Daze of Hour Lives

So my main desktop – the one I use to render / convert video, audio, run virtual machines, write teaching materials – the one with 16GB RAM and a fast six core processor – has been intermittently hanging when it boots.

I suspected the 7-8 year old 1.5TB disk drives as it often manifests as a disk error. Loosing all your records is not a good idea, so new 3TB drives were ordered from Amazon for $80 and they came yesterday. After Senior Aides were done I started a clone of the drives, in GNU/Linux there are no special programs to buy or complicated screens to navigate it is simply a terminal command “dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096”, which ran from roughly 3pm to 10:30PM.

I put away the old drives for backup, installed the new drives, and …. nothing. Dead computer. Multiple parts swaps later, it was not the disk drives but the main board that was failing in service. So Jesus protected me long enough that I got the drives duplicated, but then let it go … au bas.

So now, I need a new main board. But kludged together enough parts by 1pm today that I have a fair working desktop in the mean time. And at least today I had coffeeeeeeee.


Artemis Coming Friday 7pm

Our lab setup for Artemis

In cooperation with ALC we will be facilitating a LAN Party Friday March 10th at 7:00pm. The game this week is Artemis and we will discuss / plan which games to play for following weeks.

If you are not familiar with team LAN gaming, here is a video of a group playing Artemis with celebrity Wil Wheaton (Wesly Crusher) as captain. Warning: Mr. Wheaton sometimes uses inappropriate language so viewer discretion is advised. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4sOPNu9GIw This is hosted in a church so please no booze but other snacks are welcome. Address is 3301 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.

FPU Starting March 8th 7:00 PM in ALC Room 157

The next Financial Peace University (FPU) class is starting March 8th 7:00 PM in ALC Room 157. 3301 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Google Map is here: https://goo.gl/maps/JoueMTPG5Ls

Super Saving 03-08-2017 | 7:00 PM
Relating With Money 03-15-2017 | 7:00 PM
Cash Flow Planning 03-22-2017 | 7:00 PM
Dumping Debt 03-29-2017 | 7:00 PM
Buyer Beware 04-05-2017 | 7:00 PM
The Role of Insurance 04-12-2017 | 7:00 PM
Retirement and College Planning 04-19-2017 | 7:00 PM
Real Estate and Mortgages 04-26-2017 | 7:00 PM
The Great Misunderstanding 05-03-2017 | 7:00 PM

Non Duplicated Services: Homeless Sheltering for single women without addictions or children

There are many shelters in our area which will help homeless pregnant women or women with dependent children. HOWEVER there are few (I think one) that will help a woman without children unless they have an addiction and none that will accept a woman with her pet. This is a serious gap in services.

A widely growing trait of homeless people after they have lost everything is an extreme attachment to their pet or pets, often dogs. These comfort animals are the last thing they have and provide companionship and a feeling of better safety. Often the woman will choose to sleep on the street with their pet rather than be alone in a shelter. This is not just “I like my pet”: this is a serious psychological dependency on the pet and separation results in serious anxiety. And it is becoming more common.

Shelters refuse pets because some children are afraid of animals and sometimes pets make messes. While some shelters will allow pets with a doctor’s letter documenting the need, getting medical certification of this need apparently takes several visits (at a cost) to the homeless person, so they will actually go months without shelter.

This is unacceptable. While talking about this situation with staff at a local shelter last week, we agreed there is a need for shelters who will accept women who are not pregnant, addicted, or with dependent children with their comfort animal.

I am interested in talking with 1) other social local agencies and 2) philanthropists who would like to help solve this problem. My daytime office phone Tuesday through Friday 11:00-4:00 is 260.432.0014 extension 128.

John D. Nash, CEO
Adult Life Training, Inc.