June 11th, 2008


No-ooo! Don't Do It!

Game Reset

Let's just remind everyone where we are. Today crude oil was selling for $135/bbl. Nationwide in America, regular gasoline is averaging above four bucks a gallon. It was $4.06.9/gal in Allendale MI, and three cents more in Kalamazoo. In Santa Rosa CA, gas was selling for $4.49.9/gal and diesel for $5.19.9/gal.

I Keep Warning You Guys And You Just Won't Listen

I realize that being a pundit on radio and TV is something of a spectator sport in this country and everyone has a damned opinion. My opinion is that there are some things you should not speak aloud, because it merely gives the enemy permission to do the unspeakable.

But They Didn't Ask Me. (sigh)

So Here It Comes

"They" are rumbling about oil jumping up to $200/bbl. And get this, not only are they talking about five dollar a gallon gas, they're talking about the price surging to $5/gal by the Fourth of July. That's in just a couple of weeks, folks.

The idiots are nuts. The idiots are wrong. People are already driving less and driving slower. And SUV sales have tanked. Except now the idiots have given the marketplace "permission" to run up the price. (double-sigh) It has nothing to do with supply and demand -- it never has. It's about speculation, pure and simple. And it's got to stop, because the world's economies cannot take it for long.

Oh, But Wait -- It Gets Better

Not content to predict five bucko gas, "they" continue on and say that gas will exceed six dollars a gallon by the end of the summer. $6/gal by Labor Day.

Even better it's an election year. Oh this is all so not good.

Repeat after me: There are dark things one should not talk about. Speak the words and the words become real. That's the power of the dark magic, Voldemort.

Dr. Phil
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A Pleasant Surprise

The Washing Machine Saga Continues

With the towels mentioned the other day dealt with, we've been waiting all morning for the repairman from Bekins in Grand Haven MI to wander out our way. Morning calls are from "9 to 1", and the van pulled up just about noon.

It took a minute to figure out which of several dozen hundreds of ways it takes to actually open up a 2002 KitchenAid washing machine. Turns out you pull out two screws behind the control panel, swing the control panel up and pop out two metal clips towards the back of the top -- and then the whole rest of the sheet metal body slips right off. It conveniently stored out of the way "embracing" the toilet. (grin)

One Simple Thing

There are lots of reasons why a machine would lose its drain-and-rinse-and-spin modes -- timer switch, controller board, pump, etc. But this guy was sharp and the first thing he tried was to jumper around the lid switch, that safety switch which makes sure you can't open the lid while it's in a spin cycle.

The water began to drain out. And the machine went into its spin cycle.

So just a microswitch on the end of a cable with a fancy connector. The estimate for parts and labor was $127, the actual work went even easier, so the job came in at $106. Not zero, mind you, but a whole lot better than taking the whole thing apart and spending lots on parts and labor. Hell, didn't even have to bail or siphon the water out of the tub. It drained itself as soon as it got a valid electrical signal saying it was safe to spin.

Nice People, Too

The Bekins people are pretty nice and they do good work. This particular service guy just got back to West Michigan after spending some years in the Atlanta area. Managed to miss the construction and the Olympics in the mid 90s and got out before the tornado this year. (grin) Since Dr. Phil's sister is in Atlanta, we talked about some of the places in Atlanta and Cobb County. Small world at times, if you bother to ask. (double-grin)

Anyway, we look to be back in business and hopefully it'll be another six years before we need another service call. The machine without its skins certainly looked in fine shape. A microswitch giving up the ghost? Hey, it's a binary decision, on or off, and if it can't make up its mind -- it's gone. (triple-dog-dare-grin)

Dr. Phil
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It's True (Mostly)

I've Been Saying Something Like This For Years

The latest genius online cartoon from xkcd:


Of Course...

... that mathematics stuff is (a) just a useful tool to do Physics or (b) things mathematicians like to do which aren't useful to Physicists. Therefore, Physics is the Senior Science. (grin)

Dr. Phil
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