Turnaround Tuesday, FB Mystery and Trade Data

Welcome to what (in our whack-job) work should be a “turnaround Tuesday.”  In fact, we’ll be jumping for joy if our daily target level comes in.  Say, oh,  up 25 on the S&P by early afternoon?  Sooner is fine, of course. Like around 11:30 AM Central when Europe’s closing for the day, maybe. A ton to go over today:  Markets, the Facebook Outage Mystery, and even a review of a great shortwave radio perfect for Preppers… …

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Drones & Prepping?

Bet you didn’t know there are over a million drones now registered in the U.S., did you?  Are there any prepping angles to them?  The answer, says your newly-minted Part-107 Remote Pilot is “Hell yeah!”  It’s a long weekend and care to guess who has play on his mind? Of course, there’s the money-stuff, too: With a new all-time high in our Aggregate Index comes a new target date for the fall collapse. Though we …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Lathe Work & Shop Prepping

As I advised Peoplenomics readers Saturday, the direction of writing around here has gone wandering off on its own.  Tied to the keyboard, I’m forced to follow but the destination is becoming clear. Let me back up a ways and tell you the story from the top. Remember the Lathe Project? A week or two back I mentioned my hare-brained plan to build a shaft extension for my favorite electronics work light.  Too short, it needs …

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A Day Without the Web

A lot has happened since I wrote the book Broken Web in 2012. Unfortunately, though, the long-term bottom-line outcome hasn’t changed.  If anything, post Wuhan, there are still more plotlines to collapse than happy endings. This morning, two perspectives.  A look back at how television news lost America’s faith.  And a look ahead to the day we hope never happens. We do this with the goal of keeping our minds focused and ready for any …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Serial Failures Weekend

I know about accident chains having flown a hundred thousand miles, plus or minus a pee stop, in our own plane. Part of the F.A.A. WINGS program includes the study and understanding of “accident chains” and how to break them.  Prevents falling “out of the sky.” What’s not widely appreciated though is the accident chain’s evil twin:  Serial Failures.  Especially at home, especially when you’re rolling on a punch list before Ure’s spouse’s next hip surgery…. …

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