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    For reasons known only to himself, Simon decided to sleep in the living room last night. Okay, fine, even if it did mean I couldn't spend my insomnia working on some sewing projects. But for reasons, the only place in the house we think we can plug the modem into is in the living room, and Simon unscrewed the cord, because I guess he'd decided to sleep right where it was running and thought it was uncomfortable to sleep on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Oh, and I got an e-mail today from the director of the Burlington, WA, Parks and Rec department. I've been wondering about the possibility of the Pumpkin Pitch happening and was thinking of contacting her, because she's the organizer.
    Her email said all programs are cancelled and all staff is being laid off. Including her. The pumpkin pitch is trivial, but the lives impacted are not. I just replied "Be Safe".
    We’ve been keeping our eyes on the Leavenworth Oktoberfest website for news cancellation...or not. No news so far and the countdown clock is still running, for what it’s worth. Considering the logistics involved, I’d think they’ll have to jump one way or the other before too long.
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    In the SpaceX thread, there's a report of a major condominium fire on South Padre Island, so naturally I had to go look for it on Google Maps. Then I naturally had to go look at the SpaceX sites to see if Google had updated the "satellite" imagery. They haven't, and that bugs me. I'd love to see what those places look like now instead of bare patches of dirt.
    It also bugs me that I am consistently unable to spell "satellite" correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    In the SpaceX thread, there's a report of a major condominium fire on South Padre Island, so naturally I had to go look for it on Google Maps. Then I naturally had to go look at the SpaceX sites to see if Google had updated the "satellite" imagery. They haven't, and that bugs me. I'd love to see what those places look like now instead of bare patches of dirt.
    It also bugs me that I am consistently unable to spell "satellite" correctly.
    I saw that post, but didn’t get the relevance - are those condos sitting next to the SpaceX site, or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    We’ve been keeping our eyes on the Leavenworth Oktoberfest website for news cancellation...or not. No news so far and the countdown clock is still running, for what it’s worth. Considering the logistics involved, I’d think they’ll have to jump one way or the other before too long.
    Our big August faire posted an update that they're still planning to be on in August, but that was at least a week ago--I don't know if I trust it, given events in September have already announced that they're canceling for the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I saw that post, but didn’t get the relevance - are those condos sitting next to the SpaceX site, or something?
    A couple of miles north, actually, and a quite a bit farther to drive to one place from the other.
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    I thawed some ground beef and put buns on the shopping list so I could make burgers.
    When I got home from the store I discovered I'd grabbed hot dog buns.
    We will be dining on hamburgers on English Muffins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I thawed some ground beef and put buns on the shopping list so I could make burgers.
    When I got home from the store I discovered I'd grabbed hot dog buns.
    We will be dining on hamburgers on English Muffins.
    You could also make long, skinny burgers. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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    Someone here hasn't posted nearly enough kitten pictures!
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    The kittens don't tend to hold still when I have my camera handy!
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    That's ok then, here is one of mine!
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    She peed on the rubber mat outside the box again yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    She peed on the rubber mat outside the box again yesterday.
    Our cat decided to urinate on the furnished basement carpet. The vet recommended 1) getting the biggest litter tray we could find and 2) something called Feliway, a plug-in pheromone dispenser.
    We also changed to an odor-free litter and moved the box to a slightly more private location. That combination seemed to have worked, although the pheromone ran out a couple months ago.
    Unfortunately, we still get a urine odor from the carpet under certain weather conditions. The professional cleaner says we may have to replace it and seal the concrete floor beneath.

    A coworker had a cat that had a serious urinary issue, and the only obvious symptom was urinating unapproved places. So if it continues, I'd recommend chatting with your vet.
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    As it happens, she has a vet appointment tomorrow. This has been going on for quite a while which is why we have the rubber mats in the first place. For a long time we weren't sure which cat was doing it but have recently caught her at it. She often does it not long after I clean the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    She often does it not long after I clean the box.
    That doesn't really surprise me. I'm guessing the litter is uncomfortable, and dirty litter even more so. So, she's holding it until the litter box is clean, and then she tries, but it's still too uncomfortable and so she gives up.

    I'm not a vet, though, so my opinion's not worth the pixels it's lighting up.

    I hope the vet finds something not too serious.
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    She uses the box fine most of the time. Yesterday I tried leaving a small urine clump in the box instead of scooping it out, thinking maybe she wanted it to smell like her. No problems yesterday so I've done that again.
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    And by the time I typed the above post, she'd already done it again. I asked the vet. She suggested maybe if the entrances to the two boxes weren't pointed at each other it would help, so I've done that.

    In other matter:
    When I got into the car to take the kitties home from the vet, it told me the battery in the remote fob was low. That bugged me.
    When I got home I looked in the owner's manual, which contains no info whatsoever about the fob battery. Because you should take it to the dealer and let them charge you $65 for $2 battery. That REALLY bugs me.
    So I looked on the internet and found a video which told me what I'd have figured out anyhow. That didn't bug me.
    And I bought a 4-pack of CR2032 last week so I could change the one in the kitchen scale. So it's all fixed and I'm happy again.
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    Another information tech folly. For several weeks now my church has put worship services on a YouTube platform as a pandemic countermeasure. This morning, a few seconds into the service it abruptly went down with a message saying YouTube had removed it because of a terms of service violation. That had me thinking of the possibility of a copyright issue. I emailed the pastor about it, and in a few minutes he replied that he had the same thing and that he fixed it by refreshing the browser. I did likewise and restored the service. It appears that some sort of a glitch not only zapped the program but generated an irrelevant message. It sort of reminded me of the early days of online browsing, back in the Windows 95 days. Occasionally I would get a message "Windows has performed an illegal operation and must shut down" or something like that. I was wondering if I might have blundered into a kiddie porn site. It turned out the message was just in-house troubleshooting jargon for the developers in their debugging work, and never should have gone public. It was glitches, nothing more.

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    I ordered a portable hard drive yesterday. I'd ordered from this company since we moved, and they had the current billing address--but I'd picked up curbside last time, and shipping was actually a day faster than in-store delivery, so I had it shipped. They did not apply the change to the shipping address.
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    The battery on my camera is holding less and less charge these days. My boss and I are taking advantage of the openings in his schedule to have me take the time to take pictures of more of the merchandise, and I suspect that this is going to require replacing the battery this month or next month.
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    I got a new truck. It came with both keys and those keyless gizmos.

    •It doesn't seem to be possible to leave the key at home and drive it with just the gizmo; even if I unlock the doors with that, I still need the key in the ignition to drive. The gizmo has an engine start button, but nothing happens when I push it, or tap it twice, or hold it down for a few seconds, et cetera, from inside or outside the truck.
    •After driving, the key comes out strangely warm.
    •Not wanting to take redundant things around with me or depend on something that needs a tiny not-constantly-self-recharing battery, I leave the gizmos at home and use a key for both the door locks and the ignition. But the truck doesn't like to have its door unlocked by key. It starts giving a series of short quiet honks of the horn, and if the key isn't in the ignition by the time it does ten of those, it switches to full alarm blaring. It's silent when opened with the gizmos... which don't start the engine.
    •Neither method opens the passenger door. (It doesn't even have a keyhole, and I guess it doesn't have the motor or electronics connections to respond to the gizmo signal.) To unlock that, I would need to get in on the driver side and open the other from the inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    I got a new truck. It came with both keys and those keyless gizmos...
    My GMC truck has similar features.
    The gizmo has an engine start button, but nothing happens when I push it, or tap it twice, or hold it down for a few seconds...
    On mine, you have to press the fob's LOCK button twice in rapid succession, followed by holding the START button for five seconds. Even so, once you enter the vehicle, you need to insert the key.
    After driving, the key comes out strangely warm.
    I've noticed that only on hot days, and chalked it up to the steering column having a lot of thermal mass, but I could be wrong.
    But the truck doesn't like to have its door unlocked by key
    I've run into that as well. Apparently the security system really wants to be activated/deactivated by the fob.
    Neither method opens the passenger door.
    A rapid double-press on the fob unlock button unlocks all the doors on my vehicle.

    ETA: I read the manual(s) from cover to cover when I bought the vehicle. Why, yes, I am an engineer, why do you ask?
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    That's really strange. Our 2016 Honda has just the fob, which has a key hidden inside so you can at least get in the door. No lock on the steering column at all. Somewhere in the console is a keyhole you can use to release the shift lever so you can put it in neutral for towing. And as long as the fob is in your pocket/purse, putting a hand on the door handle unlocks it. The driver's side unlocks just that, while the passenger side unlocks all four.

    Stuff I don't get: My wife insists on taking the fob out of her purse and putting it on the console, "so it won't get lost or left in the car". Seems to me it would be safer just staying in the purse.
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    The GM fob is just a lock/ unlock tool that is no different than the one I had in 2003 except it may include a remote start feature. A little behind the times.

    The vehicle, however, assumes that any entry that didn’t start with the door being unlocked by the fob as a potential break-in. It will sound an alarm if you don’t quickly insert the key in the steering column. I guess it was too expensive to put full key validation in the door lock.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    The vehicle, however, assumes that any entry that didn’t start with the door being unlocked by the fob as a potential break-in. It will sound an alarm if you don’t quickly insert the key in the steering column.
    That's really annoying. Don't these people ever have to load cars? When I get ready for faire, I can spend an hour or more packing (I don't do it quickly, because I know that I'll need the energy to unpack once I get there) before I'm ready to take the car anywhere.
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    Stuff like this is why the US car industry is doing so badly.
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    Everything in my house is covered with cat hair, except one spot on one cat where she over-grooms. We don't get dust bunnies, we get dust kitties.

    Meanwhile, my wife got an e-mail that there was a new message in our healthcare system's on line chart. So I went to log on for her and wouldn't you know, they've "improved" the website. Previously the drop-down box for "your location" was filled in with ours, now it wasn't. But selecting the location just causes the screen to reload and the box comes up blank again. After two or three tries of that, I just went ahead with user name and password. But they've improved "security" and you now have to have them send you another e-mail and enter a code from that.

    Ok, now I have to go back to the other end of the house and look at the e-mail; interrupting her in the process of trying to figure out why Facebook thinks she got married last week. ("About Time", said our niece!) So I put that in and it comes up with the wrong region. But then it worked anyway for her login.

    And it was just a reminder for an appointment on Thursday.
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    It is a good thing I am not king of the planet, or I would require all cars have early 70’s tech only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by publiusr View Post
    It is a good thing I am not king of the planet, or I would require all cars have early 70’s tech only.
    No thanks. They were certainly easier to repair, but needed repair much more frequently. Then there were the pollution and mileage issues.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    No thanks. They were certainly easier to repair, but needed repair much more frequently. Then there were the pollution and mileage issues.
    And I don't own any 8-tracks.
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