Tues. Nov. 26, 2019 – more to do, but some progress made

Not so cold, and of course, damp. [76F and 97%RH at 9]

I finally got out of the house yesterday to drop my shipping at the post office and do a couple of auction pickups. Lots of buying for myself (stuff from magpul and camping/fishing gear) but also a couple of resale items that should pay for all the rest and more.

Today’s pickup is just resale, and I’m going to try for a local flip using my wife’s FB trading group. I’ll let you know how that goes… Still not ready to get on FB myownself…

In completely other news, when did this happen?

https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/triggered-mayor-de-blasio-threatens-destroy-fedex-robots-running-around-new-york

and

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7724907/Massachusetts-State-Police-quietly-started-using-Boston-Dynamics-robot-dog-Spot-field.html

I for one welcome our robot overlords.

And like Christmas lights and wallpaper, Jeffrey Epstein didn’t hang himself.

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21 thoughts on “Tues. Nov. 26, 2019 – more to do, but some progress made”

  1. And like Christmas lights and wallpaper, Jeffrey Epstein didn’t hang himself.

    Duh. The only thing I’m puzzled about in that case as of late is why Prince Andrew did the interview.

    Granted that generation of Royals are chuckleheads — lets hope Elizabeth endures and Charles assumes room temperature waiting for the throne — but, still, they have advisors to keep them from acting like Monty Python’s “Pantomime Princess Margaret” … well, most of the time.

    Sorry, kids, but Charles has been an embarrassment IMHO and would do serious damage to the image of the tourist trap that is Buckingham Palace if he became King even for a few years.

  2. Maybe he did the interview because he genuinely doesn’t see what the problem is.

    Besides being a bit slow, he likes his girls young too, and doesn’t see anything wrong with that.

    Some of the stuff is getting ridiculous. If you’re 21, and a stripper and party girl, it’s pretty hard to complain a couple decades later that someone blew a razzberry on your breasts and told you they were big and great looking.

    One question I really don’t hear anyone asking- how in the hell did these 15, 16, 17 yo girls have the freedom of movement and time to go hang out on an island? Or hang out at mansions? It’s always the girl and a lawyer now, where’s the outraged family? Or did the family traffic the girls knowingly?

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  3. Some of the stuff is getting ridiculous. If you’re 21, and a stripper and party girl, it’s pretty hard to complain a couple decades later that someone blew a razzberry on your breasts and told you they were big and great looking.

    In the 80s, they were material girls and they were living in a material world. Now they all want to pretend to the kids they were living Molly Ringwald’s characters’ sheltered lives in those Hughes movies.

    Pournelle’s Cultural Weapons of Mass Destruction. Nuclear weapons dropped on the suburbs in the 80s would have done less damage to America than MTV and HBO going into the homes.

  4. Annnnnddd, the rain just started. Dangit, that’s gonna make all my stuff today more miserable.

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  5. Tis the silly season. You know how I can tell that it is the silly sEason ?

    Because we have not gotten our mail from USPS at the office since last thursday.

    It used to be that rfd (rural) mail was the Cadillac of the mail services. Now they contract it out to any loser with a car for $10/hour. That is not a living wage so the job draws the unemployable. And, they never learn the route before delivery.

    So our mail is probably in a ditch somewhere.

  6. So our mail is probably in a ditch somewhere.

    Just wait until Texas has vote-by-mail and Perkins Coie has to find the ballots in crashed mail trucks instead of car trunks.

    I remember one suspicious mail truck crash in Vantucky during the 2012 vote. Don’t worry about the *two months* of mandatory overtime for all paralegals at Perkins Coie’s Portland office leading up to election day that year.

    One of my wife’s West Coast relations works (worked?) for Perkins Coie. She’s Prog so if they were in there filling out ballots, she’d never come clean, even under oath.


  7. So our mail is probably in a ditch somewhere

    At least you would have a chance on spotting it. Mail delivery at our house is equally spotty. I just had an order from shutterfly disappear (lost in transit) and it’s replacement just disappear (showed as delivered.) I just had them give me a refund. We routinely have our neighbors mail delivered to our mailbox. I just walk it down to the correct mailbox.

  8. For some reason, this triggered an old memory. I remember ordering an Alvin and the Chipmunks album in the early 80’s. I waited for months and it never arrived. One day, I happened to look down the hill (our mailbox was on the edge of a steep hill), and saw the record laying there. It had obviously been there a while. So, while it was technically delivered, it wasn’t done with care. I think I was still able to play the record, though I don’t remember.

  9. In San Diego, I’d find my mail laying in the gutter all the time. Our carrier liked to smoke some dope and he’d just wander down the street dropping mail whereever he liked. My landlord was the one who supplied the guy’s history, they’d been in high school together. Objectively, he was either high or mentally defective.

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  10. “Tesla Cybertruck Took in $20M Over the Weekend”
    https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/302595-tesla-cybertruck-took-in-20m-over-the-weekend

    “PT Barnum never had a better day. Nor the callers who can hardly pronounce Windows and say you have malware on your PC. Elon Musk Sunday night tweeted he’s lured in deposits on 200,000 Tesla Cybertrucks … that may or may not ship a year from now. That’s $20 million in deposits in just three days. If it does ship on time, that, too, would be some kind of Tesla record.”

  11. Tis the silly season. You know how I can tell that it is the silly sEason ?

    Because we have not gotten our mail from USPS at the office since last thursday.

    It used to be that rfd (rural) mail was the Cadillac of the mail services. Now they contract it out to any loser with a car for $10/hour. That is not a living wage so the job draws the unemployable. And, they never learn the route before delivery.

    So our mail is probably in a ditch somewhere.

    Since I complained about the mail, it showed up today at the office. Of course, we did not get our office mail Friday, Saturday, or Monday, so, that is a fail.

  12. With a remake of “Logan’s Run”. Why not ?

    My rule of thumb about working tech on the West Coast is that if you understand the reference, “It is like ‘Logans Run'”, you are too old to work on the West Coast.

    I’m just old enough to remember the TV show being on the air.

    “Death on the Nile” looks promising. Sir Kenneth is back.

    I could live without “Seveneves”.

  13. With a remake of “Logan’s Run”. Why not ?

    My rule of thumb about working tech on the West Coast is that if you understand the reference, “It is like ‘Logans Run’”, you are too old to work on the West Coast.

    I’m just old enough to remember the TV show being on the air.

    “Death on the Nile” looks promising. Sir Kenneth is back.

    I could live without “Seveneves”.

    And of course, lots of superhero movies. Is Harley Quinn a superhero ?

  14. “There Are 19 Million Developers Worldwide, Only 13 Million Pros: Study”
    https://insights.dice.com/2019/11/25/worldwide-developers-study/

    “Just how many developers are there in the world? According to a study earlier this year from SlashData, there are 19 million. However, 13 million are professionals… meaning there are a lot of “casual coders” out there.”

    I wonder if I am a Pro ? I feel like an amateur many days.

  15. And of course, lots of superhero movies. Is Harley Quinn a superhero ?

    It is a case of striking while the proverbial iron is hot. They have the right lead, and Margot Robbie is at the peak of her career. Same with Gal Godot and Wonder Woman.

    Plus, my former corporate masters are going to squeeze the Warner properties for all they’re worth trying pay off that debt.


  16. I wonder if I am a Pro ? I feel like an amateur many days.

    Lynn, just to make you happy and comfy: If you make a living out of it then you are a Pro. 🙂

  17. Well, the rain never really materialized. Just got some heavy mist, and very light drizzle in isolated areas. So I was able to do most of my running around without getting wet. Hooray.

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