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1 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:14:35pm

We had a white Christmas here in Chicago after all. But that does mean I'm gonna have to shovel some snow later this afternoon.

2 darthstar  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:17:54pm

It would make a hell of a great site for a fancy hotel/casino.
[Link: www.nytimes.com...]

3 darthstar  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:23:57pm

Sad news. One of the guys I patrol with was killed yesterday. A slope that doesn't normally slide took him down when he was out doing avalanche control. The other patrollers with him got to him quickly, but the trauma of the fall killed him, not suffocation. He was a good guy.

4 engineer cat  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:27:54pm

Ça me goût bien!

vive le jazz hot!

5 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:29:08pm

re: #3 darthstar

Sad news. One of the guys I patrol with was killed yesterday. A slope that doesn't normally slide took him down when he was out doing avalanche control. The other patrollers with him got to him quickly, but the trauma of the fall killed him, not suffocation. He was a good guy.

Sorry for your loss. Losing a friend at Christmas would seem to be even more sucky than losing a friend at an ordinary time of year.

6 darthstar  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:29:12pm

Quincy, M.E., is dead. Rest in peace, Jack.

7 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:30:24pm

Thanks Charles I like the updated swing style, pretty cool.

8 darthstar  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:31:04pm

re: #5 Dark_Falcon

Sorry for your loss. Losing a friend at Christmas would seem to be even more sucky than losing a friend at an ordinary time of year.

Our mountain has a lot of slide areas...one of the most prolific avy resorts in the country. We've been lucky not to lose anyone for several years. But it happens.

9 Randall Gross  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:34:57pm

I'm liking this band a lot, check this one out:

10 Randall Gross  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:37:56pm

Here they are live

11 A Man for all Seasons  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:40:18pm

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

We had a white Christmas here in Chicago after all. But that does mean I'm gonna have to shovel some snow later this afternoon.

Merry Christmas!
We have snow also but why shovel? My car is completely encased in ice.
I'm not sure what to do to get the door opened must less warm it up.

12 Kragar  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:43:40pm

Merry Christmas.

13 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:44:31pm

re: #11 A Man for all Seasons

Your car has never been in an ice storm?

14 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:44:35pm

re: #3 darthstar

{{{darthstar}}}

15 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:48:19pm

re: #10 Randall Gross

Here they are live

[Embedded content]

Eltro swing/Dub step?
Interesting combination, it works.

16 Stanghazi  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:52:24pm

re: #3 darthstar

Sorry about your friend. That sucks.

Hope you have some sort of epic dinner planned.

Happy Christmas everyone.

17 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:53:55pm

Sad...

Police investigating a Monday ambush in upstate New York in which two firefighters were killed said on Tuesday that they had located apparent human remains at the gunman’s home, and police believed they belonged to his 67-year-old sister, who lived in the house with him.
[Link: usnews.nbcnews.com...]

18 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:02:24pm

re: #17 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Sad...

He apparently hated his sister. Damnatio Memoriae (Damned in Memory, for I am trying to avoid using his name) was simply scum, and he wanted to bring as much Hell to earth as he could before going there himself.

19 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:03:13pm

re: #3 darthstar

Sorry to hear that - my condolences.

20 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:05:13pm

Just checked the news - apparently the murderer in Webster NY used the same model of Bushmaster semi-auto assault rifle as Adam Lanza.

22 freetoken  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:08:11pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

GOD!GUNS!!!GOLD!

23 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:08:33pm

re: #20 Charles Johnson

Just checked the news - apparently the murderer in Webster NY used the same model of Bushmaster semi-auto assault rifle as Adam Lanza.

Yep, I saw that too. What I wonder is how he got it. That rifle was factory-fitted with a flash suppressor, which made it illegal for sale in New York State, and as a convicted felon Damnatio Memoriae was not allowed to own a gun anyhow.

24 Eventual Carrion  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:09:17pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

Brownells, World's Largest Firearms Supplier, Sells 3.5 Years Worth of AR-15 Magazines in 3 Days

Guaranteeing many more years of rapid fire carnage.

25 Kronocide  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:09:56pm

re: #23 Dark_Falcon

Yep, I saw that too. What I wonder is how he got it. That rifle was factory-fitted with a flash suppressor, which made it illegal for sale in New York State, and as a convicted felon Damnatio Memoriae was not allowed to own a gun anyhow.

From what I've been reading, there were recent burglaries in the area with guns stolen, police suspect that is the connection. That hasn't been confirmed yet though.

26 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:12:30pm
27 Political Atheist  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:13:16pm

re: #3 darthstar

Sad news. One of the guys I patrol with was killed yesterday. A slope that doesn't normally slide took him down when he was out doing avalanche control. The other patrollers with him got to him quickly, but the trauma of the fall killed him, not suffocation. He was a good guy.

Oh man sorry to hear that. I had heard about the death on the news here today. You guys do some tough dangerous work. Sincere condolences.

28 Kragar  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:13:52pm

re: #23 Dark_Falcon

Yep, I saw that too. What I wonder is how he got it. That rifle was factory-fitted with a flash suppressor, which made it illegal for sale in New York State, and as a convicted felon Damnatio Memoriae was not allowed to own a gun anyhow.

Probably easy enough to purchase out of state and drive it back in, even if he stole it from someone else, someone brought it in from out of state easily enough.

29 freetoken  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:18:49pm

Ah, the joys of technology. I went to the Caravan Palace website, their MySpace page with their various recordings available to play, and the page keeps telling me that my Flash is unable to work.

Someday the internet will figure itself out.

30 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:19:24pm

If you really into Gypsy/klezmer music, Gogol Bordello is Teh Shit.

31 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:25:59pm

Ergh. It rained really hard Sunday night, and Monday the power blinked off in my neighborhood just for a second or so -- which was apparently enough to kill an external 1Tb drive I was using as an image backup for my main boot drive. Just found out when I noticed it wasn't showing on the desktop.

When I power up the drive it makes the dreaded clicking sound of doom. Just to make sure I'll take it out of the enclosure and try it in a dock, but it looks fried.

1TB drives are getting so cheap it's no big deal, just a reminder to plug the external drives and my RAID array into my battery backup.

32 freetoken  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:28:43pm

re: #20 Charles Johnson

Just checked the news - apparently the murderer in Webster NY used the same model of Bushmaster semi-auto assault rifle as Adam Lanza.

And the shooter gives the clearest reason these types of weapons exist:

Webster shooter left note detailing his plan

[...]

“I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like doing best: killing people,” Spengler wrote in the note, which Pickering described as rambling, two-to-three pages long, and did not address motive. [...]

33 wrenchwench  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:31:06pm
34 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:31:31pm

re: #31 Charles Johnson

Ergh. It rained really hard Sunday night, and Monday the power blinked off in my neighborhood just for a second or so -- which was apparently enough to kill an external 1Tb drive I was using as an image backup for my main boot drive. Just found out when I noticed it wasn't showing on the desktop.

When I power up the drive it makes the dreaded clicking sound of doom. Just to make sure I'll take it out of the enclosure and try it in a dock, but it looks fried.

1TB drives are getting so cheap it's no big deal, just a reminder to plug the external drives and my RAID array into my battery backup.

I always recommend UPS with surge suppression and line conditioner. I can't count how many times a customer has had a system die because of power fluctuations.

Mind you it would help if they knew which side of the UPS to use for which plug.

35 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:34:20pm

BBL

36 Kronocide  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:37:48pm

Meanwhile, in other Guns Not The Problem News:

Chinese man drives car into students, injuring 13

38 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:46:24pm

Well, whaddaya know. I pulled the drive from the enclosure, stuck it in the USB dock, and it mounted right up. The La Cie enclosure was the problem.

39 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:50:12pm

re: #11 A Man for all Seasons

Merry Christmas!
We have snow also but why shovel? My car is completely encased in ice.
I'm not sure what to do to get the door opened must less warm it up.

Nice wreck on the I-40 this morning. You and Winston all buttoned up?

Oh, and Merry Christmas to all Lizardi who celebrate the day.

40 Kronocide  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:55:25pm

I had a 2 hr service call turn into a two days and running adventure.

Client had me replace a 6 yr old router with a new one she provided, a cheap Netgear. Complained that it didn't work after a few days.

Brought out a Linksys/Cisco as backup. Netgear worked for about 45 minutes, Cisco never worked. WiFi WAN modem works directly to my laptop. Called ISP: they say get another router.

Day 2: brought out Airport Extreme. Just for giggles, brought out second laptop and tried the Netgear again: worked fine. I surmise that the Netgear will work for 30-60 minutes then get dodgy. Airport Extreme has better WiFi so I fire it up: get it working in less than 15 minutes.

Start doing the work I was supposed to do yesterday: cannot port forward through the Airport. Weird.

After about an hour scratching my head, I lost internet with the Airport Extreme. Takes a reboot.

Summary of IT Carnage: bad modem (intermittent), 2nd router brought out bad, ISP needs to replace modem. Maybe sometime when ya'll need a good laugh I'll copy/paste the email exchange between the client and I: she asks why I didn't get the ISP to fix it.

And to boot, I'm at the inlaws with their sketchy Belkin router that drops WiFi repeatedly. My wife won't let me replace because 'they don't complain.'

Life was so much easier when I made pizza.

41 stabby  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:56:09pm

re: #30 Vicious Michigan Union Thug

I love them

42 Randall Gross  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:56:35pm

re: #31 Charles Johnson

Ergh. It rained really hard Sunday night, and Monday the power blinked off in my neighborhood just for a second or so -- which was apparently enough to kill an external 1Tb drive I was using as an image backup for my main boot drive. Just found out when I noticed it wasn't showing on the desktop.

When I power up the drive it makes the dreaded clicking sound of doom. Just to make sure I'll take it out of the enclosure and try it in a dock, but it looks fried.

1TB drives are getting so cheap it's no big deal, just a reminder to plug the external drives and my RAID array into my battery backup.

The last resort tech trick is to wrap it in paper towels, insert it in a ziploc, and then park it in the freezer overnight. This can sometimes temporarily knit things that expired due to silicon heat death-- if it does work copy everything off it quickly, because it will have a limited life span. Most folks think that high power kills electronics but really waht kills them quickest is low power. Not enough on a -5v or -12v circuit and things can heat up pretty fast from the juice trying to bridge the circuit but failing.

43 Randall Gross  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 1:57:42pm

re: #38 Charles Johnson

Check the enclosure, some of them are fused?

44 Kronocide  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:00:51pm

re: #42 Randall Gross

Most folks think that high power kills electronics but really what kills them quickest is low power.

This seems to be true. After dealing with IT in homes in Hawaii and moving to managed/monitored UPS, it's clear the there are lots of low power fluctuations that freeze processors causing the need for reboots.

I don't do any installations without a UPS on the modem/router now. I have one client with a cheap Netgear that hasn't needed a reboot in two years once I put him on a good UPS.

45 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:01:16pm

re: #43 Randall Gross

Yep, looks like the enclosure's power supply circuits got hosed. It still turns on and the lights come on, but the drive doesn't get enough juice to spin up all the way.

46 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:01:54pm

re: #40 Kronocide

I had a 2 hr service call turn into a two days and running adventure.

Client had me replace a 6 yr old router with a new one she provided, a cheap Netgear. Complained that it didn't work after a few days.

Brought out a Linksys/Cisco as backup. Netgear worked for about 45 minutes, Cisco never worked. WiFi WAN modem works directly to my laptop. Called ISP: they say get another router.

Day 2: brought out Airport Extreme. Just for giggles, brought out second laptop and tried the Netgear again: worked fine. I surmise that the Netgear will work for 30-60 minutes then get dodgy. Airport Extreme has better WiFi so I fire it up: get it working in less than 15 minutes.

Start doing the work I was supposed to do yesterday: cannot port forward through the Airport. Weird.

After about an hour scratching my head, I lost internet with the Airport Extreme. Takes a reboot.

Summary of IT Carnage: bad modem (intermittent), 2nd router brought out bad, ISP needs to replace modem. Maybe sometime when ya'll need a good laugh I'll copy/paste the email exchange between the client and I: she asks why I didn't get the ISP to fix it.

And to boot, I'm at the inlaws with their sketchy Belkin router that drops WiFi repeatedly. My wife won't let me replace because 'they don't complain.'

Life was so much easier when I made pizza.

Man, do I hear you. That is so familiar to me.

47 Kronocide  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:03:12pm

Routers don't cause bad IT: people cause bad IT.

48 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:09:11pm

Luckily I still had time to cancel the replacement drive I ordered at Amazon. Don't really need it.

49 A Man for all Seasons  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:11:04pm

re: #39 austin_blue

Nice wreck on the I-40 this morning. You and Winston all buttoned up?

Oh, and Merry Christmas to all Lizardi who celebrate the day.

Merry Christmas... I let Winston open his presents a little while ago..He rips the wrapping paper to shreds when he smells treats inside. Also, the nice thing about having kids who are grown up, I just sent a card and a check and my shopping is over.

50 Sol Berdinowitz  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:14:04pm

Has the NRA came out in favor of armed guards for every fire alarm?

51 Gus  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:14:20pm

re: #40 Kronocide

I had a 2 hr service call turn into a two days and running adventure.

Client had me replace a 6 yr old router with a new one she provided, a cheap Netgear. Complained that it didn't work after a few days.

Brought out a Linksys/Cisco as backup. Netgear worked for about 45 minutes, Cisco never worked. WiFi WAN modem works directly to my laptop. Called ISP: they say get another router.

Day 2: brought out Airport Extreme. Just for giggles, brought out second laptop and tried the Netgear again: worked fine. I surmise that the Netgear will work for 30-60 minutes then get dodgy. Airport Extreme has better WiFi so I fire it up: get it working in less than 15 minutes.

Start doing the work I was supposed to do yesterday: cannot port forward through the Airport. Weird.

After about an hour scratching my head, I lost internet with the Airport Extreme. Takes a reboot.

Summary of IT Carnage: bad modem (intermittent), 2nd router brought out bad, ISP needs to replace modem. Maybe sometime when ya'll need a good laugh I'll copy/paste the email exchange between the client and I: she asks why I didn't get the ISP to fix it.

And to boot, I'm at the inlaws with their sketchy Belkin router that drops WiFi repeatedly. My wife won't let me replace because 'they don't complain.'

Life was so much easier when I made pizza.

It's about 1°F outside right now. Going to get colder tonight and will remain freezing all week. Inside, I'm guessing it's around 40 something degrees here. I've been freezing my ass off for over 48 hours and will likely remain this way for a week. Life sucks doesn't it?

52 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:14:38pm

re: #50 Sol Berdinowitz

Has the NRA came out in favor of armed guards for every fire alarm?

Any minute now.

53 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:15:18pm

re: #51 Gus

It's about 1°F outside right now. Going to get colder tonight and will remain freezing all week. Inside, I'm guessing it's around 40 something degrees here. I've been freezing my ass off for over 48 hours and will likely remain this way for a week. Life sucks doesn't it?

Turn the heat up.

54 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:16:28pm

re: #51 Gus

It's about 1°F outside right now. Going to get colder tonight and will remain freezing all week. Inside, I'm guessing it's around 40 something degrees here. I've been freezing my ass off for over 48 hours and will likely remain this way for a week. Life sucks doesn't it?

-18F here. I froze my fingers just plugging the car in.

55 Gus  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:16:41pm

re: #53 b_sharp

Turn the heat up.

Pfft. I wish. Old house and Xcel energy has rates up so high that even keeping his place cold costs and arm and a leg. They raise the rates a lot around here for the usual bullshit reasons.

56 Gus  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:18:40pm

re: #54 b_sharp

-18F here. I froze my fingers just plugging the car in.

It's too bad that warm weather is wasted on The South. //

57 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:19:33pm

re: #55 Gus

Pfft. I wish. Old house and Xcel energy has rates up so high that even keeping his place cold costs and arm and a leg. They raise the rates a lot around here for the usual bullshit reasons.

That fucking sucks. No central heating I assume. Does it use natural gas or electricity for heat?

58 Decatur Deb  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:19:41pm

re: #56 Gus

It's too bad that warm weather is wasted on The South. //

66 degrees here, under tornado watch until 10 CST. Mississippi is getting it now.

59 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:19:57pm

re: #56 Gus

It's too bad that warm weather is wasted on The South. //

Fuckin' eh!

60 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:20:43pm

re: #58 Decatur Deb

66 degrees here, under tornado watch until 10 CST. Mississippi is getting it now.

Tornado?

Send it up here, it'll freeze solid.

61 Gus  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:21:19pm

re: #57 b_sharp

That fucking sucks. No central heating I assume. Does it use natural gas or electricity for heat?

Gas. It's not mine. I'm in the unheated site. The heated side is barely warm. I've just got a space heater. I feel like beating the crap out of something. :D

62 Stanghazi  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:21:34pm

Watching Ted. Hilarious.

63 Gus  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:22:36pm

re: #62 Stanghazi

Watching Ted. Hilarious.

Ted the movie or TED Talks. Either one can be hilarious. :O

64 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:23:07pm

re: #61 Gus

Gas. It's not mine. I'm in the unheated site. The heated side is barely warm. I've just got a space heater. I feel like beating the crap out of something. :D

Any fan on the space heater?

65 Stanghazi  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:23:11pm

The bear and marky mark.

66 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:23:45pm

[Link: www.wunderground.com...]

The weather in NE Philly is not a pretty picture.

67 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:23:59pm

re: #65 Stanghazi

The bear and marky mark.

It's actually funny?

68 Gus  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:24:27pm

re: #64 b_sharp

Any fan on the space heater?

Thought about that. Might not make a difference. I can feel a fucking draft already. Been that way all day. It's like a freaking light wind.

69 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:26:54pm

re: #66 PhillyPretzel

[Link: www.wunderground.com...]

The weather in NE Philly is not a pretty picture.

Pretty ugly here too.
[Link: www.wunderground.com...]

70 Stanghazi  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:27:33pm

re: #67 b_sharp

It's actually funny?

yeah

71 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:28:25pm

re: #68 Gus

Thought about that. Might not make a difference. I can feel a fucking draft already. Been that way all day. It's like a freaking light wind.

So you not only have an area that's unheated, but it has air leaks and probably little if any insulation.

You'd be better off in an igloo.

72 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:29:06pm

re: #70 Stanghazi

yeah

I'll have to watch it.

73 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:33:38pm

Apropos of nothing, Jan 3, 2013 will be my 36th wedding anniversary.

74 Stanghazi  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:35:06pm

re: #73 b_sharp

Apropos of nothing, Jan 3, 2013 will be my 36th wedding anniversary.

Holy shit! Congrats. Plan something great.

75 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:36:34pm

re: #69 b_sharp

Pretty ugly here too.
[Link: www.wunderground.com...]

Well, look on the bright side! You'll be in positive numbers by Saturday. ;-)

This is why I live in Austin:

[Link: www.wunderground.com...]

People will bitch and moan in the AM about how frigid it is. Pffft. Native Texans. Soft. After living for three years in Marquette, MI, I know from winter, and why I loathe it.

76 Gus  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:37:15pm

re: #73 b_sharp

Apropos of nothing, Jan 3, 2013 will be my 36th wedding anniversary.

That'll give you the chance to bone China. /

77 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:38:57pm

re: #73 b_sharp

Apropos of nothing, Jan 3, 2013 will be my 36th wedding anniversary.

Mazel Tov!

78 wilburs  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:39:29pm

re: #38 Charles Johnson

Well, whaddaya know. I pulled the drive from the enclosure, stuck it in the USB dock, and it mounted right up. The La Cie enclosure was the problem.

I have 9 external drives which I have bought over the last 10 years and filled with music. They all still work perfectly, except for the one LaCie drive, which died immediately after I finished filling it.
I think it is still in the closet somewhere, i guess i should pull it out and take it apart to see if it can be salvaged.

79 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:39:57pm

re: #74 Stanghazi

Holy shit! Congrats. Plan something great.

We are going to the hot-springs and then to a decent restaurant.

80 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:40:42pm

re: #76 Gus

That'll give you the chance to bone China. /

My wife may have something to say about that. Meddling woman.

81 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:42:13pm

re: #75 austin_blue

Well, look on the bright side! You'll be in positive numbers by Saturday. ;-)

This is why I live in Austin:

[Link: www.wunderground.com...]

People will bitch and moan in the AM about how frigid it is. Pffft. Native Texans. Soft. After living for three years in Marquette, MI, I know from winter, and why I loathe it.

I'm not a big fan of winter either. Some days I wish global warming would hit here.

82 Stanghazi  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:42:32pm

re: #79 b_sharp

We are going to the hot-springs and then to a decent restaurant.

sounds good! again, 36 years is a thing of beauty.

83 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:43:33pm

re: #82 Stanghazi

sounds good! again, 36 years is a thing of beauty.

It's been tough. Lots of low and high points.

84 NJDhockeyfan  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:53:38pm

re: #75 austin_blue

Well, look on the bright side! You'll be in positive numbers by Saturday. ;-)

This is why I live in Austin:

[Link: www.wunderground.com...]

People will bitch and moan in the AM about how frigid it is. Pffft. Native Texans. Soft. After living for three years in Marquette, MI, I know from winter, and why I loathe it.

I spent 2 years at KI Sawyer AFB in the early 80s. I have never complained about cold weather after living up there.

85 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:54:16pm

re: #73 b_sharp

Apropos of nothing, Jan 3, 2013 will be my 36th wedding anniversary.

We'll be halfway to that on the 31st.

86 Kronocide  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:58:45pm

re: #51 Gus

It's about 1°F outside right now. Going to get colder tonight and will remain freezing all week. Inside, I'm guessing it's around 40 something degrees here. I've been freezing my ass off for over 48 hours and will likely remain this way for a week. Life sucks doesn't it?

OK, you win.

87 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 2:59:25pm

re: #84 NJDhockeyfan

I spent 2 years at KI Sawyer AFB in the early 80s. I have never complained about cold weather after living up there.

Were you there for the Giant Lance generation in January of '81? Seemed like half the FMS Squadron ended up in the hospital with frostbite. We were all in full arctic gear up in the cockpits and were still freezing our asses off.

88 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 3:08:59pm

re: #85 William Barnett-Lewis

We'll be halfway to that on the 31st.

That's pretty good.

89 NJDhockeyfan  Tue, Dec 25, 2012 4:08:28pm

re: #87 austin_blue

Were you there for the Giant Lance generation in January of '81? Seemed like half the FMS Squadron ended up in the hospital with frostbite. We were all in full arctic gear up in the cockpits and were still freezing our asses off.

I missed that by a year. It was damn cold enough. They wouldn't closed the flight line for the workers until it was -50 degrees. They would wait until the barometer was right in -50 before they shut it down.


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Even by the standards of the growing Republican assault on the lives and rights of women, a new bill passed by bipartisan majorities in both houses of Tennessee's Legislature recently stands out for being meanspirited and counterproductive. If signed by the state's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, the legislation would give Tennessee the dubious distinction of being the first state to specifically authorize the ...

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Idle Drifter
Calgary stabbings: How knife crime in Canada can cause ‘moral panic’
What Calgary police chief Rick Hanson called the "worst mass murder" in the city's history didn't end at the barrel of a gun. Instead, the 22-year-old suspect identified on Tuesday as Matthew de Grood is accused of entering the kitchen at a house party, taking "a large knife" and using it to fatally stab four men and one woman, all of whom were students ...

12 hours, 27 minutes ago
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Back Story of Yasiel Puig’s Journey to America Should Concern Dodgers
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and ...

18 hours, 8 minutes ago
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aagcobb
New York Electoral College: State Joins National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate: New York Electoral College: State Joins National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Instead of pushing for a Constitutional amendment, which would have to be ratified in 38 states, advocates ask individual state legislatures to pass an agreement: that they'll pledge all their presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote as soon as enough other states pass the law to ...

18 hours, 48 minutes ago
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palmerskiss
These 5 Countries Are Crushing the Whole Gender Equality Thing at Home
When looking at this data, it's important to remember that gender equality isn't just about women working more paid hours or doing less housework. It's also about men cutting back their work hours to pitch in more around the house. Countries that have lighter workweeks, in fact, tend to have a more equal distribution between men and women in the home. The OECD ...

23 hours, 35 minutes ago
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cycroft
Russ Campbell’s Blog: Will Trudeau’s Party Pay for His Ill-Chosen Words?
Justin Trudeau has talked him­self into a defama­tion law­suit that is likely to leave his party quite a bit lighter in the wal­let. The shoot-from-the-lip Lib­eral leader and his On­tario cam­paign co-chair David Mac­Naughton are named in a $1.5-mil­lion li­bel suit filed on be­half of Chris­tine Innes, a can­di­date who was barred from run­ning for the Lib­eral party. Innes had wanted to con­test ...

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Political Atheist
The Insane History of Rockets at Jet Propulsion Laboratories
The Rocket Boys In the late 1930s, a group of Caltech graduate students were booted off campus after blowing up (part of!) their building during a rocket test gone awry. Unwilling to give up on the joy of semi-controlled explosions, the students and a few of their friends headed into the San Gabriel Mountains. They picked a deserted gully -- Arroyo Seco -- ...

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iossarian
Drug Companies Want Your Money
Two thematically-related stories on the BBC at the moment: UK drug company Glaxo 'paid bribes to Polish doctors' UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama has discovered. Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report Hundreds of millions of pounds may have been wasted on a drug for flu that works no better ...

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steve_davis
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4 days, 2 hours ago
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 Frank says:

People make a lot of fuss about my kids having such supposedly 'strange names', but the fact is that no matter what first names I might have given them, it is the last name that is going to get them in trouble. -- From the Real Frank Zappa Book - Mr. Dad chapter