The Unpresidential Debate

There is much one can say about last night’s presidential debate. I will go with this short series of quotes from the New York Times Dealbook.

What to make of last night’s chaotic presidential debate? The Times’s Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns called it an “ugly melee,” CNN’s Jake Tapper dubbed it “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck” and The Washington Post’s Dan Balz described it as “an insult to the public.”

House Wiring Project

My house is probably 25 years old. It was wired with CAT5 but it was only used for old fashioned POTS two wire telephone. All the jacks around the house (9 of them) are RJ11 telephone plugs. The wires all meet up in the garage at a patch panel near where the old phone service and DSL came in.

This week I removed the old patch panel, pulled all the wires up into the attic and put ethernet connectors on them. Then I went around to all the jacks in the house and replaced them with ethernet connections. Making those plugs was tricky and took lots of re-work (I estimate a third to half of the ones I did were bad). Pushed them through the wall in the attic into my office and made this slick little recessed patch panel. Gonna buy a 16 port switch and put wired ethernet thought the house. There is even a connection outside on the back patio. That stray coax cable is for my Spectrum cable modem.

Leadership Matters

i like to check out the foreign press. Sometimes it gives a better perspective on what is happening in the US than just domestic news sources. Sometimes a story about events in another country holds up a mirror to what is going on closer to home. A story about Covid-19 in Spain, translated from Spanish but printed in the (domestic) New York Times.