Tues. May 14, 2019 – grid still up, use the time wisely

66F and saturated. FEMA national forecast has us on the edge of a big system, openweathermap has today dry. I guess we’ll see.

I was very glad to hear that Ray is recovering. If you have an issue, get it looked at. Take care of it while you can. Even if the world continues to be unchanged, I can’t think of any health issue that gets better the longer you ignore it!

I don’t think the world will be unchanged. Whether we limp along, or crash, or enter into a violent conflict of enough scope to positively impact our economy, the world is going to look very different in 10 years than it does today. I don’t think anyone here will think it’s an improvement.

Hard times are coming. Look at Cuba. They thought things were looking up. Obama lifted the travel ban, Venezuela was giving them money, Castro was gone… today they are rationing staples again (and using their EXISTING ration books, wonder why we haven’t heard about those before?) What else are we not hearing about?

Plenty of reasons why things could get worse. It’s the natural way of the universe to increase disorder, and much easier to destroy than build.

In the mean time, do what you can to decrease your local entropy. Put energy into creating structure and order. Make your life better, your community better, and your tribe better.

n

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38 Responses to Tues. May 14, 2019 – grid still up, use the time wisely

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    Not sabotage when a foreign power puts holes in your ships, it’s an act of war…

    “‘It WAS sabotage’: Iran used EXPLOSIVES to blow a hole in four ships anchored off UAE coast, says Pentagon as Spain pulls frigate from the Gulf amid fears of looming conflict

    Four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, were damaged in mysterious ‘sabotage attacks’ off the UAE coast
    One of the commercial ships was said to be en route to pick up Saudi oil to transport to America
    American military’s initial assessment is that Iran or Iran-backed proxies are responsible for the attacks
    Comes amid rising tensions between U.S. and Iran and warnings conflict could break out ‘by accident’
    Spain has pulled one of its frigates from near the Persian Gulf because of mounting US-Iran tensions”

    n

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Guys, what they learn to do over there eventually gets put in practice in the western world….

    Explosive-laden drones attack oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia in ‘act of terrorism’: Iran-backed Yemen rebels target global oil supply two days after sabotage of tankers off UAE coast amid looming conflict in the Middle East

    Two pumping stations on a major Saudi oil pipeline have today been attacked by explosive-laden drones
    Iran-backed Houthi rebels had earlier claimed to have targeted several vital Saudi targets with drones
    Comes after four ships, including two Saudi tankers, were damaged in ‘sabotage attacks’ off the UAE coast
    One of the commercial ships was said to be en route to pick up Saudi oil to transport to America
    American military’s initial assessment is that Iran or Iran-backed proxies are responsible for the attacks
    Comes amid rising tensions between U.S. and Iran and warnings conflict could break out ‘by accident’

    By Ap and Julian Robinson for MailOnline

    Published: 06:25 EDT, 14 May 2019 | Updated: 08:36 EDT, 14 May 2019

    Two pumping stations on a major Saudi oil pipeline have today been attacked by explosive-laden drones, halting the flow of crude along it – just two days after the sabotage of four tankers off the UAE coast.”

    I’d note that it’s not actually ‘terrorism’. It’s unconventional warfare certainly. It’s not an attack against non-combatants to create havoc to unseat a current government….

    n

    (and it will come here)

  3. Greg Norton says:

    Not sabotage when a foreign power puts holes in your ships, it’s an act of war…

    I’m more inclined to believe Mossad.

    Mustache Boy is up to something.

  4. nick flandrey says:

    Body of a Florida woman missing for five years is found inside a freezer at scrap metal warehouse after it was dumped there from a man’s apartment when he died in February
    Body of a Florida woman missing for five years is found inside a freezer at scrap metal

    The grisly find was made on March 15 by businesswoman Lilian Argueta from the town of Margate. When she opened the old freezer that had been brought there for scrap she was horrified to find the corpse of Heather Lacey, a mother of two who was 29 at the time of her disappearance. ‘I thought it was a witch, or a mannequin,’ she told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper. ‘I thought, ‘It can’t be a person.’ But there was a bad odor.’ “

    Ok, who did the cleanout, and didn’t even LOOK in the freezer?

    Whose first reaction is “I thought it was a WITCH”…

    n

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Ok, who did the cleanout, and didn’t even LOOK in the freezer?

    Hollywood, FL. Somebody else’s problem, not the landlord’s.

    I always tell people that if they want to understand the ongoing elections mess in Broward, go spend a couple of hours people watching at the Emerald Hills Winn Dixie (or whatever grocery chain is located there now) at 46th and Stirling in Hollywood, FL.

    Pizza isn’t bad at DiSalvos across the parking lot. Get the garlic rolls.

    Even if Winn DIxie goes under, *something* will be there to fill the grocery void. Emerald Hills is a big Orthodox neighborhood with lots of people walking to do errands on Fridays.

    Whose first reaction is “I thought it was a WITCH”…

    Believe it or not, Florida has a lot of seasonal attractions related to Halloween. When my wife lived in that area, the nearby low rent amusement park had a huge pop-up haunted house event.

  6. nick flandrey says:

    I’m still saying that SOMEONE looked in that freezer, saw the body, and loaded it on the truck for the dump. The people who do cleanouts are always looking for hidden stash…

    n

  7. Greg Norton says:

    I’m still saying that SOMEONE looked in that freezer, saw the body, and loaded it on the truck for the dump. The people who do cleanouts are always looking for hidden stash…

    Oh, sure, but the cleanout company didn’t want to create a problem for the landlord and not get the call next time.

    Someone was probably living in the apartment by the time the freezer got opened at the junkyard. Miami.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    The Winn Dixie is still there. DiSalvo’s is still there. The Chinese restaurant is new-ish — can’t tell you anything about that place.

    https://goo.gl/maps/UNZtdFYJdyRbLAkD6

  9. RickH says:

    “Who is up to be the third celebrity death?”

    Jim Fowler, 89. Passed today.

    Ding ding ding. All three Carson show regulars back in the day.

    And Tim Conway (85) makes four. Suffered from dementia.

    My favorite character on “The Carol Burnett Show”. Always was trying to crack everyone else up with ad-libs on the sketches. Great comic. Still watch that show on MeTV.

    Classic sketch with Harvey Korman: the Dentist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfTyEtVIe84 . Conway ad-libbed the whole thing. Korman lost it early on. (See https://www.lifeaspire.com/7515/conway-shares-why-korman-wet-himself-during-dentist-skit/ )

  10. lynn says:

    Spain has pulled one of its frigates from near the Persian Gulf because of mounting US-Iran tensions

    No matter what happens in a war, frigates do not do well in war zones. Spain wants to save its one warship. “snicker”

  11. Greg Norton says:

    And Tim Conway (85) makes four. Suffered from dementia.

    Dementia being increasingly common seems like a big downside to everyone living longer.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    No matter what happens in a war, frigates do not do well in war zones. Spain wants to save its one warship. “snicker”

    A war with Iran will last until a carrier is crippled and towed back to Diego Garcia.

    God help Trump if a carrier sinks. He hired Mustache Boy.

    Iranians are Persians, not Arabs. A war would be much uglier for the US than Gulf War I & II.

  13. lynn says:

    A war with Iran will last until a carrier is crippled and towed back to Diego Garcia.

    God help Trump if a carrier sinks. He hired Mustache Boy.

    John Bolton is definitely a war hawk.

    My definition of a war with Iran is just us standing back and letting Israel and Saudi Arabia bomb Iran back to the stone ages.

  14. lynn says:

    And Tim Conway (85) makes four. Suffered from dementia.

    Dementia being increasingly common seems like a big downside to everyone living longer.

    Your brain is going to get you or your body is going to get you. You do not get a choice either. If you are truly lucky then both get you.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    Your brain is going to get you or your body is going to get you. You do not get a choice either. If you are truly lucky then both get you.

    My father was 73 when he passed from cancer. I’m 50. Hopefully, in the next year or so, we get my wife’s professional situation straightened out to the point that we can get out and see some things before we’re no longer able to get out and see some things.

    I definitely don’t see myself being perpetual junior programmer and sharing credit for my work with a Baylor music major beyond another year. The 170 hour two-week time cards will definitely kill me if I don’t make a significant change.

  16. Harold Combs says:

    Greg: Get out and see the world while you can !!
    When our youngest left for college I started looking for work in the UK. It took about 6 months and two trips for interviews, but I found a position with a technical firm in Nottingham and we moved there in 1995. Parlayed this into doing EU server support for MCI out of London. While living in the UK we took every opportunity to travel, two weeks in the south of France every spring, drove all over the UK, visited Germany, and Italy, and the Netherlands. Air travel from the UK is very cheap and they give you LOTS of vacation days. Then in 2000 my position was relocated to New York but I didn’t want to live in NYC so they transferred me to MCI AsiaPac and I managed services in Hong Kong till MCI went bankrupt. While in HK we visited Mainland China, Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. After that it was a few years in New Zealand (BEAUTIFUL) till my wife’s health dictated we leave socialized medicine and return to the US. We traveled the world in our 50’s and now my wife’s health is deteriorating we can no longer do any traveling but we are so glad we did.

  17. lynn says:

    The 170 hour two-week time cards will definitely kill me if I don’t make a major change.

    And soon. 85 hour workweeks are a young man’s game. Have I mentioned that I had my first heart attack at age 49 ?

    Don’t quit your day job until you find a new job. But you know that.

    Of course, you could march into the music major’s bosses office and demand a raise. That would get you put on record that you are not being treated fairly.

    Ha Ha Ha ! I make myself laugh ! Oh gosh, I cannot believe I suggested that.

    I almost always had good bosses until I got back into the software business full time. And then the bosses sucked because, they sucked. Impossible deadlines, no root knowledge of the product being developed, and the ability to lie with a smile on their face.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    Don’t quit your day job until you find a new job. But you know that.

    I fired my employer without notice in Seattle. I think you only get to do that once in a career.

    Once the youngest child graduates from high school in five years, I don’t see myself continuing in software development. The posts around here as of late have been a kind of wake up call.

  19. lynn says:

    Once the youngest child graduates from high school in five years, I don’t see myself continuing in software development.

    She who must be obeyed might have an opinion on this. Unless you plan to seek another career path.

  20. Greg Norton says:

    She who must be obeyed might have an opinion on this. Unless you plan to seek another career path.

    She’s never been thrilled with the career, but it was necessary until her medical license started paying off. Of course, *that* never happened in part due to Doh-bamacare but mostly because my wife is very trusting/naive.

  21. JimL says:

    She who must be obeyed looks at me when I announce a new job with the long-suffering look of a spouse that understands that I’m just flippin’ nuts.

    So long as I can carry my share of the load and we’re not hurting she’s fine. She’s wondering when I’m next due to change as it’s been nearly 8 years now. But she also knows I never jump without a rope.

  22. TV says:

    “Castro was gone… today they are rationing staples again (and using their EXISTING ration books, wonder why we haven’t heard about those before?)”

    Ration books and state stores have never gone away in Cuba. Went there for a vacation earlier this year (Canadian) for the first time. Had a charming young man in his “Frankencar” drive us to Havana to see the sites. A very cynical young man. Interesting stories. You can purchase certain staples (rice, oil, etc.. I think, but definitely beef) for a highly subsidized price in state stores by presenting your ration card. The quality of the food at resorts in Cuba is not that good, mostly because they resist importing as much as possible. Seafood, chicken and pork are fine as production is not state controlled. Beef is awful because cows are state controlled. Farmers who raise beef must buy and sell at state set prices. No incentive to feed them up, so meat from very scrawny, old tough animals is what’s available. He joked that the state stores were nick-named mausoleums because the meat was so old. There is a black-market for (much better) beef. It is a great illustration of a specific market failure due to over regulation by government, especially when compared to the quality and availability of chicken and pork – well at least until now. The fact that they can’t feed themselves whenever they lose their “sugar-daddy” (USSR or Venezuela) is just typical of every Marxist-Leninist state world-over and the main reason that system was never going to succeed in the long term. The Frankencars were neat.

  23. lynn says:

    The quality of the food at resorts in Cuba is not that good, mostly because they resist importing as much as possible.

    It is tough to buy things when the importers demand to be paid first in hard USA currency to their bank account. I doubt that there is a SWIFT bank in Cuber.

  24. lynn says:

    “Ocasio-Cortez Decries Biden ‘Middle-Of-The-Road Approach’ On Climate Change”
    https://www.npr.org/2019/05/14/723298209/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-decries-biden-middle-of-the-road-approach-on-climate-ch

    Just six more years and AOC can be President. She needs to shoot down Biden now though. Then she can ride the Green New Deal into office to finish Obola’s job of impoverishing the USA.

    Just imagine, AOC’s dream is to use Biden as an imperial footstool someday. She will make proclamations while resting her weary feet on his back. One of first proclamations will be to have Trump and Rush Limbaugh shot together on the same wall.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  25. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’ve had either 3or4 real careers depending on how you count. All were 80 to 100 plus hours a week, when we were working. Doing hours like that will rack up the experience points quickly.

    Im starting to wonder what the next one will be. Right now its “dad”.

    N

  26. Greg Norton says:

    Just six more years and AOC can be President. She needs to shoot down Biden now though. Then she can ride the Green New Deal into office to finish Obola’s job of impoverishing the USA.

    In six years, Ron DeSantis will be the Republican nominee if he stays out of trouble in Florida. The bartender vs. the Harvard educated JAG lawyer — that will be an entertaining evisceration … that no one will watch.

  27. dkreck says:

    Is it a real quote?
    Former Rep. Anthony Weiner says ‘its good to be out’ after prison stint for lewd text messages

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-anthony-weiner-good-prison-stint-lewd-text/story?id=63027775

  28. lynn says:

    Just six more years and AOC can be President. She needs to shoot down Biden now though. Then she can ride the Green New Deal into office to finish Obola’s job of impoverishing the USA.

    In six years, Ron DeSantis will be the Republican nominee if he stays out of trouble in Florida. The bartender vs. the Harvard educated JAG lawyer — that will be an entertaining evisceration … that no one will watch.

    In six more years, Texas will be more than 50% Hispanic. And they will vote Texas blue in order to vote the pretty senorita into office because “she deserves to rule”.
    https://www.texastribune.org/2018/06/21/hispanic-texans-pace-become-biggest-population-group-state-2022/

    You know, I really need to brush up on my Spanish.

  29. nick flandrey says:

    “I really need to brush up on my Spanish.”

    Everytime I think this I come to my senses and think, “Naw, F ’em.” Most of them understand ingles just fine, especially if money is involved.

    n

  30. lynn says:

    BTW, I went back to watching the Houston Astros on my DirecTV. I had to upgrade the channel package from Select to Choice. About $35/month more if my calc is correct, $106/month to $140/month (not sure exact amount).

    I evaluated the Hulu and Fubo streaming services. Both sucked. http://www.fubo.tv does not preview when fast forwarding and the Astros game is served in SD instead of HD. http://www.Hulu.com does not even carry the Astros directly, just the Astros when their opponents are the Texas Rangers, etc. I do not know of any other streaming services that carry the Astros.

    The wife is not happy. She was ready to cancel DirecTV. She is binge watching the complete “24” series on Amazon Prime right now.

  31. IT_Pro says:

    I doubt that there is a SWIFT bank in Cuber.

    I once worked as a programmer for SWIFT when we were working on T+1 International transfers. SWIFT itself is not a bank, it just transmits messages for money transfers.
    And it does have a presence in Cuba:
    Cuba Bank Swift Codes – Page 1

  32. nick flandrey says:

    Argg. My dishwasher is kaput. It failed during the power outage/surge/on-off-on-off nonsense we had during the storm. Something must have blown as the display and led’s are dark, with no actual function of the machine. Button presses ‘bing’, and it acts like it’s starting to run but no motors actually spin.

    The interwebs are no help with this particular problem. The new main control board is $200 which is less than the cost of a new washer, even a scratch and dent. I hit two sears outlets today and pickin’s were slim. The cheapest comparable washer was $640.

    With no guarantee that the main board is the issue, I’m inclined to replace the whole machine. I’ve already done the pump twice (recently too) and it cleans well and is quiet, but — it could end up $300 or $400 by the time I’m done, at which point it’s more than new.

    The pcb has one very hot resistor, near a motor relay, but I’m betting there is a microprocessor issue since the display and led’s don’t work. The freaking board is potted, so there no easy troubleshooting or fixing (covered with a thick layer of glue/water seal.) Potting is great for longevity in harsh environs, but is a b!tch if you would like to do component repair.

    I guess I’ll hand wash the load and see what the wife wants to do.

    n

  33. brad says:

    Weiner’s a sicko, but the real crimes went unpunished: His wife’s laptop with classified emails (no punishment), which were just copies off of the Clinton server full of classified emails (no punishment).

    I wonder what kind of job he’s going to be able to find now. I mean: who would hire him? And for what?

    AOC? I dunno, it seems like she’s incapable of opening her mouth without demonstrating how dumb (or, at least, undereducated) she is. And in 6 years she’ll be less young and pretty. OTOH Maxine Walters exists: if it is possible to be that profoundly stupid and still be able to breathe, well, anything is possible.

  34. lynn says:

    Argg. My dishwasher is kaput. It failed during the power outage/surge/on-off-on-off nonsense we had during the storm. Something must have blown as the display and led’s are dark, with no actual function of the machine. Button presses ‘bing’, and it acts like it’s starting to run but no motors actually spin.

    What type and model is it so I know not what to buy ?

    I may have to replace our Jennair dishwasher soon (which is really a relabeled Maytag). It is 16 years old and the baskets are rusting.

  35. nick flandrey says:

    LG studio series, direct drive inverter….

    Wasn’t a cheap one, I’m not sure I can blame them for the issues I’ve had.

    n

  36. Greg Norton says:

    I may have to replace our Jennair dishwasher soon (which is really a relabeled Maytag). It is 16 years old and the baskets are rusting.

    We had a Bosch in Florida as our last (of three) dishwashers. It ran without a problem.

    The landlords in WA State eventually replaced all of the appliances in the house except the refrigerator during our time there. A bunch of bad caps went into products in 2007, the year the house was built, and all of the main boards fried during our first year (2010-2011) — dishwasher, oven, range. Also the garbage disposal, but not totally unexpected.

    The circuit board on the icemaker went too. I prevented the landlords from having to do a complete replacement of the fridge by finding a reset procedure on Youtube when the union repair tech threw up his hands on making the new icemaker work.

    (I still lost half my $1500 deposit *and* the cleaning fee advance. Again, divorced woman’s settlement house.)

    None of the manufacturers’ models work really well since phosphates in the detergents went away ~ 2010.

  37. Greg Norton says:

    Any word from our Alaska correspondent @Jenny on the plane crash up there? I think she lives near that part of the state.

    No, not a 737Max.

  38. Greg Norton says:

    BTW, I went back to watching the Houston Astros on my DirecTV. I had to upgrade the channel package from Select to Choice. About $35/month more if my calc is correct, $106/month to $140/month (not sure exact amount).

    We are still undecided about cord cutting. Sling could replace all the kids cable needs for half of the cost of the TV package from Spectrum, but it is still twitchy.

    I did get motivated to run MOCA to the family room so there is one plus about the experiments. And, before I get asked, yes, there is plenty of bandwidth on the MOCA for the Roku — I checked using iperf. The Roku is old, however.

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