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  1. Thread: Herschel

    by Chip-skiff
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    Re: Herschel

    Just in from NBC:

    https://i.imgur.com/Sg7ctyr.jpg
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    Re: An ugly airplane, new to me.

    A Philip Bolger design? :)
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    Verily, the word of the Lord (v.2.0)

    The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT

    A new chatbot from OpenAI is inspiring awe, fear, stunts and attempts to circumvent its guardrails.

    Kevin Roose
    Dec. 5, 2022

    Like most nerds who read...
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    The exercise of censorship in the US and the overwhelming censorship in China are not by any stretch of the imagination the same.
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    Re: Any weather geeks on here?

    I operate a NOAA rain gage which collects and records precipitation amounts year-round. They told me it is the longest continuous precip record in the state.

    When I started, there was a roll of...
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    Re: Aline Kominsky-Crumb

    https://i.imgur.com/eCv0L2G.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/UGCt09T.jpg
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    Re: EVs and cold weather

    One tactic is to put a small plug-in electric heater in your EV and start it a while before you leave.

    A warm interior takes much less battery power to maintain a comfortable temperature.
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    Re: Any weather geeks on here?

    With a year-round greenhouse at 8000 ft. in the Rockies, I keep an eye on high and low temperature forecasts.

    So far, the low this year was -12įF.

    At present, there's a nice batch of...
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    Re: Why does the the right hate Nancy Pelosi?

    Term limits for the Supreme Court might be a good idea.
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    Re: Wordle is blowing my mind.

    If you started playing Wordle before the NY Times bought it, and continue playing on the original browser tab, you can cheat by doing it on the original tab, then repeating it on the NY Times account...
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    Re: Wordle is blowing my mind.

    Looked at the NYT bot site. Didn't interest me. Looked into cryptography years ago and recall the frequency of English letters, which helps. I use the same starter word each time.

    Lately I've...
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    Re: Why does the the right hate Nancy Pelosi?

    It's a longstanding tradition.

    https://i.imgur.com/ve5e6w2.jpg
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    Re: Pentagon audit failures

    It's right-wing welfare.

    Why feed poor children when you can keep a bunch of suburbanites fat and happy?
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    Re: EVs and cold weather

    Don't have an EV, but I do have a battery-powered snowblower.

    At subzero temps, it seems to do a good job.

    Heating the interior of a car would certainly take quite a lot of battery charge. ...
  15. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    My favorite non-trashy flicks: Lawrence of Arabia, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare in Love, The Princess Bride, Cool Hand Luke, The Riddle of the Sands, Blade Runner, Double Jeopardy, The Thin...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Never edited creative stuff: poets and fiction writers are too argumentative. But I did have a side gig for years, rewriting and editing scientific reports and policy papers. Learned a lot about...
  17. Re: Preliminary NTSB report on Dallas B17 P63 crash.

    "impacted terrain"?

    To say the least.
  18. Re: House committee receives Donald Trump's federal tax returns from IRS

    If the returns share a pattern with his other business affairs, there will be gross overstatements of deductibles, exemptions, credits, etc. and (to the detriment of his legend) understatements of...
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    You can eat toast.
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    Re: Killer robots

    A robot or flying drone armed with cartridges of bear spray or skunk juice could be effective without bullets or bombs.

    Presumably, either would be equipped with video and controlled by an...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    You still haven't posted your work.

    Proof in the pudding, wot?
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Obviously. Go ahead and post an example of your work.
  23. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    That's a good un. I have a great affection for The Road Warrior, Repo Man, Innocent Blood, La Femme Nikita, and SLC Punk.
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Others have posted bits of work, so I'll post this. In 1996 I'd published heaps of poetry and was trying to write fiction, with little success. I'd placed a few short stories in outdoor and...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    The first sentence of Get Shorty puts me off. Maybe all the Godfathers and Goodfellas and Sopranos have worn out my admittedly slight interest in goombah jargon and the thought processes of...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    A few things I practice:

    Don't stack modifiers (adjectives, adverbs). One should be enough.

    Try to replace modifiers with a strong verb.

    Read your first draft aloud and mark anything...
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    Re: New Toys, watchu gots??

    Probably posted this before. Oh well.

    In 2021, I bought a battery-powered snowblower. The old Husqvarna was a beast, but hard to start in the cold and mechanically cranky: frayed cables and...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Never had a set of rules for writing, but I do pay attention to my instincts.

    I try to be dependable without being predictable.

    Two books that I like: How Fiction Works by James Wood and...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Here's the start of Leonard's best-selling book, also a film: Get Shorty.

    So— don't start with the weather?

    https://i.imgur.com/KFPDc9M.jpg

    Chili. Tommy Carlo. Vesuvio's. Bay Ridge. ...
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    Re: Unusual hobbies

    No worries. My friends loved them and I thought about selling some on Etsy, but when I searched there was a glut of twig pencils.
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    Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    For fans of nautical arcana, it's hard to beat Frederick Marryat (1792- 1848) one of the first and most important authors to write naval fiction. Considered authentic in action and detail, they...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    The stranger rode into the valley.

    Problem is, one might ask: so what? I like to give a reader a bit more detail for starters.

    Joey Ketchup aimed his red Vespa down the exit into a valley...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    You win the Elmore Leonard Prize.
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Made up the first paragraph of a western:

    Under a looming, blue-black cloud that threatened rain, the lone stranger rode into the desert valley. His horse, a buckskin dun with a pale gold coat...
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    Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    Anyone made it through Ulysses?

    Finnegan's Wake?
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    After publishing five books (two poetry, three non-fiction) I spent a year in New Zealand and was so fascinated with the place I lived (Lyttelton Harbour /Banks Peninsula) and the history that I...
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    Re: Unusual hobbies

    Collecting and restoring vintage fountain pens (about half of them pictured with some modern pens).

    https://i.imgur.com/CTSLivN.jpg

    I've slowed down a lot recently and am thinking about...
  38. Thread: Chimaera

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    Re: Chimaera

    My best sailing mate in New Zealand, Malcolm, had a Gary Mull 40-foot sloop called Spyker. Fast cruiser.

    I think he bought it from a South African who gave up on his circumnavigation at Auckland....
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    Re: What is your go to pain med?

    Ibuprofen works for me. The anti-inflammatory effect is a plus.

    When I had a strenuous job (collecting winter snow samples (sometimes heavy) on skis at high altitudes, we depended on it to get...
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    Re: Buffy Sainte-Marie

    My favorite—


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnZVIluWuq4
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    Re: Condolence thread for mass murderÖ...

    Colorado Springs has been a viper's nest of nutjobs for years. My far-right dad used to get weird, racist newletters from The Summit and The Christian Crusade, both based there in the 60s.
    ...
  42. Re: Letís see each otherís pets or animals, past or present.

    Good-looking collie. Our former dog, Ruby, was half collie and half keeshond.

    She loved the water and I put a dog deck on all our boats. This one was taken on the North Platte.
    ...
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    Re: EVís are becoming mainstream

    Flat or low angle arrays are fine for the southern tier of states and points south. Naturally, as you go north the normal roof pitch increases, which can work out if it's oriented south.

    For...
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    Re: How long before Truth social is dead?

    You bought the stock?

    Sell it and use the money to pay for your psychiatric treatment. :d
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    Re: Robert Crumbís self portraits

    Spent a fun afternoon with Robert, Aline, and Sophie hiking through the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park.

    Robert was in costume (baggy pants, wrinkled shirt, porkpie hat) and kept striding...
  46. Re: Letís see each otherís pets or animals, past or present.

    Copper, a Catahoula Cur we found at a shelter a few years ago.

    https://i.imgur.com/hqR8BnD.jpg

    Moon, who showed up at our door seventeen years ago, and died last year in November.
    ...
  47. Re: New Satellite Tool for Tracking Emissions

    After collecting chemical data on wilderness air and water quality for years, I served on a Wyoming air quality board. It was stacked with corporate boffins and local politicos in the industry's...
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    Re: EVís are becoming mainstream

    When we lived in Auckland, New Zealand, we didn't have a car.

    The bus system was grand: ran on time, with timely stops at shopping spots and late-night meccas.

    Lots of bikes on the streets...
  49. New Satellite Tool for Tracking Emissions

    The Global Carbon Surveillance State Is Coming

    David Wallace-Wells
    Nov. 16, 2022

    For decades, those of us wondering why so little action had been taken to reduce carbon emissions, and why...
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    Re: EVís are becoming mainstream

    Some issues with rooftop PVó Given your latitude (about 43įN?) the roof must have a southfacing slope and an angle of at least 45į, or the array will be worthless in winter.

    Here's our home...
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