Month: April 2020

Reading: The Lord Won’t Mind (The Peter & Charlie Trilogy Book 1)

So as is my wont, always on the lookout to find reading material. Be it scientific, logic, math, even gay romance I love all. So on a certain Forum this book was mentioned. So I bought the Kindle version and I gotta say – I’m 838 out of 5K pages and I love it. Charlie is well hung of course.

I love it when gay romance continues. And I’m not happy unless I’m reading N+1 books at a time. The author is Gordon Merrick. The forum post mentioned it’s 50 years old. So it’d have been first published in 1970. Fun read so far.

Oil prices

It’s happened on Monday and Tuesday this week. The speculative price for June delivery went to  negative $37.63 a barrel. Yes -$37.63 a barrel.

There is now a glut of oil being produced. So much so they’re storing it on oil tankers and the like. It’s a perfect storm in oil right now because firstly the whole Russia vs. Saudi Arabia thing, then of course the COVID-19 thing that’s pushing down demand but supply keeps on.

As of right now a barrel of oil is at $14.29. Now I gassed up the car and paid $1.48 a gallon for gasoline. I think they’re choking up the refining to be honest. And I was reading on a site earlier about all those poor oil industry people. You  know an industry that’s done so much to harm our environment.

Another thing I read is they can’t just shut off pumping oil out of the ground. Which is true. So I think it’s going to get more interesting as time goes on and this COVID-19 thing is around. Can’t complain about it costing only $18 to completely fill my tank. Ha ha ha ha ha.

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Watching: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

So I’ve watched both seasons of the above mentioned show. It’s based on a character created by Douglas Adams one Dirk (Svlad) Gently.

It’s weird, whacky and fun. The writers took it and ran with it. And there’s a gay male couple in the 2nd season. Panto and Silas. That surprised me.

It’s on Hulu.

 

 

Gaming: A 500 Game portable

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So as you can see I picked one of these up for short money. I love old school gaming. And this one delivers. It has the original Mario Brothers, Xevious, Dig Dug, Burger Time, Elevator Action among its 500 games.

Here’s me with the unit turned on and showing it off. I like it. Great fun in a handheld that is rechargeable with a standard USB cable.

Reading: Midnight in Chernobyl

The books title recounts the events of the explosion of unit 4 of the reactor complex. A lot of  the disaster was caused by an overzealous testing engineer and the fact that the Russian RBMK reactors used graphite which burns.

The book is by Adam Higginbotham. It’s subtitle is “The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster.”

Indeed it was – when a huge reactor explodes it’s usually a huge conflagration. I”m only 117 pages into he book but a couple facts emerge. The designers of the RBMK reactor – they KNEW it could explode and suppressed it from being printed in the manuals for the reactor. That in my mind is criminal negligence.

And the other thing that emerges is the human propensity to downplay a disaster. It seems this is what I’d term a Charlie Foxtrot or Cluster Fuck from the design through implementation and operation. All of it.

I mean sure we’ve seen other nuclear disasters, Three Mile Island, Fukushima and so on. But to really make it one for the history books, it took the Russians and Ukrainians. I mean come on even the firefighters had no idea what they were doing or in fact dealing with when chunks of the reactor were strewn everywhere. I love books like this btw. It allows you to see the man behind he curtain so to speak.