a thoughtful web.
Share good ideas and conversation.   Login or Take a Tour!
WanderingEng's profile
WanderingEng

x 49

stats
following: 11
followed tags: 27
followed domains: 7
badges given: 10 of 16
hubskier for: 2117 days

recent comments, posts, and shares:
WanderingEng  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 14, 2021

I'm doing a virtual half marathon this weekend, hopefully the last virtual event. The current debate is: pick a fast, flat course and go for a PR, or go run 6.55 miles of the Ice Age Trail out and back. I'm leaning towards the latter because it will be better training for other events this summer. It also looks cooler on Strava.

WanderingEng  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: You Won’t Remember the Pandemic the Way You Think You Will

I don't know anybody who died from COVID and don't even know anybody who got dangerously sick. It's going to be an odd set of memories for me compared to a lot of other people.

My key memory is probably going to be the company being told Thursday we're working from home starting Monday. But my group being told Friday we're still going to be in the office, and when I asked why when other key support staff was going home "for efficiency." Monday we were switched to rotating, and that's mostly tapered off to WFH. It's left me with a feeling of deep distrust of my management. One, because I don't know who was requiring we be in that Monday, two for requiring it and then changing their mind, and three because it wasn't my boss (who is a very weak leader), but he wouldn't say who or admit "efficiency" was a shitty reason.

WanderingEng  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski April 7th 2021

I got Moderna. My arm was sore for 48 hours after the first shot. I got the second Wednesday morning. By Wednesday night I was feeling not great and woke up yesterday feeling like I had a bit of a cold. Not bad but not great. A bit achy, headache. After coffee and water and breakfast I felt better, and by the end of the day, 36 hours after my shot, I felt 90%. Today I'm probably 98% good. My arm is still a little sore, and there's a little redness and warmth. It's minor but it's there.

A friend said after her second Moderna she felt like she fell down the stairs for 48 hours.

All in all better than covid.

WanderingEng  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski April 7th 2021

I believe my first semester of tuition in fall 1999 was $1850. Looks like spring 2021 was $5371. That's an increase of 4.9% every year.

WanderingEng  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski April 7th 2021

It's a single data point, but a coworker got J&J and said he was wrecked the next day.

WanderingEng  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski April 7th 2021

That's great! Hope you feel even better tomorrow and have a great weekend!

WanderingEng  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski April 7th 2021

How are you doing? Have you gotten your test results back?

WanderingEng  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 7, 2021

I got my second vaccine shot today.

My date on Sunday went well, I think. We're talking about dinner this weekend. I should probably propose some plan soon. I suggested dinner, she suggested take out and board games.

WanderingEng  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A message from Jeff Bezos: April 06, 2021

I'm glad I read the comments before replying, and I'm struggling to come up with a really good answer.

I think it might be a chicken/egg thing. Because of benefits, workers are able to get by with lower wages, and because workers can get by with lower wages, employers are happy to pay less.

The more I think about it the more it becomes using wages as a basic minium income. McDonald's makes use of cheap labor because the labor is cheap. The workers want to work. I did fast food in high school and it's terrible. Nobody would do that just because. It's work of last resort.

Maybe the question becomes "should labor be cheap?" Does society answer that or employers? Probably both should.

WanderingEng  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A message from Jeff Bezos: April 06, 2021

"You should build roads for our delivery vans and electric grids so we can electrify."

Does Amazon support (vocally, not financially) social programs? Seems like it's in their interest so they can keep driving labor costs down with government picking up the slack.

WanderingEng  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Q1 2021 Brogan Books - Etsy Shop Report

You posted one of these a year ago, I think, and it got me to looking around Etsy. I ended up getting my mom a Mother's Day card from a local seller. My mom likes cards, but I don't. I've never liked spending money on them, but from a local seller I like that it's someone like you who's probably thrilled to have a sale.

If you make a Mother's Day or birthday card with puppies or kitties, I'll be all over that.

WanderingEng  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 31, 2021

OMG are you me but four days later?

Sorry it seemed promising only to end up the way it did. You seem to have a healthy view of it, recognizing things you'll be looking for in the person who is right.

I got rejected a week ago when the girl I'd been on a few dates with over a month said she couldn't see having a relationship with me. So last Friday I went and ran my third best ever half marathon. I fucking crushed it. It was a two loop route, and after a blistering pace (for me) I ran the second loop even faster.

Meeting up with someone else this weekend. There were a lot of things I liked about this person, things to look for in the future.

WanderingEng  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I Like That The Boat Is Stuck

I had to look up major news items from the past few years to come up with other facts everyone might have agreed on and came up with: 2017 solar eclipse. I'm sure there's someone who said the eclipse was a hoax, but it was mostly not controversial.

That's all I have. Other news items like George H. W. Bush dying are probably well agreed to but will come with a lot of divisive baggage.

WanderingEng  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I Like That The Boat Is Stuck

"They dug out the bow but somehow it's 'still stuck.' Pretty fishy."

I've applied to three jobs in three years. Offered one but declined, not offered the second, the third stopped calling me after the first interview. When they asked about salary I didn't mince words, and I suspect I asked for something 50% higher than they can pay. Oh well.

I think I made the right choice on the first one. It would have been a fine job and fine pay and under two hours to Adirondack Park, but I think it would have been mind numbingly dull. I asked about the one interesting thing happening in my line of work. "We can always contract that out." So no investment in their staff.

Teams isn't the problem, it's the volume of meetings. Four one hour meetings ruin an entire day. Four one hour meetings is four hours of productivity that day. One single meeting and I get eight hours of productivity.

I don't feel like signing up for the report, but the summary is right that coal capacity factors have been declining. I've heard the term "death spiral," and I think it applies here. Coal is most economic at higher capacity factors and with multiple units at a single site. For example, a 2x500 MW plant might have been built assuming 80% capacity factors. Declining economics means it's dispatched less. Retiring one unit might raise a remaining unit's usage, but now you have maybe a third less staff but half as much income. This then kills the economics of the remaining unit.

What the summary doesn't address is why they think coal's experience will apply to nuclear and especially to hydro. Existing nuclear has a lot of cost to remain running, but it's all fixed cost. Nuclear is expensive to run, though (compared to wind and solar).

Hydro has lower fixed costs and zero fuel costs. I can't picture a scenario where new wind and solar is cheaper than existing hydro (unless it's substantially subsidized which it might be).

New wind and solar tend to hurt their own economics because if it's windy at one site, it's probably windy at all sites in a pretty large geographic area. Solar obviously has the same issue, including weather like clouds. Any solution like batteries or more transmission hurt the economics.

Gas has risk, though, I agree with that. Cheap gas is contingent on fracking staying economic. Lower oil production could drive higher cost for gas and push its usage lower.

WanderingEng  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 17, 2021

Major cities are. Rural areas are not. In general.

WanderingEng  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 17, 2021

That's really interesting, and I can see how someone who's Native American could elect to use it to comment on themselves without being negative toward others.

WanderingEng  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 17, 2021

There was a pro triathlon last Friday, and the local favorite took third! It was an extremely solid field, though one competitor tested COVID positive and couldn't compete. The field was a lot of the best of the best. Not only did she take third but was the fastest American, beating two other world-class Americans.

She started the run in eighth and ran down five women to get third. One does not simply run five pro triathletes into the ground without a fight. It's part of what's exciting about triathlon. One can be a great swimmer, good cyclist, and good runner leading going into the run, and a good swimmer, good cyclist, and great runner will run past you with nothing you can do.

A coworker sometimes uses the phrase "off the reservation" to mean "straying away from the company line." I finally said something to him yesterday, privately, pointing out it's probably an offensive term that refers to forcing Native Americans onto reservations. It's so easy to use offensive idioms, but not realizing it's bad doesn't make it ok. I found an article on NPR from a Native American (whose tribe is even in my company's service territory) who considers it offensive. While other terms are worse, like the Washington football team, he noted less offensive terms signal to people it's ok to use the more offensive ones.