Thursday, 5 May 2016

09:17 – It’s pretty miserable out this morning. Damp with a fine mist in the air, winds of 15 MPH (24 KPH) gusting higher, and temperature in the upper 30’s (~3C), with a wind chill below freezing. It’s a good day to stay in.

I think we need to replace the in-line cartridge water filter for our well water. We’ve lived here five months as of today, and haven’t touched it. Barbara and I have both noticed that our water flow rate seems lower. I just called a plumber to schedule a visit for this afternoon. I want him to show me how to replace the filter and tell me what else needs to be done routinely to maintain our water system. Neither Barbara nor I has ever lived anywhere that didn’t have municipal water, so we need to find out what we need to do.

We started re-watching Deadwood last night. I think it’s been ten years since we watched, and about all we remember is some of the main characters. Like most HBO series, this one features lots of good dresses. It’s also well-written, which makes a striking contrast with Chicago Fire. That started out as a mediocre soap opera and keeps getting worse. With very few exceptions, on-air network series succeed by pandering to the low tastes of the American public.



98 thoughts on “Thursday, 5 May 2016”

  1. features lots of good dresses

    Costume designer, makeup artist, plastic surgeon – they’re all the same thing, right?

  2. Gorgeous day here. Currently 70F with 66%RH, clear blue skies and a gentle breeze.

    Yesterday was gorgeous too.

    I have a large cartridge filter in my refrigerator water line. We get almost all of our drinking and cooking water from the dispenser on the fridge. It has a super handy measuring function that we use all the time. I put the big cartridge in that line because the little cart in the fridge itself is kinda pricey. The big filter is very cheap for it’s capacity. I still use the cart in the fridge but they last 4-6 times longer this way. I know when to change it when the rate gets slow.

    Normal rate with fresh filters is 1 oz / sec. When it gets to half that, I change the fridge cart. (it’s a better filter than the big one. I let the big one catch most of the junk, but the little one gets the rest.)

    Time your normal rate, and write it on the filter cart. Write your install date too. Keep at least one extra filter on hand. If looking for a new filter, get one that is common in your area, ie both big box stores stock it. That way, you’ve got a better chance of it still being available in 4 years when you need more….

    nick

  3. I just checked. We have a Culligan HF-360 whole-house filter. Amazon sells branded replacement filters for about $8 per two-pack. The picture of the package says they’re good for 8,000 gallons and two months, give or take.

    Given that the filter in there has been going for 5 months since we moved in and an unknown period before that, I’d say it’s time for a replacement.

  4. If you pay attention, you should be able to notice the change in quality and flow rate.

    I suspect the ratings are conservative, and encourage early replacement of the media. At only $8, they seem pretty cheap. There may be an upgraded filter medium available with either longer life or better specs….

    ADDED or you may want to add additional point of use filtering in the kitchen for drinking….

    nick

  5. Any food made with water tastes better when the chlorine is removed….

    n

  6. Barbara likes the taste of our well water. There’s city water available out at the road, but from what everyone has said it tastes terrible.

  7. Our house has the RO under the kitchen sink feed water to the freezer. There’s a “plug” where he fridge filter cartridge would go. The RO membrane lasts about two years and the other filters a little less than a year.

  8. Watch out Mr. OFD, the SSA is on the verge of reporting you to the IRS. A double whammy for jeeeewwwww.

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) is proposing to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI’s background check system.

    The proposal, which stems from a memorandum that President Obama issued in 2013, would essentially block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns.

    Gooberment involvement in our lives never ends.

  9. “Watch out Mr. OFD, the SSA is on the verge of reporting you to the IRS. A double whammy for jeeeewwwww.”

    I don’t get disability payments from anywhere, least of all the SS. I have a pending claim with the VA, however. The reporting supposedly is only done concerning “disabled” people who have Someone Else take care of their financial matters, because they allegedly can’t handle it themselves. If anything, I am the effing point man here on financial matters, bill paying and the taxes.

    I guess the bureaucratic gun grabber theory is that if someone can’t deal with paying their bills, they must also be too effed up to own guns. Which is obviously bullshit. As it is now (and has been for a long time) physically impossible for the gummint to confiscate our firearms, they’re trying everything else they can think of to further gut 2A and our rights as citizens.

    Mostly brightly overcast today; I’m skipping the vets group again–still got a sore back and some cleanup ops to do around here before Mrs. OFD gets home from NH.

    And the well wotta situation here also needs to be researched and dealt with; I’ve got the nomenclature identified but can’t seem to find the depth info on it, although I vaguely remember seeing three years ago that it’s about 145 feet? I made a half-ass attempt to find out for sure but haven’t got anywhere with that. I guess I’d put a portable dual-fuel gen down in the cellar to hook up to the pump, but we’re also looking at tankless water heaters, and I’m not clear on what else I gotta do down there.

    That issue and the door/window security are my two biggest concerns right now.

  10. My only contribution for today, so far, is ball valves. I have become a big evangelist for ball valves in any use that does not require throttling of flow. I absolutely hate leaks at the valve stems and a ball valve virtually eliminates that aggravation. Also no question whether the valve is open or closed (from my Navy training on valves, you always check shut).

    @RBT – I also have to agree with @nick that $8/cartridge seems pretty cheap. They could be good, but I would definitely do some more research and tests, which should be right up your alley.

    Thunderstorm last night but only 0.033-inches of rain. Some light wind (for around here) around 10 mph N to NNE, not our normal SE so temp in 62°F and mostly cloudy.

    Waiting for UPS to deliver parts for our 20+ year old Kenmore Elite Washer; door seal, tub seals, and filter seal. Leaks recently went from drops per load to 2 bath towels soaked per load. We know that both the washer and dryer have far exceeded their expected life, but new ones have been ruined with all the eco-weenie regulations. I just want to wash clothes, not save us from climate change.

  11. “I just want to wash clothes, not save us from climate change.”

    Yet another micro-aggression here, folks. Hater.

  12. Evac’ing the elementary school that is a block away.

    “live ammo” in the fire.

    n

  13. facility repackages fuel additives, cleaning fluids, etc. BIG fireballs!

    n

  14. “Evac’ing the elementary school that is a block away.”

    Wow, that’s a lotta thick black smoke flowing over the AO. If I lived near that ‘hood, I would, in fact, grab my chit and go. Damn.

    We don’t got nuttin’ like dat around here and no choppers with vidcams and web connections to catch all the action. Biggest threat like that might be a freight train derailment about 3-4 miles from the village. Or maybe the gas tanks at the Shell station on the corner blow up, in which case, yes, again, I’d grab our chit and go. We have cousins or MIL’s place within 30 miles and/or plenty of hotels/motels we could stay for a few days.

    Where did you see the bit about live ammo?

  15. There is a gun store in the little complex, and the talking heads were warning about the live ammo.

    n

  16. A neighbor told the tv that the fire started in a backyard car repair business that had a car catch on fire, then that spread to the warehouse/repacking facility.

    n

  17. no zoning in houston, lots of backyard businesses mixed into neighborhoods.

    n

  18. my radios are mostly quiet. I REALLY need to update my programming.

    Gonna move that up the priority list.

    Starting to smell smoke even here inside.

    n

  19. Pistol ammo in a fire isn’t terribly dangerous. The rounds will go off, but the bullets don’t move fast or go far. I’m not sure about rifle ammo.

    Not that I’d expect talking (empty) heads to know that. Or care.

  20. That looks pretty bad, but nothing like what’s going on in Fort McMurray in Alberta. I can’t imagine evacuating a town of 88,000 people that’s in the middle of nowhere.

  21. Not that I’d expect talking (empty) heads to know that. Or care.

    They can go fuck themselves.

  22. “no zoning in houston, lots of backyard businesses mixed into neighborhoods.”

    Gee whiz, sounds…almost like….Turd World….a Brazilian favela?

    Another reason to GTFO of urban stewpots.

    “my radios are mostly quiet. I REALLY need to update my programming.”

    Ditto here, but for other reasons: one-one-hundredth or less the pop, not much going on, and we live in a brick house on a big lake shore. I still need to update my stuff, so thanks for the reminder.

    “Not that I’d expect talking (empty) heads to know that. Or care.”

    Yet another item that requires the services of a bile specialist over the years; you’d think that if firearms and 2A was such a big whooping concern for the MSM and bureaucrats and cops, they’d at LEAST educate themselves on the nomenclatures and safety stuff. But nope. They’re content to bloviate and talk shit without knowing a fucking thing about any of it, and enact laws and ordinances based on their utter ignorance and negligence.

  23. It’s not just guns, they are f’ing clueless about traffic laws and they ALL drive. Every storm they go on and on about stop lights out, and sometimes even remind people to treat them as a 4 way stop, but NOT ONCE in years of coverage have any of them described what that means. NOT ONCE- because they don’t know either.

    Never give any USABLE info, just the next shiny thing to distract.

    n

  24. Years ago when I was living in San Antonio my wife asked me to kiss her where it’s warm, moist and smells bad. So I said let’s get in the car. She asked why. I said we’re going to Houston.

  25. Today it is beautiful and smells like a crisp fall day.

    Chamber of Commerce weather.

    n

  26. I think we need to replace the in-line cartridge water filter for our well water. We’ve lived here five months as of today, and haven’t touched it. Barbara and I have both noticed that our water flow rate seems lower.

    I do not have a filter on my water well. But then again, I tell people not to drink the water. We use Ozarka for coffee and drinking water around anyway. One of these days I may be forced into declaring myself a MUD (municipal utility district) and doing all sorts of crazy things. One requirement is buying a generator and having a week’s fuel on site. Another is having an independent lab run monthly tests on the water.

    Wow, I’ll bet that we go through 8,000 gallons of water a day around here. Five toilets, three showers, innumerable outside faucets, etc. It seems that the landscaper tenant and his 15 guys wash everything in sight every day. He has strong rules about putting equipment up dirty.

  27. “…where it’s warm, moist and smells bad.”

    Which applies to just about most cities over 25k pop. And some under that number; we remember one-industry towns sporting paper and textile mills, for example. When I was a high skool student, the Sudbury River flowed down in the woods behind said high skool and behind and below the Roxbury Carpet Company in Saxonville, MA, a little ville inside Framingham. The water was various colors of the rainbow and in its depths one could see rusting shopping carts, rusted out car hulks, and tires, too. This is a river that flows and connects with the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, written about by Thoreau back in the day. I assume it’s all cleaned up now, but next time I’m down there, I’ll make a point of checking it out.

  28. We know that both the washer and dryer have far exceeded their expected life, but new ones have been ruined with all the eco-weenie regulations. I just want to wash clothes, not save us from climate change.

    We love our LG 5680 top loader with the clear glass lid that I bought in Dec 2014. If you look around, you can find it on sale for $850 or so.
    http://www.amazon.com/LG-WT5680HWA-TurboWash-White-Washer/dp/B00EE85HWK/

    Here is my review:
    “I can tell that I am easily entertained. We got the new clothes washer today, an LG WT5680HWA top loader, from Lowes. It has a glass lid and you can see everything going on inside. It is like a TV with only one channel. Mesmerizing!”

    “And it is blessedly quiet! The old whirlpool cabrio washer water valves were screaming like a banshee. And the tub bottom bearing was going out and seemingly causing the entire house to vibrate in sympathy. All in all, not worth fixing in my opinion.”

    “The delivery guy told my wife that people are swapping their front loaders for top loaders due to the constant mildew problems with the front loaders.”

    “The LG does require the new HE detergent and prefers liquid. So I bought two gallons jugs of Cheer HE liquid over at HEB for $8 each tonight.”

    @RBT bought a Whirlpool ??? washer and is happy with his also.

  29. The lack of zoning in Houston is only a problem in a few areas. In most of the city we have deed restrictions that are even more nitpicky. I can’t paint my house (even the same color and brand of paint as is on it now) or do other outside changes without approval from the HOA. Can’t operate a business from here. (OGH would be SOL.) A friend that is an urban planning expert in CA says that a land use map of Houston looks as if it was completely planned by the government. Clusters of shopping and apartments on freeways and major streets. Industry in clusters, lots of parks, etc.

    And the air here is much, much better – but that is true of the whole US.

  30. “The firm also reiterated that the free upgrade will expire on July 29, dashing hopes that the offer would be extended.””

    Oh no!!! My hopes have been dashed! Oh whatever will I do now??? So what does that mean, they’ll be charging for the upgrade after that? LOL. I sure will sign up for that.

    As regards zoning, I gotta look into that for our village here, and also whatever stuff about building permits, as we wanna put in some fencing, a deck and a tool/outdoor equipment shed. I probably won’t mention the other improvements like the trip wire, flares, and land mines.

  31. @ech,

    I’d say it’s only a problem on the micro level. On macro, it tends to sort itself.

    On micro, when a neighbor opens an icehouse, or a thrift store, or an auto repair business, there’s not much you can do about it.

    I own a house in an inner loop neighborhood, and all those things happened.

    I live in a deed restricted community, which has almost no rules by today’s standards. Our CC&Rs are over 40 years old and reasonable, which is the only reason I agreed to buy here. Even though that’s true, I still get hassled by our HOA for things that AREN’T in the covenants, because I have a neighbor that keeps reporting me. When I respond, they threaten to take my house. That is where their escalation will always end up. I’d rather have zoning with all its flaws than be beholden to every busybody and bitter old fart in the neighborhood. “You don’t like my antennas? F*CK YOU there is nothing in the restrictions that says I can’t. You don’t like my boat in my driveway? Again, F*CK YOU, it’s legal.” “You don’t like the “clutter” in my driveway, F*CK YOU, there is nothing that says I can’t have “clutter.”

    There are real issues with HOAs because they are government that is outside of the representative process. And you can’t just vote with your feet in many places, like Irvine CA. There isn’t any alternative if everything was developed from a greenfield. Since modern development happens that way, it’s becoming more and more difficult to avoid restrictive covenants.

    Ham radio has had to make a federal case out of it, and seek congressional involvement.

    I don’t know how it’s even legal but there is a deed restricted community north of Westpark just outside the Beltway that is deeded a “Gun free zone.” There are signs on the streets as you pass thru.

    Deed restrictions work to counter balance the lack of zoning, but their extrajudicial nature is a hazard too.

    nick

  32. “F*CK YOU”

    I’m sorry, Mr. nick; you evidently did not get the memo. The new and approved F-bomb is “Go fuck yourself.”

    Please make a note of that and operate accordingly.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

  33. Regarding the McMurray fire:

    The original evacuation centres are now also threatened. It looks like most will now be going to Edmonton which is about 400 km south west of Fort McMurray. What is really remarkable is how trouble free the evacuation has been.

    This is a very spectacular fire.

  34. “What is really remarkable is how trouble free the evacuation has been.”

    Because Canadians.

    Try that same op down here.

  35. WRT F bombs, I try to limit the actual bombs here, so as not to trigger any nanny filters, or other negative consequences for our host….

    There is too much good info here to have the site blacklisted.

    That said, “noted!” I’ll keep it in mind for the next nastygram I get from the HOA.

    nick

  36. WRT fires-

    Think about today’s fire in a grid down scenario. Would it have spread to the whole block? Jumped the road? Gotten up in the trees? Then what?

    And Calgary is having their SHTF. Right now. On top of a financial Armageddon.

    nick

  37. @lynn, thanks for the information on the LG top loader. However as we have been going around kicking the tires on washing machines we are finding that my short wife cannot reach the bottom of the tub and if she stands on a step stool she about tumbles into the tub. I like the LG’s direct drive motor and its easily accessible cleanout.

    We have gotten used to the routine cleaning a front loader requires so that is not an issue for us. For someone who is not used to running a “cleaning” cycle and mucking out the door seal they will surprised at how much work it requires to keep the funk out. This is a solvable engineering problem that the manufactures have been avoiding since the beginning.

  38. Just found this in my spam folder:

    The Houston Fire Department has lifted the Shelter-in-Place issued earlier today as the result of an industrial fire located at 1700 Laverne Street.

    Residents who were previously sheltered in place can now leave their safe rooms. [ha,ha, ha ha ha ha ha. Safe rooms, *wipes eyes*]

    Residents are urged to keep watching houstontx.gov/emergency for updates to this situation.

    Residents should STILL CONTINUE TO avoid the area until further notice AS EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ARE STILL ON THE SCENE

  39. “Residents who were previously sheltered in place can now leave their safe rooms. [ha,ha, ha ha ha ha ha. Safe rooms, *wipes eyes*]”

    Was this email from the FD or the city? They actually think everybody has a friggin’ “safe room?”

    I’ll tell ya what our safe room is: the entire friggin’ house. OK, maybe the attic. One window out for escape purposes and we can close and lock the two second-floor doors (replace with with steel doors and frames and deadbolts) and also close the hatch door at the top of the attic stairs, lock that, and pile weights on it. Your typical home invasion goblins would have a hell of a time getting up through all that; a disciplined fire team with heavy weapons not so much. I guess they could fire or gas the house and then when we finally hadda bail out the one window, they could just pick us off. So that’s why the whole house “safe room.” We’ll go out in a ………wait for it……blaze of glory. And whoever kills us can go fuck themselves.

  40. we are finding that my short wife cannot reach the bottom of the tub and if she stands on a step stool she about tumbles into the tub

    Hmm. My wife is barely 5′ tall. Hmm…

    Thanks for the life improvement suggestion!

  41. On my way to the generator service place to hopefully drop off my new/used gennie and get it checked out.

    anyone need an electronic pipet? I have about 50 that I’ll be selling soon. Courtesy to the trade.

    nick

    Some like this

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rainin-Electronic-Pipette-EDP3-Plus-2-20-L-/121879159123?hash=item1c60906153:g:eUIAAOSwX~dWq2wb

    various capacity

    some like this
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rainin-DIGITAL-Pipet-25UL/361205599311?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D36462%26meid%3D9783c0eda5be4e3395fcb365e4103414%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D301926582873

    also various capacity.

    I guess I’ll be set to produce vaccine during the zombie apocalypse…

  42. “Was the city office of emergency management.”

    LOL. I bet they also think every household has taken the Fed’s and Red Cross’s advice and suggestions for SHTF scenarios to haht and made the necessary improvements and adjustments, all prepping supplies and gear in place.

    “Thanks for the life improvement suggestion!”

    Make sure there’s plenty of wotta in it and then just “accidentally” drop the plugged-in hair dryer or shaver into it after the tumble. Saw that once in a movie. Or maybe a couple of movies. Could that actually do somebody or could they jump out in time? Enquiring minds wanna know….

  43. “I guess I’ll be set to produce vaccine during the zombie apocalypse…”

    You and Witch Doctor Reverend RBT.

  44. But seriously, I’m restricting my plans to easy stuff like synthetic antibiotics, insulin, antidepressants, anesthetics, etc.

  45. I’ll tell ya what our safe room is: the entire friggin’ house. OK, maybe the attic.

    Are there dormers in the attic that would afford you an escape route? There are stories from hurricanes Betsy and Katrina about people who climbed up into their attics to escape the rising waters; some of them had axes to chop their way out, others had to bash their way out using whatever was handy. In short: REMEMBER TO BRING AN AXE!!!

    Could that actually do somebody or could they jump out in time? Enquiring minds wanna know….

    Confirmed

  46. Oh, and morphine/codeine, n-butanol (a drop-in replacement for high-octane gasoline), etc. Trouble is, I’m a chemist, not a chemical engineer, and lab-scale production is very different from larger batches. I could make up 10, 100, or 1,000 grams of something, but scaling that up very far really needs a ChemE.

  47. “Plastic Sheet and duct tape: Instant Safe Room (TM)”

    I’d do that on the master BR, where the door to the attic stairs/attic is, and then again in the attic itself. (assuming imminent need for such and enough lead time).

    “In short: REMEMBER TO BRING AN AXE!!!”

    Good advice. I have small axes in a couple of the go-bags and one in my vehicle. Another in the attic would be good, and in the basement, plus good strong pry bars.

    “Confirmed”

    I figured as much. Seemed logical, and thanks to them guys, now we know for sure.

  48. That Houston fire was a joke for a hazardous material facility. How you can deal with any quantity of that kind of material and not have a high efficiency fire suppression system is crazy. Liability alone makes you do it. And now the clean up.

  49. “Plastic Sheet and duct tape: Instant Safe Room (TM)”

    I recall hearing that the LGBTXYZ community uses a lot of that, oh wait, maybe it’s saran wrap.

  50. I recall hearing that the LGBTXYZ community uses a lot of that, oh wait, maybe it’s saran wrap.

    lol! Cankles buys those industrial size rolls for Huma.

  51. @lynn, thanks for the information on the LG top loader. However as we have been going around kicking the tires on washing machines we are finding that my short wife cannot reach the bottom of the tub and if she stands on a step stool she about tumbles into the tub. I like the LG’s direct drive motor and its easily accessible cleanout.

    That LG has definitely got a deep tub. My wife who is 5’4″ on a good day can barely reach it. But, she has an emergency washer stuff grabber (me). Just kidding, she has a grabber thingamadoodle:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Carex-26-E-Z-Grabber-Reaching-Aid/10105203

  52. I have a small techie/geek question:

    Is it possible (and I’ve googled and duckduckgo’ed to no avail thus fah) to save various apps to an iPhone sd card and if so, what is the procedure or app for that? Can’t find anything on the current iTunes app store but apparently five years ago there was something called “app 2 sd” now gone into a black hole. The idea would be to save various apps to various sd cards and slide them in and out as needed, for which there is beaucoups info on Droids but zip for iPhones.

  53. iPhone don’t use no sd card, Señor. Unless you’re talking about the “camera connector”.

  54. Oh, OK. Now I feel like a dummy. I should dummy up now and STFU about any tech issues. Geez. No wonduh there ain’t no stuff on the net about the iPhone SD cards. But then…how come they had a “app 2 sd” app available five or six years ago??? (according to John Rawles over at his survival blog site back then).

    Wife home now and still coughing her lungs out. Should be OK with more meds and sleep and breathing the pure oxygen up here. We gotta drop off the Princess cah in Moh-ree-all tomorrow after all, whatever. Long as I don’t gotta stand or walk anywhere for more then ten minutes. I took shitloads of Vitamin C and my chest cough thing is just about gone. That did more for me than the OTC pills.

    Now putting Winblows 7 Ultimate on a former Mint Thinkpad for wife so she has a backup laptop; the previous Windows 7 netbook gave her the BSOD. I will probably pull the drive and throw an SSD in it and install yet another Linux distro at some point, no rush.

  55. there is a deed restricted community north of Westpark just outside the Beltway that is deeded a “Gun free zone.”

    I’d be sorely tempted to add a sign below those that read “Printing Press Free Zone”.

    You and Witch Doctor Reverend RBT.

    A classic from a genius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HSbTO7rgzU

  56. there is a deed restricted community north of Westpark just outside the Beltway that is deeded a “Gun free zone.”

    First, you cannot give XXXX sign away your constitutional rights. Second, I’ll bet that every other house in that neighborhood has at least one gun. Maybe four.

  57. The Left and its minions have zero shortage of chutpah and get away with it, mostly. So why not?

    Just finished a book on Byzantium that was recommended by Mr. SteveF not too long ago; one of the striking things about that history is the way they repeatedly kow-towed to the musloid hordes and sucked up to them, DESPITE knowing and/or experiencing horrific acts of war and atrocities in their previous history. And the only thing that ever stopped the fuckers? Massive and overwhelming military force done correctly and stuff like Greek Fire. So they’d be stopped, the Byzantines would relax and figure they were now all set, and as soon as they let their guard down and stopped paying attention, the hadjis were BACK. Relentless and RUTHLESS. They never completely stop and they never give up.

    Here it is a thousand years later and there are a BILLION of them. More than a billion now, actually. I view them as a demonic force and spawn of the Devil, but me and Ann Barnhardt and at least one atheist here all agree: they ought to be fought at every turn and preferably wiped off the face of the earth forever.

    The Left in the West never gave up, either, and they won. They’ve now got our government, schools and colleges, media, and large sectors of the corporate world, especially among boards and higher-level management, plus the matriarchies, of course. They intend to let the barbarians inside, expecting to be rewarded for their service, when in fact they’ll be among the first beheaded.

  58. Geez. No wonduh there ain’t no stuff on the net about the iPhone SD cards

    The camera connector lets you load photos from a sd. Probably a jailbreak hack for apps. Now you just hold the app down and delete it. When you want it again, just download from the app store again.

  59. Tx for dem tips, MrAtoz.

    Got a bunch of prepper-type apps on there now. Ditto the Kindle Fire. And soon, the Libertas tablet, available occasionally from the Combat Studies Group site.

  60. First, you cannot give XXXX sign away your constitutional rights.

    Not sure about that. Companies are able to prevent you from entering their property with weapons, hand out leaflets, etc. The Feds can prevent you from entering their property with a gun, even if you have a carry permit or even if you are a LEO.

    Private contracts can modify your rights, and a deed restriction is a private contract.

  61. “there is a deed restricted community north of Westpark just outside the Beltway that is deeded a “Gun free zone.”

    Reminds me of driving through a Melbourne suburb that had signs “Nuclear Free Zone”, which really made no sense at all.

  62. And we take away rights every time we imprison someone for breaking the law.

    Rights can be given up, and they can be restricted. They can also be protected, which is what we try to do.

  63. Well deed restrictions only apply to the property owner, and not anyone else, so I’m not affected driving thru. Why the signs though? No force of law, no applicability.

    Only as Mr Steve says, virtue signaling.

    Or as South Park put it, a big case of the smug.

    nick

  64. Reminds me of driving through a Melbourne suburb that had signs “Nuclear Free Zone”, which really made no sense at all.

    Did they want to keep out all the people who have had treatment with radioactive iodine for Graves disease?

  65. Now putting Winblows 7 Ultimate on a former Mint Thinkpad

    Do consider immediately upgrading to W10 after you finish the install. W10 seems to work well, is being updated, and is the current MS OS. Free for about another two months after which MS says they will start charging.

  66. “Reminds me of driving through a Melbourne suburb that had signs “Nuclear Free Zone”, which really made no sense at all.”

    Did they turn off the huge fusion reactor in the backyard?

  67. Yes @OFD, seriously consider @Ray’s suggestion.

    @pcb_duffer, thanks for that link, I needed a laugh this morning. I enjoy Newhart’s style of humor. I’ll now have to listen to some of his others.

    The craziness is growing exponentially AFAIAC, hard to keep up with it. If you want a supercharged dose take a look at the KSFO Morning Show Blog:
    http://www.ksfo.com/category/the-morning-show-blog/

    This entry of a Marine responding to Michelle O’SuperButtWad is excellent:
    http://controversialtimes.com/military/michelle-obama-questioned-the-military-this-marines-answer-is-devastating/

  68. “Yes @OFD, seriously consider @Ray’s suggestion.”

    No way. Thanks, but no thanks. It’s a happy wittle ThinkPad with Windows 7 Ultimate on it, plus LibreOffice, FF, MalwareBytes, CCleaner, and Spybot. If the nag box starts popping up again, like it did once already, I’ll put the GWX Stopper on it, too. The Win7 install took FOREVER and wouldn’t work with the DVD; I had to use a USB stick to do it. It still took FOREVER, about five times the length of time it would take for just about ANY Linux distro, plus multiple reboots.

    Our next step here will be, once hard drives fail, etc., to dump Winblows entirely except for maybe a vm to do whatever, and move to Linux, BSD flavors, and OpenVMS.

  69. This entry of a Marine responding to Michelle O’SuperButtWad is excellent:

    Well said. I, too, cannot wait for the Obuttwads to be forgotten.

  70. “…cannot wait for the Obuttwads to be forgotten.”

    Let me just pose this little question: Have we been able to forget the Clintons?

  71. Yes @OFD, seriously consider @Ray’s suggestion.

    W10 runs fine on my Surface Pro 3. I run W7 in a VM on the Mac. Waiting for a good free version of W10 to upgrade the VM.

  72. No, don’t forget the Obama presidency. Never forget what happens when we let our guard down.

    Not that the next is likely to be much better.

  73. First, you cannot give XXXX sign away your constitutional rights.

    Not sure about that. Companies are able to prevent you from entering their property with weapons, hand out leaflets, etc. The Feds can prevent you from entering their property with a gun, even if you have a carry permit or even if you are a LEO.

    Private contracts can modify your rights, and a deed restriction is a private contract.

    No, your constitutional rights end where their constitutional rights start. Ownership of private property trumps just about anything. If the Post Office wants to keeps guns out of their property, they sure can.

    For instance, you cannot sign yourself into slavery. You cannot limit who lives in your neighborhood. You cannot ban satellite dishes under a certain size. You cannot ban ownership and possession of guns but you can ban firing of guns. Etc, etc, etc.

  74. Uh, no. The USPS is a government entity. The government is not permitted to restrict your right to keep and bear arms, period. I’m allowed to forbid you to possess arms on my own property, which is not in conflict with your Constitutional rights. The Constitution restricts what *government* can do, not what private individuals can do.

  75. W10 runs fine on my Surface Pro 3.

    As it does on my S3. I have even hooked up two external monitors using the dock and had three monitors working just fine. W10 runs on my main desktop and my wife’s machine. Nary a problem.

    A former exchange student has a Dell XPS-13 running W10 and she really likes it.

    No way. Thanks, but no thanks.

    Give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised. If you have to run Windows, get the latest version. No cost, updated, more secure. It works. You don’t have anything to lose. If you don’t like it go back to W7.

    The Win7 install took FOREVER and wouldn’t work with the DVD

    I would never install an OS with a DVD unless there was no other option (Apple are you listening?). The slowness in your install had something to do with the laptop, probably a 5400 RPM disk drive with a very small cache.

  76. “The Win7 install took FOREVER and wouldn’t work with the DVD”

    Most of that time was because of all the updates that had to be installed to Win7.

    USB sticks are the only way to install a Micro$oft OS these days, IMHO.

    BTW, use this official site to get your OS (you can get all versions of Win 7, 8.1, and 10 here):
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7

  77. Regarding maintenance when you have well water…

    We are on a well. There is a filter that was added to stop the fine gravel that we mostly saw accumulating in the bottom of the toilet tanks. Once a year we have a well guy (not a regular plumber) come in and service the system. That includes changing the filter (we keep a spare) checking that the pump turns on and off at the right pressures, checking the pressure and flow the well pump delivers is normal, and making sure the head of air in the tank is correct. Once upon a time the tanks simply had air at the top; the problem was that as the air was absorbed by the water the pump had to cycle on more and more often. These days there should be a plastic bladder of air inside the tank, with a fill point (like a tire valve) to add air, which the bladder mostly avoids needing.

    I agree about the ball valves. We have one on either side of the filter, among other places.

  78. Once upon a time the tanks simply had air at the top; the problem was that as the air was absorbed by the water the pump had to cycle on more and more often. These days there should be a plastic bladder of air inside the tank, with a fill point (like a tire valve) to add air, which the bladder mostly avoids needing.

    My 200+ gallon well tank has air at the top. There is no bladder. The bladders rarely last more than ten years or so (won’t hold an air change). Plus, if you have H2S in your water like we do (less than 1 ppm), the H2S will accumulate in the bladder material over time. Then when the tank is opened, the bladder will vent that H2S all at once and kill somebody(s). You really do not want that.

    My tank air is replenished by a vacuum breaker valve in the feed line from the well to the tank. Every time water runs through the valve, it sucks in a little air from the outside when the pump shuts off. Works amazingly well.

  79. Thanks @Roy, such a simple thing. Goes along with using the right tool for the job.

    Even though I trained as a Nuclear Electrician’s Mate in the Navy I qualified for all watches of all rates in the Nuclear Engineering Spaces. Until I was schooled by the best Senior Master Chief Machinist’s Mate SS in the Navy, IMHO, (he started out on diesel boats) I thought a valve was a valve. How wrong I was.

  80. Uh, no. The USPS is a government entity. The government is not permitted to restrict your right to keep and bear arms, period. I’m allowed to forbid you to possess arms on my own property, which is not in conflict with your Constitutional rights. The Constitution restricts what *government* can do, not what private individuals can do.

    I thought that USPS was privatized back in the 1970s? They are micro regulated by the Congress, that is for sure.

    If USPS is a government entity then they are violating the USA Constitution. A group of federal appeals judges disagree with this though.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-postoffice-guns-decision-idUSL1N0ZC2QF20150626
    and
    https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/post-office-law/

  81. I would never install an OS with a DVD unless there was no other option (Apple are you listening?).

    Apple did away with DVD installs years ago. I haven’t updated for years other than downloading the MacOS. They had a USB fob for a while, but did away with that. You can still download the OS and set up a USB fob for clean installs.

  82. Apple did away with DVD installs years ago

    Last machine I worked on about a year ago I had to use a DVD to boot the machine because it had become corrupted and would not boot. May have been an older machine and an older OS as I have difficulty keeping track of OS versions for Apple software.

    And now that I think about it, the current Apple machines don’t have a DVD drive. What happens when the machine does not boot and you have to reinstall the OS? Will the machine boot from a USB thumb drive? Does Apple give you a bootable thumb drive? I am curious.

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