Mon. Feb. 21, 2022 – 02212022 – Presidents’ Day, or just another day to work

By on February 21st, 2022 in decline and fall, personal, WuFlu

Cool-ish and plenty damp. Misty fog in the forecast.  Probably clearing later.  It’s how yesterday started, and ended.  With parts of Houston getting showers, I only got mist on the north side, and west side.

I spent the day doing stuff, and then the afternoon and evening moving heavy stuff around at my secondary and storage unit.  That made two days in a row with lifting and carrying and my back is killing me.

Kids are home today, so I’m home too.   I have plenty to do but very little interest in doing it.  I feel like I should be doing our normal hurricane prep– what with the things going on on the world stage, and closer to home.

I should feel a sense of urgency, but I can’t muster the energy.  Disaster fatigue?  Who knows.  Time is short though.

Go stack something.  Lots of somethings.

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109 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Feb. 21, 2022 – 02212022 – Presidents’ Day, or just another day to work"

  1. Denis says:

    Best wishes that your back will calm down quickly, Nick.

    I can empathise. I spent the weekend moving stuff around in the garage, preparatory to fixing the floor, laying tile, painting and hanging lights (all still ahead…), and I am stiff and sore today.

    The storms here are not abating. I am starting to understand why the Mistral drives people insane.

    I was alerted by a thumping on the roof that the roofers had turned up for our emergency repairs. I am impressed, as they had indicated they wouldn't manage to get to us before tomorrow – we are not the only ones with damage after a week of gale- and hurricane-force winds and precipitation. This is one of the benefits of village life – local tradespeople are local, and do local work as a priority, especially if there is an emergency.

    Two young, fit guys with long ladders. They were up like monkeys, and finished the repair fast, despite (or because of…) the gale and the driving snow. Hard men. I sent them off with a thermos of Irish coffee and hefty tips. No way was I even going to attempt that repair on a steep, wet, glazed tile roof off a ladder in a gale – maybe from a nice safe cherry-picker bucket on a calm, dry, day. Some jobs are best left to the pros.

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  2. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    Was the Locke shooting justified? The police had a warrant two days before the no-knock warrant. They let it expire, then went back for the no-knock. There is one fact which was reported early that will toast them: They went in before 7am, in violation of the state law on no knock warrants.

    Same news page from Minneapolis this weekend had the burial of a star black quarterback from one of the high schools. Killed in a driveby while walking on the street in the afternoon. No record and on the honor roll:

    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2022/02/10/deshaun-hill-dies-minneapolis-north-high/

  3. Greg Norton says:

    >> Don't do anything and get ready for $10 gasoline.

    @lynn, are you on the F-150 Lightening waiting list yet?

    Why do people seem to think that a quadrupling in gasoline costs wouldn't be accompanied by a similar rise in electricity prices and a per-mile tax on EVs to pay for road construction?

    Lately, I've seen Mayor CIA Pete advocating for EVs on the basis that they are cheaper to fuel.

    Regardless, no one will be able to afford the tolls when the states start selling off the roads to private companies and inflation really starts to hit the various financial interests receiving the revenue streams.

    In the case of the tolls on the express lanes around DC *right now*, Australian and Canadian pensioners, collected by Australians. Think everyone involved won't want a COLA?

  4. MrAtoz says:

    So who is lying:

    How rare are vaccine side effects? Not very rare at all.

    The CDC and goobermint have a crappy track record of keeping us informed. The Lame Stream Media doesn’t seem interested in reporting on side effects. Remember Swine Flu? I do. I almost took the vaccine in college. It didn’t take many people dropping before the goobermint axed the vax.

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  5. SteveF says:

    DHS says that posting mis-, dis-, and mal-information is a terrorism threat.

    Does this mean CDC is staffed by terrorists? Or at least supporters of terrorism?

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  6. Greg Norton says:

    The CDC and goobermint have a crappy track record of keeping us informed. The Lame Stream Media doesn’t seem interested in reporting on side effects. Remember Swine Flu? I do. I almost took the vaccine in college. It didn’t take many people dropping before the goobermint axed the vax.

    You occasionally hear about J&J side effects because the eventual application of that tech, a human rabies jab, isn't priority since treatment exists.

    As long as J&J keeps selling Band Aids and Tylenol, they will stay in business.

    Moderna and the AIDS vaccine must be protected from scrutiny.

    Likewise Pfizer and the promise of a "super" flu shot.

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  7. Ray Thompson says:

    Does this mean CDC is staffed by terrorists? Or at least supporters of terrorism?

    I think it means the start of censorship for dissenting views. Post something the government does not like, mark them as terrorists, and shut them down. Facecrack and other platforms have been practicing and perfecting their skills in that regard. One could argue that FC owns their platform and can allow, or reject, anything they desire. That is not censorship. But the government getting involved and decided what is good thinking and bad thinking is a very real slippery, dangerous and illegal stance. Brand anyone with dissenting views as a terrorist, problem solved.

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  8. brad says:

    Semi-annual mass meeting of all school personnel in our main location. Lots of blah-blah from the higher ups, touting successes with stuff that – in the opinion of most of us in the trenches – takes resources away from actually teaching our students. For example, how great the extra accreditation is, that they have expended a ridiculous amount of resources to gain. Meanwhile, the actual effect is to force faculty to "publish or perish". Even though we are a teaching school, not a research school, and most faculty have nothing useful to publish. (My cheat: I write for mainstream publications. But I have always done that, and it is not everyone's cup of tea.)

    Lessee, and now we get the summaries from the different degree programs – how many students have passed the "filter" courses in the first semester. I failed 45% of my students, the same as almost every year. The administration is applying increasing pressure to my boss, to get more students to pass. Why, actually? Because the administration cares more about the money generated by students, than the quality of the program. And anyone can write code, didn't you know? /s

  9. nick flandrey says:

    well, I'm vertical.

    72F and only 91%RH.   Streets are wet with condensation, or mist.  Don't know which yet.

    Back is tolerable this morning.  Modern pain relievers (science's greatest gift to mankind, neck and neck with antibiotics) and some very careful sleep, and I can move carefully without pain.  Lots of twinges around the edges to remind me though.

    Kids are still in bed.  Wife is at the office.  Coffee is ready.

    BRB

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  10. Chad says:

    in our district they definitely expect parents with the means to step up and contribute in some way to the schools and the district in general

    Older comment from late last week, but I tend to be MIA around here from Friday afternoon until Monday morning.

    All fundraising and most PTA/PTO crap goes directly in the trashcan. I have no problem looking a parent organizer directly in the eyes and politely but firmly declining whatever it is they're trying to get me to do. Guilt doesn't work on me. Apparently, that part of my soul is broken or missing. We helped with classroom parties in elementary school because our kid was going to be partaking so it would be rude not to, Outside of that, kindly F off. I especially love the new take on volunteer sign up where the final option is something to the effect of "In lieu of volunteering, I have enclosed my donation of $50." Umm… No. lol Does that work on people? Or they try and get you on board by telling you the fundraising will offset some of the costs of this or that activity your kid participates in (sports, band, etc.). Thanks for the offer, but I'd rather pay full price than subject my friends, family, and coworkers to another damn fundraiser catalog of ridiculously overpriced crap they don't want or stand at a concession stand selling popcorn and making smalltalk with the other parents.

  11. Ray Thompson says:

    Because the administration cares more about the money generated by students, than the quality of the program.

    That generally describes most universities and colleges in the US. Employing the unemployable, making students take worthless classes to increase revenue, delay graduations as long as possible to keep the cash flow flowing, a major scam.

    I fought MTSU where they were pulling stunts with my son. We had to threaten going to the media and legal action. The university staff were generally incompetent. Parts of the program were downright theft.

  12. brad says:

    @Chad: I really don't get US schools. The funding is fourth highest in the world. Yet teachers are broke, and schools are begging for supplies. Look at Switzerland: 12th place, yet teachers here earn good salaries (elementary school teachers earn around $85k).

    Where does all the money in the US go? I mean, I have my suspicions, but it would be interesting to see actual numbers: facilities, administration, teaching staff, etc…

  13. lpdbw says:

    I sent my kids to parochial school, and the tuition statement required parent participation in a certain number of hours.  They would accept money instead, but they made it clear they wanted the parent participation more than the money.

    I helped set up the (completely unnecessary) computer lab and network, and helped design and build haunted houses/mazes for Halloween.  Their mother did other stuff.

    And of course we had to provide classroom supplies, and pay the tuition, and continued to pay taxes for the public schools.

  14. nick flandrey says:

    @brad, as far as I can tell, in most districts it goes to admin staff, sweetheart exclusive deals with "school supplies" catalog companies, high priced consultants for whatever new experiment they wish to inflict on the students, really nice offices for CEO level staff, and huge money pit projects like stadiums.

    Texas has some weirdness because of the way the money is sourced.

    In our district, at the two schools I have direct contact with, the PTA does a mix of funding specific physical things (like this theater lighting upgrade) when the district can not or will not (you got your theater upgrade, why do you want more money NOW?  –Well, you didn't buy any lights for the theater, because you let the consultants and contractors run the show.)  The other thing PTA funds is "pats on the back" things.   They do lunch for staff, cookie days, moral boosting stuff.  Yep, the stuff I certainly wouldn't do.

    The constant begging is off putting to say the least.   The list of stuff the kids are supposed to provide, tissues, hand sanitizer, paper, ziplok bags, post it notes, etc, is crazy.   They know the 10% of parents will be providing the stuff while the 80% on federal feeding programs will not, so they ask for large amounts.

    Yes, a lot of it just vanishes, or ends up in the trash.   Some of the district provided stuff ends up in an auction where I have a chance to bid on it.    When I saw a pallet of sharpie markers in the auction, I told my wife we weren't donating any more supplies.

    I've noticed that when a kid has 30 pencils they lose them.   When they have ONE they keep it close.   Most of the supplies vanish in the first month of school.

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  15. Pecancorner says:

    I really don't get US schools. The funding is fourth highest in the world. Yet teachers are broke, and schools are begging for supplies. Look at Switzerland: 12th place, yet teachers here earn good salaries

    American teachers aren't broke. That is a gimmick they have used since the 1960s, when one of my teachers who never wore the same dress twice, used to complain about having to teach 32 kids per classroom with no teacher's aides, no TVs, in 7 hour days.

    US teachers make extremely good livings, work fewer hours, and can retire earlier with far better pension benefits & paid insurance, than private business employees of similar education.   They fool people by citing only the starting base salary of a new graduate. They don't talk about bonuses, seniority raises, step pay increases, pensions, benefits, nor do they break it down into an honest hourly rate.

    Lots of links at the link.

    https://www.city-journal.org/html/teachers-arent-victims-15903.html

    When benefits get added in, teachers’ average annual compensation jumps to $87,854. And even that amount doesn’t include unfunded pension liabilities and certain post-employment benefits like health insurance, not measured by the Labor Department. Private-industry employees work an average of 37 percent more hours per year than public school teachers, including the time that teachers spend for lesson preparation, grading, and other activities.  

  16. Nightraker says:

    @Brad:  While facilities and sports are just a couple of the monetary rat holes school districts throw money at, administration is the overarching cesspool.   Find the admin office building and look at the cars in the lot.  No econoboxes for sure.

    The janitor for that place is probably 150 percent burden rate of the private sector too.

  17. SteveF says:

    A 45% failure rate? Those are rookie numbers! Very few people are able to be worthwhile programmers who add value greater than than salary. You should be failing at least 80% of your students.

    Yet [US public school] teachers are broke

    Nonsense. They're very well paid, for the innate brains and talent required and the amount of work required. If they're broke, it's because they can't make and stick to a budget. (Which I know to be true in a non-trivial fraction of teachers.)

    EDIT: I see that a bandwagon formed between my getting Brad’s message, above, and my replying to it. Curse my need to do some work during the workday! Anyway, I’m happy to jump on that bandwagon.

  18. Chad says:

    Where does all the money in the US go? I mean, I have my suspicions, but it would be interesting to see actual numbers: facilities, administration, teaching staff, etc…

    I'm not 100% sure, but if I had to speculate…

    There's an over-emphasis placed on sports (especially at the secondary level – middle school and high school) where you see kids going to classes in dilapidated trailers because the enrollment has exceed the school's classroom capacity. So, they've added academic space by parking trailer classrooms around the school. Meanwhile, the football stadium is brand new complete with astroturf. This is mostly parent driven as there seems to be an endless appetite for approving school bonds to expand and enhance student athletics. Sadly, sports have become the focus of high school more so than academics.

    Schools have gone beyond education. Aside from the aforementioned sports obsession they now also double as soup kitchens and daycares. So, how much of the funding is actually going to academics? A paltry amount. However, there's a push to provide free before and after school care as well as provide year-round free breakfast and lunch. Every year what it takes to qualify for the free version of those things gets easier and easier. I'm not sure how those are the role of the school system, but apparently they are now. It's a slippery slope. The job of schools is to teach kids. But you can't teach kids who are distracted because they didn't get a good breakfast…. and down we spiral.

    Yet [US public school] teachers are broke

    I'm just going to throw this out there and brace for any rage… Three biggest martyr groups in the US: Moms, Teachers, and Nurses.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    @Chad: I really don't get US schools. The funding is fourth highest in the world. Yet teachers are broke, and schools are begging for supplies. Look at Switzerland: 12th place, yet teachers here earn good salaries (elementary school teachers earn around $85k).

    You're asking a rhetorical question, right?

    For a fair comparison, I suggest looking at US public school districts with similar demographics and relative prosperity to Switzerland, say, North Platte, Nebraska and the like.

  20. brad says:

    You should be failing at least 80% of your students.

    I figure that about 10% of the passing students will be really good. On the other hand, someone has to do the standard, tedious coding, while the really good ones work on the critical and difficult stuff.

    American teachers aren't broke. That is a gimmick they have used since the 1960s

    Nonsense. They're very well paid, for the innate brains and talent required and the amount of work required.

    That's interesting! I keep reading tear jerking stories of struggling teachers. Individual cases, I guess, or teachers just starting off?

  21. Nightraker says:

    @Greg:  Nah, look at Baltimore.   An extremely expensive assembly line for illiteracy. 

  22. Greg Norton says:

    The horse ran out of Wee Pierre's barn so, of course, now the Parliament will vote to close the door.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mps-vote-on-emergencies-act-1.6359281

    Of course, the US Congress would be more craven. Crotch gropings at the airport have never been debated in the House or Senate.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    Meanwhile, the football stadium is brand new complete with astroturf.

    Astroturf? Oh, hell, no. The new high school stadiums here have carefully designed natural turf cultivation systems engineered to NFL-quality standards by HOK, architects of choice when you're putting up an $80 million facility.

  24. MrAtoz says:

    My daughter teaches K in Vegas. Most of last year was virtual. Yeah, teaching K virtual. She got her full salary. Much time off. And, the district gave each teacher a $2,000 bonus because the WuFlu made life so miserable.

    SIGN ME UP!

  25. nick flandrey says:

    Sadly, sports have become the focus of high school more so than academics.

    a suspicious or unusually thick skinned person might observe that as one group of good and high achieving students has abandoned the public school system, leaving them predominantly composed of students from a culture that doesn't value education, sports provide a route to success for the remaining students.

    Principals were competing for my girls.   Indeed, certain students raise the performance level of entire schools.

    It will be interesting, in a purely academic way, to see what happens when the hispanics push the blacks out of the schools.  They are currently and culturally very passive about education, but they expect the schools to do the work while the kids are there.  (Observation is about 1st gen hispanics.  Those who have become Americanized participate at the same or slightly higher level as white parents.)

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  26. MrAtoz says:

    Ack! Bad news with the Jackery solar *generator*. I plugged in the solar panels. Started at around 275W going in. Then I got the acrid smell of electrical burning. Input dropped to 25W and then stopped. The input panel got hot so I unplugged the panels. Now it won't charge from any means. Obviously, the built in charge controller is borked. It manages all input, so the AC input is just a cable. I emailed Jackery with the problem and they responded "Going to send you a new charger to see if it is the charger or the Jackery". WTH. It's pretty bad when you have to explain to tech support about their own equipment. I emailed back as clearly as I could that I need an RMA, not a cable. Tech support first line is in Asian somewhere. I'm not even going to call unless I get a goofy response about an RMA.

    There may be some quality control issues at Jackery since the last repair was also on the charge controller. That time I could at least charge from AC or 12V DC. Nada this time.

    Two year warranty and I'm still under a year.

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  27. drwilliams says:

    Don’t forget that all those CRT programs are purchased externally and making their peddlers rich. Has to be a significant expense. 

  28. RickH says:

    A minor snowstorm this morning here just opposite Mutiny Bay, WA. Large flakes, but don't expect more than an inch, if that much, although a bit heavy right now. Lots of them, but not enough to affect visibility. Weather dweebs say it will stop by lunch time. In the meantime, fun to watch out the big window. I'd be worried about accumulation if this rate kept up for more than an hour.

    Today is 'upgrade the laptop' day. I decided to purchase 8GB RAM (to replace the 4GB module, bring the total to 16G). Then the 256GB SSD (C) drive will be replaces with a 512GB SSD. And the 1TB hard disk (D) will be replaced with a 2TB SSD. All three items from Crucial via Amazon. Price was about the same, delivery was faster – all three items delivered Sat afternoon after a Thurs evening order.

    I did a backup of the important data last nigh. Cloning of the C and D drive will take some time. The last full backup of the D drive to an external 2TB USB hard drive took 9+ hours. I hope copying to SSD will be faster.

    There are two drive slots on the motherboard. And I have an external USB hard drive cable kit. I'll try cloning the C drive first to see how long that takes. Crucial has an Acronis hard drive copying utility available (free), so will be using that.

    I have a Chromebook  to keep me entertained during the install. And a good book via Kindle.

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  29. Jenny says:

    RE: School cost

    Haven’t seen anyone mention the cost of mainstreaming the special kids. When a kid requires a school provided, personally assigned, full time aide to get them thru the school day, plus special accommodation equipment, that shoots the cost of education way up.

  30. lynn says:

    (My cheat: I write for mainstream publications. But I have always done that, and it is not everyone's cup of tea.)

    If you are brave enough, I would like to take a look at your articles if they are available on the intertubes.

    I have two published articles with my name on them.  I did not write the articles, the author (a college prof) wanted some accreditation.  Of course, I also have six technical manuals for our software (about 1,200 pages) that I either wrote or oversaw the writing of.  It is horrible writing and techie to the max with many unwritten assumptions.  One of these days …

       https://www.winsim.com/doco.html

    One of these days, I am going to credit all of the people who had a hand in the writing of our technical manuals.  The oldest one has at least fifty contributors and goes back to 1969.

  31. lynn says:

    And anyone can write code, didn't you know?

    And very few can make that code do something worthwhile.

  32. Greg Norton says:

    Of course, I also have six technical manuals for our software (about 1,200 pages) that I either wrote or oversaw the writing of.  It is horrible writing and techie to the max with many unwritten assumptions.  One of these days …

    Properly version controlled too.

    You'll need a tech writer. A real one and not just an English major with a minor.

    We had one at the previous job, but he left right before I did. I assume the current job doesn't lack for tech writers, real or otherwise.

  33. CowboySlim says:

    And very few can make that code do something worthwhile.

    I designed and wrote some code that we used for our Delta II rocket launches.  If your GPS works. then I made no fatal mistakes as we put all the 2nd generation satellites in the correct orbits.

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  34. Greg Norton says:

    I'm just going to throw this out there and brace for any rage… Three biggest martyr groups in the US: Moms, Teachers, and Nurses.

    Nurses. Bahahahahaha. When parents ask about med school for their above average darlin', she always suggests an ARNP diploma/license instead, especially if the area of interest is general or emergency medicine.

    Most of the time, that suggestion floats like a lead balloon. People think we lie about me having to subsidize the private practice of medicine in our house. Whatever. Doctors are rich.

    At the VA, no one with whom my wife works directly collected Trump/Joe Bucks checks. The incomes were too high, even among the LPN (1 year nursing school) staff. Think about that.

    *Maybe* the receptionists or housekeeping, but only the really young ones.

    I will concede that nurses burnout faster, often being more at the mercy of pinhead management without any hands-on ability (or atrophied skillsets due to lack of use) at large group practice or hospital environments, but management without hands-on ability isn’t unique to that profession.

    When I take my Camry to the dealer for service, at early drop off or post-5PM pickup, it is always a young girl wearing scrubs cllimbing into or out of a loaded Hecho en Japan 4Runner in the driveway.

  35. lynn says:

    Of course, I also have six technical manuals for our software (about 1,200 pages) that I either wrote or oversaw the writing of.  It is horrible writing and techie to the max with many unwritten assumptions.  One of these days …

    Properly version controlled too.

    You'll need a tech writer. A real one and not just an English major with a minor.

    We had one at the previous job, but he left right before I did. I assume the current job doesn't lack for tech writers, real or otherwise.

    Everything that goes into building our software is version controlled except the compilers.  My sandbox is 23 GB, the distribution is approaching 400 MW before compression to the 184 MB setup file.

    Yup, we need a lot of things.  I could double our spending today quite easily.  I would really like to have another user interface programmer and two more PhD engineering programmers.  After the five years it would take me to teach them how to write software, they would be quite useful.

    Our principal tech writer has a bachelors in psychology and a masters in social work.  Yes, the office manager.  She wears many hats.

    I do have a real tech writer on call but he likes to get paid so he only gets the horrible nasty stuff.

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  36. Greg Norton says:

    Our principal tech writer has a bachelors in psychology and a masters in social work.  Yes, the office manager.  She wears many hats.

    I do have a real tech writer on call but he likes to get paid so he only gets the horrible nasty stuff.

    In my experience, the real tech writers are self-taught and degree doesn't matter nearly as much as the experience on the resume.

    The only one I worked with who had "Tech Writer" on her diploma came from UW Madison with internships at Cray when ol' Seymour still ran things.

    I know a woman locally who majored in English and did the job at NI for 20 years, but, despite being laid off in the big rounds of cutbacks there a few years ago, she now sees herself as a developer/manager and won’t touch writing. Pity.

  37. nick flandrey says:

    After the five years it would take me to teach them how to write software, they would be quite useful.

    —  FINALLY you've articulated an exit plan.   Come on Lynn, you need an exit plan and that sounds like an excellent one, if you can find the right guys.

    Or will Jr Programmer take the reins?

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  38. Greg Norton says:

    Yup, we need a lot of things.  I could double our spending today quite easily.  I would really like to have another user interface programmer and two more PhD engineering programmers.  After the five years it would take me to teach them how to write software, they would be quite useful.

    Even many PhDs in CS can't write code worth anything without a lot of help.

  39. Greg Norton says:

    That generally describes most universities and colleges in the US. Employing the unemployable, making students take worthless classes to increase revenue, delay graduations as long as possible to keep the cash flow flowing, a major scam.

    I fought MTSU where they were pulling stunts with my son. We had to threaten going to the media and legal action. The university staff were generally incompetent. Parts of the program were downright theft.

    “That generally describes most universities and colleges in the US. Employing the unemployable, making students take worthless classes to increase revenue, delay graduations as long as possible to keep the student loans flowing in order to fund Obamacare as "revenue neutral" so the bill could pass under Reconciliation, a major scam.”

    Fixed it for you. We had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.

    The upside is that forgiveness of the last decade or so of student loans cannot happen with EO or even Congressional action without a very deliberate and complex bill that may not qualify under Reconciliation. Only a Jesus Presidential candidate with a veto-proof majority in the Senate would be able to pull it off.

    Despair is a sin.

  40. nick flandrey says:

    Kid's eyes have gotten worse.  We knew that though.  -2.5 approx, from -1.25 a year ago.   Dr wants to monitor and maybe start some interventions to slow the rate of change.  Didn't know you could do that.

    Kid had a major growth period though, so I went for "recheck in 4 months."  Doc's practice is two blocks from here, so it's easy to get back in if things change before then.

    And since she had an opening, I'll be back at 4pm for my own exam.

    The pain relief meds have my pupils a little bit dilated still, so my vision is a bit worse than normal, but that should clear by 4.

    Sun came out, it's breezy and warm at 84F and the humidity dropped to 64%RH.  Nice.

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  41. Ray Thompson says:

    I have two published articles with my name on them.

    I wrote 23 articles for Burroughs (Unisys) World back in the day (1986 to 1990). My column was supposed to be titled "Poor Ray's Almanac" but the publisher felt "Medium System Technicalities" was better. What did I know? The articles started out as a project for the bank to help the other programmers, operators and systems people with their knowledge of the system. I approached Burroughs World with my articles and the response was immediately positive.

    I enjoyed doing that little side project at $0.10 a word to a max of $250.00. I did an article every two months so I did the writing for almost four years. Many people that I met at the convention stated they would not have subscribed to the journal were it not for my articles.

    My English twernt very goodly and it surprised me that the editor changed very little. She stated I wrote like I talked and people would find that easier to read. I was not writing a doctoral thesis; I was writing for a trade journal read by a lot of techies.

    I did get in a copyright battle with another company over their unauthorized use of the articles in their training classes as handout material. I won the fight, the instructor got fired.

    I also wrote six articles for ColdFusion Developers Journal. It was a magazine that dealt with the web language that ran server side. I enjoyed that but did not get paid. It was mostly because I enjoyed the challenge.

    I wrote two articles for "The Bent", the magazine for the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. First article was before I was employed and detailed the development of their web applications. Several co-authors were listed who generally contributed very little or nothing. It was an attempt to bolster their resume, something I still regret. The second article was while I was an employee and detailed the significant conversion of the member catalog card that was needed when joining to an entirely online system.

    I did not get paid for any of "The Bent" articles. A lot of high-level engineers, some really smart dudes and dudettes, wrote articles for that journal. I felt honored to just be included in that list.

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  42. nick flandrey says:

    Speaking of schools, this was my daughter's vice-principal.

    https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2022/02/20/man-arrested-after-2-people-found-shot-killed-outside-of-his-nw-side-apartment-chief-mcmanus-says/

    I guess he wasn't as 'beloved' by his kid as by the district.

    we are aware of news coming out of San Antonio with unconfirmed reports that point to the tragic death of our beloved Bill Burger and his wife, Noreen. Both are long-time educators who have many years of service in SBISD.

      the quote is from the district email to parents.   D1 is weirded out because she didn't like him, he was too strict.

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  43. Greg Norton says:

    Only a Jesus Presidential candidate with a veto-proof majority in the Senate would be able to pull it off.

    *Filibuster* proof majority in the Senate.

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  44. nick flandrey says:

    The excitement and sophistication of life in the cosmopolitan Big Apple.

    At least six people are stabbed on NYC subway over the holiday weekend hours after Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled new plan to combat violence on public transport

    • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
    • A 31-year-old subway rider was stabbed twice in arm on southbound 6 train near Canal Street on Sunday evening 
    • Victim was hospitalized in stable condition; suspect fled and hasn't been arrested as of Monday 
    • On Saturday, one man was stabbed by two teens during a botched robbery in 168th Street Station, and another was knifed on a train in Morningside Heights
    • As of January 1, there have been 276 instances of crime in subway system – up 65 percent compared to the same period last year
    • Mayor Eric Adams announced last month he was injecting more police officers into the subway system
    • Adams and Gov Kathy Hochul on Friday unveiled plan to combat homelessness in the subway by barring people from sleeping on trains 

    Such vibrant people.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10535197/NYC-train-rider-stabbed-random-attack-subway-crime-continues-spiral-control.html

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  45. Greg Norton says:

    Supply chain issue of the day — Losartan. Only one of the most commonly prescribed hypertension meds on the planet.

    I don't know whether I believe HEB on this one with regard to having to find a “therapeutic substitute”. Their track record at the pharmacy near my house is not good. I strongly suspect they underdosed me with a refill last year, and they may be backed up again on filling bottles today as I've experienced in the past.

    I won't see the doctor until April.

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  46. RickH says:

    Mostly blue skies now that the little snow storm has wandered off – or dissipated.

    First attempt at the drive upgrade on the laptop is on hold. Got it all apart – with the help of the hardware docs from HP – which were nice to have.

    But the Crucial SSD drives need a cable to connect to USB for data cloning. Cable not mentioned on the site, in the 'quick install' docs or the SSD product page. Would have been nice to know that.

    Also, I had ordered two SSD drives, and needed at least one to be 2.5" form factor. So had to order one of those. And a 'cloning' cable for it also.

    For reference, I ordered these two cable items: USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA cable: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJZJI84?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&linkId=ee1aacd7f5e26c792ca3d24321173f5c&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&tag=ttgnet-20 for $11, and SSD to USB3.0 enclosure adapter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MNFH1PX?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&linkId=e5bedf84a941d0950321156da5899551&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&tag=ttgnet-20 $18. And I ordered the 2.5" SATA 2TB SSD https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003J5JB12?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&linkId=7414ba424c0aff2b76ac4114e0701128&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&tag=ttgnet-20 $173.

    Not sure what I will do with the now-extra 2TB SSD 'card'. I could leave it in the enclosure adapter and use it as a backup drive. Or use it as the C drive in place of the 512MB I had planned to put there. But 2TB is a lot of space for the C drive when I will have a 2TB D drive.

    And I already have a 2TB external USB drive (spinner).   You can get a 5TB USB backup spinner for $100, instead of the $170 I paid for the 2TB SSD (plus the $18 enclosure). Backups work just fine on the spinner; I don't need the speed of an SSD for backups.

    The cables are supposed to arrive from the Zon tomorrow – the afternoon is the usual time for Zon deliveries here. I'll have to decide by then.

  47. lynn says:

    After the five years it would take me to teach them how to write software, they would be quite useful.

    —  FINALLY you've articulated an exit plan.   Come on Lynn, you need an exit plan and that sounds like an excellent one, if you can find the right guys.

    Or will Jr Programmer take the reins?

    n

    Nope, my business does not have the $300K per year plus bennies (another $25K/year each) for the three programmers.

    And Junior Senior Programmer does not have the engineering credentials or experience to run the business.  Nor the desire.

  48. lynn says:

    "I’m a Developer. I Won’t Teach My Kids to Code, and Neither Should You."

         https://getpocket.com/explore/item/i-m-a-developer-i-won-t-teach-my-kids-to-code-and-neither-should-you?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    "Programming requires much more than the cut and dry language taught in children’s books."

  49. lynn says:

    Over The Hedge: Pachelbel's "Canon in D"

        https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2022/02/21

    Oh my !

  50. Mark W says:

    But you can't teach kids who are distracted because they didn't get a good breakfast…. and down we spiral.

    We got free milk in P1 (age 4-5) many years ago. The current thinking is that breakfast is actually a bad thing and that you should wait until at least mid-morning to eat.

  51. lynn says:

    "Energy Transfer joins in rush to build Permian gas pipeline"

         http://www.gasprocessingnews.com/news/energy-transfer-joins-in-rush-to-build-permian-gas-pipeline.aspx

    There is still crude oil and natural gas infrastructure being built in the USA.  Creepy Joe cannot shut it all down even though he is trying with his latest games at FERC.

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/20/power-grab-at-the-federal-energy-regulatory-commission/

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  52. nick flandrey says:

    Off to have some automated machinery look into my eyes.

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  53. Greg Norton says:

    There is still crude oil and natural gas infrastructure being built in the USA.  Creepy Joe cannot shut it all down even though he is trying with his latest games at FERC.

    Oil will still be produced, but Warren Buffett has a "moat" around transporting oil via rail that he does not want breached by pipelines.

    Even if the oil travels over Union Pacific or another BNSF competitor, only BNSF manufactures and sells/leases the tanker cars, the kind of capital intensive operation Buffett likes and part of the reason he restructured Berkshire Hathaway stock to buy the railroad.

  54. paul says:

    Well, I connected the Toshiba Satellite whatever laptop directly to the output port from the radio.  Not a Tecra 9000 for sure.

    It's not a fast machine.  Some kind of AMD cpu.  Has a pretty screen though.  "Not fast" is ala 386 with a math co processor running DOS 6 compared to a P90 running WfW3.11.

    Anyway.  I bypassed all of my crap and whatever I may have screwed up by tinkering in router settings.   Had a nice time swilling beer and cranking the Squeezebox for tunes.

    Not a totally wasted day.

    Now I wait for a huge pile of blustering bullshit from the ISP.  He really needs to learn how to take insults….

  55. lynn says:

    "‘It feels like slut-shaming’: GOP candidate Sarah Stogner responds to dropped endorsement following nude TikTok"

        https://www.chron.com/politics/article/Texas-railroad-commissioner-Sarah-Stogner-video-16927525.php

    Oh gosh, I want to vote for her.

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  56. Greg Norton says:

    "‘It feels like slut-shaming’: GOP candidate Sarah Stogner responds to dropped endorsement following nude TikTok"

    Oh gosh, I want to vote for her.

    P. Diddly Bush has yet to drop his dirty trick(s) to win the Attorney General nomination. Maybe a similar video of Paxton will pop up.

    Jeb! lost the fire to continue in the family business, but I can't believe the cabal behind the Bush family just wants to give up on continuing the dynasty after nearly 100 years, especially after their chosen candidate for FL Governor, Adam "Opie" Putnam, bombed in the primary four years ago, leading to DeSantis winning office and being a contender for the White House in 2024 if his wife recovers from cancer in the next year or so.

  57. paul says:

    About Free Lunch at school.  My High School decided to give everyone free lunch.  Screw all the paperwork.  660 or so kids and maybe 100 had to pay.  25¢ for lunch.

    Feed the kids.  The lady that collected money and punched your pre-paid card was moved to collecting milk money at 5¢ a container AND inspecting your plate if you went for seconds.

    It was cool.  They were into feeding starving teens.  Like Grandmothers. 

    The food was OMG you ain't finding a restaurant anywhere as good.

    They liked me.  I always got a chicken neck with my spanish rice.  Ick, take the neck and give me your prunes.

  58. Chad says:

    "‘It feels like slut-shaming’: GOP candidate Sarah Stogner responds to dropped endorsement following nude TikTok"

    Amusingly, you can't say "slut-shaming" without basically calling the victim a slut. I see what they're trying to convey, but they came up with a really bad phrase for it.

  59. lynn says:

    "Beaumont poised to sue Netflix, Hulu, and Disney"

         https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Beaumont-poised-to-sue-Netflix-Hulu-and-Disney-16936374.php

    "The City of Beaumont is suing Netflix, Hulu, and Disney for failure to pay franchise fees."

    Is politician another word for thief ?

    “Should the lawsuit prove successful for the city, recovered franchise fees will be used to pay for essential municipal services going forward.”

    “Councilmember at-large AJ Turner said he had received calls from residents who were concerned about potentially losing their streaming services.”

    That would be the just deserts. Beaumont could become a video streaming desert.

    I wonder why Beaumont is not suing Youtube and Vimeo ?

  60. SteveF says:

    Oh gosh, I want to vote for her.

    I'd vote against her if I could. She attempted to monetize the asset — her choice of word — of her being a young-ish, attractive-ish woman. She then cried victim when it backfired.

    What she, and apparently most American women under the age of 60, doesn't realize is that, while she is free to have her preferences and to act upon her choices, others are also free to do so. No one is forced to support her, or even to tolerate her presence, if they disapprove of her choices. Accusing them of slut-shaming or even the dreaded misogyny is not going to change any minds, at least not change them in her favor.

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  61. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    There is still crude oil and natural gas infrastructure being built in the USA.  Creepy Joe cannot shut it all down even though he is trying with his latest games at FERC.

    Creepy Joe has help.

    Every early immigrant American (they ain't native, either) tribe that has a pipeline running over their land, near their land, near waters where they fish, or somewhere that might possibly by interpreted as where some ancestor having interesting visions after eating bad fruit might have seen a white buffalo take a dump, is protesting, bringing lawsuits, and doing everything they can think of to shut it down and screw the white devils.

    And on and on.

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  62. lynn says:

    "Rents reach 'insane' levels across US with no end in sight"

         https://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Rents-reach-insane-levels-across-US-with-no-end-16933587.php

    "Rents have exploded across the country, causing many to dig deep into their savings, downsize to subpar units or fall behind on payments and risk eviction now that a federal moratorium has ended."

    Did the progs think that there was going to be zero effects of Creepy Joe letting three to four million immigrants in per year to the USA ?

  63. SteveF says:

    Every early immigrant American (they ain't native, either) tribe that has a pipeline running over their land

    If a few truckloads of eeeevil white conquerors were to go in and wipe out the tribes and finish the job that their ancestors didn't do, would that help solve the problem? Asking for a friend.

    Seriously, I have no patience at all for the amerinds, nor for the Australian abos, nor for any conquered people. And that includes Americans of European descent, if we let Mexicans and Mohammedans and dot-Indians come in and conquer the land we've held for a few centuries. Traditionally, conquered peoples had the choice of death, slavery, or expulsion. The excessive decency of the English-descended Americans resulted in centuries of whining and aggravation.

    There are no "rights", to land or to life. There is only what you can take and what you can hold. The Comanche have no more unalienable right to the land they occupy than did the Apache before the Comanche displaced them, nor whoever was on that land before the Apache came in and displaced them.

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  64. drwilliams says:

    The Stogner video is pretty tame–she does not appear to be bare-breasted.

    And as she points out, if the paper was concerned about vetting her, her nude in the dunes but facing-away-from-the-camera birthday pic had been up on Facebook for some time.

    Neither one as explicit as the average episode of Married with Children that I used to pass by when channel surfing.

    As far as exploiting assets, one quick stop and encounter with the windshield when not wearing a seat belt, and two members of The Squad would see their tv time cut 90%. Nevermind that the others would probably be improved by the experience.

    Personally I'd be a lot more disinclined to vote for the obese person–they're walking proof that they can't solve their own problems–than someone who made the correct calculation that flashing a little flesh in public was a better option that selling their soul piecemeal for donations in private.

  65. Greg Norton says:

    Nope, my business does not have the $300K per year plus bennies (another $25K/year each) for the three programmers.

    And Junior Senior Programmer does not have the engineering credentials or experience to run the business.  Nor the desire.

    $300k won't get you three qualified C++ with Standard Library experience programmers right now. Maybe two. Add more money if you need the subject matter expertise.

    C++ isn't Hot Skillz, but it is rapidly heading in the direction of COBOL expertise in terms of when you need the skillset, you NEED the skillset.

    I don't make $150k, but the current job is C, not C++.

  66. lynn says:

    Nope, my business does not have the $300K per year plus bennies (another $25K/year each) for the three programmers.

    And Junior Senior Programmer does not have the engineering credentials or experience to run the business.  Nor the desire.

    $300k won't get you three qualified C++ with Standard Library experience programmers right now. Maybe two. Add more money if you need the subject matter expertise.

    C++ isn't Hot Skillz, but it is rapidly heading in the direction of COBOL expertise in terms of when you need the skillset, you NEED the skillset.

    I don't make $150k, but the current job is C, not C++.

    I need a user interface C++ programmer and two PhD Chemical Engineer Fortran kernel programmers.  I had them back in 2008 – 2011 when my business was blowing and going.  Then one of the PhDs moved to Belgium with his girlfriend, another PhD moved back to Colorado when his wife refused to move to Houston, and another PhD retired at 75.  The C++ user interface guy quit for more money at Emerson three years ago.

    This business market has really sucked over the last ten years and it has drastically affected my ability to hire and retain staff.

    Did I ever mention I hate supervising and mentoring people ?  I cannot remember how many people I have hired and they left for the big bucks after I trained them to be superstars.

  67. lpdbw says:

    Hey! I speak C.  In fact those were my favorite years as a programmer back in the 90's.  

    We didn't have C++ compilers available yet at Digital, so we studied the object-oriented stuff and simulated the good bits in C.  Object-oriented is not language dependent; it's a matter of modeling and programmer discipline.

    (I'm prepared to hear people's heads explode at that.)

    We hand-built RPC, raw network packet based comms (basically, our own stack), and graphic X-windows interfaces, layered on DEC's Rdb and client-server models.

    Those were good times.

  68. nick flandrey says:

    @lynn, we called it "steal this guy" when we used to do it.  We'd tour across the country and make note of any really talented or motivated guys as we went thru…  next time we had an open position………

    When I was in San Diego, there was a small lighting company that practically specialized in overworking high school teens until they had training and enough experience to jump ship to somewhere else.   Worked for the owner as he kept his labor cost low, and dozens of people got jobs in the industry.

    Sucks when it happens to you. 

    I got an offer to work on the Olympics, but it would leave my long time boss and friend looking to replace me.   Despite all the other guys he stole, he never really forgave me for considering the offer (which never fully materialized.)

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  69. nick flandrey says:

    I used to go into Radio Shack and write a quick "Hello World" on all  the Model 1 trash-80s in the store…    never got me a job.

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  70. Greg Norton says:

    Hey! I speak C.  In fact those were my favorite years as a programmer back in the 90's.  

    I'm at the big kahuna in Round Rock working on an embedded Linux system. I think you can fill in the blanks on company/product from there.

    I submitted the resume via Indeed and started the job a month later. They're still looking.

    And, no, not Emerson, @Lynn. They’re across the freeway.

  71. Greg Norton says:

    I used to go into Radio Shack and write a quick "Hello World" on all  the Model 1 trash-80s in the store…    never got me a job.

    The Egghead Ponzi hired a lot of Radio Shack management since they shared a similar philosophy of wanting to move product without getting involved with customer's problems/projects. The Ponzi offered a return policy, even for $1000 pieces of software.

    Actual technical ability was a minus if you wanted a job at RS … or Egghead.

    I am not kidding when I say that one Egghead manager in our district was functionally illiterate. Near the end of the chain's run, when rent checks from Issaquah started to be erratic, the landlord seized her store when the woman couldn't read the multiple eviction notices he sent.

    Even the landlord was stunned. Of course, not enough to prevent eviction.

  72. Alan says:

    >> — a suspicious or unusually thick skinned person might observe that as one group of good and high achieving students has abandoned the public school system, leaving them predominantly composed of students from a culture that doesn't value education, sports provide a route to success for the remaining students.

    What success route are you referring to from sports? Making it to the pros? Or the guy in the stands shouting "Popcorn Here?"

    If you believe these NCAA stats the numbers are bleak…

    Many boys and girls grow up dreaming of playing sports in college and beyond. But of the nearly 8 million students currently participating in high school athletics in the United States, only 495,000 of them will compete at NCAA schools. And of that group, only a fraction will realize their goal of becoming a professional or Olympic athlete.

  73. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    I got an offer to work on the Olympics, but it would leave my long time boss and friend looking to replace me.   Despite all the other guys he stole, he never really forgave me for considering the offer (which never fully materialized.)

    "When you can snatch the pebble from my hand…"

    or when you let it be known that you're thinking about leaving.

  74. Alan says:

    And the Dumbocrats in NYFC that voted for this moron are getting exactly what they deserve…

    NYC Mayor: Vax mandates don't work but we're sticking with them anyway

  75. Alan says:

    Seems all you have to do is 'say the magic words' ("Let's Go Brandon" should work) and poof, two new countries appear…

    Russia’s recognition of the two regions, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, could allow separatist leaders to request military help from Russia, further easing a path for a military offensive, Ukrainian officials say. Ukraine would likely interpret that as Russian troops entering Ukrainian territory.

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2022/02/21/putin-announces-plans-to-recognize-regions-of-ukraine-as-separate-countries-n450085

  76. lynn says:

    Hey! I speak C.  In fact those were my favorite years as a programmer back in the 90's.  

    We didn't have C++ compilers available yet at Digital, so we studied the object-oriented stuff and simulated the good bits in C.  Object-oriented is not language dependent; it's a matter of modeling and programmer discipline.

    (I'm prepared to hear people's heads explode at that.)

    We hand-built RPC, raw network packet based comms (basically, our own stack), and graphic X-windows interfaces, layered on DEC's Rdb and client-server models.

    Those were good times.

    Ah, you worked on Decwindows !  I loved Decwindows.  We had five Decwindows workstations back in 1989 with that 25 inch graphics monitor.  The F77 compiler was bulletproof and the C compiler was almost as good.  I hung off one of the workstations with a plain old 24×80 ascii terminal running on a serial line through the wall.

    After a year, the client told us to move to Apollo workstations and bought a dozen 3500s for us.  Our server was a Apollo DN10000 that was a beast.  Refrigerator sized with two CPUs and slots for two more.  Each cpu was 35 mips and 35 mflops.  About a dozen fans running at 3600 rpm (screamers).  A beast !  We would throw huge jobs on it and it would work all night on them and actually finish.  The F77 compiler was ok and the CC compiler was ok.

  77. lynn says:

    Object-oriented is not language dependent; it's a matter of modeling and programmer discipline.

    I've never been disciplined, I can write Fortran in any language.

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  78. Pecancorner says:

    "‘It feels like slut-shaming’: GOP candidate Sarah Stogner responds to dropped endorsement following nude TikTok"

    I'd vote against her if I could. She attempted to monetize the asset — her choice of word — of her being a young-ish, attractive-ish woman. She then cried victim when it backfired.

    Well, it is and if she doesn't like being thought of as that, she should change her behavior. In fact, it sounds like she does this  regularly, and it isn't a relic of an old career that she has given up, so she seems to want the reputation to go with her into politics.  

    I agree with SteveF on this, and I CAN and WILL vote against her. I think modesty is an important value for any candidate to have. I would expect it in an employee too.  People who want to be taken seriously don't go out of their way to disrespect community morals. 

  79. Pecancorner says:

    Speaking of schools, this was my daughter's vice-principal.

    …… D1 is weirded out because she didn't like him, he was too strict.

    Oh gosh Nick. That is going to be traumatic for all the kids, including your daughter. I still remember every person I've known who was murdered, and it still feels disturbing even if I did not know them well.  

    I will pray for her, that she is able to come to terms with it quickly, and not have it weigh heavy on her spirit.

    Vice Principles are rarely well-liked, because they are the person in charge of disciplining students.  🙁

  80. nick flandrey says:

    What success route are you referring to from sports? Making it to the pros?

    oh hells no.   Almost no one makes it to a paying gig.    From the school's point of view, just making it  thru high school is a success.   The districts only care while the kid is in the seat, so keeping one in the seat for an extra couple of years past where they would have otherwise left is a winning outcome.

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  81. SteveF says:

    I agree with SteveF on this

    -wise nod- As you should, and as everyone should. I'm, like, full of wisdom n stuff.

    I go back and forth on whether decorum and sobriety should be expected of elected officials. On the one hand, it's called a public trust for a reason and those who hold it should not only be trustworthy but should appear trustworthy. On the other hand, look at the political establishment as a whole, appearing in their tailored suits and saying all the proper things as they sell the country for their personal profit.

    In the case of Stogner, though, my distaste has nothing to do with propriety and everything to do with her playing victim. That's a distillation of what I despise about most American women.

  82. nick flandrey says:

    @PecanCorner, thank you.   I'm probably damaged in some way as I can't imagine, literally can't, what I'd have been feeling back then if it happened at my Jr High.   I don't recall even knowing the Principal or vice's names, although I must have.  I appreciate the reminders that she is not me.  She is more socially oriented, and cares about others, and I was probably borderline sociopath, or maybe somewhere on the spectrum.  I just didn't care about or even think about other people much.  Never occurred to me that people might be upset if I died until fairly recently.  Like I said, damaged.

    But D1 is not me.  

    School has grief counselors at the school this coming week and I'm sure it will be a big deal.  My wife knew him thru one of the parent/district committees she volunteered on, but only in a 'nodding acquaintance' way.  I can't remember ever meeting him.

    Because of chinaflu I didn't get into the school last year, and have only been in the building  a couple of times this year, and really have only met the Drama teacher.  Very different from elementary when I was in the school often and met all the 4th and 5th teachers and most of the staff thru volunteering, and knew most of the others thru attending with 2 kids for 5 years.

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  83. drwilliams says:

    @Alan

    If you believe these NCAA stats the numbers are bleak…

    We used to call it the inverted funnel, and for most it's worse now than it was 50 years ago. Not so much for the very top athletes (0.1%). But the ones just below have to spend a lot more time, effort, and money to get on the teams in high school and then make the jump to college. For football, basketball, and baseball that means bigger and faster and knees in particular aren't any bigger or sturdier. Lot's more injuries along the way, and lot's of problems as those former athletes that got cut reach their forties.

    The popularity of recreational athletics in the 1980's and 90's, particularly softball, running, and tennis, was driven in large part by advances in equipment that allowed people to play long out of school. It paid unexpected dividends as accumulated wear on forty and fifty year old bodies. Tennis in particular, with composite rackets that reduced tennis elbow but allowed off-center hits to send shocks to the shoulder that later required corrective surgery.

  84. Jenny says:

    Warm weather this week. The ice is miserable. Finally processed the last two rabbits born last summer. Nice fat fryers. Did the job outside inside the rabbitry. Warm enough to be comfortable and made cleanup easy. In the past, the rabbits have been notably disturbed by me dispatching their buddy within sight. This time i not only dispatched but processed. None of them cared. Even the second rabbit I processed, who saw what became of his buddy, was a calm dude. Weird. 
     

    After I was done making meat, I cleaned cages and emptied pee buckets. Everybunny has tidy accommodations again. The kits born last month are super cute and growing nicely. I need another bale of straw and another of hay. I’ll pick up a couple more sacks of feed, too. The cost of hay has been going up a couple bucks each month. It’ll be $30/bale before spring. 

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  85. Greg Norton says:

    Did I ever mention I hate supervising and mentoring people ?  I cannot remember how many people I have hired and they left for the big bucks after I trained them to be superstars.

    The typical software development career in the US is really short. I speak from experience when I say that crossing 40 without a management entry at a household name on the resume means that the clock starts ticking in a huge way, even at smaller places.

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  86. drwilliams says:

    Under "Bike Bully Cafe", a Mona Lisa level pet photo:

    http://ace.mu.nu/

    Pretty much non-stop hilarity in everything posted today, too.

  87. Greg Norton says:

    End of the line for Arthur the Aardvark and his pals.

    Yeah, it is PBS and featured a gay wedding a few years back, but as PBS kid series go, it wasn't *that* obnoxious.

    Cough … "Caillou" … Cough.

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/arthur-series-finale-reveals-characters-221342776.html

  88. drwilliams says:

    The Decline Effect – Part 1: Ocean Acidification

    28 seconds ago

    Guest Essay by Kip Hansen

    There have been a couple of mentions of the decline effect over the past month, mostly prompted by a recent paper that appeared in PLOS BIOLOGY authored by Jeff Clements, Josefin Sundin, Timothy Clark, and Fredrik Jutfelt titled “Meta-analysis reveals an extreme “decline effect” in the impacts of ocean acidification on fish behavior”.

    “….we additionally show that the large effect sizes and small within-group variances that have been reported in several previous studies are highly improbable. Together, our findings indicate that the reported effects of ocean acidification on the behaviour of coral reef fishes are not reproducible…"

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/21/the-decline-effect-part-1-ocean-acidification/

    veerry intereeesting…

    see also:

    1) Millikan

    2) N-rays

    3) The Wegman Report

    Looking forward to Part 2.

  89. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    Creepy Joe has help:

    “What the majority does today is essentially assume it has the power to rewrite both the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), but that is a power that we do not have; only the elected legislators in Congress have that power and they have not delegated it to us.

    And the result, especially the greenhouse gas policy that purports to address climate change, is such a confusing mess of a policy that the majority sticks an “interim” label on it.   But don’t be fooled by the “interim” label.  This new policy – confusing as it is – applies right now, not only to new applications, but to all pending applications, and it will inflict material harm on all pending applications right now.  Changing the rules in the middle of the game violates any serious principle of due process, regulatory certainty, and just basic fairness…."

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/20/power-grab-at-the-federal-energy-regulatory-commission/

    The standard prog playbook: Claim you have the goobamint power, rule like you have the power, fight the lawsuits for years. Millions of dollars later, the courts find the goobermint doesn't have the power, but where do we go to get the time and the money back?

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  90. lynn says:

    Did I ever mention I hate supervising and mentoring people ?  I cannot remember how many people I have hired and they left for the big bucks after I trained them to be superstars.

    The typical software development career in the US is really short. I speak from experience when I say that crossing 40 without a management entry at a household name on the resume means that the clock starts ticking in a huge way, even at smaller places.

    So at 61, I will never work in software development again after this job. 

    I'm never going to retire.

    I would like for someone to buy us out and pay me a two million dollar bonus like my banker brother just got paid to hang out for two years.

  91. lpdbw says:

     I speak from experience when I say that crossing 40 without a management entry at a household name on the resume means that the clock starts ticking in a huge way, even at smaller places.

    I made it to 53 before I switched from software developer in the defense industry to whatever-the-heck it is I've done since.  I was probably past my prime as a coder (Ok, team lead/product manager).  But you can have a career and leverage the skills you picked up along the way:  requirements analysis, translating from "engineer-speak" to "customer speak" and "manager speak", Figuring out complex data puzzles, Zooming back from the specific to the general to show how the pieces work together.  Skills newbies don't have.

    Speaking of which, I'm hanging up my keyboard.  I'm done.  Any coding I do from now on is for me.  I'll reserve the right to take part time work, but I'm not really looking any more.

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  92. nick flandrey says:

    So Canada DID pass the Emergency Powers Act, and the Russian army DID just cross into Ukraine's territory, right?

    I can't keep track of the freaking headlines anymore. 

    n

  93. lynn says:

    "‘Immense fraud’ creates immense task for Washington as it tries to tighten scrutiny of $6 trillion in emergency coronavirus spending"

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/immense-fraud-creates-immense-task-for-washington-as-it-tries-to-tighten-scrutiny-of-6-trillion-in-emergency-coronavirus-spending/ar-AATZ0cF

    "In Stamford, Conn., a 46-year-old resident pleaded guilty after putting a portion of $4 million in coronavirus aid toward the purchase of a Porsche. And a Mercedes. And a BMW."

    I am glad that I bought my F-150 4×4 and Highlander in 2019.  Although, I did buy a used 2008 Highlander for the business in 2021 for an exorbitant amount so I could get commercial auto insurance for the business.

    Hat tip to:

       https://www.drudgereport.com/

  94. Ray Thompson says:

    I started out coding. Finally made it to management. Hated it and sucked at it. It was destroying my life and family. Mostly because I sucked it. So I took another job coding. Dead end, no possibility at advancing. It paid the bills, no evening or weekend work. I got my life back because I realized, and I think I mentioned this before, I sucked at management.

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  95. mediumwave says:

    I started out coding. Finally made it to management. Hated it and sucked at it. It was destroying my life and family. Mostly because I sucked it. So I took another job coding. Dead end, no possibility at advancing. It paid the bills, no evening or weekend work. I got my life back because I realized, and I think I mentioned this before, I sucked at management.

    Very few have the wisdom or courage to take a step back.

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  96. lynn says:

    Well tonight I feel stupid.  I sent out a patch to user in Norway last Thursday night.  But I used one of our common dimensional units conversion subroutines.  I had to convert FT-LBf/LBm to KJ/KGm in a table.  I swear, dimensional units are half of our bugs with support for 4 temperature units, 25 pressure units, etc.

    He replied Friday that the numbers were wrong.  I never did check the converted vector out properly.  I have been looking sideways at everything today and finally discovered that the dimensional units conversion subroutine assumed that the vector coming in was in BTU/LBm, not FT-LBf/LBm.  So, I am adding support for conversion of the vector from FT-LBf to BTU which is a factor of 778.16929721166.

    I really hate looking like an idiot to a customer but, he was gracious about it.

  97. nick flandrey says:

    A youtuber I started watching during the freeze, It's Ryan Hall Y'all, for his amazing weather coverage, from his bedroom, has now hit 400K subs during a live stream tonight.

    youtube may suck as a corporation, but for someone who just loves weather to be able to build a channel, provide content that people love, and make a living at it WITHOUT the trad media involved at all, is pretty cool

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux3R3lo1WvE

    n

    he's watching the stuff hitting Dallas and north texas at the moment

  98. Greg Norton says:

    So at 61, I will never work in software development again after this job. 

    I'm never going to retire.

    My wife jokes that I am token old guy at the new job. Maybe, but I have to keep my career going as long as the possibility exists that she would go back to private practice. This will be a decent name on the resume.

    The Death Star was 12 years ago.

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  99. Greg Norton says:

    So Canada DID pass the Emergency Powers Act, and the Russian army DID just cross into Ukraine's territory, right?

    I can't keep track of the freaking headlines anymore. 

    As of two hours ago, Canada's Parliament voted to support Wee Pierre.

    Who knows with the Russians.

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  100. lynn says:

    So at 61, I will never work in software development again after this job. 

    I'm never going to retire.

    My wife jokes that I am token old guy at the new job. Maybe, but I have to keep my career going as long as the possibility exists that she would go back to private practice. This will be a decent name on the resume.

    The Death Star was 12 years ago.

    I have worked at five different companies from age 15.  Four of them are gone.  Not a good stat but probably common over a 46 year career.

  101. Greg Norton says:

    Well tonight I feel stupid.  I sent out a patch to user in Norway last Thursday night.  But I used one of our common dimensional units conversion subroutines.  I had to convert FT-LBf/LBm to KJ/KGm in a table.  I swear, dimensional units are half of our bugs with support for 4 temperature units, 25 pressure units, etc.

    Boost has units handling but I'm only familiar with time and distance conversions from the tolling gig.

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  102. lynn says:

    So at 61, I will never work in software development again after this job. 

    I'm never going to retire.

    BTW, porting a Fortran app from Fortran 77 to Fortran 2008 is a freaking disaster.  There may be a lot of jobs for old Fortran hackers like me as people try to bring an app up to date.  Reputedly, ten percent of old apps out there are Fortran.  The other 90% are mostly Cobol "shudder".

  103. lynn says:

    Boost has units handling but I'm only familiar with time and distance conversions from the tolling gig.

    Oh yeah, getting Fortran code to call Boost, that would be roughly equal to a visit from Vlad the Impaler.

    You don’t want to see our Fortran units conversion code. It is grim, very grim. Lots of unstated assumptions. Just the comments and data are overwhelming.

    C time data – iunou(2).i
    DATA NAMTIM / ‘/HR ‘, ‘/SEC’, ‘/MIN’, ‘/DAY’, ‘/YR ‘ ,’ ‘ /
    DATA ATIME / 1.0d0, 0.27777778D-3, 0.166666667D-1, 24.0d0,
    * 8760.0d0, 1.0d0/
    DATA name_time / ‘HR’, ‘SEC’, ‘MIN’, ‘DAY’, ‘YR ‘ ,’ ‘ /

    C**** TEMPERATURE DATA – iunou(3).i
    DATA NAMT / ‘F’, ‘C’, ‘R’, ‘K’/
    DATA TFCTR / 1.0d0, 1.8d0, 1.0d0, 1.8d0 /
    DATA TADD / 459.67d0, 273.15d0, 2*0.0d0 /

    C**** PRESSURE DATA – iunou(4).i
    DATA NAMP / ‘PSIA’, ‘ATM’, ‘MMHG’, ‘BAR’,
    1 ‘KG/CM2’, ‘KG/M2’, ‘DY/CM2’, ‘G/CM2’, ‘PA’, ‘KPA’,
    2 ‘PSIG’,’INH2O’, ‘ATMG’, ‘BARG’, ‘KG/CM2G’,’KG/M2G’,
    3 ‘DY/CM2G’, ‘G/CM2G’, ‘PAG’, ‘KPAG’, ‘MPAG’,
    4 ‘MPA’, ‘INH2OG’, ‘MMH2O’, ‘MMH2OG’ /

    C**** ENTHALPY DATA – iunou(5).i
    DATA NAMH / ‘ BTU’, ‘ CAL’, ‘KCAL’, ‘FTLB’, ‘ J’,’ KJ’,’ MJ’ /
    DATA HFCTR / 1.0d0, 3.968320719d-3, 3.968320719d0, 1.2851d-3,
    * 9.4781712d-4, 0.94781712d0, 947.8d0 /

    C density data – iunou(6).i
    DATA NAMD / ‘LB/FT3’, ‘G/CM3’, ‘KG/M3’, ‘LB/GAL’ /
    DATA DFCT / 1.0d0, 0.016018d0, 16.018d0, 0.13368d0 /

    C**** LENGTH DATA – iunou(7).i
    DATA NAML / ‘FT’, ‘CM’, ‘M’, ‘MM’, ‘YD’, ‘IN’ /
    DATA NAML2 / ‘FT2/’, ‘CM2/’, ‘M2/’, ‘MM2/’, ‘YD2/’, ‘IN2/’ /
    DATA NAML3 / ‘FT3’, ‘CM3’, ‘M3’, ‘MM3’, ‘YD3’, ‘IN3’ /
    DATA LFCTR / 1.0d0, 30.48d0, 0.3048d0, 304.8d0,
    * 0.333333333d0, 12.0d0 /

    C quantity
    DATA NAMHM / ‘LBMOL’, ‘GMOLE’, ‘KGMOL’ /
    DATA HMFCT / 1.0d0, 0.2204623D-2, 2.204623d0 /
    DATA NAMMS / ‘/LB’, ‘/GM’, ‘/KG’ /

    C entropy data, per mole
    DATA SFCTR / 1.0d0, 4.18706d0, 1.0d0, 4.18706d0 /
    DATA NAMS / ‘BTU/LBMO/R’, ‘KJ/KGMO/K’, ‘KCAL/KGMO/K’,
    * ‘KJ/KGMO/C’ /
    C total entropy data
    DATA NAMSMS / ‘BTU/LB/R’, ‘KJ/KG/K’, ‘KCAL/KG/K’, ‘KJ/KG/C’ /
    C
    DATA I123 / ‘ ‘, ‘2’, ‘3’ /

    C**** these factors convert from English (internal) to other
    C**** units i.e. PFCTR(other/psia) – iunou(4).i
    C 1 PSIA, 2 ATM , 3 MMHG , 4 BAR ,
    DATA PFCTR / 1.0d0, 0.0680457d0, 51.71513d0, 0.06894757d0,
    C 5 KG/CM2, 6 KG/M2
    * 0.07030695d0, 703.0695d0,
    C 7 DY/CM2, 8 G/CM2, 9 PA , 10 KPA , 11 PSIG
    1 68947.57d0, 70.30695d0, 6894.757d0, 6.894757d0, 1.0d0,
    C 12 INH2O, 13 ATMG , 14 BARG , 15 KG/CM2G,
    2 27.68066d0, 0.0680457d0, 0.06894757d0, 0.07030695d0,
    C 16 KG/M2G,
    * 703.0695d0,
    C 17 DY/CM2G, 18 G/CM2G, 19 PAG , 20 KPAG , 21 MPAG
    3 68947.57d0, 70.30695d0, 6894.757d0, 6.894757d0, 6.894757d-3,
    C 22 MPA , 23 INH2OG, 24-25 MMH2OG
    4 6.894757d-3, 27.68066d0, 2*703.089d0/

    C**** POWER DATA – iunou2(2).i
    DATA NAMHP / ‘HP’, ‘KW’, ‘W’, ‘HPMETRIC’ /
    DATA HPFCT / 1.0d0, 0.7457d0, 745.7d0, 1.014d0 /

    C**** DUTY DATA – iunou2(3).i
    DATA NAMDUTY / ‘BTU/HR’, ‘KCAL/HR’, ‘KW’, ‘CAL/MIN’, ‘W’,
    6 ‘MJ/HR’, ‘KJ/HR’, ‘KJ/SEC’, ‘J/SEC’ /
    C -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    C PMR 1238 – 12/03/07 – If user sets the duty units then the
    C following values are used for conversion. If user
    C does not set units then convserion is handled by
    C dividing by 0.9478 (for kj/hr which the inverse is
    C 1.055074910318633). The original conversion here was
    C 1.0550558 which is off by 0.00181%. This is not much, but other
    C values being reported were shown with the correct amount.
    C 07/27/10 CPO – PMR 5458 – The International Conference on the
    C Properties of Steam defined the Btu (IT) as follows:
    C 1 Btu (IT) = 1055.05585262 Joule (exactly)
    C 1 Calorie (IT) = 4.186800 Joule (exactly)
    DATA DUTYFCT / 1.0d0, 0.251995761d0, 0.000293071069D0,
    1 4.19997949245D0, 0.293071069D0, 1.055074910318633D-3,
    2 1.05505585262D0, 2.93071069D-4, 0.293071069D0 /
    C -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

    C**** VISCOSITY DATA
    DATA VSFCT / 1.0d0, 0.001d0, 1.0d0, 1.0d0 /
    DATA NAMVS / ‘CP’, ‘NS/M2’, ‘CP’, ‘CP’ /

    C********* VELOCITY DATA
    C
    DATA VEL / 1.0d0, 0.3048d0, 0.3048d0, 0.3048d0 /
    DATA namvel / ‘FT/SEC’, ‘M/SEC’, ‘M/SEC’, ‘M/SEC’ /
    C
    C ******* LENGTH (MILE OR KM) ***
    C
    DATA FCTL / 0.0001894d0, 0.0003048d0, 0.0003048d0, 0.0003048d0 /
    DATA IMILE / ‘MILES’, ‘KM’, ‘KM’, ‘KM’ /
    C
    C**** HEAT CAPACITY
    C
    DATA NAMCP / ‘BTU/LBMOL/R’, ‘KJ/KGMOL/K’, ‘KCAL/KGMO/C’,
    * ‘KJ/KGMOL/C’ /
    DATA NMCPMS / ‘BTU/LB/F’, ‘KJ/KG/K’, ‘KCAL/KG/C’, ‘KJ/KG/C’ /
    DATA CPFACT / 1.0d0, 4.18706d0, 1.0d0, 1.0d0 /
    C
    C ******* Viscosity Data
    C
    C Dynamic viscosity
    DATA VISFCT / 1.d0, 1.d-2, 6.71976d-4, 1.0d-3, 1.0d-3, 1.0d-3,
    C Kinematic viscosity
    + 1.0d0, 1.07636d-5, 1.0d-6 /
    C
    DATA NAMVIS / ‘CP’, ‘POISE’, ‘LB/FT/S’, ‘KG/M/S’, ‘NS/M2’, ‘PA.S’,
    + ‘CST’, ‘FT2/S’, ‘M2/S’, ‘SUS’, ‘SFS’, ‘RED1’,
    + ‘RED2’, ‘ENG’ /

  104. Greg Norton says:

    I am glad that I bought my F-150 4×4 and Highlander in 2019.  Although, I did buy a used 2008 Highlander for the business in 2021 for an exorbitant amount so I could get commercial auto insurance for the business.

    A dealer might give you decent money for the 2008 right now because of the “chip shortage”. The Highlander grew by nearly a foot since the mid 2000s, but I remember a couple of model years in there where the reliability was not so great.

    My wife went into Austin to shop at 99 Ranch this afternoon, and while she was in the store, someone ripped off a trim piece on one of the roof rack rails on her 2016 Exploder. Broad daylight, full parking lot.

    It looked to me like they started to take the other one when they were interrupted.

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  105. mediumwave says:

    Reputedly, ten percent of old apps out there are Fortran.  The other 90% are mostly Cobol "shudder".

    Hey, don't knock Cobol! While it's true that nothing sophisticated can be done in Cobol, what can be done can be done very well indeed!

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  106. lynn says:

    I am glad that I bought my F-150 4×4 and Highlander in 2019.  Although, I did buy a used 2008 Highlander for the business in 2021 for an exorbitant amount so I could get commercial auto insurance for the business.

    A dealer might give you decent money for the 2008 right now. The Highlander grew by nearly a foot since the mid 2000s, but I remember a couple of model years in there where the reliability was not so great.

    I regret not getting a new enough Highlander for the backup camera.  I really miss the backup camera in the 2008.  It does have the four sensors in the back though that beep just before you hit something.

  107. lynn says:

    Reputedly, ten percent of old apps out there are Fortran.  The other 90% are mostly Cobol "shudder".

    Hey, don't knock Cobol! While it's true that nothing sophisticated can be done in Cobol, what can be done can be done very well indeed!

    I tried to learn COBOL back in 1979 or so.  Couldn't.  Me and Cobol are not buds.

  108. Robert "Bob" Sprowl says:

    Spent yesterday trying to solve my CPU upgrade problem with no success.  

    I spent morning surfing for a fix (its not an uncommon problem with this motherboard) and found several that worked – sometimes – such as putting in a slower set of memory sticks then after it booted switching them out (WTF) or reseating the memory or or doing a bare install with a new hard drive. But most people just gave up. 

    First I reflashed the UEFI BIOS which still locked,  ie, did not finish properly.  Again Control-Alt-Delete got a reboot and everything worked fine.  (I think if I could get a normal completion to this I would be OK.)

    Then I downloaded and installed all of the system drivers – a total of 4.85 GB.  (I don't think this is the problem as I never get a display so the system is still in the UEFI BIOS in my option.)  The original system booted a bit faster with the updates. 

    Pulled the old CPU out (it stuck to the fan assembly) and put the new one it.  Got the same problem – system starts but shuts down on its own then restarts. 

    Removed the Video card. Same result.  Tried only two memory sticks and disconnected all case fans, the CD-ROM drive, the Seagate hard drive and all SSDs but the C:SSD to lessen the load on the power supply. Same result.   (Out curiosity I just put a watt meter on the power cord; the system is only using 48 watts with all 32 GB of RAM, all fans, 3 SSDs (1.8 TB total) and the 1 TB Seagate hard drive.)

    I hate to just give up and wonder if high speed memory is what is needed.

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