Friday, 8 September 2017

08:43 – It was 46.4F (8C) when I took Colin out at 0620, partly cloudy and breezy. The sun wasn’t up yet, and it was still dark enough that the nearly full moon cast a distinct shadow as I walked out to the mailbox to pick up the newspaper. Barbara is headed for the gym and supermarket this morning, after which we’ll be doing science kit stuff.

Barbara spent most of yesterday working out in the garage, cleaning up, organizing, and discarding stuff. She hauled most of a Trooper load of old cardboard boxes to the dump.

She also grabbed an old D-cell fluorescent lantern to take to Alleghany Cares, our local equivalent of Goodwill. It doesn’t eat batteries nearly as badly as an incandescent lantern, and someone may have a use for it. We’re 100% LED now when it comes to battery-powered lanterns, flashlights, and other lights, and probably 75% or more on lights powered by mains electricity.

As a matter of fact, Barbara mentioned a couple of days ago that she’d like to replace all the exterior coach lights on the house. We have seven of them, five on the front porch and at the garage doors, and two on the back deck. When we do eventually replace them, I want to install LED versions. While we’re at it, I want to replace the flood lights with LEDs as well.


It’s time to get started on the shelving project. That’s actually four separate projects.

First, we have a now-cleared wall in the downstairs food storage room, wide enough to install some 10-foot shelves. We’re going to install track-mount shelving brackets on that wall. The track screws into the wall, and the shelf supports snap into the track. There’s a chair rail on that wall, but it wouldn’t prevent installing floor-to-ceiling shelving just by mounting two lengths of bracket, one above and one below the chair rail. That’s what I originally intended to do, but Barbara suggested leaving the area below the chair rail free of shelves. That way, we can stack plastic bins, cases of #10 cans, buckets of rice, etc. on the floor below the actual shelves. Good idea.

Second, I want to put two or three 10” or 12” shelves the length of one side of the guest-bedroom closet—what Barbara calls the water closet—and perhaps on the end wall as well. Again, we’ll leave the floor under the shelves clear for three or four vertical feet to allow us to stack cases of bottled water. We don’t need adjustable shelves in the closet, so I’ll just use cheap steel shelf brackets screwed into the studs.

Third, we have some unused wall space in the utility/laundry room upstairs. I want to install shelving there, again leaving some free vertical space below it. We don’t need adjustable shelves there, either, so we’ll use cheap steel shelf brackets screwed into the studs.

Finally, I want to install more shelving in the unfinished basement lab/work area. One of the first things we did when we moved into the house was install a woodstove in that area. There are already built-in wooden floor to ceiling shelves on part of that wall. To the left of the stove area is shelving 8+ feet wide by 18 inches deep, with 4+ feet of empty wall space between the shelving and the woodstove. The right corner of that wall has a 2.5-foot corner area occupied by the well pressure tank, then built-in shelving about 5 feet wide by 18 inches deep, and then roughly 6+ feet of empty wall space between the shelving and the woodstove.

I ordered a pair of these 48″W x 24″D x 72″H 5-Shelf steel shelving units from Walmart. Incredibly, although the shipping weight of each shelving unit is more than 100 pounds, Walmart ships them for free.

Barbara gave me a hard time about ordering them from Walmart, because stuff tends to get damaged in shipping. As I told her, several of the bad reviews of this product on the Walmart site mentioned damaged product even when they were picked up at the store, but I don’t really care. The shelves are particle board, which is pretty useless for shelving because it has so little strength. If one or more of the shelves have the corners crunched, I don’t really care. Worst case, I’ll replace them with actual plywood but they’ll probably be fine as-is for what I plan to do with them. These shelves will hold bins of bottled chemicals, which aren’t very heavy. We have a couple hundred SKUs of bottled chemicals, most of which we keep in rectangular plastic bins ranging in size from 1.5 gallons (5.7 L) to twice that.

I’ll keep heavier stuff (e.g., 20-kilo buckets of sodium hydroxide, gallon/4L jugs of made-up chemical solutions, etc.) on the bottom shelf, bottled chemical bins on the middle shelves, and light stuff like cases of toilet paper and paper towels on the top shelf. The shelf structure is rated to support 800 pounds per shelf, 4,000 pounds total, and I doubt we’d have even 20% that much weight on them.

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63 Responses to Friday, 8 September 2017

  1. DadCooks says:

    The red sun appeared today after hiding behind the smoke all day yesterday. Visibility is about double what it has been but the smoke odor is higher again today. Actually all good signs that the fires are being brought under control enough that the prevailing winds can start clearing the air.

    I still think that Irma is going to turn North later than is being predicted. Whether I am right or wrong the MSM will play-up Irma and make algore (who “served” in Vietnam by the way and threw away someone’s medals) happy with their climate change excuses. Rush Limbaugh has had to evacuate his home so a substitute today. Rush has been spending a lot of time the past few days providing the real facts about hurricanes and weather. You can tell when Rush is right by how hard the MSM attacks him, and it is as bad as it has ever been.

  2. MrAtoz says:

    The shelves are particle board, which is pretty useless for shelving because it has so little strength.

    I bought four similar units at Home Depot when we moved to Vegas. At about a year, all the particle boards failed. Possibly due to weather (it’s always over a hundred degrees in the garage during the “summer”), but some fell through due to twisting or expansion of the steel skeleton. Some of the vertical rails even bent over time. All replaced with commercial style shelves. Most self built from stuff at The Container Store. Not cheap, but I have a three car garage and wheeled units make for easy rearrangement.

  3. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I may get Lori to weld the two-piece verticals. Lori loves to weld. My kinda girl.

  4. DadCooks says:

    @RBT, you mentioned LED coach lights. Costco has one on coupon (limit 10) until 9/24/17, both in-store (cheaper) and on-line:
    https://www.costco.com/Altair-LED-Outdoor-Coach-Light.product.100354659.html

  5. Dave Hardy says:

    Best wishes and prayers for Mr. DadCooks waaaaay over there in southeast Washington, and any of our readers, posters, lurkers, et. al. anywhere near Florida and the American Southeast.

    Mrs.OFD has family members and friends and colleagues in Florida and from what a couple of the vets in yesterday’s group meeting were saying, their Florida places are gonna be GONE.

    Meanwhile up here we have a fifth day of overcast, rain, drizzle and fog and I’m playing footside with the college admissions and financial officers now and the VA. My case manager is on top of the situation, however.

    Gotta be up at 05:30 tomorrow to get out to the all-day lab class.

  6. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    We’re very concerned here about Irma, and our family and friends in Florida. It looks like it’s going to rip its way right up the middle of Florida, and head straight for Atlanta. At least it’s supposed to be down to 40 MPH or so winds by the time it hits Atlanta. I suppose it could have been a lot worse if it had tracked as they originally projected, right up the east coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, all the time over nice warm water that might have allowed it to remain Cat 4/5 for a lot longer than it will over land.

  7. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    @DadCooks

    Thanks. Barbara saw your post and looked at the Costco product. She said it was fine with her, and Costco’s price was much, much lower than Amazon or Walmart. I was just getting ready to order seven of the things, when I read the reviews. A couple of the one-star reviews mentioned that they couldn’t mount it because it requires a round junction box and they had square ones. So we walked out to the front porch to take a closer look at what we have. They’re mounted against a rough stone veneer, and silicone caulked into place. I wasn’t delighted with the idea of pulling one to see what kind of box was underneath, so I asked Barbara to tell me again why she wanted to replace them. The house was built in 2006, and they looked fine to me. They still work normally. She replied that they were dirty looking and she wanted new ones. Hmmm. Girl argument. I suggested cleaning the existing ones. She said we didn’t have to buy them now if I didn’t want to. I told her replacing seven of these things was a pretty major project, and she gave up gracefully. I’ll probably pay for it later, though.

  8. nick flandrey says:

    Just relamp?

    I use CFLs in my outdoor porch lights. The 7w ones are bright enough for the use. I leave them on 24/7 so they are always lit when it gets dark. The electricity cost is negligible and I like the security of the light. By leaving them on, I avoid stress on the driver circuit, which is the part that normally fails during use. They last for years that way.

    n

  9. Dave Hardy says:

    You a Murkan citizen-subject? You get this kinda treatment and care? Ever?

    http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2017/09/charlottesville-home-to-over-3500-refugees-from-32-countries

  10. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Yeah, this is going completely in the wrong direction. Instead of importing Iraqis and Syrians, we should be exporting our inner-city scumbags to Iraq and Syria.

  11. DadCooks says:

    @RBT, good that you did your due diligence. It is a good construction practice to use silicon seal for anything that is mounted to a rough surface; stone, brick, stucco. The rubber seal that is on the back of things like those lamps is too thin to provide a good water resistant/proof seal.

    There are adapters to convert a square box to a round box, they come in various styles. A real full-line hardware store or electrical supply store (not some place that is all hanging light display) is the best source. Even though we have Lowes and Home Depot my first stop is always at my locally owned Ace Hardware (50+ years in same family). They have a basement and back-room that is a gold mine of specialty parts. Their prices are also equal or lower than Lowes or Home Depot.

  12. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “Just relamp?”

    The lamps aren’t the issue. The current ones provide plenty of light. The three on the front porch are lit for maybe 10 minutes a day, tops. The two at the garage and the two on the back deck are lit for maybe 10 minutes per MONTH, top.

    The issue for Barbara isn’t the type of lamps or the amount of light they provide. It’s that the fixtures are “old and dirty”. But I think I convinced her that it’d be a waste of money and a lot of time and effort to replace them.

    I also walked out on the back deck and looked at one of them there. Sure enough, it’s mounted to a rectangular junction box, and the ones on Costco don’t work with a rectangular box anyway.

  13. Jim Lang says:

    I have CFLs outside, down to -20F sometimes. They get dimmer when it’s cold, but bright enough for us. I put them in when we married – 14 years ago. I keep threatening to replace them with LEDs, but the money doesn’t work until I have to replace them.

    If Jen ever decides that it needs replaced? Sure. I’ll get right on it.

  14. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “There are adapters to convert a square box to a round box, they come in various styles. ”

    No way I want to mess with that, especially with the five units on the front of the house, all of which have the box cut into an inch or more thick stone veneer.

  15. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “When a guy agrees to do something, you don’t need to remind him every year.”

  16. Dave Hardy says:

    WRT hardware; yeah, I always try to go local, esp. with us living in a nearly 200-year-old house.

    “Instead of importing Iraqis and Syrians, we should be exporting our inner-city scumbags to Iraq and Syria.”

    Also our Congress losers, most of SCOTUS, most of the current WH admin, all the lingering stinkbomb Obummer and Cankles staffers, Obummer and Cankles themselves, and most financial speculators, banksters, and flag-rank officers. Let them build a new regime over there somewhere if they’re so smart.

    Possible sunlight breaking through the overcast here, I can see shadows on the lawn across the street.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    The house was built in 2006, and they looked fine to me. They still work normally. She replied that they were dirty looking and she wanted new ones.

    Our coach lights are weathered/shabby looking. After one failed and we were unable to find something we liked better at the stores for less than a couple of hundred bucks, I took the fixture to the local lighting repair for rewiring. When I picked it up and the owner presented the $75 bill, I said, “Still beats the cost of a new one.”

    He responded, “Are you kidding? The glass alone for your fixture is $300. They’re made to look old. Call us if you want to sell.”

    Suddenly, the lights didn’t look so bad.

  18. DadCooks says:

    This is just one of many articles concerning the hack of Equifax:
    https://consumerist.com/2017/09/08/equifax-already-being-sued-over-massive-breach-company-criticized-for-amateurish-response-to-theft/

    The important take-away is if you go to their site, or the link in the article, to find out if your ID was included you will give up your rights and be subject to Equifax’s arbitration process.

    Maybe this will create enough of an uproar that the 3 credit reporting agencies will have to really update their security.

  19. Jim Lang says:

    When we replaced the windows on the house (10 years ago), I took all the old casements to the attic & stored them. The glass was old enough to be wavy. Occasionally a relative or friend will want to work with old glass & I’ll go pop a pane out for the project. If I were smart, I’d have used it to pay for the windows. As it is, I’m a sucker and give it away.

  20. Dave Hardy says:

    The credit reporting agencies are now taking a massive hit publicity-wise; another huge level of organizations that have had an amazing level of trust and responsibility placed in them and now shown to be clueless carny show actors, who react either stupidly or with malice aforethought in their top assholes selling shares as soon as they knew. Without telling us, naturally. With IT security being shown up as another huge joke, at least insofar as it pertains to them.

  21. lynn says:

    Maybe this will create enough of an uproar that the 3 credit reporting agencies will have to really update their security.

    They don’t want to update anything. This is how they advertise.

  22. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “The important take-away is if you go to their site, or the link in the article, to find out if your ID was included you will give up your rights and be subject to Equifax’s arbitration process.”

    No way. I have no such contract with them.

    I also note that they’re giving monitoring service for a period of one year. That seems unreasonable to me, since some of the data they’ve recklessly lost is persistent. Not many people change their Social Security numbers once a year (other than Democrat voters). Equifax should be required to provide monitoring and identity-theft amelioration services for the lifetimes of anyone whose data they lost.

  23. RickH says:

    I was waiting for my bulbs to die before replacing them with LEDs. Then decided that the electricity savings for LED replacement was worth replacing good bulbs. So replaced all with LED bulbs.

    You can find LED bulbs for $2-3; local utilities often have rebates. I replaced all can light bulbs with LED, got a 6-pack for $15, as I recall, via WalMart online (cheaper than in store). No damage during shipping. Even the little ‘candelabra’-type lights on the hanging porch fixture were changed to LED; I got them at a good price with a bit of research from the Big River.

    If the fixtures are a bit worn (brass is weathered), a bit of cleaning (vinegar solution?) might be worth the effort rather than replacing. And you might check if the silicon seal is still good. A bit of scrape-off with a utility knife and re-caulk is not too difficult.

  24. paul says:

    Sometimes I wonder what my PC is doing. It usually turns the monitor off in 15 minutes. It usually goes to sleep after 30 minutes.

    There are days where is stays on all day. The next day, normal. I don’t see anything in Task Manager that would keep it awake ala BitTorrent.

    I just noticed a new icon on the task bar by the clock. It looks like a battery with a power plug. I clicked and it says Fully Charged. I clicked the link to open Power Options in Control Panel. I don’t know why but “put computer to sleep” on battery was set to Never.

    I don’t know why the PC thinks it’s running on battery. I have a UPS. Perhaps it’s a “feature”.

    edit—
    I turned the icon off. I don’t know what turned it on. Maybe the UPS was plugged into one of the 2 USB3 ports. The external HD is the only new thing here.

  25. nick flandrey says:

    Or just give them a quick scrub and then hit them with some satin high heat spraypaint.

    n

  26. Greg Norton says:

    If the fixtures are a bit worn (brass is weathered), a bit of cleaning (vinegar solution?) might be worth the effort rather than replacing. And you might check if the silicon seal is still good. A bit of scrape-off with a utility knife and re-caulk is not too difficult.

    The construction of the fixture I took for rewiring was like a Chinese puzzle box. Taking it apart, I could only get so far without consulting a professional.

  27. lynn says:

    As a matter of fact, Barbara mentioned a couple of days ago that she’d like to replace all the exterior coach lights on the house. We have seven of them, five on the front porch and at the garage doors, and two on the back deck. When we do eventually replace them, I want to install LED versions. While we’re at it, I want to replace the flood lights with LEDs as well.

    I replaced all the exterior lights with CFL bulbs for the house and main office building several years. The warehouse still has many 400W and 800W metal halides as those are difficult to replace (23 ft off the ground to start). As the exterior light CFLs die, I am replacing them with LEDs. Between the two buildings, I have around 20 exterior lights. I even bought some candelabra base 60 W equiv LED bulbs the other day for a light fixture in the backyard.

  28. MrAtoz says:

    How can a bunch of douchenozzle State AG’s sue tRump over DACA? It’s a frakking EO, not a law! Oh, wait, if it starts at the Circuit level, the judges will not only rule it can go forward, but tRump must be taken out and shot. Somebody please frag the Circuits so tRump can replace them all.

  29. Dave Hardy says:

    I notice that Mr. Ray hasn’t checked into this fascinating LIGHTING discussion yet and am starting to worry. He’s directly in the path of Irma at some point and I wonder if he’s bunkering down in his underground wine cellar and has no internet access.

  30. Dave Hardy says:

    “…but tRump must be taken out and shot.”

    Hell, they’re still trying to round up the last few low-level Nazi camp guards over in Europe, guys in their freaking 90s about to croak.

    Meanwhile, back here in the Land of the Knaves and Home of the Twee, idiot-fuckwad Colbert is giving tRump Nazi salutes and the next Star Trek flick will have Klingons as tRump supporters.

    We’re very close to the tipping point for Idiocracy writ large. Beyond what even that movie’s creators could imagine.

  31. MrAtoz says:

    I was looking forward to the new Star Trek, but it’s turning into a SJW/Prog love fest. Maybe the producers won’t totally ruin it.

  32. lynn says:

    I was looking forward to the new Star Trek, but it’s turning into a SJW/Prog love fest. Maybe the producers won’t totally ruin it.

    Too late, it is ruined already.

  33. DadCooks says:

    They don’t want to update anything. This is how they advertise.

    And sell us “identity protection”.

    If all my credit cards and my credit union can tell me whenever there is any activity for free (I get an email and a text) then there is no reason that the credit reporting agencies cannot do the same thing for free.

    IIRC in the new Star Trek us normals deplorables* are supposed to be Klingons.
    So…
    Qapla’! (Success!)
    and
    ‘IwlIj jachjaj (“May your blood scream!”) (Cheers! Good Health!, toast when drinking)

    Ref: http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/klingon.php

    *Edit: Thanks @lynn

  34. lynn says:

    IIRC in the new Star Trek us normals are supposed to be Klingons.

    IIRC in the new Star Trek us deplorables are supposed to be Klingons.

    Fixed that for you.

  35. DadCooks says:

    Thanks @lynn. You’re really on top of things today. More appropriate for a Klingon.

    BTW, I like being a deplorable more than a normal, after all I was a submariner.

  36. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    From the Miami Herald:

    “In Puerto Rico, the electric company warned the island could be without power for four to six months”

  37. DadCooks says:

    WRT Puerto Rico:
    How much you wanna bet that they come crawling begging to become our 51st state.

  38. lynn says:

    We apparently have a new Jack Russell Terrier today. Maybe a year old. The wife found him in the backyard when she went out at 7am. He must have crawled under our rusting metal fence between the house and the garage. The wife fed and watered him and gave him a floor mat to sleep on, he was curled up on a garden hose in the rocks on the far side of the house, a good hiding place. He is scared of us but when the guy with the chip reader came over, he went and curled up on my wife’s feet.

    The wife is putting out signs now. She also posted it to the Greatwood Facebook group and one of our neighbors with a chip reader came over. The dog is not chipped.

  39. lynn says:

    BTW, I like being a deplorable more than a normal, after all I was a submariner.

    Me too, I am an engineer.

  40. Dave Hardy says:

    And Mr. DadCooks wins the innernet today for his Klingon/Deplorable translations. Outstanding, young sir!

    Just saw another headline blurb that over a million Floridians are being told that it’s mandatory to evacuate. Also saw pics and vid clips of the northbound highways; just like a friggin’ SHTF movie, bumper-to-bumper, running outta gas, 92+ degrees, etc. Maybe a trunk full of bottled wotta, which will last, what, a couple of days?

    This could be some major shit to at least equal the mess in Texas and I just saw more satellite photos of Jose and Katia right behind Irma. Holy Fuck! And my stupid IE window just popped open accidentally again because I hit the wrong sequence of keys and the headline is that Irma is gonna devastate Florida and be a major blow to the country.

    Or this could all just be media hype to the extreme and maybe this thing will peter out fast. We’ll see this weekend.

    Prayers aloft for family and friends and Normals….

  41. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Walmart currently is selling #10 cans of Augason 20-ounce potato slices for $4.99 (regularly $11.99). I just ordered eight more cans.

  42. Al says:

    Just read on another site that Jerry Pournelle has passed away. This is not totally unexpected considering his declining health over the past few years but it’s still really sad.

  43. Dave Hardy says:

    Oh shit, what a bummer. RIP, Jerry. You were an inspiration to so many of us out here for so long. I might have more to say later; thanks for the update, Al.

  44. DadCooks says:

    This was Jerry’s last post 9/7/17:
    https://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/dreamers/

    I hope the reports of his passing are not true.

  45. RickH says:

    re: Jerry Pournelle:

    Yes, sorry to say, the reports are true, via a family member. His last three words on hist last post ( https://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/dreamers/ ) are prescient…

    Sad news.

  46. lynn says:

    RIP Jerry, you were one of the greats.

    And we lost Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry Band) and Don Williams today also.
    http://ew.com/music/2017/09/08/country-music-stars-react-troy-gentry-don-williams-deaths/

    These things reputedly comes in threes.

  47. lynn says:

    “Congress approves Trump’s aid and debt deal with Democrats”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fiscal/congress-approves-trumps-aid-and-debt-deal-with-democrats-idUSKCN1BJ1V5

    “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump signed a bill on Friday extending the government debt limit for three months and providing about $15 billion in hurricane-related aid, bringing his surprising deal with Democratic congressional leaders this week to completion.”

    “The bill, approved in a 316-90 vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, had drawn criticism from some conservative members of Congress. But the Senate passed it on Thursday and the Republican president signed it soon after arriving at Camp David, Maryland, for the weekend.”

    Wow, that was quick.

    And once again, Trump is smart and gets things done.

  48. H. Combs says:

    My company has a major office in Puerto Rico. They don’t think it can reopen before Christmas. Many key employees will leave the island permanently. The effect of long term power loss is an EMP scale disaster.

  49. lynn says:

    We apparently have a new Jack Russell Terrier today. Maybe a year old.

    The guy who came over with the chip detector told the wife that the dog is a Jack Russell Chihuahua mix. Very interesting colorization. I’m getting a bad feeling that we may have a new dog if he calms down. The wife thinks that he is cute.

  50. lynn says:

    Am I the only one just noticing that they moved the Irma cone from the east side of Florida to the Gulf side ?
    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/AT11/refresh/AL112017_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind+png/204937_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind.png

    Man, the Keys are going to get nailed hard.

  51. nick flandrey says:

    With Jerry Pournelle’s passing we lose another of the ‘grand old men’ of SF, a wealth of knowledge and experience, and the wisdom that is increasingly rare.

    I knew one day we’d get the notice, but was dreading the day.

    He’s left an enormous body of work, literally changing lives.

    I guess this is the last thing he’s doing so we don’t have to….

    n

    I’m glad he got one last con.

    n

  52. pcb_duffer says:

    PCB_Duffer is far enough away from Irma’s (projected) track to be safe; we’ll just have wind & rain from Sunday PM – Tuesday. But the rest of my various kinfolks are going to get hammered, and none were / are in position to get out. Beautiful Niece #1 is on the space coast, and fleeing here would take more than a tank full of fuel. She has no confidence in finding gas on the way, and didn’t want to get stuck without any shelter, so she’ll shelter inland as best she can. There are lots of reports of people simply parked in highway rest areas, because they have no more fuel and no better shelter is available. Her fiance can’t leave, he’s deputy chief of a city PD on the space coast.

    Beautiful Nieces # Last & Extra are sheltering in their modern, well built dorm in Gainesville. (Beautiful Niece # B recently moved to NYC. How fouled up is the world when New York is the least hazardous place?) And my sister on the First Coast can’t really get away either. Her father in law is 92, and they fear he wouldn’t survive the trip over here, which would promise to be very arduous. So she, hubby, his brother, and father in law will stay in the second floor condos they share.

    RIP Jerry P. Like a lot of us here, I’d been reading him since the BYTE days.

  53. Greg Norton says:

    Am I the only one just noticing that they moved the Irma cone from the east side of Florida to the Gulf side ?

    I grew up in Tampa so I noticed.

    In 40 years, I never saw a storm that failed to make that turn up the east coast … until today. The Bermuda high was just a little too strong this year.

    Tampa Bay is about to get hammered twice. Once by the storm and again by the fallout of almost 60 years of p*ss poor zoning decisions and building inspection lapses in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

    The Fox station in Tampa Bay has one of the most powerful privately-owned weather radars in the US. The images from their systems should be spectacular all weekend even if the storm doesn’t hit Tampa directly.

    http://www.fox13news.com/weather/skytower-radar

    RIP Dr. Pournelle. I dreaded this day.

  54. Greg Norton says:

    I was looking forward to the new Star Trek, but it’s turning into a SJW/Prog love fest. Maybe the producers won’t totally ruin it.

    I’ll reserve judgement until I see the show. CBS has a lot riding on the new series. Sure, they’re the network of Colbert, but his contract is 1/3 of money of the “Jimmys” IIRC.

    The much-publicized “Gay Mr. Sulu” scene in “Star Trek Beyond” ended up being very subtle after all the fuss in the press.

  55. Rolf Grunsky says:

    RIP Jerry Pournelle

    I read his columns in Byte right from the beginning. I also had read his fiction from “A Spaceship for the King” (I’m not quite sure of the title) in Analog in the early 70’s through to his anthologies. I think that his “There Will Be War” series is superb. I was delighted when the series came out as ebooks and even more delighted when he produced a new volume.

    He will be missed.

  56. Mr.K says:

    Sad news indeed re: Jerry Pournelle..
    I enjoyed his books and web site.
    Also my thoughts are with those in Irma’s path.

  57. Nightraker says:

    RIP Jerry P.

    It seems Lucifer’s Hammer’s name is Irma this weekend. Almost worse when you can see it coming. Almost.

    I particularly enjoyed Jerry’s forward to the Mel Tappan book and his firstest blog and the now obscure columns in the 70’s Survive! magazine. Had only 1 brief gentlemanly contact with him personally when I passed on a link to Norton Commander for W95. I’ll miss him.

  58. Gavin says:

    Goodbye Jerry.

    I’ve been reading his website since (I think) 1998, his books since long before that. And other websites that I found through his site, including yours, Robert.

    The good don’t only die young. The young just get more press.

  59. lynn says:

    I just ordered some stuff from Big River. I used the free shipping. The estimated delivery date is Oct 5 to Oct 26. At least it is 2017. So this is the problem with using centralized warehouses and delivery services when the delivery services are disrupted.

  60. Greg Norton says:

    I just ordered some stuff from Big River. I used the free shipping. The estimated delivery date is Oct 5 to Oct 26. At least it is 2017. So this is the problem with using centralized warehouses and delivery services when the delivery services are disrupted.

    I’ve noticed fulfillment and shipping times slowing down, but I’m a luddite who refuses to use Prime. I order from Amazon only when I can’t get it anywhere else or the price is too ridiculously low to ignore.

  61. ayj says:

    Rip Jerry

    reading since Byte

  62. DadCooks says:

    Am I the only one just noticing that they moved the Irma cone from the east side of Florida to the Gulf side ?

    Basically following my prediction from several days ago. The storms this year are not going to follow the “models” as the past data is too shallow and their is no accounting for “gut feeling” or common sense. Since weather is so unpredictable people need to be ultra-conservative, wait, is that even allowed these days. The butterfly effect is a real thing. The earth is in a constant state of trying to reach an equilibrium, too bad that fact is no longer known by the current generations.

    The people who stand to be the most surprised are those in the Florida Panhandle.

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