A great man for the job

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From Radio Iowa:

Iowan Sam Clovis nominated to be USDA undersecretary
President Trump has nominated an Iowan who was a top policy adviser on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to serve as the USDA Undersecretary for research, education and economics. Sam Clovis, formerly of Hinton, Iowa, has been working in the USDA since Trump took office, serving as a liaison to the White House.

“This may be the last rodeo I ever have. I can’t believe I’ve had this experience,” Clovis said a year ago during an appearance in Iowa. “But I will tell you this: I can’t imagine anything more important than what I’m doing right now because it’s about the country.”

His nomination to be the top science adviser in the USDA has sparked controversy, as Clovis has said he’s skeptical of climate science.

“I have looked at the science and I have enough of a science background to know when I’m being boofed and I think a lot of what we see is ‘junk science’, so I’m a skeptic,” Clovis said during a 2014 interview on Iowa Public Radio.

Another quote:

“What we see about a lot of this…is really about income redistribution from rich nations that are industrialized to nations that are not and it comes down to this false premise…that we ought to consume based on population rather than on the strength of our economy,” Clovis said. “If we have 20 percent of the world GDP, it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that we consume 20 percent of the energy of the world.”

He served in the Air Force and was an Economics Professor at an Iowa college so the guy is no slouch. Cue up the lamentations of the liberals....

Great quote

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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
--Dorothy Parker

So wonderfuly true!

Back home again

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Got almost everything accomplished (forgot one item on my shopping list).

My CERT team is being deployed tomorrow for this memorial service:

Public invited to funeral for Lynden fire chief
Heavy traffic is expected Saturday in Lynden as firefighters from around the state and nation gather for the funeral of Lynden Fire Chief Robert Spinner, who died while on duty last week.

As many as 1,000 people are expected to attend the 1 p.m. ceremony in the Expo Building at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. The memorial, with full fire service honors, will last about 90 minutes. A reception will follow.

Both are open to the public.

Spinner, 50, was a 25-year veteran who became Lynden’s interim chief in April after joining the department in 2010 as its assistant chief. He suffered an apparent heart attack while exercising Friday, becoming the 56th U.S. firefighter to die in the line of duty this year.

Way to early to go.

We will be directing traffic and cleaning up after the event. My ham radio group will be there too but I am set up more for stationary base-station  operation than mobile hand-held so I'm wearing my CERT hat tomorrow.

Dinner tonight will be more pulled pork but dressing it up as taco meat - change of pace...

Pork in the news

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First, it is the Joint Strike Fighter - the F-35 which is hamstrung because it was designed by a committee. It cannot do any one thing well because it tries to do too much of everything. More here, here, here and here.

Now, it seems that the US Navy is having its own share of problems. From Popular Mechanics:

The Navy Is Looking for a New Frigate to Replace the Troubled Littoral Combat Ship
The U.S. Navy has solicited industry for a new frigate design, reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with the troubled, frigate-sized Littoral Combat Ships. The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fell victim to a combination of technological overreach and a changing geopolitical environment that made the ships minimally capable, unreliable, and obsolete in a world of variable global threats. In its place, the Navy wants a more traditional guided-missile frigate design capable of tackling larger, more complex roles.

I love that phrase "technological overreach" - translated, it means that this was designed - yet again - by a committee and cannot do any one thing well because...

We need to build our military but we should first start by cutting these pork projects.

A long day ahead

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Heading in to town for some stuff. Posting will resume this evening.

Interesting publisher eLand

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Specalising in travel books including reprints of older ones. From their website:

WELCOME TO ELAND BOOKS
Eland houses an unrivalled collection of books about the world and its societies. The titles explore the magic of our cultures, their humour, their common humanity and their inspiring differences. For the price of a good bottle of wine our travel books offer inspiration for passionate exploration – in the company of authors who really know, and who know how to tell it.

Will have to explore their collection.

48 years ago this evening

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I had just graduated from High School and was in Massachusetts working for a pipe organ builder. My parents were spending the summer in Rockport, Mass (they alternated years between Rockport and the area near Estes Park, Colorado)  so I drove over to their cottage and watched the moon landing. Always been a science nerd and this was pure nerdgasm for me.

We need to get back to space - NASA has become diluted with climate foolishness - time to return to its roots.

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A tip of the hat to Grouchy Old Cripple

More rain on the horizion

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Forecasts are either for showers or cloudy - we will see.

Still working on the pantry - I kept my herbal medicine raw materials in there and they were feasted on by the mice. These supplies are something I only work with a couple times/year so I did not see that there were problems until now - placing some orders on Amazon and figuring out a better - more mouse proof - method of storage. The volume is large enough that glass jars are not really practical.

Christ on a corn dog - just how irrelevant is this guy - from The Washington Examiner:

Bill Nye: Older people need to 'die' out before climate science can advance
Bill Nye specifically targeted the elderly this week as he spoke out against climate change deniers, saying that climate science will start to advance when old people start to "age out," according to a report.

The "Science Guy" said that generationally, the majority of climate change deniers are older.

"Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational," Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with "due respect," acknowledging that he is "now one of them."

"We're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out,' as they say," Nye went on, adding that "age out" is a euphemism for "die." "But it'll happen, I guarantee you — that'll happen."

The problem here is that it is very easy to indoctrinate young people - older people have really good bullshit detectors and use them regularly. When the recorded data fails to back up the claims of the warmers, the tendency is to treat the warmers with a healthy dose of skepticism. They hate that as they know that their "studies" are a scam.

Going after the darknet - from The Hill:

DOJ takes down dark net marketplaces
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said it had shut down the online criminal market AlphaBay and one of its chief competitors, Hansa.

"This is likely one of the most important criminal cases of the year," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a press conference.

Sessions said the DOJ had seized the infrastructure and arrested the criminal market's owner, ending speculation about why AlphaBay had recently disappeared.

And this about Hansa:

After AlphaBay went dark, many of its patrons moved to Hansa, a competitor, not knowing that law enforcement had taken control of that site as well.

"Make no mistake, the forces of law and justice face a new challenge from the criminals and transnational criminal organizations who think they can commit their crimes with impunity by 'going dark,' " said Sessions.

"This case, pursued by dedicated agents and prosecutors, says you are not safe. You cannot hide. We will find you, dismantle your organization and network. And we will prosecute you."

Busted. The darknet is nothing to protect - it sells illegal goods. Good that the various world governments (AlphaBay was run from Thailand, Hansa from the Netherlands) are waking up to the dangers of these organizations. Security expert Brian Krebs once had a black-hat hacker buy heroin and have it shipped to his home - the intent was to call the cops when it arrived. Here is his tale (February 17, 2017):

Men Who Sent Swat Team, Heroin to My Home Sentenced
It’s been a remarkable week for cyber justice. On Thursday, a Ukrainian man who hatched a plan in 2013 to send heroin to my home and then call the cops when the drugs arrived was sentenced to 41 months in prison for unrelated cybercrime charges. Separately, a 19-year-old American who admitted to being part of a hacker group that sent a heavily-armed police force to my home in 2013 was sentenced to three years probation.

And here is Brian on the Hansa bust:

Exclusive: Dutch Cops on AlphaBay ‘Refugees’
Following today’s breaking news about U.S. and international authorities taking down the competing Dark Web drug bazaars AlphaBay and Hansa Market, KrebsOnSecurity caught up with the Dutch investigators who took over Hansa on June 20, 2017. When U.S. authorities shuttered AlphaBay on July 5, police in The Netherlands saw a massive influx of AlphaBay refugees who were unwittingly fleeing directly into the arms of investigators. What follows are snippets from an exclusive interview with Petra Haandrikman, team leader of the Dutch police unit that infiltrated Hansa.

Quite the story at his site - good work all around!

Two different stories, two different cities:

Not like this is a new event either. From 2015. From 2016. From 2017.

Back home again

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Coffee and some time at the store.

As part of the remodel, we are moving the shopping carts and an ice cream freezer. Building a nest for the carts - 1.5" by 1/4" steel strap fastened to the floor - low enough to not be a tripping hazard but high enough to prevent the carts from self-deploying - a little speed bump for them. Also putting up some galvanized roofing metal where the carts used to be - they chewed up the drywall and this will cover the damage but look really nice. Pick up stuff for that tomorrow.

Ripping CDs and doing a load in the dishwasher. Organizing the pantry.

Delicious rainfall

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It sure sounded good on the metal roof this morning while dozing in bed. Got a bit over two tenths of an inch. Much needed - mitigate some of the fire danger and watering the garden.

Off to coffee and then spending the day working at home.

True dat!

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From the internet:

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The fire is contained

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It was some grass that was burning over a 2-3 acre space. DNR got a dozer up there and dug in a fireline.

No word as to cause but my guess is a campfire got out of control. This is state land and we usually get a bunch of vagrants coming through for the summer in various states of mental health. Number of these who have actually put down roots in the area? Zero.

CNN - Fake News

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CNN continues to beclown itself as a purveyor of Fake News. Case in point - from ABC News / The Associated Press:

Germany: G-20 riots caused up to $13.8 million insured damage
A group representing German insurers says the rioting that accompanied the Group of 20 summit earlier this month could cost insurance companies up to 12 million euros ($13.8 million).

Host city Hamburg saw three nights of violence amid anti-globalization protests as leaders of the world's biggest economic powers met July 7-8.

And this from The Daily Caller:

‘Life-Threatening Situation’: 130 Police Officers Injured In G20 Riots
Police officers deployed at the G20 summit in Hamburg admitted Friday that they “completely underestimated the situation” and are now calling on reinforcement from every German state to take on left-wing activists.

Police estimate that around 8,000 demonstrators took part in the “Welcome to Hell” protest Thursday. At least 130 police officers out of the 20,000 working during the conference were injured in the riots. Twelve of them will not be able to return to duty, according to newspaper Welt.

And now, CNN's reporting of the riots:

Protesters flood streets of Hamburg as G20 wraps up
An eclectic and international mix of demonstrators peacefully tramped through the streets of Hamburg on Saturday, a show of anti-capitalist muscle in earshot of the world's top leaders who were finishing up at the G20 summit.

Talk about being out of touch with reality - either their collective heads are up their posteriors or they are willfully spreading lies to promote an agenda.

An interesting spin-off

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The loss of  Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people is one of the greater aviation mysteries but there is one good thing to come from it - from gCaptain:

MH370 Search Data Unveils Fishing Hotspots, Ancient Geological Movements
Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth’s southern continents.

The Indian Ocean search ended in January after covering a lonely stretch of open water where under-sea mountains larger than Mount Everest rise and a rift valley dotted with subsea volcanoes runs hundreds of kilometers long.

The data that was collected:

...information gathered during painstaking surveys of some 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq miles) of the remote waters west of Australia should provide fishermen, oceanographers and geologists insight into the region in unprecedented detail, said Charitha Pattiaratchi, professor of coastal oceanography at the University of Western Australia.

“There are the locations of seamounts which will attract a lot of international deep sea fishermen to the area,” Pattiaratchi told Reuters by phone.

High-priced fish such as tuna, toothfish, orange roughy, alfonsino and trevally are known to gather near the seamounts, where plankton swirl in the currents in the inhospitable waters.

Pattiaratchi said the location of seamounts would also help model the impact of tsunamis in the region, given undersea mountains help dissipate their destructive energy, and potentially change our understanding of the break-up of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.

46,000 sq. miles is about the area of the state of Pennsylvania - a big area to be gathering such crystal clear data. Quite the addition to the world's body of knowledge.

“It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the world’s oceans have been surveyed with the kind of technology used in the search for MH370, making this remote part of the Indian Ocean among the most thoroughly mapped regions of the deep ocean on the planet,” said Stuart Minchin, chief of Geoscience Australia’s environmental geoscience division.

Here is the website for the project at Geoscience Australia: MH370 - Phase One Data Release

Yikes - local forest fire

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On the radio - a couple acres are burning in back of the post office. District 14 is there fighting it.

Must suppress that which does not fit the narrative. From Breitbart:

MILO: NPR Killed Book Interview ‘Because I Sounded Too Reasonable’
Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO flew to New York specifically to take part in an extensive interview with NPR about his bestselling book, DANGEROUS. During the July 10 interview, which MILO has provided exclusive footage of, the host stated that the interview would be going live the next day. MILO was then reportedly contacted by an NPR producer that clarified that the interview would be published the following week.

When the interview was still not published, leading MILO to question why it had not gone live, he was reportedly informed that a short version of the interview would be published “sometime in August.”

When asked for comment, MILO said, “It’s perfectly obvious from the constantly shifting deadline from NPR producers and the line of questioning from the host that they were expecting a low-rent troll — someone who would assure the broadcaster’s ossified audience that anyone sympathetic to the President must be a redneck or an idiot.”

“What they got was me: an articulate, New York Times bestselling author in complete command of his material,” he noted. “If America were finally to hear a provocative, intelligent, fabulous but eminently reasonable gay free speech crusader who leans to the Right — yes, I’m still talking about myself — it would be devastating to the Left’s speech codes and dedication to political correctness and identity politics. So NPR did the only thing they could in the circumstances to protect the narrative: they nixed the interview.”

And this is not the first time for NPR:

NPR previously spiked an interview with podcaster Adam Carolla after an attempt to portray the comedian as a racist backfired.

It is certainly within National Public Radio's charter to air what they want to but stories like this really show their bias. Considering that NPR is funded with our tax dollars, they should be more in line with the interests of the general public.

Here is the interview - have not listened to it yet but will later tonight. Also picked up a copy of his book.

The alt.energy bubble

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A couple of headlines regarding alternative energy - a lot of the subsidy programs are ending. Shoveling taxpayer money to foreign companies in order to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels (of which we have a great abundance) and production of CO2 (otherwise known as plant food).

The last link is especially interesting. Any research done with public funding (Government grants, etc...) is in the public domain and the general public has the right to see the data, to see the work and to see the results at no cost. Most of today's climate research is based on computer models and recreations of climate history. Whenever these have been examined, they have been shown to be biased towards rising temperatures - the so-called Hockey Stick of Michael Mann is a perfect example. Totally discredited.

It is no wonder that the climate scientists are backpedaling as fast as they can and trying to keep their data to themselves - they know that there is no correlation between their numbers and the real world.

From the Smithsonian:

A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion
We turn out of our hammocks at 6.30am and lash up and stow in the usual way,” a Royal Navy sailor named Frank Baker wrote in his diary on December 6, 1917. “We fall in on the upper deck at 7am and disperse to cleaning stations, busying ourselves scrubbing decks etc. until 8am when we ‘cease fire’ for breakfast.” Baker was pulling wartime duty as a ship inspector in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the lookout for spies, contraband and saboteurs.

But there were no ships to be inspected that day, so after breakfast he and his crewmates aboard HMCS Acadia went back to their cleaning stations. “We...had just drawn soap and powder and the necessary utensils for cleaning paint work,” he wrote, “when the most awful explosion I ever heard or want to hear again occurred.”

What Frank Baker heard was the biggest explosion of the pre-atomic age, a catastrophe of almost biblical proportions. The 918 words he wrote for December 6 make up the only eyewitness account known to be written on the day of what is now called the Halifax Explosion. After World War I, his diary sat unread for decades. Now, it has been included in an exhibit on the explosion’s centennial at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, across the harbor from Halifax. It is published here for the first time.

“The first thud shook the ship from stem to stern and the second one seemed to spin us all around, landing some [crew members] under the gun carriage and others flying in all directions all over the deck,” Baker wrote. Sailors 150 miles out to sea heard the blast. On land, people felt the jolt 300 miles away. The shock wave demolished almost everything within a half-mile. “Our first impression was that we were being attacked by submarines, and we all rushed for the upper deck, where we saw a veritable mountain of smoke of a yellowish hue and huge pieces of iron were flying all around us.”

Unseen by Baker, two ships had collided in the Narrows, a strait linking a wide basin with the harbor proper, which opens into the Atlantic to the southeast. An outbound Belgian relief ship, the Imo, had strayed off course. An inbound French freighter, the Mont-Blanc, couldn’t get out of its way. The Imo speared the Mont-Blanc at an angle near its bow. The freighter carried 2,925 tons of high explosives, including 246 tons of benzol, a highly flammable motor fuel, in drums lashed to its deck. Some of the drums toppled and ruptured. Spilled benzol caught fire. The Mont-Blanc’s crew, unable to contain the flames, abandoned ship.

The ghost vessel burned and drifted for about 15 minutes, coming to rest against a pier along the Halifax shore. Thousands of people on their way to work, already working at harborside jobs, or at home in Halifax and Dartmouth, stopped in their tracks to watch.

Then the Mont-Blanc blew.

Quite the story - more at the site. Another big explosion in Canada was the 1958 intentional demolition of Ripple Rock in British Columbia.

Ten rules for life

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Great list from terribleminds:

WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THIS SHIT-SHELLACKED ERA OF EPIC STUPID
Everything is dumb right now.

From nose to tail, we have become the dumbest, saddest pig at the county fair. Historians will not refer to this period as THE DARK AGES, but rather, THE DUMB AGES. The greatest question I get, right now, is how to simply persist creating art and staying motivated and creative in this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery, so I thought I’d bop in here and try my hand at answering that.

1. Stop staring at the news and at social media. This is hard, because presently the news is a series of constantly crashing cars right outside your window. One after the next, bang, smash, crash. The symphony of shrieking metal is very, very hard to turn away from. In many eras, the news is only marginally relevant to you on a day to day basis but, to me it seems that ratio is going up, up, up. The healthcare debacle alone affects me, um, rather significantly. If I don’t have access to healthcare via health insurance, then this thing that I do gets a whole lot harder. Just the same, I gotta know to turn away from it. The news is a vampire. It’ll bleed you dry and leave you a desiccated husk on the carpet. You can look at it, but pick your times. Write or make art first, then go and stare into the unswerving gaze of Sauron himself.

2. Writing is an act of resistance. Art is an act of resistance. Shit, just living your life in the maelstrom is resistance. Here’s how you know when something is a act of resistance: would the Shitty People, the Petty Men with Axes, want you to do it? No? Then do it. They want you showing your belly. They want you to stop contributing your ideas. They want you to shut the fuck up. So, don’t. Don’t get sad. Get mad. Get fucking pissed. And then —

3. Put that piss and vinegar into the work. Pour it right in. Glug, glug, splish-splash.

Seven more at the site - rules to live by.

About those Russians

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With all the Democrats claiming Russian influence on the elections putting President Trump in office, it is good to read a bit of history. From Forbes of Feb 18, 2017:

No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists
K Street lobbyists are the symbol of Washington influence-peddling as they push government for favors, subsidies, exemptions, and other special treatment for their clients. Their customers include, in addition to domestic clients, foreign governments, oligarchs, fugitive speculators, and a rogue’s gallery of questionable figures. Washington lobbyists trade on their access to power. Many are former administration officials or members of Congress. If Trump fulfills his promise to “drain the swamp,” these influence peddlers would have nothing to sell. They are under attack.

The media has focused not on K Street but on the Russian ties of President Donald Trump’s associates. They list the reprehensible Kremlin-associated figures for whom members of his inner circle worked, the most notorious being Viktor Yanukovich, the deposed president of Ukraine, and fugitive oligarch, Dymtro Firtash. But both of these “repulsive” figures were also advised by Democratic top dogs, who likely earned large multiples of what the “small fry” Trump associates took home.

In pushing its Manchurian-candidate-Trump narrative, the media fail to mention the much deeper ties of Democratic lobbyists to Russia. Don’t worry, the media seems to say: Even though they are representing Russia, the lobbyists are good upstanding citizens, not like the Trump people. They can be trusted with such delicate matters.

More at ths site - an interesting read.

Back home again

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Heading in to town tomorrow. Stuff to do here today.

Heading out the door

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Took care of some stuff at home and now heading out for coffee and maybe a quick run in to town.

Continuing the remodel at the store - installing the slatwall has turned out to be a big success with the new retail area looking really good. Now, we are moving the shopping carts, an ice cream freezer and putting a panel of galvanized metal roofing on part of the wall at the entry way. Picking up the roofing and the "wiggle wood" backing strips for it.

Got all of the hardware sorted out last night (only took two hours for over 1,000 pieces all the while watching TV and ripping audio CDs). A quick surf and then out the door.

Great quote

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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-- Albert Einstein

Just wonderful - Seattle

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Seattle is spending tons of money on SJW programs but zero on infrastructure. From The Seattle Times:

West Point treatment plant ill-prepared for growing Seattle region, says post-flood report
The West Point sewage-treatment plant, the region’s largest, is ill-prepared to handle an emergency during heavy rains, a contractor hired to investigate a catastrophic flood at the plant last winter has found.

The contractor, AECOM, reported: The plant lacks redundant treatment capacity and systems backup; workers don’t have proper training to manage an emergency such as the flood that swamped the plant; and the new $40 million automated control system fully implemented just days before the flood actually made managing the emergency worse.

The computerized system is intended to monitor operations throughout the plant to alert managers in control rooms to anything amiss. Instead, as the flooding disaster unfolded, the system overwhelmed them. “The shift supervisor was faced with more than 2,100 alarms in less than one hour and it was not clear which were critical and which were of lesser significance,” the report states.

Yet during the flood, the alarm system also provided no automatic alert to the disaster itself; managers didn’t know flooding had occurred until they saw it, and then had to eventually manually turn off pumps still surging sewage into the crippled plant.

Ahh yes - the result of years of progressivism. Management by committee and nobody is held accountable. The fools that signed off on the new system are not elected and they just accepted whatever was handed them and they paid through the nose for the privilege.

Stuffed and happy

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Had a big burger with all the fixin's - the pups each got a dog burger so we are all happy.

I was running low on some basic hardware used in PCs and small electronics so I ordered two kit assortments of screws, bolts, spacers, washers, etc... They came in a nice plastic box with dividers but they got walloped enough in transit that all of the dividers popped out of their slots. Spending the evening with over 1,000 bits in a baking tray, the TV on in the background, ripping music CD's and sorting hardware. Fun fun fun...

Back home early

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Bagging the meeting in town - too nice a day. Been eating pulled pork too many times (I know - a first-world problem) so picked up a pound of 80/20 in town and will be firing up the grill for hamburgers tonight.

Had a royal fuster-cluck this morning. Drove about 50 miles from here in to Blaine, WA to return some merchandise that was not selling well. Found the address from their website and it turned out to be a private residence. OK - knock on door and a teen-age boy came out and did not know what I was talking about. Called the number and they were at a different address but the guy that handles returns had gone for the day (this was at noon). Turns out the residence was the business owner's home - why the kid didn't say as much is making me wonder how well mom is communicating with her kids. Wasted three hours.

Took care of a few things in town - was planning to hang out, have dinner and attend the meeting but around 3:30 I just said screw it and headed home. Get the dogs fed, unload the truck and fix dinner - posting later.

Productive day - digitized a lot more of my CD collection. I had a dedicated music computer at one time but the software was a pain to use so I re-purposed it for some other stuff and eventually gave it away to a local family for their kids' school work. There are a lot of nice media applications for the Raspberry Pi so that is $50 for one of those plus box plus power supply. I have monitors, mice and keyboards lying around, fill up an old hard drive and I will have a nice system.

Plus, like I said, Thunderbunny takes SD cards so I can have a greater variety of tunes on the road.

Got the third and final coat of paint on the pantry shelves - it will have all day tomorrow to dry and Wednesday, I start putting everything back in place.

Putting the stuff away from the pot-luck catering. The hotel pans are awkward to store so trying to figure out a good (and compact) way to store them. Also, running the smaller stuff from the food trailer through the dishwasher to get them sanitized and get the crud knocked off - glad I never ate from the previous owners.

The second coat of paint is drying on the pantry shelves - put the third and last one on tonight and start assembling the wire can racks Wednesday - Tuesday will be an all-in-town day. Vendor before noon, some shopping and a meeting at 7:00PM so dinner in town.

Coffee, store, post office and then town.

Probably pick up some Chinese for dinner tonight - love the pulled pork but four nights in a row? Time for a break.

We lost two biggies

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From the movie and television arena:

I was in my penultimate year at high school in Pittsburgh when Night of the Living Dead was released. An actual movie filmed in Pittsburgh? What an idea and it was a lot of fun to watch - recognised the locations. Single-handedly kicked off the whole zombie meme.

Another day at the farm

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Getting Buttercup the tractor ready to be loaned out - maybe the water engineer was thinking of today to pick her up. Was using her last night to clear some stuff out of the garage.

After that, I will get another coat of paint on the pantry shelves and then head in to town for a few things. Back home around 3:00PM or so and the final coat. Big difference already with just the one coat!

Just wonderful - northern lights

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A bust - we need to get a six or above to get displays at this latitude.20170716-K-index-01.gif

Doing coat 2 tomorrow

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Still a little bit tacky so waiting until tomorrow to do coat #2 - shoot for the morning and then #3 when I get back from town.

Pulled pork (and two more ears of corn) was delicious - keep forgetting just how good it is, need to make it more often.

Switching to YouTube and ripping CD's

Sir Richard Branson seems to be putting words in President Trump's mouth - from Yahoo News / The Guardian:

Trump regrets 'bizarre mistake' of Paris climate pullout, Branson claims
Donald Trump regrets the “bizarre mistake” of withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement, Sir Richard Branson has said. The British billionaire also urged the president to help phase out the ailing US coal industry.

Speaking in Brooklyn on Friday, the Virgin Group founder said businesses and cities were firmly behind a transition to low-carbon energy, which made Trump’s decision to exit the Paris deal “very, very strange”.

“With climate change, it’s America first and our beautiful globe last, and that seems incredibly sad,” said Branson. “I’ve got a feeling that the president is regretting what he did. Maybe his children and son in law [adviser Jared Kushner] are saying, ‘Look, I told you so.’ Hopefully there is a positive change of mind.”

The wheels are coming off the global climate scam and the progressives are trying every trick in the book to forestall the crash. For a really interesting article on this (with links to inconvenient data), cehck out the following: Research Team Slams Global Warming Data In New Report: “Not A Valid Representation Of Reality… Totally Inconsistent With Credible Temperature Data”

First coat on

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Shelves look a lot better - the original paint was fairly thin (the cheap stuff) and got worn and stained. This is a better grade of semigloss so it should be able to be wiped down easily. Doing three coats just to make sure.

Fixing some of the pulled pork for dinner - also resuming ripping my CD's - I had done a bunch of them a couple years ago but getting tired of the selection and want some new tunes. Thunderbunny (my truck) has an MP3 player integrated into the dashboard so I load up an SD card and I get a couple days of tunes. Only works with 32GB cards though so can't go too crazy.

Using the wonderful Exact Audio Copy to rip the disks along with the LAME MP3 codec (they play very well together). I use the version that is recomended by the Audacity team - I run Audacity as well and nice to have just the one codec on my hard drive. Perfect thing to multi-task at - paint a shelf or two, put in another CD and click a few buttons, go back to painting, unload some more radio stuff from the truck, lather, rinse, repeat...

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