Thur. Jun. 9, 2022 – another busy day, where a bunch of stuff won’t get done…

Hot and humid, temps over 100F in the sun, with plenty of sun.   Despite a lot of hazy overcast we hit over 104F in the sun yesterday.    Since hot sun on my arms feels like dipping them in molten metal, I hid indoors.   Yep, I kindly ran away…

And I’ll be doing something similar today, getting the minimum pickups done, then getting ready for swim meet, and then doing said meet.   Sometimes real world meatspace obligations overwhelm anything else.   And I’ve volunteered to run the grill for 3 hours at the meet.   I think I’ll be wearing long sleeves.  Still gonna suck.

But that’s life.  We are still having grilled burgers and swim meets, and get-togethers.  Our little chunk of the big city still has a small town feel when we are just the kid’s school, or just the school neighborhood.   There has been a lot of overlap in the various Venn diagrams involving the kids over the last 6-8 years, and while we aren’t close to anyone, we at least know names and are nodding acquaintances  (my wife far more so than me).   Someone less anti-people would be quite tied in.  It’s an existing network that it wouldn’t be too hard to expand if need be.   For example, the ladies work it constantly.   The mommy mafia makes recommendations, shares experiences, and is the FIRST choice when one of them has a question involving local affairs/-living/-meatspace.

If you aren’t leaving the house, if you aren’t socially connected to your community, you are at a disadvantage.  Child activities make it easy, but if you don’t have kids, find something to do.  Join a club, a church, a charity, or a service organization.  You need to be involved at least a tiny bit.  You need  access to the information flow, the local zeitgeist.   You might need to be a known entity, a liked and valuable entity, if things get worse – “Oh George is cool, he helped me fix that thing, and I see him Wednesdays at the shooting range/at Little League games/at the food bank…”

A ‘community of the mind’ based on shared interests and modern communications is a very nice thing.  “Intentional family” or “family of choice” or whatever they’re calling it these days is a great thing.   But they don’t replace the cashier at the local store you chat with, or the guys in the men’s group, or the old farts drinking coffee at the Golden Corral, or your ham club, or car club, or poker friends, or fishin’ buddies.

It should go without saying that you shouldn’t be “that guy who rants about politics with all the guns” or “the sour old @ssh0le that’s one step from a mass shooting” or “the guy who acts like a Fed” or “the guy who comes in every Wednesday but never says “hi” and never leaves a tip….”  or any number of negative things….  To benefit you, it needs to benefit others.   Give a little to get a little.   A rising tide lifts all boats.   Be a good neighbor.   People notice.  And they notice the opposite too.

Stack up some relationships.  Stack up some stuff.  Stack up some good karma.   You’ll probably need it all, and still be short.

nick

 

 

Added–  if you are like me you might need to be reminded – consistency and longevity are key.   Johnny Come Lately is just that.   You need to get started so that you’ve always been there when things are worse down the road.

Be approachable.   I’m not sure what it is, but people will talk to me.  They come up to me to talk.  I LOOK at them when I say hi.  I don’t just use a rote greeting.  I’m friendly.  I don’t glower. I don’t intrude, but I open the door for them to respond.   I do it a hundred times a week, and it might not work 58 times, but most people want some connection to others even if it’s just a tiny bit more than a superficial exchange.

I say “thanks” and in a way  that it’s not just automatic, if they’ve actually done something.   I offer praise instead of criticism – a stocker at the grocery store asked “are you finding everything” in a very rote way, I paused to consider my answer (which broke the rhythm of the rote exchange) said “pretty much”, again not a stock answer, then told him I thought they were doing a great job of keeping the shelves looking good “given all the challenges they’re having”.   That opened the door and he told me about how their warehouse operations were going, how their staffing was having issues, and made several comments about supply chain issues.  I ended with something like “well thanks, I appreciate you guys working so I can buy food for my family.”

That was a one off conversation, but it could have led to more the next time I saw him, and it gave me some first hand info I wouldn’t have had, while helping to reinforce the social bonds between people in my community.    I want him to feel GOOD about what he does because I want him to continue doing it!

Chatting with people and being open and approachable is NOT my nature.   I very much had to learn it, mostly on the job.   Look for some commonality, even if it’s tiny, that you can use as an opener (one reason why people talk about the weather).    It takes time and is a skill that you can improve.   Mostly, for me, it took realizing that I really didn’t have anything to lose if I tried and failed. It can still sometimes be awkward, and I still sometimes decide not to do it.  I’m better at judging when people are receptive now than I was, but really the cost of trying is so low, that I usually try.   If you sometimes get a glower, or a blank stare?  Move on.

 

n

 

72 Comments and discussion on "Thur. Jun. 9, 2022 – another busy day, where a bunch of stuff won’t get done…"

  1. Ray Thompson says:

    I think I’ll be wearing long sleeves.

    My grandfather taught me early that when working in the sun wear long sleeves and a hat. Seems counterintuitive but he was correct. He worked a road grader all his life. He owned the machine. No cab, just an umbrella that he did not use that often. Spent hours each day in the Southern California sun. Always wore a long sleeve shirt and hat.

    The shirt keeps the sun off the skin. The shirt absorbs sweat which evaporates and helps with the cooling. The hat keeps the sun out of the eyes and off the head. He was bald which I am certain was a factor.

    When I was on the farm I heeded his advice and wore long sleeve, light weight, cotton shirts when possible. I did not wear a hat. The shirt really helped when hauling in the hay, a very manually intensive process involving 70 pounds blocks of compressed grass or alfalfa. Worked on a crew of three and I was generally cooler than the others. It also minimized the exposure to the sun.

    Knowing what I now know I should have worn a hat, at a minimum a baseball style hat. Sunglasses should have also been worn. I think that lack of protection contributed to my recent eye problems. There is also a lot more attention paid to skin cancer and the causes. Protection from the sun if exposed for long periods is mandatory.

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Just remember, every mafia has a racket they’re protecting, and the stay/work-from-home mommy (now with more daddies) mafia is no exception.

    I know: Shhh, dude, the kids have soccer at 2 and there’s day trading to be done.

  3. drwilliams says:

    Jim Seals died a few days ago. 80. 

    Morning cd is The Best of Seals and Crofts. One monster hit with a great hook and a decent follow-up, perfect pitch for 70’s AM radio. Two others got decent air time. The other six of ten pretty obscure. 

    Lyrical complexity? If you wanted that, there was always The Carpenters. 

    But two voices blending perfectly. Bingo. 

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    As an example of overlapping Yoga Pants and WFH Mafia circles on the venn diagrams …

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/viral-tiktok-tammy-hr-threat

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  5. Chad says:

    My grandfather taught me early that when working in the sun wear long sleeves and a hat.

    Yep, just look what the Bedouins traditionally wear.

  6. Pecancorner says:

    The National Center For Home Food Preservation has instructions and recipes for pickled eggs. They still have to be refrigerated, but I like pickled eggs, even when they aren’t predicted to go up to $1 an egg!  It says “Use the eggs within 3 to 4 months for best quality.”  

    Usually, I just drop them into the juice when we use the last of a jar of pickles and let them sit for a week or two, but these recipes are easy and sound delicious. 

    To me the easiest way to peel them is to just use old eggs.  Store bought eggs are usually several weeks old, then I keep them for a couple more weeks. Boil them 15 minutes, allow to sit until they are cool, the peel.   

    There’s probably some gadget one can crack them into, then boil, that would eliminate peeling altogether. 

  7. lpdbw says:

    I got into amateur radio for a variety of reasons, none of which are that I like to spend a lot of time talking with strangers.  I used to build radio kits and accessories, mostly.  Which is ironic, in a way, since the kits were Morse code only, and I still have trouble with code.

    Now that I’m not working, I’m trying harder to get on the air, and I have the opportunity to spend more meatspace time with fellow hams.  Our last informal get-together was quite animated, and the topics were wide ranging, not all radio, not too political.  

    I am mostly introverted, with some need for human interaction which was usually satisfied by working in an office environment.  Of course, 2020 changed all that.  

    This is a good substitute and I may be on the path to making some friends.

  8. Pecancorner says:

     Jim Seals died a few days ago. 80.

    Morning cd is The Best of Seals and Crofts. One monster hit with a great hook and a decent follow-up, perfect pitch for 70’s AM radio. Two others got decent air time. The other six of ten pretty obscure.

    Lyrical complexity? If you wanted that, there was always The Carpenters.

    But two voices blending perfectly. Bingo.

    Both of them were from very near to where I currently live:

    Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were both born in Texas, Seals in Sidney in 1942, and Crofts in Cisco in 1940.

    If I remember correctly,  at least one of them came from a musical family or musical dad that never made the big time but played regional events, bars, etc., around Abilene and west Texas towns.  The wiki article says “they met when Crofts was a drummer for a local band” but somewhere in my head I sure thought they were cousins, maybe distant ones. 

  9. lpdbw says:

    re: long sleeved shirts in the sun

    I was on a long-term contract in Yuma, Arizona in 2012 or 2013, and I stayed over one weekend to play tourist.  Temps were in the 110+ range, and I spent about 6 hours in the sun.  First, I went to the Castle Dome museum/ghost town, then to the territorial prison (Featured in 3:10 to Yuma).  I wore a baseball cap, and a lightweight white cotton hoodie, with the hood up over the cap.  I also drank about 6 bottles of water.

    It was great, I had a very good time, and there were no repercussions. 

    OTOH, I spent an afternoon outside in San Diego a couple years later, and forgot my cap.  The sunburn on my scalp took several days to recover.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    Wow, powerful steroids always seem to knock me out.   Although my sleep afterwards was “spotty” at best.  This morning there is visible improvement and I don’t itch quite as much.   Head still feels a bit funny though.

    90F and only 65%RH although hot air holds more moisture… so there is that.   Better than 90 and 90 though.

    @lpdbw,   I’ve “had my ticket” for years but even though I’m a general class, haven’t ever used it on HF.   Got the radios, mostly listen.    I would like to get win2000 and email set up, and I think some sort of radio based BBS would be a Very Good Thing ™ for the coming unpleasantness.   I’ve written here quite a bit about radio and getting licensed,   especially fond of the idea of getting tech and general in the same session.   General gets you  the HF you need for grid down comms, and the digital modes for poor condition long distance comms.   There has been an enormous expansion of opportunity and activities within the hobby.   I’m sure you’ll find something to keep your interest.

    n

  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    Anyone want to bet that there was some sort of social media filming going on?

    Boy, 17, is found beaten to death in parking lot of LeBron James-founded high school in Ohio after ‘altercation that started when he shot water gun at group of men playing basketball’

    anyone want to make a guess what the ‘group of men’ looks like?

    n

  12. SteveF says:

    Wow, powerful steroids always seem to knock me out.   Although my sleep afterwards was “spotty” at best.

    We don’t care about your sleep, Nick. What kind of gains did you get from the roids? That’s what we all want to know.

  13. Rick H says:

    There’s probably some gadget one can crack them into, then boil, that would eliminate peeling altogether. 

    Don’t they call that ‘poached eggs’?

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  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    @stevef, my brow ridge is prominent enough to hold my sunglasses up out of the way, does that count?    PUMPED!

    @rick, poached eggs are cooked in water (or steam) outside the shell.

      n 

    added – and my right buttock is slightly swollen, so that’s a gain! PUMPED!

  15. Rick H says:

    There’s probably some gadget one can crack them into, then boil, that would eliminate peeling altogether. 

    @rick, poached eggs are cooked in water (or steam) outside the shell.

    So the ‘gadget’ has already been invented. The gadget boils the water, cracks an egg into the boiling water, waits a bit, then the egg is removed  after the appropriate delay. The egg is now cooked and peeled.

    The ‘gadget’ would be the person that desires the egg, or is the one that prepares the egg for another person.

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    But then you lose the egg shape of a hard boiled egg, and while it’s not exactly finger friendly, it does have a compactness that appeals to the eater….

    n

  17. Rick H says:

    This is good information on how to poach an egg. https://downshiftology.com/recipes/poached-eggs/

    Poached eggs usually have a firm ‘white’, with a runny yolk. I suspect that you could cook it a bit longer and get a more ‘hard’ yolk. There are some tricks in the above article on how to improve the quality of a poached egg.

    I still maintain that the ‘gadget’ is already available. 

  18. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    So, one eyebrow or two?

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  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    Two-thirds of corporate finance chiefs say recession will hit the US within the next 12 months and NONE believe the economy can avoid a downturn

    • New survey of CFOs finds most believe a recession will hit by mid-2023
    • None predicted the US economy would be able to escape a downturn
    • Warning signs are flashing after US GDP unexpectedly shrank last quarter
    • World Bank recently slashed growth forecast and warned of stagflation
    • JPMorgan CEO Jaime Dimon says ‘brace yourself’ for economic ‘hurricane’  

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10901311/Two-thirds-CFOs-say-recession-hit-12-months.html

    The CNBC CFO Council survey released on Thursday found that 68 percent of CFOs responding to the survey projected that a recession will occur during the first half of 2023. 

    No CFO predicted a recession any later than the second half of next year, and no CFO surveyed thinks the economy will avoid a recession. 

    Earlier this week, the World Bank slashed its global growth forecast by nearly a third for 2022, warning that the risk of 1970s-style ‘stagflation’ is increasing and saying many countries now face recession.

    ‘The danger of stagflation is considerable today,’ World Bank President David Malpass wrote in the foreword to Tuesday’s report, which cut global growth projections to 2.9 percent for 2022.

    For your consideration.

    n

  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    So, one eyebrow or two?   

    – thank you King Gillette…  and that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

    n

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  21. Chad says:

    What an ignorant racist sh!tbag…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/joy-behar-faces-ridicule-saying-once-black-people-get-guns-country-gun-laws-will-change

    Here’s something in a similar vein (and I’m usually a fan of College Humor):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fpk6P4kOqE

  22. lynn says:

    “US House approves $31 billion ‘Ike Dike’ project to protect TX coast from hurricanes”

        https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/texas-ike-dike-hurricanes-house-vote-17230470.php

    “The largest civil engineering project in U.S. history would permanently alter the Texas coast.”

    “The biggest chunk of the project is known as the “Ike Dike,” named after the destructive hurricane that rocked Galveston Island in 2008, a massive concrete gate system that would span a nearly 2 mile gap from Galveston Island to Bolivar Peninsula. The gate project alone would account for at least $16 billion and require 18 years to build, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates. The bill still needs Senate approval.”

    Just say no.  This will be a huge boondoggle.  

    For a dike to work, it would need to stretch from Brownsville, TX to Mobile, Alabama.  And then you would have to worry about flooding behind the dike.

  23. drwilliams says:

    If you look at the history of gun laws in the U.S., they were often passed and enforced against minorities. See “Saturday Night Special”.

  24. lynn says:

    “US advances probe into why Teslas keep crashing into emergency vehicles”

         https://www.chron.com/business/technology/article/tesla-probe-crash-emergency-vehicle-17230758.php

    “The agency has reports of 16 crashes into emergency vehicles and trucks with warning signs”

    It is because the drivers are watching a movie on the center console screen.

  25. Chad says:

    For a dike to work, it would need to stretch from Brownsville, TX to Mobile, Alabama.  And then you would have to worry about flooding behind the dike.

    I thought all a they needed to work was a consenting female. #BaDumTss

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  26. Greg Norton says:

    Just say no.  This will be a huge boondoggle.  

    Sheila Jackson Lee?

    My wife’s associate in Vantucky did residency at Methodist San Jacinto and lived in an apartment down there in the late 2000s. The idiot Prog husband was still kvetching about Ike response at the office party for Christmas 2013. 

    Nothing will come of it. Congress will go into recess for Juneteenth soon and that will be it for the year.

  27. Nick Flandrey says:

    College Humor  

    I made it ⅔ of the way thru, until they got to the part mis-characterizing “stand your ground” which is in itself a mis-characterization…

    I’m guessing they don’t propose REMOVING the racist gun laws?

    n

  28. lynn says:

    “Microsoft Trying to Kill HDD Boot Drives By 2023: Report” By Paul Alcorn

         https://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsofts-reportedly-trying-to-kill-hdd-boot-drives-for-windows-11-pcs-by-2023

    “The push for SSD-everything intensifies”

    Makes sense.

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  29. Nick Flandrey says:

    If you look at the history of gun laws in the U.S., they were often passed and enforced against minorities. See “Saturday Night Special”.

    – yes, and in NYFC often because of MOVIES or other popular media.

    That just makes the whole thing with toxic-talk-maven even more ironic.    She thinks that we won’t get effective and real gun control until blacks get guns (*spit take*) because THEN frightened fragile whitey will panic… and do something about it.

    She doesn’t know the history of gun control in the US.  Probably doesn’t think there is ANY gun control, completely not noticing the over 50K existing un-Constitutional laws, and I’m  sure thinks of the Democrat party as the champion of the blacks and freedom when it is in fact the opposite.

    Gun control isn’t about GUNS, it’s about CONTROL.

    n

  30. lynn says:

    “Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near”

        https://www.theregister.com/2022/06/08/google_blocking_privacy_manifest/

    “Overhaul of Chrome add-ons set for January, Google says it’s for all our own good”

    Uh oh.  I wonder what Firefox is doing in this direction?

  31. Paul Hampson says:

    There’s probably some gadget one can crack them into, then boil, that would eliminate peeling altogether.

    I’m sure there are several.  The one my wife got sucked into buying is called an Egg Pod.  I read the instructions and it looked like more work than just doing it the way most of us always have – it’s never been out of the box.  I find that true of a lot of kitchen gadgets that you can do the task as well, often better and faster,  with a decent knife; with far simpler cleanup. 
     

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  32. dkreck says:

    My wife bought one of those microwave egg cooker. Cook in mw and then shake like hell to peal. Never peeled like the ads. One day there was a very load pop as the unit blew apart. No damage to the mw but I’m not sure how. Went to the trash. I don’t see the ads any longer.

  33. Pecancorner says:

    There’s probably some gadget one can crack them into, then boil, that would eliminate peeling altogether. 

    —-

    Don’t they call that ‘poached eggs’?

    LOL Yes. And for those, I no longer use a gadget. I crack the egg into a strainer (well, maybe that counts as a gadget) and let the loose liquid drain out into a bowl to go into the trash ( NOT down the sink… I did that one time, and when the hot water went down, it stopped up our sink).   Once it stops dripping,  I turn it into  a saucepan of boiling water, and cook it for 2 or 3 minutes then scoop it out with a slotted spoon and put it into a pan of tap water to stop it cooking and hold it until they are all done. 

    If one wanted to use poached eggs to pickle, you’d need to cook them a lot longer until the yolk was completely cooked or they wouldn’t keep very long, even with the vinegar. 

    But I was thinking about one of those As Seen On TV things that @Paul Hampson and @dkreck are describing:

    it looked like more work than just doing it the way most of us always have – it’s never been out of the box.  I find that true of a lot of kitchen gadgets that you can do the task as well, often better and faster,  with a decent knife; with far simpler cleanup. 

    —–

    My wife bought one of those microwave egg cooker. Cook in mw and then shake like hell to peal. Never peeled like the ads. One day there was a very load pop as the unit blew apart. No damage to the mw but I’m not sure how. Went to the trash.

    Bummer than none of them work well yet. But peeling is not very difficult, for me anyway.

    And if you want to pickle quail eggs, you just hardboil them, leave the shells on, and drop them into seasoned vinegar. The vinegar eventually dissolves the shells …… voila! Little pickled egg bites!

  34. Rick H says:

    Usually, an “As Seen on TV” thing also is a “Never Works Like on TV” thing.

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  35. lynn says:

    My truck just showed 104 F while I was driving around doing my errands.  But it is a dry heat …

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  36. lynn says:

    “’Whoa I Don’t Even Have a Uterus’: Amy Schumer Responds to Tampon Shortage Accusations”

        https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/429208

    “Are the comedian’s popular commercials partially to blame?”

    So now there is a tampon shortage ?

    I am sorry to hear that she had to have a hysterectomy due to her endometriosis. My daughter is considering a hysterectomy due to her inability to make very much blood anymore (she now has Lyme Anemia).  She just had two more iron infusions.

  37. lynn says:

    “As Houston’s heat wave intensifies, let’s discuss the tropics silly season”

        https://spacecityweather.com/as-houstons-heat-wave-intensifies-lets-discuss-the-tropics-silly-season/

    The 15 day weather model is showing a hurricane in Houston.  I sure am hoping those long term weather models suck like the climate models.

  38. Pecancorner says:

    I learned something today. We have a genuine land line: the phone calls come through copper wires into our house.  Several times, people have complained they can’t get through on that number, even though it is working fine. They say it rings about half a ring then disconnects. It’s nearly always  businesses or our doctor who have this trouble. 

    People who call us from their own land lines, or from their cell phones, never have this trouble. 

    Been going on for months. Now I know: if the person or business has one of those modem-based phone systems … I guess they are voip but don’t know what they call them  …. it will not connect with a land line telephone.   

    I wonder if there is some setting I can tell them to turn on or off to make their phones work “as advertised”. 

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  39. Geoff Powell says:

    @lynn:

    Uh oh.  I wonder what Firefox is doing in this direction?

    They’re tamely following the Chocolate Factory’s lead, and supporting Manifest V3.

    I hope that this change is implemented in the Chrome skin, not Chromium, or else that Brave rips it out. 

    That said, although I use Brave, I still have uBlock Origin installed.

    G.

  40. lynn says:

    They’re tamely following the Chocolate Factory’s lead, and supporting Manifest V3.

    Chocolate Factory ???

  41. Greg Norton says:

    The 15 day weather model is showing a hurricane in Houston.  I sure am hoping those long term weather models suck like the climate models.

    A hurricane track more than 48 hours out is a qualified guess.

    15 days? Wishful thinking on the part of global warming nutters … and at Clear Channel HQ.

    Lake Travis could use the rain. The level was scary low when we met my wife’s nephew out there for dinner two weeks ago.

  42. Pecancorner says:

    A hurricane track more than 48 hours out is a qualified guess.

    15 days? Wishful thinking on the part of global warming nutters … and at Clear Channel HQ.

    Agreed.  Only by about 24 hours out can they reliably predict which ~100 mile stretch it is likely to hit, and then they are able to narrow “the cone” over the next 18 hours  as it gets closer.   In the meantime, what we found was that they just recommend evacuation for the entire Texas coast for good measure.  :-\  

  43. Greg Norton says:

    Been going on for months. Now I know: if the person or business has one of those modem-based phone systems … I guess they are voip but don’t know what they call them  …. it will not connect with a land line telephone.   

    I wonder if there is some setting I can tell them to turn on or off to make their phones work “as advertised”. 

    Is fiber available in your area? You may have a copper line to the house, but all of the calls going into the switch are over IP, the only difference being where the conversion to analog takes place.

    You may want to talk to AT&T about what is happening. I had a series of bad cards placed on my line at the switch last year, and my incoming service was spotty for months.

    I’m one of two customers at the switch who still have copper lines to the house. Everyone else is fiber or using the cable company for phone service.

    I was on a special do-not-call list maintained internally for the sales department because I’m an extra grumpy ex-employee, but I don’t believe that is the case anymore.

    Fiber is a separately regulated carrier with lower acceptable uptimes and contractor labor. That was the price Texas paid for the service.

    All bets are off if the phone company broadband Internet service is Uverse DSL where you live.

  44. lynn says:

    Lake Travis could use the rain. The level was scary low when we met my wife’s nephew out there for dinner two weeks ago.

    My back pond at the office has lost three feet of water.  The overflow is at six feet at one acre size.  So there is only three foot of water in the center of the pond.   The whistling ducks and their six ducklings (three are gone already) are huddled in the caked mud beside the shore.

    In the May of 2019 flood, the back pond had eight feet of water in it and covered over five acres.

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  45. Pecancorner says:

    Is fiber available in your area? You may have a copper line to the house, but all of the calls going into the switch are over IP, the only difference being where the conversion to analog takes place.

    You may want to talk to AT&T about what is happening. I had a series of bad cards placed on my line at the switch last year, and my incoming service was spotty for months.

    I’m one of two customers at the switch who still have copper lines to the house. Everyone else is fiber or using the cable company for phone service.

    No, I don’t think they have brought fiber out here yet, unless they took it only as far as the school.  We are very rural.  The lines on the poles are still copper – they have never replaced them.     There is also no cable out here.    Everything still works out of the little building down there by the Baptist church, and when there’s a problem, the service guy goes there first  😉

    However, there is nothing wrong with our service. Our service works great.  I’m not a fan of Frontier, but when it comes to our land line telephones, they have done a superior job of keeping them always-on.  Clear and reliable.  This problem is originating from the modem-based phone systems that companies keep trying to convert people and businesses to – those are the only people who have trouble trying to call us.   

    I have yet to meet anyone who likes their new modem-based system (what does the phone company call it?  It requires a modem (and electricity) to operate, but I don’t think the companies are calling it voip, even if that is what it is.   

  46. Geoff Powell says:

    @lynn:

    Chocolate Factory ???

    Register-ism for Google. Similarly, they say Chipzilla for Intel, Clonezilla for AMD, Switchzilla for Cisco, and Micros~1 ( or, increasingly, Borkzilla) for Microsoft.

    G.

  47. Pecancorner says:

     Lake Travis could use the rain. The level was scary low when we met my wife’s nephew out there for dinner two weeks ago.

    Oh it is awful, isn’t it? I haven’t been there but have been commiserating with folks there.  It always looks so sad in a prolonged drought. 

     Like I said a while back. I hate to wish a hurricane on anybody, but we sure do need one of those that just blows past the coast and brings all its rain inland to the whole center of Texas. 

  48. Greg Norton says:

    However, there is nothing wrong with our service. Our service works great.  I’m not a fan of Frontier, but when it comes to our land line telephones, they have done a superior job of keeping them always-on.  Clear and reliable.  This problem is originating from the modem-based phone systems that companies keep trying to convert people and businesses to – those are the only people who have trouble trying to call us.   

    Frontier? So you are not AT&T?

    Legacy GTE or another company before Frontier?

  49. Ray Thompson says:

    I have yet to meet anyone who likes their new modem-based system (what does the phone company call it?  It requires a modem (and electricity) to operate, but I don’t think the companies are calling it voip, even if that is what it is.

    The church I attend, where I was once responsible for anything with electrons, converted their phones to VOIP. All that is required is an internet connection, which generally requires a modem. A modem from AT&T was not required. AT&T was really anxious to eliminate the copper into the building and offered a good deal on the phones. The church needed to convert anyway as the PBX was old, no one was able to maintain, and most importantly the church wanted features the PBX could not offer but VOIP could offer.

    The installation was easy. A cable from port on the wall to the phone, then extend to the computer. The connection was pass through on the phone so no extra cables or wiring. Aside from setting up the features it worked rather well.

    If electricity goes out the modem, router and switch are on a UPS. Won’t last more than about 30 minutes though.

  50. Pecancorner says:

    Frontier? So you are not AT&T?

    Legacy GTE or another company before Frontier?

    Yes. It was Verizon when we moved here, but originally (and not so long ago – the guy who inherited and sold the co-op is about my age) it was a local co-op that then passed through a few corporate hands…. 

  51. EdH says:

    Re: Egg Cookers.

    I use an automated egg cooker all the time, the ”Dash Rapid Egg Cooker”:

    https://www.amazon.com/Dash-Rapid-Egg-Cooker-Scrambled/dp/B00DDXWFY0?tag=ttgnet-20

    Honestly, it works like a charm. Hard boiled, poached, omelette. The equivalent of a rice cooker, but for eggs: add about 100ml of water and press a button. 

    It cooks quickly, turns itself off, and chimes. Tiny and easy to clean.

  52. Pecancorner says:

    Dash makes some dandy little products.  We have one of their little waffle makers.

  53. Nick Flandrey says:

    Even used egg cookers sell well on eBay.

    A bit stuffy at the pool tonight.  Breeze has been intermittent, but might be starting back up.  Half an hour until my mandatory volunteer time.  Joy.

    At least the drugs kicked in again and the itchiness is way down.

    Small mercies.

    We’re swimming against our old team tonite so lots of catching up with the other parents.  That is nice and fits with the networking theme of today’s post.

    N

  54. drwilliams says:

    “A disarmed populace that is taught that it has no rights other than what the government decrees as positive law is obviously more susceptible to totalitarian rule and is less able to resist oppression.” On the other hand, “an armed populace with a political culture of allowed constitutional and natural rights that they are motivated to fight for is less likely to fall under the sway of a tyranny.” Jump ahead to 2022 and the lessons should be obvious.

    Five years ago, few envisioned that the White House would be occupied by the addled puppet of the hate-America left. In the style of the composite character David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, Biden ignores Islamic terrorism and targets his domestic opposition. Anyone less than worshipful of the Biden Junta is proclaimed a “domestic terrorist” or “violent extremist,” code for Trump voters and anyone who dares question the 2020 election.

    Conservative Christians, Jews, and patriotic Americans are disfavored groups and relentlessly demonized. It disturbs the Biden Junta that these Americans have Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

    The Biden Junta exploits mass shootings by criminals to call for a ban on “assault weapons,” a reference to the AR-15. Fully automatic weapons are already banned, but as Halbrook explains, the semiautomatic AR-15 enjoys “common use” protections  under the Second Amendment. Such firearms are “typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes” and “chosen by American society,” not the government.

    Joe Biden is now spouting nonsense about 9mm bullets, which hints at a ban on handguns. If embattled Americans thought that the Democrats’ endgame is to disarm the people it would be hard to blame them. A disarmed public would be more vulnerable to the sway of a tyranny and attacks such as Oradour-sur-Glane.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/06/active-shooters-france-kill-648-men-women-and-lloyd-billingsley/

    The article draws extensively on the scholarship of Stephen P. Halbrook:

    STEPHEN P. HALBROOK is a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute who has argued and won three constitutional law cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Halbrook is the author of eight books including The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms; Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right To Bear Arms; That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right; A Right to Bear Arms: State and Federal Bills of Rights and Constitutional Guarantees; Target Switzerland (also in German, French, Italian, and Polish editions); and The Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Florida State University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

    https://www.independent.org/guncontrol/

    ADDED:

    Stephen P. Halbrook’s The Founders’ Second Amendment is the first book-length account of the origins of the Second Amendment, based on the Founders’ own statements as found in newspapers, correspondence, debates, and resolutions. Mr. Halbrook investigates the period from 1768 to 1826, from the last years of British rule and the American Revolution through to the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the passing of the Founders’ generation. His book offers the most comprehensive analysis of the arguments behind the drafting and adoption of the Second Amendment, and the intentions of the men who created it.

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  55. lynn says:

    “Waiting for keys, unable to break down doors: Uvalde schools police chief defends delay in confronting gunman”

        https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/09/uvalde-chief-pete-arredondo-interview/

    “Only a locked classroom door stood between Pete Arredondo and a chance to bring down the gunman. It was sturdily built with a steel jamb, impossible to kick in.”

    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

  56. SteveF says:

    Were the windows unbreakable?

    There’s always an excuse for cowardice, stupidity, or laziness.

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  57. Mark W says:

    Were the walls sheetrock? Kick or cut through. Get a ladder and see if it’s possible to go over the ceiling. Locksmith. Pry bar. Circular saw to cut through the door. There are lots of ways to get in a room in under 77 minutes.

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  58. drwilliams says:

    @Nano

    I got your lunch invitation, but I’m busy next week.

    Week after good for you?

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  59. Greg Norton says:

    Greg, how many times do you visit or post to this blog during business hours?

    Separate question, is the answer something that [company name redacted by admin ] HR division might want to know?

    “Business hours” for me start at 7 AM and run until ~ 8-9 PM on weekdays, often later. I’m running a compile now, and I spent Memorial Day morning on a code issue.

    I’m frequently here during “business hours” for my line of work. I’m not in a name tag job.

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  60. Alan says:

    >> Just remember, every mafia has a racket they’re protecting, and the stay/work-from-home mommy (now with more daddies) mafia is no exception.

    I know: Shhh, dude, the kids have soccer at 2 and there’s day trading to be done.

    The day trading daddies not doing as well now with these down markets.

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  61. Nick Flandrey says:

    The casino always wins.

    n

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  62. Alan says:

    >> To me the easiest way to peel them is to just use old eggs. 

    Me, I get the already peeled hard-boiled eggs from Costco.

  63. Greg Norton says:

    The day trading daddies not doing as well now with these down markets.

    Daddies and mommies. I know several.

    I don’t know anyone working a second job simultaneously … yet … but I have friends who think nothing of conducting Zoom interviews without charging vacation or personal time.

  64. Alan says:

    >> “The biggest chunk of the project is known as the “Ike Dike,” named after the destructive hurricane that rocked Galveston Island in 2008, a massive concrete gate system that would span a nearly 2 mile gap from Galveston Island to Bolivar Peninsula. The gate project alone would account for at least $16 billion and require 18 years to build, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates. The bill still needs Senate approval.”

    All that’s missing is to get Mother Nature to not send any hurricanes in that direction for 18 years…but then again, not likely to pass the Senate.

  65. Alan says:

    >> Were the walls sheetrock? Kick or cut through. Get a ladder and see if it’s possible to go over the ceiling. Locksmith. Pry bar. Circular saw to cut through the door. There are lots of ways to get in a room in under 77 minutes.

    The Uvalde PD  has a nine member SWAT team. One wonders if they have any breach equipment. But still not 100% clear if/when they were on scene.

  66. nick flandrey says:

    Fine sweaty evening for swimming.  Not so fine for working the grill.  Still, had some fun chatting with a couple of guys I didn’t know before tonight.

    Then came home and crashed for a bit in the chair. 

    Time for some meds and bed, itchy is back.   Gahhh, hate itchy.

    n

  67. MrAtoz says:

    OK8, groomer8.

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