Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pumpkin pro tip.

White pumpkins rot at a faster rate than regular pumpkins. Last night one of my eyes was crying. Which is odd because the both eyes came from the same pumpkin.

We just have to cancel Halloween for next year because obviously three days is your pumpkin maximum.


  1. Next year: dehumidifier. :-)

    BTW, Google's captcha thing keeps messing with me, and now it's sometimes requiring me to go through the captcha verification six times before it'll accept one of my comments.


  2. OOH! Interesting. Tell me how that works. I mean, I know what they are, but how would it make my pumpkin not cry?

    I think Google is just doing a secrete vision experiment. They always give you a blurry bunch of photos and say - which of these are store front? And in my head, I'm like - what is the definition of a store front? Does it have to have a sign, or just look like the front of the building?

  3. Keep in mind that I always use Tor to wander around the Internet ...

    Right now it's the run-up to the mid-term elections, and I suppose The Borg That Live In San Francisco don't want An Army of Davids to show up and to mess up the election they're trying again to purchase.

    I've mentioned this because I have been unable to make comments pretty much anywhere from a US-hosted Tor exit node for about a week now and that I'm resorting to using Tor through another country. (Check the logs and look up the IP address if you're curious.)

    I understand why they're doing it, but it's ridiculous: they're so afraid that there's even one guy out there who can piss gasoline in their campfire who doesn't like them that they'll spy on people and otherwise screw with them.

    Hell, Google even cons media hacks into selling you on the idea that they're spying on you inside Gboard on Android for your benefit.

    Also, the captcha photo recognition is stupidly done by collecting mass stupidity. Regularly I have to not click a few squares that are clearly The Thing I'm Supposed To Click just so I'll have results that agree with the stupid consensus.

    It's because I'm having to simulate a lower lifeform with at least 80 fewer IQ points that I resent having to do it six times in a row now.

    My head hurts after even making the attempt to be that stupid.

    The fact that I can read a lot of the languages on the "store fronts" doesn't help, and they have bizarre ideas about motor vehicles.

    "No, Google, that sign in Tagalog says it's a government office, not a store front."

    "No, Google, that sign in Spanish says that's a church."

    "No, Google, that's not a bus, that's a parked TEU on a carrier, and it even has shipping container markings on it and text in German."

    "No, Google, that's not a car, that's a U-Haul U-Box, in English which you can presumably understand."

    "No, Google, the sign in Swedish says that this thing that looks like a crosswalk is marked 'NO ENTRY' and isn't one."

    And so on.

    Oh, about the dehumidifier: it's essentially like an air conditioner in terms of internals, but it pulls moisture from the air and dumps it out a hose or into a tank. Usually it's meant to fix moisture problems in basements and in places where it's just too wet all the time, but I have mine running right now for a different reason.

    My 70 liter dehumidifier is awesome at pulling the moisture out of freshly washed luggage and travel accessories, and so I don't have to towel those out. It's also super awesome at drying out camping coolers. :-)

    Since you probably don't have access to a commercial walk-in freezer with humidity control, this might be the next best thing.

    All the same, you could have done this with foam pumpkins and sold the resulting creation to someone so they can display it next year ...

    Don't you have a charity you want to collect for right now during "Thuh Holidays" or "Greetings Seasoned"?

    I'm all for triggering my Jewish friends who aren't already armed to the teeth by telling them that they need to get behind Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership instead of having to cower behind concealment that isn't cover the next time they're in Major Batshit Going Down In An Operating Theater Near Them.

    "Pumpkins for Pistols" ... oh, wait, maybe "Rifles for Rabbis" ... now that sounds like a charity that'd trigger all of the moonbats down SF way. :-)

  4. "but I have mine running right now for a different reason."

    I was sure when you got to this line you were going to tell me you were growing weed. You are sorta underground for your average bear.

    I got on the net when you ~had~ to work for a company that was on the net. So I'm somewhat familiar with the Clifford Stoll level's of trying to be undetected. Your job depended on being discrete. Not like these days.

    Funny you talk about giving things to charity. This weekend I tried to donate and 8 drawer tool chest. One of the red ones. Comes up to about my boobs. I'm not a mechanic so it's in pretty decent shape. No grease. I only upgraded because I needed to put a giant drill press on top of my new one.

    They would not take it without a key. I had to come home and go through my entire bag of misfit keys. You can not believe the shit they turn away.

  5. Capital of Texas RefugeeFriday, November 02, 2018 4:36:00 PM

    "Your job depended on being discreet ..."

    My life depends on being discreet, let alone my job.

    There are people who go places where others don't dare to go because they have business on the line. Some of those people are journalists, and some of them work in various kinds of "resource intensive" businesses, which is where I come in.

    Sometimes even letting your guard down just once can get you killed. In this particular case, the journalist in question didn't know much about ELINT and SIGINT, and so her people on-site set up her reporting location beneath a satellite uplink monitoring array that was feeding intelligence data to the military of a particular country, essentially daring them to shoot missiles at her where X marked the spot.

    Not smart.

    Also, if you are smart and you travel to The World's Most Dangerous Places(TM), or if you happen to live in one, people in your country's government would very much like it if you'd say something if you see something.

    "Snitches are bitches, they earn stitches and end up in ditches."

    There are opportunists who will try to steal your gear in order to gain valuable business intelligence if you provide too much information about your itinerary. Sometimes these people are brazen about it, like the time a well-coordinated group of thieves took out a business partner's employee inside a Brazilian airport's arrivals area.

    Some people run extortion rackets against established businessmen, so it's best to look like you're poor, and in fact most people can cope with that better in some situations. Why tell someone you're a business owner when you can hire a "body shop" staffing company to pay you part of your business income back on a W-2 so it looks like you're poorer than you really are?

    This helps you establish lines of shitty credit (which you don't really need because you can pay for everything with cash) and all of the other trappings of a typical employee business traveler who's counting on reimbursements. It lets you rent apartments that are cheap enough to be ignored when you're traveling, and once you've qualified nobody's going to notice that you've actually rented out an entire building of garage spaces on the other side of the property for your vehicles.

    "Also, if I see something, I just shut the fuck up about it." :-)

    So I don't understand this mentality that's emerged from the Bay Area and "Web culture" of having to live a public life like some sort of celebrity retard. There are people who want to believe they're special because they literally live their lives on their sleeves, but anyone who's actually come by it legitimately doesn't buy this for a second.

    About this thing where you can't even give stuff away ...

    You're in an area where the biggest problem among certain people appears to be affluence, which comes with the belief that everything and anything has to be in perfect condition even if it's given away for free.

    I had this problem with a large donation where I was living, and I solved it by unconventional means: I called around to some people I knew in some countries that were hit by hurricanes and asked them if they needed the stuff.

    Because of the hurricanes, any relief supplies that were sent from the US mainland were exempt from duty, and so all I had to do was to pay the rather large shipping bill for all of the stuff.

    And so I got rid of some stuff I didn't need by giving it to some people I like and I may have the opportunity in the future to use it again if I need it while I'm there -- essentially it's a win-win-win.

  6. Alrighty then. That ties up a bunch of loose ends. I'm sorta flattered you make such an effort to make it back.

    I really just think the internet just needs time to grow up in which it's kinda doing right now. We all made our mistakes in the early days, but a lot of that was expunged. You don't have that luxury as much these days. And before you realize it, it's kinda too late. Everyone seems to feel like what they write is only visible to their bubble.