Sat. July 20, 2019 – nice day, but kinda hot

85F and 81%RH at 830. National forecast calls for rain in the area, but the local forecast is overcast and clouds, high of 98F. THAT should be stifling.

Speaking of stifling, you guys should be well aware of my ongoing issues with heat, and the current heat wave sweeping across the country. Heat injuries are no joke and take a long time to recover completely.

Do Not push it in the heat. All joking about the media overreaction to ‘summer’ aside. People will die this weekend. There are resources for you to use. OSHA has a heat danger app which will help you determine rest periods and dangerous conditions. Know the signs of heat injury-

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/heat_illnesses.html

Heat stroke is a life threatening emergency that needs immediate treatment. Look at that chart, review the symptoms and the first aid. Heat stroke victims may appear drunk, shuffling feet and confused. Hot dry skin is an indicator- they need to be cooled and treated immediately. I can tell you from personal experience, knowing the signs can save lives. There are at least two people alive today because of the heat illness awareness briefing I gave before an event in Dane County WI.

Speaking of Dane County, WI, they made front page of the DailyMail…. this was the view out my wife’s hotel window in Madison WI. https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/07/20/03/16272534-7266921-image-a-43_1563589860533.jpg

Take advantage of Mr. Carrier’s invention and stay inside and cool. Go to a movie, a store, or the hardware store and hang out in their AC. Just be aware, hot grumpy people are easily angered. If the advice “don’t be there” can’t work, keep your head up, and your eyes moving. While you’re looking for threats, look for people in distress too. It feels really good to save a life.

nick

63 thoughts on “Sat. July 20, 2019 – nice day, but kinda hot”

  1. Contrary to Gov. Gruesome’s yappity-yap, we don’t have global warming on the left coast.

    Afternoon predicted in low 70s here today.
    N33° 42.9233′
    W118° 1.9672′

  2. I went thru the spam comments folder this morning, and almost all of the 300 plus that got stopped by the filter were for the same thing, some sort of oral gel, effects left unstated, but must be sex related. ” k a m a g r a ” never heard of it.

    Sometimes they can be like bizarre poetry, but most of these were barely trying.

    I haven’t checked stats lately, so I don’t know if it’s a trend or a short term artifact, or if their algorithm changed, but for the last ten days we’ve been averaging about 200 uniques and 1500 visits. that’s about 2/3 of what it was a few months ago. I wish I had a longer time period to look at. Rick? What say you?

    I know it’s been a while since I did a straight up article. Or maybe it’s just summer time.

    n

  3. Slim, those coordinates are less than a half mile from my cousin’s home. Are you spying on me? 😉

  4. I’m in the tract named Prestige, SW of that intersection. Probably have seen your cousin in Ralphs grocery store.

  5. Oddly the temperatures here in the California High Desert are predicted as average or below average. They are no joke – 90’s to low 100’s – but nothing unusual.

    Prepping:
    Because of the chances of power outages due to winds here in California I’ve been exercising the little inverter generator. It’s still in its non-synthetic oil break in stage. Yesterday I ran a small, 5000 BTU, mechanical a/c for two hours with no problem. I think it would, at 75% capacity, be capable of running a larger 8K BTU unit.

    It will also run the house refrigerator easily, two 500W lights simultaneously, and even a 1300/1650W electric resistance heater.

    I have, despite gentle urging, been unable to convince friends to prepare. One set has two fridges and a freezer and NO backup power. The other has two freezers and a fridge , and a nice 7kw generac (gas) they haven’t started in over five years.

  6. I did all my outdoor chores over the last 2 days. The next couple of hot days I reserved for the indoor stuff. I have a couple of window ACs. They work well enough but this kind of heat does push them to their limits.

    On another subject, I received a job offer this week that I accepted. I was laid off 5 months ago and I was getting quite dispirited. There are plenty of temp jobs out there (6 months to a year as a laboratory drudge) and plenty of jobs that were a bit of a step back in my career. I kept looking until I found the right match.

    This job is a good step forward in my career (I’m a biochemist) at a good company. A nice little bump up in salary, too. Right now I have to wait for the background check to go through. Peed in a cup yesterday for the drug screen. I don’t commit crimes or do drugs so I’m good.

    It was a long interview, about 5 hours. I had to do a one hour presentation going through a development process I had done and explaining my scientific rational for my decisions. They also brought out result from a failed analysis and asked me to troubleshoot the problem on the spot.

    I’m not sure how long the background check will take but I hope to be back to work in the next week or two. Starting at a new job is both exciting and scary. I don’t like change but I always adapt.

  7. “they haven’t started in over five years”– I will bet money on it not starting when needed.

    @ed, have you given thought to what you’ll do when they come knocking at your door? That USED to be my only use for stored bulk. My plan was to hand out cups of rice. Not a real plan, but that’s about all I thought bulk LTS food was good for.

    Now, like the Shakers and their gardens, I plant 10% extra for ‘God’s creatures’. Sorta. I figure I can help out some immediate needs in my extremely local area, while hopefully not creating any dependencies.

    I have enough extra stoves and lanterns to pass out some “kitchen boxes” with stove, lantern, pot, rice, paper plates and plastic utencils. If I’m feeling generous, maybe I throw some cans of meat in there too.

    I am happy to run an extension cord to a neighbor’s fridge if I have the capacity, or help them charge cell phones, although their vehicle should be able to do that too.

    I’ve got a couple of extra small LCD tvs that run off 12v too.

    My key is to not reveal the extent of my preps while still helping.

    n

  8. @JLP
    Congratulations – 5 months is a long haul. Here’s to a smooth start and interesting work. I always like being presented with “troubleshoot this” type questions in an interview. It lets me forget my nerves and dig into the tech.

  9. I am happy to run an extension cord to a neighbor’s fridge if I have the capacity, or help them charge cell phones, although their vehicle should be able to do that too.

    Unless they have a Tesla.

    And cell phones are useless even in minor grid down situations like hurricanes because people are used to browsing/streaming all of their information sources. Plus you will have a**clowns attempting to stream things like “Game of Thrones” even in the middle of the devastation.

    Heck, while the final season ran, I pulled up to a light in Austin behind someone streaming “Game of Thrones” on their phone mounted on one of those dashboard device holders meant for map apps, viewing while they drove.

  10. On another subject, I received a job offer this week that I accepted. I was laid off 5 months ago and I was getting quite dispirited. There are plenty of temp jobs out there (6 months to a year as a laboratory drudge) and plenty of jobs that were a bit of a step back in my career. I kept looking until I found the right match.

    Congratulations on the job. And a step up too.

    More than six months, and the age discrimination will really kick in. I speak from experience. I was out of work for nearly four years in Vantucky, and even getting back to being Junior Programmer after that lapse took three years, two grad school programs, and graduation with a Masters in CS.

    Management where I currently work communicates clearly that they do not see me as part of their long term future. That’s ok, the feeling is mutual.

  11. @nick

    I’ll do what I can, I have staples for friends and family, but they are too far for electrical extension cords…

    My “garden” is down to two very sad tomato bushes this year. Too many other things to do. One of these days.


  12. Starting at a new job is both exciting and scary

    Congratulations. Five months is a stretch, glad you made it through. I went six months without a job and it sucked. I was down to my last $400.00 and was getting desperate. Friends and acquaintances helped me through with support and small jobs for which they paid.

    Appears you made a good step up so maybe the wait was worth it. Although your stress levels may not have agreed.

  13. @JLP – congratulations indeed! That’s great news.

    I did project based work for a couple of decades. EVERY job was a new job, but I usually had friend or acquaintances on the project too, which made all the difference.

    WRT background checks, it depends on what they are doing but the actual check takes minutes. Most companies outsource the check and that is what takes the time, the back and forth as they process it. My school volunteer check took a day to process. My checks for the Citizens Police Academy were much more thorough, and took a week or more. CHL checks took longer, but that was due to volume and state inefficiency.

    It is definitely an advantage to have a clean record and to be able to pass a drug screen.

    n

  14. Lied about being a doctor. Lied about treating patients after the Pulse nightclub terror attack, lied about playing college basketball. Ran for Florida House.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7267693/Florida-Dem-admits-lying-treating-Pulse-shooting-victims.html

    “‘I personally removed 77 bullets from 32 people … It was like an assembly line,’ McCarthy had claimed at a gun control panel earlier this year ”

    “‘I lied. It is a false statement. I just made it up,’ McCarthy said”

    “said that she was ‘portraying a life that wasn’t true.

    She added: “I wanted to be somebody in the community, and I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I gave any impersonation. I knew it was wrong and I should have stopped ”

    –just how does someone lie like that and think it won’t come out? It’s not like it’s hard to verify if some has s medical license.

    n

  15. It is definitely an advantage to have a clean record and to be able to pass a drug screen.

    That is why I (briefly) had a job in Seattle. None of their regular guys were free of issues in their past, criminal, drugs and/or immigration.

  16. Getting a background check to work in Kali schools can be tedious (for contractors). Plus, if you have contact with any student, you must have a $1,000,000 liability carrier on your insurance for sexual abuse. With the programs we do with HS students, it costs us $7,000 a year to cover everything. Of course, the Principals cousin Fred can just waltz in whilst eyes are turned.

  17. I’m pretty sure my school BG check was just for open warrants, and sex offender registry. It was too quick for anything else.

    n

    The one HPD did for the CPA program was extensive, and they ran my prints too.

  18. Palmetto State Armory has quite a deal running at the moment,

    https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-16-classic-freedom-m4-fde-upper-with-bcg-and-charing-handle-7779344.html

    $180 for a complete upper in 5.56

    https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-ar15-freedom-classic-lower-flat-dark-earth-7779346.html

    $100 for a complete matching lower.

    That’s $280 for a complete AR in 556, plus shipping tax and your local transfer fee for the lower.

    Or maybe you’ve got some 80% or stripped lowers put away “just in case”? then you need uppers…

    Prices haven’t been that low since just after the election. In fact, I don’t think they were that low even then. Del Ton rifles were $325, and S&W AR15s were about the same.

    Remember that complete uppers are not firearms and don’t need paperwork or transfer fees.

    Complete lowers, even though you can’t actually shoot anything with them, are firearms and will need background check and transfer fees, and shipping to your local FFL.

    n

  19. My background check for subbing was done by a separate agency from the school system. What they checked I don’t know or how thorough. It took a couple of weeks, cost me $80 which the school district reimbursed after subbing for 5 days. Wife never had a background check as she started before the checks were a requirement.

  20. –just how does someone lie like that and think it won’t come out? It’s not like it’s hard to verify if some has s medical license.

    Especially in Florida. I read all my neighbors’ mortgages at one point. The Legislature has dialed back public access when it has proved embarrassing to members (sealed divorce settlements, allowing petitions for mug shot removal), but records are still mostly open for anyone with a browser.

    Even my wife’s sole malpractice settlement is public record. Another long story.

    Despite the general voting population in the state trending increasingly purple, the FL Dems keep shooting themselves in the foot. They hold one state-wide office (Agriculture Commissioner) and a failure to discourage the candidacy of Andrew Gillum for Governor has left all three branches of state government in the hands of the Republicans with redistricting coming up, ensuring another decade of dominance.

  21. I’ve got $500k of general liability and a million dollar umbrella for my business. Handling projectors that can cost $120K and hanging them above people’s heads made it worthwhile. It’s a LOT less expensive than not having it.

    n

  22. I don’t know how thorough the background check is but it is no worry for me. The industry I’m in deals with the FDA and they can ban people from working in the field so I’m sure that is part of it.

    The HR person mentioned a social media check but that is no worry either. I have a Facebook page that I only set up because it was used to organize a class reunion. I don’t think I ever actually posted anything. No Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, or anything else. Just not my thing.

    The one general prep that helped me get through the 5 months was a good savings account and living below my means. Although I didn’t want it to go out that far I could have survived (financially) several more months.

  23. @JimB, tell your cousin, PBR, or other, on me, Wed @ 2 PM, Mother’s Tavern in Sunset Beach:
    https://www.facebook.com/MothersTavern/

    WRT beer: SIL and grandson were fishing at Crater Lake last weekend. Brought back some Mojave Gold and Mojave Red from Indian Wells Brewing Co. I’ll have one in a few hours.

  24. I’ve got $500k of general liability and a million dollar umbrella for my business. Handling projectors that can cost $120K and hanging them above people’s heads made it worthwhile. It’s a LOT less expensive than not having it.

    You really want to keep those kind of dollar amounts to yourself. The lesson we learned from the malpractice settlement was that having that figure out there is inviting a lawsuit from a lawyer who decided that the risk/reward scenario is high enough to roll the dice in the hope of a settlement even if, as in our case, liability was not actually there.

    My wife was later cleared by the FL medical board, but the insurance company and clinic were still out the settlement.

  25. Those are the amounts required by BP, Exxon, etc to work in their buildings. Anyone in the building has that much or more.

    n

  26. @Nick – regarding site visits here:

    Last six months visits: around 200 unique visitors, 1000 visits . The numbers were higher than that for the Jan-Apr 2019 time period, but I suspect an issue with that reporting plugin that you see on the site admin dashboard, not an actual dropoff.

    Visitors/visits is pretty steady around those numbers. Most people start at the main page of the journal site, then spend about 5 minutes reading before wandering off.

    @Nick: I can give you access to the Google Analytics site, but you need a gmail email address for that. Send it to me privately.

  27. Heat stroke is serious.
    Four years ago I was riding the Harley dresser from Oklahoma to Memphis. Got as far as Henrietta and picked up a nail in the rear tire. I pulled over on the shoulder to assess the situation. Miles from a service station on a hot July Saturday, I knew I wasn’t going to make it. So I called my son back in Shawnee hitch up the trailer and come get me. I grabbed the water I had in the saddle bag and settled down to wait. I kept getting hotter and hotter and no shade to be found so I draped my riding jacket off the bike to give some respite. Next thing I know, my son is shaking me trying to get me to respond. He poured water over me till I was able to talk. I had completely passed out and wasn’t fully coherent for about an hour. Needless to say, I postponed my ride till fall. It freaked me out that I could go from hot to unconscious so quickly. Never taking chances again. Always carry several liters of water now in the car and on the bike.

  28. It’s taken me several years and I finally feel like I’m approaching normal again. And I’m careful to manage with the cool vests, shade hat, fans and portacool (where possible), and staying out of the sun.

    Today I needed to work on the sunny side of the house. The blueberries are done for the season, so I pulled up the bird net and weed-wacked around the bushes. They were looking pretty shabby. For the first ten minutes, I was just assessing and looking. I didn’t have my hat or vest. I could feel my brain baking. So, vest, hat, and move slowly but expeditiously. I took two breaks to go inside and cool off. Got it done, and washed the AC condensing coil too.

    I had the hose out anyway, so I decided to wash down the coil. LOTS of dirt and debris came out. I also noticed the fan was shaking quite a bit. So I sprayed it while it ran, washing it off too. Now it runs much smoother, and hopefully the AC will run a bit better too.

    Then I picked up dog poop, and sprayed the foundation with Home Defense Max bug killer. When I see a roach in the house, I know it’s time to renew that treatment.

    Now it’s overcast with a cooler breeze so I may get up on the shaded roof and do some antenna repair. My UHF eggbeater antenna fell over and it looks like heII up there.

    Kids are doing laundry, cleaning up the house, and watching Disney…

    n

  29. F’ing MS. I’m getting a popup on my win10 machine about updates.

    We’ve got an update for you. Windows is a service and updates are a normal part of keeping it running securely. We need your help installing this one.

    F that noise. Windows is a service? I didn’t sign on for that. I bought a piece of software. I’ve got auto updates turned off as this is my security camera NVR and I sure don’t want the os rebooting when I’m not there.

    POS is STILL nagging me.

    n

  30. @Nick
    Moving slowly is a good trick.
    I’ve tramped around India for ages, and it wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered that forcing myself to walk at a slower pace than usual made me much more comfortable.

  31. Well, I didn’t get up on the roof. I had to spray my grapevines for caterpillars, again. And I pruned my orange and grapefruit trees. They have to fit in between my house and the neighbor’s driveway, so I have to keep pruning them for height and shape. I’ve also got to keep them short enough to cover and heat during cold spells. ONE orange, no evidence of grapefruit.

    Two little apples on one tree, nothing on the other.

    I decided to rake up the mess from weed-wacking, and I’m glad I did. There was a lot more than I thought.

    I better feed these kids if I want a normal bedtime. Work, work, work…

    n

    Oh, and the zukes have died off, one cuke is growing well, but the other is stunted, still only flowers, no actual cukes yet.

  32. Those are the amounts required by BP, Exxon, etc to work in their buildings. Anyone in the building has that much or more.

    Just be careful about to whom you disclose the amounts. “Rich” people having you in to wire AV or home security may not be as well off as they seem. The couple who sued my wife ran in social circles with people who knew the right lawyer to call.

    After the settlement, my wife dropped her malpractice down to $250k and posted a sign in the lobby of her office indicating the limits of her FL liability coverage. Ironically, the plaintiff booked an appointment after the settlement — which got nixed real fast. Sue me once, shame on you. Sue me twice … not going to happen.

  33. Had there been no Multics, there might have been no Unix.

    True. I didn’t know the person, but I’m familiar with some Unix history. The big guys are passing from the scene. The A&M grads I work with said that Stroustrup retired recently to spend more time on C++20.

    I had a young’n’ at the university ask me once, “Was the guy who designed vi stoned when he wrote the interface?”

    “Bill Joy? Probably. The legend is that he wrote vi in one night.”

  34. I’m in trouble again at work. After putting out a fire at a project this morning which had been burning since yesterday afternoon, customer growing more anxious by the minute as their revenue dropped until I fixed it, I commented, “I would think that in cases like this that the person who received the award nomination for her work on [project name] would be on top of things.”

    Apparently that last bit is harassment. Who knew.

    On the plus side, rather than sweat what’s coming on Monday, I blew off the rest of the day’s email and went with my wife and kids to see “Yesterday”. It wasn’t a hard sell since I love Richard Curtis, but, wow, the scene on the beach with … well, it would be a spoiler and lessen the emotional impact to give it away. Curtis nailed it, however.

  35. “Uncle Orson Reviews Everything, May 22, 2019”
    http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2019-05-22.shtml

    “When you write a screenplay, you aren’t “making a movie.” The people who “make the movie” are the people who get to shred your script and turn it into something you wouldn’t even recognize. What you’re doing is trying to create something that will get somebody to pay you a bunch of money in exchange for beating your script into pulp.”

    “If somebody treated your child the way Hollywood treats movie screenplays, you would hunt them down and kill them, and no jury would convict you.”

  36. On the plus side, rather than sweat what’s coming on Monday, I blew off the rest of the day’s email and went with my wife and kids to see “Yesterday”. It wasn’t a hard sell since I love Richard Curtis, but, wow, the scene on the beach with … well, it would be a spoiler and lessen the emotional impact to give it away. Curtis nailed it, however.

    I loved the beach scene. Some people hate it and consider it sacrilegious. I want to see the movie again.

  37. I had a young’n’ at the university ask me once, “Was the guy who designed vi stoned when he wrote the interface?”

    “Bill Joy? Probably. The legend is that he wrote vi in one night.”

    If one had the occasion to use one of the old 24 line by 80 character terminals on a 4800 baud serial line back in the 1970s as I did, one would see vi as the most efficient use of keyboarding, screen space, and bandwidth. And full screen editing to boot !

  38. Apparently that last bit is harassment. Who knew.

    I hope that I never have to work in a real company again.

    Good luck.

  39. “If somebody treated your child the way Hollywood treats movie screenplays, you would hunt them down and kill them, and no jury would convict you.”

    When I first saw “Road Trip”, I thought that it was a nice indie “American Pie” ripoff which the studio roofied and sent to a closet with Tom Green.

    OTOH, as much as I like Kevin Smith, to me, the studio’s cut of “Mallrats” works better, and “Caddyshack” was legendary in its early cut awfulness until Universal brought in a new editor and hired John Dykstra to create the gopher special effects.

    The “Caddyshack: The Making Of A Cinderella Story” is a fun book if you are a fan.

  40. I hope that I never have to work in a real company again.

    One of my former workmates, somewhat younger than I–early 60s?–and still working for our large employer, called his much-younger boss “an idiot” under his breath on his way back to his cubicle after a meeting with the aforementioned boss. One of the millennials in the area overheard the comment and reported him to HR. My former workmate was put on probation for three months.

    Nothing like a snitch culture to promote teamwork!

  41. They’re trained from childhood to rat each other out. When we were kids, it was us against everyone. No one would rat.

    One of the things I like about going to a public school is when I teach the kids “snitches get stitches and wind up in ditches” adults nod along. My oldest still wants to tattletale, but we won’t listen. There are real world consequences in our area and the surrounding culture to tattling. And they aren’t you getting an ice cream and a pat on the head.

    n

  42. I got called on the carpet, sent to race training, for a comment. Black guy, talked about many people. I asked him “Ron, is there anyone in Oak Ridge you don’t know?” Apparently that was a racial comment because he was black. Never did understand the problem. Spent two days in a special class to attempt to convince me I was racist. Time could not be billed to the contract so the company had to pay. I was told in no uncertain terms to not do that again. Thus I quit talking to anyone in the company that was black unless it was strictly business. No more social talk. I was then tagged as unfriendly.

  43. I hope that I never have to work in a real company again.

    One of my former workmates, somewhat younger than I–early 60s?–and still working for our large employer, called his much-younger boss “an idiot” under his breath on his way back to his cubicle after a meeting with the aforementioned boss. One of the millennials in the area overheard the comment and reported him to HR. My former workmate was put on probation for three months.

    I worked for a very large (16,000+ employees) employer in the 1980s. Never any serious trouble. Key word that, serious. My bosses bosses boss was vp of operations. He thought I walked on water because I got his projects done. Amazing concept that.

    I worked for a small employer (less than 100 people) in the early 1990s. I had a woman team worker turn me in for discrimination because I turned in 200 to 500 lines of C code daily. She could not keep up with me and “spent all of her time keeping up with me”. My incredibly dense boss asked me to slow down. I ignored him. We had a layoff soon after that. She (the do nothing programmer) and he (the dense boss) got laid off. All of this was happening while the client was putting incredible pressure on us for a deliverable. The layoff was caused by the client walking away because they did not get a deliverable for three years. You would have thought that they would get a clue.

  44. Nothing like a snitch culture to promote teamwork!

    Huh, I’ve always admired the Marine Corps way of handling problems. Socks full of nickels in the middle of the night.

  45. Introduced my youngster to the delights of roller skating last night. I haven’t been on skates for 20+ years.we had so much fun last night (half a dozen skaters on a Friday night) skating and watching the competent skaters. Folks were patient and kind to my daughters Beginner status. She fell lots but got right back up. I didn’t fall last night. We had such a good time we returned as a family this afternoon. Saturday, couple dozen skaters including a tweeners 80’s themed birthday party. Lots of big hair.

    Kiddo had more courage and confidence, took bigger skating risks. Fell more and took some good thumps.

    I was trying to groove to the music and failed epically during Billy Jean. Got too much shimmy in a hip (don’t try this at home folks), dropped my toe down and flipped a nice turn of speed into a full on uncontrolled face plant. Lost my wind and dignity. Scrambled to my feet and made a couple non chalant turns around the rink. Nothing to see here, move along, nope, I’m not exiting because of that gruesome face plant, I was planning on stopping anyway.

    Sore and nicely bruised tonight. Man it was worth it.

    Going back next Friday if scheduling works out.

    http://www.dimondskateland.com/

    I really want her to learn to get hurt and keep going. Skating -might- do that for her based off last two days determination. This world has lots of good people hidden betwixt the evil but I think no one will argue being human is HARD and involves lots of pain. You must get up again. That’s a hard lesson when you’ve got half of society determined to infantilize you.

  46. I had an odd one today: on my phone pops up a message “app.xxx.yyy wants to send a message to 30075”. When the phone was restarted, a few seconds afterwards comes the same message, but from a different app name. It took some researching, but there has been some update to the Google phone app.

    Right now, I have old-fashioned voicemail, where I dial a special number, and get an audio menu (“you have 2 new messages, press 1 to listen, press 2 to…”). The updated phone app would give me a UI to work with the messages. Only, the phone company has to enable the functionality on their end. Apparently, this abstruse message would do that. But there’s no explanation, and the random app name (always something that looks very internal) is just bizarre.

    To get rid of the messages, you go into the phone app settings, and disable “visual voicemail”.

    – – – – –

    @Greg: Apparently your music major has the higher-ups wrapped around her little finger? You’re not allowed to critizice the golden child. And likely HR stands firmly behind their diversity hires.

    On a more serious note, what would happen if you discussed the situation in calm words with someone higher up in authority? If one cannot get rid of her, at least one could promote her to some harmless position.

  47. I loved the beach scene. Some people hate it and consider it sacrilegious. I want to see the movie again.

    I got the point. On a personal level, I often think we would have been better off without the wife’s medical license.

    Wait for the “Yesterday” DVD with all the extras. If there is one constant in Curtis’ movies it is that they get hacked up for UK release and then cut again for US audiences. Some of the best scenes end up as extras.

    “The Boat That Rocked” (“Pirate Radio” in the US) has a wonderful scene with a Philip Seymour Hoffman mini-monologue in front of the Abbey Road studio building that was probably a personal indulgence for Curtis and hated by the studio execs.

  48. Cowboy Slim, sorry I didn’t get back to you right away. It was a busy day. I will catch up after today’s busy morning.

  49. They’re trained from childhood to rat each other out. When we were kids, it was us against everyone. No one would rat.

    When I taught Digital Logic lab a few years ago, during grad school, I had an early Boomer age female student get deeply offended and *angry* about a couple of comments I made in lab about the lecture professor’s failure to adequately cover the material which made my job harder in getting the students through the hands-on work in the time allotted. Totally blew my mind.

    The lecture professor was coasting towards a State of Texas retirement and had taken to just being a jerk in general. I thought it was an obvious “us vs. him” situation and I did my best to make sure anyone who knew the material got a good grade in the lab. Of course, one person’s jerk is another’s hero/mentor.

    You never know, but Millennials are more sensitive I’ve noticed. And 25 year olds in big companies haven’t changed much in the decades since I was that age.

  50. I hope that I never have to work in a real company again.

    Good luck.

    I put out the fire and took care of the customer while the award winner sat on her hands for a day playing politics. What happens after that happens.

    My whole career is Shatner’s “The word is ‘no'” line.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wzG1u4zStM

    That movie gets way more cr*p than it deserves.

  51. If one had the occasion to use one of the old 24 line by 80 character terminals on a 4800 baud serial line back in the 1970s as I did, one would see vi as the most efficient use of keyboarding, screen space, and bandwidth. And full screen editing to boot !

    The line editor AT&T shipped with Unix early on was a disaster just begging to be replaced.

    Of course, MSDOS shipped with edlin and the stock VMS editor was really awful well into the early 90s so AT&T lacked motivation to do anything about it in light of the competition.

    Somewhere around the house, I still have the Peter Norton (no relation) assembly language book for the PC talking about using edlin and the monitor (name escapes me).

  52. Introduced my youngster to the delights of roller skating last night.

    I read that the last roller skating rink in Vantucky closed about a year after we left. The owner wanted to retire, the building was literally crumbling apart, and no one cared enough to buy/rebuild the business.

    On the plus side for you, a company in Alaska bought all the skates and miscellaneous other equipment, trucking everything north for another generation to enjoy at various places. Maybe you used their skates!

    The Vantucky ice rink is the next up for the wrecking ball. Maybe Alaska will get those skates too!

  53. @Greg: Apparently your music major has the higher-ups wrapped around her little finger? You’re not allowed to critizice the golden child. And likely HR stands firmly behind their diversity hires.

    No comment.

  54. I worked at a roller skating rink during high school and college. Between that and lifeguarding, that assured me of never having worked a retail job. I hadn’t skated in several years, until my son hit the age where he started going to lots of skating parties. Every once in a while, I get the urge to go. There is a rink 4 miles from our house. I wonder if I can drag the sometimes sullen teen there…

  55. @ITGuy1998
    My maternal grandparents owned and operated a roller skating rink adjoined to a mobile home park. Arizona in the 1940s or 1950s. There are one or two family pics floating around. I’d like to know more about it but the surviving family don’t remember / don’t care.

    @Greg
    Vantucky rink. Could be I wore their skates. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

    @Nick
    “Pain. This is what pain feels like !?!”
    Yes sir. Got some entertaining aches this morning.

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