Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Clifton, NJ - What happened to Lori Mc Kinney?

This is all I was able to dig up on the internet about what happened. If anyone has more please send it to me and I will post it here.

I really cared about her, she was a good friend and is missed.

From some newpaper:

In July 1993, Lori McKinney was found dead on a beach. John J. Pepe Jr. was eventually convicted of reckless manslaughter.

"When he came to us, he had three different stories from other murders all rolled into one," Swearingen said. "It didn't take us long to put a case together against him and figure out what happened."

The bar the couple had been to earlier that night is now closed. The places that serve alcohol that remain are primarily restaurants, which occasionally generate noise complaints.

By BRUNO TEDESCHI, Staff Writer The Record (Bergen County, NJ) Date: 07-20-1993, Tuesday
Section: NEWS
Edition: All Editions -- 3 Star, 2 Star P, 2 Star B, 1 Star Late, 1 Star Early

Lori McKinney of Wayne was very much in love with her boyfriend back home, her friends say.
That's why they can't believe she left an Ocean County bar early Saturday morning with another man.
The decision to leave with him, authorities say, turned out to be a deadly mistake.
By COLLEEN MANCINO, Staff Writer Date: 11-19-1993, Friday  Section: NEWS
Edition: 2 Star P, Also in 3 Star, 2 Star B, 1 Star Late, 1 Star Early

CORRECTION: Lori McKinney, the Wayne woman who was killed this summer at the
New Jersey shore, was 24 years old. Her age was reported incorrectly Friday.

Friends and family of the Wayne woman who was killed in the surf off the New Jersey shore ...
LORI A MCKINNEY Born Dec 1968 More Information on LORI A MCKINNEY
45 OAKLEY WAY Map It Recorded: 04/15/2001 LORI A MCKINNEY business listings Check Yellow Pages WAYNE, NJ 07470
By ROD ALLEE, The Record (Bergen County, NJ) Date: 12-15-1993, Wednesday Section: NEWS
Edition: All Editions -- 3 Star, 2 Star P, 2 Star B, 1 Star Late, 1 Star Early

Lots of facts are missing in the case of John Pepe of Lyndhurst, a  21-year-old college student and former high school football player who has been indicted on a charge of aggravated manslaughter in the death of
Lori McKinney of Wayne.
This week Pepe applied for pretrial intervention. If that had been granted, McKinney's family and friends -- and the public -- would never have gotten to find out what happened that night.
Pretrial ... 
From :
BRUNO TEDESCHI, Staff Writer The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
Date: 07-22-1993, Thursday  Section: NEWS
Edition: 2 Star P, Also in 3 Star, 2 Star B, 1 Star Late, 1 Star Early

As Lori McKinney of Wayne was buried Wednesday, questions remained about her death at an Ocean County beach over the weekend.

At least 100 friends and family members gathered at St. Philip The Apostle Church in Clifton to mourn McKinney, while ...

Bronx. She lived for 17 years in Clifton before her family moved to Wayne ... She attended Paul VI
She worked at Bergen Tire in Saddle ... and Restaurant in Lavallette, where ...
is accused of strangling Lori McKinney July 16 and leaving her body in the ... Bergen Tire in Saddle Brook
Pepe luncheon leaves bad taste
Dear Editor:
We all use the expression "I've heard it all," but never has it held so much meaning as now when we read of a fundraiser to show support for. the convicted killer, John Pepe of Lyndhurst. People paying $50 a. plate for this man is one of the sickest things I've ever heard of Thank goodness the management at the Fiesta had the good sense and the courage to stop it when they realized who the benefit was for. The Pepe family friend who was organizing this absurdity is a Lyndhurst resident named Pat DeSimone. She had, been very busy planning "the party" and calling all the newspapers to tell them about it. Someone, please, take the $50 they're charging for the lunch and buy this woman a clue!! Besides her obvious poor judgment, DeSimone clearly has a warped sense of justice and too much time on her hands. I suggest that DeSimone take some of her idle time and put her organizational skills and fund raising abilities to good use and help t some truly needy individuals and organizations — there are plenty of them.  It is irritating and ridiculous to hear DeSimone describe Pepe as "a boy that has never been in any trouble. In our opinion, this was an accident. We still feel John is innocent." Someone heeds to tell DeSimone that, in fact, John Pepe is not "a boy" but a 220 lb. grown man and even if he has never been in any "trouble" before, causing the death of another human being is more "trouble" than most of us will ever have. Furthermore, Mr. Pepe is NOT innocent; a jury convicted; him of manslaughter. He is responsible for the death of Lori McKinney. John Pepe strangled her McKinncy's neck muscles were bruised and her eyelids had hemorrhaged. DeSiitione is also quoted as saying, "the family suffered quite a bit of legal fees, I thought they could use some help."  Does DeSimone realize that John Pepe is NOT the victim? Docs she realize that this is not Some Hollywood movie where the innocent child of a poor unemployed single parent is unjustly accused of some crime and the parent spends every last dime to clear the kid's name? In reality, (his family was in a better position financially than most of us. What's been made public about this family is that the father owns a construction company and, at the time of the manslaughter, the family owned a nice Lyndhurst home as well as two additional homes in the upper middle class beach community of Laval letie. Furthermore, their convicted son; John; had just completed his education at Colby College in Maine where tuition, room and board totals a whopping $25,420 a year! A benefit luncheon for this convicted killer? It's enough to make all of us lose our appetites for the rest of our lives.
 Jolyn Gamer

By MATTHEW MOSK, Staff Writer The Record (Bergen County, NJ) Date: 09-30-1995, Saturday Section: NEWS
Edition: All Editions -- Two Star B, Two Star P, One Star

A state appeals court has denied a 23-year-old Lyndhurst man's bid to reduce his 10-year prison sentence for strangling a Wayne woman and leaving her to drown in the ocean at the Jersey shore.

In a ruling released Friday, a three-judge panel of the state Appellate Division in Newark said there was overwhelming evidence against John Pepe and a jury could easily have convicted him of a ...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ode To A Spell Checker

Found this floating about in my in box.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Ode To A Spell Checker
Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: bill crawford
Subject: 'owd to a spel cker"

didn't find it .. so did a google, and found some pieces of it....

    Due yuo believ spel cker is helpin kids larn how to right better?
           and....    Mi spel cker is on strke

then accidentally,  found this, more interesting.... and a very funny....   this is much better.......

interesting development in European thinking

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" wiz "z" and "w" viz "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords containing "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas

Monday, October 19, 2009

My new house disaster.

From An E-mail Dated Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Data from

I bought for $210K in June 2003,   The house originally was had at a HUD auction for $150K around  Dec 01.

For Photo's of when I just bought it.

I really wanted to sell  after our return from India August 2006.   Look at house trading volumes, barely any homes are selling now.

View Larger Map

Well after pouring some $35K in to new windows, upgrading the electricity and adding central air and building a work shed in the back, I have lost it.
Worst part is I worked so hard to pay down all my debts, running all over from Orange County to Santa Barbara to find work to pay the mortgage. Ultimately end up unemployed and unable to pay the mortgage, Couldn't find any renters, or buyers. Unable to live there because it's too far from any tech companies to work for.   And just too damn hot to even go out for a walk or try to get any programming done while there.

Where we stand in this universe

This is from an E-mail that was floating around some time ago.

(If your not seeing images go to this URL)
Now, THIS is really fascinating - I’ve never really thought of it in these magnitudes,but it’s rather dazzling to see it presented this way.

I certainly thought this was enlightening. Didn’t even realize we knew much beyond our sun ….

It’s a big universe.

Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky.
It is more than 1000 light years away.

The universe humbles us.

And to think that each of us is but one person (out of a few billion) on earth.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do.
But attitude determines how well you do it."

-Lou Holtz

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I ran across the Patent for the Lava Lamp.

I just love the Google patent search engine.
Lava Lamp.  Patent number: 3387396  Filing date: Mar 4, 1965

Calling for new investigation on 9/11

Former NASA engineering executive Dwain Deets is giving the talk below.

Masters Degrees in both Physics and Engineering. He was an engineer with NASA for 37 years where he was Director of Research Engineering and then later Director of Aerospace Projects. Dwain is a member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and he serves as part of its core team. He is listed under Senior Federal Engineers and Scientist at

A little background on who Dwain is:

Dwain Deets, MS, former Director, Aerospace Projects at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, wrote "The many visual images (massive structural members being hurled horizontally, huge pyroclastic clouds, etc.) leave no doubt in my mind explosives were involved [in the destruction of the World Trade Center]."

Mr. Deets also is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Award and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in the Senior Executive Service (1988).He served at NASA for 37 years.

I ran across this video, it's on the left of the page you can blow it up to full size.
It's 2.5 Hrs long and bad video quality, but still an excellent talk.

Subject: 900 hundred engineers and architects are calling for new investigation on 9/11

Contact: Event information: Aaron Brown; Program content: Dwain Deets
Phone: Brown: 909-576-2800 Deets: 760-445-3242
Event Date: Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 p.m.

NASA Engineer to Speak on Destruction of WTC Buildings

Encinitas resident a leader among 900 architects and engineers

San Diego - On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, former NASA engineering executive Dwain Deets, will speak on behalf of more than 900 architects and engineers who cite evidence of explosive demolition at all three World Trade Center high-rises on 9/11 and are calling for a new, independent investigation into their destruction.

Mr. Deets’ multimedia presentation will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, on the campus of University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110. The event will conclude at 3:00 p.m.

An engineer with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center for more than 37 years, Mr. Deets is a board member and the writing team leader for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth). Comprised of more than 900 architects and engineers listed on their website at;, the organization contends that the official FEMA and NIST reports fail, for several reasons, to explain correctly the towers’ destruction. AE911Truth points in particular to the destruction of the third high-rise, World Trade Center 7, which was not hit by a plane but came down in less than seven seconds. These 900 architects and engineers have signed a petition calling for a new investigation.

Mr. Deets will include in his presentation an abridged version of 9/11: Blueprint for Truth, featuring Richard Gage, AIA, a San Francisco Bay area architect of 20 years, the founder and CEO of AE911Truth, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

The organization’s conclusions are shared by hundreds of scientists; senior-level military, intelligence, and government officials; firefighters; pilots and aviation professionals; scholars and university professors; 9/11 survivors and family members; and media professionals around the world.

In 1986, Mr. Deets was awarded the Wright Brothers Lectureship in Aeronautics by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He became aware of the many problems with the official reports concerning 9/11, and began speaking publicly on this topic in 2007. He and his wife have been residents of Encinitas for the past six years.

This event is sponsored by the Toreros for Truth, a University of San Diego club with a purpose to promote, and in part to provide, the best in investigative reporting, scholarly research and public education regarding the suppressed realities of September 11th, its aftermath and exploitation for political ends.

Please forward this Press Release to any group or individual you think might be interested- this is a free event and open to the public.

Is there a true "intelligence" in the evolution process?

John L. Sokol - Ok, this has to make you wonder about evolution being just a purely mechanical process. I argue that there is a true "intelligence" in the evolution process itself. One that is so large and powerful that we can't even grasp it's scope and implications.

3-D Structure Of Human Genome: Fractal Globule Architecture Packs Two Meters Of DNA Into Each Cell Source:
ScienceDaily (Oct. 11, 2009) Scientists have deciphered the three-dimensional structure of the human genome, paving the way for new insights into genomic function and expanding our understanding of how cellular DNA folds at scales that dwarf the double helix.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Could Saturn rings act like a gravity wave recorder?

Read this:

What if Saturn rings are acting like a gravity wave recorder?

Have you ever seen the demonstration where they take a double cylinder with glycerin infused in between the two sides. A drop of ink was injected into the glycerin and rotated. The ink disappears. Upon rotation to its previous position the ink reappears.

Well I'd bet Saturn rings could do that, not sure how far back we could go?
 We would have to use the computer to rewind them assuming we had a photo with enough resolution of those rings.

Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune also have rings that we could get multiple read recordings of events from several locations. Like Seismographs at several sites, we could tell direction of these waves, speed, frequency's, amplitude, rate of decay.

Assuming that maybe the wavelengths for gravity waves could way longer then were we have been looking so far.

John L. Sokol  10/09/2009

Monday, October 05, 2009

Do you remember what it was like to live before the internet?

Just ran across something I posted some time ago, on Charlie's Diary

"Do you remember what it was like to live before the internet, or mobile phones, or compact discs, or walkmen?"
I reflect on this thought, I was born in 1967.
To be honest, I really haven't seen almost anything change that I hadn't been directly involved with since I was about 7.
I mean computers have gotten faster and so has networking, but few other things really.
At 7 (1974) I had stolen Cable TV from the Neighbors and eventually got in a lot of trouble for it when I mom saw lots of my friends coming over to watch TV. We could never have afforded cable ourselves.
Built my first computer from scratch. I had a ton of reel to reel, record players, cassette and 8 track players that I gathered from the trash and repaired and sold. Also no shortage of broken Color TV's. Every TV I ever owned was savaged and repaired.
Had an LED based digital Watch from some holiday too. That was cool, since I could look around under the covers with the RED led light. I guess it would tell time too.
And by in large the most significant thing was watching the Twin Towers get erected from my kitchen window every day. But this is now gone.
Since then, by age 12 I had machined a 2 stroke engine from scratch and made a crude moped.
I had contracts programming Tandy model II and III computers for North Jersey Buick dealerships to help there salesmen provide a printout to customers with all of the cars features and a price encoded so the sales guys would know there price. At that point I had also been fixing broken CB radios for people and had acquired some from that.
Had built my own modem from scratch, and a number of telephone based gadgets.
At 14, (1981) I started making digital samplers and music synthesizers for what would be come some of the earliest Rap/hip hop/house and techno music in New York City. Based on TRS80's ,Commodore PET's and 64's.
By 16 I had acquired a CD player (1983) about 2 years before they came out in 1985.
There were no discs available and the Italians that had come across this secret Japanese technology brought it to me because they didn't know what to make of it when they inadvertently came in possession of a shipping container full of the players, I am sure they were hoping for Walkman or something they could sell.
I remember the joke was "it fell of the back of a ship *cough* " I am sure Sony is still wondering where that container went. Ironically if there weren't so protective of it and drew attention, they wouldn't have lost it.
At that point my life was mostly trying to hack government computers to get on the "NET" , crack long distance codes, and find ways to play games with the phone companies, credit cards, and credit bureaus (AKA Bastards).
We also had a packet based radio network amongst my friends and ran one of the largest BBS's on the east coast with 64 floppy drives connected to one TRS80 model III.
Also at 16 (1983) I did much of the heavy lifting to build a TV Studio and set up Public Access Channel V in Clifton New Jersey with grants from the local Cable TV provider, we had taken over 1/3 of the schools library to do this.
And at 17 while a high school senior was officially an employee of the board of education and still a student.
At this time we had finally finished downloading a pirated version of Unix Source code at 300 Baud and began a 5 year attempt to make that code run on PC's.
At 19/20 (1987) I was working at Stanford doing cancer research, where I first had legitimate access to the Internet at 10 Mbps. At this point I had uncompressed streaming audio and video across there campus network, and started selling the first commercial sound product for PC's the audio byte.
Come 1992 I posted 386BSD on to the Internet the first complete Open Source OS. It had been running for almost 4 years but the team at Berkeley was not publishing it. So when they decided to back out I took matters in to my own hands. The Internet has never been the same since being that was also the first clean source code for a TCP/IP stack, FTP, TELNET, DNS, and a whole mess of other Internet services.
So for me it's always seemed like this stuff is moving really slowly. I am constantly pounding to move these things forward in the right direction and overcome resistance.
The only thing I really appreciate is the improvements from Moores law.
The one technology that changed my life was Surface mount electronics and FPGA that have rendered much of my electronics skills useless.
Since for almost all of my work was done on close to zero cash, and FPGA's and surface mounts cost a lot of money to work with I have hit a wall there.
As such I have been relegated to software and also the push for GPL Linux because again, there is a lot of forces also trying to raise the cost of programming. Like M$, Adobe, Java, IBM, who's wonderful tools make it too expensive to the non cooperate no college types.
So I guess the few changes that have really effected my life has been negative.
Even the explosion of Internet technology was like me and my buddies had a private beach we loved to hang out on and suddenly it was open to a hoard of idiots that came in and trashed the place.
Leaving SPAM and garbage everywhere. Thank god for GOOGLE!
So here I sit some 33 years later doing almost the same thing, back hurts more now, but for the most part technology had only served to limit my options, and now days it's not nearly as easy to work around.
I can no longer fix my car, or build my own electronics or network and make calls without everything being monitored. I can't even Intercept the HDMI video going into my TV because it's all encrypted.
So where is the upside here? I guess I am a High Tech Luddite.