-tailed deer, flocks of turkey, and numerous wildflowers call this prairie home. I hear the sunsets over these flatlands are absolutely captivating.




Walt Disney Hometown Museum

Distance: 1 h 56 mins (125 miles)

Disney World is kind of far away, so this Walt Disney Museum is probably the next best thing. You could easily spend hours here looking at all of the Disney-related exhibits and displays. In fact, there are a few different memorials throughout the city dedicated to Mr. Disney (even the elementary school is named after him), so don't just stop at the museum. It's not surprising that this little town is super proud of the influential artist who once called it home.


Rock City Park

Distance: 2 h 46 mins (183 miles)
The Kansas state animal should be a rock... But I digress. Anyways, Rock City is a state park filled with, you guessed it, rocks! These aren't just any rocks though, they're spherical boulders made of sandstone concretions created millions of years ago when Kansas was under oceanic water. This is the largest collection of these boulders in one place; it's estimated there are over 200 formations spanning over five acres; some are almost 30 feet across. That rocks!




Friday, July 05, 2019

The Song of My People

If you have to go to work the day after a holiday (Independence Day, here in the US of A), you may as well do it in style.  This, is my style, and I call it 'Let me sing your the Song of My People':

Enjoy your Friday!

- Will England

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Does Technology in School Really Help?

"The complex reality of the technologies that real companies leverage to get ahead emphasizes the absurdity of the now common idea that exposure to simplistic, consumer-facing products - especially in schools - somehow prepares people to succeed in a high-tech economy. Giving students iPads or allowing them to film homework assignments on YouTube prepares them for a high-tech economy about as much as playing with Hot Wheels would prepare them to thrive as auto mechanics."
- Cal Newport in Deep Work.


- Will England

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Microphones for Podcasts

Well, now that I've got this site and RSS feed set up to podcast (tested on Podcast Addict on Android anyway) I should do some looking for a microphone.

1) The way I have the audio file storage set up on a Google Site essentially requires a desktop / laptop computer.  It's terribly difficult to upload and copy the URL from a phone on a Google Site.  Need to look into improvements in that.

2) Blogger does not have a button to add audio; you have to edit the HTML and put in the HTML 5 < audio > tag by hand, pasting in the URL from (1).

3) the Voice recorder on the Note 9 is pretty low end

4) I like punching up the sound in Audacity, which requires a PC or Mac.

Thus, 5), I need a basic USB mic to record the podcasts.

Some references I'm reading:

The Verge 2019 Mic Rundown

DiscoverPods Cheap Podcast Microphones

MicReview 2019 Podcast Microphones

And ThePodCastHost microphone list.

I have  Tascam, Marantz, and Sennheiser stereo mics; not sure if they'll play nice with the inputs on the computer.  Could get an outboard USB mixer to route one of those mics through, and add other sound as well, but I bet that'd cost more than a basic microphone.  What will I pick?  Great question - some research and comparisons to come!

- Will England - Audio Geek

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Scored another Signed First Hardcover from Wm Gibson!

Found this on VJ's Books --

Signed, mint, new hardcover in archival jacket first edition, signed by the author copy of The Peripheral. Came in today - went up on the shelf with the rest of the signed / first editions.  Now I have to find the First Trade edition, First Paperback edition and a reading copy . . .
(I have a small problem with books.  Fortunately it's limited to Wm Gibson, Walter Jon Williams and Neil Stephenson). 

P.S. No longer posting on Facebook.  Posts will be here, first, then shared to FB / Twitter.  FB is fuxored and was trying to sell my brand new book.   Eff them.

- Will England

Video Blog, Late Night in June

This is what happens when I drink too much coffee. You get a 1am video Blog.



- Will England

Midnight Audio Blog

Created, edited and posted all on the phone.

Complete pain. Would  have been impossible without the stylus on the Note 9, and Firefox. Chrome just up and said 'nope'.