Fri. Oct. 22, 2021 – no particular insights

Cooler, overcast, some chance of rain. Houston is in a very small “thunderstorms possible” area on the national map today and tomorrow, so someone will probably get rained on. I covered the stuff in the bed of my pickup overnight in case we got some showers.

Spent most of yesterday driving around and picking stuff up. One auction I got some radio stuff. One I got some more hand sanitizer. Two cases for $5/. It’s alcohol and water with a bit of hydrogen peroxide in a spritz bottle. Very light and clean, no sticky. I use it to clean all kinds of things. It’s my favorite for cleaning my hands when I get back in the truck. Does great on my desk and other surfaces, and it’s cheap because people are ‘over it’.

That’s why fugitives get caught, it’s why people leave school without a degree, it’s why they quit going to the gym by February… I’m not good at following through with some things, but there are others where I can “just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” for as long as needed. Whatever is coming is likely to be long and you’ll need to keep doing the right thing for a long time. It gets repetitive to keep hammering away at prepping, but – I think the need is great, and it bears repeating.

There are a lot of similar voices out there in the blogosphere all of a sudden. I even sometimes see my own words coming around, and I wonder if they are mine or the person got there the same way I did, and it just took a bit longer. No matter, as long as the message gets out. It’s frustrating when I can’t remember where I wrote something, only that I did.

Was it Cliff Stoltz that envisioned your computer keeping track of everything you did in a ‘lifestream’ that you could later move back and forth in? That would be handy for some stuff, that’s for sure. It would allow me to collect some of the stuff I’ve scattered around in various places recently and put it together into some sweet recycled ‘content’ with minimal additional effort πŸ™‚ Maybe I need a keylogger. If there was one smart enough to group and stamp stuff that 99% of the time I don’t ever look at again, but could highlight it when I eventually search for it, I might be tempted. Or I guess I could ask the NSA.

If I could find it all, I’d collect what I’ve written about living in the secondary market, practicing for it, and how that’s all relevant to the coming unpleasantness. I’d collect what I’ve written recently about shortages and logistics too. Lot’s of people having those discussions in different places and my [meager] contributions are scattered around. IP is best when you can re-use it πŸ™‚

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Anyway, today is a couple more pickups, radio stuff and household buys, then school activities until late. I’ve realized that I buy very little outside of food in traditional retail settings anymore. It gives one a very different perspective on what stuff ‘should’ cost when you see it selling for 1/3 or 1/2 of retail all the time. Now if I could do that with food too…

Then I could REALLY stack it high πŸ˜‰

nick

99 Comments and discussion on "Fri. Oct. 22, 2021 – no particular insights"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    69F and 99%RH this morning.  Not actually raining, if I can trust my eyes.

    Rick may be doing additional tweaking to "look and feel" elements of the site today, so don't freak out if things change a bit.   Should be subtle.  Shouldn't break anything that is working.

    Anyone got any expertise with antique chinese calligraphy brushes?  I picked up one with what looks like a carved bone or ivory handle.  May be white plastic, but I don't think so.  not sure how to tell.  At least the part holding the bristles has a bit of 'grain' or pores, the rest is carved or incised with a basket weave pattern.  It's 1 inch in diameter, and about a foot long.  Interesting piece.

    n

    added- under the magnifier, it might not be old, and it’s probably plastic. The holes are very uniform and the carving looks like it was done with a spinning disk, ie. angle grinder.

  2. ITGuy1998 says:

    Yesterday was one of those long, frustrating, and ultimately productive days. I've been having an issue getting our Cisco switches at work to authenticate user accounts via a radius server. I've done it before, but it had been a few years. After not having any success, I dedicated yesterday to the task, as I was teleworking and I have a test setup here. Almost 7 hours later, I had it working. I've noticed this before, but never openly thought about it. There is a TON of plagiarism on the net. We all know it it, but when you really look, its even worse. Site after site had detailed instructions on how to connect a Cisco device to a windows radius server. All of them have the exact same steps, and none of them work. Even the screen shots are the same. To be fair, I did find some site with a different look, slightly different images, but still the same broken steps. Ultimately, they were all missing a critical setting that I only figured out buy looking at the Cisco's logs, figuring out it was on the windows side, and ultimately finding that ONE missing setting that wasn't configured. Today will be prepping configs to implement this Saturday morning. I'm also building a document so I can do this in the future a little quicker.

    And btw, I have this posted on a board in our server room…

    https://www.cardcow.com/912278/cavemen-with-dead-mammoth-maybe-we-should-write-that-spot-down-gary-larson-far-side/

     

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    There is a TON of plagiarism on the net. We all know it it, but when you really look, its even worse. Site after site had detailed instructions on how to connect a Cisco device to a windows radius server.

    What? Cisco's own documentation isn't helpful? Plagiarism? I'm shocked! Shocked!

    Lots of questionably qualified long time Cisco employees have spread out across the labor force since the company started canning people en masse about a decade ago. I worked with two at the last job. Great looking resumes. Grad degrees. HR always foaming at the mouth to hand them "Senior Engineer" titles or management positions. One even worked for the NSA early in his career.

    Completely barking useless in getting anything done in practical terms, including configuring Cisco equipment!

    Management hired one guy for my group making about $60k more than I took home along with a higher title after another Austin company paid for his relocation, set him up in a C-suite, job, and subsequently fired him after a month.

    I’ll never forget the line in the guy’s blog that I read prepping to do the interview, talking about how he had “supped” at a fancy Austin restaurant the night before. That word alone should have disqualified him IMHO.

    Yes, he’s still there.

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    Anyone got any expertise with antique chinese calligraphy brushes?  I picked up one with what looks like a carved bone or ivory handle.  May be white plastic, but I don't think so.  not sure how to tell.  At least the part holding the bristles has a bit of 'grain' or pores, the rest is carved or incised with a basket weave pattern.  It's 1 inch in diameter, and about a foot long.  Interesting piece.

    No, but Houston probably has someone who could provide an expert opinion. The (useless) Number One Son we hired at the last job worked for NASA through KBR and grew up there, and I saw a lot of Chinese resumes from that part of Texas when Exxon started doing their big outsource push in 2018.

    Look on a Google map around the big 99 Ranch for an Asian antiques dealer. Or if someone is in the H-Mart there.

    If the calligraphy brush might be of Japanese origin, I wouldn’t disregard it as modern just because of the precision of the milling.

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  5. MrAtoz says:

    ALEC Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a crew member on set of his new movie, Rust

    Mr. Nick, any ideas on this from your theater experience? The round went through two people. That indicates to me it was real. Can a prop gun even take real ammo?

  6. drwilliams says:

    There’s no reliable report about what happened on the set of Rust. 

    It was reported that the second person was released from hospital this morning. 

    I can’t recall a similar disaster since Vic Damone died with the underage actors in a helicopter crash during night filming. 

  7. MrAtoz says:

    Vic Morrow. COMBAT!

  8. Greg Norton says:

    I can’t recall a similar disaster since Vic Damone died with the underage actors in a helicopter crash during night filming. 

    Vic Morrow, filming John Landis' segment for the "Twilight Zone" movie back in the 80s.

    Landis' was never allowed to make spectacles on the level of "The Blues Brothers" or "Animal House" again. His career sputtered out after the early 90s.

    I can't imagine the chase scenes in "The Blues Brothers" being filmed today around Chicago, and even back then Eugene, OR would not issue the permit for the "Animal House" parade sequence to film in town so the shooting moved to Cottage Grove, 30 miles to the south.

    If I had to guess, Alec Baldwin was doing something stupid with the prop gun.

  9. Mark W says:

    The universal use of "prop gun" in the media is interesting. If it fired a live round, it was a real gun being used as a prop. Significant difference.

    If he fired twice to hit two people that's murder. If it was one unlucky shot that hit 2 people, I don't know the legalities but he should be in jail for sheer stupidity, especially with his track record of criticizing gun owners. 

  10. brad says:

    Shouldn't break anything that is working.

    This is IT stuff we're talking about. I expect Facebook will be going down again momentarily πŸ™‚

    There is a TON of plagiarism on the net. We all know it it, but when you really look, its even worse. Site after site had detailed instructions on how to connect a Cisco device to a windows radius server. All of them have the exact same steps, and none of them work.

    I've seen this, but I honestly don't understand at all. Why should one site blindly copy some obscure technical suggestion from some other site? Often, the information is outdated or inaccurate. Likely what you encountered – the way you hooked up to a Radius server was probably different 10 years ago.

    All I can figure is that it is some sort of SEO scam: a way to get buzzwords onto your site without effort.

    Great looking resumes. Grad degrees. HR always foaming at the mouth to hand them "Senior Engineer" titles or management positions.

    Passing cert exams isn't a bad thing, but it doesn't indicate any actual competence. Graduate degrees are – by many schools – handed out to anyone willing to pay. That's one of the reasons I refuse to get involved in the masters programs at my school: the academic standards are nonexistent. Gotta keep those student numbers up.

    If I had to guess, Alec Baldwin was doing something stupid with the prop gun.

    Oh, definitely. He pulled the trigger, while the gun was pointing at another person. However it happened, that is stupid. An actor working with guns should follow the same firearm precautions as anyone else.

    But that is only the last failure in a long chain. There should never have been live ammo anywhere around the set. Someone put at least one round of that live ammo into the gun. And probably more failures as well…

  11. ~jim says:

    That word [supped] alone should have disqualified him IMHO

    I did a double-take when I saw "effectuate" yesterday. Christ on a crutch. 

  12. Greg Norton says:

    Passing cert exams isn't a bad thing, but it doesn't indicate any actual competence. Graduate degrees are – by many schools – handed out to anyone willing to pay. That's one of the reasons I refuse to get involved in the masters programs at my school: the academic standards are nonexistent. Gotta keep those student numbers up.

    I'm talking about actual Cisco employees. I doubt they had certifications since that would have been on the resume, and I don’t recall seeing any.

    I've posted many times about my Masters program being a L1 Visa (US) Diploma Mill for 50 Subcontinent "students" annually. I did it because I got too many questions about not finishing the degree in WA State, and I got two years of resume entry working for the department doing teaching and light admin.

    Most state schools in the US have a non-thesis Masters program in CS similar to what my school ran. At least we didn’t run the program “Professional Development”, with non-existent academic standards like many do.

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  13. Mark W says:

    Cisco's own documentation isn't helpful?

    This is why good network engineers get paid well, for their experience of the actual capabilities of the product.

    There's one particular feature that I've worked with in a high-end Cisco product that the documentation implies is not present, and never actually says that the feature is either missing or present, but in reality the feature exists. It's an important detail because it completely changes an aspect of network design and knowing the situation exactly makes a difference.

    Some days my job is decoding Cisco docs into reality.

     

  14. lynn says:

    Anyone got any expertise with antique chinese calligraphy brushes?  I picked up one with what looks like a carved bone or ivory handle.  May be white plastic, but I don't think so.  not sure how to tell.  At least the part holding the bristles has a bit of 'grain' or pores, the rest is carved or incised with a basket weave pattern.  It's 1 inch in diameter, and about a foot long.  Interesting piece.

    My engineering professor grandfather did calligraphy with a large set of brass metal writing rods.  He made invitations, etc., freehand with those.  Beautiful.  Nothing in his set was not brass metal.  Of course, he taught drafting at TAMU for 30+ years and used to freehand a lot of stuff.

  15. lynn says:

    I've noticed this before, but never openly thought about it. There is a TON of plagiarism on the net. We all know it it, but when you really look, its even worse. Site after site had detailed instructions on how to connect a Cisco device to a windows radius server. All of them have the exact same steps, and none of them work. Even the screen shots are the same. To be fair, I did find some site with a different look, slightly different images, but still the same broken steps. Ultimately, they were all missing a critical setting that I only figured out buy looking at the Cisco's logs, figuring out it was on the windows side, and ultimately finding that ONE missing setting that wasn't configured.

    People started out screaming for content and still do.  Of course, they just say that they are trying to be helpful.  And, there is the "information just wants to be free" crowd.  They steal my content and my software.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    There's one particular feature that I've worked with in a high-end Cisco product that the documentation implies is not present, and never actually says that the feature is either missing or present, but in reality the feature exists. It's an important detail because it completely changes an aspect of network design and knowing the situation exactly makes a difference.

    Go back 10 years, and LZS compression for IPComp might be available in the configuration settings for a Cisco VPN switch, but documentation won't mention it because the company muffed the ASIC that implemented the compression algorithm.

    The irony is that LZS is (was?) licensed. Cisco paid to have the algorithm and blew the implementation.

    Things are much worse, however, if you are a developer working from the Cisco NDA specs, whether internally or, in my case, at a licensed "partner". I am NDA-ed on their proprietary IPSec extensions, and the specs are so bad it would be funny if a lot of time/money weren't at stake.

    The freeware vpnc Cisco IPSec VPN client has some suspicious names in the credits list, guys I know who are also under NDA to not do things like work on a freeware implementation of Cisco IPSec VPN client.

    Of course, we weren’t clean at the Death Star. Our IPSec VPN server people were never supposed to see the NDA specs, but …

  17. DadCooks says:

    Today's normal average rainfall for today is 0.03-inches. As of 09:00 PDT, we have received 0.29-inches.

    There is a Bomb Cyclone (actually two and some "experts" say three) in the Pacific if you haven't heard. It is supposed to hang around a while and bring a lot of water to where it is needed and many places where it will just bring floods.

    My knee and ankle joints have finally deteriorated to the point that walking is no longer an activity I can participate in without significant assistance. Surgery is out of the question. The surgeries I had previously triggered an autoimmune reaction in my body so that any surgery (or cortisone shots) that goes near cartilage, ligament, or bone starts a body-wide cartilage/ligament/bone degeneration process. The doctors are now blaming it on the Polio I contracted back in 1952 and all the experimental stuff they shot into me. My Primary Polio Doctor had sent me my heavily redacted medical treatment files. After many attempts, my current doctor got the unredacted records released to him—quite an eye-opener about what was going on in Polio Research in the 1950s.

    Oh well, life goes on, just at a different pace.

    Peace

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  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Anytime you search for some kind of repair or 'fixit' info you get a result for fixya.com and it's likely to be a waste of time.  It's so bad I don't go looking there anymore.

    The windows 'problems' sites are all scraping each other, and there seems to be a 'thing' where subcontinent builds individual 'expert' sites and content. It usually looks and reads like a script at a call center.

    What's depressing is how many of the 'here's how to fix it' answers don't even bother to actually read the info provided.  And then they get widely copied and distributed and end up polluting search results for years.

    Not being able to search by rough dates, or at least rank by currency, is a real hindrance. 

    n

  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    @dadcooks, that sounds terrible.  Hope you feel better when the weather changes.

    n

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  20. ech says:

    ALEC Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a crew member on set of his new movie, Rust, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

    Exclusive? It was all over the trade press in a very short time.

    There’s no reliable report about what happened on the set of Rust. 

    My brother probably has friends that work on Rust. The exact situation is still unknown.

  21. Rick H says:

    Not being able to search by rough dates, or at least rank by currency, is a real hindrance. 

    In Google search, there is a "Tools" choice that allows you to select date ranges.

    Of course, you have to use Google search. Some might be paranoid about using it. I just search away. There is no private information.

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  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    wrt "prop" guns, the Brandon Lee investigation turned up something interesting as regards to how it can happen.   It turned out a bullet was lodged in the barrel (from a previous use/scene) and was later expelled by the blank cartridge.

    Something similar could have happened on Rust.

    Or someone could have just made a mistake.  I picked up live rounds at the training facility for the pd when I was there being a protestor.  There weren't supposed to be any live rounds outside of the live range.  Stuff falls on the ground, gets picked up, put in a pocket, forgotten, emptied into a range bag, etc.   In the case of a movie armorer, it's criminally stupid to mix your live shooting with your work in any way.

    There is a whole subculture of reenactors that do gunfights with the type of guns featured in western movies.   I doubt any were involved in this movie production as they are 'amateurs', but they know a whole lot about doing it safely and live.

    Movies, tv production, theatre, and live event production are DANGEROUS.  I gave daily safety briefs on every project I was involved in.  You are in an unfamiliar environment, or in the dark, or tired, or rushed, using gear you may not have ever seen before then, doing stuff that is supposed to LOOK different from the reality. (or all of the above at the same time)   I've had several near misses for potentially deadly accidents.  If you are smart you learn from them and pass it along.

    I quit a movie of the week because management wouldn't support me on safety issues.  One guy was in a serious car wreck and ended up passing out on set and was DIScouraged from seeking medical attention afterwards.   That was the last straw for me.  After I left, another guy got electrocuted and ended up hospitalized. 

    I've said it before, but the IATSE is one of those unions that is still fighting against real dangers to their members and exploitative companies.

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  23. Alan says:

    >> I am so looking forward to getting an ID.4. We've decided on Spring. My wife doesn't want to get used to a new car during the Winter, which I totally understand.

    @brad, VW doesn't have one-pedal driving in the ID.4.

    Instead they have a more sophisticated system: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1130841_vw-explains-how-the-id-4-electric-suv-gets-smart-about-coasting

    My Leaf has one-pedal driving or you can turn it off completely and just use the traditional brakes. The biggest difference with the e-braking is the lack of coasting, most noticeable when slowing down to pull into a driveway or make a turn. You've got to get used to taking your foot off the accelerator a bit sooner than normal to shed speed and then go back on the 'gas' pedal slightly to provide enough speed to carry you through the turn. After a couple of weeks you get used to it.

  24. Alan says:

    >> All I can figure is that it is some sort of SEO scam: a way to get buzzwords onto your site without effort.

    It's all for the ads that we don't see because…ad-blockers.

  25. lynn says:

    Questionable Content: Proportional Response

       https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4640

    Do not upset the unstable young lady with a highly weaponized space station at her beck and call.  And more than one person needs to know her safe word.

  26. EdH says:

    Re: storms.
     

    Here in the California High Desert they are predicting a 50% chance of 1/4" on Monday.  Realistically cut both of those numbers in half. 
     

    That said, they are predicting winds into the 30mph range for the next few days. That they tend to get right. 
     

    I turned off the feed to the swamp cooler on the roof, and drained it.  Can't find the canvas cover though. Also did a bit of flex seal on the edges of the chimney cap where strong winds can blow water under – well away from the heat of the double walled pellet stove vent. 
     

    Chore coming up next is to pull the solar screens – any rain on the roof will wash vast quantities of mud off and it's likely to foul them. 
     

    You know, when I lived in town winter just meant setting sprinklers to run once a week, mid day. Now it's a day of work. 

  27. Geoff Powell says:

    @alan:

    It's all for the ads that we don't see because…ad-blockers.

    All too true, I fear. And I conjecture that I'm more sensitive than most, because of my training in broadcast television. One of the things I had  to learn was to be conscious of everything on screen, because I was looking for defects anywhere in the picture. It's difficult, or it was for me, to turn that off, so adverts take up a disproportionate amount of my attention.

    When I first installed an adblocker, it was amazing how much more relaxed my web wanderings became. I still run uBlock Origin, even though there are reports that Brave, my browser doesn't need it. I also have Privacy Badger, but I don't think it's active.

    G.

     

  28. lynn says:

    Dilbert: DNA Manipulation

         https://dilbert.com/strip/2021-10-22

    Wow, that is a loaded topic for about 1/3rd of the population.  I wonder if any newspapers refused to run it ?

    BTW, I still want the prehensile tail.
         https://dilbert.com/strip/2021-08-16

  29. Greg Norton says:

    Wow, that is a loaded topic for about 1/3rd of the population.  I wonder if any newspapers refused to run it ?

    Most of the people running the newspapers don't understand the difference between the Covid "vaccines" and a flu shot.

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  30. Greg Norton says:

    Most of the people running the newspapers don't understand the difference between the Covid "vaccines" and a flu shot.

    My wife's nephew, who joined the Army after finishing his J-school degree, is still talking about doing an MBA to get into tech management in Seattle or Austin.

    In about five years, he'll be The Boss making a group of developers' lives miserable.

    All I can do is be clear that he doesn't get to live with us to pursue that dream.

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  31. lynn says:

    There is a TON of plagiarism on the net. We all know it it, but when you really look, its even worse. Site after site had detailed instructions on how to connect a Cisco device to a windows radius server. All of them have the exact same steps, and none of them work.

    I've seen this, but I honestly don't understand at all. Why should one site blindly copy some obscure technical suggestion from some other site? Often, the information is outdated or inaccurate. Likely what you encountered – the way you hooked up to a Radius server was probably different 10 years ago.

    All I can figure is that it is some sort of SEO scam: a way to get buzzwords onto your site without effort.

    When Altavista and Yahoo first started their searched, they ranked websites on how much content and many outward links that they had.  When Google came along, they ranked websites on how many websites linked to you.  Radical change and it made things very useful.  Now Google uses some sort of weird algorithm that barely works.

  32. Greg Norton says:

    When Altavista and Yahoo first started their searched, they ranked websites on how much content and many outward links that they had.  When Google came along, they ranked websites on how many websites linked to you.  Radical change and it made things very useful.  Now Google uses some sort of weird algorithm that barely works.

    The web got too big for the matrix math to not be hideous. Plus Google has censorship and advertising to consider.

    I got really interesting results for one class project in grad school where I took the top … 50 (?) … results returned from Bing on a given topic search, simply reversed the rankings, and then asked the user to pick some links/summaries that best matched what they expected to see for the given key words. Their choices determined the next screen of results when they pressed “Go”.

  33. lynn says:

    @Nick, here is a house for you if you want to live down the street from me. 4/3.5/3 two story on 1.2 acres for $625K.  Even a second kitchen for the Orthodox family.  Nice big backyard that you can build a warehouse XXXXXXX barn in.

        https://www.har.com/homedetail/6203-bridlewood-dr-richmond-tx-77469/8002516?lid=6428473

  34. Greg Norton says:

    Even a second kitchen for the Orthodox family.

    "Orthodox" family?

    I'd guess it was for a home-based catering business but all of the real equipment was already removed.

    Or maybe someone did a podcast from the show kitchen. Friends who are doing a kitchen remodel are talking about that possibility when their oldest graduates with some kind of digital arts Masters.

    Ok, I looked. Orthodox Jewish. But if they were that hardcore, both kitchens would look like the secondary and not showy. Plus there would be a lot more built-in shelves in the living areas.

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  35. lynn says:

    Even a second kitchen for the Orthodox family.

    "Orthodox" family?

    I'd guess it was for a home-based catering business but all of the real equipment was already removed.

    Or maybe someone did a podcast from the show kitchen. Friends who are doing a kitchen remodel are talking about that possibility when their oldest graduates with some kind of digital arts Masters.

    Ok, I looked. Orthodox Jewish. But if they were that hardcore, both kitchens would look like the secondary and not showy. Plus there would be a lot more built-in shelves in the living areas.

    The secondary kitchen is a blood kitchen. The Torah says to not mix the blood with the milk.  Many of the Muslims follow that dietary law also.

  36. Rick H says:

    Spent a bit of time on some minor changes to the 'look' of this place. Not implemented yet, but they are all visual (softening the colors a bit; enhancing the recent comments widget area to include the date/time of the comment; some color changes of unvisited and visited links; back-end change to the 'next previous' area at the end of the daily posts).

    Need to find a head shot of Robert to add to the header. (Note – 'head shot' is not related to the Alec Baldwin tragedy.)

    Also rotated my generator gas supply into the car, and got some fresh fuel for use. Used Stabil in the new gas supply, of course. There's supposed to be a nice wind storm this weekend around here. Fresh gas is always good – the old gas was about 2 years old, but Stabil'd, so works just fine in the car. Car was about 2/3 full when I added the 5 gallons of stored gas, so I don't expect problems.

    And, of course, all FLASHLIGHTS are at the ready.

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  37. Greg Norton says:

    We stopped at H-Mart last night so I could top off our rice bins. Once again, our preferred brand of Jasmine rice was gone, and I had just seen a full pallet about a week and a half ago.

    I wasn't aware that our rice stock had dropped so significantly at home or I would have grabbed some on the previous trip. The kids use four 180 mL scoops which leaves a lot of rice going into the trash that doesn't get used for fried rice on leftover night. That's gotta stop.

    Lots more Instacart shoppers last night. I won't go into the demographic, but they are obvious in that store. I got funny looks from them like *I* didn't belong in the place. Really?

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  38. Jenny says:

    Rabbitry at new house is nearly ready. Uncle is going to level and secure the cages for me this afternoon. I got them suspended roughly where I want them. Will move the rabbits over with help Saturday. I still need to build the watering system. I don't have the brain to do it currently. It'll wait. We aren't consistently below freezing yet so will middle along with crocks of water while I regain strength. A lot more work but priorities. 

    Recovery continues. Fatigue is real. 

     

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  39. Greg Norton says:

    Also rotated my generator gas supply into the car, and got some fresh fuel for use. Used Stabil in the new gas supply, of course. There's supposed to be a nice wind storm this weekend around here. Fresh gas is always good – the old gas was about 2 years old, but Stabil'd, so works just fine in the car. Car was about 2/3 full when I added the 5 gallons of stored gas, so I don't expect problems.

    Do you have a place to buy ethanol-free gas for the generator near you? I know there is a co-op in Issaquah … or at least there was … for the classic car guys, and a friend with a 92 Blazer used an online map of all the stations in the Northwest that sold “pure” gas.

    Two years is a long time for E10 to sit. My mower gets grumpy if I use gas more than a few months old, and our average monthly rain in the Summer is measured in low single digit inches per month.

    A lot of places have ethanol-free down here since Trump relaxed the rules. Surprisingly, Biden hasn't reversed the order, but Scranton Joe owns a classic Vette his "poor" Chevy dealer father gave him upon graduation from law school, and I imagine the car doesn't run well on E10.

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  40. Greg Norton says:

    Recovery continues. Fatigue is real. 

    Did you have the shot(s)?

  41. lynn says:

    Rabbitry at new house is nearly ready. Uncle is going to level and secure the cages for me this afternoon. I got them suspended roughly where I want them. Will move the rabbits over with help Saturday. I still need to build the watering system. I don't have the brain to do it currently. It'll wait. We aren't consistently below freezing yet so will middle along with crocks of water while I regain strength. A lot more work but priorities. 

    Recovery continues. Fatigue is real. 

    Good news that you are doing better.  In all honesty, I have not felt energetic since I had the Covid in Feb 2020.  I am consistently tired and cranky.  Hopefully this is not the new normal.

  42. Jenny says:

    @Greg

    No. I have powerful convictions about the fetal cell development. My body doesn't generally do well with medication of any kind, even antibiotics give me side effects. The times I've had the flu shot I've consistently gotten sicker than if I'd played fly roulette. 
     

    Between deeply held convictions and a long history of meds leaving me worse off than before, and my generally low risk factors, I figured I would take my lumps with Covid.

    I'm certainly glad the vaccines have offered many peace of mind and greater protection. I do wish vaccination hadn't been politicized.

    Covid is not fun but it is by far from the worst medical excitement I've endured. I'll take it over gall bladder or a c section any day. 

    Recovery based off past medical will come with gentle exercise, hydration, rest and good diet. All simple, all shockingly difficult to achieve.

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  43. Jenny says:

    @lynn

    Bounce back gets harder as we age. No denying it. I understand folks place great store by a variety of supplements. I'm a big believer in simply getting up and moving, though recognize what a difficult thing that can be to actually achieve. Even trundling around the block at a snails pace is not nothing. 

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  44. lynn says:

    "JPM: "We Could Be Just Weeks Away From Cushing Effectively Running Out Of Crude""

        https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/jpm-we-could-be-just-weeks-away-cushing-being-out-crude

    No, we aren't going to run out of crude oil or natural gas in the USA.  But, we could stop shipping the 4 to 5 million barrels (a barrel is 42 gallons) of crude oil, LNG, and finished products (diesel, gasoline) to Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, South American, and Asia each freaking DAY !

    We started shipping fifteen million barrels of crude oil from Texas each MONTH to Italy just since the beginning of this year.

    OK, my adjusted prediction of $100/barrel crude oil by Memorial Day 2022 is being adjusted again.  How about $150/barrel crude oil on Jan 1, 2022 ?  And $10/mmbtu natural gas ?

    It all depends on the winter weather in the continental USA.  Farmers Almanac says cold (below average) and wet.  Space City weather says average and average precipitation.

  45. Nick Flandrey says:

    Home from my foraging.   Now to throw together a trunk display for "Trunk or Treat" at D2's school tonight.   That will be followed by some sort of food there, and then a movie.

    I was going to skip the display but D2 insisted.  It's her last year at the school, so I'm inclined to be persuaded.  AND this year we're not providing a lighting package for the event, so I didn't have to get that together.  I think I'll take my Capn Jack skeleton pirate and put him into some sort of scene.  1 hour to get it together.  I work best when under constraints…..

    n

  46. Alan says:

    >> Do you have a place to buy ethanol-free gas for the generator near you? I know there is a co-op in Issaquah … or at least there was … for the classic car guys, and a friend with a 92 Blazer used an online map of all the stations in the Northwest that sold “pure” gas.

    @Rick, being near the water I'd expect it should be easy to find because of demand by boaters. All the WaWa's in Tampa carried it.

  47. CowboySlim says:

    Just scheduled my 3rd, booster, Moderna WuFlu shot for tomorrow at a local drugstore.  Not worried as I had no after effects from either of my first two.

  48. CowboySlim says:

    @Jenny:  So glad that you are recovering.  Please keep us informed.

  49. Greg Norton says:

    I'm certainly glad the vaccines have offered many peace of mind and greater protection. I do wish vaccination hadn't been politicized.

    I didn't get the shot(s). I can't have the Measles vaccination or a flu shot due to allergies, and I work from home 100% of the time.

    I currently work for a Federal contractor so the politicization will eventually force a decision about how much I like the job and, possibly, my career.

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  50. lynn says:

    @lynn

    Bounce back gets harder as we age. No denying it. I understand folks place great store by a variety of supplements. I'm a big believer in simply getting up and moving, though recognize what a difficult thing that can be to actually achieve. Even trundling around the block at a snails pace is not nothing. 

    I am 61. I take 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day.  I also take calcium, a tumeric, and a baby aspirin. Plus 50 mg/day of metoprolol, a known nasty beta blocker to drop my blood pressure almost 100 points. My blood pressure without metoprolol is 210/110, with it is 110/70. I am 6’1″ and weigh 252 lbs today.

    I walk a mile to two miles on five days a week.  The two miles is tough on me above 80 F.  Pre-first heart attack, I would walk three to five miles on three days a week.  I can’t do that anymore.

    Pre-first heart attack, I would walk 3 miles/hour. Now I am lucky to maintain 2 miles/hour. The wife used to walk circles around me at 3 miles/hour. Now I out pace her. We are getting older.

  51. MrAtoz says:

    LOL, Doocy has Psaki on the ropes today. Talk about spin from plugs' disastrous town hall meeting:

    If you thought Jen Psaki was pissed with Peter Doocy before, just wait’ll you watch him use Joe Biden’s border remarks to twist her into a pretzel

    Also, but, but, but tRump, tho.

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  52. MrAtoz says:

    I don't like tRump, but the hate the ProgLibTurds manifest is ridiculous.

  53. MrAtoz says:

    The most doosh worthy spin from Psaki:

    "What the American people saw last night is that the President has rolled up his sleeves and he is deep in the details of spreadsheets and numbers…"

    plugs, spreadsheets and numbers. LMFAO! The guy was staring off into space and whispering.

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  54. Greg Norton says:

    OK, my adjusted prediction of $100/barrel crude oil by Memorial Day 2022 is being adjusted again.  How about $150/barrel crude oil on Jan 1, 2022 ?  And $10/mmbtu natural gas ?

    With even paper gold (GLD) holding at $1600-1700/ounce, $100/barrel oil is way too cheap. Something is going to have to give.

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  55. Rick H says:

    Re: gas….  I just use the Shell station in town here. $3.99/gallon, about 10% more than stations that are a 30 minute drive, but I only go there to fill up the fuel cans for the generator.

    I use Stabil in all gas cans (two 5gal plastic). Don't know if the Shell gas has ethanol (didn't look today), but the generator (Champion 6-7K model) doesn't mind. I've used gas from that stations since I got the generator 6 years ago.

    That gas doesn't bother my 4-cycle lawnmower (when I use it – I have a small patch of grass, don't water it during the summer, so maybe 10 mows all year, takes about 10 minutes total each time). I have no worries about the gas.

    Ran the generator twice last week, two days apart, for about 4 hours each (in the middle of the night) because of a localized power outage here across from Mutiny Bay WA (tree branch in the lines both times).

    Gas has been in the generator since last year; added about 2-3 gallons from the 2-year-old Stabil'd gas. Generator works just fine – starts right up (2 pulls), runs smoothly.  I have not drained the gas since I got it 6 years ago.

  56. Jenny says:

    @lynn

    You're doing the right things certainly. Getting older is not for the faint of heart. 

     

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  57. MrAtoz says:

    Union walk offs replaced by scabs are now in the news on the Baldwin killing (for safety surrounding the prop gun). I think he is also producer, so maybe some lawsuits coming his way. Would the union be shitty enough to put a live round in the gun?

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  58. Jenny says:

    I have a condensation problem in the Shelter Logic I put up as our temporary (1-2 years) rabbitry. 
    the ground is moist. The air is moist. When I add rabbits their respiration and manure will add to the festivities. 

    I had already intended on keeping their water barrel outside the shelter. I expected a certain amount but the degree of dripping is problematic. Currently leaves are accumulated on the roof, I am certain that exacerbates the problem. Too weak to brush them off today. 
     

    Putting down a vapor barrier I suspect is of limited usefulness given the rabbits are producing gallons of urine. Vapor barrier will rapidly pool spilled urine and manure. 
     

    Fortunately this isn't rocket science. Annoying and inconvenient. It may be that a box fan for air flow will be sufficient.  And once temps drop below freezing the problem will dissipate. 

  59. Greg Norton says:

    I am 61. I take 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day.  I also take calcium, a tumeric, and a baby aspirin. Plus 50 mg/day of metoprolol, a known nasty beta blocker to drop my blood pressure almost 100 points. My blood pressure without metoprolol is 210/110, with it is 110/70. I am 6’1″ and weigh 252 lbs today.

    My doctor asked me to read a book about radical diet alterations by one of the doctors responsible for Clinton's lifestyle changes since his bypass surgery if I don't want to eventually end up on a statin as well as an increased dosage of the current blood pressure med.

    Let me know if you want the title. I have to go through the book over the next week since my next check is on 11/2.

  60. lynn says:

    I am 61. I take 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day.  I also take calcium, a tumeric, and a baby aspirin. Plus 50 mg/day of metoprolol, a known nasty beta blocker to drop my blood pressure almost 100 points. My blood pressure without metoprolol is 210/110, with it is 110/70. I am 6’1″ and weigh 252 lbs today.

    My doctor asked me to read a book about radical diet alterations by one of the doctors responsible for Clinton's lifestyle changes since his bypass surgery if I don't want to eventually end up on a statin as well as an increased dosage of the current blood pressure med.

    Let me know if you want the title. I have to go through the book over the next week since my next check is on 11/2.

    I cannot have quadruple bypass surgery since I do not have a right coronary artery.  I am on serious borrowed time anyway.  My second cardiologist told me that I should have died before I hit 20.  The back side of my heart is dead but my heart enlargement is only 30% so I am doing good.

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  61. Greg Norton says:

    On a lighter note, today is the 20th anniversary of "Grand Theft Auto 3", and Rockstar dropped a release date and trailer for the remastered series, including production of a Switch *cartridge*.

    It looks like all the non-PC material is intact. Hopefully, the radio stations and music are as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ_0E4yWbBI

  62. lynn says:

    "TXOGA: Natural gas supply chain improving"

        https://www.bicmagazine.com/departments/maintenance-reliability/natural-gas-supply-chain-improvement/

    "Vast improvements, particularly in communications, have been made since Winter Storm Uri to better prepare the natural gas supply chain for the winter season in Texas. 

    The oil and natural gas industry has been working with a sense of urgency to improve the readiness of the system.

    Industry is working closely with state regulators to implement Senate Bill 3, which wisely calls for more clarity in the “critical load” designation process, mapping of natural gas facilities that are directly tied to power generation and weatherizing those facilities. We also agree that Texas’ vast supply of natural gas in storage plays an important role to help power generators better prepare for emergency weather events.

    Multiple reports have confirmed that loss of power was the greatest disruption to natural gas production and transportation during the storm. Pre-storm, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) critical load designation form excluded the majority of the natural gas supply chain, and, during the storm, those facilities lost power. Keep in mind, this form does not guarantee a facility will keep its power during an emergency. Transportation Distribution Utilities (TDUs) must prioritize all critical assets such as hospitals, nursing homes, and EMS, in addition to those facilities necessary for power generation. Not every natural gas facility is a priority from a power perspective during an emergency. This is why mapping is the most crucial part of the process."

    Just don't turn off the power to the natural gas wells and facilities. Hopefully a lot of them have added generators to their facilities also.

  63. Rick H says:

    Some more changes to the site today:

    – color changes for green/blue (now a bit lighter).

    – Recent Comments area ("Better Recent Comments" plugin) added: date added to comments, changes to link colors (blue if not read, gray if visited), indented the first line of each recent comment, formatted the date.

    – next/previous link at the bottom of the post page changed – some CSS changes, and back-end code changes.

    – fixed the line-spacing issue with a 'q' code used on a paragraph (instead of using 'blockquote').

    – changes to text and styling before and after the comment box.

    Removed some buttons from the editor (image/flag/table)

    Pending: adding a headshot picture of Robert to the header image (searching for one).

  64. drwilliams says:

    @Greg

    Title, please.

    My diet is doing the seasonal evolution right now: The last of the garden tomatoes and Octoberfest being replaced by baker potatoes and stout.

  65. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    I added D3 after Kungflu.

     

  66. Greg Norton says:

    Title, please.

    Esselstein, "How To Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease"

    The plan is fairly radical from what I've seen so far.

    I'll probably end up on a statin until I can solve my career problems and greatly reduce the stress.

    I will give the book a fair chance.

  67. MrAtoz says:

    Excerpt from Amazon from the book:

    Here are the rules of my program in their simplest form:
    You may not eat anything with a mother or a face (no meat, poultry, or fish).
    You cannot eat dairy products.
    You must not consume oil of any kind—not a drop. (Yes, you devotees of the Mediterranean Diet, that includes olive oil, as I’ll explain in Chapter 10.)
    Generally, you cannot eat nuts or avocados.
    You can eat a wonderful variety of delicious, nutrient-dense foods:
    All vegetables except avocado. Leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, veggies that are red, green, purple, orange, and yellow and everything in between.
    All legumes—beans, peas, and lentils of all varieties.
    All whole grains and products, such as bread and pasta, that are made from them—as long as they do not contain added fats.
    All fruits.

    A restricted vegan diet. I'm sure Klinton has a personal chef feed him. No oils, no thank you.

  68. lynn says:

    @Lynn

    I added D3 after Kungflu.

    Sorry but I am perplexed as to D3 ???

  69. MrAtoz says:

    Vitamin D3.

  70. lynn says:

    I just drove back the horrendous four miles to the office from the house and nearly hit a moron.  He / she / it was driving 50 mph with no headlights or running lights following a pack of cars.  On a tree lined road at 7 pm in October.  Dusk was way passed. I pulled out in the road and then immediately slammed on my brakes as he went by my front bumper with 4 or 5 feet to spare.

    A cop friend of mine told me a long time ago that every time he pulled over somebody for driving without headlights in the dark, they were drunk.

  71. drwilliams says:

    @Greg

    Thanks. Thought that might be it.

    I would have a difficult time with that type of diet. Fortunately, I don't have an indication that I need it. Yet. The next physical is coming up.

    You know where you're at. Best advice I can give is: Don't dither–make a choice. After "the event" is too late.

    [kick in pants emoticon would be here, if I could find it]

  72. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    yes, vitamin D3

    (thanks, @MrAtoZ)

  73. drwilliams says:

    more info from the set of Rust:

    https://hotair.com/headlines/2021/10/22/auto-draft-226-n424303

    One of the core rules is to check the weapon yourself.

    Alec Baldwin is on record as being anti-Second Amendment.

    That is no excuse for not knowing or not abiding by the rules.

     

  74. drwilliams says:

    @MeAtoZ, @Greg Norton

    And thanks also for the corrections on Vic Morrow.

  75. Greg Norton says:

    You know where you're at. Best advice I can give is: Don't dither–make a choice. After "the event" is too late.

    I never should have accepted the last job with the recruiter yelling at me. Regardless of recent vindication, 2 1/2 years of that mess followed by being fired really did a number on my health.

    We couldn't do the diet changes at our house. My wife decided she wanted to be gluten free back when we were in Vantucky, but she would cheat at lunchtime at work along with her co-worker from California, who was subjecting her household to the same diet restriction games.

    Do as we say, not as we do. CA in a nutshell.

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  76. Greg Norton says:

    And thanks also for the corrections on Vic Morrow.

    Morrow was fairly young. He had a lot of bad parts at the time, but "Twilight Zone" would have put him back in demand.

    The movie wasn't terrible and got John Lithgow out of his career slump following "The World According To Garp" laying an egg.

  77. Greg Norton says:

    $3.49/gallon for ethanol-free regular unleaded at Walmart in North Austin this evening.

  78. lynn says:

    $3.49/gallon for ethanol-free regular unleaded at Walmart in North Austin this evening.

    There might be a day in the not too distant future where we regard that as cheap.

  79. lynn says:

    You know, I am not in favor of the assembly syntax for the GCC compiler.

  80. Alan says:

    Maybe we should move the goalposts…

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2021/10/22/cdc-chief-we-might-change-the-definition-of-fully-vaccinated-to-require-three-doses-n424238

    But wait, if you're immuno-compromised and already had your third shot, do you also get a booster? Then you'll be up to four jabs!

  81. Alan says:

    >> $3.49/gallon for ethanol-free regular unleaded at Walmart in North Austin this evening.

    There might be a day in the not too distant future where we regard that as cheap.

    Stack it up now, what could go wrong??

  82. lynn says:

    What, me worry?

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2021/10/22/upset-brewing-forecaster-moves-virginia-from-lean-democratic-to-tilt-democratic-n424251

    Nah, the republican has got to beat the 3.7% fraud by the dumbrocrats.

  83. Greg Norton says:

    You know, I am not in favor of the assembly syntax for the GCC compiler.

    I've never tried that one. With x86-64, beating the compiler with hand coded assembly is tough, doubly so since GCC 9.

  84. Nick Flandrey says:

    Filled the tank at $2.85/gal at HEB.  It was 10c more at the HEB by the freeway.  Didn't see the Costco price.

    Home from movie night.  PTA rented a whole service.  Giant inflatable screen, big projector, little sound system but adequate.  Nightmare before Halloween… Not what I'd consider a kids' movie for K-5.  They seemed to like it though.

    Saw some of the other parents I haven't seen in a long time.   Nice night.  Almost full moon, low in the sky and orange as Trump used to be.

    My 'trunk' decor came together perfectly.  I'm very pleased with myself.   I had planned to use most of the new elements as part of my big display, and I might redo all my pirate skeleton stuff around the new elements it looked so nice.

    Lots of good trunk displays by the other parents.  Some really creative, some really well put together from purchased pieces.   Some were just fun, like the little FIAT two seater convertible.  Already orange, they put a black vinyl of a jack o lantern cutout on the hood and a witches hat on the windscreen…

    Gave the dog his meds.   Doc prescribed antibiotic, and anti-nausea.  Little guy ate more last night than the previous three days.   He ate well today too, and is generally more perky.

    Hoping wife is home from dropping D1 at camp soon.  Don't like to have the pack separated.

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  85. lynn says:

    You know, I am not in favor of the assembly syntax for the GCC compiler.

    I've never tried that one. With x86-64, beating the compiler with hand coded assembly is tough, doubly so since GCC 9.

    Not optimized assembly code.  Special code for my special friends in low places.  Like Russia, China, Taiwan, Belarus, Slovenia, Brazil, etc.

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  86. Nick Flandrey says:

    Team Abbott sent me an email for my wrapping paper …

    Nick,  you’re the FIRST person we’re reaching out to about our BRAND NEW ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ wrapping paper! 

    It started at NASCAR, and is now being said by conservatives across the country as they speak out against Joe Biden’s DANGEROUS, liberal policies: LET’S GO BRANDON! CHIP IN TODAY to join them!CLAIM YOUR WRAPPING PAPER

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  87. JimB says:

    I can speak with some possible authority on Esselstyn's diet. I had not heard of him, but from the Amazon reviews it is clear he is describing Nathan Pritikan's diet:

    https://www.amazon.com/Pritikin-Program-Diet-Exercise/dp/055327192X/p?tag=ttgnet-20

    Pritikin's program also includes stress reduction and mild exercise. For brevity, I will just say Ornish "borrowed" Pritikin's program. Both offered in‐house spa-like programs that are unnecessary except for the those in poor condition.

    I am not a "dieter", but I practiced the Pritikin maintenance diet for four months in c1980, and have never felt better in my life. It takes disciine, and maybe Bubba's chef, but the results are amazing. I loved the food. I quit because I had a lot of business travel, and eating in 90% of restaurants is not possible. I also grew tired of eating so much to maintain my weight. There's more, but I don't have time to go into it.

    Read the background material: the diet is very healthy.

  88. JimB says:

    Re comments on 10% ethanol fuel (E10,) and Uncle Joe's Corvette not running well on it, he must have a poor tuner.

    This is a bit complex, but most stock 1960-80 carbureted engines can run very well on E10. They will benefit from mixture adjustments and small changes to the timing curve, but these are not hard for a serious hobbyist.

    One remaining problem is the higher Reid vapor pressure of the summer blend, which can cause hot start issues on hot days at high altitudes. Some cars are more prone to this. The best solution is to convert to fuel injection, but this is not appropriate on valuable original cars. They are best left in the garage until cooler weather returns.

    As for fuel system components, these are simple cars with only a few components needing replacement. All metal items are compatible. A new fuel pump is cheap, and a few feet of new PCV hose finishes the conversion. I have done this on several cars.

    These older cars (and motorcycles!) are a joy to drive on special occasions and trips. The responsiveness of a 350 or larger cubic inch engine and short gears has to be experienced. Lean on the throttle, and no waiting for a three gear downshift, just instant acceleration. Of course, no overdrive for relaxed cruising and a near silent engine. Not practical compared to a modern econobox that probably can outdrag it. Sigh.

  89. Greg Norton says:

    Not optimized assembly code.  Special code for my special friends in low places.  Like Russia, China, Taiwan, Belarus, Slovenia, Brazil, etc.

    Entrust used to have some really fun convoluted mess around their equivalent of PKCS 12, the protection mechanism for their digital certificates.

  90. Nick Flandrey says:

    More stuff coming out about Baldwin's shooting.  Poor safety practices on set, to the point people walked off, corners cut… 

    The truth will come out.

    n

  91. lynn says:

    These older cars (and motorcycles!) are a joy to drive on special occasions and trips. The responsiveness of a 350 or larger cubic inch engine and short gears has to be experienced. Lean on the throttle, and no waiting for a three gear downshift, just instant acceleration. Of course, no overdrive for relaxed cruising and a near silent engine. Not practical compared to a modern econobox that probably can outdrag it. Sigh.

    Shoot, my biturbo 3.5L V6 F-150 ten speed auto can probably beat it as I am six seconds to 60 mph in 2WD.

    My buddies chipped 25 psig biturbo 3.5L V6 Limited F-150 ten speed auto Raptor engine can definitely beat it.  He is four seconds to 60 mph in 4WD. And he has 90K miles on it and the engine has not shotgunned yet. The chip guy promised him 600 hp.

  92. JimB says:

    Yup, Lynn, two worlds. Old vs new.

    EFI vs PFA.* Carbs suck!

    *Pneumatic Fuel Aspiration

    Don't forget fluidic (sorta) transmission controllers. No steenkin' electronics.

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  93. JimB says:

    BTW, the really big hp guys are using diesels with compound  turbochargers. You wouldn't believe the numbers. When one of these shotguns, it can be movie spectacular.

  94. JimB says:

    "Shoot, my biturbo 3.5L V6 F-150 ten speed auto can probably beat it as I am six seconds to 60 mph in 2WD."

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, but how is it in the second hundred mph? Just sayin'.

    Not that I would ever drive that irresponsibly. Shoot, I just clocked 36.1 mpg in one of my MINIVANS!!

    OK, downhill, but no tailwind, over 20 miles. Personal best. Surprised me too.

  95. brad says:

    @DadCooks: Sorry to hear about your joints. Polio and polio treatment – I've known a couple of people affected by it. Rarely a pretty picture…

    Not being able to search by rough dates, or at least rank by currency, is a real hindrance.

    That would be super, but.. The date of the file itself doesn't mean much – what you want is the date of the material. And most content isn't dated, except circumstantially. It's a hard problem, with no good solution…

    @Alan: Thanks for the ID.4 link. I wasn't even aware of the idea of one-pedal driving. I've always had manual transmissions, and I coast a lot, so I'm glad to see that's the direction VW has gone with as their default option.

    Sadly, I note again that the US prices are a *lot* cheaper than European prices. That's annoying, but what can you do?

    Recovery continues. Fatigue is real. 

    @Jenny: Glad to hear it is a least going in the right direction!

    J-school degree, is still talking about doing an MBA to get into tech management

    Can we just take that kind of qualifications at their face value, and put such people where they belong? There are lots of fast food franchises looking for shift managers…

    I teach programming courses in "Wirtschaftsinformatik" – nearest translation: "Business IT". It's  a popular German-language degree for people who want to work around and with software, but not become developers themselves. Which is actually a great idea, because they will finish the degree at least knowing what software development *is* and how it works. They are actually qualified to go into tech management – that's the idea, anyway.

    I'm hitting mid-semester now, and the true colors of the first-semester students are starting to show. Lots are doing great. Some will probably swap over to the full tech side and become developers. Others are struggling. Then there's the last group…

    What amazes me every year are the clueless. They've entered a tech-related degree program, but they don't know what a file is. They don't know where (or what) their home directory is. If it's not on their desktop, it doesn't exist. Backups? File extensions? Downloading and unzipping libraries? People in this category know so little that they don't even understand how little they know. It's kind of surreal…

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  96. brad says:

    The assistant director of the western film “Rust” grabbed a prop pistol from a gray cart and handed it to the movie’s star, Alec Baldwin, shouting “cold gun!” — which was supposed to indicate that it did not contain any live rounds, and was safe to handle around the crew huddled by the camera…

    The assistant director “did not know live rounds were in the prop gun,” Detective Joel Cano wrote in the affidavit.

    The weapon was “set up” on the tray by the movie’s weapons specialist, or armorer, along with a Western-style gun belt used in the scene.

    So, as suspected, there's a whole sequence of failures. At a minimum, five:

    1. Someone brought live ammo onto the set.
    2. Someone put live ammo into a gun – even though the difference is obvious.
    3. The armorer put a loaded gun onto the tray without checking it.
    4. The assistant director declared the gun "cold" without checking it.
    5. Alec Baldwin used the gun in a scene, without checking it.

    None of those failures should happen.

  97. Nick Flandrey says:

    Accidents are almost always like that.  A whole bunch has to go wrong to end up at the end.

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