Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A bit nippy...


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  1. Howard Dean is number 1~!

    Lake Champlain's bays are frozen over now. I will have to check to see if the broad Lake is also solid now.

    Isn't water amazing?!!

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    1. Okay, I looked it up.
      The Lake has frozen over since the Winter of 2007, when it finally froze over on March 2nd.

      It used to be rare for it to not freeze over. Now it's rare if it does.

      http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/climo/lakeclose.shtml

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    2. The Lake has = The Lake HASN'T ~ !!!

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    3. Water is indeed amazing. Our scientists will correct me, but AFAIK water's physical properties are unique.

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    4. I would question the word "unique," but "unusual" is almost an understatement. Water is one of the VERY few compounds whose solid phase is less dense than its liquid phase. It also has an exceptionally high heat capacity, heat of evaporation, and heat of melting.

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  2. I expect I will get around to listening to Obama's second inaugural address, but haven't yet. Words are fine, but action counts for more. I doubt he is going to give up W's foreign enemies list. Re Michelle, This is what I noticed, not bangs or eyelashes.

    Actually, some of these variants are better matches than the one above.

    --Alan

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    1. Alan, if actions are what you seek, then don't simply listen to the speech, go to CSPAN and watch it. In fact, watch as much of the ceremony as you can. A key moment is just as it ends and the President is walking back into the Capitol building. It's all a marker of what he would like to do. Notice how much more relaxed he was this time compared with last time. He doesn't have anything to lose this time. We'll see what he can accomplish; but I don't believe these pretty words were empty words.

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  3. Well, it's -9F here this morning.
    When the wind blows, you find out what the F is for.

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  4. My brother, Paul, gave Demetrius his old iPhone. Supposedly it is officially unlocked now. Demetrius is off to T-Mobile to get a new sim card and hopefully be able to use it as his cell phone now. Mind you, he's been playing with it since he and the kids came back from Christmas in Chicago. He gets it online using our home wireless access. But he's looking forward to using it as an actual phone and not having to carry two cell phones.

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    1. So, Renee, I'm confused. You and Demetrius each now have a new phone?

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  6. Heat wave! We're up to -7F so far!

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    1. Whoopee!

      Hmmm... Wonder h ow to make an emodicon of a little guy with eyes crossed?

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    2. We're positively tropical here at 14.

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  7. Thanks so much, Puddle and Listener♥

    The admin was within her rights, protecting her group, seeing what she saw or thought she saw in my behavior. What hurt more was that the other admins, one of whom I thought was a friend, apparently went along with her; though from something one of them told me, I suspect she may have gotten their consent after the fact. At least I have the comfort of knowing the removal was not prompted by popular demand within the group. One of the things that always surprised and delighted me about MOE was how many people liked me and showed it.

    No, listener, AFAIK there's nothing to be done, but thanks for offering. I was banned for being negative and argumentative, and I suppose occasionally whining when I'm blue. The new regimen at MOE is to be unrelentingly upbeat, never a hint of negativity or unkindness or, apparently, common human disagreement allowed. I violated the code and incurred the penalty. It's as simple as that.

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    1. Well, if it's any comfort, I doubt E.H. would be pleased with such an action toward one of his most fervent fans.

      You are, of course, always welcome to be yourself here. We accept one another as we are on any given day. Good group, this.

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    2. "Well, if it's any comfort, I doubt E.H. would be pleased with such an action toward one of his most fervent fans. "

      Thanks. Hadn't thought of that, though perhaps "one of his most fervent fans" is a bit of an exaggeration. Some of them are pretty fervent.

      Actually, Enge and Howard share some core traits. I've thought before now that being a fan/supporter of the one isn't so different from being a fan/supporter of the other.

      "You are, of course, always welcome to be yourself here. We accept one another as we are on any given day. Good group, this. "

      Good group indeed!

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  8. I'm back safe and sound. With urgent work in front of me. May post more if I get a chance.

    My computer said 16 deg when I got home a bit after 1. Claim s the temperature is 20 deg now.

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    1. Welcome home, Bill. I trust you had a good con?

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    2. Thanks, Cat. Never really experienced the con as such -- spent it talking to people about the Phoenix bid to hold the North American Science Fiction Convention in 2014. But that was interesting in itself. Also had some nice talks and a dinner with the con's head of access services. We really hit it off. And had my first face-to-face meeting with an on-line friend from CompuServe's science fiction forum.

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    3. Bill ~
      Great to hear it was a good event for you.
      Welcome back!

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  9. Cat...Bill...
    I'm speechless...

    You mean...ABOVE zero?

    Wow!

    Our high here today was -6F, and it's already -12F at 9:15pm. Heh.

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    1. Pat Leahy would love that line, Cat. ;-)

      It's more like Holy Ice Jams, actually, as cautions have been posted about the possibility of ice jams and resultant flash flooding.

      Currently -13F with windchills to -30F.

      Just figured out that I live 9 miles from the summit of Mount Mansfield!

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