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We had a pretty exciting day yesterday as we got a large portion of our possessions out of the house and into temporary storage in anticipation of our eventual move. There's still a bit more packing and staging to be done, but this represents a quantum leap in our progress which has brought the light at the end of the tunnel into view. Whew!

R.I.P.: RIP Jerry Pournelle, the first author to write a novel on a computer.

Stored Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Zombie Derby.
Story: Stranger Gives Last Generator to Tearful Woman Trying to Keep Sick Relative's Oxygen Tank Running When Irma Hits.
Science: As Irma approaches nuclear plants in Florida, lessons from Andrew resonate.
Media: Why Hurricane Categories Make a Difference. Thanks JDreyer.
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 15:12 Kxmode
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 10, 2017, 14:41:
Thanks for the well-wishes, guys! Started raining this morning and now it's pounding on my window. Got a long night ahead of us...

Woah! I didn't know you were in Florida. Please, be safe! Wishing all the best for you and your family.
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 14:41 Rigs
 
Thanks for the well-wishes, guys! Started raining this morning and now it's pounding on my window. Got a long night ahead of us...

=-Rigs-=
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 14:05 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 10, 2017, 05:32:
Kxmode wrote on Sep 10, 2017, 02:26:
The rating for No Man's Sky is fascinating. On the one hand, you have Overall Mostly Negative (36%) for a variety of reasons but mostly for how it was pitched and what was delivered at launch (I'm in that camp), and Recent Very Positive (81%) from people who are happy with the improvements and updates.

What do you think?

I think I'll probably be picking it up on sale one of these days.

If you don't mind, do let me know what you think of it after 20-30 hours of play.
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 14:03 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 10, 2017, 05:32:
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 23:20:
Holy ocean bottoms, Batman!

I actually have a hard time believing that is real.... could it be fake?

I think it's real. The storm surge water has to come from somewhere, and the ocean around the Bahamas is extremely shallow.

It's not that the ocean around the islands is shallow, it's the sheer size of Irma. Satellite photographs have revealed that Irma stretches 400 miles across. How big is that?

"Hurricane Irma is so big that it would cover the UK and Ireland." - Liam Dutton, weather presenter for Channel 4 News, stated via Twitter.

"It's the size of France. Its an enormous beast." - Ian Woods, Sky correspondent.

Additionally, Irma could also cover the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina at once. To put this vast size into perspective, the state of Michigan itself is roughly 96,715.8 square miles (250,493 km2). And a picture overlay from NBC5 meteorologist Brian James revealed that Irma is big enough to completely cover Texas.

The eye of the storm fluctuates around 30 miles across. The eye of the storm itself would cover the Detroit area, which is roughly 1,337.16 square miles. "Context for size of Hurricane #Irma eye. Barbuda is 62 square miles. Washington DC is 68 square miles. - Meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted.

Just saying.
 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 10:16 RedEye9
 
Retired wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 23:31:
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 23:20:
Holy ocean bottoms, Batman!

I actually have a hard time believing that is real.... could it be fake?

AMazing. Would be awesome to explore the vast area. Apparently comes back slowly.

Except when it's caused by a Tsunami.
Many people were killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami because they went down to the beach to view the retreating ocean exposing the seafloor. Apparently they were unaware that this phenomenon precedes a killer wave. Experts believe that a receding ocean may give people as much as five minutes' warning to evacuate the area.
You just gotta know the cause
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1228_041228_tsunami_2.html
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 05:32 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 23:20:
Holy ocean bottoms, Batman!

I actually have a hard time believing that is real.... could it be fake?

I think it's real. The storm surge water has to come from somewhere, and the ocean around the Bahamas is extremely shallow.
 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 05:32 jdreyer
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 10, 2017, 02:26:
The rating for No Man's Sky is fascinating. On the one hand, you have Overall Mostly Negative (36%) for a variety of reasons but mostly for how it was pitched and what was delivered at launch (I'm in that camp), and Recent Very Positive (81%) from people who are happy with the improvements and updates.

What do you think?

I think I'll probably be picking it up on sale one of these days.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 02:29 Kxmode
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 23:20:
Holy ocean bottoms, Batman!

I actually have a hard time believing that is real.... could it be fake?

So I guess it's completely appropriate to say that Hurricane Irma sucks!
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2017, 02:26 Kxmode
 

The rating for No Man's Sky is fascinating. On the one hand, you have Overall Mostly Negative (36%) for a variety of reasons but mostly for how it was pitched and what was delivered at launch (I'm in that camp), and Recent Very Positive (81%) from people who are happy with the improvements and updates.

What do you think?
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 23:31 Retired
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 23:20:
Holy ocean bottoms, Batman!

I actually have a hard time believing that is real.... could it be fake?

AMazing. Would be awesome to explore the vast area. Apparently comes back slowly.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 23:20 Mr. Tact
 
Holy ocean bottoms, Batman!

I actually have a hard time believing that is real.... could it be fake?
 
Truth is brutal. Prepare for pain.
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 22:36 Retired
 
Sending good vibes to everyone in the path of this monster. Please keep those in your thoughts that chose to stay behind, fire, ems, police, doctors, nurses, and anyone else there to help. Know a lot of people that are staying to help, very worried about them.

Congrats blue! We have a full 20x10 storage, one of MrGrosser's garage stalls, and my garage still has a lot. The sellers have agreed to give us access to the garage Monday, and it is a huge garage, double deep double wide. Can move everything else that isnt in storage and be moved before the move at the end of the week!
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 22:09 The Half Elf
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 17:02:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 16:34:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 16:33:
@Rigs
Not to pile on more work, but do you have enough roof and foundation anchors on the house? Do you have a backup generator? I assume you have food and water for a couple of weeks with no power. Keep some bleach handy in case you need to purify your own.

And lastly be glad you don't live in South Florida.

I was telling everyone here that all the people that went west from Miami would be better to go back east TO Miami! Like everyone on the East Coast went west, thinking it would be another Matthew. Miami is a practical ghost town. NOW, everyone is regretting it. That's part of the reason I didn't go anywhere. I knew the Euro model was saying the total opposite of what the NHC was saying a few days ago. They didn't do a good job of communicating that to the public this time. They should have made it clear that the Euro was saying something almost totally different and that it had been a near-perfect forecast model for the previous storms. Instead, they kept moving the track around and causing general confusion. You'd think, with a brand new GOES 16 satellite in orbit, all this fancy computing hardware and lots of smarty brains in their employ, they'd get this right once in a while. They did ok with Harvey, they screwed the pooch, IMO, with Irma.

I live in a double-wide 'mobile home'. (I'll never know why they call it a 'mobile home' when it doesn't move...like ever, except when you don't want it too, like during a hurricane or tornado) It's not my first choice, but we had to move from our more secure and sturdy house in Beverly Hills (Citrus County) last year after five years in three weeks. So that didn't give us a lot of time to be picky. But we won't be staying here in this home if it gets really bad. There's a really sturdy brick house within walking distance the next yard over, so if something does happen, we're ready to pick up and go over there immediately. Our home here is anchored and the roof was just inspected and worked on yesterday, so it's as good as it's going to get. Our plans are made, our preps are done and we're just hoping for the best and sitting patiently.

=-Rigs-=

Good Luck man, please keep us updated as best you can.
I remember when we moved down to Florida and the EX mentioned getting a mobile home. That was a 2 second conversation of "NO".
I never evacuated the 10+ years I lived in Orlando, but I would have left for this one.

Be safe!
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 22:01 RedEye9
 

Just saw "IT", I give it a solid B Plus.
You know times are bad when the best movie you've seen lately is a Stephen King remake.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 17:30 Creston
 
Good luck, Rigs. Hope you and your family will be safe. (And everyone else in Florida as well.)

This comment was edited on Sep 9, 2017, 17:41.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 17:24 Mr. Tact
 
@MichaelRigs Aug 12

@Dinnerbone Could we possibly get some love for the weather/cloud buffs? Multiple cloud layers and billowing clouds from late day heating?

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D'OH! (yes, I know you were talking about Minecraft)
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 17:10 Burrito of Peace
 
I in no way believe that generator story.

Rigs, best of luck to you and yours. Hope everything comes out OK.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 17:02 Rigs
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 16:34:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 16:33:
@Rigs
Not to pile on more work, but do you have enough roof and foundation anchors on the house? Do you have a backup generator? I assume you have food and water for a couple of weeks with no power. Keep some bleach handy in case you need to purify your own.

And lastly be glad you don't live in South Florida.

I was telling everyone here that all the people that went west from Miami would be better to go back east TO Miami! Like everyone on the East Coast went west, thinking it would be another Matthew. Miami is a practical ghost town. NOW, everyone is regretting it. That's part of the reason I didn't go anywhere. I knew the Euro model was saying the total opposite of what the NHC was saying a few days ago. They didn't do a good job of communicating that to the public this time. They should have made it clear that the Euro was saying something almost totally different and that it had been a near-perfect forecast model for the previous storms. Instead, they kept moving the track around and causing general confusion. You'd think, with a brand new GOES 16 satellite in orbit, all this fancy computing hardware and lots of smarty brains in their employ, they'd get this right once in a while. They did ok with Harvey, they screwed the pooch, IMO, with Irma.

I live in a double-wide 'mobile home'. (I'll never know why they call it a 'mobile home' when it doesn't move...like ever, except when you don't want it too, like during a hurricane or tornado) It's not my first choice, but we had to move from our more secure and sturdy house in Beverly Hills (Citrus County) last year after five years in three weeks. So that didn't give us a lot of time to be picky. But we won't be staying here in this home if it gets really bad. There's a really sturdy brick house within walking distance the next yard over, so if something does happen, we're ready to pick up and go over there immediately. Our home here is anchored and the roof was just inspected and worked on yesterday, so it's as good as it's going to get. Our plans are made, our preps are done and we're just hoping for the best and sitting patiently.

=-Rigs-=
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 16:34 jdreyer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 16:33:
@Rigs
Not to pile on more work, but do you have enough roof and foundation anchors on the house? Do you have a backup generator? I assume you have food and water for a couple of weeks with no power. Keep some bleach handy in case you need to purify your own.

And lastly be glad you don't live in South Florida.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2017, 16:33 jdreyer
 
@Rigs
Not to pile on more work, but do you have enough roof and foundation anchors on the house? Do you have a backup generator? I assume you have food and water for a couple of weeks with no power. Keep some bleach handy in case you need to purify your own.
 
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