Mon. July 26, 2021 – another week, counting down to school start…

By on July 26th, 2021 in culture, decline and fall, personal, WuFlu

Hot, humid, but no rain. That’s the forecast. My weather station said 107F at the hottest part of the day yesterday, granted that it’s in the sun and probably too near the roof. Still, it was 100F in the shade next to the single pane window on the other side of the house. In any case, it was hot.

I slept very late. I was worn out from moving all the stuff I moved at my secondary, and pretty stiff and sore. Not very motivated. Knowing that I had to fix the trucks first left me even less motivated. So, after I couldn’t procrastinate any longer, I headed out. Stopped by my tire guy, but he was so busy he pushed me off to today. Went to Costco for the Ranger battery, and the lot was full. Much more full than a normal weekday, but IDK about Sunday. I avoid the place on Sunday. The tire and battery center wasn’t too bad, only two guys in front of me. The old battery made it 6 months past the warranty period. Pretty good in Houston. The new one was only $68 but after the state disposal fee and taxes, $78? I gave up the old battery so I didn’t get charged the $15 core fee.

Hit up a thrift store on my way home, got some gun stuff to resell. Then did the battery install, checked fluids, and started the truck right up. My tire guy being busy with repairs reminded me that when I was chatting with the tire technician from AAA, I asked him if he’d noticed that the city and county don’t seem to be keeping the roads as clean as they used to. He said his company is doing land office business with damaged tires and towing and he does think there is more debris on the road. Government services tend to slip when the economy is bad. Even before wuflu I was commenting that there seemed to be an increase in illegal dumping, and a decrease in road cleaning. That hasn’t gotten better. Just another data point.

There are some businesses that do better when the economy is down. Auto parts stores do better as people choose to fix their own vehicles rather than pay someone, or buy up… Repair places too as people choose repair over the upgrade. Used or second hand stores probably do well too, as people look to save money. Some things to think about. And plan for and around.

Me, I’ll keep stacking, while increasing my repair and maker skills. I better have something, since I’m not a gardener…

Stack something.

nick

71 Comments and discussion on "Mon. July 26, 2021 – another week, counting down to school start…"

  1. Denis says:

    Prepping win… I got a flat tyre, and fixed it at home with rubber plug and compressor. That one repair paid for the plug kits in our vehicles. Like nick, I am noticing more flat tyres recently. Not so much that roads maintenance is failing, but we have had a building site.  Many nails and screws fall to the the ground, plus regular trips to the tip with rubbish – the tip is a great spot for picking up a puncture – three in as many months. This latest flat must have been from a screw on our own driveway, as the head had not a scratch on it. Either that, or the neighbours are improvising caltrops…

     

    From yesterday’s comments: “The CDC announced, albeit quietly, on Wednesday that the RT-PCR tests used to tell millions of Americans they’re infected with Covid-19 has been unable to accurately differentiate between the various coronaviruses. Of particular note is the inability of these tests to know whether someone is infected with Covid-19 or influenza.”

    Doesn’t surprise me one bit. My sparky had classical covid symptoms in February 2020. The test said he had avian flu. Also the almost complete absence of reported influenza cases since covid began.

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Even before wuflu I was commenting that there seemed to be an increase in illegal dumping, and a decrease in road cleaning. That hasn’t gotten better. Just another data point.

    The City of Austin isn’t maintaining the right of way along their part of the road between our subdivision and the commercial area that includes the closest Home Depot and Sam’s. I haven’t seen the grass mowed since before Covid.

    Driving out to pick something up yesterday, I noticed a DUI punishment work crew pulling large pieces of furniture and electronics out of the tall grass on the other side of the sidewalk, as if people blowing out of the nearby apartment buildings dumped their stuff before heading up 183 towards Lubbock and points beyond.

  3. Ray Thompson says:

    Never knew a person could black out from pain. I do now. I slipped in the shower on my good leg and put, rather jammed, my weight on my surgery leg. Screams of pain and the lights went out for a couple of seconds. Wife caught me before I went all the way down. I am now paying the price. After I got seated by the bed I started barfing, nothing to barf. Now the pain in the leg is significant. Today we get shower mats. An oversight that should never have happened. Lesson learned.

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    BTW, no masking in Home Depot *inside* the city limits of Austin yesterday.

    Austin announced moving to “Stage 4” restrictions last week, but IIRC they can’t enforce anything with city council on vacation.

    OTOH, the council — along with our worthless RINO “Judge” — decided to burn residents in that part of town with a homeless hotel next to the still-viable mall so maybe pushback is starting.

  5. MrAtoz says:

    I am now paying the price. After I got seated by the bed I started barfing, nothing to barf. Now the pain in the leg is significant.

    Wow, that is some kind of pain, Mr. Ray. I remember when my Mom had hip surgery, in rehab they would put them in a wheelchair and take them to a shallow pool like area. Nurse would hose them down like at a car wash.

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  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ray, I feel for you. you will want to check with the doc. You might have moved stuff around that shouldn’t have moved.

    Remember what I said about doing familiar things without thinking? There are more traps waiting, be careful!

    n

    (and if you have in home therapy, ask the therapist for recommendations about pitfalls and alternative ways of doing things, we want you around and healthy for a long time yet.)

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Taking D1 to orthodontist this am. gotta jump.

    n

  8. Greg Norton says:

    I am now paying the price. After I got seated by the bed I started barfing, nothing to barf. Now the pain in the leg is significant.

    Do you have a televisit with the VA docs scheduled this morning?

  9. Ray Thompson says:

    Pain level is back to normal. I don’t think I damaged anything as I don’t notice any issues while walking and doing my PT stuff. Such PT becoming easier. I can bend backwards 90 degrees and fully straighten with the use of a rubber band. I can put almost my full weight on the leg. Leg is still very much swollen which is one of the limiters in stretching and is most annoying being swollen.

    I am very much uneasy about the oxycodone which I take every six hours or when needed. I am really trying to limit that stuff to just before bed. I can tell when it wears off. Not so much for increased pain, but I get the shakes, withdrawal maybe, not sure. I don’t like the stuff but it really helps sleeping.

    I showered and shaved this morning so feel human except for the stumble. I can get to and use the bathroom by myself, can dress myself except for the compression socks, get in and out chairs and the bed, up and down stairs. So I guess I am doing OK and making progress. The wound is starting to itch which is good.

    Therapist is supposed to show up today. May be a new adventure in pain.

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  10. JimB says:

    Ray, I second the recommendation to check for damage. Maybe start with the therapist if due soon. Some of them are excellent, and might have ways to get a quick evaluation, such as one of the many images. Wish you the best.

  11. drwilliams says:

    re: showering when you are not steady on your feet

    prep like a stroke patient:

    grab bars in the bathroom

    handheld shower

    shower seat or transfer bench

    If you need help, wear the PT belt and have someone there with a good grp on it.

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  12. RickH says:

    @ray – with regards to @drwilliams suggestions, I got these for my wife:

    Shower seat and grab bar (sturdy) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08626XN59?tag=ttgnet-20

    Handheld shower thing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BS2W1PW?tag=ttgnet-20

    Happy with both.

  13. MrAtoz says:

    Ray, I third the recommendation to check for damage.

  14. SteveF says:

    With everyone coming in on one side of the question, it once again falls to me to take the contrarian viewpoint:

    Ray, don’t worry about the fall. If you don’t have any pieces sticking out, you can just walk it off. What are you, a man or a soyboy?

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  15. ech says:

    The CDC announced, albeit quietly, on Wednesday that the RT-PCR tests used to tell millions of Americans they’re infected with Covid-19 has been unable to accurately differentiate between the various coronaviruses. Of particular note is the inability of these tests to know whether someone is infected with Covid-19 or influenza.

    First, coronaviruses don’t cause flu. They can cause colds and MERS. The CDC test was explicitly designed to differentiate SARS-CoV-2 from cold, SARS-CoV-1, and MERS viruses.

    Second, this is not what the CDC page says. This is the first test that CDC authorized, back in Feb. 2020. The most probable explanation is that the CDC doesn’t want to continue to produce and ship out the test reagents to labs. Since there are now any number of commercially produced tests available for labs to buy and use. Also, the revocation is not effective until December 2021, so that the labs have time to transition.

    The bit about not being able to differentiate between COVID and flu is simply in a note to the labs:

    CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Such assays can facilitate continued testing for both influenza and SARS-CoV-2 and can save both time and resources as we head into influenza season.

    In other words, consider a test that can do COVID and flu testing at the same time to save time and money.

    This is scaremongering due to a lack of understanding. Willful misunderstanding? IDK. You decide.

    The full release from the CDC is here: https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html

  16. Ray Thompson says:

    Ray, don’t worry about the fall.

    I am not concerned. Once the shock wore off everything was back to normal. I had worse pain Friday when I retracted the recliner quicker than I expected. The sudden movement is the pain. I notice that when I get up to walk as the first two or three steps get my attention. After that walking is not too bad. Even I notice the improvement over Friday. Not nearly as painful getting out of bed, getting up from a chair, etc. So in my markedly uneducated ignorant and severely lacking medical opinion, things are going OK. I will probably get a rude awakening from the therapist this afternoon.

  17. Ray Thompson says:

    Therapy session over. Therapist says I am doing excellent. A couple of new stretches. She doesn’t like me using the cane on my right since that is the side the surgery was done. Made me switch to my left hand. Said if I keep progressing like this I will only need two weeks of therapy.

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  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well that’s good news Ray…

    n

  19. ~jim says:

    @Nick

    You’ve probably already thought of it, but epoxy ought to be in a prepping stash. I’m sure Krazy Glue is, but sometimes you really need old-fashioned epoxy and nothing else will do.

  20. paul says:

    I don’t know about epoxy but un-opened tubes of Super Glue dry out after a couple of years…. in the house, not out in the feed shed.

    Pretty annoying.  “I just bought this… oh, two years ago”.

     

  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    I do stock a wide array of adhesives. I have two little kids and a dog, and they are hard on stuff. The epoxy will ‘go off’ in the dispenser in time, and the crazy glues will too. Fortunately the crazy glue is cheap. The epoxy, I usually only have one or two dispensers here at a time. I’ve got some industrial special purpose epoxies that have lasted years past their best by date, but they have limited application.

    RTV silicone gets hard in the tube too.

    n

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    Stopped by the chiropractor on the way home from the othodontist. Back is feeling a bit better.

    Did the lawn. 102F in the sun (but I only had a little bit left) and 97F in the shade for the front lawn.

    Still, taking a break with cold drink.

    n

  23. RickH says:

    ‘Holy moly!’: Inside Texas’ fight against a ransomware hack

    https://apnews.com/article/technology-government-and-politics-business-texas-hacking-47e23be2d9d90d67383c1bd6cee5aef7

    Generalized story. No gory geeky details.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    “‘Holy moly!’: Inside Texas’ fight against a ransomware hack”

    Generalized story. No gory geeky details.

    “The hackers gained their foothold through an attack on a Texas firm that provides technology services to local governments, branching through screen-sharing software and remote administration to seize control of the networks of some of the company’s clients.”

    TeamViewer and/or RDP routed across the open Internet.

    Lazy admins who know enough to get their clients hacked.

    TeamViewer seems to be a favorite of water system employees looking to join the WFH mafia.

  25. MrAtoz says:

    Another day…another network journalist snapped at by plugs.

    MSM: Zzzzz Zzzzz

    plugs calls NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell ‘such a pain in the neck’ after interrupting her

  26. RickH says:

    @MrAtoZ – “MSM: Zzzzz Zzzzz”

    Third story in my Headlines section of Google News now (and saw it earlier).

    Box shows two links (CNN and Fox News).  The dropdown on the box shows 5 articles/links (NBC, USA Today, etc).

    The ‘full coverage’ link shows more stories about Biden and that news conference, not all headlines show the ‘pain in the neck’ reference. Didn’t read the stories.

    But, “MSM: Zzzzz Zzzzz” …. nope.

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  27. Alan says:

    I do stock a wide array of adhesives. I have two little kids and a dog, and they are hard on stuff. The epoxy will ‘go off’ in the dispenser in time, and the crazy glues will too. Fortunately the crazy glue is cheap. The epoxy, I usually only have one or two dispensers here at a time. I’ve got some industrial special purpose epoxies that have lasted years past their best by date, but they have limited application.

    RTV silicone gets hard in the tube too.

    Any glues that are freezable for long-term storage?

    For the shorter term I wrap the capped tube securely with Glad Flex Seal kitchen wrap. Works for open tubes of caulk as you can seal both ends. Handy when painting if you like to keep the paint can clean and good for wrapping up a brush or roller cover between coats. Handy stuff to have on-hand, we always have a few rolls stacked in the pantry.

  28. Alan says:

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/26/american-airlines-warns-about-fuel-shortages-around-the-country-ask-pilots-to-conserve.html

    @lynn; so when exactly are we gonna see oil at $100/bbl?

    I see Brent Crude currently at $75

  29. Greg Norton says:

    Another city contemplating “congestion pricing zones”.

    (Tolled surface streets)

    https://www.fox5ny.com/news/san-francisco-considering-congestion-tax-on-high-earning-drivers

    Unlike autonomous or even automated cars, the tech exists now. The only question mark is the political will.

    At some point, my previous employer will decide that Music Ed can’t do my job and hire qualified engineers to install the systems.

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  30. lynn says:

    ERCOT is scooting over the high peak for the year of 73,000 MW in Texas with 4,500 MW of online reserves plus another 2,500 MW of interruptibles. Good job !
    http://www.ercot.com/mp

  31. Greg Norton says:

    I received a scary-looking envelope from the IRS in the mail today, and when I opened it, instead of an audit appointment notice, inside was a letter rom Plugs, on White House letterhead, explaining the advance child tax credit check I received last week.

    Of course, had the envelope featured a White House return address, I would have simply trashed it without opening and reading the contents.

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  32. MrAtoz says:

    But, “MSM: Zzzzz Zzzzz” …. nope.

    What were the outraged negative comments from NBC, MSNBC, CBS and ABC? If it was a Redumblican President there would be calls of misogyny. That’s what I meant. The tRump was attacked constantly for this.

    Sure you did, bud, sure:

    Congressman said he gave a hug to the officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt because he was distraught

    “you did what you had to do” that being killing an unarmed female civilian. And he knew the killer the whole time and said jack shit. He obviously feared for his life from the skinny, WHITEY!, female, Veteran.

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  33. Greg Norton says:

    ERCOT is scooting over the high peak for the year of 73,000 MW in Texas with 4,500 MW of online reserves plus another 2,500 MW of interruptibles. Good job !

    They were very lucky in that July featured below normal temperatures across a lot of the state, and today is mostly average. The heat dome causing temps in the 100s in Wyoming and Montana moves in later in the week, and the rain will disappear.

  34. lynn says:

    Hit up a thrift store on my way home, got some gun stuff to resell. Then did the battery install, checked fluids, and started the truck right up. My tire guy being busy with repairs reminded me that when I was chatting with the tire technician from AAA, I asked him if he’d noticed that the city and county don’t seem to be keeping the roads as clean as they used to. He said his company is doing land office business with damaged tires and towing and he does think there is more debris on the road. Government services tend to slip when the economy is bad. Even before wuflu I was commenting that there seemed to be an increase in illegal dumping, and a decrease in road cleaning. That hasn’t gotten better. Just another data point.

    My son had to dodge a 8+ ft metal ladder on I610 today in his Toyota Camry. He described it as fun. Not.

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  35. lynn says:

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/26/american-airlines-warns-about-fuel-shortages-around-the-country-ask-pilots-to-conserve.html

    @lynn; so when exactly are we gonna see oil at $100/bbl?

    I see Brent Crude currently at $75

    Don’t know. One good crisis will pop it up there though. A civil war in Saudi Arabia, etc.

    WTI is at $72. Natural gas is climbing rapidly and is at $4.098.
    https://oilprice.com/

    The tankering from Point Comfort, TX to Italy has started now. That is scheduled to eventually send almost a million barrels per day of crude from Texas to Italy. Right now they are using lightering of tankers but they are starting on the 65 ft deep channel into the crude oil terminal very soon.
    https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2021/05/13/max-midstream-first-crude-point-comfort-calhoun.html

  36. Greg Norton says:

    Hi Mr. Greg:

    Department of Veterans Affairs becomes the first federal agency to issue vaccine mandate: 115,000 frontline workers have eight weeks to get the shot or face getting FIRED

    My wife got her shots months ago. The problem wasn’t as much exposure to other patients as it was the Subcontinent providers in Austin, three of whom showed up for work at the clinic knowingly sick, one waiting on a Covid test.

    I’m the holdout at our house, but, except for Spring Break and the 4th, I don’t go anywhere except Home Depot and Sam’s Club.

    The retro game expo was an anomaly, but I wasn’t aware that the City of Austin could not enforce their mask rules on the show floor. FOMO with regard to Nintendo legacy systems is pretty strong right now so I have no doubt that there were sick individuals present. I made a point of avoiding the crowded arcade and panel discussion rooms.

    There will be pushback at the VA from the nurses’ unions.

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  37. lynn says:

    “GOA, GOF Continue Bump Stock Battle before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals”
    https://www.gunowners.org/goa-gof-continue-bump-stock-battle-before-the-sixth-circuit-court-of-appeals/

    “Springfield, VA – Gun Owners of America (GOA), Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), and the Virginia Citizens Defense League, among others, are continuing the no-compromise defense of the Second Amendment in GOA v. Garland before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

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  38. lynn says:

    I went to lunch today with my Dad and my son at the Rooster Vietnamese place on Gessner at I-10. The food was awesome with the beef curry and noodles. The ambience was less than amazing since we had to step over the drunk laying on the sidewalk and around the crazy guy in front of the restaurant. Dad asked me if I was carrying once we got inside. I left my carry gun in my truck which we did not take.

    Ah, Houston, you suck. Almost as bad as NYC.

    “Why you need a CCW gun with a 20 round mag and several reloads”
    https://gunfreezone.net/why-you-need-a-ccw-gun-with-a-20-round-mag-and-several-reloads/

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  39. lynn says:

    Hi Mr. Greg:

    Department of Veterans Affairs becomes the first federal agency to issue vaccine mandate: 115,000 frontline workers have eight weeks to get the shot or face getting FIRED

    My wife got her shots months ago. The problem wasn’t as much exposure to other patients as it was the Subcontinent providers in Austin, three of whom showed up for work at the clinic knowingly sick, one waiting on a Covid test.

    I’m the holdout at our house, but, except for Spring Break and the 4th, I don’t go anywhere except Home Depot and Sam’s Club.

    The retro game expo was an anomaly, but I wasn’t aware that the City of Austin could not enforce their mask rules on the show floor. FOMO with regard to Nintendo legacy systems is pretty strong right now so I have no doubt that there were sick individuals present. I made a point of avoiding the crowded arcade and panel discussion rooms.

    We have got Delta spreading around here amongst the unvaccinated like wildfire. Four of my church members are in the hospital with it. Two are intubated which sucks. Reputedly three of them are unvaccinated.
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/sugarland/article/Delta-variant-of-COVID-19-a-cause-for-concern-in-16327885.php

  40. lynn says:

    “Malware Is Being Distributed Via Fake Windows 11 Installers”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/malware-is-being-distributed-via-fake-windows-11-installers

    “Malware is masquerading as Microsoft’s next-gen operating system to infect unsuspecting users’ systems.”

    I wish that I could say that I was surprised.

    Sandboxes for all !

  41. Alan says:

    We have got Delta spreading around here amongst the unvaccinated like wildfire.

    Casual observations whilst running a few errands yesterday and today…
    Local Bar (great kitchen) picking up lunch – zero masks
    Kwike-Mart – about 20% masks – no change over past couple weeks
    Lowe’s – about 10% masks – up from near zero last week
    Grocery Store – about 20% masks – up from 15% from last week
    Post Office – 90% masked – up from about 50% from two weeks ago

    No changes in mask signage that I noticed.

    And every ‘talking head’ doctor on the MSM spouting differing opinions on the Delta, all aspiring to become the next Sanjay Gupta ($4M/year from CNN, if you believe the internet).

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  42. Alan says:

    Why you need a CCW gun with a 20 round mag and several reloads”
    https://gunfreezone.net/why-you-need-a-ccw-gun-with-a-20-round-mag-and-several-reloads/

    “They just picked me out and approached me,”

    Not to blame the victim…but…in NYFC you ask a ‘gang’ of 100+ probably bored teenagers to stop shooting off fireworks and since there was only one guy who had made said request, they just picked him at random from a group of one and respectfully told him,’no, we’re not going to stop, sir.’ Probably for his next dog walking adventure, since in NYFC he has about a .01% chance of getting a CCW permit, at least swap the Labradoodle for a trained Rottweiler.

    BTW, it will never happen in blue NYFC but Curtis Sliwa would certainly make an interesting mayor.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    And every ‘talking head’ doctor on the MSM spouting differing opinions on the Delta, all aspiring to become the next Sanjay Gupta ($4M/year from CNN, if you believe the internet).

    Dena Grayson (nee Minning) never practiced medicine, but you’ll see her on various media outlets criticizing DeSantis approach to anything Covid related.

    She’s a perennial talking head and sometimes Congressional candidate out of Orlando. Her husband was such an opportunistic Dem as a Congressman that even his fellow Florida party members can’t stand him.

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  44. Alan says:

    My son had to dodge a 8+ ft metal ladder on I610 today in his Toyota Camry. He described it as fun. Not.

    Now on the other hand, @nick, with his lightning fast reflexes, would have swerved right, pulled off to the shoulder, waited for a break in traffic, grabbed the ladder, lashed it to the roof rack of his Expy (ratchet straps in one of those bins), and had it listed in his next auction before 5pm 🙂

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  45. Nick Flandrey says:

    I went to lunch today with my Dad and my son at the Roo-star Vietnamese place on Gessner at I-10. –FIFY

    –less than a mile from my house! Wife suggested eating there when the kids were at camp but we ended up elsewhere.

    I carry everywhere and all the time.

    That part of Gessner hasn’t been urban renewed yet. It’s coming though. The koreans will drive out the blacks and hispanics, although it will be hard given all the section 8 low rise apartments around that area. Our city councilwoman is spearheading the upgrading of Long Point Blvd, and it’s making its way west, getting better all along the route.

    Right now, the koreans are at Blalock, about 1-2 miles east. They’ll get to Gessner eventually. Or the city will finally upgrade Gessner’s entire length to connect I-10 to 290, and on to the North Beltway… they threatened us with that 10 years ago, but the project got shelved.

    The old golf course at Gessner and Clay (2 miles further north of where you ate) has about half of the 820 new homes slated for the development.

    There is a huge new multi-family complex on Clay between Gessner and the Beltway, with more coming.

    Spring Branch is the new geographic center of Houston development, and has been for a couple of years. They are tearing down industrial and commercial to build homes….

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  46. Nick Flandrey says:

    grabbed the ladder

    –i’ve been tempted, but they are usually pretty trashed. I saw a guy hit one in Cali at highway speed, and turn into a fountain of car parts when he hit the median barrier…

    I see far too many ladders on the road.

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  47. Nick Flandrey says:

    We won mens and womens skeet shooting… gold for both.

    n

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  48. Alan says:

    I received a scary-looking envelope from the IRS in the mail today, and when I opened it, instead of an audit appointment notice, inside was a letter rom Plugs, on White House letterhead, explaining the advance child tax credit check I received last week.

    Of course, had the envelope featured a White House return address, I would have simply trashed it without opening and reading the contents.

    Do as I say, not as I do…

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/09/covid-relief-bidens-signature-wont-appear-stimulus-checks/6926056002/

    But…but…it’s different now…it was a separate letter…see??

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  49. Greg Norton says:

    I see far too many ladders on the road.

    Ah, the Mennonites and their quaint rustic ways.

    At least, they’re generally the group responsible for loose items on the road around Austin. It is always construction materials/tools or salvaged junk.

    This time last year, my wife’s Exploder took a solid hit from a coiled box spring while she was driving down the “squeegee bum” exit from I35 southbound to merge onto US 183 SB. The truck was above her, continuing down the Interstate.

  50. drwilliams says:

    Article Published: 22 July 2021
    RNA demethylation increases the yield and biomass of rice and potato plants in field trials
    Qiong Yu, Shun Liu, […] Guifang Jia
    Nature Biotechnology (2021)

    Abstract
    RNA N6-methyladenosine (m6A) modifications are essential in plants. Here, we show that transgenic expression of the human RNA demethylase FTO in rice caused a more than threefold increase in grain yield under greenhouse conditions. In field trials, transgenic expression of FTO in rice and potato caused ~50% increases in yield and biomass. We demonstrate that the presence of FTO stimulates root meristem cell proliferation and tiller bud formation and promotes photosynthetic efficiency and drought tolerance but has no effect on mature cell size, shoot meristem cell proliferation, root diameter, plant height or ploidy. FTO mediates substantial m6A demethylation (around 7% of demethylation in poly(A) RNA and around 35% decrease of m6A in non-ribosomal nuclear RNA) in plant RNA, inducing chromatin openness and transcriptional activation. Therefore, modulation of plant RNA m6A methylation is a promising strategy to dramatically improve plant growth and crop yield.

    China should harvest all of their human RNA demethylase and put it in rice.

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  51. Greg Norton says:

    But…but…it’s different now…it was a separate letter…see?? 

    Joe and Kamala understand. *We* worked hard for what we have.

    The check we received would cover a nice dinner, but that’s about it. Even if we received the full amount, what does it really buy? Maybe a month of the mortgage?

    Over in the area of my subdivision that is most desirable to hipsters moving up from Austin proper, I regularly pass two foreclosures/evictions currently being cleaned out into dumpsters. The first must have been bad because that dumpster has been there a week, now.

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  52. lynn says:

    OK, my Firefox v90.0.2 on Window 7 Pro x64 with 16 GB ram is using excessive memory today. They are TEN firefox processes. One is using 6.7 GB of ram. Another is using 1.3 GB of ram. The other eight are less than a GB of ram each.

    I only have four windows open. Is this the new normal ? If so, this is too much resource usage.

  53. Nick Flandrey says:

    The check we received would cover a nice dinner, but that’s about it

    –ours was $336 and we get what, 10 more? but my two kids are younger than yours, I think. and your household income is sure to be higher since you are both working full time.

    n

  54. Alan says:

    Another city contemplating “congestion pricing zones”.

    (Tolled surface streets)

    https://www.fox5ny.com/news/san-francisco-considering-congestion-tax-on-high-earning-drivers

    Unlike autonomous or even automated cars, the tech exists now. The only question mark is the political will.

    I wouldn’t count on it in NYFC anytime soon. At the end of the day it’s up to Cuomo, and his focus now is getting reelected in ’22.

    https://commercialobserver.com/2021/07/eric-adams-bill-de-blasio-congestion-pricing/

  55. JimB says:

    OK, my Firefox v90.0.2 on Window 7 Pro x64 with 16 GB ram is using excessive memory today.

    That’s why I dumped FF a few years ago. I really like Chrome, but I don’t frequent sites with many ads. I really need to try Brave on my new-ish W10 system. It works well on my phone, enough that if I see something that links to YouTube, I grab my phone and view it there. No ads. No settings to mess with. Two years, and only one problem that was fixed in something under a week.

    And for those who recommend other browsers, I do keep notes. Will try some of them real soon now. When I get some of those round tuits. Some additional sleep would be nice, too.

  56. Greg Norton says:

    –ours was $336 and we get what, 10 more? but my two kids are younger than yours, I think. and your household income is sure to be higher since you are both working full time.

    Somewhere around $140 IIRC. I only have one eligible child, but I missed nearly six weeks’ salary last year without any UI.

  57. JimB says:

    Speaking of, I installed Touchpad-Blocker dot com on my wife’s notebook. It does work, but I can’t test it because I don’t have the problem actuating the pad while typing. She at first said it was a great improvement, but I think it might have been the Hawthorne Effect. Today, she was complaining about the same problem. Neither of us had the time to dig into it. I think she just needs to adjust her hand position. I plan to watch her while she types to see what is going on. One problem that might be related is that her sitting position in relation to the computer is awful. Might suggest a different chair or maybe adjust the height of the computer.

  58. drwilliams says:

    Cyanoacrylate (Krazy Glue, etc) manufacturers usually cite 12 months shelf life for unopened packages. That can be extended by storing in the refrigerator in sealed glass containers, and greatly shortened by storing in the garage in the summer. Allow any cold cya to warm to room temp before using.

    The casual user should look for metal tube packaging that can be resealed with a cap, and then store them cap down in a glass jar. Plastic packaging that suck air into the container are allowing moisture to enter, greatly shortening the shelf life. FYI, oxygen absorbers don’t do any good–cya’s don’t need oxygen to cure.

    Epoxies have an A side and a B side. The chemistry on each side can vary widely. Stored in unopened sealed separate containers and kept away from summer heat, common chemistries last indefinitely. Opened containers can be affected by moisture. I have cans of half-used materials over four decades old that were sealed with a heavier-than-air CFC to displace the oxygen. The current commercial product is argon-based, but if you have a TIG welder…

    Two-part epoxies in dual-barrel syringes with replaceable mixing nozzles can be good or not-so-good depending on the design. If they are partly used leave the tip in place after use. Remove it and push a little out to check both sides for cured material before trying a new tip.

    Hardman makes a good selection of two-part adhesives packed in “double bubble” pouches. The 100-count variety pack at $100 is an inexpensive way to get some hands-on experience. The Epoxy Source website has a lot of good information on these an other products.

    Bear in mind that epoxies are other adhesive chemistries (and finishes) often contain molecular bonds that are UV degradable, and outdoor applications require a good uv absorber/stabilizer.

  59. Greg Norton says:

    Paid propaganda from Ford or GM? Probably Ford. Even with an asterisk, the RAV4 taking the sales crown from the F150 has to sting.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/25/climate/toyota-electric-hydrogen.html

  60. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    “If so, this is too much resource usage. ”

    I looked at my phones memory usage after getting a low memory message. WITH are they doing, storing 100 copies of each or blowing up the metadata with eavesdropping video/audio? “Notes” is 100MB and the entire collection would get lost on an old 5-1/4″ floppy.

    If they would keep this stuff efficient I figure three more generations and I exit gracefully by morphing into an AI on a phone. Then my will would just say “Clone multiples copies of phone with all available funds, distribute to Hooters girls…”

     

  61. Greg Norton says:

    OK, my Firefox v90.0.2 on Window 7 Pro x64 with 16 GB ram is using excessive memory today. They are TEN firefox processes. One is using 6.7 GB of ram. Another is using 1.3 GB of ram. The other eight are less than a GB of ram each.

    The largest 90.0.2 process I have on my Windows 7 Pro primary desktop is 300 MB — a big chunk of memory for a browser, but not GB sized.

    Emscripten must be going mainstream, bloating up the code base of websites.

    The Red Hat Linux bleeding edge distribution, Fedora, already has in-memory compression as default instead of swap. I still give my server and Linux-only laptop running Fedora 8 GB swap.

  62. lynn says:

    @Lynn

    “If so, this is too much resource usage. ”

    I looked at my phones memory usage after getting a low memory message. WITH are they doing, storing 100 copies of each or blowing up the metadata with eavesdropping video/audio? “Notes” is 100MB and the entire collection would get lost on an old 5-1/4″ floppy.

    If they would keep this stuff efficient I figure three more generations and I exit gracefully by morphing into an AI on a phone. Then my will would just say “Clone multiples copies of phone with all available funds, distribute to Hooters girls…”

    First, most of the Java HTML programs are storing their data in UTF-16 instead of ASCII. That is 2X, two bytes for each character.

    Second, I have no idea ! Maybe they are storing metadata for each character ?

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  63. Nick Flandrey says:

    I occasionally get massive processes in FFox, and it pegs my ‘hard memory faults’ graph if I leave it open on one of my normal everyday sites.

    Brave was SOOOOOOO SSSSLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWWW when I tried it on OFD’s recco, but that was a while ago 🙂 Might be time to try again.

    Chrome is running on my linux NVR and I don’t notice any difference from FFox.

    n

    I used to run opera on everything as it had a smaller attack surface and was fast. Not any more, and I think the whole program is spyware now.

  64. Nick Flandrey says:

    This should horrify everyone. But some will cheer for it.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/facebook-twitter-microsoft-youtube-form-white-supremacist-counterterror-database-paypal

    The author asks the very pertinent question, why don’t they help cops with violence in the cities and black on black crime?

    n

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  65. brad says:

    un-opened tubes of Super Glue dry out after a couple of years

    Yeah, there’s a lot of that kind of stuff. I have a whole assortment of different glues that have accumulated, because of different needs and use-cases. When I need one, pull out an existing tube, and – lottery – will it still be good, or not? Of course, that’s opened tubes, but still…

    I just bought this… oh, two years ago

    Sure you did. It was probably 10 years ago, once you start thinking about it. At least, that’s my experience…

    TeamViewer and/or RDP routed across the open Internet.

    In principle, that shouldn’t be a problem – with proper authentication. The thing that strikes me is: most of the time, there’s no need for desktop sharing.

    Microsoft is going all-in on this, however: marketing “desktop PCs in the cloud”. You log in via browser, and – magic – there’s your desktop PC, just as you left it.

    Companies putting their entire IT infrastructure in the cloud, what could go wrong? Sure, the big cloud services are pretty reliable (when they don’t forget about leap year, ahem). Still, you are setting up a single-point-of-failure. And companies that do this will almost certainly *not* have local backups of their data, so they’re relying on the same service for backups.

    Another day…another network journalist snapped at by plugs.

    Another day, another girl molested. What a creep.

    I really like Chrome, but…

    The problem with Chrome is Google, which is pressing ahead with their next-generation-tracking despite criticism from, well, everybody. Money quote: …rejected by the W3C Technical Architecture Group as “harmful to the web in its current form”.

  66. Geoff Powell says:

    @greg:

    Another city contemplating “congestion pricing zones”.

    We’ve had that in London, UK, for years, initially just in the centre of London (about a 2 mile radius from Oxford Circus, but defined by streets, not distance), later extended to “inside the North and South Circular Roads”, and, I make no doubt, further in the future.

    So, of course, I don’t go there. I didn’t before, because it’s virtually impossible to park in the centre. The only time I made the trip for the last 10 or 15 years was when my late mother-in-law needed complex dental work done, at a Central London dental hospital. And she had a Disabled Pass, which turns off almost all restrictions and charges. It behooves the user to not take the p*ss.

    G.

     

  67. Greg Norton says:

    ‘Another city contemplating “congestion pricing zones”.’

    We’ve had that in London, UK, for years, initially just in the centre of London (about a 2 mile radius from Oxford Circus, but defined by streets, not distance), later extended to “inside the North and South Circular Roads”, and, I make no doubt, further in the future.

    How is the congestion charge enforced? RF tag?

    What happens with challenges to the bill? Do the systems capture plate images?

    The biggest challenge to many US cities plans for congestion pricing is the complexity of the systems which would need to be deployed to avoid extreme construction costs.

  68. Geoff Powell says:

    @greg:

    How is the congestion charge enforced? RF tag?

    Fixed, dedicated CCTV cameras, with plate readers. Images are retained for enforcement and dispute resolution. I got bitten by that once.

    The charging, as originally introduced, was draconian. If you entered the zone, you had to pay, online, before 20:00, or BINGO! – £lots fine through the post, with confirmation image (in colour, yet!) attached. Later relaxed to “Pay by end of next day”. Multiple entries per day at no extra charge.

    You could pre-buy multiple entries, to be used on successive days, but not non-consecutive entries. I don’t know if this has changed – haven’t needed to make paid entry for many years. I nearly always use public transport – for the centre, that’s the Tube – because, as a pensioner, I have a Freedom Pass, paid for by my local Council, which gives me free travel, nationwide, with some exceptions.

    Remember, London is one of the most CCTV’d cities in the world. Most feed to the police, but the Congestion cameras are dedicated.

    G.

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