Mon. July 29, 2019 – travel day

After several days of great weather, the pessimist in me is set for the rain to start. Both the FEMA and openweathermap people had long range predictions that we’d be seeing rain in this area soon. I guess we’ll see.

Plan for today is to visit a memorial park on the way to the Cape and check in there late afternoon. I guess we’ll see.

I got out the little laptop and had a chance to catch up on some news reading. Karl over at market-ticker.org has been killing it. If you don’t read him normally, read through the last few (3) pages.

I’m currently up and waiting for clothes to dry in the high end Maytag washer here. I’ve just been told that I have to sort my drying into “light and heavy” or it will run forever and never dry. Sweet jebus. It was on the ECO setting which automatically shuts off when the clothes are still damp, helpfully saving you that bit of Gaia destroying heat that would actually, you know, DRY your clothes. And that someone broke a favorite wine glass by NOT putting it in the ONE place at the ONE angle where it could survive in the new dishwasher. And that the new fridge has to have a door closed in a particular way or bad things will happen. This woman is the hostage of her appliances. It concerns me a lot that she lives this way. Every day and every task is a battle for her.

It’s probably gonna drive me nuts, but I guess we’ll see…………….

n

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40 Responses to Mon. July 29, 2019 – travel day

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Watching the press conference live this morning from Gilory. They’re dragging out giving an ID on the shooter or a possible motive which I’m interpreting as the individual not being an older white guy with right wing political views.

    Maybe I’m wrong.

    https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/07/29/gilroy-garlic-festival-mass-shooting/

    Gunman shot and killed by police. Manhunt under way for a second suspect.

  2. brad says:

    Yeah, that is really strange: “Investigators have now identified the suspect, who was shot and killed by police, a law enforcement source said Monday morning.” Yet no information on who it was.

    Why are they not releasing the information?

    I hate autoplay videos, and I don’t understand why browsers refuse to include a “never autoplay” switch.

  3. dkreck says:

    The Garlic Festival is passe and has been for years. I went several times in 70’s & 80’s but it’s often too hot and dusty, crowded and long lines. A victim of it’s own success. Gilroy too for that matter, invaded from Silicon Valley. Most of the garlic is grown down here in the southern end of the SJV. None of that is of course an excuse for a mentally deranged idiot and I feel for the victims.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Back on my phone cuz the little lappy still hasn’t loaded any pages. The progress text in the line bottom right says ” waiting for…” the site, but I know that can’t be it. If I look at task mgr I see avg using 50% CPU. Im gonna have to uninstall that later today. And kill indexing svcs, and windows update. F ing MS won’t leave any of the pc for MY use.

    Since middle age white men are only a small percentage of active shooters I was shocked when I read that. I guess we’ll see.

    N

  5. Greg Norton says:

    The Garlic Festival is passe and has been for years. I went several times in 70’s & 80’s but it’s often too hot and dusty, crowded and long lines.

    You described just about every similar West Coast “festival” if the event is still around.

    Back in Vantucky, a simple event, “Dozer Days”, to demonstrate heavy equipment to kids as a PR stunt at the local quarry quickly turned into a logistical nightmare now held at the county fairgrounds and attended by tens of thousands of people. The irony is that the quarry, owned by WSDOT, is now gone — sold off to developers for condos/houses now that it is obvious Portland won’t allow a third bridge from that point in WA.

  6. Ray Thompson says:

    Why are they not releasing the information?

    Silly you. My guess it is because the shooter does not meet the requirements of the right wing agenda. The media cannot report what does not conform.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    People are desperate for an authentic meatspace experience. At least some people.

    I was surprised by the demographics of the garlic fest, at least those twittering and in the videos.

    If it’s an ideologically driven attack, that has some big ramifications for personal security choices, at least in Cali. If it turns out to be a white hispanic, and an altercation or tribal thing, I wouldn’t be surprised, but I’ll be a bit relieved because I understand that and can SEE the indicators.

    The delay in identification is an indicator of something else than openness and forthright reporting.

    n

  8. Greg Norton says:

    I was surprised by the demographics of the garlic fest, at least those twittering and in the videos.

    My wife’s Chinese family went to all the local festivals/fairs around Portland in order to grab as much free stuff as possible.

    They always entered their kids in the “baby derby” contests with the intent of winning *every year*.

    The only event where they drew the line was Portland’s naked bike ride.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    People are desperate for an authentic meatspace experience. At least some people.

    Vancouver, WA had a “Sausage Festival” event which continued under that name for years past the point where it became a joke because the organizer, the local Catholic church, didn’t want to appear to be admitting to a problem, especially given the Church’s general issues.

    They did finally admit that it was time to change the name not long before we left.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    More details emerge from Gilroy …

    https://heavy.com/news/2019/07/santino-william-legan/

  11. MrAtoz says:

    Yeah, probably a disgruntled, mixed ethnicity teen, wondering “what am I?” The ProgLibTurd wet dream of an old WHITE cis vet Christian Redumblican is shot down yet again.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    Yeah, probably a disgruntled, mixed ethnicity teen, wondering “what am I?” The ProgLibTurd wet dream of an old WHITE cis vet Christian Redumblican is shot down yet again.

    Well, the dream of an old WASP cis vet Christian Redublican is shot down, but Persians are Caucasian. The spin machines are probably working overtime this morning trying to come up with something plausible, but the name is a huge obstacle.

    Just “William Legan” would have been easy.

  13. MrAtoz says:

    As most Latinos are WHITE. But, Viva La Raza “We’re not WHITE, we’re BROWN. Spin, baby, spin. At the end of the day, Legan will be a WHITE Nazi Supremicist.

  14. SteveF says:

    “Your skin color will be your uniform in the coming civil war” is unshakable truth to some. I don’t quite buy it, but I’m moving in that direction given the clannish closing of ranks to protect their members by many non-whites in the US. eg, this morning Elijah Cumquat was on the TV in the gym, an apparently white man criticized him as a disgrace to all eukaryotes, and a visibly black man said “you can’t say that”, objecting to the cross-racial criticism rather than to the particular criticism.

    Protip from someone who’s been there to the black and “we’re not white, we’re brown” occupiers of United States land: the word “minority” has a meaning and it has nothing to do with civil rights. If your skin color is your uniform, by the end of the civil war there be no free black or brown people in the United States.

  15. lynn says:

    BC: shopping malls
    https://www.gocomics.com/bc/2019/07/29

    No, that cannot be the first design for shopping malls !

    I remember playing there on a day trip when I was a kid when we lived in London. My brothers and I climbed all over the place. I understand that the place is now sealed off and that one must view it outside a fence.

  16. lynn says:

    Arlo and Janis: good books
    https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2019/07/29

    Yes, there are bad books. If there were not any then Dorothy would have never come up with her phrase, Eight Deadly Words.
    https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EightDeadlyWords

  17. lynn says:

    I’m currently up and waiting for clothes to dry in the high end Maytag washer here. I’ve just been told that I have to sort my drying into “light and heavy” or it will run forever and never dry. Sweet jebus. It was on the ECO setting which automatically shuts off when the clothes are still damp, helpfully saving you that bit of Gaia destroying heat that would actually, you know, DRY your clothes.

    The new Bosch dishwasher defaults to ECO. I’ll bet that there is a gallon of water distributed throughout the dishwasher. So we set it to extra dry which is really mostly dry.

  18. JLP says:

    Death by efficiency.

    Efficient washers don’t wash well. Efficient dryers don’t dry well. Efficient lightbulbs don’t light well. Efficient refrigerators don’t refrigerate well. Efficient planes don’t fly well. I feel like we have taken a step backwards.

  19. Dave Browning says:

    Efficient devices that aren’t also effective really are INEFFICIENT.

  20. Chad says:

    I’m currently up and waiting for clothes to dry in the high end Maytag washer here. I’ve just been told that I have to sort my drying into “light and heavy” or it will run forever and never dry.

    I have a Kenmore with a similar auto sense setting that is supposed to detect when your laundry is dry, then run a cool down to help prevent wrinkles, and then turn off. However, if you, for example, go to the pool and come home and do a load of swimsuits and towels then when the dryer turns off the swimsuits will be dry and the towels will still be very damp. Anything that is heavy and made of cotton needs to go in it’s on dryer load (jeans, towels, hoodies, sweatshirts, blankets, etc.). It is a pain in the ass until it becomes a habit and then you don’t really think about it. It does save on utilities and wear and tear My wife, on the other hand, dries everything on the highest heat setting for the maximum length of time.

  21. Chad says:

    Efficient lightbulbs don’t light well.

    I concur. With CFLs I always had to buy a size bigger (a 60W-equivalent CFL to replace a 40W incandescent) to get the same brightness. Then there was the annoying warm-up time and delayed on for CFLs. When LEDs became the new thing the problem of warm-up and instant-on is gone, but I still find myself having to buy a 60W-equivalent LED to replace a 40W incandescent. Also, I don’t get the life out of them they advertise. LED bulb manufacturers would have you believe your bulbs are good for a decade. 3 years is a lot more accurate (there’s always a couple of odd balls that don’t last 6 months and a couple that seem to last forever).

  22. brad says:

    Yes, well, CFLs were a short and painful interim phase. LEDs are good, except for the lifetime problem. They are supposed to last for tens of thousands of hours, but even the name brands fail early. I’m pretty sure it’s not the fault of the LEDs themselves, but rather the cheap power-conversion electronics packed into the bulb stem – probably ultimately a heat problem.

    OTOH, I have several LED panels in the basement, and they have worked flawlessly for years. Lots more space for the electronics to spread out (no heat problem) and higher cost (fewer corners cut). They’re good stuff, and I plan to put lots more of them into the utility areas of our new house.

    On the subject of efficient appliances, we replaced our washer and dryer set a year or so ago. We bought relatively cheap, because they may well stay with the current house. The “super efficient” washing program takes more than four hours. Just exactly how taking long makes it efficient? That’s a mystery to me. There are faster cycles, they just aren’t the default.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    OTOH, I have several LED panels in the basement, and they have worked flawlessly for years. Lots more space for the electronics to spread out (no heat problem) and higher cost (fewer corners cut). They’re good stuff, and I plan to put lots more of them into the utility areas of our new house.

    Heat is definitely an issue. The manufacturers have tried too hard to make the LED bulbs look conventional for no reason other than marketing.

    I have one of the Philips “flat” LED bulbs in a fixture on our back porch, and that light has seen constant daily use for three years without a problem. Sadly, they seem to have disappeared from Home Depot, but Amazon still carries them.

  24. lynn says:

    Death by efficiency.

    Efficient washers don’t wash well. Efficient dryers don’t dry well. Efficient lightbulbs don’t light well. Efficient refrigerators don’t refrigerate well. Efficient planes don’t fly well. I feel like we have taken a step backwards.

    BTW, our new Bosch dishwasher has a water cleanliness sensor. It measures the dirt in the water and does not change the rinse water if it is “clean enough”. I wonder which sensor will go out first ?

  25. lynn says:

    OTOH, I have several LED panels in the basement, and they have worked flawlessly for years. Lots more space for the electronics to spread out (no heat problem) and higher cost (fewer corners cut). They’re good stuff, and I plan to put lots more of them into the utility areas of our new house.

    BTW, by converting my office building from incandescent to CFL then LED, I cut the electrical load on the building by about 40%. First you pay for electricity to light the old incandescent bulbs then you pay to remove the electricity from the air via air conditioning.

    When I get through converting the metal halide light fixtures in the warehouse to LED, I will have cut the electrical load there about 50% (four 400 watt to 150 watt, eleven 1,000 watt to 200 watt).

  26. lynn says:

    “Musk says Tesla cars will begin to stream Netflix and Youtube”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/video/musk-says-tesla-cars-begin-174204767.html

    What could go wrong ?

  27. Greg Norton says:

    “Musk says Tesla cars will begin to stream Netflix and Youtube”

    What could go wrong ?

    Driving through South Austin a couple of months ago, I stopped at a light and noticed that the driver of the car ahead of me and just to the right was streaming “Game of Thrones” on his phone mounted on the dash with one of those stands which are supposed to be used for map apps.

    Damn, people, give the streaming video a break.

  28. dkreck says:

    At least it wasn’t porn. (well maybe it kinda is)

  29. Greg Norton says:

    At least it wasn’t porn. (well maybe it kinda is)

    I remember “Game of Thrones” as not really being a huge hit for HBO until the producers persuaded Natalia Tena (Osha) to go full frontal nude for one episode about 5-6 years ago.

    See Tonks from Harry Potter nekkid!

    The show seemed to take off after that episode aired.

  30. paul says:

    When I swapped the floods in the living room track lights for LED, I could tell the difference. Needed a sweater.

    I’ve had one LED bulb fail. A no-name brand. Lowe’s still sells similar but wth, I popped in a spiral bulb. It’s in the hall bath so “ugly” isn’t a problem

    The rest are Phillips. I have a few of the flat style and the rest are floods. I swapped out the track bulbs for a newer version that changed color a bit when dimmed. Like “real” light bulbs.

    I used the old LED floods to replace the CFL floods in the dining room and the hallway. They were OK but the whole “dim up” routine got old to the point of keeping a FLASHLIGHT handy.

    I’m all LED now other than a bedroom lamp and the coat closet.

  31. SteveF says:

    It’s not porn, it’s HBO!
    (sign-in required to ‘prove’ you’re an adult)

  32. Greg Norton says:

    I’m all LED now other than a bedroom lamp and the coat closet.

    My garages is a monster CFL, 150W equivalent. The rest of the bulbs in the house are LEDs or whats left of my Costco Feit Electric CFLs in the ceiling fans.

    The Costco/Feit CFLs have lasted a long time. I was sad to see those disappear from the stores.

  33. Nick Flandrey says:

    Finally on the Cape. Stopped at Plimeth Plantation on the way and spent a few hours there. I thought it was great. They have a native area ( a homesite) and the English village circa 1627. Genuine Indians as the staff on the native side doing real things. One woman was butchering a raccoon and cleaning the skin. She has eaten raccoon, and likes it. Tastes like sweet beef, with lots of fat. She confided that she likes the fat best. She’s going to make a backpack from the tanned hide.

    On the English side they stay in character as actual Plymouth residents. I learned a bunch.

    N

  34. lynn says:

    “Ann Coulter: How we became the world’s suckers on immigration”
    https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/455126-ann-coulter-how-we-became-the-worlds-suckers-on-immigration

    “We’re the only country but two that confers automatic citizenship on children born to illegal aliens, or “anchor babies.” This is not “birthright citizenship,” which refers to children born to legal immigrants. (There’s nothing vulgar, bigoted, racial or sexual about the term “anchor baby.” It’s a boating metaphor: A geographical U.S. birth “anchors” the child’s entire family in this country by virtue of the baby’s citizenship.)”

    “The other two countries that grant citizenship to anchor babies are Canada and Tanzania. Canada doesn’t have Latin America on its border, of course — and Tanzania is reconsidering the policy.”

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  35. lynn says:

    “The Expanse – Teaser: TCA Season 4 Sizzle | Prime Video”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEENk6_XFoA

    Sweet ! Looks like Bezos kept the awesome production budget.

  36. Greg Norton says:

    “Ann Coulter: How we became the world’s suckers on immigration”

    It has long been believed that an executive order could overturn birthright citizenship finely parsing the language in Brennan’s decision, but Trump doesn’t want to be the President to make that choice. The subject has come up on at least one radio show I’ve heard in the last few months and the parsing required, pertaining to the words “subject to the jurisdiction” in the relevant amendment can only be described as “Clintonesque”.

    Besides, no one wants to be that President acting alone without the support of Congress passing a law, and the race pimps have too much to gain by maintaining status quo.

    Every other Republican in the White House since 1982 has cut amnesty deals of some kind. At least Trump hasn’t done that … yet.

  37. MrAtoz says:

    “The Expanse – Teaser: TCA Season 4 Sizzle | Prime Video”

    Yup. December premiere. Hopefully another novel this year.

  38. MrAtoz says:

    It has long been believed that an executive order could overturn birthright citizenship finely parsing the language in Brennan’s decision

    Another yup. Brennan basically made a law just like Roberts on ObolaCare. Erase OC then anchor babies.

  39. Greg Norton says:

    Another yup. Brennan basically made a law just like Roberts on ObolaCare. Erase OC then anchor babies.

    Brennan sat in the Wise Latina’s chair, appointed by Eisenhower. Souter succeeded him. Republicans can’t win appointing there.

    Trump may get to fill the Payola chair soon, but the Wise Latina isn’t going anywhere for a while. Probably better off that way.

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