Thur. Feb. 11, 2021 – starting to get chilly

Cold.  Wet.  Dreary.  With freezing temps on the way.

Yesterday was 0ccasional light misty drizzle pretty much all day.

Once the sun went down the temperature started to drop… da drop, drop…..

46F when I went to bed.

Got very little done during the day.  Got a bit done during the afternoon.   I did do some housecleaning, and a load or 3 of laundry, and put clothes away, and some other domestic bliss, but no where near what my list needed.  Sorting lego from megablox and chinese knockoff ‘building blocks’ doesn’t really count as work, even if it did need to be done eventually, does it?

I made one of my bachelor staples for dinner though.   Canned chicken in maple curry sauce, over minute rice…   It all got eaten, wife liked it and the kids had seconds.   Hooray for me!   Of course my fingers still smell like the curry cubes, and I’ve washed about 7 or 8 times.  Still, super easy, really tasty, and all from long term stores.

I’m going to avoid talking about the show trial.   The language in the reporting is so over the top, I can’t believe I’m reading it.  Does it really play well for the ‘folks back home’?  If so, we’re in a LOT worse trouble than I hoped.   And what must the inside of their heads look like if they hear ‘coded phrases’ in everyday speech?  They sound psychotic.  Thank God they don’t do half of what the voices must be urging them to do.

I am increasing my stores.   Holy cow this won’t end well.   They are actually nuts, and there is no reasoning with crazy.

You need water, and ways to get more.   Food.  Meds.  Comms.  Money.  And you need them in place and outside of normal channels.   “Normal” has left the building, and won’t be back for a while.    And hey, if I’m wrong, donate it to a food bank later on.   I know there will be plenty of them.

Keep stacking.

n

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

103 thoughts on “Thur. Feb. 11, 2021 – starting to get chilly”

  1. 41F and raining. I’m going to end up covering my citrus in the rain.

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  2. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9247275/UC-Berkeley-bans-solo-outdoor-exercise-campus-locks-dorms-surge-COVID-19.html

    –so people can’t exercise by themselves outside, but they’re “adding security guards” INSIDE the dorms to keep students locked in.

    ‘Right now it is critical that you avoid gatherings — large or small — even with your residential household grouping, whether indoors or outdoors, and even if your most recent COVID test is negative,’ the email continues.

    for a group that has almost no lasting or serious effects from cv19 chinkyflu… and isn’t likely to have any interaction with at risk groups either.

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  3. Actress and former MMA fighter Gina Carano (main) has been fired from the cast of the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, following online outrage over a social media post that likened the murder of Jews during the Holocaust to the current U.S. political climate. A spokesperson for Lucasfilm said in a statement on Wednesday that Carano is not currently employed by the production company with ‘no plans for her to be in the future,’ adding that ‘her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.’ Carano fell under heavy criticism after she posted on Instagram Stories (left): ‘Because history is edited, most people today don´t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?‘ Carano, an outspoken conservative, played the recurring character Cara Dune (right) on the Star Wars series.

    –can’t have the truth, nope.

    –see what they did there? First they flipped the direction of the comparison, and Then they accused her of one of the sins of progressivism, although from the quote she didn’t denigrate anyone. The irony of firing someone for their cultural or religious identity (strongly conservative) is completely lost on them.

    –there is no reconciling with people like this. No bargaining, no convincing. If you are not them, they hate you and everything you believe in, and once you are in their sights, they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed you.

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  4. –see what they did there? First they flipped the direction of the comparison, and Then they accused her of one of the sins of progressivism, although from the quote she didn’t denigrate anyone. The irony of firing someone for their cultural or religious identity (strongly conservative) is completely lost on them.

    The firing was probably more about Disney sending a message to Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Gina Carino’s politics were a convenient excuse.

    The last 15 minutes of the most recent episode of Baby Yoda may have very well saved Disney+ if not the “Star Wars” franchise and possibly Disney itself, but the suits aren’t happy about being in the position of owing the creative team.

    What else beyond Baby Yoda has worked for Disney in the last year? *Really* worked.


  5. I’m not buying that the military guy with Pence had the football. That duty usually involves a flag officer, and the liason wasn’t carrying himself that way in the video.

    I’m not sure a General or Admiral has carried the football. Not lately, anyway. I’ve know one guy that had the duty. An Army Major. These guys are usually on a fast track for promotion called “below the zone”. The guy was in my class at Command & Staff. The last time I saw him, he was a One Star in Iraq while I was a Lieutenant Colonel.

  6. We never made it past the 4th episode of Mandalorian. The writing sucks. The concept is ridiculous. They did what failing franchises do at the end of a long life in the second ep, bring in a cute baby. When “Eight is [n’t] Enough” add a new kid.

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  7. 20f and icy drizzle. Local roads are still rated as “hazardous” without improvement expected for at least 5 days.
    I’d love to be able to sit in front of the fire with a hot drink and relax. But I have to take the wife to two doctors visits today, one for a critical treatment, and then dialysis every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. And we are scheduled for our second Covid jabs next week on a day with a projected high of 6f and the jabs are 60 miles apart.
    We are well prepared to stay inside for weeks except that would literally kill my wife without required medicine and dialysis. Insurance companies ensure we can’t stock up on some of her critical medications. Some things you just can’t prepare for. Sigh.

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  8. They did what failing franchises do at the end of a long life in the second ep, bring in a cute baby. When “Eight is [n’t] Enough” add a new kid.

    Yes! That was always such a predictable thing in the 70s and 80s especially. When the cute kids on your sitcom have grown up and aren’t so cute anymore and ratings are falling let’s suddenly have a baby at 45. That usually means you have one maybe two seasons left.

  9. Scanner has the cops staking out a fentynal dealer. The Feds have declined to give him a pass, so local is going to try to flip him, and offer a deal. What he should get is a bullet to the head. Rinse and repeat for the next one, and the next, and the next until they get the point. And if they never get the point? Big pile of dead dealers. Boo hoo.

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  10. “Without fossil fuel emissions, the average life expectancy of the world’s population would increase by more than a year,

    They forgot to note that without the energy and fertilizer provided by fossil fuels, the average life expectancy would drop dramatically because of famine. But isn’t that one of the goals of the “environmental church”, to reduce the population of the earth by at least 50%?

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  11. Drug dog sweep at the school today. Everyone puts their bags on the floor, take nothing, and leave the room. Dog goes around and sniffs every bag. This time there was no sniffing of the students as was done in the past. Probably some liberal judge felt it was unreasonable to have a dog sniffing a person as the person may be afraid of dogs. Traumatic experience at the school, requiring a lawsuit, person emotionally damage for life, can never attend school again, multi-thousands awarded, another leach on society.

  12. It seems the whole “Buffy” cast has now dumped on Joss Whedon. Whedon’s abusive nature fits right in with Hollyweird ProgLibTurds. He’s up there with Roman Polanski and must be protected so all the other WHITEY! geezer producer/director’s can keep abusing. Joss should trans like the Wachowski *sisters*. Then he can deny his toxic, male, patriarchal ‘tude.

    As far as Disney dumping Gina Carano? That is what torrents are for. Goodbye, Hollyweird. HW is going to finish what COVID has done to theaters.

  13. We never made it past the 4th episode of Mandalorian. The writing sucks. The concept is ridiculous. They did what failing franchises do at the end of a long life in the second ep, bring in a cute baby. When “Eight is [n’t] Enough” add a new kid.

    Or Michael Landon blinding children on “Little House”.

    “Star Wars” is the least damaged major sci fi franchise right now thanks to 15 minutes of footage making the fans happy. Imagine.

    Not that Disney didn’t try to kill it.

  14. We never made it past the 4th episode of Mandalorian. The writing sucks.

    The Wife LOVED the Baby Yoda story. She even asked for a baby Yoda doll for Christmas. Who needs story, or logic, when you’ve got a cute little 50 year old baby with powers to watch? I enjoyed the YouTube parody/satires created from the series like “Existential Troopers” or “Existential Troopers Episode 2 – Ice Fishing”.

  15. One 15 minute cameo by someone who turned their back on the core tenets of canon should not be enough to redeem the dreck. It only shows how low the franchise has fallen.

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    Or maybe he’d like to do some more “chest feeding” of non-“human milk”

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    https://www.mother.ly/life/what-is-chestfeeding

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  16. The PC I rebuilt this week has the latest (1909?) version of Windows 10 installed. I’ve noticed over the past 24 hours that, when idle, the OS wakes from sleep and does … something … frequently.

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  17. and does … something … frequently.

    –d/l the next update? Index the drive? copy restore points? av scan?

    all those have been banging my hard drive at one point or another….

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  18. does … something … frequently

    You don’t need to know what your computer is doing. Microsoft knows best.

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  19. and does … something … frequently.

    –d/l the next update? Index the drive? copy restore points? av scan?

    all those have been banging my hard drive at one point or another….

    The OS is clean. I don’t do AV beyond Microsoft Security Essentials.

  20. We are well prepared to stay inside for weeks except that would literally kill my wife without required medicine and dialysis. Insurance companies ensure we can’t stock up on some of her critical medications. Some things you just can’t prepare for. Sigh.

    That’s troublesome. When we first started prepping, I didn’t think about chronic health needs because we didn’t have any. Then my husband got sick, and boy that puts preparedness on a whole nuther plane. He requires a water pill every day to counter edema from surgical nerve damage, and as of the past year, insulin shots. He also is unable to move about without assistance. In hcombs’s wife’s case, with dialysis, they are on an even higher level of need.

    One thing I did, to help me come to grips with what we could do, was to sit down with a friend who is a nurse practitioner, and also to discuss it with our doctor (actually an FNP , with 40 years of experience). While they were not able to give me total assurance, at least we were able to know where to start for extra supplies and for alternatives, in order to buy time if necessary. His Dr voluntarily gave him an additional 90 day prescription for his furosemide and we paid for it out of pocket since Medicare Part D would not cover it.

    Another thing I learned from, was taking the University of Pittsburgh’s free Coursera Disaster Preparedness course:
    https://www.coursera.org/learn/disaster-preparedness

    I HIGHLY recommend it … even Nick might pick up a few make-or-break tools from it. I took it in 2015, but the same instructor, Michael Beach, is still in charge. It runs over 4 weeks, a couple hours a week at your own schedule, except you can’t really do it all at once… so do have to wait out the rest of each week: I found reading the discussion very useful, if often appalling, to bring up other things for me to think about. The attendees are from all over the world, and conditions and options differ wildly from place to place.

    The most useful parts of the course for me were (1) opening my eyes to the dangers of being hospitalized or in any kind of official “shelter” or even elderly housing during a disaster, and (2) the final comprehensive personal plan we each made at the end. The plan is very very detailed, and goes beyond anything I’ve read on any prepping site or blog. THAT plan gave me more confidence that I could help Paul get his medical needs met in a long-term extremity. One part of our plan is, at the beginning of such a situation, to apprise our local CERT/disaster management people of his needs, so that we could be in line for whatever health resources they would have access to.

    ~~~~~

    Now, here is what I originally came over to post, a pretty good little article for beginners on the need to prep food. Too basic for people here, but might influence some folks who haven’t yet understood the need to put away more than 30 days worth:
    https://www.menofthewest.net/prep-more/


  21. The PC I rebuilt this week has the latest (1909?) version of Windows 10 installed

    Latest version is 20H2. You may not get the update due to conextent (or something like that) audio drivers. I had an issue with a laptop. I just removed the driver, downloaded the update tool, and all was good. Even got a working audio driver installed.

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  22. Since when did “he was mean to me” become actionable and national news?

    It was beyond that. If her stories are true, and some other actors have confirmed them, he was abusive. She said that when told him she was expecting – he wanted to know if she was “going to keep it”. He supposedly called her fat (at 126 lb, 4 months pregnant). He is said to have denigrated her being a Roman Catholic.

    It’s one thing to yell about doing your lines. This would have gotten him fired at any private company.

  23. From a post yesterday:
    @brad, sorry to read about your cat breaking her leg yesterday. It sounds like she has a lot of fight left in her, so it will take a lot of work finding the right cast style that will work for her. I’m sure she is getting extra attention, but there needs to lots of snuggles in that attention. My best wishes to her, you, and the rest of your family.

    The weather reports keep pushing our potential snowmageddon up by hours at a time. Now it is supposed to start in the late afternoon. Still predicting 7+ inches.

    I hope you are all well, safe, happy, and in a positive state of mind.

    Personally, I am positive that changes like we never imagined are coming. The talk of destroying the infrastructure that doesn’t just supply energy and provides a major portion of the USofA GDP. I can see that the future where only the chosen few are allowed to “own” anything or have control of their life or property. People don’t understand how the fascists develop a rule that ends in a holocaust. Carefully look at history. The sheep, us peons, have been led to slaughter many times, and we continue to ignore and not teach the lessons.


  24. he was abusive.

    Agree, horrible behaviour that may warrant legal action.

    I do find it interesting that the news tries to paint the right as evil but all the bad stories come from the left.


  25. TV says:
    11 February 2021 at 10:32

    @Lynn

    scientific study boobism:
    “Without fossil fuel emissions, the average life expectancy of the world’s population would increase by more than a year, while global economic and health costs would fall by about $2.9tn.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/09/fossil-fuels-pollution-deaths-research

    That is a total lie. And I do mean a total lie. Without fossil fuels, we can only feed about one billion people across the planet. First, we need the 400 hp diesel tractors to plow and harvest 15 rows simultaneously at 20 mph. Second, we need fossil fuels to create the ammonia based fertilizers needed for the various crops. Third, we need fossil fuels to move fertilizers and food around the world to where they are needed. With fossil fuels, we can feed ten billion people across the planet.

    25% of our fossil fuels are used by our transportation industry in the USA. We move things around extensively for efficiency and needs. We also have a very mobile society that likes to move around for jobs and pleasure.

    I could go on and on. I could talk about how plastics have invaded every corner of our society since they are so dadgum useful. And plastics are made with natural gas. Or that our vehicle tires are made out of natural gas to make synthetic rubber and carbon black which is also made out of … natural gas.

    I almost made the same reply and I assume your reading of “Dies the Fire” informed some of the response (fiction though it is). However, I will allow for the assumption that they will have found a way to replace the use of fossil fuels for most purposes and that this is a very gradual change (over 50 years). If not, then the deaths of 6 out of 7 people by starvation is assured. I need to give the benefit of the doubt that while they are dreamers, they are not mass murders. An explicit statement of assumptions in the original article (does such exist?) would have helped.

    I would not give them the benefit of the doubt. They literally want to kill of 98% of the world’s population. Shutting down our energy generation and usage is one of the mechanisms that they see meeting this insane need of theirs. These people are sick and deranged and must be removed from our societies.


  26. I can see that the future where only the chosen few are allowed to “own” anything or have control of their life or property.

    –this is the case for most people throughout most of history. Only western civilization made that different, and only relatively recently in historical terms.

    The sheep, us peons, have been led to slaughter many times, and we continue to ignore and not teach the lessons.

    — Peon- a debtor held in servitude by a creditor, especially in the southern US and Mexico.

    –see also “sharecropper”, “wage slave”, “serf”, “vassal”, “tenant farmer”
    –see also “sumptuary laws”

    what has happened before can happen again.

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  27. Even the Lutherans are infected with the prog disease–

    This task force was made up of student, faculty, staff, Athletics, and alumni representatives who carefully considered the symbol of the Crusader and its divisive connotations.

    Thank you to everyone who responded to the Crusader survey; the task force received approximately 7,700 survey responses and all feedback was given careful consideration. In light of these responses and the negative associations to religious oppression, violence, and hate groups, the task force determined the Crusader is not reflective of Valpo’s mission to promote a welcoming and inclusive community.”

    Taking all of this into consideration, I have made the decision that Valparaiso University will retire the Crusader mascot.

    –their mission USED to be educating the next generation of young people, while supporting and encouraging Christian values. But now it’s providing a welcoming and inclusive environment. They used to take pride in being ‘exclusive’ styling themselves the “Harvard of the mid-West”.

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  28. “It’s one thing to yell about doing your lines. This would have gotten him fired at any private company. ”

    –are production companies not private companies?

    I’ve worked with horrible directors. Screaming, prompt script binder throwing , “fuck them and fuck their union, I want them back to work” directors.

    “AT WILL EMPLOYEE” works both ways. I popped the disk out of the console, locked my workbox and WALKED OUT. Another show, Art Director kept getting my crew hurt. When I couldn’t do anything to change it, I loaded my sh!t and LEFT. The union had NO trouble organizing that shoot, but one of my guys who elected to stay almost got killed on set anyway. He SHOULD have left after the first time.

    People have agency. That is the first human right. If they choose not to use it, I can’t help them. When people decide to put up with the sh!t they ensure that it will continue.

    When did Buffy finish? 15? 20 years ago? Why the publicity now?

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  29. Even the Lutherans are infected with the prog disease–

    I’ve known for a long time. I had to fire the first minister who was supposed to preside at our wedding, a Lutheran, who decided to play class warfare games after deciding I could afford a shakedown for $200 of extra counseling listening to his spiel about materialism for an hour a week for four weeks.

    He didn’t think I would fire him a month out from the wedding and risk losing the venue. He was wrong. The church was so embarrassed by the behavior — he was an associate minister — all of my deposits were refunded. I learned later that his own church, a large congregation in Ohio, had fired him the previous year.

    We got married at a rent-a-chapel in Tampa. Everything ended up fine.

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  30. When did Buffy finish? 15? 20 years ago? Why the publicity now?

    ding-ding-ding!

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  31. Some things you just can’t prepare for. Sigh.

    Especially the morons in their fancy 4x4s out in those conditions just to pick up their daily half-gallon Slurpee and their $50 worth of lottery scratch-off tickets.
    @hcombs; safe travels.

  32. Bitcoin or google is the single largest electricity user in the world… can’t be bothered to look it up.

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  33. Bitcoin or google is the single largest electricity user in the world… can’t be bothered to look it up.

    Netflix streaming has to be in there too.

    Playing a movie in a home BluRay/DVD player is a lot more energy efficient, even accounting for the manufacturing and shipping of the disc.

  34. Dominion Owned Voting Machines Shorted EVERY REPUBLICAN Candidate in Windham, New Hampshire, 300 Votes

    Cue the “realists” chiming in with “no definitive proof that it happened” and “no evidence that this changed any results” in 3 … 2 …

    As has been repeatedly said — and repeatedly “la-la-la, I can’t hear you!”d — when every oddity and every bit of evidence of fraud and every suspicious destruction of evidence goes in one direction, excuses of “you don’t have any proof!” fall flat.

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  35. Bitcoin or google is the single largest electricity user in the world

    Save the Planet – Use Bing 🙂

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  36. In the full report, the ATSB said the crew choose to continue to Perth because of poorer weather and more traffic in Geraldton, plus a longer runway and better emergency service support in the WA capital.

    –that is why humans are in the loop. So that they can make decisions.

    FWIW, I’ve been in aircraft when an engine caught on fire. They didn’t tell us, just mumbled about weather radar and returned to the airport that had a maintenance facility. I’ve been on another plane when we were so short on fuel the pilot chose to land at a general aviation airport 5minutes short of our destination to take on more fuel. Our wings overhung the paving of the runway, and the fuel guy didn’t know how to open the filler door- he’d obviously never serviced our aircraft type. Twice I’ve been onboard when we got the wave off on final because someone was on our runway… More than once we were within sight of Bakersfield airport but returned to LAX because they had the maintenance guys there, and Bakersfield didn’t (turboprop). Pilots are making choices like this all the time.

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    added- and yes, I have been extremely lucky in my life.


  37. — Peon- a debtor held in servitude by a creditor, especially in the southern US and Mexico.

    –see also “sharecropper”, “wage slave”, “serf”, “vassal”, “tenant farmer”
    –see also “sumptuary laws”

    what has happened before can happen again.

    Re peon: See also “Patron/peon” or “Clientelism”, and understand that this principle is the base for intra-family economics in Mexico, and in much of South America.

    THAT is the real modern slavery issue, a secret never talked about. Americans do not understand this because we are raised in a culture of individual worth. We think immigrants voluntarily “send money home to help the family”. Instead, most of the time it is forced by one generation onto the next.

    My children’s great grandmother told me horror stories about how that happened in her family. All of her father-in-law’s grown children had to give him every dime they – and their wives and children – earned, even though he was back in Mexico and they were here in the USA. Then, he doled back out what he thought they needed. She talked of begging him for a few dollars for shoes for her children, and he would hand her a quarter. He was the Patron, his own family were his peons. And above him, it was the same: he gave a cut to his neghborhood Patrons, and so on.

    Her children were able to escape the trap of peonage, because they came up in a time when immigrants were expected to become free Americans.

    It is so hidden and denied, and Americans do not understand how deeply ingrained it is, how it permeates even family life in those countries, and how desperately it must be fought. Stopping the “remittances” would be a first step.

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  38. ” Bitcoin or google is the single largest electricity user in the world… can’t be bothered to look it up.”

    Netflix streaming has to be in there too.

    Playing a movie in a home BluRay/DVD player is a lot more energy efficient, even accounting for the manufacturing and shipping of the disc.

    Oh that is good to know! We often will just stream things when we have the DVD because laziness. I’ll remember this and do the work of finding the DVD instead. Especially in summer when our electric bills are higher. Never know what I am going to learn on this page. Thanks! 🙂

  39. Oh that is good to know! We often will just stream things when we have the DVD because laziness. I’ll remember this and do the work of finding the DVD instead. Especially in summer when our electric bills are higher. Never know what I am going to learn on this page. Thanks!

    You won’t see any difference on your home electric bill, but the overall energy consumption of delivering a movie via streaming vs. physical media is significant.

  40. I just ordered a 38 kW natural gas fueled liquid cooled Generac generator for the house for $24K plus $1K sales tax from Generator Supercenter in the Houston area (Tomball). It will be installed in 10 to 14 weeks, just in time for the hurricane season. The big complication was they are going to have to run 170 ft of natural gas line from my meter to behind my garage (15 $/ft).
    https://generatorsupercenter.com/products/38kw/

    The salesman says that they installed 88,000 generators (mostly the 20+ kW air cooled model) in the Houston area in 2020.

    I would have never gotten this done myself. Just hand digging that 170 ft long by 18 inch deep trench for the natural gas line is a big deal. They are going to pour a 6 ft by 4 ft permanent slab for the generator behind the garage that is well above my flood zone.

    If Texas has rotating blackouts on Monday and Tuesday then these guys are going to get overwhelmed by orders.

  41. @Lynn – Before I forget, I ran cppcheck on your source and it noted a few odd things.

    In steam2.c, check the format string vs arguments on line 69 and the uninitialized variables shvptd and shvptl near line 159.

    Add cppcheck to the list of things the intern should look into this summer. 🙂


  42. that is why humans are in the loop. So that they can make decisions.

    But…self-driving cars…

    (Noticed not much news about them lately)

  43. There are a lot of things we’re not hearing about right now.

    School shooters
    Muslim terrorism
    ebola (there is a new outbreak)
    Iran getting nuke frisky
    china’s economy
    baltic dry goods index

    etc

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  44. There are a lot of things we’re not hearing about right now.

    TWC (Texas unemployment insurance) doesn’t even answer the phones right now. Up until recently, they had contract reps who were fairly useless, but they would pick up if you sat on the phone for an hour.


  45. There are a lot of things we’re not hearing about right now.

    Burma (as Sleepy Joe called it yesterday)

  46. @Lynn – Before I forget, I ran cppcheck on your source and it noted a few odd things.

    In steam2.c, check the format string vs arguments on line 69 and the uninitialized variables shvptd and shvptl near line 159.

    Add cppcheck to the list of things the intern should look into this summer.

    I wrote all that code in the 1980s and have not touched it since. It is not maintained.

  47. To all our friends down TX way, and any other affected areas…as Sgt. Esterhouse always said…
    Let’s Be Careful Out There

    Austin has an actual ice storm this afternoon.

    I thought we would get at least one more day without below freezing temps, but the high still hasn’t cracked 30.

  48. For you folks buying or having fossil fuel generators/alternators, you do understand that soon there will be no fossil-fueled anything allowed?

    It will hard enough to use a wood stove to provide heat soon enough too, so it’s best to forget fossil-fueled anything as a preparation for the coming great cleansing.

    And Tesla is not the answer either.

    Look to the Dark Ages for what to expect.

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  49. You need water, and ways to get more. Food. Meds. Comms. Money. And you need them in place and outside of normal channels. “Normal” has left the building, and won’t be back for a while. And hey, if I’m wrong, donate it to a food bank later on. I know there will be plenty of them.

    The wife opened a Best By 2017 can of Hunts diced tomatoes yesterday. The can was pressurized so it went poof. She threw it away and had me get more at my Wednesday run to HEB last night. I threw out the other seven in the case when I got home as several had popped lids.

  50. For you folks buying or having fossil fuel generators/alternators, you do understand that soon there will be no fossil-fueled anything allowed?

    It will hard enough to use a wood stove to provide heat soon enough too, so it’s best to forget fossil-fueled anything as a preparation for the coming great cleansing.

    And Tesla is not the answer either.

    Look to the Dark Ages for what to expect.

    I hope not. If we go down that far then the nation is gone.

    And yes I know, I am naive.

    Civil War II will be caused by many things. One could be restricted energy to the populace.

  51. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9247275/UC-Berkeley-bans-solo-outdoor-exercise-campus-locks-dorms-surge-COVID-19.html

    –so people can’t exercise by themselves outside, but they’re “adding security guards” INSIDE the dorms to keep students locked in.

    ‘Right now it is critical that you avoid gatherings — large or small — even with your residential household grouping, whether indoors or outdoors, and even if your most recent COVID test is negative,’ the email continues.

    for a group that has almost no lasting or serious effects from cv19 chinkyflu… and isn’t likely to have any interaction with at risk groups either.

    Something is really wrong with California. Really, really wrong.

    My dad had an offer from U of California at ??? to teach Chemical Engineering in 1963. He and Mom visited and both recoiled at the weird attitude on campus. They could never say what was wrong but something “smelled” wrong.

  52. When fossil fuels are outlawed, I plan to power my vehicles and generators with biodiesel rendered from sanctimonious libtards. I’ll never run out of raw material.

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  53. I could have gotten a job with a defense contractor in Silicon Valley when I was getting out of the Army in the late 1980s. Wasn’t tempted by that one, though conceivably if I’d timed it right I could have bought a house, sold it ten or fifteen years later, and retired on the profit.

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  54. biodiesel rendered from sanctimonious libtards

    Would you be able to tolerate the really obnoxious fumes?

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  55. Now, here is what I originally came over to post, a pretty good little article for beginners on the need to prep food. Too basic for people here, but might influence some folks who haven’t yet understood the need to put away more than 30 days worth:
    https://www.menofthewest.net/prep-more/

    “Few expect pressures to ease soon, with Chinese demand which sent global cereal prices to a six-year high showing little sign of abating.”

    My Grape-nuts cereal is $3.75 at HEB. Except HEB does not have any other than a price sticker. So I buy it at Kroger for $4.50.

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  56. And…plugsy McSpongeBrain blamed tRump for slow vaccine rollout. “My predecessor, to be blunt about it, did not do his job in getting ready for the massive challenge of vaccinating hundreds of millions Americans.”

    A lie that would do Obola proud. I guess plugs thought the vaccine, from development to into your arm, would be a Federal chore. All he would have to do was change the name and take the credit.Even Killer Koumo told the Feds to eff off. More commie pablum from mush-for-brains.

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  57. I just ordered a 38 kW natural gas fueled liquid cooled Generac generator for the house for $24K plus $1K sales tax from Generator Supercenter in the Houston area (Tomball).

    Please post some photos of the installation when it happens, Mr. Lynn.

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  58. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article249176120.html

    @Greg…
    The crash occurred in TEXPress lanes, which opened several years ago in the median of I-35W. The lanes require motorists to pay an electronic toll — either by affixing a TollTag to their windshield or by having their license plate photographed and receiving a bill in the mail — as a way to pay their way around congestion that chronically occurs near downtown Fort Worth.

    100 vehicles involved, 5 dead, 36 injured. 🙁

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  59. that is why humans are in the loop. So that they can make decisions.

    But…self-driving cars…

    (Noticed not much news about them lately)

    Musk was crowing about getting in his Tesla the other day, programming the destination 100+ miles away, and never touching the steering wheel while driving there. He feels that they will release that version of Autopilot before the end of this year.

  60. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article249176120.html

    @Greg…
    The crash occurred in TEXPress lanes, which opened several years ago in the median of I-35W. The lanes require motorists to pay an electronic toll — either by affixing a TollTag to their windshield or by having their license plate photographed and receiving a bill in the mail — as a way to pay their way around congestion that chronically occurs near downtown Fort Worth.

    100 vehicles involved, 5 dead, 36 injured.

    The wife is NOT driving to Dallas today, picking up her sister and then on to Plainview Friday for their uncle’s funeral on Saturday. Plainview is suppose to be 19 / 4 F on Saturday and 7 / – 6 F on Sunday. I am surprised that her 74 year old cousin did not delay the funeral.
    https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/tx/plainview


  61. Would you be able to tolerate the really obnoxious fumes?

    Add salt and a pinch of nitrites or nitrates to preserve the fat and hopefully it will smell like frying bacon. Or ham.


  62. I just ordered a 38 kW natural gas fueled liquid cooled Generac generator for the house for $24K plus $1K sales tax from Generator Supercenter in the Houston area (Tomball).

    Please post some photos of the installation when it happens, Mr. Lynn.

    Will do if my sponge brain remembers. They are getting two trucks a week of the smaller (and noisier) air cooled generators but the liquid cooled generator deliveries are very sporadic. They are doing the complete install in one day with a complete crew of guys so they just swarm it. Pouring the slab, installing the transfer switch, digging the 170 ft trench for the natural gas line, etc.

    Here is what it looks like in their advertising. It is a 2.4L inline four cylinder with a turbocharger that runs at a constant 1,800 rpm. It has a 30 second response to a power outage.
    https://generatorsupercenter.com/products/38kw/

  63. It will hard enough to use a wood stove to provide heat soon enough too, so it’s best to forget fossil-fueled anything as a preparation for the coming great cleansing.

    Clark County, WA (Vancouver USA aka Vantucky) had a ban on new installations of wood burning stoves and fireplaces when we lived out there.

  64. @Greg…
    The crash occurred in TEXPress lanes, which opened several years ago in the median of I-35W. The lanes require motorists to pay an electronic toll — either by affixing a TollTag to their windshield or by having their license plate photographed and receiving a bill in the mail — as a way to pay their way around congestion that chronically occurs near downtown Fort Worth.

    My previous employer had roads in Dallas, but I don’t remember hearing about that one.

    A lot of states are looking at the VA model where the state sold off the medians of freeways around DC to a private entity who installs the toll equipment and sends the state an annual check for a specific amount of money for … 50 years (?).

    The problem around DC is that some of the medians are *really * narrow. It looks like Fort Worth is similar.

  65. Today started at 27F. With a small thunder storm, enough to worry the dogs. Rain. That soon turned into “not sleet” but “frozen rain”. Nice and crunchy to walk on. A new thing for me. The dogs are not exactly thrilled but as long as they potty outside, whatever.

    The high temp was 30F for a little bit and went back to 28F.

    The cats are doing cat things. The emu is doing her thing.

    The heat pump ran almost all day. It kept the house at 70F and the “go into reverse to thaw the coils scream” hasn’t been noticeable. So, to give it a break, I started the pellet stove. And my circulating fan sitting on the floor.

    Oh. The enclosure in the pump house around the water softener is hanging at 48F.

    It’s all good. Forecast says something ridiculous like 7F Monday night. The coldest I’ve seen here is 13F, so, call this a test of pipe insulation. Or something.

    Three months from now all the folks having a fit about the cold are going to want the a/c turned on.


  66. He feels that they will release that version of Autopilot before the end of this year.

    . Do they have ‘road covered in ice’ detectors?

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  67. “8 Million More Living In Poverty, 9 Million Small Businesses In Danger Of Closing, 10 Million Behind On Rent…”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/8-million-more-living-poverty-9-million-small-businesses-danger-closing-10-million

    I talked to my friend at the Clothes Cleaners yesterday. He and his lawyer are trying to work a deal with the landlord about the back rent and the landlord is not budging enough yet. The landlord still has him locked out of his Cleaner business. I will be pleasantly surprised if he reopens. I am just hoping to get my fifteen oxford long sleeve shirts back at this time.

    You know, if you have a business, have it where you control the facility. Renting from others is always dicey as owners change and the business changes. I bought my commercial real estate ten years ago and did not realize what it was going to do to my personal wealth. And to my peace of mind since I am able to easily make the commercial mortgage with my three tenants and stick quite a few bucks in my pocket now. I had to really stretch myself to buy it such as remortgaging my almost paid off house and do some creative financing. It all worked out in the end with a lot of hard work over the years. And more to come.

  68. I lived in LA and worked in Hollywood in 90-92.

    Lived in San Diego, worked in SD, LA, and all over the rest of the country from 92-2003…

    If I’d bought the first house or condo I could afford when I had the money, my life would be very different now.

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  69. Three months from now all the folks having a fit about the cold are going to want the a/c turned on.

    Three WEEKS from now all the folks having a fit about the cold are going to want the a/c turned on.

    Fixed that for ya.

    We ran the A/C last weekend as it hit 80 F.

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  70. He feels that they will release that version of Autopilot before the end of this year.

    . Do they have ‘road covered in ice’ detectors?

    I am just wondering if the old Teslas with just one forward camera will be able to detect a truck stalled in the road ahead of you.
    https://www.wired.com/story/tesla-autopilot-why-crash-radar/
    and
    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/autopilot-watch-a-tesla-slam-into-an-overturned-truck-at-a-high-speed-2020-06-01


  71. They are doing the complete install in one day with a complete crew of guys so they just swarm it. Pouring the slab, installing the transfer switch, digging the 170 ft trench for the natural gas line, etc.

    What do they use for the slab, QuikCrete? I see that it weighs 1200 lbs.


  72. The problem around DC is that some of the medians are *really * narrow. It looks like Fort Worth is similar.

    Don’t most overpasses have supports in the median that are sorta in the way?

  73. They are doing the complete install in one day with a complete crew of guys so they just swarm it. Pouring the slab, installing the transfer switch, digging the 170 ft trench for the natural gas line, etc.

    What do they use for the slab, QuikCrete? I see that it weighs 1200 lbs.

    Heh, generator by the pound !

    Not my problem, he is the guarantor of the work. And perhaps I misunderstood him about the slab pouring. He was wearing a mask the entire time and my ears are not the best anymore.

  74. Don’t most overpasses have supports in the median that are sorta in the way?

    With my DC project, the state had previously converted the medians into reversing HOV lanes.

    Regardless, I never got involved with the civil engineering. Heck, I never even saw the sites in person despite a job description reading “10% travel”.

  75. I just ordered a 38 kW natural gas fueled liquid cooled Generac generator for the house for $24K plus $1K sales tax from Generator Supercenter in the Houston area (Tomball).

    Please post some photos of the installation when it happens, Mr. Lynn.

    Here are four completed liquid cooled 38 kW Generac installs. I do know that they have to be 18 inches away from the wall(s).
    https://generatorsupercenter.com/38kw-generator-install-photo-gallery/

  76. @SteveF
    Better to do that sooner than later, starting at the top.

    @Lynn
    Will that generator also run on propane?

  77. For those of you not accustomed to ice, one of the most important things to consider is dealing with the low coefficient of friction.

    In particular, your driveway and sidewalks can become deadly fall hazards. Common salt (sodium chloride) loses effectiveness between 15-20°F. Calcium chloride is better, and magnesium chloride is better still, but neither is likely to be available if your temps don’t normally venture that low. (CaCl2 is used in canning, but it’s expensive by the single pound). NaCl is bad enough when it comes to tracking into the house, but the others are far worse. If you use them, leave your shoes in the foyer.

    Sand is commonly available as a traction aid. Forget the fine-grained or recreational sandbox sand. Look for coarse sharp sand. Material labeled as horticultural or garden sand (soil improvers), or granite sand may be suitable. The main thing is you don’t want it too fine or too rounded. 8-12 grit (U.S. sieve size) is ideal. Coarse sandblasting abrasive is pricier but works (one such, Black Beauty coal slag, is waste from a particular era of electric generating plant that started out as mountains of cheap waste and found so many uses it is now in much-dwindled supply at much-higher price)

    Anyone with chickens can substitute chicken grit, which is usually granite or limestone.

    Cat litter or oilsorb is a last resort. It is made from clay and breaks down quickly into a powdery mess.

    Wait to apply until the ice has been deposited, then broadcast it over the surface to improve traction.

  78. @Lynn
    Yes, consumption is high but it’s an alternative. I wouldn’t recommend it for a large generator except in a situation where the NG supply may be interrupted. With a tank of propane, you at least know what your generating capability is.

    I had a 1000-gallon propane tank put in a few years ago at a house in the country that had no NG available. Lucked out and used a concrete pad from a small building that had already been demo-ed. Corner of the pad was about ten feet past the minimum allowable distance. Two of us dug the trench and laid the line in an afternoon, leaving the trench open for inspection.

  79. @Lynn
    I would ask about the concrete pad.

    Normal concrete is usually considered “cured” at 28-days, but gets to 75% of compressive load specification at 7. Very fast cure (hour) is available for machine bases and other applications. Precast is cured quickly (overnight). Both require very controlled conditions.

    A small poured slab outside can be accelerated by using hot water and calcium chloride along with a water reducer and super plasticizer. Most site-mixing crews add more water than absolutely needed for placement and compromise the results.

    Concrete evolves heat as it cures, so covering helps, but in colder weather heat loss at the perimeter will result in sub-standard strength.

    @Greg
    In an interstate highway built with 90% federal funds, how does the state go about selling the median?

  80. @Nick
    I ain’t clicking on that link
    No way.
    Uh-uh

    @Lynn
    whoops.
    Finally circled back and loaded at the photos.
    Bet they bring the precast pad with them.

  81. @Lynn
    Circling back to last night and the comments on the pos paper I posted the link to.

    Your comments were spot on. I’d like to visit them in their offices, toss their computers, cell phones, and other electronic equipment out the window, then pull the lights out of the ceiling and toss them, too.

    I’d hand them a candle, a D-battery, a Dixon Ticonderoga and a yellow pad. “Here’s your light, heat, and energy for the next month without fossil fuels. After that you’re on your own. Get to work writing your next paper. Just make shiite up if you don’t know–can’t be any worse than your last pos paper.”

    “Oh, wait! Did you budding AlGore/JohnKerry’s think you would get special privileges? Not likely. And by the way, it might not be a good idea to be looking too well-fed next month. Going to be a lot of hungry people looking for alt-calories.”

  82. @Lynn
    I would ask about the concrete pad.

    Normal concrete is usually considered “cured” at 28-days, but gets to 75% of compressive load specification at 7. Very fast cure (hour) is available for machine bases and other applications. Precast is cured quickly (overnight). Both require very controlled conditions.

    I’ll bet that it is this stuff that sets in 20 minutes. You can buy it at Lowes or Home Depot.
    https://www.quikrete.com/productlines/fastsettingconcretemix.asp

    He specifically said that for the V-twins (Harley motor) generator, they use a precast pad. But the liquid cooled generators are so heavy that they have to cast the pad in place.

  83. @Lynn
    Yes, consumption is high but it’s an alternative. I wouldn’t recommend it for a large generator except in a situation where the NG supply may be interrupted. With a tank of propane, you at least know what your generating capability is.

    My parents bugged out of their house in Port Lavaca, TX when Hurricane Harvey came though in 2018. When they came back in five days, all of the electric distribution lines in town were down and FEMA turned off the natural gas since there were several houses that got their houses blown off the slabs and the meters broken off. I doubt that will happen this far inland (40 miles) where I am at.

    Their electric utility swarmed the town with 200+ linemen and they got all the electrical distribution lines back up in two weeks with new poles in the ground (old poles were broken !). Mom and Dad had their power back in a little over a week.

  84. poorer weather and more traffic in Geraldton, plus a longer runway and better emergency service support in the WA capital.

    Wise choice.. Emergency or no emergency, no-one would want to land at Geraldton.. 😛

  85. I am going to name my single bay garage door opener Killer. Because Killer killed another 16 watt (100 watt equiv) LED light bulb this morning. This one lasted about 3 or 4 months.

  86. The mile long walk this night was … brisk at 37 F with the stiff breeze out of the north. Lily (2 year old Schnauzer – Min Pin – Dachshund) loved it with no sweater.


  87. When fossil fuels are outlawed, I plan to power my vehicles and generators with biodiesel rendered from sanctimonious libtards. I’ll never run out of raw material.

    SteveF, may I have your permission to reuse that line? Priceless!

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  88. Oops, I posted earlier to yesterday’s comments. Just got some time to look up the reference I mentioned and repost here. Take a look at this:
    https://www.pcerror-fix.com/fix-windows-10-sleep-mode-problems
    I have NOT done any of this to my computer yet. I was hoping this week’s patches might make a difference, but haven’t tried Sleep since applying the patches. Been busy. This sleep issue is only on my desktop computer; my wife’s notebook seems to work fine.

    Just glanced through that link, and it seems pretty basic, and I dons like some of what I see, so I will do some more searching before doing anything. I would prefer a MS solution, but I haven’t looked at the KB yet. I usually find good stuff there without resorting to third parties. If this is a common problem, there is a better chance that MS has a fix, but I don’t know why they haven’t included it with their monthly updates.

    Nick, I don’t know why something is hammering your disk with a lot of activity. Mine is very quiet when idle, even with several programs running. The Task Manager shows 0% disk activity, with occasional 1-3% bursts of activity lasting only a second or two. This is on two different computers, one with Home and the other with Pro, both 64b. Also, the CPU is down to just a couple percent activity, and is throttled back to min speed. Same for network. As I have said, very quiet systems. This is similar to all of the recent Windows systems I have looked at. I haven’t done anything special to achieve this.

    I feel your pain. My Mint Linux system has a lot of activity on startup or resume from disk, sometimes lasting ten minutes, and then quiet. I found the problem: Thunderbird and disk indexing. Nothing I can do about TB; that is its normal activity rearranging its database. The system configuration says disk indexing is OFF. I have tried several things to fix this, but gave up. Just one of those little headaches.


  89. SteveF, may I have your permission to reuse that line? Priceless!

    Of course, Denis.

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