Sun. Sept. 6, 2020 – more of the same

Hot and humid  but definitely less so than a week ago.

Hot and humid yesterday too, especially with the rain or sprinkles depending on where I was.

I did my pickup, all household stuff, and took 3 packs of paper towels to my secondary location.  While I was there, I took a pickup load of stuff to the dumpster.  If I do some every time I go there, I’ll eventually make a dent.  Taking the paper products back there frees up some shelf space at home.  That will get my auction items, until I can take them to the sale.  Off the patio, out of the house– and into the driveway.  Not ideal, but an improvement.

Today if the rain holds off I’ll cut the grass and do some more stuff in the garage.  I’ve got parts to put on the Honda gennie too.  I ordered the new petcock and fuel filter, and I could wait and do it all at once, but if I do it a bit at a time, I’m making progress, and getting stuff out of the house (and onto the gennie.)

I didn’t see a ton of news about the protests scheduled for last night.  I caught the end of something on the scanner about a guy shot 14 times by the Sheriff’s office, but no context.  There were supposed to  be protests in downtown Houston.  Didn’t notice if they happened.

Of course Portland is still a war zone.  There was a bit more fire in the pix from the 100th day of rioting.  Almost a third of this year the insurgents have been practicing terror and gearing up their cadre.  They’re building their organization, practicing tactics, and hardening their troops.  What is the right doing?

I feel the need for a grocery order.

Stack it high.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

45 thoughts on “Sun. Sept. 6, 2020 – more of the same”

  1. In the “they don’t make them like they used to” the old printer I installed the other day, HP laserjet 1320, last run in 2011. has 44K pages on it. current toner has 300 pages on it. Fired right up, prints crisp and clean. No way a current desktop laser printer is going to be running in a decade after sitting the whole time, with 44K pages on it. No idea why the school district retired a pallet of them, other than wastefulness.

    Most of the moving parts for a laser printer are inside the cartridge. I’ve never seen a high end HP fail to print as long as the system powered on to “READY” and the cartridge was new *OEM* HP.

    Don’t mess around with the knockoff cartridges until you know the printer works. A LaserJet (note the model name) going back more than a decade is the end result of a *lot* of decent engineering, including, believe it or not, the “Win printers” of the era — I have an HP 1020 sitting on my desk in the home office which is flawless … with Windows.

    I run an HP 4000N at home as our primary networked printer, purchased from a school surplus sale for $20. The biggest problem with the unit is flaky drivers. Sometimes, the comm speed (10 base 2!) and buffer size can be a problem for complex graphics in Windows/Linux. Mac OS never seems to have a problem, but Apple’s original laser printers for Mac were rebadged Canons.

    *Which reminds me …*

    HP and Canon had a falling out about 7-8 years ago, particularly with regard to paper handling mechanisms, so don’t expecct the quality to be the same in the newer printers across the line, even high end, as the interns source cheaper parts to earn a gold star in Corvallis and Vancouver, WA.

    One of the upsides to living in Vantucky and going to grad school in that cr*p CS department at the local WSU campus is that HP’s printer grapevine flows through town.


  2. No idea why the school district retired a pallet of them

    Perhaps because there is no network port as a standard feature. At least from what I found online. May have required an interface card to be installed and the cost of the cards was more than the cost of a new printer.

    HP printers, especially the laser models, have always been rock solid performers. The only part that may need replacing is the fusing roller as that can wear out or get gummed up from using non-laser labels that get stuck on the fuser. Sometimes a gear will wear out but can be easily replaced.

    Drivers are generally not an issue as the HP universal driver will operate all the HP laser printers that I have encountered over time. Some features may not work properly but they will print just fine. Avoid using the postscript option as that can be a problem.

    I was lucky about 6 years ago. I snagged a new, Brother, HL-3170CDW color laser, duplexing, networked, for $130.00 at Staples on a Black Friday ad. It sells on Amazon for almost $600.00. When the cashier rang it up the cost was close to $400.00. I showed the ad to the clerk who called the manager. The manager said the ad was probably in error and was showing the wrong printer. He would let me have it for the advertised price. Technically the manager did not have to honor the price but did anyway.

    About three years ago the fuser roller messed up. Printer was still under warranty. Rather than Brother allow me to replace the part, they instead sent a service technician from Pitney Bowes. The part was shipped to my home with explicit instructions to not open the box. The Pitney Bowes guy said that is a common failure and even when out of warranty demand that Brother stand behind the printer.

    Only real downside to the printer is the cost of the cartridges. About $70.00 each. More for the cartridges than I paid for the printer. I have only had to replace once in the 6 years. Am getting close to replacing them again. I don’t print much.

    @Nick: I got your email and sent you a text message.


  3. Don’t mess around with the knockoff cartridges until you know the printer works

    Don’t mess around with the knockoff cartridges.

    Fixed it for you.

    When my Brother needed the fuser roller needed replacing Brother support had me read serial numbers from the yellow cartridge. There are two serial numbers, one on the cartridge assembly, another on the actual toner cartridge. Brother needed to know I was not using cartridges other than Brother products.

    I learned the lesson a hard way, twice. I had an HP inkjet, worked great, got tired of the cost of cartridges. I used a refill service and after about a week of printing the printing became horrible. It got worse the more I printed. The ink was apparently gumming up inside the print heads. Went back to HP cartridges and all was fine.

    Not being one to learn a lesson the first shot, I tried some aftermarket cartridges in a Kodak printer. Nice printer, cartridges were about half the cost of HP. So I thought I would really be cost effective and bought some aftermarket cartridges. Eventually the black and yellow cartridges leaked, badly. Ran all the ink out onto the rollers and gears. Gummed up the entire printer when the ink dried to where the printer was trash.

    Never again. The small cost savings is not worth the future problems. In warranty issues and in destroyed devices.

  4. “Don’t mess around with the knockoff cartridges until you know the printer works”

    Don’t mess around with the knockoff cartridges.

    Fixed it for you.

    I always buy HP for the 4000N since we depend on that printer *a lot*.

    The universal driver is not 100% under Windows 10 with that model, but most of my wife’s printing is from Mac OS X so it really doesn’t matter.

    Ironically, the Apple drivers for Apple’s OS are flawless but the driver included in CUPS, which Apple now owns and uses as the core of the Mac OS X printing system, give me problems. So much for giving back to open source.

    My work laptop is also perfect printing from Windows 10, but the driver is not universal and installed from our repositories in Austria. My tight fisted upper management must have a few 4000Ns still running in the offices there.

  5. One of the upsides to living in Vantucky and going to grad school in that cr*p CS department at the local WSU campus is that HP’s printer grapevine flows through town.

    I forgot to add that the reason we lost our rental in Vantucky, one of the catalysts for our escape from the Northwest, was that the landlord learned about the sweet deals HP would make for temporary housing for the L1 visa engineers they started bringing into town in 2014 to learn inkjet printer engineering to take back to the new design centers in Asia.

    If you aren’t impressed with low end HP printer quality, you haven’t seen anything yet. And I have no doubt that the infection will spread even if Xerox prevails in their attempts to take over the company. I have no doubt HP made similar sweet deals with landlords in Corvallis for L1 visas heading there.

  6. “How I Live Now” by Meg Rosoff
    https://www.amazon.com/How-Live-Now-Meg-Rosoff/dp/0553376055/?tag=ttgnet-20

    A standalone speculative fiction young adult book about a future war in the United Kingdom. I read the well printed and well bound trade paperback book published in 2006 by Random House.

    A 15 year old girl is sent from New York City by her widowed father to spend the summer in England with her dead mother’s older sister and her four cousins. During her stay, a large bomb goes off in London followed by a invasion force. With many of the English soldiers in foreign lands, there is not many defensive forces to fight them off. The invaders spread throughout England. This is the story of the girl and her cousins as they work to survive the nightmare of war in their home.

    There was a movie released of the book in 2013 but it does not follow the book perfectly. Several of the cousins were changed for the movie and the bad events were heightened.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_I_Live_Now_(film)

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4 out of 5 stars (453 reviews)

  7. Note to self: don’t take any vaccines created by Bill Gates

    Mommy *and* Daddy issues.

    Gates mother, arguably the catalyst for the DOS deal, died at 60, but I believe William Gates Jr. (BillG is III or “Trey” as the family calls him) is still alive.

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  8. Income and wealth inequality are a result of prosperity and a free economy.

    With pervasive poverty and/or a controlled economy, income is much more even … for the bottom 80%-99%. The top slice manages to do well, whether in medieval France, 1930s US, 1950s USSR, or today’s Zimbabwe.

  9. Independence Day. The court order for the bad ex-roommate to remove all her stuff is today and now. She has 1-5pm to make it all go away. She and her family arrived about 20 minutes ago.

    Police detail standing around to keep the peace. The officer asked specifically to avoid contact between the parties so I’m sitting on the porch. I planned for this and have my sisters and brothers-in-law monitoring the house. Cameras set up, too.

    Six months to the day I told her to move out and she will finally be completely gone from my home.

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  10. @jlp, that’s is gonna be a relief when you close that door.

    I assume she’s forwarded her mail? Certainly don’t hold it for her.

    Change all the locks and passwords. Add a few things to throw her off if she sneaks around. Rearrange the furniture. She sounds like she’d be vindictive. A couple of cams, making sure they can see the street and walk would probably be a good idea anyway.

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  11. The locks were changed the day she was removed from the house. Cameras have been monitoring the front and back since that day, too. She always used a PO Box so mail is not an issue (that worked against her in housing court).

    She is vindictive, I fully expect a small claims court visit where she will allege some sort of property loss/damage. But I can handle that; super easy, barely an inconvenience.

  12. “California Bows to Energy Reality”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/04/california-bows-to-energy-reality/

    “Last week I described the dilemma facing the California State Water Resources Control Board. It could demand adherence to the schedule for closing coastal gas plants which use sea water by the end of this year. If they did so, they would compound California’s energy crisis; if not, the board would have to face the fact that renewable energy was insufficient for the State’s needs and acknowledge that it needed these fossil fuel plants to continue operating or the state would face further blackouts.”

    “Today it acknowledged reality, as the Los Angles Times reports. The board allowed the plants to remain in operation for a few more years until — they hope — chimerical renewable energy can pick up the load:”

    “Of course the notion that the warm sea water discharge from the plants seriously harms marine life may also be open to some debate.I remember environmentalists claiming the caribou would die off if the Alaskan pipeline was built, but it turns out the caribou love it:”

    I am amazed that somebody in California has some common sense.

  13. Some interesting data, although I believe their conclusions are flawed regarding causes, and the SJW assumptions baked in are offensive.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/american-housing-market-splintering-houses-get-bigger-and-apartments-get-smaller

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    ‘cuz it couldn’t be rising prosperity, and people realizing they will need to accommodate aging parents, it MUST be income inequality…

    Lots of 3 and 4 generations living in a house around here. Of course, many of them are Asians.

  14. Lots of newer apartments are being built with two master suites, and no third bedroom. That acknowledges the shift from families to adult roommates. Losing 900 square feet is like losing a small bedroom.

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  15. You hear the bystander yelling “Stop drop and roll” like an incantation?

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  16. “Just” 85F so far today. There are a few clouds that look like rain but who knows.
    I finally toted a few milk crates into the barn and laid a plywood scrap on top. Then moved 15 or 17 40# bags of wood pellets. Swept off the pallet they were on and what’s the deal with stupid mud daubers anyway? I’ve meant to do this for the last month but it’s been too hot, the building can hit 120F on a sunny 95F day.

    The point of moving the old stock is that when I bought new last year the glass on the stove smoked up pretty quick. I got low enough to get a bag that had spent the summer in the barn and hey, the glass stayed mostly clean. So, (a) buy now and let it age/dry in the barn and (b) be stocked up enough to -not- need to buy pellets in the middle of January because that is a pain in the you know where.
    Pretty much the same thinking as making a trip to Lampasas for a couple of cords of split and ready oak firewood in August.

    The dying ice maker? It’s getting worse in the stripped gear department. FedEx says it will be delivered on Wednesday. Er, not actually delivered, but dropped over the fence at the gate. Because pushing a doorbell button to open the gate is too hard or something. Hopefully in a plastic bag since the forecast says 70& chance of rain. Tracking says it’s in Austin but I don’t know if they work on Labor Day. Shrug.

    Yeah, Internet is via fixed wi-fi, but 26 down is pretty decent, TV goes in and out depending (I think) on the weather over Lake Travis and FedEx is lame. Beats the heck outta living on Space Lane.

  17. You hear the bystander yelling “Stop drop and roll” like an incantation?

    It is the Antifa Shuffle…

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  18. “A.F. Branco Cartoon – Trump vs Hiden”
    “The question is, will there be Trump vs Biden debates this year, and what could they look like? Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.”

    Joe Hiden.

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  19. “How is this not satire”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umfSM-mOdQg

    This is the craziest thing that I have seen in a long while. At least since last Tuesday.

    And where are the cops to arrest the “demonstrators” assaulting that senior citizen and his truck ?

    How to NOT win friends while influencing people in a way that is unfavorable to your cause.

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  20. I am amazed that somebody in California has some common sense.

    You can only deny the undeniable for so long…

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  21. I am amazed that somebody in California has some common sense.

    Other than me, dkreck and JimB, of course.

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  22. Well, I had to go into the pharmacy to get my allergy meds in person- fukc you very much DEA, so I did my own grocery shopping too.

    Holy crow. WAY too many people, way too close together, and way too many with their masks around their necks. Some weird holes in stocking with whole sections empty, but the things that used to be gone WERE there. Sugar, yeast, flour, bread, canned goods, pasta. Egg noodles for the first time in a LONG time. NO shelf stable meals, just empty shelves. I didn’t look at the cleaning aisle, but the paper products aisle was full. Lots of stuff I normally buy wasn’t there, with no space on the shelf, ie shelves were full of the other product to hide the missing product. Prices are high. Avocados were really high. Produce section was reduced to 20ft of cooler but had a good variety. I stocked up. That was the thing my wife most wanted me to do- pick out my own produce.

    It was pretty clear that the store is working around limited quantities and limited variety, but they are trying to keep some choices in stock. It was the “small” HEB in our neighborhood that has a somewhat limited selection anyway compared to the “big” HEB in the swankier part of town.

    Got home and unloaded and the sky opened up. It’s pouring down, and the power blinked once already. I missed my chance to cut the grass or work outside today.

    Oh well, plenty of stuff to do inside.

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  23. “How is this not satire”

    –didn’t get that until the end. Domestic terrorism. When the black population is one tenth of it’s current level, get back to me on that.

    I can’t believe the guy got out of the truck. And I think I’ll be looking at installing one of my cop sirens back into my truck. That would have cleared the filth from the front bumper….

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  24. It was pretty clear that the store is working around limited quantities and limited variety, but they are trying to keep some choices in stock. It was the “small” HEB in our neighborhood that has a somewhat limited selection anyway compared to the “big” HEB in the swankier part of town.

    I hate to say this, our Kroger is better stocked than both of our HEBs. Being an engineer and loving efficiency, I am fascinated with HEB’s constant ability to minimize their entropy and compete with Walmart head to head. But Kroger has more stuff.

  25. Our local Kroger has a problem with bums clogging up the place. LOW end brands too. High meat prices despite poor quality and limited selection.

    I was very happy to switch to HEB.

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  26. I must say, Trump’s recent numbers must scare the heII out of the dems considering the full court press of outrageous allegations this week…

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  27. I am amazed that somebody in California has some common sense.
    Other than me, dkreck and JimB, of course.

    Hey.

    Then again it’s 117F on my porch, and I haven’t left the state (yet).

    I met Niven once, decades ago, seemed like a nice guy.

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  28. Lots of 3 and 4 generations living in a house around here. Of course, many of them are Asians.

    Pretty standard. We got a lot of pressure to take in my mother-in-law when we lived on the West Coast, mostly because the Chinese relations wanted to guilt her into signing over the paid-off real estate in WA State and Florida.

    Not happening. The old lady has no real health problems, a Disney retirement package, and a retirement income greater than what I make monthly. At one point my wife asked if she would help with the kids while living under our roof, and the response came back “No!”.

    Fair enough.


  29. Then again it’s 117F on my porch, and I haven’t left the state (yet).

    My back porch at the previous house (Syracuse UT) is at 98F, and the previous house (Rocklin CA, outside of Sacramento) is at 109F. (Temps at 4:30pm PDT)

    Here at home (opposite Mutiny Bay, WA), it’s currently 69F. Had a bit of fog this morning, but blue skies now. Warming up to 81F on Wednesday. That usually gets people around here complaining about the heat.

    My house furnace keeps going on at night – lows in the upper 50’s. No problems here, and I’m happy with that.

    Supposed to get a wind storm tomorrow – downslope from Cascades, so an unusual pattern around here. Winds forecast 15-20mph, gusts to 40mph. First wind storm of the season usually drops a few trees, so made sure the generator was working. Full of gas, oil OK, and started on the third pull. (Battery died a year ago, but starts OK manually, so haven’t replaced it.)

    FLASHLIGHTS are tested and in place.

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  30. Here at home (opposite Mutiny Bay, WA), it’s currently 69F.

    Beckett Point, close to you, always seemed to have nice weather. At least the times I spent there. The wind can get fairly intense at times. The bay my aunt and uncle’s place faced was called Discovery Bay if my memory is correct. House on the hill above the Beckett Point Peninsula, completely unobstructed view across the bay to highway 101 and the Olympic National Forest. Looked like a painting, until the boat in bay changed position.

  31. I am amazed that somebody in California has some common sense.

    Don’t forget Cowboy Slim. Might be others, too.

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  32. Welllll, I don’t know as I’d put Cowboy Slim on any list of sensible people. Why, he claims that the Earth is round, citing his credentials as a rocket engineer. Who are you going to believe, a so-called rocket scientist or the rapper B.o.B.? The only open question is, is Cowboy Slim evil or simply ignorant of the revealed truth?

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  33. “How is this not satire”

    –didn’t get that until the end. Domestic terrorism. When the black population is one tenth of it’s current level, get back to me on that.

    I can’t believe the guy got out of the truck. And I think I’ll be looking at installing one of my cop sirens back into my truck. That would have cleared the filth from the front bumper….

    Seriously, what does one do in that situation ? Somebody in the comments said that the gas station was in Louisiana. I could not believe that the guy got out of his truck either. So:
    1. do what the guy did, push through the crowd, get out and fill my truck while the guy is spitting in my face and blowing out what hearing I have left
    2. go down the road to the next gas station, might be quite a while
    3. wait for the cops to show and then fillup – if ever
    4. run over the five “protestors” trying to keep people out of the station
    5. push through and pull my gun out before filling up, when the guy runs up and starts yelling in my face, stick the gun in his ribs and tell him to go away

    Louisiana does have carry permit reciprocity with Texas so I have carried in NOLA several times. I am not exactly sure what their Castle Doctrine is though. In Texas, the Castle Doctrine applies to your vehicle and your boat along with your house(s). And no duty to retreat first at all.

  34. I am amazed that somebody in California has some common sense.

    Don’t forget Cowboy Slim. Might be others, too.

    Cowboy Slim corrected me about common sense people in Cali. And very nicely also !

  35. Lots of 3 and 4 generations living in a house around here. Of course, many of them are Asians.

    Pretty standard. We got a lot of pressure to take in my mother-in-law when we lived on the West Coast, mostly because the Chinese relations wanted to guilt her into signing over the paid-off real estate in WA State and Florida.

    Not happening. The old lady has no real health problems, a Disney retirement package, and a retirement income greater than what I make monthly. At one point my wife asked if she would help with the kids while living under our roof, and the response came back “No!”.

    Fair enough.

    Man, you dodged a bullet.

    Although, I would have had my mother-in-law live with us at any time if we had the room. She was a wonderful lady and a great cook. Unfortunately she had square heart valves and not diagnosed until after her fifth or sixth heart attack. She died at age 58.

  36. Cowboy Slim corrected me about common sense people in Cali. And very nicely also !

    Oops, missed that. Been busy all day, only checking here once or twice. I am going to take the rest of the evening off. Sleep well.

  37. Here at home (opposite Mutiny Bay, WA), it’s currently 69F…

    “Man that’s just mean.”
    – James Coburn

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  38. We’re down to 77F. I think that’s the coolest it’s been in 3 months.

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  39. We’re down to 77F. I think that’s the coolest it’s been in 3 months.

    Yup. I just wore a sweatshirt to HEB as it is always 68 F in the produce section.

    The wife and I went to church this morning for the first time since June. About 200 people showed up for first service. It was nice sitting in a pew and enjoying the service. And seeing our friends, never discount the community of Christ for making your day. Then we went out to lunch with our friends and back to their house to play Racko.
    https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-RACK-Retro-package/dp/B01C3IMN2E/

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