Mon. 23, 2018 – time to get serious

80F and only 7am.

For “reasons” I’ve only got a couple of weeks before school starts up, and I’ll be traveling one of those weeks.

I’ve got a pile of stuff I did not want to track into the next school year. The school year is busy enough.

So, time to get serious about stuff… and get some things DONE.

n

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33 Responses to Mon. 23, 2018 – time to get serious

  1. Hcombs says:

    Memphis is 75f and not so humid this morning.
    Prediction is highs in the 80’s all week and lows in the 60s. I will believe it when I see it. Normaly July – August is the most miserable part of the year.

  2. nick flandrey says:

    Mass shooting in Toronto:

    Horrifying moment gunman dressed all in black opened fire into a Toronto restaurant during rampage that left two dead and 12 wounded – including a girl, 9 – before he was killed in a shootout with cops

    snip

    Tory also admitted Toronto has ‘a gun problem in that guns are too readily available to too many people’, and said: ‘It’s almost inconceivable that these things can happen’.

    Inconceivable- I don’t think he knows what that means.

    I think he means ILLEGAL guns are too readily available, since Canada has quite a few restrictions on gun ownership…

    Police say it’s too early to say if the shooting was gang or terror related. Gun crime appears to have spiked in the area, with official statistics reporting 220 shootings and 27 gun deaths from January 1 to July 14, and 196 shootings causing 17 deaths for the whole of 2017.

    City officials have blamed the spike on gang violence, and Toronto has deployed 200 police officers since July 20 to try and help combat the increase in crime.

    snip

    The mass shooting comes after a driver of a van plowed into pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk in late April, killing 10 people and injuring 14.

    Note the disparity between deaths from shooting and from the van attack.

    n

  3. lynn says:

    “White House blames Iran for war of words with Trump”
    https://apnews.com/33bbdee2506645859222e0f5252b288f/White-House-blames-Iran-for-war-of-words-with-Trump

    So is Trump going to drop a few Tomahawks into the valley of the Mullahs vacation homes ? I am ok with this.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  4. lynn says:

    Looks like ERCOT is planning on another new peak electrical generation level for Texas. Somewhere around 75,000 MW. Hopefully those wind turbines will get some nice breezes this afternoon instead of their normal dearth of wind right during the peak load.
    http://www.ercot.org/

    “The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) forecast demand would reach 74,647 megawatts on Monday, which would top the current record of 73,259 MW set on July 19.”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-power-demand/texas-power-use-to-break-record-on-monday-during-heat-wave-ercot-idUSKBN1KD1K9

  5. Jenny says:

    @Nick
    I hear you about getting stuff DONE. School starts 8/20 up here. Kiddo is away until Friday afternoon. We’ve got a couple “to do’s” around the house that will be infinitely easier without her “assistance”. Hoping to convince husband we should make prudent use of the child free time. Rain is forecast for the next three days which hampers productivity for certain chores. We have a spare room I’d love to empty and replace the carpet with laminate. We’ve had the laminate stacked at the foot of our bed for 6 years so I’m highly motivated at this point to git ‘er done.

    I suspect we will squander the time resting and recovering instead. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…
    I am looking forward to at least a couple date nights to reconnect.

  6. Hcombs says:

    No need to blow anything up. Just shut the Straight of Hormuz for a week or so. That should throw the fear of poverty into the Mullahs.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Jenny that’s funny! my master bath project still not complete going on eight years now.

    The kids are in daycamp from 8 to 3 so I have a chance to get some stuff done but it sure does shorten my workday.

    for example I did swap out a TV for one client today and now I’m sitting waiting for the kids to get out of camp.

    it would be nice to have another couple hours to work this afternoon. I guess I’ll do work that I can do around the house there is certainly plenty of that.

    N

  8. lynn says:

    “Three Fort Bend County Residents Among 24 Sentenced in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims”
    https://coveringfortbend.com/2018/07/23/three-fort-bend-county-residents-among-24-sentenced-in-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center-scam-targeting-u-s-victims/

    24 down, thousands to go.

  9. lynn says:

    We’ve had the laminate stacked at the foot of our bed for 6 years so I’m highly motivated at this point to git ‘er done.

    Jenny that’s funny! my master bath project still not complete going on eight years now.

    Excellent ! I am so tempted to show this to the wife to show that I am not the only procrastinator. The back door on the garage has only been framed for four years and the new back door is ready to be installed. No, it was not open to hurricane as I nailed a temporary door in place. And yes, you cannot use an inside door for an outside door as it melts from the inside and molds here in the swamp of Houston. I know this for a fact.

    The exercise machine in our bedroom has been laying on the floor for three years, ready to be put together. And the ripped off the wall clothes hanger rod in the master closet is approaching a year as I now have to totally remove the 1″x4″ backing board to remove the staples and actually fasten to the studs. Who in their right mind only uses staples to attach a backing board to studs ?

    The wife is giving up on me getting much done nowadays.

  10. lynn says:

    “Expert makes the case for $400 per barrel oil”
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/expert-makes-the-case-for-400-per-barrel-oil

    Not gonna happen. The world economy would collapse first.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

    BTW, I am starting to see an immense amount of solar power panels here in Texas. I just found out that my wife’s sister and her husband put solar power panels on their house in north Dallas. They pay five or six cents/kwh for the solar power to the owner / installer whereas the going electrical grid rate here in Texas is 11 to 13 cents/kwh. Interesting.

  11. Hcombs says:

    A friend of mine in VA spent $5000 on a “subsidized” solar instalation. When his area was hit by a widespread power outage last year he spent 4 days in the dark because his solar system connected straight to the grid. They wouldn’t subsidize local storage. Sort of like BitCoin, you can’t use it when you need it.

  12. lynn says:

    A friend of mine in VA spent $5000 on a “subsidized” solar instalation. When his area was hit by a widespread power outage last year he spent 4 days in the dark because his solar system connected straight to the grid. They wouldn’t subsidize local storage. Sort of like BitCoin, you can’t use it when you need it.

    My SIL / BIL did not spend a penny for their solar panels on their roof. But, they do not own the panels so will pay on them forever but at half of the going grid rate. And they can call the guy to come get the panels at any time.

    A power storage device will double the cost of the solar install. Tesla is selling Powerwalls for local storage. Looks like they will work grid down.
    https://www.tesla.com/powerwall

  13. JimB says:

    I’ve tried to procrastinate, but could never get around to it.

  14. paul says:

    I’ve tried to procrastinate, but could never get around to it.

    I’m sure you can find a round to it available for the downloading on the ‘net. I might look for a link. But, later.

    Nice. 113f outside. Sunny. Pretty day.
    Penny just wanted out and dang, I didn’t know she could make a u-turn like that. 🙂 Missy has the attitude of “I ain’t getting within six feet of the door”.

    I need to go water the chickens.

  15. JimL says:

    24 down, thousands to go.

    Stock in the public square. Public flogging.

  16. lynn says:

    My ancient office pc motherboard supports 4 TB hard drives but it does not support 8 TB hard drives as I found out when I tried to install an WD 8 TB backup drive recently. The motherboard is a Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 with an Intel I7-2600K cpu.

    I have been told that all I need to do is install another SATA I/O board. So, I have ordered a IOCrest 4 port SATA board. This might be interesting.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AZ9T3OU/?tag=ttgnet-20

  17. CowboySlim says:

    My SIL / BIL did not spend a penny for their solar panels on their roof. But, they do not own the panels so will pay on them forever but at half of the going grid rate. And they can call the guy to come get the panels at any time.

    I asked the door-to-door guy for a deal whereby they retain ownership and I pay them 80% of that which I would pay the utility for my consumption. They said no. Then the Tesla company guy came to the door……same non-result.

    Total scam and fraud.

  18. nick flandrey says:

    I got a bunch of solar calls. Don’t know the deal they were offering, because the “appointment setter” couldn’t tell the difference between grid “storage” and battery storage. Finally had to tell them my whole roof is shaded, and look at the dang googles!

    n

  19. lynn says:

    My SIL / BIL did not spend a penny for their solar panels on their roof. But, they do not own the panels so will pay on them forever but at half of the going grid rate. And they can call the guy to come get the panels at any time.

    I asked the door-to-door guy for a deal whereby they retain ownership and I pay them 80% of that which I would pay the utility for my consumption. They said no. Then the Tesla company guy came to the door……same non-result.

    That makes no sense whatsoever. Why would you get solar panels then ?

    Unless they want to sell the panels to you regardless.

  20. CowboySlim says:

    That makes no sense whatsoever. Why would you get solar panels then ?

    Unless they want to sell the panels to you regardless.

    I left out the part whereby the solar panel co. replaces me as the customer for the meter connected to the utility and they pay them for electric used when sun is off. They install a second meter that replaces the prior as attaching to the household wiring. That is the one for which I pay solar co. for 80% of that which I would pay utility for that which I consume 24/30.

    Why should I buy panels for the roof? I did not have to purchase/invest in part of the CH4/steam plant near my house.

    Rooftop solar is a total fraud/scam.

  21. SteveF says:

    I grilled some solar panel sales doofs who came by. I wanted to buy the panels (with any available subsidies, of course) and on-site storage, not lease them, with power sold to the grid only if my batteries were full, and — and this was the most important part — isolation if the grid went down. That didn’t seem to be among the offerings. I’m sure it could be obtained, but not from the aggressive sales doofs. I’m not sure they were all scammers, but the evidence was leaning that way.

    The mass shooting comes after a driver of a van plowed into pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk in late April, killing 10 people and injuring 14.

    And all we hear is crickets regarding “sensible automobile control legislation”.

    Hoping to convince husband we should make prudent use of the child free time.

    Make prurient use of the child-free time?

    re procrastination, I don’t understand it. Disagreements between spouses on whether something should be done, sure. Items on the “that’s probably something I should take care of someday” list, sure. But once I decide that something needs to be done, I’ll do it as soon as the parts come in/the weather clears up/there’s a break in my workload. And that goes double if I’ve spent money on tools, parts, or an object to be assembled. Why would you shell out the bucks and then let it sit? Or, if taking care of something now rather than putting it off until it breaks will save you big bucks or a lot of effort next year, why wouldn’t you take care of it? -shrug- I don’t watch TV and don’t have any hobbies that keep me busy, tired, and broke, so maybe that’s the difference.

  22. JimB says:

    “I’m sure you can find a round to it available for the downloading on the ‘net. I might look for a link. But, later.”

    Thanks, but don’t bother. I have a drawer full of them… somewhere.

    And, SteveF wins the Innernet today with his post re procrastination. Agree totally
    +1
    That may seem to disagree with my first statement, but I have excuses. Many. Actually, I always hate it when the news folks refer to people filing income taxes just before the deadline as procrastinators. In my book, they are just good planners. Why mail a check earlier than required; the world might end. Oops, then there would be larger problems 🙂

  23. lynn says:

    re procrastination, I don’t understand it. Disagreements between spouses on whether something should be done, sure. Items on the “that’s probably something I should take care of someday” list, sure. But once I decide that something needs to be done, I’ll do it as soon as the parts come in/the weather clears up/there’s a break in my workload. And that goes double if I’ve spent money on tools, parts, or an object to be assembled. Why would you shell out the bucks and then let it sit? Or, if taking care of something now rather than putting it off until it breaks will save you big bucks or a lot of effort next year, why wouldn’t you take care of it? -shrug- I don’t watch TV and don’t have any hobbies that keep me busy, tired, and broke, so maybe that’s the difference.

    Because I am slacker…

  24. nick flandrey says:

    If stuff to do misses the window of opportunity to get it done, it often takes me quite some time before it gets to the top of the stack again.

    I find that by having all the pieces in place, when I do get a chance, I can finally make progress with it.

    n

  25. nick flandrey says:

    remember just a couple of years ago, some discussion here about inflation, hyper-inflation and Venesuala?

    Well, in just a year, look where they’ve gone…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-23/venezuela-surpasses-weimar-hyperinflation-expected-hit-1000000-year-end

    n

  26. nick flandrey says:

    Nothin’ to see here, move along…..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5984579/Alabama-cop-says-residents-no-reason-fear-Mexican-cartels.html

    “News of the horrific murders rattled many in Alabama, but Hamilton was not surprised.

    ‘This is one of those times that I’m surprised everybody else is so surprised,’ he said. ‘But I do this every day.’

    Hamilton explained that the Sinaloa cartel is likely ‘the most pervasive and extensive-reaching cartel’ in the country.

    ‘They started off mainly trafficking in marijuana in the 70s and 80s, but obviously since then they’ve moved into everything from methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl,’ he said.

    ‘They are also involved in human trafficking, but meth is their biggest thing.’

    Hamilton said that the cartel embeds themselves in Mexican immigrant communities in the US, especially in farm areas.

    ‘They’re basically hiding in plain sight,’ he said.

    “So while Hamilton doesn’t believe Alabamans should fear the cartels, he does agree that they can be ‘concerned or pissed off’.

    ‘These are foreign nationals committing crimes through the US that are affecting our kids with poison,’ he said.

    ‘It’s not going to change either. Unless we do something drastically different than what we’re doing now, it’s going to stay the same.’ ”

    hmm, think it’s possible they’re not sending us their best? And that we better do something different than letting them hide in plain sight, within the rest of the illegal immigrant community? Like maybe build the freaking wall, and put a stop to remittances?

    n

  27. Greg Norton says:

    24 down, thousands to go.

    When I hear that accent on the line, I always calmly ask if they are a “fresher”. The girls mostly giggle and attempt to stick to script. The guys either hang up or get profane.

  28. Greg Norton says:

    Not gonna happen. The world economy would collapse first.

    $200 would be a huge problem.

    Barrel of oil = bushel of wheat = 1/10 ounce gold

  29. Jenny says:

    Gargh. Just spent the last couple of hours cleaning my kiddos room. Her room was pretty tidy when I began so the effort I wound up expending was a shocker. Still need to clean the hardwood floor and go thru her toy bins.

    Found a lot of grossness. Science was happening behind my back. Mad science. Smelly science.

    I may have nightmares tonight.

  30. SteveF says:

    Found a lot of grossness.

    The question is, was the (presumably) food left in places through kid-carelessness or through attempt to deceive? The two need to be handled differently.

    In my case I tell my kids it’s ok to lie to or otherwise deceive me. If they get caught, things will go badly for them, but if they can sneak something past me they can enjoy the benefits of whatever they did. Ditto for mouthiness or defiance: do or say whatever you want, but be prepared to live with the consequences. I figure this is just setting out in the open the way things really work and encouraging the kids to think things through. Contrast with the usual parental approach of demanding perfect honesty and perfect obedience at all times, a ridiculous and impossible standard.

  31. JimL says:

    I rejoice when my kids are defiant, sneaky, or otherwise show they’re thinking for themselves. That doesn’t mean they get away with things if they get caught. But if they break rules they’re ready to deal with it.

  32. brad says:

    I have a more-or-less free semester (working down more than 1000 hours of overtime), so I ought to have lots of time to “get stuff done”. So why is it, that every item taken off a list results in two new items being added?

    After our misadventure last year, we are lining up a bunch of houses in the Swiss Valais (the mountainous area around the Rhone valley) to look at. Which means getting our current house ready to sell – without my wife’s business on the ground floor, it’s much too large for us anyway. We’re just at the beginning of this adventure – hopefully, we’ll be done in about two years, maybe sooner with luck…

    I moved a bunch of granite edging to a spot that is totally in the way. The edging is planned to make the front flower beds look nicer – I ordered it years ago, with some granite for another project (to save shipping – it’s Chinese granit). Now that I trip over it every day, I may actually install it. Its previous home now holds sandstone left over from a dry stone wall I built, and the previous home of the sandstone is now ready to stack wood from the tree trunks I ordered from the local forester. Chickens and eggs. Anyhow, 3 of the 6 trunks are now dealt with. I hope to do another one or two on Saturday…

    Jenny’s “date nights” sound good, if my wife and I can find evenings where we are both home. My wife has just as many plans and list entries as I do at the moment. At least we’re off to the Valais for the second half of August, looking at the aforementioned houses, so there should be a lot of nice evenings then.

  33. SteveF says:

    without my wife’s business on the ground floor, it’s much too large for us anyway.

    Why don’t you use your excess space for refugee housing? What could possibly go wrong?

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