Sunday, April 5, 2020

When Normalizing a Field Does Not Quite Work

I had Access normalize the cause of incident and category fields.  The cause table had two UNKNOWN entries and category had two PUB entries.  I am guessing that when it read these columns from Excel, there were entries with trailing blanks and Access was not smart enough to see the difference.  So I had to write some SELECT statements that showed which records had the cause_ ID and category_ID that I wanted, then UPDATE those with the correct table entry.  Then I was able to delete the "duplicate" rows in the cause and category tables.  Oh, and I created a form for entering the data.  The datasheet method of entry had lots of horizontal scrolling, just like a spreadsheet.  I am beginning to find Access a bit of a friend.

Interesting Video Tracing Possible Origins of the Virus




This 4/5/20 Daily Mail article advances the same theory.  Accidental release, not weapon.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Good COVID-19 News!

4/4/20 AFP:
Rome (AFP) - Pandemic-hit Italy cheered Saturday after seeing its number of intensive care cases for the coronavirus that stretched its healthcare system to breaking point drop for the first time.

Even some of the most cautious health officials seized on the figures as evidence that the tide might be turning in the deadliest disaster the country has faced since World War II.
Civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli called the drop from 4,068 on Friday to 3,994 on Saturday a big moment in Italy's battle against COVID-19.
 4/4/20 New York Post:
There are 15,905 people currently hospitalized. Cuomo said two-thirds of hospitalized patients have been discharged, and the total number of hospitalizations dipped yesterday.
Also a report that the projected 12,000 ICU beds needed turned out to be 4100 today.  Florida appears past its peak as well:
2000 FEWER patients and 200 FEWER ICU patients than yesterday

Almost Like Living This Close Together is A Bad Idea

Map of % positive by zip code for COVID-19 in NYC.  Much of Occasional-Cortex's district may not be voting in the fall.

I Feel for NYC

But this MSN article shows why they are dropping like flies.  We may be uncivilized country bumpkins, but we do not regularly gather in crowds of thousands to get to work.

Friday, April 3, 2020

The De Blasio "Shutter Churches" Clip?

Some people are insisting that the video clip is out of context.  The Daily Wire has a transcript:
We’ve had extraordinary support from the leaders of major Christian denominations. We’ve had extraordinary across the board, rabbinical support from all the different elements of the Jewish community, and the same is true other faiths as well. A small number – a small number of religious communities, specific churches, specific synagogues are unfortunately not paying attention to this guidance even though it’s been so widespread.

So, I want to say to all those who are preparing the potential of religious services this weekend – if you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services. I don’t say that with any joy. It’s the last thing I would like to do because I understand how important people’s faiths are to them, and we need our faiths in this time of crisis, but we do not need gatherings that will endanger people.
No – no faith tradition endorses anything that endangers the members of that faith. So, the NYPD, Fire Department, Buildings Department, and everyone has been instructed that if they see worship services going on, they will go to the officials of that congregation, they’ll inform them they need to stop the services and disperse.

If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently. Again, that will begin this weekend. Again, I’m sorry I have to tell you this, but anyone who’s hearing this take it seriously. You’ve been warned, you need to stop services, help people practice their faith in different ways, but not in groups, not in gatherings that could endanger people.

Out of context.  No.  This is just Democrats trying to hide their fascist leaders.

Browning Hi-Power Holster

Another holster to review.  Again, from Craft Holsters, which is based I have no idea where, but the holsters seem to be Italian made and ship from Slovakia.  This is the only big win of globalization (which was really only a bad idea because of China).  This is for my Browning Hi-Power, a gun that I have not carried since I lived in California and had to traverse the Tenderloin on the way to the Hastings School of Law Library.*  As usual, it is beautiful leather:



It is a tight fit; I am not sure what deranged kung fu fighting would dislodge my Browning from this holster.  (Of course if you such an athletic fighter, you might never need to draw; at least outside the movie universe.)  Yet it is not so tight that it would be a slow draw.  They included a break-in kit, which is an oil intended to soften the leather to produce a fit that more exactly fits the gun.  No need for it with my gun and holster, but a nice touch; there are variations from gun to gun, and holster to holster, and even variations from owner to owner of how tight the fit should be.

The muzzle end of the holster has a drain hole, or so I assume this is its purpose:
because you never know whether your night on the town or day at the office might require a sudden swim.

How well does it conceal?  For a service-sized pistol, I would say adequately.  Wearing my professorial sport coat:



Yes, there is a very slight bulge, but you need to know to look for it.  Unless you already suspected that I might be armed, you would almost certainly not realize it.  Of course, concealed carry in much of a America is a social nicety, like not blowing your nose into your hand and wiping it on the wall.  (Wait, this has recently changed.)  Bad guys who are not completely out to lunch (both of them!) should assume that almost any adult might be armed.

The break snap strap at first seemed like it might be wrongly positioned for its purpose, but with a little use, everything worked into shape and position.  Most snap break straps for semiautos are intended both to provide retention and fit between hammer and firing pin.  Back before firing pin safeties became the industry norm, this was a good but perhaps paranoid good idea, although the circumstances under which you will hit the ground hard enough for the sear to let go without a trigger pull seem implausible, except if you are rappelling down a line and lose it the last 20 feet.  (Fortunately, few of us live in Hollywood movies, where this might be an issue.)

This is a right hand holster, I should have requested left hand, but in practice most OWB right hand holsters can be reversed and used as a left hand cross draw holster, and this is no exception.