Wed. Nov. 28, 2018 – cold and wet again

45F and 99%RH according to my weather station… and my furnace is running constantly.

Blank page in front of me, and blank brain inside my head. It’s gonna have to be enough that the door is open and the lights on….

n

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28 Responses to Wed. Nov. 28, 2018 – cold and wet again

  1. JimL says:

    30º and snowing right now. When I woke up I could still see the gravel & sidewalk from yesterday, so got to work on the inside. When the wife went to work there was a dusting. By the time the kids were up & at ’em it was coming down pretty good. 4″ by the time I left for work and the Mother In Law showed up. ah, well.

    @SteveF – you were absolutely right about the lemon juice. No bitterness at all in the pancakes this morning. Just about perfect, with no leftovers. 3 kids and their big-kid Dad say thanks.

    Love. That’s it. I’ll have to remember that. (Who am I kidding? I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast yesterday.)

  2. SteveF says:

    SteveF – you were absolutely right about the lemon juice.

    You could have put a period before “about”. It’s just part of what makes me the cuddly little ball of awesome that I am. Aside from that, glad you liked it and you’re welcome.

  3. nick flandrey says:

    I tried not to post this, I really did, but jeez, what is the world coming to?

    Woman farts and then pulls out knife and threatens to ‘gut’ fellow shopper who complains as they stand in line at Dollar General store

    Shanetta Yvette Wilson passed gas at the store in Dania Beach, FL, on Sunday
    The 37-year-old had a ‘verbal dispute’ with a fellow customer, John Walker
    She allegedly brandished a ‘lock back knife’ and threatened to ‘gut’ the man ”

    charged with ‘aggravating ass-ault’

    n

  4. Greg Norton says:

    Shanetta Yvette Wilson passed gas at the store in Dania Beach, FL, on Sunday
    The 37-year-old had a ‘verbal dispute’ with a fellow customer, John Walker
    She allegedly brandished a ‘lock back knife’ and threatened to ‘gut’ the man ”

    Broward again?!?

    That story’s dateline reminds me — whenever the subject of Magic Leap comes up, my position is always the same: Ponzi.

    “Why do you believe that?”

    “To start, two words: Dania Beach.”

  5. lyn says:

    The Swan Eaters: “I need my space”
    https://www.gocomics.com/swan-eaters/2018/11/28

    Heh.

  6. lyn says:

    Wizard of Id: “Off to battle”
    https://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2018/11/28

    “Rodney, don’t be a hero !”

  7. lynn says:

    “The Internet of Disposable Things Will Be Made of Paper and Plastic Sensors”
    https://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/materials/the-internet-of-disposable-things-will-be-made-of-paper-and-plastic-sensors

    “The year is 2028. It’s 8 p.m. on a Wednesday night and you’re famished. You’re staring wistfully at the only remaining item in your refrigerator: a package of sausages with an unappetizing grayish hue. Ugh. Did they always look like that? Are they still safe to eat? In 2018, you’d have to rely on your sense of smell and take a gamble. But in 2028, you might simply wave your smartphone over the package. The smartphone interrogates the package’s embedded sensor, which measures the concentration of gases associated with meat decomposition. The smartphone displays the message “Safe to eat within the next 20 hours,” and then offers a list of recipes for cooking with sausages. Too hungry to bother with the recipes, you tear open the package, toss the sausages into a frying pan, and discard the package—along with its sensor technology.”

    Yup, I can see this.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    Yup, I can see this.

    God help us all.

    I’m surprised Amazon hasn’t tried again with a phone. I carried a Fire Phone as a camera for about a year, and the feature set the company offered for pictures/video in exchange for the privacy invasion was worth the cost IMHO.

    I never carried it as a phone with a SIM installed, however.

    That reminds me — it must suck to be a car dealer in the age of phones with cameras. I documented everything about the test drive and delivery of my new Toyota, and when the front license plate frame turned out to be drilled and installed incorrectly, I had proof that the dealer did the work before I even touched the car for the first time.

    I see a front bumper replacement (or whatever subassembly needs to be swapped out) in my future thanks to the camera in my phone. As Dr. Pournelle was fond of saying, your “best” camera is the one you carry all the time.

  9. lynn says:

    “Researchers say it would be cheap and doable to dim the sun to curb global warming”
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/11/28/researchers-say-would-cheap-and-doable-dim-sun-curb-global-warming/0g5Lg18Cv3ycYfQRvS9PZP/story.html

    I have been advocating space umbrellas for quite a while now.

    Plus they could be used as a weapon. If your neighbor state bothers you, turn off their sunshine.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    But in 2028, you might simply wave your smartphone over the package.

    One feature which I would like to see and believe smart phones could have within the next few years is basic total station functionality. I thought Project Tango would be a huge step in that direction, but none of the manufacturers besides Lenovo were interested.

    3d modeling of items and buildings would be the logical next step.

  11. lynn says:

    3d modeling of items and buildings would be the logical next step.

    Isn’t there a First Person Shooter game that has 3D models of most buildings in the USA in it already ?

  12. paul says:

    Playing with the drive adapter I yabbered about yesterday…. I connected the drives from a couple of DirecTv boxes. Explorer sees nothing and Disk Management sees the drives and various partitions.

    I could format and make the drives useful. But I don’t need the drives. A 500GB and a 1TB. Perhaps if I had some kind of *nix box I could see what is on the drives.

    I could download Ubuntu or similar that can boot from CD or DVD. I could.

    Oh, well. I was hoping to copy off the stuff I had DVRed. I didn’t expect it to actually work but without trying, you never know.

    More platters for wind chimes!

  13. CowboySlim says:

    OK, well the overwhelming majority of Boeing investment people must know more about the Lion Air disaster than the NYT scribblers. Note that the stock closed up $15 today.

    They understand that 9o+% of the airline tragedies are the fault of airline personnel (flight crew and ground maintenance) incompetence.

    Outside of that, I have no knowledge of the subject whatsoever.

    10-4, Roger that, over and out, on the side and standing bye

  14. lynn says:

    “Demand that Republicans Force a Vote on Concealed Carry Reciprocity”
    https://cqrcengage.com/gunowners/app/write-a-letter?7&engagementId=492978

    “Our best chance for passing concealed reciprocity is about to end.

    Last December, the Republican-controlled House passed a reciprocity bill that is Constitutional Carry-friendly.

    The bill would allow all who are authorized to carry concealed — including those from permitless carry states — to carry their guns in any state of the union.

    The day after the House passed reciprocity, it was received by the Senate — on December 7, 2017.

    Since then, there has been absolutely NO ACTION by the Senate on concealed carry reciprocity. None. Zilch. Nada.

    The Senate even had its own reciprocity bill, S. 446. It was introduced on March 14, 2017. But once again, there has been absolutely no action taken on that bill.

    Of course, Congress did find time to pass gun control this past March.

    Remember Fix NICS? It will ultimately send hundreds of thousands of additional law-abiding veterans and seniors — or even those with outstanding traffic tickets — to the NICS “gun ban” list.”

    Shameful, just shameful on the Senate’s part.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    Oh, well. I was hoping to copy off the stuff I had DVRed. I didn’t expect it to actually work but without trying, you never know.

    Anything stored on the drives is probably encrypted, but I could be wrong.

    If you want to explore the file systems, try booting the ISO image of this system and connecting the drives via an SATA/PATA-USB cable kit. Start with Autopsy, a front end for The Sleuth Kit.

    https://www.caine-live.net/

  16. Greg Norton says:

    OK, well the overwhelming majority of Boeing investment people must know more about the Lion Air disaster than the NYT scribblers. Note that the stock closed up $15 today.

    The sensors had been faulty on previous flights, but the airline proceeded to put passengers on the plane anyway. Also, the system initially blamed for the crash was easy to turn off, as the crew on a previous flight had done in dealing with the bad sensors.

    The aerospace analysts figure Indonesia’s NTSB ran it by the US NTSB. If Boeing had been at fault, the entire production run of the jet would have been ordered grounded by this morning.

  17. lynn says:

    Oh, well. I was hoping to copy off the stuff I had DVRed. I didn’t expect it to actually work but without trying, you never know.

    Anything stored on the drives is probably encrypted, but I could be wrong.

    DirecTV video files are mpeg-2 and mpeg-4. Maybe all mpeg-4 now. All encrypted.

  18. SteveF says:

    If a trouble light on your aircraft turns red, do you
    a) Ground the plane until you’ve found and fixed the problem
    b) Ignore it and falsify the paperwork
    c) Unscrew the lightbulb and ignore the paperwork

  19. lynn says:

    If a trouble light on your aircraft turns red, do you
    a) Ground the plane until you’ve found and fixed the problem
    b) Ignore it and falsify the paperwork
    c) Unscrew the lightbulb and ignore the paperwork

    d) replace the part with a Chinese knockoff and hope that it works ok

    Fixed that for ya.

  20. lynn says:

    Our neighborhood levee management is moving on improvements now to protect our 4,000+ homes. The net is that they are raising our levee by 2 to 3 feet, upsizing all of the existing pumps, and adding a third pumping station. They went out and borrowed $14 million last month. Oh yeah, there are no problems here. I will not be canceling my home flood insurance anytime soon.
    http://www.fblid11.com/general/lid-11-bond-issue-upcoming-drainage-improvements-and-2018-tax-rate/

    Unless we move. Currently considering this home:
    https://www.har.com/5818-bridlewood-drive/sale_36500026

    We would build an apartment and a game room behind the garage. And widen the driveway (and cut down five trees in the driveway !). And fill in the pool. The house has a lot of deferred maintenance.

  21. nick flandrey says:

    Lotta work, and lotta grass to mow!

    n

    Kitchen looks super crowded.

  22. lynn says:

    Lotta work, and lotta grass to mow!

    n

    Kitchen looks super crowded.

    Grass mowing is what those guys running around in pickups are for. That yard is $75/week. I pay $50/week for my present house.

    The kitchen is big, that island is about 7 ft long. The countertops are the original Corian. But all of the appliances are 19 years old. So are the air conditioners and furnaces. So is the water heater. So is the paint and carpet. You are correct, lotta work to fixup the house plus the addition.

  23. brad says:

    Lots of crap in that article, but two points are definitely true.

    The US really is one of the biggest tax havens worldwide. The US will go after its own citizens, no holds barred. But someone in another country, wanting to hide their income? No problem! The US requires foreign banks to share data on US citizens, but US banks don’t share information with anyone. Zero reciprocity.

    Unemployment stats really are cooked, as anyone familiar with ShadowStats knows well.

  24. Ray Thompson says:

    The US will go after its own citizens, no holds barred

    No shirt(-r). I have been dealing with the IRS for the last eight months over my 2016 taxes. I still think, well I know, the IRS got it wrong but it was in my favor so I quit fighting them. Surprised me when I got the check as the IRS paid me interest on the overage. At least I have documentation so if/when the IRS corrects their error I cannot be charged interest or penalties.

    Many years ago I got a letter from the IRS stating my house was going up for auction because of an $11K tax bill. The IRS had the wrong SSN and thus the incorrect person. The IRS either was fishing and everyone with the same name got the letter or the IRS made a truly boneheaded mistake. I never a letter from the IRS indicating the IRS made a mistake. The IRS never apologizes or admits an error committed by the IRS.

    States are just as aggressive. Make money in another state than in which you live and you pay taxes in the state in which you earned the money. Major league sports players tax returns must be a nightmare as the players are assessed state taxes in each state they play a game. I know they have experts to do the returns but it must still be a daunting task.

  25. lynn says:

    Lotta work, and lotta grass to mow!

    n

    Kitchen looks super crowded.

    Grass mowing is what those guys running around in pickups are for. That yard is $75/week. I pay $50/week for my present house.

    The kitchen is big, that island is about 7 ft long. The countertops are the original Corian. But all of the appliances are 19 years old. So are the air conditioners and furnaces. So is the water heater. So is the paint and carpet. You are correct, lotta work to fixup the house plus the addition.

    BTW, very important note: That house is not behind a levee nor does it need a levee. Nor is it in a city. Nor does it have a MUD (no MUD taxes !). It does have a common neighborhood water supply and its own aerobic septic system though (which just failed and is getting rebuilt).

  26. paul says:

    It’s a nice looking house. Tho really, Aggies? 🙂 I wish my kitchen had as much room. 19 yo appliances? Run ’em until they break.

    Check to see how wide the bath doors are for walker access.

  27. lynn says:

    It’s a nice looking house. Tho really, Aggies? I wish my kitchen had as much room. 19 yo appliances? Run ’em until they break.

    Check to see how wide the bath doors are for walker access.

    Yup, the sparkers on the natural gas cooktop don’t want to shut off now so their death may be soon.

    The bathroom doors are 18 or 20 inches, not very wide.

    I would add a 800 ft2 apartment for the daughter and a 700 ft2 game room for yours truly behind the garage. Both would be ADA, 36 inch doors and room to swing a wheelchair in the bathrooms. Plus toilet and shower bars.

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