Sun. Mar. 14, 2021 – more plumbing, more stuff to do

Possible rain and mid 70s, but also possibly not.  Houston weather is kinda hard to predict.

Spent yesterday on plumbing and household stuff.  My tale is in the comments last night.   TL:DR I’ve got more to do today to get finished.  Should be about an hour of actual work, or less.  I can do plumbing, if I have the parts.   Same for carpentry, electrical, drywall, paint, roofing, cabinets, countertops, tile, flooring, and even carpet although the ‘kicker’ is the demon’s tool.  If I had to, I could probably build a house from the ground up, with the right references for details and some help.  That doesn’t mean I WANT to do any of that though.  Times like this, when plumbers are just not available and there is a problem (even one I created myself), it’s a comfort to feel reasonably confident that I can do what it takes to fix the problem.

After that, if it’s not raining, the plan is to do some gardening.  My neighbor is building some raised beds, and from his offhand remark, it’s because he’s worried about food in the future.   I hope he has better luck than me, then he can help ME!

In general, this cold snap was an eye opener for folks, I think.   We all expect problems during hurricane season, but to have them in winter is unusual.   Everyone wants a generator now.   Even my wife has actually scheduled an electrician to come and quote us for the whole house gennie hook up (this coming Friday).  The few people in Lowe’s last night included a guy buying pipe insulation.   That’s a guy who learned from the cold snap and is DOING something about it.  I think he’s not alone.

And that’s a good thing.  Everyone who is better prepared is someone who isn’t looking to take my stuff, and who has reason to resist calls for ‘redistribution’.

Encourage the newbies.  Help where you can.

Skills, friends, stuff.   Stack them all.

nick

76 Comments and discussion on "Sun. Mar. 14, 2021 – more plumbing, more stuff to do"

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Just finished watching Wandavision on Disney+. Loved it. So did the wife and daughter.

    Hopefully there will be a season two.

    I saw bits and pieces of “Wandavision while my family watched. The detail on the tribute to “The Dick Van Dyke” show was amazing.

    It is too bad the rumored “CSI” tribute didn’t happen, but Disney has a lot of regret with that franchise. I still believe letting the show slip to CBS was the key blunder of Michael Eisner’s career with The Mouse.

    Plus Paul Guilfoyle works for Paramount now, essentially doing the “CSI” character Jim Brass in his possible recurring role in the “Star Trek” franchise as …. well, spoilers, but that was one of the nice surprises in “Discovery” last season.

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Surviving Orlando.

    As much as I am a Kevin Smith fan, I had to pass on the Mooby’s pop up performance art/restaurant that is in town this week coinciding with our FL trip.

    $180 for four people to have hamburgers in a themed temporary restaurant?

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    In general, this cold snap was an eye opener for folks, I think. We all expect problems during hurricane season, but to have them in winter is unusual. Everyone wants a generator now. Even my wife has actually scheduled an electrician to come and quote us for the whole house gennie hook up (this coming Friday). The few people in Lowe’s last night included a guy buying pipe insulation. That’s a guy who learned from the cold snap and is DOING something about it. I think he’s not alone.

    At a minimum, homeowners in Texas should become familiar with the $5 water valve tool and the location of their meter/cutoff valve. In a single family home, there isn’t an excuse for a burst pipe because the power went out and the house got below freezing.

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    I did see a couple of “youths” dressed in thick puffy jackets (it was shirt sleeve weather) walk out and set off the detectors. The clerk called out and chased them for about 20’, but they didn’t turn around and gave and just gave her an almost irritatedly dismissive wave – so she gave up and came back.

    My DeWalt drill quit on me. No response at all, dead. So off to Home Depot for a replacement. $150.00 for a new drill and one battery. $200.00 for a drill, impact driver, two batteries. No brainer just for the extra battery. Impact driver (I already have one) as a spare is a bonus.

    I now see where the power tools such as Milwaukee, DeWalt and Makita are now behind locked gates. A combination lock must be opened to access the boxes. What was also noticeable is that the Ryobi tools are still exposed to the world. I guess nobody steals those. Or perhaps the gates are not installed.

    I was once shopping in Home Depot and picked up a drill bit along with other stuff. I had mistakenly placed the drill bit in my shirt pocket as I needed two hands for something. I discovered my error when I got home. Probably $2.49 for the bit. I opened the package and used the bit as I needed it for a project. A couple of days later I needed to go back to Home Depot so I took the package with me. I found a manager, showed them the package, explained what I had done, and said I needed to pay for the item. The manager thanked me for being honest, rang up the item along with the rest of my order, then gave me 10% off the entire order of $90.00.

  5. Lynn says:

    Times like this, when plumbers are just not available and there is a problem (even one I created myself), it’s a comfort to feel reasonably confident that I can do what it takes to fix the problem.

    My plumber buddy is available to me and his regular customers if you will work with him right now. His new 400 customers do not get him all the time since he knows that they will never call him again after he does the heavy lifting for them.

    He has changed his ways now. He no longer tries to resurrect the old copper piping. He just use his compression tool (battery operated) and puts a fitting on the good copper. Then he runs Uponor one inch pex to where he wants to go. Saves a lot of heartache.

    BTW, be sure to help those who help you. Our one afternoon a week housekeeper had 16 pipe leaks and the ceiling fall in her bathroom. I gave her $100 cash and found out that the wife did the same too.

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  6. drwilliams says:

    I was trying to post last night half an hour after my last post and the system was telling me I was posting too much. DST glitch?

    Catching up:

    @Lynn
    “Yup. I’ve been wondering when 21 or 22 will show up. And if they will be much more virulent than 19.

    Yes, I am paranoid. ”

    Being paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t coming for you.

    19 was either an accidental release (80%), a test (20%), or an economic weapon (>1%).

    The third possibility is so low that I hesitate to break it out from the 20% simply because I doubt that they could have anticipated that it would be so successful.

    You can bet that the vaccine production technology is already in China. If our intelligence community wasn’t so busy putting in bathrooms for sixteen genders (whoops! Only 14! The Super Straights don’t get one because h8terz!) they’d be keeping close tabs on Chinese employed by the vaccine companies.

    And have you noticed that the MSM won’t call it the Wuhan virus, but they ain’t shy about geotagging the variants?

    @RickH
    “I’m just glad I am not in charge of moving the clocks at Stonehenge.”
    The clocks at Stonehenge know what time it is and don’t care what we think.
    I was there 40+ years ago during Summer Solstice, before they were fenced. One of the greatest privileges I’ve ever had. No, didn’t touch!

    Was it here or AoSHQ last week that someone mentioned trying to cool a stock pot in the snow and having the snow melt away leaving an air gap? Can’t find it now. My method is to leave the pot on the stove on a cold burner, fill a ss bowl with snow or ice and set it inside the pot to cool it from within. Beats having to walk around on slippery surfaces with a pot full of scalding liquid.

  7. drwilliams says:

    must have missed this on the national news:

    Reporter chased out of George Floyd ‘no-go zone’ guarded by activists

    Two people rapidly approached the reporter, telling him to leave or else he would “be in a bad situation in a second.”

    “The George Floyd memorial, at the intersection of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South, has been the site of at least four homicides since last summer.”

    https://alphanewsmn.com/reporter-chased-out-of-george-floyd-no-go-zone-guarded-by-activists/

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  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    “And have you noticed that the MSM won’t call it the Wuhan virus, but they ain’t shy about geotagging the variants?”

    — that is an excellent observation. They spent weeks coming up with a name, issued press releases about how it’s discriminatory to name for places or people or things, and generally made asses of themselves [in service to their chinese masters.]

    –currently 75F with 77%RH and overcast.

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  9. MrAtoz says:

    Heat pump update:

    The warranty service tech couldn’t find a leak on Friday. His boss authorized two pounds of coolant on the house for a diagnostic test. He has to reschedule and come back. I’m supposed to lower the thermostat so the unit runs a solid hour before he arrives. They use a coolant sniffer to find leaks. He even went up in the attic to sniff up there. The unit runs and cools. I have it set at 76ºF. I prefer 73ºF, but they don’t want me to stress the system until repaired and filled.

    Hopefully that will be done on Monday.

  10. MrAtoz says:

    I saw bits and pieces of “Wandavision while my family watched. The detail on the tribute to “The Dick Van Dyke” show was amazing.

    That was awesome. I loved TDVD show. My own reading is WandaVision is done. Maybe they can do something with the other characters while Elizabeth Olsen does Dr. Strange 2. One of my favorite comics from my yute.

  11. MrAtoz says:

    The Marines rarely dick up this bad:

    The US Marines attack Tucker Carlson, critics, forced to walk back comments with apologies

    I can only wonder what doosh was in charge of the Twitter account. Maybe even a civilian. And the Space Force Senior Enlisted Man’s video should ensure he never has official access to social media again. Disgrace. Keep your yaps shut as is tradition and the right thing to do.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    Not to mention the “OK Boomer” smear. That’s ageism and is a federal crime, iirc.

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    there is sure to be some interesting science in this that needs a closer look…

    New POINTER location-tracking technology for emergency responders shows groundbreaking accuracy in field tests

    Maintaining situational awareness not only enhances real-time response efforts but also saves valuable time when a responder is injured or lost. However, this can be a significant challenge when line-of-sight is not possible. In these circumstances, assistive technology providing accurate, real-time positioning data can save lives.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently completed successful field testing of a new location tracking technology to enhance situational awareness for first responders. The technology is called POINTER, which stands for Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders.

    POINTER is a precision positioning sensor that locates first responders via low frequency magnetic fields. Unlike some existing location-tracking technologies that use electromagnetic waves, POINTER can penetrate most natural materials like dirt, earth, water and thin metals from a standoff distance of 70 meters, determining an individual’s exact position within a structure within one meter of accuracy.

    DHS S&T will continue field testing POINTER in the coming months, leading up to operational field testing with several fire response agencies throughout the country in the Spring and Summer of 2021. A commercial product is projected to be available in early 2022.

    Version one will be designed for use in single family homes, warehouses and buildings that are three stories or less. Future versions of POINTER will accurately track first responders in high-rise buildings, outdoors and subterranean environments at a greater distance.

    https://www.dhs.gov/medialibrary/assets/videos/19049

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  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    Months into vaccine distribution, they are finally getting around to considering physical security for PODs

    Resources for ensuring physical security at COVID-19 vaccine Points of Distribution

    As COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues across the country, threats to physical security could occur at any stage in the vaccine distribution process ‑ at manufacturing sites; during transportation; at clinics, pharmacies and healthcare facilities; and at Points of Distribution, or PODs.

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has just released two resources to assist vaccine facility owners and operators and POD managers to prepare for these physical security threats:

    An infographic [pdf], COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Physical Security Measures. This resource breaks down vaccine distribution into four stages and provides an at-a-glance overview of physical security threat vectors for each stage, with mitigation measures and links to more in-depth information for each threat vector.
    A COVID-19 Vaccine Points of Distribution Physical Security Action Guide. This resource outlines pre-planning protective measures and mitigation options for threats to physical security at vaccination PODs specifically.

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  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    Some online courses that might be very interesting.

    https://www.acmt.net/CRAOTSD2021.html

    Chemical and Radiological Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism
    Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs), Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) & Toxic Radiological Materials (TRMs)

    Event Details

    Virtual Course Live & On-Demand

    February 22-23, 2021

    Cost: FREE

    Click here to download the Course Flyer (PDF)
    Registration

    The Chemical and Radiological Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism consists of two, one-day courses, each with its own registration link.

    You may attend one day or both days. You may also register to watch either day on-demand, within one month after the event.

    Register here: Day 1 | Radiological Emergency Medical Management

    Register here: Day 2 | Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism
    Overview

    In recent years, there has been growing concern that many of the most likely terrorist threats will involve “agents of opportunity” or materials that are readily available in most communities around the country.

    The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IX Emergency Response and County of San Diego Hazardous Incident Response Team are pleased to offer this course on emergency medical response to exposures from radioactive materials and toxic chemicals. The Office of Emergency Management, within the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), supported the development of this unique course to familiarize health care providers and responders with toxic exposures. The course will review the medical and psychological consequences of exposures to a variety of chemical and radiological materials. It will include practical information regarding scene safety for such agents as high potency fentanyl analogs, inhaled irritants, and proper decontamination of a victim contaminated with radiological material.

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    we did get some rain after all.

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  17. Nick Flandrey says:

    I dislike DST because I’m lazy. I have a lot of clocks and watches to reset. And I like them to all match. Which means being careful when I reset them and continually checking the time.

    Other than my laziness though, DST works well for us here in the middle of central time zone.

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  18. Alan says:

    Good video from an officer involved shooting

    https://gunfreezone.net/gun-trumps-taser-also-nashville-needs-to-brace-for-social-unrest/

    He lives, she dies. Note that she had enough left in her to drive away AFTER being fatally shot. She could have continued the fight and hit the officer with the car.

    Shooting someone is not a magic death ray, you better be ready to KEEP shooting them if they continue to attack.

    A few things that weren’t clear to me after watching this video several times:
    1. Was the effectiveness of the Tazer reduced because she was obese?
    2. Did the cop that got shot draw his weapon or was he continuing to discharge his Tazer when the gunfire started?
    3. Was it only the cop on the right-hand side that was firing his pistol?
    4. How many rounds were fired by the perp, cop #1, cop #2, others?
    5. Why did the right-hand cop stop firing? Clip empty or did he think the perp was ‘down’?
    6. What caliber pistols do the cops have and with what capacity magazines.
    To me, a good video example of how fast the situation can evolve when guns are involved and the type of training those who carry should have beyond firing off a few dozen rounds at the range at a paper target with a silhouette of a bad guy.
    Hopefully we’ll heard more about this incident.

  19. lynn says:

    @RickH
    “I’m just glad I am not in charge of moving the clocks at Stonehenge.”
    The clocks at Stonehenge know what time it is and don’t care what we think.
    I was there 40+ years ago during Summer Solstice, before they were fenced. One of the greatest privileges I’ve ever had. No, didn’t touch!

    Sorry, my two brothers and I climbed all over Stonehenge in 1973. I am fairly sure that we climbed on every rock. In fact, every rock had names and initials carved on every available surface already. Some of the dates went back to the 1800s if I remember right. Maybe even the 1700s, I just don’t remember.

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  20. Alan says:

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has just released two resources to assist vaccine facility owners and operators and POD managers to prepare for these physical security threats:

    An infographic [pdf], COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Physical Security Measures. This resource breaks down vaccine distribution into four stages and provides an at-a-glance overview of physical security threat vectors for each stage, with mitigation measures and links to more in-depth information for each threat vector.
    A COVID-19 Vaccine Points of Distribution Physical Security Action Guide. This resource outlines pre-planning protective measures and mitigation options for threats to physical security at vaccination PODs specifically.

    I wonder if some TLA agency is keeping an eye on who accesses those two docs?

  21. lynn says:

    It is Pi day ! 3-14. March 14.

  22. drwilliams says:

    Local grocery used to have a great pie sale on 3-14.
    This year not a thing.
    They did have old-fashioned blueberry donuts yesterday.
    For future reference, stop at 4.

  23. lynn says:

    @Lynn
    “Yup. I’ve been wondering when 21 or 22 will show up. And if they will be much more virulent than 19.

    Yes, I am paranoid. ”

    Being paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t coming for you.

    19 was either an accidental release (80%), a test (20%), or an economic weapon (>1%).

    The third possibility is so low that I hesitate to break it out from the 20% simply because I doubt that they could have anticipated that it would be so successful.

    The fourth possibility is a conspiracy between the Democrats and the Chinese to wreck the USA economy to throw the 2020 Presidential election. I think the possibility of this is greater than zero.

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  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    1. Was the effectiveness of the Tazer reduced because she was obese?

    –possibly- the original shot might have had one dart miss. The second attempt when he presses the taser to her arm, it might have been a factor. It also might have still been discharging thru the darts. Once you pull the trigger it fires for a set length of time. you can hear it TIT, TIT, TIT, TIT, TIT…. he might not have good contact with her arm, or the arm might not be a good place to apply the taser.

    2. Did the cop that got shot draw his weapon or was he continuing to discharge his Tazer when the gunfire started?

    — you can see in the dash cam footage when he draws the gun, you’d have to step thru slowly to get the timing down. As noted above, the taser continues to fire by itself for a set period of time.

    3. Was it only the cop on the right-hand side that was firing his pistol?

    — only one cop. The arm is his right arm. the lens on the camera makes it look weird. watch the dash cam footage in the second half of the clip.

    4. How many rounds were fired by the perp, cop #1, cop #2, others?

    –from the sound, she fires first, then there is one puff from his gun and his hand recoils, maybe he fired more than once (sounds like twice more), someone fired several times anyway.

    5. Why did the right-hand cop stop firing? Clip empty or did he think the perp was ‘down’?

    –only one cop. Stopped firing when he fell back, didn’t have a shot, and had already been hit

    6. What caliber pistols do the cops have and with what capacity magazines.

    –when he sets it down it looks like a glock 17 9mm. It would be unusual for a cop to be carrying anything else these days, although some departments followed the FBI’s lead and went to glock 40cal. The FBI has gone back to 9mm. The G17 comes standard with a 17 round mag. the G22 (40cal) is 15. I don’t see an extended mag in the video.

    He doesn’t even draw his gun until he sees her gun.

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  25. Jenny says:

    @Ray
    Home Depot up here has most power tools under lock and key. Druggies walk out with carts of stuff regularly, while security watches.
    I had a cartful of stuff for the house renovation last December. Fancy Panasonic bathroom fan on bottom of cart. Used self checkout. Couple days later was entering my renovation spending into my spreadsheet. Whoops. I didn’t pay for the fan. Drove back, asked for a manager at customer service, explained, apologized, paid. He was a little shocked, and gratified, at my honesty. I’m sorry it’s become uncommon in retail.

  26. RickH says:

    I am disappointed in the nerdiness of the commenters here. It took until 15:30 for someone (@lynn) to remember that it is Pi day today.

    Next, you guys will forget about FLASHLIGHTS ….

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  27. lynn says:

    Home Depot up here has most power tools under lock and key. Druggies walk out with carts of stuff regularly, while security watches.

    I wonder why your Home Depot has security ?

    Next, Home Depot will require people to put a deposit down to enter certain stores. Or, people will have to join the Home Depot club in order to enter the store. Like Sams Club and Costco.

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  28. RickH says:

    I wonder why your Home Depot has security ?

    I suspect because they had a problem with tools wandering off. I don’t see an issue of any kind here. If a store is having problems with theft of large-ticket items, it is entirely reasonable to have security measures in place – passive or active.

    Home Depot will require people to put a deposit down to enter certain stores

    Don’t see that happening. That is approaching tin-foil-hat area, IMHO.

  29. Nick Flandrey says:

    HD used to have the “Tool Corral”, which was a gated and separate area, with it’s own cashier. You wanted to leave the cage, you paid for your cart. They removed them when someone cried racism. Everything since then has been a compromise between risking publicity and loss prevention. There is an article somewhere online about it.

    My buddy who works at HD says now they steal stuff off the ‘restocking’ carts, and bail thru the emergency exits. At least once a day.

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  30. lynn says:

    “The Best Space Battle Books” by Dan Livingston
    https://best-sci-fi-books.com/the-best-space-battle-books/

    I have read 11 of the 23:
    19. “With the Lightnings” by David Drake
    17. “The Warrior’s Apprentice” by Lois McMaster Bujold
    14. “Live Free or Die” by John Ringo
    10. “Marque and Reprisal” by Elizabeth Moon
    9. “Terms of Enlistment” by Marko Kloos
    8. “The Forever War” by Joe Haldeman
    7. “Leviathan Wakes” by James S. A. Corey
    6. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
    5. “Starship Troopers” by Robert A. Heinlein
    4. “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi
    2. “On Basilisk Station” by David Weber

  31. lynn says:

    I wonder why your Home Depot has security ?

    I suspect because they had a problem with tools wandering off. I don’t see an issue of any kind here. If a store is having problems with theft of large-ticket items, it is entirely reasonable to have security measures in place – passive or active.

    I meant, why does the Anchorage Home Depot have security people if they just watch people walk out the door with unpaid items in full carts?

  32. ech says:

    Re: Wandavision

    Hopefully there will be a season two.

    Not likely. The series is probably helping set up Dr. Strange 2.

    The second of the two post-credit scenes is key, according to friends up on Marvel.
    – Wanda is near a mountain in a cabin, believed to be Wundagore.
    – She one of a set of twins born near Wundagore mountain.
    – Wundagore is where Chthon (the Marvel version of Cthulhu) was imprisoned years ago
    – Chthon reached out and touched the twins, making one the Scarlet Witch, the other Quicksilver.
    – Chthon wrote “The Darkhold”, the book Agatha Harkness had. It was the McGuffin for an arc on Agents of Shield with the Ghost Rider. It is full of evil magic and spells.
    – Wanda’s Scarlet Witch avatar was reading the Darkhold.
    – The music under the scene was a slow-tempo version of the Dr. Strange theme.

    The Scarlet Witch has been both a villain and hero. As has Agatha Harkness.

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  33. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, I bet they’d try to stop you….

    I noticed that they don’t check receipts at the door like they did for a while.

    finished with my toilet replacement. I ended up using 3 products in the waste area. A replacement flange product, a flange extension product, and a waxless seal product. The toilet has a very small water area, and a two level flush system. It’s not the same Toto Drake we installed 10 years ago.

    To be fair, I’ve only tried it on liquids so far, but I’m dubious…. if it doesn’t work out, 90% of the work I’ve done will be in place for the next one.

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  34. Geoff Powell says:

    @rick:
    I might have commented, were it not for the fact that the canonical Pi Day date only works with the default American date format – here in UK, and indeed in most of the world that isn’t heavily American-influenced, we say that today is 14/3, not 3/14. The nearest we can get is to use the 22/7 approximation, and celebrate Pi Day on 22nd July.

    G.

  35. ech says:

    “The Best Space Battle Books” by Dan Livingston

    Quite a few of those books have, at best, minimalist space battles by spaceships. In SST, it’s a couple of asides at best.

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  36. lynn says:

    It’s not the same Toto Drake we installed 10 years ago.

    I am not happy with the Toto Eco Drake that I installed in 2019. It has trouble with solids.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H785T6/?tag=ttgnet-20

    I am very happy with the three American Standard Vormaxes that I installed in 2019. Great toilets as long as you give them time after the second flush to refill to reactivate their Vormax.
    https://www.amazon.com/American-Standard-238AA104-020-Vormax-Combo-Wht/dp/B06XC7PBGL/?tag=ttgnet-20

  37. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    “The Best Space Battle Books” by Dan Livingston
    https://best-sci-fi-books.com/the-best-space-battle-books/

    missing the progenitor:
    EE Smith, Skylark, Triplanetary, et al

    @ech

    “Quite a few of those books have, at best, minimalist space battles by spaceships.”

    Agree. There are short stories that have bigger space battle than some of the books listed.

    And WTH is a book of SW short stories on the list?

  38. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn
    “I am very happy with the three American Standard Vormaxes that I installed in 2019. Great toilets as long as you give them time after the second flush to refill to activate their Vormax.”

    Sounds like an unsafe place to sit.

    I’m not sure if I hear Liam Neeson or Dr. Seuss.

    Speaking of the latter, I wonder if the estate of Theodor Geisel agrees with the publishing decision? I’d like to see them disagree and bring suit against the publisher for breach of contract, take those books back, and republish them.

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  39. mediumwave says:

    … I wonder if the estate of Theodor Geisel agrees with the publishing decision? I’d like to see them disagree and bring suit against the publisher for breach of contract, take those books back, and republish them.

    +1000

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  40. Alan says:

    I wonder why your Home Depot has security ?

    Couple years ago I was visiting my younger son in NY and was helping him out with a couple DIY projects for which we needed supplies so we drove over to Home Depot. Got what we needed, paid and were headed out when I noticed the security guard making a half-arsed effort to check receipts. When he asked me for mine I told him I picked the ’email me my receipt’ option at the register. He mumbled “Oh, okay, then go ahead and have a nice day.” Was half expecting (okay, less than half) him to ask me for my email address. At which point I would had him get the store manager as there were no signs posted when we enter stating their store policy is a transaction is not completed until you’ve left the store. To me, when I’ve paid for my items, they’re mine to do with as I see fit, including exiting the store without flashing my receipt.

    Next, Home Depot will require people to put a deposit down to enter certain stores.

    Not sure about your area but in general I find Lowes to be preferable to Home Depot. The former tend to be cleaner, better lit, better stocked, aisles/shelves kept neater and staff friendlier. The trade-offs come down to: location (currently Lowes is 5 minutes away and HD is 10), discount (5% off everything with my Lowes credit card, some HDs used to match it if you asked but that seems to have stopped), and returns (one year to return anything purchased on my HD card for full refund without having to present my receipt, Lowes is 90 days full refund with receipt). Location usually wins.

  41. lynn says:

    “Tesla Killer? Spy Photos Of First Ford F-150 All-Electric Pickup Emerge”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/tesla-killer-spy-photos-first-ford-f-150-all-electric-pickup-emerge

    “Introduced in 1948, the Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling vehicle for the last 43 years. After seven decades of production, Ford is set to introduce an all-new model for the Ford truck lineup, called F-150 Electric. Details have been limited so far, but new spy pictures from Autoblog show the truck is the “real deal.””

    Tesla knows this is coming and is pricing the Cybertruck accordingly.

    One of my cousins drove his Tesla Model 3 from Dallas to Port Lavaca to spend this weekend with my parents. He has the 310 mile battery and had to stop at a super charger for a couple of hours at 300 miles of the 375 mile trip.

  42. Alan says:

    I am not happy with the Toto Eco Drake that I installed in 2019. It has trouble with solids.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H785T6/?tag=ttgnet-20

    I am very happy with the three American Standard Vormaxes that I installed in 2019. Great toilets as long as you give them time after the second flush to refill to reactivate their Vormax.
    https://www.amazon.com/American-Standard-238AA104-020-Vormax-Combo-Wht/dp/B06XC7PBGL/?tag=ttgnet-20

    A friend knows a guy who knows a guy who says if you come after dark, bring cash and knock once then three times he’s got NOS 5 gpf toilets for sale. Free 75 watt incandescent bulb if you buy two 😉

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  43. lynn says:

    “The Best Space Battle Books” by Dan Livingston
    https://best-sci-fi-books.com/the-best-space-battle-books/

    Quite a few of those books have, at best, minimalist space battles by spaceships. In SST, it’s a couple of asides at best.

    Heresy ! Heinlein’s SST was awesome in all regards !

    BTW, “Mutineer’s Moon” and “The Armageddon Inheritance” by David Weber are the finest space battle sequences in all SF for me.
    https://www.amazon.com/Mutineers-Moon-Dahak-David-Weber/dp/0671720856/?tag=ttgnet-20

  44. lynn says:

    A friend knows a guy who knows a guy who says if you come after dark, bring cash and knock once then three times he’s got NOS 5 gpf toilets for sale. Free 75 watt incandescent bulb if you buy two

    No freaking way, my home septic tank first stage is only 1,500 gallons. We already have the overflow alarm going off when we wash several clothes loads in the same day and run the dishwasher.

    Second stage is 1,500 gallons and the final stage is 1,750 gallons. These low flow toilets are good for this situation.

    All three stages of the office Norweco septic tank are 2,500 gallons each. Much better septic system. Only $10,000 to $12,000 and a week to swap it out.

  45. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn
    SST is mostly awesome, but makes no attempt to be so in space war. Ground war it kicks bug thorax.

    I hope the Jack Campbell is on your list. Multiple space battles in each book of the first series between human fleets, same with the second series with alien fleets adding some real twists.

    “All three stages of the office Norweco septic tank are 2,500 gallons each. Much better septic system. Only $10,000 to $12,000 and a week to swap it out.”

    Probably cheaper to put in a gray water system to recycle the wash water to flush toilets.

  46. lynn says:

    Unless those were repurposed buildings? Are euro datacenters are built to different standards?

    MCI data center in Frankfurt DE was in an old Nazi ammunition storage facility. Hevy concrete walls floors and ceiling and nothing flammable.

    Heh. The Veba refinery in Gelsenkirchen, Germany is literally built on top of the old Nazi coal to gasoline refinery (one million gallons per day) that is buried 200 ft below ground. The technical head of Veba and I went down two ? flights of very narrow stairs in 1995 ? before I realized that those stairs had been built in 1942 by bolting them to the wall of the huge pit. I suddenly got worried that two heavy guys might pull the stairs off the wall.

  47. lynn says:

    I hope the Jack Campbell is on your list. Multiple space battles in each book of the first series between human fleets, same with the second series with alien fleets adding some real twists.

    I just put the first book in my cart at Big River.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0441014186/?tag=ttgnet-20

  48. Nick Flandrey says:

    –the geisel estate initiated the decision not to publish I guess the heirs are ok with dirty money, but not dirty laundry.

    –there is a brisk trade in old full flow toilets in many places.

    –I thought I was the only one left who remembered the 22/7s thing

    –EC&M magazine reviewed work trucks in a recent issue and had a dozen electric trucks, their website is a jumble of uselessness though so I can’t link or even quote a search term. I just emptied my trash can so I can’t even pull the paper article and look for the exact title. I was saving the paper issue to quote here when the time was right, then threw it away because I thought “I’ll just find it online”. Silly me, they don’t want you to read their content.

    n

  49. lynn says:

    “All three stages of the office Norweco septic tank are 2,500 gallons each. Much better septic system. Only $10,000 to $12,000 and a week to swap it out.”

    Probably cheaper to put in a gray water system to recycle the wash water to flush toilets.

    Not allowed by the septic department of Fort Bend County without a special permit. And they don’t give those special permits out without a million dollar engineering study. There are over 100,000 septic tanks in Fort Bend County and they are rather nervous about them.

    And btw, all the grey-black water goes to the sprinklers at the back of the lot after passing through some chlorine tablets.

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  50. Marcelo says:

    And btw, all the grey-black water goes to the sprinklers at the back of the lot after passing through some chlorine tablets.

    No need for fertilizers then. 🙂

  51. @!@^ says:

    Heard this second hand and without a referable source but it sounded outlandish enough to possibly be true…so the story goes that these allegations against Cuomo are part of a concocted smear campaign to force him from office and replace him with a Republican governor who would be able to pardon Trump for any convictions that might arise at the state level.

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  52. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn
    “And btw, all the grey-black water goes to the sprinklers at the back of the lot after passing through some chlorine tablets.”

    I’d call that a “wash” then.

    You could hold off on the Campbell purchase if you wouldn’t mind a used copy. I have dupes on the shelf somewhere and much better to pass them on then get a dime at HPB.

  53. drwilliams says:

    @NIck

    Some online courses that might be very interesting.

    https://www.acmt.net/CRAOTSD2021.html

    Chemical and Radiological Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism
    Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs), Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) & Toxic Radiological Materials (TRMs)

    I looked at the website and it’s not obvious how the on-demand access works. The target audience and the course outline indicate that this may be of some interest, although I’d really like to see a course from a safety and security perspective on how to audit chemical inventories, identify possible targets, and upgrade storage as needed.

  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    This is why the security at Home Depot just watches as they walk out….

    Omaha police officer shot in the face by ‘shoplifter, 21, who was stuffing a pack of T-shirts into his backpack’ at a JC Penney – as 4-year veteran of force now listed in stable condition

    Kenya Lamont Jenkins Jr., 21, was arrested after a high-speed chase and charged with attempted murder and the use of a weapon to commit a felony
    Jenkins allegedly shot Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck four times when he was caught stuffing a package of T-shirts into his backpack at the Westroads Mall in Omaha
    Wittstruck had been dispatched to JC Penney at 3.27pm on Friday after Jenkins was detained by store security
    The suspect shot the officer when he arrived to the security office and tried to arrest him; Jenkins then led officers on a high-speed chase

    and because nothing will happen to them if they do get turned over to police.

    n

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    @

    @!@^ says:
    14 March 2021 at 21:02

    Heard this second hand and without a referable source but it sounded outlandish enough to possibly be true…so the story goes that these allegations against Cuomo are part of a concocted smear campaign to force him from office and replace him with a Republican governor who would be able to pardon Trump for any convictions that might arise at the state level.

    More likely to be part of a scheme to avoid responsibility for murdering 15 thousand helpless elderly in nursing homes.
    Although the story itself is more likely to be part of a scheme to impugn the testimony of the women. Watch for the FBI to find video of a couple of them conversing civilly with a Republican.

  56. lynn says:

    @Lynn
    “I am very happy with the three American Standard Vormaxes that I installed in 2019. Great toilets as long as you give them time after the second flush to refill to activate their Vormax.”

    Sounds like an unsafe place to sit.

    It is like being on top of Niagara Falls. Once you try it, you’ll never go back.

  57. Nick Flandrey says:

    “it’s not obvious how the on-demand access works.”

    –idk about this one in particular but the other similar webinars I’ve signed up for and then missed, I got a link AFTER the live event to the recorded version. There might not be a link yet because the content doesn’t exist yet.

    The schedule for the second day looks really interesting.
    n

  58. drwilliams says:

    “It is like being on top of Niagara Falls. Once you try it, you’ll never go back. ”

    Year 2050, in a log cabin in winter, a small child is looking at a photo in the family album as his mother provides illumination with one of the last of the family stash of Ktel ShakeLite flashlights:

    “Momma, what ever happened to Unca Doc?”
    “We’re not sure, son. Last we heard was a selfie from the top of Niagra Falls.”
    “What’s a selfie?”

    Who says no good could come of the apocalypse?

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  59. drwilliams says:

    @Nick
    Found it. The seminar date is past, but if you click on the registration link you can register for the on-demand.

    ADDED: and when you do, it takes you to a Zoom window with a 7hr 37min video recording.

    I’ll work on it in small bites over the next week and report back.

  60. Nick Flandrey says:

    “The seminar date is past”

    –weird, it just hit my inbox. I always register, miss the live event, and then I can skip thru the boring parts at will. My questions, if any, would never get answered anyway.

    n

  61. Nick Flandrey says:

    “I’ll work on it in small bites over the next week and report back.”

    –yes please. I’m wondering if it will turn out to be like the Office of Bombing Prevention stuff- it always looks interesting, but there isn’t ever any there there.

    n

  62. drwilliams says:

    If there is it’s going to be evident in the first couple hours.

  63. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    Nick Flandrey says:
    14 March 2021 at 20:45

    –the geisel estate initiated the decision not to publish I guess the heirs are ok with dirty money, but not dirty laundry.

    –there is a brisk trade in old full flow toilets in many places.

    –I thought I was the only one left who remembered the 22/7s thing

    –EC&M magazine reviewed work trucks in a recent issue and had a dozen electric trucks, their website is a jumble of uselessness though so I can’t link or even quote a search term. I just emptied my trash can so I can’t even pull the paper article and look for the exact title. I was saving the paper issue to quote here when the time was right, then threw it away because I thought “I’ll just find it online”. Silly me, they don’t want you to read their content.

    Thanks for the Geisel info. Kinda spoils the entire catalog.

    I used to keep all my mags in a bookcase with magazine holders. I would mark the TOC with the keepers when I read the mag the first time, adding postit flags for really good/timely stuff. For most I’d let them go about three months past a years worth, then cut and file three issues at a time, which was more efficient. I had one file cabinet drawer that had hanging files for each magazine, and manilla files for each column/feature. Articles on particular technologies got copied and filed in technology folders.

    Digital copies make things easier to store but harder to find in many cases. I always thought the Readers Guide to Periodical Literature could provide customized versions by subscription: Give them a list of mags and a field/fields of interest, and they give you a monthly update.

  64. Nick Flandrey says:

    “I used to keep all my mags in a bookcase with magazine holders.”

    –this round of office cleaning had me move two shelves of mags in holders to bankers boxes and offsite storage. The ones I moved are Journal of Light Construction and a box of other woodworking mags, as well as years of Servo and Nuts and Volts. I still have about 8 ft of Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, QST, and the monthly for my non-prepping hobby. I stopped saving the trade mags more than a month or two. If there is an ad or article I want to follow up, I usually tear it out. I periodically go thru that pile to see if I’m still interested. If yes, I go online to their site, bookmark it, and throw out the paper.

    I moved some objects I collect to those shelves and now I have a displayed collection to look at instead of the magazine holders.

    My desk and office are still a jumbled cluttered piled up mess, but it is slowly improving.
    n

    (I’ve got a lot of money in Fine Homebuilding and Fine woodworking mags. The best part is that you can grab a 10 year old issue and read it fresh. Fine Woodwork holds up particularly well.)

    Yes, I love magazines. I love the form and the portability, and I love the serendipity of browsing thru them. I used to purposely not bring any reading with me to Drs offices or other waiting areas, just for the joy and wonder of reading thru whatever mags they happened to have. Always found something to read that was interesting. I quite liked and miss sometimes reading Better Homes and Gardens. Odd choice for a teen boy.

    n

  65. Marcelo says:

    Neat:
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/scientists-solve-another-piece-of-the-puzzling-antikythera-mechanism/
    This raises so many questions. Why is this unique and so old, for instance.

  66. Ken Mitchell says:

    Lowes vs Home Depot: I’m retired Navy. Lowes gives me a 10% discount on everything I buy; in store, on-line, whatever. Home Depot will give me 10% off stuff IN STORE ONLY; if I order something online for store pickup or curbside delivery, there’s no discount.

    So I usually shop Lowes, unless there are things that HD has that Lowes does not; for example, the Mr Heater things.

  67. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Neat:
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/scientists-solve-another-piece-of-the-puzzling-antikythera-mechanism/
    This raises so many questions. Why is this unique and so old, for instance. ”

    –they are kinda behind the curve though in some respects. Chris at Clickspring has been building one with period techniques materials and heavy duty research for a while now (4 YEARS!). He went radio silent because of some big news coming, which might actually be this announcement. If so, they left him and his contributions out of the article.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCworsKCR-Sx6R6-BnIjS2MA

    I felt a bit hurt for him when I read the article.

    n

    added– all of his work is STUNNING

  68. Nick Flandrey says:

    I like lowes because it’s cleaner and better organized, and more focused on DIY. HD has more ‘commercial’ stuff, but you have to find it. Using the website to find the thing you need, check availability, and then get the aisle and bin number is great if you know what you want at either store.

    I have three HDs and two lowes about equidistant, so it’s usually down to which direction I’m headed anyway, or how can I combine a trip.

    n

  69. Marcelo says:

    “Neat:
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/scientists-solve-another-piece-of-the-puzzling-antikythera-mechanism/
    This raises so many questions. Why is this unique and so old, for instance. ”

    –they are kinda behind the curve though in some respects. Chris at Clickspring has been building one with period techniques materials and heavy duty research for a while now (4 YEARS!). He went radio silent because of some big news coming, which might actually be this announcement. If so, they left him and his contributions out of the article.

    Well, Jennifer is more social than anything else… She was obviously not aware and did not do any research judging by the promoted comment:

    There is a really talented hobby clockmaker who made a series of videos showing him recreating the Antikythera mechanism, mainly using hand tools and technologies that would have been available at the time. He also goes off into fascinating tangents as he researches and makes the tools and tries to recreate the techniques as well. If watching a watchmaker work and discuss techniques for a few hours is your idea of fun, I highly recommend looking at:

    http://www.clickspringprojects.com/the- … anism.html

    That does not detract from the article being informational and creating awareness in a “tech” forum. 🙂

  70. lynn says:

    You could hold off on the Campbell purchase if you wouldn’t mind a used copy. I have dupes on the shelf somewhere and much better to pass them on then get a dime at HPB.

    Thanks, I am good. I like to give the author his due if I am going to read his book. After all, I am an author and like to get my due also.

    Ah, HPB = Half Price Books. I tried to get the wife to go there with me Saturday but she turned me down.

  71. Nick Flandrey says:

    That does not detract from the article being informational and creating awareness in a “tech” forum. ”

    — you are correct. Chris had previously talked about working with researchers on something new, and pausing his work to get the research all dialed in and published. When I saw the article, my first thought was “Yea Chris!” And then there was no mention. I guess I’ll see if he posts about it soon.

    n

  72. lynn says:

    The wife is watching “Flight of the Navigator” on Disney+. I had forgotten how good it was (in a nerdy way). And a very young Sarah Jessica Parker and a serious Howard Hesseman as the chief of NASA.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_of_the_Navigator

  73. @!@^ says:

    Omaha police officer shot in the face by ‘shoplifter, 21, who was stuffing a pack of T-shirts into his backpack’ at a JC Penney

    Wait, what? JC Penney is still in business?

  74. Alan says:

    Using the website to find the thing you need, check availability, and then get the aisle and bin number is great if you know what you want at either store.

    A few months back the Lowes I shop at was doing some sort of department by department shelving update and during that time stock was moved hither and yon, with associated aisle/bin number changes, sometimes to bins that didn’t exist. Mainly shopped HD until the project was over.
    Also regarding aisle/bin numbers is getting to know the alpha designation that they seem not to explain. These include LW – Left Wall, BW – Back Wall, EC – End Cap, etc.
    Worst is site saying that, for example, 10 in stock, location Aisle 5/Bay 10 and when you get to the store there are none on the shelf and all 10 in stock are in inventory 15 feet up on a stock shelf and now you need to find help to get a ladder or scissor lift.

  75. Geoff Powell says:

    @nick:

    Chris had previously talked about working with researchers on something new

    He already has. His latest video talks about that, and links to the published paper. In a horological journal, so maybe the conventional researchers missed it.

    In summary, one of the purported calendar rings appears to mechanise a lunar calendar of, IIRC, 355 days, not a 365 day solar calendar. The statistical evidence appears to be good, and that’s all we’re going to get, because that part of the Mechanism only exists in fragmentary form.

    And I agree, his clockwork is beautifully done, and fascinating to watch.

    G.

  76. Geoff Powell says:

    Grrr,

    My keyboard has taken it into its mind that it will not accept q, 3 and a few other characters without I take extra care. Not to mention typos.

    G.

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