Fri. May 3, 2019 – catch up day

69F and wet. Rained last night. Doesn’t seem to be raining now.

I’m mostly home today, with only a short trip to pickup stuff to sell tomorrow. Hopefully a short trip anyway. I need to spend some time on intake of the stuff I already got and empty the trucks.

An easier day would be nice, as I’m taking some antibiotics and Flowmax to try and narrow down an issue that’s been bugging me for a while. The Cipro is making me feel a bit weird (or maybe the Flowmax as it says it can cause sleepiness.) In any case I don’t feel 100% and would be lying around if that were an option.

Guess I’d better get the kids up and start the day.

n

39 thoughts on “Fri. May 3, 2019 – catch up day”


  1. maybe the Flowmax as it says it can cause sleepiness

    I think most medicines state that because of the lawyers. I am on FloMax due to the kidney stones, which still have not passed. No drowsiness. Urologist on Monday to see about the next step, stint or lithotripsy.

  2. Is your food tasting just a bit ‘off’?

    My coffee and oatmeal tasted sort of metallic this morning.

    n

  3. Nope, haven’t noticed any changes. On a carb free diet so most of the stuff tastes like shirt(-r) to start. Thus always off.

  4. Still trying to find a way to cash my UK Tax refund check. I don’t have a UK bank any longer and my US bank will cash it but the fees are 90% of the checks value. I am looking for a US branch of a UK bank that I can talk to. Any ideas?

  5. Still trying to find a way to cash my UK Tax refund check. I don’t have a UK bank any longer and my US bank will cash it but the fees are 90% of the checks value. I am looking for a US branch of a UK bank that I can talk to. Any ideas?

    Citi won’t do it affordably?

    We had HSBC branches in Florida due to UK tourism and local real estate investments. Dunno about your state.

    IIRC HSBC was in trouble during the housing bubble meltdown in FL. I’m not sure it is a great place to keep a large amount of money, but a minimum in an account in the US to avoid fees in situations like this might be useful.

  6. The check is for 177 pounds, about $230 USD. Bank of America will cash it for a $150 fee and up to $50 in transfer fees. We don’t have a Citi branch within about 400 miles. I used to bank with Barclays in the UK but closed that account in 2001. Perhaps I will send to a friend in the UK .

  7. Eric S. Raymond scores again:

    Spotting the wild Fascist

    Executive summary:

    Let’s review:

    * A centralizing theory of political power and legitimacy.
    * State-socialist political economics.
    * Anti-semitism, with the Jews identified as bloodsucking capitalists.
    * Propaganda and programs aiming to fundamentally transform society into an idealized future state.
    * Equivalents of the SA and SS, organs of coercion answering to the leader and the Party, not the law.
    * Systematic suppression of competing political speech.
    * Registration, suppression, and confiscation of civilian firearms.

    Where are we seeing that sort of behavior nowadays?

    Be sure to read the comments.

  8. Couple of links to keep you occupied.

    –fake hate
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6989527/Black-worshipper-sentenced-10-years-jail-torching-Mississippi-church.html

    –couldn’t strip the assets fast enough, no mention of the female design engineer that they couldn’t trumpet enough BEFORE the collapse..
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6989125/Bankrupt-construction-company-built-FIU-bridge-reaches-deal-pay-victims-42M.html

    –still have fat people, nicely arrayed soldiers as a backdrop, maduro looks like sadaam, the only thing missing is him shooting the AK into the air
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6983779/Guaido-calls-workers-strike-oust-Venezuelas-Maduro-military-uprising-falls-short.html

    — yeeessss, it’s a ‘generational’ thing. I suppose expecting them to use english would be racist or something
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6987599/Massachusetts-teacher-breaks-slang-students-use-creating-dictionary.html

    off to UPS

    n

  9. From yesterday:

    “no one in the Boeing board of directors nor the CEO is a pilot”

    No surprise. Once companies exceed a certain size, the pencil-pushers take over, and management no longer has (or feels like it ought to have) any direct connection to the products they make. Boeing management could decide to make toasters next year, and it would matter very little to the spreadsheets.

    Yes. The problem being that the people in charge will continue to make bad products and bad decisions. The 737 MAX is just the first corporate disaster. There will be more.

  10. The disaster known as my mother’s hip replacement surgery keeps on getting worse. The incision has never stopped bleeding. The doctor has decided that the hip implant is infected and is bringing in a infectious disease specialist today. The incision actually came open yesterday and freaked the nurses (and my Dad) out when a large amount of blood came out. The doctor may pull out the hip implant and put in a spacer for now. Not good, not good. We are at four and half weeks now since the original surgery.

  11. Where are we seeing that sort of behavior nowadays?

    Portland. Travis County, TX.

    San Antonio to a lesser extent, but God help them if Nirenberg gets reelected. He’ll be the new Prog King in Texas.

    Of course, the Legislature could squish the agenda, but Governor Abbott want sot fight a proxy war with the ghost of Ann Richards.

  12. –couldn’t strip the assets fast enough, no mention of the female design engineer that they couldn’t trumpet enough BEFORE the collapse..

    That bridge always struck me as being designed on the extreme margins, but, knowing Miami, someone’s cousin probably scored the contract for the concrete and … sh*t, Jefe, concrete is concrete, am I right?

    Work I spent three months doing on a toll road in North Texas, including Christmas Eve tweaking cameras, just got recognized … credited to the 25 year-old Music Ed major from Baylor whom I had to cover when iit turned out she couldn’t do the job.

    She’s Lead. I’m Junior Developer.

    Time to start interviewing again.

  13. … no mention of the female design engineer that they couldn’t trumpet enough BEFORE the collapse..

    … credited to the 25 year-old Music Ed major from Baylor whom I had to cover when iit turned out she couldn’t do the job.

    And who’s gonna be blamed if there’s the tiniest hiccup in the project you and she are working on? Certainly not your female associate!

    Past time you were looking to move on.

  14. Work I spent three months doing on a toll road in North Texas, including Christmas Eve tweaking cameras, just got recognized … credited to the 25 year-old Music Ed major from Baylor whom I had to cover when iit turned out she couldn’t do the job.

    She’s Lead. I’m Junior Developer.

    Time to start interviewing again.

    Do you want to be lead in this organization ? Sounds like the management has issues with form over function.

    And you know the song, don’t quit your day job until you have a new job.

  15. THIS JUST GETS WORSE: Boeing’s Own Test Pilots Lacked Key Details of 737 MAX Flight-Control System: A culture of close collaboration between test pilots, engineering staff deteriorated in later stages of aircraft’s development.
    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/329600/

    Boeing could well be making toasters before the fallout ends.

    Who needs stinkin’ test pilots ? All they do is crash planes that could be sold to somebody for big bucks.

    Like I said, major culture issues. Other problems will be surfacing soon.

  16. Do you want to be lead in this organization ? Sounds like the management has issues with form over function.

    She’s Maintenance Lead. I’m Junior in Development.

    Granted, I had to get a decent score on an IQ test, literally, to get my job, but Maintenance Lead still has the title and credit for this project.

    Do you want to be lead in this organization ? Sounds like the management has issues with form over function.

    No. I wanted out of CGI badly so I overlooked a really insulting hiring process.

    My bad for not looking after Thanksgiving, deciding to tough it out until the year mark hit in February.

    “Girls in tech” has turned into a mechanism for companies to age discriminate.

  17. No. I wanted out of CGI badly so I overlooked a really insulting hiring process.

    My bad for not looking after Thanksgiving, deciding to tough it out until the year mark hit in February.

    Do remember one other thing. You are over 50 if I remember correctly. They are looking for 30+ year olds. You will be discriminated against by just about every organization hiring out there.

  18. Of course, the Legislature could squish the agenda, but Governor Abbott want sot fight a proxy war with the ghost of Ann Richards.

    Grr. That should be “wants to fight a proxy war”. Three hours sleep.

    Another Legislative session like this one and Abbott shouldn’t bother with seeking reelection.

  19. And you know the song, don’t quit your day job until you have a new job.

    I know better having lived the Vantucky adventure unemployed.

    And that was before I knew that a lot of CS Masters programs had turned into OPT diploma mills, even that big one here in town with the mascot sporting the horns of a long-ish size.

  20. And that was before I knew that a lot of CS Masters programs had turned into OPT diploma mills, even that big one here in town with the mascot sporting the horns of a long-ish size.

    What is OPT ?

  21. What is OPT ?

    Occupational … Training. It is a visa the foreign students get after finishing the CS Masters which allows them to work for two years in the country while looking for an H1B sponsor.

  22. “Girls in tech” has turned into a mechanism for companies to age discriminate.

    Not just age, bucko:

    Nobody Knows the Hood Like Joe Biden.

    Joe Biden Wednesday bragged about time he spent in the “hood,” a place where he said he found “women of color” he helped train to do computer coding…

    “Through a program we had through community colleges [in Detroit], we can teach people how to code,” Biden said. “We went out, literally into the hood, and they found, turns out, 54 [people], they happened to be all women, the vast majority were women of color, no more than a high school degree, aged 25-54, and a third of them only had GEDs.”

    Just pause for a moment and consider the idea that the perhaps mission-critical software you use daily may have been coded by the the girlz inna ‘hood …

  23. “Learn to code!” The establishment needs fresh meat for the grinder, they’re tired of midnight videoconferences and the smell of fish and curry from the lunch room… Come on girls, you can help push down wages AND help us look good with ‘reshoring’ and gurl power… and we won’t have to parse your weird ass accent!

    @greg- different ship, still headed for the iceburg. Get out while you can.

    If you do any GUI or HMI design, look at Crestron or AMX programming for AV control. It pays really well if you are good at it and get on with the right company or go independent. No guurrl power either. When there’s only one programmer on site, there’s no hiding incompetence.

    n
    Off to swim team practice…..

  24. Do remember one other thing. You are over 50 if I remember correctly. They are looking for 30+ year olds. You will be discriminated against by just about every organization hiring out there.

    My current gig wasn’t thrilled with hiring me, but they needed the skills which the young’n’s don’t have. Even Python is old school anymore.

  25. Do remember one other thing. You are over 50 if I remember correctly. They are looking for 30+ year olds. You will be discriminated against by just about every organization hiring out there.

    My current gig wasn’t thrilled with hiring me, but they needed the skills which the young’n’s don’t have. Even Python is old school anymore.

    I’ll never admit to having coded in Python or Perl. So that makes me old, old school. Fortran, C, C++, assembly, HTML, smalltalk.

    My accountant asked me the other day why I work so hard to keep this place going. My first response was to fire her. I managed to stifle that and said “because”. The real answer is that I don’t want to look for a job with my antiquated skills at the age of 58 with two heart attacks on my resume.

  26. Just back home after spending a wonderful hour in a coffee shop chatting with Jenny. We had such a lot in common and we could not find a subject over which to argue. Have a great trip back, Jenny. Soon going to my daughter’s house where in a nearby dive bar my SIL and I will have some PBRs.

  27. I’ll never admit to having coded in Python or Perl. So that makes me old, old school. Fortran, C, C++, assembly, HTML, smalltalk.

    If you can code in C you can build anything, including any tools you may need.

  28. Just back home after spending a wonderful hour in a coffee shop chatting with Jenny. We had such a lot in common and we could not find a subject over which to argue. Have a great trip back, Jenny. Soon going to my daughter’s house where in a nearby dive bar my SIL and I will have some PBRs.

    Cool !

  29. hooray for cowboyslim and jenny! Meatspace baby! and MeetSpace!

    n

  30. Rain dried up, swim practice happened, I did some network maintenance at the rec association, and then we were home for dinner. I did get the stuff loaded for tomorrow’s sale. Hopefully it will sell.

    n

  31. I’ll never admit to having coded in Python or Perl. So that makes me old, old school. Fortran, C, C++, assembly, HTML, smalltalk.

    Don’t worry about Perl at this point. I call it a “write only” language. Maintenance is hard, even for the original authors of the programs, and, arguably, better languages are available for new work.

    The lone exception is for when you need an interpreter for a monster Awk script. Perl is a superset of Awk.

    My first Python program generates the daily schedule database for the Uverse phone apps. The language is *extremely* forgiving and easy to use to make something work if you keep at it long enough.

    Use Pylint to clean up after the logic works

  32. Had a marvelous visit with CowboySlim. Very refreshing to have honest conversation that wandered over several topics. Thanks so much for coffee – felt like I was hanging out with a long time friend.

    Funeral midday, obligatory family stuff, then home on the red eye (saving grace is it’s a non stop LAX to ANC). I’m looking forward to getting back to Alaska, crime and all.

  33. The disaster known as my mother’s hip replacement surgery keeps on getting worse. The incision has never stopped bleeding. The doctor has decided that the hip implant is infected and is bringing in a infectious disease specialist today.

    $3000 handshake is generally serious.

    Lisa Loeb’s filthy rich doctor daddy consulted on my father-in-law’s transplant rejection, and he brought in his offspring’s latest CD at the time. We still have the disc somewhere.

    Opthamologist. I’m still puzzled about the consult, but the hospital had a blank check from the Perot family to fix my father-in-law’s situation. Everyone wanted a piece of the action.

    The doctors didn’t have a clue about the rejection … until my wife figured out my father-in-law’s girlfriend was sneaking him daily takeout from the local Thai restaurant’s buffet steam trays. Not good if you are immuno-suppressed.

    Hopefully, your mother follows doctors’ orders better than my father-in-law. Half of the battle is wanting to get better.

  34. Lordy, my best for your Mom, Mr. Lynn. I hope the docs get her hip fixed quickly. My Mom had to have her knee implants replaced after failure. She never walked right after that. Too much trauma.

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