Mon. Sept. 19, 2022 – yeeha! let’s get to work!

Hot again.  It was so nice to have the cooler weather.  But we get a little more of summer’s heat before Fall, I guess.   And no shortage of humidity.

It was pretty hot even at the lake.   Thermometer said 102F in the shade.   The sun was intense.

I decided to break up some more concrete, and clean up some more of the already broken chunks.   Spent a few hours moving rubble and filling holes behind my bulkhead.   Cut the grass that I had been leaving long to reveal the holes, since the foundation guy will be coming out later, and I figured he’d have a better idea of what was involved in stabilizing the bulkhead if he could see it.

Cutting the grass was interesting.   My electric string trimmer wasn’t making much progress, so I got out a manual tool.  Not really a sling blade, but made for swinging at long grass and plants to cut them off at the ground.  It worked ok, but there wasn’t any really good way to hold the handle of the thing to swing it.  And it was a lot of work.   I did about 20ft and was done.   I’ll bring up my gas powered trimmer for the rest of the tall grass.  Labor saving devices rock.   I’ll miss them when the fuel runs out and the machines don’t run anymore 😉

Did some other small electrical tasks.  Changed a light fixture in the kitchen (no box of course, no wire nuts, and the lamps were too hot and scorched the electrical tape until it was crunchy… scorched the wood of the soffit above the light too.  The new LED fixture doesn’t get hot, and I’ll install a box when we redo the kitchen.  Wire nuts are going to have to do for now.   Finished the circuit for the outlet in the master bath.   Pulled the romex with inches to spare, but needed to connect the outlets.  I have a quad above the vanity, and a duplex under the vanity.  That way someone can plug in a hairdryer underneath and store it in a drawer or the middle cabinet and the cord won’t get in the way, or need to be constantly plugged and unplugged.  And it still leaves 4 outlets above the vanity for phone chargers or curling irons, or whatever…. seems like there are never enough outlets in the bathroom.

I’m surprised the previous owner never had a house fire.   I’ve found so much overheated and scorched stuff, including circuit breakers, walls, and the chimney cap, that it’s clear he overloaded stuff and ran things way too hot.   I guess it shows how much tolerance is built into stuff.

My neighbor has started moving some of my leftover dirt to low spots in his yard.   He asked what I was going to do with the huge pile, and so I gave him half…   He had previously offered the use of his tractor, and he let me run an extension cord for the freezers when the electrical work was happening.   Besides being just good neighbors, I figure it’s time to start weaving ourselves into the community up there.   Webs of favors done and owed seem like  a good way to get started.   Because we’ve been so busy, we’ve declined some social offers.   I now think that was a bad choice, and now we need to work harder at joining in.    That’s one of the reasons I am willing to stop work and talk for however long someone wants to talk when they stop by.

Meatspace baby! and Local, Local, Local….  when every person I talk to has been in his house for 40 years, or has been coming to the lake and surrounding area that long, and has generations buried in local cemeteries, we’ll always be the ‘new family in George’s house’, but we can at least work at it.

Today I’ll be doing some more pickups, starting bright and early with the lot I forgot on Saturday.   Should have me out and about most of the day, especially if I get a chance to do some organizing in my storage unit.

Spend some time working on your network.  Stack up a few good relationships.

nick

71 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Sept. 19, 2022 – yeeha! let’s get to work!"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    74F and saturated at o’dark thirty…

    Hands are stiff again although not as bad as last time.   I hesitate to say I’m getting used to the sledgehammering, but I must be.

    n

  2. drwilliams says:

    Farewell to Queen Elizabeth II

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  3. Ray Thompson says:

    I paused the DVR of the Queen’s funeral for about 30 minutes. The whole process was more interesting when I used double speed fast forward.

  4. Greg Norton says:

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this, but I will give the program a chance. 

    “Quantum Leap” is not a reboot so the “NCIS” storytelling universe will span two networks and three hours tonight.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3I0SpwjVK8

    If you pay attention, the first season of “NCIS” drops hints that Project Quantum Leap is part of the world of Gibbs and the gang.

  5. Roger Ritter says:

    I rented a house in a small town in Massachusetts back in 1985 for a couple of years. Our landlady told us that if we were to buy something in the area and move in permanently, we would always be the new people. So would our children (which we didn’t have). Our grandchildren might be accepted as locals. Whenever we were in town arranging for a delivery, we’d give the address and get puzzled looks sometimes. We’d then just say, “It’s the old Plimpton place”, and immediately get comprehension. It was still owned by the Plimptons, but it had been a few decades since any of them had lived there.

    As to houses, our previous house in Texas was built by the guy we bought it from. He had gotten a lot of the bits and pieces by scrounging and picking up surplus from other projects. It was a nice house, a bit quirky, but we liked it. After a couple of years there, we had a chimney sweep come to clean out the fireplace chimney. She found that the chimney pipe had melted through. When we got somebody to repair it, it turned out that the builder had used aluminum chimney piping intended for something like a water heater, rather than the steel chimney pipe that we used to replace it. It’s good that we don’t need a fireplace all that much in Texas. In New England, we’d have probably had a chimney fire in our first winter.

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  6. EdH says:

    @KC Mitchell: I also  have an Edmund AstroScan telescope, and I’m very unimpressed.

    I don’t doubt you, though I have a friend who used one of those as a child and loved it. 

    Never had one myself, reviews seem mixed on Cloudy Nights about it, and the Exploraball and clones.

    Optically the modern chinese Celestron and Meade low end refractor stuff, 70mm – 90mm, Astromaster and the like, is actually pretty darn good.  They give you one decent eyepiece (a 25mm house brand plossl usually) and some cheap Huygens/Kellner junk, but decent used plossl’s are around $20-$40.

    Mechanically the focusers are rough and the EQ heads and mounts/tripods are  garbage, and the grease used is more like glue.

    These are everywhere on craigslist with people asking anywhere from retail to giving them  away.

    Nick could put in a sturdy pier and clean/tune even a cheap head in an evening.

    But again, a local club is an asset.  They often have scopes from 3” to 12” than you can borrow for free as a member, and they will train you on them if need be.

  7. Brad says:

    Erf, glarf. Sick for the first time in 3 years. Just a cold, but I haven’t missed having colds.

    I feel sorry for meeeee

    On a serious note, I need to be alive by Thursday. It would really suck to have to cancel the first lectures of the semester. 

  8. EdH says:

    When we got somebody to repair it, it turned out that the builder had used aluminum chimney piping intended for something like a water heater, rather than the steel chimney pipe that we used to replace it.

    Yikes. Always a temptation to cut corners, still …

    I would personally like to install a on-demand water heater for this house, my existing water heater is over 20 years old and propane is getting more dear by the day. 

    Unfortunately I would have to replace the flu with stainless steel instead of the galvanized that’s there currently, which roughly doubles the cost if I have it done, (which I would because I’m in my mid-60s and I don’t like crawling around in attics anymore).

  9. EdH says:

    Sitting here watching sparrows in the bird bath out back.

    I was expecting “Cleopatra in her bath”, but it is more like drunken frat boys in a hot tub.

    Oh well, it’s amusing to watch.

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  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    @EdH, look into one that goes on the outside of the house, no flue needed….that’s what I put in.  Pex is cheaper than re-lining.

    n

    edited to fix posting from phone

  11. Ed says:

    Ah, “the land of the free”

    https://star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article265928391.html

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  12. Brad says:

    Ouch, I have to agree with Ed: banning books is dumb. While one can debate what should be assigned in class, basically everything should be in the library.

    Anyway, it’s a useless gesture, because literally everything is available for download. 

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  13. Rick H says:

    Several interesting things going on today – new broadcast fall season (I’m an NCIS and Quantum Leap fan – the QL trailer looked good), the Queens’ funeral.   … and …

    It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

    Go ahead. Start blabberin’ among yer mates ‘ere. 

    http://talklikeapirate.com/wordpress/ .

  14. mediumwave says:

    It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

    Arr, me hearties!

  15. mediumwave says:

    Ouch, I have to agree with Ed: banning books is dumb. While one can debate what should be assigned in class, basically everything should be in the library.

    https://star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article265928391.html

    The “most-banned” books, according to the report, are, “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe (banned in 41 districts), followed by “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by George M. Johnson (banned in 29 districts) and “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Perez (banned in 24 districts). 

    In the library, yes; assigned reading for grammar school students, no.

    The most-banned authors include Nobel laureate Toni Morrison and winners of the Booker Prize, the Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Medal, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

    IIRC, our late host had nothing good to say about la Morrison.

    And Ed contributed an actual conversation-starter! Keep up the good work, Ed!

  16. CowboyStu says:

    Ah, “the land of the free”

    https://star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article265928391.html

    What kind of lie is that?  That link is not “free”, it requires a subscription.

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  17. Ed says:

    That link is not “free”, it requires a subscription.

    The Texas Tribune also picked it up, so feel free to look there. I chose not to use that link because Greg would have derailed what is turning out to be a reasonable discussion about substance by simply attacking the source. I decided not to encourage his trolling. 

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  18. Greg Norton says:

    The Texas Tribune also picked it up, so feel free to look there. I chose not to use that link because Greg would have derailed what is turning out to be a reasonable discussion about substance by simply attacking the source. I decided not to encourage his trolling. 

    The Texas Tribune is not a real newspaper. The paper of record in Austin is the Austin-American Statesman. The corporate parent is Gannett, News McNuggets Inc., but the Statesman still has a few real journalists on the payroll.

    (A friend worked for Gannett back in the day. I learned the “McNuggets” name from her.)

    Yes, I would have ridiculed the selection of the Tribune. Only Robert Francis uses Tribune quotes in his attack ads since he’s the poster child for the word “thirsty” as the kids use it these days.

    A commonly held misconception outside of Texas is that the Tribune is “for real” journalism and Austin’s regular paper.

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  19. Ed says:

    Ah, the derailing did, in fact, occur. The discussion about the actual substance was fun while it lasted, guys.

    The Texas Tribune is not a real newspaper

    Ah, someone learned a new logical fallacy! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

    I’m weary of Greg’s trolling and don’t think it should be encouraged, so I don’t plan to respond to the fallacies other than, perhaps, pointing out fallacious arguments where I see them. 
     

    ANYWAY, the full list of the books is linked in the article as a Google doc. As usual, To Kill A Mockingbird makes an appearance. Not sure what the deal is with Stephen King’s “Elevation”.

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  20. drwilliams says:

    Ed’s “conversation starter” is just more PLT b.s. No allowing some books in schools is not “banning books”. There is not a single title proscribed to adults, or as pointed out previously, not easily accessible outside the schools.
    The issue is a disagreement over age-appropriate limits on access to books in school. It is well within parents rights and prerogatives to demand some restrictions on what their children are exposed to at schools.

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  21. Ray Thompson says:

    I decided not to encourage his trolling.

    Reminds of something about a pot calling a kettle black.

    As for me I get all my real news on Facebook.  CNN has proven to be unreliable so I had to find another source. Now where is that sarcasm tag?

    The web has created a wonderful way to spread news. It has also created falsehoods, lies, deceit, and general bull fecal material. Finding a reliable source, accurate, news source without bias is becoming increasingly difficult.

    Opinions are apparently not allowed, not acceptable and otherwise considered reasonable fodder to question a person’s intelligence.

  22. Lynn says:

    “Freehold: Resistance” by Michael Z. Williamson and many others 
       https://www.amazon.com/Freehold-Resistance-Michael-Z-Williamson/dp/1982124237?tag=ttgnet-20/ 

    Book number seven in a series of eight books of military science fiction about Earth invading a faroff colony in the Freehold universe.  I read the well printed and well bound trade paperback published by Baen in 2019. 

    The book is a series of short stories by Larry Correia, Michael Z. Williamson, Brad R. Torgersen, Mike Massa, Kacey Ezell, etc with the stories split apart into segments on the timeline that Freehold is invaded by the UN of Earth.  Set about 500 years in the future, the story of the second invasion of Freehold by the UN of Earth is quite bloody.  Note, what comes around is fair game and several nuclear weapons are detonated on Earth during this book. 

    My rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars 
    Amazon rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars (247 reviews)

  23. Ed says:

    Palestinian Liberation Theology?

    Pro-Life Terriers?

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  24. paul says:

    To me The Texas Tribune is “real news” like Dailykos.  Swing the other direction, there’s Lew Rockwell.

    And really, any site that has chunks of ads pushing “cure tinnitus with this” and “be rid of toenail fungus today” complete with pictures are to be glanced at once in a while and mostly ignored.

    But that’s me.

  25. paul says:

    Palestinian Liberation Theology Terrorists.

    FIFY.  You’re welcome! 

    I don’t know what it means. I forget… Pansy Liberal Twit works.

    It’s like seeing a Toyota pick-up truck aka UTE for the Aussies, and yeah, I know it means “Toyota Racing Development” but I see “Turd”.

  26. Lynn says:

    “Russia Makes Veiled Threat to Destroy SpaceX’s Starlink”

        https://www.pcmag.com/news/russia-makes-veiled-threat-to-destroy-spacexs-starlink

    “Russia remains annoyed that the Ukrainian military has been using Starlink. However, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tells the public: ‘Starlink is meant for peaceful use only.’”

    Can Russia destroy Starlink ?

  27. Clayton W. says:

    Can Russia destroy Starlink ?

    Short answer:  Yes, but it will cost more than it will cost SpaceX to replace it.  Ah, the wonders of cheap access to space.

    There is at least one caveat to that:  Russia could contaminate the orbits used by Starlink such that nobody could use them.  At least until the debris falls to earth.  And that could take years.

  28. paul says:

    I have one thing that uses CR123 batteries.  That thing uses four.  One went bad and now lives in the kitchen trash until trash day.  The other three test “good enough” at 2.7+ volts.

    I looked on Big River.  Nope, I’m not dropping $20 and way up for a FLASHLIGHT that uses a CR123 battery. I just want a small and cheap flashlight to use up my used batteries.  I don’t need the brightness of a car headlight.  I need enough to somewhat see on a dark night when there is no moon or little starlight while walking the dogs.  I have a gravel driveway.  Something about as bright as a 2-D cell FLASHLIGHT with more than half dead batteries. And it has to fit in sweatpants pockets. 

    Picky picky picky.  Grin. 

    I’ll look at eBay.

    Added: There’s not much on eBay in my price range. Maybe someday at Tractor Supply in the weird tools bin.

  29. JimM says:

    >”It is well within parents rights and prerogatives to demand some restrictions on what their children are exposed to at schools.”

    There is also the issue of whether or not a book is worth the resources it takes to put it in the library, as well as the issue that there is a practical limit to the number of books that a school library should present. There is a hierarchy here: books that are featured in class, books that are assigned reading, books that are included in recommended reading, and books that are worthwhile reading. If you put too many books in the school library, the last category gets overfilled. It is correct for parents to exert some control if the schools are wasting resources on books that the parents consider to be less than useful in the school library. It would be even better if they had more control over the selection of faculty.

  30. JimM says:

    >”The other three test “good enough” at 2.7+ volts.”

    At 2.7 volts, I don’t think those batteries have enough useful energy left to bother with. I learned that lesson the hard way.

  31. paul says:

    Not sure what the deal is with Stephen King’s “Elevation”.

    Also featured are a married lesbian couple who have opened a Mexican themed vegetarian restaurant and are facing various forms of intolerance from neighbors and random people in the community. 

    Sounds interesting but yeah, a couple of gals married to each other where one isn’t very friendly doing a Mexican vegetarian restaurant in Maine?   Sounds like a very solid business plan.  I’m sure weed was involved.

    Might work, maybe, in Austin in a hole in the wall joint on South Congress.

  32. paul says:

    “At 2.7 volts, I don’t think those batteries have enough useful energy left to bother with. I learned that lesson the hard way.”

    So, go ahead and toss them? 

  33. Ray Thompson says:

    So, go ahead and toss them?

    Yes, toss them. For cheap lights look to Costco. Headlamps, three pack,$15.00, with batteries. May be a little bright for your needs. I just toss them when the batteries die. Also check Home Depot for CR123 batteries. Or buy a three pack of cheap lights at Home Depot. Toss when drained.

  34. drwilliams says:

    PLT

    Could have been “Pig Lipped Teamsters”

    but it’s not. 

  35. Geoff Powell says:

    @paul:

    So, go ahead and toss them? 

    If the one you’ve already binned is the same age, i.e. you installed them as a set of 4, yes, they’re within inches of dying themselves. Bin the lot.

    I’ve just rebatteried 6 Tile Mate – the replaceable battery kind. All the same age, And I’ll have to do that every time, from now on.

    G.

  36. Greg Norton says:

    Sounds interesting but yeah, a couple of gals married to each other where one isn’t very friendly doing a Mexican vegetarian restaurant in Maine?   Sounds like a very solid business plan.  I’m sure weed was involved.

    Might work, maybe, in Austin in a hole in the wall joint on South Congress.

    Food truck near 6th.

  37. Lynn says:

    The web has created a wonderful way to spread news. It has also created falsehoods, lies, deceit, and general bull fecal material. Finding a reliable source, accurate, news source without bias is becoming increasingly difficult.

    Good luck.  I moved to  https://thelibertydaily.com/  after  https://www.drudgereport.com/ got so liberal during the 2020 federal election.  But, Liberty Daily is just too hard right for me so I went back to Drudge and try to ignore the crazy.

    Of course there is:

       https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2020/05/i-want-new-drudge.html

  38. Nick Flandrey says:

    drwilliams says:

    19 September 2022 at 14:48   (Edit)   (Spam)   (Trash)   (Delete)

    Ed’s “conversation starter” is just more PLT b.s. No allowing some books in schools is not “banning books”. There is not a single title proscribed to adults, or as pointed out previously, not easily accessible outside the schools.
    The issue is a disagreement over age-appropriate limits on access to books in school. It is well within parents rights and prerogatives to demand some restrictions on what their children are exposed to at schools.

    In bold and repeated for emphasis.

    — SCHOOL libraries.    Gender Queer has illustrated sex acts.  Lawn Boy describes statutory rape and sodomy of a minor as no big deal.   

    The books are recommended and pushed by organizations with obvious agendas.   Districts buy the books without much oversight or ever having read them based on the lists provided.    Our district had several that needed to be removed or restricted after parents  became aware of them and objected.  Parents don’t give up their rights when they send their kids to school.  

    From Lawn Boy: “What if I told you I touched another guy’s dick? What if I told you I sucked it? I was 10 years old but it’s true. I sucked Doug Goebbels’ dick, the real estate guy, and he sucked mine too.” The “real estate guy” was an adult man.

    At the podium there at Luther Jackson Middle School, she started reading excerpts from Gender Queer, her voice trembling: “I can’t wait to have your cock in my mouth — I’m going to give you the blow job of your life. Then I want you inside me.”

    n

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  39. paul says:

    There is also the issue of whether or not a book is worth the resources it takes to put it in the library, as well as the issue that there is a practical limit to the number of books that a school library should present.

    I goofed around in the library in high school because the processing was interesting and I like to read.  New books?  Oh, this looks good, stash it here until I can read it.  Shop class was cool but I’m not gung-ho for arc welding and building BBQ pits with old water heaters.  You do one and that’s enough. That I was the only guy that didn’t speak Spanish beyond being able to order at a restaurant and say rude things about someone’s mother didn’t help.  The nine volt battery on the tongue feeling on my feet through my sneakers when welding was a negative. 

    Besides, the library had the Xerox machine and various 16mm projectors to tinker with.  Along with record players and filmstrip projectors.  Me, a few screwdrivers, and a can of oil saved the school a ton of money just by oiling the little motors. 

    There was lots of shelf space.  It was a weird feeling to pick out a book and it’s been there since 1965 or so and the card shows it was checked out maybe 15 times. 

  40. Nick Flandrey says:

    WRT Russia destroying starlink…   the whole point of a distributed mesh network in space is to make this very difficult.   That’s why the Pentagon is paying for it.

    I don’t think Russia has the lift capability.   NO ONE ON THE PLANET can keep up with SpaceX’s launch cadence, about one a week on average.  Think the Russkies can launch 50 sat killers a week, faster than Musk can make and replace them?

    Maybe Vlad has a laser, *  and can swat them from earth.   Pretty high operational tempo from a country that isn’t traditionally capable of keeping high tech gear working for any length of time.

    I’m calling it a bluff.   #

    n

    *not a new idea, see “Death is a Ruby Light” men’s adventure porn from 1974…

    #he might be able to trash the orbit sufficiently, but that’s not just ‘targeting some assets.’

  41. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’ve described my daughters’ elementary school library here before.   Lots of empty shelves, lots of agenda on display.

    n

  42. paul says:

    Ok, bin the lot it is.

    A food truck near 6th Street?    I suppose.  Maybe.   I’m not a fan of food trucks just for the sanitation.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    — SCHOOL libraries.    Gender Queer has illustrated sex acts.  Lawn Boy describes statutory rape and sodomy of a minor as no big deal.   

    I’m sure “Elevation” is free of any gratuitous descriptions of sex between the women. Nosiree. Not King.

    Seriously, Stephen King’s kinks have been getting a lot more attention since the first movie of the rebooted “It” series, part of the price of fame. When I was in high school in Florida, John Irving was on the shelves without a second thought by anyone despite all of the kinky stuff in those books. Yeah, “World According To Garp”, but that was known more as yet another failed Robin Williams movie post-“Mork and Mindy”.

    When the movie hit and friends reported having seen the flick, my wife said, “I don’t remember an underage orgy in ‘It”.”

    I asked, “Did you read the book or watch the ABC TV miniseries starring John Boy Walton and Venus Flytrap?”

  44. JimM says:

    >”Districts buy the books without much oversight or ever having read them based on the lists provided.”

    Also see Feynman’s report on his experience being on the California textbook review committee.

  45. Rick H says:

    Regarding FLASHLIGHTS and HEADLAMPS – if you are looking for some cheap-but-good ones, try the camping section in WalMart. They have LED headlamps and small flashlights – last time I checked, they were $1.00 each. 

    The headlamps have three LEDs, and are bright enough for general use. Also fun to have at a kid’s party at night to play tag or hide/seek. And inexpensive enough that you don’t mind if they die.

    As for button batteries, you can sometimes find them at the Dollar (and a quarter) store. Good enough for light-duty use. And less cost so you don’t mind if they die. (I buy sunglasses and readers (‘cheaters’) at those ‘dollar’ stores – if they get lost of damaged, that’s OK.)

  46. Greg Norton says:

    Maybe Vlad has a laser, *  and can swat them from earth.   Pretty high operational tempo from a country that isn’t traditionally capable of keeping high tech gear working for any length of time.

    I thought I read somewhere that SpaceX uses lasers to communicate between the mesh nodes in orbit. If so, a laser weapon intended to disable the Starlink satellites wouldn’t have to destroy the satellite but just burn out  the optical receivers.

  47. paul says:

    In bold and repeated for emphasis.

    My school library had nothing like anything you’ve described.   I never read anything like that until I was working at a “bookstore” and heck, Penthouse and all the rest, Penthouse Forum was very racy. I read everything.  All the magazines.  No need to subscribe to Popular Mechanic or Organic Gardening and such. 

    Not much else to do beyond sweeping and dusting and selling a vibrator once in a while.  While making change for the peep show movies.

    Fun job.  For real.  Beat the heck outta busing tables at IHop on the night shift.  Good pay, too.  $5.25 an hour plus ten percent commission on what you sold (magazines, toys, video tapes, etc.) as cash in the envelope with your weekly check.  I had lots of weeks where the cash was more than the pay check. 

    Heck.  A video tape sold for almost $100.  Sell one, earn $10.  Sell 20…. 

    And an 8mm projector is acting up? Yeah, I could take it apart and make it work like new. Darn things cost like $300 each. Mid ’80’s.

  48. Greg Norton says:

    Also see Feynman’s report on his experience being on the California textbook review committee.

    Feynman’s biographies are probably banned at the request of the other side.

    When we visited CalTech in 2016, the section of books at the main bookstore from the professor who advised “The Big Bang Theory”, a huge display at the entrance, was much larger than Feynman section, half of a lone shelf in a back corner, not easily visible to anyone who was just browsing.

    The “Lectures” were there but wrapped in plastic along with “QED” and the James Glick bio. Feynman’s own autobiographical books were not there, but, when I asked, the clerk said that he still sells well … thanks to “The Big Bang Theory” … and the store was simply out.

  49. JimM says:

    I bought a set of the Duracell headlamps from Costco, but was disappointed that the battery case was incompatible with using an 18500 rechargeable lithium cell as an alternative to three AAA alkaline cells. That isn’t a problem if you use Ray’s paradigm, but I like having the option of using a rechargeable cell. I had a Coleman headlamp that also inhibited the use of an 18500 cell by using an unusual carrier for the three AAA cells. I was able to jigger it up to make it work by using some nickle plated sheet stock and a plastic piece made from PVC. That hack wasn’t satisfactory, though, as it took some effort to get the kludge back together after a recharge. The light died early, which support’s Ray’s approach. I haven’t used up the batteries that came with the Duracell lights, because I mostly use my pocket flashlight, rather than going to fetch one of the headlamps.

  50. mediumwave says:

    I’m weary of Greg’s trolling and don’t think it should be encouraged, so I don’t plan to respond to the fallacies other than, perhaps, pointing out fallacious arguments where I see them. 
     

    Oh, Eddie! And you were doing so well!

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  51. Rick H says:

    More FLASHLIGHTS – based on the theory that “the best flashlight is the one you have with you”, I got a bag of small LED flashlights that are on my keychain (and in the coin tray of the car). Link here – cost about $15 and are assorted colors. 

    They put out a decent amount of light that will illuminate something close by (door keyhole, etc). And cheap at about $0.70 each. Cheaper than a replacement battery (CR2016).  Bright enough to read by, and only about as big as your thumbnail, so not bulky on your keychain. Product description says light will be visible up to 1 mile away – although it won’t illuminate that far.

    They worked well. Also great for kids/grandkids for their backpacks, etc.

  52. Ray Thompson says:

    Product description says light will be visible up to 1 mile away – although it won’t illuminate that far.

    Many solar orbital rotations ago I had several of those coin lights. I was at a football game, in the stands, and was just randomly playing with the light. Flicking it on and off, twirling it around. The opposing coach stops the game and runs out on the field talking to the officials and pointing in the stands. Next the police were called to the field. I figured someone was pointing a gun. Nope. The opposing coach, across the field, was complaining I was trying to blind his players. The cops approached me, I showed them the light, they laughed and told me to just put it away. I might add, the opposing team was losing, by a lot.

    I got a bag of small LED flashlights that are on my keychain

    I have a small light on my keychain. Got it from Peter Gransee who used to make a lot of custom LED flashlights before the lights were common. It is nothing more than a tube that holds an AAA battery, and a cap with a LED that screwed down into the tube making contact with the battery. Super simple, super reliable and waterproof. That light is 20 years old and has never failed me. Not the brightest but useful at times.

  53. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    The biggest tell in the whole “banned book” controversy is that school boards don’t want parents getting up to the microphone and reading from the books. Or in the case of some, showing the illustrations to the camera. 

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  54. drwilliams says:

    FJB was late to the funeral today.

    Speculation is that the time changes were difficult, and BMP (bowel movement planning) failed again much as it did during his audience with the Pope when he went in with one suit and out with a suit of another color.

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  55. drwilliams says:

    Start with this:

    Non-Trump supporting attorney turns down solicitation to write Jan 6 propaganda for $400

    https://twitter.com/LBoogie1919/status/1571028750715985920

    Jump to AceofSpadesHQ:

    https://ace.mu.nu/archives/401010.php#401010

    And make sure you follow the Breitbart link for more background

  56. drwilliams says:

    If you wrap the handle of your FLASHLIGHT with reflective tape, you can use your itsy-bitsy FLASHLIGHT to find it in the dark.

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  57. Nick Flandrey says:

    when he went in with one suit and out with a suit of another color.

     – I like a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, but wouldn’t competent staff have identical suits at the ready?  Unless they hate him and want people to know…

    n

    Oh, and I used to work with a guy who was the mop and bucket guy at an adult bookstore, that featured a peep show.   He used to chat with the girls while they were performing.   They were COMPLETELY uninvolved in what they were doing.

    n

  58. Greg Norton says:

     – I like a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, but wouldn’t competent staff have identical suits at the ready?  Unless they hate him and want people to know…

    Maybe. Under Bush and Obama, Hartmarx supplied the suits, which made it easy to get multiples of everything, but “10% for the Big Guy” probably means Biden isn’t wearing off the rack.

    Still, bespoke used to involve two pairs of pants.

  59. Rick H says:

    FJB was late to the funeral today.

    Actually, several news reports state that his car was delayed by traffic, causing the late arrival. Which caused his seating to be delayed, as he didn’t arrive during the time period specified for seating in the tightly choreographed ceremony.

    There are pictures of his car (the “Beast”) stuck in traffic. And of his having to wait to be seated because he was late in arriving. Partly a consequence of not taking the bus.

  60. drwilliams says:

    Still, bespoke used to involve two pairs of pants.

    Still does, but one of them is rubber underpants.

    Actually, several news reports state that his car was delayed by traffic, causing the late arrival.

    Oh, that’s ok then. No one could have predicted traffic in London might be slowed with an extra million people lining the streets mourning the queen. Tsk tsk. Real black swan, that traffic. 

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  61. Gavin says:

    After 2 vaccinations and 2 ½ years in a high traffic retail environment, I’ve finally been bitten by the bug. I’ll let you know how it works out, but so far it’s midway between a cold and the flu.

    Waiting is

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  62. Lynn says:

    Actually, several news reports state that his car was delayed by traffic, causing the late arrival.

    Oh, that’s ok then. No one could have predicted traffic in London might be slowed with an extra million people lining the streets mourning the queen. Tsk tsk. Real black swan, that traffic. 

    Slow Joe should have taken the Tube.  I will never ever ever drive into London again, the last time was a freaking disaster. Dadgum drivers kept on driving on the wrong side of the street.

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  63. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    wouldn’t competent staff have identical suits at the ready?

    or be able to plan a trip to arrive on time, when said timely arrival is the only reason for a multi-million dollar expenditure of the taxpayers money?

  64. Ray Thompson says:

    Dadgum drivers kept on driving on the wrong side of the street.

    If you had driven backwards it would have been the correct side.

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  65. Lynn says:

    “EXCLUSIVE: Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan has an ‘ongoing problem’ with cops after hurling beer on them in 1995 bar fight and being ARRESTED after drunken wedding party, top Ohio police union warns”

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11219525/Ohio-Tim-Ryan-midterm-election-senate-police.html

    Why do dumbrocrat candidates always have a history with the police ?

    Ohio, you can do better. J. D. Vance picked himself up out the gutter, served in the US Marines Corps, graduated from college and law school, and wrote an award winning popular book about making the best out of a very difficult childhood.

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  66. drwilliams says:

    I had to pull this up today and thought it might be useful to some folks hear.

    If you use sandpaper you might find this link of interest:

    https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/true-grits-what-you-need-to-know-about-sandpaper-for-a-faster-finer-finish

    Most of it is somewhat dated, but if you scroll you’ll find a decent summary of the differences among backings.

    And more importantly, a grit comparison chart.

    Traditional U.S. sandpaper has been graded with the CAMI system. The European FEPA system has largely supplanted CAMI over the last twenty years. The numbers are not equivalent:

    “400-grit CAMI paper is finer than 600-grit FEPA”

    And 600-grit CAMI is about P1200

    So your old 400 grit 3M Wetordry is finer than that new package of P600 Indian cheapo than you picked up at Harbor Freight.

    Not covered in the linked article is that the table shows the median size of the grit, but not the distribution. A large part of the impetus for change is that the tolerance on the FEPA is tighter. That doesn’t make a difference at the fine end, but at the coarse end of the distribution a few boulders can leave gouges in the finish that take more work to remove.

  67. Nick Flandrey says:

    @gavin, hope you are feeling better soon, without any of the weirder side effects.

    My wife was work from home again today as she is still getting positive tests.

    I have a bit of a sore throat and thought I might be sick again, but my  test was negative.   Simple cold this time.  Like D1, probably.

    n

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  68. Alan says:

    >> I thought I read somewhere that SpaceX uses lasers to communicate between the mesh nodes in orbit. If so, a laser weapon intended to disable the Starlink satellites wouldn’t have to destroy the satellite but just burn out  the optical receivers.

    Vlad can’t quite manage an overland invasion, ya really think Elon is worried about his satellites? 

  69. Jenny says:

    @Gavin

    I hope it remains mild and passes quickly.

    Daughter and friends did a sleepover Saturday last, backyard no tent. 47° F – 53° F overnight. They stuck it out whole night. Not bad for a trio of modern pampered kids.

    Nibbling away at my winter prep list. Got two exterior lights replaced out front. One has a built in GFCI outlet. That’ll help with the chickens. No junction boxes under old fixtures just a hole big enough for wiring in siding. Added ‘redo it right’ to next years list. .

    Busy. Running out of above freezing days. Trying to sort out animal feed. Lousy hay crop and expensive pellets.  

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  70. Gavin says:

    Thanks for the thoughts. I’ll update if anything significant happens.

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