Mon. Aug 6. 2018 – gentle rain

70F and overcast, with a bit of rain and some distant thunder. A far cry from what the weather liars had predicted. It was awesome for Coast Guard week, and they need some rain, so it is all working out for the best. If you count on knowing the National weather, at least in broad strokes, NOAA isn’t trustworthy this year.

The plan for today was to do a little carpentry repair and continue checking out the local amusements but we’ll see if this overcast clears up. The rain has stopped. Maybe I’ll rotate or add to the preps I put on the basement last time.

Which reminds me, do any prepping last week?

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64 Responses to Mon. Aug 6. 2018 – gentle rain

  1. Greg Norton says:

    If you count on knowing the National weather, at least in broad strokes, NOAA isn’t trustworthy this year.

    The hurricane projections a week out were howlers.

    Hopefully the Atlantic season stays quiet. NOAA and The Weather Channel will hype anything with even a remote chance of hitting the US.

  2. Harold Combs says:

    72f this morning in my neck of the world.
    Took our Greatgranddaughter to her first day of Kindergarten (Big School). She was nervous, new school, new teachers, new experience … then she found her set and started to color her name and all was well. She knew how to do that. No more worries. She is growing up far too fast. Makes me feel old (I am old).

  3. Jenny says:

    @Harold
    Congrats on Kindergarten. Our girl was confident last year. Blew our minds. She’s concerned this year because her teacher is more strict particularly about talking in class. Our kiddo is a champion talker.

    School starts earlier than it did when I grew up. I recall school starting the Tuesday after Labir Day, that first week of September. Running until mid June.

    School in Anchorage begins August 20. And lets out mid May. Hunting, harvest, State Fair and FFA / 4H all impacted by the early start. I don’t get it.

  4. Jenny says:

    On a prepping note.

    If you are of a certain age and live alone, get yourself on Life Alert or something similar. Swallow your damnable pride.

    I argued furiously with my mom earlier this year about it. She categorically refused and things got pretty heated. Her argument was if she needed help she would pick up the phone. She refused to imagine a scenario where her body was too incapacitated to reach a phone.

    Saturday night / Sunday morning she fell inside her small ranch home. It took her 5 hours to reach the phone and dial 911.

    She’s in hospital, broken bone, condition exacerbated by the long duration on the ground. We don’t have a prognosis for recovery yet.

    She’s extremely fortunate she didn’t die. I can easily imagine her going three days, and dying of dehydration, before someone did an in person welfare check.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    School in Anchorage begins August 20. And lets out mid May. Hunting, harvest, State Fair and FFA / 4H all impacted by the early start. I don’t get it.

    Schools everywhere are early this year. Whenever I ask why, I get the stock responses “Thanksgiving is early” and “Christmas is on a Tuesday”. Still not sure what those mean.

    Vancouver, WA didn’t start until the first week of September when we lived up there. Any earlier, and bedtime before 9 PM PDT is impossible.

  6. Jenny says:

    @Greg
    Huh. That’s an interesting response from the school.

    Bedtime this far north presents challenges a good part of the year. Blackout blinds or curtains help. Kiddo hasn’t been satisfied with my complex Sun / orbit / planetary tilt explanation so I resort to “It is Alaska. Now Go. To. Bed.”

  7. Harold Combs says:

    Life Alert

    My colleague’s mother fell on the stairs and lay there unable to get help for 4 days until a friend came by to check on her. She was within hours of dying. These things can be life savers. My own mother-in-law lives alone on 40 rural acres with no neighbors closer than a mile and rarely gets visitors. We have tried in vain to get her one of these but she refuses for the same foolish reason. I know one day we will get a dreaded call.

  8. Ray Thompson says:

    Wife calls her mother every day for the same reason. She refuses to get a life alert device as it costs money. Old bag won’t spend a dime if she can avoid it. Even if such spending will make her life more comfortable or safe.

    If MIL does not answer the phone I would guess the wife would call her brother who lives three hours away from MIL. Or call the police.

    Old people need such a device if they live alone. Or alternatively have someone check on them daily. I have been told that when old people fall and have a broken hip the fall may have been caused because their hip broke

  9. lynn says:

    Which reminds me, do any prepping last week?

    Yes, bought blankets, towels, and bath rugs for the bugout site from Sam’s Club and Walmart. And bought more canned food of course.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    Wife calls her mother every day for the same reason. She refuses to get a life alert device as it costs money. Old bag won’t spend a dime if she can avoid it. Even if such spending will make her life more comfortable or safe.

    My mother-in-law is like that also.

    She is currently DMV shopping, looking for the one office who will pass her on the eye exam so she doesn’t have to undergo cataract surgery.

    Florida. The scary thing is that I’d give her a 50-50 shot at finding an office who will accommodate her insanity.

  11. lynn says:

    Took our Greatgranddaughter to her first day of Kindergarten (Big School). She was nervous, new school, new teachers, new experience … then she found her set and started to color her name and all was well. She knew how to do that. No more worries. She is growing up far too fast. Makes me feel old (I am old).

    Wait, aren’t you in your upper 60s ? Did you have your first child when ya’ll were 5 ?

    The wife is 60 and I am 58. We are still working on the first grandchild thing. It does not look like it is going to happen. And we had our first surviving child at 23 and 25.

    And congrats on the successful first kday. Little things like that are important.

  12. lynn says:

    If you are of a certain age and live alone, get yourself on Life Alert or something similar. Swallow your damnable pride.

    I argued furiously with my mom earlier this year about it. She categorically refused and things got pretty heated. Her argument was if she needed help she would pick up the phone. She refused to imagine a scenario where her body was too incapacitated to reach a phone.

    Saturday night / Sunday morning she fell inside her small ranch home. It took her 5 hours to reach the phone and dial 911.

    She’s in hospital, broken bone, condition exacerbated by the long duration on the ground. We don’t have a prognosis for recovery yet.

    She’s extremely fortunate she didn’t die. I can easily imagine her going three days, and dying of dehydration, before someone did an in person welfare check.

    Ouch, ouch, ouch. Sorry to hear that. And it is like talking to the wall.

    Dad will be 80 next month and we are starting the conversation. It is not going well. He spun his car at 80 mph last spring and has promised my mother that he will slow down. That went by the wayside quickly.

    My friends mother fell in her house at age 98 in Brownwood, Texas. Compond fracture of the lower arm. She laid there for a day and a half before my friends sister drove over from Midland, Texas (200 miles !) to find out why her mom would not answer the phone. They got her into an assisted living center after that until she passed away at age 105.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Wait, aren’t you in your upper 60s ? Did you have your first child when ya’ll were 5 ?

    I’ll be 50 this year. A girl I dated in college has a son who is 31, born about a year after we broke up. He may have a kindergartner by now.

    And to answer the question I get from my wife at least once a year: Yes, I’m sure of the paternity there. Trust me — Florida — the 80s — there would have been a “shotgun wedding” with actual shotguns involved.

  14. Ray Thompson says:

    Did you have your first child when ya’ll were 5 ?

    Girl I dated in high school, two years younger than me, 65, is a great grandmother with that child being two years old currently. Had her first kid at 20, that kid had the first grand child at 21, grand child had their first kid at 24. Her great grand child will be starting school before my first grand child. So glad I did not marry that girl. She would have destroyed my life.

  15. Harold Combs says:

    Did you have your first child when ya’ll were 5 ?

    Well … we did start early. I married her when she was 16 (barely) and we had our first child three years later.

  16. paul says:

    Kind of interesting….

    The notice arrived to renew Mom’s driver’s license. Not eligible to renew on-line because she is over 79. $9 fee. She has to provide her SSN, if not on file she has to show her SS card. Ok, whatever. It doesn’t say anything about taking thumbprints.

    She also needs “Proof of citizenship or lawful presence”. Whatever that means. An electric bill stub? Her old license? A pay check stub? A birth certificate along with a marriage license works. A car title is acceptable. Shrug.

    It doesn’t matter. She’s in a wheelchair. It takes two aides to get her onto the toilet. She’s not leaving the nursing home and she sure isn’t going to drive anything beyond a wheelchair.

    I need to ask the nursing home to how this stuff works.

  17. paul says:

    I just posted and the Name & Email & Website fields are blank. FF 61.01. I can click in the fields and arrow down to auto-complete.

    Prepping!!!

    Beer expires. Even under constant refrigeration of about 40F. I have a few cans of Miller High Life in the travel trailer. I opened one today and about a third foamed out. The taste was flat, sort of. Not bad, like a coke where the ice has melted. It was still fizzy. What looks like the date on the bottom of the can said NOV1215. The can I’m working on, bought a few days ago, says OCT2918.

    If there is a moral here, I think it’s “stock hard liquor”.

  18. lynn says:

    It doesn’t matter. She’s in a wheelchair. It takes two aides to get her onto the toilet. She’s not leaving the nursing home and she sure isn’t going to drive anything beyond a wheelchair.

    My wife recently took her father to the DPS to get his Texas state ID at age 85 in Lewisville, north of Dallas. Twice since she did not know that he needed his SS card the first time. He is extremely wheelchair bound and uses a diaper since he cannot feel anything below his waist.

    The wife hired a transport service to move him from the nursing hone to the DPS and back. $50 each leg of the journey. And the second time his girlfriend found his passport so that simplified establishing his identity. Both times she made an appointment for him so that he jumped to the head of the line each time. The DPS staff were extremely nice to her and her dad each time.

    I am trying to persuade my wife that she needs to get guardianship over her dad before someone else does. She does not want to since he is lucid at times. He was a very dominant father and she is still afraid of him. She does not want to hurt his feelings (as if !).

  19. lynn says:

    I just posted and the Name & Email & Website fields are blank. FF 61.01. I can click in the fields and arrow down to auto-complete.

    I am getting used to typing in my name and email each time I post. The email auto-completes after the first couple of characters.

  20. lynn says:

    If there is a moral here, I think it’s “stock hard liquor”.

    Or wine ???

    When I drink beer, I usually drink Bud Lite. I am not sure it qualifies as beer.

  21. paul says:

    I do have PoA. I’m just not sure why she needs an ID. She’s about to be 87.

    I have co-ownership on her van. Same for the deed on her house. And her bank account. Her Discover Card is not a problem. The water and electric for her house are in Dad’s name and we have the same first name. Not that I use it, but, I think I have it all figured out.

  22. JimL says:

    It does not. Anything “lite” might as well be “diet”, and life’s too short to drink diet beer.

    Sounds to me like Paul needs to do more frequent quality control checks. At least once/month. But then, who needs to check on pee-water?

  23. paul says:

    Or wine ???

    Wine turns into vinegar.

    Bud Lite, err, it’s sketchy if that is beer. 🙂

  24. Greg Norton says:

    I am trying to persuade my wife that she needs to get guardianship over her dad before someone else does. She does not want to since he is lucid at times. He was a very dominant father and she is still afraid of him. She does not want to hurt his feelings (as if !).

    The next time you’re out, make a point of getting together to hear my story about our experience with my father-in-law as a patient in the UT Southwestern heart transplant program.

    I can’t adequately do it justice in this forum, but long story short, his nurse anesthetist ended up with the bulk of his life insurance. It was all perfectly legal under Texas law (at the time — the law drifts to and fro on this point), and I definitely got the impression that the nurses at the hospital ran a organized racket targeting vulnerable men.

  25. paul says:

    The beer was in the fridge when summer ended. We drained the water lines for winter but left the fridge on. Then Jerry stayed in the trailer spring before last and the summer, into fall. He moved, we drained the lines again. Then he died in February. I’ve been meaning to clean it since last fall. But there’s always something more exciting happening.

    That’s why I have three year old beer.

    We’ve decided to sell the trailer. It’s a goose-neck and we don’t have a truck with that kind of hitch anymore. A quick look for the hitch shows about $500. Installation? No clue. Let’s call it a grand total.

    Motel 6 or mom&pop motels are fine. We don’t travel much, anyway.

    When the trailer is gone I’ll have a place for the truck without building a carport for it. Plus it will be easier to park the tractors with implements attached.

  26. paul says:

    Also, about the required fields… the optional Website field seems to do nothing. It use to work.

  27. lynn says:

    Testing the website field.

    ADD: Yup, the website field does not work anymore.

  28. lynn says:

    The next time you’re out, make a point of getting together to hear my story about our experience with my father-in-law as a patient in the UT Southwestern heart transplant program.

    I have talked with the wife to wits end. There is a really good story here that I made her read. “How the Elderly Lose Their Rights” about a daughter who lost her parents and their money to an unscrupulous person. She says that would never happen to her dad. BTW, she does have full PA (power of attorney) for her dad. Her sister has medical power of attorney for him.
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights

  29. CowboySlim says:

    Bud Lite, err, it’s sketchy if that is beer.

    I’m looking at a can of PBR right now. In contrast to milk, I cannot find a sell/use/drink by date on it.

    I do know that it will last several weeks. OTOH, this can does not need to last more than another 40 minutes.

  30. nightraker says:

    My Uncle Joe was a pleasant enough guy who never left home. My maternal Grandmother Stephanie was a curmudgeonly survivor of the Depression and a dipso husband I never met. Of her other 4 daughters, 2 lived in the same Pennsylvania town and raised their own families. We visited from time to time, usually in the summer.

    Joe inherited about $250k circa 1970 when Stephanie passed away and became poorly himself not long thereafter. He acquired a caretaker lady that I don’t remember who organized. She found him a lawyer, a Mr. Colusi, to write a will during his last hospital stay.

    When Joe passed away, the sisters were shocked to find that the will put almost all of the cash into a “Scholarship Fund” administered by the lawyer. The sisters could not agree among themselves on a course of action and were paid off at double the original $5k bequests. To my knowledge, no scholarships were ever awarded. G’ma Stephanie would have been livid.

    Name and Email fields are filled in as ever with latest Chrome browser, no particular treatment of cookies.

  31. lynn says:

    Schools everywhere are early this year.

    Our school out here in the sticks start on August 27, 2018 and end on June 6, 2019 this year.
    https://www.lcisd.org/docs/default-source/students-parents-documents/calendars/2018-2019-instructional-calendar.pdf?sfvrsn=2

    IMHO, school should not start before Labor Day. And at Texas A&M University, school always started on the Labor Day Monday just to inform the students about the way the university felt about them. The profs did not dare complain but I understand that this has changed. Bunch of pansies !

  32. SteveF says:

    If you are of a certain age and live alone, get yourself on Life Alert or something similar. Swallow your damnable pride.

    A couple years ago I went downstairs in the wee small hours and found my mother-in-law flat on the kitchen floor. I made sure she was alive, breathing, and conscious, tossed a blanket on her, ran up to get my wife, called 911 and gave the phone to my wife, moved the cars out of the driveway, turned on all the outside lights so the ambulance could find us, came in, took the phone and gave the 911 operator our address because my wife was just stammering, then moved the dining room table so the stretcher could get to the kitchen. MIL was mostly ok, just oldpeopleitis, but she’d have been in bad shape if I could actually sleep through the night and hadn’t happened to find her — it was winter, we keep the house cold at night, and she fell right in front of the french doors.

    As a result of that and a few other incidents, my wife has been talking for years about getting cameras to watch the downstairs and/or getting an “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” bracelet. All talk so far, without any action.

    Bedtime this far north presents challenges a good part of the year.

    Same, even in upstate NY. It’s difficult to get a three-year-old to believe that 2045 is nighttime and bedtime when he looks out the window and it’s bright day. I usually dealt with it by letting the kids go to sleep in my office while I worked, then plopping their butts in bed once it was actually dark and they were asleep.

    If MIL does not answer the phone I would guess the wife would call her brother who lives three hours away from MIL. Or call the police.

    Call the police today and ask if they are the correct office to call to check up on her, or the number of some other department if they aren’t.

  33. lynn says:

    @Greg, here you go. This should make your gut wrench and scream out “NO!”.

    int fopen_s_UTF8 (FILE ** pFile, const CHAR * filenameUTF8, const CHAR * mode, BOOL bTryAnsiIfNotFound /* = TRUE */)
    {
    std::wstring wstrFilename, wstrMode;
    UTF8toWide (filenameUTF8, wstrFilename);
    UTF8toWide (mode, wstrMode);
    errno_t err = 0;

    #ifdef __WATCOMC__
    // FILE *_wfopen (const wchar_t *filename, const wchar_t *mode);
    * pFile = _wfopen (wstrFilename.c_str (), wstrMode.c_str ());
    #else
    err = _wfopen_s (pFile, wstrFilename.c_str (), wstrMode.c_str ());
    #endif

    // if there was an error finding the Unicode version,
    // then default to look for the ANSI file
    if (bTryAnsiIfNotFound &&
    0 != err &&
    mode [0] == ‘r’ &&
    IsUnicode (filenameUTF8) &&
    ! pFile)
    {
    if (pFile && * pFile)
    fclose ( * pFile);
    #ifdef __WATCOMC__
    * pFile = fopen (filenameUTF8, mode);
    #else
    err = fopen_s (pFile, filenameUTF8, mode);
    #endif
    }

    return err;
    }

    Today, I am porting some modern C++ code from Visual C++ 2015 back to our Open Watcom C++ / F77 compiler from 1998 that we use for our calculation engine. Yup, it is a sludge in the sewer.

  34. dkreck says:

    @Slim
    I’m looking at a can of PBR right now. In contrast to milk, I cannot find a sell/use/drink by date on it.

    I do know that it will last several weeks. OTOH, this can does not need to last more than another 40 minutes.

    Talk about nursing a beer. 15 min in this weather is too much. (air conditioning is no excuse)

  35. Ray Thompson says:

    When Joe passed away, the sisters were shocked to find that the will put almost all of the cash into a “Scholarship Fund” administered by the lawyer.

    Law firm tried scamming my aunt by moving all her assets into a trust. After she died and I died the beneficiary was the law firm. I was contacted by her bank and her accountant about the incident. I was able to get to Port Townsend quickly enough to get the trust revoked. Still she got charged $8K in legal fees and since her stock had been converted to cash owed a massive amount of capital gains taxes.

    Apparently this firm had been preying on many retired and old people within the area. Perfectly legal, highly unethical. I sent a complaint to WA state bar association. Response from the bar association was silence.

  36. Nick Flandrey says:

    My kids go back Aug 16. The district sent everyone a save the date card with the wrong date. So we got a call, email, and another card. Cost a ton I’m sure.

    The explanation is arm waving about full weeks off later in the year.

  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    When I’m logged in I don’t have the normal comment fields for name, etc. When I’m not logged in, they are prefilled on FF at home, or my phone with Samsung browser. I haven’t changed any default cookie settings.

    N

  38. Vince says:

    Response from the bar association was silence.

    Shocking!

  39. SteveF says:

    Response from the bar association was silence.

    Shocking!

    Yah. I’ve filed ethics and financial complaints about several lawyers over the decades. Never heard so much as a peep from the bar associations or the state agencies allegedly watching over them.

    Lawyers and journalists can’t seem to figure out why they’re so despised by the non-connected ordinary people. Strange, that.

  40. Greg Norton says:

    @Greg, here you go. This should make your gut wrench and scream out “NO!”.

    Fun. I forgot about all the heartache with ASCII, Unicode and Windows. C++ has some toys to take care of the back and forth, but I doubt those are available pre-C++03.

    Double check the “! pfile” at the end of the compound statement inside the if (…). I’m wondering if that should be “!(*pfile)”.

  41. Rick Hellewell says:

    Regarding the retention of name/email/(website) fields on comments.

    WP 4.9.6 added “GDPR” stuff to the core code. That addition included the display of the ‘Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.’ checkbox by default.

    There is a setting in the Admin, Settings, Discussion page : “Show comments cookies opt-in checkbox.”. If this checkbox is not enabled (it was enabled by default when it was added in 4.9.6), then the cookie that stores your name/email/website is not stored. Therefore you will have to enter your name/email/website each time you comment.

    If this checkbox is enabled (and it used to be), and after you have entered a comment and enabled that checkbox when you submit your comment, then the name/email/website fields will be filled in for you for your next comment.

    If you clear your cookies, or do not allow cookies for this site, then cookie won’t exist, and the name/email/website values will be blank on your next view of the comment form.

    The name/email/website values are prefilled from their respective cookies. If you don’t enable the storage of those cookies – either by not checking the ‘save’ checkbox, or not allowing the display of that checkbox in the Settings, Discussion screen, then those fields will be blank for you.

    When 4.9.6 was installed here, that Settings, Discussion checkbox was enabled. At some point, someone (with admin privileges) cleared that checkbox, so those fields started to be blank.

    The above process has been retained through the latest version of WP (4.9.8). It was the ‘Show comments cookies opt-in checkbox’ option *not* being enabled that caused the fields to be blank.

    Now, if you are logged in as a WordPress user, that cookie (assuming it is not cleared) is used to pre-fill the name/email/website values. So if the opt-in checkbox is cleared, but you are logged in as a WordPress user, the fields will be pre-filled.

    With the opt-in checkbox enabled, the name/email/website/save-checkbox will be prefilled for you. If you leave the ‘save-checkbox’ enabled, the next comment form will have pre-filled fields.

    The above is the ‘standard’ settings for WP. As with just about any other part of WP, those settings can be overridden by plugins, or by a theme that does not use the wp_comment_form() function.

    For this site:
    – the ‘Show comments cookies opt-in checkbox’ checkbox has been re-enabled (it was cleared)
    – there is no overriding of that setting (or use of the cookies to prefill the fields) in the theme or plugins that are used here.

    Since I have re-enabled the ‘Show comments cookies opt-in checkbox’ setting, you should all see those fields pre-filled, *after* your next comment, assuming that:

    – you have not cleared cookies for this site
    – you do not clear the ‘save my name…’ checkbox on the comment form.

    The pre-fill of the fields is not related to the setting in your browser that saves form information for re-use.

    And all of that is probably more than you want to know…unless you were curious about how it all worked, and why the pre-fill had gone away.

  42. Greg Norton says:

    And it looks like err will always be 0 if __WATCOMC__ is defined.

  43. lynn says:

    Double check the “! pfile” at the end of the compound statement inside the if (…). I’m wondering if that should be “!(*pfile)”.

    Doggone it, yes !

    Maybe I should just post all my code up here.

  44. lynn says:

    And it looks like err will always be 0 if __WATCOMC__ is defined.

    Yes, I fixed that also. You have a good eye !

    if (bTryAnsiIfNotFound &&
    ((0 != err &&
    mode [0] == 'r' &&
    IsUnicode (filenameUTF8)) ||
    ! (* pFile)))

  45. Greg Norton says:

    Apparently this firm had been preying on many retired and old people within the area. Perfectly legal, highly unethical. I sent a complaint to WA state bar association. Response from the bar association was silence.

    I read a quote this afternoon from tonight’s “Better Call Saul”.

    “Why did God create snakes before lawyers?”
    “He needed the practice.”

    You kinda expect that behavior from lawyers. You also kinda expect the state bar to protect the lawyers.

    What surprised us about our situation with UT Southwestern is that TX does not explicitly prohibit nurses from being involved with patients on a personal level that would cost a doctor his/her license. And, with my father-in-law, it was not just any nurse, but a woman who is listed in the state records as one of the top 5 non-physician salaries in the enitre hospital.

    BTW, I saw that Inslee is exploring a run for President after leaving the WA Governor’s mansion. He always struck me as Costco’s chore boy without much imagination to do anything else.

  46. Nick Flandrey says:

    Argh no! My little brain thinks you must be summoning an elder god just scanning the code.

    @Greg, I’m seriously impressed! Holy cow.

    N

  47. Nick Flandrey says:

    @Rick, I don’t think I was the one to uncheck the box. I don’t mess with the admin side! It’s possible it happened with my phone in my pocket. Lots of settings get changed on my phone despite it being locked and set to not take input in the dark. It’s way worse than buttdialing . N

  48. Rick Hellewell says:

    By the way, for posting code, use the ‘code’ tag (like other tags, gt/lt symbols, etc) to surround the code. It will look like this when the comment is displayed.

    this is code
    and so is this

  49. lynn says:

    “NRA has gone BROKE and ‘may soon be unable to exist’, court documents claim”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6024935/Deep-pocketed-NRA-gone-BROKE-soon-unable-exist-court-documents-reveal.html

    “The National Rifle Association is on the brink of going broke and may soon ‘be unable to exist’, court documents have revealed.”

    “The deep-pocketed pro-gun powerhouse claims that it has been unable to obtain financial services and has suffered ‘irrecoverable loss and irreparable harm’ after the state of New York pressured insurance companies to cut ties with the association.”

    “The new court documents submitted in late July are part of an ongoing lawsuit against New York state, which the NRA claims has launched an unfair ‘blacklisting campaign’ against the pro-gun lobby, costing ‘tens of millions of dollars in damages’.”

    There seems to be some serious discrimination going on here but I don’t think that the NRA has a prayer of getting any relief.

    And, I cannot believe that the NRA would be going broke with umpteen million members.

  50. Greg Norton says:

    Yes, I fixed that also. You have a good eye !

    The bill is in the mail.

    My management would still rather have 25 and female. I don’t care as long as the direct deposit hits every 1st and 15th.

    We had a guy in from Houston for an interview a few weeks ago. He wanted More Money Than God (TM) even though he was sweating his job going to India. You’re in a very tight labor market with the oil companies ramping up.

  51. lynn says:

    @Greg, here you go. This should make your gut wrench and scream out “NO!”.

    Fun. I forgot about all the heartache with ASCII, Unicode and Windows. C++ has some toys to take care of the back and forth, but I doubt those are available pre-C++03.

    Microsoft and the Unix / Big Box vendors had a grand plan with the double byte characters. That was codified back in 1990 ??? 1992 ??? and is in Open Watcom. But when the browser builders came up with UTF-8, they changed the world. And those changes are not in Open Watcom.

    We are going to investigate Simply Fortran when they come out with their multiple target project settings in September. They use an almost current version of gfortran and gcc compilers with a nice visual debugger. That would get us up to a modern C++ compiler and F77 / F90 / F2003 compiler.
    http://simplyfortran.com/

    BTW, junior programmer just told me that he has an interview with Google next week. I told him that he would hate it with a passion as he extremely disliked California when he lived there from 2005 to 2009. And he found an 580 ft2 apartment for only $2,000/month only ten miles away from the campus that he says looks like an old military barracks that were subdivided. I wonder how his shaved head and foot long beard will fit in there ?

  52. jim~ says:

    stock hard liquor

    I was eagerly anticipating CowboySlim’s reply to the expiry date of PBR, and he duely acknowledged it! If I’m not mistaken, the duration of a can, once opened, is inversely proportional to the temperature?

    LifeAlert seems to have a lock on the business. Are there any cheaper alternatives?

    I put up 4 jars of ‘peasant soup’ this weekend. I got a couple chickens on the cheap, so after boning and piecing them, I make stock with the leftover bits and bones and mix it with vegetables.

    Next weekend is seriously devoted to blackberry picking and jam making (Seattle, WA). I do that every 2 or 3 years when the crop is good. Once you get the hang of making jam, there’s no turning back!

    I am sure Jenny is aware of the value of a decent pressure cooker. RBT finally caught on to the idea, but he was a little late. They are all the fad now (Instapot, anyone?), but all you really need is the Presto your grandmother had.

  53. hcombs says:

    We came home this evening to a dark house. The 29 homes on our side of the street lost power about 6pm. When the power company robo-called us to say it might be 11pm before they could restore power, I got out the generator. I hooked up the fridge, and both chest freezers and a fan to cool the living room. Everything stayed cold and frozen and when the power came back on I was satisfied my Champion dual Fuel generator was a great investment. Running it on propane to extend engine life. Only complaint is it’s pretty loud.

  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    Drinking one year old diet soda to rotate the stock here. No noticeable difference from fresh. I’ve had coke eat thru the can on the shelf in my garage and drain down over everything, so hurray for cool and dry storage.
    N

  55. Spook says:

    I’m looking at a can of PBR right now. In contrast to milk, I cannot find a sell/use/drink by date on it.

    I do know that it will last several weeks. OTOH, this can does not need to last more than another 40 minutes.


    PBR here has a date (October… burp!) on 12-pack carton & on cans!

    Cheers to you, CowboySlim !

    Spook

  56. brad says:

    @paul: Well, beer like Miller or Coors or American Budweiser really does go bad. The day it’s brewed. Horrible stuff.

    But seriously: bottled beer keeps about 2-3 years, after that it often goes off in taste. I assume beer in cans is about the same.

    I started brewing my own a couple of years ago. For the past couple of months, without any commercial supplements. Puts a new perspective on it: if I want beer next month, I have to brew now. After the initial investment in equipment, it’s a lot cheaper than buying the stuff, and you get to make the kind of beer you like. That said, it does take a fair bit of work. We’ll see if I stick with brewing everything, or if I go back to buying some proportion of commercial stuff…

  57. dkreck says:

    Firestone Walker Brewing in Paso Robles California.

    Current favorites are 805 and DBA (double barrel ale). 805 is the telco area code btw.

    Regional but that brewery has been growing. Looks about thr33 times the size it was a couple of years ago.

    Negra Modelo is the messican beer of choice even if it’s the same owner as Bud.
    Light beer? Just a bad idea all around.

  58. Nick Flandrey says:

    The Karl Strauss B Brewery in San Diego used to brew several awesome beers. The grasp the had Bud brew and bottle for them is nothing like what they brewed in house.

    Yum.

  59. Greg Norton says:

    BTW, junior programmer just told me that he has an interview with Google next week. I told him that he would hate it with a passion as he extremely disliked California when he lived there from 2005 to 2009. And he found an 580 ft2 apartment for only $2,000/month only ten miles away from the campus that he says looks like an old military barracks that were subdivided. I wonder how his shaved head and foot long beard will fit in there ?

    Shaved head and foot long beard? He’ll fit in fine. When I didn’t fit in at the Seattle job, my wife suggested a yoga dress and tights on casual Fridays.

    (It isn’t the dress that would bother me nearly as much as the Spanx to make it work.)

    The trick to tolerating The Valley is to never be home on weekends. I’m always amazed at the people who go out there and never venture beyond their corporate campus and chain restaurants. The point of the place is that, within a 50 mile radius, you have access to an amount of leisure activities unequaled just about anywhere in the country; widen to 100 miles and it is probably unequaled in the world.

    If I was in your position, I’d be interested to hear what he has to say about the conversation. He should just be aware that their offices in The Dalles are not “a suburban Portland setting”.

  60. Mark W says:

    Double check the “! pfile” at the end of the compound statement inside the if (…). I’m wondering if that should be “!(*pfile)”.

    This is why I don’t do C or C++ any more.

  61. lynn says:

    If I was in your position, I’d be interested to hear what he has to say about the conversation. He should just be aware that their offices in The Dalles are not “a suburban Portland setting”.

    Google is in Silicon Valley in California, right ? I’m not sure what you mean about “The Dalles” which apparently are in Oregon ?

    He is actually talking about living in an RV in the Google parking lot like that guy. If, he gets the job.
    https://www.businessinsider.com/google-employee-lives-in-truck-in-parking-lot-2015-10

  62. lynn says:

    Double check the “! pfile” at the end of the compound statement inside the if (…). I’m wondering if that should be “!(*pfile)”.

    This is why I don’t do C or C++ any more.

    Fortran is worse. We do all three. We need the speed. Back in the good old 80386 days, I watched my software melt an 80387 chip. It was not pretty and the customer freaked out. There was enough left of the 80387 for me to determine that he had put a 16 Mhz 80387 in a 25 Mhz 80386. Of course, this was before active cooling on cpus.

  63. Mark W says:

    Fortran is worse.

    I wrote a few thousand lines of Fortran back in university and haven’t touched it since. Recent programming has been for fun in PHP, a little perl, and I’ve found I like Go. Go probably wouldn’t work for your math-heavy products.

  64. lynn says:

    I wrote a few thousand lines of Fortran back in university and haven’t touched it since. Recent programming has been for fun in PHP, a little perl, and I’ve found I like Go. Go probably wouldn’t work for your math-heavy products.

    Actually, since Go is compiled directly to machine language, it probably would work. The first version of Go compiled to C language. Go is neat in the fact that it has automatic multithreading built directly into it. All operations spawn a new thread so big thread cpus might run a lot faster.
    https://medium.com/@greenraccoon23/multi-thread-for-loops-easily-and-safely-in-go-a2e915302f8b

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