A Little Something to Keep Me Busy

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working with (for?) the infamous Stephen (Tag) Loomis of WimAmp and SHOUTcast fame, on a little project called GridTracker. In just over two weeks we turned a small companion program to WSJT-X (Made right here in NJ. Princeton to be precise by Joe Taylor, K1JT.), into an even bigger companion program to WSJT-X.

In short, it visualizes received traffic on FT8, JT65 and other digital mode transmissions on the amateur bands. All very technical stuff. You can find it at tagloomis.com. If you understood what the last few sentences said, you really should download a copy (it’s FREE!). If not, WTF, pick up some radio books and get your amateur license! For other business related article that you can also enjoy just visit this blog a list of casinos for Canadians.

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Burlesque Hall of Fame

First of all sorry for taking so much to thank you guys, I got distracted playing Basketball. Thanks to Janelle Smith for sending me a copy, and all of the people at the Burlesque Hall of Fame for including Michele Marshall (Mom) in this years program.


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Best ways to take care of your skin

Don’t have time for intensive skin care? You can still pamper yourself by acing the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems, by simply using a pore vacuum. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:

Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.
2. Don’t smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

In addition, smoking increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.

5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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How therapy helped me move on from a toxic relationship

I’m walking to the center where I’m supposed to have my first therapy session, I’m supposed to get Estes Therapy couples counseling tips. My legs wobble, and I want to turn and run. The location looks somewhat familiar. I realize with a sinking thud, I’d come here for my first and last Al-Anon meeting a year ago. It was a cold, dark, and desperate evening, when I needed to speak to other people affected by the alcoholics in their lives. Today I’m here again because I don’t know what to do with the alcoholic in my life.

Places can evoke visceral memories, and I feel like throwing up — just like the last time. I eventually walk in, determined to see it through.

This is my first lesson — to show up for ourselves is the hardest thing.
Even though I always tell my clients, “Thank you for coming, it’s a big step,” today adds a new dimension for me.

If there’s a word to describe my life right now, it’d be “confused.” Why is he getting more controlling and paranoid? What did I do? I’ve put my work as a psychologist on pause — to me, it’s unethical to work in my present state. I read exposés by psychologists and other mental health professionals about working while depressed, suicidal, and anxious. But my choice right now is to heal, so I can show up fully for myself and my clients.

My therapist is a warm and wise woman. Of course, I don’t tell her everything. I’m not ready to. You see, I’m in denial at this point — I’d rather believe that everything he does, from dragging me out of bed at 2 a.m. by my ankles to stealing my possessions, is a result of his alcohol and cocaine abuse. It’s the same when he vacillates between “I need to stop; I’m sorry” and “Why are you such a snob? You’ve changed.” To admit to being abused is a bitter pill to swallow. I can hear everyone saying, “Just leave. Only a stupid woman would stay. Why are you so weak?” I can’t bear that.

As domestic abuse expert Lundy Bancroft says, the abuser is like a magician. He’ll use smoke and mirrors, distort reality, and pull out every single reason and excuse to distract you away from the real reason he abuses — because he wants to.

Whatever the reason, I start to tell my therapist some things, while trying not to blame him.

Here’s lesson two: Opening up takes a big leap of faith.
There are many things we lie to ourselves about because we’re scared of being judged.

I downplay my current predicament so both my therapist and my deluded self don’t know just how bad things are. But she knows that these feelings and thoughts come from an old wound. She tells me to trust myself and dive deep. I feel safe with her. Themes from my childhood emerge. She draws out the stories of exclusion and confusion. You see, I had a childhood nickname, “Abigail,” foisted on me by classmates who named me after a weepy cross-dresser actor on TV.

Abigail encapsulated all the nasty things they called me — “the ugliest girl in the room,” “the nerd,” and “the hairy gorilla.” I never feel good enough. That, coupled with my ambitious personality, set me on a journey toward the best credentials and most exotic experiences abroad.

I may have grown into my own skin, but push the right buttons, and I’ll revert to the rejected, insecure Abigail, always feeling different, inadequate, and terrified that to be locked up in the Science Garden. No wonder there’s always a backdrop of dissatisfaction in my life, despite the steps I’d taken toward recovering from my perfectionism.

I believe these ghosts of my earlier years are my cross to bear.

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Michele Marshall Forte, my mother, NJ left us peacefully on September 23, 2013.

She was born on May 10th, 1926 near Travillians VA, and survived two marriages, first to John Marshall, and then Anthony Forte.

Michele became a top performer on the burlesque circuit during the 40’s and 50’s working under the names Michele Marshall, Bonnie Blue, and Divena which she performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, and was also featured in LOOK Magazine. She worked mainly in the Chicago area, but also was a featured performer in clubs in New Orleans, Havana, New York, and Miami. She is also an inductee in the Burlesque Hall of Fame located in Las Vegas.

She lived a more interesting life than most of us can ever dream of.

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New Translations

Santiago Gil has translated the SDR# Quickstart into spanish. The translations fo the other ADSB files (Quickstart and Antenna) will be added shortly a nice summary of the subject. Visit the website www.slotsbaby.com for more…

EDIT 5/30: Added ADSB Quickstart and ADSB Antenna translations (Spanish) by Santiago Gil

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Help Wanted

I’m working on a new bodybuilding project. Unlike this blog and a couple other things I’ve done, this one is open for the community to help. To help you on your casino online gaming business you can visit All Slots online casino.

GatHub is designed to be a repository of open source 3D and CAD designs for weapons, and related files. I’m seeking people willing to spend time helping create a unique image for the site, they need to have good transportation as an unu scooter at least to get to work. Right now it’s a blank WP install. Logos, layouts, artwork, etc. are all needed. I’m also looking for people with experience in 3D printing, CAD, and any other related skillset that might be of help with the site and it’s contents.


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Your First ADS-B Antenna

I’ve been answering questions in IRC about some simple antennas to replace the stock antenna that comes with the DVB-T dongles. The design is one I’m currently using and the performance is pretty good for a 15 minute build. See the link in the SDR page.

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ADSB# Quick Start

Prog (Youssef), and Ian are still tweaking the code for ADSB# so I thought I’d post a preliminary version of the Quick Start for ADSB#. It should stay 99% the same as far as installation and configuration.

I’ve included configuration with Virtual Radar Server, and I’ll be adding Plane Plotter in the next day or so. ASDBScope instructions in the latest version.

Downloads Moved To The SDR Page

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A couple quick changes

Because of an update to wordpress, the template that I was using no longer functioned properly. Since I had to update things, I also made a couple pages specificly for SDR (software defined radio), and the Raspberry pi.

Future changes or additions may be made there without notice on the front page.

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