Sat. Jan. 11, 2020 – non-prepping hobby day

Warm and wet.

Despite the dire predictions, yesterday was warm and windy, with overcast skies all day. A light drizzle started around 10:30pm and the wind died down. Wind and rain picked back up around 11:45, but it didn’t sound crazy. A bit of lightning, some increased wind noise, a bit harder rain… [unless something happened after I went to bed] Looks like we missed the worst of the storm.

I’ve got my non-prepping hobby meeting this morning so that will keep me out for a few hours.

While I’m out, if you carry, watch this copcam video of an officer involved shooting.

http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/2020/01/body-cam-shows-fatal-officer-involved.html

Ask yourself what you might have done in a similar situation. Consider the number of shots fired, that looked like they were effective, and how much longer the guy continued to be a threat. Carry a reload and have access to bleeding control. And I have a package of clorox bleach wipes in the truck too, for cleanup afterward. They work fine on dirty hands after changing a tire or checking the oil too…

Speaking of truck stuff, when’s the last time you checked your road flares? You do have road flares right? If not, they are cheap, last forever, and have other uses. I can’t help but think that James Kim might be alive today if he had a road flare to set his spare tire on fire… and people, STAY WITH THE VEHICLE.

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

26 thoughts on “Sat. Jan. 11, 2020 – non-prepping hobby day”

  1. The cop reminds me of millennial parents in Target begging their spawn to behave. “Please don’t, Please get down!!”
    Seven shots and the perp was still able to get up and steal the officer’s gun.
    Why was he allowed to force a retreat of the cops out on to the main highway?
    How much damage could that guy have done if he had carjacked a soccer mom’s mini-van with kids inside?

  2. Ask yourself what you might have done in a similar situation. Consider the number of shots fired, that looked like they were effective, and how much longer the guy continued to be a threat.

    The cops don’t train and carry sprays anymore? Or clubs?

    Athens, GA cops (plural on the scene) don’t know how to subdue and administer an old fashioned non-lethal beatdown? What happened to redneck pride?

  3. Warm and wet.

    Despite the dire predictions, yesterday was warm and windy, with overcast skies all day.

    The weather people in TX didn’t get the massive storm event they wanted this Summer so the first serious Winter squall was hyped. Fortunately, it was fairly normal TX Winter weather — no Clear Channel-generated “gas shortage” for the upcoming holiday weekend.

  4. I’m with Mr. Greg on the beatdown. One cop with Taser out, the other with handgun out. Oh, yeah, I forgot. “I feared for my life” and sprayed away. The default is to kill the perp. The cop didn’t even defend himself. A kick in the nuts at least?

  5. A kick in the nuts at least?

    Postal carriers used to have spray for dogs. It is probably against Federal law to use on people, but that guy would have been alive.

  6. From @Greg yesterday.

    Has your wife’s father passed or is he still alive? I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: Make sure you are familiar with the process to reject bequeathals in the state where he lives before he passes. That process is Kryptonite to the time share industry. A lot of family lawyers don’t want to get involved with heirs rejecting bequeathals or declining executorships, especially in small towns, so you want to be clear in advance.

    Yes, he is here in Texas. Are you saying that my wife can reject part of her inheritance ?

  7. Yes, he is here in Texas. Are you saying that my wide can reject part of her inheritance?

    Depending on the state, the timeshare bequeathal can be rejected if it is left as part of the estate, but you have to act quickly after the reading of the will from what I understand. Paperwork has to be filed with the court ahead of a deadline.

    I believe I heard the topic come up on Bruce Williams attempt at a new show via streaming which ran 2012-13, not long before he died.

    Bruce fielded a lot of calls from people wanting to exit timeshares over the years. Ironically, the family owns (owned?) Jellyrolls, one of the entertainment amenities near the DVC Villas at Disney’s Boardwalk.

  8. While I’m out, if you carry, watch this copcam video of an officer involved shooting.

    http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/2020/01/body-cam-shows-fatal-officer-involved.html

    Ask yourself what you might have done in a similar situation.

    That was incredible. Definitely suicide by cop. I would not like to be in that situation.

    I was taught to always assume that you are on video. I have yelled at people in parking lots to get away from me by putting my hands up and yelling STOP. In the case, they backed away. My dad says that he had a woman walk up to him recently and put her hand on him before he could yell STOP at her. If someone continues towards you at that point then it is on them.

  9. My relatives in north Texas tell me that it was 70 F there yesterday. It is snowing on them now with an inch of ice on the ground. They expect three inches of snow of top of the ice tonight. Fun in the big city !

  10. Ask yourself what you might have done in a similar situation. Consider the number of shots fired, that looked like they were effective, and how much longer the guy continued to be a threat.

    The cops don’t train and carry sprays anymore? Or clubs?

    Spray was not going to take that guy down. I’ll bet that he was on some sort of drugs.

  11. “Harvard Economics Professor: Global Carbon Tax, Give the Money to China”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/07/harvard-economics-professor-global-carbon-tax-give-the-money-to-china/

    “Harvard Professor and Guardian author Kenneth Rogoff thinks the best way to tackle climate change is to impose a global carbon tax, then use the money to help China and other poor countries eliminate their energy poverty and dependency on coal.”

    Are you freaking kidding me ?

    What is wrong with these people ?

    One of the comments:

    “China currently has plans for a further 300 new coal fired power stations by 2025 – some 5 a month.
    Under its Belts and Roads program it is set to build a further 300 in developing nations on a similar timescale.
    By 2030 China will be emitting more than 50% of global CO2 emissions.
    The Paris Climate Agreement agreed to China Doubling and India trebling their CO2 emissions between 2016 and 2030. An Increase in global CO2 emissions of ~ some 48% – so the IPCC at Paris weren’t particularly concerned about reducing glo0bal CO2 emissions – merely those of the developed world.
    If the UK went Carbon Neutral tomorrow that would be replaced by the Growth in China’s emissions within 6 months – if the EU went CO2 Neutral it would take China 3-4 years to replace that.”

    “It is fairly clear that the IPCC isn’t particularly worried about CO2 emissions, but is desperate to hamstring the developed world.”

  12. Taxes. Um… We sold our previous house for a lot more than we paid for it, but we also invested a lot in renovations, so the bottom line is around break-even. When you sell a house in Switzerland, a special tax system applies: Any profits are taxed, or can be rolled over into a new house.

    My wife has been fighting with the tax forms. Whatever else you can say about the sheer complexity of IRS forms, they can be understood. Not so these. The instructions are sometimes utterly unclear: Subtract X from Y, where X and Y are terms that sometimes match lines in the form and sometimes don’t…quite. Then maybe comes a total line, but it’s not clear which of the earlier calculations are supposed to be added up. Really poorly done, in the end it’s almost a guessing game…

    Worse will be the probable arguments about the renovations, because the only renovations that you can deduct are ones that increase the value of the house. Standard maintenance is not deductible. So, when you buy a “fixer-upper”: which is which? Really subjective, so a lot depends on which tax bureaucrat we get, and what kind of mood they are in.

  13. COBOL rose from the dead. Now it is C’s turn.

    https://www.tiobe.com/tiobe-index/

    C never died. Try working with a zombie language like Fortran, then you will know death. The available compilers are crap and the linkers are worse.

    And C plus C++ = 22%. The two are brothers, they must be considered as a family.

    I would love to convert my 850,000 lines of F77 code to C++. And have it still work ! That would be awesome. Then I could use a compiler and linker released in the last 20 years.

    BTW, we have finally bitten the bullet. The senior junior programmer is converting our 450,000 line C++ user interface from MBCS (multiple byte character set) to Unicode. Going halfway was easy but the bugs in Win32 are killing us. We are going to keep everything UTF-8 internally and translate on the fly.

  14. “Bloomberg Dismisses Texas Hero, Insists It Wasn’t His “Job” to Have a Gun or Decide to Shoot”
    https://www.nraila.org/articles/20200106/bloomberg-dismisses-texas-hero-insists-it-wasn-t-his-job-to-have-a-gun-or-decide-to-shoot

    “Jack Wilson – a 71-year-old congregant of the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Tex. – is a hero to most Americans. When a deranged man savagely murdered two of Mr. Wilson’s fellow worshippers during a service at the church on Dec. 30, Wilson took swift action. He exposed himself to danger to deliver a single shot from his lawfully carried handgun that instantly ended what undoubtedly would have been even more terrible carnage among the hundreds present.”

    Doomberg is a jerk. And a putz.

  15. And C plus C++ = 22%. The two are brothers, they must be considered as a family.

    C++ is, increasingly, a maintenance challenge due to the labor costs. One genius going off into the weeds with C++14/17/20 means that replacing him/her will require hiring another genius. We have a hard enough time finding people conversant enough with C++03 to understand the Boost API docs.

    Bjarne needs a new retirement hobby besides writing standards.

  16. Well, it is a bit chillier this evening than it was this am…

    Hit a couple of estate sales after my meeting, got a butcher knife and that was about it. Most people don’t own a real butcher knife, they own a chef’s knife. The butcher’s knife has a curved blade, and the tip is contoured so it cuts when pushed straight into the carcass. I’ve been looking for a good, cheap one for a while. Finally found one in an old lady’s kitchen.

    I hope it’s the right tool for the right job the next time I’m breaking down some bulk meat.

    n

  17. I would love to convert my 850,000 lines of F77 code to C++. And have it still work ! That would be awesome. Then I could use a compiler and linker released in the last 20 years.

    NVIDIA was working with the US Government on a project to create a Fortran compiler that used LLVM as a back end. I haven’t heard a peep about that in a few years, however.

  18. Me thinks someone on this board celebrated an anniversary a couple of days ago. Someone well versed in FORTRAN.

  19. Janelle Arthur, a performer, singer, competed on America Idol, now sings at The Grand Ole Oprah in Nashville, made a movie “Finding My Roots” is a local girl. She performed at the local museum/theater/historical society, as a fundraiser. I was asked to take some pictures.

    This a link to the pictures.

  20. “Doomberg is a jerk. And a putz.”

    Um, this is news to you ??

    n

    added- ‘cuz he’s been a dick for years…

  21. Ray, beautiful. Looks like all stage lighting, or did you add some flash? Any comments on your position, lenses, etc?

  22. Lynn

    question, why the conversion? do you plan to maintain software in 2040? your childrens are in that business?
    Planning to be bought? Technical people doesnt decide that, financial people do, and, they dont care if it is COBOL, Fortran II or Ruby on Rails, whatever.

    my two cents only, remember, since W2K nothing relevant changed on Windows, except, how they charge you, and since SAGE, on IT maybe

    sundays rant

  23. question, why the conversion? do you plan to maintain software in 2040? your childrens are in that business?
    Planning to be bought? Technical people doesnt decide that, financial people do, and, they dont care if it is COBOL, Fortran II or Ruby on Rails, whatever.

    Compiler tech has changed a lot in the last 20 years on the back end as Intel and AMD pushed what was possible beyond just increasing clock speeds on the CPUs.

    Even 20 year old compilers differ. I recently had a former Sun engineer tell me that the system I worked on at GTE befofe I left in 2000 paid a 40% performance penalty, by his estimate, using their compiler vs. the GCC framework. Of course, in addtion to a license for STL, the Sun compiler came with hookers and steaks for management so, even though I was aware of some penalty, I wasn’t going to win that argument.

  24. Hit a couple of estate sales after my meeting, got a butcher knife and that was about it. Most people don’t own a real butcher knife, they own a chef’s knife. The butcher’s knife has a curved blade, and the tip is contoured so it cuts when pushed straight into the carcass. I’ve been looking for a good, cheap one for a while. Finally found one in an old lady’s kitchen.

    I hope it’s the right tool for the right job the next time I’m breaking down some bulk meat.

    We’re careful with Sam’s Club bulk meat since the Christmas experience. We had some sirloins last week which were ok, but pork is obviously going to be a problem globally until the Chinese get their farms rebuilt.

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