Richard Craver

Musings about this world, and the world to come.

The Taxes Are Done, Now What?

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 13•16

With the advent of the personal computer over 3o years ago, and the near universality of the family computer or a household of computers; it is not unusual for families to prepare their own taxes each year, some with less complex tax situations use smartphone and tablet apps. I have been doing my own tax prep for the better part of two decades now. But what about after that nasty job is done?


Back To A One Cat Household

Written By: richardwcraver - Feb• 28•16

When Juli and I married we combined two households of animals. For myself I just had Skoodles, the cat my daughter adopted, but the cat adopted me. Juli had Ginger, also a human adopting cat, Pixie the long-haired, loud mouth that she rescued, Sheena the black cocker spaniel, and Buster the cockatiel. (more…)

Car Audio Conundrums Revisited

Written By: richardwcraver - Feb• 02•16

Awhile back when I was still driving Methuselah I went through a period trying to get Bluetooth working with older technology so I could listen to podcasts during my commute. Ultimately I picked up a used JVC with Bluetooth from a co-worker and things got worked out nicely. With the passing of Methuselah I ended up with Gandalf. (more…)

D.I.Y. Gunsmithing – Part 1

Written By: richardwcraver - Jan• 16•16

At my last post, I had been to the gun show and had picked up a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun. This is in preparation for an upcoming church skeet shoot event, I went to it last year with a borrowed gun and had a blast, if you will pardon the pun. As the barrel is fitted with the Accu-Choke system and I really didn’t know what choke was in it, I picked up a ‘Skeet’ choke on the way home. (more…)

I Went To A Gun Show And Made It Out Very Alive

Written By: richardwcraver - Jan• 09•16

I haven’t been to a gun show in many years. The last time I went to one I was in Boy Scouts and the gun and knife show was in the coliseum adjacent to the fair grounds where a Scout-a-rama was taking place. I bought a leather handle Buck sheath knife that I have had for about 35 years now. I lost interest in such things a few years later in favor of cars and girls, got married, started playing golf, had a child and life got more complicated. (more…)

Annual Computer Freshen Up

Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 26•15

A few days ago I generated a new security certificate for the website, it is installed and goes live on the 28th. I don’t have anything that needs super secret in transit security, but it’s available, free for non-profit use and I can, so I do it. Plus if we are to believe that the NSA is storing ALL encrypted traffic in the event that they need to decrypt it later, I’m happy to be a very small insignificant thorn in their flesh. (more…)

“…Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics…” – Mark Twain

Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 19•15

So here’s how it started, I was Twitter surfing. The same as web surfing, except I read a tweet from someone I follow, ended up on their feed and saw a tweet from someone they follow and away I go reading tweets from people I don’t know. Being a life long K.O.O.K. (Keeper Of Odd Knowledge) I often see headlines that make the B.S. detector go off. This particular retweet screamed of gun violence and came from someone who’s handle I will not publish, because I’m not singling her out, and because unfortunately she has been played by the media as have so many others.

The original post came from someone who is alleged to be a TV reporter (more…)

Do You Have Computer Paper?

Written By: richardwcraver - Oct• 29•15

Although I’m coming up on 50, I really don’t think of myself as Old, although my body reminds me every so often. Occasionally you find yourself showing your actual age, such as the case of one of my co-workers recently who grew up in the same time period. (more…)

Feeling Kinda Drained

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 29•15

Well, here I sit in the Gander Mountain parking lot, in the rain. I’m not waiting on the doors to open for a great sale, I’m waiting on a tow truck. (more…)

Spandex Cyclists And Canadian Geese

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 26•15

Before I get started there will be some that will write me off as a bitter, cynical,  hateful anal orifice; I’m not….really, but the reader is entitled to their wrong opinion.