electric snake pit
friday, october 1st, 2010
neither my office or home computers look nowhere near as bad as the above picture depicts, but it's difficult to locate and trace exact wires from the back of the new server, my personal office computer, to the monitor, periphals, printers, 5.1 Surround Sound System, 1-Tb & 2-Tb Western Digital storage/ back-up, plus APC unit etc. BTW, those are two mainframes "spliced together" back in the 60s.
If someone could just invent a "wiring harness", like the auto makers use to contain all those wires under the hood of our cars, it would be fantastic. They'd be billionaires overnight. I've been working on it for 15 years, but haven't been able to do it: too many wires coming from and going to, too many places to do it. Plus, you have to deal with electric plug-in strips for various periphals.
Oh well, if "someone in the industry" hasn't made one, perfected it and sold it by now, I'm guessing that the above reason is "why".
Around The Garden Center™
Going back to work on Friday was hard enough, after sleeping-in until 1:30pm on Thursday, my day off, but when temps hit 95°F/ 103°F Heat Index, it was just plain miserable. I have a hard time just breathing in that kind of heat and humidity; 20-30 years ago it didn't bother me, but at 60, it now does. I had a couple of peoples' residences to visit for various tree problems, which turned-out to be nothing important, so I did them early in the morning before it got so hot. What happened to the nice Fall weather we'd had over the past few days? Dad left at 1:00pm, due to the heat, and I closed down at 3:45pm, after everyone else had gone home.
Saturday was a very busy day at the center, with numerous large trees sold; I had a lot of customers and sold 10 large (3.0-3.5" caliper) trees to various customers and sold 5 trees and donated 6 large (30gal) Viburnum shrubs to my Cousin's Church, plus installation costs, plus a memorial boulder with cast-bronze plaque, and scheduled them on my computer's weekly-posted, Projects Calendar", with the actual paperwork in manilla folders at the front counter. It was a long day and I was glad to get out of there to get a shower, and get some sleep. It was about a $14k day, considering the 50% discount. I've got to do it all over again on Sunday, from 11am-4pm. I had a nice, long, hot shower and went to sleep early. I'm going to The Cabin, tomorrow, after work.
Sunday was even busier than Saturday was. We were there until 5:15pm, when we should have closed at 4:30pm, with one new, good landscape customer and friend, who bought $3,400.00+ in assorted everything. She really made the day. We have a lot of projects lined-up for her next season as she's developing the woods behind the massive flagstone-boulder patio we built back in July. I loaded trees with the JD 317 SkidLoader and a few cars with plants. Dad, Lee & I were tired, so I opted not to go to The Cabin, but rather home for an adult beverage and to sleep, early. I have 5 more weeks of working Sundays until The Sale is over, and then I start ordering for 2011. Tomorrow's another day. Hopefully, as the forecasts predict, a very rainy day. If so, I'll close down around 12noon, and head for The Cabin.
Rain, glorious rain on Monday, almost all day long! After a 14 week drought, we've finally gotten a slow, soaking rain. I sent everyone home, since we really had no work to do inside, closed the center, did a few errands and drove up to The Cabin for the rest of the day.
I worked 7 hrs on two very complex, multi-phase (6 phases on one, 4 on another) estimates on Tuesday, driving myself nuts with numbers and trying to figure out what my LSCP Architect meant when he emailed me the spec sheets. I called Alan, my LSCP Foreman, to come in at around noon, and help me make some sense out of all the boulder and stone numbers for walks, retaining walls and patio extensions. He did. Each phase has hardscape associated with it and requires a separate HICPA Contract to cover that phase. It's an 8-page form and it is complicated to detail and fill-out, but it's the law now, and I have no choice but to do it. I'm betting that 90% of all so-called home improvement contractors, and 100% of other landscapers don't even use it. Then, I had to get Mark, my IT Rep for CounterPoint, to remotely (Virtual Assistant) clean-up all the "ghost plants" in the server in my office, so that I could transfer a clean list of inventory to my LSCP Architect. It was a very long and mentally-tiring day. I DVR'd the original "Dirty Harry: Scorpio" movie, for my "movie collection" on the 1-Tb WD External HD, and crashed around 10pm.
Dad took Wednesday off, and Lee was in at 8:00am until 3:30pm. Kim, Arthur and Charlie came in at 8:00am. Arthur discovered that someone had siphoned-off the twin 20gal gas tanks in my 10 ton, 1994 Ford F-350 Heavy Duty Dump truck, and we had to get a 5gal can of gas at Rutter's filled to start it and go back to re-gas both tanks. I filed a police report, since is the 5th or 6th time it's happened over the past 8 months. I'm going to get locking gas caps for all the trucks on Friday. The local police chief thinks he knows who's doing it, but catching him is another matter. Alan arrived at 1:15pm, and he and I worked on revising my estimates and HICPA Contracts for two large — for this year, but in other years they'd just be medium-sized jobs — one is $64,500 and the other $51,750, and I emailed the documents in *.wks and *.doc formats to Rich, who will make the presentations with Alan at the center in the coming days or weeks, based upon his beautifully-detailed renderings. There was a massive storm moving up the eastern seaboard and it began to his us around 3:45pm, so we closed down and left. Having Thursday off, I decided to drive to The Cabin to spend the night, after going home, feeding Murphy, my remaining condo cat, grabbing my duffel bag and Armalite AR-10 .308cal 7.62x51mm NATO rifle with 5 40-round mags in its Eagle carrying bag and Leupold CQ/T Scope. I had another 300 rounds at The Cabin, just in case, and with the Leupold Glass, I could reach out from 100-700yds to see what happening at the mining operation at the creek, and easily pick-off intruders if necessary. This Barrett M1A1 .50cal BMG is my next toy, if I can save-up $10,000 plus $4,000 for a suitable scope. Heh. "Reach out and touch someone" at 1750 yds!
The “Virtual Cabin” – A Novella™
I closed the center down at 9:30am on Monday due to the rain, already had my duffel bag packed, with several weapons loaded into the Jeep, and arrived at The Cabin around 11am. It was raining hard up here in the mountains and the many of the trees were already beginning to turn their Fall colors. I drove across the meadow to the creek, and saw that the mining operation had come to a halt because of the rain, but the two guards had AR-15s and asked me for ID and password, and I gave both to them. I drove back and disarmed the building, took my stuff inside. Jenny was happy to see me. I refilled her 3 bowls and she ate gratefully. It was at least 10-12 degrees colder up here than down in York; around 50°F, so I brought in an armload of firewood and lit a fire, with a large 3ft log in reserve. I did a load of laundry, checked the pantry and larder, and made a small shopping list. I'd need to go into Adam's Junction to Bev & Tony's General Store to get some things this afternoon.
I turned on the new police scanner to hear what was going on: Sgt Atler had shot two bank robbers just minutes ago. They were Ben & Jeff Anderson, neo-nazis and haters of everyone in town, including me. Ben was dead at the scene and Jeff died at the hospital. I was relieved to hear the news of their demise, since I wouldn't have to deal with them anymore."Some People Just Need Killing".
The downpour stopped for a bit, and I armed the building, drove the Jeep into town to Bev & Tony's General Store, to get my shopping done. The nice thing about small town like Adam's Junction is that everyone waves to everyone else. And the more I showed my face in town, the more waves I got. Plus, people would stop me and ask how I was doing with the mining operation, ask about Jenny, my business in York, the economy, the bastard half-breed in The White House and a million other topics.
I diagonally-parked in front of the store and went inside, list in-hand. Bev & Tony greeted me, and began the same question routine about the mining, Jenny, my health, my family and my plans. I took a small shopping cart and gathered-up what I needed from my list, and went to check-out, when they asked if I'd heard about the attempted bank robbery earlier this morning when Sgt Clay Atler shot the Anderson brothers. I said that I had a police & fire scanner, and followed it closely; in fact, I was headed to the police station to see how Clay was doing. He'd probably be up to his ears in paperwork. They bagged-up my order, I paid them and left for Sheriff Bunce's station.
Clay was at his desk, with an order not to be disturbed, but when he looked-up and saw me at the front desk, he waved me back to his office. He said he was still shaking from the incident, and that his US Military Training — three tours in Iraq with MEF (1st Marine Expeditionary Force) — had served him well in combat, but that shooting and killing civilians just wasn't as pleasant as killing subhuman, islamic murderous trash. I agreed. I had 752 confirmed kills in 3 tours in the Nam, but I didn't relish killing either the 2 Holtzapples or the 4 Groves, but that they had it coming, after shooting at me first. I told him that I had groceries in the Jeep, and had to get back to The Cabin to get them into the 'fridge, so he could finish all the paperwork. We shook, and I left the station.
In the hallway, I ran into Matt Smith, the Mayor, and he also peppered me with questions about the mining operation, Jenny, my business back in York and what my plans were for all those "Princeton" American Elms I was going to plant. He said that he'd done some extensive research on them, and would like to line Main Street with about 60-80 of them. Could I provide them? I told him that I was an Authorized Distributor, and could have them drop-shipped to Adam's Junction, and he got excited. He promised to bring it up for a vote at the Town Council Meeting tomorrow evening, and let me know. He might need me to come to the next week's meeting, "as an expert on the subject", and help convince any holdouts on the idea. I told him that my 30 were ordered and were shipping next week.
I drove back to The Cabin, disarmed the building, put away the groceries, and went to my giant, oversized hearth, threw on the 3ft log on the fire's white-hot embers, and immediately it burst into a nice roaring fire, once again. I armed the building, and laid down on the queen-sized bed in the Master BR for a nap. Jenny stayed out by the fire on her Kodiak Bearskin. It was 1:00pm, and I set the alarm for 7:00pm, giving me about 6 hours of much-needed shut-eye, after a very busy weekend and a 6-day workweek. I packed-up my duffel bag, loaded it and my rifle back into the Jeep, armed The Cabin and headed for York.
I arrived at The Cabin ahead of the massive storm, disarmed the building, took my gear inside. Jenny was sure happy to see me. I refilled her 3 bowls and unpacked. After bringing-in two armloads of split firewood inside, and two 3ft logs, I cleaned the ashes out from the last 4-5 fires and lit a small fire to get it all started. Then, I added 2-3 split wood pieces and the small fire began to roar into a medium-sized fire. This wasn't the recently taken-down tree wood; it was from last year's cull and was well-seasoned, so it caught right away. After adding one of the 3ft logs, it would be a big roaring fire. Temps were beginning to drop into the 40s, and I turned-up the furnace to 70°F, just to warm the place up, so I could shave, shower and get some clean clothes on. The fire would keep the cabin warm and toasty all night, with the damper half-closed, which I'd pre-set.
For dinner, I made Chicken Cordon Bleu, fresh brussel sprouts, fresh sweet corn and for dessert, Gelato Italian Ice Cream drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar. I was satiated, put the pots, pan, plates and utensils into my dishwasher, and went to my overstuffed leather chair to sit in front of the roaring fire, and finish reading the few last chapters of "Unintended Consequences", for the third time. I had a stack of Michael Savage's books, Glenn Beck's books and scores of other to read, so I wanted to get through one or two on Thursday, and put them back on to the custom-made oak-shelf, as "done". I took an Ambien CR and went to sleep around 1:00am and work-up at 2:10pm, from a call on my cellphone, from Dad. He'd closed the center at 1:00pm due to 4"+ rain, with retention ponds overflowing, and he'd sent everyone home.
I made 4 Eggs Benedict on English Muffins with Canadian Ham, with fresh-made Hollandaise Sauce, bacon and sausage, OJ and Kona gourmet coffee at 2pm, when I woke up from the Ambien CR sleeping pill I'd taken the night before. I still felt a little groggy, but better than great to sleep all that time. That meal did the trick. I lit a roaring fire in the hearth, since it was 41°F here in the mountains, fed Jenny, and she immediately curled-up on her Kodiak Bearskin, in front of the hearth. I slumped into my overstuffed leather chair and nodded-off into dreamland, too.
After sleeping another 2-3 hours, I took the AR-10 from its Eagle Bag, and looked down toward the creek mining operation. The two Chevy Suburbans were gone, and the mobile home was up to its top step in water, and the rain was still coming down. The two guards had bailed-out and left it empty of security. I called M and MC Corp (Minerals & Mining Corp) and asked what had happened. They replied that their men's safety always came first, and I agreed. I told them what weapons and scope I had and that I'd keep an eye on the operation until they returned tomorrow. They said they'd almost tapped-out the remaining nuggets and gold ore, and it looked like about 3½ tons, so far.
The Global Warming Money Pit™
Have you seen this video: "BBC: The Great Global Warming Swindle"? It was outright-banned from leftist, hate-filled, dirtbag, lowlife scumbags, Google.com's and YouTube.com's websites, by the mentally-ill, left-wing, global warming idiot wackos, but I've preserved it, for posterity, aka you, me and *ours*. Watch, be informed and download it for others to see. It's on my corporate server, and will stay there, BTW.
Here's what the Global Warming Scam is all about. Sweet, huh? They're so transparent, aren't they?
Here's everything you need to know about the Global Warming Fraud, and why it's a good thing. It's a l-o-n-g article, so get a sandwich, iced tea and settle-in, for a very informative read. I'm right there with you, BTW.
The "Greenhouse Effect" is a natural and valuable phenomenon, without which, the planet would be uninhabitable. Global Warming, at least in recent times, is real. CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas; 95% of the contribution is due to Water Vapor. Man's contribution to Greenhouse Gasses is relatively insignificant. We didn't cause the recent Global Warming and we cannot stop it. Solar Activity appears to be the principal driver for Climate Change. CO2 is a useful trace gas in the atmosphere, and the planet would actually benefit by having more, not less of it, because it is not a driver for Global Warming and would enrich our vegetation, yielding better crops to feed the expanding population. CO2 is not causing global warming, in fact, CO2 is lagging temperature change in all reliable datasets. The cart is not pulling the donkey. Wake-up, folks.
Here's a listing of The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet.
Hey, fat, shit-for-brains, bloated, liar, huckster, fraud, criminal, charlatan, scumbag, loser, disgraced ex-VP AlGoreBore (LIAR-TN), is back using $300 million of OPM (Other Peoples' Money) to promote his Global Warming Bullshit, after the worst Winter in over 100 years. Welcome back, fatso huckster asswipe, AlGoreBore!
Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Harvard University and University of California San Diego, spits on the lying scumbag, AlGoreBore. My, my, oh my. (((snicker))) No, there's no consensus on Glo-bullshit Warming, other than it's a LIE! Just ask Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, Richard S. Lindzen; he's eminently-qualified to call AlGoreBoreAsshole, a LIAR! As I am.
There's another "ice age" coming, not the AlGoreBoreLiar 'Glo-bull warming' crap.
Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapses in 2002 = Glo-bullshit Warming? Doubt it.
Read this Glo-bullshit Warming idiocy. Go ahead; I'll wait.
AlGoreBore's "hypocrisy"? See it right here!
You need to watch this 30 minute film; it's an eye-opener if you think that we're running out of crude oil, and that America has no reserves. We have more oil and natural gas in Alaska alone, than all the rest of the world's known reserves, COMBINED! Grab an adult beverage, and watch it.
Better get out your Winter coats, 'snuggies', wool socks and snow shovels, as it seems we've got an 80-year "Little Ice Age", on the way. Yawn; no biggie.
AlGoreBore's "Glo-bull Warming Bullshit" has spawned so-called 'cottage industries' around the world, worth hundreds of millions and probably billions of dollars, for green corporation validation, carbon credits, foundation & university climate studies, grants and a host of other BS-related crap to his lies and garbage. Global warming competes with cancer and competes with AIDS for a finite amount of money. This year's natural resurgence will surely see the global warmists, led by celebrity warmist, Gore, compete viscously for those US Taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. And I'm betting that the really important disease, cancer, loses to Glo-bullshit Warming and AIDS. Dammit.
F*ck all the "Glo-bullshit Warming Alarmists"! I say, FUCK-THEM-UP, and cleanse the planet, if they try to physically-intimidate and hurt anyone! I will; count on it! "Get in my face", assholes, and that'll be your last day on this Earth! If there are any "dissenting scientists" out there, who need protection, just get in-touch with me, and I'll guard you & yours. You can count upon that, folks!
Have you taken "The Global Warming Test"? If you have a sentient, functioning brain, and a simple knowledge of "the facts", you'll easily get a 10-of-10, as I did. Go ahead, and give it a try!
Read this article and pick-out "The WWF's Big Lie". If you chose this paragraph — "Summer sea ice is now forecasted to completely disappear in the summer months sometime between 2013 and 2040 — something which hasn't happened for over a million years." — you'd be right. There isn't, and never has been and ice on the earth dated at a million years old, and who the hell was around back then to begin recording it? The lying sacks-of-shit at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are typical lowlife, left-wing wacko scumbags, in-bed with the "Glo-Bull Warming" Crap, of asshole AlGoreBore and his phony, money-making scam. The oldest, and not reliably-dated ice cores are >160,000 years, and those are shaky in fact, at best. So where did the lying WWF pull the million year crap from? Their asses, of course!
Shit-for-brains, mentally-ill, fat, bloated liar, AlGoreBore's (LOWLIFE-TN) "ally", in NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by AlGoreBore's chief scientific ally/"asshole/butt-buddy"— Dr James "Moron-Cretin-Asshole" Hansen (DIRTBAG-NASA) — and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that "last month was the hottest October on record". Total, factual bullshit and lies. This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years. So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerized temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-skeptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running. Read this article, and find out why both lying, corrupt, criminal, subhuman idiots, GoreBore & Hansen, should be stood against a wall, and shot, IMO. In fact, the pathetically-socialist, left-wing UK, has just begun to awaken to what the "Climate Change Bill" will do to destroy their nation, or what's left of it. IMO, it's probably too late now to save the UK, but at least some of the more Conservative people over there, will at least get the chance to flee to America (or elsewhere), before we also "go down the proverbial dumper", as they've done. Heh.
On Friday, January 2nd, I ran a fully-attributed story in my weekly "Journal", which had links to other stories and facts, thoroughly-debunking AlGoreBore's trillion dollar scam and fraud, Global Warming". The Daily Telegraph UK's columnist, Christopher Booker, was the erudite author, and here is the link to that story. Nice job, Mr Booker!
Now, lowlife shit-for-brains dirtbag, Arkansas Gov Mike "DumbAss Turd-Boy" Beebe (ASSHOLE-AR), said that global warming is serious problem, not a "hoax," and requires more than a state response. "I think it's a threat, and I think global warming is occurring," Beebe-The-Shithead said in response to a caller to his statewide radio program who said he believed the climate change crisis was a "hoax." Idiot. Stupid idiot. Global warming is bullshit, you two-bit asshole! Crawl back inside of AlGoreBore's rectum, dumbfuck!
And global cooling goes merrily along, without any help from us mere humans, as it has for millions and millions of years.
Another "lie/error" in the favor of Glo-BULL Warming's false bullshit and lies? Got duct tape?
Here's the truth: Lord Monckton of Brenchley's Science & Public Policy Institute.
The commie/fascist/socialist liberal-demokkkRAT filth in the US Congress, have refused to allow Lord Monckton to testify the truth, against con-man, liar, scumbag AlGoreBore's LIES! This is Commie Russia, NOT Free America!
Things Which Make Your Head Explode™
Øbummer now as bad a president as Carter was in the 70s? I'd say he's clearly much worse.
Blockbuster Video finally files for bankruptcy, in its latest attempt to overcome nearly $1 billion in debt. We all knew this was coming for the past 6-8 months, didn't we? NetFlix rules the arena now, it seems.
No wonder France and Europe is in such a fucking mess. The dumbass Frog France's eight leading trade unions Thursday staged their second day of strikes this month to protest government pension reforms that include raising the retirement age. The strikes began overnight and continued through the day. The Interior Ministry reported that 997,000 people protested in a total of 222 demonstrations throughout the country.
"We Need A lot More In Our Toolbox In Order To Deal With Angry People On The Street”: Obama’s “Consequence Management Response Force” Ready To Be Deployed Against Americans In October:
In October of this year, one month prior to the November midterm elections, a special army unit known as ‘Consequence Management Response Force’ will be ready for deployment on American soil if so ordered by the President.
The "special anti-civilian force", which is the new name being given to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry, has been training at Fort Stewart, Georgia and is composed of 80,000 troops. Fuck that shir; we have 80,000,000+ members with weapons better than Øbummer's so-called "force". We'll decimate in days or hours. And besides, if they're not blackie muslim shit-filth, they won't DARE to dire on US Civiliam! Fuck you, Øbummer Sambo Boy!
They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.
The key phrase is "may be called upon to help with civil unrest".
Read more at "The Army Times".
Some People Just Need Killing™
This will do it!.
A former Methodist pastor accused of staging a car wreck to cover up his wife's killing had performed marriage counseling for the woman whose husband's suicide eventually led to his arrest, the dead man's niece said Wednesday. Police say Joseph Musante shot himself in October 2008 in the office of the Reeders, Pennsylvania, church where his wife Cindy worked as the secretary. Musante had learned that his wife had been having an affair with the church's then-pastor, Arthur Schirmer, who had counseled the couple, his niece — who agreed to be identified only by her first name Joanne — told HLN's "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell". Fuck it: kill him!