Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Resuming cooler weather

Strong polar air is coming down on us.  The Atlantic belt is just going straight through.  Good working weather for the cottage.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Weekend in Muskoka

We have relatives up there, and did the whole shebang.  The one rainy day, we went on the boat tour.  This is the sister ship to the steamer.  Nice tour, but all you see are the ridiculously over-built permanent homes there.  No more quaint cottages.  They are fighting people wanting to build huge condo towers, and the cell towers are disguised as trees.

The deer flies were absolutely horrible. 

Uptick in Global Temperatures

Yeah for a warm summer!  Boo to me for warmer temps when I thought things were going straight down.

The June global temps went back a month.

But the general pattern is neat.  This is all 'continental heat', which is just the land warming up, with no ocean involvement.

The end of the Gulf Stream means that the UK is not getting any moist air, which makes for a clammy trumpy handshake.  We were lucky in Toronto because we are getting a huge amount of Atlantic air.  But this can never last.  I suspect that things will be chilly by the second half of August.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Linux 4.18 rc4 finally works with Ryzen5

After many false hopes, this one seems to be stable, and the screen off power management is working.  The developers must have a lot of these chips.  The kernel mode setting (kms) still isn't working on 'recovery mode', but that will come.

So, you can buy this chip and as happy as you can with a computer.  :)

AMD did everything right with this, and it still took 6 months.  I think all the effort is on win gamers for a new chip, but most of these guys go for separate boards.

ps. blah.  Took two days to freeze, a new record.  :(

pps.  now it's freezing like before.

rc5 seems to be worse

Let's do the whole drugs thing


Now that we have big druggies at the top, we should go with this.  Talk about boosting the economy!  The money has to go into guilt-free treatment, like those places that allow you to drink all you want, until you get sick of it.

This is a better dig at nazitrump than stupid tariffs. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Last boys should be out before the typhoon hits

It's really barrelling in there.  I'm glad everything looks good. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thailand may be hit by Typhoon Maria

Good thing they are moving out now.  Big stuff is moving in.

This is the chart of moist air.  It only rains when it hits cold air.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Toronto real estate does the dead cat bounce

* no cats were killed in the making of this blog.

Latest housing chart.  The media has this as 'hot'.  They always say that.  Anyway, listings have soared, and sales and prices aren't doing much.  'They say a dead cat can bounce if it drops from high enough.'

My old guy dropped the price 20-30% to sell.  Some new houses have gone on the market in the area at prices higher than peak.  Good luck to them.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Top YouTube Ad Goes to Major Scam

Here's the search for 'youtube'

I clicked the top ad on my Linux laptop

This is the whole major scam.  No feedback to Google.  If I had a win laptop it would frighten me and I would send bitcoins to fix it.  Bad Google

Arctic Ice Volume Doing Well

This is summer, so the Arctic ice volume is following the usual seasonal trend.  It crossed lanes last month and is staying in the pack.  It will cross lanes again in the fall, as the ice builds up. 

By October it should leave the pack behind and head into the open territory to the 1970 curve.

You won't hear any more sob stories about the killer polar bears dying.

Cottage Report - No Blueberries

The mild storms passed on Friday, and now it's cool.  We went up to look at the blueberries.  There are very few, blue and white.  Looks like the whole crop got wiped out.

We are sheltered from the north wind, so it's nice.  Way out on the lake, you can see a good chop.

Out in the distance, it's rough.  Bad for canoes.  We are going back to the 'bad lake' of 30 years ago.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Nebraska earthquakes shut down, move back to Oklahoma

I am assuming the guy in Neb collapsed when old ladies started hitting him with their canes.  Don't break the Royal Dalton!

Earthquake activity in OK seems to be resuming its normal pattern.  Nebraska is quiet.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tariffs Cost Ten Times the Initial Duty

We can't win a trade war against trumpler.  For every tariff we throw up, it costs us 10 times the initial amount.  Their economy is ten times ours, and it will take ten times as long for things in the US to fall apart.

Canada should declare a major retooling effort.  All imports should have no tariffs or restrictions.  The money we save should go into surviving the new world.  Fix up the dairy farmers and the steel guys.

All our exports to the US should stop while we retool, especially oil and natural gas, and other resources.  Doug should support this.  :)

If we don't do this, we are in the big poop.

ps.  for example, take the whinging dairy industry, especially those french guys.  It is better to open the borders and go into those fully automatic milking robots.  They're all made in Germany, the auto parts guys could make their own.  Also lots of employment for installing, repairing, optimizing, etc.

Instead of 'anti-dumping' we could assume that the world is one market, and just monitor for predatory pricing, monopolies, etc.

pps.  this is the next big idea, after legalizing my Sea Oil.  I accidentally took a huge dose at the cottage, with a new batch that was 4 times stronger.  Man, that fixes you up good.  :)

Gulf Stream Breaks Up

I've pointed out before to the English Majors that the Gulf Stream is dying.  On the sea temp map, it was always a distinctive warm streamer heading to the UK.  Last year, hurricanes followed the path.  Now it has detached to a nub and may die altogether.  For the UK, this winter's 'Beast from the East' will be a fond memory.  :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Typhoons Start Moving in on Thailand

You can see our short heatwave allowed by weak Pacific air.  The big news is around Thailand where the moist air is starting to move in, and you can see typhoons (hurricanes) starting up.

Most likely the cave rescuers don't have months.

University of Leeds goes to the mattresses


Let's forget all the other stuff going on.  We can forget that bacteria took out all the  methane.  We can forget plate tectonics.  Yes children, animals eating plants and breathing started the first warm cycle.  This carbon dioxide thing happened every 300 million years, exactly coinciding with tectonic cycles.  Amazing.  The current ice age is caused by animals not breathing.

ps.  I shall call this Leeds Physics, the art of ignoring the elephant in the room. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Cottage Report - Canada Day

So hot, and we live in a tin can.  The water is still ice cold, so we can sit out on the dock, under the canopy.  I drank lots of water, and went to sleep.  I felt like a lawn sprinkler, pouring out sweat.  Can't do any work.  It's good to have a July heat wave,  they are fragile and we didn't have one last year.

Time to go fishing this morning before the heat blast.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here


I have been able to observe some this from the inside.  A US payroll program entering Canada may have to cope with a factor of 10 to 100 more complications.  These are all the little rules for overtime, acting positions, maternity, etc.  The US doesn't have any of this.

If you are lucky, you just enter more rules.  But this doesn't scale well if you going through the whole list for every transaction.  You would need a binary search or major optimisation.  But this has to be designed into the program from the beginning.

So, coming to Canada may drop the program over a cliff.  Once it takes more than a few milliseconds to respond, the program is SOL.  Add to this, the insistence that all programs in Canada have to run on MS, and it's a bitch.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hot July Weather

Yeah, we are back to old-school climate, which means two seasons -- Winter and July.  July can be hot from stagnant air, and super-hot if fed from the Gulf.  Britain even has hot weather in July, but their beaches will be freezing.  Not a speck of warm water around there, thanks to the dead Gulf Stream.

The kids are picking cherries and I'm pitting them.  They are small, but sweet this year.

My greenhouse structure has given me my first ripe tomato before July.  Everybody else has miserable tomatoes.  Look at these things.  I took off the sides of the structure.  I'll put them back on in August.

They're over the poles!  We'll have some warmth, and then it will get cold middle of August, and then Winter.  Last year, we had a warm September because of hurricanes pumping out a lot of heat.  Might not have that this year.  Lots of oceanic warm water is moving South. 

I have found out that English Major Carbonistas can't figure this out, but I find it horrifying for my beer drinking on the dock.  Every speck of heat energy is leaving us.  Lots of 'working days' at the cottage this year.  yuck. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Global Warming - Scenario B or C


I don't think that any of it is right, but there was a fun discussion.  The defenders of Scenario B used this graph.

The defenders of Scenario C (not much rise) have attempted to remove El Nino.  I, of course, am saying the temperatures are plunging to a new ice age, and you better keep your tomatoes warm.  I'm getting my first red one!

Linux - Kernel 4.18 rc2 is now solid with Ryzen5

Whew.  I've rebooted my development machine hundreds of times since I got the ryzen5 with amdgpu graphics.  Finally, it's not freezing.  I don't think I have a framebuffer yet, but I'm happy.  You can now get this chip.

ps.  blah.  Days without a freeze.  I write this, and pow!

That may have been a reaction to the KDE on screen display, which sends stupid things.  We'll see.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Fish is Off for a While

The Atlantic Belt is resurgent, so we'll have some warm days.  Oklahoma earthquakes have gone into a new phase.  So, nothing going on. 

I'm going off for a while to rest my compulsion to write.  I'll probably come back when the new global figures come out.  I suspect the Arctic ice volume and global temps will accelerate their variance from Trudeau-land.  As our 'God of Science' says: "I hate being right."  :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The 'Magic' of Global Warming


In general, it is very difficult to find this in the literature.  Some people, realizing that Venus Physics might not be totally applicable to the Earth invoked 'magic'.  That's what Einstein would have called it "That which cannot be measured does not exist."

In this case, the co2 interacts in some mysterious way with water vapour (and clouds).  There is no physical mechanism for this, but it makes some people feel better.  As long as there was perfect correlation with co2 and global temps, nobody cared.  But global temps are going down, the ice is up, and we've got another year before any of these guys acknowledge it.

So, I've got a pocket pool going with myself on how cold we get before there is a shift in this whole religious science thing.  My money is on a year and a half, which is how long it is taking before anybody acknowledges that that Toronto housing market is underwater.  :)

ps.  Before I go, I wanted to add this to record.  It states that satellite observation is 'experimental evidence'.  So, we can safely say that nasa  and the 'God of Science' is responsible for everything.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Men From Venus Invade Earth - Part 3

The final thing of the mfv was global warming.  With a low Rayleigh Number, the air is glass.  This allowed a little bit of carbon dioxide to be the reason for warming.  There was no need to do experiments, or anything.  They produced a projection of warming, and we were all going to die.  Immediately, the gloomy English Majors picked this up.  The rest is history.

The End.

Men From Venus Invade Earth - Part 2

Now, here's the sad part.  The Men From Venus (mfv) were raised with completely different physics from Earth.  It's all to do with the Rayleigh Number (rn).   This definition describes convection, which is great, but it is also the boundary between laminar and turbulent flow.  A low rn means heat is transferred by conduction and a high means convection.

Venus is extremely low in rn.  The highly compressed atmosphere acts as a greenhouse glass, and Venus is very hot because of it.  Low rn has a different physics, for example insects live with low rn in air.  You can't use their method of flying with an airplane at high rn.  The whole thing is quite amazing and you should read about it.

Unfortunately, mfv did not read about it, and took a low rn environment and applied it to Earth.  They took over the unfortunate group and said "We don't need any of that experiment stuff, we can get everything from satellites."  They killed the experiment people, but those guys did one great thing before they died.  Magnificent.

The mfv looked for atmospheric contaminants that could do stuff.  They discovered the ozone hole with satellites, and came out with a Venus-like explanation -- Chlorine was the villain, even at a few parts per million.  That's Venus Physics!

--to be continued

Men From Venus Invade Earth - Part 1

I finally got the origins of the whole Global Warming thing.  It started with two units of bureaucratic nasa.  At the time nasa was big on Venus as the closest planet and they sent in probes that lasted two minutes and had orbiting satellites.  The Men From Venus (mfv) were big then.  There was also a very good Earth Space and Atmospheric Sciences section.  They sent out x-planes and did measurements, as well as having a big experimental chamber.

So sad.  Nasa ran into some hard times due to general bureaucratic incompetence.  Killed a bunch of people.  New Head looked for heads to chop.  "No Money!" he screamed and totally wiped out Venus. "Never going there anyways.  Off to Mars!".  The mfv went to Earth in a big bus.  The women went to Mars. 

The two groups fought over no money.  A Top Dog has to be the Big Frog, or he's nothing with no money.  We know who won.

-- to be continued.

For the record: This is the guy in Nasa that gave us both ozoning and global warming


He started studying Venus, and then applied everything he knew to the Earth.  Since he knew everything, he got rid of the atmospheric physics lab, which was proving to be inconvenient.  Thus began our new era where nothing was ever tested or measured, if it could become troublesome.

He has ascended to 'God of Science'.  It's amazing to live in times like these.  :)

ps.  the last 'God of Science' was that Soviet genetics guy.

pps.  I had the great joy of working with J. Tuzo Wilson towards the end.  He was not a 'God of Science'.  He was a man of the Scientific Method.  He was so happy about all the times he was wrong, and happy that he got a few things right.  Right to the end, he was conjuring many weird and wonderful hypotheses.  I thought he was nuts at the time, but now I appreciate the memories.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cottage Report - June 17, 2018

Very hot, but the water is still ice.  The rotten deerflies have come out in force.  They don't buzz around you, just straight in.  Even the Off Lamps aren't doing much.  Mosquitoes are a major force at night.  Lots of little fish are jumping in the calm morning, but you can't catch anything.  You don't fish near the shore because the bass are on their nests.

The fanatical fishing neighbour went to a little back lake that's supposedly stocked with rainbow trout, but was skunked.  Too bad, I would have loved those fish.  :)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Linux - 4.17.1 Stable with Ryzen5

Yeah, the latest kernel is holding.  I haven't had to power cycle my machine for a whole day now.  I don't think the framebuffer works yet, but I haven't tested it.  I can usually tell by the amount of fuzz on the screen before we get graphics.

Belay that Scottie!  It just froze.  blah.

ps.  I just tried 4.18 rc1.  It seems more stable.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Yeah, the Atlantic Belt is drifting back to us

For a while it looked bad.  A lot of hot water was starting to veer south.  But now it's on the upside of the South America nose, and we won't super-freeze.  However, the Pacific belt is a total mess, and no heat from there for 20 years.  If the Atlantic belt stays high, we'll just have 'That 70's Show', which is fine with me.  I liked the 70's :)  Bring back Disco!

ps.  It's still cold enough.

Don't raise the topic of the coming ice age with the bookish crowd

So, I made a comment again in elgard.  This time it was about the giant Baobab trees dying off due to climate change.  The mini ice age reference was about the solar cycles. 

hasmis 1d ago

It was speculation that climate change (carbon warming) was responsible. Could be a virus or something else. Anyway, we're going into a short-term dip in global temperatures, and this could be looked at. The Guard could have a headline: "Dip in Global Temperatures Nothing to Worry About" :)

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CaptainRogers  hasmis 1d ago

Why would the Guardian have an article on your personal fantasy?

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Vlamingo  hasmis 1d ago

Like this article, perhaps?


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jhoptoad  hasmis 1d ago

Anyway, we're going into a short-term dip in global temperatures,

According to ...?

And will this "dip" be just a "dip" relative to the extraordinary temperatures of the last decade or two? There hasn't been a cooler than 20th-century average month since 1984. Is it going to "dip" below the 20th-century average?

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JonathanHughes  hasmis 1d ago

"Anyway, we're going into a short-term dip in global temperatures"

Where are you getting that from? That's just flat out, completely wrong

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RJander  hasmis 1d ago

If you mean it is down slightly from the peak of the last El-Nino, that is completely irrelevant.

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hasmis  hasmis 21h ago

To sum up, I got a consensus from the community that this graph showed a short-term dip in global temps.


That's below the trend line.

And in this, we have a short-term dip below the carbon projections.


Of course, there may be other references.

Man, these guys are the best!  Makes all your brain cells go tingly.  :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

South Pole Alarm with Global Warming


We are obviously doomed.  Old Dougie better not cancel the cap and trade thingie.  Besides the fact that we are now going into a northern ice age, there is the fact that the South Pole was totally removed from this last warming cycle.

But we all like a scare story, and this is it for today.

ps. drat, I thought I had a consensus with the rabid Guardian readers that we were into a 'short-term dip' in temperatures.  They are now denying that.  :(

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New Off powerpad lamps

You can't find them anywhere, but these things are 10 times better than the old ones.  Lasting 6 hours, and extremely effective.  No smoke.  I'm sure they violate some law.  I am enjoying them now on the deck at the  cottage.  One lamp discourages all the zillion flies.  It's like a screen.  I bought a big hunk from Costco in the spring.  Good luck finding them.

Cottage Report - 2

A beautiful 'Spring' day.  Lake water is untouchable.

Bell has changed the cell to high speed 'hspca' on 850?  My 700 mhz amplifier does something, and I get 1 mbit/s.  This what I got last summer on the lte.

Monday, June 11, 2018

UK to have the hottest summer ever, but where is the heat coming from?


I'll have to go against this forecast.  The heat in May was the heat we all got, as the Atlantic belt dumped all its heat early.  Now, the hurricanes are churning to the west of Mexico.  No more heat is coming back.  They'll probably get a cool and dry summer, just like us.  Hopefully, we get a few spurts of rain.

ps.  I'm thinking that in the interior, with stagnant air, you'll get the sun heat of 28, and cool nights, just like Manitoba.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Cottage Report - jun9,2018

A nice June weekend from the old-school weather.  20-something in the day, and 10 at night.  Nice and sunny and good for putting in a new floor.  The water is ice cold and I don't want to go in.  Light mosquitoes and an insect light keeps them away.  The big flies have started.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Anger in Cottage Country

At the lake we come  across 2 OPP cars and a lot of people.  Seems that a Very Important Lady went past all the signs and parked in a random reserved spot.  Said spot was owned by a High Anxiety Man who went ballistic instead of moving over in the totally empty lot.  He demanded satisfaction, so the man dropped the one ton snow scoop to block the lady.

Lady went to the car and went even more ballistic, screaming, threatening, etc.  Then called 911 that somebody stole her car.  Amazing.

Introducing Ocean Currents to Polite Conversation

The new current maps show a ridiculously strong Arctic Current decimating the Gulf Stream, and putting the Atlantic Equatorial Current (aec) into fits.

This the Arctic current.  There is no history for this, since these charts have only been out a few years.  In the time I've been watching, I have never seen this current during our warm times.  The current is a result of having no heat coming from the Pacific.

This current plunges out of the chart, and then hits the Atlantic Belt, which drives it south, when it should be drifting north.  Again, there are no charts that show annual drift.  If I were Dougie's Chief Physics Officer, I would throw some money to people to make these charts. 

This shows the aec smashing against the South American nose.  A lot of current is deflecting back, but there is still some deflection up to power the Gulf Stream.  The cold current is also colliding here.  Now you can see that the 'drag current' to the south is deflecting to the south.  Our future lives depend on the outcome of this fight.

Now for polite conversation.  I was at this intellectual play the other day, full of long-haired atwoodies.  You can't jump on the stage and yell 'Global Warming is Dead!'.  They'd kill you.  Only when this winter starts in November at 40 below can you start a conversation at an atwoody book signing party.

you:  "Awfully cold this year."  suzukier: "Yep"

"Saw that this was totally consistent with Climate Change, but the ocean currents are acting up."  "yep"

"Suppose that it will get back on track soon enough.  You can't deny the science."  'yep'.

This way you've introduce ocean currents.  Next year you might be able to say, when we hit record lows:

"Arctic ice is at a record high now, polar bears are happy."  'yep'

'Do you suppose they might have made a slight error in the calculation of warming.'  '--cold stare--'

Arctic Ice Volume on a Tear

This is the last of the monthly charts.  All the climate charts are showing a rapid shift to an ice age.  However, not enough to convince anybody.  The physics has shown this shift in forces a year ago.

This year, the Arctic ice volume is crossing all the lanes and heading for a new record.  At the current rate, it will break out of the pack by the end of summer.  The 'Arctic Ice Death Spiral' is truly dead.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Toronto real estate chart - May 2018

Total money in the market is sales times sale price.  This is swooping down and listings are hitting the roof.  The range of the chart will have to be expanded.

My impression of the market is that there is now a 20% haircut on the average house, and 30% on horrible monster homes.  Nobody really lives in these things, it was a bandwagon to jump on.  Condos are next.  They are mostly empty.

My surprise was always how long it took for desperation to drive the market.  These are the 'must sell' immediately homes, and right now, they define the price.  But it took over a year after the knees were chopped out.  Lots of signs out now.

Customer Appreciation Day

Using all the Goog analysis, I have determined that I have 20 people who are loyal readers.  I have a bunch who come and go, but my thanks to the 20.

You are the last believers in physics.  The English Majors don't fear you, and they don't fear me, because you lot are so puny.  :)  That's great!  If some major place came out with "Good God, Temperatures Plunge", then I would disappear. 

But it's fun for us to watch things unfold according to ancient and obsolete laws of physics.  They are like Old Gods come back to whack us.  We have the following on our Bucket List:

Global Temperatures - straight down the tubes on a rapid slope that might get steeper, should the Atlantic Current duck to the South.

Oklahoma Earthquakes - The M7 is off the bucket list for now.  Nobody is doing anything.

Return of the Ozone Holes - This is still a good one for 2 years from now.  We expect the 80's 'Super Arctic Vortex' to come back.

Can't think of any more.  There's Darlington, but we'll never find out what's happened. 

Global Temperatures Plunge -- It's Friggin Freezin'

Latest global temps are out, and we are on the down slope of the roller coaster.

This chart doesn't show much.  If shown to Guardian warmies, they just see the past trend and assign momentum to the chart.  In their minds, there is an elastic band attached to the trend line that will soon snap back the current temps to the line.  That's cute.

For those with a bit more physics in them, I magnified the last part of the chart.  This month had a big drop.  Everything looks like we'll wipe out the trend as we go into our ice age.  I'm expecting the Arctic ice volume chart soon, and it will be an increase.

By the end of the year, you'll be able to mention this at your swanky Christmas parties.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Garden Report 2018

As I predicted last year, we have a very cold June.  In Toronto, I was walking my dog this morning wearing my winter hat.  Cold nights at 10C make the soil very cold, and the tomatoes are suffering.

Not my tomatoes!  Having foreseen this (something to do with physics), I fixed up my old 'Quebec Winter Garage' with a clear roof, and made it into a semi-open greenhouse.  It's been very warm in there, and this has boosted the soil temperature immensely.  Wet soil is a great thermal mass, and keeps things warm at night, even with it fairly open.

Here are my happy tomatoes, with a lot of fruit.

The green peppers and cucumbers are doing great, as well.  But here are the 'standard' tomatoes of my neighbour, who used to always win the tomato prize.

Very sad.  The salad greens are doing well.  Not much slug or insect activity this year.

I keep them sprayed with my 'Fairly Organic' spray.

I'll take down the greenhouse in July, when we get warm nights for a month.  The apples and pears are good, but the cherries didn't set well.  Oh well, enjoy the new reality.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Linux stable 4.17 is not so great for amdgpu

I've been running all the rc's leading up to this full release.  It was always 2 steps forward and one step back with the amdgpu of the Ryzen5.  This stable release is one step back from the rc7 which I had to go back to.  There was more freezing than the earlier versions.  Linus is going to have a freaky-fit!

I can only wait until it properly works.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Father's Day Gift: Kobo Clara HD

Seriously, the old man needs an ebook.  He can never find his reading glasses, even though there are 6 pairs lying around.  How can you see to find your glasses?

I just got this.  It is fantastic and comes from Toronto, maybe.  Buy a Canadian design, forget all that ammie stuff.  I can't go in to all the features, suffice to say it's my new ebook.  Get one.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Time to thin your apples

Hello, apple genius here.  So, you properly pruned your tree in March, and have been using plenty of my secret sauce.  By now your apples should be about 1/2 an inch, in dense grape clusters, and totally unmarked by nasty moths.  Apples don't grow like grapes, so you have to thin those clusters.

Start now and do it over the next week or two if you don't want to get carpal fingers.  For each cluster just save the 'King Apple'.  This is mostly the centre apple and is the biggest.  If it is marked because you didn't spray enough, then go for the next biggest.  Just place your thumb and fingers over the loser apple, and gently squeeze against the stem.  You don't want to pull off the whole cluster.

You actually get more apple harvest doing this, rather than letting them fight it out.  Also, the spray gets around the whole apple.  Keep on truckin'! 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bell Direct Fiber - Solid as a Rock

It's been a while since I moved over to it.  It's expensive at $150 a month, but many times faster than the old Fibe at $60.  Although you can test to 1 Gbit, you'll never get more than 200 mbit, in the Wild Internet.  I'm getting this with Linux downloads, and my weird proxy downloads.  There are lots of other limits, and reminds me when I first got 1 mbit, Holy Cow!  I expect that the servers will up their games.

The loyal opposition has a weird hybrid system, but it hasn't been installed on the street.  They are using a fiber terminal at the end of the street, and a single underground coax which they will tap into for each house.  I'm assuming that the coax can carry at least 100 gbit using Ethernet.  - Ha!

There are rumours that this system is a loser, but wait for other blogs that extol it.  I haven't seen one.

You have to upgrade everything in your house.  I went for the fastest router I could find, that ran Openwrt, and supported it.  There was some poop from the US about forcing horrible software on routers, like they did with big colour printers and money.  But I think that settled down.

ps.  you can get it raw, like I did, or you can go like the old people and get the full tv package.

UK Weather - Clash of the Titans

I've never seen anything like this, it's amazing.  The Atlantic heat is giving up, and it is still extremely cold up in Greenland.  This cold air is now mixing with the left-over warm air, creating big thunderstorms.  The UK will have a cold June, just like the rest of us.  At some point, the lack of the Gulf Stream will have an effect.

I'm seeing indications of a 'Mini Ice Age' cycle, which is Elizabethan and involves the Thames freezing over.  It all depends on whether the Atlantic equatorial current latches to it's more southern position.  If it bounces back up north, then it's just a 20 year micro ice age.

I have asked on the Guardian if there are any formal statements from the 97% on this turn of events.  So far, there is nothing.

ps.  the official word from the Defenders of the Warmth, is that this downturn of temps is just a minor blip, and we'll soon see a return to longish-term rise. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Atlantic currents support an ice age

The Atlantic air and water currents have gone low.  It is at the point on the nose when the current suddenly zooms south.  It is my hypothesis that when it does that, we're in for a cold one.  While I've been watching the chart (for a few years), the current has gone as far as this, but not enough to divert current.  We'll watch it.

I'd be so proud of my baby, if it did gush the other way.  Nobody has ever come up with this mechanism for ice ages.  I love it!

ps.  sea temperatures are showing the plunge already.

This map is updated more often than the current map, so I expect to see a diversion next time.

Vote NDP

It's the only way to kick the rascals out.  Then, while the NDP is creating it's own spending scandals, it can shed some sunlight on the liberal scandals.

Nobody wants to vote for trumpypants2.  He'll turn on the economy to push his hidden agenda.  Unlike the NDP which will turn on the economy with its open agenda.

And while we freeze with our new ice age, we can laugh as they put in a huge carbon tax.  They get to be in power when hydro presents the bill for Phase I of the Darlington refurb.  Phase I is when they run out of money with a downgraded scope, and it still doesn't work.  We need the next phases!

And speaking of spending lots of money, every hospital should be like the new Humber.  Go into Emerg with you skin flapping open and they immediately send you to 'Fast Track', which is like a cruise ship "Stitches and Breaks' clinic.  I was lucky, normally the fast track is in the slow lane.

Billions and billions for everyone!

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For ideas on how to abuse women, look to the Weinstein Transcripts.  I can't wait for his "I'm a victim, too".  I'll use it on my son when he says "You boomers got all the breaks, give me your house!"

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Cold June Coming Up

We had some amazing Gulf heat, and we are in a big, short, heatwave.  But the Atlantic moist air belt has taken a big dive to the south.  A nice, very cold June, like we had 30 years ago.  I remember going for a company picnic in June, and we froze.

I'll being keeping the greenhouse up until July.  My tomatoes are amazing.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Icebergs don't move South for the Summer


Why were the icebergs moving south for the summer?  Because things were too hot up north for them to stick around.  Warm weather breaks up the ice packs and causes the glaciers to flow and break off.

Well, this year they are very happy and staying home, along with the very happy Polar Bears.  Will you see any of this happy news on the tube?  Nope.

There's the temp map.  Still very cold where the icebergs are born.  No tourists this year.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hurricane season starts early


Neato, the Atlantic belt has been providing all the heat for us and the UK.  This can't go on forever, as it is fighting the very cold air from the Arctic.  Apparently, the polar bears are having a population boom.

Now, this is a big push of hot, moist air.  Such air has more than 10 times the energy of dry air.  When it meets the cold air, then there are fireworks.  This has everything to do with the fact that global temperatures are going down the ski jumping ramp.

We can assume that this will be another 'record', just like the hurricanes last fall.  But this will suck all the heat energy out of the Gulf area, and give us cold weather.  Hope you have your greenhouse up, and hope that the winds aren't too high.  This time, if there is a wind storm warning, I'm putting the greenhouse in 'storm mode'.  :)

ps.  LIghtfoot Moment -- "The hurricanes of September come early..."  My daughter is down in Cuba dancing salsa.  Hope they can leave.  It seems to be missing the island.

pps.  Wow, look at it starting to spin.  Maybe a hurricane soon.

New organic garden spray

Put 2 gallons of water into the garden sprayer.

100 ml of epson salts (big jar from Costco)

50 ml of miraclegrow

100 ml of organic chemical Home Defence spray

30 ml Neem oil

30 ml Tea oil (from Costco)

one squeeze of dish soap.

The organic chemical (synthetic pyrethins) does most of the work.   Do not spray flowers.  The epson salts gives the little slugs the flu.  Neem and Tea oils slow down the fungus.  Soap mixes it all.

Spray often.  This is weak stuff, but it delays the worms in the apples so you can eat them  You just can't store them very long.

Absolutely nothing gets out if you are careful when you spray.  Failure to spray is a disaster, you might as well pave everything over.  :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A fine, warm summer


“If this is going to be a warmer-than-normal summer, most of the warm air has to come from the south, from the United States.”

All our warmth could come from the Atlantic belt, but the global temp will still go down.  I predict, however, lots of cold nights, when the 'real' air hits us.

Linux - Ryzen5 endless story

My machine finally hung so that I could not restart it in any way.  Luckily I still had my install usb, so I reinstalled.  I am now on 4.17.0 rc6, and I hope for the best.  :)

Blah, it did hang up on a heavy graphics load....

ps.  rc6 seems stable.  no framebuffer still.

rc6 not that stable.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Blackfly Report

My old reports are always dug up this time of year.  If you check the dates, then you know this one is NOW! 

Blackflies are at their horrible peak near Apsley.  Long weekend traffic was light because everybody was driven out of cottage country.  The good news is that the dragonflies are coming out.  They went from one on Saturday to clouds by Monday.  Another day and every blackfly will be eaten on our side of the lake (the sunny side).  The other side, who cares? 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The curse of being enmeshed in long odds

I'm just going to expand on my curse, which has some funny stories, and has made me into the obnoxious POOCH you see today.

My main curse was getting into infrastructure and physics.  That was traditionally very long odds of failures because the consequences were so huge.  Now, it has just folded into the FB norm of short odds (if it doesn't happen today, it will never happen). 

Long odds were ingrained into the nuclear industry.  During my fun times when I actually worked at the old company (10 years, then 20 years of snoozing), all of us design engineers were passionate about long odds.  We designed things to survive the gorillas of operations (very shot odds).  Then the old company went totally to the gorillas, and we never built anything new.  All those old guys left, but I stayed on to suffer, always fighting a losing battle for long odds.  For a while, the regulator was with me, but then they went political.

The odds of a big nuclear release are now 1 in 100 per annum, making the odds for an individual plant about 1 in 10,000.  I have stated that odds for Pickering are 1 in 1000 because an earthquake blows away all 'defence in depth' and 'individual systems', just like a sully-type double bird strike.

The worse thing was that the long odds began to strike me more than anybody.  I can't recall how many times somebody on the phone said 'It's never happened before'.  Dammit, it's happened to me!

My biggest story happened at the old company.  I was in charge of the local internet and the Bank of Montreal just started on-line banking with their new brand - MBANX.  This was a hot thing with big advertising.  Somebody came to me that they accidentally got into the account of another of my users.  Holy Crappola!  I went to our top guy who was doing the firewall on this own time.  He found that, since we were presenting one ip address, anybody and their dog could get in to all bank accounts, since they were just hanging onto ip addresses.  MBANX was aloof.

I wrote this up in a security mailing list, and it was picked up by the newspapers.  All of sudden, their top stupid people were contacting my top stupid people, and their solution was to kill me.  In the end, my buddy the vice-president saved me, and openly condemned MBANX.  They folded their tents, forgot the brand, and hired my buddy for an obscene amount of money.  They lost millions.

I have many other such stories, but I won't bore today's generation.  :)

Giving the air conditioning company a nice choice

I have to pay $800 for the privilege of getting my new air conditioner installation to work.  This is an industry cabal thing.

I saw the bill at about $800.  I have never not paid a bill in my life.  I am a big Internet blogger and a top Google reviewer.  When there is an earthquake, I can get 10,000 hits a day.

I have three options for you.

1. I pay the full amount.  Then I go full hog on the Internet, and terminate our customer relationship.  You will never get another customer who uses the internet.  The big industrial guys don't read, so it won't totally destroy you.  I feel bad about destroying companies.

2.  I split the bill.  Then I write a very dry article on the industry cabal.  I mention you and Goodman as references.  Since the industry is not following English Common Law, this could become an election issue, or a consumer crackdown.  Only a small chance of that.

3.  You write it off.  Then I write a gushing piece on you, and you might get a few more customers.

Please let me know.

Harold Asmis

Now, I know that all you readers are salivating for me to go 'whole hog', but these guys only read email once a week.  I have to give them a chance.

I am cursed to write about long odds (earthquakes), and to run into long odds (my Toyota battery).  That has made me somewhat of a crusader.  The problem is that nobody cares about long odds.  :)

Whoops, I mentioned the manufacturer.  I'll cross that out....

Linux - new kernel having problems

I have a new Ryzen5 with the amdgpu, a built-in graphics processor.  In Linux-land, nobody is happy with it.  The new kernel 4.17 is the first one to tackle it.  It still can't give me a main console (framebuffer), but the revisions have been getting better.

Lately, I went to rc5, but it was freezing again every few minutes.  I went back to rc4, which hardly freezes.  Two steps forward, and one step back.  :)  AMD has released all the documentation, and I'm sure things will improve.  I can't wait for rc6!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mr. Trumpy cuts off nasa co2 direct measurements


I blame the whole carbon hypothesis, and ozone chlorine hypothesis on nasa.  They were fully capable of verifying these things with simple experiments, and they chose not to do it.  In fact, somebody went after the chlorine thing, and nasa killed them.  Can't retract a nobel prize, can we?

These are things that become the modern equivalent of religion.  You can't show them to be wrong, and everybody is happy that no experiments are done.  If you talk to the Manchester Guardian fanatics they will yell that doing such experiments is heresy.  We have no 'Poodles of the oil company heresy' (POOCH) with any money.  :(

I'm a pooch and I can only suggest experiments.  Fortunately, trumpypants has done a random thing and cut off the foolish attempt to read co2 directly in order to enforce the Paris Agreement.  If co2 actually did anything, then they could easily read it indirectly.  In fact, even their 'direct' reading was probably indirect.  If they actually got it going, they would make sure to reinforce the religion.

If you could imagine a world where the physical laws did exist that allowed co2 to be a 'greenhouse gas'.  First of all, there would be no life, it would be Venus.  Earth started as a planet with an atmosphere of nitrogen, methane and co2.  It's a very natural thing.  The greenhouse gas would raise temperatures above 'shirtsleeve', and kill the first attempt at carbon-based life.  Perhaps, we would have silicon-based life.

In that world, there would be natural sources of co2 from volcanic vents.  Weather satellites could easily read that by the opaque fog holding in the infrared radiation.  With our physical laws, on our world, we can't see that.  Finally, if co2 was increasing, this imaginary world would force constant recalibration of the relationship between infrared radiation and actually temperatures on the ground.  Our world doesn't do that.

Would nasa follow any of these suggestions?  Nope.

ps.  this would have been a very costly project, since they would have had to avoid the only physical property of co2 that can be detected.  Namely the infrared notch.

Natural gas prices venture into earthquake territory

It's still rising because of our ice age, and has barely hit earthquake levels.  We got a strike-slip series on the main Oklahoma mechanism.  I'm guessing if natgas plunges again, the earthquakes will stop.  But I think it will go up because we are getting no Pacific heat at all, and it all comes in spurts from the Atlantic.  We can't sustain warmth on that.

Meanwhile, the UK is experiencing a heat wave because of a very narrow jet of warm air from the Atlantic.  I wonder how long that lasts.  The Gulf Stream is still cut off by the cold Arctic current.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The physics of the perfect organic lawn

Physics is everywhere and is totally ignored.  This always comes back to bite you, and nothing is worse than a scraggly lawn.  Most people just pave them over, but then all that extra rain goes into the sewer.

What you want to achieve is a nice fluffy organic mat, full of earthworms.  The first thing to get is big honking gas mulcher mower.  You aren't reducing your 'footprint' with an electric or hand-push mower.  That's because the mulcher mower reduces the grass clippings to a fine powder which is driven back into the base of the grass.  It becomes instant worm food, and you want to keep those guys happy.  I am noted in the neighbourhood for my fine, healthy lawn and the mower is a big part of it.

Those with the worst lawns rake their clippings and put them in compost bags to be picked up.  That's forbidden by the compost police, but who looks?  I put on a little fertilizer every few years.

The Physics of Horrible Dog Spots

At some point in your life, you'll will notice a dead zone.  I always blame the dog, just like farts in the room.  She actually gets quite upset if really is her, and and leaves.  If it's late summer and the spots are expanding, then you have to put in a fire break.  I use Roundup in a careful manner to kill a larger zone around the grubs.  They starve when hit the dead zone, and can't expand any more.  Roundup is an organic chemical which breaks down easily.  The soil bacteria love it.  It causes trouble when farmers pour on massive amounts and it gets into the water.  Don't do that!

There's one more organic chemical that is required.  Get a very small bottle of that forbidden chemical.  Dilute it greatly in a spray bottle, and give the weeds a nice spot wash weekly on a sunny day.  That binds to organic matter and breaks down.  Or you can do like my neighbour and get a magnifying glass, on your knees, and pull out anything that looks funny.  If people ask, that's what I do, too.  :)

Anyway, once a dog spot forms it is a positive-feedback loop, or vicious circle.  They don't occur often in Nature, or we'd all be dead.  The soil compresses to rock, or 100% compaction.  The original cause may be long gone, but the spot stays forever.  The worms avoid it and nothing grows.  You get the shovel and lift the spot, and chop it up a bit.  Then you put on seeds and nice worm-ready compost.  Get a big rotating-barrel compost bin from Sunmar.  That is great worm food.

For watering, go once a week with a good soaking down into the mat.  Let the grass go to that nice dormant brown, but don't let it go to straw.  Then you have one giant dog spot.

Oklahoma earthquakes - They're BACK!

Natural gas is on a tear, and OK is back.  I was losing hope, since we had one of the quietest periods ever.  I actually thought the okies stopped being themselves! 

This new m4-5 is a strike-slip along my shear section.  We should see a larger one in that area.  The m7 series will be a big thrust, and then the strike-slip, just like New Madrid.  We can only wait.