Too Hot for YouTube

Pat Condell’s most recent video, “A Word to the Google Feminists”, was removed by YouTube two hours after it was posted.  It has since been re-posted on LiveLeak, BitChute, and PewTube.  None of these sites supports embedding video (or if they do, they’ve made it sufficiently obscure that I can’t find the links), but you can view the video by clicking the links above.


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TOTD 2018-2-21: The Best Run Business You Have Seen

I marvel at good systems. Some companies know how to deliver the goods and services. There are many businesses to choose from but I will choose Safeway of my youth. A grocery store is an amazing place. In a short time you can buy a variety of meat, produce, dairy, frozen goods, and dry food. You get a cart, bags, and a relatively fast checkout. A supermarket evolve from a small  stores.

A well run business has robust systems that handle the unexpected without breaking. Safeway kept the unit costs down. It treated the customers well. It thought ahead and the season goods on the shelf.  It is ran so well it was taken for granted. It just worked and the “dogs didn’t bark”.

What business do you think is well run?

 


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As If Regular Reality Need Fixing…

As an official geezer, oldster and curmudgeon, I can take delight in the role proscribed. I can denigrate new things as “no big deal” and “Who needs that?” with a withering and wizened stare, the awesomeness of my experience backing up my delight in happy balloon puncturing. (Not available for parties)

However, I am also a gadget monger, a gear aficionado and person who enjoys having the needed tool in the truck, or their pocket or down in the basement cabinet.

It is great to imagine the probability of whether I should have a 48 volt combination chainsaw/winch just in case I break down in the wilderness during a zombie apocalypse and inbound tsunami. Such decision models are entertainment of a high order.

So last weekend, I finally got the time to try out a Christmas gift of Oculus VR googles for the Samsung Galaxy Phone. They had been sitting there , next to my post dinner chair, daring me to open them and get sucked down another tech timesucking rathole.

The Red Headed Irish Wisecraker demanded it , since NBC was advertising their Olympics VR app and she wanted to see figure skating with the new tech.

So I opened the box, and proceeded to read the manual, an old habit but one which has held me in good stead for decades.

I will say, setting aside the curmudgeon pose, that it was fun. NBC delivered crap, but the other stuff was fun. I was particularly fond of the offering by a guy who para skied with a 360 cam on his rig.

It felt like playing with a reel to reel tape recorder when they were the high tech fashion , or playing pong at a table in a bar, or watching the content explosion when CDs were suddenly available on most PCs.. The tech is still early, but it has immense promise.

Oh well, another tech entertainment rathole to spend time on.

So, fellow Ratburgers, what is your impression of the VR offerings to date? Don’t be shy, just scribble in the comment section below.


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TOTD 2018-2-20: 30 Big Machines That Changed the World

I followed a link on instapundit.com to an article in Popular Mechanics. It was about the big machines that changed the world. As I am writing this I am thinking how portable/home machines changed our lives. We depend on them for cooking, cleaning, heating, entertaining, and informing. Check out this article and tell me what you think.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/g17885261/machines-that-changed-the-world/

I was surprised the SS Great Eastern #16 made the list for this ship was never a commercial success. It was made to carry passengers from England to the Far East without stopping for coal but was only used unprofitably on the Atlantic.

 


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Criminal Negligence

I am still fuming over the nonsense spewing from all sides in the recent school shooting incident.

Once more, our political class falls all over themselves in positioning to do nothing.

We send our kids into unsecure, unprotected open shooting galleries and demand useless things when it occurs over and over.

When all of these people were afraid of highjackers killing them, they demanded armed air marshals on planes. They demand their money is protected by armed guards. They want armed police to respond to a threat of violence in their home.

Yet they send their kids to an unsecure building where no one there can respond to an assailant armed with minimal weaponry.

It’s as if the children were expendable to make a political point. Oh wait…

The question to be put to school administrators, who last time I checked were not underpaid in many cases is what are you going to do tomorrow? How about less money on grief counsellors and more and secure access points and stopping kids carrying an AR 15 into school who have no business there?

If the schools were a private business, we would have sued them into oblivion by now if the owners were not locked up for criminal negligence.

Additional insight by Sundance
Broward County School Insanity

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Happy in Your Work?

Let me remind you of General Yamashita’s motto: be happy in your work.
– Colonel Saito in Bridge on the River Kwai

I had lunch with a friend* on Saturday during which he told me that he’d never been happy in his work. The context for this comment is that he was looking forward to taking a new position within a few months with great anticipation because it would be it would be the first time he expected to enjoy his job.

Since I’ve always enjoyed my work, I assumed many others did too. Is this wrong? How many of you enjoy your work now or have in the past?


*Yes, Dime, I have friends. 😉


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Today’s Kipling – Hymn of Breaking Strain

(This was one of the last poems written by Rudyard Kipling, and it proves he still had it as a poet. Written the year before his death in 1935, it is evidence that he saved the best for last. It is one of the reasons I consider him poet-laureate of engineers.)

Hymn of Breaking Strain

1935

Rudyard Kipling

THE careful text-books measure
(Let all who build beware!)
The load, the shock, the pressure
Material can bear.
So, when the buckled girder
Lets down the grinding span,
‘The blame of loss, or murder,
Is laid upon the man.
Not on  the Stuff – the Man!

But in our daily dealing
With stone and steel, we find
The Gods have no such feeling
Of justice toward mankind.
To no set gauge they make us-
For no laid course prepare-
And presently o’ertake us
With loads we cannot bear:
Too merciless to bear.

The prudent text-books give it
In tables at the end
‘The stress that shears a rivet
Or makes a tie-bar bend-
‘What traffic wrecks macadam-
What concrete should endure-
but we, poor Sons of Adam
Have no such literature,
To warn us or make sure!

We hold all Earth to plunder –
All Time and Space as well-
Too wonder-stale to wonder
At each new miracle;
Till, in the mid-illusion
Of Godhead ‘neath our hand,
Falls multiple confusion
On all we did or planned-
 The mighty works we planned.

We only of Creation
(0h, luckier bridge and rail)
Abide the twin damnation-
To fail and know we fail.
Yet we – by which sole token
We know we once were Gods-
Take shame in being broken
However great the odds-
The burden or the Odds.

Oh, veiled and secret Power
Whose paths we seek in vain,
Be with us in our hour
Of overthrow and pain;
That we – by which sure token
We know Thy ways are true –
In spite of being broken,
Because of being broken
May rise and build anew
Stand up and build anew.

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Nonsense on the internet about Vanguard 1

As some of you know, my Dad designed the Vanguard 1.  It was launched on 3/17/58; thus, its 60th anniversary in orbit will be celebrated next month.  It’s the oldest satellite still in orbit and carried the first solar cells.  Here I am with it, wearing the red coat, shortly before its launch.

I recently was searching youtube and found this brief(3 minute) clip:

Prof. Kazmerski gets almost everything wrong.  Vanguard 1 had two transmitters, one powered by batteries and one by solar cells.  There was no switch-over from batteries to solar cells.  Heck, Wikipedia is more accurate.  It links to an accurate NASA page:

The battery powered transmitter stopped operating in June 1958 when the batteries ran down. The solar powered transmitter operated until May 1964 (when the last signals were received in Quito, Ecuador) after which the spacecraft was optically tracked from Earth.

Sigh, academics often get things wrong.  He needs to read my book.

 

 


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Winter Weekend Musings

We are having a winter storm, as they call it here in the lunatic Pacific Northwest, where cake bakers tremble and women march at the drop of a perceived social injustice.

Out here in exurban exile, far from the hipsters, latte sipsters and grifters, life is a bit less deranged.

While our esteemed government is debating whether to increase the gas tax before Washington can, so that they can go to conferences with their cohorts from California and feel simpatico, now that they have promised to cut off all electricity from coal within five years since cold winters will be abolished due to the ever late to show up warming trend, I can sit here, try and watch the parts of the Olympics that are truly amazing (wow, snowboarding has really improved the excitement factor. How do the kids do that?) and follow the unfolding spectacle that is our federal government plus media parasites.

Sunday night musings from Curmudgeon Central:

My opinion of the FBI keeps falling with each dropping shoe. Are they completely focused on being the junior varsity dirty tricks group for the DNC that they will not even take threats to schools seriously? The “Rank and file are saints” line is wearing a bit thin.

So Bobbie Mueller thinks he can indict thirteen Russians who will never be brought to trial while leaving Podesta alone, Hillary and cohorts alone and anyone from the Democrat side alone, Ignore the Magic server, ignore the money moved to the Clinton foundation and so forth and the public will swallow that?

Thirteen guys playing on Facebook are the big threat to our country? Sure, we can hand over 20% of our uranium , no problem, but thirteen guys spoofing folks from Minsk are the big catch, the end of democracy?

Trump is moving hard to define narrative . He knows what the DOJ IG has in the report and I expect it will work big time in his favor.

Meanwhile, 11 GOP Senators decided against the reasonably decent Immigration bill that actually got real reforms, not empty promises.

It will all come down to the midterms, folks. We stopped the slide off the cliff for America, but the road back starts at the midterms, otherwise we start the slide again.

Four to five new Senators, not counting Romney and holding the house. It gets ugly with anything less.

Oh well, time to hear the panicked siting of flakes in the air and the dreaded “black ice” in a state that keeps refusing to use salt, preferring death, injury and property loss to adding a naturally occurring molecule to roadways to save the earth.


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TOTD 2018-2-19: Credit and Responsibility

Why is it people run to the front of the line to take credit but duck responsibility? Is it human nature to think all the problems were made by others and all the good came from ME?

Historically, people were proud of the colossal disasters the day before. The day after they didn’t want “Enron” on the resume.

To use the polling technique from the last election, what type of person is your neighbor? A Credit Hog or a “It’s not MY fault.”?


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