Dude, everyone knows the danger of changing cat litter brands. The results can be truly disastrous ...
Dude, everyone knows the danger of changing cat litter brands. The results can be truly disastrous ...
Next up: an Isthmus!
We completed the island (save some decorative panels), and put up the rest of the wall cabinets where the peninsula will be. Also we laid down the foundation for the peninsula. Woot!
Also, crown molding. Lots of crown molding.
Tomorrow -- building the peninsula, adding some paneling, putting in one final cabinet by the windows after the contractors take care of some trim ... and we're wrapped up (for the moment).
This is actually tremendously good news, assuming the stuff is palatable. Beef cattle is horrifyingly expensive in terms of land and feed and water (and, yes, methane emissions and, for other livestock, waste management), but those costs are largely hidden through water subsidies and land use agreements and the like. And that ignores the moral considerations around animal raising conditions and slaughter.
(He said, having just gotten home from a huge meat dinner. Do as I blog, not as I blog I do.)
There will be economic displacement for cattle ranch owners and workers, certainly, though I suspect that "artisan beef" will never go completely away, even if the "cultured" stuff is tasty. But it could be both an economic necessity and a positive outcome if, half a century from now, the vast cattle ranches of the US (and other countries) are historic artifacts.
No report yesterday because there was not a lot to see, but today ...
One of the more daunting elements to the kitchen cabinet install was the oven cabinet, which weighs an ungodly amount, needed to be custom-cut, and, oh yeah, weighs an ungodly amount. If there was going to be one item that I might invoke the Mythical Man-Weekend for, it would have been to wrangle the thing.
(The Mythical Man-Weekend, modeled after Fred Brooks' The Mythical Man-Month, was the idea that if we were really behind or if there were elements that simply could not be handled by Jim and me, or even with the ladyfolk assisting, we'd thrown manpower at the project to get it completed. Not only are we on or ahead of schedule, but the cabinet, though a serious bitch to move about, was manageable. All our friends can rest more easily tonight ...)
Having that in place, we're leaving the cabinet that goes beside it so that the regular contractors can put up window trim on Monday. Instead, we started in on the island, one of the features we are really looking forward to having.
While installing against walls can be a challenge, as walls are _never_straight up-and-down (or side-to-side), installing when your only guide is distance from the walls around, centering on lighting fixtures, or the level vagaries of the floor itself, is its own challenge. We got about 2/3 of the island assembled, shimming like lunatics to keep the thing level, plumb, centered, and straight.
The rest of the island will be finished tomorrow. That will leave work on crown molding, as well as finishing the peninsula. Plenty of time (as Jim and Ginger don't leave until Tuesday night).
Feeling good about the project, right now. And looking forward to publishing "Dave's Laws of Big Home Remodeling Projects" ....
Law enforcement has always had a love-hate relationship with security and encryption. It's encouraged folk to protect themselves against cyber-threats because of the risks they pose to safety, the economy, intellectual property, and privacy ... but they get really hinkey when those measures keep them away from your data.
Proposing a back door to technology that only federal law enforcement can use is a laughable proposition. Knowing the back door is there means that everyone else, from commercial hackers to government-sponsored ones, will be trying to break it. And, inevitably, they will.
Since Rep. Carter (the congresscritter who is in charge of the subcommittee who funds cybersecurity efforts) avows he doesn't "know about this stuff," let me give a simple metaphor. If the FBI said, "You should keep your house securely locked, but we want to have a master key that lets us in if we need to, but don't worry, not only do we promise we'll only ever use it if it's legal and necessary, but we'll hide that key really well somewhere on your property where nobody but us will ever find it and use it to get into your house, we promise" ... what would be your reaction to such a proposal?
These infomercial-style pet adoption commercials are hysterical.
Trying to decide if tinkering with a faboo co-op game like "Castle Panic" by adding competitive Munchkin aspects is courting disaster or sheer brilliance.
I suppose it depends on one's devotion to cooperation vs competition. If done right, it would make for some interesting gameplay balance.
Not a bad analysis, overall. I'd probably bump both Thor and "Agents of SHIELD" a rank or two higher, and "Hail to the King" and Captain America a rank or two lower, but it's a good write-up.
The MCU, for all that Warners/DC, Sony, and now Paramount are trying to imitate it, remains a fragile construct, without a serious dud to adapt to yet, or a major retirement/cast change (excluding Bruce Banner). But this summary gives some indication of the bench depth, and upcoming films and the Netflix series should help things even further.
IM3 runs hot and cold for me, squarely between IM1 and IM2.
Ultimately, this kind of list for me is hard because there aren't any of the items mentioned that I didn't enjoy on some level.
I though it was interesting putting the One-Shots in there. If it's hard to compare a TV show to a feature length movie, it's even harder to compare either to a 5-10 minute featurette.
In summary, some new analysis demonstrates that when people know that there's a social safety net there to catch them if their attempt to start a new business fails, people start more new businesses. The same is true when bankruptcy laws are more lenient.
If true, that would indicate that screwing down on bankruptcy laws and getting rid of welfare programs, both conservative ideals (so as to reduce the "moral hazard" of "dependency") may have an opposite effect of what they want to see happen: people taking risks to create new businesses and innovate, cornerstones of American economic freedom, as Ronald Reagan himself boasted.
There seem to be eleventy-zillion reasons not to change who's on any given denomination of money, and they all boil down to two:
1. "Person X currently on the $Z bill is a great American icon and it would be disrespecting him to boot him to the numismatic curb."
2. "Person Y being proposed for the $Z bill was a commie / war-monger / killer of babies / killer of someone / corporate shill / environmentalist fanatic / religious fanatic / atheist / person of the wrong race or ethnicity or religion or gender or orientation / person we cannot abide the immense honor of being on our money."
The last point is the biggest -- really, nobody's going to kvetch too much over Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, or Franklin being moved aside (Washington and Lincoln are probably too iconic). Everyone and every group of everyones has people they must have on the money and people they mustn't have on the money, and the Treasury is highly unlikely to do anything unless (as the article notes) somehow it improves anti-counterfeiting measures.
That's the one weakness in this particular campaign: that it is looking for a singular change, and not proposing a regular rotation. People might be willing to put Sanger on the $20 if they knew that in two years they could be collecting Reagan double-sawbucks. A rotation between Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelts could be arranged.
(I still stand by my position, though, that the parties involved should not only not be living, as is current policy, but should have been dead at least 75 years; that gets around a lot of the living memory political brouhaha, even if it excludes a lot of neat people.)
But going for a single person -- especially a woman (which some yahoos will resent already, particularly since any woman who's made it to prominence enough to warrant the honor is likely to have ruffled feathers in some fashion) -- simply makes it that much mroe of a high stakes thing. "Do we want Ms. X on our $20 bill forever?" The fact is, there are very, very few people who I want on our $20 bill forever -- but that seems to be what we are stuck with.
Of course, if we keep debating long enough, we may get to the point where most folk say, "$20 bills ... do they still make those?"
Clearing your throat? Looking nervous? Recently shaved your beard? Wearing inappropriate clothing to the airport?
Just step over this way, sir.
On the one hand, looking for people displaying "suspicious behavior" seems common sense. On the other hand ...
... a lot of the behaviors are pretty common at an airport, especially with people who don't like to fly, who find the TSA checkpoints intimidating or irksome or frightening, who are late for their flight, or who are just having a bad day.
... there's no evidence that the SPOT program, or others like it, actually spot actually dangerous people. Because the numbers of actually dangerous people are so freaking small.
This explanation for the program seems much more plausible:
'One former Behavior Detection Officer manager, who asked not to be identified, said that SPOT indicators are used by law enforcement to justify pulling aside anyone officers find suspicious, rather than acting as an actual checklist for specific indicators. “The SPOT sheet was designed in such a way that virtually every passenger will exhibit multiple ‘behaviors’ that can be assigned a SPOT sheet value,” the former manager said.'
In other words, it's the "loitering" or "being rude to a police officer" or "you were weaving a bit" or "your tail light is out" justification for either a gut hunch that someone's a suspicious individual, or else to apply more subjective and less justifiable reasons for further investigation or harassment (e.g., swarthy skin).
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