Tues. Sept. 8, 2020 – now that we’re past the socialist day, time to get to work

Cooler today?  Maybe, but I bet it’s just as humid.  And two storms shaping up for later.  Rain in the national forecast, but sure to be “locally heavy” here in Houston.

Didn’t make much forward progress yesterday.  My sciatica has responded well to stretching, and I’m feeling almost normal there, so of course I woke up with a serious crimp in my neck.   That kept me from going gangbusters all day.  Kids watched movies.  Wife cleaned house.  I drained the pool cover, twice.  Tried to cut the grass but the gas I put in the mower was about 1/3 water, and then the rain came.  High wind, heavy downpour, then it all just ended.   Drained the mower, refilled with clean gas (one storage can was contaminated and I didn’t notice) and started it right up, but by then it was too late to mow and the grass was too wet.

I did fix a couple of toys.  Super glue is my friend.  I also did a tiny bit of clean up in the garage.  Pulled some things out of the pile to address domestic bliss.  Child two wanted a wallet for her cash money.  Daddy do you have any spare wallets?  Why yes child I do.  (wife looking on in completely inscrutable fashion, is she pleased? Pissed? Astounded?  No idea, but I solved child’s problem in minutes.) The other thing was some particular cables for whatever my wife is doing with the kids’ computers.

I’ve been picking up leather objects when they are so cheap as to be free, so I’d have some leather for crafting and a couple of projects I want to try.  I’ve got a nice bin full of different leather stuff, old purses, bags,  wallets, portfolios, belts,  etc. from the Goodwill or estates.  The wallet was Coach, had a great patina, and cleaned up in a few minutes.  Really it was too nice to cut up anyway.  You can get a lot of leather from a coat, or a computer bag… and where else would you go to get some small pieces of leather?

 


 

It’ll be interesting to see if the insurgents took their socialist holiday off of rioting… but I bet not.  I’ve only seen a couple of reports of violence over the weekend but most reporters probably took the long weekend off.

I don’t think the genie will be going back into the bottle,  there is too much fun in breaking stuff, and too few consequences.

It’s a lot harder to build than break and once broken, there’s a lot of stuff that won’t ever be put back together.  There’s a lot of stuff that is only still here because of inertia that can’t be put back.  Social trust being one of those things.   BLM is doing a good job of ‘scaring the straights’.  I don’t think they’re going to like it when fear turns to anger.  And a whole bunch of otherwise good folks are going to be hurt when that happens, because it’s easy to see skin color.  On the other hand, it’s a bit like muslim terrorists, if you don’t want to be tarred with the same brush, you better stand up and get loud.

I don’t see much in the way of reconciliation until after the bloodbath.

So keep stacking, and stay away from crowds.

nick

 

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

63 thoughts on “Tues. Sept. 8, 2020 – now that we’re past the socialist day, time to get to work”

  1. How Much Money Do Farmers Make?

    Also, it’s a bit terrifying how bad people’s comprehension is, and their lack of critical thinking.

    We get class envy cr*p all the time from people who think they know my wife’s income numbers. Net, I’ve subsidized the practice of medicine for most of the last 20 years, even writing checks while unemployed. The VA is the first time we’ve seen a long-term positive direction of our finances.

    The crassness was really bad in Vantucky, dealing with the RNs and ARNPs who were bitter that they couldn’t buy a partnership in the practice. Partnership was a net of $100 per month for us after taxes, and would have been a negative if we lived on the OR side of the river. Even most of the other doctors didn’t understand their numbers like I did and simply either saw the partnership buy in as “free” and/or used family money for their shares.

  2. The bad roommate, Maggie, is out. Sunday she moved all her junk out leaving behind a few bits of trash and some small inconsequential items of no value. I had cameras, family, and a local cop on a paid detail watching over everything and there was no real drama.

    But there was some weirdness. Her daughter, who was helping her move out, brought over a bag of all the Christmas and birthday gifts I had given her over the last few years. I guess she wanted to completely erase me from her life. OK, whatever.

    The oddest thing, though, is actually pretty creepy. As her last act in the house before she left the ex-roommate pulled out a little blue vial with an eyedropper cap filled with an unknown liquid. She placed it in a corner of her old room and walked out. The vial had a hand printed label in very neat writing: “Essence of Maggie”. She was trying to do this without being seen but my sister witnessed it.

    It could be anything. But it is definitely evidence of odd behavior (armchair psychologists are welcome to speculate and diagnose). It was carefully picked up using tissues, placed in a glass canning jar, and sealed tightly. Hands thoroughly washed afterwards. It will be held for possible evidence in any future litigation that she may wish to pursue. Bizarre.

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  3. JLP, mention the vial to your lawyer and maybe to the cops, just in case.

    As for armchair psychologizing, here’s my diagnosis: she has an excess of stupidity building up within her skull. It needs to be vented. A .22-inch hole is probably not a big enough vent. Try a .357″ hole.

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  4. The oddest thing, though, is actually pretty creepy. As her last act in the house before she left the ex-roommate pulled out a little blue vial with an eyedropper cap filled with an unknown liquid. She placed it in a corner of her old room and walked out. The vial had a hand printed label in very neat writing: “Essence of Maggie”. She was trying to do this without being seen but my sister witnessed it.

    X-er or Boomer age group? I forget.

  5. She’s in the middle of the Baby Boom (born ’56). It definitely shows a warped thinking pattern. Even though it may be innocuous I will treat it as dangerous and she knows I will treat it as dangerous. All the more reason to keep the doors locked, the cameras running, and a quick opening safe next to the bed.


  6. She was trying to do this without being seen but my sister witnessed it

    Photograph the item, get your sister’s statement, take the vial to the police and inform them what happened. This event needs to be documented. I suspect the police will want to destroy the item but see if they will test it with one of their meth kits. The documentation is necessary in case the weirdo claims there drugs in your house. Or worse the vial is some harmful chemical (aren’t most drugs) or a biological agent.

    Currently in Bryan TX. Mostly uneventful trip. Some college bimbo almost hit my merging onto the highway and paid no attention to her surroundings. Was tailgated multiple times by a large truck. He/(ugly)She driver eventually went around and I got the truck information, recorded date, time, location. I contacted the trucking company with the necessary information. Trucking company was not at all pleased. I hope there are some repercussions for the driver.

  7. Some college bimbo almost hit my merging onto the highway and paid no attention to her surroundings.

    One of my pet peeves here in CA is that people entering freeways often expect those already on the freeway to move out of their way. Under light traffic conditions, I will do that to be courteous, but I won’t if traffic is too heavy to allow me to maneuver safely. I will do a lot to avoid problems, but have my limits.

    On freeways with only three lanes, I will usually drive in the right lane, unless there is a lot of either merging or truck traffic, then in the second from right. On freeways with more lanes, I will drive in the second or third lane from the right. I avoid the left lane (#1 in local parlance) whenever possible. That’s where the crazies hang out. It amazes me that a very high percentage of people entering the freeway will work to get all the way to the #1 lane, and just stay there.

    I was in China in 1990, and traffic even then was amazing. I did not drive, but was a passenger in cars and chartered buses. I marveled at the skill of the drivers. On rural roads, there were no lines, even in the center. When there was no oncoming traffic, everyone moved left, taking almost all of the road. When there was approaching traffic, everybody moved back. Passing seemed to be cooperative: once a pass started, the overtaking vehicle seemed to have the right away, and the overtaken vehicle often slowed down and moved right if possible. Cities were different, with heavy traffic. Almost no horns. Our buses were only inches from surrounding vehicles. It was a ballet.


  8. Why yes child I do. (wife looking on in completely inscrutable fashion, is she pleased? Pissed? Astounded?

    Nonplussed, perhaps.


  9. One of my pet peeves here in CA is that people entering freeways often expect those already on the freeway to move out of their way. Under light traffic conditions, I will do that to be courteous, but I won’t if traffic is too heavy to allow me to maneuver safely.

    If traffic is light, they have no excuse for not merging without affecting you. What makes it worse is that many drivers merge at about 70% to 80% of the current freeway speed, continue at that speed for a few hundred feet, and then accelerate (at least most of them get around to accelerating). That often means that you have to move over to avoid hitting them, then they match your speed just before you are past them. The other favorite bad behavior is forming a line of several cars merging that leave no space between them for traffic already on the freeway.

  10. It used to drive my dad crazy to ride with me, as I wouldn’t stay in the right lane in Cali or TX, but second from right. So many merges, the right lane isn’t safe. When I was in high school and we were going into Chicago to mess around, my buddy’s dad gave us this bit of advice for driving the Dan Ryan Expressway, get in the far left lane and stay there as long as possible. That way, you only have to watchout on three sides instead of all four. (the Ryan also has the complication of the right lanes turning into “local” lanes….)

    I agree about documenting with the cops the ‘present’ your room mate left. Most states have a law about noxious chemicals intended to harm people. Maybe it’s just her tears, or tap water, but it certainly speaks to state of mind.

    My sibling’s spouse is a Dr. They were married soon after spouse got done with school. OH, you married a Dr, how wonderful for you! Um, hadn’t had the money to pay taxes in 4 years. Owed for school loans. Owed for insurance. Made next to nothing during that next phase, rotation? where some hospital works you like a slave in the name of ‘education’. Had to buy into the partnership. Partner was a degenerate and gambler but hid the shenanigans in the practice’s books. Basically, the partnership was bust but it took a while to figure that out. Had to buy off partner with lump sum to avoid bringing issues to light, and move on. 20 years later, with a couple of offices and mostly Medicare patients, finally doing ok financially. Then COVID and the collapse of Chicago into anarchy…. so yeah, being a Dr is not the Golden ticket it might have once been.

    Now I need to get moving and go out….

    n

  11. *Nick
    “and where else would you go to get some small pieces of leather?”
    Not inexpensive, but Tandy comes to mind. We have one here in Salem OR that is part of a shoe repair. I remember Tandy-Radio Shack from younger years.

  12. Lots of leather pieces on the Zon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=leather&ref=nb_sb_noss_2&tag=ttgnet-20 .

    Smoky here in the Olympic Peninsula – winds from the east blowing the fire smoke from eastern WA. Visibility less than 2 miles on surface – can’t see my normal view of the Admiralty Inlet of the Puget Sound.

    But not as bad as in CA in the past few weeks. Temps warming up – after an overnight low of 49F, now at 79F. Smoke is mostly on the surface – skies are blue up there.

    Wind has died down here overnight. Yesterday had some gusts of 20mph. More wind was south of us – some power outages caused by lines waving around, and a few blown transformers. All was well here, but well-prepared with generator (tested Sunday) and FLASHLIGHTS.

  13. Sam’s Club run today. For the first time since March, 1 gallon ziploc bags were completely out.

    Something is also going on with Lubriderm as of late. I guess it is arbitrage fodder if various cleaning fluids are fair game

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  14. It’s Patch Tuesday.

    I shutdown my office pc as usual when I came in as Windows Security Essentials was still running on my external USB hard drive like it always does after the weekend. It can never get through the 4+ TB LAN backup that completes on Saturday. MSE also has a huge memory leak (10+ GB) when scanning my primary drive, internal backup drive (4 TB used), and external backup drive. My office PC is Windows 7 Ultimate x84, SP1, 16 GB ram, Intel 2600K cpu, Intel 500 GB SSD, WD 4TB internal backup drive.

    When I waited ten seconds and hit the power button, I got the normal book. I logged in and then got a black screen on both of my monitors. I tried this a couple of times with the same results and then tried rebooting into safe mode with networking. Same results. I then rebooted into safe mode without networking, came up with no black screen after logging in.

    I checked for restore points, there was two, today and last Friday. I rolled back to Friday, rebooted and got the black screen again. I started googling black screen on Windows 7. While chasing down a few dead alleys, my computer screen suddenly came alive. I ran Microsoft Security Essentials quick scan and Malicious Virus Removal Tool scan. Both were negative.

    I hate Mickeysoft today.

  15. Yah, Ray, honking your horn didn’t crack even one of his windows. Might want to look into getting that fixed.

    Also, dashcams for the win. Mine also has a rear-facing, always-on camera. I don’t know how stupid a driver has to be to think he can intimidate the driver of a 15-year-old minivan by tailgating and flashing high beams, but evidence suggests that a lot of the people on the road are that stupid.

    (Note that I drive at or slightly below 30MPH on the local residential roads because they’re twisty, hilly, and not lit, but otherwise normally drive slightly above the speed limit and keep right. There’s no good reason for Joe Antsinpants to be trying to get me to go faster. Plenty of bad reasons but no good reasons.)

  16. What was the driver watching on their iPad ?

    Game of Thrones.

    I saw that one night at a stop light in Austin on the dash display of the car ahead of me. It was Sunday so I figured the driver was probably headed to a watch party.

    The third-party in-dash DVD players must have a flaw in the lockout that normally prevents playback when the car is in motion.

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  17. What was the driver watching on their iPad ?

    Game of Thrones.

    I saw that one night at a stop light in Austin on the dash display of the car ahead of me. It was Sunday so I figured the driver was probably headed to a watch party.

    The third-party in-dash DVD players must have a flaw in the lockout that normally prevents playback when the car is in motion.

    You can buy a cable that will fool your indash stereo / satellite / dvd / usb player into thinking that the vehicle is at rest.

  18. It’s Patch Tuesday.

    I shutdown my office pc as usual when I came in as Windows Security Essentials was still running on my external USB hard drive like it always does after the weekend. It can never get through the 4+ TB LAN backup that completes on Saturday. MSE also has a huge memory leak (10+ GB) when scanning my primary drive, internal backup drive (4 TB used), and external backup drive. My office PC is Windows 7 Ultimate x84, SP1, 16 GB ram, Intel 2600K cpu, Intel 500 GB SSD, WD 4TB internal backup drive.

    When I waited ten seconds and hit the power button, I got the normal book. I logged in and then got a black screen on both of my monitors. I tried this a couple of times with the same results and then tried rebooting into safe mode with networking. Same results. I then rebooted into safe mode without networking, came up with no black screen after logging in.

    I checked for restore points, there was two, today and last Friday. I rolled back to Friday, rebooted and got the black screen again. I started googling black screen on Windows 7. While chasing down a few dead alleys, my computer screen suddenly came alive. I ran Microsoft Security Essentials quick scan and Malicious Virus Removal Tool scan. Both were negative.

    I hate Mickeysoft today.

    Found the problem. The Source Code File Server was crashed but the console still worked fine. It was accepting network connections but not doing anything with them. Kind of a Denial of Service.

  19. “Eye on the Tropics: The peak of hurricane season is here”
    https://spacecityweather.com/eye-on-the-tropics-the-peak-of-hurricane-season-is-here/

    “Historically, this week marks the statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. This year looks to live up to the hype as well.”

    “We have two tropical storms in the Atlantic today and there are likely to be at least a couple more before next week. We don’t think that any of these systems will seriously threaten the Gulf, however it is important to keep monitoring things, particularly with respect to the third system in line.”

    Been raining on and off all day here. 85 F outside.

  20. “Texas Prof: Trump A ‘Fat Klansman,’ ‘Moron,’ ‘Paints The Walls Of The Oval Office With His Own S***’”
    https://www.dailywire.com/news/texas-prof-trump-a-fat-klansman-moron-paints-the-walls-of-the-oval-office-with-his-own-s

    “A Texas A&M anthropology professor, triggered by former first lady Michelle Obama stating she suffered from low-grade depression, reacted with a vicious attack on President Donald Trump and his family.”

    “Calling him a “fat klansman,” Professor Filipe Castro fantasized about Trump having a heart attack and crushing his daughter Ivanka as he fell on her while she drowned in her father’s “vomit of Pepsi and half-chewed chicken nuggets.””

    My father just forwarded this to me about our alma mater, Texas A&M University. There is more, much more, such as:
    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=15453

    The prof even wants to guillotine Elon Musk.


  21. The prof even wants to guillotine Elon Musk.

    And TAMU wants to keep him employed? That alone speaks volumes about TAMU. If another professor is caught wearing a MAGA hat they will be terminated for cause.

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  22. Yah, Ray, honking your horn didn’t crack even one of his windows. Might want to look into getting that fixed.

    It was a HER or maybe a SHIM driving. Appeared to be a college student, probably a liberal arts major, led a sheltered life, parents gave her everything she/shim wanted, cries if the water does not get hot enough in time, a democrat for certain.

    I don’t need a bigger horn, I need phaser, turned to maximum. It’s a Toyota horn, such not known for the intimidating sound. I should maybe get a horn designed for a diesel truck but those are large and there is no place in the engine compartment and the spousal unit will not let me put one on the roof of “her” vehicle.

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  23. The oddest thing, though, is actually pretty creepy. As her last act in the house before she left the ex-roommate pulled out a little blue vial with an eyedropper cap filled with an unknown liquid. She placed it in a corner of her old room and walked out. The vial had a hand printed label in very neat writing: “Essence of Maggie”. She was trying to do this without being seen but my sister witnessed it.

    It could be anything. But it is definitely evidence of odd behavior (armchair psychologists are welcome to speculate and diagnose). It was carefully picked up using tissues, placed in a glass canning jar, and sealed tightly. Hands thoroughly washed afterwards. It will be held for possible evidence in any future litigation that she may wish to pursue. Bizarre.

    Probably urine.

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  24. It’ll be interesting to see if the insurgents took their socialist holiday off of rioting… but I bet not. I’ve only seen a couple of reports of violence over the weekend but most reporters probably took the long weekend off.

    I don’t think the genie will be going back into the bottle, there is too much fun in breaking stuff, and too few consequences.

    It’s a lot harder to build than break and once broken, there’s a lot of stuff that won’t ever be put back together. There’s a lot of stuff that is only still here because of inertia that can’t be put back. Social trust being one of those things. BLM is doing a good job of ‘scaring the straights’. I don’t think they’re going to like it when fear turns to anger. And a whole bunch of otherwise good folks are going to be hurt when that happens, because it’s easy to see skin color. On the other hand, it’s a bit like muslim terrorists, if you don’t want to be tarred with the same brush, you better stand up and get loud.

    I don’t see much in the way of reconciliation until after the bloodbath.

    No matter what, if Biden wins or Biden loses, November 3, 2020 at 10pm is going to be a day to remember.

  25. You can buy a cable that will fool your indash stereo / satellite / dvd / usb player into thinking that the vehicle is at rest.

    I thought those plugged into the OBD feed in some way. Maybe it is a lot more simple than that. I still have my factory radio/CD player in my Solara, but I’ve looked at cheap Android head units since the car is my experiment platform.

    People need to get a grip with the non-stop video fix.

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  26. No matter what, if Biden wins or Biden loses, November 3, 2020 at 10pm is going to be a day to remember.

    Plugs isn’t going to remember anything after he comes down off the toxic experimental dementia drugs following the first debate.

    He may not even remember his name.

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  27. Several choices for air horns at Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=air%20horn

    I bought one of the $15 ones years ago, and put it in my Ford Ranger truck. Slight delay in the sound due to the air ramping up, but 135db. The “Bad Boy” version ($39) is more expensive, but one-piece, so might be easier to mount, although only 118db.

    Easy to find a 20% off single-item coupon at Harbor Freight to reduce the cost.


  28. Easy to find a 20% off single-item coupon at Harbor Freight to reduce the cost.

    But can I get a 20% off coupon for a hotel for the next 6.7 nights when the wife discovers the horn and takes a dump in the vehicle. It is “her” vehicle and such add-ons would not be good for my health.

  29. I finished binge watching “Away” on Netflix. Hilary Swank is very good, lots of excellent supporting known actors. The space ship to Mars is Apollo 13 over and over again. Eight months in space and 20 million miles to Mars is a long time to spend in 2.7 K. I like the international crew of five idea, the concept of the USA, China, India, England, and Russia cooperating is good. If I correctly understand the current NASA plan, “Away” is very much an envisioning of what a manned Mars Mission by NASA will look like, flying to the Moon, refueling there and taking off to Mars. I hope that season 2 is ordered by Netflix.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Away_(TV_series)

    My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Rotten Tomatoes rating: 68% / 62% (188 reviews)
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/away/s01

    The future of space exploration is way, way, way different from when Christopher Columbus set off for the unknown. When CC left home, he and has crew had no means of talking to their loved ones for years, maybe a decade. The people on the way to Mars will be less than thirty minutes away by text, email, or voice mail. The crew will have their own drama plus the drama of their loved ones on the ground.

    The first time my son went to Iraq with Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, he got to call home every six weeks or so. We only got good news from him. When his convoy was attacked and three Marines killed, we heard about it the next day from other parents. When a terrorist tried to drive a bomb car into his FOB and was blown up by the Marines on duty, we heard about it the next day from other parents. When an Iraqi soldier shot and killed his buddy, and he exchanged fire with the Iraqi soldier, we heard about it the next day from other parents. Communication is a big deal and not always a positive for either side.


  30. Several choices for air horns …

    I would not use a loud horn. It is not a normally expected sound. It can scare the driver it is used against and a scared bozo can do weird things.

  31. Several choices for air horns at Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=air%20horn

    I bought one of the $15 ones years ago, and put it in my Ford Ranger truck. Slight delay in the sound due to the air ramping up, but 135db. The “Bad Boy” version ($39) is more expensive, but one-piece, so might be easier to mount, although only 118db.

    I used to know a guy who mounted a GE locomotive two stage 150 ??? db air horn on his Honda Valkyrie. He got one blast per usage, the 12 volt compressor and air tank could not provide enough air for longer than ten ??? seconds. Kinda like this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTRYm_peqGA


  32. It can scare the driver it is used against and a scared bozo can do weird things.

    I have seen that happen. The driver swerved away from the sound, lost control, swerved back, and smacked the vehicle that made the sound, flipping both vehicles on their side.

    Then that was that one time when I was entering Randolph AFB. The entrance road crossed some railroad tracks then into the base. I was entering, the gates were up, no train either direction, just a work cart on the tracks with worker, not moving. As I crossed the tracks one of the workers hit the “train horn” they apparently had on the work cart. Yeh, it literally caused me to lose a little control of my bladder. The guys on the cart were laughing.

  33. “‘A Serious Situation’: Chief Justice John Roberts Will Decide 2020 Election, Dick Morris Predicts”
    https://www.dailywire.com/news/a-serious-situation-chief-justice-john-roberts-will-decide-2020-election-dick-morris-predicts

    “Former Clinton campaign adviser Dick Morris predicted during a Sunday interview that the 2020 presidential election is going to drag out because of mail-in voting and end up being decided by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.”

    “As Breitbart reported, Morris told “The Cats Roundtable” host John Catsimatidis that while he believes it will appear that Trump wins in a landslide on Election Night, Democratic officials in swing states will manage in subsequent days to discover millions of mail-in ballots in favor of Democratic nominee Joe Biden.”

    That would not be good. They have something on John Roberts.

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  34. The third-party in-dash DVD players must have a flaw in the lockout that normally prevents playback when the car is in motion

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    You just short out the brake sense line so it thinks the brake is always on. No integration with onboard telematics because every manf has dif interpretations and the cheap chinese imports don’t care anyway….

    youtube- cheapest android head unit and there are a couple of very good vids.

    n

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  35. Well reviewed aftermarket horns, fit between radiator and grille. Not going to sound like a Saturn V liftoff but should be attention getting.

    https://www.amazon.com/HELLA-Protective-3AG-003-399-801/dp/B000CRZXPI/ref=sr_1_5?crid=Z6A8AG31V84M&dchild=1&keywords=hella+horn&qid=1599608410&sprefix=scott+%2Caps%2C171&sr=8-5&th=1&tag=ttgnet-20

    Android aftermarket head units, or at least the one I got, have a software setting to enable video while driving.

  36. Not going to sound like a Saturn V liftoff

    Hmmph. If it can’t liquefy human bones at 50 meters, why even bother?

    Hmm… Ray, do you think you could sell it to your wife as an anti-riot and anti-idiots-in-the-road protection mechanism? Have a separate switch for the 135 150 180 dB horn so it don’t accidentally kill birds flying overhead, but have it ready to go in case your wife is just driving along, minding her own business, when she comes across a bunch of blue-haired shinola-for-brains scumbuckets blocking the road. One good BRRRRRAAAP! and they’ll be too busy vomiting to even think about aiming a pistol at the woman who dared to drive through them.

  37. Cops are not going to sit idly by while BLM and the insurgents attack them. 8 officers in the hospital- even if half are goldbricking, that is still a lot.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/rochester-police-chief-suddenly-resigns-over-attempt-destroy-my-character

    Rochester, NY Police Chief La’Ron Singletary said in a surprise announcement on Tuesday that he will be retiring at the age of 40 after less than 18 months on the job, after controversy erupted over the March death of a black man while in police custody.

    His deputy and the city’s entire command staff joined him in leaving, according to ABC News and Bloomberg.

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  38. One of my pet peeves here in CA is that people entering freeways often expect those already on the freeway to move out of their way. Under light traffic conditions, I will do that to be courteous, but I won’t if traffic is too heavy to allow me to maneuver safely. I will do a lot to avoid problems, but have my limits.

    A hundred thumbs up.

    But the converse is also true. I can be merging at the correct speed, the right lane is empty, no-one ahead, I look back over my shoulder (never trust a mirror!) to check again, look forward: and the car that was in the left lane is merging into the same lane, feet from my bumper.

    It’s insane.


  39. The prof even wants to guillotine Elon Musk.

    Why is he a Professor at a University if he can’t spell or construct a coherent sentence?

    Here is the video of the idiot that has no idea how to merge.

    I had someone do something similar to me a couple of years ago when I was pulling a big UHaul trailer, except the idiot was in a truck and I was in the lead at the point of no return. I got honked at, several individual digits, and he even rolled down the window to yell at me.

    Texas law says the vehicle merging must yield to vehicles already on the road. I had a lot of weight in the trailer and it wasn’t safe for me to get out of his way at the time.

  40. Actually, what do people here use for dash cams?

    I’ve been thinking of getting one, but the Amazon reviews are either horrible or obviously fraudulent.

  41. Hmm… Ray, do you think you could sell it to your wife as an anti-riot and anti-idiots-in-the-road protection mechanism? Have a separate switch for the 135 150 180 dB horn so it don’t accidentally kill birds flying overhead, but have it ready to go in case your wife is just driving along, minding her own business, when she comes across a bunch of blue-haired shinola-for-brains scumbuckets blocking the road. One good BRRRRRAAAP! and they’ll be too busy vomiting to even think about aiming a pistol at the woman who dared to drive through them.

    You know, that 150 db air horn might be good for this situation:

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

  42. Ed, I’ll give you a list of a few that we’ve gotten — my wife’s and my cars each has a front-and-back dual system and one son’s has a front-only unit. I’m pleased with mine and my son’s (which was mine before I got this one) and installed the one in my wife’s car but haven’t used it, but I think she likes it. Time permitting, tomorrow I’ll pull up the boxes and give you brands and model numbers and quick write-up.

    (That said, I expect tomorrow to be a shit-storm at work, so time may not be permitting.)

  43. @Steve,

    Thanks. When you have time.

    It’s crazy around here. And getting worse by the day.

  44. youtube- cheapest android head unit and there are a couple of very good vids.

    My Solara has the original JBL factory-installed system. I’m not in a big hurry.


  45. Ray, do you think you could sell it to your wife as an anti-riot and anti-idiots-in-the-road protection mechanism?

    No.


  46. Actually, what do people here use for dash cams?

    I use Garmin. It records the location and speed from built-in GPS. It has crash detection (they all do). 180 degree field of view. I have a 128 gig card and it recorded about 900 miles of a 950 mile trip before recycling old files on the memory card.

    https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Extra-Wide-180-degree-Automatic-Detection/dp/B07R43WV1Z/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3K8R6UOKMBREE&dchild=1&keywords=garmin+dash+cam&qid=1599619626&s=electronics&sprefix=garmin+dash%2Caps%2C196&sr=1-3&tag=ttgnet-20

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

    Here is the story behind those “protestors” blocking a gas station, “Protesters try to block access to gas station where shooting happened” in Lafayette, Louisiana:
    https://www.katc.com/news/lafayette-parish/protesters-try-to-block-access-to-gas-station-where-shooting-happened

    If you ask me, those “protestors” committed assault against the driver and his truck.

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  48. It was accepting network connections but not doing anything with them. Kind of a Denial of Service.

    It knew about Labor Day. 😉

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  49. It was accepting network connections but not doing anything with them. Kind of a Denial of Service.

    It knew about Labor Day.

    It was an intelligent server. 🙂

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  50. I’ve had loud horns. Anything less than a phaser is probably useless these days.

    I had a friend who had a loud “highway” horn. Beccause it was so loud, he added a soft “pedestrian” horn. He also had an Ah-oo-gah horn just for fun. Everyone needs one of those. A siren would be fun, too.

    Spike Jones had musical horns he could play. Would have liked to have known him.

  51. Someone mentioned Tandy leather- their store here has been closed and empty for at least a year. Ebay had scrap assortments, or even good leather, but I meant locally.

    I like the idea of re-purposing as part of the project too.

    n


  52. I had a friend who had a loud “highway” horn. Beccause it was so loud, he added a soft “pedestrian” horn. He also had an Ah-oo-gah horn just for fun. Everyone needs one of those. A siren would be fun, too.

    A few decades ago, Ciarcia’s Circuit Cellar in Byte Magazine had a how-to on connecting up a B-52 landing gear warning horn to use as a house external burglar alarm. If I remember aright, the horn was incredibly loud because it was placed in a wheel well on the bomber and had to be audible in the flight deck during a landing approach.

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