Wed. Aug. 8, 2018 – looks like fish today

Kids want to visit the Shedd Aquarium. It’s been a while for me, so i guess that’s cool.

Cooler and overcast, good for walking…

N

Added, never hit publish. Looks like maybe Science and Industry instead. You can” do things” there….

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45 Responses to Wed. Aug. 8, 2018 – looks like fish today

  1. CowboySlim says:

    I went to the Shedd and S&I about 70 years ago, very informative. S&I used to have a big coal mining exhibit. Probably Obrahmeliminated now.

  2. CowboySlim says:

    Last of oranges juiced yesterday, which led to Expiration Confusion today:
    1. Kroger Cranberry juice plastic bottle: Best By 092818,
    2. Kroger store made Tortilla chips: Sell By 080418.

    Well, I’m OK with the juice, but the chips?

  3. lynn says:

    Breaking Cat News: “you took an oath”
    https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/08

  4. lynn says:

    Well, I’m OK with the juice, but the chips?

    Chips do not age well, especially if they are not extremely well sealed off from the environment.

  5. lynn says:

    After seeing your busting comment from yesterday, today is the 8th !
    https://www.ttgnet.com/journal/2018/08/08/wed-aug-9-2018-looks-like-fish-today/

    Maybe you are living a day in the future. I am know that I am living a day in the past.

    In fact, for us on this side of the pond, it is 08/08/18. Somewhat interesting numeric.

  6. lynn says:

    @Greg, here you go, “Magic Leap’s Mixed Reality Headset Is Finally on Sale”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/362984/magic-leaps-mixed-reality-headset-is-finally-on-sale

    $2,300 each, are they smoking something ?

  7. Greg Norton says:

    @Greg, here you go, “Magic Leap’s Mixed Reality Headset Is Finally on Sale”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/362984/magic-leaps-mixed-reality-headset-is-finally-on-sale

    $2,300 each, are they smoking something ?

    Dony spent yesterday passing the bong back and forth with Elon.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/magic-leap-is-either-brilliant-or-bs-its-ready-to-prove-its-ar-gear-is-real/

    The next Theranos. Real tech companies don’t start in Dania Beach. Magic Leap doubled down on the scam by moving into the Motorola Sunrise boondoggle facility. The state never recovered the investment they put into that place in 20+ years of operation by Motorola so I’m sure more incentives were offered in an attempt to recoup *something*.

    That building will make a fine HQ2 for Amazon next year. I still believe Fort Lauderdale is on the short list. Brightline is about to link three of the five (six?) international airports in FL by rail, and they just submitted a bid to drive a line from Orlando Airport into Downtown Tampa.

    (A train to Tampa Airport from OIA is out. That’s the perennial problem with “high speed rail” in FL. The mucky mucks who really run the city own the massive slum apartment complex next to the train station downtown.)

  8. Greg Norton says:

    $2,300 each, are they smoking something ?

    Also, I think the house of cards is about to tumble and everyone is going to cash out … if they can.

    I put out an inquiry yesterday with my credit union’s buying service about a 2018 Camry, and my cellphone rang all afternoon.

    One Toyota dealership offered me a SE package for $22k, about $4000 less than where the car should be priced, and $7000 less than MSRP.

    I bet the number is competitive with Carmax for used!

  9. Greg Norton says:

    An exchange on zerohedge.com:

    “Why are all internet companies libs?”

    “Porn. You can’t promote access to watching midgets piss on nude Eskimos and preach about being conservative at the same time.”

    Really? Midgets and nude eskimos? Where can I see that?

    Sounds like a Stefon sketch on SNL.

  10. lynn says:

    One Toyota dealership offered me a SE package for $22k, about $4000 less than where the car should be priced, and $7000 less than MSRP.

    This is why Ford is getting out of the car business and dedicating themselves to trucks and suvs.

  11. lynn says:

    “IT is urbanizing, McDonald’s gets it, but Woonsocket doesn’t (yet)”
    https://www.cringely.com/2018/08/08/it-is-urbanizing-mcdonalds-gets-it-but-woonsocket-doesnt-yet/

    “My favorite UK TV producer once had to sell his house in Wimbledon and move to an apartment in Central London just to get his two adult sons to finally leave home. Now something similar seems to be happening in American IT. Some people are calling it age discrimination. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but the strategy is clear: IT is urbanizing — moving to city centers where the labor force is perceived as being younger and more agile.”

    I am not sure that I agree with the Cringe but he does make some sense. Getting us old programmers (I am 58 and building Windows apps in C++ and Fortran) to work on cloud apps is tough. Of course, we grew up in the cloud but we called it mainframes back then.

  12. dkreck says:

    IIRC $22K was what I paid for my 95 Honda Accord EX. Actually $300 more for the floor mats but they lasted the life of the car. Sill have it but only as a backup. 3 motors but then good used installed for $1500. Paints faded but interior still good and all things work except the A/C but $500 or so could fix that.

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    Porn is the reason any new tech gets adopted. And there is porn for any taste….

    Ended up doing a river architectural tour. 2hrs on a boat. A bit sunny and hot, but what’s not to like?

    When she mentioned Trump tower, as little as she could, ( seeing as how it has a famous architect, is the second tallest in Chicago, and embodies most of the crap she thought made other bldgs special- tres hypocritical) people booed. So I cheered. F them. Got me some hard looks, but again, F them. Between my tactical ball cap and buzz cut, no one had the balls to say anything. And I’m 6ft, 210 pounds, and they were euro trash soy boys.

    Oh well, gonna have a brat and a ginger ale river side.

    N

  14. Greg Norton says:

    This is why Ford is getting out of the car business and dedicating themselves to trucks and suvs.

    Ford is getting out of the mid-large size car business in the US. They will import the new Focus from China (!) and keep making the Mustang at Flat Rock.

    If demand warrants, the company can always borrow a mid-size platform from Europe like they did for the current Fusion after selling off Mazda.

    Right now, no one knows what kind of “car” the politicians will allow on the roads in the US in 2025. I doubt anyone will have an idea until after 2020. Maybe not even then.

  15. lynn says:

    Right now, no one knows what kind of “car” the politicians will allow on the roads in the US in 2025. I doubt anyone will have an idea until after 2020. Maybe not even then.

    Trump 2020 !

    KAGA ! (Keep America Great Again)

  16. Greg Norton says:

    I am not sure that I agree with the Cringe but he does make some sense. Getting us old programmers (I am 58 and building Windows apps in C++ and Fortran) to work on cloud apps is tough. Of course, we grew up in the cloud but we called it mainframes back then.

    I spent nine months at CGI doing installation support on a cloud app. My whole job consisted of making sure file permissions on the server were right to run outsourced JBoss application code. If the permissions were not right, I filed a ticket to have the changes done by an admin in India, which usually took a week.

    Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

    CGI is the fourth largest consulting firm in the world. The customer was a Texas-based firm you would recognize before I even finished pronouncing the whole name (not a company you would associate with outsourcing to India … but they did). Mainstream modern IT work in the US. It sucked.

    If the C++ job I work now hadn’t come along, I was going to call it a career at the year mark and go work for my wife’s friend at UHaul … or another friend at IKEA. Java sucks IMHO. C# more so but with cr*p performance. JavaScript is nightmarish syntax. All were hacks serving a larger purpose to the corporations who paid the programmers. Life is too short to climb a learning curve for lousy tech.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    IIRC $22K was what I paid for my 95 Honda Accord EX. Actually $300 more for the floor mats but they lasted the life of the car. Sill have it but only as a backup. 3 motors but then good used installed for $1500. Paints faded but interior still good and all things work except the A/C but $500 or so could fix that.

    I paid $19k for my 2001 Solara. One motor. One drivetrain.

    I’m reluctant to trade it since what has been for me reliable transportation would just get junked for parts. OTOH, I can’t justify $1000 for power steering hoses.

  18. lynn says:

    I’m reluctant to trade it since what has been for me reliable transportation would just get junked for parts. OTOH, I can’t justify $1000 for power steering hoses.

    I am now regretting fixing my 2005 Expedition with 196K miles. I am $6K in with the remanufactured transmission and the air conditioning evaporator over the last 2,000 miles. $6K would have been my down payment for a 2018 F-150 but I would have had a $500 month payment for 60 months (assuming that I bought the cheapest supercrew cab on the lot). I would have had to junk my Expy though so it is back to being worth $4K again.

    That said, I am looking forward to snapping a picture of my odometer when it turns 200,000 and posting it on facecrack.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Added, never hit publish. Looks like maybe Science and Industry instead. You can” do things” there….

    The “Svengoolie” exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications is on my list of things I want to see in Chicago. We watch every Saturday.

    http://www.museum.tv/svengoolie.htm

    Of course, my kids don’t get the appeal. They watch anime instead on Saturday nights.

  20. Ray Thompson says:

    I would have had to junk my Expy though so it is back to being worth $4K again.

    So you are only out $2K at this time. That is only four months of payments on a new vehicle and after that time you are ahead. You may be better off waiting until the 2019 F-150 arrives which is supposed to be available with a diesel engine. I have also heard rumors of a hybrid being available.

    In my mind I would skip the first model year if that is what you are looking to purchase. Gives others the opportunity to discover the issues.

    When dealing with a vehicle decision it becomes a crap shoot whether to repair or replace. Nothing to regret in the decision. You chose based on what you knew at the time. Whether it’s a good or bad decision doesn’t matter as you cannot predict the future.

  21. JimB says:

    “I’m reluctant to trade it since what has been for me reliable transportation would just get junked for parts. OTOH, I can’t justify $1000 for power steering hoses.”

    Most “recyclers” won’t save many parts from a car of that age. Sad, because original parts are getting scarce. New replacements are often inferior.

    $1k for hoses? Yikes! I AM living in the past. I can still get a new hi pressure hose for my cars for $20-30. The low side is ~$1 per ft in bulk. Takes me less than an hour labor, then good for another 10-20 years.

    Reminds me of the joke about the brain surgeon and the plumber.

  22. lynn says:

    Going back to our two home invasions last week, the Sugar Land police have now put up several camera poles on trailers in our 4,000 home subdivision. We now know that the two men are looking for somebody. They have not stolen anything. They are breaking into single story homes on a certain street with full length front glass doors. The men are armed and pointing guns at the homeowners.
    https://www.click2houston.com/news/cameras-above-sugar-land-scan-for-criminal-activity

    This is very strange.

    ADD: BTW, the pole cameras have license plate readers on them for whatever that is worth.

  23. lynn says:

    When dealing with a vehicle decision it becomes a crap shoot whether to repair or replace. Nothing to regret in the decision. You chose based on what you knew at the time. Whether it’s a good or bad decision doesn’t matter as you cannot predict the future.

    NO REGERTS !
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWvjI5CoTrM

  24. lynn says:

    Hey, putting synthetic oil in my 2005 Expedition has paid off. I just checked my oil since it has been 2,500 miles since my last oil change. My 5.4L V8 is usually down a quart of oil or more by now. It is just down a 1/3rd of a quart now. Amazing.

  25. JimB says:

    Synthetic oil usually has slightly lower volatility than regular oil. Remember that your crankcase runs at slightly below atmospheric pressure. Also consider how much agitation goes on in 2500 miles. Yes, that’s good oil mileage for even a new engine.

    Oh, and never let the level go out of the limits on the dipstick. Both low and high can cause aeration and shorter engine life.

  26. Ray Thompson says:

    Yes, that’s good oil mileage for even a new engine.

    I disagree. I lose about 1/2 quart in 8,000 miles on my ecoboost engine in my truck. I use full synthetic with a recommended change interval of 10k miles. Same with my Highlander. Oil consumption is very low as it should be with any new engine.

  27. JimB says:

    Ray, yours is good-er. No need to disagree 🙂

    Added, we’ve come a long way in just 120 years.

  28. lynn says:

    Oh, and never let the level go out of the limits on the dipstick. Both low and high can cause aeration and shorter engine life.

    OK, I’ll stop doing that. I forgot last year and had to put in two quarts while driving up to Oklahoma. Was a little surprised. The engine temperature before and after was the same. Of course, my 5.4L holds seven quarts of oil. And I have the max towing package which includes the max cooling five row radiator.

    I generally get the oil changed between 4,000 and 5,000 miles.

  29. JimB says:

    BTW, my first car was a five year old 1957 Plymouth. It was a hybrid. Burned both gasoline and oil.

    Ba-dum-bum!

  30. Greg Norton says:

    ADD: BTW, the pole cameras have license plate readers on them for whatever that is worth.

    The license plate reading tech is *very* effective. The problem is always what they do with it on the back end.

    My first assignment at the new job was flagging “hot” license plates from a million entry flat text file list. Spec was 10 seconds, but I have it down to just the time required to OCR the text from the plate.

  31. JimB says:

    One of the best things to do for long engine life, especially in dusty environments like where I live, is to change oil frequently. Unfortunately, most popular oil and air filters don’t filter out really fine particles. It’s a calculated risk: a lot of vehicles go to the junkyard with excellent engines, not counting accidents and floods. A major reason to “retire” a car is, believe it or not, shabby interiors. At least here in the SW. Rust is probably a big reason in other parts of the country.

  32. lynn says:

    The license plate reading tech is *very* effective. The problem is always what they do with it on the back end.

    My first assignment at the new job was flagging “hot” license plates from a million entry flat text file list. Spec was 10 seconds, but I have it down to just the time required to OCR the text from the plate.

    I would estimate that 10% of the cars and trucks running around here have paper plates. I wonder how many of them are legit ?

  33. ech says:

    A cousin of my dad designed and helped create the “walk through” heart that they had at Science and Industry. He had a long career as a medical illustrator. He served in the SeaBees in WW2.

  34. Greg Norton says:

    I would estimate that 10% of the cars and trucks running around here have paper plates. I wonder how many of them are legit ?

    I see a lot around Austin this time of year. Parents get the kids cars for college, and people may only move one car from wherever.

    Worry more about the uninsured driver. The stat in FL was 50%, and car insurance isn’t much cheaper here.

  35. Spook says:

    I have 3 cases of 1 liter water bottles in my garage approaching 4 years past exp date. Are they too old to drink?

    Surely water is pretty stable. Something “alive” like beer is not a good bet for stretching the envelope. Something acidic, like tomatoes, in metal cans (apparently those cans with plastic liners, even) ain’t gonna be safe, all too soon. YMMV. Be careful out there.
    That said, stack up some food. Then stack up some more. And some water. Now.

  36. JimB says:

    What is it with the paper plates? We have those in CA, too. Every other state I have lived in issued plates with new cars before they left the dealer’s. But then, I wouldn’t know: I have only bought one new car, and that came with plates. It was in Michigan. It was a 1965. Still might get another new car. Meanwhile, used ones are fine for me.

    Oh, I bought a used car here in CA about three years ago, and the owner had handicapped plates, which he kept. When I picked up the car, I drove directly to the DMV to do the transfer. I walked out with new plates. Easy. But for some reason that doesn’t work for new cars. I forgot to ask why.

  37. pcb_duffer says:

    When I sold what had been my older sister’s car, the county tax collector’s office here took the plate from the vehicle. The guy had to drive it back to another state, ~ 200 miles away, without any plate. I didn’t worry about him, he was an experienced mechanic / car swapper, and had all the paperwork in the front seat with him.

  38. Nick Flandrey says:

    Back at vacation home#1. Got out of Chicago before rush hour traffic. Spent some more time at my folks as we had to pass by. Installed a grab bar on the steps, and changed the ballast on the light fixture. That solved the flashing and not starting problem.

    Little things, needed doing

  39. JimL says:

    Around here new car dealers, as well as most of the higher-volume used-car dealers issue plates on sale if they cannot transfer the plate from the old vehicle. (When I traded my Jeep for the Chevy pickup, I needed new plates. The Chevy->Ford trade transferred plates. Of course, around here the paper plates won’t last too long in the winter, so they are generally avoided. Still see some, though.

  40. dkreck says:

    No paper plates in California (or plastic straws). They stopped that years ago. Now you just drive without until new ones arrive. DMV way behind on everything. And of course Johnny Law can pull you over just to check you.

  41. JimL says:

    Now that’s just crap. There should be SOME mechanism to prove temporary registration of a vehicle. Folks that are not breaking the law should not be subject to random harassment just because Johnny Law is bored.

    Even a paper form (like PA uses) is better than nothing. And the silver stripe down the middle makes it almost impossible for the average Joe to tamper with it.

  42. MrAtoz says:

    NV uses paper temporary plates when you get a car from a dealer. Exp date in big marker on them. I’ve seen new types with a security stripe in them. I remember the cars I bought in TX had plates from the dealer.

  43. dkreck says:

    Well there is a small paper with the registration number that is placed in the lower right corner of the front windshield but no marking on the rear. Cars are registered but not processed and plates sent out when they get around to it. New cars usually are obvious but no so much used. Many used cars are sold with existing plates but certainly not all. Owners of vanity plates can keep theirs when selling a car.

  44. Ray Thompson says:

    Folks that are not breaking the law should not be subject to random harassment just because Johnny Law is bored.

    You been living under a rock the last dozen years? Johnny Law will pull you over for anything they can invent. Tail light out. Let’s check. Working now, wasn’t when I pulled you over. Can I search your vehicle? No? You’ve got an empty can that looks like beer. Probably cause. Oops, coke can that looked like beer.

    When I bought my ’99 F-150 in Georgia I got no plate or temporary since I lived out of state. I got pulled over once in Georgia for no tags and once in TN for no tags. Went to the county office to get the plates. Paid no tax in Georgia but got slammed with tax when I registered in TN.

    When I bought my ’14 F-150 I was given plates by the dealer. Had the wrong county sticker for me (dealer is Knox County) so I had to go to the county office to get Anderson county sticker. Need the correct county tag to use the dump facilities closest to my location.

  45. JimL says:

    Yep. Big old rock.

    I should have said something along the lines of “You should not have to be subject to stupidity because they can’t get their act together.” But that’s too much work right now. What should be and what is bear a little resemblance. But not much.

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