Out of the Blue

Happy Groundhog Day, the annual celebration of magical weather prediction. It won't require a woodchuck today to predict the weather around the BlueTower, as we have a "wintry mix" coming down, so nobody's seeing any shadows around here. This is the theoretical harbinger of an early spring, which is always welcome (overheating of the planet notwithstanding). As for the more official versions of this unofficial occasion, an early spring was predicted by the famous Punxsutawney Phil, who failed to see his shadow. This prediction is supported by the replacement for Staten Island Chuck, Connecticut's Chuckles XI, and probably others. There are also probably contradictory results despite the scientific rigor of the process, but Phil apparently speaks for much of the country, though perhaps not the world. If you're curious, here's a list of Groundhog Day Forecasters Around the World. I think my favorite name is probably Grover Cleveland Undergrounder, though the funniest thing about that list is the inclusion of other forecasters, including stuffed animals, a duck, and a lobster. Best name from these alternatives is probably Sylvia, The Apex Armadillo.

Obituary: Jennell Jaquays, 67, Dies; Unlocked Fantasy Dungeons for Gamers - The New York Times. Previously reported passing gets a big NYT obituary.

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Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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