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2 great videos

The two videos are great at explaining A. what the FED is and B. how big we are.

Please do yourself a favor and watch them now!



Protecting your original images in Coppermine Photo Gallery

Below is a simple script I wrote that protect my original images from being copied by some lazy ass.


What does this mean?

Well, When Coppermine Photo Gallery works with new images I have it set up to watermark the image.  This is done so people can't simple copy my images.  The problem with this is that it's very easy to determine the URL to the original image that contains no water mark.  So mr lazy guy could just link directly to the deep URL of the original file and bypass all my hard work.


So using the script below we simple remove the permissions needed to read the original photos.


echo "Please enter permission level "
read input_variable
find /location/of/your/gallery -name 'orig_*' -exec chmod $input_variable {} \;


What the script will do is find all the files that match orign_* which is what Copermine uses to designate the original file.  Once it finds these files it will chmod them to the permissions that you entered into the script.

Revolt, America

It is time to revolt!

It's time to take back our country and ideals from the enemy within.

it's time to take stand against tyranny, abuse of power, and corruption


If you can watch the video below and not feel the same way then please let me know how you can call your self a true american.


I'd rather be in danger and free then safe and a slave

My photo/video camera setup with GPS

Below is my small camera setup that I'll be using this summer for GPS tagged photos and for getting better sound when taking videos.


  • Nikon D5100 with 55-300mm lens
  • N-918/N1 GPS unit
  • SG-108 Mic




I'm using some of that 3M tape to hold the GPS unit to the Mic so it will be really easy (I hope) to remove.

Giving Aperture a try

I've been a iPhoto user since about 2003 when it first came out.  What I really like about is every year I can create a new library and keep all my photos nice and organized...  This is also really nice as I make a new backup every year and store it off site.

But now that I've upgraded my camera I've started to use Apple's Aperture.  It's kinda like a pro version of iPhoto.  It's really nice if not a bit confusing at first.   What I really like about it is that I may replace my need for Photoshop to prepare photos for this website.

Of course it will still work with my new GPS module as well!

Hosting our own videos now.

Due to new Youtube privacy policies along with overbearing copyright holders "and those who don't own the copyright but want to casue trouble". I have decied to host our own videos here on the site.


Currently we will be using flowplayer but am needing to use HTML5 only as flash is a joke so if you have anyidea please comment.

Goodbye Spideroak! My review of Spideroak

The purpose of this review is to provide my honest feelings about Spideroak's Service.  Everything written here is my experience and should not be taken as fact.

2 out of 5 stars


Spideroak is great service if you have very simple needs.

 I signed up for Spideroak in July of 2011 after I read about the privacy issues with Dropbox.  At first I was extremely happy.  Spideroak doesn't have my password and can't decrypt my data.  This is what made Spideroak a very valuable service to me.  Over time I grew into their 300Gig service paying $30 per month.


Flash forward to Feb 2012.

I started having issues one day when I went into the program and tried to delete a share.  There was something wrong with Spideroak's servers and it was not allowing me to delete the share...  It wasn't providing any errors it just stood there trying to delete this share all the while allowing very important files of mine to stack up behind it, waiting to upload.

I sent emails to Support@spideroak and was not getting a timely response so I found the email address for Ethan Oberman who is the CEO.  After several calls and over a dozen emails the issue was resolved.  They did this by moving my information to a new server.  I do not believe they ever figured out what was going on.

Now it's the end of Feb 2012 and I'm cancelling my account

Today after things going great for several weeks I tried to clean up my account by delete unused devices (this was actually the 3rd time I'd try to do this as the first 2 times just killed everything).   Sure enough... about 2 hours after pressing the delete key my program is still trying to delete the device... Again, my important files are waiting to upload but are not allowed because the program is trying to delete the old device...


To Ethan's credit, he was very nice on the phone and genuinely seemed like he cared...

I canceled my subscription for the following reasons.

  1. Software was extremely buggy
  2. Would suck 100% out of my CPU even when no files were being uploaded
  3. extremely slow support response
  4. No Phone support
  5. Service didn't work all the time, and when it did work you had to be very careful what do you did or you would anger the software and everything would go to shit.

So as of this morning I cancelled my subscription via paypal.

I'm currently checking out a product called crashplan which offers about the same features (at least in regards to what I need)  but the nice thing about crashplan is, it's free for my situation.  I use a server to collect all my data that my clients backup.  For me this is actually better than Spideroak because I can house my server where/how I want. 


So now I have all my clients backing up to my main crashplan server, that server is backed up daily.  And of course I still am using Time machine so my data is backed up like 3 times...


Sorry to let you go SpiderOak I was really excited about what your company could be, it's too bad it didn't meet my needs.  I'll check you guys out in a year or too when the bugs have been worked out.



The Flights

Two tickets on Alaskan Airlines from Denver Co to Anchorage for under $1,100.  

The Car

Were thinking about renting a car from a local instead of a company, more to come soon

Planning and Docs

all of the documentation and maps will be located here.

Use iPhoto to update Date and Time in batch

I found a nifty trick to update date and time on a batch of photos today.

If you have multiple photographers or multiple camers and their times are not synced up you'll have a nightmare sorting the pictures later.  not any more.


Just open up iphoto and select all the photos that you update and go to the following menu.

iphoto date and time menu


Then just update the time for the pictures!  pretty simple!!

iphoto adjust date and time closeup

Hiking kesugi ridge trail Denali State Park

30 miles of Ridge hiking with constant view of My Mckinley.


After Sam and I decided against visiting bus 142 we looked at this trail and thought it would be even better.


Kesugi Ridge Trail

Approx 30 miles of hiking.  Starting on the north end we plan to park and work our way south and then hitch back to the car after the trip.


The details for this portion of the trip is still be determined so it will be updated again. but until then here are some pics of other's trips on the trail.






Going to Visit the "Magic Bus" - Cancelled

This part of the trip has been canceled.  After doing much more research we decided that while visiting the bus would be cool, it defiantly is NOT the best trail in the area.

Christopher McCandless

A self-portrait of Christopher McCandless in his camp on the Stampede Trail was found undeveloped in his camera after his death.



An ambitious 40 mile trek to visit the last home of Christopher McCandless

Sam and I decided not to go and backpack inside Denali national park due to the restrictions of carrying our side arms.  So we decided to walk the Stampede Trail out to the bus where Chris died over a decade ago.


This is a somewhat popular trek made by many and is documented at stampedetrail.info

It's around 40 miles of hiking that we plan to spread over 3 day (hiking with 1 day of rest at the bus)  From what I find the elevation profile of the planned route is not going to be too hard.

Crossing of the river may be another story though.  We'll be going at the worst time of the year (July) for Glacial runoff so we may find that the river is flowing simply to fast to cross...  but I have a few ideas of how to make it even it we can't walk across...


DISCLAIMER: I don't think Chris was a very bright person to do what he did with so little planning.. I can tell you that we are NOT him... Were much smarter!


When Should you Shoot a Cop

This is a repost from 



That question, even without an answer, makes most “law-abiding taxpayers” go into knee-jerk conniptions. The indoctrinated masses all race to see who can be first, and loudest, to proclaim that it is NEVER okay to forcibly resist “law enforcement.” In doing so, they also inadvertently demonstrate why so much of human history has been plagued by tyranny and oppression.

In an ideal world, cops would do nothing except protect people from thieves and attackers, in which case shooting a cop would never be justified. In the real world, however, far more injustice, violence, torture, theft, and outright murder has been committed IN THE NAME of “law enforcement,” than has been committed in spite of it. To get a little perspective, try watching a documentary or two about some of the atrocities committed by the regimes of Stalin, or Lenin, or Chairman Mao, or Hitler, or Pol Pot, or any number of other tyrants in history. Pause the film when the jackboots are about to herd innocent people into cattle cars, or gun them down as they stand on the edge of a ditch, and THEN ask yourself the question, “When should you shoot a cop?” Keep in mind, the evils of those regimes were committed in the name of “law enforcement.” And as much as the statement may make people cringe, the history of the human race would have been a lot LESS gruesome if there had been a lot MORE “cop-killers” around to deal with the state mercenaries of those regimes.

People don’t mind when you point out the tyranny that has happened in other countries, but most have a hard time viewing their OWN “country,” their OWN “government,” and their OWN “law enforcers,” in any sort of objective way. Having been trained to feel a blind loyalty to the ruling class of the particular piece of dirt they live on (a.k.a. “patriotism”), and having been trained to believe that obedience is a virtue, the idea of forcibly resisting “law enforcement” is simply unthinkable to many. Literally, they can’t even THINK about it. And humanity has suffered horribly because of it. It is a testament to the effectiveness of authoritarian indoctrination that literally billions of people throughout history have begged and screamed and cried in the face of authoritarian injustice and oppression, but only a tiny fraction have ever lifted a finger to actually try to STOP it.

Even when people can recognize tyranny and oppression, they still usually talk about “working within the system”–the same system that is responsible for the tyranny and oppression. People want to believe that ”the system” will, sooner or later, provide justice. The last thing they want to consider is that they should “illegally” resist–that if they want to achieve justice, they must become “criminals” and “terrorists,” which is what anyone who resists “legal” injustice is automatically labelled. But history shows all too well that those who fight for freedom and justice almost always do so “illegally”–i.e., without the permission of the ruling class.

If politicians think that they have the right to impose any “law” they want, and cops have the attitude that, as long as it’s called “law,” they will enforce it, what is there to prevent complete tyranny? Not the consciences of the “law-makers” or their hired thugs, obviously. And not any election or petition to the politicians. When tyrants define what counts as “law,” then by definition it is up to the “law-breakers” to combat tyranny.

Pick any example of abuse of power, whether it is the fascist “war on drugs,” the police thuggery that has become so common, the random stops and searches now routinely carried out in the name of “security” (e.g., at airports, “border checkpoints” that aren’t even at the border, “sobriety checkpoints,” and so on), or anything else. Now ask yourself the uncomfortable question: If it’s wrong for cops to do these things, doesn’t that imply that the people have a right to RESIST such actions? Of course, state mercenaries don’t take kindly to being resisted, even non-violently. If you question their right to detain you, interrogate you, search you, invade your home, and so on, you are very likely to be tasered, physically assaulted, kidnapped, put in a cage, or shot. If a cop decides to treat you like livestock, whether he does it “legally” or not, you will usually have only two options: submit, or kill the cop. You can’t resist a cop ”just a little” and get away with it. He will always call in more of his fellow gang members, until you are subdued or dead.

Basic logic dictates that you either have an obligation to LET “law enforcers” have their way with you, or you have the right to STOP them from doing so, which will almost always require killing them. (Politely asking fascists to not be fascists has a very poor track record.) Consider the recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling, which declared that if a cop tries to ILLEGALLY enter your home, it’s against the law for you to do anything to stop him. Aside from the patent absurdity of it, since it amounts to giving thugs with badges PERMISSION to “break the law,” and makes it a CRIME for you to defend yourself against a CRIMINAL (if he has a badge), consider the logical ramifications of that attitude.

There were once some words written on a piece of parchment (with those words now known as the Fourth Amendment), that said that you have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures at the hands of ”government” agents. In Indiana today, what could that possibly mean? The message from the ruling class is quite clear, and utterly insane. It amounts to this: “We don’t have the right to invade your home without probable cause … but if we DO, you have no right to stop us, and we have the right to arrest you if you try.”

Why not apply that to the rest of the Bill of Rights, while we’re at it? ”You have the right to say what you want, but if we use violence to shut you up, you have to let us.” (I can personally attest to the fact that that is the attitude of the U.S. “Department of Justice.”) “You have the right to have guns, but if we try to forcibly and illegally disarm you, and you resist, we have the right to kill you.” (Ask Randy Weaver and the Branch Davidians about that one.) “You have the right to not testify against yourself, but when we coerce you into confessing (and call it a ’plea agreement’), you can’t do a thing about it.” What good is a ”right”–what does the term “right” even mean–if you have an obligation to allow jackboots to violate your so-called “rights”? It makes the term absolutely meaningless.

To be blunt, if you have the right to do “A,” it means that if someone tries to STOP you from doing “A”–even if he has a badge and a politician’s scribble (“law”) on his side–you have the right to use whatever amount of force is necessary to resist that person. That’s what it means to have an unalienable right. If you have the unalienable right to speak your mind (a la the First Amendment), then you have the right to KILL “government” agents who try to shut you up. If you have the unalienable right to be armed, then you have the right to KILL ”government” agents who try to disarm you. If you have the right to not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, then you have the right to KILL “government” agents who try to inflict those on you.

Those who are proud to be “law-abiding” don’t like to hear this, and don’t like to think about this, but what’s the alternative? If you do NOT have the right to forcibly resist injustice–even if the injustice is called ”law”–that logically implies that you have an obligation to allow ”government” agents to do absolutely anything they want to you, your home, your family, and so on. Really, there are only two choices: you are a slave, the property of the politicians, without any rights at all, or you have the right to violently resist “government” attempts to oppress you. There can be no other option.

Of course, on a practical level, openly resisting the gang called ”government” is usually very hazardous to one’s health. But there is a big difference between obeying for the sake of self-preservation, which is often necessary and rational, and feeling a moral obligation to go along with whatever the ruling class wants to do to you, which is pathetic and insane. Most of the incomprehensible atrocities that have occurred throughout history were due in large part to the fact that most people answer “never” to the question of “When should you shoot a cop?” The correct answer is: When evil is “legal,” become a criminal. When oppression is enacted as “law,” become a “law-breaker.” When those violently victimizing the innocent have badges, become a cop-killer.

The next time you hear of a police officer being killed “in the line of duty,” take a moment to consider the very real possibility that maybe in that case, the “law enforcer” was the bad guy and the “cop killer” was the good guy. As it happens, that has been the case more often than not throughout human history.