Mon. Sept. 30, 2019 – lots to do, lots to do

Mid 70s and wet? Sure, probably…. [ugg, 78F and saturated]

Remember when only a few places used the phrase ‘deep state’? Pretty common now, as it describes something most people recognized but perhaps couldn’t name.

Remember when some people first started talking about a second civil war? Now the President is tweeting comments about what might trigger one. The concept is becoming widespread, if most would still deny it’s likelihood.

Ever consider that some words can’t be unspoken, like ‘divorce’ in a marriage?

Think REALLY hard about what a civil war would look like here, with no clear battle lines, a 40 year history of insurgencies and unconventional warfare, and terrorism domestic and foreign being a mature concept. Think about the enemies of civilization that we’ve imported into our midst, and the hordes of people who would be perfectly happy to be just one step up from tarpaper shacks built from pallets and tarps. Plenty of people that would be willing to take advantage of any strife and ‘stir the pot’. Think about how fragile our Just In Time manufacturing and distribution system is.

Does anyone think it won’t get worse before it gets better?

What can you do to mitigate the effects of such a hateful and bile filled conflict on your own life and the lives of your loved ones? There isn’t enough countryside to hide in, although that will help…

Surely having some items put away, just in case, is a good idea?

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I’ve got to get my truck through smog and registered today. I rented a drain machine and need to do the annual drain cleaning today. My Mom needs remote computer support. I’ve got a ton of ‘inventory’ stacked everywhere that I still haven’t moved. Winter is coming, and it would be nice to have a garden in. Projects are getting stacked up even more than usual, with a one day family trip to Boston coming, and all the Fall holidays starting to hit the calendar too. (Halloween, one of my favorites, is starting to be very prolonged because all the organizations we belong to have “Trunk or Treat” events before the actual day. Wife wants to squeeze a trip to Chicago or Michigan in there too, preferably when there is snow on the ground so the kids can have a bit of winter….

And on top of all that, we’re racing toward a civil F’ing war.

Jimminy Christmas, it’s gonna get intense.

n

58 thoughts on “Mon. Sept. 30, 2019 – lots to do, lots to do”

  1. For bigger things, or motors, engines, pumps, and the like- SurplusCenter!

    That reminds me — TxDOT made the mess on 183 around the surplus store even worse recently. The cross street is now part of some kind of detour for a bridge which is undergoing expansion nearby.

    I don’t pretend to understand the mess, just passing along the warning.

    The state and city both knew that the airport and surrounding road network would be inadequate when they built the airport just 20 years ago.

  2. I had posted a link to the wiring in the studio for my church.

    Here is a link to a picture that displays the studio in operation. Yes, I am rather impressed with effort that has been made over the last two years doing the upgrade. The church has one of the best systems in the area and we are the only church in the area that does a live broadcast. What is not shown to the rear is the audio mixing console (48 channel) that allows us to mix the broadcast audio differently than what we do for the sanctuary. Feedback is not an issue in the studio.

  3. Here is a link to a picture that displays the studio in operation.

    Nice. Do you rent out the production facilities?

    Don’t laugh. The deep, dark not-so-secret secret of Tampa’s PBS station’s endowment is that they generated the cash renting their production facilities to Championship Wrestling from Florida, the forerunner of the WWF/WWE, in the 70s and 80s.

  4. holy cow ray, nice looking control room!

    Thanks. There is an elevated section of the floor on the left of the racks that contains the cables to/from the rack. The central station with the computers is elevated with cables underneath as is the portion (not shown) with the audio station. There are 12 video signal cables that enter and leave the studio, three network cables, and the coax for the broadcast signal. There is a 48 line signal cable for the audio connections from the main sanctuary.

    The racks were originally a tan color to match the old Sony video equipment. When that equipment was removed I spray painted all the racks flat black.

    The big monitors and all but three of the small monitors are 4K capable and automatically sense the signal type and adjust accordingly. Two 43″ TV’s are used for displaying multiple images, one directly from the switcher with 10 displays in one, the other only displaying four different views. There is a 24″ TV for the audio person with four different views combined into one image. Two of the displays, especially for the sound person, display audio levels for each image on the monitor itself.

    The laptop on the left is used to control the streaming service. The desktop computer in the middle is used to produce the lyrics and scripture references that are displayed. Lyrics are displayed full screen in the sanctuary, scriptures are produced in a block in the lower thirds of the broadcast and sanctuary screens. The laptop on the right is used to control the switcher, generally lower third graphics along with creating those graphics. The laptop can fully control the switcher. The main control surface below the big TV monitor is used by the director and also controls the switcher which is hidden behind the monitor in the equipment rack. I can also connect a laptop in the sanctuary that can control the switcher if needed.

    The church is in the process of finding a new pastor (pastor died). Using interim pastors which obviously come from old school churches. Little understanding of the technology and the church’s capability.

    Do you rent out the production facilities?

    No, we do not. Beyond the church service broadcast we will occasionally stream funerals from the facility. Renting the facility would severely endanger the church’s tax exempt status.

  5. Renting the facility would severely endanger the church’s tax exempt status.

    I guess the PBS station got a pass because they are definitely not a religious organization.


  6. Renting the facility would severely endanger the church’s tax exempt status.

    Talk to a tax accountant or lawyer. There’s probably a way to thread that needle, whether by renting to not for profits, providing community service, or setting up a shell corporation. Simply from an efficiency perspective it would be a shame to have all that gear sitting idle 164 hours per week.


  7. whether by renting to not for profits, providing community service

    The church already provides that service. I have no idea of any compensation, above my pay grade. I have streamed the local orchestra on their yearly performance that uses the church facilities. Other groups have used the church facilities, generally the meeting spaces and kitchen for their events.

    Thus some what you state is already done by the church.

    The church has been on live TV for at least thirty years. Prime time slot. They are never going to give up that slot. The old gear was failing and was a constant battle to keep it running. The upgrade to HD equipment, new screens for HD, new laser projections, etc. are just part of progression that really needed to happen.

  8. Ok, drain machine run. 50ft from the kitchen sink cleanout. 50ft from the laundry machines. No idea yet if there is an improvement. There wasn’t anything stuck on the tip of the rod…

    Now for a shower. And disinfectant scrub. That freaking spiral rod sprays black greasy water everywhere. I don’t even want to look in the mirror. First test wash will be the clothes I was wearing.

    n

  9. Didn’t link to the original story because it sounded like BS.

    Surprise!

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7521717/Black-high-school-student-said-bullies-cut-dreadlocks-admits-up.html

    “Black high school student, 12, who accused three of her male white classmates of pinning her down and cutting off her dreadlocks, admits that she made it up

    Amari Allen claimed three white classmates held her down and cut her dreadlocks off in the playground
    She said it happened at their private Christian school in Virginia last week
    Now, she has recanted her claims and her family has apologized to the boys
    The school has also issued a statement to say that her claims were untrue”

    n

  10. Any hate crime against the officially designated victim groups can be assumed to be a hoax unless there’s rock solid proof to the contrary.

    It’s gotten so bad that I feel bad for the poor, downtrodden black, Muslim, and homosexual victims. I’m tempted to commit a real hate crime against them, just to keep the numbers up.

  11. “Black high school student, 12, who accused three of her male white classmates of pinning her down and cutting off her dreadlocks, admits that she made it up … .

    Wake me when she faces any repercussions.

  12. While walking my dogs this AM I had an ant on my wrist. I then committed the hate crime of whacking it.

  13. Here is another fraud WRT to the Singer fraud of getting the children of the rich through the universities side-doors. Yes, there were dozens of those whose qualifications should have gained them admittance, but here are thousands scholastically unqualified that are admitted.
    https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/California-to-let-college-athletes-make-money-14478603.php

    Baseball does have real minor leagues and do not get that many players from colleges that do not qualify for graduation. For the NFL and NBA, colleges and universities are their minor leagues. Watch the football games and hear stats about passes completed and fumbles lost. Anything about grade point averages and credits toward degrees?

  14. Wake me when she faces any repercussions.

    That would be racist. Punishing someone for the transgressions of the slave masters 10 generations removed that failed to teach right from wrong.

    I hope the families of the wrongly accused students sue the girl into oblivion for slander/libel/false charges and just being stupid.

  15. Anything about grade point averages and credits toward degrees?

    Most are majoring in “Sports Management”. Probably only two classes, one each during the bye week, the other during summer break. Some of those players got through high school just to get rid of them. College and they’re still dumb as a rock. There are exceptions, but few.

  16. It’s long past time to get pro sports out of colleges.

    Good luck with that. I have a friend who selected her undergrad institution, Penn State, on the basis of football program, and she still believes Joe Paterno did nothing wrong.


  17. I hope the families of the wrongly accused students sue the girl into oblivion

    Fine. Let’s say they spend $10,000 on lawyers and court costs, win, and are awarded $1,000,000 plus legal fees. The end result is they’ll be out $10k.

    Note that the girl made up the story because her grandmother wasn’t happy about her new haircut. Let me guess, mother’s seldom in the picture.

    It’s long past time to get pro sports out of colleges.

    Won’t happen because the money is too great.

    The thing to do is get the colleges entirely out of the education picture. They’ve done most of the work of accomplishing that themselves. We need more for-profit schools focusing on employable skills and we need more apprenticeship programs. In order for those to occur, we need to remove the legal hazard of skills tests as part of the hiring process, and because of the “disparate racial impact”, “adverse effects on women”, and other nonsense, that’s a hard problem.

  18. In order for those to occur, we need to remove the legal hazard of skills tests as part of the hiring process

    We still give an online IQ test and an in-person coding test (with web access permitted) in my immediate group. The problem is that the in-house recruiter constantly pressures us to waive the tests to increase the number of candidates available.

    And the other groups in our company don’t do as thorough of a screening job, preferring less socially awkward candidates holding name diplomas, and protect the resulting hiring mistakes. That’s why an award and credit for my work for three months this Winter went to the Music Ed major from Baylor.

  19. My pay raise one year, early in my career, went to a black “engineer” who was useless but whom the managers wanted to encourage to be less useless. That was the explanation given to me, anyway, when I got a 0% raise despite by all accounts being the star among the junior engineers, whereas good ol’ Craig got a 6% raise.

  20. I rented a drain machine and need to do the annual drain cleaning today.

    I can honestly say that I have never done an annual drain cleaning. Is it just your house or is this something you do proactively ?

  21. Anything about grade point averages and credits toward degrees?

    Most are majoring in “Sports Management”. Probably only two classes, one each during the bye week, the other during summer break. Some of those players got through high school just to get rid of them. College and they’re still dumb as a rock. There are exceptions, but few.

    A year or two ago, I read an article that 70% of the players on the football team at my alma mater, TAMU, had at least one kid already. Several of them had more than one kid.

    There are several lawsuits floating around on the theory that the NCAA is a slavery organization and therefore violating the 13th Amendment. I suspect that the student athletes of the larger schools (SEC, etc), will get walking around money ($5,000/month) in the near future.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

  22. While walking my dogs this AM I had an ant on my wrist. I then committed the hate crime of whacking it.

    That were offsetting hate crimes. Replay down !

  23. I can honestly say that I have never done an annual drain cleaning. Is it just your house or is this something you do proactively ?

    At the old house in Austin, the kitchen drain would clog. Who knew potato peels down the disposal would stick to and coat the pipe.

    Never mind the whole “on a septic system” thing.

    Out here, the chickens get that kind of stuff. Or it goes in the freezer until trash day. Or now I throw it out in the yard, away from the house, since the ‘coons finished off the chickens.

  24. A year or two ago, I read an article that 70% of the players on the football team at my alma mater, TAMU, had at least one kid already. Several of them had more than one kid.

    Jimbo and Jameis Winston both won this weekend, delaying the day of reckoning.

  25. https://www.allelectronics.com/

    Thank you for the link.

    I found stick-on feet at a decent price. One foot long PC style power cords. And 10 feet of 1 inch loom.

    Yeah, I need just 2 feet to make the wires hanging from the TV “pretty”. But the stuff will keep.

    The power cords are also simply “make pretty” instead of having 6 ft cords coiled up and bread-twistered.

    Nice site. $8 minimum shipping. Better prices than eBay or Amazon.

    I didn’t find alligator clips that go on the end of multimeter probes. Some day.

    Edit: https://www.surpluscenter.com/ looks interesting.

  26. Oh good grief. Rename it to MLK and stfu already with being offended.

    I mean, why not? All of the MLK streets I’ve been on go only through the very best parts of town…. not.

  27. Nick, yesterday:

    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.

    Well, there went a couple of hours I’ll never get back again. Informative and entertaining hours, to be sure! 🙂 My hat’s off to Clickspring, and to whichever ancient genius invented the pump drill:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtWVA7_9Rik&list=PLZioPDnFPNsGnUXuZScwn6Ackf6LGILCa&index=6

    Molten metal and machine tools–what’s not to like?

  28. Oh good grief. Rename it to MLK and stfu already with being offended.

    Austin-Bergstrom airport has the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

  29. Austin-Bergstrom airport has the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

    I didn’t know that. She was a decent person as I recall.

    As for Bergstrom, it’s easier from here to fly out of San Antonio.

  30. Yes, my daughter, SIL and two grandchildren live within a mile from SNA/John Wayne Airport. When I was making business flights, I used it. It should be renamed to John Wayne/Ronald /Ronald Reagan Airport.

  31. If we get rid of John Wayne, do we then get rid of everything named after Abe Lincoln? IIRC he was quite the piece of work in his personal life and not at all enamored with blacks.

    n

  32. I used to buy something from the allelectronics catalog every time it came. They get real pulls and mystery items too.

    @lynn, my 50 year old house has undersized drain pipes from the laundry and kitchen. About once a year, usually at thanksgiving, they clog and I end up spending a few hours clearing drains while my guests enjoy themselves. This year the drains got slow so I decided to act preemptively. I’m only a month early. All the houses in my neighborhood have the same problem.

    n

    got thru smog, rotated tires, brakes and exhaust are fine. Will need to do alignment on all four wheels as they are all tipped in a little bit. Tires are wearing unevenly. It’s weird that all four are the same. I’ll go online after dinner and renew my registration. Maybe I’ll switch to ham operator plates….

  33. OK, the decision to move to higher ground without a swimming pool and a spa is starting to validate itself. I got the spa heater fixed for the 3rd or 4th time in six years last week. $300 service charge, no parts. This may be the highest service charge that I have paid on anything. If we were not going to move in a month or two, I would fire the pool service company.

  34. Yes, my daughter, SIL and two grandchildren live within a mile from SNA/John Wayne Airport. When I was making business flights, I used it. It should be renamed to John Wayne/Ronald /Ronald Reagan Airport.

    Washington DC already has a Reagan airport.

    Orange County — the Richard M. Nixon Airport. 🙂

    Carl Karcher International?

  35. People Using Tesla’s New Smart Summon Feature Are Already Running Into Trouble And It’s Hard To Be Shocked

    “Tesla has underestimated the chaos of real-world parking lots and overestimated their technology, neither of which surprise me.”

    Shocking. Liability is 50-50 in a parking lot.

    I don’t trust the Lane Departure in my Camry and turned it off after the drive home from the dealership. When I had the car in service the other day the tech left the menu open like he was about to turn it back on and realized I may have turned it off for a reason.

    Wonder how long before I won’t be able to turn it off.

    Submit, citizen.

  36. “Submit, citizen. serf. ”

    Would you trust that it’s really off? What if your insurance doubled for every feature you turn off? They’ll find a way.

    n

  37. “Submit, citizen. serf. ”

    Would you trust that it’s really off? What if your insurance doubled for every feature you turn off? They’ll find a way.

    A future software release will probably turn off the “turn off” features.

  38. Would you trust that it’s really off? What if your insurance doubled for every feature you turn off? They’ll find a way.

    With LDA on, the vehicle jiggles the steering wheel when it thinks I’m crossing a lane inappropriately. Under extreme circumstances, it is supposed to turn, but I’ve kept the “feature” turned off, not wanting to tempt fate.

    The lawsuits will be fun. I’m already wary of the acceleration or lack thereof at times.

    Flo is already using an OBD-II dongle to monitor for “safe driving”. It is optional in return for lower rates … for now.

    New Subarus know when your eyes aren’t on the road, and Toyota Corollas read the speed limit signs as you drive past. I’m amazed people accept this cr*p, but I’ve written before that there is a gadget obsession in this country.

  39. A future software release will probably turn off the “turn off” features.

    Toyota is tempting fate with the Camry. The Taurus was the previous bestselling car in the country until Ford pushed things too far chasing the Japanese brands.

  40. Simon Black makes the excellent point that Social Security won’t be there for most people, but then he suggests that people continue to play the game anyway.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/only-fix-taking-matters-your-own-hands

    “Fund your IRA or 401k….”

    Except that they’ll either inflate the currency and destroy your savings, or just seize them under one pretext or another.

    I’m convinced more than ever that to protect yourself from inflation you need INCOME streams NOT savings (as such.) And that income should be adjustable with inflation (ie rent). Also, you need protection from congressional hijinks, so you need assets that rich and powerful people own, that they are not likely to either seize or outlaw. Land comes to mind. Intellectual property (if you can manage it.) Rentals.

    Don’t play their game, at least not exclusively.

    n

  41. Also, you need protection from congressional hijinks, so you need assets that rich and powerful people own, that they are not likely to either seize or outlaw.

    Never underestimate their imagination when it comes to taxation.

  42. Also, you need protection from congressional hijinks, so you need assets that rich and powerful people own, that they are not likely to either seize or outlaw.

    Never underestimate their imagination when it comes to taxation.

    I see a federal property tax on the horizon. And not just for the great and the good.

  43. @mediumwave, if you liked the clickspring vids, and want to lose another couple of hours, click on the link to the engraver in the card press vid. You can skip the linked vid, but check out the other vids on the guy’s channel. There are a whole bunch of other engravers with youtube channels too….

    n

  44. I see a federal property tax on the horizon. And not just for the great and the good.

    Gore was exploring an “imputed income tax” during the 2000 election. That’s the way “moderate” Dems will approach a federal property tax which could arguably survive a challenge before Roberts.


  45. I see a federal property tax on the horizon. And not just for the great and the good.

    Ah, yes, “The Land of the Free” where you can never really own land. Come up a penny short on the property tax, and you’ll get a lien post haste.

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