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Thursday, June 22. 2017
Dr. Mercury, checking in.
For you Maggie's newcomers, I blogged on this site about every other day for five wonderful, tumultuous years. This was through the heady election days of 2008 and 2012, so there was obviously a lot to talk about.
Then a bunch of things happened.
- Helped with the construction of four 2-bedroom cottages — built from kits, no less — in a Colorado forest, as well as installing a large wind & solar installation to power them all. I was there for over two years.
- Helped birth a baby and whelped four litters of puppies.
- Lost my beloved to a brain aneurysm.
- Had a heart operation.
- Bought an extremely cool sports car that I didn't even know existed until an hour before I handed over the bread.
- Have lived in four states since the last time I blogged here, surrounded by champion show dogs.
Busy, busy, busy.
I'll relate the whole story below the fold, but for now I wanted to give a shout-out to a number of old friends who I see are still here.
Texan99 - My wonderful Texas belle.
GoneWithTheWind - Always one of the great voices of reason on this site.
Zach - Dude, you're the very definition of fortitude.
Dr.Torch, mudbug, Gringo, jma, bob sykes, Assistant Village Idiot, Sam L, JTW, rhhardin, JC, IdahoBob, Apple Pie, Clovis, Agent Cooper, Old Codger, BillH, Dorf, The Distributist, Claritas, Ben David, SgtBob, NJSoldier, faculty wife, Ken in NH, JLawson, BillH - Hey, doods and doodettes! It's nice to be back.
Side note: Boy, imagine how ol' Zach's going to feel when I pull out my (hold on a sec: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...) 213 anti-AGW links. It won't be pretty!
And, of course, my best bud, feeblemind - By the way, guy, I noticed that some of your recent comments have actually made lots of sense. We'll have to work on that.
Bird Dog, Barrister, News Junkie, Gwynnie, Dr. Bliss, Bulldog - I'm honored to be back among such distinguished peers.
If you're curious, my main web site is here. The whole mess is comprised of 1,204 posts, 1.1 million words, 2,856 pics and 640 vids.
Busy, busy, busy.
So, on with the story...
While a little goofy looking, that's the way to go. Starts kicking out juice with very little wind, can take up to 150 feet per second gusts (high wind gusts are the big killer of home-built systems), doesn't have to readjust itself when the wind suddenly changes direction, and — just as importantly — it doesn't hum like the typical blade types do.
For battery storage, we went with some Tesla batteries we found on eBay. They're about $7,000 new but, being used on eBay, we got them for less than the comparable new other-brand batteries on Amazon.
I hung out there helping her with her show dogs for about a year, then did the same thing in Illinois, North Carolina, and now I'm with a breeder in South Carolina.
I was in the market for a car, glancing over Craigslist, and saw an ad for a Spyder, which I'd never heard of. It was only about ten minutes away, so I cruised over there, took it for a spin, then whipped out my wallet. Gad, what a monster. Most compacts have a 4-banger in them, but this puppy has a big V-6, so it really moves out. Being low to the ground, it handles superbly, plus...it's a convertible(!) In all honesty, I'd forgotten how much fun convertibles are. If it's not raining or particularly cold out, that top is down.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the ending of Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens left director J.J. Abrams very frustrated. Apparently, the whole business about Luke Skywalker not saying a word was the very opposite of what he had both imagined and filmed. That his superbly-crafted ending was left on the editing room floor really ticked him off.
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Nice to be back, bud. What I'm really waiting for is that big hug I'll get from Zach.
We are not amused by your feeble attempt at provocation.
One of two things is true:
1. You're a different person than Zach, ergo your comment is a waste of pixels, since I wasn't speaking about you.
2. You're actually Zach, in which case you're sockpuppeting, which is in violation of the site rules.
So, which is it?
Dr. Mercury: So, which is it?
We only proclaim truth here. We ask you, man from AOL, what is a sackpuppet?
Pretending to be a doctor, while legal so long as you are not profiteering, is unethical.
"sockpuppet", with an 'o'. It's the same person logging in under a different handle. Big no-no. Zach would know that. Ergo, we assume you're #1 on my list, ergo you have no stake in the matter. Let Zach speak for himself.
Pretending to be a doctor, while legal so long as you are not profiteering, is unethical.
Doctor of video, goofball.
Forum Monitor Dr. Murcry: Big no-no. Zach would know that.
The troll Zach has been impersonating us for months. As a M-F'er you would know that.
Now you're just being silly. I've known Zach for over a decade. For starters, he'd never use a goofy handle like 'Nut sackriel'. And no one argues the pro side of the AGW debate better than Zach. I spent two days last weekend going back through Maggie's posts, back to Nov 8th, and read a number of his comments. He has a brilliant mind, and would (1) certainly know what 'sockpuppeting' means, and (2) would never misspell it.
If he's "trolling" you, then I'd be complimented if I were you.
He has a brilliant mind
You must be new around here.
He's both smart and extremely well-spoken. Remember, there's a difference between arguing a point and having a different opinion. When it comes to AGW, he's as biased and unyielding as anyone I've ever met. And dead wrong, given that. But no one argues the pro side better, IMHO.
Disagree. In the extreme. The Z-bot is a robotic diverter of anything it wishes to wreck. As I see it, it does not argue, Dr. Merc, it diverts. It serial posts and ignores argument because apparently it has none.
This may explain why the lovely and talented Nut sachriel hath trolled your person this day. Consider it a gentle and humorous arm on your shoulder as your erstwhile companion welcomes you back home with a cold and refreshing adult beverage.
I do not say this rhetorically. The Z-bot(s) evidently cannot argue. It can, however, disgorge dumpsters of what give all evidence of being hyper-partisan paid spokesbot content. This in turn engages scads of replybots whose sole method is to capitulate by accepting as approachable and worthy of their time whatever diverting bull the robot(s) may regurgitate on any given Tuesday afternoon. All Tuesday afternoon, as it happens to be.
I do not say this rhetorically. A Z-bot(s) cannot argue. They shall not argue. They have no capacity to actually argue. They do have a capacity to induce codependent replies simply by dumping all over your blogging template.
Well, let's see how he/it/they respond to my next global warming post. That's when the rubber will meet the road.
While this may seem a slight reversal of roles, you've been warned.
...and prepared is forewarned or something.
Forum Monitor Dr. Mercry: I've known Zach for over a decade.
Zachriel had been our padawan learner for nearly 12 years, an apprenticeship which is normally lasts only three. We had struggled with his refusal to engage in independent thought, or even to read his posted sources, which were out dated, incorrectly linked, wrongly summarized, and grew to such mindless numbers that NAMBLA was among them, for reasons unknown. At this point the Council cut off his padawan braid and exiled him to cat forums and Yahoo chatrooms. He is allowed to post here as payment-in-kind to his mother, for services rendered.
Mitsubishis Eclipse spyder is about the gayest car, period, at least you didn't get a Lesbaru.
No, she's definitely a 'she'. Wily, slinky, lithe, robust. And very fast. Just how I like my women. :)
Not this fast. (It's 4-banger ancestor, one of a dozen such record-holders).
But yeah, I get you.
Fun video. I had a Firebird Formula for a number of years. By the book, it was supposed to have 380 horses under the hood, but the Service Manager at Pontiac said my particular model had some modification that gave it 395. As such, I could boast it had '400 horses' without stretching the truth too much.
It was actually supposed to be able to beat a Vette off the line, simply because the Vette was so light that it'd just sit there and spin, whereas mine dug right in. Got scratch going into 3rd gear if it was set to eliminate any pause between shifts.
The Spyder seems double-fast, just cuz it's so low to the ground. But it's certainly not what I'd call a muscle car. Just frisky. :)
The 1G and 2G turbo DSMs (Eclipse and Talon) were ungodly capable - arguably more to exploit in them than just about anything.
Too bad none of the four gens stuck well enough to remain in production. Made in the US, too...
Doc, it's great to see you're back! I was worried and thought the worst so I'm excited and relieved that you're back - alive and kicking! I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say about things. Maybe you'll even get that hug from Zach!
What I'm most looking forward to from Zach (besides the hug, of course) is a promise he'll never argue with me when I post an anti-AGW article. Perhaps I'll title the first global warming post "Welcome to Doc's Zach-Free Zone". I'm sure he'll abide by my deeply-felt wishes.
Thanks, bud! Ya know, I went back through a shitload of articles & comments, but there were a few names I just couldn't decide if I knew before or not. Sorry I overlooked you. I've added it to the post. And thanks for the warm welcome.
Now tell us what jail was like...
Fabulous. Don't you remember?
I gained ten pounds!
Hey, slugger! In my recent jaunt through Maggie's past, I've really enjoyed your comments. Is 'pithy' the word? (That's a Bill O'Reilly word) Speaking of whom, wasn't THAT a shame. Throughout the election, I'd read wacko articles on both right- and left-wing sites, then watch O'Reilly in the evening, and it often seemed like he was the only adult in the room. What a terrible loss.
Nice to be back, brother buzz. I'm impressed how many of the old gang has hung around. My current fave is MissT. Her comments are really terrific. Right on the money, every time.
Glad you are back.
Just curious about those off the grid Colorado cabins. Where do they get their water? Drinking water too?
We were right next to a stream. And the cousins had it analyzed before ever purchasing the property and it came back clean (that was one of the criteria before ever considering a place), so we didn't have to bother with purification tablets, etc. I still had a sediment filter on the incoming line to the pumps, but nothing more. All in all, the water end of things went pretty smoothly.
Your cousins were smart to do the water first. Hardest part of cabins in Colorado. IMO Watch out for Beavers upstream they carry Giardia.
Zach - You said a mouphful, big guy! I was just telling these other guys how well-spoken you are -- then you come along and prove it. Eat your words, Ten!
BTW, I'll be looking forward to getting your opinion on some AGW topics when I next post on it. Probably won't be for a week or two. I'm curious if you think the 'crank' articles running around out there ("Mammals shrink when Earth heats up — horses the size of cats?") have hurt your cause, as well as what you think about those who are advocating we start aborting kids left and right ("Sierra Club pushing abortion as population control to ‘save the environment’") in order to, uh, save humanity. Or what's left of it.
And then there's the Paris Accords and the unhinged rhetoric ("Donald Trump’s Withdrawal From the Paris Accords Is a Crime Against Humanity") that's followed. Hell, even such dignitaries as James Hansen ("‘Fraud, Fake…Worthless Words’: NASA’s James Hansen on UN Paris Pact") have decried it. And that's not even counting the big pile of money ("Trump Just Dodged A $2.5 Trillion Bullet") that's on the line.
In the meantime, keep up with the nicely-phrased commentary. :)
I am tardy today and I don't have a note, so I guess I'll have to go stand in the corner or something.
Overjoyed to see you back, Doc!!
However . . .
Were we meeting in person I wouldn't know whether to give you a hug or kick your effin' patoot.
Recall when you left, (and yes the MF regulars did see your good-bye) you were healing from the cancer surgery but, "didn't feel right."
Well, the months passed and every now and then a commenter would ask, "Anyone heard from Doc?" Of course no one had any news about you, and some of us were beginning to fear the worst, that you had relapsed and not recovered.
Ya know? You could have at least have gone to a public library somewhere, got on their PC and left a, "Hi. guys, I'm okay . . . just busy" comment here at Maggie's, just to put our minds at ease.
Anyway, a lot of the rest of us have soldiered on here at MF during your absence, still raging at the things we can't fix. I guess we're all nuts.
I am sorry for your loss, and hope you have fully recovered from your heart surgery. I hope the old ticker is something you don't need to worry about in the future.
As for my comments making sense, there are a couple of commenters here who would likely profoundly disagree with you.
So I am glad you are back if just for a couple times a week.
You have been missed.
Actually, since the moment the phone call came in from the cousin, everything was a blur. Even in Colorado Springs we were all running around taking care of a million last-minute things. Time was running short (it was in the fall), so we spent hundreds of bucks getting the Amazon stuff shipped 2-day express, and I was so busy at the construction site that I rarely came into town. But thanks for the nice thoughts.
For you, I only have one burning question:
Does Mrs. feeblemind mind being called that? :)
Inquiring minds, and all that.
re Does Mrs. feeblemind mind being called that? :)
uhhhhh . . . the short answer is "no".
Hmm, smart guy, huh?
So what's the long answer?
Threats of divorce? :)
Naw. She won't divorce me, I just have this aversion to wearing black eyes. You must continually explain how they were acquired.
Welcome back Doc, you've been missed
(seems there is more than one Dennis here, so I'll use Dennis D going forward)
Welcome back Doc. I'm mostly a lurker, back from when the good (and greatly missed) Marianne Matthews first led me to MF.
I remember with great fondness your posts and look forward to reading your future ones. Your disappearance was a mystery to all- great to hear that you are doing well and of your adventures.
Understood how being able to see the Milky Way was addictive.
I'm sure glad you mentioned Marrianne. I was trying to recall her name earlier. She gave my writing style the greatest compliment I've ever received. She said, "Your words flow like warm honey." Sounds like her, doesn't it?
Thanks for the warm welcome. Same to you, Dennis D.
Greetings! Keen to read more about the car and your further takes on CAGW.
Hey, old friend. Well, not much more to say about the car. Her name is 'Pixie'. Goes like a bat outta hell. The one smart thing I did was spend the wad and replace most of the things that go out on a car with 150K on the odometer. Distributor (which included the cam sensor), crankshaft sensor, timing belt, brake job, two new tires on the front, fuel pump, fuel system purge, and a $500 tune-up. It's a sideways engine so, while three of the cylinders are facing front and easy to get to, half the goddam engine had to be removed to get to the back three. Japanese revenge for losing WW II would be my guess.
As for Catastrophic Climate Change™, I'll probably focus on three or four factors, like I mentioned to Zach up above. Oh, and I have a copy of 'Climate Hustle', the documentary that so unnerved the Paris delegates. A good time will be had by all. Well, almost all.
Welcome back. You went on a hiatus like CAGW but unlike CAGW your hiatus is over, There are lots of people here that pick on Zach so it seems sort of unfair that you are going to join them. Zach is so outnumbered.
That's what I meant by 'fortitude'. :)
That he's hung in there against almost insurmountable odds says a lot about his character. Or mental condition. :)
Thanks for the warm welcome.
Let me fangirl for just moment! OMG! OMG! Doc! You are OK! (I'm done with the exclamations now) So glad -grateful- to have back. I am sorry for your loss. Like the others I look forward to hearing more about your adventures.
Thanks for the welcome, and I'm glad to be back. It's been a crazy couple of years. As for my adventure in Colorado, THANKFULLY, there's not too much more to relate. We never had any calamities, no one (that I know of) cheated on their spouses, and nothing important (like the wind turbines) broke. One of the solar panels went out, but that's small potatoes.
As for other adventures, I could probably write a post on some of the crazy stuff that's happened with the dog breeders. Dog shows are, admittedly, kind of bizarre affairs. One of the first things I learned is that the breeders have to know the judges, because they're not impartial. One will dislike male dogs, another will dislike tri-colors, etc, etc. So, we'll see what happens.
Wait a tic - I read the entire missive, scroll thru endless comments, and not one tip on improving Windows 10?
And welcome back.
What is this odd "Windows 10" thing of which you speak? Is it a new movie? Oh, wait -- that's that TABLET software, right? Sorry, I just use those old fashioned things called a "computer". I'll check myself into a museum first thing in the morning. :)
Windows 10 Delenda Est! Doc, I'd given you up for DAID, which is Western for deader than up-gepushin' the daisies. Took a while to get back here, and my Harsh has been mellowed, so Lord luv a Doc! I though you mighta bought a '54 Carrerra Mexicana Hot-Rod Lincoln, so's ya could carry stuff in it. It's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD to have ya back!
Just curious, but have you ever done a Google search for "Windows 10 Delenda Est"? Here's the first entry:
"Windows 10 must be destroyed.
"The first time I accidentally installed it. My computer critically crashed each time I ran the OS. I tried updating and finding new drivers, I tried changing the memory, the GPU; in fact, I switched every single piece of hardware, as I am fortunate enough to have two boxes.
"It turned out to be an issue with Windows 10, and nothing on my side. UNACCEPTABLE. INCOMPETENT.
"Now, I wake up this morning, to find that Windows 10 automatically installed on my machine without asking for authorization.
"It is Malware.
"Like Malware, it will destroy your computer. Like Malware or a virus, it will execute and screw up your computer without asking you.
"I hope Microsoft dies to competition."
The next number of entries weren't much better.
And I never did find out what "Delenda Est" IS! A computer game?
"Sadly, Carthago is not delended. Dido still remains queen."
It's a clue!
Anyone who had checked your website in the last year or so already knew your opinion of Windows 10 for desktops and laptops. Like you say, it's for phones and tablets.
I used your Windows 7 tips recently to speed up the startup process on my new hard drive.
Speaking of "speeding up", have you heard about solid state hard drives yet? Gad!
I considered getting a SSD, but as my database work eats up the gigabytes, I decided to go with a "hybrid" hard drive. Hybrid it may be, but it still spins around.
I hear ya. I use the SSD drive for my C partition and my Work partition, where I actually do things, and the creaky old disc drive for storage. So, if most of your drive storage is just database, then no need for the speedy stuff.
Fun post coming up tomorrow afternoon. Movies!
I thought you were dead. When I asked the crew at Maggiesfarm, they told me they never heard of you. Glad to see you made it out alive.
We talked about your return at beer night in downtown Manchester tonight. Good to have you back.
Thanks, AVI. I've always had the greatest respect for you. You're one of the originals. I found your "Norwegian Child Welfare" post to be quite interesting. Good insight on your part.
"they told me they never heard of you."
Hopefully, they meant they'd never heard FROM me. :)
One fun thing about the election is that it really winnowed out the anti-America, anti-Trump blogs from the pro-America MAGA blogs. Some site linked to an article on Hot Air the other day, and not only was the article anti-Trump, but almost all of the commenters were of the same vein. I thought I was on Politico or The Hill for a minute there.
Me, I give a site three tries. The Washington Free Beacon has some virulent anti-Trump writers on it. It didn't last long. A site called Circa lasted a bit longer, but it, too, was soon history.
Maybe I should do an article on it, draw up a chart.
Welcome back, Doc. You are the most interesting man on the net.
Glad to have you back. I can remember feeling sad when you left, but I can't remember why ! :-)
Welcome back, Doc. I had an interesting conversation re Windows 10 with a Microsoft rep.
Like MS told me to do, I updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I didn't like the Windows 10 default option of "send all your data to Mother Ship." Fortunately, I could deal with with that. At least I thought I could deal with that. I don't like Cortana. (is that the right name?)
Several months ago my hard drive failed. Because of some issues with getting Windows 10 Pro installed- I had paid for Windows 7 Pro- instead of Windows 10 Home, I called Microsoft. I will spare you the details.
The MS service rep informed me that as my computer was built for Windows 7, I should use Windows 7. The MS service rep informed me that subsequent Windows 10 updates would get buggier and buggier on a machine designed for Windows 7.So, my new hard drive has Windows 7 Pro on it.
When MS no longer updates Windows 7 in 2020, my computer will be 8 years old. Replacement time? I notice that computer evolution has slowed down, so an 8 year old computer will probably be relatively less antiquated in 2020 than an 8 year old computer would have been in 2010.
Well, the way I view it is, how do you improve perfection? My laptop is a top of the line Lenovo, works superbly with Win 7, just flies with a solid state hard drive, never has a problem, so how could I improve upon that?
Like you said, in 2020, I'll think about it.
It's good to see your writing here again! Welcome. Don't be gone so long next time.
Late to the party, but want to say welcome back anyway.
Missed your posts these past few years. Hope your health is on the mend.
Thanks, and yep, health is fine. Did 6 months of rehab after the heart thing and gained ten pounds of muscle. :)
Thanks for the shout-out, Doc! Welcome Home to Maggie's Farm! Now get to work!
Say Doc, have you seen this site?
You might find it worth rummaging around . . . or not.
How to Geek
Actually, I've been on the site before when some Google search brought up a page, but I've never looked it over. I was doing well until I ran across a "What’s the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?" article, whereupon they totally screwed the pooch.
Here's a fun line:
"Carbonite automatically backs up all of your files, photos, and documents and stores them encrypted in the cloud."
So, your C Drive is 24 gigs and you're on Wi-Fi. By my measurements, you should be fully backed up, oh, by the end of the month.
But the real nail in the coffin is that they never mentioned image files, which is the way the pros do it. Doing the "file backup" routine is just silly. So, minus one in that department. The rest of the site looked decent, so I've bookmarked it for a rainy day, and thanks for the tip.
Thanks for the reply Doc. I stumbled across this site a couple of months ago and the first thing I thought was, what would Doc think of this?
Sure is good to see you back, Doc. I drop in here frequently but seldom comment, though that doesn't mean that I don't mutter at my screen/keyboard. Doc's Computin' Tips is still a basic resource for me.
Got a Computin' Tips 'recap' comin' up Wednesday that'll go over some of the more important tips, plus a few new gems. And thanks for the kind words. Nice to be back.
OK, I just now found this! Honestly, you were ill last time I read one of your posts, and didn't seem to be getting better as quickly as you should, so I was quite worried. Glad to hear you're doing fine! Very sorry about the beloved, though.
If you'll recall, you and I shared some very fun personal emails. Or, put another way, you've always had a soft spot in my heart. It's fun being back, and I'm glad you're a part of it.
Welcome back Doc. Good to see you back. Can't wait for your further exploits of the one's and zeroes.
Would also like your take on the alternate power systems and the state of both their operation and impact. Would love more input of that turbine
Well, both the wind turbines and solar panels worked terrifically. One panel went out after just a few days, but it was replaced immediately (and under warranty). Since all the appliances were 12v, they could all usually be used whenever needed, as long as a few rules were observed, like no taking 3 hours to bake a turkey. :)
Also, we had a 4,000-watt WEN backup generator, just in case. We weren't trying to "get back to nature" or anything like that, we just wanted to BE in nature, if that makes sense. And, in that, I'd say we succeeded admirably.