Thur. Oct. 7, 2021 – headlong rush…

Hot and humid, but less of both as we head into Fall. We don’t get a lot of Spring and Fall here in Houston, but what we do get is generally very nice.

It was very nice yesterday, bordering on HOT in the sun. Everywhere it wasn’t sunny was great weather though. I got a bunch of stuff sorted, and a coupe of bins dropped off at my auctioneer. Stopped by one of the other auctioneers to pick up my lots (med stuff), and he’s slammed with stuff. He won’t be taking any of my lots for a while as he deals with a massive influx of estate and storage cleanout items. The auctioneer who sold the Pokeman and men’s shoes (and a lot of other stuff) took the rest of the summer off, so I’m hoping she comes back to work soon and I can place some lots with her. I’ve got some watches and jewelry that are well suited to her buyers.

Today is going to be a lot of stuff crammed into a few hours. We fly out this afternoon, leaving for the airport from the kids’ schools. I haven’t packed, prepped the house, or done my normal stuff. That’s all probably down to not really wanting to go. It isn’t a long trip, the kids are aging out of a bunch of things and we’ll lose the ‘magical’ years soon so I don’t want to miss it, but I really don’t want to be away from home at all.

I’m not looking forward to any part of it, not the flight, nor the Parks, except seeing the kids’ eyes light up. And even that will be tempered by chinaflu, as the character meet and greets are cancelled, and when they do appear, no autographs are allowed (which made my younger one cry when she found out as she considers that the best part of the Parks.) Add my sense of dread and the look in peoples’ eyes as they seem desperate to get one last party, one last visit, one more whatever in. There is a lot of tension out there.

A few months ago, everywhere I went people would drop a sarcastic remark, kind of a ‘nudge and wink’ thing, a shared black humor… This last week has been very different. Everywhere I go people look more focused, more intense, and very much more ‘not joking’. No ‘I don’t know what’s going on but we’re in it together’ kinda vibe. Now it’s ‘I’m filling my cart.’ There’s a sort of selfishness and self-interested-ness coming out. I think people are ‘hunkering down’ mentally.

I will often drop a comment when shopping or out, just to see. I’ve been saying stuff like ‘I’m just getting my Christmas shopping started early’ and almost everyone that responds says something like “Me too, might not be stuff here for Christmas.” It’s also weird how many people are getting started on Halloween early this year. There have been celebrities in the tabloids going to parties, dressing up, and I see it in my neighborhood too. There seem to be more, and more elaborate, and earlier displays this year than any I can remember. (and I’m going to be LATE with mine since I’m gone this weekend.)

I better get busy. 2pm is going to come very quickly.

Get out and survey your area. See if you see what I’m seeing. Share with the group.

Do it while you are buying some more preps 🙂 and keep stacking.

nick

62 Comments and discussion on "Thur. Oct. 7, 2021 – headlong rush…"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    63F and moist in Houston.   Forecast for Orlando is low 90s and light rain, low in the mid 70s for the whole next week.   Like the weather we had last week.

    Well, at least it's a dry heat.   Wait, what??

    Dang.

    n

  2. Ray Thompson says:

    So how does one dispose of an old UPS ?
     

    I remove the batteries and take them to batteries plus. I then toss the ups in the trash. Of course mine are not large ups'.

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    I am getting emails and texts every week from my Ford dealer to buy back my 2019 F-150 4×4.  The promises are amazing. 
    The desire is none whatsoever.  I am not going back to the garage queen, our 2005 Honda Civic EX SE Coupe.  It is a fun drive for about ten miles then the buzzy engine and shifting the five speed around gets old in a hurry.

    The Civic is probably good for 500,000 miles if it doesn't have a turbo. Where was it made?

    Honda automatic transmissions of that era are a dice roll, but you don't have any exposure there.

    I get a call or a letter every week from the dealer regarding my 2018 Camry, but my guess is that they are looking to buy the car to resolve potential lemon law situations with customers over various issues with that year, starting with engine bore.

  4. Greg Norton says:

    63F and moist in Houston.   Forecast for Orlando is low 90s and light rain, low in the mid 70s for the whole next week.   Like the weather we had last week.

    Well, at least it's a dry heat.   Wait, what??

    More than 3-4 days out, the Central Florida forecasts are guesswork this time of year until the first cold front sweeps through.

    Disney has their own weather radar system and subscription to the lightning detection grid. If you see the ponchos in the gift shops, expect rain within a few minutes.

    The tropics have been quiet, but in an active hurricane year, don't get caught without snacks in one of the buildings where food service requires a long walk outside. Disney won't do anything for you beyond making sure you have water and electricity.

    If you've heard stories about the hurricane buffets and open bars during storms, those are the high priced hotels on the monorail.

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    Isn't this sort of thing by definition a 'fishing expedition'?

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/keyword-warrants-feds-secretly-ordered-google-track-anyone-searching-certain-names

    n

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  6. Greg Norton says:

    I remove the batteries and take them to batteries plus. I then toss the ups in the trash. Of course mine are not large ups'.

    Pre-Covid, I dropped the UPS batteries in the appropriate recycle bin at Home Depot. The bins disappeared from our local store last year, but they may be back now.

  7. lpdbw says:

    I can't remember the name, but back in July/August I found a metal recycler inside the Loop who bought 2 dead SLA batteries from me.  Any my aluminum cans, too.

  8. ech says:

    So how does one dispose of an old UPS ?

    You can take it to Fort Bend County Recycling. They will charge you $1-5 for each "electronic" item. 

  9. Greg Norton says:

    The embedded video in this tweet from the Japanese navay is scary and cool at the same time.

    https://twitter.com/jmsdf_pao_eng/status/1445233362881310721?s=20

    Our Wally at the last job somehow managed to spend a significant chunk of time working in Fort Worth on the F35.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    The embedded video in this tweet from the Japanese navay is scary and cool at the same time.

    Ack! *Navy*.

  11. DadCooks says:

    WRT UPSs:
    Replacing the batteries often doesn't work because the electronics inside the UPS have been worn out. Unless you spend the big bucks and buy Industrial Grade UPSs, the electronics will wear out before the batteries. If you are hit with many repeated total power outages and, even worse, many rapid power cycles, the electronics will wear out even faster.

    Cooler weather has arrived in SE WA State.

    I turned the heat pump controls to automatically heat when it gets cool in the evening and night and then cool during the warm day.

    My Winter Barometer is squirrel tails. The plumper and fluffier their tails, the colder and more snow. Right now, they indicate a typical Winter.

    We had an emergency with one of our cats, MeeToo, early Tuesday morning. Our Vet had us bring MeeToo right in. As the situation with MeeToo was complicated, our Vet consulted on the cat's X-rays and symptoms with the Veterinary School at Washington State University (she is also a Fellow there). After a day of procedures and IVs, MeeToo was stabilized enough that we could bring her home and take over her semi-intensive care late on Wednesday afternoon, an every 2-hour regime. This morning MeeToo is a bit better, so we are optimistic about a good outcome but a bit tired.

    Is the frog about to boil? Are you prepared? Do you know how to use all that food and stuff you have been gathering?

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  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    @dadcooks,   Glad the kitty is doing better.

    We dropped our pup at the sitter's house.  I've got my carryon packed but still doing laundry for my big bag.

    Running out of clock…

    n

  13. Alan says:

    >> @lynn, I'd just leave them by the curb on trash day if you have scrappers come by your house. The battery and a giant transformer are both recyclable.

    I guess it's the changing times but now days most anything is of some value to someone and doesn't last more than a couple of days at the curb before it's gone. And no need even to post it on CL or ND, which avoids the inevitable "Is it still available" emails, even though my posts said "If the ad is still up then it's still there." 

  14. MrAtoz says:

    The *Clown* Administration:

    Jen Psaki explains that *of course* the Biden admin would love to keep gas prices low, but it’s just this damn ‘climate crisis,’ you see [video]

    Admitting up front "gas for me, not for thee". Good luck with getting a Tesla when there is no more gas.

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  15. Greg Norton says:

    Admitting up front "gas for me, not for thee". Good luck with getting a Tesla when there is no more gas.

    No gas, no Tesla deliveries.

    Austin has quite a bubble thing developing like San Francisco and DC, but no gas means 6th Street runs dry after one UT home game weekend. Even the Dems knew better than to mess with 6th Street during football season last year.

    And no deliveries of Pappy Reserve for deal closing shots? The tech economy will surely crash!

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  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hey greg, that bash line you gave me fails with

    Bash syntax error  Unexpected token, '('

    the line was

    $ while ((1)); do timeout 23.98h dotnet agent.dll

    What am I missing?

    n

  17. lynn says:

    So how does one dispose of an old UPS ?
     

    I remove the batteries and take them to batteries plus. I then toss the ups in the trash. Of course mine are not large ups'.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you !  I have a Batteries Plus about three miles away from the house, five miles away from the office.  And they take fluorescents also, I have about thirty of the four footers in the office equipment room in a corner.

         https://www.batteriesplus.com/t/recycling

    I will take a couple of UPS batteries there and see what they do.  I had no idea that they did this.  One of my cousins owned a Batteries Plus in Fort Worth, TX before he passed a decade ago at the age of 45 (cancer), but I never visited his store.

  18. lynn says:

    OK, I have a crazy hypothesis.  What if China's current animosity towards Taiwan is a head fake ?  What if China is pretending to attack Taiwan but goes after Australia instead ?

    I watched a movie on Amazon Prime last night called "Tomorrow, When The War Begins" from a young adult series of the same name.  In it, an Asian nation surprise attacks Australia, taking over the airports first, and then the shipping cargo ports.  Australia is a nation of overflowing natural resources.  Coal, crude oil, natural gas, rare minerals. Just what a growing Asian nation needs.

       https://www.amazon.com/Tomorrow-When-Began-Caitlin-Stasey/dp/B007CUPKBA/p?tag=ttgnet-20

    and

       https://www.amazon.com/Tomorrow-When-War-Began/dp/0439829100/p?tag=ttgnet-20

  19. lynn says:

    "A.F. Branco Cartoon – Hidden Treasure"

          https://comicallyincorrect.com/a-f-branco-cartoon-hidden-treasure/

    Warning, eye blindness ahead.  And I feel new taxes coming my way, to the middle class. 

  20. lynn says:

    "Reconciliation Will Happen, Just Not Now" By Erick Erickson

        https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/10/21/reconciliation-will-happen-just-not-now

    "Pity progressives. In 2018, a progressive wave swept into Congress led by the so-called Squad. They have never known what it is like to be in the minority. They are surrounded by a young, left-leaning press and celebrity bubble that tells them they are not only right, but in the majority. They now have sympathetic Democrats in charge of the House, the Senate and the presidency. They decided to go for broke.”

    “The result? The For the People Act died in the Senate. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act died in the Senate. Amnesty died in the Senate. Corporate tax increases died in the Senate. The Equality Act died in the Senate. Filibuster reform died in the Senate. The Green New Deal died in the Senate. Reconciliation died in the Senate. Now the progressives will kill the bipartisan infrastructure plan, which included some of what they wanted, because it is not enough. They will take no wins unless they can have all the wins. Zealots always prefer to live in hell if they can't get Heaven exactly as they want it."

    I feel a tax increase coming my way, to the middle class.

  21. Alan says:

    >> It’s also weird how many people are getting started on Halloween early this year.

    Driven by the big box stores starting earlier and earlier. HD near me is already fully stocked for Christmas plus still displaying some of the giant 'lawn art' including a huge pirate ship. Lowe's is lagging behind, still clearing out the gardening stuff from the indoor seasonal area. 

  22. Greg Norton says:

    Hey greg, that bash line you gave me fails with

    Bash syntax error Unexpected token, ‘(‘

    the line was

    $ while ((1)); do timeout 23.98h dotnet agent.dll

    What am I missing?

    Delayed due to Internal Server Error …

    Does ‘echo $SHELL’ at the command line give you /bin/bash?

    Aw, cr*p, the done is missing:

    $ while ((1)); do timeout 23.98h dotnet agent.dll; done

    (Dont type the ‘$’. Semicolons, not colons)

    If bash still complains about the parenthesis, make sure there are two ‘(‘ before the ‘1’ and two ‘)’ after.

    Otherwise skip the parens:

    $ while true; do timeout 23.98h dotnet agent.dll; done

    That would be odd if bash didn’t like the parens. I’ll fire up Mint 19.

    Shell scripts are not as universal as implied. Bash beats the old days where you had the proprietary Korn shell in SVR4 (AT&T Unix) vs Bourne shell on Sun and BSD variants, but Perl, Python, and various Hot Skillz languages are the preference for determinism (programs run the same way on every machine).

    UPDATE: I verified that the default $SHELL in Mint 19 is /bin/bash.

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  23. Greg Norton says:

    "Pity progressives. In 2018, a progressive wave swept into Congress led by the so-called Squad. They have never known what it is like to be in the minority. They are surrounded by a young, left-leaning press and celebrity bubble that tells them they are not only right, but in the majority. They now have sympathetic Democrats in charge of the House, the Senate and the presidency. They decided to go for broke.”

    Powerful men in politics and the media wanted to have sex with members of The Squad so their crazy was humored. Biology, as our late host was fond of pointing out when similar situations came up in the past.

    Now, The Squad is learning another lesson in Biology as they all advance into their 30s and fewer men want to have sex with them.

    Some guys like “crazy” and pursue it at all costs. That kink cost my father-in-law his life when crazy literally strangled him. One day I’ll have to type up that story, probably as part of a book.

    My former management also liked crazy, but they were on megadoses of either Aderall or T-therapy if my wife’s guesses are correct.

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  24. nick flandrey says:

    Ok THANK YOU GREG

    it started the agent.dll and it's running now.   Worst case it runs 20h and stops, best case it restarts and I'm good.

    THanks!

    n

    and now I'm off to the air port

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  25. lynn says:

    So how does one dispose of an old UPS ?
     

    I remove the batteries and take them to batteries plus. I then toss the ups in the trash. Of course mine are not large ups'.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you !  I have a Batteries Plus about three miles away from the house, five miles away from the office.  And they take fluorescents also, I have about thirty of the four footers in the office equipment room in a corner.

         https://www.batteriesplus.com/t/recycling

    I will take a couple of UPS batteries there and see what they do.  I had no idea that they did this.  One of my cousins owned a Batteries Plus in Fort Worth, TX before he passed a decade ago at the age of 45 (cancer), but I never visited his store.

    I took a 1,500 VA UPS battery there and they took it ! ! ! !!  The guy actually wants the entire UPS so he can see if the electronics are still good and just replace the battery.

    They will take my four foot fluorescents for $1.00 each. 

     

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  26. lynn says:

    Admitting up front "gas for me, not for thee". Good luck with getting a Tesla when there is no more gas.

    No gas, no Tesla deliveries.

    Austin has quite a bubble thing developing like San Francisco and DC, but no gas means 6th Street runs dry after one UT home game weekend. Even the Dems knew better than to mess with 6th Street during football season last year.

    And no deliveries of Pappy Reserve for deal closing shots? The tech economy will surely crash!

    Manchin and Sinema know.  The rest of the dumbrocrats are freaking crazy and want to hurt the rest of us.  Something is really mentally wrong with these people, they are out to cut the legs off the USA.

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  27. Greg Norton says:

    Ok THANK YOU GREG

    it started the agent.dll and it's running now.   Worst case it runs 20h and stops, best case it restarts and I'm good.

    Wash the missing "done" was the problem or the parenthesis?

  28. Greg Norton says:

    The Mint released uncirculated one ounce Gold Eagles today. Amazingly, there are a few left for any of you who like to admire the brilliance of the metal in the sunlight and take the coins fishing, where they get lost every time due to your carelessness.

    https://catalog.usmint.gov/american-eagle-2021-one-ounce-gold-uncirculated-coin-21EHN.html?cgid=gold-coins

    That's quite a divergence from the offical ounce price of gold, but the inflation is only transitory, right?

    OTOH, last year’s release to consumers sold out within 10 minutes so maybe the economy isn’t so hosed … yet.

    Again, guaranteed physical delivery within a week or less, depending on how much you want to pay in shipping.

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  29. Greg Norton says:

    Manchin and Sinema know.  The rest of the dumbrocrats are freaking crazy and want to hurt the rest of us.  Something is really mentally wrong with these people, they are out to cut the legs off the USA.

    No gas, no beer deliveries in Arizona. If the McCains don't take back "The Maverick's" seat next year, Sinema is up in 2024.

    I doubt Sinema would even sit in that seat if the McCains hadn’t decided to teach the Governor a lesson on who really runs things in Arizona after he passed on immediately appointing Cindy McCain to the senate when her husband passed.

    Ducey is a former Hensley employee! The nerve of that man!

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  30. MrAtoz says:

    Absolute tyranny:

    Google and YouTube will prohibit ‘climate deniers’ from monetizing their content

    Craziness. My favorite comment: Youtube is changing their name to Gretatube. This nonsense will never end until Youtube is know as DumbocratTube.

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  31. Greg Norton says:

    Wash the missing "done" was the problem or the parenthesis?

    Ack! I meant to type "Was".

    My posts are not stellar today. Too many distractions.

    Among other activities, I’m giving some more time to a place that passed on me after a job-related discussion a few months ago. It is a different division of the large organization, but I’ll only do it so many times with a given corporate entity before I stop taking the emails for a while so they’re not just notching “Interviewed 50 year old white guy” on their EEOC paperwork.

  32. paul says:

    Ok…. I have a 24" monitor running at 1920×1200.  The Firefox window is full height (less task bar) and 11 and 1 quarter inches wide.

    This site has a one inch margin of white space on the left.  ALL of the stuff that use to be the right side is at the bottom of the page.

    If I widen the window to 13.5 inches right side stuff is on the right.  The left margin stays about the same.  Even at full screen, the left margin is huge.  The right margin is about a quarter inch.

    Ctrl + and – to change font size does nothing to page layout.  Neither does the font size feature at the top of the page.

    I looks like something is shoving everything to the right.  CSS does weird cascading things…. 

    It looks to me like something is saying min-width = X but I have not the skill to find that setting.

    Ok, done complaining. 🙂 

    Site looks nice.  It's just screwy on my PC.

  33. Paul+Hampson says:

    >> It’s also weird how many people are getting started on Halloween early this year.

    Even our Christmas cactus is jumping on the bandwagon, in full bloom already.

  34. RickH says:

    @paul:  The white space on the left side is by design (I did it on purpose). If the content was wider, it would be harder to read. The left margin value is to keep the main content from being too wide. And to allow the right 'sidebar' area to be wide enough.

    On smaller screens, keeping the sidebar on the side would make the main content too narrow – maybe 2-4 words wide. Not very readable. So the CSS uses media queries based on the width of the 'viewport' (screen width) to push the sidebar down under the main content area, thereby giving more width to the main content on smaller screens.

    The media query used is a standard value:

    media screen and (max-width: 980px)

    So if a viewport is narrower than 980px (most screens are smaller – unless in landscape mode; most tablets are wider than that), the sidebar content is moved underneath.

    Theoretically this statement should not affect a giant screen like yours, which is 1920px wide (I think). So I don't know why that is happening. Could be something in your browser or monitor settings, maybe.

    So, I am claiming the "Bart Simpson" defense: "I didn't do it, nobody saw me, you can't prove it, it was like that when I got here."

     

  35. RickH says:

    @paul: as for the font size buttons not working; those are done with some javascript code working on the "Dom" document object.

    If you have disabled javascript, or are blocking it with an ad blocker, then the buttons won't do anything.

  36. Ray Thompson says:

    they’re not just notching “Interviewed 50 year old white guy”

    You certain about that? Have they ever seen you in person? If not, maybe they are notching 50 year old black Hispanic transgender bisexual handicapped female. That would tick a lot of the diversity boxes.

    So if a viewport is narrower than 980px (most tablets are wider than that), the sidebar content is moved underneath

    On my iPad the sidebar is ALWAYS pushed to the bottom. There is nothing on the right. And based on what I have read about pixels on an iPad in landscape mode there are 1024 pixels. I am using Safari and I would not be so certain that Apple is not pulling some sneaky tricks in their browser.

    Not a complaint, just an observation. I used to write web based applications and the problems of dealing with different browser interpretations led me down a path of minimizing CSS and Javascript. I let code on the server do most of the heavy lifting. CSS can be powerful, but it is also fickle. With server code I could make a lot more decisions when rendering the HTML. Even then I had to be careful with different browsers.

    For the WEB to be a standard, well, it seems to have a lot of different standards.

  37. RickH says:

    @ray: if you do a bit of searching on 'breakpoints' relating to the best values to use for different devices, you will get many different answers.

    As for standards: "The great thing about standards is there are so many of them."

  38. Ray Thompson says:

    if you do a bit of searching on 'breakpoints' relating to the best values to use for different devices, you will get many different answers.

    And depending on the end-user, none of the values are correct. I used to get many complaints about rendering pages of differing sizes. I finally put my foot down and said there will be no support for mobile devices, period. The system is an application and is designed to be used at a desk using a desktop system. Suck it up dust bunnies. Phones not allowed or supported.

    I even had to take steps to stop users from bookmarking pages within the application. I had to change the system so that regardless of where the user was in the application the URL never changed in the address bar.

    Since there was a lot data submitted back to the server I had to add code to eliminate all HTML tags. SQL injection had a double layer of protection both in the application code and the SQL code passed to the database engine.

    The applications were used by college students, generally the top of their class (I worked for an engineering honor society) so I was bombarded by some clever attempts to get the code to fail. Add in that the network was shared by the university there was also the external attacks by other students.

    The university had some really HUGE network pipes, multiples, redundant, expensive, straight shots to AT&T and other providers in Atlanta.

  39. RickH says:

    @paul / @ray

    More regarding 'breakpoints' for different screen devices. This answer on StackOverflow (recent) https://stackoverflow.com/a/62882955/1466973 : (The question is above the answer referenced with the link; it contains additional interesting info)

    Because of your client's device pixel ratio, website is probably serving an unexpected responsive version to their screen "real" width.

    For example: assuming you're using breakpoints like Bootstrap's ones, if their monitor has a resolution width of 1200px (extra large device) but scaling is set to 125%, browser will zoom everything out to 80% and make website serves the version corresponding to a screen width of 960px (large device).

    (See this site to test "true" and adjusted sizes to a monitor.)

    (Plus more geeky stuff.)

  40. lynn says:

    I am getting emails and texts every week from my Ford dealer to buy back my 2019 F-150 4×4.  The promises are amazing. 
    The desire is none whatsoever.  I am not going back to the garage queen, our 2005 Honda Civic EX SE Coupe.  It is a fun drive for about ten miles then the buzzy engine and shifting the five speed around gets old in a hurry.

    The Civic is probably good for 500,000 miles if it doesn't have a turbo. Where was it made?

    Honda automatic transmissions of that era are a dice roll, but you don't have any exposure there.

    I get a call or a letter every week from the dealer regarding my 2018 Camry, but my guess is that they are looking to buy the car to resolve potential lemon law situations with customers over various issues with that year, starting with engine bore.

    I have already replaced the head gasket in the engine and the bearings in the transmission at 90,000 miles.  It is the 1.8L or the 1.9L with 11:1 or 11.5:1 compression.  If you take it to the 7,000 rpm redline like the wife did frequently, you will pay for it.  It is bright red with spoilers and mag wheels, you gotta drive it like you stole it.

  41. Greg Norton says:

    'they’re not just notching “Interviewed 50 year old white guy”'

    You certain about that? Have they ever seen you in person? If not, maybe they are notching 50 year old black Hispanic transgender bisexual handicapped female. That would tick a lot of the diversity boxes.

    I click "Decline to provide" filling out online applications when it comes to race, but I'm honest about Veteran status and gender.

  42. lynn says:

    So how does one dispose of an old UPS ?

    You can take it to Fort Bend County Recycling. They will charge you $1-5 for each "electronic" item. 

    The last time I took an electronic item to them, they limited me to one item.  At that point, I lose my interest.  They also limit me to one four foot florescent light bulbs.  All because I am a business, not residential.

     

  43. lynn says:

    "China Invents Carbon-Neutral Oil!"

          https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/10/07/china-invents-carbon-neutral-oil/

    "SINGAPORE: China‘s refining giant Sinopec Corp said on Wednesday it has jointly certified the country’s first carbon-neutral crude oil cargo with shipping giant Cosco Shipping and China Eastern Airlines .
    The 30,000-tonne cargo was produced by Sinopec in Angola and shipped by Cosco Shipping to an east China-based Sinopec refinery for processing, Sinopec said.
    To offset the carbon dioxide produced during the process from crude production to shipping to consumption by vehicles and airplanes, the three state firms bought Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions credits.”

    “These credits that will go to investing in carbon-reducing projects such as tree planting, solar, wind and biomass power generation in China."

    You have got to be kidding me.  First off, crude oil is approximately 75% carbon, 25% hydrogen plus any silica and hydrogen sulfide.  Next, they are saying trust us, we will plant trees.  Yeah right, pull the other leg, it has a bell on it.

  44. lynn says:

    "Tesla moves headquarters from California to Texas"

        https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/07/tesla-moves-its-headquarters-from-california-to-texas.html

    "Tesla is moving its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas, CEO Elon Musk announced at the company’s shareholder meeting on Thursday.”

    “The meeting took place at Tesla’s vehicle assembly plant under construction outside of Austin on a property that borders the Colorado River, near the city’s airport."

    “Tesla’s board granted Musk an executive compensation package that can earn him massive stock awards based on the automaker’s market cap increases and some other financial targets. If he sells options set to expire in 2021, he could generate proceeds of more than $20 billion this year, according to InsiderScore.”

    I bet nobody saw that coming, not. I’ll also bet that California comes after him for the tax money.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  45. lynn says:

    OK, with the pasting of embedded URLS, one needs to be careful of passing the three URL limit accidently.  That is why my last two comments are in moderation.

  46. Greg Norton says:

    Please, for the love of God, don't even *think* about Austin.

    https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2021/10/amazon-leaving-seattle.html

  47. ~jim says:

    All because I am a business, not residential.

    So lie. Problem solved!

    Does the Civic have VTEC? Nice car even if it looks like a ricemobile. Oh wait, I think it should be blue. Hey Greg, where are you? 

  48. lynn says:

    Please, for the love of God, don't even *think* about Austin.

    https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2021/10/amazon-leaving-seattle.html

    Of course it is Austin.  I am stuck in moderation or you would have seen the following.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/07/tesla-moves-its-headquarters-from-california-to-texas.html

    "Tesla is moving its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas, CEO Elon Musk announced at the company’s shareholder meeting on Thursday.”

    But Tesla is not moving the Fremont plant. It is all about taxes, Tesla is paying Musk a $20 billion bonus in 2022 and he does not want to pay taxes to California.

    Note to self: tell BOD that I need a $20 billion bonus in 2022. Shoot, I would even take a $20 million bonus in 2022. Shoot, I would even take a $20,000 bonus in 2022.

  49. lynn says:

    Guess what Disney+ is showing today without a extra $30 charged to your card ?  Yup, Black Widow joins the Disney+ stable today.  Watching it now.

  50. Greg Norton says:

    But Tesla is not moving the Fremont plant. It is all about taxes, Tesla is paying Musk a $20 billion bonus in 2022 and he does not want to pay taxes to California.

    The locals actually know how to put cars together in Fremont.

    Standards have slipped a *lot* since Toyota left, but the skills are still around in the community.

  51. Rick H says:

    Actually, the URL limit count was changed to 7  a while back. And I released those moderated comments.

    WP is supposed to alert me when comments are modified, but that doesn't always work.

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  52. Marcelo says:

    For the people upgrading or building systems and will be using Intel CPUs it may be really worthwhile going for Alder Lake.

    https://www.neowin.net/news/alder-lake-s-could-be-quite-potent-with-last-gen-ddr4-too-suggests-benchmark-leak/

    I am waiting for Asus ROG with Alder Lake + Win11. Laptop, not desktop.

  53. Marcelo says:

    For things related to upgrading to Win11:

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/10/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-11-whether-your-pc-is-supported-or-not/

    Comprehensive and there is a promted comment regarding keys:

     I have access to the Visual Studio subscription portal, where you can pull Microsoft software and product keys. The pools that it offers me for Windows 11 keys and Windows 10 keys are the same. I get the same keys for both. I think that Microsoft isn't changing the product key structure at all for Windows 11 … Windows 10 and Windows 11 keys are the same thing to them.

    (I do get separate key pools for each of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1… and those can all be used to activate corresponding versions of Windows 10/11 as well.)

     

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  54. lynn says:

    Comprehensive and there is a promted comment regarding keys:

     I have access to the Visual Studio subscription portal, where you can pull Microsoft software and product keys. The pools that it offers me for Windows 11 keys and Windows 10 keys are the same. I get the same keys for both. I think that Microsoft isn't changing the product key structure at all for Windows 11 … Windows 10 and Windows 11 keys are the same thing to them.

    (I do get separate key pools for each of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1… and those can all be used to activate corresponding versions of Windows 10/11 as well.)

    My Windows 7 Pro x64 keys work on Windows 10 Pro x64.  I own about a dozen of them. But I bought a half dozen Windows 10 Pro x64 keys to be legal since we are a business.

  55. Alan says:

    >> I click "Decline to provide" filling out online applications when it comes to race, but I'm honest about Veteran status and gender.

    It's such fun to work in HR these days… 

  56. Nick Flandrey says:

    Arrived.  Long story.

    Comments from phone, issues.  No select all option.  Edit selection not working correctly.

    Got 500 error.

    Going to bed

    N

  57. lynn says:

    All because I am a business, not residential.

    So lie. Problem solved!

    Does the Civic have VTEC? Nice car even if it looks like a ricemobile. Oh wait, I think it should be blue. Hey Greg, where are you? 

    Nope, not me.  I may stretch the truth but I won't lie.  Plus, I need to dump a bunch of equipment, they noticed before and called me on it.

    Yes, the Honda Civix EX SE is a VTEC.  It looks like this, except is a five speed, we bought it new in 2005.  Cheap little car that is fun to drive and gets 28 / 35 mpg in real life.  And goes zero to 60 mph in 6 seconds.  I was really unhappy when it blew the head gasket, that was an expensive fix.

        https://www.pennysaverusa.com/cars-vehicles/cars-trucks-suvs-for-sale/honda/civic/2005-honda-civic-ex-special-edition_i14990183

  58. Jenny says:

    Friends I cannot begin to describe the glorious chaos at the Assembly Chambers in Anchorage tonight. they're calling us "The People's Filibuster".

    Our local conservative online paper has the best write up. We sang the National Anthem and other USA songs whenever a testifier didn't use their full three minutes. This was in response to the Assembly chair stripping the right of members to ask questions of testifier. The Mayor kicked out the private security for kicking out boisterous public. The gavel was banged many many times. 
     

    The sneeze shield, loathed by all, was bodily carried off in the middle of testimony. 
     

    Unbelievable night and we are at it again at 3 pm. 
     

    Anchorage finally woke up. I hope it isn't too late. 
     

    https://mustreadalaska.com/watch-anchorage-assembly-chair-lafrance-tries-to-stop-peoples-filibuster-but-draws-chaos-as-mayor-directs-removal-of-plexiglas/

  59. brad says:

    Feds Secretly Ordered Google To Identify Anyone Searching Certain Information

    Yes, definitely fishing. Also: what's with the ever increasing number of secret court orders?

    Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that Google stores searches, matched to your identity, for an indefinite period of time. No possibility of abuse there, none… /s

    Use DuckDuckGo, or some other privacy-oriented search engine. The results will be less tailored to you (because they don't track who you are), but they are nonetheless entirely usable.

    Aides Quickly Drag President Away As He Tries To Join In ‘F*** Joe Biden’ Chant

    I ran across this headline the other day. It seemed entirely believable, which is a pretty sad statement. I didn't notice at first that it was from the Babylon Bee.

    Windows 11 – AMD bug

    So, Windows 11 doesn't work all that well on AMD. Patch promised. What a coincidence! I wonder what Intel paid MS to introduce that bug…

    Anchorage finally woke up. I hope it isn't too late. 

    @Jenny: Congratulations! Keep up the good work!
     

  60. MrAtoz says:

    LOL, that is wild and wooly, Ms. Jenny. I noticed the ill fitted masks the Council were wearing. Practical useless. They are contributing to a super spreader event. LOL!

  61. Jenny says:

    @MrAtoz

    The masks are politicized in Anchorage. A number of people said in their testimony that they vehemently opposed the government overreach making the masks law. Opposed the fines ($300-$600 per instance for the individual and more for businesses), and the proposed snitch lines to report your neighbor. Then they said they preferred to wear masks in settings like the chambers but felt the Assembly (not their fellow citizens) had made it impossible to do so. 
     

    Many drew comparisons to the oppressive steps leading to the slaughter of Jews. To what is currently happening in Australia. 
     

    It's spicy. 

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