All It Takes Is A Tool

Recently I did some thinking about my life.  I made a decision to do things that I liked to do and knew how to do.  But I did not have the tools necessary to do that.  So I went on a shopping spree just before Christmas.  I bought a tool cabinet and tool chest.

The cabinet and chest were new, about three hundred fifty dollars (on sale).  I added in about four hundred dollars of tools (on sale).  My life long learning experiment in mechanics, engineering, computer systems, systems and electronics is priceless.  All told I spent an hour this afternoon doing a “simple” repair on my truck.  Book rate has it priced at about five hundred dollars, I will say that is four hours work plus extra.  I bought the part for fifty dollars.  It took me an hour to take out the old and put in the new.

I am getting ready to retire (again).   I have been away from running a wrench, and many other tools, for about fifteen years.  I had simple things to do with simple tools during that time.  But now, I have real serious mechanical work to do and it is time to get back in the mode.  I have to save a lot by doing it myself (DIY).  I am good enough to have been offered a job as a mechanic on older vehicles.

Another Generation Comes Alive

     A very nice thing about enjoying illness (my neighbor was home sick for ten days with this thing) is only surfacing every now and then to check the obituaries and being disappointed then crawling back under the covers.  During one moment of delirium or was it hunger, I stopped in at MicroCenter and selected the parts to make a new computer.  It took a while to put it together, laying down frequently slowed progress.  Today it is up and running.

 

Every time I build a new one I am wonderfully happy (and surprised) at the progress of the computer industry.  Speed is always the big one, size of components is another and how much more is crammed into to those little packages.  Thinking back to the late nineteen eighties and the 286/386/486 machines, one hundred dollars per meg of memory and chunky black and white or green images on monitors makes me happy to see how we have progressed.

 

The sales person helping me with motherboards was in his twenties.  The earlier era was before he was born.  He was happy to talk to me, and others, about how we got to today in electronics.  He did refer to us as hobbyists, rather cheeky he is.  We were doing our jobs in life and were too cheap to buy the HP, IBM, Apple and other machines which were pre-made.  We also do things to our computers that the manufacturers do not allow done to those.  But things like overclocking we have been doing from the first chip on.

 

 

 

Talk’st thou to me of ‘ifs’? Thou art a traitor

Off with his head!

Richard III, Act 3, Scene 4, Shakespeare

Monday, living the furlough life and finally seeing a hammer hitting the cookie jar hard enough to break it.  SFB must be wondering why his self-created universe is bouncing so hard the brown sky is falling on him.

We are seeing the third act start as the curtain rises.  No longer are we needing to hear from minor actors in the wings yelling “this will bring him down”.  We are now watching as the lights come up on the tableau built on lies and Putin’s agents works.  We can see shiny objects, but those no longer are blinding us, usually for a few seconds, somethings a few minutes, but no more.

The characters on stage now are the comedic and tragic figures, many unwitting agents, a few deliberate in their actions, all involved in treasonous arcs pointing to Russia as their love.  America is melting into a puddle on the stage.  Rubles are raining from above and mysteriously falling as dollars into the agents pockets.

The third act brings us great anticipation.  We do not know if there will be a rousing chorus of wonder as America rises in the end and the Russian agents are rounded up and placed in prison, or if there will be the ugly death knell of a former great country torn apart.

There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob

Herodotus

Having just scanned the various websites I look at each day a common theme is evident.  Many sites have individual pages for opinions. Others are total opinion sites. What I saw in common in the opinion pieces was each demanding that their issues should outrage Americans and make that their top issue.

Two years ago it would have been possible to prioritize outrageous issues.  There was not an outrageous act every twenty minutes from a senile, old man with serious DSM 5 matching symptoms.  Even if he was saying things, it was with minimal impact as he was not in power.  Now, we are having a serious issue trying to keep track of and stay outraged at everything.

Today the horrible person causes direct and indirect results when he says or uses social media to express his hate of one thing or another.  He has no education in anything that makes humans human, so his proclamations are almost always incorrect or inane.

What we Dems have at the moment are so many horrendous issues from the guy that we cannot unite around only one.  Do we go after the outrage de jour? Or, put together a top ten list? Or, focus on one issue that is a top polling issue and forget the misogynist, racist old fool?

His action, or act, is to throw dirty diapers at the wall.  Nothing more.  Come January 3, 2019 I hope at least one chamber of the Congress will bring some level of control on the executive branch.  I think the Dems can do it if they spend the last two weeks focused on one issue such as health care finance and the opponent in the race.