The two fly problem

For some reason Reboot always has two and only two flies buzzing around. Never three..kill one, another shows up. WeirdFair winds and following seas  🙂
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XO and Rain

Of course it is the middle of the night. Ferral cat episodes 2 and 3. Trying to get back to sleep. XO outside on leash. Each time I locked him in with me he sat on the companionway steps and howled. I put him on his leash and let him curl up outside. Thunderstorm. He fouled his leash and is caught in the rain. I go get him getting soaked in the process. Leash is wet, I figure he will stay in cockpit. No, he goes out and sits in the rain. Now totally wet he comes back inside and wants to groom sitting on my chest. Fair winds and following seas  🙂
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Repel Borders

XO has a couple of voices. There is the I want attention meow. There is the I need food meow. There is the clean my box meow. And the always unpleasant I am about to puke noise.I was sitting in the salon at 3:30 am this morning when I heard one I have not heard in years. Hissing, screaming, spitting. Running up into the cockpit I found XO hissing at one of the local ferral cats. I don t know if it had gotten up on Reboot but it sure beat feet in retreat. We (the marina) were then subjected to 5 minutes of “take that you …; this is my boat noises.Fair winds and following seas  🙂
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XO’s Latest Trick


Since we are in a marina I rented an air conditioner. The primary reason was to keep XO cool when I left him shut up inside Reboot. He has now taken to sitting on the air conditioner. He is heavy enough that his weight resets the controls. Usually turning the unit off. Well, I tried.Fair winds and following seas  🙂
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Conundrum

Human knowledge is expanding, apparently at an increasing rate. That is, not only are we getting more knowledgeable, we are getting more knowledgeable faster. Underlying this growth is the unprecedented access to information brought about by the Internet.  The English language version of Wikipedia has over 5 million articles. It appears that every major scholarly journal is also online. Yes, there is chaff in the wheat. But my perception is the wheat greatly exceeds the chaff.Why then is ignorance celebrated on Twitter, Facebook and the like? Being ignorant and spewing your “feelings” seems to be the definition of “expertise.” How did this come to pass? Why is it tolerated? No, not tolerated – applauded? How did it become an acceptable substitute for fact based analysis in the “scientific” community? How did it become socially unacceptable to point out the facts? Worse, how did it become socially acceptable to engage in ad hominem attacks in the crudest possible language against thos
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What happened?

Twenty-five year ago I tried to encrypt my email. It didn t work. My recipients laughed and ignored my emails. Twenty-five years ago I cautioned my sons “be careful what you post on the Internet, it is forever long after the initial context is gone. They laughted. A couple of days ago I posted a relatively passive commentary about the tax bill. I received a response that I thought was lucid and insightful. I asked the respondent if I could post their response without attribution. The answer was no. What was shocking was the why. Paraphrasing “I am unwilling to expose myself to the hateful attacks of the left to include physical danger to myself and my family.” What saddened me was that I could not disagree.Paranoia? I thought about this and the results were frightening. It was already all over. Google had read the text of his email – as they do to every email to a gmail account. Somewhere without any privacy regulation his political views were available to Google s AI. And Googles e
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Tax Bill

Some random thoughts: 1. There was an opportunity to greatly simplify the tax system. Based purely on the length of the bill that didn’t happen. 2. Historically business reacts to tax cuts in three steps: (1) Executives feather their own nests. (2) Money goes into dividends (raising the value of your 401(k)) and stock buybacks (raising the value of your equity investments and stock index funds.) (3) Money finally gets to the workers as the economy heats up (3.9% 3rd quarter growth.) 3. 2027 is an interesting year. By then we will have had 5 new Congresses, potentially 2 new Presidents (President Trump gets 2 more, next President gets 4, next President gets 4, Next President gets 4 or 8,) and very possibly 3+ new Supreme Court Judges. So from the government side a lot of change (even seesawing) is possible. 4. Also in 2027 half of the first year baby boomers (born in 1946) will be dead. (That is my birth year so I am hoping I am not one of them.) For the next 20 years (until 2047) each
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