Decade in the Desert: A new user’s guide to haltse 2018 update

Posted In Anarchy from the UK,Arizona by Haltse Saturday May 9, 2015


Updated for May 2018.

Biggest changes in past few years.  After leaving Go Daddy took a year , plus off to watch daughter grow up,   bought a franchise which turned out to be bad timing re illness , family matters and a less than honest representation of the business , etc so I ended up going back to work, this time for  P.F. Chang’s / Pei Wei which makes Asian-inspired food. It was nice to work for a company that most people don’t hate: Same kind of work Software Quality assurance but alas my position, along with several others, was removed because apparently, we were doing the jobs that Americans wouldn’t do.

Having just made contact again with the folks back home in the UK as they come on line with Facebook et all and find that I am still alive, still haven’t changed my name  to , well they don’t even know me as, haltse it’s been obvious that I needed an update post on the things that are interesting in the USA that hasn’t made it over to the UK. There are people that are into Zombies that actually don’t know who Doug Stanhope or Roger Clyne are,  I know, mind blown. 🙂

So here’s a quick list of what I’ve been up to since leaving Scotland back in 1997. A good decision given that speech irrelevant of context can get you arrested.

Moved to GA  70 mile NW of Atlanta worked for 2 seasons at tax software co helping cheap people achieve things with hardware that was pushing obsolescence into itself, seriously I edited modem strings, printer files, and more CLI DOS work than ever should be attempted with members of the public.

After GA moved to CA  on the eve of the millennium. Took 4 days to move.People in the UK, sorry it’s not a long way down to the chip shop, that’s peanuts to America:)

Yep everyone has been there and I don’t mean on vacation. Not to give it away but Californication was a nice couple of years working for a dot com that turned  b2c b2b  and b2b2c so quickly that it had to fail. Actually, it didn’t fail, people were paid, had jobs for a couple of years and had a lot of fun with nice people while doing it.

Became permanent resident, Marriage failed,  company above was bought by AOL  and I moved to Arizona where I managed to lose the friend I came here to be near ( I’m good at this it’s a motif for my life apparently )

Started working for  and lasted 11 years. Started as privately owned, which I liked, ok I only like it if I like the owner which in this case is a good match but  GD was sold to venture capitalists that changed the nature of the Co, and it was time to go. There’s little chance I could have achieved as much in the UK than I have here because, well to be blunt, it’s not a  wait till Friday to get drunk and take Monday off kinda culture. ( not true, probably 1/3 of it is:) )

Met my wifelet, Erin  spawned a Dobhran, and a Hatch, he’s 13 in September 2018  and Hatch, our daughter, joined us July 2012.

All the links to my photo sites, blogs and the like can be found through the sidebar but just in case.

Besides I’m  haltse everywhere that matters🙂

That’s the precis.   And just about all of it is contained somewhere in the posts to this blog.

New likes.

Ice Hockey. I’ve finally found a team sport that I appreciate, or did till I realized how shitty the customer service aspect was.  I still watch it but won’t pay to see the Phoenix Coyotes after they shafted us on playoff tickets. They were sadly constantly rebuilding and after years of finding out that what I hated about sports was more the “true fan”tm, than watching the game.  I still like watching tennis ( mainly the women’s:) ) US tv sucks for motorsport without chasing it down and paying for it. As such not really followed F1 or WSB for a while, god forbid they have a rally other than Pike’s peak on.

Watches.    Mechanical,  limited and free of marketing bullshit, please. Ochs and Jnr as well as F P Journe are closest to where I want to be but for daily use, it’s hard to beat Sinn.  Coming arount to serious quartz watches too. E.G,  we’re getting close to 1 second per year.

Hawaii (  only been once, not enough)

Really good food.  Thai Food, Mediterranean food, slow food and I’ve upped my  heat capacity to stupid levels. is my best friend:)  How bad is it?  Well, I collect hot sauces now.  : Boy that didn’t age well.  I’ve been on salads 5-7 times a week and actually enjoy it, removed nearly all carbs and kept off  50 lbs as a result of that, and a relatively interesting illness:

Really good cooking ( I do some things well, Erin does way more things well but )

Ghost in the Shell.  I want me some cyberisation:)

Photography ( again )

Writing instruments:  Fountain pens.

Maintain an interest in things deathy, 

Archery ( beginner)  Traditional bow.

Media, way too much. some highlights   a singer/songwriter that’s so good that I  donated monthly to  help pay for the recording of  the new album which is something I encourage everyone that cares about any form of art to do.  Could be heading the way of the next guy. seen him so many times live and it’s never gotten old,  his band kicks ass too.Sadly he went down the route of . If you don’t believe in the same politics as him you’re not welcome.  saved quite a bit of cash there.

,  , , white stripes , Jack White, and I started really liking the Proclaimers and  some weird   Added Amy Macdonald,  found out that as much as I disliked Eminem first time around I realized it was more the people into him that I didn’t like at the time, Regina Spektor, Lindsay Stirling, and Halestorm. Off late Tina Guo ( cellist)  and Skating Polly ( ugly pop)

R K Morgan : Sci-fi  Altered carbon especially.

Nick Cole : CTRL ALT Revolt

Daniel Keys Moran’s  Continuing time series ( Love the books  not a fan of his politics)

William Gibson ,   which I missed when I should have read it.

Neal Stephenson , particularly Snowcrash.

Robert Rankin.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Black Swan, Anti Fragily, Skin in the game.

G R R Martin  Game of Thrones series  (patiently waiting, I seriously doubt it’s worth it)

Grant Morrison ( Invisibles, The Filth and countless DC reinventions. )

Orson Scott Card’s  Ender series.

Heinlein,  yeah I was late to that party but am now in attendance:)

So much non-fiction that it hurts.   Omnivore’s dilemma was good and am currently reading  The Gulag Archipelago , everyone worries about Hitler , Stalin was worse.

Seriously recommend  Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner and
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Taking a look into stoicism as a form of  Taoism more  suited to a Western background  ( Specifically mine,  I find it useful to think of it that way , you don’t need to)

Still Likes.

motorbikes,firearms , tori, but not live too many shitty experiences with bad venues, actually no, in the case of the Mesa Arts center,  AZ show it was not the venue it was crap mixing and we actually walked out.  NIN, red-headed women, Fish, Dick Dale , black pudding , cider and things that are sharp or light up:)

Things that are meh:)

No more buffets,  fast food is the last choice , always. healthcare  in the US, they can’t think their way out of a problem.  Insurance is the wrong word, they don’t stop to think why an item is expensive , just that they should be able to afford it.

More in a bit:)

Mini Cooper kept mum. So what if our manual is incorrect. no keys for you

Posted In Anarchy from the UK,Arizona,Bad CS,General by Haltse Wednesday October 20, 2010

Alas the possibility that a car company could do anything other than suck at customer relations remains as rare as rocking-horse poop.While everyone understands our position and regrets they can’t do more  the fact is the Mini Cooper manual says that the car can’t start without the keys in it.

Mini dealers and the Mini helpline say it can.  Ergo you lost they key and you need to buy a new one.  No one is concerned that the car starts without a key in it which is rather alarming. It’s not alarming the car didn’t give a warning that there was no key.

So what we have here is  a car that can be started sans keys  in the car. It looks like any elevation of the key greatly increases the distance at which the car can be unlocked and driven away and the sun roof is likely a big factor. So for fun some experiments will follow.

P.S. Letting us buy the key at cost was rejected. Ok  so for the sake of losing NO money. Result. That’s one less 2012 Clubman sold plus  way more public noise about their customer relations being poor.  Nice going  Mini.

This family thing, it’s a brand.  while they hadn’t fooled me with their story I would have expected they’d at least pretend that they were able to do anything than quote manuals ( incorrectly ) 😛  to me.

PPS Anthony’s managers  You have no fucking brains. Seriously  what the hell makes it in your interest to deny a reasonable request ( key replacement at cost) based on your erroneous manual which   some telephone dick told me to go read and understand.  What happened to, ah  I see that’s in error , let me find out rather than being a total  cock about it?

This kind of betrayal demands a special kind of living hell. Kickbacks for jailing youths.

Posted In Anarchy from the UK,state gone wild,You have nothing to fear by Haltse Monday February 23, 2009

Pennsylvania rocked by ‘jailing kids for cash’ scandal –

For the judges that sent kids to detention facilities because they got kickbacks?   Maybe, but the real culprits  those that allowed it go on. The public. Those that would even support a system that could allow jailing minors  for three months for creating a spoof site on MySpace are more of a problem then the idiots  that order it.  

It’s never been the politicians , it’s always been us.

Be seeing you.

Feeling Chipper vicar? I’d a ho smash my butt ( Uk Humor only;) )

Posted In Anarchy from the UK,humor by Haltse Sunday November 2, 2008

Vicar in casualty with spud stuck in backside | The Sun |News

The clergyman told stunned casualty nurses he fell backwards on to his kitchen table while hanging curtains.

He happened to be nude at the time of the mishap.

the dumb things Scottish cops say: stolen items can end up in hands of criminals?

Posted In Anarchy from the UK,state gone wild by Haltse Thursday October 16, 2008

In the Duh!  section of Today’s Scottish news it seems that  the theft isn’t as criminal as the “reset” of the item. Stolen gun 100%  in the hand of a criminal.

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Highlands and Islands | ‘Success’ attracting crime gangs

The recovery of the guns was extremely important, following the break-in we dedicated a significant amount of resources to this enquiry, and it is always a concern when firearms are stolen as it is likely that they will end up in the hands of criminals.

Obeying the law can be fun, and work wonders. best civil disobediance ,ever?

Posted In Anarchy from the UK,state gone wild,You have nothing to fear by Haltse Saturday May 24, 2008

Once more here are some links to a UK comedian, and activist, Mark Thomas.

  I brought him up last year in this post and holy  hell this is the follow up. The original audio feed has gone but there’s a You Tube version  Part 1,2 and 3  follow. I promise this is worth your time.   This is the realization of what “Tv Nation” could only dream of  on their most lucid day. 


Part 2  and Part 3 .

 Demonstrations  in the UK near Parliement without  prior permission was made illegal.  One person constituted a demonstration if there was , at the policeman’s disgression,  a  political statement.   Meanwhile the agents of the state continued holding events with out requiring, or being in fear which is where  came about.   Looks like the the law’s repealed  so his involvement seems to have had an effect.  Please give the first ten minutes  your consideration  and think about the fun you can have obeying the law.     Butler Shaffer relates a few suggestions from one of his recent articles.

Many cities have ordinances making it a misdemeanor for a homeowner to fail to cut his/her grass before it reaches a stated limit on height. Someone told me of an acquaintance who let his grass grow almost to the maximum height allowed. When one of his neighbors commented on this, the property owner went into his house, brought out a yardstick to measure the grass, then commented that the grass still had two inches to grow before reaching the statutorily-defined limit. He then reportedly asked the neighbor “you don’t want me to violate the ordinance, do you?”

A friend of mine told me of the practice of one of her male friends who was subject to the Selective Service System. One of the mandates of this agency was that those subject to conscription had to keep it advised of any relocations. This young man carried a stack of pre-addressed post-cards, upon which he would write: “I am now at the Rialto Theater at 3rd and Main” and drop it in a mailbox. After leaving the theater, he would send another post-card reading: “I am now at the Bar-B-Q Rib House at 10th and Oak.” 

Come on let’s be the bestest , most compliantest ,  citizens ever:D

With all due respect M’aam One can bite me.

Posted In Anarchy from the UK,state gone wild. by Haltse Monday March 10, 2008

 There’s one thing that I  can’t stand which is that there’s way more than one thing. There’s a myriad of things that I won’t stand for and in the truest sense of the phrase monarchy is one of them.

  Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Loyalty oaths for kids are sad, really sad.  For adults it’s even worse as they should know better.  Despite the names changing to fit political expediency at the time ( Gee the British Royals changing their name  to something a lot less German) or the US pledge of allegiance which  added in the phrase “under god” in 1956 really are a part of the zeitgeist.    The obligation isn’t bi-directional  and  when you look at it from practical effects.     FED is your lord,   Tax payers are vassals and the difference between the two  is  better bookkeeping.

BBC NEWS | Politics | Pupils ‘to take allegiance oath’

If children refuse to take part, he added, “are they then going to be told or taught that they are somehow less British or less loyal or less patriotic?”  (   Seems to work that way out here in the colonies)

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