atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,


("I thought you didn't swear in the post titles?" "Damn" and "hell" don't count. They're in the Bible. See also George Carlin's "seven words you can't say on television" although these days "shit" "piss" and "tits" are allowable with proper advance warning. This is called "progress".)

Dude who woke me up at 7:43 AM sent an e-mail to me at 11:30 yesterday morning saying that they needed more information. Information which was on the paperwork I sent to him. "Due to specific compliance, can you have the company list the rooms that were abated?" So I wearily responded to the e-mail explaining that the paperwork he has shows which rooms had tile removed from them.

Then I tore him a new asshole.
I simply do not understand why this is such a problem. The installers told me they could not install carpet due to the presence of asbestos tile, and installing carpet over it would "disturb" it, which would lead to asbestos contamination of the house. We have had the tile removed and we have sent you the certification showing the same. The installation can proceed without endangering anyone's health. We just paid nearly two thousand dollars--more than our order with your company!--to have the asbestos tile removed. It is gone, we have the paper showing that it's gone and our house is safe, and we've provided you with that information, so why am I still having to send more information? Why am I still waiting for the carpet to be installed that we ordered a month ago? I understand the health hazard that installing carpet over old asbestos tile represents, but that hazard is NO LONGER PRESENT HERE.

I have to say that so far my interactions with Luna have been mostly unpleasant. What should have been an easy process has turned into a bureaucratic nightmare, one made even more difficult by the fact that it's impossible to reach anyone at the company on the telephone. I made thirteen calls to your department yesterday attempting to get a live human, only to be shunted to voice mail each time even though I would have preferred to hold for a person. Both I and my wife have made literal dozens of phone calls to the company, nearly all of them fruitless. The general customer service line is laughably bad, with representatives which frequently either sent me to the wrong department or disconnected the call attempting a transfer or--in one case--simply hung up on my wife.

As I said, I simply do not understand what the problem is, but I do know that I'm getting tired of jumping through hoops to get a company to do the job we hired them for.
You know, when I take that tone with someone who is merely doing his job, I am getting fed right the fuck up.

This entire process has been nightmarish, and there's no other way to describe it. Luna's customer service is deplorable; if you've already bought something from them, they're impossible to get in contact with.

At this point, at least, I cannot recommend doing business with Luna. If you live in the Chicago area, find someone more local to do your carpet.

Oh--you can't even go to Empire. Both companies are owned by the same corporation, so I'd expect the bureaucratic nightmare to be approximately the same.

* * *

My wife has been binging on Broad City for the past couple of days. To be honest, I'm not sure why, but I hear the occasional chuckle from the family room, so she must find it amusing. I watched a couple of episodes with her and found it...lacking. Two women living in NYC, sex, drugs, and assorted immorality, ha ha ha, ain't it funny.


* * *

Okay, you know what? I'm going to lay all my cards on the table right now.

I want it to snow.

I want it to snow, and I want it to snow a lot. I like snow. It's pretty, and it's fun, and it's winter, and I like all the seasons. I like it when it's hot in the summer. I like it when it's cold in the winter. I like spring because everything is fresh and warm; I like fall because everything is crisp and colorful.

I say this not because I have succumbed to mental illness, but because I'm confident we're not getting any snow this winter. At least nothing significant. I don't know where this confidence comes from, but I do know that I'm sick and tired of pretending that I don't like snow when I do.

My attitude may change if I get what I want, but I doubt it. Recall 2014 with its weekly accumulations; I was a little disappointed when we finally had a week without snow (but let's face it, that was April and it was time for spring).

I want it all. I want hot swimming weather in summer and I want cold snowy winters. WTF.

* * *

Tesla's promised products are...problematic.
There apparently were eight charging ports, and with a 100kw battery behind each that would be 800Kw. To deliver 90% of capacity in 30 minutes you'd have to deliver approximately 1.5 Megawatts plus losses; batteries are 80-85% charge efficient during the bulk phase until they reach about 80% of capacity (at which point their efficiency goes down materially) and the electronics to control the charge have loss too--probably in the neighborhood of 10%. So we have a 76%, more or less, efficiency on the charge rate which means we must deliver almost exactly 2 Megawatts to the truck for that 30 minutes.

I note that 500 kilowatts has to be dissipated somewhere for that entire period in the truck or the batteries, controller equipment or both catch on fire. This is a serious problem all on its own that I am not convinced Musk can solve.
Okay, two megawatts--assume a 480 volt charging system, which is a big assumption, but reasonable when we're talking about so much power. At 480 volts we're talking about a hell of a lot of current. (24 amps, according to a commentor. That's a lot of current.)

Let's dig a bit deeper. 720 kw in 30 minutes equals, yeah, about 1.5 megawatt-hours of electricity. So two megawatt-hours with the inefficiencies thrown in. Which is approximately two months' worth of electrical use by a typical home. In thirty minutes.

Where is that power going to come from? If you say anything other than "solar, wind, nuclear", you've just moved the air pollution to a central source. The first two things on that list are diffuse and expensive without subsidies, and the latter is politically impossible thanks to dickheads.

The laws of physics seem to preclude the predictions for Tesla's cars and trucks.

Well--solid state batteries are due on the market in a year or two. Maybe that saves Tesla's bacon, and maybe it doesn't. Either way, there are a lot of problems with this.

* * *

It's all right. I'm sure the extreme murder rate of Baltimore is just due to racism and once those white folks stop being so damn raciss the murder rate will fall.

I'm sure it has absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with children being born out of wedlock by mothers dependent on government handouts.

* * *

I want the new carpeting installed, and then I want it to snow. In that order. Is that so much to ask?

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