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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Happy Cheap Foreign “Raindeer” [sic] Caturday, Wheelizens!

Naughty Mac. 😉

Sven --

Hope you and Mrs. Sven had your power restored.

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Uh huh huh huh huh huh…

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Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 months ago
Reply to  Machinist

It now comes in a 22 oz. size!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 months ago

Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Mac!

If Sven lived in a civilized state, he could have power most of the year!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 months ago

Happy Saturday -- got our power back on, but it being off shot down the whole day yesterday. My God, the wind is blowing! Turn off the electricity!!!!!

These shutoffs put you in a weird position. It’s not like there’s a disaster and you switch over to full disaster mode, so you struggle, at least I do, with how far do you take this? The power could be out for 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, or days.

Anyhow, it’s another day, eh?

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 months ago
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Good morning, Sven! Glad you got your power back -- and that you have a generator to power your fridge.

If you approach it like any other day, you run into the problem of getting things done without electricity.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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We got pair of Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1″

Why am I telling you this? I’m not sure, but mostly… here’s the story:

If I told this story already on another thread, and don’t remember doing so, please
allow me to apologize in advance.

I wanted to replace Harper’s iPad, which is now so old that it’s becoming less useful. It can’t be updated and more and more apps are not available for it. I was afraid I had ordered a refurbished/knockoff, so I ordered a backup. I figured I would just keep the worst of the two for myself.

I mean, I’m more a PC guy and phone. My current “tablet” is a Microsoft Surface Pro-- basically a PC. (It’s awesome, btw) I have Kindle reader that I hardly ever use.

Anyway… I’m writing this on one of the new tablets… which turned out to be identical except that one has more storage.

Long story longer: I guess tablets are ok. Not so good for making posts, but pretty good for doing research and stuff.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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okay, now I’m using an old Bluetooth keyboard, we have lying around. I wasn’t even sure it would work. But it does. This is much faster for making comments and posts. Harper used to use this keyboard a lot, but now generally uses her tablet with the onscreen keyboard.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Sven:

Glad your power is back on. Ever thought about getting a generator? I actually thought about it a lot when we lived in Portland. We used to have outages all the time. It wasn’t about rolling blackouts though, or fire, it was simply that we had ailing infrastructure (altough that IS another symptom of a left-leaning jurisdiction)

Anyway. There is a generator you can get that runs on Natural Gas that will kick in when the power goes off. Or you can always use gassoline. We also had diesel in Portland (we had an oil heater) which could conceivably run a diesel generator.

Anyway, nowadays, you can get those compact generators that are the size of a suitcase. A friend I have takes them on his burning man trips. I believe these small generators are pretty cheap.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Hello again, Mac, Sven, Fatwa, Paddy, X, Jerrie, and whoever else may be lurking.

We had our thanksgiving dinner on Friday instead of Thrusday, because I had to work on Thursday.

There was just the two of us, so I did NOT make a whole turkey. I instead Had a turkey roast in the Freezer which I cooked in a Sous Vide, this was a present from Harper a few years ago, which i love but haven’t made much use of. I’m just now getting the hang of using it. It’s pretty cool though. It’s the secret of not overcooking things. Anway,

I had some turkey gravy which I augmented with some canned turkey, since I didn’t have broth made,

I did have some drippings from the meat though which i also added in. I mixed the rest of the canned turkey meat in with some boxed stuffing I had, which turned out to be the best stuffing ever! 8 or 9/10

I had a can of sweet potatoes and I put brown sugar and butter in them. Pretty good.

I also had a can of german potato salad, which I augmented with Miracle Whip and salt and pepper that came out pretty good also.

Instant mashed potatoes--from the Church--which are incredibly rich and tasty. Topped with paprika and parsley.

Jalepeno Cornbread, I made from scratch--one of my high protein concoctions. Very tasty.

After dinner, I sliced up the roast in our meat slicer. Even with just the little roast there was way too much.

I didn’t make mac and cheese because there would be even more leftovers, but that puts me in mind of a thanksgiving variety of chilli mac you could make. using turkey. Maybe I’ll make some of that just to see how it comes out. Not at all bad use of the extra meat.

Plenty of left overs. I wish all y’all could drop by.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 months ago

A recent tradition in our family is to have a Thanksgiving frittata for dinner on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Teh Older takes the basic idea of a frittata we often have and replaces the ingredients with Thanksgiving leftovers -- turkey, ham, stuffing, and dried cranberries. It’s wonderful.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Well. I just lost a long post about Bluetooth devices. I’m not going to recreate it. I will say that you can use a keyboard and a mouse with an android tablet, but the right click default is “back” rather than context. which is how I lost my whole comment.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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considering That there are no plugins for android versions of chrome, I feel like using a mouse is dangerous because right click in android performs the back function. If there were an easy fix for that, maybe it would make sense to use a mouse, but in this case…. I don’t know. It’s too dangerous.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 months ago

Sorry to hear that, dv8. I’ve never tried using a mouse with an android OS. I guess it’s good I haven’t.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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The default action of right click should be “long press.” I’m not sure why android’s creators put it in that way. Now, if you are an app developer, you can change the behavior in your app, but the default behavior is compiled into the kernal.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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experimenting with our gas fireplace today. Keeping the glass doors closed. I’ve been waning to find out which is better for heating. I think the jury is still out. I like leaving the doors open because it’s more like a real fire. But with the doors closed, the fire looks more “raging” because closing the door changes the air currents. There is also a fan in it for heat circulation. I will be experimenting with that also. Maybe in a few minutes after I see the results of the heating with the doors closed.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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it looks great! Also I think the fan makes it warmer but it does introduce the miserable fan noise.

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Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 months ago

In our first condo, we had a fireplace like that. Because of state regulations, it had a lever to allow outside air into the firebox. I was never sure which combination of settings of inside/outside air and open/closed glass doors gave the most heat.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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My friend has a closed glass fireplace (gas like mine) and it really throws out the heat.

Mine, after some analysis, seems to be best when the doors are open.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Still… with the fireplace doors open, there is MUCH more radiant heat. I think that with this particular fireplace, if you want the look of a fireplace without that much heat, it’s best to leave the doors closed and when it’s cold leave them open.