Wed. Sept. 22, 2021 – what, Wednesday again?

By on September 22nd, 2021 in cheap preps, culture, decline and fall, personal, WuFlu

Hot and humid with rain! So much fun. Not. Well, maybe we will get it, maybe we won’t, but I’m pretty sure the cool front can’t get here too soon. I’m about over summer.

Did some of my stuff yesterday. Got some auction items cleaned up and tested. Got some stuff listed on ebay. The ebay algorithm sure seems to reward new listings. I’m making listings, and I’m selling an item every couple of days. That is still way down from the ‘old days’ but a lot better than nothing, and it looks like it might be getting better. I will continue the experiment.

I’m still buying stuff for myself at auction too. Live better for less. Saving 50% on lawn fertilizer or pest control may not be exciting, but it’s steady savings that add up. There is a lot of ordinary stuff in the auctions, estate sales, yard sales, etc. Even stuff like the contents of a kitchen drawer can save you a bunch of money. I joke about buying rolls of aluminum foil and cleaning products at estate sales but $2 for a heavy Costco roll, or a jumbo Windex bottle saves a lot over time. Some people cringe, but ask yourself if you would have any negative reaction to your host covering a dish for you to take home with that same roll of foil? Of course you wouldn’t.

Hard times are here for some people already. They are coming for most of the rest of us. Everyone can save money or stock up for later. Better to ease into it, and get practice while you have backup, than find yourself doing it out of dire need one day. A penny saved may not really be a penny earned, but it’s a penny you can use to improve your position.

ALWAYS be working to improve. And stack stuff as high and deep as makes sense to you.

nick

112 Comments and discussion on "Wed. Sept. 22, 2021 – what, Wednesday again?"

  1. Greg Norton says:

    After two weeks on the market with two open houses, six viewings, but no offers, we had a blunt conversation with our agent. We dropped the price $20k. Got a single offer the next day. Our local market is tanking. I’m trying not to be angry about how flippin’ long it took to pack and move our precious treasures.
    Inspection is Saturday, with an extraordinarily detailed inspector. Buyer doesn’t have her loan stuff lined up.

    Good luck on Saturday.

    In a tanking market in 2010, our agent in Florida sat on an offer she didn’t think was sufficient past the expiration, and she was family!

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Austin, TX printed houses:”

    They (conveniently?) don’t mention what percentage of the overall structure is actually 3D printed.

    They also (conveniently?) don’t mention the surrounding area being an economic train wreck, full of the real Austin “culture” and not the 6th St. booze fest most people associate with the city.

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  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    full of the real Austin “culture”

    –mental illness, homelessness, and substance abuse?

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  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    ah, 500 error ate the comment. Wouldn’t be so bad if the back button put you at your filled in comment box…

    cool and damp, cold front appears to be here.

    n

  5. Greg Norton says:

    –mental illness, homelessness, and substance abuse?

    Those and the traditional ways of the Mennonites which, deep down inside, a lot of the newly arrived Locust Class doesn’t like to be around beyond “dos Margaritas por favor”.

    https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/austin-car-clubs-gentrification/

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  6. paul says:

    Boom and Radio use different power supplies.  Radio is 18 volts.  Boom 12.  Remote controls are interchangeable.

    I have not noticed any of my players being directional.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    I have not noticed any of my players being directional.

    –i thought about re-phrasing that. I meant that the audio is very directional. If you are off axis to the speakers, especially above the line of throw, they sound very different from when you are in front of them.

    Initial testing of the units used the included power supplies, then replacements, and that’s when the 18v got separated. Fortunately in looking for an 18v wart (once I got a magnifying glass and strong light to read the label) I found the logitech psu. I found the 12v logitech too for the Boom.

    Good thing, as the center pins are larger than normal and I’ve got hundreds of 12v warts with the same standard plug that almost everyone else uses, but only one or two with the larger hole…

    I’ve only got one remote though, but it’s not a problem in the office where I just reach over to make adjustments.

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  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    Almost bought a lake house yesterday. Well, almost put an offer in. Very run down house, but very cheap. Location was good. Then we realized the whole house was oriented not toward the lake, but toward the street. It has a wrap around porch/deck and a wall of glass, looking at the street and the neighbor’s fence.

    Almost anything can be fixed when it comes to houses, but this one would need to be picked up and spun 180.

    There was also a lot of evidence in the pics that there are structural issues. there is at least one bad/rotten/sinking pier holding up the house, and where there is one, there are likely to be more. STILL fixable, and priced in, but the layout… not fixable.

    Also not likely to sell for asking as there were 3 offers already, on the first day of listing, and that’s with the seller demanding that you actually LOOK at the property before making an offer (which says “PROBLEMS” exist).

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  9. SteveF says:

    but this one would need to be picked up and spun 180.

    That’s doable. Get a bunch of gym bros over to curl the house and then shuffle around to put it in the new orientation. Give them meat-lovers’ pizza and protein smoothies afterward and they’ll thank you for the good workout, dude.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    From greg’s link…

    The new arrivals have forced many Black residents to move out of the city: In 2000, about 10 percent of the Austin’s 656,000 residents were Black. By 2017, that percentage had dropped to around 7.5, as thousands decamped for more affordable suburban communities such as Pflugerville, about 15 miles northeast of the Capitol.

    Ok, how exactly are they “forcing” anyone to do anything?

    And seriously? you have to explain a burnout? Is it a new idea to the author or does he think it’s unknown to his audience?

    A car club member spins his back tires—a practice known as a “burnout”—at a car club meet-up on Sunday, unleashing a cloud of white smoke. Some of The Weaver’s residents say burnouts harm nearby trees and make it difficult for people to breathe.

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  11. Greg Norton says:

    Ok, how exactly are they “forcing” anyone to do anything? 

    Rents raised by double digit percentages annually. Though, that is starting to bite the first wave of Locusts who started arriving about five years ago and hoped to be in houses by now.

    My daughter’s friend is moving mid-school year, possibly as far as Kileeen, but even that area isn’t cheap anymore. The friend’s mother worked on 3M’s campus as an accountant but has been in and out of jobs after being laid off when the company started shedding the Austin divisions, including toll tags and readers (!). They can’t afford the rent increase on their apartment, which is even closer to Apple’s new campus than my house.

    The mother is definitely part of the “Dos Margaritas” crowd which is a shame. The kids are great.

    Pflugerville is a mixed bag of affordability. The section along I35 is dominated by Subcontinent who work at HPE and Dell, and contrary to popular belief, throw crazy bacchanalia events of their own. The east section, close to the 45 bypass toll road, consists of stucco shacks squeezed onto tiny tree-less lots, and God help you if you don’t want to pay tolls — the alternative streets are a maze of two lane “Farm to Market” roads.

    Pflugerville inspired the new Texas law that toll roads have to be built with access roads on either side.

  12. EdH says:

    Synchronicity?

    On Saturday night I was talking with my sister about how Amazon charges different (higher) prices if you are logged in sometimes.

    Specifically I’d been thinking about buying the 1st in Jodi Taylor’s St. Mary’s series (the LA library system only has some of the books, and only in dead tree editions).  Logged in on the ipad I was quoted the full $12.99 price, but when I checked on another system that I never sign in with (Linux), it was $4.99.

    The next morning it was $2.99, logged in, with the $2 off being a prime day credit of some sort.

    And this morning Peter Grant relates a similar story:

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2021/09/why-do-amazons-prices-change-depending.html

    One of the “Copybook Headings” must be “Compare and Save”.

     

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  13. pecancorner says:

    but this one would need to be picked up and spun 180.

    That’s doable. Get a bunch of gym bros over to curl the house and then shuffle around to put it in the new orientation. Give them meat-lovers’ pizza and protein smoothies afterward and they’ll thank you for the good workout, dude.

    LOL! Brings back memories! We bought a Geo Metro, back in the day, and while we were at a softball game, my two oldest sons picked it up and carried it across the parking lot! 😀

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  14. Greg Norton says:

    LOL! Brings back memories! We bought a Geo Metro, back in the day, and while we were at a softball game, my two oldest sons picked it up and carried it across the parking lot! 

    Good God what a death trap! How did you ever manage? 🙂

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  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    F me. just lost a long comment about gentrification and people being “forced” out of their shithole neighborhoods when they get better. The rent is low for a reason, usually multiple and mutually reinforcing reasons. Someone spends a crapton making it nicer, which raises property tax revenue, which pays for parks, street repairs, nuisance abatement, and lifts the whole area. This turns it from a dangerous and decaying area to a prosperous and productive area.

    Development entails risk. I’ve seen plenty of failed development.

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  16. Chad says:

    This turns it from a dangerous and decaying area to a prosperous and productive area.

    Sounds like a white man’s spin on gentrification. 🙂

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  17. Nick Flandrey says:

    @edH, yep, amazon tries to get more out of you if you are interested in something. Walmart and others have been found to do the same thing too. If you are THERE, the prices shown are higher to encourage you to just buy it there.

    But hey, the wifi at Home Depot and walmart is free…

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  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    f**** 500 error.

    Sounds like a white man’s spin on gentrification.

    yep. been there and done that in Chicago. shitholes where people are afraid to stop at traffic lights after dark become neighborhoods where people walk to clubs and dinner at night.

    Wrote lots more but it got eaten.

    What do they call it when the hispanics drive out the blacks? vis Compton Ca, or Hartford CT. Or asians drive out the hispanics? Usually it’s an improvement to the properties, quality of life, and economic activity.

    Nothing exists to give people a cheap place to live. Those areas are cheap for a reason. Remove the reasons and they don’t stay cheap.

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  19. pecancorner says:

    re “gentrification”:  That’s one reason I don’t want city life.  I grew up in, and currently live in, a town in which everyone of all social and economic classes live in every neighborhood side by side. There are low-rent apartments and small cheap homes next to near-mansions. People build a new brick home  where they want to actually live their lives, not where they think it might make them a profit.    Everyone has to have a place to live for their entire life.    I like living where we are all just people, no matter how much – or how little – our house might sell for.

  20. RickH says:

    Regarding 500 errors. Need information emailed to me when it happens:

    • date/time (local)
    • your time zone
    • your IP address
    • your browser used
    • your operating system
    • what you were doing
    • what you were posting (so you’ll need to Ctrl+A,Ctrl+C before posting just in case it is needed). Put in an attached text file – not as part of the email

    Email that info to rhellewell at gmail dot com .  Then I can try to associate the 500 occurance to the HTTPS access logs. No guarantees that I’ll be able to figure something out – I’m not an expert on access logs and their cryptic messages – but maybe it will help.

    Thanks.

  21. SteveF says:

    Rick’s comment yesterday, about copying the contents of the comment editor before posting, was on point. It won’t prevent the server errors but it will keep you from losing your work. If you remember to do it each time, which I admit I’m not exactly 100% on, where “not exactly 100%” means “hardly ever”. OTOH, I very seldom hit that 500 error, so it’s not a big issue for me.

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  22. Alan says:

    In a tanking market in 2010, our agent in Florida sat on an offer she didn’t think was sufficient past the expiration, and she was family!

    In many (all?) states your agent is required to present all offers to the seller.

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  23. Alan says:

    ah, 500 error ate the comment. Wouldn’t be so bad if the back button put you at your filled in comment box…

    It does for me on Chrome, at least most of the time iirc. Nonetheless for anything long I try to remember to do select all and copy.

    One note for Rick H, I’ve noticed that once I get the 500 it’s difficult to try and reformat or rearrange the same text and still not get the error.

  24. Alan says:

    Almost anything can be fixed when it comes to houses,

    Hopefully you’re not thinking you can jam house renovations into your already busy schedule?!

  25. Alan says:

    A car club member spins his back tires—a practice known as a “burnout”—at a car club meet-up on Sunday, unleashing a cloud of white smoke. Some of The Weaver’s residents say burnouts harm nearby trees and make it difficult for people to breathe.

    No black smoke? Maybe that’s race-ist (pun intended).

  26. lynn says:

    It snowed in Anchorage today.
    After two weeks on the market with two open houses, six viewings, but no offers, we had a blunt conversation with our agent. We dropped the price $20k. Got a single offer the next day. Our local market is tanking. I’m trying not to be angry about how flippin’ long it took to pack and move our precious treasures.
    Inspection is Saturday, with an extraordinarily detailed inspector. Buyer doesn’t have her loan stuff lined up.

    Still.

    With luck we will be down to a single mortgage and utilities by Thanksgiving.

    Don’t get down on yourself. Putting a house up for sale is a huge undertaking. We moved out of our old house to the new used house in Feb 2020. I got the old house on the market in May 2020 for $450K after putting $30K of paint and carpet in it. I accepted $404K in July 2020. If I had waited six months, I could have gotten my $450K when the housing market went crazy. But, I would had to pay the mortgage, insurance, taxes, and utilities at $3,000/month for another $18,000. Plus whatever maintenance the house and/or pool needed.

    Good luck !

    P.S. I had an offer for $385K on the day after we moved. I should have taken it but I was too proud. You probably know what the Bible says about pride.

  27. Greg Norton says:

    “In a tanking market in 2010, our agent in Florida sat on an offer she didn’t think was sufficient past the expiration, and she was family!”

    In many (all?) states your agent is required ti present all offers to the seller.

    Oh, Florida does too. The agent did something illegal.

    My brother-in-law’s aunt.

    We let it slide to prevent family problems and to get the house sold. My wife didn’t get a cleared paycheck until three months into her new job, and I was running out of things to sell on EBay to pay rent.

    I did scorch her relationship with her illegal cleaning crew. After closing, they sent me an email bill for $300 for a final clean out I didn’t approve, and I insisted on an invoice on letter head of their “company”. I also made the Postal Money Order payable to the lead cleaner rather than the realtor as requested.

  28. Rick H says:

    One note for Rick H, I’ve noticed that once I get the 500 it’s difficult to try and reformat or rearrange the same text and still not get the error.

    The 500 errors seems to be caused by some embedded (and hidden) hex codes in the comment.  Those codes are caught by mod-security firewall rules, which result in a 500 error.

    Don’t know why or how the embedded codes get there. And the codes seem (based on your reports) to be part of a copy/paste if you try again.

    Although, if you look at those codes, they are just a CR/LF sequence (two of those pairs, indicating a double-blank line between paragraphs). Those codes ought to be benign, but the firewall rules don’t like them. Dunno why.

    Here’s an example, seen as a SQL injection attempt:

    No postage involved. \\x22\\x0d\\x0a\\x0d\\x0a \\x0d\\x0a\\x0d\\x0aI can do

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  29. MrAtoz says:

    Nothing exists to give people a cheap place to live. Those areas are cheap for a reason. Remove the reasons and they don’t stay cheap.

    Gruesome Nuisance apparently now allows single home zoned areas to be zoned as PRCs (Public Residential Complex). People are going to be crammed into sardine cans and piled high. Just in time for the Afghani/Haitian clusterfark.

  30. Nick Flandrey says:

    @rick, thanks again for all you do, and thanks for editing my comment. I was going to fix that word when I sat back down.

    I’d bet the hidden characters are coming from either the comment editor, the base template, or some interaction between the two. There is a bit of a format battle between them and at times I’ve gotten results I didn’t expect (like the other day when I somehow ended up with several lines of blue highlight around text.)

    If it only happened when pasting text from elsewhere I’d think it might be some sort of sneaky copy protection scheme. But it happens when pasting text copied from other comments here. Since my comments often start with a pasted line from someone else’s comment here, I often have the problem when I do that, but not always!

    Does anything in the comment editor or the blockquote tag call something off our site? If so that could add enough variability to drive us nuts.

    I’m sure it’s something subtle, but it is strange how it seems to come in clumps.

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  31. lynn says:

    Almost bought a lake house yesterday. Well, almost put an offer in. Very run down house, but very cheap. Location was good. Then we realized the whole house was oriented not toward the lake, but toward the street. It has a wrap around porch/deck and a wall of glass, looking at the street and the neighbor’s fence.

    Almost anything can be fixed when it comes to houses, but this one would need to be picked up and spun 180.

    I told the wife last night that I have been thinking about moving to El Campo, TX or Edna, TX when I retire in 3 years, 9 months, and 6 days. She countered with moving to Abilene, TX where several of her cousins live. She was actually interested !

    I want to live in central Texas, not west Texas, we already lived in Sweetwater, TX for three years when we got married 40 years ago. No more 115 F days with 10% humidity anymore please.

  32. lynn says:

    Almost bought a lake house yesterday. Well, almost put an offer in. Very run down house, but very cheap. Location was good. Then we realized the whole house was oriented not toward the lake, but toward the street. It has a wrap around porch/deck and a wall of glass, looking at the street and the neighbor’s fence.

    Almost anything can be fixed when it comes to houses, but this one would need to be picked up and spun 180.

    “The Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution” by M.D. Creekmore
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1983810592/?tag=ttgnet-20

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  33. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, abilene seemed nice with a growing ‘hipster’ vibe. Of course it’s hipster thru rural TX filter.

    My wife’s cousin and family lived there and I was there for the wedding. Had the feel like it could either grow and take off, or die stillborn.

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  34. Greg Norton says:

    All together now:

    All right, all right, all right!

    https://news.yahoo.com/texas-governor-greg-abbott-trailing-063518397.html

    Republican. A Dem version of Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” in the 2008 election.

  35. Chad says:

    RE: Abilene, TX

    Home of Dyess AFB. So, you can watch the C-130’s and the B-1’s fly around.

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  36. lynn says:

    @lynn, abilene seemed nice with a growing ‘hipster’ vibe. Of course it’s hipster thru rural TX filter.

    My wife’s cousin and family lived there and I was there for the wedding. Had the feel like it could either grow and take off, or die stillborn.

    n

    My wife spent her teenage years in Abilene so she has fond memories of it. And there is a church on every corner. Her Cherokee grandparents farmed outside Abilene in Noodle. Has a serious water supply problem in Fort Phantom lake though.

    We still own a rent house in Abilene. Hopefully the wife will have sold it in a week or so. Big time fixer upper.

  37. lynn says:

    RE: Abilene, TX

    Home of Dyess AFB. So, you can watch the C-130’s and the B-1’s fly around.

    When I worked at Colorado City, TX back in the 1980s, the weekly C-130 MOAB bomber from Dyess would use our 275 foot tall microwave tower as a bombing target. We would feel the ground at the plant start to shake when he was twenty miles away at 100 ft elevation over the hills. Then he would roar over the plant with all four turboprop engines smoking and drop the back door. Then he would pull the yoke back to his chest and head for the stratosphere with all four engines still screaming, going for altitude after he dropped the simulated 20,000 lb MOAB on us. He would level out at 30,000 feet or so, close the back door, and head for Dyess.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-43/B_MOAB

    I was driving past Dyess in the late 1980s when a full wing (8 ???) B1A bombers took off. I stopped and watched all of them from I-20. They were incredibly graceful once they gained altitude and headed for Alaska.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer

  38. lynn says:

    ““When Are You Going to Apologize? You’re a Liar!” – Iraq War Veteran Shouts Down George W. Bush at Beverly Hills Fundraiser (VIDEO)”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/going-apologize-liar-iraq-war-veteran-shouts-george-w-bush-beverly-hills-fundraiser-video/

    What is wrong with G. W. Bush ? He sent hundreds of thouands of soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan when he was Commander-in-Chief. Now he trashes their efforts.

    And why is he raising money in Hollyweird ? There is no way that is conservative country.

  39. Greg Norton says:

    Then he would pull the yoke back to his chest and head for the stratosphere with all four engines still screaming, going for altitude after he dropped the simulated 20,000 lb MOAB on us.

    Among the other interesting exhibits at Eglin’s museum is a MOAB.

    http://www.afarmamentmuseum.com/details-gbu43.html

    The museum building remains closed during the pandemic, but the outside exhibits remain available during daylight hours.

    We went last year. Pandemic or not, lots of people were out there taking pictures and looking at the planes.

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  40. EdH says:

    Gruesome Nuisance apparently now allows single home zoned areas to be zoned as PRCs (Public Residential Complex). People are going to be crammed into sardine cans and piled high. Just in time for the Afghani/Haitian clusterfark.

    The correct phrasing is “Vibrant & Diverse” not “clusterfark” BTW.

    Here we go:

    https://www.gov.ca.gov/2021/09/16/governor-newsom-signs-historic-legislation-to-boost-californias-housing-supply-and-fight-the-housing-crisis/

    You could call it the “Property Values Destruction Acts of 2021”.

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  41. lynn says:

    “Trade group wants restrictions on U.S. natural gas exports”
    http://gasprocessingnews.com/news/trade-group-wants-restrictions-on-us-natural-gas-exports.aspx

    “A manufacturers trade group on Friday urged the Department of Energy to order U.S. LNG producers to reduce exports, warning of price increases and supply shortages this winter.
    Natural gas prices have surged this year on strong global demand and modest production increases in the first half. The call for U.S. natural gas has more than doubled prices, with exports up 41% from a year ago. U.S. gas was trading around $5.22 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) on Friday, up from $2.54 mmBtu in January.
    Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA), a trade group representing chemical, food and materials manufacturers, said U.S. prices would have to increase to $10 per mmBtu to provide incentive to producers to pump more gas and bring stocks back to historic levels.”

    Looks like the price of energy is going to go up in a strong manner this winter. Even stronger if we have a cold winter winter rather than a cool winter.

    Right now, about 15% of the US natural gas production is being liquefied and sold to other nations as LNG.

    $10 natural gas would be awesome for my business.

  42. Rick H says:

    Changed the theme. The old one is very old, and not supported. Going on the theory that maybe the theme is not helping with the 500 errors.

    Visual changes are in progress. So things will probably change the next time you load the page.

  43. paul says:

    TINY text.

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  44. Rick H says:

    Tiny text? Font size setting is 13px on desktop. Tablet/phone set to 14px.

  45. MrAtoz says:

    Can’t say I’m a fan of the new theme.

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  46. MrAtoz says:

    But that’s just me.

    Also didn’t save my name and email even though I check the box.

  47. Rick H says:

    So, what would you change? Or what don’t you like? Or is it just ‘change’ that you don’t like?

  48. MrAtoz says:

    Well

    1. Doesn’t save my info, I’m using the latest macOS and Safari
    2. Don’t like the auto scroll to the bottom, not sure if it always does it, at the beginning of the day, I like to check yesterdays posts.
    3. No choice of html or text with buttons.
    4. Yeah, change is bad.
    5. LOL!

    Did I mention my info is not saved?

  49. lynn says:

    I hit the plus key once and upsized my text. That helped a lot.

    My info was not saved either.

    I am going to change my moniker to troublemaker.

  50. MrAtoz says:

    I’ll start by unchecking the save box, entering my creds, then checking the save button.

  51. MrAtoz says:

    + works for me too.

    and

    Nope, still can’t get my info to save, I get the “you need to put in your into” dialogue.

  52. Chad says:

    “Tiny text? Font size setting is 13px on desktop. Tablet/phone set to 14px”

    Probably want to go with something relative like points (e.g. 12pt) or ems (1.0em) as pixels can end up rendering very tiny on ultra res devices (retina displays) where the old 72/96 dpi no longer applies. I play hell at work dealing with old apps and people who have changed the default text size in Windows . “Yes, I can fix the layout problem with that app on your magnified desktop… OR… you could maybe go get a f_cking eye exam!” 🙂

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  53. MrAtoz says:

    Other than the can’t save my credentials, it’s OK with me. Especially if it is supported and easier to maintain for Mr. Rick.

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  54. Rick H says:

    1. Doesn’t save my info, I’m using the latest macOS and Safari
    – should; done via cookies, perhaps you have disabled them?

    2. Don’t like the auto scroll to the bottom, not sure if it always does it, at the beginning of the day, I like to check yesterdays posts.
    – noticed that. I’ll look into it.

    3. No choice of html or text with buttons.
    – the comment editor is different. We were using the TinyMCE plugin, but that’s not available, I think. I do need to find the ‘formatting’ buttons, though. Also need to darken the font used in the comment box (done).

    And line spacing in the comment editor box is too squished (also done).

    4. Yeah, change is bad.
    – I’ll look for the ‘curmudgeon’ button/add-in.

  55. MrAtoz says:

    And my Avatar looks great!

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  56. troublemaker says:

    How do I change my avatar again ?

  57. MrAtoz says:

    You need to setup a Gravatar account. Universal avatars. It’s a WordPress thing.

    Cookies are a go on Safari. I haven’t changed a thing.

  58. Chad says:

    “How do I change my avatar again?”

    Alt-F4 🙂

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  59. MrAtoz says:

    LOL!

    Maxine Waters thinks the treatment of Haitians at the border “is worse than we saw with slavery”.

    What a complete dumbass. I almost wish the ChiComms drop a nuke on DC.

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  60. Rick H says:

    Oh, look – rich text editor buttons are back!

  61. Marcelo says:

    Troublemaker2: Refresh does not go back to position before refresh. That is a major annoyance.

  62. troublemaker says:

    “How do I change my avatar again?”

    Alt-F4

    Well that crashes Firefox quicker than bull snot.

  63. Marcelo says:

    Troublemaker2: Refresh does not go back to position before refresh. That is a major annoyance.

    Now it does.

  64. troublemaker says:

    “Tiny text? Font size setting is 13px on desktop. Tablet/phone set to 14px”

    Probably want to go with something relative like points (e.g. 12pt) or ems (1.0em) as pixels can end up rendering very tiny on ultra res devices (retina displays) where the old 72/96 dpi no longer applies. I play hell at work dealing with old apps and people who have changed the default text size in Windows . “Yes, I can fix the layout problem with that app on your magnified desktop… OR… you could maybe go get a f_cking eye exam!”

    I get an eye exam every three months. Comes with having an acute case of glaucoma. And the text is too small for me too so I control plus’d it (once).

  65. Geoff Powell says:

    New theme doesn’t remember which comments you’ve clicked on. I got used to this with the old theme, so I could check my progress through the comments.

    G.

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  66. TroubleMaker2 says:

    …. And the text is too small for me too so I control plus’d it (once).

    Funny, It is huge for me… Using Vivaldi.

    Also: Name+Email not being saved.

    and what is that Divi on top left corner of page? Buahaha.

  67. Geoff Powell says:

    And it doesn’t remember my ID, either.

    G.

     

  68. Geoff Powell says:

    If it does the “Remember who I am” via cookies, it must be doing something that Brave/UBlock Origin doesn’t like. It worked perfectly with the old theme.

    Still, it’s only 4 clicks to reset it.

    G.

     

  69. The forgotten troublemaker says:

    Funny, It is huge for me… Using Vivaldi.

    The converse works for that: Ctrl+-

    I liked the blockquotes highlighting much more with the old theme.

    Edit box is miniscule!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ah, yeah, I wanted to Edit to say “Can’t complain about feedback”

  70. Geoff Powell says:

    Just checked: comment author and email cookies set satis.

    But still no remembrance.

    Should the theme  remember which comments you have clicked on? It doesn’t seem to.

    G.

     

  71. MrAtoz says:

    When I post, the page scrolls to the top, and then scrolls down to the bottom.

    Anybody else getting that?

  72. Geoff Powell says:

    Should the theme  remember which comments you have clicked on? It doesn’t seem to.

    Or is that a browser function? Whatever it is, it doesn’t.

    G.

     

  73. Greg Norton says:

    Gitmo! 

    Now with less snake torture.

    (Actually, I have no idea, but my Bat Guano neighbor who ran those sessions moved to Alabama.)

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  74. Greg Norton says:

    When I post, the page scrolls to the top, and then scrolls down to the bottom.

    Anybody else getting that?

    Yes. Firefox on the very latest MacBook Pro Intel 16″ — my work machine.

    I’m not going to complain about gear with the new job. The machine is the most expensive laptop configuration Apple sells, i9 with 64 GB RAM.

  75. ~jim says:

    Text needs to fill the entire width of the screen not just 2/3rds like it doesn’t my phone. It’s also a little too small for me.

    There was nothing wrong with the old one.

  76. Nightraker says:

    Just filling in the blanks…

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  77. drwilliams says:

    Confirmed: The Obama DOJ Went Rogue to Spy on an Ex-Trump Campaign Official
    Matt Vespa| @mvespa1 | Posted: Sep 22, 2021 12:45 PM

    And not one of the people involved that committed illegal acts, lied to the court, forged documents, lied to the American people, and otherwise violated their oaths of office has spent a day in jail, lost their cushy government jobs or lost one nickel of their pensions.

    The FBI can’t find the would-be bomber who placed pipe bombs at the headquarters of both the Republican and Democratic National Committees during the January 6 riot. They initially said that the 2017 shooting of the GOP congressional baseball team was not politically motivated, despite the shooter being a rabid progressive who hated Republicans. The shooter also had a kill list and waited for days near the area where the team would be practicing before he decided to attack. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was seriously wounded in the attack. Yet, they were able to find a January 6 riot suspect who had a LEGO set of the US Capitol. Now, we’re also learning that the FBI didn’t do anything when multiple US gymnasts came forward with horrible stories of sexual abuse at the hands of now-convicted sexual predator Dr. Larry Nassar. The FBI’s inaction led to more young women being brutalized by this man.

    This agency, once considered the preeminent domestic law enforcement and intelligence institution in the country, has become a total joke.

    Worthless scum.

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  78. lynn says:

    LOL:

    IMAGINE if Trump suggested this: Guess where Biden admin’s reportedly considering housing Haitian migrants

    Gitmo!

    Hey, Gitmo is probably nicer than Haiti. My church funds an orphanage in Haiti and several of my friends have gone there. Their descriptions of the place are downright nasty.

  79. Rick H says:

    Still some tweaks to things with this new theme.

    Current gripes:

    • Reload doesn’t take you to the last point
    • The scroll to bottom is irritating; would rather it ‘jump’. But there is a ‘scroll to top’ icon there.
    • Width of main text area on smaller screens
    • Used to be able to click the date of a comment and it’s color would change.
    • There is no ‘next/previous’ post link at the bottom of the page (after all comments).
    • The header needs to be fixed. Already removed the ‘divi’ logo.
    • The footer needs to be updated.
    • The ‘save my info’ doesn’t seem to work on the comment box.

    And probably others…

    But the whole point of the new theme is to see if the 500 errors go away.

  80. RickH says:

    Just testing cookie settings for name/email (and I need to get rid of the URL field again).

    I think the name/email auto-fill depends on the browser (although it used to work for me with the same browser). If I click on the field, the browser gives me a drop-down of entries to select. Auto-fill doesn’t work, though. Not sure why yet.

  81. Marcelo the forgotten says:

    I think the name/email auto-fill depends on the browser (although it used to work for me with the same browser). If I click on the field, the browser gives me a drop-down of entries to select. Auto-fill doesn’t work, though. Not sure why yet.

    Vivaldi (Chrome engine [but that is what all {usable browsers} use…]): No drop-down for me. Just a pop-up to fill it in. Ergo: retype all for every post. Not conducive to many posts… (But then, I am assertive [or stubborn…])

    Thanks for all the work.

    BTW:
    – Edit box is tiny/
    – blockquotes look better.

  82. Tina says:

    I used to use the right hand side bar to pick up where I left off.  I click the date/time on the last post on the thread when I am reading, then when I come back, that one is colored red in the side bar list, and I can just click it to see the new posts below it.

    That does not seem to be happening now.

    Otherwise, I am sure I will get used to the changes. Rick, we appreciate that you keep the forum working and tidy!

    EDIT TO ADD: Now that I am logged in, my post date/time turned red in the sidebar so maybe it requires being logged in. Also, it did allow me to edit this so I am still logged in despite the “new comment” box not autofilled with my name and email.

  83. Nick Flandrey says:

    TINY TINY TEXT!!!!!!1111111!!!!1

    I have to ctrl-zoom to 150% and I’ve got window set to 125% already….

    Would like the avatars to be their old size, or smaller. That would give more room for the comment text left and right.

    The old theme on a phone moved the comment jump links from the right edge to after all the comments, which left more screen for text. If it’s not doing that… that could be an issue.

    I like the sans serif font and the lack of back ground image or texture.

    The header bar stays at the top, taking up vertical screen estate, I THINK that’s new? And it starts too far from the left edge.

    But lets go with it for a bit and see if the 500 errors improve.

    n

    I also dislike the scroll to end. My phone did that with the old theme. It would also show the whole countdown on the comment timer speeded up when you reloaded. SO there were weirdnesses under the old template too.

    n

  84. Nick Flandrey says:

    Aye! TINA??? Pecancorner isthat you??? And who is now ‘troublemaker’?

    n

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  85. Nick Flandrey says:

    There was nothing wrong with the old one.

    @ approximately jim, (hah! been waiting to use that) I agree that the look was fine, but there were things that theme did to text that might have been conflicting with the things the comment editor did. It took out whitespace and extra blank lines, for example. I’m sure it was doing other things too.

    I like the cleaner font, but then I remember when JerryP used to suggest setting your browser to force Georgia for all text as that was most readable according to someone’s research.

    n

  86. Marcelo the forgotten says:

    …. And who is now ‘troublemaker’?

    It is Lynn. I was T2 but now am Marcelo the forgotten. 🙂

  87. Nick Flandrey says:

    I tried to set up my gravitar at some point but now I’m caught in a Kafka trap. You have to sign up for like three layers of things, and I screwed it up at some point.

    So no custom avatar for me.

    n

  88. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yeah the scroll to the end is ugly as sin. And then stuff jumps and squirms as the countdown timer loads and moves everything around a little bit.

    n

  89. Nick Flandrey says:

    Oh I just noticed that the comments don’t use all the space on the right. They are indented from the width of the post text on the left and the right.

    n

  90. Nick Flandrey says:

    Let’s try some block quotes and links.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/tyranny-looks-like-absolute-mayhem-australia-covid-police-ambush-crowds-shoot-protesters-back-non-lethals-run-away-video/

    This is What Tyranny Looks Like: Absolute Mayhem in Australia; Covid-Police Ambush Crowds and Shoot Protesters In the Back With ‘Non-lethals’ As They Run Away – (Video)

    –at some point it will occur to someone that those urban canyons provide the high ground to a motivated individual or group. Rooftop, crowd of cops below, couple five gallon buckets of gasoline followed by road flares, and you’ve got a full on insurgency. I think the buckets will explode and scatter their contents pretty far when thrown from the 5th story…

    I said it long ago when BLM was throwing paving bricks in NYFC, we’ll know it is serious when they start stabbing the crowd control horses, or start with the flammables. Since I kinda like horses, I hope like hell that isn’t what kicks it off.

    n

  91. drwilliams says:

    Interesting article on Ars Technica:

    The anonymous meta-analysis that’s convincing people to use ivermectin
    What happens when you leave the analysis out of a meta-analysis?

    John Timmer – 9/21/2021, 5:45 AM

    https://d.com/science/2021/09/the-anonymous-meta-analysis-thats-convincing-people-to-use-ivermectin/

    Tics many of the usual boxes for bias on ivemectin–an observation that would doubtless offend Dr. Timmer.

    Unintentional irony as he criticizes the authors of the meta-analysis for being anonymous, yet repeatedly refers to the “we” that looked into it without revealing who the “we” is.

  92. Nick Flandrey says:

    Horrific photos have emerged of the squalid and fetid migrant camp in Del Rio, Texas that is currently home to thousands of Haitian migrants who’ve flocked to the US in the latest border crisis to hit Joe Biden.

    Desperate migrants, many of them families with young children, are being forced to sleep on the dirty ground or – if they’re fortunate – cardboard boxes folded out flat.

    Many of the 8,600 who remain there have resorted to fashioning makeshift tents using discarded clothing and tree branches in order to provide at least some shelter from the elements.

    Empty water bottles, food containers and other litter is strewn around while mountains of garbage tower up high into the air.

    An aerial photo shows the huge piles of garbage from above, which are seen just steps away from the places young children call home.

    In another image, women and young children are seen lying among plastic bottles and an empty Oreo packet, on the ground which is covered in the remnants of trees that have been used to fashion the shelters.

    Another photo shows a Haitian passport in a pile of trash including empty aluminum cans, an old shoe and discarded clothing.

    –lots of pearl clutching about the garbage they’re close to. Well sweetcheeks, where do you think that garbage came from? Who do you think threw it on the ground there next to their flop?

    And the word “forced” again. I do not think they know what that word means.

    n

  93. Pecancorner says:

    Aye! TINA??? Pecancorner isthat you??? And who is now ‘troublemaker’?

    HaHa! It is indeed. I forgot who I am here, and the system did not remind me.  🙂

     

  94. Rick H says:

    Tweaks continue:

    • Base font size changed to 15px. Turns out the reason that 13px looked OK to me is because I had the browser set to 120%.
    • Width of comment text area has been widened.
    • Base font has been changed to Georgia . I need to tweak the font inside the comment entry area. It’s a “font-family’ thing; if ‘Georgia’ is not available,  backup font is ‘Times New Roman”, which is an unusual choice. Usually you have the backup fonts in the same typeface family (serif, non-serif, etc). (Later: now changed to Arial. But will consider alternatives.)
    • Visited links are now red, like before.
    • I need to tweak some smaller screen settings.
    • Navigation bar scolls away

    But, again, the main reason for the change is to see if the old theme was causing 500 errors. So need those reported as previously requested:

    • Your public IP address
    • Date/time (converted to PST if possible, or UTC) of the error

    Email to me rhellewell at gmail dot com.

  95. Nick Flandrey says:

    THanks Rick, and you got rid of the aqua bar under the header, which is a massive improvement all by itself.

    n

  96. Nick Flandrey says:

    ‘Cataclysmic’ US default would wipe out nearly six million jobs and be a crushing blow to Covid-19 recovery, warns Moody’s

    The US defaulting on its debt payments could be a ‘catastrophic blow’ to Covid-19 economic recovery and result in the loss of six million jobs
    Moody’s Analytics also predicts the default will raise the nation’s unemployment rate from 5.4 to nine per cent
    Stock prices would also be slashed by one-third, erasing about $15trillion in household wealth as a result
    Mark Zendi, the chief economist at Moody’s, said in his latest report that Biden administration and Congress are ‘playing a dangerous game with debt limit’
    But the debt ceiling is proving that ‘it has failed’ at its job, thus causing legislation to simply ignore the debt ceiling for increased periods of time
    Moody’s said worst-case scenario would be Congress not lifting debt ceiling and making a decision on whether to pass Biden’s $3.5trillion reconciliation package

    –default is like divorce, once you say the word it’s hard to back away…

    and I think 6 million is a massive under count.

    n

  97. ~jim says:

    Margins still too wide and line spacing could be decreased a bit.

  98. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10018705/LA-County-study-finds-0-5-pupils-0-7-staff-tested-positive-classrooms-opened.html

    The LA County report looked at COVID-19 cases among students in grades K-12 and in staff members.

    Between August 15 and September 13, 7,995 students and 1,193 staff tested positive for COVID-19.

    With about than 1.5 million students in county schools and 175,000 staff that means 0.5 percent of children and 0.7 percent workers have contracted the virus since schools reopening.

    ‘This is just slightly higher than the 0.4 percent rate of infection we experienced overall in the county,’ LADPH Director Barbara Ferrer said at a press briefing, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    ‘And, given the massive testing of asymptomatic individuals at schools, this very low rate of infection affirms the safety that’s provided to students and staff on their campuses.’

    n

    –kids don’t really get it, and they don’t bring it home. The rate affirms something, but it’s unlikely to be that LAU is good at what they do.

  99. Nick Flandrey says:

    I missed this last week.

    Sir Clive Sinclair, a name closely entwined with the first home computing boom of the early 80s, has died at the age of 81. The inventor died at home in London, and despite suffering with cancer for over a decade, was still working on new inventions last week, according to his daughter.

    Sir Clive was probably best known as the father of the ZX Spectrum 8-bit home computer, which launched in 1982. This computer was based upon a Z80 processor, like the earlier ZX80 (1980) and ZX81 (1981) but added a much larger amount of RAM as standard, colour graphics and sound, while keeping the price low enough to be affordable to many families.

    –I had a z80, the Trash-80 as the TRS-80 was affectionately known, first a model 1, then later for college a model 100.

    n

  100. Nick Flandrey says:

    The Fed is going to meddle some more.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10018229/Federal-Reserve-plays-inflation-fears-insisting-cost-living-rises-transitory.html

    The Fed also said it will likely begin slowing the pace of its $120 billion in monthly bond purchases later this year if the economy keeps improving.

    The purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities are intended to encourage borrowing and spending — but they have also flooded the market with money, concerning inflation hawks.

    Increasing the supply of money devalues it, further worsening inflation.

    At a news conference, Chair Jerome Powell said the Fed could announce a pullback in bond buying as soon as its next meeting in November.

    Taken together, the Fed´s pullback in bond purchases and its eventual rate hikes, whenever they happen, will mean that some borrowers will have to pay more for mortgages, credit cards and business loans.

  101. drwilliams says:

    The Ars Technica link that I posted above was corrumpted. The correct link is:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/the-anonymous-meta-analysis-thats-convincing-people-to-use-ivermectin/

    In other news, if the preliminary report of a death due to ivermectin is confirmed:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/ivermectin-overdose-death-probed-in-nm-i-dont-want-more-people-to-die/

    then self-medicated ivermectin would again be tied with illegal Brazilian but lift operations for YTD 2021 deaths

    https://www.insider.com/brazilian-butt-lift

    Note that in the years since the 2017 report that 3% (about 21) of 692 BBL surgeons had reported a death following the procedure, the non-stop campaign in the medical literature had not been successful in reducing the mortality rate until the IUBBLS (International Union of BBL Surgeons) adopted the same stringent reporting protocol used for the  ZuFlu vaccine, at which time mortality dropped to zero.

    (There’s also an unconfirmed rumor that Ford is considering asking the courts to reopen an old case, as meta-analysis has shown that a high percentage of Pinto accidents could be reclassified as “with COVID”)

  102. Nick Flandrey says:

    ‘Everybody will probably get infected’: Experts believe number of Covid breakthrough cases will INCREASE in coming months – but less than 0.01% of jabbed people will get seriously ill

    Almost everyone in the U.S., even the vaccinated, will eventually be infected with Covid, some experts believe
    In Colorado, for example, one out of every five early July Covid cases was found to be a breakthrough case
    According to CDC data, fully vaccinated people account for around 0.008% of hospitalizations from the virus
    Vaccinated people are still significantly less likely to get hospitalized or die from the virus, though
    Data suggest efficacy of the vaccines has waned over time, leading to the federal government wanting to rollout Covid booster shots
    Plans for booster shots remain in limbo after regulators failed to approve them in time for September 20 rollout date

    Increases in breakthrough infections have been reported across the nation.

    Massachusetts recorded 4,568 new breakthrough cases last week, with 178 of them ending in hospitalization – up from 3,919 breakthrough infections the previous week.

    In Los Angeles, fully vaccinated people accounted for around one in every five Covid cases reported in mid-July compared to 11 percent in May and just two percent in March.

    Additionally, around one-in-five cases detected in Colorado during the first three weeks of July were among fully vaccinated people compared to representing just three percent of all cases earlier this year.

    Health officials assure Americans that the vaccines still work, though, and that they are still the best protection against the virus that has killed over 679,000 Americans.

    “novel” = everyone will get it eventually.

    n

  103. drwilliams says:

    RIP Sir Clive

    I had a Timex Sinclair 1000 (rebadged ZX81 w/ NTSC RF display modulator rather than PAL) with a 16k RAM expansion module.

    But really, everyone knows that Sir Clive’s greatest invention was Sinclair Monofilament.

  104. drwilliams says:

    “Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates.

    The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights.

    To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.”

    https://thefederalistpapers.org/federalist-papers/federalist-paper-8-the-consequences-of-hostilities-between-the-states

    Hamilton was writing of conventional war as the “external danger”, but the insight is equally applicable to the present case, wherein a manufactured virus set loose by an evil dictatorship as an unconventional act of war has been seized upon to excuse the excesses against liberty and freedom of home-grown despots.

  105. Alan says:

    Now that I am logged in, my post date/time turned red in the sidebar so maybe it requires being logged in.

    What do you define as “logged in?”

  106. Alan says:

    @Rick H, two issues on my phone:
    1. While sitting on the most recent comment, refreshing the tab takes me back to the top, previously it returned to where I left off. Now I have to manually scroll back.
    2. If I scroll down to the very bottom of the page there are two ‘back to the top’ buttons. If you manually scroll up one of the two disappears when you get to the comment entry text box.
    3. No whitespace between the bottom of the comment entry text box and the “Name” entry box.
    ADDED 4. Submit Comment button sometimes ‘flashes’ but then seems not to do anything.

    P. S. Thanks for your rapid responses to the new template isues.

  107. Alan says:

    Okay, four issues…

  108. lynn says:

    testing logging in

    Nosirree Bob, did not keep my name and email

  109. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’m not even seeing the id fields for commenting, as I’m logged in to the blog as an admin. I think I used to see them anyway, but they were prefilled by the “remember me” option. It wasn’t FFox that was filling them, those form fields look different.

    n

    havent’ had a 500 error yet….

  110. Robert V Sprowl says:

    I like the new layout.

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