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Out of the Blue

Happy Halloween! It's been a little hard to accept the imminence of this occasion since it's been unseasonably warm in these parts, but the past few days have been more autumnal, so it feels pretty right today. As usual, we're greatly looking forward to seeing all the kiddies today, including our friends the twins. And their parents have a fun tradition of their own, as they bring along solo cups for "drink or treat," seeking booze handouts, which I find hilarious (and ingenious). We have a bunch of doggie costumes accumulated over the years, but I'm not sure yet which one the Gunnar-man will wear. I'll provide a photo once this works itself out. And whether you are playing trick-or-treat, drink-or-treat, partying, hosting, or hiding, here's hoping it's all safe and fun for you.

Drinks or Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Mummy Candies.
Story: Protestant Reformation at 500: How Martin Luther shook the Catholic Church.
Science: FDA Issues Warning About Black Licorice For Halloween.
Scientists can't explain a 'worrying' rise in methane levels.
Scientists discover India’s oldest fossil of a Jurassic sea monster.
Media: Homestar Runner Haunted Photo Booth.
JEAN CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON Official Trailer # 2. Thanks Cutter.
Watch 221 pieces of candy corn perfectly spiral and fall like dominoes.
Follow-up: Women rescued on sailboat had emergency beacon but never used it.

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30. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2017, 13:24 Verno
 
It was funny once upon a time when John did it but even he is running it into the ground now.  
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2017, 13:13 RedEye9
 
Blue wrote on Nov 1, 2017, 12:07:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 1, 2017, 10:40:
#feminism

That's the fourth time you've trotted out that hashtag for this story. I'm curious about what you intend it to say.
Just comedy ala John Oliver style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTXMd5VCYRs
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2017, 12:40 Mr. Tact
 
My guess would be he is attempting to mimic John Oliver who has a tendency to use it a bit too often...  
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2017, 12:07  Blue 
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 1, 2017, 10:40:
#feminism

That's the fourth time you've trotted out that hashtag for this story. I'm curious about what you intend it to say.
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2017, 10:40 RedEye9
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 22:50:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 20:38:
Women rescued by Navy defend their account of ordeal at sea Reads like a tRump tweet.
#sailing #feminism

Well, that whole story is sad. People panic under stress, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, but mistake after mistake. They even got rescued BEFORE the coast guard by a fishing vessel?! They had an EPIRB and never turned it on?! Whatever, now they're safe, and they should probably get a bill from the Navy, but it'd probably be too much negative press to be worth it.

I get the sense they aren't exactly experienced sailors either, but who knows. Three news stories about this is probably at least 2 too many already.

Professional sailors have said that on a boat that size it would be nice to have 3 experienced sailors. One of those ladies stated that she knew nothing about sailing.

As for panicking under stress, they had months to recover on the open sea's along with their well fed "emotional support" pups.
#fakesailors #feminism
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 22:50 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 20:38:
Women rescued by Navy defend their account of ordeal at sea Reads like a tRump tweet.
#sailing #feminism

Well, that whole story is sad. People panic under stress, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, but mistake after mistake. They even got rescued BEFORE the coast guard by a fishing vessel?! They had an EPIRB and never turned it on?! Whatever, now they're safe, and they should probably get a bill from the Navy, but it'd probably be too much negative press to be worth it.

I get the sense they aren't exactly experienced sailors either, but who knows. Three news stories about this is probably at least 2 too many already.

 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 20:38 RedEye9
 

Women rescued by Navy defend their account of ordeal at sea Reads like a tRump tweet.
#sailing #feminism
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 18:27 jdreyer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 18:08:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 15:21:
Scientists can't explain a 'worrying' rise in methane levels.

Gee, I wonder what it could be.

Uh, I imagine the idea here is that it increased more than they projected, rather than that they are surprised methane is being produced.
I've read several articles over the past few years about how X or Y was producing ZZ% more methane waste than they thought: livestock, the petroleum industry, landfills, etc. I'm sure that we're on the brink of another one of these "revelations." It's just so obvious that we're creating a positive feedback loop, especially with the Canadian and Russian tundra, that it's going to be basically impossible to put the brakes on the GW train.
 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 18:08 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 15:21:
Scientists can't explain a 'worrying' rise in methane levels.

Gee, I wonder what it could be.

Uh, I imagine the idea here is that it increased more than they projected, rather than that they are surprised methane is being produced.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 16:54 Cutter
 
Well that's why, as a lifelong sailor with ocean sailing experience, I wondered how these women could possibly be that stupid or unprepared. It does happen all too frequently - or coast guards wouldn't exist - but yeah I'm all for thinking this is some sort of hoax/publicity stunt.
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 15:21 jdreyer
 
Scientists can't explain a 'worrying' rise in methane levels.

Gee, I wonder what it could be.

1) Melting permafrost?

2) Leaks from fracking?

3) Ever increasing livestock production, especially beef?

4) The ever-increasing number of methane-producing landfills?

5) All of the above?
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 15:00 Hoop
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 12:32:
It's getting pretty weird, could totally see this as a couple crazies looking for their fifteen minutes of fame and profit type of affair.
You would think they would have planned their story better..

"Experts say some of the details of the women’s story do not add up."
Oh hell yes they do, they add up to as was mentioned book deals, radio & television interviews, personal pr people & hug's with Oprah.
As a man just don't bring up the facts as this nut show goes on tour.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 14:57 jdreyer
 
Retired wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 14:39:
Steam Link arrived from the crazy $1.00 deal - didn't think that would go through, but it is here and eager to try it out. I will currently try it over wireless, as the contractor hasn't been here yet to wire the whole house up.

I'd be curious to know how it works. I keep the gaming machine in the living room, and have it connected to the big TV via HDMI cable. Be nice to have options.
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 14:55 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 12:15:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 10:28:
The drifting women story keeps getting weirder. They also had a sat phone but dropped it in the water. Yeah right.

Is this a social media publicity stunt, a book writing deal or a movie rights funding scam.
#rescue #feminism
Not beating a dead horse because this horse ain't dead, yet.
In this video Jennifer Appel says "Had they not been able to locate us we would have been dead in 24 hours."
Whereas the Follow-Up link blue posted has this: “We asked why during this course of time did they not activate the EPIRB. She had stated they never felt like they were truly in distress, like in a 24-hour period they were going to die,” said Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle, who was on the call to the AP with Carr.
Ignoring the "storm they encountered", obvious health of the women and 2 dogs including lack of weight loss, this story doe not jibe in my book. But I could be wrong.

Yeah, it's starting to take on that Balloon Boy smell.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 14:54 jdreyer
 
Blue wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 13:08:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 12:09:
Blue, are you going to get moved before the end of the year? Seems like the process has been taking a bit longer than you'd have thought...

At this point I'd say we won't, we seem to be perpetually a couple of weeks away from putting the house on the market. I've grown to realize that MrsBlue is actually being an obstruction at this point because of her misgivings about this all. So I've decided that the only way to keep this from making me crazy is to do my best to facilitate, but to go with the flow and not let it make me crazy. It'll all work out in the end.

Heh, so once you've got the house all spruced up, she's reticent to sell it?

There's also the whole "we've got 20 years in this community" aspect.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 14:45 aka_STEVE
 
the 'ladies' on the boat story is as fishy as it gets ( pun intended ).

sail malfunctions , then later the motor floods out, the phone also gets knocked in water, electronics go haywire ... wait 5 months = still don't activate emergency beacon ????


HOW did the dogs survive that long out to sea ??? let alone the two women ...??
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 14:39 Retired
 
Steam Link arrived from the crazy $1.00 deal - didn't think that would go through, but it is here and eager to try it out. I will currently try it over wireless, as the contractor hasn't been here yet to wire the whole house up.

/Edit: Hmmm, super easy setup, but some weirdness I need to work on. So it actually does STREAM 1 to 1 from your gaming rig to your LINK to your TV.

Few things:
-I have headphones plugged into my machine, so I have no sound on the TV from Link. I went to the gaming machine and sound is coming through headphones

-There are 2 resolutions. Your native on your gaming machine and a target resolution on your TV. Mine are vastly different, will need to play around with this to find optimal. It runs in window borderless through the link. (edit2: Found a "match resolution" on gaming computer in Steam settings - off to tinker)

-I used a PS3 USB. Had to keep it plugged in. I will mess around with this more - would hate to have to buy more hardware to be wireless controller. I will try a PS4 controller as well. (In the move I lost/misplaced my xbox 360 wireless dongle)

That was 10 minutes of messing around. Even through wireless it is reactive, haven't played anything as I need to tinker with resolution. Be dumb if I had to bring resolution on my gaming rig down to 1080. Also not to keen on the sound as my machine sits in a 2nd living room.

For $1.00 it seems cool, glad I didn't pay full price. I am sure I have a ton to learn on how this all works. I did no research, haven't looked up anything, this thing is truly plug and play.

//edit after playing with it. The sound works after a reset and ps3 controller now works wirelessly. Played a couple games, some lag with spikes. Impressive little piece of hardware. Needs to be wired for anything enjoyable. Played Road to Redemption and crashed a lot with stream lag. After about 40 mins of play whole unit became unresponsive. Ill wait until I can get wired.

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13. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 14:38 Retired
 
Blue wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 13:08:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 12:09:
Blue, are you going to get moved before the end of the year? Seems like the process has been taking a bit longer than you'd have thought...

At this point I'd say we won't, we seem to be perpetually a couple of weeks away from putting the house on the market. I've grown to realize that MrsBlue is actually being an obstruction at this point because of her misgivings about this all. So I've decided that the only way to keep this from making me crazy is to do my best to facilitate, but to go with the flow and not let it make me crazy. It'll all work out in the end.

Good luck. Ours was frantic and quick. Sucked, don't think I will subject myself to moving ever again. We are still digging out. Garage is fairly full and storage unit is still about 1/3 full.....
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 13:27 Mr. Tact
 
Blue wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 13:08:
At this point I'd say we won't, we seem to be perpetually a couple of weeks away from putting the house on the market. I've grown to realize that MrsBlue is actually being an obstruction at this point because of her misgivings about this all. So I've decided that the only way to keep this from making me crazy is to do my best to facilitate, but to go with the flow and not let it make me crazy. It'll all work out in the end.
Are her misgivings about the new job or just the prospect of having to move? Is she currently working remotely for her new job? Whatever the answers, your approach seems sound. Although I've literally never been the marrying type, it has always seemed to me the cliche "Happy wife, happy life." was good guidance.

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11. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 13:22 RedEye9
 
Blue wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 13:08:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 12:09:
Blue, are you going to get moved before the end of the year? Seems like the process has been taking a bit longer than you'd have thought...

At this point I'd say we won't, we seem to be perpetually a couple of weeks away from putting the house on the market. I've grown to realize that MrsBlue is actually being an obstruction at this point because of her misgivings about this all. So I've decided that the only way to keep this from making me crazy is to do my best to facilitate, but to go with the flow and not let it make me crazy. It'll all work out in the end.
On the bright side, your home is all fixed up now.
 
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