Daily Tech News 17 January 2022

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  • The other server was down for a few hours overnight my time. I blame volcanic activity in the server room. Or possibly the server burped at 2AM and when I fixed it I forgot to restart the cache service and then it filled all its RAM with Sendmail instances trying to notify me of this failure.

    Sigh.


  • The main internet link to Tonga went down for a very good reason - it got blown up by a volcano. (ZDNet)

    The country's satellite links are also being blocked by the volcanic ash cloud meaning that communication with the rest of the world currently consists of SPEAKING VERY LOUDLY.

    Australia and New Zealand sent survey planes today to assess the damage and work out the best way to deliver aid - particularly tricky given that the volcano is still active. The first relief flight out of Australia is planned for tomorrow.


Tech News

  • Businesses have started to notice that Democrats are not their friends. (Inside Track)

    The Big Tech of the 19th century has just now noticed that socialism has failed every time it was tried:
    "Criminals are caught and arrested, turned over to local authorities for booking, arraigned before the local courts, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense, and the criminal is released after paying a nominal fine," said the letter. "These individuals are generally caught and released back onto the streets in less than 24 hours. Even with all the arrests made, the no-cash bail policy and extended timeframe for suspects to appear in court is causing re-victimization to Union Pacific by these same criminals."
    At some point, when a person or a state is utterly determined to self-destruct, you have to be prepared to walk away.


  • Don't buy Lenovo PCs. (Serve the Home)

    This isn't an issue with laptops or tablets, but on their servers, workstations, and desktops, they are locking the CPUs so that they can't be used in anything but Lenovo hardware.

    Someone should sue them under California law for creating avoidable e-waste.


  • NPM dependency hell link of the day. (Bleeping Computer)

    If you're using Node.js in the first place, you deserve this.


  • Emulating the Sega Genesis. (Jabberywocky)

    This is the sort of thing we should be doing more of, and less of all the other nonsense.


  • Nvidia's RTX 3090 Ti could cost between $3500 and $4500 if you can find one at all. (WCCFTech)

    And we complained when the 3090 was originally priced at $1499.



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1 howdy

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 04:00 AM (PfCJx)

2 G'day m!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 17, 2022 04:01 AM (MqQvv)

3 Said many times saw The Wall performed live in London in 1980

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:02 AM (2JoB8)

4 >>>At some point, when a person or a state is utterly determined to self-destruct, you have to be prepared to walk away.

I guess?

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 04:04 AM (PfCJx)

5 https://tinyurl.com/y6m9txvv
20 Tweets from Bad Blue

Was up yesterday late afternoon but the airline pilot video is sad.

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:04 AM (2JoB8)

6 Did you get snow, Skip?

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at January 17, 2022 04:11 AM (P/5V1)

7 Morning, early risers and Pixy.

Not sure if I'm up for good. Got up to change t-shirt.
Damn night sweats.

Posted by: olddog in mo at January 17, 2022 04:13 AM (ju2Fy)

8 Even worse than snow, about inch of snow then rained, it's a mess out there. 2am winds were howling for a hour, that calmed down after 3am.

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:13 AM (2JoB8)

9 Oh boy, that is worse. You maybe have off work for MLK day at least?

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at January 17, 2022 04:14 AM (P/5V1)

10
You know, I can get off on crazy tangents. One I'm on now is time syncing. Playing around with that, I discovered that Windows is piss poor at time syncing by default. Clock can get over 1 sec out of whack. Most linux systems, by default are much better.

But you can make Windows much better (with Windows 10 and Server 2016 or better, I think -- I don't think Win 7 could do it, but I may be wrong) by messing around with various arcane settings. I read up on that. You can make Windows use multiple NTP sources, which I did (have to use command line/registry to do it, GUI interface doesn't let you).

So, I've got Windows 10 on this machine keeping time synced to within 30 ms of UTC(NIST) now. I could do better than that, but I'd have to bother the NIST and other Stratum 1 servers too much for that.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 04:16 AM (Mzdiz)

11 5 https://tinyurl.com/y6m9txvv
20 Tweets from Bad Blue

the airline pilot video is sad
Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:04 AM

It really is.

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 04:17 AM (PfCJx)

12 More steak tartare? No. Thank you. Please. I'm stuffed. I couldn't eat another bite.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at January 17, 2022 04:18 AM (6liew)

13 My cat Lucky (the one here at home) is acting odd. Not wanting to eat. Unusual behavior for him. Also acting like he doesn't know that I am his favorite human.

Worrisome.

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at January 17, 2022 04:19 AM (P/5V1)

14 Steak tartare. Some around here call those cannibal sandwiches

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at January 17, 2022 04:21 AM (P/5V1)

15 Will go out and see conditions soon.

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:21 AM (2JoB8)

16 Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:13 AM (2JoB

It's still roaring here.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 17, 2022 04:22 AM (Q9lwr)

17 We really lucked out here in the Chicago area.. storm just bypassed us and went south.. We got a light dusting.. Not enough to bother shoveleing.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 17, 2022 04:35 AM (CjFDo)

18 I was late to your 'after covid report', CBD. Glad to hear you are on the mend

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at January 17, 2022 04:37 AM (P/5V1)

19 I have to admit the Tonga stuff hasn't really been on the intertubes a lot. The satellite image looks impressive but it doesn't really give you the scale of the eruption.

Posted by: Defenestratus at January 17, 2022 04:39 AM (vQXMo)

20 CBD winds must have gone sw to ne

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:43 AM (2JoB8)

21 It's still roaring here.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 17, 2022 04:22 AM (Q9lwr)

Just started up here in Maine.

Weather station says gusts of 32mph... so far. Supposed to get double that apparently.

Posted by: Defenestratus at January 17, 2022 04:44 AM (vQXMo)

22
We all love Mexican Weather Girls. However, Chile is hot on their heels in best weather girls:

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=wJGjNzrM-pU

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 04:56 AM (Mzdiz)

23 publius it is summer there

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:59 AM (2JoB8)

24
Pixy -
The 'ette named Jewels/Julie that you unblocked esty dot com for was overjoyed yesterday. The only problem is that my wife saw her jewelry and was hinting that she saw something she liked, so it's probably going to cost me.

But thanks again.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 05:03 AM (dQvv7)

25
I watched a replay of Trumps rally on Newsmax last night. For just about an hour and a half he went non-stop on all the issues. Didn't mention vaccines, which I thought was good. But a comparison of the energy of that guy vs Slo Joe?

No fvcking contest.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 05:13 AM (dQvv7)

26 hiya

Posted by: JT at January 17, 2022 05:13 AM (arJlL)

27 Fairly warm, above freezing. Drive is slush but slick

Posted by: Skip's Phone at January 17, 2022 05:17 AM (2JoB8)

28
g'mornin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 17, 2022 05:20 AM (DUIap)

29 Deck thermometer says 38 degrees

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 05:21 AM (2JoB8)

30 Rally video is at maybe CT

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 05:22 AM (2JoB8)

31 We're I'm going can be all highway until last road mile.

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 05:26 AM (2JoB8)

32 Aww, that's 3 in a row

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 05:26 AM (2JoB8)

33
Biden's repeated promise to "shut down the virus" hit a grim milestone in my county yesterday as new cases hit an all-time high. Just about 10X the rate of this time last year.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 05:28 AM (dQvv7)

34
If you haven't been following UK politics, BoJo and the Tories are in Deep Shit. Labour is leading them by 10 points in the polls.

The main driver for this is Covid hypocrisy. It has emerged, as the Brits say, that BoJo and his crew have been holding big parties all through the pandemic, while imposing strict lockdowns and shit on the peasants.

The elites knew all this containment was shit. They didn't follow the rules themselves.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 05:32 AM (Mzdiz)

35 CBD, did you get loss of smell?

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 05:35 AM (yY8d6)

36 32 Aww, that's 3 in a row
Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 05:26 AM

That was FOUR in a row, Skip!

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 05:36 AM (yY8d6)

37
I know it's not the cooking thread but I got a 24 ounce bottle of cold-pressed hemp oil recently because it's supposed to retard the corona. I used an eyedropper to put some on some crackers with my cheese, and the wife put some on her salad. We both agreed it's not a bad taste but at 120 calories per teaspoon not exactly the best thing for Gainzzz.

Not exactly cheap compared to olive oil, but just a temporary thing until herd immunity - at this rate of infection, should be by spring.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 05:37 AM (dQvv7)

38 Well, tried going back to sleep but was unsuccessful.

Morning, 'rons and 'ettes.

Posted by: olddog in mo at January 17, 2022 05:37 AM (ju2Fy)

39 Heading out, lots of time to get there.

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 05:37 AM (2JoB8)

40 We're I'm going can be all highway until last road mile.
Posted by: Skip

You gotta work today ?

Posted by: JT at January 17, 2022 05:38 AM (arJlL)

41
Heading out, lots of time to get there.

Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 05:37 AM


travel safe, Skip

remember: the easiest way to be late is to have plenty of time

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 17, 2022 05:39 AM (DUIap)

42 I'm still trying scotch to ward off Covid

Posted by: Skip's Phone at January 17, 2022 05:39 AM (2JoB8)

43 Had light dusting of snow. Not enough to cover the deck. 34 now and clear with high of 42 today.

Posted by: olddog in mo at January 17, 2022 05:40 AM (ju2Fy)

44 37 We both agreed it's not a bad taste but at 120 calories per teaspoon not exactly the best thing for Gainzzz. . . . Not exactly cheap compared to olive oil
Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 05:37 AM (dQvv7)

Not exactly a high recommendation!

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 05:42 AM (yY8d6)

45
Not exactly a high recommendation!

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 05:42 AM


ISWYDT. Yeah, at best it was a token endorsement.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 05:45 AM (dQvv7)

46 34 It has emerged, as the Brits say, that BoJo and his crew have been holding big parties all through the pandemic, while imposing strict lockdowns and shit on the peasants.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 05:32 AM (Mzdiz)

This is such a gift to us.

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 05:48 AM (yY8d6)

47
Boris was in the hospital for (iirc) about two weeks with the covid early on so he should have immunity. I give him a pass, but he coulda been a little more discreet and not gotten caught.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 05:51 AM (dQvv7)

48 Good morning all. It is 23 degrees, 3 or so inches of white stuff and a Level 2 Snow Emergency.

I am staying home. Texted boss last night I might be.

The weather goof on TV said to stay off the roads! I'm cooperating!

Posted by: Rosasharn at January 17, 2022 05:56 AM (PzBTm)

49 Good Morning olddog and Alton Jackson.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 17, 2022 05:57 AM (Z6ztP)

50 hey y'all. No snow in the Great Dismal Swamp. Freezing rain and very high winds again for us. yay!

Last time we broke six power poles along the access road. Did not lose power.

The power cables they use around here remind me of old movies of the Trans Atlantic cable being laid.

Poles break? The cable just falls to the ground and keeps working.

Posted by: Big V Caffeinated at January 17, 2022 05:57 AM (Adlwz)

51
g'mornin', Ben Had

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 17, 2022 05:58 AM (DUIap)

52 Good morning!

Let's smile & be happy & strike fear in the hearts of killjoy leftists everywhere.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:02 AM (u82oZ)

53
Poles break? The cable just falls to the ground and keeps working.

Posted by: Big V Caffeinated at January 17, 2022 05:57 AM


For real? Are the wires insulated? Around here they aren't. Wires (bare) come down, ground out, and set shit on fire.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 06:02 AM (dQvv7)

54 All around the world, the self-designated 'elites' behave as if COVID-19 Wuhan and the rules do not apply to them. Ivermectin use on the Hill, private parties without masks, cheating on spouses with no social distancing, etc., while telling us to be good serfs.

It is a tell.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:05 AM (u82oZ)

55
There was frost on the car this morning. Frost!

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 06:06 AM (/U27+)

56
Around here, standard distribution voltage is 12470Y/7200V. 7200V to ground. There have been a few instances where the wires have actually hit the ground, but not enough ground current flowed to trip anything. Some brush fires were set by that.

All this depends on a myriad of factors. Most of the time, when lines go down, there will be a big fault that trips them out. But sometimes, when conditions are just right, it can keep on trucking. But arcing and sparking on the ground can indeed set fires.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:07 AM (Mzdiz)

57 Morning!

After 2 weeks of the Kovid Krud 6.5, I'm feeling more like I usually do. The first week was pretty lousy. The second was mainly a dry cough and sinus plugging. And just plain feeling off.

Posted by: Bruce at January 17, 2022 06:07 AM (vd8XM)

58 Ben Had

♬ ♩ ♪ ♫ Good morning! ♩ ♫ ♬ ♪

🥃

One drink only. Because those 4 husky guys with oiled torsos and bike shorts carrying the sedan chair to the outdoor washing emporium do not want to lose you.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:07 AM (u82oZ)

59 Hadrian - there was frost on our windshields too - about 4 inches thick...

Posted by: Rosasharn at January 17, 2022 06:08 AM (PzBTm)

60 Bruce

Huzzah!

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:08 AM (u82oZ)

61
Around here, Duke got to using "covered" lines in some problem areas. "Covered" means a layer of insulating material, but not rated as proper insulation at the voltage level. It was basically ASCR with a layer on the outside. Again, not insulation, just "covering".

It helped some with a lot of foliage nearby.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:09 AM (Mzdiz)

62 Got most of way to job and had to turn around, backtrack 1/2 distance to another job.
Roads are ok, raining again

Posted by: Skip's Phone at January 17, 2022 06:11 AM (byGrt)

63 Will Tonga be forced to pay a Globull Warming tax on the "Carbons" that their volcano is spewing into the atmosphere?

Posted by: Bruce at January 17, 2022 06:11 AM (vd8XM)

64 Rosasharn!!

*takes ibuprofen*

** Does complete Happy Dance to Vince Guaraldi themes **

Stops to say " Good morning! "

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:11 AM (u82oZ)

65
Erratum: that's ACSR, aluminum conductor, steel reinforced. I mix that up all the time.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:12 AM (Mzdiz)

66
The head fiduciary dude from the Social Security Administration gives an annual report about this time every year about the state of SS funding. Could be interesting if the insolvency date gets pushed back. Then again, with all these millions dropping out of the workforce it could go the other way, too.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 06:12 AM (dQvv7)

67 ** Does complete Happy Dance to Vince Guaraldi themes **


Ha!

Posted by: Bruce at January 17, 2022 06:12 AM (vd8XM)

68 63 Will Tonga be forced to pay a Globull Warming tax on the "Carbons" that their volcano is spewing into the atmosphere?
Posted by: Bruce

Volcanic eruptions tend to cause short-term cooling, so they should charge the warmenists $50 billion for services rendered.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 17, 2022 06:15 AM (MqQvv)

69 Bruce

The behavior of the Sun is quite puzzling. I should be a weaker solar cycle that the last, for three weaker cycles in a row.

But the Sun is quite active. However, if solar output ends up lower and because of dust in the upper atmosphere, we will need all the global warming gas we can get in the atmosphere.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:15 AM (u82oZ)

70 Salty!

*curtsies* *spins*

*walks back to chair, sits down, drinks more coffee*

Posted by: Rosasharn at January 17, 2022 06:15 AM (PzBTm)

71
Being as today is MLK day, I wonder if at some event today Joe is going to 'remember' his march to Selma right alongside of MLK?

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 06:16 AM (dQvv7)

72 But the Sun is quite active. However, if solar output ends up lower and because of dust in the upper atmosphere, we will need all the global warming gas we can get in the atmosphere.
Posted by: NaCly Dog

I will turn the heat up in the house and start driving for no reasons.
I'm on it!

Posted by: Bruce at January 17, 2022 06:17 AM (vd8XM)

73 publius, Rascally Rapscallion

Please give my best to Her Grace, Duchess of the Carolinas.

Thanks for keeping a pulse on real data. Much appreciated.

The Woke are clinically detached from objective reality. But if they all self-destruct, we will be caught in the shock waves.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:17 AM (u82oZ)

74 Mornin', folk,

Actually slept well last night. Something about going to bed at 10 seems to help. But I can't get up this late during the work week, not and get everything done before work. Dammit.

Chekov the Ailing Codger Cat is here, chirping a little at me ("Where's breakfast???") and limping across the floor to check if his bowl suddenly is filled. He seems a bit more alert and is moving a bit more easily this morning. He should. He spent most of yesterday afternoon in his warm pet bed.

Today is like Sunday: I have chores to do, and Miss Linda and I are going to visit Walmart. I hope it won't be too crowded. I know it's a work day for a lot of people. But a lot of my fellow "citizens" don't work at all and can go to WM any time they please; which is why I like to shop early. Ah, well, I can get a short nap this pm. You?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 06:18 AM (c6xtn)

75
On yeah, I'm sure Brandon was right there with MLK when died, holding him in his arms as bled all over him.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:18 AM (Mzdiz)

76 But the Sun is quite active. However, if solar output ends up lower and because of dust in the upper atmosphere, we will need all the global warming gas we can get in the atmosphere.
Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022


***
I seem to recall reading somewhere that the sun is a mildly variable star, on the order of 3%. Maybe it gets a little more variable now and then. . . .

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 06:19 AM (c6xtn)

77 G'mornin' everyone !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 17, 2022 06:20 AM (9CuDT)

78
Up, dressed, dogs taken care of, now sitting in the Command Center at Schloss Hadrian with a double cup of coffee streaming Yamekraw, A Negro Rhapsody by James P. Johnson, destined to be #1420 (of 4800) in my classical music playlist.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 06:20 AM (/U27+)

79 >> The Woke are clinically detached from objective reality.

Mass formation psychosis. These people are truly clinically insane now. Delusional, and out of touch with reality.

And yep, the crash will be spectacular. One of the features of this mass formation is that the narrative becomes more and more absurd. It takes on the character of religious ritual. Those of us who are opposed are the Other, enemies of all that is Right and True.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:21 AM (Mzdiz)

80 Wolfus Aurelius

We had a good theory, published in 2015, that the Sun was heading to a minimum in output. It had to do with magnetic fields inside the Sun.

But the latest data at http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ products/solar-cycle-progression says otherwise.
Mind the gap.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:22 AM (u82oZ)

81 publius, Rascally Rapscallion

I agree with you conclusion.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:23 AM (u82oZ)

82
Re the Sun, and stars like here. We really don't know what kind of excursions from normal they are capable of. "History" as we know it is only 5000 years old or so. Our understanding of physics involved is only 100 years or so old, as well as our accurate observations of such stars in the galaxy.

Can a star like Mr. Sun go apeshit from time to time and do crazy things? It just might.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:27 AM (Mzdiz)

83 Is this what retirement feels like? Sitting quietly, drinking coffee, thinking about what I want to do today...?

Posted by: Rosasharn at January 17, 2022 06:29 AM (PzBTm)

84 Is this what retirement feels like? Sitting quietly, drinking coffee, thinking about what I want to do today...?
Posted by: Rosasharn

Somedays I don't do anything, but I don't usually start that until noon.

Posted by: Bruce at January 17, 2022 06:31 AM (vd8XM)

85 Whst's remarkable is how the US - who collectively spends staggering amounts of $$$ on government at the local, state, and federal level can be brought to a standstill if not total anarchy merely by a few key individuals refusing to do their jobs.

Think of all the law enforcement apparatus. State patrol. Sherrifs departments, police departments, FBI, Texas Rangers, National Guard. Even the DNR guys are duly sworn officers and can make arrests. Oh yeah - the Department Of Homeland Security and Other Important Sounding Capitalized Agencies.

The list is fucking endless. Even the Maple Syrup Commission has an MRAP and a few conex stashed with hollow point .40 cal.

Note that looting a Train - I guarantee they can find some sort of Federal justification for locking looters up. Trains are national security, infrastructure, blah blah blah. Easily.

All of the problems we face are basically unforced errors and own goals. "Can't get their from here. Our hands our tied" we are told.

Posted by: Common Tater at January 17, 2022 06:32 AM (psL96)

86
Recently, they've discovered that Sun-like stars can indeed go apeshit, sending out "Super CMEs" that would be sterilizing for life on Earth, if the Sun did it.

Not much is known. These things have been observed in very young sun-like stars, so they hope they don't happen with older stars. But no one knows for sure.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:33 AM (Mzdiz)

87
Note that looting a Train - I guarantee they can find some sort of Federal justification for locking looters up. Trains are national security, infrastructure, blah blah blah. Easily.

Secretary Pete will get to work on that when he gets back from his maternity leave.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 06:36 AM (/U27+)

88 publius, Rascally Rapscallion

ALA the Robert Heinlein short story about The Crazy Years "The Year of the Jackpot". When the Sun went Nova.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:38 AM (u82oZ)

89 Secretary Pete will get to work on that when he gets back from his maternity leave.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

Right now his nipples are sore from all the breast feeding...that the baby is doing

Posted by: Bruce at January 17, 2022 06:39 AM (vd8XM)

90 G'morning, all.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at January 17, 2022 06:40 AM (3D/fK)

91 Have a great day, everyone.

May the content of your character shine like a white flare shell floating in the sky.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:40 AM (u82oZ)

92 Can a star like Mr. Sun go apeshit from time to time and do crazy things? It just might.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022


***
See Larry Niven's short story "Inconstant Moon."

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 06:41 AM (c6xtn)

93 Village Idiot's Apprentice

Top o ta mornin to ya, gov'nor.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:41 AM (u82oZ)

94 Now got to go. Lot to do today.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:41 AM (u82oZ)

95 Publius - one of the cool things about all those really ancient sites in Egypt and elsewhere around the globe, where they carved and used granite, andesite, and diorite like we use plastics today, the ruins and remains often have scorch marks or what appear to be heat burns on them, and strangely decayed and rotted sections. Some of the speculation is mass coronal ejection (or something like that). Really bad plasma storms?

Posted by: Common Tater at January 17, 2022 06:42 AM (psL96)

96 Be safe, Salty!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at January 17, 2022 06:42 AM (3D/fK)

97
Anna mentioned something in the Book Thread yesterday about Japan's actions in WWII so I started looking up some history. They were nasty as hell toward China. Germ and biological warfare against civilian populations, razing buildings and farmland, starving populations. After the Doolittle raid on Japan they even turned it up a notch and killed off another quarter million Chinese in retaliation.

The USA had some sort of 'lend/lease' program to assist China, and with the nuking of Japan brought all the hostilities to an end. Eighty years later it's all forgotten.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 06:44 AM (dQvv7)

98 95 Posted by: Common Tater at January 17, 2022 06:42 AM (psL96)

a-l-i-e-n-s

seriously like Biden's "guests" from el border del sur

Posted by: sven at January 17, 2022 06:45 AM (Lzpvj)

99 Damn, it doesn't take long for me to come down with cabin fever. Stayed at home all weekend due to not severe, just crappy weather. Think I'll live life in the fast lane today and go to Walgreens.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at January 17, 2022 06:45 AM (lz5hY)

100 Raise your hand if you have the day off.

Now go back to bed.

Posted by: flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at January 17, 2022 06:45 AM (SH2Zi)

101 97 Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 06:44 AM (dQvv7)

Why it is almost like China has a purposefully warped understanding of history or something....

they also believe they single-handedly defeated Japan.

Posted by: sven at January 17, 2022 06:46 AM (Lzpvj)

102 86 Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:33 AM (Mzdiz)

Thus the hubris of Greta Von Bork Bork....

"we are killing nathah how dare you how dare you?"

Well no sweetie nature can flick us off its domain like a dog does fleas, the overriding goal should be for man to get to other places.

Posted by: sven at January 17, 2022 06:48 AM (Lzpvj)

103 Think I'll live life in the fast lane today and go to Walgreens

Animal!! Dude, I wanna party with you

Posted by: Common Tater at January 17, 2022 06:49 AM (psL96)

104 Hm! Chekov is definitely walking more easily, though no faster, this morning. I wonder if the Adequan injections are starting to help?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 06:50 AM (c6xtn)

105 Walgreens?

Be careful out there.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 17, 2022 06:51 AM (jYQlA)

106 Think I'll live life in the fast lane today and go to Walgreens
*
Animal!! Dude, I wanna party with you
Posted by: Common Tater at January 17, 2022


***
"They gave outrageous parties; they paid heavenly bills --"

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 06:52 AM (c6xtn)

107 A great weekend, for me, is not having to leave the house!

Yes, I'm a hermit.

Posted by: Rosasharn at January 17, 2022 06:53 AM (PzBTm)

108 103 Yeah, man. Browse the Dr. Scholl's products and pick up some Metamucil. Then rush home in time for the Price Is Right.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at January 17, 2022 06:53 AM (lz5hY)

109 Damn, it doesn't take long for me to come down with cabin fever. Stayed at home all weekend due to not severe, just crappy weather. Think I'll live life in the fast lane today and go to Walgreens.
Posted by: bill in arkansas

Ha...this is a nice description of many upper-Midwest mindsets in winter. I'm going to Aldi today and am thrilled beyond belief.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 06:53 AM (L3Rsz)

110 Walgreens?

Be careful out there.
Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 17, 2022


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In some of the neighborhoods here, you really can be taking your life in your hands going in to Walgreens . . . or Walmart, or walking along a residential street.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 06:54 AM (c6xtn)

111
There are processes in the universe that release energy of a magnitude that we can't fathom. We have no frame of reference. Make setting off all the nuclear bombs on the earth at once look like a fart in the wind.

Some of the most energetic processes know are the gamma ray bursts. Enormous energy release in a short time, and in a narrow beam.

They're still not sure exactly what the mechanism is, likely several. Question is, how many of these things occur in the Milky Way per time, and what are the odds of Earth being close enough and in the beam width?

Well, odds are, subject to change, that the Earth has been exposed to at least one such sterilizing gamma burst over her 4.5 billion year lifetime. Over 90% for at least one. There have been various massive extinction events over the life of the earth, and some are candidates for such a sterilizing gamma ray burst.

Just imagine one fine day you're walking around and suddenly you're bathed in an unimaginable flux of gamma rays. You're dead instantly. Most complex life on the planet is now gone.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:54 AM (Mzdiz)

112
Why it is almost like China has a purposefully warped understanding of history or something....

they also believe they single-handedly defeated Japan.

Posted by: sven at January 17, 2022 06:46 AM


If the nationalists and the communists had decided to get along they probably could have at least sent the Japanese packing. I don't see any sign those old hostilities are ever going away.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 06:56 AM (dQvv7)

113 Ooooh... Aldi! Red letter day. Just be home in time for Hazel reruns.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 17, 2022 06:56 AM (jYQlA)

114 Yeah, man. Browse the Dr. Scholl's products and pick up some Metamucil. Then rush home in time for the Price Is Right.
Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at January 17, 2022


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A couple episodes of House , a nap, and an Andy Griffith Show rerun, and you're set until bedtime!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 06:56 AM (c6xtn)

115 Just imagine one fine day you're walking around and suddenly you're bathed in an unimaginable flux of gamma rays. You're dead instantly. Most complex life on the planet is now gone.
Posted by: publius,

Sounds neat and tidy.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 06:57 AM (L3Rsz)

116 111 Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:54 AM (Mzdiz)

More likely is a pulse of gamma rays that blow off the ionosphere bathing the planet in intense UV rays, for an added bonus you have blinded humans wandering around on a strangely complex veggies lacking Earth....

"YAY"

Well no "boo", but again "what can you do?

Posted by: sven at January 17, 2022 06:57 AM (Lzpvj)

117 I know I've been indoors too long. The MILFy redheaded pharmacist on the SingleCare dot com commercials is starting to look extra cute.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 06:57 AM (c6xtn)

118 Why it is almost like China has a purposefully warped understanding of history or something....

they also believe they single-handedly defeated Japan.
Posted by: sven at January 17, 2022 06:46 AM (Lzpvj)


Even if they had, it was the Kuomintang that did the work, while the ChiComs largely sat around with their thumbs up their asses until the end of the war. Then they went to war against the exhausted Kuomintang.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 17, 2022 06:58 AM (gbfHZ)

119 Ooooh... Aldi! Red letter day. Just be home in time for Hazel reruns.
Posted by: Quarter Twenty

Yes..it is indeed! What is this 'Hazel'?

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 06:59 AM (L3Rsz)

120 118 Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 17, 2022 06:58 AM (gbfHZ)

Yeah they were busy indoctrinating the locals with the long march, which their mythology has "willing the people to victory."

I love the Chinese for their span of history, the CCP is a monstrosity.

Posted by: sven at January 17, 2022 07:00 AM (Lzpvj)

121 Said many times saw The Wall performed live in London in 1980
Posted by: Skip at January 17, 2022 04:02

Very cool Skip. We went over and saw Meat Loaf play at series of castle venues, was a blast. That might be in bad taste, as we arrived at Heathrow and went by the spot where there was a terrorist bombing just hours before. Was early 2000s.

Posted by: Farmer at January 17, 2022 07:01 AM (55Qr6)

122 Most complex life on the planet is now gone.
Posted by: publius,

Joe Biden wandering around by himself....

Posted by: Bruce at January 17, 2022 07:02 AM (vd8XM)

123
Ha...this is a nice description of many upper-Midwest mindsets in winter. I'm going to Aldi today and am thrilled beyond belief.
Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 06:53 AM (L3Rsz)


Saturday it was cold (for here) and a 25 mph wind was blowing. I wanted to do some shopping, but the thought of driving in my little car under those conditions had no appeal whatsoever. So I just stayed home and scrubbed down the kennel.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 07:02 AM (/U27+)

124 So I just stayed home and scrubbed down the kennel.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

Good days to do that sort of thing.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:04 AM (L3Rsz)

125
Just be home in time for Hazel reruns.
Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 17, 2022 06:56 AM (jYQlA)


While reading "Nancy" in the funnies section of the evening newspaper.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 07:04 AM (/U27+)

126 Joe Biden wandering around by himself....
Posted by: Bruce

LOL...come on, man! Our Uniter will have nothing to unite.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:05 AM (L3Rsz)

127 "Japan is screwing with the country and running Shanghai functionally!"

//CCP in '34

"Hey I know let's go on a hike, have some purges, and preach the red book while running towards the Soviet Union!"

//CCP

Posted by: sven at January 17, 2022 07:06 AM (Lzpvj)

128 Looking at our week's weather, the high will be 38, and the low negative 7.

But...we're over halfway through January, and the light is noticeably longer now.

Spring is almost here.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:08 AM (L3Rsz)

129 While reading "Nancy" in the funnies section of the evening newspaper.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022


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And smoking a pipe while you listen to the big Borg-Warner radio in the living room.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:08 AM (c6xtn)

130 128 Looking at our week's weather, the high will be 38, and the low negative 7.

But...we're over halfway through January, and the light is noticeably longer now.

Spring is almost here.
Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:08 AM (L3Rsz)

No integers only whole numbers

now we dance

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:10 AM (yrol0)

131 That Shirley Booth was quite the hottie!

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 17, 2022 07:10 AM (jYQlA)

132
Re energetic events. The most powerful gamma rays burst are the most powerful (non-gravitational) events know. We're talking about the conversion of several earth-size mass to energy (via E=mc^2) per second. That's just mind-boggling. IOW, those gamma bursts to converting several earth's worth of mass to "pure energy" as Mr. Spock would say per second.

Now that gravitational radiation has been experimentally confirmed, 100 years after Uncle Al Einstein proposed them, they take the cake.

A merger of two black holes releases a power, in the form of gravitational radiation of several *solar masses* worth of mass to energy per second, and that takes the cake.

If you were close enough to such a thing, the gravitational waves would rip you apart. Your head would be pulled one way at some ridiculous g value, while your feet would be pulled the other.

These are things our universe is capable of doing. We're fucking ants.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 07:11 AM (Mzdiz)

133 Saturday it was cold (for here) and a 25 mph wind was blowing. I wanted to do some shopping, but the thought of driving in my little car under those conditions had no appeal whatsoever. So I just stayed home and scrubbed down the kennel.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 07:02 AM (/U27+)

driving in my little car

A Stanley Steamer?

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:11 AM (yrol0)

134 Morning peeps. I see where we had a dusting of snow last night here in the Bluegrass. It's also still dark. And cold.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 17, 2022 07:12 AM (BFigT)

135
"Hazel" got her start as a popular cartoon in the Saturday Evening Post.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 07:13 AM (Mzdiz)

136 A Stanley Steamer?
Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022


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Fun fact: The Stanley of Stanley Steamer also built the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO . . . the hotel that was the inspiration and model for King's Overlook in The Shining. I visited the Stanley, and there is a 3/4 size model of the Steamer in the lobby.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:14 AM (c6xtn)

137 These are things our universe is capable of doing. We're fucking ants.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz)

Truth, as creatures. We got no powah.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:15 AM (L3Rsz)

138
These are things our universe is capable of doing. We're fucking ants.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 07:11 AM (Mzdiz)


But we'll roast and drown because of Global Warming, every calorie of which is caused by Trump voters.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 07:15 AM (/U27+)

139 >"Hazel" got her start as a popular cartoon in the Saturday Evening Post.

So did Joe Biden. Not a joke.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 17, 2022 07:15 AM (jYQlA)

140 "Hazel" got her start as a popular cartoon in the Saturday Evening Post.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022


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I remember those!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:15 AM (c6xtn)

141
Spring is almost here.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:08 AM


Meteorological winter is a better gauge of the season then waiting until the shortest day of the year to begin, at least here in PA. Australia also use the meteorological definition iirc.

So if meteorological winter began December first, then we're 48/90 finished. Just a little over half way through.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 07:16 AM (dQvv7)

142 We really lucked out here in the Chicago area.. storm just bypassed us and went south.. We got a light dusting.. Not enough to bother shoveleing.
Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 17, 2022 04:35

Same here Jerry, just west of you in Dixon. When I see your name now it reminds me of my FIL. Jerry grew up in the South Shore neighborhood, they moved to Chicago Hts and raised my Jules. He died last Hallowwen in AZ where they had retired.

We miss him and you are a bittersweet reminder of what a great guy he was.

Posted by: Farmer at January 17, 2022 07:16 AM (55Qr6)

143 'We need your prayers': Baltimore DA indicted over false mortgage applications for Florida summer homes asks for God's help as she addresses church congregation and pastor suggests she is victim of racism

nice little religion if you can keep it

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:16 AM (yrol0)

144 The first relief flight out of Australia is planned for tomorrow.

Tongans shouldn't get too excited. Its probably just masks and Pfizer shots.

Posted by: The Way It Is at January 17, 2022 07:18 AM (Ny/l2)

145 We as 'ants' is why TPTB had such a fine ease in scaring so many people over the 'rona.

First time many fancy, healthy people actually thought about how fragile they are (whether in truth or no, doesn't matter). Thought about death. Death was 24/7 in their minds. Still is, for some of the ninnies.

Death looms, and they have nothing in antidote to that fear.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:19 AM (L3Rsz)

146
A Stanley Steamer?
Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:11 AM (yrol0)

_________

I had a long commute when I was working so we bought a subcompact. Small, but nice, as I can fit a #600 crate into it.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 07:19 AM (/U27+)

147 nice little religion if you can keep it
Posted by: rhennigantx

Bah...do they know how to work it or what?

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:20 AM (L3Rsz)

148
Yes, meteorological seasons are: Winter: Dec, Jan. Feb.; Spring: Mar, April, May; Summer: June, Jul, Aug; Fall: Sept, Oct, Nov.

That pretty much aligns nicely with the seasonal weather patterns. I did not know this until my meteorological weatherman cousin (now retired) 'splained it to me a few years ago.

That makes the most sense for practical definition of seasons.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 07:20 AM (Mzdiz)

149 Hubby and I have a firm date for the beginning of spring: February 14th. Not due to the romantic nature of that day, though. We're too fierce for that sentimentality. It's just that then, where we are, the light REALLY seems to speak spring to us.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:22 AM (L3Rsz)

150
Read up on the history of the Saturday Evening Post. That was the publication of Real America, as we know and love it. It died out. Norman Rockwell, etc, etc.

TV in the 50s killed it. The original died in '68. It was revived later, but it's never been the same.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 07:23 AM (Mzdiz)

151 I see Democrats are still pushing "CRT is not being taught in kindergarten. It's a college level course."
So is math. Only in this case of lowest common denominator/indoctrinator, College Level CRT is [Bad history + Marxism + Failed culture of African Americans not shared by Africans in America + grift = White Americans are uniquely and solely the cause and benefactors of Racism]. Kindergarten CRT is [1+1= Whitey is the Devil.]

Posted by: Treadstone at January 17, 2022 07:24 AM (AEMfu)

152 Stuck on the BQE over the Gowanus. Joy.

Posted by: Jamaica Queens at January 17, 2022 07:25 AM (pf+DM)

153 I know I've been indoors too long. The MILFy redheaded pharmacist on the SingleCare dot com commercials is starting to look extra cute.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022


***
Her name appears to be Molly Baker.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:26 AM (c6xtn)

154 'We need your prayers': Baltimore DA indicted over false mortgage applications for Florida summer homes asks for God's help as she addresses church congregation and pastor suggests she is victim of racism

nice little religion if you can keep it
Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:16 AM (yrol0)
===

The shamelessness is part of the kink.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at January 17, 2022 07:27 AM (EZebt)

155
Spring: Mar, April, May;

This is the season that has the most differentiation to me. Early spring, middle spring, and late spring are each completely different - which each iteration getting more pleasant. My favorite is 'late spring' - no heating or cooling required, trees are filling with leaves, afternoon temperatures are delightful. Best month of the year. As much as I love summer, I always hate when May ends.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 07:27 AM (dQvv7)

156 " 'We need your prayers' "

Team Mosby has a very strong following in the black communities of Baltimore.

Nick Mosby, as Baltimore City Council President is considered one of the most powerful black men in the city.
His wife Marilyn has been freeing violent offenders left and right, allowing them to prey upon the black community at will.

Yet very few black residents of Baltimore consider themselves as being worthy of better leaders that these two.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at January 17, 2022 07:28 AM (3D/fK)

157 good morning
look at me, not having to work today

Posted by: DB at January 17, 2022 07:28 AM (geLO8)

158 Yes, meteorological seasons are: Winter: Dec, Jan. Feb.; Spring: Mar, April, May; Summer: June, Jul, Aug; Fall: Sept, Oct, Nov.

That pretty much aligns nicely with the seasonal weather patterns. I did not know this until my meteorological weatherman cousin (now retired) 'splained it to me a few years ago.

That makes the most sense for practical definition of seasons.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022


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I want to live where the above is generally true. Here we have January and SUMMER.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:28 AM (c6xtn)

159 If you haven't been following UK politics, BoJo and the Tories are in Deep Shit. Labour is leading them by 10 points in the polls.

--

So Labour will get reelected and then the lockdowns and draconian measures will get even more totalitarian. But there won't be the flagrant hypocrisy? What a choice.

Incidentally, if I were a Brit, I would be utterly disgusted with Boris Johnson. He needs to go.

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 17, 2022 07:28 AM (sVtYq)

160 >Spring: Mar, April, May;


I like June the best
warm and green

Posted by: DB at January 17, 2022 07:29 AM (geLO8)

161 TV in the 50s killed it. The original died in '68. It was revived later, but it's never been the same.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 07:23 AM (Mzdiz)

Video killed the radio star

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:31 AM (yrol0)

162 I see Democrats are still pushing "CRT is not being taught in kindergarten.

--

That will come as a surprise to the little kids who just had to fill out their "privilege" cards based upon their answers. (Are you white?, etc.) In North Carolina, I believe...

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 17, 2022 07:31 AM (sVtYq)

163 You lucky people with your "pleasantly warm" Mays and Septembers. Ha.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:31 AM (c6xtn)

164 I love April for her hope. May for her apple blossoms and June for her luxury.

The rest of summer because it is not winter.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:31 AM (L3Rsz)

165 We do 2 season living by the Bay.

Hurricane

Not Hurricane

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:33 AM (yrol0)

166 You lucky people with your "pleasantly warm" Mays and Septembers. Ha.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius

May in the upper Midwest is full of such beauty. The richness and benevolence and are incredible. Everything springs to life with fervor. Our little property looks like a dump in March. In May, it's fit for a king.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:34 AM (L3Rsz)

167
I want to live where the above is generally true. Here we have January and SUMMER.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:28 AM


Move to Pennsylvania - you'll experience every season, good and hard. After a couple of years of that you might change your mind.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 07:34 AM (dQvv7)

168 Note that looting a Train - I guarantee they can find some sort of Federal justification for locking looters up. Trains are national security, infrastructure, blah blah blah. Easily.

All of the problems we face are basically unforced errors and own goals. "Can't get their from here. Our hands our tied" we are told.


Have someone send a letter to the AG claiming that these looters are disrupting school board meetings.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at January 17, 2022 07:34 AM (iMXIi)

169 in west metro Denver we have 2 summers

the first is pleasant and green, wildflowers on roadsides, all the trees leafed out and shady

the second is when it stops raining, and everything turns brown, to tinder

Posted by: DB at January 17, 2022 07:35 AM (geLO8)

170 When I lived in Monterey, CA there were 2 seasons; rainy and then everything else. "Rainy" being from about Nov - Mar.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 17, 2022 07:35 AM (BFigT)

171 You people and your "weather." Im not jealous.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at January 17, 2022 07:36 AM (EZebt)

172 Move to Pennsylvania - you'll experience every season, good and hard. After a couple of years of that you might change your mind.
Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022


***
Right now I'm thinking W Va.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:37 AM (c6xtn)

173
May in the upper Midwest is full of such beauty. The richness and benevolence and are incredible. Everything springs to life with fervor. Our little property looks like a dump in March. In May, it's fit for a king.
Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:34 AM (L3Rsz)

___________

It's what I miss after moving from Ohio. Seeing the forsythia starting to bloom and seeing the first red-winged blackbird.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 07:37 AM (/U27+)

174 You people and your "weather." Im not jealous.
Posted by: San Franpsycho

Builds character. So they say.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:37 AM (L3Rsz)

175
However I do not have to shovel 95 degrees.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 17, 2022 07:38 AM (/U27+)

176
Those meteorological seasons are Northern Hemispheric centric. Racist and Northen supremacist, of course.

In the Southern hemisphere, phase shift by 6 months.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 07:38 AM (Mzdiz)

177 171 You people and your "weather." Im not jealous.
Posted by: San Franpsycho at January 17, 2022 07:36 AM (EZebt)

The coldest Winter I ever spent was in Summers bedrooms.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:38 AM (yrol0)

178 It's what I miss after moving from Ohio. Seeing the forsythia starting to bloom and seeing the first red-winged blackbird.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

Spray paint's cheap.....

Posted by: JT at January 17, 2022 07:39 AM (arJlL)

179 Wolfus... where in WV?

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 17, 2022 07:39 AM (BFigT)

180
Just move close the equator. Seasons don't mean much there.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 07:39 AM (Mzdiz)

181 Seeing the forsythia starting to bloom and seeing the first red-winged blackbird.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

Oh yes. There's a particular joy to such things that you only know after a long winter.

But I can sure understand that the tradeoff of knowing such a joy may not always be worth it, haha.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:39 AM (L3Rsz)

182 In the Southern hemisphere, phase shift by 6 months.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022


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I suspect that overall, it's warmer there. The Earth is closest to the Sun on Jan. 2, Southern summer, and then you have more water, which also holds more heat.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:40 AM (c6xtn)

183 Where I live, I spend 6 months of the year waiting for the other 6 months. If it weren't for the grands, I'd be in Arizona.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 17, 2022 07:40 AM (45fpk)

184 Wolfus... where in WV?
Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 17, 2022


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Don't know yet. I like pics I see of Parkersburg's Victorian neighborhood.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:41 AM (c6xtn)

185 The Shenandoah Valley gets a really nice balance of all four seasons. And now without Guvna Coonman!

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 17, 2022 07:41 AM (jYQlA)

186 I've lingered too long and need to get my Aldi list in order. Only 2 hours til I get to leave the house. Have a fine day, all.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:41 AM (L3Rsz)

187 Just move close the equator. Seasons don't mean much there.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022


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I'm close enough now.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:42 AM (c6xtn)

188 Just move close the equator. Seasons don't mean much there.

Don't get long sunrises or sunsets either. Its almost like flipping a switch on the day.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at January 17, 2022 07:42 AM (iMXIi)

189 Have a fine day, all.
Posted by: lizabth

Backatcha !

Posted by: JT at January 17, 2022 07:42 AM (arJlL)

190 > Don't know yet. I like pics I see of Parkersburg's Victorian neighborhood.

I lived there at one time, not the Victorian area tho'.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 17, 2022 07:42 AM (BFigT)

191 Double J

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 17, 2022 07:43 AM (yrol0)

192
I always enjoy fall here in PA. It's like spring but in reverse. Instead of every day getting gradually warmer, every day gets gradually cooler. But it's still light jacket weather, not sweat pants under jeans, four layers of shirts, then overcoat, hat, and gloves.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at January 17, 2022 07:44 AM (dQvv7)

193 I lived there at one time, not the Victorian area tho'.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 17, 2022


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Someone, maybe here, mentioned there's a good deal of crime there now. It's gotta be better than the 'hood/ghetto "culture" I'm surrounded by here.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:45 AM (c6xtn)

194 Noodus JJ-iana

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 17, 2022 07:45 AM (c6xtn)

195 Death looms, and they have nothing in antidote to that fear.

Posted by: lizabth at January 17, 2022 07:19 AM (L3Rsz)

With all that we know, our local covid karen is boasting about how she got her grade school age kids boosted, doing her part to stop the spread. It is to laugh. They are cultists, even once the fear subsides.

Posted by: flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at January 17, 2022 07:49 AM (SH2Zi)

196 Its probably just masks and Pfizer shots.

Posted by: The Way It Is at January 17, 2022 07:18 AM (Ny/l2)

Vegemite sammis.

Posted by: flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at January 17, 2022 07:50 AM (SH2Zi)

197 54 All around the world, the self-designated 'elites' behave as if COVID-19 Wuhan and the rules do not apply to them. Ivermectin use on the Hill, private parties without masks, cheating on spouses with no social distancing, etc., while telling us to be good serfs.

It is a tell.
Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at January 17, 2022 06:05 AM (u82oZ)

I'd love to see a presstitute ask Biden his opinion on Boris's maskless cavorting.

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 07:52 AM (yY8d6)

198 57 Morning!

After 2 weeks of the Kovid Krud 6.5, I'm feeling more like I usually do. The first week was pretty lousy. The second was mainly a dry cough and sinus plugging. And just plain feeling off.
Posted by: Bruce at January 17, 2022 06:07 AM (vd8XM)

Glad for your good news!

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 07:54 AM (yY8d6)

199 And smoking a pipe while you listen to the big Borg-Warner radio in the living room.

No, the Blonder Tongue radio .... *ahem*

Posted by: Common Tater at January 17, 2022 08:14 AM (psL96)

200 200! Mine, all mine!

Posted by: m at January 17, 2022 09:21 AM (yY8d6)

201
"filled all its RAM with Sendmail instances trying to notify me of this failure"

Oh.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at January 17, 2022 10:07 AM (8usCR)

202 Thanks for the lenovo news. Didn't know they were locking CPU speeds. I've been a consisten laptop buyer of theirs for years.

Posted by: Draki at January 17, 2022 10:38 AM (TGFWQ)

203 So, I've got Windows 10 on this machine keeping time synced to within 30 ms of UTC(NIST) now. I could do better than that, but I'd have to bother the NIST and other Stratum 1 servers too much for that.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 04:16 AM


If you are worried about burdening low-stratum time servers, just go out and blow the $50 you need to setup your own stratum 1 time server. I use my own NTP server internal to my network, synchonized to Debian's NTP pool and I don't worry about it.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at January 17, 2022 12:57 PM (ezpv1)

204 Re the Sun, and stars like here. We really don't know what kind of excursions from normal they are capable of. "History" as we know it is only 5000 years old or so. Our understanding of physics involved is only 100 years or so old, as well as our accurate observations of such stars in the galaxy.

Can a star like Mr. Sun go apeshit from time to time and do crazy things? It just might.
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 17, 2022 06:27 AM


A telescope is not just a distance-spanning device, it is also a time machine. Astronomers have observed literally billions of G7 stars using light going back literally millions of years and have never once observed one "going apeshit." So, while the history of our own sun only really goes back a couple of hundred years, we know what the entire lifespan of a G7 star is like.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at January 17, 2022 01:19 PM (ezpv1)

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