Sun. Nov. 14, 2021 – we’re gettin’ the band back together…

By on November 14th, 2021 in ebay, personal, WuFlu

Cold and clear warming to cool and clear. Probably won’t get to hot and clear… It was beautiful on Saturday. I even got the mower out and cut the grass in the back yard.

Did my non-prepping hobby meeting with mini-swapmeet. We had a good turnout. Some cash was exchanged for some stuff I’d picked up over the past couple of months. Not much, it’s more about the camaraderie than making money most quarters. Nice to see people getting together for a shared interest. Lots of donuts were eaten too.

Came home and did some ebay listing, some housework, and general ‘real life’ stuff. Didn’t do much ‘prepping’ outside of building community and getting out into meatspace. In the mean time, my daughter is learning to shoot a rifle, so that is cool. She officially knows more about sailing very small boats than I do too. They had good weather for their day, with a chilly night. Wife and eldest will be home today some time around noon. It was a short camp outing.

Turns out that hamsters don’t like syringes full of liquid meds poked down their throats. Who knew? Yes, had to give the furball some meds last night, and this morning. Not an easy thing to do. Certainly harder than I expected. Little fluffy has a couple of tumors and a bare patch on his flank. So far he’s still active and eating. We take on an obligation to the animals under our care, but with $7 hamsters, there are limits. Meds and comfort are about as far as we’re prepared to go with this one. So the kids will probably soon get another life lesson. And the parents too.

These are the ‘good old days’ so make hay…

and stack all the things.

nick

68 Comments and discussion on "Sun. Nov. 14, 2021 – we’re gettin’ the band back together…"

  1. MrAtoz says:

    McConaughey pretty much ruined Dirk Pitt, but I don't think it bothered Cussler too much. He laughed all the way to the bank after he bought back the publishing rights for his first two books, and if he didn't find a Cubby Broccoli for Pitt, he at least sold him twice.

    Don't get me started on the books Will Smith has ruined: I, Robot. I Am Legend. And other franchise: Wild, Wild, West.

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  2. Greg Norton says:

    Don't get me started on the books Will Smith has ruined: I, Robot. I Am Legend. And other franchise: Wild, Wild, West.

    Jon Peters ruined "Wild, Wild, West". Go find the first "An Evening With Kevin Smith" video and play the story about Smith being hired to write a "Superman" script for Peters.

  3. MrAtoz says:

    More stuff on the Rittenhouse trial. The Prosecution presented an 11th hour surprise video from a drone that miraculously showed up in their office. They used that and an "enhanced" photo to say RH provoked a response by raising his gun. Ridiculous, but the Judge allowed it. Maybe he got threatened. The enhanced photo was apparently not even documented on how it was enhanced.

    It's funny how the Jury is sequestered while the Court decides on how to instruct them on provocation etc. If the Jury was present, I'm sure they would say WTH! The blatant rail-roading of RH is apparent. Even if he is found Not Guilty on all charges, the next years of his life will be Hell. I hope he gets off and sues everybody from plugs on down for slander/libel. 

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  4. Pecancorner says:

    Good morning. A few days ago someone mentioned a pain relieving salve now available OTC  (1% something) and talked about using it with lidocaine. I've tried search and I've tried FindInPage going back a few days without luck. Figured it would be easier to just ask if anyone recalls the name of it.  Thank you! 🙂

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Last night's pandemic oddity in Round Rock was a sign on the restaurant door citing an unspecified CDC regulation limiting parties to eight people or less. The sign looked new.

    Either they've had problems being located not far from the big soccer tournament facility or the management is getting ready for next weekend, when the whole country heads to Texas and Florida for Thanksgiving Week without masks or vaccine passports.

    God forbid they fix the problems where they live. Yeah, Democrats. Trump tho.

    (always gotta spell it t-h-o)

  6. Pecancorner says:

    Aldi's has duck for $2.69 a pound.  More and more, Aldi's is winning my loyalty. They never gouge with prices like all the other stores do. However they do it, it's helpful. 

    I bought one to roast to see if we like it, and if we do I will get a couple more for the freezer.

    It comes with an orange sauce packet, and instructions for how to roast it.  I am going to use Julia Child's instructions for it though, to be sure I get all the fat from it: first steam it, then braise it, then roast it to crisp the skin.  

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  7. Greg Norton says:

    Aldi's has duck for $2.69 a pound.  More and more, Aldi's is winning my loyalty. They never gouge with prices like all the other stores do. However they do it, it's helpful. 

    I bought one to roast to see if we like it, and if we do I will get a couple more for the freezer.

    When I worked in Belton, we bought Aldi meat specials from the Temple store without ever having a problem.

    The US is Aldi South but a lot of suppliers in this country get shared with Aldi North-owned Trader Joe's. Most of the time, the specials are not name brands, but the quality is still high.

    A quick check of this week's meat specials in the local store shows Butterball turkeys for 89 cents/lb two weeks out. So much for the "shortage" the local Faux News station keeps trying to generate.

    In the past, Aldi moving into the neighborhood hasn’t been a good sign for the economic conditions in the area, but the two new stores closest to us are in decent sections of town even if Californians and Subcontinent pass on buying the nearby homes.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    In the past, Aldi moving into the neighborhood hasn’t been a good sign for the economic conditions in the area, but the two new stores closest to us are in decent sections of town even if Californians and Subcontinent pass on buying the nearby homes.

    That reminds me — as of this week our development now has traffic lights activated and a major bridge/overpass project started to join the two halves of the MUD which will together enable quick access to Dell and HPE's former Compaq campus from the H1B-centric new housing developments just outside the district to the West and North.

    Maybe the MUD should have considered tolling the bridge. 🙂

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    68F and clear this late morning.

    wrt duck, I used the "easiest duck recipe" https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/7961-easy-roast-duck  with good results.  Of course there are other ways but that one did work.

    Aldi is a brand I associate with poverty and poor neighborhoods.  That is from my youth in the Chicago area.

    The new store a few blocks from my house is modern stylish and well lit.  I haven't shopped it but my wife likes to grab something there when see feels the need to reassert her gathering skills…

    There weren't any turkeys at the HEB nearest me.  For the last few years they've had them (Riverrock brand?) for about $1.28/# and the price never varies.  No post holiday sales.   They never pile them up, never use them as a loss leader.   The butterballs are almost always just breasts.

    n

  10. Pecancorner says:

    In the past, Aldi moving into the neighborhood hasn’t been a good sign for the economic conditions in the area, but the two new stores closest to us are in decent sections of town

    When our Aldi's opened, it was after Kroger corporate deliberately closed our store, and HEB refused to open a store here, claiming our county is too small a market. Never mind that it is 80 miles to the next larger town.  

    It left us with a ‘small town’ United (Albertsons), a Brookshires, and Walmart.

    So I was nervous about Aldi's at first. They wouldn't take checks or AmEx originally, and I thought they were just another cheapo discount store.  Eventually, once they began accepting AmEx, I learned differently. Their in-house brands of foods and household products are as good as, in some cases better than, national brands.  I've never been disappointed in Aldi's meats, either. Their lamb is about half or even 1/3 the price that United (Albertsons) charges. 

    Their selection of sausages and cheeses is fantastic and all at excellent prices.

    I am one of those people who shops at every grocery store (except Walmart), and I go to Aldi's first.  All of our dairy, nearly all of our meats, all of our cheeses, all of our frozen foods, come from there. 

  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    Looking at HEB online,

    HEB turkeys,   $1.52/pound

    HEB "Natural" coupon, $1.51/#

    "Li'l Butterball" <10#, $1.94/#

    "Riverside" went on sale, wow, 87c/#

    And whole butterballs are 98c

    They listed them in a bunch of sizes, I wonder what is actually on the floor in the stores.

    n

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    US charges 2, seizes more than $6 million as part of dragnet against REvil ransomware gang

    The U.S. government announced a sweeping set of actions Monday, Nov. 8, targeting alleged REvil ransomware attackers in Europe, including an arrest, an indictment, seizure of more than $6 million in stolen money and new sanctions against a cryptocurrency exchange service and companies that support it.

    Along with the criminal charges and seizures, officials announced new U.S. Treasury sanctions against Chatex, a virtual currency exchange, and a trio of companies accused of helping Chatex operate. Chatex is accused of facilitating transactions for ransomware actors.

    https://www.cyberscoop.com/revil-ransomware-seizure-charges-sanctions/

    n

  13. MrAtoz says:

    Along with the criminal charges and seizures, officials announced new U.S. Treasury sanctions against Chatex, a virtual currency exchange, and a trio of companies accused of helping Chatex operate. Chatex is accused of facilitating transactions for ransomware actors.

    plugs' puppet masters will use this to try and make all cryptocurrency illegal. The Deep State doesn't like that which it can't control. I wonder who gets the $6 million? Probably absorbed by The Beast in DC.

  14. ~jim says:

    @Pecan

    I can't recall it being mentioned here, but a friend swears by Voltaren (diclofenac) gel. I don't see how a topical NSAID could do any good, but there you have it. 

    I prefer oral diclofenac, and my cousin, a nurse, swears by ibuprofen. Nick likes his weird meloxicam. I get the feeling that NSAIDs affect people differently. 

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  15. ech says:

    A few days ago someone mentioned a pain relieving salve now available OTC

    As Jim said, probably Voltaren. It's been OTC in Europe (at higher strength) for years.

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  16. Alan says:

    >> Good morning. A few days ago someone mentioned a pain relieving salve now available OTC (1% something) and talked about using it with lidocaine. I've tried search and I've tried FindInPage going back a few days without luck. Figured it would be easier to just ask if anyone recalls the name of it. Thank you!

    @Pecancorner, Voltaren? 

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  17. ech says:

    Don't get me started on the books Will Smith has ruined: I, Robot

    That wasn't Will's fault. The script started as a spec script ("Hardwired") and the studio that bought it had the rights to I, Robot. So, they decided to have it rewritten to be more of a "summer action movie" and add some ideas and names from I, Robot in order to get sf fans to come to the movie.

    The film of Starship Troopers had a similar path – started as a spec script ("Bug Hunt at Outpost 9") and they added some elements of SST into it. 

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  18. Geoff Powell says:

    @ech:

    As Jim said, probably Voltaren

    Dunno about relative strength, but in UK, at least, it's Voltarol. And it is, indeed, OTC.

    Never used it, just seen it on display.

    G.

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  19. Greg Norton says:

    The film of Starship Troopers had a similar path – started as a spec script ("Bug Hunt at Outpost 9") and they added some elements of SST into it. 

    Don't forget “Doogie Howser MD”, Neil Patrick Harris, looking to break typecasting following that program’s abrupt cancellation along with “The Wonder Years” that May.

  20. brad says:

    They used that and an "enhanced" photo

    Isn't this the judge that didn't allow two-finger zooming on a iPad, because it added pixels?

    It's funny how the Jury is sequestered while the Court decides on how to instruct them

    I hope that at least one person on the jury has heard about nullification, just in case.

  21. Ray Thompson says:

    I can't recall it being mentioned here, but a friend swears by Voltaren (diclofenac) gel. I don't see how a topical NSAID could do any good, but there you have it.

    That was recommended by my knee surgeon for my knee pain. It seems to work. Smells like medicine so it must be good. There are warnings on the package about not using too much or in too many places at once. Full effect takes about two weeks. I put it on at night and have been for a week. The pain in my knee is much reduced. So one data point. Take it for it's worth.

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  22. MrAtoz says:

    That wasn't Will's fault.

    His hip-hop cop portrayal sucked. The Fresh Prince of I Robot.

  23. drwilliams says:

    Yeah, but…

    his life has had pain.

    Read for your own self.

    Get $30 for $19.03

  24. JimB says:

    Don't know Voltaren, but have been a fan of skin penetrants for years. There are a few vehicles, DMSO being the most famous. They carry NSAIDS or other agents deep into joints. Some are very effective.

    There are also a LOT of highly marketed products that do little or nothing, so buyer beware.

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  25. Nick Flandrey says:

    Nick likes his weird meloxicam.

    — works wonders for me.  And to confirm its  use as a vet med, hamster is getting it orally for the tumors…  and I did mention hamsters don't LIKE syringes squirted in their mouths?

    n

  26. Pecancorner says:

    Voltaren (diclofenac) gel.

    That was recommended by my knee surgeon for my knee pain. It seems to work. Smells like medicine so it must be good. There are warnings on the package about not using too much or in too many places at once. Full effect takes about two weeks. I put it on at night and have been for a week. The pain in my knee is much reduced. So one data point.

    Don't know Voltaren, but have been a fan of skin penetrants for years. There are a few vehicles, DMSO being the most famous. They carry NSAIDS or other agents deep into joints. Some are very effective.

    @jim , @ech , @Alan , @Ray Thompson , @JimB , @Geoff Powell,   Thank you each for responding! Voltaren (diclofenac) gel was indeed the product people were talking about. My husband has weird pains, and different remedies required for each. One such is the skin on his shins will hurt – not sore but pain. This is not constant but just comes on out of the blue and lasts a couple of days.  He has lidocaine patches but they don't help much. Another is plain old arthritis in his knees when the weather changes.  After seeing the discussion here the other day, I thought we'd give this a try.

  27. dcp says:

    diclofenac

    I have a shirt-tail cousin who was prescribed this for the pain resulting from a torn meniscus in his knee, to tide him over until he can have surgery.  He says it is working pretty well for him.

    meloxicam

    I take meloxicam for my lower back pain because ibuprofen was no longer enough.  (The back pain was diagnosed as due to "spondylosis."  Harumph!)  It is working well enough for now — putting on my socks is no longer slow agony, and my first hundred steps of the day are no longer slow, halting, and painful.  My next blood draw is scheduled for early December, so I'll find out then whether the meloxicam is killing my kidneys.

    What makes you think of meloxicam as "weird?"

  28. Gavin says:

    @~jim

    I get the feeling that NSAIDs affect people differently.

    Indeed. I can't use ibuprofin as it doesn't relieve the headache, it makes the pain feel like a halo or corona around my skull with a void inside. I've never been able to find the cause of this so I just avoid it.

  29. drwilliams says:

    I posted this last night from "streiff" at RedState regarding the vaccine mandate disagreement between the Oklahoma Governor, the US SecDef and the former OK  Adjutant General:

    https://redstate.com/streiff/2021/11/13/oklahoma-governor-kevin-stitt-dropkicks-national-guard-general-who-kowtowed-to-lloyd-austins-stupid-vaccine-mandate-n475388

    then today Jazz Shaw posted on HotAir:

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/11/14/oklahoma-national-guard-vs-pentagon-on-vaccine-mandate-n429138

    with the result being that the Jazz Shaw piece comes off as generally uninformed, leaving out key events and not knowing USC.

  30. Nick Flandrey says:

    What makes you think of meloxicam as "weird?" 

    –when I told my Canadian co-worker I was using it, they freaked as they considered it mostly a vet med.   And indeed, it is, and the world uses it as a vet med.

    Which means it's cheap for human use too.  And it works.

    I've been on it for over a decade, daily 15mg dose.  I get bloodwork once a year but I thought they were mostly looking at liver function not kidney… 

    And yep, lower back pain, old cracked vertebra.   Don't think it does much for my knees or hands which ache for different reasons, but are always worse in the cold.

    Part of my skepticism with the super fast vax approval process and the lack of time since people started taking it,  can be attributed to my experience with Vioxx.  On the market for years, then removed for causing  heart damage and killing 60k people.   Ditto the cholesterol lowering drug I took for a couple of years, cramping and permanent irreversible heart tissue damage…  And Celebrex has issues too, again, possible heart issues.

    So when one or more of the vaxes is linked to heart issues, just 6 MONTHS after release,  you fukcing bet I'm going to be concerned.  Anyone who isn't hasn't been paying attention for the last couple of decades, and I'll point out, all of the above went thru extensive NORMAL approval process.  And still ended up killing tens of thousands.

    n

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  31. lynn says:

    Pearls Before Swine: Software Updates
       https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2021/11/14

    Is Cook as insistent as Microsoft ?

  32. lynn says:

    "Metallurgist Pleads Guilty to Faking Navy Submarine Steel Strength Test Results For More Than 30 Years"

       https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/11/metallurgist-pleads-guilty-faking-navy-submarine-steel-strength-test-results-30-years/

    "A metallurgist pleaded guilty to fraud earlier this week after she spent more than 30 years faking Navy submarine steel strength test results.”

    “Elaine Marie Thomas, 67, of Auburn, Washington, was the director of metallurgy at a foundry that provided steel parts used by Navy contractors to build submarine.”

    “From 1985 to 2017, Thomas falsified test results for at least 240 productions of steel."

    The problem is much worse than what we were first led to believe. The problem is that the steel may be brittle, much like the Titanic. The chances are that there is no problem since they used an advanced steel mixture. But, the steel producer should have run their own tests also.

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  33. drwilliams says:

    “From 1985 to 2017, Thomas falsified test results for at least 240 productions of steel."

    Prison until the last one is out of service without a problem.

    If space and resources weren't so valuable on a sub, I'd advocate she spend her sentence being shuffled among the brigs on the boats.

    ” But, the steel producer should have run their own tests also.”

    I’m sure they did.

  34. lynn says:

    "Secret Barrier X (Perry Rhodan #16)" by W. W. Shols, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
       https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Barrier-X-Perry-Rhodan/dp/B0006W86HQ/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    Book number sixteen 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 Thora are crashed on Venus near the locked down old Arkonide base. And with hundreds of marooned Russians and Asians in three groups that are fighting with each other over who gets to the old Arkonide base first. And now one of those groups has Thora and has destroyed her robot protector.

    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.

    Two observations:
    1. The publisher should have put two to four of the translated stories in each book. Having two stories in the first five books worked out well. Just having one story in the book is too short and would never allow the translated books to catch up to the German originals.
    2. Anyone liking Perry Rhodan and wanting a more up to date story should read the totally awesome "Mutineer's Moon" Dahak series of three books by David Weber.
    https://www.amazon.com/Mutineers-Moon-Dahak-David-Weber/dp/0671720856/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 reviews)

  35. Greg Norton says:

    Is Cook as insistent as Microsoft ?

    Apple is *more* aggressive than Microsoft about forced obsolescence. Figure four years for an iPhone before you will have to buy a new one.

    When the laptops and desktops were Intel-based, you had the choice of installing Windows or Linux when Apple declared the machines to be "obsolete".

    With Apple Silicon, unless the situation changes dramatically, it will be about seven years and out for your $5000 laptop.

  36. Greg Norton says:

    This new "Ghostbusters" flick is doomed — it looks like the boys and girls work together as equals.

    Oh, the horror!

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

    Plus, a *real* "Spielberg" vibe. Spielberg hasn't been Spielberg since he removed "p*nis breath" and the guns from "ET".

    I can live with “Stranger Things” meets “Ghostbusters” … even if “Stranger Things” gets the floors of an 80s Gap wrong.

  37. Alan says:

    >> I am one of those people who shops at every grocery store (except Walmart), and I go to Aldi's first.

    Don't not shop Walmart, if you can stomach the clientele (better if you have a Walmart Neighborhood Market – groceries only – nearby).

    For a lot of packaged goods they frequently have lower prices. One example from shopping the other day, a bag of Lays potato chips marked $4.29 by Lays was 2.99 at Walmart. Most grocery stores will sell it at MSRP.

    Fewer empty shelves their lately – their buyers flexing their muscles with their suppliers I guess.

  38. JimB says:

    Re the discussions about drugs and the FDA. I read a lot of bad stuff about the FDA in the original Life Extension. Confirmed what I had known before, and gave me even more desire to see the institution terminated. Yes, we need some way to make sure a new drug is safe and effective, but we also need a much better institution. I don’t know what that is.

    It has been said that if aspirin were discovered recently, the FDA would not approve it for a whole host of reasons. Possibly true, but it is my miracle drug. I don’t take it very often, but it works well when I do. I have tried other products, but most of them don’t work as well. Acetaminophen is one that doesn’t work for me, but it is very dangerous if overdosed. I consider myself fortunate that I don’t need anything stronger, and have sympathy for those who do.

    Curious story that reinforces the comment that NSAIDs work differently on different people. I had a root canal a couple years ago. I had one many years before, and the pain for a day or so was not bad, but something I would prefer not to have. This time, the endodontist gave me a prescription for naproxen sodium, saying it was well suited for such situations. I filled it on the way home, and had to be counseled by the pharmacist on its use and risks. When he said it was an NSAID, I said, “Oh, is it similar to aspirin?” He got visibly upset with me, and said it was not at all like aspirin, and aspirin was something only fools use, or some such. I went away expecting naproxen sodium to be some sort of miracle worker. Took the recommended dose, and… nothing. Worse, I then found out I could not take aspirin for something like 24 hours. By then, of course, the pain was gone. But wait! This was a two step root canal. On the second visit, I told the endodontist of my experience, and said I intended to take aspirin this time. She said that was great, and she only prescribes naproxen sodium because it does help a lot of people. I took my usual dose of aspirin, and had no pain at all. Miracle drug!!

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  39. EdH says:

    *****McConaughey pretty much ruined Dirk Pitt,…*****

    I don’t know, he did a pretty decent character, but the script was cr*p, if they’d stuck closer to the book I’d have enjoyed it more.

    I’ve always wondered, can a modern helicopter-carried machine gun actually penetrate 3-4” of 1860’s steel? The Monitor, at point blank range, couldn’t penetrate the Virginia’s armor with her Dahlgren cannons.

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  40. JimB says:

    Pearls Before Swine: Software Updates

    Ooh, I remember the days of DEC. About once a month, a DEC guy would visit and install some mandatory update, accompanied by another three ring binder. For about a week, things worked differently, and consulting that binder was the only way to learn what to do. At least there was that binder. We asked the guy why, why do they to that? His serious answer was, just to keep us guessing; I have to relearn, just  like you. We learned he was probably right.

    Now, we have Microsoft making unnecessary changes to the UI, just to keep us guessing. Nothing much has changed.

    My wife’s and my new phones are about a year since introduction (Note 20 Ultra.) They probably came with year-old Android builds. They yammered at us about “updates,” and as usual, we had (I think) two times to say “later” until they just went ahead and did it. BTW, they insisted on updating only over Wi-Fi. Our Wi-Fi is about 10% of the speed of our unlimited cell data. I get why they do this, but puhleeze give us users a choice. There were two such updates per phone, and now no more nagging for a while.

    Phones are working really well, thank you very much.

  41. Alan says:

    >> Isn't this the judge that didn't allow two-finger zooming on a iPad, because it added pixels?

    I saw this clip, it was too funny watching one of the attorneys tell the judge over and over how every person in the courtroom knows how to "pinch to zoom." Then he started saying something about how his iPad uses (sic) "Logarithms" when you zoom in, and that he didn't know how they worked, but (again) everybody's phone does it the same. I presume he meant 'algorithms'.

    • The defense attorney argued that Apple's pinch-to-zoom feature on iPad uses "logarithms" or AI to manipulate video.
    • Somehow, the judge bought it and agreed it would be "high risk" to show evidence on an iPad without expert testimony proving this wasn't the case.

    https://www.imore.com/kyle-rittenhouse-judge-fooled-claim-ipad-pinch-zoom-manipulates-footage-ai

  42. JimB says:

    I am one of those people who shops at every grocery store (except Walmart), and I go to Aldi's first.

    My wife shops regularly at several of the major grocery stores, including Walmart. She routinely tells me about the really big percentage differences in prices. All have their good deals, and all have their bad deals, and they vary with time. She says it just makes life “interesting.”

    I have found the same thing with other supplies that I buy. Thank the FSM for the Internet, where we can find and compare quickly, without having to drive all over town. I especially like the few stores that tell me if an item is in stock, and where to find it in the store. Home Depot and Walmart come to mind. Costco STILL does not have such a convenience, and they are always moving stuff around. Boo.

  43. RickH says:

    My experience with WalMart is that the clientele and the store 'quality' (ambience?) depends on the neighborhood.

    I've not had any issues with the WalMarts I frequent. In fact, it is my preferred grocery store. (In Roseville CA area, Syracuse UT area, and here in the Olympic Peninsula WA.)

    Not many choices here on the Olympic Peninsula – Safeway, QFC are the stores that are 'local' (within 30 miles) to me.

  44. MrAtoz says:

    I’ve always wondered, can a modern helicopter-carried machine gun actually penetrate 3-4” of 1860’s steel?

    It depends. An AH-64 Apache with it's 30mm chain gun loaded with depleted uranium rounds would slice through like butter. But, I guess you mean a 7.62 window mounted M60; not so much. I guess a 20mm gattling could grind its way through toot sweet (ala Predator).

  45. lynn says:

    I’ve always wondered, can a modern helicopter-carried machine gun actually penetrate 3-4” of 1860’s steel? The monitor, at point blank range, couldn’t penetrate the Virginia’s armor with her Dahlgren cannons.

    1860s would have been iron sheets, not steel sheets.  Fragile.  Not ductile.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel

    Most helicopter machine guns are 7.62×51 mm.  Awesome tungsten penetrators.  Would they penetrate 3-4" of iron plates ?  I highly doubt it.  Steel plates, no way.

    I have shot 1/2 ??? inch steel plates with my .40 S&W.  No penetration.  My buddy was shooting .45.  No pentration.  But military 7.62 running 3,000 ft/sec with penetrators, I just don't know.

  46. lynn says:

    "Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Judge Allows Jury To Consider That Teen Provoked Attack"

         https://www.zerohedge.com/political/kyle-rittenhouse-trial-judge-allows-jury-consider-teen-provoked-attack

    "The judge presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse trial said Friday he may allow the jury to consider several lesser charges in addition to the murder charges that prosecutors brought against him."

    You have got to be kidding me.

  47. mediumwave says:

    "Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Judge Allows Jury To Consider That Teen Provoked Attack"

    You have got to be kidding me.

    If Rittenhouse isn't convicted of something, Kenosha (at a minimum) will burn.

  48. Pecancorner says:

    Don't not shop Walmart… … For a lot of packaged goods they frequently have lower prices.

     My wife shops regularly at several of the major grocery stores, including Walmart. She routinely tells me about the really big percentage differences in prices. All have their good deals, and all have their bad deals, and they vary with time. She says it just makes life “interesting.”
     

     
    Nothing against the brand: I shop at Walmart dot com and love it. As to the grocery prices, I'm a sale shopper & stock up, so usually I can meet the Walmart price elsewhere last month or next month. It is the way the Walmart store is managed that I no longer like. It's too busy but without sufficient staffing, the clerks are stockers now and can't help,  and I do not self-check-out. So it always takes an hour before I can leave, even if I only need a couple of things.  I get around some of it – if I don't need produce – by parking at the garden center side and checking out there.  

  49. Nick Flandrey says:

    "The judge presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse trial

    –probably has family.   and no one wants to see their city burn.  "Just allow this thing, let the jury decide, then it's not all on you…"

    10 years ago I probably wouldn't have given that any credit, local stuff sure, always a deal to be made, I grew up in Chicago after all… but not something with national attention.

    'course I watched H Ross Perot go from a serious upstart candidate to "I'm all ears" in one week.

    n

  50. Nick Flandrey says:

    Nothing against the brand: I shop at Walmart dot com and love it.

    — we had a Neighborhood Grocery here when we first moved in and the only thing that was a good price was when the manager special hit on expiring meat.  The store was always cramped and dirty too.

    in Michigan, at my sibling's place, I shopped the grocery side of the walmart and they had lots of canned meat and other stuff to build out an emergency tub to leave there.

    It's the SMELL I can't stand.   Gives me the heebie jeebies even thinking about it.  Target is similar as it's a constant assault on my eyes and mind.

    When I was touring, we hit walmart for everything from socks to electronics to hardware because it was often the only store open, so I've been in a few…  and I will go for specific things, but.  The prices are almost always better or matched over time elsewhere.

    The worst one I've ever been in was in St John's Newfoundland.  Second worst was in the Kitchener/Waterloo area of Canada.

    I felt lucky to escape from the store in St Johns with my health, and all my body parts.  And sanity.

    n

  51. lynn says:

    When I was touring, we hit walmart for everything from socks to electronics to hardware because it was often the only store open, so I've been in a few…  and I will go for specific things, but.  The prices are almost always better or matched over time elsewhere.

    Walmart's stores are the only place to buy my genuine Dickies Big and Tall Crew Socks.   The ones on Amazon are fakes from who knows where.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dickies-Men-s-Big-Tall-Dritech-Crew-Sock-6-Pack/180636645

  52. Greg Norton says:

    'course I watched H Ross Perot go from a serious upstart candidate to "I'm all ears" in one week.

    Upstart? Please. That was carefully planned spontaneity you saw on "Larry King Live", going back at least as far as 1990, when the test rallies ran at a high school gym in Tampa on Saturdays.

  53. SteveF says:

    The ones on Amazon are fakes from who knows where.

    The threads making up those socks were recycled from Hunter McGrady's thongs.

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  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    alright, serious candidate to "how can I lose this thing".  

    n

  55. lynn says:

    alright, serious candidate to "how can I lose this thing".  

    n

    ???

  56. Nick Flandrey says:

    Perot.   His use of flip charts changed presentations for years.

    n

  57. ~jim says:

    Perot. His use of flip charts changed presentations for years.

    But where would we be now without PowerPoint? 

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  58. Alan says:

    >> I can live with “Stranger Things” meets “Ghostbusters” … even if “Stranger Things” gets the floors of an 80s Gap wrong.

    But do we really need another "Home Alone" movie?

  59. Alan says:

    >> But where would we be now without PowerPoint?

    A lot better off. I used Word whenever possible, and kept the slides brief. Nothing wasted more time in meetings than people reading their densely packed PowerPoint slides to the audience word by word. Use your slides as high level points that you can then talk to. 

  60. Greg Norton says:

    But do we really need another "Home Alone" movie?

    Macauley Culkin, Daniel Stern, and Joe Pesci. Plus John Hughes.

    All of those people being in the original probably made Disney execs uncomfortable as owners of the IP.

  61. Alan says:

    >> I have found the same thing with other supplies that I buy. Thank the FSM for the Internet, where we can find and compare quickly, without having to drive all over town. I especially like the few stores that tell me if an item is in stock, and where to find it in the store. Home Depot and Walmart come to mind.

    Lowes and Target do it as well.

    >> Costco STILL does not have such a convenience, and they are always moving stuff around. Boo.

    Most likely so that while searching the aisles for the coffee beans you want you'll notice something else that will wind up in your cart. Any manager though will be very helpful and try and locate any item that 'wasn't where it was last time'.

  62. Alan says:

    >> and I do not self-check-out.

    Our closest grocery is an Albertson's and they have no self-checkout which can be annoying if you need just one item and there are six people ahead of you on the express line. Probably an older store as they still have the spinning turntables in the checkout stands instead of belts.

    Costco self checkout, 9 out of 10 times, before you can even start scanning items an associate will come over with the handheld wireless scanner and go through the whole cart in like 15 seconds and you never have to take anything out of the cart and then stack it on the register's fussy scale.

  63. Alan says:

    >> Nothing against the brand: I shop at Walmart dot com and love it. 

    Never looked at groceries on their site but I can't stand their general merchandise listings. With the way they show third-party sellers it's challenging to find out if an item is in stock at a local store.

    Same with the 'Zon's search function – designed to make you mad actually designed to try and get you to buy more stuff). eBay, on the other hand, has a search that 'just works.' Google search for "blank cassette tapes" site:amazon.com helps a bit sometimes.

  64. Alan says:

    >> @jim , @ech , @Alan , @Ray Thompson , @JimB , @Geoff Powell,   Thank you each for responding! Voltaren (diclofenac) gel was indeed the product people were talking about. My husband has weird pains, and different remedies required for each. One such is the skin on his shins will hurt – not sore but pain. This is not constant but just comes on out of the blue and lasts a couple of days.  He has lidocaine patches but they don't help much. Another is plain old arthritis in his knees when the weather changes.  After seeing the discussion here the other day, I thought we'd give this a try.

    @Pecancorner, my wife has issues with chronic pain and also uses a variety of products. Here are a few that weren't mentioned earlier:

    Theraworx Relief for leg pain

    HEAT RELIEF CBD ROLL-ON – 350MG for joint and muscle pain

    Gabapentin (Rx only – brand name Neurontin) for nerve pain

    (as usual YMMV and IANAD)

  65. ~jim says:

    Gabapentin/pregabalin – there's a boondoggle if I ever saw one. I can't wait for the lawsuits to start in a few years. 

  66. Alan says:

    >> Gabapentin/pregabalin – there's a boondoggle if I ever saw one. I can't wait for the lawsuits to start in a few years. 

    @~jim, how so?

  67. Alan says:

    Nothing to see here folks, just move along please…

    CBS News: Austria orders lockdown for residents who have not received COVID-19 vaccine.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/austria-lockdown-covid-unvaccinated/?ftag=CNM-00-10aag7e

    Come on, it's only 2 MILLION people.

  68. ~jim says:

    @~jim, how so?

    Touted as a "non-addictive" alternative to the scourge of opiates to cures what ails ya.

    Benzodiazepines were a "wonder drug" back in their day too. Hell, even I can remember ads for Xanax in the 80s proclaiming its "unique anti-depressant quality"

    Before that were amphetamines, and even Bayer's Heroin, "without the addictive properties of morphine."

    Freud & Fliess touted the wonder of cocaine in opiate addiction, as well. We know how well *that* turned out, don't we?

    I'm not placing the blame for forthcoming lawsuits on anything in particular except the fascination of the vox populi for a cure and the recent application of blame whenever something goes wrong beyond the purview of personal responsibility. 

    Implied warranty throws caveat emptor out the window and makes lawyers rich. 

    Gabapentin, et al. is/was old news, but until it got marketed as a new wonder drug, and perhaps pushed for off-label uses, no one paid much attention. Now that it has people will claim addiction, or blaming it for subsequent gender identity confusion, or worse. 

    Sure, it works for some types of pain but so does aspirin and Jim Beam. 

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn0WdJx-Wkw

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