Friday, 17 June 2016

12:47 – Barbara is down in Winston today running errands. I’m working on kit stuff. We got another quarter inch of rain overnight. Colin is terrified when it rains heavily, presumably because he knows that lightning and thunder is likely. He’ll just have to get used to it, because we have lots of rain, wind, and thunderstorms here in Sparta. Dinner will be leftover chicken tetrazzini with homemade bread. Colin will like that.

This is the time of year when cases of bottles start arriving in droves. I ordered 6,000 30 mL bottles and caps Tuesday. They should arrive sometime today. Once we get those labeled and filled, it’ll be lather, rinse, and repeat until we’re ready for the autumn rush.

Here’s a link to a PDF of a chapter in the prepping book I just finished the first draft of this morning. I haven’t even read through the chapter, so it’s probably a mess. The chapter naming starts with a three-digit number–007, 030, or 365–to indicate whether it’s in the first section (prepping for a week), the second section (a month), or the third (a year). The second number, in the form Cxxx, indicates the provisional chapter number within the book as a whole. This is an early chapter, but I have nearly all of the book in progress at this point.

If you’re interested, please read through it and tell me what you think. All comments are welcome, and many of them will no doubt influence the final form of the book, although obviously I can’t promise to incorporate every suggestion. Please send your comments to me via email, with the chapter title–030-C004-Water-for-a-Month–as the subject line. I’m sure I’ll get a ton of comments on these chapters, so I won’t acknowledge any of the comment emails unless I need clarification.

030-C004-Water-for-a-Month


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48 Responses to Friday, 17 June 2016

  1. SteveF says:

    I’ll go over it when I’m less befuddled from antihistamines. I’ll look for typos, going over the draft really carefully in hopes of finding more than the one I spotted last time. Also go over for content, of course.

  2. OFD says:

    I’ll do likewise this weekend once Mrs. OFD and her lists and priorities have subsided as she flies out to OK.

    We’re planting stuff today, once she gets back from the hoss bahn.

  3. lynn says:

    “Feds: “If you see something, say something!””

    “Citizen: “I see something.””

    “Feds: “Bigot!””

    https://www.mikehuckabee.com/news?ID=3310fd81-6bd6-4238-bf6c-23ebd58bd20c

    “At the same time that the Obama Administration was arguing for the right to gather electronic data on every US citizen, including reporters, it was abandoning real leads, killing a serious terrorist investigative unit and deleting its files, and removing experts and training materials on how to identify threats, all because those things might be seen as culturally insensitive to Muslims. This is how political correctness kills, and it just set a new US record.”

    Mike Huckabee for VP!

    Trump 2016!

  4. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Thanks. As I said, it’s a first draft, so there may be quite a bit of stuff that needs to be fixed.

  5. lynn says:

    @SteveF, have you advertised your editorial services?

    About 3/4 of the apocalyptic books being self published on Amazon using their house publisher Clearspace, etc need help.

  6. lynn says:

    Dinner will be leftover chicken tetrazzini with homemade bread. Colin will like that.

    Dog spoiler!

    Me too. I’ve been buying pint size cartons of vanilla ice cream lately and eating a couple of bytes here and there over a week. Lady loves a couple of bites also.

  7. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I figure that I weigh three times as much as Colin. So, when I’m eating, of every four bites, I get three and he gets one. It drives Barbara nuts, but I tell her that he sends thought waves and I can’t resist them. Obviously I don’t feed him things that are toxic to dogs, like chocolate or Allium spp.

  8. SteveF says:

    Lynn, yes, I’ve contacted publishers and editors. I’ve been in contact with several self-pub authors.

    Not one of the publishers or editors has replied, even those whose websites said they were looking for copy and content editors.

    The amateur or would-be-pro authors aren’t willing to shell out the money for editing. Reasonable of them, considering that the typical return for a non-pro self publishing a novel is under $100. Pro authors are willing to pay a fair rate on receipt of the edits, but almost all have editors they’ve worked with before, so at best I’m “on call” in case their regular guy is too busy. (Pro authors are also less likely to be thin-skinned special snowflakes if I mention anything. Most amateurs want someone to tell them how great their masterpiece is; they don’t actually want criticism, no matter how constructive.) Still, word of mouth is working better than anything else so far.

    Most of the editing I’ve done is for amateurs putting up web serials for free. Some were already acquaintances, some were people who asked for a bit of help or whose work I enjoyed but which needed a copy editor, and some of the editing was combined with lessons. Since I’m doing that for free, I can choose to be picky, and the authors I work with for more than a couple installments are either good writers who are just writing for their enjoyment and the enjoyment of others and don’t want to be bothered with the business aspects of self-publishing, or else have the potential to be good authors after they get more experience.

    Oh, and the teens. As mentioned, I do some story editing combined with English lessons for a varying number of teens overseas. I don’t know if any of them will go on to be “real” authors, but I’m helping some kids whose families aren’t rich enough to hire English tutors. The only downside is … fanfiction. I don’t know how many Harry Potter fanfics I’ve read. In case you’re wondering, Harry Potter fanfiction is not my first choice of recreational reading material. Especially Harry Potter fanfics written by teenage girls whose native language is Chinese or Korean. Regardless, I help with the low-level language errors and give suggestions on plotting and such. I’ve seen improvement in both their English and their writing, so I guess my suffering is overall helping with the spread of knowledge.

  9. Dave says:

    Obviously I don’t feed him things that are toxic to dogs, like chocolate or Allium spp.

    Are you saying I shouldn’t plant a garden of onions, garlic and leeks and see whether the dog stays out of it or not?

  10. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    That’d be a good idea.

  11. MrAtoz says:

    Especially Harry Potter fanfics written by teenage girls whose native language is Chinese or Korean.

    Are these fanfics of a.. *sexual* nature? Could you forward some and emails?

  12. lynn says:

    Oh, and the teens. As mentioned, I do some story editing combined with English lessons for a varying number of teens overseas. I don’t know if any of them will go on to be “real” authors, but I’m helping some kids whose families aren’t rich enough to hire English tutors. The only downside is … fanfiction. I don’t know how many Harry Potter fanfics I’ve read. In case you’re wondering, Harry Potter fanfiction is not my first choice of recreational reading material. Especially Harry Potter fanfics written by teenage girls whose native language is Chinese or Korean.

    I am fairly sure that I would not make it through a paragraph.

  13. SteveF says:

    Control your fantasies, MrAtoZ. Several, most, of the stories were “romance” — as written by inexperienced teenagers in a more repressive culture than our own.

    Furthermore, I wouldn’t forward you any smut even if I’d received any, as the stories weren’t mine to distribute.

  14. MrAtoz says:

    Any illustrations? Mr. OFD likes pictures.

  15. JimL says:

    Furthermore, I wouldn’t forward you any smut even if I’d received any, as the stories weren’t mine to distribute.

    A man of character.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    When we moved to WA State in 2010, the state had just declared rain barrels to be legal after 20 years of back and forth as to whether a homeowner held the “rights” to the water falling on their roof. Anyone considering a catchment system should start by checking their local laws, especially in Western states.

    A little off topic but still relevant for your book — the tradeoff for leagalized rain barrels for preppers is that the pinchfaces in WA and OR are pushing bans on wood burning fireplaces, even in small towns where many of the techie/lefty crowd maintain cabins. The Puckered Sphincter Patrol always needs something to fret about. Again, check the local laws.

    Before anyone questions my sanity … Yes, I know. We left “Vantucky” (Vancouver, WA) for Texas two years ago. Never again. Unfortunately, I think the career damage is permanent.

  17. MrAtoz says:

    An eye opener on which Fed Agencies have guns.

    Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees?

  18. OFD says:

    “The Puckered Sphincter Patrol”

    Stealing it. Describes the bastards perfectly. What I consider the 21st manifestations of the original Calvinist/Puritans/Presbyterians.

    “An eye opener on which Fed Agencies have guns.”

    They’ve been busy dragooning and consolidating a host of Fed and state agencies and departments along these lines, in terms of weapons and arrest authority for some time now. So when we have overdue library books or we’re nabbed growing organic carrots in our yard or catching rainwater, we’ll be hard-pressed to identify the particular armed huckleberry SWAT team sent our way. Could be Homeland Insecurity goons, VA special operators, or a Coast and Geodetic Survey sniper team.

  19. MrAtoz says:

    Let’s not forget the horrifying “raw milk” which causes instant death and zombification. Happens all the time in Vegas.

  20. Greg Norton says:

    Stealing it. Describes the bastards perfectly. What I consider the 21st manifestations of the original Calvinist/Puritans/Presbyterians.

    Think “Church Lady” without a church. In the Northwest, that type makes up the rules as they go along. The “tolerance” in the Portland Metro is vastly overrated in my opinion.

  21. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Raw milk actually is horrifying. Anyone who drinks it is making a huge mistake.

  22. MrAtoz says:

    Anyone who drinks it is making a huge mistake.

    Oh, I agree. But I think we both don’t want armed SWAT from the Fed goobermint busting down the barn door and plugging anything that moves with *their* fully automatic assault weapons. ‘Cause…cooooowwwwwssss!

  23. lynn says:

    “Why Did The Orlando Terrorist Call 911?”
    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/news?ID=fdc26023-98f6-45b6-8d23-1bb175dd3f26

    “To cite just the most recent example, when the Orlando shooter called 911 to proclaim his allegiance to ISIS, he was doing so in obedience to the Islamic State, which has an entire literature devoted to such things. The jihadist is supposed to pledge allegiance to the Caliphate so he can die in a state of obedience. If he dies in a state of disobedience and has not performed this “buyout,” this oath of allegiance, he risks going to hell.”

    “To ensure a trip to heaven for the jihadist, he must publicly state the oath. The shooters in San Bernardino did the same thing. Other terrorists have gone online to do it.”

    Yup, this was a religious thing. Another muslim killing people for Lucifer.

  24. OFD says:

    Now, now, different cultures, and all that. We must respect their culture, of slavery, torture, rape and murder. To say anything disrespectful is a thoughtcrime and a hatecrime, punishable accordingly.

    Lucifer has been well-pleased for a long time, especially over the last century or so, since the Great War and the Bolshevik revolution.

    “Pleased to meet ya, hope you guess my name…”

  25. SteveF says:

    Yup, this was a religious thing.

    Without a doubt. That poor young man was still traumatized by the legacy of the Crusades.

  26. SteveF says:

    zombification. Happens all the time in Vegas.

    I thought it was the slot machines that caused zombification in Las Vegas. Have I fallen behind the times?

  27. MrAtoz says:

    Slot zombification stopped when the casinos switched to paper tickets and got rid of coins. It’s so much easier now to blow your wad, you’re done before you know it. You’re only stunned now-a-days.

  28. SteveF says:

    Ah. Shows how far behind the times I am. It’s been close to 30 years since I’ve been in a casino. And that time was half as a bodyguard for some friends who were going to gamble. I dropped a token (pun intended) two quarters into two slot machines, wandered around the casino, checked with my friends that they wouldn’t leave the building for at least three hours, and then left to wander the streets of Atlantic City to see if anyone would try to mug me. Amusingly, my one friend’s (bad-tempered, foul-mouthed shrew of a) wife started screaming at him as soon as I met back up with the group. “You let Steve walk around alone? What is wrong with you?” And, as it happens, neither of the friends nor their wives needed any bodyguarding because they all lost pretty much everything they’d brought with them. Um, right, entertainment.

  29. ech says:

    Are these fanfics of a.. *sexual* nature?

    That’s called slash fiction. As in you have a romance between two characters and list it as say “Kirk/Rand” for Captain Kirk and Yeoman Rand from Star Trek. Or “Kirk/Spock”.

    Among the most common are “Mary Sue” or “Gary Stu” stories where there is a character that is a stand in for the author. One of the most famous “Gary Stu” characters is Ensign Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a stand in for series creator Gene Wesley Roddenberry. Occasionally fan fiction can hit it big. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” series started as “Twilight” fan fiction. For an explanation why “Twilight” is so popular, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4uuGvmAxTI based on a comic from The Oatmeal.

  30. SteveF says:

    Eh? Slash fiction is homosexual romantic or sexual relationships. Usually male-male, though the term also covers female-female.

    The rest of your comment, yah. And thanks for the link; I’ll watch it when I start up a browser that has Flash enabled.

  31. dkreck says:

    Had a pretty good day in Yosemite today. Obuttwad has arrived as of this evening. Liar! It was suppose to be tomorrow but he snuck in. We’re in Oakhurst outside the park for the night.
    We’re going back tomorrow but will stay out of the valley and do a trip to Glacier Point.
    Oddly enough I was here 40 years ago when QEII visited the park. Fucked up lots of peoples’ vacation. Roads kept getting blocked and the entire Ahwahnee hotel was closed out. BO say he won’t inconvenience anyone but I bet some people have been kicked. He’s going to announce some more executive action to save the environment and the world.

  32. nick says:

    I’m of two minds about this. The prepper in me applauds the school, the father in me hates the necessity, and would burn down the world to eliminate the threat.

    From my child’s DAY CARE newsletter:

    “Intruder Drills – In addition to fire drills and our
    shelter in place drills we also have intruder drills. In the
    event that someone enters our school with the intent on
    doing harm our intruder drill are to help prepare us to
    react in the event of an emergency. There is no way to
    prepare for all the possibilities but with these practice
    drills our goal will be to save as many as possible.

    That is the world as it stands. How the fuck did we get here?

    nick

  33. OFD says:

    “That poor young man was still traumatized by the legacy of the Crusades.”

    I KNEW IT! Damn Catholics again! Fully responsible for this latest atrocity. I’m gonna become a Zen Buddhist!

    “That is the world as it stands. How the fuck did we get here?”

    Let me count the ways:

    1.) Genuine communist infiltration of our cultural institutions, primarily academia (and public ed system) and much of our political system, since the 1930s; a successful Long March. From which much else follows, but a notion that is routinely ridiculed, mainly because it’s now so deeply ingrained. No one understands it and no one questions any of it.

    2.) De facto unlimited immigration with no restrictions, coupled with a doubling of the population since the 1960s.

    3.) Increasingly absolute and utter dependence on Our Nanny the Almighty State.

  34. Miles_Teg says:

    Greg Norton wrote:

    “…whether a homeowner held the “rights” to the water falling on their roof.”

    If a river runs through my leased/freehold property can I extract as much water for my own use as I like? Sell it?

  35. Miles_Teg says:

    RBT wrote:

    “Raw milk actually is horrifying. Anyone who drinks it is making a huge mistake.”

    I think raw milk has just been legalised in South Australia, although I don’t think it’s stocked by supermarkets.

    Calves drink it, even infant humans have been known to drink it. I suppose Calves are expendable and human mums are in better health, typically, than cows, goats, sheep and the like.

  36. Miles_Teg says:

    OFD wrote:

    “Stealing it. Describes the bastards perfectly. What I consider the 21st manifestations of the original Calvinist/Puritans/Presbyterians/Inquisitors.”

    There. FTFY.

  37. ech says:

    If a river runs through my leased/freehold property can I extract as much water for my own use as I like? Sell it?

    That depends on the state in the US. In many states in the West you have no right to water from streams unless it was granted back in the 1800s. I know that in Colorado, you cannot do anything to collect or store rain water without explicit government permission. Water rights in California in particular are very complicated and a specialization for attorneys there.

  38. Lynn says:

    YouTube does not use flash anymore. YouTube now uses html5 to show videos.

  39. brad says:

    Nothing wrong with raw milk, as long as it isn’t contaminated, and you drink it as fresh as possible, so the bacteria have no chance to breed.

    Contaminated, aye, there’s the rub.

    It doesn’t matter how modern the dairy barn is, cows are still dirty animals. There’s just no way to guarantee that the stuff isn’t contaminated. One cow kicks a blob of shit onto the milking machine, and one is suddenly glad for the concept of pasteurization.

  40. Ray Thompson says:

    Well this sucks. Apparently a bunny inspector decides they are large and in charge.

    http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Retired-principal-charged-with-animal-neglect-after-taking-sick-rabbit-to-humane-society-383406141.html

    If a river runs through my leased/freehold property can I extract as much water for my own use as I like? Sell it?

    When I was living on the ranch in southern Oregon we had a creek that ran through our property. We had to have water rights to use the water. We were pumping about 600 gallons a minute to irrigate the property. When my uncle sold the property he neglected to put the water rights as part of the sale and the buyer never questioned the lack of water rights. The water rights my uncle had expired and someone else bought them. The new owner of the property was not allowed to use the water unless he paid big bucks to the new water rights owner.

    How the fuck did we get here?

    Liberals.

    YouTube does not use flash anymore.

    Flash needs to die, quickly. Everyone should remove Flash from their computer. If a site requires Flash, find another site.

  41. SteveF says:

    YouTube does not use flash anymore. YouTube now uses html5 to show videos.

    Huh. Again, shows not only how behind the times I am but how often I attempt to use YouTube.

    Checking, I see that the video still doesn’t play in TOR Browser Bundle. However, by default TBB blocks scripts… with good reason. OK, temporarily allowing all scripts from YouTube (much against my better judgement, but as soon as I close TBB all history will be lost, so not much potential for harm) the video did start to play, but all of the formerly visible controls such as Play/Pause were missing. I don’t know if YouTube has changed since I last used it (possible) or if something still isn’t working. eg, TBB also blocks cross-site scripts unless you explicitly allow them. It’s probably something along those lines, but I can’t bring myself to care enough to look into it.

  42. nick says:

    @rbt, WRT the sample chapter-

    There is a lot of repetition, especially in the first half of the chapter.

    Just posting here so you don’t get the same note 30 times…..

    Other than the repeated text and ideas it looks good.

    n

  43. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Thanks. Yes, that’s what happens when I write a chapter in several sessions over a period of months. I’ll go back and clean that up. I did warn you that you were seeing a first/rough draft.

  44. DadCooks says:

    The “situation” we are in is, IMHO, deteriorating rapidly with the venom and hate from Obuttwad and his minions (which also includes Romney and Ryan and their minions).

    We had better watch out what the left hand (the unclean one) is doing. Obuttwad is going to use his pen and phone to do something anti-Constitutional (not that he hasn’t already) real soon, maybe even instituting Marshal Law to round up all us White Christian Males that are the cause of all problems.

    Trump had better beef up his security. Having the “bikers” promising protection is not going to be enough.

    In breaking news, the Radical Islamist Terrorist’s wife has seemingly “disappeared” so the gooberment has placed the rest of the family and relatives on the Do Not Fly and Terrorist Watch Lists, closing the barn door a bit too late, and like that is going to stop the rest of them from leaving.

  45. Dave says:

    Why should we place militant Muslims on the do not fly list? Shouldn’t they be on the you can fly anywhere outside the United States, but we’re cavity searching you first list?

    Update: Of course the flight would be one way…

  46. Miles_Teg says:

    I’m sure some TSA “operatives” would like nothing better than to cavity search these people, but I’d pass TYVM.

  47. nick says:

    Calling this murderer a lone wolf is becoming harder and harder for the PTB to support.

    His house was paid for- he signed the deed to his BIL.

    He bought expensive guns-

    He made several trips overseas.

    Presumably while working low wage security, and paying alimony to his ex (who would have been able to get ALL his wages if he really was abusive.)

    It’s the paid off house that nails it for me. Having just done it myself, I can’t imagine doing it on a minimum wage + job, while taking overseas vacations and raising a kid and paying the ex…

    nick

    (and where is the domestic violence restraining order, and gun ownership ban if this murderer was abusing the ex? That’s the first thing the divorce lawyers get, even if there is NO real history of abuse.)

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