Tues. June 19, 2018 – late start

A bit cooler today, currently only 83F, but super humid. All the water from yesterday still needs to evaporate, and we have indicated 83%RH. A good day to be inside.

Didn’t have time this am to do much beyond getting the wife and kids fed, and then heading to swim practice. While the regular season is over, we still have Meet Of Champions, so still practices.

n

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50 Responses to Tues. June 19, 2018 – late start

  1. DadCooks says:

    No matter what, any day that you can start is better than…

  2. Jenny says:

    Brought home a sheep from a farmer friend this weekend. She has been eating dandelions and my youngster has made a pet of her.

    Tonight we will process the sheep and put in the freezer. Daughter is glum and would very much like it if we would stop eating her pets. I reminded her we have dogs, they are pets, and not for consumption.

    We were going to process the sheep last night but I was completely beat. Last time I processed a sheep while that tired I wound up in ER, gory with sheep blood (I didn’t claim to be good at this), and a nice gash on the back of my hand. Missed everything important but it was a huge hassle. Decided it was stupid to handle sharp things while that tired so put it off another day.

    It’s a pretty small sheep so the value is more in the satisfaction and experience of putting our own meat in the freezer instead of getting sanitary styrofoam packages from Costco.

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    Good stuff Jenny!

    I still am not sure my 7yo understands that the pig turns INTO ham, and that you don’t just get ham OUT of a pig, like eggs…. but we try to be pretty frank about where the food comes from and how.

    n

  4. lynn says:

    I reminded her we have dogs, they are pets, and not for consumption.

    Don’t read “One Second After” then. Or maybe it is “One Year After”, I forget.
    https://www.amazon.com/Second-After-John-Matherson-Novel/dp/0765356864/

  5. lynn says:

    Brought home a sheep from a farmer friend this weekend. She has been eating dandelions and my youngster has made a pet of her.

    Tonight we will process the sheep and put in the freezer. Daughter is glum and would very much like it if we would stop eating her pets. I reminded her we have dogs, they are pets, and not for consumption.

    I am totally impressed !

    The wife spent a Thanksgiving at her Grandparents in Noodle, Texas back in 1965 or so. They had the turkey in a pen outside the farm house so the wife stuck her arm through the cage to pet it. The turkey bit her hard enough to draw blood. She still says that the Thanksgiving Turkey tasted so awesome.

  6. lynn says:

    The latest thing that my church is doing, “Encountering The World Of Islam”:
    https://www.firstcolonychurch.org/event/918927-2018-06-23-encountering-the-world-of-islam/

    “Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM”

    “Location: First Colony Church of Christ, 2140 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land, TX US 77479”

    “Encountering the World of Islam guides you on a journey into the lives of Muslims around the world and in your neighborhood. Through this experience, you will learn about Muhammad as well as the roots and history of Islam while gaining insight into their holy books, fundamental beliefs and practices. Participants leave the class with a working knowledge of the Islamic faith, how to get involved in reaching out to Muslims, and how to explain their beliefs to Muslims.”

    We have a mosque with around 5,000 members about a block away from our main church building. They are good neighbors.

  7. lynn says:

    “Elon Musk: Tesla Is a Victim of Sabotage”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/361924/elon-musk-tesla-is-a-victim-of-sabotage

    “According to Elon Musk, not everyone working at Tesla has the company’s best interests in mind. In fact, one employee is a saboteur and has been carrying out quite extensive sabotage in an attempt to damage the company.”

    If this is true then somebody needs to go to jail. And the third party needs to be exposed and punished. If true. I hope that it is not Ford.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    If this is true then somebody needs to go to jail. And the third party needs to be exposed and punished. If true. I hope that it is not Ford.

    UAW thugs. Typical tactics. Tesla isn’t a union shop IIRC.

    I’m only surprised Elon hasn’t been on the receiving end of worse. Back in 2009, in the run up to what the union thought would be a big strike at the Death Star that year, a few of the thugs spiked (literally, big metal ones) the large fiber bundle that ran from Monterey to South San Jose, over the mountains, providing a key Internet link to Cisco and, interestingly, Microsoft’s web presence.

    Toyota built that Bay Areas plant in a joint effort with the union and GM. The thugs aren’t used to being shut out of Fremont.

    That plant will be profitable again … when Toyota buys it out of bankruptcy and returns the Corolla tooling they removed when they sold the building to Elon.

    Toyota knew.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    We have a mosque with around 5,000 members about a block away from our main church building. They are good neighbors.

    The big mosque in Orlando is about a mile up the road from the east public entrance to the Disney property, smack dab in the middle of the neighborhoods where the theme park’s salaried employees live.

    I think that proximity more than anything is why the parks are not an automatic target for the crazies. The Imams know they would have lifespans measured in milliseconds in the event of a bombing (or worse) at Disney World.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ah, fusion power, it’s always a couple of decades away….

    “A step closer to never-ending energy: Washington startup claims its radical ‘beam-target’ reactor could make fusion power a reality within the next few decades””

    n

  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    Here’s an example of why I read the Daily Mail, even though it’s written by 8yos with ADD and a hate-on for disney:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5859381/Army-splits-West-Point-tweeter-communism-win.html

    They had the original story, and now the ending. (although I see other outlets covering it to, this time around.)

    n

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5860769/More-550-guns-seized-raid-convicted-felons-home-female-associate.html

    At least 24 of them are not actually “guns” as they appear to be AR style upper receivers. Only the lower receiver is a “gun” and is restricted in any way.

    n

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Ah, fusion power, it’s always a couple of decades away….

    A fusion breakthrough … in Olympia?!?

    Google searching the company name brings up a natural gas equipment manufacturer in Wisconsin but nothing about fusion.

    8 year olds with ADD could do better research.

  14. ech says:

    Google searching the company name brings up a natural gas equipment manufacturer in Wisconsin but nothing about fusion.

    Here: https://www.agnifusion.org/

    Not a lot of detail.

  15. SteveF says:

    They are good neighbors.

    They’re a small minority and their neighbors are armed.

    When mohammedans become a majority or even a large minority, they cease to be good neighbors. I don’t know of any exceptions to this rule.

    If this is true then somebody needs to go to jail.

    No, the saboteur needs to be spaced. By sheer good coincidence, Elon Musk just happens to have a couple of rockets handy.

  16. BillF says:

    Any company the size of Tesla will have a number of disgruntled employees at any given time. It seems strange that Musk would send this email. Possible smoke screen for bad news in the near future? Or just growing pains learning how to handle HR/PR in a large enterprise? I don’t know and really don’t care but it does seem a bit strange.

  17. lynn says:

    “The “Othering” of Conservatives in Sci-Fi and Fantasy” by Dbroussa
    https://ricochet.com/518114/the-othering-of-conservatives-in-sci-fi-and-fantasy/

    “The new tactic by some on the left is to accuse people that they disagree with politically that they make them feel “unsafe.” The goal of this is to ensure that people that they disagree with are banned from social gatherings. Recently there have been three examples of this tactic being used with success.”

    Two Wows !

  18. lynn says:

    “The Vote is in” by David Weber
    http://www.davidweber.net/posts/468-concarolinaspetitiondone.html

    “Our petition in favor of the policy on guest invitations for ConCarolinas enunciated by Jada Hope at the closing ceremonies of the 2018 convention is now closed.”

    “That policy, simply stated, is that ConCarolinas will issue apolitical invitations to genre-appropriate guests and that guests, once invited, will not be disinvited because of political hate campaigns waged online after the invitations are announced.”

    Wow squared !

  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    Larry Correia has been blogging about this and being uninvited to a con on his blog, Monsterhunternation.com

    n

  20. mediumwave says:

    “On the subject of slander” by John Ringo

    I was trying to cut down on my just-for-fun reading, but now I guess I’ve got no other choice but to add Ringo’s “Ghost” to the to-be-read fiction stack! Dang! 😉

  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    @mediumwave, google “oh john ringo NO” if you are at ALL squicked out by BDSM, or “men’s adventure” types of stories (rape that turns into desire, etc). This series is WAY out of character for Ringo’s normal fiction.

    All of his other stuff is entertaining reading, and some of it rises above that.

    I recommend to anyone binging on John Ringo to be very sure they want to read that series before starting it.

    n

  22. lynn says:

    @mediumwave, google “oh john ringo NO” if you are at ALL squicked out by BDSM, or “men’s adventure” types of stories (rape that turns into desire, etc). This series is WAY out of character for Ringo’s normal fiction.

    All of his other stuff is entertaining reading, and some of it rises above that.

    I recommend to anyone binging on John Ringo to be very sure they want to read that series before starting it.

    +1

    It could be named “50 shades of Ringo”.

    And “Ghost” is the first of a series of six books.
    https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Paladin-Shadows-Book-1/dp/1416520872/

    Ringo said at one point that “Ghost” crossed over into the Romance category of books and the sales went wild. He claimed that he made enough money (royalties) that he never has to write another book.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    Here: https://www.agnifusion.org/

    Not a lot of detail.

    That site didn’t come up when I searched the company’s name from work. Interesting.

    My new employer has one of those Blue Coat systems. Who needs keystroke logging.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    Sure, Elon. We believe you.

    I predict that you’ll end up doing more jail time than the bimbette who ran Theranos into the ground. Much more.

    https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/06/elon-musk-lauds-new-temporary-assembly-tent-as-factory-2-0-awaits/

  25. mediumwave says:

    @mediumwave, google “oh john ringo NO” if you are at ALL squicked out by BDSM, or “men’s adventure” types of stories (rape that turns into desire, etc). This series is WAY out of character for Ringo’s normal fiction.

    It could be named “50 shades of Ringo”.

    As a result of reading a lot of first-person narratives of WWII I’ve developed a fairly high tolerance for “ick”, but even I had to abandon Philip Jose Farmer’s A Feast Unknown less than halfway through due to graphic, gratuitous sexual violence. I’m fully prepared to do the same for “Ghost” if it grosses me out.

    All of his other stuff is entertaining reading, and some of it rises above that.

    Really enjoyed “The Last Centurion”; some of his other books, not so much.

    “Ghost” seems to be the one book of his that everyone loves to hate, so I figure it’s at least worth a look without committing myself to the entire series.

    But thanks for the warning, guys!

  26. mediumwave says:

    I predict that you’ll end up doing more jail time than the bimbette who ran Theranos into the ground.

    But who could resist those big, blue eyes? 😉

  27. Nick Flandrey says:

    The Last Centurion was good fun. The idea of the Kula bar, it’s free, but so nasty people starve to death rather than eat it…. and of course the global cooling thumb in the eye, and the treatment of the media in the second half…. all good.

    Some of the Aldenata books were much better than others. All the Mike and Cali ones were pretty good.

    I really like the Black Tide books, and am looking forward to the new one from the brother’s point of view. If you can’t wait, it’s available as an earc from Baenbooks.

    For a good series with lots of books, Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden, wizard for hire will keep you reading for a while. He’s written 15 of a 20 book story arc, with another due this fall. You have to commit to reading the first three before giving up, as he takes a bit to get going. If you don’t mind well done magic in the modern normal world, and especially if you are at all familiar with south Chicago, they are really well done.

    n

  28. Nick Flandrey says:

    In unrelated stuff,

    getting good reception on shortwave to Lebanon Tennessee. It’s the musical variety program, stuff you don’t hear anymore. Just finished up “The Night Chicago Died.”

    5.085mhz

    And now China Grove….

    n

  29. mediumwave says:

    If you don’t mind well done magic in the modern normal world, …

    Writing Magical Systems.

    You might take a look at Jeff’s very entertaining Ten Gentle Opportunities.

    As for the Harry Dresden books, I suspect that if I read one I’ll want to read them all, and I really am trying to devote my declining years to “loftier” pursuits–but I know I’m probably going to fail in my resolve anyway. 🙂

    In unrelated stuff, …

    Ya know what really, really grosses me out? The Dems/SJWs/MSM’s utterly hypocritical misrepresentation and manufactured outrage in re “ripping the children from the breasts of their ‘immigrant’ mothers.” That, ladies and gents, that is true obscenity!

  30. Nick Flandrey says:

    yep, like the fact it was more widespread under obammy, and ffs, show me a prison where you bring your kids with you. They are ILLEGAL. Lawbreakers. and when put in prison they are separated from their families like every other prisoner ever…

    n

    (ok i’m vaguely aware that there might be times and places where your family could join you in prison, but not here, and not anytime lately.)

  31. Nick Flandrey says:

    And WHEN DID THE WAILING START? OIG’s report anyone????

    Success in Korea?

    The mike drop moment regarding tariffs? (Oh, you don’t like tariffs? Let’s get rid of them all….)

    n

    gotta look at the meta, the louder the shouting, the more they are distracting from something….

  32. Jenny says:

    Sheep is in the freezer, lungs and nasty bits set aside for dogs snacking pleasure, heart and liver consumed, ribs in the crockpot for tomorrow.

    Kiddo wasn’t terribly happy. Grandma kept her busy while sheep was humanely dispatched. Kiddo followed papa out and got an eyeful. There was some upset and tears, then curiosity once we assured her the sheep felt no pain, was loved and happy to the last moment, and that a sheeps most important work was to feed people. We explained feeling sad was ok, it was good to be compassionate, and emphasized what a good life this sheep had.

    It was cool when the curiosity kicked in.

    It took me an hour and a half (I’m slow and careful) to turn the sheep into parts and she stayed the whole time.

    We talked about the joints, bones, skin. She wants the hide as a rug so I’ll do a simple salt-alum tan job. Worked our way through the organs and their function. I didn’t contaminate anything but nicked the intestine so we talked about the journey from grass to poop. Pointed out the bladder. Demonstrated how the lungs expand and collapse, slipping in an anti-smoking message (no judgments on smokers but no denying it turns your lungs black). She thought the lung trick was pretty slick. I’m glad I remembered how to do it. She wants to see the brains and eyeballs so we will crack the scull (skull?) open tomorrow. She thought the veins were neat but didn’t like the blood much.

    I finished breaking it down and vacuum sealing it while she had her bedtime story w/papa and grandma. Cooked up the heart with salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil. Brought the bowl of bits in to share and she devoured it all begging for “more heart, please”. She was ok with eating her pet (of 4 day’s) at that point. Cooked the liver with bacon, more olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic. Didn’t offer her a bite as it’s a mature flavor and I didn’t want to have a chance to dislike.

    Sheep is in the freezer. Skull and hide are in plastic in the veg bin of the fridge. I’ll flesh the hide and put it in a salt-alum bath tomorrow. Salt-alum is easy up front, inexpensive. Downside is it’s a LOT of work to produce a supple hide. I’ve tanned deer, mink, caribou, sheep, and rabbits. Lasts ok, but nothing to write home about. I’m completely intimidated by acid tanning. I’ll work up my courage one of these days.

    Think I’ll leave the skull to hubby.

    Final cleanup and bed.

  33. Greg Norton says:

    getting good reception on shortwave to Lebanon Tennessee. It’s the musical variety program, stuff you don’t hear anymore. Just finished up “The Night Chicago Died.”

    One upside to CGI is that their Bluecoat proxy would allow me to get Radio Caroline at work.

    The new job’s Bluecoat proxy doesn’t allow streaming as done by Radio Caroline.

  34. Greg Norton says:

    But who could resist those big, blue eyes?

    Elon will be popular in prison.

    As for Theranos, yeah, I know it is hard to argue with magazine covers. I went through something similar arguing against Marimba “push” software in the late 90s. At one point, I called their tech support to complain about a problem we had with their system, and, instead of providing real assistance, the rep asked, “Did you see Kim (Polese) on the cover of Fortune this week?”

    “Er, No.”

    “Your manager probably did.”

  35. JimL says:

    I recommend to anyone binging on John Ringo to be very sure they want to read that series before starting it.

    I’ll second (third, fourth, whatever) that sentiment. I made it through the first two with little trouble. The third I wound up skipping pages and chapters, just skimming enough to know that I needed to move on. Mike was a very dark character. I won’t finish the series. The first is about a PG. Second is R-rated.

    I just finished The Last Centurion. Ringo seems to be even farther right than Scalzi leans left. And that’s saying something. Excellent book, by the way. I figure I’ll work my way through Ringo’s works before hunting for another binge author. Thanks to whomever originally recommended him.

  36. mediumwave says:

    … google “oh john ringo NO” if you are at ALL squicked out by BDSM, or “men’s adventure” types of stories …

    Doing so led to this. Having read that, I find myself less inclined to read Ringo’s Ghost, but not for the reason you might think.

    Over the decades various “mainstream” erotic novels have been offered to readers: Naked Came the Stranger, Story of O, Emmanuelle, Emanuelle II, Last Tango in Paris, 9 1/2 Weeks, and most recently 50 Shades of Gray. Except for 50 Shades, which I refused to buy because it got such bad reviews on its “literary” merits, I’ve read or at least sampled them all. I’ll even admit to having dabbled in the harder stuff; search Amazon or Abebooks for author “P. N. Dedeaux” for the kind of thing I’m talking about. In short, I’m no stranger to “erotica”. (Hey, readers gotta read, right? 🙂 )

    The sad fact is that, based solely on the short excerpts contained in the link, Ghost appears to be even less well-written and even more formulaic than the titles I’ve listed.

    So, no Ghost for me!

  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    @MW, yep that is the original source. The “need help – get a hooker” bit I’d forgotten about…

    Lots of other good entertaining reads out there.

    Tom Kratman has some that drag, (many people say MANY) but has some good one’s too, including in Ringo’s universe.

    http://www.jonathanmaberry.com/ Maberry has a whole series of spy/fantasy/thrillers, a PA zombie series, etc. They are well written and fast paced.

    There are others, but gotta get the day started.

    n

  38. MrAtoz says:

    http://www.jonathanmaberry.com/ Maberry has a whole series of spy/fantasy/thrillers, a PA zombie series, etc. They are well written and fast paced

    I just finished “The Extinction Code”. I love Joe Ledger, especially when he “kicks the bad guy in the nuts so hard his pelvis broke.” I bought all the series, working my way through, waiting for the latest book.

  39. Greg Norton says:

    I just finished “The Extinction Code”. I love Joe Ledger, especially when he “kicks the bad guy in the nuts so hard his pelvis broke.” I bought all the series, working my way through, waiting for the latest book.

    Find a DVD/streaming source for the first season of “American Gods”. At one point, the dead wife (long story) kicks a guy in the crotch so hard that … well, I don’t want to spoil the visuals.

  40. MrAtoz says:

    I think Fox News got it right why all the ProgLibTurdians (PLT) are screeching about “babies being stripped away and fed to tRump*, pedophiles and trafficed” by the tRump administration.

    The PLT’s have given up efforts on culling 90% of the Black vote. They just get it. If they only get 89%, they lose elections. Screeching about ICE is the new voter block of legal Hispanics in the FUSA. They are using sympathy to get Hispanic votes. My own view is the jig is up. People are getting wise to PLTs and are realizing PLTs aren’t out to help them, but enslave them in poverty.

    * tRump eats babies, you know.

    CoVfeve 2020!

  41. MrAtoz says:

    Just checked the top of Drudge. All the outrage about the tRump admin eating babies. Rachel Madcow crying on TV. Yet, when numerous photos of Obola’s admin “imprisoning babies”, are posted . . . Crickets from the Lame Stream Media. Don’t forget, Obola is BLACK, PROGLIBTURDIAN, so gets a pass. Even with all the faux outrage, tRump’s popularity is up. Mid terms will be interesting.

  42. Ray Thompson says:

    Currently in Split Croatia. Have an early flight so we took the ferry from Brac to the mainland to spend the night. Traffic is a nightmare. Got lost, made an educated guess about a turn, eventually found a road we recognized and took it. Hotel is damn expensive but at this point I don’t care.

    Drove all the way to the airport, no hotels anywhere. So back to Split, fighting traffic, getting lost again, found a familiar road, a hotel I recognized, and took it. Sometimes money becomes a secondary factor.

    The gas for the car, which only consumed about 6 gallons, was $50.00. Do the math. Petrol is expensive so I am not surprised at the the hotel. Can’t complain as I spent five nights on Brac island for nothing so I figure I am ahead of the game.

    Tomorrow is an early flight, 7:55 AM. Supposed to be at the airport two hours before the flight but the airport does not open until 6:00 AM. Also have to turn in the rental car. I guess others have done the same so I guess I am also capable.

    Traffic should be very light at 5:30 AM when we leave the hotel. I now know the route as I have driven it twice in my wanderings. I really don’t know how these people tolerate this kid on traffic. I feel so closed in by everything being so close, the large traffic, small roads, and general mayhem where drivers simply force their way into what they think is their spot. Got to love the ones that zoom around me and find out there was a car in front of me causing the slowdowns.

    Will be good to get back into my own bed sometime Friday. Get back to the USA tomorrow but will spend the night in Atlanta. Not going to drive four hours after spending 10+ hours on a plane and suffering time zone changes. Besides we would get home about 1:30 AM and I just don’t want to do that.

    Wife is currently talking with her mother using the wife’s cell phone and the WiFi calling feature. Quite nice when traveling overseas.

  43. Miles_Teg says:

    Ray, any photos of the wedding guest whoi barred (almost) all?

  44. DadCooks says:

    @Jenny, great job with your Daughter’s life lesson. She is more educated than 99.999999% of the brats in the Lower 48.

    I was so very fortunate to have had Maternal Grandparents that ran a real farm. They had Registered Angus beef cattle, Jersey, Guernsey, and Holstein milk cows, Hampshire and Poland China Hogs, Suffolk Sheep, and White Leghorn chickens along with various geese and ducks, and to top it off some Blue and Green Peafowl. So I knew where my food came from well before I started school. I had fabulous hard-working summer vacations on the farm and my “back to school what did you do over the summer show and tell” was always a hit (I took pictures and brought “things” back). It would not be allowed today as the “snowflakes” would have to go to their crying corner.

  45. Ray Thompson says:

    Ray, any photos of the wedding guest whoi barred (almost) all?

    Uh, no. It was unexpected and I did not want to look obvious pulling out the camera. We left the wedding at 11:00 PM and from what I understand there were several people who doffed parts of their clothing and took a swim about 1:00 AM. Lots more alcohol had been served.

  46. lynn says:

    Sheep is in the freezer, lungs and nasty bits set aside for dogs snacking pleasure, heart and liver consumed, ribs in the crockpot for tomorrow.

    Again, I am impressed. And congratulations !

  47. lynn says:

    I just finished “The Extinction Code”. I love Joe Ledger, especially when he “kicks the bad guy in the nuts so hard his pelvis broke.” I bought all the series, working my way through, waiting for the latest book.

    Sounds like a Dirk Pitt book.

  48. lynn says:

    Sure, Elon. We believe you.

    I predict that you’ll end up doing more jail time than the bimbette who ran Theranos into the ground. Much more.

    I highly doubt it. The USA bankruptcy code was invented (no other nation has this !) so that people could live on the edge and build wonderful things for the rest of us. Of course, 90% of them fail but the 10% who succeed, wow !

  49. SteveF says:

    Of course, 90% of them fail

    Including my two sole proprietorships and the one partnership I helped found!

    Though only two died of natural causes (to wit, incompetence on the part of the owner(s)). My last attempt died of murder most foul, committed by incompetent or malicious bureaucrats (but I repeat myself) because they screwed up some paperwork, demanded I turn over more paperwork, and got pissed off when they couldn’t find evidence that I’d been cheating on taxes. As mentioned before, I’m still pissed off and bitter about that.

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