Sat. June 26, 2021 – home again home again jiggity jig

By on June 26th, 2021 in open thread, personal, WuFlu

Hot and humid, both sides of the Gulf. Hopefully clear for our flight. Yesterday was clear until late afternoon then we got some thunder, wind gusts, and a spattering of rain. Other places got slammed.

Spent the day doing odd jobs around the house we’re staying in. I touched lighting, doors, camera, cabinets, and network so it was a pretty long day. Felt good to get a bunch of stuff done.

I didn’t get a hurricane kit built to stash here. I only had my mom’s car for a very short while, and needed to get materials from Home Depot during that time. I never did make it to the grocery store either, my wife or my mom grabbed what we needed while they were out anyway. I might get a chance to run out this morning, but that will depend on the state of our cleaning and packing.

We have an afternoon flight, and there are still things I’d like to get done before leaving. We won’t be trying to fit another attraction in though. We need to leave this place cleaner than we found it, and that will take a bit of effort. Totally worth doing though, and doing well.

As nice as it is here, I’ll be glad to be home later today.

I’ve got a lot of selling and cleanup to do, and there is always more stacking, skill building, and relationship maintenance to do. Gotta get busy…

n

42 Comments and discussion on "Sat. June 26, 2021 – home again home again jiggity jig"

  1. Greg Norton says:

    I didn’t get a hurricane kit built to stash here. I only had my mom’s car for a very short while, and needed to get materials from Home Depot during that time

    Be discreet with any preps. “Ugly” wouldn’t begin to describe the aftermath in that area if a Cat 3-4 went up Tampa Bay at high tide.

    If the neighborhood has seen a lot of appreciation in value since the bottom of the bubble, view all neighbors with suspicion, including retired military. I speak from experience — the prospect of a “tenbagger” return on investment from sitting in the typical 3-2 stucco shack on a postage stamp size lot in FL for a couple of years does funny things to people’s heads.

    “Meatspace” in the land of FS 720 could be dangerous.

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    I was hoping to do what I did in Michigan, just set up a black tub and maybe a bucket of rice. The tub gets the canned food, and stuff to make it like the butane burner and a couple of cans, and the water filter.

    This house is well outside the urban zone in a large gated community with uniformed security. It’s 20 minutes to walmart or Home Depot. Tampa would have to come thru Sarasota and Bradenton first. Police presence in both those towns looked like a very high ratio. So it’s probably just local opportunists to worry about. They’ve never actually had a hurricane go thru here, and in 22yrs my sibling’s MIL has never even lost power. All those things were considerations for my sibling when buying here, not just proximity to the moms…

    So I’m not freaked that there isn’t much food or water here, just would be more comfortable with some in a tub.

    n

    nick michigan keystone meat

    will probably get the original comments listing what I put in the tub, from walmart, home depot, and I think a sports store… for some reason search isn’t working for me today, prob my slow lappy or slow connection.

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    Packing up lappy. Still got cleaning to do…

    n

  4. ech says:

    This booster, it turns out, also looks similar to the design of SpaceX’s Super Heavy booster, which will serve as the first stage of Starship.

    Well, it looks like it in the sense that it is a pointy cylinder with a cluster of engines at the base. Which is a design that goes back to the USSR’s N-1 and the Saturn V. Aerodynamics dictates the shape. Using a large cluster of small engines at the base goes back to the N-1. The advantage of the smaller engines is that they are easier to design and make and having lots of them means you can lose a few during ascent and not lose the mission – assuming they don’t blow up and take out too many of their adjacent fellows.

    So, they may be copying the idea, but do they have the plans for Starship? Maybe, maybe not. There are a bunch of differences. The Chinese design has 16 engines, the Super Heavy has 32 in final configuration. The Chinese design has a smooth tail. The Super Heavy has small fins. So, similar in the way two pickup trucks are – design is influenced by function.|

    My judgement: A clickbait headline, not really supported by the facts.

  5. SteveF says:

    My judgement: A clickbait headline, not really supported by the facts.

    You must be wrong because they would never do that.

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  6. JimB says:

    Anyone here have any experience with online notaries? I have only glanced, but am tempted. I have a PDF that can be filled out electronically and securely sent back to the sender, who has already said they don’t care whether it is notarized on paper or electronically. The one online notary I looked at says it is done by something that seems like DocuSign, and is considered as good and as secure as paper. Durn thing needs LEGAL paper, which I can print, but then scanning it will be tricky. The whole online process seems better, but I don’t know how well it works. Another advantage is that I don’t have to wait until Monday.

    If I do this online, I will report here on the experience. Thanks in advance.

  7. drwilliams says:

    Two of the then teenagers were 14 and one was 15 when they were recruited. In the case of one girl, after she was rescued, her profile continued to be used to lure in other girls. Her mother reported it to Facebook and says that Facebook didn’t respond to her.

    Online recruitment has surged in recent years. One report finds that over half of online recruitment happens on Facebook. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the Human Trafficking Institute released its 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. More cases were filed in 2020 than in the last two decades but prosecutions remain low.

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2021/06/26/groundbreaking-decision-texas-supreme-court-rules-against-facebook-in-teen-sex-trafficking-lawsuits-n399067

    Prioritizing resources to censor postings about vaccines and political speech over rooting out underage sex trafficking may not look like such a good idea in hindsight.

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  8. MrAtoz says:

    If I do this online, I will report here on the experience. Thanks in advance.

    We purchased our house in SA completely using DocuSign. Or so I thought. The lender then commissioned a mobile notary for us to sign everything wet ink.

    We just purchased a mini Cooper from Caravan. The final paper for them to register it had to be wet ink in person notary.

    So I don’t think “online notary’ is a real notary. Maybe whoever you are doing what with just accepts it as a notary.

    YMMV

  9. JimB says:

    I might have asked if I could just ID myself the same as I do for voting. The agent and I would have had a good laugh.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    Microsoft is also requiring a front-facing camera for all Windows 11 devices except desktop PCs from January 2023 onwards.

    https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/25/22549725/microsoft-windows-11-cpu-support-tpm-hardware-requirements

    Bill Gates is watching you … or your kids.

    Something tells me there will be a Windows 12 released with less severe hardware requirements not long after Windows 11 bombs. At least Microsoft is consistent:

    1990’s: Windows NT –> Windows 2000

    2000’s: Windows Vista –> Windows 7

    2010’s: Windows 8 –> Windows 10

    2020’s: Windows 11 –> Windows 12

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  11. lynn says:

    Glitter bombs and global warming.

    I’m not looking forward to the weather forecast in Seattle this weekend & Monday. I got thinking that a bomb full of glitter aimed between the hot-spot and the sun might reflect enough sunlight to reduce the temperature, but no. Couldn’t possibly make that much glitter. Not enough surface area.

    But… but… Would a rocket with a huge reflective Mylar sail work, if placed in precisely the correct position between Sun and Earth? I’m no good at trigonometry, but it seems to me we can pretty much place things where we want ’em anymore.

    Science fiction, or not?

    We need thousands of space umbrellas that can be opened and closed via radio. Close them when the ice age starts and open them when it hits 120 F in New York City.

  12. lynn says:

    “Be careful when being a hero: the tragic shooting of Johnny Hurley”
    https://gunfreezone.net/be-careful-when-being-a-hero-the-tragic-shooting-of-johnny-hurley/

    “I want to be clear, I am not victim-blaming.
    No to go off on too much of a tangent, but that is a phrase that I have come to hate. To me, victim-blaming is when you say or imply “the victim deserved X because he/she did Y.” Unfortunately, it has come to mean “finding any fault with the victim’s actions that lead to their demise.”
    I approach these situations from the point of view of a forensics expert, i.e., that it’s necessary to understand the totality of what happened, and that includes the actions of the victim. Such an analysis can be done without saying the victim deserved their fate.”

    1. Do not pick up the shooters weapon
    2. Drop your weapon when the cops show up

    Also:
    1.5. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance

  13. lynn says:

    “Microsoft Doesn’t Want You to Upgrade to Windows 11”
    https://www.pcmag.com/opinions/microsoft-doesnt-want-you-to-upgrade-to-windows-11

    “Yes, TPM affords more security for your PC, but that’s not why it’s required for Windows 11.”

    Yup, Microsoft really wants you to buy a new PC.

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  14. ech says:

    But… but… Would a rocket with a huge reflective Mylar sail work, if placed in precisely the correct position between Sun and Earth?

    Yes. You could put it at the L1 Lagrange point, where it would stay between the Sun and Earth with minimal stationkeeping. It would need to be freaking huge though. One back of the envelope proposal had it being about 875 miles in diameter to intercept a few percent of the light reaching Earth. A proposed array of smaller shades would mass 20 million tons. (That’s a minimum of 133,000 SpaceX starship launches, and it would only get the shades to low earth orbit.)

  15. Nick+Flandrey says:

    On board, headed home.

    N

  16. ITGuy1998 says:

    Microsoft is also requiring a front-facing camera for all Windows 11 devices except desktop PCs from January 2023 onwards

    Not a problem. I have a piece of painters tape over every single device with a front-facing camera right now.

    Now when they come up with a camera that has an integrated laser to get rid of any pesky obstructions, well, I guess skynet is just one more step away.

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  17. lynn says:

    But… but… Would a rocket with a huge reflective Mylar sail work, if placed in precisely the correct position between Sun and Earth?

    Yes. You could put it at the L1 Lagrange point, where it would stay between the Sun and Earth with minimal stationkeeping. It would need to be freaking huge though. One back of the envelope proposal had it being about 875 miles in diameter to intercept a few percent of the light reaching Earth. A proposed array of smaller shades would mass 20 million tons. (That’s a minimum of 133,000 SpaceX starship launches, and it would only get the shades to low earth orbit.)

    One percent of the sun’s heat loss to the Earth would be an immense change, a drop of 5 F (1 %) across the planet. A few percent would be an ELE (extinction level event).

    We humans and the other animals can take a few more degrees of heat without a major event. A few degrees of temperature drop (10 F = 2%) would kill agriculture above the Mason-Dixon line. Think glaciers all across Canada and down into the upper USA.

  18. drwilliams says:

    @ech

    “Yes. You could put it at the L1 Lagrange point, where it would stay between the Sun and Earth with minimal stationkeeping. It would need to be freaking huge though. One back of the envelope proposal had it being about 875 miles in diameter to intercept a few percent of the light reaching Earth.”

    Was the back of the envelope large enough to include the photonic force exerted on the sail/umbrella? My rough estimate assuming 100% solar reflectance is 1.4 x 10+7 Newtons, which doesn’t seem minimal. Perhaps utilizing an ion drive?

     

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Yup, Microsoft really wants you to buy a new PC. 

    Microsoft really wants you to buy the year subscription to Office 365 that comes bundled with every new PC from Lenovo/Dell/HP/etc.

    I doubt Windows 11 is a huge change under the hood from Windows 10.

    Plus, requiring secure boot to be active eliminates all but the biggest Linux distribution players from installing on the hardware cleanly. I haven’t had a lot of luck with secure boot without issue beyond Ubuntu, the other OS on my ThinkPad. Even Fedora was iffy with the first kernel upgrade after installation.

  20. MrAtoz says:

    Just finished watching Quigley Down Under for the XXth time. Love that movie.

    Tombstone is queued up. Waiting for the pizza to arrive.

    I’m your huckleberry.

    Pizza is here!

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  21. lynn says:

    I binge watched seven episodes of Penguin Town on Netflix last night. Think Meercat Manor if you liked that. Recommended.
    https://www.netflix.com/title/81214135

    I never knew that penguins could be vicious. The Parking Lot Gang blew me away.

  22. ~jim says:

    Ahh, _Tombstone_. Thanks for reminding because me I’d forgotten about that. I seem to recall ya’ll got ecstatic last time it was mentioned.

    It’s already damn hot in Seattle and it’s only 2:42 PM. I’m going to take a tip from Lynn and get out my umbrella.

    The NWS has an outrageous forecast for the next few days. Thank God the pool near me opens on Monday.

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  23. drwilliams says:

    @~Jim

    “Thank God the pool near me opens on Monday. ”

    So you can distract yourself with your new organic nitrogen test kit?

    Buy a kiddie pool before they sell out. Add 6″ of water, 20 lbs of ice, and beverages. Chill. Dog optional.

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  24. RickH says:

    @~jim

    Since you are in Seattle, a great source of reliable weather information is Cliff Mass’ blog. He’s been talking about the heat wave we’re getting (I’m nearby – opposite Mutiny Bay, WA) for several days.

    His latest this morning is https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-one-hundred-year-heat-wave-event.html .

    His blog is on my ‘daily web rotation’. Always good info.

    And I’m staying inside as much as possible. Over here, even next to the waters of the Puget Sound, the forecast is for 101F on Monday. I grew up in Sacramento CA, where summers are routinely 100-110F (no AC back in the 1960’s), so not a big issue with me, especially since we have AC in our house. Was in Utah two weeks ago during their 100-105F days, so still OK with the heat – as long as I don’t have to be out in it.

    “But it’s a dry heat” was the mantra for Sacramento when I grew up.

    Current temp at 2:15pm PDT here is 86F, down from a high of 92. Humidity at about 50%. Inside, it’s a bit cooler. Glad for the high-efficiency heat pump that was put in last year. AC is much more efficient/better than before.

  25. Alan says:

    Was the back of the envelope large enough to include the photonic force exerted on the sail/umbrella? My rough estimate assuming 100% solar reflectance is 1.4 x 10+7 Newtons, which doesn’t seem minimal. Perhaps utilizing an ion drive?

    Di-lithium crystals.

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  26. Alan says:

    I binge watched seven episodes of Penguin Town on Netflix last night. Think Meercat Manor if you liked that. Recommended.
    https://www.netflix.com/title/81214135

    I never knew that penguins could be vicious. The Parking Lot Gang blew me away.

    Have you seen “Isle of Dogs?”

  27. Alan says:

    “But it’s a dry heat” was the mantra for Sacramento when I grew up.

    Chef said the same thing to the turkey as he slid the roasting pan into the oven.

  28. drwilliams says:

    The Real Cost of Wind and Solar, Willis Eschenbach

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/06/25/the-real-cost-of-wind-and-solar/

    Willis shows that the claim of the U.S. Energy Information Administration  (EIA) that wind and solar are the cheapest forms of electrical energy generation are bull-pucky, based on a blatant falsehood and a blatant omission:

    Blatant Falsehood

    –Wind, Capacity Factor

    –Claimed: 41-45%

    –Actual: 26%

    Solar Capacity Factor

    –Claimed: 30%

    –Actual: 14%

    Blatant Omission:

    –Cost of backup power

    Your tax dollars at work, generating political propaganda that wouldn’t hold up in freshman engineering design.

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  29. drwilliams says:

    @Alan

    “But it’s a dry heat” was the mantra for Sacramento when I grew up.

    “Chef said the same thing to the turkey as he slid the roasting pan into the oven.”

    The moist heat of a gas oven produces a turkey that is noticeably juicier.

  30. JimB says:

    The moist heat of a gas oven produces a turkey that is noticeably juicier.

    Haven’t had a gas oven for decades, but my wife uses a bag for part of the baking. She has her won methods that are waaay beyond this non-cook. All I know is her turkeys are dee-licious. She makes a few per year, but the only time we have a trad turkey dinner is on Thanksgiving. The other times she cuts them up and disappears them into the freezer, to reappear in various dishes.

  31. JimB says:

    As for dry heat, we have slightly high humidity here. I have a new remote reading thermometer that has a supposedly accurate humidity gauge. I don’t trust it yet, but last I looked the relative humidity was 14%. That is the first direct reading device I have had that comes close to actual outdoor conditions. Measuring relative humidity below 20% is notoriously hard without either manual methods or an expensive dew point instrument.

    What I care about is the wet bulb temperature, because our evaporative coolers put out air that is a few degrees above that. Right now, the output of one is 70F, about five degrees above normal. Still comfortable in the house at 74F. I don’t know the RH, but probably about 60%. Comfy with no exertion.

  32. lynn says:

    “Rehab works.”
    https://gunfreezone.net/rehab-works/

    “Rehab that works
    After 6 burglaries, 3 car thefts, multiple illegal trespasses, an ongoing cocaine and alcohol addiction, committing 2 violent home invasions, 3 armed robberies, dealing with fentanyl and meth, passing counterfeit money, beating 4 victims senseless and being arrested 19 times since 1998, George Floyd has not committed a crime in over eleven months now.
    You can’t argue with success.”

    Just about anybody that I know would classify this man as a scumbag.

    Too soon ?

  33. pecancorner says:

    I have a piece of painters tape over every single device with a front-facing camera right now.

    I use aluminum foil under tape.   I used to keep a piece of letterpress leading taped over the camera and microphone, but I sold my press and forgot to keep out a handful of lead.

  34. Jenny says:

    @alan

    “Isle of Dogs?”

    A superb movie.

    Got thru my first two weeks at my new job with my old employer. I’m so happy. I have missed doing DBA work. A lot of changes since I did it routinely and I’ve never worked in a shop with so many. My learning curve is steep but at least I’m working from a good foundation. No old DBA to show me the ropes, lots of documentation though. And coworkers are generous with their time and knowledge.

    I need to get my Oracle back up to speed and fast. It’s a 11g / 12c shop and that’s trouble for maintenance. Working on getting an Oracle support account, and reading thru the docs the last DBA left regarding our environment and 18 / 19.  Using RMAN for Oracle, MS SQL is backed up with VEEAM.

    The DBAII position has also been filled and he will start soon. We have worked together before and it’s going to be good.

    It was pre car crash the last time I loved my work.  I’m feeling very fortunate at the moment.

    Moving progresses. It’s not much fun. We will get it done, somehow.

     

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  35. SteveF says:

    Too soon ?

    Not hardly. I was making jokes about that oxygen thief less than 48 hours after he stopped stealing – as soon as some real facts came out the day after the media outcry about the muuuuurder.

  36. Greg Norton says:

    Just about anybody that I know would classify this man as a scumbag.

    Too soon ?

    Yes, until BLM finally gets the pretty white coed martyr they’re seeking.

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  37. Greg Norton says:

    I need to get my Oracle back up to speed and fast. It’s a 11g / 12c shop and that’s trouble for maintenance. Working on getting an Oracle support account, and reading thru the docs the last DBA left regarding our environment and 18 / 19. Using RMAN for Oracle, MS SQL is backed up with VEEAM.

    That’s quite a time span on releases.

    At least they pay for the support. An important feature of the product at my new job is to feed data to [Product X], but my management doesn’t want to spend the six figures required for a license for development so I have to figure out how to emulate that server. Of course the maker of [Product X] is not forthcoming with details.

    [Product X] is expensive because it is a Hot Skillz on Wall Street right now. A friend who works at a big trading clearing house almost had a spit take moment when I told him I figured out how to feed the server at 640 MB/s via the HTTP Post interface.

    I offered that I have reasonable consulting fees.

  38. nick flandrey says:

    Home sweet home.   And home SWEAT home.  Plenty humid in Houston, with rain at the airport but none at my house.

    Bumper crop of blueberries was waiting 🙂  Probably half a cup, with more to come.

    Tomatoes still going crazy.

    House still standing.  Dog alive.  Hamster alive.  Koi in pond alive.  Win win win…

    n

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  39. lynn says:

    The Real Cost of Wind and Solar, Willis Eschenbach

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/06/25/the-real-cost-of-wind-and-solar/

    Willis shows that the claim of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) that wind and solar are the cheapest forms of electrical energy generation are bull-pucky, based on a blatant falsehood and a blatant omission:

    Blatant Falsehood

    –Wind, Capacity Factor

    –Claimed: 41-45%

    –Actual: 26%

    Solar Capacity Factor

    –Claimed: 30%

    –Actual: 14%

    Blatant Omission:

    –Cost of backup power

    Your tax dollars at work, generating political propaganda that wouldn’t hold up in freshman engineering design.

    For our twelve coal units in Texas, we ran 88% capacity factors in the 1980s on a regular basis. Some them ran over 90%. Three 120 MW (Rockdale), a 545 MW (Rockdale), four 550 MW (Fairfield and Mount Pleasant), and four 750 MW (Tyler and Mount Pleasant). All but the three 750 MW units in Tyler have been shutdown in the interest of “efficiency” in the last five years because the federally subsidized wind turbines were cheaper.

    Our 112 natural gas units (22 MW to 750 MW) ran capacity factors from 1% to 70%. Our coal was $0.75/mmbtu and our natural gas was $2.25/mmbtu so we used the coal as much as possible. Now the coal is $3.00 because it comes from Wyoming on Mr. Buffet’s trains and the natural gas is $3.00. But the coal units have a 30% efficiency and the new natural gas combined cycle units run 65 to 70% efficiency so the coal units cannot even compete with the natural gas. Except, in times of extreme weather below 32 F or above 95 F.

  40. SteveF says:

    Lynn, there’s no place for facts and calculations, not when there’s virtue to be signalled and populations to be depopulated. -shakes head- We’d think you’d have learned by now but you obviously haven’t. To the reeducation center with you!

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  41. Jenny says:

    @Greg

    11g / 12c to 18 / 19 & That’s quite a time span on releases.

    Fortunately the jump is Oracle changing their numbering scheme. 12c is followed immediately by 18, skipping numbers 13-17.

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