|20140727 23:37||Pappy||I surprised he didn't mention polio in Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan, or HIV in Africa, or the rise of respiratory diseases in China.|
|20140727 23:34||Grunter||On the subject of underground houses, a friend had a "dugout" in the opal mining town of coober pedy. Dugouts are excavated into the side of a hill with mining equipment, can be as spacious as you like, and- what I remember best- the temperature inside is always in the exact middle of the Goldilocks zone, and the total, absolute, silence at night- the best sleep ever. Bliss.|
|20140727 23:28||Alaska Paul||We are going to need some serious tonnages of lime in disease hotspots.|
|20140727 23:15||Pappy||Evening. One from wretchard:|
During the Roman empire manufacturers traded throughout its length and breadth. It was a world without passports, a place in which St. Paul could say "civis Romanus sum" and claim protection. When Roman order collapsed the world suddenly got bigger. Journeys of a week became detours of a month until they finally stopped altogether. There was a consequent collapse in trade and manufacture for export. Administrative, educational and military infrastructure quickly vanished, and the loss of the established cursus honorum led to the collapse of the schools and to a rise of illiteracy even among the leadership.
It could never happen again. Or could it? Although the world is far from the Dark Ages, to a modest degree, yet quite distinctly, the process of globalization has retreated for the first time perhaps since the Second World War. Aviation experts believe that whole air corridors may soon be closed or significantly re-routed as the increasing capability of anti-air weapons are available to Ďmilitantsí. The other challenge of globalization is the spread of infectious disease. The ultimate carry-on bomb may be a virus.
Millions of people are now moving by air or road. They bring whatever health problems they have with them. One of the challenges of the breakdown on the US southern border is that ICE isnít screening for infectious diseases, instead relying on self-reporting. Antibiotic-resistant TB is probably getting through. The good news is it isnít ebola. Africa is now in the throes of the worst outbreak of that disease in history. It is killing the doctors. It has spread by air travel to the mega-city of Lagos. Nobody knows where it stops because it is traveling along the same roads, railroads and airliners that are the highways of globalization. There is no cure for ebola. The only defense of the authorities is enforcing draconian quarantine and the ruthless disposal of cadavers. Unfortunately most African governments are really nothing but corrupt cabals of bureaucrats. And many Africans see Ebola in witch-disease terms. What happens when ebola meets traditional Africa? Epidemic. The Bokoh Haram donít believe in quarantine, being no respecter of borders, orders or law. They donít believe in Western knowledge. Once ebola hitches a ride with the Boko Haram who can say what will happen?
Globalization has had a good run. But itís hitting some speed bumps. Letís hope air travel recovers. Of course aircraft have other uses besides travel.
|20140727 21:08||badanov||They just don't write 'em like that anymore.|
|20140727 20:39||Pappy||From the wayback machine:|
|20140727 19:39||Frank G||LOL - I will. I have 15 weeks of vacation on the books, and I'm burnt. I need more time off at strategic times|
|20140727 19:03||Pappy||The trip, I mean.|
|20140727 18:50||Pappy||Enjoy, Frank.|
|20140727 15:47||Frank G||so, I'm on a cell-conference call with Alaska Paul and 3DC. Paul says: "we'll have to have another 3-way soon"|
not good, amirite?
On the road to Tahoe next week, so if you see "Frank G on the road", I'm loving life
|20140727 12:13||Pappy||Some of it will work in the desert; a lot won't.|
I'd like to do in in-ground, or 'dirt-submerged', house. There's a couple of them in the Phoenix area.
|20140727 11:37||Dale||OS works fine. Amish did it in a small dry goods store in my area. Wood heated outside so no mess inside. Windmills not turning? Tied to energy market. Fracking and gas production have reduced costs so much not economically profitable to operate.|
|20140727 10:49||Skidmark||Hot air will naturally rise. Vent that out a sloped ceiling/roof and you draw like a fireplace. Put a solar mass cistern/cellar under the house and draw the feed air through that space for humidifying and cooling.|
100 degrees in @30%, 70 degrees out @70% and pre-warmed water for the solar water heater.
|20140727 10:30||OldSpook||I've always been impressed by the water-tubes-in-the-floor heating since I first ran into it in Germany decades ago, and the engineering side of it when visiting roman ruins. I imagine that putting your heating in the floor when needed, and your cooling in the ceiling when needed, that would induce some natural convection, reducing the amount of forced air needed for healthy circulation.|
Warm feet in the winter, cool head in the summer. Just makes sense, but I'd need an architect and a structural engineer to give the numbers a reality check. That's why this is my "if I hit the lottery" house.
|20140727 10:21||Steve White||Drinks are on the house this Sunday morning: the Instapundit wants to "go all Curtis Lemay" on Hamas, which I think qualifies as an Arclight...|
|20140727 08:18||Pappy||Wright also borrowed the tubes-in-floor for his Usonian designs. |
|20140727 05:36||badanov||I think we have slowed down the spammers to a mild roar.|
|20140727 05:10||Skidmark||Don't forget the north facing blast wall (to block the winter winds, of course), the ingress/egress blast pockets (entry door vestibules), viewport armor (rolling shutters) and CBR filtration (for dust & allergens).|
|20140727 01:20||OldSpook||Anyhoo, Regarding me being a hobbit, I got some of the ideas, Pappy from the same place Wright did -- based on what the early pioneers/settlers in the west did: dig back into a hill below the crest for cooling in the summer, and warmth retention in the winter - using sod roof, etc. They blend into the terrain, and take advantage of it for cooling and heating.|
Me, precast reinforced concrete for weight bearing walls, plus ceiling and floor (with heating/cooling water tubes built in, like the Romans), south facing if heating is an issue, otherwise north facing. Good clear view of the down hill area, solar for heat when possible, heat pump for water into the ground for cooling (58 degrees 50 ft down on average) and solar for heating (aided by nat gas as needed). Solar power and wind power as much as possible. Forced air for circulation of the air (heating/cooling comes from the floors/ceilings). Pretty close to self sufficient. Maybe pump the well into a cistern at the top of the hill, for a gravity assist for the water in the house.
Hobbit hole? A bit more than that. Come to think of it it does sound like a bunker. Reinforced Concrete. Forced air = overpressure? Clear fields of fire in the "view". Below the military crest...
umm. I guess I can call that a good side effect?
|20140727 01:09||OldSpook||Back arrow doesn't preserve the text - at least when on the Mac using Safari. I wish the main comment thingy would do like the O-Club does - simply refuse to post, leaving the text box sitting here with the text in it. Ah well.|
I gotta put together a Linux box or Billy box (Win7) and get off this chiclet keyboard and weird "magic mouse"
Just getting older and grumpier I guess.
|20140726 21:21||trailing wife||When a comment of mine disappears into the ether, I try using the Back arrow, up to the left of the URL bar at the top of the page. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it works when an article evaporates, too. Sometimes not.|
|20140726 20:56||Glenmore||OS, if it eats a comment of mine I figure it wasn't worth much anyway, but if I decide to rewrite it, I do it off-site on Notepad or such, so I can keep plugging it in looking for the bad word without re-writing it all. Seldom do it, because seldom do my comments really matter anyway. Yours, on the other hand, add value.|
(Don't know what I said above that was banned, but the old editor fixed it.)
|20140726 20:51||OldSpook||I hate it when the main site just eats a big comment of mine, without a clue as to what word triggered it, and no way to recover the post. |
Just not worth it to rewrite it, Im not getting that 15 minutes back, nor am I throwing away another 15 minutes to write it again only to see it disappear without a trace or a clue.
|20140726 18:09||Deacon Blues||Got me, too. I said it looked like Spamalot. I hate spam. (Monty Python)|
|20140726 17:13||Thing From Snowy Mountain||Argh! The Black Diamond Gang got me! The Dirty Rats!|
|20140726 11:56||Pappy||Yes, it was. I'm wondering who the Burg angered this time.|
|20140726 11:41||OldSpook||Just to be clear, wasn't a complaint - just an offer to help if you guys want to give us the ability to do so. Deleting spam is a (much cleaner) version of mucking out the stables, and if Im riding the horses then Im helping with the stables. Im sure you'd not mind the help. And this last bot was particularly persistent.|
|20140726 11:18||Bright Pebbles||Problem with Seamen.|
|20140726 08:15||trailing wife||Lots of spam recently. We all clean it up as we happen by. But I've been busy with my mother in real life lately, which means I've been around less. And yes,the previous tool available to O Clubbers disappeared in the upgrades. One of these days, when Fred has some free time, I'm sure he'll put it back in.|
Mama is very happily settled in. Everything has been sorted through, and either put away, given to descendants (the trailing daughters are pleased with the demitasse cup collection, which should see a lot of use over the years), or donated to the poor. The last pictures -- the descendant collection ;-) -- will go up on the walls today, and friendships are being made and shops discovered. Life is good, if a bit exhausting.
Abu do you love, you are a generous soul. But I do give y'all my best effort -- you deserve no less.
|20140725 22:17||swksvolFF||S'cool. Figured something was inbound and hid in my soccer bunker. Stopped by for a biscuit and ran right into a dictionary salesmen convention. Thanks for the work you all do.|
|20140725 21:54||badanov||I got one or two my own self. Sorry swksVolff, and Deacon Blues.|
|20140725 21:35||Pappy||Apologies, OS. 4am spam cleanup - couldn't sleep and wasn't (and still not) completely functional.|
|20140725 21:25||abu do you love||TW: what you lack in quantity, you more than make up for in quality.|
|20140725 16:48||trailing wife||For all the nice Rantburgers who want it, my email address is|
jssawicki at gmail.com
Without spaces, of course. And I must warn that I am a dreadful correspondent when I don't feel well or life gets busy, as a few of you can already attest.
|20140725 15:48||badanov||Stand by|
|20140725 15:17||OldSpook||Give us a delete button on all messages flagged as spam?|
|20140725 08:48||OldSpook||I had a comment but the spam harvest apparently erased it|
|20140725 06:08||abu do you love||Holy spambots Batman!|
I woulda cleaned them out, but the way I used to be able to seems to have been removed or access restricted.
|20140725 00:07||trailing wife||Lots of spam to clean out in the O Club this evening. I wonder what's got them so feisty all of a sudden...|
|20140724 22:33||Pappy||Oh, and Deacon...|
Go to your room.
|20140724 22:29||Pappy||Meh. Frank Lloyd Wright was doing bermed housing back in the 50s.|
|20140724 19:34||Thing From Snowy Mountain||What about me? Can I be a human so I can multiclass?|
|20140724 16:42||Deacon Blues||Today is National Hot Dog Day. If you fail to eat one you will be charged with a mis-day-wiener.|
|20140724 15:00||Glenmore||Condor's gotta be Gandalf the Wizard.|
|20140724 14:27||3dc||Deacon yearns to be a tree elf, OS a hobbit... hm what should I yearn for? |
|20140724 13:26||3dc||An argument today with some EU sheep. I am tired of them. Feel like they deserve to fall.|
|20140724 12:41||Deacon Blues||So, Old Spook, ya wanna be a Hobbit.|
|20140724 08:35||Dale||Honey look at our new home. Significant other replies, say what?. That's why we only hear about caveman days. The women refused and made the men build tree condos. Keep your man cave. The regressive liberal men yearn for the cave man days. They were happy on then.|
|20140724 04:55||Skidmark||going underground|
|20140724 02:18||Skidmark||I'd find a hillside and dig back into it|
Dude, that's a bunker.
|20140723 20:57||OldSpook||Windows north big wall south, at least in Texas, for cooling rather than heating. If I was rich, I'd find a hillside and dig back into it. Use a heat pump and ground water -ground water for cooling in the summer, ground/solar for heat in the winter. Basically put the heated/cooled water into the concrete floor slab and a similar ceiling. Use earth as heat sink. Probably still need forced air system to manage humidity and air exchange. If I were rich. As it stands we may sell our pricey bigger house in the richer burbs, and find an older smaller place in a favorable area, buy it cash with our equity, and use the extra to gut it and build it out with proper insulation, solar etc.|
|20140723 20:24||Thing From Snowy Mountain|
The same MB the administration was cuddling up to.
You must be mistaken. I have it on very good authority that Obama is better than Bush for Israel. (Although not as good as Putin).
|20140723 18:52||3dc||Enjoy it Pappy. Old school with a twist.|
|20140723 15:07||Deacon Blues||Firewood, too.|
|20140723 13:01||Skidmark||I think you'll be clearing some trees for the cabin so plenty of roof room for solar if you align the cabin right.|
|20140723 11:59||OldSpook||Solar is ok for daytime power, but without deep storage like a bank of marine batteries, you need something for night time to get completely off grid. Plus solar for water heating, and maybe wind if you're toward Oklahoma -use that to run the well pump. Nat gas for heat/cooking and standby generator.|
Get pretty close to being off grid.
|20140723 09:39||Glenmore||Skid, Finally enticed (shrimp, crawfish & Scotch) the neighbor to the north to let us have an easement. Trees are cleared, and last I heard we were waiting on power company to place poles (though have to bury the line where it goes under the high tension stuff.) Expensive, but ... Hadn't thought of setting a coil out to collect induced current.... drat.|
Solar might be tough for 24/7/365, especially without natural gas to supply backup generator. Plus, there's those trees....
|20140723 08:16||Pappy||ďThe [Hamas] organization has used the period in which the Muslim Brotherhood ruled Egypt to establish a real military industry in the Gaza Strip, with advanced tooling equipment, and to smuggle a large amount of anti-tank missiles, including Kornet anti-tank missiles that were transferred to Syria before the outbreak of the civil war.Ē Israeli analyst Amir Rapaport said.|
The same MB the administration was cuddling up to.
|20140723 05:16||Skidmark||Glenmore, looks like there is plenty of power on the other side of the highway. Tough to tap into that though. Find a culvert under the road and bury a coil between the towers. Should be able to siphon that EMF pretty easy.|
Pan has/d a engineered solar setup at his place. He could give you some pointers.
|20140723 05:10||Skidmark||Hope those were the good inlaws Spook.|