Fri. Dec. 3, 2021 – work work work. While the world burns…

Last day of cool and clear this week, maybe. ‘Cuz they lie. And they’re wrong. It’s been clear but really quite humid for as cool as it is. That isn’t a super comfortable state.

Spent the day at my client’s house working on his upgrade. Felt like I really made some progress, but there is a bunch more to do, and some of it involves more Ubiquiti UniFi stuff. I will get to that last, I think. And I’ll be back over there next week as well.

Puppy is doing fine. Eating, running around the back yard, sniffing frantically. There was some sort of stinky wildlife skulking around last night. Zeus was very excited, and he got to bark at a cat! Made the cone of shame more tolerable, I’m sure.

Home Depot had several green leafy vegetables in pots for planting when I stopped in two days ago. It must be still fall planting season down here. Not much dirt for the raised beds, but at least most of a pallet in bags of the kind I like. I think I’ll try to get a few more bags this weekend. I didn’t see ANY seeds and the whole display was missing. Could be they were cleaning up and changing out that area, or it could be that they sold out. If you want a garden this year, you might want to secure some seeds, bug killer, fertilizer, and whatever else you need. Stock up early and avoid the rush.

Might go look at a lake house this weekend. The house looks nice, the part of the lake is less developed, and it’s difficult to get to the property. All good things in my book. Septic, propane, city power, and water. There must be a reason that part of the lake is under developed though, and I think it’s because the lake is very shallow there. My wife will be checking the lake depth chart today. 5 ft is ok, 1 ft of depth is not. Inflation continues to eat away at our savings. Buying a white elephant property would too, but they call it “real” estate for a reason.

I am trying to get to Costco today, but I’ve got other things to do before heading to my client’s place. I got more of an item that is a steady seller for me. Not huge profit, but every sale counts. I also got some stuff for a future lake house in another auction. It’s either a great score, or there is something I couldn’t see in the photos. I’ll find out later today.

The doddering old fool in the Whitehouse continues to decline. He can’t help but make up stuff, and he’s as incoherent as ever. If it weren’t our country and our lives on the line, it would be funny. As it is, it’s just a harbinger of bad times ahead.

So get to stacking. Because they are coming.

nick

81 Comments and discussion on "Fri. Dec. 3, 2021 – work work work. While the world burns…"

  1. brad says:

    Last day of cool and clear this week, maybe. ‘Cuz they lie. And they’re wrong.

    Yep. All the snow forecast this week has been a dud. Maybe a centimeter or two, that's all.

    Overnight tonight, they're saying 30cm. We'll see… If so, I'll get to use our snazzy new snowblower for the first time. See how it works…

    they call it “real” estate for a reason.

    Looks like we will be buying an apartment in the building next to our house. Officially it's for guests, because our open-plan house turns out to be…not ideal for guests wishing privacy. But also, as Nick says, it's a place to park money that isn't subject to inflation. While inflation here is a lot lower than in the US, it's still real, and only going to get worse as the Covid measures drag on.

    The doddering old fool in the Whitehouse continues to decline.

    I continue to wonder who is actually setting policy. Surely there's a puppeteer behind the scenes, but there seems to be no coherency to current US policy – foreign or domestic – so one wonders…

  2. Greg Norton says:

    High tech.   A linux partition.

    Good thing criminals are dumb.

    Some of the Linux installers even offer to encrypt the /home/user file system during configuration.

    I don't bother, but the capability is available. I think it is an automatic when Fedora Silverblue takes over a drive.

    I have friends who are still trying to crack the wife’s father’s TrueCrypt drives, nearly a decade after he passed. TrueCrypt is no longer supported, but successor open source products exist.

  3. Greg Norton says:

    High tech.   A linux partition.

    Of course, a meme I've seen the tech "journalists" working for the better part of a decade is that a general purpose computer/OS is a *bad* thing.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    65F and 99%RH.  Didn't sleep well.  Feel very tired this am.  Oh well, life is struggle, right?

    n

  5. brad says:

    I have friends who are still trying to crack the wife’s father’s TrueCrypt drives, nearly a decade after he passed.

    Whatever for? Do they think is has a crypto-wallet on there? Or are they after his porn collection?

  6. Greg Norton says:

    Whatever for? Do they think is has a crypto-wallet on there? Or are they after his porn collection?

    PhD chemist who dabbled in all kinds of things and held many patents.

    My speculation was porn.

    Bitcoin? Maybe, but the guy passed 10 years ago.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    bitcoin from ten years ago is the BEST kind of bitcoin….

    n

  8. SteveF says:

    If so, I'll get to use our snazzy new snowblower for the first time. See how it works…

    Snowblowers are for wimps.

    I continue to wonder who is actually setting policy. Surely there's a puppeteer behind the scenes, but there seems to be no coherency to current US policy – foreign or domestic – so one wonders…

    Maybe they’re using a Magic 8-Ball to guide policy decisions? “O, Great Oracle, should we sell off the strategic petroleum reserve?”

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  9. MrAtoz says:

    Puppy is doing fine. Eating, running around the back yard, sniffing frantically. There was some sort of stinky wildlife skulking around last night. Zeus was very excited, and he got to bark at a cat! Made the cone of shame more tolerable, I’m sure.

    Puppy Obadiah is up for his neutering in a month or so. I put him on puppy health insurance for a year. Part of the package is a DNA test. He's 12.9% Cocker Spaniel, but mostly Dachshund. Quite the personality.

  10. MrAtoz says:

    Ah, Hell no:

    UK health authorities now advise giving the booster every 3 months

    Duh, who didn't see this coming.

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  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    'How dare men talk about what a fetus wants': Whoopi Goldberg slams Justice Alito for saying a fetus has an 'interest in having a life' as SCOTUS Roe V Wade arguments begin

    Yep, how DARE we.  We're scum, garbage, less than human, and we absolutely didn't contribute HALF of that baby.

    You want it that way Whoopie?  End spousal support.  End child support.  END community property.  Men have no interest in their unborn child, then they have no interest in their born child, except whatever voluntary impulse might strike them.   

    You go girl.

    n

  12. MrAtoz says:

    There is no way plugs thought of this. Who's the Puppeteer:

    Biden Explains That We Must Stop Stigmatizing Men Who Spread AIDS While Sodomizing Men to Whom They've Furnished Dirty Heroin Needles

    Racism isn't a public health threat and we know how to stop the spread of AIDS.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Racism isn't a public health threat and we know how to stop the spread of AIDS.

    An mRNA AIDS vaccine is coming now that Pfizer got their Covid jab approved by the FDA.

    Eliminating control groups that would make an mRNA-basted vaccine approval dicey is the real point of the mandates.

    Masking was about eliminating stigma. Maybe the cabal behind Biden is plotting an AIDS crisis making EUA necessary.

    Yes, we know how to stop the spread of AIDS, but, similar to reducing risks for severe Covid among the general population without jabs, it involves questions many people and special interests don’t want asked.

    AIDS has also been moved into being a chronic condition which is treatable by approved medications for most. I heard bits and pieces of a VA teleconference on the subject yesterday since my wife was home for the meeting.

    The new breakthrough in AIDS treatment being touted yesterday was a once a month (?) shot of a drug to treat the disase, allowing forgetful patients to bypass the once daily set of pills. Of course, you are picking up the tab for the price difference.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    Eliminating control groups that would make an mRNA-basted vaccine approval dicey is the real point of the mandates.

    mRNA-*based*. Ack.

  15. Chad says:

    Maybe they're using a Magic 8-Ball to guide policy decisions? "O, Great Oracle, should we sell off the strategic petroleum reserve?"

    Many years ago I got a talking to at work because of a Magic 8-Ball joke I made. They were making one stupid decision after another at work and after the most recent dumbass decision I picked up the Magic 8-Ball on my desk and ask it if we should do it and the Magic 8-Ball said, "No." So, I made a comment about how the Magic 8-Ball makes better decisions than our company leadership. Apparently, an unamused somebody was within earshot.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    Canada.

    The US population isn't scared enough … yet.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    Many years ago I got a talking to at work because of a Magic 8-Ball joke I made. They were making one stupid decision after another at work and after the most recent dumbass decision I picked up the Magic 8-Ball on my desk and ask it if we should do it and the Magic 8-Ball said, "No." So, I made a comment about how the Magic 8-Ball makes better decisions than our company leadership. Apparently, an unamused somebody was within earshot.

    Many people sitting in C-suite offices are not there because they are great at their jobs.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Anyone recognize this toy figure from Lucasfilm?

    I've no idea, the stamp on the bottom isn 't helpful, and I can't even be sure of the movie.

    https://www.ttgnet.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/lucasfilm-beastie.png

    n

    It’s latex over stuffing, about 14″ long, and has some heft to it.

  19. ITGuy1998 says:

    Anyone recognize this toy figure from Lucasfilm?

    I've no idea, the stamp on the bottom isn 't helpful, and I can't even be sure of the movie.

    https://www.ttgnet.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/lucasfilm-beastie.png

    Looks like one of the beasts a storm trooper is riding in the desert in EP4 special edition.

  20. MrAtoz says:

    https://www.cp24.com/news/unvaccinated-travellers-barred-from-planes-and-trains-as-of-today-1.5686759

    Canada.

    n

    Perhaps this is a test run to crush fossil fuels.

    Gate check in: "Vax papers, please."

    Traveller: "Here."

    Gate check in: "Sorry, you missed your 3rd quarter booster by a day. No soup for you."

    Airlines will put themselves out of business or have $2,000 one way tickets from SA to Vegas.

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  21. Greg Norton says:

    Perhaps this is a test run to crush fossil fuels.

    Gate check in: "Vax papers, please."

    Traveller: "Here."

    Gate check in: "Sorry, you missed your 3rd quarter booster by a day. No soup for you."

    Airlines will put themselves out of business or have $2,000 one way tickets from SA to Vegas.

    When the tolling of surface streets start, heavy fines could be exacted on the unvaccinated for just pulling out of their driveway.

    Canada is definitely the test run. Americans are the one nationality in the world where the worker bees are content to spend significant amounts of time flying on business across the country or even around the world in return for a lifestyle that would be considered laughable by employees of even the same company in other countries who travel frequently. A vaccine mandate for travel would result in more people quitting their jobs at a time when many are exploring their options.

    Today is my last day at the current job, and they have no clue about what to do with one of my areas of responsibility.

    Yesterday’s exit interview with the yoga pants from the Finance end of the C-suite was postponed to today.

  22. Chad says:

    The US population isn’t scared enough … yet.

    They never will be. The opportunity for a scared and compliant US population came and went 18 months ago. Now it's just a lot of Covid fatigue and eyerolling. I think the MSM and the politicians keep trying to leverage Covid for this and that, but doing so has become increasingly ineffective.

  23. Alan says:

    >> The new breakthrough in AIDS treatment being touted yesterday was a once a month (?) shot of a drug to treat the disase, allowing forgetful patients to bypass the once daily set of pills. Of course, you are picking up the tab for the price difference.

    "Cabenuva" It's ~$4k per dose. And already being advertised on TV. (Another thing allowed for the benefit of Big Pharma. Related – check out "Dopesick" streaming on Hulu.) 

  24. Greg Norton says:

    They never will be. The opportunity for a scared and compliant US population came and went 18 months ago. Now it's just a lot of Covid fatigue and eyerolling. I think the MSM and the politicians keep trying to leverage Covid for this and that, but doing so has become increasingly ineffective.

    About half of the country is still scared. If it were more than that, we'd have mask mandates back in Texas. Less than that, and Biden's jab mandates never would have happened.

    Austin is still majority scared. Dweebs drive around in their cars by themselves masked. The Locust Class generally has more money than brains, and they are in charge inside the city limits.

  25. drwilliams says:

    @Greg Norton

    Today is my last day at the current job, and they have no clue about what to do with one of my areas of responsibility.

    Not your monkey, not your poo  

    Yesterday’s exit interview with the yoga pants from the Finance end of the C-suite was postponed to today.

    Standard responses

    1 That is no longer within my purview.

    2 Not knowing to a reasonable degree of specificity, I hesitate to answer at this time. 

    3 Relevant comments were appended to the addendum to the update of the manual documentation.

    4 The instrument has yet to be invented that could measure my indifference.  

    5 That question presupposes I give an AF. 

  26. Greg Norton says:

    Yesterday’s exit interview with the yoga pants from the Finance end of the C-suite was postponed to today.

    Standard responses

    I know the drill. After the exit interview there, where I was a little too honest, the HR at Jabil Circuit sold me out to management before I left the building so I got an earful from the boss. Of course, that just infuriated my co-workers within earshot of his fit.

  27. lpdbw says:

    My girlfriend's exit interview was the Friday before Thanksgiving.  

    She actually used the words "toxic" and "backstabbing" during the interview.

    In general, I try not to burn bridges, but the place is so bad that they lost 4 people in one month.  That's more than 10% of the office.  And several others are actively looking to escape.

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  28. Greg Norton says:

    In general, I try not to burn bridges, but the place is so bad that they lost 4 people in one month.  That's more than 10% of the office.  And several others are actively looking to escape.

    I didn't intend to burn bridges at Jabil, but test engineer in a contract circuit board manufacturer isn't a great professional situation so the boss printed false job descriptions in the paper every Sunday, advertising the job as Unix/C development, hoping to lure people who other wise would have applied at GTE, where the work actively existed.

    Hot Skillz in 1993.

    The only other time I’ve been really candid is getting out of CGI in Belton. I thought management needed to know that my first review consisted of my direct manager simply ripping me for looking at a C++ job on the Federal side of the building and not actually giving me a review of my performance.

    The last time I saw my manager, he was pretending not to see me in the Temple Buc-ee’s, where he was stocking shelves. After I left, the next guy to turn in notice got walked to the door for stealing within a few hours, after management took a microsocope to his expense reports and found a $2 soda charged on a receipt at an Office Depot in Canada for several hundred dollars worth of “legitimate” purchases related to company business.

    I’ll bet the TWC hearing was fun … if CGI showed.

    The expense report had been approved months prior.

  29. Marcelo says:

    I have friends who are still trying to crack the wife’s father’s TrueCrypt drives, nearly a decade after he passed. TrueCrypt is no longer supported, but successor open source products exist.

    Veracrypt is a fork and is backwards compatible, obviously.

    bitcoin from ten years ago is the BEST kind of bitcoin….

    I learnt yesterday that one of my kids actually received 1000 bitcoins in a games competition and sold them some time later to buy One pizza. Sometimes we make very poor decisions when viewed in hindsight. If only we could go back to the future…

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  30. Alan says:

    The gun did it and she's an accomplice…

    Gun in hand, Baldwin said he and Hutchins began blocking out the scene. She was directing his every move, he said: “Everything is at her direction.”

    “This was a marking rehearsal,” Baldwin said. “And [Hutchins] says to me, ‘Hold the gun lower. Go to your right. Okay, right there. All right, do that. Now show it a little bit lower.’ And she's getting me to position the gun.”

    “She's guiding me through how she wants me to hold the gun for this angle,” he said. “I'm holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up being aimed right below her armpit.”

    To get the shot, Baldwin said he needed to cock the gun, but not fire it: “The trigger wasn't pulled. I didn't pull the trigger.”

    “I cock the gun. I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’” Baldwin said. “And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off. I let go of the hammer of the gun, the gun goes off.”

    “So, you never pulled the trigger?” Stephanopoulos asked.

    “No, no, no, no, no,” Baldwin said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them.”

    Torraco, Halls’ attorney, corroborated Baldwin’s account on Thursday, saying Halls told her “from day one” that he was watching from three or four feet away and “the entire time Baldwin had his finger outside the trigger guard parallel to the barrel … that Alec did not pull that trigger."

    https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/alec-baldwin-rust-shooting-responsible/story?id=81490389

  31. Alan says:

    @RickH, FYI, got "Error establishing a database connection" a couple time before I was able to post the above comment.

    ADDED – this posted without error but response time was noticeably slower.

    ADDED(2) – Save after editing comment responded normally.

  32. RickH says:

    @Alan – saw that error also on my first load of today's post. Went away after a refresh.

    Might take a look at the error logs just to see if there is anything there.

  33. lynn says:

    Dilbert: Maybe We Are The Simulation

        https://dilbert.com/strip/2021-12-03

    Just in time for the new Matrix movie !

        https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/1/22812697/new-matrix-resurrections-trailer-warner-bros-keanu-reeves

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  34. RickH says:

    Nothing in the error logs (including server logs) about the database connection error. Possibly a one-time thing at the hosting place. Not caused by any themes/plugins here. And probably not related to 500 errors, which are a whole 'nother thing.

  35. lynn says:

    "The Bestselling Science Fiction Books of All Time" by Dan Livingston

    https://best-sci-fi-books.com/the-bestselling-science-fiction-books-of-all-time/

    I have read 11 of the 14 books: "Stranger In A Strange Land", "Snow Crash", "Fahrenheit 451", "Ender's Game", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Ready Player One", "The Martian", "The Time Machine", "Foundation", "1984", and "Dune".

    I am shocked that "Dune" is number one.  And this list does not address the Fantasy side of SF (speculative fiction).  "Harry Potter" rules over there.

    And
        https://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-sff-all-time-sales-list-revised.html
    agrees that Dune is the most sold SF book.

    "51) Frank Herbert (20 million)
    Frank Herbert's Dune is the biggest-selling SF novel of all time, shifting 12 million copies by itself. I would hazard that most of the remaining 8 million copies are of the five other Dune novels as well."

  36. Alan says:

    >> I continue to wonder who is actually setting policy. Surely there's a puppeteer behind the scenes, but there seems to be no coherency to current US policy – foreign or domestic – so one wonders…

    I caught a few minutes of his "Omicron" speech yesterday – at times he was barely able to read what was on the teleprompter. We are so f'ed.

  37. MrAtoz says:

    The gun did it and she's an accomplice…

    Amazing killer Baldwin's attorney let him do this. "Waah! She said point it at me! Waah! I don't know nuttin' about safety issues. I'm the creative producer." Somebody is going on the stand, probably not killer Baldwin, though. The dead lady's husband should sue everybody, including killer Baldwin.

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  38. Chad says:

    Baldwin is a Hollywood liberal and the liberal approach has always been that people don't kill people – guns do.

  39. Alan says:

    Edited to remove the shooter's and his parents' names – no added publicity.

    The parents of the 15-year-old charged in this week's deadly shooting at Michigan's Oxford High School were each charged Friday with four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter.

    [DA] McDonald said (the father) bought the gun four days before it was used in the shooting. His son, 15, was with him and later posted on social media about the gun, calling it "my new beauty."

    (The mother) also posted about the gun on social media, calling it "his new Christmas present," McDonald said.

    The DA announced the charges against the parents at a news conference this morning…and now the parents are nowhere to be found.

    ADDED: The parents were called to the school on the day of the shooting because of a violent drawing their son had drawn and after meeting with a (guidance) counselor, it was decided that he could return to class and the parents would do a mental health follow-up within 48 hours.
    Yikes – probably had the gun on him at the meeting.

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  40. RickH says:

    News reports have the shooter's parents on the 'lam' :

    Authorities in Michigan are actively searching for the parents of the suspected 15-year-old shooter in the Oxford High School tragedy.

    The Oakland County Sheriff's Department's fugitive team, the FBI, and the U.S. Marshals Office are all involved in the search.

    https://www.fox13now.com/news/national/police-searching-for-parents-of-suspected-michigan-high-school-shooter , among others.

  41. Alan says:

    >> News reports have the shooter's parents on the 'lam' 

    Didn't occur to the DA, nor the Sherriff, to have 'eyes on' these two when the DA decided that the "correct" order to do things was:

    1. Announce indictments

    2. Arrest suspects

  42. Alan says:

    >> Amazing killer Baldwin's attorney let him do this. "Waah! She said point it at me! Waah! I don't know nuttin' about safety issues. I'm the creative producer." Somebody is going on the stand, probably not killer Baldwin, though. The dead lady's husband should sue everybody, including killer Baldwin.

    Now he's saying that not only did she tell him to point the gun at her, she also told him to cock the gun.

    "I said to her, 'In this scene, I'm going to cock the gun, do you want to see that,'" Baldwin continued. He confirmed Hutchins told him to cock the gun.

    "I let go of the hammer and the gun goes off. I never pulled the trigger," he said.

  43. Mark W says:

    Clever strategy, pushing the blame to the armorer (who may deserve it) and the director (who doesn't). So long as the jury is ignorant of basic gun knowledge, it might work.

  44. Alan says:

    @Mark W, no, not the director, rather the woman who died (Hutchins) who was the cinematographer. Unfortunately she can't give her version of what happened.

  45. drwilliams says:

    "On Thursday night, we contacted the Oakland County prosecutor to discuss this matter and to advise her that James and Jennifer Crumbley would be turning themselves in to be arraigned," lawyers Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman told The Detroit News. "Instead of communicating with us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce charges."

    "The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports."

    James and Jennifer Crumbley of Oxford were named in criminal warrants Friday, with each being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four Oxford High School students who were allegedly slain by their son. They also were named in a noon press conference held by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald to announce the charges.

    Their case is charged in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, and an arraignment was tentatively set for 4 p.m. Friday. But the court closed late Friday afternoon without any sighting of the Crumbleys.

    “Their attorney had assured us that if a decision was made to charge them, she would produce them for arrest,” McCabe said Friday. 

    That agreement with attorney Smith was sometime in the morning, McCabe said around 2 p.m. Friday.

    “Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding,” he said. 

    McCabe said a conversation was initiated by the parents' attorney Friday morning when it was announced the prosecutor was holding a press conference to announce whether a decision had been made to charge anyone else in the deaths.

    “We didn’t even know they had been charged with anything until we were informed this morning by the media,” McCabe said.

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2021/12/03/oakland-county-fugitive-team-searching-parents-jennifer-james-crumbley-oxford-high-suspect/8855814002/

    From announcement of charges at noon to fugitives at 2PM?

    Sounds more like a grandstanding DA anxious to get a perp-walk.

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  46. RickH says:

    Our robot overlords — https://fb.watch/9Gm1JWcu3a/

  47. Pecancorner says:

    I am shocked that "Dune" is number one.  And this list does not address the Fantasy side of SF (speculative fiction).  "Harry Potter" rules over there.

    And
        https://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-sff-all-time-sales-list-revised.html
    agrees that Dune is the most sold SF book.

    Wow, that list has Andre Norton outselling Heinlein. I loved Norton, but that is surprising.   And I'd have thought Mary Stewart would have outsold Richard Adams, but there we are. Spirit-filled animals beat out Merlin in the zeitgeist. 

    Cool and sad that Robert E Howard is on the list. We live near Cross Plains and have toured his home. Last winter I watched The Whole Wide World.

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  48. Mark W says:

    @Alan, thanks for the correction.

  49. lynn says:

    I am shocked that "Dune" is number one.  And this list does not address the Fantasy side of SF (speculative fiction).  "Harry Potter" rules over there.

    And
        https://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-sff-all-time-sales-list-revised.html
    agrees that Dune is the most sold SF book.

    Wow, that list has Andre Norton outselling Heinlein. I loved Norton, but that is surprising.   And I'd have thought Mary Stewart would have outsold Richard Adams, but there we are. Spirit-filled animals beat out Merlin in the zeitgeist. 

    Cool and sad that Robert E Howard is on the list. We live near Cross Plains and have toured his home. Last winter I watched The Whole Wide World.

    And that list is three years old.  Who knows what the numbers are now ?

    And I am stunned that J. K. Rowling has sold 600 million books.   Probably 700 million now.

    And Andre Norton published 300 books according to the list. I can remember the grocery store rotating rack always had 4 or 5 Norton books published by DAW on it in the early 1970s.

  50. lynn says:

    "Kindle Reader Sales – The E-Reader Device Is Dying A Rapid Death" by Derek Haines
        https://justpublishingadvice.com/the-e-reader-device-is-dying-a-rapid-death/

    "The ereader may be dying, but this is certainly not true for ebooks."

    "Ebook consumption continues to grow in 2019, with over 335 million copies sold."

    Ah, people are reading on their phones. And listening to audio books on their phone.

    And e-book piracy in 2019 was $315 million USD.

  51. Greg Norton says:

    Ah, people are reading on their phones. And listening to audio books on their phone.

    And e-book piracy in 2019 was $315 million USD.

    I still prefer a e-ink Kindle over reading on the phone.

    I have a 2nd gen Kindle I inherited from my wife, and, early on, I replaced the battery with the highest capacity I could find which would fit.

    Before any trip, I charge the device, and the battery lasts for at least a week.

  52. Alan says:

    From:

    They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports."

    To:

    “Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding,” he said.

    Maybe busy shopping for a new attorney… 

  53. Alan says:

    @Greg, do you start the new gig on Monday or taking some gap time in between? 

  54. ~jim says:

    His girl friday

    https://m.ok.ru/video/261557717667

    The man who came to dinner

    https://m.ok.ru/video/83558468232

  55. Greg Norton says:

    @Greg, do you start the new gig on Monday or taking some gap time in between? 

    12/13. I'm still waiting on word about the background check. My laptop has been ordered.

    Last day at the (now) former job was today. Some of these names of the Advisory Board might be familiar to a few of you, but they owe me a lot of money that isn’t due until 12/20 so I won’t pass along a link for now.

    I’ve never spent another year in my career being that unproductive. Eh, they paid well.

    Gotta send their $6000 laptop back. I will miss that and *some* of the people.

  56. Pecancorner says:

    And I am stunned that J. K. Rowling has sold 600 million books.   Probably 700 million now.

    I knew people who never read any other books that read every one of Rowling's. So much so that I bought them for gifts for a while (I buy gift books but not fiction!).  I tried, but couldn't even finish the first one.   I guess too many years of LOTR and Andre Norton and Mary Stewart made me immune to Rowling! LOL!

    And Andre Norton published 300 books according to the list. I can remember the grocery store rotating rack always had 4 or 5 Norton books published by DAW on it in the early 1970s.

    Re Norton: it got to where they were publishing old books under new titles… so I had to read parts at the newstand to be sure it really was one I hadn't read.  

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  57. SteveF says:

    I’m changing jobs, too. In fact, I have a surfeit of employment. First, I wasn’t fired today even though we’ve hit the deadline by which all employees (despite working remote 100%) have to be clot shotted. Or, if I have been fired, no one’s bothered to tell me. Last word from HR of the new corporate overlords, and only when I pushed three days ago, was “we haven’t finalized a decision” and they’d announce their decision by the deadline. It’s possible, though unlikely, that the corporate suits realized that my small-company employer would be thoroughly boned if I were to be booted; I’ve been trying for two years to get someone hired to do the operations stuff that I’ve been saddled with, or at least to teach some of the less inept coworkers enough to get by, but have made no progress on either front.

    Second, I’ve gotten two job offers, each coming within an hour of the final interview. I’ve decided which to take but the other is a good fallback if the first falls through. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting a third offer and the fourth company is a maybe. I don’t know if it’s dumb luck, if the job market is hot at least for my “experienced generalist” skill set, or the change to how I went about job hunting.

    My approach this time was to update my profile on Dice and then respond to non-Indian names who sent me headhunter spam. Excluding the Indians was not based on prejudice against race or such. You could say it was prejudice based on culture, but it comes purely from my own experience. Indian headhunters are very bad at listening and they’re pushy to the point of ignoring “No, I’m not interested in on-site work” and continually calling with “Are you interested in?” “opportunities” which are totally not what I want. Their honesty is generally lacking. The consulting companies which are staffed by Indians tend to go after the low-end positions and definitely lowball the pay rates and in particular try to adjust them down after the interviews have started in order to “be more competitive”. Bottom line, I avoided them this time around and did very well by it: four employers (that is, four which I didn’t cross off after the first interview and which didn’t cross me off for not having some specific experience they wanted) which had very different but interesting work, all at the high end on the skill and experience ladder rather than butt-in-seat programmer. No quibbling about pay rate.

    I’ll figure out my last day on the current job after I’ve talked again with the girls and decided if I want a couple weeks off* between jobs or just go straight to the new one.

    * To the extent that keeping a couple of teenage girls from just sleeping in, lounging most of the day, and playing computer games counts as “time off”. I suggested that we could spend most of the two weeks of their Christmas break doing half-days of programming an Arduino, or doing chemistry labs, or finishing up the videos they half-did, or writing and illustrating a complete children’s story, or really anything halfway educational or productive. As you might guess, the lack of enthusiasm was overwhelming.

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  58. lynn says:

    Re Norton: it got to where they were publishing old books under new titles… so I had to read parts at the newstand to be sure it really was one I hadn't read.  

    Ah yes, "Star Man's Son" became "Daybreak 2250 AD".

         https://www.amazon.com/Daybreak-D-G-717-Orig-title/dp/B0007HJI3Q/p?tag=ttgnet-20

  59. drwilliams says:

    "And Andre Norton published 300 books according to the list"

    Be news to her publishers. Less than half that, including collections.

    Added: That number is amply padded by books written by other authors in her “universes” with minimal or no input from her, e.g. “Witch World”. “Time Traders”, “Solar Queen”, etc.

    from the link:

    This version of the list has benefited from studies of German sales via my colleagues at Westeros.org, as well as increased knowledge of sales in China.

    B.S., along with any "sales" of e-books padded with freebies and bundles.

  60. lynn says:

    And I am stunned that J. K. Rowling has sold 600 million books.   Probably 700 million now.

    I knew people who never read any other books that read every one of Rowling's. So much so that I bought them for gifts for a while (I buy gift books but not fiction!).  I tried, but couldn't even finish the first one.   I guess too many years of LOTR and Andre Norton and Mary Stewart made me immune to Rowling! LOL!

    Harry Potter books 4, 5, 6, and 7 were better written than books 1, 2, and 3.  But I enjoyed them all just due to the story was so good.  And I had already watched the movies. 

    I am not sure how much, if any, that Scholastic edited the first couple of books. I suspect not at all.

  61. drwilliams says:

    Re-titling of Andre Norton's books came primarily through Ace. It was common practice during the Ace Double years, which included Star Man's Son, Star Rangers, and Secret of the Lost Race.

  62. lynn says:

    Re-titling of Andre Norton's books came primarily through Ace. It was common practice during the Ace Double years, which included Star Man's Son, Star Rangers, and Secret of the Lost Race.

    You know, I wonder if that rotating rack of books in Gerlands Grocery store in the early 1970s was all Ace books ?  There were Perry Rhodan books in there also.  I remember the guy bringing books into the store on a dolly and restocking the rotating rack.  He was not a Gerlands employee but an independent.  I talked to him a couple of times but I do not remember what he said.  Shoot, that has only been almost fifty years ago.  The store was in Meyerland and had several aisles roped off on Saturdays so they could be fully open on Sundays since we lived in the Jewish section of Houston. The Texas Blue Laws were really strict back then.

  63. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    "You know, I wonder if that rotating rack of books in Gerlands Grocery store in the early 1970s was all Ace books ?"

    It may have been, although not directly from the publisher, but a local news service aka paperback distributor.

  64. Greg Norton says:

    First, I wasn’t fired today even though we’ve hit the deadline by which all employees (despite working remote 100%) have to be clot shotted. Or, if I have been fired, no one’s bothered to tell me. Last word from HR of the new corporate overlords, and only when I pushed three days ago, was “we haven’t finalized a decision” and they’d announce their decision by the deadline.

    One more week and then people will be able to start ignoring their phones. "I was on PTO yesterday when you called."

    The C-suites sold us out weeks ago, but the yoga pants charged with the dirty work are hoping to go away for Christmas and return to find the mandates ruled illegal at the Supreme Court.

    Any more headhunters looking for my now former former employer?

  65. nick flandrey says:

    Did some of my stuff, headed out to client's house, to do some port forwarding …

    I'll do some other stuff too, but that's the critical path thing now.

    n

  66. drwilliams says:

    from ace.mu.nu:

    "Apparently the objections were over the Smollett team's questions about whether one of the gay black weightlifter dudes that Smollett had paid for gay-beat-up had ever used the term "fruity ass.""

    The back story:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZXoErL2124

    (Language Alert!)

  67. nick flandrey says:

    Well, when automagic works, I suppose it's like magic.   When it doesn't work, but fails mostly silently, well, it sucks really bad.

    I think it's telling that the management tool for this control device was written for ipad, to the point that programmers are buying ipads JUST to config this device.

    Fail, fail.  More fail. 

    Try again Monday, now it's the weekend.

    n

  68. lpdbw says:

    Do you need to borrow an ipad?

    I happen to have a late-model spare I could loan you.  But I need it back.

    Katy area.

  69. lynn says:

    OK, I have my first serious gripe about Windows 10.  The Start button does not show data files connected to the programs like Windows 7 did.  For instance, my Excel icon would have 7 to 10 Excel spreadsheets that I have recently opened next to it.  Very easy to open a desired spreadsheet.  Now I have to open Excel and then go through the convoluted File / Open dialog.

    And Windows 10 still wants me to kill it and install Windows 11.

  70. lynn says:

    "Rare blizzard warning in Hawaii, up to 12 inches of snow expected"

         https://nypost.com/2021/12/03/rare-blizzard-heavy-snow-warnings-issued-in-hawaii/

    That is a big observatory. must be a high elevation

    Hat tip to:

       https://www.drudgereport.com/

  71. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    OK, I have my first serious gripe about Windows 10.  The Start button does not show data files connected to the programs like Windows 7 did.  For instance, my Excel icon would have 7 to 10 Excel spreadsheets that I have recently opened next to it.  Very easy to open a desired spreadsheet.  Now I have to open Excel and then go through the convoluted File / Open dialog.

    The two biggest shortcomings of Microsoft and Apple operating system updates are:

    1) Arbitrary screwing with look-and-feel by idiot jagovs who get hard pretzels forcing millions of people to do it their way.

    2) Pulling application functionality into the operating system.

  72. nick flandrey says:

    So now it's just news.

     George Soros' network of woke DA's: Billionaire liberal has bankrolled prosecutors in cities with the HIGHEST crime rates including $2m for Chicago's Kim Foxx and $1.7million for Philly DA – where murder rate has doubled

    Soros, the most prolific Democratic donor, is most known for giving to Presidents Clinton and Obama but he has also been pumping money into a far-left effort to overhaul the criminal justice system.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10271987/How-billionaire-George-Soros-bankrolled-DAs-Democrat-cities-HIGHEST-crime-rates.html

    n

     

  73. Alan says:

    >> OK, I have my first serious gripe about Windows 10.  The Start button does not show data files connected to the programs like Windows 7 did.  For instance, my Excel icon would have 7 to 10 Excel spreadsheets that I have recently opened next to it.  Very easy to open a desired spreadsheet.  Now I have to open Excel and then go through the convoluted File / Open dialog.

    @lynn, what about the "Quick access" selection at the top of the File Explorer folders list? Find your file and double-click.

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  74. drwilliams says:

    rotfl at the Friday Night at ace.mu.nu

    some useful stuff, too:

    There's the Garand ruler, and…

    Print it out, cut it up, and you have something for the Salvation Army bell ringers this year

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/SA.jpg

    …and don't stop scrolling until the prairie dog.

    Okay. Keep going…

    https://twitter.com/SteveInmanUIC/status/1466671470730309634

  75. Greg Norton says:

    OK, I have my first serious gripe about Windows 10.  The Start button does not show data files connected to the programs like Windows 7 did.  For instance, my Excel icon would have 7 to 10 Excel spreadsheets that I have recently opened next to it.  Very easy to open a desired spreadsheet.  Now I have to open Excel and then go through the convoluted File / Open dialog.

    Classic Shell used to be a solution, but that is no longer supported by the developer.

    I still have it installed on my Windows 8 partition under Boot Camp on my MacBook Pro. Classic Shell actually makes Windows 8 tolerable, at least enough that I keep Windows 8 instead of eating the cost of another license to run the Boot Camp install on the Mac OS X desktop with VMware Fusion.

  76. Alan says:

    >> Classic Shell used to be a solution, but that is no longer supported by the developer.

    Try this: https://www.stardock.com/products/start10/

    Still supported and also available for Win 11.

  77. SteveF says:

    Any more headhunters looking for my now former former employer?

    Possibly. I've seen a number of headhunter emails for jobs in Austin, but as soon as I see that they are not remote jobs I mark them as spam without reading further.

  78. lynn says:

    "Alan Ritchson sizes up Jack Reacher in first look at Amazon series"

        https://ew.com/tv/reacher-first-look-alan-ritchson-lee-child/

    Well, at least he is big enough to be Jack Reacher.

    Coming in February.

  79. nick flandrey says:

    Ugg, asleep in the chair, I'm going to bed.

    n

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