Thur. Mar. 25, 2021 – do not press the shiny red candy colored button

Cool and damp.   Maybe rain, maybe just mist.

Yesterday was cool and damp all day.  Overcast never really broke, and we had misty rain in places and at times.   Usually when it was least convenient for me.  Because it’s all about me.

Did my errands.   Dropped off stuff for sale.  Picked up some needful things.   I’ll be taking more stuff to the new auction today or tomorrow.  And I’ve got a load for the ‘industrial’ auction as well.   The other auction hasn’t worked through all the stuff I brought them already.

The pile is getting smaller, but very slowly.

Today will be spent.  One way or another, on what I hope or not, but it will be spent.  I’m hoping to get my stuff together for the auction.  I’d like to take some GS cookies to my gun store buddy.  He has been a staunch and generous supporter of the troop but this year he couldn’t afford it.  So I’m bringing him one of each as a gift.   Meatspace.  Tribe.  Network.  Friends.  Call it what you want, you need  to get you some of that.  Strengthen what you already have, look for ways to expand.  Can you help someone out?  Can you do someone a favor?  Can you buy something from them or sell them something they need?  Look for opportunities.

I’ve been adding to my stacks this week.   It feels like it’s already Friday because I’ve gotten some stuff done, despite the lost day and the aching knee.   I need to keep this pace for a couple of weeks … and maybe I’ll get caught up to where I should have been in February.

There is always more to do, more to learn, more to organize, more to fix, more to buy.  Don’t let it overwhelm or paralyze you, do something, even just the first of many small things.   Get the ball rolling.

With that in mind, I haven’t heard anything back from the electrician about the generator hookup.   I haven’t found a replacement truck yet.   And there are still lots of things to go through for my taxes.

Baby steps are still steps.

Keep stacking.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

129 thoughts on “Thur. Mar. 25, 2021 – do not press the shiny red candy colored button”


  1. Potential Severe Weather Outbreak – Lower MS/TN Valleys

    Current Situation
    Possible tornado outbreak is forecast into early this evening across parts of the
    Southeast into the Tennessee Valley. Several long-track strong (EF2+) tornadoes,
    destructive winds (75 mph+) and very large hail (2”+) are forecast from the Lower
    Mississippi Valley across parts of the Southeast and into the Tennessee and Ohio
    valleys. Storms are likely to begin midday from southeast AR into northeast LA and into
    southwest MS.

    –Look out fellas!

    n

  2. The good thing about tornadoes and other high-wind events is that the wind turbines can generate a month’s worth of electricity in a few hours because the turbines work in all weather conditions with perfect efficiency at extracting kinetic energy from air. /sarc

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  3. Look out fellas!

    Indeed. My area is supposed to get slammed with several inches of rain and high winds. Tornadoes are not out of the question. Flooding in many areas. It has happened multiple times while I have lived here where the four lane highway in and out of the area floods with the only way out a long detour of about 40 miles.

    I see where the press is labeling anything with “AR” in front as a military assault weapon. Even if the device looks like an “AR” style weapon it is a military assault weapon. Comes from clueless reporters and a press with an agenda. I miss the days of Walter Kronkite where the news was reported, not opinionated.


  4. Loved Lord of the Rings, but that is NOT science fiction. Nor Wizard of Earthsea nor The First Chronicles…

    I think the harkens back (lol… couldn’t resist using that phrase) to the days when Sci-Fi/Fantasy was a single section at the bookstore. Though, there’s also some crossover stuff that has elements of both (e.g. Star Wars).

    LOTR is at the top of the list because most people think Tolkien invented fantasy.

    He invented modern fantasy in that most fantasy that came afterwards copies a LOT of concepts he came up with or popularized. I think it’s because D&D was heavily influenced by Tolkien and D&D in turn has been heavily influencing fantasy authors for the last 40 years. Now the shear volume of Tolkienesque fantasy fiction has probably cemented his idea of fantasy forever. Sometimes I think the only thing that differs in most fantasy worlds is their pantheon of deities and system of magic. Outside of that the rest of how the world is laid out is rather predictable.

    Neuromancer was and is a good book. But it’s not the origin of cyberpunk, or even close. Read Laumer’s first Bolo story and see if cyberpunk doesn’t come to mind.

    Cyberpunk is what? Basically any dystopian world of the future? So, I would imagine a LOT of works of fiction fall into that category. A lot of modern cyberpunk is also anti-capitalist or environmentalist as the dystopian future seems to always be greedy 1%’ers run amuck or Earth is poisoned by man.

  5. @my linux gurus…

    continuing my quest to figure out why my mint box runs out of disk space, while not showing any big files or full directories…

    While the NVR program is running, in a terminal window, it’s constantly logging to that window. Where is that log actually? I can scroll back up thru the window so I believe it exists somewhere, but I haven’t found a log file in the dir the terminal is running in, or in /tmp. I used ls -aslh to do the listing.

    Could it be that the terminal window is using up all my disc over time?

    n


  6. Potential Severe Weather Outbreak – Lower MS/TN Valleys

    Current Situation
    Possible tornado outbreak is forecast into early this evening across parts of the
    Southeast into the Tennessee Valley. Several long-track strong (EF2+) tornadoes,
    destructive winds (75 mph+) and very large hail (2”+) are forecast from the Lower
    Mississippi Valley across parts of the Southeast and into the Tennessee and Ohio
    valleys. Storms are likely to begin midday from southeast AR into northeast LA and into
    southwest MS.

    –Look out fellas!

    Schools are closed today in N. Alabama.

  7. Cyberpunk had to involve criminals, outcasts, or anti-social activity. Additionally, it had to take place in a virtual realm, or revolve around that realm – ie cyberspace as it came to be called.

    You can have dystopian SF that isn’t cyberpunk if neither element is present. MOST dystopian SF isn’t cyberpunk. Blade Runner, for ex, doesn’t have either element.

    n

  8. Could it be that the terminal window is using up all my disc over time?

    No, but the log is probably going to /var/log/something and eating up space in sda1.

    I meant to be more helpful this week but work is really busy right now with a lot of evening work.

    Did I ask this before? Which disk is filling up? sda1 or sdb1?

  9. While the NVR program is running, in a terminal window, it’s constantly logging to that window. Where is that log actually? I can scroll back up thru the window so I believe it exists somewhere, but I haven’t found a log file in the dir the terminal is running in, or in /tmp. I used ls -aslh to do the listing.

    You manually start the NVR program in a terminal window whenever you reboot the system?

  10. Re sci-fi list… No Jules Verne?

    Too much Fantasy on that list.

  11. Nick, try this command on your NVR box:
    sudo systemctl disable cups.service cups.socket cups.path

    That should completely disable cups and its waster CPU cycles and log barfing.

  12. “Which disk is filling up? sda1 or sdb1?”

    –sda1 it starts with ~440GB free, and fills up over the course of several days, sometimes more days, sometimes fewer.

    “You manually start the NVR program in a terminal window whenever you reboot the system?”

    –yes. First after reboot, have to delete the errorlog for cups in /var/log/cups or it will fill the disk. Then have to ‘touch’ (not using the command, using the mouse) the exf4 drive the video files get stored on to get it mounted. Then open the directory all the program and dlls live in, open a terminal, run the dll by entering $ dotnet Agent.dll (well, I just uparrow once then hit enter, since it remembers the entries)

    That runs the agent nvr server which logs various stuff to the window. I’ll sanitize and post the beginning from the other machine in a minute.

    Eventually, the machine runs out of space on the main drive and the firefox window used to display the video and control the server (running on localhost:8090) crashes. File manager show 0 available bytes. Any attempts to continue working on the machine throw errors about not being able to write to the recent apps list, because there is no available disk space, but many things do run after that anyway, and in fact the agent server continues to run fine, saving video to the other disk. I can access the server from other machines on the network and it’s running just fine. Also running fine in the terminal window.

    Last night I tried to run mint update, since I have a 127 updates waiting, but that mostly fails when it can’t find the ubuntu directories online… when your os can decide it needs updates, but it unable to actually go get them, there is something wrong with your OS.

    –don’t spend work or family time on me guys, I can work around the issue by rebooting when needed.

    n

  13. Well, maybe I won’t post the output. I get a 500 server error with each attempt to post the comment.

  14. –yes. First after reboot, have to delete the errorlog for cups in /var/log/cups or it will fill the disk. Then have to ‘touch’ (not using the command, using the mouse) the exf4 drive the video files get stored on to get it mounted. Then open the directory all the program and dlls live in, open a terminal, run the dll by entering $ dotnet Agent.dll (well, I just uparrow once then hit enter, since it remembers the entries)

    Yuck.

    How is the software installed? Do you download a *.tar.gz file or *.deb file?

  15. Maybe it doesn’t like all the dotted quads and http lines in the text?

    n

  16. @mark, ran that in / and it executed, removed two things… I’ll let you know what happens when I reboot, later.

    thanks,

    n

  17. @alan, what that article doesn’t mention is whether US producers use any pulp from Suzano. I would think our domestic logging industry would provide enough that we didn’t have to import it.

    n

  18. sda1, ok, it’s most likely log files. Killing cups will help with that. There’s a way to stop it keeping so many logs. I’ll get you that in the next day or two. Prob tomorrow, today is busy.

    I’m also getting the first Moderna shot today. I hope it doesn’t make me sick. Someone told me recently they threw up for a few hours after getting it.

  19. #Mark W, I have had both Moderna shots. I had a slight reaction from the first, sore arm, mild headache, and some fatigue for a day or two. Second shot, nothing. My wife had more reaction at the injection site, and a headache that lasted for a couple of weeks. Her second shot produced less reaction, although she still has a moderate headache. She consulted a PA, and was told that is most likely the shot and nothing more serious, but be on the lookout for any symptoms that might be something else. Seems like good advice.

    Hope you do well. From what I have read, the Moderna vaccine is stronger and produces more reactions than the Pfizer, but is probably not any more effective. It was what was available to us.

  20. Ray, I see Sigma announced their new fp L, 61 megapixel full frame Bayer CMOS sensor body. I used to follow their unique sensor, and wonder whether it really was as good as some reviews. Have long ago forgotten about it. Never knew anyone who owned one of their cameras. I do applaud them for sticking to what they claim is a superior idea.

    I have read good reviews on some of Sigma’s lenses. I own their 10-20mm f/4-5.6 for my Pentax K20D. It seems quite good. Don’t need it much, and probably would consider stitching multiple photos now that software makes it fairly convenient. It wasn’t when I bought that lens.


  21. I’m also getting the first Moderna shot today. I hope it doesn’t make me sick. Someone told me recently they threw up for a few hours after getting it.

    I’ve heard so much variation on this. The first shot is fine but the second wipes you out… It only makes you sick if you already had COVID-19… It only makes you sick if you have never had COVID-19… Safe to say experiences vary widely. I’m one that is lucky enough that the side-effects of most things never seem to effect me, or, if they do, it’s very mild. My first Pfizer injection didn’t bother me at all. Not even a tiny bit. However, my coworker said he felt like he had the flu after his, but I strongly suspect he was just looking for an excuse for a couple of paid sick days. (He’s one of those that if something gives you a 1 in 10 chance of missing work he will be that 1 in 10 100% of the time. If he has an appointment, then the doctor is running behind. If he has to go pick up his car, the mechanic wasn’t quite done with it. If the VPN is negatively affecting some users he’s one of the users. Either that or he has to run across town for a half day to help one of his ADULT stepchildren with some “emergency.” I just roll my eyes. He wonders why he got furloughed last summer while I was kept on.)


  22. I see Sigma announced their new fp L, 61 megapixel full frame Bayer CMOS sensor body

    I saw that. A strange camera. Very little support by other companies for accessories. Sigma has good lenses. They should stick with what they know. It also seems the camera is mostly designed for video.


  23. I’m also getting the first Moderna shot today. I hope it doesn’t make me sick. Someone told me recently they threw up for a few hours after getting it.

    @Mark: No reaction whatsoever from either Moderna shots.

  24. @alan, what that article doesn’t mention is whether US producers use any pulp from Suzano. I would think our domestic logging industry would provide enough that we didn’t have to import it.

    In theory domestic production should be sufficient. The US does not use recycled wood fiber like other countries. The question mark is whether the 2020 panic damaged the “just in time” supply chain based on paper products essentially being a managed “crop” with a lot of processing stages and well-known demand numbers.

    I gotta wonder what has got into Faux News since the election, both at the national level and the company-owned affiliates like here in Austin. Stoking another TP “shortage” seems irresponsible to me.

    In retrospect, the TP “shortage” seems about as real as the gas “shortage” that ClearChannel created in Central Texas in 2017 after the storms went through Houston. Unfortunately, unlike with petroleum products, there isn’t a governing body that monitors the numbers and reports the reality.

    Of course, that doesn’t stop various media outlets from trying to make another gas “shortage” panic in this area.


  25. electrons coming out the wall were made just a moment ago and traveled to you at the speed of light.

    The EMF – the energy field travels at 50 to 99% of the speed of light, depending on the medium.
    The individual electrons move at really high speeds, but “drift” in the direction of the field very slowly (a few cm per hour). The “drift” is slow because the electrons keep running into atoms and bouncing around, so they don’t make a lot of forward progress.

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  26. The list of influential SFF books is, as most have noted, missing a lot of early SFF. Smith’s “The Skylark of Space” was the first major sf work to go outside the solar system and meet aliens. (There was an earlier story where a trip was made to another star and back, without doing anything.)

    I don’t see how many of the books on the list were particularly “influential” – Farmer’s “To Your Scattered Bodies Go”, Brooks’ “The Sword of Shannarra”, e.g.

    I think it’s because D&D was heavily influenced by Tolkien and D&D in turn has been heavily influencing fantasy authors for the last 40 years.

    D&D was sorta influenced by Tolkien. It was much, much more heavily influenced by Jack Vance (where the magic system came from), Conan, and other pulp fantasy.

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  27. Got my 2nd Pfizer cootie shot yesterday. No issues with either shot, just a bit of muscle soreness at the injection site. No other symptoms.

    Wife had 1st Pfizer cootie shot two weeks ago; no side effects either.

  28. my wife signed me up for the J&J&j shot on Saturday. I am not comfortable with the idea yet, but at least it is proven technology.

    n

  29. Hey Rick, I’m going to mail you the text that I absolutely can’t post in a comment. Take a look and see what you see, if anything.

    n

  30. Re sci-fi list… No Jules Verne?

    Too much Fantasy on that list.

    The list is “In 2003 the club released a list of “The Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years, 1953-2002″, and reissued them in series dust jackets. The list is no longer on the SFBC site, but has been reproduced on numerous other sites. ”
    http://www.sfadb.com/SFBC

    No David Weber (Mutineer’s Moon), No John Ringo, No Lois McMaster Bujold (Shards of Honor, 1986). And yes, no Andre Norton ??? No Pournelle ?

    Yes, too much fantasy and no Jules Verne !

  31. D&D was sorta influenced by Tolkien. It was much, much more heavily influenced by Jack Vance (where the magic system came from), Conan, and other pulp fantasy.

    The 80s D&D craze seemed to hit at the same time as the first network TV broadcasts of Rankin-Bass “The Hobbit” and “Return of the King”. Both have “orcs”.

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  32. Stoking another TP “shortage” seems irresponsible to me.

    So the supposed shortage of TP is due to a global shortage of shipping containers. If that is real, along with the mess in the Suez Canal, can we expect some real shortages of some imported goods?

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  33. Thanks everyone for the Moderna recaps. I’ll post tomorrow on how it goes.

    I liked To Your Scattered Bodies Go – I’ve read the entire series a couple of times. Very enjoyable. Perhaps not influential but still a top quality book.

  34. Sleepy Joe holding his first formal press conference…a good day for “president elect” Harris.
    (added)
    “Yes, I plan to run for reelection in 2024.”

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  35. I’m watching it delayed.

    He just called the leaders of the south of the border countries corrupt, said the US went around them to directly fund improvements in cities. Said we did nothing after hurricanes hit those countries.

    Is walking back all his previous encouragement to the illegals to come here.

    Is starting to lose his control and focus.

    n

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  36. “If” we leave afganistan…

    and he just put doubt quotes around the word “leader” when naming the guy we’re negotiating with…

    n

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  37. Doesn’t know if he’ll run for reelection in 4 and a half years.

    n

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  38. It also seems the [Sigma] camera is mostly designed for video.

    Yeah. So are a lot of other cameras. I like stills, period. I used to do a lot of B&W work, even though color was dominant. I also like color. My point is, if a camera is significantly compromised to be able to do video, I won’t buy it. I still see a lot of video cameras being used by pros. There must be a reason. OTOH, whole movies are being shot with what we would call still cameras. It does indicate how versatile those cameras are. I have heard that some day all cameras will shoot video, and stills will be extracted from the video. Fine, bring it on. Eventually, the frame rate might be thousands per second. No need for high speed cameras. Maybe. I know enough to never say never.

  39. He keeps going on about uniting the country, and then says he doesn’t need the Republican votes to pass his plans.

    Oh, there is male reporter in the room….I was beginning to wonder.
    n

  40. Hah, the guy who signed all those EOs just knocked the Russians for being autocratic, having one person make decrees.

    n

    The hypocrisy and lack of self awareness is stunning. “we’re going to rebuild infrastructure so we can create good paying jobs” says the guy who KILLED the keystone pipeline (an infrastructure project) and wiped out thousands of good paying jobs.

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  41. plugs is pathetic. Just go back to the Obola years and listen to him. No vim & vinegar. plugsy McSpongeBrain.

    The at press room… Really?

    And.. plugs “I’m leaving..” walks out. Did he have to take a shit? Lousy news conference.

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  42. CNN fawning over plugs. The country is dead under plugs and the MSM. We would be better off with The Camel. She would be so divisive nothing would get done.

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  43. Perhaps not influential but still a top quality book.

    I don’t dispute that many of the books on the list are high quality. Just not major influences on the genre. The Skylark of Space is not a particularly well-written book, but is was very, very important in the development of SFF.

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  44. He keeps going on about uniting the country, and then says he doesn’t need the Republican votes to pass his plans.

    Oh, there is male reporter in the room….I was beginning to wonder.

    The only audience they care about is their base — Dem female voters in the suburbs of DC and the tech hubs, specifically the stay-at-home mommies worried about losing the McMansion and German grocery getter.

    *We* worked hard for this. Joe and Kamala understand.

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  45. CNN fawning over plugs. The country is dead under plugs and the MSM. We would be better off with The Camel. She would be so divisive nothing would get done.

    Bernie, but he’s off enjoying his jet (or whatever payola he got this time).

    Harris would be the first African-South Asian-American female President. Are *you* going to deny her place in history?

  46. You heard that his big gun control plan is Friday, right?

    n

    and that they’re waiting for the timing to be right…

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  47. I was eating lunch and turned on the tv (I know, big mistake). Jhou Bai Den (I stole that from Ms Hoyt) was just starting his press conference. Wife was on the phone with daughter #1 and said “Biden is starting his press conference at last, after months”. The reply was a dismissive “whatever”.

    In the part I watched, it was all friendly reporters, he had a list of who will ask which question, and notes for each question.

    Not staged at all. At least he didn’t use a teleprompter.

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  48. “Not staged at all. ” you forgot the sarc tag

    “At least he didn’t use a teleprompter. ” He had sheets of paper notes. You can see him flipping thru them at one point.

    Funny that they lost the network connection when he started talking bad about china. Pretty fast work on some IT guy’s part getting back up.

    n

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  49. Not staged at all. At least he didn’t use a teleprompter.

    I’m guessing an earpiece and Adderall.

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  50. he really doesn’t like the press using the same tactics against him that they used on trump.. babies ripped from their mother’s arms. “They’re young men, 70% 16-17! Not babies, like you like to show.” (close paraphrase, and he went there 3? times)

    n

  51. The good thing about tornadoes and other high-wind events is that the wind turbines can generate a month’s worth of electricity in a few hours because the turbines work in all weather conditions with perfect efficiency at extracting kinetic energy from air. /sarc

    Nope. They feather the blades above 30 to 35 mph.

    The worse thing is that the wind generator becomes a wind motor below a wind speed of 5 to 7 mph. Then the operator has to decide whether or not to take the wind turbine offline since they run at constant speed when they converted to AC generators. DC generators could run at variable speed but have to be maintained every year.


  52. He had sheets of paper notes.

    I’m guessing an earpiece and Adderall.

    “I had a card here about that”

    I could bluff through that press conference if I had enough adderall. He looks very old and slow.

  53. kinda loud at times too.

    When he would wander toward the truth, and then just stop mid sentence it was a bit disconcerting

    like when he was saying that all the republican immigration stuff was just posturing that he had to let them play out… then suddenly he stopped and went into the whole “I’ll work with anyone who wants the same things as me” schtick.

    n

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  54. So this list is from 2002? Huh. I ran across it in 2007, so yeah, it predates a lot of stuff, Weber, Butcher, etc, who revitalized their respective genre’s.

    But the biggest complaint seems to be stuff it’s missing. No E.E. “Doc” Smith. No E.R. Burroughs, no H.P. Lovecraft.

    These would be influential.

    But not Delany, or Moorcock, IMO.

  55. electrons coming out the wall were made just a moment ago and traveled to you at the speed of light.

    The EMF – the energy field travels at 50 to 99% of the speed of light, depending on the medium.
    The individual electrons move at really high speeds, but “drift” in the direction of the field very slowly (a few cm per hour). The “drift” is slow because the electrons keep running into atoms and bouncing around, so they don’t make a lot of forward progress.

    I can remember energizing a rebuilt 345,000 volt three phase transmission line at almost 200 miles of length for the first time. The other two 345,000 volt lines dropped the MWs of transmission immediately when the operator threw the switch that engaged the circuit breakers. It was instantaneous for us, probably a second of time. The rebuilt 345,000 volt transmission line had a tornado follow it for over 20 miles and took us a year and a half to rebuild since we did not have the materials (tower steel and aluminum cable) stockpiled.

  56. Why is Dilbert not wearing pajamas ? I presume that he is working from home.

    Adams isn’t wearing pajamas in the videos he shoots every morning at ~ 7AM Pacific.

    With the new job, I dress like I would to go to the office. Mostly jeans and a shirt that requires ironing. I have to be on Zoom every morning for a 15 minute meeting. Visiting friends in Florida who work remote for big companies, I heard the same thing from them.

    I don’t think it is a coincidence at the old job that the losses went from $8 million in FY 2019/20 to a probable $120 million in FY 2020/21 when half of the people would be in jammies with cameras off for the daily meetings, citing “bandwidth” issues.

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  57. my wife signed me up for the J&J&j shot on Saturday. I am not comfortable with the idea yet, but at least it is proven technology.

    The single shot J&J is reputedly 66% effective compared to the 94% effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna double shots. But all three will make sure that you have a mild case of the wuflu and stay out of the ER and the deadly respirators.

    I still have to decide which shot to take for me. The wife is going to take the J&J.

  58. The last of my latest order from Wal-Mart was six cans of Libby’s Corned Beef Hash. The box looks fine. Packaging looked sufficient. All six cans are dented. Not leaking but dented enough that putting them on the shelf for a year or so is sketchy. Two cans have the rims dented. Not sure how a can opener can work there. It’s not just one dent in the rim, it’s two, spaced out. Opening the best I can and then using a screwdriver and pliers to pull the lid open enough? That would work. But I shouldn’t have to deal with it.

    The return label is printed.

    Hey, I don’t mind a couple of dented cans. Eat them first. But the entire order?

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  59. The last of my latest order from Wal-Mart was six cans of Libby’s Corned Beef Hash. The box looks fine. Packaging looked sufficient. All six cans are dented. Not leaking but dented enough that putting them on the shelf for a year or so is sketchy. Two cans have the rims dented. Not sure how a can opener can work there. It’s not just one dent in the rim, it’s two, spaced out. Opening the best I can and then using a screwdriver and pliers to pull the lid open enough? That would work. But I shouldn’t have to deal with it.

    The return label is printed.

    Hey, I don’t mind a couple of dented cans. Eat them first. But the entire order?

    Hey, they softened the cans up for you !


  60. “They’re young men, 70% 16-17! Not babies, like you like to show.” (close paraphrase, and he went there 3? times)

    Yes, plugsy, that is much better. Young men with no education released in the FUSA. Wonder how they will make a living? Crime, per chance. How is that “young men” moo slims working out in Europe?


  61. But all three will make sure that you have a mild case of the wuflu and stay out of the ER and the deadly respirators.

    Since they are all more gene therapy than a vaccination, can you actually *get* the wuflu from the shot?

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  62. The TV antenna amp arrived yesterday. I connected it and no joy. It did seem to have more effect than the 30+ year old Archer amp.

    The goal is to improve the weak stations, not lose half. 36 and 14 tend to pixel at times to the point of useless.

    Antenna wire directly to TV, fine. “Normal”.
    Antenna wire to amp, new wire from amp to TV not fine.
    Antenna to coupler connecting to new wire is worse than having the amp in-line.
    I have three couplers, same results with each.

    With the amp connected, I can adjust the gain and see a change.

    There was someone who often said a lot of PC problems are caused by a bad cable. Hm, I believe he was right.

    I hopefully have a decent cable in my Box of Important Junk.


  63. He keeps going on about uniting the country, and then says he doesn’t need the Republican votes to pass his plans.

    He keeps saying that Republican voters agree with him and it’s just the Republicans in Congress that are against him.
    But then who exactly did all those voters vote for??

  64. Since they are all more gene therapy than a vaccination, can you actually *get* the wuflu from the shot?

    One of the bigwigs at the new job is out with the Wuxu Flu. The theory bouncing around the daily calls is that his wife got vaccinated and that was the infection vector for the entire household.

    Keep in mind, that the theory isn’t based in science.

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  65. But then who exactly did all those voters vote for??

    Again, 300,000 Republicans staying home in GA in January, essentially voting “none of the above”, gave us this mess. And that was after ~ 13,000 of the state’s Libertarians “voted their conscience” for their own party’s Senate candidate against Perdue in November just seconds after choosing to return Trump to the White House.

    A Republican voting for Mark Kelly in Arizona was a sympathy vote. That won’t last because the McCain family considers that seat to be theirs and looked the other way in November.


  66. Why is Dilbert not wearing pajamas ? I presume that he is working from home.

    Adams isn’t wearing pajamas in the videos he shoots every morning at ~ 7AM Pacific.

    With the new job, I dress like I would to go to the office. Mostly jeans and a shirt that requires ironing. I have to be on Zoom every morning for a 15 minute meeting. Visiting friends in Florida who work remote for big companies, I heard the same thing from them.

    I don’t think it is a coincidence at the old job that the losses went from $8 million in FY 2019/20 to a probable $120 million in FY 2020/21 when half of the people would be in jammies with cameras off for the daily meetings, citing “bandwidth” issues.

    I have been working from home exclusively for over a year now. Generally I turn on the camera and I am in jeans and a mock turtleneck. That will change to a polo (golf) shirt or a nice T-shirt during summer. No demands on dress code nor a requirement to turn on the camera, though we do joke occasionally about people when they don’t (usually a bad hair day). Senior management has actually said, don’t worry about video – as long as productivity remains up (the job is getting done), they don’t care what you are wearing (or not). Naked programing anyone?


  67. The single shot J&J is reputedly 66% effective compared to the 94% effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna double shots. But all three will make sure that you have a mild case of the wuflu and stay out of the ER and the deadly respirators.

    My view on this (IMNAD & YMMV) is that even having a minor case can still result in becoming a “long hauler” which does not sound very appealing, hence I opted for the Pfizer jab vs. J&J.
    Of which I just now got my second jab.

  68. Naked programing anyone?

    Working for the Death Star, it was an open secret that one of the managers was featured in a picture montage on the front page of the web site advertising the nudist resort north of Tampa.

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  69. @paul, you need more signal to work with, and that means a better antenna…

    A good amp should make a big difference in signal level, but it will amplify any noise too. With digital tv, there is a point where you don’t get anything at all, not like in the old days.

    Still, any splitters might have attenuators built in, or matching resistors, look at each in and out connector for something that says -5db or 0db. avoid using the -‘s. If it was cable or satellite, I’d say make sure the amp and the splitters have the bandwidth you need, ie from 5mhz to 1.9ghz or similar printed on it but most name brand stuff should work with OTA tv. Pretty much any coax should be good for the bandwidth, but you might have water ingress or pinches in the dialectric that degrade the signal. You might have ground loop issues too, they usually look like a herringbone pattern over the image with analog tv, not sure what effect it would have on digital. You should only have ONE ground point for the whole system. Make sure your incoming coax is grounded to your house electrical ground rod. That is usually done by mounting a coax splitter with a ground screw, and then connecting the ground screw to the rod.

    https://www.amazon.com/Grounding-Ancable-Coaxial-Satellite-Installation/dp/B07W3S1MQ2/?tag=ttgnet-20

    a good directional antenna might help too, even if you can’t get it higher.

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  70. Since they are all more gene therapy than a vaccination, can you actually *get* the wuflu from the shot?

    One of the bigwigs at the new job is out with the Wuxu Flu. The theory bouncing around the daily calls is that his wife got vaccinated and that was the infection vector for the entire household.

    Keep in mind, that the theory isn’t based in science.

    While I am certainly not a doctor nor involved in vaccine manufacturing, my understanding is none of the approved vaccines so far (not sure about J&J) are based on a weakened covid-19 virus, which might be the only way you might be able to get it from the vaccine (I think). People don’t all react the same to vaccines (hence the collection of side-effect reports and their investigation), so it is possible to feel miserable after a jab. Second Shingrix had me miserable for a day or 2. I had first AZ last week. Not even a sore shoulder. This is very much a YMMV situation.

  71. I’m temporarily disabling the comment editor, emojis, and up/down votes, to see if those are causing the 500 errors.

    Will also be taking a look at the server settings, and maybe chatting with Dreamhost support.

    ‘500’ errors are hard to diagnose. They are usually a ‘something bad happened but I don’t know what it was so whatever I was trying to do was killed’ type of message.

  72. ” ‘An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal,’ Harris tweeted in April 2017 in bashing then-President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policy. ”

    –um yes, that is exactly what they are. Criminals. They broke the law. That makes them criminals.

    –and typical liberal thinking from old slow joe “we need to find out why they are leaving and coming here. We need to fix it there and then they won’t need to leave.” Again, no. I don’t care why a criminal breaks the law. The judge can care, I don’t. I want the criminal arrested and tried. (or simply deported with a years long disqualification for any return to try again in the case of illegals.) Send them back across. NOT our problem that they are in Mexico. MEXICO’S problem, especially given mexico’s attitude to let them pass thru, even helping them.

    Let mexico secure their border, not just pass them thru to us.

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  73. “something bad happened ”

    –then maybe the problem is with the way the editor parses the text. It strips out whitespace, it limits URLs, it disallows certain characters and tags, so it must have a problem with something or some combination of things in the text… maybe there is a bug in the parser?

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  74. I just tried the same text and it 500’d again.

    I tried being logged in, and it 500s. I put spaces in all the urls and dotted quads, but it still 500s.

    Tried replacing all the : colons with pipes. Tried replacing all the /forward slashes with )rtparen still 500s.

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  75. I saw an issue with the comment editor where it looked like it wasn’t HTML encoding back and forth like it should. My ampersands showed up as & in the editor instead of & which made me worry if they’d be butchered when I submitted my edit. No big deal, I just decided to skip editing the comment (let the spelling/punctuation/grammar issue stay).

    Perhaps one or more of the plugin versions is no longer compatible with the core WordPress version? Just a wild ass guess.

  76. Bend over, here it comes. We are going to get both a carbon tax and a VAT tax both. Hope ya’ll like them.

    Cash For Clunkers 2.0 is coming. Tony needs fresh subsidies to pay for that new factory building.

    The construction site is visible from the Austin-Bergstrom terminal windows. Initially, I thought Del Valle was simply a municipality willing to offer up the best tax breaks, but the location is effective propoganda for the agenda.

  77. @Nick / others

    The 500 errors on Nick’s text (which includes log files from his camera server, and some command-type lines) appear to be caused by ‘mod-security’, which didn’t like the content of his text.

    The HTTPS error log has this text (sanitized a bit)

    [Thu Mar 25 14:23:58.780649 2021] [:error] [pid 21794:tid 4021256959744] [client xx.xxx.161.58:58436] [client xx.xxx.161.58] ModSecurity: Warning. Operator GE matched 7 at TX:inbound_anomaly_score. [file “/xxx/mod_sec3_CRS/RESPONSE-980-CORRELATION.conf”] [line “87”] [id “980130”] [msg “Inbound Anomaly Score Exceeded (Total Inbound Score: 10 – SQLI=0,XSS=0,RFI=0,LFI=0,RCE=10,PHPI=0,HTTP=0,SESS=0): individual paranoia level scores: 10, 0, 0, 0”] [ver “OWASP_CRS/3.3.0”] [tag “event-correlation”] [hostname “www.ttgnet.com”] [uri “xxxxx”] [unique_id “YFz-bvjkRBGlHdtQ2xz2wgAAAA8”], referer: https://www.ttgnet.com/journal/2021/03/25/thur-mar-25-2021-do-not-press-the-shiny-red-candy-colored-button/

    …which looks to me like mod-security didn’t like things. Not sure what it didn’t like, or any setting that might change that.

    Maybe running the text through a filter of some sort before posting, or adding spaces between all characters, might allow the message to come through.

    I don’t speak ‘mod-security’ …

  78. Rick, I miss the emojis and thumbs up/down. Looks like I have become addicted. Can we have them back?

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  79. @Marcelo – see above for why they are temporarily disabled – to see if a plugin is causing the 500 errors. But see my latest post (3-4 previous to this one) to see why (I think) the 500 errors are being caused. (They are all Nick’s fault 🙂

    They will return in a bit, perhaps after a *nix guy looks at the mod-security error above and translates it for me.

    (Comment editing also temporarily disabled)

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  80. Before I forget — I couldn’t get a clear picture, but when we left Austin for Tampa last weekend, a B-52 was parked on the concrete area just to the left of the airport name on the map window.

    Austin-Bergstrom used to be a full time bomber base. Things that make you say “Hmmm”.

  81. Hmmm. Edit has also gone away. I imagine that is also temporary.
    Otherwise, that is dangerous with people like me that normally post and 2 seconds later edit…

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  82. Before I forget — I couldn’t get a clear picture, but when we left Austin for Tampa last weekend, a B-52 was parked on the concrete area just to the left of the airport name on the map window.

    Austin-Bergstrom used to be a full time bomber base. Things that make you say “Hmmm”.

    You know, there are guys with guns who really, really, really dislike people taking pictures of air force planes without permission.

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  83. Rick: sorry, cross posted. This place is looking more like a chat room than a blog comment posting site. Perhaps you should consider replacing this with Teams. 🙂

  84. @Marcello

    I click on the date/time of the last comment I read, then refresh later, and pick up the comments that were posted after that last one. When you click on the date/time of a comment, it should turn red (or whatever color for ‘visited’ is set for your browser).

    That way, I can read all of the comments, then catch up from that already-red spot.

    This place does get a bit ‘chatty’ … but that’s it’s appeal for me.

  85. You know, there are guys with guns who really, really, really dislike people taking pictures of air force planes without permission.

    There aren’t many places you can park a plane like that at Austin Bergstrom.

    When I drove west from Florida to Portland the second time, I took a poorly-conceived shortcut through Lincoln, NE to avoid Omaha, and I noted that the onramp for 80 westbound from 77 north provided the driver with a spectactular view of the flight line at what used to be the B47 base in the 50s.

    https://goo.gl/maps/d9GVrxJuPuCqSHBG8

  86. @Rick

    Too many steps for me… I do a refresh, start typing and post. I suppose I should refresh after typing as well…
    Will do so for anything addressed to you. 🙂

  87. heheheh. And that did not work as expected under the current settings. I did a refresh of page before pressing Post comment and it actually posted the comment. 🙂

  88. Shot received. Painless. No tail yet.

    Third kidney ? That might take a week or so though.


  89. #Mark W, I have had both Moderna shots. I had a slight reaction from the first, sore arm, mild headache, and some fatigue for a day or two. Second shot, nothing. My wife had more reaction at the injection site, and a headache that lasted for a couple of weeks. Her second shot produced less reaction, although she still has a moderate headache. She consulted a PA, and was told that is most likely the shot and nothing more serious, but be on the lookout for any symptoms that might be something else. Seems like good advice.

    Women Report Worse Side Effects After a Covid Vaccine
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/08/health/vaccine-side-effects-women-men.html

  90. @Nick re disk space

    You might check the scroll back setting for the terminal window to see what it is set at.

    You could also try checking what files are open for the process pid by executing “lsof -$pid” or “ls -l /proc/$pid/fd”. Execute with sudo if it is a privileged process.

    Another option would be to direct stdout and stderr to specific files. You could use “tail -f $file” command to see what is being appended to the files.

  91. Since they are all more gene therapy than a vaccination, can you actually *get* the wuflu from the shot?

    The Pfizer and Moderna ones are mRNA vaccines. They have no virus in them, just encapsulated RNA, to cause cells to produce a COVID protein, which provokes the immune system and causes immunity. The J&J and the Astra-Zeneca/Oxford vaccines use a modified adenovirus (NOT the SARS-CoV-2 virus) to cause cells to produce a COVID protein, which provokes the immune system and causes immunity. The A-Z/Oxford vaccine isn’t approved in the US.

    There are inactivated virus vaccines that, if not properly made, could give you COVID. They are in use in Russia, China, and India and are unlikely to get used in the US.

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  92. Were comment editing and quote/link/italics/bold supposed to be turned off?

  93. @Ray; all safe in your area?

    So far, just wet. The real stuff is arriving later this evening.

    There have been 4 tornadoes within 5 miles from me in the last 33 years, one got within 200 yards according to local authorities. I don’t believe it. I think it was just strong winds taking down a couple of shacks as I have been within a few hundred yards of a tornado while in Kansas for the USAF in 1970. Local authorities like to “enhance” their findings to get money from the state or feds.

  94. @Nick – I’m surprised the developers of the NVR don’t provide a config for either Systemd or the legacy init script Unix startup process to kick off the core application upon reboot.

    I understand that you have to “touch” the partition with the file manager to mount the storage drive before starting the app, but that could be configured to take place in fstab.

  95. @everyone!! yep, stuff is turned off because Rick is troubleshooting an error that I can trigger at will (with my godlike powers of destruction- quiver before my majesty!11!!!111!)

    He’ll turn it all back on at any time now. It looks like some part of the comment parsing thing-y (told you, majesty!) didn’t like some of the log I was trying to post.

    I had a similar problem a few days ago, so it was time to look.

    Now that we know it’s nothing we can do anything about, we can go back to normal and I’ll figure out some other way to share the log.

    FWIW, I look at the comment list on the right side of the page, and then click on my last comment, or my last read comment, to jump back into the stream o un-consciousness that is this place…. then I don’t miss comments. EXCEPT when one or two persons here go back a comment or two and add a bunch to a comment I already read…

    Yep the thumbs and emojii are fun.

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  96. “I’m surprised the developers of the NVR don’t provide a config for either Systemd or the legacy init script Unix startup process to kick off the core application upon reboot.”

    –yeah that and the lack of video file management are the two biggest differences between their software solution and a dedicated box.

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  97. I like the concept of the Duo but with the price and the performance it is not a thing I would jump to. Surface is still doing the job for me on things I bought it for.
    It seems that Qualcomm is finally getting a bit serious on getting better processors for Win type work:

    In short, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 looks to be a significant improvement, but the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 could be the real breakout product.

    https://www.neowin.net/news/possible-snapdragon-8cx-gen-3-shows-up-on-geekbench/

  98. Nick sez:

    like when he was saying that all the republican immigration stuff was just posturing that he had to let them play out… then suddenly he stopped and went into the whole “I’ll work with anyone who wants the same things as me” schtick.

    Responding to his puppetmaster screaming into his earphone.

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  99. “ Surface is still doing the job for me on things I bought it for.”

    Had a weird problem with my Surface Laptop 1. Keyboard and trackpad were not working, no light on the backlit keyboard either. Microsoft answer was replace the device. Other solutions involved removing the HID driver. I had an external keyboard and mouse attached. That did not solve the problem. Then I found an obscure post that said to remove the power cord, hold the power button until the device reset. That worked. Apparently that forced restart momentarily disconnects the battery resetting some components.

    I also have a Surface Laptop 3. Nice machine. Fairly fast unless dealing with video editing or processing a thousand images in Lightroom. A COSTCO deal, good price, cheaper than Microsoft. Was supposed to include Office 365 which I really did not want. COSTCO could not get the electronic delivery of the activation codes to work so another $75.00 off.

  100. That did not solve the problem. Then I found an obscure post that said to remove the power cord, hold the power button until the device reset. That worked. Apparently that forced restart momentarily disconnects the battery resetting some components.

    I had a similar problem with my Apple machines. It seems to be related to EFI and the secure boot process caching certain information about the hardware until reset.

  101. Nick sez:

    like when he was saying that all the republican immigration stuff was just posturing that he had to let them play out… then suddenly he stopped and went into the whole “I’ll work with anyone who wants the same things as me” schtick.

    Responding to his puppetmaster screaming into his earphone.

    Please, please, please let there be an electric shock tool to get plugs attention.

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  102. Error: Go way spammer!

    @RickH; getting this error trying to post a longish comment with a lot of ‘blockquote’ tags. Related to my post or today’s 500 errors? Also noted that the formatting buttons are still turned off (at least for me).
    .
    (added)
    So tried one last time (just now) and it went through…

  103. Lots to comment on so digest format today…

    Oh, there is male reporter in the room….I was beginning to wonder.

    Not much interest in sniffing men’s hair.

    And.. plugs “I’m leaving..” walks out. Did he have to take a shit? Lousy news conference.

    Low battery warning on his Adderall pump.

    “They’re young men, 70% 16-17! Not babies, like you like to show.”

    Start with an EO to immediately return anyone over 15.

    When he would wander toward the truth, and then just stop mid sentence it was a bit disconcerting

    Stopped when the shock collar was activated. (I’ll leave it to folk’s imaginations as to where it was affixed.)

    Hey, I don’t mind a couple of dented cans. Eat them first. But the entire order?

    I remember the same complaints as far back as when RBT ws still with us.

    Again, 300,000 Republicans staying home in GA in January, essentially voting “none of the above”, gave us this mess.

    Sounded today from some of the MSM ‘talking heads’ that the Dems won’t be surprised to lose control of the Senate in 2022 hence they have just 18 months or so to try to accomplish anything meaningful.

    Senior management has actually said, don’t worry about video – as long as productivity remains up (the job is getting done), they don’t care what you are wearing (or not).

    I find the video helpful in meetings with a lot of back and forth discussion – helps with visual clues as to when to grab the floor. If I’m just a passive listener it’s video off 95% of the time. Also need to do better about not eating during video calls, unless most others are (e.g. lunchtime call).

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  104. @Alan

    That message comes from a WP plugin I wrote to prevent spam bots from directly posting a comment without going through the comment form. (Like via a simple CURL command to post to the comment-processing code.) That technique is an easy and often-used way for comment bots to spam the comment form.

    My plugin looks for automated-type comment entry. If you did a cut/paste and then quickly hit the ‘post comment’ button to submit, then the plugin senses that as an automated comment – because it happened so fast. The ‘go away’ message is then displayed.

    The plugin’s techniques for sensing a bot is based on my FormSpammerTrap techniques that I’ve continually enhanced for about 10 years. Getting ready to release version 11 Real Soon Now. (You can see it in action on the FormSpammerTrap.com site – https://www.FormSpammerTrap.com .)

    It’s pretty effective; I used it on many of my sites and haven’t gotten spammed once by contact form bots. It’s free, and has been downloaded many thousands of times over the years since I’ve released it for free use. (About 15-20 times a week, lately.) Very effective, and more than just hidden fields, questions (what is 2+3), and other commonly used techniques that don’t work. Right now, at almost 3000 lines of code (not all of it pretty, but effective).

    Anyway, you’ll get caught if you try to submit a comment too fast – as in a copy/paste/submit . Post it again, but don’t be so fast in hitting the submit button.


  105. Please, please, please let there be an electric shock tool to get plugs attention.

    Please, please, please let Jhou Bai Deng’s electric shock device be an Internet of Things appliance with several known security holes.

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  106. You know, there are guys with guns who really, really, really dislike people taking pictures of air force planes without permission.

    Plane watching/spotting was very popular in both the UK and Germany when I was active duty. We’d frequently walk off the plane and look across the ramp/apron/tarmac and see locals outside the fence with binoculars and cameras with very pricy lenses. It tended to happen more often when we flew into places we rarely went as we were more of a novelty. I was on C-5’s, so we were easy to spot.


  107. Had a weird problem with my Surface Laptop 1. Keyboard and trackpad were not working, no light on the backlit keyboard either. Microsoft answer was replace the device. Other solutions involved removing the HID driver. I had an external keyboard and mouse attached. That did not solve the problem. Then I found an obscure post that said to remove the power cord, hold the power button until the device reset. That worked. Apparently that forced restart momentarily disconnects the battery resetting some components.

    Thanks Ray! (Hopefully).

    Am currently having that same issue with my wife’s Surface Pro 3 and although I have tried the several reset button sequences I am pretty sure they were all done with the cable plugged in. Will try during the weekend since the PC is constantly in use. So much so that there is a band on the screen that has lost touch sensitivity…

    If it works, it means that I will probably not lose my Surface Pro 4 to her and I can wait for a meaningful CPU upgrade when Intel gets their act together under Gelsinger. 🙂

  108. You know, there are guys with guns who really, really, really dislike people taking pictures of air force planes without permission.

    Plane watching/spotting was very popular in both the UK and Germany when I was active duty. We’d frequently walk off the plane and look across the ramp/apron/tarmac and see locals outside the fence with binoculars and cameras with very pricy lenses. It tended to happen more often when we flew into places we rarely went as we were more of a novelty. I was on C-5’s, so we were easy to spot.

    After 9-11, things really tightened up for airports and chemical / power plants. Even some buildings have overanxious security guards.

  109. Devastating 135MPH tornado kills five in Alabama after ripping through multiple homes as at last seven twisters rip through the region: 50M remain under severe weather watch in the South

    Five people in Alabama have been killed in a tornado, according to Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade
    The victims were killed after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on Thursday afternoon, officials said
    More fatalities are expected as the search and rescue efforts continue in the area, according to local officials
    A total of seven tornadoes have been confirmed in Alabama, according to the National Weather Service
    Meanwhile, 50 million people remain at risk for severe weather in the South, forecasters also said

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9404003/Strong-tornado-kills-three-ripping-Alabama.html

  110. And of course, now that it’s too late and the damage is done–

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits it was a mistake to block New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story – but REFUSES to say who authorized it

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said it was a ‘total mistake’ for The New York Post to be locked out of its Twitter account over its Hunter Biden laptop story
    ‘It was not to do with the content, it had to do with a hacked materials policy, we had an incorrect interpretation,’ Dorsey explained to a Congressional panel
    Dorsey testified Thursday alongside Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai before House Energy and Commerce members

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  111. Defending his approach to migration at the southern border, Biden claimed that “we’re sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming.”

    Facts First: This was not true in February, the last month for which we have full data.

    Published Customs and Border Protection data for February shows that 7,915 migrants who were part of a “family unit” on the southwest border were expelled under the Title 42 pandemic expulsion policy — about 41% of the 19,246 family-unit members who were in “encounters” with US officers that month.

    “But…but…I just read what was on the cheat card…”

  112. Nice to know that he thinks the US is 85th in the world for infrastructure, until he reads the card…

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