atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#4091: Is it better or worse to have rain now?

After a pretty bad week, we're forecasted to get 0.75 inches of rain today. That would translate to 7.5" of snow (as snow has 10% of the density of rain, being fluffy granules and all).

...so, which? All that rain, melting snow as it falls and causing flooding? Or another 7.5" of snow, with the attendant nonsense that would bring?

To be honest, I'm thinking, "rain, and thank God" because I've just about had my fill of driving in snow, already.

Up in the northern peninsula of Michigan, I'm hearing, they've got fifteen feet of the stuff and counting.

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Mark Steyn's take on the ship of fools climatologists who got themselves stranded in pack ice in summer:
On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.

But alas, eating one’s shipmates and watching one’s extremities drop off one by one is not a part of today’s high-end eco-doom tourism. Instead, the ice-locked warmists uploaded chipper selfies to YouTube, as well as a self-composed New Year singalong of such hearty un-self-awareness that it enraged even such party-line climate alarmists as Andrew Revkin, the plonkingly earnest enviro-blogger of the New York Times.
Dang it, Mark Steyn is good at the dry, ascerbic wit thing.

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Job market: sucks!

Up first: Ace! Who says that even unabashed Obama booster MSNBC can no longer sugar coat the jobs situation.
s you know, the unemployment rate is falling only because the number of people seeking work is falling faster. All of the "improvements" in the unemployment rate are due to discouraged workers leaving the workforce entirely.
(Emphasis removed.)

Karl Denninger! I will un-redact his conclusion: "This is a shit report -- period."

Also from Denninger, A Teamsters local is helping! They're voting to put the screws to a company that's already in dire straits. Apparently no one in the union world can remember what happened when the bakers' union local voted to put the screws to Hostess. Obviously the union bosses won't lose their jobs if the company goes out of business!

And meanwhile, Congress is a millionaires' club. They're rich and powerful and couldn't care less about your inability to find work, which is why amnesty for illegal aliens is still on the table.

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The schadenfreude is strong with this one. Target admits they got ha><0r3d so bad their ancestors are catching fire.

Couldn't happen to a nicer company. Really.

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And someone explain the goddamned Laws of Thermodynamics to Gizmodo, please. Okay: if you put a windmill on top of your car, you will a) decrease your fuel economy by a significant margin, and b) not recover as much energy in the form of electricity as you expend in gasoline.

Gizmodo has since revised the article, explaining that it was meant tongue-in-cheek. Yeah, okay guys...sure.

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Yesterday I finally got around to plugging in the USB hub and connecting my printers to it. That task has only been nagging at me for a year--but that's how small jobs are; it's not something that needs doing so you put off doing it.

Considering that I print (or scan) less than once per month, it's not terribly surprising that it took me this long. If I were printing stuff every day I might have bothered sooner, but I don't, and making a temporary connection when I needed to print was less of a royal pain in the ass than running the cables and connecting everything and-and-and.

The big problem was the cable that came with the hub is about two feet long, and I needed a longer one. I had an occasion at work to look at USB cables and realized that I wasn't going to be able to buy the cable I wanted from there, with my nifty employee discount (a six-foot USB A to mini USB); but finally I realized that I do have a USB extension cable (USB A male to USB A female) into which I could plug the USB hub's too-short cable, and that would get it close enough to the printers that I could plug them into it.

Yesterday, though, I was working on getting Vista up to date, and while that was going on I had nothing better to do, so I ran the cables and connected everything and-and-and. It was just as much of a pain in the ass as I'd expected it to be. Now the hub sits on my desk, glowing a bright blue because of the LEDs inside it. I think I'm going to take it apart and remove two of them just to cut down on the light pollution; it's distracting.

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Today was my first day back at work since the 2nd. I had a pretty fair dinkum day today, though the counter got mobbed around 10:30 and I was the only person in until 11 AM. Things did quiet down after that, though.

Right now, though, I must brave the rain in order to get some diced tomatos. Tonight is going to be goulash night.
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