Tuesday, 18 July 2017

09:21 – It was 66.1F (19C) when I took Colin out at 0650, sunny and clear. Barbara is working around the house and yard this morning, and volunteering this afternoon.

We’re working on building more science kits, which is a lot easier now that the lab/work area in the unfinished part of the basement is again accessible. I spent some time yesterday placing orders for stuff we’re short of: 6,000 650-mg sodium bicarbonate tablets, a kilo of potassium hydroxide, three kilos each of citric acid, oxalic acid, and salicylic acid, and so on. Today I need to make up 10 liters of fertilizer concentrate, which we need for biology kits, another four liters of 6M hydrochloric acid, and so on. Kit sales are running slower than usual for July, but that’ll change any time now.

It’s a great relief to have our house back and clean again. Barbara is happy, so I’m happy.

Email overnight from Kathy. Her Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers have arrived, and her reaction was exactly the same as everyone else’s I’ve spoken with who’s done this: “What have I gotten myself into?” With almost a ton of flour, pasta, sugar, and other dry staples to be repackaged, she and her husband are looking at a major project.

Mike has finished one of the basement shelf-islands and the other is in progress. He plans to finish the second one this week, so they’ll have plenty of shelf space to hold the stuff. They are devoting this coming weekend to repackaging all of their bulk stuff and getting it and all the canned goods shelved.

Mike also picked up four used but clean food-grade 55-gallon plastic drums and faucets for them, along with enough concrete blocks to make stands for them. They don’t have room for them in their food room, but they’ll fit along the wall in the outer basement. He plans to get the faucets installed and get them up on the stands and filled this week. They’ll chlorinate the water and change it out every six months. They figure that’ll give them enough potable water to supply minimal drinking, cooking, and toilet flushing needs for the four of them for three weeks or so or, in a pinch, just drinking water for a couple months.

47 thoughts on “Tuesday, 18 July 2017”

  1. Congratz to Kathy and Mike for continuing their journey!

    Hearkening back to some previous discussion of concentration camps during WWII, we find this headline in the Daily Mail:

    “Kate and William face the horror of the Holocaust: Royal couple visit concentration camp in Poland and are visibly moved as they see piles of shoes discarded by the 65,000 people who died there”

    And we once again see the complicity of the media in normalizing evil. ” piles of shoes discarded by the 65,000 people who died there” NO. Piles of shoes stolen from some of the 65K people who were murdered there.

    n

  2. Also, 65,000 doesn’t sound like many. Of course, you mention that it was a concentration camp rather than a death camp, but even so. Even before the Nazis started actively murdering inmates, even mid-size concentration camps had hundreds of inmates die every day. So unless this was a very small camp or was not activated until very late in the war, 65,000 deaths seems like someone is minimizing things.

  3. “So unless this was a very small camp or was not activated until very late in the war, 65,000 deaths seems like someone is minimizing things.”

    I grimly suspect that these are the pairs not salvaged and reissued elsewhere.

  4. The media are such assholes; they STILL routinely describe hostages and prisoners being murdered by criminals and terrorists as having been “executed.”

    Surprising, kind of, that they would soft-pedal Nazi depredations and atrocities. Maybe the new stylebooks warn off possibly “triggering” sensitive souls out here.

    Overcast earlier but now sunny w/blue skies. We’re slogging away at the kitchen and back porch, mainly.

  5. I have 4 x 55 gal containers of water stored in my basement. Make sure you know exactly where you want them because once filled they are immovable. I am planning to reorganize my basement and those blue behemoths will have to be drained first.

  6. I don’t have a basement, but we keep books on pallets in our garage. I use a pallet jack to move them around. About 1,500# per pallet. When I get to the point of bulk water, I’ll probably put a couple of barrels on a pallet and secure them as best I can.

  7. Network question–

    I’ve connected my video doorbell by assigning it an IP address, and letting it connect to my wifi AP.

    I don’t see it using AngryIP scanner, browsing to the ip doesn’t connect (supposed to have internal web server), BUT it is accessible thru the internet using their app…

    So it MUST be on my network, as it’s using the outgoing portion.

    How can it be on my net but I can’t see it with scanner tools?

    n

  8. Is set to static, xxx.xxx.xxx.211 but no ping, no tcp, no udp, no icm….

    scanner scans all 254 addys…

    n

  9. nmap, wireshark?

    Seems a little odd so far. An “internal web server?”

    Hard re-set, change wifi pw?

  10. Is camera…

    might not have been set up correctly, as the app was garbage…

    Still, if it’s getting out, shouldn’t I be able to see it? It must have an IP for the NAT router to move it’s traffic back and forth, right?

  11. Re camera: do the camera settings show what port is being used? If port 123, then you need to browse to xxx.xxx.xxx.211:123 .

    Make sure that the netmask for the camera setting is 255.255.255.0 (which IIRC should allow access to xxx.xxx.xxx.0-254 ).

    Or use a port scanner on a computer inside the network to look at all possible ports for that IP address.

  12. How can it be on my net but I can’t see it with scanner tools?

    No open incoming ports on the device?

    Did you try port port 8080? Explicit https://?

    I second Wireshark to see how the device calls home. In theory, the VPN traffic could be tunneled over ICMP or DNS, bypassing TCP while reliably traversing NAT, but that’s awfully sophisticated for “Made in China” (guessing on country of origin).

    I’d be concerned about what else the device is up to if it turns out to be tunneling via ICMP or DNS.

  13. I turned 2i today (if you count in base 20). Makes me think of this great math puzzle from “Alice in Wonderland”:
    “Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is — oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate!”

    I am lazy so I copied this explanation but easy to work out on your own:

    “Alice is correct. 4*5=12… when expressed in base 18. … , following this pattern…

    4*5=12 (b18)
    4*6=13 (b21)
    4*7=14 (b24)
    4*8=15 (b27)
    4*9=16 (b30)
    4*10=17 (b33)
    4*11=18 (b36)
    4*12=19 (b39)
    4*13=1A (b42) (or about 32(b10) short of 20). The equation falls apart here. Alice will never get to 20 at this rate. :)”

  14. “Or use a port scanner on a computer inside the network to look at all possible ports for that IP address.

    that’s what I’ve been trying, and nothing shows on the address set, ie xxx.xxx.xxx.211 so I can’t port scan the addy, since it’s not on the network…

    yet when I use their cloud app, i can see the settings on the camera, and live video

    n

  15. “I grimly suspect that these are the pairs not salvaged and reissued elsewhere.”

    When we were at that location, the story told was the huge piles of belongings were what had not been processed when the camps were liberated. Very small amounts compared to the totals.

  16. Nick, there’s nothing that says that the IP camera has to respond to any packets from your local net. It can just connect to their servers and talk only through that connection.

    Your router should show that it’s been assigned an IP address, if you log in to the router’s control panel.

  17. Norman’s right. Check the router.

    Is it possible the camera connected to a different wifi router, maybe a neighbor’s? One you have running in the garage that you forgot about?

  18. No way it’s connected to anyone but me. Wife was able to see video, and me too. Looked at the ip connection table in the router, not thing there.

    F ing thing.

    I’ll start over when the wife gets home with an apple device. maybe the apple app works better.

    I just don’t understand how it is getting out without an IP address. Freaking router shouldn’t be able to do that.

    n

  19. Thanks a bunch, Mr. pcb!

    Some of us remember them daze like it was yesterdaze. I was a kid on summuh vay-cay at my grandparents’ house in Fairhaven getting over a bad case of sunburn from the beach. Not too, too far off that beach is Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, of course.

    Edward K. made the New Bedford Standard-Times with that caper, along with Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra on his yacht off Nantucket. A huge nooz day for the Standard-Times, probably the biggest since WWII and the previous 1954 and 1938 hurricanes.

    RIP Mary Jo Kopechne

  20. “I just don’t understand how it is getting out without an IP address.”

    Over here I have a couple of Ubiquiti Unifi APs and they have my internal network and a public network. I can’t see my Desktop from my kindle or phone.

    So, two wi-fi networks on top of the LAN.

  21. Edward K. made the New Bedford Standard-Times with that caper, along with Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra on his yacht off Nantucket. A huge nooz day for the Standard-Times, probably the biggest since WWII and the previous 1954 and 1938 hurricanes.

    Ted lucked out with the moon landing happening within 48 hours of the swim party.

  22. Yeah, I forgot to mention the moon landing; that also made it a huge day for the local paper back then. They probably had strokes trying to figure the placement of those three stories; Sinatra & Farrow, Edward K. and Mary Jo, and the moon landing.

  23. I thought the Moon landing was fake. Just like the Holocaust. I can say that ’cause I’m a Climate Change Denying mofo.

  24. Yeah, I forgot to mention the moon landing; that also made it a huge day for the local paper back then. They probably had strokes trying to figure the placement of those three stories; Sinatra & Farrow, Edward K. and Mary Jo, and the moon landing.

    Ted didn’t even go to the police until 10 AM on the 19th, and the news media effectively had zip until he issued his statement at 7 PM *on a Saturday night*. The papers back then were manually typeset and had to be “in bed” at 7-8 PM with late breaking stories possible until midnight but not with a lot of background material. Quality photos outside MA would have been a problem until the 20th.

    Someone knew what they were doing. IIRC old Joe was still alive, and Rose was definitely still coherent.

  25. Uh-oh…MrAtoz is a denier. He should be imprisoned and then executed, of course. All us tall white aliens should be executed. I lost the link but some uber-tall-white-alien librarian was bitching about having “racial fatigue” from always having to be around white people, esp. nasty white men who condescended to her and were always man-splaining chit to her. Probably while doing the man-spread thing (I plead GUILTY).

    I thought, well why doesn’t she get a librarian job at a black college or university, or over in the Congo? See how she likes that after about a week.

    “Someone knew what they were doing.”

    Old Joe was still alive, just barely, for a few more months; physically gone but mentally still fairly alert, I gather. But they had crime family fixers, of course, and somebody ran the op for Edward. And he skated. I never think of that event w/o also thinking of that poor girl suffocating in the submerged car until the last air ran out. Wondering where Edward went.

  26. Costco has an External Automatic Defibrillator kit for sale in their online only flyer for $999. Worth thinking about if you aren’t close to the EMS dispatch…and are ‘of a certain age.’

    It’s cheaper than a funeral.

    n

  27. Costco has an External Automatic Defibrillator kit for sale in their online only flyer for $999. Worth thinking about if you aren’t close to the EMS dispatch…and are ‘of a certain age.’

    It’s cheaper than a funeral.

    Wasn’t there some movie (comedy) of a guy trying to defibrillate himself ?

    As the survivor of much atrial fibrillation and quite a bit of tachycardia, I could do that to myself if needful. Really, really, really needful.

  28. I know if I saw a cute blonde yoga instructor coming to my croozer (after calling in to the dispatcher with her information who then relayed it to us, presumably) I would empty my mag across my partner’s (driver) chest and face and riddle her like a Swiss cheese.

    Rest assured if that was my wife, sister, daughter, whatever, Mr. Somali Musloid Asshole would eventually wind up disappeared. Permanently. As would any higher-up who manages to write this off.

  29. I saw the Wonder Woman movie today. Sigh. I would definitely rob a bank for her. Sigh.

  30. Isn’t she played by some former IDF chick?

    Hey, I’d rob a bank for Raquel Welch. Still.

    Or Julie Christie.

    That’s how bloody old I am, you whippersnappers!

  31. To each his own.

    We all can dream, can we not?

    Our gorgeous breezy weather disappeared today and we got the hot and humid chit again, with more to come in the next 24 hours, I guess, w/possible t-storms.

    Dog to vet; dump run; then to Mississiquoi National Wildlife Refuge a few miles up the road to get our National Park passes.

    Pax vobiscum, fratres….tempus fugit….

  32. “The only woman I’d rob a bank for is Sandra Bullock.”

    Amber Marshall.

  33. Wasn’t there some movie (comedy) of a guy trying to defibrillate himself ?

    I believe “Casino Royale” had a self defibrilator scene — the first Daniel Craig Bond flick.

    Philips AED. That’s the model I see everywhere.

    The brand also sticks out in my head because, when I lived in the area, Philips Healthcare was in the old Egghead Software complex in Issaquah.

  34. [snip] Rest assured if that was my wife, sister, daughter, whatever, Mr. Somali Musloid Asshole would eventually wind up disappeared. Permanently. As would any higher-up who manages to write this off. [snip]
    Does this apply to Blue Eyed Devil Protestant cops who pull the trigger without justification, too?

  35. Isn’t she played by some former IDF chick?

    Yes. Everyone in Israel is former IDF, but Gal Gadot first became known from an appearance in a Maxim spread, “The Chosen Ones: Israeli Defense Forces”.

    If you’re not a comic movie fan, Gadot and Chris Pine essentially doing his Captain Kirk character make the movie tolerable.

    I don’t think even Pine can save this mess, however. Oprah. Ugh, what was Disney thinking?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4U3TeY2wtM

    At least with Clooney’s Disney trainwreck ego project, The Mouse will eventually get “The Incredibles 2” out of the deal.

  36. “Does this apply to Blue Eyed Devil Protestant cops who pull the trigger without justification, too?”

    I can’t speak for OFD, but AFAIC it applies to any government employee or contractor who assaults anyone under color of authority.

  37. I can’t speak for OFD, but AFAIC it applies to any government employee or contractor who assaults anyone under color of authority.

    Ding ding ding!

    A penalty harsher than simple execution needs to apply.

    It’s a good sign that the driver of the car is talking to investigators, possibly cracking the traditional blue wall. We’ll see how it pans out. History suggests the blue wall and complicit DAs are very effective in shielding “the city’s finest”.

  38. And a ding, ding, ding here, too!

    Yes, of course it applies to tall white alien blue-eyed devil gummint stooges, minions and lackeys.

  39. Reminds me of a real police report I read, which was written back in the 40’s IIRC. My favorite part was this priceless gem, “… so I fired three warning shots into his chest.”

  40. Which, back then, would have probably been .38 Special, the old wheelgun cop’s standby. And no +P stuff, either. With a once-per-year qualification test on a stationary square range. That’s what ol’ OFD had in the AF and then again on a couple of the police departments; one department allowed us to carry whatever we could qualify with, so one guy had a .44 Mag, of course, and another interestingly had a .45 ACP revolver. The rest of us went to .357 Mag.

  41. Which, back then, would have probably been .38 Special, the old wheelgun cop’s standby.

    I like wheelguns.

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