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Empire State Plaza Last Night (photos)

I braved the rain and cold last night to check out the lights on the Corning Tower.



Posted by yourmovemonkey | Mon Apr 27, 2020, 08:58 PM (20 replies)

New York robot maker will produce up to 100 ventilators per day as coronavirus spreads

Source: Albany Business Review

Precision Valve & Automation in Colonie is ready to make up to 100 emergency ventilators a day to assist patients suffering from the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases in New York swells to more than 25,000.

Chief executive Tony Hynes, whose company has spent 28 years building robots used to manufacture automobile dashboard screens, artificial hips and military weapons, is racing to resolve a shortage of 30,000 ventilators in New York state.

"When we heard the governor ask businesses to be creative and help, we took that as our marching orders," Hynes said. "We can build anything and make it work."

Late last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked companies for assistance making gowns, gloves, masks, beds and ventilators. Then, Cuomo pleaded with the federal government Tuesday asking for 20,000 ventilators in the next 14 days. They are desperately needed, he said, to help patients as the number of cases in New York continues to double every three days.

"If we don't have ventilators in 14 days, it does us no good," Cuomo said.

Read more: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2020/03/24/pva-ready-to-produce-ventilators-for-new-york.html?fbclid=IwAR3PCys3PRuRsJsBsfswFBaQ22sSiAAfruWAAPz1GYGMjR3JEHQ9D4B_kHA

This is where I work. I knew the engineers were trying to do something, but I didn't know they had succeeded in a prototype. Normally, we make industrial robots. I'm a CNC programmer/machinist there.
Posted by yourmovemonkey | Tue Mar 24, 2020, 04:42 PM (37 replies)

Isaac Smith Cemetery

I think this is my first post in the photography group. I'm just a hobbyist, but I really do enjoy seeing the work of the talented people here. I took these on Sunday at the family cemetery near our farm. Some nice autumn colors, and an October mood. I used a Canon T4i with a Sigma 50mm/F1.4

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Zadock is my 3G-grandfather.

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The original Isaac on the left (1743-1824), and his son (1768-1851)

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A nephew of the original Isaac, and the subject of a short story published around 1840.

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More pretty fall colors.

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Posted by yourmovemonkey | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 09:40 PM (13 replies)

Napping in the flower bed

My new friend, who showed up on my back deck about 7 weeks ago. He's getting his first trip to vet on Thursday because I think he's decided I'm a keeper. He usually spends the afternoon in a chair that I put a pad on for him, but I guess he wanted some shade last weekend.

He helped me through a really difficult time. So, I hope we're going to be friends for a while now.

Posted by yourmovemonkey | Sun Jun 29, 2014, 01:28 AM (14 replies)

Homepage layout problem

I use Firefox to read DU, and I have the NoScript add-on. I ran CCleaner today, which clears my cache and gets rid of garbage that builds up on my computer. Now when I view the DU homepage everything is in a long one column string. There's no more videos on the right hand side, etc.

Every other site I visit looks the same as it always did after I log in. Anybody know what I did, and how I can correct it? Thanks in advance for any advice.
Posted by yourmovemonkey | Sat Jun 21, 2014, 10:39 PM (5 replies)

Christians for Michelle Bachmann FB page

Has anyone else seen this? Quite a hoot. Sorry if it's something I'm late to the party on.


Posted by yourmovemonkey | Sat May 31, 2014, 06:37 PM (3 replies)

My Father's Cousin (WWII Vet) Turned 100

The family had a party for him at the assisted living facility where he is living. Everyone showed up to congratulate him. Harold's still sharp as a tack, and had a wonderful time.

I wanted to share some photos because the highlight of the day was when he received a congratulatory letter from the President. He's also supposed to have the flag that flew over the Capitol yesterday delivered to him. Harold commanded a platoon in Italy in 1944. He's a really fantastic guy.




Posted by yourmovemonkey | Sun Dec 29, 2013, 10:37 PM (3 replies)

Discussion I'm having on FB. Can someone with knowlege about the ACA help me out?

A good friend of mine's wife just posted this on FB. They recently moved from NY to PA. She opened up a little craft and art shop last month. Lot's of people dissing the ACA in her discussion. I could use some ammunition.

Her post:
"Well, folks....(my shop) will most likely be shutting it's doors soon (after just opening in November). I don't qualify for health coverage through the "Affordable" Care Act - one must earn $11,460 to qualify and I don't, and won't for a while yet. (my husband)'s new job (and all the ones he looked at) are only providing affordable heath insurance for the individual employee. If you want two person or family coverage it's $1300 per month. Yes, you heard me correctly, $1300 per month. I also have to say that my experience with the government website, the customer service reps, and the information provided to me has been a nightmare. From information not being able to be accessed, to reps who don't seem to know what they are doing, to calls not returned, I have been more than frustrated. Only to be told this in the end...If you don't qualify for Medicaid (I don't, I won't), and you don't qualify for the "Marketplace" (I don't make enough), then please visit your local clinic for your healthcare needs. So, for all the imagined people this "act" was supposed to help, there are real people like me who are without health insurance for the first time in their lives. So, I will now search for work that will make the government happy if I want to qualify for something we can afford. The customer service rep told me my dream shop just "sounded like a hobby anyway". I bet he has health insurance."

I asked her a few questions, and this was her response to me:
"we would have purchased healthcare for me through husband's new job.( I've always had it through my own employment, or his.) That was until we found out that all the employers he was looking at made huge changes to how they cover their employee's dependents. They will cover individual employees, but they pass along the much higher rates for family coverage. That's when I started looking at the ACA. If I have to purchase it privately, not through the Marketplace, it will cost $800 to $1,000 per month just for me, unless I choose a plan with a very high deductible, like a $6000 deductible. Then it would be around $500 per month. So, the very least it will cost for us both to be covered is around $800 per month, and the most would be $1300 per month. I don't know about you, but I think that's a lot of money! I've been working for most of my life, and health insurance was always doable through employers - until now. The only thing that I know of that has changed is The "Affordable" Care act. You think maybe they should have read what was in it, and thought about how it would affect the working class who work for private employers?"

Anything I can tell her? Any advice? I've always had my health insurance through my work, so I don't have any idea what it would be like to get it on my own.
Posted by yourmovemonkey | Wed Dec 4, 2013, 09:19 PM (46 replies)

OK... Hello

I've been lurking here for many years, but only felt compelled to sign up a few weeks ago. I don't expect to post much. I'm much more comfortable reading everyone else's comments. There are some really knowledgeable people here, and I'm always more interested in learning.

I grew up on a dairy farm in upstate NY, and I work in manufacturing now. Also played in a band back in the 90s that no one has heard of.

Here's a photo from a recent trip I took. That's all I've got to introduce myself.

Posted by yourmovemonkey | Mon Sep 2, 2013, 02:15 AM (6 replies)
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