Thursday, 30 October 2014

10:44 – Work on the prepping book continues. I haven’t posted any draft chapters to the mailing list yet because I changed the way I’m doing things. Originally, I had 30+ chapters stubbed out and intended to post each of them as I finished the first draft.

That turned out to sub-optimal because of the way I write, which I should have realized in the first place. Having 30+ chapter documents active makes it too hard to keep track of what I’m doing and where. The book will actually comprise three major sections: The First 30 Days, The First Year, and Long Term. So I now have only three documents, one for each of those sections, and I can jump around in each as I think of things I want to include. So the upshot is that things are currently a complete mess, and certainly not ready for anyone to look at. But this is the way all of my books have been this early in the process, and I should have known that this one would be no different.

One thing I do need to do soon is run some of this draft material through Amazon’s CreateSpace formatter. If there are going to be problems with formatting, better I know now so that I can fix the problems early rather than waiting until the first draft is complete and having to reformat all of it.


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41 Responses to Thursday, 30 October 2014

  1. SteveB says:

    Bob, one suggestion I meant to express about where to find stable chlorine.

    Here in Upper Alabama, all the Lowe’s and Home Depots sell pool supplies. You can buy 25# well sealed containers of swimming pool pucks from them a lot cheaper than the pool supply places. They come in large re-sealable HDPE tubs (approx. 5 gal.) with rubber gaskets and positive latch lids. Most brands also include at least one bag of dessicant in the tub, as well.

    I know some people who just toss one of those pucks in their decorative (non-fish) garden ponds on a regular basis to keep algae growth down.

  2. SteveB says:

    Sorry, Florida. Upper and Lower Alabama take priority when creating a 51st state. At least our division has a political and financial reason.

    Yours is just based on Global Whatever Change. You can have spot #52. Or even better yet, we can just cede your floating island to Cuba and let you dock in Havana Harbor.

    “It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean,” South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard told the Sun-Sentinel.

  3. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Thanks. Yes, I already have those on my list. Actually, I think I’ll recommend granules rather than the pucks because they’re a lot more convenient for disinfecting smaller amounts of water.

  4. SteveB says:

    Used both when maintaining my brother’s pool.

    The difference is those bags of shock are a lot more expensive per pound, in a much higher concentration and much harder to keep dry and sealed once opened. Don’t keep them dry and you end up with an odd-shaped puck.

  5. jim` says:

    I have a bucket of sodium dichloro-s-triazentrione dihydrate 99% that I use instead of bleach when doing laundry. About 1 tsp seems about right, but I wonder how much chlorine it’s releasing? How much would I use for H2O disinfection?

  6. SteveB says:

    No idea, Jim`.

    That item is marketed as Bio-Guard Spot Kill for use in hot tubs and spas.

    I know the items we used for my brothers hot tub were a lot weaker than the ones for the pool because of the potential for damage to the fiberglass. At the same time, I’d be leery about drinking the stuff on a regular basis.

    Looking here is not very useful. They have too many “insufficient data” points for a definitive conclusion.

    You might try looking at the hazard warnings on a package of Bio-Guard.

  7. Ray Thompson says:

    I know some people who just toss one of those pucks in their decorative (non-fish) garden ponds on a regular basis to keep algae growth down.

    Having a pool I use the 3 inch tablets all the time, generally about a large bucket a year. Every so often I shock the pool by dumping in large amounts of unstabilized chlorine powder.

    I do indeed toss a tablet in the decorative pond every so often, generally when it starts turning green. Within a few days the green is gone.

  8. Ray Thompson says:

    I already have those on my list.

    The tablets are generally stabilized chlorine and will not dissipate as easily as the powder. In my experience dumping 5 bags into my 25K gallon pool in the evening and the unstabilized chlorine is mostly gone by the next day.

  9. SteveB says:

    In my experience dumping 5 bags into my 25K gallon pool in the evening and the unstabilized chlorine is mostly gone by the next day.

    Pretty much what we did. The pool supply place always said to shock then wait 18 hours minimum before drawing a water sample for ph balancing.

  10. SteveB says:

    Here’s something really progressive we could try here in America!

    Israel Prison Hosts Inmate Fashion Show

    Of course, ours being a politically correct country and all, we couldn’t just limit it to women’s prisons.

    while at first the residents of Sing Sing might resist, I’m sure they would take an interest once they realized they would be learning a marketable skill for use on the outside such as how to cut and tailor clothing so that the bulges of holsters and knife sheaths don’t show.

  11. OFD says:

    “…for use on the outside such as how to cut and tailor clothing so that the bulges of holsters and knife sheaths don’t show.”

    And there are already several companies who specialize in that sort of clothing anyway, advertised regularly in the NRA catalog and all the firearms magazines.

    On the subject of fashion shows? Here is a snippet from my youngest brother’s email yesterday; he’s worked for the same real estate insurance firm down in MA for over 20 years now, and is a cancer survivor; been through the whole mill with chemo, etc:

    “As for my company, they had their annual outing last week in Sturbridge….of course I blew it off as I’ve done for the past 9 years…to give you a glance into how far corporate America has been hijacked by political correctness, I am told that employees were divided into teams to assemble dresses from various materials, then nominate a male team captain to model the dress, put on make-up and a wig and do a Project Runway parody.”

    Even Mrs. OFD, who has voted Dem/Lib for many years now said this was sick. And an insult to both men and women.

  12. OFD says:

    I haven’t been able to see the whole vid yet, but I get the gist of it; a put-up job to get media attention and then line up all the yahoos on all sides of whatever issue/s they perceive in it. And then make a huge thing out of it, so now it’s “viral” on the net and screw paying attention to the previous media whore stuff like Ebola, ISIS, the economy purportedly recovering, the coming “elections,” and other manufactured claptrap. The imbecile nurse in Maine went for a bike ride with her alleged bf today and now *that’s* all over the net and media, including a snippet on the NPR nooz just now. Who cares?

    We’re being led around by our noses this way and that by master manipulators while the country is being dismantled and sold off.

  13. MrAtoz says:

    The vid is just like the celebutards baring their boobs for “free the nipple” campaign around NYC.

    Camille Paglia has a great article where she puts it in perspective (recommended reading):

    Wildly overblown claims about an epidemic of sexual assaults on American campuses are obscuring the true danger to young women, too often distracted by cellphones or iPods in public places: the ancient sex crime of abduction and murder. Despite hysterical propaganda about our “rape culture,” the majority of campus incidents being carelessly described as sexual assault are not felonious rape (involving force or drugs) but oafish hookup melodramas, arising from mixed signals and imprudence on both sides.

  14. MrAtoz says:

    Project Veritas has a video on voter fraud in NC. I’m thinking this is pretty much what libturds are doing nation wide. “You’re here illegally, but you have a voter registration card. You’re good to vote.” I mean, you tell a campaign manager directly to his face you’re here illegally and he tells you no problemo Senorita.

  15. SteveB says:

    But…but… MrAtoz, Fox Snooze just had a bit on how officials were going to be on the lookout for voter fraud, intent on catching people in the act…

    “Hey, you! You’re not allowed…$20…carry on…”

    Oh. My bad. Free enterprise at work. Never mind.

  16. SteveB says:

    “And there are already several companies who specialize in that sort of clothing anyway, advertised regularly in the NRA catalog and all the firearms magazines.”

    OFD, you know this, and I know this, but inner city gangbangers don’t shop there. They are more comfortable buying from one of their own.

  17. ech says:

    re: Ivermectin oral vs. Heartguard

    I checked with my daughter, who is a licensed vet tech. The oral stuff is fine for dogs or cats. It has a different dosage by mass for dogs, cats, and horses. You mix it with meat or the like for the dog or cat to eat. She used it in her training. It’s available from feed stores for animal use. (Vaccines are also available, but you need to be sure they have been properly stored – they are heat sensitive.)

  18. Lynn McGuire says:

    Me thinks that Lynn needs himself a Taurus model 94, a nine shot 22 LR revolver:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSponlZ9aL8

    Looks like a great varmint gun. Son says to carry a cane to go get the paper nowadays. May need one soon anyway.

    BTW, I am not an advocate of steel targets. Saw a man take a .45 through the ear last year when he was shooting at a steel target. The ricochet nicked him just a little but he sure did bleed a lot.

  19. SteveB says:

    BTW, I am not an advocate of steel targets.

    Sigh. I miss the old days.

    I used to use AOL disks to zero the sights on my A3-03s. Didn’t need a spotter scope to find how far off center that dark hole was on that nice shiny bright disk.

  20. OFD says:

    Re: voting: a joke now, no better illustrated than by the rampant fraud now being encouraged blatantly by the usual suspects and joked about by that POS occupying the WH currently. Not to mention the nearly 2/3 of registered voters who don’t bother anymore.

    Re: walking around in the city: If you’re an attractive female, don’t. Or least stick to relatively safe areas, carry some sort of defense, and make it quick. If you’re a male and you don’t look like me or Dr. Bob or some others here, ditto.

    Paglia is Hurricane Camille, and she has rocked for quite a long time now; didn’t know she was writing for Time, Inc. now. She teaches art/culture stuff in Philadelphia, last I knew anyway, and is an equal-opportunity offender.

  21. SteveF says:

    A guy was, I believe, hitting on me this afternoon as I was heading for my car. No problem about that — I just gave him an extremely skeptical look and he shrugged and went on his way when the elevator door opened — but I’m flabbergasted that someone spoke to me, let alone hit on me. My (lack of) expression and body language usually has everyone keeping their distance — aggressive beggars, rabid dogs, everyone.

  22. SteveB says:

    Maybe he was with Impractical Jokers. Those guys have no sense of self preservation. Were there any camera crews around?

  23. jim` says:

    OFD, got a link for Camille? Used to enjoy her column in Salon.

  24. Lynn McGuire says:

    BTW, what is the deal with the Russian planes (fighter jets and turboprop bombers) flying over Europe and the USA lately? Are we getting ready to fight WWIII?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2814350/RAF-jets-scramble-intercept-Russian-bombers-North-Sea.html
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/09/20/f-22-fighters-intercept-russian-military-planes-55-miles-off-alaska/

  25. SteveF says:

    SteveB, I suppose it’s possible, but it’s unlikely. We were riding an elevator down in a thousand-story parking garage. (I exaggerate, but it’s built into the side of a large hill. There’s a flight of stairs but I think it’s mostly a joke. I went up the stairs. Once.) There were about a thousand cameras in the garage, but none in the elevator car and we were the only two in it. Plus, I wasn’t offended and don’t think I was giving off any vibes suggesting I might be, beyond my usual predator and/or psychopath vibe. (My face usually has no expression unless I put one on, and my eyes are constantly scanning, except when I look at someone rather intently. I don’t see it myself, but I’ve been told repeatedly in the past few months that I’m very off-putting unless I make the effort not to be.)

  26. MrAtoz says:

    Plus, I wasn’t offended and don’t think I was giving off any vibes suggesting I might be, beyond my usual predator and/or psychopath vibe.

    Perhaps he was bedazzled by your beautiful baldness you sexy white beast.

  27. SteveF says:

    Putin’s got cancer. The military display is probably just a bit of pee-pee waving before it falls off.

    (Sure, the cancer is just a rumor at this point, and fiercely denied by the Kremlin … which means exactly nothing.)

  28. SteveF says:

    Mr Atoz: Heh.

    Bald: yes. Beautiful: probably not, not unless someone’s about twelve beers in.

    And, as I keep saying, I have enough Amerind ancestry to claim that as my race if I were so inclined, so I’m not “white”. Check your privilege, white man!

  29. SteveB says:

    You know, one of these days I will no longer be able to resist the urge to fill in those blanks on forms that ask your race with “Talladega 500”.

    I’ve already succumbed to answering “yes” to the sex question. They keep insisting that I have to go back and try again.

  30. MrAtoz says:

    I have enough Amerind ancestry to claim that as my race

    If a Tribe doesn’t claim you, you’s Whiter than White.

  31. OFD says:

    “OFD, got a link for Camille? Used to enjoy her column in Salon.”

    I used to enjoy her stuff in Salon, too, back before they went from Dem/Libtard straight on to Maoist imbecility. Their top tier of nabobs look back fondly, and frequently, to those golden halcyon daze of yesteryear in lovely SF, Babylon On The Bay, of hippies, Haight-Ashberry, and then on to the Serious Political Struggle with the Panthers, Huey Newton, and the late, unlamented Reverend Jim Jones.

    Anyway:

    http://time.com/author/camille-paglia/

  32. OFD says:

    “If a Tribe doesn’t claim you, you’s Whiter than White.”

    Pretty funny. We have Western Abenaki and Iroquois up around these pahts, and I swear I look more First Nations than many of them do. Quite a few have either the map of Ireland or the map of Scotland on their mugs. Yet there they are, holding pow-wows, dancing around, chanting, and claiming various things.

    Some of my paternal ancestors intermarried with Wampanoag bands in southeastern Maffachufetts and the Islands in the late 17th- and 18th-Centuries, most becoming Quakers.

  33. SteveB says:

    Wonder what the real estate prices are like right now in Fort Kent, Maine?

    Why is it that all we are seeing is Kaci and Ted?

    Why is the MSM not inundating us with soundbytes from the hundreds of neighbors who support her actions and want her to be moving freely amongst them?

    Will Kaci file a Federal discrimination suit against any shopkeeper who sees her coming and locks the door and puts up a closed sign?

    Only the Shadow knows…the MSM ain’t about to tell.

    I do hope the businesses in town, especially the hotels and restaurants are charging the “Rude Reporter” rate of 10 times last week’s prices. Show a local ID and get a 90% discount on your purchases.

  34. jim` says:

    Thanks, OFD, for the link to Paglia. Nice to see her back online again, however tersely.

  35. OFD says:

    Pretty funny comic there; I’ll have to bookmark them accordingly.

    And SteveB has some very annoying questions; why can’t he get with the program?

    Next-younger brother just sent me a snippet of what his oldest daughter is being taught in her third year of college down in MA. It makes one’s blood boil. As he rightly sez, they’re paying for a relentless and continuous assault on themselves, and Western civilization in general. It was bad enough when I was taking college classes and then going to grad school over twenty years ago; it’s now very overt and blatant.

    The prof basically tells them us evil white people (she’s a “privileged” middle-class white herself) that we should turn over all our property and then kill ourselves. Like one of them fembat “intellectual” celebs once said; white people are a cancer on the earth.

    So how ’bout it hon? You first.

  36. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Nowadays, I just ignore them. I remember probably 30 years ago encountering one at a party. She was going on about “dead white European males”. The conversation started badly when I asked her, “Male whats?” and then commented, “Oh, ‘males’ was your illiterate way of saying ‘men’.”

    I then pointed out that her so-called DWEMs had in fact invented and created pretty much everything that matters, and that if it had been up to her and those like her, she’d be starving in a cave and dying of old age at 23. Her mouth started opening and closing like a landed fish, but no more noise came out. I just walked away.

  37. Chuck W says:

    I sure would like to read Paglia’s articles again, but that site is one of many that lighten the saturation of the typeface to so light that it is nearly impossible to read on a page with white background. I sure wish I could override that crap. I use Firefox and select my own preferred typefaces and sizes, and even have the option “allow pages to choose their own typefaces” UNchecked, but still that 20% saturation appears, as do typefaces that are NOT among my choices.

    The Internet is no Libertarian playground. It’s a dictator’s paradise.

  38. OFD says:

    “I then pointed out that her so-called DWEMs had in fact invented and created pretty much everything that matters, and that if it had been up to her and those like her, she’d be starving in a cave and dying of old age at 23. ”

    I am seriously considering writing a letter with that as the main theme, and directed to first, my four nieces and my nephew, followed by our son and daughter. I’ll have to tone down my “extreme rightwing” rhetoric some, but I can manage. I’ll include the quote from the college prof and hammer it home that as soon as we Live White European Men give it up, turn over all our chit and then kill ourselves, the rest of the world will be back toot-sweet to the Neolithic, at best. Maybe not right away, actually, as our Asian brethren seem pretty dahn capable.

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