Out of the Blue

Happy Groundhog Day! Happily Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring this year. Staten Island Chuck says the same thing, so the onset of warmer weather in these parts is confirmed by science. Hopefully the clairvoyant woodchucks in your area had similar good news. Speaking of which, do they celebrate this in Australia and other south of the equator locales to predict the timing of autumn? Never pondered that before. In other Groundhog Day news, Ned Ryerson says it's the best day of his life. Maybe because he's been revived for a Super Bowl ad. Oh yeah, that's the other thing: today is Super Bowl Sunday. I'm already dead and buried in our Playoff Pool, so I'm just hoping for an entertaining game. Here's hoping your festivities for the "big game" are excellent, and you don't suffer any beer or chicken wing related calamities along the way.

Obituary: Andy Gill, influential guitarist with Gang of Four, dies aged 64. Thanks Neutronbeam.

Super Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Links: Today is the first global palindrome day in 909 years. Another one won't happen for 101 years.
Isaac Asimov's Throwback Literary Legacy.
The Glorious, Gutsy History of the Krispy Kreme Challenge.
Story: Pro Football Hall of Fame 2020: Inductees, Highlights and Reaction.
Science: Do You Think in Words? Not sure. Does that mean no?
Mathematicians Solve an Enduring '42' Problem Using Planetary Supercomputer. Deep Thought?
Exercise has the same effect on the brain as coffee.
Images: These are the most detailed images of the sun ever taken. Apparently made of caramel corn. Thanks Acleacius.
Media: Saturday Night Live Highlight: Madden 21.
Park Bench Guy Sings Bon Jovi.
Follow-up: Coronavirus infections predicted to grow exponentially; first death outside China; outbreak becomes political.
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I made the mistake of watching Shannon and Skip on the Super Bowl pre-game special today. Skip Bayless has left me dumbfounded by making the argument that Dak Prescott is a better QB than Patrick Mahomes. He argued this for a good 15 minutes.

I need an aspirin.
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Feb 2, 2020, 13:25
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I could eat a dozen KK's in 60 min, now where's my trophy.
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Feb 2, 2020, 13:27
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Icewind wrote on Feb 2, 2020, 13:21:
I made the mistake of watching Shannon and Skip on the Super Bowl pre-game special today. Skip Bayless has left me dumbfounded by making the argument that Dak Prescott is a better QB than Patrick Mahomes. He argued this for a good 15 minutes.

I need an aspirin.

The whole Skip Bayless Stephen A. Smith school of sports hot-takes is such a joke. Their agenda-driven opinions are not worth the two-seconds of thought they put into them.
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Feb 2, 2020, 13:37
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My favourite Super Bowl related stuff in a film will always be from Where the Buffalo Roam

Brownie? Yeah, it's Blackie. What's the line? Nine? Faffle's got it eight and a half. Fuck it, I'm going the other way. Yeah. And put me down for a dime.

Besides today being a numerical palindrome - Blue must be happy about this - it's also historical because....

Canada's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be the first medical doctor to play in a Super Bowl

That's pretty wild. Guess it's a good day to buy some lottery tickets too.

I'm guessing most everyone is pulling for the Chiefs, so go Chiefs!
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Feb 2, 2020, 14:35
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Feb 2, 2020, 14:35
 
The sun looks delicious but I’d recommend blowing on it first because it’s probably real hot.
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Feb 2, 2020, 14:42
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Feb 2, 2020, 14:42
 
No Groundhog Day celebrations down here in Australia as far as I'm aware.
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Feb 2, 2020, 14:46
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Icewind wrote on Feb 2, 2020, 13:21:
I made the mistake of watching Shannon and Skip on the Super Bowl pre-game special today. Skip Bayless has left me dumbfounded by making the argument that Dak Prescott is a better QB than Patrick Mahomes. He argued this for a good 15 minutes.
Yeah, I understand the idea of wanting spirited debate to have an entertaining show, but Bayless is often ridiclous in his opinions. His shameless promotion of Dallas is obnoxious at best. And this is from someone who has been a Dallas fan since 1972. Another example of bad sports TV is Tony Kornheiser on Pardon the Interruption. A guy who makes me feel like I am a Millennial. I've watched the show for years and for the last decade have been hoping for the heart attack / stroke which would force him into retirement, but it hasn't happened yet unfortunately.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Feb 2, 2020, 15:07
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Not really an Andy Reed fan after is last couple years in Philly, so go 49er's? Let's just hope it's an interesting game, how bout that.
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Feb 2, 2020, 15:30
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Feb 2, 2020, 15:30
 
Hey Blue, isn't the playoff pool using progressive scoring? (I.e. Round 1 gives 1 point for each correct pick, round 2 gives 2 points for each correct pick.) If that's the case, then picking the winner of today's game should be worth 4 points. Wouldn't that mean you still have a chance?

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Feb 2, 2020, 15:43
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Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States Map
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Marcus: ... Bullies. Tiny d*ck egotists who hurt people for no reason, make people lock their doors at night. People who make general existence worse, people like you.
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Feb 2, 2020, 15:45
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Happy Groundhog Day! Happily Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring this year.
Spring started in November here. Winter where I live usually tends to be mild and short, but we usually have a week or two of brutal low temps tossed at us. Winter isn't over yet, so there's still time I guess. It has been the warmest and wettest winter I can remember. Temps have been 50-70°F and lots and lots of rain. We've only had a hand full of days where it dipped into the 40's or lower. For all of December and half of January I didn't see the sun because it was raining or overcast.
"You can either want something to be true, or you can want the truth. Pick one." - Mr. Diety
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Feb 2, 2020, 15:51
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Feb 2, 2020, 15:51
 
early spring? 45Mph wind with 70mph gusts and the snowline is 650m dropping to 400m tomorrow. We live at 350m so its on its way. Lots of rime on the rocks and a bit of cornicing on high tops. Thermometer says 4C today.
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Feb 2, 2020, 15:52
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Acleacius wrote on Feb 2, 2020, 15:43:
Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States Map
When there are 10,000 instead of 10 I may have an eggroll.
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Feb 2, 2020, 16:26
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RedEye9 wrote on Feb 2, 2020, 15:52:
When there are 10,000 instead of 10 I may have an eggroll.
First and foremost, I want to say I think it is way too early to be concerned about this in the US. Second, whenever the next "Spanish Flu" type incident happens(which it will eventually), at some point there will only be 10 cases in the US.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Feb 2, 2020, 17:20
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Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 2, 2020, 16:26:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 2, 2020, 15:52:
When there are 10,000 instead of 10 I may have an eggroll.
First and foremost, I want to say I think it is way too early to be concerned about this in the US. Second, whenever the next "Spanish Flu" type incident happens(which it will eventually), at some point there will only be 10 cases in the US.
"The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe, according to many of the world’s leading infectious disease experts."
“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
“But will it be catastrophic? I don’t know.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/02/health/coronavirus-pandemic-china.html
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Feb 2, 2020, 18:08
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Sam Elliot rocks the super bowl ads as does bill murray
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Feb 2, 2020, 18:49
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An Autumn indicator south of the equator?
Why yes it's called finding yourself watching the Masters golf tournament, whitnessing the beautiful early results of an Augusta Spring shivering then mumbling shit at the impending slide into Winter.
Um .. Behind you...
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Feb 2, 2020, 20:44
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Feeling better today.

Good Superbowl so far.
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Feb 2, 2020, 20:53
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jdreyer wrote on Feb 2, 2020, 20:44:
Feeling better today.

Good Superbowl so far.
Glad you're feeling better.

The Chinese news outlet, Tencent, now lists deaths at 361 and confirmed infections in China at 17,238.
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Feb 2, 2020, 23:11
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How 'bout those CHIEFS!

The fireworks are booming around town. The first "Superbowl" was crushing as a kid, so the winning Superbowl IV was rewarding. I have held onto the Sports Illustrated from that Victory, and have it here on my computer desk.

KC went through a long drought with the Royals, and now an even longer drought with the Chiefs is over.

Thank you Coach Reid and all the players. Allthumbsup
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