May 12th, 2017

#5588: Well, that was a hard day.

Bosco didn't make it. It turned out that he had some kind of tumor, right in the liver/pancreas/gall bladder area, and that's why he was diabetic and insulin-resistant. My wife had a long conversation with the vet and made the decision--she raised him from a kitten--and all I could do was support her, but she made the right choice, hard as it was. The alternative was surgery and force-feeding and a whole bunch of stuff that would only prolong his suffering and never lead to a decent quality of life for him. They had to put him on an insulin drip to get his blood sugar under something approximating control, and it still never went down to normal range, and he was ketonic, and had a urinary tract infection, and was refusing to eat anything, and the discovery of the tumor--well, we did everything we could for him.

So last night and today we're both very sad. Kipling's poem about dogs applies to cats, too.

#5589: Uh, no, you can take that request and shove it.

OPEC wants US to limit its oil production so they can squeeze more money out of us. Oh, but it's so that the world economy will improve don't ya know?

Sure, let me just bend over that barrel, and you can have at my rectum however you like, I don't mind at all. Of course I'm perfectly willing to do something that is completely antithetical to my self-interest!

*rolleyes*

I'd say this request belongs firmly in the "Not only 'no', but 'fuck no!'" category. OPEC's control of petroleum prices has gone on too long as it is.

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So the FDA would have us believe that mercury in fish is bad for you, but mercury in vaccines is good for you.Well, "Mercury is mercury." If it's not good for you when you're eating fish, then it's not good for you when you're getting injections.

Okay? If you're pregnant, the government tells you not to eat too much fish, because mercury! But if you're pregnant, the government tells you to make sure to get that flu shot despite there being more mercury in the flu shot than is in the fish!

I'll say it again: I'm not anti-vaccine, but I am only for vaccinating against the really bad diseases, things like polio and measels and smallpox.

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We are often told that "one in five" women who attend college have been raped. 89% of colleges reported no rapes in 2015, so in order for 20% of female college students to have been raped, that would seem to mean that all the women attending the other 11% are being raped and skewing the statistics.

So--just close those schools and send all men on those campuses to jail forever, and we've solved it, right?

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Speaking of fakery, here's another take on that story about the gay activist church organist who vandalized his own church because he wanted people to be more activist.
Every hate crime hits the papers twice. The first is when the press loudly bleats and moos about how awful those Hatey McHatersons are to do such a thing. The second is when they quietly announce the arrest of the perpetrator, whose name never seems to be Haterson.

By this point one can be reasonably certain that any reported hate crime is a false flag. Bomb threats are called into Jewish community centers by Jews, black churches are burned by blacks, "Fag" is frosted on cakes by homosexuals.
When was the last time this kind of vandalism turned out to actually have been perpetrated by someone who actually was a bigot trying to make a point? Because when I look back at the past several years, I don't see any case where someone who spray painted "N1663R GET OUT" on a black man's home actually turned out to be a white supremecist. Every time it turned out to be the homeowner, a member of the church, someone connected with the vandalized property.

When they're real hate crimes, they're always in the other direction. Black people beating up whites. Leftists beating up conservatives. And so on.

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The left wants to purge the Civil War from history, because it was the Democrats' fault. Never forget that the Democrat party was the party of slavery, of Jim Crow, of secession, and of segregation.

That's what they want everyone to forget. They can't rewrite history unless everyone forgets it first.

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Democrats expected never to lose an election ever again thanks to Obamacare. That's why Harry Reid felt comfortable changing the Senate rules for confirming Presidential appointees; he was certain that Democrats would remain in power ad infinitum and that they'd never again need the filibuster to slow or stop a Republican's appointee.

Now, of course, they are clamoring to have back the very thing they themselves eliminated as being inconvenient for themselves; and of course the GOP ain't about to do that. You were warned at the time that this rule change could come back to bite you in the ass.

You assholes love Alinsky's "rules for radicals". "Make the enemy play by his own rulebook," you say. We're doing that. Lovely, no?

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CNN HAS THE STORY THAT WILL BRING DOWN TRUMP! Trump has two scoops of ice cream on his pie! Someone alert the Pulitzer committee! Get Woodward and Bernstein on this now!

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Two "women" at some sort of protest. The one on the right almost has feminine facial features, but even the breasts could be attributed to corpulence and maybe gynecomastia; given their proportion to the creature's bulk, they approximate "moobs".

The one on the left, however, looks like Paul Giamatti with some prosthetics. Despite being only mildly overweight, she has the sex appeal of a garbage truck.

That's the point of their display, though. Knowing only what I see there tells me these two women are lesbians and they are protesting against traditional morals, and they are angry people who probably are in need of psychotherapy and maybe drugs, assuming they're not already on them. They're walking around without shirts on precisely because they want people to be forced to acknowledge that they are butt-ugly and incapable of passing up the dessert menu.

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John Harrison was a genius. John Harrison's solution to the problem of determining longitude was to build as accurate a timepiece as possible. That way, you would know what time it was in Greenwich, England (which defines zero longitude) and could calculate how far around the Earth you were from it. If I know that it's 6:57 PM in Greenwich (as I type this), I can take the sun's position in the sky right now (local time, in other words) and use those two pieces of information to determine how far around the world I am, in degrees, from there. Harrison's clocks were so accurate that they kept time well enough for navigation.

So he designed--but never built--a pendulum clock which he said would be accurate to within a second over the course of a hundred days. People said it was impossible...but someone built the clock to Harrison's specification and tested it, and it lost 5/8 second over the course of 100 days, proving the clock is indeed as accurate as specified.

We now keep time by counting the oscillation of atoms, and have clocks that are literally billions of times more accurate than that. But Harrison's clocks were absolutely the best of his time.

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Yesterday was pretty exhausting. I have errands to run and chores to attend to, though. I suppose I'd better get after them.

#5590: Okay, now I'm just going to tear my hair out, because this doesn't make any f--

--uckin' sense at all.

Ran errands--went to the store, then hit the vet to settle up with them and pick up the cremains and cat carrier. We're donating the remainder of the syringes, insulin, and the glucose meter to the clinic.

Sat down with the bike in the garage and tried to make sense of things. I forgot an important step, something I had told myself to do before installing the spare stator--but looking at it now, even if I had, it probably would have given the same result.

So I took the bullet connectors I bought the other day and made myself a little test ring, three wires each with male bullet connectors on one end and a ring terminal on the other. Tied 'em together with a zip tie. Now I can make a good solid connection to female bullet connectors and everything.

Installed spare stator in housing, installed housing on bike, and the resistance still checked out. I got everything buttoned up with minimal difficulty. Had to go searching for the keys--they were still in the trunk lock, where I'd left them--and then got ready to crank her over.

Voltage before cranking: 12.xx volts. Voltage while running, regardless of RPM: 12.xx volts.

Me: *sigh*

This was about the time I remembered that I'd wanted to make sure the stator wasn't shorted to ground, so I sighed again, then pulled the wires back out and checked the coil resistance to ground using my nifty jumper set.

Meter: 0.00 Ω

Me: What???

...so I set pulled the generator cover off again, intending to do the check I'd forgotten to do--put one end of the probe on the connector and the other on the coil's core--and see if I could have prevented all this horseshit. Of course I missed pulling one screw so I had a craptastic time getting the cover off; once I noticed my error I pulled the cover off. Somewhere after the time I discovered that the resistance to ground was zero, the positive probe tip came right off the wire, so I had to spend some time soldering alligator clips to the probe wires in place of the probe tips. Fuck it, that's easier anyway, because you can clip them on. I also had to replace one of the bullet connectors, because it pulled off when I tried disconnecting the jumper.

With that all done, I brought the generator cover over to the workbench and began preparing to remove the stator; and what did my eyes behold?

THERE'S NO FUCKING INSULATION ON THE FUCKING WIRES

That would explain why I got the correct near-zero readings from all three coils in the thing. That would also explain, rather nicely, why the fucking thing is shorted to ground. What is not explainable is WHY THE FUCKING HELL I DIDN'T NOTICE THIS BEFORE I INSTALLED IT IN THE MOTORCYCLE.

I took it out, looked it over in the sunlight, then threw it onto the driveway hard enough to make it bounce. Oh, I know it's not the part's fault, but that's probably why that was enough to placate my anger.

So, for a laugh, I took the old stator and hooked it up to my set of jumper wires, and found that it is perfectly within specification: each time I changed terminals, the DMM settled down to 1.9 Ω just like it should. (It started higher, 2.5 or so, but rapidly went to 1.9. I'd expect that from a coil; if you don't understand why, Googe "inductor".)

No short to ground; all three wires show "open" when I check that. This means:

1) The stator is not the problem; it's nominal.
2) The rectifier/regulator is not the problem. Continuity checks out and there's no reason two regulators would fail exactly the same way.

It leaves me with two alternatives, neither of which is really much good: either the battery is bad, or the flywheel has lost its magnetism, as I surmised in an earlier post.

I believe that I have a spare flywheel, in the spare engine. I can probably take the battery somewhere to get it checked, but I think the real problem here is that the bike's charging system simply isn't making the right number of volts, and with everything else checking out it has to be a case where the flywheel magnets simply aren't as strong as they should be. But the only way to check that is to swap it, and the flywheel in the spare engine may not be any better.

So, I pulled the battery and I'll let it charge overnight and see if there's any difference tomorrow. Best I can do.

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My wife got home from work and upon kissing me said, "Your breath stinks. It smells like you've been eating paste all day."

To my amazement I realized that the last thing I ate (other than a handful of trail mix) was a three-slice PBJ like I almost always have for breakfast; that was at 11:30 AM and it's now just after 9 PM.

What, me, upset? Naah.