Tues. May 14, 2024 – slightly better day ahead…

Well, today is supposed to be warm and clear with a breeze to help dry things out. That will help with the land, but it won’t make the lake go down any faster…

At the current rate, it’ll be late today before all the water is out of my dockhouse, if there aren’t any more showers, and if I guessed at the depth correctly.

I can’t even start remediation until the lake is down.

In the mean time… I saw some monster fish while I was cleaning the area around my dock, so I spent some time fishing. Standing on my dock, knee deep in water… warm comfortable water… was odd to say the least. But by the afternoon I was going nuts with not working.

So I got the mower together and running. I mated my old 46″ deck to the ‘new’ Cub Cadet with the bad 42″ deck. The manufacturer is the same so I had hope, even if the brand was different. And it fit with only minor adjustment. I had to fix my deck once I thought it would fit. Whatever I hit that took out the motor broke one of the spindles too. 3 of the 4 mounting tabs were broken off. I had replacements in the shed.

After a test cut and some adjustment, I started swapping wheels and tires around to get all good tires on the Cub mower. I didn’t know there were two axle styles so I have a set of brand new rears that I’ll have to sell. I moved the decent rears from the old mower over. Lubed everything, and that took me to nightfall. I still need to do an engine service and replace the drive belt with the new parts I bought for it, but it runs, and mows.

Not sure what I’ll do today while waiting for water to dry, but I’m sure it will be another thrilling adventure!

Prepping saved me a whole lot of trouble with the mowers. I had spares and replacement parts, and was easily able to swap stuff around and get back to running. Even counting the parts that were wrong, I still saved a bunch by buying early and at auction. And since the BOL is set up for use, I don’t have any problem being here for 10 days even though I’d only planned on one.

I’ve got pumps, dehumidifiers, mold killer, tools, and skills, so as soon as the water recedes I’m ready to go to work too.

Prepping works. Stacks help and give choices. Stack!

nick

52 Comments and discussion on "Tues. May 14, 2024 – slightly better day ahead…"

  1. Denis says:

    Hurra for preps! Well done, Nick. If I clone you, will the clone do my BOL?

  2. brad says:

    Nick’s boat house brings a local story to mind. Some decades and centuries ago, it was traditional to move your livestock up the Alp as the weather warmed, and bring them back down in the Winter, which they spent in barns. There’s a middle location halfway up, and a location all the way up. Both have small clusters of houses, and families used to have their main house in the town, and tiny houses at each station. Many families still do, using the upper houses as spots to “get away from it all”.

    Anyway, one of the locals did a private little ski tour over the weekend, and went up to the top-most station. We had a very wet Spring, but up there it was all snow. His house is still completely buried – he managed to tunnel to his front door. The snow is melting, of course, but it will take another several weeks.

    Anyway, this had me wondering what kind of damages being buried in melting snow causes? It happens every year, to a greater or lesser degree, so it’s not unexpected. Still, like Nick’s boat house, there are likely to be some problems…

  3. Denis says:

    Brad, you probably know that Alpine “Hütten” are winter-proofed in the autumn, chimneys taken down, chimney, door and window openings boarded over or reinforced. Perishable goods and anything susceptible to damage from freezing are consumed or removed.

    I had the good fortune to be invited to help “remove” certain liquid perishables from a Hütte on the Wilder Kaiser in Austrian Tirol last autumn.

    I was shown photos of the same Hütte with snow above the ridge line of the roof, and someone skiing down it.

    The buildings themselves are usually larch wood, which is very water and weather resistant.

    It is customary to leave some fuel, blankets and non-perishable supplies, in case someone needs to use the Hütte as emergency shelter in inclement weather.

    Yay for Transhumance!

    In other news, a flock of Belgian Air Force F16s is circling not very high above the BOL on a training sortie. Nice weather for it, too. The sound of freedom, baby!

  4. Greg Norton says:

    Sorry about the vagueness. Details faded since I looked into it in depth a few years ago, when I still had access to non-public medical information. (And I’m running on a couple hours sleep. Ran into a work problem last night which got knotty because of, it turns out, a bug in a widely-used Python package. Finally got to bed sometime after 0230 and still had to get up before 0500 to take care of the birds.)

    A bug in a “pip install” package?

    What? I’m shocked. Shocked.

    I spent a year struggling with the performance of the popular Json library until I wrote my own optimized for our data.

    It wasn’t just the Python performance either. The popular C libraries for Json underlying the Python packages have awful speed issues.

    The crazy thing is how many “developers” just blindly trust “pip install”, especially the “DevOps” crowd.

    Hot Skillz!

  5. drwilliams says:

    Chinese solar panels ignite during major swim meet at Sydney Olympic Center

    https://hotair.com/tree-hugging-sister/2024/05/13/solars-been-taking-a-beating-lately-n3788320

  6. brad says:

    @Denis: Yes, they are winter-proofed. And definitely Larch, which is the main tree in our local forests. But still: water is going to seep through weird places as the snow melts. I’ve spent vacations in such places, but I’ve never maintained one. I just wonder what special challenges you get…

    Getting the car fixed today. I think I mentioned that the part they ordered (the only one in Europe, in the right color) was delivered to the wrong garage. Either it finally got here, or they managed to source another one from somewhere. Whatever, it will be nice to have the silly plastic bumper fixed.

    Yesterday was eaten by locusts: figuring out the foundation problem on the fountain, doc appointment, and other stuff. Today is being eaten by more locusts, like the car repair. The rest of the week should be saner. Should…

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  7. Greg Norton says:

    Chinese solar panels ignite during major swim meet at Sydney Olympic Center

    En Fuego … just like an EV battery.

    Hecho en China.

    The problem with the manufacturing initiatives in the Western Countries is that they turned into soup bowls for consultants and workers from obsolete semiconductor assembly lines who possessed the institutional knowledge to establish low cost manufacturing in the US and Europe but didn’t trust the C-suites at the boondoggle firms … with good reason.

    Go research Solar World in Oregon if you’re curious.

    Fifteen years ago, I had a lead at a Solar World assembly line lead essentially rub his soup bowl in my face because he lacked a degree but leveraged $1 million worth of real estate and vehicles between Oregon and Arizona working three day weeks thanks to the taxpayers of Oregon.

    He definitely had the expertise to build the line, but, these days, he’s selling nanny systems to trucking companies needing to monitor their drivers’ activities.

  8. Ray Thompson says:

    Climate change rampage is mostly about wealth transfer. Whatever the politicians do will impact the bank account, not the climate. 

  9. paul says:

    56 F this morning.  Sunny with clear skies.   

    I have a Roku so I’m lacking for stuff to watch on the TV. 

  10. paul says:

    I’m not lacking too. 

  11. SteveF says:

    A bug in a “pip install” package?

    scipy.

    Code was written a year or so ago, using the then-current version of scipy. A defect was introduced in scipy sometime after that. Naturally, the machine or environment used to write the code, the machine running the code, and my machine all have different versions of scipy, with different behavior on each.

  12. mediumwave says:

    Quoting myself:

    Python is an abomination.

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    Slept in.    Gorgeous day to be at the lake, or anywhere really, as long as I wasn’t looking at flood damage. 

    Sunny, light breeze, 74F.   Perfect. 

    ———-

    Most of the folks in my subdivision (classic sense of the word, the deeds here go “original owner → guy who subdivided the property → land grant”.     Before that it was trackless wilderness.) have houses above the high water line, so only docks and lakeside structures are affected.   Not much damage to a dock to get wet, although there might be electrical to look at depending on how it was run.

    On the other side of the lake, the topology is much flatter.   There are people with water in their homes.  The problem with any flood is the longer the water sits, the bigger the problem.    At least here it was lake and rain water, not overflowed sewers and industrial fluids.    

    After getting some breakfast in me (coffee onboarding is started)  I’ll take a closer look at the dock, but I can see from here that the water is down a lot.   Might be able to adjust my prediction.

    ———-@paul, try for something with low mental engagement but high physical, like cleaning, landscape or yard work, gardening.  I know you’ve done most of that already, but that works for me.  There is also satisfaction in ‘putting something right’.   Hang in there.

    Bacon time.

    n

  14. Greg Norton says:

    scipy.

    Code was written a year or so ago, using the then-current version of scipy. A defect was introduced in scipy sometime after that. Naturally, the machine or environment used to write the code, the machine running the code, and my machine all have different versions of scipy, with different behavior on each.
     

    Scipy has been moving pretty fast thanks to LLM.

    I thought that Docker and/or pyenv solved the versioning problem, but what do I know about Hot Skillz.

    At some point, I need to pick up more about wheels in Python. That seems like something useful to know.

    My last three jobs have been Stupid Tricks With Libcurl and, most recently Json-C.

  15. SteveF says:

    Yes, containers or environments help with version and other compatibility issues … but only if everyone’s doing it and the images or dockerfiles or at least the information to reproduce the environment are shared. Plus, dealing with the containers takes extra resources, mostly human time but also computer memory and disk space. This client isn’t exactly amateur hour but the entire focus is on getting in and doing the paying work for their customers, with as little effort as they can get away with being put into infrastructure and tools and procedures.

    Case at hand, I was given some code with very little context and no information on package versions. Requests for information were not helpful, though there’s high turnover and quite likely no one knows anything. It took a while to figure out why the code didn’t run, specifically to figure out that it was an environment issue rather than a “bad code” issue. -shrug- I get paid for the time put in, so it’s not a total waste, it’s just frustrating to have to figure out the problem and the solution almost ab initio with a hard deadline.

  16. brad says:

    Containers…I’ve never used them in a professional setting, only privately, to mess around. It’s nice to be able to install something, including way too many dependencies, and know that you’re not mucking up the rest of the system. Delete the container, and it’s all gone.

    On a couple of student projects, the customers have had software that is delivered in a container. I suppose that makes delivery easier: they know everything works in the container, no worries about local system configuration. As a customer, I’m not sure I’d be so happy. I would rather have the choice: give me an install script, or setup instructions, and let me decide where and how I want the software to run: as a process, in a container, on a VM, or whatever.

    But, again, I’ve never used containers professionally, so my view may be skewed…

  17. paul says:

    They just finished replacing my radio.  93 down and 70 up just now.  It’s usually a little faster in the morning.

    I saw it bump 100 down and I saw 110 a few times with the old router and the old switch.  The new router is just 100 speed Ethernet.  I goofed buying it.  
    I need to install the new switch to get my LAN speed back up.  Just as soon as I feel like crawling around on the floor.

  18. paul says:

    I polished off a bag of pretzels yesterday.  I ground the left over salt, a heaping teaspoon, into powder.  Heated a couple of teaspoons of sunflower oil in a frying pan.  Added the salt.  Poured in the unsalted sunflower kernels and stirred it all together and let it get hot.

    Spread them out on a paper towel to cool.  They taste great now.  I was expecting a bit of pretzel flavor but no.

  19. Ray Thompson says:

    The new router is just 100 speed Ethernet.  I goofed buying it.

    Truth be told, 100MBS is generally OK speed for a single person household. You can stream 4K video and support several other devices in the process. Since your service is 100MBS or lower, a 100MBS router is probably OK.

    I have 36 devices connected on my network. My traffic monitor rarely goes about 35MBS when watching 4K movies on the Apple TV.

  20. Alan says:

    >>I have 36 devices connected on my network.

    36?? Moonlighting for the NSA? 

  21. EdH says:

    Truth be told, 100MBS is generally OK speed for a single person household.

    20MBS (supposedly) copper here…

  22. Ray Thompson says:

    36?? Moonlighting for the NSA?

    I wish. Then I would have all you scum disappear under mysterious circumstances. 🙂

    Or is that the CIA? Or perhaps the Clinton political mafia machine?

    Yes, 36. Surprises myself. Between two desktops, two laptops, two iPads, two iPhones, two Watches, several smart switches, two Apple TVs, garage door, security cameras, apps on smart TVs, thermostat, five Alexa devices, it all adds up fairly quickly. My son has over 50 devices on his network as he has automated, and integrated, his house much more than I.

  23. paul says:

    My plan is labeled as 105×105.  I can’t get more than 100 with the current router.  The old router that was zapped, had GB ports and I would on occasion see 110 down and 120 a few times early in the morning.

    I think that is about the max for the radio.  My Nanobeams are running today at 655 and 631 Mbps. Nice weather. They usually chug along from 450 to 550.  That’s throughput.  Up and down added together.  Call it 300 Mbps each way.  But they are about 300 feet apart and not four miles apart. 

    Today’s speeds are fine.  I’m just tinkering.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    Waitress! More bread!

    Waitress?

    https://www.cnbc.com/2024/05/14/red-lobster-closing-at-least-99-locations-as-its-future-comes-into-question.html

    A stop at Chick-fil-a today between doctor appointments for my wife was $27 for a sandwich, salad, one shared order of fries and two drinks.

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  25. Greg Norton says:

    On a couple of student projects, the customers have had software that is delivered in a container. I suppose that makes delivery easier: they know everything works in the container, no worries about local system configuration. As a customer, I’m not sure I’d be so happy. I would rather have the choice: give me an install script, or setup instructions, and let me decide where and how I want the software to run: as a process, in a container, on a VM, or whatever.

    Microsoft is starting to narrow the range of Linux platforms which can be used for C/C++ development by limiting where they are willing to support VS Code. I suspect this is driven by where their increasingly inept developers can be successfully double checked with the popular static analysis tools without too many false positives/negatives, starting with Coverity.

  26. drwilliams says:

    Pedo Joe confirmed by Ashley Biden’s court affadavit:

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2024/05/14/ashley-bidens-diary-content-is-real-and-thats-very-bad-for-joe-n3788376

    I’m surprised Snopes isn’t trying to argue that Ashley might have been mistaken. 

  27. drwilliams says:

    Republicans in Delaware should introduce an “E Jean Carroll” bill and nail the perverted child molester. 

  28. Greg Norton says:

    On a couple of student projects, the customers have had software that is delivered in a container
     

    Microsoft has been favoring delivery of software on its Linux distro via RPM as of late.

    That’s an interesting choice considering it is tech controlled by IBM and far from being a Hot Skillz.

    I like RPM. We distributed the Linux NetClient that way.

  29. Greg Norton says:

    Republicans in Delaware should introduce an “E Jean Carroll” bill and nail the perverted child molester. 

    Pedo. Trump, tho.

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  30. Greg Norton says:

    I’m surprised Snopes isn’t trying to argue that Ashley might have been mistaken. 

    Corn Pop could go on national TV tonight and confess to everything in the diary being true, but the election would still be close.

    The media know this, but they also know that Biden won’t be the nominee.

    Everyone on the Biden campaign coverag got a nice month in Savannah instead of trudging through the snow in Iowa and New Hampshire in January.

    There is a reason that college costs $56k/year just for tuition.

  31. lpdbw says:

    I’m bummed.

    I’ve been sick for the last week, and finally got out of the house to go to my shooting range.  They have T-shirt Tuesday.  Wear one of their (expensive) logo shirts, shoot for free on Tuesday.

    They have a sign out front saying “Last shot”,  “Land sold” and a date in about a week.

    Yes, they’re shutting down.  Today may have been my last visit.

    Now I have to find a new place to shoot.  I’ve established this habit on Tuesdays.  I run errands, go shooting, and stop at Aldi’s on the way home for keto snacks.

    I’ll actually have to start paying to shoot again.  Criminy.

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  32. lynn says:

    I have left Tejas for a week so y’all take care of the place for me.  I am fishing in Montana with my dad, my son, my middle brother, and his two young men.  Pray for us !  Just kidding.

    We are going to day float the Missouri River for five days in three eleven foot river boats with guides.

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  33. Greg Norton says:

    I have left Tejas for a week so y’all take care of the place for me.  I am fishing in Montana with my dad, my son, my middle brother, and his two young men.  Pray for us !  Just kidding.

    Road trip or flying?

    I’m guessing the latter if you’re only there for a week.

    I gave serious thought to taking I-90/94 across on my second trip west 14 years ago, but I was on a tight schedule. Maybe one day.

    Wyoming along the Interstate is pretty depressing.

  34. SteveF says:

    I’ll actually have to start paying to shoot again.

    Too bad you don’t live close to NYC. You could go in for the day, park, walk around, shoot into a crowd, walk away knowing that no “good guy with a gun” is going to stop you, not if he has any sense, maybe repeat a time or two, then get your car and drive home. Worst case, if you happened to get arrested, you’d be released without bail before the ambulances had finished taking away the bodies.

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  35. drwilliams says:

    Modeling The Mysteries

    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

    Thirteen years ago, I showed that the temperature output of the CCSM3 climate model could be very closely emulated by a simple one-line formula, viz:

    T(n+1) = T(n) + λ ∆F(n+1) * (1- exp( -1 / τ )) + ΔT(n) * exp( -1 / τ )

    See the linked post for the description of what the formula means.

    So I used that formula, to see how well I could emulate the temperature output using nothing but the forcing applied to the model. Here’s the result:

    [use the link to see the graph]

    So the situation is unchanged. An R^2 of 0.97 says the emulation is doing a most excellent job. In passing, it’s interesting that the volcanic action in the model averages is a bit larger than in the calculations from the forcing, just as happened with the model average compared to the real world.

    In any case, to recap the bidding: The GISS-E2 climate model has 440,000+ lines of code. It has over two million gridcells representing the world, and it takes a whole day to do just one model run on a parallel-processing computer with 88 processors.

    And after all that, it merely spits out a lagged and resized version of the input forcing.

    Here’s the final impossibility. Despite the different models having wildly different equilibrium climate sensitivities and different transient climate responses and different forcing changes from doubling CO2 … somehow they all do a pretty good job of hindcasting the actual temperature record.

    And if the models were actually “physics-based” as every modeler claims, this would not be possible. I call this “Dr. Kiehl’s Paradox”, since he noted it first, and I discuss this impossible result here.

    Gotta love that settled science …

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2024/05/13/modeling-the-mysteries/

    “Climate science” that claims to model the effect of CO2 on earth temperature is not science. It is fraud layered on fraud, with charlatans all the way down.

    A figure of $30 billion has been cited in the past as the amount that the U.S spends on this fakery. I doubt that figure is current, I suspect it is under-reported, and I know that is a tiny fraction compared to the economic havoc that this garbage is used to justify. 

    When I post something like this I inevitably get at least one downvote from a true believer, so here’s a special footnote:

    “Climate science” invalidates itself in many ways. As Feynman famously pointed out, theory has to account for all the data. One of the biggest problems that is not accounted for is that the geological record shows that the relationship between carbon dioxide and temperature is this: Temperature goes up first, then CO2 follows with a lag of many years

    That’s many years

    That assertion is easy to understand, easy to confirm by research, and it’s easy to confirm that there is no “climate science” that accounts for it.

  36. drwilliams says:

    “Worst case, if you happened to get arrested, you’d be released without bail before the ambulances had finished taking away the bodies.”

    Not if melanin-deficient.

  37. paul says:

    The wISP guy says I’m six miles from the tower.  By my limited knowledge of this stuff, getting spikes of 120 down is pretty darn decent at that range. 

    Yes, I understand about overhead.  So a 100 Mb connection gets 95 or so Mbps.  Anyway.  Here, read this:

    It all boils down to how much you want to spend. If I had a 50 foot mini tower w-beacketed to the side of your house and a pair of 69ghz LR's, I could get you a gigabit actual gigabit speed test
    And I've that we're getting a 4 gba uplink installed literally as we speak on the tower you link to, hell, just as proof of concept so we can show other people, if you paid the setup costs, I would let you float at the FULL gigabit down and up for the same price your paying now.

    Ignore the bad typing.  My keyboard is acting wonky too.

    Yes, he could do this.  And it would be a blast of fun!   I have a couple of problems though.   One is the mystery of what the hardware costs.

    First objection  is I’m not having a 50 foot lighting rod bolted to my house.  That’s exactly why the internet radio is out at the EDC.  I might look and smell stupid but…. 
    Also, I’m downhill from the paved road so it’s going to be more like a 60 or 70 foot tower to get over all of the trees.

    Second is the Nanobeam bridge runs about 500 Mbps  throughput.  Divide by two.  I would never see GB internet speed in my house.  And really, just how fast does one need porno pics downloaded anyway? 

    And then, logically, if I’m getting a GB of data, my tower would be a source for the neighbors to connect to.  What neighbors?  Exactly.  Carole is already connected.  Marsha has her place for sale.  The next neighbors have Starlink.    I’m not in a good location to be a repeater station.  Because I’m in a valley of sorts.

    But it’s all fun to think about. 

  38. drwilliams says:

    “And really, just how fast does one need porno pics downloaded anyway?”

    Pics or video?

    Asking for a friend.

  39. paul says:

    I’m not bouncing off the walls tonight.  For now.  I’m not pacing around because it makes the dogs anxious.  It’s been a month now.  So.  Crap.  Wow.  It’s been a month.

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  40. lynn says:

    Road trip or flying?

    I’m guessing the latter if you’re only there for a week.

    Flew on Delta through Salt Lake City with a 45 minute layover.  Our planes did not catch fire.

        https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/delta-plane-catches-fire-seattle-dramatic-new-video

  41. Bob Sprowl says:

    More on my PC to cell phone connection.  It worked fine one evening then wouldn’t work the next morning after I recharged the phone battery.  While I initially didn’t think there had been any computer changes, it had shut down automatically overnight. 

    When it restarted, I had the not unusual nonsense of getting it to see my Wi-Fi/ethernet home network.  Currently I’m using the Wi-Fi connection as it is more stable.   

    So something could must have changed, but who knows what.    When I ask Windows for help with Phone Link it tells me I have to have Windows 11 but I’m on 10 Pro.  

    The network discovery center sees my computer, the ESOS router, Brother Laser Printer and two ROKUs (one in the house and one in the shop) but not my ethernet switch in the shop or at my desk or my phone which is also on Wi-Fi.  

    And not my phone which is plugged into a USB cable and when working is seen as a storage device in file manager.

  42. drwilliams says:

    “Here’s a pic of a woodchipper for no reason at all.”

    https://twitter.com/hobbes16/status/1790438104328757350

    From a thread discussing The Guardian and their worthless, puerile existence, including past defense of pedophilia.

    But, seriously, that’s more a branch chipper than a wood chipper. 

    No way it could be cross-purposed to do any real chipping related work.

  43. lpdbw says:

    re: cell phones and USB

    Once again, I question the cables.

    USB-C cables are supposed to be durable and flawless and reversible.

    Not so.  I’ve worn out a couple of them in my truck, plugging and unplugging my cell phone many times.

    The first weirdness was that about 50% of the time, with my first cable, it wouldn’t connect Android Auto.  Then I figured out that when it failed, I could just reverse the plug.

    I replaced the cable, and it worked 100% of the time.

    For a while.

  44. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, sounds like a lot of fun.   Enjoy every minute of it.

    @lpdbw, sux when that happens.  My local range went belly up just before the chinkyflu hit, and I haven’t found anywhere to replace it.   Athena Gun Club is nearby but has the rep of being expensive.   Texas Gun Club in Stafford is the wrong way and too far.   Having a good habit get borked makes it extra sux…

    @paul, I think it might be fun to get the hardware and go full bore.   Almost no one needs that kind of bandwidth, and I can’t think of any honest reason for you to use it all…    I’ve got fiber to the home and I never saturate it even with 4 of us streaming.

    ———–

    The water receded enough that the  dockhouse started to dry out around noon.   I cut the bottom 3ft off the walls after removing the chair rail and other trim, and pulled out a lot of soggy pink insulation.   I ran out of daylight so tomorrow is hosing it down with mold killer and sanitizer, and working on getting the power back up so I can run the dehumidifier, some heat, and fans.   You have to open the walls because the insulation holds literal gallons of water.   And the tile grout is still wet…  

    I also got the dock deck swept off, as the water is down to the bottom of the deck boards.   It seemed to go down slower in the afternoon, but that could be a perception issue on my part.   

    I got some of the yard picked up and I’ll be raking debris back into the lake later too.

    Dinner was eaten, now I need to decide if I want to watch a movie, or just go down to the dock and sit for a while, since I can.   If I had dry firewood, I could even have a fire… but all my firewood got wet too.

    Data point, I opened and used some sour cream from the fridge with my dinner.  BB was in 2022.   Still under vaccum, no signs of issues and “ultra pasteurized.”  If I don’t have any issues tonight, that will blow my mind…  and I don’t expect any or I’d have skipped it.

    n

  45. lpdbw says:

    I checked out Athena’s webpage, and full price is expensive, but they have discounts one day a week for seniors, and another day for LTC holders, so it’s doable.

    Since I have to pay anyway, I may go out to Bush park and do some long range stuff with rifles.

  46. Ken Mitchell says:

    My closest range is the Nardis Gun Club, which is pretty reasonable in price, and a very nice place to shoot. I’ve been hitting them once a week since the first of the year. I’m not a good shot yet, but I feel that I’m “less bad” than I was. 

  47. JimB says:

    Ranges in our location are private, although guests are allowed, especially for matches, where members pay one price, and guests pay a slightly higher fee. These ranges are not fancy, and volunteers serve as rangemasters.

    For less formal shooting, most people just shoot in open land. Folks who live in the county (as opposed to the city) can shoot on their acreage, as long as all projectiles are safely contained, and no one complains about noise.

    This part of California seems less formal than Texas.

  48. Nick Flandrey says:

    @JimB, rural is always less formal.   Some of the people here at the BOL shoot almost every day on their land.  I can hear them, but IDK who they are.  So far no one has invited me to go out to the back 40 and shoot…

    Tonight I decided to sit on the patio and fire up my chiminea.   I was able to get a small fire going with some twigs from bushes.   Whatever the bush is, it burns like it’s dipped in gasoline so even though they were still damp, I did get a nice little fire.   Shortwave wasn’t very good, even when I added 25ft of wire to the antenna… I did listen to WRMI Legends for an hour, even though it was fading in and out for most of that.   They play everything.   I heard Pinball Wizard, Seasons in the Sun, Hot Rod Lincoln (man what a guitar line), Roy Orbison, and Diana Ross, among others.   There are some commercials of a religious nature, but it’s one of the strongest and most entertaining stations on shortwave.   5.050mhz early in the night, then 9.455 later.  And they stream at WRMILegends.com  Best part is they still take requests so you never know what you’ll hear.

    Time for some sleep though.

    n

  49. Alan says:

    @paul, two steps forward, one step back is still forward progress…plenty of folks here ready to give a poke in the right direction… hang in there…

  50. Alan says:

    >>But, seriously, that’s more a branch chipper than a wood chipper. 

    No way it could be cross-purposed to do any real chipping related work.

    Amateur.

    This, now, is a real man’s chipper:

    https://youtu.be/5kJuWq7tnfA?si=S4-Pj4BWXIrzfsGa

  51. brad says:

    I have 36 devices connected on my network.

    I just checked – we have 30. That includes some containers, for example, the one running our PiHole. A lot of IoT stuff that really needs isolated in its own VLAN. Anyone got a tuit, preferably round?

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