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 up-time Saturday.  Turns out, a key directory on our web server had been deleted.  Not necessarily a hack.  Likely a software update that ate the server director.  Although we were being pings by Russians like crazy at the time.

I got lucky, though.  After the server team gave up on simple repairs and suggested the Big One (rebuild the site from the ground up!) I figured a shortcut and  (knocking on wood here) it’s holding.

Password changes and the usual defensive measures.  But, the one thing I’m pretty-much ticked about is that such accidents or attacks are functionally same as commercial burglary.  People attempting such ought to  be punished to the same levels.

None of our data was accessed, though.   Peoplenomics is on an  even more secure server that wasn’t bothered.

A Word About Cyber Exposure

That hackers are getting bolder is not surprising.  There’s big money to be made – if you can get around the prison time.

Noticed this week how New Zealand Deploys Spy Agency as Hackers Hit Stock Market.  Here, we just call those people The Fed, lol.

Even so, hackers are “in it to win it” – Fortnite Hackers Earn $1 Million A Year—Stealing Your Skins, reported Forbes.

Sheesh.  Fores showed restraint not mentioning “for skins” directly.  We’re way too deep in puns around here to have missed that one.

Late Labor Day

We are more than slightly disappointed that Labor Day is coming so late this year.  We were all set for a three-day weekend this weekend.  But, no such luck.  Another week to go.

Weather in this part of Texas seems to know when Labor Day is.  The first forecast day with a high of less than 90F isn’t expected this year until Labor Day itself – a week from Monday.  That’s when East Texians will emerge from hell with a chilly high of 87 and a low of 68 with is just about ideal after you’ve become acclimated to sweat all summer.

Unless you happen to have DNA like mine.  Then, a high of 72 and a low of 55  would be closer to right.

Done enough sweating for the year.  Which (blissfully) gets to the point: People don’t keep track of their “first sweat day” of the year, or last one, either.  Instead, we “pin a number on it” (in degrees F) and run with that.  An oddity of human behavior.

Sweat Days here tend to a window from May 15 to September 7-10.  Genuine suffering days run from mid June to… well, we have a heat warning out again today.

Scoping the Week Ahead

There’s not much other than a minor Dallas Fed number due out Monday.  Hardly worth going to work.  Tuesday sees a PMI (purchasing managers) number.  Equally non-riveting. Wednesday, though excitement as the ADP job numbers show up.  The Challenger job cuts Thursday and the “officious”  employment numbers Friday.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see a short, sharp drop in the markets Monday or Tuesday.  You’ll often see a “squaring up day” at month end, though I’ve never figured how to pick it in advance.  We’ll check in the morning when the futures light up.

When the fever of all this paper-stuffing is over, the break to the downside could be tremendous.  If it doesn’t happen, it’s more points on  the board for Trump.

Winter Garden

While it’s cool this morning (like 79 is cool?)  we’ll be getting seed set for the winter garden. 

The summer garden went in too late this year.  And if we had to survive on what actually came out of the garden, we’d have gone Donner Party, for sure.

Picking the day to get the seeds started is difficult, at best.  The idea is things germinate well at an average temp around 85F, or so, but when you stick the young plants in dirt, the ideal is about 10-degrees cooler than best germination rate temps.

My thinking is if we set the seeds this morning, we should have something to set out the week after Labor Day and that’s when we’re back into the cooler weather.  (Plans are always perfect.  Results are not.)

Damn “summer squash” plants set all kinds of flowers, but too hot to fruit.  Got plans to put out a good-sized field (100X200?) of wild flowers next spring.  Can’t have too many bees, after all.

Article in the Seattle Times this weekend was well-timed: Plant a garden to attract bees and butterflies, and save the Earth while you’re at it.

Seed Reading

Our attempt last year to get sunflowers to come up in abundance was a train wreck, too.  The germination rate was zero.  Even though planted in late winter.

This time, the seeds will be going in next month.  Like the experienced growers suggest.

Working Mail Box

The garbage truck smashing the mailboxes  Thursday turns out may be the Universe helping with the gardening.

Since the old mailbox is black – and the new one arriving in a week from Amazoon is white – we should be able to keep arriving seeds from being fresh-roasted.

Back to our endlessly repeated advice:  If you order seeds, make sure they travel only when the weather is 80F or under.  Because even at 80F when placed in a mailbox, you’re dancing with disaster.  (Or salt and consider them roasted…)

We’ll be ordering seeds for next spring about November or December.

Fool me twice…you know.

OK, enough avoiding sweating again.  Up a ladder for a quick project and then up to the garden.  Knock on wood the auto-updates and hackers take Sundays off.  We working folks don’t…

Write when you get rich,

George@Ure.net