April 8th, 2019

#6613: I can probably make one

You can buy dimensioned brass from hobby stores and probably hardware stores. Brass shim stock if nothing else. Might even be able to get it pre-cut to the right width.

Take a piece of stock the right width and carefully bend it to be as close as possible in shape to the contact from that switch. It doesn't have to be exact. Check for fit, then reassemble and test. $5 says I can fix that switch rather than replace it.

Among other things I found old brass stencils in the attic. This was the kind of thing you used when you wanted to paint something on a crate. I could sacrifice one of them for the cause, but I think it might be too brittle to bend. Can you anneal brass with a propane torch?

...have to try the hardware store tomorrow or Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, I fell asleep about 8:30, woke up at 11, and couldn't get back to sleep, so I came in here. Did a little WoW, read a little, then decided to log off and relax a bit.

Problem: Pandora is on a roll. It's been one really, really good, relaxed "ambient" song after another. I keep thinking, "I'll quit after this song," but then the next song is just as good.

Now it's approaching 3 AM. *sigh*

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So I have now made two attempts to find my other laser printer, and failed.

I had two. Both Brother printers. The networked one is the one I'm trying to find. I've dug into the pile in the spare room. I've gone over everything in the basement, twice. There are only a few other places it could be, but I can't search them right now since it's approaching 3 AM and searching those places would disturb my wife.

I could have gotten rid of it, but I don't think I did. I don't think I did. I hope I did not; that would be annoying.

The toner I bought will work in either printer. I want to use the networkable printer because I'd like for my wife and I both to be able to print. All I should have to do is to plug the thing into the switch and install the drivers on the computers. If I didn't get rid of it and if I can find it. As a bonus, you can print wirelessly to it, too.

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I laid down around 8-ish, as I'd said; and just as I was falling asleep my wife screamed for me.

There was a frog stuck to the outside of the patio door. A little tree frog, the kind that makes the "peepers" noises in spring. Apparently it had hopped up there, startling the cat, and by the time I got there it was just hanging out, relaxing and sticking to the glass.

You don't ever see the things. I can stand on my front porch and--when it's quiet enough--hear them from the woods down the street on spring nights like this when the temperature is warm enough. When the area across the street was still a field, you could hear them a lot louder, from there.

So to see one--to have it come up and climb up the patio door--that was kind of special.

I got a picture but my phone is inaccessbile so it'll have to get posted later, if I remember.

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Another really good song. Aigh.

#6614: What a lovely, lovely day it is

Windows open, I'm sitting here in shorts. It's quiet outside (but for the occasional asshat with his stereo set on "stun"--it's one stupid fucker but he drove by twice) and the sky is as blue as it gets.

Projected high tomorrow: 62, so I'll enjoy this as much as I can for as long as it lasts. Wednesday, 47. *sigh*

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Retail demand for cars is fading. Carmakers are stuffing the fleet sales channels to make up for it, which is going to flood the used market in a couple of years and depress those prices.

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Oh, yes, of course, it is ALWAYS because of racism. *rolleyes

Racism is the reason people are being critical of Illinois State's Attorney Kimm Foxx. It has nothing to do with a gross miscarriage of justice or anything, oh no! It's not because a black prosecutor let a black offender off with a slap on the wrist and tried to seal all the records; don't be silly. It's because of the racism.

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I have said this and said it: the entire point behind the push to allow mass immigration has two primary motives. One is the Democrats wanting more Democrat voters. The other is the elites wanting to keep the price of labor artificially low.

You see, that is the big key to keeping inflation deniably low. Wage growth is the big driver of inflation; if you can keep wages from growing, though, you don't have to work too hard to keep inflation at something you can cope with. As a bonus, you can hire maids and gardeners and so forth at bargain prices.

It's just too bad about all those little people not having any money. Oh, well! Eggs, omelet, some assembly blah blah blah etcetera. Besides, if they were worth anything, they wouldn't be proles in the first place. Right?

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When Smallville was running, Chloe Sullivan was one of my favorite characters in the show. It led me to follow Allison Mack's other work, though it seemed...odd...that she disappeared from public view after the series ended.

And then we found out about this nonsense which is altogether too much detail.

Oh well.

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They damned well ought to. Boeing is not building the rocket of the future; SpaceX is already there. Boeing got paid a lot more to develop Starliner but they're not even on track for an unmanned flight this year. Meanwhile, for less money, SpaceX has flight tested Dragon and is ready for a manned test either this year, or next.
Publicly, some Boeing officials were denigrating SpaceX, emphasizing their own blue-blooded legacy. Boeing has had a successful working relationship with NASA dating back to 1961 and the first stage of the Saturn V rocket. By contrast, Boeing would note, Elon Musk seemed more interested in flashy marketing and never met his launch targets. "We go for substance," John Elbon, head of Boeing's space division, said at the time. "Not pizzazz."
I could understand your toffee-nosed attitude about this if you guys were already flying, but you're not, so take that elitist horseshit of yours and stuff it.

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People who campaign against carbon emissions only look at the liabilities of it, not the benefits. Let's face it: they ignore the benefits because they want to push for "carbon free". But there are benefits to human carbon emissions, and we ignore those benefits at our peril.

"Renewable" energy supplies 2.5% of the energy used worldwide.

The economic argument made by the article is undeniable; but the people who are pushing for "carbon-free" consider that a bug, not a feature. They want to limit carbon emissions because they want to limit the growth of economic production, because they hate people.

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The world was always in color, but photographs were not. It's nice that we have the technology to colorize images to show what things really looked like.

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Well, it's Monday. There doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it, either. Except wait for it to be over.