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We have a WOPET auto-feeder that works on AC or DC. It's not hard to program and delivers the goods reliably as long as you fill it up. It sat in the closet for ages, but now that we have it set up, I really like it. You can always open the lid and feed off schedule.

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KUDOS to the UPS drivers and the other drivers for the other companies out there.

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I haven't been following this super closely, but does this affect the loaders also? The son of a friend of mine plans to go back to work there (he took some time off to go to school, get married, and become a dad) so I'm wondering if he'll get a raise also.

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This agreement came about because both sides realized that there's a big pot of money being made and they don't want it to stop. Please note, entertainment industry--pay the writers.

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Today . . . in HISTORY!

1579: Francis Drake discovers a large bay in what is now northern California. Gee, I wonder what that might be?

1745: The first recorded women's cricket match takes place in Guildford, England. It might still be going on, for all I know; isn't cricket a little like German opera?

1775: The US Post Office is founded, with Ben Franklin as the first Postmaster-General.

1908: US Attorney General Charles Bonaparte establishes an office that later becomes the FBI.

1948: US President Harry Truman orders the desegregation of the US military.

1953: Fidel Castro starts the Cuban Revolution. Ole!

1989: Robert Morris Jr. becomes the first person to be prosecuted for releasing malware (the 'Morris worm').

2016: Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to be nominated by a major party for President of the United States after the Philly Phracas. Oh, how young and naive we all were . . .

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"isn't cricket a little like German opera?"

Yes, but in the former, it's not over until the fit lady swings.

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"1775: The US Post Office is founded, with Ben Franklin as the first Postmaster-General."

Good choice. Word has it he enjoyed licking those backsides.

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That's the kind of joke that Ben did enjoy.

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(giggles)

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I have a good one today. What do you know about the NME? You are the one I think will get it.

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Noise Measuring Equipment?

Normalized Mean Error?

Non Mission Essential?

Nippon Marine Enterprises?

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British music magazine, isn't it? I recall it from 'The Young Ones.'

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Chat test, Looking for SubStack analysis.

https://open.substack.com/chat/posts/734ceaa1-338f-4ef8-9d7f-79783fbbc012

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Analysis: we have to subscribe to you to see it.

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On my phone, I can see it on the web version, but I cannot do anything like 💚 it.

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Still the same. The problem is that chat doesn't work in the online version on phones so a lot of people need the app to use it, but the app is mega buggy.

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I was trying to use the [oops not the app, but the web login on android] but only had the "Notes" login, but the button wouldn't engage and couldn't login with it.

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Damn, I had an echography planned next tuesday, but the radiology center canceled my appointment.

It will take weeks to get one new one.

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Only weeks? It took my dad a month to *schedule* a blood draw to check his PSA levels, one year post surgery.

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Damn that sucks.

Here, for blood draws, you can find places where you don't even need an appointment. And you don't have to find a place that's in your network, you can pretty much go anywhere you like if you're in a hurry.

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Last time I needed a draw, I was at an office of the company I work for. The GP decided I needed a draw. I got it within twenty minutes and got the results and analysis two days later.

This wasn't special just for me; it's what our company offers.

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That sucks, Lyly :(

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Fortunately, it's for something benign, but my GP asked me to try and get it done before I go on vacation at the end of next week.

It will have to wait.

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I didn't like to ask, so I'm glad it's benign.

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I have learned a thing about Honda's first F1 car, the RA271

It had a V12 in the time when most people were running V8.

Here's where it gets fucked up though. It was transverse. A transverse V12.

Having said that, the Lamborghini Miura had a transverse V12 as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_RA271#/media/File:Ron_Bucknum_met_zijn_Honda_(1964).jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_RA271#/media/File:Honda_RA271E_engine_Honda_Collection_Hall.jpg

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I think that was the one that had to be revved so high getting off the line at start it sat and burned rubber. Drivers behind were warned to be ready to go around it.

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I would never have guessed transverse.

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I'm inclined to agree

*whistles*

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Probably true, but a bit of a stretch on correlation.

The study involved death data on 538,159 people in Ohio and Florida, age 25 and older, and their linked voter registration files. The researchers did not have complete data—the linked data didn't contain a cause of death or vaccination status. But, they could evaluate excess weekly deaths by age, state, county, and party affiliation. They found that the gap in excess deaths was larger in counties with lower vaccination rates, suggesting that lack of vaccination among Republican voters may partly explain the higher death rates.

𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝗵𝗶𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘂𝘁

https://arstechnica.com/health/2023/07/gop-voters-had-higher-excess-deaths-rates-after-covid-vaccine-rollout/

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Would it be wrong to think the GOP voters trend older?

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Yeah, well, is it statistically significant accounting for other factors?

With you that it's a correlative stretch. It *feels* like it should be true, but we're not Republicans.

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prolly why they went with "may partly explain" instead of "for sure 100% explains"

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I still argue it was the Rapture and they lforgot to vacuum up the rest of the pieces of shit who wanted to go so now we are stuck with them.

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Sadly, you could probably get ELECTED TO CONGRESS using that statement as your policy platform.

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Ok weather people, whatchu got for me today?

*looks. Sobs.* Never click the links

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Mostly nice in NEPA, though we're heading into a 4-day stretch forecast in the low 80s.

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Here in Paris, temperatures have drastically dropped in the past few days to the point that I'm wearing leggings and socks in the house.

It's a considerably more comfortable situation than what you or people in Greece are going through.

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26 days straight 100+ or higher degrees, hit 119 yesterday and will today too and it was 102

out last I checked at 2:00 AM. *

How you doing Jen

EDIT it's gone down to 100 at 3:55 in the bloody AM

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oh well, it is only gonna be in the 90s here

With like 80% humidity because that is normal.

Tomorrow and friday are worse XD

But it ain't119 even with the heat index. Merely 113

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edit: shorter version- we will not be in the field long today I am guessing

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You don't tug on Superman's cape.

You never click the links.

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Don't spit in the wind, a Hoboob is coming.

And it could be bringing your neighbor's trampoline and pool chairs.

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Jul 26, 2023·edited Jul 26, 2023

There I was, this morning, sitting in the courtroom in a gray plaid suit, when in walked the very chillest of bros. He's been a lawyer for about a year, and he's just not going to put up with all these fuddy-duddy rules. No, he walks in that joint wearing a Cuban shirt (with no tie, obviously) and khaki cargo pants and sandals. Like a cool breeze, he was.

The judge arrived on the scene. His Honor is a year younger than my 48, and digs on The Parliament Funkadelic, but he has no patience for bullshit in his courtroom. He looked yonder dude over, then looked at me.

"[My Real Last Name]! Is this your doing?"

"Do what now?"

"This!" He said, pointing at the Bro. "This looks like something you had a hand in."

"Noooo. I don't even know this guy. I certainly don't approve of that shirt with cargo pants. We've known each other 20 years; Give me *some* credit."

His Honor then gave the Bro a pointed lecture about professionalism, tradition, and such, and sent him forth to sin no more.

I think I deserve an apology.

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Until my father was probably half way through his career, engineers wore a white shirt and a tie to work every day. Other than during interviews when I was graduating with my Bs, I have not and never will wear a tie for any work related event including subsequent job interviews.

I would be willing to bet that within 50 or so years, the judge would be held up for ridicule over that because beyond specialized safety equipment, what a person wears is irrelevant to their ability to do the job.

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Have you seen what lawyers wear to court in England? The Catholic Church changes faster than the legal profession.

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Tomorrow, Bro shows up in a tuxedo.

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And those Yutes will be better off for it.

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TBF I would have blamed you as well

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I just decided the next time I am in court for something I am going with the Fukui defense

It is kinda like the twinkie defense, only, there's no twinkies

I'll hire Matt. He'd love me as a client.

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I'd hire Matt in a second.

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same

The sarcasms was the second bit XD

NO YOU CANNOT JUST PLEAD HAVING A BAD DAY

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And 9 times out of 10, you'd be right to do so.

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It'slike when we were kids

If you didn't do that specific thing, there surely is SOMETHING you did to deserve it

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I think you do as well.

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I ask that all my legal representation be outfitted from the Ed Hardy catalog.

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bro rolls eyes as he leaves the courtroom

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Jul 26, 2023·edited Jul 26, 2023

<spoiler>testing the spoiler tag</spoiler>

ETA:doesn't work, or I did it wrong.

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Jul 26, 2023·edited Jul 26, 2023

█████ ███ ████ ██████ ███████████

Well, this isn't any good - it blacks it out, but you have no way of revealing it. Substack allows comments, links and emojis - that's it.

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Oooh, it's a fully-redacted noncomment.

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As I learned after posting.

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It says "Everyone should always heed Jen"

Don't it

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SUBMIT.

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When posting on substack, it helps to visualize working at an ASR33 Teletype.

That will give you the proper understanding of what you can do.

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Whar papertape reader?

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None of that markup stuff works here. Which I fail to understand, but I didn't code the thing.

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Gallbladder shared this link last night, and it works for some of that stuff, but I don't see spoiler.

https://yaytext.com/bold-italic/

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That's appreciated, but if I have to write my whole-ass post into an entirely different site to get it to do special markup things, then paste it here, I'd just as soon go back to old BBS conventions for stylization.

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Shit, I used to have a browser extension that let me right click all that shit even twenty years ago.

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Yes. It's one thing on a computer where you can have multiple windows open, but on a phone with it's tiny screen and you have to flip back and forth . . .

<strong>JUST UGGGH!</strong>

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Oh yeah, impossible on a phone. Same with the notes trick for posting pics. Just not worth even trying.

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I post pics in notes, from my phone.

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Good point. I'm usually on my Chromebook, so it's not a problem.

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I catch myself doing slack markup and then realize nobody really gets it

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I never left the old skewl /ways/, man

*dusts off some ascii art*

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I was just thinkin, cause tis early and my brain does weird stuff, that it is dang odd the wordle thing still embeds but like pictures and other links do not

Is weird

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I don't think they are pics, I think they are emojis.

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OOOoOOoooo

That makes sense. And is rather clever of the worldle peoples

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I'm sure money is involved.

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Jul 26, 2023·edited Jul 26, 2023

It doesn’t work here.

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Morning all. ☕

#Worldle #551 4/6 (100%)

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https://worldle.teuteuf.fr

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Good morning. I got lucky with my first guess.

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Sorry Italy, I have to root for Argentina, as a former governor went for a hike along the Appalachian Trail in Argentina.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Sanford_extramarital_affair

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Don't cry for me, Appalachia.

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He tried to make a comeback recently, didn't he?

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Jul 26, 2023·edited Jul 26, 2023

Yep, but bombed. A democrat won that race, but sadly in the next election, he lost to Nancy Mace, who knows her party is wrong on abortion, yet votes the party line.

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Mace says just enough correct things to make folks think she's a moderate, then will go right back to Republican orthodoxy a moment later.

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She is a wacko!

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She tries to present herself as reasonable, but when you vote with Marge and Matty, you are a wacko.

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(giggles)

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I'm rewatching John Oliver's video about bail reform and he had a joke about Spirit Airlines. Then I was reminded of that video of a woman imitating flight attendants from different company and she too had a joke at Spirit Airlines's expense.

What's their deal ? Are they like the American version of Ryanair?

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Their tickets are INCREDIBLY cheap but they charge you for EVERYTHING. I got charged for a damn carry-on bag and nobody charges for carry on bags.

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Carry On Chiselling, starring the desiccated corpses of Kenneth Williams and Sid James.

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I think some other airlines are charging (directly or indirectly) for carry-ons as well these days.

"Let's charge extra for checked baggage!"

(loading becomes impossible because everyone brings their bags on-board)

"I know! Let's charge for carry-ons!"

Nobody could have predicted this!

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Yeah, this was a carry on under the seat in front of you.

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Not as bad a human rights record than Ryanair, but yes.

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Yeah pretty much exactly that

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Turps airlines.

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Yes.

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Did they diversify into Halloween supplies?

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