Out of the Blue

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! I imagine that much of the partying went on last night, but I also know that some people take this seriously enough that they set alarms this morning to start the festivities. So please enjoy, but also please be careful... there's a lot of amateur drinking going on today.

The occasion is a little more somber here at the BlueTower, as we're still coming to grips with the loss of the Gunnar-man. I want to express heartfelt thanks for all the kind thoughts you offered in the comments and by email, they are quite touching and have provided a great deal of comfort. MrsBlue was quite moved by these expressions, prompting her to spend some time this morning reading some old Out of the Blues where I talked about the doggies, which brought a lot of laughs and good memories. We're still in pain, but focusing on the great times we all shared helps a lot. Speaking of which, I found the last picture that I took of him, and it is really something special. We went out with the parents of the twins and Jedi the Jindo last Sunday and Gunnar came along, as he was always a big hit at this doggie- and family-friendly watering hole. A darling little girl was there with her folks, and though the twins are her age, like so many people, she was drawn to Gunnar, and an immediate friendship was struck. At some point I looked down and realized how much of a love-fest this had become, giving me the chance to sneak this beautiful photo, which I will treasure forever:

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Mar 19, 2019, 09:27
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 19, 2019, 09:27
Mar 19, 2019, 09:27
 
Condolences on your loss, Blue. I've enjoyed reading your posts about the Gunnar-man over the years. It's a hard thing to lose a companion like that. Best wishes to you and your family.
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Mar 18, 2019, 17:58
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2019, 17:58
Mar 18, 2019, 17:58
 
So sorry to hear about the loss of your family member Blue. I recently lost my two beloved canines to cancer and it's still one of the hardest things to go through in life.

Best wishes to yourself and your family.

Rest in peace Gunnar-man.
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Mar 18, 2019, 13:25
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Mar 18, 2019, 13:25
 
Creston wrote on Mar 18, 2019, 00:06:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 17, 2019, 21:32:
Transportation Department Is Probing FAA’s Approval of Boeing’s 737 MAX DOT inspector general is examining potential failures in the agency’s safety-review process - wall street journal link

outline.com version https://outline.com/pBYSWt

To win customers, and avoid more defections to Airbus, Boeing also made commitments that there would be minimal requirements for new pilot training, which can be costly to airlines, especially if expensive flight-simulator sessions are needed, according to people familiar with the matter. So Boeing tried to minimize differences from its existing fleet. Pilots were never specifically trained, for instance, on the MCAS system, according to people familiar with the matter.

During some of the discussions with the FAA, according to people familiar with the matter, Boeing’s team persuaded the agency that the system shouldn’t be considered so essential that its failure could result in a catastrophic accident. As a result, it would be acceptable for the system to rely on a single sensor.

Rick Ludtke, a former Boeing flight deck design engineer who worked on the MAX but wasn’t directly involved with the MCAS system, said managers applied significant pressure to keep costs low and timetables quick.
A former senior Boeing official recalled a “healthy urgency that comes from competition” in producing the MAX, but no “undue pressure on the design or the team.”

Boeing is going get sued into fucking oblivion.

They'll pay, but they will come out the other side in tact. Boeing is too big to fail. Also, it sounds like the FAA really fell down here.
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Mar 18, 2019, 11:53
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2019, 11:53
Mar 18, 2019, 11:53
 
Blue, I missed this news, but just wanted to offer my sincerest sympathies to you and Mrs. Blue. I lost my mom this Spring, and your website and your stories about your adventures with your canine family members (Hudson RIP) have done a lot to help through a very difficult time.

Many thanks for all the work you do, and may the Gunnar-man continue to live on with us via bluesnews.com.
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Mar 18, 2019, 06:20
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2019, 06:20
Mar 18, 2019, 06:20
 
Ah I didn't see the news about Gunnar yesterday, really sorry to hear about that Blue. Funny to think that a lot of us started coming here almost before Hudson came along iirc, and how the page, you, Mrs. Blue and the boys have all been a much loved part of our lives for so long. My condolences and best wishes for Mrs. Blue and you.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 18, 2019, 00:06
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Mar 18, 2019, 00:06
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 17, 2019, 21:32:
Transportation Department Is Probing FAA’s Approval of Boeing’s 737 MAX DOT inspector general is examining potential failures in the agency’s safety-review process - wall street journal link

outline.com version https://outline.com/pBYSWt

To win customers, and avoid more defections to Airbus, Boeing also made commitments that there would be minimal requirements for new pilot training, which can be costly to airlines, especially if expensive flight-simulator sessions are needed, according to people familiar with the matter. So Boeing tried to minimize differences from its existing fleet. Pilots were never specifically trained, for instance, on the MCAS system, according to people familiar with the matter.

During some of the discussions with the FAA, according to people familiar with the matter, Boeing’s team persuaded the agency that the system shouldn’t be considered so essential that its failure could result in a catastrophic accident. As a result, it would be acceptable for the system to rely on a single sensor.

Rick Ludtke, a former Boeing flight deck design engineer who worked on the MAX but wasn’t directly involved with the MCAS system, said managers applied significant pressure to keep costs low and timetables quick.
A former senior Boeing official recalled a “healthy urgency that comes from competition” in producing the MAX, but no “undue pressure on the design or the team.”

Boeing is going get sued into fucking oblivion.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 17, 2019, 21:32
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 17, 2019, 21:32
Mar 17, 2019, 21:32
 
Transportation Department Is Probing FAA’s Approval of Boeing’s 737 MAX DOT inspector general is examining potential failures in the agency’s safety-review process - wall street journal link

outline.com version https://outline.com/pBYSWt

To win customers, and avoid more defections to Airbus, Boeing also made commitments that there would be minimal requirements for new pilot training, which can be costly to airlines, especially if expensive flight-simulator sessions are needed, according to people familiar with the matter. So Boeing tried to minimize differences from its existing fleet. Pilots were never specifically trained, for instance, on the MCAS system, according to people familiar with the matter.

During some of the discussions with the FAA, according to people familiar with the matter, Boeing’s team persuaded the agency that the system shouldn’t be considered so essential that its failure could result in a catastrophic accident. As a result, it would be acceptable for the system to rely on a single sensor.

Rick Ludtke, a former Boeing flight deck design engineer who worked on the MAX but wasn’t directly involved with the MCAS system, said managers applied significant pressure to keep costs low and timetables quick.
A former senior Boeing official recalled a “healthy urgency that comes from competition” in producing the MAX, but no “undue pressure on the design or the team.”
A mask is not a political statement. It's an IQ test.
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Mar 17, 2019, 21:12
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Acleacius wrote on Mar 17, 2019, 19:06:
Another great picture, thanks!

Gunn's "Suicide Squad" Is A 'Total Reboot'.
Deadshot whom has been recast with Idris Elba
I'll actually go and see this one! Lighter
I won't even have to worry about funding a psychotic alien worship cult.

How hard would it be for a Star Wars Episode 7 and 8 reboot?
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Mar 17, 2019, 20:35
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Mar 17, 2019, 20:35
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 17, 2019, 16:57:
Gunn has also been reinstated on GotG3.

Logic (or greed) prevailed.

Makes you wonder if that was the plan all along. Drop him while everyone is outraged, then hire him back when things cool down. And if they're smart they'd have hired someone to scour the web for any more creepy comments he might have had hanging out.
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Mar 17, 2019, 20:33
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 17, 2019, 20:33
Mar 17, 2019, 20:33
 
Having been a visitor to your site since the late 90s, it was always a treat to read about your adventures with your dogs (family members). It breaks my heart that your little furry buddy went to the great big kennel in the sky, I hear they have endless all you can chew sticks and milk bones.
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Re: Morning Legal Briefs
Mar 17, 2019, 19:38
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Mar 17, 2019, 19:38
 
The HP EX920 1 TB NVME (PCIe) SSD is also frequently available for $140 to $150 USD (newegg). Another good drive!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 17, 2019, 19:06
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 17, 2019, 19:06
Mar 17, 2019, 19:06
 
Another great picture, thanks!

Gunn's "Suicide Squad" Is A 'Total Reboot'.
Deadshot whom has been recast with Idris Elba
I'll actually go and see this one! Lighter
I won't even have to worry about funding a psychotic alien worship cult.
The worst criminal in human history, undeniably. There has never been a figure in political history, so dedicated to destroying the prospects of organized human life on the planet, in the near future.

Beating and Gassing Americans for Jesus!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 17, 2019, 18:52
Kxmode
 
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Mar 17, 2019, 18:52
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R.I.P. Gunnar-man
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 17, 2019, 16:57
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Mar 17, 2019, 16:57
 
Gunn has also been reinstated on GotG3.

Logic (or greed) prevailed.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 17, 2019, 16:55
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Mar 17, 2019, 16:55
 
Behind the Curve a fascinating study of reality-challenged beliefs.

Not the brightest bulbs:

There's a scene somewhere in the middle of a new flat Earth documentary that acts as metaphor for so much that surrounds it. Two of the central figures of Behind the Curve are visiting a spaceflight museum that pays tribute to NASA, an organization that they believe is foisting a tremendous lie on an indoctrinated and incurious public. One of them, Mark Sargent, sits in a re-entry simulator that suggests he should press "Start" to begin. He dutifully bangs away at the highlighted word "Start" on screen, but nothing happens.

He wanders away muttering even more about how NASA's a giant fraud. Meanwhile, the camera shifts back to the display and zeroes in on a giant green "Start" button next to the seat Sargent was in.
I blame our education system.
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Mar 17, 2019, 15:29
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If you are looking for a $150 1tb uber fast nvme drive check this out.
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Mar 17, 2019, 14:59
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Mar 17, 2019, 14:59
 
That picture is really cute. I have a niece who is about that age, and she's adorable with my dogs as well. My nephews... not so much.
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Mar 17, 2019, 13:37
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Mar 17, 2019, 13:37
 
VaranDragon wrote on Mar 17, 2019, 12:42:
That's a really great pic Blue!
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Mar 17, 2019, 13:14
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Mar 17, 2019, 13:14
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I'd say farmers markets are failing because they're insanely overprice. Everything I see at them is usually 3X+ more expensive than in the grocery stores. And they all charge the same, there's zero competition. So I'm going directly to the source, cutting out the middle-man and I'm expected to pay more? A lot more? Um no.
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Mar 17, 2019, 12:42
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That's a really great pic Blue!
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