Mon. Aug. 3, 2020 – new month, new week, same stuff on my list

By on August 3rd, 2020 in personal, prepping, prepping fail, WuFlu

Warmer, wetter, swamp-ier.

Because yesterday wasn’t humid enough, it rained.  And got to over 100F in my yard, even without sun.

But I mostly didn’t do much anyway.  Sometimes I hurt, sometimes I didn’t.  Didn’t want to push it too much in any case.

Cleaned the pool, opened a power supply that let the smoke out to show the daughter what magic smoke smells like, piddled around.

I did get a crossbow pistol in an auction, and I got it together and shot it a few times.  It says it is a 25 pound pull, and it looks like a toy, but it was putting quarrels 4 inches deep into the same target our little bows were putting arrows 2  inches deep.   It is a toy, really, but I sure wouldn’t want to be in front of it.  I’ll probably add a fishing reel and set it up as a line thrower for getting temporary wire antennas up into trees.    It’s really unpleasant to shoot, not fun at all.  The frame is polymer, and the spring is a nasty piece of shaped spring steel.   Lots of sharp edges and it takes two fingers to pull the trigger.  Using it once or twice a year sounds about right.

Dinner was courtesy of oldest daughter.  She wanted to make spaghetti and meatballs.  Do we have any hamburger defrosted?  No, but we do have frozen meatballs…. and lots of pasta.  So she heated everything up and we had dinner from stores.

I’ve done a pretty good job of stocking the larder.  There are things that tripped me up, mainly when my wife wants to cook.  She uses stuff I don’t even think about.  Diced tomatoes for example.  I have diced tomatoes with chilis.  I have tomato paste.  No plain diced, because I don’t use them.  Same with Worcestershire sauce.  I ordered a couple of bottles on my last HEB order because I had none on the shelves and she used the last in the cupboard.  So if your spouse isn’t fully involved in your stacking, find some way to address the things s/he uses and buys, that you don’t even think about, or you’ll be the goat and not the hero when the item is needed.

If you think you’re all set, and just need to add more of what you’ve already got, you’re probably missing something.  So look for gaps, and keep stacking.

nick

 

68 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Aug. 3, 2020 – new month, new week, same stuff on my list"

  1. SteveF says:

    Every time I think humans are ok

    Well there’s your mistake right there.

  2. Greg Norton says:

    I’m getting a bit fed up with other people being isolated from their own bad choices.

    I blame it all on Ponytail Man.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8rp-tlgqa4

    Seriously, though 1992 was a turning point IMHO, far bigger than a lot of people realize. There is a reason the wife of Ross Perot’s tax attorney clings to life and the Payola Seat on the Supreme Court.

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    Texas, getting weird. Wonder if this will count as a COVID death?

    We picked up an anecdotal piece of evidence that Florida test numbers may not be for real.

    My sister-in-law and her friends signed up for testing a few weeks ago, since they go party in the thick of things practically every weekend in Daytona Beach. After they decided to not go get swabbed after one friend’s description of the experience, they thought that would be the end of it. On Friday, every one of the women received a letter from the county indicating that they tested positive.

    Orange County FL is “purple”. Lots of thoughtful people who aren’t prone to hysterics, but the thought process is: Well, gosh, if you tell the liberals no they are just so crazy anymore.

  4. Greg Norton says:

    Last week we learned our sump pump quit. Was down in the crawl space (just under 5′ between the joists) for something else and found waaaay too much water. Donned the appropriate PPE. I just spent the last several hours bagging wet insulation.

    @Jenny – You could get a scab duty job with the Death Star next year here in Texas if you don’t mind crawl spaces. Houston has a lot of residential installs where the wires run under the houses.

    Houston was the scab assignment my former employers gave to managers who were able to get themselves diagnosed clinically as being afraid of heights and unable to attend pole climbing classes in 2009.

    Not that I think a strike will happen next year or whenever Southwest’s contract is up again.

    Good luck fighting the homeless mess. The hotel owners will argue their property rights as they’ve done here in Austin. We even have a new Motel 6 going up near the office that is obviously destined for Hobo Hilton duty in a few years.

  5. SteveF says:

    We picked up an anecdotal piece of evidence that Florida test numbers may not be for real.

    I’ve heard the same from a few people. No first-hand knowledge but some that I’ve heard from people who claimed it happened to themselves.

  6. Pecancorner says:

    And I pulled the tank off the toilet and replaced all the insides. For bonus points I did the seat, too (flaking paint and always looke like it had bits of poop adhering to the underside)
    I’m feeling pretty mighty.

    @Jenny, good work! You are right to feel proud! After Paul got sick, it took me months of having to jiggle the handle before I got the courage to try to fix one myself. I’ve not dared to remove the tank yet, but I do replace the innerds, usually one piece at a time because the flappers need changing annually, while the arm parts don’t need it as often. Every time I work on one of our toilets I am grateful we have two baths in case I goof it up LOL

  7. Pecancorner says:

    @all, thanks for the replies re Ubuntu. My camera is a Sony HandyCam, bought last year. Printer is a Dell B1260dn laser printer that is about 5 years old. The offending/offensive computer is a Dell Inspiron laptop that is my fifth or sixth Dell and the last one I will ever buy. Windows 10 bullying (especially its penchant for hiding the update downloads until they are complete and only then announcing that “undates are available”) is bad enough but the machine itself is slow, balky, and has a lousy keyboard layout. A real disappointment from a brand I had liked.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    @all, thanks for the replies re Ubuntu. My camera is a Sony HandyCam, bought last year. Printer is a Dell B1260dn laser printer that is about 5 years old. The offending/offensive computer is a Dell Inspiron laptop that is my fifth or sixth Dell and the last one I will ever buy. Windows 10 bullying (especially its penchant for hiding the update downloads until they are complete and only then announcing that “undates are available”) is bad enough but the machine itself is slow, balky, and has a lousy keyboard layout. A real disappointment from a brand I had liked.

    I have a four year old Dell Inspiron that works well as my “I don’t care about this POS” laptop for the road running the latest Fedora, but all of our new laptops are Lenovo, preferably T series ThinkPad — pricey but worth the money IMHO. T series run Linux exceptionally well to the point that recent distributions can even detect and install BIOS upgrades.

    The big problem with the Dell I use is that they crippled it with 4 GB RAM max. The laptop reached a point where it was useless for my kids to run Windows.

    As for the printer, it has an Ethernet interface and PCL6. Try configuring under Ubuntu as an “LPR” device with a manually entered network address if the config menu gives you the option. I have to do that with my ancient HP 4000N laser in some flavors of Ubuntu, including Pop! OS.

    Also, with some PCL-only printers, including mine, Ghostscript can be kinda slow getting the print jobs out on some systems, especially when graphics are involved on memory-limited systems. Any printing I do from the Dell requires a *lot* of patience.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    The Dems can scratch FL off the list if Karen Bass runs with Plugs, and they must take the state away from Trump to win.

    “In an article in The Atlantic this week, Basss said she hadn’t fully realized how Cuba and Castro were seen in Florida, as opposed to California.”

    More baggage on Plugs’ VP short list. We’ll debate The Embargo all day long in FL, but there is no debate about Castro, even among the Dems. “Commandante En Jefe”. Oh, that was a stupid thing to say, even in late November 2016 — she probably thought Comey’s coup would work to install Commandante Hillary.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/karen-bass-on-biden-vp-shortlist-scrambles-cuba-history-scientology

    Words still mean things to some people. Americans have really short attention spans, but a large portion of the planet does not. Bass is really toast if a video clip exists.

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  10. JimB says:

    As for the printer, it has an Ethernet interface and PCL6. Try configuring under Ubuntu as an “LPR” device with a manually entered network address if the config menu gives you the option. I have to do that with my ancient HP 4000N laser in some flavors of Ubuntu, including Pop! OS.

    Thanks for your advice. In my case, when I connected my ancient HP laser printer to my Mint (Ubuntu based) system, I was shocked to see it detected almost instantly. There was even a picture of the printer at the top of the configure box. All settings looked good, so I simply clicked OK or something. Has worked fine since. It was even better than the two Windows drivers I had previously used for that printer. Sometimes Linux surprises me with its brilliance. Sometimes, but…

    Also, with some PCL-only printers, including mine, Ghostscript can be kinda slow getting the print jobs out on some systems, especially when graphics are involved on memory-limited systems. Any printing I do from the Dell requires a *lot* of patience.

    Ah, this might be the reason I have a terrible time printing a 20 page scanned document, which is of course is a big graphics file. I only do this once a year for some tax related stuff, so I just let it go on while I do other things. I know the same printer worked fine doing the same thing on Windows systems. When I go back to Windows, I will likely have to trash this printer; I already checked, and there is no W10 driver. It’s OK, because it has mechanical problems not worth fixing. It also uses an obscure toner cartridge that is hard to find in the aftermarket. I have a newer HP laser printer that I will use. It seems to work fine, and has a very popular toner cartridge. I HATE printers and printing. Paperless for me, although sometimes there is no substitute for paper.

    I will also replace an HP business inkjet printer that was connected to my wife’s computer. Its ink tanks are expensive, chipped, and not readily available in the aftermarket. It works fine, although is noisy. I would prefer not to get another inkjet, but my wife will probably need one for her hobbies. I would prefer a color laser printer, but that won’t work for some craft stuff. Did I mention that I HATE printers? As much as I complain about some computing stuff *cough Linux networking cough* printers are far worse. They are expensive to support, and a time sink.

    One exception, at my volunteer job, they use a HP color laser printer all in one. This has been practically indestructible, and has given no trouble in its five years of use. It even fell to the floor during the earthquakes. The office is staffed by women, and I advised them to NOT try to lift it. They got some guy to put it back on the table, and it fired right up. Wow. It costs quite a bit, although not horrible, but it seems to eat toner cartridges. They, or course, use proper HP toner, and it $cost$. But… peace of mind and dependability are paramount. It gets a lot of use. I admire the older HP business oriented printers, and have heard that the newer ones are not as good. This one might be the exception. However, if I had to buy something new, I would probably choose one of those sub $c-note Samsung or Brother monochrome lasers.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    When I go back to Windows, I will likely have to trash this printer; I already checked, and there is no W10 driver. It’s OK, because it has mechanical problems not worth fixing. It also uses an obscure toner cartridge that is hard to find in the aftermarket. I have a newer HP laser printer that I will use. It seems to work fine, and has a very popular toner cartridge. I HATE printers and printing. Paperless for me, although sometimes there is no substitute for paper.

    HP has a generic Windows 10 driver for a bunch of their old PCL and PostScript LaserJet printers. You’ll have to dig around for information on it, however.

    My T470 had all kinds of issues with file and print server resources until I got fed up, wiped the disk, and installed Windows 10 Pro clean from a Microsoft ISO, bypassing Lenovo’s recovery partition.

  12. lynn says:

    One exception, at my volunteer job, they use a HP color laser printer all in one. This has been practically indestructible, and has given no trouble in its five years of use. It even fell to the floor during the earthquakes. The office is staffed by women, and I advised them to NOT try to lift it. They got some guy to put it back on the table, and it fired right up. Wow. It costs quite a bit, although not horrible, but it seems to eat toner cartridges. They, or course, use proper HP toner, and it $cost$. But… peace of mind and dependability are paramount. It gets a lot of use. I admire the older HP business oriented printers, and have heard that the newer ones are not as good. This one might be the exception. However, if I had to buy something new, I would probably choose one of those sub $c-note Samsung or Brother monochrome lasers.

    I love HP color laserjets. We have killed several of them, maybe three. Maybe four. Worn them out after a half million pages. And we use paper up to 80lb for brochures.

    The nice thing about HP color laserjets is that the ink is not water based like the inkjets. And the ink is baked on. No running on the paper and creating a mess when you get it wet. And you are going to get it wet. Raindrops. Coffee. Tears.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    I admire the older HP business oriented printers, and have heard that the newer ones are not as good

    HP lost their special tech sharing deal with Canon about … six (?) years ago, and I watched the signs get pulled down at the campus in Vancouver, WA, where the inkjet printer engineering was based up until the last decade.

    We lost our rental in Vancouver in 2014 when the landlords decided not to renew our lease in favor of the better deal they could get from HP who rented houses and cars for the L1 engineers they started bringing in to outsource the printer design process overseas. HP even covered a kitchen remodel at one of the landlords’ properties to make a Singapore engineer’s wife happy just for the year the husband’s job required him to be in the US.

  14. lynn says:

    “Chicago mayor mounts police raid on church’s Sunday service”
    https://disrn.com/news/chicago-mayor-mounts-police-raid-on-black-churchs-sunday-service

    “Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Sunday launched a police raid on a predominately black church for holding services in defiance of her coronavirus shutdown orders.”

    “Lightfoot allegedly dispatched three marked squad cars and two unmarked police vehicles full of officers to Chicago Cornerstone Baptist Church in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood.”

    “Cornerstone Pastor Courtney Lewis was in the middle of his sermon when he heard loud banging on the church’s front doors. After discovering it was the police, he instructed the men of the church to lock the door and deny the officers entry, Todd Starnes reported.”

    “Lewis said he felt as if he was confronting “the Soviet-style KGB” as they continued banging on the door and demanding the church be shut down.”

    “”Thankfully, our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago,” Lewis told Starnes.”

    What are we coming to in the USA ? We have a constitutional right to gather peacefully, especially for religious needs.

    Why can’t the mayor go after the gang bangers shooting children ?

    Why can’t the police protect the churches from the escalating gun violence in Chicago ?

    Hat tip to:
    https://thelibertydaily.com/

  15. lynn says:

    Why can’t the mayor go after the gang bangers shooting children ?

    Why can’t the police protect the churches from the escalating gun violence in Chicago ?

    “34 Shot, 9 Fatally, over Weekend in Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago”
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/03/34-shot-9-fatally-over-weekend-in-mayor-lightfoots-chicago/

    It is obvious that the mayor of Chicago is a communist and is banning any worship except worship of the state.

    This will not end well.

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  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Why can’t the mayor go after the gang bangers shooting children ?”

    –mayors and cops go after the low hanging fruit, and suspects that won’t fight back or make a stink. It’s why gangbangers get time served for murder and whites get 23 years for check kiting….

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  17. Greg Norton says:

    “Why can’t the mayor go after the gang bangers shooting children ?”

    –mayors and cops go after the low hanging fruit, and suspects that won’t fight back or make a stink. It’s why gangbangers get time served for murder and whites get 23 years for check kiting….

    And the Meigs Field runway got bulldozed in the middle of the night with planes sitting on the tarmac.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Another business victim, although they look like they’re going to try to stay in business…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/mens-wearhouse-files-bankruptcy

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    “Separately, Lord & Taylor, a storied department store chain founded in 1826, billed as the oldest in the United States, also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday.”

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Another business victim, although they look like they’re going to try to stay in business…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/mens-wearhouse-files-bankruptcy

    Men’s Wearhouse has been toast since they fired George Zimmer.

    It would be ironic if Zimmer bought them out of Bankruptcy, but I have no doubt the Bank stores would be gone if that happened.

  20. lynn says:

    “August begins, and as always it will be a month to survive in Houston”
    https://spacecityweather.com/august-begins-and-as-always-it-will-be-a-month-to-survive-in-houston/

    Well, we got around 14 inches of rain at the casa over the last three weeks. I’ll probably be dragging water hoses around in a couple of weeks.

    My truck showed 100 F driving to work a little while ago.

    My son says that the Iraqi word for August is literally translated as “Flame”.

  21. lynn says:

    “C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup Weighs in on Distributed Systems, Type Safety and Rust” by David Cassel
    https://thenewstack.io/c-creator-bjarne-stroustrup-weighs-in-on-distributed-systems-type-safety-and-rust/

    “In June the creator of the C++ programming language, 69-year-old Bjarne Stroustrup, appeared on YouTube’s channel on behalf of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Programming Languages.”

    “Some 35 years after bringing his language into the world, Stroustrup compared his earliest goals to how the language has ultimately evolved, shared some thoughts on the world’s other programming languages, and revealed what he does when he’s not shepherding the language’s massive user community. And he also took a few moments to explain why C++ “is far, far better than it was a couple of decades ago.””

    Dadgum, we are all getting old.

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    If we haven’t hit the peak of this stupidity, we must be pretty danged close…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8588031/Scientist-angers-Twitter-accused-sexism-racism-saying-roundworms-useless.html

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    Read the article, it’s short and it explains a lot about why science is in the state it’s in. IE “individuals that have a cervix” and “front hole”…

  23. lynn says:

    Another business victim, although they look like they’re going to try to stay in business…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/mens-wearhouse-files-bankruptcy

    Men’s Wearhouse has been toast since they fired George Zimmer.

    It would be ironic if Zimmer bought them out of Bankruptcy, but I have no doubt the Bank stores would be gone if that happened.

    “Fired From the Company That Made Him Famous, an Entrepreneur Seeks Payback. Once, George Zimmer had a startup called Men’s Wearhouse. He made it famous, and vice versa. Then he got pushed out and founded two more companies. But he still wants the old one back.”
    https://www.inc.com/magazine/201606/tom-foster/george-zimmer-mens-wearhouse.html

    I kinda doubt it. He would have to get a lot of financing. And retail is so dead at the moment.

  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    “just get it and get it over with”, um, no.

    More evidence has emerged that the novel coronavirus attacks and severely damages the kidneys.

    Nearly half of patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, at one New City Hospital suffered acute kidney injury, a new report suggests.

    Researchers found that, for one-fifth of those patients, the damage was so severe that they needed dialysis immediately.

    However, more than 80 percent had no prior history of problems with the organs.

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  25. SteveF says:

    Chicago mayor mounts police raid on church’s Sunday service

    Tell me again the one about how cops won’t confiscate guns or enforce illegal laws. I need a good laugh.

    mayors and cops go after the low hanging fruit, and suspects that won’t fight back or make a stink

    Mm-hmm. I’ve watched cops ignore drug deals going down in sight, in favor of writing parking tickets. (Schenectady, NY, about 27 years ago. The mostly-hidden parking lot of a restaurant was in sight from my desk on one gig and it was a favored location for transactions among the diverse population in that part of town.) Of course, rather than simple cowardice it might have been corruption. That city’s PD was rated the worst in the area and one of the worst in the state, and considering the competition you know they dug extra deep for that little bit of corruption and police brutality.

  26. SteveF says:

    More evidence has emerged that the novel coronavirus attacks and severely damages the kidneys.

    I don’t believe it, and won’t until it’s been independently verified and the data been made public. We’ve heard an awful lot of lies for four months, with every possible negative indicator being spun for maximum fear porn.

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  27. lynn says:

    “Trump fires Tennessee Valley Authority board members over outsourcing controversy”
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/trump-fires-tennessee-valley-authority-board-members-over-outsourcing-controversy

    “President Trump is removing two members from the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the largest U.S. public power company, amid criticism the company is outsourcing jobs.”

    “So, let this serve as a warning to any federally appointed board. If you betray American workers, then you will hear two simple words ‘you’re fired. You’re fired,’” Trump said.”

    “Trump announced the decision to remove TVA board Chairman James Thompson and board member Richard Howarth at the White House on Monday, during a meeting with U.S. Tech Workers, a nonprofit organization urging limits on H-1B visas to foreign workers. That group recently slammed the TVA for laying off at least 64 U.S. workers while expanding its use of H-1B visas.”

    We need a lot more of this. Plus the head of the TVA is making $8 million/year ??? Are you kidding me ? A quasi-federal agency head making $8 million/year ?

  28. Greg Norton says:

    “C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup Weighs in on Distributed Systems, Type Safety and Rust” by David Cassel

    It is interesting to note where these guys all work since SBC bought out AT&T. Big brokerages are huge into C++ for performance reasons so it figures Stroustrup works for one of those.

    The copyright page of his book still features the Death Star. That has to grate. Co-workers who went to TAMU since Stroustrup’s tenure there started claim he’s working on a “Learning C++” type book, but it is still rough after 18 years of effort.

    We’ve reached a kind of evolutionary dead end for languages. Rust, Go, Swift, and anything else based on LLVM back ends are just syntactic sugar for C++ and, thus, resume padding, without truly being better. Gotta wonder what will break us out of the cul-de-sac.

  29. Harold says:

    We picked up an anecdotal piece of evidence that Florida test numbers may not be for real.

    My brother related an almost identical story to me last weekend about one of his tennants in Little Rock. This man went to get a walk up test. He signed up at the head of the queue, then joined the long line to the testing tent. After about 10 minutes in the hot sun he began to feel light headed so left and wasn’t tested. The next week he was informed his test came back positive.
    I say again we can not trust any of the virus numbers.

  30. lynn says:

    Chicago mayor mounts police raid on church’s Sunday service

    Tell me again the one about how cops won’t confiscate guns or enforce illegal laws. I need a good laugh.

    Wow, that speaks loudly. If the police will violate the USA Constitution on freedom of religion and freedom of assembly, seizing guns from people in their homes is just a jump to the left.

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  31. lynn says:

    We’ve reached a kind of evolutionary dead end for languages. Rust, Go, Swift, and anything else based on LLVM back ends are just syntactic sugar for C++ and, thus, resume padding, without truly being better. Gotta wonder what will break us out of the cul-de-sac.

    More and more cpu cores are becoming the norm. In a couple of years, the average pc and phone will have around 16 cores. Maybe many more.

    I think Go with its native support for multiple threads is a potential candidate. But it does not have any user interface libraries that I know of.

  32. Ray Thompson says:

    The next week he was informed his test came back positive.

    Has anyone in any of these testing lines ever come back negative? Why would I want to get tested if I have no symptoms? Having a wooden reinforce Q-Tip thrust to the back of my nasal cavities is not my idea of something I would do just out of curiosity.

    Installed the new switcher at the church. Ten inputs instead of eight gives some more flexibility. Now I have to get another laptop configured to function with a second monitor emulation to send to the switcher. This will require a converter box as almost all computers output 60hz video signal. The switcher requires 59.94 on all inputs. Two of the converters are on order. Converters will recognize the signal and with dip switch settings set the proper output.

    The old switcher output a standard definition (SD) signal in SDI (digital) and NTSC (analog) format. This new switcher only outputs HD (it is 4K capable switcher running in HD mode) SDI signal. No NTSC available. So I had to install a digital to analog converter between the HD to SD converter and the connections for the broadcast.

    The entire installation took longer than I thought it would. I restored the settings from a backup but it was not perfect. PIP settings in the downstream keyers did not come across cleanly. I also had to remap all the inputs as now the cameras use inputs 1-4 as those inputs are now SDI. The old switcher inputs 1 thru 4 were HDMI so cameras came in inputs 5-8. The new arrangement is more logical.

    Audio had to be redone as the new switcher has different connections. All audio is routed through the switcher so the audio is available on all the output SDI lines.

    A couple more connections to make when the signal converters arrive. Hopefully within a couple of days from B&H.

    I did find several of the connections in the matrix panel (40 inputs and 40 outputs) were loose and fell out when I was removing other cables. Those are now properly twisted and locked. I have a special tool which without would be impossible to twist the ends of the BNC connectors. The spacing is much too tight for human fingers.

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  33. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, “just a jump to the left ” ??

    -And then a step to the right
    With your hands on your hips
    You bring your knees in tight
    But it’s the pelvic thrust
    That really drives you insane
    Let’s do the Time Warp again
    Let’s do the Time Warp again

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  34. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ray,

    I have a special tool which without would be impossible to twist the ends of the BNC connectors.

    I’ve got that too, extra long. Company gave it to me and I’ve never found another. Shorter ones are in the catalogs, but I had to “borrow” the company issued one when I left. Couldn’t do the job without it.

    And no, all you perverts can just shut up!

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  35. mediumwave says:

    We’ve reached a kind of evolutionary dead end for languages. Rust, Go, Swift, and anything else based on LLVM back ends are just syntactic sugar for C++ and, thus, resume padding, without truly being better. Gotta wonder what will break us out of the cul-de-sac.

    Prolog? Haskell? (Offered only slightly tongue-in-cheek. 🙂 )

  36. Greg Norton says:

    I think Go with its native support for multiple threads is a potential candidate. But it does not have any user interface libraries that I know of.

    We’ll see what Stroustrup comes up with in terms of concurrency.

    C++11 was a really strong update, but everything since then has been meh.

    Still, there is no substitute if you need the performance.

  37. ayjblog says:

    @lynn

    true

  38. RickH says:

    From the Pournelle Family / Chaos Manor Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/JerryPournelleChaosManor/ )

    Roberta Pournelle Passed Away Last Night in Her Sleep
    She was 85.

    An announcement and details will follow including a place for remembrances and virtual services in Los Angeles.

    An educator for 30 years at the Dorothy Kirby Center in Commerce, Mother of 4, Grandmother, a friend to many; she made order out of Chaos.

    In lieu of flowers, a call for support of Incarcerated Teens will be announced.

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  39. MrAtoz says:

    May she Rest In Peace with her hubby, Jerry.

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  40. lynn says:

    I think Go with its native support for multiple threads is a potential candidate. But it does not have any user interface libraries that I know of.

    We’ll see what Stroustrup comes up with in terms of concurrency.

    C++11 was a really strong update, but everything since then has been meh.

    Still, there is no substitute if you need the performance.

    Concurrency just needs to be an automatic feature in the language that you are using. And that is not easy to do without the programmer being involved in some form or fashion.

    And we need the performance. I am rolling back our central data item database that minimized duplicates back to the old distributed data items. Just too many dadgum problems with getting confused about which data item is being touched. I have one of our customer files which is over a gigabyte of data. Just lots and lots and lots of data.

  41. lynn says:

    @lynn, “just a jump to the left ” ??

    -And then a step to the right
    With your hands on your hips
    You bring your knees in tight
    But it’s the pelvic thrust
    That really drives you insane
    Let’s do the Time Warp again
    Let’s do the Time Warp again

    Yup, funny on the big screen. Just imagine those freaks running the city, state, and federal governments. We are already halfway there, especially in California, Oregon, and Washington State. And the police force !

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  42. Greg Norton says:

    Yup, funny on the big screen. Just imagine those freaks running the city, state, and federal governments. We are already halfway there, especially in California, Oregon, and Washington State. And the police force !

    Disney owns that flick along with the rest of the Fox catalog … for now.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    Prolog? Haskell? (Offered only slightly tongue-in-cheek. )

    Go back 20 years and all kinds of fringe languages advanced in IT departments because no one really knew what would be Hot Skillz one day to the next.

    I’ve mentioned before that the first ad you saw in PC Magazine of the era was Sybase’s “LEARN POWERBUILDER OR LOSE YOUR JOB”.

    I remember management at Johnson & Johnson Critikon in Tampa bit really hard on that bait.

  44. mediumwave says:

    RIP, Roberta.

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  45. Nick Flandrey says:

    Basic! Pascal!
    Java, python, tcl, ruby on rails, lions and tigers and bears oh my.

    What burning problem would a new language have to solve to be successful?

    n

  46. Nick Flandrey says:

    Sad news about Roberta. May she join Jerry and find rest and peace.

    n

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  47. Greg Norton says:

    Roberta Pournelle Passed Away Last Night in Her Sleep
    She was 85.

    Sad news. RIP.

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  48. Greg Norton says:

    Basic! Pascal!
    Java, python, tcl, ruby on rails, lions and tigers and bears oh my.

    What burning problem would a new language have to solve to be successful?

    Easy cross platform GUI with compiled application speed. Simple interface to C++ for business logic. Asynchronous IO without hassling with threads.

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  49. JimB says:

    RIP Roberta.

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  50. lynn says:

    Basic! Pascal!
    Java, python, tcl, ruby on rails, lions and tigers and bears oh my.

    What burning problem would a new language have to solve to be successful?

    Easy cross platform GUI with compiled application speed. Simple interface to C++ for business logic.

    Whitewater Actor (Smalltalk) to Microsoft Visual Basic to ???

    No compiled application speed for those two. Very difficult to scale up. Java failed in that mission also.

  51. JimB says:

    My favorite programming language is … solder.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Pease

    One of my favorite columnists. Sadly, also gone.

  52. Nick Flandrey says:

    Mr AtoZ- recognize any of this? We went from none to having the superintendent of the district mention it in every singe communication. All without a vote, or a review.

    “Open the Door to Digital Learning and gain a deeper understanding of a day in the life of a young learner online. Learn how our teachers will be with you and your child every step of the way. Learn how students develop social emotional learning skills and build relationships in a distance learning environment.”

    You called it… what in the hells makes it so attractive to districts?

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  53. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Splash Mountain will be re-imagined into a Princess and the Frog ride after it’s current theme was labeled racist. ”

    -cuz that film was a gigantic hit… NOT. Good bye history… good bye brer’ rabbit.

    n

  54. RickH says:

    @nick

    good bye brer’ rabbit

    Not at my house. I bought the “Song of the South” on DVD a couple weeks ago. Good memories of my dad (uncle) reading that story when I was about 7-8.

  55. Greg Norton says:

    “Splash Mountain will be re-imagined into a Princess and the Frog ride after it’s current theme was labeled racist. ”

    -cuz that film was a gigantic hit… NOT. Good bye history… good bye brer’ rabbit.

    We’ll see what happens. Disney is broke.

    EPCOT is currently ripped apart and the Spaceship Earth refresh cancelled.

  56. lynn says:

    “Splash Mountain will be re-imagined into a Princess and the Frog ride after it’s current theme was labeled racist. ”

    -cuz that film was a gigantic hit… NOT. Good bye history… good bye brer’ rabbit.

    We’ll see what happens. Disney is broke.

    Disney has about $15 to $20 billion cash in the bank.

    Disney is broken.

    Fixed that for ya.

    However, Broke does rhyme with Woke. Something to think about there.

  57. lynn says:

    “Open the Door to Digital Learning and gain a deeper understanding of a day in the life of a young learner online. Learn how our teachers will be with you and your child every step of the way. Learn how students develop social emotional learning skills and build relationships in a distance learning environment.”

    Distance leaning does not work near as well as classroom learning. I would be surprised if the learning ratio is even 50% on a time basis. I would suspect more like 25% on a time basis.

    BTW, your superintendent probably paid $100,000 for the paper containing that phrase.

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  58. lynn says:

    How did it get to be August ? Oh my goodness.

    I can hardly wait for the October surprise.

  59. MrAtoz says:

    Mr AtoZ- recognize any of this? We went from none to having the superintendent of the district mention it in every singe communication. All without a vote, or a review.

    We are waiting for the *boarding* of our new contract with San Bernardino for $200K of distance learning. Featuring, wait for it, So So Emo Tional al al Lear Lear Ning ing ing. If you don’t have SEL buzzwords in your proposal, it goes right into the trash can in Kalifornia.

  60. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, when my 3rd grader, who is pulled out to fourth grade math she’s doing so well, and my 5th grader in the gifted and talented program, both of whom are “above grade level” in math, have to COUNT ON THEIR FINGERS TO ADD SINGLE DIGITS they aren’t getting much learning in class.

    I’m horrified by the glib and facile APPEARANCE of learning in our school.

    During my extra science classes (funded and run by the PTA) I covered the three types of rock. TEACHER told me they only do ‘sedimentary’ rocks. They don’t even MENTION the others because they ‘don’t have time’. They are too busy with SEL and all the other nonsense to actually teach the kids anything but how to get by.

    n

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  61. mediumwave says:

    … have to COUNT ON THEIR FINGERS TO ADD SINGLE DIGITS …

    Holy … moley!

  62. lynn says:

    @lynn, when my 3rd grader, who is pulled out to fourth grade math she’s doing so well, and my 5th grader in the gifted and talented program, both of whom are “above grade level” in math, have to COUNT ON THEIR FINGERS TO ADD SINGLE DIGITS they aren’t getting much learning in class.

    I’m horrified by the glib and facile APPEARANCE of learning in our school.

    Yup. Repetition of the addition and multiplication tables seems to have gone by the wayside in the last decade. I can remember yelling those tables out enthusiastically back in 1st ? 2nd ? 3rd ? grades.

    And, I’m an Texas A&M Aggie. I can use my fingers and my toes to count to 20 ! Gotta take my shoes and socks off first though.

    Have you thought about home schooling your daughters ? You can buy the prep kits and books, not a big deal.

    My wife home schooled our son in 10th-12th grades and our daughter in 6th – 9th grades. She joined a home schooling group at Sugar Creek Baptist Church. I can get more info if desired. I am sure that there is a group in your area, Texas is full of home schooling groups since we did not have “free” schools until the 1910s.
    https://www.homeschool-life.com/996/

  63. Greg Norton says:

    I can hardly wait for the October surprise.

    Gas up the SR71. If they’re not all in museums.

  64. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yeah, wife started looking at homeschool curriculum.

    Everyone talks and worries about “socialization”. I mentioned that to my buddy who homeschooled, in Long Beach, CA and he said “I don’t want them ‘socialized’ to think teen pregnancy is norm, or to glorify homosexuality, or violence and sex. They get more and better socialization in Scouts and sports and their other organizations.”

    That was an eye opener.

    n

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  65. Nick Flandrey says:

    BTW, they TEACH them to count on their fingers. They teach them a lot of new algorithms to do stuff in unnecessarily complicated ways, when we had perfectly good algorithms already. “Leaf diagram” is another waste of time.

    n

  66. Greg Norton says:

    Disney has about $15 to $20 billion cash in the bank.

    Disney is broken.

    Fixed that for ya.

    The Fox catalog alone cost The Mouse $71 billion. Broke unless they unload that soon.

    Iger was fired.

    UPDATE: My former employers paid $80 billion for Time Warner. They’re broke too unless things change soon. Firing Ellen over nonsense won’t make much difference at this point.

  67. Jenny says:

    Roberta Pournelle Passed Away Last Night in Her Sleep
    I am truly sorry to hear this news. Though I never met them, years of reading Chaos Manor made them feel like old friends.

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  68. Greg Norton says:

    Whitewater Actor (Smalltalk) to Microsoft Visual Basic to ???

    No compiled application speed for those two. Very difficult to scale up. Java failed in that mission also.

    Enterprise VB6 didn’t compile to byte code so output from that compiler wasn’t terrible. Corporate America forced Microsoft to support the VB6 run time until Windows 10 reaches EOL. Scale was still a problem.

    When I left CGI, they were still actively installing a collections app at large financial institutions which was essentially a Java applet dependent on the browser plugin. Like VB6, Java applets dependent on the NSAPI plugin will be around a long time.

    I believe 32 bit Sea Monkey (upstream Firefox) will still run the plugin, but I haven’t checked in a while.

    UPDATE: SeaMonkey 2.49.5 32 bit accepts the NSAPI plugin for the latest 32 bit Java 8. Later versions of SeaMonkey do not.

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