Supposed to be clear and moderate today and tomorrow… it did clear up yesterday. Temps were in the 80s according to the weather station, and I believe it.
Did a couple of pickups in the afternoon. Felt punky all day. Caught a nap before going out. I usually try to push through, but didn’t want to drive feeling that out of sorts. My guts were already churning from WAY too much sugar on Monday. All told an unpleasant morning, and only marginally better afternoon. Other than the GI distress, it feels like a cold coming on. Probably the ‘rona. Hope not.
Today will likely be more of the same, despite my ever lengthening list. Just can’t be helped.
Plans. I’ve got ’em. And they don’t matter much.
Other than stacking. That is always appropriate.
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The “Mom in Tennis Shoes” followed by Blinken. Pray for Kamala’s good health.
Puyallup. Nothing more needs to be said.
The politics lean left in that part of WA State since most people are dependent on government in some way to put food on the table, but that is irrelevant to the quoted reporter, Ali Winston, who used to work for Pinch’s dimwitted brood.
Like most of the press, he’s probably never even driven through there.
Never let a crisis go to waste.
Minting the $1 Trillion coin will enter the discussion again, especially since the Republicans may finally hang tough since they aren’t dealing with a Jesus President, and Biden already tried crossing the line with the student debt forgiveness.
Whether or not forgiveness happens, the Treasury has issued a lot of “refund” checks to borrowers recently, often for full amounts of student loan balances rather than the stated limits, which are a topic of discussion on the Ramsey show at least once a week.
I wonder where the temporary (cough) new paper comes from and where the interest goes.
It was 56F when I went to bed, and it’s 46F now. Cold front moved in and cleared the weather out, and the warmth with it. Pretty damp though.
What the actual F?
– if it isn’t drug use, gnu help us all.
I want to get my hands on that $1T coin and then go around making purchases and asking for change.
Could the face-chewer have contracted zombieism and been trying to get to the other guy’s brain? I don’t want to refer to them as “victim” and “perpetrator” here because they’re both victims in this scenario.
I wonder if the House Redumblicans had a parley last night? Nah, time to hit the DC bars, clubs and restaurant. Then continue the kabuki for the dirt people. We’ll know after the first ballot today. Stay tuned for the show.
After some further research, I’ve determined that I had identified the wrong manufacturer for the tower I bought. The sections are identical in appearance, but are marked differently. They are so close that I’m assuming someone stole or licensed the design, one manf in the US, the other in Canada…
Rohn seems to have actually designed the tower, with manufacture by someone else. And it is actually heavier and rated for a higher load than the one out of Canada, so hooray on that.
Parts are available, and any repairs are specifically allowed by the manf, vs the Canadian tower which says “only approved parts and methods”… It weighs about 100 pounds more than the other listing too, so it wasn’t just me and the auction guy being wimps, it really WAS heavier than we thought.
The hardware kit is about $200, and I have a choice for feet, either embed 4 ft legs into the concrete, ~$250, or embed a tilt up hinged foot system for ~$650. The tilt up system makes assembly and maintenance much easier, so that would be my preference, but $400 + is a big jump. I’ll have to give it some thought.
@Nick, you probably spent more than that for a TV. Jus’ sayin’.
@Nick, you probably spent more than that for a TV. Jus’ sayin’.
– that is a good point, and I’ll probably regret it if I go with the thrifty option every single time I have to climb the tower.
Old Mac Update:
Well, my friend has found their 2nd entire Performa 6300CD, which they got as a “throw in” at a yard sale when they bought a Quicken update (several floppies) circa 2000…for $10.
And it works fine, once you kill the Adobe Acrobat instance using 8M of the 16M main memory.
It has AOL Online apparently, and Word 4.
The floppy and CD drive work on this one.
They also found their original Mac OS 8.5 install disks.
And, though not yet tried, a ZIP 100 SCSI drive for Macs, in the box.
It may have an ethernet port they said, and mentioned that they remember that back in their school days you could use Appletalk between Macs with just a cable…
About the easiest tech support ‘job’ I’ve ever had: basically I just sit and wait for amusing texts of vintage equipment to show up.
Go with the tilt system. You’re not getting any younger, and you’ll probably be doing a lot of playing with antennas. Climbing sucks; hiring climbers gets expensive.
No-brainer for me, because I have acrophobia.
@EdH, macs used to use something called starnet? iirc, in addition or in place of ethernet. I’ve got some starnet stuff in boxes, hubs, I think, but maybe some adapters too.
@lpdbw, yeah, I’m leaning that way even if I don’t do a lot of experimenting. It seems a lot easier for one or two guys to assemble on the ground and tilt into place than using a gin pole method to lift sections into place. Probably safer too.
If Word 4 is installed I have an update to MS Office than will install and get you to Word 6 with the associated Excel, etc.
Appletalk reqires connectors at each machine, then a Localtalk cable between. Phonenet connectors let you use phone wire.
Gresham. Oregon. Nothing more needs to be said.
KPTV is the local Faux News in covering most of the state. Living out there, it took me a while to get used to the weather report not happening until 40 minutes into the hour-long 10 PM news cast due to the general mayhem reported daily from the city beat correspondents requiring so much of the air time.
Plus KPTV is a bit into sensationalism even without sweeps.
Beyond that, crack, meth, and heroin in small amounts saw decriminalization by the state within the last several years, with magic shrooms following on the first of this year. So, yeah, drug use.
And MAX. Geesh, I almost forgot that. Portland’s vaunted light rail/rolling homeless shelter which Austin is going to attempt to emulate by first building a giant flophouse -er- station under the state capital building.
Never ascribe to a decline in civilization that which can be explained by Oregon, but I still believe Vantucky (SW WA) is a ongoing glimpse 10 years into the future of the US in general.
And more lazy reporting by The Mail. “Death In Paradise” returns to BBC One with a full season on Friday.
Dana Carvey used to have a bit in the 90s, “Regis Philbin as Hannibal Lecter”, when rumors floated around that the role would be recast if Anthony Hopkins refused to return for the very disturbing “Hannibal” sequel to “Silence of the Lambs”.
“Get a load of me … Get a load of me … I … eat peoples’ faces off.”
Imagine that said with a dead on Philbin impersonation.
Western civ was nice while it lasted.
They never stood in line at the store to notice that than when a clerk checks out or closes they take the cash drawer with them to a secure location? Even with lax procedures the most they could expect is the next days beginning change. Dumb and dumber.
Lordy, the commies took over without firing a shot.
And, strike four for McCarthy. Hopefully no business can take place without a Speaker. That’s not so bad. Let the Inflation Expansion Act die in darkness.
LOL, McCarthy already moved his stuff into the Speakers office. Gaetz is whining about it
“Municipalities of Puerto Rico v. Exxon Mobil, et al. Part 2: RICO-teering”
Just a bunch of lawyers trying to make themselves into billionaires just like the tobacco settlement lawyers.
If they succeed, you will see fossil energy costs triple and quadruple.
“Paul Ehrlich Claims Vindication for his Climate Catastrophe Prediction”
I thought Paul Ehrlich was dead. I remember my mother reading his “The Population Bomb” book in the 1970s and throwing it against the wall.
>> And, strike four for McCarthy. Hopefully no business can take place without a Speaker.
The new (118th) session of the House cannot open for
businesssleazy deal-making until a Speaker is elected.
5th US House Vote For Speaker – Kevin McCarthy Loses 5th Straight Vote! – Conservatives NOT BUDGING! – Rep. Spartz Votes Present
Reports he’s discussing making a deal with th Dems.
Nah, just his reputation.
(At least among those able to think, a regrettably small minority.)
Strike Six! I guess McCarthy is offering a shite sandwich to the hold outs.
If true, he should be taken out and shot at high noon tomorrow.
No Hunter laptop investigations. No Fauci testimony.
IIRC, Pelosi had to do some horsetrading for “Present” votes to reduce the victory number two years ago.
Why the wait? Vote number 7?
Nick, people fall off towers occasionally…
Is SteveF mellowing in his advanced years?
McCarthy talking to the Dems proves that he shouldn’t be speaker.
I’m mellow only in worlds in which brain-eating-zombie virus is a real thing.
“Biden and McConnell show off their bipartisan bonafides in Kentucky”
McConnell is the traitor to conservatism.
Hat tip to:
“YAS QUEEN: Amber McLaughlin Becomes First Trans Woman Executed by Lethal Injection”
“All for equality and equality for all”
The thing I have going on with Newegg? Tracking finally showed more than “label printed”. One is coming from California. The other from Georgia.
I still fail to see how they are making money on my little $15 purchase.
Cleaned more windows today. The patio door and the storm door is all that’s left. I’m not bothering with the spare bedroom windows, they have curtains and/or mini blinds. Might do a couple of pictures that have glass. . . . . might, don’t get your hopes up. 🙂
Don’t get excited but if I can figure how to remove the screens, they get a wash in the shower. I forget how they work. Push left? Right? Up?
stay tuned for details:
“Sold/Shipped by Newegg” or third party vendor?
I’ve encountered third party vendors on the site which are money laundering schemes using Amazon for fulfillment, paid with a gift card.
>> Reports he’s discussing making a deal with th Dems.
The more concessions he has to make to the Dems, the more he risks more Repubs turning against him.
The Reason There’s Been No Cure for Alzheimer’s
Medicine had nothing to offer my father and millions of other Americans. I set out to find out why.
The author quotes Dr. Richard Feynman. Dr. Feynman would recognize the situation as a variation of one of his most famous observations, and perhaps call it:
What effing planet do these people live on where a $56,000/year drug with no discernible positive effect is a “breakthrough”?
For every Fauci that kills millions of people there are thousands of holier-than-thou professional quislings killing folks a few dozens or hundreds at a time.
January 04, 2023
The good #9 wire has gotten very pricey the last few years. I missed the last online auction that had a nice coil.
If you don’t want your snow fence failing after a few months of the NW wind working on it at 20-40mph, the #9 is the right stuff. If it gets any pricier I’m going to sit down and design an attachment for a 20v drill that will put the twist* on a piece of wire when the fence goes up in the fall, then in the spring perfectly untwist and leave the wire ready for reuse.
For those unfamiliar with snow fence, the traditional wooden slat variety is attached to t-posts temporarily driven into the ground using a u-shaped piece of wire that captures a slat against a post and then is twisted tightly.
And since we’re talking about fence, let me mention again that if you have slack in your barbed wire fence, you should look into Jake’s Wire Tighteners:
More updates from the Capitol swamps…
Steve Scalise steps in as McCarthy steps…or gets “nudged, ” aside.
The Repubs have been quietly discussing a ‘nuclear option’ that’s a bit out there…change the rules so that just a plurality of the votes is sufficient to win and hope Jeffries doesn’t squeak through.
All this craziness just to further line their pocket…oh right, never mind…
pallet* cleanser, eh
*watched the video and had too much implied Frenchness
Can I just mention that youtube shorts are evil? Even knowing that they will suck you in and steal your life, they still do.
Took a bit of a vacation (staycation), so I haven’t been reading the forum the past few days. One thing about US politics confuses me, though: The election of the speaker.
– Why do the Republicans keep putting up the same candidate, if he is unelectable?
– They apparently need a majority and can’t get it. This means that *all* of the opposing party always vote against the candidate?
Based on the Swiss reporting, which is all I’ve been reading, this reminds me more of kindergarten than of mature politicians…
Again. And the debt ceiling will be raised. Again. That really needs to be more difficult…
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A question for the computer experts in the hive mind. I have a fairly new machine, and it runs…almost…flawlessly. Once every few days, if I am doing video conferencing, the machine hangs. For Linux experts: Shifting to the console with Ctrl-Shift-F1, and back to the GUI with Ctrl-Shift-F7 usually “unhangs” the machine. I never had this problem on the previous machine, also Linux, so I suspect a hardware or driver issue.
There is also one (but only one) video game that randomly crashes with a segmentation fault. That game runs flawlessly on two other systems, one of which has exactly the same operating system. Obviously the hardware is somewhat different – different NVIDIA card, for example.
I’ve run a memory test, with no problems. My very vague suspicion is that there is one particular operation in the NVIDIA graphics card that is broken – but I cannot find any diagnostic software for NVIDIA cards.
Suggestions? What can I look at or test, to isolate such a sporadic problem?
“Sold/Shipped by Newegg”
Both by Newegg.
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