Over Easy: Changes

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This past week has been al about changes. Here at FDL with new servers, a new main page layout and new commenting system. Starbuck’s latest blog was on change in photography. This one is on technological change. As Lawrence Welk would say, “What an appropriate a number”.

Humans are not fond of change, and that’s putting it mildly. They will fight it tooth and nail. If you don’t believe me, just look at the history of the republican party. Especially these days.

Fighting the introduction of the transistor. Not once but twice. In the early 1950s, then again in the late 1960s. Arguing that the vacuum tubes were far superior. And in a few cases they were correct. But hardly all and in audio at least Bob Carver proved them wrong.

When it looked like Single Sideband [SSB] modulation was going to take over from good old Amplitude Modulation [AM] on the Amateur Radio Bands, there was much howling and screaming and carrying on. The technological equivalent of “Get a horse”. Calling it “Donald Duck Band”

When the FCC decided to implement  Incentive Licensing there was such an uproar you’d have thought the whole government had instantly become part of the Soviet Union. The tundra and all.

And when the FCC decided to drop the morse code requirement from obtaining an Amateur Radio license, you’d have though that everyone had gone completely “round the bend”.  Never mind the fact that it was there only because of international agreement and as soon as that was removed, it went away here as well. Or that the vast majority of HAMS could not wait to see it go.

Then there is a hole host of changes that has happened in the computer world. From the demise of the big, expensive, unreliable, bulky and slow mainframe computers to small efficient mini computers to servers and desktops. Dialup communication being replaced by high speed networking and dumb ascii terminals by inter-networking. All met with pronouncements of the sky is falling and the world is coming to and end.  None of which happened of course.

When DIGITAL audio to over from analogue with CDs taking over fro vinyl and mp3 players from cassettes. OY the carrying on. But the analogue aficionados had a plan. Just redefine audio state of the art to include scratchy, noisy, distorted analogue disk and tape and play it on vacuum tube equipment and charge a small fortune to do so.

So change is not always bad and not always good.  But change is inevitable and necessary. It takes work and thought and a willingness to leave you comfort zone and risk.

We will persevere and accept these new changes and carry on with style.

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  1. Beverly Lawson
    May 12, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Good Morning All, Interesting…And so it goes. Id change “hole” to “whole”, I think….

  2. Canyon2
    May 12, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you for the post cmaukonen, the picture at the top is beautiful.
    Beverly, is this the RevBev on WordPress? My new name after being Apple Canyon2 on FDL disappeared into the mists of time as I told msmolly yesterday. I have been on Disqus for a long time so the switch was easy for me.

  3. JClausen
    May 12, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Good morning everyone. Change is good.

    AC2 , Stopped and walked my Golden by the Decorah eagles last Saturday. Good to see your fonts regardless of your handle.

  4. Beverly Lawson
    May 12, 2015 at 7:15 am

    😉 The answer is “yes”….and the change also a bit of a mystery…..Im too impatient/stressed to try to deal with it. I have house guest coming next week plus movers to get me ready for a July move…all good, but also “too much”….

  5. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Good Morning All!

    Still trying to get used to this new FDL, but I’m feeling my way. I must be one of the change resistant ones, I want the old posting setup back….but without all the bad that comes with it. When can I have that?

    I had to memorize Morse code as a kid. We actually had to do a history test in 6th grade answering in Morse code. *shudder* I still remember that test, but I’m much better now.

    Boxturtle (Even money says they never find where the 3d period class hid that teachers body)

  6. Molly
    May 12, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Good morning Bev and Mr. Canyon! Just a drive-by today, have a full day and I’m hosting a HOA board meeting tonight. This week is crammed with (among other things) two trips to Indianapolis to attend granddaughters’ performances. Not whining, we are all busy.

    And yes, change is hard, no matter what is changing, even if it is changing for the better. Most of us get comfortable and don’t like disruption. And Bev has a big change going on in her life! Wonderful, but unsettling nonetheless!

  7. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Rev Bev, I presume? Geez, this is like a party where all my friends are showing off cosmetic surgery for the first time. Gotta figure out who’s who.

    Boxturtle (And I have enough trouble keeping who I am straight)

  8. Molly
    May 12, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I thought I saw you at OE late yesterday. Happy to “see” you this morning! All of our morning friends are gradually finding their way back here! And I haven’t watched the eaglets as much this year, but I look at the updates on the Facebook page and they are really HUGE already!

  9. Beverly Lawson
    May 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Thanks, Molly….Yes, exciting and wonderful AND hectic…;)

  10. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

    There has been a Golden Eagle spotted in my area. I can’t really put out a feeder for it (unless it likes small dogs), but I hope it stops by. I’ve never seen one in the wild. Neighbor has a cell phone photo of it, so I have hopes of spotting it.

    Boxturtle (I have the same reaction to new wildlife that some have to new Vette’s)

  11. Molly
    May 12, 2015 at 7:27 am

    If you haven’t already discovered it, you can sort the comments using the “Sort by…” link at the top right of the comment window. I’m not sure how Disqus decides what is “Best” but I think I would prefer to decide what is “best.” So for now I am sorting chronologically by Oldest.

    ETA: They don’t stay sorted. You have to keep refreshing. GRRR.

  12. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Morning all. Finally up and atim. Coolish this morning. Nice. Think I’ll ZAP my breakfast.

  13. May 12, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Good morning. Nice writeup cmaukonen. Bob Carver was quite the engineer. However, I thought he went over the edge when he built an amplifier completely with silver wire.

    Anything for an edge.

    I was around as a ham those days, and AFAIR, the innovations like SSBSC were welcome. I loved it, even as I could not afford even to build it. Just to be on the air was enough.

    Anyway, today I go see the new cardiologist, another example of embracing the new. She actually used the word “embrace” to indicate her acceptance of EECP as a viable alternate technique to stents and surgery. Hopefully, I’ll fit the profile so that it can actually be paid for!

    Interesting. How does one include links in the Comments here? I see no symbol, or any use of html available.

  14. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I am too. But I’m having trouble keeping up with the discussion in this new format still. Please forgive me if I seem to be ignoring anybody.

    Boxturtle (Need a “Student Driver” sticker for awhile, I guess)

  15. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I can’t find it either.

  16. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

    fka oldhippiejan. I spent hours attempting to change my name, all attempts in futility. So I guess this is the way I will have to do things. Accept this bullshit, or do it my way and frankly my way suits me better. I’ve been oldhippiejan for 6 years, I wouldn’t think of changing my cat’s name’s after I’d had them 6 years. Since I’m already feeling cross, I resent the hell out of being lumped with Republicans because I don’t like change. In fact I hate the whole damn format. Thanks, oldhippiejan.

  17. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 7:37 am

    x10. Hope Gizmo did well yesterday. oldhippiejan

  18. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 7:37 am

    You have to code links manually in html. {{{sigh}}}

    Like this.

  19. May 12, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Well, that’s looking backwards, imo.

  20. Alice X
    May 12, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Disqus decides Best on up votes. They once allowed aggregate down votes (with names) but now just show a single down vote with no names. Not sure it they balance against the up votes.

    Of course FDL has significantly less trollery than some other sites. And generally better manners.

    I use sort by newest.

  21. May 12, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Yeah, I could tell you are rattled, something new for me to see in you!

  22. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 7:44 am


  23. Alice X
    May 12, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Ha, you have the proofreading gene. My mother was a proof reader among many other things of course.

    I think I might have some of it too.

    Though I have very luke warm feelings about reading on a computer screen, at least I can ramp up the text size for my old eyes.

  24. Alice X
    May 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Do you have a second email account, or can you create one with your ISP? You might be able to just create a new Disqus account.

  25. Alice X
    May 12, 2015 at 7:54 am

    How Napoleon’s semaphore telegraph changed the world

    Before the web, before the computer, before the phone, even before Morse code, there was le systeme Chappe.

  26. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I’ve tried but they tell me they already have an oldhippiejan, well hell yeah, they do,it’s me. I will miss everyone here, but I just cannot take this stress. I left BoxTurtle a message, but can’t seem to find it anywhere. Just wanted to tell him that I don’t like this either and would welcome the old format back in a New York minute, and to tell him I hope his Gizmo did well yesterday. oldhippiejan.

  27. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 7:56 am

    She did just fine, though when I picked her up it was clear she was quite traumatized. Dunno if it was because of the operation or because she was away from us. She’s a very people dog. Couple of days worth of pain pills and antibiotics, then a followup in a couple weeks.

    Boxturtle (After looking inside, the Vet is now confident Gizmo is a dog)

  28. Beverly Lawson
    May 12, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Yeah, I do have a good bit of that in my background…now, almost like a bad habit. A sort of mixed-blessing, I guess.

  29. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I blame Obama.

    Boxturtle (There, now i feel better)

  30. Marion in Savannah
    May 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Good morning, pups. Today we have Brooks and Nocera. In “The Center-Right Moment” Bobo informs us that across the globe, voters are electing center-right leaders with fairly similar platforms. He then whines that the notable exception is the United States. In the comments “Tim Berry” from Mount Vernon, NH had this to say: “Brooks is just a well spoken propagandist for the rich and powerful who are most definitely winning a long running war to destroy the common good.” Mr. Nocera says “At Rutgers, It’s Books vs. Ballgames,” and that a fight ensues on the New Jersey campus over money spent on big-time athletics instead of academics.

    Here they are:

    and here’s Krugman’s blog:

    The coffee and tea are ready, and I’ve got blueberry pancakes this morning. I’m going to have to scrounge around somewhere and try to remember how in blazes to properly code links. I think I still remember bold and italics, but let’s see…

    Have a great day.

  31. May 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

    That’s the stuff!

  32. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Me yesterday, minus cocktail and loaded gun. (not to worry, I don’t even own one, I know my limitations.) oldhippiejan

  33. Marion in Savannah
    May 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Since it’s been 8 years, I suppose you could try “olderhippiejan”… Although, as I can testify to, getting older ain’t for the faint of heart.

  34. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

    fka oldhippiejan. Good luck today at the new ticker doctor.

  35. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Joy. At least I don’t have to post by carving on stone tablets. I wonder if there are addons/extensions for browsers to make Disqust easier.

    Boxturtle (intentionally misspelled Disqus. I think I like my spelling better)

  36. Marion in Savannah
    May 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I presume your spelling is pronounced “disgust?” I agree it’s better…

  37. Beverly Lawson
    May 12, 2015 at 8:02 am

    You always add a lot; interesting stuff. Don’t know how you get it all together.

  38. Alice X
    May 12, 2015 at 8:04 am

    If you reset your password for OHJ do they send you a reset.

    Try this, log out of Disqus. Then log in again, except put any info, just click on the forgot/reset password button.

    Then put the email address you used for OHJ.

    Maybe that will work.

  39. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Most html appears to be valid though. Like italics and bold and strike and embedding etc. If you don’t mind coding it manually.

  40. Boxturtle
    May 12, 2015 at 8:12 am

    This struck my humor button this morning.

  41. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Bob Carver thought the “Golden Ear” crowd were nutx. That’s why he took the amplifier challenge. And he beat them too.

  42. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I have to admit that I was a hold out on a number of these new technologies. Took a while before I got a CD player and even a cell phone. I only just recently acquired my second only lap top. Got it used off of ebay for a good price. Works pretty well. Used them at work but had not had one at home.

    A number of desk tops. Apples and such But not a lap top. Wanted one for travel.

  43. Molly
    May 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Showered and fed and headed out for the first errand of the day, but was wondering if Mr. Marion has had his second cataract surgery yet, and if it went as well as the first?

  44. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I did latch onto solid state pretty quickly. But still not that fond of SSB mode. Does not sound as clear and nice as AM did. Am was so much easier to listen to.

    Would like to have a nice old AM station but no place to put one. Those big heavy old vacuum tube transmitters and receivers. Kept you toasty warm in the winter though.

  45. May 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

    No doubt he made great use of the high gain, high offset differential amplifiers available as plug-ins for Tektronix scopes to do his challenge measurements.

  46. May 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

    The coding for links is a bit more detailed. Get one character off…..

  47. May 12, 2015 at 8:33 am

    This nesting here is getting to look like a rat’s nest!

  48. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 8:36 am

    You notice that too, eh. Sometimes feel like I’m having to trace through the wiring on the back plane of an IBM 709 computer.

  49. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Yah..I keep a notepad up for that, that has the basic syntax on it for a guide.

  50. Marion in Savannah
    May 12, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Not yet. It’s scheduled for about 2 weeks from now. He’s looking forward to it!

  51. Marion in Savannah
    May 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

    It takes some getting used to…

  52. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I do like the newest fist sorting though. Not having to scroll to the bottom each time on a long thread is nice.

  53. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 8:59 am

    No doubt.

  54. dick_c
    May 12, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Did you try putting “oldhippiejan” in the “name” box on you Disqus profile page. I seem to be able to change my display-name at will. dick_c

  55. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 9:03 am

    fka oldhippiejan. Now that is a good idea. I will give that one more try. And you’re right, getting older ain’t for the faint of heart. I’m sitting here with one knee brace on and need a brace for the other. Don’t like living on pain pills.

  56. Canyon2
    May 12, 2015 at 9:03 am

    JC, good to see you. How are the eagles doing?
    I wrote you a note earlier on e-mail asking if that little General Store is still open up there.
    Just finished long term subbing for a young lady that has to come back from maternity leave and really would like to stay home with the new baby.

  57. Canyon2
    May 12, 2015 at 9:05 am

    You sound like you are going to be one busy lady all the way through July.
    Good luck with all of that and it is so good to see you.

  58. Marion in Savannah
    May 12, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Yeah, but if you come to a thread late it’s weird scrolling from the bottom! (Me, a complainer? What makes you say that??!!)

  59. Canyon2
    May 12, 2015 at 9:07 am

    social misfit, oldhippiejan, no problem as it is just good to see you here.
    Darn it, I re-read your comment and now that I know it is upsetting you so much I am sorry about the flippant first sentence and edited it.
    Would not hurt you or your feelings for the world.

  60. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 9:11 am

    True that. But for me it makes following a subject a bit easier. In the old system when there were many different discussions going on at one time, it was hard to follow. With the threading now, different subjects/people are grouped more or less together.

  61. Canyon2
    May 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Good morning msmolly. In case I do not see you before you leave for Indianapolis have a safe trip.

  62. May 12, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Or a breadboard layout!

    Once an engineer…….

  63. May 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I couldn’t wait to get my first CD player. However, I did wait for the second Generation player.

    I also own but one, ancient Dell laptop, renovated, running XP. I hardly use it.

    At Intel, I was testing Android.

  64. May 12, 2015 at 9:35 am

    But all that QRM! SSB did away nicely with that. Mostly nicely. Mis-tune and….

  65. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 9:36 am

    “These aren’t the Andriods you looking for.”

    [just could not resist]

  66. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Well mostly. But horribly over-modulated SSB…shutter. Which unfortunately there is a lot of these days. And even these overpriced, brick walled filtered, digital processed transceivers cannot get rid of.

  67. bluesman therapy challenged
    May 12, 2015 at 9:46 am

    sorry to be so late, it’s Ruth, and I’m in the process of putting in a wonderful big garden, so am pressed for time, but soon will put up a picture. When I’m at my own computer, I will do more. thanks, cmaukonen.
    Change that we didn’t plan ourselves can be the cause of crankiness, and my Sunday food post got eaten so I am a little annoyed, but am overall delighted.

  68. Petrushka
    May 12, 2015 at 9:46 am

    So there can be two accounts on one computer!

  69. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 10:42 am

    fka oldhippiejan. No need to worry about hurting my feelings, I’ve developed a rather thick skin over the course of my years, but I do appreciate your consideration. oldhippiejan.

  70. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

    fka oldhippiejan. dick c I’ve tried every damn thing I can think of. And to infuriate me even more the upper right hand corner says “Howdy, oldhippiejan,” yet refuses to acknowledge me as such in the comment section. oldhippiejan

  71. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

    fka oldhippiejan. I can’t figure out how the hell to get rid of them. Have seen nothing to log out. oldhippiejan

  72. Alice X
    May 12, 2015 at 11:55 am

    You can go to

    Or on this page below the text of the post, above the comment section to right is a small login section. You can log out/in either place.

    Log out and use the email that you used for OHJ to log back in.

  73. Ruth
    May 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

    now I’m on my own computer, so can send a picture

  74. May 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Glad to see the site is now approachable again after being kept off for a time. My fears are that in advance of the primary season dissent will be hard to supply through the usual channels. My FDL has always been a good source of criticism of the status quo and fresh ideas so I am hoping that portion of the site will return soon. Not particularly fond of discus though. In any case please know that I see this site and it’s many contributors as a ray of hope.

  75. May 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    -.– — ..- ..-. .-.. ..- -. -.- . -.. -..-.

  76. dick_c
    May 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Go to , add oldhippiejan in the name slot. That’s what I did. Display names do not seem to be proprietary. When I posted this I did it as oldhippiejan. When I removed that name the display name automatically defaults to my username.

    The “Howdy, oldhippiejan” you’re seeing is a WordPress login. It has *nothing* to do with the Disqus comment system. You need to go to Disqus to change your display name. Again, then fill in the name box.

  77. Canyon2
    May 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Thick skin or not, you deserve the respect and if you are having trouble changing your name and want it changed back, you deserve to have it changed to the way you like it.
    I am going to keep looking for you as “social misfit” or “oldhippiejan.”

  78. oldhippiejan
    May 13, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I do not want to use “social misfit” as my user name for Firedoglake. I have been oldhippiejan for 6 years on Firedoglake and want to remain as oldhippiejan on Firedoglake. Yet when I try to log on using oldhippiejan, i’m told I do not have sufficient permission to enter this website although in the upper right hand corner it says, Howdy oldhippiejan. How do I fix this in order to remain oldhippiejan? Or how do I cancel “social misfit” and open a new account under oldhippiejan. The reason you tell me that I can’t use that name, is because that name is already in use. Well, hell yes it is, it is me. I am at my wit’s end. I want this fixed.

  79. oldhippiejan
    May 13, 2015 at 7:23 am