Thur. Sep 3, 2020 – just another, just another day ay aay, just another…

(er….not August, Nick….I fixed it….RickH)

Hot, humid and overcast.  National forecast shows possibility of T Storms.

I got very little done yesterday.  Picked up some things.  Unburied some stuff at my secondary to take to auction.  One of the things I picked up and then stored away was incandescent light bulbs.  Yup, I buy them if I can get them cheap and in bulk.  There are places I really just like the light from the bulbs and they are getting harder to find.  These are “rough service” and fit through an exception in the eco wienie law so they’re not truly ‘unobtainium’ but getting 2oo clear bulbs for $2 was too good to pass up.  I got some others in a variety of wattages too.  Incans don’t last very long, so you need replacements.  Another long term consideration, they work just as well on DC as AC.  That’s a very post-apoc consideration, but it is a small contributing factor.   I saw LOTS of small incan bulbs running off car batteries when I was in China, and I’ve seen pictures of the same thing in other countries.  Useful, basic, and cheap.  Naturally they need to be banned.

A bunch of purchases were delivered including parts for my gennie repairs, and two of the three items I ordered from Home Depot.  The lightweight bucket lids came UPS in one box.  The 10 food safe buckets came in one big box, and I’m still waiting for the box of 10 heavy duty lids.   The weird thing is, both of the Home Depot shipments were opened.  It’s like someone looked inside to decide if they wanted to steal them or not.  Strange.  I never get opened boxes so getting two in a row, from the same shipper was more than odd.

Today, if it’s not too hot and sunny, I’ll move some of the gennie repairs along.  With stuff shaping up in the Atlantic, we might be looking at some storms in a few days.  It’d be comforting to have a working gennie before then.

I did get my replacement laser printer in place and installed.  Took downloading the HP drivers.  Man, win8 sucked when it comes to included drivers.  It turns out that I did manage to install my wife’s canon inkjet to my win8 machine, but didn’t know it because the Canon install hung.  It took killing the process in Task Manager to get the error popup (failed remote procedure call) and then the machine blue screened and rebooted.  After reboot, I had the printer installed and usable.  No idea what failed or why it failed like it did.  The inkjet was free from a neighbor, and is an All in One with a scanner for the kids to use.  Some of their classwork needs to be scanned (or photographed) and uploaded.  Since we got rid of our HP all in one, at my wife’s insistence, I was a bit taken aback when she sought out a new all in one.  Grrr.  I had a huge bag of ink for the old one…

Vet decided that my little dog’s hearing loss is not complete, and is most likely natural aging.  She recommended doing all the ‘senior dog’ organ function tests.  I agreed.  We’re grid up, and it would be nice to know his status and if there is anything we can address.  She prescribed joint supplements, and gabapentin for pain as needed.  If MY joints hurt, his are likely to be hurting too, so give him a dose.  We’ll give it a try anyway for now and see what the labs say.

Elsewhere, the world continues it’s downward slide.  Still time to improve your situation.  Keep stacking… or find yourself lackin’.

n

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

74 thoughts on “Thur. Sep 3, 2020 – just another, just another day ay aay, just another…”

  1. Are you dissing on C# ? I know quite a few people using C# nowadays because it is “portable”.

    BTW, I ported Anders Hejlsberg’s first file, window, dialog, and collection library from Win16 Smalltalk to Win32 C++. It was incredibly organized which made it easy. I still use it in our software. Made MFC look like crap.

    C# is painfully slow. The only advantage it offers is determinism on Windows. Even Microsoft runs hot/cold on .Net.

    BillG wanted to kill Borland, but the company’s own board already did that in 1995 by showing Philippe the door.

    Philippe Khan went on to invent the cell phone camera. Maybe you’ve heard of it. More patent royalty checks to Los Gatos/Los Altos PO boxes.

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  2. A comment like this would get an ordinary person a mandatory visit from the Secret Service.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/shocking-democrat-new-york-governor-threatens-president-trump-better-army-protect-comes-nyc/

    I thought I was jaded, but his comments shocked me when I read them yesterday. FFS, HE’S the one responsible for most of what he blames on Trump, and DiBlasio is responsible for the rest.

    Like Joe Biden blaming Trump, it’s bizarro world time.

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  3. The recall petition for the first assembly member was denied.

    Sweet! Can private employees get the same deal? “You can’t fire me unless I agree to be fired.” Come to think of, that’s pretty much what unions are shooting for and pretty much what government unions have gotten.

    I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

    Are you dissing on C# ?

    Yes.

    Made MFC look like crap.

    MFC was crap. Barely more than a thin C++ wrapper around the C Windows API, which was crap.


  4. I thought I was jaded, but his comments shocked me when I read them yesterday. FFS, HE’S the one responsible for most of what he blames on Trump, and DiBlasio is responsible for the rest.

    Like Joe Biden blaming Trump, it’s bizarro world time.

    Right out of Rules For Radicals. Commie Marxist says wut! Just project, lie, repeat ad infinitum until the sheeple believe you. If the sheeple are doubtful, screech “Black Lives Matter”, but in Ebonics.

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  5. Are you dissing on C# ? I know quite a few people using C# nowadays because it is “portable”.

    There was a time where the only way you could get a job coding in my local market was as a Java or C# developer.

    Python seems to be the darling of the data science/BI world right now, but nobody here is hiring for it (at least not as a primary skill).

    Initially there was some VB.NET work as it seemed natural for VB6/VBA/VBScript shops to migrate to VB.NET, but over the years most have moved to C# over VB and even Microsoft has said that VB is on the back burner now.

    Turnkey CMS and eComm solutions pretty much killed custom web development. Too bad too. Working at those little web dev boutique shops was a lot of fun for a while. Now, they just hire graphic artists that know CSS and have them slap a skin on whatever packaged solution they’re using (the number of sites out there built entirely on WordPress is shocking).

  6. Pool is closed. Placed the cover on this morning. Supposed to get strong winds today and this will block the leaves. Some leaves are already turning yellow and starting to fall. Cleaning leaves out of a pool is a tedious and time consuming task. Since we are leaving for two weeks seemed like a good time to shut it down.

    Leaving for Texas on Sunday, won’t be back for two weeks. I have Bob’s snakes to guard against intruders. I have continued the snake’s training after acquiring from Bob.

    Plan to make it to Bryant AR by late Sunday evening. Leaving about 1:00 as I have to be at church for the broadcast. Seven hours should be doable. Then on to Bryan TX. First stop that evening will be Rudy’s BBQ for dinner. Really like their BBQ. Bryan for a couple of nights, then off to San Antonio for maybe four nights. Lots of stuff to do on MIL house, maintenance she neglects or just flat out avoids.

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  7. Star Trek: Discovery to introduce the show’s first ever transgender and non-binary characters in series 3 with Ian Alexander and Blu del Barrio confirmed for the roles

    The continuing voyages of ProgLibTurds! I guess identity crisis continue hundreds of years in the future.

    The modern Trek show runners have committed many sins, but being really “in your face” with LGBTQXYZ antics is not one of them.

    Allison Pill’s Dr. Jurati was heavily rumored to be transgender prior to the airing of “Picard”, but that aspect of the character was never explored in the first season.

  8. Plan to make it to Bryant AR by late Sunday evening. Leaving about 1:00 as I have to be at church for the broadcast. Seven hours should be doable. Then on to Bryan TX. First stop that evening will be Rudy’s BBQ for dinner. Really like their BBQ. Bryan for a couple of nights, then off to San Antonio for maybe four nights. Lots of stuff to do on MIL house, maintenance she neglects or just flat out avoids.

    If you’re driving through Taylor to reach I35 from Bryan around mid-day, consider stopping at Louie Mueller’s for rib (singular). Southern Hospitality works better for lunch if you are “Q”-ed out or have vegetarians in the car — all of the sides are carefully made to be vegan.

    As you head west on 79 out of Taylor, if you think you see toll gantries set up parallel to the runway at the airport, you’re not imagining things. That’s our test site. Waive.

    Make sure you have a mask for any stop in Austin. The cops are empowered to cite you for walking outside in public without a mask, and an out of state plate will make the citation more likely.

    We’re usually in San Antonio every Labor Day weekend for the anime show, but that isn’t happening this year.

  9. Close the pool? Not here. Predicted 107F Sat and 110F on Sunday.

    Damn garbage disposal died. Not jammed but just buzzes and leaking. Just go to HD and by a like model so I don’t have to change out the flange. Did the toilet flap and valve in MB yesterday and swmbo has a list. I might even try to do some work.


  10. If you’re driving through Taylor to reach I35

    Will not get to I35 until New Braunfels on our way from Bryan TX to San Antonio.

    Close the pool

    Not going to be using. Person staying at the house would have to watch water level, maintain chlorine, and get leaves out. Or I I don’t run the pump and come back to green mess. Best to close now.


  11. Hey Nick, this is September!

    Fixed it for Nick. (Is that FIFN?)

    Link is not changed, just the heading.

  12. “Hey Nick, this is September!”

    –ah, yes it is. Thanks Rick.

    I’m currently going thru auction recpts and doing the splits between “home” and “resell”. For 2020 they are almost entirely “home”.

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  13. I have Bob’s snakes to guard against intruders. I have continued the snake’s training after acquiring from Bob.

    Terrific! Bob just assumed most people were afraid of snakes. Some of my best friends are snakes. I told Bob that if I was ever in his area (highly unlikely,) I would like to meet George and Martha.

    Now, I extend the offer to you. If I am ever in your area (also highly unlikely,) I would like to meet them. You too. Seriously.

    That “Seriously” was not meant to be sarcastic. I would like to meet any and all at this site. A seriously good bunch of people. Well, except for… you know. 😉

    Dang, there I go again. I can’t take back what is already in print.

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  14. Damn garbage disposal died. Not jammed but just buzzes and leaking. Just go to HD and by a like model so I don’t have to change out the flange. Did the toilet flap and valve in MB yesterday and swmbo has a list. I might even try to do some work.

    Don’t forget to punch out the drain hole for the dishwasher (if needed) and save the little metal gizzy that holds the power cord in place — those aren’t automatically included in the boxes anymore with the new disposals, and code requires that piece to be installed. Of course, Home Depot will *sell* you the 10 cent piece of metal as part of a disposal install kit for $20.

  15. In case anybody cares, Dad is still here, sittin’ in my rocking chair with “Ol’ Betsy”. Keeping eyes and ears open.

    The family is doing well and the kids have got this work from home routine down, they want that to be the new normal. At least for them, their “bosses” are seeing the benefits of increased productivity and fewer days of call-out (absence).

    Each day, while mainly a blur of sameness, just marks the decay of what was and will never be again for millennia (IMHO). I want to think that the “new silent majority” will rule this fall but I am also a realist. As one who grew up in the Chicago/Cook County area under the total rule of Richard M. Daley and the Daley Dynasty I understand how crooked politics was, is, and will be. The Democraps almost perfected the system of vote fraud to get Hillary elected 2016 and they will not lose this time.

    The upcoming divisions and fighting among the populace will make the divisions of Civil War One (CWI) seem tame. Main Stream and Social Media will keep the fires well stoked (aided by COVID lies) and there will be Civil War Two (CWII) that will result in us going back to the Dark Ages, literally. There will be no power, so no technology. There will be no transportation, so no food or consumer goods. Imagine the worse and prepare for double it.

    So now that I, the Bluebird of Happiness, have craped on your head and hope, have a nice day and do try to treat others as you would like to be treated. I now and forever will not tolerate, or forgive, the intolerant. Forgiveness is above my paygrade.

    BTW, a viewing recommendation, on NETFLIX try a series called “The Good Place”. It’s very bingeable and you need to watch the entire first season BEFORE you make a decision or read anything about it.

    Vigilance, Peace, Preparedness, Hope, Health (and yes Locked & Loaded)

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  16. Just go to HD and by a like model so I don’t have to change out the flange.

    I’d have thought that the flanges were sort of universal. I just buy the medium HP one – not the cheapest. Easy enough to replace. But good idea to punch the hole for the dishwasher hose if you have one. Works much better that way.

  17. As one who grew up in the Chicago/Cook County area under the total rule of Richard M. Daley and the Daley Dynasty I understand how crooked politics was, is, and will be.

    The last time I was in Chicago at McCormick place, I looked out on the swampy mess that used to be Meigs Field and wondered what was the thought process behind bulldozing the runways in the middle of the night 15 years ago.

  18. Speaking of dishwashers, ours (Bosch, real Bosch, not made cheaply by someone else with a Bosch name on it, beware of “value-priced” brand names made who-knows-where) threw an error code and notice (water tap, E15). Not being flexible (as in not able to bend/sit down and then able to get up without a crane) I called the authorized repair place (do not let a non-authorized do the work, they void your warranty and mess things up, experience speaking here). So, 2-weeks wait. So, I got out the manuals and the Intertubes and did some research. Found a kink in the drain line, fixed it. Found oily crud in the filter, cleaned it. Reset the control panel and “Bobs My Uncle” the dishwasher (no not my wife) has worked flawlessly like new for over a week now even though I tempted fate and canceled the service call. Lessons learned: (1) watch what folks cram under the kitchen sink, (2) clean the filters more often, and (3) educate the family about putting greasy stuff in the dishwasher.

  19. “Almost All of America’s Failed Cities are Democrat Cities”
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/09/almost-all-americas-failed-cities-are-democrat-john-perazzo/

    “That includes 42 of the top 43 centers of violent crime.”

    “As Marxist and anarchist radicals continue to turn Democrat-run American cities into war zones, Democrats assure us that they alone understand how the current crisis can be resolved. White House hopeful Joe Biden, for example, vows that “as President,” he “will help lead” a national “conversation” about racial justice, “and more importantly,” he “will listen” to the “anguish” of the long-forgotten “little guy.””

    I do not understand the mindset that will vote for a dumbrocrat now. At all.

    And I like this on the top of their website: “Inside Every Progressive Is A Totalitarian Screaming To Get Out”
    Twitter @Horowitz39, David Horowitz

    Huh, Houston and Dallas do not make their list of 50 most dangerous cities in the USA. I wonder why not (snicker !). If you are wondering why not, it is because many Texans carry a gun at all times. Some carry two guns. And we have just about the strongest Castle Doctrine in the Union.

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

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  20. “But good idea to punch the hole for the dishwasher hose if you have one. Works much better that way.

    –I believe I’ve shared the story of my rent house, where after more than a year my renter mentioned that the dishwasher doesn’t drain well. You guessed it, I forgot to punch out the plug, so any water went thru the tiny hole in the center, and in the weakened edges around the plug.

    For over a year.

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  21. I am having dishwasher issues again. Stuff isnt getting clean, soap isn’t fully dissolved. I have been blaming the child who loads it, but I will have to take a better look. This time, if something is really wrong, I’ll be replacing it.

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  22. Huh, Houston and Dallas do not make their list of 50 most dangerous cities in the USA. I wonder why not (snicker !). If you are wondering why not, it is because many Texans carry a gun at all times. Some carry two guns. And we have just about the strongest Castle Doctrine in the Union.

    Houston and Dallas are on the list. 22 and 23, respectively.

  23. I am having dishwasher issues again. Stuff isnt getting clean, soap isn’t fully dissolved.

    That would indicate, IMHO, a problem with the incoming water temperature. Has to be about 120F+ to ‘melt’ the detergent. Lower incoming water temps don’t let the detergent work as efficiently. (Take a look at the detergent label; they have a recommended water temp usually.)

    Check the hot water temp at the kitchen faucet; should be 120F+ (125F+ is better) when hot water usage is ‘idle’. Could also be that someone took a hot shower right before/during the dishwasher cycle, or washing machine use at same time.

    Temp at the hot water heater should be set at 120-130F. Hotter not advised, can create steam inside the water heater. And that, combined with a stuck pressure release valve, can cause massive failure of the water heater.

    So, I suspect water heater issue: either the temp setting is too cold, or (if electric) a bad element (there are two – upper and lower). One failed element won’t get the water hot enough. Not a dishwasher issue (although possibly clogged filter, but detergent should still ‘melt’).

  24. About 15 of the top 20 cities for percentage of blacks in the population are on that list. The ones that aren’t are nearby to a city on the list or are smaller than the lower bound of the list. Or with a little generalization, you could say that for cities bigger than 25K and with more than 50% blacks, you will be in the top 50 cities for violent crime. The notable exception is Miami Gardens FL, which may be too new for the stats, and seems to have taken an aggressive stance against low income and ratholes.

    Of course, there isn’t enough context for either of my statements or the list in the article.

    How many cities of what size ARE there in the US? I’d bet the top 20 by size alone are on the list. Some cities are really metro areas with a whole bunch of little cities that are only considered independent by the people that live there. So there is going to be some distortion if your crime takes place in an area that is technically a city but most would consider a mere area in a larger metro area. Silverlake in LA comes to mind, as does Highland Park, Eagle Rock, South Pasadena, etc.

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    Or look for overlap when ranked by poverty, or educational achievement, or some other factor, Babies named Mohammed…

  25. Although, if you just want to know where the crime is high, there shouldn’t be any surprises on the list.

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  26. @nick:

    Otherwise, that website box is not visible on a comment.

    Thanks for that. I suppose it’s worth posting, anyway, even if it doesn’t show up. Or is there something RickH can do? Definitely a WIBNI thing.

    Sorry it took me so long to respond. I’ve been out at Number 2 daughter’s place, frantically scanning half a book to .pdf for her, after my MFC blew its zap earlier this week.

    G.

  27. @dadcooks, always good to hear from you.

    @geoff, no worries.

    @rick, thanks I’ll check that. Oh, I let your comment from yesterday out of jail. I have seen several projects that were really neat that use a version of google’s api that then gets changed or deprecated, and the project breaks. They are usually the sort of thing someone builds to meet their own need, and they don’t keep it up.

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  28. Huh, Houston and Dallas do not make their list of 50 most dangerous cities in the USA. I wonder why not (snicker !). If you are wondering why not, it is because many Texans carry a gun at all times. Some carry two guns. And we have just about the strongest Castle Doctrine in the Union.

    Houston and Dallas are on the list. 22 and 23, respectively.

    Sorry, I was talking about the list of dangerous cities, the first list in the article and the title of the article. Houston and Dallas do not make that list at all. The only city in Texas to make the dangerous list is Beaumont.

    There is a second list in that article for poverty in the cities. Houston and Dallas make that list handily. Along with Lubbock and San Antonio.

  29. @nick – funny that my own plugin removed my comment because of too many links.

    re: URL field in comments: now it is not there.

    When filled in, it should put the URL as a link for the author name. Abused by backlink-seekers, who think it improves their SEO (it doesn’t). If you have a user account here and are logged in, the URL field is not shown, as the URL is contained in your user profile. If you aren’t logged in, the field is shown. But not anymore.

  30. Adding to the dishwasher discussion:
    The main reason we bought our first Bosch over 20-years ago (first one lasted 17-years) is that it heats the water to 140-degrees no matter what the incoming temperature is (our dishwasher is at the end of the hot water line). Our model also has a “sanitize” final cycle that heats to 160-degrees. With such hot water, there is no problem with soap dissolving, dirty dishes, germy dishes, or wet dishes when the cycle is done. The Bosch does not use an exposed heater to heat the water or dry the dishes, it is a sealed unit located upstream of the pump. Another advantage to no exposed heater is that we can load plastic items anywhere and not worry about them melting.

  31. @RickH:

    URL field in comments

    So I should create an account here if I want my website address to be visible? Thanks, but no thanks. By policy I try not to create accounts anywhere I don’t have to.

    Don’t feel slighted… It’s not you.

    G.

  32. The notable exception is Miami Gardens FL, which may be too new for the stats, and seems to have taken an aggressive stance against low income and ratholes.

    Miami Gardens is Almost Broward (TM), just down University from Davie. It isn’t super nice — you *know* when you cross the county line from Broward into Dade — but it isn’t Liberty City.

    Davie went from farms to suburbs in the last 30 years, and developers put a lot of money into the area. If the name sounds familiar, that’s where “Caddyshack” was filmed … Good Lord … 40 years ago. All of the rural countryside you see in the movie just beyond the club boundaries is gone now, replaced by condos and other high density housing.

    My wife’s alma matter now owns the country club and hotel, using the main building as dorms.


  33. So I should create an account here if I want my website address to be visible? Thanks, but no thanks. By policy I try not to create accounts anywhere I don’t have to.

    If you have an account here (not required), *and* you filled in the URL field when you created or edit your account info, that URL would be used for the link for your name.

    Or, if you filled in the Website (URL) field when you entered a comment (you used to see the field if you were not logged in), then the URL you entered would be used as the link for your author name (whatever name you entered).

    Commenters here are not required to have an account. You are required to enter your name and email. Only your name is shown. The email is stored and available to admins only, and is not used for any purpose here. (Theoretically, you could export all the emails from the comments database and use them for whatever purpose.)

    And GDPR/etc requires that we remove that private information if requested. The Privacy page details the use of information on this site.

  34. I hope I don’t need to repeat this, but there might be someone here that doesn’t think about it— don’t run a generator indoors, or too close to the house. Buy a CO monitor.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8694405/4-family-members-killed-gas-fumes-surviving-Laura.html

    Twenty-one deaths in Texas and Louisiana have been attributed to the storm, and nearly half were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators, according to authorities.

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  35. I am having dishwasher issues again. Stuff isnt getting clean, soap isn’t fully dissolved. I have been blaming the child who loads it,

    Clean the screens, if any. I haven’t had a problem there bu tI check every few months. My dishwasher works better if I do not put the pasta boiling pot where it blocks the detergent cups. Plates, pot lids, and similar in that location are fine. IOW, no big pots on the bottom rack in the front left corner. Or platters facing toward the back.

  36. Are you dissing on C# ? I know quite a few people using C# nowadays because it is “portable”.

    BTW, I ported Anders Hejlsberg’s first file, window, dialog, and collection library from Win16 Smalltalk to Win32 C++. It was incredibly organized which made it easy. I still use it in our software. Made MFC look like crap.

    C# is painfully slow. The only advantage it offers is determinism on Windows. Even Microsoft runs hot/cold on .Net.

    BillG wanted to kill Borland, but the company’s own board already did that in 1995 by showing Philippe the door.

    Philippe Khan went on to invent the cell phone camera. Maybe you’ve heard of it. More patent royalty checks to Los Gatos/Los Altos PO boxes.

    People probably do not remember, but when Borland released Turbo Pascal in 1983 and Turbo C in 1987, Microsoft had their own Pascal and C compilers. The Microsoft compilers were horrible in performance (code generation and linking) and command line only. And expensive. The Borland compilers included great code generation (small and fast) and included the first ever IDE (interactive development environment) that was totally awesome. And affordable ! I built many small engineering software programs using both compilers. BillG hated Phillipe Khan for that fact alone.

    Yeah, we do not use C# or Python. We do ship a VB / C# / C++ interface to our software though. I had my fill with the slowness of the Win16 Smalltalk program that we used from 1989 to 2001 or so. It was very powerful for Win16 but was limited to 32K object pointers and 640K heap. And the code was slow, slow, slow because it used runtime object binding. At least the garbage collector used mark and sweep instead of the do it all at one method. We got a 100X speedup on our software when we finished the rewrite in Win32 C++.

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  37. So Joe Hiden (Sleepy Joe) says that it is ok to murder Trump supporters. Wow. Anything to get elected. Anything. And make no mistake, that was murder.

    Was the murder victim wearing a MAGA hat?

    I know that there are some bars in Portland that you don’t walk into wearing a Seattle Sounders jersey without expecting trouble. My son got bad looks from people while walking around a *video game show* at the convention center while wearing the old Sounders jersey featuring the XBOX logo.

    Portland was out of control long before BLM.

  38. Just a data point —

    Country Time Lemonade mix that is 5 years past best by, still delicious.
    Gatoraid G2 drink mix that is 5 years past best by, drinkable but tastes ‘funny’.

    The Country Time bulk mix and some single serving Wyler Iced Tea/Lemonade have been two of the good things during this lockdown. I drank a whole giant tub of the country time. Every day I have one tube of the Wyler 50/50 in 20oz of water.

    Things that worked well also include my wireless cell phone charger. Just dropping the phone on that stand every night is super easy and saves wear and tear on the connector. Surprisingly useful for something so totally optional.

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  39. So Joe Hiden (Sleepy Joe) says that it is ok to murder Trump supporters. Wow. Anything to get elected. Anything. And make no mistake, that was murder.

    Was the murder victim wearing a MAGA hat?

    I know that there are some bars in Portland that you don’t walk into wearing a Seattle Sounders jersey without expecting trouble. My son got bad looks from people while walking around a *video game show* at the convention center while wearing the old Sounders jersey featuring the XBOX logo.

    Portland was out of control long before BLM.

    That does not excuse Sleepy Joe condoning the murder of a Trump supporter.

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  40. BillG hated Phillipe Khan for that fact alone.

    Again, BillG is hyper competitive with serious Mommy and Daddy issues and no singular intellectual achivements of his own. Philipe Khan also roasted Microsoft with Quattro 1.0, forcing a redesign of Excel’s core engine. Only the Egghead Ponzi kept Office alive by feeding piracy until Windows 3.1 arrived offering a decent GUI and competitive advantage with the secret APIs.

    When I worked for the Ponzi, I had to enter our sales reports daily into Excel in Windows 2.0. What was a couple of minutes in DOS Quattro was a two hour task in Office. Eventually, I just used Quattro, exported to 123 format, and imported back into Excel to make HQ happy when we uploaded.

    I wish I had kept my box copy of Quattro 1.0 around. It was a casualty of one of many moves over the years, most likely the one bugging out of my parents house when the old man filed for divorce to marry the neighbor (!) and I lived in a 475 sq ft apartment.

    (Watch “Primary Colors” and pay attention to Travolta’s take on “Clinton”. That’s my dad. Mom is Allison Janey in “I, Tonya”.)

    I will give Microsoft props for QuickBasic 4.5. If you did *anything* with serial ports on DOS talking to complicated pieces of equipment at high baud, QB was the only sane way to go.

    And VB 6.0, the output of which is still supported in Windows 10 for a reason. *BUT* you needed the professional edition which did not generate P-code that ran through the interpreter.

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  41. Made MFC look like crap.

    MFC was crap. Barely more than a thin C++ wrapper around the C Windows API, which was crap.

    Nah, the C Windows API is awesome. You just gotta remember the 10,000+ codes for the event that you want to trap or query.

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  42. Speaking of dishwashers, ours (Bosch, real Bosch, not made cheaply by someone else with a Bosch name on it, beware of “value-priced” brand names made who-knows-where) threw an error code and notice (water tap, E15).

    How do you tell if the Bosch dishwasher is real ? I put a Bosch 300 series dishwasher in the last house when the original Jenn-Air (Maytag) died. We loved the super quiet Bosch and I loved the third tray at the top.
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/bosch-300-series-24-recessed-handle-dishwasher-with-stainless-steel-tub-black/5710312.p?skuId=5710312

    I am planning on putting a Bosch 300 in the new used house soon.

  43. Mount Rushmore is cool. When I visited, the front of the visitor center was mostly glass, not obviously mirrored, but somewhere I have a Polaroid of the center with Rushmore in the reflection.

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  44. @lynn asked:

    How do you tell if the Bosch dishwasher is real ? I put a Bosch 300 series dishwasher in the last house when the original Jenn-Air (Maytag) died. We loved the super quiet Bosch and I loved the third tray at the top.

    Real 100% Bosch dishwashers start with 300 series numbers, then 500, finally 700 at the top. The 100 series and names with no series number are Bosch in nameplate only. They may have stainless interiors, usually only the tub base with the rest plastic. The stainless is of obvious less quality of the 300, 500, and 700.

    Yes, for now, Bosch is still my (and Consumer Reports) choice.

  45. RE: Dishwashers

    I’ve had an appliance guy out a few times to deal with ours leaking from the drain line. When we got to chatting he said the two things almost everyone does wrong is use too much soap and use the “Energy Saver” cold wash.

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  46. As one who grew up in the Chicago/Cook County area under the total rule of Richard M. Daley and the Daley Dynasty I understand how crooked politics was, is, and will be.

    Yuuup, me too; ’48 – ’62. Totally corrupt.

  47. I want to go to Mount Rushmore. Soon. I may have to drive up there by myself.

    Depending on how you go, there are other tourist things to see along the way. I-80 in NE alone has all kinds of weirdness to look at.

    I regret not taking more time moving my wife’s car west 10 years ago. OTOH, we were broke, and it isn’t the hours on the road that gets to me as much as how many days of go/sleep I have to endure to get somewhere.

    I ran my wife’s car from Orlando to Portland in three days. I don’t remember much about the end of the drive from Boise to Portland.

  48. “Secret Service Inadvertently Confirms Gateway Pundit Story About Biden Sexually Assaulting Agent’s Girlfriend”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/secret-service-inadvertently-confirms-gateway-pundit-story-biden-sexually-assaulting-agents-girlfriend/

    “In 2017, the Gateway Pundit exclusively reported that a Secret Service agent was suspended for a week in 2009 for shoving then-Vice President Joe Biden after he cupped his girlfriend’s breast while the couple was taking a photo with him.”

    Just old Groping Joe.

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

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  49. Here in Indian country we don’t have many options for high (mediocre actuall) speed internet other than Suddelink. Not a top tier player but their customer service is light years better than Comcast we had back in Memphis. That said, our internet has been troublesome lately, slowing down and intermittent outages. I followed the troubleshooting directions on their website, simply rebooting the modem, with no success. It got to where it was down more than up so I finally scheduled a service call. The best they could give me was two weeks out so we’ve suffering. Then on Monday, internet just quit, nothing, so all week the wife and I have been sitting quietly reading our Kindles. This morning the service guy showed up exactly on time, plugged his signal tester into our coax and confidently announced “You dont have a signal”. Well freaking Duh. He said they were expecting 0 DB but were seeing -12 DB. Tested at the entry point from the street, same thing. So I followed him to the access box located on the golf course, he opened it up and said excitedly “There’s the problem, you’ve got spiders in your cable.” Sure enough, there were a nest of black widows on the connection block. After disposing of them he verified that the signal there was strong so the problem lay with the line to the house. He quickly laid an aboveground line and put in an order to bury it. We now have faster internet and can get entertainment again. So watch out for spiders in your cables.

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  50. Just old Groping Joe.

    Trump should invite Jill Biden’s ex- to sit on the front row in the first debate.

    Oh, wait, I forgot *Dr.* Jill Biden.

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  51. So watch out for spiders in your cables.

    Ugh. Around here it is fire ants. Surely I don’t have to tell you what a fire ant is.


  52. People probably do not remember, but when Borland released Turbo Pascal in 1983 and Turbo C in 1987, Microsoft had their own Pascal and C compilers. The Microsoft compilers were horrible in performance (code generation and linking) and command line only. And expensive. The Borland compilers included great code generation (small and fast) and included the first ever IDE (interactive development environment) that was totally awesome. And affordable ! I built many small engineering software programs using both compilers. BillG hated Phillipe Khan for that fact alone.

    I LOVED Turbo C. Not a big pascal fan but Borland did make good compilers. I learned C on Borland and converted all our PL/1 code to C with it. Huge performance boost.

  53. Another dishwasher thought…. are the dishes rinsed, perhaps not to dog licked clean quality, but mostly scraped clean?

    My deceased KitchenAid (by Hobart) instruction manual read like you could put plates in there with chickens bones and chicken kneecaps and small steak bones. Yeah, that’s stupid talk, like the manual for your car saying to change the oil every 8000 miles.

    Does it fill? As in, start the cycle and when it starts pumping water, see if it is full. The machines I’ve messed with have a float…. and until the float trips “full”, the timer is paused.

    Are other faucets acting clogged? No grit? Ok, if no that rules out the fill valve screen being blocked.

    Ok, time for supper. Looks like rain, too.

  54. I had red ants in the pressure switch several years ago. Of course I was in the shower and covered with soap. I killed the power, soaked the relay with Raid, used an old paint brush to clean out the dead after the Raid dried. And then finished my shower.

    No problems since. 🙂

    Spiders are cool. But not in the gas grill…. clogging the burners. The latest set of burners came with a screen over the air intakes. A bit finer than window screen but not by much. That fixed the spider problem, mostly. They still like the side burner.

  55. “Not Satire: The New York Times Is Worried About the Safety of Portland Antifa Rioters”
    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2020/09/02/not-satire-the-new-york-times-is-worried-about-the-safety-of-portland-antifa-rioters-n880556

    “On Tuesday, The New York Times published a heinously misleading report suggesting that dangerous “right-wing activists” have suddenly introduced violence into the “protests” in cities like Portland and Kenosha, Wisc. While the article — posing as straight-reporting, not opinion — did reference “unrest” and “looting” sporadically, it painted the antifa agitators who have attempted to burn down buildings with people inside as “protesters” who suddenly face danger thanks to the invasion of conservatives with guns.”

    You have got to be kidding me.


  56. Ugh. Around here it is fire ants. Surely I don’t have to tell you what a fire ant is.

    I still have a fire ant mark on my left ankle from 21 years ago. Got it in the backyard of our first SA house. Had to fly to Germany the next day and sat for hours on a plane itching.

    It still reminds me of that old commercial for Ortho fire ant killer:

    And this is the really good part. Everybody dies. Even the queen; it’s that fast.

    I always laughed when I heard it on the radio back in the day.

  57. I LOVED Turbo C. Not a big pascal fan but Borland did make good compilers. I learned C on Borland and converted all our PL/1 code to C with it. Huge performance boost.

    I loved Turbo Pascal when it came out in 1983 for MS DOS. I had a AT&T 6300 PC with dual floppy drives and TP ran awesomely on it. When Turbo C came out in 1987, I bought it and converted all of my software from TP to C using a freeware conversion tool. I liked Pascal but I loved C. I published some of it on our company website.
    https://www.winsim.com/steam/steam.html

    Wow, I have really changed my programming style since the 1980s.

  58. Wow, I have really changed my programming style since the 1980s.

    I still think best in an 80×25 terminal window. 80 characters wide also works well with “enscript -2rQ” when I need to print out and analyze source or incorporate the PDF pages into a bigger document using LaTeX.

  59. AT&T 6300 PC

    I bought 4 AT&T 6300 PCs for my startup in the 1980s. Really nice PCs and a good form factor. I liked their monochome monitors too. Didn’t need no stinking color monitors for code monkeys.

    Hard to believe I have an old Del Precision 5810 MT with 128 GB ram sitting unused. I’ll have to hook it up one of these days.

  60. Repeat the lie long enough and in enough places and people will believe it.

    “The situation escalated on August 25 when 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who is white, opened fire on demonstrators with a semi-automatic rifle, killing two people and injuring a third. “

    From a Daily Mail article about the Kenosha riots. If you haven’t been paying attention, it’s a characterization that is blatantly contradicted by the plentiful video from the event.

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  61. When the service is free, you’re the product…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8691395/Robinhood-faces-SEC-probe-related-deals-high-speed-traders-WSJ.html

    Robinhood Markets Inc faces a probe by US Securities and Exchange Commission over its early failure to fully disclose its practice of selling clients’ orders to high-speed traders.

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    (and they provide a nice pool of ‘bigger fools’ and ‘bagholders’ to the sharks on wall street.)

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