Tues. July 9, 2019 – still hot, still busy

78F and 96%RH at almost 7am. Yesterday stayed hot all day and was wet blanket hot when I went to bed. Today should be more of the same.

I’m dealing with heat better than last year, in the sense that I am not getting overheated as quickly and the symptoms aren’t as severe. But I’m still not recovered completely from my prior heat injury. Our most likely disaster here is hurricane, and they happen in the summer, so prepping for the heat has as much concern for me as prepping for cold during a winter storm does for people in the north. I haven’t been doing as good a job as I should of USING my preps (fans, portacool, portable airconditioner) as I should. They’re preps, and should be “saved” for when they’re needed. Right? Wrong!

Dinner last night was Butter Chicken and rice from storage. Canned chicken, and one pan rice and sauce mix. Tasted great to me. Best by of 2016. Every bit was gone at the end of dinner.

Daughter wanted to try ramen noodles after seeing them in the store. I ate so many cheap ones in college that I can’t stand the smell of them, so I was reluctant. Well, she loves them. I guess I’ll stock some of the college student/asian/poor people’s staple. I know other preppers do, but I never saw the point. Their nutritional value is so low, and they are bulky. I shouldn’t be surprised, the kid likes pasta in all forms, and salty broth? Yum. . . . . I guess…. Point is, try new things, and maybe something is a classic for a reason.

Well I better get started on my day, I’ve got plenty to do, no matter what the heat is like.

n

75 thoughts on “Tues. July 9, 2019 – still hot, still busy”

  1. Already in the mid-80s F.

    my install of 32bit iSpy open source NVR software seems to be stable. I was able to triple some displayed frame rates, and get CPU utilization to less than 50% most of the time. I’m not using the GPU at all. I tried that under the 64bit version and it might have been contributing to my issues. Which were- aside from crashes and restarts, high CPU usage. Network bandwidth maxed out at 100Mbps despite a Gb port. GUI issues- some cameras wouldn’t be displayed in real time, the image would freeze. The thumbnails of saved video wouldn’t update. The edit camera settings dialog would complete but not close forcing a ctrl-alt-del to kill and restart. Other issues as well.

    I’ll spend some more time tuning the motion triggers, etc. and checking that video is actually getting recorded now that I know it’s running ok.

    One thing that is just dumb, the software saves to disk every 15 minutes. It writes a file for each camera every fifteen minutes. All ten at the same time. WTF didn’t they stagger the saves to spread out the disk activity?

    n

  2. I love Ramen noodles. Wife & kids are not fond, so they’re not one of my staples. Ah, well.

  3. The Bluff City is under a week long HEAT ADVISORY. With temps in the high 90’s and high humidity, effective temps will reach 105f or above. I am SICK of hot & humid. Wellington New Zealand had the best weather of any place I ever lived. Temps rarely reached the mid 80s or fell below freezing. All we needed for cooling were a couple of box fans for the hottest days. No humidity. Lovely. But blasted expensive to live there.

  4. Financial doom is coming. It always does.

    “By some accounts, it was the largest mass banker firing since the collapse of Lehman, which left nearly 30,000 employees in New York City jobless. Although the American economy is doing comparatively well relative to Europe, across the world, DB employees might struggle to find work again in their same field.”

    The italian central bank is in bad shape too.

    Hedge funds are failing and closing left and right.

    Suckers are jumping in and insiders are selling out.

    What can’t continue won’t.

    n

  5. From my FEMA daily summary–

    Earthquake – Southern California (FINAL)

    Situation: Aftershocks to continue this week; threat of additional significant
    earthquakes will diminish as time goes by. Joint preliminary damage
    assessments are tentatively scheduled to begin on July 10.

    Lifeline Impacts:

    Food, Water, and Sheltering:
    • Shelters: Ridgecrest: 2 open / 47 occupants (ARC Shelter Count 5:53 am EDT)
    • San Bernardino County: Boil Water Notice in effect for Trona

    Health & Medical:
    • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is open; repopulation began today

    State/Local:
    • CA EOC at Full Activation
    • Governor declared a State of Emergency

    Federal:
    • Emergency Declaration approved July 8, 2019; FEMA-3415-EM-CA
    • FEMA Region IX
    o RWC is monitoring; RRCC is rostered
    o LNO demobilized from Kern County EOC
    o Region IX IMAT-2, DCE, and select ESFs remain deployed to CA EOC

    • FEMA HQ:
    o NWC is monitoring; NRCC is rostered
    o National IMAT West deployed to CA EOC
    o Logistics Staging Areas at Edwards AFB and Bakersfield

  6. The possible second storm of the season continues to develop in the Gulf–

    Tropical Outlook – Atlantic
    Invest 92L (as of 2:00 a.m. EDT)
    • Located over southwestern GA, forecast to move S
    toward northeastern Gulf of Mexico
    • Tropical depression likely to form by the end of the
    week
    • Regardless of development, this system has the
    potential to produce heavy rainfall along the
    northern and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast later this
    week
    • Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (40%)
    • Formation chance through 5 days: High (80%)

  7. Financial doom is coming. It always does.

    This time last year, an event of that magnitude at Deutsche Bank was going to be the end of the world. I wonder what changed.

  8. I love Ramen noodles. Wife & kids are not fond, so they’re not one of my staples. Ah, well.

    Two tours in Korea. A staple.

  9. Chainsaws. About 10% of our heat comes from wood. I bought an old Sears 16″ saw, used, in 1978. Never could find out when it was made. The former owner had used it for bucking, and replaced it with a 30″ circular blade, with a swinging cradle and powered by a big induction motor. THAT was a serious setup.

    As was my usual practice, I disassembled my new treasure. It was in excellent condition, so I just replaced the recoil starter cord. Those things tend to fail at teally inconvenient times, and can be very hard to replace in the field. I used that saw for many years. The last time I used it, the weighted fuel pickup was in need of replacement, so I set it aside. Didn’t really need it for years.

    About a year ago, I bought a Harbor Freight 14″ corded electric saw for $40. I needed to buck some nasty hard, dry wood, and figured if I got one day’s work from it, that would be a fair trade with fixing the gas saw.

    My first impression was how LOUD it is. The reduction gear and drive sprocket wail like a banshee! It has to be a lot louder than my gas saw. But, I would need hearing protection with any saw.

    Second impression is that the skip tooth chain is a good design for a low powered saw, even if it vibrates a bit more. That sucker CUTS!

    I have sharpened the chain a few times, and the rest of the saw is holding up. It got me all the way through last winter. Amazing what cheap things can do. I would buy another when this one wears out.

    For my use, a cord is no problem. I also have yet to buy any battery powered tools. I just don’t want the additional overhead of more batteries. I do all my work in a shop, and air tools are my friends. They are very light and compact. They can sit for years with no worry about batteries.

    If I had to be portable, that would be another matter. I used some of the impact drill drivers owned by the crew that built my new garage shop. I could not get used to their weight and bulk, but they were powerful and quiet. They even had a cordless butane powered nailer. I thought it was compact and worked well. They didn’t like it, and preferred air hoses. Interesting.

    Good that we have so many choices.

  10. The possible second storm of the season continues to develop in the Gulf–

    The meteorologists will say it is unusual for a storm to form there. The good ones will hedge with “in recorded history”.

    Of course, “recorded history” ignores the scores of wrecked Galleons at the bottom of the Gulf, caught by hurricanes while following the jetstream around the peninsula. We used to learn about those in school, but I doubt even FL schools teach that anymore.

  11. ” I wonder what changed. ”

    –the cloud people got their money out.

    n

  12. From MrAtoZ yesterday:

    So is Netflix filming all the Marvel comic books that were not made into movies ? I watched Daredevil and quite liked it. I watched The Punisher and it was too intense for me. Stranger Things suggested that I watch Marvel’s Jessica Jones and so far I am still watching it, even though it is weird.

    Nobody has a clue. My Twins love JJ. After Netflix summarily cancelled all the Marvel shows, I’m guessing Disney dropped the hammer. They want ALL the Marvel bucks to themselves.

    Stranger Things and Travelers are proof that Netflix can operate on its own. But, the loss of the Disney and Marvel content is going to hurt Netflix. I am still thinking about reducing my position in NFLX stock.
    https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/NFLX?p=NFLX&.tsrc=fin-srch

  13. Ah, to awaken to the sweet sound of hammers banging and shovels scraping off the old shingles. BTW, they are nailing the shingles individually instead of airgunning them. They worked until 8pm last night and got about half of the new shingles installed.

    Their procedure is quite simple, one guy stands at the top with a stack of shingles and feeds multiple nailers with a shingle at a time. They just disconnected my satellite antenna, I hope that they can get it back to working without calling out DirecTV XXXX AT&T.


  14. RIP Ross Perot

    Yep. Worked for the guy. Rode next to him and several conversations with him on several Southwest flights. Because of those conversations I never voted for him and was glad he did not get elected.

  15. RIP

    https://www.dallasnews.com/business/business/2019/07/09/ross-perot-self-made-billionaire-patriot-philanthropist-dies-89

    For good or bad, he changed the political game in 1992. He’s definitely the reason BJ Klinton became President IMHO — Perot along with Johnny Carson’s retirement/replacement with the gutless Leno during the convention season that summer.

    Side note — I still believe that if Joan Rivers had taken the “Tonight Show”, she would have pulled out all the stops to keep BJ out of the White House and probably prevailed.

    Also, if you have an iPhone, Ross Perot is the other person to thank in addition to Steve Jobs. Apple’s buyout of NeXT probably funded Perot’s 1996 Presidential run and Buchanan’s run in 2000.

    (Google around for images from NeXT board meetings. I love horrifying liberals with the pics of Jobs and Perot hanging out together.)

    On a personal level, Ross Perot also funded my father-in-law’s heart transplant fiasco at UT Southwestern, another long story I’ll have to write up one day.

    Long story short — the Perot family spared no expense to keep my father-in-law’s sorry a** alive, but I don’t recommend the UT Southwestern transplant program due to soft issues not related to the skill of the doctors and beyond their ability to control, primarily related to the senior nursing staff … along with my father-in-law’s perversions.

  16. Yikes, I had to turn off my filters to see that Branco cartoon…

    if you be known by the company you keep, then I want nothing to do with that host…

    The ‘paid content’ on the page..

    Oncologists Are Freaking Out After True Cause Of Cancer Is Released
    Hillary’s Entire “Hit List” Just Went Public. You’ll Never Guess Who’s #1
    How To Shut An Atheist Up In 15 Seconds Flat
    Dead Simple Trick Brings Any Battery Back To Life (Never Buy Batteries Again)
    #1 Trick To Reverse Tinnitus (Ear Ringing) – Do This Tonight!
    This Is Why Doctors No Longer Prescribe Metformin (Watch)
    Chiropractors: This Simple Solution Ends Decades of Back Pain (Watch)
    12x More Efficient Than Solar Panels? New Invention Takes Country By Storm
    “Crazy Move” Seduces 93.1% Of Women (Psychologists Shocked)

    12x More Efficient Than Solar Panels? New Invention Takes Country By Storm

    I’m surprised they missed the flat earthers, hydrogen fuel from water, ear wax and nose hair trimmers, and pajamagram ads….

    n

  17. Anywhere you find ads for Harbor Freight, you’ll find ads for pajamagram…. and nose hair trimmers.

    n

  18. @Nick said: “Yikes, I had to turn off my filters to see that Branco cartoon…”

    No problem with my Firefox (Privacy & Security>Content Blocking>Standard; and >Only when Firefox is set to block known trackers) using AdBlock Plus and uBlock Origin.

    I have had problems with Firefox Privacy & Security settings other than what I have listed above.

    IMHO, no built-in browser (for Firefox, Chrome, and Edge) filter(s) beat AdBlock Plus and uBlock Origin.

  19. That Branco link above showed a message in Chrome (Android) to turn off my “ad blocker.” Otherwise, the site looked normal to me.

    Then, out of curiosity, I just went to the clean URL, and no message. I think the ads might have been the same, but I didn’t scroll past the cartoon.

    BTW, all I use on this phone are the default settings and blockers, if any, supplied with Chrome. I have used this setup for a couple of years, so can’t compare to anything else. On my Mint KDE desktop, I use Chromium, which is similar, except some ads are alongside the content, only slightly annoying. On the phone, the ads are mostly below the content.

    Since the earthquakes, I have browsed some popular sites, and have seen distractions interleaved in the content. This is most common on newspaper sites, who design their pages to look like paper. Really stupid.

  20. I’m currently running adblock plus and noscript here at home and I cringe on some sites when I visit without blockers. The scripts are off the hook too. Some sites will load 30 or more scripts, which will load more scripts after that. NO thanks.

    elsewhere (woodpile report?) someone noted that people don’t answer their phones due to robocalls, don’t look at their email due to spam, and that websites are becoming obsolete as people avoid them due to trackers and intrusive ads. They ask, what’s left to monetize? IM chats, and that’s about it.

    n

  21. They ask, what’s left to monetize? IM chats, and that’s about it.

    Done. It is called Slack.

    Slack never forgets a word you type and mines the content.

  22. epstein is going down this time around, the clintons aren’t in power anymore.

    They found actual evidence, and that has already been announced. They’re not gonna say “oops, my bad, he’s not really a pedophile” after that.

    And OF COURSE she’s not giving the money back, but every republican who ever took a dime from a bad guy MUST return it all.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7226947/Congresswoman-Stacey-Plaskett-funds-donated-alleged-child-molester-Jeffrey-Epstein.html

    n

  23. Another step in the decline–

    Gang of teenage girls film themselves randomly attacking female strangers on street in center of Philadelphia

    Teenage girls in Philadelphia targeted random female strangers in horrific video
    The gang approached their unsuspecting victims before hitting out at them
    The violent video sparked outrage when it was shared online ”

    –um, not entirely random…

    “It is unclear what motivated the attacks but the gang appeared to target other females. ”

    –um, nope looks clear to me in the videos

    n

  24. meanwhile in Germany, nice to see those refugees fitting right in and adopting german morals and standards of behaviour*

    Row in Germany over lowering the age of criminality after 18-year-old woman is gang-raped ‘by five boys as young as TWELVE’

    The teenage victim was found late on Friday in the western city of Mülheim
    Three of the suspects are 14 and two are 12 — lower than age of criminality
    All five suspects were suspended from school and one appeared before judge

    n

    *based on appearance, hair color, and parents’ dress. thank DM for including photos, even if you are too pu$$y to identify them

  25. re: slack, why would anyone use it?

    I have no idea beyond it is hip and pretty much substitutes for the late Google equivalent. XMPP cloud servers aren’t as common as HTTP servers.

    I have a company Slack account. I don’t use it for personal things.

    I don’t get Chronyd either.

    Git I understand now, but it took a while. And I’m still not sure I’d use it if I was concerned about my entire code base disappearing out the door at the end of every business day.


  26. the Perot family spared no expense to keep my father-in-law’s sorry a** alive

    I am not surprised. The healthcare at EDS was top notch. Zero cost to the employee for anything. I know of one person that was transferred to Norway for a year, all expenses covered, so that the person’s daughter could be treated. The employee worked from the apartment paid for by EDS. After Ross left the company was never the same.

    My impression of Ross from conversations was that he was always correct, knew everything and would squash dissenters in a heartbeat. He was also opinionated and clever and ruthless. That is what made him successful.

  27. I am not surprised. The healthcare at EDS was top notch.

    My father-in-law worked for Perot Systems in the late 90s/early 2000s, when his heart condition became serious enough that he needed a transplant.

    During the 70s and 80s, my wife’s father worked his way up from lineman at AT&T, and had an extensive knowledge of the billing system inside his head. Around the time we got married in 1997, AT&T gave the guy a choice of moving out of Orlando to remain an employee or joining Perot Systems at double his salary, which had the outsource contract for business billing. Of course he chose the latter, partly because of the money, but mostly to stay close to his various paid whores — sorry, no other word is close to adequately describing them — Asian female friends who performed sex acts on him in return for money and/or career assistance.

    In paying for the heart transplant, the Perot family was protecting an important asset as well as making a humanitarian gesture. He went to great lengths to hide his true nature from H. Ross and other members of the family with whom he frequently interacted.

    To answer questions in advance: (1) My employment at the Death Star had nothing to do with my father-in-law. In fact, whenever we asked him for help with me getting a job there, he sniffed that I wasn’t a *real* programmer because I didn’t know COBOL. (2) Despite doubling his salary, he didn’t offer any help with our wedding beyond offering to make minimum monthly payments on my credit card bill to cover the amount required which would allow his family and whores to attend our wedding. I passed.

    BTW, he later came to regret both of those positions. Unlike my wife, I never forget, and I owed him nothing. Oh, and, no, med school was our dime on loans.

    “Student loans build character.”

  28. Watched the American Pickers reveal of the restored Aerosmith van last night.

    The van looked great; the band members looked like death warmed over.

  29. To answer questions in advance: (1) My employment at the Death Star had nothing to do with my father-in-law. In fact, whenever we asked him for help with me getting a job there, he sniffed that I wasn’t a *real* programmer because I didn’t know COBOL. (2) Despite doubling his salary, he didn’t offer any help with our wedding beyond offering to make minimum monthly payments on my credit card bill to cover the amount required which would allow his family and whores to attend our wedding. I passed.

    BTW, he later came to regret both of those positions. Unlike my wife, I never forget, and I owed him nothing. Oh, and, no, med school was our dime on loans.

    “Student loans build character.”

    Nice guy ! Especially with leaving your wife’s inheritance to an unrelated nurse.

  30. Goobermint is always out to screw you. We closed on the sale of our house last week and I’ve been cancelling services (surprise, many can’t be cancelled online, but I shut off autopay on everything last week). Trash service is by Republic Services. When I called to cancel, I get this “the City of Las Vegas passed a law that you *can’t cancel* service unless the new homeowner assumes trash service or you provide a “final power bill” (which I won’t get for a month). WTF! I *have* to have trash service? I wonder how much the Mafia is kicking back to Vegas LibTurds?

  31. Nice guy ! Especially with leaving your wife’s inheritance to an unrelated nurse.

    It was his life insurance, and Texas law permitted the situation at the time.

    Texas drifts back and forth on the legality of the nurse pocketing it. Most states don’t allow it, and no state allows a doctor to pull that stunt.

    We actually encouraged him repeatedly to drop all the life insurance beyond enough to bury him since, as a heart transplant patient, he paid a mint in monthly premiums.

  32. The article from Germany has made the Swiss press. Of course, they do not mention the background of the teens, so we all assume they are Muslim immigrants. Otherwise the press would make a point of saying that they were German, or whatever.


  33. Muslim immigrants

    And came from a turd world (shirt-(r)hole) country.

  34. I’ll be in NYC all next week for the npli.org National Conference. Guest presenters include “Spike Lee” and … ole “Crazy Eyes” amongst other LibTurdians. I doubt those two will show, but who knows. If I get a selfie with Crazy, I’ll post here. lol!

    We’re flying to/fr First Class on AA.

    My SIL is on special duty in DC from Laredo. She’s a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent. She’s going to come visit us in NYC. Funny story, I was driving a large U-Haul taking stuff to Laredo. I pulled into a gas station in Laredo and clipped some Mexicali in an old Ford. He was yelling at me in broken Engleeesh about suing me. My SIL flashed her badge and off he went. She’s Hispanic, btw.

  35. My impression of Ross from conversations was that he was always correct, knew everything and would squash dissenters in a heartbeat. He was also opinionated and clever and ruthless. That is what made him successful.

    About 10 years ago, I went to one of the first iPhone “Boot Camp” at the Big Nerd Ranch, outside Atlanta. After dinner one night, I swapped corporate training horror stories with the CTO of a large food corporation who started his career in the early 80s with Ross Perot’s EDS, and his stories topped mine since, from what he disclosed, taking stress to the point of physical violence between the training class students was the goal of a couple of exercises.

    GTE messed with our heads, but not to that extent. However, one exercise, to give us a test so tough that no one could pass, eventually resulted in a student throwing a chair at a teacher in a fit of rage and had to be discontinued.

    Yes, the student was readmitted to the class after suing GTE under ADA. He didn’t pass the second attempt at the training, however.

  36. OK, I fancy myself as liking all kinds of music. Any kind of music. 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s. Bagpipes, all kinds of crazy stuff.

    But, I have to draw the line at Mexican music. Some guy singing on a acoustic guitar, pulling every syllable long. Sorry, I just do not like it.

    Wait, I’ve got to add thug rap to that also. Chanting about gonna beat on my *itches just offends me.

  37. What do you call Country Rock? Crock.

    What do you call Country Rap? _______.

    physical violence between the training class students was the goal of a couple of exercises

    I started with EDS January 1980, San Antonio office. I traveled to Dallas often. I never went to the training classes. I left about 18 months later as the San Antonio office was badly managed and was going to be closed. I had no desire to relocate to Dallas.

  38. But, I have to draw the line at Mexican music. Some guy singing on a acoustic guitar, pulling every syllable long. Sorry, I just do not like it.

    “Mexican” music covers a broad spectrum of styles, and we only hear a limited selection here in the US. I’ve heard interesting bands over the years and have a few albums.

    The appeal of the violent rap escapes me, especially to the Chinese relations who pay lip service to being into it, and I have no clue why the purists insist that Run DMC, while more admittedly mainstream and an MTV staple, should be in the Rock Hall of Fame.

    Sorry. “Queen of the Forest” is the first song played ever on “WKRP in Cincinnati”. If Uncle Ted doesn’t merit induction, I’m at a loss to understand why Run DMC should be there.

  39. Not a fan of bagpipes. Though they are interesting.

    Mexican music is ok in small doses. About 10 minutes at a time. Once a month or so.

    Rap? Oh, blank no. Rap makes my wonder why the darkies were not loaded up and shipped back to Africa after the war over slavery. Which is a simplistic idea. I think the actual problem is welfare.

  40. I had no desire to relocate to Dallas.

    Dallas has some good points. But overall, no way is that a good place to live.

    Not as bad as Houston…. just because of the hurricanes. Austin use to be fun.

  41. I like some “old school” rap.

    I like a lot of music. 40s, big band, swing, bluegrass, 80s, classic metal, houserockin blues, new orleans jazz, showtunes, newer, not grunge, some of the newer subgenre are really interesting and some are not.

    I like ska, but am less interested in reggae.

    but right now, HURDY GURDY!!

    Patty Gurdy!
    shore is purdy!

    n

  42. What do you call Country Rock? Crock.

    What do you call Country Rap? _______.

    I love Country Rock, it sounds a lot like Rock from the 1970s to me.

    Country Rap, in small doses, is cool too. Country Troy with Big and Rich:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUPK9z59yUc

    And of course Big and Rich: “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” (yes it is very suggestive song)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9ZbuIRPwFg

    Go see Big and Rich if they ever bring their freak show to town, they are crazy.

  43. The Market Ticker guy had a thread a few days ago about a/c.
    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=236230&findnew#new

    Interesting stuff.

    Also, from my owner’s manual, “Cool Cycle Rate: Anticipation for cool cycle can be adjusted. Default setting is Medium. If you wish to have longer cool cycles, change to Slow. For shorter cool cycles change to Fast.”

    I changed it to Slow. And now the system, set at 78, turns on just as the t-stat shows 80 and turns off at 77. Ok, it varies, it’s not like I sit and watch the t-stat. It runs longer per cycle but doesn’t cycle as much. It’s pretty much like having an old Honeywell t-stat running the show and the house feels cooler.

    Which, I think, is the whole point of this experiment. It’s not running strictly at 78, but over shoots each way a bit. Average temp is the same… but the system runs longer cycles and that saves the start-up wear and tear on the compressor.

    Something to look at.

  44. I like ska, but am less interested in reggae.

    I mentioned “The Tall Guy” the other day. The film makes effective use of Madness’ “It Must Be Love”, but bits and pieces of the rest of their catalog are heard.

    Same writer as “Yesterday”. His musical taste is extremely broad.

  45. Something to look at.

    I have one of these on our upstairs system. When first activated, it learns your system’s characteristics and turns on/off anticipating when the thermometer will hit the right number.

    It is about as “smart” as a thermostat needs to be IMHO. Power can be battery or line, but it will let you know when to change the batteries well in advance.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Honeywell-7-Day-Universal-Touchscreen-Programmable-Thermostat-RTH8500D/100295793

  46. I usually just leave my manual one set at 76 year round, only switching between heat and cool as needed. We ripped out a programmable one, when the hvac guy couldn’t figure out the wacky wiring, on a Sunday, at double time… I said, just get this one working and we’re good. Haven’t upgraded.

    This time of year, I move it cooler in the morning to ‘pre-chill’ the house. It’s so hot the ac can’t keep up and it will get too hot in the late afternoon. Mama don’t like that.

    n

  47. More rampaging ferals in Philly

    “Shocking video shows the moment a group of 60 rampaging teens loot and vandalize a Walgreens store in Philadelphia before fleeing into the night on July Fourth

    The Philadelphia Police Department said that the stampede occurred at roughly 10pm at the store on the 1800 block of South Street
    Video shows the youthful herd rush into the store and knock various items off the shelves
    Other angles shows the miscreants pulling items from the checkout line as others scream with excitement and disbelief
    Witnesses say that the group was the same rowdy bunch who vandalized Penn’s Landing and caused $7,000 in damages ”

    –miscreants, rowdy, youthful, excitement….

    nothing to see here folks, move along….

    n

  48. MrAtoz says:
    ” Goobermint is always out to screw you. We closed on the sale of our house last week and I’ve been cancelling services (surprise, many can’t be cancelled online, but I shut off autopay on everything last week). Trash service is by Republic Services. When I called to cancel, I get this “the City of Las Vegas passed a law that you *can’t cancel* service unless the new homeowner assumes trash service or you provide a “final power bill” (which I won’t get for a month). WTF! I *have* to have trash service? I wonder how much the Mafia is kicking back to Vegas LibTurds? ”
    ———
    One can leave a lot of trash behind when one moves out, note.
    Somebody has to pay for that.

    I’m not denying that trash collection is an organized crime gig.
    Can’t tell you how I know that.

  49. Glen Campbell & Roy Clark Play ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’

    Two of the greats! Glen on a twelve string no less.

  50. I usually just leave my manual one set at 76 year round, only switching between heat and cool as needed. We ripped out a programmable one, when the hvac guy couldn’t figure out the wacky wiring, on a Sunday, at double time… I said, just get this one working and we’re good. Haven’t upgraded.

    The Honeywell directly replaced a four wire thermostat, no wacky wiring. Installed myself. Just be aware that the heat mode may require the flag to be set for the fan to run with the furnace.

    Putting the AC unit on a schedule cut a nice chunk out of our power bill, paying for itself in about six months. I set it to still require manual switching between heating and cooling, and it stays in cooling mode 10-11 months out of the year.

    The only feature I wish it had was “Circulate” for the Winter months.

  51. One of my neighbors just posted, “This is ridiculous !!! It is July 7 and people are still shooting fireworks. One of them nearly caught our Christmas decorations on fire !”.

  52. nothing to see here folks, move along….

    (Yawn) Wake me when one of them is actually arrested and convicted of a crime.


  53. The only feature I wish it had was “Circulate” for the Winter months.

    I had one of those Honeywell thermostats and there is a circulate setting. My current thermostat is an EcoBee. Really nice thermostat.


  54. Or how would you even categorize something like this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLPH9d-jsI

    Almost 80 MILLION VIEWS btw…..

    (nice, sfw, and very pretty girl)

    Very nice.

    My music of choice at home for a long while now has been either John William’s or Howard Shore’s Pandora channel. Lots of the obvious movie themes from both of them, but a decent mix of others as well. Perfect background “noise” since I’ve never been able to stand dead silence in the house during the day.

  55. I am assuming “Circulate” means simply turning the blower on continuously. If so, there is an extra wire that a switch in the thermostat activates. If your old stat had that feature, the wire and associated function are already present. You could add that switch, or if the stat in mounted on a separate base, just change to a base with the switch. In really old systems, the switch in on the air handler (furnace or AC.)

    I am surprised this feature seems to be disappearing. It was always considered a comfort/energy reducing mode. Maybe with the reappearance of ceiling fans, it is considered obsolete. Notice that all commercial systems have this, but to provide a small amount of outside air into the building.


  56. I am assuming “Circulate” means simply turning the blower on continuously.

    Not quite. It means that the blower runs a minimum amount of time each hour. In my case it was 20 minutes each hour. If the system ran (heat or cool) that was counted towards the 20 minutes. Even on days when there is no demand I still get the fan for 20 minutes each hour thus moving the air around and filtering.


  57. It means that the blower runs a minimum amount of time each hour.

    Interesting concept. Just one of many features made possible with sophisticated electronics.

    That “Market Ticker” guy wrote a good article on thermostats. No criticism of any of it. OTOH, life sure is getting complicated.

    We have friends who had a control board fail in their AC last summer. They have a service contract. Someone came to their house right away, and correctly diagnosed the problem. Took over a month and a couple attempts to get the correct part. Meanwhile, no AC during an unusually hot summer. Wait! This just controled the blower motor, but the service guy couldn’t (or more likely wouldn’t) jury rig it to work temporarily, and made warranty threats if the owner were to try. Yeah, lousy design, lousy support, but real. This is progress?

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