CVV Raffle Tickets – On Sale Now!

Hey people, Want to join a raffle? If so, the Champlain Valley Voices choir is holding one this Spring, 2018! Feel free to contact FLBS (team@fbiz.us) for more details. A few of FLBS’s members are part of the CVV choir. In support of the choir, CVV members are selling raffle tickets. According to CVV’s website, CVV is “dedicated to presenting a varied concert season, with major choral-orchestral works, as well as concerts of a more popular nature using professional accompanying musicians drawn from places like New York City and many surrounding areas.” More details on CVV may be found via their website (champlainvalleyvoices.org). And to be certain, payment via cryptocurrency is accepted! (BTC, ETH, and LC.)

What Raffle Tickets?
Each adult member was asked to sell 20 tickets at $5 each to help to support our ambitious and inspirational programming this year, especially the December performance of The Messiah which received accolades throughout our community.

How Does The Raffle Work?
You sell a ticket, write the purchaser’s name, address, and phone number on the stub, and return the stubs and money to me.
In April, based on the evening NYS Lottery Pick 3 drawing, the person whose ticket number matches the three numbers wins money–$25 Mon-Sat and $50 on Sundays! I mail the person a check.

How Much Money Does CVV Earn?
If all tickets are sold, CVV stands to earn over $4000 dollars!

When Are The Money And Stubs Due?
The Raffle is designed to use April 2018’s NYS Lottery numbers.

Music for the world!

For anyone using Linux, be sure to check out youtube-dl – it’s an app to download youtube videos – especially useful for anyone who uses youtube as their de facto radio player!

Plattsburgh-Burlington High-Speed Passenger Rail Service

Let’s build a passenger train service from Plattsburgh to Burlington (change.org petition)

Let’s run the service using renewable energy. Why settle for a road bridge connecting New York and Vermont? Rail is cheaper, cleaner, quieter, safter, and more efficient than road travel—and it directly increases productivity of its passengers. Let’s build a high-speed passenger rail service, running every 15 to 30 minutes, to bring meaningful positive transit to the Plattsburgh–Burlington region.

Building a passenger rail-line between Burlington and Plattsburgh would grow Plattsburgh’s economy. It would put the city on the map, which could lead to greater connections with other neighboring cities. Imagining the cities of Montreal and Albany suddenly seeing Plattsburgh’s burgeoning economy—and wanting a piece of the Plattsburgh pie. A high-speed passenger rail line connecting Burlington and Plattsburgh could open the door to increased connections with other large (possibly larger) cities.

High-speed rail would also get you from Plattsburgh to Burlington faster than a car, faster than a bus, faster than an airplane (especially airplane, as it takes a long time to fly due to security concerns at airports).

Trains allow for a huge amount of productivity gain! Every hour spent driving a car is an hour lost in productivity. Even car passengers lose productivity as riding in a car is a stop-and-go active experience. On a train, those who would be passengers in the car, are able to be more productive as it is easier to tune out the experience of moving.

The average American household spends $10,000 per year on automobile-related costs! What a huge waste. Why waste this time? We as humans have the choice as to where we put our money—why not put it toward something beneficial?

Trains are the safest way to travel—safer than both planes and cars. On the other hand, cars are an incredibly dangerous mode of travel. In the United States alone, there are approximately 50,000 auto-related death on an annual basis! That is huge! In fact, it is more than all of the deaths of soldiers in the United States since 9/11. (That is, every year more people die in accidents than in all of the soldiers who have died in wars since 9/11.) In addition, there are hundreds of thousands to millions of auto-related injuries which occur on an annual basis—again, in the US alone. Many of the injuries are lifelong and forever alter a person’s life experience—for the worse. And that is just in the US alone. All over the world, auto un-safety persists. Why be a promoter of this culture? Why be leading the world on a path of transit destruction? Why not make a choice to instead lead the world in a direction that is meaningful and important, by ditching cars and moving to forms of mass transit, such as rail.

Mass transit is a sustainable option. Although traveling long distances on a regular basis is generally considered to be a poor choice for the environment—at least for the time being while energy is not completely renewable and in abundance—traveling by mass transit is a better choice for sustainable travel.

Train travel is a better choice for sustainability than air travel. It is sad to see Plattsburgh investing so heavily in air travel. Airplanes emit climate change-causing gases directly into the atmosphere where they are the most potent. Usually, these gases have an opportunity to dissipate when emitted at or near ground level. But this is not the case with air travel. Of course, there is a strong possibility that air travel will transition to electric. But for the time being Plattsburgh has the choice to take a stand against this form of transit. Instead, let’s invest money where it’s not only going to be a great investment—the same or better than air or by road—but at the same send a strong message about what’s important to our community: clean water, clean air, reducing noise and light pollution by reducing car travel, safe modes of transit.

Rail passenger service between Plattsburgh and Burlington would also reduce vehicle emissions. This is especially important as reducing emissions near a water body would be beneficial to all of the people, animals, and plants which rely on clean water to exist.

Any thoughts? Let’s here ’em! 🙂

Solution for networking conflict: RaspberryPi B+ v1.2, Avalon6, and OpenWrt

Install openwrt via canaan.io[1] to a mini SD card. Using dd[2] is easy for this. However, the default IP for the RPI is 192.168.0.1. If this conflicts with any devices, such as a router, then here is a solution. Mount the SD card and change the IP settings in the file /etc/config/network.

Here are the original settings for a vanilla installation:

config 'interface' 'lan'
  option 'ifname' 'eth0'
  option 'type' 'bridge'
  option 'proto' 'static'
  option 'netmask' '255.255.255.0'
  option 'ipaddr' '192.168.0.100'
  option 'gateway' '192.168.0.1'
  option dns '192.168.0.1'
  option broadcast '192.168.0.255'

And here are the updated settings:

config 'interface' 'lan'
  option 'ifname' 'eth0'
  option 'type' 'bridge'
  option 'proto' 'static'
  option 'netmask' '255.255.255.0'
  option 'ipaddr' '192.168.1.100'
  option 'gateway' '192.168.1.1'
  option dns '192.168.1.1'
  option broadcast '192.168.1.255'

Thanks to Konstantinos Aravanis[3] for noting this.

Sources:

[1] https://canaan.io/downloads/software/avalon6/openwrt/20160726/brcm2708/

[2] https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/raspberry_pi_foundation/raspberry_pi

[3] https://aravaniskostas.com/2012/01/23/static-ip-on-openwrt/

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi