Fri. April 30, 2021 – might have the family home this weekend after all

Warm and humid, possibility of rain, and flooding. Yesterday was part sun, part overcast, no real rain but some spatters. Today could be bad, depending on where you are.

Which is why my wife might cancel her Girl Scout camping weekend. We have one kid sick with sore throat, cough, and sniffles (but no covid), and the counties between here an camp are under flash flood warnings, with a weekend of rain in the forecast. I don’t think any one of those things would be enough, but all of them might make for a no fun, higher risk, weekend. They are supposed to be doing canoeing, and stargazing, and night hiking. Not likely during thunderstorms.

So I might be home, I might be working, I might be nursemaid. I’ll just be flexible and see.

Electrician is supposed to come by Saturday, and I’ve got some prep work to do, but not if it’s pouring down rain.

Yesterday I ran a couple of errands, and refilled some 1 pound propane bottles. That was interesting. I got much better results than the first time I tried it. We had a dozen empties after the big freeze, and my wife wanted to take a couple camping, so I got out the hose and got to work. I’ve got a hose/regulator/valve from amazon, which I’ve linked before. The chinese ones come and go, and brands are kinda ‘fluid’ so it’s hard to make a recommendation. There are lots of videos on youtube with techniques. I found that turning the BBQ bottle up side down, and holding the 1 pound bottle upside down worked the best. I could hear and feel when the propane stopped flowing. You just make the connection, turn on the valve, and after the flow stops, close the valve and remove the hose. Move on to the next bottle. Then, you need to release gas pressure from the bottles (you could use a propane torch with a valve, DON’T LIGHT IT, or just use a chopstick or other device to open the valve in the bottle. I let out a bit of gas, and then when you reconnect, more propane will flow into the bottle. I used a kitchen scale to weigh the bottles and monitor both how much I release, and how much got added. Starting with an empty bottle at 14 oz, I got about 3 oz fill each time, while letting off gas pressure reduced the weight 1/8 to 1/2 an oz. Do this a few times and the bottle will be at 1 pound 10 oz or more. That’s where I stopped, because a bit of that spattering rain started.

Now, messing about with propane is dangerous. I’m not suggesting anyone do it, and all my comments are for ‘entertainment’ and not instruction. Do whatever you do at your own risk. It’s NOT recommended to refill those 1 pound bottles. I definitely do recommend adding the brass screw caps to any bottle you’ve refilled or to any bottle that is partially used and removed from a device. Check them for leaks with soapy water (bubbles or foam mean it’s leaking.) Don’t store them inside or in enclosed spaces.

It’s also undeniable that refilling the bottles seems a whole lot less wasteful than just disposing of them, and cheaper too. Do what YOU are comfortable doing. I will refill the bottles at least one time, and more if the valve seal continues to close reliably. Keep in mind you’re venting propane gas as part of the process. Do it outside on a mildly breezy day, away from any potential ignition sources. Don’t breath the propane. Having watched the big bottle refill process many times, and seeing how much propane is released by that process, I’m not worried about what little gets released when you mount and dismount the little bottles.

I’ve got a bunch of the BBQ bottles. For a while I was buying them at estate sales whenever I saw them. They store indefinitely, as long as the valves are good. I’ve got conversion hoses and fuel filters for my Mr Heaters, the refill setup, and I think I’ll get a propane conversion kit for my Honda eu3000i gennie too, as that would give me another option for fuel. In addition to the BBQ bottles, the little bottles are very handy for stoves and lanterns and heaters (and hoses are available to adapt the BBQ bottles to Coleman stoves and lanterns if desired). Whether you refill them or just buy new, they are very handy to have around, and even handier if you can refill them. Add them to your stack!

One of the beauties of “camping” is that it lets you ‘stealth’ prep. I’ve got a bunch of camping supplies, and a family of Scouts, what’s suspicious about that? And because camping gear is all designed to sustain life away from your home, it’s great preps…( and it has deniability if needed – “oh that? We used to camp but we haven’t used it in ages…”) Like the old CB radio and the fishing gear on the shelf, it just looks like typical garage stuff at first glance. And that might become more important as time goes by.

So keep stacking, or you’ll find yourself lacking…

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

66 thoughts on “Fri. April 30, 2021 – might have the family home this weekend after all”

  1. Another piece of advice was from a friend and coworker with a few more years on him than me. He told me to maintain separate accounts when I got married, set up a ‘household’ account, and then both pay into the account for household expenses. Treat the household like a business. That worked very well for us, and we still use the accounts that way 16 years later, although I no longer have income to contribute every month.

    At a minimum, maintain separate accounts as targets for the respective employers’ direct deposits.

    In Vantucky, I eventually figured out that my wife’s employers had the ability to get a rough idea as to what the number was in our checking account at any given time, and, once she was past the guaranteed minimum salary period, they adjusted paychecks and played accounting games to give us … just … enough — we met our bills and wife’s student loan payments but we couldn’t save for a house.

    Just don’t let the separate finances go too far. Both spouses’ names should be on both accounts, and balances need to be checked periodically. I learned this the hard way. My wife is a nice person. Too nice sometimes. And she’s easily guilted over her medical degree/license. I spent too many years subsidizing private practice, mostly unknowingly until about 10 years ago, to the point that a handful of patients took her kind assistance as some form of entitlement, particularly one prepper type which really surprised me.

    (I’m not kidding when I say that, if that guy were still alive, in a SHTF situation, I’d be checking my kidneys for shivs 24/7.)

    Yeah, Dave Ramsey has a rigid program, which I don’t doubt works for a lot of people. My problem with Ramsey, something I’m sure is behind other criticism, is that he’s achieved his success at a high level through getting churches to buy into FPU by insisting on maintaining the tithe once a certain level of financial stability is attained. This makes Ramsey different than the other radio hosts in the same genre of show with books/programs to sell, and definitely separates him from Bruce Williams, the Godfather of them all who, sadly, could not stage a comeback via podcasts before passing.

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  2. When I was still in school, I used envelopes to keep track of expenses (had never heard of Dave Ramsey). Very simple and worked well. When I got my first real job, money was still tight. The best thing I ever did was save enough immediately so I was essentially a month ahead – meaning paychecks that I earned in the current month went to expenses in the next month. I’ve been on that system ever since.

     

    Everyone handles finances differently, as long as it works. My wife and I have a joint account and all money is combined. She can’t handle money (and has no desire to), so handle that task. I’m the saver and she’s the spender. We’ve both learned to give a little over the years, which is a good thing.

    My long term plan is to have my son handle the finances if I die first. I’ve already started teaching him the basics – keep your checking account in balance, don’t spend more than you make, etc. This summer he going to learn about saving money, Roth IRA’s, and the magic of compound interest as he will be getting his first job.

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  3. Meh, lotta people tithe. I tithed to myself with the 10%. If that’s the price of support and financial responsibility, it’s way cheaper than divorce and bankruptcy lawyers.

    Currently pouring down rain, with some lightning. Over an inch and a half so far. I think my wife just decided that they will not be camping this weekend.

    (so far just canceled the Brownies, still hasn’t decided about the older girls.)

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  4. Meh, lotta people tithe. I tithed to myself with the 10%. If that’s the price of support and financial responsibility, it’s way cheaper than divorce and bankruptcy lawyers.

    Its a personal choice, but if someone is “delivering pizzas”, in Ramsey-speak, to feed their family, the church needs to go low on the priority list.

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  5. There are additional components of the tithing for Ramsey, it goes toward an “other focus” which helps combat selfishness and impulsiveness, and it goes toward discipline.

    Personally, I’d pay me first and church last, but I’m not part of that community.

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  6. Costco run yesterday for cat litter and softener salt.

    One gallon bottles of water continue to be in short supply around Austin.

    Kirkland organics have been replaced on the shelf with whatever is available. Costco now carries the same packs of Libby’s green beans as Sam’s.

     

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  7. A commentor on the first link points out the obvious issues with the article…

    -TLDR- no context

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  8. Rain has slowed locally, we’re just under 2 inches. Wife thinks she will take the girls for the weekend. The girls all want to go, despite the rain.

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  9. That is another part of which I disagree. Pay down the highest interest rate cards first. The overall amount owed will drop faster.

    Again, it’s about the psychology of the kinds of people that get into trouble and call Dave. They have (from listening a while back when commuting) poor impulse control and lack the skills to play that game.

    Sounds like me. And the wife verifies that.

    Generator Supercenter called. Our 38 kW liquid cooled natural gas fired generator for the house is still on back order. They said another month or two as Generac is not telling them anything even though they are the largest Generac purchaser in the USA.

  10. I just got my second Pfizer jab. I am still alive …

    Somebody beat me up with a baseball bat last night. At least that is what I feel like today. My dog is telling me to stay home. The cat said I am a Loser.

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  11. I had to go into Austin proper this morning to take my son for his vaccination.

    Poorly built apartments, soy boys, and dogs.

     

  12. Seeing some news reports about issues with gasoline delivery to stations – due to a shortage of gas truck drivers. Gas supply is OK, but gas truck drivers are down 25%+.

    Articles say there may be some stations without gas this summer in some areas. Nothing like the early 1970’s though (for those that remember). I was running a gas station then – long lines, then no gas.

  13. Generator Supercenter called. Our 38 kW liquid cooled natural gas fired generator for the house is still on back order. They said another month or two as Generac is not telling them anything even though they are the largest Generac purchaser in the USA. 

    Wouldn’t generator makers have the same kind of supply chain issues as GM and Ford?

    I imagine that a lot of public entities in Texas who were supposed to have some kind of backup power plan got caught without and are scrambling along with homeowners. We had two days of boil water notice in our MUD because the pumps at the water source in the Hill Country had unreliable power from Pedernales, a known problem child among the rural co-ops.

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  14. I had to go into Austin proper this morning to take my son for his vaccination.

    Poorly built apartments, soy boys, and dogs.

    Have you ever seen an apartment building that was well built ?

  15. Generator Supercenter called. Our 38 kW liquid cooled natural gas fired generator for the house is still on back order. They said another month or two as Generac is not telling them anything even though they are the largest Generac purchaser in the USA.

    Wouldn’t generator makers have the same kind of supply chain issues as GM and Ford?

    I imagine that a lot of public entities who were supposed to have some kind of backup power plan got caught without and are scrambling along with homeowners. We had two days of boil water notice in our MUD because the pumps at the water source in the Hill Country had unreliable power from Pedernales, a known problem child among the rural co-ops.

    Yup, you are correct. The liquid cooled generators are carbureted, not fuel injected. They run at constant 1,800 rpm and do not need the fuel injection for high performance at high rpms. But they do come with a computer for monitoring them. Bummer.

  16. “Poorly built apartments, soy boys, and dogs.”

    Have you ever seen an apartment building that was well built ?

    These are really bad, hastily built in the parking lot of the old mall north of Downtown which went bust and became a new campus for the community college. The college does not have in-person classes right now so the admin area is used for vaccinations.

    Part of the reason for converting the mall was plenty of parking. Not any more.

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  17. One out of hundreds. MAGA scum rioters are being held without bond for months now. JUSTICE!

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  18. “Totalitarian Elites Want To Extend COVID-19 Lockdowns Forever For ‘Climate Change’”
    https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/30/totalitarian-elite-will-absolutely-extend-covid-19-lockdowns-in-the-name-of-climate-change/

    “Power-hungry government officials’ eyes have been opened to how far they can stretch their ’emergency powers,’ and climate change is their next frontier.”

    “COVID-19 lockdowns produced a 2.4 billion ton (7 percent) decrease in CO2 emissions in 2020. This has informed a belief that lockdowns are a viable method of cutting carbon emissions by 2050. World Economic Forum, European Commission, and U.N. advisor Mariana Muzzucato has, therefore, hypothesized lockdowns may be enforced again to prevent climate change.”

    “Measures such as banning private transport, a moratorium on meat consumption, and ending fossil-fuel production would be mandated by governments worldwide. The World Economic Forum has since published other articles like Muzzucato’s, suggesting lockdowns are a “crucial dress-rehearsal” for addressing climate change by reducing consumerism and providing homeostasis for low-emission living.”

    I wonder if China will participate ?

  19. “What You Need To Know About The Big Gun Rights Case The Supreme Court Just Took”
    https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/30/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-big-gun-rights-case-the-supreme-court-just-took/

    “The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Corlett, represents the first time in more than a decade that the high court will hear a Second Amendment case.”

    “The Second Amendment provides: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In 2008, in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held the Second Amendment protects “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.” The Heller decision further held that an individual’s right exists regardless of his service in a militia, reasoning that the “militia” clause served as a prefatory clause, explaining the purpose of the protection contained in the operative clause, but not limiting the individual right.”

    “The court in Heller reached these conclusions after a detailed examination of the origins of the Second Amendment: “Heller explored the right’s origins, noting that the 1689 English Bill of Rights explicitly protected a right to keep arms for self-defense, and that by 1765, [William] Blackstone was able to assert that the right to keep and bear arms was ‘one of the fundamental rights of Englishmen.’””

    “Two years after the Supreme Court held in Heller that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms, the high court in McDonald v. City of Chicago held that right “is fully applicable to the States” and state subdivisions, such as counties and cities.”

  20. “The Ugly Truth About Renewable Power”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/ugly-truth-about-renewable-power

    “When Texas literally froze this February, some blamed the blackouts that left millions of Texans in the dark on the wind turbines. Others blamed them on the gas-fired power plants.”

    “The truth isn’t so politically simple. In truth, both wind turbines and gas plants froze because of the abnormal weather.”

    “And when Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway said it had plans for additional generation capacity in Texas, it wasn’t talking about wind turbines. It was talking about more gas-fired power plants—ten more gigawatts of them.”

    “While the Texas Freeze hogged headlines in the United States, across the Atlantic, the only European country producing any electricity from solar farms was teeny tiny Slovenia. And that’s not because Europe doesn’t have any solar capacity—on the contrary, it has a substantial amount. But Europe had a brutal winter with lots of snow and clouds. Despite the often-referenced fact that solar panels operate better in cooler weather, sub-zero temperatures are far more drastic than cool. This is not even to mention the cloud cover that, based on the Electricity Map data above, did not help.”

    Sounds pretty ugly to me.

    Better getcha an alternate method for electricity for extreme weather events below 32 F or above 95 F. Cause the wind turbines don’t turn when they are frozen and the wind don’t blow above 95 F in Texas. And the solar farms don’t make electricity when they are covered in ice and snow.

  21. “Biden Bets the Farm — to ‘Change the World’” by Patrick J. Buchanan
    https://buchanan.org/blog/biden-bets-the-farm-to-change-the-world-149608

    “Joe Biden may not be a radical socialist, but he is doing the best imitation of one this writer has lately seen.”

    “After enacting a COVID-19 relief package of $1.9 trillion in March without a single Republican vote in Congress, Biden proposed a jobs and infrastructure program of $2.2 trillion. He has now added an “American Families Plan” of another $1.8 trillion.”

    “In his speech to the joint session of Congress, Biden laid out its contents. The Washington Times relates:”

    ““Mr. Biden’s latest spending package includes $225 billion for child care, $225 billion for a national paid family and medical leave program, $200 billion to extend bolstered Obamacare subsidies in his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, $200 billion for universal pre-K, and $109 billion for two years of free community college for all Americans.””

    That is a lot of freebies.

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  22. $109 billion for two years of free community college for all Americans.

    If this is in fact true, and passes, I’ll be using it. But, I bet there are strings attached. Already have a degree, tough luck. Except POCs who wasted their time on a LibArts degree. They will get to go to get a “Green Job”. Old, White, Male, you get screwed again.


  23. Old, White, Male, you get screwed again.

    Naw, you get to participate too. You get to pay for it.

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  24. $109 billion for two years of free community college for all Americans.

    Let’s dilute college degrees until they’re as meaningless as high school diplomas. Oh, wait. We already did that over the last 30 years.

    So, high school diplomas are the new kindergarten graduation, two year degrees are the new middle school graduation, and four year degrees are the new high school diploma. Excellent.

    I wonder what the plan is once 90% of all Americans have doctoral level degrees.

    The trades will get the last laugh. As they probably should.

  25. Seeing some news reports about issues with gasoline delivery to stations – due to a shortage of gas truck drivers. Gas supply is OK, but gas truck drivers are down 25%+.

    Articles say there may be some stations without gas this summer in some areas. Nothing like the early 1970’s though (for those that remember). I was running a gas station then – long lines, then no gas.

    The gas truck drivers are too busy going to free community college.

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  26. Trying to delete 78K thumbnail files on my NVR, it LOOKS like it’s doing nothing, but a look at the System Monitor shows one CPU at a time maxed. It’s hitting the cores one after the other, but I don’t see it actually deleting files. Caja is running at 96% of CPU capacity.

    I’m constantly surprised how long disk operations take on Mint and win10, whether it’s creating thumbnails every single freaking time you open a folder, or deleting, it seems to take FAR too long for what is normally a straightforward operation- dir in the first case, and shift del *.jpg in the second.

    The delete just finished. Took many minutes to delete 78K small files. I’ll time the next directory….

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    42K files, I get a progress bar and a lot of disk noise and it took 1:14 minutes

    48K files, no progress bar, and 3:30 minutes

  27. Took almost nine minutes to delete 70K files, never got a progress bar until “138 files left to delete”, and took another 40 seconds to clear that and return to a live desktop.

    WTH?

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  28. Regarding ‘community college’ – Back in 1969, when I graduated high school, California ‘junior colleges’ (2-year degrees) were almost free. Very low-cost tuition, based on class credits, I think.

    The quality of education and campuses was good. Started my electronics career there. Don’t recall the exact costs back then. But the 2 year degree got me into the computer field; worked out well for me. (It probably helped that I got a job with local government.)

    Looked up the current costs (American River Community College, https://arc.losrios.edu/ ) for a 2 year degree; I think costs are per-year:

    Estimated tuition and fees (for CA residents; out of state is more)

    $1,104.00 +

    Estimated room and board charges(Includes rooming accommodations and meals)

    $0.00 +

    Estimated cost of books and supplies

    $1,854.00 +

    So, total cost/year (tuition/fees plus books) looks to be about $3K/year.


  29. I wonder what the plan is once 90% of all Americans have doctoral level degrees.

    A new level of degree will be created. Wizard of Science, Wizard of Engineering, etc. Will require another four years of college with $200K per year tuition paid to the university. The keeping the unemployable college administrators employed. Or they create another level of university, College of Wizardry, wands optional.

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  30. If Wuhan virus vaccines caused people to grow another finger:

    Democrats would write legislation compensating poc’s as victims while simultaneously taxing polc’s (people of lighter complexions) for their unfair advantage.

    RINO’s would agree that it’s all Trump’s fault and the Seven Dwarfs would vote with the Dims.

    Glove City in China would go bankrupt.

    Reddit would melt down over the proper way to deliver a one-finger salute.

    Nerd children would learn mathematics in base 12 and take over the world.

    LeBron James still wouldn’t be able to dribble without palming the ball.

     

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  31. Regarding ‘community college’ – Back in 1969, when I graduated high school, California ‘junior colleges’ (2-year degrees) were almost free. Very low-cost tuition, based on class credits, I think.

    The quality of education and campuses was good. Started my electronics career there. Don’t recall the exact costs back then. But the 2 year degree got me into the computer field; worked out well for me. (It probably helped that I got a job with local government.)

    Looked up the current costs (American River Community College, https://arc.losrios.edu/ ) for a 2 year degree; I think costs are per-year:

    Estimated tuition and fees (for CA residents; out of state is more)

    $1,104.00 +

    Estimated room and board charges(Includes rooming accommodations and meals)

    $0.00 +

    Estimated cost of books and supplies

    $1,854.00 +

    So, total cost/year (tuition/fees plus books) looks to be about $3K/year.

    Junior Colleges are very heavily subsidized by the state and local voters. They are trying to keep the kids out of the four year colleges until they are juniors with demonstrated seriousness. Texas does this also.

  32. Took almost nine minutes to delete 70K files, never got a progress bar until “138 files left to delete”, and took another 40 seconds to clear that and return to a live desktop.

    WTH?

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    File directories are logarithmic in access speed. Directory modifications are very speedy until you hit a certain number and then slow down significantly. NTFS has this problem also. I am having a problem with this across our LAN and going to move our file servers to SSDs because of it. I’ve got a 2 TB SSD sitting on my desk ready for the main file server when I get a breath.
    https://www.amazon.com/Blue-NAND-2TB-SSD-WDS200T2B0A/dp/B073SBRHH6/

  33. Nerd children would learn mathematics in base 12 and take over the world.

    Another finger on either hand would allow them to understand the ultimate question.

    Six by nine is 42 in base 13.

  34. Took almost nine minutes to delete 70K files, never got a progress bar until “138 files left to delete”, and took another 40 seconds to clear that and return to a live desktop.

    From the shell prompt or GUI file manager?

  35. “HCQ proponent Dr. Vladimir Zelenko to receive Nobel Prize”
    https://conservativeplaybook.com/2021/04/30/hcq-proponent-dr-vladimir-zelenko-to-receive-nobel-prize/

    “A doctor who was among the first to recommend Hydroxychloroquine and other effective treatments for Covid-19 will receive the Nobel Prize for his work. American leftist politicians and mainstream media might not appreciate Hydroxychloroquine, but the rest of the world understands its efficacy against Covid-19.”

    “Dr. Vladimir Zelenko has been censored on multiple platforms, including an all-out ban on Twitter. His crime: Successfully treating Covid-19 patients with methods that runs contrary to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recommendations. That’s it. Big Tech, mainstream media, and Democrats love whatever Fauci says even when what he’s saying today is different from what he said yesterday. From their brainwashed mentality, anything he says is correct even when he contradicts himself regularly. According to Human Events:”

    “He developed what he has labeled the Zelenko Covid-19 Protocols which has as its centerpiece, but not exclusive piece, the combined use of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and Zinc as a means by which a person can both help to prevent or mitigate the contraction of Covid-19, or can actually treat the disease once it has been diagnosed. Both protocols can be viewed and downloaded from his website.”

    Interesting.

    Fauci is looking more and more to be an overpaid government fraud.

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

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  36. File directories are logarithmic in access speed. Directory modifications are very speedy until you hit a certain number and then slow down significantly. NTFS has this problem also. I am having a problem with this across our LAN and going to move our file servers to SSDs because of it. I’ve got a 2 TB SSD sitting on my desk ready for the main file server when I get a breath.

    The major Linux distributions have been moving to replace the standard ext3/4 file systems with BTRFS, designed by Oracle to accommodate larger storage sizes.

    I tend to be conservative with my server. I may move the boot partition to BTRFS, but the shared home partition will stay ext4 for now. I’ve run the server on the latest stable Fedora for a decade, providing Windows SMB access to home directories mostly without problems.

    I’m not convinced about Apple’s APFS solution to the problem of growing storage sizes, but I had no choice if I wanted to run an SSD in my 2012 MacBook Pro.

  37. Rain has slowed locally, we’re just under 2 inches. Wife thinks she will take the girls for the weekend. The girls all want to go, despite the rain.

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    We apparently got four inches of rain this morning. That is why the ditch in front of the house has two foot of water in it. And we are going to get quite a bit more more late tonight and tomorrow.

  38. The Vantucky rental sold for $619k? Yikes!

    Niether the landlords nor the sellers did *anything* to that house. Same cr*p carpet and DARK paint.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/3508-SE-176th-ave,-vancouver,-wa_rb/62775900_zpid/

    I can’t overstate how that paint made the house dark inside.

    Divorced woman’s settlement house — no man was going to tell her what color to paint … or use drywall anchors in the Master closet. I reinstalled the racks/shelves properly my first weekend in the house.

    Looks like the backyard fell apart after we left. Sad. Despite being dinged for half of the deposit, the landlords had the house on the market two weeks after we left.

  39. The Vantucky rental sold for $619k?

    Niether the landlords nor the sellers did *anything* to that house. Same cr*p carpet and DARK paint.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/3508-SE-176th-ave,-vancouver,-wa_rb/62775900_zpid/

    I can’t overstate how that paint made the house dark inside.

    Divorced woman’s settlement house — no man was going to tell her what color to paint … or use drywall anchors in the Master closet. I reinstalled the racks/shelves properly my first weekend in the house.

    If my son is correct, the Fed is buying houses. Infinite money will do horrible things to a marketplace.

  40. What shortage?

    First Lysol, then TP, and lately ketchup (packets) and gas, now this??
    Hopefully those here that are affected have been stacking.
    Article also mentions alternatives such as converting to saltwater.

    CNBC: A major chlorine shortage is set to spoil summertime fun in the swimming pool.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/30/a-major-chlorine-shortage-is-set-to-spoil-swimming-pool-fun-this-summer.html

    Algae blooms in the creek are pretty. Not so much in your pool, been there, done that, got the tshirt.

  41. If my son is correct, the Fed is buying houses. Infinite money will do horrible things to a marketplace. 

    Black Rock and other private equity are buying the houses with printing press money from the Fed. Better to hold the paper than the deed to the house.

    Can you image Powell pushing a mower at the latest “jingle mail” return address?

    The mortgage obligates the owner to do the maintenance. The military credit unions around Tampa learned this in the late 2000s and didn’t automatically foreclose when a borrower got in trouble, maintaining a live-in indentured servant relationship which worked until the home prices began to decline in a big way.

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  42. There is no shortage of chlorine. The shortage is stabilized chlorine made specifically for pools, most of which is trichloroisocyanuric acid.

    Sunlight liberates chlorine from a swimming pool. In a pool with trichlor a reduction in chlorine causes the equilibrium of the dissociation reaction to shift and increase the available chlorine. In sunny weather testing for chlorine once a day is insufficient.

    Chlorine disinfects by reacting with contaminants in the water. Insufficient chlorine levels do not provide safe disinfection. What people think of as the smell of chlorine is actually chloramines, a partially oxidized disinfection byproduct that indicates that the chlorine level is too low, not too high. Walk away and find something else to do.

    And always make your kids pee before they get in the pool.

    BTW, the numbers so far do not add up. The Biolab losses are described variously as “835 tons”, “unknown” and “major”. But 835 tons represents about 33,000 50-pound pails. A pail is a typical seasonal purchase for an average pool in the Sunbelt and there are about 5 million pools in the US. Panic buying and stockpiling may create a temporary shortage. Oxychem isn’t revealing their inventory numbers or production capacity.


  43. Now, messing about with propane is dangerous. I’m not suggesting anyone do it, and all my comments are for ‘entertainment’ and not instruction. Do whatever you do at your own risk. It’s NOT recommended to refill those 1 pound bottles. I definitely do recommend adding the brass screw caps to any bottle you’ve refilled or to any bottle that is partially used and removed from a device. Check them for leaks with soapy water (bubbles or foam mean it’s leaking.) Don’t store them inside or in enclosed spaces.

    Is there a max temp for outdoor storage? Which I presume should be a flame proof cabinet? Or is that considered an enclosed space?


  44. …financial advice…

    Always sign up for your employer’s 401k plan, at a minimum an amount that matches the employer’s maximum matching contribution. Not doing so is basically throwing away free money. And contribute up to the employee maximum, even if unmatched, if you can afford it. You’re always 100% vested in your own contributions, it’s only employer money, and gains on both, that you can ‘lose’ if you leave the company before you’re vested. If you don’t yet have the time and/or knowledge to manage where to invest your funds, start with a target retirement date fund and watch the financial markets do their thing. Roth 401k’s are attractive but many companies don’t offer that option. (PPINGOFR)

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  45. $109 billion for two years of free community college for all Americans.

    Wait a second, if it’s free, what’s the $109B for? Aren’t the professors and the administrators working for free? And free electricity??

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  46. Freefall: The New Used Spaceship Reactor
    http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3600/fc03586.htm

    Man, that is just like the used vehicles that I have been looking at lately.

    @lynn, still no luck finding an Expy?

    All Expy’s for sale are auction vehicles for sale by a dealer masquerading as an individual.

    I have not figured out the secret of finding an individual selling their one owner carefully maintained jewel yet.

  47. “Biden lays border crisis on Trump admin’s refusal to cooperate”
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/one-god-awful-mess-biden-lays-border-crisis-trump-admin-n1265908

    “WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden blamed the Trump administration for ongoing problems at the U.S.-Mexico border, citing its failure to cooperate and share critical information during the presidential transition period.”

    Gentlemen and Ladies, I present to you an asshole and a liar.

    The border problem was caused by Biden reversing all of Trump’s border policies. The chief problem was caused by Biden reversing the policy making the so-called refugees wait on the Mexican side of the border.

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  48. Back at keyboard…

    Spent the evening watching youtube with my youngest. Oldest and wife did go north to camp and they are very happy as the weather opened up. She says the girls are manic…

    Little one is finally in bed.

    Upthread —

    @greg, using the gui ‘file manager’ tool. I’m not sure I won’t delete something important using a command line.

    Also, that house looks nice, other than the purple accents…

    @lynn, I know you want to limit your cost, but you might have to go with at least one of the bottom end wholesale to public guys like autonation, or txdirectauto…

    –mating season for the froggies must have started. I didn’t consider that when I built a pond in front of the house. Little one and I counted 4 in the water and there were others croaking away in the surrounding area too. Little bastidges are LOUD. REALLY LOUD. I hope they find dates soon.

    –scanner has the PD working street racers again. Must be in a new budget month.

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  49. @alan, the problem with propane and enclose storage is if the tanks vent or leak, the gas can build up to dangerous levels. That said, the 1 pound bottles are stacked on the shelves in the store… when they are partially used or refilled, the seal may not engage properly. The add on brass caps solve that problem.

    I wouldn’t store them in direct sun, but I store them outdoors in Houston summer without an issue. If they get too hot, they are supposed to vent.

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  50. Peter Luger attempted murder suspect shot two diners ‘while on run from cops in North Carolina on kidnapping and armed robbery charges’ as police chief says: ‘He doesn’t need to be on the street – he’s going to kill someone’

    Arkies Sommerville, 24, was arrested in connection with shooting outside Brooklyn’s famous Peter Luger Steakhouse Thursday night He was on the run from police in Littleton, North Carolina, on suspicion of five crimes including an armed robberg
    Somerville was in the hospital Friday morning for an ‘unknown reason,’ according to the NYPD, but has since been charged with two counts of attempted murder
    Littleton Police Chief Phillip Trivette told DailyMail.com: ‘He’s dangerous’
    ‘People hit the ground and were crawling on top of one another,’ an Arizona tourist told The Daily News
    Two innocent bystanders were hit with stray bullets but are expected to live

    –finally released a picture, and yup, Amish.

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  51. @lynn, I know you want to limit your cost, but you might have to go with at least one of the bottom end wholesale to public guys like autonation, or txdirectauto…

    I’ve been watching Autonation and Carmax also. I have a Carmax about five miles from my house. I suspect that both of those tend to send any vehicle under $15,000 to the auction.

    BTW, I am looking at Highlanders also.

  52. and one featuring him younger on her shirt? the whole thing reeks of manipulation.

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