Mon. Nov. 22, 2021 – travel day. We’ll see how it goes.

By on November 22nd, 2021 in personal, WuFlu

Cool and damp, some clouds in Houston. Somewhere outside of Boston, it’s supposed to be chilly and raining.

Spent most of yesterday cleaning up and getting some of the flip top bins of stuff out of the house. Finally there was another storage unit available down the street from me, and I grabbed it. I’ll close out the one near my secondary location when I get back from this trip.

Then I packed. Decided that with the possibility of travel issues, we should all carry on and not check any bags. It’s as light as I’ve traveled in a long time. I’m sure I’ll spend the whole week reaching for a pocket knife that isn’t there. If I’d planned ahead, I’d have sent one to my in-laws but by the time I considered it, it was too late. I might have to buy something cheap while I’m there just to keep from constantly touching where it isn’t…

No hardware with me either. World better hold together for another week.

I’ll update when I get there and settled, hopefully it won’t be an interesting story.

Talk amongst yourselves, and keep stacking.

nick

62 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Nov. 22, 2021 – travel day. We’ll see how it goes."

  1. brad says:

    I don't thank the US for inventing "Black Friday". It's all over the place here, even though almost no one knows the origins. Stupid businesses using it as an excuse to bombard everyone with advertising and spam. Black Friday: the day of fake sales.

    Watching BBC last night, it's apparently also all over the UK. Apparently, you have to include terms and conditions on the screen. One ISP offering a super-amazing-low rate for 18 months. On the screen "price subject to change without notice". Ummm…

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  2. Geoff Powell says:

    @brad:

    I don't thank the US for inventing "Black Friday"

    Nor do I. Unfortunately, there are several more such concepts that will be imported – all to make mo' money (although they won't say that…)

    G.

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    57F and windy this morning. 74%RH.  I'm up and moving.   Now to get everyone else going….

    n

  4. drwilliams says:

    The alleged perpetrator is known; the motive, however, is in doubt. Darrell Brooks, a 38-year-old rapper with a long rap sheet, is the alleged driver of the vehicle.

    Early reports point to two possibilities: either he did this on purpose, as an intentional terror attack, or he and his cronies were fleeing an earlier crime – reportedly, a stabbing – and he made the horrible choice of this particular road – at this particular, rare moment, a parade path – as his escape route.

    So, he may be a terrorist, or he may not be. Either way, he has destroyed the lives of countless families; he has inflicted terror.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/11/the_worst_kind_of_domestic_terrorism.html

    Fleeing felon or terrorist. Either way I look forward to GFM and the rest of the fund raising platforms to find every excuse to help this worthless p.o.s. (apologies to all innocent self-respecting meadow muffins) raise funds for his defense.

  5. Ray Thompson says:

    I look forward to GFM and the rest of the fund raising platforms to find every excuse

    It was self defense, fleeing from the big mean cops, who attempted to pull him over because of his skin color, he was fearing for his life, and just made a minor mistake, due to being raised in the projects, he is basically a good person who would do anything for anyone and would give the shirt off his back if someone asked.

    Typical narrative when some thug from the hood is involved.

  6. Pecancorner says:

    Fleeing felon or terrorist. Either way I look forward to GFM and the rest of the fund raising platforms to find every excuse to help…

    There are good alternatives to GFM. At the moment, GiveSendGo has fundraising campaigns featured on their front page for InfoWars and to benefit the Rittenhouse family.   

    Conservatives should be adamant in refusing to donate through GFM, Facebook, or any other of the Woke sites

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  7. Pecancorner says:

    re Black Friday. a great many Americans hate it too. I've never shopped then.  It is a ruinous "event" that degrades one of our best holidays.  I also never do the "Giving Tuesday" gimmick that tries to ride the coattails and erode genuine Christmas season donations. 

    I've a meme I post each year that reads: "Black Friday Special! Stay home and save 100%!"  

  8. MrAtoz says:

    I signed up for PreCheck, but the first appointment time is in December, so it won't help me this trip.  I hate the idea of paying for decent treatment after they made it miserable on purpose.  it's a protection racket and I hate it.

    And then they are closed every other time you fly. "Can I get a partial refund?" "No! Die peon!" One time pre was closed and I got a plastic chit so I didn't have to take my shoes off. Still had to take off the belt and empty electronics "larger than a cell phone" from my carryon. Thanks a lot.

  9. MrAtoz says:

    It was self defense, fleeing from the big mean cops, who attempted to pull him over because of his skin color, he was fearing for his life, and just made a minor mistake, due to being raised in the projects, he is basically a good person who would do anything for anyone and would give the shirt off his back if someone asked.

    C'mon man! Don't give me that malarkey! He didn't use a big, black, scary ASSAULT RIFLE during his killing spree. Therefore innocent.

  10. MrAtoz says:

    I wonder if plugs will condemn the murderous actions of a Black man? Naw, see Mr. Ray’s post above.

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  11. MrAtoz says:

    Celebriturds are most hilarious:

    LOOK: Hollywood Celebrities Freak Out Over Rittenhouse Verdict, Claim They Are Suffering ‘PTSD’

    I can't wait for their take on rapper boy. zzzz zzzz zzzz

  12. MrAtoz says:

    The sickest celebriturd of them all:

    Mark Ruffalo says ‘Anthony and JoJo’ were more afraid of an armed Kyle Rittenhouse than he was of them

    The Hulk calls the pedo who served 15 years for multiple rapes "JoJo". These people are just morons. I bet he didn't even watch summaries of the trial. Just relied on fellow celebriturds.

    Again, waiting for his comments on the Black killer, rapper boy.

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  13. ITGuy1998 says:

    The sickest celebriturd of them all:

    Mark Ruffalo says ‘Anthony and JoJo’ were more afraid of an armed Kyle Rittenhouse than he was of them

    The Hulk calls the pedo who served 15 years for multiple rapes "JoJo". These people are just morons. I bet he didn't even watch summaries of the trial. Just relied on fellow celebriturds.

    Again, waiting for his comments on the Black killer, rapper boy.

    He knows he's lucky to have gotten the Hulk gig and cashed in, considering he hardly has any talent. He has to keep in good graces with the hollywierd  elite. 

  14. Greg Norton says:

    He knows he's lucky to have gotten the Hulk gig and cashed in, considering he hardly has any talent. He has to keep in good graces with the hollywierd  elite. 

    The comic book movies are running out of steam, and Ruffalo's first directing effort didn't exactly set the world on fire.

    He has to cater to the "woke" crowd, probably at Disney's behest, to increase the chances that "She Hulk" will work on Disney+ next year.

    Disney stock tanked two weeks ago and doesn’t look like it is going to recover soon. Cheapek will jettison anyone and anything that isn’t generating a positive revenue stream.

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  15. Chad says:

    I've always found it best with most artists and athletes to focus solely on their art or sport. When you start to get to know them more you quickly find you cannot stand them. Consequently, I tend to avoid most celebrity news. If I really dug into the personalities of those people I'd probably find myself unable to watch, listen to, or read much of anything. I certainly wouldn't classify celebrities as heroes, but there's a lot of truth to the "never meet your heroes" proverb.

  16. SteveF says:

    When you start to get to know them more you quickly find you cannot stand them.

    Oddly, that's my attitude concerning almost everyone.

  17. MrAtoz says:

    WTF, Australia. Or am I reading too much into this:

    ‘Guys …’ Nothing to see here, just the Australian army transferring positive COVID cases and their contacts to Quarantine Camps (watch)

    Imagine plugs trying this here.

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  18. SteveF says:

    positive COVID cases

    What's the false-positive rate on the tests used to condemn the "sick"?

    Imagine plugs trying this here.

    Refresh my memory. What's the rule of thumb about what the government can do to you once they take your guns?

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Imagine plugs trying this here.

    The US doesn't even require sick people to stay home until cleared by a test.

    OTOH, I don't make any assumptions about what the various levels of government can and can't get away with right now.

    Roughly half of the population still supports the mask kabuki.

  20. JimB says:

    "Oddly, that's my attitude concerning almost everyone."

    Almost is key. Agree.

    Hmm, I couldn't select all of the quoted text.

  21. Greg Norton says:

    Refresh my memory. What's the rule of thumb about what the government can do to you once they take your guns?

    They don't have to take the guns, just the jobs and trappings of a middle class American lifestyle, starting with your car.

  22. Alan says:

    >> I signed up for PreCheck, but the first appointment time is in December, so it won't help me this trip.  I hate the idea of paying for decent treatment after they made it miserable on purpose.  it's a protection racket and I hate it.

    For $15 more (for the 5 years) you can get Global Entry which includes PreCheck.

  23. Alan says:

    >> They don't have to take the guns, just the jobs and trappings of a middle class American lifestyle, starting with your car.

    Skateboards for all. Or if you were upper middle class, maybe one of these.

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  24. MrAtoz says:

    For $15 more (for the 5 years) you can get Global Entry which includes PreCheck.

    That's what I have. The interview is a little more extensive. I had to go in to finish the interview and get printed, but I think they have some remote interview and you can fingerprint on entry once you have tentative approval. I would still find CBP at an airport and get it done all at once.

  25. MrAtoz says:

    Skateboards for all. Or if you were upper middle class, maybe one of these.

    LOL. I showed MrsAtoz that site last week and asked how long before we killed ourselves on his/hers boards.

  26. ~jim says:

    Oh, fun! (not) 

    My phone is on Android 10 and it's downloaded an upgrade to 11. I'm going to cross my fingers and hit 'Restart'. 

  27. Greg Norton says:

    What? Enron? Kenny Boy?

    I'm shocked! Shocked!

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/11/holmes-parents-seeded-theranos-connected-her-with-powerful-investors/

    Rot in h*ll Kenny Boy. You and your bunkmate, Coach Ebbers.

  28. drwilliams says:

    Reliable polling has Bedo O'bedo up +8 over Abbott:

    Bash played a clip of O'Rourke declaring "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47." When she asked him "is that what you would still do as governor of Texas," he confirmed "yes, I still hold this view" as part of his answer.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2021/11/21/beto-orourke-n2599437

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  29. Greg Norton says:

    Reliable polling has Bedo O'bedo up +8 over Abbott:

    Where? The typical Texas Tribune "poll of registered Texas voters"?

    Absent another freeze and/or sustained power outage, Abbott will cruise to reelection.

    Even with a repeat of February, the Dems may well still lose with Robert Francis as the nominee.

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  30. lynn says:

    Pearls Before Swine: Optimists Live Longer

         https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2021/11/22

    No they don't.

  31. Marcelo says:

    WTF, Australia. Or am I reading too much into this:

    When you are a hammer…

    I already explained that we do not have a National Guard and therefore when there is a need, the armed forces are called to assist because they have the resources and know how.

    Have not read the article and will not waste my time. There has been no mention of troops issues in local news apart from the reporting of the initial call to assist at the very beginning a few months ago…

  32. Marcelo says:

    This will be interesting. I often wondered about the issue on Android phones:

    https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/259520/hands-on-with-duckduckgo-app-tracking-protection

  33. Marcelo says:

    So, finally a company that has seen the virtue of Elon's iterative approach on rockets and has not only succeeded to reach orbit but bested him, and everybody else to date, at getting things done soonest.

    They are going for all the areas that SpaceX dominates now. It will be nice to see what happens. They are even less expensive than SpaceX.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/11/astras-quick-and-dirty-development-plan-pays-off-as-its-rocket-goes-orbital/

  34. Nick Flandrey says:

    arrived in mass, airport was a breeze, flight was bumpy.  

    Getting there early, only carryon, and status all helped.

    Car from the airport, two flaming red maples as you exit the airport but all the other color is gone.

    Weather is dreary but not too cold.

    N

    Thanksgiving is our big secular holiday, other than the 4th.  Everyone can get behind it.

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  35. drwilliams says:

    "Thanksgiving is our big secular holiday, other than the 4th.  Everyone can get behind it."

    Then why has business been working so hard for years to destroy it?

  36. lynn says:

    "The Other Side of Dawn (The Tomorrow Series #7)" by John Marsden
       https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439858054/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    Book number seven of a seven book young adult action adventure fiction series. I read the well printed and well bound trade paperback published by Scholastic Paperbacks in 2007 that I bought on Amazon. The first book in the series was actually published in 1993, this book was first published in 1999. Book #7 is out of print so I had to order a used copy. And of course I found out that I could have bought the entire series in trade paperback at a discount:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IWWCXBC/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    At the middle of their high school senior year in Australia, a group of seven 17 and 18 year old teenagers decide to go camping in the bush for a week before school restarts. They gather up their sleeping bags and supplies and go way out into the bush, actually at the edge of the desert in a place known as Hell. After a difficult trip by Land Rover and a long walk, they camp next to a spring fed stream. When they return to Ellie's farm after a week, her family is missing and the farm dogs are dead on their chains. They find out that Australia has been invaded by an Asian nation and that their families are being held captive at the town fairgrounds. The Asian forces have taken the airports first and then the cargo shipping seaports. The justification of the invasion is that the Asian nation needs the extensive natural resources of Australia.

    It has now been over a year since the Asian invasion of Australia began. Ellie and her remaining friends have been asked to create havoc behind the lines to support an invasion by the New Zealanders who are being supported by the United States and the Japanese. They do so but are separated and captured. Then the Asians sue for peace and a splitting of Australia into two countries, occupied and non-occupied.

    The first book in the series was made into a film of the same name in 2010.
       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrow,_When_the_War_Began_(film)

    There is a follow on series, "While I Live (The Ellie Chronicles #1)" by John Marsden, published starting in 2003 by Scholastic. Things between the two countries in Australia, occupied and non-occupied, are not going well and people are running reprisals across the border.
       https://www.amazon.com/While-Live-Ellie-Chronicles-Marsden/dp/0439783232/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (125 reviews)

  37. Greg Norton says:

    Thanksgiving is our big secular holiday, other than the 4th.  Everyone can get behind it.

    The local media keep trying to create a turkey shortage. They tried the same thing last year.

    Anyone who believes that should come to Austin and I'll take them to where the nearby Cracker Barrel has three giant refrigerated semi trailers parked behind the restaurant this week.

    I wonder what is inside of the trailers…

  38. lynn says:

    "C Is The Greenest Programming Language" by: Chris Lott
       https://hackaday.com/2021/11/18/c-is-the-greenest-programming-language/

    "Have you ever wondered if there is a correlation between a computer’s energy consumption and the choice of programming languages? Well, a group Portuguese university researchers did and set out to quantify it. Their 2017 research paper entitled Energy Efficiency across Programming Languages / How Do Energy, Time, and Memory Relate? may have escaped your attention, as it did ours."
       https://greenlab.di.uminho.pt/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/sleFinal.pdf

    "Abstract: This paper presents a study of the runtime, memory usage and energy consumption of twenty seven well-known soft- ware languages. We monitor the performance of such languages using ten different programming problems, expressed in each of the languages. Our results show interesting findings, such as, slower/faster languages consuming less/more energy, and how memory usage influences energy consumption. We show how to use our results to provide software engineers support to decide which language to use when energy efficiency is a concern."

  39. lynn says:

    The local media keep trying to create a turkey shortage. They tried the same thing last year.

    Anyone who believes that should come to Austin and I'll take them to where the nearby Cracker Barrel has three giant refrigerated semi trailers parked behind the restaurant this week.

    I wonder what is inside of the trailers…

    Cranberry sauce.

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  40. drwilliams says:

    "I wonder what is inside of the trailers…"

    Quick-frozen diversity trainers. Brandon bought one for everybody this year

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  41. SteveF says:

    I wonder what is inside of the trailers…

    Jimmy Hoffa?

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  42. Greg Norton says:

    "Have you ever wondered if there is a correlation between a computer’s energy consumption and the choice of programming languages? Well, a group Portuguese university researchers did and set out to quantify it. Their 2017 research paper entitled Energy Efficiency across Programming Languages / How Do Energy, Time, and Memory Relate? may have escaped your attention, as it did ours."

    Not a huge surprise, but I thought Hack would have been better since the only interpreter (AFAIK) is HHVM, Facebook's virtual machine.

    When I wrote a primitive C compiler for HHVM as a semester project in grad school, I was seeing runtimes within an order of magnitude of C. OTOH, let me emphasize the word "primitive" — I could generate HHVM assembly to allocate local variables, create/call functions, and do simple math.

    Long story short, the modern web is extremely energy intensive because of the reliance on Python, PHP, and JavaScript.

    JavaScript was always a hack (small 'h') by Netscape, intended to wait out the feud between GNU and Sun about what was the appropriate scripting language for browser interactivty, Guile or Tcl.

    (I don’t see Tcl. It isn’t dead, mearely pining)

    Rust beating C++ for time and energy was interesting. Rust and Go are based on an LLVM backend, effectively syntactic sugar for C++. OTOH, Rust is very bloated, as the memory results show.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    Jimmy Hoffa?

    Jimmy would be well past his "Sell By" date at this point.

    At the GTE Data Services building outside Tampa, shortly after the building opened in the mid 80s, someone left a tube of commercial cinnamon roll dough in the freezer compartment of a fridge in one of the breakrooms, expiration date in 1987. Almost a decade later, the tube was still there when I left my desk in the building in 1996, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was still in the freezer today.

  44. Pecancorner says:

    I wonder what is inside of the trailers…

    Cranberry sauce.

    Local Walmart has none.  I don't buy groceries at Walmart, but had to go there today for a couple of other things and thought I would get cranberry sauce while I was there. The clerk told me "We don't have any. And good luck finding it somewhere else!" 

    Aldi's had two flats of canned cranberry sauce remaining.

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  45. drwilliams says:

    Opportunity for arbitrage?

  46. JimB says:

    Ha! I don't like cranberry sauce, but I eat it anyway. Wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.

  47. drwilliams says:

    Cruelty down the generations.

  48. drwilliams says:

    Whenever I hear Liz Cheney or some other Never Trumper or RINO talk about principles or compromise, I think of this case

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2021/11/22/virginia-police-officer-who-was-fired-over-25-donation-to-rittenhouse-defense-wants-his-job-back-n430971

    and a thousand others just like it.

  49. ITGuy1998 says:

    I love cranberry sauce. Not homemade cranberry sauce though. It has to be from the can, with the ridges intact.

    I also love cranberries. One of my favorite meals is a cranberry chicken dish my wife makes. 

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  50. Greg Norton says:

    Ha! I don't like cranberry sauce, but I eat it anyway. Wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.

    My wife made the mistake of getting fresh cranberry sauce one year. My father in law was a pill about getting canned.

    It was one of a half dozen store trips we had to make that day to satisfy his weirdness for "tradition".

    I drew the line about tradition at Christmas, however, when he wanted to stick the Honey Baked Ham into the oven for about an hour, to dry it out to the consistency of what his mother made back in the day.

    I was the Grinch who insisted on room temperature, but I’m from The South — we don’t disrespect a fine ham. Plus my Amex paid for the dinner.

  51. Greg Norton says:

    Have you ever wondered if there is a correlation between a computer’s energy consumption and the choice of programming languages?

    That paper is from 2017. The p*ssing contest between GCC and LLVM has resulted in much better code quality out of GCC as of late, particularly when running on x86_64.

    Among other improvements, GCC is much better at tail call recursion as of late.

  52. lpdbw says:

    Our HEB has plenty of bags of fresh cranberries.

    My girlfriend makes her own homemade cranberry sauce and it conforms to the storage container.  One year, she used an old can as the container, so she got the ridges.

    Best of both worlds:  tradition of the ridged can, and fresh homemade.

    Ours is already in the fridge 'cause you can make it ahead.

  53. Nick Flandrey says:

    Cranberry has to be from the can and show the ridges!  That said, we also serve the ligonberry jam that ikea sells.  It's a better cran than cranberry.  And it looks nice, like fresh made, which is horrible, sour, , and squeaky on your teeth but looks and smells nice.

    N

  54. JimB says:

    Oh. BTW, my wife bakes muffins with dried cranberries, and they are a perfect accent. She also puts some in salads, along with citrus highlights. Also good.

    I just don't like cranberry sauce or the jellied stuff that shows the can ridges. Too much for my taste. I also have relatives who make their own sauce. I eat a little with other foods as a chaser, just to be sociable. Just part of the feast.

  55. JimB says:

    Does anyone put bacon in cranberry sauce?

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  56. drwilliams says:

    What did bacon ever do to you?

  57. Nick Flandrey says:

    Santa Claus ISN'T coming to town! Supply chain crisis means toys and other goods still stuck on boats 'WON'T hit store shelves by Christmas'

    Yep, you heard it here weeks ago.

    N

  58. drwilliams says:

    Everyone needs to chill about Christmas.

    It doesn't come in a container from China–never did.

    (or in a van, Margo)

    But eventually those containers will get here, and it's going to be interesting to see what happens to the market. When all of the cheap carp that would have been broken by New Years shows up in March will anyone care?

  59. Paul+Hampson says:

    I eat a little with other foods as a chaser, just to be sociable.

    A taste enhancer is all it was ever meant to be anyway, not a complete side dish; at least that's what I learned.

  60. Greg Norton says:

    Everyone needs to chill about Christmas.

    It doesn't come in a container from China–never did.

    Yes, but PS5s and $350 dolls arrive that way. To modify the old saying, "If stay-at-home mommy in Fairfax County with the G Wagon and McMansion ain't happy, no body is happy."

    Gotta keep the fear alive. Trying to create a turkey shortage didn’t work.

  61. Denis says:

    A taste enhancer is all it was ever meant to be anyway,

    More like a taste donor, as turkey has next to none. I'd much rather have goose.

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