I have not forgotten the blog

Obviously not continuing Stephanie’s series today. Will do tomorrow. Will do something later today.

Late night. Got mildly tipsy. Enough to walk in circles for a while, looking for the elevator.

But am very much alive and okay. Just kind of of slow this morning.

86 responses to “I have not forgotten the blog

  1. Late night. Got mildly tipsy. Enough to walk in circles for a while, looking for the elevator.

    As long as you had fun, all is good.

    EAT TOES!!

  2. > tipsy

    That sort of thing can lead to finding a soapbox and accidentally starting a revolution…

  3. Glad you’re not sick.

  4. Speaking of elevators, does anyone know if carbon nanotubes are strong enough for an earth-based space elevator (as oppose to a moon based one)? Are such carbon nanotubes in commercial production yet?

    • And https://www.newscientist.com/article/2093356-carbon-nanotubes-too-weak-to-get-a-space-elevator-off-the-ground/

      Doesn’t bode well for carbon nanotube cables if a single M-AM annihilation can cause the entire cable to come apart.

    • CCO, look up iron whiskers. Turns out at sufficiently small scale iron crystals are extremely strong. Make them long, they might do it.

    • The only thing strong enough for a cable hung space elevator is that extremely rare material unobtanium.

      However—- if you’re a Robert Forward fan — his book Future Magic discusses how to build a dynamically supported building as high as you want.

      There’s lot’s of materials that can be used for a cable hung space elevator from the moon, Venus, or Mars. Our gravity well is just deep enough that none of them work here. And also make it difficult to actually build a reusable SSTO vehicle with useful payload.

      And I’ve mentioned it before. using available materials (discussed in his book) we could build a 40 mile high tower. That’s above most of the atmosphere and it’s drag, and a lot closer to LEO. Even a 10 mile high one would work. An SSTO could be be hauled to the top and launched, or build a ramp up the side and give it a velocity assist with a maglev track.

      • Diamond fibers would be at least three times stronger than carbon nanotubes, possibly almost ten times stronger. All we need are a few billion diamond nanofibers 30,000 miles long and we’ve got ourselves a Beanstalk!

        Now where did I put those diamond nano-spiders?

        • Where the aardvark could find them. More to the point, where the aardvark could find their cobwebs.

          They relocated somewhere more difficult of access.

      • I’ve wondered why no one’s suggested having half a dozen dirigibles haul a gantry and SSTO up a couple miles. Why does it have to have a fixed base?

      • Problem is, we’re finding an awful lot of near-Earth worlds where the gravity well is deeper than Earth’s. Be a shame to have usable real estate be off limits just because they have 1.5Gs at the surface.

        And yes, I know, I’m jumping the gun. We have to be able to GET THERE first.

  5. TVIW might just be the place to find someone who *knows*.

  6. Relax, have fun, don’t worry about us. Post tomorrow or next Monday.

    Time away is opportunity to refresh thinking — and gives us opportunity to quell the volcano in the sub-sub-sub-sub-basement and clean up the ash.

    [Hey! Somebody put an ad on Craig’s List, we need to get our ashes hauled!]

    • No, I got dibs on those, RES. Volcanic ashes should be good for my garden.

      It’s heavy alkaline clay. Almost anything except for wood ash is good for it.

  7. Happy Birthday!

  8. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    “Hey Doc! I’ve drunk enough to know I’m drunk but not so drunk that I don’t care that I’m drunk! What do I do?”

    “Well, that means you should drink more.”

    😆

    • Back when I was in grad school, I’d mastered the fine art of not drinking so much that I would do something I’d regret the next morning, but drinking enough that I would do those things I’d regret NOT having done the next morning.

      Then I got diabetes and my metabolism went to heck and now one rum and Coke Zero sends me into dizzy spells. But it was kind of a nice talent to have while it lasted.

    • Somebody, talking about Wolcott Gibbs to Harold Ross, “He’s the funniest man in the world on two martinis!”

      Ross, “Then I must always leave before he gets his second, or arrive after he starts on his third.”

    • Like this…

  9. O. M. G!

    You couldn’t get away with this in a satirical novel, and yet …

    Bernie Sanders and AOC release absurd public housing plan including organic grocery stores, community gardens
    Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aren’t exactly known for their practicality. But their latest proposal is a doozy, even for them.

    On Thursday, the legislators teamed up to release the “Green New Deal for Public Housing Act,” a bill laying out the housing-specific portion of Ocasio-Cortez’s infamous $93 trillion Green New Deal. According to the Washington Post, “the bill … would use seven grant programs to upgrade housing units into carbon-neutral communities with organic grocery stores, on-site child care and community gardens” [emphasis added].

    Even progressive estimates from the left-wing think tank Data for Progress peg the cost of this overhaul at up to $172 billion. Let’s be honest, it’s probably more — this same think tank called the $93 trillion Green New Deal “financially feasible” — yet even taking their friendly estimate at face value, that’s still nearly $175,000 in taxpayer money spent per public housing unit (there are approximately 1 million). I suppose this is a bit more realistic than Ocasio-Cortez’s original promise to retrofit every building in America, but it’s still preposterous. …

    • I have come to the conclusion that socialism is like piracy, but worse. At least pirates don’t sanctimoniously lecture you and tell you that their taking your life, liberty, and/or property is for your own good. Now if only we could the people of the word of this, and treat socialists like pirates.

    • What do Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have in common with super villains?

      – – –

      They’ll both monologue you to death.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

        However, you got to be careful about those monologuing Super-Villains.

        One started a monologue to keep the Hero’s attention until his ally got ahold of a gun and shot the Hero.

        Then the Super-Villain “blocked” the Hero’s powers. 👿

        Oh, the Hero shot & killed the Super-Villain after she went down. 😉

        • Col. Cooper had a suggestion about the real-life yakkity villains: When they were busy yelling that they had a gun, they’d probably(!) be sufficiently distracted by their own BS to give one time to draw and shoot them.

          Not a situation I want to explore, but…

          • I’m more of an “up close and PERSONAL” guy. I like knives…pointy, shiny, and shaaaaaaaaaaaaaarpppppppppppp…

            • Faded memory, but I think he was referring to a scenario where shooting was preferable; bank robber storming in an entrance, and the good guy not close enough to get all stabby. OTOH, stabby can be a gooooood thing under the right circumstances.

    • Oh, such a beautiful idea! Such leadership! How Visionary! What could possibly go wrong?
      What do you mean I’m a sarcastic and cynical old troll?

      • Just like a social disease, AOC, is the gift that keeps on giving:

        AOC just illustrated why Republicans don’t care about impeachment
        In a vacuum, the case to impeach President Trump is straightforward. He used presidential powers for his private, political gain. If further investigation corroborates the facts already known, then Trump committed an obvious abuse of power that many members of Congress will view as impeachable — and perhaps many more would if the party labels were different.

        But Republican opinion on the matter hasn’t budged, and comments made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday demonstrate why.

        “I personally do believe that the president has engaged in flagrant violations of the emoluments clause,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN. “I’m concerned that we would allow this corruption to continue. But at the end of the day, we have to be able to come together as a caucus, and if it is this Ukrainian allegation that is what brings the caucus together, then I think we have to run with however we unify the House” [emphasis added].

        That was already revealing, but then she dropped this one: “This is not just about something that has occurred, this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.”

        [END EXCERPT]

        • Keep in mind this is an ex-bartender who stole her waitresses’ tips lecturing us about emoluments…

        • “In a vacuum, the case to impeach President Trump is straightforward. He used presidential powers for his private, political gain. ”

          Except he didn’t. He requested aid under treaty to investigate a violation of US law. All 100% legal.

          • Candidates (and their familiies) are immune from any investigations of violations of the law, if they are Democrats. However, this rule does not apply to investigations of the tax returns of Republicans. Was this not established in the reign of Her Royal Clintoness?

          • Exactly. Which is what’s driving me crazy about the GOP. They should be hammering that fact hourly in the news and on the floor in Congress. It’s like, “Why the F*! are you staying silent on this?” Are they waiting to pull it out at the end of the disposition? Are they planning on running a campaign ad that the Democrat Party Obstructed Justice in attempting to coverup the Biden Debacle, and overthrow a President for actually doing his job while they failed to do anything of use for the past 4 years, and wasted hundreds of millions of tax payers’ dollars?

            • A lot of the GOP aren’t staying silent….. but the only communications channels are ultimately in a position to make it look that way. Shadowbanning, selective enforcement of TOS, all under the legal system that uses section 230 of CDA so you can’t sue them.

    • Silly is not a conserved quantity.

    • I know most everyone here will realize this anyway, but I feel like it needs stating. Even assuming that magically the money came from somewhere to cover the cost of doing all of that, and magically it was all done in a reasonable time frame, the reality of the end result would be housing units with giant beds of weeds (and probably some weed) instead of vegetables and kids left permanently in child care.

      • I realize AOC doesn’t read the NY Post, but since the Feds have imposed a Consent Decree on the New York City Housing Authority, perhaps she ought give consideration to granting the NYCHA (or any similar government bureaucracy) further responsibilities.

        Good news and not-so-good news on NYCHA
        There’s good news and less-good news from Bart Schwartz, the federal monitor overseeing the New York City Housing Authority.

        He’s just OK’d NYCHA’s plans to spend up to $450 million in state money to repair 148 elevators at 10 public-housing projects and replace 37 boilers at nine others over the next five years.

        But Schwartz panned NYCHA’s flexible-work-schedule pilot program, which has resulted in days when needed work goes undone because not enough workers are around to handle regular tasks.

        And he’s still uncovering major NYCHA managerial dysfunction — such as the way it routinely awards small no-bid contracts to the same set of vendors, then doesn’t check the work.

        The jobs have to run under $5,000 to avoid public bidding, but NYCHA has a ton of them: It’s spent more than $250 million on such contracts these last five years. And tenants told Schwartz’s investigators the work is routinely shoddy.

        Online startup The City first flagged the trouble with those no-bid contracts, noting that NYCHA managers don’t check the vendors’ work and that the city Department of Investigation has “privately warned NYCHA about these types of contracts, red-flagging them as potential sources of corruption.” Instituting oversight controls, it seems, is still on top NYCHA execs’ (long) to-do list.

        A single contractor, Matrixx Construction (owned and operated by an ex-NYCHA manager) has nabbed 428 under-$5,000 contracts since 2018 for a total of $1.8 million. Yet NYCHA staff would end up doing at least some the work, the DOI found.

        Meanwhile, Schwartz has yet to weigh in on higher-profile issues like the embattled agency’s efforts provide consistent heat and hot water in the cold months. Under the consent decree, it has until October 2024 to reduce heating outages to just 15% of apartments in a single winter.[Emphasis Added]

        But the monitor is right to take up larger management issues: Greg Russ, the new NYCHA chief, needs maximum outside pressure to uproot the agency’s culture of incompetence, deception and corruption. The insiders have to know that if they don’t clean up their act, a full federal takeover is still a real possibility.

        RELATED NEWS:
        NYC Council members rip de Blasio’s latest efforts to combat toxic lead (in NYCHA apartments)
        NYCHA residents complain about lack of heat during cold snap
        Advocates and progressive pols are putting NYCHA’s future at risk
        Comptroller audit finds 12K kids tested positive for lead poisoning
        NYCHA crime surges as Harlem’s Wagner Houses become gang battleground
        NYCHA has failed to fix nearly 60,000 mold complaints
        NYCHA’s overtime spending climbs again, hitting $95 million

        • The insiders have to know that if they don’t clean up their act, a full federal takeover is still a real possibility.

          And of course, we all KNOW the Feds won’t just make everything ten times worse…[/sarc]
          ———————————
          “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you!”
          “AAAAIIIEEEEEE!!!”

          • Heard expressed with a mixture of sarcasm and dread when the first UH-60 showed up at the fire camp I worked back in ’89; The Army’s here! We’re saved! Hooray!”

            Gotta admit, the commo setup they brought along was very nice; saved me the daily IIRC @ 30 mile round trip from Hat Point in the Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area into Imnaha, OR to find a phone to report in to home base.

        • There was a case a few years back where someone was employed as a boiler operator for the City of NY and New York State. Overlapping shifts. Boilers 2 blocks apart. He’d walk from one to the other to take readings. Which meant one was always not being monitored properly. He had been doing it for years before getting “caught”. I’ll bet lots of people knew about it before it came to light.

          NYC has some tight licensing and rules and regulations for private boilers. I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts all those rules and regulations are routinely ignored in boilers owed and operated by the city.

  10. Thanks to everyone who recommended The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell. It’s a refreshing piece of common sense compared to the craziness of current events.

  11. Glad you’re OK, don’t worry about the free ice cream flow.

  12. Sounds like it was a great party. 🙂

    • Oh, yeah, and the RLF struck Amarillo. One squirrel took out three subdivisions’ power supplies. That might be a local record (that’s about 500 or so houses, plus businesses and three schools.)

      • You sure that wasn’t a Flying Squirrel?

        Though it’s more likely the problem was caused by a Moose, and the Squirrel was trying to keep it from being an even bigger disaster.

    • Sounds like a song cue …


      Could-a been the whisky, might-a been the gin
      Could-a been the three or four six packs, I don’t know
      But won’t you look at the mess I’m in
      A head like a football, I think I’m going to die
      But tell me, a-me oh, me oh my
      Wasn’t that a party

      [SNIP]

      And so you see, Your Honour
      It was all in fun
      That little bitty track meet down on main street
      Was just to see if the cops could run
      They run us in to see you
      In an alcoholic haze
      And I sure can use those thirty days
      But wasn’t that a party

      They run us in to see you
      In an alcoholic haze
      And I sure can use those thirty days
      But wasn’t that a party

  13. I wound up in a similar boat! First date night since my son was born, near as either my husband or I could tell. In our case, I feel it was totally worth the slow morning… I hope you had fun, too 🙂

  14. FYI, I am leaving in the morning for CONjuration, and will not be back until Sunday night. I don’t usually take my laptop, and I don’t have this blog set up on my phone, so I won’t be able to answer questions in comments until I get back.

    Sarah, if you want to wait until next week to run the next installment on the series, it’s fine by me. If you don’t, that’s fine too.