Fires in the West: NOT Climate Change

I normally don’t get irked and amped enough on Sunday to write not one but  two columns.  However, exceptional stupidity requires someone stand up and call bullshit. Since stories – like this one  earlier this week in the New York Times are selling the...

Thanks – for Laboring on Labor Day

Go out to fire, police, and emergency medical people.  In order for “the rest of us to have it off” there are people sweating their butts off to keep the country intact. Had a call this morning from firefighter/EMT son George II who’s working a big...

Goodbye Swamp Cooler? Antenna Modeling Notes

Why is it 4:15 AM and why is Ure running antenna models? The answer is simple:  The end of summer is upon us.  When the weather cools down, things here heat up.  Hot coffee on a cool more, clear head, and a zillion ideas to run down. But first…. Goodbye Swamp...

Sunday Coffee

Rambling around the ranch this morning.  Been far busier this weekend that I’d been planning on. S/W Update or Hack-Attack? Those who visit Urban frequently (our dynamite comments section makes that a useful pursuit) may have noticed a 2 1/2-hour hole in our...

Prepping with N-P-K Plus Shop Notes

Another scorcher coming up here in East Texas.  With all the hype and BS about “climate change” we should be in the middle of a desert by now.  But, lo and behold, just two days of 100+ temps likely this summer – and that’s counting today. ...

A “Crackpot Corona Theory” & Prepping for Weather

A short discourse today on the linkage between a good, hard sweat – while working out at manual tasks that require no higher brain function – and clearing of the mind. Which led me to a “Novel Crackpot Theory of CV19” (NCTCV19). Part –...

13-Million Cases: We Were Right, Damn it!

The Globe is just passing 13- million cases. Right now, today.  And the worldwide death toll is in excess of 570-thousand. This gives you – the American news scavenger – an opportunity to do some serious “sorting of bullshit from fact”....

Heavy Equipment School: Riding Mowers 101

10-Mowing Tips for would-be groundskeepers is our topic this morning. No, we didn’t really need 30-acres.  We could have gotten by with two acres per person, just fine. But I had this wild dream years back when I was running a vocational school:  I wanted to...

Future on Rails – Double-Down on Warming?

The Future is sometimes terribly easy to see.  But, when you look at it square-on, it can be really ugly.  As a result, faced with a declining set of prospects of achieve “health, wealth, and happiness” people turn their faces.  Averting their gaze is what...

Pullback or Toast? A 10-Year Weather Event

Little real economic news to begin the morning.  Oh, sure:  Italian retail sales and Denmark’s industrial product matter…if you’re Italian or Danish.  It won’t be until an hour before tomorrow’s close that we’ll see the U.S....

Shop Talk: Bench-Mindr, Saw-Muvr, Tool Carts

Interesting times we’re in on the “snooze front..”  But, we’d rather be in the shop, pursuing Art, or up gardening.  Instead of “whining” about “distancing.” These lower-level “contact times” are great time...

Field Trip: Ure’s Toilet Paper “Factory”

Gear up, kiddies.  We’re going on a nature hike.  I’m going to show you how we “grow toilet paper” out here in East Texas.  Your ass should thank us.  Seriously (well, partly, anyway…). Let’s begin with some reality about economic...

Relock, Renewables, Recyling, and Retreat

Finance First I would not be surprised to see the market end the week about where it was after the Fed announcement Wednesday (more save-the-bankers, crap).  Sent out an email to a few colleagues: “The Wednesday close of my Aggregate Index was 0.317 percent...