Mon. Jan. 17, 2022 – some kind of holiday. More time for me to work.

By on January 17th, 2022 in personal, WuFlu

Cold. Windy. It was pretty dang chilly yesterday but not as bad as Saturday. I brought the citrus in and it was 35F when I went to bed. So I expect today to be cold too.

I did get the back yard grass cut. Sat too long on Saturday and my back was hurting Sunday so that limited me somewhat.

There’s been a lot going on in my life and I kinda let the world go by without as much attention as I usually spend on it. That can be good in some ways but in others, losing that situational awareness can suck.

And I need to pay attention at home. I was wondering when/if oldest daughter would get around to asking for some one on one time to be scheduled, like I’ve been doing with youngest. I was HOPING she’d be interested. Yesterday she asked, so I’ll add that to my schedule. Growing up, my dad didn’t have much time to spend with us kids during the week, and if we were at home, family (lots of cousins and relations with family parties to attend) obligations came first. Most of our time was shared during family vacations, game nights, or other shared activities (like remodeling projects.) I got to spend time with him splitting wood and occasionally felling trees for neighbors without younger siblings around, but we weren’t out doing things like hobbies together. So I don’t know that it’s any sort of condemnation of the times that I feel like I have to schedule time with my kids, it’s just the way it works for me. Even with the time on the calendar, it doesn’t always happen.

Families, friends, groups, teams, whatever humans call themselves when they are together… it takes time and effort to build the bonds that pay off later, when times are tough. Stack up some of that too.

n

90 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Jan. 17, 2022 – some kind of holiday. More time for me to work."

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Watched the new version of Clifford the Big Red Dog tonight because youngest was vibrating with anticipation.  It's copyright  2021 and must have just wrapped principal filming in NYC just before covid hit.  Lot of CGI as you might imagine, so a year in post or more makes sense.

    The theaters shuttered most of the movie theater chains until about a year ago. Alamo Drafthouse went bankrupt, but I view that as their own fault for being too uptight, even by Austin standards.

    When we went, we didn't see any big crowds until "Ghostbusters" and "Spiderman".

    I remember seeing a poster for Clifford in late October. It sparked the discussion in our house about the PBS series, John Ritter (best voice of “Clifford”) and the impending cancellation of another big kiddie show on the network, “Arthur”.

    February 22.

    We also had a discussion about the possible return of “Caillou”.

    “Caillou” made me want to wretch 20 years ago.

  2. dkreck says:

    Is it Monday? Made coffee at 5am using the traditional drip carafe sir of the Keurig dual maker. Came back a few minutes later and it had overflowed. Bit damn mess. No real idea why, most of the coffee was in the carafe but of course full of grounds. Started a new set of filters last week and used the last of a bag of sack of Dazbog Russian Roulette coffee. Might of just been too much fine gounds that slowed the drain through the filter.

    Monday!

    Ray, sounds like your Monday started last night. Hope all goes well.

  3. ech says:

    The change seemed to coincide with a resurfacing of J. Michael Straczynski in Hollywood this Fall, and the studio may have wanted to take advantage of new interest in his work, including "Walker".

    His only connection to Walker was writing one episode. He never left Hollywood, he had a series on Netflix for several years, ending in 2018. He's also done a number of unproduced screenplays over the last 10 years or so, which is not unusual in Hollywood.

  4. brad says:

    We had the misfortune, or poor judgement, or just plain bad luck of having three animals all born in 2003. The two dogs have passed, not all that long ago. Now the third animal – the cat – is on the way. She has been teetering on the edge, with various health problems, for a year or so. Last week she stopped eating. She doesn't seem to be in any discomfort, but has zero interest in food. She's down to about 2kg (just over 4 pounds), absolutely skin and bone.

    We talked to older son, whose cat she officially is. He's of the opinion (and I agree) that it's better to let her go naturally, if we can. She spends most of her time sleeping in the sun, which she has always loved. One day, we hope that she just won't wake up. Better that than the trauma of a vet visit, which she has always hated. On the other hand, it sure is hard watching her slowly starve herself. Of course, if she starts showing discomfort, we'll take her to the vet after all.

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  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    @brad, sorry to hear that.  I hope it goes as well as possible for you.

    @ray, stay on top of it, and don't hesitate if you need to EMS.  They specifically told me, Call us, that's what we're here for.   And if something happens on the way, they can deal with it better than you.  Let's hope it was just indigestion or heartburn.

    51F at the moment.  I haven't checked the logger to see if we broke 32F last night.  It was 32F at 1am.  I'm glad  I brought the citrus in , especially since there wasn't any "OMG we're all gonna freeze!" to give me a heads up.

    Chilly in the house.

    n

  6. EdH says:

    Is it Monday? Made coffee at 5am using the traditional drip carafe sir of the Keurig dual maker. Came back a few minutes later and it had overflowed. Bit damn mess.

    I personally only use Keurigs set in a tray deep enough to contain the mess of their inevitable fail – the failure mode being to cover my white melamine counter top with coffee.

    And yes, usually on Mondays.

  7. Greg Norton says:

    His only connection to Walker was writing one episode. He never left Hollywood, he had a series on Netflix for several years, ending in 2018. He's also done a number of unproduced screenplays over the last 10 years or so, which is not unusual in Hollywood.

    Straczynski helped develop "Walker" as a series and was set to be showrunner for Canon TV until Warner bit on "Babylon 5" to take on Paramount's syndication behemoth in "Star Trek".

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    Cui bono?

    World's richest men have more than DOUBLED their fortunes from £500billion to £1.1TRILLION during Covid pandemic, report finds

    • Oxfam found the men's wealth increased at an average rate of £1billion per day
    • Among world's 10 richest men are Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos
    • Oxfam said the billionaires' wealth rose more during pandemic than it did the previous 14 years
  9. Greg Norton says:

    Sometimes the disaster is local.

    That corner of FL still has a lot of trailer parks, and unaddressed damage from storms as far back as Charley isn't hard to find.

    Collier is the big money county. Lee and Charlotte not so much except for the barrier islands.

    My guess about the location of the Daily Mail's US office is in Sunrise or very close, just down Alligator Alley at the edge of the swamps, as I75 enters Fort Lauderdale and turns south.

  10. SteveF says:

    Florida is hit by FOUR tornadoes

    Global Warming is real!

    I personally only use Keurigs set in a tray deep enough to contain the mess of their inevitable fail

    How often does it fail? How about putting the brewer on a dish drain tray, draining into the sink so you don't even have to pick the tray up to empty it?

    Unrelated, I've been up to my ears lately. New job (which doesn't involve having to be on my work computer keeping an eye on things ten hours a day and sometimes being very busy for a while but mostly gave me time to surf the internet and otherwise goof around), shoveling about four inches of snow this morning, more driving than I really want in the past few weeks, house work, car work, Grandma needing a closer watch than previously, and the girls being a pain in the ass more than usual. On top of that, someone's pestering me to start a company with him (potentially very lucrative, but a lot of work and the usual 95%+ expectation of failure for a software startup) and a couple other people have been pestering me to help with some public service activity or other, apparently on the strength of the old adage "if you want to get something done, give it to a busy man".

  11. SteveF says:

    World's richest men have more than DOUBLED their fortunes

    Yah, that's been noted for a few months at least. The billionaires and hectomillionaires* certainly have done well for themselves in the past couple years. And the politicians. Funny how that works.

    Not "centimillionaires", as a number of retards keep insisting. Hell, I'm a centimillionaire just from the emergency cash I keep in the lockbox in my office.

  12. drwilliams says:

    @brad

    Please call the vet and consult. 

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10410787/Omicron-surge-supply-chain-issues-lead-shelves-storefronts-US.html

    Many of the pix are the same store, and the one of walmart shows the 'planograms' hanging from the front of the shelf, so it's cleared out prior to rearranging the displayed product.   Still, it's clearly widespread and top of mind for people.

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  14. Pecancorner says:

    Prayers for Mrs Thompson, that it was just an oddity and nothing seriously wrong.  Wise decision to call the ambulance if it happens again.

    brad, sympathy for your vigil, and for the need to say goodbye to a dear pet.

    How often does it fail? How about putting the brewer on a dish drain tray, draining into the sink so you don't even have to pick the tray up to empty it?

    Steve, that is a brilliant solve. If I didn't have ours on a trolley, I'd do that very thing. Wish I had known back in the day when we used a regular drip coffeemaker. Can't count the number of times I failed to put the magic recepticle back under the drip correctly.  

  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    WRT coffee, I like mine really dark and strong, so I haven't found a kuerig I like.   The machines are at goodwill and other thrifts for ~$15 so it's cheap to try one out.  The cleaning procedure is online.  Make sure the machine is complete and turns on.  The most common failures are someone drops the water tank and it cracks, or the O ring that seals the water tank wears out.  That's a $1 fix.

    I use 1/3 cup packed grounds per 2 cups water in a simple drip machine.   Cone shaped filter.   If I use more grounds, they bubble up above the top edge of the filter and I get murky coffee.  No bueno.

    I know you can load your own capsule for the K cups, but it takes all the convenience out of the system to do that.  Might as well just scoop and dump at that point.

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  16. ITGuy1998 says:

     One day, we hope that she just won't wake up. Better that than the trauma of a vet visit, which she has always hated. On the other hand, it sure is hard watching her slowly starve herself. Of course, if she starts showing discomfort, we'll take her to the vet after all.

    Sorry to hear this. We had to put one of our Lab's down a week ago tomorrow. He was almost 12, and had many issues, the chief among them was mobility. We decided to have him put to sleep before he seriously hurt himself. Damn tough decision. I had to take the passenger seat out of the truck so he could have a place to lay. Not enough flat room in the back of an access cab truck for a dog with bad legs and hips.

    The only consolation is that he he was happy until the very end. He loved car rides, and didn't mind the vet. He got a ton of treats and was wagging his tail even as the first does of medicine to knock him out was given. He went to sleep with all of us there. 

    We have another lab, this one a mix, who is 11. He was obviously missing his brother that day. The following day, he came into my office and laid down for an hour or so on the blanket beside my chair that was used exclusively by his brother. He had never done that before, and hasn't done it since. They know what's going on…

    Our remaining lab could last another month or another 3 years. It will likely be hips/mobility that gets him too. 

    We've been in touch with our friend who is a breeder. Our departed dog's niece will be bred early this summer, so we are on the list for one of those puppies. It will be nice to have another dog from the same family.

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  17. Pecancorner says:

    CVS is just as busy and overworked here, too. We've been using a privately-owned pharmacy in a small nearby town for the past few years. Couple months ago, I commented to the clerk that I wished all our refills came due at the same time. The pharmacist overheard me and said "We can do that! Wait, and I'll do the forms for you."  So for the next month, each refill was for an odd amount… 17 days, 11 days… then a few days in advance, they called me and asked if I was ready for them to do all the refills. I approved, and on the target date they called again and said they were ready.
    This month, once again they called me a few days early to confirm and voila! Target date arrives and they were all ready!   

    Since they are a 60 mile round trip, this is a big savings in time as well as gas for me. (the "nearest" pharmacy is a 32 mile round trip).

    We used to go to CVS, but started using this one when we only had a couple meds because it is next door to our dr. We stay because of such great service. They are busy, but not too busy to notice things. If I need them to mail it, they will. When I walk in, they recognize me. If we need something filled immediately, they drop everything and do it.  Worth a few extra miles. They don't have some of the plans that the chains offer where you join their club and get some prescriptions free, but we don't have many of those kind anyway, and our co-pay is usually no more than it would be elsewhere.

  18. Pecancorner says:

    ITGuy1998 , condolences on your doggie's passing.

    Your other dog will be glad of the new puppy…. well, as soon as he teaches the pup how to "simmer down!" LOL 

  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    WRT our puppy, D1 still not taking her responsibility seriously.   Zeus himself has not marked anything that I know of in the house in the last week or two.  I think that's the neutering taking effect.   He still 'excitement piddles" or sprays p!ss everywhere if he's wound up, but MOST of us can greet him without causing the drenching.

    An electronic bark collar is training most of the bark out of him.  It lets him bark to alert us, but doesn't let it continue.

    He and D1 are still on probation in my book.

    n

  20. Denis says:

    I was wondering when/if oldest daughter would get around to asking for some one on one time to be scheduled, like I’ve been doing with youngest. I was HOPING she’d be interested. Yesterday she asked, so I’ll add that to my schedule. Growing up, my dad didn’t have much time to spend with us kids during the week, and if we were at home, family (lots of cousins and relations with family parties to attend) obligations came first. Most of our time was shared during family vacations, game nights, or other shared activities (like remodeling projects.) I got to spend time with him splitting wood and occasionally felling trees for neighbors without younger siblings around, but we weren’t out doing things like hobbies together.

    Good for you! My father died in 2018, aged nearly 91, and I miss him terribly. Some of my happiest childhood memories are of time spent with him on activities like workshop tasks and gardening. My favourite was always the quiet time we spent together every morning before school – he and I eating our porridge together in silence when no-one else int he house was up. What I wouldn't give for another breakfast with him…

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  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    "I don't think those words mean what you think they mean…"

    Humiliated Novak Djokovic lands back in Serbia to a hero's welcome after being deported from Australia: Now faces being ousted from French Open after new law bans all unvaccinated people from entering sports arenas

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  22. Denis says:

    We have another lab, this one a mix, who is 11. He was obviously missing his brother that day. The following day, he came into my office and laid down for an hour or so on the blanket beside my chair that was used exclusively by his brother. He had never done that before, and hasn't done it since. They know what's going on…

    I am very sorry for your loss. Dogs do know. Whenever possible, I believe it is a good procedure to allow the canine survivor(s) to see and smell the deceased one. Dogs understand death in their own way, and letting them know about it by the evidence of their own senses is less traumatic for them than having another member of the pack "missing, presumed dead". It eases their grieving.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    What? Again? It is bad enough that "Engineer for Congress" is running again in our Congressional district unopposed for the Dem nomination, but now this RINO is back in the primary. He's doing a better job concealing his Prog true beliefs this time around, however.

    I saw his first sign driving home from CVS yesterday. He received ~ 300 votes in the 2020 primary running on a platform heavily dominated by “green” energy, and that was before the freeze.

    https://www.garapatifortexas.com/

    "Engineer for Congress". She didn't even bother to commission new art.

    https://www.votefordonna.com/

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  24. Alan says:

    >> One day, we hope that she just won't wake up. Better that than the trauma of a vet visit, which she has always hated. 

    @brad, there are vets here in the US that do in-home euthanasia, have you looked into that option? We did that when our last senior needed to be put to sleep and it was less traumatic all around rather than dragging him and the other dogs in our pack to the vet. And definitely helped to have our other dogs around at the end. Hoping yours goes peacefully over the 'Rainbow Bridge.'

  25. SteveF says:

    He and D1 are still on probation in my book.

    Wow. Harsh. Do you have other family who will take in D1 if you decide that it just isn't working out?

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  26. JimB says:

    @Pecancorner, My wife and I each have a couple of long term prescriptions, and our insurer, BCBS, uses CVS mail order. They are much better than about 10 years ago, when we changed insurers mostly to get away from CVS. About two years after we switched to BCBS, they changed to CVS, and I got a bit agitated. No need. Everything is sent to us, and it works very well. Prescription renewals that don’t require a doc visit are automatically renewed between my doctor’s practice and CVS. Their cost to us is competitive.

    My wife still occasionally gets one-off prescriptions that require local filling, and she hates all the local places because they are always busy, and often mess things up causing repeat visits. I have had fewer dealings with them, but agree.

    About three years ago my aunt found going just a few miles to her local HMO provider down in the city to get a prescription filled inconvenient. I asked some questions, and learned that she averaged a few trips a month doing that, so I inquired with the HMO if she could get them mailed. I was greeted with puzzlement: why didn’t she ask earlier? Most of their older customers do that. I made the change with her permission, and she was astounded that was possible, and free to her. Some of us don’t think about possibilities, although I will admit I don’t like to order restaurant food or groceries delivered, especially if it costs extra.

  27. Nick Flandrey says:

     other family who will take in D1

    are there no workhouses open?

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  28. JimB says:

    Been lurking and behind in following here. Caught up today. Nothing terrible here, just one-thing-after-another busy. The urgencies pushed aside the priorities.

    To all in need of sympathy, you have mine, and best wishes. Ray, hope you and your wife do well. To those who have lost or are about to lose pets, my condolences. Sometimes people forget that pets are a real part of the family. I especially like some of the thoughts expressed here. All of you are a kind of family.

  29. lynn says:

    I knew that I should have taken the day off today.  The power switch on my new Antec P101 case at the office failed today when I powered my office PC down for a hard shutdown to start the week as I normally do.  It is stuck in the down position.  I looked up Antec on the intertubes but they only have an email support.   I filed a support case but the intertubes says that I will not hear anything from them.

         https://www.amazon.com/Antec-P101-Silent-Performance-Pre-Installed/dp/B07LBXP8KZ//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    I switched the power and reset leads on the motherboard for now and that works.  I saw that on the intertubes, excellent suggestion. 

    I would stay away from Antec products, looks like they suck for now.  I have bought 40 or 50 cases plus power supplies from them over the years.

  30. JimB says:

    —are there no workhouses open?

    Such sweet thoughts keep me coming back for more. 😉

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  31. JimB says:

    I knew that I should have taken the day off today.

    But you made a temporary fix in shade tree mechanic style. Congrats.

    Aren’t most power switches just momentary contact? Yours seems different.

  32. Chad says:

    WRT our puppy, D1 still not taking her responsibility seriously.

    A kid wants a dog, insists they will care for it, but then doesn't? I am SHOCKED. SHOCKED I say. 😜

    This is every pet purchase in every house with children.

  33. Denis says:

    I would stay away from Antec products, looks like they suck for now.  I have bought 40 or 50 cases plus power supplies from them over the years.

    Sic transit gloria mundi. That is a shame. Some of my finest PCs over the years had Antec cases and power supplies, erstwhile recommended by RBT and JEP. I even had a matched pair of piano-black mid-towers that were most handsome. I was sorry when they had to go.

    Best wishes to Mr Ray and Mrs Ray for good health and no more scares.

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  34. Ray Thompson says:

    An electronic bark collar is training most of the bark out of him.

    Have you considered such a device for D1 and D2? When one starts whining a simple push of the button should suffice.

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  35. lynn says:

    CVS is just as busy and overworked here, too. We've been using a privately-owned pharmacy in a small nearby town for the past few years.

    We use our Walgreens about five miles away from the house.  Yesterday the wife and I pulled up at the drive through to get something for the daughter.  The tech told us that the prescription had run out.  The wife said that there was a new prescription for five refills.  He got this weird look on his face and went and got the pharmacist.  She hit a couple of keys on the PC and announced that she would be back in a couple of minutes with the prescription.  So we sat there in the truck for about five minutes and she came back with the prescription.  Kind of a pain but they were able to resolve it.

  36. Nick Flandrey says:

    This is every pet purchase in every house with children.

    yeah, but family wanted a dog.  Last week was one year since my dog died. 

    Fish or cut bait time is coming.  They step up, I take over, or someone gets a cute puppy.  Still  not sure which.

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  37. EdH says:

    I would stay away from Antec products, looks like they suck for now.  I have bought 40 or 50 cases plus power supplies from them over the years.

    That’s too bad.  I used them for years. I think RBT or JP had recommended them.

  38. lynn says:

     other family who will take in D1

    —are there no workhouses open?

    n

    Ah, the good old days.

  39. Jenny says:

    @brad

    ditto on Alan’s suggestion to look into in home euthanasia. 
    It gets harder with each pet to whom we say goodbye. The last two we were fortunate to have a family friend who is also a veterinarian. She was kind and compassionate to put our old dogs down at home. It was a better way for us. I know half a dozen veterinarians in our town offer this service, while not common, you may find it’s available. If you find an office that will do this request the after hours direct number for the veterinarian. You can’t predict whether the kitty will need that mercy in the middle of the night (both of our dogs went from fine to dire straits rapidly and middle of night).

  40. lynn says:

    I spent three hours with Mom yesterday at the rehab.  I meant to only stay an hour but, Mom.  She is in much better spirits but still gets dizzy every time they stand her up on the parallel bars to walk.  And then she gets nauseous.  But she can shuffle sideways with no problems.  Weird.

    She has about four weeks to go on her intravenous antibiotics, turns out the hip incision was infected after all.  Even so, she has zero pain with the new hip and that was the primary goal.  We have no idea when the rehab is going to throw her out.

    Her father passed at 64 with prostate cancer, her mother a week before her 89th birthday with lung cancer.  Mom does not expect to live to 89 but one never knows.  She did note that only one of her direct relatives made into her 90s.

    How do you ask your parents what they want done, burial or cremation ?  Which burial plot ?  Etc, etc, etc.

    I do not want an urn on my mantel. That would be creepy. I would dump any urns into Lavaca Bay, they love that place.

  41. lynn says:

    I would stay away from Antec products, looks like they suck for now.  I have bought 40 or 50 cases plus power supplies from them over the years.

    That’s too bad.  I used them for years. I think RBT or JP had recommended them.

    Yes, maybe both of them.  I liked their silent series of cases.

  42. lynn says:

    WRT our puppy, D1 still not taking her responsibility seriously.

    A kid wants a dog, insists they will care for it, but then doesn't? I am SHOCKED. SHOCKED I say.

    This is every pet purchase in every house with children.

    Somehow, I always end up with the dog sleeping on my legs.  But, I love dogs.  They always love my wife more though.  And she loves them.

  43. lynn says:

    Arlo and Janis: The New Moon

         https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2022/01/17

    The new moon was beautiful last night at 7 pm.  And very bright while we were out walking a mile.

  44. lynn says:

    Dilbert: Dogbert The Futurist

        https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-01-17

    Ah yes, the singularity is upon the horizon.

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  45. lynn says:

    "Israeli trial, world’s first, finds 4th dose ‘not good enough’ against Omicron"

        https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-trial-worlds-first-finds-4th-dose-not-good-enough-against-omicron/

    "Expert at Sheba Medical Center says jab raises COVID antibody levels, but there are ‘still a lot of infections’ among those who received it"

    Well, that sucks.

    Hat tip to:

        https://www.drudgereport.com/

  46. paul says:

    How do you ask your parents what they want done, burial or cremation ?  Which burial plot ?  Etc, etc, etc.

    Just ask.  Although they should have it all decided, learning /what/ they decided is useful.

    My Dad was cremated.  Mom filled a few pill bottles with his ashes.  Thanks Mom.  I think.

    Mom was cremated.  The only thing she said about what to do with her ashes was "don't mix us together, I put up with him long enough".

    So Dad was sprinkled along one side of their yard and Mom on the other.  Still together.

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  47. lpdbw says:

    How do you ask your parents what they want done, burial or cremation ?  Which burial plot ?  Etc, etc, etc.

    I'm afraid the answer is that you just ask.  I'm sole caretaker for my brother, and he had the foresight to make a will and powers of attorney.  Even so, I had to find a chance to ask him about cremation and disposition of the remains.

    You can open the conversation by mentioning that you recently took care of documenting that in your will and last wishes to make it easier for your survivors, and you were curious what they wanted. 

    You have taken care of that, haven't you?

  48. lynn says:

    "Hero Texas rabbi threw chair at crazed terrorist to end 10-hour hostage ordeal"

        https://nypost.com/2022/01/17/texas-rabbi-credits-security-training-for-hostage-survival/

    So why is a British terrorist in Texas terrorizing us here ?

  49. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, BFYTW works for the other team too.

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  50. Greg Norton says:

    I do not want an urn on my mantel. That would be creepy. I would dump any urns into Lavaca Bay, they love that place.

    A portion of my father-in-law's crated remains are in a bag inside a shipping box on a shelf in my laundry room.

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  51. SteveF says:

    a British terrorist

    I'd label him a mohammedan piece of pig crap from Pakistan who'd been in Britain before coming to the US to perform terrorist acts.

    A lot of Brits are getting tired of terrorism from Pakis and Somalis and other non-Brits. Too bad they lost their balls on the battlefields of the past century or so.

  52. SteveF says:

    A portion of my father-in-law's crated remains are in a bag inside a shipping box on a shelf in my laundry room.

    Add a little to the detergent for those really tough stains?

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  53. Greg Norton says:

    I would stay away from Antec products, looks like they suck for now.  I have bought 40 or 50 cases plus power supplies from them over the years.

    That’s too bad.  I used them for years. I think RBT or JP had recommended them.

    Yes, maybe both of them.  I liked their silent series of cases.

    I've had several Antec supplies fail recently which were purchased on recommendations from JP and/or RBT. JP also used to recommend PC Power and Cooling, but my last purchase from them didn't last any longer than an Antec.

    Amazingly, I have a Rosewill still going strong in my primary desktop, bought in a hurry about five years ago, before we were out of financial trouble at home. The motherboard is an ancient Asus running a Q6600, the original Intel quad CPU so the power needs are fairly high and specific.

  54. dcp says:

    Sic transit gloria mundi

    "Tuesday is usually worse."

  55. Greg Norton says:

    A portion of my father-in-law's crated remains are in a bag inside a shipping box on a shelf in my laundry room.

    Add a little to the detergent for those really tough stains?

    It is a pumice type texture like Lava soap so who knows.

    My father-in-law's girlfriend paid for the cremation, and the box showed up at the house one day. We've  carted around the country ever since.

    Paying for the cremation under Texas law makes the payer an "informant", entitled to certain rights, including copies of the death certificate. The girlfriend didn't want the end result at her house, however.

  56. Greg Norton says:

    So why is a British terrorist in Texas terrorizing us here ?

    Looks like a Muslim. So why is a British *Muslim* terrorist in Texas terrorizing us here?

    It is still cold and dark in Britain.

  57. paul says:

    The little Pi-hole seems to be doing a good job.  Hard to tell on this PC because Duck Duck Go has (or had) a privacy add-on for Firefox.  I used it long enough to see what it was blocking and added the addresses to my HOSTS file.  Then ditched the add-on.

    I'm just thinking out loud.  If the Pi-hole works, I don't need Adblock Plus for more than to block annoying shirt(-r) stuff.  Like animated gifs.   I disabled the various filter lists and deleted most of my "custom filters".

    Zerohedge, man…. recreate the filters now! 

    The Burning Platform needed a few recreated, too.  Because I really don't care for the ads for foot fungus and bad teeth.

    http://donsurber.blogspot.com/ has an annoying video in the bottom corner.  That took a while to figure out and I can do it again.

    This should make browsing faster. Pages seem to load a bit faster.

    Now to play on a different PC.  One with a stock HOSTS file.

    Oh.  Daily Mail has been useless for me.  It covers the content with a "disable your adblocker" and I'm like "are you crazy with all the noise in the right column?"  No disable notice, no right column of junk.  That's kind of nice.

  58. RickH says:

    Now to play on a different PC.  One with a stock HOSTS file.

    All you have to do is copy the current HOSTS file, then create a blank one (the default one has only comments in it for showing examples; no actual active entries). Copy your tweaked one back when you are through playing.

    I don't bother with all of that, though. UBlock Origin works good enough for me.

  59. Chad says:

    …used to recommend PC Power and Cooling, but my last purchase from them didn't last any longer than an Antec.

    I heard a while back that PC Power & Cooling sold and their quality tanked shortly after. Hearsay – I know. I haven’t bought anything from them in probably 15 years.

  60. Geoff Powell says:

    The problem I have with adverts on websites is many-fold. First, they slow site loading down. Second, they track me – what the h*ll business is it of any advertiser to know where I came from? Third, anecdotal evidence of malware being served. Fourth, when I was in gainful employment, my job involved seeing everything on the screen, and paying attention to it, so that I could accept/reject content. 30-odd years of that, and I can't stop seeing extraneous material like adverts.

    So, adblocker. In my case, Brave and (probably overkill) uBlock Origin. Plus Privacy Badger. And I'm seriously tempted by Pi-Hole, which will extend the blocking to my phone (when on wifi) and tablet, where I get an unfiltered view at present.

    G.

  61. lynn says:

    Spoke too soon.  The Monday from Hell has continued.  The Act! database fragged itself somewhere between noon and 2 pm.  The noon backup is fragged.  I am now reloading the 8am backup. 

  62. paul says:

    And I'm seriously tempted by Pi-Hole, which will extend the blocking to my phone (when on wifi) and tablet, where I get an unfiltered view at present.

    Right there is why I wanted a Pi-hole.  Filter all the crap for everything on my LAN.

    Filter all the crap so I don't need an ad blocker. 

    Perhaps block out-going stuff.  Why is the Roku, ain't been on in a week, calling home 40 times a day?  Why is the Blackberry software pinging where ever 50 times a day? … And that's when that PC is awake.

    I understand the Ubiquiti stuff checking home for software updates.  I'd rather have a button labeled "check for updates" like my router, instead of the sneaking behind my back.

    Yes, I know about the HOSTS file.  But… I tend to tinker with stuff.  What works on this PC may be broken on that PC.

  63. drwilliams says:

    The main internet link to Tonga went down for a very good reason – it got blown up by a volcano.

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/volcanic-eruption-takes-out-tonga-cables/

    The entire island cut off!

    No Candy Crush!

    The horror of it all!

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  64. drwilliams says:

    Professor suspended after getting highest ratings ever.

    Student ratings "beyond awesome".

    https://campusreform.org/article?id=18803

  65. MrAtoz says:

    Geebus:

    Fauci warns that Omicron may NOT be the 'end' of the pandemic and there is a 'high probability' another variant could emerge' that would evade immunity

    From now on, all cootie booster shots will consist of a jab in each arm. Once every quarter in perpetuity.

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  66. lpdbw says:

    Professor suspended after getting highest ratings ever.

    It's sad to see mental illness up close like that.

    And that's just the students who'd rate this guy high.  The prof himself, well, that's lunacy of another level.

  67. Nick Flandrey says:

    I don't bother with all of that, though. UBlock Origin works good enough for me.

    which is awesome on a windows pc.  Not so awesome on the kids' school chromebooks, or home chromebooks, or phones, or ipads.  Also not awesome on the Roku, appletv, or smart tv….

    @paul, any chance you can test it against in video ads on youtube?   uBlock origin kills them completely but I want to kill them in all the above mentioned places.   That is my MAIN interest in pi-hole.

    n

  68. Nick Flandrey says:

    Student ratings "beyond awesome".

    https://campusreform.org/article?id=18803

    I think I went to school with the article author's dad.   Too many possible google matches to be sure though.  Funny, I was thinking about him last week, and how he helped me out after one of my motorcycle accidents.  Dragged me out of the house when I was horribly disfigured by road rash and silvadene cream on my face…..   helped me tremendously.   If he's got kids in college, I should get back in touch with him.

    n

  69. RickH says:

    UBlock Origin has an extension for Chrome. Wouldn't that work on Chromebooks?

    They also have an app for Android phones.

    I have a Chromebook, but don’t use it often enough to know the answer.

  70. Nick Flandrey says:

    Working on the house model, instead of working, because 'happy wife….' etc.

    n

  71. Nick Flandrey says:

    Maine going full Soviet Russia —

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10411699/Doctor-treated-COVID-patients-Ivermectin-license-suspended.html

    A medical board in Maine has suspended the license of an MIT-educated doctor and ordered a psychiatric evaluation after she was accused of treating some of her patients with Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine and spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

    — compare and contrast with this guy

    https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/dr-evil/

    Houston orthopedic surgeon ERIC SCHEFFEY has been sued 78 times. He’s paid out some $13 million to settle malpractice cases. At least five of his patients have died, and hundreds more have been seriously injured. So why did it take 24 years for state regulators—and his colleagues in the medical community—to stop him? 

    Viands’s death was only the latest episode in a long, grim tale of malpractice stretching back more than a decade. Scheffey had performed five surgeries on him since 1992. In complex and largely unjustified procedures that few orthopedists would ever have attempted, he’d methodically removed a large portion of Viands’s lower spine, taking out six vertebral disks, a good deal of bone, and alternately inserting and removing intricate arrays of screws, rods, bone-graft cages, and electronic growth stimulators. His activities went well beyond what consulting doctors had recommended or what the patient had authorized. In a single operation, he’d cut into Viands’ spine in seven different places—virtually unprecedented except in cases of severe accidents. He’d removed bone in order to decompress fourteen nerve roots—again, something most surgeons would never have even considered. According to an orthopedist who later reviewed the case for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, Scheffey’s surgical failure rate over those five surgeries was 100 percent. And almost all of them were entirely unnecessary. By the time the infection killed him, Viands was already facing life as a disabled person.

    Yet what makes his story even more startling is that all were done with the explicit consent of a vast medical, insurance, and governmental bureaucracy, which, even after he became notorious for injuring patients, approved and funded every unnecessary surgery he did.

    n

    — just saying that she treated a few people who may not even have been harmed and she’s facing a classic soviet tactic, while the butcher in Houston continued maiming and killing patients for years, because it brought in the cash.

    n

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  72. Greg Norton says:

    From now on, all cootie booster shots will consist of a jab in each arm. Once every quarter in perpetuity.

    You'll soon be fitted for a permanent IV tube for twice daily jabs.

    Since I didn't get my natural immunity, I'm still waiting for the knock on my door.

  73. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10411235/Milwaukee-Burger-King-worker-16-shot-dead-botched-drive-robbery-staged.html

    Burger King worker, 16, is shot dead in botched drive-thru robbery that 'SHE staged with her co-worker best friend and girl's father as the robber

    In the ensuing investigation, police found other surveillance footage from inside the fast-food joint showing Ellis responding to Harris-Brazell's call for help, pulling out a gun and firing two shots at the thief.

    He was then seen scrambling to pick up the shell casings from he floor, and was filmed running to the store manager who helped him stow the weapon in the store's safe before he fled. He has not been seen since.

    The store manager reportedly told authorities that Ellis usually comes to work with a weapon, and they helped him hide it because he is a convicted felon who is not allowed to possess a gun.

    –play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    n

  74. Greg Norton says:

    My wife needed to look at USB-C chargers and wanted to restock Kleenex so we stopped at Sam's again while out today. 2 L Coke products still not stocked except for a single pallet of Sprite.

    Holiday weekend and Cowboys watch parties?

    Dak mismanaged the clock, but now the Niners have to take a “traded QB walking” to Lambeau with 0 degree wind chills predicted. I’m not sure who really “won” that game.

  75. lynn says:

    "Free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests"

         https://www.covidtests.gov/

    "Every home in the U.S. can soon order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don’t need to enter a credit card number."

    "Ordering begins January 19."

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  76. Greg Norton says:

    "Ordering begins January 19."

    EBay gold!

    I paid $10 for a Hecho en China test on Saturday.

    I'm waiting on two "free" tests from the new new job to use when I need to access the building in the near future. Everyone was supposed to be back in the building on 1/3, a selling point of the job, but now it is anyone's guess as to when we will be back.

  77. Ray Thompson says:

    Ordering begins January 19.
     

    Website crashes at 12:00:19 (00:00:19).

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  78. Alan says:

    >> So we sat there in the truck for about five minutes and she came back with the prescription.

    At most McDonald's drive-thrus, if your order isn't ready when you get to the pick-up window they direct you to a nearby parking spot to wait and then someone walks out your order when it's ready.

    Would be nice if CVS and Walgreens did the same. Usually the holdup is some clueless person trying to do a Covid test.

    .

    >> How do you ask your parents what they want done, burial or cremation ?  Which burial plot ?  Etc, etc, etc.

    @lynn, do they already have wills? If so, check those papers, it might be stated therein or on a separate form that most estate attorneys will include with the wills.

    .

    >> From now on, all cootie booster shots will consist of a jab in each arm.

    When they instead of asking you right arm or left and then have you roll up your sleeve they ask you right cheek or left and tell you to drop your drawers, be very afraid.

  79. lynn says:

    Spoke too soon.  The Monday from Hell has continued.  The Act! database fragged itself somewhere between noon and 2 pm.  The noon backup is fragged.  I am now reloading the 8am backup. 

    Found out that the stupid Act! file server has been rebooting every hour or so.  I have no freaking idea what is wrong with it. I am going to build another machine with a Be Quiet 600 case that I already have.  Dadgum the Intel 11th gen cpus are expensive so I am going with a I5-10400, MSI motherboard, 16 GB ram, total of $385 before tax.

    https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Z590-ProSeries-Motherboard-Socket/dp/B08WC9JSV8//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    https://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-10400-Desktop-Processor-LGA1200/dp/B086MN38Q2//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    I am trying to decide if I want to reuse the current WD 2TB SSD or put a WD 2 TB Black M.2 in it for $210.

    https://www.amazon.com/Black-SN750-NVMe-Internal-Gaming/dp/B07M9VXSXG/p?tag=ttgnet-20

  80. lynn says:

    >> How do you ask your parents what they want done, burial or cremation ?  Which burial plot ?  Etc, etc, etc.

    @lynn, do they already have wills? If so, check those papers, it might be stated therein or on a separate form that most estate attorneys will include with the wills.

    Yes.  They gave me a copy of it.  200 pages double sided.  TL, DR.

    I don’t want to read it. The boiler plate is extra stilted.

  81. drwilliams says:

    @Greg Norton

    "I’m not sure who really “won” that game."

    Love it when the NineBushers have to play in real football weather. Zoobies.

  82. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    "200 pages double sided."

    Paid by the word or by the pound?

    I’ve gone to heaven a few times in Texas but I’m glad I never actually died.

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  83. Nightraker says:

    I’ve gone to heaven a few times in Texas but I’m glad I never actually died.

    ROFL! 

  84. drwilliams says:

    “Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?”

    –Senator Rand Paul

    I suspect a few individuals with the proper mindset could be found that would be happy to plan that outing for the nasally-challenged YouTuberz.

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  85. Greg Norton says:

    Found out that the stupid Act! file server has been rebooting every hour or so.  I have no freaking idea what is wrong with it. I am going to build another machine with a Be Quiet 600 case that I already have.  Dadgum the Intel 11th gen cpus are expensive so I am going with a I5-10400, MSI motherboard, 16 GB ram, total of $385 before tax.

    How old is the motherboard and power supply?

  86. Nick Flandrey says:

    From my ham radio newsletter–

    China is Expanding its South China Sea Antenna Farms

    A December 17 commentary from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has concluded that over the past year China has taken "major steps" to upgrade its capability to wage electronic warfare near the South China Sea." CSIS cites satellite images of massive antenna complexes to back its claim. Some facilities have already been suspected of jamming the communication facilities of US military aircraft operating in the region.

    "The Chinese military is taking major steps toward improving its electronic warfare, communications, and intelligence-gathering capabilities near the South China Sea," said the commentary by Matthew P. Funaiole, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Brian Hart, all associated with CSIS. "Recent satellite imagery reveals that China has rapidly expanded facilities near Mumian, on Hainan Island, providing the People's Liberation Army (PLA) with greater ability to track and counter foreign military forces operating in the region and in outer space."

    The commentary said, "Many assets in the vicinity appear dedicated to gathering communications intelligence, a subset of [signals intelligence] that includes the collection of communications between individuals and organizations."

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  87. lynn says:

    Found out that the stupid Act! file server has been rebooting every hour or so.  I have no freaking idea what is wrong with it. I am going to build another machine with a Be Quiet 600 case that I already have.  Dadgum the Intel 11th gen cpus are expensive so I am going with a I5-10400, MSI motherboard, 16 GB ram, total of $385 before tax.

    How old is the motherboard and power supply?

    The motherboard is an Intel and the cpu is an I5-3570K.  I suspect that the dielectric grease between the cpu and fan is boiled out but that requires disassembly which I won't do without spare parts on hand.   The power supply is a 2 or 3 year old Antec 600 watt. 

    The only spare parts that I have right now is two power supplies and a Be Quiet Case.  The cpu, motherboard, and ram are supposed to be here on Wednesday according to Big River.

  88. lynn says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10410787/Omicron-surge-supply-chain-issues-lead-shelves-storefronts-US.html

    Many of the pix are the same store, and the one of walmart shows the 'planograms' hanging from the front of the shelf, so it's cleared out prior to rearranging the displayed product.   Still, it's clearly widespread and top of mind for people.

    n

    And China has shut down all of the sea ports right now since the Koof is running rampant through Shanghai and the port cities.  In a few months, there will not be a single ship arriving from China even if our ports are totally open by then.  There will not be any supply chain issues because there will be no supplies to put in the chain.  Those grocery store shelves are gonna be so bare that the vacuum will cause them to collapse.

    I am going to add a few more #10 cans of Mountain House to the current stash. Can’t hurt and might mean the difference between skipping meals. Of course, the real big problem for me is blood pressure drugs and glaucoma medicine.
    https://www.amazon.com/Mountain-House-Homestyle-Casserole-Emergency/dp/B084P1XXGX/

    #BareShelvesBiden at work !

  89. brad says:

    Humiliated Novak Djokovic lands back in Serbia to a hero's welcome

    Yes, well. We have a lot of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants from that region. Their overarching characteristic is male arrogance. Young male, racing through town at 3x the speed limit? Yep. Young guy beating up his girlfriend in public? Yep. And when something goes wrong, they are pure as driven snow – it is all someone else's fault.

    Djokovic has mostly learned to put a mask on his arrogance, when giving interviews and such. But the whole incident with Australia – having someone fudge his Covid test (both the date and the result), lying on his immigration form, and then being all insulted when he gets caught? It's all typical of the region. Maybe even more so, because he's rich and famous, but that's built on a solid foundation.

    Pi-hole

    It sounds like a great solution. One thing to consider, though: On rare occasions, you may actually want/need to see an unfiltered website. At least, I run into that situation once in a while. So you may want to have some way to turn it off, or go around it.

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