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So far the wind and sun have been following... 13,471 Views / 141 Replies  
So far the wind and sun have been following established patterns, though this year it's been windier here than usual. Temperatures have been "above typical" levels for this time of year (AKA it got...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 05:41 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Sadly, it's "their back yard" so they can pretty... 174 Views / 5 Replies  
Sadly, it's "their back yard" so they can pretty much do what they want to with it.

I'm not happy with the fact that they didn't give you a "stern warning" or a temporary ban with a warning. I...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 05:37 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I think it’s important to note that the... 13,471 Views / 141 Replies  
I think it’s important to note that the “historically, Texas in May has mild temperatures” does not take into account how screwy actual weather has been compared to “climate expectations” . Like the...
Posted by ghporter, on May 20, 2022 at 01:01 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I think a better term than “surplus” would be... 472,228 Views / 1,582 Replies  
I think a better term than “surplus” would be “sourced outside of normal channels”.

There are still review boards involved in every transplant. I think the biggest difference with what subego’s...
Posted by ghporter, on May 20, 2022 at 12:58 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Insurance will probably pay for that. But not... 415,423 Views / 918 Replies  
Insurance will probably pay for that. But not the homeowner’s insurance. And an “equipment operator” is due for some remedial instruction. Or a change in careers…
Posted by ghporter, on May 20, 2022 at 12:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Quoted for emphasis, and truth. It’s not the... 3,642 Views / 64 Replies  
Quoted for emphasis, and truth.

It’s not the labor market - there are tons of people underemployed in the Houston area after COVID caused “short term” shut downs. They COULD restart a lot of...
Posted by ghporter, on May 20, 2022 at 12:53 PM, in MacNN Lounge
For some reason, local prices have bounced from... 3,642 Views / 64 Replies  
For some reason, local prices have bounced from $3.61 or so to over $4 in the past week. Could it be that not operating all those idle wells I saw a few months ago has reduced supply? On purpose? ...
Posted by ghporter, on May 18, 2022 at 09:30 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I have yet to find a published reason for those 6... 13,471 Views / 141 Replies  
I have yet to find a published reason for those 6 generation plants to have gone “offline” when they did. Bad scheduling for maintenance? I don’t think so. Frankly I think they’d just forgo...
Posted by ghporter, on May 18, 2022 at 09:28 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Quantity over quality is one reason. Another is... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
Quantity over quality is one reason. Another is “being spoiled by really great local products.” But maybe the quantity/quality thing is deeper than just mass production explains.

Pork rinds can...
Posted by ghporter, on May 18, 2022 at 09:17 AM, in MacNN Lounge
With a fixed cylinder revolver, there really... 16,880 Views / 184 Replies  
With a fixed cylinder revolver, there really isn’t another way to check the bore for obstructions, except perhaps to remove the cylinder. With the style of revolver we’re talking about, that is...
Posted by ghporter, on May 14, 2022 at 04:32 PM, in MacNN Lounge
That’s on a par with what we had to deal with... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
That’s on a par with what we had to deal with today. “Neighborhood Yard Sale!!!”

Around here, yard sale shopping seems to be some sort of cult phenomenon. Sometimes hundreds of people at a time...
Posted by ghporter, on May 14, 2022 at 04:23 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m wearing a mask whenever I’m indoors other... 472,228 Views / 1,582 Replies  
I’m wearing a mask whenever I’m indoors other than home. Grocery store, hardware store, etc. all are mask zones for me.
Posted by ghporter, on May 13, 2022 at 02:43 PM, in Political/War Lounge
As I said, the dowel would be a “good fit” for... 16,880 Views / 184 Replies  
As I said, the dowel would be a “good fit” for the barrel, but not a tight fit. And of a single piece of wood, not something “built”.

Of course there’s no sleight of hand involved in this -...
Posted by ghporter, on May 13, 2022 at 02:41 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yeah, that little guy wasn’t tied down, and it... 415,423 Views / 918 Replies  
Yeah, that little guy wasn’t tied down, and it looks like he only had chocks to prevent him rolling forward. Not conducive to controlled flight. By which I mean “not flying when you aren’t planning...
Posted by ghporter, on May 13, 2022 at 02:35 PM, in MacNN Lounge
That is what the "run a dowel up the barrel"... 16,880 Views / 184 Replies  
That is what the "run a dowel up the barrel" does. No flashlight needed, nobody looks down the bore, and you can positively prove that there's nothing in any of the chambers. Ideally you'd use a...
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2022 at 09:31 PM, in MacNN Lounge
And how good the draw rollers are. The... 415,423 Views / 918 Replies  
And how good the draw rollers are. The Stanley-Vidmar stuff I worked with was awfully quiet when there was any substantial load in a drawer.
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2022 at 09:28 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I'm more of the opinion that "thinking" was not... 415,423 Views / 918 Replies  
I'm more of the opinion that "thinking" was not one of the things they did on that job...
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2022 at 09:26 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Lawn mowing can be a zen experience to some... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
Lawn mowing can be a zen experience to some extent. It takes little actual concentration, and not really that much physical effort (except with an old-style reel mower). With that said, I'm not a...
Posted by ghporter, on May 9, 2022 at 11:13 AM, in MacNN Lounge
In the gif, those drawers were DEFINITELY open... 415,423 Views / 918 Replies  
In the gif, those drawers were DEFINITELY open before he started pushing the assembly.

"Open drawers" is actually a big issue in the safety community. Leaving a drawer open when you're not using...
Posted by ghporter, on May 9, 2022 at 11:09 AM, in MacNN Lounge
In the right spot, the flashing yellow arrow is a... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
In the right spot, the flashing yellow arrow is a Good Thing. But properly timed lights that have their timing tweaked in real time should reduce the need for flashing yellows.

Alas, replacing...
Posted by ghporter, on May 6, 2022 at 11:46 AM, in MacNN Lounge
“Quality of care” and “friendliness” are not... 472,228 Views / 1,582 Replies  
“Quality of care” and “friendliness” are not necessarily related. It is entirely feasible to provide top-notch care without going a millimeter farther than absolutely necessary, and without adding...
Posted by ghporter, on May 5, 2022 at 10:56 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Were you frightened by a cow as a child? ... 112,038 Views / 314 Replies  
Were you frightened by a cow as a child?


Coffee Mate, dry or liquid, has a distinctive flavor (even the non-flavored versions) that is pretty yucky to me.

At one time I even tried powdered...
Posted by ghporter, on May 5, 2022 at 10:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Demonstrating this type of revolver is empty... 16,880 Views / 184 Replies  
Demonstrating this type of revolver is empty takes a little longer than with a modern pistol, but it’s simple:

1: Hammer is drawn back to “half cock”. This is far enough back for the nose of the...
Posted by ghporter, on May 5, 2022 at 10:35 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The iPhone hotspot thing “just works that way.” ... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
The iPhone hotspot thing “just works that way.” Sad to say, but it’s the way mine works too.

I use the “Mindfulness” app on my Apple Watch 6. It’s supposed to count how many times you do the...
Posted by ghporter, on May 3, 2022 at 02:36 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I guess it’s a (no pun intended) taste thing. Of... 112,038 Views / 314 Replies  
I guess it’s a (no pun intended) taste thing. Of course when I first drank coffee, my grandparents used condensed milk (and sugar) in their coffee. So whole milk was a lot lighter, and not super...
Posted by ghporter, on May 3, 2022 at 02:33 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I get that - there's a distinctively different... 112,038 Views / 314 Replies  
I get that - there's a distinctively different taste of "coffee with milk" compared to "coffee with cream." But by cutting your heavy cream with milk, you're basically making your own half-and-half,...
Posted by ghporter, on May 2, 2022 at 08:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
You're probably right that ATF probably wouldn't... 16,880 Views / 184 Replies  
You're probably right that ATF probably wouldn't revoke their license. There's a pretty solid list of why they WOULD revoke an FFL here. (https://www.atf.gov/firearms/revocation-firearms-licenses) ...
Posted by ghporter, on May 2, 2022 at 08:17 PM, in MacNN Lounge
A typical dummy round could be a lot of things. ... 16,880 Views / 184 Replies  
A typical dummy round could be a lot of things. It could have a hole drilled in the side, have NO primer, have a BRIGHT orange plastic slug in the primer pocket, have BBs inside (no hole of course)...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 30, 2022 at 11:51 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Recent LED bulbs have been available with a lot... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
Recent LED bulbs have been available with a lot warmer color temperatures. For some things I LIKE really high color temperatures - anything where I'm trying to see fine details, especially with...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 30, 2022 at 11:31 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Good point. And the alcohol content can reduce... 3,642 Views / 64 Replies  
Good point. And the alcohol content can reduce the lubricity of the gasoline, so too much alcohol means not enough lubrication.

The fuel is not only lubricant for fuel pumps, it also cools the...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 29, 2022 at 03:05 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It could be the brand of opener. I went with a... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
It could be the brand of opener. I went with a Liftmaster after having to have several service calls for my pricey Genie opener “consistently inconsistently” crapped out. Seems these units have a...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 29, 2022 at 02:54 PM, in MacNN Lounge
For a short time, we got a slight bonus,... 472,228 Views / 1,582 Replies  
For a short time, we got a slight bonus, (essentially) “hazard pay” for working with “who knows if they have COVID or not” patients. It went away after the first surge and never came back…
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 28, 2022 at 11:09 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Try skim/low fat milk instead of water to cut the... 112,038 Views / 314 Replies  
Try skim/low fat milk instead of water to cut the heavy cream. Water and cream won’t mix well, but any milk will work ok. I’d go with whatever milk is handy when light cream isn’t available.

We...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 28, 2022 at 11:07 AM, in MacNN Lounge
That's a pretty good format, as long as the GIFs... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
That's a pretty good format, as long as the GIFs are well done and the text isn't either too basic ("turn the top side of the tool toward your LEFT to loosen...") or too jargony.

If I'm trying to...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 24, 2022 at 05:22 PM, in MacNN Lounge
...yeah, fun times. [/sarcasm] We first were... 472,228 Views / 1,582 Replies  
...yeah, fun times. [/sarcasm]

We first were told we could NOT wear even procedure masks - one of our therapists quit because of his underlying respiratory issues, and a young child at home. Then...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 24, 2022 at 05:18 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Mac Rumors... 2,498 Views / 13 Replies  
Mac Rumors (https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/monterey-bluetooth-wake-issue.2319613/) has had discussions about Monterey Bluetooth waking issues since at least October '21.

A lot of people...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 24, 2022 at 05:07 PM, in macOS
I was on the “third line,” as an inpatient rehab... 472,228 Views / 1,582 Replies  
I was on the “third line,” as an inpatient rehab therapist. Early on, the folks I got who had survived long enough to make it from ER to acute hospital to us had anything from “mild shortness of...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 24, 2022 at 12:10 PM, in Political/War Lounge
We’ve had (predominantly) southerly winds for... 299,019 Views / 496 Replies  
We’ve had (predominantly) southerly winds for several days. These usually bring enough moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to cause noticeable precipitation; if these winds stay out of the south, we...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yeah, but it’s not just Gizmodo. Which I don’t... 367,010 Views / 928 Replies  
Yeah, but it’s not just Gizmodo. Which I don’t think I’ve even had a Google hit on in a long time.

Doing a search for “how to do X” usually leads to tons of YouTube crap, which may or may not be...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 24, 2022 at 11:55 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Our LtGov ain't no spring chicken anyway, so... 472,228 Views / 1,582 Replies  
Our LtGov ain't no spring chicken anyway, so maybe he's close to that "granpaw" age... Dan Patrick is 72.

I'm considering booster #2 sometime in the near future, pretty much when my wife gets...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 22, 2022 at 08:13 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Now my MBP is bugging me to upgrade to Monterey. ... 2,498 Views / 13 Replies  
Now my MBP is bugging me to upgrade to Monterey. I don't see a lot of drawbacks, since my wife's MBA is running it. But it was built for Monterey, as it's an M1 machine.

So how is the upgrade...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 22, 2022 at 08:08 PM, in macOS
I think the watch will do that too. But having... 858 Views / 2 Replies  
I think the watch will do that too. But having an unknown number of digits to guess is orders of magnitude more complex - and thus grossly more secure - than just showing the intruder "oh, you only...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 22, 2022 at 08:06 PM, in iOS Apps
Watch OS Removed Passcode “Confirm” Button 858 Views / 2 Replies  
…And I’m not sure I’m happy about it.

With the Confirm button, you had to know the passcode - all of it. Without, if you stumble on the right combination, the watch unlocks. The Security Dude in...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 18, 2022 at 09:33 AM, in iOS Apps
I logged in from my MBP and took the content of... 15,811 Views / 191 Replies  
I logged in from my MBP and took the content of my Photos in iCloud from over 1500 to around 400 (which I will pare down when I have more time/attention). And the interesting thing is that iCloud...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Somewhere in there my phone turned on iCloud... 15,811 Views / 191 Replies  
Somewhere in there my phone turned on iCloud Photos without telling me, and now almost all of my free iCloud storage is crammed with photos.

I’ve backed up the pics on the phone, and I’m about to...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 14, 2022 at 11:33 AM, in MacNN Lounge
My local gas-up spot was down to $3.39 yesterday,... 3,642 Views / 64 Replies  
My local gas-up spot was down to $3.39 yesterday, and GasBuddy says the lowest local price is now $3.29 (at another, closer and less sketchy non-brand convenience store).
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 14, 2022 at 11:29 AM, in MacNN Lounge
The number of burned spots in local roads’... 415,423 Views / 918 Replies  
The number of burned spots in local roads’ medians makes me VERY anxious about “just dropping something that’s on fire.”
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 14, 2022 at 11:26 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Typically, higher ethanol mixtures have less... 3,642 Views / 64 Replies  
Typically, higher ethanol mixtures have less energy density. Ethanol seems to help with emissions, though. The industry has settled on a “up to 10% ethanol” standard for most mixtures, probably due...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 12, 2022 at 10:23 AM, in MacNN Lounge
“See mom, my stuff was out for a reason!” 415,423 Views / 918 Replies  
“See mom, my stuff was out for a reason!”
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 9, 2022 at 03:20 PM, in MacNN Lounge
From here, it looks more like the back fell off... 415,423 Views / 918 Replies  
From here, it looks more like the back fell off of the front, but anyway…
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 9, 2022 at 03:20 PM, in MacNN Lounge
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