Sun. Sept. 29, 2019 – donuts!

79f and saturated at 9am.

Wife and child have returned from an overnight GS thing. They brought an extra child home with them. And donuts, so that was OK… (someone will pick up extra child at some point. I hope.)

Sunny day and lots to do, and I’m just getting up. Lazy. That’s me. I better get started.


Author: Nick Flandrey

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

34 thoughts on “Sun. Sept. 29, 2019 – donuts!”

  1. that aren’t supported by anything I’ve seen

    What do you expect, evidence? Quotes? Citations? What do you think this is, a climate science report?

  2. More (potential) retconning and gaslighting. Lot of absolute statements in the article, that aren’t supported by anything I’ve seen, and I’ve read the available reports.

    Crime scene looks staged in a hurry.

    The girlfriend looks reminds me of the opportunist Asian women who orbited my father-in-law in the last decade of his life. When he passed under mysterious circumstances recovering from rejection of his heart transplant at UT Southwestern 15 years ago, he had four confirmed regular sex partners and two additional possibilities, all hanging around and hoping for a piece of his life insurance payouts when the inevitable happened (or forced to happen … cough).

    (And don’t feel sorry for my father-in-law. He was a piece of cr*p.)

    IIRC, one of the possible sex partners was Philippino, a cleaning woman at the hospital. The jobs they hold to get benefits in this country, like “cleaning woman” often belie a more complicated history. More often than not, you’ll find that the Philippinos here are often from wealthy backgrounds if you dig deep enough.

    That may not even be Paddock’s actual “girlfriend”.

  3. I think there may be more truth in the climate change report than the official version of what happened in Vegas.

    Look once again at the arrangement of the guns in that picture. Does ANYONE do that? Giant mags, balanced on the edge of a round armchair, where a single heavy footstep would knock them down? Guns just laying on the floor, between two barstools? How would you even get that there? Or the stack o guns, MUZZLE UP in the couch? again, if you are holding them by the grip, you’d put them muzzle down. And NO gun guy likes muzzles pointing up at them. 8 rifles in that picture and not one (except possibly the one on the barstool) staged to use.) (and if he’s left handed – see shotglass) that one isn’t, but the covered table rifle might be, although the spare mag is in a weird spot.

    Those guns were scattered around the room, and on display for the picture. For that matter, why do we even have the pictures that were leaked?


  4. Look once again at the arrangement of the guns in that picture. Does ANYONE do that?

    I’m not a gun person, but I’ve touched a lot of complicated devices over 50 years, and I have a lot more respect for any $1000+ unknown machine than what is on display there.

    Last Sunday in the driveway, replacing my wife’s Exploder battery, I had everything, tools and parts, laid out orderly on the ground and still lost a small 1/4″ wrench inside the engine compartment when I slipped.

    Yes, I got the wrench out, but the operation cost me 20 minutes and a lot of scratches and scrapes to my hands while I figured out the puzzle that is modern Ford engine plastic covers. I didn’t half-a** it and leave the wrench as the service guy’s problem.

  5. @greg, I’ve found tools in the weirdest places….

    @paul, you were looking for rubber feet to put under something that stacked? While I’m thinking about it, look in the hardware store/big box where the cabinet door and drawer hardware is… and you will likely find self sticking little half domes that are meant to be bumpers so the cabinet doors don’t slam shut. They work great as feet under gear. Or you can order them online. If you order the ones sold as electronic gear feet, they will probably be more expensive than the cabinet bumpers.


    (hey rick, that add on affiliate link butchered my comment….)

     I tried to add the link to the words - cabinet bumpers.
    I got something besides this - 

    added you’ll have to edit my comment to see what I actually got, what I didn’t get was the words “cabinet bumpers” highlighted with the link….
    and I must have got a tag wrong, since it processed the code rather than displayed it…..

    added more– appears that editing the comment breaks the broken part, and now it is displaying the code, and not the processed code, which was [blank] in place of the link.

  7. @ rick, not an issue that needs time spent on it, since I can always post the link in its own line, and it only affects the amazon links.


    and this time when the page refreshed, it processed the code again so you only see [blank] in my comment. weird!

  8. @RickH

    Any way you can reduce the line spacing or page breaks by just a little bit?

    I use my old Kindle 2G/3G and ‘page down’ leaves me with sentence or two at the top of the page so I have to manually scroll up to read it.. PITA

    I agree with Nick: those cabinet bumpers work fine as no-slip feet.

    Someone mentioned “Real” RV silicone caulking a while back. Any chance you could elaborate? I wasn’t paying attention yet you extolled its virtues.

    Whatever happened to Chuck Waggoner? If it’s easy enough I want to make a Radio Shack style itsy-bitsy white noise generator but I’m not sure of the frequencies involved or what to modulate. He seemed fairly on top of sound engineering.

  9. Lol, I’ll raise a glass to RFD too.

    Bastard caused me to read the entire Catholic Catechism.
    Wasn’t terribly enlightening, but now I’m ever so slightly better eddicated.

  10. While I’m thinking about it, look in the hardware store/big box where the cabinet door and drawer hardware is… and you will likely find self sticking little half domes that are meant to be bumpers so the cabinet doors don’t slam shut. They work great as feet under gear. Or you can order them online. If you order the ones sold as electronic gear feet, they will probably be more expensive than the cabinet bumpers.

    I’ve hit that area of Lowes whenever I’ve needed new feet for gear. The TiVo in our master and the server PC in the guest room sit on pads meant for furniture, and the vibration noise suppression is much better than the original feet supplied with the devices.

    My noisy HP 1020 personal laser printer sits on a velvet/foam magician’s pad from EBay. Much quieter without a significant hit to airflow.

  11. I call AAA to have their tow truck contractor change batteries in my garage.

    WRT to climate change, huge, early season snowfall expected in northern Rockies. With all this snow, I expect the sea levels to fall.

  12. @greg, I’ve found tools in the weirdest places….

    Ford really tries to limit what the owner does DIY for the Exploder beyond checking oil, changing the battery, and … maybe … swapping the air filter. Everything else is shrouded in hard-to-remove plastic, and when I slipped with a tool, fishing it out involved solving a puzzle.

    If I had left it, I doubt it would have affected anything, but I didn’t want to take the chance.

    Plus, the wrench was USA-made Craftsman circa ~ 2000, not too long into Sears decline.

  13. Oh,one more thing.

    Someone was asking about the rubber conductors inside TV remote controls. Seems to me that I’ve seen a $5 jar of goop on

    for just such a purpose.. Haven’ tried it myself,but DO order their printed catalog. Lots of fun!!!

  14. With all this snow, I expect the sea levels to fall.

    As if we will ever know. The hoity toitie scientists will maniplate the numbers into a sea level rise no matter what.

  15. Greg, wrt that wrench, I have had similar fun. I suggest a good flashlight and a strong magnet on a telescoping stick. A small assortment of mirrors is always a good idea, too. I have bought bags of mirrors at hobby stores; they are cheap enough to be expendable. As for lights, a good flood, even outdoors in the daytime, is sometimes helpful, but a bright narrow beam light is sometimes more helpful. Most of the time, tools and parts just fall to the floor on my old cars, but if that isn’t likely I might consider a tether of some sort on the tool. Seriously, I have used that while working in challenging places, including overhead, where a dropped tool could hurt someone below. The tether could be tape, fishing line, paracord, etc. Use imagination. Sometimes, anything is better than nothing. And, don’t forget to plug up EVERYTHING on a car, even the most innocent openings. I know people who had to disassemble an engine (or worse) after dropping a small part into some critical spot. Use crumpled newspapers, rags, etc. I am embarrassed to admit that I have had some adventures best not shared.

  16. ~jim, I mentioned “real” RTV silicone adhesive sealant. When it was first available in the 1960s, all of it was “real”, but expensive. Nowadays the handiest places to buy RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) silicone compound for ordinary uses are the big home improvement stores. They are almost exclusively sold as caulking, so there is an incentive to cheapen them because a lot is needed around the house. You will find dozens of products that contain silicone, but few that are pure silicone, simply because of cost. All are good, but for electrical uses and long life outdoors use the stuff that is pure silicone. I can’t tell you brands, so you will just have to do your own research. Dow Corning invented it, but that brand is gone (?); GE used to make some great stuff, but I haven’t seen that brand much lately. The pure stuff has a good dielectric constant, is a good insulator, and will last outdoors with UV exposure for 50+ years. Truly amazing. The diluted products are… diluted.

    There are silicone compounds sold at the auto parts stores. Some of these are special. Two examples are those that don’t affect oxygen sensors, and those that can be used to seal rear axle oils and transmission fluids. None of them IMO can be used in the presence of gasoline, so this includes engine oil. In fact, my experience is that gasoline is the only readily available solvent that can remove cured silicone, and then only by soaking for a few days.

    There are (fairly hard to find) silicone compounds that do not emit acetic acid during cure. These are highly desirable for use around metals sensitive to corrosion. If you really need them, you will likely know how to find them.

    Almost forgot. All these compounds cure by combining with moisture from the air. This makes them less suitable for use with nonporous materials. In a dry climate like mine, cure can take days. Adding moisture by wrapping with a damp towel can dramatically accelerate cure.


    Good site. I just love sites that sell new, clean take-offs. This one has good descriptions, complete with dimensions, power, etc. I will add it to my list. Thanks ~jim!

  18. Slight CSS tweaking:

    – reduced spacing between paragraphs
    – reduced spaces between lines
    – very slight indent on the beginning of the paragraph

    Better? Worse?

    As for Amazon links; the affiliate link is automatically added. I’ve noticed that links are best when you remember to put a space character after the end of them – even if they are at the end of a line.

  19. Better? Worse?

    No matter to me. But I read ttgnet almost only on a laptop with full-size screen, very rarely on a Kindle Fire with 7″ screen, and never on a phone.

    I’ve noticed that links are best when you remember to put a space character after the end of them – even if they are at the end of a line.

    Huh. That’s interesting. And odd.

  20. Rick, still fine on my desktop computer, but now line spacing (leading) is too close on my phone. I played around with settings, but always too close, hard to read. Maybe split the difference?

    Also, very minor, either ditch the indents or make paragraph spacing same as line spacing. No indents with about 1.5 line between paragraphs should look good. This is just small pickyness(TM) compared to the line spacing.

    Thanks for making this site look nicer.

  21. Yup, all links are fine except the ones that the amazon affiliate gets added to. I’ll try adding a space after I paste in the link box. I always add a space after pasting a link in the body of a comment or post, but didn’t consider adding one in the link box.

    Cabinet bumpers

    In fact I tried it right above this line.


    and it appears to have worked. Simple work around, very esoteric issue.

  22. Quick look at the usual major on-line retailer finds J-B Weld branded
    “RTV” “100% Silicone” Gasket Maker & Sealant.
    Nearly 50 years ago, I had a source of industrial RTV and the good stuff
    is hard to beat. Not sure this is it…

  23. If you have any interest in machining, brass, engraving, or just cool handwork, check out Clickspring.

    He built a beautiful clock from scratch, and is in the middle of recreating the antikythera machine.

    He took a break to build something called a ‘card press’ for another youtuber.

    This is the cardpress project start to finish, with a bit more video production antics than he normally applies.


  24. I’ve used inch thick rubber doughnuts, meant to isolate automotive shock absorbers, as buffers for 50 lb speakers…

  25. Quick look at the usual major on-line retailer finds J-B Weld branded
    “RTV” “100% Silicone” Gasket Maker & Sealant.

    Sounds good. A friend, who has more experience than I, really likes J-B Weld products. That caused me to try some of their steel loaded epoxy, and I was impressed. Neither of us likes their over the top advertising, but the products are good. The only problem is that these products come in small size packaging. If that is OK for your needs, great. I sometimes prefer standard caulking tube quantities. I said earlier that you would need to do your own research, but I can add that anything from a major brand that is labeled 100% silicone is probably fine. The going price seems to be about $5-8 in the big home improvement stores. Everything I have tried seemed fine. If I needed something for a critical application, such as sealing RF connections where dielectric constant and insulation properties at high frequencies were important, I would look for purpose-made products. But for more ordinary applications, I would save the money.

    One caution in favor of small packages is that this stuff has subtle deterioration characteristics. The material in old packages may look OK, but it often cures poorly, and remains tacky. At this point, you have a mess. Better to buy enough for the job at hand and throw what is left away. Of course, I never learn. I may be part Irish, but seem to go full Scot in these matters. IOW, I am cheap!

  26. The thoughts on RTV silicone reminded me of another very useful product, Shoe Goo. A runner friend has told me for years about how wonderful it is, but I didn’t need it. Eventually I tried it on some shoes after trying whatever I had on hand with poor results.

    A small digression: shoes take a real beating. I remember when there were flip flops that used real tire tread for the soles. They seemed to wear out very fast. Why? Well, the pressure in a car tire is 30-40 psi. Estimated pressure on a human shoe heel is more like a couple hundred psi, and there is often some significant scuffing. Probably the reason.

    Anyway, I tried Shoe Goo, and it is great stuff. Not cheap, but sticks well and is durable. Google it. I bet the story written by the inventor is still around. Smells awful. Sticks great. Wears well. Worth it. You might also find other uses for it.

  27. There’s nothing as expensive as being cheap in the wrong place….

    Truer words never spoken.

    And, thanks Nick, for the links to the other surplus sites. I think I have seen them before, but definitely worth a look.

  28. @JimBeam
    J&B weld, at least the J&B ‘Kwik’ 2 part epoxy is wonderful stuff.Esp if you have some fiberglass fabric sitting around. You can layer it. Very temp sensitive, sets fast above 80 F. Mix well and quickly!

    Shoo Goo is also very handy, thouigh a tube dries out and thickens like the dickens after a year or two. I ought to keep it in a vacuum sealed Mason jar like I do the JB Weld.

    Didn’r know that most caulking needed air. Good tip.

    Will update tomorrow. Not usimg this in usual fashion today. Comment box hzs gone wonky.

    @All I love the catalog links! has those emerg4ency Mylar thermal blankets for $2-3 bucks apiece. Dois anyone know if that stuff shrinks when hit with a heat gun?

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