Mon. April 29, 2019- another week starts

71F and pretty damp.  Yesterday was nice all day.  A bit humid and hot in the sun, but all in all, a great day to be outside.

Didn’t get much sleep last night either.  Around 330am someone rang our doorbell, and when the wife looked, he ran away.  So I got woken up to review what the cameras caught.

Skinny hispanic male, barefoot, acting erratically and furtive, caught on 3 cams crossing the yard, ringing the bell, then running away.  Got time stamps on when he did the same at the neighbors’ if their lights came on too.  Not a crime but suspicious as hell.

The upshot is that my homemade lash up of cams and NVR worked, but I can’t figure out how to get the video OUT of the things, and the NVR software/pc is def having trouble with the 8Mpx cams.   I’m really glad I backed it up with SD cards in the cams.  The onboard images are great but the storage is limited. I’ll have to move sorting some of that out further up the list.

Pickups today, on the east and southeast sides of town, and loading up another load for the local online auction.  Costco run too.  Somewhere in there, possibly talk to our constable deputies.

I’m tired, kids are tired, wife is tired.  Lotta grumpy this evening is the forecast….

 

n

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33 Responses to Mon. April 29, 2019- another week starts

  1. JimL says:

    7º and sunny. That’s Celsius, as my watch has reset & I haven’t changed it back yet. Make that 44º and sunny.

    My phone went into an endless reboot loop yesterday, causing me no end of grief. Okay – it’s almost ended. I’ve transferred to another phone & am mostly back where I was. But re-connecting to the smarty-pants watch is a hassle I don’t enjoy. 1st world problem.

    Here’s something interesting:
    https://community.slickedit.com/index.php/topic,16919.msg65423.html#msg65423
    Looks to me like somebody is trying to hack a file to get past some sort of licensing. I’m not 100% sure, but sure enough that I’m not going to try to help him. Mr. Lynn’s software troubles strike a little too close to home when I see something like this. And a little more searching tells me it’s probably a first-person shooter. Script-kiddies need to figure it out themselves.

  2. nick flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6970519/Jewish-group-slams-NY-Times-anti-Semitic-cartoon-depicting-Trump-Netanyahu.html

    story is finally getting out, it just takes a couple extra days and the refusal to accept the “apology”.

    n

    (of course what I find disturbing here is that the Times thought this was a good idea, and that speaks to either their echo chamber, or REALLY widespread antisemitism- like where people tell Himey jokes around the water cooler widespread. amazing that a mainstream paper would publish it.)

  3. Greg Norton says:

    (of course what I find disturbing here is that the Times thought this was a good idea, and that speaks to either their echo chamber, or REALLY widespread antisemitism- like where people tell Himey jokes around the water cooler widespread. amazing that a mainstream paper would publish it.)

    Antisemitism still runs rampant, especially in Europe. The Time aspires to be the paper of record in a European capital.

    At my first job out of college, I had a Czech boss who would sit at lunch and spin the most horrible anti-semitic conspiracy theories in an accent which was slmost identical to Dan Aykroyd’s in the “Wild and Crazy Guys” sketches on the old SNL.

    It was pretty surreal, especially considering that our primary financier was Hacidic, a major player in the community in Brooklyn.

    (Among other things on that job, I learned to appreciate that Dan Aykroyd is an incredible mimic. That accent is not ‘generic foreigner’ by any stretch.)

  4. lynn says:

    Over The Hedge: human behavior
    https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2019/04/29

    I don’t feel superior either.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Looks like someone dropped a dime on the idiot Castro brother (ok, again, they’re both idiots). We’ll know for sure later this week.

    https://woai.iheart.com/content/2019-04-29-san-antonio-congressman-castro-set-to-announce-decision-on-senate-this-week/

  6. Ray Thompson says:

    Subbing all week for the art teacher. Last class is full of brats. Send one kid the office. Told him to sit down and he talked back so I warned him. He was up again later and I told him to sit down and he talked back. So I sent him to the office and as he was leaving he continued to talk back.

    He will now be sent to alternative school for three days. Thus this is not his first offense. One of his parents will have to drive him to school, check him in, then check him out. A schedule that is really inconvenient for working parents. I have had issues with this same student before thus was prepared to lower the boom. And I did. At some point I tire of the issues and take action.

    The kid is a freshman and as tall as I am and the biggest kid in class. I suspect he is probably older than the other freshmen and has probably failed a couple of lower grades. I also predict he will never finish high school beyond his sophomore year. I also predict that in less than 10 years he will have a criminal record.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    It’s raining so hard here in Vegas that. Are we’re pulling off the roads.

  8. CowboySlim says:

    I also predict he will never finish high school beyond his sophomore year.

    School districts here use “restorative justice”. A politically correct and totally useless method.

  9. lynn says:

    Freefall: Captain or Passenger ?
    http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3300/fc03271.htm

    Heh.

  10. lynn says:

    School districts here use “restorative justice”. A politically correct and totally useless method.

    In my fantasy world, “restorative justice” would employ a paddle. In the real world, I highly doubt it.

  11. lynn says:

    Skinny hispanic male, barefoot, acting erratically and furtive, caught on 3 cams crossing the yard, ringing the bell, then running away. Got time stamps on when he did the same at the neighbors’ if their lights came on too. Not a crime but suspicious as hell.

    I am fairly sure that being a public nuisance is a crime.

    Good luck in finding him.

  12. lynn says:

    “NASA and FEMA Will Simulate an Impending Asteroid Strike Next Week”
    https://gizmodo.com/nasa-and-fema-will-simulate-an-impending-asteroid-strik-1834308695

    Are we going to have to crawl under our desks ? I think that I am too old and fat to fit under there.

    Hat tip to:
    https://www.codeproject.com/script/Mailouts/View.aspx?mlid=14309&_z=1988477

  13. Ray Thompson says:

    I am fairly sure that being a public nuisance is a crime.

    Then why has Hillary not been charged? Asking for a friend.

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    The deputies grabbed him for something…

    Beautiful day for softball. Mad scrabble all day but now I can just sit and watch.

    N

  15. lynn says:

    Nice ! A customer in Panama just paid half of their 2018 bill ! He is promising the other half of the 2018 bill in May. $65 crude oil is rising all of the ships.

  16. lynn says:

    I am fairly sure that being a public nuisance is a crime.

    Then why has Hillary not been charged? Asking for a friend.

    Why have James Comey, John Brennan, and Jame Clapper not been charged ? Asking for a newspaper.
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/brennan-comey-and-clapper-the-three-stooges-of-collusion

  17. lynn says:

    I had 618 ft by 20 ft (12,360 ft2) paved today with three inches of hot rolled asphalt on the main road on the office property. $28,411. I’ll be depreciating that over the next 39.5 years. It sure is nice and flat with all of those potholes (around 15 or 16) filled in and covered beforehand.

    7 trucks of asphalt at his price of $80/ton. Next month the price is jumping (he was not sure how much yet). I only have another 20,000 ft2 of gravel to pave around the warehouse. That will not happen any time soon.

  18. nick flandrey says:

    Well, we lost another softball game. Daughter hit a nice ball, but didn’t beat the throw to first. Oh well. Playoffs start now. Swim team started today too.

    Did a bit of civic duty– I noticed that the outlet cover was missing from one of the utility outlets at the ball field. I happened to have some in the truck, since I got about 12 for $10 at a yard sale this week. So I just got one out and installed it. Took a couple of minutes and no kids will be sticking their fingers into that hole. Picked up trash too. I hate litter.

    n

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Did a bit of civic duty– I noticed that the outlet cover was missing from one of the utility outlets at the ball field. I happened to have some in the truck, since I got about 12 for $10 at a yard sale this week. So I just got one out and installed it. Took a couple of minutes and no kids will be sticking their fingers into that hole. Picked up trash too. I hate litter.

    Replacing that cover is a union gig. God help you if one of the thugs witnessed it. Grievances up the wazoo.

    City or county? City cops are more likely to harrass you for that.

  20. nick flandrey says:

    Odd public/private ownership. I’m not certain, as it is usually colocated with a school but clearly marked as private property for the league’s use only. Our school district made several land sales and grants back in the day to establish sports fields for the ‘good of the community.’

    I have no idea who does the normal maintenance but I’m not worried. Strong history of volunteerism and independence here in TX, I used the correct up-to-code part, and TX is a right to work state. (and I wasn’t working for hire anyway)

    And if anyone would say anything, I’d threaten to sue them for having a missing cover over live electricity 🙂

    Remember when I shared the story of the “Tx Homestead Day” and the trapping of the wild hogs? County employees were bummed they didn’t have time to properly butcher and cook them for attendees…

    It’s a different world here.

    n

  21. Greg Norton says:

    It’s a different world here.

    I live in Round Rock.

  22. lynn says:

    It’s a different world here.

    I live in Round Rock.

    Dude, that is Kalifornia nowadays. Of course, so is Sugar Land, TX.

  23. nick flandrey says:

    anywhere near austin is more Cali than Tx… you’ve got scooter rentals, and a bag ban in stores

    n

  24. Greg Norton says:

    anywhere near austin is more Cali than Tx… you’ve got scooter rentals, and a bag ban in stores

    Scooter rentals are City of Austin, and the city’s bag ban was lifted by a court decision IIRC.

    Travis is a different planet.

    Round Rock was smart enough to not elect MJ Hegar to Congress. Part of it was the pork the incumbent brings home, but more than a little is Hegar’s day job as a Dell exec. Lots of Dell layoffs here as they replace everyone with H1Bs.

    Enough Texas voters may be stupid enough to put Hegar in the Senate. The “Girls stick together” incumbency will be tough to ever dislodge. The “Mom in tennis shoes”, Patty Murray, has represented WA State for 27 years.

    More news today about that race. I’ll predict that Castro isn’t going to run for Senate. His district is one of the safest Dem seats in the House. The family dynasty is hosed, however.

  25. nick flandrey says:

    “the bag ban was lifted.”

    was it? I guess San marcos didn’t copy that in their fit of virtue signalling then.

    freakin scooters were everywhere I went last week, abandoned by the roadside. it looked like china.

    Austin and surrounds are ‘Cali Lite’ by almost any social or cultural measure. Very little Texas remains where I could see it. I lived in Cali, first LA while working in Hollywood, then San Diego, mostly near the beach, from 90-2003. The middle of the country lags behind the coasts culturally but it eventually gets there. I see the same stuff in Austin I saw in Cali.

    FWIW, Houston will be there eventually if demographics continue, I can see it happening already from when I moved here.

    n

  26. lynn says:

    freakin scooters were everywhere I went last week, abandoned by the roadside. it looked like china.

    San Antonio was the same way a couple of weeks ago. All different brands and makes, most just laid on the ground. Some were plugged in to the nearest outlet, a bunch of electricity thieves.

  27. lynn says:

    FWIW, Houston will be there eventually if demographics continue, I can see it happening already from when I moved here.

    Poo and used syringes everywhere in Cali according to Johnny Rotten. Shoot, Houston has been there a long time. I stepped on a used syringe in the UtoteM parking lot in Montrose back in 1989 when I was living with my brother in his garage apartment. Really freaked me out. Did not go all the way through my tennis shoe though.

  28. nick flandrey says:

    Yikes.
    n

  29. Greg Norton says:

    San Antonio was the same way a couple of weeks ago. All different brands and makes, most just laid on the ground. Some were plugged in to the nearest outlet, a bunch of electricity thieves.

    Apparently, some kind of gig employment exists where you can register and get paid for keeping scooters charged.

    From what I understand, the impending draining of the Riverwalk for cleaning has San Antonio concerned about the disposal problem of the estimated hundreds of scooters which drunks have tossed into the water over the last few years.

  30. Greg Norton says:

    was it? I guess San marcos didn’t copy that in their fit of virtue signalling then.

    University town. And almost home of the Oakland Raiders had Vegas not cut a deal for a new stadium. Pro sports is doing a lot of navel gazing as of late.

    San Marcos may yet get an expansion NFL franchise. The NFL is jealous of the kind of deals the NBA has extorted out of the area and wants a piece of the action, even paying lip service to using the Alamo Dome for a while … until the real stadium gets built.

    All of the development at the freeway exits, including the road improvements, in San Marcos is new, built in the last 5-6 years while chasing the Raiders. I’ve never seen a commercial district transform so rapidly, and I’ve lived in high growth areas of Florida.

  31. brad says:

    “the disposal problem of the estimated hundreds of scooters which drunks have tossed into the water”

    Are the things actually that useful? I mean, useful enough that the people will pay enough for the companies to stay in business? They must have tremendous running expenses, with scooters being lost/stolen, plus paying people to collect and recharge them.

    For me, it seems like one of these ideas that can only work as long as there is venture-capital to burn. Seems unlikely to be an actual, profitable business. There seem to be a lot of businesses like that, plus a whole lot more where the stock price is nuts, compared to the actual financial figures.

  32. Greg Norton says:

    For me, it seems like one of these ideas that can only work as long as there is venture-capital to burn. Seems unlikely to be an actual, profitable business. There seem to be a lot of businesses like that, plus a whole lot more where the stock price is nuts, compared to the actual financial figures.

    Like a lot of private equity projects, the scooters are not viable as ongoing concerns in the face of competititon. The idea is that one of the companies will get the “first mover” advantage and be bought out by someone bigger who will eventually own the monopoly on scooters in downtown environments.

    All of the scooters come out of one factory in China. Anyone with a credit card can buy a shipping container full. Government intervention picking a winner, something like a taxi medallion, will eventually be the only way one of the entites survives to provide an ongoing “service”.

    And, no, they’re not that useful. In Austin, the scooters are more tourist attraction than real transportation.

  33. ech says:

    The anti-semitic cartoon ran in the international NY Time edition. Apparently, this cartoonist has had several similar cartoons run in various places over the years and has gotten awards for them. As conservative Dennis Prager, an orthodox Jew has said, the US is one of the best for Jews in the world. He calls anti-semitism a “canary in the coal mine” for a sick society.

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