Month: May 2015

Fixing air conditioners

I’ve gotten pretty adept at fixing broken electrical and electronic devices. Little over a year ago I fixed the television when the power supply went on the fritz.

And recently plugged in the window air conditioner only to find the find the GFCI plug kept tripping. This caused someone in the house to say let’s just buy a new AC. No fucking way. Spend another $100 or more, no. As well as having to dispose of the current AC unit. No.

For $17 I bought a 15 amp GFCI plug on Amazon of all places. They just delivered it today. I would love to know how Amazon get the United States Postal Service to deliver on Sunday. Because that’s how it was shipped – benefits of the Prime program.

So later on I’ll strip off the old GFCI, put the new one on and functional AC again. It’ll take maybe 15 minutes to remove the old plug, strip the wires, and setup the new plug but $17 is way better than $100 or more and it puts off complete discard of the AC unit for a few more years.

I’ve even rewired an air conditioner who took a slight over-volt and got that working again once. What can I say, I’m handy that way. Don’t throw it away, fix it.

Wherein USPS Screws the Pooch

So we tried to get a package down to North Carolina in time for Mother’s day. Sent it out via USPS on Wednesday. Now following the track the problem isn’t with the local USPS, here’s how it went:

May 6, 2015 , 8:40 pm

Departed USPS Facility

PROVIDENCE, RI 02904
May 6, 2015 , 6:55 pm

Arrived at USPS Origin Facility

PROVIDENCE, RI 02904
May 6, 2015 , 5:40 pm

Accepted at USPS Origin Sort Facility

PROVIDENCE, RI 02909

Now the package was handed to a postman and went into the local post office at 5:40PM. By 6:55PM it was at the main Sectional Sort facility and then departed at 8;40PM

It apparently spent two days getting to Raleigh, North Carolina, finally arriving in at 2:54AM. And then out the door but to Greensboro at 4:18AM. It arrived in Greensboro on the 8th at 10:13AM. And that’s the last status update USPS has for the package.

They say it will be delivered today which is FOUR days, not the THREE promised. But as yet the package hasn’t arrived.

They do say that Christmas and Mother’s Day are the two busiest times for USPS. But really – it shouldn’t fall down like this.

Walgreens Sucks

So last night we stopped by the local Walgreens – thinking we might be able to find a cough suppressant, one that didn’t have an expectorant or decongestant in it.

Good luck – they don’t have one. Almost every one of them has either the above two or an antihistamine.

I now refer to them as the Soviet Walgreens  – you’ll take what they offer and you’ll like it or else.

But here’s the rub – I can get said cough suppressant at CVS. So guess who gets my business?

I shot Walgreens a nastygram on their web site. Mentioned the Soviet thing and told them maybe they had better pay a bit more attention to their customers rather than trying to hawk useless crap. I’ll be interested to see what response I’ll get from them.

Sylvia Driskell gets rejected by the court

Oh nice! As I said in a prior post I’m sure the clerks office and perhaps the judge got a good laugh out of the insanity of her lawsuit against all homosexuals.

The judge said  that Driskell didn’t have subject matter jurisdiction and cannot sue a class of unidentified defendants.

Subject matter of course being God and Jesus. No jurisdiction – fantastic. And yes, if you’re doing a class action you have to sort of name the defendants – but just using homosexuals isn’t enough.

Attention Providence Water Supply Board

if you’re going to dig up streets and sidewalks replacing water mains and lines using cold patch on sidewalks is sub optimal. And what’s more galling is you filled trenches where you laid new line with concrete but sidewalk cuts with cold patch?

It’s bad enough the PWSB has dug up half the city of Providence at this point. But if you dig it up , put it back the way you found it. Is that so hard?

Insane Nebraska Woman files suit against all homosexuals

You can’t make this shit up. You have to go and read the suit.

But I have to offer some destructive criticism of the piece. First off Ms. Driskell it’s ‘and’ not ‘an’. I’m sure the clerk’s office is having a good giggle over that one.

Second I have to ask, how does one become an Ambassador for both the big kahuna God  and his so called son Jesus Christ. Or Jesus H. Christ if you prefer – the H. standing for homosexual – after all Jesus was the one who allegedly asked his disciples to leave their families and go with him. And he hung around with 12 guys. I mean come on – plus the fact he was allegedly 33 years old when crucified and unmarried. In that time and that culture when the mean lifespan was 35 or 45 years if you weren’t married by age 33 there was something wrong with you.

Now here assertion that Romans 1:28 was the cure – here’s what it says:

1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

Now I have to define reprobate – it’s a long one but several relevant parts:

  1. 1.
    an unprincipled person (often used humorously or affectionately).
    synonyms: rogue, rascal, scoundrel, miscreant, good-for-nothing, villain, wretch, rake, degenerate, libertine, debauchee; More

    informal,cad;
    “a hardened reprobate”
  2. 2.
    Christian Theologyarchaic
    (especially in Calvinism) a sinner who is not of the elect and is predestined to damnation.
adjective
adjective: reprobate
  1. 1.
    unprincipled (often used as a humorous or affectionate reproach).
    “a long-missed old reprobate drinking comrade”
    synonyms: unprincipled, bad, roguish, wicked, rakish, shameless, immoral, degenerate, dissipated, debauched, depraved;

    archaicknavish
    “reprobate behavior”
  2. 2.
    Christian Theologyarchaic
    (in Calvinism) predestined to damnation.
verb

archaic
verb: reprobate; 3rd person present: reprobates; past tense: reprobated; past participle: reprobated; gerund or present participle: reprobating
  1. 1.
    express or feel disapproval of

As you can see – most of the more derogatory definitions have their root in Calvinism. I’ve often said I wish I had a daughter and lived in his time so I could forbid her to marry him. John Calvin was an asshole.

Then she goes into Genesis 9:24 when Noah just knows one of his sons looked at his junk.

I’m not going to post anymore of her diatribe. You can go read it for yourself.

Thought I was having problems with the Kindle Web app

But I figured it out. While I was trying to dig up Amazon’s contact info the thought hit me.

I had recently re-enabled ScriptSafe on my Chrome browser. And what I like about the app is that you have to allow or trust certain parts of sites. Anything I know as an Ad server never gets trusted or allowed, but anything else from a trusted site I’ll allow.

I had to trust read.amazon.com and k4sw.s3.amazonaws.com – so in essence the libary uses Amazon S3. Interesting. We use S3 at work through an application call Eucalyptus – which I consider a flaming piece of shit.

The nice part of ScriptSafe is that it completely blots out the monetization efforts of YouTube. That was the primary motivation behind my turning ScriptSafe on again.

Thus far I’ve had to trust the Kindle web reader, DuoLingo’s site – I’m brushing up on my Spanish. Then I want to tackle Italian as it’s VERY close to Spanish, and then if I can find a reputable site to learn Latin I’d love to do that.

And my apologies for getting technical/geeky here. I just wanted everyone to know that before you reach out to support on any site, remember what you enabled on your web browser.