A letter to Amazon

Dear Amazon.

Today I wished to add my wife to my Prime Account and could not figure out how.

So I thought I would call and ask for help. Imagine my surprise when I had to resort to Google to find your help-desk phone number on someones Blog because it was either non-existent there or VERY well hidden on your web page, 1-866-216-1072 if you are interested.

Finally I called and after a very short hold I was talking to a very nice tech support lady. At least she put up with me, what she said about me after I was off the phone I don’t know or care.

Once again imagine my surprise when I was shown that in order to send an invite to my wife to enable her to use the Prime Account I had to go into the “Orders” tab/column.

Way to go, folks, WAY. TO. GO. You do know that had you used a white 2pt font on a white background you could probably have made it harder to find? Not definitely mind you, but probably.

I rather suspect that the nice young (judging from the sound of her voice) lady is going to ignore the last request I made of her.

That was to first find a large stick and and then to find the head of your web design team and then bring the two of them into extremely close proximity repeatedly and at a very high velocity.

Thank you



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The Obama’s complain about racism.

People have mistaken me for a valet, says obama.

Well that would be because NO ONE could mistake you for a man who loves this country, let alone the President.

And Mrs. obama says that a woman has asked her to get something off a shelf.  Get over yourself woman.  I’m a 57 year old, not very tall man, and I’ve had strangers (usualy older, shorter woman) ask me to get things off upper shelf’s before.


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Can you say “That will be a cold day in Hell”.

Iowa to launch smartphone driver’s license

So you get pulled over and hand over your phone to the nice officer.  Unlocked of course.

Just wondering.  After you have just freely handed your phone over to them, unlocked, do you have any right to privacy on it at that point?

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There’s a storm coming. Update.

And they say it will be a big one.  2 – 8″ of rain (or the snow equivalent, depending on elevation and temperature).  It won’t break the drought but it will help.

I pulled some data off of the “California Data Exchange Center“* and “Massaged” it a bit.  I’m not a climate scientist but I did dress up as one on Halloween.  Actually, pretty much all I did was delete or adjust a couple of wrong records.  For example I’m pretty sure that on October 25th, 1987 the actual elevation of the water in New Melones Reservoir was NOT -1″ and that on August 18th, 1987 the reservoir had not dropped 900′ over night.

Be that as it may this is what I came up with.

NMR December 10, 2014

New Melones Reservoir water level from early 1985 to yesterday.


I’m seeing a little bit of a pattern here.  A couple, three or four, good years to fill it up and then it slowly drains for several years.

Actually since NMR drains into (by law) a reservoir a few miles downstream I probably should have (and still might) downloaded the inflow records.  That might actually give me a better look at the climate here.

Oh, by the way.  The reservoir is starting to rise.  Over the last month or so we have had a little rain.

NMR JulyDecember2014

July 1st, 2014 to December 10th, 2014

See that nice “Hockey Stick”?  The reservoir has gone up about 4 feet.

OK.  I was bored.  Here is the inflow data into the reservoir.  Un-massaged.


In Cubic Feet/Sec.


*Use NML for the ID and nothing for the sensor number.

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The Professional Black Caucus

When you, absolutely positively, have to ignore the evidence.


Thanks to Moonbattery for bringing this to my attention.



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Republican hopeful, Ben Carson, reveals his ignorance.


He specified “for instance, in a lot of places, police officers aren’t even allowed to go into the more dangerous areas by themselves. They’re always paired. Or you know, people use tasers, people learn how to shoot people in the legs to stop them from charging, things of that nature. And I seriously doubt that he’d been given that information.”

Ben I have some ideas on surgery, next time you crack someone open, give me a call and I’ll walk you through it.


Classic Dunning-Kruger here.

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I’m glad that is over.

Saturday I had my last food at 2100 and nothing to eat all day Sunday.  Lots of tea but no food.

I started the prep at 1645 on Sunday and from that point on I had no desire to get out of the house.  The second round of prep started at 0345 Monday.

At the hospital at 0845 and out by 1100.  Home, after lunch by 1215 and slept for 3 hours.

One polyp removed and I’ll get the results of the biopsy in a couple of weeks.

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Must be Global Warming.

Either that or Al Gore is in town*.

Great Lakes ice cover developing; Earliest in over 40 years

Ice is already starting to develop on Michigan’s Great Lakes. This is the earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years.

According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, on November 20, 2014, three of Michigan’s Great Lakes had ice starting to form. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were one-half percent ice covered, while Lake Huron had one percent ice. Lake Erie was not reporting any ice as of Nov. 20, 2014.

Decent early season ice coverage records date back to 1973. Last Friday was the earliest date that all three Great Lakes already had ice since the better reporting of early season ice began.


*The Gore Effect.

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So long to “The Book of the Face”

So long Facebook, farewell, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.


Facebook rejected a gun stores ad for Gun Safes because

Your ad was rejected because it violates the Ad Guidelines. Ads may not promote firearms, ammunition, or weapons (ex: paintball guns, BB guns, knives, etc.)…This decision is final. Please consider this the end of our correspondence about your ad. 

Hell, anyone who has access to Facebook, that want’s to get my attention, already has a computer and can email me.  If they can’t email me because they don’t have a computer then they are not on Facebook.

I don’t see any reason that I need Facebook.  I only checked it once or twice a week as it was, now I’ll save that little bit of time.

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#46 and 47

Veterans day I had myself a little ceibration involving me, a Handi Rifle in 357 Mag, a Ruger 1022, a S&W Model 642 in 38 Special and a S&W Model 63 in 22LR.

Much fun was had.  I even pulled a 98% at 50+ yards offhand with the 1022

I actually called the high flyer.  Not bad for not having shot that gun in a couple of months.

Remember “If you don’t shoot weekly, you’ll shoot weakly”





Yesterday I ate my lunch in the car on the way to the range and once there I managed, while shooting with two other shooters, to shoot 40 rounds through Kat’s AR.

2 ten shot groups with 26.3 grs of BLC-2 and 2 ten shot groups with 26.8 grs BLC-2

BLC2 1 BLC2 2 BLC2 3 BLC2 4
At this point I think it’s up to me to just pick a load (at least until I can get some Varget powder to try) and get off the bench and start shooting.

Just for grins I’m very inclined to pick 26.5 grs of BLC-2 and go to town with it.

Hell another couple hundred rounds and I’ll need to buy another 500 – 1,000 bullets.

And I haven’t even started working with my rifle.

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