Tues. Sept. 1, 2020 – yikes. September.

Hot and humid.  No really.  I know you can’t believe it but it is true.  Hot and humid again.

Monday was a tiny bit less hot but still so humid stuff wasn’t drying until later in the day.

Given the heat, I decided that I could put off work in the garage and do more powerwashing.   I actually need to do two things in order to move other stuff along.  I needed to powerwash the chimney so it can be tuckpointed, and I needed to wash a teak patio table so we can either use it or sell it to make some room on the patio.   So I did.  The chimney actually went very fast, despite me moving in slow motion so I wouldn’t slip on the wet roof.  It has one side with really deep erosion of the mortar, and a brick or two that might even need replacing.  The cap needs to be re-parged, and a new metal flue cap could be installed.  I’m calling a neighborhood guy.  If his price is at all reasonable, I’ll job it out.  It’s been a long time since I worked for a bricklayer, and I don’t like being on the roof.

The table is back in good nick, and just needs a few coats of oil to be good for another year.  Teak is great but it does need maintenance.   All patio furniture does better with an annual wash and preventative coating.

After the table, I did the gutters and siding on the back side of the house.  I did the heavy black yuck on the concrete patio too.  It looks so much better, and my wife was pleased.

While I had the washer out, I used it on the two water tanks on wheels I have sitting in the yard.   They are roto-molded plastic, about 30 or 40 gallons, and are on wheeled carts.  They were used for team drinking water in high school athletics.  I pulled the individual hoses and nozzles off, but left the 12 volt pumps in place.  I might join one to a propane on demand water heater to make an outdoor shower, and the pump will be just what is needed.  I thoroughly blasted the interior and exterior of both tanks then treated them with dilute bleach water inside.  They are ready to fill before the next set of hurricanes in the Gulf.

I started to blast the fence, meaning mostly to run the gas out of the washer and call it quits for the day.  I powerwash and treat  with Thompsons every two or three years.  The fence looks better and lasts longer if you do this.  (Fence is western red cedar pickets, 6 and 7 foot high.)  The power wash makes it look almost new again, and the Thompsons keeps it that way for longer than untreated wood.

Oh, I cut the grass in the back yard too, and used the string trimmer.  I didn’t have to pick up any pecans, I guess the squirrels have ruined and dropped all the nuts for the year.

Flipped one auction item to a local guy for $100 profit.  He picked up at the house.  He was driving a Maserati.  The resale game is treating some people better than it’s treating me apparently.  Chatted in the street for about half an hour and could have talked longer.  We share a lot of the same interests, and buy in the same auctions.  Nice to talk with people.

So while I didn’t get anything done in the garage or driveway, I did get a lot of work done on other projects.  Cabin fever is hitting my wife and kids (wife dyed her own hair yesterday, now my soul is in peril) and the kids are grumpier since school started and they are reminded that they can’t touch their friends.  I figure a couple of high impact ‘appearance’ projects should help by changing the environment at least a little.  Or it could be that I like to get soaking wet in the heat of the day….

Whatever else you do today, keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

86 thoughts on “Tues. Sept. 1, 2020 – yikes. September.”

  1. The thought of inheriting does strange things to people. Very strange and irrational things.

    Someday, I’ll have to type up the story about the racket the nurses run at UT Southwestern. Texas Nursing law drifts back and forth about the legality of nurses and other support staff at a hospital being involved with patients and receiving money from estates and/or life insurance.

    Long story short, call a code on a patient, and the person on the ventilator bag has all the power. Just hope that person isn’t the beneficiary on the life insurance. The hospital will leave that name blank in the code report.

    And keep your loved ones out of UT Southwestern, especially the transplant program. Though, my guess is that the situation is similar at other large hospitals in Texas if you look hard enough.

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  2. The mergers and name changes complicated everything

    Don’t forget to check unclaimed property for every state in which the person has lived. Especially the last state where they lived before dying.

    the exception is stock trade accounts- keep that sh!t so people can establish your cost basis

    Cost basis should be provided by the investment company. That can be looked up by the CUSIP number at any firm that trades stocks if the actual stock certificate(s) is(are) owned. For multiple purchases over time with an investment firm or mutual fund the broker will provide an average cost which is acceptable by the IRS for determining base cost.

    Have a system for passwords

    I use LASTPASS. Spouse has access, son has access in emergency by requesting access, email sent to me, no response from me in four hours and he is able to access the information.

    I keep all the site passwords, account information and passwords, passport numbers, credit card numbers, driver’s license, anything that would prove needed when I hit my demise. I have been through this with a couple of other people on the sudden loss of a spouse and getting access to information has proven difficult, especially recovering site passwords.

    Keep legal papers, court records, etc forever

    Safe deposit box and provide the information to someone, such as a child, so they can get access. Easily done with a certified copy of a death certificate and a will or POA. Property, such as houses and real estate, no longer have deeds. Instead the information is registered at the county court house. Best to get a hard copy of the property records. Surprised me when I paid off my house and received no documents stating it was paid or a release of the lien.

    the racket the nurses run at UT Southwestern

    Nothing special about them. Many hospitals run the same racket. Night shift gets a patient to sign documents dealing with money without the knowledge of the family. When the patient dies the family is shocked. There is also some questions about what caused the sudden demise after the patient has died.

    When I worked at the bank in SA there was a lady who had hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank. She was a nurse for an oil tycoon in Texas. Somehow she managed to get him to sign over his entire fortune to her while he was on his death bed. The family fought it but the courts ruled it was legal. She used so much perfume she would leave puddles in the elevator, makeup was put on with a cement trowel. A ghastly creature.

  3. He was driving a Maserati. The resale game is treating some people better than it’s treating me apparently.

    That’s an anti-prep vehicle. His mechanic friend is on speed dial.

    If you’re contemplating one, with Fiat retreating from the US market again, maintenance will get tough. The urban legend about the manufacturers having to make and stock parts for 10 years of repairs is nonsense. Once you are beyond the warranty period, you are on your own.

  4. Oh, I don’t WANT a Maserati, but they do look nice. We’ve actually got more than a couple in our surrounding area that I see frequently. This guy lives a bit further out, in Katy, so I don’t think I’ve seen his car before. Nice guy.

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  5. Oh, I don’t WANT a Maserati, but they do look nice. We’ve actually got more than a couple in our surrounding area that I see frequently. This guy lives a bit further out, in Katy, so I don’t think I’ve seen his car before. Nice guy.

    Yeah, Houston doesn’t surprise me. I also see them in Miami.

    Gotta have the mechanics around and a big port facility nearby helps.

    If you get the bug for an Italian car, Mazda and Fiat have a deal for the new 124 Arbath where almost everything except the body/interior design is a Miata, but that’s only if you’re really into the look. And, heck, the Miata isn’t bad — the Grand Touring is really cool. I saw one at (not kidding) Home Depot last week.

    No, he wasn’t attempting to load 2x4s into the trunk. A couple of cans of Killz.

    Though, on the same visit, I did see some hipsters — goateed husband, wife had the requisite braided ponytail and high end hiker daypak purse — attempting to gingerly load lumber into their Model X Tonymobile. Austin.

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  6. My wife likes the Miata RF – the hardtop version. We went to test drive one. I pried myself into the passenger seat and moved the seat all the way back. My knees were wedged against the dash. We never even went for the test drive.

  7. My wife likes the Miata RF – the hardtop version. We went to test drive one. I pried myself into the passenger seat and moved the seat all the way back. My knees were wedged against the dash. We never even went for the test drive.

    I didn’t know they were making a hardtop, but it makes sense if they did the Grand Touring with that retractable hard roof.

    You might fit easier into a Toyota 86 if you can forgo the convertible part, but keep in mind that those are just re-skinned Subarus with a higher pricetag for the Toyota logo.

  8. Wife gave me an early Miata for a anniversary gift about 8 years ago. Beautiful racing green with tan leather, new soft top and the optional hard top. Wonderful car. I barely fit however at 6ft and 275 lbs. Loved that car till I badly broke my left foot. Couldn’t drive it with my cast and ended up selling it. I miss it but have no place in my life ( or garage ) for another toy.

  9. BMW honors, or, 10 ago honored 25 years of spare parts available, I had a boss who only bought those cars 10 years old (ie on 1992 he bought a 1982 and so on) once he needed some piston, they send him a complete motor

  10. “The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime”
    https://pjmedia.com/columns/dennis-prager/2020/09/01/the-lockdown-has-gone-from-a-mistake-to-a-crime-n871865

    “Four months ago, I wrote a column titled “The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History.” I explained that “‘mistake’ and ‘evil’ are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people.””

    “Regarding the economic catastrophe in America and around the world — especially among the world’s poor who are dependent upon America and other first-world countries for their income through exports and tourism — I wrote, “It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe.””

    “Unfortunately, I was right.”

    “The world should have followed Sweden’s example. That country never locked down and has even kept children under 16 in school the entire time. As Reuters reported on July 15, the number of Swedish children between 1 and 19 years of age who have died of COVID-19 is zero. And the percentage of children who contracted the illness was the exact same in Sweden as it was in Finland, which locked down its schools.”

    Yup.

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

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  11. Sweden’s death rate per capita was one of the highest in the civilized world though, but of course it was only old and sick people….. so I guess that’s ok. Clear out some of the dead wood, decrease the costs of elder care for the state, and recycle that estate money back into the economy. Win. *

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    *except for the ones doing the dying of course, but everyone dies right?

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  12. BMW honors, or, 10 ago honored 25 years of spare parts available, I had a boss who only bought those cars 10 years old (ie on 1992 he bought a 1982 and so on) once he needed some piston, they send him a complete motor

    A lot of the manufacturers go above and beyond, but the common misconception is that a Federal law requires them to make the parts for 10 years.

    The law only specifies that the manufacturer be able to *obtain* the parts for the duration of the warranty. I’ve heard anecdotally that GM in particular is starting to hew pretty closely to the law with their 1500 class trucks, even as their dealers experiment with 80 month loans.

  13. Sweden’s death rate was high for a month or two, then dropped once the most vulnerable had died.

    I suspect that by the end of 2021, Sweden’s aggregate death rate* will be about the same as would have been predicted in December 2019.

    It’s not a good thing that the elderly and the very ill died months or years before they would have, but that needs to be compared to the wreckage and disruption and untreated illness and depression and suicide caused by the lockdowns.

    Looking solely at the economics — and spare me the tears about the infinite value of a human life — a less wealthy economy cannot afford gold-plated healthcare. Reducing an economy by 25% may well result in more deaths than were saved by putting the entire population under house arrest as well as reduced quality of life for those who don’t die. This doesn’t even take into account the quality of life of an octogenarian living on oxygen in a nursing home compared to that of a healthy thirty-year-old man who’s stuck sitting in his apartment, unable to work.

    Since the middle of March we’ve been hearing about the selfishness of “skeptics”, putting their well-being before that of “our most vulnerable”. There’s something to that, but that needs to be matched up against the selfishness of the elderly and the sick, or at least that of those who claim to speak for them. One important aspect of the match-up is that on the one hand we have the old, the sick, and the healthy all being locked down, isolated, and unable to enjoy their lives or work. On the other hand we have the old and the sick isolated while everyone else goes about their lives. Which side is irrational and selfish? I’ll give you a few minutes to work that out.

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  14. I’m so sick of face diapers.

    Perhaps the first step in Federal Goobermint certified and *required* face diapers:

    How virus-proof is your mask? Scientist tracks the growth of micro-organisms after coughing into a petri dish through different face coverings

    Face diapers should prevent cold and flu virus from spreading, right? Why not elect Plugs and get a National “wear your face diaper 24/7” policy. Even in your house, sleeping, etc.

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  15. Sweden’s death rate per capita was one of the highest in the civilized world though, but of course it was only old and sick people….. so I guess that’s ok. Clear out some of the dead wood, decrease the costs of elder care for the state, and recycle that estate money back into the economy. Win. *

    n

    *except for the ones doing the dying of course, but everyone dies right?

    Per the Coronavirus update:
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

    Sweden’s SARS-COV-2 death rate is 575 per million population.

    The USA’s SARS-COV-2 death rate is 567 per million population.

    Not much difference there. None statistically.

    And 43% of the deaths in the USA were in nursing homes, mostly in New York State and California.

    And 94% of the deaths in the USA with SARS-COV_2 had at least one other morbidity that was killing them off.

    The economic damage to the USA has been amazing. Rush Limbaugh said this morning that he thinks that the USA will recover in three years.

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  16. I am really tired of the down thumb. I have no idea if the sender agrees that the article topic is bad or that the sender thinks that I suck.

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  17. Wife gave me an early Miata for a anniversary gift about 8 years ago. Beautiful racing green with tan leather, new soft top and the optional hard top. Wonderful car. I barely fit however at 6ft and 275 lbs. Loved that car till I badly broke my left foot. Couldn’t drive it with my cast and ended up selling it. I miss it but have no place in my life ( or garage ) for another toy.

    I almost bought a Miata 15 years ago. I am 6’1″ and 250 lbs. Once I used a crow bar to get in it, I fit. There was no extra space whatsoever. But it would have been fun. And it was fun to drive. So I bought a new 2005 Ford Expedition instead to replace my 1999 Expedition with 100,000 miles on it.

    I really wanted a Triumph TR6 in college. That was a totally crap car. But it was beautiful. And I fit in it. So I bought a well used Honda CB360 instead for $300.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_TR6

  18. I’m so sick of face diapers.

    Me too. I wear the same disposable face diaper all week and throw it away. Maybe 2 or 3 hours total. We sure don’t wear them in the office.

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  19. “The Public Domain Will Not Make You Popular” by John Scalzi
    https://whatever.scalzi.com/2020/08/28/the-public-domain-will-not-make-you-popular/

    “Here’s an interesting assertion from the folks at SFFAudio, offered as part of a longer thread which I’ll not link directly to here, mostly because I want to focus on this particular point, but which you may find on their Twitter feed:”

    ” The reason HEINLEIN isn’t read more today is because almost all his stuff is still under copyright and being controlled by a trust that seems mostly uninterested in having HEINLEIN actually read
    Drop it into the PUBLIC DOMAIN and u’d see interest fly sky high
    That is a SURE BET”

    “That is a set of intriguing assertions that I don’t think I agree with at all!”

    I agree with John.

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  20. Creators need to be rewarded for developing their ideas. And if you create something that continues to have value after your death, why shouldn’t your heirs and assigns benefit? If the founder of a company dies, the heirs inherit the company and continue to receive the benefits of what the creator built. Why should authors be different?

    The idea that the value of the work doesn’t continue after the author’s death is, in my opinion, a holdover from when authors had other means of support and were “gentleman” authors. People didn’t think of writing a book as building a business. But that is what it has become, especially with tie ins, sequels, related works, etc.

    Very few of the people advocating more limits on patent and copyright release their own work without protections, unless they have other means of support…

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    added — “The reason HEINLEIN isn’t read more today is because almost all his stuff is still under copyright ” says the guy who probably never held an actual BOOK in his hand. LOTS of Heinlein available at such a low cost as to be negligible mainly because books don’t cease to exist once read. Costs imposed for new copies of his works pay for the NEW copies. Existing copies are paid for and are amortized to almost 0. If 25c is the barrier to you reading Heinlein, we do still have these big buildings FULL of books, and they are FREE to read! Imagine that.

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  21. I am really tired of the down thumb. I have no idea if the sender agrees that the article topic is bad or that the sender thinks that I suck.

    I think of the thumbs as a person agreeing or disagreeing with the content. It’s OK to disagree (or agree) with someone.

    But I don’t take it personally.

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  22. It’s not a good thing that the elderly and the very ill died months or years before they would have, but that needs to be compared to…

    While I trust politicians and bureaucrats not at all, it is their job to do this kind of cold-blooded analysis. That said, I approve of a lot of the changes the COVID strategy is causing. Working from home is glorious. A huge reduction in mass tourism is good. No huge sporting events – reducing stupid amount of money in professional sports – is good. I could go on.

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  23. The economic damage to the USA has been amazing. Rush Limbaugh said this morning that he thinks that the USA will recover in three years.

    If Trump prevails in his reelection bid. Otherwise, we will have to wait for 2023, after the 2022 midterms overturn the House/Senate, before things start to improve.

    Texas and Florida may turn around faster in either case.

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  24. Flipped one auction item to a local guy for $100 profit.

    Nick, is there a site that is/has a directory of auctions by city? Seems like an opportunity that deserves some investigation. Thanks.


  25. I am really tired of the down thumb. I have no idea if the sender agrees that the article topic is bad or that the sender thinks that I suck.

    As soon as your post is live, don’t forget to *up vote* yourself.

    It’s like flipping a virtual bird to the down voter (Hi Mr. SteveF, not that you are the DV’r).

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  26. I am really tired of the down thumb. I have no idea if the sender agrees that the article topic is bad or that the sender thinks that I suck.

    As soon as your post is live, don’t forget to *up vote* yourself.

    It’s like flipping a virtual bird to the down voter (Hi Mr. SteveF, not that you are the DV’r).

    I was not doing that, maybe I should. Of course, I can use my cellphone to up vote a second time.

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  27. It’s not a good thing that the elderly and the very ill died months or years before they would have, but that needs to be compared to…

    While I trust politicians and bureaucrats not at all, it is their job to do this kind of cold-blooded analysis. That said, I approve of a lot of the changes the COVID strategy is causing. Working from home is glorious. A huge reduction in mass tourism is good. No huge sporting events – reducing stupid amount of money in professional sports – is good. I could go on.

    Isn’t most of the money in professional sports now tv money ? Like 60% ???


  28. I think of the thumbs as a person agreeing or disagreeing with the content. It’s OK to disagree (or agree) with someone.

    But I don’t take it personally.

    I think what’s bugging everyone is that it always seems to be just the one. It makes it feel like there’s just one disagreeable person who rather than avoid the comment section (with which they so obviously disagree) or voice their alternative opinion they just choose to thumbs down. Every day. It’s the thumb equivalent of Chinese water torture. lol Drip, drip, drip…

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  29. I really wanted a Triumph TR6 in college

    I wanted a Triumph too (circa 1971) so I bought a MG GT6 instead. Plenty of room for my 6ft frame and a hatch back that held 3 bags (paper) of groceries. Fun car but … knock off hubs on wire spoke wheels and synchronizing the dual carbs were a headache.
    Swapped it for a 1974 Datsun wagon when wife said kids were coming.


  30. It makes it feel like there’s just one disagreeable person who rather than avoid the comment section (with which they so obviously disagree) or voice their alternative opinion they just choose to thumbs down.

    Not to worry, Chad. The persistent and cowardly downvoter most likely wet his/her/zir bed until 16 and had, let’s say, unhealthy thoughts regarding zir mother continuing at least through last night. Zir is a wretched failure as a human being and even as a eukaryote and is doomed to a life of loneliness and cat pee.

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  31. @SteveF “failure as …. a eukaryote”

    Not only couldn’t compete at the species or genus level but failed at phylum and beyond. That is epic failure.

    SteveF, you made me smile for the first time in days.

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  32. The law only specifies that the manufacturer be able to *obtain* the parts for the duration of the warranty. I’ve heard anecdotally that GM in particular is starting to hew pretty closely to the law with their 1500 class trucks, even as their dealers experiment with 80 month loans.

    I bought the Ford Motor Company seven year 150,000 mile extended bumper to bumper warranty for my 2016 Fusion. Only 50,000 miles to date but they must fix it.

  33. but they must fix it.

    Are you certain there isn’t some clause in the warranty that if they cannot fix the issue they will replace with used vehicle of same type and mileage? Also there may be something they can replace with “like” parts which can mean after market parts or parts from a salvage yard. Extended warranties are like casinos, the house always wins.

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  34. I bought the Ford Motor Company seven year 150,000 mile extended bumper to bumper warranty for my 2016 Fusion. Only 50,000 miles to date but they must fix it.

    Ford made lots of Fusions and the car will continue to be sold as the Mondeo overseas. Parts won’t be a problem. I think the latest generation sold in the US still had Volvo influence.

    The F&I weasel on my wife’s 2016 Exploder deal pulled a 2% loan from BBVA to hide a bunch of mischief in the payment, including a $3500 Ford extended warranty. Once I clawed all of the extras out of the deal and got the equivalent *seven months of payments* applied back to the loan by a very angry dealership, I was soured on buying another warranty so we just go without.

    Except for a throttle body problem at almost exactly 5000 miles (things that make you say “hmmm” …), the vehicle has been fine. The replacement part was extremely tough to get even though the vehicle was only a few months old. Fortunately, one of the dealers in the boonies had one and we’ve been taking the car there for service ever since.

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  35. Creators need to be rewarded for developing their ideas. And if you create something that continues to have value after your death, why shouldn’t your heirs and assigns benefit?

    To some degree the value is created by the consumers’ desire for it. The author is simply discovering something that people want to read, or listen to, or view. Copyright law is intended to artificially encourage authors to produce. A copyright period of about two to three dozen years should be adequate. If you can’t make a reasonable profit in that time period, then either your work was not valuable enough, or it was too far ahead of its time. The lifetime of the author should have no effect on the copyright period. When an author dies, their estate should own the copyright until it expires. It is silly to make a work more valuable just because the author lived a long time, or because an author created the work at a young age. Those situations do not make the work any more valuable to the public.

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  36. The weather forecast this morning said 50% chance of rain. Nope. Then, rain after 4 PM. Nope. No, just windy and while the thermometer says 97F, it feels like “dang, I just sweated off all of my deodorant” and that’s just from the house to the boat shed. A couple hundred feet.

    Penny wanted out this morning and the humidity was like a steamy bathroom.

    No rain. Just a hazy sky, a few fluffy clouds. Just enough sun to make shadows.

    Could be worse.

  37. WRT to the thumbs up or down issue, I currently have no opinion.

    So, it was about 18 years ago that I joined the technical forum here as my first forum participation. After a while, when I noticed some questions going unanswered for a while to which I new the answer, I opted to privide the answer. However, I did so knowing that my answers were correct without any uncertainty. After doing these a few times without subsequent disagreement from Bob or others, I continued with greater frequency with the same positive results.
    In time I joined the CDRLABS technical forum and as aquired sufficient knowledge, I beganhad answering posts with the same level of concurrence from others. http://www.cdrlabs.com/forums/

    I then got interested in GPS devices for my offroad 4WD excursions in the back country of the SW USA. I bought a GPSr from the DeLorme company and then joined their technical forum. Again, as I aquired knowledge I began to provide answers there an in the others. I then got interested in the hobby of geocaching and answered questions regarding using the devices in that hobby. However, now I started to get responses disagreeing with my answers which I found strange. Conseqently, I went to the geocaching technical forum mainly involved with GPSr characteristics and usage. https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/forum/11-gps/

    Wow, was this an experience, now I had a significant portion of the participants consistently disagreeing and arguing with me. Unbelievable! Well, I finally realized that I was getting an informal and ad hoc education in sociology and human behaviour. As I came to understand this, I no longer had negative emotional responses when the said I was wrong and didn’t know what I was expressing.

    Here is what I learned: It is natural human mental nature to think that you are smarter than your really are, positive ego wrt to mental capability. Therefore, the more stupid one inherently is, the more misestimate the totality of the aquired knowledge and mental ability (smartness). As a result, the more stupid they are, the more the underestimate their lack of knowledge and on the other side, overestimate the little bit that they do know. Very simple, the less their inherent intellignece the more they underestimate their aquired knowledge.

    Okay, with that understanding of the bevhaviour of the stupid class, I no longer take personal exception to their disagreements with me. It does not me feel negative in an emptional context when they disagree with me. Actually, as I receive the “thumbs down” from them, I just feel sorry for them as I do those with substantial physical disablities.

    Oh yeah, my handle on that geocaching forum: “Team CowboyPapa”.

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  38. Creators need to be rewarded for developing their ideas. And if you create something that continues to have value after your death, why shouldn’t your heirs and assigns benefit?

    To some degree the value is created by the consumers’ desire for it. The author is simply discovering something that people want to read, or listen to, or view. Copyright law is intended to artificially encourage authors to produce. A copyright period of about two to three dozen years should be adequate. If you can’t make a reasonable profit in that time period, then either your work was not valuable enough, or it was too far ahead of its time. The lifetime of the author should have no effect on the copyright period. When an author dies, their estate should own the copyright until it expires. It is silly to make a work more valuable just because the author lived a long time, or because an author created the work at a young age. Those situations do not make the work any more valuable to the public.

    We passed 50 years of writing and selling our engineering software to the public last year. My Dad and another professor at OU started the software business in 1969. I’ve been running it since 1995, I started working on it in 1975.

  39. As for parts for older cars, I have never had any trouble. My extreme example was a few years ago when I knew a Ford dealership parts guy. He took me behind the counter one day and showed me his reference books. I saw some Model T parts still available. Of course, that was a few years ago.

    It’s true, some parts are hard to get after just a few years, and it is getting worse. Regarding that throttle body, some parts do not get into the system immediately after a new model goes public. I would also bet that the throttle body was made by someone other than Ford, so it might be available for decades. Might. Holley is a major supplier of throttle bodies, and the brand, marked or not, shows up in a lot of cars.

    Many of the older American cars have parts that are easy to get. Detroit didn’t change designs very often, especially consumables. OTOH, foreign makes can be different. I had four VW Beetles, and they all used different distributor points. I probably still have some spares around somewhere. Those cars all had different glass, fenders (bolt-on,) tail lights, door handles, etc. Some of those parts could be expected to be replaced due to wear, rust, or collisions. One of the worst cars in my experience to keep in pristine condition.

  40. “Four Young Leftists Sentenced in Court After Hurling Chlorine Bomb at Police Officer, Nearly Killing Him and Detonating 7 Other Bombs”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/four-young-leftists-sentenced-court-hurling-chlorine-bomb-police-officer-nearly-killing-detonating-7-bombs/

    “The young leftists were sentenced last week to 60 days in prison and probation for two years.”

    “The injured officer still has trouble breathing.”

    You have got to be kidding me Colorado.

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

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  41. We passed 50 years of writing and selling our engineering software to the public last year. My Dad and another professor at OU started the software business in 1969. I’ve been running it since 1995, I started working on it in 1975.

    Roger that! I was doing engineering software, both developing the engineering analytical solutions and then coding them (Fortran) in 1969 at Douglas Aircraft.

  42. I was in kindergarten in 1969. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily preclude me having been working as a FORTRAN programmer at the same time. I needed someone to tie my shoes for me, but I could keep track of COMMON blocks like no one’s business!


  43. I take it that your parents lived south of Austin ?

    About seven miles out on 107 toward Elsa from Edinburg. Left turn on what is now called 83rd Street. And then I get lost, the railroad tracks are gone so I can’t count 5 houses to their house. I miss it every time.

    I spent one summer there because PanAm “closed the dorms” for the summer. Er, and the dudes from Africa and elsewhere go where?
    I had a bar-back job at the Point After. In La Plaza mall in McAllen.. I had a 3 speed bicycle for wheels. Peddle my butt to work and back home. Bar closed at 2am, I’d get home about 4am, sometimes soaking wet at 5am if it rained. That was one summer, more than enough of putting up with dad yelling at me at 11am because I’m a lazy turd for sleeping so late. Never slept there again after school re-started.

    Tell ya what, my Levi 501s at 28×34 looked painted on.

    Forget opsec for a moment. On Google Maps, it’s the round house on the right. My motorcycle wreck paid for a lot of it. There’s a couple of carport/sheds between the street and the house. They built all of it, even the iron work in the slabs. The concrete company did the finishing. Dad hired someone to do the welding on the carport/shed framing.

    From the house at about Breaker Lane in north Austin, 6 hours if flying low in a ’75 Cordoba…. down I-35, hit 410 in SA and loop down to 281. But that was 35 years or so ago, 1604 around SA was just being built up from a two lane farm road. Now from Burnet, even with the speed limit not being 55 everywhere, pushing 7 hours. 281 to and through SA, then I-37 for a long time, feels like halfway to Corpus, then back on 281. Almost all of the little towns have been bypassed.

    I’m weird, I liked going through the little towns. There were pee stops and you could stop at a Dairy Queen for a drink, fries, and a corn dog. Or get a drink and chips at a gas station in Alice…. if I didn’t stuff the Cordoba’s tank full before leaving Austin.

    Anyway. One more trip there. I want to see the house and the tounge and groove ceiling again and look around. See my high school. See the first house they built on Texan Avenue. Maybe get a fresh from the tree orange. Go to the courthouse to take her off of the deed, find a realtor. Toss some of her ashes and some of dad’s in the backyard, but NOT mixed.

    Well. All in good time.

    What I’m waiting to see is how the financial stuff works. Does SS claw back this month’s payment? She died on the 30th, SS pays on the 3rd. Same for retirement money from dad’s Marine days. That pays on the 1st. And…. what is the nursing home going to do? They charge her Discover card. I should call and see what their billing cycle is. Might get a straight answer.
    She was on Medi whatever, is Texas going to take her house? I’m on the deed, so, I’ll just wait and see.

    Anyway, she had a prepaid funeral plan. They seem right on top of things. That’s taken care of. The rest? I don’t know. It’s all an adventure. 🙂


  44. Here is what I learned: It is natural human mental nature to think that you are smarter than your really are, positive ego wrt to mental capability.

    Bingo.

    I’ve run a few mailing lists mostly because no one else wanted the job. Flame wars? Stomp that right down and ya don’t like it? Bye bye pendeho.

    I dunno, my armor is pretty thick.

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  45. We passed 50 years of writing and selling our engineering software to the public last year. My Dad and another professor at OU started the software business in 1969. I’ve been running it since 1995, I started working on it in 1975.

    With constant updates and improvements. Not at all like writing a book or making a music album and *done*.

  46. I take it that your parents lived south of Austin ?

    About seven miles out on 107 toward Elsa from Edinburg. Left turn on what is now called 83rd Street. And then I get lost, the railroad tracks are gone so I can’t count 5 houses to their house. I miss it every time.

    Wow, you cannot get much further south than that. Looks like the house is in a Colonia. But, I cannot find a “round” ??? house on 83rd at 107.

    What I’m waiting to see is how the financial stuff works. Does SS claw back this month’s payment? She died on the 30th, SS pays on the 3rd. Same for retirement money from dad’s Marine days. That pays on the 1st. And…. what is the nursing home going to do? They charge her Discover card. I should call and see what their billing cycle is. Might get a straight answer.
    She was on Medi whatever, is Texas going to take her house? I’m on the deed, so, I’ll just wait and see.

    Good luck in dealing with Texas Medicaid. It might be … interesting.

    The wife and I are considering putting our 33 year old daughter on Texas Medicaid. Things in 2021 are going to be tough in the oil patch.

  47. Does SS claw back this month’s payment?

    My understanding is that SS is paying for the prior month, not the current month. For example I started SS in February, first payment was in March. Same with the spousal unit.

    Thus alive any days during the prior month and the payment is good. Any future months must be returned. The funeral home is supposed to notify the SS office and they are really good about stopping money. The VA is paying for the current month. Deceased any day during the month and the money for the month must be returned unless financial hardship can be proven.


  48. The wife and I are considering putting our 33 year old daughter on Texas Medicaid

    She should be on Medicaid now. She is an adult with health issues that prohibit working. You should not carry her on your insurance nor be paying for any medical bills. She should also be eligible for disability SS payments each.

    Be prepared to be audited every year. And get slammed for the tiniest of details. The auditor will “let it go this time”. Heard that song and dance a few times with my aunt.

  49. We passed 50 years of writing and selling our engineering software to the public last year. My Dad and another professor at OU started the software business in 1969. I’ve been running it since 1995, I started working on it in 1975.

    With constant updates and improvements. Not at all like writing a book or making a music album and *done*.

    Yup. We have got cracked versions of our software floating around out there that are over 20 years old. The Iranians wrote an article for Hydrocarbon Processing using a cracked version 9.31 of our software back in 2008. We are currently at version 16.06a (the a is because I am an idiot).
    https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2008/january-2008/special-report-gas-processing-developments/converting-to-a-tertiary-amine-ups-sweetening-capacity-at-an-iranian-gas-facility

  50. English professsors demand higher ed reject ‘standard English’ language, ‘put some respeck on Black Language’:

    The announcement, titled “This Ain’t Another Statement! This is a DEMAND for Black Linguistic Justice!” cited Michigan State University English professorApril Baker-Bell’s assertion that “the way Black language is devalued in schools reflects how Black lives are devalued in the world . . . [and] the anti-Black linguistic racism that is used to diminish Black Language and Black students in classrooms is not separate from the rampant and deliberate anti-Black racism and violence inflicted upon Black people in society.”

    The statement was signed by Bell, along with California State University-Fullerton professor Bonnie J. Williams-Farrier, Boston University Professor Davena Jackson, Michigan State University English professor Lamar Johnson, Texas Christian University gender and race studies professor Carmen Kynard. It was also signed Teaira McMurtry, who was listed as being affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham

    The professors use the term, “White Linguistic Supremacy,” and suggested that English is a language stemming from racism and solely belonging to White people. The organization demanded that higher education, therefore, reject “Standard English as the Accepted Communicative Norm” and push for the education of “Black Language.”

    The group claimed that opposition to this point shows a disregard for “Black Lives.”

    In the same statement, the professors upheld CCCC’s statementon Ebonics. Ebonics is defined by Merriam-Webster as “African American Vernacular English” which it defines as “a nonstandard variety of English spoken by some African Americans.”

    “Ebonics reflects the Black experience and conveys Black traditions and socially real truths. Black Languages are crucial to Black identity. Black Language sayings, such as ‘What goes around comes around,’ are crucial to Black ways of being in the world. Black Languages, like Black lives, matter,” states CCCC.

    However, instead of labeling Ebonics as a variety of the English language, this organization repeatedly identifies it as its own “Black Language.”

    It should be noted that all of the profs quoted in the article are PoCs with advanced degrees.

    Sounds ta me like dese folks be demandin’ deyselfs right outta dey jobs!

  51. I take it that your parents lived south of Austin ?

    About seven miles out on 107 toward Elsa from Edinburg. Left turn on what is now called 83rd Street. And then I get lost, the railroad tracks are gone so I can’t count 5 houses to their house. I miss it every time.

    Wow, you cannot get much further south than that. Looks like the house is in a Colonia. But, I cannot find a “round” ??? house on 83rd at 107.

    I found the round house ! Is there a takeout hamburger joint across the street ? And it is about 20 houses away from 107.


  52. It should be noted that all of the profs quoted in the article are PoCs with advanced degrees.

    Sounds ta me like dese folks be demandin’ deyselfs right outta dey jobs!

    Geez. Back to pushing Ebonics. Remember that spectacular failure. Public schools already dumb down kids (No Child Left Behind, etc.). Let’s make Black kids even dumber. Dumb and Dumber III ™

  53. Why exactly are proud, noble, We Wuz Kangz African(-American) people using English in any form? From their perspective, isn’t that using the language of the hated Ice People who invented slavery and colonialism and all bad things? Shouldn’t they be using some noble We Wuz Kangs African language?

    From my perspective, how is their use of English not cultural appropriation?

  54. @Nick
    If you have a moment, sir, would you be so kind as to release my comment from moderation? Away from my desktop and can’t access the login to fix it myself.
    No rush. Too many URLs.

    done-Rick

  55. It’s true, some parts are hard to get after just a few years, and it is getting worse. Regarding that throttle body, some parts do not get into the system immediately after a new model goes public. I would also bet that the throttle body was made by someone other than Ford, so it might be available for decades. Might. Holley is a major supplier of throttle bodies, and the brand, marked or not, shows up in a lot of cars.

    The 2016 Exploder had a rush of throttle body problems early on in production. The part was hard to get because so many owners needed it and Ford did the replacement under warranty.

    New Exploders have a wider variety of issues. The dealer who ripped us off for my wife’s vehicle sends weekly emails looking to buy it. No thanks.

  56. I used the last of our decent weather with good purpose. I -finally- got the trim on the three windows on the back of the house painted. Painting the trim on our small house began when we replaced the roof in 2010. Slow. Very slow. It took a ridiculous three years of aborted attempts to get these three windows done so great relief. I need to scrape off my paint slopping onto the glass, clean the glass and the storm windows, and get the storm windows reinstalled.

    Pool is empty if not fully put away for the season.

    Tomatoes are green and in typical Alaska fashion may or may not ripen before they rot.

    Rabbitry rearranged and manure system pulled out for rebuild. This was a byproduct of the winter watering system – the pipes need to go along the backs of the cages which means it all had to come apart for access.

    I built my winter watering system for the rabbitry last weekend. Partial success.
    Parts list:
    770GPH Submersible Water Pump
    50′ 1/2″ PVC pipe
    9 1/2″ right angle slip fit joints
    6 PVC Tee w/ 1/8″ FPT
    6 1/8″ Threaded Brass Nipple (SE2)
    30 gallon drum
    Eventually 250 watt pail and bucket deicer will be added to the system.

    After giving the PVC cement two days to cure, I turned on the water pump this morning.
    No discernible leaks – this is my first time working with PVC so big win in my books. Water flows through the system – another win. The first two rabbit nipples are delivering water as expected – yay me. But don’t celebrate too soon because then the disappointments begin. The 3rd and 4th are delivering inadequate water, when the nipple is depressed a few drops are emitted every few seconds. The 5th and 6th hiss and do not deliver water. The water exits the system at a respectable speed, not a dribble. The hiss at nipples 5 and 6 suggests that the water is not filling the pipe enough to reach the nipples.

    The nipples are installed perpendicular to the pipe and horizontal to the ground, screwed into the Tee fittings which are slip fit and cemented to the 1/2″ pipe.

    The submersible pump is at the bottom of the drum and lifts the water 5′ straight up to start it’s run, then a right angle, 5′ across, second right angle, 8′ across, third right angle, 3″ drop, fourth right angle, 5′ run that includes nipples 1 and 2, two right angles in quick succession to make a U turn, another 5′ run with nipples 3 and 4. Then a seventh right angle, an 8′ span, eighth right angle, a 5′ span with nipples 5 and 6. Ninth right angle and about a 12″ drop into the drum – I’ve got it arranged so the water will fall into the drum so I can hear the water flowing as a quick check that the pump is running. Output is at about 4′. About 42′ of 1/2″ pipe, with a 5′ lift at the beginning, and an overall drop of about 12″ before exiting above the drum.

    The rabbit nipples water pressure needs to be below 8 psi. I can adjust the flow rate at the individual nipples.

    I see several things to try without tearing it all apart.
    -Adjust the flow rate of nipples 3-6.
    -Raise the drum to reduce the initial lift. Pump is rated for a maximum 6.5′ lift on the box, Amazon shows the ratings for the lesser pump.
    -Raise the pressure by reducing the diameter of the exhaust. It seems logical to assume this would raise the load on the pump. Perhaps not optimum.
    -Use a more powerful pump that is compatible with 1/2″ PVC. Shipping to Alaska is measured in weeks verging on months currently.

    Any other ideas for getting water to nipples 3 – 6? Any irresistible bawdy humor about rabbit nipples?

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  57. If you have a moment, sir, would you be so kind as to release my comment from moderation? Away from my desktop and can’t access the login to fix it myself.
    No rush. Too many URLs.
    done-Rick

    It is a shame that releasing a post actually displays the post at the time of posting and not at the time of release. You have to be very interested -like me- on the possible content of that post to go and actually try to find it.

    Thanks both

  58. @Marcelo – adjusted the posting date of Jenny’s comment. Now it’s just two comments above here.

  59. I built my winter watering system for the rabbitry last weekend. Partial success.
    Parts list:
    770GPH Submersible Water Pump
    50′ 1/2″ PVC pipe
    9 1/2″ right angle slip fit joints
    6 PVC Tee w/ 1/8″ FPT
    6 1/8″ Threaded Brass Nipple (SE2)
    30 gallon drum
    Eventually 250 watt pail and bucket deicer will be added to the system.

    After giving the PVC cement two days to cure, I turned on the water pump this morning.

    @Jenny, that PVC cement should be leak tight in a minute or less. I have seen plumbers cement PVC pipes together while the water was running because the idiot junior engineer might have broken an 8 inch water pipeline by water hammering it from the 100+ ft tall water tower. Yup, that old water tower is still there but the five steam power plants are gone:
    https://www.google.com/maps/@32.336431,-100.9152299,271m/data=!3m1!1e3

    I finally got my notice yesterday that I get to keep my 30 gpm water well at my commercial property. Unbeknownst to me, Fort Bend County regulated all water wells in the county about five years ago due to land subsidence in the county and aquifer dropping levels. About two months ago, I got a letter demanding that I fill out a ten page document describing the water well and the property and send in a $200 regulation fee. The County subsidence district had a public comment period for my water well and 239 others. They did condemn six of the water wells on their list.
    https://fbsubsidence.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/8-6-2020-Hearing.pdf

    I guess that nobody commented on my water well so they issued me a permit. I also got to pay for the five million gallons (estimated) of water that we used over the last five years, $20 per million gallons per year, $100 total. I gladly sent them a check today. I paid $9,800.00 for that water well in 2013. The old water well from 2004 went dry in 2013 when the aquifer level dropped in the 2012-2014 drought and melted the casing pipe from the pump running without water in it.

    A nice thing is that they also threatened to make me install a certified water meter on the water well, about a $1,000.00. I guess that they changed their minds because the letter did not say anything about the demand.

  60. I see several things to try without tearing it all apart.
    -Adjust the flow rate of nipples 3-6.
    -Raise the drum to reduce the initial lift. Pump is rated for a maximum 6.5′ lift on the box, Amazon shows the ratings for the lesser pump.
    -Raise the pressure by reducing the diameter of the exhaust. It seems logical to assume this would raise the load on the pump. Perhaps not optimum.
    -Use a more powerful pump that is compatible with 1/2″ PVC. Shipping to Alaska is measured in weeks verging on months currently.

    I would elevate the drum to start with. Reducing the pressure drop will result in more flow.

    Are you going to insulate the drum and piping ? Anchorage gets to zero F ? – 10 F ? in the winter ? That 250 watt heater ain’t gonna do much below zero F without insulation.

  61. We passed 50 years of writing and selling our engineering software to the public last year.

    With constant updates and improvements.

    Most software is this way. I have purchased my text editor several times because over three dozen years, it has been constantly updated, re-written, and extended. The current author isn’t even affiliated with the earlier versions, although I think there may be some tenuous thread of selling the business involved. A copy of the original version wouldn’t be of any use to me. I probably have one on a backup somewhere, but I doubt that it would even run on any of my current machines, and doesn’t have the capacity and features that I now require. It is about time that I buy another copy, to get the 64-bit edition. So, a copyright period of a few dozen years is probably going to work out OK for software, as well as other works. It is hard to eliminate theft of software even when it is under copyright.

  62. Granted, it is not quite a home device at 23 meters by 5 meters and an estimated 50 megawatts but it seems like a nice step towards getting there.

    Yes it is. Especially for areas that can both use power and district water heating.

    BTW, the amount of thermal energy from that reactor is probably around 200 MW assuming a 25% efficiency at rated load. So if 50 MW of electricity is made then 150 MW of heat will need to be rejected to a lake or an air cooler. If the steam turbine trips then 200 MW of heat will need to be rejected.

  63. @alan, hibid.com and proxibid.com are both national, whether there are actual auctions by you listed is a guess… There will be some sort of auctions though, and many that were in person have moved online due to covid restrictions.

    I rarely bid without checking sold prices on ebay. I’ve seen too many people pay more for an item they didn’t even know they wanted than they could get it on ebay with some buyer protection. The fees and taxes are usually around 25% additional, so that’s worth keeping in mind too when deciding what to pay.

    There are as many bidding strategies as buyers, but I almost never just put my actual highest bid in. The others will keep incrementing the bid until they get to your max, go one more, and win if you just ‘set it and forget it’. I have missed stuff I would have offered more for by not seeing the lot sell in real time (usually ‘cuz I was eating/cooking/ or putting the kids to bed), on the other hand, I’ve battled one dollar at a time for stuff I really wanted. Auctions are fun, hunting for stuff to resell is fun, but there is always a learning curve with reselling. Also, buying for yourself rather than reselling, you can afford to go higher. You’ll still save money as a buyer, but you might pay more than I need to pay to make a profit when reselling. Auctions are a great way to buy for yourself and save money. AS IS AND WHERE IS is the operative phrase though, no refunds or exchanges, no guarantees. Set your price accordingly.

    @jenny, I’m not a pressure and flow guy but I have done some plumbing. Your pressures are low enough that your pipes should be ready in minutes. They will continue to cure, but I’ve put 40-70psi on normal cement only minutes after gooping the pipes up. There is a ‘hot’ cement too, but few people need it.

    If water is making it all the way thru your pipe and back to the bucket, then you don’t have a blockage. The nipples are probably not squirting because your open loop doesn’t have enough back pressure to force them open. I’m kinda surprised that any of them work with an open loop. There must be enough back pressure from the 90 deg corners…. I’d put a valve on the end of the pipe above the bucket, and gradually close it until there is enough back pressure to allow the nipples to operate. Hopefully the pump will develop pressure, and not just move the water? Restrict the output, and increase the ‘at nipple’ water pressure, and I think it will work.

    As an alternate, maybe add an expansion chamber from a well system (about the size of a BBQ propane tank) and a pressure switch. Run the pump to pressurize and fill the expansion tank, pressure shuts off the pump, bunnies drink, pressure drops, pump turns on….. An RV “demand” pump might be a good choice for a closed pipe system too. It will keep a mild pressure on the pipe, when the nipple opens and pressure drops the pump comes back on…

    Raising the sump might help if the pump can’t lift enough volume. Raising it ABOVE the level of the pipe might solve the issue too, the pump lifts the water to a tank, gravity feeds the pipe, refills the bucket so the pump can lift the water… there would have to be some constant flow thru the loop though, and you might not have enough head to put operating pressure on the nipples.

    I’d try restricting the flow out of the end of the loop first, as that is most likely and easiest to do.

    nick

    (Very interesting hearing your process, please keep sharing.)

  64. Magazines, news articles, manuals, and software have limited time usability anyway. Then they have no or very little value for a while, until later they might have value again as a historical archive/record.

    Someone made the point upthread that some works have no commercial value and should lose their copyright protection. google made this argument with their scanning project, and I think they lost. The way copyright works in the US it protects the authors ability to make money from his work, but doesn’t REQUIRE that he do so. The copyright doesn’t encourage authors or creators to WRITE, it encourages them to PUBLISH which gets their ideas out in front of an audience where they can be used. Novels in the drawer can still benefit the author (viz A Confederacy of Dunces or The Swiss Family Robinson) but don’t benefit society. There is specific language in copyright and patent that mentions the benefit to society.

    Jerry had a lot to say about the subject.

    Orphan works are another whole subject…

    n

  65. If water is making it all the way thru your pipe and back to the bucket, then you don’t have a blockage. The nipples are probably not squirting because your open loop doesn’t have enough back pressure to force them open. I’m kinda surprised that any of them work with an open loop. There must be enough back pressure from the 90 deg corners…. I’d put a valve on the end of the pipe above the bucket, and gradually close it until there is enough back pressure to allow the nipples to operate. Hopefully the pump will develop pressure, and not just move the water? Restrict the output, and increase the ‘at nipple’ water pressure, and I think it will work.

    Sigh. I missed the open pipe to the water drum. Nick is much smarter than me. Can you put a nipple (a valve) feeding the water drum and just open it way open to start with ? Then close that drum nipple down to raise the system pressure when you get the system running.

    Just skip my previous thought of raising the water drum. Your pump is a fairly high flow rate and should be able to develop the pressure you need to run six ??? nipples easily.

  66. WRT ebonics, while researching my gennie issue I came across a very helpful guy who clearly gets a lot of questions from africa.

    one of them said

    “Kenneth says

    June 25, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Good day pls am having disame problem I have 40 k.v.a DAT it start it stay like 5:to 15 mins den off. I unplugged the oil switch and the water switch but is till doing desame thing pls advice me on what to do
    Reply”

    BBC is now doing news in african patois

    Adele: See wetin put di singer for di middle of Black Americans and Africans gbas-gbos

    No be today celebrities don dey fall under di cultural appropriation bus on top social media and such events don dey create avenue for pipo to tok about wetin be di difference between appropriation and appreciation of different cultures around di world.

    Like wen Kim Kardashian West enta wahala on top say she braid her hair, anoda time, na di name of her fashion line for shape wear wey she bin call Kimono before she change am afta she collect bashing.

    — the Daily Mail article on the same story https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8687169/When-Adele-paid-tribute-Notting-Hill-Carnival-savaged-cultural-appropriation.html

    –if you try to read FB or twit posts by AAs (as the author in the BBC article calls them) you are faced with lol speak, chatspeak, and emojii use filtered thru ebonics and an insular culture with varying dialects…. It’s barely understandable in outline, and certainly not in specifics. I pity the cops in the fusion centers monitoring that cr@p, it would give english speakers PTSD.

    n

  67. @lynn / @nick
    leak tight in a minute or less / ready in minutes
    Good to know. We’ve had a lot of rain so I don’t mind my error leading me to wait – today we had a window without rain which is when I connected the pump. Nice to do it without water pouring down my neck.
    And aye yi yi to the story of the idiot junior engineer. Bet the air turned blue on that escapade.
    Congrats on your well. Regulators gotta regulate.

    insulate the drum and piping
    I will insulate the drum, not the piping. Because rabbits. If I insulate the pipe they’ll just eat the insulation. The YouTube I stole my ideas from found the 250 watt heater adequate with the water movement – I have a second heater to drop in if our weather is too tough. Belts and suspenders. In recent years Anchorage has been more temperate. We still get some really ugly below zero weather, however in the 90’s we’d stay in the teens all winter, more recently we vacillate near freezing.

    @nick
    kinda surprised that any of them work with an open loop
    Maybe because they are low pressure? Manufacturer says keep the pressure under 8 psi. They are often used on gravity feed systems, just a few pounds of pressure is sufficient.

    I didn’t have a chance to lift the drum today. The small pallet I want to use is currently propped against the storm windows to keep them from blowing over and breaking (we’ve had some weather). I got the slopped paint off the windows as high as I could reach without a ladder (not very high, I’m under 5′). I’ll haul out the ladder, finish cleaning off the slopped paint, wash the windows, wash the storm windows, reinstall the storm windows, then I can take the pallet back for it’s originally intended purpose. Or I’ll honky hack something so I can see if simply raising the drum is sufficient to solve my nipple issue.

    I messed with the adjustable nipples after dinner and got nipples 1 – 4 all working adequately. Nipples 5 and 6 hiss air. Tomorrow after dinner, I’ll enlist the aid of my spouse to hold his thumb over the exhaust pipe to simulate a valve while I test nipples 5 and 6. If that works, I’ll install this valve.


    Regarding copyright. I cannot find a copy of it, nor remember the name, however I recall reading an interesting bit of fiction by Janet Kagan regarding the impact of copyright against creativity of future generations. Her story was between a writer who advocated for a shorter copyright and a senator (?) who was set to cast an important vote to greatly extend copyright duration. The writer convinced the senator to change his vote to No on extending copyright, core idea was that there is nothing new under the sun and extending copyright kills fresh takes on old ideas. I haven’t read the story for 15-20 years so I’m sure I’ve misremembered parts. It was a good story. I wish she had published more prolifically.

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  68. Re: rabbit watering system
    I had another thought. Currently the pump lifts water to the highest point and all the nipples are downhill. By nipples 5 and 6 air is in the pipe. What if I swapped the direction of flow so the water goes from lowest point to highest point? All the nipples would be uphill. If the water is pushing uphill then I shouldn’t have air in the pipe as I near the terminus, right?

    I -think- this will be easy to test.

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  69. Reading the goodreads blurb on NOIR by KW Jeter, there isn’t a single mention of copyright, but I remembered that as a primary thread in the book. What I remember is aggressive enforcement, upon pain of death, which leads to no new music, because everything has been done… I recall having your spinal chord used as speaker wire as one punishment for making derivative music…

    n


  70. I found the round house ! Is there a takeout hamburger joint across the street ? And it is about 20 houses away from 107.

    When they built the house, there were maybe 4 houses heading away from 107. Then a street to the right, and another house or two. Then (now gone) rail road tracks. Everything past the tracks was cotton fields all the way to what is called Monte Cristo Road.

    I saw the burger joint across the street on my last visit. It didn’t look like a place where food safety mattered.

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  71. “It didn’t look like a place where food safety mattered. ”

    –nice turn of phrase 🙂

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  72. …an interesting bit of fiction by Janet Kagan regarding the impact of copyright against creativity of future generations. Her story was between a writer who advocated for a shorter copyright and a senator (?) who was set to cast an important vote to greatly extend copyright duration.

    I don’t recall a Janet Kagan story along those lines (thanks for the reminder – it is about time I re-read Hellspark and Mirabile again), but Spider Robinson had a story that fits: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melancholy_Elephants
    http://www.spiderrobinson.com/melancholyelephants.html

  73. @dcp
    Hah! Yes – that’s the one! Thank you, it’s driven me batty on and off that I couldn’t find it. Wrong author, heh. Really enjoy Spider Robinson.

    Hellspark is a favorite of mine, and I just started reading Mirabile with my 8 year old. Did you know Baen published a collected works of Kagan’s a few years ago? It’s all previously published materials outside of her Mirabile stories.

    I think you’re the first person I’ve encountered who knew her work.


  74. …Baen published a collected works of Kagan’s…

    I seem to recall seeing that at the time. I think I decided against it because the few items in it I didn’t already have, I had already read and/or were available online.

    Jerry Pournelle, Dana Stabenow, and Janet Kagan were the first authors I went looking for on the Internet when I first got access back in 1997.

    Janet had posted some pictures on her web page, I commented, she responded, and we had a nice sporadic correspondence in the following years.

    She and Dana Stabenow are among the very few authors who have a “conversational” storytelling style which actually seems to work – at least for me.

    And they both make me laugh.

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