Mon. Oct. 7, 2019 – some grumpy kids, lots of catching up

Still feels too humid. [68F and 86%RH]

Trees were starting to turn just south of Boston, and the air was cool and dry. Hot and humid here in Houston. Wife is pining for cool weather. Houston better start cooling off soon…

Gonna be some grumpy tired kids this morning, and their mother and father too. School is going to be a misery. I’ve got to turn my ebay stuff back on, get stuff listed that’s sitting here waiting, and get the house cleaned up.

But first, get the family up and out the door.

n

28 thoughts on “Mon. Oct. 7, 2019 – some grumpy kids, lots of catching up”

  1. Ok, everyone out the door, and oh my, there was grumping!

    I see that there is a movie about Richard Jewell coming out. This is a story that needs telling and I hope it succeeds. The trailer looks like it takes the right approach. I remember when this happened. It’s one of the events that started me on the path to “never come to their attention.” You can put several people or agencies in the “they” place, and you can come to their attention for good or ill, but you will always be damaged in the end.

    H/T http://adaptivecurmudgeon.com/

    FWIW, this story is like 9/11 for me as it always triggers tears and rage. I have a personal connection to the events. People I know are alive and well today because of the actions that Richard Jewell took. People who afterwards went back and shook nails out of the hollow tubes of the scaffolding that they were on before he came and got them.

    Richard Jewell is the original “See something, say something” and look what they did to him.

    n

  2. Clint Eastwood is behind the Jewell flick.

    Massacre with an oyster knife. The religion of pieces. May he rot in Hell.

  3. Rip Taylor, RIP

    I actually met him in Las Vegas. Invited him to look me up in Hawaii. He did. I drove him around the island for several hours.

    Turning point was when he wanted me to stop so he could buy a pink swimsuit. Next was when he invited me to his hotel room so we could both change into swimming suits, together.

    Uh, no thanks. He was a gay as a $3.25 bill. This was in 1972. Today I would be more tolerant and just let it go.

    He was really funny even when not doing his act. RIP.

  4. This again?

    The last time I saw the number in one of the Berkshire Hathaway reports or filings, Warren Buffett’s “secretary” had an annual salary north of $200k, easily putting her in the top … 5% … ? … of incomes in the country.

    The stock has been overpriced lately so I don’t keep up with minutia and just read the annual report for the big picture along with that simple homespun wisdom …. ghostwritten by Carol Loomis of Fortune.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/06/opinion/income-tax-rate-wealthy.html

    One of the West Coast Chinese Prog relations loves to drop Warren Buffett quotes but doesn’t hold the stock or even know much about what Chairman Warren actually does as opposed to what shows up in the reports (if you don’t read between the lines). The quotes stopped flowing at holiday tables once everyone gathered realized I actually hold the stock and know a lot of the not-so-secret ways Berkshire Hathaway actually practices cutthroat capitalism.

    I ground a few sacred cows into Dairy Queen burgers. 🙂

  5. Wow, we are supposed to be 64 F tonight. Makes for a brisk walk ! All right and about time !

    Management decorated the office for Halloween today. At least it isn’t 100 degrees outside while they’re setting up Marcus The Carcus (TM).

    I’m not kidding about the name, yours for only $25 from the atHome site.

    Like other companies in Austin, the office goes a little overboard for the day, but last year, Halloween marked the start of my second six week banishment to Taylor. No festivities or Downtown Austin people watching for me.

    Two days later, Friday, I was sitting in a site visit interview. I didn’t really want the job, but I did want to send a message. Monday morning, more developers showed up to help at the site in Taylor — isn’t that a coincidence!

  6. “What if there is no Climate Emergency?”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/10/07/what-if-there-is-no-climate-emergency/

    “The effectiveness of CO2 as a warming Greenhouse gas rapidly diminishes logarithmically as concentration increases.”

    “At the current level of ~400 ppmv, ~87% of the effectiveness of CO2 as a Greenhouse gas is exhausted.”

    “At only 13% of CO2 effectiveness remaining, so little of its power as a greenhouse gas now remains that there is no possibility of ever reaching the “much feared” +2°C temperature rise or more predicted by alarmists, that they think will be caused by future Man-made CO2 emissions.”

    I have long thought that there should be a saturation amount of CO2 in the atmosphere for a greenhouse effect. Chemical reactions almost always have a saturation amount for their effectiveness. Why should CO2 and sunlight absorption be exempt from this natural rule ?

    The only real climate fear that we should have is another ice age. Which, is overdue.

  7. CO2 reflects only a narrow band of photon energy. At .04%, most of what is possible to be reflected back to earth, is. This has been known since about an hour after dreaded “carbon” became the target of the day, after the earlier bugaboos — “atmospheric warming”, “ice sheets melting”, “ocean levels rising”, “ocean warming”, and “ocean acidification” — all ran afoul of actual data. “Carbon” had the advantages of actually rising and thus not suffering the inconvenience of falsification, sciency-sounding links to the previous dooms (which, you will recall, didn’t happen), and a one-word description which can be turned into a scary epithet like Voldemort or Candyman.

  8. “What if there is no Climate Emergency?”

    It doesn’t matter at this point. The crazy has obtained a kind of critical mass which will require a serious economic crash to halt, and that might just be temporary.

    The best we can hope for is to delay it until we’re gone.


  9. The crazy has obtained a kind of critical mass which will require a serious economic crash to halt

    Or they wasted everyone else’s money or transferred the money to their pockets. Global warming, climate change, hocus pocus, or whatever the name of the month, it is all about transferring wealth.

  10. I went and saw my new cardiologist today. His nurse ran my vitals and and ran an ekg. He asked me why I was there as I am in too good of health to need to see him. I told him just a new blood pressure prescription. So, I am still alive. Simply amazing.

  11. Or they wasted everyone else’s money or transferred the money to their pockets. Global warming, climate change, hocus pocus, or whatever the name of the month, it is all about transferring wealth.

    Wealth transfer is never done.

    Up until 100 years ago, when someone would go too far with strip mining the economy, the citizenry would show up at the seat of power with some of their favorite sporting goods, and things would get … sporty.

    Dunno what it would take for things to get sporty here. Too much streaming to watch, I guess. We’ve achieved a critical mass of that as well, which is part of the problem of people not being hip to the critical mass of crazy.

  12. “Settled” science a fraud. Hypotheses either become natural laws in accordance with the Grand Method of Science or not. For example, Isaac Newton’s: F = ma.

  13. I saw “Joker” over the weekend. I don’t want to go out and kill someone. The MSM is so lame.

    It is a dark movie, so beware. One Twin is a big DC fan and loved it. She doesn’t want to go out and kill someone, either.

  14. I saw “Joker” over the weekend. I don’t want to go out and kill someone. The MSM is so lame.

    It is a dark movie, so beware. One Twin is a big DC fan and loved it. She doesn’t want to go out and kill someone, either.

    The sadly overlooked story about “Joker” is that the director, Todd Phillips, doesn’t believe he can make funny movies anymore because of “wokesterism”.

    The sequels were lame, but “The Hangover” was an instant classic. I’ll also give Phillips “Road Trip” since the studio obviously hacked that movie to take advantage of Tom Green’s 15 minutes of fame as Mr. Drew Barrymore, and there is a much better movie there without Green’s hastily inserted scenes

    “Old School” is an acquired taste, but it got Phillips money for “The Hangover” from Legendary, a kung fu flick studio up until that point. I don’t remember the exact quote, but, in interviews, the guy who ran Legendary said something along the lines of, “The ‘Old School’ director needed money for a movie. I gave him the money.”


  15. I don’t want to go out and kill someone.

    … that you’ll admit.

    She doesn’t want to go out and kill someone, either.

    … that she’ll admit.

  16. “Hell, I haven’t seen a movie in MONTHS and I want to kill people”

    Only particular people. Future neighbors, for example. The town tried – rather poorly – to organize a meeting where we could sort out our difference with the neighbors (over whose property we are going to build our access road). The neighbors declined, saying all four proposed dates were impossible – yet somehow it’s all our fault.

    The town has also made a mess of things. I feel a bit sorry for them – they’re just a town of 400 people with folks filling in the official roles basically in their spare time. But they’ve truly mucked up the formal process here. It *ought* to be the case that the neighbors had to file a formal, written complaint by last Saturday – put up or shut up, with issues written down black-on-white. The town verbally assured them that this wasn’t really necessary. That was really stupid: it drags the mess out, and – if it gets to lawyer time – the town is now a party to any lawsuits for not following the law.

    So I made a lot of phone calls yesterday. The neighbors agree that they only want “one last change”, and they have confirmed that to the town (only verbally, damn the town for not requiring it in writing). So we immediately submitted a revised plan including this one last thing, and they have a deadline of tomorrow to say “yeah or nay”. When they inevitably come back with “oh, and one other thing”, I hope the town will finally realize what jackasses they truly are.

    Or, who knows, maybe they will stop playing stupid games? Nah…probably not…that would require a sudden attack of common sense.

    After this, it’s time for the lawyers. We don’t want that – even though we will “win” – because the only real winners are the lawyers and their bank accounts.

  17. Or, who knows, maybe they will stop playing stupid games? Nah…probably not…that would require a sudden attack of common sense.

    Eh. I had death threats over sod condition in Florida. I guess puckered sphincters over property values are common the world over.

  18. Getting out of syria, let israel be israel, and work around turkey….

    I’ll believe it when I hear from friends in Tampa that MacDill is getting a long overdue house cleaning.

  19. @Brad, one of the owners of my employer is playing that kind of silly game now. He has been playing for decades and is a master of it.

    Latest is inter-divisional purchase orders. It is little more than a means of tracking costs so we can know if we are making or losing money on a particular part. The current process (totals of ID bills) tells us wholesale. We need retail numbers.

    He has been making excuses for refusing to spend 5 minutes / day for over 6 months. I was told 2 weeks ago it was to begin last week. Today I heard about the latest excuse. I believe it will never happen as long as he is involved.

    Gash.

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