Friday, 26 May 2017

09:29 – It was 55.5F (13C) when I took Colin out around 0700 this morning, bright and breezy.

Barbara is off to the gym. Today and tomorrow she’ll be getting packed for her week-long trip down to the Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC for a crafts class. She leaves Sunday morning and returns the following Saturday afternoon.

We finished binge-watching Shetland on Netflix streaming last night. Barbara commented that it was the best recent series we’ve seen, and I agree. Excellent cast, writing, production values, and everything else. We did watch it with closed-captioning turned on because otherwise we’d have been unable to understand a lot of the dialog. In series three, they added the delightful Archie Panjabi as a main character. She’s a beautiful woman and a superb actress. We liked her in The Good Wife, and watching her in Shetland just confirmed our opinion. Barbara and I are both surprised that someone hasn’t given her her own series.

Sam from Shaw Brothers finished the Sheetrock work yesterday afternoon. The next step is to get the drop ceiling installed. The guys are showing up to do that next Wednesday morning. When they finish that, the next step is get everything painted, followed by installing the new floor. As Churchill said, “This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

As long as everything is being ripped out and replaced, Barbara decided to rearrange the furniture downstairs. Our guest bedroom, which we call Frances’s and Al’s room, is at the far end of the downstairs den. We did have the sofa, love seat, end tables, and so on arranged at the near end, right at the bottom of the stairs. But Barbara intends to move that group of furniture down to the far end of the den, which’ll give Frances and Al a sitting/TV area right outside their bedroom door.

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43 Responses to Friday, 26 May 2017

  1. Dave Hardy says:

    55 with steady light rain all day, apparently; pahtly sunny tomorrow and more so on Sunday with temps around 70, they say.

    Mrs. OFD is planting tomatoes and artichokes and more flowers and I’m working on the back porch and kitchen. We are having loads of fun.

    And meanwhile more shenanigans with various courts around the country as the judges just do whatever the fuck they want. Naturally they’re never targeted by the hadji murderers or narcotrafficante gangstas they de facto let into the country.

  2. nick flandrey says:

    The narcos don’t have any trouble killing judges elsewhere…..

    in unrelated news, I managed to get a bunch of stuff listed on ebay, and sure enough, sold a bunch of stuff. The weird thing is that many of the items were NOT the new listings. It seems to be that way most of the time. As long as I keep listing, I have sales, and not necessarily from the new items.

    Although, I did sell out of one new item. I bought some NIB items at Habitat (I know, I had them on my ‘do not patronize’ list for posting no guns allowed, but I moved them to my ‘FUKC em good and hard’ list because I realized I’ve made a bunch of money off them.) So I bought 100 items for $100 and sold them for $1000. I went back and bought the rest for $240 and just sold them for $2150. That’s a nice couple of days work right there, and goes a long way toward getting my monthly sales average back up.

    I’ve got a ton (literally) of incoming items to process and list, and of course it’s a holiday weekend with commitments galore. And an estate sale tomorrow for a former ham, with “tables full of radio stuff” and an outdoor antenna. Definitely gonna take a look at that! Add in my last remaining client needs a service call today, and I’m pretty busy….

    n

  3. nick flandrey says:

    wheeeew, only 77F today but 90%RH and now sunny. That’s pretty miserable.

    n

  4. RickH says:

    WRT to installing tile on floors, Family Handyman had a slide show on things to ask your contractor about a project they will do. One of the projects was laying tile floor, and the proper way to prepare the floor and install the tile so that cracks don’t appear.

    I suppose that your contractor is competent, but there were some things in there that I didn’t know, and I often watch a variety of home improvement shows. For a tile floor, floor preparation and underlayment is important.

    Slide show here https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/how-to-hire-a-contractor . Tile segment is about halfway though. There are some ads interspersed within the slide show; with AdBlocker they look like blank ‘slides’. Just pass them by.

    I found several of the segments interesting.

  5. lynn says:

    @Ray Thompson, I got a new friend request from you on Facebook. Is this legit ?

  6. MrAtoz says:

    And meanwhile more shenanigans with various courts around the country as the judges just do whatever the fuck they want.

    Throw in the constant Libturdian whining about President tRump and it’s time for Shoot-A-Prog Day.

    I read Coffin “Never Be President” Cankles gave the commencement at Wellesley. Started out with a hacking fit, lol! Then on to “President tRump will be impeached.” When will this hag die? It’s pretty telling where our universities have ended up when the commencement speaker is a has-been hag who’s speech was nothing more than tRump hate and “Why aren’t I 50 points ahead by now!” You lost twice biotch.

  7. lynn says:

    And meanwhile more shenanigans with various courts around the country as the judges just do whatever the f*** they want.

    Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing field
    http://www.redding.com/story/news/2017/05/23/farmer-faces-2-8-million-fine-plowing-field/336407001/

    Wow, when you start regulating the growing of food, you will wake up one day starving and wondering what went wrong.

  8. Ray Thompson says:

    @Lynn: No. Someone is impersonating me. Think about it. Why would you get a friend request from someone who is already a friend? Not much I can do about it except contact FB. This is about the third or fourth time this has happened. I have a strong password and two factor authentication. My account is safe.

  9. lynn says:

    @Lynn: No. Someone is impersonating me.

    I figured as much. I suspect half or 3/4s of Facebook is impersonations.

  10. Dave Hardy says:

    Not saying what anybody should do, but I got off FaceCrack several years ago and don’t miss it at all. Gotta keep in touch with family? However in the heck did we manage before? Gotta hook up with like-minded “friends” and agree on how fucked the country is? That got old for me real fast. Or you like to argue and hassle with peeps who are not like-minded? Have at it.

    Meanwhile the Hahvud commie Zuckerberg is very busy finagling more ways to get even richer and spy on us all, and his ego allows him to consider running for National Administrator. And currently they’re enforcing “Holocaust denial” rules in some countries but not in others; what a bunch of total assholes.

  11. Miles_Teg says:

    Ray wrote:

    “@Lynn: No. Someone is impersonating me.”

    This happened to an Aussie friend in Florida recently. He’s already a FB friend but I got a new request, same pictures. I thought perhaps that he had accidently unfriended me and wanted to reconnect. But he was still a friend, and he said it was a fake request. Some of his other friends had been taken in though.

    I blocked the e-mail address of the faker.

  12. Miles_Teg says:

    Lynn wrote:

    “Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing field”

    Some sites just don’t want you to read them. After two popups that obscured the article I gave up. They can FROAD.

  13. Miles_Teg says:

    Lynn wrote:

    “I figured as much. I suspect half or 3/4s of Facebook is impersonations.”

    About a year ago I got six or so FB requests from attractive young women I didn’t know from a bar of soap. All were allegedly connected to Adelaide, my home town. One even had an extensive collection of pictures from my AFL team, Hawthorn. I just blocked them and the requests eventually stopped.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    Meanwhile the Hahvud commie Zuckerberg is very busy finagling more ways to get even richer and spy on us all, and his ego allows him to consider running for National Administrator.

    The irony of Zuckerberg’s commencement speech is that he dropped out of Harvard to become successful.

    I think Facebook is the antichrist, but the money from all of our 401(k) and pension funds has built some interesting PHP virtual machine tech. We’ll at least have that left when the company implodes.

    Do an “apt-get install hhvm” on Linux Mint if you want to check it out.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    This story isn’t getting a lot of national press but should. The Snowflakes of Evergreen State.

    http://www.kgw.com/news/professor-told-hes-not-safe-on-campus-after-college-protests/443164539

    I don’t miss WA State. Apologies to DadCooks and RickH, but moving there was one of the biggest mistakes of my life.

  16. Miles_Teg says:

    “The irony of Zuckerberg’s commencement speech is that he dropped out of Harvard to become successful.”

    As did Bill Gates.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    As did Bill Gates.

    Oh, sure, but Gates wasn’t invited until 2007, over 30 years later. Harvard’s endowment, like everyone else, probably has a ton of FB stock.

  18. ech says:

    Archie Panjabi was a main character for a big chunk of the NBC series Blindspot. Several very cute women in it, including Ashley Johnson (shooting is one of her hobbies) and Audrey Esparza. Recommended. A little far-fetched in places, but not as bad as some TV shows.

  19. SteveF says:

    @Ray Thompson, I got a new friend request from you on Facebook.

    Why would you get a friend request from someone who is already a friend?

    You’re on FaceBook? Well there’s your mistake right there.

    Coffin “Never Be President” Cankles

    Hillary Clinton will never be President.

    I still get a smile every time I see or write that.

    attractive young women I didn’t know from a bar of soap.

    You’re definitely spending too much time with the sheep if you can’t tell a woman, attractive and young or otherwise, from a bar of soap.

    By the way, is it true that they call it FleeceBook down there? Just the thing to keep in touch, so to speak, with your flock of friends.

  20. Ray Thompson says:

    You’re on FaceBook?

    Allows me to keep in touch with family and some friends from high school. It is also used to communicate with my former foreign exchange students. I also use the site to post sports pictures for the high school where the students can see the pictures. I do not post personal information and keep the information about me to a minimum.

    It is actually a fairly useful communication medium if used properly. Unfortunately a lot of clowns have used it to air their personal life, get even with people, argue with people and otherwise turn themselves into idiots.

  21. SteveF says:

    and otherwise turn themselves into idiots.

    Surely you mean “reveal their inner idiot”.

  22. Ray Thompson says:

    Surely you mean “reveal their inner idiot”.

    I stand corrected.

  23. lynn says:

    Surely you mean “reveal their inner idiot”.

    +1,000,000

  24. dkreck says:

    As I saw on some social media the other day…
    “In my pocket I have a computer that I can hold in my hand, talk to almost anyone on earth, have access to much of the world’s knowledge and I look at pictures of cats and argue with other people.”

    And now they are proposing ringless voicemail. It’s about the marketing.

  25. Dave Hardy says:

    https://virginiafreemen.com/2017/05/26/action-reaction-and-you/

    All well and good for us slaves and serfs who live here currently, but what happens to us when the money runs out, whoops, I mean fiat currency they run off the presses, and/or the Grid lights and innernet go out?

    Those are the two biggest threats that I see coming down the pike; collapse of the financial house of cards, and/or the Grid failing for any of a number of possible reasons: crumbling and neglected infrastructure, cyber-attacks from state and non-state actors, or the Deep State simply shutting it off for a while to let us know who’s boss here.

    Picture the ATM machines dead, banks closed, no EBT cards working anymore or gas stations pumping gas, and lights out in your neighborhood, town, city, county and state. Could be just a week or two, months or years. Your cash that you may have on hand lasts OK for a few weeks, tops, and then is no good anymore. And you start to hear gunshots all the time, mostly at night at first, then all the time.

    Got a plan? Gonna wait for Our Nanny the Almighty State to come to OUR rescue???

  26. Dave Hardy says:

    Kill your television:

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/05/fred-reed/notes-reformed-news-weasel/

    It’s far worse than that box the late Eric Blair wrote about in “1984,”

  27. MrAtoz says:

    Back in Vegas at the bingo hall awaiting ISIS attack. Pry my dauber from my cold ….

  28. Dave Hardy says:

    Uh-oh…let’s hope MrAtoz is OK out there…wait—not to worry! He’s a seasoned and experienced flyboy chopper pilot! He’s probably wasting those bastards right now with rockets and miniguns! Let’s hope there’s vid footage!

    One of the images you can find on the net is of one or another park bench here on the lake shore facing out over the bay. Picture a skeleton sitting on one of them; that’s a person waiting for an ISIS attack here.

    Although I’ll be watching and listening carefully when Bay Day hits on July 1; we’ll typically have 3,000 peeps here in the village for all the festivities and the fireworks. I’ll be set up accordingly, per usual. And Army-owned drones will be overhead.

  29. lynn says:

    Those are the two biggest threats that I see coming down the pike; collapse of the financial house of cards, and/or the Grid failing for any of a number of possible reasons: crumbling and neglected infrastructure, cyber-attacks from state and non-state actors, or the Deep State simply shutting it off for a while to let us know who’s boss here.

    I think that the USA will survive the failure of the Dollar. After, it has happened several times before, the last being just a hundred years ago. The complication is that half of the population is living off checks from the government. That is fairly new and one wonders how many of those people have assets other than Dollars. Assets like stored food. A means of cooking that does not use electricity or natural gas from a pipeline. Water. A place to poop.

    If the grid fails in sections, it will be fixed. We have roving teams around the country of 2,000 to 5,000 linemen each with buckets trucks on call. At the first sign of trouble, they are on the road in huge convoys. They will show up and work miracles even as the population slowly turns against them.

    Now if the entire grid fails due to an EMP, CME, or outright coordinated terrorism, oh my. That will be a decade long disaster.

  30. Miles_Teg says:

    A perfect job for SteveF?

    Note the joy on the face of the lamb at the bottom of the page as Steve manhandles it…

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-05-18/short-sheep-vineyard-wine/8538738

  31. SteveF says:

    attractive young women I didn’t know from a bar of soap

    Apropos nothing, I’ve taken up a new passtime: convincing virulent — er, vehement — feminists that they should stop bathing. “Soap is nothing but a male conspiracy! When you use a bar of soap, it’s a proxy for men running their greasy hands all over your body!” I haven’t given up hope, but I must admit I’ve had no success in convincing feminists to make themselves even more repellent. For some reason, they get the idea that I’m just fucking with them, so to speak.

  32. Miles_Teg says:

    You could try to convince them that shaving their legs, underarms and pubes is a male conspiracy and they should let it all grow free.

  33. Dave Hardy says:

    Quick question: how much more repellent would we want them to be? Already most of them fire up my gag reflex, plus I have to squirt bleach into both ears to try and get it to the cerebral cortex and other areas not already shot to hell from years of abuse. I’ve thought of blinding myself, but like to read too much, and not very many of the books I like to read are in Braille yet. Also, guns are easier to shoot for sighted people; not always accurate, but there you go.

  34. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] we’ll typically have 3,000 peeps here in the village for all the festivities and the fireworks. [snip]

    Amateur. We’ll have ~125,000 folks here for the weekend; life gets more than a little zany. Except for the people necessary to work (a big%, and that used to include yours truly) most of us locals stay away.

  35. SteveF says:

    We’ll have ~125,000 folks here

    Yah, but a lot of the people up near OFD get the Wallyhog multiplier, wherein one induhvidual counts for many.

  36. MrAtoz says:

    300,000 in Vegas for the weekend. Tourists bring big bucks. I hope they spend it before the attack.

  37. Eugen (Romania) says:

    3,200 runners (well.. locals), and 400 karatekas here in Sibiu

  38. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “400 karatekas here in Sibiu”

    That sounds like a lot, unless you’re including rank beginners.

    I haven’t even sparred in more than 40 years. The highest rank I achieved in Shotokan was Novice (shodan).

  39. Eugen (Romania) says:

    http://www.ifk-kyokushin.com/events/2017/5/27/5th-ifk-world-tournament

    “The 5th IFK Kyokushin World Championship will be held in Sibiu, Romania on May 27-28, 2017.”

    But, the competition site is “briefly unavailable”: http://www.ifkworldtournament2017.ro/

    This edition seems to be the biggest so far. I never did any type of karate or saw a real competition, but the latter will change tomorrow. I’m going to see this one.

    ADDED: Found the invitation. It has more details and rules: http://www.ifk-kyokushin.ro/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/WT2017-Invitation.pdf

    “This is an KNOCKDOWN TOURNAMENT OPEN for all Kyokushin organisations.
    Competitors must represent their national federation and they must hold at least a 4 th Kyu (Green Belt) for Adult
    and Under 21 Categories and a 6 th Kyu (Yellow Belt) for the Under 18 Category.”

  40. lynn says:

    https://virginiafreemen.com/2017/05/26/action-reaction-and-you/

    BTW, I find 9/11 truthers to be disgusting. Anyone who suggests that the destruction of the World Trade Center was by the USA government is bats*** crazy to me.

    I watched a Discovery channel three hour special with the architect and builder of the World Trade Center. He told the interviewer about the new and “innovative” construction techniques that they used for assembling the structure metal. Those new techniques caused the building structures to fail earlier than a bolted together structure since they used tabs to support the floors rather than bolting the floors to the superstructure. This technique has been banned now along with unarmored stairwells in the center of the building core.

  41. pcb_duffer says:

    Let’s not forget that the use of asbestos as a firebreak was abandoned mid-construction of both towers. Yes, there are lots of tradeoffs re:exposure of workers using it every day, but it’s still the best fire retardant known.

  42. nick flandrey says:

    I love the ‘fire can’t melt steel’ assh0les too. WTF do you think a blacksmith does, smooth brain?

    n

  43. pcb_duffer says:

    I’ve always wanted to force a couple of those nimrods to hold their hand’s below a piece of 1/2″ steel plate while I go to work with an oxygen – acetylene cutting torch, merrily melting away.

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