Sun. May 26, 2019 – more stuff to do

75F and 95%RH.  Yesterday was sunny, hot, and humid.  There was a very nice windy breeze most of the day that made it very tolerable in the shade.  Today should be similar.  Last night was beautiful, just like a Chicago summer night when I was growing up.

Paypal tells me I just sent my annual membership payment to TWiT.  It’s only $20 and I must have decided to continue last year, but I cancelled future payments.  Leo Laporte was doing good work, but it’s been years since I watched him or any of the spinoff shows.   I had previously cancelled my subscription to Jerry’s site, after one last one went through.

I made good progress on a number of small jobs yesterday and hope to continue making progress today.  I did figure out why you’d make your toilet seat bolt holder unique.   It seems that while I wasn’t paying attention, toilet seat makers decided that making a quick release attachment system would help them.  They call it “easy clean”.   All you have to do when the seat attachment area gets so nasty you need to remove it to clean it, is use your fingers and nails to pry up a flap and then pull the seat loose from the bolt holder.  Your fingers.  Nasty.  Anyway, I couldn’t find the part so I’ll fake it with washers which is what I should have done from the start.

The new IR emitter does a great job on the driveway.  What was a mostly black recording all night is now clearly visible.  I did notice that some of the individual LEDs are already failing.  Even mid range gear is made in China crap.  Hopefully I can find and install my big Bosch emitter for the back yard.  It’s gone missing in my office….

Well I better get moving.  Sitting here isn’t going to get anything done.

n

 

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38 Responses to Sun. May 26, 2019 – more stuff to do

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Paypal tells me I just sent my annual membership payment to TWiT. It’s only $20 and I must have decided to continue last year, but I cancelled future payments. Leo Laporte was doing good work, but it’s been years since I watched him or any of the spinoff shows. I had previously cancelled my subscription to Jerry’s site, after one last one went through.

    I haven’t watched lately, but Laporte was part of the “Elon Musk is Tony Stark for real” chorus for a while and he’s allowed the racketeers in his commentary rotation to protect Magic Leap. I view both companies as Ponzis protected by the broader punditry and TWiT just became an echo chamber rather than offering anything different.

  2. MrAtoz says:

    The reptile is zipping up his Cankles meat-suit.

  3. MrAtoz says:

    Gotta love the Drudge top headline on MLK on Memorial Day weekend. That ought to sit well in the AA community.

    Let the race riots begin!

    Reptile Man 2020! “A rat (or Klinton) in every pot”

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Not sure why it is “SHOCKING” given that his philandering and personal nastiness are widely known…

    The MLK tapes: Secret FBI recordings accuse Martin Luther King Jr of watching and laughing as a pastor raped a woman, having 40 extramarital affairs – and they are under lock in a U.S. archive, claims author

    The shocking unearthed tapes have been analyzed by biographer David Garrow
    Material shows the scale of King’s philandering and claims he fathered a child
    It also show how King looked on while Logan Kearse raped a parishioner
    Revelations could lead to a ‘painful historical reckoning’ for the civil rights hero”

    And in Germany, the jews are seeing another periodic increase in crimes against them…

    “‘I cannot recommend to Jews that they wear the skullcap at times everywhere in Germany.’

    Germany’s main Jewish leader said last year he would advise people visiting big cities against wearing skullcaps.

    The number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose in Germany last year,”

    [snip]

    “Anti-Semitic crimes rose 20 percent in Germany last year, according to interior ministry data which blamed nine out of ten cases on the extreme right.

    Vanoni said online platforms that allow extremist views had fostered the rise in cases. ”

    –yes, of COURSE it’s online speech, because it couldn’t possibly be the millions of MUSLIMS who hate jews who have been allowed into Germany over the last few years. Nope, couldn’t be. Must be right wingers. Let’s see, which areas does he think jews should avoid? Must be all those neighborhoods controlled by right wingers…

    n

  5. Greg Norton says:

    The reptile is zipping up his Cankles meat-suit

    Nah. That’s one of the human Kook Aid drinkers.

    He was the closest match they found who could pass with only minor surgery behond the electrolysis and orchiectomy to save prep time in the mornings.

    They promised him replacement testicles when his services are no longer needed. Of course, that will mean that the corpse looks intact for the family identification after the “car wreck”.

  6. Greg Norton says:

    Not sure why it is “SHOCKING” given that his philandering and personal nastiness are widely known…

    Maybe shocking that proof exists. Surveilance was less common even 20 years ago much less 50.

    Not that it really matters. I thought BJ Klinton was done when Ginnifer Flowers stepped to that podium with the recordings nearly 30 years ago, particularly the one comparing the Dems St. Mario (Cuomo) to a member of the mob.

  7. lynn says:

    From @Greg yesterday:

    Heh. And he has a new Terminator movie coming out on November 1.

    This week marks 25 years since “Star Trek: The Next Generation” ended. The production team posted a teaser to the upcoming “Picard” series.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3om4V_-Y0Q

    Discovery has been so uneven I’m not sure what to think.

    I really liked the last season of Discovery. I’m not excited about “Picard” which means it will probably bomb. Hollyweird needs to stop digging up the old actors. Go with a “Pike” series.

    I never felt like joining CBS Access and paying their fee (if any) so I missed STD.

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    ok, got the toilet seat business squared away. It might even work with the “easy clean” feature, but I’m not testing that.

    doing some ebay, then more home maintenance…
    n

  9. Greg Norton says:

    “I really liked the last season of Discovery. I’m not excited about “Picard” which means it will probably bomb. Hollyweird needs to stop digging up the old actors. Go with a “Pike” series.”

    I never felt like joining CBS Access and paying their fee (if any) so I missed STD.

    Who said that I joined CBS All Access?

    The “Picard” series has some promising young talent in the cast, including Santiago Cabrera from the sadlly overlooked recent BBC reboot of “The Musketeers”. “The Orville” set the bar high this season for epic TV space battles so I expect that the pilot will, at a minimum, be watchable and feature the rescue mission referenced in the teaser. They’ll probably also throw in some backstory to the Romulan Empire collapse which led to the events seen in the first 10 minutes of the Abrams “Star Trek” flick.

    Like a lot of “Star Trek” fans, I don’t want to think Picard went out like Professor Xavier in “Logan”. I honestly believe that is what drove Patrick Stewart to get the character onscreen again. Maybe he doesn’t expect “Picard” to go much beyond 10 episodes but will be happy if it does.

    I think a “Pike/Number One” series is happening, but the production team has their hands full this year.

    Older actors aren’t unwelcome in the right situation. Catherine Bell was still awesome in the NCIS:LA finale JAG stunt. Smart, funny, hot, heartbroken about the last 15 years of her life (oh, do I relate to that one). The only disappointment was the absence of the Marine uniform.

    (And if you are a “Red Dwarf” fan, find the last season and watch the final episode. There is your 30th anniversary show even if it isn’t billed that way.)

    A JAG reboot is probably happening to replace the limp “The Code” in the same genre of military courtroom drama.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    4 gas chainsaws and not one starts. One has a bad primer bulb. One seems to have too short a pull string, and other issues. One will start once after priming but dies immediately and leaks gas. One (the biggest) isn’t doing anything. They’ve all been sitting a long time and had issues when they were put up so no surprises really. I was hoping….

    The little gennie doesn’t start either. That one is probably the easiest to fix. It’s really clean as if it had no hours on it.

    Still, it’s 103 in the sun in my driveway. Even working in the shade is killing me with all the rope pulling.

    n

  11. Rick Hellewell says:

    @Nick: so you don’t want to put your fingers on the toilet seat hinge thingy, but you will plop your naked butt on the seat? You could wash your hands after cleaning the toilet.

    Or do you wash your butt after every dump? 🙂

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    The hinge collects “spatter” and you normally never touch it with anything. The area around the bolts is particularly good at catching stuff, but not wiping clean. The seat I wipe before every use. Kids in the house and some unpleasant surprises will train that…

    n

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Netflix has 175 days left?!?

    I don’t expect Disney to hang onto all of the IP they’ve Hoovered in over the last 10 years. Either the ESPN contracts will have to go or “Family Guy” gets sold to the highest bidder. They can’t have it both ways.

    And I’m a Disney stockholder.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/stephenmcbride1/2019/05/21/netflix-has-175-days-left-to-pull-off-a-miracle-or-its-all-over/#34c904a575c4

  14. ech says:

    Fun fact. Wil Wheaton is the same age Patrick Stewart was when Stewart started filming TNG.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    The hinge collects “spatter” and you normally never touch it with anything. The area around the bolts is particularly good at catching stuff, but not wiping clean. The seat I wipe before every use. Kids in the house and some unpleasant surprises will train that…

    Your toilet seat is probably cleaner than your kitchen counter unless you’re seriously into scrubbing the kitchen constantly.

    I used to clean bathrooms in a grocery store. Cleaning the toilets didn’t bother me nearly as much as the messes in and around the sink in the typical Womens room. Bacteria count was probably a heckuva lot higher closer to the door than in the stalls.

    I kept my floors clean enough on a daily basis that urine misses never developed into any thriving bacteria civilizations. As I’ve noted before, what will may well turn “grid down” into an extinction level event for humanity is that the mops will stop moving while everyone is preoccupied about getting cell phones and WiFi back online.

  16. Rick Hellewell says:

    …and every time you flush, micro-particles of the ‘flush’ are floating into the air.

    Got a sink next to the toilet? Leave your toothbrushes out on the sink?

    One can get really germ-paranoid. But a good antiseptic hand wash (with a good technique, not a ‘quickie-wash’) will be sufficient. And then there are the towels that everyone uses after they wash (probably ineffectively) their hands. Clean towels each time?

    Besides, any cleaning agent you use while cleaning will reduce germs. And then you wash your hands after that.

    Or even more germaphobia: (for males) do you glove up before you stand in front of the toilet and dig out the ‘equipment’?

    (…too much spare time on my [clean] hands…)

  17. MrAtoz says:

    I think a “Pike/Number One” series is happening, but the production team has their hands full this year.

    “Number One” was played by Rebecca Romijn on ST:D. One of my all time hotties. I watched “The Librarians” series mainly because she was on it. I dream of her as “Seven of Nine.” 🙂

  18. dkreck says:

    Well I showered this morning. My d!ck is cleaner than that faucet.

    Public restroom? . Kick the seat up with your foot, grab a paper towel to flush and pull the door open and toss the towel to the trash on you way out.

  19. lynn says:

    BC: the outhouse
    https://www.gocomics.com/bc/2019/05/26

    This is why we put the outhouse below the creek.

  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    The “sneeze” is one reason why I wipe the seat. Fun fact, I was at ASU when a professor there did research on how far that “sneeze” went- it touches the stall doors.

    Hand towels in the kids’ bathroom get changed every day or every 2 days.

    I won’t leave a toothbrush out, or use a glass that’s been sitting in the bathroom.

    If my hands are dirty, I do wash before getting out my John Thomas.

    I don’t blow my nose or do anything else with toilet paper (the roll is in the splash zone and the ‘sneeze’ zone.

    I wash my hands and then rinse the knobs (in a public bathroom) before shutting them off. I use paper towel on the door handle to get out.

    I’m very conscious of touching my face or eyes, and avoid it if possible. I don’t touch handrails either if possible.

    I used to get sick ALL the time, as I was traveling by air 70-90 days a year, and in hotels for 200 days/annum.

    They’re just habits, good ones I think, and don’t take much effort. I can do what needs doing if I have to. I once cleared a toilet blockage with my hand, armpit deep in the diarrhea water. I’m not phobic about it, but I am cautious.

    n

  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    @rick,

    looks like even forbes.com has bad days- I got this at the netflix link above–

    “Error 503 Backend unavailable, connection timeout

    Backend unavailable, connection timeout
    Guru Mediation:

    Details: cache-dal21231-DAL 1558905573 822152323

    Varnish cache server”

    I did get the 500 error here this morning but that’s the first time in weeks.

    n

  22. lynn says:

    The seat I wipe before every use. Kids in the house and some unpleasant surprises will train that…

    Girls and boys compete for the worst. Back when daughter was a young lady, she used our toilet and never made it down to the seat. Nor did she clean up the pee on the seat. I was the next customer and turned on the light for once. I yelled for quite a while.

  23. lynn says:

    One can get really germ-paranoid. But a good antiseptic hand wash (with a good technique, not a ‘quickie-wash’) will be sufficient. And then there are the towels that everyone uses after they wash (probably ineffectively) their hands. Clean towels each time?

    Definitely at the office. I keep a roll of Bounty in each of the three bathrooms. Along with a backup 12 pack of both Bounty and Charmin Soft.

  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    @greg, disney only has ABC and ESPN because of Eisner’s ego. He couldn’t buy a network when he wanted to, so he eventually did it with Disney money. As a shareholder, I want them to cut loose of ESPN at a minimum. Stick to your knitting so to speak. They are the kings of the story, but even with all the editing and talking heads trying to build story, sports still comes down to the players and all the third parties that are outside your control. Anyone REALLY want Michael Vick associated with them? Or Colin Crappypants? All the risk is downside with sports, and the contract costs are WAY out of line with reality.

    n

  25. lynn says:

    They’re just habits, good ones I think, and don’t take much effort. I can do what needs doing if I have to. I once cleared a toilet blockage with my hand, armpit deep in the diarrhea water. I’m not phobic about it, but I am cautious.

    My brother-in-law and I once dug out the old sewer line at his house and put in a new sewer line. 30 foot of a very nasty trench with the bottom of the trench being what was left in the old pipe (full of course). Did I mention it was 30 F and Christmas Day in Dallas, TX ? The old clay sewer pipe had collapsed and we put in new 4 inch PVC.

  26. lynn says:

    “USC Students’ Rocket Reaches Space in Record-Setting Launch”
    https://www.space.com/usc-student-rocket-launch-sets-space-record.html

    “Students launched the rocket April 21 from New Mexico’s Spaceport America, where future space-tourism provider Virgin Galactic is the anchor tenant. The rocket successfully flew aloft at 7:30 a.m. local time, reaching a maximum recorded altitude of 339,800 feet (64.4 miles, or 103.6 km), and a top speed of 3,386 mph (5,449 km/hr).”

    Wow !

  27. Nick Flandrey says:

    I really dislike doing dirty plumbing and will hire that out without complaint.

    n

  28. Greg Norton says:

    All the risk is downside with sports, and the contract costs are WAY out of line with reality.

    No one is going to buy ESPN from Disney with $15 of my cable bill monthly required to keep the current contract arrangement from losing money at a faster pace than it would otherwise.

    Plus, sportswriters are among the most leftist journalists in the US, and the hue and cry which would arise the moment The Mouse started shopping for a buyer would make selling ESPN a huge political problem.

    Doesn’t Laurene Powell Jobs still control the largest single block of voting shares?

  29. lynn says:

    No one is going to buy ESPN from Disney with $15 of my cable bill monthly required to keep the current contract arrangement from losing money at a faster pace than it would otherwise.

    Sure they will. Just discount the sales price. Maybe to the point that Disney pays somebody to take ESPN off their hands due to future obligations.

    One of these days, Disney will sweep through ESPN with a scythe. Disney does not tolerate money losers for long.

  30. lynn says:

    I really dislike doing dirty plumbing and will hire that out without complaint.

    I wish we had. It was an incredibly nasty job. Not my idea of a fun Christmas day. It was 1992 or 1993 and we were all broke.

  31. paul says:

    The toilet seat thing….

    My toilets have the hinges that let me pop the seat off. Right into the shower. Actually a nice feature.

    Icky? Buy some effing disposal gloves like the folks at your local grocery store deli use. Cheap.

    As for who is worse, the women’s bathroom wins. By what the dudes and dudettes that that did the bathroom cleaning at the HEB, guys splatter all over. Easy to clean. Women? They hover and actually shit on the floor. Never mind the used Kotex products all over the place.

    HEB 433 in Burnet. I was in Cash Control and the bathrooms were right across the hallway.

  32. paul says:

    Might be getting a new dog. She’s pushing ten and her owners had to go to a nursing home. Lab and whatever, 100 pounds. Kinda fat. Yeah, don’t need another dog but Penny and Missy are about the same age. We’ll see.

  33. Nick Flandrey says:

    Fat girls need love too, especially the hairy ones….

    n

  34. lynn says:

    Fat girls need love too, especially the hairy ones….

    What about fat guys ?
    http://www.gulfcoastcockerspanielrescue.com/lucky.php

    He looks a lot like a supersized version of our dear Lady.

  35. lynn says:

    Might be getting a new dog. She’s pushing ten and her owners had to go to a nursing home. Lab and whatever, 100 pounds. Kinda fat. Yeah, don’t need another dog but Penny and Missy are about the same age. We’ll see.

    Is there much difference between 2 and 3 dogs ? Other than another 20 lbs of food a week ?

  36. Mike G. says:

    Re: Toilets

    Close the lid and then flush; cuts down the germ cloud immensely.

    .mg

  37. ech says:

    One of these days, Disney will sweep through ESPN with a scythe. Disney does not tolerate money losers for long.

    There have been two major waves of layoffs at ESPN over the last few years. One got rid of on-air talent. One cut the technical staff.

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