Sat. July 25, 2020 – so tired and still stuff to do

Hot and humid, storms on the way.

Yesterday stayed pretty darn hot until late in the day.  Here at the house they got a huge rainstorm, but it didn’t last and the humidity dropped enough that the streets dried off.  I was south east and east, and I missed all but a smattering of the rain.  Traffic was very light for Friday at 4pm.

I did get a couple of things done, but really, not much.  Today I’ll be running around and picking up stuff for the house.  Did I mention that my wife figured out I can buy stuff for her and the house?? I think I might have mentioned it…

It lets me buy preps too, so I should quit b!tching, even in fun.

Speaking of which, 37.5 pounds of metal and chemistry is headed my way.  Still more in stock according to the email I got…   If you have a commie rifle, you can still feed it, if you haven’t already stocked up.   Everyone thinks they have enough guns-until the zombies come….

More likely we’ll be short food and meds, but hey, you can’t keep either if you can’t defend yourself.   Although I think the best tool might be a small tool with a suppressor.  Even a big tool with a suppressor is better than no suppressor.  IDK if there is any chance of getting your stamp under the current conditions, but you might want to consider it.   I have and wish I’d started the process.  I’d probably have one today if I had just taken that first step.

Which brings us to the heart of prepping.  TAKE THE STEP.  Whether that is stacking stuff, taking some classes, or getting out and meeting some new people, do it.   Get ready to take that ham licensing test.  Get those gunsmithing dvds.  Order something with a long lead time.  Take the step.  Start the journey.

 

Keep stacking.

nick

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

63 thoughts on “Sat. July 25, 2020 – so tired and still stuff to do”


  1. We wrote letters to our family in New Zealand because calling was astronomical

    Have you considered WiFi calling? My MIL is technology afraid and barely understands touch tone phones. When we travel to Europe we enable WiFi calling on the phone, connect to WiFi and the wife talks to her mother for an hour each day. No cost. We can call her, she cannot call us. Works great even if the recipient of the call is using a POTS land line.


  2. Trump has listened to the experts in the Swamp who say that the entire middle east would be on fire if we leave.

    That may be, but the US has been pouring gasoline on the fires for decades: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and I suppose you can count Iran as well. Some of those more than once. If the US would be so kind as to leave, things might just settle down.

    But I suppose that would end a lot of money flowing to the “military industrial complex”, so it’s unlikely to happen…

  3. Thanks for the helpful suggestions. Greg, I did take data mining. I enjoyed the course immensely but I made it thru by the skin of my teeth. My post TBI brain didn’t much like the math. I could understand it while I read the material but retention was … challenging. I am not convinced my work was worthy of a passing grade but accepted it with humility.

    No one really gets the math, at least not mortals. An ‘A’ in my grad level Data Mining class was a 30% on the final. A couple of people blew the curve, but one is now the professor’s PhD student and another took the undergraduate-level course from the same instructor.

    I took two useful things away from the class — text relevance estimation and KMeans clustering.

    I just used KMeans to create new vehicle classification rules for one customer, to prevent SUVs and 1500-class trucks from being classified as bigger trucks since both are getting quite large compared to what they were just a decade ago. The rule change suggested by the clustering tested a really interesting number we hadn’t considered before, but, in the end, the customer decided not to alter the rules since the tolling cost to the vehicle was the same.

    At one point, for another class, I took apart the Enron email archive using text relevance, similar to what you asked about doing yesterday. Writing the web interface for searching, the meat of the class assignment, was the time consuming part; breaking down the text relevance was a long afternoon, spent mostly struggling with PHP. The end result of that was both scary and cool, and I even found an extended family member’s name in emails out of the Portlandia PG&E Enron subsidiary emails — the managers thought that the relative wanted too much money to transition from temp to perm. A few bucks an hour, too funny considering what happened to them less than a year later.

    I wonder if any of those managers got fitted for orange suits. Probably not.

  4. A few headlines:
    2017: US Senate Votes to Ensure America Remains at “Endless” War
    2018: Trump orders US troops out of Syria, declares victory over ISIS
    2019: Senate vote rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan
    2019: All US Troops Now Pulling Out of Syria, Officials Say
    May 2020: US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule
    June 2020: Trump says he will pull troops out of Germany
    Juny 2020: Congress moves to block Trump’s Germany troop withdrawal plans
    July 2020: House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown
    July 2020: US pulls out troops from five bases in Afghanistan as part of agreement with Taliban
    July 14 2020: Congress historically has tried to force presidents to bring troops home. But in the last three years, lawmakers have repeatedly tried to make laws to do the opposite.

    (Note to moderators: I brainlessly put too many links in and the comment went to moderation. So I deleted it. Here it is without links. Apologies! 🙂 )


  5. If the US would be so kind as to leave, things might just settle down.

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Either you’ve got one hell of a sense of humor or you know no history, ancient or modern.


  6. I do know that Malwarebytes and ESET will not work together and cause problems booting from a power off state.

    @Ray, I run both without issues, albeit on Win7 – is what you mention only a Win10 problem?


  7. We are all baseball fans and really enjoyed the game.

    I’m a huge baseball fan too (Braves). I’ve made the decision to not watch any games. I just can’t support the over the top political BS.

  8. “If the US would be so kind as to leave, things might just settle down.”

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Either you’ve got one hell of a sense of humor or you know no history, ancient or modern.

    Elements within the military and associated consulting and contracting firms have no interest in the “wars” coming to an end, hence the Vindman twins and my Colonel Bat Guano neighbors in Florida.

    I would have had some respect for Obama if he had actually followed through on his plans to close Gitmo, but someone at MacDill dropped a dime on him fairly early, and my one neighbor continued her daily flights to Cuba where she ran snake torture sessions on the payroll of [large consultant firm omitted].

    Whether closing Gitmo was right or wrong, Obama failed to keep his promise.

    For the record, my snake torturing neighbor was a huge enviro weenie, possibly Prog in her politics. Me selling my house for what the market would bear destroyed a mid six-figure investment she and the equally crazy husband made in turning their home and vehicles “green” — window replacements, electrical upgrades for superchargers, salt water pool conversion, high end AC systems …

    I still giggle when I imagine the look on the neighbors’ faces when they saw my sale price.


  9. The news guy didn’t like it when I responded “no, I don’t do that” and turned my back on him in response to an interview request (they’ve been selectively editing interviews for the worst possible light).

    That is a wise stance on your part. Because even when they don’t have an angle, they always edit for an angle.


  10. Elements within the military and associated consulting and contracting firms have no interest in the “wars” coming to an end

    Certainly, but that has almost nothing to do with the matter. Is the US the only current meddler in the Middle East? Hardly. Was the US the only meddler since WWII? Since WWI? Hardly. Was the Middle East at peace when the Ottomans were firmly in control? Eh, somewhat, but only because they ruled with an iron fist and focused the populace’s attention on conquest. Before the Ottomans? Same thing, going back at least to Sumer.

    Blaming the United States for the world’s ills is as ridiculous, and frankly as childish, as blaming whites, or men, or blacks, or the Jews, or capitalism.


  11. Blaming the United States for the world’s ills is as ridiculous, and frankly as childish, as blaming whites, or men, or blacks, or the Jews, or capitalism.

    Wasn’t that Obola’s and now Plug’s Presidential platform?

  12. Missed my chance to get anything done inthe yard. Rain has been ramping up for the last 10 minutes. Pretty steady now….

    n

  13. Have you considered WiFi calling?

    @Ray, that reminded me… I had thought that only T-Mobile offered Wi-Fi calling, but that was a long time ago. I see that my carrier, AT&T, offers limited Wi-Fi calling now, but not on our phones. When we traveled to Europe, we selected AT&T as our carrier because other carriers available to us here used CDMA, and only AT&T used GSM. They also were tops in agreements with local European cell phone companies. That was a long time ago, and we have no travel plans now, so we might change carriers. Still have limited choices here, basically AT&T and Verizon Wireless, not to be confused with Verizon, who abandoned us.

    Most of this doesn’t make much difference to me, as I rarely make calls anywhere. I communicate almost exclusively by email. My wife, however, uses the phone a lot, and is happy with our call plan. She probably wouldn’t be bothered if Wi-Fi added any complexity. Besides, Wi-Fi in our house is crappy. Have to fix that…

    We do use Google Voice on our land line, and like it. Long story, but it gives us long distance instead of paying exorbitant fees for not much use. GV has its quirks, but is generally very good. I don’t use it on my cell phone. I have it automated on our cordless phone system: one key dialing. Wife uses it, yea.

    Some years ago, I bought an OBI POTS bridge. Just played with it, because at the time it could only communicate with other OBI devices. IIRC, it could be teamed with Google Voice to be more useful. I was always fascinated with telephony, and built phone patches for ham radio. Didn’t use them much, either. The phone world is very different today.

    The downside of all VOIP schemes here is our lousy Internet service availability, but I have beaten that dead equine too much. C’mon Starlink!

  14. Me selling my house for what the market would bear destroyed a mid six-figure investment she and the equally crazy husband made in turning their home and vehicles “green”…

    Not sure I understand. Why would your sale affect their valuation?

    I guess I have been isolated for too long. We had some friends who moved away temporarily for five years, and explained how the real estate market worked. Here, I can buy or sell to anybody for an agreed price. Oh, the real estate fraudsters try to influence the local market, but rarely succeed. Said by a curmudgeon.

  15. @Rick, thanks for the site tweaks, and the explanation. I have the habit of writing in my word processor, and pasting into the comment box. It works better now, although your earlier explanation about waiting a few seconds helped me. Haven’t had any trouble for months.


  16. @Ray, I run both without issues, albeit on Win7 – is what you mention only a Win10 problem?

    It was, ahem W8.1, four years ago. Had problems booting systems. Needed to boot into safe mode, then restart. Removed ESET and problems went away. Systems were on a domain. Probably fixed by now. I reported the issue to ESET.

  17. Not sure I understand. Why would your sale affect their valuation?

    Florida, after the bubble popped. Prior to me selling my house for $219k, the “comps” for the neighborhood were $400k.

    I sold clean (no foreclosure) for market price, establishing the new “comp” for the neighborhood. Anyone around me who was heavily leveraged with HELOCs and/or in Bankruptcy lost their house within a year, six houses out of 18 total in the subdivision.

    Anyone who didn’t lose their house in the neighborhood had a depressed home value for the next few years. The area has recovered since then, and my house resold last year for $419k. Keep in mind, however, that price was based on 3% 30 year fixed paper being available; in a 6% environment, the house would go for $280k tops if I had to guess, and the new owners put in new AC, floors, and windows.


  18. When we traveled to Europe, we selected AT&T as our carrier

    I get a SIM from a local company when I travel to Europe. Cheaper than any international plans. The wife uses WiFi to call her mother in Texas while we are in Europe. Most newer phones, less than three year old support WiFi calling. It just needs to enabled by the carrier.

  19. “so I can watch the Astros at home. The cost is $55/month. ”

    — seems like a lot just to watch baseball. Of course with the season being what it is, that’s like what, 40-50 games a month? For 32 months???

    (baseball season seems REALLY long to me)

    n

    The season this year goes from July 24th to Oct 1. About 50 games or so. Then 16 teams out of the 30 are going to the playoffs for the month of October.

    The main thing is that I am not paying Directv that $150/month. I pay about $50/month for the main streaming services.

  20. Trump has listened to the experts in the Swamp who say that the entire middle east would be on fire if we leave.

    That may be, but the US has been pouring gasoline on the fires for decades: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and I suppose you can count Iran as well. Some of those more than once. If the US would be so kind as to leave, things might just settle down.

    But I suppose that would end a lot of money flowing to the “military industrial complex”, so it’s unlikely to happen…

    The USA has been in the middle east since 1935 when the seven sisters (Humble, Esso, Sohio, Mobil, etc) formed Aramco and started drilling for oil in the Saudi desert. Ten trillion barrels of oil later, we don’t need them anymore in the USA. You guys in Europe are sucking wind though and the recent cutoff of Libyan oil in 2013, thanks Obama !, has been replaced by USA exports of two million barrels of distilled products to Europe each day.

    Make no mistake, energy is important to the western world. Very important. And cheap energy is awesome.

  21. @ray
    We wrote letters
    Wifi

    This was from the mid 60’s into early 2000’s. I remember flimsy blue paper that was prestamped and self sealing. You wrote small to get a month of news on a page before dropping it in the post box at the corner.

    Now we communicate less and less deeply. Email, Facebook, etc. We’ve done the various WiFi callings. But letters, that was some -real- communication. My grandfather had beautiful handwriting, neat tiny loopy script, and wrote eloquently of the daily trials they experienced. Maybe not quite a lost art, but certainly a rare one these days.

  22. Tyler Durden cowardice. The automotive press is highly dependent on newsstand sales in airports, and editors like Brock Yates are long gone. Calling BS on The Real Life Tony Stark (TM) right now would result in a quick end to any car magazine staff member’s career.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/valet-stand-parking-garage-world-gets-one-step-closer-calling-bllshit-musks-las-vegas

    Yates is gone, but his spirit lives on. The Cannonball record has been pushed below 26 hours over several runs since March.

  23. Missed my chance to get anything done inthe yard. Rain has been ramping up for the last 10 minutes. Pretty steady now….

    Nothing in North Austin/Round Rock. Dry all week.

    UPDATE: And, as soon as I go out to dump some water on my hanging plants, the rain starts.

    UPDATE 2: Go inside, and the rain stops. This is what hurricanes were like in Tampa, even when we took a direct hit from an eye wall.

  24. Several household chores going on here. I’m not doing any of them, though I assisted.

    – The kitchen cabinet doors nearest the stove are covered in grease, the inevitable result of frying daily without using a screen. (They didn’t exist in China a thousand years ago so my mother-in-law and wife don’t use them even though they see the beneficial effects when I fry something, about monthly.) I got out and opened out a couple cardboard boxes as a work surface, took the doors off, and let my wife and her mother figure out how to remove the thick, tacky, and odoriferous coating of used grease.

    – The bathtub that my daughter uses was draining slowly. She wasn’t strong enough to remove the stopper mechanism so I took care of that and handed her a flashlight and a little gripper thing (normally used when a bolt or a socket falls into the car’s engine and I can see it but can’t reach it) and told her to pull out all the hair she could.

    In both cases there were complaints but I’m a big advocate of cleaning up your own messes. I’m also a big advocate of doing what you say you’ll do, and my wife has been saying for months that she would clean the cabinet doors.

    Meanwhile, I’ve kept busy on a number of things for the past seven hours, including cooking five pounds of bacon (with a screen), getting my daughter awake and fed and alert enough for one of her online lessons, and working. And trying to decide whether to mow and do some other things outside; the grass doesn’t need to be cut but between weather and other things going on I don’t know if it’ll be up to my knees before my next chance.

    It’s probably not nice to say this in front of some of you, but we’ve had rain. Raaaaiiiiin. Water coming down and turning the grass and trees green. Lots of rain. More than we really need, to be honest.

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  25. I guess our rain is from Hanna’s rain bands. It’s fading in and out. Sun actually peaked thru for a brief time.

    Way too wet to mow though.

    I’m going to get the fridge off the truck in the next pause.

    n

  26. I guess our rain is from Hanna’s rain bands. It’s fading in and out. Sun actually peaked thru for a brief time.

    The event is pretty much over for Houston. No fake gas shortage this time.

    Austin has the potential to get one last rain band, but that will be it for us and Hanna.


  27. You wrote small to get a month of news on a page before dropping it in the post box at the corner. Now we communicate less and less deeply. Email, Facebook, etc. We’ve done the various WiFi callings. But letters, that was some -real- communication. My grandfather had beautiful handwriting, neat tiny loopy script, and wrote eloquently of the daily trials they experienced. Maybe not quite a lost art, but certainly a rare one these days.

    My mother still writes letters. I’ve saved them all, so if she never writes her autobiography (her father and greatgrandfather did), I have her letters. Two years ago for her birthday, she asked me not to buy anything but to write her a letter every week. She said “That way I can read them again.” It’s kind of like Nick was talking about the other day with kids needing surprises or treets. A letter or card in the mail is a treat and a delight for us as adults. I don’t manage every single week BUT I have kept it up and so she has letters or at least a postcard with a dab of news, daily trivia, fairly often. One secret is to keep stamps on hand. I find that since I have stamps, it is very easy to write a few lines and put it right out for the mail carrier, instead of waiting to go to the post office.


  28. It’s probably not nice to say this in front of some of you, but we’ve had rain. Raaaaiiiiin. Water coming down and turning the grass and trees green. Lots of rain. More than we really need, to be honest.

    Braggart! LOL it actually misted here this morning. Enough to turn the dust on the windshields into mud. But there’s a chance for legitimate rain, and hope springs eternal, even if water does not.

  29. It’s probably not nice to say this in front of some of you, but we’ve had rain. Raaaaiiiiin. Water coming down and turning the grass and trees green. Lots of rain. More than we really need, to be honest.

    Braggart! LOL it actually misted here this morning. Enough to turn the dust on the windshields into mud. But there’s a chance for legitimate rain, and hope springs eternal, even if water does not.

    I can’t remember the last rain, probably in March, but that is normal. We don’t need much rain here in the desert; we usually get about 4″ per year, although the last few years have been wetter than usual. This Spring we had lots of very green grasses on open ground, something that happens every few years. Lasts for a couple of weeks, then turns to a beautiful golden color You can tell I have have lived in a desert for many years. 🙂 Despite this, some native plants are naturally green, but a pale green. The creosote bushes are a deep green.

    We always have wildflowers in the spring. Sometimes there are hundreds of varieties. They can be dramatic or subtle. We call some of them belly flowers, because you have to get very close to see them: literally less than 1/8″ in diameter. Others can be many feet tall.

    Some deserts are just sand. Others are full of plants and wildlife.

  30. Hoo boy, we got a gully washer, and then it stopped for a while. Our local drainage ditch is w/in a foot of the bridge…

    n

  31. From 7/19/20:
    My SIL was raised in Mammoth and goes up annually to golf and party with old friends. Stopped at Indian Wells Brewery (Inyokern) and brought some back which we greatly enjoyed yesterday. Also, greatly impressed with the facility. Now, he wants to get back for some more and also visit his mother who lives about 12 miles SE of Kernville. Let you know when we go.

    @CowboySlim, sorry I missed this. Just now saw it. Yes, please let me know. I might drive up there and meet you. Rick makes some nice beers, and is a very personable tour guide. The beer is available locally in all the grocery stores, so no need to visit the brewery to buy some. He even used to have his products in the Lancaster Costco, but that was years ago. I haven’t been to the brewery in years.

    I’ve been busy lately, so have not read all of this site daily. I was just catching up. Most days I read it on my phone, early in the morning, catching up on the late posts from the night before. Sometimes I skip to my desktop computer, which is not sync’d with the phone, and I miss some content. Careless of me.

  32. I guess our rain is from Hanna’s rain bands. It’s fading in and out. Sun actually peaked thru for a brief time.

    Way too wet to mow though.

    It rained on me all the way from Port Lavaca back to Rosenberg. Had to slow down several times due to the windshield wipers would not go beyond warp speed. Stayed with the parents for four days. The wind blew a steady 20 to 30 mph all night and the bay is up four feet with six foot waves coming right over their bulkhead. Rained all morning and when I left.

    Mom is not getting stronger but starts rehab again next week as the sore on her heel has finally healed after seven months. Dad is losing weight and maintains that it is on purpose, not sure. He is looking kind of frail all of a sudden at 81 years.

    They did not want me to leave. I told them that old Ben Franklin quote, guests and fish start to stink after three days. They both said I could stay for weeks and they would love it. I may need to start going down there every month for a weekend as they may need the company. Their church is meeting but only 15 people are going and they are wary of getting the Covid as they are both stage 4 cancer in remission.

  33. Lynn, could you hook up an iPad or computer to a TV or big monitor and set it up for easy Skype, Zoom, or similar calls? I don’t know your parents’ tech adroitness so I don’t know if one-button operation would be needed. Video calls are not as good as being there, but a lot more convenient.

    (“Not as good as being there” assuming you actually like the people you’re talking to. When it comes to most coworkers, video is better than in-person, text is better yet, and not contacting me at all is ideal.)

  34. Lynn, could you hook up an iPad or computer to a TV or big monitor and set it up for easy Skype, Zoom, or similar calls? I don’t know your parents’ tech adroitness so I don’t know if one-button operation would be needed. Video calls are not as good as being there, but a lot more convenient.

    (“Not as good as being there” assuming you actually like the people you’re talking to. When it comes to most coworkers, video is better than in-person, text is better yet, and not contacting me at all is ideal.)

    Dad has been the bleeding edge of computers for the last 60+ years. For his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis at Princeton in 1963, he programmed a dedicated IBM 360 to control a Shell refinery catalytic cracker by itself using Algol. He has three monitors on his desktop connected to his PC and continuously moves between them. He has two other computers continuously backing up his LAN and doing who knows what. He is more computer savvy than me at times.

    Mom is the total opposite. Dad has tried and tried to get her using a smartphone and she just does not understand swiping or starting the phone app to call someone. But, Dad calls the person and then hands his phone to Mom.

  35. “Hurricane Hanna reaches Padre Island, brings heavy rains to South Texas”
    https://spacecityweather.com/hurricane-hanna-reaches-padre-island-brings-heavy-rains-to-south-texas/

    “At 5 pm CT on Saturday Hurricane Hanna made landfall along Padre Island, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. For Houston, our forecast remains unchanged. We will see periods of at-times heavy rainfall, but it should be intermittent enough that the worst impact we anticipate is some brief street flooding. Heavy rains should be more scattered on Sunday and backing off further on Monday. The rest of this post will focus on South Texas, where Hanna’s rainfall potential is much more serious.”

    Look at that eye !

    “Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood [lyrics]”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R63pwg6mz_A

  36. Huh, we’re getting our second mail delivery of the day. The first was this afternoon, the carrier said he had over 200 packages on his route, and was very late because of rain. I didn’t think we’d get any regular mail today, but he just came by again.

    n

  37. One of my friends posted this on Facecrack:

    “I’m ready to spend time with friends. Life is not meant to be lived apart from others. It’s not healthy. Virus or no virus. I’ll continue to be careful and use common sense. No fear. No isolation. It’s time…”

    He is correct. We cannot live in fear for the rest of our lives. But don’t be stupid either (stay out of bars !).

  38. Huh, we’re getting our second mail delivery of the day. The first was this afternoon, the carrier said he had over 200 packages on his route, and was very late because of rain. I didn’t think we’d get any regular mail today, but he just came by again.

    n

    That is odd. I guess that he missed a box in his vehicle on the first pass ???

  39. Lynn, could you hook up an iPad or computer to a TV or big monitor and set it up for easy Skype, Zoom, or similar calls? I don’t know your parents’ tech adroitness so I don’t know if one-button operation would be needed. Video calls are not as good as being there, but a lot more convenient.

    BTW, Dad has nine, yes 9, devices hooked up to his 75 inch Samsung TV using HDMI. He managed to find an single onscreen HDMI switcher for all nine devices. I am both amazed and incredulous (and overwhelmed). All we have is a Roku attached to each of our three TVs in the house. He can even wirelessly display pictures from his phone on his TV so Mom can see them in 75 inch glory. The transmission time is almost instantaneous.

  40. Wife and kids have been working their way thru the Star Wars saga on our new Roku 4k hooked tothe 70″ samsung 4K . They are on the second to last? After Last Jedi. I’m in my office about 15 ft away.

    MAN there is a lot of bass and ‘vummmmmmm vummmmm’ buzzing sounds in the new movies vs the old.

    n

  41. I think the mailman delivered only packages, then went back and delivered the mail afterwards.

    n

  42. Dad has been the bleeding edge of computers for the last 60+ years. For his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis at Princeton in 1963, he programmed a dedicated IBM 360 to control a Shell refinery catalytic cracker by itself using Algol.

    That was bleeding edge CS at the time. McCarthy’s “Part I” paper proposing Lisp hit in 1960, but he didn’t have a compiler for a couple of years.

    Lambda Calculus-derived programming languages are such fun. Though, IIRC, Algol allowed globals and had a non-ambiguous grammar which made it easy to implement compilers.

  43. “You’re a very agile man Mr. Atoz. Just how many of you are there?” said Mr. Kirk, on stardate 5943.7.

  44. Saw this elsewhere and combined it in my brain with some discussion about how hard it is to find ammo in common calibers and I had a thought. A bad thought.

    One side benefit of the current situation is that gun store shelves are bare and you will find it nearly impossible to buy ammunition

    The implication is that it’s great that people are arming up.

    But combine that with empty stores and NO stock coming down the pipe. Stores that don’t have anything to sell can’t pay the rent. It may be that this frenzy of buying kills a whole bunch of gun stores.

    That would be an unexpected and VERY unfortunate outcome.

    n

  45. Wife and kids have been working their way thru the Star Wars saga on our new Roku 4k hooked tothe 70″ samsung 4K . They are on the second to last? After Last Jedi. I’m in my office about 15 ft away.

    MAN there is a lot of bass and ‘vummmmmmm vummmmm’ buzzing sounds in the new movies vs the old.

    Gotta sell those THX consulting services. The Pleasure Island multiplex at Eisney in Orlando used to have one of the best-tweaked theaters in the country. I don’t know if that screen survived the various remodels.

    Don’t forget “Rogue One”. And “Rebels” does a pretty good job filling in between Ep. III and IV despite looking like kiddie throwaway material on the surface.

    At times, “Rebels” has the deepest and darkest “Star Wars” material ever made, and the series includes the final showdown between Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul among other very cool moments.

    I can’t think of a “Star Wars” death scene that tops this one. Spoilery, but going in you know “Rebels” won’t end well. Caleb Dune is a Jedi.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8j9KPinpKw

  46. It’s Rogue one they’re watching right now.

    I don’t think I’ve seen it. I can’t stand the whiny puss boy adversary, and the idea grrrl can go up against anyone trained at all, with no training is so annoying I can’t watch it.

    All the grrrl power ones bug me.

    n

  47. Hah, wife has me buying decor for Daughter 1’s room, so I bought some stuff for me.

    3x LED security floodlights, motion activated, $11 each
    2x chinesium flashlights with stun gun zappers built in, $11 each
    1x pistol crossbow with safety lock, $16

    some painting stuff, new shopvac ($13), and some AR parts.

    All I had to do was drop $200 on furniture…. such a deal!

    n

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  48. In the other auction I ended up with 17 molle load bearing vests, some gloves and some holsters.

    I’m gonna flip some parts out of the last few auctions on ebay. I’ve heard that parts are going for crazy prices too, just like complete ARs and ammo.

    n

  49. It’s Rogue one they’re watching right now.

    I don’t think I’ve seen it. I can’t stand the whiny puss boy adversary, and the idea grrrl can go up against anyone trained at all, with no training is so annoying I can’t watch it.

    All the grrrl power ones bug me.

    “Rouge One” is one of my favorites. Kinda like “The Empire Strikes Back”. You’ll know why when you see the ending.

  50. “t some point, somebody is going to start shooting.”

    –you mean, start shooting ON PURPOSE… since the black ‘militia’ member had a negligent discharge that injured 3…

    Oh wow, I thought it was just one person.


  51. Black Lives Matter protester is shot dead during march in Austin as youth detention center and police precinct are torched in Seattle and demonstrators gather again in Portland amid standoff with feds

    A protester was shot and killed and several others injured in a shooting at a protest in Texas Saturday night
    Shocking footage showed people marching in downtown Austin when gunfire rung out
    Seattle Police Department declared the protests ‘riots’ Saturday afternoon after unrest broke out in the city
    People vandalized the East Police Precinct and set a small fire inside the building
    The King County Juvenile Detention Facility was torched and engulfed in flames
    Hours earlier a federal judge blocked a new law banning cops using pepper spray and crowd control
    A Wall of Moms and Vets showed up in solidarity with the ‘walls’ that sprung up in Portland this last week
    Tensions are mounting after Trump said he was sending in federal troops to Seattle
    Federal agents have so far been sent to Portland, Chicago and Seattle as part of Trump’s law and order sweep
    Portland suffered another violent overnight Friday with one person stabbed
    In Chicago, protests ramped up Saturday including a Back the Blue rally supporting cops

  52. _Hawk_ by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
    https://www.amazon.com/Hawk-James-Patterson/dp/0316494402/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number ten of a ten book young adult fantasy series. I read the well printed and bound hardback that I bought for my wife and stole back from her since she did immediately read it. I will read any book in this long running series that dates back to 2005.

    In 2060 or so, Hawk goes to the corner again in The City of The Dead, waiting for her parents to come back. She goes to the corner every day for an hour, waiting for her parents to come get her. It has been ten years since they told her to wait for them at that corner when she was seven years old.

    Hawk’s parents were the results of a secret genetic experiment in 2030 or so to mix avian DNA with human DNA to create super soldiers. Instead, the scientists created the flock of super rebellious children with wings who could fly. Max, Fang, Angel, and the rest of the flock.

    But Hawk has been living on her own for ten years in a very tough city. Her only protector is the hawk, Ridley, that her father gave to her. And over the years, Hawk has become a protector of others.

    My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (59 reviews)

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