Fri. May 21, 2021 – 04212021? Sorta interesting number…

By on May 21st, 2021 in culture, personal, WuFlu

Cool and part sun, with a breeze. I’m just guessing, but that’s what the weather liars mostly do anyway, only with prettier charts… yesterday was nice. The part sun turned into mostly sunny and the temp stayed reasonable. It was pretty humid though. It was 74F and 88%RH when I went to bed.

Spent yesterday doing some more paper sorting, one pickup, and some other messing around. Had dinner as carryout from a local restaurant. One of our schools had “spirit night” where the restaurant donates 10% of the profit for the night to the school’s charity foundation. The food was ok, and the joint was jumpin’. I’m glad we got the food to go as it was a mad house. It’s actually one of the places I was thinking we might have our ham radio weekly lunch, because it has a large outdoor eating area. It’s mostly an outdoor place in fact. The food was good enough, and I’ll suggest it to the guy who coordinates our lunch meetings. I’d like to start having them in person again.

Daughter 1 is having a birthday dinner today, and we’re going out for sushi. That should be interesting. We’re going to do presents in the morning (a couple) and the rest later tonight. The number of gifts is higher than I expected,but the cost was low. I mostly bought stuff at auction and thrifts over the last year, and I got her craft and science-y stuff. When you spread out the buying, it’s easy to lose track of how many you bought…

We are trying to keep some level of ‘normal’ going for the kids. Rituals are a big part of that for us, so birthdays are a good reason to celebrate.

I’ll be doing some last minute running around to get stuff ready for tonight, I think. She wants fresh chocolate chip cookies, and not a cake, so I’ll be making those, and I don’t have to get dinner together, but fresh flowers would be nice.

Ritual, traditions, family norms. How do you transmit your culture to the next generation? You do the best you can, but your formative events/books/thoughts are not theirs. The schools are not doing it. The service organizations are not doing it. Most of the churches are not doing it. It’s up to you. For me that means sharing books I loved, and movies too. Talking. Being there. Providing a good example. Encouraging a bit of disregard for the rules, and a bit of subversiveness… Attitude first, skills and knowledge second.

And taking care of their worldly needs too, by planning and stacking. Stack it high,

nick

71 Comments and discussion on "Fri. May 21, 2021 – 04212021? Sorta interesting number…"

  1. Ray Thompson says:

    Most of which could have been improved by adding a moderately good high school science student to their script readers.

    There is a Star Trek original version where Kirk is talking the power of some force. He uses the term “ten to the zeroth power” implying some kind of infinite energy. I am certain that everyone here knows that 10^0 is actually zero. Another clueless writer who got a D in basic math.

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  2. Larry McGinn says:

    Ahem. 10 t0 the “zeroth” power is 1, Yup. It is.

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    “Much worse TNG was made”

    Most of which could have been improved by adding a moderately good high school science student to their script readers.

    In the case of early TNG, the legend is that Gene Roddenberry’s lawyer was the script reader with final say until Roddenberry passed.

    Studio lawyers designed the DVD copy protection, and we all know how that worked out.

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    Sméagol plans to extend current gig as Mayor of Chicago as necessary awaiting return of Precious.

    Chicago? Smeagol?

    That’s Mayor Beetlejuice. She’s waiting for her name to be said three times, and then “Its Showtime!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDm4L7gjYNs

    We were in the city on election day. The TV news geeks were all in full self-congratulatory mode at 10 PM.

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  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    You mean Mayor Groot? That’s based on appearance not behaviour, so totally verboten, badthink, unacceptable….

    n

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  6. Greg Norton says:

    You mean Mayor Groot? That’s based on appearance not behaviour, so totally verboten, badthink, unacceptable….

    Going strictly on behavior, Austin has Mayor Brer Rabbit.

    Please don’t pass that homeless camping ban.

    Please don’t pass that homeless camping ban.

    What? They passed the camping ban? BOHICA!

    https://www.fox7austin.com/news/potential-austin-camping-zones-for-homeless-border-cedar-park

    I can’t think of a section of the city further from the homeless services than the (middle) finger that runs up to capture the tax base of the nearby Applied Materials facility and Nvidia offices. Not many city residents actually live there beyond those leasing in (gated) apartment complexes along the light rail line.

    The statewide ban had to go back to committee in the Legislature after the trap was sprung this week. Meanwhile, Governor Abbott got another round of abortion restrictions.

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  7. MrAtoz says:

    We’re binging on the series “Pose” on Netflix. I don’t know if it was intentional, but the most egregious treatment of the LGBTQwerty community is themselves. I wasn’t sure I’d like a series about trannies and crossdressers, but, it is really good.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    We’re binging on the series “Pose” on Netflix. I don’t know if it was intentional, but the most egregious treatment of the LGBTQwerty community is themselves. I wasn’t sure I’d like a series about trannies and crossdressers, but, it is really good. 

    There is definitely a pecking order. I was in Atlanta the morning that the *gay* student association at Morehouse College voted to support the administration’s dress code prohibiting crossdressing by students in class 97-2.

    Not only fellow LGBTQxyz but a historically black college with a tradition of civil rights involvement as well.

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  9. Alan says:

    Morning all. Since we’re starting the day with LGB (and not these) I thought I’d share this: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/554535-lego-unveils-first-lgbtq-set-ahead-of-pride-month

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  10. JimB says:

    I usually don’t like fantasy, but we saw Beetlejuice when it was a first run movie. I enjoyed it. Later, we took our visiting 6? YO niece to Universal Studios, where we saw an outdoor stage performance of the same name, with Michael Keaton himself. The costumes and makeup were minimal, and the effects were mostly none, but he made it come alive. The kid in me loved it!

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  11. nick flandrey says:

    AFK, BRB

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  12. Alan says:

    I had some N scale rolling stock in boxes but sold it. This week I found some N scale track in the bin at goodwill… HO makes sense to me, for some reason N never looks right.

    Decisions, decisions…started my love of trains as a kid with a Christmas time 4’x12′ Lionel O-27 layout that we set up for many years. From there is was real trains, mainly riding the NYC subway and the occasional freight train in the industrial parts of Brooklyn. From there I found G scale when LGB became popular in the US. Collected all of their US flag trains, including some rare items, in hopes of a garden railway some day. That never really worked out and sold most of the collection on Ebay at a modest profit. From there I considered O gauge (two rail) but the space I’ve been “allocated” in the spare bedroom would result in too cramped of a layout so I’ve started to build in HO. While I understand the scope of an N scale layout I could build in the same space the trains themselves just seem too small. As for Z scale, I can only appreciate it as a layout under glass as a unique coffee table.

  13. Alan says:

    For now, I’m sticking with my Tile Pros. The Bluetooth range is what I wanted for traveling and tracking our dogs. When testing, they beeped every time at 100′ and are supposed to work out to 300′. The premium service gives you “fencing” and left behind (I dropped that since I hardly used it). Same price as the ATs and have replaceable batteries.

    @MrAtoz; have been thinking about the Tile Pros for our dogs. Have you though had any issues with the such as this?
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R6VL5NWC2TW8Z/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07W87124X&tag=ttgnet-20

  14. nick flandrey says:

    I remember when the idea of standardized modules for N scale was a brand new idea.  I”m glad to see it was widely adopted and continues.

    n

  15. MrAtoz says:

    @MrAtoz; have been thinking about the Tile Pros for our dogs. Have you though had any issues with the such as this?

    I haven’t, but when the battery gets low, it might cause this. It can take a couple of seconds to connect when you haven’t used it in a while. One of our doxies ran out the door when we were visiting our daughter. 10 at night and completely dark. The TP (lol) tracked her down no problemo.

    As for the range, yeah line of sight for the max. It’s a low power radio, you know.

  16. mediumwave says:

    Fri. May 21, 2021 – 04212021? Sorta interesting number…

    Isn’t today actually 05212021? What am I missing?

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  17. Greg Norton says:

    I usually don’t like fantasy, but we saw Beetlejuice when it was a first run movie. I enjoyed it. Later, we took our visiting 6? YO niece to Universal Studios, where we saw an outdoor stage performance of the same name, with Michael Keaton himself. The costumes and makeup were minimal, and the effects were mostly none, but he made it come alive. The kid in me loved it! 

    Michael Keaton explaining “Pros-tit-two-shun” in “Night Shift” is one of the great film comedy bits. The flick has faded into obscurity to some extent but will endure on video shelves as Ron Howard’s first directing effort.

    And, as I’ve noted before, despite being smack in the middle of the “John Hughes” Generation — Class of 86 — the only Hughes movies from my high school years I can stomach for repeat viewings are Keaton in “Mr. Mom” and “Ferris Bueller”.

  18. lynn says:

    Having a colonoscopy tomorrow. The admitting nurse is very interested in my missing or plugged right coronary artery for over 12 years now. I almost did not tell them about it as I hate talking about it.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    They need to know for anesthesia purposes. A colonoscopy is “twilight” but still anesthesia, complete with a crash cart stashed nearby just in case.

    The prep is the worst part.

    Been there. Done that. 29. Stress from GTE. The scope came back negative for *anything*.

    As soon as I turned in notice to “Scarface” (manager), the blood stopped.

    Scarface wasn’t surprised. The best man at my wedding had ratted me out for the job search weeks earlier — that’s how much people were afraid of him.

  20. lynn says:

    They need to know for anesthesia purposes. A colonoscopy is “twilight” but still anesthesia, complete with a crash cart stashed nearby just in case.

    The prep is the worst part.

    Been there. Done that. 29. Stress from GTE. The scope came back negative for *anything*.

    As soon as I turned in notice to “Scarface” (manager), the blood stopped.

    Scarface wasn’t surprised. The best man at my wedding had ratted me out for the job search weeks earlier — that’s how much people were afraid of him.

    Have you worked anywhere that was not a freaking disaster ?

    This is my second colonoscopy, the first was when I was 50, a month before I turned 51. I am 60, I will be 61 in a month. I waited as long as possible.

    I had twilight during my three hour heart ablation surgery in Aug 2018. I woke up in the middle as they cut my uvula during insertion of one of the three sonogram wands and the intubation. The anesthesiologist heard me coughing and leaned over to check me out. I rewarded her with a face full of blood. The electrocardiologist was yelling at her to suction the blood out of my mouth as over a pint of my blood was running down her hair and face. I know this because she was yelling about it in the recovery area and I heard her talking about it. The Yes, I lost about half of my uvula in the operation.

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  21. DadCooks says:

    When considering model railroading, there is no perfect scale. Whatever scale works for you is the “perfect” scale, and there is nothing wrong with switching scales or doing several scales. The object of model railroading is to have fun playing with trains. You decide. Make it as simple or complex as you want. Just do it.

    Technology, simple to complex, is a growing part of model railroading. So if you enjoy fiddling with electronics, model railroading can be fulfilling.

    No room? Almost every city and town has a model railroad club. Please give it a look-see.

    BTW, I am not ignoring or blind to the rapid destruction of life and freedom as we know it. On the contrary, I do my part to be prepared for when the “end-times” come. But I do whatever I can to maintain my mental and physical well-being and my family’s. But, unfortunately, bias and discrimination are increasing every day. My favorite axiom, “don’t tolerate the intolerant,” grows more true every day.

  22. MrAtoz says:

    The flick has faded into obscurity to some extent but will endure on video shelves as Ron Howard’s first directing effort.

    Great flick. Back before Howard turned into a total Obola dooshnozzle.

  23. Brad says:

    Homeless… Here, we have Gypsies, excuse me, Roma is now the PC term. There’s currently a cry for more places for them to camp. Um…why? They can pay for camping places, or even buy land, just like anyone else. I don’t see why we should subsidize their lifestyle.

    Homeless in places like Austin aren’t really different. Provide shelters for people genuinely down on their luck. But there’s no need to tolerate camps on public or private property. Move along, now, move along.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    Have you worked anywhere that was not a freaking disaster ?

    The current job and CGI. No one yells at either one.

    In retrospect, CGI was just a lame IT job which didn’t pay much. When I quit and complained during the exit interview with HR about the six month review the token hire manager conducted, he was stocking shelves at Temple Buc-ee’s within a year.

    Of course, had I remained there, CGI never would have done anything about Token. The philosophy was “If it aint broke …” and he was triple-quota: African American, ex-military, ex-cop. He was at CGI for the stock purchase plan to pad his retirements.

    The current job has drawbacks which I can’t discuss in the open, but they’re relatively innocuous on a micro level and affect the whole company. I’m inclined to ride it out as long as possible as long as the “no yelling” part continues.

    My college graduation fell in the gap between the 80s defense buildup and the 95-99 Internet bubble. Most American IT management at big companies abandoned any pretense of treating employees decently once they got a taste of H1B labor in the runup to Y2k.

  25. Ray Thompson says:

    Ahem. 10 t0 the “zeroth” power is 1, Yup. It is

    Bummer. Memory thinks I was told it was zero when I was in school. That’s my story. More likely scenario is I was wwwrrrrroooonnnngggg.

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  26. lynn says:

    Over The Hedge: Removing The Head Of The Mowing Kid’s Costume
    https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2021/05/19

    Oh no !

    She did not try lefty-loosy.
    https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2021/05/21

  27. Greg Norton says:

    I know this because she was yelling about it in the recovery area and I heard her talking about it. The Yes, I lost about half of my uvula in the operation.

    About 15 years ago, there was a fad for the quack medical procedure of deliberately amputating the ulvula to mitigate snoring. Of course, it didn’t work in a lot of cases as well as leading to a lot of problems with swallowing among the patients, but, since it was elective surgery for cash, no ENT really discouraged it either.

  28. Ray Thompson says:

    started my love of trains as a kid

    I always liked trains. But never got fully involved as my dad tended to take over any train sets and block my use.

    However, how many can say you have actually operated a real steam locomotive? I can. It was great. Pictures and video to prove it.

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  29. ech says:

    I was lucky. For my last colon checkup, I did Cologard. Easy, set up the collection bin on the commode, did the sample deposit, dumped in the preservatives, sealed it up in the box, dropped the box at UPS store. (They would have come and collected it, but I was going there anyway.)

     

  30. lynn says:

    “A.F. Branco Cartoon – Putin’s Puppet”
    https://comicallyincorrect.com/a-f-branco-cartoon-putins-puppet/

    “Biden shuts down the American pipeline XL losing, 1000’s of jobs, then gives Russia a waiver to open theirs. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.”

    Yup, Biden’s new motto, “Make Russia Great Again”.

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  31. Ray Thompson says:

    For my last colon checkup, I did Cologard

    The advertisements on TV mention there are false positives and false negatives. How does one know which is correct. Especially troubling would be false negatives. False positives would be reason for a doctor visit.

  32. lynn says:


    For my last colon checkup, I did Cologard

    The advertisements on TV mention there are false positives and false negatives. How does one know which is correct. Especially troubling would be false negatives. False positives would be reason for a doctor visit.

    The Cologuard test result should be interpreted with caution. A positive test result does not confirm the presence of cancer. Patients with a positive test result should be referred for diagnostic colonoscopy. A negative test result does not confirm the absence of cancer. Patients with a negative test result should discuss with their doctor when they need to be tested again. False positives and false negative results can occur. In a clinical study, 13% of people without cancer received a positive result (false positive) and 8% of people with cancer received a negative result (false negative). Rx only.
    https://www.cologuard.com/en

    8% is a high false negative result for me.

  33. Chad says:

    RE: Cologard

    It does nothing to detect precancerous polyps that would typically be removed during a regular colonoscopy, right?

  34. lynn says:

    “Ted Cruz is catching on that we are going to lose all the wars”
    https://gunfreezone.net/ted-cruz-is-catching-on-that-we-are-going-to-lose-all-the-wars/

    “Ted Cruz @tedcruz

    Holy crap.

    Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea….”

    I am getting more and more enthused about my junior Senator every day.

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  35. lynn says:

    “Why it’s time Microsoft made a Windows 11”
    https://www.windowscentral.com/its-time-windows-11

    “Is it time Microsoft moved on from the Windows 10 brand?”

    “2021 is a big year for Windows. Even without Windows 10X, Microsoft has a lot of plans for the Windows platform thanks to Sun Valley and its renewed interest in bringing OS innovation to market. Microsoft told us last year that it would be reinvesting in the Windows platform in 2021, and it is now almost time to see the result of that reinvestment.”

    “We know Microsoft is planning to hold a dedicated Windows event soon, likely within the next handful of weeks. This event will be Microsoft’s chance to prove to the world that it’s still serious about Windows by unveiling its new Windows user experience (UX) and features that are designed to make using Windows better on PCs and tablets.”

    “Unveiling a new Windows UX and feature set is all well and good, but you know what would really set the market on fire? A new version of Windows. A successor to Windows 10, if you will. I think it’s time for Windows 11. I know it sounds crazy, but based on everything that’s happening this year, I think it would make sense if it happened. Hear me out.”

    If nothing else then to roll up all the Win 10 fixups. But when they are changing the user interface again then they need to change the version.

    And I need to update my shop to Windows 10 Pro.

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  36. Greg Norton says:

    I am getting more and more enthused about my junior Senator every day. 

    The Terry McAuliffe  campaign emails are still beating Cruz over the poor choice of wintering in Cancun during the ice storms in February. Cruz was in VA recently supporting one of the Republicans, and the criticism still plays well in the DC suburbs — essentially all tech hub suburbs, including Austin.

    When your wife is a managin partner at Goldman Sachs, you don’t fly commercial. Period. Maybe first class Continental to/from DC on Senate business for show with the folks back home — on his own credit card for the upgrade, keeping the receipts handy for CNN — but that’s it.

  37. ITGuy1998 says:

    think it’s time for Windows 11.

    Can we have Windows 12 instead? You know, just skip over the bad version that always follows a good.

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  38. Marcelo says:

    think it’s time for Windows 11.

    Can we have Windows 12 instead? You know, just skip over the bad version that always follows a good.

    I would prefer 11.1.1 for Workgroups.

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  39. Greg Norton says:

    I would prefer 11.1.1 for Workgroups.

    I’ve posted before about how Sears still had WfW 3.11 machines in their network when I left the “Death Star” telephone company in 2010. We knew about the machines in our group because we were a legacy Advantis development shop which dealt with Sears IT infrastructure in the 90s.

    The final WfW 3.11 machine in service in their network will leave Sears when the last store goes dark.

    I doubt it will be the last WfW 3.11 machine in Corporate America.

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  40. ITGuy1998 says:

    I had a brief stint at a car dealership group in late 2007 – early 2008. We purchased a Ford dealership, and one of their pc’s in the parts department was running WfW 3.11. They only used a DOS based client to connect to the dealership ADP system, so it still worked for them. I left the group shortly after and never got the chance to retire it.

  41. CowboySlim says:

    @lynn,

    After several colonoscopies of the put you under type, I had a new one called “Virtual Colonoscopie” and it is far less discomforting than the typical.  It has no pain, no sleep anisthetic, and lasts about 5 minutes after you put robe on.  When done, put street clothes on immediately and leave driving car.

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  42. nick flandrey says:

    “Isn’t today actually 05212021? What am I missing?”

    –um, yeah, about that….

    I blame tiredness.  And stupidity probably contributed.

    n

  43. Greg Norton says:

    I had a brief stint at a car dealership group in late 2007 – early 2008. We purchased a Ford dealership, and one of their pc’s in the parts department was running WfW 3.11. They only used a DOS based client to connect to the dealership ADP system, so it still worked for them. I left the group shortly after and never got the chance to retire it. 

    IIRC, Sears’ boxes had something to do with Banyan Vines

    The Marines went hard for Vines in the 90s, and the large companies big into hiring vets had it in their infrastructure as a result.

    By the time I left, I don’t think anyone working there was really sure, however. IBM cutting my group loose in 1999 as part of shedding its legal status as an ISP embittered many who expected to retire from that building, and a lot of institutional knowledge ended up lost as people disappeared.

  44. Rick H says:

    @Nick – delayed effects from 4/20?

    Remember: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like bananas.”

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  45. nick flandrey says:

    Chases after, wins, marries a literal freaking prince, has his child,but still manipulating him….

    I’m glad I’m just me.

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  46. Alan says:

    I haven’t, but when the battery gets low, it might cause this. It can take a couple of seconds to connect when you haven’t used it in a while. One of our doxies ran out the door when we were visiting our daughter. 10 at night and completely dark. The TP (lol) tracked her down no problemo.

    As for the range, yeah line of sight for the max. It’s a low power radio, you know.

    Thanks for the feedback, going to give them a try, extra insurance in case of a lost dog.

  47. Greg Norton says:

    Chases after, wins, marries a literal freaking prince, has his child,but still manipulating him….

    Are they still working the room with the intent of running her for President?

    Maybe in 40 years the kid can run, but I don’t think the country is sufficiently gone that Harry is going to be First Husband in 8-12 years.

  48. Ed says:

    I’m glad I’m just me.

    Hmmm.  So he says.

    I dunno, has anyone here actually seen Meg and Nick at the same time?

    After all, this is the internet…

  49. anonymous says:

    This is my second colonoscopy, the first was when I was 50, a month before I turned 51. I am 60, I will be 61 in a month. I waited as long as possible.

    Don’t write these off as an annoyance. I had my regular 60 year old checkup and had a very insightful doctor who recommended a companion ultrasound with it due to some gastric issues. That saved my life as he discovered a 7cm tumor on a kidney. 5 days later, a partial nephrectomy where it was discovered it was an aggressive renal cancer at just stage 1. 3 years later, cancer free.

    Used to think I was invincible, but as we all come to realize, we aren’t. You can stack all you want, but neglecting to prep for your health is the biggest fail.

    Take advantage of any/all of our incredible medical systems while you can…

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  50. Alan says:

    Scarface wasn’t surprised. The best man at my wedding had ratted me out for the job search weeks earlier — that’s how much people were afraid of him.

    I’ve had some good bosses and some not so good bosses, but never one I was afraid of. But then I always tried to be in a position where I could see myself leaving sooner rather than later if that ever occurred. I did have one boss who didn’t like me but I did my work (and then some) and I outlasted him.

  51. Alan says:

    However, how many can say you have actually operated a real steam locomotive? I can. It was great. Pictures and video to prove it.

    @Ray; was this at NNR? That’s on my bucket list, albeit the Diesel, not the Steam locomotive.

  52. ayjblog says:

    Banyan Vines

    Uff memories of network wars

     

  53. ~jim says:

    One of my everyday watches is a quartz surf watch (Quicksilver) I picked up in Hawaii some 30 years ago. Simple, not flashy, waterproof and durable. Served me well all these years until a while back when it began stuttering. Replaced the battery myself as I’ve done before to no avail.

    Walked past a watch & jewelry shop earlier and went in for a quote on cleaning. Russian guys… “No, no, can’t clean – we have to replace the movement!” Yeah, and I’m the Pope’s mistress.

    Anyway, the last Russian watchmaker I visited stole the microadjuster from my vintage Omega, a fact I didn’t discover until years later. So no more Ruskie rob-you-blind watchmakers for me.

    Would still like to find a mechanical date/time with *replaceable* Tritium tubes like the ones Marathon makes (or used to make) for the Army.

  54. Mark W says:

    You’ve cursed me. I got a reminder for a colonoscopy in the mail today.

  55. lynn says:

    “EPA “Disappears” the 1930s Drought and Heat Wave Climate Data”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/05/21/epa-disappears-the-1930s-drought-and-heat-wave-climate-data/

    “The EPA has deleted (this chart and data no longer exist at the EPA website) its prior indicator climate data trend chart showing “unusually hot and cold temperatures” across the U.S. and showing the U.S. Heat Wave Index from 1895 to 2015 (shown below) that clearly established the unique drought and heat period of the 1930s.”

    “This long-standing climate data chart has now been replaced by a chart which simply “disappears” any notion of the great drought and heat wave period of the 1930s as shown below.”

    2 + 2 = 5

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  56. lynn says:

    Used to think I was invincible, but as we all come to realize, we aren’t. You can stack all you want, but neglecting to prep for your health is the biggest fail.

    Take advantage of any/all of our incredible medical systems while you can…

    Very true words.

  57. Ray Thompson says:

    @Ray; was this at NNR? That’s on my bucket list, albeit the Diesel, not the Steam locomotive.

    Yes, it was. Given a choice I chose steam and recommend the steam over diesel. Sitting behind a boiler at 160 PSI, feeling the heat, seeing the fire in the firebox as coal is shoveled in, watching steam trails from cylinder ports is amazing.

    You have to study a book and take a test before you are allowed to operate the machine. There is always a licensed engineer in the cab. You are also not allowed to operate through any switches or in the yard.

  58. Greg Norton says:

    I’ve had some good bosses and some not so good bosses, but never one I was afraid of. But then I always tried to be in a position where I could see myself leaving sooner rather than later if that ever occurred. I did have one boss who didn’t like me but I did my work (and then some) and I outlasted him. 

    I wasn’t scared of Scarface, but my friends were. That’s what made working with him difficult. I count at least a half dozen times he announced to someone that I was fired the next time he saw me over the course of about 18 months when he was my direct manager. Of course, it never happened.

    Like a lot of bullies, Scarface was a coward face-to-face. One of the things I don’t like about “work from home” is that the poltroons — thank you Chuck Jones for such a wonderfully precise insult — seem to believe that they have free reign to do things to people which were unthinkable pre-Covid. HR tops the list of towel boys and girls “working” from home while management swims naked.

    BTW, even after 20 years … and 15 years after he was fired for a #MeToo-type incident … my friiends are still scared of Scarface.

  59. Ray Thompson says:

    2 + 2 = 5

    Or 10^1 = 0.

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  60. SteveF says:

    And stupidity probably contributed.

    Aw, don’t say that, Nick. You’re not stupid. You just have bad luck when you try to think.

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  61. Mark W says:

    20210521

  62. nick flandrey says:

    Home from dinner.  Presents opened and special cookies eaten.

    Video game given.  Lots (and I mean more than the last two years combined) and lots of high pitched squealing…  I guess the Switch is the game system to have for the 12yo set.

    WRT steam engines, One of these years I’ll make it back to the Pageant of Steam in Upper NY.   And one of these days I’ll remember which weekend our fairly local steam enthusiasts meet at a park not too far from my client’s house.   ( https://www.hals.org/  )  Houston Area Live Steamers.  Looks like they run a little train you can take rides on…

    @greg, I had the camera in my fundament for the same reasons as you when I was just out of high school.  The diagnosis was “stress” and I was given some very powerful drugs, which I never took again after driving right thru a red light….  I was scheduled for the ‘flexible’ but ended up with the ‘rigid’ version.  Very uncomfortable barely begins to describe it.  Changing my lifestyle and associates did wonders for my stress level.

    n

     

  63. nick flandrey says:

    Not a Republican Mayor….

    Rochester Mayor Vowed To Take “Illegal Guns Off The Street”; Police Just Found One In Her Home

    …discovered to be in possession of 31 grams of cocaine as well as a firearm, which is a no-no since Granison was convicted of armed robbery 24 years ago.

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  64. Greg Norton says:

    Video game given. Lots (and I mean more than the last two years combined) and lots of high pitched squealing… I guess the Switch is the game system to have for the 12yo set.

    12yo set? I have a Switch Lite, a generous Christmas gift from my wife.

    Right now, I just use it to play “Crash Team Racing”, but “Diablo Resurrected” may be avaiable by Fathers Day.

  65. nick flandrey says:

    It’s the Animal Crossing version, whatever that means, and the only game my wife recognised was Legend of Zelda ,so that’s what she got.

    n

  66. drwilliams says:

    AoSHQ posted at 1:18PM 5/21/21:

    Even Bezos’ Corporate Newsletter The Washington Posts Now Admits — After Previously Dismissing It as a “Debunked Conspiracy Theory” — That the Lab Leak Theory Is Perfectly Viable and Plausible and Deserves to be Investigated

    http://ace.mu.nu/

    Includes a pretty comprehensive collection of screenshots from a Twitter Thread by Drew Holden:

    https://twitter.com/DrewHolden360/status/1394797808432070663

    Politico, ABE, Forbes, MSNBC, Reuters, CNN, Politifact showing how the media worked in concert to quash any discussion of the possibility that the Wuhann lying noface ChiCom coronavirus escaped from the lab.

    This quote at the end:

    Nellie Bowles @NellieBowles The liberal consensus about-face on the lab leak hypothesis and whether it can even be discussed is the best possible example of why “banning disinformation” is an extremely dangerous, murky zone best not managed by ideologues

    Yup. Ideologues. Like every Sweaty Pasty-Faced Billionaire who’s hired rooms full of shit-for-brain 20-somethings as censors.

  67. Alan says:

    WRT steam engines, One of these years I’ll make it back to the Pageant of Steam in Upper NY. And one of these days I’ll remember which weekend our fairly local steam enthusiasts meet at a park not too far from my client’s house. ( https://www.hals.org/ ) Houston Area Live Steamers. Looks like they run a little train you can take rides on…

    A number of years ago took the wife to see the house and very small town (actual Main Street and actual one stoplight) where my late maternal grandparents lived after my grandfather retired. This was in upstate NY and that weekend happened to be the annual county fair that I had visited as a child. We drove to the fairgrounds and the first exhibit after we entered from a side parking lot was the county live steam club. We spent close to an hour there chatting with the steamers and marveling at their beautifully restored machines, including a large scale steam locomotive. One of my favorite vacations – great memories.

  68. nick flandrey says:

    Steam is magical.

    n

  69. Geoff Powell says:

    Steam is magical.

    Yes, it is. I have a excursion behind preserved steam locos (note the plural, two different engines) on July 24th. This will be by a company that runs such trips on British Rail metals. #3 daughter and I are going, and we’re doing the fully-catered version. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” from London to Bishop’s Lydeard, and A.N.Other loco, probably 53808, from there to Minehead. Return trip, of course, behind the same locos. Should be a good outing, we’ve travelled with this company before.

    G.

     

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