Wed. May 19, 2021 – well, that was wet

Had a big storm last night, and we got 1 1/2 inch of rain in very little time. Then it all blew through. No idea what today will be like. Probably won’t be 12 inches of rain…

Got a bunch of errands run, and a bunch of pick ups done yesterday. Spotty rain all over town, but nothing very dramatic during the day.

While I was out in the country, I refilled the tank on my new truck. Initially I was getting 20 mpg, but that quickly dropped. For this first 27 gallons, the computer says ~17 mpg. Miles over gallons, it would be 15mpg, but I don’t know how full it was originally. The dealer’s “full tank of gas” might not be the same as mine, all the way up the filler neck. Or the computer might only count while the vehicle is moving. I tend to leave it running with the doors locked if I’m just jumping out for a minute or three. I always wondered how sophisticated the calculation is. Anyway, given the weight and size of the truck, and the weight and size of my foot on the accelerator, 17mpg is pretty good.

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I’ve noticed that ammo is starting to show up in some of the online stores, and it’s even a tiny bit cheaper than it was last week. If you need some, this might be a good time. Just suck it up regarding the cost. NOT having it could be much more expensive.

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Same goes for all the other needful things. I’m the king of waiting until something is on sale, leveraging coupons, buying in season, and getting lucky, but I have been re-stocking and adding to the stacks without waiting for bargains. The time to slowly build your reserves for the least outlay possible is gone. I think your focus now should be on filling gaps first, then extending the stack, and for getting stuff you’ve been putting off as ‘not really needed’ or ‘too nuts to buy that’. If body armor fits that description, AR500 Armor has some on sale and in stock.

You’re on your own for meds for your fish, but there are advertisers on Rawles site, and other places online. Aesop reminds everyone that wound care takes a LOT of supplies and they may be in short supply (see Venezuela for a current example). Think case quantity on some of the stuff. I’ll second his first hand knowledge with some of my own. I’ve mentioned it before.

Bacitracin and other antibiotic cremes are crazy cheap when you consider it’s a lifesaving tech that even kings couldn’t buy 100 years ago. I don’t think a sealed tube will degrade significantly in years, but again, VERY CHEAP at the moment. It would be crazy not to have a bunch of tubes on hand. Anti-fungals too. Think about doing a bunch of hard sweaty work, and not having access to running water. Last time I was in Cancun, that was the situation for everyone outside of the city. Athlete’s foot, jock itch, “feminine itching”, etc will seriously degrade your effectiveness.

I’m not a doctor, even of Education, but I have first hand experience with silvadine cream (silver sulfadiazine) on burns and through the skin abrasions. I would get some and have it on hand, if I was planning for a future with degraded access to medical care. Ebay and the Israelis might be your friend there.

Standard OTC meds are on the shelves in giant bottles. Get some. Aspirin and acetaminophen and ibuprofen and benadryl to start. Those are the ones that will keep you in the fight. Add the comfort meds (snivel meds) like cold and flu remedies, allergy treatments, heartburn, etc. after you’ve got the lifesaving covered.

I stocked up at the beginning of this mess, reasoning that the supply chain might break. Didn’t need much more than ordinary usage, and I don’t think supplies got particularly short, but it was nice to have.

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Don’t forget cleaning and hygiene supplies either. Food borne illness can kill you. We should all be pretty well stocked at this point, but if not, stack it up.

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Get whatever your fur babies will need too, like heartworm and flea treatments. Food for them as well, there might not BE any table scraps…

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Huh, turns out I did a real post after all. There’s plenty more on the list of stuff you need or might want, but think about what sort of things you don’t have in the cabinet, because you can just pop down to the store if you needed that. Then get some.

And stack it all high.

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Author: Nick Flandrey

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

82 thoughts on “Wed. May 19, 2021 – well, that was wet”

  1. Damn, I didn’t realize Silvadine was a sulfa drug.  I wonder what the alternative is?

  2. @clayton, IDK, but it’s a miracle treatment on burns.

    64F and still raining at 630am. My rain gauge says 2.46 Inches, but it would have reset sometime in the night, so the total here is more likely 4 inches.

    Plenty of nasty on the weather radar map.

    School is still open, so I better get the family up…

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  3. Don’t forget bandaids. Way more than you think, and not just the normal types. I had a cut on my right lateral malleolus (the outside bump on the ankle) and a normal bandaid wouldn’t stay on. The knuckle bandages were the answer. Changing that daily goes through a lot of bandages, and those type aren’t in great quantities in the multi-packs. I’ve since stocked up on them, and am adding more. Interestingly, they were almost impossible to find locally (still are). I found some on Amazon that were reasonably priced.

     

    Oh, and I second Nick’s advice for having lots of antibiotic cremes on hand. Put it on every cut.

  4. I sure am glad that Perry Homes put down two feet of dirt, clay, and sand down on my lot before they poured my home foundation. Because, my home is two feet above the standing water right now. The house is islanded except for the driveway which is six inches above the water in the front ditch. There is a LOT of water out there. Houston is a swamp and swamps flood, even though I am 30 miles away from downtown Houston. 

    That is at the new house?

    I was hoping to get the yard cleared of the ice storm damage before the rains stopped and regrowth slowed down. I don’t remember a Memorial Day weekend here when rain wasn’t an issue.


  5. @clayton, IDK, but it’s a miracle treatment on burns.

    I know, My ex got it for a steam burn and it worked GREAT. I am, however, allergic to Sulfa drugs. Topical use may not trigger the allergy, but it was 3 days of muscle cramps after I stopped taking it, so I’d rather not risk it.

    Well, I have lots of triple antibiotic cream and I will have to rely on that.

  6. @clayton, I would recommend talking to a pharmacist or Dr about the allergy just because it is such an effective treatment.

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  7. Bought another industrial strength IR illuminator for my security cams. I’ve bought 4 surplus ones from the same ebay seller and they’ve all worked fine. They were ~$400 each when new iirc, and they are BRIGHT.
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  8. I vote to keep @Rick happy and let Mr. Murphy rule.

    Murphy was an optimist. Unlike Mr. SteveF.

    Local High School graduation last night. I made a couple of major mistakes in my picture taking. Turned off auto focus (a slide ring on the lens) to get the diploma pictures. Distance is fixed so having AF off speeds up the process.

    But come time for the hat toss and celebration, confetti poppers, (no silly string as it hurts the grass), I failed to turn AF back on. Whoops, the images are blurry, still usable full size, but not at all like I would have wanted.

    There was another group of photographers at the event. From the company that does the school pictures. Two of them. I guess they hope to gouge a few more dollars from the parents. Anyway, these people shows up with a cart full of equipment. Monopod, three flashes, four cameras, has one in his hand, one hanging from his belt, his assistant has one camera on a tripod and another in her hand. Each only used one camera during the event. The entire event was only 30 minutes.

    I chuckle to myself when people like this show up for events. They are clueless and are just boosting their own ego. The amount of gear is not the deciding factor, skill is. In this event I failed on the celebration toss. Having multiple cameras would not have helped as I only have a single brain.

    I arrive with only one camera, a flash bracket, bracket cord, one flash, a spare set of batteries in my pocket. I like to travel light. Less gear to keep track of and away from thieves.

    Another lady was there whom I have no idea who she was. Single camera with a camera bag hanging from the shoulder (how gosh), using only the built-in on camera flash, effective distance about 6.3 feet. She got in the way of the rest of us several times. Rude behavior.

  9. I guess the term, fag, queer, queen, etc. are no longer fashionable. Non-binary is the new socially acceptable term. As far as I am concerned the should be unary, just play with themselves, and leave the rest of us alone.

  10. Bought another industrial strength IR illuminator for my security cams. I’ve bought 4 surplus ones from the same ebay seller and they’ve all worked fine. They were ~$400 each when new iirc, and they are BRIGHT.

    Where was the return shipping address? My former employer apparently lost out on bidding for something big last year, and IR illuminators were among the pieces of equipment purchased for the installs.

    The final numbers for FY 20/21 are delayed for a month.

  11. @greg, he seems to get them in dribs and drabs. He only lists them one at a time. Raytech illuminators, right up there with Bosch and smaller.

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  12. Amazon’s Ring doorbell camera ‘is effectively building the largest corporate-owned, civilian-installed surveillance network that the US has ever seen,’ it has been claimed.

    The stark warning came from Lauren Bridges, a PhD candidate at University of Pennsylvania, who told The Guardian that one in ten police departments around the country have access to video from the civilian cameras after the company partnered with more than 1,800 local law enforcement agencies.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9593763/Amazons-Ring-largest-civilian-surveillance-network-seen.html

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  13. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9594593/Girl-11-fights-knife-wielding-Florida-sex-offender-tried-abduct-bus-stop.html

    He had approached his target two weeks ago and made her feel uncomfortable, the sheriff said.

    ‘I cannot help to think that this could have ended very different had this 11-year-old victim not thought to fight, and to fight, and to just never give up. This could have ended terribly,’ Simmons said.

    ‘Why else do you think that this man stopped his van and tried to pick her up and take her into that van? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what his intentions were, they were not good.’

    ‘He will never be free to do this again,’ Simmons said. ‘Our concern was this wasn’t his first try.’

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  14. @greg, he seems to get them in dribs and drabs. He only lists them one at a time. Raytech illuminators, right up there with Bosch and smaller.

    I don’t remember what kind of illuminators the last place bought. As I’ve noted before, purchasing decisions were always about family, neighbors, or friends of the CEO on the corporate level in Austria. Austin decisions often came down to who was willing to sleep with whom.

  15. Amazon’s Ring doorbell camera ‘is effectively building the largest corporate-owned, civilian-installed surveillance network that the US has ever seen,’ it has been claimed.

    Put enough cameras on a street with precisely known locations, and you can build a 3D model of movement of vehicles and pedestrians through the environment. The catch is that it requires lots of processing power to be done in real time, but that isn’t a problem for Amazon.

    The Legend of Jeff, Family Man, Drives A Honda, Wears The Same Shirt To Work Every Day (He Has A Closet Full).

    And MacKenzie Drove The Bronco …

  16. Well, our toolshed-as-a-kit arrived yesterday. It’s all untreated wood, so we went off to buy wood primer and varnish, to protect the shed a bit from the elements. Gads, that stuff is expensive! Altogether, it costs about a quarter of what the toolshed itself cost.

    OTOH, modern technology is nice: it’s all water-based, which is infinitely preferable to the old, smelly stuff you used to gas yourself with.

    Lots of coats to go on: at least for the floor, I want two coats of primer and two of the varnish. For the rest of the shed, one of each may do.

    The instructions are kind of amusing. While they’re pretty clear, they assume you’re assembling the shed in the middle of an open space. Which is rarely going to be the case (and certainly not in our case). I’m honestly not quite sure how we’re going to pull this off…

    Non-binary is the new socially acceptable term.

    AFAIK, non-binary means someone who can’t figure out what their <i>own</i> gender ought to be. Do they identify as what their genes say, or as something else, or maybe they identify as a tree on Tuesdays, and as a boulder on Wednesdays.

    It’s all part of the TMI campaign of the woke. Unless I’m dating you, I don’t care about your gender identity, or anything else to do with your sex life. The latest US woke trend of putting pronouns on company badges is just…utterly unprofessional. Laughable.

    Amazon’s Ring doorbell camera ‘is effectively building the largest corporate-owned, civilian-installed surveillance network that the US has ever seen

    The US needs privacy legislation similar to what Europe has. Here, if you install a camera, it is only allowed to monitor your own property. You can’t point it at your neighbor’s house, or even at the public street. This eliminates most of the privacy concerns.

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  17. The US needs privacy legislation similar to what Europe has. Here, if you install a camera, it is only allowed to monitor your own property. You can’t point it at your neighbor’s house, or even at the public street. This eliminates most of the privacy concerns.

    Seems largely unenforceable. Given the size of modern cameras how would you even know your neighbors have cameras let alone if they’re pointed at your house or the street?

    In the US there is no “reasonable expectation of privacy” on the exterior of your home or the street. If a passerby on a public right-of-way can easily see what you’re up to on a public street or in your yard then why not a camera?


  18. The latest US woke trend of putting pronouns on company badges is just…utterly unprofessional. Laughable.

    On being prompted to specify my pronouns at work, I said that my pronouns are Trump2020/Trump2020. (This was before the election; now I’d put TrumpWon/TrumpWon.) Well. You’d think I’d just pissed in their organic, fair trade, cold-brew coffee. Apparently “your identity is entirely up to you” and “all choices of pronouns are valid” apply only to approved beliefs. Or, as I suggested, only to approved mental illnesses.

  19. I sure am glad that Perry Homes put down two feet of dirt, clay, and sand down on my lot before they poured my home foundation. Because, my home is two feet above the standing water right now. The house is islanded except for the driveway which is six inches above the water in the front ditch. There is a LOT of water out there. Houston is a swamp and swamps flood, even though I am 30 miles away from downtown Houston.

    That is at the new house?

    Yes, the new used house built in 1998.

    Lots and lots of water was out there last night at 2am. Most of it drained off last night but I still have three foot of water in the front ditch.

  20. I failed to turn AF back on. Whoops, the images are blurry, still usable full size, but not at all like I would have wanted.

    Ray, I suggest you consider digiKam’s Refocus utility to attempt to fix them. I only used it once many years ago, but it worked a small miracle when my camera’s OutafocusTM focused on a different part of the picture, and I didn’t notice it until editing. Like your situation, my focus error was minor, but annoying. Some of these functions do things I have never bothered to understand, but the math is probably beyond me. I know that, in my limited experience, different software has different behind the scenes processing, and some are better than others. I don’t read the photo forums, so don’t know much other than my personal experience.

    I don’t know if your software has a similar function. As I might have said before, I don’t allow any Adobe products on any of my systems. Just my twisted sense of propriety, but I have my reasons.

    You can get digiKam here: https://www.digikam.org/

    Actually, I only use Showfoto, which is part of digiKam, but I think you still have to download and install the whole thing first. After that, you can run Showfoto as a stand alone program. I don’t use the file management part of digiKam, so can’t comment on that. I have used Showfoto on Linux for years, but it is also available for Windows. In my experience, Showfoto runs better on Windows 10 than it did on my various Linux distros over the years. I use it for most of my editing, but I don’t do much post processing, so can’t comment on its feature set. It would take more time than I have to read comparison reviews, but they are out there. Changing editing software is a major step, and I did a lot of that on Linux because there didn’t seem to be much that worked well for me. Showfoto was the best I found.

    As with all software new to you, I suggest you first try it on a spare computer. I always try to keep my production systems clean, and would always recommend this to others. There are some things I would never put on a production machine, but digiKam is not one of those.

    As always, your feedback would be appreciated. Good luck.

  21. OTOH, modern technology is nice: it’s all water-based, which is infinitely preferable to the old, smelly stuff you used to gas yourself with.

    Water based means water soluble.

    I keep on telling people that water is the universal solvent. Most people do not believe me.


  22. If a passerby on a public right-of-way can easily see what you’re up to on a public street or in your yard then why not a camera?

    There is an argument: If I happen to randomly see you on the street, that’s one thing. Following you around and recording everyplace you go and everyone you visit, is a whole different level of intrusiveness. Even if you were on public streets the entire time.

    The latter is what Ring is achieving. And is (roughly) the reason that cameras are very restricted here. Moving in a public space should include a degree of anonymity, not unlimited tracking.

    Enforcement: Obviously, there are potential fines, if you are caught repeatedly violating the law. Perhaps more important: illegally recorded videos are generally inadmissible as evidence in court.

    Dashcams are an interesting middle ground. As long as the videos are only ever viewed/saved in case of an accident, they are not (quite) illegal. However, again, admissibility is a problem. I think they can be used for insurance purposes, but the police are only allowed to use them except in very limited circumstances.

    Germany is particularly extreme about all of this. For example, there is no Google Street View in Germany. In the rest of Europe, Street View is allowed as long as people and license plates are blurred.

    Water based means water soluble.

    No, actually. I read up on the technology a few years ago. As I recall, it’s some sort of polymer suspended in water. Once the water evaporates, the polymer particles bind together to form an insoluble layer. I don’t remember the details, but I suppose it’s not that much different from latex paint, which is also not water soluble after it dries.

  23.  

     –Without having knowingly read more than the linked article, I’d say that James Howard Kunstler is a fish unaware of the water he swims in.

     

    The zoning laws and building codes allow only certain types of habitations, generally ones too expensive for people seeking to establish households, not to mention the social costs of building even more unsustainable suburbia based on the selling of ever more unaffordable cars.

    –just another guy who thinks there are too many people doing what THEY want to do rather than what’s best for them….

    And WHY is down near the end-

    My state of New York is supposedly “reopening” today. Who’s not longing to get back to “normal?” But who’s not a little anxious that mixing normally with other people won’t start the whole cycle all over again?

    –he seems to think his experience is universal, and I can say with some authority, it is not. I don’t know where he lives in NYFS, but I bet 90% of his attitude revolves around NYFC, or against NYFC. You can’t live near a black hole without feeling its gravitational pull. I won’t even go with the ‘anxiety filled New Yorker’ stereotype because there are a lot of people feeling anxiety right now for a lot of reasons. I will posit that if he lived in Texas or Florida he might have written something different. Fear and manipulation? Why, you’re soaking in it…

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  24. And so as to not diminish my snark, I’ll point out in this new comment that I agree with some of his assessment.  I also don’t have any hope of “returning to normal”.

     

    Never once in history did things “return to normal”.    People, government, institutions, mores, and social norms are all changed by the events that happen to them.  Wuflu and the subsequent lockdown has changed the world around and within us.  There will be some new, possibly not wildly different “normal”, eventually.  It will not be back to the way it was.

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  25. Water soluble—water resistant—water proof is a continuum. Look at the technical data sheet.

    There are numerous coating technologies that are highly insoluble after application and cure, and have good water resistance, but not good enough for water immersion.

     

    The Ring doorbells could easily be employed to measure vehicle speed. Two along a baseline of known length would be most accurate, but even one could get you within a couple percent, which is enough to nail the flocktards doing 40 in a 25mph residential.


  26. ‘I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone!’ Kirstie Alley details backlash she faced for publicly supporting Trump and says her co-stars could ‘cook meth or sleep with hookers’ and not face the same condemnation

    Kristie Alley first endorsed Donald Trump in 2015 – the last year she was seen on screen in a movie
    She received backlash from her Hollywood contemporaries, but doubled down and endorsed Trump again in 2020
    The 70-year-old actress told Tucker Carlson Wednesday that she has been ‘blackballed’ in Hollywood
    She says other people in the film industry are too scared to come out publicly as conservative
    Alley claimed she is living in ‘the Twilight Zone’ because illegal and unethical behavior is tolerated in Hollywood, while her conservative viewpoints are not

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9596551/Kirstie-Alley-tells-Tucker-Carlson-backlash-faced-publicly-supporting-Trump.html

    –Sarah Hoyt has talked about the same thing in book publishing. There are plenty of examples from the tech world in the news too.

    When the pendulum swings back it’s gonna be ugly.

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  27. “Apparently, I am easily entertained…. ”

     

    –changed the submit button again dincha?

     

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  28. –Without having knowingly read more than the linked article, I’d say that James Howard Kunstler is a fish unaware of the water he swims in.

    Kunstler has books to sell. IIRC, most of them are set in upstate New York.

    Both Kunstler and his audience strike me as being nostalgic for factory town life without having ever actually worked in a factory or done much of the manual labor he writes about being the country’s future.

     

  29. The 70-year-old actress told Tucker Carlson Wednesday that she has been ‘blackballed’ in Hollywood
    She says other people in the film industry are too scared to come out publicly as conservative.

    A lot of liberal actresses don’t have half of Kirstie Alley’s career accomplishments or money.

    She also has a lot of self-inflicted career damage.

  30. @clayton “Topical use may not trigger the allergy …” My wife had a pretty severe reaction to sulfa as a child but has no issue with topical use. We both have the same issue with cortisone but get by fine with topical use.  I suppose severe burns where the flesh is exposed might be an issue though.

  31. Water based means water soluble.

    No, actually. I read up on the technology a few years ago. As I recall, it’s some sort of polymer suspended in water. Once the water evaporates, the polymer particles bind together to form an insoluble layer. I don’t remember the details, but I suppose it’s not that much different from latex paint, which is also not water soluble after it dries.

    Even latex paint starts disintegrating after a few years of water beating on it.

    And then try some water with salt in it. That really messes things up quickly.

  32. Kunstler lives in upstate NY, twenty or so miles north of me.

  33. “Reflex: A Jumper Novel” by Steven Gould
    https://www.amazon.com/Reflex-Jumper-Novel-Steven-Gould/dp/0812578546/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number two of a four book science fiction series. Or is it a fantasy series ? I have read this book several times, maybe four or five now. I read the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Tor in 2005 that I just bought used from Amazon as my original book is packed. I am rebuying the other two books in the series and reading those as well. But I am having trouble as they have not been reissued in trade paperback and their print runs have run out.

    I have always wanted to be a teleporter. I mean, it is the ultimate for a lazy man. I first picked this book up on a lark in 2005 and was extremely surprised at how good it is. The characters are well developed and suck you into their stories. I actually read this book before “Jumper” and bought it then.

    Would you like to be able to teleport ? What happens if someone kidnaps and chains you to the wall while they “train” you to perform their nefarious deeds ?

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (293 reviews)


  34. THERE IS A NEW BLOOM COUNTY STRIP TODAY ! Three days in a row, what is going on ?
    https://www.facebook.com/berkeleybreathed

    The world must be coming to an end and Berkeley Breathed feels the need to get a few out the door.

    I think he was head-down working on another project for a few months. Clearly he now has time again. Of course, the whole reason for doing this via Facebook is so he was not tied to a “you must publish every day/week” schedule and can what he pleases, when he pleases, and post a comic without some editor insisting on changes due to fear of offending someone. He has stories about that…


  35. I suggest you consider digiKam’s Refocus utility to attempt to fix them

    I am looking at the sharpener from Topaz labs. I have their denoiser which does a really good job. But it is slow on my computer. It can take as much as 8 minutes per image between the analysis and then correcting. Their sharpener product also comes highly recommended and I have seen some good results from a friend.

    I am not really concerned about the slight blurriness. The image will never be printed, just looked at on a screen, maybe put on the schools website. Not worth the effort to fix.

    Changing editing software is a major step

    Yes, it is like. I am fairly happy with Photoshop and Lightroom. I have some plugins for photo correction, and modification, that will only work with Photoshop.

    Lightroom is my batch processing program of choice. I can take 1,000 images at a football (American style) game, load the images into Lightroom, scan through the images in about an hour, leaving me with 100 to 200 images. I color correct one image, apply denoising (Lightroom version), crop, exposure correct, white balance. Then I apply that to all the remaining images. I can then go through and adjust the crop on the images, make some tweaks, and be done within 3 hours. Then it is a simple matter to upload them to my website using Lightroom and provide the private link to the paper.

    water is the universal solvent

    Given time Dihydrogen Monoxide will dissolve mountains, destroy battleships, even lead to the demise of mafia has-beens.

    Street View is allowed as long as people and license plates are blurred

    Street view blurs faces and license plates in the US. My now deceased mother-in-law is visible on a street view, back view, no face. Her license plate on the car is blurred and I have seen many faces blurred on street view.

    However, I strongly believe the Google has the original images and can be easily retrieved by law enforcement at their whim.


  36. The latest US woke trend of putting pronouns on company badges is just…utterly unprofessional. Laughable.

    On being prompted to specify my pronouns at work, I said that my pronouns are Trump2020/Trump2020. (This was before the election; now I’d put TrumpWon/TrumpWon.) Well. You’d think I’d just pissed in their organic, fair trade, cold-brew coffee. Apparently “your identity is entirely up to you” and “all choices of pronouns are valid” apply only to approved beliefs. Or, as I suggested, only to approved mental illnesses.

    My employer is offering bribes to list your pronouns on your email address: $50 to the charity of your choice. Of course, there is temptation to do it, get the charity the money, then drop the pronouns. Who would be monitoring? I won’t because I object to the idea as it applies to obvious pronouns. I don’t think anyone has much doubt as to which pronouns are appropriate for me, so why to do I need to specify the obvious? Seems pointless for the 99% of us for which the answer is obvious to do this. Am I providing cover for the 1% or less that feel the need to specify because it is not obvious? Why is that necessary? If you need a special pronoun, list it and I will try to remember to use it. No guarantees though: since I forget names it is not a stretch for me to forget a special pronoun. Of course if you use the wrong pronoun I reserve the right to ignore you, politely correct you, or become outraged and offended (offensensitivity – thanks BB). Why should the trans people have all the fun?

  37. If forced, I would insist on “Highness” and “Majesty”.

     

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    If forced, I would insist on “Highness” and “Majesty”.

    Lol, oh that’s rich. I’m definitely going to use it. Thanks!


  39. If forced, I would insist on “Highness” and “Majesty”.

    Lol, oh that’s rich. I’m definitely going to use it. Thanks!

    Eh… those are really titles, though I might like “Your Obtuseness”.

    I think a shout-out to Abbott and Costello might be fun here: Who/What/I-Don’t-Know seems like a fun triplet.

  40. If forced, I would insist on “Highness” and “Majesty”.

    Back before Internet Bubble 1.0 popped in 2000, I did a phone interview with a company located in an old church building in Seattle which was pioneering the (then) new field of transcoding audio for streaming via browser plugin.

    (Once upon a time, a web browser was just about formatting HTML properly. Imagine it.)

    Everyone at the company was allowed to pick their own title, and the HR woman’s was “Mistress of the Hunt”.

  41. Did someone mention rain?

    My sinuses were killing me, so I checked the weather:

    KWJF is reporting 89F, 30mph winds….and 7% humidity.  Ow, ow, ow.

     

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  42. My rain gauge is at 2.74″ at the moment.

    and it’s still drizzling.

     

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  43. Why do you think that the pendulum is going to swing back ?

    That would be by definition. It is a pendulum, is it not?

    Remember School? Please Check Your Work Before Submitting Your Comment!

    Do I get an A+?

  44. No rain today beyond a heavy mist this morning.  It looks like rain is coming but maybe I need new glasses.  So far, it has all soaked in… no run-off.

  45. That should be enough for a while.

    21. A Matter For Men by David Gerrold

    22. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
    23. Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
    24. Armor by John Steakley

  46. Why do you think that the pendulum is going to swing back ?

    That would be by definition. It is a pendulum, is it not?

    Not if the pivot breaks and fails as is happening right now.

    The pivot represents the American people. The bob represents their belief and opinions. The American people are fundamentally changing right now. The American people used to be fairly uniform in their beliefs and opinions, especially about law and order. This is no longer true and I do not see us returning to those uniform beliefs and opinions.

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  47. That article that shows those Darwin’s Arch pictures referred to globull warmening, so I guess it can do anything. Water is likely slower, but the result is similar. Idjits.

  48. Street view blurs faces and license plates in the US. My now deceased mother-in-law is visible on a street view, back view, no face. Her license plate on the car is blurred and I have seen many faces blurred on street view.

    I looked at that view when you posted it a while back.

    I just fell down a rabbit hole for about an hour. I have been scanning a box of a couple hundred family photo prints. There is an address on a postcard, and in a seemingly unrelated picture there is a building. I didn’t know they were related until I looked up the address in Google Maps. Google Street View showed a building that looked like the building in the other picture. I might not have noticed this. Wow… My undated photo was probably taken in the late 1930s, and clearly showed the building. Google Street View showed it, and one angle was a good match. It was interesting to look at the minor changes to the building, and the difference in trees. There’s more, but you get the idea.

    This is in South Chicago, and I had hoped it was my grandparents’ house. It was not, rather an apartment building. They might have lived there, or even owned it. I have lost the address to the family residence where my father was born, and this place is a few miles away. Someday, I might come across the one I am looking for.

    A couple years ago, I discovered that Google Street View has all pictures taken of a location, but it is only visible when viewing the map in a browser. I can’t see that option when using the app on my Android phone. This is not the first time I have discovered this. I used to use a weather app, but found that there were more features when using a browser on my phone, so I dumped the app. Hmm.

  49. Changing editing software is a major step.

    Yes, it is like. I am fairly happy with Photoshop and Lightroom. I have some plugins for photo correction, and modification, that will only work with Photoshop.

    Ray, I agree with you. I have been wanting to try a radically different photo editor for some years, but just can’t seem to take the time. Maybe some day. OTOH, I don’t do much processing, so maybe not.


  50. If forced, I would insist on “Highness” and “Majesty”.

     

    I prefer “Grand Exalted Poobah”

    A couple years ago, I discovered that Google Street View has all pictures taken of a location, but it is only visible when viewing the map in a browser.

    Blurring Google Street View photos is not reversible:
    https://www.dailydot.com/debug/google-maps-blurring/

    Probably not reversible until a new photo is taken, but wonder what they would do if blurring requests started to increase dramatically?

     


  51. If forced, I would insist on “Highness” and “Majesty”.

    I would insist on Pharaoh. As most bosses could not spell it.

    I don’t do much processing

    I processed 40K images this year through my cameras. For sporting events I many times have to have the images ready by early morning to send to the paper. Speed is critical. I know the workflow I have been using for some time. To change that would be a major disruption in that process.

    I prefer “Grand Exalted Poobah”

    Or “Poo” for short.

    Google Street View has all pictures taken of a location, but it is only visible when viewing the map in a browser. I can’t see that option when using the app on my Android phone

    I get street view on my iPad without a problem. Also on the iPhone.


  52. @clayton, IDK, but it’s a miracle treatment on burns.

    I know, My ex got it for a steam burn and it worked GREAT. I am, however, allergic to Sulfa drugs. Topical use may not trigger the allergy, but it was 3 days of muscle cramps after I stopped taking it, so I’d rather not risk it.

    Well, I have lots of triple antibiotic cream and I will have to rely on that.

    Usual disclaimers (IANAD, IANAP, YMMV). My wife has been allergic to sulfa drugs since childhood. Recently her allergist told her that sometimes people lose their sulfa allergy and can be tested for the same.

    I too can vouch for its effectiveness on burns trying to step over the just used lawnmower and getting quite burn on my lower leg. Two tips from my doc – keep it in the fridge and when applying, never ‘double dip.’


  53. “Apparently, I am easily entertained…. ”

    –changed the submit button again dincha?

    I guess I shouldn’t mention that on my phone the button text gets cu

    Never mind…

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  54. And so as to not diminish my snark, I’ll point out in this new comment that I agree with some of his assessment. I also don’t have any hope of “returning to normal”.

    Never once in history did things “return to normal”. People, government, institutions, mores, and social norms are all changed by the events that happen to them. Wuflu and the subsequent lockdown has changed the world around and within us. There will be some new, possibly not wildly different “normal”, eventually. It will not be back to the way it was.

    The terrorists won on 9/11. The TSA will never go away.

    And if you haven’t yet, go back a day or two and read the Newsweek article that @nick linked to – and then consider if any of that is “normal.”

  55. @lynn, I believe it’s a pendulum because humans revert to the mean like everything else, and it’s always worked that way. Emphasis on Humans, more than Americans, in this case. Interesting to think that something fundamental might have broken in our society, and you could make the point, but I still think humans will swing the other way.

    WRT the operation providing cover lives and all the digital “pocket lint” that undercovers need, DailyMail picked it up too, and was running it right about the story about the US Postal Service spying on social media.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9589975/Pentagon-charge-60-000-strong-secret-army-undercover-operatives.html

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9595879/USPS-uses-facial-recognition-Clearview-AI-fake-identities-online-snoop-Americans.html

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  56. @lynn, I believe it’s a pendulum because humans revert to the mean like everything else, and it’s always worked that way. Emphasis on Humans, more than Americans, in this case. Interesting to think that something fundamental might have broken in our society, and you could make the point, but I still think humans will swing the other way.

    We are having an extreme changeover in the USA population right now and for the next 20 ??? years.

    1. For every baby boomer who passes away now, they are being replaced with 2+ illegal immigrants.

    2. We have an enormous amount of unmarried women who are extremely liberal. Many, maybe half, of the unmarried men are also liberal. The other half of the unmarried men are very conservative.

    3. Not many people under the age of 40 are getting married. No commitment when you are just living together and do not have children to worry about the future for.

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  57. OK, fine. You can  now edit your comments after you submit them. 🙂

     

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  58. Yeay! Most generous of you!

    I promise not to abuse it. 🙂

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  59. Wal-Mart trip today. Still continue to see low/no stock on some items. There were no eggs – very weird.   No taco sauce either. They had my coffee, which for past year has been sporadic stock, but it is now 30 cents more expensive.

     

    Plenty of canned meat. I like the Swanson brand canned chicken. However, it’s now in pull top cans. I still picked up a couple, but I’ll concentrate more on the Costco chicken now.

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  60. Wal-Mart trip today. Still continue to see low/no stock on some items. There were no eggs – very weird. No taco sauce either. They had my coffee, which for past year has been sporadic stock, but it is now 30 cents more expensive.

    Plenty of canned meat. I like the Swanson brand canned chicken. However, it’s now in pull top cans. I still picked up a couple, but I’ll concentrate more on the Costco chicken now.

    Buy all you can of the coffee. The price increases are not going to stop but the shipments might stop. There is not any native coffee in the USA that I know of.

    Sam’s Club moved to the poptop can on their canned chicken last year. It is easier to pop but I wonder how the shelf life was impacted, if at all. HEB carries the same brand and the same can but for 20% more.

    The financial apocalypse of the USA is coming. Maybe ten years, maybe five, maybe next year. Things that are shipped in to the USA may not be shipped for a while.

    Or not. My son says a deal has been made that the USA will go through immense inflation over the next couple of years instead. I don’t believe him but his crazy conspiracies come about occasionally.

  61. I have had failures to normal cans and I can’t think of any specific pop top failures, and I think I would have mentioned it here.

    The pop top logically is less mechanically strong, and more vulnerable to stuff eating thru, but I haven’t seen widespread failure, yet.

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    so far I’m really liking my Sharper Image shiatsu back massage chair pad thing, it feels good.

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    haven’t gotten the inversion table assembled yet, spent the day sorting paperwork.

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  62. Standard OTC meds are on the shelves in giant bottles. Get some. Aspirin and acetaminophen and ibuprofen and benadryl to start. Those are the ones that will keep you in the fight. Add the comfort meds (snivel meds) like cold and flu remedies, allergy treatments, heartburn, etc. after you’ve got the lifesaving covered.

    IIRC RBT kept many of his long-term stash of meds in the freezer.


  63. Google Street View has all pictures taken of a location, but it is only visible when viewing the map in a browser. I can’t see that option when using the app on my Android phone

    I get street view on my iPad without a problem. Also on the iPhone.

    I believe he’s referring to access to prior Street View pictures of the same location.

    Then again I find the Google Maps (Android) app UI to be littered with confusing controls, so why not jam in one more.


  64. The pop top logically is less mechanically strong, and more vulnerable to stuff eating thru, but I haven’t seen widespread failure, yet.

    I have stacked several varieties of Progresso soups and either I’m getting older or they’re making the pop-tops much harder to pull open. My wife somehow insists it’s the former…

  65. Even in normal street view, there is a way to see when the image was taken. I found one corner near me that had a 2 year difference between the north/south street, and the east/west street. The decline visible in the images was jarring.

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  66. “Caitlyn Jenner Accused Of ‘Blatant Transphobia’ for Sharing Funny Meme”
    https://dailypatriotreport.com/caitlyn-jenner-accused-of-blatant-transphobia-for-sharing-funny-meme/

    “California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner is now under fire for being “transphobic.” Which is hilarious considering Jenner is literally transgender.”

    “Jenner reposted a meme from Donald Trump Jr. which poked fun at Assistant Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.”

    ““It seems to hold true no matter what!!!! Conservative girls are just better looking… maybe that’s why the libs are always outraged for no reason,” Trump Jr. wrote with a photo of Levine (who looks like a busted can of biscuits) next to Jenner.”

    That is a funny meme !

  67. OK, fine. You can now edit your comments after you submit them.

    Thank you! I shall of course use the power only for good and never for evil!

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  68. @JimB, my grandparents lived on the South Side for a while, near 107th St and Torrence Ave. They moved to Calumet City eventually. My dad worked for Wisconsin Steel for years in their plant there.

    One of the other dads at daughters school grew up in Back of the Yards, and we had a bunch of overlapping experiences, separated by 20years in time.

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