Monday, 16 October 2017

09:21 – It was 52.6F (11.5C) when I took Colin out at 0700, overcast, damp, breezy, and nasty.


I’ve been ill since early this month. It started with some congestion and insomnia, which I almost never suffer from. My temperature was normal, so I figured it was just an allergic reaction to something that had started dumping pollen.

When I inhaled it felt like I was only able to inhale half as much air as usual. Barbara gave me a 12-hour Mucinex, which helped a lot. The first time. The second time, it helped, but not as much. After a couple of days on the stuff, I felt a pain in my lower back. Ruh-roh. Kidney stones are a side effect of guaiphenesin. Also, my fluid intake was down from my normal gallon or so (4 L) per day little over half that. So I discontinued the guaiphenesin and starting trying to force fluids. No lower back pain since then. I think the insomnia is an artifact of the breathing issue. I just can’t get comfortable, lying down, sitting up, whatever.

This morning, around 0400, I was thrashing around trying to get settled. I woke Barbara up, and she announced that she wasn’t going to go on her trip. She’s due to leave Friday. She said there’s no way she could enjoy herself, worrying about me the whole time.

So we talked about it some more, and I agreed to go to the doctor and get checked out. I hope it’ll just be a matter of him prescribing an antibiotic that’ll clear up the problem in a day or two. But even if that is the case, it wouldn’t surprise me if she decided to bag the trip and stay home to keep an eye on me.

I hate that. Barbara deserves some downtime doing things she enjoys. She shouldn’t have to stay at home to babysit me. But, on the other hand, I confess that the idea of being on my own here for ten days does concern me.

If she does decide to bag the trip, I’m going to insist that she still use that ten days as the closest she can come to being on vacation. Eating out a lot, taking day trips to various places near here, and so on. It won’t be the same as a real vacation, but it might be better than the daily grind.

65 thoughts on “Monday, 16 October 2017”

  1. being on my own here

    Eh? The wild women and partiers can’t keep half an eye on you? Oh, right — you’re in Remoteville. Probably farther than the wild women want to drive just for a ten-day party.

    which helped a lot. The first time. The second time, it helped, but not as much.

    Yah, I notice that, especially with all the modern allergy meds. That’s why I stick with Benedryl despite the side-effects. It keeps working for the couple weeks a year I need it. (And, helpful tip, if you keep enough caffeine in your system, the drowsiness doesn’t hit hard.)

  2. 60F and humid this am. Had a definite chill in the air. Maybe fall has finally fallen.

    Got some of the decorations out to celebrate not being dead. Will be propitiating the spirits with offerings of candy and gestures of respect. Hopefully they will be pleased and not kill us this winter.

    Cooler weather means an uptick in my operational tempo (as the wanna be’s might say.) It’s just too damn hard to do heavy or outdoor work here in the summer. Someone can do it, and they do, but NOT ME.

    Infrastructure improvements that are ‘on the list’:

    – install pole to get the HF vertical antenna 10 ft higher (or truss tower if I can find some cheap)
    – install pole to get the dedicated high power VHF vertical up and installed
    – get the concrete pad poured and the whole house gennie installed (It’s been ready for some time, I even have the transfer switch. Really no reason for it to be sitting in the driveway.
    – get a thermal camera running and installed
    – add lighting and another cam to back yard (has lights, need more)
    – finish master closet/ refuge
    — and the bath
    – make changes to radios and antenna setups in the vehicles
    — anderson power poles for all, and distribution panels
    – add shelves and storage to garage
    — eliminate vermin problem

    All that in addition to normal maintenance and kid activities, and personal development. Oh, and relationship maintenance too….

    Gonna be busy.

    n

  3. And now it seems that we’re being targeted by foreign non-govermental actors–

    “Law enforcement authorities – including senior Department of Homeland Security officials – and key people within the legal marijuana business quickly noticed that the areas hit hardest by the fires are the same places that California’s marijuana industry legally grows cannabis, and are now starting to suspect foul play.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/10/officials-suspect-mexican-cartel-arsonists-behind-historic-fires-california-pot-farms-burn-ground/

    LONG past time to build the wall, and for some rough men to go wreak havoc on some folks…

    n

  4. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Seeing the doctor sounds wise. Best wishes.
    If Barbara is anything like my spouse, she wouldn’t enjoy her trip for worrying about you. Better she stay and satisfy herself you’re all right, and travel another time instead.

  5. I think that makes sense, but it’s her call.

    I’m the kind of person who never wants to go anywhere. I’d be happy never to leave this county ever. Barbara, on the other hand, loves to travel. So she travels with friends, with family, or sometimes even by herself.

    I don’t understand why she wants to travel, and she doesn’t understand why I want to stay home. I freely admit that she’s in the majority. For some reason, most people like to travel. Not me.

  6. After spending more than 15 years traveling for work 200-250 days a year, I’m fine with sitting home. However, I’ve got the kids to think about, and I know I benefited from all the travel and camping around the country we did when I was a kid, so I want to share that with them.

    There really are things you must see and experience in person to really appreciate them.

    n

  7. “There really are things you must see and experience in person to really appreciate them.”

    I agree and you folks had better hurry up before all the remnants of real history and natural beauty are erased and/or made “off-limits”.

  8. So we talked about it some more, and I agreed to go to the doctor and get checked out.

    My wife has a friend who lives in the Charlotte area. He’s on my short list of doctors I would trust with my life. Let me know via email if you want the contact information.

  9. Get better Dr. Bob.

    I don’t like travel much anymore since it’s usually work and I’m just the “bag man.”

  10. I also didn’t like taking decongestants to help me sleep at night. At a friends suggestions I tried nasal strips, basically a band-aid with plastic strip sandwiched in between its layers. Breathe Right is a name brand but I use a generic version that works just as well. I sleep better and that lets my wife sleep better.

  11. Yes, we hope you see the doc and get to feel better ASAP, Bob. Whatever it is that’s ailing you.

    Mrs. OFD is scheduled to leave this coming weekend for a gig in Albany and from there she’s headed to New Zealand for a week. I plan to manage here on my own however I have to; got the walker, the cane, and I can set things up to live upstairs, mostly, except for letting the animals in and out. Meanwhile, we’re hoping my new med arrives today. And I continue to do the exercises and lose weight anyway.

    I am also not fond of traveling and would gladly stay right here in this ville and county. But all the fems adore traveling, no matter their ages, and do it constantly.

    Overcast, strong wind gusts have died down to nothing at all, and temps in the 60s. I’m on minor cleanup and reorganization and laundry duties today. Pathetic.

  12. breathe right strips have been great for me. helps me to stay asleep, and keeps peace in the house by reducing snoring.

    I found the adhesive on the generic to not work as well, IIRC it pulled my skin off too.

    Breathe Right goes on sale at Costco on the same rotation as other stuff, about every 3 months.

    n

  13. Tried the strips, no joy. Now on CPAP. Changed the settings on the machine myself. Pissed the sleep doctor off. Told her it was my machine, my body, I do what I feel is best. I increased the pressure because it worked better and she should just accept it. She said it was a medical device, under prescription and it was against the law to modify a prescription. I told her that since I had paid $1,200 for the machine if I wanted to use it to inflate pool toys I would. I was not going to die breathing too much air and if it made me feel better I was going to change the settings. A one night study in a strange place knowing you are being watched is not indicative of my sleeping needs. I will continue to modify the settings if I see fit. She just shrugged.

  14. “She just shrugged.”

    Sounds like a cop, all cops, including the just fired SLC cop. Even when pointed out, without a doubt, that they said something wrong, they cannot admit such and apologize.

  15. Sounds like a cop, all cops, including the just fired SLC cop.

    It was a CYA move by the doctor. No doubt that in the medical records there is a note that the patient had changed the settings and was told not to do that.

  16. In the great news of the day, WPA-2 has a flaw that can be exploited. Wonderful. The NSA has probably known for years….

  17. “I told her that since I had paid $1,200 for the machine if I wanted to use it to inflate pool toys I would.”

    Yet another reason I love Mr. Ray. Takes no prisoners.

  18. One of the most difficult things for a young man (me) in a position of authority to learn was to say “Nope, I’m wrong, let’s do this instead.”

    It’s part of the (now popular) idea of failing early and often as a road to success. If you can’t admit you’ve failed, you can’t move on.

    For me, it was the buddy (Tom Arnold) in the movie True Lies. Whatever Schwarzenegger’s character wants to do, he switches gears and does. That’s pretty much the perfect model for a stage manager, or a personal assistant. Once I recognized that this would be useful for me in my career I started working on it. And it gets easier with every time.

    nick

    (Like saying “I love you” gets easier with repetition, if you’ve come from a family that never says it… it’s worth practicing.)

  19. “since I had paid $1,200 for the machine ”

    should I be buying these machines at estate sales?? That’s a ton of dough.

    n

    (once I decided to buy oxygen concentrators, (there are lots of cool projects with them including micro torches) I never saw another, did they get replaced with the CPAP?)

    Added- mehhh, I looked and the sanitizers and batteries sell but no machines….

  20. I never saw another, did they get replaced with the CPAP?

    No. O2 concentrators are for people with COPD and CHF. My mom had one for a while. I expect that they don’t sell well because they are, if you are older, covered by Medicare and are often rented.

  21. should I be buying these machines at estate sales

    I have an older CPAP machine I wanted to sell. I was told it was illegal to sell them. I don’t know if that is really true.

    Personally I would not buy a used machine.

    What is sad is that my equipment provider charges Medicare $2,500 for the same machine. I purchased mine before I began Midicare. Going through my private insurance was going to cost me $1,600 over 12 months. It was cheaper to buy but did not applied to my deductible.

    Insurance company was always sending letters asking us to reduce costs. When I informed them of a 25% savings by using a different provider they were not interested. I suspect due to kickbacks paid to providers in the insurance company network.

    Currently at the hospital so spouse unit can have kidney stones blasted. Asshole hospital charging for every little item. That plastic bag my wife’s clothes are in probably cost me $5.00.

  22. “(once I decided to buy oxygen concentrators, (there are lots of cool projects with them including micro torches) I never saw another”

    My anecdotal experience with 3x EOL folks was that they were prescribed and then rented from a self dealing warehouse and paid for by the insurance coverage.

    I see consumer grade (not the rolling behemoths I’m familiar with) are on Amazon for less than $600.

    I, too, heard various strange prohibitions about purchase / sales from the CA provider but don’t remember anything specific.

  23. once I decided to buy oxygen concentrators, (there are lots of cool projects with them including micro torches) I never saw another, did they get replaced with the CPAP?

    When we lived out in Vantucky, one of the crazes that swept Portland was an oxygen bar. If that is still a thing, the concentrators are probably in demand, even used. Medical grade is not necessary.

    I also remember the hard liquor crowd out there experimenting with nebulizing (is that a word) the liquors using oxygen to minimize the subsequent hangover.

  24. Ray wrote:

    “Pissed the sleep doctor off.”

    You sure are a cranky old geezer Ray.

    My CPAP machine helps me a lot, just not as much as other people claim for themselves. It’s kind of addictive.

  25. CS wrote:

    “Even when pointed out, without a doubt, that they said something wrong, they cannot admit such and apologize.”

    Exactly like my sister. One of my nicknames for her is Hitler’s Granddaughter.

  26. So we talked about it some more, and I agreed to go to the doctor and get checked out. I hope it’ll just be a matter of him prescribing an antibiotic that’ll clear up the problem in a day or two. But even if that is the case, it wouldn’t surprise me if she decided to bag the trip and stay home to keep an eye on me.

    Dude, hope you get better soon ! Sounds like you know what you need to do. And pneumonia sucks rocks. I’ve had pneumonia at least a dozen times and each time sucked rocks.

  27. “Low Public Approval of President Trump Yet Unusually High Consumer Confidence. Hmmm…”
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166397088926/low-public-approval-of-president-trump-yet

    “I don’t know whether or not President Trump will seek a second term. But if he ran for reelection today, I expect he would win by a larger margin than the first time, no matter who ran against him. To put it another way, approval ratings aren’t as predictive as you would expect. But consumer confidence is probably close to 100% predictive. Ask Bill Clinton. He’ll tell you It’s the economy, stupid.”

    I don’t trust ANY of the media poll results out there. And I am not sure that I trust the voting in several of the states. Illinois and Kalifornia, I am looking at you.

  28. Fortunately, thanks to the Electoral College, we don’t need Kalifornia and Illin-noise to elect a president. Our founders put that in so that the smaller states had a proportionally larger vote than the larger states.

    I am continually amazed at how prescient they were. And mad as heck that they didn’t strike out the general welfare clause.

  29. No meds again today; called the VA down in White River Junction and they said it had been filled the 11th but not put in the mail yet??? WTF, over??? If it ain’t here tomorrow, and it is several days of doses, I’m gonna be on the horn to the PCD down in Burlap; some peeps wonder why we vets are always pissed off and bitter and this is just one nit-noy example right here.

    Allegedly gonna be prednicortisone or something like it. The same stuff that was shot into my spine twice last year. Hope it works long enough for me to do the woo-woo stuff and exercises and lose more weight; if no result in a couple of weeks, then down to CT for surgical consults.

    Wife’s inside-of-knee was her main issue and her fall the other night impacted the outside, which is now pretty sore, but the inside seems to have inexplicably gotten better. She’s walking around more today and I ordered her not to overdo it or move anything heavy, but I will be ignored, probably.

    WRT media polls; worse than worthless. They all said Cankles was winning by a friggin’ landslide, a no-brainer. The overlords put in who they want, anyway; she was probably considered a total loose cannon and uncontrollable short of being terminated with extreme prejudice. They’re not ready, or at least we thought so, for global nukular annihilation. The current administration is giving some of us pause, though.

    How’ bout we GTFO of the Sandbox, the Suck, the Russian border areas, and the region around the Norks and the Chicoms. Yes, I am an old-school isolationist, but agree that we should be able to trade with friendly, like-minded countries on a level economic playing field, no foreign entanglements.

    I’ll keep dreaming accordingly, but figure in my waking moments that it’s gonna take a full-scale counter-revolution and second civil war that will last for many years, probably beyond my time on the planet.

  30. “I don’t know whether or not President Trump will seek a second term. But if he ran for reelection today, I expect he would win by a larger margin than the first time, no matter who ran against him.”

    If the Dems are smart and unload the septuagenarians, they will take back the White House. 2020 could be a rerun of 1992 where youth and energy squares off against an incumbent who abandons principles to “get things done”.

    I still think Gavin Newsom beats Trump in 2020. You aren’t going to hear much about Newsom for another year.

  31. Don’t be That Guy sleeping in that parking lot! Or that mom nursing her baby. Or that old guy having s ciggie outside his RV.

    Friggin’ open-fire zone, let ’em rip! Dint hear auto fire, though; all single shots.

    Not much choice, though; the perp opened fire first and his rounds were all over the place, too. Drill the bastard immediately, I guess. Sucks, but there it is.

  32. I’ve been on CPAP for decade of more. Can’t sleep without it. I have had several CPAP machines over the years, thanks to my health plan. Older machines I give back to the sleep clinic; they give them to less well-insured clients.

    Undiagnosed sleep apnea probably caused my atrial fibrillation years ago (before the sleep apnea diagnosis). That is well-controlled with meds now. Newer CPAP masks are much smaller and comfortable than before.

    Sleep apnea is a silent cause of death; when breathing stops then starts, that puts a strain on the heart. If you have any symptoms (sudden gasping when sleeping; ‘snorts’ that waken you when napping), a sleep study if a good thing.

    Storm with winds and rain forecast for tomorrow. First good storm of the season is always good for some power outages. Taking a supply trip to the stores on the other side of the Hood Canal Bridge today (don’t want to be on the wrong side of the bridge when the winds kick up). Generator ready, generator bypass panel installed and ready, lots of FLASHLIGHTS are ready, along with lots of batteries, all meds are in good supply. Tablet is full of books, although the generator will power my TV/DirecTV (and the CPAP).

  33. Sleep apnea is a silent cause of death; when breathing stops then starts, that puts a strain on the heart. If you have any symptoms (sudden gasping when sleeping; ‘snorts’ that waken you when napping), a sleep study if a good thing.

    What if you want to die peacefully in your sleep ?

  34. Not me. I wanna go out in a friggin’ blaze o’ glory! But not like that cretin in the pickup truck. Field of battle and/or self-defense. A leaden hail of death!

    Fat chance now.

    More like falling down the stairs backwards and snapping my 19-inch neck somehow or cracking my yards-thick skull. Seems like yards most days.

    Overcast continues; wife on the phone for the fifth or sixth time with GG concerning complex air travel plans, routes, schedules, accrued United mileage, etc., etc. The. fems. must. always. travel. From ages nine to ninety, evidently.

  35. I still think Gavin Newsom beats Trump in 2020.

    I don’t. Texas won’t vote blue for another decade or two. When the baby boomers die off, Texas will turn blue.

    Trump will win 2020 easily with the same voters he had in 2016. In fact, I think that more states will go red for that election.

    EDIT: And the rust belt is turning red. I do not know if this a baby boomer thing or a permanent turn “conservative” for some weird meaning of that word.

  36. Ha ha. Cankles broke her toe in the UK. Probably drunk as shit or high on sumpin’. Maybe her neck next time.

  37. More like falling down the stairs backwards and snapping my 19-inch neck somehow

    Just make sure to rig up the house with plenty of cameras, so the no doubt hilarious footage can become a YouTube sensation and the ad revenue will fund your wife’s retirement Princess’s next four years of college.

  38. “….Princess’s next four seven years of college.”

    All the commies will rejoice that I didn’t go out in a friggin’ blaze of glory machine-gunning them again.

  39. All the commies will rejoice that I didn’t go out in a friggin’ blaze of glory machine-gunning them again.

    Something like that for me. I expect to die in a mugging attempt which I’m too old and broken down to beat, or similarly from intervening in a fight or mugging. Probably still years off.

    If for some reason that doesn’t happen and I find I’m dying of cancer or whatever, I will aim myself at some deserving group and make sure a bunch of oppressors predecease me.

    And, yes, I’ll do my best to make sure streaming video goes up.

  40. Nah, I just want to die in my sleep some night. And not linger. My father-in-law is lingering at the age of 84 in a nursing home for 3.5 years now. In fact, the wife is up there (Lewisville, TX) visiting him. The son and I visited him three weeks ago when we went to the Aggie game in Jerry’s World. It used to be nice 300 mile trip north from Sugar Land but with all the Kalifornians and Michiganites living in Texas now, it has turned into a traffic nightmare for the entire journey. In fact, I don’t even get on I-45 until 100 miles north of Houston so I don’t have to drive through Houston.

  41. I just want to die in my sleep some night.

    Different strokes for different folks, but that idea fills me with horror and disgust.

    In fact…

    Help! I’ve been triggered! Safe space! Someone said something bad! I need an adult! Helllllp! I need an adult!

  42. I just want to die in my sleep some night.

    Different strokes for different folks, but that idea fills me with horror and disgust.

    I’ve had two major heart incidents, the first being eight years ago. Makes one really think about things. I am high risk for a stroke and really do not want that to happen. Of course, I am very high risk for another heart incident as it has been five years since the last one. The first incident was eight hours of coronary artery spams that did not stop. The second incident was about six hours of continuous tachycardia (pulse of 150 to 200). Both incidents required major amounts of drugs to stop the incident and more heart damage occurred in each incident.

    Somebody in the British NIH actually studied several hundred people with my condition. Mostly guys which I thought was strange. I read the paper two or three times and then it disappeared. Basically, most people with my condition will have seven or eight incidents if they survive the first one. There was actually a guy who made it to age 83 but I doubt that for me. Too tall, too heavy.

  43. I’ve had two major heart incidents, the first being eight years ago. Makes one really think about things.

    I’ve been shot twice*, had my throat cut**, and had a parachute fail to open***. Makes one really think about things. Mainly that I refuse to die pointlessly and that if anything is going to kill me it’s going to have to work its ass off for it.

    * Broke the first guy’s rifle over his head but I think he lived. Hit the second guy really hard in the throat and he might have died of it, but I wasn’t in a position to stand around and confirm it because he had four friends with only minor injuries and I’d taken a knife hit, too.

    ** Killed him.

    *** Didn’t do anything to the guy who packed the chute. These things happen.

  44. “One of the most difficult things for a young man (me) in a position of authority to learn was to say “Nope, I’m wrong, let’s do this instead.””

    For cops, it’s like the first OJ trial where is lawyers said that if you think that LAPD Det. Mark Furhman lied, then you were justified to believe everything that he said was a lie (just like something that Cankles said about Monica).

    So for cops out on the street, even if they realize they made a mistake, they cannot admit it for fear of losing credibility as the non-criminal may assume that all they say is trash.

    Think of SLC cop dragging nurse in cuffs out to the car.

  45. My life has been a breeze; I got hit with commie shrapnel twice two years apart but it was only minor lacerations and punctures and the blast from the mortar shell that knocked me out (the second time). Had guns pulled on me three times, knives a few times. Managed not to get hurt and not to kill anyone. Yet. The Monadnock PR-24 Prosecutor Baton was a fine thing to work with. You can use it as a come-along, to just give somebody a good whack (not on a bone or the head) or swing it like a helicopter blade against multiple assailants, which I did several times with bikers and once with a drunk-ass hockey team. Hit someone in the head and it’s like hitting a tomato.

    Since I left the cops thirty years ago, I’ve just had the usual bruises, scratches and now this thing with the spine, which is truly aggravating, not so much because of the pain, but the mobility problem.

    We had a brief glimpse of early fall sunshine and now it’s overcast again and getting dahk.

  46. I have had several CPAP machines over the years,

    I have also been on a machine for about 10 years. I can sleep OK without it but sleep better with the machine. I don’t take the machine when I fly because it is a real hassle. TSA opens the case, attempts to fondle the machine until you tell them put on new gloves, then swipes everything for explosive residue. Then when you arrive you need to find distilled water to fill the humidifier. So I just do without unless I am driving.

    Most insurance plans now will not get you a new machine if there is a problem. Instead you take the machine to a sleep center and attempt to have it repaired. If the machine has to be sent away the sleep center will provide you with a loaner. That is according the Medicare rules. Medicare also requires that you use the machine 90% of the nights with an average of 6 hours a night of usage. Don’t meet the numbers Medicare will not cover the machine.

    Just recently I needed a new mask as my old mask was two years old. Still worked, comfortable, but the sleep center and Medicare rules said I needed a new mask. DME provider was sent an order. I got a box with a new mask, hose, several filters, head mount, and two replacement nose and mouth cushions. Apparently Medicare will pay for such items on a regular schedule. What Medicare did not pay my supplement paid. My out of pocket was $0. I have a document that details the allowed replacement schedule for items. Ridiculous is the term that comes to mind. Stuff was damn expensive relative to what I can get from CPAP.COM, about double is what Medicare was billed.

    Older machines I give back to the sleep clinic

    That is an idea for my old machine. The machine worked but for some reason was not logging the data and thus had to be replaced. Insurance and Medicare need that logging data. As I stated earlier, using my insurance was 33% more expensive ($1,200 vs $1,600) for a new machine. With insurance I paid per month for a year, about $134 a month. Of course with insurance it got applied to my deductible, the cheaper unit did not and was entirely out of pocket.

    Really aggravating when a cheaper alternative was available but insurance would not accept the alternative. I still think it is kickbacks.

  47. Really aggravating when a cheaper alternative was available but insurance would not accept the alternative. I still think it is kickbacks.

    The health insurance industry kickbacks are a great mystery. Other industries might call those bribes.

  48. Heart attacks killed my father and three grandparents. No sign of trouble. Yet.

    Still on my original CPAP machine (bought 2005), I think I should take it in for a service, as it has become a bit noisy. Got a new face mask six or so years ago. I don’t deliberately not use it. I never have trouble flying with it.

  49. Other industries might call those bribes.

    There’s probably some line squirreled away in some law that makes these prima facie bribes totally legal, and you’ll be subject to a lawsuit for libel if you say they’re bribes.

    Corporatism is like fascism in that it’s very difficult to draw the line where the corporations end and government begins. They differ in who’s calling the shots, but the average Joe who’s not benefitting won’t see much difference.

  50. I might regret this. My ISP is currently called Rise Broadband. You can look at their site and hey, the prices look good. I’m paying $59/month and capped at 3Mbps speed down. Nice touch, promise faster speeds for years but not actually follow through.

    I’m on a “legacy plan”. So… wtf, the deals are for new customers. I really appreciate the fine print being, well, fine, and in gray. And no mention of $150 for installation.

    My web site might look stupid but I can read all of it w/o having to ctrl + a few times. Just saying.

    Well, what can /I/ get? Turns out the tower I’m now aimed at is good for 20Mbps. So turn it on! Three year contract (ain’t moving outta a paid off house) with $150 cancellation fee. Saves about $15 a month over doing month to month. (I don’t get it either.) Er, it’s Rise or some satellite thing. $88/month including taxes for 20 Mbps speed.

    The hardware on my 40 foot tall mast is good for 150 Mbps at 25 klicks. I’m at most 2.5 miles from the tower…. and well, Ubiquiti hardware, just saying.

    Now we just have to see what happens. Their speed test thingy showed me getting 8 Mbps down a couple of hours ago, upload at almost 4. She said I would be getting e-mail and blah blah blah. I suppose a tech has to actually provision this.

    When I first got wireless, it ran at 256K and it cost $352 for the first month and the rest divided over the next year for a monthly bill of $84. Then the bill was $52/month. Ok, $650 for hardware and installation. This was in 2001. The phone line was about $20/mo and the dial-up account at TStar was about the same. $84/month for TEN TIMES the speed? Hey, yeah….

    Well, if they can bolt this connection down at 20Mbps, I’ll be happy. If not, they have lower and slower plans.

  51. @nick, Is this what you are talking about, “KRACK Attack Hacks All Wi-Fi Networks: What to Do” ?

    It was me, but yes. Looks like Windows is already patched for it. Android in a few weeks. Apparently the attack affects wifi devices, not routers.

  52. I already saw that site on Cankles the Drunken Batshit-Crazy Fugly Pig and also enjoyed the .gif files contributed by commenters, per usual; Larry peaking behind the shower curtain and Barry trying to rise from the toilet. Larry and Barry, couple of murderous clowns running the country, in name and face only, pretty much.

    I long for the days that they all croak before me and I will sing hosannas and praise the Lord for His incredible bounty! Old Testament-style, I mean.

    Thanks also to Mr. paul for his ongoing journal of wired and wireless connectivity projects; I always enjoy reading his stuff. I hate wireless and try to do wired here all the time for everything. My next geeky house project will probably be the web cam security config but that’s down the road a ways, after we get other stuff done and assuming I’m not in the same predicament as Sir Stephen Hawking.

  53. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/daisy-luther/6-questions-about-the-vegas-massacre-that-will-make-you-wonder-what-theyre-hiding/

    For me it’s the number of casualties from one guy that far away, when most shots would miss entirely, and the lack of empty brass in those numbers in that room. Plus the multiple reports of more than one shooter, noticeable in a couple of the audios.

    But I remain very puzzled, except for the obvious cover-up activities of the “authorities.”

  54. Things are certainly getting sporty for some folks–

    “Car-Bomb Kills “One-Woman WikiLeaks” Who Led The Panama Papers Revelations”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/car-bomb-kills-one-woman-wikileaks-who-led-panama-papers-revelations

    ” “A political murder took place today,” Delia said in a statement.

    “What happened today is not an ordinary killing. It is a consequence of the total collapse of the rule of law which has been going on for the past four years.”

    Keep in mind, this is EUROPE, not South America.

    and the summary from Greece —

    “21st century Europe: Execution in Malta of activist exposing tax cheats. Racism triumphing in Austria. And political arrests in Catalonia.”

    nick

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