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  1. Unless I, or my phone, recognizes the caller, I don't pick up. Legit callers will leave a voice mail. It is a sad state of affairs at this point.
  2. Check it out. The first nation to adopt Bitcoin as its national currency. https://www.wsj.com/articles/bitcoin-comes-to-el-salvador-first-country-to-adopt-crypto-as-national-currency-11631005200?st=168cyb1drbtuiir&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink
  3. Agreed completely. Not many dots to connect here. These leaders need to read Jocko Willink's books, especially Leadership Strategy and Tactics. I read his books as a 48 year old with 20-some years of experience. I wish I would've had that insight a couple of decades ago.
  4. I've read a few articles about cryptocurrency and I must not be smart enough to quickly understand how I would use it in my life. I'm very interested in privacy, so by default I am interested in the topic. Couple of random thoughts: It has been around a while and I don't see obvious signs that I could use cryptocurrencies at Walmart or Kroger, or to pay any of the invoices I receive, so that doesn't seem like a good sign. I saw an article a while back either at the National Review or WSJ (forgot which, and couldn't find it quickly) that argued that its main impact has been to help criminal activity. I don't know if that's true. I'm inclined to believe there's some truth to the statement because I noticed that one of the big recent ransom attacks was paid in a cryptocurrency. Regarding investing in crypto: I'm a very boring index fund kinda guy, so there's no way in hell I would invest in crypto. With the level of volatility, that sounds like a good way to lose a lot of money fast. It sounds like gambling at best. I was reading an article the other day about one of the crypto trading exchanges having a computer issue that stopped investors from selling when they really, really needed to, and some lost big five-digit numbers of dollar equivalents. With a regular stock trading situation, they could've gotten help in recovering the dough. In this case, there was nobody to call. They were utterly screwed and the money was just gone. Sounds like something a swashbuckler would find fun. Not me.
  5. Absolutely. All that extra muscle is bound to increase metabolism!
  6. Thanks for the info on Brave. I will check it out. I was a FF diehard for years. Then Mozilla published their blog earlier this year stating deplatforming isn't enough and they have to do more. Mozilla can go to hades.
  7. I've been using Brave for the last 7-8 months. It seems fine to me. Ever since Mozilla had their idiotic blog about going beyond deplatforming. They can go to hades.
  8. Sorta like Vegetarian Meat Loaf. Because vegetarian and meat cancel out, they should've just said "loaf."
  9. We've had Verizon ever since we've had cell phones. Circa 2001 IIRC. I have a faint memory of hearing about roaming long ago, but not since then.
  10. Hey, there's also the "No S Diet." Three meals per day. One plate. No seconds. No sweets. No snacking. I've never tried it, but the simplicity sounds pretty cool. People also initially hear "No S#@% Diet" which makes it funnier.
  11. Sorta on topic: I think automated email replies such as "I'm out of the office with no email access. I will return on..." should go the way of the dinosaur. If I had a quarter for every time I've emailed someone, received that reply, and then within an hour get a phone call from them, I could buy a combo meal at least. This has become an obnoxious email screener at this point.
  12. If you prefer to pay attention to quality and not count and measure quantities then it doesn't get easier than https://www.simplefit.org/nutrition/ If you prefer to have a wider range of food options and count and measure quantities then that'll work also. I like the Zone for this. It's pretty easy also. Intermittent Fasting is the current popular approach. Now that it has been popular for a few years, there are several interesting approaches like alternate day fasting, one meal a day, and others. Some people report great progress with these.
  13. No clue. My wife called the police and they said there's nothing they can do because it didn't actually attack anybody. I guess there's no law against being an ahole. We're probably going to end up using a bus stop that's somewhere else.
  14. The one that is currently on my mind is dog owners who let their large dogs threaten people in public. We stand on the same corner waiting for the school bus every morning. There's one guy who drives out of his garage with his GSD in the back seat with the back windows rolled down. He drives right by us, passing probably about 15 ft away. The dog sticks its head and much of its body out the back window and snarls and barks very loudly at us each time. My wife took our daughter to the bus stop yesterday and it did this and really scared her. I make sure I have sufficient weapons to have a chance at least. No way we can let our daughter stand out there alone. I could understand him forgetting to put his windows up once, but at this point it seems like he gets his jollies out of scaring people with his dog.
  15. That's a big one for me.
  16. https://www.foxnews.com/media/conservative-radio-host-phil-valentine-dead-at-61-following-month-long-battle-with-covid-19 Sad story. He was only 61. Valentine was big in Nashville for the last two decades. He was one of the loudest voices for the Tennessee Tax Revolt.
  17. Holy crap. Yeah. Probably better to not think about it. LOL
  18. Right. I need to go find my old collection. It's probably at my Mom's house. I haven't seen it in 30 years. Apparently Topps was about to go public and their contract with MLB and the players association was up for renewal in 2025. They had no indication that Fanatics were about to take 'em out. Topps had no chance to counter-offer. I'm wondering if someone p'ed someone off. Slept with his wife or something. LOL
  19. Pretty crazy story. Apparently, they were dry gulched after 70 years. I have lots of memories of collecting these cards about 40 years ago. https://www.wsj.com/articles/topps-baseball-cards-mlb-fanatics-spac-11629489916?st=tz2eazdo4ycmw3q&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink
  20. He's wondering why he can't get her, or someone like her. I don't think there are many dots to connect. LOL
  21. Brad

    Real life

    Just standing here most of the week so far. I'm Mr. Boring. LOL. Maybe I'll come up with something else to do this weekend.
  22. Good animation of the likely cause. Started by punching shear of the Lobby Level slab and then the slab pulls laterally on the edge tower columns, failing them in combined axial and bending. Makes perfect sense to me. I am still surprised that could take down such a large part of the building.
  23. Sorry, I'm late to the party although that's a weird word for the topic. I just have some general thoughts. Without really digging in, my guesses would probably not be very good. There are a couple of threads at the following engineering forum. https://www.eng-tips.com/threadminder.cfm?pid=815 The attached file has a typical architectural floor plan and selected structural sheets. I extracted them from a huge and disorderly set that's available online. The structure was a pretty typical looking conventional flat plate, meaning that there are only concrete slabs and columns, and no beams, drop panels, or column capitals. The spans were pretty short and the slab thicknesses (9 in. and 9.5 in. at the lowest levels and 8 in. typical) looks normal. The widespread collapse is weird for this system, which is known for its redundancy due to the continuity of slabs in each direction. The collapse must have start with a column or two. If a slab failed in one span, one would expect a localized collapse. Concrete columns aren't very slender, so a failed slab resulting in a longer column unbraced length doesn't seem likely. They're obviously zeroing in on corrosion in the salty environment down there. In the concrete standard, ACI 318, the required clear cover of rebar isn't different in such an environment, or in northern places with deicing salts. I find that a little odd, considering how detailed the concrete standard is nowadays. It's enormous. Surely a concrete researcher is writing a proposal to research this now. LOL Champlain_Towers_South_-_Selected_Arch_and_Strl_Sheets.pdf
  24. Sounds about right. https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/news/floyd-mayweather-vs-logan-paul-fight-results-live-boxing-updates-scorecard-undercard-start-time/live/
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