Sun. June 9, 2019 – finally up

96F and 56%RH at 9 am is HOT.

Slept in. So did the kids. Feel like sleeping some more.

Still think I’m coming down with something. Throat is scratchy and head is a bit stuffy.

Stuff to do today so I better get started.

n

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31 Responses to Sun. June 9, 2019 – finally up

  1. Greg Norton says:

    San Antonio just reelected the socialist Mayor.

    Texas natives and near natives — blame Californians all you want for the state going “purple”, but the Legislature and Governor you support are looking the other way on the socialist “free stuff for all” and sanctuary antics in the cities so they can spend political capital on abortion bills chasing Ann Richard’s ghost. Remember that next year and when Abbott goes up for reelection again in 2022.

    *Florida* state government looks sane compared to what’s going on in Austin right now. *Florida*. Home of recounts and the “a Florida man …” meme.

    https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2019/06/08/coalition-helps-mayor-ron-nirenberg-edge-out-a-narrow-win-against-greg-brockhouse?media=AMP+HTML

    And, San Antonio, what the h*ll is wrong with you? The only upside is that we can stick a fork in the Castro political dynasty being the future of the Prog movement in that part of Texas. Even if the idiot brother keeps his Congressional office (he’s there for life), the family is done.

  2. ayj says:

    gentlemen, as maybe you know I have 3 stents installed, so the MD prescribe low fat low Na food.
    But when I said, sorry I am an engineer, how much is low, they consistently refused to give a number, I said, look i could sum and thats enough, nope, low.
    I understand all the sarasa (sorry) that all patients are diferentes, bla, but everything in medicine is statistics, so, a number MUST be available as low, no more and etcs.
    So, wise men, apart NIH guidelines I was unable to have a number, faced with choice between low fat low Na, he said low fat (little victory)

    a rant only

    @Rick, ortho corrector is ok here?

  3. Greg Norton says:

    So, wise men, apart NIH guidelines I was unable to have a number, faced with choice between low fat low Na, he said low fat (little victory)

    Try as much as you can to follow the doctors advice with regard to stints. They’re really just forestalling a bypass with those.

    That said, my father-in-law was a cardiologist’s worst nightmare patient, ignoring diet and exercise recommendations even after a transplant and rejection experience. He lived for 15 years past his first major heart attack/bypass, and died under suspicious circumstances at UT Southwestern which may or may not have been directly related to his cardiac problems beyond his system being weakened by those issues … enough to be strangled even by a 110 lb woman (long story).

    Follow medical advice … and stay out of UT Southwestern’s transplant program.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ayj, I hope you are continuing to improve.

    Low salt is one of those ideas the puritans/nannys like. It lets them blame the victim. Unless you are hypertensive and retaining water, (or a person sensitive to salt) there isn’t much actual evidence to support the recommendation. Do some google research, and do an experiment of your own. Try low salt for a month, see if it helps you.

    That said, my own father was miserable before he died because he was retaining fluid in his legs, and probably also around his heart. He refused to modify his diet, as was his choice. I think he suffered for it, but only after he was already very sick.

    In my own research of published information, it seems that there is very little actual science behind most diet and health advice.

    I am not a doctor, nothing I’ve said should be construed as medical advice. It’s just my observation and belief.

    nick

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    a question for the hive mind–

    I rip a lot of cds. Until today I’ve mainly used MS media player. Today it can’t find info for any of the cds I tried.

    Anyone got a recommendation for easy/automatic free software that will put the files in the same place and with the same filename format as Media Player?

    n

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    One of the things that helped the US during wartime was the general ‘handiness’ of the typical GI. Subsequently, this has wider implications than just bagging on Millennials.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-08/millennial-dads-have-terrible-diy-skills-half-dont-own-stepladder-or-cordless-drill

    n

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    107F in my driveway. Only 43%RH though, so there is that…..

    Sunny too.

    n

  8. MrAtoz says:

    Get better, Mr. Nick.
    Stay healthy, Mr. ayj.

    Anyone got a recommendation for easy/automatic free software that will put the files in the same place and with the same filename format as Media Player?

    My best recommendation, you’d be a pest, is to email Mr. Chuck Waggoner. The Master of All Things Audio. I still wish he could post his ripping tome.

    Back from Iowa. Humidity killed me. The wx is actually pleasant in Vegas. In the 90’s, but dry.

  9. brad says:

    DIY skills? I’m not really sure that was different in the past. Until you own your home, there’s really not all that much call for those skills.

    The “handiness” of the GI back in, say, WWII: There were the kids who knew how to fix an engine (but how many? Bet: it wasn’t half). Anyhow, the engines were also fixable with a screwdriver and a bit of wire. Try to fix today’s engines – forget it – there’s no call for those skills any more. The same for household appliances: everything is electronic, and that tends to be the bit that breaks.

  10. Ray Thompson says:

    Anyone got a recommendation for easy/automatic free software that will put the files in the same place and with the same filename format as Media Player?

    No good information here. I use NERO that I purchased a long time ago and still continue to use. Works for what I need. I have used the burning tools in W10 to burn CD’s/DVD’s on my wife’s computer. Drop the files into the folder and then burn them when you get around to doing so. Seems to work for simple stuff.

    Try to fix today’s engines – forget it – there’s no call for those skills any more. The same for household appliances: everything is electronic, and that tends to be the bit that breaks.

    Some stuff I can fix on the vehicle but it has really declined from what I could do with my ’74 VW where I rebuilt the entire engine in my carport with no specialized tools. Would never happen with today’s engines which generally require special (expensive) tools and a computer to get it all correct. I don’t even want to do oil changes anymore as I don’t want to deal with the mess and money is not nearly a problem as it was in the past.

    I do some stuff for home repairs. I can repair faucets, fix most electrical, do some carpentry stuff, sheet rock, etc. Major stuff I leave to the chaps with the tools and the real expertise. I need to have the chimney replaced as some of the bricks are crumbling. That I will leave to a professional.

    I did make the mistake of pouring a 10×12 slab of concrete for my yard shed where I store the mower, gasoline, and yard tools. I had to dig a footing trench, fill a major portion of the center with gravel, do the forming, and the hardest was actually moving the delivered concrete around to smooth and level the surface. That was a lot of work and probably more so as I probably fought the concrete more than I needed due to not knowing how to work the concrete.

    But whatever, time was in abundance. I had been laid off in December 1993 and needed something to do to occupy my time. The garden shed was a project that took two months and relieved the boredom waiting for interviews, which were few and far between. The shed is still standing in excellent condition.

  11. paul says:

    Ripping CDs… I’ve used EAC.
    http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/EAC_Ripping_In_Depth

    I rip to 192VBR. Sounds fine to me compared to the original CD. File names and such, lots of “switches” for options.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    I rip a lot of cds. Until today I’ve mainly used MS media player. Today it can’t find info for any of the cds I tried.

    I’ll second EAC on Windows, but if I have a CD for which information is not available from the databases it pulls from, I’ll check it in iTunes before manually entering the information. Call me lazy.

    It seems like everyone streams anymore, especially in the US, so the CD databases lag on new releases, sometimes for years.

  13. lynn says:

    Just saw 100 F on my truck thermometer. Just a little early for this nonsense this year. I’ve got both a/c units at the house running in overdrive.

  14. lynn says:

    Texas natives and near natives — blame Californians all you want for the state going “purple”, but the Legislature and Governor you support are looking the other way on the socialist “free stuff for all” and sanctuary antics in the cities so they can spend political capital on abortion bills chasing Ann Richard’s ghost. Remember that next year and when Abbott goes up for reelection again in 2022.

    I had forgotten that Ma Richards had passed on. I never thought that highly of her.

    I do wish that the repugs would walk away from the abortion nonsense though. Of course, they could be passing other bills and raising our taxes so maybe these stupid items are a good idea. The legislature all went home now until 2021 so, hurrah !

  15. lynn says:

    We ate lunch at IHOP and then cruised our B&N today. I did not buy a single book there as most of their SF/F stuff looked fairly SJWy.

    Maria the pup is watching me watch the Astros right now. If she makes the cut, we are going to need to find a new name for her. She is fairly healthy eater, eating everything that comes her way. The shelter gave us a baggy of puppy food and some wet food too.

  16. lynn says:

    That said, my father-in-law was a cardiologist’s worst nightmare patient, ignoring diet and exercise recommendations even after a transplant and rejection experience. He lived for 15 years past his first major heart attack/bypass, and died under suspicious circumstances at UT Southwestern which may or may not have been directly related to his cardiac problems beyond his system being weakened by those issues … enough to be strangled even by a 110 lb woman (long story).

    I had a 74 year old friend of mine pass away yesterday morning. His wife found him in the shower dead. He had a heart transplant 15 years ago and had been having trouble for the last year or so. He went in for afib surgery a week before I did last year and the cardiologist could not find any areas to ablate. Not good.

  17. lynn says:

    I rip a lot of cds. Until today I’ve mainly used MS media player. Today it can’t find info for any of the cds I tried.

    Anyone got a recommendation for easy/automatic free software that will put the files in the same place and with the same filename format as Media Player?

    I have tried FreeRip several times now and it works well. It just grabs the native files off the CD and runs very fast. It has some sort of lookup database on the intertubes and converts everything into mp3 files. Highly recommended so far.
    http://www.freerip.com/

  18. Greg Norton says:

    I had a 74 year old friend of mine pass away yesterday morning. His wife found him in the shower dead. He had a heart transplant 15 years ago and had been having trouble for the last year or so. He went in for afib surgery a week before I did last year and the cardiologist could not find any areas to ablate. Not good.

    My father-in-law went into rejection after two years. The Perot family spared no expense trying to find a cause for four months (they paid for the transplant), and the collective cardiology expertise of the planet was stumped.

    Finally, when my wife went out to visit, she figured out that, despite being immuno suppressed, her father’s diet in the hospital consisted mostly of Thai takeout from the local buffet, snuck in by his nurse/girfriend. The cr*ppy food stopped, and my father in law started pulling out of the rejection slide.

    He was a day from being released when he passed under mysterious circumstances, “found” slumped in the shower sans EKG leads. I’ll have to write the story up one day.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    I do wish that the repugs would walk away from the abortion nonsense though. Of course, they could be passing other bills and raising our taxes so maybe these stupid items are a good idea. The legislature all went home now until 2021 so, hurrah !

    It is probably time for Abbott to go. He failed to get uniform standards for cell phone usage in the car through the special session two years ago, and he opted not to drive a bill to eliminate the mandatory sick leave passed in Austin and San Antonio, deciding to leave that up to the courts.

    The Austin/San Marcos/San Antonio corridor is becoming quite the Prog enclave. That will come back to haunt the Republicans.

    In Florida, Gov. DeSantis let it be known that he would sign a reasonable abortion restriction bill, but the Legislature didn’t bother with one since the Governor wasn’t leading the charge.

  20. lynn says:

    “Texas Dem voters would rather see O’Rourke run for Cornyn’s Senate seat than 2020 presidency”
    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/447136-texas-dem-voters-would-rather-see-orourke-run-for-cornyns-senate-seat-than

    I don’t think that bozo could beat our senior senator. However, he would draw out more dumbos down the ballot, not good.

    BTW, O’Rourke is definitely a bozo for trying to serve his wife a baby poop as guacamole. Something is wrong with old bozo.
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/beto-orourke-tried-to-prank-wife-with-baby-poop-report-says

  21. Greg Norton says:

    I don’t think that bozo could beat our senior senator. However, he would draw out more dumbos down the ballot, not good.

    Someone keeps dropping dimes on Robert Francis. The California money who supported him for Senate is now supporting MJ Hegar.

    Granted, Hegar couldn’t beat our walking stiff Congresscritter, but the Temple VA complex is quite a slice of pork regardless of whether it is effective.

  22. CowboySlim says:

    The Austin/San Marcos/San Antonio corridor is becoming quite the Prog enclave. That will come back to haunt the Republicans.

    In C&W music, it is pronounced San Antone.

  23. nick flandrey says:

    I decided discretion is the better part of valor, and retreated back inside. No lawn care for me today.

    Swim meet tomorrow will be hot and taxing enough.

    n

  24. CowboySlim says:

    For ripping CDs, I used to use MusicMatchJukeBox (now Rhapsody) and Nero. I liked both at the time but think that most recently (well, last rip but quite a while ago) MS media player. I had no real issues with any of them.

    Regardless, for tags I really like MP3Tag.com and for adjusting volumes for collecting songs into playlists, MP3Gain. Both are freeware, but I have made contributions. I really have no CDs to rip these days, but I do like to arrange ripped MP3s into playlists to import to my Sandisk Sansa players. (Ray and I used to discuss this activity years ago.)

    Hey, being a high tech redneck
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxyt9z_II0
    I now have a watch that has a music player app which can Bluetooth music to wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

  25. Greg Norton says:

    I decided discretion is the better part of valor, and retreated back inside. No lawn care for me today.

    Severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes rolled through the Austin area in the last hour, headed south and east.

  26. nick flandrey says:

    I support access to abortion but want common sense limits. I want the gender bias involved in child custody and child support eliminated. If a woman is truly the only one who can end a pregnancy (ie father has no rights) then she’s the only one who can say ‘yes’ to a pregnancy. This would mean an end to child support without wedlock.

    Similarly, if being drunk makes a woman incapable of consent, then being drunk should make a man incapable of agency. Throw out most of the rape cases as a result. Throw out most DUI cases as well. If a person’s ability to make legally binding decisions ends at 0.08 BAC, then how can they possibly be held responsible for the decision to drive drunk?

    Huge can o worms there…. not gonna get sorted because humans aren’t rational beings, the law isn’t blind, and women are not equal to men (and in many cases wouldn’t/shouldn’t want to be.

    n

  27. mediumwave says:

    … and women are not equal to men (and in many cases wouldn’t/shouldn’t want to be.

    A position, IIRC, that was wholeheartedly supported by Heinlein.

  28. paul says:

    Exactly. If it’s her choice to have the baby or not, why doesn’t he have a choice?

    Yah, I hear the “it’s slavery to make me have this baby” noise. And yet, if you do have the baby, how is it not slavery to hit the man for 18+ years of child support? For a kid he never gets to see?

    It’s all messed up.

  29. paul says:

    Severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes rolled through the Austin area in the last hour, headed south and east.

    Fun times in Burnet. 🙂 Not a fan of green skies…..

  30. Greg Norton says:

    I support access to abortion but want common sense limits.

    The state governments have bigger concerns right now.

    The drunk uncle of states, Florida, is the voice of reason this Spring.

  31. ayj says:

    well getlemen thanks, my rant was about the refusal of MD to state a number, you, me, as technial people understand that if some says no more than xxxx mg Na/day alll will be able to sum and let a bit of margin to that, but, alas, the MD doesnt like to give numbers

    Of course I follow medical advice, no I went from 89 kg to 81 and walking 4 km/day, I have eco stress next month, it will tell something, BTW I never used more than a bit of salt, but, sedentary life and abundance of cheese/meat/ham take his toll

    Thanks again!

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