Friday, December 14, 2018

Not Completely Clueless

Armed teachers, stronger security and better law enforcement are needed to head off another school shooting like the one in Parkland, according to a panel reviewing the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The state commission investigating the shooting that killed 17 people on Feb. 14 released a draft report Wednesday listing a series of failures by Broward County agencies and recommendations for avoiding a similar tragedy in the future.
The 407-page report, which is not final, found that deputies didn’t rush into the school to stop the carnage, and school staff committed numerous security breaches, including leaving doors unlocked and not calling a “Code Red” alarm quickly enough.
The panel also voted to include a controversial proposal allowing classroom teachers to carry guns in schools if they go through a selection process that would include background checks and training. Such a change would require the state Legislature’s approval.

Adhesives and Aluminum

I am approaching the final point of assembling the diagonal mirror spider.  This is a .5" x .800" x .800" piece of 6061 aluminum to which I am going to (hopefully) glue .5" wide 6061 aluminum legs to hold it in the telescope tube.  Because the square is tiny and has four 8-32 adjustment screws distributed around a .265" center hole, trying to use screws to attach the legs is impractical.  My plan was to use an adhesive, like epoxy.  I would also like a non-reflective black surface.

Two choices: flat black paint or black anodizing.  Obviously, the bare aluminum needs to be properly degreased and perhaps roughened with some #80 sandpaper to get a good grip with epoxy.  It appears that black anodized aluminum does not do well with adhesives because the sealant coat on top prevents a good grip: too smooth.  I have never tried to anodize, and I do not think I want to try that now. I suspect that anodizing after gluing the legs on will fail, because anodizing is done in an acid.

I really do not like how flat black paint, applied with a spray can, comes out.  It thickens the threaded holes so screws do not go in smoothly.  (I suppose that I could retap the holes after the paint dries.)  I am using black oxide screws, so they are not in need of paint.

Powder coating has the disadvantage that it typically involves heating the material to 400 degrees F.  Will the epoxy lose adherence, or just bake a little harder?  Epoxy bonds benefit from heating when curing, but what if it has already cured?  I suspect that getting everything glued, clamped, and then baked in the oven for a few minutes, then taking it to the powder coater that I use (Signs by Smith) in Boise would work.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bump Stocks

They do not meet the letter of the machinegun law (because there is only one trigger pull per shot) but they certainly meet the spirit of the law.  If BATF does ban them, I think that they are likely within the intent of the law. 

I used to own a BMF Activator, a crank device that mounted in your trigger guard with a cam against the trigger.  Turn the crank and you could easily fire 300 rounds per minute.  Machine gun?  As much as a bump stock, but unlike a bump stock, utterly useless unless your rifle was clamped down.  Even on a Ruger 10/22, it made a lot of noise and was completely uncontrollable.  Perhaps the perfect gang weapon, most shots would hit bystanders, not targets.  How typical that the Obama Administration, in spite of their enthusiasm for gun control, approved bump stocks.

Now, how that is regulated matters a lot.  There are ways to make almost any part change unlawful.  That must be resisted.

"'Regret and Confusion," Should be the Official Motto of Snakejuice."

If you do not recognize this line, you have missed one of the funniest shows around: Parks and Recreation.  If you have enjoyed mockumentaries such as This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, or Best in Show, you will likely appreciate this.  The first season is cute.  By the third season, it is dangerously funny.  I had to stop the show after this line because I was laughing so hard that I was having trouble breathing, like when I first saw The Gods Must Be Crazy in a movie theater in Irvine.

Must Be Pennsylvania Dutch: Those Amish Radicals!

12/12/18 France24:
Around 7.50pm (1850 GMT) Tuesday, a lone man opened fire several times in the centre of Strasbourg, home to Europe’s most famous Christmas market, which attracts huge crowds of shoppers and tourists.
The suspect was quickly identified as a 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, born in Strasbourg and already known to the police. He cried "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest") as he opened fire, France's anti-terror prosecutor Rémy Heitz told a news conference Wednesday, citing witnesses....
Previously, French authorities had said the gunman killed three people. But Heitz said two people were confirmed dead while the third was brain dead.
Heitz also said police found a grenade, a rifle and four knives during a search Tuesday morning of the 29-year-old's house. They had wanted to take him into custody as in an investigation for suspected murder but were unable to find him. 
Grenade?  Who knew their gun control laws were so lax!

3.95 miles today

2 of it in snow partly uphill

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Scam? Or Missent Email?

Hi Clayton,

Congratulations on your new position with Arconic that will begin on Wednesday, January 2, 2018.

As you know, one of the criteria for employment as stated in your offer letter is having a pre-employment physical and drug screen. Your physical is scheduled for Friday, December 14th at 3:00 pm. For this appointment, you will need to bring a photo ID.

Another one of the criteria for employment as stated in your offer letter is successful completion of a background check.  You will be contacted via e-mail by Sterling Direct, the vendor who conducts our background verifications.  You will submit your application in an on line system and indicate your approval by using a "wet signature" feature in Sterling's Online portal site.  So please be on the lookout for this email.

Attached you will see four files. Below I have instructions for each. If you prefer, you can pick up hard copies of all the attachments at our Washington location.
US Export Control Form: This attachment is required for our site since we are a ITAR facility. This form must be completed and returned to the HR department at RTI/Arconic  prior to your orientation.

New Hire Paperwork: This attachment has three forms. These forms must be completed and returned to the HR department at RTI/Arconic  prior to your pre-employment physical. Our HR team is here from 7:00am to 3:30pm each day. You may also complete these forms and e-mail them back to me if you prefer.

Pre-Employment Physical Information: This form is for your records. This has all the necessary information for your pre-employment physical appointment. As stated, you will need to bring a photo ID to your pre-employment physical appointment.

Arconic – Pre-Physical Paperwork: This form must be filled out prior to your physical and will be given to the doctor. Please make sure you bring the completed form to your pre-employment physical appointment. This will not be returned to our site.

Arconic requires metatarsal safety shoes. Below are a few options for these metatarsal safety shoes.

The requirements of the shoes are as follow:
  • steel-toed or composite metatarsal safety protective footwear that MUST meet the ASTM F2413 Class 75 Standards
  • Impact (I/75)
  • Compression (C/75)
  • Metatarsal (MT 75)
  • Electrical Hazard (EH)

We reimburse up to $100.00 for each pair and allow two pairs per calendar year. We have three options for these shoes.

Option 1: You can choose from our preferred vendor, Sid Boedeker, by visiting their location, information below.  We will do a payroll deduction for the difference between the price of the shoe and the $100.00 allowance. (NOTE: If you choose to visit the vendor’s store you will not be charged at that time)

 Store Information:
  • 6822 Hazelwood, St. Louis, MO 63134
  • 314-522-8180
  • Store Hours
    • Mon-Thurs – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Fri – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Option 2: You can review the attached catalog for safety shoes from our preferred vendor, Sid Boedeker, and order a shoe from this catalog by sending an email to with the shoe style, size, and width. Note: We are not responsible for shoes if they do not fit. If you would like to exchange or return a shoe, you will be required to visit the Sid Boedeker store.

Option 3: You can purchase your shoes from any department store that carries metatarsal safety shoes, but they must meet the above mentioned requirements. If you choose this option please make sure that you bring your shoes and the receipt the day of orientation so that the Safety Department can approve them before your start date. The receipt will be submitted to accounting for reimbursement up to $100.00. (NOTE: Please keep in mind that if the cost of your shoe is $100.00 or less you would only be reimbursement for the amount on the receipt.)

One piece of documentation that you will need to complete in advance of reporting to the location is an I-9 form, which is required by the US Government Department of Homeland Security to verify your eligibility to work in the United States.  Please complete this information online using the link below:

Before you logout, please review the list of employment eligibility documents you will be asked to present on your first day of work.  Note: The list of documents varies based on to the citizenship status you entered in Section 1 of your I-9.  You will be required to bring original unexpired documentation with you for our onboarding meeting (I’ve also attached is a list of these acceptable documents).

As part of your orientation, we have scheduled the HR Session of your Onboarding process.  This meeting will be to complete required personnel and payroll paperwork, discuss benefits and the new hire benefit enrollment process, and review important policies and procedures.  This meeting is scheduled for your first day of work on January 2 at 7:30AM.

I am also including a link to an external site that will allow you to review the benefits offered to our employees.  This site does not include prices; however please take some time to review the plans available to you so you can bring any questions you might have with you on your first day.  Also attached is a Summary of Benefits which you may find helpful prior to our meeting.    

I also wanted to share a resource to help you in your transition to Arconic, which will help you in navigating the many resources that are available. 


Please let me know if you have any questions, or need additional information.

Sara Hembry
HR Specialist
1701 W. Main Street
Washington, MO 63090
1-636-239-7816 (ext. 190107) Office |

UPDATE: It was a missent email.

Chair of the DNC Explaining Why Democrats Are Not More Successful

Yes, pastors, Fox News, and the "NRA newsletter" (whatever that is) are the problem.  It has been 37 years since I heard a pastor give even a slightly political sermon.  Most are pretty conservative, but they know that their mission is saving souls, not politics.  You can see why the left would like to drive Christians out of business and close down churches.

Why Realistic Toy Guns and BB guns Should Be Banned

2/12/18 Baltimore Sun:
Last week, the beginning of an explosive corruption trial involving eight members of Baltimore's elite Gun Trace Task Force revealed that a handful of Baltimore cops allegedly kept fake guns in their patrol cars to plant on innocent people—a failsafe they could use if they happened to shoot an unarmed suspect, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Detective Maurice Ward, who's already pleaded guilty to corruption charges, testified that he and his partners were told to carry the replicas and BB guns "in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them." The directive allegedly came from the team's sergeant, Wayne Jenkins, the Washington Post reports. Though Ward didn't say whether or not the tactic was ever used, Detective Marcus Taylor—another cop swept up in the scandal—was carrying a fake gun almost identical to his service weapon when he was arrested last year, according to the Sun.

Why Do We Lose to People This Ignorant? California Voters Probably Think This Legislator is Smart

Monday, December 10, 2018

Question for Gimp Experts

That overexposed section in the upper right; any way to reduce its brightness?  Perhaps select it and reduce brightness?  Or do I just have no recoverable data (all the pixels are 65535)?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

One of My Best Pictures of the Wonderful Woman I Married in 1980

As Close As a Gun Owner Should Get to NYC

The Face of the Mendenhall Glacier

Miracles of Unsharp Mask

Having Too Much Fun Waiting For the Clonepezam to Make Me Ready for Sleep

A neighbor.  1/4000th sec.; ISO 1600; 200mm.

Some Comet Whose Name I Forget

ISO 1600, 93.28 seconds.  (How did I get the tracking right?  You can see a little oval distortion of the stars.)

Looking Down on the Peasants Who Keep Our Housing and Automotive Systems Operating :-)

Good and effective people that the elites hate, because "deplorable" and they know how to do something with their hands, besides sexually abuse actors and interns.

I Took This Picture?

With my K10D in December of 2007.

One of the Weirdest Things I Ever Tried

The world's lowest grade fiberglass.  That's a construction tube used for pouring concrete columns which I then coated in fiberglass and epoxy, sanded, painted, and put together.  It worked but did not remove enough weight for that miserable little mount.  The original tube:
 Part way through pseudo fiberglassing it:

Supports while epoxying, sanding, and painting:

During the epoxying process:

Mounted by straps to a Losmandy dovetail:

Assembled on a Celestron CI-700 mount:

Title Lock

My FedEx driver told me a scary story of a scam where identity thieves take out a HELOC (home equity line of credit) using forged IDs to borrow money against your house that you will be responsible for repaying.  Obviously a lender that is not on their game will be left holding the bag, but I can see how this might ruin several months getting this straightened out.  Anyone have, or know someone who has experienced this?

Marvels of GIMP

I was going back over some old trip photos.  Before and after GIMP:

Someone Explain This Again, Please

In GIMP I can open a picture that is apparently in "clayton\Pictures\Pictures\2009\2009-06 (Jun)"

If I go the command line, directory C:\Users\clayton\Pictures\Pictures\2009\2009-06 (Jun) has the pictures.  But under My Pictures in Windows Explorer, 2009 has only three directories and none of them are 2009-06 (Jun).  I know Windows tries to be clever, not showing you everything it should.  But how do I get the missing directories to appear?

Somehow, I fixed it with right click Properties, Location.  Still would like to know what silliness this is.

What You Find on the Outskirts of Moscow, Idaho

Quick, call Fox & Mulder!

Why You Always Weight Wait for the Drill Press Ride to Come to a Complete Stop

This was after a couple weeks of healing.

Recent Reader? I am Half Tempted to do Some Calendars Through CreateSpace

And maybe a scenic Idaho calendar

The panoramas really justify clicking them to see the detail.

Today's Joyous Machining Discovery

A couple weeks back I mentioned my discovery that tapped holes should be lightly countersunk.  The funnel helps direct the screw into the threads.  Today I was doing a mass production of sleeves for ScopeRoller, and I looked carefully at the tap/drill combo that I use for 1/4"-20 holes.  What is that above where the tapping threads stop.  It appeared to be a countersink.  Sure enough, when I took the tap/drill combo all the way down to the surface, there was a slightly unpleasant clatter, but the holes are now countersunk.  The screws slide right into the threads.  That is one less step that I need to perform when making these.  That's one less tool change when making them, and to be blunt, my countersinking was not beautiful.  Worse, after countersinking, I usually needed to tap the hole again.

Let me again sing the praises of Tapmatic.

Three Nice Guns the Owners Will Never See Again

12/6/18 KIVI-TV:
BOISE, Idaho - Transportation Security Administration officers at the Boise Airport say they found three loaded guns in the past three days during the routine screening of carry-on luggage belonging to departing travelers.
About 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, a TSA officer found a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson M&P pistol -- loaded
with six rounds -- in a carry-on bag belonging to a passenger traveling  to the Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport.
On Wednesday, Dec. 5 at about 8:30 a.m., a .40 caliber Glock 23 -- loaded with eleven rounds -- was discovered in a carry-on luggage belonging to a passenger traveling to Salt Lake.
And on Thursday, Dec. 6 at about 5:15 a.m., a TSA officer discovered a 9 mm LH9-MKII semiautomatic
pistol -- loaded with thirteen rounds -- in a carry-on baggage belonging to a passenger headed to Denver.
How hard is it to check your carry-on before you leave the house?  If you are carrying for a road trip, why is it in your luggage?  It won't do much good there.  And the fines and confiscation mean you need to check before you drive to the airport.

Saturday, December 8, 2018


Discover Card called to ask about a suspicious attempt to charge $258 with FedEx, which they declined.  Very good.  Then they canceled that account number, and in two days had my new cards delivered by...FedEx.

How You Can Tell Someone is Faculty at An Elite University

12/6/18 Guardian:
The head of politics at Cambridge University has called for children as young as six to be given the vote in an attempt to tackle the age bias in modern democracy.
Prof David Runciman said the ageing population meant young people were now “massively outnumbered”, creating a democratic crisis and an inbuilt bias against governments that plan for the future....
In the latest episode of his podcast, Talking Politics, he said lowering the voting age to 16 was not radical enough to address the problem. 
He said: “I would lower the voting age to six, not 16. And I’m serious about that. I would want people who vote to be able to read, so I would exclude reception [age-children].
“What’s the worst that could happen? At least it would be exciting, it would make elections more fun. It is never going to happen in a million years but as a way of capturing just how structurally unbalanced our democracies have become, seriously, why not? Why not six-year-olds?

I can see the campaign ads now: "Cocoa Puffs For Breakfast!"

Still Clearing Out Fibber McGee's Closet

A Toshiba Portege docking station.  I bought one of these Toshiba Porteges for $100 used.  It was so incredibly cute, and worked well.  It escaped a couple years ago, and I just found this dock in the closet.  No power supply; I think it was the one that powered the notebook.

When Spam Really Stinks

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Downside of Being Interrupted on Projects is Forgetting What You Have Already Made

I had already made the diagonal mirror holder some weeks ago.  When I mated it to the piece that holds it, I discovered there is not enogh clearance around the hexnut that holds the screw in place to turn the 6-32 collimation screws.  I made that .696" square a bit smaller than necessary (trig was never my friend) and too small to work.  So I am cutting a .845" square now.  That will be big enough.

Stuck Threads

I am busy trying to machine the diagonal mirror holder, a 1.18" diameter rod with a 45 degree cut and a 1/4"-20 through it to hold a screw that goes into the spider that holds to the inside of the tube. 

This is slower than I expected. at least partly because the chuck that attaches to the tilting table has locked itself to the 3/4"-16 adapter that the 10-32 screw uses to bind that adapter to the table. Adapter has a through hole.  A 10-32 screw goes through that hole into a 10-32 hole in the tilting table.  I cannot get the 10-32 screw to hold that part to the table. Threads are okay; just retapped the hole in the table. The 3/4"-16 part may be sliding on the table face. 

Next step is a lock washer to hold the screw tighter to the adapter of the adpter to the table.  It is a through hole in that adapter; so I see no obvious way to remove it. I tried heating in warm water, but chuck and adapter are both steel, so no net expansion. Perhaps dry ice on the adapter to get a more dramatic and sudden shrinkage. Extreme solution: left hand tap into that through hole, throw it away when it is out.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How Do You Know Someone is Concerned About Climate Change?

12/4/18 Daily Caller:
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s re-election campaign spent just under $300,000 on private jet use in October, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show....
Sanders’s private jet use comes despite the senator’s hard-line stance on climate change, which he has consistently called “the single greatest threat facing our planet.”

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lack of Posting

1. It has been a busy day.  I went down to Mustang for snow tire swap on the Jaguar.  Even ice does not scare it with the Michelin X-Ice tires.

2.  I am busy preparing for the Spring semester of American History.  We have switched from a pricey online textbook to a free online textbook, which is requiring some lecture rearrangement and general improvements to my PowerPoints.

3. I am again working on the rebuild of my 3" f/4.5 reflector.  Lots of machining.  Part of why I wrote C programs to do various machining operations instead of using shell scripts to produce gCode, was that I could not gCode subroutines to work.  Problem solved.  I needed to trim half an inch off an aluminum cylinder (which is a bit short to do on the lathe), so I wrote a shell script that copies a subroutine in to stdout, then uses for to produces calls to remove .01" at a time.  (A Bridgeport this is not.)
g17 g20 g54
o101 sub
     g01 x#1 f1
     g01 y#3 f#2
     g01 y#4 f1
o101 endsub
for i in `seq 0.01 0.01 .2`;
    echo "o101 call [$i] [.1] [1.5] [0.0]"
echo "m2"
echo "%"
I should make it for elegant, using command line arguments to set feed rates and slice width, but it is cold in the shop.  Tater is on my lap, purring, but even he is not enough heat.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Snow & Tires

Yesterday's effort to get our snow tires swapped for our three-season tires (there are no all-season tires in this part of Idaho) were fruitless.  But rather than drive down to the valley, we drove to Mustang Towing & Tire in Horseshoe Bend.  $100 and 45 minutes later, we had a Jeep that could climb our driveway.  The Jaguar is tomorrow.  Nice people at Mustang Towing, doing their best to explain to recent California refugees that you either get snow tires or plan to get towed a lot (they do both).

Process Servers

This has been a concern of mine for some time.  Some years ago, a co-blogger and I were sued by a despicable outfit called Righthaven, whose goal was to make billions (think of Dr. Evil) by suing everyone who it believed had violated copyright on newspaper stories.  I discovered along the way that "fair use" is a judicial construction with neither statutory nor discernable case law definition.  That was bad.  Fortunately, one victim pursued discovery far enough to find that Righthaven did NOT own the copyright for which they were claiming infringement.  But by then, many others had settled for many thousands of dollars.  Righthaven went bankrupt.  I'm sure the bottom weasel attorney running RightHaven is probably chasing ambulances or condom makers for Michael Avenatti now.

What I did find out in the process is a dirty little secret of civil litigation.  My son just ran into this dirty little secret.  The process server swears that they have personally served the defendant.  The first process server was aggressive and rude when she discovered the defendant did not live at my son's address.  The second one just left the summons on the doorstep.

When Righthaven sued me and my co-blogger Dave, I knew it was coming because a newspaper reporter in Las Vegas called me to ask about the suit.  So I never answered the door when a process server showed up.  She later swore that she had personally served me, and described two vehicles in our driveway that were never there.  When they served Dave, the process server claimed to have served the defendant's adult son.  (Dave was 22 at the time.  She made no attempt to verify who she was serving.)

I later found out that there are many process servers who provide "sewer service," claiming to serve papers but not doing so.  One, coincidentally in Las Vegas, was found with 12,000 summons that were sworn as served, but still in the process server's home.

So why does this matter?  If you are served and do not know it, you will lose by default in court.  How do you prove you did not get served?  As much as I like the idea of privatizing government functions, allowing for-profits to serve summonses creates an opportunity for dishonesty and injustice.  I have served a summons before, on a sister's soon-to-be ex.  I am beginning to think that only government agents with no profit motive or personal interest should be allowed to be process servers.

So I told my son to inform the court that a summons had been falsely served.  I am hoping this will save the defendant from a default judgement, and put a perjuring process server behind bars.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Machine Tool Porn

Machine tool porn. My little Sherline CNC mill is getting jealous.

Snowmaggeddon 2?

Boise area two winters ago--but unfortunately it seems like it was barely yesterday--suffered what we now call Snowmaggeddon.  It is beginning to feel that way today.  We knew that we should have put the snow tires on last week.  We put the snow tires in my wife's Jeep and headed to church this morning.  We were going exactly 1 mph down the driveway and still slipping a bit.  Down in the valley, no open tire store could do a tire swap. They were that busy.

Coming back, we slid slightly off the driveway and into the ditch nearby.  After digging snow out from under the wheels, and using some asphalt composition roof strips to get traction, I was able to get the Jeep out enough to park it at our neighbors' place at the base of our driveway.

We neglected to put the reflective markers at the edge of the driveway before the snow fell.  When the Sun reappears on Tuesday, it will not be easy.  I am thinking of using steel tubes, heated with a blowtorch, to drive them into the ground on the edges of the driveway, then reflective tape at the top.

Coming Down the Glacier in Training This Morning

1 mph in the Jeep.  I should have put the snow tires on this week.

A Mass Murder That Won't Make CNN's Story of the Day, Week, Month

11/29/18 AP:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Four people found shot to death in a basement last week were victims of a scheme-gone-awry to sell a small stash of drugs found during home renovations, police said Thursday. Three men are in custody.
From the pictures of the accused and names of the victims, it would appear that they are not members of the only race whose mass murders matter to the gun control crowd.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Transgender As Social Pressure

A social worker relative sent me this July/August 2018 Atlantic article:
Claire humored her parents, even as her frustration with them mounted. Eventually, though, something shifted. In a journal entry Claire wrote last November, she traced her realization that she wasn’t a boy to one key moment. Looking in the mirror at a time when she was trying to present in a very male way—at “my baggy, uncomfortable clothes; my damaged, short hair; and my depressed-looking face”—she found that “it didn’t make me feel any better. I was still miserable, and I still hated myself.” From there, her distress gradually began to lift. “It was kind of sudden when I thought: You know, maybe this isn’t the right answer—maybe it’s something else,” Claire told me. “But it took a while to actually set in that yes, I was definitely a girl.”...
To reiterate: For many of the young people in the early studies, transitioning—socially for children, physically for adolescents and young adults—appears to have greatly alleviated their dysphoria. But it’s not the answer for everyone. Some kids are dysphoric from a very young age, but in time become comfortable with their body. Some develop dysphoria around the same time they enter puberty, but their suffering is temporary. Others end up identifying as nonbinary—that is, neither male nor female.

Today's Reminder That Primary and Secondary Education Needs Work

Or at least DC governmenrt needs to higher from the top 99% of the graduating classes.  11/30/18 WBIR:
Clarkson, who lives in Las Cruces, and his then-fiancée visited the District of Columbia Courts Marriage Bureau on Nov. 20 to apply for a marriage license.
But, once there, the couple encountered a small problem, Clarkson said. The clerk wouldn't accept Clarkson's driver's license – from New Mexico – as proof of his identity. Rather, the clerk, who mistakenly believed Clarkson was a foreign citizen, said he would have to provide an international passport to get the marriage license.
After Clarkson objected, the clerk went to check with a supervisor, who confirmed Clarkson would need a passport.
"You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver's license, and they come back and say: 'My supervisor says we cannot accept international driver's licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?'" Clarkson posted on Facebook recently.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Grinding HSS Lathe Tools

I have never got the hang of this, no matter how much I read about the subject.  Now I can, because of this very entertaining machinist:

I have a number of used up (I thought) HSS lathe tools.  I just kept buying new carbide tipped tools from Sherline.  The tool I just ground, now produces a nice finish and cuts well without chatter.

And he has lots of interesting and funny videos, like making a go-kart for his kids using a chain saw engine, bicycle sprockets, and whatever was lying around his shop..

A Most Disturbing Story

A little boy.  Mom says he is Luna and wants to be a girl.  At Dad's house he dresses as a boy even when girl's clothes are available.  This being Texas, the father is required by the courts to give him this choice.  Interestingly, the article is written by an older victim of this madness:
I learned of James’ plight on a recent visit to Plano, Texas, where I spoke to teenagers about my own transgender story. I lived through a similar scenario when I was his age. I was cross-dressed for two-and-a-half years by my grandmother, who made a purple chiffon dress for me. Somewhat like James, my cross-dressing occurred under one adult’s care, but away from grandma’s I was all boy with my mom and dad. Also, just like James, I found my way into the office of a gender therapist, who quickly started me toward transition.
This  surprises me not at all.  Many years ago, my wife and I took a class in recognizing child sexual abuse.  Over lunch, a gal told us that her husband had grown up with a very macho Marine father, and a mother who had wanted a little girl.  So from a young age, she dressed him as a girl, and gave him dolls to play with.  Now he was getting ready to have gender reassignment mutilation.  (His pastor recommended this, in 1980s Orange County.)  What his mother did was clearly a form of sexual abuse; just like this tragedy in Texas.


Sexual abuse is a conservative thing.  11/28/18 Los Angeles Times:
Eric Bauman, the powerful chairman of the California Democratic Party, made crude sexual comments and engaged in unwanted touching or physical intimidation in professional settings, 10 party staff members and political activists said in interviews with The Times.

When presented with the allegations, Bauman said in a statement Wednesday that he planned to seek treatment for health issues and alcohol use.
The story goes on to tell us that Bauman is gay, so an alcohol problem is unsurprising.  Substance abuse is a common symptom of childhood sexual abuse and so is non-heteeosexual orientation.

SciShow Channel

Ultimate nerd channel, but really well done with an engaging and humorous host:

Yes, You Really Can Find Anything on the Internet

I quoted someone's comment a while back that somewhere on the Internet you can find porn of pronouns having sex.  This video might even be useful: