Election day is
13 14 days away. Early voting starts today in Massachusetts and concludes on November 2nd. Find your city or town’s early voting times.
Alternatively, if you cannot vote on November 6th, you can mail in a request for an absentee ballot to your city or town.
Whenever you vote, I ask you to vote yes on Questions 1 and 3.
Question 1 would set the maximum number of patients per registered nurse which would vary by type of unit and level of care. Our increasingly corporate-controlled health care providers are against it as it would harm their profits. Send them a message that people deserve decent healthcare and vote yes.
Question 3 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. The legislature already approved it, but some anti-trans bigots believe that our fellow trans citizens and residents do not deserve equality and are using lies and fear mongering to try to get their way. Don’t let them win; vote yes.
On Question 2, I have not made up my mind. Question 2 would create a citizens commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings. I do not believe that corporations should have the same rights as individuals and I agree that we need to remove the corrupting influence of money in politics. Considering the influence of the rich and corporations on both major parties and on politics, it is pretty clear that once we open up any citizens process to amend the US Constitution, the rich will do their best to rewrite it in ways that enshrine their power and ideas.
Find out more about the ballot questions.
I recently posted more 1/2400 modern naval warship pictures I have found on the web. Here are some of them. All of the images are at whenimaginationfails.org.
US Independence LCS-2 by gak8346.
PRC LuyangIII/Type52D DDG by gak8346.
PRC Taizhou/Project956EM DDG by gak8346.
PRC YutingII/Type072A LST by gak8346.
US Nimitz and Ford CVN by Scott Price
US Long Beach CGN by gak8346.
US Kidd DDG by scoobjd.
US Forrestal CV & Enterprise CVN by Scott Price.
PRC LuyangII/Type 052C DDG by gak8346.
PRC JiangkaiII/Type 054A FFG by gak8346.
PRC Yuzhao/Type 071 LPD by gak8346.
FRG Hamburg FFG by gak8346.
FRG Bremen FF by gak8346.
US Whidbey Island LSD by gak8346.
US Thomaston LSD by gak8346.
US Garcia FF by gak8346.
US Iwo Jima LPH by Scott Price.
US Algol T-AKR by gak8346.
US Cape Isabel T-AKR by gak8346
Soviet/Russian Zubr LCAC by gak8346.
PRC Type 056 Corvette by gak8346.
On October 7th, I attended the Honk! Parade with some photographers from the Boston Area Photography Group meetup.
I used my 35mm lens for the photographs during setup, but switched to the 18-105mm lens once the parade started since the telephoto lens worked better with moving subjects. I set my camera to aperture priority mode, set it to f/8 and experimented with shifting my focus point. The Tony Northrup how-to video for my camera helped in ways the camera manual does not and I recommended it to one of my fellow photographers.
Here are a few of the pictures:
Of the 304 photographs I took, I selected 12 to clean up and post to this flickr album:
Here are some painted 1/2400 scale modern/cold war naval miniatures. Everything except the Type 022 missile boats is painted by gak8346.
Decals by Flight Deck Decals 2400. Bases without wakes are from Litko using their Base Maker product. The carrier bases are 2″ by 6″ with a 3mm curved edge. Trawlers and Houbei Type 022 bases are 0.5″ by 1.75″. Bases with wakes are from Old Dominion Game Works.
I tried different camera settings so I could get multiple miniatures in focus.
These are used as civilian ships or dummy markers:
These are passive contact or dummy markers:
A comparison of Viking Forge and GHQ Nimitz CVNs:
And here are a few more of the many pictures I uploaded:
If you want to see all of them, they are in this album:
I visited the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum in 2017 on a family visit. Here are several picture albums organized into different categories.
Cold War and Later Aircraft
World War 2 and Earlier Aircraft
Today during the monthly Somerville Cryptoparty, will be a discussion on how we can move forward with developing a community mesh network in the Boston area. It will be from 6-9pm at The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville. The Sprouts is in the garage in the back of the drive way. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible.
On Saturday, February 10th, there will be a Community Meshnet Workshop from 1-4pm at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave, Somerville. The Somerville Public Library is wheelchair accessible. The Somerville Cryptoparty folks put together this flyer for the February workshop. I would appreciate it if you downloaded it and put it up around your neighborhood. You can also share the Somerville Cryptoparty page or the February Facebook event.
Hope you can make it and please spread the word about these events. Thanks!
I didn’t take many pictures of cosplayers at Arisia, but here are the better ones:
You can find more pictures of cosplayers at my cosplayer album:
Finally posted some pictures of a number of 1/2400 modern naval miniatures I purchased:
More pictures at the album:
I posted more pictures from my trip to Virginia and Washington DC in August. This time, they are of the Smithsonian National Zoo.