Link Dump: Emergencies, Cool Animals, and Fandom

Some links that have been open in my tabs for ages…so I’m leaving them here for reference.

Emergency Preparedness:
* 10 Must Have Items For Your Cat’s Emergency Survival Kit Or Go Bag
* Alameda County Emergency Preparedness Site
* Alameda County Emergencies Site

Cool Animals:
* The Numbat

* The Jedi Code (2 versions)

Posted on 7th August 2019
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Vintage Computer Festival West 2019 Info Dump

When I go to an event such as the Vintage Computer Festival West , I spend some time compiling information afterwards. So, here is where I’m dumping that info.

The Vintage Computer Festival West 2019 was August 3 & 4 2019 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
Event hashtag: #vcfwest
Vintage Computer Federation Website:
Vintage Computer Federation Youtube Channel:

Day 1 Videos:
*VCF West 2019 Welcome Video (there is about 10 minutes of silence on the video. Don’t freak out.)
Mentioned in this video:,

* VCF West 2019 Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) Demonstration 1 (again with the silence)
Mentioned in this video:: Orbiter Space Simulator, NASSP plug in for Orbiter, Virtual AGC on Github

* Second ACG Demo

* VCF West 2019: Bil Herd, ICs and Aging
Mentioned in this video:

* Apple 1 User’s Panel (skip to about the 12 minute mark. They are getting their act together at that point. The sounds will come back up at 13:26. Don’t worry.)
Mentioned in this video: The Apple-1 Registry

Day 2 Videos:
* Apple 1 Demonstration
Mentioned in this video: Louis Rossmann, LO*OP Center, If This Then That

* Apollo Guidance Computer (Information)
Mentioned in this video: How the Apollo Spacecraft works: Part 1 by Jared Owens,

Exhibits and Related Stuff:

Exhibit 06: Before MacIntosh The Apple Lisa (Documentary) – the trailer link doesn’t work at the moment (though you can see a video on the Indiegogo site), and the “Indiegogo” link goes to the kickstarter that has already ended. The correct Indiegogo campaign link is here and it looks to be running until sometime in September 2019 .

Exhibit 07: Atari 400/800 Computers – San Leandro Computer Club

Exhibit 08: RetroShield for Arduino Mega –

Exhibit 14: Apple II Rev. 0 vs. Rev. 7 Replica – Apple II Rev 0

Exhibit 20: IBM 1620 Jr./Recreating the Console Typewriter – Dave Babcock’s YouTube

Exhibit 21: Cadetwriter, A Wheelwriter-based Computer Terminal –

Exhibit 22: Tandy/TRS-80 Color Computers – CocoTALK Talk Show, CoComan Cables, Gunstar Game for the CoCo 3 (6309-only), CoCoVGA, CoCo 3 FPGA

Exhibit 24: MOnSter 6502 – MonSter6502, Evil Mad Scientist

Exhibit 25: The History of Videogames – The MADE, Museum of Art of Digital Entertainment

Exhibit 30: MakerLisp Machine – MakerLisp

Exhibit 36: Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) Restoration – Project Blog, Article about the restoration, Another Article

ReActiveMicro.comApple 1 replica

Apple II Heaven

San Francisco Bay Area Retrocomputing Club (BARCC)

Links from VCF 2018 that were still open in tabs on my phone:

Adwater & Stir

Obsolescence Guaranteed

Glenside Color Computer Club (home of the Annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST!)

Spare Time Gizmos

Nuts & Volts

Cactus 6502 Home-brew

Posted on 3rd August 2019
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Stitch Fix Review #1 – July 2016

I’d been hearing about this Stitch Fix thing recently, and I got to wondering about it. What’s Stitch Fix? Here’s a quick overview:

1) Create an account and fill out the information in your style profile. Choose a date you want your stitch fix to arrive (mine showed up 2 days early, probably because I’m so close to San Francisco.) Help out your stylist by creating a Pinterest board so that can see some of the stuff you’re interested in. You can also leave your stylist a note. (You an also choose your price range for each type of item and say if you don’t want a particular kind of thing.)

2) The styling/putting together of your package costs $20. That money can be put towards the price of the things you keep. Or, it’s the payment if you send back everything.

3) When your box arrives, you try your five clothes/shoes/accessories on. You decide what to keep and what to send back. You pay for the stuff you keep, and the returning of the things you don’t keep is free.

Interested? If you use my link to sign up, I get money towards my next box. Here’s my link.

I say my next box. But will I do this again after trying it? Yep!

Here’s how it went:
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Posted on 28th July 2016
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2 Quick Rants

Hi all. It’s been a while since I ranted on here, but wow have I got two things to get off of my chest.

Due to the angry words to follow, I’ll hide the rants after a cut tag so you can skip this at will.

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Posted on 25th July 2016
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An Actual Vacation: Day 2 – Fort Bragg and Points North (pt. 2)

And here’s part two of day two. That first post was getting too long. Oops. Sorry.

When last we left our intrepid explorers, they were leaving the Skunk Train to move on to their next destination. Where were they bound?

Well, as it turns out, McDonalds. But only because we were in a hurry to eat and be on our way.

But! That’s where I found Max.

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Posted on 24th July 2016
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An Actual Vacation: Day 2 – Fort Bragg and Points North (pt.1)

And now onto day two!

After groaning ourselves to awake and dressed (mornings, ugh!), we made our way downstairs to the breakfast room. Breakfast is $15/person at the Weller, and you can decide if you want it or not at any point up to the evening before (provided you get a chance to tell someone.) Let me just tell you to go ahead and buy the breakfast at least once. Seriously. It comes with your choice of coffee, tea, and/or juice. The juice during our stay was a peace nectar that they make in-house. Most of their food is made on-site and/or organic in some way. I tried a bit of everything. I had a chocolate croissant (with peach butter), oatmeal (with peach butter), eggs, nectarine slices, coffee, peach nectar…I’m sure I’m forgetting something.

Behold the remains of our breakfast!

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Posted on 24th July 2016
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An Actual Vacation: Day 1 – Headed to Fort Bragg, CA

The Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog in July 2016

For the first time in ages, my hubby and I actually went on a vacation somewhere together! I know. Don’t faint from shock or anything.
Why not have a nice sit down. There you go.

(Technically, this was my third day of vacation, but I spent the first two watching the Great British Bake Off/Great British Baking Show and doing chores about the house. So, I’m not counting them.)

It took us a while to get going, but we finally made it to the Golden Gate Bridge at about 2:50pm and found it foggy, as you see above. Not terribly surprising. But not long after we were on our way up the 101 toward our destination.
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Posted on 22nd July 2016
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RIP Merry 2002-2016

When Merry was a kitten, and really through much of her life, she was the invisible cat. She wasn’t 20 lbs and talkative like her brother Pippin. She wasn’t stripy and friendly like Sam. She was the small black cat no one ever saw. I mean, really. She was like cat Houdini. Like…”How did you wind up there??” Then spend the evening trying to find her, and no, she was just hiding in the shadows under the bed the whole time. (At least…we’re pretty sure.)

Luckily, she mellowed some as she got older, and slowly became more visible and affectionate. …And talkative. (Unless someone else was in the house. Then good luck finding her.)

Another thing she had no use for was the other cats. Any other cats. You could tell she was thinking, “Go away kid, you bother me.” Regardless of age of said animal. Annoy her at your peril! She was wicked accurate with a flying paw.

We miss you, little lady. May you find the best sunbeam in kitty heaven.

Posted on 8th March 2016
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Goodbye Starman

As a tribute to David Bowie, I offer Chris Hadfield singing Space Oddity…in Space.

I saw David Bowie live once. He was amazing. Here’s to the Thin White Duke.

Posted on 14th January 2016
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Sometimes when I’m tired (or ill) I can get fixated on something. The other day when I was both, I got really fixated on the Last Person on Earth (LPoE) scenario.

Like. Really Fixated. In fact I thought about it a little too much and kinda freaked myself out.

And let me tell you, I do not ever want to be the LPoE.
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Posted on 14th March 2015
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