Monday, 20 March 2017

10:51 – I have some kind of bug. I didn’t get much sleep last night, and I’m still only hitting on a couple of cylinders. I’m taking today off.

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62 thoughts on “Monday, 20 March 2017”

  1. I’m not quite out yet; next twenty minutes, though. Back later this afternoon and then again later tonight.

    Hoping RBT gets better and glad that Mr. nick is on the mend, as is, hopefully, Mr. DadCooks and his household.

    42 and sunny w/blue skies. Dropping to the teens Tuesday and then rising back up to 40 by Friday. This should be an ass-kicking maple syrup season.

    And in any case, there is a reliable crew of regulars and semi-regulars shoring up this bastion of right-thinking. Not to mention FLASHLIGHTS and TOILETS.

    Off I go now, into scary meatspace….

  2. http://grabagun.com/barrett-82a1-50bmg-semiauto-29.html

    Barret Rifles on sale– you gotta have them email you a quote, but dang, a Barret….

    Barrett M82A1Semi Auto Rifle Black 50BMG 29 Inch 10 Rd < $8,633.00

    But can you afford to shoot it ? $3 / round last time I checked. The son and I saw some for sale in a sporting goods store in Helena last year on the shelf !

  3. I ordered this laptop for my daughter yesterday from Amazon for $689 + 6.25% sales tax. ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA-DBM2T 13.3 – inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core M CPU,8 GB RAM,512 GB Solid State Drive,Windows 10)
    https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-ZenBook-Flip-UX360CA-DBM2T-13-3/dp/B01GHQOD8U/

    We decided to get her the Core M because it uses half of the power of the I5. Which means that it is fanless and cooler.
    https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-the-Intel-core-i5-and-the-Intel-core-M-in-the-new-MacBook-Which-is-better

    “The Core M doesn’t dissipate as much heat and so it can fit nicely in a thin, light tablet without being uncomfortable.”

    I think that the SSD drive actually contributes more to the speed.

  4. @OFD said:

    Hoping RBT gets better and glad that Mr. nick is on the mend, as is, hopefully, Mr. DadCooks and his household.

    The familys’ health is almost back to normal, but a number of other things went South. I’ll just hit one of the bigger ones, my main laptop went TU (hard drive sudden failure). Tried recovering to a new HD (what? you don’t have a couple of spares on hand?) with my local Carbonite Image and it borked the new HD. I then took another HD and used my Macrium Reflect Image and got back up. However, I had not paid attention to my Reflect backup scheme so my image was 2-weeks old. Fortunately I also use iDrive and got all my files up-to-date, just took some time.

    If any of you are using Carbonite, I highly suggest you ditch it and find something else. Carbonite and its support FAILED ME BIG TIME.

    Dad has to get going on taxes today.

    Y’all get and stay healthy. Check your backups, check your stores, check your ammo, and check your 6.

    BTW, for the First Day of Spring we had hail and sleet this morning, now just cold and rainy.

  5. Dad has to get going on taxes today.

    Mr SteveF needs to stop procrastinating and do his goddamned taxes, too. All else being equal, I’d just as soon skip doing the taxes and just knife a dozen useless bureaucrats as my contribution to society.

  6. I think that the SSD drive actually contributes more to the speed.

    Strictly anecdotal, but I’ve noticed that my hybrid and SSD drives seem to run cooler than the pure mechanical drives they replaced. Battery life is a little better on the SSD system, but the hybrid doesn’t seem to make a difference in power consumption running Windows 7.

    Speed is definitely better on both.

  7. WRT backup, I have a Western Digital My Cloud unit on my desk. No issues yet after two years. Can access it from desktop, laptop, Samsung Tablets and Phone.

  8. Been outside working in the sun. 91 and sunny in the driveway. Nice cool shade with a breeze everywhere else.

    Got one junky bush out (and got to use my brush hook) and got one apple tree planted.

    Watched the tree guys take out some sort of dogwood looking tree on the corner of the house, and a really beat up pecan in the front yard. Also did some trimming in the oak and took out a fast growing junk tree in the back. That really opened up the late sun into the yard, and will give me another place for citrus once the stump is out. Left the pecan in decent size pieces, now I need another rack.

    Gotta get the other apple in the ground but really need to catch my breath, hydrate, and eat lunch first. Tree is on the sunny side of the house, so it’s quite hot.

    Added 1 bag manure and 2 bags soil to the raised bed on that side too. I’m gonna give zucchini and cukes one more try in that bed.

    I am feeling better, but I’m still coughing. It’s just not debilitating at the moment. Still not as strong as I should be either, but definitely on the mend. Took longer than I thought to get the tree in the ground, but slow and steady prevents cardiac incidents…

    Think I’ll heat up some more leftovers and eat some more lunch before heading back out.

    nick

  9. I went with the WD mycloud nas as a replacement for my failed buffalo NasStation.

    No issues with it yet, but it’s only been a few months. I mainly chose it for price after looking at the comps.

    n

  10. Dueling rattlesnakes? There’s a metaphor for politics in there somewhere… and when two rattlesnakes are fighting, best to just let them work it out…..

    n

  11. Wish I were back in Hong Kong. Taxes … easy peasy.
    The Inland Revenue send you a letter saying they think you made X. They were always right. Then you multiply X times .10 and write that in the I OWE YOU line. Fill out a check and your good to go. Yes, fill out a check. Hong Kong besides having a flat tax (10% when I was there) does NOT have Pay as you Earn (witholding). You get your FULL paycheck every month and it’s up to you to put $$ aside to pay the tax man at the end of the year. Most people don’t put money aside. The banks see this as a wonderfull opportunity to offer year end TAX loans. So you take out a loan to pay your taxes and pay it back (with interest) over the next 12 months. Everyone seems to like this arrangement. Hong Kong is great – except the weather whic is like Houston (HOT & HUMID) all year round except maybe Jan. when the highs fall into the 60’s and the locals dress up like it’s going to snow. Oh, and the choking pollution that blows in from southern China industrial complex. But on clear days it’s a treat. Hong Kong is the place where the essentials are EXPENSIVE, housing, food, etc. and the luxuries are cheap, Rolex, tailored clothing, electronics, pearls, jade, etc.
    I sill miss the place.

  12. I am feeling better, but I’m still coughing. It’s just not debilitating at the moment.

    That’s why people have an AED, right? The Airway Evacuation Dephlegmer will take care of that cough in no time.

  13. I’m with SteveF. Taxes aren’t even started. I owe, I owe. I’d rather walk on hot coals. Or do nasty things to the tax man.

    Oh, for a flat tax. ‘twould be a blessing. Or the Fair Tax. Or anything that can be written on one side of a single sheet of paper.

  14. How about a head tax? “How many US citizens’ civil rights are you paying for? How many non-citizens?” That determines your tax bill. You don’t have to pay, for yourself or your children, but anyone not paid for has no civil rights.

  15. Strictly anecdotal, but I’ve noticed that my hybrid and SSD drives seem to run cooler than the pure mechanical drives they replaced.

    No moving parts means a lot less heat. I was running WD 10,000 rpm raptors for a while. Those dudes were so hot that you did not want to pick them up until they had been off for at least five minutes.

  16. There is some sort of flu bug going around.

    I’ve pooped three times today, but I feel OK. I guess I didn’t get the flu in The Keys.

    Time to go fly drones!

  17. No moving parts means a lot less heat. I was running WD 10,000 rpm raptors for a while. Those dudes were so hot that you did not want to pick them up until they had been off for at least five minutes.

    IIRC, the hybrid drive is 5400 RPM with 8 GB SSD cache — the slower mechanism probably helps with heat also. The jury is still out on that beastie, however. I had planned to take the laptop to FL with us last week, but I had to get real work done for a Compilers class so the SSD machine went instead.

    I guess you didn’t need space heaters with the Raptors running. Just put a server in every room.

  18. I’ve pooped three times today

    I wish it to be noted that neither I nor Miles_Teg and his wooly girlfriends were responsible for the decline in the tone of this conversation.

  19. “”I’ve pooped three times today””

    Amateur!
    I counted eleven, so far, from exalted leader today.

  20. Winds are 20mph gusting to 25. Only got a battery load on each drone. Couldn’t really do much.

  21. I missed my calling by not getting my PhD in Maths when the Army offered. I could be a fake scientist like Neil deGrasse “Choom Gang” Tyson and Bill Nye the Douchebag Guy. What a pair of fukstiks. Throw in Obola and you have the trifecta of dumb.

    We’re all gonna die ’cause President tRump is the anti-science President. These Libturdians should immigrate to China to save the world from CO2. I’m sure China would love to have them.

  22. We’re all gonna die ’cause President tRump is the anti-science President. These Libturdians should immigrate to China to save the world from CO2. I’m sure China would love to have them.

    We’re all gonna die ’cause President tRump is the anti-science President. These Libturdians should immigrate to Canada to save the world from CO2. I’m sure Canada would love to have them.

    Fixed that for you. One nasty winter in Calgary at -45 F and the crazies will be clamoring for more natural gas heat. Or coal. Or fuel oil.

  23. “Only got a battery load on each drone. Couldn’t really do much.”

    Very disappointing. We were sorta counting on you to drone certain people. What’s the range on them things, anyway? You’d probably have to set up somewhere just outside Mordor and find a way also to defeat the air space defenses there. Or wait until certain people visit Lost Wages.

    Had my two VA appointments this afternoon; one was just taking blood from me again; I thought I was done with that 42 years ago, hahaha. The other one had me pretty much bare-ass nekkid and being examined thoroughly by two cute young women, one the PA and the other the doc. They couldn’t keep their hands off me and I had to keep whispering sotto voce “Down, boy, down!” But all systems are go and the only issue I have is the continuing chronic back stuff, which I’m working on anyway.

    And here is some fun; we have a professor in Toronto who discusses with Gavin McCinnes (how’s it goin’, eh?) the state of the campus these days on his and a lot of others, too many, actually. The radical nutbags are on the march and taking no prisoners. The prof is very articulate and trashes these assholes left and right. I am stealing two of his phrases: “Oedipal coddling,” and “ideological possession,” i.e., possession in the sense of being possessed by demons.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Kfm_qWpN0

    I checked out his course reading list and I would highly recommend it myself to anyone interested in how things work with us human beans. As he says, it is scary to realize and to know just how much malevolence we are capable of.

  24. Oh, and in the Necrology Department”

    David Rockefeller has croaked at 101 and good riddance. Mrs. OFD roomed with one of his nieces at Emma Willard; she was OK, but obviously of the upper crust, I guess.

    And RIP Chuck Berry, who has no particular place to go. At 90.

  25. Well, I finished getting the second apple tree in the ground. Ground which is supposed to be loamy sand according to the deed, but is in fact clay reinforced with a thick web of roots.

    While chopping down thru said roots, I discovered that pvc sprinkler pipe sounds, and cuts, exactly like roots. I had everything I needed to fix (replace) 18″ of pipe, but I couldn’t get it dry. So off to the store for some sharkbite fittings. They push on, and can go on wet.

    Had to work much faster than I would have due to blocking the neighbor’s driveway, after the repair setback, so I’m pretty beat.

    Tomorrow I’ll get the cukes and zukes in the ground, get a couple beds dressed, and when the pickup is finally empty, pick up what I need for some more woodpile racking. That pecan will make for some fine burning and probably some good smoke chips in a year or so.

    Oh, and I’ll get whatever the juice for rotting out stumps is…

    All this while recovering from flu and bad back, AND getting ready for the local hamfest on Saturday. I’ve got a ton of stuff to sell, and am hoping for at least a $500-700 day at the swapmeet. If I bring some of the radios I’m hoarding, and if the o-scopes sell, I could double that which would make for a very pleasant day standing around chatting with hams.

    nick

  26. Mr. nick is my hero. Yikes. I dunno how you do all that stuff down there, esp. in that heat and humidity and just coming off being sick as a broke-dick dawg. Damn, son.

    I’ll be doing a couple of big loads of laundry in the laundromat dryers tomorrow, mostly wife’s stuff; you’d think three or four big families lived here. Sometimes works out well because I can sit and read and they play an oldies station over the speakers and occasionally I get to chat with some of the lower-class locals, in meatspace. See and hear what they’re talking about. Or I can run off and do some other errand and come back within the hour; it’s near the big “city” downtown.

    After that, a recon to a mass up the road in Swanton. Wednesday night another such recon in the next town down, Georgia. And Thursday PM the Latin mass down at the co-cathedral in Burlap. Wife wants to start going back regular again but she don’t much care for the Latin mass and insists, rightfully, that the other modern mass is legit; sometimes I’m not so sure. Two more mass recons over the weekend here in Snarl-binz. (that’s how locals pronounce it). And the towns of Swanton and Milton are pronounced without the ‘t.’

    Prepping? When the next check/s roll in; cash put aside; and this month, a major haul of food. So I gotta assemble more shelving in the cellar. Next month: cash again, and ammo. Focusing on 9mm, 10mm, and 5.56.

    Continuing fussing with the radios and antennas and studying for the amateur licenses. Ditto the FLL and Class III FFL.

    Clean bill of health today so life is good.

    Wife having a nervous fit over the coming Jeopardy! taping next week; ‘she’ll fuck it up and humiliate herself in front of a billion people, etc, etc.’ I think I joked her out of that line of thinking for now. She’s boning up for it all week. No family can make it to the taping, but one of her work colleagues who lives in San Diego will be there with her, so that’s good.

    More meatspace this week and next, so that’s good, too.

  27. Been a long time since I watched Jeopardy, but IIRC PRESIDENTS!! If you aren’t solid on the presidents, you’ll never make it. Could all have changed of course…

    n

    Ended up with some nice sunburn on the neck and ears. Got some pure aloe gel on it. Got a couple of blisters at the end, when my gloves got wet and I got hurried. Otherwise, I like the thin knit plastic dipped gloves that Costco sells in the 10 pack. I wear them as winter ‘driving gloves’ when it’s cold, and I suppose they would make ok tactical gloves. You can tie knots with them on….

  28. “If you aren’t solid on the presidents, you’ll never make it.”

    She watched a past Final Question segment today and it was about popes’ names. So you make yer bet and then they spring the question on ya. Which pope’s name in the last half of the 20th-C was the same in English as in Latin? She got it, but she says she’s slower remembering shit now because age. I told her keep doing it; the mental memory stuff works a lot like the muscle memory chit. Get in the groove, baby.

    “I wear them as winter ‘driving gloves’ when it’s cold, and I suppose they would make ok tactical gloves. You can tie knots with them on….”

    Like when it plummets to the low 60s? Good tip, though; if you can tie knots with them, you can also pull triggers and push buttons. I’ll look for them; would be nice to have if they stay warm enough up here for me to tie a knot or pull a trigger. Otherwise I’ve been wearing thin Mechanix gloves so fah.

  29. My brother sent me a link to this guy’s Tube channel and this segment:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTsch129Zwg&feature=youtu.be

    Funny, and accurate. Good point at the end; when all the MSM stories about tRump and the Russians, tRump and his tax returns, etc., etc. to be bullshit with no evidence, it then tends to pre-inoculate him in the future for any real shit that he does do. And they got the point that it’s probably a mini civil war within the corporate fascist oligarchy/Deep State.

  30. Thanks, Mr. nick.

    It so happens that at least two or three of some hacking attempts in one of my email accounts originated with an IP address in Ukraine.

    But yeah, cool rabbit hole. Shit, I’ll bring this with me to the laundromat tomorrow and watch some chit on my Kindle Fire.

  31. Mr Atoz wrote:

    “I could be a fake scientist like Neil deGrasse “Choom Gang” Tyson and Bill Nye the Douchebag Guy. What a pair of fukstiks. Throw in Obola and you have the trifecta of dumb.”

    Don’t forget Lawrence Krauss. Ya know that, due to Trump and Global Warming, we’re closer to Midnight than we were during the Cuban Missile Crisis…

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-27/nuclear-doomsday-clock-ticks-closest-to-midnight-in-64-years/8216458

  32. OFD wrote:

    “The other one had me pretty much bare-ass nekkid and being examined thoroughly by two cute young women, one the PA and the other the doc. They couldn’t keep their hands off me…”

    Damn, I’m seeing the wrong doctor.

    The closest I’ve come to this is a dental hygienist in a low cut top who insisted in pressing her boobs into my neck and face while she was cleaning my fangs. I thought of complaining to the dentist about this blatant invasion of my personal space but took into account that she was a Kiwi and was probably desperate for some male attention.

  33. Yeah, male attention from other than a damp and smelly ram. Although how she’d know the difference…?

    I had expected the usual elderly male doc or some male PA, but nope, first the young blond PA, and then the exotic-looking, possibly Mediterranean or Indonesian doc. I thought to myself, WTF, am I hallucinating off some wicked old acid trip residue in my synapses? Still at home in bed having a wet dream? Nope.

    I only told the wife that my exam went well and all systems go; did not mention the docs.

    It was very tough maintaining control over the usual savage and violent patriarchal oppressive impulses.

    After I left I thought about calling in for another such appointment as I discovered something vital that needs attention, but I can’t make it there until after 6PM (when everyone else would be gone….), etc., but I don’t think I could pull that off.

  34. Harold writes: “. Hong Kong besides having a flat tax (10% when I was there) does NOT have Pay as you Earn (witholding). You get your FULL paycheck every month and it’s up to you to put $$ aside to pay the tax man at the end of the year.”

    That’s how Switzerland does it as well. It’s a great system, because people feel the pain when they pay their taxes. This gives people a serious motivation to see taxes kept low.

    Of course, the leftist politicians who want MOAR government are always trying to find other ways to increase government income. The current favorite is increasing VAT, which is completely invisible to the end consumer (except for increase prices in the stores). It looks like VAT is about to go up another 0.6%.

    Switzerland has half the solution in place: The government isn’t allowed to run a deficit. What’s missing is the other half: A hard cap on total government income and/or expenditures, to prevent taxes from going up and up and up.

    There is one thing I dislike about Swiss politics, though. That is the idea that you can legislate politeness. There are topics that are literally illegal to discuss. Denying the Holocaust is the most famous example. Insulting foreign heads of state. Racism in general. Various others. The leftists are now working to extend this generally to “hate speech”, to include whatever specific topics (homophobia, sexism, etc.) that they want.

    I’m a member of the local Pirate Party, because it’s the only party to have a clue on technical issues, and I figure they deserve the support. However, the current party leaders are mostly naive leftists in other respects. I’d like to see them concentrate on what the PP is supposed to represent: sensible IP laws, privacy, encryption, etc.. But they want to stake out positions on basic income, hate speech, etc. that are just intolerable. Makes for interesting discussions on the forums, which helps me polish my written German (which may actually be the bigger motivation).

  35. “The owner of this website (grabagun.com) has banned the country or region your IP address is in (BE) from accessing this website.”

    Boo, hiss. And I could actually own a .50 BMG here, though if I were spending the money, I’d go for a bolt-action rather than a semi.

  36. I can’t access the site either (CH). Can’t be bothered to proxy at the moment, but…what kind of site is it, and why do they care?

  37. Guns and accessories. Ruger AR-556’s for $480 + $8 shipping. Not bad.

  38. I get their newsletter and they are always running contests giving away rifles and handguns. Getting some sales flyers in my inbox is a small price to pay for entering the giveaways…. MUCH better odds than almost any other type of contest that would give away $500-$1000 prizes.

    They usually have a ‘loss leader’ at a very good price, and decent prices overall.

    n

    don’t know why they would ban anyone from looking, buying yes, as the export rules are probably onerous.

  39. Welcome back, RBT. I hope you are feeling better today!

    “Ruger AR-556’s for $480 + $8 shipping. Not bad.”

    It is to weep. I can’t get a new AR-pattern rifle around here for less than a thousand bucks, and that is without all the bells and whistles. I didn’t even want one, but then the PTB decided that average citizens ought not to be allowed to have one, so now I NEED one, just out of contrariness.

  40. Occasionally I forget that most people are stupid, and people in comments sections are particularly bad. The only places I routinely read comments are where I’ve found an actual community having a discussion.

    Whenever I forget that most are full of garbage, I read some on “general interest” stuff like name brand news sites or youtube. Holy hell the world is full of morons that just can’t keep their fat yaps shut.

    /rant
    n

  41. [snip] Oh, and I’ll get whatever the juice for rotting out stumps is… [snip]

    The Spectracide brand didn’t work very well on the stump of my sycamore tree a few years back. I had better luck drilling a few 3/4″ holes and filling with good old NaCl.

  42. It is another glorious day of President tRump fulfilling his Prophesy. He is kicking the can so far down the road, I’ll be ashes by the time TSHTF.

    The Dumbocrats are jumping off cliffs and crying because tRump is going to blow up the World. Nuclear war with the NORKS. Nuclear war with the Rooskies. Nuclear war with the Chicomms.

    I can’t wait for Gorsuch to get on the bench. I can only hope he is not another Roberts. The first case that swings conservative will cause Dumbocrat heads to explode. They’ll be calling for a lynching. Ha! Time to go wash my truck with those liberal unicorn tears.

  43. The normal stuff to rot stumps is technical-grade potassium nitrate, which is also a handy oxidizer to have on hand anyway. Think black powder.

    It’s sold in hardware stores under various brand names, most of which are nearly 100% potassium nitrate.

  44. Has anyone tried rotting stumps with snowflake tears? They’re efficacious for many other applications.

  45. I’d worry that Momma Gaia would have a violent response to such a powerless solution, applied with the intent of doing actual work. The polarity of the earth’s core might reverse, and a bean stalk might carry my little cottage up into the sky.

    Now if I could just apply a large helping of ‘the truth.’ [it burns, oh how it burns]

    n

  46. Now if I could just apply a large helping of ‘the truth.’ [it burns, oh how it burns]

    Nicely snarky! I approve!

  47. I also approve!

    And good riddance also to Martin McGuinness. Enjoy your reunion with Ian Paisley. And all your murdered victims.

  48. “Whenever I forget that most are full of garbage, I read some on “general interest” stuff like name brand news sites or youtube. Holy hell the world is full of morons that just can’t keep their fat yaps shut.”

    Think of it as a gruesome traffic accident. You don’t want to look but you cannot look away.

    Yeah – doesn’t work for me either.

  49. “And good riddance also to Martin McGuinness. Enjoy your reunion with Ian Paisley.”

    There’s a vast gulf between them now. Recall the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.

  50. No, they’re both enjoying their nice warm stay by the fire. Although supposedly the latter had some major regrets near the end of his life, like so many of us do.

    And here’s a taste of the former guy:

    “… “I have never been in the IRA. I don’t have any sway over the IRA”.

    In 2005, Michael McDowell, the Irish Tánaiste, stated McGuinness, along with Gerry Adams and Martin Ferris, were members of the seven-man IRA Army Council.[24] McGuinness denied this, saying he was no longer an IRA member. Experienced Troubles journalist Peter Taylor presented further apparent evidence of McGuinness’s role in the IRA in his documentary Age of Terror, shown in April 2008.[25] In his documentary, Taylor alleges that McGuinness was the head of the IRA’s Northern Command and had advance knowledge of the IRA’s 1987 Enniskillen bombing, which left 11 civilians dead.[26]

  51. No entry for MMcG?

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/–M6_SlsnIBE/WND-54mhfBI/AAAAAAADAxE/GqMvDh4IUWw1lxvE-rHcsRryImvTCDzLQCLcB/s1600/untitled.jpg

    Norman Tebbit’s eulogy is one of the better passages of vitriol I have seen recently. of course, he’s had since the Brighton Bombings in 1984 to work on it:

    “I’m just pleased that the world is a sweeter and cleaner place now. He was not only a multi-murderer, he was a coward. He knew that the IRA were defeated because British intelligence had penetrated right the way up to the Army Council and that the end was coming. He then sought to save his own skin and he knew that it was likely he would be charged before long with several murders which he had personally committed and he decided that the only thing to do was to opt for peace. He claimed to be a Roman Catholic. I hope that his beliefs turn out to be true and he’ll be parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant corner of hell for the rest of eternity.”

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