Month: April 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

09:30 – It was 59F (15C) when I took Colin out at 0645 this morning, gray and damp. We’re to have rain on and off over the next several days. Barbara is off to the gym and supermarket this morning and is volunteering this afternoon at the Friends of the Library bookstore.

Barbara and I were reading the local paper yesterday at lunch. I was scanning through the police/court reports section and noticed something horrifying. A 16-year-old girl had been arrested and is due to go to trial on 5 May for intentionally contaminating food or drink. She and two other teenage girls are believed to have put a drug in another teen’s drink which disabled the victim physically and mentally, presumably temporarily. I hope they throw the book at them. In fact, I suggested to Barbara that if it were up to me, I’d haul them all down to the public square, strip them to the waist, clamp them into the stocks, and give them 100 lashes each with a cat ‘o nine tails.

When I mentioned that, Barbara told me about another recent incident that was really, really horrifying. From what Barbara knew, about a dozen(!) teenage girls decided for thrills to murder a random woman by placing sleeping pills in her food or drink. They never carried out their plan because one of them chickened out and reported the scheme to the police.

These girls are irretrievably broken. They’re murderous psychopaths, and the best course would be to try them and, if they’re convicted, convene a public hanging.

I admit to being shocked when I heard this news. I expect stuff like that to happen in the cities, which is bad enough,  but not in little Sparta. There are obviously good kids and bad kids, and always have been anywhere and anywhen. But up here I expected bad kids to do stuff like shoplifting or maybe stealing cars. The worst of them I might expect to commit armed robberies. But not something like this.

I got email yesterday from someone who’s very concerned about North Korea launching a nuclear attack on the US. He’s seen the news articles about the Japanese government evacuating the 70,000 Japanese citizens currently in South Korea, and about the Hawaii legislature revamping and restocking their fallout shelters, which had last been maintained in 1985.

Maybe they know something we don’t, but I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that North Korea could launch a nuclear attack against even Hawaii let alone the continental US. Not that that little maniac dictator wouldn’t do it if he could, but I think doing so is well beyond their capabilities and is likely to remain so for many years. That’s not to say that North Korea couldn’t attack South Korea, of course, and that might rapidly escalate if China, Japan, Russia, the US, and other real powers got involved. But I think nuclear attack is very low on the list of things to worry about.

That said, prepping for such an eventuality isn’t much different from prepping for general serious emergencies. You’ll want water, food, medical supplies, etc. stored away. The one real difference is the radiation threat.

A nuclear detonation produces four types of harmful radiation. Neutrons are produced by the explosion, and are a threat only if you’re in the immediate vicinity. Gamma rays are penetrating, and are produced both by the explosion itself and by radionuclides that are deposited on vaporized soil and subsequently become part of fallout particles. Alpha and beta radiation are produced by radionuclides deposited on fallout particles, but neither of those types of radiation are strongly penetrating. Both are dangerous only if they are in direct contact with your skin or, worse, are ingested.

But fallout gamma radiation can be blocked only by putting a lot of mass between you and the radiation source. For typical gamma radiation, the tenth-value layer is about 2.2 inches of concrete (at ~150 pounds/ft^3) or 3.3 inches of dirt (at ~100 pounds/ft^3). That means that reducing radiation levels by a factor of 1,000 requires either about 22 inches of concrete, just under two feet, or 33 inches of dirt, or just under three feet.

If you’re concerned, the first thing you need to do is make a fallout shelter, which can be as simple as a trench in your yard, roofed with 4X4 supports and plywood or solid-core doors covered with a pile of dirt. For more information about formal or ad hoc shelters, I recommend Cresson Kearney’s book, Nuclear War Survival Skills. You can buy a printed copy on Amazon or simply download an electronic copy on the Internet. It’s out of copyright, so it’s even legal to grab a copy.

You may also want to stock either potassium iodide or potassium iodate, which we’ve discussed before, and perhaps a radiation survey meter like this one. Perhaps pick up a roll of Visqueen and some duct tape in case you need to seal your doors and windows. Again, I don’t think the threat is likely to materialize, but I certainly don’t take issue with anyone who decides to prepare for it anyway.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

09:19 – It was 57F (14C) when I took Colin out at 0645 this morning, sunny and with a slight breeze. Rain and thunderstorms are to move in this afternoon.

This is a slow time of year for kit sales. We can go a week or more without a single order, and then get a small flurry of orders over a day or two. Yesterday, for example, we shipped three kits and got orders for five more, including four to Canada. I just hope those don’t take a detour through Paris, France like the kit we shipped to Canada late last month.

We’ve been watching various stuff on Netflix and Amazon streaming, including Roman Empire: Reign of Blood and Father Brown on Netflix and The First World War on Amazon. All of those are reasonably well done, although the Roman one, set during the reign of Commodus, is rather odd. I suppose it would be classed as a docu-drama, with costumed actors playing the Romans, interspersed with short talking-head interviews with various Classics professors to explain what’s going on. I must say I’m a bit disappointed with those professors, all of whom apparently learned Church Latin rather than Classic Latin. It’s a bit jarring to hear them (mis)pronounce most Latin names: lew-sill-uh rather than luh-kill-uh, mar-see-uh rather than mar-kee-uh, and so on. Guys (and girl), the Romans ALWAYS pronounced the letter C hard, as in K. If they wanted a modern soft C, they used S. Same problem with the classic Roman I, which in short form was pronounced “ih” and in long form was pronounced “ee”. Almost without exception, a terminal “i” was pronounced “ee” and never “eye”. For the long eye sound, the Romans used “ae”. I wonder if anyone still teaches Classic Latin nowadays.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

09:01 – It was 50F (10C) when I took Colin out at 0700 this morning, gray and drizzling again. The next few days are to be like this, which is fine with us. Barbara is off to the gym this morning, and will be working on kit stuff this afternoon.

When I took Colin out after his breakfast, I checked the gauge on our propane tank for the first time. It was showing right at 60%, which indicates about 195 gallons still in the tank. Given that they originally filled the 325-gallon tank with 200 gallons of propane (61.5%), that means we’ve used only about 5 gallons of propane since mid-December, or about 1.25 gallons/month. If that rate is accurate, which I doubt, a full tank would last us about 208 months or 17 years.

Rebecca Ann Parris has an interesting and useful article up on Pat Henry’s site: Prepper Must-Haves: Vices

Overall, Pat’s site gets my vote as the most useful prepping site out there. In particular, Ms. Parris’s articles are always worth reading. Unlike many authors, she doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. In fact, I may start re-posting her articles here.

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10:33 – The propane guy just left. We now have a full tank. He said he doesn’t trust the gauges on the tank. He said the tank has a dip tube that extends down to the maximum fill level, so he just pumps propane until liquid propane starts squirting out the dip tube vent. That way, he’s sure it’s full. Sometimes, a tank fills up while the gauge still indicates 70% or less, and sometimes when it indicates 95%.

The tanker pumps about 1.5 gallons of propane per second, so it doesn’t take long to fill even a large tank. We expected our tank to take the original 60 gallon underfill plus however much we’d used since mid-December. The total was 62.6 gallons, so either we’re using hardly any propane or they originally actually filled the tank to more than 200 gallons. The total bill was $160.94, or about $2.57/gallon.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

09:16 – It was 53.7F (12C) when I took Colin out at 0645 this morning, gray and drizzling. Barbara is out today, at a volunteer meeting this morning and then the bookstore this afternoon.

We had chicken fried rice for dinner yesterday, all from LTS food. In the normal course of things, we don’t have rice that often, maybe three times a month. But we do like it and it’s extremely flexible, so I keep a metric boatload in our LTS food pantry. A pound of rice, a small can of chicken or other meat, a few dehydrated vegetables, soy sauce, and other incidentals, and you have enough fried rice to feed a full meal to four people. It can also be added to soups to bulk them up, used as the basis of a casserole or a rice pudding, and so on. And it’s cheap and stores forever. If your LTS food storage goal is a one-year supply, you should probably have at least 100 pounds of rice per person stored.

Speaking of LTS food and cooking, I called Blue Ridge Co-op yesterday to arrange to have our propane tank topped off. When they delivered and installed the tank last December, they were out of the 250-gallon tanks so they installed a 325-gallon tank instead. They fill propane tanks to 80% of nominal capacity and they deliver the tank already filled. Our 325-gallon tank holds 260 gallons, but instead of filling it to 260 gallons they filled it to the 200-gallon level appropriate for a 250-gallon tank because their computer wouldn’t let them transfer any more than 200 gallons into what it thought was a 250-gallon tank. So we’re currently at 200 gallons less however much we’ve used for the propane cooktop since December. I’m guessing that’s maybe 20 gallons, so topping it off should be maybe 80 gallons worth. Running the largest burner in our cooktop for an hour or so per day should consume about one gallon per week, which means a full tank of 260 gallons is about five years’ worth. Even in a long-term emergency we should be good for at least a full year, and probably two, assuming we’re cooking for more than just the two of us plus Colin. And, of course, in that situation, we’d also be using solar ovens heavily to minimize propane use.

I see that Japan has about 70,000 citizens currently in South Korea and the government is taking steps to evacuate them back to Japan. And the Hawaii state legislature is concerned about North Korean launching a nuclear attack on the islands. Hawaii formerly maintained a strong shelter and civil-defense program, but allowed it to lapse from lack of funding. The last time shelters were inspected, food stocks replaced, and so on was in 1985. A legislative committee has unanimously recommended that the shelters be updated and emergency supplies replaced.

Even assuming funding is made available, doing what needs to be done will take months. My take is that doing so is a good idea, although I think the probability of the Norks launching a nuclear attack is nearly zero. Not that they wouldn’t do so if they could, but just as military leaders must act on an enemy’s capabilities rather than his perceived intentions, there are times when action should be taken on perceived enemy intentions rather than perceived capabilities. In other words, if we think the enemy intends to attack OR is capable of attacking, we should take steps accordingly. Hawaii is particularly vulnerable because it imports most of its food.

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Monday, 17 April 2017

08:54 – It was 55.4F (13C) when I took Colin out at 0700 this morning, bright and sunny. Barbara just left for the gym. Colin is barking like mad to let me know that the garbage truck just pulled up out front and is stealing our garbage.

We got all the science kit stuff that arrived Saturday checked in, inventoried, and packed away yesterday. Other big orders will be arriving this week and next week. I’m not sure where we’ll put it all. Yesterday, we pulled two cases of 500 15mL and 50mL centrifuge tubes and a case of 1,100 bottles down off the high storage shelves for use in building kits. The space that freed up on the shelves is now full again of the stuff that arrived Saturday.

The first class for the General Class ham radio license is coming up in a couple of weeks. I asked Barbara yesterday if she’d like to come along to meet everyone. She said she would, although I warned her that the class itself would probably not interest her. She pointed out that, in general, women attend such events with their husbands even if they have no interest in them, while husbands seldom attend such events with their wives if they’re not interested. I replied that that’s because women generally are social creatures while men generally are anti-social. That goes back to our hunter-gatherer days, when men were the hunters and women the gatherers. That’s also why men are tightly focused on the job at hand to the exclusion of all else and so don’t notice surrounding superficialities, while women are generally aware of their surrounding environments.

Or at least women used to be, due to genetic adaptations. A successful hunter had to maintain laser focus on finding and killing prey, while a successful gatherer had to be aware of the tiniest details in the area that surrounded her. Nowadays, most women have lost that situational awareness, although most men tend to maintain focus on the job at hand.

Although even men are changing. In times past, the vast majority of men were alphas, genetically, physically, and temperamentally suited to be hunters and warriors. There were a few betas, who became the artists and other wusses. Nowadays, that proportion is reversed. Alpha males are becoming rare, with betas, gammas, and even omegas commonplace. I suspect that very few young men nowadays have ever even thrown or taken a punch. Even our military men are becoming increasingly wussified.  All of that has resulted from 50 or 60 years’ worth of female teachers trying to convert little boys into little girls, unfortunately with a great deal of success.


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Sunday, 16 April 2017

09:41 – It was 53.7F (12C) when I took Colin out at 0715 this morning, sunny and with a slight breeze. It’s now up to about 72F (22C).

FedEx showed up yesterday with a bunch of boxes from an order I placed Thursday afternoon. As the guy was unloading the boxes, I told him I was glad they’d shipped FedEx instead of UPS. Maybe 50% of the boxes we receive via UPS appear undamaged, but the other half are invariably bashed up, ripped, crushed, and so on, sometimes so badly that items have actually leaked out through the gaps that UPS reseals. That isn’t unique to where we are now, either. It was the same in Winston. Basically, USPS almost never damages shipments, FedEx damages maybe 10% of them, and UPS damages them as often as not.

At any rate, we now have several hundred each of beakers, 10 mL and 100 mL graduated cylinders, red and black alligator clip leads, etc. etc. to get checked in, inventoried, and packed away. We’ll do that this afternoon, because there are three more even larger shipments due to arrive over the next few days.

And I see that things continue to heat up on the Korean peninsula. The Norks had yet another failed test missile launch yesterday, but if the world continues to allow them to test ballistic missiles, they’ll eventually get it right. The Chinese have already threatened to use force to bring NK back into line, with some rumors saying the Chinese are even considering using nukes. One way or another, the Kim regime needs to be toppled, even if that means China annexing NK. At least there’d be adults in charge if that happened. As things stand, the Norks are basically rabid dogs, and there’s ultimately only one solution for rabid dogs. You kill them before they attack someone. But this isn’t our problem. The Chinese, Sorks, and Japanese need to deal with it before it gets even further out of hand.


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Saturday, 15 April 2017

09:16 – It was 55.5F (13C) when I took Colin out at 0715 this morning.

I got the taxes finished and in the mail yesterday. All four of them: federal and state income, NC sales tax, and NC corporate annual report and filing fee. I was even two weeks early on the NC sales tax return, which wasn’t due until 4/30.

Barbara stopped up at Bonnie’s house the other day. Gene and Janice were up there clearing things out. Gene gave Barbara a bag of Bonnie’s potatoes, which Barbara intends to plant in the garden plot just to see how they do. She may also plant some sweet potatoes, along with the other root crops we’d already planned to plant: turnips, parsnips, carrots, onions, and so on.

The goal isn’t bulk food production. Our garden plot is only something like 500 square feet (50 square meters). All we’re doing at this point is learning what works and what doesn’t. Getting some fresh produce out of it is just a side benefit. We’re also planning to plant small test stands of a couple grains–probably amaranth, barley, and nude oats–and some sunflowers, which produce both seed protein and oil. For now, those are for the birds and small animals.

Besides finishing the taxes yesterday, I got in the last of the current group of bulk orders for science kit components. Once those arrive, we’ll have everything we need other than the chemicals to make up several hundred more science kits. We’ll get those done over the next two or three months in preparation for the autumn rush.

We’re taking a break from intensive prepping for now. We’re in pretty good shape on food, water, power, medical, comms, security, and so on. I’ll still have Barbara pick up another couple 50-pound bags each of sugar and flour at Costco when she goes down to Winston next week. That’s mainly to replace routine use, but also to continue gradually building our stocks of dry staples.

Just as we were running out of things to watch on streaming and DVD, a new crop has shown up. I have new seasons of Heartland, Murdoch Mysteries, and a couple of other series we follow ready to burn to DVD, and a bunch of other series has either just shown up on Netflix and Amazon streaming, or is about to. We just started the recent BBC version of Father Brown the other night. Five seasons and 65 episodes worth. I commented to Barbara that I was surprised. It goes almost without saying that recent BBC series are going to be diverse and politically-correct, but so far this series has no diversity and might have been made in the 60’s or 70’s.

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Friday, 14 April 2017

09:02 – It was 55.2F (13C) when I took Colin out at 0715 this morning, with heavy fog. Our back fence line and the trees along it were barely visible, but everything beyond it was a uniform gray.

More and more web sites are now on my no-visit list, as they implement anti-ad/script-blocking measures. I run Adblock Plus and NoScript on Firefox. I happened to use Firefox yesterday afternoon to visit one of those sites. The main page looked normal, but clicking on any of the articles displayed an error page that said there was either a problem with my internet connection or I was running an ad or script blocker and that I should disable it. Yeah, right, like that’s gonna happen. Instead, I took the action that most of their former readers will take and removed them from my bookmarks. Anyone who allows ads to display or scripts to run on a website is just asking to be infected with malware or other serious problems.

Attempts to block adblockers and script blockers have become rampant over the last few months. I blame it on Trump, since it seems to have started right around then. Facebook famously tried to implement blocking of ad/script blockers and failed miserably. The same is true of other sites. But the thing is, even if a site somehow succeeds, all it’s doing is driving off most of its readers. The problem is that sites regard ad revenue as the only way to pay their costs, while readers regard ads and scripts as completely unacceptable. There simply are NO acceptable ads. If you want to monetize your site, put up a paywall or a tip jar.

If that drives you out of business, so be it. Die gracefully instead of polluting your readers’ screens. Just be aware that most readers don’t consider your content to be worth paying for at all, let alone by letting obnoxious, dangerous ads be displayed on their systems. And only a tiny fraction will donate via tip jar, let alone by subscribing. You simply don’t have any content that is worth paying for. And by “paying for” I include such minimal things as giving you a valid email address.

There’s apparently a new report out that has panicked commercial websites. In Germany, 40% of internet users use ad/script blockers; in France, it’s 30%; in the US, it’s still under 20%. It’s time for us all to strike back. Those figures need to be 100%. For many years, every time I install or degrunge someone’s computer, the first thing I do is install AdBlock Plus and NoScript. We should all be doing this. Every time you see someone’s computer running without blockers, tell them of the dangers of running barefoot and offer to install blockers for them and show them how they work. If everyone with basic computer smarts does this for all of his friends and acquaintances, we can get the percentage of systems running blockers up much closer to 100%, making it impossible for parasitic web sites like The Atlantic, Facebook, etc. to earn money from ads. Any web site owner who thinks ads are an acceptable way to generate revenue needs to be awakened rudely. Let’s drive them out of business.

And, yes, I’m looking at you, Google.

I got another one of “those” emails overnight. I periodically get emails, sometimes from long-time readers, who think I’m not just expecting a TEOTWAWKI event but actually looking forward to it. They’re wrong on both counts.

On the first, I’ve said over and over that I’m not expecting a TEOTWAWKI event but instead a gradual (or not-so-gradual) slide toward dystopia. Yes, a TEOTWAWKI event is possible. In fact, it’s likely, depending on your time frame. I’ve guesstimated the probability of such an event at 0.03/year, so over the long term it’s more likely than not to occur. But if my guesstimate is correct, that also means that the probability of things continuing pretty much as they are is 0.97/year. So our preparations focus on that 0.97 probability, with just a nod when possible to the 0.03.

As to the second point, not only am I not looking forward to a world-ending catastrophe, I dread it as much as any sane person does. Probably for different reasons than most people. I’m not concerned with the humanity thing. I don’t really care if 100 million Americans die, except to the extent that such an event affects me, my family, and my friends. Yes, if I could wave a magic wand and cause every prog/neocon/politician/bankster to cease to exist, I’d do so, but only if it didn’t inconvenience me and mine. That’s not an option, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that no such event occurs.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

09:25 – It was 48.1F (9.5C) when I took Colin out at 0715 this morning, partly cloudy and breezy. Barbara just called to check in. She’s due back from Winston around mid-afternoon, so Colin and I need to get things cleaned up a bit before then. We’ve been wild womening and partying since she left.

I watched several more WWII propaganda films last night. Of course, everything was slanted into an us-versus-them perspective, as one would expect of propaganda films, but despite the slant the underlying reality was there.

I thought the one on Japan did a pretty good job of pointing out the differences between the two cultures, ours free and theirs utterly subordinate in all things to their emperor. Interestingly, the film took pains to point out that the differences weren’t racial. The scrolling text that opened the film extolled the loyalty and bravery of the Nisei, people of Japanese heritage who had been born in the US and were citizens and who fought valiantly for the US in both Europe and the Pacific.

The film also demonized the Japanese in Japan as vicious, mindless thugs, whose highest aspiration was to die in battle for their emperor, a true representation of the way things were. One factoid I wasn’t aware of was that the average Japanese soldier was 5’3″ tall and weighed 117 pounds, about the size of the average American woman at the time. The Japanese soldiers were little bastards, but vicious.

Both that film and the one about the Nazis made the point that both of their educational systems were designed to indoctrinate rather than educate, and that the primary goal of both was to raise children who would unquestioningly obey orders and do nothing on their own initiative.

And that had a big effect on their respective armies. When I was college, I met a man about my dad’s age. He’d been a junior officer in the 1st SS panzer division in France just after the Normandy invasion, and had also served on the Russian Front. I asked him about the differences between the various armies, and what he had to say was fascinating.

With regard to the German versus Russian armies, he said that decision-making authority was at a much lower level in his army than in the Russian army. As a company-grade officer, his superior officers told him what goal he was responsible for achieving and in broad-brush terms how to go about getting it done. From that point, he made the decisions as to how to employ his company to get the job done. He made decisions like calling in artillery, air, or armor support that he said in the Russian army would be made by a field-grade officer, if not a general officer. That meant the German army was much more flexible in responding quickly to enemy action.

Then, after D-Day, the high command rushed the 1st SS panzer division west to counter the landings. What he found there was that Allied units, particularly US ones, shifted responsibility for tactical decision making even lower. He was stunned to learn that in US units decisions like calling in artillery/air/armor support that in his army would be made by officers of his rank or higher were often made by US enlisted men, sergeants or even privates. In short, US forces at all levels took the initiative rather than just following orders. Of course, in large part this was because the US forces were able to be so flexible because of their overwhelming superiority in materiel.

Which takes me to an interesting comment he made. In the German army, hand grenades were issued almost exclusively to specially-trained grenadiers, and were used sparingly. In the US, essentially every soldier might as well have been a trained grenadier because they’d all grown up playing sandlot baseball. They all carried grenades, and they used them lavishly. Rather than send a guy in the door of a building they had to clear, they’d toss in a grenade (or several grenades) before risking a man. And they never seemed to run short of grenades, he said.

I remember thinking of that conversation when I saw the movie Kelly’s Heroes, which involved a bunch of US soldiers forming an ad hoc unit on their own initiative to go and loot a pile of German-held gold. An early example of how socialism, National or otherwise, can’t compete with the free market and the profit motive.


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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

09:21 – It was 55.3F (13C) when I took Colin out at 0700 this morning, partly cloudy and breezy. Barbara just left for the gym. This afternoon, she’s headed down to Winston to meet friends for dinner. She’ll stay with Frances and Al tonight and then run some errands and head back home tomorrow.

For more than a decade, I’ve been doing what I can to encourage young people to pursue careers in science. Long enough now that I periodically get emails from parents and students who’ve gotten not just undergrad degrees in science, but graduate degrees and jobs in science. It doesn’t seem that long, but kids who got started as middle- or high-schoolers with one of our books or kits are now in graduate degree programs and some are actually employed as working scientists. Here’s the latest bit of cheerful news, this one from the Royal Society of Chemistry. My life in science: the good, the bad and the ugly

Email overnight from a young woman who’s been reading my blog for several years. She and her husband met as freshman undergrads, he majoring in pre-Med and she in nursing. They married immediately after graduation. She became a nurse and put him through med school. He finished his residency as an internist a couple years ago, and they both work at the same hospital in a large city in the Northeast.

Both are originally from smallish towns, and both want to get away from urban life and find a home in a smaller town where they can raise a family. Her husband has been offered a job in a small town practice in southwestern Virginia and has accepted the offer. The local hospital always needs nurses, and has offered her a job. So they’ve made two trips down to look for a house. They found what they were looking for, put in an offer, and it was accepted. They close the first of May and are now packing up their apartment in preparation for the move.

It’ll be a big change from urban apartment life to living in a large home on 10 acres with a barn and other outbuildings, but they’re both looking forward to it. She’s really excited about the prospect of having a horse again, as she did when she was a teenager. And she’s already planning her new chicken coop.

Her email to me ended, “Oh yeah. In case it isn’t obvious, Peter and I are serious preppers and our move is motivated as much by our desire to live somewhere safe as our love of rural life.”

Escape to the Country, indeed. Good for them.

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10:47 – I just got the following email from Dreamhost, which hosts this site and other various domains:

Our monitoring systems show that your site is frequently reaching the technical capacity of its hardware.

Hey there! Our monitoring systems show that your site is frequently reaching the technical capacity of its hardware. When this happens your website crashes and becomes briefly unavailable as we automatically restart it.

Here are the website usernames and how many times they were restarted within the last 30 days:

<my username>: 120

You have a few options at this point:

Upgrade your hosting to a fully managed Virtual Private Server (VPS). This will give you plenty of power tailored to your site’s exact needs.

Optimize your web apps and web content to be less resource-intensive. You may want to enlist a skilled webmaster to help you.

Take no action.  Your site will continue to run up against its hardware limits, but if you’re okay with it we are too!

This is not a high-traffic site, so my guess is that it’s one of the plug-ins that’s sucking CPU ticks. I’ve already deleted the Search Everything plug-in. I installed that only because Google had stopped indexing blog comments. They resumed indexing comments some months ago, so that plug-in was obsolete anyway. Google or another search engine gives better results anyway.

If I keep getting notices like this from Dreamhost, I’ll start disabling other plug-ins, so you may notice some changes in how the site works.

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