Thursday, 23 June 2016

08:42 – Filling and labeling more containers today. We’re getting to the point where we have enough of everything to start putting together chemical bags for the science kits 20 to 40 sets at a time. Right now, Barbara is baking a Krusteaz cinnamon crumb cake while she shreds newspaper, which we use to pad the contents of kits. I just loaded and ran the dishwasher, started a load of laundry, and transferred two 4-pound boxes of iodized table salt to recycled Mason jars from Bertolli spaghetti and alfredo sauces.

The garden is coming along well. Nothing has been munching on it, as far as I can tell.




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54 Responses to Thursday, 23 June 2016

  1. brad says:

    Eagerly awaiting the Brexit result, though I figure the Brits will lack the collective courage to actually do it.

    Oddly, there are no exit polls: “None of the broadcasters have invested in an exit poll for the EU referendum, so after the Brexit polls closing time there’ll be nothing to do but wait for the result.

    As New Statesman special correspondent Stephen Bush explains, this is because exit polling methods developed for general elections don’t translate to referendums.”

    Huh? Why shouldn’t an exit poll work just as well (or poorly) on a referendum? Maybe the media (which is entirely pro-EU) must figure that exit polls would help the Brexit-side? Though I don’t see how that would work, either.

    Any interest in the topic on the US side of the pond?

  2. JimL says:

    Some interest. Mostly of the popcorn variety, as I have no direct interest one way or the other.

    From a purely “kick ’em in the other knee” perspective, I’d like to see a Brexit. Britain should be able to stand or fall on her own. The rest of the EU can go hang. And Britain really does need to chart her own destiny, not let others decide for her.

    So there’s the popcorn interest.

  3. Miles_Teg says:

    “Any interest in the topic on the US side of the pond?”

    I would have thought that the only Yank who knows or cares about Brexit is Obola.

    Here in the Antipodes I and most of my friends are cheering for Brexit, although we’re nervous because Cameron and other collaborators are championing Remain. If Britain doesn’t leave now they’re buggered.

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    Used my Surface Pro 3 to render some video. It was slow.

    I use a software package called Proshow Producer to create slideshows from images. You can also integrate video but that is not the primary function. I created a slideshow on my main computer and saved the contents to a thumb drive. Copied those files onto the Surface and used the exact same version of Proshow Producer to create a video file.

    The process on my Surface took almost 30 minutes to create a seven minute video slideshow. That same process on my desktop took 2.5 minutes. Don’t know if the difference is due to Surface only have 4 cores and the desktop having 8 cores. Don’t know if the difference is because the Surface got hot and started throttling the CPU. Don’t know if the difference is due to the buss and memory architecture.

    I do know that I will not be creating the output of the shows on the Surface. Creating the show works fine and works well. Creating the output is where the process is painfully slow.

    Thus I will be keeping my desktop for the foreseeable future.

  5. OFD says:

    This Yank of mostly English extraction follows stuff in the UK and Ireland a bit more than the average Murkan derp; I hope the Brits GTFO of the commie Euro pseudo-empire today but fear they’ll back off and continue down the sorry path they started on long ago.

    “Thus I will be keeping my desktop for the foreseeable future.”

    Likewise. And my other two “desktops” are now, and will be, servers.

  6. R. Brown says:

    Shredding Newspaper?

    You still get a news paper? Or do you buy bulk paper from a recycle place, and run thru a personal document shredder into plastic bags?

    Do Boy Scouts still do paper drives?

    Course there’s always the adverts that appear in your mail.

    C-90

  7. MrAtoz says:

    I’m sure Obola is shitting rainbow colored bricks over BREXIT. That hurts his NWO and he may not be able to make $$$ off of speeches to British commies. It’s all about the ObolaBucks.

  8. MrAtoz says:

    The garden is coming along well. Nothing has been munching on it, as far as I can tell.

    It’s just the opposite of Huma munching on Cankles “garden”. 😉

  9. Dave says:

    It’s just the opposite of Huma munching on Cankles “garden”.

    Now I have to go out and buy a new keyboard to replace the one I just barfed on. Where shall I send the bill?

  10. Dave says:

    Thus I will be keeping my desktop for the foreseeable future.

    I will be keeping mine until I can justify upgrading it. Why upgrade? Because I named my current machine Frankenstein, and the name fits it…

    Likewise. And my other two “desktops” are now, and will be, servers.

    I’m thinking of making any future servers from Raspberry Pi’s.

  11. DadCooks says:

    “The garden is coming along well. Nothing has been munching on it, as far as I can tell.”

    Of course, the critters wait until the veggies are at their sweetest prime and you have lulled into a false sense of security. One morning…

    My Grandma’s garden had an 8-foot fence around it to slow down the deer with triple barbwire on top to slow the raccoons. The skunks just dug down to get under the 1-foot the fence was buried.

  12. OFD says:

    “…Huma munching on Cankles “garden”.”

    You mean “leach field.”

    “I’m thinking of making any future servers from Raspberry Pi’s.”

    My future Pi projects include a cluster, and getting one set up for EchoLink. Also webcam monitoring.

  13. SteveF says:

    Given that we’re talking about a Clinton, surely you mean “leech field”.

    I plan to replace my full-tower server with two or three RPis. I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but am not sure. Between the lack of sleep (due to a crisis), the antihistamines, and the three extra small children running around the house (because working from home, and especially spending the day on email and the phone arranging a new contract, are exactly the same as not having anything better to do, and so my wife told her friends suuuuure you can drop your kids off for the day, and of course she didn’t bother to tell me until half an hour before the first kid arrived) I’m more than a bit frazzled. Also, my daughter really really wants (me) to set up a RPi as a dedicated Minecraft server, because, um, reasons.

  14. Dave says:

    Between the lack of sleep (due to a crisis), the antihistamines, and the three extra small children running around the house (because working from home, and especially spending the day on email and the phone arranging a new contract, are exactly the same as not having anything better to do, and so my wife told her friends suuuuure you can drop your kids off for the day, and of course she didn’t bother to tell me until half an hour before the first kid arrived) I’m more than a bit frazzled.

    Sounds like you need our mutt there to distract you from the kids. He’s very good at barking outside my office door at inopportune moments and very loud.

  15. SteveF says:

    Excellent! Is it a small yippy dog that really needs to be kicked into orbit, or at least the next county, but you’d feel bad doing it because it would make the kids sad? Because that’s the best kind of dog.

  16. nick says:

    Ok the WTF in this story isn’t that the self entitled self absorbed stupid little bint posted her crimes for all to see, but the line I’ve bolded:

    Female hiker banned from all US national parks (20 per cent of America) after defacing rock formations with graffiti and posting evidence of her crimes on Instagram

    Casey Nocket admitted defacing rocks at seven of America’s national parks
    She damaged formations by drawing on them with paints and markers
    But she was arrested after she proudly posted her work on Instagram
    Nocket, also known as Creepytings, provoked outrage from nature lovers

    A woman was banned from all national parks and federally administered land – more than a fifth of the United States – after defacing rock formations with graffiti and posting evidence of her crimes to social media.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3654897/Woman-banned-20-percent-land-including-national-parks-defacing-rock-formations-posting-evidence-crimes-Instagram.html

    HOW THE F did that happen? There were very specific limits on Fed land ownership in the Constitution.

    nick

  17. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “You still get a news paper?”

    Barbara gets the Winston-Salem paper because she’s a WS native and wants to read about people she grew up with. We get the Sparta paper, a weekly, just because.

  18. lynn says:

    “The Humiliation of the American Male in 2016”
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/146361457021/the-humiliation-of-the-american-male-in-2016

    That commercial reminds me of the old joke. When we got married the wife and I agreed that I would make all of the important decisions around the house. She would make the rest of the decisions. So far, we have not had any important decisions.

  19. lynn says:

    If Britain doesn’t leave now they’re buggered.

    Too late. Please see “Londonistan” and the muslim mayor requiring women in advertisements to wear burkas.
    http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/13/londons-muslim-mayor-bans-sexy-women-in-advertisements/

  20. lynn says:

    HOW THE F did that happen? There were very specific limits on Fed land ownership in the Constitution.

    What is this Constitution that you refer to? Obola specifically said that there is no overruling authority this morning.

  21. H. Combs says:

    “Any interest in the topic on the US side of the pond?”
    As a Yank who lived in the UK from 1994 – 2001 I am very interested. The EU is quickly becoming a suicide pact and is intent on making STUPID laws and regulations. I had the opportunity in 1996 to present to the EU Technology committee. I was appalled at the self-important, privileged, know-nothings who thought they were RULING the whole of Europe. I hope the British have the guts to take back their sovereignty.

  22. nick says:

    Well, I guess they ‘derive their just powers from the consent of the people’ and their UN-just powers without the consent of the people.

    We’ve been asleep too long.

    n

  23. Ray Thompson says:

    The EU is quickly becoming a suicide pact and is intent on making STUPID laws and regulations

    The US is quickly becoming a suicide pact and is intent on making STUPID laws and regulations.

  24. brad says:

    I am very much worriedtthat, when it comes time to make the X, people will lose their courage. While there are no exit polls, I do notice that the betting houses are now running more than 10:1 against. They are not often wrong.

  25. OFD says:

    This is probably gonna be reminiscent of the Scottish independence vote not long ago; peeps are married to the status quo, just as they are here; “change” is a dirty word, if it means ACTUAL change, particularly any such allegedly drastic changes. I fear that the old British gumption and bloody courage and will have been consistently kicked out of them since the 1950s and losing so many young men in the world wars has damaged them as a nation and a people tremendously. I’m not quite ready to write them off totally, however, as some on the Murkan “right” have said is necessary. And I’m betting that there is still a core, a remnant, of righteous and pure-willed British heart.

  26. OFD says:

    From the Murkan Population Statistics Department today:

    Asians showing strongest growth at 3.4%

    “Whites” showing slowest, at 0.5%

    Asians: 21 million
    Afrikan-Murkans: 46.3 million
    Hispanics: 56.6 million
    Murkan-Indian-Alaskan: 6.6 million

    Nasty old miserable and hateful Whitey: are you sitting down? are you ready???

    255 million.

    So why the fuck are we always on our knees or bent over grabbing the soap and tearfully begging everyone else not to say bad things about us???

    Just sayin…

  27. lynn says:

    Asians: 21 million
    Afrikan-Murkans: 46.3 million
    Hispanics: 56.6 million
    Murkan-Indian-Alaskan: 6.6 million

    Nasty old miserable and hateful Whitey: are you sitting down? are you ready???

    255 million.

    These numbers total 385.5 million. I am fairly sure that the USA population is 330 million. Something don’t add up.

  28. SteveF says:

    Probably 55.5M illegals.

  29. lynn says:

    “You still get a news paper?”

    Barbara gets the Winston-Salem paper because she’s a WS native and wants to read about people she grew up with. We get the Sparta paper, a weekly, just because.

    I dropped the Houston Chronicle last year because the news stories were badly writtten, especially the local ones, and the columnist on front page of the living section put the fact that she was married to a muslim in a lot of columns. She would go on and on about how nice and gentle muslims are with nary a mean bone in their bodies. Of course, she is totally off the reservation since her sample size was less than ten people at most.

    Anyway, we now take the daily Fort Bend County paper, the Fort Bend Herald. No quotes from the Koran in the editorial section, and the columnists are conservative (I like Walter Williams columns), etc. And, very local news for where I live.
    http://www.fbherald.com/

    One of those news items earlier this week was that they have unofficially determined that the Brazos River crested at 61.2 ft back on Dec 10, 1913. That is 6.5 ft higher than our crest of 54.7 ft earlier this month.
    http://lifeonthebrazosriver.com/Floods.htm

    I am now concerned that the levee around my neighborhood will not hold the water out should we get a flood of this magnitude. So, I am thinking about moving again. Of course, things are different now and there were no water retention ponds, dams, etc back then. But, I have been flooded before and I have no interest in going through that nightmare again.

  30. Greg Norton says:

    That commercial reminds me of the old joke. When we got married the wife and I agreed that I would make all of the important decisions around the house. She would make the rest of the decisions. So far, we have not had any important decisions.

    Check out this commercial from the days of the housing bubble.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20n-cD8ERgs

    Ah, the classics never get old.

  31. OFD says:

    “Probably 55.5M illegals.”

    Probably, but hey, it’s gummint stats from the Census Bureau, so who you gonna believe? Let’s call it 50% gummint lies and 50% illegals, thus splitting the diff, eh?

    Newspapers: they’re going down the drain. Just saw a story in the local rag, which is the Saint Albans Messenger, and been around for a million years: the main rag down in Montpeculiar is cutting way back on the days they publish and they’ve already laid off a bunch of peeps. Newsprint is dying fast; it’s going digital. The only papers around will likely be very local rags that cover very local stuff and the usual advertising and bargain circulars for local stores. Up here the Messenger usually has two sections; one for syndicated crap, mostly, and the other for everything else, mostly high skool sports, which is yuuuuuuuuge around these parts. Mr. Ray could make a fine living taking pics of that stuff and would be super busy year-round, not counting all the graduations and weddings.

    Kidz don’t read the papers; hell, they don’t read at all, period. My wife and I are friggin’ dinosaurs, as are most of the peeps on this board.

    “So far, we have not had any important decisions.”

    That WAS pretty funny; thanks for the laff, Mr. Lynn. We wouldn’t have this house and one of the cars if I hadn’t wasted a bunch of commies for Uncle, but my “better half” makes most of the “important” decisions. I have to lobby for anything I think we should do or get and usually get an argument immediately. That is slowly changing as she discovers that the old fart is right about stuff more often than she’d thought.

    Just planted more tomatoes, sweet basil, serrano and poblano peppers (I’m not giving up yet on them), lettuce, and winter squash (which I’d picked up by mistake, lol). We’re still in the experimentation phase to see what works best here; later I’ll plant beets, carrots, turnips, kale, etc. I’m seriously bummed by the fact that our leach field/septic system seems to take up most of the back yard and is, of course, the part of the yard that gets the most sun; grass grows there while I’m cutting it! I suppose we could put containers there and simply move them if need be; we’re about due for the boyz to come out and do their thing.

  32. nick says:

    My wife makes significantly more than I do. This is an inversion from when we were first married, but her career is paying off big time. We have similar life goals, so we have similar approaches to money. Thank joe.

    We might even be headed for the 1%, which isn’t actually that hard in most places. Well within the reach of a successful local businessman or professional.

    It’s a bit odd at the moment with me saving pennies and dimes, and her earning stacks of bills. Strange dichotomy. But it seems like most of the ‘comfortably off’ ‘millionaire next door’ kind of folks live a frugal life no matter what they were making. So that’s what I’m doing.

    nick

  33. OFD says:

    Mine makes eight times what I make, and I don’t really MAKE anything anymore, just sucking up the piddly SS and maybe the VA later. Even when I was working full-time, she’s always made at least twice what I made, but she’s been in the same field for thirty years plus. I’ve bounced around from mil-spec to factories to cops to IT to grad skool and back to IT again. But without me, she wouldn’t have the house, and would still be renting and putting up with landlord stuff or lack thereof.

    In any case, she still haunts secondhand stores and the goodwill outlets and is always trying to find stuff on sale. I do my part by finding ammo on sale.

  34. lynn says:

    Look at the “Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives”. See all the “white males”. And the “white female”.
    http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/Texas10MostWanted/fugitives.aspx

    Makes one wonder about the rest of government so-called classifications.

  35. OFD says:

    Well, they’re all Hispanics, obviously, and the great Lone Star State classifies them as WHITE. But in Fed job applications and Census forms, Hispanic is differentiated from WHITE. So in TX, the ten most wanted fugitives are Hispanics; that’s a shocker. Still, I would have expected to see more actual WHITE and even some BLACK representation there. Things that make you go “hmmmmm….”

    And we’re so pathetic we only have Vermont2MostWanted/fugitives…lol:

    http://www.bustedmostwanted.com/vermont

    Looks to be one Hispanic, also listed as WHITE, and one obvious WHITE Irish-Murkan type. Pretty pathetic.

  36. Ray Thompson says:

    See all the “white males”. And the “white female”

    Hater, racist, check your privilege. Your monitor calibration is off is the only logical explanation. And if you used the correct font the names would not appear to be hispanic.

  37. OFD says:

    Monitor calibration, check.

    Correct font, check.

    Bad attitude, check.

    Need for re-education, check.

  38. OFD says:

    Looks like OFD was probably wrong, wrong, wrong. Again.

    Britain’s gonna boogie on outta there! Them and Wales wanna GTFO. Northern Ireland and Scotland wanna stay. Typical.

    But it’s pretty effin close, so maybe it’ll change overnight with the final count. If this holds, it’ll be in spite of the truly MASSIVE effort the government, media and all their cultural institutions exerted to convince the populace to stay. The gummint used UK taxpayer money to push their case to remain in the EU. Outrageous.

    Now watch all the EU commies and media talking heads wail and render their garments and screech about Apocalypse for the next few days. Obola will probably whine about it, too; he was a big supporter of them staying, along with treasonous scum like Merkel and the assholes in Brussels.

    I’ve no huge love for the Brits and we Yanks kicked their asses out TWICE and also saved their bacon TWICE but hey: Good on ya, mates!

  39. nick says:

    Markets are going nuts apparently.

    n

  40. OFD says:

    Naturally. Right on schedule.

    Unrelated Department:

    RIP USMC:

    http://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/

  41. OFD says:

    Indeed. Let us begin a few carpentry projects and start shipping 80% lowers and Ghost Gunners to our struggling Brit cousins:

    https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/leurope-cest-fini/

  42. Miles_Teg says:

    Brad wrote:

    “While there are no exit polls, I do notice that the betting houses are now running more than 10:1 against. They are not often wrong.”

    Looks like they’re going to have a bad day financially. Brexit over a million votes in front.

  43. Miles_Teg says:

    OFD wrote:

    “In any case, she still haunts secondhand stores and the goodwill outlets and is always trying to find stuff on sale. I do my part by finding ammo on sale.”

    Does she know how to use a gun? Properly? If not you could skool her in that.

  44. Miles_Teg says:

    The SNP are whining that Scotland voted to stay in but were outvoted by people south of the border. They want a second independence referendum. Although I hope Scotland will stay I don’t care that much. Their economy would be toast without high North Sea oil prices.

  45. Norman says:

    Well, we did it, we’re leaving! perhaps there’s hope for us after all. Now we just need to wait for the markets to calm down and for the doomsayers to run out of breath. It’s been interesting seeing comments from politicians in other EU contries like Netherlands where there are strong anti-EU sentiments.

  46. SteveF says:

    Also comments from pro-EU politicians, who are suggesting that referenda be banned because they allow the people to subvert the will of the leaders.

  47. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    they allow the people to subvert the will of the rulers.

    There, FTFY.

  48. SteveF says:

    Yes, I wrote sloppily. I blame Anthropogenic Global Climate Disruption.

  49. OFD says:

    I would not be in the least surprised if the UK gummint made them all vote again, until they get it “right.”

    Next up: various states here hold referenda to either stay in or exit the Murkan Empire.

    Oh wait—we’ve seen that movie.

  50. OFD says:

    And just so you know…this Brexit thing is a “contagion,” and it could well spread to other Euro countries…..wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/23/the-brexit-contagion-how-france-italy-and-the-netherlands-now-wa/

    noun con·ta·gion \kən-ˈtā-jən\
    Simple Definition of contagion

    : the process by which a disease is passed from one person or animal to another by touching

    : a disease that can be passed from one person or animal to another by touching : a contagious disease

    Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

    So voters for exiting are basically disease carriers who should be eradicated.

  51. brad says:

    @Norman: Congrat’s, seriously, congrat’s. Now hold their feet to the fire, to make sure they really do trigger Article 50. It would be too easy to say, nah, we’ll negotiate a while first, and then some other crisis comes up, and…in 10 years, still nothing has happened.

    Apparently, the leader of the Dutch parliament has already said “we’re next”. If the Uk is prompt about this, they will just be the first of many.

    The sad thing is: the EU isn’t a bad idea in principle. It’s the execution that sucked. Violating Maastricht before the ink was dry. Making it not just an economic, but a political union. Expanding to countries that simply weren’t ready, either politically or economically.

    Meanwhile, this is seriously good stuff. Bought a bottle yesterday, and intend to enjoy a dram tonight.

  52. OFD says:

    Yep, we’re dumbing down and feminizing the armed forces and then using them for convoy guard duties in the Sandbox regions, so that the REMFs can keep getting their steaks and ice cream back at their air-conditioned condos in the green zones, while drone operators here in the states blow up wedding parties via remote control and get medals for PTSD.

    Meanwhile we’re creating another great hodge-podge of domestic LE and security agencies and departments and tooling up for, what, exactly??? Certainly can’t be to stop incoming waves of illegals and musloid scum…

    Got overdue library books at home? Growing organic celery in your back yard? Missed a line on your 1040A? Putting solar panels on your roof? Hey, don’t be shocked when the state library network SWAT team shows up at your front door with M4s and grenade launchers, or you look up and see IRS drones overhead with Hellfire missiles ready to launch.

  53. MrAtoz says:

    while drone operators here in the states blow up wedding parties via remote control and get medals for PTSD.

    Where do I sign up?

    or you look up and see IRS drones overhead with Hellfire missiles ready to launch.

    Ditto.

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