Monday, 26 June 2017

09:51 – It was 60.9F (16C) when I took Colin out at 0700, clear, bright, and breezy. When we came back in 12 minutes later, it was already up to 64.3F (18C). Barbara is off to the gym and a meeting this morning. This afternoon, more science kit stuff.

Barbara asked this morning if the old Adam Dalgliesh mysteries were available on Netflix or Amazon streaming. I did a search on Roku, which turned up nothing. So I did a search for Roy Marsden, who played the title character. That turned up one movie and two TV series. None were available on Netflix or Amazon streaming, but they were available on a news-to-us service called BritBox. It’s a joint effort by BBC and ITV, and, unlike garbage rent-seeking services like AcornTV, it looks as if it may be worth the $7/month subscription. We’ve always watched a lot of British TV, so this US-only service looks very interesting to us. There’s a 7-day free trial, which I’ll sign up for after the end of this month.

Right now, Barbara’s binge-watching CSI:NY (she likes Gary Sinese). Netflix streaming currently has all nine seasons, but they lose seasons 1 through 8 on 6/29. She’s currently on S08E04 in the 18-episode S08, so she’ll be able to binge her way through the 15 remaining episodes over the next few days.

When I’m in the room while she’s watching it, I annoy her every time they show a NYC-scape by shouting “Sparta”. The other night, I did actually get a laugh out of her when they had a scene set along the beach with a pretty girl (it’s always a pretty girl, which annoys me) who’d been munched by a shark. As they showed a long shot of the beach, I shouted, “Sparta Beach”. When they zoomed in on the dead shark, I shouted, “Sparta Shark”. I then googled “sparta shark”. Believe it or not, there actually is such an item, made in Canada. It’s a folding knife.

Email from Lisa. She and her husband attended amateur radio Field Day over the weekend and met several of the local ham operators, one of whom was only 12. As I expected, she found all of them very friendly and helpful. They decided to sign up for a family membership, and are on the schedule for next Technician Class training class and exam. She’s also made a lot of progress on her prepping goal of having a 3-month supply of food, water, etc. They already have a lot of stuff from local supply runs stacked in the basement, and several hundred dollars worth of Augason dry foods on the way from Walmart.

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50 Responses to Monday, 26 June 2017

  1. MrAtoz says:

    lol! Great article.

  2. CowboySlim says:

    I just read that Netflix is making 80 episodes of GLOW available (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling).

  3. CowboySlim says:

    When will we get the truth about this?
    http://news.trust.org/item/20170626101937-6xsul

    Collision near Japan.

  4. MrAtoz says:

    The blame game has started Mr. Slim. If the Navy cashiers the ship captain, we’ll know what they think.

  5. MrAtoz says:

    Made into Disney. Taking a break at Magic Kingdom.

  6. DadCooks says:

    @CowboySlim WRT collision near Japan:

    You, and the general public, will never know the truth. I do, with my contacts, and mentioned earlier that this is a big mess. If the truth gets out, well it won’t.

    Our Navy is literally sunk. tRump has no idea how bad it is and ALL the Flag Officers are incompetent. In all the services all the people (officer and enlisted) who are competent have gotten or are in the process of getting out. The state of readiness, across the board, is at best 10%. Way too much money is being spent on pie-in-the-sky technology that is way too vulnerable.

  7. Greg Norton says:

    Made into Disney. Taking a break at Magic Kingdom.

    If you haven’t been recently, make a point of stopping at The Haunted Mansion. The “Hichhiking Ghosts” gag has been updated with some very cool OpenGL effects, and the ride in general has been refreshed with new things to see throughout, even in the queue.

    Sadly, though technology has finally made The Hatbox Ghost work after 40 years, he remains a CA exclusive.

  8. CowboySlim says:

    “Way too much money is being spent on pie-in-the-sky technology that is way too vulnerable.”

    Why don’t they hire Google, Uber or Musk to make a captainless boat?

    Hey, why don’t they install the guidance and control units from IBM interceptors that don’t intercept on the boats?

    Outside of that, I should be in WDC.

  9. CowboySlim says:

    OK, going to watch America’s Cup yacht race on NBCSN now.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    Way too much money is being spent on pie-in-the-sky technology that is way too vulnerable.

    The writers of “Cars 2” made a very insightful, sly non-verbal comment about LCS being a lemon.

    That movie catches too much cr*p IMHO.

  11. nick flandrey says:

    break time.

    95F with 58%RH

    Sunny.

    Freaking hot.

    n

  12. SVJeff says:

    When I think of Roy Marsden, I think of a show I got on DVD from the library during the 15 years I lived in Plano, TX. It’s called The Sandbaggers and is a Cold War spy show. There’s very little ‘spy-y’ activity as I remember, with the ‘action’ being mostly the prep work taking place in the offices, but I really enjoyed it.

  13. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Yeah, Sandbaggers is one we watched probably 20 years ago or more. I searched for it along with a couple of other real oldies like Danger UXB, but Britbox didn’t have them.

  14. nick flandrey says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4640024/San-Francisco-mall-lockdown-massive-brawl.html

    Huh, anyone notice anything distinctive about the ‘rioters?’ yep, yutes.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4636744/Alleged-IS-militants-kill-police-officer-Indonesia.html

    just another of the sharing, caring, ROP…

    And this should be TERRIFYING. Think about this +10 years…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4640622/Puppy-laboratory-meets-natural-mother.html

    “it was bred using a small fragment of her ear”

  15. OFD says:

    “…anyone notice anything distinctive about the ‘rioters?’ yep, yutes.”

    And “teens.” Just some fun-loving teens who maybe got a little rambunctious. (run that word by any thousand of them and see if they know what it means…for laffs…) I know my favorite free time pursuit is spending it shopping inside a crowded urban mall at night with a bunch of teens and yoots. What could go wrong?

    “…just another of the sharing, caring, ROP…

    Happy Ramadan! Indonesia is mostly musloid, with a small Xtian minority that they’ve slaughtered a few times over the decades. Ditto Chinese victims.

    ” Think about this +10 years…”

    Are you kidding??? This will be insanely great! Picture woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers busting outta the National Zoo down there in Mordor….maybe even a T.Rex…

    Picture these monsters on K Street:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZkTh_T75QY

    Yikes, they’re scarier than the original T Rex!

  16. SVJeff says:

    I bought Danger:UXB on DVD a couple of years ago but haven’t opened it yet. IIRC, I think I saw where Acorn was going to start showing it.

    To me, the most memorable thing about Marsden was that he’s (was) something like 6’3″ and literally towered over virtually everyone else he was in a scene with.

    Along the lines of vintage TV available to stream… I’ve had a lot of success using the app and website from JustWatch to find where something is available. Occasionally, I’ll look for something so obscure it won’t show up but almost everything has at least turned up an option for purchase.

  17. CowboySlim says:

    They give the reason for Sears, Penny and the host malls shutting down is Amazon?

    Well, perhaps there is safety from youth riots and mayhem in Amazon purchasing.

  18. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “To me, the most memorable thing about Marsden was that he’s (was) something like 6’3″ and literally towered over virtually everyone else he was in a scene with.”

    Kind of like both Jeeves and Wooster, who are about OFD’s height.

    Fascinating the difference nutrition makes. With few exceptions children born in the UK during the war years through the end of rationing in, what?, 1954 or 1955 are short. Guys like Jeeves and Wooster were born in the late 50’s and we see some real tall boys starting around then. And Holland has gone from one of the shortest countries on earth until the early 60’s to the tallest. Last time I looked, the AVERAGE height for a Dutch guy born since the late 50’s was 6’4″.

  19. CowboySlim says:

    WRT to ship collision, similarly the NTSB refuses to mandate auto-stopping on RR trains. Didn’t recently have a non-stop collision in a terminal, train station back east?

    All Abooooaaarrrrd…..Wabash Cannonball!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSrEcPdA0hE

  20. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] If the Navy cashiers the ship captain, [snip]

    As I understand it, that’s *always* the default response. The CO is responsible, first last and always.

  21. Greg Norton says:

    They give the reason for Sears, Penny and the host malls shutting down is Amazon?

    Sears and Penny’s were done in by decades of poor management decisions, not Amazon or mall hoodlums.

    Plus, IIRC, about 25 years ago, Sears lost the right to go after the credit card deadbeats’ merchandise when payments stopped, regardless of Chapter 7/11 protection. That pretty much nuked what made the Sears card different in the 70s and 80s as Visa and Master Card gained market share.

  22. ech says:

    As I understand it, that’s *always* the default response. The CO is responsible, first last and always.K

    I had a boss that was a retired naval officer. Once when there was a collision in the news, he remarked that the career of the captain and the officer on duty were toast, no matter the cause or fault.

  23. nick flandrey says:

    Just finished packing 110# of shipping.

    It’s hot. (package big items in the driveway)

    really hot.

    n

  24. DadCooks says:

    Continuing WRT the destroyer collision:

    The area the destroyer was in is an active shipping lane which requires a “Maneuvering Watch” be set. A “Maneuvering Watch” requires the Captain be on the Bridge (not just the Watch Officer) and that extra physical bodies be posted as lookouts all around the ship and on the Bridge (360-degrees, using binoculars, and wearing sound powered phones) as well as extra people watching all the radars and sonars. The Engineering Spaces have extra people posted to ensure rapid response in case there is a problem with propulsion or steering. Damage Control crews are suited-up, fully equipped, and standing by in vital areas.

    “Maneuvering Watch” is a PITA and no fun, but there is no excuse for the extreme neglect in it not being set. The Captain and the Executive Officer, at the least, should be awaiting Court-Martial in the Brig.

  25. SteveF says:

    Fascinating the difference nutrition makes. With few exceptions children born in the UK during the war years through the end of rationing in, what?, 1954 or 1955 are short.

    My wife and her cohort are several inches shorter than they should be, thanks to that asshole Mao and his famines. The kids are taller than their parents (girls often taller than their mothers by 11) regardless of whether they were born in the PRC or the US, and the American-born-and-raised grandkids should be taller still.

  26. nick flandrey says:

    Those of us from baltic region stock but born and raised in the US, and not some hut in Eastonia are much taller and heavier build than the parents, and grand kids even more so, up to 7 foot males, all from gramps who was about 5 ft 6.

    Early childhood nutrition, lots of fats and protein.

    If you are starved as a child you will never reach your full potential. Freaking vegan parents are killing their kids with their religious diet.

    n

  27. Dave Hardy says:

    Princess was all hot on that vegan stuff until the last couple of years; didn’t seem to stunt her growth any; she’s six feet and over 200 pounds. But wait–maybe if she hadn’t done that vegan crap back then she’d be seven feet by now and 300 pounds. Our son is my height but probably has fifty pounds on me by now. And my little brother, ten years younger than me, is also my height and around the same weight and also a chemo cancer survivor.

    We ate pretty well growing up, and our paternal grandparents and aunt and dad were all tall heavy people. Solid Anglo-Saxons. Only our paternal grandma was Irish. And my mom’s side were all English; maternal grandpa born in Blackburn, Lancashire, home of the “four-thousand holes.”

    Most peeps around here seem to be of mostly French extraction and they’re all midgets.

  28. CowboySlim says:

    “Solid Anglo-Saxons. Only our paternal grandma was Irish. And my mom’s side were all English ……..”

    I’m 25% Swedish but I am going to transethnic to 25% Norwegian.

  29. Ray Thompson says:

    Currently at at Hilton Head Island. 8 hour drive. Rode the bicycle around. Hit a sandy spot on the bike path in Palmetto Dunes and crashed, hard. Knee is banged up and bloody as are the elbows and the palm of one hand. Some skin missing. No busted bones. Straightened out the front wheel alignment and rode the 6 miles back to the condo. By the time I got back the bleeding had stopped. I will be going out again tomorrow if there is no wind. If there is wind I will head to the beach to fly my high performance kite. Fun times.

  30. nick flandrey says:

    @ray, sorry you got banged up, you had your first aid kit with you right?

    I love taking the kites down to Galveston for the nice steady ocean breeze. I don’t have any technical kites, but I’ve got a bunch of fun ones! We put a dozen kites in the air when we’re at the beach so people can find us. Just look for the kites.

    n

  31. SteveF says:

    I’m 25% Swedish but I am going to transethnic to 25% Norwegian.

    It’s your right to self-identify as 25% Norwegian, and we have to respect that.

  32. H. Combs says:

    Prepper Fail.
    Because of the weather here in the Memphis area, we store most of our extra food inside the house, in closets and under beds. Never been a problem till today. The wife agreed to dog sit for a friend. While the wife was working on geneology the dog was busy exploring the pantry under our bed. By the time he was discovered, he had ravished ten pounds of pasta and chased it down with a quart of chicken broth. Not to mention tearing the packaging to tiny bit. The broth has soaked under our laminate flooring and I don’t have any idea how to deal with that. The wife’s reaction was “Oh well, you can’t get upset at the dog”

  33. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Cook it for dinner.

  34. SteveF says:

    The flooring or the dog?

  35. nick flandrey says:

    Some laminate you can pull up one plank and sort of break the seal. Most will swell permanently along the edges that got wet.

    you may need to cut down the center of one plank to start pulling up a few of the affected planks.

    Unless you are really handy, if you want to clean it up, and fix the floor, you might have to call a flooring installer.

    Isn’t chicken broth pretty much the perfect culture medium for biologicals??

    n

    Added- I guess you can’t blame the dog, but the owner should train to only eat from a bowl, and only from the owner or family members, when released. I”ll admit, it never would have crossed my mind that the food was at risk…

  36. Dave Hardy says:

    “Straightened out the front wheel alignment and rode the 6 miles back to the condo. By the time I got back the bleeding had stopped. I will be going out again tomorrow…”

    Hardcore.

    Somebody say the Air Force is a buncha pussies? Rub a little dirt on it, cupcake (in this case, sand) and GTF back out there! A model here for you young smartypants whippersnappers.

    WRT to the dog wolfing down the stored food: dogs are closely related to pigs and hogs and are much less intelligent, possibly also related to sharks. They just eat, pee, shit, puke and bark. And they have to be taken care of.

    I’d go with Mr. Nick’s suggestions on that floor, but not being too handy myself, might call in somebody for that. I also might have shot the dog, so don’t go by me.

  37. pcb_duffer says:

    Somehow, the males in my line are shrinking, rather than bulking up. I’m 6′ tall, 198# (as of the end of Saturday’s gym session). My dad was 6′ 4″ and when he was my age was ~ 235# with no discernable body fat. His dad was 6′ 5″, and in his early 50s probably weighed 340# or so. Again, bulk but not fat. My dad once mentioned having to have the ring he inherited resized, because my grandfather wore a size 24 ring. Sitting on my right hand right now, it’s a size 13. I honestly don’t know about my maternal grandfather. I was only around him once or twice, and I don’t think there’s anyone alive who could tell me how big he was. I’ve also read speculation that adult males in South Korea are as much as 15 kilos heavier than their Nork brothers, and of course the recent reports that people in Venezuela have lost close to 10 kilos since their economy cratered under Maduro. Finally, a note to OFD: Sharks (& gators) are also very useful for scaring the hell out of tourists. 🙂

  38. lynn says:

    Currently at at Hilton Head Island. 8 hour drive. Rode the bicycle around. Hit a sandy spot on the bike path in Palmetto Dunes and crashed, hard. Knee is banged up and bloody as are the elbows and the palm of one hand. Some skin missing. No busted bones.

    I took my 78 year old Dad to see “The Mummy” at the Victoria, TX Cinemark today. Meh. Tom Cruise phoned it in. But the script was not that great either.

    Then I took Dad to Sam’s Club nearby. I’m pushing one of those heavy flatbeds because he wants to get several of those 40 bottle Ozarka cases. We are walking down the aisle and he stops, grabs a 50 lb bucket of chlorine to put on the flatbed. Dad did not lift the bucket high enough and the other two buckets under that bucket crash into him. He goes down and I am on the other side of the flatbed. Which, he hit on the way down. I tried to reach out and grab him but I missed. In retrospect, that was probably a good thing cause I would have made the crash worse. So Dad gets on his hands and knees and stands back up. He is gonna be bruised tomorrow.

    My sainted mother made me a brownie cake with whole walnuts that we ate all weekend long, supposedly for my upcoming 57th birthday. The scale is going to look horrible in the morning.

    @nick, we got around ten inches of rain today in Fort Bend County. The 2 acre lot that I thought about buying a year ago has 3 to 4 inches on water on it and the front ditch is 50 ft wide. I may have dodged a bullet. Of course, I would put three foot of dirt down before pouring the house and foundation.

    BTW, Dad, my nephew, and I went shooting in an air conditioned range in Rockport Saturday. I shot my nephew’s F and N .45 with 16 rounds in the mag. That is one sweet handgun. He has put 20,000 rounds through it so it is easy to rack, etc. I also shot my Dad’s Kimber .45, nice but not as much.
    https://fnamerica.com/products/pistols/fnx-45/

    I sure do know a lot of old people nowadays. And I can see that age from here too. My sainted mother turns 76 in a couple of weeks and is really bruised up from all the cancer treatments. I hope that all stops for a long while.

  39. Miles_Teg says:

    If a dog (may peace and blessings be upon it) can get at stuff stored under a bed then surely rats can too…

  40. Dave Hardy says:

    @Mr. Lynn; hoping that your mom and dad recover OK from all that battering they’ve been taking. Yikes.

    And the Ongoing Situation:

    http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-technicolor-swan/

    My greatest worry is the financial house of cards. Could just be a version of the mess in 2008 and it could also be a lot worse.

    Meanwhile, as it’s closing in on 03:00 here (been messing with the new install of Xubuntu; Mint just kept coming up with major problems, and not for the first time.) Got some things done today (yesterday) and wife called earlier and is exhausted in Boise, having only had three hours sleep the night before, and ditto the night before that. She doesn’t sleep well in the day or two before a new gig and then not on the first night of the gig, either. Then when she eventually comes home (next Sunday, late), it takes her days to recover from all the jet lag and stress. I’m hoping she doesn’t have to do it much longer.

    Pax vobiscum, fratres; semper paratus; tempus fugit

  41. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] He is gonna be bruised tomorrow. [snip]
    A couple of years before she died, my mother was at one of her doctor’s offices for some routine visit. The nurse took note of the bruises on her hands & arms, and the doctor asked if she “was the victim of domestic abuse”. She replied “No, I got these bruises helping to raise my great-granddaughter, and she’s as wild as a march hare!”

  42. nick flandrey says:

    @lynn wow, that’s a lotta rain.

    On thing you probably don’t look at when considering a new home is what weather patterns are like.

    Pretty much every storm we have here, that doesn’t come out of the gulf, comes in a straight line from the southwest, thru where Lynn lives, headed right for me, and NEast.

    Occasionally, we get one coming from the west, but they have a tendency to stay below I 10. Since I’m north of I 10, the southern part of Houston gets rain, and I don’t.

    Very local weather patterns.

    I don’t know how you’d know, other than watch an area for a couple years, or talk to someone who has…

    n

  43. Ray Thompson says:

    @ray, sorry you got banged up, you had your first aid kit with you right?

    Yep, in the truck at the condo. Bummer.

    Rub a little dirt on it, cupcake (in this case, sand) and GTF back out there!

    Waited until I got back to the condo to clean the wounds. Wife was pitching a fit, said I should have called and she would come get me. I think she did not like the patch of blood soaked shirts I was wearing.

    Currently at the bike repair shop to get the front wheel trued up. Was about a 1/16″ wobble in the wheel. They say it can be straightened. Good thing as is an expensive rim with the included altenater in the hub.

    Thus far have ridden 26 miles on the island. Tomorrow is the big lap around on the bike paths. Should be a nice ride of about 3 hours at 10-15 MPH. Will bring water and first aid kit this time.

  44. Dave Hardy says:

    Thatta boy, Mr. Ray. Bike rides out a few miles like that, you gotta bring first aid, basic tools for the bike, and wotta. Also hope you’re wearing a helmet. Not a bad idea, either, to bring along a Cliff bar or two, or some kinda trail snack.

  45. Ray Thompson says:

    Also hope you’re wearing a helmet

    Indeed I do. Also wear bicycling glasses to protect the visual orbs. Learning in my old age that I am no longer invincible.

    Bike is fixed, only $15.00 to have the wheel straightened. It was not out by much and probably would have been OK. But it was annoying to watch (no vibration) and as fragile as bicycle wheels are the stresses need to remain centered over the hub. Being out just a little may have caused other problems over time.

    basic tools for the bike

    Allen wrench for adjustments is about all. Anything beyond that requires a shop visit. The bike is complicated what with the motor in the rear wheel, alternator in the front hub, hydraulic disc brakes on both wheels, control for the electric motor, etc. I won’t even change a flat and leave that to the experts. Anything beyond a simple adjustment and I call for the spouse to bring the cowboy Cadillac.

    Water is carried in the back carrier, a couple of protein bars. That is more than enough. Any more than that I can stop at one of the many local shops and indulge. Or call the wife to bring the transporter.

  46. Dave Hardy says:

    Ah, I must have missed it being a motorized bike. I get it now; yes, I’m slow, inattentive and saddled with increasing senility and decrepitude and have also discovered that I’m not invincible anymore, either.

    I’m running my mountain bike down to the shop next week to make sure I put everything together properly and to make any other minor adjustments, plus get some tips on maintenance and what little bag of tools to tote along on rides. I need to get back in the swing of it after many years out, and my eventual goal is to do slow-ride recon of the AO here; you see a helluva lot more outta the car. I’ll be paying particular attention to roadside infrastructure and to the sorts of peeps in various areas.

  47. Ray Thompson says:

    Ah, I must have missed it being a motorized bike

    Electric assist. You still need to pedal. Motor will apply power based on the torque applied to the rear wheel. You can set the level of assistance. Helps avoid damage to the old knees. Shop where we bought the machines sells three or four a day to, ahem. older people. I have got to say it makes bicycle riding enjoyable again.

  48. lynn says:

    Thus far have ridden 26 miles on the island. Tomorrow is the big lap around on the bike paths. Should be a nice ride of about 3 hours at 10-15 MPH. Will bring water and first aid kit this time.

    Sounds like fun. Glad you are not on blood thinners (they help you bleed out). BTW, a Marine would take a backpack with 60 lbs of stuff XXXX preps. And a camel pack of water. And a weapon. And ammo.
    https://www.walmart.com/c/kp/camel-pack

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