Came across this blurb from The Economist. Baby goats instinctively search for their mother’s milk, only to be removed from her immediately to be bottle fed. The milk is for cheesemaking and this human trickery gave English the word kidnapping
So, it appears that some previous owner thought it a good idea to vent the dryer straight into the crawl space. It’s like a lint house of horrors down there and a fire just waiting to happen. So I was ready to take on venting it but the concrete foundation goes all the way up so now I have to accomplish drilling a 4" hole directly thru concrete!
@mfladd If it’s foundation, I wouldn’t punch out that big of a hole. Is there a different routing that the dryer can take? I’d do a long run with booster fan (Tjernlund or Fantech) versus compromising the structure any day. And any night.
@mfladd Is there an easier way, like using a shop vac to clear what’s there now, then installing a large lint trap at the end of the vent? You may have to clean the trap every month or so, but it beats drilling through concrete.
@OldCatLady That was also a thought. But accessing the crawl space every month is definately not something I would look forward to and does not alleviate the problem of the dryer adding moisture to the crawl space. I fucking hate crawl spaces! But this is what happens when you are hardly above sea level.
@mfladd Can you extend the stupid vent and run it outside? You may have to run the shopvac on the vent regularly - from outside. Don’t forget to package the lint and sell it to survivalists; you could make a fortune.
@narfcake Electric dryer. There is what can only be called a small pump house attached to the shed. There is a big hole that smashed out of the foundation for access. I will have to get a pic of that for you because it is funny.
@mfladd Your concrete foundation has no vents spaced every 8-10 feet? It should!
Coring a 4" opening through a 8" concrete/rebar foundation is a major job.
Can you vent up to the attic, dropping it back down through a soffit or something??
@daveinwarsh Considered a roof/soffit option. I would really prefer not to vent upward. Yeah, it’s weird about the vents. There are only two vents on each side of the front of the house. But there is the opening the connects to the - what I would call a small pump house (don’t ask me why) connected to the back of the house. @narfcake this where I will pull you in too.
I think I came up with a plan. The vents are are connected to blocks like this in the foundation:
@mfladd That vent - had one in a rental I lived in. Be sure to clean it regularly. It clogs more easily because it narrows. Nice fire hazard (my mom once had the dryer catch fire due to lint - burned up all our clothes as she had the dry ones folded on top of the dryer).
@mfladd The close vent for dryers works OK, gives more room as the dryer sits closer to wall. As mentioned, make sure air flow stays good. Never vent with that cheap thin-wall flex-dryer vent ducting. Use solid metal 4" duct taped together (don’t use screws to catch lint) using the aluminum tape. If you need to, the thick flex duct works, but will build up with lint easier.
If you’re going through block (& the block isn’t filled with concrete), you could rent a 4" hole saw and punch through with a clean round hole. Hang on to that drill! Hope it all turns out OK for you.
ps… How long will the run be?
pps… If it vents very close to ground level, make sure your vent has some kind of rodent-proof screening…
Am on the go / in the car a lot. That’s why podcasts and audiobooks are so wonderful. I don’t know when I last turned on the radio.
Also you can multitask. Clean out your refrigerator or whatever and push your brain at the same time.
I can’t do very highly technical or mathematical material by audio tho; technical journalism by audio is fine.
I mean I can’t “read” high level math that way, or I haven’t practiced enough to master the art.
There are sight impaired people who have done ok at higher abstract math (grad level), so it must be possible to learn using listening as the input source, with great practice. They used to listen to lectures (often recorded them) and have Braille textbooks.
But I have not mastered this.
Summer if the podcasts conversations can be wonderfully relaxed and insightful. Good things can happen in them. It’s an art form to itself.
It will work for you if the day comes when you find some subject (often a “curiosity” or “keep updated” type topic) that is best delivered by podcast.
Good Podcasts are kinda similar to longer in-depth magazine articles, or the relaxed conversations you might have with a knowledgeable person. The topic has to fit the delivery method. Then it works.
My daughter received a wOOt refurbed LG Gizmo watch/phone for her birthday a couple of days ago.
My 7yr old son who also wanted one decided to have a conversation with Alexa about it. We said what are you doing? You have to be careful with that thing.
Today I received a text that my silver fitbit watch will be delivered tomorrow!
I have since added a purchasing pin.
@mikibell Funny you brought that up. I have noticed my Alexa activate from commercials but not order anything. I also have had my google browser activate and look up things before - I couldn’t figure out what was happening until around the third time and noticed a google commercial was one. It’s all a conspiracy.
On that note I am in Va. Beach and had to got to Chesapeake today and thought about you. I also just finished a chunky monkey waffle cone with Jimmies from the boardwalk - yummy!
@f00l He wasn’t even being wonderfully evil. He was just having a conversation with Alexa that he wanted one too I would be having a rather different conversation with him than we had if that was the watch he ordered.
He would be saying:
@mfladd Sorry about that, I had to turn off voice purchasing too as a precaution.
My grandson thought it was funny to keep asking Alexa to read Moby Dick, which she is glad to do, but it drives everyone crazy.
Big EXPENSIVE blame for you! I ordered a sofa, with legs that were 4-1/4" high so Roomba could clean under it. It finally arrived, with legs that were 3" high, and not as shown in the catalog. (Everything else is perfect.) The store is in frantic conversation with the factory. When they find (or make) the proper legs, they can come out and replace them. Vendors do not want this customer to be unhappy. Until then, it’s a goatly problem.
The store has put in a parts order for the correct legs, which they will come and swap out, and the factory is investigating to see WTF happened. I don’t have to start the global thermonuclear war routine. I did offer to analyze their assembly process in person, but they declined.
So, I wasted an hour yesterday and more time tonight trying to install a new soundcard into my other computer- thanks @2many2no. Apparently Asus decided it was a brilliant idea to relabel the front audio panel socket as AAFP, instead of panel (which definitely is there, and what I grabbed the cable from last night).
@RiotDemon This is next to a weekend flea market. Vendors carry produce for local Caribbean, Oriental, Asian etc. restaurants primarily, but happily sell to anyone. I have no idea what half the stuff is. Today I saw four separate varieties of eggplant. I think.
@OldCatLady You can eat the bananas straight (they’re wonderful). But here’s an alternative if you’ve got access to a store that’ll sell you spring roll wrappers, slice up the bananas into long fingers, put them on the wrappers, sprinkle brown sugar on, wrap them up, and fry 'em.
The original Filipino version also includes jackfruit, but it shouldn’t be necessary.
@Kawa Luscious! I do have access to spring roll wrappers and the market has jackfruit. There are perhaps ten vendors plus the fish tent and the canned/boxed goods stalls. There is no chance the bananas would make it to the pan. I peel them, I eat them.
/8ball Should each second-hand woot shirt I find/found this month count as an unblame?
Without a doubt
/8ball Do I give bonus unblames for AA shirts?
/8ball How about catshirts?
It is certain
/8ball Can the count wait until next week?
I didn’t get a good view of the eclipse and couldn’t find someone to share glasses with me.
I’m having no luck finding an apartment. I thought I found a great one, went back a second time and noticed a bunch of water damage in the ceiling. Brought it up and was basically told “pfft that’s not water damage” but I know what I saw. Also looked them up on the city government site and saw a bunch of heating issues in the winter, tried to bring it up and they denied it too. So yeah, I’m bitter and you get the blame. If the place had been in better condition it would have been a great fit for me too. Sigh.
DaNiece (a little kitty cat, 16 years old), had two seizures late yesterday afternoon. We got her down to the vet’s office. She was panting badly.
They gave her oxygen and she pooped (which was the reason for earlier health problems, some sort of really nasty intestinal thing) and she came out of it. She’s on phenobarbital at this point.
Now we wait and see. The vet mentioned “brain tumor”. She had seizures back in February that weren’t as bad as these two, so that’s almost six months between. I’m not going with tumor. We had one cat that seized when he heard certain kinds of sounds. Like vinyl blinds clacking together when a breeze came through.
She’s on phenobarb now. I hope this takes care of the problem. We had two very frightened humans and one very scared kitty.
@lisaviolet I am so sorry about your kitty. I hope it is just old age and not something serious. I have 3 that are 16 and vet bills are out of sight with their (mostly) age related issues. Hard to see them that way. Poor babies (yours and mine).
@Kidsandliz Thanks. We have the best vet, been going to him for thirty years. He has an associate now and I think she’s a cat lover, gives us a lot of discounts.
Last Monday we took Rocky in and found out he has cryptcoccus fungus. Fortunately, it’s manifesting in lumps at this point. On his back and one of his back toes. So, he’s on meds. Probably for a year because this is a hard thing to get rid of.
The clinic owner took two or three x-rays and comped them.
Yesterday, the associate (she’s been working with DaNiece since her problems started this year) didn’t charge for the exam. We only had to pay for the bloodwork (damn good, it was) and we got a 10% discount on that. And we paid for her meds.
I heart our vets.
The aging process certainly isn’t any fun. I hope yours are doing okay.
@lisaviolet of the 16 year olds, all three are hyperthyroid, one is also diabetic (in remission) with stage 2 kidney failure, one also has asthma (likely from that moldy leaky shed I had to live in for a while - I have lung issues from that as well) and major arthritis, the third one is slowly losing teeth… Yet all three of them are still happy cats, engaged in the world around them… but I am thinking at least one isn’t all that long for this world…
@2many2no UNBLAME. I wanted a new lighting kit for my ceiling fan. Have you seen what they want for simple lighting kits purchased separately? Bastards. The kit I wanted was approximately $46 on Amazon and elsewhere. Clicked on other sellers and Amazon Warehouse had it for $8.62, yes…$8.62! Product came in perfect condition, just a beat up box.
@OldCatLady It matters what brand your kit is and whether lighting attaches with center or two offset screws. Mine is a Hunter. Hunter and Casablanca are interchangeable. Mine used the two screws and took 10 min. to change over.
@mfladd The Hunter housing attaches with four screws, and it has four lights (three is fine for me); what would that be?
However, I have another fan in another room with a lighting kit which I have always loathed. Well, it will feel really good when it’s all done.
@mfladd It’s only 14 years old. So are the others. Fine, I’ll get a whole new fan and light kit. If one is crumbling, I’m pretty sure the others are motheaten inside too. All are different models, of course. I never have liked the DR chandelier, either…
@OldCatLady looking at the picture you posted I don’t see the amount of space taken up I would expect from a fan that was designed with a separate light kit in mind, the assembly looks too compact. I’m guessing this fan might have been a pre-configured one which allowed them to make it more low profile at the expense of upgrading.
@2many2no You’re dodging the bullet on the actual operation so you’re gonna get the blame for the fact that pre-op isn’t scheduled for 2 weeks and the actual operation is a further week after that. X_x
I went to get the paper this morning and walked into a spider web that some spider fucker had spun across the front door. I’m still picking webbing out of my hair. Gaaaaa.
/giphy spider webbing in face
My son is taking the exact same high school chemistry class my daughter did the year before last. Except instead of using the $140 book I bought for her they are requiring me to purchase a digital licence of the exact same fucking edition of the exact same fucking book for $85. And since I ordered it late I have to pay $12 in shipping fees. How much does it really cost to ship a digital book? Is it a code printed on a ten dollar bill? Fuckers.
I guess @2many2no gets an unblame. I scored a BoC for the first time in awhile, and since it unlocked free shipping, I found a catshirt that I liked. @daveinwarsh named the BoC ‘Out of Sight, Out of Crap’. I know better than to expect much from the box.
@2many2no One last unblame: A month ago, Amazon stopped letting me buy Kindle books and audiobooks at the listed price. The email ad said I could pay $1.99 but when I went there, it was always ‘this item is not available for sale’. Their support was not helpful. Today I discovered that Kindle thought I lived in the UK. I changed it back, and now I can buy ebooks again. I had many expiring $1. credits which could only be used for ebooks or music. Buying like mad. Blame/unblame.
Thank you. We had no idea, it really just hit us hard in the face. Did not see this coming. I thought he was constipated. Seriously. “No, he’s dying and it’s miserable for him” was not what I thought I’d hear.
We’re making the right choice, we’re taking him in in a couple of hours. We’ve had cats with kidney problems in the past, I’m an old pro at subQ fluids (a couple of cats got them for years), but the time for fluids has passed. Last night, he cried. It was awful. I don’t know if from pain or frustration.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with the symptoms of kidney failure, but my vet explained years ago, since the toxins are building up in the body, it’s like being drunk. And even though Potter got fluids before we brought him home, he can hardly walk. He stumbles. Which made it doubly frightening to see him down by the pool. Somehow, he managed to navigate a cat door during the night.
Anyway, it’s sad, but we gave him a good life, a life he wouldn’t have had if we’d not taken him in.
This morning he’s outside, laying in the cool grass. We’ve seen this with other cats who knew they were sick. Like they walk the yard to say goodbye. One last time.