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With the shutdown dragging on I've starting looking for a new job. I'm not a direct federal employee but I do contract work for the government. We've already had a few people leave and even some of the feds we work with have left or are openly looking.

 

This puts house hunting on hold until things stabilize one way or the other.

am hearing the intel campus in folsom, ca is hiring... only mention as we happen to know o' three, golf course community homes, w/i twenty minutes o' intel, which ain't even on the market yet and may be purchased for a relative song.  heck, one such home includes a rare and antique billiards table, sits on .45 acres o' mature landscaped property with large redwoods and backs to fairway o' an arnie palmer designed championship golf course.  the property even has steel fencing, so you may be political controversial in these volatile times... something to talk 'bout at ****tail parties.

 

HA! Good Fun!

 

ps the fence isn't designed to keep undesirables out, but rather to keep 'em in.  is only four 4.5' high, which is just high enough to deter old border collies from attacking golfers who stray too near the yard.  

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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Woke up to snow on the ground. Just a dusting really. Look like a good day to work from home. I don't do snow!

 

As for border walls/fences my place shares a border with Cold Creek on one side and the Anderson Tully Wildlife Management Area on the other. Back when I first bought this place I cleared a 10' fire break and built a perimeter fence along at border. It's a 5' three rail field wire fence. The idea is of course to keep my critters in but also let hunters from Tully know they have left the MA and are on private property. On several occasions I've had to stop armed hunters crossing my doggone garden. In every case they climbed my damned fence. I've asked them did it ever occur to them the State of Tennessee would not build a fence in the middle of a 40k acre WMA? Unfortunately hunting is not solely the hobby of those with common sense. 

Get off my lawn!

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Realizing I have 6 weeks off work this year, so will be annoying to burn those as I don't do vacations :lol:

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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Realizing I have 6 weeks off work this year, so will be annoying to burn those as I don't do vacations :lol:

 

Maybe try and find some sort of project to work on? That's typically how I plan the summers out. 

 

You know, train for a triathlon or something. :p 

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Ordered a sowing machine, because it's not gay and a renaissance man can fix his own clothes. I'm thinking I'll become one once I have the sowing machine.

 

Solid logic.

had an old john deere "sowing" machine when we were young.  were one o' those grain drill and seedbox thingamajobs covered with as much rust as bright green paint. never thought o' it as a particular gay contraption, though we do agree basic tailoring skills should be known by the average adult regardless o' gender.  

 

HA! Good Fun!

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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Gorgon I can almost guarantee every US Marine that ever served has some level of sewing skill. Though likely not with machines. They are also very familiar with the proper deployment and use of steam irons and magic sizing. And while some of them were certainly gay very, very few were ever sissies. Self sufficiency in any skill is to be commended not derided.  

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It's official (Ok, maybe not, but it sure is anecdotal!)... Australia Post is BADLY in need of privatization :facepalm:

 

I was supposed to get 3 deliveries through the AU Post the last month.

 

First up was an internet modem. Arrived in Ok time, was sent express. However, the only way I knew where to find it was the online tracker. No messages, no card, not even an effin SMS telling me that they couldn't be bothered to deliver to my address, come and pick it up at our local distribution center.

 

Second was a parcel from a hotel in Brisbane (because, being silly me, I forgot a jumper and my passport there before flying back to Melbourne). That one apparently arrived a week ago at the local post office. Again, no hint whatsoever (nor any delivery attempts). Going to walk there today during my lunch break and see if they still got my stuff, even though it's not a full week later.

 

Third... I bought a new mechanical gaming keyboard. $250, not the plastic toys that most people are happy with. Paid extra to have it shipped express too. Would it surprise anyone that it "mysteriously" disappeared en route, tracking showing it arriving in central Melbourne and then no more tracking entries. That was a week and a half ago. What could possibly be the reason for an expensive gaming keyboard getting lost from the tracking system??? Yeah, not a serious question, I have some very unflattering suspicions.

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” - Albert Einstein

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Ordered a sowing machine, because it's not gay and a renaissance man can fix his own clothes. I'm thinking I'll become one once I have the sowing machine.

 

Solid logic.

had an old john deere "sowing" machine when we were young.  were one o' those grain drill and seedbox thingamajobs covered with as much rust as bright green paint. never thought o' it as a particular gay contraption, though we do agree basic tailoring skills should be known by the average adult regardless o' gender.  

 

HA! Good Fun!

 

 

 

Gorgon I can almost guarantee every US Marine that ever served has some level of sewing skill. Though likely not with machines. They are also very familiar with the proper deployment and use of steam irons and magic sizing. And while some of them were certainly gay very, very few were ever sissies. Self sufficiency in any skill is to be commended not derided.  

 

It was mandatory when I was in school to have sewing lessons, wether you liked it or not. (Slöjd) Once I'd finished those and went to shop class I lasted for about one month before I went back to sewing. Couldn't stand the teacher in shop class, he was waaaay to fond of young boys...

 

That said, I don't have a sewing machine, but I do have a sewing kit.

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Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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Ordered a sowing machine, because it's not gay and a renaissance man can fix his own clothes. I'm thinking I'll become one once I have the sowing machine.

 

Solid logic.

 

Was looking up the Heinlein quote about specialization (in Starship Troopers, Rico is told he needs to learn to tailor his own uniform).  Came across this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competent_man

 

 

A particular type of entertainment, which has been critically referred to as "competence porn", involves impressive feats of human capability, examples being the strategizing of the characters in House of Cards, the medical acumen of Gregory House and the deductive brilliance of Sherlock Holmes,[3] or almost any John Scalzi protagonist.

 

The Scalzi bit gave me a good laugh.

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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I had an easier time in boot camp because I already knew how to sew thanks to my grandma.

 

I also had a minor freak out today because the menu bar on the browser on my phone some how relocated to the bottom of my screen and I hated that **** with an unreasonable passion.

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When you get feedback from a job interview "It's a no. You showed great depth of knowledge and understanding in the data space and the work, but we just didn't feel that you were that behind working for our company."

"Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum."

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As I enter my last year of college, I have been thinking a lot about my degree and exams. Right now I'm working on my critical essay. I  need to finish it in two weeks. Luckily I've already applied to one college essay service to help me with that task. Next year I hope I'll get my bachelor's degree!

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My mom liked to sew. So I grew up learning all that stuff, dragged to sewing shops, buying patterns, all of that. Sewed my own costumes for Halloween a few years, knew all these little "tricks," would do my own pants hemming, made cat sleeping pillows, the like.

 

I've never owned my own sewing machine however (I mostly hand-sewed things after I moved out of parents) and my life has had little need for sewing so I haven't bothered to maintain. But I can still sew a button, correct poor seams from cheap clothing and mend tears better than my husband. :p

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It was mandatory when I was in school to have sewing lessons, wether you liked it or not. (Slöjd)

 

We also learned crochetting and knitting. Needless to say I hated it with a passion. I'm a talentless hack when it comes to any form of crafting.

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We are being born at the sound of ends, and yes we still believe in beauty
It used to be the pride of Man, now a flame put out by the cold in his hand

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I'm tired of buying compressed air cans (for initial further-distance bursts) and then squeezing rubber air-bulbs until my hands ache (for closeup/detailed air dusting). Time to try one of these:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VAYIWSM/

 

...it's cheap enough. If its air movement capability sucks, no big loss. :p

 

 

Edit: oh, and you know how most people on gaming forums have "game backlogs?" I've never had one of those. But these days I do have "streaming video" backlogs. I must have 100+ things in my Netflix watchlist, 60 in Amazon's, more on other sites. Why do I keep adding when I know I'll never bother watching them...at least it costs me zero to add to them.

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We also learned crochetting and knitting. Needless to say I hated it with a passion. I'm a talentless hack when it comes to any form of crafting.

Knitting makes my brain grind to a complete halt, I just can't get my hand around it. I also have problems with things like braiding.

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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Dialed into a Webex and no one noticed so had a pleasant daily meeting for once.  One step closer to total invisibility at work :lol:

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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I tried a rotating round head toothbrush (Braun) for the first time. I suppose it cleaned my teeth well enough, but I'm worried it rattled my brain around the skull too much and might give me concussive symptoms.

 

 

...ok not really, but holy batman the thing is like brushing your teeth with an industrial-strength vibrating massage unit. It'll either clean your teeth or rattle them loose, take your pick. Maybe I'll get used to it.

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spent the day working on retirement.  is something weird 'bout the amount o' work am needing devote to retirement. has been a decades long process, but the actual mechanics o' finalization is soul numbing.  could pay an attorney and financial planner to handle all the real work, but am too cheap to do so. 

 

am admitted facing a coin-toss decision regarding sale o' two residential properties.  keep 'em as rentals avoids us some tax issues and averages us $39k a year assuming 10 month per year occupancy.  have had uninterrupted full-year occupancy the last couple years, but such is hardly typical for residential in this area. costs is noteworthy as property taxes and hoa alone on the two properties combined is almost $10k per year.  after additional anticipated repairs and misc costs, am looking at relative modest roi. nevertheless, have learned is nice to have at least a little real property in portfolio beyond primary residence. big negative is our knowing residential landlording is resulting in inevitability o' teeth gnashing irritation at some point and irritation runs counter to our retirement goals.  got the idaho property and hawaii joint tenancy, but for various reasons, neither is counting towards our retirement plans.

 

general 4% rule o' thumb has us being able to indefinite maintain adjusted-for-inflation 2019 yearly income o' $84k per year living off interest only if am selling properties and $79k if am keeping as rentals.  could maybe live in hurl's garage in the bay area with such money, but as long as am living someplace more reasonable, am thinking we could be comfortable with such income.

 

and while is maybe not the most enlightened business decision, am gonna keep the primary residence 'stead o' selling immediate.  the border collies is the deciding factor.  one o' the border collies is fourteen(ish,) has significant arthritis in hips and is going blind.  the other border collie is thirteen, is mostly deaf and is near complete blind, but is still quite active.  both is increasingly gassy-- what is that about? as stoopid as it may be, am not gonna sell house and move 'til border collies pass.  they got a big yard and still enjoy barking at golfers.  don't wanna put the old girls through a move when they only got short time.  

 

keeping primary residence also gives us more time to sell the stoopid pool table.  everytime we look at the pool table, we feel a bit like max.

 

 

HA! Good Fun!

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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