Fri. July 26, 2019 – early post

Supposed to be a nice day. Funny how temps here feel hot that would be cool at home.

We are hoping for some sort of living museum today, but it will depend on traffic.

Still havent heard from our rental on the Cape if it’s in shape for us come Monday… I guess we’ll see.

In the mean time, talk amongst yourselves…
N

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

25 thoughts on “Fri. July 26, 2019 – early post”

  1. Still havent heard from our rental on the Cape if it’s in shape for us come Monday… I guess we’ll see.

    In addition to the moon landing, last week was the 50th anniversary of Chappaquiddick. Take the kids on a field trip.

    Masterful media manipulation meant that seven years later, Uncle Ted could have still been elected President of the United States if the brokered convention happened in 76. At a minimum, he got away with manslaughter.

  2. Enjoy the vacation. Time away is a treasure. I recall our last few family outings fondly. We’re going to do another in the fall. No tourist traps, but local attractions that we just don’t get to see often enough.

    Re: Email (from yesterday). I own my own domain and have changed hosts twice. I’ve managed to keep my email addresses with no problems at all. Mailflow was a little spotty for a couple of hours when I made the last change, but no big deal.

  3. I have and use my own domain but forward all my mail to my longest running email at earthlink so I have only one place to check. I actually have several domains and several work related email addresses, all forwarded to my domain. The nice thing about my own domain is I can always fall back to it. I’m also the catch-all account so I can use any name on my domain and tell where I used it and if some scum is spamming. One of my friends found out and sends me email with amusing names. The best might be beerwhore. We’re drinking buds.
    Oh and a gmail with the same username. 42 years in the comp biz I have managed to snag compudave on just about anything that counts.

  4. Supposed to be a nice day. Funny how temps here feel hot that would be cool at home.

    No AC. Old buildings designed to trap heat.

    This time of year, FL is low 90s max. When we go in the Summer, it feels cooler than Texas to me, especially when the afternoon thunderstorms are rolling. Of course, my wife disagrees.

  5. We also own a domain for our biz and let gmail handle the email. We also have personal gmail accounts for throwaway stuff.

  6. Masterful media manipulation meant that seven years later, Uncle Ted could have still been elected President of the United States if the brokered convention happened in 76. At a minimum, he got away with manslaughter.

    I meant to say “if the brokered convention happened in 80”.

    The Dems knew what was going to happen to Jimmy Carter, but, to his credit, Carter was somewhat resigned to his fate and not willing to turn his delegates loose to vote for the unindicted murderer at the convention in an act of desperation by the party in the face of Reagan, the chickens coming home to roost for 1964’s drubbing of Conservatives just (at the time) 16 years earlier.

    Jimmy knew he had gone beyond his sell by date but wasn’t going to budge. Nuclear Engineering graduates from the Naval Academy are not, generally, stupid. Gotta wonder what the old Sunday School teacher *really* thinks of the Clintons — BJ was Governor by 1980 and had to be part of the power structure at that convention begging Carter to step down.

  7. Nick, I’m a Johnny-come-lately on this, but I’m only a couple hours from your vacation paradise. In the (very unlikely) event of a crisis, drop me a line.

    From yesterday:

    Black perps, presumably white victims. Had it been reversed, it’d be all over the media.

    That’s because black-on-white attacks are so common as to be unremarkable. White-on-black attacks are rare, very rare compared to the amount of attention they get. The obvious way to address this disparity is to make more white-on-black assaults.

  8. Having our own little heat wave here.
    103F today
    next four days
    104F
    108F
    105F
    101F
    yesterday was overcast with high humidity and a few sprinkles – moonson conditions from the SE . Today clear so far and hope the rh drops to the teens. Not good for fire weather but much better for people.

  9. “Study finds transgender people more politically conservative than straight men”

    I’m not sure that I buy this.

    Jenner is a basket case outlier, but I’ll buy the theory to some point. The ‘T’ end of the spectrum gets a lot of disrespect from the other letters in LGBTQXYZW…, and that process of moving from one gender to another requires a lot of cash. GM and IBM cover the fundamental surgery, hormones, and psychiatry but not electives like cosmetic procedures.

    The transwoman rank and file member who broke the AT&T union in 2009 did so by going on national TV to show off the $80,000 worth of surgeries she had done in Thailand the previous Summer. Again, $80,000, and no employer insurance covers an overseas clinic. Gotta be sensitive about taxes if you want to save that kind of money, and you’re not exactly doing your left-leaning union any favors pulling a stunt like that a month out from a national strike date.

    AT&T doesn’t cover the sugery, even if she had been approved by a US clinic, but the company had to pick up the bill for the hormone therapy after she came back from Thailand with a sudden severe imbalance in her endocrine system due to surgical extraction of certain glands.

    (I spent a *lot* of time crawling around IBM’s public HR documents archive because I had nothing else available to test the VPN client I worked on. Lots of crazy stuff in those files.)

  10. See which flood zone your home is located in !

    Round Rock doesn’t flood. One of the hotels near Dell has a deal with NASA to host mission control if the worst happens in Webster.

    I still have my doubts about the Tampa Bay maps. Over the last 15-20 years, way too much got built in places which I knew to be swamps growing up.

    Some revision got done along the coast following the bad hurricane years in 2004/2005, but I think some more revisions will be forthcoming, sadly, most likely, after a major storm ruins a bunch of lives.

  11. Some revision got done along the coast following the bad hurricane years in 2004/2005, but I think some more revisions will be forthcoming, sadly, most likely, after a major storm ruins a bunch of lives.

    We got our flood zone revised three feet up from the Brazos River flooding in 2014 by FEMA. The word on the streets is that they are going to come back and raise the flood zone for the Brazos River another two feet in 2020 or so after they finish analyzing the hurricane Harvey experience (sounds like a Disneyworld ride !).

    I know areas that have flooded three times in the last four years that are not on that map. A couple of 80 year old friends of mine are rebuilding their home yet again after the 17 inch rain on May 7. It is amazing what three inches of water inside a house can damage.

  12. Another near miss: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/26/asteroid-zoomed-near-earth-wednesday-astronomers-said/1838480001/

    “A large asteroid “narrowly” missed the Earth overnight Wednesday, astronomers announced.

    According to NASA, the space rock was an estimated 187 to 427 feet wide.

    The closest it came to Earth was just under 45,000 miles, a safe distance, but still much less than the distance between the Earth and moon,” Astronomy magazine said. The moon is about 239,000 miles from the Earth.

    The rock was a shock: “It snuck up on us pretty quickly,” Michael Brown, an associate professor in Australia with Monash University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, told the Washington Post. “People are only sort of realizing what happened pretty much after it’s already flung past us.”

    Gotta find my hard-hat …

  13. One would think that these Obama judges would be tired of getting overruled by SCOTUS.

    You never know with Roberts.

    Obamacare goes up before the court again next year, challenging the way Roberts rewrote the law to thread the needle.

    And the Texas Prog cities’ mandatory sick leave laws may end up there as well.

  14. See which flood zone your home is located in !

    Zone X–as good as it gets!

    The received wisdom is that New Orleans is “built in a bowl,” but there are some areas that are located on the natural levees, i.e., soil deposited by the yearly floods before the artificial levees were constructed.

    Why, where I live is almost a whole foot above sea level! 😉

  15. My place is in a location where if flooding is an issue then someone better be selling ARK tickets.

    However, one advantage of flood insurance is if there is storm damage (roof damage) and water intrusion occurs. Without flood insurance it becomes a battle involving lawyers to get the insurance company to pay what they legally should pay. It will probably still involve a battle but it will be between insurance companies with both refusing to pay.

  16. @SteveF, thanks, I was hoping you’d check in. Try to get to the pageant of steam this year. I’m guessing you need a break….

    N

  17. “Cats sweat through their feet… I learn something new every day.”

    So do dogs. We had two collie dogs that used to leave faint footprints on the concrete on a hot day.

  18. Lots to do today, and little motivation to do it. Hrrrmph. Have to kick myself into gear after lunch…

    Elder son’s birthday is this weekend – this will be the last one we celebrate while he’s living at home. He’s asked for a seafood for his birthday dinner, so I need to prep everything for that (my wife dislikes seafood, so I’m the designated cook). I have octopus, shrimp, calamari and ocean perch. The fish will get fried, the calamari turned into deep-fried rings. The octopus goes into a salad. Not quite sure what to do with the shrimp yet.

    Since she’s not a seafood fan, wife gets a steak. About a year ago, we discovered “hanger steak”. Somehow I’d never run across it before. Dunno about the US, but here it’s a cut of meat that’s usually turned into hamburger, so it’s cheap. It is, however, absolutely delicious – it’s now our favorite cut for steaks. I usually use a marinade of soy sauce, brown sugar, olive oil, garlic and pepper – yum!

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    Cats sweating – I find it hilarious to see my cat panting, because it’s not something you usually see house cats doing. When she goes for a walk with me and the dog, and the weather is warm, out comes the tongue just like the dog…

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