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katakowsj  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Your minority car preference.

This 1948 Willys Jeep would be my Minority Car Preference. It's not so much an ugly duckling (See AMC Eagle) but an impractical rarity. I have a Yooper friend that restored one in the mid-eighties at his as part of a high school auto shop project. I'd see my friend every summer. One summer he bought it and told me his plans to restore it to running condition for the following summer. I was doubtful, but we took several outings tackling backwoods two rut trails and logging roads. I remember it had a distinct advantage over so many other four by fours as it had a narrow track. When in granny gear, it would slowly power through all of the deepest two-rut mudholes. It's narrow track allowed it to keep from bottoming out on the middle crown in the trail. The passenger side of the truck tires might be fender deep in mud causing the truck to lean what seemed like upwards of 45 degrees, while the driver side wheels were biting into the crown in the trail continually pulling us forward.

Completely impractical. I'd like one.

katakowsj  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Your minority car preference.

This is what I drive. Did not see a minivan as anything worthwhile until my wife and I had our son and daughter. I know this isn't the theme that mk was looking for, but

I wouldn't trade it for the world. It proves it's utility time and again.

1. Auto-Sliding Doors. Huge for getting the kids in and out seamlessly when they were 2 and 4 and we'd return to the van with an armload of stuff.

2. 90GB hard-drive. Have thousands of songs from my existing CD collection and a boatload the kids and I've collected at the Spring and Fall local library book/media sale. 50 cents for Full Moon Fever? You got it!

No need to have your phone linked to the media full time for music.

3. Roof rack. Has carried a small snark sailboat, one or two windsurf boards, a 150+ gal plastic bin full of camping goods, and a weatherproof roof back with overflow camping/vacation supplies.

4. Stow-n-go, carries 4 by sheet goods. No need to borrow a buddies truck , unless you need gravel, to get project supplies. We've got a backyard ice rink and tree-house via the van. For a family of four, anytime we head out of town overnight we typically fold down the back row seats and toss our stuff in. Hugely helpful for ski/snowboard trips. We've now got a system where the boots, helmets, and the rest of the snow gear are in clear plastic tubs that we chuck on top of the folded row, toss in the skis and snowboards, and roll.

5. Tows 3500 lbs. We've had an 1100lb trailerable sailboat and now an outboard boat that weighs similarly. Being able to tow a reasonable amount a several times a year opens up a ton of possibilities.

6. DVD w/video screen. My wife and I didn't want this option, but it was one of those, "hey, it comes with all of the vans dude" situations. The kids know it's off limits for trips less than one hour, but it makes the long trips much easier.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Rand Paul has Coronavirus

Seems his style. Explains why his neighbor did that.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Rand Paul has Coronavirus

    Paul suffered lung damage as a result of having his ribs broken during an altercation with a neighbor in 2017. Last year, he had part of his lungs removed. Paul's chief of staff told NBC News that the surgery puts the senator "in a higher-risk category as it relates to pulmonary issues."

    His father, former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who is also a doctor, last week referred to the coronavirus crisis as a "hoax." The pandemic has infected more than 300,000 people worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

1. Your neighbor waits in hiding for you to come out and cut your lawn, then whips your ass. You lose part of a lung.

What's up with that?

2. Your Dad, an M.D., dismisses the virus that could be extra hard on his pulmonary-limited son?

3. What are you thinking now?

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Flatten the Curve of Armchair Epidemiology

Better than The Onion.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, have any good news stories to share, no matter how small?

That’s awesome for her. She’s really found a way to make the most of this. I’ve gotta imagine she’s making some deep connections that would not have been possible otherwise. Definitely a good news story.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, have any good news stories to share, no matter how small?

Thanks. It’s excellent neuroscience researchers like you that help me keep a balanced outlook as we chip away at my disease.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, have any good news stories to share, no matter how small?

Will do. :)

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, have any good news stories to share, no matter how small?

Thanks. I’ll check into it.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Leviathan is back

This makes me think of the inescapable fact that we must always participate in free markets. This is the Leviathan shopping network, the market for governments. What sort of governance are we shopping for today?

katakowsj  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, have any good news stories to share, no matter how small?

I am on day 24 of my first 28 day chemotherapy cycle to knock out a now recurrent grade III glioma, brain cancer, that I was first treated for in April of 2012. I'm test driving a new therapy as participation in a trial that combines the the standard of care chemo and an additional enzyme inhibitor that targets a gene mutation in the tumor cells in my head.

The good news is that I appear to be tolerating it well. I've had three blood tests to corroborate this.

The longer I can withstand treatment, the more likely we'll see no change, or maybe some tumor reduction in my upcoming bi-monthly MRI's.

I've also been spend time with my wife and kids during this first week of covid-19 sequestration. We dug up the 1983 classic movie, "The Right Stuff" Friday evening and my 10 year old daughter and my 12 year old son were enamored by it. Likely, we'll be using space travel as a centerpiece of our home-school writing and reading for the coming week.

katakowsj  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Of Course: Jane's Addiction

Great song. What made you think of it?

I've got this album and Nothing's Shocking on my car's hard drive. Rough day? Start with "Ocean Size". Things went well and are looking up, "Summertime Rolls" fits the bill for me.

I'll remember to cue them up my next time I leave my Covid-19 hiding.

katakowsj  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'I can't get above water': how America's chicken giant Perdue controls farmers

This is horrible. If the reality of this farmer's plight is anything as reported here, they're getting totally jobbed. Sounds as though Perdue has found a way to legally wrangle folks in need into indentured servitude. "Hey farmer Joe, taking on $300,000 debt at age 50 to build a chicken raising system will be great stuff. We'll provide you all you need to continually supply us with a steady stream of income. We promise to keep you afloat just enough to remain indebted to us into perpetuity. Please sign below. "

Agreed. With such a click-bait-ish title, he loses some cred too. Flattening the curve a deadly delusion? Take it easy chicken little.

How about, "Best Examples of Curve Flattening" or "How to Best Flatten the Curve". As a supposed man of science and numbers, maybe let the numbers speak for you. Of which, he actually does a decent job of raising some pertinent questions.