Thurs. Nov. 25, 2021 – Happy Thanksgiving Day. ( US )

By on November 25th, 2021 in personal, Random Stuff, WuFlu

Chilly and clear, should warm up and get sunny later.

Spent yesterday hanging out and eating with one branch of my wife’s family, and we’ll spend today with the other.

And we’ll be ” giving thanks”. Scare quotes because who exactly are we giving them to? If a benevolent deity, why? Why would He need to receive them? OFD could probably lay it out for me. In the absence of that, I’m thankful anyway. It gives us a chance to pause, a chance to evaluate, and a chance to appreciate what we’ve got, who we know, what we’ve done.

I’m thankful for the people who come by and share a bit of my life here, those who comment, and those who just stop in and read a little. I’m thankful for the opportunity and the privilege to continue doing so.

I’m thankful for the time and ability to prepare for whatever is coming, whether the ordinary trials of life, or something extraordinary.

I’m thankful for my family and for my continued existence on this mortal plane.

I’m thankful for the good times, and also for the bad as they shaped me into who I am.

Take a few moments today, and think about what you have to be thankful for.

Find joy wherever you can.

And stack it high.

Nick

59 Comments and discussion on "Thurs. Nov. 25, 2021 – Happy Thanksgiving Day. ( US )"

  1. PaultheManc says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all our US brothers and sisters.  Have a great day.

    On the subject of building or buying PCs.  I keep my eye open for eBay 'deals' and keep family and friends supplied with their technology.  Most recently I bought a 'faulty' i3 PC for GBP10 (not much of a gamble).  Diagnosis lead me to buy a replacement motherboard for another GBP10 (shipped) ending up with a compact desktop/mini tower 4GB i3 with DVD for GBP20.  My brother sent me a 240GB SSD, on which I installed the COA Windows 7 which I then upgraded free to Windows 10.  My sister in law now has a reasonably snappy PC on which to browse the web and do her email.

  2. Ray Thompson says:

    Our country's future!

    Snow White will soon be a target. Most college students are clueless about many things. They fail to do any research into the true meanings of words. Jammed into their heads by liberal female teachers and reinforced by liberal whiney college professors who are not qualified to hold any job that contributes to society.

  3. Ray Thompson says:

    Winders 10 Pro x64 wants to upgrade me to Winders 11

    Don't do it. W11 is not finished and has many oddities and quirks and some things that are real problems. Microsoft released the product way too early for marketing reasons. I have no plans to upgrade to W11 until sometime in 2023. Those with machines that cannot upgrade are fortunate at this point.

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    Don't do it. W11 is not finished and has many oddities and quirks and some things that are real problems. Microsoft released the product way too early for marketing reasons. I have no plans to upgrade to W11 until sometime in 2023. Those with machines that cannot upgrade are fortunate at this point.

    Windows 10 isn't really "done" at this point if you consider how different the various feature releases look as of late, even half year updates.

    In the next year, Hollywood is going to pull the plug on streaming to Windows 10/8/7. Or, at least the studios are going to try with their services and new releases.

    OTOH, if "Ghostbusters Afterlife" continues to do well this weekend and Sony makes a bigger splash with "Spiderman", the other studios will have to rethink killing off theaters.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    The "War on I4". Even if both teams are doing poorly, it is usually an entertaining game.

    My alma matter and Central, quietly one of the best CS schools in the country.

    https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bulls/2021/11/25/usf-has-opportunity-for-good-finish-against-ucf/

    The best game of the season in recent memory came courtesy of Texas taxpayers and UT alumni, covering most of Charlie Strong’s salary in his first year at USF.

  6. MrAtoz says:

    (Why, yes, teenage girls are extremely annoying at times. Why do you ask?)

    Five daughters. But, when I retired from the Army, I was a stay at home Dad to the Twins. Are they into makeup and jewelry, nah. Elder female relatives occasionally remark they need some makeup. "Fcuk that" is the usual reply.

  7. ITGuy1998 says:

    I've been running Win 11 on my main desktop since it was released. First attempt was an upgrade. Yeah, I know better, but hey, it was for science. The upgrade completed and everything was almost normal. The only problem is that the start button wouldn't work. Even more specifically, it wouldn't work under my profile. If I logged in as administrator, it was fine. I spent a couple hours trying to resolve it. Blowing away the profile and all registry references didn't fix it.

    I ended up formatting and installing Win 11 from scratch. I've been running it since then, with no issues so far. Of course, quite a few controls are moved, or at least how you get to them, so that is an annoyance. My biggest gripe is the taskbar. Running program buttons are grouped, with no option to ungroup. 

    One other caveat – I'm running Active Directory, so I don't have to jump through hoops to avoid using an online Microsoft account. It's possible to use a local account, but it's more involved if you are running in a  workgroup.

  8. ITGuy1998 says:

    Five daughters. But, when I retired from the Army, I was a stay at home Dad to the Twins. Are they into makeup and jewelry, nah. Elder female relatives occasionally remark they need some makeup. "Fcuk that" is the usual reply.

    Good for them! 

    My wife didn't wear makeup when we met. She tends to do a little now, as she's aged, but it looks like she still isn't wearing any.

  9. drwilliams says:

    Windoze 11

    Tenth release without the button that would make it all better:

    Send 50 Volts To Programmer

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  10. MrAtoz says:

    I didn't know any of this:

    Smallpox: The Historical Myths Behind Mandatory Vaccines

    But, since it isn't directly from the CDC or WHO it is probably just lies to ruin the narrative.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    The best game of the season in recent memory came courtesy of Texas taxpayers and UT alumni, covering most of Charlie Strong’s salary in his first year at USF.

    Best game of the *series*. Ack.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    Beautiful winter day, bright and chilly.   Turkey is in the oven.  Wife is chopping veg.   Kids are downstairs and quiet, I've got a32oz cup of decent coffee and a cinnamon roll, and stuff is starting to smell like delicious food.

    Great day so far,

    N

  13. ~jim says:

    I didn't know any of this:

    Nor, I presume, did you know that the implied warranty of merchantability stemming from

    https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/2d/182/602.html

    Would lead to lawsuits awarding victims of hot coffee bought, voluntarily, at McDonald's. 

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    There's a lot more to the McD's case than most people know.

    The huge award was punitive because they made the coffee hotter than needed specifically to keep people from getting a free refill. They knowingly risked hurting people for extra profit.   And the judgement was eventually reduced to only a couple of hundred thousand.  Also, her burns were not trivial.

    Anyway that's what I remember from the last time I looked at it.

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  15. MrAtoz says:

    Perhaps that is why the Federal Goobermint is protecting the gene-splicing mecho pseudo vaccine producers from being sued.

  16. SteveF says:

    Five daughters.

    And you don't look a day over twenty years older than you are.

    relatives occasionally remark they need some makeup.

    My daughter doesn't need makeup. She's pretty and has an even complexion (aside from the usual outbreaks of teenage acne). Spare Kid is going to want to learn to apply makeup.

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  17. SteveF says:

    Also, her burns were not trivial.

    True, but she knowingly put a flexible, crushable cup of hot liquid between her thighs in a moving vehicle. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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  18. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    "I've got a32oz cup of decent coffee and a cinnamon roll"

    One my third cup of coffee with pancakes. Cheers.

  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    🙂

  20. Greg Norton says:

    Perhaps that is why the Federal Goobermint is protecting the gene-splicing mecho pseudo vaccine producers from being sued.

    Moderna and Pfizer want to apply mRNA tech to HIV and flu shots, respectively. J&J has plans for a human rabies vaccine with the techniques behind the "immunity" from their jab.

    I just saw an article about Pfizer discussing an mRNA flu jab.

    EUA, immunity from lawsuits, and elimination of the control group for Covid shortcut about 10 years off of getting the respective technologies to market for other purposes.

  21. SteveF says:

    EUA, immunity from lawsuits, and elimination of the control group for Covid shortcut about 10 years off of getting the respective technologies to market for other purposes.

    It's … it's like a vision of the promised land!

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  22. drwilliams says:

    re the MacDonald's hot coffee case:

    The injuries were not trivial.

    "The huge award was punitive because they made the coffee hotter than needed specifically to keep people from getting a free refill."

    I don't recall any allegation along those lines, nor could I find it in a brief search.

    The vehicle was stationary at the time of the injury.

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  23. Greg Norton says:

    EUA, immunity from lawsuits, and elimination of the control group for Covid shortcut about 10 years off of getting the respective technologies to market for other purposes.

    It's … it's like a vision of the promised land!

    Last night's rerun of "The Big Bang Theory", airing after the local Faux News, was really creepy looking back from the perspective of having been through the last two years.

    Bill Gates did a guest appearance, and the story line was that he was in town to discuss development of vaccines at the drug company where a couple of the characters work.

    BillG and his kinky needle fetish. When the episode first aired, nobody viewed it as creepy.

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  24. JimB says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Anyone reading this has electricity, and presumably other amenities that put us among the most fortunate, such as shelter and clean water. Rejoice!

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  25. Greg Norton says:

    Last night's rerun of "The Big Bang Theory", airing after the local Faux News, was really creepy looking back from the perspective of having been through the last two years.

    I almost forgot — now that the turkey shortage has been debunked, local Faux News has shifted to a liquor shortage.

    Now *that* might have some traction in Austin, particularly after the last UT game tomorrow.

    Faux News also had the UT coach talking about how he felt like he was in a good place wrt to the end of the season. He's already been fired, but the alumni will give him a few games into next season before lowering the boom.

  26. CowboySlim says:

    If vaccines didn't shut down polio. what did?

    Should I ask Fauci?

  27. lynn says:

    xkcd: Fiction vs Nonfiction

       https://xkcd.com/2546/

    So, fiction about fiction is nonfiction ?

    Explained at:

       https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/2546:_Fiction_vs_Nonfiction

  28. lynn says:

    "New Coronavirus Variant a ‘Serious Concern’ in South Africa"

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/new-coronavirus-variant-a-serious-concern-in-south-africa/ar-AAR7yUH

    So, is this the omega version of the koof ?

    Hat tip to:

       https://drudgereport.com/

  29. drwilliams says:

    “If the Salvation Army wants to be woke, let them go broke.”

    https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2021/11/25/happy-holidays-white-donors-salvation-army-wants-you-to-offer-a-sincere-apology-for-systemic-racism-n481310

    If you were outside five minutes ago and heard a sonic boom, that was just me snapping my wallet shut.

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  30. Greg Norton says:

    So, is this the omega version of the koof ?

    When the Subcontinent variant emerged after Diwali last year and got quickly renamed as "Delta", I thought that was the Omega version of the virus.

    Covid 19 will be like KISS farewell tours — a new one every year.

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  31. SteveF says:

    If you were outside five minutes ago and heard a sonic boom, that was just me snapping my wallet shut.

    Yep. The number of charities I donate to has now dropped from one to zero.

  32. drwilliams says:

    @SteveF

    "Yep. The number of charities I donate to has now dropped from one to zero."

    Almost makes you wonder if the charity so well-hated by the left was set up by infiltrators for just that reason…

    but who has the time? Screw-em if they can't keep their house clean.

  33. lynn says:

    So, is this the omega version of the koof ?

    When the Subcontinent variant emerged after Diwali last year and got quickly renamed as "Delta", I thought that was the Omega version of the virus.

    Covid 19 will be like KISS farewell tours — a new one every year.

    We need the new Pfizer Antiviral pill.  "Pfizer’s Novel COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatment Candidate Reduced Risk of Hospitalization or Death by 89% in Interim Analysis of Phase 2/3 EPIC-HR Study" 

        https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizers-novel-covid-19-oral-antiviral-treatment-candidate

  34. ~jim says:

    What I want to know is: where does caveat emptor enter into the equation? That squiggly legal thing regarding individual free choice. 

    Seems it's a slippery, downward slope when 'Arsociety' picks up the tab. 

    (I'd put that Latin into italics, but Rick says it's not my fault…)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ESzxGYDkwG8

  35. Greg Norton says:

    We need the new Pfizer Antiviral pill.  "Pfizer’s Novel COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatment Candidate Reduced Risk of Hospitalization or Death by 89% in Interim Analysis of Phase 2/3 EPIC-HR Study"

    If I don't get a shot for the new job, I'll wait for the antibody injections being studied as a preventative.

    I know people who were screwed up taking Tamiflu without supervision during H1N1 thinking that would prevent infection.

  36. ~jim says:

    And before the quibbling starts, negligence is one thing and "implied warranty of merchantability" is another. 

  37. lynn says:

    "Live Free or Die: Troy Rising I" by John Ringo
    https://www.amazon.com/Live-Free-Die-Troy-Rising/dp/1439133972/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    Book number one of a three book military science fiction series. I read the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Baen Books in 2010, this is the sixth printing from 2018. I first read this book in 2010 so this is a reread. I bought new MMPBs of the series for this reading since my original books are carefully packed away in the garage.

    John Ringo borrowed Howard Taylor's online comic Schlockverse to base this story series on. In fact, Howard Taylor even wrote a forward in the book. The book is a story of how Schlock Mercenary could have started but is not the official story as there is none.
    https://www.schlockmercenary.com/

    One day, an alien starship appears in the Solar System dragging a ten kilometer wide stargate. The aliens place the stargate in the Sol-Earth L2 Lagrange point and then give the stunned Earthers a user's manual. They then leave through the stargate. The second set of aliens shows up with a trading ship. The third set of aliens, the Horvath, show up with a military cruiser and demand tribute after dropping rocks on three Earth cities.

    This is military scifi of the best order. There are good space aliens, bad space aliens, space ships of all types and sizes, ray guns, artificial intelligences, body modifications, etc… The Universe is a dangerous place and John Ringo aims to prove it by his story-telling.

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (648 reviews)

  38. MrAtoz says:

    If vaccines didn't shut down polio. what did?

    Should I ask Fauci?

    It was obviously two years of masking and isolation. Wink, wink. Vaccinations aren't the end all to end all.

    Maybe Mr. DadCooks could weigh in.

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  39. ~jim says:

    Maybe Mr. DadCooks could weigh in.

    Yes. Who is ultimately responsible for his crippled condition from the polio vaccination he somehow sought out and had administered to him?

    If memory serves, Ray could chime in as well.

    (@Dad & @Ray — this is just purely an intellectual exercise!) 

  40. lynn says:

    "Best Buy Crashes As Margins Slide Due To "Organized Retail Theft""

         https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/best-buy-crashes-margins-slide-due-organized-retail-theft

    "“We are seeing more and more particularly organized retail crime,” Chief Executive Officer Corie Barry said on a conference call with analysts. “You can see that pressure in our financials, and more importantly, frankly, you can see that pressure with our associates. It’s traumatizing.”"

    Not good.  Drastic measures may have to be taken in their blue state stores.

  41. lynn says:

    "Does Windows on Arm have a future?"

        https://www.zdnet.com/article/does-windows-on-arm-have-a-future/

    Since we are using an archaic 1995 Fortran compiler on Windows (Win32 only, no x64, no ARM, no 64 bit integers), I am very concerned about this.  Our Simply Fortran (GCC / GFortran) port failed due to debugger limitations.  I am now trying the Intel Fortran / Visual Studio C++ combination for the third time (the first time was in 2005 and failed to a linker problem, we overflowed the symbol table !).

  42. Greg Norton says:

    Since we are using an archaic Fortran compiler on Windows (Win32 only, no x64, no ARM), I am very concerned about this.  Our Simply Fortran (GCC / GFortran) port failed due to debugger limitations.  I am now trying the Intel Fortran / Visual Studio C++ combination for the third time (the first time was in 2005 and failed to a linker problem, we overflowed the symbol table !).

    Win32 will be around for a long time. Microsoft tried WinRT on ARM a decade ago, and that went nowhere.

    I thought that the Qualcomm chips had some kind of emulation for Win32.

    Redmond is not going to walk away from Intel, but I'm sure they would like their own "walled garden" devices similar to an iPad. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft has their own silicon in the works similar to Apple.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    Kitty Katz & Thyroid 

    With hyperthyroid, the automatic for the vets is to recommend thyroid ablation, but we did that with the last cat. I wouldn't subject a pet to that again.

  44. ~jim says:

    With hyperthyroid, the automatic for the vets is to recommend thyroid ablation, but we did that with the last cat. I wouldn't subject a pet to that again.

    I remember you mentioned that a week or two ago, and the the cost of
    radioablation was in the neighborhood of $1,000. 

    The anatomy of a cat is beyond my ken but I don't understand why a
    thyroidectomy wouldn't be simpler, and faster, and cheaper.

    Did your vet ever mention surgical excision?

  45. Alan says:

    >> Don't do it. W11 is not finished and has many oddities and quirks and some things that are real problems.

    >> I ended up formatting and installing Win 11 from scratch. I've been running it since then, with no issues so far. Of course, quite a few controls are moved, or at least how you get to them, so that is an annoyance. My biggest gripe is the taskbar. Running program buttons are grouped, with no option to ungroup. 

    I've been using W11 (clean install) for about two months now with no issues, albeit primarily with MS Office apps and Chrome. Agree regarding the 'no ungroup' option but getting used to it. I guess for now W11 is definitely YMMV.

  46. Alan says:

    >> Covid 19 will be like KISS farewell tours — a new one every year.

    I see a number of groups from that era have given up the "farewell" part and seem like they plan to keep touring 'forever' (and just replacing band members as needed. Like the guy showing off his "favorite" axe saying how he's replaced the head twice and the handle three times.)

  47. ~jim says:

    Speaking of vets, there's a truly autistic gal named Catherine Something-or-other near Seattle who is a ferret whisperer. *Really* autistic. Trouble with eye contact, the whole nine yards. And an encyclopedic knowledge of ferrets, of course.

    I'm not obsessed with my pet's health, or my own for that matter, but when Ammu was feeling mighty poorly I took her over for a looksee because it was beyond my comprehension. She picked her up and after about 10 seconds said "bad tooth". I said Do it, she did, and I think we went home 4 or 5 hours later, less $150 or so. 

    Somewhere in my treasure box I have a little vial containing an even tinier, broken canine, roots and all. 

    I'm grateful for gals like Catherine Whats-her-name. There's a place for all of us and her calling is ferrets. 

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jjjyUhwiOWw

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  48. Ray Thompson says:

    If memory serves, Ray could chime in as well.

    I am old enough to remember the fear of polio. Two of my friends got it, I was no longer allowed contact. One died as his lungs (diaphragm actually) were paralyzed. The other got lucky and only had a limp.

    The relief when the vaccine was available was widespread. Long lines to get the injection. They hurt for several days. There were three injections some time frame apart, I don’t remember the time interval.

    Boosters every year in school for a few years. The sugar cube was used eventually followed by the tongue drops. At some point the boosters stopped.

    It was a very bad time before the vaccine.

  49. SteveF says:

    That's one of the things that pisses me off the most about the not-vaxxes for the Chinese Crud. Vaccines have been a good thing, at least if you think that more than half of babies making it to adulthood is a good thing. Anti-vaxxers by and large are religious retards, whether their religion is some screwy fundamentalist christianity or an idiosyncratic belief in conspiracies. For decades, no one with any sense took them seriously.

    And the retards with their abbreviated testing and their lies and their brute force have done more to make anti-vaxxers look good than anything in history. Good job, retards.

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  50. Greg Norton says:

    The anatomy of a cat is beyond my ken but I don't understand why a
    thyroidectomy wouldn't be simpler, and faster, and cheaper.

    Did your vet ever mention surgical excision?

    No. The radiation ablation is simple and non-intrusive, but our last cat was dead within a year of throat cancer.

    Our cat tolerates the pills. Some cats don't.

  51. Greg Norton says:

    And the retards with their abbreviated testing and their lies and their brute force have done more to make anti-vaxxers look good than anything in history. Good job, retards.

    A real vaccine will eventually be developed for Covid, but unvaccinated won't trust it at this point.

    The best hope is the testing currently underway with antibody injections providing immunity for 9-12 months and actually limiting transmission.

  52. Nick Flandrey says:

    The food is all put away, the relatives are all gone, the kids are asleep…  it was a pretty good day.   

    Dinner and the food were great, marred only by MIL's fussiness and insistence that everything match her internal ideal.  3/4 of the dishes were cold by the time she allowed everyone to actually start eating.  It's a bit sad that she is focusing so hard on having it  match her fantasy, that she misses it as it's happening.

    She's done the same thing while planning activities with the kids.

    At least I didn't make her cry.  It's getting to be almost a habit, 3 times in a row.  I'm not home yet though.

    Flying home tomorrow afternoon.  Wish me luck.

    N

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  53. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

    True Stella Awards – the TRUTH behind the hot coffee

    https://stellaawards.com/stella/

  54. Marcelo says:

    It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft has their own silicon in the works similar to Apple.

    You mean like the Surface Pro X?

    That one has a Qualcomm chip – and released with an old chip at that… (2016)

    MediaTek just released a new chip that looks very, very good.

    MS has always shied away from chips and many other hardware stuff and let that be done by third parties, the ones whose core business is centred on hardware. Apart from gadgets, they only started with Surface because nobody else was pushing that form factor.

    I would be surprised if they try to go to market with a new ARM chip designed by themselves.

    I have too many things tied to Intel to consider ditching the architecture and emulation not only increases the load but also introduces issues of its own. 

  55. ~jim says:

    Did your vet ever mention surgical excision?

    No

    I'd look for another vet in future. That's just plain irresponsible. Not mentioning surgery in a case of feline hyperthyroidism is unforgivable. 

  56. Alan says:

    >> If I don't get a shot for the new job, I'll wait for the antibody injections being studied as a preventative.

    @Greg, is the new gig 'work in jammies' or do you have to drag yourself to the office?

  57. Marcelo says:

    "New Coronavirus Variant a ‘Serious Concern’ in South Africa"

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/new-coronavirus-variant-a-serious-concern-in-south-africa/ar-AAR7yUH

    So, is this the omega version of the koof ?

    I think it is the Nu version. Omega is yet to evolve.

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  58. lynn says:

    "Biden Advises Americans Who Can’t Afford Gasoline to Buy an EV"

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/11/23/biden-advises-americans-who-cant-afford-gasoline-to-buy-an-ev/

    Didn't somebody famous tell the public to eat cake when they could not afford bread ? 

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