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... [Feb. 16th, 2018|11:26 pm]
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So, at some point when we weren't paying attention, someone seems to have swapped the FBI for the Keystone Kops.

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Stuff [Feb. 14th, 2018|01:13 pm]
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So, Blackburn are now tied in points with Wigan, although Wigan are still ahead on goal differential. Shrewsbury has only one point on both of 'em. Lots of time left, but it's looking better and better.

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There's a special word for a library which contains one work. It's known as a "book".

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My kitchen sink clogged. I took myself to Meijer's, thinking to buy a plunger. Well, Meijer's had at least three different brands of plungers, in five different models, but each and every one of them was a toilet plunger, the sort with the cone-shaped bottom, which is useless for a sink, where you need the flat-bottomed design. Wal-Mart had two models only, but they carried both kinds - a toilet plunger and a sink plunger.

I wonder now if Meijer's is letting their suppliers decide what to put on the shelf. That used to always be a problem at this tiny little grocery store in Mentone (a tiny farm town where I used to live). They would have, say, three different brands of pizza, but because the store was tiny, they had only room for one variety of each brand. They had some sort of deal where the salesmen decided what to put out, and inevitably, they each put out something that was as close as possible to what their competitor was displaying, so that you had a "choice" among three different brands of rising-crust pepperoni pizza, say. It's hard to believe that it was being done from sheer perversoty since they wanted to sell stuff, but it certainly looked like it from a consumer standpoint.

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Olympics [Feb. 11th, 2018|08:59 pm]
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The Koreans seem masters of weird-looking hats. The costumes of the medal-ceremony girls look like something from the old Mobius strips in "Heavy Metal".

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One of our Olympians was being interviewed, and described the Olympics as "kind of awesome". Spoke like an athlete!

And... Our figure skater describes herself as "super excited" to be in first place. :)

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Incomudro [Feb. 10th, 2018|09:44 pm]
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[Current Location |Westerville, Ohio]
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I saw something today which I have never seen (or even heard of) before, and hope (probably in vain), that I shall never see again. I live in Westerville, Ohio. Two of our police officers were murdered in an ambush today. I didn't know either one, but I've seen them both around, at the grocery store and such. That was early this afternoon. Tonight, about eight, as I was driving on the 270 going for dinner, I saw the air (heavy with mist) glowing and flickering rapidly just over the crest of a hill. It looked like nothing I'd ever seen. I thought first of lightning, and then of a downed power line, but it didn't really look like either. And then I topped the hill, and saw: it was police cars, at least a hundred, maybe more, all making a slow anticlockwise procession around the beltway.

It was an amazing sight. I have never seen that many flashers in one place, not even in parades. There's a sort of visceral response to it, in that one associates those lights with danger, especially coming upon them unexpectedly. They were in the opposite lanes, but still, we all slowed to a crawl as they went past. They just kept coming, and coming; Westerville Police, City Police, Sheriff's Deputies, Highway Patrol - just everyone. And you look at all that, and reflect that every man and woman riding in those cars are prepared, each and every time they go to work, to lay down their lives, unselfishly, and without hesitation, to keep the rest of us safe.

And I'm glad that I saw that, but I hope never to see such a thing again.

And I'm home now, and enjoying the Olympics, but it's not as much fun as it was this morning.

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Olympics [Feb. 9th, 2018|11:08 pm]
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I started crying while watching the lovely animal puppets. I confuse myself sometimes.

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PyeongChang [Feb. 8th, 2018|09:32 pm]
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So, I've lasted long enough to see another Olympics. I'm actually excited about this one. Tonight it's live Figure skating and mogul skiing, even though it's not officially opened yet.


And... I think the symbols forming those snowflake graphics are some sort of stylized Korean script. I can't help but note that most of them have "KKK" as one of their elements. I doubt that leapt out at the designers like it does for an American.

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Falcon Heavy [Feb. 7th, 2018|09:08 am]
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And, as magnificent as the Falcon Heavy is. it can still only loft about half of what a Saturn V could...

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Wikipedia claims that the engine was named "Merlin" after the magician. Considering that their other engines are Kestrel and Raptor, I'm gonna say "no"...

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Falcon Heavy! [Feb. 6th, 2018|05:18 pm]
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[music |David Bowie: Space Oddity]

Woohoo, Falcon Heavy! After decades, we have, finally, a true heavy-lifter once again! Twenty-seven engines all at once, though - that looks like something the Russians would do. I was half-expecting it to explode on the pad.

And now I wonder - if you can gang-launch three of those cores like that, why not seven?

And I love the Falcon logo too!

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I could use a New Toilet... [Jan. 27th, 2018|12:16 am]
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I need to give these guys a call, and tell them that if the POTUS doesn't want their solid gold toilet, I'll be a stand-up guy and take it off their hands for them.

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The museum's trolling Trump, obviously, but I tend to think that whoever got them to display a solid gold toilet as art trolled the museum bigtime, and I very much doubt if they understand that.

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I wonder what that weighs? It'd probably collapse my bathroom floor.

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Thanks, Allaboutweather! [Jan. 25th, 2018|10:47 pm]
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TY!

My Livejournal login no longer seems to work for whatever reason (although the crossposter still functions, so I suspect it's something in the way my machine is presenting the credentials). At any rate, thanks!

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