Sunday November 19, 2017

It was 32 degrees, windy, and partly sunny when I took Colin out at 7:30.

Just spoke with Bob’s nurse. He is not being very responsive to questions this morning but Brittany said he may be tired or just tired of being in there. I imagine it’s the latter. But medically speaking he is doing great. They continue to try to dial back the pump and he is on very little medication for pain.

I did not go down yesterday but stayed in Sparta to do things here and take a day off from the drive back and forth.

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19 Responses to Sunday November 19, 2017

  1. nick flandrey says:

    I know it’s hard but you have to take care of yourself too, or you won’t be able to take care of Bob.

    Thanks for the good news, and we all hope it continues.

    nick

  2. bgrigg says:

    All the best to you and Bob… I can only imagine how Bob feels right now. Frustrated and annoyed at being helpless, certainly!

    Like Nick says, you have to take care of yourself, for both of you!

  3. MrAtoz says:

    Hang in there Barbara, Bob will be his old self in no time at all.

  4. DadCooks says:

    I know that this is not of any real comfort Barbara, but Bob is acting normal for his condition which is very abnormal for Bob.

    Bob has seen himself as invincible and now he is finding out he is as a frail mortal as all the rest of us. Once he comes to terms with his condition, recovery, and future he will return to the tough ol’ Bob we have known. However he will have a greater appreciation for life and his limitations.

    I’m sure we’ll hear a “been there, done that” from OFD.

    That’s life. We came in naked and helpless and that is how we will go out. Most of us have spent the time in between doing our best and contributing to our community.

    Peace and hope to all.

  5. SteveF says:

    Bob has seen himself as invincible and now he is finding out he is as a frail mortal as all the rest of us. Once he comes to terms with his condition, recovery, and future

    Going against policy, I’m not joking here: I think that’s bullshit. If you “acknowledge your mortality” or “come to terms with your limitations”, you’ve set a limit on what you can do. Almost always this limit is far below what you actually can do.

    The better approach is to actually see what you can do. Sure, pay attention to physical pain, the quality of your work, and other appropriate measures, but see what you actually can do, not what some old wives’ tale or FDA-approved cross-population metric tells you what you can do.

  6. DadCooks says:

    @SteveF, I did not mean to sound as limiting as my words said. You are correct that you must always push yourself but you do need to admit that there are limits. And those limits change with time, some improve some decline. And it is YOU who determines those limits within the boundaries of moral values.

    I may be old and frail, and I know I have limitations. But I will fight with all my diminishing strength until the end. And I have never and will never accept the limitations that others may place on me. If I did I would not be here today.

  7. SteveF says:

    OK, poor phrasing makes more sense than meekly accepting the pronouncements of the all-wise witch doctors, Mr Never Walk Again.

    One of the limitations I’ve ignored is nowhere near as severe as yours, but along the same lines: I was told by several all-wise witch doctors, based on X-Rays and such, that my right knee would be totally locked up and need replacement by the time I was 30, on account of repeated injuries.* Without surgery there was no way I’d be able to walk by 35. Uh-huh. Here I am, more than 30 years past those evaluations and almost 20 years past “no way” and I’m mostly fine. My knee always hurts, but I can walk with minimal limp, lift weights, bicycle like a suicidal bike messenger, and run if I need to. My intent is to continue to ignore that prediction and advice.

    * Car accident, getting whacked in the knee several times, that sort of thing. Always the same friggin knee, on account of the universe hates me.

  8. nick flandrey says:

    And on that cheery note, let me share this bit of the surveillance state:

    https://securitytoday.com/Articles/2017/10/01/Minimize-Crime.aspx?p=1

    Note that this is current capability, DEPLOYED, and some info about where they want to go. Paging Matt Bracken…

    “The city of Hartford, Conn., first began expanding and upgrading its surveillance capabilities in 2013…

    The system steadily expanded as cameras were added to monitor City Hall, public parks and city streets…..

    In 2015, the Hartford Police Department established its Real-Time Crime Center and Data Intelligence Center. Made possible by state and federal grants and asset forfeiture,…

    “…the analysts are able to view video, as well as data feeds from the a gunshot detection system, 911 dispatch system and social media mining tools that monitor potentially violent or hostile events. The analysts use live information to assist officers with crimes in progress and recordings forensically, to solve crimes after the fact…”

    Additional cameras will continue to be rolled out in phases until the entire city is covered. The police department is also working with Vulcan Security to explore the possibility of installing vehicle-level surveillance using Axis F Series cameras, as well as integrating body cameras…

    With hundreds more cameras now in place, the police department can view video from nearly the entire city. The responsive system enables analysts to quickly pull up video and view images to assist officers, whether they need to read a vehicle’s license plate or track someone running down a street. In the future, city officials plan to give local business owners and community groups the opportunity to install Axis cameras at their facilities. Owners would then be able to view video online, while officers and analysts would have access to the video should an incident occur in the area.

    Cullen said. “Once the cameras are fully integrated there will be cameras on street corners to automatically track the escape route of a shooter, in addition to other possibilities.”

    …the city uses real-time analytics on cameras at public works buildings to detect objects left behind, potential threats, or to track theft.

    Most recently, Cullen and his team have started integrating a system called HawkEye Effect, which ties the VMS to the city’s existing Shot Spotter system. When acoustically detected gunshots are detected, HawkEye Effect takes the exact coordinates drives all positional cameras in the vicinity either to predefined escape routes or right onto the location where the shooting occurred.

    …O’Hare said. “That’s helpful when we need to get a fast license plate or catch a shooter walking down a street. Reactivity to me is the number one piece of the pie, and Milestone is the best at it.”

    Whether they need to track a stolen car or people out on the street, O’Hare said their hub has worked perfectly for them…

    The city is looking into a pilot program with Axis to roll out cameras to small businesses and community groups throughout the city. The city would subsidize the Axis cameras and enable Axis One Quick Access technology, which would allow the video from the cameras to be funneled back to the city’s servers and stripped of data and forensics.

    “It will empower local small businesses to be able to deploy cameras on their own networks,” Cullen said.

    This would also give the police department the ability to view video from these cameras should they receive a call about an event happening in the area or to help solve a crime that has occurred.”

    nick

    ADDED- given the prog agenda and modus operandi, how long will it take to go from “available” to “recommended” to “required” for your cameras to be connected to the big system?

  9. MrAtoz says:

    Going against policy, I’m not joking here: I think that’s bullshit.

    So, I *shouldn’t* Fife myself at the first sign of TEOTWAWKI? OK, I am joking. I’m Fifing myself the next time a some snowflake says tRump is going to blow up the world. Lock and load one round in the closest GlockenFifer!

  10. SteveF says:

    So, I *shouldn’t* Fife myself at the first sign of TEOTWAWKI?

    No, not at all. You were almost the victim of a typo. You’re supposed to file yourself. You know, manila folders and such. Or you can just give yourself a papercut at TEOTWAWKI and call it close enough.

  11. lynn says:

    “Amazon-opoly: Jeff Bezos May Be About To Control $53 Billion In Federal Government Spending”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-18/amazon-opoly-jeff-bezos-may-be-about-control-53-billion-federal-government-spending

    “According to media reports, USPS delivers Amazon packages for $2 per package — even though it costs USPS $3.46 per package to make these deliveries. And that’s before you get into the $200 million three years ago for 270,000 handheld scanners to process the packages or the $5 billion or more to replace USPS vehicles with ones better suited to carry Amazon’s packages.”

    Uh, not good. First class is subsidizing parcel service.

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

  12. SteveF says:

    Are there any very large businesses which don’t suck at the government teat?

    Free enterprise, my ass.

  13. nick flandrey says:

    Whenever two capitalists meet, they conspire to use the power of the government against a third….

    n

  14. Greg Norton says:

    Uh, not good. First class is subsidizing parcel service.

    USPS is already asking for a doubling of the First Class stamp cost.

    Parcel services are a temporary problem for Amazon. I believe Bezos’ end game is to have the Fresh fee covered by Food Stamps (or whatever the hell they call it today). That will be “game over” for a lot of supermarket chains, especially the unionized stores, and few other retailers will be able to compete with the “free” delivery of non-food items with the grocery order.

    Hopefully, the antitrust people step in before things go too far.

  15. lynn says:

    USPS is already asking for a doubling of the First Class stamp cost.

    This says only one cent, “The Post Office Wants to Raise the Price of Stamps”
    http://fortune.com/2017/05/10/post-office-stamps-price/

    Parcel services are a temporary problem for Amazon. I believe Bezos’ end game is to have the Fresh fee covered by Food Stamps (or whatever the hell they call it today). That will be “game over” for a lot of supermarket chains, especially the unionized stores, and few other retailers will be able to compete with the “free” delivery of non-food items with the grocery order.

    Walmart will be able to do that also.

  16. lynn says:

    “Killer and Cult Leader Charles Manson Dead at 83”
    https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Killer-Cult-Leader-Charles-Manson-Dies-409655795.html

    I doubt that he will be missed.

  17. nick flandrey says:

    Slightly before my time, but IIRC he got about 40 more years than his victims, which is about 39 years too much.

    n

  18. Miles_Teg says:

    You can thank the California Supreme Court for that…

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