Thur. June 11, 2020 – kids are getting a little frayed…

By on June 11th, 2020 in decline and fall, personal, WuFlu

Less hot, but still hot.  Humid too, most likely.

Yesterday was hot again, although there was wind to provide some cooling.  It wasn’t HOT HOT HOT, but in the sun my skin was pulling tight.  Even very light work at dusk broke a sweat.

All I really did was move all the bikes out into the driveway (a major goal) and spray the grapevines for caterpillars again.   I’m still not done in the driveway, but I have made real progress.  There is a 10ft x 12 ft area on the back patio that is clear of bikes.  That’s major.

I tested my ‘new to me’ benchtop power supply and it’s working.  I need to find a way to fit it into the ‘stack o gear’  on my bench now.  It’s not small or light.  It’s 3RU tall, 18 inches deep and wide, and weighs about 40 pounds or more.  It’s a beast.  At 10% of ebay pricing, I couldn’t say no, especially since I’ve been looking for a DC power supply for a year or more.

I chipped away at my office cleanup a bit too.  I’ve got too many projects started and need to put the effort into finishing a couple.   80/20 or 90/10 rule applies, I got most of the result in the first bit of effort, and now I am having trouble finishing.  And the week is almost gone.

The world continues to careen around like a drunk in a carnival house of mirrors.  Worse, the crazy people insist that we acknowledge and celebrate their insanity.   It’s going to end in violence.  Lots of violence.

I’m afraid we ain’t seen nothing yet.

Dinner was carryout from our favorite Greek place.  My wife was doing curbside pickup at Home Depot for some pool supplies, and some other stuff, and what’s one more curbside pickup at that point?  Delicious. But even I’m breaking down.  Just in time for the second wave…

Kids are tired of not normal.  They’d like to spend time with friends, going out, doing things.  Last summer they were in camps most weeks, doing nature camp, science camp, art camp, and keep these kids out of my hair camp.  They had a short but very busy swim team season.  This year they’re playing some online game with the school friends they haven’t seen in 3 months.  They’ve been real troupers, but they’re starting to show signs of stress too.

So I get it.  EVERYONE wants out of the house and a return to normal.  It just isn’t a good idea, and ‘normal’ isn’t coming back anytime soon.  Even leaving aside the wuflu, the job loss, the rioting, the massive disruption to the economy are all upsetting factors, and you CAN’T ignore the wuflu, because the rest of the world is getting it.  That’s gonna leave a mark on a lot of countries that either sell us stuff or buy our stuff.  Some of those countries are going to experience a change in leadership.  Ours might.  In some cases that will help, in others, the crazy will be in charge and the people will suffer.  None of this is getting us back to ‘normal’.

Flexibility and acceptance and then action are going to be words that help us get through this and on to whatever becomes ‘normal’.  I’d like that to be something other than a decade of burning cities and the collapse of western civilization.

Stacks will help no matter what, so keep stacking.  And since they can’t take your knowledge and skill, keep leveling those up too.

 

nick

62 Comments and discussion on "Thur. June 11, 2020 – kids are getting a little frayed…"

  1. brad says:

    Kindle watermarking: It depends how clever they are. If I were to watermark a book, I would do it through typos. While I’m not a professional proofreader, I’ve done enough that I notice typos. Kindle books always have a couple of trivial typos, like a doubled or missing space, misplaced punctuation, etc.. Insert 2-3 of those in specific spots in the book, and you have a watermark that will survive most transformations.

    Did I mention that I saw a hilarious t-shirt. In fact, I’ll probably buy one: “There is no cloud, there is only someone else’s computer”.

    The single biggest problem in the software field is that over 90% of programmers, self-described software engineers, architects, designers, and project managers are bozos.

    I totally agree. And you’re talking about the people who are actually qualified, as in, they have gotten a degree and gotten a job in the field. Still, 90% of them are not really useful.

    The problem is: there is such a huge need for programmers. Everybody wants a website, everybody wants an app, everybody wants… And they all think it is easy, can be done in a couple of days for almost free. They get what they pay for.

    My personal pet peeve are the people who think that anyone can learn to program. The new dean for our program in Basel thinks like that. I am fairly merciless, and my course is normally one that sorts out the hopeless students. I give them my best during the semester, but if they fail the exam, they need to go somewhere else. The new dean doesn’t want to accept that. So, fine, bye. I have plenty of other programs where I can teach.

    …presented with his first installation assignment of our product at a customer site, after about 30 minutes of reviewing documentation and state of the bare servers, the developer stood up, announced “This is ridiculous!” and promptly quit.

    What was the problem? Customer servers badly maintained? Bad installation documentation? Anyway, unless you are a tiny company, why is a developer doing customer installations?

  2. Greg Norton says:

    “Seattle’s Autonomous Zone Has Its First Warlord; Local Rapper Raz Simone Takes Over”

    For some reason the urban battle in Detroit at the end of “The Last Centurion” comes to mind

    Militant in a $1000 parka. Seattle.

    Nice how the “spontaneous” Twitter video tries to keep the logo on the coat’s sleeve in frame at all times. Serious money and media talent are behind all of this. The “warlord” might even have a placement deal like Erin Andrews does with the same company.

    (Or did. I think she’s working Canada Goose on the sidelines these days.)

    https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1270836762592460800?s=20

  3. Greg Norton says:

    “…presented with his first installation assignment of our product at a customer site, after about 30 minutes of reviewing documentation and state of the bare servers, the developer stood up, announced “This is ridiculous!” and promptly quit.”

    What was the problem? Customer servers badly maintained? Bad installation documentation? Anyway, unless you are a tiny company, why is a developer doing customer installations?

    All of the above except the company isn’t exactly tiny.

    The company is on their third concept to supplant developers doing installs, one for every year I’ve been there.

    Concept 1: The Music Ed major who washed out of Comp Sci at [BIG private Texas school].

    Yes, but she washed out of Comp Sci at [BIG private Texas school]. Much better than an actual CS grad from a mediocre state school, right?

    Bzzzt.

    Concept 2: Hire only ex-military. Get the job done. Follow orders without question. Hoo-rah. Die on the wire. That’ll fix us.

    Bzzzt

    Concept 3 (current): Hire a developer skillset and pray they don’t get bored.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    The funnier things about the Seattle situation– as soon as they grabbed the land for their own use,

    -they put up a border
    -they called for people with guns
    -they ran out of food when the grasshoppers ate it all

    n

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    -if only your developers can get the software to install and run, you need to use developers to do installs.

    I know of more than one project that only ran on the developer’s machine, so that’s what got installed… not a ‘used’ computer, “pre-configured”.

    n

  6. Greg Norton says:

    -they called for people with guns

    Progs have guns in WA State. The I-5 corridor has a long hunting tradition.

    When we lived up there, the Lacey, WA Cabelas had the largest gun section of any of their stores I’d been in with the exception of the Sidney, NE flagship.

    Pre-Sandy Hook, the Black Friday circular for the store included in newspapers in Seattle and Portland featured a $499 Bushmaster deal on the front page. I swear to God. I wish I had saved that piece of paper. Yes, they are hunting weapons.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    Wow. And yes, the Washington and Jefferson monuments are statues.

    Stretch is also calling for removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol. When your *leaders* call for erasing history, it’s “Game over, Man, game over.” Soon the DC mall will be littered with Floyd and Carver monuments. Aliens visiting DC in a couple hundred years, after CWII, will ask “WTF, over?”

  8. Harold Combs says:

    Heat returning to Indian country. After a short respite from summer because of the tropical storm, we’re back into the 90s. At least we don’t have the stifling humidity here we had back in Memphis.
    Long day today as I visit the most remote ATM to refill it. But first a visit to the lawyer to sign the Trust documents. Turning everything over to our trust. Own nothing, control everything. After seeing how well a trust worked for my parents estate, we decided to do the same to simplify things when our turn comes.

  9. Chad says:

    OMFG, HBO Max has removed “Gone with the Wind” from their streaming service.

    So, I’m browsing various streaming services late last night for something to watch and what do I see? “Gone with the Wind” is the #2 most popular movie on iTunes. 80 years after its original release. I love how controversy drives the popularity of some things. It’s nice to think a whole new generation is discovering a great old movie.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    -if only your developers can get the software to install and run, you need to use developers to do installs.

    I know of more than one project that only ran on the developer’s machine, so that’s what got installed… not a ‘used’ computer, “pre-configured”.

    The server itself is a standard Linux iso-based install with a few background processes added running under systemd — not hideously complicated to get up and running. The hard part of the install is getting those background processes and peripheral equipment configured properly to talk to each so the customer has billable data out of the system, and that work requires a developer mindset even if no actual code gets written beyond the occasional Python script to pull relevant bits out of the endless log files.

    The competition does “pre-configured” like you described.

  11. MrAtoz says:

    I’m going to submit a petition to DC to dynamite those WHITEY!s off of Mount Rushmore. Then I’m running for Warlord Of San Antone ™.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    OMFG, HBO Max has removed “Gone with the Wind” from their streaming service.

    So, I’m browsing various streaming services late last night for something to watch and what do I see? “Gone with the Wind” is the #2 most popular movie on iTunes. 80 years after its original release. I love how controversy drives the popularity of some things. It’s nice to think a whole new generation is discovering a great old movie.

    For now. If HBO Max works, AT&T is going to pull all the licenses for content they own in house as soon as contracts are up, including “Gone With The Wind”.

    Time-Warner controls the pre-1986 MGM library through their buyout of Turner Broadcasting 20 years ago.

    OTOH, if HBO Max doesn’t work as well as AT&T is hoping — a definite possibility — then “Friends” returns to Netflix and film licenses to Apple continue.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Stretch is also calling for removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol. When your *leaders* call for erasing history, it’s “Game over, Man, game over.” Soon the DC mall will be littered with Floyd and Carver monuments. Aliens visiting DC in a couple hundred years, after CWII, will ask “WTF, over?”

    Wasn’t “Arlington” named by Robert E. Lee when it was his private property?

    I propose renaming to The George Floyd National Cemetery.

  14. Chad says:

    I propose renaming to The George Floyd National Cemetery.

    Then digging up all of the white graves and sending their remains to the landfill. That will make room for any minority who is a “veteran” of racism to be buried there at taxpayer expense.

  15. EdH says:

    Did I mention that I saw a hilarious t-shirt. In fact, I’ll probably buy one: “There is no cloud, there is only someone else’s computer”.

    I was discussing yesterday’s IBM cloud outage with my brother and one of us quoted that.

    My brothers comment was: ‘White fluffy clouds full of data… Sounds friendlier than telling clients their mission critical data is with “random low-bidding strangers, somewhere we don’t know where…‘

  16. Chad says:

    What amuses me about “the cloud” is that it’s a reference to CompSci 101 textbooks from 20+ years ago where they commonly used cartoonish drawings to show how data flows and the Internet was typically represented with the image of a cloud. So, when some businessman is droning on about the cloud I picture an 18-year old learning about how computers work in 1996.

  17. brad says:

    The Seattle protesters aren’t really hungry yet, since they’re insisting on vegan food donations.

    Actually, I fully support the right of people to secede from a government they do not support. But, in this case, they don’t own the land they are occupying, and I doubt the actual owners have any particular desire to secede.

    So, they are simply in armed insurrection against the legal government. There is really only one correct answer to armed insurrection. This really is a role for the military.

  18. lynn says:

    Seattle’s Autonomous Zone Has Its First Warlord; Local Rapper Raz Simone Takes Over
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/seattles-autonomous-zone-first-warlord-local-rapper-raz-simone-takes/

    For some reason the urban battle in Detroit at the end of “The Last Centurion” comes to mind ….

    He is not a Warlord until he gets crew served weapons. A Marine Heavy Weapons company (500 men, 30 ? mortars, 30 M-2s, etc, etc, etc can go through a battallion of men in 15 minutes.

    I did not realize that rappers are warlords in training. Makes sense now.

  19. lynn says:

    For a not so quick but fairly complete look into the insanity over transgender politics, read thru this

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8407445/JK-Rowling-reveals-sexually-assaulted-20s-hits-transphobia-row.html

    I put it down in the “over the edge and headed down” column on my decline and fall of western civilization tally sheet.

    All you need to know is that transgenders are mentally ill people.

    My wife has a psychology bachelors degree and masters social work degree from the 1970s (before anything goes invaded the Universities in Texas). Even she agrees that transgenders are mentally ill. And the transgenders attack anyone that looks normal.

  20. Greg Norton says:

    So, they are simply in armed insurrection against the legal government. There is really only one correct answer to armed insurrection. This really is a role for the military.

    The Mayor of Seattle and Governor of WA State don’t seem very interested in doing anything about the insurrection at this point.

    Even if the Governor was interested in addressing the situation, the Mayor is a hardcore leftist. At one point in the recent past, Seattle attempted to pass its own income tax and try the precedent in court challenging WA State’s prohibition on such.

    I stayed out of Capitol Hill when I worked downtown, but I know wealthy people from the Eastside venture in there for the Elliott Bay Book Company and “culture” of the neighborhood.

    The cafe at Elliott Bay’s original location, in Pioneer Square, was the direct inspiration for Cafe Nervosa on “Frasier”.

  21. lynn says:

    The company is on their third concept to supplant developers doing installs, one for every year I’ve been there.

    Concept 1: The Music Ed major who washed out of Comp Sci at [BIG private Texas school].

    Yes, but she washed out of Comp Sci at [BIG private Texas school]. Much better than an actual CS grad from a mediocre state school, right?

    Bzzzt.

    Concept 2: Hire only ex-military. Get the job done. Follow orders without question. Hoo-rah. Die on the wire. That’ll fix us.

    Bzzzt

    Concept 3 (current): Hire a developer skillset and pray they don’t get bored.

    It is incredibly hard to hire good field people. When your install sucks, that field level effort is doubled. I almost went to work for engineering software company as a field installer back in 1994-5. Then I talked with one of the installers about the installation hell in South Korea that lasted over six months. No freaking way.

    I have worked and worked and worked on the installation of our software. I have ONE 140 MB file that we distribute. It does everything and anything. The thing that it does not do is install x64 (Win64) software. If we ever move to 64 bit, we are in trouble as the installation software company went out of business back in 1996 or so.

    Having the install file has saved our bacon time after time. I used an installer for a while that just zipped each file into a seperate file. Users would somehow get at least one of the hundreds of files corrupted or not updated, Diagnosing that in Yugoslavia (why is always a third world country ?) was difficult on a good day.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    My wife has a psychology bachelors degree and masters social work degree from the 1970s (before anything goes invaded the Universities in Texas). Even she agrees that transgenders are mentally ill. And the transgenders attack anyone that looks normal.

    The nationally televised antics of a transgendered member of the rank and file contributed to The Death Star being able to break their unions in 2009, ahead of a planned national walkout. Some of us have always wondered if that person had been set up in some kind of Nietzsche play by Steve Jobs in coordination with our management, but, regardless, the union folded within 24 hours of the broadcast, saving us all an awful Labor Day Weekend that year.

    Go on ABC to how off $80,000 worth of sex change surgery on Primetime Live, and it is kind of hard to argue that you and your union brothers, sisters, and … ? … are underpaid.

    It was also hard to argue that something wasn’t wrong with the man turned woman. My wife’s professional opinion after watching the show and listening to the interview was “She’s nuts”.

  23. lynn says:

    Seattle’s Autonomous Zone Has Its First Warlord; Local Rapper Raz Simone Takes Over
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/seattles-autonomous-zone-first-warlord-local-rapper-raz-simone-takes/

    For some reason the urban battle in Detroit at the end of “The Last Centurion” comes to mind ….

    Send in Snake Plissken !
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_Plissken

  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    Something I’ve never seen before, one of my online auction sites it failing to update and has this message

    Error 502 Ray ID: 5a1d511dadd30ec6 • 2020-06-11 18:15:20 UTC
    Bad gateway

    You
    Browser
    Working
    Dallas
    Cloudflare
    Working
    hibid.com
    Host
    Error

    Never seen that before. Of course there are items I’m bidding on closing every 5 seconds. Mainly a chest freezer…

    n

  25. Nick Flandrey says:

    I want Snake’s endless ammo supply. The uzi was neat and iirc the chrome 357 with a scope… never reloaded in the entire movie…

    n

  26. Greg Norton says:

    I have worked and worked and worked on the installation of our software. I have ONE 140 MB file that we distribute. It does everything and anything. The thing that it does not do is install x64 (Win64) software. If we ever move to 64 bit, we are in trouble as the installation software company went out of business back in 1996 or so.

    If you’re not running into problems at the 4GB memory addressing limit, I wouldn’t worry too much about 32 bit vs. 64 bit in the near future. The 64 bit modes of the x86_64 architecture offer expanded register counts and an extended set of instructions which some compilers know how to utilize effectively, but the performance will only change around the margins at the expense of more memory being used for larger pointers and default integer storage. 64 bit has not been without controversy, and Microsoft would have hell to pay with the Fortune 500 the moment they ended support for Win32.

    (I would still have the intern get cracking on testing your product and installer under Wine on CentOS 7/8)

    We use RPMs (Linux install package on certain distros) poorly, but the primary challenge with our software deplyments is that every install is effectively a construction project, not simply an isolated server in a rack somewhere, and the install people really need to be on the same level as the developers in terms of understanding how all of the components fit together.

    The other problem is that my management keeps seeking a “magic” hiring philosophy that will enable them to use a repeatable process to hire appropriate personnel every time. They also like “stories”, have a predilection for big schools/companies on the resume, and are under constant pressure to fill certain quotas — veteran, race, gender, etc.

  27. lynn says:

    I want Snake’s endless ammo supply. The uzi was neat and iirc the chrome 357 with a scope… never reloaded in the entire movie…

    I have a .357 with an 8 inch barrel and a scope. You might as well get a rifle, the gun weighs almost 10 lbs. Not recommended.

    The son and I calculated how much ammo you need for a squad (8 men plus Sergent) to survive the zombie apocalypse. It basically worked out to an eighteen wheeler. He wants to carry a mini-gun with 5,000 rounds of 7.62 on your back. He carried a M-249 for a while on street patrol in Iraq. One 200 round drum of 5.56 in the weapon. Six other drums in a special vest. After the first patrol, the vest went missing. Those drums are just too unwieldy. Plus a spare barrel for the barrel droop after 800 rounds or so.

  28. lynn says:

    A Girl and Her Fed: triplet boys !
    https://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1776.html

    Doesn’t the mother control if there are twins or triplets ?

    Growing up the first of three boys over five years, I understand her pain. My mother survived but it was not easy.

  29. lynn says:

    We now have a fully signed contract to sell the old house in Sugar Land on July 10. We have two contingencies, one that they sell their house in Austin on July 6, and that they get their financing. Now we play the inspection game while they get their act together. Lots of balls in the air for them, especially with a almost 200 mile move. We agreed to $5,000 below the current asking price, they offered $10,000 below and I countered at half the reduction and they bit. Sweet !

  30. lynn says:

    I’m going to submit a petition to DC to dynamite those WHITEY!s off of Mount Rushmore. Then I’m running for Warlord Of San Antone ™.

    There ain’t no running for Warlord. You just get a bunch of your boys, arm them, and take over. If anyone complains, line them up against the nearest wall and shoot them. Then you need food and water, them who work for you get to eat and drink.

    If you cannot get guns, food, and water then your revolution is screwed.

  31. lynn says:

    I propose renaming to The George Floyd National Cemetery.

    Then digging up all of the white graves and sending their remains to the landfill. That will make room for any minority who is a “veteran” of racism to be buried there at taxpayer expense.

    How do you know the ethnicity of someone in a grave site ?

    John F. Kennedy and his infant son too ?

  32. Mark W says:

    Then I’m running for Warlord Of San Antone ™.

    I’ll vote for you. You’ll get at least one vote.

  33. RickH says:

    @lynn – congrats on the pending sale of the house. Huzzah !!

    Re home inspections: I’ve been watching old episodes of Holmes Inspection – interesting (and apparently, only Holmes does inspections right – everyone else is imcompetent). A home buyer should watch a few episodes before purchasing a home.

  34. mediumwave says:

    Lady Antebellum Change Band Name: “We Are Deeply Sorry”

    Not a parody or a prank. 🙁

  35. SteveF says:

    Congrats, Lynn. I imagine that takes a shovelful off your wheelbarrow of worries.

    He wants to carry a mini-gun with 5,000 rounds of 7.62 on your back.

    Don’t forget the batteries to power the motor. They’re not as heavy as the ammo you use, but they’re not light.

    Someone rigged up a man-pack of a minigun, the same as Jesse Ventura (?) carried in Predator (?). IIRC it came to over 300 pounds. I don’t remember how much ammo was in that, but it was more like 1000 rounds than 5000.

  36. lynn says:

    Lady Antebellum Change Band Name: “We Are Deeply Sorry”

    Not a parody or a prank.

    A bunch of has beens trying to get some free advertising.

  37. Ray Thompson says:

    A home buyer should watch a few episodes before purchasing a home

    Then go back and reinspect using the inspector’s notes and do your own inspection. Remove the panel on the breaker box and look for things that don’t look right. Even hire an electrician to look it over. Check all the plugs with a tester indicating bad and/or reversed polarity. Fill all the sinks then drain at the same time while flushing ALL the toilets at the same time and look for slowing. Turn off all the water in the house and check the meter for leak detection. Walk the entire yard looking for soft wet spots. Access the attic by being at least waist level in the opening and use a strong FLASHLIGHT examine the insulation and the rafters. Remove the grills and filters for the A/C returns to see any obstructions. Crank the heat to 90, even in summer for at least 15 minutes. Then crank the A/C as low as possible for 15 minutes. Ask for copies of the electric, water and gas (if applicable) bills for the last three months. Crawl under the house if possible, not far, just enough to see if pipes are insulated and if moisture is an issue.

    Perfection will not be reached in most cases. But at least the buyer has an idea what items need addressed. The seller will also know that the buyer is serious about any issues and puts the buyer in a better negotiating position.

  38. lynn says:

    Congrats, Lynn. I imagine that takes a shovelful off your wheelbarrow of worries.

    Thanks, no joke ! Paying two mortgages, two electric bills, two water bills, two homeowners insurance, and two property taxes bills gets expensive after a while. We bought the new used house back on Sept 12, 2019, had it fixed up, and moved into it on Feb 6, 2020. Fixed up the old house and put it on the market about March 15.

  39. Ray Thompson says:

    Costco has a 50 pint dehumidifier for $129.00 after $40.00 off. Item sells on Amazon for $229.00. Home Depot has discontinued the item so it may be that Costco is getting rid of the product for the company. Seems like a good deal. Has pumping capability when the tank is full

  40. lynn says:

    “20 Years On, Jurassic Park Author Michael Crichton is Still Right about Global Warming”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/06/08/20-years-on-jurassic-park-author-michael-crichton-is-still-right-about-global-warming/

    “Everyone has heard of Jurassic Park. What is less well known is author Michael Crichton, who passed in 2008, was also a staunch critic of politicised science, and an articulate and effective global warming skeptic, who was just getting into his stride when he was sadly struck down at age 66 by cancer.”

    Sad but true. I’ve read almost every book that he published. He had great future visions in applied science, many of which we have yet to achieve.

  41. lynn says:

    Someone rigged up a man-pack of a minigun, the same as Jesse Ventura (?) carried in Predator (?). IIRC it came to over 300 pounds. I don’t remember how much ammo was in that, but it was more like 1000 rounds than 5000.

    The M-249 with spare barrel, asbestos glove, and seven 200 round drums (1,400 rounds of 5.56) weighs about 40 lbs according to the son. Sounds like he needs a 5.56 minigun instead of the 7.62.

    BTW, the M-249 can pump about 800 rounds per minute down range. My son says it is like liquid metal and will literally cut trees in half. His actual favorite weapon is the M-2 and his second favorite is the Mark 19 40 mm grenade launcher. Neither is man portable.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mk_19_grenade_launcher

    I watched a M-2 squad jogging one day for a half hour around a Marine Base in 90+ F in the Mojave desert. The biggest guy (bigger than me !) was carrying the M-2 receiver (70 ? 80 ? lbs) across his shoulders. Another guy was carrying the tripod. Another guy was carrying the six foot barrel. Another couple of guys were carrying two ammo cans each with 100 ? 200 ? round belts of 50 cal ammo. They were all sweating pretty good on their five mile jog around the sewage treatment lake. I was sitting in my air conditioned truck.

  42. paul says:

    Today is sunny. Not a cloud…. the humidity is down, the sky is bluer than usual. 62F at 6 AM. I opened the sliding door and the front door to catch the tiny breeze. The t-stat dropped from 75F to 72F by 8 AM. Around 10 the outside temp was 76 so I closed the house. It’s now 5 PM, the t-stat says 77 F. The A/C hasn’t run all day.

    Split the difference between thermostats on opposite sides of the house and call it 94F. The attic says 94.6. Not bad at all.

    It’s so exciting here. I did get the truck inspected today. I’ll go buy the tags tomorrow. Just to avoid possible hassle from random cops for expired plates. It’s not like I drive much, I filled up in November and filled up a couple of days ago. That’s what? 4 months per gallon? (25 gallons by 6 months.)

    Yes. Exciting times.

  43. lynn says:

    Seen on Facecrack ….

    Local school board is deciding whether or not to make kids wear masks at school. Wifey shared it and asked what people thought. One of our dojo moms responded with this! Lori for the win!
    Here’s how I think requiring masks might work in elementary.
    Please don’t snap Billy’s mask in his face.
    Your mask is not a necklace, bracelet, or any other form of jewelry.
    You should not be using your mask as a slingshot. Please put it back on your face.
    Please do not chew on your mask.
    Your mask should be on your face, not on the back of your head
    I’m sorry your mask is wet, but that’s what happens when you lick the inside of it.
    I’m sorry you sneezed. Here’s a tissue. Wipe out the snot as well as you can.
    No, you may not blow your nose in your mask.
    Why is your mask soaking wet? You just came back from the bathroom?
    And you put it back on your face after you dropped it?
    I’m sorry you broke the elastic on your mask by seeing how far the band would stretch. Now you’ll have to hold the mask on your face … or use this duct tape.
    Please take the mask off your eyes and watch where you’re walking. I don’t care if you have X-ray vision.
    Please take the mask off of your pencil and stop twirling it.
    I know the mask fits over your pants like a knee pad, but please take it off of your leg and put it on your face.
    What do you mean you tried to eat your lunch through your mask?
    Please don’t share your mask or trade masks. I don’t care if you like Ingrid’s mask better than yours.
    I’m sorry, but your mask is not school appropriate.
    We’re not comparing our masks to other kids’ masks… everyone’s mask is unique and special.
    No, you may not decorate your mask instead of doing your work. I don’t care if you have a Sharpie.
    You’re not a pirate, please take your mask off your eye.
    Try to get the gum off as much as you can.
    Please don’t use your mask to pick your nose.
    I’m sorry you tripped, but that’s what happens when you put your feet inside the elastic of your mask.
    No, your mask doesn’t make it hard to get your work done.
    Your Mom will need to get you a new mask since you chewed a hole in that one.
    Why is there a shoe print on your mask?
    No, you cannot eat the snow through your mask.
    I don’t care if you were in art class and being creative; we do not decorate our masks.
    We do not beam other kids in the face with balls. No, their masks don’t make it not hurt.
    Please don’t plug your nose holes with your mask.
    Who’s making that noise?
    I’m sorry your ponytail is stuck, that’s what happens when you see how many times you can wrap it around your mask.
    I’m sorry to tell you, but your child thought her mask made her a superhero. She tried to fly off the jungle gym at recess …
    I’m sorry your breath stinks in your mask, maybe we should all try to brush better.
    Please take those cookies out of your mask. No, you are not a chipmunk.

  44. paul says:

    That’s funny. And true, too.

  45. SteveF says:

    Who’s making that noise?

    I would do that. I’d totally do that. Meowing noises and miscellaneous squeaks are hard enough to track down if everyone isn’t wearing a mask.

  46. MrAtoz says:

    How do you know the ethnicity of someone in a grave site ?

    The bones are all white, so to the landfill with them all.

  47. MrAtoz says:

    Lady Antebellum Change Band Name: “We Are Deeply Sorry”

    The virtue signal is so bright, my eyes hurt over the innertubes. Geez.

  48. Greg Norton says:

    Seen on Facecrack ….

    Local school board is deciding whether or not to make kids wear masks at school.

    Requiring masks will be a disaster.

    Sick kids need to stay home, but that doesn’t happen now with run of the mill flu.

  49. lynn says:

    Seen on Facecrack ….

    Local school board is deciding whether or not to make kids wear masks at school.

    Requiring masks will be a disaster.

    Sick kids need to stay home, but that doesn’t happen now with run of the mill flu.

    My daughter’s 3rd grade class got mono in 1993 or so. They all got it ! I used to have the habit that I would go upstairs and kiss her good night on top of her head. Guess who else got it ? Yup, yours truly. Just about the longest month of my life.

  50. EdH says:

    Finally went ahead and bought Pournelle’s (posthumous) Mamelukes.

    And since I read the first book in the series when it came out in 1980 or so, bought the kindle version of Lord of Janissaries too. Details are a bit vague now 🙂

    Beach reading Plans for the 4th are starting to come together…

  51. nick flandrey says:

    I like Mike Holmes and all his shows but he did drop a few points in my estimation when he passed his daughter’s very bad tile job as OK. I learned a LOT from watching his various shows. The most important idea is “if you see THAT issue, what issues did they hide?” “Take it all down.”

    Our home inspection was pretty pro forma, we were going to buy the house unless a foundation issue was found. The seller was a bit surprised when we asked to video the drains. The inspector pointed out that the biggest hidden problem in our area was broken drains under the slab. VERY expensive to fix. So we had a plumber pull a toilet and scope and map everything. That map came in handy later, and it was very comforting knowing the drains were fine.

    n

  52. Pecancorner says:

    Lynn, that is hilarious! I copied and pasted to FB and it already has 5 “laughs”. 🙂

    Crawl under the house if possible, not far, just enough to see if pipes are insulated and if moisture is an issue.

    Our neighbor has a property inspection business, and he uses little robots to inspect under houses. It is really cool, that little thing can go all over and finds things that might be missed otherwise. Although he (and his dad) are pretty innovative, I bet he’s not the only one who no longer crawls under houses.

    Les Stroud just announced he is putting all of his shows onto You Tube for free. That includes the SurvivorMan series (although it is only there for a limited time). He also has some new shows coming up on PBS.

  53. nick flandrey says:

    Finally went ahead and bought Pournelle’s (posthumous) Mamelukes. ”

    –I liked the first two, can’t remember the third, probably won’t get the new one unless I get them all re-read.

    Someone recommended the Alex Verus magic series a couple of days ago and I really like it. I’m about half way thru the 3rd at the moment.

    n

  54. lynn says:

    Someone recommended the Alex Verus magic series a couple of days ago and I really like it. I’m about half way thru the 3rd at the moment.

    That was probably me. Cool, I finally recommended something that you like. Warning, there are 11 books in the series as of Nov 24. And they get a little darker each book.
    https://www.amazon.com/Fated-Alex-Verus-Book-1-ebook/dp/B005GSYZAM/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Then you might like this series about The Last of the Druids which he mercifully shut down at 9 books.
    https://www.amazon.com/Hounded-two-bonus-short-stories-ebook/dp/B004J4WN0I/?tag=ttgnet-20

  55. EdH says:

    @Nick

    I recall Janissaries as being long, but Amazon says 265 pages. I have the omnibus kindle edition of the first 3 novels now, if it all comes back to me I’ll just skip ahead to Mamelukes.

    They say a book you read at 25 is different from the book you read at 65.

    Anyway, thanks for the heads up, went ahead and downloaded the first Alex Verus book. Worth a shot, some magic-mystery I enjoy, some not.

  56. EdH says:

    @lynn

    Ah, the Hounded series. I thought it ended at book 5 or so, to be honest, I’ll take a look. Fun light reads as I recall.

    All my dead tree books are mostly stashed away in a container…

  57. lynn says:

    Don’t forget the batteries to power the motor. They’re not as heavy as the ammo you use, but they’re not light.

    Batteries was one of my sons major complaints about going and visiting people at 1 am in the morning in Iraq. Apparently their night vision scopes ate 4 ? 6 ? 8 ? AA batteries per hour. Get a little delay and they were all swapping batteries like crazy.

  58. nick flandrey says:

    @EdH, there are similarities to the Harry Dresden books, and he even does a little shout out to Harry in the first book, but so far they have been “smaller”? The world is much smaller than the Dresden books. They feel a bit like cozy mysteries in that sense. I don’t know how to describe it, except that the world isn’t as expansive. Still, I like them. They are well written and the characters are getting more interesting as we go.

    @lynn, I like having a bunch to read. I’m always disappointed when I catch up with an ongoing series. I hate waiting for the next book (damn you Jim Butcher). At least I never got into George rr Martin….

    n

  59. lynn says:

    Ah, the Hounded series. I thought it ended at book 5 or so, to be honest, I’ll take a look. Fun light reads as I recall.

    All my dead tree books are mostly stashed away in a container…

    The Hounded (Iron Druid) series started waning about book 6 or 7, I cannot remember. So, you are not missing much.

    All of my “read” dead tree books are in 30+ moving boxes in the garage. The boxes do have the authors first character of their last name marked on the side should I get desperate. I do have about 400 books in my SBR (strategic book reserve) on my side of the bed.

  60. Nick Flandrey says:

    Lots of encrypted traffic on the HPD West side tactical channel tonight. It’s about the only channel I’m monitoring with traffic on it today. Can’t be a good thing.

    n

  61. MrAtoz says:

    Then you might like this series about The Last of the Druids which he mercifully shut down at 9 books.
    https://www.amazon.com/Hounded-two-bonus-short-stories-ebook/dp/B004J4WN0I/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Hearne just announced an Iron Druid spinoff (Ink & Sigil). I guess his other books tanked. I like the ID books, though.

    @lynn, I like having a bunch to read. I’m always disappointed when I catch up with an ongoing series. I hate waiting for the next book (damn you Jim Butcher). At least I never got into George rr Martin….

    LOL. My daughter and I were just talking about this. It’s heading for 5 years. He’s promised 20 books in the series. I won’t make it at this rate.

  62. EdH says:

    @Nick

    EdH, there are similarities to the Harry Dresden books, and he even does a little shout out to Harry in the first book, but so far they have been “smaller”.

    I like smaller. The growth in the problems encountered by Harry Dresden or Odd Thomas is a bit off putting to me. I prefer Garrett P.I..

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