Wed. July 28, 2021 – ti i iii ime is (not) on my si i ide…

No it ain’t.

Another hot humid sunny day with a chance of rain. Which is what I had at home yesterday, but not what all of central Houston (inside the Loop) got. They got overcast with rain. Micro climates, we haz them. And that makes it really hard to get forecasts for Houston and the surrounding area right. That and they’re just guessing anyway. Even looking out the window won’t work.

Spent the day on things, somehow it passed anyway. I did get 4 of the big black bins out of the foyer and over to my storage unit. I figure they can sit there while waiting for an auctioneer to take them instead of where my wife sees them every day. In return I brought a rolling metro rack home to stack more things on. Or to take to my other storage unit, and to stack things on it there, until the auctioneer takes them for sale.

I’m looking at getting over to both units today too. And I need to start piling stuff I want to try to sell at my non-prepping hobby regional meet and swap fest. That is specialist stuff that could go on ebay but might sell quicker in person. I’ll trade some sale price for not having to ship or list. That’s coming up in about 3-4 weeks and I need to start on it.

Pickups today too, if I can find the time. Some preps, some household, some gifts for later. Gub accessories. Needful things without a sales receipt attached.

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I’ve mentioned before that I think everyone should take advantage of all the training they can get, whatever it might be for. Collecting IDs and privileges can’t hurt. You are ALREADY on their lists, you might as well be in the ‘good guy’ column. CERT, any police/public interaction program, active shooter response through your church, ham radio, Red Cross, Stop the Bleed, even locksmithing can get you the ability to carry certain tools in your vehicle without it being a crime. CERT got me an official first responder ID from the County. The CPA programs got me ID with the city and the Constable’s office as a volunteer. Being a ‘known quantity’ can also open up more training opportunities, and more chances to learn about how your local guys do what they do.

CERT was very well supported in our area with high level attention from the city, county, and emergency agencies. Had the chance to meet and learn from some interesting people. You can sign up and take a whole bunch of FEMA online courses associated with that too. You will learn a lot. The police interaction programs gave me a whole lot better understanding of their procedures, challenges, resources, and mindset. After passing through those programs, I could take further classes with them, and volunteer to help them with training, both of which gave me further insights.

Last night’s class was also both interesting and informative. I have a clearer picture of the operational tempo of two of the specialist units in our police department, how they interact with other local and federal agencies and teams, where some of their funding comes from and the capabilities that funding bought (and the strings attached.) I got some public but not widely disseminated information about some of the stuff they’ve done recently, and some of the stuff they do daily. And, based on their joking and ‘aside’ comments, have a feeling about where they stand on some current issues of governance and public behaviour. All good things to know.

Meatspace baby. You need to be in it. You need to go to the neighborhood meetings. You need to know some of your local government. You need to know some of their enforcers. And yeah, being known to them, at least on some level, isn’t a bad thing either. It gives you access, and opportunities and might get you the benefit of the doubt at a time when that’s crucial. Being in the ‘provisional good guy’ column beats being in the ‘presumed bad guy’ column.

Goodwill and knowing people, you can stack them too. Get busy.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

85 thoughts on “Wed. July 28, 2021 – ti i iii ime is (not) on my si i ide…”

  1. @Marcelo

    “But with the delta variant, a mutated and more transmissible version of the virus, …”

    That part is not anecdotal and even though he references only 100 cases, there is plenty of information available, not strictly scientific, that makes that part of the statement correct.

    For months we have heard the mantra repeated:

    Trust the science

    Trust the science

    Trust the science

    And when there are questions about the lack of science, we get

    Trust the experts

    Trust the experts

    Trust the experts

    And if the questions get too pointed, we get the vilification and the conspiracy of the pale sweaty billionaires to suppress communication.

    There’s another old saying:

    “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”

    with the current version being

    “Do what we tell you and put a mask on it until we can hammer you with the vaccine.”

     

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  2. The thing with Simone Biles is getting weirder. Surely it’s not that she just choked at this point?

    I like Simone Biles. Very talented athlete and it was impressive to watch her perform in the 2016 Olympics. She seems to have good head on her shoulders and if I had a gymnastics daughter that idolized her I wouldn’t be much concerned with it. That said, she is a darling of the liberal media. I don’t know why she is, but she is. Consequently, headlines akin to “Simon Biles recites alphabet, watch live!” are not uncommon to see on the likes of CNN and MSNBC. At this point, for me and probably others, she’s becoming the victim of over-exposure and we’re all just getting sick of seeing her and hearing her name. A lot of the pressure and mental health issues she is referencing lately has to do with media attention. The same MSM that worships her is going to destroy her.


  3. The thing with Simone Biles is getting weirder. Surely it’s not that she just choked at this point?

    She didn’t have her best stuff from the very beginning at these Olympics. It was embarrassing to listen to the announcers almost apologize for her mistakes, while being much more critical of the others. She is extremely talented. I think she bought into her own hype and was just choking. It can happen to anyone – makes her human. The great ones don’t quit. They lose, but they go right back to it. Heck, Katy Ladekie lost the 200m free and came right back an hour later and won the 1500m free. She also lost the 400m free the day before. This after dominating the previous games. Ultimately, Biles is just a selfish child, since she quit her team at the height of competition when things turned rough.

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  4. I think that will change. I used to have a friend who always carried a can of gasoline in his car. Really, that was silly – unless you’re doing something strange, you shouldn’t have trouble planning refueling stops. I think it will be much the same with EVs. There are apps that show you where all the recharging stations are. We’ve just not used to looking for those, as opposed to gas stations.

    So when you screw up and the ‘power to empty’ estimate leaves you on the side of a country road at 2 AM two miles short of the nearest charging station what happens? AAA shows up with their truck-mounted gennie and sits there for half an hour(? an hour?) until you have enough range to make it to a charging station? And how long was the wait for AAA to show up?

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  5. That said, she is a darling of the liberal media. I don’t know why she is, but she is. Consequently, headlines akin to “Simon Biles recites alphabet, watch live!” are not uncommon to see on the likes of CNN and MSNBC

    Sports reporters lean left and like a good story with a “disadvantaged” background.

    Also, something I noted in Tampa and WA State was that gymnastics is big business. Both of those areas had Olympic-caliber coaches with gyms catering to parents seeking to live vacariously through the offspring.

    I imagine business is even bigger now since so many parents became made members of the Work From Home Mafia during the pandemic. That so many of the gyms only operate during business hours strikes me as part of the test to see if the household has “discipline” to see the process through to create a champion.


  6. RTWT, esp. the comments.

    Sarah Hoyt has the money shot:

    99% of people with more than 6 months to live survive this. You can’t change that.
    Do you know what else you can’t change? The bullshit imposed on society over this is NOT survivable.

    I know personally one individual whose father died of COVID. Plenty of comorbidities, too. But, I don’t get out much.

    The goobermint would save more people if they took all the COVID money and put “rubber baby buggy bumpers” around every car on the road.

    I believe history will show all deaths from COVID will drastically reduce to *with* COVID.

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  7. The goobermint would save more people if they took all the COVID money and put “rubber baby buggy bumpers” around every car on the road.

    External airbags are a real thing. The feature exists mostly on just high end cars for now, but, at one time, so did lane departure assist and collision avoidance.

    Once the German grocery getters all have them, then the push will begin for Toyota and Honda to add the airbags … and another grand to the price of a car … and another expensive item to fix in a crash … and associated recall issues … and …

    You get the point.

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  8. So when you screw up and the ‘power to empty’ estimate leaves you on the side of a country road at 2 AM two miles short of the nearest charging station what happens? AAA shows up with their truck-mounted gennie and sits there for half an hour(? an hour?) until you have enough range to make it to a charging station? And how long was the wait for AAA to show up? 

    But, but, but … He’s the Real Life Tony Stark!

    I’m guessing flat bed tow will be what AAA deploys in that scenario. The motorized skate boards most of the population will end up driving in the all EV future won’t weigh much so heavy duty trucks won’t be necessary. Of course, the skateboards won’t have the range for a “country road” either.

    I noticed a *few* Teslas out at Boca Chica, but the terrain heading out to the launch site is so treacherous and location so far out on winding roads without a lot of infrastructure that big pickups seemed to be the employee vehicle of choice.

    Most people currently living in the cocoons that are the suburbs of DC and the tech hubs don’t venture out of the bubble very often so the concept of exceeding their range estimates isn’t something they would consider when designing the vehicles that are going into the pipeline now which will be common in 2030.

    Maybe a “bed and breakfast in San Luis” trip, but we saw what happened two years ago when a bunch of Tesla owners in LA had that idea for Thanksgiving.

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

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  9. Ultimately, Biles is just a selfish child, since she quit her team at the height of competition when things turned rough.

     

    Actually, she may have done them a  favor by withdrawing when she did. From what I read, she donked on her first event, the vault. If she had not withdrawn from the team event and the Olympics, the US team would not have medaled. She could have stayed in, done well on the other events, and qualified for the individual medals and the all-around. But the team would have not gotten a medal.

    So, perhaps she sacrificed her individual chance for the team.

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  10. From Sgt Mom linked above.

    After my retirement from active duty, I declined the yearly flu shot, only caught the flu twice in 22 years, a circumstance which leads me to believe that the offered vaccines were not all that effective and that I had a fairly robust immune system.

    Since in a bad flu year about 10-15% of the country gets flu, she’s about par for the course. No special immune system. And flu vaccine is highly variable in the effectiveness, depending on what strains are out there.

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  11. So, perhaps she sacrificed her individual chance for the team.

    Somehow I doubt that was her motivation. Though we will never know the real reason. I think she found her easy out, claiming mental health issues like that tennis player. Lets see if she continues to pursue the spotlight, but only on her terms.

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  12. LOL! Gov. Abbott is on Twitter squawking about how he signed a “goobermint entities can’t issue a mask mandate” EO. “All Texans are free to choose.” That after he locked Tejas down for a year with face diapers. See how that works? He’s a hero reversing his own mandate. Geez.

  13. During the little I watched, I was shocked by the number an length of commercials featuring olympians and their families. Did they change the rules? Was it a way to pay the families, but not the participant? Very jarring for someone who grew up with stories of Jim Thorpe.

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  14. We should be getting US-made N95 respirators–the only “mask” based on filtration science– from dispensers on every street corner, but instead we’ve have another verse of the Cloth Mask Chorus sung by Don’t Do Bo Diddly.

    Yes, not being handed out on street corners, but plenty of stories out there talking about ‘mask upgrades’ due to the Delta variant.

    One at random:
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/best-mask-type-delta-variant-b1891705.html

  15. That after he locked Tejas down for a year with face diapers. See how that works? He’s a hero reversing his own mandate. Geez.

    –I don’t recall if it was him or the county judges. I know at the end, he did a statewide “can’t be forced” while some of the judges insisted on continuing masks.

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  16. Did they change the rules?

     

    Olympians have been allowed to cash in and be pros for a long time. NBA players have been in the Olympics for years.  The only real amateurs left in the Olympics are from small countries and those that compete in the minor sports like fencing, etc.

  17. During the little I watched, I was shocked by the number an length of commercials featuring olympians and their families. Did they change the rules? Was it a way to pay the families, but not the participant? Very jarring for someone who grew up with stories of Jim Thorpe.

    The families get very invested in the gymnastic careers, some to the point that that they quit their jobs. A nurse my wife worked with in Vantucky even had another nurse fired so she could have an excuse to run staff at two offices, conveniently equidistant from her house and the Olympic-caliber gym in town where her daughter took classes during business hours.

    These days, it isn’t as necessary since just about everyone is a made member of the WFH Mafia.

    I know. “Sssh, dude. You’re messing it up for everyone.”

    I have a problem.

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  18. We had a big win in fencing this year!

    I knew about the sports where they draw from pro teams, but didn’t know just anyone could make commercials, and I don’t recall seeing them during the games.

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  19. That after he locked Tejas down for a year with face diapers. See how that works? He’s a hero reversing his own mandate. Geez.”

    –I don’t recall if it was him or the county judges. I know at the end, he did a statewide “can’t be forced” while some of the judges insisted on continuing masks.

    Abbott left it up to the Judges until this Spring, when he lifted the order in public spaces and any facility which accepts state money like schools and universities.

    Private businesses can still insist on masks, and the spoiled rich kid university, St. Edwards, announced mandatory masking for classes this fall.

    Austin/Travis County fought Abbott, but I didn’t see many masks in town over the weekend, especially at the public events center downtown. I assume the Travis Judge and Austin Mayor lost.

    Our Judge in Williamson County, the Right Reverend Bill Gravell, is a spineless hypocrite RINO. If Abbott leaves it up to the Judges again, we’ll have masks in Round Rock

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  20. I knew about the sports where they draw from pro teams, but didn’t know just anyone could make commercials, and I don’t recall seeing them during the games.

    Wheaties boxes!

    I clearly remember SNL’s “Five foot two Mary Lou, gettin’ greedy like the big boys do,” but I don’t remember seeing the commercial as much.

    Sing to the Wheaties theme in the 80s. Mary Lou Rhetton was a spokesperson for the cereal after the 1984 Olympics.

    Of course, signing the Olympian for an endorsement in a commercial carries risks like Michael Phelps.

    Or Jenner.

    I think the rule was that you couldn’t be a “professional” in your chosen sport, but some sports have limited professional audiences. As Dennis Miller pointed out, where do you work if your sport is Luge? Jiffy Lube?

  21. Interesting.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9835357/Creepy-1m-Dallas-home-huge-concrete-rooms-fake-WINDOWS.html

    Some things I see, those are weapons or gear lockers on the wall next to the entry. The entry has a security window that is REALLY thick bullet resistant material. I can’t imagine that is required for a utility management facility. Multiple redundant power sources, some fiber conduits high on one wall…. I was thinking the warehouse racking might be bitcoin mining, but I don’t see enough power distro.. and other setups I’ve seen pix of used metro rack, it’s cheaper.

    There are documented utility buildings that are similar to this, but they don’t have the security aspects.

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  22. There are documented utility buildings that are similar to this, but they don’t have the security aspects.

    The builder we worked with (and ultimately fired from our project) in Florida constructed a home similar to that for one of the really high end Cisco certified admins who lived in the area. Poured concrete walls in interior rooms, redundant power, warehouse space, and everything built to survive a Cat 5 hurricane. The exterior blended in with the exurban area of mostly horse farms and (back then) tomato fields.

    The high security would make sense for an admin with phone company or utility clients. Or Disney, who was less than an hour away on I-4.

    Apparently, the individual was on call 24/7 and would show up on site with all the gear to resolve any Cisco hardware contingency, including completely rebuilding a network node on the Internet. According to the builder, there were only a dozen or so Cisco professionals like his client in the US, and having one in Dallas would make sense with both AT&T and a lot of Verizon GTE legacy operations based there.

    The builder did maintain opsec by not disclosing name or location. He simply showed us the blueprints of the house with all the identifying information removed as an example of his work.

  23. @Nick

    “Very jarring for someone who grew up with stories oF Jim Thorpe”

    Grew up on the same stories.

    Jesse Owens, too.

  24. The warehouse racking makes sense for being self sufficient. The FEMA level 1 teams that deploy regionally and nationally all have to be self supported for a length of time, and that means PALLETS of food, water, batteries, PPEs, etc and then there is all the gear they roll out with too.

    I don’t see any barracks or ward room, and I don’t see any control room or ‘monitoring facility’ either. I’ve build enough of those to know what they look like when you strip out the ‘stuff’ and leave the bare room.

    Interesting that there is a raised floor in the one area, and that the power vault room shows signs of water damage (the tile floor).

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  25. Interesting that there is a raised floor in the one area, and that the power vault room shows signs of water damage (the tile floor).

    I’ve seen that kind of water damage from old, leaky cooling systems associated with server rooms. Pull up that raised floor, and I’ll guarantee you’ll see mold.

    We did an ad hoc mitigation on mold at the Death Star when we inherited a server room that used to host an IBM mainframe when the building belonged to Big Blue.

    No one should even think about using that place as a residence without having a team in to do real mitigation.


  26. I’m still pretty set on getting a VW ID.4 (AWD), or one of its clones. Currently, the AWD version is supposed to be available in the US late this year, which probably means next Spring here. VW has invested massively in the platform, which is also being used in their other brands. There’s also a wallbox (not from VW) that will monitor your current solar excess and use it to charge the car – which makes fueling basically free, unless you’re on a road trip.

    Turns out my son went to the VW dealer yesterday to check out the ID.4. He’s a long-time VW owner and currently has an Atlas. Told me he was very impressed with the ID.4 and is seriously considering trading in the Atlas. Says VW is offering 3 years of free charging and an 8 year warranty on the batteries.

  27. I think that will change. I used to have a friend who always carried a can of gasoline in his car. Really, that was silly – unless you’re doing something strange, you shouldn’t have trouble planning refueling stops. I think it will be much the same with EVs. There are apps that show you where all the recharging stations are. We’ve just not used to looking for those, as opposed to gas stations.

    So when you screw up and the ‘power to empty’ estimate leaves you on the side of a country road at 2 AM two miles short of the nearest charging station what happens? AAA shows up with their truck-mounted gennie and sits there for half an hour(? an hour?) until you have enough range to make it to a charging station? And how long was the wait for AAA to show up?

    My cousin drove his Tesla model 3 from Dallas to Port Lavaca recently to visit my parents. He has the 130 kwh battery supposedly good for 310 miles. It is a 364 mile trip down I-35 to Austin and then over to 77 to Victoria. He was halfway to Victoria in the middle of nowhere and his computer started jumping up and down saying that he was not going to make it to Victoria. So he sidetracked and went cross country to Sealy on I-10, a backtrack where he got on a supercharger with two miles of battery charge to spare. If he had continued on to Victoria then he would have run out of charge ten miles before the supercharger in Victoria.

    My point is that you need a backup plan if you are going to run around Texas in these electric cars. My cousin should have supercharged in Austin but he did not since he would have to run into the city instead of using the bypass. You cannot depend on the range estimation of the software to deliver you somewhere with a mile to spare.

    My dad is all gungho about buying one of the new F-150 Lightning total electric trucks. I am telling him to be careful, especially since my 80 year old mom is in a wheelchair and dad is not a lot better at 82.

  28. as a thrifter, and estate sale buyer, I can say with some authority, at 80+ you should be selling not buying….

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  29. Anyone have any recommendations for a high-capacity Dehumidifier? Preferable one with a pump and hose so I don’t have to dump a collection bin.

    CR seems to be recommending Midea and hOmeLabs when I filter for “water removal” and “predicted reliability” being the most important criteria.

  30. So when you screw up and the ‘power to empty’ estimate leaves you on the side of a country road at 2 AM two miles short of the nearest charging station what happens?

     

    Maybe this is a business opportunity? Supercharger on a one-ton chassis, roll up and hit you for 10 minutes (or however much you need to get to the next charging station). The operator could charge premium fees for doing it roadside.

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  31. My point is that you need a backup plan if you are going to run around Texas in these electric cars. My cousin should have supercharged in Austin but he did not since he would have to run into the city instead of using the bypass. You cannot depend on the range estimation of the software to deliver you somewhere with a mile to spare.

    Ironically, the tolled SH130 Austin bypass goes right by the factory site heading down to the merge with 183.

    The stretch of I35 between Temple and Georgetown is fiercely anti-growth. A charger station is in the works for Georgetown, and I could see on going into Temple. In between? Fuggedaboudit.

    I’m surprised there aren’t chargers on 183 in Luling. That’s Mecca for fans of Central Texas BBQ and fairly well developed.

    From what I understand, the Chinese relations who own a Model X supposedly haven’t been home to Seattle for Thanksgiving as of late because the gaps in the Supercharger network near where I-5 crosses the CA/OR border make the trip risky if the temps are below 40 degrees, as they often are at the end of November.

    The family’s other car, the husband’s daily driver, is a 340Z.

  32. Strange, the large room looks like it was built to be a computer room, but only two small AC units are visible, no raised floor, no significant power, no cable trays.

  33. Yep, weird. What kind of place has that security requirement, but no control room, and needs lockers for people who are either arriving or leaving and need to exchange their gear?

    If you look at the electrical boxes and conduit, there were at least two security and access control systems on the doors.

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  34. I was close… Dallas CAD says AT&T owned it until 2011.

    Provisioning the Uverse boondoggle most likely. AT&T was a “no fiber, none of the time” company until they cut the deal with various states, including Texas, to treat fiber as a more lightly regulated broadband service.

    Yes, I understand the problem with the text in quotes. AT&T had fiber running to houses in some areas of Texas prior to the deal with the utilities regulators, but it was limited to wealthy communities and/or where Verizon could run FiOS just outside of their ILEC service areas.

  35. Dallas CAD says AT&T owned it until 2011.

    –if it was Houston I’d have looked on HCAD…

    Prepositioned gear, with survival food? NSA surveillance facility? those lockers at the entry are super strange though. THey suggest people coming and going, that have to leave stuff before they enter, like a SCIF where you leave your electronics outside the room. It’s more typical of leaving a firearm before entering a detention facility.

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  36. Of course, signing the Olympian for an endorsement in a commercial carries risks like Michael Phelps.

    And speaking of risks, while not an Olympian, there was the Yucs signing Jameis Winston.


  37. We had a big win in fencing this year!

    Chain-link or Picket?

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  38. Maybe this is a business opportunity? Supercharger on a one-ton chassis, roll up and hit you for 10 minutes (or however much you need to get to the next charging station). The operator could charge premium fees for doing it roadside.

    I suppose you’d need a pretty substantial gennie to power a Tony Supercharger.

  39. “Komarr (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)” by Lois McMaster Bujold
    https://www.amazon.com/Komarr-Vorkosigan-Adventures-McMaster-Bujold/dp/0671578081/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number thirteen (in chronological order) of an eighteen book space opera series. However, some people call this a military science fiction series. There are several other books and short stories in the Vorkosigan Universe. This series won the Hugo and Nebula awards for best series in 2017. Also, several of the individual books in the series have either won awards or been nominated for awards. This book was nominated for the 1998 Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel. I have read this book at least twice. I reread the well printed and well bound new MMPB published by Baen in 1998 that I just rebought on Amazon (the sixth printing !). I have rebought the rest of the books in the series in MMPB.

    Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan and Imperial Auditor Professor Vorthys have been sent to the planet Komarr by the Barrayar Emperor Gregor Vorbarra to investigate the crash of an ore miner space ship into the soletta space mirror that is slowly warming the iceball planet. Over half of the life giving mirror has been destroyed, the mirror was built three hundred years ago at incredible expense. The resulting level of mystery has Miles exclaiming “We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement” at one point.

    Vorkosigan Saga (Chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold
    https://www.goodreads.com/series/98254-vorkosigan-saga-chronological
    1. Dreamweaver’s Dilemma
    2. Falling Free
    3. Shards of Honor
    4. Barrayar
    5. The Warrior’s Apprentice
    6. The Borders of Infinity (The Mountains of Mourning, etc)
    7. The Vor Game
    8. Cetaganda
    9. Ethan Of Athos
    10. Brothers in Arms
    11. Mirror Dance
    12. Memory
    13. Komarr
    14. A Civil Campaign
    15. Diplomatic Immunity
    16. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
    17. CryoBurn
    18. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (316 reviews)

  40. And speaking of risks, while not an Olympian, there was the Yucs signing Jameis Winston. 

    To be fair, the alternative was Marcus Mariotta who didn’t exactly set the world on fire in Tennessee.

    The person who should be thankful that mess ended quietly is Jimbo Fisher. It is hard to believe that Winston’s last game in the uniform was barely 19 months ago.

    The Yucs made bigger mistakes drafting #1 QBs. I’d put Trent Dilfer at the top of that list.

  41. PT been done for the day. Had a session Monday that went well. But last night had to call the nurse on duty. The calf on the leg had turned red, a dark dull red, and was very warm. Was concerned about infection or blood clot. Given three options, ER (nope), have a nurse visit this morning (possible) or wait until therapist today (chose). This morning leg was not as hot or red. Therapist was stunned when she read her notes today as she thought I would have no issues.

    Red is still there, leg is still warm. Therapist says there are no streaks so not an infection. She says it is just normal healing that is creating the heat. Said I should use the ice machine more during the day. Stated it would help with the swelling.

    the swelling is probably the most annoying factor currently. Leg is 50% larger than normal. That affects bending and the walking. Also makes the compression sock very tight and uncomfortable.

    Had the therapy session. Therapist says I am doing well but not walking properly. Need to do heal then toes bending the leg in the process. I need to think when I walk. I am cleared to use a cane instead of the walker if I desire. Although when I go somewhere, such as the doctor’s office take the walker. People give users of walkers more space.

    Therapy hurt this time. Lot of stretching that is really necessary. Broke out in a sweat for most of the session. Therapist said it will get worse before it gets better.

    Monday is doctor visit. Ten days since surgery. Hoping the bandage comes off and staples, 23 of them, are removed. But maybe just a bandage change. Probably an X-Ray.

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  42. those lockers at the entry are super strange though. THey suggest people coming and going, that have to leave stuff before they enter, like a SCIF where you leave your electronics outside the room

    Makes sense that building was a fiber distribution hub for the area. There isn’t much cooling so they might not have needed a lot of equipment, but built the space to allow for expansion. Someone else owned it for the last 10 years, they may have remove the cable trays and other infrastructure.

    AT&T may have had a no-cellphone rule, hence the strange lockers.

    Not really a good place to mine bitcoin, lots of power but not enough cooling.

     

  43. “Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist, dead at 72”

    Bummer !

    Damn! The one show this summer that I wanted to see but couldn’t was ZZ Top at The Britt in Oregon on August 17. I was just joking with the wife about working out logistics if we could score tickets show week when The Britt would have made a decision about loosening social distancing.

    Of course, Oregon is tightening restrictions now so the chances of additional tickets going on sale were probably close to zero.

    The Britt is an open air amphitheater with fixed reserved seats and a large “lawn” with general admission seating. It is what all outdoor performance venues want to be when they grow up.

  44. Makes sense that building was a fiber distribution hub for the area. There isn’t much cooling so they might not have needed a lot of equipment, but built the space to allow for expansion. Someone else owned it for the last 10 years, they may have remove the cable trays and other infrastructure.

    AT&T Uverse was “fiber to the curb”, with the video signal actually traveling into the residences over bonded DSL lines from nearby distribution structures. The house probably was a substitute for the ugly-a** beige boxes like the company used around here until they dug fiber or provided a supplement to the boxes, adding storage and additional fiber connections.

    As for the cell phone security, everything with Uverse originated outside of the home, including playback of DVR-ed programming, so the facility probably had to safeguard IP to make the various media companies happy. Servers inside the building probably had file copies of anything DVR-ed by subscribers across the cable and broadcast spectrum until such time that the programs were removed from the account.

    2011 is about the time that AT&T acquired DirecTV and that TV programming infrastructure to replace their half-a**ed original Uverse concept. My guess is that the original tech was gutted.

  45. “Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist, dead at 72”

    Bummer !

    Damn! The one show this summer that I wanted to see but couldn’t was ZZ Top at The Britt in Oregon on August 17. I was just joking with the wife about working out logistics if we could score tickets show week when The Britt would have made a decision about loosening social distancing.

    My buddy and I saw the Top in the Houston Summit in the summer of 1979, the Cheap Sunglasses tour.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QePcj9BplMQ

    The dude next to me on the floor general admission was smoking a doobie that looked like a cigar. I got a non-contact high from his smoke. I turned down his offer of a toke, I wanted the remember the concert.


  46. “Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist, dead at 72”

    Wow, only 72. I wonder if he had medical problems.

  47. You call that a truck? That’s not a truck. This is a truck! 

    Oh yeah? That HEMTT still fits one highway lane. I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so this:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VhFDmRd6_Tc

    To be fair, I think what I once saw was a SEABEE drilling rig on exhibit. It was truly massive, and was more than a lane wide; off road capable, of course.

    Also, when I lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Allis Chalmers would occasionally drive a new motor scraper (earth mover) down First Avenue to a pickup point. Those took up almost two lanes. It was done very early in the morning, and a stretch of that road was shut down.

    Fun toys!

    Someone else should post about big dozers and giant dump trucks and loaders.

  48. Watch this to see a TRUCK

    Try this: Restoration of an Alvis Stalwart British Army amphibious truck to full swimming capability. 48 min. From the British Channel 4 series “Salvage Squad”.

    G.


  49. I turned down his offer of a toke, I wanted the remember the concert.

    That’s one of the things I don’t understand about drug use. Getting stoned might make you enjoy something more in the moment, but if it’s a memorable occasion, wouldn’t you want to remember it?


  50. Said I should use the ice machine more during the day. Stated it would help with the swelling.

     

    She’s right. If you can keep it on all the time that you are sitting anywhere, it will help an awful lot. My stepmother had a shoulder replacement couple of years ago, and they had her use her ice machine 24/7 waking and sleeping, except only during activity, for the first couple of weeks.  I went over couple of times a day while the others were at work to replace the ice for her.  By keeping the swelling down, it also helped keep her pain level under control.  Hang in there! It will get better!

  51. Getting stoned might make you enjoy something more in the moment, but if it’s a memorable occasion, wouldn’t you want to remember it?

    Along the same lines, a friend of mine filmed an entire concert by one of his favorite artists on his phone. Isn’t the point to enjoy the moment?


  52. …everything with Uverse originated outside of the home, including playback of DVR-ed programming…

    We have cloud-based DVR with Cox. Sometimes the FF/RW latency gets really annoying. Wife then jabs at the remote trying outsmart the machine.

  53. “Israeli Health Ministry Panel Recommends Third COVID Shot for Older People”
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-health-ministry-panel-recommends-third-covid-shot-for-older-people-1.10049085

    “Experts advising the Health Ministry have recommended that older people receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, though they disagree on whether the cohort should start at 60 years old, 65 or 70.
    Some of the data presented at a discussion Wednesday suggested that the vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing severe symptoms among 60-year-olds and above has dropped to 81 percent from 97 percent in January.
    While most panel members favored a booster shot for anyone 60 or older, others suggested that the bar be raised to 65 or 70. The Health Ministry’s director general, Nachman Ash, will make the final decision.
    Earlier Wednesday, experts told Haaretz that there is still not enough data on the effectiveness and safety of a third dose, but they also expressed concerns about delaying the decision.
    Prof. Galia Rahav, head of the infectious disease unit at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, will head a research team looking into the move. Rahav told Haaretz that she hopes to begin testing a third dose next week.”

    Oh crap, here we go to the shot of the month.

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  54. …everything with Uverse originated outside of the home, including playback of DVR-ed programming…

    We have cloud-based DVR with Cox. Sometimes the FF/RW latency gets really annoying. Wife then jabs at the remote trying outsmart the machine.

    I have Fubo TV so I can watch the Houston Astros. The DVR does not have a preview until the program has been fully recorded so all FF / RW is a total guess if your recording is not finished.

  55. COVID-Positive Illegal Aliens in Texas Staying in Charity-Provided Hotel, Infecting People in Restaurants

    Authorities in La Joya, Texas discovered Tuesday that a significant number of illegal aliens are staying in hotel rooms provided to them by charities, and were actively infecting other people with the coronavirus in fast food restaurants and other locations, as reported by Fox News.

    Sergeant Manuel Casas of the La Joya Police Department (LJPD) said in a statement that authorities were first made aware of the situation on Monday, when an officer was flagged down by a concerned citizen at a Whataburger in town.

    The individual reported that there was a large illegal family inside the restaurant, visibly displaying signs of sickness such as coughing and sneezing without making any efforts to cover themselves, in violation of basic health guidelines. The manager confirmed to the officer that they wanted the illegals to leave the restaurant, since everyone else inside felt “uneasy” at their presence.

    Upon approaching the group, the illegals told the officer that they had been apprehended at the border by Border Patrol agents, where they tested positive for the coronavirus; nevertheless, they said they were released a few days later.

    Sergeant Casas said in his statement that local law enforcement had never been informed of this development by federal immigration authorities. “No one told the city of La Joya. No one told the police department that these people were here, and no one told us that these people were possibly ill.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/07/28/covid-positive-illegal-aliens-in-texas-staying-in-charity-provided-hotel-infecting-people-in-restaurants/

    So the Biden Administration knowingly spreads infected illegal alien invaders into the interior with support in the form of hotel rooms and cash cards, and said invaders proceed to do their best to spread their disease to citizens.

    How is this not a complete abrogation of the oath of office taken by every official from Biden on down?

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  56. “Experts advising the Health Ministry have recommended that older people receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, though they disagree on whether the cohort should start at 60 years old, 65 or 70.

    I wonder what happens if you’ve had your 2 Pfizer jabs and now you just show up at a vaccination site and claim you haven’t been vaccinated and ask for your “first” Pfizer jab? Is your prior history that’s on your yellow CDC card also in some .gov mainframe? Or do you not shower for a few days (or mow a lawn in Houston) and claim to be homeless and have no ID?

    Asking for a friend of course…


  57. I wonder what happens if you’ve had your 2 Pfizer jabs and now you just show up at a vaccination site and claim you haven’t been vaccinated and ask for your “first” Pfizer jab? Is your prior history that’s on your yellow CDC

    It’s in a database somewhere. I think with the government. I had my shots at University of Washington and they didn’t have a record of my second jab, although I had my card showing they did. Not the first time University of Washington has misplaced my records…

    An unaffiliated provider got hold of a record of both of jabs from somewhere.

  58. Funny the things that the web and google can’t find.

    There was a show on Discovery called Monster House. It was a home makeover show. The host Steve drove a GIANT pickup truck build on something like the GMC 5500 cab and frame, and I’ve spent over 15 minutes trying to find it. No reasonable search gets it. Watching a couple of episodes didn’t find it. It was only in later seasons iirc, and was red.

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  59. The Pocket Fisherman was a very popular gift…

    Ron Popeil, creator of the infomercial and dozens of products including Pocket Fisherman and Hair in a Can, dies aged 86

    Ron Popeil, the father of the infomercial and creator of such items including the Pocket Fisherman, Hair in a Can and Set it and Forget it’ Rotisserie has died at 86
    Popeil died early on Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA
    He was also behind some iconic TV catchphrases, ‘But wait there’s more!’ and ‘Set it and forget it!’ for his the famous Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ
    Popeil began doing in-store presentations at Woolworth’s in Chicago
    As TV became more popular, the infomercial was born and Popeil’s popularity rocketed with audiences appreciating his warm and approachable manner

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9837149/Creator-infomercial-dozens-products-Ron-Popeil-dies-aged-86.html

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  60. There was a show on Discovery called Monster House. It was a home makeover show. The host Steve drove a GIANT pickup truck build on something like the GMC 5500 cab and frame, and I’ve spent over 15 minutes trying to find it. No reasonable search gets it. Watching a couple of episodes didn’t find it. It was only in later seasons iirc, and was red.

     

    I hate when that happens.  I got lucky this time on DDG with “History home makeover shows monster house” without quotation marks.

    This search result should show links to some of the episodes on YouTube:

    https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=history+home+makeover+shows+monster+house&atb=v119-1&ia=web

     

     

  61. The Pocket Fisherman was a very popular gift…

    I doubt that the Leatherman multitool would have been as successful as it was without The Pocket Fisherman paving the way in 70s/early 80s Christmas gift giving.

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the obit, however, was The Bluth Cornballer. “Arrested Development” was brutal with their satire of the Showtime Rotisserie Grill’s most signficant design flaw. The only element missing was the Popeil name.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WDW8XKEGgU

  62. Ron Popeil was a certified American genius.

    A documentary aired 4-5 years ago that told his story. I expect some of the obits will have a link.

    (fixed typo)

  63. Californian Gamers Being Starved of High End Computers Because of Green Energy Regulations

    “But gamers are in some senses serious people, frequently the kind of nerds who could take down a government system in their lunch break, before the coffee gets cold. Even a suggestion the Californian State Government could starve them of their high end MMORPG fix could end badly for California’s green energy zealots.”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/07/28/californian-gamers-being-starved-of-high-end-computers-because-of-green-energy-regulations/

    Nice computer system with all the employee records you have there.

    Shame if something happened to it…

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  64. “The Senator was vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his “ideas” almost idiotic, while his celebrated piety was that of a traveling salesman for church furniture, and his yet more celebrated humor the sly cynicism of a country store. Certainly there was nothing exhilarating in the actual words of his speeches, nor anything convincing in his philosophy. His political platforms were only wings of a windmill.”

    Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here, 1935

  65. Excellent. Now I know that there is somebody that is much better then I am at coming up with lame “jokes”.

    From The Register:

    Nasdaq’s 32-bit code can’t handle Berkshire Hathaway’s monster share price
    Now that’s what we call a Buffett overflow error

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  66. Maybe I’m remembering incorrectly, but I still can’t find a pic of that dang truck. It was some sort of custom, being that the 5500 and 6500 type are usually just the chassis for some sort of work truck, like a big dump truck.

    Driving me nuts. Wasn’t that long a drive actually…
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  67. Californian Gamers Being Starved of High End Computers Because of Green Energy Regulations

    “But gamers are in some senses serious people, frequently the kind of nerds who could take down a government system in their lunch break, before the coffee gets cold. Even a suggestion the Californian State Government could starve them of their high end MMORPG fix could end badly for California’s green energy zealots.”

    I guess CA has never heard of package forwarding services?

    https://www.usa2me.com/site/Mail_Forwarding_How_It_Works.aspx

  68. Hah, today turned out to be one of those days where there wasn’t a single comment about the actual post topic! I keep telling you that the site is mostly you guys in the comments…

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  69. @chad, I have never had a reason to buy a dehumidifier. I’ve had my eyes open for cheap ones, in case I needed to dry out a room or house after a flood, but that would just be whatever was available. My sibling runs one 24/7 in the basement of the house in Michigan, and it has a hose. I’ll ask what it is and if they are happy with it.

    @ray, the more rehab you do now, the shorter and better your recovery will be (within the guidelines set by your therapist, or maybe just pushed a little bit.) My personal feeling is get off the addictive drugs ASAP. Study after study has shown that most people get almost as much relief from tylenol or ibuprofen. There are real risks to Oxy, just look at Rush Limbaugh and far too many others. Of course, discuss it very carefully with your Dr. You want to get good advice, but also want to avoid certain things, potentially subject to misinterpretation, ending up in you file. I’ve been fighting for years with a casual comment I made about a sensitivity to a certain medication that triggered a bunch of stuff I really would have liked to have avoided entirely. Just saying there are things you don’t want on your permanent record, particularly when they really aren’t true in the strictest sense.

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  70. Maybe this is a business opportunity? Supercharger on a one-ton chassis, roll up and hit you for 10 minutes (or however much you need to get to the next charging station). The operator could charge premium fees for doing it roadside.

    I suppose you’d need a pretty substantial gennie to power a Tony Supercharger.

    I originally thought maybe 3 or 4 Model 3’s worth of battery packs. Way more capacity than a Power Wall.

  71. Nick, I was going to reply quoting statements from you but am getting Internal Server Error messages.

  72. The post I can’t submit had a copy of the statement you made saying nobody talks about the topic followed by:

    Fine.

    Followed by a copy paste of your initial statement about the weather followed by

    It is cold with a lot of Delta Down Under.

    There you go. My jest got decimated by the Server. Must be defensive code you are running.

  73. I suspect there is some issue with the quotes and spacing or CR LF as the first characters in visual tab. Once you find something that does it, it will never be accepted, ie it will always give the error.

    Try the text tab, or adding some characters before the quote… we’ll figure it out eventually.

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