21 March 2014

Damn I'm good

Monday – Troubleshoot and repair 15 horse compressor, 480 VAC. Bad starter coil, $50 part. Unit had been down for 18 months. Fab shop productivity down 60% with backup comps.

I roc
Tuesday – Laundry, Internetubeweb research for neighbor to find cheap jackhammer. Found one, $160 on Amazon with 2-day free shipping via Azamon (stet) Prime, saving neighbor Big Bucks Fast by losing cable and Netflix, plus free Kindle Library. Paid for the fucking jackhammer there, if it's worth a shit.

Wednesday – Cooking

Thursday – HVAC for Bro. Bad t-stat wire (Rodent damage) and fried start cap, $16 part. Been down for 3 months. Hint for DIY doods. Does the fan work? If no. bad transformer or thermostat. Check v @ t-stat. Nil V @ tsat means bad transformer most of the time, so check tformer in the attic. It's behind the panel with the power leads going into it. Tstat output OK? Bad wire. Pull new Tstat wire. V @ tstat OK? Open up the outdoor bad boy. Find the contactor – it'll be the half nekkid looking thing with lots of wires and two strip contacts and a plastic bridge. Carefully, using a tool not your damn fingers you oaf, and an insulated tool at that, press down on the plastic bridge part that goes between the copper bands what have the rivits in them. Did that startle you ? Sparks and motor noises? Good!

How do I rock?

Friday - Function check jackhammer for cute neighbor. Box intact – but the blow-formed case looks like a fortune cookie that's been stepped on. Came with jackhammer, 2 bits (point and chisel), oil bottle (empty, never filled), spanner for oil reservoir, 2 hex keys (which fit none of the fasteners), spare motor brushes (YAY) and a set of instructions translated from Chinese to Engrish by way of, best guess, Finnish. Ran like a champ through 5” pool skirt 'til I got tired of clearing the rubble and the wheelie bin was about half full (4 hours?). Big limiting factor was the rebar – too big for dikes or Kleins, but my only boltcutters are 48 inch, weigh as much as the damn jackhammer, and won't fit in tight spaces.

I rock Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic; that's how I rock.

16 February 2014

Immigration reform – and why it won 't work

Point number the only one – Americans are poisonsly against anything that smacks of “second-class citizenship”.

Canadia (stet) has “”Immigrants”, “Landed Immigrants” and “Citizens” .

If you want a real laugh, consider “FM2” status in Mexico.

We in the God blessed US of A consider all such divisions to be invidious, harmful, UnAmerican.

And that's why none of the proposed “amnesty” bills will work in the long term. We won't institutionalize a whole category of serfs.

One party considers it to be a holding pattern until something better can be arranged.

Another party considers it to be a good thing which will advance the coming Universal State.

I know where I stand.


Rules only work if they are agreed upon by all players. Good faith is the key upon which all agreements stand. Guess which one is negotiating in good faith, and which in ill.

Contra ACA

We've got to understand the lack of limits on the ACA, also known as Obamacare. There was never any intention of anything less than the institution of a National Health system on the British model, and there has never been any intention of it's being anything other than a nationwide behavior control program.

As instituted in the UK, the smokers, drinkers, and fatties are being denied health service. The turgid cries of “Health Dangers” have come very close to banning my French Chef's knives, not to mention my 115 year old Mauser in my closet.

The point I'm trying to make here is that once healthcare becomes trump,all other rights vanish.

I am a lifelong believer in the right to stoopid. You want to be stoopid, please go right ahead and be my guest. I'm here to help. You descend into terminal stoopid, I'll do what I can, and so will my friends, my neighbors, and my parish, to help your survivors. It's the way of our people, and by “people”I mean “humans”.

Yes, there are degrees and exceptions, and I'm not going to get into those at this time.

The point I'm trying to make is that once the healthcare of America is subject to the rule of those who “know better” there is no right that will withstand scrutiny.

There's a set of PSAs (Public Service Announcements) being run on radio stations now: “Know the Contents of Your Medicine Cabinet'. The National Healthcare Database” means that any cop who wants can intrude. Not for any presumed misuse of fun drugs, but because you have kids. Or had some disease which indicated painkillers. Possibility of addiction, y'know

Maybe you're just a sloppy eater. Need some good carbon tetrachloride spot lifter (can you still buy it? I get mine na levo from a friend with a chain of dry cleaners).

And OMFG! Gunnz!!Eleventy1!! Now not a matter of the Second Amendment, but an “unlicensed medical device” infinitely more deadly than the recently (banned as devices) DNA scans from 23andME.

Anybody else remember Al Gore's promise to ban all chlorine compounds? “And how were your French Fries, Mr President?” But that's ok, 'cause Mayor Bloomberg carries his own bootleg salt shaker. Maybe he gets a special kosher salt variance. Because the crystals are larger, and then you've got a religious exemption. But on the other hand, the city of San Francisco has banned male circumcisions “for health reasons”. Try dealing with a prepuce infection and adhesion on an uncut 2-year-old. So religious exemptions seem to be out as well.

Black nail lacquer weakens the fingernails. Bye-bye Goths. Hydrogen peroxide is bad for the skin. Bye bye 70% of blondes. Tattoos and piercings can lead to infection. So I cut off my left arm*, my right pectoral**, both nipples***, and can no longer identify chicks who like doggie style****.

Drinking is bad for you, so let's ration it. One pint Victory Gin per household per week. Sorry, I meant per month. If you eat your cabbage. It's high in vitamins and iron, and keps well in the cold. Corn? Sorry, it's needed to keep my car running. You understand. Corn is distilled into whiskey to run my car, right? My driving is more important than you eating food. Talk to the boot*****


Diet is even easier. With the portion of the population getting food stamps (I ain't proud, been there myself) it should be easy enough to get everyone (save the nomenclatura) into a sustainable Gaia-friendly vegan diet by some easily drawn restrictions to the SNAP program. Even easier with the scanners and database management implicit in the inventory control systems used by most grocery stores. Which systems could easily be made mandatory, cutting convenience stores and bodegas out of the loop. That's a feature, not a bug. Big business good, small business bad. How much did they donate on the last election cycle?

But there's so much help we could get. If only OSHA could make the standards for our homes! And if everyone were ADA compliant! (Toronto, IIRC, just banned doorknobs. Not just the front door and back door and every bedroom door but the door from the garage to the kitchen and every bathroom, the retrofit for a 3/2 house, well we're running about $3k. Think I'm exaggerating? I'm doing it myself. Want a locksmith? 10K plus.)

Now how about aggression. It needs a safe outlet.

Let's begin the 5 minute hate.

Who's it gonna be this time?



* Tattoo of the State of Texas
** Tattoo of yellow rose, emblem of the State of Texas. Doesn't sag, either.
*** Got tired of 'em and let them heal up
**** What the fuck else is the tramp stamp supposed to be? “Hi, my name is” or “Property of”...
Nothing against ink, I wear some myself. Including flowers. But they're yellow roses It's a Texas thing. You wouldn't understand.

***** To imagine the future imagine a boot stomping endlessly on your face. Quote from my memory of the dear sweet Eric Blair, and if you don't get it then fuck you and Susan too.

What's the best?

One thing that the Anthropogenic Global Warming fanatics take for granted is that last year's weather is to be taken as normal. There is no reason to make that assumption.

Fran Porretto makes the obvious comment, that those who pursue this nonsense are anti-human.

I prefer to take a larger canvas. Let's look at Terraforming. Is Terra better just because it has humans on it? Isn't that just humaiform centrism? Maybe if we just left them alone the Martian amino acids could develop YouTube and FaceBook? Think of the CHILDREN!!!Eleventy!

No. There are folks around who think that humanity is a blight on the face of the earth, and the sooner we get back to hunter-gatherers, and for preference not hunters, the better off we will all be.

Bullshit! I say to that. (recherche Phil Dick quote)

As Grace Slick (so far as I can tell no relation to Tam Slick) We Are The Crown of Creation

.Was the global warming just an artefact of Antarctic vulcanism? I claimed that that was the case in the '80's, when that was the definitive answer. Instead there was the call for universal bans of CFCs. Yeah.


As a good wise man once said: You come to see, what you want to see; you come to see but you never come to know.

31 December 2013

Absent Friends

The GF called a relative, and found that her nephew had cancer.  Got a call 8 hours later that he had died.  Not nice. Not fair. I'm pissed off.






15 December 2013

Rule of thumb

The GF told me that the lights on the other side of the golf course were the building where she works. I told her I make it about 1 1/8 mile as the crow flies. 

The human thumb at arm's length subtends 1 degree of arc. The math is easy, and left as an exercise for the student.

22 November 2013

By Popular Demand!

Know all men by these presents that my girlfriend, Amy, is NOT chopped liver.  She is a dynamic and self-aware completely wonderful person who has the singular lack of judgement to allow me to share the better part of my time with her. That she considers it the better part of her time is up to question.

03 November 2013

A boot on the face

We've got to understand the lack of limits on the ACA, also known as Obamacare. There was never any intentions of anything less than the institution of a National Health system on the British model, and there has never been any intention of it's being anything other than a nationwide behavior control program.

As instituted in the UK, the smokers, drinkers, and fatties are being denied health service. The turgid cries of “Health Dangers” have come very close to banning my French Chef's knives, not to mention my 115 year old Mauser in my closet.

The point I'm trying to make here is that once healthcare becomes trump,all other rights vanish.

I am a lifelong believer in the right to stoopid. You want to be stoopid, please go right ahead and be my guest. I'm here to help.You descend into terminal stoopid, I'll do what I can, and so will my friends, my neighbors, and my parish, to help your survivors. It's the way of our people, and by “people”I mean “humans”.

Yes, there are degrees and exceptions, and I'm not going to get into those at this time.

The point I'm trying to make is that once the healthcare of America is subject to the rule of those who “know better” there is no right that will withstand scrutiny.

There's a set of PSAs (Public Service Announcements) being run on radio stations now: “Know the Contents of Your Medicine Cabinet'. The National Healthcare Database” means that any cop who wants can intrude. Not for any presumed misuse of fun drugs, but because you have kids. Or had https://www.google.com/search?q=foster+children+killed+by+cops&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a


02 November 2013

Prayers for a friend

My old buddy Robyn was concerned that her folks weren't answering the phone, so she went to check on them.  Her 88 year old father and 92 year old mother were both dead, of natural causes.   Made the papers.  Made the broadcast news. 

Although Robyn and I don't talk much these days, I remember her folks fondly, and her father clued me in to some engineering backroads I would never have considered.  Her mother was a gracious hostess with a wicked sense of humor. 

I can only imagine how devastated Robyn was to find them.

For all of them I can do nothing but offer prayers and sympathy

Call for Art

My hometown pro basketball team needs spicing up.  So A Challenge to come up with a logo for the Houston Srirockets!
High Flying Hot Cocks!
(I'm looking at you, SWeasel, and at you, Righteous Oatmeal  Dood)


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