Mon. April 19, 2021 – a fresh new week, hoo boy, let’s get to work

Cool and damp, probably no rain, but it was scattered spatters of rain most of yesterday, and the forecast was for dry…

I got a bunch done yesterday. All little things, but several that were much easier in 60F weather than 90F.

I cleaned and seasoned 3 cast iron pots with lids. Those will go to the auction. They were Goodwill Outlet, so $1.20/ pound. I’ll make decent money on them and I like saving things like cast iron. Didn’t take long with the angle grinder and wire wheel, followed up with oil and a good bake. One piece is modern, the other two are vintage.

I hung another IR illuminator for my cams. This one points in the same direction as my latest camera and should light up half the street. I didn’t get the power hooked up yet. I got side tracked while going through a bin of wall warts, and ended up powering up several other things that have been kicking around waiting for power supplies. I’ll get to the illuminator soon, and in the mean time, the other things can either be put into service or put away, or sold.

Did a little bit of work in my attic. I moved all the light bulb holders to be above my head level. Since I store stuff up there, I’m moving around at least a few times a month, and I’m always afraid I’ll hit one of the bare bulbs with my head, slashing my face open. It didn’t take long and has been on the list for quite some time. I also put the Easter decor away and checked the rat traps- no rats.

Put another bin of auction items together.

Did some cleaning, poking around, and arranging in the garage too. And I wired the attic fan to a plug. I was going to put a receptacle in the attic for it and a work light, but didn’t have the right j-box, so for now it’s just a cord plugged into an existing outlet. I’m really hoping it will help keep the temps in the garage down. I need a Home Depot run to do some replenishing of plumbing supplies and any veg seedlings, so I might as well get a couple of j-boxes too.

The tomato plants are lush. There isn’t any other word for them. My wife is crowing about her success (I get one or two tomatoes from 3 or 4 plants every year, not a strong suit.) I’m claiming it’s the used coffee grounds I’ve been adding to the beds 🙂 The grape vine continues to leaf out, as does the peach tree. The frozen citrus is still not showing any signs of life. I’m starting to believe it was all killed, which is very disappointing.

I tried something new for dinner. I sautéed frozen shrimp with minced onion and bacon crumbles, and then used a can of Campbell’s Cream of Shrimp soup as a sauce, serving the whole thing over rice. Tasted good to my wife and to me, and the kids loved it. Quick, easy, low fuel cost, and a real change of pace.

Today if the rain holds off, I’ll be taking a pickup load to my industrial auction. I will have no trouble filling the truck. Then I’ll swing by Lowe’s and pick up the fridge for my rent house. Maybe I’ll even get that installed if I hustle. We’ll see.

And out there in the world, we’ll see how soon it all falls apart. The recent spate of shootings, the lawlessness in MN, OR, and NYC, a Congresswoman inciting riotous crowds that then shoot up an NG unit, lions and tigers and bears… oh my. It seems like the violence is accelerating and escalating.

Keep improving your position, and keep stacking…

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

64 thoughts on “Mon. April 19, 2021 – a fresh new week, hoo boy, let’s get to work”

  1. Being somewhat out of the US news loop: Are there actually more shootings happening, or are they just being reported?

    The murder rate in Austin is on a record pace for the year, but if you’re wondering about Sunday’s incident, the situation was, evidently, a personal issue between the parties involved, with lots of complications.

    Until the race and background of the shooter got out, the story was convenient to advance the agenda and made the national wires. If you see the video on CNN, etc., look for the Trader Joe’s in the background — the Arboretum section of Austin — considered “nice”, but YMMV.

    I’m not impressed, but what do I know.

    (BTW, the shooter is still at large. Austin PD and Travis County Sheriff jurisdiction — the shooter is one of the Sheriff’s former deputies. The Progs managed to cancel the Sheriff in neighboring Williamson County in the last election. Wilco Sheriff is — was — the real law enforcement in that part of town.)

    The news outlets opted not to show the ever present urban outdoorsmen camping under the 183 overpass within visual range of the camera.

    The US media are anxious to see one of two incidents: (1) BLM finally getting a pretty white coed martyred courtesy of a police bullet. (2) A mass shooter, straight white male, preferably acting out in a school, without any disqualifying quirks like the Fedex shooter’s interest in “My Little Pony”*.

    * In this country, adult white men who are into that series are called “Bronies”. Creepy doesn’t begin to describe that culture. That probably explains why the media quickly lost interest in the story.

  2. Why do you have to worry about glass lightbulbs? Are they not LED?

    Tomatoes – use a fertilizer intended for bloom, no a high nitrogen.

  3. “Why do you have to worry about glass lightbulbs? Are they not LED?”

    Nope, only one is LED, and that is the one I hit while looking down. Broke it off at the base.

    They are at exactly the height that I don’t see them if I’m watching my feet, but can still break them off with my head. And the sharp glass stub in the socket would slice me open like a samurai.

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  4. Yes, well, if the media were doing their actual job, they would be reporting most of the violence as black-on-black. As I mentioned: the stories I see here never mention race, but the pictures always make it clear. The “brony” guy was the exception that proves the rule. Of course, reporting this as a black culture problem would be so non-PC.

    FWIW, it’s no different here. There have been regular protests, often violent, by “youth” in eastern Switzerland. Protesting the Corona lockdown measures. Carefully unmentioned is the fact that most of the protesters have what is euphemistically called an “immigration background”. Meaning they are Eastern European, Middle Eastern, or African – not Swiss. The press carefully fails to mention this – it only becomes apparent when they accidentally ask the wrong interview question on live TV, or when you talk to someone who has actually seen the protests.


  5. Being somewhat out of the US news loop: Are there actually more shootings happening, or are they just being reported?

    There’s a several things at play here…

    1. There is no set definition of “mass shooting,” so entities sort of have free license to label whatever they want as a “mass shooting.” There is some guidance about it being 4 or more victims, but that’s not a mandatory definition. I’ve seen where the MSM considers it a mass shooting anytime more than 2 people are shot.

    2. Once it happens and gets press then the MSM is hypersensitive to the topic and reports nearly every shooting for the next couple of months. They do this with everything. They sense something has piqued the nation’s interest and then report the hell out of it for weeks or months to come.

    3. Copycats. Mentally unstable fuckheads see what some other nutjob did and that’s all it takes to nudge them over the edge.

    4. It increases like everything else. If 1 in a million people are going to participate in a mass shooting then when the population increases 30% so do the mass shootings.

  6. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/feds-warn-parents-stop-using-peloton-treadmill-after-childs-death-release-horrifying-video

    I think this is probably going to be a case study of why you can’t let the new kids do all the design work. The problem is that the belt is exposed at the end where you enter the machine, and because of the belt’s direction of travel, anything on the UNDERSIDE of the platform gets pulled further under the platform- pets, kids, or dirty laundry.

    I suspect that the young and hip designers wanted Peloton’s treadmill to look different and ‘sleeker’ than other treadmills on the market. ALL other treadmills have a structure at the end of the belt so that the part that moves forward is covered. This is a KNOWN HAZARD. Stationary belt sanders, which have a very similar structure, also have the end covered for the same reason, the belt will suck you INTO the machine on its bottom side.

    I’ll bet a dollar that if there were any senior engineers involved, they pointed out that every other treadmill has that feature for a reason. I’ll bet another dollar that they were overridden for appearance’s sake.

    And they killed a kid as a result. Someone should get jail time.

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  7. I’ll bet a dollar that if there were any senior engineers involved, they pointed out that every other treadmill has that feature for a reason. I’ll bet another dollar that they were overridden for appearance’s sake.

    Peloton didn’t have a US manufacturing capability until this month, when they closed the purchase of Precor. I doubt any of the mechanical engineering work on their products happens in the US.

    Go back 20 years, and QVC/Home Shopping Channel peddled absolute junk exercise equipment made overseas. Most of the Peloton equipment looks like the same manufacturers but with a touch screen.

    Precor probably has some decent MechE talent since they targeted big money commercial markets. We’ll see how long that lasts.


  8. I’ll bet another dollar that they were overridden for appearance’s sake.

    I couldn’t tell you how many times design was impaired by managers or marketers for “cool” factor or for product differentiation or for product similarity. Mostly I work on website software and data analysis reports and such, so physical safety isn’t put at risk, but personal data would have been risked by some decisions.


  9. Are there actually more shootings happening, or are they just being reported?

    It’s hard to tell. We do know from social science research that there are ” contagion” effects in mass shootings. Media coverage can cause more to happen. The advice from the people that studied them is to minimize the coverage. National coverage should be no more than a small story mentioning the shooting on the day it happens. No pictures of the scene, and NEVER show or name the perps. (A friend calls this “some asshole” coverage – “Some asshole shot up a FedEx site”.) If the perp gets arrested, mention that. If/when they go on trial, mention that. The important thing is no naming and picturing on the national news. No wall-to-wall coverage on all the news channels. Local coverage needs to be a bit more.

    When you have random discrete events, i.e.  a Poisson distribution, it can take a while to figure out if it is increasing. Especially here since the events may not be independent.

  10. We are currently at the UCO in Edmond, OK for our first in-person training in a year. Face diapers in effect. GEAR UP! is the agency sponsoring the training. The get goobermint $$. Sweet! They provide breakfast and lunch for attendees. They adamantly say “we can’t feed the consultants.” MrsAtoz is starting and there are about 20 bfast meals left that will go right into the trash (instead of feeding us three swine contractors). Goobermint waste at its best.

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  11. Zerohedge has got to be one of the butt-ugliest web sites out there.

     

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  12. We are currently at the UCO in Edmond, OK for our first in-person training in a year. Face diapers in effect. GEAR UP! is the agency sponsoring the training. The get goobermint $$. Sweet! They provide breakfast and lunch for attendees. They adamantly say “we can’t feed the consultants.” MrsAtoz is starting and there are about 20 bfast meals left that will go right into the trash (instead of feeding us three swine contractors). Goobermint waste at its best.

    On the university campus? You’re probably looking at $30-40 each from the food services monopoly.

  13. White, female, MAGA insurrectionist scum gets killed and the MSM doesn’t give a shit. Years back, every reporter in existence would be digging up the deets on this.

    The next time you are out in California, I highly suggest a trip to the Reagan Library if for no other reason than to watch Tom Brokaw, elder statesman of the mainstream media, gush on videotape about being right in predicting the inevitability of the 40th President going back to his days as a local reporter in the state. “I told everyone — he’s coming.”

    Of course, the Air Force One exhibit is cool.

  14. zerohedge, like a lot of sites, is unusable without a good adblocker.

     

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  15. “On the university campus?”

    Yup.

    Hopefully the on-campus dining options are decent.

    At the last job, we spent three months in really awful Regus space in the Dobie Center on the west end of the UT Austin campus. The only upside was the lunch options within a five minute walk.

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  16. You obviously have not been to any of my websites.

    This is the limit of my web design capability. I’m surprised it is still around nearly four years after I graduated.

    http://cs.txstate.edu/~gregn/archive

    To be fair, I designed the class pages to be viewable with Lynx, the text mode browser, and run all the HTML through HTML tidy to prevent anyone from complaining that their browser wasn’t compatible.

    I won’t try the login for the servers. The boss was paranoid enough when I was there, and he blamed the department’s RAID array failure that Spring I graduated on the previous admin deliberately screwing with the department.

    When the boss laid that trip on me, I said, “What kind of money is he making at the new job?”

    “Six figures.”

    “Hmmm. He’d have to be pretty stupid to jeopardize that kind if cash flow and career potential doing something illegal. Did you buy all of the RAID disks from the same vendor at the same time?”

    (chirping crickets)

    “Problem solved.”

  17. I did a lot off work for oil companies and  they always had great dining on campus.

     

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  18. And the nine months I spent in Lafayette LA, we ate lunch and dinner out, probably hit every single choice in town multiple times.

     

     

    The Chinese buffet near the job had the best lunch in town.

     

     

    Aberdeen Scotland had the fewest choices.  We had the hotel make a plate for us and hold it until we got of the job at night.  Ate whatever they had.  Breakfasts in the hotel were awesome.

     

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  19. Aberdeen Scotland had the fewest choices. We had the hotel make a plate for us and hold it until we got of the job at night. Ate whatever they had. Breakfasts in the hotel were awesome.

    On the last trip to Florida, we noticed that the quick late night options on the SW coast barrier islands were just about gone thanks to Covid. Places that used to run until 10 PM weeknights closed up at 8 PM. Even in Orlando, 9 PM was pushing things unless you were in one of the theme park areas.

    Sunsets were running ~ 7:15-7:30, with the time change happening at the beginning of the week, so we only managed to catch one the entire trip.

  20. You obviously have not been to any of my websites.

    This is the limit of my web design capability. I’m surprised it is still around nearly four years after I graduated.

    http://cs.txstate.edu/~gregn/archive

    To be fair, I designed the class pages to be viewable with Lynx, the text mode browser, and run all the HTML through HTML tidy to prevent anyone from complaining that their browser wasn’t compatible.

    One of my older websites that I have not updated since 1998 or so (I don’t remember when):
    http://www.chemshare.com

    My main website was last rebuilt in 2011 or so. I update it as needed. 200 to 300 visits a day.
    https://www.winsim.com/

  21. Facebook should not have a get out of jail free card when they are censoring reputable news sources. Obviously Facebook disagrees on what is reputable.

    The address for Derek Chauvin’s retirement condo in Windermere is Florida public record, but someone used various social media outlets to disseminate it widely so that protesters showed up there frequently last summer.

  22. My back and forth with the IRS for 2019 continues. After filing an amended return last Fall turning what the agency anticipated was a $2000 additional payment due into a $200 refund, I received a letter today indicating my new return was wrong and I owe them $147 plus $3 interest.

    I’ll take one more look tonight.

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  23. “MyPillow’s Mike Lindell sues Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion”
    https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/apr/19/mypillows-mike-lindell-sues-dominion-voting-system/

    “Mike Lindell, a conservative activist and the owner of MyPillow, announced Monday that his company has sued Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion, saying the company has engaged in cancel culture and impeded his First Amendment rights.”

    ““MyPillow just sued Dominion for $1.6 billion. This is all about the First Amendment rights to free speech, what they have done to our country,” Mr. Lindell said during a livestream on the Right Side Broadcasting Network.”

    So Costco has dropped his pillows. Doesn’t Costco have a “Buy American !” policy ?
    https://myfox8.com/news/my-pillow-ceo-says-costco-has-dropped-his-products/

    Hat tip to:
    https://thelibertydaily.com/

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  24. I had 6 month argument with the IRS last year. They claimed I owed $250 more than my CPA had figured.  He wrote letter after letter to them pointing out their error.  They refused to reply to him and kept sending me threatening notices.  Finally I said “enough”, its not worth the misery and sent them the $268 including penalties and intrest.  Last week I got a letter from them saying they had reviewed the case and were issuing a complete refund including the penalty and intrest.

    Back in 1995 I had failed to file a return because the death of my eldest son had put me in a months long depression.  In 1998 I agreed to a monthly repayment plan. In 2004 I  wrote to them asking how much longer I would have to keep paying.  I got back a letter saying I had overpaid and a check for $20,000. They would have happily let me keep paying forever if I hadn’t  asked.

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  25. So Costco has dropped his pillows. Doesn’t Costco have a “Buy American !” policy ?

    Current Costco management leans left. If I had to geuss it is a matter of pragmatism being based in Issaquah, just a short bus ride from the Amazon HQ complex at Lake Union. Literally, empoyees driving to work, after exiting the freeway, can turn left to head to Costco’s parking lot or turn right into the Issaquah park-n-ride for the express bus Downtown.

    Also, owning the occupant of the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia meant their lobbyists wrote the liquor rules after WA State voted to deregulate hard liquor in 2010 and limits Amazon’s brick-n-mortar experiments in Seattle.

    Whole Foods HQ remained here in Austin after Amazon bought the chain.

  26. “Here comes the collapse of the rental market and beginning of nationalized rentals”
    https://gunfreezone.net/here-comes-the-collapse-of-the-rental-market-and-beginning-of-nationalized-rentals/

    “Nearly 12 million renters will owe an average of $5850 in back rent and utilities by January.”

    If true, this is a freaking disaster.

    “How did America become the Soviet Union, slowly first, then all at once.”

    Yup.

    The wife and I have five rental properties between the two of us. One of the houses has been unrented since Feb 1 as she plans to sell it once she gets the title transferred. All of our other properties are doing fine and all of the tenants are up to date. So I do not know who is not paying their rent, of course all of our properties are here in Texas.

  27. Re: Rentals

    Our remaining rentals, all in small town Oklahoma,  continue to be occupied by rent paying tenants.  Berkshire Hathaway manages them for us and is doing an excellent job. Well worth the 10% they get.

    BTW, I am astounded we can get $750 / mo for an older 3 bed / 1 bath in town. Rents, like sales prices, are high by my standards.

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  28. “Nearly 12 million renters will owe an average of $5850 in back rent and utilities by January.”

    12 million evictions aren’t going to happen.

    My guess is some kind of tax credit/loan like the first time homebuyer program under Obama will be necessary if the landlords aren’t asked to take haircuts. Of course, like that previous intervention into the real estate market, rents will be distorted like the floor of home values have been for the last 12 years.

    Or the Fed could buy all the paper for the back rent. That would just be further watering down the currency. Pick your fiscal train wreck.

    If you think the “optics” of the border are bad, wait until the evictions start. “Kids sleeping in cages” redux.


  29. And they killed a kid as a result. Someone should get jail time.

    Corporations are ‘people’. right? So let’s throw them in jail.

    Seriously though, it’s beyond me how anyone at Peloton that was involved can sleep at night.


  30. BTW, I am astounded we can get $750 / mo for an older 3 bed / 1 bath in town.

    Whoever came up with the 1 bath house must have never had diarrhea. Just sayin’

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  31. Re: Rentals

    Our remaining rentals, all in small town Oklahoma, continue to be occupied by rent paying tenants. Berkshire Hathaway manages them for us and is doing an excellent job. Well worth the 10% they get.

    BTW, I am astounded we can get $750 / mo for an older 3 bed / 1 bath in town. Rents, like sales prices, are high by my standards.

    My wife’s realtor evicted two of the rent houses tenants in January and raised the rent from $550/month to $750/month. I was amazed and floored. Both tenants were month-to-month and the rent houses are 2 bed / 1 bath in Garland, Texas (both sides of a duplex).

  32. boost::split(…) is a surprisingly expensive operation considering that most of their other C++ templates are extremely efficient. Linus Torvalds has a point about C++ and the Standard Library, which tends to absorb operations from Boost over time.

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  33. BTW, I am astounded we can get $750 / mo for an older 3 bed / 1 bath in town.

    Whoever came up with the 1 bath house must have never had diarrhea. Just sayin’

    There is always the backyard.

  34. So. Maxine Waters (D-CA, in a race with Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX for dumbest congressperson, though Marjorie Taylor Green R-GA is coming up fast on the outside) has been demanding a guilty of murder verdict in the Chauvin trial and essentially threatening violence. She might get him sprung.

  35. “Federal safety regulators send team to Houston to probe fatal Tesla crash with no driver”
    https://www.click2houston.com/business/2021/04/19/us-sends-team-to-probe-fatal-tesla-crash-with-no-driver/

    “The fiery crash of a Tesla near Houston with no one behind the wheel is drawing scrutiny from two federal agencies that could bring new regulation of electronic systems that take on some driving tasks.”

    “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety board said Monday they would send teams to investigate the Saturday night crash on a residential road that killed two men in a Tesla Model S.”

    “Local authorities said one man was found in the passenger seat, while another was in the back. They’re issuing search warrants in the probe, which will determine whether the Tesla’s Autopilot partially automated system was in use. Autopilot can keep a car centered in its lane, keep a distance from cars in front of it, and can even change lanes automatically in some circumstances.”

    Is this Tesla car that had the battery burning ? Looks like it.
    https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/04/19/ceo-elon-musk-responds-to-deadly-tesla-crash-in-the-woodlands/

    “On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent a tweet about The Woodlands crash, which said, in part, “data logs so far show autopilot was not enabled, and this car did not purchase FSD (full self-driving.) Moreover, the standard autopilot would require standard lane lines to turn on which this street did not have.””

    Something is wrong here.


  36. So. Maxine Waters (D-CA, in a race with Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX for dumbest congressperson, though Marjorie Taylor Green R-GA is coming up fast on the outside) has been demanding a guilty of murder verdict in the Chauvin trial and essentially threatening violence.

    Tonight, I shall pray to the Lord, that He causes a small chip to break off that asteroid passing close to the Earth, and hits DC.

    LET THE HEELING AND REDO BEGIN!

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  37. boost::split(…) is a surprisingly expensive operation considering that most of their other C++ templates are extremely efficient. Linus Torvalds has a point about C++ and the Standard Library, which tends to absorb operations from Boost over time.

    As you well know, custom code is always the fastest code. I have seen many crazy people convert C++ or C algorithms into assembly language trying to speed up slow algorithms.

    But, using library code is usually the most reliable and requiring the least maintenance over the years.

  38. BTW, I am astounded we can get $750 / mo for an older 3 bed / 1 bath in town.

    Whoever came up with the 1 bath house must have never had diarrhea. Just sayin’

    My favorite house design is an ADA en-suite for each bedroom with an ADA bathroom for visitors.

  39. Is that three of four potential reasons for a mistrial? I’ve lost count. Judge should have accepted defense motion for a mistrial on the CO testimony and immediately found the prosecuting attorney and expert witness in contempt and remanded them to custody.

    If the republic survives Biden/Harris, in twenty years they will be making an assignment in law school: compare public statements by Trump and Waters and explain WTAF?

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  40. In my neighborhood, 4 bed 2 bath houses rent for $2400/mo.  supposedly.   The sketchy next door renters were paying $1850 and couldn’t keep up.

     

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  41. @Nick

    I installed a 24-ft/12 light string from Harbor Freight in my attic. Replaced the decorative incandescent bulb with LED’s. Each bulb is teed off the main line and dangles about six inches, so it recovers unless it gets whacked really hard.

  42. My 920sqft rent house, 2 bed 1 bath, gets $1550.   We’re probably under market, because a lot of the rent houses were torn down in the last two years for 3 story tall skinny townhomes.

    It is 10 minutes to downtown, straight down the freeway or surface streets.

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  43. As you well know, custom code is always the fastest code.

    Was that a joke? I know no such thing.

    Code tuned to a specific need may be faster, but well-written library code is almost always better by every metric than custom code written by the typical programmer in a business or agency. “Typical” as used here should be read as “Ego bigger than ability” as well as “most commonly found”.

  44. D.C. Medical Examiner: Officer Brian Sicknick died of stroke from natural causes, not result of assault
    Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters on January 6. The autopsy found no evidence of an allergic reaction to chemical irritants or internal or external injuries.

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Monday, April 19, 2021 at 04:24pm

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/04/d-c-medical-examiner-officer-brian-sicknick-died-of-stroke-from-natural-causes-not-result-of-assault/

  45. As you well know, custom code is always the fastest code. I have seen many crazy people convert C++ or C algorithms into assembly language trying to speed up slow algorithms.

    But, using library code is usually the most reliable and requiring the least maintenance over the years.

    The arms race between GCC and Clang has resulted in compiler output that is starting to out perform hand assembly for the more advanced CPUs like the AMD Zen2 architecture. Boost is popular on Wall Street, where performance is king, and the library will be around for a long time with people tweaking it.

    I’ll take the binaries over to our 128 core Zen2 box in the morning and run some tests. I need 4x Python output on the same box to meet specs.

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  46. My 920sqft rent house, 2 bed 1 bath, gets $1550. We’re probably under market, because a lot of the rent houses were torn down in the last two years for 3 story tall skinny townhomes.

    It is 10 minutes to downtown, straight down the freeway or surface streets.

    South Tampa started to go that way twenty years ago.

    We picked up takeout before heading over to a friend’s house during the trip to Florida last month, and we needed Waze to know when to turn off the major N-S highway to head to the restaurant. A lot of landmark buildings I used to navigate the area when I worked near the stadium are just gone.

  47. As you well know, custom code is always the fastest code.

    Was that a joke? I know no such thing.

    Code tuned to a specific need may be faster, but well-written library code is almost always better by every metric than custom code written by the typical programmer in a business or agency. “Typical” as used here should be read as “Ego bigger than ability” as well as “most commonly found”.

    Hey, you left off my “crazy people” comment.

    And you are correct, custom code is usually faster but not always. We have a really bad habit of inlining code that needs a kick in the seat of the pants.

  48. And for the fourth time in five or six years, I have just told Google Maps which building my main business is in. Yes, I enjoy beating my head against the wall, why do you ask ?

  49. @Greg Norton

    “On the last trip to Florida, we noticed that the quick late night options on the SW coast barrier islands were just about gone thanks to Covid. Places that used to run until 10 PM weeknights closed up at 8 PM. Even in Orlando, 9 PM was pushing things unless you were in one of the theme park areas.”

    You didn’t happen to stop at Michelbob’s in Naples or Marco Island?

     

  50. “On the last trip to Florida, we noticed that the quick late night options on the SW coast barrier islands were just about gone thanks to Covid. Places that used to run until 10 PM weeknights closed up at 8 PM. Even in Orlando, 9 PM was pushing things unless you were in one of the theme park areas.”

    You didn’t happen to stop at Michelbob’s in Naples or Marco Island?

    We don’t go that far south. Strictly Lee County.

  51. This one is for Lynn. 🙂

    https://www.thurrott.com/dev/249253/microsoft-announces-visual-studio-2022
    https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-announces-visual-studio-2022-now-in-a-64-bit-flavor/

    The second post has a brief demo of Intellicode. I do not much care for 64bit VS, C++20, the new DotNet or icons.

    There has been a very nice evolution of Intellicode over the years. The difference between 2013 and 2019 alone is really big. Any additional tweaks on that feature that are beneficial to the development effort and any improvements in footprint or speed would be nice.

    I’ll probably take it for a spin when it becomes release code.

  52. This one is for Lynn.

    https://www.thurrott.com/dev/249253/microsoft-announces-visual-studio-2022
    https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-announces-visual-studio-2022-now-in-a-64-bit-flavor/

    The second post has a brief demo of Intellicode. I do not much care for 64bit VS, C++20, the new DotNet or icons.

    There has been a very nice evolution of Intellicode over the years. The difference between 2013 and 2019 alone is really big. Any additional tweaks on that feature that are beneficial to the development effort and any improvements in footprint or speed would be nice.

    I’ll probably take it for a spin when it becomes release code.

    We are using VS 2015 until we decide to walk away from Windows XP and we finish our Unicode port (which is not going well). A lot of our C++ code is really C code dating back to Windows 1.0 using SendMessage with no variable typing at all.

    But today I beating my head against some Fortran and trying to figure out why our heat exchanger thermodynamic analysis tool changed. When I fix it then I will put out an emergency release for another problem. The wheel never stops.

  53. Wow, one of my returns auctions has a dozen Harbor Freight inverter generators, and their regular gennies, and floor drying fans….   people are scumbags.   They used the gear for freeze/flood cleanup then returned it.

     

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    (btw the Harbor Freight gennies suck.   They will only run a short time unless you are very lucky and get one where all the slop works in your favor.)

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  54. Long day, yesterday: worked the normal day, plus an evening lecture. Not used to those hours anymore – must be getting lazy! So it’s a slow start today – but still a lot of stuff to get done. I’m trying to keep next week mostly free – ideally, I’ll take the week off – to build some stone walls around our grill area. A friend is coming to help.

    Now that’s a dilemma: is he coming “down” to help, or “up”? We’re south of him, so – map-wise – my wife says he’s coming “down”. But we’re in the mountains, a good 1000 meters higher than he is, so I want to say “up”. One of those really critical dilemmas.

    Facebook should not have a get out of jail free card when they are censoring reputable news sources.

    They, like all social media sites, should not be censoring at all, unless something is obviously illegal.

    Maxine Waters (D-CA, in a race with Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX for dumbest congressperson

    Inciting violence, and winding up achieving exactly the opposite of what she meant to do? I really don’t understand why she’s in office. She is seriously dumb, literally very low intelligence. As someone yesterday said: it has nothing to do with the voters. The political machine wants her there, but…why?

    fatal Tesla crash

    It sounds almost like the guys thought the Tesla could drive itself *without* having engaged the autopilot. Other have noted that – even if autopilot had been engaged – it turns off if there’s no weight in the driver’s seat, and the car should come to a stop. So they must have wedged the accelerator pedal, maybe betting that Tesla had some sort of emergency program that would take over control?

    Sounds like a “hold my beer” moment.

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