Friday, October 19, 2018

Brain-Shaking The Universe...

Brain-Shaking The Universe...

A quantum field is the waving grass of endless possibility,

Waving this way and that,

Depending on the winds of thought,

Tickling the feet of minds all about the Multiverse.

If an ordinary human has the wing-breeze of a monarch butterfly,

Then poets are as an albatross,

Where a shaman or yogi may be a Thunderbird or Dragon,

Shaking fluid reality,

Or soaring on the shared winds of monarch migrations.

We all dream of being hurricanes.


By: Daniel A. Stafford

© 10/18/2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Public-Domain E-Book: "The Great Book Of Blizzard..."

Preface to "The Great Book Of Blizzard":

Poetry that is contained in these pages is the result of a lifetime
spent mostly in places with real Winter; The Great Lakes for the most
part, yet also the Great Plains, the Rockies of Colorado, and even
mid-North Texas and Northern New Mexico.

the face of Climate Change, I wanted to save and preserve what it was
like to live in these places in the era of actual Winters.

of these poems are what I like to call “Poetic Memoir,” and are
based on real events in my life. Some are simply fantasy based on a
lifetime of experience with snow and Winter...real Winters.

I have lived in Southern California for four years as of the
completion of this compilation in 2018, never forget that I am a
native of Wisconsin who spent fifty years in the Midle West of these
United States of America. My family still lives there, and lives with

those of you who find snowy Winters a novelty, or know it not at all,
I hope this book can give you a deeper understanding of what it was

so many forget is that almost everything in nature needs a period of
rest and renewal before the busy regrowth of Springtime. Even
humanity needs – and mostly neglects – quiet time to turn inward,
reflect, and recharge.

you for reading.

love and light,

A. Stafford

book donated to Public Domain

Download .PDF e-book for free HERE.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Elvis In The Temple...

Elvis In The Temple...

It was a strange dream,
Odd and disjointed,
Nothing new for the painters of night graffiti.

I was walking down an old street in the deep South,
Walking up to a seemingly abandoned ruin.

Oddly, it was a place I knew by deja vu.

An enormous concrete pyramid,
Overgrown with vines and ivy,
Shaded dark at night,
Imposing and immensely heavy.

The entrance was under the light pool of a lonely old street lamp,
The kind that resembles a gaslight.

Just as I was about to walk up to the door,
A long black limosine pulled up,
Disgorging three very unexpected spectres in the flesh.

Elvis was in the middle,
An old man in a suit first with a key,
A beautiful woman followed.

All of them were dressed in fine black clothes, looking sharp and purposeful.

Elvis glanced and me, said "Hello, Dan" in a kind but lofty and dismissive voice,
Leaving me acknowledged,
Yet neither declined nor encouraged.

I followed the trio into the temple of night,
A place oddly mixed with finely-appointed rooms and crumbling bare-concrete empty spaces.

In the empty rooms were crumbling statues,
Cheap concrete replicas from the look of it,
Chipped and barely standing in places.

There were high ledges about the perimeter of these empty places,
A black cat seemingly trapped on one high ledge,

I climbed a statue that threatened to topple at every move,
Rescued the ungrateful beast,
Which promptly dashed away into unseen corners.

Finally I made my way into a softly lit room,
And the three spirits in flesh were there lounging,
About some unearthly business I never learned of.

The place was carpeted finely,
Rich tapestries all about,
Clearly that had not been seen by human eyes in at least a decade,
Perhaps more.

Elvis glanced at me briefly,
A glimmer of momentary observance with no depth,
As if I were a distant acquaintance,
And I sat in a chair nearby,

Whatever they were conversing,
It was not audible to me,
Not for my ears clearly.

Elvis stood up as they were leaving,
Stepped over and silently handed me a lamp that no longer worked,
Having its form but robbed of its function.

I briefly elated,
Thinking the King had given me some odd gift,
For attached to the bottom was a tag,
A note with a hand-scrawled name,
Not mine.

"Servant, a service to the King,"
I thought.

I took it in stride,
A deliveryman for a musical nightshade,
And opened my eyes to yawn.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
© 09/29/2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Memoir: A Cigar With The Lost Sugar Queens Of Old Havana...

The night is one of quiet celebration. Appropriately, it is the evening of the Autumnal equinox.

The air is cool in the high desert of Temecula; A light jacket perfect. The stars shine above me as aircraft slowly blink their way across the sky. The palm trees are still sentinels in pooled light of amber streetlamps. It is quiet except for crickets and car tires in the distance.

I just achieved the two certifications that have saved my new job and launched my second career. I had only nine days left to spare.

I have tokens for marking the months of hard work it took me to achieve this.

I just finished a very fine cigar, the best I have had in a year. It was bought from Bob - at least that is the name he gives.

Bob is the fellow who sounds and looks as if he is from India, and runs the strip-mall smoke shop down the hill. His shop is small, but he built an excellent walk-in humidor for his shop. He is rightfully proud of that humidor. He assured me that this cigar from one of his top humidor shelves is truly excellent. He was quite truthful, and I will tell him so when I see him next.

The other token is the first novel I have read in two years. Most people who know the younger me would be slack-jawed in shock to read the sentence immediately preceding this one.

I just picked the novel out this evening, and it is different from my usual fare of science fiction and fantasy. It is a story of a woman of Cuban decent, and her sugar-industry heiress grandmother who fled Cuba as a teenager immediately after Batista fled the island.

It is written in a poetic and romantic style, and jumps smoothly from the late 1950's era of the young woman fleeing Cuba to the days of her Journalist granddaughter returning her ashes to the land she loved.

"Next Year In Havana" is the title, and I am in love with it after the first chapter.

The book is paper in my hands, a tactile joy I have missed. 

The cigar was so good that it was painful to have finished, and I was loath to put it out. It was completely synchronistic for the tone of the book I am reading, on several levels.

So is this writing poetry? What I am giving my reader in this moment?

I would argue that poetry is the art of putting heart into writing of the small poignant moments of life. It is the art of bringing those moments to life and magnifying them for the reader. 

A piece of the story is all I can give, but let it be a piece that you can look at in words with your heart's eye and maybe fall a little bit in love with.

Yes, I am living this, loving this moment, and laying it at your fingertips.

Perhaps the air here in California tonight smells faintly of the ocean after the afternoon breezes from San Diego have finished their journey up the Temecula valley, just as one of the characters in my book is scenting the warm salty air of Cuba upon her return to the land of her immediate ancestors. 

The rest of her journey awaits in the soft paper of the pages in my hands.

The rest of my journey awaits me on Monday morning.

For this weekend, however, I will have my feet in Temecula and my heart and mind in two very different times in Cuba.

All I have to do now is turn another page...


By: Daniel A. Stafford
© 09/21/2018

Compassion is the greatest sign of humanity.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Poetry of Victorian Science; Cosmic diagrams; Bon-mots; Camo fish; Laughter, and more...

The Public Domain Review
Vol.8 #14

New Essay

The Poetry of Victorian Science

In 1848, the mineralogist, pioneer of photography, and amateur poet Robert Hunt published The Poetry of Science, a hugely ambitious work that aimed to offer a survey of scientific knowledge while also communicating the metaphysical, moral, and aesthetic aspects of science to the general reader. Gregory Tate explores what the book can teach us about Victorian desires to reconcile the languages of poetry and science.

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New Collection Items


Cosmography Manuscript (12th Century)

Wonderful series of medieval cosmographic diagrams and schemas sourced from a late 12th-century English manuscript.

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Bon-Mots of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century (1897)

Compilation of some of the best conversational witticisms of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Joseph Addison, Samuel Johnson, Oscar Wilde, and Lord Byron, and many lesser known wits.

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The Laughing Song (1904)

Henry Klausen

In this novelty recording by the Norwegian actor Henry Klauser, a mournful refrain gradually gives way to laughter.

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Flatfish Camouflage Experiments (1911)

Photographs from a series of experiments in which various types of flounder through their paces as regards camouflage ability.

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From our Friends at JSTOR Daily...


How to Create a Human Being

The Book of Stones, a central alchemical text, contained formulae with the power to create living tissue from ordinary matter, supposedly.

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Our collection of recommended books

A hand-picked selection of recently published books (within the last 15 years or so), all of which in someway tap into the tastes and concerns of The Public Domain Review. There are many beautiful facsimiles and reproductions of works we've featured on the site, as well as fascinating books on a wide range of historical periods and themes, including many penned by our very own essay contributors.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Human Response To "A Watershed Moment In Computing" Being Shoved Down Our Throats...

In reality, I find mobile super useful for light-duty computing, which amounts to about 80% of my computing needs. For reading, or watching informational video, or listening to audio, or voice communication. Mobile excels in SMS text, which is the only relatively brief and un-cluttered means of networked communicatons left thanks to capitalism driving advertising everywhere else online. However, as soon as information becomes complex, or writing requires length and eloquence, there is no substitute for a full keyboard and large screen. Certainly mobile apps can't compete with full desktop programs in terms of flexibility and deep functionality. Mobile excels at the brief, portable, and shallow. Desktop excels at intricate, detailed, rich, and comfortable. They are different things. Maybe, if you could get a PC to recognize cursive handwriting, you might take a stab at replacing keyboards. Better speech recognition might do some, but written communication comes from a different part of the brain. Vocal people do not understand textual people and our need for reading and writing. Forcing an end to textuality would silence many brilliant voices. Handwriting recognition, however, could also be a security feature. Handwriting is unique to an individual. It's like a literary fingerprint. In the end, I find a forced merger of desktop and mobile to be ignorant of the variety of purpose humans have in the computing they do. Having the same data accessible across device platforms, however, is entirely useful.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Visualized Audio - MWGIC-EP-00045: Bifrost - The Rainbow Bridge To The Heavens - We Can Build It!

So how do we make access to space rapid, abundant, high-volume, and low-cost? Long-term stable investment in a method we can develop with technologies we currently have. No miracle drives or materials required. Just willpower and cooperation.

Show notes:

Scientists crack mystery of ancient Roman concrete's 2,000-year life span - The Washington Post

Ask Tom Why: What is the highest recorded height for a cumulonimbus cloud? - tribunedigital-chicagotribune

Jet stream - Wikipedia

32k - 52k ft

Flight altitude record - Wikipedia

Monday, April 16, 2018

Video & Audio - MWGIC-EP-00040: Art Bell The Original Voice Of The American Night

Show Notes:

Art Bell was an original. He opened up the night for me, brought subjects I'd only dreamt of being discussed on the US Airwaves to life. He's the reason I've read many of the things I've read, and why I chose this podcast/videocast topic structure. Art Bell passed away on Friday the 13th of April at the age of 72. This is my tribute to an American original. Show notes include links to multiple archives of Art's broadcasts.

Visuals created using Plane9. (

Audio podcast version of this episode:

Washington Post obituary for Art Bell:

Art Bell, mysterious narrator of the American nightscape, is dead at 72

Art Bell radio archive links:

Watch "Art Bell Coast to Coast Paranormal Radio Archives" on YouTube

Watch "Art Bell Classic Show Archive" on YouTube

Archives Archives - Midnight in the Desert

Somewhere in Time Archive -- Art Bell shows 1993-2002 | ArtBell

The Ultimate Art Bell on TuneIn Radio

Good night and goodbye, Art Bell...


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Old-School Telecomm Cable Jacket Stripper

This is a classic telecommunications cable jacket stripper. It works perfectly on quad cable, Cat3-6 cable, and 16-pair. I've oened it since 1993. The 312 area code of the manufacturer tells me they were based in Chicago. #OldSchoolTools

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Myt Coffee Life - The Percolator Story

Percolators were the norm prior to drip coffee makers being introduced in the early 70's. I was a pre-teen when that happened.

When I first started drinking coffee it was from drip pots with paper filters becsuse that's what everyone did.

Then we spent a weekend at my wife's cousin's beach house. There was an antique stove-top percolator exactly like my grandmother had when I was a little kid.

Antique Percolator

It had a clear knob on the lid, and the water would bubble up in there so you could see the color. When it got a nice deep brown, you took it off the stove. I used to watch it all the time.

I had time on my hands that day at the beach house. I made coffee the old-school way. The whole house smelled wonderfully of coffee. My wife came down the stairs saying how good it smelled. The coffee was strong snd flavorful.

I threw out my drip coffee pot as soon as we got home and went to the antique store online.

Then we saw a 12-cup Farberware Millennium coffee pot for sale in the kitchen department at Carson's. Electric, automatic, dropped from brewing to warming temp all by itself when the coffee was done. Won't burn the coffee unless it sits at least ten hours. All stainless steel. (The antique stove-top is aluminum)

Farberware Millenium Electric Percolator

I've never looked back.

They sold people on drips in the 70's because the paper filters would "filter out all the coffee impurities." It filtered out most of the flavor, too, and made the paper companies money. What did I know at the time? I was 10 and didn't drink coffee.

Well, I learned back in 1999 when I tried that percolator.


Does 5G Plus IPV6 Plus Nanotechnology Equal Net Dust?

5G is the pending "next big thing" in mobile connectivity. The speeds of 5G communications are expected to be incredibly fast. It's expected to be so important that CNET was openly speculating in an article that Trump blocked a possible merger between Broadcomm (Singapore) and Qualcomm (US) before the two companies had actually agreed to a deal. National security concerns were the cited reason.

IP Version 6 was developed because IP Version 4 (currently used) is running out of IP addresses. IPV6 is reputed to have so many IP addresses that you could assign one to every atom on the surface of the Earth and have enough addresses left for another hundred planets.

Nanotech is composed of machines so small that they're measured in number of atoms.

Net dust is my term for nano-scale routers that would allow the entire surface of the Earth to become an IP network.

Imagine there being literally nowhere that had no access to the internet. Simply scatter net dust from planes, drones, and every other vehicle imaginable. The wind would carry it everywhere.

Net dust would be inhaled and ingested constantly by every creature on the planet.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Learning Linux...

So I have finally bit the bullet and starting learning another operating system other than Windows. I have been working in Microsoft operating systems almost exclusively (not counting smartphones) since 1995.

I have an older slim tower PC set up with Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS 64-bit Linux.

It is taking quite a bit of getting used to, but wow, does it boot up fast!

I'm focusing mostly on learning terminal commands right now, but I do have the firewall enabled, and I've been playing a bit with some of the GUI software and applications as well. I have ClamAV with ClamTK installed and working. (Antivirus) So at least I have basic secirity on the device. (** Note: In ClamTK, once you open it, go into the setting at the farthest upper left corner of the GUI window, and un-check the "double click buttons to operate")

I also have it playing music and I have Audacity installed on it as well, so I can record audio. (For podcasting later)

I can't put a lot of time into it, as I'm in school full time to become a Microsoft-certified Systems Administrator by early next year.

However, the first certification in the series is CompTIA A+ and Amazon TestOut PC Pro - and I'm getting hammered on some of the MAC & Linux command questions. Luckily that's about 3-4% of the material, but still, it could make the difference between passing the cert exams and failing.

So, wish me luck, but Ubuntu is on my extra box. I'm also posting this blog from it tonight.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Getting Around Windows 10 Graphics Controller Incompatibility In Older PC’s

This is primarily a desktop PC solution, but may be implemented in some notebook / laptop PC's as well. This depends on the laptop make & model. Very few laptops have an expansion slot for improved graphics cards, which is required for this fix.

If all the rest of the hardware on a PC checks out as Windows 10 compatible via a reading of the Windows 10 system requirements, and the hardware check tool from Microsoft, but your video controller is incompatible with Windows 10, you may be able to do this.

Background: Windows 10 has a boatload of new code in it so that it can adapt to the screen size of the device it is running on. This operating system may be implemented on smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, all-in-one PC's, or even smart TV's. It needs to be able to work on all sizes of screens.

Because of this, the graphics controller chip or card must be able to support the new code. Some graphics controllers are too old to support the software, at a hardware level. They simply can't run the necessary DirectX version. Devices that run Windows 10 for desktop editions must include a GPU that supports DirectX 9 or later, per Microsoft specifications for desktop operating system versions. Even with an updated driver, they just aren't capable of running it. Others are no longer supported by the manufacturer, so the necessary driver software will never be written.

Microsoft doesn't appear include graphics controller testing in their hardware check tool. You must manually investigate the compatibility of your Graphics Controller yourself. You'll need to look up what make and model of graphics controller your system has. Usually these can be found online. is usually pretty good for PC specifications for many makes and models. The manufacturer website may also be a good resource.

Once you know what graphics controller your machine is using, you'll need to research online whether it is supported for Windows 10. Even if all the rest of your PC hardware meets all the Windows 10 system requirements, if your graphics controller is incompatible, upgrading is likely to cause you a lot of grief with hangs, freezes, and the dreaded blue screen of death. This is because instructions your graphics controller can't execute are coming in due to all that new code. This is also a big reason why early reviews of Windows 10 were so mixed. People loved it or hated it. That was probably a direct result of not knowing that they needed to check this manually before updating...

Once you have determined that the rest of your PC is able to run Windows 10, but your GC will not, what you can do is purchase an expansion card GC that is known to support Windows 10 and install it to a PCIe x16 slot or AGP slot on your machine. (Few laptops have these expansion slots available) AGP slots are pretty old, so it's unlikely, but never rule anything out.

This will replace the integrated GC on the CPU chip, or replace an existing incompatible expansion card GC. (Once you have the new graphics card thast you are certain supports Windows 10 installed and running, you should boot into the system BIOS/UEFI and disable the integrated graphics controller if it's present. It will be using up system RAM memory for nothing. That will slow your machine down a bit.

It takes a bit of research, but it's likely cheaper than a new PC.

I just did this myself by making one good Win 10 dektop out of two old ones that I am donating to my Civil Air Patrol squadron.

One PC had a compatible GC expansion card, the other had an incompatible integrated GC.


Dan Stafford
Temecool Computer Repair
Temecula, CA

Friday, January 12, 2018

MWGIC Episode 25: The Landscape Geek - Tom Papais of Rose Landscape Design Interview

Tom Papais of Rose Landscape Design in Darien, Illinois discusses his philosophy and strategy for landcsapes, some interesting things that have happened on the job over the years, and some of the differences he sees while visiting out in Sunny So-Cal the week after Christmas.

Happy New Year 2018, and welcome to Midwestern Geek In Cali's second season! We are nearing our first 1,000 downloads, and are thrilled to be at the milestone of 25 episodes published!

Thank you to our listeners for giving us your ears, and happy Vulcan fingers to you from the Agent of 42! \//_