Wed. Feb. 23, 2022 – 02232022 – Still funny numbers

Warmer, damp.   Misty drizzle or real rain, maybe.   Got some mist yesterday, but no real rain.  Which was ok with me.  Hoping for same today.

Back was killing me, so hanging speakers from a ladder and crawling around in an attic was contraindicated for me yesterday.   We’ll see how it goes today after some pain meds at bedtime.

I did get some pickups done.  Lots of stuff for the BOL.

Will do another pickup today, and swing by the Habitat reStore.  Then if my back is solid, I’ll go out to my client’s place.   If not, it might have to wait another day.

This pattern of working one day, injured the next couple, is not going to let me do all the stuff I need to do at the BOL.  I need to get rehabilitated.  Not sure how that will happen, but I think I’ll start with Tai Chi and stretching.  As soon as this episode is over.

Physical condition, I’ve either been fooling myself, or there’s been a drastic change in the last year or two.  Either way, gotta fix it.

Can’t stack up health, so stack up health aids.  And labor aids, like rope, pulleys, hand trucks, wheelbarrows, carts, winches, and power tools.  You’ll be glad you did.

n

72 Comments and discussion on "Wed. Feb. 23, 2022 – 02232022 – Still funny numbers"

  1. Ray Thompson says:

    Tax refund is at the bank. Will deposit tomorrow. About five days to get my money back. A lot more than I wanted because of the charitable deductions from the inheritance. I don't like the IRS having my money to waste on welfare leaches.

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  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    68F when I went to be, 57F this morning.  Cold front?  Something.  Damp too.

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    Mea culpa.  Not blacks shooting into a crowd.   Much stranger than that.

    A 60 year-old Antifa activist was shot dead by a far-right furry while blocking traffic at a Black Lives Matter rally in Portland, it was claimed.    

    As I posted the other day, that part of Portland isn't Amish country based on my observations there. Portland PD will do their job in The Hollywood.

    I've seen more Furries since moving to Texas than I ever did in Portland. Go to any pop culture convention up and down I-35 and you will see at least one Furry "living their spirit animal", even at videogame or horror cons.

    I've been told that making too much fun of the scene to the wrong person here will get me in trouble, since it is a kink of individuals who are super wealthy and/or TAMU alumni.

  4. Pecancorner says:

    So far as I know, no one has ever taken me up on advice to try acupuncture from a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine who got all their education in China.  But it might help your back, as the one my husband used eventually strengthened his back enough that he was able to work pain-free and it stopped being a problem.

    Prior to that, his back had been so bad that he'd been hospitalized with it several times.

    Her treatment required treating him three days in a row for complete healing.  Then, he was surprised to find he would be good for months. Not like a chiropractor where the patient has to keep going back indefinitely.

    The first time he went, I had to drive because he was unable to move. I half expected to have to take him to the ER after that. Instead, he was able to stand up straight and walk out and sit comfortably after his first treatment. She insisted he return the next two days to complete treatment.

    This was the same practitioner who later not only cured me of insomnia but somehow rewired things and turned me from a lifelong night owl into a permanent morning lark. All in three days of acupuncture.

    It's important to see a "real" acupuncturist, not a doctor who took a seminar for pain relief.   But the service is inexpensive, won't make anything worse, and is really worth the effort of trying to see if it will work for you.

  5. Pecancorner says:

    There's another winter storm on its way here. High of 72F on Monday, today's high is anticipated to be 26F.  The snow/sleet has not started yet but is coming.

  6. Greg Norton says:

    Ah, recursion. As far as I know, it is not implemented properly in any mainstream language. Only in pure functional or logical languages. Tail recursion: not implemented in Java, not implemented in C++ or C# (last time I checked, anyway), certainly not implemented in scripting languages like JavaScript or Python. Without it, recursion is inefficient, and deep recursion blows up your stack.

    Gnu C/C++ will optimize tail call recursion, but the situations are so limited that the amount of thought involved on the part of the developer to write the code to trigger the optimization isn't much different than what would be involved eliminating the recursion with a loop or, if you really want to play with the Dark Side of the Force, a goto statement.

    I think it is there for template authors more than mere mortal developers.

    Tcl has explicit tailcall as of 8.6 and, as far back as I remember, throws catch-able errors if it detects recursion heading towards blowing up the stack. 1000 levels? Of course, it is a dead language to the point that OS X 11 only has 8.5 and warns of deprecation whenever I invoke “tcl” or “wish”.

    I don't know about Python. Javascript — good luck there.

  7. Greg Norton says:

    It's important to see a "real" acupuncturist, not a doctor who took a seminar for pain relief.   But the service is inexpensive, won't make anything worse, and is really worth the effort of trying to see if it will work for you.

    I'd give some leeway to a pain management specialist who was tired of being a legalized pill pusher and got curious, but a lot of acupuncture clinics are in with Naturepaths and other such nonsense away from the West Coast.

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    @pecancorner, thanks for the testimonial and reminder.  I spent a couple of years semi-formally studying chinese martial and healing arts, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Tui Na, and a mix of other stuff at a temple in San Diego.   Had I not gotten married, I was thinking about going further in that direction and maybe getting some sort of therapy certification.

    That said, I've never tried acupuncture.   There is an interesting office that I pass most days that I might check in to now that I'm reminded of the option.

    I wish you well with this cold spell. 

    n

  9. Pecancorner says:

    It's important to see a "real" acupuncturist, not a doctor who took a seminar for pain relief.   But the service is inexpensive, won't make anything worse, and is really worth the effort of trying to see if it will work for you.

    I'd give some leeway to a pain management specialist who was tired of being a legalized pill pusher and got curious, but a lot of acupuncture clinics are in with Naturepaths and other such nonsense away from the West Coast.

    Well, the reason I insist that it must be a full-fledged Practitioner who went through the entire many years of specialized education for it in China (by inference, this probably means a Chinese person who was born and raised in China)… is that we have tried others without much success.  Since we moved from Midland, we've not had anyone else in proximity so we have used several physicians and what they do is not the same.

    The discipline is very involved, and much more than just "put these needles there".  Those chiropractors and MDs who do it as an adjunct do not have the education to put the entire philosophy to work any more than a bona-fide PTCM has the ability to do surgery. So their skills are more akin to those of an LVN would be in a regular doctor’s office vs the MD herself.

    So by all means, try the pain specialist if that’s who you are seeing already, or if that is the only acupuncture available. Just don’t write off the discipline IF the westerner’s work does not help, or doesn’t cure.

    Even now, I sometimes go to Dr Dan Brudnak for acupuncture, who is a retired USAF/NASA Flight Surgeon, and he has studied it more than any regular doctor I've ever run across, and has even developed his own methods. But the results of his treatments are mainly temporary, and he is very limited in what conditions he can treat with it.   It just is not the same.

  10. Pecancorner says:

    @pecancorner, thanks for the testimonial and reminder.  I spent a couple of years semi-formally studying chinese martial and healing arts, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Tui Na, and a mix of other stuff at a temple in San Diego.   Had I not gotten married, I was thinking about going further in that direction and maybe getting some sort of therapy certification.

    That said, I've never tried acupuncture.   There is an interesting office that I pass most days that I might check in to now that I'm reminded of the option.

    I wish you well with this cold spell. 

    You've got a varied background for sure! It's fascinating the twists and turns life takes us in, isn't it?   Well, I hope you are able to try it, and that it helps you. I'd be glad to hear how it works out. 

  11. MrAtoz says:

    Speaking of the new AIDS scare:

    What’s Behind the New AIDS Scare?

    FauXi of course. He’s like Bush 2 trying to fix Bush 1’s first Iraq cluster. Wasn’t FauXi pushing “you can get AIDS from touching” the first time around?

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  12. Greg Norton says:

    FauXi of course. He’s like Bush 2 trying to fix Bush 1’s first Iraq cluster. Wasn’t FauXi pushing “you can get AIDS from touching” the first time around?

    Fauci botched the possibility of surface transmission with AIDS early on. He was also wrong about surface transmission with Covid. Haven't you wondered why cleaners like Formula 409 were suddenly back on shelves instead of arbitrage fodder?

    With the AIDS "scare", *in my opinion* the government and drug companies are laying the groundwork for an EUA for an mRNA AIDS vaccine from Moderna. Elimination of the control group in the US for mRNA jabs through vaccine mandates, *what I believe was the real point of forced injections*, failed so an AIDS shot faces the same decade or more approval process at the FDA that it would have pre-Covid.

  13. MrAtoz says:

    plugsy McSpongeBrain, leader of the Free World:

    Biden sits in silence and picks his teeth after being asked if he underestimated Putin

    I guess he had celery in his lunch. Mush brain is not well. This is the guy poking The Bear. Game over, man, game over.

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  14. Chad says:

    Bridezilla. It knows no race, gender, or preference.

    It seems every time I see a negative review for a tailor or dry cleaner it is wedding related. If I were a tailor/seamstress I would simply refuse to do wedding dresses. It isn't worth the stress and the incessant bitching. If I did do them I would charge the most obscene amount for those alterations, "You want an inch taken off of the length of your wedding dress? That'll be $1500 and I'll need you to sign and notarize these forms absolving us of any liability."

    What's really amusing is that every Bridezilla is in complete denial of being a Bridezilla. It's sort of like Karens. Karens never think they're Karens. Karens make fun of other Karens. It's like being one also makes it impossible to recognize yourself as one.

    The discipline is very involved, and much more than just "put these needles there".  Those chiropractors and MDs who do it as an adjunct do not have the education to put the entire philosophy to work any more than a bona-fide PTCM has the ability to do surgery. So their skills are more akin to those of an LVN would be in a regular doctor’s office vs the MD herself.

    I have noticed that almost every new Chiropractor that opens up is also a masseuse and acupuncturist as well. The masseuse I get as it seems like (to a layperson) there's a lot of overlap between massage and chiropractic adjustments. As for the acupuncture, the first one I noticed I figured was just a chiropractor who happened to have an interest and appreciation of Eastern medicine. Good for them. But as more new private clinics opened and almost every one was dual chiropractor/acupuncturist it's gotten to be quite the trend.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    It seems every time I see a negative review for a tailor or dry cleaner it is wedding related. If I were a tailor/seamstress I would simply refuse to do wedding dresses. It isn't worth the stress and the incessant bitching. If I did do them I would charge the most obscene amount for those alterations, "You want an inch taken off of the length of your wedding dress? That'll be $1500 and I'll need you to sign and notarize these forms absolving us of any liability."

    Don't underestimate the male of the species potential to cause grief in similar situations.

    The Supreme Court is in a tough spot with regard to vendors opting not to provide a service to a same-sex couple. Allow it, and I imagine that a lot of wedding services would suddenly have "moral objections" to avoid the possibility of dealing with a male Bridezilla, regardless of their religious beliefs or personal views on the subject, including others in the LGBTQXYZ community.

    After Vantucky and private practice in Texas, I'm the b*tchiest "B*tchy Doctor's Wife" you will ever meet.

    If you like your doctor … well, tough. I'm over subsidizing it, even when I was unemployed.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    My friends in Florida have better memories than I do.

    https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/27/world/justin-trudeau-castro-eulogy-parody/index.html

    A portion of the exile community believes Wee Pierre really is a Castro brother from another mother, but I'll leave it at "in a spiritual sense"

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  17. MrAtoz says:

    Called this one:

    ‘Enemy of the people’: CBS News says the U.S. ‘has been hit with increased gas prices, inflation, and supply-chain issues due to the Ukraine crisis’

    plugs sent out the narrative. I mean his handlers did. McSpongeBrain is going to use UKRAINE!!! to crack down on the Freedom Truckers convoy heading to DC to disrupt his snooze-fest SOTU address.

  18. Chad says:

    I just saw this yesterday and died laughing. Where are our resident Aussies, Marcelo and MrK? I need commentary from somebody Down Under under on this.

    Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, getting asked if he has "lost touch with ordinary Australians."

    That is an example of how NOT to answer a reporter's question if you want to keep your job.

  19. Mark W says:

    believes Wee Pierre really is a Castro brother from another mother,

    He's more likely Castro's son. There are photos of his appearance compared to his legal father and Castro, and discussions of his mother's unusual situation at that time.

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  20. Greg Norton says:

    believes Wee Pierre really is a Castro brother from another mother,

    He's more likely Castro's son. There are photos of his appearance compared to his legal father and Castro, and discussions of his mother's unusual situation at that time.

    You're playing with fire saying something like that around here right now.

    I view the story as conspiracy theory. Strictly anecdotal, but Castro had a genius IQ and a photographic memory. Wee Pierre didn't finish engineering school and has a Literature degree.

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  21. lynn says:

    recursion came in Fortran 90

    Ah, recursion. As far as I know, it is not implemented properly in any mainstream language. Only in pure functional or logical languages. Tail recursion: not implemented in Java, not implemented in C++ or C# (last time I checked, anyway), certainly not implemented in scripting languages like JavaScript or Python. Without it, recursion is inefficient, and deep recursion blows up your stack.

    We have recursion detection in our Fortran code since all local variables are SAVEd in our Fortran code.

    And we use recursion in our C++ code.  Works well. And yes, recursion is for experts. 

  22. lynn says:

    Pearls Before Swine: The Map of Local Philatelists

       https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2022/02/23

    And I have my next http://www.Nextdoor.com discussion topic.

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  23. lynn says:

    "US Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey achieves initial operational capability"

       https://www.naval-technology.com/news/us-navy-cmv-22b-osprey/

    "The CMV-22B Osprey aircraft will replace the C-2A Greyhound."

    I've been wondering how well the Osprey is doing.  The high speed in pure flight mode just seems like a natural.  But the dual engine rotation from vertical to horizontal seems problematic and high maintenance.

  24. lynn says:

    "Gov. Greg Abbott floats pardons for Austin police officers charged with excessive force in 2020 protests"

        https://www.texastribune.org/2022/02/23/Abbott-Austin-police-indictment/

    "Abbott’s move is the latest in a long clash between Texas Republicans and officials in Austin and Travis County over police reform. The governor would need a majority of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to approve any pardon issued by his office."

    Seems like a good idea to me.  Not knowing anything about the alleged excessive force, I am on the officers side. 

    I wonder if the City of Austin will ever be able to hire any police officers ever again ?

  25. lynn says:

    "Brazos Electric tries to escape $1.1 billion of storm charges"

        https://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Brazos-Electric-escape-bankruptcy-trial-Texas-16940437.php

    "It was a $1.9 billion bill that forced one of Texas’ oldest and most creditworthy power sellers into bankruptcy last year."

    I maintain that ERCOT will be dragged into the bankruptcy case, not just as a creditor but also as a participant.

    There are more bankruptcy cases coming. ERCOT is in deep trouble.

    And if you do not generate your own power, you are at the mercy of the wolfs. And many of those wolfs will not hesitate to bankrupt you.

  26. lynn says:

    "SpaceX: Here's Why Starlink Poses No Orbital Hazard"

        https://www.pcmag.com/news/spacex-heres-why-starlink-poses-no-orbital-hazard

    "The company posts a lengthy statement on its website after NASA and rival satellite internet companies question the size of the 30,000-satellite, second-gen Starlink network."

    Git-R-Done !

  27. lynn says:

    "Kyle Rittenhouse To Sue Whoopi Goldberg, Other 'Celebrities, Politicians And Athletes' For Calling Him A Murderer"

        https://www.zerohedge.com/political/kyle-rittenhouse-sue-whoopi-goldberg-other-celebrities-politicians-and-athletes-calling

    Words mean things.  I hope he takes them to cleaners.

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  28. MrAtoz says:

    You're playing with fire saying something like that around here right now.

    Is it like Mr. OFD "Chelsea Clinton's real father is Web Hubbell"?

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  29. MrAtoz says:

    "US Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey achieves initial operational capability"

    All the kinks should be engineered out by now.

    And I have my next http://www.Nextdoor.com discussion topic.

    I'm holding off on Google Fiber until outages aren't being whined about. Then I'll get it for a month to try out. If it is stable, fast, and cheaper than Spectrum/Charter, I'll keep it and drop S/C.

  30. lynn says:

    "US Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey achieves initial operational capability"

    All the kinks should be engineered out by now.

    I have confidence in Navy pilots to find any unknown features.  My uncle has 4,500 carrier landings as Navy A4 and F8 fighter pilot.  He has many stories.

  31. MrAtoz says:

    I have confidence in Navy pilots to find any unknown features.  My uncle has 4,500 carrier landings as Navy A4 and F8 fighter pilot.  He has many stories.

    Naval aircraft have a much more rigorous test cycle since they operate in EMF Hell. Wouldn't want an errant radar burst to cause the Osprey rotors to program to flight mode during a carrier landing.

  32. Greg Norton says:

    I maintain that ERCOT will be dragged into the bankruptcy case, not just as a creditor but also as a participant.

    There are more bankruptcy cases coming. ERCOT is in deep trouble.

    And if you do not generate your own power, you are at the mercy of the wolfs. And many of those wolfs will not hesitate to bankrupt you.

    ERCOT doesn't have any assets beyond the building and servers. The organization is a non-profit wholly owned by the power generators, sellers, and Oncor.

    Only a state bailout can fix the mess, but that won't happen until the Legislature meets in 2023, after Abbott is safely re-elected and able to absorb the political heat for a few years.

  33. Greg Norton says:

    You're playing with fire saying something like that around here right now.

    Is it like Mr. OFD "Chelsea Clinton's real father is Web Hubbell"?

    It is another theory based on surface appearance, but if you go look at pictures of Chelsea's offspring, the boy is visibly a relation of Roger Clinton, who was on TV and in B movies in the 90s.

    Chelsea was part of Hillary's image rehab started in 1980, when the voters kicked the Clintons out of the Arkansas Governor's mansion after their first term partially in disgust at her disregard for them. Whether or not a turkey baster was involved, Dick Morris, architect of the successful return to power in 1982, would have made sure about paternity, himself no stranger to scandals.

  34. lpdbw says:

    US Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey achieves initial operational capability

    USMC has been operational since 2006.

    According to Wikipedia (spit), part of the mushrooming cost of the design phase was the Navy's insistence on folding wings.  Wikipedia, so it may be true.  Or not.

    I spent some time in Yuma watching USMC Harriers and Ospreys in about 2012.  I was a traveling consultant and the civilian airport shares runways with the USMC base.

  35. lynn says:

    ERCOT doesn't have any assets beyond the building and servers. The organization is a non-profit wholly owned by the power generators, sellers, and Oncor.

    Only a state bailout can fix the mess, but that won't happen until the Legislature meets in 2023, after Abbott is safely re-elected and able to absorb the political heat for a few years.

    And that two billion dollars they keep in their bank accounts for float.

  36. EdH says:

    "US Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey achieves initial operational capability"

    I suspect that between the C-22 and the F-35 that maintenance costs will utterly devour the budget. 

  37. paul says:

    My internet speed hasn't been to plan.  The plan was 25mbps down and 5 up.  I would often hit 31/8.  Pretty nice to have a bit of a bonus.

    Then they changed plans and my plan went to 30/10.  I sort of hoped for maybe 35/15.  Just for grins.  But that didn't happen.  Actually, nothing happened beyond not going faster than 25 on a good day.  I've been getting 12 to 26 down and a pretty consistent almost .5 down for a couple of months now.

    He says he can talk to the radio at 300 Mbps and the problem is in my network.

    Ok, that's on his side of the radio.  My side?  I just now thought I should ask him to crank up my speed.  For testing purposes.

    Anyway.  I can play.  I've dealt with plenty of passive aggressive folks over the years.  I guess that's the term for folks that blame you for something you can't control.  I'm pretty slow at cluing in but I usually catch on.  And I can see it from his view, too.  Dealing with folks that have problems "right-clicking" on something is frustrating.

    Anyway.  He's been consistent with "you get plan at the POE output and after that you're on your own" and that's cool.

    I connected a laptop directly to the POE output.  Sitting on a couple of WalMart K-cup boxes.  Took a picture.  Ran his preferred speed test about 27 times.  Saved the webpage and submitted it and the picture of the laptop in a trouble ticket.

    Yeah, speed test ranges from 15 to 27 and upload hovers just below .5.  Just like what I get on this PC with the signal going through my router and a switch and to the house via NanoBeams and into another switch.  The problem is not me.

    I hear back after a couple of days.  He's scheduled an onsite next week.  Gonna personally visit. He didn't say what day, so…. who knows.  Maybe week after next.

    Anyway.  I'm not getting the paid for speeds but the connection is pretty darn solid.  Compared to when I had Rise Broadband I'm pretty impressed.  The Roku never buffers.

  38. lynn says:

    "US Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey achieves initial operational capability"

    I suspect that between the C-22 and the F-35 that maintenance costs will utterly devour the budget. 

    Depends on how many they turn into submarines.

    My uncle landed an A4 on the Enterprise in 1965 ? after he had an unpleasant experience with an AA gun over Hanoi.  The first time he tried to land they waved him off, tankered him, and sent him to Saigon.  He grabbed a crew in Saigon, got all the holes patched, and flew back to the Enterprise a week later.  After he landed, the deck chief got a fork lift and pushed his A4 off the back of the carrier.

  39. paul says:

    Today's forecast was a high of 35F.  Cloudy, maybe some rain of some kind.

    It was 32 when I got up.  I did my business and took the dogs for their walk.  It was 28 when I got back to the house.  Went down to 26 for a few hours..  It's a heat wave now at 30.

    Yeah, I have faucets dripping.  I did enough frozen pipe stuff last year to last a long time.

    We're suppose to get some freezing rain or sleet or whatever.  Not a drop yet.

    The kick in the head here is that it was 81F and sunny yesterday.

  40. Greg Norton says:

    And that two billion dollars they keep in their bank accounts for float.

    That account is probably full of IOUs until the bailout happens. Someone else must be providing the float.

  41. lynn says:

    And that two billion dollars they keep in their bank accounts for float.

    That account is probably full of IOUs until the bailout happens. Someone else must be providing the float.

    Ain't nobody gonna provide that kind of float without the bankruptcy judge's explicit permission. Bankers tiptoe very lightly when a bankruptcy judge is hanging around.  So does Mr. Buffet.

    I suspect that ERCOT has stiffed Vistra (40% of the nonrenewable power in Texas) and a few others.  Vistra has said that they lost money during the freeze which amazes me as they were burning fuel oil, coal, and diesel mostly, all stashed at the plant sites before the freeze.  They did have some natural gas to buy but it was too expensive on the spot market. Vistra kept six million barrels of fuel oil and diesel on site when I worked for their previous incarnation.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/business/commentary/2021/04/26/more-storm-damage-texas-freeze-losses-rise-to-16-billion-for-vistra-turning-profits-into-red-ink/

  42. Alan says:

    Can't even get into the Oakland, CA (OAK) website without a 'virtual' mask:

    Federal Law and Alameda County Health Officer Order require masks be properly worn over your nose and mouth in all areas at OAK with few exceptions noted in Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Directive (SD) 1542-21-01, Sections D – F. Refusing to wear a mask at OAK is a violation of Federal Law and will result in removal from and denial of re-entry to the Airport. Individuals may be subject to penalties for non-compliance under Federal Law. Thank you for doing your part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, and thank you for flying OAK!

    ACKNOWLEDGE >>

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  43. lynn says:

    Today's forecast was a high of 35F.  Cloudy, maybe some rain of some kind.

    It was 32 when I got up.  I did my business and took the dogs for their walk.  It was 28 when I got back to the house.  Went down to 26 for a few hours..  It's a heat wave now at 30.

    Yeah, I have faucets dripping.  I did enough frozen pipe stuff last year to last a long time.

    We're suppose to get some freezing rain or sleet or whatever.  Not a drop yet.

    The kick in the head here is that it was 81F and sunny yesterday.

    We are at 40 F and gonna stay here until the weekend when we get back up in the 50s.  Yesterday we were at 85 F.  An amazing change for being located so close to the world's biggest hot tub, the Gulf Of Mexico.

    https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/tx/richmond?cm_ven=localwx_10day

  44. lpdbw says:

    I looked for a contact page so I could send a private message to Nick, and couldn't find one.

    So here's a rather public thank you to Nick for recommending a specific coin shop.  I didn't get that skin-crawling sensation like my local shop.  And the pricing was better.

    Busy place.   Buying and selling going on.  A side-effect was discovering my debit card has no purchase limits.  I have mixed feelings about that.

    For future reference, the current multiplier is 21x face value on junk silver.  Not the 16x Nick mentioned.

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  45. lynn says:

    Well, I tried to buy a 1.2 acre house lot yesterday but the seller told me to pound sand.  His house lot has been on the market for a year now.  I offered 71% of his asking price which is excessive. The seller told my agent that they want full price or nothing at all.  

    If we bought the house lot then we were going to build a house more conducive to our long term needs of us and the daughter.  Basically a house with an apartment inside it for better spacing and noise control. 

    So, back to the 1,300 ft2 mother-in-law house addition plus a garage behind our garage.  We will have to walk outside to get to her place which concerns me.

    BTW, I am also consider fencing the front of my house up to the street for security purposes. I will put an electric gate on the driveway. It is getting weird out there.

  46. lynn says:

    "The Coming Energy Shock"

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/02/energy-crisis-russia-gas/622884/

    "Beyond the imminent threat of violence, Russia is poised to upend the global energy market."

    "Russia is the world’s No. 3 exporter of oil, and its No. 2 exporter of natural gas. If Western countries respond to Russia’s invasion by imposing sanctions, Russia’s obvious countermove is to retaliate by cutting back fuel sales."

    "The real explanation for Putin’s timing is the slackness of the world energy market in the late 2010s—and its new tightness in the 2020s. From mid-2014 until the onset of the global pandemic in 2020, Russian gas sold for $10 per million metric British thermal units, often for under $5."

    "But the gas market is inescapably cyclical. The low prices of the 2010s discouraged investment in new supply, setting the conditions for higher prices in the 2020s. As the world economy began to recover from the early pandemic, so did the price of gas. The price of Russian gas on spot markets surpassed $10 per million metric BTUs in June 2021, then $15, then $20; it’s now about $30."

    "The higher prices enabled Russia to build massive holdings of dollars, euros, and gold. Those holdings now exceed $630 billion, an impressive stash for a country with a GDP of only $1.5 trillion."

    Hat tip to:

        https://www.drudgereport.com/

    Yup, it is all about money.

  47. Chad says:

    The seller told my agent that they want full price or nothing at all.  

    My father's second career was as a realtor. He said that no matter the housing market there's always a handful of people that have their house listed year after year for some dream price just in case someone actually goes for it. They're not all that interested in selling, but if you actually offer them the absurd amount they want then they'll sell.

  48. Greg Norton says:

    Ain't nobody gonna provide that kind of float without the bankruptcy judge's explicit permission. Bankers tiptoe very lightly when a bankruptcy judge is hanging around.  So does Mr. Buffet.

    Buffett doesn't own Oncor. Berkshire made a big splash when submitting the bid, but The Gecko ultimately lost out to a group from California.

  49. lynn says:

    Ain't nobody gonna provide that kind of float without the bankruptcy judge's explicit permission. Bankers tiptoe very lightly when a bankruptcy judge is hanging around.  So does Mr. Buffet.

    Buffett doesn't own Oncor. Berkshire made a big splash when submitting the bid, but The Gecko ultimately lost out to a group from California.

    Mr. Buffet lost two billion dollars on the 9% notes he owned from TXU when they went bankrupt in 2014.  I am not sure how much of his money he recovered but I suspect less than half. 

        https://www.chooseenergy.com/blog/energy-news/how-did-txu-get-to-the-point-of-almost-certain-bankruptcy/

  50. lynn says:

    The seller told my agent that they want full price or nothing at all.  

    My father's second career was as a realtor. He said that no matter the housing market there's always a handful of people that have their house listed year after year for some dream price just in case someone actually goes for it. They're not all that interested in selling, but if you actually offer them the absurd amount they want then they'll sell.

    Their realtor told my realtor that they are going to build a house on the lot if they do not sell it for full price.  My reaction is just more foolishness.  We have three homes for sale at one million dollars or more in my neighborhood, one for over a year now.  It seems that the upper limit for home sales in my neighborhood is $800,000.  Anything under $800,000 sells in two days or less if it is move in ready.

    https://www.har.com/richmond/realestate/for_sale?subdivisions=bridlewood

  51. Greg Norton says:

    Well, I tried to buy a 1.2 acre house lot yesterday but the seller told me to pound sand.  His house lot has been on the market for a year now.  I offered 71% of his asking price which is excessive. The seller told my agent that they want full price or nothing at all.  

    How much tech employment with H1B visa labor is out there beyond HP Enterprise's temporary headquarters in the old Compaq campus?

  52. lynn says:

    The seller told my agent that they want full price or nothing at all.  

    My father's second career was as a realtor. He said that no matter the housing market there's always a handful of people that have their house listed year after year for some dream price just in case someone actually goes for it. They're not all that interested in selling, but if you actually offer them the absurd amount they want then they'll sell.

    I have a five acre commercial property for sale for the first fool XXXX rich person to come along.  One of these days I am going to advertise it for sale.  Meanwhile, it costs me about $7K per year to maintain it, property taxes and mowing.

    I have considered splitting it into five 1.0 acre lots and then getting serious.  But this is my long term investment and I don't need the money yet.

  53. lynn says:

    How much tech employment with H1B visa labor is out there beyond HP Enterprise's temporary headquarters in the old Compaq campus?

    No idea.  That place is about 20 miles away from me.  It is three million ft2 if I remember correctly.  Looks like they have sold off quote a bit of it.

        https://realtynewsreport.com/former-compaq-office-buildings-sold/

  54. Alan says:

    >> plugsy McSpongeBrain, leader of the Free World:

         Biden sits in silence and picks his teeth after being asked if he underestimated Putin

         I guess he had celery in his lunch. Mush brain is not well. This is the guy poking The Bear. Game over, man, game over.

    From the linked article, commenting if he would be a 'no show' at this rare minerals dog and pony show, Uncle Joe responds:

    'Oh, are you kidding me? We don't have much going on, you know, other than Russia and Ukraine and – anyway,' he said. 'Should we start? I guess I'm starting, huh? I guess I already started,' he said laughing.    

    Right, because the Kamel is taking care of inflation, the supply chain, Covid, immigration, and on and on…the 'small' stuff.

    ADDED: Oh, and +1 for the new avatar (“I know nothing!”)

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  55. Alan says:

    >> BTW, I am also consider fencing the front of my house up to the street for security purposes. I will put an electric gate on the driveway. It is getting weird out there.

    Don't forget to have the fence companies include the razor wire when you get price quotes.

  56. Alan says:

    >> My father's second career was as a realtor. He said that no matter the housing market there's always a handful of people that have their house listed year after year for some dream price just in case someone actually goes for it. They're not all that interested in selling, but if you actually offer them the absurd amount they want then they'll sell.

    Similar when we were in FL and were inundated with speculators looking to buy houses on the cheap to flip. Usually picked up their calls if it was the local area code and always told them the same thing,  "Sure, the house is for sale, it's one million dollars, all cash." Unfortunately there were no takers.

  57. drwilliams says:

    "Don't forget to have the fence companies include the razor wire when you get price quotes."

    Better to buy a few pallets at surplus and make sure you have the equipment for rapid deployment.

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  58. Alan says:

    >> Physical condition, I’ve either been fooling myself, or there’s been a drastic change in the last year or two.  Either way, gotta fix it.

         Can’t stack up health, so stack up health aids.

    Can't stack physicians either (well, excluding @Greg), so avail yourself of their services while you can, before TSHTF. 

  59. Greg Norton says:

    Can't stack physicians either (well, excluding @Greg), so avail yourself of their services while you can, before TSHTF. 

    I have a separate doctor and medical issues beyond what can be handled in a GP's office.

    Two weeks ago, I had a golf ball sized polyp removed from my colon along with seven siblings, all larger than 10 mm. Fortunately, everything was benign, but the big one was about a year away from cancer according to the doctor.

    30 years of trainwreck career caught up with me in a big way over the last 12 months.

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  60. nick flandrey says:

    Can't stack physicians either (well, excluding @Greg), so avail yourself of their services while you can, before TSHTF. 

    And that is  good advice I'm trying to take…

    n

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  61. lynn says:

    Wow, that fancy house with the world's largest residential pool with the Lazy River in El Campo, TX got turned into a huge RV park.
        https://eclostlagoon.com/

  62. MrAtoz says:

    "Don't forget to have the fence companies include the razor wire when you get price quotes."

    Get the good stuff that prisons use. The "blades" are the size of DE razor blades. Not that tiny stuff the military uses.

  63. Alan says:

    >> Get the good stuff that prisons use. The "blades" are the size of DE razor blades. Not that tiny stuff the military uses.

    That's one of the things that's great about this place – most often we have a SME to weigh in on just about any topic 🙂

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  64. RickH says:

    That's one of the things that's great about this place – most often we have a SME to weigh in on just about any topic

    That's one of the things that's great about this place – most often we have a SME  someone to weigh in on just about any topic

    FIFY.

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  65. drwilliams says:

    The NYT article on the CDC withholding KungFlu data has been noted here.

    Two new developments today:

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/02/what-dont-the-bureaucrats-want-you-to-know.php

    …the Times has updated the linked article twice, on Monday and Tuesday. The final version is considerably longer and is more forthcoming on what might possibly be prone to “misinterpretation.”

    this bit has been featured in many reports linking the story:

    Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the C.D.C., said the agency has been slow to release the different streams of data “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.” She said the agency’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable.”

    In other news today is a report that reveals what they have been spending their time on:

    The latest "guns are bad" study is out with CDC data

    Jazz Shaw Feb 23, 2022 4:31 PM ET

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/02/23/the-latest-guns-are-bad-study-is-out-with-cdc-data-n450640

    which is using CDC "data" to supply gun grabbers with data and the imprimatur (such as is is) of the agency.

    The Hotair article details some of the the shortcomings that make this study just another total piece of carp, but the linked CNN report makes it explicit:

    Researchers used the CDC standard formula to calculate years of potential life lost by subtracting the age of death from the standard age of 80, to represent the average US life expectancy of 78.7 years and then added the differences.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/23/us/guns-leading-cause-of-trauma-related-deaths/

    They are saying that they subtracted age of death from 80 to get their result, when the correct number to use is 78.7. Using the correct number does not make subtraction more difficult, but it does inflate the results (note: It might be difficult for Jazz Shaw, who computes the difference as 2.3 when it is clearly 1.3)

    They also use 80 for the large tranche of deaths of young black men. Where Jazz argues that the correct number for black men is 72, I'd argue incidentally that it's more nuanced than that. Incidentally because the actuarial tables would provide an individualized and more correct number for each case based on age at death, and such a computation would be trivial to implement in a machine computation.

    The putridity of the study is not the actual point at hand, rather, the reveal that it's been more important for the CDC to spend time adding legitimacy to such a pile of carp when the more important use of their time in reporting the KungFlu numbers to the taxpayers quickly and honestly. Not content to just screw everyone over with mask lies and cooked vaccine numbers, they've kept up their long-running anti-Second Amendment efforts and doubtless other leftist/prof/commie population control garbage.

  66. drwilliams says:

    A few legislators are making small efforts to kep CCCP members from buying land in the U.S.

    https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/arizona-moves-to-ban-land-purchases-by-chinese-communists/article_0a53ed40-9014-11ec-be4a-4bda0626e6de.html

    Not even a band-aid on the problem.

    Instead, pass blanket legislation that establishes reciprocity in land purchases for foreign nationals and corporate entities: If Americans can't own land in your country, you can't buy land in ours.

    That's too much to expect as a first step, and I'm fully aware of the immediate consequences for our friends south of the border who either want safe investments for their fentanyl profits or want an escape hatch from the fentanyl-supplying gangs that run their country. I'm on board with a big boo-hoo for that, and one-hand-clapping for the usual suspects who think that Mexican invaders in this country have more rights than the citizenry. But save that for later.

    Instead, first step is requiring full disclosure of foreign ownership, in whole of in part, through whatever convoluted efforts have been made at concealment. Make it a hard deadline twelve months after passage, followed by confiscation for unreported ownership.

  67. nick flandrey says:

    Temp is currently 38F.   At dinner it was misty rain and felt like swirling snow.  Couldn't have been but it was close.

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  68. Greg Norton says:

    A few legislators are making small efforts to kep CCCP members from buying land in the U.S.

    Not even a band-aid on the problem.

    In WA State, I lived in a neighborhood full of Mainland Chinese "BOL" houses, to borrow from the terminology around this place.

    Mom, kids, and grandparents live in the US house, keeping a low profile, while dad works back in China, flying in once a quarter or so.

    TSMC also had a plant up the street so lots of households originating from Taiwan as well.

    I'm sure Chinese KGB (or whatever they called it) was around too. The accent when the Bang Bangs speak is always too California perfect.

  69. nick flandrey says:

    Subcontinent is prominent in the southwest part of Houston, near to Sugar Land and Mr Lynn.   Two indian radio stations audible in my area, north of there, one AM one FM, and there is a third FM covering that part of town too.

    So there may be a bunch moving into the new developments around Lynn's development.  With the multigenerational households, they need a big and weirdly laid out home.

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  70. lynn says:

    ERCOT screwed up tonight and is hurting.  The wind has dropped from 25,000 MW to 5,000 MW and of course solar has dropped from 4,000 MW to zero.  The spinning reserve is down to 4,000 MW and the price for electricity is up to $1,400 / MWH.  They have started all the gas turbines …

       https://www.ercot.com/gridmktinfo/dashboards/

    The demand peaked at 8 pm at 62,000 MW and is currently at 55,000 MW. The demand in the morning is going to be HIGH. And a bunch of base load units are off for over haul.

    Welcome to 2022 ! Going to be an interesting year for ERCOT.

    This is why our chief dispatcher at TXU had a cot in his office. Sometimes he did not leave the dispatch building for days.

  71. lynn says:

    So there may be a bunch moving into the new developments around Lynn's development.  With the multigenerational households, they need a big and weirdly laid out home.

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    They really like two houses bolted together, like this:

        https://www.har.com/homedetail/1107-mulberry-farm-ln-richmond-tx-77469/14102323

    It is not unusual for there to be four generations in the house and ten or more cars.  There are several of these monster homes in my neighborhood.  Some are over 12,000 ft2.  They like water lots a LOT.

    We have 34,000 to 39,000 new homes being built south of my house in the next ten years. I may should move to El Campo, TX instead.

    The other thing they like to do is buy several houses in a row on a block. They can block out a neighborhood quickly.

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