Fauci Ouchie

Tomorrow, my wife and I get to receive our first Fauci Ouchie.

I know that many are deniers, others, just skeptical.

We… are optimistic. It sure as hell beats waiting around for this crap to go away. It just isn’t doing as T-Rump said. It is far bigger, and more complex that he was willing to either understand, or believe.

We will have to wait to see how the mutations do and the boosters to this shot come along. It is clearly too complex to be a one time shot and call it good.

It is even more evident that this cannot be the case with so many that are too stupid to wear a fuckin mask or stay out of public if they cannot manage that simple courtesy towards others.

So let’s all be smart, do the right things, and have friends, family, and hugs for the 4th of July.

Are you in on NFTs?

Have you seen NFTs?

Seems like a crazy fad, but how do we cash in when it is early enough?

Have we already missing the boat to the real money that is (was) there to be had?

Is there a residual market so that we can add them to our retirement portfolios?

I have NO fuckin clue, but I intend to find out more, as well as the answers to these questions.

I have friends and family that have the artistic talents to be able to crank out wonderful digital art in what seems like nothing flat. My ex-wife is very talented with her digital art. I have friends that create tattoo flash making it look effortless. They could stand to generate a nice stream of residual income.

When NFTs are created they can be sold, auctioned, or held as part of an art collection. When they are sold, there is a royalty that was specified by the first transaction that will go to the creator of the NFT. I do not know if subsequent owners get a cut or not beyond what they sold the NFT for.

My hope is to get this port to a point that I can promote it to be a long term page for others to refer to. If you know NFTs and wish to share your knowledge, please jump into the comments and I will get the new information added into this post so that all may benefit.

Once you have a digital work that you want to sell, it must be registered. It gets registered onto the blockchain of your choosing and currently Etherium appears to be the most popular coin for this. The registration is not free and it gets pretty fuzzy at this point. The registration cost has a network congestion factor to it, so it is cheaper to do during the weekend when the network is not as busy.

Useful links:

A general FAQ https://www.theverge.com/22310188/nft-explainer-what-is-blockchain-crypto-art-faq

How to create NFTs https://www.ledger.com/blog/create-your-own-nft

Google Ads

Back to troubleshooting the ads for the site.

I have a feeling that this will be a bit of a process. The end goal is to get them working well enough that the visitor clicks will generate enough that we can put a prize on the Deal Pool.

I am sure that there is just something that I am missing. When they do start working, the next step will be to tune them so that they are not too much of a distraction from our discussions and debates.

Missing an old friend

I don’t know if any of the old gang still monitors for activity here anymore or not.

We lost a dear friend of the site a couple of months ago and it is still bothering me.

Our dear Badcat passed suddenly. Her husband logged into her facebook account and let us know that she was in grave condition. A couple days later he let us know of her passing.

While she did not want to return to Pennsylvania, I am very thankful that her family was able to be there for her passing not to mention being able to support her loving husband. I am not mentioning his name out of respect for his privacy. I do not know how many outside of her circle knew his name.

She was such a good friend to be over the years, we were kind of like family that was separated by an entire country, but until the last year, we were only twenty miles apart. I would have loved to gotten to meet her and her husband in person.

Fond memories of chats and debates over more than a decade. She was here not too long after the website came into existence.

We were quite the gang of digital miscreants, full of opinions that we were happy to share. We got to know where the hot buttons were for our group and tried to stay off of them for the most part, but like all families, we would tap those buttons just to make sure that the other was paying attention.

Badcat, you were loved by almost all. we know that there were some that were never going to fit in, but you didn’t care, you weren’t that kind of cat. You were and always will be Badcat.

It has been a while

I have put Disqus back on the website. I tired it for a short bit several years ago.

Alas, IntenseDebate chose to not integrate to social media platforms, so I am going to try it again to see if it allows for more interaction between the various platforms.

Please test it out and see if you like it.

Oregonians Feel That The Poor Are Subhuman

The title takes a short journey to connect the dots.

In 1951 Oregon passed a law that was initially to protect customer from pumps that were far less safe than today. They felt that a refueling technician was needed.

After those initial safety concerns were mitigated making pumps quite safe, they found that gasoline (and the other fuels as well) had carcinogens. The average driver did not like the smell of gas either.

Rather than having everyone pump their own fuel (or pay for full service like forty eight other sates (New Jersey is the other wimpy ass state that doesn’t allow self-serve pumping) thus minimizing the intake of carcinogens, they relegate that to the poor working class. No there are exemptions, motorcycle riders can refill their own gas tanks. Could that be a hold over of feeling that bikers are nonredeemable scourge? Since diesel is also exempt truckers are in the same class as bikers, seen as less than… You have probably seen that as well. Yes, every time that you pull in and have the minimum wage worker scratch off a ticket to a lottery of fatal health issues. The longer than they stay in their oppressed role, the more likely it is that they will win that evil lotto.

Now a couple of years ago, they allowed the people in rural regions to pump their own fuel. Could this be yet another subjugation of the country folk? I will leave that you for consideration

The Oregon voters have decided that gasoline vapors are hazardous to humans, so they have gas station attendants do the pumping. Gas station attendants are typically a low wage job with little room for progression, so they remain poor and not worthy of the protections granted to humans, thus sub-human.

Google Ads

I am tweaking the site to get it ready for more content.

Part of those tweaks was Google Ads, they were either obnoxious if you didn’t have a blocker, or invisible if you did. Since I want to use some of the money from ad clicks to put up a prize for Dead Pool, I need the ads to be clickable.

What else should be on the list of to-dos?

A large pool tournament right now?

UPDATE after this was published: Opal APA and the national APA office have cancelled the tourney.

Last night I became aware of a situation that did not thrill me. I spent some time to roll it around before speaking up. I have a pretty good chance of bothering, agitating, or upsetting friends with my position on this.

APA is still holding their regional pool tournament at Chinook Winds next month. Granted it is a month out, and situations can change.

We are talking about a large gathering of players. Players from all over the area, including the Seattle area. Obviously, that does not mean that they are sick. It just adds a little weight to odds and probabilities. A significant number of the players fall into multiple risk categories.

With the incubation period being 4.5 to 5.8 days and symptoms beginning between 8.2  to 15.6 days, we know that you can be incubating before becoming symptomatic [1]. Why would we needlessly gather so many people who may be contagious? At what point does working under disclaims give way to negligence?

The league has suspended the sportsmanship of handshakes before and after the matches which is a good thing with all things being considered. The players of the matches still share a crowded environment and the pool tables. One cannot sanitize the felt of the tables, and it is very unlikely that the side rails and balls would be sanitized between matches.

I do not question the league operators’ sincerity in their concern for the well being of the players, but I think that several factors may be interring with cancelling/postponing the event due to health risks. Of course, there are financial, reputation, and other issues to consider.

Using the fact that there have been no cases of coronavirus in Lincoln county as justification for safety, seems silly to me. Especially since very few people participating will be from Lincoln County. Yes, they have the blessing of the tribe… of course the tribe wants people to fill the hall and the tables, machines, and motel. While the tribe is somewhat sovereign and can ignore the state’s attempts to protect the citizenry, they do have to listen to the feds. We shall see if the feds come down with some protective restrictions.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32150748