Friday, May 21, 2021

Cancel Culture on Both Sides


One does not simply eradicate intolerance with more intolerance

As we watch the GOP try to "cancel" anyone who isn't 100% on board with "Trump's Big Lie" it might be a good time to reflect on just how intolerant some on the Left have become. It’s quite tiresome to see the same script play out over and over again on social media over some real or imagined injustice that also attracts a lot of comment. There are always a few who feel the need to attack others.

Typically, it's not even what someone actually said that bothers the keyboard warriors so much. It's what  they think was meant, because they "interpret" what was actually said in order to shoehorn it into their agenda. 

They decide you are the enemy and they are quick to attack with wild accusations about your motives or moral failings. Their wrong perceptions are often motivated by irrational fear and distrust, which causes them to lash out in anger and resort to childish name-calling, often with exhortations to “sit down and shut up.”

Often one sees the hypocrisy of those who are quick to react to some real or imagined bigotry they've mined out of someone's innocent comment, by attacking them for their sex, age or the way they look. 

Making an ill-advised remark online can also result in real-life retribution, but if you have the misfortune to be video recorded doing or saying something stupid in the real world and it gets posted online, the woke mob can come after you with a vengeance.

The "Cancel Culture" actions of the woke mob have been a gold mine for Right-Wing propagandists. Many people are so fearful of the Left that they voted for a demagogue and con man and they still support him after he was impeached twice, once for inspiring a mob to attack Congress in an attempt to overturn an election.  There’s nothing scarier to a lot of average Americans than the thought that one moment of gross stupidity (aka speaking one's mind) can cost them everything, and it will live forever on the internet. 

I can imaging many people nodding their heads and saying, "That's what they deserve." Yeah well, those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. No one is perfect, all the time. It's impossible. Those who are so quick to judge others may well find themselves in the same predicament some day.

Cancel culture has gone too far. It harms civil discourse and debate, and leads to a climate of fear and self-censorship in which people are afraid to speak or explore ideas at all. This sort of intolerance and vindictiveness will not make a better tomorrow for anyone.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

How to repair a polycarbonate roof on a Gazebo


 repaired polycarbonate roof on a Gazebo

Repaired polycarbonate roof on a Gazebo

Damage to twin-wall polycarbonate roof on a Gazebo

Damage to twin-wall polycarbonate roof on a Gazebo

The roof on our Gazebo was covered with small holes and quite a few cracks. I searched the internet in vain for instructions on how to repair the panels and finally decided to come up with my own repair. I have no idea how long this will last, but at least it's repairable, if necessary. And of course it will be probably necessary again at some point. 

List of materials:

Gorilla Black Duct Tape, 1.88"

Gorilla Crystal Clear Duct Tape, 1.88”

White, water-based primer

5 Gal Liquid Rubber Color Waterproof Sealant 

Total cost approximately $325

Step 1

Clean the panels with soap and water, dry and then clean again with alcohol 

Clean the polycarbonite panels

 Step 2

 Tape the panels with clear duct tape

Tape the panels with clear duct tape

I used clear duct tape because I didn't want to block all the light coming through the panels

Step 3

Tape the joints with black duct tape


Tape the joints with black duct tape

You'll note that I completely covered the lower panels while only doing spot repairs on the upper panels -- mainly because I couldn't reach far enough and most of the damage was on the lower panels anyway.


After taping with clear and black Gorilla Tape

Step 4

Apply Primer


Applying Primer

Step 5

Apply Many Thin Coats of Liquid Rubber

Applying Liquid Rubber

You have to put on thin coats and then wait 8-10 hours between each coat for it to cure. It would have been a lot easier to spray on the Liquid Rubber, but that requires a heavy-duty paint sprayer. How many coats of Liquid Rubber are enough? Well, that depends on a lot of things; like do you get a lot of hail, how much you want to spend on Liquid Rubber, or how much time you want to spend doing this. I put on about 10 coats already and I may put on a few more while the roof is still clean. More coats should equal a longer life and fewer repairs. 

Gazebo Polycarbonate (lexan) Repair Kit

If you are wondering why I didn't just replace the polycarbonate panels, this is why. $376.44 for just one side and you'd need four of these kits for a total cost of over $1,500.

Update 5/4/2023


repaired Poly roof after three years

This is what the repair looks like after three years and without any cleaning. It is completely intact and there are no signs of deterioration.


Friday, May 7, 2021

Funny Vintage Ads (52)


 Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.

Addis Wedding Set
 How to insure the honeymoon is over before you even carry her across the threshold.
I wear dentures and smoke
Hey genius. Smoking is what cost you your teeth.
Figure-Aid Slim-Mint

 Figure-Aid and Slim-Mints contained lots of caffeine and little else.
Giant 10-foot Inflatable Boa Constrictor
"This is my emotional support animal."
Thunderbird - Join the Revolution
Millions of winos can't be wrong.
Mum - Dates Depend on Daintiness
"Don't be the girl men never date twice!"
Hunt's Remedy
Grocer William E. Clarke of Providence, Rhode Island produced and marketed “Hunt’s Remedy” in 1850. Its main ingredient was dogbane (Apocynum cannabium), a traditional Native American treatment for dropsy (fluid retention).
Quaker Oats - The Energy Food
 "All normal people love it."
Perfection Oil Heaters
The Perfection Stove Company was started in 1888 by Henry Parsons Crowell.

By 1918, over 5 million Perfection Oil Heaters were in use in American homes. 
Florida Orange Juice
"'s Vitamin C!"
Sharp Calculator $345
It's hard to believe that at one time $345 seemed like a bargain for a simple electronic calculator that could only add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Mary Scott Rowland - Adipo Malene
Mary Scott Rowland went into business in 1887, as a ‘complexion restorer’. She made a small fortune giving facial massages to the wives of wealthy Manhattanites.
Twink is here!
"Twink is here!"
In 1956, "twink" didn't seem quite so gay. 
South Africa ... Land of Contrasts
"South Africa ... Land of Contrasts"
That's right. There's a tiny minority of rich white Europeans who stole the land, in charge of millions of poor black folks who dress in colorful native costumes and sell trinkets by the roadside.
Hormel Chicken in a Can
 "It's's's in a new can!"
Well, two out of three ain't bad and the empty container can be used as an emergency barf bag.
Corvair engine in the rear
The Corvair was a compact car manufactured by Chevrolet for model years 1960–1969. The rear engine placement in the Corvair caused a weight imbalance that resulted in poor handling and a book by consumer advocate Ralph Nader called "Unsafe at Any Speed."
Thompson Products - build a car that drives itself
Industry has been promising us self-driving cars since the 1940s. Tesla has come the closest, but their cars are still crashing...when they're not catching fire.
Palmolive - Husbands stay lovers
If you want your husband to ever touch you again, you'd better wash with Palmolive!
New Home Vacuum Cleaner
 The "New Home Vacuum Cleaner" will clean your carpets, but only if you pump it constantly like a bellows.

Kreml -- Don't be a poor fish
The bottom picture looks like he is still using axle grease
Robot Television Bomber
In 1940, they thought an unmanned bomber would cost about $10,000. In 2021, each new Reaper drone costs $32 million.
If Russia Should Win
A recurring theme in war propaganda uses the potential victimization of women by the enemy as a recruitment tool. It evokes a primal, outraged and disgusted reaction, and stifles dissent.
Be proud of your bust
Targeting women's insecurities about their looks has been a staple of advertising since the dawn of the industrial age. 
Cream of Wheat - Be Kind to Husbands
Li'l Abner thinks the best thing about being married to Daisy Mae is the Cream of Wheat?
RCA Radiola Regenoflex
Gramps is not so sure about that.
The first radio receivers to carry the RCA brand name were the Radiola models. The Radiola Regenoflex was a four-tube radio made in the mid 1920’s. 
Log Cabin Syrup

Log Cabin syrup was invented in Minnesota in 1887, by grocer Patrick James Towle. Towle patented the first log cabin shaped metal tin used used for his maple syrup in 1897. Today, Log Cabin brags that their products contain no high-fructose corn syrup, but they also don't contain any actual maple syrup.
Wards Video World of Sports
The game console, Video World of Sports was released in 1977 by Montgomery-Ward and featured 3 Pong games: Tennis, Hockey & Handball.
Junoform Elastic Bust Reducer
Smashing your breasts against your chest will make them seem smaller, but it can also damage the ligaments that support breast tissues. 
Greyhound's Your Best Buy in Travel
"10 miles...or 10,000 miles..."
Imagine traveling 10,000 miles on a bus!
The Darvis 3-wheel Divan Sedan
The Davis Divan is a three-wheeled convertible designed by the Davis Motorcar Company in 1947. Several prototypes were built, but due to financial irregularities Davis was convicted of fraud and grand theft, and sentenced to two years at a “work farm” labor camp.