Fri. July 9, 2021 – hopefully working today

Spotty rain, humid and hot. It was a little cooler yesterday with the off and on rain helping to keep temps down. Still plenty hot, and uncomfortable though.

Rain kept me from working outside, so I mostly did auction stuff. Also did the tiniest bit of cleanup in the house, and of course puppy time.

Today though, I’m taking the child to day camp at the rock gym, the puppy to the dog sitter for doggie day care, and I’m headed to my secondary to clear some stuff out.

I’ve also got a couple of auction things to pick up- bought a 3d resin printer, and some housewares. I’m hoping the printer didn’t have the resin stolen… and that it works. 1/3 retail, I was willing to take the chance. The level of fine detail you can get on small parts is incredible, and it’s self contained, so I’m hoping the kids will be fired up to learn to use it. Their favorite modeler on youtube, Luke Towan, uses his all the time. The guy I like who does cheap table top gaming stuff uses his with a subscription service to create mini-figs for painting and gaming. I’ve wanted one for a long time.

It would be nice to have the time to actually play with all the maker stuff I’ve got. Perhaps I’ll get to that point if I can get some of the other cr@p out of here.

I’ve got a filament printer, a laser sintering powder printer, the new resin printer, mini CNC lathes and mini CNC mills, full sized manual lathes and manual mills, and all the normal workshop stuff too. A CNC router and a thermal cutter would round out the list nicely, because I don’t think a waterjet cutter is going to fall into my lap. Oh, and a lasercutter/engraver would be nice too. The thing about tools is there is always one more thing you could use…so collecting tools becomes a hobby in itself. I’ve actually printed the test file for the filament printer 🙂

I’ve spent the last couple of decades stacking tools so that I would end up in a position to build or repair most things. And, like the medical preps, having the stuff without the skills can be dangerous, but also allows for the chance that someone with the skills but not the gear can use the stuff to good effect, if I can’t. Of course the goal is that I learn to use everything to at least a passable level. Until then, I’ll have more tool than I can use.

Think about the tools you need to maintain the stuff you have. Think about the tools you might need to make some of the things you haven’t thought of. Hand tools, “primitive” tools, simple tools, those will fill a need if things get really bad. But if things get just bad, so that replacements and the original things themselves might not be easily obtainable, having higher level tools might save the day, or provide some extra income, or just build goodwill where you need it.

Stack tools, and the skills to use them. Stack the inputs to the tools (raw materials) too. In fact, Stack ALL THE THINGS!!! 😛

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

56 thoughts on “Fri. July 9, 2021 – hopefully working today”

  1. STACK ALL THE THINGS!

    HEAR, HEAR…

    Prepping win, albeit a little one. I am laid low with sinus trouble (thank goodness for modern antibiotics). No energy to hunt, forage or cook. A can of beef broth with pasta from the stack in the basement saves the day.

  2. Those in the collapsed condo were facing huge (some $100,000 or more) special assessments for the (2018?) documented repairs after years of deferred reserve payments (deferred by the condo board, i.e. condo owners). Where were those that were blue collar or retirees going to scrap up that kind of cash? No condos, co-ops or HOAs for me.

    “Jus’ plain folk” do not live on Collins Avenue, even in a sketchy part of town like Seaside.

    Granted, the media my try it if they think it will make DeSantis look bad, but the beauty of Florida is that you can read the mortgages and the price history of the units. Some places even have deed restrictions about sale prices, and the restrictions for the building are probably also posted online.

    The original owners of the condos are long gone. Any “blue collar” type or fixed income retiree living there was speculating with cheap money — less common than 15 years ago but still possible.

    Scoring a tenbagger out of a short term investment in FL real estate is another area where my “dude” credentials fall short.


  3. I’ve also got a couple of auction things to pick up- bought a 3d resin printer,

    Make sure you and the kids wear disposable gloves working with resin. Toxic.

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  4. Well, it’s 72F and steady rain this am… Kid is at climbing camp. I’m getting ready to leave the house (in a while). Can’t do much of what I’d like to at my secondary, because I can’t pull all the things out into the rain, but I can do some stuff and that needs doing.

    Plus I might see my neighbor there, and I’ve got something to sell him to do a nice little flip.

    I’m moving and caffinated so that’s already a start.

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  5. Well here it comes – again…

     

    Yup.  Same here in the high desert. I need to get up on the roof and do a bit of maintenance on the swamp cooler before it gets too hot today, tho after 105 I’ll have to shut it down.

  6. Cafeteria style workplaces with less privacy might encourage people to get about their business instead of jerking off

    I think this started with the younger end of Gen-X and has continued on through Millennials and Gen-Z. The assumption is that the company is going to f*ck you over the moment it’s profitable to do so. So, only a sucker would bust their ass for a company. Anyone with a clue will do the bare minimum to not get fired. It’d be a more upsetting trend, but corporate America cultivated it so now they can deal with it.

    Skilled trade workers are the backbones of our industries and economies. Not the MBAs.

    I’ve probably noted it on here before, but this is very much a perfect example of the “not my kid” mentality. The trades are great! …for other people’s kids. My kids are going to college! But, I agree that the trades are frequently a better investment than college… for somebody else’s kids. lol I’d say 50% of the people hyping the trades have no intention of sending any of their kids into the trades.


  7. I’ve got a filament printer, a laser sintering powder printer, the new resin printer, mini CNC lathes and mini CNC mills, full sized manual lathes and manual mills, and all the normal workshop stuff too. A CNC router and a thermal cutter would round out the list nicely, because I don’t think a waterjet cutter is going to fall into my lap.

     

    I think you have enough gear to MAKE a waterjet cutter.  A lathe, mill, and drill should be enough.

     

  8. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/apple-cofounder-steve-wozniak-embraces-right-repair-movement

    “It’s time to recognize the Right to Repair more fully,” Wozniak said in a Wednesday Cameo video requested by repair expert Louis Rossman.

    Louis’ youtube is one I’ve recommended several times. He’s a young, conservative businessman in NYC, and does component level repair on apple products. He also does ‘slice of life’ videos about NYC, particularly real estate in the last two years, the reality of doing business there, and he’s done some great vids about what it takes to be successful, and ‘lessons learned’ that are pretty dang insightful.

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  9. I thought Louis was moving to FL based on some vids. I like the ones where he had to move his shop and landlords lied about the rent, etc. NYFC!

  10. you have enough gear to MAKE a waterjet cutter.

    –there is a youtube channel where the guy does that. He gets pretty good results too. Uses a real nozzle, and a powerwasher pump to drive it. Completely manual, but proves the possibility.

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  11. I’d say 50% of the people hyping the trades have no intention of sending any of their kids into the trades.

    –my wife still talks with the kids about college, and their fund is funded, but I can’t imagine them going at this point. A lot can change in 10 years though.

    I have a degree, but it took me a while to get it. And my undergrad program was essentially a trade school for theater. We did mostly hands on and learned the skills of the trades. That’s where I first worked in a carpentry shop, learned to weld, learned to use CAD, how to draw, etc. It’s where I learned about electricity, and lighting. The first pro theater I worked in after school was exploring the use of PLCs and motion control in theater, and the guy who learned the most about it went on to become a national consultant. I could have done that with more interest….

    The theater doesn’t pay well, but a lot of affiliated and similar stuff does. Some of it VERY well.

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  12. Nick, I know you have the preps, but have you considered kerosene powered machine tools for when the grid goes down for good. Just kidding. 🙂

    Reminds me of an old Johnny Carson line, paraphrased. Just think, if Thomas Edison hadn’t invented the light bulb, we would be watching TV by kerosene lamp.

    My kind of twisted humor. Johnny was great.

  13. Rain. I disliked Florida because of it. I prefer earthquakes. Really.

    We still get 20 or so a day as aftershocks from our big ones, but only feel one or two a month. This will go on for a few decades. It is comforting to know Gaia is on the job.


  14. I’d say 50% of the people hyping the trades have no intention of sending any of their kids into the trades.

    The thing is: you’ve got to know your kid. In our case, one went the college route and one went the trade route. Parents who want to live vicariously through their kids (you *must* become a doctor/lawyer/whatever) need a serious reality check, because they’re setting their kids up for a lifetime of hurt.

    The only thing I would actively discourage (not forbid, just discourage) is any sort of arts program: painting, music, acting, etc.. There’s just too much competition for too few professional places. IMHO art makes a great hobby, but (for most people) a lousy profession.

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  15. MA or BA, no, those are for arty posers.

     

    MFA or BFA, those are for practitioners.   And once you realize the filthy lucre you can earn in the corporate world will pay for your live theatre hobby, you start earning.

     

    On the other hand, if you want to go to parties, and have sex with people, the theatre is a great place to be…

     

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  16. Looking at the article linked to yesterday about the huge debt some students have, it’s mostly in grad school. There is no cap on how much you can borrow from the federal loan program for grad students. A huge chunk were people that went to the MFA program at Columbia in film (probably overrepresented because they were referred to them by other suckers). The article noted that the MFA program is now restructuring to be a 4 year program and not a 5 year program.

    4 or 5 years for a Master’s? What a con job.

    I got a MSEE in 3 semesters, the last one of which I was only taking 6 hours and working. Most of the professional MS in engineering students were done in 1 year, the year following getting their BS. The MS students that were getting a PhD generally got their MS in year two of their 4-5 year PhD program. And most were working as TAs so they didn’t have to borrow much.


  17. you have enough gear to MAKE a waterjet cutter.

    –there is a youtube channel where the guy does that. He gets pretty good results too. Uses a real nozzle, and a powerwasher pump to drive it. Completely manual, but proves the possibility.

    Or spring for one of these (or wait for the Chinese knock-off to show up on eBay LOL)

    https://www.canadianmetalworking.com/canadianfabricatingandwelding/article/fabricating/small-format-waterjets-on-the-rise

    And link to their trade publication subscription form:
    https://www.canadianmetalworking.com/subscription/publication

  18. Skilled trade workers are the backbones of our industries and economies. Not the MBAs.

    I’ve probably noted it on here before, but this is very much a perfect example of the “not my kid” mentality. The trades are great! …for other people’s kids. My kids are going to college! But, I agree that the trades are frequently a better investment than college… for somebody else’s kids. lol I’d say 50% of the people hyping the trades have no intention of sending any of their kids into the trades.

    My son went to TAMU for a year and then joined the US Marine Corps. Got out after four years of active duty and got a dual degree in Chemistry / Physics from U of Houston on the GI Bill. He writes software with me because that is what he wants to do but he could make more money working elsewhere.

    My daughter went to college for a semester and came back with her Lyme disease in full force. We now know that she probably got Lyme disease when she was 15. Has not left home since then.

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  19. Looking at the article linked to yesterday about the huge debt some students have, it’s mostly in grad school. There is no cap on how much you can borrow from the federal loan program for grad students. A huge chunk were people that went to the MFA program at Columbia in film (probably overrepresented because they were referred to them by other suckers). The article noted that the MFA program is now restructuring to be a 4 year program and not a 5 year program.

    4 or 5 years for a Master’s? What a con job.

    I got a MSEE in 3 semesters, the last one of which I was only taking 6 hours and working. Most of the professional MS in engineering students were done in 1 year, the year following getting their BS. The MS students that were getting a PhD generally got their MS in year two of their 4-5 year PhD program. And most were working as TAs so they didn’t have to borrow much.

    All of the five PhD Chemical Engineers that I hired in the last 20 years had serious debt, almost a hundred thousand dollars each. It took them 5 or 6 years to get their PhDs and they had to teach, etc. It really bothered them and they were trying to get it paid off as soon as possible.

    Me, I just have a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. And a Professional Engineer’s license in Texas.

  20. “Forged (An Alex Verus Novel)” by Benedict Jacka
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440000602?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number eleven of a twelve book fantasy series. I read the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Ace in 2020. The twelfth book in the series is billed as the final book in the series and I have already ordered it.

    Mage Verus is not only fighting for his status as a mage, now he is fighting for his life. That means that the rules are now off and every battle is to the death. Not good. But Alex started as a dark mage and to the dark side he returns.

    The author has a website at:
    https://benedictjacka.co.uk/

    My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,605 reviews)

  21. “TC Energy Files NAFTA Claim to Recover $15 Billion Following Keystone XL Cancelation”
    https://napipelines.com/tc-energy-nafta-claim-keystone-xl/

    “The company announced July 2 that it has filed a Notice of Intent to initiate a legacy North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) claim under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to recover economic damages resulting from the revocation of the Keystone XL project’s Presidential Permit.”

    Biden is an idiot. And obviously beholden to several extremists / radicals who do not represent the core values of the USA.

  22. “Refinery closures decreased U.S. refinery capacity during 2020”
    https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2021/07/refinery-closures-decreased-us-refinery-capacity-during-2020

    “As a result of several U.S. refinery closures in 2020, U.S. operable atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity, the primary measure of refinery capacity in the United States, dropped 4.5% to a total of 18.1 MMbpd at the start of 2021. The end-of-year 2020 total is 0.8 million bpd less than the 19.0 million bpd of refining capacity at the start of 2020. According to the data in our annual Refinery Capacity Report, the beginning of 2021 marks the lowest annual capacity figure to start the year since 2015. Based on information reported to us in our recent update, U.S. refining capacity will not expand significantly during 2021.
    At the beginning of 2021, 129 refineries were either operating or idle in the United States (excluding U.S. territories), down from 135 operable refineries listed at the beginning of 2020. The additional refinery closures in the 2021 Refinery Capacity Report largely reflect the impact of responses to COVID-19 on the U.S. refining sector.”

    Expect the price of gasoline / diesel to reflect this shortly.


  23. Biden is an idiot

    There you go repeating yourself.

  24. “Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 11 but will need to perform a clean install”
    https://www.neowin.net/news/windows-7-users-can-upgrade-to-windows-11-but-might-need-to-perform-a-clean-install/

    “Though the Redmond company is providing a free upgrade path for Windows 10 users, it did not clarify if Windows 7 and 8.1 users have a similar option. Luckily, manufacturers and vendors seem to have stepped in to fill the information gap by publishing hardware compatibility lists and guides on how to enable TPM. Now, Lenovo has published a FAQ page (spotted by MakeUseOf) on Windows 11 that covers basic questions including the upgrade path for Windows 7 users.
    According to the company, Windows 7 users with eligible hardware can upgrade to Windows 11 but will have to do a clean installation. This means that there might not be a way to jump directly to Windows 11 by downloading the update from Windows Update, for those wondering.”

    I suspect most Windows 10 upgrades to Windows 11 will be clean installs also.

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  25. My office will sit with Win10 until about 60 days before it EOL’s then there will be a mad panicked dash to get hundreds of workstations updated to Win11. We do it every time. We did it when WinXP EOL’d and we’ll do it when Win10 EOLs. The fact that we had YEARS notice of the EOL date means nothing. It will get left out of the budget and put on the backburner until the last minute. That’s how we roll.

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  26. I suspect most Windows 10 upgrades to Windows 11 will be clean installs also.

    I disagree. Not that I have any ‘inside information’, but just that a requirement for a clean install would be met with much displeasure, and less people that would actually do it.

    There are reports that reverting back to Win10 after upgrading to Win11 will require a ‘clean’ install of Win10, having to backup/restore your data after the reversion.  See the end of this report https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/why-you-should-be-wary-of-the-windows-11-10-day-rollback-countdown/ :

    For the official Windows 11 release, once 10 days have passed, you can still go back to Windows 10, but it’ll be a little trickier: You’ll need to back up your data and perform what Microsoft calls a “clean install” of Windows 10 on your PC. Or, if you’re smart, you will have backed up your system before installing Windows 11 in the first place and can restore from that.

    The ’10-day’ limit  is the allowed time to revert from Win11 to Win10, before you can’t go back to Win10. I suspect that’s only applicable with the beta/dev releases of the Win11.

  27. From Brian Krebs:

    Last summer, financial institutions throughout Texas started reporting a
    sudden increase in attacks involving well-orchestrated teams that would show
    up at night, use stolen trucks and heavy chains to rip Automated Teller
    Machines (ATMs) out of their foundations, and make off with the cash boxes
    inside. Now it appears the crime — known variously as “ATM smash-and-grab”
    and “chain gang” attacks — is rapidly increasing in other states.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/07/spike-in-chain-gang-destructive-attacks-on-atms/

     

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  28. “Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 11 but will need to perform a clean install”

    Windows 7 won’t run on much of the hardware supported by Windows 11.

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  29. Last summer, financial institutions throughout Texas started reporting a
    sudden increase in attacks involving well-orchestrated teams that would show
    up at night, use stolen trucks and heavy chains to rip Automated Teller
    Machines (ATMs) out of their foundations, and make off with the cash boxes
    inside. Now it appears the crime — known variously as “ATM smash-and-grab”
    and “chain gang” attacks — is rapidly increasing in other states.

    This used to be the thing to do 20+ year ago, but I’ve heard most have a battery-powered GPS LoJack to direct law enforcement to the ATM and then, of course, there’s the dye packs and whatnot. I saw a show years ago where they try to get the cash out of a modern ATM without ruining the cash. It was not easy. Took them HOURS and there were 3 or 4 intelligent guys working the problem.

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  30. All of the five PhD Chemical Engineers that I hired…

    Out of curiosity, would you hire a guy who seemed to really know his stuff but didn’t have the credentials? I’d guess you would, at least on probationary terms, but then again you don’t have an HR department.

  31. All of the five PhD Chemical Engineers that I hired…

    Out of curiosity, would you hire a guy who seemed to really know his stuff but didn’t have the credentials? I’d guess you would, at least on probationary terms, but then again you don’t have an HR department.

    Don’t know. Not many of my hires have been word of mouth. I advertise locally for inside staff such as accountants and sales.

    And credentials do have their place.

    The last person I hired was 2.5 years ago for sales. He has an MIS degree from the University of Houston.

  32. I suspect most Windows 10 upgrades to Windows 11 will be clean installs also.

    I disagree. Not that I have any ‘inside information’, but just that a requirement for a clean install would be met with much displeasure, and less people that would actually do it.

    Is Windows 11 going to encrypt the main hard drive using TPM (trusted platform module) ?

  33. @Lynn

    If Biden was a Repuglican, they would be impeaching him <strike>today</strike> for at least the 4th time.

    FIFY

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  34. “FT Suggests a $1543 / Ton Carbon Tax, but the Biden Admin is “Dragging its Feet””
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/07/09/ft-suggests-a-1543-ton-carbon-tax-but-the-biden-admin-is-dragging-its-feet/

    “Resources.org provides a handy carbon tax calculator, but it only goes up to $50. If we take resources.org’s calculation of $0.44 / gallon gasoline price rise for a $50 carbon tax, and scale it up to $1543, we get 0.44 / 50 x 1543 = $13.57 / gallon of gasoline price rise. Given Biden’s policies have already driven gasoline up to around $4 / gallon in some places, with no end to price rises in sight, if the recommended carbon taxes are imposed, you could be looking at $17 / gallon of gasoline and rising.”

    Hey, why not ? $17/gallon gasoline is doable, right ?

  35. Hey, why not ? $17/gallon gasoline is doable, right ?

    Probably. Everyone would freak the f*ck out about it, but come Friday night I’ll be 20 cars deep at a red light while everyone heads out to do BS. I am shocked at how little gas prices seem to affect the average person’s behavior (other than pissing and moaning about it). 🤯

  36. Hey, why not ? $17/gallon gasoline is doable, right ?

    Probably. Everyone would freak the f*ck out about it, but come Friday night I’ll be 20 cars deep at a red light while everyone heads out to do BS. I am shocked at how little gas prices seem to affect the average person’s behavior (other than pissing and moaning about it).

    … but come Friday night I’ll be 20 scooters and bicycles deep at a red light while everyone heads out to do BS.

    Fixed that for ya.

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  37. $17/gallon gasoline is doable, right ?

    At that price it becomes reasonable to ambush cops and other government employees and drain the gas from their cars’ tanks before torching them.

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  38. “We are not a nation of laws anymore”
    https://gunfreezone.net/we-are-not-a-nation-of-laws-anymore/

    “REVEALED: The White House HELPED Hunter Biden reach deal to keep buyers of his paintings listed for up to $500,000 confidential so they could ‘avoid’ ethics issues”

    If Biden was a Repuglican, they would be impeaching him today.

    Who in their right mind would pay $5 for a Hunter Biden painting, much less $500,000?
    Or will the names just be ‘confidential’ to the lowly citizens but known to the Dem puppet-masters and used as a backdoor source of Dumbocrat dirty money?

    Some samples of his “art” can be seen here:
    https://nypost.com/2021/07/08/hunter-bidens-art-con-is-an-insult-to-ethics-and-good-taste/


  39. Last summer, financial institutions throughout Texas started reporting a
    sudden increase in attacks involving well-orchestrated teams that would show
    up at night, use stolen trucks and heavy chains to rip Automated Teller
    Machines (ATMs) out of their foundations, and make off with the cash boxes
    inside. Now it appears the crime — known variously as “ATM smash-and-grab”
    and “chain gang” attacks — is rapidly increasing in other states.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/07/spike-in-chain-gang-destructive-attacks-on-atms/

    Points for the guys that used the backhoe, and a tracked one no less.

  40. Who in their right mind would pay $5 for a Hunter Biden painting, much less $500,000?

    No one paid for the paintings. They paid for political access and political favors. The paintings are just the receipt. Like buying a new Mercedes and getting a keychain.

  41. Well, I did manage to get some work done at my secondary location.  I cleared most of a 10 ft square… and was soaked to the skin with sweat.  Chatted with my neighbor while I was there.   He’d had the catalytic converter stolen off his van the last time I was there.  This time they stole the whole van.

    I will be putting up a camera.

    Retrieved the dog, wife got the kid, and then went for a mani/pedi.   They’re out getting dinner now, I hope they remember to bring me some.

    3D printer didn’t include any resin, and as I feared the unit has uncured resin spilled all over it.   I’m cleaning it up, and decided I need to read the manual.   Everything seems to work though.

     

     

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  42. WRT atm theft, in Europe, they fill the atm with propane, then light it.   Blows the doors open, doesn’t hurt the money….

     

    And I’d bet that three honest people would have a harder time figuring out how to get into an atm than crooks.    The best example I can think of is that crooks don’t attack the lock on your home safe, they tip it over and cut in from the back with an angle grinder.  Or on a fire safe, they just use a skil saw to cut thru the case.

     

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  43. Retrieved the dog, wife got the kid, and then went for a mani/pedi.

    Wait a sec there, exactly who’s at the nail salon??

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  44. Retrieved the dog, wife got the kid, and then went for a mani/pedi.

    Wait a sec there, exactly who’s at the nail salon??

    Dude, the same rules apply for Fight Club and the Nail Salon. Nobody talks about it.

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  45. They’re out getting dinner now, I hope they remember to bring me some.

    The wife brought me three large ground beef tacos from El Vaquero in Sugar Land for supper. Yum !

  46. “How things have changed in 20 years”
    https://gunfreezone.net/how-things-have-changed-in-20-years/

    “Me, a Conservative in 2001, watching 9/11: “I’m a patriot. I’m Army ROTC, I want to do my duty and serve my country and defend America and the principles of liberty.”
    Me, a Conservative in 2021, talking to my son when he says he “wants to be a warrior” when he grows up: “If you are a patriot, don’t join the military. You will spend half your time being shown PowerPoints on anti-American Marxist propaganda just to be sent to some far away s***-hole country for a boy raping goat herder to blow your legs off in an endless war, just so some f***-ass boomer general from an Ivy League can guarantee himself a 7-figure salary at Raytheon when he retires. You’re too important for me to have someone else throw your life away for that.”
    My principles didn’t change.
    The institutions have been so corrupted that as a Conservative I can’t support them anymore.”

    My son went to Iraq in 2006 and 2007 with Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children (US Marine Corps). He learned things that he did not want to know. He went in thinking that we could fix the Middle East, now he is convinced that nobody can fix the Middle East. He lost several buddies there, one friend lives at the burn unit in San Antonio for the rest of his life.

    He is 38 now and knows that as a non-commissioned officer and a two tour combat veteran, he can be called up until he is 45. Or if things are horrible, 50 ? 60 ?.


  47. My principles didn’t change.

    “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me.” on a national scale.

  48. My principles didn’t change.

    “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me.” on a national scale.

    AND

    My principles didn’t change.

    “I didn’t leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left me.” on a national scale.

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  49. Yah, I phrased myself poorly. (Lot of that happening today. I’d almost blame Anthropogenic Global Warming (which is real! And we’re all gonna dieeeeee!) but I’m sure it’s Trump’s fault. Everything else seems to be.)

    What I meant to imply is that I didn’t leave the ideals of the United States of America. The US left me.

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  50. Wife and child got pampered.  I just came home soaked in sweat.

     

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  51. “Ford secures chip supply for waiting F-Series pickups”
    https://www.autoblog.com/2021/07/09/ford-f150-chip-supply/

    “Lost in the shuffle of last week’s sales and earnings news was a tidbit from the Detroit Free Press noting that Ford has secured a supply of microchips for its F-Series production lines — a crucial step toward righting the company’s 2021 sales trajectory.”
    https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2021/07/02/ford-sales-f-150-semiconductor-chip-shortage/7836909002/

    Well, that is good news.

  52. Took a look at the resin printer. It’s not an open box return, it’s returns fraud. It’s got a lot of use on it, and has been damaged by the resin spill. Granted that the LCD imaging screen is considered a consumable, and is a simple swap with the part available online, the resin damaged screen is clearly the result of poor use. This is an old beat up machine that someone returned as “box damaged in shipping”.

    Usually the auctions are “as is and where is” but I’m going to call them anyway. They didn’t show pics of the actual item, and didn’t list it as used or damaged. I’ve got about a 50/50 chance of getting some adjustment. If not, I’ll tear the LCD screen open and see if I can clean it, and if it can’t be saved, I’ll spend the money to bring the printer back into working order. I’ll still have saved a bit, but not half… I knew there was a risk, but I didn’t expect it to be as bad as it is.

    (it’s the EPAX E6 Mono LCD 3D Printer UV Photocuring LCD Resin 3D Printer with 6 inch 2K Monochrome LCD and nFEP Film, available from amazon and others.) And it doesn’t ship with resin, so the resin spill didn’t happen during shipping. It’s definitely returns fraud.

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  53. Forged (An Alex Verus Novel)

    Sounds interesting. I’ve just ordered the first book. Somewhat annoying: I really would have liked to read the German translation, but it is literally 10 times the price (9.99 instead of 0.99). I understand that the translator deserves some money, but that’s nuts. So the English edition, it is…

    Windows 10 upgrades to Windows 11

    We’ll see what Microsoft does, but I would prefer not to upgrade.

    We had a strange one yesterday: some Win10 update installed on my wife’s computer, which is not associated with her Microsoft account. A dialog popped up – completely blocking the computer – insisting that she tie it to her account. Not nice, but this is MS we’re talking about, so…

    She doesn’t know her password, so MS offers to send her a code. By email. What would happen if she needed her computer to read email? Which is completely blocked by this unkillable dialog? But, as it happens, she can read email on her phone.

    So she gets the code, but mistypes it – she missed a digit. She gets a message “sorry, wrong code”. Before she can try again, she is apparently *successfully* logged in to her MS account.

    Gotta love Microsoft.

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