I had an actual Lowe’s Customer Service Associate tell me today, on a recorded line, that they are having a LOT of problems with XPO. That did not come as a surprise. I had already found that out — the very hard way.
Totally bloody scam. They tell you that it is ON THE TRUCK for delivery, but they never turn up.
I got 3 automated calls saying that the delivery will be that day, between 4pm & 8pm. The 8pm part made me suspicious.
This is a SCAM. Lowe’s is complicit.
The Lowe’s Associate, who was sympathetic to my plight, told me how I might be able to beat the system. We are going to try it at 7am tomorrow. Yes, Sunday. I will let you know.
Not of interest to I. I don’t like hardcover. Harder, because of their weight, to read — & the added cost, just for a hardcover, does not make sense. Yes, it has cachet, status — but I do not see the point.
From what I can deduce we had to use hardcovers because books were bound with stitching. There were actual book binders. My adoptive father’s younger brother was that — a book binder.
But, then with better glue we were able to have durable paperbacks that did not fall apart when being read.
I am cool with just sticking with paperbacks. But, as you can see from the above image there are those that do want hardcover. So, they will be pleased.
KDP also now offers ‘Vella‘ — serialized books. I need to look into that. I might be able to use that.
The current supercomputer array at NOAA. Image supplied by NOAA.gov.
I have beenmeaning to share this new with you for weeks. The new supercomputers are not in production use as of now. The software is being ported over & there will be months of testing. The plan is for them to go into production forecasting in mid-2022.
That they went with Cray is understandable. They have been using Cray, a pioneer in supercomputers (if not ‘the pioneer’), since the 1970s. Their forecasting software is designed for Cray. I would assume that it would take considerable reprogramming to port it, optimized, for a different make of supercomputer.