Last Show May 29, 2019

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1PM PST today.
The nature of subscriptions and likes:
Twitter Examples, YouTube Examples
Starlink & competeing technologies.
versus 5G.


reverse Speech!?
An example of a timed YouTube clip:

(note the t=xxx part)

Democracy In Iceland : )


Additional notes

Notifications of new show notes and edits are tweeted at:
– They’re tagged with #Zentech.
– When what’s said is unclear to me (or I’m unfamiliar with a topic) I tend to quote (” “) verbatim.
– Editor’s comments are delimited by < >

For a couple of months, the audio of today’s show is here (but link may be bad). Recent shows are here.

The intro & outro music was by Pentatonix.


Both Paul & Glenn were both in the studio today.


Today, it was Glenn who read the disclaimer:
The views expressed on this show are those of the speakers only and not necessarily those of KVMR, our board, staff, volunteers or contributors

Paul got a “mailing app” from the county about the fire safety in the area. It was a result of the recently held safety meetings. He then thought of using Twitter. He’s had a Twitter account for about 10 years ago, but he’s barely used it. He said that a lot of what gets tweeted is timely. Unlike Facebook where it can take hours or days for the info to get thru, Twitter tends to be a live stream of info.

But he found that he was bombarded with stuff he didn’t subscribe to. Then he found the checkbox in Twitter’s settings that said “show me things I might be interested in”. Unchecking that brought relief. Now he just gets to see notices about local events and a few others.

Twitter used to attempt to verify the owner of an account and used to use a blue dot to indicate some confidence in the validity of the Tweeter. Paul said people get to depend on technology to be notified of breaking events. A couple of problems with that are that the events happen so quickly, and the infrastructure can break down so you don’t get the notification. A lot of people in the Paradise Fire didn’t leave when they could have, expecting to have been notified. Paul added that he’s even gotten some tech support on Twitter.

Glenn mentioned that Instagram, a Facebook product. It’s more of a social platform than an informational one. It’s one more focused on pictures. Paul hasn”t found a lot of use for it, but Glenn likes it. He likes Dr. Jarrett in Miami for his humor

On Instagram, anyone can follow you, and you’ll be alerted when they do. It’s similar to the way Twitter, works. Facebook is different, they need your consent to follow you or they won’t see any of your content unless you give consent.

One of Paul’s favorite things to subscribe to is Youtube. He hopes it will make him a better broadcaster. One of the channels is hosted by a Scott called Scott Manly who talks about astronomy & space flight. One of the questions he tried to address recently is how come it’s so difficult to put things in orbit around the Moon? It’s has no atmosphere and only 1/5 the gravity of Earth. One of the reasons it that it turns out its gravity is less uniform than that of Earth and it’s hard to continually compensate for. Also, Paul added that the Moon wobbles a bit as it orbits the Earth, which results in our seeing about %106 of its surface over the months (the tidal locking isn’t what you might think it is).

Back to Glenn’s mental health Dr. in Miami, Glenn related that recent post quoting Jim Carrey: “you can fail at something you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love”. He said the doctor also posts depression assistance tools. And another Carrey quote: “I hope everybody can get rich and famous and we’ll have everything they have dreamed of so they will know it’s not the answer.”

Paul noted that on Facebook there a lot of local buy, sell & trade sites. They are categorized under a link called “Marketplace”. And are organized by area codes (530 for Nevada County). A lot of the stuff is free because it’s hard to get rid of, Paul ended with “If you can’t resist getting stuff you didn’t knoow you didn’t need, don’t use it”.

Jesse called. She said that she’s heard that Facebook tends to promote its groups by showing which posts are getting the most replies, especially derogatory ones. She wanted to know if it’s true and what to do about iy. Paul said he tends not to engage in controversy on Facebook. Others tend to get indignant and engage in negative ways. One of Paul’s favorite posts was: “the other day I told somebody just what I thought of them on Facebook, and you know what, they agreed with me.”

Another of Jesse’s question was about a friend of hers who runs a business and has been getting a lot of friend requests. Jesse thought that if her friend and a friend requester don’t have friends in common, you’re likely to be a subject of a bot Is Jesse right? Paul said it’s possible to get requests from people you may have met but don’t remember. It’s ok, he said to leave request pending, for maybe 30 days. Some of them may disappear because Facebook will determine them to be bots. Glenn added that one can go check out the requester’s profile. Paul also suggested creating a page just for your business, where you’ll be given a chance to pose questions to prospective members that bots will have a difficult time answering.

Glenn thanked the supporting members of KVMR. <If you’d like to become a contributing member, you can call the business office at 530-265-9073 or go to the KVMR website.>

Paul said he’s put up a Youtube link in today’s notes (see above). It comes from a website called It takes speech or music lyrics and converts the speech to “Satanic Verses”.

The new version of WordPress (used on the Zen Tech site) lets you paste a Youtube link in the blog page and video comes up embedded in the page. If what you want others to see starts part way into the video, use “shareable link” (below on the Youtube page), which gives you the link, but now ending in “t=”, where you enter the time you want it to start at.

Glenn reminded listeners that the guys are always open to your question. Just email to zen at kvmr dot org.

Finally, Paul said that he’s put a link on the website to recent Space X launches. He thinks they’re absolutely fascinating. It’s about the 60 satellites. They are part of a deployment that will cover 90% of the Earth with low earth-orbit communications.

Last Updated 11:03 PM 5-29-2019

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