Thursday, 21 September 2017

08:45 – It was 59F (5C) when I got up at 0615 to take Colin out. It was still dark, and he apparently decided it wasn’t time yet to go out. I was sitting in the den checking my email when he finally wandered in at 0630 and yawned.

I’m pretty much back to normal. The nausea disappeared yesterday by lunchtime, leaving me feeling a bit tired but nothing worse. I ate several small snacks through the day, but today I’ll be back to eating normally. I’ve also been trying to drink more to get myself rehydrated.

This is the last day of summer. Autumn arrives tomorrow at 1602 EDT, and we’re having the typical beautiful autumn weather. The leaves haven’t started to change much, but that’ll happen over the next couple of weeks. Peak color up here is generally in the first half of October.

Interesting article in the paper this morning. Some company does an overall natural disaster risk rating county-by-county for every county in the US, 3,000+ of them. Forsyth County, where we used to live, is rated as high risk, primarily due to the threat of wildfires. Alleghany County, where we now live, is rated as very low risk on all of the threats they consider. I was surprised that wildfires were not at least moderate risk here, but apparently not.

We’re back to work building science kits today. Things have started to slow down, but we’re still shipping quite a few kits. We always try to keep enough finished kits on hand to meet expected demand, but not so many that they end up sitting on the shelf just aging.

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41 Responses to Thursday, 21 September 2017

  1. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Speaking of FLASHLIGHTS, I just ordered a two-pack of these Anker LC40’s.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N6IHQZO

    I routinely keep one of the cheapie Chinese single-AA flashlights in my hoodie pocket, and they do a pretty good job for what they are. But they’re not nearly as bright as the Anker LC40 we have sitting on the foyer table, and Colin’s mostly black fur makes it very hard to see where he is when I take him out when it’s dark. So I grabbed the LC40 this morning, and it made a world of difference. It provides enough light that I could make him out (granted, dimly) out to 100 meters or so.

    When I bought our first LC40 back last December, it was $12.99 on Amazon. I checked the price this morning, and it was still $12.99 for one, but they had a two-pack for $16.99 so I went ahead and ordered one. You can never have too many FLASHLIGHTS.

    Frankly, I see no significant difference quality-wise between the Anker and our Streamlight and Sure Fire lights.

  2. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Which reminds me that I need to order more barrel clamps.

  3. SteveF says:

    Colin’s mostly black fur makes it very hard to see where he is when I take him out when it’s dark.

    Just get Colin a new collar with lots of glitter and dangly, sparkly things. You might not think it’s appropriate, but who are you to assume Colin’s gender?

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    I see no significant difference quality-wise between the Anker and our Streamlight and Sure Fire lights

    The difference is in the internals. Heat dissipation being one big issue. Boost circuits and current limiting being the other issue. Such items not done as well as other lights. Small differences but apparently costly to get it right. Without such protection the LED will suffer sooner.

    But with cheap lights just stash several of them and if one blows, so what. I still think you need one very reliable FLASHLIGHT in your arsenal. A light you know you can rely on for extended operation and knowing that it will work.

    And one other thing. Replace the alkaline batteries in all your FLASHLIGHTS with Lithium. The alkaline will leak, lithium will not. Sucks to go use a FLASHLIGHT and find it not working and the battery stuck inside. For reliability go with lithium.

    I am liking my Surface Laptop. Battery life seems much improved over the Surface Pro. Speed seems much better when processing pictures as that really pulled hard on the battery and the CPU. Always made the case warm and kept the fan on full, which you could hear in a quiet environment. Don’t seem to have as much heat generation on this Surface Laptop as I did on the Surface Pro.

    I rarely used the Surface Pro without the keyboard so going for a always attached keyboard seemed reasonable. The keyboard has illumination for working in dim light, has a nice touch for a slim keyboard. Downside is only one USB port (same as Surface Pro) which I guess is required to make the device thin. All my Surface Pro accessories (dock and display adapters) will work with this new device.

    Hopefully it will last longer than three years. I think on the Surface Pro I used the system battery so heavily when doing pictures that it just wore out faster. Current draw was probably at the max during those operations which would last as long as one hour. That would typically drain the battery to less than 50%. That was probably a lot of strain on the battery.

  5. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I use Eneloop rechargeables.

  6. Harold says:

    RE: Batteries
    I recently went through and updated my Bug-Out bags replacing all AA & AAA with Panasonic Eneloop long life rechargable cells. Next step is to put 18650 & 14500 lithium cells in the variety of FLASHLIGHTS that can use them.

  7. Ray Thompson says:

    I use Eneloop for my electronic flash. For flashlights I use lithium. Never have to worry about charging them and have a shelf life of 10 years. For a light in bug out bag or stashed in a vehicle I don’t want to be concerned about a light being charged. Even though Eneloop batteries have an extremely slow self discharge rate I still feel more comfortable with lithium.

  8. Harold says:

    My BOBs each have solar rechargers and lithium power banks so rechargables fit my plans. Your scenarios may vary.

  9. MrAtoz says:

    Next step is to put 18650 & 14500 lithium cells in the variety of FLASHLIGHTS that can use them.

    I love my 18650 based ZebraLights. They are powerful and last a long time on rechargeable 18650’s. I carry spares and Nitecore charger whenever I travel.

  10. lynn says:

    Just get Colin a new collar with lots of glitter and dangly, sparkly things. You might not think it’s appropriate, but who are you to assume Colin’s gender?

    Lady loves her bling. The wife washes her collar every month or so and then puts it back on her. Lady will stand there calmly while she fastens the collar and then shake it so she can hear the two tags strike each other. She cant hear us anymore but she can still hear the tags hitting each other.

  11. lynn says:

    I still think you need one very reliable FLASHLIGHT in your arsenal.

    I still think you need a dozen FLASHLIGHTs in your arsenal.

    FTFY.

    Isn’t there some prepper motto that says “one is none, two is one, four is two, etc, etc etc”. I carry two flashlights wherever I go in the vehicle, suitcase, dopp bag, etc. Cheap junk but they work. Huh, Navy seals.
    http://www.survivalbased.com/survival-blog/7186/two-is-one-and-one-is-none-the-art-of-redundancy/

    I’ve got 20 or 30 flashlights all over the place. Suitcase, vehicles, backpack, office desk, home desk, etc, etc, etc. My current favorite is the maglite 2AA LED:
    https://www.amazon.com/Maglite-2-Cell-Flashlight-Holster-Black/dp/B000HFBR1O/

  12. Harold says:

    Last night I needed to go out after dark and was rummaging in the kitchen “everything” drawer for a flashlight. Wife walked by, asked what I was doing, smiled, and simply turned me around. There, stuck to the fridge magnetically, were at least 4 flashlights. Four is none if you can’t remember where you stuck them.

    Note to self: I still need to find where I left my favorite YIFENG XML-T6 1000. I know I left it in the everything drawer. https://www.amazon.com/YIFENG-XML-T6-Tactical-Flashlight-Function/dp/B01J8B219O/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1506017899&sr=8-6&keywords=led+flashlights

  13. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I always have two flashlights on me. I used to carry three pistols: my .45 Colt CC 1911, a .45 Star PD for backup, and a .45 derringer in an ankle holster for last-ditch. That’s when I wasn’t carrying my .45 MAC-10, of course.

  14. Ray Thompson says:

    I still think you need one very reliable FLASHLIGHT in your arsenal.

    I still think you need a dozen FLASHLIGHTs in your arsenal.

    I stated ONE VERY RELIABLE FLASHLIGHT. I never made mention of the two or three dozen throw aways that you should also have in stock. I have lights stashed in all the rooms in the house, garage, mower shed and pool shed. Not great lights but usable.

    When I am walking around I have three flashlights. One is a pocket carry that is small, a couple of AA batteries to drive it. Next I have an AAA single cell that is about as small as you can get. Made by Peter Gransee who is no longer in business. Then I have a coin cell operated LED light on the keychain. If I am in a vehicle I have two additional lights, one by the passenger seat and one in the glove compartment. I also have a flashing red warning light in the center console.

  15. Harold says:

    Flashlight Envy?
    Sitting at my desk at work I have
    1) My very expensive keychain light that throws a wide beam, great for finding things I drop getting in / out of the car. It’s a very high end little light and I can’t remember why I paid almost $25 for it.
    2) In my desk drawer one of these Mini Q5 (5 pack from Amazon) filled with a 14500 battery
    3) On the strap of my Laptop carry bag another Mini Q5
    4) Inside my Laptop carry bag a combo flashlight / stun-gun (technically can’t have it in the building but you can’t tell by looking at it)

    In the car I have two medium quality lights, one in the glove box and one in the console and then in my BOB I have two more Mini Q5s and two solar rechargable lanterns. No shortage of light.

  16. lynn says:

    “Texas woman claims Hobby Lobby’s cotton stalks are racist, Facebook post goes viral”
    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/hobby-lobby-cotton-stems-facebook-controversy-race-12208543.php

    I am so astounded that I have no comment.

  17. Harold says:

    Don’t you understand? EVERYTHING is racist from plants to food to clothing or even your sexual orientation. Saw an article today that claimed straight Black men were the same as White and “unauthentically” black.

    I used to laugh at this nonsense but there are people, generaly college kids, who sincerely believe this. I can’t understand how.

  18. lynn says:

    Rush Limbaugh was talking today that some NFL players are demanding that the NFL honor “Racial Awareness Month’ in November or some drivel like that. That would finish me off for the NFL. I am already on the edge about players disrespecting the country.
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/09/21/nfl-players-want-to-do-something-that-will-drive-away-more-fans/

  19. Ray Thompson says:

    Texas woman claims Hobby Lobby’s cotton stalks are racist

    Someone looking for 15 minutes of fame. I hope Hobby Lobby told her to go pound sand and shop at Michael’s. Or she can go to The Bed Store where there is a display of white sheets on the beds. That might put her so far over the edge she will require EMS and a trip to the hospital. All at taxpayer expense of course.

    That would finish me off for the NFL

    I was finished with the NFL a long time ago. Only watch collegiate football. The NFL can go pound sand. Players and announcers turned me off. Players for their attitudes, announcers for their mindless talking.

    I do watch the Super Bowl. But I DVR the game so I can fast forward past the game and watch the commercials and halftime show. The only thing worth watching, or listening to.

  20. nick flandrey says:

    I was finished with the NFL a long time ago”

    yup, for me it came when the Greenbay guy got away with the late hit on McMahon which essentially ended his career. (after surgery, he played some more but never at the same level) League did nothing.

    Was done with AMA superbike when some rookie grandstanding caused an accident with Bubba Shoburt, who was so badly injured he had to relearn walking and talking. He never recovered a normal life. AMA did nothing to censure the rookie. (rookie was doing a burnout at the finish line after LOSING the race, Bubba was taking his victory lap and hit the stationary rookie.)

    Haven’t watched a sports ball event since, unless family had it on in the room.

    n

  21. Jim Lang says:

    Re: FLASHLIGHTS.

    I have one on my smarty-pants phone.

    And about a dozen giveaways I got from the last marathon I attended. They’re everywhere. But my experience has been that darkness is a better friend than light, so I tend to not use them unless I absolutely must. Some people think they’re helping by shining a light my way. In reality, they’re ruining my night vision and it takes me longer to get things done because of it.

    I like opening combination locks at night, using the side of my eye and the low ambient light available on all but the darkest nights. Makes my wife nuts.

  22. Jim Lang says:

    I’ll be attending a local high-school football game on Friday. I’m curious as to what the players will be doing during the national anthem. I suspect all will be standing. Patriotism runs strong around here.

    The NFL has a problem. The broadcasters are not helping them out at all. Their best play right now would be to stop giving those snot-nosed, over-privileged, under-utilized meat robots a stage.

  23. CowboySlim says:

    @Ray, OK enough of flashlights. Let’s return to a subject that we discussed a dozen or so years ago: MP3 players.

    I recently bought this speaker and really liked it:
    https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14445

    Having Bluetooth, I paired to my Android phone and played some music via my Sirius app on the phone. Really nice! Consequently, I am going to update from my previous generation Sandisk MP3 player to the latest with Bluetooth functionality:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LW2F237/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

    My daughter likes to use her iPhone with earbuds for music. If she wants, I will get her the music player with Bluetooth earbuds:
    https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Headphones-Wireless-Sports-Earphones/dp/B01M2CTKH4/ref=pd_bxgy_23_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01M2CTKH4&pd_rd_r=5CXXV31G7FH82X8GK6BE&pd_rd_w=zAj8T&pd_rd_wg=VFt91&psc=1&refRID=5CXXV31G7FH82X8GK6BE

    CowboySlim, the High Tech Redneck

  24. CowboySlim says:

    OH-OH, if having any of those three things above characterize me a racist, I will toss that which I bought and not order the others.

  25. Dave Hardy says:

    “I used to laugh at this nonsense but there are people, generaly college kids, who sincerely believe this. I can’t understand how.”

    They live in a different reality than Normals and they nicely fit three or four of the psychoanalytic models for being seriously fucked up. Most liberals are afflicted with these conditions and it’s really hard to hold a rational conversation with them because they get instantly upset and angry and shouting. It’s a direct confrontation and threat to their little bubble world.

    As it is, we have a couple in our vets group, and most of my wife’s family are in the same belief system; you can’t bring up anything at all political before somebody blows a gasket and goes ballistic. So I don’t. Waste of time. Wife is not totally gonzo with this crap; she’s worked in the trenches and has advocated “AK47 Therapy” for certain classes of people of which she knows far too much. But this is a person who voted for Larry Klinton twice, Obummer twice, and would have voted for Commissar Sanders if not prevented from doing so by that faction’s machinations via the Clinton Crime Family, so she and MIL and Princess all voted for Cankles.

    At that point you kinda throw up your hands and say fuck it; I’ll stay busy with my own chit and vote locally and never again nationally. If they’re happy getting all their intel and info via the MSM and FaceBerg, so be it. Just don’t come crying to me when it all blows up in their faces. And sooner than they think possible.

  26. lynn says:

    If they’re happy getting all their intel and info via the MSM and FaceBerg, so be it.

    Looks like ol’ Zuck is running for Pres in 2020:, “Mark Zuckerberg’s Fake News Problem Isn’t Going Away”
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-21/mark-zuckerberg-s-political-awakening

    Hmm, I wonder if I will believe ol’ Zuck or my lying eyes ?

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  27. lynn says:

    The NFL takes another hit.
    https://sports.yahoo.com/aaron-hernandez-cte-devastating-news-nfl-213810596.html?src=rss

    “There were 40 additional games at the college level, at the University of Florida. And then there is whatever he played at Bristol (Conn.) Central High School, where sources said that despite Hernandez being by far the biggest, strongest player in the state, they believed he suffered multiple concussions.”

    “This isn’t some old lineman from the 1970s. This isn’t a guy who played 16 seasons in the NFL.”

    “This is a young man who first showed signs of outrageous violence when he sucker punched a Gainesville bar manager, rupturing his eardrum, as a freshman with the Gators.”

    “He was 17 at the time.”

    I suspect every kid playing football in high school has had multiple concussions upon leaving high school. Or playing rugby. Or playing lacrosse. Maybe even soccer. Maybe even badminton. Ok, if you got a concussion playing badminton then you need a new partner.

  28. OFD says:

    I played football in high skool and took a few monster hits as an “end,” which in pro ball today would be a tight end or wide receiver. Ditto in a couple of games where they threw me in as the 3rd-string QB after the other two guys got stomped.

    I still remember one hit: I went up for the ball and kept my eyes on it, unlike a lot of these jerkoffs now who are looking to see where they’re gonna run next and miss the catch. Somebody hit me midsection like a freight train, leading with his helmet and I found myself on my hands and knees looking at the grass and everything was going black. It’s amazing I didn’t get my ribs smashed to pieces and also that I recovered after, say, the rest of the game had gone on. Still feeling hammered for days afterward, too.

    Also caught some nearby explosions during my time with Uncle for some odd reason. Part of my disability rating is for tinnitus.

    Speaking of disability, I was told today that I have degenerative spinal stenosis, and there ain’t a whole lot they can do about it. So I’ll be doing more PT, getting a spiffy XLT walker, a Guardian Alert gizmo for when I’m Home Alone most of the time and we don’t want wifey coming back to find a decomposing stiff being gnawed on by the dog and cats. I’m at 242 now so need to get down to 215 or so, what I weighed during my service time with the aforementioned Uncle.

    Apparently fairly common condition with lotsa peeps as they age; I told the resident doc “I’m only 64!” and he laughed. I was serious. WTF?

    I doubt I’ll be getting much use outta the walker, which is now on order for me. I can get by OK with the cane for short distances or hang onto a shopping cart at the store for short periods, you know, get in, get the stuff, and get out, no dilly-dallying or lollygagging. Using the Guardian Alert, which I can apparently use anywhere there’s a working cell tower, will summon whomever via 911. So that’s a Last Resort where I’m really in the chit.

    Who was it here who said getting old sucks? Yeah.

  29. MrAtoz says:

    Apparently fairly common condition with lotsa peeps as they age; I told the resident doc “I’m only 64!” and he laughed. I was serious. WTF?

    Like when I told the Airman/woman when I was at Nellis, “I’m not taking any prescriptions drugs.” She turned around with a WTF look on her face. Same with the doc. Lol! Next week I’ll probably be on a dozen.

    ATTENTION!

    Cankles will *still* never be President!

    ATTENTION!

  30. Ray Thompson says:

    Most liberals are afflicted with these conditions and it’s really hard to hold a rational conversation with them because they get instantly upset and angry and shouting.

    Like the conversation I attempted to have with a chap protesting the use of animal products. I noticed he was wearing a leather belt and leather shoes. I asked him if he believed that no animal products should be used by humans. His answer was a resounding yes. I then asked why he was wearing a leather belt and shoes made from animal hide, specifically beef cattle.

    His response was that was different. I asked how. He stated the animals were killed so why not use the product. I then pointed out that he had stated earlier that no animal products should be used by humans.

    His response to that was that I was uninformed and did not understand the issue. I asked what is the issue. He again stated that humans should not use animal products. I then asked again why he was using an animal product. He yelled something about me being stupid and not understanding the issue and stormed off.

    Any liberal that is protesting something is protesting other’s use, or denial of use, not theirs. They are special snowflakes you see. They are, for the most part, clueless idiots who have never really had to work for anything they have.

  31. Greg Norton says:

    I suspect every kid playing football in high school has had multiple concussions upon leaving high school.

    The story didn’t mention the other double homicide, in Gainesville in 2007. The police always suspected Hernandez but could never put together enough evidence for a grand jury.

    I have zero doubt that steroids were also a factor in the anger management problems.

    Plus, Gainesville is a pressure cooker for both players and any coach not named Spurrier.

  32. OFD says:

    I’m currently on a BP med (Chlorthalidone), a potassium supplement and Gabapentin. I sometimes add a few hits of Aleve if my back and legs are seriously hurting and I need to sleep.

    “Cankles will *still* never be President!”

    That is correct: the fugly warmongering chiseling lying thieving bloodthirsty diabolical narcissist will never be the National Administrator and get us into World War IV.

    But tRump and his generals are making me a little nervous; is he just playing everybody or are they playing him?

  33. OFD says:

    “His response to that was that I was uninformed and did not understand the issue.”

    Yeah, they REALLY hate being called out on obvious facts, drives them batshit crazy with rage. Mockery and sarcasm are also useful tools for dealing with them and kids really grok that, too.

  34. OFD says:

    WRT Cankles, from the “right:”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyMhpReL_F4

    Good for an early morning or late-night laff or two…

  35. Denis says:

    “these Anker LC40’s.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N6IHQZO

    Thanks for the TORCH tip. I just bought two pair of those, as the international shipping was surprisingly inexpensive. I hope I don’t get a rude awakening after customs, though… Oddly, I find that packages from the USA almost invariably get opened, but those from China almost never do. Perhaps something to do with the expected value, depending on source.

    Glad to see you make Big River smile by siphoning funds to the NRA! So do I…

  36. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “Glad to see you make Big River smile by siphoning funds to the NRA! So do I…”

    Yeah, I’ve had the NRA as my non-profit of choice since Amazon instituted the program. But how did you know that?

  37. Ray Thompson says:

    fugly warmongering chiseling lying thieving bloodthirsty diabolical narcissist

    There, there Mr. OFD. Quit pointing out Cankles good points. You are such an optimist.

  38. Miles_Teg says:

    Who’s more evil, Bill or Hillary?

  39. OFD says:

    Depends on how you define evil, I think. For personal evil and rottenness, I suggest that Larry is. For evil effects on the most people, i.e., civil wars and wars and terrorism in the Middle East from Libya to Syria, hands-down, Cankles. And she’s the more sociopathic of the two, by far.

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