Mon. Jan. 18, 2020 – I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, so ‘scuse me if it goes astray..

Cold clear, and some sunny.

Yesterday it was the same in Houston, as in my (possible) new undisclosed location, well, maybe a couple of degrees cooler.  Felt nice there with Chamber of Commerce ™ weather.

I was literally asleep in my chair at my desk, writing this post in my head.  (I don’t know what Prince was doing when he wrote the lyric.)

It all made a ton of sense.  Then I woke up.  Somehow I feel like torturing the idea to fit this week.   Troops in DC.   Troops in state Capitols (does capitol get a capital?)  Someone with Mad Skilz ™ in graphic arts re-spinning a commie work of propaganda from just a few weeks ago to make the most obvious trap since giant talking fish came out of hyperspace over Endor….  when will it end?

Not with the Inauguration of the “‘scrapper’ from Scranton”, or whatever post industrial filth hole he occasionally flies over.

Not with the crowning of the first (kinda) black woman President.

Not even with her death in the ensuing revolt.

I don’t think you CAN pull back at this point.  I think the only way through is through.  And that is going to take a while.

We’re in for a long slog.  Stack accordingly.

 

nick

Kids are home because a adulterous philanderer got himself shot over something.  His cause, noble as it might have been was hijacked and diverted and subverted until we have the fun house mirror version of freedom his people enjoy today.  Think twice, and then a third time before attempting any discussion of the day in comments.  There’s no way that will end well when the thought police find what you wrote.  Especially if you’re honest, and quote statistics.

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

58 thoughts on “Mon. Jan. 18, 2020 – I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, so ‘scuse me if it goes astray..”

  1. Germans are getting ready to put people in camps again…

    The old habits die hard.

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  2. Troops in state Capitols (does capitol get a capital?)

    I thought Capitols were buildings and capitals were the towns.

    Austin has TPS (Rangers, Highway Patrol) deployed instead of National Guard, complete with the requisite mirrored sunglasses. Add in p*ssed off APD, upset over city council antics. Nothing is going to happen here.

    A group of Boogaloos and other armed individuals gathered yesterday in downtown, but, as the news footage showed last night, once they saw the security situation, the crowd behaved. Again, even David Koresh knew not to mess with TPS.

  3. I would say something about MLK day but I suspect this blog is scanned by the thought police. I would hate to be the cause of having this place banned because my thinking was not inline with politically correct thoughts. Incorrect thinking will be punished, correct thinking will be rewarded. No room for disagreement, it is their way or no way. Everyone get in line like good little thoughtless zombies. No independent thinking allowed anymore.

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  4. The false flag protests for yesterday amusingly and obviously weren’t done by Alaskans.
    The fake red flyer that made the rounds up here called for patriots to protest at the Dimond Mall in Anchorage.
    Evidently the intended location was the Dimond Courthouse in Juneau, our state capital. 850 road miles, 20 hours, through Canada. Or a $300 / four hour plane trip.

    The Dimond Mall was cordoned off and closed for the day in an excess of CYA by ptb further harming our struggling local businesses.

    We also learned that the APD Swat Team was standing ready two
    miles from the Assembly Chambers last week during the meeting. This is in addition to the several dozen cars and officers from the force. Despite no credible threat per later APD press releases. They were there at the request of our unelected interim mayor.

    The recall petition against the Assembly chair was certified with 4,999 signatures gathered in two months during lockdowns and cold even for us weather. Nearly double the required amount, and half the voting population for that district. It is being challenged in court. If we prevail in court it will go on our April ballot, which will include the mayoral races d inevitable bonds (which always pass).

    If the recall succeeds the left dominated Assembly will apppint a successor to serve out the remainder of his term. I think two more years. So it won’t change the voting but will hopefully give courage to those attempting to slow the ruination of Anchorage.

    The Assembly flipped us to vote by mail a couple years ago so, no
    confidence that the process is honest.

    In other news the bath surround is finally fully tiled. I must dig out the excess thinset between the tiles, wash the walls very thoroughly then grout and seal. I’ll be glad to take that first long soak. I’ve more than earned it. Tiling is a physical and mechanical skill. I’d be willing to do it again but with smaller tiles (walls were 6”x16”, floor 12”x24”) and an assistant and in one weekend not stretched over umpteen months. Each time I stopped and restarted introduced problems. You don’t know what you don’t know. Tiling is a excursion into self discovery (wow I’m short and weak and ignorant) and vocabulary expansion (I invented new ways of stringing together my favorite curse words and did in fact turn the air blue).

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  5. @Jenny
    Alas, Maledicta is no longer published, but there is a secondary market, and the website is worth a look.

  6. @jenny, hooray! Tile is both very simple, and very complicated. It’s a great project for a homeowner, because you can focus and slow down to cover for the lack of muscle memory and habit. Congrats for getting it done. The key to grout is to follow directions well and have the clean water recommended, and to not get to fussy or precious. Don’t forget grout sealer.

    Politics everywhere is nuts.

    n

  7. I invented new ways of stringing together my favorite curse words and did in fact turn the air blue

    “My father worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium, a master.”

    If you haven’t already, run “A Christmas Story” for your kids next year.

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  8. The recall petition against the Assembly chair was certified with 4,999 signatures gathered in two months during lockdowns and cold even for us weather. Nearly double the required amount, and half the voting population for that district. It is being challenged in court. If we prevail in court it will go on our April ballot, which will include the mayoral races d inevitable bonds (which always pass).

    Austin is kinda-sorta trying to recall the Mayor, but it doesn’t have a lot of traction.

    The last big boost for the effort came with the revelation that, while pushing for another voluntary lockdown in Austin after Thanksgiving, he was doing interviews and conducting city business from a luxury suite in Cabo San Lucas.

  9. I subscribe to FedEx service alerts as an independent ‘heads up’ to where there might be issues, and when those issues clear up. Today I got this.

    Inauguration
    Monday, January 18, 2021

    Heightened security measures for the 2021 United States Presidential Inauguration will include extensive road closures and restricted access to many locations in the Washington, D.C. area including some bridges and tunnels leading into and out of the area. FedEx will be operating during these events where possible, however because of enhanced local security measures and mandates set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for this National Special Security Event (NSSE), customers may experience service delays and disruptions within the security zones.

    We have implemented contingency plans to help mitigate delays. We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding during this time. Please continue to check fedex.com for updates to FedEx Service Alerts.

    Our suspension of Money-Back-Guarantee is ongoing at this time due to the increase in U.S. e-commerce and other effects of the pandemic throughout the world.

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  10. Um, no. Cheaper Than Dirt, online gun stuff retailer and famous for their ‘auto-gouging algorithm’ sent a flyer today.

    Ammo and ARs in stock.

    Winchester white box 9mm FMJ- $100/box of 50 I didn’t bother to figure out their limit, but it was 3 boxes last time.

    Winchester white box 556 green tip FMJ -$50/box 20.

    Basic AR, good manf. $1700.

    –if you aren’t already sorted, it’s def gonna cost ya.

    n

    (those are crazy high prices)


  11. extensive road closures and restricted access to many locations in the Washington, D.C. area including some bridges and tunnels leading into and out of the area

    Nothing says “mandate of the people” like a military corps and closing off the national capital.

  12. MD and VA have declared disasters and asked FEMA for money

    Declaration Request – Maryland / Virginia
    Declaration Type: Emergency Declaration – Maryland
    Requested: Jan 15
    Incident: 59th Presidential Inauguration
    Incident Period: Jan 6-24
    Requesting:
    ▪ PA: Emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct
    federal assistance at 100 percent federal funding for 23
    counties and one city
    Declaration Type: Emergency Declaration – Virginia
    Requested: Jan 15
    Incident: 59th Presidential Inauguration and Civil Unrest
    Incident Period: Jan 6 – Feb 4
    Requesting:
    ▪ PA: Emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct
    federal assistance at 100 percent federal funding for the entire
    commonwealth
    ▪ Hazard Mitigation: entire commonwealth

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  13. I doubt that MLK is smiling down on us today. Judging someone by their character is not politically or socially correct. We are far more divisive today than in the 1960s.

    Songs for today:
    “My Guitar Gently Weeps” – “Eve of Destruction” – “This Year is a Dumpster Fire”

  14. “Cori Bush is the most idiotic person in Congress”
    https://gunfreezone.net/cori-bush-is-the-most-idiotic-person-in-congress/

    “She makes AOC look like a genius, and that is saying something.”

    “The 13 people murdered by Trump’s death row killing spree:”

    The Trumper’s achievements are simply amazing. I am wondering if he will run again in 2024. The cost to his fortune has apparently been at least a billion dollars. I cannot decide if his reputation has been hurt or enhanced.

  15. “Fossil fuel production expected to increase through 2022 but remain below 2019 peak”
    https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2021/01/fossil-fuel-production-expected-to-increase-through-2022-but-remain-below-2019-peak

    “In 2020, fossil fuel production in the United States declined by an estimated 6% from the 2019 record high of 81.3 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu). Based on forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) January 2021 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA expects total production of fossil fuels in the United States to remain flat in 2021 as increased coal production offsets declines in natural gas production. EIA expects production of all fossil fuels—crude oil, coal, dry natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids (NGPL)—to increase in 2022, but forecast fossil fuel production will remain lower than the 2019 peak.”

    We can produce more hydrocarbons if wanted but you gotta pay for it. We are blessed with an overabundance.

  16. I made my first trip to a scrap yard today. I had the Tacoma bed loaded with some old metal cabinets, a roll up door, remnants of some old power tools, etc. Drove away with $39.10. It worth it in the grand scheme of things, but it got rid of the junk, and I’ll put the money into my drill press fund.

    This was the result of reorganizing my work garage. I have the new grizzly table saw setup, and I got my dust collector mounted on the wall and ducting work completed. Right now, everything has a place, which is nice. I still need to redo my mobile bench that holds the miter saw, but that can wait.


  17. The Babylon Bee says what I’ve been thinking about MLK day

    “It’s OK to be White”
    — Some anonymous racist hater


  18. Tile is both very simple, and very complicated.

    My last tile project was a full kitchen backsplash (counter to upper cabinets). Best decision was to buy a compact wet saw for all the cuts rather than deal with the ‘score and snap’ cutter again.

  19. @Alan
    I loved the score and snap cutter for the ease of use, and not using a power tool or dealing with water in below freezing (temps ranged from 5-25 for much of the project) outside. I found the score and snap easy to use, efficient, and quick to clean. Plus I could have it in the bathroom with me, a huge time and effort saver.

    However, the last several cuts took significantly longer and nearly had me driving to the store to buy or rent a wet tile saw just to avoid the aggravation of the grinder. I hates the grinders, I do.

    If I do another tiling job I’ll buy a quality wet tile saw, use the score and snap for most of the job, and the wet tile saw instead of a grinder. I think it would have saved me several hours of time and a huge dust clean up in the garage.

  20. Been busy, so now just catching up to the last couple of days. Will be busy today and probably tomorrow as well.

    Ray, thanks for the kind words regarding photography. Your comments on church TV broadcasting and volunteerism hit home. My experience was a bit different.

    Our local Catholic congregation broadcast the Mass from 1996 through 2006. I produced it, but someone else did all the equipment installation, setup, and maintenance, a lot of work. All I did was organize my operation and be responsible for the results. This was in a multi-faith military chapel, and the nondenominational Protestant congregation wanted to have their services televised over a local access cable channel, mainly for shut-ins. The Catholic pastor saw this, and wanted the same. I was “volunteered,” because the guy who set everything up knew me. Sometimes it is hard to say no.

    It was a wonderful experience, especially training and working with the volunteers, half of which were adults and the other half high school students. Volunteers, as you know, are a special bunch. Good and not so good. I ran this like a regular production studio, and made sure everyone knew their jobs and performed them up to standard. That was hard, because the rewards are limited. The saving grace was that our production was live to tape, and pretty simple. Editing was linear assembly, so most times mistakes could be cut out. We had a half hour time slot, and typically an hour service. The Catholic Mass has certain essential parts, and others that are optional. One thing I did that worked was to make sure everyone knew what was critical and what was not. I also designed the shots during critical times to be low risk: mostly set shots. I put experienced people on the one camera that needed high skills, and told the others, especially the students, that they could do that job when they proved they were ready by doing lesser jobs well. My biggest ally was peer pressure. I never had anyone quit because they couldn’t perform, but I did do a lot of training and coaching.

    My biggest challenge was instilling precision on a couple of people who were sloppy, but who had essential skills on audio, which was perhaps more important than video. I finally used my best audio operator, who was highly regarded, to train them. They resented this less than if I had done the training. I did most of the directing, but was determined to have backups. I had the least trouble training directors, which at first surprised me. Then, I realized that I wasn’t present to see them work, and didn’t know HOW they did their jobs. Their results were plenty good. See, even the leader can learn.

    You probably are curious about the technical setup. To me, that was the least important part. Digital TV was viewed as too ambitious in 1996, so we simply had four camcorders (no tape, just video output) and a switcher that fed a video tape recorder. There was a graphics generator, but I didn’t use it. Audio was separate. Again, the Catholic Mass is different from most other services. There were no in house screens, and music was done the old fashioned way with hymnals. Catholics can’t sing.

    Editing was simply copying the desired segments to another VTR to produce a finished air tape, which was delivered to the cable company across the street. Simple. The only complication was a couple times a year when we had to do a “remote.” This was just a procession and some fixed stuff. We unmounted one of the camcorders, put a tape in it, and used it outside. Later, that tape was edited into the final product.

    I actually looked forward to going digital, but the whole project was ended due to eventual lack of interest. That kills more things than most people think. It was also a relief. I had wondered if what we were doing made much of a difference. Getting audience feedback was non existent, in spite of trying. A job well done being its own reward goes only so far.

  21. Alan, regarding a car lift, yes definitely. I plan a two post asymmetrical lift of some sort. These have advanced in the last few years. I say this because I had a chance to buy a used symmetrical one. Nope.

    I also might get a drive-on four post lift as secondary. These also have their place, but I will first get used to the two post lift. Storing stacked cars is not something I want to do, but a drive-on lift offers abilities a frame contact lift does not, such as wheel alignment. Having access to the adjustments with the wheels loaded makes alignment much faster.

    As for the slab, I designed it for all of the above.

  22. I made my first trip to a scrap yard today. I had the Tacoma bed loaded with some old metal cabinets, a roll up door, remnants of some old power tools, etc. Drove away with $39.10. It worth it in the grand scheme of things, but it got rid of the junk, and I’ll put the money into my drill press fund.

    Don’t know what kind of drill press you want, but consider two. I do more metal work than wood, so I bought a floor standing DP with a 1hp motor and a double reduction for lots of slow speeds. It is fine, but I had it in a crowded space in my old shop, which made using it inconvenient sometimes. I bought a little tabletop DP from Harbor Freight about ten years ago on sale for $50, and was surprised at how useful it is. This, despite having had one at work for small electronics jobs, so I should have known. Mine has a Chinese copy of an Albrecht keyless chuck, is quiet, and can be moved about easily. I still don’t have a permanent spot for it, but just put it on the bench when needed. I have even used it outdoors. With 8” swing, it is just the right size for small jobs. It is powerful enough for what I need, and is used more than its big brother. Just my $0.02.

    Lunch calls. See y’all later.

  23. @Lynn
    Thanks for the photos and details on your building.

    Oops, I put this on the wrong day. Here it is again.

    Here is the outside of the office warehouse taken from the cutoff road by the front pond. You can see those 16 foot slide open doors that the tenants have to chain to the foundation to keep the thieves from sliding the entire door structure to either side.
    https://www.winsim.com/media/8653_side.jpg

  24. Alan, regarding a car lift, yes definitely. I plan a two post asymmetrical lift of some sort. These have advanced in the last few years. I say this because I had a chance to buy a used symmetrical one. Nope.

    I also might get a drive-on four post lift as secondary. These also have their place, but I will first get used to the two post lift. Storing stacked cars is not something I want to do, but a drive-on lift offers abilities a frame contact lift does not, such as wheel alignment. Having access to the adjustments with the wheels loaded makes alignment much faster.

    As for the slab, I designed it for all of the above.

    True Stories From A Former Car Dealer #19: Lifts
    https://www.carprousa.com/True-Stories-From-A-Former-Car-Dealer-19-Lifts/a/50

  25. My soon to be ex-neighbor has a four post lift. It’s beyond cool for anything you would use ramps and jacks. Installing the step rails on my truck? All at waist level. No crawling under in the gravel with ants getting on you.

    When he bought it, he had to modify his garage. That was trippy. Four car garage. Basically, he sawed the end stall off, built new walls about six feet high, sawed off the roof and hired a crane to lift the roof and then installed the new walls. From first cut to being dried in, three days.

    It looks great. Has central air of a sort. No ducts, just an intake under the air handler with a filter about two feet off of the floor and a box on top with a few louvers to aim the air. Nice in the summer.

  26. Schilo’s run today. Downtown San Antonio is scary deserted compared to this time last year.

    Lunch was good. If you go, get the cheesecake for dessert.

    Things are bad when the McDonald’s at one of the busiest intersections in the city if not the state is boarded up and deserted.

  27. So, it appears the WHO thinks we’re all going to hell because young healthy people in first world countries will get the vaccine before vulnerable people in third world countries.

  28. Nobody was stopping Nigeria from pumping money to the Nigerian science and tech leaders to develop a vaccine of their own.

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  29. Nobody was stopping Nigeria from pumping money to the Nigerian science and tech leaders to develop a vaccine of their own.

    Steve, I think we both know that your white privilege stopped them from doing that. Damn you!

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  30. What is the best way to convert a 21 minute AVI file (448 MB ! ! ! !) to a way smaller MPEG4 file ?

    Install Handbrake.

    http://www.Handbrake.fr

    The default output formats cover a wide range of devices/quality.

    x264 files play without a hitch from USB thumb drives placed in the Samsung BluRay player in our Master Bedroom TV setup.

    x265 will give better quality for a given size.

    Conversion between file formats is very simple. DVD ripping with Handbrake is more complicated, but I’ve seen it work with “Frozen” — Disney movies push the limits of what is possible with a disk without losing the DVD consortium’s logo.

    FFmpeg is a more flexible tool, but it is command line driven. I lost six months to a year of playtime to mastering conversion of torrents to DVD using FFmpeg about 15 years ago.

    Handbrake worked great ! The 460 MB AVI file became a 49 MB M4V file.

    Thanks !

  31. Best DVD ripper for commercial DVD’s (including Disney)? Have a pile of them that might like to be on a hard drive. Asking for a friend.

    Go.

  32. Best DVD ripper for commercial DVD’s (including Disney)? Have a pile of them that might like to be on a hard drive. Asking for a friend.

    Handbrake or MakeMKV on Windows if you just want to rip to MP4.

    Handbrake requires libdvdcss, but the installation process is relatively painless.

  33. @Lynn
    Thanks for the car dealer stories. I’ll have the read the rest of them.

    @Chad
    It’s those young, healthy people in first world countries and their older brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, who worked and contributed to the economies that made it possible for the WHO leadership to enjoy the level of graft and corruption that let’s them fill their Swiss bank accounts.

  34. True Stories From A Former Car Dealer #19: Lifts

    Yes. Anything can happen. Notice that several of these were either operator error or defective equipment. Still, care advised. I worry every time I get under a car supported by its own tires (sudden deflation) or by jack stands. If I am going to be fully under, as opposed to just reaching from the side or end, I use jack stands to support the load, plus leave the jacks in place as backup. If I am going to do extensive work, or apply a lot of force, I add solid wood blocking. I still worry. If I had a two post lift, I would immediately invest in tall screw stands; these are often used to prevent tipping when removing an engine, but using them all the time as a safety device is a good idea. We were reminded in 2019 that earthquakes can happen without warning, and almost anywhere in the US.

    The only casualty in our 2019 earthquakes was a guy about a hundred miles away, in Nevada. He lived alone, and wasn’t discovered until some townsfolk wondered why he hadn’t been seen. Seems he was under his Jeep when the earthquake hit. The sheriff said the car was properly jacked and on stands, but still managed to fall on him.

    In ground hydraulic lifts are hard to get approval for nowadays because of fear of ground contamination. There is a minor resurgence of this design using water as the fluid. ALL hydraulic lifts use mechanical safety devices. Some of the old ones were manual, and were often ignored by the operators.

    I have considered a pit. They have their place, but are not as versatile as a lift.

  35. Here is the outside of the office warehouse taken from the cutoff road by the front pond. You can see those 16 foot slide open doors that the tenants have to chain to the foundation to keep the thieves from sliding the entire door structure to either side.

    Another nice picture. Those doors are always a problem. A chain is probably the only practical solution. A rollup door would be expensive, but more secure. Keeping a big dog inside over night might be a good idea.

  36. Here is the outside of the office warehouse taken from the cutoff road by the front pond. You can see those 16 foot slide open doors that the tenants have to chain to the foundation to keep the thieves from sliding the entire door structure to either side.

    Another nice picture. Those doors are always a problem. A chain is probably the only practical solution. A rollup door would be expensive, but more secure. Keeping a big dog inside over night might be a good idea.

    Do they make 16 ft tall, 16 ft wide rollup doors ? All of my neighbors with xxlarge rollup doors stop at 14 ft tall.

  37. So trump beats the impeachment in Feb and in Mar we have covid…

    solarwinds happens and suddenly it’s gone from the news

    it’s almost as if there were coincidences in the universe

    n

  38. from the above link:

    “This week, a higher-than-usual number of adverse events were reported with a specific lot of #Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic. Fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours.”

    More than 330,000 doses from this lot have been distributed to 287 providers across the state.

    The probability of all (or most) adverse event being experienced at one clinic–assuming a significant fraction of the 330,000 doses have been administered–is about as likely as Biden suddenly surging into the lead in four states.

    So, obviously, Cali will shitcan the entire batch.


  39. In ground hydraulic lifts are hard to get approval for nowadays because of fear of ground contamination.

    All new installations are above ground. Dual stands with the lift arms. Better clearance for the worker, easier installation, leaks easily cleaned up, can be easily repaired. The single cylinder lifts are extinct.

  40. Crikey! I have about three hours of videos backed up. Thanks, guys. Just when I was finally, for sure, going to get the Sony Trinitron set up with the vcr so I could binge watch all six seasons of Highlander.

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  41. going to get the Sony Trinitron set up with the vcr so I could binge watch all six seasons of Highlander.

    I have the DVD set.

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  42. Minor progress on the shop today. Worked on the electrical layout. Talked with some subcontractors.

    Spent several hours on the fence removal. Part of it needs to come down before I can remove the last two tall pine trees.

    Re Big River: That’s the kind of stuff I’ve always missed. All too often, I just don’t have a clue; my wife used to enlighten me but those days are gone. Some people think that talking in riddles is cute but …

  43. An anecdote. I went to pick up some auction items today that I didn’t get Friday, and couldn’t get Sat. It’s one of the many places where the workers immediately inform you that you ‘don’t need to wear that in here’, meaning mask… and to be fair, it’s an open warehouse with a rolled up door. I do anyway. Well it turns out, first couple weeks of Dec. just after Tgiving, the guy and his wife both had the ‘rona. Mild, classic symptoms, and recovered in a few days. That’s two more recent cases in my immediate circle.

    We made an offer on the lake property. There is a potential issue with water flow easements, that can only be determined with a survey, so that’s the next step. The seller affirmed that they want to work with us on the purchase. I’m excited, my wife is still oscillating back and forth. We do have an out if we need or want it.

    n

  44. @ITGuy1998
    Does the DVD have additional material?
    I picked the VHS up on the cheap. I really enjoyed the series 20+ years ago. If I still enjoy it I’ll replace the VHS and with the DVD.
    Looking forward to Roger Daltrey.
    After Highlander, Adrian Paul was in a short-lived science fiction series called Tracker. He was executive producer, but the writing was not good.

    @Robert V Sprowl
    The euphemisms for Amazon were used to avoid mentioning “the competition” on some discussion boards (eBay, allibris, etc).

  45. Do they make 16 ft tall, 16 ft wide rollup doors ? All of my neighbors with xxlarge rollup doors stop at 14 ft tall.

    https://www.rollupdoorsdirect.com/roll-up-garage-doors/rollupcart.php?dm=2500&wf=16&hf=16

    Here’s one. No idea how good it is. Seems to be a sheet door. These are solid, so probably seal better than linked pieces, but AFAIK are less durable. Not my area of expertise. All the sheet doors I have seen are light duty. All the heavy doors I have seen are linked pieces. I am beyond my expertise.

    The price does not seem too bad.

  46. All new installations are above ground. Dual stands with the lift arms. Better clearance for the worker, easier installation, leaks easily cleaned up, can be easily repaired. The single cylinder lifts are extinct.

    Except those that are in ground. I thought the water operated ones were available only in Europe, but here is one available here:
    https://www.altoonahoist.com/inground-lifts.html
    I also found Rotary and Challenger lifts available here in the US. These are pure hydraulic, not air over hydraulic.

    You are right about the dual post above ground giving good access to components like transmissions, but there are also in ground lifts that have four arms just like the above ground post type:
    https://www.challengerlifts.com/car-lifts/inground-lifts/
    These give similar clearance, but take up almost no space when not in use. There is a lot of variety.

    I read that above ground lifts began in Europe, and were designed for tight spaces. This seems ironic, because they take up to 8’ more width than any in ground lift. I suspect other reasons, like local codes that might prevent excavation, or codes that make underground hydraulics difficult.

    Anyway, there are also others, such as ones designed to lift the cab of a large pickup off the frame. This doesn’t include lifts for larger vehicles, such as buses. And, don’t forget scissor lifts.

    All this makes me want to do more research. Analysis paralysis.

  47. @jimB, this guy that I watch quite a bit bought a nice roll around lift

    Thanks, Nick. Nice lift. I will keep it in mind, but probably won’t need wheels.

  48. On my way to pick up physical exams, written by physical students in a physical classroom yesterday. 5 hours in the train, total – stupid. You’d think the school would be willing to pack the exam up and send them by registered post, but that’s not allowed.

    At least the trains are (so far) pretty empty. As soon as I figure COVID is maybe less dangerous that TPTB think, well: The UK has done a long-term study of people who were hospitalized with COVID. Turns out that an awful lot of them wind up back in the hospital with organ failure in just a few months.

    Anyhow, I surely will be glad to get the vaccination, when it becomes available. Probably not for the general population for another few months.

    Given the new British variant – much more infectuous – it’s a race to get a lot of people vaccinated, before that variant can spread and cause a third wave.

    Germans are getting ready to put people in camps

    If you refuse to quarantine when you need to, then you will be forcefully quarantined.

    If you believe that (a) COVID is serious, and (b) the new British mutation is massively more infectuous, then this is sensible. If you don’t believe (a) or (b), then it’s totalitarian, and so are all off the lockdowns.

    I understand both points of view. However, the dumbest thing we could do is to screw that up – pay the economic price of lockdowns, etc, while not benefitting from them. Hence, erring on the side of following the lockdowns seems reasonable.

    So, it appears the WHO thinks we’re all going to hell because young healthy people in first world countries will get the vaccine before vulnerable people in third world countries.

    Real life isn’t fair. News at 11:00.

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