Sat. Mar. 16, 2019 – life, the universe, and everything

Cool and damp this am. Weather station is stuck on 79F which I know is wrong based on how much the furnace is running. Thank you to all the old white men who invented the stuff that keeps us warm and safe…

Not much changed in the news since I went to bed.

I’m off to a class in my hobby, I’ll be out most of the day.

n

22 thoughts on “Sat. Mar. 16, 2019 – life, the universe, and everything”

  1. Funeral service for my church’s pastor today. Will be live streamed. I need four camera operators, audio tech, and myself as the director. Not going to be something I enjoy. The church is expecting about 1,500 for the services. It will be interesting to see how many people watch the stream. The pastor was involved with several churches out west and thus those people will watch. He was also a foreign missionary to a couple of countries and knows people in those countries. I suspect they will be watching.

    The record for a stream thus far is about 1600 people. That was for a football coach who used to play in the NFL and played in a super bowl game with a ring to prove it. This stream may surpass that number of viewers.

    The church pays $129.00 a month for the streaming service. Number of streams does not influence the cost nor does the number of people watching the stream. Other services charged by the bandwidth consumed. This made controlling the cost impossible. In the case of the coach it would have cost the church over $5K for that stream. Thus the fixed price of $129.00 a month is a bargain. And the other services would not allow archiving unless the church paid. This service archives for a year as part of the plan.

    The connectivity of the world is changing, rapidly. Instant access to almost anything, anywhere, anytime.

    I look back to our first exchange student. They only had email, we only had dialup. Our last exchange student had text messaging, live video, almost instant access to her family and friends in the foreign country. Facebook, Instagram, etc. was almost like they never left home.

  2. Weather station is stuck on 79F

    My various thermostats with outside senders are sometimes picky about syncing when the batteries are changed.

  3. The under cabinet light in my kitchen died the other day. It was a humid day… when the bathrooms had fluorescent lights they also had starting problems on humid days. I can”t get even a flicker of light.

    And by humid, I mean “fingers sticking to the keyboard while typing humid”.

    I looked on Amazon. $35 for a GE LED strip light 16 inches long? I don’t think so.

    Wal-Mart. Ship to store. $21.11 with sales tax. It arrives Monday. I have a FedEx tracking number. From Houston to Schertz to Pflugerville and on the truck for delivery “next business day”.
    Oh, wait. I can pick it up after 6 PM. That’s not happening. I’ll make my way there someday next week. I have a list of stuff to get at HEB.

  4. I looked on Amazon. $35 for a GE LED strip light 16 inches long? I don’t think so.

    Wal-Mart. Ship to store. $21.11 with sales tax. It arrives Monday. I have a FedEx tracking number. From Houston to Schertz to Pflugerville and on the truck for delivery “next business day”.

    Walmart does have better prices than just about any other chain. It is their mantra and they follow it well. Just don’t be surprised when the quality of the product made in China sucks.

  5. Just don’t be surprised when the quality of the product made in China sucks.

    Well, I did buy a GE light fixture. Same thing on Amazon…. same factory.

    But I know what you mean.

  6. What I don’t get, is why such idiots have immunity. Fact is, their job is not that dangerous, it’s not even in the top ten. Kill someone who was factually not a threat, you should be charged and tried. Maybe acquitted, that’s possible, but shooting a non-threatening, unarmed person? Charged and tried, and not by your buddies.

    Same for the swatting incident late last year. The swatter is in jail. The cops who shot an innocent guy? No problem, just doing their jobs, apparently…

  7. From yesterday’s Fort Bend Journal, “Poor Career Decision” by BH:

    “”I don’t always talk to liberal art majors, but when I do, I ask for large fries and no tomato.” – World’s Most Interesting Man.”

  8. Well, second meal cooked over a wood fire. Brats, grilled onion, and some steamed carrots. Followed with s’mores of course! I like this firepit/chiminea/whatever.

    Kids an wife are camping out in the back yard, in the big tent. Might get chilly but the sleeping bags are good to freezing. Dog is out there with them. I’m in my own bed. To sore and stiff, even with an air mattress for me to sleep out.

    More hobby class tomorrow means I’m up early.

    I continue to be amazed by the media. My wife had no idea Venezuela had a blackout, riots and deaths this week. NONE of her (mostly FB based) news mentioned it. She stays in that world on purpose, just to see the difference between what I see and what her friends and family see. The difference is shocking.

    She thinks Beto is trying to get street cred and a ‘bad boy’ vibe going. Hmm, abusive criminal– I guess he really is going for the Kennedy vibe.

    n

  9. Along those same lines: OH BOY! Barack Obama’s brother asks if Michelle is ‘Michael’

    Joan Rivers never stopped saying it. Of course, some would say she paid the price for tagging Moochelle as a “tranny”.

    Don’t fret about Ocasio-Cortez. That’s biology at work, and the movement will fade with her youth. Worry more about the Progs running Moochelle next year and putting Valerie Jarrett back into the White House.

    Rosanne had it right about Jarrett, but used some stupid language.

  10. “”I don’t always talk to liberal art majors, but when I do, I ask for large fries and no tomato.” – World’s Most Interesting Man.”

    From the songwriting genius of Page/Robertson (the Barenaked Ladies):

    “You get your Ph.D
    How happy you will be
    When you get a job at Wendy’s
    And are honored with employee of the month”

    — “Never is Enough”

    IIRC, another song on the album works ichthyology into a rhyme.

    Sadly, drugs consumed Steven Page, and, for now, the theme to “The Big Bang Theory” marks the last Page/Robertson collaboration.

  11. Well, second meal cooked over a wood fire. Brats, grilled onion, and some steamed carrots. Followed with s’mores of course! I like this firepit/chiminea/whatever.

    I am sure that you talked in depth about your firepit when you bought it recently if I remember correctly ??? But do you have a URL ? I have been casually looking for one for the back patio.

  12. Speaking of Costco, I had the opportunity to use their Concierge service for on of the TVs I’ve purchased, The 55″ TCL brand 4k ultra failed at 1 year 10 months. The backlight on the left half started flickering and the picture colors started getting weird.

    I only bought the no name chinese tv because of the costco warranty, and now I had a chance to test it.

    One year from the manufacturer, one additional year from Costco, then 3 more years of SquareTrade warranty for an additional $30.

    Called the TCL 800 number, did the required troubleshooting and was advised to call Costco. Called the Concierge Service 800 number, talked to a native english speaker, who asked about the issue, and the troubleshooting, then assigned my to a service manager to arrange for a service call. The service manager asked for 4 photos, one overall, one of the serial number tag, one close up of the issue, one with the set off. They were clearly checking for mechanical damage, which I don’t think is covered.

    Service manage says he’ll call back tomorrow, but didn’t. On second day I emailed him, and he called back to say, just bring it to the local costco, they’ll have replacement options for you. So I did, got a gift card for the full amount (even though the same model is currently $40 less, and got the Square Trade plan exchanged for a new one on the new TV. Pretty painless as the new tvs are very light compared to the old plasmas, so that wasn’t much of an issue.

    I hope this early death was an exception and not a sign of things to come. I guess we’ll see. I still love the picture and the price ($339).

    n

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