Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum NH

10 Lesser-Known Republican Candidates

Last night Son #1 and I attended the "Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum" at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, NH. Click below if you just want to see all the photos from the event:

Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum

The requirement was participants needed to be registered and on the NH primary ballot and had not participated in any other candidate forums. In order to get on the NH ballot you need to be a a US citizen, at least 35 by time you take office, filled out the appropriate form and pay your $1000 to the state of NH.

The first hour was for the 10 Republican candidates:

* Bear Betzler
* Timothy Brewer
* Hugh Cort
* Randy Crow
* John Davis
* Christopher Hill
* Jeff Lawman
* Benjamin Linn
* Michael Meehan
* Joe Story

The second hour were for the 8 Democratic candidates, although one was a no-show:

* Ed Cowan
* Dr. Bob Greene
* John D. Haywood
* Robert B. Jordan -- no show
* Edward O'Donnell, Jr
* Vermin Supreme
* Randall Terry)
* John Wolfe, Jr

All the photos I took of the event are released under a Creative Commons Attribution license -- so you are welcome to use them as long as you give me a photo credit. (I won't turn down a check if a media organization would like to send an honoria my way)

Here are my notes/scribbling/impressions from last night's "Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum" at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, NH on 19-Dec-2011. I'm just an interested NH voter, not a journalist so don't be surprised of my views and bias come through...

The format was 2 minutes for each candidate to make their case followed by questions from the panel --Beth LaMontagne Hall (Union Leader), Ambassador Terry Shumaker and NH State Representative Jim Splaine; Bob(?) Griffin was the moderator.

The first hour was for the 10 Republican candidates:

  • Bear Betzler -- missed intro; cool first name; don't have much notes
    on him.

  • Timothy Brewer -- missed intro; first day in office? Talk to Jesus
    and the Afterlife; God very important to him and should be to you

  • Hugh Cort -- "Google Iran Holocaust", nuclear attack on the US very
    soon by Iran (March 2012); Mexico-Venezuela-Iran connection;

  • Randy Crow -- References 9/11 alot; worked in retail gas sector,
    driven out by major oil companies which keep prices up and drive
    foreign policy; get tough with big oil;

  • John Davis -- God spoke to him to have him run, then he told his
    wife; Home builder; pro-life; constitutionalist; asked about Global
    Climate change and said hard to know if really happening and need to
    study it more.

  • Christopher Hill -- I saw him at some Tea Party events this year;
    raised in Bedford, NH now lives in KY; airline pilot; wants no
    income tax up to $250k afterwards increased taxes;

  • Jeff Lawman -- From NH, an Engineer who will bring that view to the
    whitehouse, fiscal conservative, social liberal, concerned about

  • Benjamin Linn -- youngest candidate born in 1973 in CA. anti-war,
    pro-life; get out of Afghanistan ASAP

  • Michael Meehan -- from St. Louis(?), real estate; Asked about
    gay/civil marriage position which he does not support but considers
    it a minor issue compared to problems that need to be addressed

  • Joe Story -- Godly, 10 commandments, christian, concerned about 10
    million illegal aliens that may be spying for our enemies; for
    Supreme Court, only appoint strict constitutionalists that don't
    follow precedence but only from what is in the US Constitution;
    Somewhat libertarian wants to put most government owned operations
    in a 'benefit trust', ie: Ford, royalties from land use, etc

The second hour were for the 7 Democratic candidates, although one was
a no-show, so the seven where:

  • Ed Cowan -- from VT, want US to get organized and solve list of
    problems ie: nukes, ozone, population growth, energy, disparity of
    rich/poor (people and countries) and environment

  • Dr. Bob Greene -- PhD in Physics (w00t!); from CA; Thorium holds
    great promise for energy production; Thorium found in lots of 'waste
    products' like coal ash(?), etc. golf ball sized amount can generate
    enough for a person/year(?)

  • John D. Haywood -- from NC; wants British National Health Care-style
    system which is much loved, economical in comparison; get rid of
    Bush tax cuts; return to 1965 Johnson/Kennedy level income tax

  • Edward O'Donnell, Jr -- all about love, kindness and friendliness;
    no jacket, turtleneck with pumpkin & kitten (see photos); loud
    speaker; no guns (including hunting); wants non-violent foreign

  • Vermin Supreme - ran in 2008 and announced same day as Hillary
    Clinton (see ); mandatory toothbrushing; gingivitis greatest threat;
    friendly fascist; a pony for everyone in the US; future is a pony
    based economy; Genius Idea: to solve dependency on foreign oil
    develop Zombie Turbines. Tie zombies to a large turbine and dangle
    human brains in front of them. They will endlessly walk around in a
    circle pulling the turbine and generate electricity; Donated a
    kidney to his mother this year. His mother was in the audience and I
    verified he really did donate a kidney. What a nice boy.

  • Randall Terry -- From West Virginia; only candidate to refer to the
    President as "Barack Hussein Obama", pro-life, loves god, 52 million
    children killed; founded the repellent 'Operation Rescue'; anti-gay;
    now running as a Democrat. Glitterbombed by Vermin Supreme.
    A little bit of #Occupy 'mike check' then told it was okay to come
    out of the closet and people will still love him (could have been a
    Vermin Supreme operative saying that, unclear who); See photos of
    presumed notes "Progressive Income Tax is based on jealousy,
    greed. Marxist"
    ; we are a socialist country now;
  • John Wolfe, Jr -- From TN; true progressive to challenge Obama to
    address issues on the left.


Bear Betzler
Bear Betzler

Timothy Brewer
Timothy Brewer

Hugh Cort
Hugh Cort
Randy Crow
Randy Crow
John Davis
John Davis
Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill
Jeff Lawman
Jeff Lawman
Benjamin Linn
Benjamin Linn
Michael Meehan
Michael Meehan
Joe Story
Joe Story


Ed Cowan
Ed Cowan
Bob Greene
Bob Greene
John D. Haywood
John D. Haywood
Edward O'Donnell, Jr
Edward O'Donnell, Jr
Vermin Supreme
Vermin Supreme
Randall Terry
Randall Terry
John Wolfe, Jr
John Wolfe, Jr

Glitterbombing of Randall Terry

Vermin Supreme glitterbombs Randall Terry
Vermin Supreme glitterbombs Randall Terry

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ubuntu 11.10 upgrade works great on hp2133 netbook

My hp1233 netbook has been sitting around in my office for the last six months after the last Ubuntu upgrade. It was working fine, but the Natty Narwhal (11.04) upgrade caused it to hang when using wifi. See Bug #772859

So the end of last week I plugged it into my network switch and upgraded to Oneiric Ocelot. I was pleasantly surprised that the wifi now works and didn't require any fiddling around with random drivers or configs. Nicely done Ubuntu Team!

NH 2012 Presidential Primary Photos

Follow the link to see all my photos from the NH Presidential Primary season (Summer 2011 through Winter 2012) Some photos are licensed under a Creative Commons license, while some are "All Rights Reserved" If you wish to use the latter photos, please contact me: marc at nozell.com

Sarah Palin, looking out
Sarah Palin, looking out @ Tea Party Express Veterans' Park Manchester, NH

Rick Perry @ Private House event Manchester NH
Rick Perry @ Manchester, NH

Jon Huntsman
Jon Huntsman @ Amherst July 4th Parade

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney @ Tea Party Express @ Manchester

Buddy Roemer
Buddy Roemer

Sharron Angle
Sharron Angle

Looking for photos from the players from the 2008 election cycle? Go to https://secure.flickr.com/photos/marcn/collections/72157603812791785/

Note: Photos don't imply endorsement. But you could probably figure out who my favorites are...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

NH is swarming with Presidential Candidates

Protecting Rick Perry, originally uploaded by marcn.

This weekend Rick Perry was in Manchester.

Today Mitt Romney is in Concord speaking to a Tea Party crowd (with protesting a FreedomWorks-backed Tea Party group -- talk about a photo op!).

Monday in Manchester Sarah Palin with virtually unknown Presidential Candidates Buddy Roemer and Gary Johnson will also be speaking at a Tea Party event.

Anyone interested in licensing some photos?

Friday, June 3, 2011

John Edwards photos under Attribution Creative Commons license

Anyone looking for a photo of John Edwards for use under the Attribution Creative Commons license?

Here are some that I took during the 2004 & 2008 election cycle in NH:

John Edwards @ Merrimack High School

John Edwards @ Merrimack, NH

John Edwards @ MHS


For proper attribution, please use something like this:

Photo by Marc Nozell and a link to the specific photo used (eg: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/1236008586)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ubuntu/natty hangs when wifi enabled

This evening I upgraded my hp2133 notebook from Ubuntu/Maverick to the new Natty. The upgrade went smoothly but now the system hangs about 2 minutes after Broadcom 4311 802.11a/b/g wifi is enabled.

Here is the bug report: BCM4311 wifi hangs hp2133 notebook after 2 minutes

Some suggestions from IRC are to try the bcmwl-kernel-source or linux-backports-modules-net-natty-generic packages.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

DreamPlug: misc info

Someone asked for more info about the hw/sw as shipped with the DreamPlug:

root@morpheus:~# uname -a
Linux morpheus #1 PREEMPT Tue Feb 8 03:18:41 EST 2011 armv5tel GNU/Linux
root@morpheus:~# lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 9.04
Release: 9.04
Codename: jaunty
root@morpheus:~# lshw
description: Computer
width: 32 bits
description: Motherboard
physical id: 0
description: System memory
physical id: 0
size: 501MiB
physical id: 1
bus info: cpu@0
physical id: 2
bus info: usb@1:1.1
logical name: scsi0
capabilities: emulated
description: SCSI Disk
vendor: Generic
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sda
version: 9910
size: 1886MiB (1977MB)
capabilities: removable
physical id: 0
logical name: /dev/sda
size: 1886MiB (1977MB)
capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
description: Windows FAT volume
vendor: mkdosfs
physical id: 1
logical name: /dev/sda1
version: FAT16
serial: 020d-9082
size: 1885MiB
capabilities: primary fat initialized
configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat label=dream_kr
description: EXT3 volume
vendor: Linux
physical id: 2
logical name: /dev/sda2
version: 1.0
serial: cc90c161-81e2-4434-b39f-e61c8de21c6a
size: 1783MiB
capacity: 1783MiB
capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files recover ext3 ext2 initialized
configuration: created=2011-02-23 08:07:06 filesystem=ext3 label=dream_fs modified=2011-04-19 15:44:26 mounted=2011-04-19 15:44:26 state=clean
description: SCSI Disk
vendor: Generic
physical id: 0.0.1
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.1
logical name: /dev/sdb
version: 9910
capabilities: removable
physical id: 0
logical name: /dev/sdb
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 1
logical name: eth0
serial: f0:ad:4e:00:71:ec
size: 10MB/s
capacity: 1GB/s
capabilities: ethernet physical tp aui bnc mii fibre 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=mv643xx_eth driverversion=1.4 duplex=half firmware=N/A link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10MB/s
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 2
logical name: eth1
serial: f0:ad:4e:00:71:ed
size: 100MB/s
capacity: 1GB/s
capabilities: ethernet physical tp aui bnc mii fibre 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=mv643xx_eth driverversion=1.4 duplex=full firmware=N/A ip= link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100MB/s
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 3
logical name: uap0
serial: 00:24:23:33:eb:4c
capabilities: ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes ip= multicast=yes
*-network:3 DISABLED
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 4
logical name: pan0
serial: 92:53:b4:db:b1:5b
capabilities: ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A link=yes multicast=yes

Monday, April 18, 2011

DreamPlug: Idles 7-8 watts

I borrowed the a Kill-A-Watt device from the local library and plugged the DreamPlug into it.

Here are my unscientific observations.

  • idle with no devices except a NIC, wifi, bluetooth: 7 to 8 watts

  • idle with no devices except a NIC: 7 to 8 watts -- that was unexpected

  • CPU at ~80% scp'ing a large file to internal disk: 9 watts

  • CPU at ~80% scp'ing a large file to external, powered eSATA disk: 9 watts

  • idle with external unpowered 320G 'laptop' USB disk: 11 watts

Powertop didn't have much in the way of suggestions that affected power.

DreamPlug: no support for nfs-kernel-server

The folks on reddit were asking about NFS performance on the DreamPlug so I installed nfs-kernel-server. Unfortunately the Ubuntu kernel shipped with the DreamPlug doesn't support NFS:

root@morpheus:~# /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server restart
* Stopping NFS kernel daemon [ OK ]
* Unexporting directories for NFS kernel daemon... [ OK ]
* Not starting NFS kernel daemon: no support in current kernel.

So if you want to use NFS (and don't want to rebuild the kernel), you'll have to use unfs3, a usermode version of NFS. It doesn't support file locking nor wildcards for hostnames in /etc/export.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

DreamPlug: motion activated webcam

The webcam tool 'motion' is pretty nice, but it needs some tweaks to the base Ubuntu/Jaunty running the DreamPlug.

Do this:

  • Enable the motion daemon. sudo emacs /etc/default/motion and set start_motion_daemon=yes

  • Allow for non-localhost access to the web interfaces. sudo emacs /etc/motion/motion.conf and change the lines to match: webcam_localhost off and control_localhost off

  • Create the default directory to hold the jpg and swf files. sudo mkdir /tmp/motion && sudo chown motion.motion /tmp/motion

  • Restart the motion daemon. sudo /etc/init.d/motion restart

  • Fire up a browser and point it to the DreamPlug's port 8080 (say http://morpheus.local:8080) and then follow the link to config then list. From there you'll probably need to set auto_brightness to on.

  • Now look at the video on port 8081 (say http://morpheus.local:8081)

After a while of it running, you don't need the browser to be on the page, take a look in /tmp/motion to find all the JPG images and SWF 'movie' files. Eventually I'll probably change the directory to live on one of the USB disks...

My PlugComputer datacenter

My PlugComputer datacenter, originally uploaded by marcn.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


My Dreamplug from Globalscale Technologies finally arrived yesterday and I'm just getting around to dig into it.

Things I've noticed:

  • Shipped with Ubuntu/Jaunty preinstalled. Root password: nosoup4u

  • kernel:
    Linux ubuntu #1 PREEMPT Tue Feb 8 03:18:41 EST
    2011 armv5tel GNU/Linux

  • Misc system info: /proc/meminfo,/proc/cpuinfo, dmesg and lsmod

  • Only port open is ssh

  • The dreamplug starts up as an open wifi access point that will route through either eth0 of the wired network or a ppp0 device. It is named DreamPlug-uAP-{last two octects of the uap0 MAC address} ie: DreamPlug-uAP-eb4c

  • /etc/rc.local runs a script in ~root/init_setup.sh(!) It sets up the wifi as an access point, configures iptables for ip masquerade/ip forwarding, enables bluetooth and plays with the LED light brightness. See: init_setup.sh

  • They didn't clean up .history -- lots of interesting stuff in there! Grab a copy before you do any commands as root. I lost the first 34 commands and curious what else they were doing. See: history.txt

  • Some commands they used and places to check for changes from default values:

    - uaputl sys_config
    - cp -rf /mnt/uaputl /usr/bin/uaputl
    - vi /sbin/wlan.sh
    - vi /etc/usbmount/usbmount.conf
    - mocp /media/usb1/EyesOnMe.mp3 (someone's favorite song, it gets played a number of times)
    - vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.conf
    - vi /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
    - cat /proc/asound/card0/codec
    - cat /proc/asound/card0/usbbus
    - cat /proc/asound/card0/usbid
    - cat /proc/asound/card0/pcm0p/info
    - vi /etc/ld.so.conf.d/libasound2.conf
    - vi /etc/java-6-openjdk/sound.properties
    - speaker-test
    - vi /etc/mke2fs.conf +5
    - vi /etc/asound.conf
    - arecord -f dat -D hw:3,0 -d 30 foo.wav
    - arecord -f dat -D hw:0 -d 30 foo.wav
    - arecord -f dat -D hw:1,0 -d 30 foo.wav
    - cat /proc/asound/cards
    - arecord -l
    - vi /etc/asound.conf
    - mocp BuzzingBee.wav
    - mv /etc/asound.conf /etc/asound1.conf
    - vi /etc/modprobe.conf
    - sudo apt-get install snd_pcm_dmix
    - vi /etc/asound1.conf
    - cp -rf /etc/asound1.conf /etc/asound.conf
    - play /home/havana.wav
    - vi /etc/udhcpd.conf

  • There are two kernel modules (mcypt.ko & sd8xxx.ko) sitting in ~root/ On how to use them (not that I've tried yet), try here on openplug.org. See: mcypt.ko and sd8xxx.ko

  • Packages installed by default: dpkg.txt

  • Things to do:
    - apt-get update && apt-get upgrade (carefully don't trash possibly changed config files)
    - install emacs (sudo apt-get install emacs)
    - change password
    - create user accounts
    - add users to sudousers (visudo)
    - install ssh keys (ssh-copy-id user@ubuntu.local)
    - change the hostname from ubuntu.local to morpheus.local (to go with my SheevaPlug named lordshiva.local) (edit /etc/hostname and /etc/hosts)
    - play with USB webcam & motion
    - setup ftp/nfs for local file sharing
    - carefully consider upgrading to more recent versions
    - look at using as a wifi client
    - try pairing bluetooth headset
    - try pairing android phone -- file transfers? remote control?
    - install cups
    - install gnump3d (needs make)
    - install munin to monitor performance (is this going to kill my
    internal sd storage?)

14-Apr 10:50am Update: DreamPlug discussion on reddit submitted by sub2k1

Sunday, March 20, 2011

maple sap boil @ home

maple sap boil @ home #NH, originally uploaded by marcn.

Trevor has tapped four trees and started the boiling down of the maple sap.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Super Perigee Moon tonight

DSC01770.JPG, originally uploaded by marcn.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I choose you!

I choose you!, originally uploaded by marcn.

From Penny Arcade East's Expo

Penny Arcade Expo 2011

Pano of PAX, originally uploaded by marcn.

Panorama of PAX (aka PAXeast)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery are in Bedford

The Tibetian monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery have a cultural presentation last night at the Bedford, NH that included a slideshow, demostrations of prayers, debating and the creation of a mandala.

Drepung Gomang Monks

More photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/sets/72157626105267991 To view as a slideshow, click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/sets/72157626105267991/show/

Monday, March 7, 2011

synergy on Ubuntu/Debian desktops

I have three monitors in my home office connected to two different systems, which gives a lot of screen space, but I don't want to use two sets of keyboard/mouse. The open source package synergy lets you do that. (It also works on Windows systems too)

Sitting in front of me is nyx.local, an hp EliteBook 8530w (Ubuntu/Maverick) in a docking station connected to two monitors, keyboard and mouse. To the right is a monitor from an hp workstation xw8000 named mm.local (Debian/Lenny). It is a tucked away in the corner and a bit hard to get to the power button.

My morning routine is:

  1. Boot nyx.local and log in

  2. power on mm.local using Wake-on-LAN (WOL): sudo wakeonlan 00:11:85:ad:eb:ca

  3. Wait a minute to mm.local to boot and autologin

  4. Start the synergy server on the system I'm in front of: synergys

  5. Run the synergy client on the other system: ssh -f mm.local synergyc nyx.local

Now when I slide the mouse to the right it moves focus to the remote system!

Here is the ~/.synergy.conf file.

section: screens
section: links
right = mm.local
left = nyx

Monday, February 28, 2011

Autumn Bedford Windmill (Tilt-Shift'ed)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Panorama of West Point Gymnasium

Panorama of West Point Gymnasium, originally uploaded by marcn.

Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hoover Dam Panorama

Hoover Dam Panorama, originally uploaded by marcn.

This was created from 14 photos and stitched together using hugin. View the largest size (15M). The original was 21M, which is over Flickr.com photo size limit.