166 days until the Man burns....

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome Sticky


I am very pleased to welcome you to Dustin Decker dot com, my little slice of that there massive web thing-a-ma-jig. I'm a Geek by trade, a musician, a this, a that... What's the purpose of a personal web site anyway? Oh, right - Bragging and Ego.  So I've relaunching a brand new site today! 

Why else would I have one, right? I'll do my best to keep it subdued yet aesthetically pleasing to the eye - not a lot of candy just sorta, "hey, I'm down with the 21st Century too." You'll find "About" and perhaps "MyPhotos" the most useful if you're a stalker while "All things Dustin" will eventually manifest as a b l o g.

Blur - (Circa 2006/2007)
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Watching the calendar...


So 2015 is steadily drawing to a close. It's been quite an interesting year.

I've been working with Veterans since May of this year in the West Los Angeles Veterans Domiciliary program, where I manage a Professional Development Center.
I Maintain computer lab workstations, network connectivity, access to printers. Basic troubleshooting and assistance with personal devices being used on the wireless segment of our network.
I assist Veterans with Job Searches, Housing Searches, and access to electronic benefits. I also assist with modification of Pro Per and Pro Se legal pleadings.
I provide one-on-one tutoring to Veterans wishing to update their skills and become more fluent in technologies such as Microsoft Word, Web Browsing, and personal security in the Digital Age.
And I participate in staffing incentive therapy and compensated work therapy tours and provide staff with tools and training necessary to effectively complete their tours.

It has been rewarding and challenging work. Most of my clients fall in the "dual diagnosis" arena, dealing with substance abuse issues, PTSD, perhaps former incarceration for significant periods of time... we run the full gamut here. Some days I'm really good at it, when I maintain an appropriate measure of gratitude for the good things I have going for me in my own life... and sometimes, I allow external forces to rub off on me, and become complacent, wish, hope, hem and haw... and the day doesn't turn out very well. I am not a religious man, but I am a spiritual one, and I find that when I allow my connection to all that is good become rusty, the results are spiritual tetanus.

Being physically in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital that it is, has its perks. I have ready access to a vast and wide selection of both local and national music acts most every week if I can afford a ticket. And it's a very "happening" massive city, but at the end of the day, it's really "small town". Just bigger, dirtier, noisier, and with the WORST TRAFFUCK EVAR! Now that "winter" (if you can call it that in Southern California) is upon us, and a promised El Nino effect, we'll hopefully see significant precipitation. At a minimum, I hope the higher mountain ranges get a ton of snow to help with our spring water needs. It doesn't rain much here on the edge of the desert... and folks won't generally be prepared. They forget how to drive in it, and there's not a lot of room for all that water to run off for that matter. It will be interesting if we get all that science has forecast for us.

2015 has probably been one of the BEST years personally as a musician ever. I have far less gear and tech at my disposal for recording and performing, but the lessons of the year have been absolutely tremendous. Crossing the threshold into 45 years of age, I've actually got experiences and things to say when I write now as well... where formerly I might have written a song about riding a skate board or the like, now I right about things far more relevant such as the shootings in first Paris France, and more recently, San Bernardino California an hour and a half from here. With that, I'll close the year out a bit early sharing "Don't Take The Fall", and wish you a Merry ChristmaQuanzaHanukkah plus happiest of New Years rolling into 2016. Make it your best ever!

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Always looking for that balance...


I mean, c'mon, it's the public gosh-darned Internet... I'm not exactly going to be baring my soul here on a daily basis.
All the same, it's been far too long since an update. [For those actually tuning in, yes, I review logs and I can see you over there.]

So I'm in West Los Angeles for the moment - have been since around the 20th of April this year. Working hard on getting into a MicroLoft apartment in the downtown area.
Working on music near daily, except when "life on life's terms" gets in the way. Click on the now fixed "My Music" menu item and you can check it out.

I'm dealing with the Veteran's Administration, so starting school on October 5th... nope, that sure as sh*t didn't happen. It's not something I'm holding my breath over (uh, because I'd be long dead if I did) but I'm simply trusting that this is what the Universe has in store for me.
I have started looking at Open Mic opportunities in the Los Angeles area... both the "free mic" and "pay to play" slots, and if I've learned nothing else, it's that once I've gone through all of the work and searching and phone call verifications and such I should really build a website/application for musicians to utilize right here in El Lay, and then expand it to be actually USEFUL for other up and coming musicians as well. Most information I find googling around and diving deep through links turn out to be like, circa 2012 or the like. Many of the venues in the Santa Monica area, for example, don't even exist anymore according to Yelp, et. al.

I've had the pleasure of working with Veterans over the past three months in a professional development center where I assist them with housing searches, job searches, resume preparation, and even a few pro se/pro per legal filings to help them out with their criminal history and such. It's also a part of life that requires balance : between simply shaking my head apathetically when completely unrealistic expectations brush up against my lack of patience... I deal with a lot of folks who have never actually used a computer like... ever. I know a lot of type A geeks used to snicker at the thought back in the late 90's... but I really never considered what it might be like to take a 45-60 year old individual with ZERO experience from that zero to merely 5MPH on the Information Super Highway. It's a lot harder than it sounds; and you need a customer service oriented heart and compassion to be successful at it as well.

More important than a silly blog that very few people are reading, I presume it's probably time to start writing some letters to people in Missouri and Kansas who have a vested interest in what I'm up to.

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Edmund Burke


When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

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Study Something You Love


It's been quite a while since an update - but I just had to break the silence today and point out that I'm going back to school!
I'll be studying musical performance with an emphasis on guitar at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California! Weeeeeeee!

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On political parties


"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.

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Morals and Dogma


"The wiser a man becomes, the less will he be inclined to submit tamely to the imposition of fetters or a yoke, on his conscience or his person. For, by increase of wisdom he not only better knows his rights, but the more highly values them, and is more conscious of his worth and dignity. His pride then urges him to assert his independence. He becomes better able to assert it also; and better able to assist others or his country, when they or she stake all, even existence, upon the same assertion. But mere knowledge makes no one independent, nor fits him to be free.

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Linux Server Hacks - O'Reilly Press, Hack #67

One of my absolute favorite server hacks.  This requires that you have already setup SSH keys for authentication instead of passwords.  

Hack #67. Turbo-mode ssh Logins

Even faster logins from the command line

If you've just come from the previous hack, you've only seen half of the solution! Even with client keys, you still have to needlessly type ssh server every time you want to ssh in. Back in the dark, insecure, unenlightened days of rsh, there was an obscure feature that I happened to love that hasn't (yet) been ported to ssh. It used to be possible to symlink /usr/bin/rsh to a file of the same name as your server, and rsh was smart enough to realize that if it wasn't called as rsh, that it should rsh to whatever name it was called as.

Of course, this is trivial to implement in shell. Create a file called ssh-to with these two lines in it:

ssh `basename $0` $*

(Those are backticks around basename $0.) Now put that in your PATH (if ~/bin doesn't exist or isn't in your PATH already, it should be) and set up symlinks to all of your favorite servers to it:

$ cd bin $ ln -s ssh-to server1 $ ln -s ssh-to server2 $ ln -s ssh-to server3

Now, to ssh to server1 (assuming you've copied your public key over as described previously) you can simply type "server1" and you'll magically end up with a shell on server1, without typing "ssh," and without entering your password. That $* at the end allows you to run arbitrary commands in a single line (instead of spawning a shell), like this:

server1 uptime

Linux Server Hacks

by Rob Flickenger

Published by O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2003
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Enable Two-Factory Authentication for Safety/Security

It's a jungle out there.  Protect yourself.  
Two factor or two-step authentication is your new friend until we figure out a better scheme than passwords. (

Here's how to turn on two-factor authentication on the most popular personal cloud storage services:

Apple iCloud

  1. Login to My Apple ID.
  2. Pick "Manage your Apple ID and sign in"
  3. Select "Password and Security"
  4. Under "Two-Step Verification," select "Get Started," and follow the instructions.

Note: Be aware that when you change your Apple ID to two-factor authentication, it's a one-way journey. You can only change your password afterwards by using the two-factor method.


  1. Sign in to Dropbox.
  2. Click on your name from the upper-right of any page to open your account menu.
  3. Click "Settings" from the account menu and select the "Security" tab.
  4. Under "Two-step verification" section, click "Enable."
  5. Click "Get started" and follow the instructions.

Note: You will need to re-enter your password to enable two-factor verification. Once you do, you'll be given the choice to receive your security code by text or to use a mobile app.

Google Drive

  1. Login to Google from this link.
  2. Enter your phone number.
  3. Enter the code that you'll get from either a text or a voice phone call.
  4. Follow the instructions.

Note: You will need to get a new code for each PC or device that uses any Google services. For some services, such as Gmail when accessed on an Apple device or by a mail client or some instant message clients, you'll also need to set an application specific password

Login to your Microsoft Account.Microsoft OneDrive

  1. Go to "Security & Password."
  2. Under "Password and security info," tap or click "Edit security info."
  3. Under "Two-step verification," tap or click "Set up two-step verification."
  4. Click "Next," and then follow the instructions.

Note: Microsoft may require you to enter a security code that the company will send to your phone or email before you can turn on two-step verification.

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Further down the Domestication Rabbit Hole : Tuna Salad


Gourmet Tuna Salad

And so today, I give you the secret recipie for gourmet tuna salad, comprised for the most part of knowledge

passed down by my darly departed Grandmother.

Getting started:

Truth of the matter, I get started about 12-14 hours ahead of time by hard boiling two eggs. My preferred method is pretty

simple; I place two eggs into a small pot and add enough water to cover the eggs. I bring the water to a boil, then cover

the pot and remove heat, setting a 20 minute timer. At the end of 20 minutes, I remove the eggs from the hot water and cool

them beneath cold running water for two minute, and toss them in the refrigerator.

Today we get started with a large pyrex bowl and two cans of solid tuna in water. I squeeze out the water, then break the

tuna up into smaller pieces with a fork. I take this opportunity to add 6-8 twists of a pepper mill set to the largest sized

bits and mix it into the tuna.

Hard Boiled Eggs

After breaking up the tuna, we peel and fold in two hard boiled eggs after putting them through an egg slicer twice.

Sweet Relish:

Sweet Relish is the next component added, essentially one large spoon full. I also toss in a dash of finely chopped green

onions, and red onion at this point. It's important to bring in any additional flavors you wish to express in your own tuna

salad right here, BEFORE we add the mayo.


I intentionally bring the mayo in last, two large dollops from a spoon. We want to ensure the dryest ingredients have been

mixed well, and the mayo is used to hold our masterpiece together as a primary function; flavor is actually secondary.

Adding mayo last also decreases the chances of adding more than we need - extra mayo will separate and leave extra fluid in

the bottom of your leftovers container that has to be mixed back into the tuna salad before making a sandwich.

The Secret:

The secret ingredient at the end of it all is enough paprika to cover the top of our creation, then mixed in thoroughly.

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