Fri. July 2, 2021 – getting close to Independence Day…

Hot and humid. No prediction about rain, because I was as wrong as the pros yesterday… Hurricane shaping up and aimed at south Florida with additional impacts in the Gulf, maybe next week. Weather is getting spicy.

Well, mostly I moved people and animals around yesterday. Puppy is doing fine, gained a pound in 3 weeks. He’s still so cute you can’t help yourself… Child is fine too. Second child is hopefully having a good time with her friends, I’ll get her back later today. My wife has a busy schedule of meetings and site visits at work, so I’ve been 100% stay at home dad this week.

And that’s fine. Except that I’m also supposed to be getting large piles of stuff out and to the auction, and I can’t. It’s very frustrating.

Add the hurricane prep, rotating gas cans, checking the generators, and all that, and I’m extra full again. Really couldn’t afford the week off in Florida wrt doing all the things, but couldn’t afford to miss the time with mom and family either. Balance, and priorities. I got ’em, but they don’t do me any good.

Just piling it up is easy. Making it all work is hard. I better get more practice.

Keep stacking, and practicing….

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

78 thoughts on “Fri. July 2, 2021 – getting close to Independence Day…”

  1. “stamped Hencho en Mexico”

    Is it really stamped like that or is it: Hecho en México ?

    By “stamped” I mean that the product is manufactured in Mexico.

    A friend from Florida bought a bottle at Kroger up north which indicated the country of origin with the words “Hecho en Mexico”, not exactly “The Taste of Old Key West” as the front of the bottle indicates.

    I thought it was “Hencho”. I guess my Spanish is “Peggy Hill’ quality. 🙂

    A lot of citrus groves in Florida were plowed under for houses in the last 30 years. Key Limes used to grow where the Heathrow development sits now outside Orlando.

  2. Maybe some day we will grow up and move to Git. Maybe. Our source code repository is 11+ GB with 20,000+ files in the repository scattered over hundreds of sub-directories. Dates back to 2005 when we moved from PVCS since it was limited to 8.3 character file names. 

    Moving the code base could be a full time job for someone for a while. It may well be a year of a full time salary for a guru to do right with an internal Gitlab depoyment or commercial account on Github.

    I looked at the problem when I interviewed for a gig like that with a well-established place last year, but, based on the looks I got from some of the developers while being given the tour, I gathered that driving the group from “sneakernet” to Git with a 20+ year legacy source code base was going to be a thankless chore which no one internal wanted and for which the higher ups were not offering management authority to get the job done even if it meant a firing or two.

    With that group, I quickly picked up that there would be resistance and, potentially, sabotage. With Git, mischief is extremely easy and hard to ascribe to malice. “Shot by his own troops in Vietnam” was the movie quote which immediately sprang to mind. I’m not sure management cared if the chore boy/girl survived the experience.

    Needless to say, you will need buy in from everyone in your team. Fortunately, Git is a Hot Skillz right now, but decentralized revision control is a really tough concept for some to wrap their heads around.

  3. On one job I was asked to get info on all of the version control commits for one project, showing who made how many commits, the total commits per week, and number of files per commit.

    Then I got bitched at because it showed that almost all of the developers made no commits except right after the team meetings in which the project manager reminded them to commit regularly.

    Then I got bitched at because most of the commit comments were blank.

    Then I got bitched at because most of the commit comments were the same time after time, made easy by the Windows widget that everyone used.

    The PM and the team lead did tacitly acknowledge that the other developers were the problem, in that they told the devs that one commit every other week wasn’t good enough, but in every case they first bitched at me for showing them exactly what they asked for based on the info in the system.


  4. A good article on how our goobermint fcuked us on COVID:

    Unless the article is over 10,000 words, it can’t be more than a sentence for each way.

    Just this morning I was talking with the office person at a truckstop. She mentioned how short-staffed they were, with barely enough people to keep the restaurant open, the truckers’ showers cleaned, and all the hundred other things that need to be done, all thanks to the coof unemployment benefits. Why work, when you can make more by staying at home?

  5. Re: Grandma’s Cast Iron Pan.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5tqE293T_8

    I have a few cast iron pieces. A 14 inch skillet for searing steaks I’ve cooked sous vide, a 10 inch for small steaks and deep dish pizza, and an 8 inch for small searing. I also have cast iron Dutch oven for doing no-knead bread and two LeCreuset enameled cast iron Dutch ovens for stovetop use.

     

  6. Sunny and 87F with 72%RH and yet the windows are covered with condensation…

    Gotta go retrieve the youngest soon. Ah blessed quiet, about to be over.

    n

  7. Boba Fett is from Star Wars. BUBBA Fett is from Alabama.

    n

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  8. Just this morning I was talking with the office person at a truckstop. She mentioned how short-staffed they were, with barely enough people to keep the restaurant open, the truckers’ showers cleaned, and all the hundred other things that need to be done, all thanks to the coof unemployment benefits. Why work, when you can make more by staying at home? 

    We’ll see if the extra unemployment ends tomorrow here in Texas as threatened.

  9. Stopped at an estate sale on the way home and picked up this

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/233981190024

    It’s missing the antenna, and I haven’t checked the electronics yet. Paid $5.

    That’ll pay for the micrometer, feeler gauges, lighter fluid, and the other bits I picked up too, and the gas, and a snack.

    Or the kids will convince me I need to keep it and then it will be an expense.

    n

  10. Stopped at an estate sale on the way home and picked up this

    It’s missing the antenna, and I haven’t checked the electronics yet. Paid $5.

    He’s gitting his own series, a spinoff of The Baby Yoda Hour.

    It is canon now that Boba survived the Sarlaac pit, another piece of fan service from Favreau and Filoni.


  11. On one job I was asked to get info on all of the version control commits for one project, showing who made how many commits, the total commits per week, and number of files per commit.

    Been there, done that, as an app manager. Developers want to develop and not be bothered with commits while our MD got a weekly report of low/no commits. Told the team this will affect my comp at year-end so it will roll down hill and affect theirs as well. Got so out of hand at one point that we were having our BSA commit his XLS and DOC files to improve our average.


  12. a 10 inch for small steaks and deep dish pizza

    Sorry, “deep dish” is not pizza, despite what folks from Chicago think 😉

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  13. I looked up my file on the Ford tractor. All I kept were copies of receipts and a few notes, but nothing that identifies which model it was. I also didn’t take any pictures, but I did look up pictures of all three models (9N, 2N, 8N) on the web. I am almost sure it is an 8N. I didn’t look for pictures of disassembled tractors, and that would have helped. I will just go with 8N and be done with it.

    Some confusion exists with serial numbers, although this does not affect the one I worked on. Think of a serial number as similar to a VIN. Ford used the prefix 9N on the 9N and 2N models, and only changed to 8N for the 8N model. However, many common parts carried a Ford 9N prefix part number, which means they might fit all three models. There are people who spend a lot of time on this, but I don’t. I have enough fun decoding Mopar numbers.

    This dive into my archives made me think about how simple things were in 1983. I remember calling an ag equipment dealer in Bakersfield on a suggestion from a friend. They were most helpful, and even sent me some parts that they said I could return if they were not the correct ones. It seems Ford didn’t keep perfect records of assembly lists. Sooprise! Not only that, but farmers have been known to “modify” things with whatever was on hand to save downtime and a trip into town. Sometimes they intended to do it over correctly, but didn’t bother when it worked fine. I’m sure all of us have done that occasionally.

    I have wondered where that little tractor might be. The owner passed away, and his family are scattered. It must have been sold. I do know it was operational for many years after I returned it. I also wonder how many owners it has outlived, and the stories it could tell if only it could talk.

  14. Oh man, my home office PC fragged itself this morning. Windows 10 Pro keeps on booting to “there is a page fault” in a non-paging area”. I figure that is not good.

    It is a 10 year old case, motherboard, cpu, and ram. It got about ten gallons of water in it two years ago when we had the 17 inches of rain in 3 hours one fine May day and one of my roof hawks dumped a bunch of water into the game room. That roof hawk is no longer with us. When I opened the case this morning, I noted that there is corrosion all throughout it.

    So I ordered about $680 of computer parts from Amazon this morning. They claim that the parts will be there tomorrow, Saturday.

  15. Sorry, “deep dish” is not pizza, despite what folks from Chicago think 

    I agree, but I have had it about four times when I lived in or traveled through Chicago. One of them was really good. The rest not so much. Maybe call it Chizza?

    My wife spent part of her childhood overseas, and had what was called “real” pizza in some part of Italy. I have forgotten where, and she just left on some errands. She said it was awful, but again I forgot exactly why.

    Since then, we have been to Italy a few times. There are different regional pizzas, and some are very likely copied from the US and other countries. We have had some excellent pizza, and some concoctions that shouldn’t be called pizza, but which were outstanding. It’s a matter of taste. Italy is my fav country to visit, and the food is a big part of it.

    I grew up on copies of NY pizza, the kind with thin flexible tasty crust that must be rolled up to keep the slice from sagging. Yum. Can’t get anything close to that in our small town. I don’t even try when we go to SoCal, although there are very likely some very good places. I like so many other things.

    Most major cities have just about any kind of cuisine that exists. I am not much of a foodie, but this series was a blast:

    https://www.pbs.org/show/ill-have-what-phil-having/

    A little heavy handed, but most episodes I watched were in good fun.

  16. The PM and the team lead did tacitly acknowledge that the other developers were the problem, in that they told the devs that one commit every other week wasn’t good enough, but in every case they first bitched at me for showing them exactly what they asked for based on the info in the system. 

    The problem comes when, as in the case of the company where I interviewed for the role of Git Chore Boy, the developers are SMEs averaging 30 years of experience in the specific tech and not interested in moving beyond sneakernet just to make management number crunchers happy. Sneakernet is part of their job security, particularly these days with Adderall-gulping Millennial managers who have no more than a sentence worth of patience when a project gets late.

    I posted here back in February that the company vanished from their offices near my house on exactly the one year anniversary date of my interview, to the day. Going to their web site forwards to the parent corporation’s site in Korea without a word of what happened to the US subsidiary beyond directing inquiries to a sales office in California.

  17. Ah, we used to do ‘ugly tie day’ when I was in high school. We had to wear ties, they didn’t have to look good.

    n

    (not sure my dad appreciated me appropriating his every day wear for “ugly” tie day.)

  18. (not sure my dad appreciated me appropriating his every day wear for “ugly” tie day.) 

    A fine example of the Johnny Carson line?

    The nephew who now runs the estate found crates of the ties cleaning out a warehouse in Portland after Carson passed. The estate put the stock on sale through the JohnnyCarson.com web site at some point in the last decade.

    I bought one, but it wasn’t *that* ugly. Just retro. Definitely a slice of the 70s.

    We didn’t have many ties at our house growing up. My father favored leisure suits, the more flammable the material the better. He spent *big* money on the suits at a specialty high end mens store in a long-ago demolished mall.

  19. Ugly as sin and wide as a dinner bib….

    Windsor knots as big as your fist, fabrics made from the finest industrial polymers….

    n

  20. @Nick

    Poor design to have that ability. And 135K TESTS? that’s a lot of tests….

    Maybe intentional design. Load the right “test”, accidentally commingle it with real votes…

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  21. @JimB

    1949 Ford 9N does not compute. I’m almost certain it was a 9N, so it would have been an earlier year. I know it had a front mounted distributor, not side mounted. I’ll check tomorrow but I think I gave all files to the owner.

    A lot of part are interchangeable, to the extent that some examples are referred to as 9N-2N-8N. If the hitch was a Ferguson, then it was not an 8N. Both 9N and 2N had serial numbers that started with “9N”, which does not create clarity…

    ADDED:
    The 2N being a wartime product resulted in a lot of “make do” with parts and materials at the factory as availability changed.

  22. @Greg

    We didn’t have many ties at our house growing up. My father favored leisure suits, the more flammable the material the better. He spent *big* money on the suits at a specialty high end mens store in a long-ago demolished mall.

    There was a shortage of polyesters in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s that drove prices up until they replenished the herds.

  23. There was a shortage of polyesters in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s that drove prices up until they replenished the herds. 

    More likely the suits just spontaneously combusted.

    I have a suit from the 90s identical to what Letterman wore on his return to the air in 1993. I’m sure my kids will wonder about my tastes when they’re cleaning out my closet in about 30 years.

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  24. Poor design to have that ability. And 135K TESTS? that’s a lot of tests….

    Maybe intentional design. Load the right “test”, accidentally commingle it with real votes…

    Corrupt politics in NYFC? Involving the Dumbocrats mayoral primary?? Never!!!

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  25. “California Begs For More Electricity As Shift To Renewable Power Leaves State In The Dark”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/california-begs-more-electricity-shift-renewable-power-leaves-state-reeling

    “Maybe it’s time to admit that the whole “green” energy push is one big farce”

    You think ?

    “Six months after a historic failure in the Texas power grid which collapsed when various “renewable” sources of electricity failed concurrently and dragged down the entire network, California – that liberal utopia powered by renewable power and/or unicorn flatulence – realizes it is about to get Enroned, and has made an urgent request for additional power supplies to avoid blackouts this summer, an extraordinary step after suffering from rolling outages less than a year ago.
    State energy officials asked the California Independent System Operator, which runs most of the grid, to contract for additional power capacity for July and August on concern it won’t be able to meet demand during the evening when solar production fades, according to a joint statement Thursday from grid, utility and energy agencies. They didn’t say how much more power is needed but one can guess it will be a lot.”

    Oh, California ! Solar don’t generate electric power when the Sun goes down. How long is it going to take for you to learn this fact ?

    Just wait until they shut those two big nukes in Diablo Canyon down in 2025. That will make things very interesting.

  26. Oh, California ! Solar don’t generate electric power when the Sun goes down. How long is it going to take for you to learn this fact ?

    Just wait until they shut those two big nukes in Diablo Canyon down in 2025. That will make things very interesting.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the masses in CA really believe The Real Life Tony Stark (TM) will come through for them by the time that reactor shuts down.

    Or maybe they think the new Avengers complex at Disneyland is for real. Who knows.

    My money is Walt emerging from his cryocrypt from beneath the Pirates ride with a blueprint for zero point energy.

  27. Oh, California ! Solar don’t generate electric power when the Sun goes down. How long is it going to take for you to learn this fact ?

    Just wait until they shut those two big nukes in Diablo Canyon down in 2025. That will make things very interesting.

     

    Its odd. I live here, but literally don’t understand the mentality. It’s as if Californians simply can’t grok cause and effect.

    If you don’t have enough power plants: you will run out of electricity and there will be blackouts.  If you don’t build reservoirs for dry years: you will run out of water. If you don’t manage your forests properly: you will have forest fires.

     

    What is hard about this?

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  28. “California city to collectively punish legal gun owners for gun crime”
    https://gunfreezone.net/california-city-to-collectively-punish-legal-gun-owners/

    “Gun owners in San Jose, California, will soon face a yearly tax and be required to carry additional insurance after their city council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to impose the new measures.
    The forthcoming fee for gun ownership in the city has not yet been determined, but officials said that anyone found to be in noncompliance will have their weapons confiscated.”

    This does not sound constitutional to me.

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  29. https://palmettostatearmory.com//blem-psa-16-m4-carbine-length-5-56-nato-1-7-phosphate-classic-rifle-kit-black.html

    PSA has kits for $350, everything you need to build your AR 15 EXCEPT THE LOWER.

    Stripped lowers are out there, around $100 these days.

    If you bought a bunch of 80% lowers, they’re paperweights with out the jig to finish them, and ALL THE OTHER PARTS.

    This is a great price for the rest of the gub.

    NB- people have had issues with PSA quality in the past. From what I read elsewhere, they are good now, especially for a low cost rifle.

    No financial incentive, but this is a great price under current conditions.

    n

  30. “Wind and solar power is rapidly growing in Texas, but ERCOT limits how much goes to the grid”
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Wind-solar-production-outstrips-transmission-in-16223706.php

    “The rapid growth of renewable energy, particularly wind power, has outstripped the carrying capacity of transmission lines. Even when demand soars and electricity supplies run short, the state’s grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, must limit the power West Texas wind and solar farms can sell into the grid because of transmission constraints.
    “I started seeing some projects go off the boards, and companies were saying they’re not going to build,” Darby said. “I asked why, and they said ‘We’ve had curtailments. We’re going to have to curtail production at certain times.’””

    We, the ratepayers of Texas, have installed several brand new high voltage transmission lines to west Texas at the cost of many billions of dollars. At no cost to the wind turbine and solar people. Enough !

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  31. This does not sound constitutional to me.

    As for ANY gun law, what part of the 2nd Amendment’s “shall not be infringed” is tooooo difficult to understand?

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  32. SoCal used to get about a quarter of their electricity from SONGS. The Californicators wanted it closed, and after years of protests, sabotage, and mysterious problems, it was closed.

    I suggest they go to the beach and pound sand, after carefully inspecting the Prop 65 warnings for silica.

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  33. @Greg

    I remember George Burns being on Carson in the 1970’s. As the first guest, he dutifully moved over and yielded the first chair to the young lovely that came on next. After she sat down and said hello, he carefully removed his cigar and told her “I have ties older than you.”

    What an understatement. I figure the truth was that he had ties older than her mother.

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  34. One of the arguments that I’ve used against illegal immigration is the uncontested fact that the alien invaders increase their carbon foot print by double, triple, or more when they come here.

    California = ground zero for alien invaders. Millions of them, all illegally driving the cast-off gas guzzlers from the Pri-ass/Teslala crowd.

  35. SoCal used to get about a quarter of their electricity from SONGS. The Californicators wanted it closed, and after years of protests, sabotage, and mysterious problems, it was closed.

    I suggest they go to the beach and pound sand, after carefully inspecting the Prop 65 warnings for silica.

    What is SONGS ?

  36. San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

    3 units. One decommed in the 90’s.

    The other two got major rehab then where shut down about two years later.

    ADDED: Rehab was 2011.

  37. “SpaceX rolls largest rocket booster ever built to the launch pad”
    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-worlds-largest-rocket-booster-pad-arrival/

    “Six weeks after assembly began, SpaceX has completed Starship’s first true Super Heavy booster prototype, rolled it out of its ‘high bay’ nest, and installed the building-sized rocket at the launch pad.
    Standing some 65 meters (~215 ft) tall, Super Heavy Booster 3 (B3) is the same height as an entire two-stage Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft and is expected to singlehandedly weigh six times more than a fully-fueled Falcon 9 when loaded with liquid oxygen and methane propellant. Once Super Heavies are eventually outfitted with a full 32 Raptors, more engines than any other rocket in history, the booster will also produce more than twice the thrust of NASA’s Saturn V Moon rocket – still the most powerful vehicle ever flown.”

    Thatsa big booster !

  38. I wonder what was the logic that allowed a nuclear plant on the shore? I assume they were aware of the possibility of storms? Crazy.

     

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  39. And a storm would do what, exactly?

    The dome thickness is 3-4 feet and the pressure test was 4+ atmospheres.

  40. The risk is water ingress to ancillary buildings, causing loss of  diesel generator capability or other secondary problems that could impact safe operation.

  41. I know most nuclear plants are built close to water for cooling, it just seems that literally building on the beach on the east side of the Pacific ocean is just asking for problems. OTOH, it never suffered any storm damage.

  42. “What Windows 11 means: We’ll be stuck with millions of Windows 10 zombies”
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-windows-11-means-well-be-stuck-with-millions-of-windows-10-zombies/

    “Some machines will be left behind despite owners’ preferences. Many others will be abandoned because their owners either don’t know how, don’t care, or refuse to upgrade.”

    Shoot, I am in the process of upgrading our 12 Window 7 Pro x64 PCs to Windows 10 Pro x64. I’ll worry about Windows 11 in a decade.

  43. You know the alarming headlines about the Delta COVID variant in Israel? They are correct, sorta, but are not really unexpected – the authors fell into the base rate fallacy.

    https://youtu.be/4bD0recrwiw

     

  44. And a storm would do what, exactly?

    The dome thickness is 3-4 feet and the pressure test was 4+ atmospheres.

    Yup. Comanche Peak SES 1 failed it’s first pressurization test to 65 psig for a three ??? day hold. After much jack hammering and re-concreting the many several cubic feet sized voids, CPSES 1 passed its second pressure test 18 months later. Upped the cost by over a billion dollars. CPSES #2 had the same problem.

  45. @Mark W

    Only idiots put backup generators below the storm surge level, or use designs that expose the core during a coolant loss.

    But then, only idiots think that green energy is cheap and reliable, so Cali, being the largest concentration of idiots on the planet, was perfectly correct in shutting down a facility they could not safely operate.

    Now they just need to pull the freeways for the same reason.

  46. We, the ratepayers of Texas, have installed several brand new high voltage transmission lines to west Texas at the cost of many billions of dollars. At no cost to the wind turbine and solar people. Enough !

    Yeah, I swear I remember Buffett mentioning the transmission lines in one of the recent editions of Warren’s Simple Homespun Financial Wisdom (Formerly Ghostwritten by Carol Loomis of Fortune) (TM), otherwise known as the Berkshire Shareholder Letter. Maybe even the most recent one.

    He certainly isn’t shy about gloating, but he’s very indirect with it.


  47. “If you skip to 16:43 in the interview, you get to the crux of the matter.  Hecker explains there why was this information was omitted from 1,639 of the 1,640 interviews Varon has given.  It’s simple: “If there was a successful treatment protocol for COVID, by law the emergency use authorization for the vaccines would be disallowed.”

    Think about that: to obtain emergency use authorization for the vaccine, there couldn’t be an effective treatment for COVID.  This basically means the vaccine would have been delayed by more trials.  Or the rules could have been changed so that you could treat people effectively and allow the vaccine authorization.”

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/07/can_you_say_ivermectin_in_the_usa.html

    And if there was a successful treatment protocol for Wuhan lying noface ChiCom coronavirus, there would be no excuse to destroy the best economy in the history of the U.S.

  48. We, the ratepayers of Texas, have installed several brand new high voltage transmission lines to west Texas at the cost of many billions of dollars. At no cost to the wind turbine and solar people. Enough !

    Yeah, I swear I remember Buffett mentioning the transmission lines in one of the recent editions of Warren’s Simple Homespun Financial Wisdom (Formerly Ghostwritten by Carol Loomis of Fortune) (TM), otherwise known as the Berkshire Shareholder Letter. Maybe even the most recent one.

    He certainly isn’t shy about gloating, but he’s very indirect with it.

    Seeing as the new very expensive transmission lines were not used during the Texas extreme freeze event in Feb 2021, I do not think that we need any more very expensive transmission lines out to west Texas. Unfortunately, ERCOT is considering adding more at the cost of $3/month/each_ratepayer/each_transmission_line forever. Probably in lieu of winterizing the current fleet.

  49. @Mark, I lived in LA and then San Diego for 13 years and we never once had anything like a bad storm that would threaten the plant. The weather there is very nice.

    Now building on fault lines, that might have been a mistake and the real reason it closed. I didn’t pay it much attention when I lived there. Of course everything in Cali is in a seismic zone. Salt air is very hard on everything too, so building next to the ocean has its own challenges.

    I remember touring a nuke plant while in grade school or junior high, somewhere near Chicago, maybe Zion? They used to run busloads of kids thru every week…

    n

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  50. @Mark, I lived in LA and then San Diego for 13 years and we never once had anything like a bad storm that would threaten the plant. The weather there is very nice.

    Now building on fault lines, that might have been a mistake and the real reason it closed. I didn’t pay it much attention when I lived there. Of course everything in Cali is in a seismic zone. Salt air is very hard on everything too, so building next to the ocean has its own challenges.

    I remember touring a nuke plant while in grade school or junior high, somewhere near Chicago, maybe Zion? They used to run busloads of kids thru every week…

    IIRC, the steam generators were replaced in both units at a very high cost, $100+ million each. Within a couple of years the tubes started failing again in the new steam generators since they did not fix the root cause of the previous failure. Since they voided the warranties, the cost to replace the new steam generators was very high since they need to fix the root failure cause also.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Onofre_Nuclear_Generating_Station

    Yup, I was right, premature tube failure. Ah, dual loop 1100 MW units, shoot those HX must be HUGE ! STP SES south of here is a triple loop and Comanche Peak SES is a quadruple loop.

    So they have to replace the HX every ten years. Cheap at any cost when you consider solar does not generate power at night !

    “During its operation until 2012, SONGS provided about 20% of the power to large portions of Southern California.[16”

    Ruh roh.

  51. https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2021/06/04/nolte-fredo-fallout-cnnlol-suffers-catastrophic-viewership-loss-may/

    Throughout the whole month, CNNLOL averaged just 913,000 total primetime viewers and 610,000 total day viewers.

    By comparison, Fox attracted more than twice as many in primetime, with 2.166 million total average viewers, and 1.187 million in total day. MSNBC attracted 1.494 million average primetime viewers and 835,000 in total day.

    Compare that to some youtubers….

    https://www.omnicoreagency.com/youtube-statistics/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most-viewed_YouTube_channels

    PewDiePie, who is 21 on the list of most watched channels, has 27 BILLION views.

    I watch a guy doing bonsai that has one third of the total viewership of CNN.

    I watch a cute couple do reaction videos of reddits and they get half to MORE than CNNs total viewership.

    A COBBLER I watch has 134K subs, and has 4 shoe repair vids with ~1.5M views each

    A guy I’ve linked before, who just talks while wrenching on stuff in the shop has half a million subs, and gets half a million views in a week (and it’s great content.)

    Music industry guy, 2.4M subs, gets 250k to 1.6M views per episode in a week’s time.

    A scottish HOOF TRIMMER has 800K subs and routinely gets 300K -500K views each week with one video having 13 MILLION views. He’s got 4 others with more than 9M views in a year’s time. HOOF TRIMMER!

    Cable tv is DEAD DEAD DEAD.

    n

    (and that’s just the first 6 of my subs list.)

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  52. BTW, holiday weekend. Fill your gasoline tanks !

    Sorry the lateness of this PSA.

  53. A scottish HOOF TRIMMER has 800K subs and routinely gets 300K -500K views each week with one video having 13 MILLION views. He’s got 4 others with more than 9M views in a year’s time. HOOF TRIMMER!

    The episode with the Shetland pony with the foot long hooves was pitiful. I was actually wondering if they were going to have to put the pony down.

    One of my neighbors has a miniature Shetland (she is only three foot tall) and a miniature mule (four foot tall) in his yard, his fence goes around the house but excludes the driveway. People are constantly stopping and trying to pet them even though though he has signs that they bite ! They are super cute.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@29.5221744,-95.7168264,116m/data=!3m1!1e3

  54. filled my Expy’s tank yesterday. That’s a big tank.

    gas was $2.50 at Costco.
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  55. BTW, holiday weekend. Fill your gasoline tanks !

    Sorry the lateness of this PSA.

    Plus hurricane in the Gulf. That forecast line is never accurate this far out.

    If the bar stools are empty Monday morning, then you can believe the line.

    https://sloppyjoes.com/cam-bar/

     

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  56. filled my Expy’s tank yesterday. That’s a big tank.

    gas was $2.50 at Costco.
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    Gonna be $3.00 by Labor Day and $4.00 by Christmas.


  57. Only idiots put backup generators below the storm surge level, or use designs that expose the core during a coolant loss.

    TEPCO?

    I looked at Heysham in the UK – there are 4 reactors built in the harbor beside a train station and a nature reserve. Heysham is in the Irish sea and protected from severe storms. AGRs have been very reliable and accident-free.

     


  58. One of the arguments that I’ve used against illegal immigration is the uncontested fact that the alien invaders increase their carbon foot print by double, triple, or more when they come here.

    California = ground zero for alien invaders. Millions of them, all illegally driving the cast-off gas guzzlers from the Pri-ass/Teslala crowd.

    But…EV’s for all. After they’ve collected your excess gubs they’ll be back for your ICE clunkers.
    Better study that bus map. Hmmm, how long can an EV city bus run before it needs to be charged? how much a mile for more subways?

  59. So much for having a long time until the next software release. I am putting up a version 16.09a patch right now. Gotta love the software business.


  60. I remember George Burns being on Carson in the 1970’s. As the first guest, he dutifully moved over and yielded the first chair to the young lovely that came on next. After she sat down and said hello, he carefully removed his cigar and told her “I have ties older than you.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqGmFi2n9Q8

  61. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9751247/AOC-says-anti-cannabis-laws-racist-calls-let-ShaCarri-Richardson-run-Olympics-100m.html

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed anti-cannabis laws are racist and an ‘instrument of colonial policy’ while calling for Sha’Carri Richardson to be allowed to run in the Olympics 100m race.

    Sprinter Richardson has been banned for 30 days after failing a marijuana test, and will miss out on the 100-meter dash at the Tokyo Games.

    —or you know, if you are involved in world level athletics, you could just SKIP THE FREAKING DOPE. And if you CAN’T, you’re an addict and need to get help.

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  62. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed anti-cannabis laws are racist and an ‘instrument of colonial policy’

    Because only non-whites smoke pot?

    Learn something new every day.

     


  63. Sha’Carri Richardson

    Please don’t tell me she got her name from that awful Star Trek movie that Shatner directed. Were her parents stoned, or what?

  64. oh yeah, she’s a peach.

    Flag-snubbing Olympian Gwen Berry’s tweets from a decade ago are uncovered revealing history of rape jokes and tweets mocking white people

    Offensive and tasteless tweets have resurfaced by Olympian Gwen Berry
    The majority of those uncovered are more than ten years old but she was already competing for the United States on the national stage
    The tweets include racist comments about white people along with other derogatory thoughts about Chinese people and Mexicans
    On Sunday, Berry staged a protest on the podium at the Olympic trials
    The 32-year-old hammer thrower turned her back on the flag and anthem

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9751521/Olympian-Gwen-Berrys-tweets-decade-ago-reveal-history-rape-jokes-tweets-mocking-white-people.html

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  65. 36 years and one month ago, at about 9:20pm on I 65 northbound, headed toward Merrillville, IN, I did almost exactly what the second guy in the clip does. I flew a bit farther, and the car was facing away from me. No helmet- t shirt, shorts, and sperry topsiders.

    I’ve still got the limp and the scars. But (after 3 months on crutches) I walked away from it. Took my buddy who was driving the bike a year and a lot of hardware implanted to walk again. But he did too. It was pure luck that saved us, not medicine (although it saved his leg and replaced his knee.) I wouldn’t do it over again with all the safety gear available now, for any money in the world.

    The second time I laid a bike down didn’t involve 2 cars, the bike, and a semi truck, but just me and a moment’s lapse. That time the helmet saved my good looks, and brains, whatever small amount of either was left anyway. And yeah, mom, I did get in an accident on a day I wasn’t wearing any underwear, and had to go to the hospital. 😛 At least I was distracted by that thought while they were debriding my hip…

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  66. filled my Expy’s tank yesterday.

    No reminder needed. I filled my PU’s 35 gal tank in January… of 2020. I have driven it 78 miles since. I call it hot storage.

    Nowhere close to a personal record. I drove my old PU for something like seven years on less than one 20 gal tank of gasoline. Supposedly 10% ethanol, no added preservatives, no problems. Both tanks are vented through charcoal canisters. The old one was parked outdoors; the new one indoors. Low humidity.

  67. I wouldn’t do it over again with all the safety gear available now, for any money in the world.

    I wear lots of safety gear riding dirt bikes. Done flying Ws a few times. Once went over the bars among boulders. Missed them all and landed on my back on soft sand. I was fine. So was the bike of course.

    I haven’t ridden on the street much lately. I would like some less bulky versions of safety gear, but haven’t looked for any. Judging by other riders, it might not exist.

    The thought of riding a mountain bicycle with lightweight safety apparel scares me, but I want one.

    And, of course, all people in cars should wear helmets.

  68. My major injuries have involved ladders. Worst was a humble step stool, where I turned while stepping off, lost my balance, and broke my foot. Embarrassing. Painful.

    One auto accident, shoulder belt injury. Unlikely to have survived without it, so grareful.

    Another auto accident. Rear ended severely, hurt knee. Strange.

    I’m scared of bathtubs, prefer showers. 🙂

  69. Also scared of small aircraft. Only know two people who have survived crashes. Crashes seem very common.

  70. I’ve said before that I don’t believe I have the mindset to be a safe and successful small airplane pilot. I don’t think that all the current general aviation pilots have the required mindset either…

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