Friday, March 25, 2016

Money matters.

I have a "family member" who I regularly see posting vacation pictures to social media. They're always going to famous theme parks and other places with their family. I'm not jealous one bit, but I do question their financial management.

As I understand it, the male half gets a draw from the family trust every 2 years in the mid 5-figure range. At no time have they ever owned a house. They have always rented. It's been this way since they've been together, around 15 years. They're always buying stuff they don't need, and whenever there's a holiday, they buy gifts for everyone.

My wife and I make about the same that they do, but we don't have kids to support. We're buying our house, and building up equity as we go. We live frugally, not spending a whole lot of money, trying to scrimp and save wherever we can, but it's tough.

I ran the numbers a while back. If they had saved the money that they've been spending on vacations, or at least put the money they get in the draw toward buying a house, they could have had a house bought and paid for a long time ago.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Steaming pile of word vomit.

The latest phrase from the SJWs is apparently "Hegemonic Masculinity" to refer to a reason for "Rape Culture", something you already know is something ginned up by the SJW community in order to allow women to discount any agency in providing for their own safety. (You're victim-blaming, shitlord!) So let's break this down:

he·gem·o·ny (həˈjemənē,ˈhejəˌmōnē/) Leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others.
mas·cu·lin·i·ty (ˌmaskyəˈlinədē/) Possession of the qualities traditionally associated with men.

Let's compare this with one of their other favorite words: "Patriarchy"

pa·tri·arch·y (ˈpātrēˌärkē/) A system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is traced through the male line.

A system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.

So they've used two words instead of the one that they usually use, because the impact of that word has been so diluted by all their bullshit.

SB50 EOC Porn

As a Public Safety IT Geek, this picture really gets me off.

The incredible amount of pre-planning of cable management and workspace management just amazes me.

  • All the cables are color-coded and labeled. 
  • Everything is run through wiring troughs that are laid on top between the tables. 
  • Cable bridges are used to protect the cables running across traffic lanes.
  • Every workstation is labeled with the ICS Position or task. 
  • One printer per table, with high-volume MFP's and large-format Printers on one side of the room.

Think of this set up mirrored across all the other Three-Letter Agencies that were supporting the SB50 security operations.

Several years ago, I was recruited to work on "Project 57", which was a "continuity of operations" program in case the State's Executive Branch had to be moved to an alternate location. Everything necessary would be in ATA cases that could be rolled into a semi-trailer, Connex, or even a rented box truck, then rolled off into any building like a school and within a couple of hours, executive processes would be back up and running.

PG&E does this when they have to set up camp to support utility restoration after a disaster. They have everything built into road cases or purpose-built carts, carried in a semi-trailer that is very similar to the "Camp-in-a-Box" that CalFire and USFS have for their incidents.