Mon. Aug. 24, 2020 – first day of school, remotely

Hot and humid, although perhaps not as hot as last week.

Hurricanes on the way though, so that weather is going to suck.

Yesterday started a bit cooler, so I decided to do my outdoor work.  It did get to 108F in the sun in my driveway though.

I did a bunch of stuff outside, mostly in the shade.  It was a sneaky kind of hot that I really didn’t notice until I came in to drink and let my brain cool down.  THEN I could feel that my head was dumping heat into the room…

I did go back out and finish the yardwork.  I’ve got a ton of stuff to secure before we get hurricane winds though.  I’ll get started on that today, but I’ve got two pickups later in the afternoon.  And I’ll be getting an early start- it’s the first day back in school for us.  Middle school, 6th grade, for the older one, 4th grade elementary for the little one, who is getting a growth spurt and isn’t particularly little.

It will be interesting to see how their day goes.  I’m guessing no real learning for a few days.   Their in person first week is all filled with rules and procedures normally, but since they’re not in school, they don’t need to practice fire drills.  Presumably they’ll have distance learning specific stuff in place of that.

With hurricanes in the Gulf and soon to be in the Gulf, I need to concentrate on that for a bit.  In the mean time, the insurgency is getting more serious in Portland, and now Colorado too.   It’s organized, and anyone willing to do the grunt work of stuffing balloons with sh!t and p!ss is willing to do a whole lot more.  We are seeing the beginning, not the end.  In the end, it’ll be blood in the streets, assassination squads, arson, general strikes, and a bunch of innocents will be caught in the crossfire.  Plan accordingly.

You won’t need to worry about getting shot at the quickee mart if you’re prepped… so keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

61 thoughts on “Mon. Aug. 24, 2020 – first day of school, remotely”

  1. “We also went to an open house for a gorgeous ‘Lindal Homes’ cedar home built around 1970.”

    I think I saw this house on “Buying Alaska”.
    https://www.destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/buying-alaska/

    Lindal is a popular boutique builder for that “Pacific Northwest” look. I think “Northern Exposure” regularly featured one of their houses built outside Roslyn, WA, which brought them international attention.

    One of their homes was at the top of my wife’s wish list for WA State until the financial reality of practicing medicine in WA/OR set in.

    When Lindal still went after the upper middle class market, they had a “showroom” on I-5 in Tacoma, tucked in with all the Indian casinos. I used to spend a lot of time looking at that site during the two hours required to drive from Federal Way to Lacey (look on a map) on Friday afternoons, stuck in traffic due to all the people bugging out to their vacation homes south of the city, probably built by … Lindal!

    Destination America? Geesh, how many house/travel porn channels did Discovery Networks run?

    With 1/3 of mortgages in arrears, those channels are … History (pun intended).

  2. hey, our old friend ebola is back…

    But I’m sure it’s nothing.

    Big differences:
    – Incubation period is a lot shorter
    – No one runs around claming to be “asymptomatic” with Ebola
    – Rich countries have access to a treatment that kinda/sorta works
    – Public policy for Ebola response is proportionally more proactive than it is for TB
    – The Congo isn’t a hot bed of international trade

    My wife just had another Wuxu Flu case at the VA on Friday where the vet went out with friends, one of whom was a known positive case pretending to be asymptomatic so he wouldn’t miss out on the evening’s festivities. Austin, but indicative of the prevailing attitude.

    Faking being asymptomatic is tougher with Ebola. “Say, is Fred … bleeding from his eyes?”

    And, yes, “Tapeheads” fans, Cube Squared did disappear while on tour in The Congo, but that was over thirty years ago.

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

    Watch the look Tim Robbins and John Cusack exchange near the beginning of the video. It is one of the reasons I own the DVD.

    Of course a DVD exists. Mike Nesmith will sell you one if you can’t find a copy anywhere else.

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  3. ebola is back

    So is Dengue Fever. I thought I saw the original link here, maybe from Lynn, about the GMO mosquitos, but can’t find the comment. Anyway, Florida is up to ~40-odd cases of it and they think some are “locally transmitted”, but it didn’t start there. Seriously, I think every international traveler should have to quarantine entering the USA. Nothing to do with WuFlu, but for prevention of all disease introduction: Measles and things like the “new polio” aka Acute Flacid Myelitis… and Dengue Fever:

    “…the virus was eliminated from the United States several decades ago. … Until 2009, there were no reports of dengue acquired in Florida since 1934. …. frequent international travel in Florida residents and immigrants makes it possible to have dengue re-introduced. Several transient dengue introductions have been identified in Florida since the Key West outbreak. The Martin County outbreak in 2013, Dengue Occurrence West Hemisphere was the only introduction since the Key West event that has resulted in persistent transmission.”

  4. @Jenny, your accounts of raising and processing the rabbits are fascinating. Thanks for continuing to report about it. Your posts are a really good introduction into some of the details to understand what is involved, if anyone wanted to try it. Congrats on the first harvest going well!!!

  5. @jenny, wrt the chickens, I thought I saw somewhere that if you don’t need the skin on, just use compressed air to separate the skin from the carcass and don’t worry about the feathers….

    in the old days (and maybe the new days,) you plucked the feathers because you USED the feathers. Maybe not so much these days?

    n

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  6. One daughter got on her zoom call at 720am w/out probs. Daughter two is still unable to connect to her conf that should have started 800am. District sent voice mail at 820AM acknowledging that zoom was seeing outages as districts across the state and country came online this morning. Gee, who could have predicted that demand would be high?

    n

    BTW, I still haven’t seen any good explanation of who exactly is zoom, where they came from and why they blew up the way they did. Anyone got a link?

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  7. Very useful article at survivalblog
    https://survivalblog.com/lessons-learned-decade-food-storage-sandi/
    Comments too.
    n

    That may be one of the best I have seen. Our preps are our pantry, so I rotate religiously because that is simply what we eat every day. My experience with the short shelf life of my own home-canned dill pickles, and of commercial or home veggies in general is similar to hers. Her idea about moving salt to jars is a good tip…. none of us prep enough salt for TEOTWAWKI, esp those who live in warm climates who would need to salt meats for preservation. I will put that on my To Do list.

    Also, her note about cooking oils going rancid while shortening tends to last is correct. So far I haven’t lost any coconut oil (aka melted shortening), but I nearly cried a couple months ago when I found a 3-liter can of extra virgin olive oil that got hidden…. it was several years old and still smelled good but tasted rancid. That was an expensive fail on my part. I gave it to a friend who makes lovely soap and I hope it will make good soap for her.

  8. I stock peanut oil with vitamin E and I’ve never had it go bad. I’ve got some that is several years old and it looks and tastes fine. I’ve got lard in the freezer “just in case” and my wife actually asked for some a couple of months ago. I don’t remember what she needed it for, but I was able to oblige….

    I keep only a small bottle of olive oil for recipes that need the flavor, because I have a mild olive allergy.

    I’ve also had good luck with the avocado oil that Costco sells. It will last for at least a few years and has a light flavor.

    n

  9. BTW, I still haven’t seen any good explanation of who exactly is zoom, where they came from and why they blew up the way they did. Anyone got a link?

    IIRC, Zoom is the former VP for Cisco Webex who started his own company along with some of the core engineers. Most of the dev work gets done in China, and, as typical, the crypto is cr*p, hence the concerns about Mainland Chinese eavesdropping.

    All of the big companies got caught flat footed when the virus caused interest in videoconferencing software to spike, especially from school systems who can’t afford to provision Teams or Webex for every student.

    Of course, as the saying goes, if the monetary price is free, the product is you.

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  10. I stock peanut oil with vitamin E and I’ve never had it go bad. I’ve got some that is several years old and it looks and tastes fine. I’ve got lard in the freezer “just in case” and my wife actually asked for some a couple of months ago. I don’t remember what she needed it for, but I was able to oblige….

    I keep only a small bottle of olive oil for recipes that need the flavor, because I have a mild olive allergy.

    I’ve also had good luck with the avocado oil that Costco sells. It will last for at least a few years and has a light flavor.

    I seem to remember somebody on here remarking a few years ago that liquid cooking oil stored in plastic containers for extended periods of time gets a funny taste and so should be transferred to glass or metal containers for long term storage.

    Costco used to sell a large container of grape seed oil which was sort of my general neutral go-to oil for cooking for quite a while. They no longer have it. The closest they have is their “Mediterranean blend” oil.


  11. So is Dengue Fever.

    I read an article recently about how malaria still kills over a million “children” annually. I guess DDT is still bad in goobermint ProgLibTurd minds. “What’s a few million kids? We’ll just make more.” I inhaled DDT many times as a kid as the WWII jeep came through the neighborhood with the fogger on the back. Very effective at eliminated skeeters up in Rhinelander, WI, during the Summer.

  12. Just heard from friends here in SA. The school district they live in decided to go virtual for this semester. The whole online Zoom portal for the district collapsed 30 minutes into school. I’m sure school districts didn’t even work with Zoom to make sure capacity was there.

    Piss poor prior planning. They should put a retired Lieutenant Colonel in charge of Zoom.

    I’m available.

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  13. The school districts are 100% to blame for their failure to be able to provide robust distance learning teaching and curriculum. But they immediately began a media campaign to fault the students by claiming “lack of broadband” and “lack of devices” and most people are gullible enough to fall for that.

    Meanwhile, for 15 years, Microsoft and Apple et al have fallen over themselves to give free laptops to the schools to capture their business, and each school district has spent millions annually on “computer tech”, only to have websites that in the best of times are never updated and have zero interactive capability.

    And they ignore the robust capability to simply copy things onto paper or put it on a CD, DVD, or memory stick, and mail it out with a return postage-paid envelope, and have students mail it back, which correspondence students have done successfully for a hundred years or more.

    I had one teacher in another state claim that some of her students didn’t even have pencils in their homes. I stopped short of asking why she was personally unable to afford to spend 20 cents per student to drop a pencil into the packet she should be mailing to them.

    They’d rather force parents to drive up to the school to collect the “essential” school lunch, so as not to lose that federal money and to keep the lunch ladies employed. In some districts, the school buses kept running, delivering the lunches instead of picking up kids.

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  14. Just heard from friends here in SA. The school district they live in decided to go virtual for this semester. The whole online Zoom portal for the district collapsed 30 minutes into school. I’m sure school districts didn’t even work with Zoom to make sure capacity was there.

    The real goal of shifting to virtual classrooms is to get the school year cancelled while teachers get paid and all capital spending continues.

    They couldn’t simply cancel the school year in advance because many districts have bond issues on the ballot, either this Fall or in the Spring.

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  15. Re: Peanut oil and Vitamin E: What proportions did you use?

    –it’s included by the bottler. LuAnn brand

    seems to work

    n

  16. Also, fwiw, I will reuse frying oil many times. I have some from fish, some from onions, and some “clean” from donuts. I cascade them downward as I keep using them, filling the pan with new as needed.

    I’ll filter my oil thru coffee filters and return it to bottles after use. I test taste it before use and it’s been fine, even after months and 3-4 uses. I’m careful not to get anything not sterile in it after use. IE- heat it up, use it, then be sure you don’t put any used utensils or dirty anything in it as you re-bottle it. Put the cap on so it doesn’t ‘oxidize’.

    n


  17. I had one teacher in another state claim that some of her students didn’t even have pencils in their homes. I stopped short of asking why she was personally unable to afford to spend 20 cents per student to drop a pencil into the packet she should be mailing to them.

    –I’ve had plenty of teachers tell me they buy pencils and paper for their students. I don’t understand why. If a parent can’t be arsed to get a PENCIL I’m not buying them one. No one in the US is so poor they can’t find a pencil. I know that our school constantly nags parents to provide classroom supplies- the list is LONG and almost all things that you’d expect the district to provide. And the funny thing? When it’s free, it FLIES out of the classroom. They can’t keep the rooms stocked.

    They’d rather force parents to drive up to the school to collect the “essential” school lunch, so as not to lose that federal money and to keep the lunch ladies employed.

    –this is our district, between 5pm and 6pm you can pickup your next day’s breakfast and lunch. At least this time, a parent can do it with just a school id, they don’t need the kids physically in the car. (although I’m all for making it as hard as possible, if you are giving out free sh!t, give it out. Loading the kids in the car and making a special run and then exposing them to others is just dumb. Mom can pick up the food on the way home from work.)

    n

  18. Question for the gurus, is there anything like PC Dr that I can use to see why my NVR software keeps going down? win10 pro.

    n

  19. I hate video teleconferencing. I had to do it over dedicated links way back in the 1990s. My biggest complaint back then was incompatible systems, and general low reliability. Nowadays, I have seen three systems: Skype, Zoom, and Free Conference Call.

    My wife has Skype (does it possibly have a new name?) on her system at her volunteer job. I have said before that the tech folks associated with that organization are top notch, and her Skype conferences go without a hitch. The best feature is being able to share a form or other open file on screen live, and with all participants able to point and fill in data. I can see how that could be a good training aid, but have not seen it used for that.

    My wife also participates in a bimonthly Zoom conference for a local club. This takes the place of board meetings, and usually goes without any problems, in spite of our pitiful Internet service.

    Finally, another group chose Free Conference Call. So far, it is terrible, but that is likely a problem with our old devices and slow Internet. I do like the feature to join in by voice only. We use one of our cell phones, and the small screen is too limiting. We sit side by side, and both of us have to be in the picture, so the phone is a few feet away; its screen is way too small for this purpose. A 42″ TV would be about right. The phones are the only devices we have that have cameras. Others on the call also seem to have lots of trouble logging in and staying connected. There are also huge delays that confuse some of the folks who have never experienced such.

    As far as I am concerned security on all these, with the exception of the Skype setup which runs over a VPN, is practically nonexistent. Probably about the same as email. I would never share anything I would not want to be on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper.


  20. I hate video teleconferencing. I had to do it over dedicated links way back in the 1990s. My biggest complaint back then was incompatible systems, and general low reliability. Nowadays, I have seen three systems: Skype, Zoom, and Free Conference Call.

    Then there is MS Teams. We did a gig with a FL school district big into Teams. They had to have two of their IT guys on hand to make sure everybody could use it. Skype and Zoom seem more intuitive. We settled on a paid Zoom account to continue our biz with school districts. Most of the SDs we work with are using Zoom. I don’t know if Teams needs local MS servers to work, but it worked well in the end.

  21. I store large plastic jugs of olive oil in the chest freezer instead of water. Stuff seems fine after years in there.

  22. Then there is MS Teams. We did a gig with a FL school district big into Teams. They had to have two of their IT guys on hand to make sure everybody could use it. Skype and Zoom seem more intuitive. We settled on a paid Zoom account to continue our biz with school districts. Most of the SDs we work with are using Zoom. I don’t know if Teams needs local MS servers to work, but it worked well in the end.

    Teams has a per seat charge. Plus, I doubt Microsoft could handle the entire K-12 school population of the country going through their servers at the same time. Apparently, the NFL draft was a carefully-managed event.

  23. I got this remote freezer thermometer that was recommended last week.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B9N71VC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=ttgnet-20
    I am loving it so far because it provides me information I never had before. It shows the current / maximum / minimum temperatures for both my freezers. Interesting to see the variations over the day. The internet says I should keep my freezers at 0 degrees (f) but the closest I can do is 7f on one unit and -5f on the other. I guess it’s close enough.
    The rancher dropped off our steer at the processing center this morning. We will get 300 pounds of local, grass fed, beef which we pay $3.50 / lb on. I will need to keep a serious eye on my freezers temperatures. As a backup, MIL has a mostly empty chest freezer we can use.
    The new wall electric oven arrived Friday. Our current unit was installed when the house was built in 1976 and has serious problems with temp variations front to back. The wife wanted one with a door that opened to the side not down. I got a frigidaire, slightly blemished, from Ebay. Now I need to get someone to install it. This is an anniversary gift for my wife.

  24. One daughter got on her zoom call at 720am w/out probs. Daughter two is still unable to connect to her conf that should have started 800am. District sent voice mail at 820AM acknowledging that zoom was seeing outages as districts across the state and country came online this morning. Gee, who could have predicted that demand would be high?

    Sounds like the Zoom salesperson used to work for IBM. Promise the moon, deliver the swamp.

  25. Sounds like the Zoom salesperson used to work for IBM. Promise the moon, deliver the swamp.

    Cisco. Just as bad. Possibly worse — Chambers brought over his Wang cronies.

    Citrix is the other one with better sales than delivery. IBM Boca refugees.

  26. I’ve used Zoom several times, for meetings with up to 15 people. On a weekend, and in the last 5 months only, so no load issues. No problems.

    Have also used it for a couple of ‘family’ meetings.

    Today’s outage was mostly eastern US, and has been resolved. I suspect (without any proof) the equivalent of a DDOS, with all the schools trying to get on at the same time.

    Zoom meetings are easy and non-technical to set up. Default security settings have been improved. The Zoom app works just fine on my laptop. No issues for me. If anyone asked me for an easy way to do online meetings, I’d recommend Zoom as easy for non-geeky (or geeky) to use.

    Have also used FB Messenger video thing for visiting the grandkids. Those ‘meetings’ are sometimes less successful, with audio dropouts common during calls

  27. We’ve hosted Zoom conferences where people use their phones, tablets, laptops, etc. No problem connecting or using video on all. You can also do just voice if you have a dumb flip phone from the 90’s or just a land line.

  28. Cisco. Just as bad. Possibly worse — Chambers brought over his Wang cronies.

    Cisco make great products with strange limitations, and often 3 products with similar but different specs. The trick is figuring out which product to use or when to use a non-Cisco device.

    Their documentation is so contradictory that often you don’t realize you have the wrong device until after you’ve bought it.

  29. Their documentation is so contradictory that often you don’t realize you have the wrong device until after you’ve bought it.

    I’m NDA-ed on the Unity proprietary aggressive mode VPN IKE, and I can give you specific examples of where the internal documentation used by their own engineers is wrong.


  30. Cisco make great products with strange limitations

    When I worked in remote network management (for an interesting selection of clients), it was an article of faith that Cisco was the Microsoft of network hardware. They had the same ’embrace – extend – extinguish’ mentality and had a mediocre internet OS that all their acquired tech got migrated to. Even at the cost of the features they acquired the tech for.

  31. When I worked in remote network management (for an interesting selection of clients), it was an article of faith that Cisco was the Microsoft of network hardware. They had the same ’embrace – extend – extinguish’ mentality and had a mediocre internet OS that all their acquired tech got migrated to. Even at the cost of the features they acquired the tech for.

    Integrating two or more products together is often a disaster. It is always under funded and very aggressively timed on the software side. Features tend to get thrown out to cut the scope, or worse, forgotten and never integrated. There is often version 2.0. And 3.0.


  32. They had the same ’embrace – extend – extinguish’ mentality and had a mediocre internet OS that all their acquired tech got migrated to. Even at the cost of the features they acquired the tech for.

    Right. The new(-ish) IOS-XE & XR are much better, and also more complex, of course. Part of one of my certs was XE & XR software management. XR software management in particular is very complex.

    FTD firewalls are an example of a bad integration. I’ve found 4 or 5 different command line interfaces, one of which is IOS-like but different.


  33. FTD firewalls are an example of a bad integration. I’ve found 4 or 5 different command line interfaces, one of which is IOS-like but different

    Preach it. What an absolute mess. We (ok, my network engineer – I delegated this task for a reason) is getting firepower services configured on one of our ASA’s. He is having lots of fun…


  34. Preach it. What an absolute mess.

    I counted them – 5. The docs say that the local-mgmt and chassis management levels behave differently on different models.

    Insane.

    A good example of how not to do an integration.


  35. Very useful article at survivalblog
    https://survivalblog.com/lessons-learned-decade-food-storage-sandi/

    Good article.

    My failures so far are canned fruits and tomato paste. The tomato paste all has the same best by date, so I’m going to go with “bad batch of cans” because every leaking can starts seeping through the side seam.

    Canned fruit? They start to leak, and unlike tomato paste, they don’t just drip syrup, for extra joy, some cans spray a mist of gooey fun. It’s a pain to clean off of the refrigerator and window. Forget cleaning the wall. Canned fruit has all gone to trashcan heaven. And just a year past best-by date.

    I really should put something, even cardboard, on the wire shelves. Just to confine the leaks.

    White sugar? I buy in 10# bags and wrap it in a grocery bag that has no holes and spin the bag closed. I used a bag earlier this Summer to feed hummingbirds, the bag was 3 years old, just needed a couple of whacks with the heel on my hand to loosen up…. no clumps to speak of.

    Slow year for hummingbirds, only used 15 pounds of sugar. 🙂

    Oh. Do not store any kind of critter food in the same building as your food. I did, what’s a box of Milk Bones going to hurt? The weevils were interesting… cobwebs. I had to toss over half of my pasta. Yeah, I’m not hungry enough to pretend there is coarse ground black pepper in my cooked pasta. Not yet.
    And yes, the weevils ate into the plastic bags of dried potatoes in au gratin mix boxes. Through the cardboard box first.

    I buy flour and cornmeal in the 5# bag. Vac sealed and then in the deep freeze for a few weeks or so. Works so far.

    Maybe freezing first and then vac sealing would be better? I don’t know but I’m assuming that vac sealing stuff from the freezer would collect moisture. Shrug.

    I buy Riceland brand rice in the 15# (I think) bag and right into the freezer for a month or so. Now I do, read up where I had weevils.

    I have several of what I call “white trash canisters”. Kraft Parmesan Cheese, from Sam’s club. Kind of a pain to clean off the label but lighter fluid is cheap. The same containers with different colored lids from the Container Store were almost $6 last time I went there about 20 years or so ago. I’m cool with green lids.
    After freezing the rice, I fill my containers to the brim and set on the shelf. No bugs yet. Amazon says the containers hold 4.5 pounds of cheese.

    Yeah, I have the recycle thing down more or less. My “over the stove” sugar container had peanut butter in it when new. Circus brand? Not real great stuff, dry. Anyway, Mom bought it, latest date possible, Summer of 1967. From Valu-Fair, I think. That’s when we moved to Mobile from Oceanside. The container has outlived all actual Tupperware I have had.

    Crazy. I remember how that peanut butter tasted after all this time…


  36. My wife has Skype (does it possibly have a new name?)

    Skype was bought by MS a long time ago. The paid version is Skype for Business. MS also has Teams that also has free and paid versions. Skype will slowly be transitioned to Teams were most of the new development is happening.
    I have a free Team that I use with the family.


  37. Skype was bought by MS a long time ago

    And annoyingly gets installed by every major Windows update. I have to manually remove Skype from the system as it insists on loading on startup and consuming resources while doing nothing.

    Also have to remove the Xbox junk and some other stuff I really don’t want. Microsoft 365 comes to mind as I don’t want that version as I have my own, legal, version of Office 2016. The new versions offer nothing that I want and in fact stuff I would just as soon not have.

  38. “29-year-old Black man in Wisconsin hospital after being shot in the back by police”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-PK8t8vtSM

    You know, when three police officers are following you and screaming at you to not to reach into a car and grab something, do not reach into the car and try to grab something. In fact, it looks like suicide by cop to me.

    One commenter said, “3 warrants for domestic violence and sexual assault, was resisting arrest, diving into a vehicle against orders. Also they say “drop the knife” in the video.” The guy was apparently known to the cops and had been arrested before. Sad, very sad.

    So, a bunch of rioters drove over to Kenosha, Wisconsin and torched the city center. Nice.
    https://apnews.com/0cbc14762c89304f9f052fd33a1f4445


  39. And annoyingly gets installed by every major Windows update. I have to manually remove Skype from the system as it insists on loading on startup and consuming resources while doing nothing.

    Which one? The desktop version or the APP? 🙂
    You can always disable it.


  40. Cisco make great products … Their documentation is so contradictory …

    Documentation is part of the product. If the documentation is crap, as is the case with all of the Cisco products I’ve worked with, then the product cannot be great and may well be crap.

  41. My problem with MS Skype is that they install a new version and you have to log in, and it wants you MICROSOFT login, which doesn’t match your existing skype. If you aren’t savvy and paying attention, you end up with a new MS skype account, ANOTHER login to document and no access to your skype phonebook or call history. You can skip it and use your old skype account but they make it difficult.

    FFS, I don’t WANT one login for everything and I consider that to be a horrible security practice.

    ————–

    the tomato paste all has the same best by date, so I’m going to go with “bad batch of cans” because every leaking can starts seeping through the side seam.

    –nope that’s just how they fail. Mine all did the same thing. Two different cases.

    I’ve had soda (coke mostly) eat thru the can on the shelf. Pineapple is notorious, but some other fruit I stock does too. Maybe mango?

    n


  42. Pineapple is notorious

    Ooh. Good point. I have a few cans of pineapple in the cupboard, used for cooking and commonly bought several at a time and forgotten until I want to use them. Might not be a bad idea to check them and use anything over a year old. Preferably before I have a mess to deal with.


  43. Which one? The desktop version or the APP?

    Don’t know, don’t care. If the list of Apps says Skype, it is removed.

  44. “VIDEO: 3 Officers Shot After Suspects Retreated to Car, Opened Doors on Same Day as Kenosha Shooting”
    https://nationalfile.com/video-3-police-shot-after-suspects-retreated-to-car-opened-doors-on-same-day-as-kenosha-shooting/

    “On Sunday August 23, an unarmed black man was shot by police after resisting arrest and reaching into an open car door. Black Lives Matter rioters quickly mobilized and began burning the city, and the fact that Blake was unarmed and merely reaching into his vehicle was cited as proof of police racism.”

    “On the same day Blake was shot, however, another crime occurred that unfolded in a very similar manner to the Blake shooting, and ended with three officers being seriously wounded after the suspects retrieved firearms from a vehicle.”

    Crap. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. So shoot them if they are not following instructions.

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

  45. It’s all an excuse for the behavior they want to do anyway.

    n

  46. It’s all an excuse for the behavior they want to do anyway.

    It does seem that a certain element wants to burn the whole place down, does it not ?

    BLM = Burn, Loot, Murder.

  47. I think that any time there is black on black crime the police should just ignore it. Not even show up. BLM is providing an excuse for black thugs to do as they please. So let them kill each other. Thugs eliminating thugs.

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  48. I think that any time there is black on black crime the police should just ignore it. Not even show up. BLM is providing an excuse for black thugs to do as they please. So let them kill each other. Thugs eliminating thugs.

    What about black males assaulting black women or black children ?

  49. Looks like Laura is headed for Lake Charles at the moment. But, who knows, she could go to Miami to Brownsville.

    Fill your gas tanks ! Fill your pantry !

    Miami is out. The storm is almost at that latitude. Models are converging on the TX/LA border.

    Lake Charles is creepy. We stopped there for quick takeout in July. Heck, all of LA seems creepy.

    Our HEB was dead tonight when we drove by.

  50. Our HEB was dead tonight when we drove by.

    Everyone cleaned out HEB, Kroger, and Walmart on Saturday. Sunday at Kroger was not even that crowded but it was fully stocked for us.

  51. windy.com has the eye pretty much right over Havana, or just passed over…

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  52. windy.com has the eye pretty much right over Havana, or just passed over…

    One thing you have to worry about is a hurricane getting in the middle of the Gulf and stalling. Carla stalled for five ??? days in 1961. Carla flooded the entire Gulf coast.

    We (I was one !) were driving back to Princeton, NJ from Freeport, TX. We were in Dad’s 48 Dodge with the suicide doors. When we came off the Atchafalaya bridge going into NOLA, Mom says that the water was six inches over the bridge and that they closed the gates after us. When we crossed Mobile Bay in Alabama, the waves were breaking over that bridge too.

    Somewhere, I have a picture of my grandfather walking down 5th street in Freeport, TX with the water up to his chest the day after Carla landed. He and the other workers at Dow Plant A had driven out over the levee in an old Army truck. The driver could not see the levee for the rattlesnakes on it. Then he had to go back in the day after and take hundreds of pictures of the damage when the storm surge came over the levee.


  53. What about black males assaulting black women or black children ?

    1. Sucks to be them!

    2. Let other black soi-disant men step up and protect them, the way business owners have had to protect their property (or write it off) without counting on the police and the way that whites of late have had to protect themselves or each other from the mob. To give blacks the full white experience, charge them with assault if they defend themselves.

    3. Nits make lice.


  54. What about black males assaulting black women or black children ?

    BLM wants to defund police so let BLM handle their own issues. Give them Chicago, no federal or state money, create their own society of lawless thugs.

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