Mon. Nov. 8, 2021 – joy… and pain, sunshine …. and rain

Cool but clear and sunny later. Basically gorgeous weather. And the forecast says the same for a couple more days too. Hooray! That was yesterday, started running the heat in the morning, and ran A/C in the late evening once the house had soaked up the sun. I’m certainly hoping for more of the same.

Yesterday was eaten by ducks. And pain. I was paying the price for my lifting, bending, and toting the day before. The inversion table and the foam roller both got a workout, and both helped, but I couldn’t walk, stand, or sit without pinching pain in my back until late in the afternoon, and after my second go ’round with the table and roller. That coupled with the family coming home meant not much got done. I did put away a few more Halloween decorations, got out the Thanksgiving decoration bin, and cleaned up some stuff in the garage and attic.

I added a couple of small bins to my upright freezer to better organize the meat. I had been just stacking it on shelves and it would cascade out if I bumped it wrong… I don’t know if the plastic bins will hold up in the cold, but they are better than having everything slide around. I need to find a few more that fit.

I ate my first grapefruit off my potted tree for breakfast yesterday. It was a bit on the smaller side, like a navel orange, but was delicious. Only three more on the tree, but that’s more than I got on the big tree in five years. And then the freeze killed it the year it produced a dozen fruits. I really like the idea of fruit and nut trees as a prep, but they are damnably hard to keep alive here in Houston. And I’ve still not seen a single fruit or flower on the peach tree.

Growing your own food is hard. Get started learning about your area and your garden.

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For the last couple of days, I’ve been thinking about doing some followup on stuff that worked for me, and that I still like. So here goes.

I really like the container I got to save cooking fat in the kitchen. It is stainless steel, has a flip up lid, a strainer, and the top 1/3 lifts off to reveal the saved fatty goodness in the bottom. Got it on amazon and it works well. Saving cooking fat has a long history and is a great way to save money and cook tasty meals. Use mason jars, airtight canisters, or something airtight and new, but start saving that bacon grease, and using it later.

Ditto for the little flip top trash can I got for the bathroom counter. It looks like a mini version of the old school round topped metal trash cans, with the ‘flap’ in the top. It’s a bit thin and the stainless isn’t really, but it does the job of catching all the little bits of paper from the breathe-rite strips and any other little bits of trash. Those bits would flutter and scatter all over the bathroom when I used to toss them toward the regular can.

The Toto Drake dual flush toilet works really well. Only one time since I put it in did it need a plunge, and that’s down from several times a day. Every Toto toilet I’ve put in has worked very well. This one has a very small amount of water in the bowl, and a lot of dry porcelain. It gets dirty quickly. If having a spotless bowl is important, get one with a bigger water puddle. Other than that, it’s a flushing CHAMP.

The can organizers I installed at the beginning of the lockdown work, but they have slightly distorted over time. They are plastic, and have sagged enough that cans don’t roll through as freely as when it was new. FIFO is important when using your preps, but the racks aren’t as efficient for storage as just stacking flats of cans. You won’t get as many cans in the same volume space, but they are MUCH easier to actually use daily for cooking when you can get to them. I added more despite knowing they aren’t perfect, so that I could have more varieties of cans in the dispenser. If you’re not just piling up cans against future need, get some kind of FIFO can racking.

And while I didn’t use them as much this year as last, both styles of cooling vest worked well for me. Techniche for the evap one, ergodyne for the gel pack.

The Uniden Home Patrol II scanner continues to work well, and I’ve heard a lot of stuff going on in my area on it. Pair it with a good discone antenna from MFJ and listen to it. There is a lot of stuff that is going on around you that never gets reported. Start paying attention to it, and you’ll be better off.

High tech ‘cool’ fabrics for shirts, and shorts, and wool blend socks. What a difference in hot weather comfort. Cotton is NOT for that first layer, or maybe even for the second. About the only good thing about cotton is cost and flame retardant properties. Even for my cold weather clothes, the high tech breathable wicking t shirts in long sleeve are more comfortable than anything else I’ve ever used as a first layer. Clothes have gone technical, and it makes a difference. If the cost is too much, look at Goodwill. A lot of stuff there is never worn. You can try the technical fabrics cheaply, and then spend the money in the store on a brand you like, if you must have new. These are not the stinky poly blend fabrics from decades ago.

Boots and shoes. I rotate through shoes, rarely wearing the same pair two days in a row. It helps the shoes last longer, and your feet will be more comfortable. And for gnu’s sake, get shoes that fit. All the different manufacturers use different ‘lasts’. The last is the shape they build the shoe on, and by trying different brands you can find shoes and boots that fit your weirdo feet. KEEN has a large ‘toe box’ but the soles are a bit slippery when wet. I wore through a couple of pairs and generally liked them. Asic and Columbia made the lightweight ‘sneakers’ I wear on normal days. They are available in wide widths if you need that, or have a high arch. They fit me perfectly in a EEE width. They aren’t “sturdy” but they are lightweight and have held up well. I wore the Columbia pair in Disneyworld and never had an issue. Get some shoes that FIT and don’t be afraid to try sports and active lifestyle brands that are smaller, they have to cater to their buyers, and seem to offer more options.

And for long term, leather boots with vibram soles. Any overmolded soft plastic in place of rubber will turn to goo with time and crumble to a sticky mess. Men should be able to buy all leather dress shoes from a quality maker, and with care they will outlast you. Cole Haan, and most of the J&M lines are not quality. They are better than Stacy Adams, or modern Florsheim, but not by much. Workboots are either disposable or will last a lifetime. There are US makers still, and they have quality reps. Find a solid pair you can maintain and they should last a long time. Chased by zombies while wearing sandals made from old tires or barefoot just isn’t the same as crunching through the detritus of a fallen city in good boots. If you do go for disposable (and I like my under armor technical boots) know that just storing an extra pair won’t help once the plastic ages out. Mil spec and milsurp are designed to be stored and still be usable so having at least one pair is a good prep. Bonus is that they fit me well and are very comfortable.

I’ll stop the list here for today. If you have something that has worked well for you put it in a comment. There are plenty of things I might add below as I think of them, this list was just ‘top of mind’ when I wrote the post. I’m already thinking of the Honda inverter gennies and DeWalt cordless tools….

Improve what you’ve got stacked, add to your stacks, organize your stacks, and KEEP stacking…

nick

104 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Nov. 8, 2021 – joy… and pain, sunshine …. and rain"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    48F and saturated.  So cold and damp.  Supposed to be just like yesterday.

    We'll see.

    hah

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  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    There are enough Christians from Burundi in NASHVILLE that they have their own church.

    Pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana pretended to leave the church but instead snuck up behind the gunman and wrestled him to the ground. Ndikumana, who uses a translator as he is a Burundian refugee who doesn't speak English, said he was worried the gunman would try to kill his parishioners.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10177039/Pastor-tackled-disarmed-man-brandished-gun-parishioners-praying-altar.html

    WTeverlovinF?

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  3. ITGuy1998 says:

    We use plastic bins in the upright freezer we bought last year. 3 shelves, with 2 bins on each shelf. I got the biggest bins that would fit. You do lose some space, but frozen meat doesn't stack well at all. It solves the problem Nick mentioned of stuff falling out every time you open the door. So fact they have held up well. Admittedly, they aren't handled a lot, and I'm sure they would crack if flexed too much.

  4. MrAtoz says:

    The Joetato can create his own theme music.

    I wonder if our Sec. of Transportation could, er, hold it in?

  5. Greg Norton says:

    I wonder if our Sec. of Transportation could, er, hold it in?

    Channel surfing on Sling at home last night, I came across an hour-long program on History Channel covering the race between NYC and Boston to build the first functional US subway system. Quotes from Buttigieg sprinkled dropped into the program seemed intended to make him out to be some kind of expert on transportation issues.

    I wondered if, by this point, the producers expected him to be VP or the series is shilling for the infrastructure bill.

    UPDATE: If you just can’t get enough of him, the “Mayor Pete” documentary hits Amazon Prime on Friday.

    https://news.yahoo.com/mayor-pete-documentary-shows-buttigieg-123642496.html

    “From the director of ‘Boys State’.”

    Do they not get it?

    I like good Dem propoganda films. “Going Upriver” was phenomenal. Somehow I doubt the “Mayor Pete” film is up to that standard, however.

    Amazon had Mayor Pete’s … husband’s? … payola book featured prominently in their physical Austin store this summer.

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    The Four Rules.   Think these jaspers GAF about the Four Rools?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x2bVuFNaKU&t

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  7. Ray Thompson says:

    Apparently my urologist, which was part of a larger group in TN, has now joined a larger group covering beyond the state, Chesapeake Urology. Mid Atlantic whatever that means. Ninety physicians, 900+ employees, 26 medical offices, 17 surgical centers. Must have been fairly recent as the website does not list the TN offices. Someone got paid some big bucks to sell the practice(s) to a large corporation. Where patients don't matter, only money.

    Appointments are now done by someone in India who barely speaks English. My medical records are now available in a country with few rules about protecting such records. Probably can be sold to the highest bidder.

    Time to find a new provider. VA picked him, I need to get the VA to change, if that is even possible.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    Time to find a new provider. VA picked him, I need to get the VA to change, if that is even possible.

    The VA pushes more on the GPs as of late. Their own specialists aren't even back in the office full time, and the specialists expect all of the leg work to be done by the primary care doctors.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    Appointments are now done by someone in India who barely speaks English. My medical records are now available in a country with few rules about protecting such records. Probably can be sold to the highest bidder.

    You haven't seen the infiltration of the VA by the Subcontinent like we have in Austin.

    On Friday afternoon, my wife was the only GP in the building. Every one else called in with the Diwali Flu.

    The local Sam's Club had a huge, mostly untouched endcap of the Heineken mini kegs Halloween afternoon. Most were gone when we went back to the store on Saturday.

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  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    Finally someone says plainly why they didn't just end the concert, or simply cut power to the audio and video…

    It took until 10:10 p.m. for organizers to end the stage performance, according to Houston officials, who said the decision had to take into account the risk of rioting by the young crowd.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/first-lawsuits-filed-against-travis-scott-drake-astroworld-organizers-over-deadly-concert

    This was always a consideration when I was working on stage or front of house management during festivals. 

    I still haven't seen any discussion of the seating arrangements or lack of.   On the map of the event it looks like there is just a big open area, a plaza sort of place, in front of the stage.

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  11. PaultheManc says:

    I am now officially Covid infected.  Lateral Flow test on Saturday and PCR on Sunday, both positive with PCR result returned this morning,  I had been travelling in North England ending up with family mid last week in South Scotland.  Couldn't say where I picked it up, but suspect a pub in Scotland where I watched a soccer match.  Relatively mild symptoms (I am double Pfizer jabbed); main symptom has been temperature but moderated using analgesics plus mild cold like symptoms (runny nose, slight cough etc).  I am now locked down for 10 days.  Bizzarely I have refused the booster jab, with a personal thought that I would 'prefer' to allow my body to develop natural immunity – well, I got what I 'wished for'.

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  12. Greg Norton says:

    I still haven't seen any discussion of the seating arrangements or lack of.   On the map of the event it looks like there is just a big open area, a plaza sort of place, in front of the stage.

    Abandoned theme park. They didn't sell out and get seats, yo.

    This sketch series plays in my head every time I see a new bit of news about Astroworld.

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

    "All exits are padlocked"

  13. nick flandrey says:

    @greg, you watch too much SNL.  Those two clips are more than I've watched in the past 30 years.

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  14. nick flandrey says:

    Abandoned theme park.

    nope.  long gone.  open field.    The festival is on the NRG park grounds, like the rodeo.

    n

  15. Greg Norton says:

    @greg, you watch too much SNL.  Those two clips are more than I've watched in the past 30 years.

    I actually haven't watched much of the show in the last decade.

    The Under-Underground Records bits stick out because a couple of local stations in Portland aired the spoofed Gathering of the Juggalos infomercials late at night when I first moved there in 2010.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0xewi_Gdc8

    The Juggalos have a follwing akin to Dead Heads.

  16. nick flandrey says:

    @paul, I hope you feel better soon.   Double shot and still sick…  hmm.

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  17. PaultheManc says:

     Double shot and still sick…  hmm.

    @Nick, from UK sources my understanding is that vaccines do not prevent you getting Covid or spreading Covid (may reduce incidents????) but that they reduce serious cases and therefore hospitalisations.

  18. Ray Thompson says:

    Captured a phone today. I warn them when class starts. But that urge to snipe on someone is just too strong to resist for some. I won't reveal the gender but you can guess. It was trying to hide the phone under it's leg. I caught it looking down under the desk and moving it's fingers. Boom, it was had.

    Parents must now pick up the phone in the office for 1st offense. 2nd offense is much more serious.

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  19. Greg Norton says:

    @Nick, from UK sources my understanding is that vaccines do not prevent you getting Covid or spreading Covid (may reduce incidents????) but that they reduce serious cases and therefore hospitalisations.

    The vaccines do not prevent spreading the virus, just the severity of the infection, and even that “benefit” is on shaky theoretical ground if you look at stats like what Florida has seen at their antibody clinics.

    Outside of experiments run in a few local jurisdictions, the US has never required patients documented as being sick with Covid to stay home.

  20. SteveF says:

    Similarly, if I tell you that I saw someone texting while driving or dialing while driving, you can probably guess the offender's sex.

    I tracked numbers for several years (ending early last year because I don't leave the house often enough to be worthwhile) and found that people holding up their phones and talking while driving were overwhelmingly, 90% or so female. People looking at their phones while driving were even more overwhelmingly female, close to 100%. "While driving" means the car was moving at traffic speed, not sitting at a light or inching along as the line neared a parking lot's exit. People looking at their phones while stopped were also predominantly female but not so lopsidedly. Methodology was to see if the driver was holding a phone and to note the sex of the driver when I saw a car wobbling all over or otherwise showing an inattentive driver, or if I just happened to look over to a car near me and saw the phone in use. I didn't keep numbers on the sex of the driver if they were driving badly with no phone in sight, though casual memory is that they were usually either women or aggressive young men.

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  21. MrAtoz says:

    Killer Baldwin being an idiot:

    Alec Baldwin says Hollywood needs to have police on film/TV sets where any kind of guns are being used

    He should just keep his yap shut. He's not helping.

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  22. lynn says:

    The Toto Drake dual flush toilet works really well. Only one time since I put it in did it need a plunge, and that’s down from several times a day. Every Toto toilet I’ve put in has worked very well. This one has a very small amount of water in the bowl, and a lot of dry porcelain. It gets dirty quickly. If having a spotless bowl is important, get one with a bigger water puddle. Other than that, it’s a flushing CHAMP.

    I put three American Standard Vormax toilets and a Toto 10 inch rough in 3 inch neck toilet in the new used house when I bought it in 2019 (regular toilets are 12 inch rough in).  All flush amazingly well when they are healthy. 

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H785T6//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    I recently had to replace the double flapper assembly in the Vormax toilets since our water is so crappy and full of iron.  The iron deposits onto the Vormax double flapper assembly and causes it to fail to seat properly.  And our water bill doubled so replacing the flapper assemblies was economic.

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XBQSBB7//p?tag=ttgnet-20

  23. lynn says:

    There are enough Christians from Burundi in NASHVILLE that they have their own church.

    Pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana pretended to leave the church but instead snuck up behind the gunman and wrestled him to the ground. Ndikumana, who uses a translator as he is a Burundian refugee who doesn't speak English, said he was worried the gunman would try to kill his parishioners.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10177039/Pastor-tackled-disarmed-man-brandished-gun-parishioners-praying-altar.html

    WTeverlovinF?

    n

    The only thing that I can figure out is that there are mentally sick people in our society who cannot stand for other people to worship God and to be happy.  These damaged people feel that they must actively control other people's happiness one way or another.  In fact, several of our state governors feel this way also, i.e. California, Michigan, New York state, etc.

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  24. SteveF says:

    I recently had to replace the double flapper assembly in the Vormax toilets since our water is so crappy

    Er…

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  25. lynn says:

    Abandoned theme park.

    — nope.  long gone.  open field.    The festival is on the NRG park grounds, like the rodeo.

    n

    Yup, most of the land for the old Astroworld complex has been cleared and repurposed.  A huge Toyota car dealership, a light rail train storage and work facility, etc.

    We lived in Meyerland from 1973 to 1977, just two miles away from Astroworld.  My mother used to buy my two brothers and I season passes for $25 each.  She would drop us off in the summer with sack lunches one day a week and we would go wild, riding each ride two or three times. When we got tired we would jump on the train and ride it around the park once or thrice.  Fun times until I started working full time with my dad in 1975 when I was 15.

  26. lynn says:

    I recently had to replace the double flapper assembly in the Vormax toilets since our water is so crappy

    Er…

    There are days when we are having troubles with one of our three water wells that our 450 houses share that the water is literally muddy.  There is an half mile ten inch iron pipe connecting the older two wells to the new well that collects sediment.  Why they put in iron pipe instead of PVC, I will never know. We really need a filtration system but I doubt they would put one in since it would be high maintenance.

    The older two wells now have a shed over them after the Feb Freeze.  Amazing.  I don't have a shed over my new water well at the office since it is below the ground.  But I do have a shed over the 120 gallon pressure tank.

  27. drwilliams says:

    @Ray Thompson

    You should start each class with the opening bars of “Theme from Shaft”

    Maybe find a karaoke and have the choir from church do a voiceover:

    ”That cat Ray is a bad substitute teacher….”

  28. Rick H says:

     Double shot and still sick…  hmm.

    More correctly, 'double shot and not as sick as I could have been without the shot'.

    Repeat after me: "The vaccine does not prevent the disease. It makes the symptoms if you get it much less severe. "

    Got my double Pfizer shot in Feb. Mild reaction to the shot (slightly sore arm, less energy), but nothing major. I don't go to crowded places (like bars), just the grocery store and church. Masked in both places (WA state requirement).

    Daughter's family had the "C" last month. Mild symptoms for kids and daughter. They self-isolated. Daughter (who is also a pediatric ICU nurse) was vaccinated. Husband was not. He had the worst symptoms of everyone, but managed to stay out of the hospital.

  29. Ray Thompson says:

    ”That cat Ray is a bad substitute teacher….”

    No, I am a good substitute teacher. Teachers like me as I keep the class in control, mostly get the students to do their work. It would be fine to leave the words as originally recorded in the song. I have probably been called that more than once.

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  30. SteveF says:

    Repeat after me: "The vaccine does not prevent the disease. It makes the symptoms if you get it much less severe. "

    A claim which is repeated much more than it is proved.

    Not that, at this point, I would believe a word of "proof" coming from any government agency or drug company.

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  31. Geoff Powell says:

    @stevef:

    Not that, at this point, I would believe a word of "proof" coming from any government agency or drug company.

    So who do you believe? A.N.Other random poster somewhere on the 'Net? I would be more inclined to believe someone of this parish, but there are limits…

    G.

  32. ~jim says:

    main symptom has been temperature but moderated using analgesics… 

    It seems to me that fever is good if not excessive because it inhibits the reproduction of viruses and bacteria.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8o4x4OlnX54

  33. nick flandrey says:

    A claim which is repeated much more than it is proved.

    seconded.  How do you prove a negative?  ie the absence of severe symptoms?  MOST people will not have severe symptoms anyway.

    and while they keep calling it a vaccine, it's the first one that only lessens symptoms, if that's even provable.  You don't get a little small pox, or polio, or a tiny bit of measles, mumps, or rubella unless something goes drastically wrong.     There are other vaccines that fail over time, but that time is usually measured in YEARS, and is for some recipients.

    It's way too early to say it's safe, and it certainly isn't effective at preventing infection.  Those USED to be the two defining characteristics of vaccines in particular and medicine in general.

    n

    In fairness, I did see an article citing a study that vanished very quickly, that said NO vaxed patients had died from covid.  We know that isn't true anymore, as there are deaths among the 'breakthru' cases.

    We also see very suspicious things like athletes in peak condition collapsing with cardiac issues after receiving one or more of the shots.

    Joint pain is listed as a side effect, and I haven't had a day without shoulder joint pain since I got the f'ing JJ&j shot, and I never had shoulder pain before.  LOTS of other pains, but not shoulder.

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  34. nick flandrey says:

    So who do you believe?

    to start with, it would have to be someone with no financial incentives to lie.  That's going to eliminate a whole bunch of people.

    –secondly, it is WAY to early to make any definitive statements at all, so anyone doing so isn't acting responsibly.   The trial for kids between 5 and 11 has only been going for 6 months and has 18 months to go, by design, yet they're pushing the shots on those kids.  Kids who have statistically almost no chance of dying from the china flu.

    "Here's something that might harm you, to provide some, limited, protection against a disease that is almost never harmful to you, and won't last in any case…"  just doesn't make sense.

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  35. Rick H says:

    A claim which is repeated much more than it is proved.

    Just ask your favorite search engine "covid vaccine lessens symptoms" and you'll get results that prove that fact from several different types of sources besides government agencies – medical journals, hospitals, media, etc.

    Yes, there are side effects. Always are with any drug. Mostly mild in the great majority of cases. And there are instances of deaths among vaccinated people after they got infected. But a very minor number compared to vaccinated population.

    And one anecdotal data point from my daughter's family's experience, as noted above – daughter was vaccinated and had mild symptoms. Son-in-law was not vaccinated and had major but not life-threatening symptoms. He now does wish that he had got it, though.

    Not that all of that scientific data should make any difference in anyone's opinion.

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  36. ~jim says:

    I ran across a documentary on Tubi called _Soundies: A Musical History_ over the weekend.

    https://tubitv.com/movies/515851/soundies-a-musical-history

    It described a technology I had never heard of: the Panoram.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panoram

    Not only that, but the music is one of my favorite styles. 

    https://www.google.com/search?q=soundies

  37. nick flandrey says:

    Where is the normal messaging around infectious disease?  Eat right, get enough sleep, etc…

    Where is the media focus on treatment? All the media ever talks about is prevention thru vax, never treatment.  MCA works.  Convalescent plasma therapy seems to lessen severity of symptoms which is all we can expect from the jabs.   Whether or not HCL and ivermectin work should be a debate with trials out the ass.  Both are safe in humans, commonly prescribed, so why NOT have massive trials?  Early treatment, late treatment, in combinations, with others.  There was no shortage of patients…

    Instead we get invective, propaganda of the worst kind, and stonewalling.  Seriously, read some of the stuff about whether to get your kid a shot.  It's mostly appeals to emotion, jumping on the bandwagon, and almost fact free.  "I was so terrified, I couldn't leave the house.  I can't wait to get little Sam the shot so life can return to normal.  We miss grandma SO MUCH."   

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  38. lynn says:

    Pearls Before Swine: Throwing away non-DST aware devices

        https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2021/11/08

    My 2019 F-150 4×4 automatically did the fall back thing Sunday am.  I am not sure whether to be happy or scared.  Cue "The Rise Of The Terminators" song …

  39. Greg Norton says:

    My 2019 F-150 4×4 automatically did the fall back thing Sunday am.  I am not sure whether to be happy or scared.  Cue "The Rise Of The Terminators" song …

    The F150 is phoning home for information every night, but the infotainment/navigation system has more than enough computing horsepower to display local time from system time.

    System time probably syncs with UTC time sent via GPS. Stratum 1 accuracy if they designed the hardware right.

    Interestingly, my 2018 Toyota’s system clock drifts. Badly.

  40. lynn says:

    “The Immortal Unknown (Perry Rhodan #13)” by K. H. Scheer, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
    https://www.amazon.com/immortal-Perry-Rhodan-peacelord-universe/dp/B0006W4C7Y/

    Book number thirteen of a series of one hundred and twenty-six space opera books in English. The original German books, actually pamphlets, number in the thousands. The English books started with two translated German stories per book and transitioned to one story per book with the sixth book. The German books were written from 1961 to present time, having sold two billion copies and even recently been rebooted. I read the well printed and well bound book published by Ace in 1972 that I had to be very careful with due to age. My copy is a second edition from 1974. I bought an almost complete box of Perry Rhodans a decade or two ago on ebay that I am finally getting to since I lost my original Perry Rhodans in The Great Flood of 1989. In fact, I now own book #1 to book #101.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Rhodan

    In this alternate universe, USSF Major Perry Rhodan and his three fellow astronauts blasted off in a three stage rocket to the Moon in 1971. The first stage of the rocket was chemical, the second and third stages were nuclear. After crashing on the Moon due to a strange radio interference, they discover a massive crashed alien spaceship with an aged male scientist (Khrest), a female commander (Thora), and a crew of 500.

    Perry Rhodan and his crew return to the Vega star system now that they have a map to world of the immortals, after their side trip to the Tugland star system courtesy of Pucky. They find that the Vega star has dramatically enlarged and is going to nova in three weeks. So they take back their smaller space ships and travel along the map to find the world of the immortals.

    One has to remember that this book was written in German in 1962 and translated to English in 1972. Many items that came about in the 1970s and beyond such as cell phones are not reflected in the book. However, commercial aircraft commonly traveling at Mach 3 are not available to the public as talked about in the book. Niels Bohr's saying "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future" comes to mind.

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4 reviews)

  41. lpdbw says:

    A claim which is repeated much more than it is proved.

    So who do you believe?

    Well, let's ask the other question, shall we/

    Who don't I believe?

    People who told me it came from bats.

    People who told me the CCP had nothing to do with it.

    People who told me they didn't, cross my heart, fund gain-of-function research.

    People who told me "2 weeks to flatten the curve".

    People who told me that it's perfectly ok to change the historic definitions of: Pandemic, vaccine, herd immunity, and "case".

    People who told me that the vaccine would stop infections.

    People who told me masks work.  Oh no, I meant they work.  Oh no, I mean they might work.  Disregard the limited research that says they do/don't work.

    People who told me that when enough were vaccinated, we'd return to normal.

    People who told me there were no treatments, and then punished doctors who tried to develop off-patent treatments.

    People with a vested financial interest in lockdowns, or categorizing patients as Covid patients, or in the vaccines.

    Anyone in the FJB administration.

    I've worked at 3 medical schools and I've been in Healthcare IT for 14 years.  If a doctor tells me the sky is blue, I'll grab an umbrella on my way out the door.

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    lpdbw said what I wanted to say, but 1000x better.

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  43. MrAtoz says:

    It's way too early to say it's safe, and it certainly isn't effective at preventing infection.  Those USED to be the two defining characteristics of vaccines in particular and medicine in general.

    In that case, LET'S FORCE IT ON OUR CHILDREN! Another level of experimentation. There's plenty of children, so it we lose 10%, who cares?

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  44. Ray Thompson says:

    My 2019 F-150 4×4 automatically did the fall back thing Sunday am

    Did it get the time from the GPS system? I have always thought the time displayed on the clock should be from the GPS system so when traveling and changing time zones the clock would always be correct. Some may not want the auto adjust but want to keep on a specific time zone. That should be an option setting.

    When I travel west to see the son I have to manually change the clock to the correct time zone. Yeh, a little too much Sheldon in me.

  45. MrAtoz says:

    And if masks are so fraking effective, why not mask 24/7? No more flu, colds, and diseases spread through the air. We don't mask during flu season because masks are a joke.

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  46. SteveF says:

    Even the widely-distributed pictures of people wearing masks during the Spanish Flu in the US were more propaganda than reality, both recently and a century ago. Masks were worn only by a small slice of people, in a limited set of locations, for a short duration.

  47. lynn says:

    My 2019 F-150 4×4 automatically did the fall back thing Sunday am

    Did it get the time from the GPS system? I have always thought the time displayed on the clock should be from the GPS system so when traveling and changing time zones the clock would always be correct. Some may not want the auto adjust but want to keep on a specific time zone. That should be an option setting.

    When I travel west to see the son I have to manually change the clock to the correct time zone. Yeh, a little too much Sheldon in me.

    I have no freaking idea where it got the new time from.  I do know that I can change the time from the radio console.

  48. lynn says:

    And if masks are so fraking effective, why not mask 24/7? No more flu, colds, and diseases spread through the air. We don't mask during flu season because masks are a joke.

    I do like the masks on people preparing food and serving food.  That actually seems quite smart to me.

  49. SteveF says:

    Those are designed to keep slobber out out the food, Lynn. Similar to the use of surgical masks by surgeons. Totally different than trying to stop the spread of viruses living in water droplets in exhaled breath.

    Keeping food handlers from drooling onto food and surgeons from drooling onto opened-up body cavities is indeed a good thing, but has nothing to do with forcing masks on the teeming masses.

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  50. nick flandrey says:

    I just got back from picking up D2.   Got in the truck, '17 Expy, and the clock hadn't reset, even though 'apply DST' was enabled in the menu.  So I bumped the hour back one, and noticed the option to 'sync clock to GPS time'.  I did, got a warning that it doesn't do DST, but then didn't notice any change.   lt's possible it just uses the minutes from the GPS time data.

    It could use the GPS for position and time, and apply the DST offset based on where you were, but it would need current lookup tables.  I'm not sure it's been updated since it left the factory.  In any case, it didn't correctly set the time.   I expect it to change now whenever DST used to change and screw me up.

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  51. lynn says:

    "Nearly a third of millennials identify as LGBT, study finds"

         https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/nearly-one-in-three-millennials-identifies-as-lgbt

    "Roughly 30% of millennials in the United States identify as LGBT, according to a recent study conducted by Arizona Christian University."

    "Among the 30% of millennials who identify as LGBT , 39% of those between the ages of 18 and 24 said they fall into that category, according to the results of the study , which surveyed 600 people between the ages of 18 and 37 and was overseen by George Barna, the school's Cultural Research Center's director of research."

    If this is true then we are sunk as a nation.  To me, the LGBT nonsense is a sign of mental illness.

    Hat tip to:

       https://drudgereport.com/

  52. Greg Norton says:

    It could use the GPS for position and time, and apply the DST offset based on where you were, but it would need current lookup tables.  I'm not sure it's been updated since it left the factory.  In any case, it didn't correctly set the time.   I expect it to change now whenever DST used to change and screw me up.

    The GPS sync will slowly "drift" the UTC system time to be consistent with the atomic clocks on the satellites. Unless you manually change the DST and/or time zone setting, absent a battery failure, you won't see a sudden jump in the time value displayed on the infotainment system.

    Time zone for a given lat/long is a two week assignment in a Senior level undergrad CS course, but, as I've pointed out many times before, the "engineering" degrees held by much of the labor force on outsourced projects are inadequate IMHO.

    An infotainment system is going to be outsourced. It isn’t life or death.

  53. Alan says:

    >> And if masks are so fraking effective, why not mask 24/7? No more flu, colds, and diseases spread through the air. We don't mask during flu season because masks are a joke.

    A properly fitted N95 respirator is effective, otherwise the doctors and nurses treating Covid patients would just be wearing surgical masks.

  54. Norman Yarvin says:

    "The first vaccine that only lessens symptoms" — not even close. The tetanus and diptheria vaccines purely and by design only lessen symptoms: they get the body to make antibodies against the toxins produced by those bacteria. They do nothing to stop the bacteria themselves from replicating. (Once you defang the toxins, those are very mundane infections that the immune system can deal with easily.)

    The coronavirus vaccines actually interfere with viral replication, both by antibodies that glom onto the virus and stop it from entering cells and by priming T cells to kill infected cells of your own. If you look at it very crudely through epidemiology that can come out as "only lessens symptoms", but really you can't kill virus without it also making transmission less likely too. Since transmission is often before symptoms, it probably has a lower effect on transmission than on symptoms, but the effect on transmission will be there too.

    As for who to trust: you have to dig deep enough to get down to a technical level where there's not much disagreement. This requires actually knowing math and science, not just "trusting" them. (If all you've seen is political types weighing in on both sides, I recommend the RaDVaC white paper as an example of primo technical content.  They've developed a DIY vaccine that's snorted up the nose and for that reason likely does a much better job on transmission than the commercial vaccines do: generates localized immunity at the usual place of infection. And they're not trying to make a dime off it.)

    Nick, as regards your shoulder, you probably have a long-term infection that infects white blood cells, rides in on them to damaged areas, and sets up shop there.  Chlamydia pneumoniae is one such, and one that I spent years on antibiotics ridding myself of.  (It's not the STD; that's Chlamydia trachomatis.)  But there are other bacteria too that act like that.  Not only your shoulder but many other things would probably get better on antibiotics (after first getting worse).

  55. CowboySlim says:

    Do the GPS satellites change their transmitted time values 24 times each rotation?

  56. CowboySlim says:

    I will change to LBGT  if JC does have 2nd coming to Earth but then go back to Heaven without me as promised by the Theologins.

  57. lynn says:

    "Unvaccinated Texans make up vast majority of COVID-19 cases and deaths this year, new state data shows"

        https://www.texastribune.org/2021/11/08/texas-coronavirus-deaths-vaccinated/

    "The new state survey is the first time Texas health officials have been able to statistically measure the vaccine's true impact on the pandemic."

    "Out of nearly 29,000 Texans who have died from COVID-related illnesses since mid-January, only 8% of them were fully vaccinated against the virus, according to a report detailing the Texas Department of State Health Services’ findings."

    "And more than half of those deaths among vaccinated people were among Texans older than 75, the age group that is most vulnerable to the virus, the study shows."

    This does prove one thing. Don’t get the Koof. You may die.

  58. Ray Thompson says:

    I'm not sure it's been updated since it left the factory.

    To the best of my knowledge the time zones have not changed in a few dozen years.

    I refuse to buy new maps for my 2014 F-150. Ford wants $150.00. NFW. Thus I use my Garmin GPS which was about the same cost as one map update from Ford. Ford needs to get a clue and allow people to download the maps from a website, put them on a XD card, and be done with it. Even charging say, $10.00 would not be unreasonable. But my Garmin is so much better on maps, with junction view and other detailed information, I doubt I would pay the $10.00. And I get lifetime map updates from Garmin.

  59. lpdbw says:

    This does prove one thing. Don’t get the Koof. You may die.

    I concur.  But… you may mitigate the sickness with Vitamin D, Ivermectin, HCQ, losing weight, taking zinc, etc.  Or maybe not; no one seems to be doing the serious science, so we don't know.  All we can do is watch India and Africa and hope that Occam is on our side.  And, in my case, have the proven harmless meds at hand in case of need.

    Speaking of serious science, the linked Texas Tribune article presents time-phased data as if it were an instantaneous measurement.  That is, January through October are summarized, and populations compared, when the populations were dramatically skewing over that period, from unvaccinated to vaccinated.  It presents the "prevents death" case in the most favorable light, by increasing the denominator of total deaths.  I'd like to see numbers for just September and October.

    For another confounder, what if the Delta variant follows the historic pattern of virus evolution, and is both more contagious and simultaneously less deadly?  Does that skew the comparison of unvaxxed to vaxxed deaths?  or "cases"?

    Edited to add: I found a link in the Texas Tribune article to more detail and I will read it.

  60. CowboySlim says:

    @Ray:  Me too.  I have my Garmin 750i attached to its windshield mount and use it to navigate to the geocache location that I am seeking.  Then getting out of my Jeep to find the cache, I take my Garmin 66i as it is smaller and easy to hand carry.

  61. nick flandrey says:

    you probably have a long-term infection

    –interesting.   I was about half ready to take the ivermectin just to see if I have anything still hanging around from the months I spent in China.   I was sick for weeks when I got back, having brushed my teeth with tap water on my way to the airport.   When I was done sh!tting, I still had a sore stomach for the next three or four weeks.  I wish someone would have suggested doing so when I got back all those years ago.

    I won't argue the semantics of tetanus and dt nullifying the symptoms or preventing the infection, as I wasn't aware of how those two worked.  You still don't get tetanus but less bone cracking contraction, you don't get the ill effects at all.   That's different from hoping that the covid vax will lessen the severity of your course  of the disease.

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  62. ech says:

    Regardless of maker, all the shots have declining effectiveness over relatively short timespans.  If there is any effectiveness at all, which "breakthrough" infections seem to be disproving.

    Given that the hospitalization rate and fatality rate for those that are vaccinated is much lower than those that are not, across all ages, it works.

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  63. JimB says:

    Clocks. For every (n) clock models there are (n+?) setting interfaces. Some are downright bizarre. If you want to have a good laugh, try reading the setting instructions in Chinesium. Much easier to just experiment.

    Someone mentioned a Casio Edifice watch. I have a Waveceptor with a 5161 module. I have had it for over seven years, and I have never had to mess with any settings. Good thing, because I NEED the instructions to even change the time zone. I haven’t left our time zone during that time, but I carry the instructions PDF on my cell phone just in case. Watches have a very compromised UI because of lack of real estate and just a few buttons.

    As much as I like the watch, my next watch will probably be something much simpler. I no longer need all the functions as long as I have my cell phone with me. I doubt I could find one, but a simple analog dress watch would be fine as long as it could get WWVB to keep it set and change it to and from DST.

    There was danger of cutting funding for WWVB a couple years ago, but that didn’t happen. Good thing.

  64. Greg Norton says:

    I refuse to buy new maps for my 2014 F-150. Ford wants $150.00. NFW. Thus I use my Garmin GPS which was about the same cost as one map update from Ford. Ford needs to get a clue and allow people to download the maps from a website, put them on a XD card, and be done with it. Even charging say, $10.00 would not be unreasonable. But my Garmin is so much better on maps, with junction view and other detailed information, I doubt I would pay the $10.00. And I get lifetime map updates from Garmin.

    Map data to convert lat/long to time zone would be a much smaller data set, changing infrequently, something which could be updated when the vehicle phones home.

  65. CowboySlim says:

    @JimB:  Yes, I have a Casio Pro Trek watch and I have use the manual (Operation Guide 3415) to change time, DST, or location.

  66. Greg Norton says:

    Someone mentioned a Casio Edifice watch. I have a Waveceptor with a 5161 module. I have had it for over seven years, and I have never had to mess with any settings. Good thing, because I NEED the instructions to even change the time zone. I haven’t left our time zone during that time, but I carry the instructions PDF on my cell phone just in case. Watches have a very compromised UI because of lack of real estate and just a few buttons.

    I have an Edifice Tough Solar without the time signal receiver as my daily wear watch.

    Yes, the user interface leaves much to be desired.

    Mine does not have the automatic time sync, but I know my way around the interface sufficiently to sync and change time zone/DST. The movement only loses 10 seconds every six months, and that's probably deliberate on Casio's part.

    When I first received the watch as a gift, I set the little dial to UTC and haven't touched it since.

    Stopwatch? Yes, there is one in theory. Maybe one day I will figure out how to use it.

  67. Marcelo says:

    A mini move away from Doom and Gloom, some are finally starting to see the obvious way forward.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7903495/New-Rolls-Royce-mini-nuclear-power-stations-built-North.html

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  68. Rick H says:

    The folks from Wyze, who make inexpensive but very excellent (IMHO) security cameras, have come up with an at-home Covid-19 test, with two-pack at $6.99 per test (so $14 for the two pack). They even have a video on how to do it. 

    Big advantage that I see is that you only have to insert about 3/4". Details here: https://wyze.com/covid19-test-kit.html

    Note, I am not a doctor, etc.

  69. JimB says:

    Stopwatch? Yes, there is one in theory. Maybe one day I will figure out how to use it.

    I had a Timex Expedition watch before the Casio. Its countdown timer and stopwatch had very different UIs. Once I learned them, they made sense, but it took the manual the first time. I have had several Casio watches over the years, and liked all of them. Most of their UIs were very straight forward.

    As for accuracy, losing 10 seconds in six months, that is just tolerance on the crystal. One of my early Casio watches had a trimmer to adjust the oscillator, but that is the only one I have ever seen. When you have a few minutes, calculate the percentage error for typical watches. It is very low, especially with environmental variations.

    I also have a Bulova Accutron, purchased in 1964. That was the tuning fork watch. It was position sensitive, and could be put in a certain orientation to speed or slow it when not worn. Used that trick to keep  it very close to zero error. Great watch. I still have it, but it uses a mercury coin cell. Verboten nowadays.

  70. JimM says:

    My elderly mother got a stimulus check from the state. It is very difficult for her to get out of the house, so I had her endorse it and took it to the bank to deposit it in her trust account, of which I am the trustee. They refused, saying that it has to be an account for which she has signature authority. She has no such account. She has no current ID, either, so she cannot open an account, even if she were up to visiting the bank to do so. Getting a current ID would involve a worse trip out to the DMV. I'm considering sending the endorsed check in as a payment of estimated income tax. I'm pretty sure they won't like that. I'm not sure that using my power of attorney will work, either, although I might try it. Like so many mediocre programmers, the bureaucrats writing the regulations often figure "that won't happen very often", and ignore that possibility.

  71. Greg Norton says:

    The folks from Wyze, who make inexpensive but very excellent (IMHO) security cameras, have come up with an at-home Covid-19 test, with two-pack at $6.99 per test (so $14 for the two pack). They even have a video on how to do it. 

    Big advantage that I see is that you only have to insert about 3/4".

    I did a rapid test at CVS to get cleared to see Kevin Smith in Downtown Austin last week. The insertion required was only 1" — eye watering but not terrible.

    The theater would not accept home tests. Downtown is like a whole different planet these days, with people wearing masks to walk outside.

    After the show, returning to the car, I got the eye from one family when I got into the parking garage elevator sans mask.

    They were more worried about me than whatever was culturing in the urine on the floor of the elevator … or exposing their middle schooler to the content of the evening’s headline entertainer.

    I bit my tongue to keep from asking, "Did your 12 year old enjoy the show?"

  72. Alan says:

    >> I doubt I could find one, but a simple analog dress watch would be fine as long as it could get WWVB to keep it set and change it to and from DST.

    @JimB, https://beringtime.com/eu/radio-controlled-polished-grey-51640-078

  73. Nightraker says:

    @JimM  The Banking Cartel's "policies" can be infuriating.  I suggest moving up their food chain asking "How do we do this?" and reject any solution that inconveniences your mother.  Hopefully, if you have to go above the branch manager, the corporate office is local.  Bring your POA and any other documentation along.

    Then establish a new account at a different institution and demand a wire transfer of the account balance to the new bank or credit union.  Bank checks have their own pitfalls at both ends.  That's why you want to establish the new account before closing the old one.

  74. JimB says:

    Alan, elegant watch. I will put it in my notes. I do expect the Casio to last a few more years. Now that I am retired, I don't wear my watch daily, and it is in like new condition after seven years. The rechargeable battery is replaceable, with a claimed life of ten years. The watch is light powered. Amazing all they have crammed into such a small space. Also amazing that it is supposed to work with all the world's VLF time signals, and even time zones that are offset by fifteen minutes. My best ever watch.

    I used to joke that the next advance in watches would be an implantable one. Then, we would just "know" the time.

  75. Robert V Sprowl says:

    Help!!

    On Nov5 JimB wrote: Huh? Why not just log onto your LAN and copy them to the computer? I have done that for years. Your phone is just a computer that can be on the LAN through Wi-Fi. It has an accessible file system, at least on Android. My only experience is with Android and a Windows phone before that. Don’t need no steenkin’ app.

    For over a yea, I have been unable to get picture off my Moto G power Android phone via email or a usb lick to my Windows 10 PC.  I don't have a LAN. 

    Wifi?  How?

  76. lynn says:

    To the best of my knowledge the time zones have not changed in a few dozen years.

    I refuse to buy new maps for my 2014 F-150. Ford wants $150.00. NFW. Thus I use my Garmin GPS which was about the same cost as one map update from Ford. Ford needs to get a clue and allow people to download the maps from a website, put them on a XD card, and be done with it. Even charging say, $10.00 would not be unreasonable. But my Garmin is so much better on maps, with junction view and other detailed information, I doubt I would pay the $10.00. And I get lifetime map updates from Garmin.

    I downloaded a free update for my radio and maps earlier this year from Ford.  2.2 GB.  Nobody mentioned anything about paying for them.

  77. Ray Thompson says:

    I downloaded a free update for my radio and maps earlier this year from Ford.  2.2 GB.
     

    I have downloaded an update for the sync system, not for maps. In my vehicle the maps reside on an XD memory card located in the center console. Check your console for a card in a slot. Ford may have changed by your model year to something else.

  78. Nightraker says:

    arguing with editor

    If you have a personal wifi router/box, you have a network and therefore a LAN.  You will need to know the filename of the photo and use a file manager on Android.  You may already have a “My Files” app.  There are a host of freebies at Google Play, if not.

    The trick will be getting a Win10 folder visible to the file manager.  I’m rusty on that, but in Win10 File Manager, i.e. Win-E for Explorer  right click a likely folder, select “Sharing” tab of the “Properties” and click “Share” .  That should make that folder visible to the Android FM.  Your PC’s username and password will be needed at some point.  Among the File Manager’s menus will be a “Copy” command for the file(s) you select.

    Alternatively, the Android FM should also see a USB key in the charging port.  -Or- the “greater than” with bitty circles on the ends Sharing icon should allow you to attach a file to an email or SMS or whatever. 

    Hope this helps!
    huh! Multiple “Internal Server Error” when posting 08:15PM CST  There is “body” and “p” in the status line of the CKEditor.

  79. Nightraker says:

    Made the post I wanted by Editing a post "arguing with Editor" as the only text.  Would NOT let me paste the other text as a post.  Originally composed in the online Editor and taken to WordPad when posting not allowed/failed.

  80. ~jim says:

    I ran across this quote from Melville today: 

    "All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it."

    It's a wonder the postmodern lgbtqxyz feminazi brigade hasn't fallen upon this as a post-freudian exploitation narrative of chauvinistic heteronormative dialogue. 

    (but I'm sure, somewhere in Berkeley; ohhh, they have, they have!) 

  81. lynn says:

    I downloaded a free update for my radio and maps earlier this year from Ford.  2.2 GB.
     

    I have downloaded an update for the sync system, not for maps. In my vehicle the maps reside on an XD memory card located in the center console. Check your console for a card in a slot. Ford may have changed by your model year to something else.

    Only USB slots in my console.  BTW, my console was a $200 option in my truck, it did not come standard with the XLT package.  My transmission shifter is on the steering column, not the console.  The place where the transmission shifter goes in the console is another bucket, I love it !  More storage !

  82. lynn says:

    Do the GPS satellites change their transmitted time values 24 times each rotation?

    Rotation of what ?  The Earth around itself, 24 hours ?  The Earth around Sol, 365.25 days ?  The Moon around Earth, 28 days ?

    I have no idea whatsoever.  I have never understood how GPS works.

  83. JimB says:

    For over a yea, I have been unable to get picture off my Moto G power Android phone via email or a usb lick to my Windows 10 PC.  I don't have a LAN.

    Wifi?  How?

    First, kudos to @Nightraker. He answered while I was having dinner. I would add that I have always found what I needed by asking the Googles. I have also heard that certain phones prevent their owners from doing what you want to do, so this might be your problem. My experience is only with a few Samsung and Windows phones, so I may be limited. Still, all phones and a lot of other devices have file systems. They have to: this is the only way they can store information.

    You need to get into that file system. The connector on the phone might support this, and it might not. If your phone has USB On the Go, then you can simply plug a USB drive into that socket using the appropriate adapter. But wait. That is the hard way. So is using a USB cable to connect directly to your computer. I had a LOT of trouble doing that with a Linux computer. Windows works fine.

    Instead, use Wi-Fi. If you have Wi-Fi, that is on the inside of your LAN, and your computer resides there, too. As @Nightraker said, use the File Manager on recent versions of Android, and look for the LAN option. The first time you see your computer’s name, you will have to log on using your user password (Windows.) Linux makes this more difficult, because you need to use your SAMBA account and password. Once logged on, look for some folders. If none, you will have to share them on the computer. Then they will be visible on your phone (after you refresh the connection.) BTW, going from the computer to the phone can be trickier, and I don’t recommend it for simple transfers.

    If you can see a folder on your computer, go find the files you want to transfer. Pictures taken with the phone’s camera almost always reside in the DCIM folder, so try that first. Select some files, and click the Copy command. Then, select the folder on your computer that you want to copy to. If fails for lack of privileges, go to the folder on the computer and set the Write Privilege to Everyone. Refresh on the phone. Now it should work.

    I hope this helps.

  84. lynn says:

    I downloaded a free update for my radio and maps earlier this year from Ford.  2.2 GB.
     

    I have downloaded an update for the sync system, not for maps. In my vehicle the maps reside on an XD memory card located in the center console. Check your console for a card in a slot. Ford may have changed by your model year to something else.

    I just checked the Ford Sync Update website.  After putting in my VIN, it told me there is another update for my SYNC 3 system

    https://help.ford.com/update-sync/

  85. JimB says:

    Robert V Sprowl, I forgot to mention that you should not email your pictures to yourself. Many phones make this easy, but they downgrade the picture quality. That might be suitable for a casual email, but you want the original files. My method does that.

  86. Nightraker says:

    JimB hit the rest of the things to know to get files/photos from a phone. 

    Then there are the cloud apps Google Drive, Amazon Photos, One Drive, 4Shared, Dropbox.  They too will allow you to share your pix with yourself or whomever and your Win10 box.

  87. lynn says:

    "Watch: Al Gore's Latest 'Solution' To Climate Change Is Mass Surveillance"

         https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-al-gores-latest-solution-climate-change-mass-surveillance

    "Speaking from the private jet and super yacht owners gathering, otherwise known as the COP 26 summit, Al Gore touted his latest solution to curb carbon emissions, mass surveillance via satellites, sensors and artificial intelligence."

    ManBearPig is back.  He has no credibility, why would anyone listen to him ?

  88. Norman Yarvin says:

    Nick, the sorts of long-term infections I was talking about aren't anything you need to go to China to get. They're quite common: so common that doctors have come to regard them as normal and the body's responses as "autoimmune disease". For instance if you tell an average doctor that chlamydia is a horrible epidemic and out of control, he will likely agree and think you are talking about C. trachomatis, which infects something like 3% of young women in the US. And that really is a horrifying figure: it's not just that 3% get it at some point in their life, it's that 3% are infected at any given moment. But with C. pneumoniae, two separate studies have found it infecting white blood cells in 20% of healthy blood donors: more than five times as common, and that in a particularly healthy subpopulation. It's officially acknowledged as the cause of about 10% of cases of community-acquired pneumonia. As for what else it might cause, it's strongly implicated in atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and more.

    But there are other suspects too, such as Porphyromonas gingivalis (a "Community Activist for Disease", per one paper).  Fortunately the treatments for the various suspects tend to use a lot of the same antibiotics.

  89. Marcelo says:

    I love it !  More storage !

    No, no, no, no, no and no. That allows even more crap to be accumulated…

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  90. Nick Flandrey says:

    Oh how I miss my GIGANTIC center console on my 08 expy.   Being that it was a cop car, the shifter is on the column, and there was a radio console down the middle.  I went to ebay, found the correct console, and put it in my truck.  It was like having a  flip top bin between the seats.  SO MUCH stuff ended up in there.   

    The factory console for the floor shift option is tiny, with little room inside, maybe a shoebox, and part of that is obstructed by the two usb jacks sticking out of the side.  No room for radios, or console vaults.  No room for an inverter.

    I'll have to check out the link and see what updates my '17 needs.  I'm sure there are several by now.

    n

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  91. Alan says:

    >> I refuse to buy new maps for my 2014 F-150. Ford wants $150.00. NFW. Thus I use my Garmin GPS which was about the same cost as one map update from Ford. Ford needs to get a clue and allow people to download the maps from a website, put them on a XD card, and be done with it. Even charging say, $10.00 would not be unreasonable. But my Garmin is so much better on maps, with junction view and other detailed information, I doubt I would pay the $10.00. And I get lifetime map updates from Garmin.

    @Ray, have you checked any of the popular Ford F-Series forums? Usually can find what you seek.

    I wonder how much Android Auto and the Apple equivalent has impacted GPS sales?

  92. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ray, check on ebay for an updated map card.   I have seen them for car, boat, and airplane GPSs…

    n

  93. Nick Flandrey says:

    This political show trial has been a farce from the beginning, so I hope it implodes further.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/rittenhouse-witness-blows-case-prosecution-admits-he-pointed-gun-advanced-first

    n

    btw, that AR leaves a NASTY wound in a bicep…

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  94. drwilliams says:

    “Nearly a third of millennials identify as LGBT, study finds"

    Trying desperately to get laid.

  95. Nick Flandrey says:

    I wonder how much Android Auto and the Apple equivalent has impacted GPS sales?

    –probably in the same way they impacted cameras.  If you need a stand alone, you'll get one.  But the one in your phone is probably 'good enough'.

    n

  96. lynn says:

    "A.F. Branco Cartoon – Joyless Agenda"

        https://comicallyincorrect.com/a-f-branco-cartoon-joyless-agenda/

    "Joy Reid basically says Black Americans should think and vote monolithically with no free will. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021."

    Sad that.

  97. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

    Ray:  My 2020 Ford F-150 will allow me to download new maps and GPS updates for free, but it's a phenomenally kludgy system to try to update. The instructions are either confusing or wrong or both, and they only come out annually. My Garmin is easier and better.

  98. JimB says:

    No, no, no, no, no and no. That allows even more crap to be accumulated…

    +1000 and more. I have never liked accumulating clutter anywhere. Once I accumulate it, it is hard to get rid of it, except in cars, which I relentlessly purge. I also never eat in a car. Old habit. If I need food or drink, I go inside a restaurant. It is a nice break from driving on a trip.

    When we go out of town, I have a bunch of stuff I carry in a kit. Most of it is just for comfort, because failures on modern cars are seldom fixable on the road. I still have a travel toolbox that has a lot of small tools, collection refined over the years. I mostly use it at our destination if at all. I have small amounts of tying wire, solder, tape, and odds and ends. I do carry hard to obtain things like spare belts. I recently added a roll up rug in case I need to crawl on the ground.

    When we go on an extended trip, especially out of the country, I have a minimal tool kit that has saved me a few times. The whole thing weighs less than a pound, and includes pliers, screwdrivers, magnifier, extension cord and adapters, etc. If traveling with a group, I am sometimes asked to do light repairs.

    There is no substitute for a shop, but those are not very portable.

  99. Marcelo says:

    No, no, no, no, no and no. That allows even more crap to be accumulated…

    +1000 and more. I have never liked accumulating clutter anywhere.

    Actually, hmmm, I am the opposite. This means that if there Is more room available it Will be used to accumulate stuff. No room means no more space and no more stuff. Something will have to go…

  100. brad says:

    The vaccine does not prevent the disease. It makes the symptoms if you get it much less severe.

    The vaccines do reduce the chances of getting sick. That's what the numbers the other day were about. Then, if you get sick anyway, your body has a head start in the subsequent fight. Also worth something. As for proof, many governments have run their own studies, counting the cases reported by vaccinated and unvaccinated people. When counted across hundreds of thousands of people, the statistics are pretty clear.

    Obviously, everyone has to make their own decisions; personally, I'm a fan of modern medicine…

    FWIW the messaging outside the US has been a lot less chaotic. Just for an example, we didn't have a Fauci.

    Among the 30% of millennials who identify as LGBT , 39% of those between the ages of 18 and 24 said they fall into that category

    That's because they keep broadening the definitions. Just as an example: everyone has masculine and feminine traits. If you recognize that in yourself, you can call yourself "gender fluid". Suddenly you too can join the cool LGBT movement.

    Like the mental health guidelines: if they broaden the definitions enough, suddenly everyone has mental health issues. Previous generations just said "life's a bitch", but now you can get drugs and therapy for it.

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  101. MrAtoz says:

    Getting a current ID would involve a worse trip out to the DMV.

    When I took my Mom to Nevada (may she RIP), I put her in a wheelchair, took her to the DMV and went to the front of the line for an ID. It took 30 minutes at the huge DMV on Flamingo road. Nobody questioned it. Perhaps an option to get an ID.

  102. MrAtoz says:

    I refuse to buy new maps for my 2014 F-150. Ford wants $150.00. NFW.

    My 2018  Subaru Outback came with 3 years of map updates. You download the data, put on USB with special software, and when you plug it into the Subie, it updates the map (same with whatever OS runs the center console). The GPS is a Tom Tom and it is typical of car GPS maps: shite. But, it is a good backup when I drive through the mountains of WA. I use my iPhone with Car Play and am not looking back. That or Google Maps, Waze. I might get a handheld stand alone to goof around with.

    As an aside: When I was flying Blackhawks, they only had a rudimentary GPS. Just a display that had Lat/Long coordinates. The birds did have an inertial system that was cool. You flew over a known, preprogrammed location, hit a sync button and were good for an xxx. You could program different coordinates, press a button and an arrow on the attitude indicator would point to the new location. All with inertia.

  103. MrAtoz says:

    The rumor on the inner-tubes is Gruesome Newsome's face is paralyzed from GB after getting his clot shot booster. Hence he has not been seen for 9-10 days.

    Also, Shot Girl ™ says Rep. Paul Gosar staff made a short anime of him killing her. I haven't seen it. Apparently, his and hers heads are imposed on an existing anime. It's a stretch to say he is killing her. She screeches about no protection for women of color. Right to the sexist/racist cry. She was nowhere to be heard when similar was done to tRump, but Shot Girl ™ is not know for her integrity or intelligence.

  104. MrAtoz says:

    In case you missed it:

    James O’Keefe: “10 FBI Agents… handcuffed me and threw me against the hallway… partially clothed in front of my neighbors.” [VIDEO]

    Project Veritas had other reporters served by the FBI during the week. All because they say PV stole Ashley Biden's diary. Yeah, the FBI is raiding journalists homes because of a diary. Unbelievable. That is the state of the FBI. It is not hard to say this is politically motivated. Are there State secrets in the diary? O'Keefe said they tried to give the diary to Biden's lawyer, he refused, so they gave it to the police. Even if they did steal it, why is the FBI involved?

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